Smith & Wesson and other manufacturers will no doubt continue this practice as long as their legal departments advise them to do so. Even though the S&W locks have failed, Smith & Wesson will continue the locks because their lawyers tell the upper echelons of management the locks protect the company from lawsuits.
That was good enough for me. There are enough older lockless Smiths to go around, and I would not really be interested in the new scandimonium guns anyway.
Then I examined the new Smith & Wesson M&P, in an attempt to get over my adversion to the name usage. It appeared to be a good gun, even if the grips are a little slick. The rep extolling the virtues of modern polymer finally reached the subject of the integrated lock. When my face showed what I thought of the lock, the S&W rep quickly said that law enforcement and military can get the pistol without the lock.
That straw broke the camel's back. When S&W considers policemen and military to be safer with weapons than private citizens, I've had enough. Oh, right......I forgot........This is not about end user safety. It's about deflecting court actions. When Smith & Wesson is forced to defend their integrated lock in court in the presence of widows and orphans, after a gun owner's lifesaving device inadvertently locked up in the moment of truth, perhaps their position will change. Until that time all gun owners and gun buyers will just have to suffer being seen as idiots who will not secure firearms when not in use.
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