Skip to comments.Cell phone blocks stray bullet, saves man's life
Posted on 11/22/2008 5:11:25 AM PST by jalisco555
Driving his John Deere tractor Saturday, Richard was suddenly thumped with a pain like a hard punch jumped up and bit him in the heart.
He bent over and grasped his sweater. Then he took it off to get a closer look. A .45-caliber bullet casing tumbled out, clattered onto the tractor and fell on the ground.
Hed just been shot.
It was a stray bullet, and it tore through his sweater, leaving a 1/2-inch hole, where it entered into the top center pocket of his coveralls and hit his cell phone.
The bullet, coming in at a 45-degree angle, busted the phone in two, but the impact halted its trajectory just enough to save Richards life
Its a miracle, he said Tuesday. Normally I put the phone in my inside pocket, but for some reason that day was different. Now I know why.
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The story makes no sense. If he was hit by a bullet the casing wouldn't be there. It would still be in the gun or on the ground near the shooter. Casings don't travel with the bullet.
I think the problem is the ignorance of the reporter. Of course the bullet hit the phone, not the casing. The reporter probably doesn’t know the difference. I was tempted to edit the story before posting.
Maybe he ment the bullet jacket
I think it was the bullet itself that fell down, but the journalist probably has never even seen a gun so is ignorant on the topic.
However, I must forward this to Mythbusters! They love this kind of stuff. I think they already did a cell phone saves guy from gun shot when they did the deck of cards and bible.
LOL!!! Either way, it is God talking!
When my oldest daughter was in college a couple of years ago, she was at a friend's apartment. At 1:30am she decided it was time to begin her half hour walk back to her home. The girl she was with begged her to stay and spend the night. My daughter said no because she prefers her own bed and gave an excuse. Her friend countered with a solution and in fact, for each excuse for not staying that my daughter gave, her friend had a solution. Finally, my daughter relented.
She went home in the morning and discovered that there was a murder at 2 AM in the parking lot of her apartment, right on the path my daughter would have taken. My daughter could have been the victim!
Don’t you just love reporters. It was a double barreled, over and under, fully automatic assault shot gun with a 30 round clip, don’t ‘cha know!
I'm sure it was the reporter. Changing the story is a no-no, however. Let it stand. Let we readers see the ignorance that's out there in MSM land.
Years ago, my mother gave me a bullet...a bullet, and I put it in my breast pocket. Two years after that, I was walking down the street, when a berserk evangelist heaved a Gideon bible out a hotel room window, hitting me in the chest. Bible would have gone through my heart if it wasn't for the bullet.
Yeah, kind of a twofer. A wierd story and an illustration of MSM cluelessness at the same time.
It was a fully automatic assault shotgun with a 30 round clip of .357 magnums. Reporters need to get all the facts in the article...
If it was a 0.45 it musta been a Tommy Gun. BTW, what are the odds it was a "stray". Maybe the headline should have read, "Cell Phone Blocks Well Aimed Shot, Saves Man's Life for Now"? I don't know whom he pist off, but I think he should be wearing a steel pot and flak jacket and not depend on "the network".
I saw this on tv. The slug looked to me, like a slug used in a muzzle loader.
The bullet must have been mostly spent if a cellphone stopped it. I don’t think those little plastic boxes have nearly the stopping power of a pocket bible.
LOL!!! -- Great joke!
Reporter screwed up... this was real and it happened... was on local news two nights ago.
Even a nearly spent bullet can do a lot of damage.
I’m sure of that...expecially if it hits you in the head or neck somewhere, like the eye, ear or even side of your head.
Ya. And they don’t EVEN know which end of the barrel the round comes out of.
One heck of a Prez!
Lots of structures beside the heart in the chest and upper abdomen that can cause someone to quickly bleed to death if struck by a bullet. Bullet wounds are terrible. Back in my old ER days we would much rather have a stabbing victim than a gunshot victim.
You got that right!
one time, in band camp...
Does any reporter any where have a clue about firearms and ammunition and how they actually work?
LOL! Other than Ollie North, no.
Kinda reminds me of an old movie with James Garner called "Support your Local Sheriff". The last sheriff had been killed and they offer the job to James Garner and hand him a badge that was dented by a bullet. Says the new sheriff "Looks like this badge saved the man's life!". The Mayor says, "It sure enough would have if it hadn't been for all those other bullets flying in from everywhere!".
Guess this farmer was lucky many other "casings"(can reporters be any dumber)weren't flying in from everywhere.
It is well known that bullets will ricochet off of water. It is one of the basic tenets of gun safety not to target practice by shooting at objects in the water, such as floating cans, sticks etc. Bullets will also do weird things when hitting trees like fly straight back at the shooter.
They can also travel much, much farther than a lot of people realize.
OOps I forgot the kiddies might be reading this!!! My cousin was shooting a coke cans one day and set some up on the frame of an old truck. He missed and hit the frame with his 22. They bullet came back and hit him smack in the middle of the forehead. Now it was flattened out to a small dime size but left him with one hell of a red spot. He quit putting stuff on metal to shoot at. DUH!
.45’s don't travel far. Very heavy, very slow moving. One of the slowest moving round. Think the shot put of pistol rounds.
Anyways, say it came out of a long barrel. I'm not sure it would be much faster than a 4 inch pistol barrel as the powder isn't that much.
Supposedly he was hit at 45 degrees. I have doubts as to how he would know that.
What are the odds, that someone is pointing a .45 in the air at 45 degrees, and outside of a war zone full of .45 caliber weapons, it hits a guy? Anywhere?
This is a tall tale. A bored rural guy, getting his name in the paper.
It is my understanding that a casing is what is left after the bullet is fired. So does this mean the guy shot himself?
He was shot by a bullet CASING?
No, it means the reporter knows nothing about firearms.
Did it auto-dial 911?
It MEANS that the reporter had no business writing this article to begin with.
The real problem is that the reporter is so ignorant that if ANY of the facts are correct, it's just dumb luck.
where can I buy one of those?
I saw that too. The phone had a dent in it, it wasn't broken. The bullet was a .45 FMJ. Some idiot was probably shooting at cans a mile away and a ricochet flew away. Full jackets skip off of anything and just keep going.
Still though a Long Colt would be a leaver action. Now we are kind of, maybe, in that someone was aiming at the guy. Still, unusual round found in old style rifles.
It's possible, but it would have to be an aimed shot.
We are still back to someone, not to far away, in a rural area, cracks a few off into the yonder and gets a guy in a tractor, in his cell phone.
I still have my money, which is zero, on the set up square.
Quite right that you shouldn’t edit a story. If you like, you can put corrections or “sic” in square brackets, or add a comment.
Yes, almost anything could have happened, since this reporter is evidently clueless. Was it .45 caliber? Maybe, or maybe just a good-sized slug.
Someone mentioned a muzzle loader, and that’s possible. Some states have complicated hunting laws, with weeks set aside for bow and arrow hunting and weeks set aside for muzzle loaded hunting, as well as the regular season.
It must have been just about spent when it hit the cell phone, or I wouldn’t think something as thin as that would have stopped it. Most cell phones are plastic or very thin bits of metal.
I used to deer hunt with a .45-70. I have two, a trap door Springfield and an 1886 Winchester. The Winchester can use heavier loads, putting a 300 grain Hornady out at about 2,100 fps. The trap door is limited to lighter loads, about 1500 fps for the 300 grain load.
For comparison a .45 ACP pistol is commonly loaded with a 230 grain which comes out at about 850 fps.
I like the trap door — something about the long barrel and the “one shot, so make it count” appeals to me.
Is it reasonable to assume that your daughter became a lot more safety conscious after that?
The casing doesn’t travel with the bullet.
Or you could fire a .50 at a steel plate, only to have it ricochet right back at you, knocking off and destroying your ear muffs.
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