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Man drops dumbbell on bullet, shoots self
upi. ^ | April 13, 2012

Posted on 04/14/2012 10:51:03 AM PDT by JoeProBono

MODESTO, Calif., April 13 (UPI) -- Police in California said a man with a gunshot wound to his shoulder said he accidentally shot himself by dropping a dumbbell onto a bullet.

Modesto Police said the 56-year-old man, whose name was not released, told them he was working out Wednesday night when he accidentally dropped a dumbbell on a rimfire .22-caliber bullet, causing the propellant powder in the bullet to be activated and sending it into his shoulder, The Modesto Bee reported Friday.

Officer Chris Adams said police found the story suspicious, but not impossible. He said investigators did not find any guns in the house and witnesses did not report seeing anyone else leave. Adams said officers did find the casing for the bullet.

Adams said the case was closed as a suspicious circumstance investigation.


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1 posted on 04/14/2012 10:51:14 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Note to self: Keep ammo and weight training equipment in separate rooms.


2 posted on 04/14/2012 10:52:55 AM PDT by fwdude
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To: fwdude

More than one dumbbell in this story.


3 posted on 04/14/2012 10:53:58 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: traderrob6

I’ve got five bucks that says, recover the bullet and you’ll find rifling marks. There was a gun involved!


4 posted on 04/14/2012 10:56:40 AM PDT by JayVee (Joseph)
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To: JoeProBono

That’s a pretty freak accident.

Had it been a centerfire cartridge, it probably wouldn’t have gone off.


5 posted on 04/14/2012 10:58:27 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: JoeProBono

I have been hit by a .22LR exploding in a trash fire from about 5 feet away. It (actually the casing) hit me right between the eyes but only stung a tiny bit and left a light red mark which was gone by the end of the day.

This guy is simply covering up something.


6 posted on 04/14/2012 10:58:39 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: JoeProBono

Dumbbells and ammo... another combination that doesn’t work well.


7 posted on 04/14/2012 11:00:46 AM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: traderrob6

Dumbell shoots dumbbutt.


8 posted on 04/14/2012 11:02:11 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: JoeProBono
I'm not buying it.

Without a chamber or barrel to develop pressure, the bullet wouldn't have enough velocity to penetrate his shoulder.

9 posted on 04/14/2012 11:02:41 AM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: JoeProBono
Good lord, what was that dumbbell, a sumo wrestler??
10 posted on 04/14/2012 11:05:02 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: JoeProBono

Time for Mythbusters. They disproved the ole .22 short in the cars fuse block shooting a driver in the leg crap.


11 posted on 04/14/2012 11:08:07 AM PDT by Autonomous User ( As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.)
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To: 2111USMC
That is absolutely correct since all parts of the round have equal pressure in all directions. I once walked up on a pair of low IQ kids that were smashing .22’s between two bricks just in time to get struck with the bullet in my knee. It hurt, but didn't penetrate.
12 posted on 04/14/2012 11:24:00 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: JoeProBono

I would be willing to wager that he really ticked off the woman in his life.


13 posted on 04/14/2012 11:32:06 AM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: JoeProBono
investigators did not find any guns in the house and witnesses did not report seeing anyone else leave

Either the investigators didn't look hard enough or the witnesses are lying. The investigators should have patted down the witnesses.

14 posted on 04/14/2012 11:32:56 AM PDT by bgill
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To: JayVee

“I’ve got five bucks that says, recover the bullet and you’ll find rifling marks. There was a gun involved!”

I’m not taking that bet because odds are you’re right.


15 posted on 04/14/2012 11:35:50 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: JoeProBono

A .22 calibre cartridge when set off outside a gun will not penetrate anything. When I was a boy, we used to shoot at the primer end of 22 with a bb gun to make them fire. (you can also throw them in a fire) The projectile won’t penetrate anything. This story is fishy.


16 posted on 04/14/2012 11:54:32 AM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: armymarinemom

I have a distant relative who dared his then angry wife, who was holding a distant.22 rifle to and I quote “Damn woman! If you’re gonna hold the thing in your hand you have to mean it!!!”

So he pulled the barrel toward his belly and stepped up to it, so it touched him, in the belly button.

He then yelled “Alright! Go ahead! I dare you! If you were a man I’d say you don’t have the balls!!!

She pulled the trigger.

He now has a scar running from his sternum to his pelvic bone from where the doctors opened him up to stop the bleeding.

Guy’s a moron and I never could stand him.

He passed away a couple of years ago. I think from acute stoopitity.

Darwin won again.


17 posted on 04/14/2012 12:09:45 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: JoeProBono
hold my *hic* beeeer alert?

18 posted on 04/14/2012 12:10:50 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (the DNC/RNC = D.C. Establishment...old Brazilians saying: $AME 'OL $H!T, D!FFERENT FL!E$. :^)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

This is another one of those occasions when the jokes just write themselves.


19 posted on 04/14/2012 12:10:50 PM PDT by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: JoeProBono
ban dumbells

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20 posted on 04/14/2012 12:12:51 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: JayVee

Me, too.....an unchambered shell - especially a .22 wouldn’t have that much directional power, unless it went through his eye.


21 posted on 04/14/2012 12:14:36 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: JoeProBono

This is precisely why I never exercise .... burp !


22 posted on 04/14/2012 12:18:53 PM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: JoeProBono

The Democrats must have looked at the polling data and figured out that Obama is going to lose. They’re pulling out all the stops for gun control. I wonder why they don’t want American civilians to have firearms?


23 posted on 04/14/2012 12:39:34 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: JoeProBono

I call “bull”, too. My dad told me about a neighbor kid who smashed a live .22 shell with a big rock. The bullet didn’t go anywhere but they were picking bits of brass shell casing out of his hide. If a cartridge isn’t chambered when it ignites the case will rupture so that the force of the combustion isn’t directed directly against the bullet.


24 posted on 04/14/2012 1:00:47 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: JoeProBono

Those must be .11-caliber cartridges in your picture.


25 posted on 04/14/2012 1:10:52 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Sparticus

I think that’s correct.


26 posted on 04/14/2012 1:12:13 PM PDT by wolfcreek (‘closed eye’ mentality is the reason for our current reality)
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To: JoeProBono

What a load of crap. Usually when a cartridge fires when not contained by a barrel the case splits and the bullet has very little power behind it. Someone shot this guy and he is covering up for them.


27 posted on 04/14/2012 1:12:26 PM PDT by calex59
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To: JayVee; All
Thanks to you and all the other freepers who showed how this did not happen the way it was described.

The proper headline would have been: Man claims to drop dumbell on bullet, shoot self.

28 posted on 04/14/2012 1:16:27 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: JoeProBono

1. ALWAYS keep your dumbbells pointed in a safe direction.

2. ALWAYS keep your fingers on the dumbbell until ready to shoot.

3. ALWAYS keep the weight room unloaded until ready to shoot.


29 posted on 04/14/2012 1:25:11 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: JoeProBono

Assuming the cartridge was on the floor at the time the dumbbell landed on it, putting aside all the other discrepancies, how did the bullet end up in his shoulder? His foot, maybe, his shoulder, no.


30 posted on 04/14/2012 1:33:56 PM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: traderrob6
More than one dumbbell in this story

The author's statement, "Man drops dumbbell on bullet, shoots self."

The jerk doesn't know the difference...

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31 posted on 04/14/2012 2:08:46 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: JayVee
I’ve got five bucks that says, recover the bullet and you’ll find rifling marks. There was a gun involved!

Bingo! My thoughts exactly. What condition was the casing in when it was recovered? While I can't be sure, I'd expect that a loose cartridge would be torn apart without a chamber around it to contain the pressure.

32 posted on 04/14/2012 2:24:01 PM PDT by Bob
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To: 2111USMC
I'm not buying it.

Without a chamber or barrel to develop pressure, the bullet wouldn't have enough velocity to penetrate his shoulder.

Agreed. Depending on the load either the primers blow or the brass flies across the room.

In addition, here you see brass rupture from the older Glocks with unsupported chambers.


33 posted on 04/14/2012 2:28:23 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Vendome
She pulled the trigger.

Did anything happen with the wife? She DID pull the trigger of her own volition, and it did wound the guy. Then again, women never seem to get convicted in these things.

34 posted on 04/14/2012 2:41:16 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Dumbbell shot by dropping dumbbells alert.

Or, “Liar Shot By Dumbbell He’s Covering Up For,” more likely.


35 posted on 04/14/2012 2:41:54 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: JoeProBono; a fool in paradise

It happens all the time. There is even a warning sheet describing the risks when you buy a pair of dumbbells (or a single one, if you happen to be missing a arm.)


36 posted on 04/14/2012 2:44:38 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: JoeProBono

I call “bull”, too. My dad told me about a neighbor kid who smashed a live .22 shell with a big rock. The bullet didn’t go anywhere but they were picking bits of brass shell casing out of his hide. If a cartridge isn’t chambered when it ignites the case will rupture so that the force of the combustion isn’t directed directly against the bullet.


37 posted on 04/14/2012 2:48:42 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: PapaBear3625

They made up some story about him putting the gun down on a bench for cleaning and leaning over “and for some reason he pulled the trigger, shooting himself”.

Believe me, this guy was a messed up unit.

Like he’d been kicked on the head by horse kinda Stoopit and then left with a disconnected brain stem.

Couldn’t stand him but for some reason he could always get hot chicks to gathering gs and parties and I left with most of them.

I’m trying to remember this really dumb story he was trying to convince me of one day. Something about we are all just giant magnets with legs.

I don’t remember exactly what it was but he made everyone visualize a horseshoe shaped magnet and I told he number than a horseshoe.

Everyone was laughing to the point of tears and he just stood not getting the joke. Smiling a little and looking puzzled. made it even funnier


38 posted on 04/14/2012 3:13:31 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: JayVee
I’ve got five bucks that says, recover the bullet and you’ll find rifling marks. There was a gun involved!

I agree, the brass portion of the cartridge is a lot lighter then the lead bullet. If you were to toss .22LR ammo into a fire the case will split and go flying off and the bullet will just lay there. And yes, the flying brass might sting a bit if it were to hit you. Without the confining chamber and barrel of a gun there is nothing to "focus" the force of the expanding propellant gasses on the base of the bullet and it will just stay put.

I would not recommend doing this with centerfire ammunition as the heavier brass might actually break your skin.

Regards,
GtG

39 posted on 04/14/2012 3:43:07 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: JayVee

Agree with you, and not buying this story. Sounds like an urban legend - or at least how one gets started.


40 posted on 04/14/2012 3:55:23 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (Newt's not a perfect candidate but Jesus isn't running this year. - shoff)
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To: Vendome

Isn’t distance grand?


41 posted on 04/14/2012 6:13:38 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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42 posted on 04/14/2012 8:23:31 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: JoeProBono

When I was a kid, the kids that lived behind my Grandmas home had a paved courtyard with a tree in the center.

We’d place 22’s on the courtyard, climb the tree and drop bricks on them.
No one was injured.
They’d POP. Thats all.


43 posted on 04/14/2012 9:38:40 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JoeProBono
Adams said officers did find the casing for the bullet.

Adams said the case was closed as a suspicious circumstance investigation.

Was the Case mashed?

44 posted on 04/14/2012 9:41:40 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JoeProBono

I once dropped a dumbbell on my toe, but nothing exploded!


45 posted on 04/14/2012 9:42:25 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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46 posted on 04/15/2012 4:33:31 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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47 posted on 04/15/2012 4:36:15 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Reads as though PFC Al Gore was adjusting his sling again.


48 posted on 04/15/2012 4:45:45 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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49 posted on 04/15/2012 4:58:34 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Do dancing cartridges come in rimfire?


50 posted on 04/15/2012 5:04:38 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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