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May 5th, 2006 (08:19 am)

Via guns, a harrowing story of a nearly fatal firearms mishap -- from the innocent guy on the receiving end.

My neighbor accidentally put a .44 Magnum round though my wall. It missed my head by three inches. It started in his bathroom, went through the mirror, went through the closet on the other side, blew through that closet door, traveled across his hallway, blew through our common wall, richocheted upward off my computer desk, and lodged in the doorframe.

The narrator is familiar with guns, and there are pictures.

He reports that his neighbor owns two .50AE Desert Eagles, a .357 Magnum, the .44 Magnum, as well as "a 5.56mm M-4 carbine, a Bushmaster 5.56mm AR-15, a Czech 7.62mm AK-47, a 7.62mm German G3, a Belgian 5.56mm FN-FAL, about half a dozen Glocks from 10mm on down, a .44 Automag, a Heckler & Koch MP5, and a Barrett Light Fifty .50 cal sniper rifle and a .454 Casull on order."

There's a good amount of money in those guns. A Barrett M82A1 costs close to eight thousand dollars. I don't know why somebody who feels comfortable enough with his finances to buy one is renting.

One theory of the incident is that the neighbor accidentally discharged a round while practicing his draw. Based on the location of the entrance, I suspect it's at least as likely that he was posing, checking out how cool he looked, and decided to dry-fire without verifying that the weapon was unloaded. And that, folks, is how negligent discharges happen. An officer on the Border Patrol was killed in a similar incident in the late fifties, and some stories have it that it was the great gunwriter and fast-draw Bill Jordan who pulled the trigger. (Though no mirror was involved there.)

The really dumb part: the negligent neighbor is in the military, and he'd been trained better.

Gun safety rules: they're important for a reason.


Posted by: paula (paulasj)
Posted at: May 5th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)

OMG! I'm just glad you're okay.

Didn't some sort of gun safety instructor recently shoot his foot when he was conducting a gun safety seminar at a high school? I remember seeing it on the news a couple of weeks back.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: May 6th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
sledge hammer!

OMG! I'm just glad you're okay.

It didn't happen to me! But thanks for worrying.

Didn't some sort of gun safety instructor recently shoot his foot when he was conducting a gun safety seminar at a high school?

That'd be Lee Paige, DEA agent and former pro football player, who put a round into himself with a Glock .40 he thought was unloaded. Be sure to watch the videotape; right after he says, "I'm the only one in this room professional enough that I know of to carry this," KA-BLAM.

(He tried to go on with the presentation, and picked up a rifle. The audience damn near ran from the room.)

Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: May 5th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)

Wow, that's some high grade stupid. But those photos are cool!

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: May 6th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)

No kiddin'. The guy who was missed should go out and buy a lottery ticket.

Posted by: trinfaneb (trinfaneb)
Posted at: July 7th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)

This story got alot of notice in the World of Warcraft fan community because the guy was playing WoW when he was almost shot.

How easy is it to buy and own a Barret .50 cal? A nutjob could do some scary damage with one. In the second chapter of "Von Neuman's War" by John Ringo there is a scene showing how effective it can be in urban combat.

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