I was always told that there were two kinds of shooters. . . . .those who have had an ND, and those who will have an ND!
I'd always pooh-poohed this assertion as I consider myself a very safe and pretty competent gun. Backstops are non-negotiable, muzzle awareness the same, rifle is unloaded getting into/out of a high seat, etc, I take pains to let my companions know the rifle/shotgun is empty after unloading, etc. Basically, I'd considered the chances of an ND happening to me as very-slim to zero.
Until it happened!
I was recently unloading the chamber of my .22 after removing the mag', and my gloved knuckle caught the trigger (which takes a measured 3lb pull) as I turned the rifle onto its side to access the bolt, sending the round into the grass bank I had the muzzle pointing towards!
It was nothing overly-dramatic. I was alone, nobody saw it, nobody was hurt, the sky didn't fall in and if I wasn't making this post to this day nobody would even know about it. Muzzle awareness saved the day, so the only casualty was my pride and ego.
But! The very fact that it happened brought me out in a cold sweat, and it's been on my mind since it happened. The lesson here is beware of complacency. I was in two minds as to whether to post this, to be honest, but for me not to would be hypocritical, and if this tale makes anyone think about their own practices it can only be a good thing. From now on, gloves are off when unloading, and I'll be making certain I know exactly where my knuckles are in relation to the trigger.
I'm now wiser and a good deal humbler