A few years ago, when I was still working at TMCCC, I met a guy. He sometimes reads the blog, so I’ll keep him anonymous.
He became a good work friend, and we had many interesting conversations. He was not, however, an experienced gun guy.
But, he liked firearms, and we’d sometimes talk about gun stuff.
One day, the subject of the extra round, additional to those in the magazine, came up. The one ‘up the pipe’ in the vernacular.
|Dep. Fife, with his namesake bullet|
And my friend says, “Oh! The Barney Bullet!“
“What?”, I ask.
And he says, “You know! Like the extra round Barney Fife keeps in his shirt pocket! That extra round is called ‘The Barney Bullet’
“EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT!”
Well, I hated to burst his bubble. In 30+ years of gun handling and training, I’d never heard ANYONE refer to it as that. Ever.
But, I liked it. So, I adopted it. It’s hysterical.
Now, when I watch TV or a movie, and our hero (or a bad guy) cycles a gun action (for dramatic effect)
I always say,”Oh, there goes another Barney!” or “Geez, these guys have to watch where they walk, Barneys all over the floor!”
And, some of my gunnie friends have adopted it too.
It’s amazing how many rounds are wasted, thrown away, by unnecessary action cycling.
(In the movies and TV, anyway.)
But, it looks and sounds cool! That’s what’s important.
Maybe, one day, my friend’s idea will, indeed, become true!
h/t Judy, and, my anonymous friend