Freaked out at the range

44Mo

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Have you ever done anything at the range that after doing it you’re mad at yourself for doing it? Here is what I did that just freaked me out after I had done it.
Yesterday I was alone at the range. I had a malfunction with a wheel gun. I unloaded it, close the cylinder, turned it butt up to remove the screw from the Houge grips.
Saw the problem, fixed it, slide the grips on –not screwed down yet, thumb cock the hammer and squeeze – click, 5 times.
The part that freaked me out was I had turned (subconsciously) to get better light and now the barrel is pointed behind the firing line at a 45 degree angle across the back wall of the range..
I looked up and that’s when I noticed I have turned almost all the way around to get more light to work by.
It made me realize that we at times can be so comfortable in our surrounding that we subconsciously do thing that consciously we would never do.
 

lonewolf23c

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Haven't done that yet, however I've caught myself in my house pointing guns towards my living room from my office a few times. Not good. Like you I try to get into better lighting for work and before you know it the gun is pointing in a direction you were not intending it to be pointed.
 

tomharkness

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Yes! At home, and alone, I often will pull my CCW just to keep the "muscle memory" up-to-date. This helps me to get the removal from the conceal holster more familiar. The number one thing that I keep in mind is that the trigger finger is always indexed and never on the trigger.

The other day I had spent the day on the range and had fired off about 150 rounds. Now, I was home alone and watching "Cops" on TV. I drew my CCW and pointed it at the scum-sucking maggot that the cops were chasing on TV... then realized that I had my finger on the trigger.....AHGGGG!!!! I did not squeeze, but it was wrong... and loaded!!!

I got that muscle memory down a little too well.
 

44Mo

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Yes! At home, and alone, I often will pull my CCW just to keep the "muscle memory" up-to-date. This helps me to get the removal from the conceal holster more familiar. The number one thing that I keep in mind is that the trigger finger is always indexed and never on the trigger.

The other day I had spent the day on the range and had fired off about 150 rounds. Now, I was home alone and watching "Cops" on TV. I drew my CCW and pointed it at the scum-sucking maggot that the cops were chasing on TV... then realized that I had my finger on the trigger.....AHGGGG!!!! I did not squeeze, but it was wrong... and loaded!!!

I got that muscle memory down a little too well.
That is one of the reasons I posted a bone head act on my on parts, was to help raise awareness of how we can become complacent when we feel "Too" comfortable in our surroundings while handling a gun.
It's just human nature and something we have to keep at the top of the awareness list
Thanks for sharing!
 

40Arpent

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Mental note to self: Stay the hell away from Tom Harkness. Seriously dude, a mental lapse such as that described by the OP can be understood, but playing gunfighter with a loaded gun with the bad guys on TV is just way to fricking weird.
 

glockrocker

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I'm pretty sure he made it obvious what he was doing, practicing, training his brain for a quick draw and assessing the situation. I do it all the time, so if I ever do half to draw and point my weapon of choice, my brain will be trained to make totally sure I want something dead before adrenaline pulls the trigger 15 times for me.
 

40Arpent

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I do it all the time...
I practice at home alone often as well, but I make a conscious decision about it, and prepare accordingly. I am by no means perfect, and have had my share of experiences similar to the OP, but drawing down on a TV with a loaded gun on a whim just seems excessively careless. Just my , money back guaranteed. ;)
 

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