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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by hso, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    I was at a local gun shop the day before my little othopedic surgery and a trio of brawny lads come in. They're buddies coming from a construction job to shoot on the indoor range. The 1911 one is carrying on top of his gun box is locked open and the mag is in the gun box (obviously they've been there before since it's one of the safety measures for customers to the range to have the slide locked back [or cylinder rotated out]). Nice guys. None of them acting stupid just coming in to "blow off some stress".

    They're being very congenial and joking around with the young lady behind the counter when I hear -


    Right away I know what this means (having made the same sound before);) and this guy's buddy obviously doesn't know what it means since he's just standing there looking at his pal like he's suddenly sprouted horns.

    I run around the counter laughing and grab the grip and slide and rack the slide back releasing the fleshy part of the web of his hand. (Ow indeed)

    The young man has the presence of mind to sqeek out "Thanks" and then begins to hop around alternately cradleing his hand and shaking it. Showing great control he does not break into any profanity and does not chew out his buddy that didn't know what was going on.
  2. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    A THR'er to the rescue.
  3. MarineTech

    MarineTech Well-Known Member

    The symptoms would also apply to a case of "Garand Thumb". Although the language is usually much more colorful when the individual has a 9 pound rifle hanging from the tip of his thumb.
  4. ken w.

    ken w. Well-Known Member


    I showed a guy a stevens visable loader we just had traded in and just before I could say "watch your hand" while cocking it,he pinched the web between his thumb and finger between the hammer and tang ,and he didn't forget to say bad words.It cut him good too,bleeding and stuff.He was more mad than embarassed.
    And I know just how he feels,because the day before,I did the same thing,but not nearly as bad.:
  5. SMLE

    SMLE Well-Known Member

    I have heard of a fellow dropping the bolt of a 20mm Lathi AT rifle on his thumb. ON PURPOSE! The twit wanted to "test" the spring. The rack and pinion necessary to retract the bolt should have given him a clue.

    The Hakin and AG42 Jungman can both hand out nasty bites as well.
  6. ZeroX

    ZeroX Well-Known Member

    Oucha Magoucha!
  7. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Did the same thing ONCE, but with an M9. Right in front of a customer. I acted like I did it all the time.:D
  8. UnknownSailor

    UnknownSailor Well-Known Member

    Did the customer buy it? ;) :D
  9. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    I'll testify to ''Hakim thumb'' ...... :D
  10. SodiumBenzoate

    SodiumBenzoate Well-Known Member

    Testing the spring by letting the bolt slam on your thumb.


    Now, if he had only tested the spring on a different part of his body, he could be a candidate for the Darwin Award.
  11. Feanaro

    Feanaro Well-Known Member

    I have had similar experiances. Once I let the bolt of my SKS fly forward but I neglected to remove my thumb. Much profanity followed, along with a throbbing thumb. I also got the web of my hand caught on the bolt of my M48A when I foolishly attempted the "Not For Mere Mortals" full bolt disassembly. :what: No one was around to rescue me at the time so I ended up with a ripped web. I never thought I could be so poetic whilst cursing like a sailor. The pains I endure for my toys/tools. :scrutiny:
  12. Diggler

    Diggler Well-Known Member

    Had the SKS trapdoor slam tight onto the fingernail, the more you pull the tighter it got. This was in a gunshop. Thankfully my son was there to retrieve my pocketknife so I could push the door back open.

    Not something I'd want to do in the heat of battle... I'm glad I put a monte carlo stock on mine.
  13. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    I have (so far! ;) ) escaped the dreaded M-1 Thumb [AKA Garanditus Slammus Thumsi]. However, I do have a few OW! ! ! Quit it! stories of my own.....

    During my {somewhat mis-spent} youth, I was trying a fast-reload trick "Pops" [my grand-dad] showed me. I was using the Savage/Stevens mdl 94B 16Ga single barrel. Essentially, you carried a fresh shell in the last 2 fingers of trigger hand, after shooting, quickly popping open action and sort of tossing in the new round, then pulling back the hammer as you replaced hand near the trigger group........Well, I missed the chamber with the shell, but not my thumb, and proceeded to swing up the barrel to close

    OWWWWW ! ! ! !

    Another one? ? OK... Was looking into the innards of brothers Remmy 1100, and thought "...Hmmm what does this thingy at the back of the receiver do ? ? " about a micro-second before the bolt slammed home, poking a nice hole in my thumb with the extractor . . . . . .

    Amid much colorful language
  14. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Never jammed my body parts with a Gun part before, never hugged a scope, but I have a nice small scar from the 500 yd prone postion with the M16A1 in the Marines.

    Now a 20oz long handled waffle faced framing hammer will split a thumb real well, recorded blood spurt was 8' 7.5"
    All I said was Ow, that hurt. I split the end of my thumb and I still had to drill a hole in the nail to let that blood out.
  15. Daniel T

    Daniel T Well-Known Member

    I was disassembling an antique pocket revolver, and was in the process fo removing the hammer when I a good owwie. I had my thumb inside the backstrap, between the frame and strut-style mainspring, when the hammer popped off suddenly, and the 130 year-old spring thwacked my thumb and smashed it into the frame, trapping it there.

    I ignored the pain and camly got a pair of vice-grips and some lint-free wipes, wrapped the wipes around the frame so the vise-grips wouldn't tear up the finish, then clamped open the spring, realeasing my purple and black thumb.

    Then I started with the colorful language. :)

    When a 130 year-old spring has enough tension to cause that kind of damage, you know it was quality built.
  16. mack69

    mack69 Well-Known Member

    Did something very similar a couple weeks ago while showing my non gun dad how the 1911 works...He was having troubles racking the slide on my 1911 and I was very slowly going through the motions as visibly as I could to show him how it works...As I relaeased the slide the inside of my left index finger was not paying attention as I experienced the excruciating bite of the slide. I remained amazingly calm and Dad barely registered it. While he was praticing racking the slide (the correct way), I was cleaning and bandaging my very bloody wound......Congrats on the save.....mack
  17. spook

    spook Well-Known Member

    On a prone position night firing excercise in basic I fired the 8th round, heard the ping of the clip flying out and placed the stock of the M1 on my shoulder for the empty chamber check. It was a black night, the DI stuck his little finger in the chamber to check and the bolt slammed forward. I pulled my rifle free and fled into the night
    with his screams fading behind me. He never ID'd me and I got away with that one.
  18. mack69

    mack69 Well-Known Member


    heheheheeee, know I shouldn't be laughin but I can't help it.....I got a very funny almost stooges type picture of your incident in my head, showing you sculking away into the dark......:D ...glad ya missed the extreme pain and harassment you would have received had ya stayed around....mack
  19. cidirkona

    cidirkona Well-Known Member

    A newspaper story I read when I was in gradeschool here in Tucson, Arizona, told of a man who stopped a robbery and potentially lives by putting the web of his hand in front of the hammer of the BG's 1911. The hammer dropped on his hand and prevented the shot. I'm sure it hurt, but I'm also sure it must have saved a few lives.

  20. SoCalGeek

    SoCalGeek Well-Known Member

    It seriously hurts to read this thread. <shudder>

    SMLE- Does he still have that thumb? :eek:

    Well, so far i've managed to avoid any major mishaps, but I did catch my finger in the ejection port of a Ruger MKI. They don't have a bolt stop, so to keep the action open (as required by the range I was at) you have to hold the bolt open and push the safety up. I was trying to do this while keeping it downrange, and I guess something slipped and I ended up with a souvenir of my first shooting trip for a few days.

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