guns, reflexes, and falling over

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    cowboy_ninja New Member

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    I have a question: when you fall down is there a reflex or a form of Myoclonus that causes you to ball your hands into fists? more specific if you fell to the ground with a gun in your hand is there some reaction that would make you unknowingly discharge the gun? thanks for your time
     
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    logos 100% Organic 10+ Year Member

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    Havent heard of that one. But I have heard of cops clenching both hands when they are supposed to be using pepper spray but also have their gun out, resulting in a negligent discharge.

    But, if you follow the rules and always keep that finger out of the trigger guard until you're ready to shoot, it cant become an issue.
     
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    zenman Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Probably more of a startle/fear type reaction. There are times when it's appropriate to begin firing as you go down. :D
     
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    akinf Senior Member 5+ Year Member

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    Are you trying to plan a murder and blame it on reflexes??? Hmmm....
     
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    Lindyhopper Senior Member 5+ Year Member

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    I'm pretty sure the reflex is to extend the arm & open one's hand.
     
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    wook Just a hairy situation 10+ Year Member

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    Speculating here, but if you fall and your finger is in the trigger guard, your finger could bounce around during the fall, causing the weapon to discharge...especially as you try to catch yourself when you hit the deck. I have not had the displeasure of experiencing this, so I would defer to more experienced posters.

    Wook
     

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