This wraps up the tragic story from March 9, 2009 when one Marine shot another by accident while playing a deadly game involving guns and trust, throwing common sense and weapon safety rules to the wayside.
The game typically begins when one service member partially inserts a bullet magazine into the handle of a pistol and pretends to pull back the gun’s slide to make it appear that the weapon is ready to fire.
He then points the weapon at a fellow service member before either pulling the trigger or lowering the gun. Typically, even if he pulls the trigger the weapon will not discharge because a bullet is not in the chamber.
When I read that my first thought was “WHAAAAATTT? Marines actually do that?” I guess it must get pretty boring on base if they have to resort to games like that.
That unfortunately was not the first time a U.S. soldier has died playing games like that.
More info in the Associated Press article HERE