Confess: tell us about your AD's
James Jarrett, who is quite a horseman as well as shooter/instructor, once told me, "You show me somebody who has never fallen off a horse, and I'll show you somebody who hasn't ridden much." Jarrett maintained that we are all going to have an AD someday; our mission is make sure that when our turn comes, it will be benign, that there will be only embarrassment, not death or injury.
Of course, I didn't believe him. I had been handling guns -- a lot -- for over 20 years, firing over 10,000 rounds a year, sometimes much more.
There are two kinds of shooters: Those who have never had an AD (or ND, if you prefer), and those who haven't had an AD yet.
My AD was with a Ruger .22/45. I knew the magazine was out, because I saw it there on the table, picked it up and put it away. I knew the chamber was empty, because I pulled back the slide and looked. I did not know that there was another magazine in the gun, because I assumed that the one I picked up and put away was the one from the gun. When I pulled back the slide to inspect the chamber, I loaded one from the magazine.
I lined up on a leaf on a bush outside the window, backed by a cinder block wall, because I knew that was a safe direction -- cinder block walls stop .22's. And it did, too. Windows, however, don't stop .22's.
Yes, there was a hole through the leaf -- I'm not making that up for dramatic effect, I really did hit the leaf. (I was a fluke, though, after the bullet penetrated glass.)
I called the glazier and had the window repaired before my wife got home. She never knew; still doesn't.
Nowadays, all my dry-firing, and loading and unloading, is done with the gun pointed at a target that is hung in front of a couple of old Kevlar vest panels, against an exterior wall that is backed by a cinder block wall on the outside. I now believe with all my heart, with a religious conviction, that I WILL have another AD some day, but I am determined that it will be benign.
Your turn: Have you had an AD -- yet?
Mine was a ND, Negligent Discharge. This was just pure stupidity on my part.
I was about 17 and deer hunting in Vermont. Let's just say I was not a overly excited about being there because I am not a fan of hunting (I don't have a problem with people that hunt, it's just not for me). Anyway, I was sitting in a clearing with my .30-06 across my lap, bored off my a$$, and I started playing with the safety. The safety was right behind the trigger just outside the guard. Click, click. Click, click. Click, click. Click, BOOM! Needless to say it scared the crap out of me and I haven't been deer hunting since. Haven't had an ND since either though.
I was in my thirties with my Ruger Blackhawk.
I had been trying to get a good shot at a turtle in a tank on some property the family owned. The turtles and alligators had pretty much eaten all of the fingerlings we had stocked in the tank, and I wanted to get rid of some of them.
I started walking around to the other side of the tank, and decided it wasn't too smart to walk on rough ground with my gun cocked.
I lowered the muzzle of the revolver toward the ground, decocking as I prepared to place the gun in my holster.
I missed hitting my foot by about two inches.
I think I probably jumped higher than I ever had before, or since.
Never argue with drunks or crazy people.
But, thanks for asking!
I was about 16 or 17. My buddy and I had just wrapped up an evening of dove hunting. We were sitting in his old 79 Ford pick up and I had my Remington 12 gauge sitting in my lap. While attempting to eject the shells, the gun went off and blew my passenger side window out and the plastic door panel. THANK GOD,that the gun wasn't pointed at he or I...
In the fall of 1976, I was going deer hunting with my Dad. He asked me if I wanted to hunt with the Winchester model 70 in 30-06 or the Winchester model 94 in 30-30. Since I was going to be in heavy brush, and the shots were going to be less than 100 yards, I chose the 30-30. I reached the stand about 4:30am, stepped in quietly and cycled the action to load a cartridge then all of a sudden "BOOM" and there was a hole in the top of the stand and in my pride as well. Oh I forgot the part about ruining a good set of camo pants, and a horrible ringing in my ears as well.
Fortunately I have never had any unintended discharge in my handguns!!
I haven't and hope I never do.
And I hope never.....I hate to ruin a good pair of Levi's.
Iíve come close but havenít completed the process yet. I was working on my Glock and was clearing it. For some reason I put a mag back in and chambered a round. When I did my second safety check out pops a round. Opps.
When I was in the Air Force as a Security Policeman I was once in charge of the clearing barrel. A women had just loaded her .38 but couldnít get her thumb snap over the gun. I looked more closely and saw a cocked hammer. I put my thumb in-between the hammer and the gun and took it out of her holster clearing it in the clearing barrel. That could have been nasty. Especially since she was my roommates girl friend.
When I first rented a Bersa 380, I wasn't sure how the trigger worked. I loaded the gun, took aim at the target and took the first shot. Damn, that trigger was long. I rotated the gun to where the top was on the right. I kept it pointing downrange. I pulled on the trigger a little, intending to take up the slack to see how far it goes.... BANG! Oh, single action now. Good thing it was pointed down range and I was the only one shooting at the time.
Bought a SKS from a guy I knew from work, took it to the range loaded 10 rounds and took aim, squeezed the trigger all 10 rounds fired. had to replace a part now it shoots fine but it shook me first time.
I haven't had any. *knocks on some wood real fast*
Yeas ago, I had a friend w/ an SKS that did that when he loaded it.
Originally Posted by tony pasley
My cousin handed me a .22 that he told me was clear. I believed him, more fool me. All the reason in the world to check the chamber no matter what. Anyway, we're walking down a creek bed, looking for hogs. (I know a 22 isn't recommended for wild hogs, but that's neither here nor there.) My finger crept into the trigger guard, and blam!
I had the gun pointed up, fortunately. I at least kept in mind the safe direction mantra that was drilled into my head as a kid. But it could have been bad. I haven't had one since, but that incident sticks in my mind still today.
Years ago, a pal of mine had completed his build of a black powder rifle. At the range, he loaded up for me as I didn't quite know the procedure. I cocked the hammer and as I brought the rifle to my shoulder he was saying "careful, it's got a very light trigger".
Too late. My poor handling (finger in the trigger guard too early) caused a discharge while the rifle was still pointed up at about 20 deg. Downrange and safe, but it scared the crap out of me.
Know the rules: It's always loaded. Finger out of the trigger guard until ready to fire. Maintain a safe direction. Know your target and beyond.
None here, and hope it stays that way..
Here's a good one
Of the AD's posted above, I don't consider the full-auto episodes as real AD's, because in those, the gun was assumed to be loaded, the gun was pointed in a safe direction, the finger was on the trigger intentionally and appropriately. I think of an AD as not intending the gun to go bang, and being very surprised when it does.
Of the true AD's described above, some involve Rule One "I didn't think it was loaded." Some involve Rule Three "Finger off the trigger until sights are on target." So far, nobody has reported any bodily injury, just property damage, because of Rule Two, "Don't point gun at anything you don't want to shoot." Granted, a truck is something you don't want to shoot, but it is better to shoot a truck than yourself or somebody else. In some of the cases above, the direction of the gun was pointed in a safe direction intentionally, others by luck. Still, Rule 2 is what makes AD's benign.
For those of you who haven't had an AD yet -- good for you! Your turn will come some day. When it does, may it be benign!
Anyway, here's a good AD for you, on video:
Originally Posted by milquetoast
Never argue with drunks or crazy people.
While you can't guarantee that you'll never have an AD, I don't subscribe to the notion that "everyone will have one someday". It's not an inevitability. Maintain safe handling and you won't accidentally discharge the firearm.
Similarly, just because you've done it, you haven't "gotten it out of the way" either. It's not fate, it's discipline.
That's my take on it anyway
I had one at the range when I was just getting started shooting. After slide lock I would drop the mag and release the slide and pull the trigger. This so that I could get used to racking the slide with a new mag in. Anyway I must have gotten distracted and thought I had gone through my routine - don't ask me how I thought I remembered the slide locking and me releasing it when neither had happened, but when I pulled the trigger I sure got a surprise. Now the pistol was pointed downrange, but I saw it hit the floor. I was very embarassed and have never forgotten that slipup.
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