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“Rochelle Jackson, 21, and her brother, Rondrick, were going to a family picnic around 5pm. Police say Rochelle was standing in the driveway and Rondrick was walking into the house, holding a holstered pistol in his hands,” Houston’s abc.golocal.com reports. “‘The pistol fell out of the holster. When it hit the ground, it discharged one time, hitting the sister in the head and it killed her instantly,’ HPD Homicide Investigator Bart Oxspring said. “Right now we’re treating this as an accident, but we’re still interviewing anybody.'” As you might expect from the less-than-entirely-gun-savvy mainstream media, the report makes no mention of the fact that the vast majority of modern handguns are drop safe. Have you ever dropped a gun?

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94 Responses to Question of the Day: Have You Ever Dropped Your Gun?

  1. I’ve never dropped a gun myself, but I was showing my 1911 to my dad and he bobbled it and dropped it… on my bare foot. It was cleared and at slide lock when I handed it to him. By the time I stopped cussing, he had almost finished laughing. I learned a valuable lesson: No shoes, no guns.

  2. Once, about 3 months ago after 30 years of handgun shooting. Unzipped a pistol rug at the indoor range and my beloved Ruger MKII government target model .22 slid out and hit the concrete floor. A corner of the front sight and the rear of the bolt is dinged. I may never recover.

    • I feel ya john on that i dont know if i have truly recoved from my glock 22 gen4 barely a month old sitting on my safes self and i went to move some magazines out the way and it bumped the glock(unloaded of course for all u gun safeties out there) and the gun fell and hit the metal lip of the safe on the floor and left a nice sized dent in pistol grip 🙁

  3. I had mine fall off the bed, on to a tool. There was only a snap cap in the chamber. It landed on the optic, which survived with only a dent to the rear near the LED.

    I thought guns were generally drop safe from 5 or 6 feet, I know there is a testing procedure on SAAMIs website.

    • Really none of my business, but since you mentioned it; what kind of tools do you keep at bedside, Matt?

      • I normally dont keep them there. There were some wrenches, sockets and ratchets. The bolts in my bedframe were lose and I hadnt bothered to put them away.

    • California’s gun laws are overly ridiculous in many ways, but the ORIGINAL “safe guns” roster has ensured that basically any modern pistol is tested drop-safe, because unless it is a single shot or single-action revolver, it is a tested as drop-safe design.

      (The intent was to screw up the saturday night special manufacturers, but those manufacturers made their guns drop safe easily enough. So yes, a gun control measure with HORRIBLE intent that has actually had overall good results.)

      • This made me laugh out loud.

        You’re a riot, Mike. I disagree with most of the other stuff you say, but it’s unfortunate that not many people around here appreciate your humor.

      • I either bumped the bed, or because it is a pillow top with 6+ inches of down with a curved edge, it slid off. I dont recall which.

        Please try harder next time with your trolling.

  4. My berreta was thrown out of the trunk getting t boned at 40-60 mph. Couple cosmetic scuffs but the tank still works I found it like 50 feet away in the grass

  5. Yes, twice, once with a revolver and once with a pistol. Both loaded, both rated drop safe, neither went off but I was still just about as scared as I ever want to be.

    My first instinct was to try to catch the guns as they fell. My second instinct was not to try to catch the guns as they fell. I acted on my second instinct. Sometimes second instincts are better than first instincts, yes? BTW, no gun was injured in the making of either of those unforgettable moments.

  6. I can never get over the improbability of such an event. The solid angle subtended by the victim’s head as a fraction of the entire possible hemisphere of possible trajectory cross-sections is so small… Even if you take the entire body of the victim into account, how much of that is one-shot, one-kill territory?

    • My thoughts exactly. Just doing a back-of-the-envelope type calculation, I’d figure a less than 0.05% chance of an accidental head shot at 10′.

  7. Sure. If you spend enough time around guns, gravity’s going to take effect at some point. This is why you don’t buy Ring of Fire pistols. And why holsters with thumb breaks are a damn good idea.

      • That was an old report from 1997.

        The “Ring of Fire” guns were the specific target of the California roster requirement: forcing anything sold in the state to be drop safe.

        Much to the state legislatures’ chagrin, the manufacturers were able to tweak their designs to make them drop safe. Still junk, mind you, but at least they no longer went bang when being tossed on the concrete.

      • And yet all manufacturers that I know make drop safe guns for the past, what, 30 years? And the manufacturers did that without the Consumer Product Safety Commission attacking them legally.

  8. As a young gun owner, yes I have. One terrible reason though. I keep my toddlers unknowing of my handgun owning, and when I was still toting my first handgun, I had an OWB holster. If you guessed blackhawk serpa, you’d be right. That’s a different discussion though. Because of the holster being big and clunky, I sometimes take the holster out of my side while I drive so I’m not terribly uncomfortable. Well as I pulled the holster out of my pants, it fell. No discharge, nothing bad. It had a scratch on the plastic mag tab on the bottom, but picking at it with my thumbnail and then sanding it worked just fine. All is well, and a new holster came soon after.

  9. Not yet.

    My 10/22 fell over once when it was leaned against the table post-cleaning, but I’m not sure that counts.

  10. why don’t the articles ever state the model and manufacturer? That might help others in the future. A public service.

  11. Yep. It’s happened a few times sadly. Everytime has been in a duck blind with a trusted 870. Icey, wet and muddy. Perfect trifecta to have a slip. Never had one accidentally ‘go off’ though. Neither have any of the benellis, Brownings, or mossbergs I’ve seen fall either over the years…

  12. Never dropped one yet. Seen a few rifles launched during rifle drill on the old Parade Square, but they were unloaded, of course.

    Worst thing I ever did to a gun was dry fire a SAW without the bolt. Not good for the little spring.

  13. Kept a SP101, loaded, on my nightstand in an outside the waistband holster. One night I was fast asleep when i heard a good sized bang at around 2am. (Not a bang as in a gunshot 2 feet from my head, but as if someone had kicked in my front door).
    I immediately get up, and reach for my pistol – it’s not there. I panic, wonder where I left it and get up to hit the light switch, and hit my foot on something on the floor.

    I turn on the light, and there is my SP101, out of its holster and laying on the ground.

    What had happened is that I laid the holster just on the edge of the nightstand – close enough to the edge so that it could very slowly creep off during the night. The loud sound I had heard was it hitting the floor and jumping out of the holster.

    Luckily, it didn’t go off, as it is drop safe. Taught me to get a safe and place it securely inside each night (but in such a way where I can quickly and easily get at it).

  14. I’ve had a loaded AK break a carry strap and fall before. I just let the damn thing go, no point in making things worse.

  15. Cheap holster and even cheaper Jennings 22.
    Full mag, no round in chamber
    Many moons ago on motorcycle camping trip, bent over to place more wood on camp fire, pistol fell to the ground.
    Picked it up real fast and put it away
    Hardly ever went off pulling the trigger, still happy that no round in the chamber because thats when it would have fired.
    Have upgraded handguns and have used retention holsters since that time.

  16. Yep just last week. Complacency got the best of me. Had put my carry (sig p232) in the glove compartment to pick up the kid (daycare in a church) and was getting back into the house with groceries and random toddler crap. Toddler was not present fyi.

    When I need to disarm I keep the carry in a galco pocket holster in the glove compartment. This gives me a trigger a guard and protects the gun. If I’m moving back into the house and don’t feel like putting it in the holster for a short trip inside I just wrap my baseball cap around it to not freak out my liberal neighbors, don’t worry the baseball cap is tactical cause its mine.

    Anyway it fell out backwards landed right on the hammer with one in the chamber and decocked. My heart skipped a couple beats. Left a nice ding on the tang.

  17. I was practicing transitions to pistol and the cheap sling I had on my rifle broke sending the barrel straight into the marble floor of my house. Nothing happened to the floor or my rifle but I was scared that the barrel had been damaged or something. None of the firearms were loaded.

  18. “Rondrick was walking into the house, holding a holstered pistol in his hands….”

    This part doesn’t make sense to me. Why was he holding a _holstered_ pistol instead of wearing it?

  19. Last summer at a practice for a local 3 gun league, I fumbled the draw of my Beretta 92A1. I grasped it and just pulled it up and forward without actually having a firm grip on it. It landed in the dirt facing downrange. Nothing happened.

    The RO smirked and said, “Eventually, it happens to everyone. Don’t do that again.”

  20. I bought a brand new Benelli shotgun, and placed it unloaded in a wooden shotgun rack at a trap range. I took a few steps back to arrange some shooting supplies on a nearby table. A massive wind gust came, and literally blew the gun out of the rack. Knowing it was unloaded, I tried to catch it, but failed. The scratches on the stock are still there.

    I would attempt to catch a loaded long gun, but not a loaded pistol or revolver. Your mileage may vary.

    • Nope. Buddy slipped on ice while deer hunting with a loaded Savage 110 .308. He fell on the gun itself (nasty fall), and knocked the scope so badly that it needed replacement.

      Saw some loaded M16’s, drop without going off in the Corps as well, and a few 870’s dropped in botched 3 gun transition. 0 misfires.

      I tend to blame operator error for any negligent discharge unless the totality of the circumstances indicates otherwise.

      • My mistake. I absolutely blame operator error for a negligent discharge, unless there is irrefutable evidence that operator error was only partially to blame. I also respect TTAG for keeping it real by showcasing and examining negligence, and wish it wasn’t so damn many LEO’s on the negligent side.

    • No, but I did see something crazy on a military range once. I young lady had a malfunction, went through her remedial actions and ejecting a live round out. When the round hit the ground, it fired. Must have hit a piece of gravel or something just right. No one was hurt but it sure freaked everyone out!

  21. No full-on drops. Closest I’ve come is fumbling the slide on my Browning Hi-Power Practical while cleaning it. It hit the concrete floor. Result? Slightly boogered up on the bottom front part of the slide and I’m still pissed over it ten years later.

  22. I call bullshit on this story. The odds of a pistol going off when you drop it are extremely low — and basically impossible with modern pistols. And then the odds that it just happens to be aimed at the women’s head? The much more likely explanation is that the brother was doing something stupid and accidentally shot his sister — or maybe even did it on purpose — and then claimed that he dropped it so it “wouldn’t be his fault”.

    • I’m with you, uncommon_sense, although there are some pistols that have a reputation for being pure, unadulterated, unsafe crap. Also, older revolvers may not have a transfer bar and can fire if dropped.

    • “extremely low” and “almost impossible” is what we keep hearing and it supports your bizarre adoration for “the gun.” But the fact is there are modern pistols that are crap, do you discount them?

        • That’s not mike; that’s Dog Gone, who is apparently incapable of using her own alias.

      • I have no knowledge of modern handguns that suck to the point of being able to go “bang” when someone drops them. Which brands? References?

        I have recently purchased handguns from Smith and Wesson and Ruger and they are all explicitly designed to not go “bang” if a person drops them.

        • by asking Mikeb for a reference you have guaranteed he will never reply. Good work.

  23. Had a 4″ Kimber stainless slip out of a half-zippered rug. I had developed a habit of moving my foot under anything I drop. (I don’t pick up heavy things, so I don’t drop them either). Instead of falling some 3′, it only actually fell 1-2″
    This saved wife’s Kimmie. I only had to touch up a few very tiny scratches on the night sights. Esmeralda’s grips were left unscathed.
    This is MY trick, I don’t recommend it for anyone else.

  24. My wife once dropped a cobray M11 down a flight of stairs, it went off a few times. nobody got hurt except for a few jihadists.

  25. RIP. If this happened in California, Nancy and Diane would demand a new law requiring all handguns to be secured to the owner’s wrist by a lanyard prior to being handled and even while it is in a holster.

  26. When I first started carrying I hadn’t realized that extra caution must be taken when dropping trou to use the restroom when you’ve an extra pound and a half on your belt. The ding on the beavertail of my satin finish CZ75 still pisses me off even though I never carry the CZ anymore.

    • I dropped my pistol when I loosened my belt in the loo. A Remora hangs in there pretty well, but it can’t defy gravity. No harm done, except for taking a year off my life.

  27. Excluding the handfull of ocassions where my ar-15 upper tilted off my table during cleaning. Even considering my time in the Army, in a combat mos. I have only ever dropped a firearm once. I was drunk, just getting back from walking the dog, came home to an ajar screen door. Pulled out my p3at, let the dog off-leash in the yard there, and at the same time realized that my inner door was still secure. Attempting to multitask, I tried a reholster and handle the dog at the same time. My keltec has an attached pocket clip on its right side, to answer the door, or for other rare ocassions, I clip it on the outside of my right pocket, backwards.. Instead of reholstering it. I went for that, missed, and dropped my baby 4 feet onto a concrete stairwell. My first instinct was to catch it (or try to), somehow within that split second, my brain said DANGER DANGER, and I let it drop. The reason my brain allowed me to supress that instinct was in no small part due to the content and commentary on this site.

  28. I hope you guys realize this comment thread will be used to disarm the negligent if and when the winds change with regards US gun laws. I’m surprised how secure you feel in your gun rights to talk so openly about these terrible breaches of the rules. Surely, for every admission there are a dozen or so who did not comment. With a readership as wide as this one, just imagine what’s out there. You’ve probably got guys who’ve “accidently” killed with their guns and gotten away with it. Naturally they’re reluctant to fess up, unlike all you responsible guys who simple drop your weapon every once in a while.

    Great post and thanks for the priceless video. I love the biblical justification guys.

    • Mike you are so inane. Mistakes are a human condition. Nobody is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. Do you expect any more of a gun owner than the many parents that lose track of their kids? I live in Phoenix and every damn year there are way too many kids that drown in pools because people in trust weren’t watching them close enough. Its a horrible thing but almost to a person they are good folks that simply lost track. Mistakes of all sorts happen despite the best diligence and best of intentions, even with guns.

      • That’s true as far as it goes. But many mistakes, whether it’s lost kids or dropped guns, are the result of preventable negligence.

        Why are you so defensive about gun owners who fuck up? Why are you so afraid of a higher standard?

        • I dropped my Beretta pistol one time at the range. Nothing happened. That makes me the moral equivalent of a murderer, I guess.

      • I also have to ask of you Mike, out of curiosity what exactly compels you to post here? Don’t get me wrong, post here all you want but I simply don’t get it. I’ve cruised Huffington and Politico but posting my views there is pissing in the wind. I’m confident enough in my views that I don’t have to bother injecting myself into those forums. What tangible feeling do you take away from posting your nonsense here? Do you feel like some sort of visionary that will change hearts and minds? Obviously you derive some sort of positive reward posting here so please explain it to me. Maybe I’ll see the light and follow your lead to post on liberal sites.

        • APBTFan I wondered the same thing and then went and took a look at Mike’s blog. There are virtually zero comments about any of his writings that don’t reference back to this blog, so that answers your question. He’s a parasite. Like a leech, a mosquito, a tapeworm, a maggot, etc. He needs TTAG to lend credence to his own dismal efforts and he’s lucky RF continues to let him troll here.

        • MikeB, I noticed you dodge the question: “I also have to ask of you Mike, out of curiosity what exactly compels you to post here?”

          If it’s not a troll for attention, then what is it?

    • Dear Little Alan Colmes,

      I am surprised how secure you are in your own persuasive skills. For every person who posts here, objecting your comments, there are a dozen or so who were on the border on the issue, but have been convinced by your ineffective posts to take the opposite side.

    • this comment thread will be used to disarm the negligent if and when the winds change

      So you expect to publish posthumously?

  29. I’ve dropped one gun in my life. In basic I dropped my M16. I realized quickly just how heavy an M16 is, after doing several hundred up/Downs and power squats with that damn thing over my head. Lesson learned.

  30. Never try to catch, grab, or interfere with a dropped gun unless it is an older model Smith and Wesson 39 or 59. In the late 70’s, my agency was thrilled to be on the cusp of innovation by supplying these guns to the troops and they were deathtraps. No firing pin safety, nothing to lock it down and when dropped muzzle down, they went off with alarming frequency – locker room, DUI breathalyzer room, range house everywhere.
    I got so used to dropped guns going off in the locker room I stopped ducking after a while realizing it would be a one shot wonder.

    Smith and Wesson later came out with the 439 and 459 pistols that had better safety measures included.

  31. Never dropped mine, but I dropped on it. I was “practice” carrying my cz82 cocked & locked, IWB. Was walking around the woods, hopped up on a wet rock and slipped, landing directly on the gun. So the gun was between my 230lbs of falling weight onto a large boulder. Safety stayed on, hammer stayed back, not a scratch on it.

    I did have a mean bruise at 3:30 though. Fortunately there were no witnesses.

    • I got hit by a car last year, knocked off my bike and landed on my pocket-carried 642. I had an interesting-looking bruise on my thigh for about a month, but that’s all.

  32. No, and glad of it. Still thankful to Gaston for all those internal safeties though.

    I’ve dropped almost everything else that I carry every day though, including my iPad. It still works though.

  33. I dropped my 10/22 on a concrete floor from maybe 6 feet. It was unloaded of course, I had been working on a rifle rack in my dad’s shop when it fell while I was checking the size of cutouts for it to rest in. Marred up the bull barrel a bit but the scope seemed OK; I’m sure I need to re-sight the thing but haven’t had a chance to go to the range yet.

  34. I guess this counts. I went to the range and placed my cased gun on the shooting bench. The bench summarily folded like a taco, sending my gun to the floor. The previous lane user had folded the bench down (probably to sight in a rifle) and not properly locked it back in place upon leaving.

    After a few second of surprise I collected my gun case and range bag from the floor, reset the bench and carried on.

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