A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Cracking Up

A patron was heeding nature's call at Carl's Jr. restaurant in Centerville Utah when his Kahr P40 came out of it's holster and hit the floor. The pistol discharged, shattering the toilet and frightening a woman in the ladies room next door. Injured by the shrapnel, the unfortunate man hiked up his britches, and left the bathroom holding his wounded arm to ask for assistance.

Paramedics responded to the shot along with police. The man's arm was treated for lacerations. The woman next dooe was treated for chest pain. The Kahr P40 was secured by officers. The unfortunate man was not cited.

This could happen to any person who uses a cheap floppy holster that will not secure a firearm without the help of gravity. Good holsters are available. They certainly beat getting the crap scared out of yourself.



Blogger Andrew said...

Isn't the Kahr drop safe?

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will a Kahr P40 really discharge if dropped on a hard surface? I believe most discharges involving a dropped gun happen when the person tries to catch it. Just let it drop!

It does us no good when stories like this reinforce the idea that guns "just go off" in the minds of the public.

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Connor said...

I believe that the Kahr P40 is "Drop-Tested" (a test where they DROP the pistol from a specific height and see if it will discharge) and it passed, as it is sell-able here in Kalifornia.

What I'm wondering is...if there isn't more to his story? Like did he actually went to pick it up and put his finger in the trigger guard like a stupid nutter?

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A one-shot stop.

4:54 PM  
Blogger lee n. field said...

Kahr not drop safe????

5:12 PM  
Blogger Broadsword said...

Hmm...with a Kahr? Does anyone know how likely or unlikely this is or was? (I have a Kahr CW9. I thought pistols were subjected to drop tests.) My knowledge of how the firing pin blocks is exhausted by knowing I have one. Fear not though, I mainly carry a CZ P-01.)

6:09 PM  
Blogger BugSpray said...

The Kahr is a DAO pistol and it has a striker block to help prevent this type of discharge. Typical position and movement in the toilet would mean a drop of no more than 30-35 inches. Don't you think it would have survived that? Maybe he was playing with it. Sorry, couldn't resist.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Travlin said...

I love your punch line.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Fox said...

Hrm... guesses this proves that "drop safeties" don't always do their job.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

This is exactly why I prefer a holster with a thumb snap. My gun is not going to leave its holster unless I want it to.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Me said...


I agree with the earlier posters, though. Methinks the knucklehead dropped it, tried to catch it, and snagged the trigger.
Have to check with the blogger over at The Shekel.
( http://shekel.blogspot.com/)

He's a Kahr guy.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

The state of California tests guns to ensure that they don't fire when dropped. The Kahr P40 passed: http://certguns.doj.ca.gov/

Or maybe he's -- you should forgive the expression -- fudging the facts a little.

(Another story, identifying the gun: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705277512,00.html)

8:21 PM  
Blogger Sevesteen said...

I'm going to agree with the majority here. Although the P40 I briefly owned was horrible, it is nearly impossible that the DAO gun fired when it landed--It is far more likely that the owner was doing something stupid and managed to pull the trigger--Could be he tried to catch it when it fell, could be he unholstered and was fiddling with it. If nobody but the owner was injured, there might not be all that much investigation of angles and such.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous jIM said...


It could be worse. Don't hand your loaded pistol to a 2 year old.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Keith Walker said...

Wow. Talk about getting caught with your pants down.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous HKL said...

As well as a good holster, a good belt is very important.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Weetabix said...

None of my IWB holsters without thumb breaks will hold a pistol reliably during a ... stop of that nature.

I always unholster before taking a seat, but it's more in deference to my pistol's condition and cleanliness than because I fear a ND.

I'm with everyone else - there's more to the story than meets the eye. Perhaps it's hiding where the sun don't shine?

2:29 PM  

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