Never assume its not chambered! Always check!!
I am so upset and angry, at myself and "someone else" involved.
Customer came to check out a pistol. Checked a couple of guns, an XD40 and a Sig P250. As usual, I checked them first and then handed him the weapon each time.
Then, onto something different. He came in actually wanting an XD45 4" Compact, which I didn't exactly have. I did have a tactical length compact and also an XD45 Service 4". I handed him the XD45 5" compact and let him fondle it a bit. I didn't check it first. My mistake.
He handed it back to me, also not checking it himself. I then took out the XD45 Service and decided to dismantle it and put the 4" slide onto the 5" compact frame so he could actually feel a "real" 4" compact model. So, I dismantled the XD45 Service and set the parts on the counter top.
Now, to do the same with the tactical length compact.
I removed the empty magazine and when I racked the slide back on the 5" compact to lock it back, the same one he had just been handling, a single round of .45acp fell through the empty magwell and hit the glass top counter! :aargh4:
It had been chambered the whole time he was handling it!! :mad:
No one to blame but myself. And I am just sick to my stomach and have been all afternoon since.
What happened is this:
Owner of the store occasionally carries some of the weapons we get in stock. I wish this didn't happen, but I don't own the store. He does.
He had been carrying the XD45 Tactical compact for a few days, loaded and chambered.
This morning, I asked him to leave it so I could show it to a customer. He did, he "unloaded it" and he placed it back into its gear box. Later on, when the customer got there, I slid the empty "compact" size magazine into the magwell. The magazine was empty. I never racked the slide.
Never never never assume that ANYONE, no matter who they are, has completely unloaded a weapon!!
Now you know the rest of the story.