Injuries From Clearing 1911 Style Pistols
I haven't seen this discussed here yet but there have been several well documented cases of injuries associated with clearing a loaded round from 1911 style pistols ( This was in USPSA's Front Sight magazine ) and it could happen with others too we assume. From what has been determined the round does not clear the front of the ejection port and then drops out from under the extractor and then the ejector slams into the primer setting it off. This usually, but not always, happens when the shooter is trying to catch the ejected round by placing his hand over the ejection port as the slide is forcefully cycled back and trips the round back into the port. It has also been associated with rounds loaded long and flat nosed bullets that can catch the front of the port and not slide off. I had a round hang in the ejection port recently with a long loaded flat point bullet and you could plainly see where the front of the port caught it and the ejector hit the back of the case near the primer. Thank God it didn't hit the primer! Time for some re-training so I don't have to have brass removed from my hand. Gently working the slide and dumping the loaded round on the ground is best.