Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Woo-hoo! Happy OUCH GODDAMMIT New Year!

The new year started with a bang for this guy here in Maine. At least he only shot himself and not, say, his dog. 

Biddeford man cleaning gun shoots himself in knee

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 01, 2013, at 12:30 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 01, 2013, at 1:47 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Local police said a man cleaning his gun Tuesday morning accidentally shot himself in the knee at a Biddeford residence.
Donald Williamson, 27, was cleaning the .45-caliber semi-automatic weapon when it discharged, according to a press release from the Biddeford Police Department.
He was taken to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford to be treated for what a police official described as injuries that were not life threatening.


How in the fuck do you clean a loaded 45?
No Deb, only cops shoot dogs.


Bob said...

Probably a Glock. Probably just dropped the magazine and, instead of racking the slide to clear the chamber, proceeded to the next step in the Glock field stripping procedure, and pulled the trigger while it was pointed at his leg. Happens a lot. It's why most handgun owners would really be better off with a revolver.

wirecutter said...

Or a 1911A1.

Neil A Russell said...

It's safe to almost always call BS on a "cleaning the gun when it went off" excuse.
All my life I've been hearing that one and usually it's some yoyo that's playing games with the thing and touches off a round.

For some reason the lame excuse is always acceptable, probably because the authorities that take the report don't know any more about guns than most house cats.

I could be wrong, but I'm yet to ever see an article or a video describing common ways to avoid the gun going off when doing a thorough clean.

Oh, and accepting the excuse as fact tends to put the idea that guns are inherently dangerous in the minds of the dumb masses.

KurtP said...

SRSLY- how can this always happen...even before Glocks were invented we'd be hearing of someone shot while cleaning his weapon.

I *never* have any ammo bear a gun when I'm cleaning it, much less cleaning it while it's still in one piece (except for modern revolvers)---and then they're unloaded.

wirecutter said...

It always goes back to the #1 rule of gun handling:
Handle all firearms as if they were loaded until you personally confirm that it is unloaded.

I've seen 4 guys pass a firearm around to look at it and watched all 4 of them check it. Those are 4 guys that won't accidentally shoot themselves or somebody else.

Neil A Russell said...

The old Marine that ran the gun shop here many years ago put the fear of God into a peabrain with a pistol once.
Guy came in with a Hi Power or some other autoloader like that and "emptied" it before handing it over.

He racked the slide and dropped the magazine.

"Here you go" he says.

The owner takes the pistol and says "You sure this is unloaded?"

Guys says "yes"

"Really sure?"


Owner grabs the guy by the belt buckle and points the pistol at his crotch. "How sure?"

"I don't know" the guy says.

We're all covering our ears at this point because of what is likely to come next.

Owner points the pistol up and lets the round loose into the ceiling.

I'm sure it made a lasting impression on the guy about properly unloading a firearm.

And, he still left it for cleaning.

His pants on the other hand...

By the way, that story would smack of urban legend if I hadn't been standing there my own self

Anonymous said...

I used to be an adventure too, until I shot myself in the knee.
Little Skyrim humor there.