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Old 02-08-2008, 01:55 AM   #1
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Is it really possible to shoot your self with a weapon that you are cleaning, if you are a person who is familiar with firearms and it is your own weapon?I may be wrong but wouldn't checking to see if the gun is loaded be the first thing on the list of to do things? Just curious not being a gun personI just don't understand how this could happen
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:03 AM   #2
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First commandment of gun handling -

Treat EVERY gun as if it was loaded !
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:05 AM   #3
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Not sure the angle of your question. It's a common suicide scenario. To answer the question at least from my perspective, it is impossible to shoot your self with any weapon while cleaning it! Checking,double checking and triple checking to insure any weapon is empty is SOP for handling any weapon anywhere near me or my family. When in the cleaning process does it require you to point the weapon at your head,chest etc.and pull the trigger as in many cleaning "accidents"?
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:10 AM   #4
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i'm with david......not to mention, i usually break my guns down prior to cleaning anyways....kinda hard to have a AD without a bolt/slide/etc.

I did however watch a friend of my dads not 5 minutes after cleaning a 357, pick it up, point it at another friends TV and pull the trigger...KABOOM!!!! he laid the gun on the table, said "this should cover the TV",and walked out. I guess he reloaded it after cleaning it and forgot about it....this was about 10 years ago and i think my ears are still ringing.
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:23 AM   #5
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I worked a suicide a few years ago in a Macdonalds. The manager had a stupid habit of pulling out a handgun, dropping the magazine, racking the slide, pointing it to his head and pulling the trigger when his young workforce did something that bothered him. A 17 year old girl walked into his office one evening and asked for a day off the up coming weekend. He pulled the gun out, racked the slide first and then dropped the magazine. Oops. That girl was seriously traumatized by the idiots last act of true stupididty. ALL GUNS ARE LOADED ALL THE TIME!
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Old 02-08-2008, 03:14 AM   #6
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My brother in lawhad ahunting accident he climed a tree with a loaded british 303 . Thetrigger hit a branch and he shot himself in the head fell from the tree down a hill and lived, hewas in the V.A. Hospitalin Albany for about 3 months .He had plastic surgery to fix some face scars.To this day he says the gun wasn't loaded.{:doh}{when retrieved the rifle had 2 more shells in itand 1 spent shell}. He still hunts but don't climb trees.And my sister wonder's why I don't hunt with him.
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Old 02-08-2008, 07:21 AM   #7
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I have lost 2 friends due to accidents with "unloaded" guns, people get careless.

One I didn't loose was my granddad, I had found and refurblished an old Universal M-1 carbine, complete with banana clips and such. My granddad had asked me to let him keep it for a while. During the time he had it someone loaded a 30 shot clip in the gun.

I got a call on a Sunday to drive up to his house. When I arrived, he handed me the gun, and pointed up.There were 27 shots in the ceiling, his comment was "I got the damn thing turned on and couldn't turn it off". I never found out which one of my genius relatives bought the shells and loaded the empty clip in the gun.

The point is that he taught me everything I know about guns and kick my butt everytime I didn't handle a gun properly. People get careless and assume.
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:25 AM   #8
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Baitcaster (2/8/2008)First commandment of gun handling -

Treat EVERY gun as if it was loaded !
I agree. clapclap
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Old 02-08-2008, 11:40 AM   #9
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nobody should ever be shot while cleaning a gun. ALL guns should be treated as if the are loaded even if you are 100% certain the are not.
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Old 02-08-2008, 11:59 AM   #10
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Years ago I took a handgun course at the Pensacola Police Dept. The instructor was up in front of the class with an empty revolver. I was impressed that about every 30 seconds while he was talking he would open the cylinder and visually check that it was unloaded. It's a good habit to get into.
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