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Old January 30th, 2017, 09:35 PM #1
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Close calls while shooting?

Figured with all of the shooters here there might be some stories about close calls revolving around firearms. Whether it be a gun you forgot was loaded, or a simple muzzle sweep that made your heart stop. I don't have any personally but I am interested to hear what others had to say. This can also serve as an education for things you may not have known or identified as a danger.

Apologies if this has been posted before, I have not been around too long.
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Old January 30th, 2017, 09:43 PM #2
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First time I let my oldest son shoot a centerfire pistol. He did fine on the first mag. Then the second mag he got a little sloppy. Limp wristed it and inadvertently double tapped a round nearly straight up. That was a butt pucker moment. He learned a lot after that and no more incidents.
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Old January 30th, 2017, 09:47 PM #3
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'Twas a glorious morning at AGC. A day which also happened to be a hunter sight in day. The gentleman next to me went to clear his muzzleloader, but didn't realize it was loaded. Luckily, it was pointed down. A blast of dirt, dust and smoke is all I have to share about it. Had to step away to collect myself for a bit while the RSOs chewed him out.
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I watched a guy almost shoot his toes off at a backyard trap shooting event. He was a friend of a friend so I didn't know him. I caught another guy shooting 00 buck a few minutes before that. They kept having the parties but I had to stop attending.
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Old January 30th, 2017, 09:59 PM #5
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RSO told me this one.... a new shooter at hap baker was sold a snub nose sw500 as his first handgun. Shot exactly two rounds before going home. One at the target and the second through the roof of the building.
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Old January 30th, 2017, 10:06 PM #6
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I was getting ready for a day at the range, and wanted to help my son understand the process of loading mags. So I sat him down with box of 5.45 and had him load up my AK mags. I also had some loose rounds, and gave him those as well to fill out the mags. (I always seem to have a few rounds left over after cease fires, etc)

At the range, I had the AK out, and was punching holes in paper, and doing a pretty decent job at it.

And then, the rifle jammed. It had never jammed before, so I was a bit concerned. I looked at it, and there was a round 4/5ths in the chamber. I said, that's odd, it has never done that before. I tried to clear it, no go. I got the RSO, and he got his tools out and we worked the round out from the muzzle end.

I thanked him, and we took one last look at the case, wondering why it jammed.... We both looked at each other, and realized it was .5.56

It had a light primer strike on it, but didn't go off. (Thank GOD!!!) It likely would have blown up my receiver and put a round down the barrel that would have made it a club.

Then I realized what had happened. I never showed my son the two different bullet types. I didn't think I had to because I only thought I had one caliber.....

Lesson learned, and it will never happen again. Scared the crap out of me afterwards.
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Not a close call per se, but enough to make me nervous. I was deer hunting with my cousin (from Los Angeles) who had never hunted before.
He had a license and a really nice Model 70 30-06. So I put him in a spot not far from me and I went to my spot. I couldn't see him but I could hear the "pop" of the top of a can. A couple hours later (and about 4 more "pops") I went to get him. He was passed out with 5 empty beer cans laying next to him with his finger in the trigger guard and his safety was "OFF". I gently moved his finger and safed the rifle. Once I had the rifle slung over my shoulder, I woke his drunk butt up and told him how stupid I thought he really was. Needless to say, I never hunted with him again. I like beer and I like guns but, never, ever at the same time.
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Last week my wife and I went to the range. She usually only shoots her Sig P229 and I take a couple different handguns for myself. I went to clean them and when I openeed the receiver on her gun a live round ejected. This certainly got my attention and was scary. Needless to say she got talked to about leaving a round in the chamber. If nothing else it heightened my awareness for making sure guns are safely inspected. At all times!
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I was trying to drop the hammer on a 1911 once and it slipped under a sweaty thumb and missed my foot by about 2.5 inches.
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I am almost too embarrassed to relate this one, but will swallow my pride for your edification.

Several decades ago, as a kid of 11, we were self taught using bb guns(it was a different era). My twin and i found oppotrunity at the grandparents farm and went rabbit hunting. He had the .22 and i had a .410. Long story short, i had my finger on the trigger as I stirred a pile of brush to flush a rabbit... A well camouflaged rabbit is really hard to see. As a result, I nearly stepped on the little guy. He jumped. I jumped. The .410 discharged, missing foot and bunny by ~12". The hare, stunned by the blast, then bounded slowly down the trail away from me. I was shocked and empty, but My brother about 5 yds up the trail wanted a rabbit, and so levelled his .22 in the our direction and yelled, "Duck!" I dropped my then empty .410 and put up my hands in stunned, terrified, surrender. Thankfully we survived to learn gun safety... And sense.My boy is 8 now and well versed in gun etiquette and control, but a bit less enthusiasm than I had in my youth.
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