Originally Posted by Boss Hoss
Sorry JE---cannot remember how many years ago---over 26 as I was not married yet but getting into my truck my 700 went off when I let the safety off to unchamber the round. NEVER since then do I carry a loaded round in the chamber --yes the barrel was pointed at the ground.
No apologies required.
I have found that over many years of handling firearms if a firearm does something that it is
not supposed to do, there has been something that has not been cared for or it has been
tampered with by an unqualified person or just poor judgement on the owners part.
I have had one accidental discharge in my life that was an alteration that I though would
make the rifle more user friendly. It was an old leaver action that I had put a scope on
making the hammer hard to reach, so I bought a hammer spur that extended the hammer out
to one side. I though it was a slick idea until I went walking through the woods and caught
it on some vines pulling the hammer back just far enough to discharge the rifle scarring the
hell out of me. It came off immediately.
I did not blame it on anyone just my own stupidity for not seeing that it could happen.
I have been in a vehicle when a round went off and it is scary but like you said it can be avoided by not loading it untill you are ready to hunt.
When I guided I required that all firearms were unloaded and sheathed before it was allowed
in the truck And I never had a accidental discharge, But several times I had to stop a client
from taking his rifle/ shotgun out and loading it "Just in case he saw something".
This has been a good post and should be taken as a reminder that one should not tamper
with a weapon if he is not qualified and safe handling of firearms is a must.
I would hate to see Remington go the way of Ruger,Colt and others that let themselves
be intimidated by absurd lawsuits and bleeding hart liberals that just want to
take our guns by any method possible.
Again : just my opinion.
J E CUSTOM