Fisherman hooks .22 caliber handgun


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March 19, 2003, 07:02 AM
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Catch of the day: Handgun

Fisherman hooks .22 caliber handgun, complete with bullets, from Great Kills Harbor pier


Tuesday, March 18, 2003

By SAM DOLNICK
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE


Every fisherman has a fish story.

Eric Cohen has one for the books.




While fishing near Nichols Marina in Great Kills Harbor yesterday, Cohen hooked a handgun.

"I've caught tires, condoms, lots of bags, but this was my first gun," said Cohen, 30, of Huguenot, who had headed to the Great Kills Park section of Gateway National Recreation Area in hopes of snagging a flounder.

On his day off, with the sun shining on his back, Cohen was using a brand new lure and practicing his cast when his hook caught a sock.

"I could tell something was in the sock and I was worried that it was somebody's foot," said Cohen. "I brought it up onto the rocks and you could definitely tell that it was a gun."

A rusty .22 caliber Ruger handgun, to be exact, with seven bullets in the clip.

Chris Chirdo was fishing 10 yards away when his buddy called him over. "I was like, 'What'd you get? A bass. A flounder?'" said Chirdo, 28, of Pleasant Plains.

The two men called the city police and Park Rangers, who turned the matter over to Park Police.

Park Ranger Steven Schiffer, who responded, said he had never heard of anyone finding a gun in the marina before.

U.S. Park Police Officer Kevin Czahor copied the gun's serial number and the fishermen said it came up clean in a check. Park Police were unavailable for comment last night.

The gun was caught during low tide, less than 10 feet from shore.

"Whoever threw [the gun] away didn't try too hard to get rid of it," said Cohen. "They could have thrown it way out, but they just dropped it."

The fishermen didn't catch any fish yesterday, although they have high hopes for the season.

"Amazingly, sometimes we catch some fish," said Cohen, who has been fishing at the marina for years. "Last year, we caught bluefish every day."

The men don't depend on the fruits from the sea for their dinner, however. "You don't eat anything you catch out of here," Cohen cautioned. "The bass are too small and I don't eat bluefish.

"Besides," he said, peering over the marina's rail, "you've got to think about these water conditions."

Cohen and Chirdo took yesterday's unusual catch in stride.

"We'll definitely go out again," said Cohen. "This just makes for a good story."

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Greg L
March 19, 2003, 07:36 AM
Cohen and Chirdo took yesterday's unusual catch in stride.
"We'll definitely go out again," said Cohen. "This just makes for a good story."

Did that idiot reporter actually ask them if they would ever go fishing again or if they were now permanently traumatized and could never go near the water again. :rolleyes:

Greg

jjmorgan64
March 19, 2003, 08:19 AM
Some people have all the luck

cool45auto
March 19, 2003, 08:22 AM
Wish I could fish out a Mk23!:D

shermacman
March 19, 2003, 09:07 AM
Hmmmm. A .22 Ruger with seven in the clip? Wonder what model that might be...I have never seen a Ruger with a clip. Could be a bed wetting reporter unfamiliar with 'ordinance'.

Mal H
March 19, 2003, 09:24 AM
... or even 'ordnance'. ;)


Lessee, 7 left in the "clip". I wonder what the other 3 were used for, probably just target practice, "yeah that's it, officer, I was getting in some target practice when the gun fell in my sock and then into the river."

Flying V
March 19, 2003, 09:57 AM
Good thing they weren't fishing in England. They'd have been tossed into a dungeon for possessing a weapon.

Blackhawk
March 19, 2003, 10:16 AM
MKII, I'll bet.

He can send it to Ruger, and it will come back in top shape. :D

Leatherneck
March 19, 2003, 11:42 AM
Yeah, Blackhawk, that's probly what the Ranger will do! :D

TC
TFL Survivor

hksw
March 19, 2003, 12:02 PM
"I've caught tires, condoms, lots of bags, but this was my first gun,"

"You don't eat anything you catch out of here,"


I should hope not.

Kharn
March 19, 2003, 12:05 PM
If I had been the fisherman, I would have responded to the "will you be going back out?"-type question with "Heck no, I'm going to the range with my new toy!" (after a visit to the gunsmith, of course) :D

Kharn

Hkmp5sd
March 19, 2003, 12:11 PM
He should have chopped it up and used it for bait. Might have been able to land a nice adult .45 ACP. :)

MrAcheson
March 19, 2003, 12:43 PM
.22? Throw it back. How you supposed to catch a .45 in a few years if you fish out all the .22s?

Chipperman
March 19, 2003, 01:51 PM
Yeah, Give it a few more years to mature.
:D

Standing Wolf
March 19, 2003, 04:05 PM
A rusty .22 caliber Ruger handgun, to be exact, with seven bullets in the clip.

Cartridges in, bullets out—and that's a magazine, not a clip.

Noban
March 19, 2003, 04:34 PM
I love the assumption that someone "threw it away." Maybe some poor SOB dropped it accidently while fishing. But then again, I've never dropped any tackle off a fishing pier :D

Triad
March 19, 2003, 04:41 PM
I have to agree with Noban about their assumption. I wonder how long it was in the water and what condition it's in.

QuickDraw
March 19, 2003, 05:52 PM
The big question is did the guy get to keep it?

If no one claimed it,I would want to keep it :D


QuickDraw

CWL
March 19, 2003, 05:57 PM
Seven bullets left in the magazine?

I think someone is facedown in their linguini over in Little Italy with the other three bullets.

Kahr carrier
March 20, 2003, 08:31 AM
Heck it could have fell out of a fishermans tackle box by accident.

larry_minn
March 20, 2003, 11:25 AM
The thing about it being inside a sock leads me to think it was dumped for a reason. Most folks don't carry a loaded gun in a sock. ;)

jjmorgan64
March 20, 2003, 12:00 PM
Could have been one of those gun socks to store them in, lots of people use them and not many reporters would have a clue.

spacemanspiff
March 20, 2003, 12:37 PM
i'd say this is the ultimate in SHTF preparations....

"okay, so what if, the enemy releases toxins that render the air unbreathable?? and what if, what if, we have to go underwater?? man, we better put some supplies down there, can't be too prepared."
:D

laynlow
March 20, 2003, 12:41 PM
The thing about it being inside a sock leads me to think it was dumped for a reason. Most folks don't carry a loaded gun in a sock.

I was thinking the opposite. If I had a gun in my tackle box I would not want it getting scuffed up. Since it was not thrown far out into the lake, and it was clean I am betting someone lost it.

Atticus
March 20, 2003, 03:33 PM
Hmmm...I wonder if the owner is sitting on the bottom as well.

Frohickey
March 20, 2003, 04:20 PM
Where can I go to catch a Barrett M82A1.

Gonna need a bigger pole and at least a 50lb test line. :D

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