I cant even do that with my mossberg shotguns, they arent drop safe. Id have to leave the chamber empty until ready to shoot.
I never wear a harness but do not go up more than 12ft. Still can get hurt at that height I just take the risk.Amen! We still see hunters come in on a regular basis starting about October every year. Many while building or testing stands. Lot of sad stories. The worst was a guy who wound up falling on arrows. The entire stand failed with him in it. Any of you guys who cheat on the harness when using a climber, especially when bow hunting, please reconsider! And remember to let someone know your plans in case you get injured and can’t make contact so you’ll hopefully be found in time.
Please be careful. I fell out of a ladder stand two years ago. I was climbing up to get in the stand when I fell. I got to the top and put my rifle on the seat so I could get up on the platform. I stepped up on the last rung to get up to the platform but I missed the rung. I fell backward but fortunately my leg got caught on the rung as I fell. This caused me to tumble down the ladder slowing my fall before I hit the ground. I landed on my back and left side. As I hit the ground I felt something hit my chest. It as my .45 that I was carrying. It had come out of the holster and landed on my chest. Luckily it did not discharge. After a few seconds of getting my wits about me I took inventory of my body making sure everything was working. With everything working I climbed back up and made the hunt. The next few days I felt like someone had beat the ever living crap out of me. I had a bruise from my hip to my knee on my left leg that lasted weeks. The following Monday I went and purchased safety lines for all of our ladders stands. We already had them on all of lock-on stands but we figured who could fall from a ladder stand. Well I found out you can and it hurts when you hit the ground.I never wear a harness but do not go up more than 12ft. Still can get hurt at that height I just take the risk.
Thank you for bringing that up. I will talk to my gun smith the next time I go and have his thoughts on it with the trigger group in his hands if needed. Unfortunately I assumed they were not drop safe due to the many people saying that on facebook groups.Interesting. So after reading your comment above I searched and read about Mossbergs and drop safety. Reading from several forums, the consensus seems newer Mossberg shotguns are now drop safe, where the older models are not. Seems most all shotgun manufacturers in the last 10 or 20 years have made improvements (most likely I'm guessing heavier trigger pulls/more sear engagement contact surfaces, or an actual mechanical firing pin block similar in function to a series 80 Colt 1911 or a Glock pistol) to make their new production shotguns drop safe. Also read many users claimed the older Remington shotguns are not drop safe, but also read Remington could not reproduce ADs from dropping them in their testing. I'm also guessing shotgun manufacturers made improvements (drop safe) both to produce a safer weapon, and avoid any possible litigation/law suits/liability. I bet Kenny @meplatgroup could comment on this from his experience, and any historical shotgun drop AD lawsuits.
They (shotgun manufacturers) must now have a drop standard too for shotguns, for their in house testing procedures. Like a 8' drop on the buttstock. Or perhaps 6 or 8' on the muzzle end. Read one report on line of a fellow duck hunting grabbed his shotgun by the barrel and dropped it. It discharged and severely damaged his hand, he ultimately lost his hand. One would think the safety was off, but the report did not say one way or the other. So perhaps even if the safety was indeed engaged when I dropped the older model Winchester 13 or 14 feet, it may have discharged anyway.