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November 06, 2012

Safety Reminder for Handgun Hunters: Minnesota Man Accidentally Shoots Self in Foot

By Chad Love

A hunter accidentally shot his own foot in Minnesota. It looks like he'll be okay, but it's an important safety reminder for you handgunners out there.

From this story on parkrapidsenterprise.com:
A Sartell man was hospitalized after he accidentally shot his foot while deer hunting Sunday evening, according to a report from the Todd County Sheriff’s Office. Daniel Hayes, 26, of Sartell, Minn., was allegedly injured at around 6:30 p.m. five miles north of Clarissa, while unloading his firearm. The gun discharged, hitting Hayes in the foot and leaving him with non-life-threatening injuries, the report stated. The report also said Hayes was hospitalized in Staples, and later transported for care in St. Cloud. The case is still under investigation.

So remember: when you're pointing the muzzle of your gun at the ground, make sure your foot's not in the way...

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from small game sportsman wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

oops, sorry. I didn't mean to post that many times

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from blevenson wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Ah yes the dumba$$ cake eaters from Sartell are shooting themselves now. Take a gun safety class and then maybe things like this won't happen.

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from HogBlog wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Here it goes... all the self-righteous folks to pile onto this unfortunate hunter for his mistake. Because I know none of you guys has EVER accidentally covered an unintended target with your muzzle. This isn't the same as shooting at a flash of color in the brush, or some drunken stunt gone wrong.

Sure, this was preventable. Every firearm accident, at some level is. Maybe (I wasn't there) it was total negligence on Mr. Hayes's part. Or maybe it was a momentary lapse of attention, or a slip of the finger.

Point is, unless you were standing there watching, we'd all do well not to rush into pointless recrimination and judgement. It serves no purpose. There, but for the grace of god, go any one of us. And if you honestly think it can't happen to you, then you're probably on the short list to be next in line.

Is there a lesson here? Of course. It should remind every one of us who handles firearms that they are dangerous tools. It should stand as an example of what happens when that muzzle goes where it doesn't belong. But nothing in the article gives reason for people to ridicule and defame a fellow hunter.

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from larson014 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

i like how it says "the gun discharged" like it did it by itself and he wasn’t the one who pulled the trigger, which the story conveniently leaves out...

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

What revolver accidentally discharges while unloading it? Not sure if it was a wheelgun or not, but if it was an autoloader, it probably was not a legal caliber anyway! Another evil gun just up and shoots someone?

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from jack1466 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Noting the comment by HogBlog,,years ago I worked in industry making High Explosives(very high),Their Safety Department had an adage"accidents don't happen,they are caused".

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from HogBlog wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Here it goes... all the self-righteous folks to pile onto this unfortunate hunter for his mistake. Because I know none of you guys has EVER accidentally covered an unintended target with your muzzle. This isn't the same as shooting at a flash of color in the brush, or some drunken stunt gone wrong.

Sure, this was preventable. Every firearm accident, at some level is. Maybe (I wasn't there) it was total negligence on Mr. Hayes's part. Or maybe it was a momentary lapse of attention, or a slip of the finger.

Point is, unless you were standing there watching, we'd all do well not to rush into pointless recrimination and judgement. It serves no purpose. There, but for the grace of god, go any one of us. And if you honestly think it can't happen to you, then you're probably on the short list to be next in line.

Is there a lesson here? Of course. It should remind every one of us who handles firearms that they are dangerous tools. It should stand as an example of what happens when that muzzle goes where it doesn't belong. But nothing in the article gives reason for people to ridicule and defame a fellow hunter.

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from jack1466 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Noting the comment by HogBlog,,years ago I worked in industry making High Explosives(very high),Their Safety Department had an adage"accidents don't happen,they are caused".

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from small game sportsman wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

oops, sorry. I didn't mean to post that many times

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from blevenson wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Ah yes the dumba$$ cake eaters from Sartell are shooting themselves now. Take a gun safety class and then maybe things like this won't happen.

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from larson014 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

i like how it says "the gun discharged" like it did it by itself and he wasn’t the one who pulled the trigger, which the story conveniently leaves out...

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

What revolver accidentally discharges while unloading it? Not sure if it was a wheelgun or not, but if it was an autoloader, it probably was not a legal caliber anyway! Another evil gun just up and shoots someone?

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