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Just now, J.S. Sooner, SASS #73526 said:

That one is going to hurt. 

 

 

Yes it does but we have regionals next week so I am hoping for some quick healing.  

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Superglue and tylenol/ibuprofen(and whiskey after shooting is done for the day).

 

Oh and fix whatever is broken with the trigger ASAP(bad spring?).

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41 minutes ago, Tex Jones, SASS 2263 said:

Ouch.  Go to SlixSprings and order a straight trigger.  Helps. 

What Tex said!

Straight trigger also gives a better "feel" ,IMHO

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I did that AT the SE Regional Match on the 4th stage of the match (I think) - I actually shot better with the bandaid on my trigger finger.

 

Holler

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6 minutes ago, Hollifer A. Dollar said:

I did that AT the SE Regional Match on the 4th stage of the match (I think) - I actually shot better with the bandaid on my trigger finger.

 

Holler

You didn't get a stage DQ for shooting with unapproved modifications? :D

 

Kajun

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1 minute ago, Krazy Kajun said:

You didn't get a stage DQ for shooting with unapproved modifications? :D

 

Kajun

 

Shhh...I might want to use that trick again someday.  I have a box of bandaids in the cart box just in case.

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1 hour ago, Hollifer A. Dollar said:

I did that AT the SE Regional Match on the 4th stage of the match (I think) - I actually shot better with the bandaid on my trigger finger.

 

Holler

 

Gamer.:P

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4 hours ago, Tyrel Cody said:

Superglue and tylenol/ibuprofen(and whiskey after shooting is done for the day).

 

Oh and fix whatever is broken with the trigger ASAP(bad spring?).

Yes there was a malfunction with the trugger safety spring and it allowed the trigger safety block to slide up.

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Been there, done that.  Wrap a band aid before shooting.  If it ever happens again, it will minimize cutting through the skin.  It will still hurt but it minimize cutting the skin again. I filed, rounded off the corner of the trigger and straightened it and it never happen again, at least for me. Now let's go shoot again.

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53 minutes ago, I. M. Crossdraw, SASS# 8321 said:

Been there, done that.  Wrap a band aid before shooting.  If it ever happens again, it will minimize cutting through the skin.  It will still hurt but it minimize cutting the skin again. I filed, rounded off the corner of the trigger and straightened it and it never happen again, at least for me. Now let's go shoot again.

I stoned both my trigger and the part of the lever that is the other half of the bite.

And yeah, a band-aid helps. 

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Hold my beer and watch this :lol:

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17 hours ago, Gateway Kid SASS# 70038 Life said:

I know that hurts (personal experience) but gotta admire that you finished the shotgun.

No pistols? or earlier in the stage?

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Gateway Kid

They were the first string of the stage.  But I wanted to get to the "meat" of the video ASAP.  hahaha 

 

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13 hours ago, Hendo said:

I stoned both my trigger and the part of the lever that is the other half of the bite.

And yeah, a band-aid helps. 

Or you could sharpen your trigger up so it will make a cleaner cut.  Stabbing yourself with a dull trigger will really hurt.  Just kidding, I've got a nice scar where I've stabbed myself with the trigger several times in the same place.  

 

The really hard decision comes when you have to decide on the clock to;

1.  Go ahead a force the lever closed, driving the trigger further into your finger so you can shoot the round

or

2.  open the lever, removing the trigger from your finger but ejecting a live round, which will have to be reloaded later with bloody fingers.

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1 hour ago, Badlands Bob #61228 said:

Or you could sharpen your trigger up so it will make a cleaner cut.  Stabbing yourself with a dull trigger will really hurt.  Just kidding, I've got a nice scar where I've stabbed myself with the trigger several times in the same place.  

 

The really hard decision comes when you have to decide on the clock to;

1.  Go ahead a force the lever closed, driving the trigger further into your finger so you can shoot the round

or

2.  open the lever, removing the trigger from your finger but ejecting a live round, which will have to be reloaded later with bloody fingers.

Yup, got the same scar. I usually get bit when I make a change to my main rifle, get over confident or push myself when I'm tired.

 

Ya would think that scar would make you impervious to such muckery as being bit.

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17 hours ago, Tequila Shooter said:

What category are you shootin’ at the Regionals?  If it’s not Frontiersman I hope you heal quick :ph34r::D

You are safe, Wrangler.  Ya know, Bucky, Sidekick, Deuce, no sweat... :P

 

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3 hours ago, Badlands Bob #61228 said:

Or you could sharpen your trigger up so it will make a cleaner cut.  Stabbing yourself with a dull trigger will really hurt.  Just kidding, I've got a nice scar where I've stabbed myself with the trigger several times in the same place.  

 

The really hard decision comes when you have to decide on the clock to;

1.  Go ahead a force the lever closed, driving the trigger further into your finger so you can shoot the round

or

2.  open the lever, removing the trigger from your finger but ejecting a live round, which will have to be reloaded later with bloody fingers.

THere was no choice in theis situation as the rifle was jammed.  So I had to tear the skin on the finger in order to get it off of the trigger.  

 

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I was told after I shoved the trigger thru my finger...

"If you aint got a scar on your trigger finger - you aint pushing fast enough"

 

And mine was the first round out of the rifle - first gun on the stage.

Blood splatters all along the side of the rifle, shotgun and left pistol.

 

And as I tend to "Pump" my pistols a bit shooting gunfighter - I managed to get blood flicked onto my face, shooting glasses and shirt as well.

 

As my daughter stated after the stage as I was cleaning myself and the guns up (side note; spray lube in an open cut is unpleasant as well),

"You are the only person who could cut their finger and end up looking like a horror movie"

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15 minutes ago, Creeker, SASS #43022 said:

I was told after I shoved the trigger thru my finger...

"If you aint got a scar on your trigger finger - you aint pushing fast enough"

 

And mine was the first round out of the rifle - first gun on the stage.

Blood splatters all along the side of the rifle, shotgun and left pistol.

 

And as I tend to "Pump" my pistols a bit shooting gunfighter - I managed to get blood flicked onto my face, shooting glasses and shirt as well.

 

As my daughter stated after the stage as I was cleaning myself and the guns up (side note; spray lube in an open cut is unpleasant as well),

"You are the only person who could cut their finger and end up looking like a horror movie"

Reminds me of a story a pard was telling me after the third (maybe 4th) time I impaled my finger. He said he had got it jammed in by the lever and couldn't get enough muscle to pull the lever off. If I remember right, he had @Smokestack SASS#87384 grab the rifle and lever and pull 'em apart. 

Great story, but it didn't make my finger hurt any less. :D

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On 10/12/2021 at 6:50 AM, The Outlaw Travis James said:

 

So, how's the finger?

I apologize as I kinda missed if the rifle had a malfunction.  Did the safety bar fall? 

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10 hours ago, Hendo said:

So, how's the finger?

I apologize as I kinda missed if the rifle had a malfunction.  Did the safety bar fall? 

It is good.  Still not healed but I was able to shoot Ambush with no pain.  AND I forced myself to slam fire the rifle on Warm-Up Day.  It was the first match I shot since I had done it.

 

Yes.  I have a mouse trap type trigger safety spring and I believe while cleaning it, I pushed it off of the top of the trigger safety block.  The block did not reset allowing the trigger to remain to the rear.  

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11 hours ago, The Outlaw Travis James said:

It is good.  Still not healed but I was able to shoot Ambush with no pain.  AND I forced myself to slam fire the rifle on Warm-Up Day.  It was the first match I shot since I had done it.

 

Yes.  I have a mouse trap type trigger safety spring and I believe while cleaning it, I pushed it off of the top of the trigger safety block.  The block did not reset allowing the trigger to remain to the rear.  

I bought a used rifle that had been worked. One of the mods was to weld the sear and the trigger together and delete the safety. 

 

That lasted one match.

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13 hours ago, Hendo said:

I bought a used rifle that had been worked. One of the mods was to weld the sear and the trigger together and delete the safety. 

 

That lasted one match.

I don't blame you.  I want all the safety functions to work on all my guns.  I don't shoot a double, but that may be the only one I would consider deactivating.  

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