PSA: When Doing Press Checks – Do Them Right (WARNING – GRAPHIC – NSFW)

After laying out my case rebutting “The Folly of the Press Check”, I thought it only right that I should be the one to post the public service announcement on if you choose to do a press check, you should ensure that you are doing it right. Namely, following the four firearms safety rules (in any format):

  1. Always treat a weapon as if its loaded.
  2. Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to destroy.
  3. Keep your weapon on safe until ready to fire.
  4. Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until your sights are on target.

Assuming one follows those rules, its nearly impossible to shoot anyone – let alone oneself. Sadly, one person did not follow the rules and managed to shoot straight through their hand.

Posted on Facebook by Austere Medical Management (WARNING LINK IS GRAPHIC, NSFW), the hapless victim of himself put a modern round through their hand to devastating effect. Looking at the wound, the victim discharged the weapon during direct contact and the hand took not just the round, but the uncorking pressure as well.

Remember, weapons can be and are fun when used safely, but make sure you use the right techniques for any weapons manipulation. If your handing violates any of the four major rules, it’s time to reexamine that technique – for your hand might be next.





Frank.K

TFB’s FNG. Completely irreverent of all things marketing but a passionate lover of new ideas and old ones well executed. Enjoys musing on all things firearms, shooting 3-gun, and attempting to be both tacticool AND tactical.


Advertisement

  • Anonymoose
    • Major Tom

      I don’t visit Farcebook either. It’s too boring and too riddled with computer security woes.

      • noob
        • FarmerB

          Thanks. I’m thinking most of that came from uncorking pressure.

        • phuzz

          Nice of the medic to show us the bullet path using their finger. I guess the patient was fully drugged up by this point and in no position to object to being used as a PSA.

          • James Earl Jones

            This was probably in surgery.

        • Bierstadt54

          So that used to be a hand? Kind of looks like a rotting flesh-colored pumpkin with fingers after being used for target practice. I am curious as to if that hand was salvagable.

          • noob

            Sadly no. The hand is beyond our art to fix.

        • uisconfruzed

          Thanks for the pic!
          It looks like a Winchester Ranger round went through with the six ‘petal’ cutouts.

    • Bradley

      You don’t need an account to view a Facebook page.

      • Marc

        I don’t have an account, and I can’t view it. Can someone with an assface account repost it? My deranged maudlin side would like to see this.

        • Marc

          Also; where is “be sure of your target and what’s beyond it”?
          May need to revisit your firearm rules Frankie bwai.

    • Nicks87

      Yes, bad form indeed, I would say a lot of pro 2nd amendment folks have long ago departed the big social media outlets. For obvious reasons, of course.

    • FearlessFarris

      Yeah, come on TFB. Why would you give traffic to Facebook unnecessarily? Bad form.

    • FarmerB

      Anonymoose, it’s not that you have no bookface, it’s that you have no friends.

    • mazkact

      I will not bookface either

  • Jeez Louise

    What caliber and ammo?

    • Mr Mxyzptlk

      If I remember correctly (I saw this a couple of weeks ago so could be wrong) I think it was a FMJ .45 ACP. People were arguing that it must have been a hollow point based on the exit wound, but I doubt that a HP would really expand enough to really make a difference over that depth of flesh. More likely I would say that it was the muzzle gasses that did the bulk of the damage rather than the bullet, that and the flying fragments of the pulverised metacarpals.

    • Orion Quach

      9mm FMJ, its in the FB post. Mr Mxyzptlk is wrong.

  • mrsatyre

    I’ve always been fuzzy on that term “press check”. What’s being pressed, and how does pressing something on my gun help me in following the golden rules of gun safety?

    • USMC03Vet

      You press the bolt back to look in the chamber to see if a round is chambered. How is this confusing?

      • pvw20

        ……because pistols don’t have bolts?? You just made it confusing.

        • noob

          Pistols have a breechface on the slide. I guess if you have a rotating barrel lockup pistol like the beretta px4 or some of those Russian high pressure pistols that is functionally the same as a bolt.

      • mrsatyre

        I would have thought that my question was sufficient in outlining exactly what I didn’t understand. I was the meantime, I read many other great explanations here.

  • ShooterPatBob

    Wow, it says that he lost the hand.
    An article that only provides a Facebook link with no substantial content… sigh.

    • Phillip Cooper

      You’re new here, aren’t you?

      • ShooterPatBob

        No, but I hope the authors of these trash articles take the hint and actually write some original material.
        Fortunately we haven’t seen much of Katie’s “what do YOU think” articles in a while.

  • SCW

    Looks like he did a literal press check. You know, the one where you press your palm against the barrel of your gun. Isn’t that how everyone does it?

  • Will

    Just my opinion:
    As a member of the military and a police officer, of 30+ years, I carried a firearm most of my adult life. I ALWAYS know the condition of my firearm. I never found a reason or been in a situation where I needed to perform a press check, NEVER!
    It’s a Hollywood BS act to make actors look cool. Steven Segal for one. The coolest bad ass on the planet and he never knows the condition of his pistol therefore he does a press check.
    Situational awareness and knowing your firearm will preclude the need for this maneuver.
    Also, never, ever accept a firearm from another unless you personally unload and check it.
    As I said, just my opinion.

    • Hoplopfheil

      The proper use of a press check is the Pat McNamara way. You use it immediately after loading to confirm a round did chamber.

    • KestrelBike

      Yeah, John Wick 2 drove me crazy with the ridiculous amount of press checks.

    • QuadGMoto

      The times I’m most likely to press check are when I’m dry firing. I want to be absolutely certain that I have a snap cap in my gun, and not something that will put a hole in my wall.

    • Avid Fan

      Thank you! End of discussion here!!

  • Jeez Louise

    Thank goodness my SR9c has a loaded chamber indicator.

    • Jared Vynn

      My SR1911 has a peep hole on top of the slide that accomplishes a similar function. But I tend to carry it loaded and half cocked so I always know it’s got on in the pipe if it’s half cocked.

  • The picture in the original article is not doing a press check. A press check involves pushing on the front of the slide below the barrel and usually your thumb in the trigger guard. A gun with a guide rod in the main spring can not be press checked as well as a gun with a dust shield that extends out to the end of the slide. The safety of an actual press check is obviously a dangerous operation. Those old enough might remember instructors at the time when the 1911 ruled the “gun fighter” realm, that the instructors use to argue that guide rods on 1911s were bad because you could not do a press check.

    To address the above post, there is no way this guy shot himself in the middle of the hand doing a proper press check. I’m not sure what he was doing but he was definitely violating basic rules of firearms handling. Apparently he though pressing a loaded gun into your palm was a press check.

    • Hoplopfheil

      Press the gun into your palm and pull the trigger to check if it’s loaded.

      Isn’t​ that how YOU check your gun?

      • Anonymoose

        No, you’re supposed to put your index finger on the recoil plug under the barrel and push the slide back (only works with 1911s in movies 20-30 years ago).

        • Hoplopfheil

          I tried that, but my pistol-mounted bayonet cut my finger up awful bad.

      • BillyOblivion

        Not more than twice.

        • Hoplopfheil

          Once you use up your hands, you can use your feet. So, four times.

  • Some Rabbit

    Hey, ya know what woulda’ been great? If Frank K. had bothered to include a screen grab of the bullet wound and screw the FB link. Then the words: “Graphic-NSFW” in the title wouldn’t just be click bait.

    • Anonymoose

      He should pixelate the hand for the article, though, and then link to an imgur or something with the real gore.

  • RSG

    Well Frank- 1 of your 4 firearms rules are wrong. Smh. Isn’t there an editorial process? Number 3 should be- identify your target and what’s behind it. Pro-tip many if not most modern handguns have no safety.

  • Stevie Janowsko

    Looks like a Voda student…..

    • Anonymoose

      No, there isn’t a knife stuck in him too.

      • Whitechapel Charlie

        And the bullet didn’t go though 3 other students.

  • Ratcraft

    Phucerburg won’t let me view on his gem of an NSA goldmine website. To think of all the need things I miss by not stopping buy and clicking like. Muh life is so empty tho….. nawt.

  • Bill

    I wonder if it was really a press check and not a drawing accident. I’ve seen, and stopped, some stupid press checks, but nothing that would pop one right through the palm.

  • 191145

    IMO. I always thought press checking was foolish, so I never started doing it because of the possibility of ND. Wasn’t this practice started on the silver screen in HOLLYWOOD back in the late 70’s or early 80’s for coolness and dramatic affect?

    • USMC03Vet

      It was standard practice in the Marines while I was in, because we were using weapons without loaded chamber indicators. Most decent handguns have them though so it’s unnecessary.

  • USMC03Vet

    Glock Hand™?

  • FarmerB

    I’m not really a fan of press checks, but I have to say that the H&K VP9/SFP9 is a fine example of how to do it easily with those grippy “ears” and you don’t have to go anywhere near the muzzle. I use the thumb against the frame with 2nd and 3rd finger behind the ears. Very easy manipulation

  • .45

    My lawyer says you posted this PSA too late. I’ve already blown off both my hands and shot my dog six times… And I don’t even have a dog. Anyway, I’m suing.

  • Matt

    Where did your rule #3 come from. Isn’t it “be sure of your target and what lies beyond it”?

  • Pastor Dan

    And I was just inspecting my surgical incision — I think I’ll take a pass on this eye candy until well after the doc releases me to resume most activities. Hurling, for instance. Thanks for the nsfw alert. (New hip joint, and out of warranty, too!)

  • Treiz

    When Doing Press Checks – Don’t

  • Dan K

    I feel like a big component of following the four firearms rules is knowing them.

  • mazkact

    Sometimes viewing ports and loaded chamber indicators are a good thing, I’ve warmed up to them as it suits my obsessive need to brass check.

  • TC

    Fake facebook news. No names, no date, no location, no specifics. Could be anything.

  • RicoSuave

    Damn ! Looks he will need Luke Skywalker’s robotic hand as a replacement…

    • BraveNewWhirled

      I believe the doctor enjoyed sticking his finger thru the hole.

  • Gatman

    Frankly, I’m baffled. The way I was taught your hand goes nowhere near the muzzle at all. I had to do one recently while qualifying when I was unsure if a round had chambered, muzzle pointed downrange, support hand atop the slide. Safe controlled and E.Z., so WTF, Over????…

  • greyghost1

    I never understood the ‘press check” and now I understand why. It is just plain stupid. i see no logical reason for it. Putting your anything in front of a muzzle on the range is crazy.

    • Cmex

      The reason is to check on your weapon just to be sure. You may have to depend on it for your life. SWAT does it. Grunts do it. Cops do it. Bodyguards do it. Carriers do it. Guards do it. It’s a safe maneuver if you obey these two very fundamental principles:
      1. Hand nowhere it get can shot! Front or rear of slide and above!
      2. Booger hooker off the bang thang!
      Honestly, this does make a pretty good case for chamber indicators and manual safeties, though. It seems like Glocks have more problems then most guns when it comes to going off at the wrong moment.

  • no dilliger

    i don’t know how many doorways frank k has stood outside waiting for a go signal ,but at times when stacked my mind goes through a check list of mad personal questions …pre-entry jitters? probably why not might get shot in the next couple of minutes …so if round in battery question pops up on my brain screen i will confirm yea or nay of a rounds presence with the folly of a presscheck,and the reassurance is calming and uplifting in these stressful moments before a entry ,being in bail recovery we very seldom deal in long gun work ,and though i have worked with agents who like myself before staging we do a group check of gear and mindset to determine rediness for a warrant service ,but tactics vary company to company …the idea is to work with people you know and have trained with to work in congress with…so as to avoid hiccups dangerous or just embarrassing,