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I shot my leg

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Axel Larson, May 5, 2012.

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  1. Axel Larson

    Axel Larson Member

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    So I had a negligent discharge when taking my 1911 out of its holster last night and it went off, I honestly cannot remember the few seconds when the firearm went off, I could swear I had my finger away from the trigger. anyways it was a grazing shot and just went through a little bit of body fat and skin. I am still beating myself up over the whole thing.
    My reason for posting this was how others who have shot themselves by accident have recovered and if they sold off the gun or how they got back on the horse so to speak.
    And yes I have considered selling the gun but will wait until I am better and can think more rationally.
    If this is in the wrong place Mods feel free to move it.
     
  2. theicemanmpls

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    Unless your 1911 is terribly broken four things had to happen before you received that terrible pain in your leg.

    Side safety released.
    Beaver tail safety deactivated.
    The hammer was cocked.
    Trigger pulled.

    IMO the 1911 is one of the safest pistols out there.
     
  3. MrDig

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    When I had a ND I field stripped the gun and cleaned it and did it again.
    I did not injure myself with the ND but taking the gun apart and cleaning it seemed to calm my nerves and helped me remember I'm the only person who can control the gun being familiar with it lessens the possibility that an accident will happen.
     
  4. Axel Larson

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    I know and before I left for the hospital I unloaded the 1911 and the side safety was on and after the shot all I did was put it on the bed. also I guess you have never been shot because at first there is no pain kinda weird but I didn't realize I had been shot until I dropped my pants to check.
     
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    Glad it wasn`t worse.
    " what dosen`t kill you-- makes you stronger'
    In this case A better shooter (read: safer)
    Good luck
     
  6. Rail Driver

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    Everybody reacts differently to being shot, and different injury placement and severity can make a major difference in perception - When I was shot in the knee, it was IMMEDIATELY painful - felt like I was struck in the knee with a metal baseball bat by hulk hogan. It took a bit for my shock affected mind to realize I had been shot.

    I carry a 1911 as well, and while I handle all my guns with care, I don't worry about having an ND with my carry pistol - I carry it cocked and locked, with all safeties intact.

    I hope you heal up quickly, and don't give up carrying just because you made a mistake - *It can happen to anyone.
     
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  7. Axel Larson

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    Thanks Rail driver, I will try to work back up to carrying but right off I do not know if I will be able to.
     
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    If you look through the self inflicted wound and other negligent discharge thread you'll find that some are so traumatized that they can't take away any lesson other than get rid of all their guns. Others settle on get rid of the one involved in the shooting. The majority understand that they're the cause and solution for the ND and decide that they need to take a long hard look at their gun handling and make changes.
     
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    Glad it was not worse. I would get that 1911 checked out by a gunsmith.
    With all the built in safetys you would have to have to shot yourself on purpose if everything was in proper working order.
     
  10. Axel Larson

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    Yeah I plan on getting it checked out once I am better whether I choose to sell it or not.
     
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    I'm glad you posted this. As a relatively new shooter & gun owner it reminds me that it can happen to anyone. Every time I read a story like this it makes me that much more careful.
     
  12. Odd Job

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    Did you seek medical attention?
     
  13. Axel Larson

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    Yes, as I mentioned I went to the hospital. The EMT who transported me from one hospital to another tried to convince me to sell all guns. It did not work.
     
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    Sorry, I missed that you said already :eek:
     
  15. Axel Larson

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    That's okay.
     
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    That's why I don't own any auto handguns. I was always afraid of the same thing. I breath easier knowing it's a revolver in my holster and not an auto.
     
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    haha... If I transported you I would have tried the same, except I would have tried to convinve you to sell them to me :)

    I am glad you are better, and it goes as a reminder for all of us to remember the rules. Heal well, and look at it like a motorcycle accident. If you ride (Shoot) it could happen, and when it does it significantly decreases the chance of it happening again.
     
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    Glad you're OK. Deltaboy offers some good advice. Get the gun checked out. If it's OK and you're OK move on. We as a community of gun hobbyists are very careful. But not perfect.
     
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    To further knowledge, may I ask what make and model the 1911 was? It may help someone find out why it happened.
     
  20. Axel Larson

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    Thanks, it helps to get others opinions.
     
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    Personally I'd have a long discussion with that EMT's supervisor for overstepping the lines of propriety - Your guns and what you do with them are not his business, and his area of expertise as far as his employment and his contact with you has nothing to do with firearms aside from the fact that you grazed your leg due to a ND.
     
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    Sorry to hear but glad it wasnt worse. Go to the range asap and shoot a while dont give yourself time to dwell on it. Worse than falling off a horse but the same principal (with the exception of Christofer Reeves).
    Do review your gun handling practices to determine what went wrong and why but dont beat yourself up over it just become more consious.
    Lots of folks have had accidental discharges that didnt do any damage and continue to shoot. The only difference is that you got grased which stinks but dont let one incident prevent you from defending yourself in the future.
    Best of luck with your recovery.
    Troy
     
  23. Axel Larson

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    It was a Para Ordnance GI Expert. also when brother got it (originally his) he had to get a part replaced it had to do with feed cartridges. I am drawing a blank right now.
     
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    It was a woman and I did have a conversation with her and tried to explain my position but at that point the pain had kicked in so I did not do as good of a job explaining as normal.
     
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    Perhaps you could send it in to Para Ordnance and have them check for issues?
     
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