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"You'll Put Your Eye Out"

A failed attempt at the Darwin Award:

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.

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.

Surprisingly, no alcohol was involved. Wonder how he adjusts his distributor timing--with a Glock?

Anyway, I think he was just using the wrong tool. He should have used a slug instead of double-ought shot.

"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.


I suppose now the lawyers at the shotgun manufacturers are going to insist on warning labels on the stock: "Do not use as lug wrench."

Posted by Rand Simberg at November 12, 2007 09:26 AM
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Alcohol might have helped. That and some WD 40.

Posted by JJS at November 12, 2007 11:40 AM

Papaw always said: "A man with a 12 guage is never wrong."

Papaw never met this gentleman.

Posted by Mike Puckett at November 12, 2007 04:06 PM

If he had bothered to unload this weapon, he'd just be thought
of as stupid, but, now he appears to be a die hard
bush supporter

Posted by at November 12, 2007 04:37 PM

Rand, the turd has reappeared in the swimming pool.

Au contraire e-turd, this guy has to be a dyed in the wool Democrat. The evidence all points in that direction. The use of the wrong tool for the problem, the wishfull intentions, a poor understanding of a basic technology. A Republican would know how to responsibly handle a fiream.

Posted by Mike Puckett at November 12, 2007 05:11 PM

Go Mike P.

That's gonna leave a mark. :D

Posted by Fuloydo at November 12, 2007 05:38 PM

Wrap a rag around the nut & soak it with Coke.Let stand for a few hours & keep soaking.
It works.

How much of a dumbass can somebody be to fire a shotgun a metal at close range?

Posted by Frantic Freddie at November 12, 2007 05:40 PM

"I suppose now the lawyers at the shotgun manufacturers are going to insist on warning labels on the stock: 'Do not use as lug wrench.'"

...when in truth it would be more efficacious to leave the label off. The situation would then resolve itself in a relatively short period of time.

Funny how that works.


Posted by Mark Alger at November 12, 2007 07:26 PM

A shotgun can be used as a 'Master Key' for breaching operations.

Still, one does not simply do this without the proper load and proper training.

Posted by Mike Puckett at November 12, 2007 07:57 PM

"Wrap a rag around the nut & soak it with Coke"

But what would his wife say?

Posted by Orion at November 12, 2007 10:32 PM

Best way I have found to loosen a seized nut was to heat it with a blow torch first.

Posted by Mike Puckett at November 13, 2007 06:27 AM

For Mike Puckett

re Republican would know how to handle a firearm responsibly,

You mean a Republicn like Dick Cheney?

Posted by Joelle VanBuren at November 14, 2007 08:36 AM

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