Originally Posted by ctious
It was 100% my fault. Good thing I always point in a safe direction.
+2 to you, sir. Owning the mistake and following the most important safety rule. A lot of people tend to be in denial when something like that happens, and as a result they never learn a darn thing.
I have never had a slam fire, but it happened to a guy next to me on the firing line of a High Power practice match. Bullet went into the ground about 10 feet in front of the firing line. He was pretty upset about it (rightly so, I suppose) but honestly, it didn't really bother me all that much. He was doing everything right (keeping muzzle pointed downrange) and no one got hurt. However, something like this could very easily go the other way. That's why I don't like being around unsafe gun handlers and muzzle sweepers.
Be sure to tell these stories to people you are introducing to the shooting sports when emphasizing safety rules and why it's important to NEVER let the muzzle point at anything you don't want to destroy.
I will get off my Safety Pup soapbox now. I'm glad that you are OK, ctious.