What not to do when playing with your gun.

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    What not to do when playing with your gun.

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    geez....

    I have to say, one night I "unloaded " one to clean it, and actually thought about dry firing it, and told myself NO >>> EVEN IF I KNEW it was UNLOADED, don't do it. Then I cycled the slide to open it .... out came a bullet. Duh, I hadn't cleared the chamber .... just as he said.

    Since then, I have never ever ever thought about dry firing anything unless I purposely put in a RED snap cap and check it 5 times first, and even then it's pointed at something that will stop a bullet if it were there, and not my body or anything else it could do harm.

    Finger "OFF" the trigger, pointed a safe direction. Right guys .
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    i always check the chamber and point in a safe direction before dry firing to disassemble. You have to remember the SAFETY RULES!
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    I watched one of the guys shoot a hole through the floor of the office one day with his Glock 22. At least he had pointed in a safe direction but that may have not been the best either since we were upstairs and the floor was wooden. Luckily no one was below us and we did find the bullet. That cost him about a weeks worth of pay too. He was going to field strip it and didn't unload it correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nick060200 View Post
    i always check the chamber and point in a safe direction before dry firing to disassemble. You have to remember the SAFETY RULES!
    This says it all!
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    Just a reminder that every one of us is human, and as much as you think this could never be you - remember, he thought the same thing.

    Be careful out there.

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    A few months ago I was shooting a carbine match with one of the local IDPA clubs. Range rules are a cold range, no magazine, bolt locked back. I'd transported my AR to the range with a self-defense magazine in it (which I usually don't do). When I "cleared" the weapon after getting it out of the car, I pulled back the charging handle, confirmed no round in the chamber, and closed the bolt (mistake, should have left it open). I'd also neglected to EJECT THE MAGAZINE when I did that so when I released the bolt I chambered a round. The rifle was slung the whole time, pointed in relatively safe direction (down), booger hook away from the trigger. Imagine my surprise 5 minutes later when I went to lock the bolt back and a round ejected :-\ I was more embarrassed than anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick060200 View Post
    i always check the chamber and point in a safe direction before dry firing to disassemble. You have to remember - and practice - the SAFETY RULES!
    Fixed it.


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    i keep a unused pencil on my bench. it helps when checking that a firing pin works after reassembly and ( for 380 and up) it verifies that the bbl has nothing in it: insert pencil and hold it where it meets the muzzle; than hold it on the outside of the bbl. i will be obvious if there is something in the bbl.
    even if i am alone in the room, i check the gun each time i pick it up. takes a moment but can save a life...or hours of patching the wall while trying to answer the ringing in your ears.
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    I know it's bad, but the first thing I did upon reading that was laugh a little.
    I had been field stripping (playing with) it several times during the day. studying it's mechanisms. Thought I'd do it one more time before heading home.
    Not because he shot himself; because he managed to shoot himself playing with his new toy. --Which is why we don't play with guns.
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    He started out behind the curve. "Don't PLAY with your gun."


    revolvingmag beat me to it.

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    Yup guns ain't toys you play with.If you are training to develope muscle memory etc. you need to set aside a time and make sure the weapon is unloaded and live ammo is out of the training area,that way once you exit training area no more dry fire
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    The gun shouldn't clear the safety of its holster unless there is a good reason. "Playing with it" is what got him shot. If he needs to be familiar with his weapon, he should do so in a proper place at a proper time when his attention is focused on what he is doing. So many safety precautions violated here it is difficult to pinpoint just one. It can happen to anyone, but we should do things to mitigate the risks at all cost...like not play with our guns, limit handling, etc.
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    It's one thing to make a mistake and have one in the chamber. That's not excusable, but it needn't be a fatal error. Pulling the trigger when some part of you (or someone else) is on the other end of the barrel... I keep my guns pointed in a safe direction even when cleaning them. You have to have really messed up the way you learned the safety rules if you ever cover the barrel with some part of your body while pulling the trigger.
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    Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety

    RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED
    RULE II: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY
    RULE III: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET
    RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET


    As has been stated , and re-stated here many times,
    BOOGER HOOK OFF BANG SWITCH for cryin' out loud.

    Seems about as common sense as keeping your foot OFF the accelerator pedal until you want to go forward.

    If something coulda' been bigger than saucers, I bet his eyes were, the instant he saw red all over the van.
    Glad he will be alright.






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