A Camano Island man died at Skagit Valley Hospital after sustaining an accidental gunshot wound July 4 in the woods south of Hamilton.
Skagit County Undersheriff Chad Clark said a 50-year-old man who was close friends with the deceased was holding an AK-47-type rifle that accidentally discharged.
Loops of florescent lawn trimmer line.Putting guns away after an outing is finished is IMO one of the most dangerous times due to people not staying focused on gun safety.... but but but, it didn't have a round in the chamber cuz we was done shootin!. Gotta pull the trigger to put it away right? Looking to see if the chamber is clear is SUCH a pita!!! (I have one of those bright yellow chamber flags for my AR that go in before taking it off the shooting bench)
Because I shoot/shot USPSA and IDPA, I'm used to a range/safety officer saying "Unload and show clear" and then "hammer down", so it's just gotten to be habit to clear the chamber physically or at the very least to pull the action back and look inside before pulling the trigger. To not do that is either lazy or complacent.I pull the trigger while the range is hot, and the gun pointed in a safe direction. Look and feel the chamber (if possible). Run the action several times. Look/feel. Pull the trigger. That, before putting the gun away.
Someone got sloppy.
I can see that. Personally, my range bag has a zippered see-thru nylon mesh compartment in the top. Easy to see, hard to lose one.Agreed. Have some, & are super easy to use.
Just like the lawn trimmer line better for us. Harder to misplace/forget & easier to see in range bags etc.
How much do you want to bet that beer was also involved?
It is very sad this happened. However, it was preventable by following basic rules of gun safety. If you're shooting with friends that aren't following safe shooting practices, you need to say something about it. Things like this shouldn't happen, and now there is a family missing its father.The victim was with friends he knew. He was a good man and a loss to all.