View Full Version : Accidental Discharge

12-19-2006, 03:42 PM
It seems the more I read about guns and gun owners the more I hear about accidental discharges. I have been lucky and have only had one. It was out one day by myself while deer hunting and no one got hurt or even knew about it.

I was just wondering if anyone else has had an AD or Negligent Discharge and would you be so kind to include some details (as long as you are not still being prosecuted.) Hopefully there won't be any tragic AD in any of our lifetimes.

12-19-2006, 03:45 PM
I have never had an accidental discharge or a negligent discharge.

12-19-2006, 03:47 PM
Sounds like a thread thats all the rage over at THR rite now. Hopefuly this thread will lack all the judgemental piss contest crap

12-19-2006, 03:51 PM
Sounds like a thread thats all the rage over at THR rite now. Hopefuly this thread will lack all the judgemental piss contest crap

Do you have a link to that thread?

12-19-2006, 03:53 PM
Nope I will comment on about forum but I won't post a link. It's a large forum but not one I want to support in anyway.

Sorry .
Besides it will be handled and discussed here in a much better and polite fashion

Medula Oblongata
12-19-2006, 03:58 PM
I don't believe that one can have an 'accidental' discharge with a modern firearm. Negligent, yes, but not accidental. Some older weapons were capable of spontaneously firing if dropped, etc., and some black powder weapons could 'cook off' another round (revolvers) if the ball was not seated completely and enough lard wasn't used to seal the chamber.

Modern firearms simply aren't capable of having accidental firings.

However, when one puts his finger on the trigger for whatever reason and the gun goes 'BANG,' its a negligent action.

I have had several in my life. A couple while in the military, but to be fair people were shooting at me and things were a little crazy.. and one in civilian life. It was an issue of improperly carrying a weapon in a jacket pocket, and the weapon getting caught in the arm rest of my truck. When I pulled on my jacket, the trigger was activated and the weapon discharged. The bullet went within a couple inches of my head after travelling the entire length of the seat, and exited through the roof of the truck.

Bad weapons handling practice on my part, and negligent to the max.

12-19-2006, 05:45 PM
When I was 18 (I'm 30 now) I launched a 7.62x39mm round from a MAK90 through my bedroom ceiling. Scared the heck out of me and my cat. Total negligence on my part. No excuse at all. It was dimly lit and I wasnt used to looking for green laquered cases. I was used to checking a chamber for shiny brass. I pulled the charging handle back a bit to check the chamber and just saw a dark void....the green laquer blended right in. I pointed it in a safe direction(No upstairs neighbors) and pulled the trigger. bam.

Lesson learned. I triple check everything now and have for the last 12 years.

12-19-2006, 08:19 PM
impossible to have an accidental discharge here in kali, as all guns on the certified list are drop-tested to ensure safety. :rolleyes:

but, i always pinky-tip check the chamber before handling a firearm, just to be safe.

Hoover 1
12-19-2006, 09:01 PM
Almost had a Negligent Discharge when I was in the Navy (long ago, in a far away place).

I was OIC during a base housing search. Long day, after hours and I was tired :(

I was carrying a shotgun with a round chambered, magazine full.

When we were through, I racked the slide to eject the round in the chamber, checked the chamber clear and then racked the slide forward. :confused:

I unloaded the magazine tube and was just about to pull the trigger when my brain kicked back in. :eek:

Needless to say, I was wide awake after that.

Nobody knew, but it was a lessons learned that I kept with me for going on 30 years.



12-20-2006, 10:24 AM
I was a brand new 4th Class Midshipman in the ROTC program and had made the Pistol "A" Team at my university. I thought I was pretty hot $hit.

Walked off the line and headed back into the lounge area of the range, racked the slide on my High Standard Victor, pointed it to the side and snapped the trigger.

Expected a click, got a BANG, putting a round right past one of the upperclassmen who was relaxing in an easy chair reading the paper. He lowered his paper, looked up at me and said "You're off the team", then went back to reading his paper.

An hour later, I'm standing at a very tight position of attention while our Marine Officer Instructor (Major) is reinforcing that in fact, I was not necessarily a hot $hit, but a dumb one, and yes, I was off the team.

A week later, I get called back into the Major's office for round two of a very intense counseling session, followed by a direct order to grab my gear and proceed to the range because the team was one guy short for the All Navy Postal Match and I ended up being the last, best hope for a place in the top five (we took third that year).

Three years later as Team Captain, I made sure to point out the small .22 cal hole in the wood bulkhead to the new shooters I trained in my range safety sessions. Thirty three years later, after five on the USN Shooting Team and going Distinguished Pistol before retiring, I still have my original pistol and I check chambers very carefully. Stoped by the range at the school a while back and if you look very carefully, the hole's still there.

Negligent? You betcha. Had one since? Nope.