Active Self Protection Tip – Don’t Futz With Your Gun

There are a variety of phrases that are often tossed around with alarming regularity and ignored perhaps almost as often:

  • The rule of Stupid:
    • Don’t Go to Stupid Places,
    • At Stupid Times,
    • With Stupid People,
    • Doing Stupid Things
  • Stupid is as Stupid Does

I’m sure we all get a chuckle on them, remembering fondly that one time at University the rules were broken and one got away with it.

All too often, there are major consequences of stupidity. The latest example comes courtesy of the excellent YouTube channel Active Self Protection with their instructor and self-defense guru – John. The video shows a security guard playing with his gun and stupid being what it does, manages to shoot himself in the leg.

If it weren’t for the major injury, the video is almost cartoonishly funny. How could one actually be that stupid?

Instead, it should serve as a lesson for us all to always follow the firearms safety rules, especially when by yourself. Even if the guard decided to play with the firearm, even following just one rule like “Do not point a weapon at anything you do not intend to destroy” would have kept the guard from being injured. Instead, he seriously injured himself and risked his life via the femoral artery.


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  • Phillip Cooper

    Here’s an idea… how about a link to the video?

  • Suppressed

    No video, no link, no fawqs given.

  • Vhyrus

    I think someone at TFB has a case of premature publication.

  • Stu

    Well, for whatever reason TFB doesn’t want anyone linking the video in the Comments section. I found it fairly quick. It’s worth a view.

  • Major Tom

    And this is evidence in favor of manual safeties. Yet again.

    • Tox

      If you can’t keep your booger hook off the trigger, a safety isn’t gonna help.

      • valorius

        Interestingly, the whole finger off the trigger is a fairy recent firearms training paradigm. When my dad went through the police academy in 71 they didn’t teach that. o.O

        • Bill

          There’s a lot of things they didn’t teach in the academy in 71.

        • iksnilol

          Because back in the day we knew not to pull triggers?

          • valorius

            I couldn’t tell you what brought the change about.

          • Holes in the floor and ceiling?

          • valorius

            I would presume there were plenty of both before they changed it though. Shrug.

          • snakebit

            My guess is that in the 70’s they were training with and carrying double-action revolvers. Emphasis in training on keeping one’s finger off the trigger was probably a result of a rash of NDs after switching to semi-autos with much lighter triggers.

    • Stu

      I would suggest that it’s not that at all. It’s evidence that one should always follow the safety rules. And don’t play with your gun.

      • valorius

        And have a safety, for the morons that don’t follow the rules- who may shoot you.

    • M-dasher

      Oooooooor…..learn to use your gun and you wont shoot yourself.

      Its amazing, if you dont put your finger on the trigger, your chances of shooting yourself fall to nearly 0%

      If you cant manage that, you are too unsafe to own a firearm

    • Ken

      No, it isn’t such evidence. He’s playing around with it. I highly doubt the safety would have been engaged even if it had one since he was obviously being a moron.

      • valorius

        In this case, you’re right. How could he keep cocking and uncocking it with the safety on? LOL

    • Vhyrus

      On a revolver?

      • valorius

        It’s been done.

        • Tim Pearce

          …and it was ugly.

          • valorius

            Nothing is ugly compared to a Glock. 😉

          • MadDog

            Just had to go there, didn’t you…

          • valorius

            Sorry, that slow curve ball was just hanging there over the center of the plate…

      • Flounder

        a safety on a revolver… Oh my, sure it has been done… But… ewwwwwwwwwww

    • CommonSense23

      How is this evidence? Why are there so many NDs with M4s and M9s in the military then?

      • valorius

        By trained soldiers, one might add.

    • Bradley

      umm…no. Setting aside that it’s a double action revolver in the video, they are called “manual” safeties for a reason. They don’t engage themselves. Are you under the impression that someone who makes a habit of pointing handguns at themselves and pulling the trigger is going to be religious about making sure the safety is locked before doing it. About half the stories I see and hear about people shooting themselves, besides maybe police officers, involve 1911 style pistols.

      • iksnilol

        Yet the other half involves Glocks. Obviously we should all use Artillery Lugers.

    • Tym O’Byrne

      Major my ass. Just another post where you prove you dont know jack.

    • Tim Pearce

      A few years ago, near my town, some dipshit was showing his girlfriend “Gun Safety.” He put his manual safety on, saying, “With the safety on, it can’t shoot, see?” and then put the gun to his temple and pulled the trigger. His manual safety didn’t do its job and he put a round through his head.
      In other words, manual safeties don’t prevent stupidity. Not at all.

      • uisconfruzed

        Was it a S&W?

    • I am reasonably confident in stating that anyone this bereft of sense would have been furtin’ around with the safety too.

      • Major Tom

        Assuming he knew it exists and how to engage/disengage it. Possibly.

        If he didn’t know it existed or how to disengage it….

    • Paul Prochko

      On a revolver ?

    • uisconfruzed

      On a revolver???
      0:42 “spinning the cylinder”

  • PK

    You have to break more than one of the four rules to have a negligent discharge.

    • Bradley

      Not really. Putting your finger on the trigger can certainly do the trick on its own. If what you mean is you should have to break more than one to cause an injury that, at least in theory, I would tend to agree.

      • PK

        You are, of course, correct! I don’t know why I left the injury part out… to injure yourself/someone else, breaking just one of the rules won’t do it.

  • Auslander Raus

    Futzing with a bix?

    oy vey…..

  • valorius

    I’m a big fan of the ASP channel, but it does help to include video in an article that’s attempting to describe said video.

  • Saint Stephen the Obvious

    Now we are re-visting videos from the early 90’s?

    This is extremely old news.

    • Renato H M de Oliveira

      Old,yes, but a great reminder for us to follow the 4 rules.

  • Flounder

    You sir! Are a hero. For saving this article.

  • Flounder

    BRAZIL!!! Are we sure this is the guards fault? I mean… It was probably a taurus…

    • Renato H M de Oliveira

      This time it wasn’t it’s fault!
      Pigs fly!

    • Capn Stefano

      Good point, Flounder, and I speak from the Taurus experience

    • American Patriot

      Without accidents like this….How are we suppose to get rid of the bottom of the barrel in the gene pool. Well he didn’t die but the rest of us are still way out numbered by the idiots.

  • valorius

    I’ve seen trained US Army infantrymen do exceedingly stupid things with weapons. Safeties are a good thing.

  • nonobaddog

    He probably runs with scissors too.

  • Pastor Seán

    #1 safety rule: Keep yer booger-picker off the bang switch.

  • supergun

    Is this a yahoo article?

  • Capn Stefano

    There’s a clown on youtube who thinks he’s Chuck Conners or Steve McQueen, and “teaches” us how to twirl a Mare’s leg, right past his own anatomy. I took him on by listing the 4 basic safety rules (he violated 2 or 3 of them, I forget) and the moron actually argued with me as to how John Wayne did it in the movies

    You can’t fix stupid

  • steve

    I’m wondering who was manning that security camera. it looked like they knew exactly what was about to happen. that person should have said something.
    or am I completely retarded and this is just zoomed in after the fact?

  • nova3930

    Follow the 4 rules at all times.
    In addition, like your mama told you about your tallywacker, stop playing with it. It goes in the holster and stays there till until you either need it or you remove it to clear in a safe location and manner.

  • Archie Montgomery

    On a similar note, once upon a time – during the Vietnam conflict (whatever) – the Army did a survey/study to determine what caused “accidental” discharges.

    The result was the most dangerous act one could perform – that is, the action which resulted in the most “accidental” discharges – was loading or unloading a firearm. Which makes sense. It is the point in which one is handling a firearm and in which the ‘safety’ (if so equipped) is ‘off’. Even without a safety, one is actively ‘fiddling’ with the arm.

    Just stick that in the back of one’s head for daily thought.