If his palm was in or near contact with the case when it ignited - yeah, that could be bad news.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.
This.I also place my hand over the slide and rack the round out as this thread is discussing. I've gotten into the habit of thumb on slide stop so when I rack it hand over slide, the slide locks back and won't crush the shell IF the slide goes forward for some reason.
I wouldn't base my opinion out of ignorance, "thumbs high" has been common practice since the 1930s (possibly before). Plenty of pictures in John Henry FitzGerald book "SHOOTING" first published in 1930.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.
Good head's up, thanks for the post.