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Early news reports attributed a negligent discharge at a Houston elementary school to a dropped gun. TTAG called bullshit. Vindication arrives via Reuters. “The 6-year-old boy who brought a gun to his school cafeteria in Houston was showing it off to a classmate when it fired, injuring him and two other kindergarten students. The boy was sliding a mechanism that cocks the Kel-Tec 9 millimeter gun, which Capt. Lori Bender of the Houston police said it [is] not easy to do. In his effort to grip the gun, he accidentally pulled the trigger and it fired, she said. ‘As soon as the gun went off, it surprised him and he dropped it.'” And now we will too.

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  1. I’m almost surprised that a Kindergartener had that much finger strength. If the kid had brought a Rhino to school nobody would have been hurt.

    • Kidding aside (pun not intended. Oh, who am I kidding? This is “The Truth About Guns” that pun was totally intended), that is what makes me nervous about so-called DAO guns that are actually striker fired. If I can’t pull the trigger twice on an empty chamber (not that is good for your gun), then I would not consider that DA. It is some funky hybrid of SA/DA. There should be another term.

      I know RF is not a member of the Jalopnik fan club, but on a similar vein they recently came up with a definition of a manual transmission that was well divorced from the underlying mechanics. What it boiled down to was this: if the tranny can change gears without the operator lifting the throttle, then it is an automatic, DSG, automanuals be damned. That is how I feel about so-called DAOs that can’t double down. If you can’t pull the trigger twice without the slide moving, then it isn’t really a DA even if the trigger movement is involved with cocking the hammer/striker on the first pull.

  2. I notice when i’m at the shooting range more often than not, people pull the slide back with their finger on the trigger.


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