The new weapon indexing rage: Temple.
I am trying to find the words to sound professional and courteous, but they are not forthcoming. So let’s go straight to it: It is stupid. It will take one Negligent Discharge in real life to make people go “Well shit Batman, we could have researched this one a bit more, couldn’t we?”
Now, under fully controlled choreography in the range, we will see “proof” that indeed this indexing may have a proper and limited application, heck even in real life for some operators that are expecting contact any second from inside a vehicle, there might be an application for Temple Index. Then again Real Life is a chaos event, shit will go south and the idea of having a gun touching your head is not appealing to me one bit. For once, I doubt regular Joe and Jane will be wearing eye and ear protection and even a cap. Second: What comes out of a muzzle besides the bullet is a thing to consider. And there is the probability that the shooter will not keep muzzle as high as in the picture under stress or even 90 degrees in the vertical.
A couple of pics:
I reckon no explanations are needed on the by-products coming out of a muzzle.
If your commit a Negligent Discharge while keeping your gun close to your head, you are bound to get a nice dose of heated gases and propellant particles. And you will also get a dose of high decibels in the form of a big boom which will not help you keep a clear head or improve your hearing. Why do I know this? Experience. Years ago when i was not even remotely close to know about guns, a friend and myself were screwing around and decided to have a picture taken with a gun pointed up in between our faces. As idiots, we never checked the gun, we never made sure it was unloaded and we were just plain unsafe. I was holding the gun so it is me who was responsible for going off (and still swear I don’t remember pulling the trigger) and we ended up getting a face full of the blast with accompanying “tan”, temporary hearing loss and unable to process what happened for about two-three minutes. The only saving grace was that in order to look cool for the pic, we had decided to wear gold-rimmed aviator Ray Bans so our eyes were spared of damage.
And I really don’t care how operator are you or what kind of celebratory name you have in the gun circles, gun safety is basic and must be enacted all the damned time. We keep telling each other that we always revert to the Basics, that they are fundamental and everything grows and develops out of the Basics. Well, it does not get any more basic than the safe manipulation of a firearm and purposefully placing the gun where it can hurt you if a Negligent Discharge happens might be considered a contradiction.
And I almost forgot: You know that somebody is gonna have the ND with a revolver.