Friday, December 03, 2021

The Truth About the Alec Baldwin Shooting Finally Comes Out

Story.

Basically this is what happened. The gun is, from what I've read, an Italian-made copy of a Colt Peacemaker, which is a single-action revolver, which means that the hammer must be cocked with the thumb for each shot. The gun was designed in 1873 and has no safety device. Although the gun can hold 6 cartridges, experts carry them with only 5 cartridges loaded, and an empty chamber under the resting hammer, because the hammer rests directly on the primer of the cartridge if all 6 chambers are loaded, and the gun WILL FIRE if the hammer is struck a sharp blow. That is NOT what happened to Baldwin.

Baldwin was handed a loaded revolver, either fully loaded with 6 cartridges or safely loaded with only 5. The number of cartridges loaded in this case is not germane, because as part of filming the scene, Baldwin thumbed the hammer back without allowing it to lock into the fully cocked position, but let the hammer slip off of his thumb, at which point it fell forward under tension from the mainspring, and fired the cartridge in the chamber, which turned out to be a live round. On a Colt Peacemaker or clone, you do NOT have to bring the hammer to full cock to fire it - - just thumbing the hammer back far enough to cause the cylinder to rotate and bring a cartridge into position to fire will result in a fired cartridge if the hammer is slipped off the thumb. In point of historical fact, some gunfighters used to file the full-cock notch entire off their Peacemaker and fire it by slipping it off of the thumb. OR they would file the full-cock notch to create a "hair trigger," which means a trigger that is much lighter than normal. A gun that has this sort of "hair trigger" can go off by itself if the gun is dropped.

So Baldwin is not lying if he says he never touched the trigger; the gun can fire without the trigger ever being pulled. Just thumbing the hammer back and slipping it off of the thumb will fire the gun. Presumably Baldwin didn't know that. Probably 99 out of 100 people don't.

Having said this, though, Baldwin's liability is far less than the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, whose job it was to make sure no live rounds were on the set, and particularly not in the gun. She failed, and has admitted so. She'll be lucky to avoid jail.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Coin

I don't find old/foreign coins in the hotel cash drawer much any more, but tonight I found a 1943-P US nickel, made of 40% silver and known as a "war nickel" because nickels minted from 1943-1945 were all made of this silver alloy, actual nickel being needed for the war effort.

Don't know why coins are tougher to find these days, although I've seen YouTube channels where people buy up old rolled coins from banks and search them for these old coins, so maybe that has an effect; maybe coin counting machines are better at separating out unusual coins these days?

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

Best wishes to my readers on this holiday.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Brian Laundrie...

...committed suicide, according to a forensic anthropologist.

This goes a little way to redeeming him in my eyes. No, the suicide doesn't bring Gabby Petito back, but it allows her family closure, and sooner rather than later. It also saves the State and the taxpayers from paying for a trial and the expense of imprisoning him. He salvages some small amount of dignity by doing the right thing. All else is between himself and his God.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Congratulations To...

...Kyle Rittenhouse and his defense team.