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  • Sunday, December 16, 2018 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    More on the Dangers of the SERPA Holster
    By Shawn Wate

    So I was playing with my Serpa and when you push the trigger release and draw the weapon my finger lands in the correct position along the slide above the trigger guard. It looks like it was designed that way. When you draw the finger is kept straight and in the correct position. You have to try and put your finger on the trigger.

    Now my theory on these holsters is assuming ND is actually happening it happens to weapons that are put back into the holster in the cocked position and not locked. The trigger catch could easily pull the trigger upon holstering your weapon. I think the trigger catch could even defeat the Glock trigger safety.

    Setting aside that there is no way I would put a weapon in my holster cocked and not locked Regardless of the brand of holster, I have seen that happen on our range when the “load and make ready command” is given. As a safety I correct the individual but those are just the ones I saw.

    Since there is not going to be any changing of the minds of the range owners on holsters regardless of our arguments, we should focus the effort on training safe holster conditions to avoid ND. If one does occur the ricochet would be towards the folks in the back of the room and the safety and not towards target. Probably won’t end well.

  • Sunday, December 16, 2018 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Should SERPA Holsters Be Banned?
    by Jeff Coder

    Colleagues, we had our fun shoot last week at WCAN in Everett. During our shoot, the WCAN Range Master came into the bay to inform one of our members that the Serpa holster he was wearing was not allowed on the range. There have been safety issues the Serpa holster because of negligent discharges when the shooter moves his finger onto the trigger when drawing from the holster.

    Until now, I thought it was just a training issue. Sort of like you can't idiot proof something because some idiot will find a way to screw it up! That was my thought until now.

    Yesterday I talked to John Holschen. John is the owner of West Coast Armory North. We talked about this for about 10 minutes or so. He said there is actual factual data that shows the sympathetic reflex under stress where about 24% of FBI agents were having negligent discharges due to the design of the Serpa holster. It has to do with what happens to your body (muscles) when drawing from the holster under stress. The FBI was having a lot of ND events, ND being negligent discharges.

    Upper management asked the instructors what they were doing different that could cause a higher rate of ND events. The instructors said they weren't doing anything different than they were before the ND problem arose. So the next question was "is there any equipment that has changed?" The answer, of course, was the Serpa holster with the trigger locking feature.

    So, they installed video cameras in each of the lanes at hip level and it showed that roughly 1/4th of the shooters were drawing with their finger on the trigger. This included experienced shooters who didn't realize they were doing it.

    The FBI ditched all of their Serpa holsters and the ND problem went away immediately. The FBI shared this data with local PD's and the US Military as well. All of those organizations got rid of their Serpa holsters.

    WCAN and a lot of other shooting ranges will not allow people to use Serpa holsters because it is a liability issue for them. With this data that is available to everybody, a range owner would be liable if someone was injured due to an ND from a Serpa holster and for that reason Serpa holsters are not allowed on the range at WCAN.

    I asked John if it was OK to still use a Serpa holster if the trigger locking feature was disabled. That would save us some money by not having to buy new holsters. He said it was OK with him, but we need to demonstrate to the Range Master that the trigger locking feature is, in fact, disabled or removed.

    I stuffed a couple of foam earplugs into mine and it seemed to do the trick. So, that is the policy at WCAN from this point on. We should update our ADTA Equipment List to reflect that. We should also include a reference to that policy in the RSO safety briefing as well.

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Second only to the muskets used in our revolutionary and civil wars, the AR-15 may be the most important firearm in American political history.  This article from The Federalist explains why.

    Top 10 Reasons You Should Own An AR-15

    Author Mark Overstreet is a firearm instructor and author in central Texas. He retired in 2016 as the senior research coordinator of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, after 25 years with the organization. He is also retired from the Army Reserve, after 23 years including duty as a combat cameraman in Iraq.

  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018 5:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As an educational organization, the ADTA's policy is to not take a position on candidates or political issues.  However, there are occasionally initiatives which may affect members' gun rights, so we would like to inform you of the effect these would have on those rights, if passed.  As always, of course, we encourage members to vote your conscience, however that may be.

    There are two initiatives of particular concern:

    (1) I-98, concerning firearms and ammunition:

    Initiative Measure No. 978, filed March 21, 2018 _____ BILL REQUEST - CODE REVISER'S OFFICE

    Ballot Measure Summary
    This measure would prohibit the sale or transfer of firearms to a person under 21 years of age, with exceptions. The exceptions include transfers of firearms between immediate family members who are 18 years of age or older. It would prohibit the sale of all forms of ammunition for firearms to anyone under 21 years of age. Violations would be punishable as a gross misdemeanor or as a class C felony if a repeat offense. 

    This is an initiative to the Legislature, meaning if it obtains sufficient signatures, it goes to the legislature and they can pass it into law without a vote of the people.  If they take no action, it would go to the ballot in November of 2019.  

    The issue of concern with I-978 is that it would prohibit sales of guns or ammunition to anyone under the age of 21.  Some feel this abridges the gun rights of law-abiding citizens, especially when background checks are already required for such sales.

    (2) I-1639, Relating to increased public safety:

    Initiative Measure No. 1639, filed May 2, 2018. AN ACT Relating to increasing public safety by implementing firearm safety measures, including requiring enhanced background

    Ballot Measure Summary

    This measure would require enhanced background checks, firearm training, and waiting periods before semiautomatic assault rifles may be purchased or delivered. It would impose age limitations on who may purchase or possess certain firearms, including prohibiting firearm purchases by persons under age 21. It would require certain secured firearm storage or trigger-locks, and criminalize certain firearm storage if it results in unauthorized use. It would enact other firearm-related requirements, including certain warnings, recordkeeping, and fees

    This is an initiative to the people, and if it obtains sufficient validated signatures prior to the early-July cutoff, it will appear on the November ballot this year.

    Some provisions of this initiative:

    • Anyone purchasing a semi-automatic assault rifle (I'll refer to it here as a modern sporting rifle, or MSR) must complete a six-part "firearm safety course."
    • Raises the age to purchase an MSR to 21.
    • Requires the long form background check, used for pistols today.
    • Allows a fee of up to $25 for that background check
    • Imposes a 10-day waiting period to take possession of an MSR.
    • Creates felony or gross misdemeanor penalties if an unauthorized person gains access.
    • Grants immunity to any public official who erroneously denies a sale/transfer.
    • Prohibits purchase of an MSR by a non-resident.
    • Restricts places where youth 18 - 20 may possess an MSR.
    • Requires annual (or sooner) re-verification that the owner meets possession requirements.
    • NOTE:  This initiative defines any rifle as a "semi-automatic assault rifle" ...."which utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to to fire each cartridge."  To be clear, this definition of a "semi-automatic assault rifle" would include a 75-year old tube-fed Savage 22 rimfire rifle.  

    Public commentary:

    Yesterday, in a defeat for Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Initiative 1639 proponents, the Thurston County Superior Court sided in part with the NRA and found that certain parts of the ballot title were deceptive and misleading. As a result, they ordered amendments to several key provisions of the initiative’s ballot title.

    Again, the ADTA does not suggest that members support or reject these initiatives.  However, we do want to inform you as clearly as possible about possible legislation which may affect members' 2nd Amendment rights.  If you feel passionately about these initiatives, one way or the other, we encourage you to talk with friends and family, neighbors and co-workers, and inform them of your perspective on these initiatives.   And again, if you feel strongly about these initiatives, remember that they're currently gathering signatures prior to the July cut-off, so there is a time value to communicating your thoughts to others.

    -- Your ADTA Board of Directors



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