Dreadful mistake ! Never happened to me before !

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    Yes it was a dumb mistake & yes you felt lke crap but that's why the number one rule of firearms safety is to treat every weapon as if it was loaded because it might be. I agree with NC Bullseye, sounds like you got a refresher course in firearms safety. Glad you & yours are ok buddy.

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    No harm, no foul. This time. This will undoubtedly make you into a safer more resonsible gun owner.
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    I had a ND at the range last week, it rocked me to the core. After letting a friend at the range shoot my Glock. He left the lane with a loaded mag in his hand. I assumed it was my glock mag, it wasn't. When I pulled the trigger the gun was pointed down range as it should but I did not expect it to fire. Really upset me!
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    I'd rather read about it here than in the news.

    Lesson refreshed.
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    I keep all my mags loaded. So I treat them like my guns. Always assume the gun/mags are loaded.

    Don't be so hard on your self. Learn from it. I had a ND years ago in my early 20's and shot my ceiling...scared the crap out of me. Never again would that happen. And it will be the same for you.

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    It's easy to make a mistake. Been there and done that. Learned my lesson too! Best part is, you shared and others can hopefully learn by it.

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    TomEgun, thanks for swallowing your pride and posting this. As others have said, you very well may have prevented a horrible accident by reminding us to be careful always.

    We can never have too many refresher courses in safety.
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    Not a good thing to happen, still, the rules of firearm safety help to keep this kind of situation from developing into something worse, provided that they are followed.

    1. Assume that all guns are loaded. (Even though you thought the gun was unloaded, treat it as if it were regardless)

    2. Do not point the gun at anything you don't want to shoot. (Even though the gun was loaded, danger is minimized if it is never pointed at a person)

    3. Do not put your finger on the trigger unless ready to shoot (Even though the gun was loaded, if no one touches the trigger, it will not fire)

    4. Know your target and your backstop (Following on from rule 2, even if you think the gun is empty, you still do not point it in a direction where persons could be injured downrange)

    In total, the rules of safe handling help to insure that a ND does not happen, and if it does, no one will be injured. The point here is that following these rules gives you an extra margin of safety. The failure point does not have to be simply that you incorrectly thought the gun was unloaded. That was one point of failure, but you have to break all 4 rules before anyone gets hurt.
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    Rules to live by !! Its the day after and my heart rate has come down and I have re-evaluated my situation and after many years in Maintenance and Aviation have decided to crunch my problem and came up with a written check list a after action list for the range to keep in my range bag to be completed before I head home and another in my gun room that I adhere to before storage, On my mag drawer hung one that says check for ammo and I promised myself I wont go shooting on a day where I am pressed for time.
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    You got in a habit and like all things some habits can be bad,I think you need to develope a new habit and visually inspect magazines before inserting.When I was a SP in the USAF we checked out weapons every day the same way,one night the Sgt in charge of the clearing barrel was BS ing with another guy and failed to physically inspect the mag well on the next guys M16,the SP had failed to remove a loaded magazine and on command locked the bolt to the rear,then on command released the bolt and pulled the trigger to drop the hammer on what should have been an empty chamber,after a loud report it got realllllllly quiet then the F bombs started flying
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    To the OP, thanks for sharing your experience. For me it enforces the importance of firearms safety much deeper in my mind.

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    At least you get to learn from your own mistake. Could have gone ugly, and only OTHER people would learn from it Good safety reminder, glad there wasnt an ND

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    It shook me to my core seeing that round come out and the fact is I knew better !! I just got complaisant . I have already taken measures today to learn from my mistake and drilling myself on it , I just hope that others can learn from my mistake and stay sharp .
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    I've got a passle of guns to clean today after yesterday's range trip. You can bet I'll be extra vigilant about checking them before I start. Thanks for the reminder that we can all get distracted.

    Years ago, I used to chamber and unchamber when I got home, etc. One day, I got distracted and ejected the chambered round before dropping the mag. Then I stood there and thought for a minute and then ejected the second round from the chamber after dropping the mag. I got distracted, but something told me that I had done something not in the proper order. Now, with all of my handguns, I leave them loaded and chambered with full mags all the time. In the safe in their boxes. I treat them all as if they are all loaded all of the time because they are. I figure the less I am manipulating them, the less chances for a mess up.
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    Thank God for an observant person watching what you did before it became more serious. Learn from the experience & all is well.
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