POTD: Watch Your Hands When You Unload And Show Clear - The Firearm BlogThe Firearm Blog:
Here's a typical comment:
A shooter was unloading his handgun when this happened. From what Scott relayed to me, was that the shooter cups the ejection port to catch the round to save time from picking it up off the floor. Now to clarify, this was not a malfunction. It was not a FTF and the primer was never struck. What happened was that during the unloading process the shooter’s hand covers the ejection port. The round most likely ejected into the hand but since the hand was so close to the ejection port it got caught between the slide and barrel.(The author of the comment obviously intended to say "... the primer was never struck by the firing pin".)
Here's a much more ... atypical ... comment:
I saw that happen at a match I was ROing, the guy covered the ejection port as he was unloading and either the ejector or the edge of the slide creased the primer enough to cause it to go off. The case blew out the bullet got a crease in the nose from the barrel hood and he got one piece of shrapnel that went all the way thru his pointer finger and a piece stuck in his thumb. I was the one that took him to urgent care but despite the flesh wound, he received no lasting injuries. It was an STI 2011 the only damage it got was the extractor spring broke.In the 30+ years since I started shooting IPSC, I've never seen anyone break the extractor spring on an STI, model 2011. In fact, I've never seen a STI 2011 with an "extractor spring", although I've had occasion during an IPSC match to take my STI to the safety are and 'retune' the extractor using three rocks as a vice and a hammer. But that's another story, and one I've told too many times.
Here's another one:
Looks as though the extractor hit the primer from the marks on the case, not the slide port itself. I too have done this technique at the range clearing a malfunction but always push the slide stop up to lock the slide open at the same time while turning the pistol to the side.Again, I fail to understand how the extractor can work itself out of the extractor well in the slide and allow the pistol to continue firing/
I suspect that the authors of these comments were not referencing an STI 2011. In the second example, it's possible that the author cited the 'extractor' when he meant to say the "ejector'.
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As much as I hate to have to explain a joke: for those who are not familiar with the construction and nomenclature of the 1911-style semi-automatic pistol ... an explanation of why I find these comments amusing can find the technical details.