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montveil 11-21-2008 03:52 PM

"accidental discharge
 
"accidental discharge" warning
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"accidental discharge" warning
Realizing that there is no such thing as an accidental discharge, only an action that should have been prevented.
The other day I was navigating through brush to my stand with my hands full of "stuff", my CVA Optima ML loaded and primed, un-cocked and slung over my shoulder.
Then BANG- what the heck happened? the rifle went off.
CONCLUSION: I theorized that somehow the hammer got caught on a piece of brush, clothing, necessary bag and partially cocked and released and fired.
I verified later with several primers that such can easily happen.
A WARNING NOT TO PRIME YOUR FIREARM UNTIL YOU ARE ON YOUR STAND OR ACTIVELY HUNTING WITH THE FIREARM IN THE READY POSITION.

THE "UN-COCKED" HAMMER IS NOT A SAFETY UNDER SOME CONDITIONS

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Re: "accidental discharge" warning
Reply #5 on: Today at 03:16:51 PM


BUT if the hammer is NOT drawn to full draw where the sear is engaged and released it will fire from a partial cock and the transfer bar will function to fire.

Yes, It did scare the crap out of me, especially since there are houses with in 500 yards of where I was located. Fortunately the muzzle was luckily pointed in a benign position

montveil 11-22-2008 04:40 PM

DISCHARGE UPDATE
I found the cause of my discharge with the counsel of you folks.

MY DISCHARGE WAS NOT CAUSED BY THE FIREARM.
It was caused by water & rust getting into the firing pin spring which did not allow the pin to fully reset. Upon further thought this could have caused a discharge upon closing the breech.
All above surely reinforces the rules that the gun is always loaded and never point the muzzle at anything you don't want to shoot

IT WAS MY FAULT for not recognizing this as I could not remove the screw holding the pin.

BOTTOM LINE- check your firearm THOROUGHLY or else something like I explained could be catastrophic.

From now on I will hit all the hidden parts with WD 40 to remove any condensation followed by a spray cleaner to prevent WD 40 gumming

THANKS to all for the very tactful advice


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