Keep your finger off the trigger! (Powerful lesson learned)
I took my two sons paintballing the other day and during one of the matches, one of my teammates asked me to cover him as he ran from one barrier to another. As he ran, I got up, intending to fire towards the opposing team. Instead, as I stood up, I was watching my teammate run and I began to fire, thinking I was pointing my gun towards my opponents.
I hit my teammate twice.
Two lessons learned:
1. Keep your finger off the trigger until you intend to fire your weapon.
2. Never point your gun at anyone or anything you don't intend to destroy.
Simple lessons and I know them by heart. But putting lessons learned by rote into practice is another matter.
Thank God it was only paintball!