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"SC man dies in shooting range accident"

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  1. LASTRESORT20

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    COLUMBIA A Columbia man died in a what appears to be a tragic shooting range accident.

    Jerry Marsh III, 62, was shot in the chest when his 40-caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun accidentally discharged at a West Columbia gun range Thursday evening, Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman said.
    Marsh was dismantling the weapon at Shooter’s Choice around 7 p.m. when it fired. He was taken to Palmetto Health Richland but died from the injury.

    `The incident remains under investigation by the West Columbia Police Department.
    It has been more than a decade since someone died at the range, the police department said. One shooting was an accident similar to Thursday’s. The only other death was a suicide......"
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    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/11/30/3697597/sc-man-dies-in-shooting-range.html
     
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  2. KennyFSU

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    I'm curious as to where he was hit and why the muzzle was pointing anywhere near his body, tragic nonetheless.
     

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    I have the same questions. I am going to use this as another example when I teach safety classes.
     
  4. ChuteTheMall

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    1st post says he was hit in the chest.

    Why was he trying to dismantle it?
     
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    Yup exactly...interesting...
     
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  7. Slug71

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    Couple big things ignored here.

    1. He obviously didn't check/clear his weapon properly.

    2. Why was the weapon facing him and not down range?!

    So many sad incidents like this that could be easily avoided.

    First thing I always tell someone that I take shooting is, "ALWAYS TREAT A GUN LIKE ITS LOADED, POINT AT NOBODY".
     
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    Why was the weapon pointing at his chest? Why didn't he check to make sure his firearm was unloaded? Why wasn't the weapon pointed down range? Why was he taking it apart?

    Yes, it is sad that something like this happened, and I won't be surprised if there's uproar from the uneducated masses that will want to close all gun ranges to prevent accidents like this. But I think this one rests squarely on the shoulders of the man who died. This is exactly why we stress using your head and being smart about firearms, because when you do stupid **** and make mistakes, you run the risk of killing people. It just happened that this time it was the man with the gun, instead of someone else.
     
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    Sounds like a suicide trying to look like a cleaning accident.
     
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    The real question is not why was he trying to dismantle the gun but why he didn't visually verify the chamber was clear AND keep the muzzle pointed down range?
     
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    Suicide with life insurance is my bet
     
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    I can't picture a dismantleing procedure that has the muzzle pointing at your chest at any time.

    Either this guy was a total tard who had no business with a loaded gun, or it was intentional.

    He could have been trying to clear a jam or something. Kind of like when someone gets a slide jam and they start banging it on the bench to free it? I love that one.
     
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    TK, you're blaming the wrong group. It's not the uneducated masses we have to fear. It's the educated masses who stoop to dishonesty to make slaves of everyone else.
     
  14. Kingarthurhk

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    I believe it said he was 62 years old. It might have been that his upper body strength had diminished, and he brought the weapon closer in for a "push/pull" technique. It is usually a technique taught to some women for the same reason. However, the results can be rather nasty if you have your finger on the trigger, and the barrel gets torqued inward.
     
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    Guns always fire when the trigger is pressed. It's one of the good things about guns.
     
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    Never wear a shirt with an optic retical to the gun range like the guy in the picture, thats just asking for it.
     
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    He's got ceramic plates and duct tape, no worries.
     
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    And the uneducated masses who allow it to happen. :tongueout:
     
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    We've been reading a lot recently about skyrocketing gun sales, and the demand for firearms has actually been going up for years. This increase in popularity and the response to fear of tougher gun laws also means there are lots of new gun owners who lack experience and knowledge.

    This case might have been carelessness or lack of knowledge of the gun handling rules most of us live by. I fear there will be more risk at public ranges as newcomers step to the firing line without knowing much more than what the gun salesman showed them.
     
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