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May 21, 2013

"Hammer the Hammer"

Gun safety, 1905. Grip it the wrong way and smack it on a table! It won’t go off! Usually. Keep in mind that this was an innovation: a gun that didn’t go off when you dropped it. You can see why they sold millions; guys were damned tired of the thing slipping out of their pocket and blowing off their jaw. Iver Johnson also made bikes, and there’s probably an ad that shows people driving them into moving trains to show how well they survive contact. -- from Tiny Lies, a new instabook by LILEKS (James)

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 21, 2013 11:05 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Historical trivia: both President William McKinley and Senator Robert Kennedy were killed by assassins with Iver Johnson revolvers.

Posted by: Skorpion at May 22, 2013 11:29 AM

Transfer bar safety pistols cut way down on the incidence of limping cowboys.

If you carry a single action pistol made before the 1970's, and it's not an Iver Johnson, you leave the cylinder beneath the hammer empty.

And if you have the urge to buy a single action pistol today, make it a Ruger and save yourself the buyer's remorse.

Posted by: TmjUtah at May 22, 2013 6:17 PM

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