Comments: Gone in a bang.

Holy shit!!!

Posted by That 1 Guy at March 28, 2006 07:01 PM

The guy probably didn't know it was loaded... probably hadn't done anything to it for a while and either forgot or someone else loaded it and he never knew.

I'll tell you what happened to my dad once. He had some WW2 pistols he brought back from overseas. He was showing them to one of his friends - and the moron picked it up and was aiming at stuff around the room... my dad grabbed the gun and looked inside - yep one bullet was chambered... the only one in the gun. Sheesh - we kids were standing in the room!!! My dad didn't know it was loaded... needless to say he was pissed as hell that the guy had picked it up. I never saw him show them to anyone else ever again.

Posted by Teresa at March 28, 2006 08:56 PM

That's the kind of thing that will piss you clean off. Or blow your head clean off.

Posted by og at March 28, 2006 08:58 PM

All I can say is WOW, WHAT A MORON!

Posted by Carmen at March 29, 2006 06:52 AM

Good to hear there were no injuries! Of course, that IS the first thing you're supposed to check when you pick up a firearm...at least I always do...

Posted by Ogre at March 29, 2006 09:03 AM

Glad nobody got hurt. Don't know much about black powder guns so my question would be how can you readily check the breach?

Posted by spurs at March 29, 2006 12:27 PM

Holy crap, that could have been catastrophic!! I am so thankful nothing happened!

Posted by Richmond at March 29, 2006 03:45 PM

Unfortunately with Flintlocks the only way to really check is to make sure there is no powder in the pan and take the owners word for it.

If you are familiar with the weapon you can try the ram rod to see how far down the muzzle it goes to verifiy that it is unloaded. However if you've never dealt with that particular firearm you may not know where on the ram rod the end of an empty barrel should go to, especially if you have a replacement ram rod.

Posted by Contagion at March 29, 2006 06:09 PM

Actually it's pretty easy. Put the butt of the rifle on the floor with the barrel pointing straight up, take the ramrod (or a range rod) and drop it down the barrel.
If you hear a sharp "clink" and the rod bounces back a bit, it's empty (rod is hitting the hard steel of the breech). If it just hits with a dull noise and stays put it hit either a ball, powder, or both.

It's not 100%, but if you err it will be on the side of caution (IE: you think the barrel is loaded but it isn't, not that it isn't but you have a loaded gun).

God, what a dumbass. I check my rifle like this whenever I leave the range and whenever I load it into my car. EVERY TIME. (And ever since the infamous "baby wipe/flare gun" incident, I do the pistols too heheh).

I hope you run into that fucker next year.

Posted by Graumagus at March 30, 2006 03:09 AM

I did that. It came with a wooden replacement rods with no brass tip, it bounced just well, but there was no noise what so ever. Even with a brass tip it doesn't always make a nice sound, that is why you guys use my metal rod to do a safety check.

Posted by Contagion at March 30, 2006 04:57 PM

Damn! Glad you didn't get blown up by that dipshit's carelessness. Damn!

Posted by Wes at April 2, 2006 06:39 PM

Read about your experience at the Kalamazoo Living History Show. If you want the name of the dealer that sold you the muzzleloader, please email me the dealer's location. I have a list of the dealers by location and description of what they sold. If you know the dealers location, I may be able to help you locate the dealer that sold you the gun. I believe it important that he know the gun was loaded.

This is a very dangerous situation and is something that needs to be addressed before someone is hurt. An accident like this would really hurt our sport.

Security is of the utmost importance to the club. I know they take every precaution to insure a safe environment for you and others attending the show.

Posted by Dr. Harvey Wallbanger at April 22, 2006 08:44 AM