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#6732288 - 04/11/17 07:10 PM Are some handguns more likely to discharge when dropped? (local incident)
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Edited by Texas Dan (04/11/17 09:22 PM)
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#6732317 - 04/11/17 07:35 PM Re: Are some handguns more likely to discharge when dropped? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Why not.
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#6732331 - 04/11/17 07:54 PM Re: Are some handguns more likely to discharge when dropped? [Re: Texas Dan]
Texas Dan Offline
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Here's a good read that addresses the "drop safe against inertia fire" design found in some handguns.

Whether or not your carry gun includes the design is a different matter.

Link
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#6732404 - 04/11/17 09:03 PM Re: Are some handguns more likely to discharge when dropped? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Kiki McGowan said, ".... for a second, I thought it was another mass shooting".

Kiki McGowan has spoken.

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#6734745 - 04/13/17 11:31 PM Re: Are some handguns more likely to discharge when dropped? [Re: Texas Dan]
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The vast majority of modern handguns, like +\- 98%, cannot fire without the trigger physically being pulled.

99.9% of the "accidental" discharges are the result of a trigger being pulled.


Edited by maximus_flavius (04/13/17 11:32 PM)

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#6740066 - 04/19/17 04:08 PM Re: Are some handguns more likely to discharge when dropped? [Re: Texas Dan]
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All guns are evil and will randomly go off, without manipulation or provocation. This is especially true of AK-15 assault pistols with banana clips, laser detonators, and flash hiders (to make such acts of violence invisible). popcorn

Seriously though, I would agree that the majority of modern handguns would not discharge without pulling the trigger.

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#6740094 - 04/19/17 04:32 PM Re: Are some handguns more likely to discharge when dropped? [Re: maximus_flavius]
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Yep...have to throw the BS flag on the explanation...

"Honest Officer, I dropped it and the dang thang just went off."

Originally Posted By: maximus_flavius
The vast majority of modern handguns, like +\- 98%, cannot fire without the trigger physically being pulled.

99.9% of the "accidental" discharges are the result of a trigger being pulled.
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#6740284 - 04/19/17 07:41 PM Re: Are some handguns more likely to discharge when dropped? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Based on the description of the "witness" (not in any way reliable in this case) it sounds to me like someone was messing around with their carry gun, dropped it and in the attempt to catch it, pulled the trigger and fired a shot.

Something I learned very early in my time on a sub was that if you drop something, just step back and watch it fall. As soon as you try to catch it you will surely change the trajectory from "falling straight down" to "careening off to disappear forever in the bilge black hole". The same principle applies to firearms.
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#6740317 - 04/19/17 08:10 PM Re: Are some handguns more likely to discharge when dropped? [Re: Texas Dan]
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A falling knife has no handle, and a falling gun is all triggers.

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#6740453 - 04/19/17 10:01 PM Re: Are some handguns more likely to discharge when dropped? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Ive seen first hand a 45 acp bullet set off the primer of another 45 acp bullet when a bag of loose ammo hit the ground from about 3ft up. So I dont discount anything when it comes to guns or ammo. I sure wouldnt want to take a manufacturers word for it when looking down the barrel of a loaded gun being dropped.

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#6740535 - 04/20/17 12:05 AM Re: Are some handguns more likely to discharge when dropped? [Re: Texas Dan]
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You have to wonder if the owner will lose his CHL as a result.
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#6740674 - 04/20/17 08:07 AM Re: Are some handguns more likely to discharge when dropped? [Re: HicksHunter]
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Originally Posted By: HicksHunter
A falling knife has no handle, and a falling gun is all triggers.


I like that
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#6740757 - 04/20/17 09:11 AM Re: Are some handguns more likely to discharge when dropped? [Re: maximus_flavius]
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Originally Posted By: maximus_flavius
The vast majority of modern handguns, like +\- 98%, cannot fire without the trigger physically being pulled.

99.9% of the "accidental" discharges are the result of a trigger being pulled.


Yep, just like computers. 99% of the issues are PICNIC.
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