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My first slamfire.....

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ShroomFish, Jan 29, 2013.

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  1. ShroomFish

    ShroomFish Member

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    So I am setting here at my desk cleaning my nightstand gun (about 10 minutes ago), and being my nightstand gun I keep it cocked, locked, and ready to rock.. I reassyb. it, slide the magazine in, dropped the slide, and BAM!:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek: a 9mm hole right through my ceiling and ringing ears, which still are.....
     
  2. curlymaple42

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    Hence underlining the rule to ALWAYS point your weapon in a safe direction! Not sure what might be wrong with your gun, but glad nothing really bad happened to humans, apart from your ears...

    Sent from my DROID RAZR
     
  3. ShroomFish

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    In my house if the gun had been pointed at the floor it would have ricocheted, my ceiling was thick enough to catch a slow traveling hollow point.
     
  4. WoodchuckAssassin

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    What type of handgun was it, if you don't mind me asking? Striker fired? 1911?
     
  5. 45_auto

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    Good story that you can tell your wife and buddies so that it wasn't your fault.

    Next time keep your finger off the trigger! ;)
     
  6. ShroomFish

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    @Woodchuck, We'll just say non striker fired (internal), wish I owned a 1911, and the type of gun is known best for not firing at all (not a Hi Point)...

    Update: Ears still ringing, can't figure out how to patch hole in ceiling..

    @45auto, No wife, no buddies, very strict with trigger discipline..
     
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    Hello friends and neighbors // Glad no one was hurt.
     
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  8. ShroomFish

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    The hole, and casing

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  9. radiotom

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    Was it an old Glock?
     
  10. wgaynor

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    I'd leave the hole as a reminder to the event. It's good to remember that things like this can happen.
     
  11. ShroomFish

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    Since I am embarrassed to own one of these things I'll let you all guess.

    Hint: Its the only handgun in this photo.
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    The others if anyone wonders are left to right: Remington 700 ACC-SD Tact, Weatherby PA-459, who-done-it AR, and a Moist Nugget.
     
  12. WoodchuckAssassin

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    Hope it doesn't rain anytime soon :neener:
     
  13. ShroomFish

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    @Woodchuck, Ha... :p

    Ears still ringing.
     
  14. Walkalong

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    That was a negligent discharge. Never drop the slide on a live round in the house. While 99 times out of a hundred, or more, it won't go off, the possibility exists.

    Glad everyone is OK, and I hope the ringing goes away soon.
     
  15. mlkx4

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    Not a negligent discharge. It is not negligent to rack a round inside your house. It would be negligent to do it again with a problem pistol. He did nothing wrong except point the dam thing up.
     
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    I, for one, would sure like to know the make, model, and condition of the weapon to get the full benefit of this thread.
     
  17. tarosean

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    Jennings 9mm

    What did I win?
     
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    I've contemplated making a box using old phone books as stop for racking the slide on a live round in my home. I think this has persuaded me to do so. What good is a home defense weapon that's not ready to go when you need it? I'm not gonna wait until someone breaks my door down to rack the slide on my gun.

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  19. rdhood

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    Ha! This is exactly what I thought when reading #1. I might even build one of these for my own home. I was thinking a barrel full of ballistic gel or something, but phone books would work.
     
  20. El Mariachi

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    Get an old 5 gallon metal bucket (preferably with some cool artwork from a service station or something on it), fill it full of sand, plant some miniature ice plant in it, put next to your night stand and call it Shabby Chic.....
     
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    It looks like it was a Bryco/Jennings or whatever they are going by these days!


    edit: looks like Tarosean beat me to the answer...
     
  22. JustinJ

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    Can i borrow the gun? My fiance has an obnoxious bird and i've been looking for ways to 'accidentally' do away with it.

    "I duno what happened hon, the gun just went off and was coincidentally pointed in the bird's direction"
     
  23. Trent

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    Those things only fire when you DON'T want them to.

    :)
     
  24. psyopspec

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    I've never heard this guideline before. What would or should one do if they live in an urban area? If they decide they can't in the house and outside that house is city for several miles in each direction, would you suggest that after cleaning their gun they drive to the country to chamber a round? Since NDs can also occur during what the shooter thinks is dry fire practice, should one never dry fire in their own home either even if they have a good backstop? Since others occur during disassembly that requires a trigger pull, is the solution then to not field strip a pistol in the home?

    I just seems a little overbearing, but I'd like to hear more about what's guiding your thinking.
     
  25. Tirod

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    The issue about it being "negligent" is mostly whether someone wants to own up to it being they way they handle the gun.

    Insert the mag, drop the slide is common technique. Whatever, the cause was the firing pin had enough force to impress the primer. Was the round previously loaded and the nose nicked, causing it to protrude? Too much lube on the firing pin, or no spring to keep it from bouncing forward? Plenty of things cause a discharge.

    How it gets interpreted being "negligent" is a matter of opinion. If a defect is widely known, maybe. Handling the weapon during cleaning and having it go off is the most well known circumstance. In that light, a lot of people would call it negligent.

    As for the hole, plain white toothpaste - a little dab will do ya. If it went through the roof, don't ignore it. Slip a piece of milk jug plastic under the shingle with some roof cement on it to seal it up.

    I've seen negligent discharges (not me!) and I don't think you can exercise too much caution. It's the number one circumstance - loading and unloading. It's why I prefer rifles with detachable magazines - you don't cycle the ammo thru the chamber (less nicks) and close the cocked bolt on one just to extract it. But, you chamber a round by letting the action spring ram the cartridge home, semi autos all do that. Therefore, always point it where it won't be a problem.

    If the pistol is kept after this, a bucket of sand in the room might not be a bad idea.
     
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