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I know this topic has been touched on in the past, but IMO it bears repeating over and over. This account is well done and ongoing. Viewer discretion is advised.

Enjoy the sport and be careful out there. :cool:

http://negligentdischarge.com/
 

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You have to treat EVERY weapon as loaded EVERY time. This guy was extremely lucky. I know of a local firearms instructor, of all people, who was clearing a Glock .40 and shot himself in the hand. This happened at a Gun Show, and saw heavy media coverage. Damn near closed down our gun shows. Don't be an Idiot even for a few seconds. :2cents:
 

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Wow, he is lucky...could have been much worse. Everyone says it will never happen to them but this is not the first time I have heard of someone that has been shooting for years shooting themselves accidently. Slow down, take your time and as I tell my kids, rule #1 is Always check and make sure it is unloaded.
 

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holy crap! that's not gonna buff right out :(

I try to remain vigilant in respecting the 4 rules, and teach their importance to whoever I introduce to guns.
 

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If this saves even one person the same pain, then this guy's done a great thing with his suffering and lesson learned the hard way.

IMO he deserves props for being man enough to admit it and then brave enough to publish it... 8)
 

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I've had 3 instances of when I let my guard down. No discharges, so no one got hurt. Just cold sweating when I realized what I did.

I had 1 unintentional discharge. Luckily, this was at the range.
I had finished a short string of firing. I kept the gun pointed down range and looked around it to see the holes in the target. Darn if the gun didn't go off again. Can anyone guess where my finger was? I forgot to take it out of the trigger guard.

I feel sorry for the guy on the site. To shoot yourself twice with one bullet. Ouch!
 

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I've read every one of the posted stories at least twice.

Having been shot myself, and reading these amazing accounts, has compelled me to tell my own story of a ND.

I'll post it when I've had time to pull it together.
 

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Ehh, never happen to me...(sarcasm)
 

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Ehh, never happen to me...
I bet if you asked EVERY SINGLE ONE of the folks posting on that site (at least those that shot themselves), they probably said or thought the same thing at some point.

I never thought it would happen to me either, but it did - all in a split second.

Hey, I'm not trying to propagate "DOOM AND GLOOM" on ya Ranly - just a friendly "it could happen to the best of us" - ;)
 

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Ehh, never happen to me...
I bet if you asked EVERY SINGLE ONE of the folks posting on that site (at least those that shot themselves), they probably said or thought the same thing at some point.

I never thought it would happen to me either, but it did - all in a split second.

Hey, I'm not trying to propagate "DOOM AND GLOOM" on ya Ranly - just a friendly "it could happen to the best of us" - ;)
Nah, Im better than the best of us... it'll never happen to me...
 

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My first mentor was a Major in the defunct Rhodesian Army. He said that there were two kinds of shooters - ones that had already had their ND, and ones that would have their ND later. Everyone does it at some point, at least if they actually USE their weapons.

I had mine one evening after 'serious strenuous physical effort' all day. Hands were slick, I was tired (both fatigued and sleepy), and so forth. Let my guard down and one went down-range when it shouldn't have (range was called clear). Good training was key - the area was clear and safe (we were using a hillside as a backstop). Nobody hurt, if you exclude my ego. That was almost 20 years ago, and it's NEVER happened before or after.

Just takes the one to 'wake you up'. Make sure that your one doesn't hurt you or anyone else, and THAT is the ticket.
 

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Nah, Im better than the best of us... it'll never happen to me...
I have not had a ND but I did learn a long time ago to Never say Never.
 

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Ehh, never happen to me...
I bet if you asked EVERY SINGLE ONE of the folks posting on that site (at least those that shot themselves), they probably said or thought the same thing at some point.

I never thought it would happen to me either, but it did - all in a split second.

Hey, I'm not trying to propagate "DOOM AND GLOOM" on ya Ranly - just a friendly "it could happen to the best of us" - ;)
Nah, Im better than the best of us... it'll never happen to me...

...yet.
 

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I am the exception... It will NEVER happen too me...
 

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I always had a "safe spot" at low and 45 that I used for dry firing practice at home. That POA happened to line up with an ugly corner lamp on the bedroom nightstand.

One day about 2 years ago I was dry firing when the phone rang. I hurriedly slapped the loaded mag back in and racked a round into the chamber getting it ready to put away again.

I ran and picked up the phone, talked a while, then came back to the bed. I decided to practice a little more and picked up the XD-45. I dropped the mag, leveled at the "safe spot" and BOOM. The 230 gr HP obliterated the crystal lamp shade and pierced the wall low and behind.

The world stopped. My ears were ringing, the smell of smoke was filling the room. All was dead silent. I felt shocked, embarrassed and worried almost simultaneously. I surveyed the damage. The lamp was dead, glass everywhere; carpet, bed, nighstand. How could I have done something so stupid? What would I tell my wife? Would she ever trust me again?

After the first second or two, I shook myself, looked at the hole in the wall and went outside to see if the bullet had passed through. Luckily my "safe zone" was low and 45 in the corner, and the .45 ACP round was stopped by the extra 2 X 4 framing there. It didn't penetrate to the ouside. Thank goodness!

I was raised with guns and gun safety from a very young age. I am an IDPA member and was shooting regularly at the time. But still, a momentary lack of focus was enough to precipitate what could've produced disastrous results.

Luckily my wife and kids were away at the time and I was home alone. I cleaned up the mess, gave the lamp a decent burial, and reflected.

There were some tense moments for me when I told my wife. To my surprise she was understanding, forgiving, and promised that she still trusted me with safe handling of my weapons. She did seem a little miffed at losing one of a matching set of lamps.

Until that time, I would've said it would never happen to me. On the upside; this experience was very sobering and has made me more careful and safe than ever before.

Another good thing came out of it all; I hated that lamp. 8)
 
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