Respect is certainly the key! There are actually at least two lessons that I can make from this. 1. Take your eye off it for even a second and pick it up again, clear and clear it again like you missed something in the first clearing. 2. Make sure that you announce that a firearm is now loaded because you can now see how easy it is for someone to pick up a firearm, think it's clear and have a ND. Or put it away after loading it which may even be better. Tell you friend too. :hand9: The respect should be unwavering.
Originally Posted by Itsbwalt
IMO, being in the, "all of the guns are unloaded and everything should be ok" mode and then something like that happens, it's no surprise that you would have a bit of a mental block of the incident. It wasn't supposed to compute like that. BTW, your firearm went off exactly when and like it was supposed to. It IS safe to carry with one in the pipe. :wink:
And last but not least, glad everyone is ok, you and you friend are all the wiser, good to see you and your friend heading to the range and welcome to the forum. :wave:
Takes a big man to admit to a mistake. Welcome and I bet you're a safer shooter now than you have been in years. I punched a. 45 caliber hole in sheetrock once back when I was a teenager. Funny I still remember that to this day and am religious about how I handle firearms due to that event a long time ago.
Good thing nobody got hurt... while reading the OP first thing i thought of was the distinctive sound racking a round makes...?... But i can see where you were assuming it was still cleared as it was moments before. Loaded chamber indicators are helpful when one has one... otherwise better off checking and clearing yourself.
Dude I totally saw it. That brick wall reached for something. Looked like a gun. You did what you had to do.
Glad everyone is ok! Welcome to DC!
My teenage daughters think its funny, but this saying is all you have to remember;
"Keep your booger hook off the bang switch"
And nothing evil will happen.
First and foremost,
Remember Jeff Coopers rules,
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
It's funny you mention the noise of it racking with no mag/empty mag vs racking when it chambers a round. As crappy as my recollection of the event is, I remember thinking it sounded different, but it was late and so routine to rack pull trigger rack pull trigger...since I had basically been doing it for an hour. It's like the realization didn't register or at least it didn't override my habit. I know that probably will make me sound even more negligent "ya big idiot you heard/felt something different and didn't stop?" yeah I know, but I am human and I made a big mistake. Luckily the outcome was "good" since I followed the other rules.
On a better note, went to the range yesterday and shot 250 rounds, mostly through my sr40c but probably 50 through that "evil kimber" :) I admit my hands were a bit shaky racking the kimber for the first time since I blew a hole in the sheetrock haha! But it was a good time and I shot well, besides that first shaky magazine through the kimber.
Thanks again for the responses!