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Old October 24, 2008, 04:39 PM   #6
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I've had this happen many times but never when a human life was at stake. I've had countless duds over the years and several shotgun rounds where the primer went off, but not the powder.

Two memorable occasions:

One was while deer hunting. I had decided to take a small 4-point as a cull buck on some private land. I squeezed the trigger and... click. He looked right at me. I realized that I hadn't chambered a round after climbing into my stand. I was able to reach up and bolt the gun before he figured out what I was. He was acting really nervous and ready to run but I was able to make it happen.

Another time I was turkey hunting and had chambered a round, but the bolt wasn't all the way forward. The turkey jumped at the sound of the click but I was able to chamber a round before he spooked. When he stepped out from behind a tree, I nailed him.

When it really matters, I double and triple-check everything.
To a much greater extent than most mechanical devices, firearms are terribly unforgiving of any overconfidence, complacency or negligence.
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