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First Accidental Discharge, feeling pretty bad

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by hankdatank1362, Oct 6, 2006.

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  1. hankdatank1362

    hankdatank1362 Well-Known Member

    Maybe I should call it a negligent discharge, since it was my negligence that caused it to happen in the first place. I was smoking a cigarette on the back porch, and usually when I go outside at night, I carry a handgun. Tonight, I grabbed my Dan Wesson model 14 .357 magnum.

    Not having fired the gun in quite some time, I didn't remember how heavy the trigger pull was. So my intention was just to pull the trigger enough to make the hammer move a little and see if there was any trigger creep or anyhting.

    Granted, i should have emptied the cylinder first. Morinic. Idiotic. I

    Now I can't even think straight. I can't forgive myself. Normally, I pride myself on being overly careful and cautious. Geez, what a dumb#ss thing to do. Does anybody have any words of wisdom or anything to keep me from wanting to kick my own ass?
  2. Declaration Day

    Declaration Day Well-Known Member

    Well you made a mistake, atleast nobody was hurt. I don't think you need any words of wisdom; you'll remember this one for a long, long time, and I bet you'll be more cautious as a result.
  3. XavierBreath

    XavierBreath Well-Known Member

    First, make certain you know where the bullet went.

    Then, let tomorrow be Day One with no negligent discharges.
    You cannot take today away, but you can learn from it, integrate it into your psyche, and resolve to never violate the four rules again.
    You have taken the first step. You are being honest with yourself, and accepting responsibility.
    Begin anew, and be a safer shooter than you ever were before.

    The Four Rules
    1. All firearms are always loaded
    2. Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at anything you are not willing to destroy
    3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot
    4. Be sure of your target and what is behind it
  4. DirtyBrad

    DirtyBrad Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Glad no one was hurt.

    Where was the muzzle pointed?
  5. gezzer

    gezzer Well-Known Member

    What did you hit?
  6. Bruce333

    Bruce333 Well-Known Member

    Nope. Kick away!

    Thanks for the reminder though, it can happen to any of us...a lot of people have trouble admitting they made a mistake. It speaks well of your character that you are willing to share your mistake. Glad it was just a wake up call and didn't result in any injuries.
  7. hankdatank1362

    hankdatank1362 Well-Known Member

    Just punched a hole in my back porch, straight into the ground. For some reason, I remembered the "never point a weapon at..." part of the rules, just not the "keep finger outside of trigger guard at all times" part.

    My wife is actually real understanding about all this. I thought this would buy me a one way ticket to no-gunsville, and I even felt like I deserved it. But she's being real supportive. Which is very nice.
  8. raytracer

    raytracer Well-Known Member

    I was starting to reply, but XavierBreath said it better than I could.

    Just to add though... it was definitely a ND (c.f. Rule 3) - as long as you consider it as such, it sounds like you have a healthy attitude and will learn from this and be safer for it.

    Thanks for standing up and sharing your mistake with us. If it makes you feel any better, that might make one of us that much more diligent the next time we're handling a firearm helpings avoid a costly mistake.

  9. Taurus 66

    Taurus 66 Well-Known Member

    If you're going to be testing the trigger pull or stunting exhibition, you really need to be checking to ensure cylinder is empty.

    Words of wisdom here are that you're lucky you didn't hurt someone. In chronological order: The carelessness, mishandling, accidental discharge, luck that no one was maimed or killed, shot, and the bad feeling knowing what you did was wrong ... there's the real wisdom. What more can be said?

    Now get over it. :)
  10. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    My opinion only - but if we all never fail to apply rule #2 then no one gets hurt - just your pride!!!

    Any ''fiddling'' with a gun of any sort is IMO if rule #2 in place not going to hurt anyone even if all other rules get broke. Bullet into ground - no biggie except for red face!

    Regard this as a simple and salutary lesson. Those who have never had an ND are always in line to have one. :)
  11. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    I think all the punishment and wisdom you need will be self administered. As long as you didn't hurt anyone, kill the dog, or do major damage , then all is well that ends well. :eek:

    The last guy who was perfect got paraded through the streets and nailed to a cross - at least you don't have to worry about that now ! ;)
  12. hankdatank1362

    hankdatank1362 Well-Known Member

    Well, somethings in life it's okay to make mistakes in, like golf, or a math quiz. It's not okay to make a mistake with firearms. I'm just really amazed at the level of my own stupidity tonight.

    And to think how many times I quote the 4 rules to other people. Usually at least twice a week. Maybe I should take a bit of my own advice.
  13. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Sounds to me as though you at least had rule #2 in mind - no harm no foul.

    As I keep bleating - that rule is the biggie IMO - no one hurt - just egg to wipe off face :D
  14. ny32182

    ny32182 Well-Known Member

    You pulled all the way through a double action trigger while meaning to pull just enough to see if there was any creep?

    I've got to be missing something here.
  15. Tom Bri

    Tom Bri Well-Known Member

    Had one myself a couple of weeks ago. I have a bunch of 7 round mags and ONE eight rounder. I actually thought about this, and usually only load 7 in the eight round mag. I always count my shots, without even thinking about it, and I counted off 7, and stood down. I turned back to my car and noticed the hammer was back. Hmm, stuck my finger in the trigger guard and squeezed.....

    Shot it right into the ground, a couple of yards from the car. So no harm done, thank God. But I went over and over that in my mind, figuring out how that happened, the chain of mental lapses I went through to get to the negligent discharge. A string of stupid errors, and I am glad no one was there to see it, or get hurt.

    Hopefully, this will make me more mentally sharp.

    Brings up the question though, is it wise to use mags with differing numbers of rounds? Not for me. I get zoned out too easily. I have to have a routine I follow. So I think I will make it a strong regular practice to only load seven in all my mags for that gun. Or maybe buy a bunch more eights and retire the sevens.
  16. chestnut ridge

    chestnut ridge Well-Known Member

    I managed to discharge a MAS 49/56 while in the living room.
    It did make the house smell good for a few days.
  17. CSA 357

    CSA 357 Well-Known Member

    Well no one was hurt, so you learned from it , some times it takes some thing like this to wake you up, i did it many years ago in the house as a kid, it scared the crap out of me! it happens and you learn to be more carefull , just saw on the news where a guy near here shot his self in the leg at his hunting camp, he bled to death before he could get help, so dont be to hard on your self, just be carefull! *csa*:)
  18. WayneConrad

    WayneConrad Well-Known Member

    Would it help you to feel better if you took your wonderful wife out for dinner? You are blessed to have her, and perhaps a nice evening out with her would be a good way to show her that and at the same time help you relax and recover.
  19. Robob4

    Robob4 member

    Yet another reason to not smoke. Probably distracted you. Smoking is so not tactical.
  20. cbsbyte

    cbsbyte Well-Known Member

    Always consider a gun loaded.

    It happens to the best of us, lucky you didn't hit anyone. You know the drill for next time.
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