So, in last week’s debate, former Vice-President Joe Biden made it clear he thinks the only firearms we should have are “smart guns,” which only fire in the hand of the legitimate owner, and he insisted that the technology exists.
I hope he was more honest about his position on civil rights and busing than he was about that.
The fact is, there is no electronic, DNA, or similar technology which actually works in this regard. The only example now being offered is a ridiculously expensive .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol, which according to reviews is simply not reliable and is under-powered in any case.
Some of the prohibitionists may actually believe Biden’s false narrative, simply because there are so many other illogical and unfounded things they believe in their culture war. The most dangerous, though – the ones who actually make the proposals – know or should know that the technology is not yet mature enough to work. Their real goal? To legislate “smart guns only,” with a view toward following up by banning possession of the now comparably dangerous “dumb guns.” And then saying, “Oh, your smart ones didn’t work? Too bad…your old dumb ones are already gone. We won the culture war.”
There actually is a smart gun that works. It’s the Magna-Trigger revolver conversion, invented circa 1976 by the late Joe Smith, and now owned and installed exclusively by Tarnhelm Supply, www.tarnhelm.com. Tarnhelm is run by an old shooting and teaching buddy of mine, master armorer Rick Devoid. He converts the gun to fire only in a hand wearing a proprietary magnetic ring. It sounded like BS to me when it came out, so I got one from Smith in 1980 and tested the hell out of it…and discovered that it actually worked. I carried mine for years, taught with it, and used it as a house gun when my youngest wasn’t yet old enough to absorb gun safety. I shot matches with it, even the Bianchi Cup one year, and took at least three criminals suspects at gunpoint with it that I recall, and it never failed me. I have it still, in semi-retirement in case my youngest grandchildren or my great-grandkids come to visit.
Magna-Trigger’s only downside is what killed its popularity: it only works on a K-frame or larger Smith & Wesson revolver. Info is at www.tarnhelm.com. Rick has lots of other goodies handgunners will find of interest, and does great action tunes on S&W and Ruger revolvers and most makes of semiautomatic pistols.
And, if you’re one of my graduates from either Lethal Force Institute or Massad Ayoob Group (http://massadayoobgroup.com), include a scan or photocopy of your certificate from me with your order — he’ll give you a ten percent discount!