American Handgunner May/June 2013 Digital Edition - Page 42

BETTERSHOOTING Dave aNDersoN MagazinE W hen is it an advantage to have a high-capacity magazine? Let’s turn the question around: when is it an advantage to run out of ammunition? When would you choose to defend your life or your family’s lives, with an empty gun — rather than a loaded one? Regrettably the issue of magazine capacity is primarily political. The latest murders have cast the hysterical spotlight on this very topic, and at the time I write this, the ball is still in the air regarding what is going to happen. There are a couple of viewpoints in the gun rights issue I find equally tiresome. One is the viewpoint of rabid HystEria capacity antigunners whose goal is to ban something — anything. They’ll rail against small concealable guns, large powerful guns, short barrels, “sniper scopes” or whatever they can demonize. The other tiresome viewpoint is the ostensible progunner willing to give up something, not from any principled or reasoned approach, but simply to appease the anti side. Generally what they are willing to give up is something they personally don’t use. It’s a waste of time arguing with fanatics. All you can do is defeat them politically. And an ally who is willing to toss overboard my Detective Special, ten rounds, 13 rounds or 20 rounds for these high-power mags — does it really matter? Dave thinks so. mr. Goudy: “What kind of hand gun?” mr. Cogburn: “A forty-four forty Colt’s revolver.” mr. Goudy: “Loaded and cocked?” mr. Cogburn: “if it ain’t loaded and cocked it will not shoot.” from True Grit, by Charlesportis. this Colt .44-40 is still an effective handgun today, but only if it’s loaded. Otherwise it won’t shoot. this is pretty basic stuff. or my Glock magazines, just so he gets to keep his gun a little longer is an ally I don’t want. Still, some reasonable people may sincerely believe there’s a benefit in magazine capacity limits. The only time they even hear about such things is when the media report a tragedy; either a mass shooting by a psychopath, or a police shooting where three officers fire 45 shots at a suspect, hitting him 10 times and wounding five bystanders. They read the psycho’s gun had a 20-shot magazine, and he shot eight people. Logically if he only had a 10-shot magazine he’d have shot only four people. Or if the three police officers had six-shot revolvers they’d have fired only 18 shots. Deduct the ten hits and there would only be eight stray bullets flying around instead of 35. logicAl? i if your home is invaded at night you’ll need every advantage possible, such as lights to identify the threat, lasers and dot sights. Do you need all the rounds in the magazine? maybe not — we hope not. But as with the gun itself, it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. 42 n a way I can’t blame the nonshooter for this “logic.” Generally all he knows about guns is from TV and movies. Here every private citizen is a panicky, incompetent bumbler whose shooting technique is to point the gun in the direction of the threat, yank the trigger as quickly as possible until the gun stops firing, look at it in disbelief, and then throw it away. In their mind, every police officer, on the other hand, is a world-class sharpshooter who can skillfully shoot to disable, hit the bad guy Continued on page 87 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MAY/JUNE2013

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