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Negligent discharge, please be kind

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by darwin-t, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. darwin-t

    darwin-t Well-Known Member

    I messed up big time. Even though I've always considered myself to use safe practices when handling firearms, I failed to do so Saturday. It ended with a 230 grain .45 ACP Hydro Shok bullet putting four - count 'em four holes in my leg.

    Warning: the link is pretty graphic. Open at your own risk.


    I'm posting this on every forum I participate in so that others can learn from my mistake.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 21, 2008
  2. Dave P

    Dave P Well-Known Member


    Always point it in a safe direction. Esp when pulling the trigger.
  3. libertyguns9

    libertyguns9 Member

    Wow! Glad you're ok! Good reminder for everyone to never point at anything you don't intend to shoot.
  4. ID_shooting

    ID_shooting Well-Known Member

    Wow, you have officially passed a class in the School of Hard Knocks. Gladd to see that you are OK but I will assume it will be a while before you are kicking again. Thank you for being man enough to share your lesson. We all, need reminding every now and then.
  5. Snarlingiron

    Snarlingiron Well-Known Member

    darwin-t, I sympathize with you. My brother did something similar many years ago. He decided it was a good idea to put a cocked 1911 in his pocket along with keys, change, pocket knife, etc. The round entered his upper thigh, and exited just above his knee cap. I know that at times like this it is hard to consider yourself lucky, but you really are, as was he. Lucky to be alive, lucky to have your leg. Thanks for sharing this graphic illustration, if it jogs one of us that handles guns on a more or less daily basis to be a little more safe and mindful about our gun handling, then it will have accomplished a great deal. I wish you well and hope you heal quickly.
  6. davidjblythe

    davidjblythe Well-Known Member

    First off, its a good thing that you are ok and took quick action when you saw blood pumping out of that second exit wound. I fear that many people would not know what to do.

    I have to ask, in all seriousness, what did it feel like to get shot? I would assume that your body would go into an almost quazi-shock like state and pain would not be on the forefront of your mind. But did you feel anything? How long did it take for your ears to stop ringing?

    Good luck on the road to recovery. How long did the doc say it would take before you would be back to 'normal'?
  7. darwin-t

    darwin-t Well-Known Member

    I'll tell you as well as I can remember it. When the gun went bang, it surprised the heck out of me, of course. It took about a half a second to realize what happened. The sound didn't seem as loud as I remember when I shot without hearing protection at the range. I chalk that up to the fact that the gun was down away from my face.

    Then I realized that I was bleeding. I honestly don't remember if it was pain or the wetness of the blood. This all took maybe two seconds. I stood up and saw the blood all over my jeans and hollered upstairs for my wife to call an ambulance. I pulled my jeans off to see what was going on - I had a pair of longjohns on under them.There was a bag of rags and old towels laying there and I grabbed a handtowel which barely reached around my leg, so I grabbed the ends and twisted them. Then I walked/crawled up the stairs and laid down up there on my back and propped my leg up on a bucket. I noticed the pain by then and was afraid I was going to pass out - I had a cold sweat on my forehead and felt kinda woozy.By the time the medics got there, the bleeding had pretty much stopped. My leg hurt SOOOOOOO bad. They wouldn't give me any pain meds - I had to wait on the ER doc. 4 doses of morphine before it calmed down. I'm going to my family doc today and plan on getting my hands on my XRays.

    All the ER did was wash the blood off of my leg, took an X Ray, listened to the pulse and checked what was still numb. Gave me a tetanus shot, a sript for antibiotics and Lortabs. Wrapped it up with pressure bandages and sent me home.

    Don't try this at home, kids.
  8. pbearperry

    pbearperry Well-Known Member

    AD into the legs

    Wow,sorry to hear of your misfortune.I had a brain fart AD when I was 10 yrs old carrying a pellet gun in the woods.Although the pellet missed my right foot,my Dad never let me forget that incident.
    That is one tough way to test ammo.Hope you heal up fast.Good Luck !
  9. Shadow500

    Shadow500 Active Member


    Thanks for the safety reminder. We all can learn from this lesson.

    I am glad that you didn't hit anything bad, and wish you a speedy and full recovery.

    It took allot of guts to fess up to something like this.

    Now it is time to reax and heal.

    If there is anything I can do let me know.


  10. Wedge

    Wedge Well-Known Member

    Hope you have a speedy recovery and glad that it wasn't any worse.
  11. plexreticle

    plexreticle Well-Known Member

    You're lucky to be alive.

    I hope for you speedy recovery.
  12. esheato

    esheato Well-Known Member

    Wow...best of luck in your recovery.

  13. 1911NM

    1911NM Well-Known Member

    I know it had to be hard to fess up, not as hard as dealing with the trauma and healing, but hard. I do so appreciate your doing so, as it is a reminder to all of us this could happen anytime anywhere. Good luck, and fast healing.
  14. GBExpat

    GBExpat Well-Known Member

    I am glad to hear that no bones were hit. I wish you a speedy recovery!

    Thanks for this post and the webpage. All of us reading this and seeing that will surely slow down and rethink our actions when dealing with our firearms.
  15. XDKingslayer

    XDKingslayer member

    That's probably one of the best documented NDs I've seen in a while. Keep us posted on the xrays though, I'm curious to see how much was left in your leg.

    Suprised nobody has commented on the irony of your username though...
  16. SASS#23149

    SASS#23149 Well-Known Member

    I'm very glad you did no more damage than you did.That round and caliber can do some SERIOUS stuff in the wrong places.

    Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.
  17. h0ss

    h0ss Well-Known Member

    Yes, much respect for admitting to this and even posting pictures. Im glad you were not hurt more or worse...

    That is the thing. This should serve as a reminder to all to not become complacent. I am a little guilty of being complacent in the wrong areas of gun safety myself. You are right though, muscle memory for the finger off the trigger is good, muscle memory for the pysical, and visual inspection for a live round can be bad. Thats one thing i hope i never become that complacent with.
  18. iiibdsiil

    iiibdsiil Well-Known Member

    Glad you are okay!
  19. v35

    v35 Well-Known Member

    Darwin, with a name like that you know you need to be extra careful!

    One round, four holes. Imagine what the gun grabbers could do with a statistic like that. Single shot weapons could be considered "high capacity".

    How does that Tidy Cat work at soaking up blood from the concrete floor?

    Seriously, there but for the grace of God go I. Your web page says "don't be stupid like me". Please consider changing that. Your post demonstrates enlightenment, not stupidity. NO ONE is immune from the occasional cranial flatulence.

    Thanks for the great post. Be safe.
  20. romma

    romma Well-Known Member

    Ouchie! My gun shot wounds in my shoulder and neck were bloodier because of arterial damage, but your wound channel takes the cake!

    Well Guess Hydras do expand indeed!
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2008

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