I now have a pretty good idea of what it feels like to stare down the barrel of .45. Shooting IDPA match today. We arrived at our next stage just a couple minutes before the squad in front of us finished and moved on. I was sitting "backwards" at the picnic table and watching their last guy shoot.
Another one of my squad members is sitting a few feet to the left of me. I hear him say WHOA! I look and there is a guy with his 1911 out of the holster, obviously had just walked away from the "safe table". By this time he is directly in front of me, he's a lefty (not politically), and has his .45, 1911 pointed directly at me! Now I'm yelling WHOA, WHOA, WHOA! Now the guy has figured out that he is not being well received by the peanut gallery. He mutters something to the effect oh sorry.
By this time my heart is pounding and I'm becoming a bit angry. I did stand up but didn't do anything. And at the same time the match director had just stopped his golf cart in time to see the guy holstering his weapon as he continued to walk on.
MD called the guy over to him and then they walked over to the safe table. They did a safety check on his gun and then the MD went over the rules AGAIN and then sent the guy packing.
Later in the day I did ask the MD to please tell me the guys gun was unloaded when they did the safety check!! He said it was. The whole thing lasted just a couple seconds but was quit unnerving when a total stranger, first timer I found out, is about 10 feet from you with a .45 pointed straight at your chest.
In the years I have shot IDPA, USPSA, etc I have seen a few negligent discharges that were not a big issue, muzzle was pointed downrange. This little ordeal scared the stuffing right of me!