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Any unusual accidental discharges?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Jacobus Rex, Mar 24, 2004.

  1. Jacobus Rex

    Jacobus Rex Well-Known Member

    I'm curious about any unusual accidental discharges that anyone has had? ie., no finger in the trigger guard, gun in holster, etc. Specifically as it relates to CCW's but also any other.

    I'll give an example:

    I've never seen one do it in person, however, SKS's will fire when vibration such as riding on an ATV or tractor causes the sear to disengage even with the safety on. I know of a case in this area and I've read of others.
  2. Red_SC

    Red_SC Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the tip on the SKS- I didn't know about it. The only one I've had involved an SKS, too. I filled the mag and released the bolt. I thought it closed all the way, but it hung up slightly out of battery. When I pulled the trigger it didn't click or anything. When I bumped the bolt handle forward, it fired (in a safe direction.) Near 'bout broke my hand when the bolt came back!
  3. Swamprabbit

    Swamprabbit Well-Known Member

    My story involved rabbit hunting with my father-in-law. He had a bad habbit of not paying too much attention to keeping his shotgun safety on and while walking through some tall grass, a blade of fescue (sp?) somehow got caught in the trigger guard and pulled the trigger. I saw it happen so I don't think he was actually trying to knock off his new son-in-law :confused: .
  4. TimRB

    TimRB Well-Known Member

    "When I bumped the bolt handle forward, it fired (in a safe direction.) Near 'bout broke my hand when the bolt came back!"

    Don't mean to sidetrack the thread, but if you ever have to bump the bolt to get it into battery (think M1) you should do it palm-up. That way if it slam-fires, the bolt handle will tend to slide off the top of your palm rather than push it into your wrist.

  5. Red_SC

    Red_SC Well-Known Member

    You're right. I was in my mid teens and that was my first gun of that type. Since then, I've learned two things. First, if that happens, just pull the bolt back and eject the round. The trigger will reset. Second, pull the bolt fully back and release to chamber a round. Then, ya don't have the problem to start with.;)
  6. uglymofo

    uglymofo Well-Known Member

    I was told that a plainclothes cop in a town I'll not mention had to use the facilities one night. Supposedly, he swiped the safety off on his 1911 as he pulled it out of his IWB (purportedly, habit), and without noticing that (or at least thinking about it), hung it on a hook buy the trigger. It went off on contact because of the weight behind it, and the recoil set off 3 more rounds before the gun fell to the floor. I've been in that police station potty, and there are only two "holes" left unpatched (in the concrete floor and cinderblock wall) to testify to this episode. It could be the local urban legend, but if it is, there's a cop being defamed by name in the local constabulary.
  7. williamcrane

    williamcrane Well-Known Member


    I can't understand, even with the safety off, a 1911 could discharge when hung on a hook - the grip safety has to be fully engaged.:rolleyes:
  8. uglymofo

    uglymofo Well-Known Member

    Maybe that's why most guys don't pin them anymore. I used to tape mine down.
  9. mtnbkr

    mtnbkr Well-Known Member

    I had an Erma copy of a PPK in 22lr that slamfired when I racked the slide to chamber a round. My finger was off the trigger (witness even said so) and it was pointed in a safe direction. This was in the woods during a camping trip, so nobody other than those in camp noticed, but it still shook me up pretty good.

    Several years later, I learned that the gun was on a list of firearm recalls for slamfiring like that.

  10. keyhole

    keyhole Well-Known Member

    "Maybe that's why most guys don't pin them anymore."

    Reason why they designed the safeties! Bypassin them , means problems.
    Can't blame the gun if ya do it.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2004
  11. FNFiveSeven

    FNFiveSeven Well-Known Member

    had lots of these...

    Had a Para-ordnance P14 slamfire on me after chambering the first round from a new mag... sold that gun to a dealer (and informed him of the problem) the next day.

    Had Winchester Model 70 just go off after chambering a round and turning down the bolt. :what:

    Had an M1A "double" on me (effectively go into 2-round burst mode without warning).
  12. Thrash1982

    Thrash1982 Well-Known Member

    Was out shooting once with an old bolt action .22. I had just inserted a fresh magazine, had my left hand holding the forend while my right hand closed the bolt and it fired. Didn't have anything anywhere near the trigger.
  13. ken w.

    ken w. Well-Known Member

    accidental discharges

    I was at a gun show last fall and the vendor in the same row as me had a shotgun go off.A guy picked up a Mossberg 500 and as he was lifting it off the table "bang" it went off right in front of me!The shot hit the ceiling.If it had gone off at just a little bit lower of an angle I think it would have killed the two vendors standing in the next row. The vendor said he checked the gun and it was empty before the show,but i really dought it.He said an anti put the shell in the gun when he wasn't looking.I find that hard to believe too.

    PALEFACE Active Member

    nope......can't say i have:D
  15. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Had it happen on a custom built 1911.. pointed downrange, loaded it and the hammer fell, and it went off.

    Scared me good.
  16. SunBear

    SunBear member

    Detonics Pocket NIne.... I released the slide on a full magazine and the first round slam-fired. Into the concrete floor.....good training!! :what: :D I am eternally grateful to Y'shua of Nazareth for His great love that kept Him on the cross and His glorious resurrection.
  17. Sisco

    Sisco Well-Known Member

    This happened several years ago in my hometown, don't have any more details but I personally knew the people involved.
    .410 ga shotgun, one in the tube, hanging in a rear window rack in a pickup. Couple and their two kids arrived at home, got out of the truck and when one of the doors slammed the shotgun went off.
    The shot went through the side of the cab and struck the wife in the side of the face. She went down, not unconscious but unable to react (from the shock most likely). Her husband thought she was dead and made the kids get away. She could hear everything being said but couldn't speak or move.
    She survived in pretty good shape actually, minimal scarring and no nerve or muscle damage. A few years later she had a pellet or two work their way out to just under the first layer of skin, could squeeze them like a pimple and the pellet would come out. :eek:
  18. brookstexas

    brookstexas member

    Well yeah

    I was in this go-go bar in the Phillipines and well, oh never mind....
  19. Nick1911

    Nick1911 Well-Known Member

  20. wardog

    wardog Well-Known Member

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