I'll never forget one of my first experiences with a semi auto pistol. A room mate of mine down if Fla bought a 9 mm semi auto and we headed out to the swamps to go try it out. We get to this spot, he loads up the mag as I watched, put a round in the chamber, through a bottle out in the water, shot at it and missed. Then he stuck the gun down the back of his pants, like he was dirty Harry or something. I had just opened my mouth to tell him as I was moving to a safer location, he went to quick draw on the bottle again but before he could get the gun out of his pants, the gun went off! He never uncocked the hammer, never put on the safety, blew a hole right in the seat of his pants, right where I had just been standing, put a bullet hole right in one of my foot prints, the muzzle blast burned his butt, the bullet casing jammed the slide as it tried to eject, or inject it into his skin. With me diving for cover, his backside burning he tugged at the gun again and kind of just tossed it to the ground where it bounces 1 time, dislodges the spent casing and came to rest, fully cycled and ready to fire again. Before I could say a word, he picked up the gun, dropped the magazine out of it, and shoved it back into his pants! This time in front!
I said," Dude, freeze, don't move, don't touch that gun." I walked over by him, carefully pointed the muzzle in his pants away from him as much as possible, and just touched the hammer. BANG! I shot a hole in his front pocket from the inside out, I took his gun from him and he never got it back. I'll never forget that smell of burning hair and gunpowder or the sight of smoke wisping out of the bullet holes. lol
Now before I get hung here, I was about 20 years old, I had a good idea what caused the first shot but wasn't sure. I wasn't trying to fire the second shot, just trying to keep the muzzle in a safe position as I tried to remove it from his pants. Later inspection of the gun showed it had been modified to have a hair trigger pull. Even in experienced hands, this gun was an accident waiting to happen. If the spent brass wasn't hung up, that gun would have fired when it hit the ground. I used it for a gunsmith class came in handy for inspecting and test firing and I pretty much ruined what was left during the bluing, engraving and electroplating part of the course. That gun will never hurt anyone again.
Fasteddie, you can fix stupid most of the time. I try to fix a little bit of my stupid every day and let me tell ya, I've done a lot of fixxin' over the years.[:D]
American by birth, hunter by choice.