Accidental Discharge, or “AD” I am constantly hearing from someone that swears there is something wrong with their gun, when asked why, they begin to tell you an elaborate story about how they were working with their gun and shot the tv, the wall, themselves, etc… When I think I have heard it all, I hear of another complete violation of the safety rules.
In order for an accident to happen you have to violate 3 of the safety rules at one time, Which means the operator is negligent, I know that most people already know the safety rules, however lets just bring them up for the sake of making sure you know them.
1. Always treat your firearm as if it is loaded, and don’t load it till you are ready to shoot it. A lot of us carry firearms on a daily basis, we check our gun to verify that it is loaded, we handle it when we put it on in the morning and when we take it off our side in the evening, It doesn’t matter if it is or isn’t loaded, Treat it as if you have a round in the chamber at all times.
2. Always keep it pointed in a safe direction. that means don’t point it at anything you don’t intend to obliterate. The couch, the tv, your spouse or your friends are NOT safe directions. Usually the ground or down range if your on a range is the safest direction.
3. Keep your finger OFF the trigger until you are ready to shoot. This is seriously self explanatory, but people just don’t get it, Unless you are defending yourself and you are looking through the sights at your target or you are at the range looking at the target, KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER. That really says it all.
Safety is a cliche, however it is seriously important, You can not take it back once you pull the trigger, intentional or not. Once that bullet leaves the barrel it’s gone. There is no excuse for failure to follow the safety rules. There is no excuse for killing someone or something you didn’t intend too. so follow the rules and you won’t be making that trip to the emergency room or the morgue. Or the local Walmart to replace the tv you just shot. There are many more rules of safety to follow, however none are as important as those 3.
Accidental Discharge sounds like it was an accident, if you didn’t follow the rule it’s not accidental it’s negligent.