Brother shot himself today with

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JUNKKING, Aug 30, 2011.


    JUNKKING Well-Known Member

    This evening my Brother was loading some shotgun shells with a mec 600 Jr. He accidentally knocked over a shell and we're guessing a piece of shot fell into the primer seat. As he pulled the lever to press a primer in he heard bang and felt the burn in his stomach and arm. He went to the hospital to see if anything was in his skin and before he knew it the leos were there to ask questions. They left and when he went home his daughter told him they came to the house and wanted to see what he was doing. When they seen the shell with mutilated brass they went on their way. I guess they thought he shot himself or someone shot him. Easy to laugh now but he was pretty shaken up at the time. Fortunately they were all surface wounds. Live and learn I mean load and learn.
  2. dad2thebone

    dad2thebone New Member

    Jul 10, 2011
    damn! glad hes ok. that would hurt like all hell.

  3. Chinook

    Chinook New Member

    That is pretty intense. Glad he's alright, and what a way to make you aware... of everything. Again, glad it turned out as well as it did.
  4. Woodnut

    Woodnut Forum Sponsor Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    Daphne, Al
    Sure do hate to hear news like that, glad he is OK.
    Thanks for making us aware of such a thing. Never would have thought of it.
  5. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Help me out here. I'm confused.

    He got a piece of shot in the primer seater, and when priming a shell, it popped the primer. I got that.

    How did he get hurt? What burned his stomach? Why were the cops called? Why did the cops show up at his house?

    The only way I can make any sense of that would be if he was priming a loaded shell, but the priming station is the FIRST station. You prime an empty hull. So, if the primer popped, the flash would go up the empty case into nothingness, right?
  6. watsisname

    watsisname Member

    Jan 24, 2010
    I guess it doesn't really matter how it happened, the important thing is that he is OK. ;)
  7. rosierita

    rosierita Active Member

    Mar 13, 2004
    South Carolina
    i'm glad he's OKAY!
  8. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I too am confused about how it happened, but not about why the cops were called. It's pretty standard that a hospital will call the police for every injury involving a firearm. While this one did not involve a shotgun, that's about the only thing the nurse likely understood from the story. "Blah, blah, blah, blah, reloading :confused: blah, blah, blah, shotgun." Terms like "primer seat" likely meant nothing to the ER nurse, so she just associated the injury with a firearm.

    JUNKKING Well-Known Member

    @Alpo, I wasn't there I didn't see the hull. I don't know if the hull split or if a piece of the brass from the tip of the primer broke off. The hospital called the police and they went to see if he had shot himself or what happened. He said he has a spot on his arm and one on his stomach where he got burned and the skin was broken. He went to the hospital to make sure nothing penetrated him.
  10. 45nut

    45nut Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    A primer exploding like that would cause the brass in the shotgun shell to become shrapnel and junkking's brother went to the hospital to make sure the bb or some shrapnel didn't poke a hole in him.

    Having seen a primer explode during the reloading process, it makes sense to me.
  11. fuzebox40

    fuzebox40 Active Member

    Mar 29, 2010
    Apple Valley, Ca.
    Yep, the medical staff, even if they understand the happenstance perfectly, are required to report it as firearm related. It's the job of the authorities to rule on the exact nature and scope of that involvement. Same as teachers, medical personel, etc. are "required" to report signes of possible child abuse.
  12. jlloyd73

    jlloyd73 Active Member

    Nov 28, 2010
    I am just glad he was ok.
  13. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Glad hes OK junk.
  14. fuzebox40

    fuzebox40 Active Member

    Mar 29, 2010
    Apple Valley, Ca.
    Sure glad this one had a happy ending!
    That's one to remember though, don't spill junk in the trunk!
  15. Gun Geezer

    Gun Geezer Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central Florida
    Sounds like a good reason to ban re-loading. Really glad he wasn't hurt bad.
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