FBI Bozo Weapons Handling

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Really folks, can you trust your government?

On April 12th of this year (2013) the FBI Technical Branch produced an in-house
video about the FBI Reference Firearms Collection for their Youtube Channel.
(Yes! The FBI has their own Youtube Channel!)

Here is their YouTube description:

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Inside the FBI Reference Firearms Collection

Published on Apr 12, 2013

If every gun tells a story, the FBI’s reference firearms collection could fill
a very, very large book.

The inventory of more than 7,000 firearms—curated over 80 years—contains
just about every make and model, from John Dillinger’s Prohibition-era revolver
to the modern battlefield’s M16, and almost everything in between.

More at: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2013/april/fbi-­gun-collection-firearms-that-help-solve-­crimes

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These technicians are presumably among the top firearms experts in the country.

They examine evidence, they testify in court, they produce evidentiary
reports for use in cases big and small across the country; they are, in short,
the crème de la crème of government firearms bureaucrats.

So how did they manage to produce a video with not one, but two examples of the
most miserable and incompetent weapons manipulation possible?

Any individual who fondled a pistol in a gunshop with the obvious negligence exhibited
in this FBI video would be severely reprimanded on the spot if not tossed out on his ear.

And I have yet to see any Smithsonian Firearms Technician mishandle any weapon
on any History Channel Documentary.

So who are these guys who have so much responsibility and publicly display such
complete insouciance when they brag about their job?

Even the bank robber pictured in the video has the discipline to keep his finger off
the trigger of the weapon he uses to commit his crime.

Watch the complete video for yourself (the fun starts at about 4:28):

2 responses to “FBI Bozo Weapons Handling

  1. Need to watch this and seriously give thought to a retraction.

    The Webley’s action and timing was being checked and you can’t do that to a revolver unless you’re pulling the trigger and if you’re pulling the trigger the hammer is going to move.

    The Glock was being re-assembled and he was making sure that the trigger had not been reset during assembly. Additionally that particular Glock had a FA back plate and he was checking the function of the sear action of the gun and again, that’s something you really can’t do without pulling the trigger.

    • Hi Jonathan!

      Many thanks for your insights, but I do not understand how anyone can determine what the agent intended to do with the revolver.

      If you look closely you can see he is not dressed in a lab coat, but street clothes, so whatever he was doing falls under the category of “fooling around”.

      Bad move if you want to impress the public with your technical prowess.

      It is hard to imagine what “chain of custody” paperwork would need to be filed for an agent to stand around in an informal setting and dry snap a rare and possibly irreplaceable firearm—as that revolver appears to be a Webley-Fosbery, one of the few auto loading revolver designs in existence.

      As for the Glock I am not privy to FBI function test protocols but when I have checked the action on various pistols in my life the sequence has been

      1. Point the muzzle into a Clearing Bullet Trap or equivalent.

      2. Rack the slide.

      3. Then and only then press your finger on the trigger to activate the firing sequence.

      I can tell you if someone develops the habit of racking a slide while pressing the trigger there is a big boom waiting for them sometime in the future.

      Good news, it will probably only happen once. (If he lives.)

      As a representative of (Best Defense LLC?) I am sure you have at least one or two clearing traps at your facility and teach your students the highest standard of responsible weapon manipulation.

      As such you must appreciate my concern about this matter as well as the concern of attorneys and the general public about the quality of expertise at the National FBI Technical Branch.

      For readers who do not understand what a clearing trap is I provide this link as public service:

      http://www.ballisticrubber.net/products/products.htm

      In Liberty,
      JJH

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