Press-Check Gone Wrong

Viewer discretion advised. The image shown is being reported as a user mistake while performing a press-check. Caliber 9mm. Ammunition FMJ. The bulk of the damage was likely caused by the expanding gases at contact distances, not the bullet itself.

Likely not related, but this image reminds me of the typical injury when reloading a certain style of derringer. But I’ll save that for another time.

Press-Check Gone Wrong

Dangerous things, are dangerous.

 

 
Marky
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Marky Mark

Marky Mark

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Areas of focus: Defense and National Security, Modern Light Weapons, Analysis of the Geo-political / Military Relationship in the Context of Strategic Goals.
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  • Accidents happen. Be mindful. I didn’t careful. Sometimes we can’t be as careful as possible, but we can always be mindful. Maybe this was a goofy circumstance? Maybe this was a long standing bad habit that was sliding by?

    It’s too late for this user. But this is am opportunity for you to take a minute and be mindful of how you manipulate weapons.

    Marky

  • Freeze

    It will buff out, here is a pic of my healed hand after a 44 caliber round ball went thru it, don’t ask. Its a long story and no I was not press checking. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/73537ddac9f1a7e3e5e01b42ad5a324dfab1d1f7e57b1e321b69aac2100683a3.jpg

    • That’s a real picture, Folks. Freeze had a black powder revolver “chain fire” some years ago and it sent a piece into his hand.

      Marky

      • Daniel, God is my judge

        Many moons ago I had a replica 1858 Remington new model army in 44 and we used Crisco to seal the front of the cylinder after seating a ball, effective but really messy. I forgot to grease up a couple of cylinders. Thank God the cylinder that flash fired was off to the side and not on the bottom where it could shrapnel on the frame and I had both hands on the grip.

        • Mikial

          Glad it worked out the way it did. This is something you never see in the movies or hear from people who don’t really have any experience with black powder revolvers.

          • Freeze

            Mikial, most won’t talk about it because they don’t want the criticism. The internet has created a huge group of perfect people who will scream from the roof tops about how inept you are and how perfect they are.

          • Mikial

            Agree with you, Freeze. But what I was referring to was that most people don’t understand that black powder firearms, particularly revolvers, have some interesting idiosyncrasies that you never see in the movies or learn about unless you either hang with a black powder crowd or have a grasp of the history of black powder firearms. The first black powder gun I ever shot a looong time ago, was a TC .50 cal Hawkins a friend of mine owned. We were both big Mountain Man history buffs, and he gave me a thorough safety brief on black powder guns before he’d even let me touch it.

          • Freeze

            I agree 100%. I was lucky enough to spend most of my youth hanging around the guys at Friendship Indiana. Thats the Mecca of BP shooting. I learned a lot about blackpowder from the old timers. What a lot of modern shooters don’t realize is safety is paramount. When you hang out with the black powder crowd there is a lot of loose powder floating around and you see a lot of misfires, hangfires, chain fires and a number of other things that modern shooters don’t see on a daily basis.

        • Ooooffff!

          Marky

          • Daniel, God is my judge

            Yea, it’s pretty impressive and tightens your focus really quick. As well as your sphincter.

  • Randy Shadoe

    Don’t you just hate it when that happens…

    • Gives me the willies. This dude is crippled.

      Marky

      • Mikial

        Yes he is. Like you said, most of this damage is from the expanding gases, making it more like blast damage than a simple through-and-though bullet wound. Too much tissue, tendon and bone loss for this to ever repair itself through the healing process.

        • I’m not doctor, but I wonder how much damage a hand can take before the surgeon decides it’s better to amputate?

          Marky

  • Mikial

    Wow, nasty. Who press checks by putting their hand against the muzzle? This is as bad as the video on here a few months ago of the guy demonstrating a laser sight to his friend by shining it on his hand, and then pulls the trigger. Yeah, mindfulness is more than a Buddhist concept.

  • Jeff Mc Leod

    Rough lesson learned there