My future-half-brother-in-law (my girlfriend's sister's fiancé - getting married June 12) made me very nervous yesterday...
Over this past Spring Break we both went with my girlfriend's/his fiancé's family to Indiana. He recently became the owner of a Hi-point 9mm for $70. It really sucks... We put about 198 rounds through it with many problems, such as stove-piping and the slide not going forward all the way (it would leave about 1/4" and would not fire anymore until we manually pushed it forward again).
These could have been our faults though. He is 20 and I am 17. This was his second time shooting, first time with his new gun (which had only shot 3 rounds before he bought it). It was my first time ever shooting. I plan on doing it more and getting my CCW sometime in the future.
Anyway, the 198 rounds are because we bought two boxes and brought them with us, and bought two more in Indiana. Once we had two rounds left, he decided he would keep them for self defense.
We (him, me, and my girlfriend) were in his apartment and he was saying something about the gun that I don't remember now, the nerves got to me. I remember he was very careless with how he was pointing it, like he has been before. Natural instinct when that happens is for me to stand between him and my girlfriend, so I moved across the room and took my position. I thought, "Surely he wouldn't be doing this if it was loaded..." and right after it ran through my mind, he racked the slide and a round came out. He racked it again and the next cartridge popped onto the bed.
At this point I was very bothered by how he was acting, and I started walking backwards out the door while pushing my girlfriend out the door too. At this point he half-racked the slide and put it to his chin. He said "Do you think I should do it?" and both me and my girlfriend said no over and over again, desperately trying to stop him. However, knowing there were no bullets, he pulled the trigger anyway. The hammer clicked, he laughed, and I immediately pushed my girlfriend out the door and we all left.
I grew up knowing how to do things safely and always exercising caution, but he grew up in a home where him and his siblings did whatever they want and pushed things to the limit. When he wants to do something, he does it himself, but I try to find the best/safest way to do it. Any time I held that gun I treated it like it was loaded. I never ever pointed it at anyone. My finger wasn't on the trigger until I wanted to shoot. This was even with the magazine out and the slide locked. Before we went on the trip I asked him what kind of gun it was and I looked up as much as I could about it online. I looked at it and learned how to use it, and I looked up gun safety and handling tips more than anything I have ever looked up.
I can't believe that he would just do this. It still makes my heart beat fast and makes me want to throw up thinking about it now. He also gets angry easily and I worry about him having the gun.
I know the best thing for me to do is to stop hanging out with him, but he is my family now and I end up with him a lot. Anything I say to him gets ignored because in his mind he is the one with the gun so obviously he can handle it and I wouldn't know anything...
I just needed to come vent because it makes me angry. He has a fiancé, soon to be wife in 5 days, as well as a baby boy who just turned one on June 5th, three days ago.
Thanks for reading, I will read and ponder anything you want to say.