Gun Safety Reminder: Why You Should Never Point a Shotgun at Your Head

Sometimes, gun safety means fighting off your initial gut instinct of looking the problem squarely in the face. The shooter … Continued

Sometimes, gun safety means fighting off your initial gut instinct of looking the problem squarely in the face. The shooter in this video is darned lucky to still be alive.

He reacted to his shotgun’s misfiring by…looking into the muzzle! At which point, the gun goes off, barely missing his head.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtkapY3ZfD4//

It appears to be a problem of “hang fire,” where the primer doesn’t go off immediately when the firing pin strikes it, yet the primer ignites several seconds later. If you listen closely, you can hear the “click, click” of the firing pin.

In a case like this, it’s best to take the advice of Mark Shea, firearms teacher from Massachusetts and certified NRA Law Enforcement Instructor: Keep the end of your barrel pointing downrange and do a slow count to 10, and then and only then unload the firearm.