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Offline Rob M

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Re: Amputated My Fingertip(GRAPHIC PICTURE BEWARE)
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2022, 11:22:01 PM »
Wow. Well, at least it's the lefty.
So asking for a friend who doesn't hold the barrel when loading... Said friend is super paranoid about sticking a finger in the transfer port area. But he thinks it's pretty safe to simply load a pellet in a break barrel, even if the sear were to let go?

Ask your friend if heíd want his child to learn to load a break barrel like he does. Would he want to see his child lose a finger?

On a related note, it boggles my mind that we donít see precautions written into the ownerís manuals on spring guns about this problem.

Iím waiting on lawsuits and more warning labels.

yea, other items sold online generally have warnings for appendage loss.
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Re: Amputated My Fingertip(GRAPHIC PICTURE BEWARE)
« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2022, 01:21:57 AM »
It's probably in the instruction manual, somewhere.

example from the first one I picked up: "Do not fire with the barrel cracked open. This may result in injury, bent barrel and/or cracked stock, and will void your warranty."

Somewhere on the gun will be some precaution to read the manual before operating, and that death or injury can result from improper use.

But now I'm curious what other things are people buying online that come with warnings about appendage loss. Are we talking about table saws?

There are thousands of police officers and other people legally carrying a concealed firearm. And at some point, while standing in line at a grocery store, it's pointing at someone else's foot. If it's a horizontal shoulder holster, it's probably occasionally sweeping someone else's head or heart. Let's not get crazy about the danger of a break barrel airgun's ability to amputate a digit if it is defective (or misused).

I've had a range officer tell me I shouldn't cock a Glock by pinching the slide right at the muzzle end. If I can't trust the gun to not fire while I'm controlling it (combined with poor enough coordination to actually put my finger over the muzzle), then I should not have a Glock. And possibly no one else should, either, if it is likely to fire itself.

That's a pretty good analogy, I think. Loading a breakbarrel is like charging a pistol near the muzzle end. As long as you don't actually sweep your finger (put it where it will get caught), you're close but still ok. I'm extra careful to overcock my springers, ever since I had a couple shots go off when letting off the safety on my latest acquisition. A crunchy pivot that needs oil might stick/stop right as the sear just starts to catch! But I feel safe as long as I mind my fingers.

OP is a hero to post this pic. It's a great reminder to people who tinker with their guns. But shooting it normally, I don't consider a breakbarrel all that dangerous.
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Re: Amputated My Fingertip(GRAPHIC PICTURE BEWARE)
« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2022, 11:00:27 PM »
Ooouuch. I had know idea that could happen. I'd be really embarrassed if that happened to me. I work in a machine shop and everything wants to eat you. Thanks for sharing that. I'm going to get a break barrel soon so that's good info for me. Hold barrel with non loading hand, got it.
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Re: Amputated My Fingertip(GRAPHIC PICTURE BEWARE)
« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2022, 01:32:35 PM »
I had the same thing happen years ago while loading and old springer that was supposed to have an anti-beartrap safety that released as I was transitioning hand position to close the barrel after loading. That sucker came up and took about 3/8" of my left index finger tip CLEAN OFF.  I feel your pain.  Every since I make sure that my non-loading hand is well clear of the breech and treat it like going up/down a ladder where you always want 3 points of contact. Always continuous contact with both hands until the barrel is closed
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Re: Amputated My Fingertip(GRAPHIC PICTURE BEWARE)
« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2022, 05:43:40 PM »
Man, bet that started throbbing a little while later!   :-\
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Re: Amputated My Fingertip(GRAPHIC PICTURE BEWARE)
« Reply #25 on: July 10, 2022, 07:50:55 PM »
I mostly shoot break barrels myself. I appreciate the tip and info I'm going to try really hard to make holding the barrel a habit.
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Re: Amputated My Fingertip(GRAPHIC PICTURE BEWARE)
« Reply #26 on: August 12, 2022, 11:15:42 PM »
Very sorry for the loss of your finger tip, and thank you for sharing your experience so other people might not make the same mistake.  I never had a break barrel rifle and I was not aware of that safety concern.  I guess that what you said about the Beman rifle is true for most break barrel rifles.  In closing, I venture to say that we all make mistakes and sometimes we are lucky and other times not.  Following good safety practices is not 100% accidents free assurance but increases the odds that you will not have an accident. Any mechanical device, any tool, has the potential to do harm if not used correctly.  Hope this accidents will not deter you for enjoyment with air guns.
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Re: Amputated My Fingertip(GRAPHIC PICTURE BEWARE)
« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2022, 08:18:09 AM »
Much appreciated that you share that.
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Re: Amputated My Fingertip(GRAPHIC PICTURE BEWARE)
« Reply #28 on: September 09, 2022, 11:55:34 PM »
Anyone ever ask you what happened to your finger? I always tell them, ď I have no idea, pretty sure my surgeon has it in a display jar on his mantleĒ! Mine was a tennis accident and we believe that I am the ONLY person in history to lose a finger playing tennis. So, I know how you feel on the stupidity front. Was at least able to laugh about it early on. What else can you do? Thanks for the safety reminder. I always hold my barrel with springers but Iíll take extra care now. And I just arm bar my Diana 52. Having oneís friends call you Frodo is bad enough, canít imagine what Iíd get if I reduced my digits to 8. Hope youíve healed up and adjusted.
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Re: Amputated My Fingertip(GRAPHIC PICTURE BEWARE)
« Reply #29 on: November 21, 2022, 02:19:15 PM »
Ouch ! I am glad your ok brother I think at times we forget times with our shooting sports either pellet OR powder burner things can go bad very quickly even when we practice safety all the time that is why it is called an accident , Thanks for sharing your experience with us and man am I glad I joined this group to learn more safety and other knowledge .
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Re: Amputated My Fingertip(GRAPHIC PICTURE BEWARE)
« Reply #30 on: November 24, 2022, 08:07:13 PM »
        PONZ:  I can at least emphasize on some level, as I  too am an amputee.  No, not my index finger in the beartrap, but my left leg, 6" above the knee. Anyway, this is another perfect example of why we develop good, repeatable actions which become habits:  not to be broken. This is why, no matter what, all guns are to be treated as being loaded . . . no matter what, every time. This is why we have unbreakable range rules. The bell has now been rung . . . the range is now open.  The Gunny taught me well, lo those many years ago. Orv.
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