What is the single stupidest thing you have done with a gun


September 9, 2004, 08:58 PM
What is the single stupidest thing you have done with a gun? I was about to start cleaning my 10/22 and was about to make sure the chamber was empty when i i tried to pull the bolt back and it sliped forward and ended up firing a live round in my back yard went thrue a dry erase board a ladder into a brick wall then flew off into an other brick wall before stopping. :banghead: last time im ever letting one of my friends inspect the chambers after leaving the range at least it was a .22 short. Needless to say i feel really really stupid and bad at the same time.

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September 9, 2004, 09:19 PM

Kaboom! (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=38933&highlight=negligent+discharge)

Second dumbest:

I flagged my friend's girlfriend with my loaded Beretta 92FS. That was seven years ago and I'm still pushing.

Standing Wolf
September 9, 2004, 09:22 PM
I sold my Contender.

September 9, 2004, 09:27 PM
I once flagged my hunting buddies with my .44 Magnum rifle after I harvested my first deer (4-point spike). I grabbed my rifle for a photo op. I guess I was pretty excited about my first deer, but that was no excuse. I was holding it with one hand by the stock under the barrel, but it did register in my mind after the fact.

When I was a kid in the big city, I would push .22 rounds into the ground with the shell up and peak out my screen door and shoot the shell with my Daisy lever BB gun. I thought it was cool then, but I could have shot my eye out!

September 9, 2004, 09:31 PM
A .22 short went through a dry erase board, a ladder, hit a brick wall, bounced off and hit another wall?


September 9, 2004, 09:34 PM
gameface i was amazed myself.

September 9, 2004, 09:35 PM
Sold any gun that I ever purchased or was given, to buy something
else newer or precieved to be better. I had a couple of bummers
over the years, but lament over all the goods ones,that are gone.

September 9, 2004, 09:44 PM
Registered it-like a good California sheep is supposed to. :cuss:

September 9, 2004, 10:07 PM
Tested the decocker of my CZ-52, loaded, in the house after I had gotten it, and before I read that the CZ-52 decocker sometimes worked, and sometimes didn't, when you got it from where ever you bought it.


September 9, 2004, 10:10 PM
I sold it.:(


joe sixpack
September 9, 2004, 10:10 PM
Shot someone in between the eyes with an "unloaded" bbgun.

cheers, ab

September 9, 2004, 11:10 PM
Left it at home?

September 9, 2004, 11:13 PM
Purchased a gun and didn't shoot it.

Have done this one multiple times. Fortunatly there is still time to cure the problem.

September 9, 2004, 11:28 PM
Repeat after me:

I, (your name here), do solemnly swear, from this day forward, to never, ever sell any firearm that I happen to come into ownership of, whether it's purchased, a gift, inherited, or by any other means.


I've never sold any of mine!


editted to add: This oath does not in any discourage you from acquiring more firearms.

September 9, 2004, 11:43 PM
Bought a Jennings 9mm pistol.

September 9, 2004, 11:47 PM
Didn't buy an SP89 that I saw on a shelf back in...93 I think. Gaaaahhhhh...

September 9, 2004, 11:59 PM
Shot my Dad's freezer with an "unloaded" pellet gun. It took it like a champ...

September 10, 2004, 12:05 AM
Shot my television with my HD Winchester 1300.
Then instinctively racked the pump and rechambered before I realized what I did. While my wife (gf at the time) sat screaming on the couch a few feet to my right.

Larry Ashcraft
September 10, 2004, 12:22 AM
I sold my Contender
And later, a field grade LC Smith. :banghead:

But the dumbest thing ever. I tried patterning a .22 shotshell through my Single Six;

On a piece of particle board;

Six feet away.


September 10, 2004, 12:28 AM
Dropped my (unloaded) old 686 into a mud puddle at a practical shoot ..... and was on the next detail ... duh! Quickest strip and clean I ever did .. including sideplate off!:p :p

Other stoopids?? Not telling! :neener:

September 10, 2004, 02:04 AM
I have two sitting in my closet that were my biggest mistakes. One, the ammo is way to expensive and scarce to ever shoot it, and the other doesn't work worth a damn. :(

September 10, 2004, 02:10 AM
I was shooting my first shotgun back when I was like 16. The only other thing I had ever fired was my dad's .38 special and my bb gun. After expelling a magazine of 3" 00 buck, I handed the shotgun back to the guy who was nice enough to take me shooting... I think I was a little dazed by the recoil because I accidently covered him w/ the muzzle. He was a certified range officer, and I caught a friendly, gentle slap across the face and a warning about what they do to people in the army when they make that mistake... also a warning that if I did it again I couldn't shoot w/ them anymore. Boy was I embarrased. I've never made that mistake again.

joe sixpack
September 10, 2004, 02:16 AM
Shot my television with my HD Winchester 1300.Then instinctively racked the pump and rechambered before I realized what I did. While my wife (gf at the time) sat screaming on the couch a few feet to my right

She was probably terrified that the stereo was next.

cheers, ab

September 10, 2004, 03:20 AM
At least Agony can't be accused of having bad form...Shot my television with my HD Winchester 1300.

Then instinctively racked the pump and rechambered before I realized what I did.

*sigh* Traded a Mosin-Nagant M44 for...

*whimper* here goes...

a nylon soft rifle case. One of the cheap Wal-Mart kind. :banghead: :banghead: :uhoh: :o :banghead: :barf:

That, and purchasing a Winchester 1911SL.

I will never, and I mean NEVER, go to Big Boy's ever again. The only gun I will ever sell is that Winchester... and only to a franchise pawn shop that is too dumb to know better. :fire:

September 10, 2004, 03:31 AM
Got to the range.....

Didn't yet put my "ears" on.....

Wasn't taking notice to the young man with a 9mm pistol pointed downrange and aimed on target.....

Standing about 5 feet to his right.....

BANG! :what:


While my hearing returns, feeling REALLY stupid! :banghead:


September 10, 2004, 03:53 AM
Made the mistake one night of racking a round out of a loaded 92F, ejecting the magazine, and then dry firing the gun. Or so I thought....

Knew a guy who watched Sniper with his AR, took aim when the cross hairs came up on the screen, you can imagine what happened next.

animal tfl
September 10, 2004, 04:49 AM
When an invincible punk teenager ... Shooting the fire off of each other's cigarettes with .22s (mostly rifles)... done right after sundown so you could see the glow ... usually after a beer or two ... good thing we were all good shots (or maybe not since Darwin was thwarted).
We did wear safety glasses except for one guy who wore real glasses.

There's nothing quite like an explosion of sparks in front of your face and knowing what it was caused by ... beautiful, exhilarating and (now) unbelievably stoooooooooooopid !

September 10, 2004, 06:20 AM
I was modifying some poorly functioning magazines for my Ruger Mini-30 and didn't have any dummy rounds or snap caps... so I slapped the safety on and loaded up.

After cycling about 50 rounds through different magazines (in the firearm--loaded and full battery), I realized "Holy crap! I'm holding a loaded gun without the intent to fire it!" I promptly cleared it, checked it, checked it again, and set it on the bed. I stared at it for awhile, trying to think why I did what I had done and couldn't think of a single reason. It scared me that I was so lackadaisical about safety.

Luckily I caught myself before something bad happened. I bought snap caps in all my calibers that night. That's the closest I hope I ever come to a ND.

September 10, 2004, 08:45 AM
Shot my front door Twice, after i though i check it.

September 10, 2004, 10:14 AM
When I was 16 or so I climbed over a barbed wire fence holding my loaded 20ga & it went off. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.

September 10, 2004, 10:37 AM
Once at a friends of mines hunting farm we were having a little trigger time and I pulled out my beretta 1201fp and was firing it one handed at some milk jugs at about 10 paces. (very cool) Now I am a pretty fair sized lad if I do say so myself so I can handle some recoil. My friend, who is prolly about 105 pound soaking wet but is deadly with his beretta, wanted to try the movie crap I was doing.

hes the only person ive ever seen juggle a 12ga. I should have known. at least he didnt drop it. :banghead:
my poor judgemt.

Black Snowman
September 10, 2004, 11:02 AM
Reloading mistake. (http://home.kc.rr.com/bsmith1952/img/Guns/falboom/falboom.html)

Need to update the page, the recievier and barrel are useless. The chamber is egg shaped and the reciever is warped.

September 10, 2004, 11:04 AM
Sometimes when shooting alone, 5 shot groups at paper, I'll take my ear muffs off between groups. Let the barrel cool a bit and then take another 5 shots. Ouuuuuuch!! Forgot to put the muffs back on. :mad:

But mostly selling or trading some nice handguns a long time ago. Live and learn.

I liked the story of shooting the tv with the shotgun. I wonder what show was on?

September 10, 2004, 01:19 PM
I sent a compensated two-toned 1911 to a gunsmith in Sacramento, CA. He is supposedly a very well-known HK pistol guru and used to shoot for them. Some folks say he can tune and trigger-job an HK better than any other smith, and supposedly his 1911 work is good, but for my time and money, he's the plague. What I wanted was a trigger job, restored trigger guard (from the old hooked style), and as an afterthought,a second, bull barrel to function interchangebly with the 'compensated' setup.

What I got was what he wanted--a fully parkerized, 5" run-of-the-mill .45. The trigger guard was restored, the trigger job was done, and I had a bull-barrelled gun, but he butchered the slide so the compensated barrel doesn't work anymore. In fact, the bull-barrell setup doesn'tw work without a sleeve between the slide and the dust cover that is required to allow proper functioning of the recoil plug and spring; he parkerized the entire gun instead of hard-chroming the frame (back to original), and replaced the grip safety with a model he preferred, and took 14 months to deliver what he said would be a 3-4 month job.

I was lucky to get it back at all; I've since loaned it to a friend, but if I don't ever get it back, it's no big deal--there's certainly nothing unique about it anymore. Wilson Combat does better work, and I've got a couple of those. That gun is a monument to "the stupidest thing I've ever done with a gun"--I sent it to that "gunsmith".

September 10, 2004, 01:33 PM
Got an invite to a private range that was 45 minutes away. Loaded my new range bag with 3 pistols that had trigger locks installed. Then secured the range bag with a lock.

Jumped in the car and headed to the range. Finally got to the range after an hours drive (traffic) just to find out that I left the keys to the trigger locks and range bag at home.

No bolt cutters available, so I seriously considered cutting my range bag open and taking a screwdriver to the trigger locks. Thought better of it and had a really really depressing ride home.

September 10, 2004, 02:36 PM
When I was 17, attempting to shoot a 44 magnum revo ala Dirty Harry.......
cost me 8 stitches in the forehead...mack....

September 10, 2004, 02:48 PM
Last year I picked up a like-new Winchester 94AE.

After handling it my wife said "I like this. I think I'll keep it".

We argued back and forth for a minute but just to appease her I said "Fine. Its yours" thinking it her interest would pass.

Now she has my Kimber AND my 94.:banghead:

Oh well. All the more reason to go get my own, right?:p

September 10, 2004, 02:50 PM
I broke a basically new .22 pistol taking it apart to clean it.It didn't want to come apart....but it did.:uhoh:

September 10, 2004, 05:02 PM
What's the stupidest (firearm) thing I've ever done?

You mean other than shooting the yellow jackets' nest with 'Red Ryder'?


September 10, 2004, 05:14 PM
Reassembled my P226 on the range without first replacing the takedown lever, sending the slide forward about ten feet after hitting the slide release.

Mighty embarrassing.

September 10, 2004, 05:49 PM
took my bedroom window out with a Daisy BB gun and then later in life sold a 686, MkII, Mossy 500 and 10/22 baecasue I needed the cash (I should have sold a kidney instead)

September 10, 2004, 06:13 PM
I used an ASSAULT WEAPON to type a message on a keyboard to a gun site where I just....KNOW....no antis lurk, to tell how DANGEROUS I am with a gun.


September 10, 2004, 06:17 PM
Lots of minor ones, trades sales and such. The thing that impressed me the most, I was about 13 and traded a red ryder for a Marlin bolt action repeater. Was out in the woods in South Jersey (yes in the 60's you could go out in the woods and shoot unsupervised in NJ) and hung a playing card on a cluster of 16 penny nails someone hammered into a pine tree. So I'm having a ball tearing up this card and had a high shot. The bullet made a 180, came straight back and got me in the upper arm. Hurt like hell and left quite a bruise. Could've put an eye out. Joe

Nathaniel Firethorn
September 10, 2004, 08:43 PM
Failed to purchase one in the 18 years I lived in Delaware and the 10 years I lived in Pennsylvania. :(

- pdmoderator

September 10, 2004, 08:47 PM
oh yeah, I traded two rifles for a handgun I thought was worth more than it was at a recent gunshow. Later I got an E mail from a local gun dealer(pawn shop) with the exact same rifle for almost three times the price I had estimated my two at. Then to add insult to injury the handgun jams after one shot ,it wont extract. Then I contact the guy, all I want is a working handgun and even with my reciept he "doesnt remember the trade". I wont go into details because of embarresment but I traded almost a $1000 dollars in rifles for a $300 handgun that doesnt work yet.Live and learn.:banghead: do i win?

September 10, 2004, 08:53 PM
mokster .. I'm not sure you win but - heck man .. that really sux.

pdmoderator - sheesh . and now you are in PRNJ ....... sympathies. How come 10 yrs in PA and no purchase .... shame on ya!:eek:

Nathaniel Firethorn
September 10, 2004, 08:57 PM

Didn't much give a hoot at the time & found the whole idea and culture somewhat scary. To get right down to it, I didn't trust myself.

9/11/01 happened. Times change, stuff happens.

- pdmoderator

September 10, 2004, 09:56 PM
The stupidest thing i've done with a gun was shooting a delta elite with out hearing protection, then i went and sold it:cuss: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :fire:

September 10, 2004, 10:46 PM
Ugh, I have two.

Went shooting with some buddies. Last mag out of my AK I bump fired it, finished the mag and put it in the car. Didn't bother to release the mag or clear the weapon. We got home and I pulled the bolt back, it looked like there was a round in it, so I got closer and pulled the bolt all the way back. The round ejected with enough force to give me a black eye. There were five left in the mag.

The second is more embarassing.

I was 12 years old, watching Ducktales after school. Parents are at work and I'm playing with my Red Rider BB gun. I've dry fired it at the tv about 20 times, then the last bb in the gun makes its way out the barrel right into the center of my dad's new big screen. So I put the gun away and call my Mom. I tell her that it made a big popping sound and just happened. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. its been another 12 years and it still hurts to sit down.

September 11, 2004, 12:39 AM
Where to begin...

September 11, 2004, 11:19 AM
I think animal is the winner so far...

Me I was cleaning my 10/22 after letting a friend shoot it - she had left a live round in the chamber with the safety off. I don't even remember touching the trigger when it when off, ruining a bookcase. The cat was not seen for two days. Should have checked it before closing the case leaving the range.

I failed to buy an HK91 for $450. I also failed to trade for an Uzi (semi auto) which would have cost me about $250. The profits would have funded a lot of other things.:mad:

September 11, 2004, 11:30 AM
Bought it in California!

September 11, 2004, 02:35 PM
At the tender age of eighteen I decided to dismount my tank, leave the security of of a 90mm cannnon and five machine guns, and chase an "unarmed " VC through a rubber plantation in Cambodia. I had an Ithaca 12 ga pump. Well, he wasn't unarmed. I fired once, missed, and all his friends said hello with AKs. Then all my friends returned the greeting with their hardware. I literally crawled up into my helmet. Never left the tank again. Took showers on the deck in the rain, took a dump off the rear, slept on the deck or underneath it, ate in the gunner's seat, and peed in a coffe can. I traded the 12ga for a M16.


September 11, 2004, 06:48 PM
Today, I sat my gun on top of my open purse on the seat of my van and forgot about it, and went through the drive through at the Tasty-Freeze. Not illegal and not dangerous, but stupid. The woman at the window could not have avoided seeing it, but she didn't bat an eye. Guess she thought an armed robber woudn't order a tangerine glacier to go?

joe sixpack
September 11, 2004, 10:16 PM
She was just happy that you came forward with the cash when picking up
your order.

cheers, ab

September 11, 2004, 11:31 PM
... bought it...

.... then another.....

.... and another.....

... even though I really didn't think I really wanted it.... ok, them....

September 12, 2004, 12:03 AM
Fired a couple hundred rounds from inside a bunker with an M249 while not wearing hearing protection. Needless to say my ears rang for several days afterwards

Black Majik
September 12, 2004, 02:15 AM
This guy takes the cake

Got a Light? (http://www.glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=238508&highlight=match)

:what: :what:

September 12, 2004, 03:22 PM
I went out into the Hill Country to a friend's place. He carried a Winchester 1300 Defender with a pistol grip. He shot it from the hip. I never liked the idea of not having a sight picture so I raised it to eye level to fire a round. I ate the gun. Not ready for that recoil. Big split lip, blood, etc.

I did not cry, nor fall down. I was cured by sitting in the shade with some Shiner Bock beer for an hour or two and then we went out hunting for Jack rabbits.

I am a firm believer in shotguns with full stocks.

September 12, 2004, 05:23 PM
In 1997 on a bear hunt, I killed a nice black bear in an extremely remote location in Maine. Unloaded my gun, climbed down from my stand, re-loaded and approached the bear. Bear was d-e-d, dead. My heart was still pounding, I was excited (this will come into play in a moment). After field dressing the bear, I hiked the 200 yards down to the river to get the boat so I could cross the river and notify the friend I was hunting with that I needed help getting the bear out. A thunderstorm was approaching, and I was apprehensive about the timing of getting him, and getting back across to get the bear out. I dropped the magazine from my rifle (Winchester 70, 30-06), swear that I ejected the round in the chamber and -- for some reason -- pointed the rifle in a safe direction & downward, and pulled the trigger to drop the hammer on the empty chamber.

BOOM. I almost dropped the rifle.

Worse than this, there was a raft full of whitewhater enthusiasts approaching from upriver.

Ashamed, I hid in the bushes.

Never did tell my friend about this. I was, however, thankful that I didn't shoot a hole in the boat, or I might still be there.

Never did anything like it before or since, but it's been 7 years and I still shudder to think about it.

September 12, 2004, 05:46 PM
Knocked my SA Champion off the bar between the kitchen and living room one night... twice.

The butt was sticking off the edge just a hair, I was watching t.v. and ran into the kitchen real quick to check the dinner and bumped it. Onto the floor it went. :cuss: :cuss:

Checked it out, looks o.k. so I'm thinking, "Let me clean some of this crap off the bar", and put the pistol down on the bar. Picked up some papers, and dink, I knocked it off again. This time it landed on the rear sight and knocked it out of alignment.:fire:

Took it to the 'smith, he said "It's just fine."

BTW, it was C&L the whole time.

P.S. And no, I am not a klutz.:p

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