Well, I really stretched the truth, the other night in chat.....

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  1. Jay

    Jay Old man, no tact... Staff Member Forum Contributor

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    A few days ago, in chat, I mentioned to some that I had injured my hand. True... I said it was due to "getting crosswise with a piece of metal". What I was too embarrassed to admit was, that the piece of metal was a 9mm JHP.

    I've since decided that perhaps this could be a learning experience for other folks.

    One of the local LEO's and I were standing in my gun room, looking at my firearms.... one at a time.... checking each one, to be sure it was empty. Then came the SW-99.... press-check... I looked, empty... LEO looked, empty, magazine empty, and out of the gun.... released the press-check, and between the press-check and locking the slide back, I lost my grip on the gun. Reflex I guess, but I reached for, and caught the gun before it hit the floor, but I also caught the trigger. The round in the chamber that neither of us saw, discharged and went through the soft, meaty part of my left hand.

    No broken bones, no sutures, just dressings for a week then go see the doc again. I have full range of motion with all my fingers, and no pain. Had I simply let the gun fall to the floor, there would have been no problem. But no, I just had to catch it.

    Lesson... failure to follow one safety rule could have been fatal. Adherence to "keep the gun pointed in a safe direction" prevented anyone else from getting hurt. I hadn't fired that gun in a couple of years, but that's no excuse. I am 100% certain now, that there are no loaded firearms in my safe.

    Apologies for misleading those in chat the other night. Stay safe folks.
  2. Capt'n Mil Coll

    Capt'n Mil Coll G&G Enthusiast

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    All of my firearms are loaded. Even when they arent.
    Good lesson to learn even though you had to learn it the hard way.
    Glad you were not hurt worse or someone else hurt.
  3. chesterwin

    chesterwin Super Moderator

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    Watch it Jay! I'm glad it was just a bit of flesh.

    Accidents happen. When we get lax.
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  4. Huey Rider

    Huey Rider G&G Evangelist

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    That' why I like to use the "lookie-feelie" technique. Look at the chamber and stick your finger in it to feel for a round. Taught to me by my dad and reinforced by a couple of head slaps when I failed to do so. Must have taken hold as I still do it today after 50 years.
  5. LeftHandShooter

    LeftHandShooter G&G Enthusiast

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    We like gory photos!

    I posted photos of my hand when I got my slide bite many years ago.
  6. texnmidwest

    texnmidwest Sir Loin of Beef Forum Contributor

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    Like chesterwin said....accidents happen. Having the firearm pointed in a safe direction prevented serious tragic injury. I am glad the only thing permanently hurt was pride!

    I think this is a good lesson to share with everyone! Guns, knives etc....if they drop, let them fall! Get away, don't try to catch them!

    Now, get that extractor on the Smith checked out!
  7. rl69

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    glad your ok

    why didn't the round eject when you racked the slide back ?
  8. Jay

    Jay Old man, no tact... Staff Member Forum Contributor

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    Here's a link to the only pic I took so far and this was taken in the ER.

    It's graphic... entry on the left, exit on the right
    http://personal.swayzee.com/jayb/wound.jpg

    I just press-checked the gun, locking the slide back would have been my next move if I hadn't dropped the gun. The gun functions fine, as long as I don't juggle it...... with a round in it. :rolleyes:
  9. TACAV

    TACAV G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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    Jay I'm very glad you and your friend are OK. (Well nothing worse than what happened)

    I give you a lot of respect for telling your story here. The silver lining of humbling incidents like this do serve to give the rest of us sobering reminders what can happen when you get complacent. Thanks very much for sharing.

    Lesson reinforced, If you drop a gun, just let go. It wont go off by itself.

    I actually went to a 2 day tactical pistol class where we had to do several repetitions of drawing our locked and loaded pistol, aiming in at the target, and then dropping our handguns onto the ground. Just to reinforce the above point. That and if you were just involved in a defensive shooting and the uniformed cops show up see you and tell you to "DROP THE GUN!" You do EXACTLY that.

    None of that trying to slowly aim it down and put gently it down as to not scratch your precious gun and end up getting ventilated in the process for responders thinking your doing something else...
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  10. rob g

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    Jay i am glad you were not more seriously hurt this is a good lesson for all
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    Thanks for having the courage to post what (and how it) happened,lessons like this reinforce why safety is paramount.
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    Jay Old man, no tact... Staff Member Forum Contributor

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    I appreciate you folks NOT giving me a hard time about it. I can't remember a time I was this embarrassed. All I could think about on the way to the hospital, was how this incident might reflect on the "gun community". Luckily, the officer who was with me was able to keep it out of the news.

    I truly hope folks learn from this....... be safe.....
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    Jay. Thank you for showing that even someone who is very mastered with firearms can have an accident. I hope this serves as advice for others that too much care, is no such thing.
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    ChaZam G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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    Some of the simple lessons come at very high prices. Thanks for sharing Jay.
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    BigElkCanoe G&G Regular Forum Contributor

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    Glad your ok. Are you sure that kidney stones are worse?
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    trigger G&G Enthusiast

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    I have to say. I use snap caps in all my guns. AND it still freaks me out when I grab any gun and check the action and the red cap flies out.

    When ever I hear a story or see a pic like yours. It makes me start from scratch on safety safety safety.

    I hope all heals well and good luck.
  17. Jay

    Jay Old man, no tact... Staff Member Forum Contributor

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    YES..... I would take my current wound several times over rather than suffer another kidney stone.....
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  18. BigCaneSwift

    BigCaneSwift G&G Enthusiast Forum Contributor

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    Jay very happy you are alright , this is a lesson for us all to learn from our mistakes
    sometimes we can get to comfortabe around our own firearms . Hope you heal well .

    Sincerely

    Kevin R. Cason
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    Jay...Jay...Jay
    Glad you were only injured, the alternative could have been disasterous.
    2531's carry a side-arm, don't they?

    You press check at the range or in the field...NOT in your gun room!
    What the hell were you thinking, Marine?

    Hey, somebody has to yell at you.
    This sure wouldn't look good on page 11 of your SRB.

    Here's for a speedy recovery.
  20. Jay

    Jay Old man, no tact... Staff Member Forum Contributor

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    I get it, Top.. make no excuses....
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