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Shooting victim bids on firm that made flawed gun
AP ^ | July 25, 2004 | AP

Posted on 08/12/2004 6:37:27 AM PDT by Former Military Chick

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A California teenager left paralyzed by an accidental shooting a decade ago placed a bid in federal bankruptcy court recently to buy the flawed handgun's manufacturer so he can shut it down.

Brandon Maxfield, 17, raised $175,000, much of it through his Web site, to buy bankrupt Bryco Arms of Costa Mesa, Calif. He wants to melt down 70,000 unassembled guns and close the company for good.

Bryco filed for bankruptcy in 2003 after a jury awarded the teenager $51 million in damages in a lawsuit.

Maxfield's bid to purchase Bryco was $25,000 more than the $150,000 accepted by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Jerry Funk from Paul Jiminez, the company's former manager.

Ned Nashban, an attorney representing Bryco's owner, said the bidding process was over. But Richard Ruggieri, Maxfield's California attorney, disagreed, saying Funk could decide to sell to Maxfield since receiving the higher bid.

Bryco founder Bruce Jennings and his Nevada-based distribution company were ordered to pay $24 million of a $51 million judgment in Maxfield's lawsuit. Maxfield has received $8.7 million - none of it from Jennings or Bryco - from others named in the suit.

Days after the verdict, Jennings moved across the country to Florida, where he purchased a $500,000 annuity and a $900,000 home and hangar in Daytona Beach. He filed for personal bankruptcy and for bankruptcy for Bryco in Florida, where state law allows debtors to keep their houses.

Maxfield, a resident of Mendocino County north of San Francisco, was shot in 1994 by a baby sitter who was trying to unload a .380-caliber Bryco handgun. The shooting left him a quadriplegic. Because of the gun's design, its safety mechanism had to be released to unload the round in the semiautomatic's chamber.

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To: Dead Corpse
On a Baretta/Taurus 92, you can pop the mag with the safety engaged. Ain't no way in hell to clear the chamber without first disengaging the safety. It's a slide stop that flips up.

No it's not. The "safety" on a B/T 92 is really just a decocking lever. The gun is intended to be carried in double action mode, with the decocking lever up (ready to fire). Regardless, my 92 will clear with the decocking lever in either position.

21 posted on 08/12/2004 7:25:28 AM PDT by FateAmenableToChange
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To: ArrogantBustard
On the M1911 (and all its cousins), Browning Hi-Power, Ruger MkI/II the safetly also locks the slide.

I don't own and haven't used any of those, so I defer to you on those models.

As far as the Glock and the H&K, well, there are "safeties" in the firearm - the Glock's is on the trigger, and the H&K is on the front of the grip. I guess it depends on what the meaning of the word "safety" is. ;-)

22 posted on 08/12/2004 7:25:44 AM PDT by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: Chemist_Geek

See that little lever? Flip it up over the red dot and try and pull back the slide.

23 posted on 08/12/2004 7:31:16 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (For an Evil Super Genius, you aren't too bright are you?)
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To: ArrogantBustard
Point of order: Glocks don't have a mechanical safety.

Bullpuckey. Glocks don't have an external operator-controlled safety, but they do have redundant internal mechanical safeties.

"Safe Action" System

The "Safe Action" system consists of three (3) automatic independently operating mechanical safeties which are sequentially disengaged when pulling the trigger and which are automatically re-engaged when releasing the trigger.

Without actuating the trigger it is not possible that a shot is fired.

The revolutionary trigger system consists of:

Trigger safety

Firing pin safety

Drop safety

Furthermore the "Safe Action" system provides a constant trigger pull weight and a constant trigger travel from the first shot up to the last shot. GLOCK pistols are safe when dropped, when they receive any other abnormal shocks and are fully functional at temperatures from -40° to +70° Celsius.

The GLOCK "Safe Action" system has revolutionized the handgun industry and has been widely adopted by law enforcement and other official users as well as commercial and competition/combat shooting areas due to its simple, fast, safe and reliable application.

The main advantage of the GLOCK "Safe Action" system is that is has no external safeties. Because of this, the user can fully concentrate on the tactical tasks required whilst being in a stress situation and does not need to think about any safeties to be deactivated.

24 posted on 08/12/2004 7:31:22 AM PDT by FateAmenableToChange
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To: Dead Corpse
See that little lever? Flip it up over the red dot and try and pull back the slide.

You're right on Taurus. But Berettas don't have that little lever. They have a manual decocker.

25 posted on 08/12/2004 7:32:11 AM PDT by FateAmenableToChange
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To: FateAmenableToChange

I thought the Taurus 92 and the Baretta were nearly identical? I'm using Baretta clips in my Taurus. They work fine.


26 posted on 08/12/2004 7:34:01 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (For an Evil Super Genius, you aren't too bright are you?)
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To: Dead Corpse
Never mind...


27 posted on 08/12/2004 7:35:37 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (For an Evil Super Genius, you aren't too bright are you?)
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To: Lazamataz

Ditto.


28 posted on 08/12/2004 7:38:26 AM PDT by Little Ray (John Ffing sKerry: Just a gigolo!)
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To: Former Military Chick

Even an unsafe gun should be pointed in a safe direction when loading, unloading, cleaning, etc...


29 posted on 08/12/2004 7:44:29 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (We live in a wonderful country where any child can grow up to be the next Ronald Reagan.)
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To: yarddog

Mine liked to stovepipe and it was not particularly accurate. And it wasn't really the gun's fault,but the grip was too small so the slide had a tendency to cut the webbing between the thumb an forefinger.
I like my revolvers much better. As soon as I find a Gun Buy Back, I will try to get rid of the Bryco.
So I can a replace it with new Springfield XD or, even better, a Winchester M1887 replica by Norinco...


30 posted on 08/12/2004 7:45:04 AM PDT by Little Ray (John Ffing sKerry: Just a gigolo!)
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To: yarddog
There is a lot of snobbery among shooters.

Not me. I am much too refined for such plebian behavior. (sniff)


31 posted on 08/12/2004 7:45:55 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: Dead Corpse

See the little lever marked "A"? Flipping it has nothing to do with the slide motion.

32 posted on 08/12/2004 7:46:07 AM PDT by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: FateAmenableToChange

None of which can be "engaged" or "disengaged" in any manner meaningful to clearing the weapon. Point of order sustained. If you want to get technical, the M1911 and Hi-Power have several "safeties". Most, however, like the Glock's "safeties", are irrelevant to clearing the weapon. (Hi-Power has a magazine disconnect.)


33 posted on 08/12/2004 7:47:30 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Dead Corpse
The very early Beretta mdel 92's had a safety like a 1911 .45 auto. I had two of them. They were both bought in 1974.

Soon after that, they changed to a hammer drop safety which is the one on the U.S. military guns.

Beretta won a contract for some Brazilian military or police contract and set up a factor in Sao Paulo to manufacture them. When the contract was fulfilled, Taurus bought the tooling and began to make an identical gun. It was the early model with the early safety. Taurus now makes hammer drop safeties too.

34 posted on 08/12/2004 7:49:26 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: Dead Corpse
We need to straighten out which model we're talking about when we say "92"! I have a 92S.
35 posted on 08/12/2004 7:50:32 AM PDT by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: Little Ray
I don't own a Jennings now but have had several. They were all 100% reliable which is more than can be said for some much more expensive guns including a Walther TPH.

Now I wouldn't try to use one in a bullseye match but I thought they were unusually accurate, especially so since the rifling was shallow.

I have an old issue of "Gun Test" magazine where they actually said the Raven was a better gun than a Smith & Wesson model 59, the reason being the model 59 was a jammer while the pot metal Raven was totally reliable.

36 posted on 08/12/2004 7:55:25 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: Lazamataz

Well I will have to admit you are a handome rascal.


37 posted on 08/12/2004 7:57:08 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: Former Military Chick
The shooting left him a quadriplegic. Because of the gun's design, its safety mechanism had to be released to unload the round in the semiautomatic's chamber.

Note to ignorant reporter: that's not a flaw, it's a failure of the imbecile who pointed the gun at another human being while manipulating a firearm. Unless, of course, one considers the 1911 flawed since I can't retract the slide witht he thumb safety engaged.

38 posted on 08/12/2004 8:04:49 AM PDT by RogueIsland
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To: Lazamataz
I'd be for the government giving surplus military firearms to the poor, instead of that crappy welfare cheese.

Libs/Dems would like to forget what a great civil rights organization the NRA is.

In the 50s, they provided surplus long guns to blacks in Monroe, NC who were being harassed and threatened by Night Riders (KKK).

Of course, we now know thanks to Michael Moore that the NRA and the KKK are closely affiliated.

39 posted on 08/12/2004 8:11:42 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: FateAmenableToChange
Furthermore the "Safe Action" system provides a constant trigger pull weight and a constant trigger travel from the first shot up to the last shot.

The only people I've ever encountered who have problems with DA/SA transitions are people who lack an understanding of the fundamentals of trigger control, frankly.

40 posted on 08/12/2004 8:14:23 AM PDT by RogueIsland
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