“High Capacity” Magazines Played Little Role In The Sandy Hook Massacre

Read the report, if you are interested … FPS sighted.

A Ct State Police report has come out today shining additional light into the tragic events of last month.

During the rampage, the mad man shooter frequently changed magazines. Some times switching magazines out well before they were empty of ammunition. In some cases, magazines with 15 or more rounds were ejected from the firearm and replaced with full magazines.

So, what significance does this have on everything?

It means that even in the case of a high capacity magazine ban, there would have been very little effect on the outcome of the massacre. You can reload with a ten round magazine if you practice. No big deal really. So the big scary banana clips weren’t really a problem for our shooter. Only ignorant politicians.

Let me beat that into your head. High capacity magazines are not to blame.

I’m pretty curious, why would someone switch them out so quickly? I can only think of two reasons:

  • Frequent rifle malfunctions that required clearing, poor rifle maintenance.
  • FPS(first person shooter, video games) syndrome from video game play. Not real life.

Investigators are aware that frequent reloading is common in violent video games, because an experienced player knows never to enter a new building or room without a full magazine, so as not to risk running out of bullets. This has led them to speculate privately that this might be a reason that he replaced magazines frequently.

People who know, have practiced the drill of a jammed or mis-feed with a magazine. It’s pretty common with all semi-autos rifles and pistols. You should practice it yourself. The 1911 is particularly prone to stove-piping, or limp wristed firing, clearing a jammed gun under duress, should be part of any range practice. Generally timed drills do this automatically.

Soldiers often short load (load with less than full capacity) magazines to prevent jams.

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