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DCSO: Shooting accident seriously injures Redmond man

Deputies say his pistol dislodged from holster, fired a round

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A Redmond man scouting for mountain bike riding trails on BLM land northwest of Redmond was seriously injured Sunday afternoon when his pistol fell out of his holster and fired a round, striking him in the lower leg, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies said.

County 911 dispatchers got a call around 1:30 p.m. from a man reporting that his hiking partner, Chad Gatley, 24, had accidentally shot himself in the lower leg, Lt. Mike Biondi said.

Several deputies and Redmond Fire Department medics responded to the area. GPS coordinates showed Gatley was on top of a butte on BLM property about 3/4 of a mile east of Buckhorn Road, near a motorcycle riding area, Biondi said.

Medics found Gatley and began to treat him as deputies helped them bring Gatley down the butte by wheeled litter to a waiting ambulance, the lieutenant said. He was taken to St. Charles Bend with serious injuries.

Biondi said an investigation found that Gatley was legally carrying a .40-caliber pistol in a holster as he and friends were hiking and scouting mountain bike riding trails.

"Gatley had been scouting in a ravine and was climbing back out when his pistol dislodged from the holster and fired one round, striking him in the lower leg," Biondi said in a news release.

"He wasn’t really sure how it came out," the lieutenant told NewsChannel 21, "but I guess far enough to get something into the trigger guard to touch one off."

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    1. That’s a misconception and not true, but there are stories floating around where people claim they fire when dropped. Nothing is impossible, but by design, it is virtually impossible for the Glocks to fire when dropped. That’s one of the great things about the Glock safety design…
      I’ve been shooting and carrying Glocks for years, and shot them competitively for several years, and have also spent quite a few hours with them completely disassembled, not just field stripped. I have a 17,19,21 and 36, and over the years I have probably fired close to 200,000 rounds. I stopped keeping a log after I reached 150,000, which was about the time I stopped competing.

      It’s unfortunate that people get a bad impression of Glocks because of stories that float around. It’s easier for people to blame the equipment than to admit to their buddies that they weren’t paying attention and were careless… The Glocks are very safe, very reliable and far more accurate than most of the people that shoot them.
      I’ve also carried and collected 1911’s for years and I absolutely love them, but for everyday carrying I usually go with a Glock…

      1. Glocks don’t have an actual safety and if anything gets to the trigger they will fire. Glocks have the reputation because they have earned it. I carry a revolver in the wilderness or a 1911

        1. Wrong. Look at a Glock trigger, the lever in the middle of the trigger which juts forward of the trigger face must be depressed or the pistol won’t fire.

          Not as obvious as the manual safety on a 1911 or its grip safety, but a safety nonetheless.

          Out of all the systems, I prefer the DA/SA system of Sig Sauer with Beretta/Taurus a distant second and DA revolvers third.

            1. The term exists not because of a lack of a safety, but because of poor trigger finger discipline or sloppy gun-handling.

              Sorry you cannot comprehend the actual fact Glocks have a safety lever, albeit located on the trigger.

  1. Great summary of Glocks. I’ve had or carried the G19, G21, and G23. I wonder what kind of holster he was using?

    Not saying it’s the case here, but I’ve always been amused that folks will drop $400-$800 on a handgun then put it in an el cheapo holster that’s one step above a tube sock.

    Glad it was a minor wound.

    1. Sig Sauer P-series pistols are safer than a 1911 as are the Beretta 92/96 series and their Taurus clones.

      There’s a reason most law enforcement agencies shun 1911s and go with Glocks, Berettas, and Sig P-series, instead.

    1. Could have been an open top Kydex holster that relies on tension screws rather than a flap or strap.

      Hope the fellow recovers fully and quickly. A .40 S&W to the leg would not pleasant.

    1. I’m going to allow this only to explain what I hope is obvious to many: IT DEPENDS ON THE STORY. If we are talking about gun safety legislation, etc., of course folks can discuss it to their heart’s content. But the flippant (or worse) remarks in a story about someone being seriously injured – the bar is set higher, because if folks can’t find it in themselves to be sensitive to someone seriously hurt or their friends and family. we’ll have to enforce at least some sensitivity on their behalf. Whether you agree with us or not – that’s why the policy is not a firm specific line across all stories. Context matters.

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