The reason you double check and make sure the chamber is empty. Graphic Content.

Via Reddit by user Alexnreese. Go read the description of his ND. I thank him for being brave enough to admit the screw up and to use himself as teaching moment.
Hornady Critical Defense at point-blank .45 ACP.  More pictures with descriptions, from The Bang Moment to leaving the hospital can be found here.

Bone was broken & arteries were damaged.  This was a no-shit-could-have-been-killed event.

 

12 Replies to “The reason you double check and make sure the chamber is empty. Graphic Content.”

  1. Thankfully I have never shot myself (knock on wood). I wonder if I did whether one of my first thoughts would be, “I should take a picture of this”? Interesting times.




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    1. From what I gathered, a tourniquet was already in place. He had the presence of mind to document the whole thing, so I won’t chide him for that.
      Hopefully people will learn from his mistake and that would be a small measure of consolation.




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    1. “maybe someone should write about that”

      Excellent idea! You could list the pistols it’s safe to point at your leg, while loaded.




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  2. Not only shot himself in the leg, but contaminated a plate of egg rolls. Hope he’s proud of himself.

    It’s not IF you will have a ND it’s WHEN. Violate more than one of the 4 Rules and you are likely going to wind up doing something like that. Picture is good evidence that artery damage does not always mean blood spurting all over the place.

    stay safe.




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    1. Complacency is a killer whenever dangerous equipment is involved.

      I worked out in farm country for a long time and every farmer had a one handed uncle who got too complaisant with his heavy machinery. One day, after 30 years of farming, when a rock or old fence post got jammed in the thresher, rather than disconnect the PTO and let the machine release the stored up energy and knock out the stuck item with a shovel, the farmer would just set the equipment to neutral and reach in an pull it out. A 600 HP diesel and hydraulic pump is unforgiving on a human hand and now Uncle Bob is Uncle Stumpy.




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  3. That’s one reason why I first lock the slide back (or hold it back if there’s no slide stop) and then release the magazine.

    Never had a discharge after emptying the gun but had one without touching the trigger while removing the magazine (I did not follow my usual procedure then.)

    “Once a year even a broomstick shoots.”




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  4. I was clearing a shotgun once. Thought it was empty, went to drop the hammer, and was VERY VERY GLAD it was pointed at the ground instead of an unsafe direction.

    That pretty much ended shooting for the day.




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  5. Ex-friends wondered why I got upset when they point an unloaded gun at me. “No big deal.” This is why.

    If I ever sweep you with a gun, unloaded or not, call me on it. I am human, I make mistakes. But I make fewer mistakes if I am corrected when I do. You are potentially saving you AND me from a lot of hurt and pain.




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