Safety First!

Safety First!

So I happened to be hanging out on Facebook this morning and saw that Harris Tactical posted a video that showed this one particular Darwin Award runner up providing a review of his new-to-him knockoff Ithica model 37 shotgun. During this video the numbskull with the shotgun yammers on for a few minutes providing you with the least accurate information possible on the model 37 as well as making himself look completely foolish.

I was nearly about to close out the browser on my iPhone when I see Mr. Oxygen Thief reach down, produce a 12 gauge shell, insert it into the loading port, DEPRESS AND HOLD THE TRIGGER, and rack the action forward! Needless to say… He blew a hole in his ceiling and scared the crap out of himself. Ahhh… Makes you feel better about yourself, eh?

I figured that this video would provide a good moment to just hit everyone with a little reminder of some common sense knowledge that everyone should already possess and practice. Humans are a funny bunch however….

1: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF OF THE TRIGGER UNTIL READY TO FIRE. This should be a no brainer. Why do we keep having negligent discharges?!?!?

2: When demoing or reviewing a firearm, ESPECIALLY ON VIDEO, please keep all sources of ammo in another room. Take the source of ammunition completely out of the equation and you will be ok. If the fail is especially strong with you, just don’t do a video review at all. Murphy’s Law anyone?

3: Know your subject matter. While in this case the negligent discharge was the icing on the proverbial cake, the jackwagon doing the review didn’t set himself up for success at all. Do a little research. You might actually learn something!

4: Stop and think!!! Assumptions with firearms can not only make an ass out of you and me, they can also potentially cause a condition known as death. I personally don’t want my tombstone to read “Died of rapid onset lead poisoning while acting a fool on the interwebz.”

To watch this gem of a video, click here.

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Robert Curran

Rob is co-owner of Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training and is a USMC veteran and active Law Enforcement Officer. Rob is a Sig Sauer Master Rated Firearms Instructor and holds several other ratings from various institutions.

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