Confess: tell us about your AD's
James Jarrett, who is quite a horseman as well as shooter/instructor, once told me, "You show me somebody who has never fallen off a horse, and I'll show you somebody who hasn't ridden much." Jarrett maintained that we are all going to have an AD someday; our mission is make sure that when our turn comes, it will be benign, that there will be only embarrassment, not death or injury.
Of course, I didn't believe him. I had been handling guns -- a lot -- for over 20 years, firing over 10,000 rounds a year, sometimes much more.
There are two kinds of shooters: Those who have never had an AD (or ND, if you prefer), and those who haven't had an AD yet.
My AD was with a Ruger .22/45. I knew the magazine was out, because I saw it there on the table, picked it up and put it away. I knew the chamber was empty, because I pulled back the slide and looked. I did not know that there was another magazine in the gun, because I assumed that the one I picked up and put away was the one from the gun. When I pulled back the slide to inspect the chamber, I loaded one from the magazine.
I lined up on a leaf on a bush outside the window, backed by a cinder block wall, because I knew that was a safe direction -- cinder block walls stop .22's. And it did, too. Windows, however, don't stop .22's.
Yes, there was a hole through the leaf -- I'm not making that up for dramatic effect, I really did hit the leaf. (I was a fluke, though, after the bullet penetrated glass.)
I called the glazier and had the window repaired before my wife got home. She never knew; still doesn't.
Nowadays, all my dry-firing, and loading and unloading, is done with the gun pointed at a target that is hung in front of a couple of old Kevlar vest panels, against an exterior wall that is backed by a cinder block wall on the outside. I now believe with all my heart, with a religious conviction, that I WILL have another AD some day, but I am determined that it will be benign.
Your turn: Have you had an AD -- yet?