Gun Safety: Never throw a 6 volt battery into your pocket with live rounds!

Eric B
by Eric B

Firearms Safety – Something that concerns us all at all times.

Here’s a new “rule” to add as a reminder of what not to do. Never mix Metal and Batteries, keep them apart!

If the positive and negative on the battery connect with a live round in between, there is a possibility that the round (or rounds) may go off.

Here is a rather unusual story, but please let is serve as a reminder:

Note to self !!! Never again throw a 6-volt battery in your pocket with live rounds.

Here is the story. Got out of the truck, started gathering my items. Going to look at taking a pig out this morning.

I’ve got my .204 Ruger. Reach in my ammo bag and grab an extra handful of bullets and stick them in my jacket pocket.

Here’s where all hell brakes loose. I see my 6 volt game feeder battery in the seat and think I had better put it in my feeder.

I dropped it in the pocket along with the bullets. …MISTAKE…

The bullets almost instantly start going off. I shed the jacket and managed to get the rest of the bullets and battery out on the ground.

I believe I heard 4 go off but have only found 2 casings do far.

Bill Howell

Story and pictures from Facebook shared with Mr. Howell’s approval.

Below: Looking at some extra, unwanted, holes in the pocket. .204 Ruger is the name.

As an overall reminder here are the NRA Gun Safety Rules:

“ALWAYS Keep The Gun Pointed In A Safe Direction

This is the primary rule of gun safety. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

ALWAYS Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Ready To Shoot

When holding a gun, rest your finger alongside the frame and outside the trigger guard. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.

ALWAYS Keep The Gun Unloaded Until Ready To Use

If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.”

(Source: NRA)

What do you say about the story? Have you ever experienced anything like it? Do you have any unusual safety tips to share? Don’t be shy, please share in the comments below.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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