Erm

Am I allowed to make an Irish joke here?

Gangsters videoed their crime boss accidentally blowing his brains out with a handgun during a drink and drugs party, police revealed yesterday.

Philip Collopy, 29, a member of a feuding gang in Limerick, Ireland, apparently did not realise his Glock 9mm pistol was loaded when he pointed it at his head and pulled the trigger in front of shocked onlookers.

9 comments on “Erm

  1. TGS: the article says he had children, which renders him ineligible for a Darwin award.

    JuliaM: a GLOCK [sic] 9mm – presumably a model 17 – is a semi-automatic. It is a double-action-only pistol with, notably, no external safety catch or de-cocking lever but only a trigger safety. It also, unusually for a modern weapon, has no magazine safety (which renders the firearm unusable when a round is chambered but no magazine is in the magazine well).

    Forgetting there’s one up the spout is a common safety violation with semi-automatic pistols. This is a classic example of why booze, dope and guns don’t mix. One of the very first things you are taught when handling firearms is to assume that they are loaded unless you have personally and thoroughly verified they are not. For a semi-automatic pistol, this entails ‘making safe from a loaded position’, in which one removes the magazine, draws back the slide to eject any chambered round, and then optionally leaves the slide in its rearward position via the slide release mechanism as a visual demonstration of the weapon’s condition. But if you’re ripped to the tits then it’s easy to forget this and foul up.

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