I just read the post on the "Sobering Experience". Scary stuff.... It really got me thinking; I follow "The Rules" religiously, and while I grew up around guns to some extent, I'm new to carrying most every day, and still getting comfortable with it. But hearing about discharges among some of the more experienced crowd, really drives home the point of "It's not a matter of 'if', but 'when'."
What I'm getting at............. I'm certain this is a sensitive subject for many, but I'm wondering if any of you have any accidental or negligent discharge stories you'd be willing to share? I imagine this may have been discussed previously, but in searching older posts I really didn't find many. For me at least, when I read Jeep's story, it really made me that much more aware of something to watch for; a Practical Application of The Rules, of sorts. Other stories might have the same effect for me at least, and probably some of us other "newbies", and maybe even some of the veterans..?
For any of you that have experiences you'd be willing to share, I'm curious if they're 100% user error, or if equipment failure can come into play as well? As totally irrational as I suspect it is, I think I'm just about more afraid of my PT111 "spontaneously" discharging in my hand (or the back of my pants!!) through no fault of my own as I am of encountering a scenario where I'd need to use my weapon! Especially with my "cocked and locked" SA/DA Taurus - "cocked and locked" just goes against everything I'd ever learned growing up about firearms safety, even though I know a good percentage of our crowd swear by it.
So..... thoughts? Stories? Advice? Reassurance for the newbie that he's not gonna shoot himself in the with his "cocked and locked" firearm so long as "The Rules" are obeyed judiciously? I appreciate your feedback.