Some say if you are around firearms long enough it will happen others say if you are safe and follow the rules it can't happen.
Now there is a difference between Accidental Discharge and Negligent Discharge. To me accidental is mechanical in nature. You go to chamber a round but because of a mechanical problem and without touching the trigger a round discharges. A negligent discharge is shooter induced by doing something wrong or skipping a step in the safety chain.
What say you?
I have had two in my life and not quite sure if the second one counts.
I had just picked up my Lew Horton Model 29 2 3/4 inch .44 mag. Came home loaded it up with the intention of going to the range. I wanted to try the custom trigger so I opened the cylinder, elevated the gun stroked the ejector rod dumping the rounds into my hand.
I then closed the cylinder and then dry fired the double action, wonderfully smooth. I then thumb cocked the hammer and pulled the trigger on a wet round so to speak. S&W revolvers are/were notorious for a round hanging on the grip and not fully ejecting so when the weapon is lowered the round will slide back into the cylinder. After replacing the storm window and spraying air freshener I thought I had all bases covered so when my wife came home from work and walked into the bedroom I was shocked when she came out 3 seconds later and asked "Why is there a hole in my curtain?"
Lesson learned always visually check the cylinder, chamber, mag well on whatever you are holding.
The second came with an HK P7. I was on the range getting ready to fire my first round. I pushed out to the target and a round discharged before I was even halfway there striking the chest of the target.
My shooting partner looked a me and said "Did you mean to do that?". Lesson learned do not assume because you have shot a lot of weapons systems that they all behave the same. The trigger on a P7 is factory set at 2.5 pounds I believe which I was not prepared for.
Both of these incidents stay in the back of head and I think of them before handling or firing any weapons system.
PS please excuse the little smiley thing in the title I can't get it to come off.