Ouch! While practicing IDPA with my Springfield 1911 in .40 S&W, I finished a string, removed the magazine, went to eject the live round with a slingshot grip on the front slide serrations. I wracked it back briskly (caffiene on board, don't ya know) and BANG.
It was an ejection AD (accidental discharge).
I was shocked. I knew my trigger finger was nowhere near the trigger, so how had it happened? This is one of those "one in a million" accidents, where the round slips left out of the extractor hook just enough for the nose of the ejector to hit the primer. My weak hand wrist and base of thumb were closest to the ejection port, and they were both bleeding from superficial cuts... I consider myself lucky. I was able to wrap my bleeders with IDPA tape and resume shooting. If my fingers had been cupped over the port, they would have been mangled or worse.
I did a little reading on this issue. It happens most often with .40 cal guns, and Glocks in particular.
- Once you've finished a given course of fire, don't let down your guard.
- Make certain you get a firm grip on the slide with no part of your hand or fingers in front of the ejection port.
- Pull the slide back slowly and do not let go until you are certain the round is fully ejected
- Do not try to catch the live round in your weak hand. Let it fall to the ground. You can wipe the dirt off later.
I've been playing IDPA almost 6 years, and I'm still learning lessons.. I hope some of you can learn from MY lesson, so that you do not have to experience this first hand ...(pun intended).
There has never been a match won by unloading or holstering quickly.. Take your time with these steps and do them correctly!