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Florida Man Shoots Himself And His Friend In A Horrific Gun Range Accident

April 27, 20224 min read

When I woke up this morning, I discovered an email from a  fellow Sheepdog about two men shot at a gun range in Florida.

The incident occurred a few years ago, but the lesson we can learn is highly relevant to us today.

The surveillance footage shows the moment a man shot himself and his friend while inside a Florida gun range.

Here's what happened.

One man decided he would teach his buddy how to shoot a gun.

As the men were shooting, they received a basic malfunction… As most of you know, a basic malfunction is easy to fix if you know what to do.

Unfortunately, these men didn't have a clue.

The men walked to the back of the room, which is extremely dangerous on its own...

...and began fumbling around with the gun to fix the malfunction.


The gun went off, and one of the men began jumping up and down; he shot his finger off.

The other man had been shot in the leg and was desperately attempting to control the bleeding.

These men made several critical mistakes.

Mistake #1: They failed to perform a safety inspection.

Safety checking is the step-by-step process of determining if a firearm is loaded or not.

What shocks me is that 99% of gun owners do not know how or when to perform a safety inspection.

If you own a firearm, learning how to perform a safety inspection is the first thing you should know how to do.

Mistake #2: The shooter had his finger on the trigger.

One of the most common mistakes new shooters make is subconsciously placing their finger on the trigger. They don't mean to, but they think this is normal because of bad habits they have learned from TV and movies.

Mistake #3: The firearm was pointed in an unsafe direction…

The gun was pointed at his buddy's leg, and to make matters even worse, his finger was in front of the barrel…

Mistake #4: They were NOT handling the firearm at the firing line…

One of the most basic gun range etiquette rules is; Only handle a firearm at the firing line. Yet I see people breaking this rule every time I go to the range.

Mistake #5: These men tried to learn how to become safe and responsible firearms owners on their own.

I'm sure you know that there are two ways to learn a new skill.

First, you could try to figure it out on your own…

However, this strategy has some significant disadvantages. Trying to figure it out on your own is a very long, expensive, and challenging process because you don't know what you don't know.

This means you must learn from trial and error…

The second option is to hire someone further along than you are…

Learning from an expert is the secret weapon that highly successful people have been using for centuries to increase their skills rapidly.

When I wanted to get better at marketing, do you know what I did? I hired an expert…

When I wanted to learn more about investing my money, do you know what I did? I hired an expert…

When I wanted to learn how to become a safe and responsible firearms owner, do you know what I did? I hired an expert…

Hiring an expert allows you to take a shortcut towards achieving the desired results in your life and ensure you're learning the right way…

It's also important to note that I don't mean asking your friend, spouse, or neighbor when I say, expert.

I mean choosing a person who has already helped thousands of people achieve the result you desire to achieve.

And this is why I created The Beginners Guide To Firearms…

My goal was to give shooters who have never received professional firearms training a step-by-step process that they could follow to handle a gun safely, make accurate shots at the range, and feel safe and confident handling firearms.

Learn More About The Beginners Guide To Firearms Here

And as of this writing, we have helped over 10,000 first-time shooters feel safe and confident handling a firearm.

In the movie The Matrix, Neo was asked to choose between two pills, and I will ask you to do the same thing.

Choose the RED PILL 💊 and stay in wonderland… Continue going to the range, struggling to make accurate shots, and never really understanding what your doing.


Choose the BLUE PILL and rapidly increase your skills and confidence by investing in yourself…

If you choose the BLUE PILL, click the button below to learn more about…

Learn More About The Beginners Guide To Firearms Here

Talk Again Soon,

Ryan G. Thomas

Florida Concealed Carry
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Ryan G. Thomas

Ryan believes a trained and aware citizen is the best way to minimize crime, victims and senseless acts of violence. Ryan is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a father of three beautiful children. Ryan and his wife Tiffany met while doing inner city ministry for Operation Explosion in Tampa 12 years ago. He is passionate about God, his family, and his community. Ryan has a passion for the 2nd amendment and believes all Americans should have the right and ability to protect themselves and their families.

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