I have an overwhelming desire to play bass, but I can’t, because of a stupid mechanical malfunction at a job I hate. So now my fingers are going to be screwed up for a while. This blows.
I have a hard enough time letting people loan the video games I don’t really play anymore. So I’m sure as hell not going to let you borrow my shotgun, dude…..
I know a lot of people think that just because the right to bare arms is an amendment here in the US, everybody should have guns and it would unconstitutional to think otherwise, but with all these shootings, I keep leaning on the side of no guns for the US.
I’m sorry, but…
Story time. A small tip, to save a lot of trouble.
So I work at a coffee roastery, And I run a machine that we poor ground coffee into, and it has a roll of foil that gets fed through the machine, and formed and sealed into small single-pot-packs of coffee for airports at cafes, gas stations, etc. I’ve been running this machine since the company got it, about a year ago. Ive worked for the company for about 2 and a half years.
Well today I was running the machine, and the two automatic sealer jaws clamped right down onto my index and middle finger on my right hand, shedding right through my nail, and cutting trough my skin. It bled quite a bit, it hurt like hell, but luckily I didn’t have to go to a hospital.
So this made me think of something my uncle once told me. “Always fear the machine, never get too comfortable with it.” He told me this when I bought my Colt 1911.
He was told when he first bought his Colt Series 80 back in 1985, that if he is going to handle a 1911 for the rest of his life, that he will have an “accidental” discharge. (Now this can honestly apply to handling any firearm for that matter) he just shrugged that statement off, and said “that won’t happen to me.”
As most, if not all of you know, the more you handle something, the more comfortable you become with it, and the more likely you be to try and get away with something you can’t.
Roughly 10 years after my uncle bought his Colt, he was at his friends house (the one who told him he’d eventually have an “accidental” discharge), and he was sitting at the table, talking about The trigger pull on a well tuned 1911. So my uncle pulled his Colt out, pulled the slide back to make sure it was not loaded, pointed it to the floor to dry-fire it, pulled the trigger, and BANG.
Now correct me if I am wrong, but what my uncle referred to as an “accidental” discharge, was actually a negligent discharge.
He knowingly pulled the slide back to check the chamber was clear, thinking he didn’t pull the slide back far enough to chamber a round from the magazine that he knew was loaded. “Thank God I was fallowing another basic safety rule, and pointed it in a safe direction first, so nobody got hurt”
He said he was lucky no one got hurt, and has never made that mistake again. Always eject the magazine when safety checking that a firearm is unloaded.
People get too comfortable, whether it’s with a chainsaw, a firearm, in my case a packaging machine, or even a car, and endless other things, and people get hurt.
So always fear the machine, and Never get too comfortable. Always follow safety precautions before continuing your intended task.