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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by kellyj00, May 11, 2007.

  1. kellyj00

    kellyj00 Active Member

    Apr 12, 2007
    A friend's teenage son was shot by a friend with a pellet gun and removed the pellet with just a pair of tweezers... that's what I would have done.

    He's in the hospital now, they're saying tetanous. I'm not sure of his condition, but my friend was pretty bummed when he told me about it. I'm going out tonight to visit them in the hospital.

    I called up a nurse friend and asked her what happens with tetanous. After explaining the story she told me that a tetanous shot lasts for 10 years. I asked how a LEAD pellet could be rusty and have tetanous...she said that it's just a wives tale that it has to be rusty metal to have tetenous. Any would is just as susceptable to tetanous as any other infection, but if you get a shot every 10 years you pretty much eliminate the possibility. She said that it is very possible to die from tetenous.

    Not sure if I'm spelling it right...tetenous is also known as 'lock jaw'. She also noted that since it was a lead pellet, heavy metal poisoning could also be an issue. She said that on many occasions a gun shot victim may experience heavy metal poisoning because surgeons miss a part of a bullet that broke off.

    She also noted that it's best not to be shot in the first place. I told her my friend is very responsible with his kids and guns but it was just a pellet gun and it was his son's friend who was being reckless. The kid is probably about 15. Keep an eye on youngens, even with pellet guns.
  2. JamisJockey

    JamisJockey member

    Jan 4, 2003
    Northern VA
    After being attacked and bitten on the right hip by a loose dog I had to get an updated tetanous shot.....not my most favorite day.....
  3. Rickstir

    Rickstir Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Close by the Elk Fork of the Salt River
    Last December I had a knee replacement. As part of the pre-op exam they gave me a tetanous shot and a pnuemonia shot.
  4. buck00

    buck00 Participating Member

    May 10, 2005
    Lower Silesia, PA
    Back when we were kids we used to have "BB gun wars" in the woods during the winter. We'd put on heavy clothing and goggles and basically play capture the flag. I think we had a 3 pump limit for the rifles. This wasn't the smartest idea (considering a BB could hit someone in the mouth) but at 12 yrs old you don't always make good decisions. :rolleyes:

    Of course, this was back before paintball, laser tag, and air soft.

    Hope he recovers without lock jaw.
  5. Library Guy

    Library Guy New Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    Millersville, MD
    Tetanus maybe. Lead poisoning no.

    Let’s pretend for a moment that I know what I’m talking about. Tetanus is caused by a bacteria that can enter the body through any wound though puncture wounds are more susceptible because they bleed less.

    Tetanus is a serious life threatening condition. Vaccines and boosters are an easy way to prevent a painful death.

    Lead poisoning is almost always a result of ingestion of the metal. Lead foreign bodies left in human tissue pose almost no toxicological risk.
  6. Car Knocker

    Car Knocker Senior Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    "Just a pellet gun" can, and has, caused serius injury and death when used improperly. They should be treated with respect, like a more powerful firearm, and children taught that they are not toys.

    Thursday, December 28, 2006
    Alabama boy was killed with pellet gun
    From The Pensacola News Journal
    PENSACOLA - An Alabama boy who was airlifted to Pensacola's Sacred Heart Hospital after an accidental shooting was killed by a pellet rifle, a coroner said.

    7-year-old Austin Hunter Champion was shot in the chest by a playmate of the same age during a Christmas eve party at the home of Champion's father.

    The boy lost consciousness on the scene and was pronounced dead in Pensacola at noon on Sunday.
    Death of Low Moor boy shot by pellet gun ruled accidental

    LOW MOOR, Iowa Clinton County officials say the death of a Low Moor boy in March has been ruled accidental.

    Seven-year-old Blake Hargrave died on March 29th, a day after he was shot in the eye with a pellet gun.

    Authorities say was hunting with his older brother and a friend when his brother's gun accidentally went off.
    Pinson boy, 12, dies of pellet-gun wound

    BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A 12-year-old Pinson boy died after being shot in the chest while he and other children played with an air-powered pellet rifle.

    Brendan Willis was shot by a 9-year-old playmate outside his father's home Saturday just before 6 p.m. The victim had taken a pellet rifle belonging to his father out of the garage and loaded it. He and four other neighborhood children had been playing with it.

    The victim pumped the rifle seven times, handed it to the 9-year-old and stretched out his arms stating "Shoot me, I am wearing a bulletproof shirt." He was wearing an Under Armour T-shirt that he apparently thought was bulletproof. The 9-year-old fired one shot from the pellet rifle, striking the victim in the chest area.

    The victim then went into the house and told his father he had been shot, showing him the wound. The father called 911, and the victim was transported to Children's Hospital, where he died in surgery.

    Sheriff's office spokesman Sgt. Randy Christian said the district attorney's office will determine if charges should be filed.
  7. JWarren

    JWarren Senior Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    MS and LA
    If they say I need a tetanous shot, I won't argue. Back when I lived in FL, I got hooked through the arm by a fisherman while I was surfing. He actually set the hook and started reeling before he realized he had me on the line.

    It probably wasn't a bad idea to get a tetanous shot that day. :)

    -- John
  8. DogBonz

    DogBonz Senior Member

    Sep 23, 2006
    I know what you mean

    We used bottle rockets. Being 4th of July time, heavy clothing was not so good so we would put on a hooded sweatshirt, jump in the pool to soak it, then get out and put on dad's faceshield that he uese for woodworking, and then use a piece of 3/4" pvc pipe like a bazooka. Boy thoes were that days.

    As you said, teenagers don't always use the best judgement.
  9. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Mentor

    Feb 23, 2006
    How long did it take him to land you? :p

    I had to get a booster when I was about 16. I made the mistake of waking up my dog in the middle of a bad dream by shaking him and got a tooth through my hand. My shoulder hurt for a couple days from that shot.
  10. JWarren

    JWarren Senior Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    MS and LA

    Hehe... a LOT longer than I would have liked. The wind was blowing offshore, so my voice didn't carry to him. I had to wrap the line around my left arm (the hooked one-- hooked in the bicep) around the line and start swimming in.

    As soon as he realized it, he cut his line and went to me. We had to cut the barb off with wire cutters that he had in his tackle box and then pull the hook back through my arm. He even offered to pay for my Dr. visit.

    Those things do happen, but it's no biggie. The people who live in Bethune Beach, FL are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. And it's a beautiful little coastal town.

    -- John
  11. unspellable

    unspellable Participating Member

    Aug 30, 2004
    BBs, pellets, etc.

    When I was a kid, I was reaching into the ditch for something when the neighbor kid shot into the ditch with a BB gun. The BB ricocheted off a rock and hit the upper side of my index finger between the knuckle and first joint. It opened the skin, one presumes the BB had a jagged edge from bouncing off the rock. This wound later festered up like a boil and then developed into blood poisoning, resulting in a shot of penicillin in the right cheek in the mornings and in the left cheek in the afternoons for a few days. I’d suppose in the days before penicillin they might have considered sawing my arm off.

    A few years later, in a town about 26 miles away where my dad worked, they had a Christmas display on the courthouse lawn with some deer in a pen. During the night, some one shot one of the deer at close range with a plastic bullet and primer load. This is a bad combination. The plastic bullet usually causes a bruise and the sharp front edge will open the skin at close range. An open wound over a bruise is an invite to infection due to the restricted circulation. This wound festered and by the time they realized what was going on it was too late to save the deer.
  12. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Senior Elder

    Sep 8, 2005
    VERY important lesson for teenagers: your friends are not always as smart or as responsible as you. Don't worry about hurting their feelings; worry about your own safety. He and his buddies will be driving soon. Part of responsibility is knowing who ELSE can be trusted.

    I'm not blaming the victim. I'm just suggesting something that could save his life. I was a teenage kid once, too.:)
  13. Quoheleth

    Quoheleth Senior Member

    Mar 7, 2007
    The Land of Bowie, Crockett, Travis & Houston
    Any lead that is taken into the body can be dangerous - whether orally, via a cut (i.e. a wound), breathed in, or other ways (???). The point is that a heavy metal is now where it shouldn't be: inside the human body. That being said, lead poisoning is probably most common via the mouth or by breathing and least common via a wound. One pellet probably would do no major harm...the human body is incredibly resiliant...but then again, why take a chance?

    FYI: I had to get a tetanus booster after getting burned! I fussed at the nurse that it was a plastic bowl and plastic spoon - no metal at all. (Using the same logic as the anti-gun crowd, I should have sued Ramen Noodle for not having a fail-proof safety on their package, failing to put a lock on the microwave, or a temperature control system built into the noodles!) Nope, she said, burn patients always get a shot. So, it was bend over and smile - let's see the dimples in those cheeks!!!

  14. Bob R

    Bob R Active Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    The Dry Side of WA
    You have to be careful out there. Tetanus bacteria lives in the soil, and loves an oxygen free (anaerobic) environment like a puncture wound, or deep slashing injury.

    In my ER, if you have a wound needing a tetanus shot and it has been more than 5-7 years (or you don't know) since your last one you will get one. The dirtier or deeper the wound, the less time since your last booster to now to get one.

    Hopefully this kid has had his prior immunizations, that will lower his chances of something very, very bad to about 6%, versus much higher if he has never been immunized. At this point I could go on a rant about illegal aliens and the cost to our health care due to lack of immunizations, but I will save that for another day. Besides, I don't think there have been any formal studies conducted. Hmmmmm...do I smell a grant?

    For us that shoot at an outdoor range (shooting reference :) ), it is important to keep your tetanus up to date. You never know what is lurking in the ground. There are about 5 deaths per year in the US due to tetanus. With your immunizations complete and up to date, the chance of contracting tetanus is very rare. So, go check your tetanus status and get a booster if it has been more than ten years (my public health spiel for the day).

    I figure tetanus boosters are a lot like garlic, it is really hard to get too much of either.

    Sending thoughts that your friend's son recovers fully from this.

  15. frostbiker

    frostbiker New Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    The jacketed portion of a .45 slug sliced me open pretty good last year. This was during a defensive pistol class. We were standing about 15 feet from the backstop of an indoor range. Bullet struck and the fragment blew back and nicked me good. Needed two stiches and a new tetanus shot. I haven't had a tetanus shot for over ten years...more like 20. And I've had plenty of run-ins with other pokey metal things perforating my body.
  16. Princi

    Princi Member

    Jan 15, 2007
    DFW, Texas
    Let's see: My Beeman pellet gun is 1000fps, just a little enemic by today's standards. My 1911 shooting .45 ACP is 835fps. No, my pellet gun is not a toy, and there are a lot of dead toads and rabbits that if they were still alive could attest to that. Hey, didn't they see the "No Trespassing" sign in my backyard.
  17. obxned

    obxned Participating Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    OBX, NC
    Good reminder for us all who haven't gotten a Tetanus shot in a long time!
  18. El Tejon

    El Tejon Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Lafayette, Indiana-the Ned Flanders neighbor to Il
    Dr. Bob, I take my fish oil and garlic pill every morning and evening. Do I need to get some tetanus pills too?:p

    Had not considered the risk of tetanus and shooting, well, very seriously considered. I get whacked every now and then from bounce backs. I should get updated then.:)
  19. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Senior Member

    Oct 1, 2006
    In a Los Angeles coffin.
    Back in my middle school days, my buddy decided to become a sniper using a BB rifle and aimed at another friend on the street. He aimed and shot him in the chest.

    We all laughed it off. Found out later that the friend that got shot didn't go to a doctor or hospital, but left it there. The BB eventually moved around his back and fell off out of his skin. Funny how the body works.
  20. MDW GUNS

    MDW GUNS Member

    Mar 6, 2004
    Maine USA
    Tetanus is one of the shots everyone should have.
    Just working in the yard, little scratch and you are at rist.
    So what is a little shot in the arm.

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