Accidents DO happen

A few days ago, an accidental discharge – not a negligent discharge – did happen.

It happened during an advanced class at KR Training. I wasn’t out there, but my friend and fellow assistant instructor, Dave Reichek, was and gave this informative write-up of the situation.

Interesting thing about it. The write-up is being shared far and wide in just a few hours it’s been up, and I’ve already seen the comments, the what-ifs, the armchair quarterbacking, the people who obviously know more and know better. Not earnest input and feedback, but “this would never happen to me because I’m hyper-dialed in” or other sorts of “superiority” types of commenting.

If there’s one thing I’ve had really reinforced to me in the past year it’s to be careful with armchair quarterbacking – you don’t know the full story, and even if you think you do, you don’t.

Some people are still wanting to argue negligence here. Why? Leave the semantics aside, stop strutting your ego around, and focus on what happened and what we can learn from it.

One that stood out to me?

Regular inspection of your firearms before and after each use is a really good idea!

True enough. We don’t do enough of this.

But even if we do it, is it enough? I mean, how many gun owners/users actually know their hardware well enough to be able to give it a proper inspection? Sure, we can give it a look over, but can we really tell what’s right and what’s wrong? How much do you know about how your car works (from top to bottom, end-to-end)? Will we always be able to detect finer issues? And even if we do this, there’s still no promise nor guarantee it will avoid all problems. I mean, even a mechanic’s car fails from time to time.

That reinforces in me:

  1.  We’re human. Things will always be imperfect. There’s always going to be things that break, things that fail. Including ourselves. Steps we can take to minimize negative consequences are good, but accept we can’t eliminate 100%.
  2. Continue to work to gain knowledge. Maybe taking an armorers course can help here. Take the guns you use regularly to a gunsmith for a “checkup” once a year. There’s all sorts of things you can do.

There are lessons to be learned, so learn from them.

4 thoughts on “Accidents DO happen

  1. This is the 3rd or 4th time I’ve read something regarding this pin coming out on aftermarket Glock triggers. In this particular failure, it’s not super complicated, if the trigger dingus has any play in it or the pin isn’t flush, replace it. (Although I agree with your overall point that most of us can’t spot potential issues.)

    I have basically the same trigger design on my Glock 24, and I do check it for play from time to time, but definitely not every time.

    It might be wise for these companies to add a retaining pin, snap ring, clip, etc. to keep the pin from walking out.

      • Definitely. I’m not a mechanical engineer, though. (But I did stay at Holiday Inn last night. Not really.)

        It’s a pretty small pin, so I’m not sure what could be done. Perhaps the first step is to make the hole bigger so some sort of retention could be implemented.

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