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Shot myself with a .45 caliber last night.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by AcceptableUserName, Jun 26, 2009.

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  1. AcceptableUserName

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    I debated on whether or not to make this thread. A, because I don't want to sensationalize anything and create a S&*itstorm on the board and B, because I don't wantr to come off as a lying troll. I'm lucky to even be here! But I think I should make it because I can hopefully convince anyone who thinks they have guns down to a science to reconsider and slow down a little bit next time they handle one.


    It happened by taking down a glock pistol like I normally do for cleaning. Except this time it wasn't for cleaning, it was to lightly oil the insides for an extended storage on a friends Glock pistol....and I neglected to remember/check for a magazine inside. You can imagine what happened from there. I ALWAYS point the gun across my lap, to the left and down as I am right handed, and this is the only thing that saved me from something much worse. The bullet was a 230 gr fmj round nose Winchester. It entered the top of my thigh and grazed out to the left. A perfect superfic ial in and out. It could've been so much worse, and it could've been so easily avoided. Luckily for me, I was in and out of the trauma room in the ER in 30 minutes after speaking with a Police Officer regarding the circumstances. SO easily avoided, but it wasn't. boy did I feel dumb...and lucky at the same time.


    It feels weird today to be up and walking and feeling fine (VERY little pain, minor soreness and a bandage that leaks a bit) after taking a .45 slug, let me tell you that I've learned a BIG lesson. I URGE everyone, whether they believe they're the safest handler of a firearm in the world to evaluate their safety practices and just slow down a little bit. Trust me, I will.

    [Note from Moderator: You may not want to scroll down unless you are ready to see the hole in the guy's leg. It's not terribly gruesome, but you've been warned. - Jorg ]
     
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  2. kirklandkie

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    thanks for sharing your story with us. a lesson learned the hard way, glad you're still here

    -kirk
     
  3. Boba Fett

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    TREAT EVERY FIREARM LIKE IT IS LOADED.
    ALWAYS CHECK EVERY FIREARM YOU TOUCH. ALWAYS. NO EXCEPTIONS.

    Glad your alive. I'm sure the rest of THR will be along to really sock it too you, so prepare for the thunder.
     
  4. AcceptableUserName

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    Oh, I'm ready for it. I made the post to hopefully make an example of m yself, because chances are the next time this happens to someone it'll be much worse.
     
  5. hso

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    Thank you for being willing to post on this.

    We all have to remember that handling firearms requires us to never cut corners or assume the weapon is unloaded. Follow the process, verify, verify, verify.

    Your lapse could have resulted in a much worse wound for you, but it could also have resulted in a much worse wound for anyone on that side of you.

    Whether concerned for our own hides or sickened by the prospect of harming an innocent bystander this serves as a reminder for us all that the rule "Treat all guns as if they were loaded" is there for a reason.
     
  6. rainbowbob

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    I'm not sure I understand (but then I'm a revolver guy). Do you mean you neglected to check for a cartridge inside? I assume you dropped the magazine?

    I hate hearing these stories because we'd all like to believe it couldn't happen to us. I must say, I rarely hear about something like this happening with a wheel gun.
     
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    Hate to admit this, but I had an AD last week with an AR, I was shotting the day before. Now there is a nice .223 hole in the ceiling.
     
  9. AcceptableUserName

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    I didn't drop the mag. I am so used to taking them down that this time I just went straight into the motions. Very, very bad move. The golden rule stands firm, always treat them as if they're loaded.
     
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    Thank you

    Thank you for your story. It goes to show how easy it is to lose focus for just long enough to have something that bad happen. Your sharing this could very well save someones life. I know it is not easy to talk about something like that but you have done a good thing in doing so. We can all learn from your experience. Thanks again.
     
  11. AcceptableUserName

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    Is it ok to post pics? Or in bad taste?
     
  12. Boba Fett

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    Dang, that like three in a week for THR members. :eek:
     
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    Seriously. Photos or it didnt happen!!
     
  14. chriso

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    My dad shot himself in the right butt cheek with a OLD ruger convertible 357. magnum/9mm he shot himself with a HP 357. magnum doctor said hes lucky he wasn't paralyzed and that teh heavy leather holster he whore slowed the bullet down enough for it to be found about a inch away from his spine... he was playing with his cowboy gun as a teenager he has a huge crate in his butt...
     
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    They are called accidents because they are mistakes that could be avoided. We are human and all make mistakes. Most we live to tell about. Thanks for sharing an embrassing moment. God speed on your recovery. Hopefully, we will all relearn the lesson.
     
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    I made an example of myself a while back by spinning a loaded cocked and locked 1911 around :eek:, and I definitely learned my lesson with that one (thanks in part to the kind words of our brutally honest forum members :neener:) I'm glad the gun didn't go off for me, and I'm glad your experience wasn't any worse than it was. Takes a man to stand up and admit his mistakes (and an even bigger man to survive a .45 slug!) I will say, along with such occurrences being rare with revolvers, it seems (and this is just from hearsay) that a disproportionate number of accidents happen with Glocks. No Glock bashing here, just sayin. Probably the whole "trigger pull for takedown" step. Anyway, here's to a speedy recovery! :)
     
  17. AcceptableUserName

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    here goes. This is actually after I got home went to change the bandage. dscf1898.jpg
     
  18. glock36

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    From me and mine I am happy to hear that you were able to walk away from your experance without extreem serious injury. Thanks for having the courage to post
     
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    "The gun is always loaded, The gun is always loaded, The gun is always loaded..."

    Glad you're okay.
     
  20. rainbowbob

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    Seriously? You ever heard of Doubting Thomas? He needed to put his finger in the holes before he'd believe it. Oh ye of little faith...

    Do we really need to see graphic wound photos to discuss the advisability of verifying that your firearm is absolutely, positively, double-checked empty before cleaning it?

    Fuggedaboudit!
     
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    Huh. And I heard the .45 FMJ was a 100% manstopper regardless of where you are hit.

    Could the internet have steered me wrong?
     
  22. mokin

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    Glad to know that you still walking. Thank you for keeping us all on our toes and reminding us that it can happen and we need to stay safe.
     
  23. AcceptableUserName

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    that's what I'm saying! Granted it was a superficial wound, but If this was a .380 or something and I was feeling this good that'd be one thing...it still feels weird that I took a .45 and have what feels like a burn to show for it! Just goes to show placement is everything. An inch or few either way it ciould've been far more disastrous.
     
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    So much for the "stopping power" of the .45 ACP. I'm so sorry I couldn't resist.

    I'm glad to see this incident didn't end up worse. You're brave for posting your example for the benefit of others. Thank you.
     
  25. Oyeboten

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    Those darned 'Glocks'..!


    Glad you're okay!


    Yup...a good reminder to us all, on always observing the essential protocols of Safe Handling...


    Be pedantic and Methodical even...


    Like a Pilot's "CheckList" for pre-flight...it pays!
     
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