January 10, 2006, 05:30 PM
I thought everyone at THR would get a kick out of this. Back when I was a junior in high school I shot trap with some of my classmates. Our "coach" was one of the shop teachers at our school. The first day we all assembled to shoot trap we watched some safety videos and some other movies about the technique of shooting trap. Our coach then proceeded to explain what he knew about trap to us. After a couple of hours of learning the basics we finally got to go out and shoot. I had no real trap gun at the time, so I brought my Winchester 1200 w/ 26" barrel. We were almost done shooting our first round when I encountered a problem with my gun. The problem was that when I put the round into the chamber and closed the action, the firing pin shot out of the back of the bolt into the empty space in the reciever behind it. In doing this, it would not allow the bolt to be opened, since it was lodged between it and the reciever. I had encountered this problem before, so I knew exactly how to fix it. I was going to take it back into the clubhouse, remove the trigger group, take out the firing pin so that I could remove the round from the chamber. However, my coach had other plans. He told me that taking a firearm with a round in the chamber off of the firing line was extremely unsafe. I told him of the situation and that I knew what had happened to the gun, and that I could fix it. So he says, "let me see the gun, I need to unload it." Regretfully I give it to him, and he begins his efforts at trying to manipulate the action. Once he sees that it will not open, he begins hitting the buttstock against the ground very vigorously. Meanwhile, everytime he does this the barrel is pointing right at his face. I was just thinking, "How much safer is it to beat a loaded gun on the ground while it is pointed at your face, than to take it back and disassemble it?" Well he finally got it open and it bent the firing pin. Didn't offer to replace it or anything. That was my first and last time every shooting a firearm around that waterhead.