Here’s A Thinker: Pulling The Trigger Can Make The Gun Go Off

One of the reasons for starting this blog is that, when I asked in The Firing Line forums if folks would be interested in these stories, I received some reasonably positive responses.

JohnKSa (a user over at The Firing Line) responded to my question and provided a link to some very interesting stories.  Additionally, he referenced a poll he did once about unintentional discharges and how they happened.  He received some fascinating information:

  • About 50% of unintentional discharges are a result of the shooter intentionally pulling the trigger.
  • The next largest cause of accidents is accidentally pulling the trigger after the shooter has intentionally put their finger on the trigger.
  • About 90% of unintended discharges happen with the finger on the trigger.
  • Accidental discharges (e.g. dropping a weapon) account for just 3% of unintended discharges.

It seems to me the above points result in the following conclusions:

  • Be sure the gun is cleared.  And when you’re sure of it – do it again.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger.  (I know that isn’t always possible – but you get the idea.)



Bad Holster / Glock Combo

The folks at ITS Tactical have re-posted a story from a guy who, unfortunately, had an ND/AD.  I say re-posted because the author (the person who actually had the ND/AD) originally posted it in The Firing Line.  I’m referencing the link to ITS Tactical because it conveniently brings together the story with the photos the author was kind enough to provide.

It’s a very good story from the standpoint that it shows very clearly how the author got into the situation he did.  I have a lot of respect for the author.  He’s “putting himself out there” for the rest of us to learn from.  I’m a bit surprised at some of the comments over at The Firing Line.  Their comments frequently jump to “That guy screwed up.  It’s his fault.”  Well – I haven’t read anything from the author that claims he didn’t screw up.  He has the guts to fully document what went wrong – in the hopes others don’t do something similar.  As for me – I’m giving props to the guy.  It would have been a lot easier for him to just go about his life and not publicize this.  Instead he took the time to educate others.  That act goes a long way in my book.


Don’t Assume

A Glock owner went to clean his weapon.  He dropped the mag and cycled the slide three times to be sure nothing was in the chamber.  With each rack of the slide no shell came out.  Presuming the pistol was empty he pulled the trigger to initiate the field strip sequence and BLAMMO!  Negligent discharge.  What happened?

The Glock’s extractor was broken.  No shell was ejected not because the chamber was empty, but because the extractor couldn’t remove the cartridge that was in the chamber.  Some people advocate not only looking at the empty chamber to see it is empty, but actually touching it – to use another sense to confirm to the brain “Yes – the chamber really is empty.”

Left Or Right?

A highly experienced firearm enthusiast was working with a revolver.  He opened the weapon and confirmed it was partially loaded.  He then closed the action such that the loaded round was not in the firing position.  He proceeded to (he thought) dry-fire the weapon.  Unfortunately he wasn’t as familiar with the direction of rotation on this model as he thought he was.  A dry-fire became a live-fire when the cylinder rotated in a direction opposite than what he expected.