Some of you may be fans of radio host Michael Savage, but I can’t let his totally incorrect information concerning the facts about George Zimmerman’s firearm – a Kel-Tec PF-9 – stand.
From the Daily Caller.
“Zimmerman was carrying a Kel Tec semi-automatic 9mm handgun,” Savage said. “So? Big deal. It is a big deal because he had a bullet chambered in the gun and he had the safety off… Had he not chambered a round prior to meeting Trayvon, and had he not taken the safety off, even if Trayvon, during the altercation even if Trayvon had tried to grab the gun away from Zimmerman — had that gun not been chambered with a round and safety off, Trayvon Martin would have had to use two hands. You can’t do it with one hand.”
Savage has no idea what he’s talking about. (I’m not sure if he’s corrected himself since his broadcast Tuesday night.)
There is no manual safety on a Kel-Tec PF-9
The Kel-Tec PF-9 does not have a manual safety and it is a double-action only handgun. The pull of the trigger – similar to a revolver – both cocks and releases the hammer. Yes, there are a few double-action semi-automatic pistols with a manual safety. An example would be a Smith & Wesson Shield, but it’s there as a choice for the customer. They can use it or not use it, the gun is no more or less safe with or without it because it’s a double-action trigger. Revolvers are double-action, and as a general rule, none of them have a manual safety.
It is perfectly acceptable to carry a firearm with a round in the chamber
If you need to fire a gun in self-defense, the last thing you want to do is rack the slide. It takes way too much time to do so and your non-dominate hand may not be available. Guns with a manual safety – similar to a single action 1911 design – have a safety placed near the thumb that does not require any deviation from the normal draw of the handgun and it can be completed with one hand if necessary. Law enforcement carries with one in the chamber. Those I know and those I’ve trained with all carry with one in the chamber.
Savage thinks Zimmerman should be convicted of manslaughter even though he’s been charged with second degree murder. His second point that leads him to his suggestion Zimmerman must be convicted of manslaughter is the 911 phone call and what Zimmerman said – supposedly a racial slur – but it turns out that’s probably not the case at all and it was thoroughly discussed back in April 2012.