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Old 08-03-2012, 07:19 PM   #1
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There are only two kinds of computer users. Those that haven't crashed yet, and those that are about to. There are also two kinds of shooters. Those who have never had an AD, and those that are about to. Well let's hope not.

Would you be willing to humble yourself, swallow your pride, and share your dumbass, dufas, AD experience with others, in the hope that it may prevent a tragedy. I'll start, and willing accept all criticism, ridicule, and name calling. This happened 31 years ago, but I'll never forget it.

Back in the early 80's, I use to do a lot of IPSC shooting with a 44 Mag revolver. Back then, we just shot whatever we had in these matches. Now reloading a revolver quickly takes quite a bit of practice. So one day I'm standing in front of my big picture window in the living room and practicing my reloads with what I thought were my dummy rounds. You guessed it. BANG! The sound was deafening! I was shocked beyond belief. I sank to my knees like I had been shot. I swear my heart stopped beating as I had stopped breathing. My blood pressure went through the roof. I had just put a nice neat little round hole in my big picture window. My girlfriend and her kids and my kids were all in the kitchen right next to me. They all came running. I tried to get up but was to shaky. There were houses right across the street. Where did that round go? Try as I might, I could not determine. I could have gone there, or there, or there, or? I was waiting for ambulances to appear somewhere in the neighbor, along with a flood of squad cars. As the minutes passed, I felt worse and worse. Absolutely indescribable! Ten minutes passed, then 20, then 30, then 40, then 50. But all was quiet outside. An hour later, I walked outside to view the hole in the window, and looked across the street. Where did that round go? I never did find out. No ambulances or squads ever came. It was like nothing had happened. I didn't sleep all night. This incident put the fear of God in me concerning guns. It's only by His grace and mercy that I didn't end up in prison for taking an innocent life.

Glean from this what you will. I violated umpteen safety rules. We play with deadly stuff. While we say it all the time, it really has to sink in. BE SMART. BE ALERT. AND ALWAYS BE SAFE!

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Old 08-03-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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I loaded and shot before the range officer said we could...

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Accidental or Negligent discharge.

I've had an accidental during a competition.
The RO gave the instruction "Load and make ready". On letting the slide go forward, the 1911 went full auto.

The firing pin broke on a previous run and enough stuck out (being held by the spring) that it would not retract.

Yeah, I got DQ'd.

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Accidental or Negligent discharge.

I've had an accidental during a competition.
The RO gave the instruction "Load and make ready". On letting the slide go forward, the 1911 went full auto.

The firing pin broke on a previous run and enough stuck out (being held by the spring) that it would not retract.

Yeah, I got DQ'd.
That was a mechanical failure mine was negligent.
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I offer up my tale.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68082

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At my (former) club, a highly experienced shooter had a ND, the same night I had an AD. It really rattled me, but drove home with an explanation point the importance of safety.

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Accidental or Negligent discharge.

I've had an accidental during a competition.
The RO gave the instruction "Load and make ready". On letting the slide go forward, the 1911 went full auto.

The firing pin broke on a previous run and enough stuck out (being held by the spring) that it would not retract.

Yeah, I got DQ'd.
Missouri state Idpa 2012. I was first shooter on our first stage.

Same story and ending ... but mine only went bang once.


Neither of us should've been DQ'd, the unsafe firearm should've been DQ'd... shooter uses backup gun.
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Never an AD but many times have done a safety check on which I thought was an empty weapon and found one in the pipe sends a cold chill down my spine every time.

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Never had a AD but that is my worst nightmare. Two things that I take very seriously are driving and guns.

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I had one once with my 870. I was at the range and had the chamber open, barrel was down range. I loaded the one shell into the chamber and slammed the pump forward... Immediately BANG. Scared the crap outa me. Saw the dust cloud at the ground of the 25 yd target. I almost stopped shooting but told myself it happens and I needed to sight the shotgun in so I stayed and rattled off 19 more slugs.

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