Accident-Gram Indiana Man Shoots Self in Ankle

 

 

ACCIDENT-GRAM Indiana Man Shoots Self in Ankle

Indiana Man Shoots Self in Ankle

Setup- Sometimes, pocket carry can be dangerous- EVANSVILLE, IN – police tell us a man accidentally fired his gun inside Eastland Mall on Saturday afternoon. We were told the man was using the restroom near the food court and had a legal handgun in his jacket pocket. Police say when he took off his jacket, the gun hit the ground and accidentally caused the discharge. He was shot in his ankle and was rushed to the hospital. No one else was hurt.

Safety Violations- Accidents like this happen when people do not understand that a handgun must be secured in a holster to be safe. Basic criteria for a good holster is that it covers the trigger guard and trigger completely, that it will not fall out of the holster or the holster will not fall out of its location with the gun in it, and you can get a full grip on the gun to draw it properly. In addition, we talk about guns that are not drop safe in all my classes. It is your job to understand if your gun is drop safe.

Remedy- Use a proper holster for this kind of carry. Never leave a jacket or purse that has a gun in it unattended. If carrying in a pocket or purse situation I would want to have a drop safe handgun.

Conclusion- A handgun that is carried in a jacket or purse must be secure and be in the proper kind of holster for this kind of carry. The holster should meet the three criteria above and stay in place if you were to have to draw the handgun. Get professional training and guidance to avoid these accidents. Remember when re-holstering any handgun in a flimsy soft holster that does not keep the opening for the gun clear, you must remove the holster first and place the gun in it in a safe manner.

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.

Jan 172017
 

Gun Safety is InfectiousGun Safety is Infectious

It was a normal Wednesday.  I had a call the night before by a female who had the day off and wanted to get some firearm training, possibly leading to a concealed carry permit. We started class in my normal fashion doing some paperwork and talking about places of employment and my house rules. We then came to the point where I check the guns.  You know, no live ammunition in the classroom. I have always had people show me that the gun they have with them in class is safe and unloaded and that they have no ammo in their possession.  This gives me a chance to see them handle the gun and gives me a clue as to what knowledge or bad habits they might have.  I took her and the newly acquired compact semi-auto handgun in the box to the designated safe location for such activity and when she took it out, it had a trigger lock on it. We talked about the lock and the fact that she had kids at home while she was removing the lock.  I reminded her of the safe direction as she got the gun out, dropped the magazine, racked the slide and a big shiny 9mm (JHP) hollowpoint flew out of the ejection port and my jaw dropped.  Yes, I have seen this before, but to be honest I really did not expect it this time.  The look on my face had to be priceless.  She said, “I didn’t know that was in there”.  So we talked about how it happened.  Apparently someone other than her checked the gun to see if it was loaded.  She stated she never keeps one in the chamber in storage, just a full magazine and that is how she stores the firearm. So by not dropping the magazine first, whoever it was loaded a round and then the trigger lock was installed. When she saw my instructions for class she knew not to bring any ammo in the classroom, so she took the magazine out of the locked gun and proceeded to come to class with the spare empty magazine.

Gun Safety is Infectious-Infect everyone you know

Remember to teach people to visually and physically inspect the place the round fires from in all guns.  This is a primary skill that everyone needs to learn.  Guns without slide locks are tougher to be safe with, they just take more care. Also, always check a gun yourself.  Do not rely on others as they may not know how to do it properly either (gun stores, gunshows).  In addition, it amazes me the number of people who do not know step number one in unloading or clearing a handgun is to remove the ammunition supply.  I was very lucky this was a double action handgun with a lengthy trigger pull and she was not touching the trigger as she cleared her gun as so many students do in my primary classes.  I have actually been witness to people clearing the handgun in their automobile before coming into the building for class, and I cringe every time I think about the ND (negligent discharge) not AD (accidental discharge) that could happen in my parking lot. Gun safety is the most important aspect of gun training.  It is the foundation of everything we teach. Everyone at one time or another shows another person how to operate a firearm.  It could be a spouse or a child, it might be a friend or a stranger.  Knowledge is infectious and when it comes to gun safety infect everyone you know.

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