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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by spentbrass, May 17, 2009.

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  1. spentbrass

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    This morning, I went out hiking, and took the SP101 in my Safepacker, which was loaded from the day before. When I got to the trailhead, there was a odd looking man just standing looking. As I was hiking, I kept looking over my shoulder for awhile, thinking, "Ok, if anybody follows me, I got some hot .357 loads for them."
    When I got home and unloaded the Safepacker, the gun was emtpy.
    I carried around an empty gun all day. :eek:
     
  2. SASS#23149

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    One of my 'rules' is ALWAYS CHECK ANY GUN I PICK UP,NO MATTER WHAT.
    Maybe could have been a very good idea for you this morning.
    glad you ddin't need it.
     
  3. Hostile Amish

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    The advantage of an auto is that when you chamber a round preparing your gun, you can see if there is no ammunition because the slide will lock back.
     
  4. Cpt. America

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    To error is human.
     
  5. kyo

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    dude I have walked around with a locked safety before on my ruger. I forgot to unlock it...ugh
     
  6. chris in va

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    I carried one of my semiautos around all day wthout a round being chambered.
     
  7. model of 1905

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    Hostile Amish, what did you say?

    Wow just WOW.:banghead:
     
  8. Hungry Seagull

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    I just dumped the mag, checked the chamber on my M&P and saw that the gun was empty.

    No mag in the gun, gun refuses to stay locked back.

    Empty mag in gun to rack.... to load one to chamber.... gun DOES lock back.

    Embarrasing.

    Something to consider.'


    Now I need to reload the ten little friends I dumped for this exercise.
     
  9. Sunray

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    Heard about a cop who came into the shop I worked in long ago who had his holster but no revolver. His partner went ape excrement. Another one came in to change grips. Went to unload, the revolver was rusted shut.
    "...the gun was empty..." That's why you unload at night and load before you go out the next day.
     
  10. Rockwell1

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    That's why you never unload the gun at all unless you're cleaning it or firing it.
     
  11. jpwilly

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    Yikes, that will serve as a nice little reminder. Glad you didn't need it....be safe.
     
  12. Pun1sher

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    Mine stays loaded until cleaning time.
     
  13. runrabbitrun

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    Another reason to check your firearm's status often.
    'The gun is always loaded' rule of thumb would of had you
    discovering that the weapon was indeed unloaded...
    Therefore prompting you to correct this 'oversight' BEFORE your hike.

    Going hiking today:
    Got my back pack: check
    Got my crackers in the backpack: check
    Flashlight: check
    Water in canteen: check
    Rope: check
    First aid stuff: check
    Gun: 'Oh GUN, ahem lets double check to ensure it's safe to transport
    (IN A BACKPACK, no less) one last time, before I set out.
    Lock and load... Oh ahem, no bullets. Good thing I checked'.

    An equipment check is called an equipment check for a reason.
    Still though, to error is human and glad the op didn't shoot himself in the foot this time.
    (Meaning: Didn't have a 'situation' where he NEEDED a loaded gun)...

    OP, glad all turned out OK. :uhoh:
     
  14. xsquidgator

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    Absolutely. A couple of mine have chamber-loaded indicators for which I'm grateful. But whether or not the gun has one of those, I check it at least daily and usually more frequently. There are too many ways the gun's state could change, not least is me just forgetting that I unloaded it for some reason and not remembering to reload it. I like frequent re-assurance that all is I expect it to be so that means checking often.
     
  15. TimM

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    About a year or so ago I had a ton of errands to run and I was running a bit late. I slid my IWB on, clipped my spare mag on, poured my self a travel mug full of coffee, put my shoes on and rushed out to start my day.

    About 3pm on the way back home I stopped at the post office to mail a package and get some stamps; when I reach for my weapon to put it in the lock box in the car it wasn't there. Freaked me out! Literally paralyzed me. I kept going over in my mind where it might have fell out of the holster or if it was even possible for it to fall out of the holster. I was so sick to my stomach that I went straight home to settle down and try and recall where I might have lost it. I couldn't find it anywhere.

    Later when my wife came home she walks into the kitchen to make dinner and shouts back at me; "Why is your gun laying beside the coffee maker?"

    I felt like a total dumbass but I have never made that mistake again.
     
  16. mcdonl

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    I would also respectfully add or storing for long periods of time....)

    I consider a HD/SD gun as in use, so they are loaded. But, I consider a gun in a safe as in storage, and I unload them.

    Leroy
     
  17. gimlet1/21

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    I dropped the hammer of my marlin 336 on an empty chamber; which scared away the most elusive of creatures, an 8 point Vermont Buck!:banghead::banghead::banghead:
     
  18. captainamerica

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    Besides some of the other advice I'd recommend to always ensure there are a 1 or more extra speedloader reloads with you for such an activity.
     
  19. 22-rimfire

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    I chuckle at the comments. I like carrying a gun when I'm hiking, but it just goes to show you how much you need one 99% of the time.
     
  20. Carbon Helix

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    TimM:

    I had a similar experience, though not quite as nausea inducing as yours. I always keep my shotgun beside the bed. Well my in-laws were staying with us and had just came in from a long drive. When I came home for lunch, they were taking a nap in the spare room and my shotgun wasn't beside my bed. I figured no big deal, they just wanted a little security while they slept. I completely understand that. (The first time I came to their house, my wife's mother was cleaning her pistol. :evil: I don't think it was a coincidence.)

    Well when I get home from work that evening I asked them about it, and they said they didn't touch it. :eek: My heart jumped into my throat. I had no idea where it could have gone. Two nights before some punk neighbor kids broke into my car and only stole the face plate off my radio. A million different thoughts raced into my head about them taking the gun. :fire:

    Then my mind came back to me. The night before my dog was being more of a brat than usual, so I put the shotgun behind the bedroom door so she couldn't get at it. Boy did I feel like a dork. :banghead:
     
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  21. usmc1371

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    Tim M

    I left my 1911 in the refer right next to the milk. Got in a hurry to leave and went to grab my lunch, must have had my hands full and some how managed to set my gun down and pick up my lunch. I didn't even notice I had left home with out it until my wife called me and asked why there was a 45 in the fridg.
    Just shows it is never good to get in to much of a hurry.
     
  22. theotherwaldo

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    Rule 1, modified.

    It used to read, "A firearm is treated as if it were loaded at all times."

    It now reads, "Know the state of your firearm at all times."

    -Then you are less likely to go unloaded... . ;)
     
  23. theotherwaldo

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    I filled up at a self-serve station in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, then hit the john. There was a stainless Rossi .357 in a clip-on holster perched on the toilet tank. I picked it up and took the poor, lost thing home.

    I then spent an hour or so calling the local police departments about this pistol. No wants. I cleaned it and put it aside.

    About a week later, I dropped in at that same station to get a money order. The guy behind the counter, who looked kinda like Junior Samples after he let himself go, says, "Um, you didn't happen to find a gun here the last time you were in?"

    Yep, he'd set it on the back of the toilet, then forgot it.

    -And he obviously felt like a dork when I handed it back to him later that day.
     
  24. Rockwell1

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    I should have clarified that you are correct.

    I'm one of those types that only carries one particular gun for SD/HD so I think in terms of one gun
     
  25. MedWheeler

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    Went out for a walk with my infant daughter a few months ago, and grabbed my Bersa Thunder to take along. Because we have a friend who frequently comes by with her young son, I keep the mag next to, but not in, the pistol.
    While out walking, a dog began a charge from the back yard of a house we were passing. As it drew nearer, baring fangs and continuing to bark, I drew the gun and kept it at my side as we moved quickly away. The dog stopped as it neared the roadway, and I re-holstered and enjoyed the rest of the walk.
    Upon returning home, I went to clear the magazine from the gun. I was horrified momentarily to notice there was none in it. I initially thought it had somehow fallen out during the walk, but it was still right in its usual spot. Not only did I have no magazine in the gun, but the gun would not have fired its one chambered round had I needed it to.
    I still keep the two separated when not carrying but, while at home, I now almost always have either that gun (with its mag) or a .38 on my person.
     
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