My gunsmithing skills have improved since then. Another time I had an old and well used Mossberg 500 12g. My buddy and I were walking through the tullies with our dogs looking for pheasants. I was holding the butt in my right hand with the barrel over my shoulder, chambered and safety on. Next thing I know shotgun goes off next to my ear and right over my buddies head. Thousands of rounds finally wore that thing out. And my buddy pitched in to help me buy a new shotgun since he refused to go chase birds unitil I had a new one. I have yet to see a firearm that has not been monkey'd with or worn out fire on its own.