Safety first, indeed.

John Snow at the GunShots has an excellent lesson in why always practice safe gun handling and wearing proper safety equipment.

I had taken a bead on one clay out there on the hill and as I shot I heard an extra loud bang and felt a stinging sensation on my face. Looking down I noticed the rifle was no longer in one piece. The magazine had blown out of the stock and smoke was curling ominously from various points on the rifle.

Read the whole post, it’s definitely an excellent lesson on knowing both the capabilities of your firearm as well as using the proper safety equipment.

John in his post says he’s lucky that he was wearing safety equipment – that’s not luck, that’s being smart.  Well done on his part.