Careful how you clear your gun!

Careful how you clear your gun!

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    I don't do that but there's something I'd never thought about happening.
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    .....IMO, careless mishandling....I don't do that either.
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    I have caught the ejected round many times and nothing like that has ever happened to me, I think from now on I will let the round hit the ground instead.
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    It is one thing to let is go airborne and catch it. It is a whole 'nother thing to cup your hand over the ejection port.

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    I always keep my hand clear of the ejection port and just eject the round onto my bed or a table or something similar

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    I have never saw, or even thought about a round going off while contained at both ends. A picture of the hand would be nice. They said he would never be able to make that mistake again. I would have thought serious burns and contusions from case rupturing. Sounds like it was worse than that.
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    I don't understand why folks want to put their hands and digits near quickly moving pieces of metal machinery (like a slide, using a thumbs high/forward grip) or near an explosive (like catching a live shell). I shoot with thumbs down, and never, ever try to catch a live cartridge.

    Maybe someday that tactical will catch up with the practical.

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    Good post. Yet there are a lot of folks that do this, even in videos (such as Paul Harrell's video on carrying with one in the chamber).
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    Give this man a hand for being stupid..wait, too soon?

    Edit: I'll give the guy a break, not in a million years would I have ever expected that to happen and I've seen a lot of weird things with guns. But, still, only cartridges belong that close to the ejection port.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    I have caught the ejected round many times and nothing like that has ever happened to me, I think from now on I will let the round hit the ground instead.
    I am guilty also. I just learned a lesson at another guys expense. I will not do this again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevew View Post
    I have never saw, or even thought about a round going off while contained at both ends. A picture of the hand would be nice. They said he would never be able to make that mistake again. I would have thought serious burns and contusions from case rupturing. Sounds like it was worse than that.
    If his palm was in or near contact with the case when it ignited - yeah, that could be bad news.
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    Yet another thing that will never happen with a revolver!
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    I've never done this and have no intention of doing it in the future. What I've seen others do at times is eject the round then catch it in midair... something I have also never done. I eject onto a table or the floor or ground, then pick it up. This way I have control over what's taking place and I know where that cartridge is going to wind up.
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