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Shotguns ARE Versatile- But There Are Limits...

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Fred Fuller, Nov 12, 2007.

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  1. Fred Fuller

    Fred Fuller Moderator Emeritus

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    Don't try this at home (or anywhere else).

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    http://kitsapsun.com/news/2007/nov/10/sk-man-hurts-himself-trying-to-loosen-lug-nut/

    SK Man Hurts Himself Trying to Loosen Lug Nut -- With a Shotgun

    SOUTH KITSAP, WA
    A 66-year-old man shot himself in both his legs Saturday afternoon while trying to loosen a stubborn lug nut with a 12-gauge shotgun.

    Kitsap County sheriff's deputies were called to the residence on the 10800 block of SE Olympiad Drive at 2:57 p.m. after the shooting was reported to 911 emergency dispatchers, said Deputy Scott Wilson, a sheriff's office spokesman.

    "Nobody else was there and he wasn't intoxicated," Wilson said.

    South Kitsap Fire and Rescue medics treated the man at the scene. He was taken to Tacoma General Hospital. Wilson said his injuries were "severe but not life-threatening."

    Deputies at the scene reported the man blasted "double-ought" buckshot at the wheel from "arm's length," Wilson said.

    The deputies described the man's legs as "peppered" from his feet to his mid-abdomen with pellets, pieces of the wheel and other debris. Some injuries went as far up as his chin.

    The man had been repairing the Lincoln Continental for two weeks, and had removed all the lug nuts on the right rear wheel except for one.

    "He's bound and determined to get that lug nut off," Wilson said, who did not know how long the man had been trying to free the lug nut.

    The deputies did not take a statement from the man beyond what they were able to gather while he was being treated by medics.

    "I don't think he was in any condition to say anything," Wilson said. "The pain was so severe, and the shock."
     
  2. goon

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    After having dealt with some pretty stubborn lug nuts I can certainly understand the guy's frustration.
    But it was still obviously not a smart thing to do.
     
  3. John Peddie

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    Sheesh!

    As my grandfather, a Scottish machinist, always used to say, "Use the right tool for the job."

    Hope the poor shotgun is OK too:)
     
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    Well, of course it won't work with 00 buck. He shoulda used #6. :neener:

    (somebody had to say it...)
     
  5. PPGMD

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    A shotgun might not fix the problem, but if you back up far enough away that you don't get hit with the shot, it will make you feel much better.
     
  6. foghornl

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    A stick of dynamite BEHIND the wheel.....:what::eek::what::eek:

    I have had to actually torch off lug nuts every once in a while...Had a car with those custom locking lug nuts...the ones that only that 1 certain socket or driver will fit....the driver stripped off the tiny 'lugs' that gripped inside that special lug-nut, so I ended up having to oxy-acetl torch it off.

    A better choice MIGHT have been to use the shotgun barrel over the lug wrench as a 'torque cheater bar', but whatta I know? ?
     
  7. rantingredneck

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    Darwin Award nominee?
     
  8. ceetee

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    Shouldn't this go into the "What caliber for Lincoln Continentals" file?
     
  9. igpoobah

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    I think we can rule out 12GA. :neener:

    Or is this one of those circumstances where the bad guy (Lincoln Continental) would just use your weapon against you?
     
  10. MASTEROFMALICE

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    I ususally reserve this phrase for driving but it definitely fits here:

    Old people scare the hell out of me.
     
  11. Knotthead

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    He did survive. However, with injuries ranging from his legs all the way up to his chin, he might have qualified for one of the rare pre-mortem awards.
     
  12. rantingredneck

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    Yeah, he did survive, but he at least deserves honorable mention. He tried real hard.........:)
     
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    For future reference:

    PB Blaster is the penetrate for stubborn lug nuts.
    SG Blaster is the other one used for penetrating clays, and game.

    I keep telling folks these two letter abbreviations were a really bad idea.
     
  15. BridgeWalker

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    If this were me, I'd be upet I didn't get a few in the face. At this point, any excuse to wear a paper bag over one's head out of humiliation would probably be welcome.

    I wou;d've just claimed the wheel attacked me. Better crazy than that dumb.
     
  16. Dave McCracken

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    He's 66, so it probably too late to stop him from breeding.

    Poor impulse control, worse judgement.

    And I want all of you to swear by all that's Holy to you that you will NOT teel Mythbusters of this......
     
  17. rantingredneck

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    hehehe. I love that show. You're giving me ideas.
     
  18. Robert Hairless

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    I've heard that stupid old people once were stupid young people.

    But I've also heard that intelligence in the human male peaks at age 15 and begins to decline after exactly one year. Just ask any fifteen-year-old.

    It's sad to think, though, that all of the brilliant twenty- thirty- forty- and fifty-year olds in this forum will become dangerous morons once they reach age sixty. Sigh.
     
  19. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    I wonder, Robert, if the poster of the Old People slur can be talked into playing a game of Trivial Pursuit with either you or I.

    For money.
     
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