View Full Version : Just dropped my handgun!

March 16, 2009, 04:31 PM
I've been carrying for about 10 years, mostly IWB, but today I was trying a shoulder holster I have had for years (but it never "fit me"), and decided to revisit that carry method.
Well, I holstered my Bersa 380, and was turning to grab my jacket, when I felt it fall out and head straight for the tile floor!!
It happened in slow motion and I just stared until it hit, and for a while afterward.
It didn't fire, didn't break, or anything of the sort, but I have never dropped a firearm before. I couldn't tell if it hit hammer or back of grip first and am well aware of the fallacy of all guns dropped fire. Still...
The shoulder holster came with a quick-release retention strap, but I have removed it for use on an OWB rig, and the handgun felt snug for the few minutes I was testing the fit (I know---dumb!) of the shoulder rig until I reached for my jacket.
Well, it scared me and made me chastise myself. My dog of 12 yrs was out of the room before it hit, then came back, looked at me staring at the gun on the floor, and walked away again while shaking her head.

Anyone else have a non-event scare in front of a witness?

Anyone know of a way to redeem myself to my smarter-than-me golden retriever?

March 16, 2009, 04:42 PM
Hey, glad your safe. Don't beat yourself up too bad. It happens. I dropped an old model Ruger Blackhawk on its hammer once when it fell out of my holster crossing a fence. Good thing I kept in on an empty chamber! Lesson learned, move ahead. Good luck and welcome to TFL.

Get the Retriever something good to eat and let him/her sleep on the bed and all will be well I bet. :D

March 16, 2009, 04:43 PM
I have a close friend that was a little off kilter in the head and started having paranoid episodes. In one he thought his place was being "watched" so he opened the zipped soft pistol case holding his .44 SA ruger knock off (can't remember the make). He also suffered some loss of circulation and with a semi numb hand he lost his grip. when it fell it discharged and sent the slug right through his upper arm destroying the bone and bicep.
He kept the arm but with hardly no use of it.

March 16, 2009, 04:43 PM
I take it you were not in a public place when this happened???

I just can just imagine that happening when your checking out at wal-mart...

...wow, that would suck lol.

March 16, 2009, 05:09 PM
I take it you were not in a public place when this happened???

I was in my bathroom checking to see if I printed in the full-length mirror.

For some reason my dog shuffles away when I pick up a rifle, not my handguns. I hope she doesn't start shuffling when I pick up a handgun now.

March 16, 2009, 05:23 PM
Glad you didn't try to catch it. Heard too many stories of people trying to catch their falling handguns and end up shooting themselves in the process.

Mother nature is cruel. She gives you the test before giving you the lesson...

March 16, 2009, 05:26 PM
Mother nature is cruel. She gives you the test before giving you the lesson...
Ain't it a bugger? But ol' mother nature treats us no different than she does every other animal on this round rock!

Odd Job
March 16, 2009, 05:37 PM
I had a Baby Browning fall backwards out of a holster with a loose stud, as I was taking some items out of the boot of my car. It landed on the back of the slide just next to the rear sight and gave it a nasty ding in the metal (it was a paved surface).
My girlfriend (at the time) saw it and just made a tut tut sound and shrugged.
I didn't make any sound, just scowled like a bulldog chewing on a wasp.

March 16, 2009, 06:30 PM
I've never dropped a handgun, but my first or second year deer hunting I dropped a shotgun from a treestand.

I was 13 or 14 and the treestand was more like a tree house. It was large enough where you could walk a couple of steps in either direction and had 4 sides of wood planks to keep me from falling out if I fell asleep.

I was just climbing up into it when my stepdad's father happened up and called out to me. I stood up and turned around to see him, and that's when I dropped my stepdad's Belgian-made Browning A5 12GA.

Granddad and I watched it tumble end-over-end in slow motion. It landed on the butt, and from my point of view, it looked like it was angled up slightly towards dear ole granddad. I gasped loudly. It fell over to the side and laid there doing nothing for a few seconds before my granddad laid into me with a good ole tongue-lashing.

I am so glad that it didn't go off. I can't say I'll never drop a gun again, but if it ever happens again I'm sure I will have the same heart-stoppage I did that day and will hear granddad reading me the riot act for being so careless.:o

March 16, 2009, 06:44 PM
I have dropped Glocks twice! Did not fire (I know they dont!) but gave me a right fright!

March 16, 2009, 06:55 PM
When i was taking my ccw class an instructor was asked if the fobus holster with his Beretta 92 in it gripped it tight.He said damn straight and turned it upside down and shook it.Not tight enough ,it hit the concrete breaking the hammer and jamming the slide.I turned to the instructor of the class and told her that i hoped as hell that it wasnt loaded.Needless to say he was dropped from the class.

March 16, 2009, 07:12 PM
Yep i dropped my 686 a long time ago.i was crawling around under our church stage looking for the gate valve to turn on the water to the baptizimal font.The preacher was kneeling next to the door shining a flashlight in on me so i could see where i was going.Everything went fine until i got almost to the doorway leading out,thats when it happend.The gun came out and and landed on the rear site,then flopped over.Well there was no hiding the preachers look of scorn,and fear.Needless to say i tossed the holster i had and got a owb pancake holster with a thumbsnap.

BTW.We filled the font on saturday afternoon so the water would be warm and ready on sunday.

March 16, 2009, 07:24 PM

Never thought about jamming the slide. I just looked at it and there was no damage.
I did, after your comment, make sure the slide functioned and that every thing else I could determine, without firing, worked normally.

Now I'm gonna hafta go out and fire a few bricks until I can use it reliably as my CCW. Dern it!!:)
"Honey, I just dropped my gun again. Yes, I know I'm a klutz! I gotta go out again to shoot a bit to make sure I didn't break anything before I carry it."
"Yes, I know it's called a carry weapon and not a drop weapon!"
"Yes, I'll take your car and put gas in it. The yellow light's on again, ain't it?":rolleyes:

March 16, 2009, 07:37 PM
It happens, man. No worries.
I dropped my glock 21 in my driveway like 3 days after i bought it. I looked everywhere for an absolutely mint G21 and I found it for an excellent price. 3 days I had that sucker, and I freakin' drop it in a pavement driveway.
What's even better is that my driveway is at about a 45 degree angle so I got to watch it slide several feet. Ouch!

Luckily, nobody saw me do it, and there wasn't even a scratch on the slide. The only mark on it was little scuff on the grip that you can barely see. That tenifer is some tough stuff, apparently!

That was many years ago, and I haven't dropped one since.

March 16, 2009, 07:45 PM
Scratches and nicks add character... like scars :p
Carry guns aren't suppose to look mint anyway

March 16, 2009, 08:46 PM
my xd sc has been dropped a few times. and yes i feel your pain. i hate to see me guns nicked and scratched, but it happens to the best of us. my xd sc has some nicks and scratches. never affected the way it performed tho, which is a good thing. take it with a gain of salt. glad your okay.

Shadi Khalil
March 16, 2009, 09:24 PM
My gun has been dropped a couple times, once by me and once by my girlfriend. She dropped it on her foot and it left a nasty bruise.

G-man 26
March 16, 2009, 09:26 PM
Dropped my 92fs in a sandy creek bed once. I was reloading it, and the slide was locked back. Picked it up, shook it out and decided to keep going. I put another 50 rounds through it, and trust it even more than before.

Every one drops stuff, just glad it didn't go off on you. Did you check the tile, any chips? My wife may have shot me anyway for nicking the tile floor. lol.

March 17, 2009, 12:16 AM
I once chased a badguy across a parking lot and had my HK USP 40 hop out of my holster and chase me down the block for about 15 feet. I started wearing a lanyard after that. Ground of a bit of my front sight and a bit of the front of the slide. My Partner once decided that watching his HK slide down the freeway at high speed. Not sure why it went for a slide but it was kind of funny in an I'm glad its not me sort of way. Ground some nice gouges in his slide.

chris in va
March 17, 2009, 12:24 AM
Twice so far in 5 years.

First time with my new-ish cz75 in a holster made for the Beretta 92. Slipped right out onto the frozen food aisle. Fortunately I had the presence of mind not to try and catch it.

Second time, I was holding my friend's 30-30 until he could get settled in at his new place (wife didn't want a gun around). One day I wanted to admire his Marlin, so I unzipped the soft case. The whole thing tilted down and zing...out came the gun onto the hard floor. Chipped off a piece of the stock.:(

I replaced the stock though with one from a 336. Much nicer than the one on there.

March 17, 2009, 12:38 AM
my belt broke while going 45 on my bike, my xd40SC, in a bladetech uch, i saw it bounce and slide in my mirror as i was braking hard. stayed in the holster, some minor road rash on the lower grip, and top corner of the slide.

i also dropped my ruger sbh, .44 mag, 7.5"bbl, hammer first on my foot. i thought i broke something, had a bruise for weeks.

March 17, 2009, 12:49 AM
No big deal. No one got hurt and the gun is fine. It happens to the best of us.

March 17, 2009, 12:55 AM
First... glad the gun didn't go off, you weren't hurt, nor was the dog or the goldfish.

Now... go look in the mirror while holding the retention strap in your left hand and repeat these words;
People design these things onto holsters for a reason you dumb---! :D

Seriously... what the holster made specifically for your Bersa .380 model? Is there any tension screw on the holster? Can you re-attach the strap to the holster?

If the answer to all of the above is NO, then buy a holster that fits your gun and needs. If there is no tension screw and you cannot reattach the strap, get a new holster.

March 17, 2009, 03:52 AM
I've probably dropped gun somewhere along the line. I've been handling them for a while, so it's reasonable to assume I have.

I just can just imagine that happening when your checking out at wal-mart...

Wasn't me, and it wasn't in the checkout line, but my wife in a grocery aisle at Wal-Mart. She had a bad habit of just sticking her IWB holster down into the pocket of her jeans. I'd told her it was a bad idea, but you know women. She bent over to get something off the bottom shelf, and her Bersa Firestorm 22 fell out of the holster and slide along the floor, stopping at some guys feet.

He didn't even think about it at first apparently, just bent over, picked it up to hand back to her, then it hit him what it was. He looked at the gun, then her, then the gun, back to her and said "Uhhhhhhh you dropped your............. uhhhh, gun?" She thanked him, put it back in her holster, and went on shopping.....

March 17, 2009, 04:01 AM
Renting a indoor Range to a group of Security Officers, early 2002, they were foreign nationals (took place in Ontario Canada) we had done this for 16 years total.

Their Chief Instructor flew in from New York, his Glock 17 had been dropped, directly on to the rear sight, after market steel night sights. It was way over to one side, using my Glock sight tool, I adjusted it too more or less dead center.

My diplomas for my classes (Security Company's) had a gold seal on them, which I crimped with a Company Seal, long story short, I stuck a seal on to a target at 7 yards, "Check it out" said I. He fired one careful aimed shot, it hit exactly dead center, exactly! We walked down range to look at it, "do you want to fire an other one?" I said. He peeled the seal gently off the cardboard, affixed it inside his wallet, and said "NO!" Quite emphatically, I bet he still has that wee momento.

March 18, 2009, 04:41 PM
I work as a plain clothes (most of the time) leo. I was on a trip with one of my co-workers, so we stopped for lunch. I had forgotten I had put my BUG (.38 revolver) in my waist band, mexican style. I get up to go to the men's room and the revolver slides down my pants leg, onto the floor and I kick it forward with the next step. I pick it up, never miss a stride, keep going, like it had it planned!:eek:

Do it cool if you're going to drop it!:cool:

Another time, in another job (uniformed LEO) I had a S&W m39 pop out of a holster after I improperly holstered it, then had to give foot chase. It Fell on the ground, muzzle first. Pretty nasty, but we arrested the guy and everything cleaned up nicely.

March 18, 2009, 11:25 PM
my uncle, a retired detective, was off duty at a baseball game and his .38 in his ankle holster came loose and bounced all the way down the stadium stairs. luckily it didnt go off, im not sure, but in those days i think the firing pin was attached to the hammer for a lot of their guns

March 19, 2009, 12:31 AM
I dropped a S&W 66 once. It was full of snap caps, but it hit the floor on my friends training mats, and did a little football bounce landing on the rear sight on tile. It dented it but it was the outside of the sight. Coulda been alot worse.

March 19, 2009, 02:02 AM
I dropped my G20 out of a cheap Uncle Mikes thumb break hip holster in a river while salmon fishing last summer... I finally found it about 50ft downriver... I now have a pistol lanyard that I attach when I'm in the field or in the river open carrying. I've also invested in better gear, I bought a chest holster for fishing that has a better retention strap and closure.

March 19, 2009, 12:24 PM

March 19, 2009, 02:02 PM
Talk about embarassing. On my very first day of CCW, with my state permit still warm from the laminator, i bought a Beretta and a IWB holster which i placed in the small of my back. Later that same morning, after cleaning and loading the pistol, i went to the restroom (thank god this was at home), and no sooner had my belt been unbuckled, because of the sudden slack in the belt the holster sagged a bit and the darn pistol dropped straight into the toilet bowl. Fortunately, my wife is a neatnik and the thing was sparkling clean.

Of course, it didn't go off. Good thing. I fished my brand spanking new pistol out of the water and ran to the workshop cussing a blue streak the whole way, broke it down, hosed it out with blast after blast of RemOil, dried and cleaned it, and it's good as new. No rust, no damage, just a permanent psychological scar and something to laugh about once in a while. And a valuable lesson learned about small of the back carry!

March 19, 2009, 02:41 PM
I hate to admit this but I've dropped just about every gun I've ever carried for any length of time. it happens, the one that scared me the most was my smith 66 watched it in slow motion as it fell while I looked directly down the barrel.

March 19, 2009, 03:06 PM
When I first got my XD, I managed to send it flipping and spinning down the staircase in my apartment. Turns out the screw on the XDGear holster wasn't quite tight enough, and it slipped out quite easily. Luckily, I was the only one present, so no one saw my drop, or my graceful leap* behind my mattress for cover as the gun bounced away.

*If you consider the movements of a rhinoceros graceful, that is.

March 19, 2009, 04:47 PM
Had my xd fall out of a shoulder holster when I hoped out of my truck and it fell out. Landed square on the sights. No damage. I work at a hardware store and had just finished ringing a customer who I know is an avid marksman. He dropped some change, when he bent down to pick it up out came his .44 mag from his inside vest pocket. Clunk clunk on the mat in front of me. He turned bright red but quickly put it back in his vest. Mumbled something about needing to get a holster. Just glad it didn't go off.

March 19, 2009, 04:59 PM
It happened in slow motion and I just stared until it hit, and for a while afterward.

You had an accident but you were SMART about your response.

Never, EVER, try to catch a falling firearm, just let it go! No damage to a gun is ever going to be as bad as accidentally hooking a finger through the trigger while the gun is spinning through the air!

And just to be fair, I've dropped a couple in my lifetime, the worst being a Smith 686 that popped out of a holster while riding horseback. Landed perfectly barrel down right in the mud. No damage to the gun but I had a hell of a cleanup job as that gritty soup got into everything.

March 19, 2009, 05:59 PM
I was chukar hunting in Nevada and going down a steep loose shale slope when my feet went out from under me in about half a nanosecond. My shotgun went flying out of my hands before I was even conscious of the fall and I watched as my precious over/under went about 15' before landing and clattering amidst the rocks.

All in all I was really lucky, and although it cracked the stock at the wrist it didn't dent or bend either tube. I shot it with the crack slowly growing for a couple years before a gunsmith did a great repair - now the crack and other dings are part of the personality of the shotgun.

March 20, 2009, 12:09 AM
First Post comes as my confession....

I too have dropped my gun. My first handgun was a Smith 681 4". The day after I bought it, I decided to practice some quick draws in front of the full length mirror. Being safety conscious, I made sure the weapon was unloaded. I then proceeded to admire my speed and ferocity as I repeatedly drew and reholstered from the hip. Man, I was beautiful. Right up to the point I threw my brand new gun down on the concrete floor. There were no witnesses, just the reflection of an idiot staring back at me.

That was almost 20 years ago. So far, that is my only drop. But it was more of a throw...

March 20, 2009, 12:59 AM
guilty,I dropped a beauty colt 45 government model mrk4 down the wood basement stairs of an unfinished basement and there was open wall No sheet rock between the stairs and basement and of course it had to bounce off the edge and drop straight down to concrete floor. It was unloaded thank goodness but the gun got banged up,scuffed up.I got the blues every time I looked at it.

March 20, 2009, 09:13 AM
Drops happen.

"Never, EVER, try to catch a falling firearm, just let it go!"

This cannot be over-stressed.

Little Silas
March 30, 2009, 11:18 PM
I once dropped my Model 60 from a pocket holster on my concrete driveway.
It took a while to buff the scratches off the stainless steel.
Also, the front sight had to be smoothed out and reblued.
The model 60 now doesn't leave my pocket until it's over it's storage drawer in the bedroom.
That scared the crap out of me!

Lost Sheep
March 31, 2009, 12:29 AM
Not my story, and against all odds, but true, nonetheless.

It took 1.5 Teslas to do it, but even a modern Colt (with the firing pin block) can be made to fire.


Interesting story. If anyone wants to check furthur, I have more information.

Lost Sheep

March 31, 2009, 01:45 AM
if there is nothing noticeably damaged you should be safe. only suggestion would be to take it to a gun smith for a once over to make sure everything internal is intact. You can purchase a disassembly video and do it yourself but if you are that worried than you should spend a few bucks to make sure everything is hunky-dorie!


Bartholomew Roberts
March 31, 2009, 12:17 PM
Had a friend who had almost the exact same thing happen to him... he was carrying an older pistol in a nylon shoulder holster and had removed the retaining strap because it wouldn't fit around the pistol. His slid out just the same except it discharged when it hit the ground. No injuries luckily.

This is why I am a big fan of buying a quality kydex, composite, or leather holster designed for a specific pistol and do not like "one-size-fits-all" solutions for holsters.

March 31, 2009, 05:04 PM
Lost Sheep,
Do you know if the primer of the 45 case was marked by the firing pin?


Little Silas
March 31, 2009, 10:10 PM
That is the greatest piece of Bull S_ _ t that I have ever read!!
Whoever did that should get a Pulitzer.