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(Bangor Daily News)   Maine State Trooper has an accidental discharge. Fark--while 'shifting' in his seat during a staff meeting   ( divider line
    More: Fail, accidental discharge, Maine, Maine State Police, Stephen McCausland, seats, handguns  
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2013-02-28 12:37:00 AM  
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He said Currie's gun has been taken to the state police's armory for analysis and testing, where the department's technicians likely will try to re-create the situation that led to the discharge. The weapon's manufacturer also will be contacted and consulted.

I'm guessing one in the pipe, safety off, and a holster with insufficient trigger-guard cover.  Then, as he was "shifting", the bottom of his body armor somehow caught on the trigger and depressed it.  I'm not familiar with the HK .45, but I googled a bunch of pics of it and most of the pics showed a double-action first shot (or DAO) gun with no grip safety.

Alternatively, he could have had a holster with OK trigger coverage, but something had worked loose in that area of the holster (due to fraying or wear) and it got caught when he tried to holster it, (again with the safety off) so he had an insufficiently holstered gun with something wedged against the trigger.  Then, when he shifted, the bottom edge of his body armor (or his gut) caught the gun and pushed down on it, forcing it into the holster and pulling the trigger.
Either way, we're almost certainly talking about a gun with the safety off.

/why yes, I'm bored and waiting for the Lunesta to take effect
//why do you ask?
2013-02-28 08:35:10 AM  
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Harry Freakstorm: It was very easy to accidentally chamber a round in the M-16. We had the chrome bolt and the heavier recoil buffer. You could bounce the butt of the rifle on the ground and it would chamber.

No Air Force, just no
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