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Work has kept me busy, but it has brought wonderful opportunities as well.

This week I had the good fortune of working with the prime mover behind Winchester's adoption of the cross-bolt safety on their lever action rifles. This guy's a phenomenal deer hunter like BigJon.

It usually ruffles my feathers to hear that a classic design has been modified, but this time it turned out differently. It seems that half-cock notches on lever actions were not reliably stopping rifles dropped out of tree stands from discharging. Even walking hunters were known to stumble and accidentally discharge their rifles. He conducted a study of hunting accidents using data from state wildlife agencies. When used, the cross-bolt safety virtually eliminates most lever action rifle accidents. Better still is that this safety does not affect the trigger pull and will not spook deer when you slip it off to shoot.

Also, while I was on my way to a meeting this afternoon, I passed a group of prisoners cleaning up the roadside. The group was guarded by two corrections officers armed with long barreled, pump shotguns.

My state has plenty of cash to buy these officers any guns they need, CAR-15's, MP-5's or whatever; but these guns looked brand spankin' new. Maybe the lesson here is that the shotgun is not obsolete. Perhaps in skilled hands the shotgun is just as effective as ever.
 

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I happen to be one of the guys that doesn't like cross bolt safeties (purely asthetic reasons), but employ an easy to do no money required fix -- I don't use it. I suppose it does make the guns safer, I just hate adding mechanical safeties as it seems that for each safety present, reduced the safety between the ears. People just tend to get too complacent. Especially non-gun people.

Re: shotguns on the side of the road. The shotgun is by no means and in no way obsolete. One of the things everyone, and certainly every criminal is aware of is the fearsome reputation of the shotgun. That reputation is probably responsible for more bad things NOT happening than we'll ever know.
 
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