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    A Sober Reminder!!

    This is sad but it also serves as a sobering reminder. Police officer accidentally shoots self while trying to install rubber grip. Folks... clear the dad gum chamber!! This was a supposedly trained police officer!!

    Police Officer Kevin B. Wilkins, Atlantic City Police Department

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    As he installed the grip the weapon discharged and he was struck in the face.
    And even after you clear the chamber, don't point the dang thing at your face (or any other part of you).
    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. - Thomas Jefferson

  4. A bad thing happened because of doing something stupid.

    SAFETY... SAFETY.... AND SAFETY.

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    Yep he did not follow the 4 basic safety rules.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    I posted this recently, but we just had a local LEO with 30 yrs experience shoot himself in the leg while cleaning his Glock. We're all prone to human error, I guess. I actually think we, as CCW holders, have to hold ourselves to a higher standard than LE, since you KNOW there's gonna be an outcry from the antis if a CCW holder has an ND, while they tend to give LEO a pass (because of course, LEO is qualified to carry a weapon....)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJFlash View Post
    I posted this recently, but we just had a local LEO with 30 yrs experience shoot himself in the leg while cleaning his Glock. We're all prone to human error, I guess. I actually think we, as CCW holders, have to hold ourselves to a higher standard than LE, since you KNOW there's gonna be an outcry from the antis if a CCW holder has an ND, while they tend to give LEO a pass (because of course, LEO is qualified to carry a weapon....)
    Exactly! We are human which is why I never rely on my memory when it comes to firearms. I check, and then check again!! You can never be too careful and you can never let your guard down, not even a little when handling firearms. Complacency will get you killed or change your life forever.

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    Reports like this one always make me wonder if they are covering up a suicide.
    Officer Kevin Wilkins was accidentally shot and killed as he attempted to install a rubber grip on his service pistol.

    He had removed the magazine from his service pistol but neglected to remove the round from the chamber. As he installed the grip the weapon discharged and he was struck in the face.

    Nearby officers transported immediately called for assistance and provided aid, but Officer Wilkins succumbed to the wound approximately 15 minutes later.

    Officer Wilkins had served with the Atlantic City Police Department for two years. He is survived by his father, three siblings, and fiancee.
    People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don't run, don't walk. We're in their homes and in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome.--River Tam

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    I'm always amazed how poorly trained a lot of LEO's are and how bad a shot many of them are at the range. My wife's Beretta has a magazine safety - take the mag out of the firearm and it won't fire. I know a lot of people don't like that but this seems to be the most common way that people (especially kids playing with guns) are accidentally killed with guns these days. For some reason they think they can drop the mag, point the gun and pull the trigger (or accidentally do so) and it won't fire. So, what are the pros and cons of this type of safety? Some firearms have the chamber loaded indicator but kids (untrained by their irresponsible parents) are not going to know what that is.
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    I would never presume to tell anyone here how to be safe with a firearm, but I will tell you what I do . . . in my life, no firearm is ever handled as if it's unloaded, even if I just unloaded the thing myself! I treat it like a poisonous snake, and handle it accordingly. To those few whom I've helped into the enjoyment of firearms, I've explained it this way:

    Imagine there's a laser beam coming out of the end of your gun that goes on forever. If that beam happens to touch anyone else, the beam cuts right through them. You must always be aware of where that beam is pointed and never allow it to cross in front of anyone, even if you're holding a revolver with the cylinder out and your fingers through the frame as if you were about to load it! Even if the magazine of an automatic is in your hand and the slide is back! For me, this is an inviolable rule.

    And if I find myself in the company of someone whom I feel is less than safe, I avoid their company in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDS View Post
    Reports like this one always make me wonder if they are covering up a suicide.
    I always wonder the same thing with stories like this. I have read several stories like this on the O.D.M.P. and i scratch my head each time. Hard to say....I do know however that I have installed several of those rubber sleeves over the years and i never once needed to put my finger in the trigger guard or point the gun at my face.

    Either way it still very much sucks for the family.

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