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Who here wants to confess to having an accidental or negligent discharge of a firearm? I scared the livin' stink out of myself a week or so ago by doing something I can't believe I actually did. I was outside plinking at cans and stuff with my .22 Lever Gun. I chambered a round, but decided to move to a different spot. I didn't want to move with the hammer cocked, so I decided to de-cock it by putting my thumb on the hammer, pulling the trigger and guiding the hammer forward. Only problem? For some reason I started walking before I was finished. My thumb let the hammer go too fast, and I fired a round. Fortunately, I had my rifle aimed at the ground, so no harm was done. I am still upset at what I did, though.

So, anyone else wanna 'fess up? I'm hoping folks here will have some things we can all learn from to be safer.
 

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There is an attachment you can put on that hammer,hopefully not happen again.Oh N/Ds and A/Ds,never had one and posts like yours help so as to not let them happen,congrats.
 

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I had a titan 25acp pistol, i was out back shooting after a few rounds i decided to stop, on that gun u have to lower the hammer while also pulling the trigger. i had it pointed down and the hammer slipped, sound familiar?, a round went into the ground and the slide cut the web of my hand, i didnt know it cut me untill blood was dripping of the gun. Scared the crap outta me!
 

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My wife had an AD about a month ago. She was reloading her GP100 and it went off as soon as she closed the cylinder. We were at the range, there was nobody else in the bay, and the gun was pointed down range. She was so freaked out that she didn't want to ever touch the gun again. I convinced her to go back with me the next week and she was able to start shooting again.

I agree that these threads give us a chance to learn from others mistakes and also serve to enforce the safety basics.
 

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I found out the revelance of the statement "going off half cocked" with a 1911. Made a big hole in the lawn. I decided didn't like cocked and locked so I took it outdoors, put it in half cock and pulled the trigger, surprise. Not what I expected.
 

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My wife had an AD about a month ago. She was reloading her GP100 and it went off as soon as she closed the cylinder. We were at the range, there was nobody else in the bay, and the gun was pointed down range. She was so freaked out that she didn't want to ever touch the gun again. I convinced her to go back with me the next week and she was able to start shooting again.

I agree that these threads give us a chance to learn from others mistakes and also serve to enforce the safety basics.
How is that possible? The hammer had to have been cocked and dropped or she had her finger on the trigger or something....otherwise she has a dangerous and defective gun. Did you ever figure out how it fired?
 

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I have a habit of staging the trigger on my revolver by partially pulling the trigger and stopping just short of firing. Twice, I went too far and fired another round before I was aimed at the target. There is a hole in the back wall of my shop because I missed the target one of those times. There is a dirt bank outside my shop, so the only harm is the hole in the wall. The other time, I was at a public range and the gun was pointed down range. No harm. Still, it is alarming to have a gun fire when you're not expecting it.
 

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Not sure if it's an AD or not, but my Mossberg scared me at the range yesterday. Range was clear, one in the chamber, on target, and safety off. Been so long since I've shot the old fella, I forgot what a light trigger it has. Went off WAY before I was ready, but like I said was still on target so no harm done, but still makes ya think about being a little safer next time.
 

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How is that possible? The hammer had to have been cocked and dropped or she had her finger on the trigger or something....otherwise she has a dangerous and defective gun. Did you ever figure out how it fired?
We had assumed that she had her finger on the trigger. Together, we've put about 200 rounds through the gun since then and assumed it was her error and not something wrong with the gun. But we haven't tried to duplicate the unintended discharge. You've got me thinking now and I'm going to have to spend some more time with the gun to try to figure this out.
 

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I've only had one that could be considered an AD in a way. I was at the range for the first time with my MKIII and was having trigger reset issues. At one point it wasn't firing, so I had it pointed down range and just kept playing with the trigger trying to get it to reset. I knew there was a round in the chamber thus why I was pointed on target, but given the problem I was having really wasn't expected it to go off. It startled me a bit, but no harm done.

When I got my first gun (LCR) before I started dry firing I would open the cylinder and check like 5 times or more that it was empty. I was a nervous first time gun owner. While that was excessive, I hope I don't loose the respect for firearms that I had that first day and become complacent.
 

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We had assumed that she had her finger on the trigger. Together, we've put about 200 rounds through the gun since then and assumed it was her error and not something wrong with the gun. But we haven't tried to duplicate the unintended discharge. You've got me thinking now and I'm going to have to spend some more time with the gun to try to figure this out.
I would almost garuntee her finger was on the trigger. I think most modern revolvers are made so you can't cock the hammer with the cylinder out and you can't let the cylinder out if the hammer is cocked. Otherwise, there's no way for the firing pin to hit with that much force.

I would say this rule was broken: finger off the trigger until you're ready to fire.
 

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Talk about careless and stupid from someone who should know better. I was messing around with a Mark III that I had just modified with a Volquartsen trigger, sear, and hammer, and shot a whole in the ceiling of my gun room !! Fortunately the gun room is in the garage with no second floor above it. And this was within the last few years.
 

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I would almost garuntee her finger was on the trigger. I think most modern revolvers are made so you can't cock the hammer with the cylinder out and you can't let the cylinder out if the hammer is cocked. Otherwise, there's no way for the firing pin to hit with that much force.

I would say this rule was broken: finger off the trigger until you're ready to fire.
I tend to agree but think it's still a good idea to spend a few more hours at the range "investigating". Will need to take my SR9c out too! ;)
 

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First trip with my Mark III after installing a VQ kit. Went to sit down from standing, and just brushed trigger, I guess. Gun was downrange, but aimed for the sky. Rural area at a Forest Service range, but still spooky thinking that bullet came down somewhere, even if most likely in forest or a farmer's field.

Changed out the VQ springs for stock Ruger ones when I got home.
 

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My Grandfather was missing his index and middle finger on this right hand. As a result, growing up I had a vivid reminder to always be careful or "this" could happen to you.

Never had an AD. I've had a few situations where firearms that were "unloaded" turned out not to be, chilling thoughts of "what if" can stick with you.
 

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Talk about careless and stupid from someone who should know better. I was messing around with a Mark III that I had just modified with a Volquartsen trigger, sear, and hammer, and shot a whole in the ceiling of my gun room !! Fortunately the gun room is in the garage with no second floor above it. And this was within the last few years.
I never put a loaded round in the chamber while I'm in the house, never.

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I've got 2 stories for you guys...

First, I had a trigger job done on my 10/22 by a local gunsmith that I use. I went and picked up the assembly and took it home. I went out and shot it and all was good. When I got home, I checked to make sure the safety was on and stuck it in the safe with an empty magazine installed. A buddy of mine came over and I wanted to show him the trigger job I'd had done. I dropped the empty magazine and went to pull the trigger and the safety was on. Out of habit, I guess, I just reached up and pulled the charging handle back. Out popped a live round and boy did I ever feel stupid. We cleared it, and set about playing with the trigger, but it was awkward there for a second. No discharge, but it could have been and I felt really dumb. :(

Second, I have a 22/45 that I put some VQ internals in. I was out with a couple of buddies shooting and one of them was eyeing the 22/45 and I offered to let him shoot it. I said, "It's got a super-light trigger so just be wary of it." He said, "Okay, cool. Looking forward to it." He shot off a few rounds and turned around to look at me and said, "MAN! That thing is li-BANG!" His face was priceless. Apparently, when he turned around, he left his booger hook on the bang switch and it went off. Fortunately, he had the gun pointed down field and nobody lost any toes.

I think it's important that we share these kinds of stories and don't judge one another for our mistakes. It's easy to pass judgement on another person for doing something stupid or irresponsible, but I think if someone learns a lesson from a mistake, then they've made the best of a bad situation and given us all a learning experience.

Thanks to all for sharing your stories. Hopefully they just reiterate the importance of a few basic safety rules.
 

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None, so far.

+1 But,

I was invited to a BBQ last fall after the last USPSA match of the year, The host has a old farm house fixed up real nice with hardwood floors in most of the rooms. As I was standing in line to fill my plate in the kitchen I looked down and saw a hole with wood splintered up but had been trimmed and a plug inserted in the hole. I ask whats that ? The host said his son (18 year old) had not unloaded his .243 deer rifle after hunting one day and at 4:30 am picked up the rifle to head out hunting and touched the trigger. The bullet passed through the floor (he was in the basement) and lodged in a beam in the ceiling.
Lucky no one was in the kitchen .
I ask "He's not home now is he?"
 

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Who here wants to confess to having an accidental or negligent discharge of a firearm? I scared the livin' stink out of myself a week or so ago by doing something I can't believe I actually did. I was outside plinking at cans and stuff with my .22 Lever Gun. I chambered a round, but decided to move to a different spot. I didn't want to move with the hammer cocked, so I decided to de-cock it by putting my thumb on the hammer, pulling the trigger and guiding the hammer forward. Only problem? For some reason I started walking before I was finished. My thumb let the hammer go too fast, and I fired a round. Fortunately, I had my rifle aimed at the ground, so no harm was done. I am still upset at what I did, though.

So, anyone else wanna 'fess up? I'm hoping folks here will have some things we can all learn from to be safer.
i had one during one of my first shooting trips--didn't even own the gun. a friend handed me a MKII and said it had five in it. i shot five--with the gun pointed to the ground i pulled the trigger--another shot was there and went close enough to my leg to feel it. that experience has stayed with me for the last 25 years of shooting.
 
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