Oooopps! Glad no one was hurt.
This is the hardest post I've ever had to put here, or any other forum.
I'm the son of a gun smith, dealer, and shooter, and have been shoot shooting for at least 67 years. My first memory of shooting was from about age 5 when I got a black eye from the scope of a 1903 Springfield 30-06. My dad was an absolute stickler for gun safety, and I always have been too.
About an hour ago, I had my first accidental discharge...in my kitchen...with wife and youngest daughter standing within 3 feet of me. Fortunately I was well taught about never pointing a gun at anyone, even when unloaded.
I'm not making excuses, but here is the story:
Daughter is getting divorced and ask me if I had a pistol she could take home because her soon-to-be ex hubby lives less than ½ mile from her...in the country...8 miles from the nearest town, on a dead end road in the Missouri Ozarks. (She's my daughter and I'd supply her with an atomic bomb if I had one).
I got out a PT58 stainless .380 and some another brand .22 LR that I wasn't familiar with (bought it but never fired it). Since I keep these guns loaded, I cleared them both (removed the magazine and racked the slide) and was showing them to her and when I pulled the trigger on the .22 LR to show her it is double action, it went off, bounced a round off the kitchen island, off the stove hood, off the ceiling, and onto the kitchen floor. Apparently the extractor didn't pull the round free from the chamber.
I did everything right EXCEPT that I didn't visually inspect the chamber when I racked the slide.
Shame on me.
Last edited by CWB; 09-14-2019 at 03:29 PM.
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Oooopps! Glad no one was hurt.
I'll give you to the count of three to get off my property...one, two, BANG!
I hate when I have to stand up in front of the class and explain my mistake. I'll bet that's the one and only time it will ever happen to you. Safety lesson reinforced for daughter. Thankfully no one was hurt.
Glad here also that no one was injured. A learning experience for you, and a good reminder for us all to do a little extra to insure safety. Sometimes, we all get a little too comfortable.
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Good on ya, for sharing your story. A reminder that we all need to keep in mind.
Very impressive of you to share this with us. I am NOT claiming to be perfect, so here's what I do with semiautomatics. It's a triple check. One: drop mag, rack the slide. Two: look into the chamber from the breech end and verify that you don't see brass. Three. Put your thumb behind the breech, and look down the barrel* and verify that you see thumbnail.
* yes, some will see that as a violation of one of The Rules. As part three of a triple check, I am comfortable with it.
I hope your daughter left with a gun.
"It is wonderful, in the event of a street fight, how few bullets seem to hit the men they are aimed at." Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail, Theodore Roosevelt, 1888
Now that the seriousness is over...
If you'd have shot a deer, you may hang the head and/or rack over the mantle.
Since you shot a kitchen island, do you hang a pot over the mantle?
A wake up reminder to all of us. Glad no one was injured.
Glad you are all ok.
I'm sure that will NEVER happen again..
Kill time before it kills you....
It's all good, no one hurt and you learned, never too old to learn something!..................
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