It’s called “spot the mistakes”. I’m posting a quote, absolutely unedited from a thread at TFL regarding Accidental/Negligent Discharges of firearms. I honestly didn’t read the whole thread, because this particular line just…well…jumped out at me.
Was sitting on the toilet playing with my new fangled Para-Ordinance 1911 with 13 round magazine.
To make a short story shorter I accidentally fired it into the wall tiles. Bullet penetrated the tile but never made it past the wall. Typical thought the gun was unloaded but due to the hammer being back after working the slide I decided to dry fire instead of release and ease the hammer down.
Owned one other 1911 since than, but have never been a big fan of the safety mechanisms on 1911s.
I have several thoughts here, not the least of which is “spellcheck” but that being said, let’s begin at the beginning. “Sitting on the toilet playing with my gun”. I’ll call that strike 1. Sitting on the can is probably not the best location to be inspecting your new heater. Take care of business, then go futz around with your gun. Strike 2 comes when he “thought the gun was unloaded” because the the hammer was back after he racked the slide. What? You took the exact action necessary to load your firearm and then you thought it was unloaded? So then of course instead of doing the smart thing and dropping the magazine, then running the slide to eject any live rounds, he decides “must be unloaded, let’s dry fire the thing.”
Finally, strike 3 is the last sentence, where he blames the ND on the mechanical safeties of the 1911. That just bugs me to death. That ND happened because the chap in question committed a series (not one or two) of firearms handling errors that led directly to a bullet hole in something that didn’t need a bullet hole.
Now, I’m not trying to make this guy look bad, which is why I’m not posting his name or linking to the thread. But I wanted to post the exact content of his post specifically because it shows the lack of logical process that can lead to an ND – this guy was lucky he didn’t injure someone. Have some patience, wait until you’re at a more…appropriate place to hand your firearm, and for crying out loud learn the manual of arms on your guns, people. Here’s the safe procedure for dry firing a firearm:
- Finger off trigger
- Eject magazine/open cylinder and eject rounds
- On a semi-auto, rack the slide and look down the chamber to insure no rounds remain.
- Lower the slide/close the cylinder.
Now your gun is safe to dry fire. Always remove the ammunition feeding device before dry firing your gun. If your gun has a magazine disconnect safety, then your gun is broken and you should get a gun that isn’t fundamentally broken from the factory.