A Good Idea — Can You Do Something
In the March 1986 issue of the
there appeared an article on the Mahan Safe Round.
This device was invented by James F Mahan, an FBI
agent who served, presumably in the 1960's, as a
judo and small arms instructor. He was appalled by
the carelessness of off-duty law enforcement
officers in their handling of revolvers.
The Safe Round resembled a
normal •38 Special round with no primer but with a
longer than normal "bullet". This "bullet" was
really a spring-loaded plunger. When loaded in the
cylinder and coaxed into the barrel,
the plunger prevented the revolver from being fired.
cylinder was at the same time locked up and the
revolver was thus temporarily inoperable. It sounds
like a good idea for keeping an unsecured revolver
safe in unauthorized or drunken hands, especially if
the other cylinder chambers were empty.
remove the Safe Round it was necessary to push a
suitably sized rod or a pencil down the barrel and
depress the plunger so that the cylinder could be
swung out to the side and the Safe Round removed.
To me it sounded like a good idea,
Safe Round was not a commercial
success. It seems
to me that such a device would also
work in a revolver with a non-swing-out cylinder
such as a
Colt Peacemaker. And maybe it would be safer still
if the device could be shortened only by using a
"bullet" threaded to a sleeve inside the case, such
a "bullet" movable only when turned by a Phillips
screwdriver or a six-sided socket (Allen) key.
Do you think an auto-loading pistol
could be made safe by a kind of
Safe Round with an extra
long case/"bullet" combo, stuck up the chamber and
ideas? Please let me know. And don't forget to read
again ,the heading at the top of this page.