This is video of the shootout between Houston PD and a suspect back in January. I tried to cue it to 1:09 where you get to see one of the officers responding to the incoming fire and losing his gun’s magazine twice in the middle of shooting back.

I have seen that happen before at IDPA matches and I am going to hazard a guess and say the gun has an extended magazine release button. If you are shooting relaxed and without any stress, you will have a wicked fast mag change time. But if you are under adrenalin, a small shift of the grip and you are pushing the release accidentally and the mag disappears into the Oh Crap swamp.

I am not saying you cannot trick your gun; I am all for shaving a fraction of a second if that keeps you alive. But make sure the gun does not go Tango Uniform because of it. Suddenly having a short stick in a firefight sucks and is dangerous to your health.

Oh yes, carry a tourniquet.


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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

4 thoughts on “Some gun enhancements might be dangerous to your health.”
  1. Seems to me that the magazine release should, ideally, be one of the most difficult to use buttons on a service weapon. Not difficult as in hard-to-operate, but difficult as in hard-to-operate-without-intent. Likewise the safety should be designed in a way that makes it difficult to engage or disengage without intent.

    Mind you, I’ve never been in a shootout (and gods willing, never will be) so take this as the armchair musings that they are.

      1. On the original SigSauer pistols there are so many levers an the left side of the gun, that it takes a while to figure these out.

        Would be a funny scene in a action comedy movie 😀

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