Never assume its not chambered! Always check!!
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June 29th, 2009 10:07 PM
Damn lucky on that one! Learn from it, and stay safe.
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government--lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." --Patrick Henry
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September 4th, 2009 11:26 PM
Well, I can't say it can't happen to me.
It seems you are in the habit of checking the chamber, which you did on the first two. Who knows what was going on in your subconscious as to why you didn't open the chamber that time.
This was a scary situation, no doubt. Definitely went a long way to reminding you for the future.
I've said before, we all assume guns in the cases at gun shops are unloaded, and yet if a store worker passes me a gun which he did not open the action in front of me, that's the first thing I do.
So far, I've done it every single time.
However, I won't say that the same thing can't happen to me in the future.
As humans, we are all flawed and things happen. Things will happen in the future too. There's no excuse for being human, but it is reality.
Had there been a discharge, there would have been consequences. We all shudder to think of that.
Thank goodness it didn't happen.
Take some solace in that we are all human. I'm more than certain, you will do your best not to repeat that mishap in the future and that's good enough for me.
By the way... I thank you for posting this experience! We all need to read it and know it can happen to any one of us. All it takes is a moments inattention or distraction.
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
September 4th, 2009 11:42 PM
Don't audit your life. You've learned.
"He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal . . . and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life. The cause of this apparently was that at the bottom of his heart he knew all the time (or thought he knew) that he was in reality not a man, but a wolf of the Steppes."
September 5th, 2009 08:44 PM
Since I started this thread a few months ago I thought I would check back in to the replies and add that this has, so far, been an isolated incident. Has not happened since!
Not only have I been very diligent in checking the guns the store owner, who left the round in the chamber, has his own carry pistol now and leaves the new guns alone.
“I am consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed carry.”
- Barack Obama Chicago Tribune, April 27, 2004
September 5th, 2009 08:52 PM
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