Okay……….. Stupid incident of the day. My son works in a Pawn Shop and all of us have probably gone into one at one time or another, usually everyone behind the counters carry a sidearm of some kind. Well the PS that he works in is no exception. I’m pretty sure that they all carry Kahr 9mm. But I got a call about 8pm last night, it was my son saying that he might see us later than normal cause his boss just shot himself in the leg! I asked him what happened and he said, that his boss was clearing his pistol (closing shop for the night) and the pistol jammed and accidentally fired. ! WOAW the horse up! Got another call a few hours later saying that the boss was okay with the exception of the hole in his leg, the hollow point did a thru and thru and had just a few fragments left in his leg…. And he has to spend the night in the hospital.
A few observations:
1- There isn’t any such thing as an ACCIDENT! Careless handling and complacancy are always to blame.
2- If he was clearing his pistol at the end of the night then it means he doesn’t carry on a normal basis and probably hasn’t had any formal pistol safety training. Open carry in Virginia does not require any formal safety training.
3- ALWAYS know your target. I really doubt that he wanted to shoot himself in the leg.
4- Even though I’ve already trained my son in firearm safety, and we go shooting on a regular basis, this weekend he is going to get a REFRESHER with live rounds and today when I see him he will get a refresher with a unloaded pistol.
5- And I’ll bet you a months pay that by the end of the day today, I will ensure that there is a safety barrel in the store for clearing their pistols.
Have a great day Everyone!