I shot my drying fan today!


October 1, 2003, 04:43 PM
Well, I can say I'm an official dumba$$ as of this morning. I was in my holster shop, molding and talking on the phone with my insurance agent.
My PCR was holstered and sitting in its usual spot. Loaded as usual.

I dropped the mag and was gonna clear the chambered round when my other line rang. I am getting another stitcher and the phone call got me excited...a week and a half...its mine!
I was checking the fit of a PCR holster I molded last night...almost a daily thing now days. I took the gun out of the holster..and cocked the hammer and decocked it a couple of times.

I was setting the gun down on my bench, hammer cocked and the muzzle bumped one of my molding tools..which came down with the gun. The tool is shaped like an L"..and the hook part of it hit the trigger as I was just setting the gun down. "BOOM!" :what:

I didnt know what had happened. It was at least 3-5 seconds before I realized my PCR had gone off. A nice hole through my drying fan for dye work. "OH MY GOD!"

I retraced my steps and didnt remember clearing the chamber "DUMBA$$ of the highest caliber"...I checked myself to make sure I didnt get fragmented or what have you.

The chain of events that occured making this actually happen, was a one in a million shot and I doubt I could duplicate them if I tried :rolleyes: But never the less IM A TOTAL DUMBA$$!

Thank god I at least followed the basic "finger off of trigger, muzzle pointed down range (or at my fan!)" Basic rules or not...did I mention that Im a DUMBA$$....who may have been a very very dead DUMBA$$!

Please take care and be careful. I have been safe for over 30 years..it just goes to show you if you get sidetracked...you too may be a dumba$$ if youre not careful.

Shoot well......

BTW....Im a Dumba$$ :D

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October 1, 2003, 05:31 PM
Glad everything's OK, fans can be replaced, good people can't.

You're only a dumba$$ if you don't learn from doing silly-a$$ things; thanks for sharing so we can all be reminded of this. :D

October 1, 2003, 05:45 PM
When is the memorial service for the drying fan? :D

Glad that you are okay. Learn from this lesson, grasshopper.

October 1, 2003, 05:58 PM
Hmm, it sounds like your business is taking off. Do you have a duplicate of the fan?

Anyway, glad no one got hurt. Yup, a reminder that we must always treat every gun as if it is loaded. Even if you remember unloading it, if you take your attention off it for even a moment, re-clear it before assuming it is unloaded. You just got one of those little reminders that life gives us sometimes. Not a dumb... we all make mistakes, luckily no one was hurt, and if you use it as a learning experience then you aren't a dumb.... If you forget too soon and do something similar (ND or not) any sooner than the next 10-15 years then, and only then, are you a dumb...

October 1, 2003, 06:25 PM
Thanks for posting an embarrasing incident. More reminders are A Good Thing.

Glad nobody got hurt!

BTW, what did you say you were? :D

(Don't ask about MY ND. Trust me - it made yours look like the result of great wisdom.) :what:

October 1, 2003, 06:37 PM
PCRCCW, I'm glad you're okay. And I'm really glad that you had the guts to tell us. "It can happen to you too!!!" is a good thing to hear, as often as possible.

May your fan RIP. :D


October 1, 2003, 06:39 PM
So is this yet another one of those "Shot Hits The Fan" threads ....?

October 1, 2003, 06:45 PM
Make sure you have your story straight before the cops get there:

The fan was coming toward you with a knife held over his head.... and refused all commands to stop.

October 1, 2003, 07:21 PM
Well....I guess I should be embarrassed by it...but Im not really...at first SCARED! :what: The relieved...Im ok...my fan isnt. BTW, It was coming at me very aggresively and was not stopping! :D :rolleyes:

Now Im just pissed at my stupitidy....my sister, whom Ive taken shooting a couple of times..after my hour long function/safety/technique lectors...had ALOT to say to me....:cuss:

Thanks for the comments and it really just goes to show you that regardless of how safe you "usually are"...and I am (uh huh, sure :rolleyes: ) All it takes is getting sidetracked and then having dumb luck to boot.......BOOM! :what:

Shoot well and thanks for the kindness. I dont deserve it :fire:

October 1, 2003, 07:44 PM
You need a Series 2 Kimber. :D

October 1, 2003, 07:48 PM
OH MY GOD! that fans coming right for us! shoot it jim!

how long did it take for your ears to stop ringing?

October 1, 2003, 09:02 PM
At least you didn't shoot anyone. Just remember to make sure it's unloaded next time, eh?

October 1, 2003, 09:04 PM
"Shot Hits The Fan"



October 1, 2003, 09:31 PM
Say, isn't it only the Hollyweird types who have to worry about aggressive fans?

I think it was a good shoot, though. I don't suppose a restraining odor would have done any good in this case.

October 1, 2003, 09:42 PM
The older I get...
The more careful I get.
Because I have to.

If I am distracted by anything...
I recheck the piece I am working on or with.

Some guns I "show clear" more than I shoot.

So glad it came out so well.


October 1, 2003, 09:56 PM
Some of us have ADs or NDs early on. Mine was at 18. I no longer dry-fire guns.

Glad that you are OK. Someone once told me that the longer that you
are exposed to firearms, the better the chance for mis-haps.

Hope the FAN INCIDENT was your last.

October 1, 2003, 10:43 PM
Thank God you weren't hurt, or worse, someone else. Everything we do is a lesson to be learned from, good or bad.

Took guts to post it.

October 1, 2003, 11:16 PM
Ok.....er, hmmmmm. Ive had a series 2 kimber...I shot it with my CZ :D
It was aggresive too! :scrutiny:

spaceman...."Shes breaking up"...the fan did! LOL

Quartus....what the hell can I add to that? :evil:

CR...wise...very wise. I thought I was..........

CZF....man. What a day! wanna trade?

Tierhog....guts ....nah! Im human and its worthy of food for thought.
Honest....ya......thats about it.

shoot well and thanks for the replies

Gerald McDonald
October 1, 2003, 11:35 PM
I wouldnt label you a dumbass by any means. If you handle firearms long enough, its gonna happen. Good thing when it did no one was hurt. It will be less likely to happen again.

October 2, 2003, 12:01 AM
"DUMBA$$ of the highest caliber"

Actually, you're only a 9mm dumba$$.

Good to know you don't have any extra holes.

Black Snowman
October 2, 2003, 12:14 AM
Glad to hear nothing but a fan and you're pride were injured.

After handling guns for so long it's easy to slip out of form without noticing becuase things become automatic. Sounds like checking the chamber every time you touch the gun is one of those habits you might want to pick up again. ;)

October 2, 2003, 01:43 AM
Like Skeeter said: There are only two kinds of shooters in world--those who have had accidental discharge, and those who haven't had one yet.

October 2, 2003, 06:42 AM
I made a sign for my reloading room.
In the presence of company, safety on, chamber open, or hands off.
When I'm alone and want to dry-fire, I actually say the range commands out loud, to give my brain a chance to think about what I'm saying.
"Show clear"
" Verify Magazine clear"
"Load snap cap into magazine"
"Show clear again"
"Load magazine into gun"
"Cycle yer slide"
"Safety on" (Watch your muzzle)
"Remove magazine, and inspect"
(If magazine is empty) "re-install, and proceed when ready"
I only dry-fire when I'm alone, for two reasons.
1. So if I make a mistake, I won't hurt innocent parties.
2. So people won't hear me talking to myself like a retard. :p

October 2, 2003, 07:24 AM
2. So people won't hear me talking to myself like a retard.

Well people have been hearing me for a day now....mumble..rant...mumble....

The only good thing about it is the ringing in my ears is loud enough I cant hear the tell me Im nuts :evil:

Shoot well

Felonious Monk
October 2, 2003, 08:35 AM

Glad you're unscathed.
Business is Busy: another good thing.
Now, don't be a dumb***. Be SAFE!


October 2, 2003, 08:45 AM

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