Accident-Gram CCW Permit Student Shot By Firearms Instructor

ACCIDENT GRAM CCW Permit Student Shot By Firearms Instructor

CCW Permit Student Shot By Firearms Instructor
Setup- A man was attending a firearms concealed carry permit class in the “may issue” state of California when he was “accidentally” shot by his trainer, a civilian firearms trainer for the Riverside County Sheriff, according to the source. The incident took place on August 10th as the trainee participated in the class at the Ben Clark Training Center Gun Range. The range is in Riverside, California. It is reported that, during an inspection, the instructor did a “trigger pull test” shooting the student in the leg.
The student was transported to the hospital where he was treated for a non-life-threatening wound to the leg and the “accidental discharge” is being investigated by the Sheriff’s department and the training center where the incident took place.

Safety Violations- Rule #1 was violated “all guns are always loaded”. Rule #2 “never point the muzzle at anything you are not willing to destroy” was violated. Pulling the trigger on an empty gun is a bad habit. If the gun has a hammer either decock or use the manual method to decock the firearm. Pulling the trigger should only be done while pointing at something you are willing to shoot as in Dry Fire practice. You could probably argue that rule #3 was violated “keep your finger off the trigger until you have acquired a target and decided to shoot”.

Remedy- Guns should be checked properly to determine if they are loaded or unloaded, and safety rules should have been followed. In either case, this instructor did not check the gun properly and then proceeded to violate several safety rules.

Conclusion- Apparently, students are instructed to unload their firearms at some point during the class and then inspected by this trainer. The instructor apparently didn’t check the condition of the firearm, pointed the gun at a human being, and then conducted a “trigger pull test” on that gun. Again, the instructor obviously did not check the condition of the gun he was given, shooting one of the students in the leg. Just because someone is in law enforcement or a firearms instructor doesn’t mean they are good or proficient with the tools of their trade. You must pay close attention to everything that goes on around you when firearms are involved. In training, at the gun show, or even in your favorite gun store.

Accident-Gram Pueblo Man Gets Shot Playing with Gun

ACCIDENT GRAM Pueblo Man Gets Shot Playing with Gun

Pueblo Man Gets Shot Playing with Gun

Setup- Officers were dispatched to Parkview Hospital on a gunshot victim. They contacted a male whose back and arm had been grazed by a bullet. His story of how it happened, however, just didn’t add up, so officers pressed him on it. He finally admitted that he and a couple of friends were drinking and messing with a gun. One of the friends didn’t realize it was loaded and ended up shooting him. He’s offered to turn the weapon over to officers. The weapon was recovered, and it’s been determined that the shooter is a juvenile. He will be booked into Pueblo Youth Services Center on charges related to the use of the gun and alcohol. One of the individuals is an adult and charges of Contributing to the Delinquency of Minors will go forward on him.

Safety Violations- Obviously these individuals never heard of the four safety rules. Rule #1 #2 and #3 were all violated. Maybe they intended to play with a loaded gun and that is an alcohol-induced mistake.  Accidents happen when people handle guns while impaired. You should never handle guns while impaired. It also sounds like a person with no experience was handling the gun. Guns should not be played with. They are serious business.

Remedy- Before showing a handgun to anyone it should be cleared by a properly trained individual. Then all four rules of safety should be followed during the viewing.

Conclusion- If you’re drinking, don’t get behind the wheel of a car and don’t put your hands on a gun. The results, in either case, can be tragic!  A handgun that is passed around during a party to inexperienced friends is dangerous. At a minimum, this gun should have been checked by a trained individual and then shown to the interested party under supervision.

Gun Safety-Loading and Unloading a Semi-Auto Handgun


Gun Safety-Loading and Unloading a Semi-Auto Handgun

Gun safety is the process of handling firearms in a safe manner. When loading and unloading handguns these techniques are primary skills that must be trained so that gun handler will follow the proper procedures and be safe. Most accidents happen during administrative handling of handguns. Loading, Unloading, Cleaning and Transporting of firearms all fall into this category.

1. Checking a gun to see if it is loaded or unloaded properly. (#1 Rule ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED)
Proper Procedure
a. Point the gun in Safe direction (#2 Rule KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION)
b. Remove the Magazine first
Finger off the trigger and trigger guard (#3 Rule KEEP FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER AND TRIGGER GUARD UNTIL ITS TIME TO SHOOT)
c. Lock the slide back (pointing the gun in a safe direction). If a round was in the chamber let it fall to the ground without picking it up. Bending over to pick something up with a gun in your hand is a gun safety violation
d. Do a visual and physical inspection of the chamber and magazine well (Pointing In A Safe Direction) All these procedures are done while POINTING IN A SAFE DIRECTION. What is a safe direction? (#4 Rule KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT’S BEYOND) A safe direction is any direction you are willing to launch a bullet. For me and my students, I teach it’s pointing in a safe direction you have chosen straight ahead and parallel to the floor or ground, usually at a target or target area. Not Left or Right or Up and Down. These are not safe directions for gun safety and in most cases become bad gun handling habits.
e. Place the gun down on the shooting bench ejection port facing up in slide lock and muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
f. Unload your magazine from your support hand to your primary cupped hand

To load a handgun properly reverse the order

-Load your magazine
-Pick gun up in shooting hand finger off the trigger and muzzle pointed in a safe direction (see micro training video)
-Insert the magazine
-Put the gun into battery by either pulling the slide or releasing the slide lock keeping your finger off the trigger and pointing in a safe direction

2. Passing a gun properly from one person to another.
Proper Procedure
a. Point the gun in a safe direction
b. Remove the magazine. All while keeping your finger off the trigger and trigger guard
c. Lock the slide back (pointing the gun in a safe direction)
Do a visual and physical inspection of the chamber and magazine well (while pointing in a safe direction)
d. Grab the gun in slide lock position with your support hand over the open slide and pass it keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Gun Safety is a learned skill pass it to your friends and family.

Jeff Cooper’s Four Rules of Firearm Safety:

  1. All guns are always loaded.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

Other articles of Interest:

Micro Training What Does it Mean
Gun Safety is Infectious-Infect everyone you know
Muzzle Direction-the most important rule of gun safety
Gun Safety Pueblo Colorado

Accident-Gram Texas Gal Shoots Self In The Hand

ACCIDENT GRAM Texas Gal Shoots Self In Hand

Texas Gal Shoots Self in Hand

Setup- Sometimes, unloaded guns are the most dangerous? A police officer in a Texas town was called to meet a woman at the hospital. She told him she’d been shot, and her landlord drove her to the hospital. As the officer questioned the woman, he discovered she had wounded herself. She said she’d been handling an unloaded .380 caliber pistol and shot herself in the hand.

Safety Violations-To shoot yourself in the hand you would have to break several safety rules at the same time. First #1 All Guns Are Always Loaded. The handgun was not checked and unloaded properly. #2 Muzzle Direction was at her hand not at a safe backstop. Putting your hand in front of the muzzle is always a safety violation. #3 Finger Off the Trigger until it’s time to shoot. Guns don’t fire themselves. Someone or something must have touched the trigger for this gun to fire.

Remedy- Use the proper gun safety training techniques for unloading and making a handgun safe to handle.

Conclusion- A handgun should be checked every time it is handled outside of a holster. Had proper checking and unloading procedure been followed this accident would not have happened. Administrative handling of firearms is where most accidents happen. You must learn to check every gun you handle with the proper technique. Keep your finger off the trigger when handling firearms. Micro training is a good way to learn some of these techniques, so they become habits. Take one part of any technique and do it over and over until it becomes second nature or basically a habit. Make sure you have the proper technique to load and unload handguns. Get professional gun safety training to avoid these accidents.

Micro Training What Does It Mean


Micro Training is just a fancy term for breaking down a routine into small segments that are easier to learn. Let’s look at an example. Let’s say you are trying to learn to load and unload your pistol but you are having trouble keeping your finger off the trigger. It would be really easy to put the pistol down on the table in slide lock, ejection port facing up, muzzle pointing in a safe direction and then pick it up using the finger in register on the slide and then put it down with a finger in register on the slide. You could repeat this 500 or maybe a 1000 times and at some point, you will have learned where your finger belongs. It’s not about speed it’s about using micro training to do enough repetitions so that when you handle a pistol your finger will always be in the right position. This will also aid your finger placement when drawing from the holster.

Accident-Gram Colorado Shopper Shoots Floorboard Of Car

ACCIDENT GRAM Colorado Shopper Shoots Floorboard Of Car

Colorado Shopper Shoots Floorboard Of Car

Setup- A Nervous Colorado shopper was handling their firearm in the automobile to see if it was loaded or unloaded before entering a local grocery store. The firearm discharged striking the floorboard and hitting the pavement under the automobile. No injuries were reported.

Safety Violations- Administrative handling of a firearm in day to day life is usually a bad idea. Most likely the trigger was pressed in this situation because guns don’t fire unless someone pulls the bang switch (trigger). I suspect that the person involved had poor loading and unloading skills and touched the trigger in the process of checking the handgun to see if it was loaded. Rule #3 was violated in this instance.

Remedy- Revisit the proper gun safety training techniques for loading and unloading a handgun. A handgun should be loaded and in a holster when leaving your home in the morning. If you are uneasy about having a loaded handgun in public leave it at home. Acquire the training necessary to have the confidence to handle your loaded handgun or leave it at home.

Conclusion- Some people actually believe that you can load a handgun when you need it. This is a big mistake. There is no time to load a handgun when a self-defense situation arises, and many times you will fumble the firearm because of the fear and commotion from the event.  That being said, administrative handling of firearms in public is a bad idea. You must be confident with your loaded handgun at all times or you are a hazard to yourself and everyone around you. Gun Safety Training and gun handling repetition will make you more confident about your ability to have a loaded firearm in your possession for self-defense and handle it properly.