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#1 TM76

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Posted 29 October 2005 - 07:57 AM


I receive a e mail from my friend and THOMPSON collector and I would like everyone to wish him a get well message.
Here is the E mail I got from Brian

I JUST RETURNED HOME AND AM STILL ON A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF MEDICATION, SO IF THIS DOES NOT MAKE ANY SINCE ITS THE PAIN KILLERS TALKING. I WAS IN HARRISBURG PA AND HAD JUST RETURNED HOME LAST THURSDAY. I WAS UNLOADING SOME ITEMS IT THE HOUSE WHEN I BENT OVER THE GUN IN THE POCKET OF MY JACKET FELL OUT AND DISCHARGED WHEN IT HIT THE BRICKS.IT LANDED ON THE HAMMER AND FIRED THE ROUND UNDER THE FIRING PIN. WENT IN TO THE LEFT SIDE OF MY CHEST AND JUST (BY MILLIMETERS,PER THE TRAUMA SURGEON)MISSED MY HEART AND AORTA. IT HIT MY LEFT LUNG AND BLEW THE TOP OF MY LUNG OFF, THEN IT LODGED IN MY BACK, WHICH IS WHERE IT IS NOW.(VERY SORE) EARNED MY SELF SURGERY,A CHEST TUBE TO DRAIN THE BLOOD,AND 5 DAYS IN THE ICU. I'M STILL SORE BUT ALIVE....................................

I belive this accident happen to Brian Thurs Oct. 20, He is home now and feeling better, I belive the gun
was a 22cal.

Hope you have a speedy recovery Brian

See Ya

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Posted 29 October 2005 - 08:05 AM

Thank God he's OK. It would be instructive to learn what type of handgun was involved. Definitely a safety issue / lesson learned here.
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Posted 29 October 2005 - 08:07 AM



Brian Gustafson ( pca16 ) is a long time THOMPSON collector and friend to this board.

See Ya
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Posted 29 October 2005 - 12:09 PM

+1 to what Phil said.

I am very wary when I or others handle either the Single Action Army or the WWII 1911A1 as both have the potential to fire if the hammer hits a hard surface.

God Speed to a quick recovery for Brian.
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Posted 29 October 2005 - 12:13 PM

Sorry to hear about Brian's accident. I hope he is feeling better and recovers soon.
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Posted 29 October 2005 - 12:26 PM

at the s.a.r.show last year...my walther ppk fell out of it's holster while in the john...the only discharge was from me that day in the stall shouting motherf!!!!!!!!

no damage to me or the gun....

i hope brian get's back to normal soon...and wish him well...we've had a few thompson guy's pass over the year's..we don't need another on the plaque of fame!!

get well brian.stay safe. take care,ron
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Posted 29 October 2005 - 01:14 PM

The second push button safety on the Dornaus & Dixon's Bren Ten was perhaps their best feature on the defunct 10mm. You could carry it cocked and locked or in double action mode and with the same movement to release the lever slide safety you could release the firing pin push button on the slide.
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Posted 29 October 2005 - 02:15 PM

QUOTE (colt21a @ Oct 29 2005, 12:26 PM)
at the s.a.r.show last year...my walther ppk fell out of it's holster while in the john...the only discharge was from me that day in the stall shouting motherf!!!!!!!!

no damage to me or the gun....

i hope brian get's back to normal soon...and wish him well...we've had a few thompson guy's pass over the year's..we don't need another on the plaque of fame!!

get well brian.stay safe. take care,ron

all right another PPK carry guy................. laugh.gif i knew i liked you for some reason.... btw i use an ankle holster.... a little slower but I don't have to worry about having to dish it out of the shitter... wink.gif

Thoughts to RKings bud.... Also rude wake up call to all who carry or handle firearms... There are no do-overs with guns....
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Posted 29 October 2005 - 02:56 PM

Brian, be well and god speed your recovery.

As far as CCW gun, I carry a P7M8 for exactly this reason.
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Posted 29 October 2005 - 03:02 PM

Much thanks to all my thompson friends who have sent cards and e-mails. I am doing better each day. I had the bullet removed from my back Thursday. I will talk later when I am able. Still on mega pain killers. Thanks Brian.
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Posted 29 October 2005 - 03:59 PM

Brian,

Heal fast, and be well.

I as well have had a few close calls over the years. Makes one really take stock in everything.
For CCW I only carry over an empty chamber with the 1911's. If things are hot, condition one with leather under the hammer.

Never did get up your way this summer for a shoot.
Ended up going to school through work and getting my police certification.
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Posted 29 October 2005 - 04:33 PM

Ouch! Get well soon, be safe everyone else!
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Posted 29 October 2005 - 10:30 PM

Wow! What a close one you had! Sure hope you get better soon.
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Posted 30 October 2005 - 03:50 AM

Brian,
Wow, when all is done years from now, you will be king of the card table story tellers!
Hope you a quick recovery and all the best.
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Posted 30 October 2005 - 04:19 AM

Brian-

I am glad to hear you are okay. Good luck and here is to a quick recovery.

Chris.
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Posted 30 October 2005 - 08:40 AM

Get better Brian, need to see you at the next TCA!
That's another reason not to carry one in the chamber.
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Posted 31 October 2005 - 11:13 AM

Ouch!!!

Brian get well!

This is why I prefer not to have the Springild Armory 1911's or others without firing pin locks as carry guns ( target guns are a different story ) but I switched to a hip holster after I had a nasty spill that had me following my 1911. It was scuffed and I was cut up but gun was still cocked and locked. It was an old style Llama .45 and it had the Swartz system like Colt was beginning to implement only WWII got in the way.

You guys with the PPK's must have small hands, I get sliced twice every time I fire one of those. Too bad someone isn't making a pistol like the Colt 1903 vest pocket with firing pin locks and in say .40 S&W.

Hope you fully recover Brian, you have one hell of a story to tell to remind us about safety, pistol retention in holsters and hopefully you will be around to remind us for a good long time.

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PS anyone know if Caravile ( spelling?) still is in busness and makes the "double ace" conversions that work like the HK P7 for squeze cocking. I had one fifteen years ago (ghad has it been that long?) but foolishly traded it off.
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Posted 31 October 2005 - 11:44 AM

only cut one time with a ppk,when i first a bought german walther pre-45 .32acp ppk from a indiana farmer while in the marine's....was going back home to chi-town from lejeune on leave, before the big flight to the big asian tour.............

he brought it back from ww2......and decided since i was going over to sell it to me. i think for $100.00.......


stupid goofball that i am with nice stuff...and a faint weakness to please gun friend's about five year's later i sold it to a undeserving buddy of mine...after i put 100 rd's through it.dum, dum, dum, for a cheap $100 bill. regretted it for many year's...however recently picked up one of the first walther stainless made in u.s.a. from interarm's...{now defunct}

and it has worked well since...

been looking for a party leader model to buy...but alas, they want to freakin much for a original...

ppk never bothered me heck fired desert eagle's and everything else with no problem..

bond,jame's bond!!

take care,ron

p.s i do love the walther p-38 tho.one of the best double action's out there.and a dead shot with one.they just feel right!
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Posted 31 October 2005 - 01:56 PM

QUOTE (colt21a @ Oct 31 2005, 11:44 AM)
only cut one time with a ppk,when i first  a bought  german walther pre-45 .32acp  ppk from a indiana farmer while in the marine's....was going back home to chi-town from lejeune on leave, before the big flight to the big asian tour.............

he brought it back from ww2......and decided since i was going over to sell it to me. i think for $100.00.......


stupid goofball that i am with nice stuff...and a faint weakness to please gun friend's about five year's later i sold it to a undeserving buddy of mine...after i put 100 rd's through it.dum, dum, dum,  for a cheap $100 bill. regretted it for many year's...

My PPK story.... Bought it when I was 21yo and it was the first pistol I ever bought... Purchased it from a place in Eugene OR called the Cop Shop run by an ex-cop/armorer... One of the EPD's finest put it in on consignment for 70 bucks and I was able to put 20 bucks down to hold it and paid it off in 2 months. I got hard up for money and ended up selling it to my new father-in-law for the same $70.00... I had the same regret you had.... But here five years ago I go to dad-in-laws, who was very sick at that point, for Christmas and low and behold I unwrap the first package and it is my PPK after after some 25+ years! I actually shed a tear or two at that point... That ole PPK is one of my favorite carry pieces.....
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Posted 31 October 2005 - 02:20 PM

My PPK cut the blood out of my hand until I took a file and de-burred the outside edges of the slide. It hasn't cut me since.. Break the sharp edge is all you need to do.

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