"Good to think about swing-around considerations when teaching newbies..."
I've got a nice single-shot 22 for that. Remington 41, I think. Cuts down on the worry factor.
Had a relative in Canada killed that way. He was out hunting and didn't unload the gun before crossing a fence. After he crossed he apparently reached over to pull the gun up and the trigger must have snagged.There is a coroners case here right now about a guy shot with a cheap single hammergun.........seems quite likely he was pulling the gun out of a pickup by the muzzle...........the family insist he was murdered .....but there have been countless accidents taking guns out of vehicles.
The short answer is yes.I notice that Sig Sauer, a manufacturer located near me, is getting sued because people are saying their P320 handgun has a tendency to fire spontaneously--without the trigger being pulled.
I am not familiar with the firing mechanism used in such guns, so I am wondering if, from a mechical point of view, it is physically even possible for the gun to discharge without the trigger being pulled.
I know this is more of an engineering question than machining, but I suspect there are some machinists here that might have some pretty detailed knowledge of the innards of these contraptions, maybe a better knowledge than the engineers in some respects.