In the course of reviewing the Timney Trigger on my Ruger 10/22, I had a fairly major failure. A case ruptured and sprayed my shooting booth with shrapnel and debris. Just like every negligent discharge (a.k.a., “accidental shooting”) ever covered here, there were multiple breakdowns that led to me getting peppered. The full breakdown of events—including a double fire—is coming in Part 2 of my review of the Timney trigger replacement. Suffice to say, I had a mechanical failure and I did not give it the attention and respect that it deserved. Here are my two main takeaways . . .
- When a gun fails to do exactly what it is supposed to do, DON’T KEEP USING IT! This is a common sense rule and in my excitement to try out a cool new toy, I compromised my safety and the safety of my fellow shooters. I should have packed it up after the first failure. Instead, I shot at least 10 more rounds.
- I relied on my eyeglasses as proper eye protection. I know better. I’ve been meaning to get a set of prescription lens cut for some Oakleys I have. They provide far better wraparound protection. While my eyeglasses deflected the major pieces, I still ended up with some soot, residue, and junk in or around my eyes. You only get two. Protect them.
I cannot stress enough that the biggest piece of safety equipment you have is sitting between your ears. Use or risk doing your best Stevie Wonder for the rest of your life.