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Ashamed to Say I had My First Accidental Discharge

twatwa Senior MemberPosts: 2,245 Senior Member
This was a bad deal, that scared the living crap out of me and the 4 other guys in the duck blind last Friday.
I had my SP-10 10 gauge semi auto propped up against the front of the blind we just had built, the hunt was started and the safety was in the "on" position. There were a few sticks pointing towards us in the blind and I took a saw and cut them back. I was adjusting my seating when I stood from the blind, and with my hand I grabbed the middle of the barrel, moving the gun a few inches in the process. KA-BOOM!!!!! A stick coming out of the blind had somehow hit my safety into the "off" position, and when I moved the gun, probably the same stick, had gone through the trigger guard and depressed the trigger. Luckily the barrel was pointed in a safe direction, but it was STILL A BAD DEAL. Just wanted to share the story - My Son and I talked about it later that evening, and I pointed out to him, that sometimes we get complacent in our gun handling and I obviously had done just that. I feel ashamed that it happened, it took 40 some years of gun handling, but I will never forget it and am just thankful that all ended well. I am very disappointed in myself to make this post - but thought it would be a good to share. I am ready for my whipping........tell we what a dumb butt I am.......I deserve it.

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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Glad you and nobody else got hurt. Stuff seems to happen no matter how careful we think we are. Murphy's Law is alive and well.

    Is the normal protocol to have a shell chambered in a duck blind or just when you are about to start shootin?
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,364 Senior Member
    twa wrote: »
    - My Son and I talked about it later that evening, and I pointed out to him, that sometimes we get complacent in our gun handling and I obviously had done just that. I feel ashamed that it happened, it took 40 some years of gun handling, but I will never forget it. I am very disappointed in myself to make this post - but thought it would be a good to share. I am ready for my whipping........tell we what a dumb butt I am.......I deserve it.

    Its a harsh lesson to have and thank god no one was hurt. Having had something similar happen about 40 yrs ago I still feel sick to my stomach when I recall the incident. Like you say, sometimes we can get complacent and its good to have a reminder. Thanks for posting it up.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,125 Senior Member
    Glad nobody is hurt
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,981 Senior Member
    At least it was creative!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • ken55ken55 Senior Member Posts: 782 Senior Member
    You already beat yourself up worse than anybody else could and it's always good thing to talk about the experience anyway. Main thing is that everybody is okay.
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 5,032 Senior Member
    I'm glad no one was hurt, sounds like you took a bad situation and turned it into a valuable lesson, we can never be to careful.

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Sounds like a place where the sticks and brush can be potentially dangerous even without guns.
    For sure a good place for all caution.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • Cheetoh734Cheetoh734 Senior Member Posts: 714 Senior Member
    Glad everyone is alright. Thanks for sharing, it always helps to have a reminder.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    twa wrote: »
    This was a bad deal, that scared the living crap out of me and the 4 other guys in the duck blind last Friday.
    I had my SP-10 10 gauge semi auto propped up against the front of the blind we just had built, the hunt was started and the safety was in the "on" position. There were a few sticks pointing towards us in the blind and I took a saw and cut them back. I was adjusting my seating when I stood from the blind, and with my hand I grabbed the middle of the barrel, moving the gun a few inches in the process. KA-BOOM!!!!! A stick coming out of the blind had somehow hit my safety into the "off" position, and when I moved the gun, probably the same stick, had gone through the trigger guard and depressed the trigger. Luckily the barrel was pointed in a safe direction, but it was STILL A BAD DEAL. Just wanted to share the story - My Son and I talked about it later that evening, and I pointed out to him, that sometimes we get complacent in our gun handling and I obviously had done just that. I feel ashamed that it happened, it took 40 some years of gun handling, but I will never forget it and am just thankful that all ended well. I am very disappointed in myself to make this post - but thought it would be a good to share. I am ready for my whipping........tell we what a dumb butt I am.......I deserve it.

    Hey, if you're a dumb butt for this then you have plenty of company. I think most folks that hunt and shoot more than a couple of years have or will have at least one AD in their lifetime. I've had one. Well two counting the time I tried to disassemble my semi shotgun and put it together wrong. But I was expecting that second one because of the way it was acting. My SURPRISE AD was with my 9MM S&W. It went bang when I pulled the trigger on what I thought was an empty chamber. Anyway, just be happy you were practicing safe gun handling in that you had it pointed in a safe direction. If not, we'd be talking to one of your friends or relatives right now.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
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  • horselipshorselips Senior Member Posts: 3,628 Senior Member
    So, a stick somehow managed to align perfectly with that teensy-weensy safety button, then push and disengage it, and another stick found its way into the trigger guard, and pressed itself back against the trigger. Dude, God wants you dead. Be careful. Look both ways. Cross at the green, not in between. Don't run with scissors. Cook everything to 160 degrees internal temperature. Look before you leap.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,125 Senior Member
    Sticks are evil like that----I had one go in the hole in front of the trigger guard and block the sear causing a 11-87 to go full auto.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,573 Senior Member
    I remember mine...I felt sick for a while afterwards. Guilt-ridden, maybe not exactly that, but I did feel responsible (which I was.)
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,113 Senior Member
    Stuff happens, and Murphy is always hanging around to make sure it does....
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,364 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    Sticks are evil like that----I had one go in the hole in front of the trigger guard and block the sear causing a 11-87 to go full auto.

    SNAP!! Had the same thing happen to me Ned............wasn't really an AD........but it did give me a fright.

    Which leads me to the following question for twa. Being a semi, did the gun empty itself or did it only fire the loaded round?
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • twatwa Senior Member Posts: 2,245 Senior Member
    orchidman wrote: »
    SNAP!! Had the same thing happen to me Ned............wasn't really an AD........but it did give me a fright.

    Which leads me to the following question for twa. Being a semi, did the gun empty itself or did it only fire the loaded round?

    It did not eject the spent shell luckily....I am guessing with no shoulder to take the recoil is the reasoning. It shot fine the rest of the afternoon. I was unusually and understandingly quiet the rest of the day in the blind. Very, very lucky.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Every year we read where hunters get shot/hurt by their dogs when they get a paw inside the trigger guard of their guns.

    Pretty sobering event to happen and many wouldn't believe it, think it was almost impossible unless it happened to them. I'll bet if you tried to make it happen again. it wouldn't in a hundred years.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • ilove22silove22s Senior Member Posts: 1,507 Senior Member
    booo booos like this are a wakeup call if you have any common sense.

    it gives you a second chance to make sure you dont do it again.
    The ears never lie.

    - Don Burt
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,981 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    Sticks are evil like that----I had one go in the hole in front of the trigger guard and block the sear causing a 11-87 to go full auto.

    I bet that was "exciting"!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • dardrumdardrum New Member Posts: 2 New Member
    Glad no one was hurt,,but thanks for sharing,,it may save a life for someone in the future.
  • FreezerFreezer Senior Member Posts: 2,356 Senior Member
    I was taught that carrying a gun in the crotch of your arm and holding the pistol grip with the barrel pointing to the side was a safe way to carry a long gun. This isn't true with every gun. I was duck hunting in a marsh. I was standing in the reeds and decided to move five feet. I was always check my safety and had just done so before I moved. I placed the shotgun in the crotch of my arm and took two steps when my foot hooked a root. The gun went over my shoulder, out of instinct I re-griped it and the gun went bang. It ended up in the water and I ended my hunt. I didn't trust the shotgun and didn't use it when hunting with others. One morning when I was hunting alone with this shotgun I felt what had happened. With the gun in the crotch of my arm I felt the safety click off from the pressure of my jacket. It's a Beretta 390 and the safety is on the front right side of the trigger. This wouldn't have been a problem with my Mossberg but... I'll never carry a shotgun with a trigger safety like that again.
    I like Elmer Keith; I married his daughter :wink:
  • shootbrownelkshootbrownelk Senior Member Posts: 2,035 Senior Member
    I've had a couple of accidental discharges, both were from a Remington 700 BDL and both were Remington's fault. Mr. Timney fixed the problem. But it cost me $150.00.
  • HastaHasta Member Posts: 56 Member
    Its good to hear that nobody was hurt. But when something like this happens it makes you think that something like this can happen to anyone.
  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,632 Senior Member
    Hasta wrote: »
    Its good to hear that nobody was hurt. But when something like this happens it makes you think that something like this can happen to anyone.

    It can. That is the point of telling about it. My own experience doesn't qualify as an accidental discharge, more of a 'stupidity hurts' moment. I think twa's story is truly an AD and shows us that things like this DO happen. This is why we have to be vigilant, to avoid (as much as humanly possible) having things like this happen.
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
    George Carlin
  • KSDeputyKSDeputy Member Posts: 55 Member
    This can and does happen to anybody. That is why firearm safety is stressed so much. If you are around guns long enough, it most likely will happen to you. We had a deputy trying to get a 9mm out of a shoulder holster and shot himself in the ass. We had a Lt. answering a burglary call, saw movement on a TV set and blew it away. Just be glad no one was hurt.
  • brians356brians356 Member Posts: 161 Member
    I'm so glad no harm was done, except to your ego. I break out in a cold sweat just thinking about any AD. I had one of my own in my living room when I thought my Ruger Mk II pistol was empty. I was showing it to my girlfriend. The 22 LR lead slug went through a solid wood front door, shattered the outer storm door's glass into a million pieces, and disappeared into the night. My girlfriend thought it was funny. I felt like a failure and a fool. That clean .224" hole in my door is a reminder it can happen to anyone. I made the classic blunder of racking one, then dropping out the magazine, without ejecting, forgetting it was loaded. At least I instinctively pointed it away from both of us when I pulled the trigger. But why didn't I grab the bolt and let it down easy, even if I was sure it was empty?
    "If this is flag waving, can you think of a better flag to wave?"
    Irving Berlin
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    It does happen, I remember a good friend, a LEO telling me how he was dry firing a 1911, he was pointing it at his parrots cage, he reloaded his 1911 and laid it on a small TV table, then got up and got a sandwich and soda, as he was eating, he dry fired at his parrot again and killed it !
    Pat never forgot that lesson.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • brians356brians356 Member Posts: 161 Member
    DoctorWho wrote: »
    Pat never forgot that lesson.

    Neither did the parrot I'll wager.
    "If this is flag waving, can you think of a better flag to wave?"
    Irving Berlin
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