This is a thread about mistakes you felt were made from a logical standpoint in an ST:OS episode but upon further reflection you realize were not mistakes at all. Though its possible the writers. directors, and producers did not actually recognize or correct the error themselves. Specter of the Gun Mistake I thought was in the episode Kirk and company, knowing they have no hope of outdrawing the Earps and Doc Holliday in a gunfight, create a grenade which spews out tranquilizing gas. IIRC in the episode it is mentioned that the gas will take "2 or 3 seconds" to take effect. I always thought that "in 2 or 3 seconds" the Earps and Holliday would've gunned Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty down with time to spare. Why its not a mistake During the gunfight, the Earps and Holliday halt at what appears to be about 20 yards away from the Enterprise landing party and call for the draw. This distance is about right for 19th century gunfights with single action revolvers. But, assuming Spock is the one who they were planning to have throw the grenade (seems logical given his greater upper body strength) then in all likelihood Spock could've hurled the small grenade at least 70-75 yards. In other words well before the Earps and Holliday walked to within accurate revolver range. Thus the strategy of the Enterprise crew was indeed sound and would've worked if the Melkotians had allowed it to play out.