pzrwest wrote:He then reached down and grabed the mp40 by the barrel and proceeded to lift it up through the hatch. The bolt cocking handle caught on the edge of the hatch and pulled it to the rear but not far enough to catch on the sear. It then slammed forward fireing a round through his arm and up into his arm pit sending him to hospital.
Your friend is sailor, so no problem. Nobody would expect him to be master handling such weapon. He knew his own trade, and he never received proper training handling MP-40 safely.
But still. Not weapons fault. By your description - it was an case of REALLY bad handling doomed to end in accidental discharge.
You NEVER grab the barrel as an carrying handle (OK- unless it is rifle carried over to your shoulder, and i don't like that habit a bit either), and especially you DON'T point loaded or unloaded weapon to you or any other person...(i know, i have scar till end of my life from "unloaded" weapon - not handled by me).
He did BOTH, and completed the firing cycle of open bolt firing SMG by that snagging cocking handle.
In the end. It went very well. Like you said, it saved his life.
Regards, Mark V