Dreadful mistake ! Never happened to me before !
I made a critical mistake yesterday that could have ended badly if it wasn't for my Son-in-law who is a former Marine with a good eye who caught my mistake.
Thank God but I still feel horrible in all my years Ive been shooting since the 6th grade and years in military and civilian world and I'm O.C.D. about gun safety .
Yesterday at the range by myself I was sighting in my new C93 and each time I make a sight adj I pull the mag and clear the rifle for safety but after the last adjustment I got to talking with a fellow shooter and then decided it was time to head home.
I let myself get distracted and cleared the bench. I threw all my mags in the range bag and when I got home because I had to work on my daughters car I hurriedly put everything away.
I checked all my rifles to make sure they were clear and put them into my safe to a drawer in a shelving system I have just for my gun stuff.
But I tossed all the mags in without checking them because I was in such a hurry to get things done.
Well my daughter and son in law came by today for a cookout (and we being both former military) were talking guns.
So he wanted to see the new rifle.
I took him up to the gun room with my 15 yr old son.
I took the rifle from the safe cleared it and handed it to him and began explaining functions and the differences between the HK and my AR platform which he is used to.
I started explaining the differences in the mags and with the HK you have to put it in with a little tilt similar to an AK.
I reached in the drawer pulled a mag and didn't think twice because I always clear the mags before putting them away.
He watched me carefully as I inserted the mag and slammed the bolt home and immediately he sounded off.
"Did you mean to chamber a round?"
I was dumb founded & said I didn't and he swore..."Yes you did"
So I pulled the mag and sure enough there was one round in it.
So them I immediately pulled the charging handle and it ejected a round and my heart stopped.
In all my years I've never made this mistake and thank God once again my son in law caught it.
It could have ended tragically for me but it really made me stop and rethink everything.
My son in law tried to play it off as no big deal but for me it was huge.
I never took the time at the range or when I got home to make sure my mag was clear.
I'm sorry this is so long but I hope others can learn from my mistake.
Its hard for me to swallow and I didn't want to post it for pride reasons but I need this seared in my brain!!