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    Negligent discharge....the dumbest thing I have done in my life.

    Well yesterday wasn't a good day for me at our house....now it could have been a million times worse, but nonetheless bad.

    I carry at all times (except work) and probably a few times a week pull the firearm out of its holster, drop the mag, take the slide off and blow out the dust bunnies accumulated. This time however was a little different. I didn't drop the mag and because of that the slide was giving me a bit of trouble coming off, so I racked the slide and went about the normal process of removing the slide which includes pulling the damn trigger. And you all know what happens next....

    Now luckily I know better to point the weapon at all times away from people and people behind walls including my neighbors. So I have a bullet hole through my window and window frame...pointing in a upward trajectory going in a direction that no one lives.

    I am sure this will cost me $500 to fix the frame and have the window replaced but that doesn't matter....my life could have changed last night forever. I am lucky I just have to foot a monetary bill for my mistake.

    I am so embarrassed and ashamed I can barely type this.....but need others to maybe learn a lesson from my mistake. I feel that I have always been extremely safe with my firearms, but the new rule in my house is that the firearms only come out of their holsters to be used in self defense. (Cleanings will be done in the basement where I am by my self)


    Thanks for listening (reading) and remember, there is no such thing as an "Accidental Discharge"!

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    Wow that had to be very frightening. That is a story I hate to hear........you are right your life could have changed forever. Be careful you can never be too safe.

    I am sure you have beat yourself up plenty, but you better be more careful from now on man!!

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    I don't like having to pull the trigger to field strip a firearm. No excuses, but it certainly doesn't help.

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    Glad it turned out the way it did.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Chances are, you will re-double your efforts to be safe, and this will never happen again. At least that's the way it has worked for me. My ND was 35 years ago, and like you, I did obey cardinal rule #1 of never pointing at anyone, so nobody got hurt.

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    I did something almost as bad last week. A very good friend and his wife came by for dinner. He/they are not gun owners, but have been out plinking and such w/ friends. He asked to see my new Ruger P95. I retrieved it, uncased it, dropped the mag and racked it three times to be 100% sure it was safe. I locked the slide back and said "we can all see that this gun is safe, right?" I let the slide forward and handed it to him. He immediately pointed it at his wife and said "stick em up" thinking it was funny. I removed the gun from his hands and read him the riot act. At first he was like "what ever dude, you showed us that it was unloaded" and I continued to explain the error of his way. I am not sure if his wife was more pissed or embarrased. No harm done, but scary nonetheless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtn.shooter View Post
    I did something almost as bad last week. A very good friend and his wife came by for dinner. He/they are not gun owners, but have been out plinking and such w/ friends. He asked to see my new Ruger P95. I retrieved it, uncased it, dropped the mag and racked it three times to be 100% sure it was safe. I locked the slide back and said "we can all see that this gun is safe, right?" I let the slide forward and handed it to him. He immediately pointed it at his wife and said "stick em up" thinking it was funny. I removed the gun from his hands and read him the riot act. At first he was like "what ever dude, you showed us that it was unloaded" and I continued to explain the error of his way. I am not sure if his wife was more pissed or embarrased. No harm done, but scary nonetheless.
    Though your friend was nonchalant about the situation I'm sure he felt like a fool inside and tried to play it off. I'm glad you spoke up when so many people wouldn't have, and I'm even more glad that when he tried to make you seem like an overcautious fool that you stuck by your principles that safety always, even after safety has been assured is the unspoken universal firearms law.

    Quote Originally Posted by chris441 View Post
    Well yesterday wasn't a good day for me at our house....now it could have been a million times worse, but nonetheless bad.

    I carry at all times (except work) and probably a few times a week pull the firearm out of its holster, drop the mag, take the slide off and blow out the dust bunnies accumulated. This time however was a little different. I didn't drop the mag and because of that the slide was giving me a bit of trouble coming off, so I racked the slide and went about the normal process of removing the slide which includes pulling the damn trigger. And you all know what happens next....

    Now luckily I know better to point the weapon at all times away from people and people behind walls including my neighbors. So I have a bullet hole through my window and window frame...pointing in a upward trajectory going in a direction that no one lives.

    I am sure this will cost me $500 to fix the frame and have the window replaced but that doesn't matter....my life could have changed last night forever. I am lucky I just have to foot a monetary bill for my mistake.

    I am so embarrassed and ashamed I can barely type this.....but need others to maybe learn a lesson from my mistake. I feel that I have always been extremely safe with my firearms, but the new rule in my house is that the firearms only come out of their holsters to be used in self defense. (Cleanings will be done in the basement where I am by my self)


    Thanks for listening (reading) and remember, there is no such thing as an "Accidental Discharge"!

    you are very fortunate to have lived through this experience and learned from it without any punishments. Consider yourself presently at the height of luck and go buy a lotto ticket. Several of my army counterparts on base here have experienced ND's, to the point where I have to clear my clear and safe weapon 3 times between the ECP (entry control point) and the armory where I turn my weapon, WITH two person integrity. It's a pain in the ass, but one I accept knowing that I will not be the next person to ND and all my shipmates won't be either, with the added benefit of proper clearing and safety techniques being drilled into their heads over and over again.

    The army incorporates a function test into their clearing process (at least here, I can't speak for their written policy) and thats what lead to the ND's, function checking before properly clearing the weapon. clearly the weapons worked,

    Navy procedures is to verify the safety is on safe, drop the mag, rack the weapon and visually inspect the chamber to verify clear chamber, and, again, verify safety, all the while the weapon is either in a clearing barrel OR point into the safest possible direction. You can never, EVER possibly ND with this process. hence we've been here for awhile and not a single ND. I use the same procedures back home and taught my family.

    always drop the mag first.

    and thanks for having the courage to admit your mistakes. not only will you be more than doubly careful, but this is a very real reminder to people of what happens and what COULD happen when you forget that one little thing.

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    Glad no one was hurt, safety always.

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    Wow. Thanks for posting. I continuously play it safe. I maybe even over do it. Your story reminds me that I should continue to always play it safe and take nothing for granted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtn.shooter View Post
    I did something almost as bad last week. A very good friend and his wife came by for dinner. He/they are not gun owners, but have been out plinking and such w/ friends. He asked to see my new Ruger P95. I retrieved it, uncased it, dropped the mag and racked it three times to be 100% sure it was safe. I locked the slide back and said "we can all see that this gun is safe, right?" I let the slide forward and handed it to him. He immediately pointed it at his wife and said "stick em up" thinking it was funny. I removed the gun from his hands and read him the riot act. At first he was like "what ever dude, you showed us that it was unloaded" and I continued to explain the error of his way. I am not sure if his wife was more pissed or embarrased. No harm done, but scary nonetheless.
    Wow that is nutz. Way to take a stand and take the gun....that stuff is not funny. Stick em up....come on. That guy obviously needs a lesson in the 4 points of handling a gun very soon.

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    What I learned from your post is that you will NEVER allow that to happen again. As I was reading I could feel your anxiety and fear. I know you did learn a lesson.

    Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunners_Mate View Post
    Though your friend was nonchalant about the situation I'm sure he felt like a fool inside and tried to play it off. I'm glad you spoke up when so many people wouldn't have, and I'm even more glad that when he tried to make you seem like an overcautious fool that you stuck by your principles that safety always, even after safety has been assured is the unspoken universal firearms law.




    you are very fortunate to have lived through this experience and learned from it without any punishments. Consider yourself presently at the height of luck and go buy a lotto ticket. Several of my army counterparts on base here have experienced ND's, to the point where I have to clear my clear and safe weapon 3 times between the ECP (entry control point) and the armory where I turn my weapon, WITH two person integrity. It's a pain in the ass, but one I accept knowing that I will not be the next person to ND and all my shipmates won't be either, with the added benefit of proper clearing and safety techniques being drilled into their heads over and over again.

    The army incorporates a function test into their clearing process (at least here, I can't speak for their written policy) and thats what lead to the ND's, function checking before properly clearing the weapon. clearly the weapons worked,

    Navy procedures is to verify the safety is on safe, drop the mag, rack the weapon and visually inspect the chamber to verify clear chamber, and, again, verify safety, all the while the weapon is either in a clearing barrel OR point into the safest possible direction. You can never, EVER possibly ND with this process. hence we've been here for awhile and not a single ND. I use the same procedures back home and taught my family.

    always drop the mag first.

    and thanks for having the courage to admit your mistakes. not only will you be more than doubly careful, but this is a very real reminder to people of what happens and what COULD happen when you forget that one little thing.
    Being considered Department of the Navy myself (USMC) I've got to say the Army has some serious issues with weapons. While yes, ND's have happened on all camps with all services, nothing was so shocking as coming in to Camp Fallujah in 04 and seeing signs posted in the chowhalls and any available bulletin boards asking "Have you seen this weapon?, if so please return it to Specialist so and so"

    Didn't have to ask where the M-4/203 we found in the hands of an insurgent shooting at us came from.

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    Well, I know a LEO (fed) that put a hole in her waterbed when emptying it. You're lucky and I bet you it never will happen to you again.

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    Wow, this is a good reminder that safety is top priority!

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    i had an nd when i was 14 and i was deer hunting with a savage 20ga bolt action and the safety was ON and i
    leaned it up against a tree and took a pee and i grabed my gun and my hand slipped and it the trigger and it went off and buckshot went past my head. i found out that the safety did not work. needless to say that gun never got used again

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwbjaxfl View Post
    i had an nd when i was 14 and i was deer hunting with a savage 20ga bolt action and the safety was ON and i
    leaned it up against a tree and took a pee and i grabed my gun and my hand slipped and it the trigger and it went off and buckshot went past my head. i found out that the safety did not work. needless to say that gun never got used again
    wow, reminds me something my dad told me a long time ago, never look down the barrel of a gun. ever.

    I don't remember many of the thing's he said, but of those I do they all seem very sound advice. a few others I remember follow, I hope no one minds.

    never trust a woman (I agree to a point, )

    women. can't live with them, can't live without them.

    if someone hits you, hit them back, Harder.

    words to live by

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    WELLLLLL while were on the subject of ND's. i guess someone has to be the bad example i am one of those unlucky people who has had 2.
    my first i was cleaning my pre 1965 jc higgins 853 12ga and was just finishing up when i put the bolt back in tighten it up and proceeded to rack a round. well i guess it being so old and me the idiot never checking if the firing pin ever recessed that when i pushed thee bolt forward it set off the shell blowing a hole into my ceiling. need less to say i removed the firing pin and put the weapon on display. its nice to JUST look at now.
    my second 100% my fault. i made a collier on on petty thief and resiting a uniformed civilian a few months before. the guy did his time and was released. well unknown to me in florida anyone with a computer and the internet can get any security officers home address, phone number, and post location by going to the dept of agriculture website and typing in there name(mine was on his police report). so it started with crank call then showing up at my post until i had him trespassed from there. then he threaten my family so i sent my wife and kids out of town for a few days knowing it was only going to be a matter of time before this guy showed up at my house. well sure enough he did night but i was half asleep in my recliner with my 9mm on my lap. i hear my front door being pounded on and i jump up grip the gun too hard and put a bullet the wall of my living room, bed room, and stopped in the exterior concrete wall. i ran to the door were i found him drunk and having pissed him self. when the cops showed up they about did the same after i told them. my wife wanted to kill me for holes in her wall i was just happy i didnt hit myself or him.

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    anyone else had a bad experience??? or is it just me.

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    How would gripping your gun too hard cause an ND?

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