Once when I was deer hunting in a climbing treestand and it was soo windy that day that it was rocking the tree (yes, it was a pretty good size tree) and when I saw a deer and then when I went to take the saftey off (a Remington bolt action rifle) the swaying of the tree caused my gloved finger to brush the side of the trigger, BAM, like to have jumped out of my skin, thankfully, all I shot was the ground !!!
As much as the tree was rocking, I probably could not have hit the deer. Another lesson learned.
i feel for you chris441. This just happen to me last night. luckily i was outside on my patio going through the actions of getting ready to field strip and clean my gun, the same exact way and process as i always do. forgettting that the mag was still in the gun and pulling back on my xd to pull the slide of to clean BANG the gun goes off. I immediatlely felt sick to my stomach, ashamed and disgusted with myself. on top of all of this my wife was sitting 5 feet away on her cell phone. i have not yet been able to get this out of my mind. i keep going through the ''what if's..........'' i am a very resposible gun owner when handleing, letting other people handle, while at the range and hunting. i felt like i was the most irrisponsible person in the world and felt like grabbing every gun i have and taking them to a gun shop today to sell. the gun was pointed in a safe direction and bullet when into the ground nobody was hurt and the cops did not come to the house. but this will definately make me double, triple and quadruple check the gun before i do any cleaning on it.
I'll bet that not one person here that has handled firearms extensively over many years can honestly claim they've never surprised themselves. The gunny that taught me to shoot (at age 9) taught me
1) drop the mag
2) eject the chambered round and lock the slide.
3) visually inspect the chamber to make sure it's empty
4) stick your pinkie in the chamber to make sure there isn't an invisible round in the chamber
5) treat it like it's loaded anyway
I still cooked one off once with a malfunctioning de-cocker.
Now imagine it was my wife and not me and she had not locked the door. What do you think the outcome would have been?
i accidentally discharged a Winchester lever action 30/30 when I was a kid and I was unloading it.
Scared the hell out of everybody (me included) - luckily no one was hurt except my ego - dumb accident on my part.