It Happened To Me.....Once.
The day of my Dads funeral we had to pass through a very bad area of PGH in order to get to the funeral home.
I just brought along a Walther PPK/S & put it in the "glove compartment" for the drive to & from the funeral home.
I had decided to not to "pocket carry" the pistol inside the funeral home & (inside the car) cleared the chamber & popped the loaded magazine & one loose round under the car seat & locked the car doors and locked the Walther in the trunk.
I put the pistol inside a paper bag & hid it in the trunk. I remember doing that.
The car was parked in the funeral home parking lot which had an attendant.
When we finally got home...a short while passed & I realized that I had absolutely no idea where the Walther was. I had no recollection of taking it out of the trunk....the magazine was not under the car seat (but, one loose round WAS still under the seat) & in fact I thought that the pistol could possibly have been stolen out of the car at the funeral home & during the service.
I tore the house & the car apart & the pistol was in no place that I would have normally have put it.
After a solid few hours of searching everywhere I was ready to phone the police & report the pistol either Lost or Stolen.
I remember thinking that the damn funeral home "parking lot person" must have stolen my pistol out of the car. I was pissed and upset.
Of course...I was upset for other reasons also.
I went upstairs to get my wallet & license information (ready to make the highly embarrassing phone call to the police) & the doggone Walther was in the Curio Cabinet underneath my wallet & a printed copy of a poem that my Niece read during the funeral service.
To this day I have absolutely no recollection of taking the firearm out of the car trunk...inserting the mag...or of bringing the pistol into the house. Obviously, I did. The magazine was in the pistol but, the chamber was empty.
That is the only time that I ever misplaced a firearm & it will never happen to me again.