Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Yeah... about that...

I don't do blue guns or spray bottles of Formula 409 as safe as I could.  As if they were firearms.

And doing a lot of gunsmithing brings too many laxities with muzzle pointing.  So I try to reinforce the safety habits outside of the controlled workshop environments. 

But I am on the fence about the blue guns stuff.  The point of them is to eventually point them at a person.  A thing that gives me the heebie-jeebies when I end up pointing a revolver with cylinder and yoke OUT of the gun at someone when they ask to see the crown.  Can't hurt anyone with that gun, and it is obviously so, but man that makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it. 




Back to the blue gun.  I don't get those heebie jeebies pointing them at, say, my big toe.  And Tam may be right.  I SHOULD be more reticent about blue-muzzling a big toe or a neighbor child.  Maybe.  I am still thinking on it.  But her point is well taken. 

You need one habit to maximize a quiet low-drama firearm lifestyle.


Tam said...

Your hand should never point a gun (or anything that feels like a gun) at something casually.

And the gunsmithery thing? I've spent YEARS in the room where that stuff happens. I know where the bullet holes are. Including the ones that move around because they're in gunsmiths.

Safety is for always.

Familiarity breeds contempt.

You're never too cool to be safe.

The Neon Madman said...

I'm firmly in Tam's corner. I have taught gun safety for 15 years. The 4 rules are the Holy Writ, and the one safety device every gun has is the one between your ears.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

What if I am careful with a bottle of windex, but still use the blue gun like it was meant for? No? No.

Tam said...

Why would you want to reinforce bad habits?

If I point a blue gun (or SIRT or airsoft or sims gun) at you, it will be deliberately, you'll know it, you will have agreed to it, and it will be for a reason. :)