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Of all the boneheaded things I've done...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by BHPshooter, Jan 15, 2006.

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  1. BHPshooter

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    ...This is one of them.

    I went shooting yesterday despite the gale-force winds, and had the pleasure of the company of my cousin and his 4 pals. Introduced a couple of them to the joys of handgunning, and despite the cold weather and high winds, we were having fun.

    I decided to try some of that fancy "shoot-reload-shoot" stuff with my 1911. So I loaded up a couple of magazines and started making a few cans dance in rhythm. Time came to reload, so I dropped the empty, grabbed my fresh mag, and started to stuff it in. This is where the problem started.

    The magazine well on my 1911, in the area where the front "tab" of the magazine floorplate goes, is VERY sharp.
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    Now, somehow the meat of my palm got wrapped around the floorplate of the magazine, and during the good push I gave to seat it, my hand got bitten -- HARD. It was, as could be imagined, incredibly painful. However, I am amazed that I went through the ordeal without howling in pain, and even MORE amazed that I didn't utter a single word, expletive or otherwise. :neener:

    Anyway, being a die-hard shooting junkie, I went about my business and continued shooting. My palm, as well as where the left palm meets with the fingers of the right hand, were a bloody mess. I didn't take a picture of that, but here's a picture of the cleaned-up wounds... still very tender. :(
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    The point of all this rambling? That there's more to safe gun handling that worrying about where your bullet goes and what your muzzle covers. Injuries, whether it's being shot or getting a hangnail while shooting, can sour the shooting experience.

    Please, share your own "boneheaded" moments. :)

    Wes

    P.S. I think from now on I'll stick with my BHP when I'm trying to impress myself... At least I've practiced with that enough to not injure myself like a goober...
     

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  2. Black Majik

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    Ouch Wes, that looks like it hurt! Glad to hear you're ok! :D

    LOL... :evil:
     
  3. mbs357

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    Ouch.
    I've never heard myself too badly with a gun, but I did spend 20 minutes trying to figure out how to dissassemble my 522...
    After I couldn't figure it out, I gave up. Went to dry fire it and put it back up...but nothing happened. I couldn't figure it out. Safety was off, it was definatly cocked. I got scared thinking I broke it. I immediatly wrote up a detailed post to enter here on THR compiling everything I had done in those 20 minutes (not much, really...). I was just about to hit the post button when I got an idea.

    I put the magazine in the gun, and it dried fired with no problem.


    :)cuss: disconnects)
     
  4. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

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    I've done that before.

    I just told everyone I had a touch of the stigmata.
     
  5. EghtySx

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    I thought everyone had done that at least once :)

    Thats why I use magazines with basepads
     
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  6. Carl

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    I'm sure i've done a lot of boneheaded things, but the one that I can remember is when I first got my double barrel shotgun. It has two triggers, and of course the first thing I wanted to do was shoot both 3" slugs at once. It went off good, but the recoil from the shotgun causes the front trigger to scrape hard against the finger on the rear trigger behind it. A good scrape, but nothing too bad.
     
  7. Black Majik

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    Actually now that I think about it, I do remember once dropping the slide of my P226 on my finger once. THAT HURT! :what:

    You're not alone Wes, we sometimes can hurt ourselves just as much as the can we're shooting at. :D
     
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    That's a fact. :cuss:
     
  9. Herself

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    Let's see...the first semiauto I ever shot was a Glock, maybe a G23. Somehow (translation: "idiotically") I managed to get my right thumb behind the slide and above the frame enough that when it cycled, it just about took my thumbnail off. Much blood and unhappiness.
    The fellow who owns the range where I shoot just about took his own index finger off many years ago by casually mishandling an "unloaded" Raven, a move and mental state he describes as "dumba$$." Needless to say, my tactical-Glock manicure earned me a coveted spot in the "dumba$$" hall of fame for a few weeks....

    About a year later, shooting .38 Super for the first time, in a delightful (really!) old Llama and maintaining a high grip just like a genuine ninja, I was able to experience hammer-bite first hand. (Aside from that, the old import was tack-hammer accurate, despite vestigial iron sights. I should've bought it and had the hammer bobbed). Boneheaded? Yep, since it took three magazines before I connected that funny feeling in the web of my right hand with shooting the gun!

    --Herself
     
  10. trickyasafox

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    you did the right thing, playing it tough :) pride trumps pain!:D
     
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    FYI
    If you have a short grip model, such as the CZ .40 cal Rami. and you insert a magazine then slap it into position, make sure that the edge of your gripping hand is clear of the space that will soon be occupied by the bottom front edge of the magazine.
    Neglecting this small detail can result in your hearing words that you didn't even know you knew.
    That's all I want to say about that.
     
  12. JohnKSa

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    WARNING! BEFORE reading farther, please read the disclaimer at the end of the post.

    I left a piece of meat in a Swedish Ljungman at a gun shop once. I put pressure on the damaged region to prevent massive bleeding and left without attracting attention. :cool:

    The bolt closed unexpectedly and the gas tube turned into a cookie cutter--except there was no cookie--only my thumb. :(

    That remains my worst gun injury.
     
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    Anyone had Garand Thumb? :D
     
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    All I can say is "M1 Thumb" Once, just once.
     
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    Well, it was a friend's boneheaded mistake not mine, but since I have a good picture of it...

    He grabbed the barrel on a .50 cal for reasons unknown almost immediately after firing
     

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    Sounds like y'all have perfect opertunities for weak hand drills. With any luck at all your experiences will save my fingers, hands and, other body parts.
     
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    Seen plenty of good ones from other people:

    -- Fella fired a PGO (pistol-grip only) 870 held up to his face, busted his nose

    -- Guy was trying to clear a jam on an M1 Garand. I wouldn't so much call it "M1 thumb" as much as "M1 severed thumbnail"

    -- Took my uncle's .308 XP-100 to the range, warned all my buddies to keep well back from the scope. One buddy didn't listen: heard the muzzleblast followed by a yelp, turned and saw him clutching his face. Saw a dangly bit of junk hanging off the rear of the scope, turned out to be a perfect 2" strip of skin off his nose, slid right up there like a meat-slicer. It was the morning before the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, so he shows up in dress blues and a big ol' strip of white bandage on his honker.


    My weirdest one: was rummaging around the confiscation room aboard Camp Ramadi (Anbar province, Iraq), trying to find gear to issue to Iraqi police, and incidentally fun stuff to shoot into the berms just off-base. Found a WWII Italian Moschetto Beretta subgun. I snatched it, cleared it and fondled it for a bit, off and went running to the S-2 to sign for it. Got to S-2, and was told "Um, sir, there's blood all over your arm, are you okay?" There was a chunk of skin and meat tore up right below my hand on the wrist and blood all over the place, and I hadn't even felt any pain. I still have no idea what sharp edge on the subgun might have caused it, and I still have a cool scar on the wrist.

    That same Moschetto Beretta also injected shreds of brass into my left hand (it has left ejection, cool...) when we went to shoot it in the sand-pit. One 9mm round (NATO I believe, not confiscated) blew apart as the bolt was closing. Also left the slug 1" up into the bore, so very glad we checked that before firing again, lest I lose an eye to that sucker.

    Forgive the long post, but I have a deep and abiding fear of the Moschetto Beretta. -MV
     
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    Before I got the hang of a speed reload with my short-gripped Glock 26, I had a recurring blood blister on the outer edge of my right hand pinkie finger because I kept pinching it when slamming home the magazine. The worst one, ever, was when I tried a magazine with an extended baseplate. That one hurt both hands -- my right pinkie had a blister from the usual stupidity, and the meaty part of my left paw got a broken blood vessel from the rim of the extension. Owie.

    pax
     
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    Oh ya. When I was a kid I learned that pretty much everyone I knew had christened their eyebrow with a small semi-circular cut from getting too close to a scope when shooting. They all showed me thier scars AFTER I got mine. :cuss:
     
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    Did he say "here, hold my sign" first?:neener:
     
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    I didnt take a picture but I once caught some of the meat on my fingers when I closed a S&W revo. I was trying to the thing where you roll the mag closed and it keeps spining in the gun making a clicking sound. Very boneheaded. Also alot of hangnails, those suck especially when it scratches the gun too! HAHA!

    -Dev
     
  22. HighVelocity

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    Yep, it hurts. I've done it more than once. :eek:
     
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    You need some mag bumpers for sure and maybe even a properly installed magazine well. That'll eliminate the problem altogether.

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    Greg
     
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    Worst one to date was shooting my Winchester Modle 94. First time firing it and learned that it does not eject to a side. Also, I wear glasses. I'm sure your imaginations can take it from there as to why my nose didn't have a good day.

    Another good one was stripping down my Mauser Model 34 pistol. One of the steps involves inserting the magazine to unlock the slide, there is no manual slide release on the pistol. Well in my wisdom I had my hand in the wrong place at the wrong time as the slide went foreward.
     
  25. 1911Tuner

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    Ouchie

    Use the heel of your hand...not the palm, and you won't do that again.:cool:
     
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