How tragedy happens--Not this time

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    How tragedy happens--Not this time

    Met my hunting partner at his house this afternoon. Last day of deer season and neither of us have been able to get out near enough this year.

    We had a little time before we left and he wanted me to ck out his sons new Ambush 6.8. He opened the hard case and there was the gun. Mag out and empty. He handed the weapon to me and the first thing I did out of habit was to cycle the charging handle to ck the chamber. Color him shocked, when a live round of 6.8 hit the floor. Me "That's not good". Him " He (son) knows better than that". In this case, there was no AD/ND and no one got hurt. Just one heck of reality check.

    No joy on the deer hunt, just a flock of turkeys. Found a lot of good sign on a new tract that we'll hunt next season. Still, a day in the woods is better than a day at work.
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    Hate it when that happens, and it does happen.
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    My son, I award you an A++. Done good!
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    All guns are loaded......always.....treat'em that way. Good Job.

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    How is it that I see more turkeys during deer season than I ever see during turkey season?

    Sounds like you have good habits! I trained my kids(and wife) to clear or press check any gun they pick up even if they just watched someone else do it.

    Good habit to have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farsidefan1 View Post
    My son, I award you an A++. Done good!
    Ditto on the A++. "Always assume......."
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmy40 View Post
    How is it that I see more turkeys during deer season than I ever see during turkey season?
    They have moles in the DNR's and also know how to read calenders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airslot View Post
    He handed the weapon to me and the first thing I did out of habit was to cycle the charging handle to ck the chamber. Color him shocked, when a live round of 6.8 hit the floor. Me "That's not good". Him " He (son) knows better than that". In this case, there was no AD/ND and no one got hurt. Just one heck of reality check.
    That's exactly why I always do that. Thanks for the reminder. Always worth repeating.

    Was in a gun shop awhile back and did much the same thing, with one of the guns handed to me for viewing by the staffer. Kept it pointed in the safest direction, cleared it and confirmed it, then checked it out, also clearing it before handing it back. Better safe than sorry.
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    How can opening a chamber set loose a bullet?
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    +1 for following "the rules" and clearing the gun when he handed it to you. That's why you do those things!!!
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    HE should have cleared the gun before HE handed it to YOU.Then you confirm the condition of the weapon.Had he done that with an inexperienced person there is a good chance there would have been an ND
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    I was at a local pawn shop/gun store once looking for a 10/22 and when i cycled it i found it loaded, plus the mag was loaded. when i told the manager, he was pissed. Turns out his son was supposed to check all the weapons before they were put on the racks. oh and i got to keep the 10 rounds for my trouble.
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    How can opening a chamber set loose a bullet?
    There was a live round in the chamber. Cycling the charging handle pulled the bolt back ejecting the round.
    The situation will NEVER BE THE WAY YOU WANT, it WILL BE THE WAY IT IS. You must be FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO ADAPT and just "DEAL WITH IT".

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    HE should have cleared the gun before HE handed it to YOU.Then you confirm the condition of the weapon.Had he done that with an inexperienced person there is a good chance there would have been an ND
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    There was a live round in the chamber. Cycling the charging handle pulled the bolt back ejecting the round.
    Doh, I should have read the OP a little closer.
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    All I tell my son, ALL guns are loaded.
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