Stupid moments of handgun ownership


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Drgong
August 18, 2009, 10:52 AM
what was the stupid thing you done with handguns (and hopefully, not AD!)

Mine was shooting revolvers for six months before finding out that most revolvers can quickly dump the spent ammo by pressing down on the ejector rod ... :banghead:

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Ghost Walker
August 18, 2009, 11:19 AM
When I was, about, eleven years old I learned that it is NOT a good idea to take your uncle's 1911-A1 completely apart (everything!) and, then, expect to have it all correctly back together, again, by the time he returns home from work.

Nope, not a good idea at all! :p

Crow1108
August 18, 2009, 11:20 AM
The trades I made of various handguns. I wish I would've just kept them, saved my money, and bought whatever I wanted next. First was a Beretta 92F. Traded for a Glock 21C. Traded that for a Glock 35. Sold that, and bought a Sig P226R .40. Sold that and bought a Glock 19. Hundreds of dollars circling the drain :( About the only one I bought outright was the original Beretta and my Kimber Stainless II.

nitetrane98
August 18, 2009, 11:29 AM
Hahaha, not completely handgun but a couple of days ago I put a nice little holographic sight on my revolver. First one I had ever seen in person. I put it on backwards!! Was just about to take it back as defective when I happened to look in the correct side and saw the ring. Boy that would have gone over big at the gun shop!!

When I was a kid I had no idea how a revolver was loaded. I thought the bullet shaped flutes on the outside of the cylinder had something to do with it, but still wondered why they were backwards.

searcher451
August 18, 2009, 11:35 AM
Mine was buying a Beretta Tomcat for the wife. That didn't work out too well (a mere 66 rounds), but it didn't last long, either.

KenWP
August 18, 2009, 11:36 AM
I took the grips of a Super Blackhawk in order to fix the screws that hold the butt to the frame and never put the pin in the hole before taking it apart. Had to have a guy from Georgia phone me in the middle of the night and explain how you got that spring back in the gun. Pretty easy once you have it explained to you right.

JohnBT
August 18, 2009, 11:37 AM
One embarrassing moment. Keep in mind that my mother knows nothing about guns - caliber, action types, names, nothing. She had one rule, no guns in the living room, but otherwise didn't ever look at a gun or think about them.

On a visit to my parents' home, and before my father and I left for the range, I asked if I could borrow his 4" S&W Model 17 for a few weeks. Not a big deal, we often borrowed guns, and in fact I had bought it for him a few years earlier.

So there we were at the lunch table and before my father could say a word my mother looked up from her plate and said, "You borrowed that the last time you were here."

Oops.

John

FlatTop_BDH
August 18, 2009, 11:48 AM
The first gun I ever purchased, and the first semi-auto I'd ever fired was a S&W 469 9mm semi-auto,
I went to the range, used what I thought to be the proper 2 handed grip, and proceeded to remove a chunk from my thumb as the slide rocked from the first shot.
Haven't had that problem since.

tipoc
August 18, 2009, 11:56 AM
Buying a gun on impulse when I couldn't afford it. Causes a fella to worry about how to pay the bills and sucks some of the fun outta the room.

tipoc

THE DARK KNIGHT
August 18, 2009, 11:59 AM
One embarrassing moment. Keep in mind that my mother knows nothing about guns - caliber, action types, names, nothing. She had one rule, no guns in the living room, but otherwise didn't ever look at a gun or think about them.

On a visit to my parents' home, and before my father and I left for the range, I asked if I could borrow his 4" S&W Model 17 for a few weeks. Not a big deal, we often borrowed guns, and in fact I had bought it for him a few years earlier.

So there we were at the lunch table and before my father could say a word my mother looked up from her plate and said, "You borrowed that the last time you were here."

Oops.

John

I don't get it?

Drgong
August 18, 2009, 12:14 PM
The first gun I ever purchased, and the first semi-auto I'd ever fired was a S&W 469 9mm semi-auto,
I went to the range, used what I thought to be the proper 2 handed grip, and proceeded to remove a chunk from my thumb as the slide rocked from the first shot.
Haven't had that problem since.

Ouch, I did that with my BHP the first time I fired it. Was bleeding all over the place.

TheNev
August 18, 2009, 01:27 PM
Buying a gun on impulse when I couldn't afford it. Causes a fella to worry about how to pay the bills and sucks some of the fun outta the room.

I have done that on more than one occasion.

DasFriek
August 18, 2009, 01:38 PM
This one is kinda off but gun related.
I shoot at a local outdoor range where you supply your target holder,and mine was shot in half by my mom before i could even shoot at it.No biggy i use some tape and put it back together.
In recent trips back to the range i still use that same target,too lazy to make a better one i suppose.But my last trip to a crowded range that was almost full my target holder kept getting blowed over by a good breeze.After my 3rd attempt to get it to stay up i swore to everyone id never ask for another cease fire and id go home.

SGW42
August 18, 2009, 05:34 PM
I reassembled a Ruger Mark III and cycled the action a few times for a function check - forgot the grips were off and as a result the hammer pin worked loose. Complete disassembly and another reassembly to correct it.

Ala Dan
August 18, 2009, 05:52 PM
I will have to second the stupid trade option~! :eek:

NIB S&W Texas Ranger Set (gun and knife) in mahogany box, for a NIB
Ruger M-77R in .338 Win Mag; 4 NIB Colt Python's, for I can't tell you
what? Also, 4 NIB Remington 700 BDL's (.22-250, .243, .25-06, and 7mm
mag) for cash; due too lack of work. Also, falling into this same category
was a NIB 5" Smith & Wesson factory nickel model 27-2~! :banghead:

QUICK_DRAW_McGRAW
August 18, 2009, 06:47 PM
a few weeks back. got a new to me S&W 22A and decided to sit outside in the nice weather and take it apart for the first time and clean it.

well when i went to put the recoil spring and rod back into place it shot acrost the yard. i was lucky to find everything but i wont do that again.

Sam1911
August 18, 2009, 06:50 PM
Practicing some oddly out of position shooting on my weak side. Without putting much (o.k...any) thought into it, I switched to a weak hand grip but two handed (basically reversed the positions of my hands) BUT, left my two thumbs in the normal grip position. As I pulled my grip tighter and pressed the trigger of my 1911, I was notified that this oddball grip I'd created placed my strong-side thumb knuckle right up in back of the slide.

It plowed a furrow you could have planted vegetables in. Bled for a good long time.

Ouch.

-S

shotgunjoel
August 18, 2009, 06:55 PM
Hahaha, not completely handgun but a couple of days ago I put a nice little holographic sight on my revolver. First one I had ever seen in person. I put it on backwards!! Was just about to take it back as defective when I happened to look in the correct side and saw the ring. Boy that would have gone over big at the gun shop!!

What I want to know is how you saw it from the correct side if it was on backwards.:uhoh:

Quentin
August 18, 2009, 09:05 PM
Loaning a 45ACP to a friend who later said it was stolen.

Brian Williams
August 18, 2009, 09:30 PM
Other than shooting my TV, I had just gotten my Systema Colt 1911 and was going to field strip it in my work van so it was not a "firearm" and I turned the bushing and the recoil plug went zinging out and pinged into the top edge of the windshield. It starred the windshield nicely and was about 4" in diameter.

Dr_2_B
August 18, 2009, 10:40 PM
I took apart a Taurus PT145 and for the LIFE of me, I couldn't get the takedown pin back in. After wailing on it with a hammer or something, I took it back to the dealer where I bought it. We had to send it back to Taurus because I had damaged it a little. But the last time I was in that store, wouldn'tcha know the guy behind the counter still remembered.

Asks me if I still use a hammer to reassemble my guns. ;)

Modgod
August 18, 2009, 10:46 PM
This one wasn't my fault but being the experienced one, I feel responsible.:uhoh:

Recently took the Bro-In-Law (let's call him Dick, pun intended) who had never been shooting before to a very nice large public range. We had three of my guns, Para CCO LDA .45ACP, Beretta PX4SC 9mm, and Ruger LCP .380ACP with about 100 rounds for each. After some serious safety instructions, sight picture help, slide ops and dry fire practice, I was right behind Dick as he shot the 9, must say he did pretty well from 7 yards. Then got him on the .380 LCP, same same. As he became comfy with the process of shoot, reload 2 mags, mag in, slide release, fire, I was able to pay a little less attention to him and shoot whatever wasn't being used in the adjacent lane. I remember separating the ammo and mags, pointing them out as Small, Medium, Large and that although .380 & 9 are related, they're quite different and shall not mix.:cool:

After a few cycles of this Dick said he could handle it all himself. I kept one eye on him and soon noticed he was having FTE problems with the 9 every round and having to release, mag out, lock, release versus just release for good lockup (he wasn't riding the slide either) when loading. Since he just delved into the second box of new TBD cheapo ammo and that he knew how to safely clear problems, I chalked it up to ammo compatiblity, limp wristing, or inexperience.:scrutiny:

Long story slightly shorter, after getting him comfy with the .45 I tried the 9 and had the same problem using mags he loaded. After seeing bronze versus copper bullets and comparing the half unboxed ammo, I realized Dick was loading the 9 mags with 380! :eek:

At first it didn't register that he'd probably been doing it all along and it fed and shot fine for the first shot. It wasn't until I connected the speed .380 ammo was vanishing with the amount of time he'd been using the 9 that the light came on. Even the range rover who tried to help him missed it and blamed it on ammo, guess he was right. When loaded with 9mm bullets, the Beretta shot fine, imagine that.:rolleyes:

I my many years of shooting and typically having five calibers on the range at once, I've never made this mistake, shows how novices can be problems no matter how careful you are. Since .380 is '9mm short' I understand why these worked but don't recommend anyone else do this, (aside from obvious safety issues, 380 is more rare than 9). We both got a kick out of it later and my lesson learned is watch out for Dick's as you might be or related to one.:banghead:

Reminds me of a Saloon/Hotel sign, "Outlaws welcome, Inlaws call first" :D

bottom shelf
August 18, 2009, 10:59 PM
What if it happened to someone else?

I attended a training school a few months ago. In the classroom was a TV used for showing videos. Sitting on top of the TV was an angel like you see on top of a Christmas tree. On the last day of class, one of the instructors told a few of us to ask the owner (and chief instructor) about the angel. We did.

This was his story: It was the holiday season, and the family had all gone out shopping. All but Pop, our Chief Instructor and owner of the school. He stayed home, and while he was there, decided to do a little dry fire practice with a revolver and the TV. You know, revolver in holster.. stand in front of TV and when a new person comes on the screen... draw, and fire.

This went pretty good, and when he was done, he reloaded the revolver and headed for the room with the safe to lock it up. On the way, he passed through the living room, and there perched atop ol' Tanenbaum was... you guessed it, an angel. One more shot he thought, and then I'll put it away. He remembered he had loaded the gun just as the shot broke. He center punched the angel through the chest.

He quickly checked the outside of the house for exit wounds, and fortunately, there were none. BUT he couldn't find a new angel before the family got back, so he had to come clean about it.

The angel on top of the tv? It was a gift from the other instructors. If you look at it closely sitting there atop the tv, you can see she's wearing body armor and a helmet.

stillaftermath
August 19, 2009, 12:31 AM
I've written about it in another thread, and it wasn't really my moment of stupidity, but here goes.

At the range, about age 6 or 7, with my dad, shooting up some reloads we'd done for a S&W .38 Special revolver and an M1911 .38 Army Marksman Unit given to my Dad while he was on the 5th Army Rifle Team.

The 1911 AMU was a special semi-rimmed .38 Special cartridge designed for use in automatics. It is an exclusively low pressure wadcutter round, due to an exposed portion of the cartridge in the cartridge to give the extractor room to grab.

There were two batches of .38 involved, and they were both using the same wadcutter slugs. Couple dozen rounds go down range, no problems. Dad hands me a fresh mag, rack the slide, pull the trigger, and kB! 1911 detonates in my hands, his nice custom wood grips burst, the magazine bulges, something horrible happens with the slide, and I get a face full of hot burning powder and shrapnel. Sure enough... the hotter revolver loads had been accidentally loaded into the AMU.

The recovered cartridge told the story - a 2mm high semi-circle was perfectly removed from the bottom of it. And I mean perfectly, to bulges, no sharp edges. Just a perfect half circle. That, and a very traumatized little boy. I couldn't fire a weapon for almost a year afterward. No problems handling them... just couldn't pull the trigger. To this day - 22 years later - I still reflexively react to the feeling of muzzle blast. It's not anything show stopping, but whenever I'm beside anything higher powered and I feel it hit my skin, you can probably see me jump and tighten up.

Second stupidest thing would be putting my fingers anywhere near a Hakim.

armoredman
August 19, 2009, 02:32 AM
Only terrible handgun story I have is discovering how clean a 1911 must be to make the Gunner happy...

lanternlad1
August 19, 2009, 03:41 AM
I once cleaned my brand-new Marlin 60 with Gun Scrubber and WD-40. Messed up the trigger assembly. Had to buy a new one.

JJE
August 19, 2009, 12:22 PM
The first handgun I ever bought was a beautiful 6" 686 in stainless in the early 1980's that was supposed to be a hunting gun. I had almost zero hunting experience and soon realized that handgun hunting was for experts, not beginners. After shooting probably no more than 5 boxes of ammo (all full-power loads of course) over about 2 years I sold it to a co-worker who needed a HD gun.

I didn't miss that gun until pretty recently when I decided what I really needed was a high-quality DA centerfire revolver for target shooting.:o

JohnBT
August 19, 2009, 06:14 PM
"I don't get it? "

I asked my father to borrow a gun.
My mother who knows ZERO about guns and cares even less said "You borrowed that last time you were here."

I guess you had to be there to know how stupid I felt. :)

It's the only time she has participated in a gun conversation that I can recall and I'm 58 or that my dad can recall and he married her during WWII.

And all those years we thought she wasn't paying attention to our constant yakking about guns.

John

Lonestar49
August 19, 2009, 06:32 PM
...

First one was at the range and I grabbed a 45cal bore snake and pulled it too far thru my Sig P229 9mm, stuck it good, and quietly stored it in its gun rag until I got home and cut off the end sticking out the barrel and then muscled the remaining back out the breach..

Second one, accidentally grabbed Sig 9mm mag, loaded, and inserted it into my Sig P229/40 took aim and pulled, only to hear a very, very, low pop, almost like my gun had a silencer on it and no hole in the target.. :eek:

I thought I had a squib, carefully disassembled the gun and took out the barrel and sighted, and no squib.

So, I thought, ok, just a weak load and put it all back together and reloaded the same mag and took the next shot.. :what: this time, I get a hole in the target, but the sound is NOT right, same low muffled pop sound, and I know something is not right..

Popped out the mag and then focused on the top round.. 9mm, :what: not 40cal.. :o

Now I check, each time, and think about it, along with the low pop sound, every time I'm loading mags and guns at the range, or at home, for the road, etc.

Always check and verify..


Ls

The Lone Haranguer
August 19, 2009, 09:24 PM
If you discount the ADs :uhoh: I put a nice "idiot mark" on the frame and slide of a new SIG 1911. :banghead: Because the slide is retracted slightly when you install the slide stop, when the slide is in battery the scratches do not line up.

CajunBass
August 20, 2009, 06:45 AM
Sorry the only one I can think of with a handgun was a SD (stupid discharge) so I'll leave that out. I got a couple from hunting though.

I came back to the truck one morning after the morning drive (deer hunting with hounds), and went to unload my shotgun and discovered I had never loaded it. :o

I suspect the club would have just taken my whole shirt on that one. :D

Another one along the same line. I left early one morning to go squirrel hunting. Got almost to the place I planned to hunt, and realized I had left my ammo at home. I had to turn around and drive all the way back. I now keep a Skoal can of 22 ammo in both vehicles.

one45auto
August 20, 2009, 10:24 AM
I haven't had any stupid moments myself (my father is ex-military and raised us right) but I'll never forget when I picked up my new Ruger Vaquero from the local shop. The owner's son decided he needed to show me how to handle and disassemble it (after all he knows so much more about them than we do) and proceeded to pull the pin out with the wrong side down. The cylinder promptly fell out, landed on the glass case with a loud whack, and quickly rolled over the edge where it fell onto the floor. It was a stupid moment for him but a :cuss: :fire: :mad: moment for me.

CJ
August 20, 2009, 11:17 AM
I sold my first. I had to move to California, and with all their convoluted laws, wasn't sure if it would be allowed. Had a deal that, if I ever came back, I could pick it up for what I sold it for, but never ended up going back (although I DID get out of California). Still have some of the darn ammunition around too for that Russian Makarov.

chris in va
August 20, 2009, 12:52 PM
Buying a used HiPoint carbine. Previous owner destroyed the metal by not lubing it, and it cost me $150 in shipping for HiPoint to fix it right.

Buying an XD9 as my first CC gun without really trying it at the range first.

Not getting a compact all-steel 9mm sooner. Buy...sell...buy...sell...

proud2deviate
August 20, 2009, 06:01 PM
My first time stripping a 1911, my thumb slipped off the recoil spring plug which sailed up and cracked me smartly on the very tip of my nose. Instant tears. Could have been worse; I don't even want to think what would have happened if that sucker had caught me in the eyeball. . . I more respectful of springs n' things now.

Also with a 1911; went to slam another mag in at the range, and managed to pinch a huge chunk of my palm as I slapped it home. Big blood blister. Lots of cussing.

funkychinaman
August 20, 2009, 06:38 PM
Chris, it cost you $150 to ship a carbine from Kentucky to Ohio? What did you ship it in, a solid gold sarcophagus?

I got two:

- I was on the rifle team in college, and we had a shooting competition at Purdue. The match is at their ROTC fieldhouse. They have really rudimentary target hangers, just a wire frame with cardboard attached to it, so we had to staple our targets onto the cardboard. I hold my target in place with the staple gun in my right hand, and not thinking, put my left hand behind the cardboard to steady it...and I put a staple through the target, through the cardboard, and into my thumb. On the bright side, the dried blood made it easy to identify which targets were mine.

- Also in college, I brought up a few guns so I could shoot in my free time. I'm still in the dorms, so I can't have guns there, so I leave them with a friend who lives off campus. As a precaution, I keep the ammo with me, as the regs never said I couldn't keep ammo in the dorms. So one day I go to the range with friends. We come back, I drop him and my guns off at his place, and I head to Casino Windsor, across the border in Canada, to meet some friends for dinner. (Casino Windsor got a lot of business from college kids due to the lower drinking age.) The Canadian border guards didn't really make a fuss. I showed them my NJ drivers license (a laminated paper card back then,) and they let me through. I had dinner, and then I headed back to Ann Arbor. Since 9/11 had happened a few months before, the US Army was on US side of the border. And they no longer allowed people in who didn't have a passport. (I had taken a trips to Canada previously with only a driver's license.) And they especially didn't allow people in WHO HAD A TOOLBAG FULL OF LIVE AMMO IN THEIR CAR. The Army tossed my car, realized that I was telling the truth, that I only had the ammo, and I explained to the guard that I hadn't realized that I needed a passport, as I had made the same trip at least twice previously with just a driver's license. They bought it and let me go. That would've been one phone call I did not want to make.

The Lone Haranguer
August 20, 2009, 07:47 PM
I sold a couple of guns for half their worth so I could get something I liked better, then the gun I bought turned out to be a lemon. :rolleyes:

ACBMWM3
August 21, 2009, 03:10 PM
I got a couple little ones.
First one about a month back pinched the tip of my pinkie between the mag and the grip. instant blood blister and me yelling the F word a few times and kicking the desk.
2nd was last week. Picked up a nice LE trade-in USP compact. Took it home, got it all nice and clean, went to put the top end back together, slid the barrel in and went to put the guide rod assy. back in and fling the guide rod spring snap ring goes flying off into outer space. Looked around for over an hour to find a tiny little piece of metal with no luck. Just got it all back together yesterday :D

Lee Roder
August 21, 2009, 04:13 PM
Early in my "career", I decided it was time to remove any roughness and other signs of imperfection from the guts of my new revolver. So, being the DIY type, I took it all apart (which was itself a real adventure that first time) and found what appeared to be some imperfection like a little bit of flash or burr inside the cylinder's extractor hole. AHAH! A perfect candidate. That hole was "D" shaped. Sloppy factory machinists. I reamed it perfectly round.

:what:

Then I found out why it was so shaped. :banghead: Cost me $90 to have that cylinder replaced.

Other than that one time over ten years ago, I've never done anything truly stupid with a gun. Honest. :D

Quilbilly
August 21, 2009, 04:59 PM
A few weeks ago I oiled my XD40 real quick before i put it in my holster and forgot to flip down the take-down lever. I carried it like that all the way to Safeway and back home. I am pretty sure that if I fired it like that the first round would have gone fine but then when the slide chambered the next round it would have just flown off the frame. OOPS!!

doorman
August 21, 2009, 05:56 PM
Could not figure out why all of the sudden my SA M1911a1 was being weird at the range with factory ammo. After about ten rounds I figured it out. I was loading .45 GAP instead of ACP. Picked up the GAP ammo which was right next to the ACP ammo at the gun shop earlier that day.

shibby
August 21, 2009, 06:41 PM
I got a couple little ones.
First one about a month back pinched the tip of my pinkie between the mag and the grip. instant blood blister and me yelling the F word a few times and kicking the desk.
2nd was last week. Picked up a nice LE trade-in USP compact. Took it home, got it all nice and clean, went to put the top end back together, slid the barrel in and went to put the guide rod assy. back in and fling the guide rod spring snap ring goes flying off into outer space. Looked around for over an hour to find a tiny little piece of metal with no luck. Just got it all back together yesterday

lols

edit:

just the tip?

bigfatdave
August 21, 2009, 09:11 PM
The worst thing I've done is swapped the captive recoil springs around between my CC and MrsBFD's CC ... cleaning both, end up with a pile of parts, get one gun (hers) together (and function checked!) and then the second one (mine) just wouldn't go together right!

The cause took me a while to figure out, the lesson I learned was that if you are going to disassemble two similar guns, lay out two paper towels far apart from each other, and use them as parts landing pads.

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