Gun hits ground and goes off? Have you seen it?

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    Gun hits ground and goes off? Have you seen it?

    Has anyone seen a gun get dropped and it went off by itself?--not where someone tries to catch it and pulls the trigger when they grab it.
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    One of my friends has gone through many surgeries on his right forearm. His Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 magnum without the transfer bar fell off the front seat of his pickup. He grabbed for it and missed. It went off when it hit the ground hammer first. It hit near his wrist and exited near his elbow. Most newer guns with grip safeties, trigger safeties, and transfer bars are not a prone to go off when dropped unless something is broken or modified.
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    Nope, although some years ago Ruger was raped in a lawsuit when someone carrying and old model Blackhawk (three screw, pre-transfer bar) with all six chambers loaded dropped it and it discharged striking him. Just like the Colt SAA the older Rugers had to be carried with 5 rounds and the hammer resting on an empty chamber.
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    We hear wild tales about this happening with 1911s , but none of us seem to have ever seen it, just heard about it 7th hand.
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    It just happened to a guy in a WI mall last week. He is being charged with Criminal Negligence, etc. for the ND.
    He was handing his coat to his wife when his sidearm fell out and discharged when it hit the floor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patri0t View Post
    It just happened to a guy in a WI mall last week. He is being charged with Criminal Negligence, etc. for the ND.
    He was handing his coat to his wife when his sidearm fell out and discharged when it hit the floor.
    What type of pistol?
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    Striker fire no...revolver yes. Please don't take that as revolver bashing because I love myself some wheel gun.
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    I've seen the after effects
    Not pretty fortunatly not fatal
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    All of my Ruger single-actions and all of my double-action revolvers have the transfer bar so I carry them with six rounds and the hammer down. With my Colt SAA, I load one, skip one, and load four.

    Older hammer guns without trigger safeties, grip safeties, or transfer bars can go off if carried with the hammer down on a live round and dropped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jake01 View Post
    Striker fire no...revolver yes. Please don't take that as revolver bashing because I love myself some wheel gun.
    I recently purchased a revolver and after i removed the side plate I realized a previous owner had removed the [hammer block]! Now an inspection point is to make sure the [hammer block] is there before i buy used. I ordered a replacement from numrich and installed it pronto.

    Why anyone would want to remove this simple safety device and risk a drop discharge is beyond me.
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    Old single action revolvers are the only pistols that have a history of going off when dropped. That why the "Old Cowboys" carried hammer down on an empty cylinder! The "Bold Cowboys" carried with all six cylinders loaded, however that why you never hear of an "Old Bold Cowboy"! Again most modern firearm can be dropped without discharging!
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    Nah, other than stories.

    Come to think of it, I've never even seen a gun dropped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdave View Post
    What type of pistol?
    A .38 two shot derringer. I have no idea about derringer safety features.
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    I have an old Super Blackhawk and I have always left the cylinder under the hammer empty. But my question is with a single action, doesn't the first click back on the hammer create a safety ?
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