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Never try to catch a dropped gun

Some smart cracker said that. This federal agent should have:

A federal agent was injured at Orlando International Airport on Tuesday when he accidentally shot himself in the foot while trying to catch his weapon.

The agent was approaching a checkpoint at 11:20 a.m. when he went to unsling a shoulder bag and it caught on his holstered weapon, the Orlando Police Department said in a statement.

While the weapon was falling, the agent tried to catch the firearm and inadvertently pulled the trigger.

8 Responses to “Never try to catch a dropped gun”

  1. Other Steve Says:

    Um… I’d prefer you don’t use cracker with the hard R.

  2. mikee Says:

    So is trying to block the falling gun with one’s foot acceptable? Sort of a firearm hackysack save? Or are our toes prehensile enough to work the trigger accidentally, just like our fingers?

    Any person interested in testing this, I’d love to hear the results, although I accept none of the potential liability.

  3. Paul Koning Says:

    Mikee, if done barefoot I’d worry. If wearing shoes, not quite so scary. Personally, I’d try to react the way I react to a dropped knife: jump back out of the way and let it land on the floor. As the article says, with any modern firearm the expected outcome is a couple of scratches on the finish.

  4. Fred Says:

    Good thing the Police State has that super ninja cop training that makes them special.

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  6. Donny Anonny Says:

    To add to the above comment about jumping back from a falling knife, you should raise your hands, too.

    This will kind of force you to do something with your hams other than reactively grab for the knife/gun that you just dropped.

  7. Mike Says:

    That’s, um, quite a chunky federal agent that I saw in a different story’s pic. Supposedly he’s with ICE. How he would pass any kind of physical, much less any sort of fitness test, is a wonder.

  8. Will Says:

    What? No retention holster? Or did the holster completely break/rip and allow it to fall out?