When I was about 17 (many, many years ago) I was house setting for a neighbor in the deserts of Nevada. This neighbor had an old 16 gauge double barrel shotgun that I had commandeered for the time that I was keeping his house. During this time his house was still under construction and the main living portion was the basement. I was down in the basement cleaning this 16 gauge when I thought I heard a car pull up.
I got up and went to the window and while stretching to see out the high window I placed the barrel of the gun on my right foot. Without really meaning to I pulled both triggers and heard the ominous double click of both hammers falling on empty chambers. I remember thinking that I was sure glad that I had not reloaded the gun.
After I determined that no car had pulled in I went back to my chair and opened the breach and you can imagine my surprise when I found myself looking at twin shinny shotgun shells with neat little dents in the primer caps! My first thought was that I had put spent shells in for some unknown reason.
When I removed the shells they were live. Up to that point I had never known that gun to misfire and I used it all bird season after this incident without a misfire, but I am sure glad it misfired that one time! After I was able to get myself under control I took the gun and those two shells outside and when I pulled the triggers I was rewarded with two fully functional shot shells going off.
Oh, and yes I did learn from this and now I check three times that the gun is unloaded, and then I check once more!
Anyone else have any stories about doing something really stupid that you are willing to share?