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.”

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