How easy or hard is it to accidentally damage a rifle?
This is probably something everyone here knows except for me. How easy or hard is it to accidentally damage your rifle barrel and affect accuracy? I personally am confused because there are lots of people who write articles or posts on the internet about how they baby their rifles, refrain from using aluminum cleaning rods, etc., which gives the impression of great fragility. Other people say things like you will not damage your barrel even with a lot of cleaning using a copper brush, and so on.
Besides for cleaning, what about accidental dings or impacts? Let's say you accidentally bump your rifle on a tree or some furniture as you walk past, or you lean the rifle against a wall, but it gets knocked over and falls down. Is stuff like that going to cause any real damage? I imagine not considering you're also supposed to use a bayonet on a rifle in a hand to hand combat situation, but I figure I might as well ask here.
Thanks for helping to educate a rifle n00b!