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guns, reflexes, and falling over

Discussion in 'Topics in Healthcare' started by cowboy_ninja, May 22, 2006.

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  1. cowboy_ninja

    cowboy_ninja New Member

    May 22, 2006
    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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  3. logos

    logos 100% Organic 10+ Year Member

    Nov 15, 2002
    Out there.
    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.
  4. zenman

    zenman Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 1, 2004
    Probably more of a startle/fear type reaction. There are times when it's appropriate to begin firing as you go down. :D
  5. akinf

    akinf Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2004
    Are you trying to plan a murder and blame it on reflexes??? Hmmm....
  6. Lindyhopper

    Lindyhopper Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    I'm pretty sure the reflex is to extend the arm & open one's hand.
  7. wook

    wook Just a hairy situation 10+ Year Member

    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.


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