It's not a big deal in and of itself, but the end result could have been beyond my most horrific nightmares. My friend Doug and I were at an outdoor range shooting my brother's Springfield Armory XDm for this blog (see that review here). I reached down, picked up the gun and it went off shooting a hole through the plywood range table.
How did it happen? That's the scariest part of this whole short story. I'm not really sure. I'm a stickler for keeping my finger off a trigger. I'm a freak about checking the condition of a gun. The XDm has a loaded chamber indicator. All of this failed in a split second. Luckily, the gun fired through the table and into the dirt - no one was hurt.
I was so mad at myself that I had a hard time acknowledging the incident for several days. In a split second of stupidity, carelessness and cockiness I let myself down, I let my friend down and I let the private range down (I owe them a piece of plywood).
I could have very easily shot myself or my friend in that momentary lapse of consciences. Keep your guard up. Don't get cocky handling guns just because you do it a lot. And practicing good muzzle safety can help you avoid tragedy if your finger and brain let you down.
Thank you for reading.