How many times have you dropped a firearm?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Trey Veston, Jul 4, 2021.

  1. bear166

    bear166 Member

    Sep 3, 2020
    When I was starting to learn revolver spinning, quite a few times... But I was practicing with a Rough Rider I got for $100 so I wasn't overly concerned. Incidentally, it still shoots as well as it did when I first bought it (which is to say, nothing special, but decent).

    I've only dropped a loaded gun once, holster slid off my belt while using the "facilities" (also known as "behind a tree" when you're outdoors) which was holding some single action reproduction. That was a good reminder of why we load five in those, but either way I remove the holster and lay it beside me if I have to attend to business away from society nowadays.
  2. 1976B.L.Johns.

    1976B.L.Johns. Member

    Feb 4, 2015
    Very Northern Minnesota
    This has been a fun thread to read, but it is difficult to hit the "like" button on any posts as I feel the pain, even when some are fairly comical...:)
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    JONWILL Member

    Apr 21, 2017
    I have dropped several guns over the years. It is always the most expensive or rare gun I have
    They also seem to land on the hardest surface in my house. Monday I came back from the range. Took my 4” Python and Smith and Wesson 15
    I was taking the Python out of my range bag to clean it. I took the gun case out, the zipper split open and the Python flew out of the bag and directly on my concrete garage floor. Left a small ding in the grips.
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  4. Axis II

    Axis II Member

    Jul 2, 2015
    HAHA! Did I ever drop a gun? I dropped my Muzzleloader from a treestand and it cracked the receiver right in half. Probably the worst one was a $600-700 22mag I barrowed to go woodchuck hunting. I was 17yo my buddy asked me to go help him eradicate some from a campground that asked for help. I didn't own a rifle for that so he barrows his neighbors 22mag and I was supposed to barrow my buddies 22lr. Well he gives me the 22mag cause it didnt fit his eye relief and standing in the gravel drive, talking to the campground owner, I have the rifle slung across my back and I tug on the sling to adjust it and the sling comes off and the laminate stock rifle falls on the gravel. My buddy says, Mike's gonna kill me. He touched up the stock and returned it and not sure if he ever told him. I offered to pay for the accident but never heard anything after that.
  5. theotherwaldo

    theotherwaldo Member

    Mar 30, 2008
    In the Wild Horse Desert of Texas
    I've had unloaded long guns fall over while I was re-arranging the gun safes or while I was cleaning them.
  6. shafter

    shafter Member

    Oct 23, 2011
  7. gulogulo1970

    gulogulo1970 Member

    Jul 29, 2003
    Fort Worth, Texas
    I've never dropped a handgun.

    But countless times I've leaned a shotgun or rifle against a wall, fence, door jam, corner of a room and had it slide down and smack the floor. That's how I do it anyway.
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  8. 792mauser

    792mauser Member

    May 31, 2010
    Many many many times.
    Sling broke on a 6920, took a tumble down a rocky hill. Took a good beating and kept on trucking after cleaning out the barrel of dirt after it javelin-ed into the ground.

    Marlin 60: had a rim blow out and pepper me with gas an powder. Went to put it down and missed the table by an inch.

    10-22: knocked it off the tailgate

    Many others knocked off the workbench or vice over the years while working on em.
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  9. Pete D.

    Pete D. Member

    Sep 13, 2010
    Once. A brand spanking new never fired BT-99. I took it to the Trap range, assembled it and leaned it against the bumper of the car, I reached in to close the gun box and the gun slid off the bumper into the gravel. Put some scratches on the fore end and the stock.
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  10. Palladan44

    Palladan44 Member

    Nov 7, 2020
    Dropped my block powder rifle.....slid out of the case onto the butt furniture on concrete driveway.

    Some filing, polishing stone and some liquid blue, all fixed up.

    I was at a gunshow and there were 2 mint Colt Pythons on a table (maybe one was a nickel smith?). The gun show had just begun.
    A man handling one of the pythons, dropped python A onto Gun B. Both showed noticeable damage on the cylinder and the other on the ventilated rib.
    Not good. The man at the table (owner) showed a pretty straight face with little or no reaction. The moron mishandling the gun was very apologetic.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2021
  11. stonebuster

    stonebuster Member

    Jun 8, 2016
  12. 230RN
    • Contributing Member

    230RN I wish these woke folks would awaken to reality.

    May 27, 2006
    Yes. Hurried and harried, preparing to get out of the car, took my little Airlight J-frame off the passenger seat and put it on my lap, preparing to stick it in my pocket, kinda airheadedly forgot it was there as I checked for lights and open windows, and it fell onto the pavement as I exited.


    Slight scratch on the backstrap.

    Oh,well, call it an honorable battle scar --or maybe sort of a training accident, if you will.

    Gun was loaded, of course, but being full double action only, with an internal hammer, was 99.999% drop proof. Maybe even "four nines" drop proof. I always figured unless that gun was in a fire, the only way it was going to go off was by a long and deliberate trigger pull.

    Terry, 230RN
  13. Bartojc

    Bartojc Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    I'm not sure I ever remember dropping a firearm just out of the blue dropping it. There have been a few times the rifle and myself have tumbled to the ground, sometimes so fast you have to ask "what the heck just happened?" :) All times were hunting rough terrain out west in my 20's. I've had a rifle slip that was leaning on a tree or a truck tailgate enough times that I now seldom lean a rifle anywhere. I'm more apt to lay it flat somewhere every time.

    Edit: I do remember one time a pistol and case came off the back of an ATV on my hunting property. I was pretty worried and beating myself up for being so careless. I backtracked back to where we were shooting and the case and all was laying in the trail not foo far from where we had left.

  14. gyp_c2

    gyp_c2 Member

    Mar 24, 2004
    Colorado Springs
    :evil:Do you mean today, or lifetime?
  15. old lady new shooter

    old lady new shooter Member

    Apr 26, 2015
    In my old house in North Hollywood I always kept my 686 plus within arm's reach, except when taking a shower, when I would semi-hide it among the towels in the linen closet just outside the bathroom door, inside a canvas bag. One time after my shower I somehow pulled the bag out wrong and the gun fell out, I would say from about 4', onto the hardwood floor. I did know not to try to catch it. Thankfully nothing happened. Advantage of a DA revolver with an 11-pound trigger.
  16. STI

    STI Member

    Jan 28, 2020
    None than I can remember flashlights yes.
  17. WheelGunMan

    WheelGunMan Member

    May 19, 2016
    U S A the middle of a busy restaurant when a Kydex IWB holster became disengaged from my belt. As I stood up the gun still in the holster tumbled to the floor. I picked it up quickly and inserted back into place that no one really noticed. Turns out the belt hook was for a wider belt. Changed it and never had the problem again. I am very aware now whenever I insert an IWB holster be it leather or Kydex to listen for the audible snap that says it's locked on to the belt.
  18. mokin

    mokin Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    Western Colorado
    Y'all make me feel like I'm not pushing myself. Aside from the occasional fishing accident I can recall only twice. Both times I dropped my Glock 29 while working out. Both times it hit the concrete. Once I kicked it on the way down. The pistol has a mark on the finish at the back of the slide from one of the incidents. I looked into new holsters and carry techniques after each.

    I'm sure I've dropped a firearm more times than those. Those are the only two I distinctly remember.
  19. AK Hunter

    AK Hunter Member

    Jul 28, 2020
    Dropping a pistol as long as it doesn't fire you probably didn't hurt much but drop a scoped rifle & you hope it just knocks the scope off zero, you may have to buy a new scope. I have knocked over too many so anymore if I don't have a solid place to set it I put it on the ground.
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  20. rabid wombat

    rabid wombat Member

    Mar 16, 2014
    Club rules when I was learning…a dropped weapon ended shooting for the day. The thought was on a hot line, you would not be of the right mind for the rest of the evening. While running a revolver, I drew and hung the muzzle…basically throwing the the revolver to the target. I caught it in flight. I holstered, and sat for a while. I am sure there were some real drops at other times away from the club, but all on me.

    Separately, I marched with a military style unit with ‘03’s. Routinely tossed, threw, and generally banged up those rifles. Countlessly dropped. Push ups were a strong motivator….
  21. CraigC
    • Contributing Member

    CraigC Sixgun Nut

    Jan 27, 2006
    West Tennessee
    Probably at least three or four times. I vividly remember the last two. Last year I dropped my brand new M9 on the concrete floor. No damage but it really hurt my feelings. Two months ago I was working on a holster and managed to drop the Uberti Schofield I was fitting it to. Front sight folded all the way over.
  22. 375supermag

    375supermag Member

    Sep 14, 2013
    Southcentral Pennsylvania
    I do not remember ever dropping a firearm.
    I have fallen while hunting a few times but never actually dropped a firearm.
    I did have a .22Mag lever action rifle fall off a rifle rest one time years ago. Scuffed up the barrel at one spot and cracked the muzzle end of the stock. My son set the rifle on the rest and I couldn't reach it before it fell.
    I had a gunsmith repair the stock but it really should be replaced...guess I will get around to having that done some day. The rifle used to be very accurate but I haven't shot more than a handful of rounds through it in 20 years. Probably should do something about that as well.
  23. Robbins290

    Robbins290 Member

    May 8, 2011
    Limerick, maine
    I dropped a few handguns.

    Once while i rolled and ATV over. It fell out while I was tuck and rolling. (i use a holster with retention while riding now) Another fell from my holster after a car rolled over a couple times after hitting black ice. I fell down a hill when my ankle rolled out after stepping wrong. And maybe 2-3 times I dropped a couple while cleaning them.
  24. tarosean

    tarosean Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    Me too... cannot count the number of scree fields, arroyos, ravines, streams, etc. where I have ended up on my keester with gun in tow.

    Bout the only time I was perplexed was when a 1911 decided to jump out of the top of my safe hitting everything it could on the way down to the tile floor. I never touched the shelf it was on and I was on the other side of the room after retrieving passports.

  25. Caplock

    Caplock Member

    Jan 10, 2018
    In high school I had a goofy friend named Brian. We would both meet up with the local trap club. Me and goofy Brian would pay for our own trap shooting by going into the trap house and set birds on the launching arm. I'm sure that's automated now for safety reasons.
    Anyways one time I come up out of the trap house and Brian had knocked over the entire gun rack. Apparently he was putting his old pump shot gun on the rack and pushed the entire thing over. Had about 20 different trap shotguns laying in the gravel. I know some of those over unders aren't cheep. Brian wins for the most guns dropped at once and probably the most total value at once as well.
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