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Old May 12th, 2017, 07:38 PM   #31
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Old May 12th, 2017, 08:00 PM   #32
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I habitually clear and ground fire my weapons before I leave the range. Have done it hundreds of times. A few years back I was shooting an AK, it was hot outside, I wasn't paying close enough attention. I picked up that AK as I was getting ready to leave pointed at the ground and pulled the trigger. BAM. Scared the hell out if me. Luckily I was there by myself. Goes to show always follow the procedure, remove magazine, open breech, look, close, ground fire.

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Old May 12th, 2017, 08:25 PM   #33
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Went to take a lady friend to the range and teach her how to shoot. Brought a Savage/Anchutz .22 b.a., a M1 Carbine, and my M1a. Forgot the magazines for every piece. Taught her how to shoot by single rounds.

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I just happened to be watching the guy in the bay next to us as he literally blew up his Colt Python. Thankfully, he was uninjured, but a little shook up! The revolver was toast. The entire side of the barrel was peeled to the left side and the cylinder wouldn't open after that. It was a big 'to do' as all of the range attendants came over to check it out and make sure he was OK.

We didn't get into a long conversation with the guy, but the best we could guess is that he was either shooting reloads or fired a round on top of a squib!
Saw the same thing at my local range that's no longer around. Went to get set up and I was two lanes down from him. I then saw a couple of guys I knew standing by the far end of the pistol range just looking. When I caught their eye, they motioned me over to where they were standing. They told me this guy with Python was shooting some very hot loads. I looked over just when he touched one off. The flame out of the barrel and cylinder was longer and brighter than I'd ever seen from a .357 magnum. Looked like he was using a .44 mag. He fired one more cylinder full before the piece blew up. Top half of the cylinder was missing, crane and frame portion that the crane was attached to was missing, barrel was laying about 12-15 feet in front of the bench, and his hand was mangled pretty bad. He also had face and chest injuries. Range called the medics for him. Ambulance took him away and range locked up his gear until he was able to come and pick it up. -Lloyd

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Old May 13th, 2017, 06:44 AM   #34
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Probably my worst range day was the second time I had my brand-new M1A out, and after two shots, the extractor popped out and landed in the grass. It kept on popping out, till I finally couldn't find it any more -- or care.

I'm glad I didn't sell the gun at that point, because I seriously considered it. But eventually, thanks to this forum, I found out about PB extractors and bought one. No more problems after that.

Second on my list would be the time I took my Romanian SKS and my M1A (with PB extractor!) to the range. After getting set up, I discovered that I hadn't brought any 7.62x39 ammo along.

Well, I figured, that's what backups are for, and I unpacked the M1A. You guessed it -- I hadn't brought any magazines with me.

It was a relief for me to read about all the folks here who've done the same thing. I was afraid I was the only one.

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Old May 13th, 2017, 06:56 AM   #35
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Myself and the woman that would later become my Wife, our first date was a range date. The first round down range that she fired with my M1a and it erupted into a fireball and her head disappeared in the flash. I was expecting much worse, but thankfully after the bright flash was over it only singed half her bangs off, and blew the mag apart. No, Phil did not get lucky that night... This May 15 we will have been married 21 years....
To make amends for that day...I think you should buy your wife the NEW dodge demon for mother's day. You might as well take it out once in awhile also!

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Old May 13th, 2017, 07:59 AM   #36
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I was at the range firing at 200yds. During cease fire, I was down checking my target when I heard someone start banging away with a handgun behind me. The pistol range was behind a berm from where I was and off to the side.By the time I got back, the range officer was dressing the guy down and he was packing up, red faced. I'm not sure what that guy was thinking.

When I was a teenager, my friend and I were shooting. Really neat place way out in the woods. An unofficial landfill, full of bottles, refigerators, old stoves. water heaters, Tv's etc. A target rich environment. I remember hitting a fridge from 350 yards with a Colt 45. Shooting clean through it with a 30.06. Anyway, so my buddy had just gotten a Blackhawk 44 at a gun show. The trigger was way off and he kept compaining about it. He's pointing it downwards and *boom, a neat 44 sized hole a few inches from my foot.


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Old May 13th, 2017, 09:12 AM   #37
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Drove about 35 miles to range- only to get there and found I had left the tail gate of my pickup down. I have several 45 auto in plastic cases and a GI ammo can full of ammo near the back of the bed. The ammo can somehow must have vibrated out but thank goodness the pistols were still there. (Still can't understand why they did not vibrate out since the ammo can was HEAVY!) I re-drove the route trying to see where I may have lost it but found nothing. Hope it did not cause an accident!

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Old May 13th, 2017, 11:13 AM   #38
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Used to run the youth program at the local range. Finished my safety briefing, and asked for any questions. A young man pointed and asked if "that" was safe. "That" was a voluntary instructor sitting on a closed bolt .22 rifle, buttstock to the ground, muzzle guess where. Never saw anything so stupid before, and since.

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Old May 13th, 2017, 09:29 PM   #39
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When I got out of the service in 1966, there was a guy on my base that had a lot of surplus military weapons. Back then they were cheap so I bought an M1 carbine off him for $75.

I was a Navy airdale so I didn't know very much about weapons.

First time I took it to a local range, I loaded a clip and pulled the trigger and it went full auto.
The range officer said "no rapid fire here" so I packed it in and went home.
Later I told a friend about my problem and he took a look at the carbine.

He quickly identified the problem. It was an M2.
Someone cut the lever off at the stock level and I never saw the "M2"
on the receiver.

A few months later the "friend" stole the carbine out of my closet during a party and I didn't find out about it for a couple years and that "friend" had moved with no forwarding address.

That was 1968 and I am still bothered by that.

I could have made a BATF amnesty and had it legally.

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I once drove 2.5 hours to shoot a 100,200,300 yard bullseye shoot at a hunting club/range. When I arrived I realized I had got my tikka 204 ruger out of the safe instead of my tikka 300wsm. Arrived with nothing to compete with but a gun that wasn't legal to shoot. Rules where had to be legal to hunt deer with. I sat and drank beer while everyone shot targets and had a ball. First place was $500.
Well Wasted ammo, at least you "saved ammo" that day...

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Old May 14th, 2017, 06:03 AM   #41
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Back when I lived in Seattle I used to travel about 40 miles each way to a gravel pit area frequented by shooters. Headed out there with my new chrony to test some .280 Rem loads for hunting. Got all set up and ready to go and no ammo!!! Having nothing better to do that day, I drove all the way home and all the way back. What a PITA!
Don't feel bad - I have a good friend who drove out of state to an EIC match and forgot his rifle. I have to give him credit - he didn't even try to keep it a secret.

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Old May 14th, 2017, 03:51 PM   #42
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Oh, where to start...

Let's see... earliest one was this - When I was 15 my dad gave me a brand new Mini-14 for Christmas. After waiting 11 days (in agony of course), my dad and I head up to the range at about 0700 (Los Altos Rod & Gun Club for any of you Californians that may remember it) where it's overcast, a touch foggy and butt cold. We didn't bring ammo, but at that time, the range office sold a pretty wide variety and we bought some Winchester 5.56mm ball ammo, not knowing any better at the time. The Mini is .223, not 5.56. So I line up on the 50-yard line to get it sighted in, squeeze the trigger and the rifle goes bang. It's also jammed, trying to feed a fresh round into a chamber occupied by the spent casing of the first round. No cleaning kit. No rod of any kind to clear it. Pack it up, we're going home, having fired all of 1 round through the weapon. Fortunately, the only issue was the over-expansion of case which wedged it in the chamber. Took a cleaning rod and a couple solid hits with a hammer to clear it. We did take it to a local gunsmith who inspected and test fired it to make sure nothing else was damaged. He also mentioned not to fire 5.56 ammo in .223 chambered weapons again...

Another "classic" happened around 2009 or so. This one didn't involve me directly but rather another gentleman who happened to be on the range at the same time. My buddy and I had paused our shooting to discuss some accuracy issues when this old guy about 10 stations down the line started shooting his 1911. He had a Korean war vet hat on, if that gives you an idea (and much respect to him for that, just not what followed). So we're kind of idly watching him shoot a round or two and after about his 3rd shot, the gun fails to go into battery, far enough out that we can see it from where we standing. He pulls the trigger again expecting it to fire, obviously not realizing it's jammed. So we call out to him that his weapon is out of battery a couple time, which he apparently didn't hear. So we proceed to holler at him "Hey! You're gun's jammed!" and he looked a bit surprised. He tips the weapon up a bit to see, then flips the gun around in his hand so that the muzzle is pointing directly at his face and looks down the bore. Magazine still in the weapon. At that point we packed up our gear and went to report it to the range officer, as neither of us wanted to get accidentally shot or have to explain to the cops for 6 hours how and why there's a dead guy with a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the face on the range.

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Old May 14th, 2017, 08:17 PM   #43
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Let's see... earliest one was this - When I was 15 my dad gave me a brand new Mini-14 for Christmas. After waiting 11 days (in agony of course), my dad and I head up to the range at about 0700 (Los Altos Rod & Gun Club for any of you Californians that may remember it) where it's overcast, a touch foggy and butt cold. We didn't bring ammo, but at that time, the range office sold a pretty wide variety and we bought some Winchester 5.56mm ball ammo, not knowing any better at the time. The Mini is .223, not 5.56. So I line up on the 50-yard line to get it sighted in, squeeze the trigger and the rifle goes bang. It's also jammed, trying to feed a fresh round into a chamber occupied by the spent casing of the first round. No cleaning kit. No rod of any kind to clear it. Pack it up, we're going home, having fired all of 1 round through the weapon. Fortunately, the only issue was the over-expansion of case which wedged it in the chamber. Took a cleaning rod and a couple solid hits with a hammer to clear it. We did take it to a local gunsmith who inspected and test fired it to make sure nothing else was damaged. He also mentioned not to fire 5.56 ammo in .223 chambered weapons again...

Another "classic" happened around 2009 or so. This one didn't involve me directly but rather another gentleman who happened to be on the range at the same time. My buddy and I had paused our shooting to discuss some accuracy issues when this old guy about 10 stations down the line started shooting his 1911. He had a Korean war vet hat on, if that gives you an idea (and much respect to him for that, just not what followed). So we're kind of idly watching him shoot a round or two and after about his 3rd shot, the gun fails to go into battery, far enough out that we can see it from where we standing. He pulls the trigger again expecting it to fire, obviously not realizing it's jammed. So we call out to him that his weapon is out of battery a couple time, which he apparently didn't hear. So we proceed to holler at him "Hey! You're gun's jammed!" and he looked a bit surprised. He tips the weapon up a bit to see, then flips the gun around in his hand so that the muzzle is pointing directly at his face and looks down the bore. Magazine still in the weapon. At that point we packed up our gear and went to report it to the range officer, as neither of us wanted to get accidentally shot or have to explain to the cops for 6 hours how and why there's a dead guy with a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the face on the range.

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Old May 15th, 2017, 12:15 AM   #44
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Hey! Be nice to the Korean War vets! MY FATHER is one and, yes, he does scare with a firearm
As I said, I have much respect for him for his service. Three of my uncles served in Korea in the Marine Corps, so disparaging those vets, or any vets for that matter, was not stated or implied.

What I cannot and will not respect or accept is unsafe and irresponsible behavior with a firearm. Ever. From anyone. Period, full stop.

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Old May 15th, 2017, 04:42 AM   #45
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DetroitMan. What is a gunlock?
Sorry, I meant a trigger lock. Otherwise known as a completely useless device that Michigan used to require be installed on any firearm you were transporting in your vehicle. Thankfully they repealed that one a few years ago.

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