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75 yr old ... vrs. snake... vrs. .38

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by rusobr2, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. rusobr2

    rusobr2 prineville,or Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    reported by NYT.....

    VOLUSIA, Fla. -- A 75-year-old Florida man was recovering Saturday after accidentally shooting himself while trying to shoot a snake.

    Police responded to a report of a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a home in Volusia, Fla., about 17 miles south of Daytona Beach, at around 4 p.m. Thursday, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

    When officers arrived on the scene they found 75-year-old Garrett Bauernschmidt suffering from gunshot wounds to two fingers on his left hand.

    His caretaker told police that she had come home to find a large water moccasin snake near the front door. Bauernschmidt got a .38 caliber handgun, fired one shot at the snake and missed. The gun discharged a second time as he manipulated the safety, injuring him. No one else was injured in the incident, and the snake got away.

    Don't blame me! A water mocassin escaped after a Florida man tried to shoot it, but instead blew off part of his own hand. Bauernschmidt was treated at the scene, then taken to a local hospital. A family member on Saturday told the News-Journal that he was fine but declined further comment

    maybe this is why he has a caretaker...go figure

  2. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
  3. Bellehood

    Bellehood Bellevue, WA Member

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    "manipulated the safety..." on a .38 ... not the first time I've read an article claiming to use a "safety" on a revolver, and the first one was in the magazine "Special Weapons" so I guess I can't really blame this guy
  4. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    For all most of the media know about firearms it could have been a bazooka.
    titsonritz and (deleted member) like this.
  5. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    They didn't call it a Glock which is surprising.
  6. Hook686

    Hook686 Northern California Active Member

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    Might have been a .380