Alternate title: Be Sure You ALWAYS Check Your Gear
A couple days ago, I was looking at my KelTec PF-9 pistol. It is my sole carry firearm when I am at work, or when ultra-discreet carry is required elsewhere. It is my BUG for nearly every other situation. In other words, I carry it daily.
It had been almost a week since I cleaned it, and I was checking for debris build-up in the hammer (striker) area at the rear of the slide – a favorite location for dust bunny breeding. I didn’t see much dust, but I did notice that something did not look right. The hammer wasn’t as visible as I remembered it being normally.
I dropped the mag, which I had been checking regularly since my FTF malfunctions the last time I shot it, and pulled the slide back. Empty! The fucking chamber was empty, and the striker was fully forward. The worst part is that I had been carrying it in that condition for several days, perhaps longer.
I know that some
idiots people intentionally carry in this manner. I refuse to get into that argument here, but suffice it to say that I am NOT one of those people.
I don’t know how that could have happened. I always disassemble it for cleaning. After reassembly, the slide must be pulled completely to the rear in order to reinstall the pin that holds everything together. This would have cocked the hammer, so even if I had neglected to chamber a round after inserting the magazine, the hammer would have been in the normal, ready-to-fire position. I don’t dry fire this gun, so that is not a possibility. I do not manipulate the slide or trigger when I do my daily mag check. Roomie will not touch my guns if I’m not around, and nobody else has been in the house recently.
If I had needed it during the time that I was carrying it in an unready condition, I would like to think that I would have had time to tap, rack, bang before meeting my maker at the hands of the bad guy. That is the purpose of those drills. However, it is possible that my oversight, whatever the cause, could have cost me my life.
I guess this is the converse of the “All guns are always loaded.” saying. Don’t be stupid like I was. Check your heater every time you put it on. It only takes a few seconds, and your life could depend on it.