THR Confessional


July 28, 2003, 01:25 PM
Preface : No one was hurt.

Before putting on my pants this morning I went to the safe and grabbed a handgun in a kydex holster. I un-holstered the gun (loaded) and place it on the bed half way under the covers. I attached the holster to my belt and put my pants on. About an hour later I was at work and I got a call from my wife. She asked me if I forgot something this morning and I couldn’t recall that I had. She reminded me about the gun under the covers...

So now I’m not home and have a loaded gun on the bed with my wife and kid at home. I’m just sick about this. I vowed that if this ever happens again, I’m selling the whole lot of them. I’m just sick...

Im turning myself in the hope that this somehow benifits all of us....


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July 28, 2003, 01:34 PM
No harm, no foul...just be careful in the future. I assume wifey and kids no what to do when encountering said gun, right?


July 28, 2003, 01:36 PM
That's why you educate kids about firearms as young as possible.

I've gone to work without my CCW before and came back a few hours later.

July 28, 2003, 01:39 PM
My wife does, but my baby is only 2..... auggg!

July 28, 2003, 01:44 PM
Since no one was injured, don't beat yourself up over it.
I'll bet the memory of this helps you to doublecheck before leaving home for a long long time. At least you didn't NEED it and come up empty
:what: :what:
Don't beat yourself up, but don't be in a hurry to forget about it either.

:D On the lighter side, it sounds like you may need a heavier gun so that you will know when its not there

July 28, 2003, 01:45 PM
we all make mistakes. just proves we are human.
for your situation though, it may help to get in the habit of never letting the weapon leave the holster. thats what i do. unless i am cleaning the weapon or dryfiring, it stays in its holster. when i put it on while getting dressed it still is in the holster. so basically, whenever it is removed from the holster it is going to be immediately unloaded.

July 28, 2003, 01:49 PM
I vowed that if this ever happens again, I’m selling the whole lot of them. I’m just sick...

Blasphemy while I agree and can be certain if I had young children at home I'd be a little sick over it too.

But that and I repeat that is NO reason to ban yourself from your firearms. That's wanky liberal thinking there. (no offense)
I have no doubt that you have taught/trained your children (assuming they are of the age to understand).
Have you ever left a hot pot of water sitting on the stove with the handle sticking out? certainly no reason to never boil water again.
Just a solid reminder that even we the people of the high road make mistakes.

I am however suprised you didn't notice it before leaving the house.. I'd feel naked. I have however left my knife at home. I NEVER go anywhere without it. I was at work and grabbed for it at least a dozen times .. each time smacking my head thinking .. NEVER never again.

I'm sure that statement was entered in an emotional haste. We all understand the potencial seriousness of the event that could have taken place. Thank your wife and remind yourself to teach/train your children at least once a month.

This reminds me of a Dateline feature they did awhile back. An experiment where they placed an unloaded Glock under a rag behind some paint cans in a storage room.. and sent in preteens to clean up the utility room. And with a hidden camera captured the response of the child to the discovery of the firearm.
They made a big deal of how one kid actually removed the magazine and "racked the slide!! *shock and awe*
That was the ONE child who handled the situation precisely how I would teach my child. Verify its empty and then take it to an adult.

Don't beat yourself up too much... just don't ever forget your firearm.

God only knows that could have been the day you actually needed it with you.. and that could have been just as terrible as the accident potencial at home.

July 28, 2003, 01:52 PM
Say three Hail Coopers and don't do it again. ;)

(Remember: "All's well as ends well." and "The only truly dumb mistakes are the ones you don't learn anything from." :cool: )

Ala Dan
July 28, 2003, 01:55 PM
I'm glad there wasn't an incident!:D As another poster
said, "just be careful in the future"; by knowing where
your weapon(s) is/are at all times.:uhoh: :)

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

July 28, 2003, 01:55 PM
There are two types of gun owners in the world....or at least here in the free USA....those who have done something stupid with a firearm....and those who will.

Look at it this way, you got yours out of the way with no shots fired and without anyone being hurt.

Okay I'll admit it....About ten years ago I had a brainfart and was lowering the hammer on a 1911 and, it got away from me....ask me about the hole (now repaired) in the bedroom floor. :( :( :( Wife was not happy.

Count your blessings.

July 28, 2003, 02:00 PM
Am I the only one that leaves loaded guns in holsters while putting the holster on? There are only two ways a loaded gun leaves a holster for me:

1. To be unloaded for cleaning, storage, or range use.
2. To fire at someone who needs to be fired upon.

Standing Wolf
July 28, 2003, 02:23 PM
I once got as far as the garage without my carry gun.

4v50 Gary
July 28, 2003, 02:26 PM
Was reading in the Gall's Catalog (emergency equipment supplier) an anecdote of a female officer who had a rookie with her. They responded to a burglary and began searching the house. She turned to see what the rookie was doing and was shocked that he had his "finger out" but no gun. He later confessed that he left the gun at home and was too embarassed to mention it to anyone. She dutifully reported it to dear ole Sarge who gave him the chewing out that he'll never forget. Betcha he becomes a chief someday. :)

July 28, 2003, 02:32 PM
Reads as follows: "Never make the same mistake twice." Follow that rule and you'll be OK.

July 28, 2003, 02:40 PM
From what I read, you were sitting at work with an empty holster? Maybe you should upgrade to a Desert Eagle, HK Mk23, or another large pistol that would give you a 20 degree list to one side, that way you will definitely notice it missing when you get in the car to leave for work without it. :neener:

My (serious) suggestion would be to put the pistol on your dresser or nightstand while getting dressed (so its within view at all times, and you wont forget it as easily), or dont retrieve the pistol from the safe until you're ready to belt it on.


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