Wednesday, May 27, 2015

True (?) Confession Of A Negligent Discharge With A Glock

So, there is this guy, who posted a sort of true confession self expose on Reddit about how he supposedly shot himself in his leg while disassembling a Glock 30. He indicates, in essence, he has posted about it to warn others about firearms safety as opposed to firearms complacency. Well, I went to Reddit and I read it (his initial post) and my BS meter starting going off at least in the mid-range of the TIBS Scale (This Is BS Scale). In fact, I read it about 5 times and the more I read it the more I became convinced that either it is all a bunch of bullshaite - or the guy who wrote it is an ignoramus when it comes to Glocks - or he is incapable of writing intelligently about what he says happened.

I have pretty much ruled out the third conclusion because his writing is pretty decent, except that is when it comes to naming Glock parts and describing how one disassembles a Glock. That leads me to believe he is either totally full of it or he should not handle a Glock again until he gets some professional training on how to handle one properly. Of course, it could also be a combination of those two, or at least so I suppose.

So tell me, is it just me or does anyone else read more than a mere hint of BS in that 'true' accidental & negligent discharge confession. I would think someone even half familiar with a Glock, who actually knew how to take one apart, would know the correct terminology for the parts. Even if ignorant as to the names of the parts I imagine if he owned one and has handled it as frequently as he implies he has done so, then I think he would have known the steps for disassembly and for safe disassembly at that. Yet he did not unload the gun properly because he never removed the magazine, racked the pistol with the magazine still in the magazine well and apparently ejected one round but chambered another. Then when he squeezed the trigger, he shot himself!

As to him chambering a round, I have to ask: What is the "lifting arm" of which he said:

 "...the lifting arm grabbed another round and chambered it." 

I have not been trained about Glocks in about a year or so but I sure don't remember ever hearing about anything called a "lifting arm" as being part of a Glock when I did receive training about them. As far as I am aware, there is nothing in a Glock pistol that grabs a round and chambers it along the lines of something called a "lifting arm". Also, what are the "slide release pins" of which he writes? I am a somewhat familiar with Glocks and I have never heard of them having any parts called 'slide release pins'. Even if he just got the nomenclature wrong, why would he pull up any pins (or anything at all), which was what he claimed he did, before activating the trigger prior to disassembly? There is a "slide lock" and you do pull that but when done properly, you pull both sides of the slide lock down for disassembly.

Now I am wondering, did he have his pistol upside down while disassembling it, thus making it impossible to even see the chamber or maybe even if a cartridge even ejected when he thought it did?  Besides that, you only pull down on the 'slide lock' after having activated the trigger with an empty chamber. In other words you do not activate the 'slide lock' prior to pulling the trigger, as he says he did with the "slide pins" but subsequent to having done so.

Maybe he does not know how to express himself properly, or maybe just does not know squat about Glocks and how to operate them, but what he wrote sure activates the BS meter and has me wondering if the whole post is just a troll by some guy who injured himself in another way and thought it would be cool to say he shot himself. Mind you, maybe he did shoot himself, I am just saying that I am rather skeptical based on what I read.

If he did shoot himself though, as he described, he ought to attend a professional refresher training course for firearms safety and another for how to safely handle and operate a Glock.

All the best,

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