Go Switch Garbage


Almost a year ago I made a BLOG post entitled, The Problem with the Taurus TCP. The purpose of this post and video was to illustrate what I considered a design flaw in the fire control system. Being a simple kind of guy I figured a video of the problem was the best way to illustrate it.

So, last night, while watching NBC report on a supposed dangerous issue with the common fire control (CFC) in a variety of Remington firearms, I eagerly anticipated NBC’s video evidence. After all, NBC is a major journalistic entity and should be able to produce evidentiary video of a much higher quality than me. And, NBC even bragged about working on the story for months.

Instead of evidence in the form of a simple demonstration using an actual gun, or in this case the faulty part, we got an animated cartoon of the mechanism failing and testimony from a collection of folks who all had a dog in the hunt or, at the very least, one in the box ready to be turned out.

If this problem is as prevalent as NBC suggests, how hard could it be to demonstrate it for the millions of viewers watching? I decided to give it a try.

I guess we now see why NBC used a cartoon to demonstrate the alleged problem as opposed to the real thing. While working as a cop I learned a valuable lesson. Evidence is a wonderful thing, especially if you have it on your side.

One final comment with regard to firearms safety. NBC admitted gun safety rules were violated by those claiming injury as a result of, and fault with the Remington CFC design. As an analogy, if you violate the rules of the road while driving your vehicle and cause an accident with injuries, what or who is to blame? You or your vehicle?


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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4 Responses to Go Switch Garbage

  1. RG says:

    Thanks Richard. I won’t bother commenting on the dim wits who make up the NBC “news” (propaganda) out fit.

  2. Henry says:

    “NBC”…..No Brain Core

  3. JERRY DOVE says:

    Hey, Richard, great demonstration! I for one do not believe anything that NBC reports on! Oh, by the way I hope that you didn’t beat all the finish off of Bat’s trigger group! LOL!

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