Originally Posted by JLA
I had the same initial thought Jim. All DA revolvers are designed so they wont cock manually with the cylinder open. nor will the cylinder latch disengage if the hammer is cocked. And gravity will yank a loaded round right out of the cylinder of any revolver if the cylinder is turned up. closing one without dropping a round or 3 is next to impossible. So the cylinder had to have been closed with the muzzle down and the hammer then thumbed with the muzzle up and the trigger pulled.
I agree JLA. As a matter of fact you can't even load a SA revolver upside down. It just won't work. Also, you are right about the DA not being able to cock with the cylinder open. I am sure the op is being truthful, I am just thinking the percussion of the round going off scrambled his memory. I think he loaded it muzzle down, closed the cylinder, and then out of habit pulled the trigger DA and got a surprise.
My brother has had multiple misfires and I stay away from him. One misfire that he had was because he always dry fired every DA revolver he held and it became such a habit that that is what he did one day when he knew the gun was loaded while he was holding it.
I am glad the op is OK but remember this. If you are going to dry fire a firearm of any kind, be aware of the muzzle direction before you place the index finger on the trigger. Also, when practicing dry firing, always be aware of when you are doing it. Don't just start pulling away on the trigger. There are stories of grown men who have been sitting in their recliner at home and night after night they practice dry firing their hand gun. Then one night they are on the phone talking to a friend and not paying attention and decide to grab their revolver and practice dry firing without engaging their brain and end up blowing their family jewels off, or may be a middle toe.
Engage brain, then pick up gun, check the gun, and watch your muzzle and your trigger finger. Be careful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am glad you and everyone is OK op.