Tam of course talks about making a disposable ultra-cheap gun because of the number of people who buy a gun and shoot it pathetically low numbers of times before packing it around.
In the Walls of the City discussion the topic of Condition 3 Carry. I will further add to this by throwing magazine disconnects into the mix.
If you carry your gun in self defense it is a piece of emergency equipment. There is no “Arm” switch on your car’s airbag…nor do the safety belts do you much good if you buckle them as your chin is on collision course with the windshield.
If your life is ever in immediate danger you’ll need to be aware so you can pull your gun in time. Adding another hand to rack the slide, or some of the potentially risky one-handed racking maneuvers really adds to the risk. Besides negligent discharges, you run the risk of short-stroking the gun, or getting a poor grip on the slide…and that’s IF you have use of BOTH your hands.
Furthermore magazine disconnects are a nice “Safety Feature” that seem to be best at putting you in danger. Even besides the nasty little fact that a loaded gun with the magazine removed is “Safe”, but putting an unloaded mag into a “Safe” gun will give you a gun ready to fire. What if your magazine gets bumped lose before you need to draw it in self defense? What if your mag disconnector breaks or the spring loses tension? Yep your gun won’t work, and in the latter cases won’t work until you get it to a shop to have it fixed.
Lastly Tam’s little magic gun is interesting, depending on the action one might wonder about reliability…furthermore with how low the QC must be to get the price that low.
Shoot your gun, and shoot if often. Determine that its reliable, and figure out any issues with the piece. Get the basic operation of the gun to be second nature.
You are NOT going to be reaching for this gun when you are comfortable, when conditions are optimal, or when you are calm. Be prepared for that.
And remember, be safe people!