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Man Fires Bullet With Hammer
WANE-TV ^ | April 24, 2009 | Alyssa Ivanson

Posted on 04/24/2009 7:15:08 PM PDT by John W

PLEASANT LAKE, Ind. (WANE) - George Fath moved to his mobile home in rural Steuben County two months ago. The previous owners left a lot of trash in the yard, so Fath was cleaning up Thursday afternoon. That's when he found a 22 caliber bullet in the yard. He didn't want his three young boys to get hurt from the bullet, so Fath decided to dispose of it.

"My hammer was outside so I took the bullet and put it on a rock and smacked it with the hammer," Fath said.

Fath wasn't expecting the bullet to fire.

"It went off and went into my belly and knocked me on my butt," Fath said.

Fath said he thought he was shot in the stomach. His wife called 911. According to the police report the bullet didn't actually hit Fath.

"Fath was not bleeding, and it did not appear that Fath was struck with the bullet. Fath suffered a minor abrasion to the area of his stomach," police records read.

But, Fath told NewsChannel 15 the bullet did go in his stomach and doctors removed it at the hospital.

"I smacked the bullet and fell down and blood came pouring out," Fath said. "I was hitting it to smash it. I didn't expect it to go bang."

Fath said he'll never hit a bullet with a hammer again.

"I wasn't thinking about it. It was the dumbest thing I ever did in my life. I suggest nobody do it," Fath said.

Police agree. Steuben County Sheriff Rick Lewis said no one should ever hit a bullet with anything.

"The round can go anywhere. It could hit the person striking it with a hammer, a neighbor, a child in the yard. There's just no controlling where the bullet will go," Lewis said.

A bullet doesn't have to be in a gun to fire.

"Anytime you get pressure [to the end of the bullet] to cause it to explode, it will fire," Lewis said.

If someone finds a bullet, don't throw it in the trash either.

"Call local law enforcement and we can take car of it," Lewis said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: holdmuhbeer; idiot; rimfire
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To: LukeL

What do you think is in the rim?

BTW, the cop wasn’t holding a .22 shell, and the picture earlier in the video was a centerfire pistol round (.40 s&w I believe).


51 posted on 04/24/2009 7:31:10 PM PDT by srweaver (Never Forget the Judicial Homicide of Terri Schiavo)
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To: Squantos; SLB; Travis McGee

Hold muh beer alert! :-)


52 posted on 04/24/2009 7:31:30 PM PDT by hiredhand (Understand the CRA and why we're facing economic collapse - see my about page.)
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To: John W

That’s just frickin’ great. Now the government will be after our hammers too!


53 posted on 04/24/2009 7:31:49 PM PDT by BILLNHILL MAKE ME ILL (Certified Right Wing Extremist)
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To: John W; Squantos; Travis McGee; Eaker

Everyone knows you throw them in the fire.


54 posted on 04/24/2009 7:32:17 PM PDT by razorback-bert (We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.)
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To: John W

Oh boy. This is embarrassing!! I don’t know which is worse...the dope that hit the bullet with the hammer in the first place...the sheriff, or the tv crew reporting this dramatic story.
Good grief!!


55 posted on 04/24/2009 7:32:37 PM PDT by jackv (Just shakin' my head!!)
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To: John W
Steuben County Sheriff Rick Lewis said no one should ever hit a bullet with anything.

Don't his deputies have firing pins in their guns?

56 posted on 04/24/2009 7:33:10 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ( Obama, you're off the island!)
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To: John W

You are correct, but it is JUST A COINCIDENCE!!

Which is why that guy had NO IDEA that if you hit a cartridge with a hammer, it would fire!

I mean, you can’t just jump to conclusions just because a word happens to be the same word as another word.

Who could have possibly guessed that if you hit a cartridge with a hammer - you know, a NORMAL hammer, and not a specialized gun part designed to fire cartridges - that it would fire?!


57 posted on 04/24/2009 7:33:54 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: srweaver

Yeah, that part was misleading as well, also a 22lr is a very cheaply made round, and you could easily pull the bullet off the casing with a pair of pliers.


58 posted on 04/24/2009 7:34:24 PM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: John W

I’ll wager he got hit by the case, not the projectile.

Simple physics. The bullet weighs more than the case. Outside of a firearm, the bullet goes a little way, the lighter case goes a long way.

BTW, we used to do all kinds of stupid stuff with .22 ammo. Nobody got seriously hurt.


59 posted on 04/24/2009 7:35:07 PM PDT by EricT. ("Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government." -George Washington)
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To: rightwingcrazy
Kind of like firing a 50 cal until the barrel starts drooping and you hear a suspicious BANG BANG BANG BANG and John Wayne is over yonder just lapping it up.

True story.

Once those puppies start cooking I don't think the firing mechanism even needs to work to make 'em fire.

60 posted on 04/24/2009 7:35:30 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Pontiac

You forgot ... and so I don’t hit the rounds with a hammer instead and end up in the hospital. Yep, that’s why I need a gun.


61 posted on 04/24/2009 7:35:33 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: EricT.

I think the claw end of the hammer snapped back and that’s what hit him.


62 posted on 04/24/2009 7:36:16 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: txroadkill

Exactly what I was thinking.


63 posted on 04/24/2009 7:37:47 PM PDT by Senormechanico
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To: jackv

Agreed.


64 posted on 04/24/2009 7:38:03 PM PDT by John W
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To: John W

The slug from a .22 bullet discharging without being in a gun is not going to develop any velocity. As soon as the slug separates from the casing all gas pressure is lost. It probably wouldn’t travel 20 feet. So this guys story about it knocking him over, etc. is pure hooey.


65 posted on 04/24/2009 7:40:17 PM PDT by Zman516 (socialists & muslims -- satan's useful idiots.)
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To: Ancient Drive
Darwin Award front runner!

No, Darwin Award winners have to actually die. That's one of the rules.

66 posted on 04/24/2009 7:40:30 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: John W

I don’t have a problem with anyone hitting a bullet with a hammer since it can’t hurt anyone.

I would have thought some Freeper would have posted this information already.


67 posted on 04/24/2009 7:40:31 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (NRA /Patron - TSRA- IDPA)
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To: wagglebee
But, Fath told NewsChannel 15 the bullet did go in his stomach and doctors removed it at the hospital.

From the article.

Fath told NewsChannel 15 the bullet did go in his stomach and doctors removed it at the hospital.

68 posted on 04/24/2009 7:41:20 PM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: John W

When we were little...back in Stone Age...we had these long strips of red paper with dots of powder embedded in them, and when you hit them with a hammer, they made a real nice bang.
They were in strips because you fed them into toy guns...


69 posted on 04/24/2009 7:41:21 PM PDT by Graymatter (Don't enable destroyers. File for chapter 44 -- barackruptcy.)
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To: John W

Obama voter.


70 posted on 04/24/2009 7:41:26 PM PDT by Gator113 (I'm a PROUD RIGHT WING EXTREMIST.... Obama has failed, IMPEACH Obama NOW....)
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To: John W

***”Call local law enforcement and we can take car of it,” Lewis said.***

Oh for heaven’s sakes! Anyone with an ounce of brains knows you should not hit a rimfire with a hammer. you can kill the bullet by soaking it in water or spraying it with WD-40 or equivalent. Rimfires are not water or oil tight.

When young we often found unfired cartriges in rental houses. My dad got rid of them by dropping them between the sheetrock in walls just like we disposed of razor blades.

We once found a stick of dynamite in a rental house and my dad showed us how to dispose of it by cutting it leingthwise and crumbling up the remains. He had been a combat engineer in WWWII.


71 posted on 04/24/2009 7:41:42 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (14. Guns only have two enemies: rust and politicians.)
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To: al baby
I used to take spent .22 shells and fill them with match tops, and hit them with a hammer. BANG!
And I didn't even lose an eye. /grin
72 posted on 04/24/2009 7:42:19 PM PDT by MaxMax (America's population is 304-Million. Obama must punish America for the other 4.7 Billion)
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To: Senormechanico

See, if he had a sign they wouldn’t have sold him that hammer


73 posted on 04/24/2009 7:42:21 PM PDT by txroadkill (Tax Day Tea Parties 4/15/09 - - The day we won one for the Gipper.)
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To: John W

A gun has a part that is refered to as the hammer.....


74 posted on 04/24/2009 7:42:42 PM PDT by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: John W

Idiot. Everyone knows you are supposed to take it into the house and put it in a vice before you hit it with a hammer. Make sure you bring the kids to watch since it is so cool.

Or put it on a burner on the stove and have your wife watch.


75 posted on 04/24/2009 7:43:44 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ( Obama, you're off the island!)
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To: Shooter 2.5
I don’t have a problem with anyone hitting a bullet with a hammer since it can’t hurt anyone.

However I would strongly advise everybody not to strike a loaded cartridge with a hammer as this is highly dangerous.

76 posted on 04/24/2009 7:44:03 PM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: Zman516

This thought crossed my mind as well, but I have no experience with what level of greatly reduced force (with no barrel to allow pressure to build) a .22lr would generate, and I was wondering about larger cartridges. Guess it would depend on the seating depth and type of powder used.


77 posted on 04/24/2009 7:46:06 PM PDT by srweaver (Never Forget the Judicial Homicide of Terri Schiavo)
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To: John W

This idiot is almost as stupid as that blob from New Mexico. The round would have just bounced off her fat @ss


78 posted on 04/24/2009 7:46:57 PM PDT by Rannug
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To: LukeL
That whole bulgy thingy that sticks out on the end that isn't pointy is filled with primer stuff. If you ever look at a .22 fired case, you will see a dent somewhere on the edge.

Since the maker doesn't know how you are going to put it in the gun, they put a thin wafer all the way around. That's so, when you hit that edge, anywhere, with a hammer, on a rock, it will fire.

79 posted on 04/24/2009 7:47:25 PM PDT by jonascord (Hey, we have the Constitution. What's to worry about?)
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To: al baby

That’s Joe Biden.


80 posted on 04/24/2009 7:47:30 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Graymatter
And if you felt really wealthy .... you put a whole roll down and tried to hit it as squarely as possible.

Next came the pipe stuck in the ground, a lit firecracker and a marble.

81 posted on 04/24/2009 7:47:33 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: John W
Had a friend (Rusty), back around 6th grade he was, and I guess we all were hell raisers to some degree. His Mom & Dad both worked in the afternoon, while everybody else had Mom to supervise at home when we had free time. He had all the toys. The instructions for the chemistry set was perused for anything they said not to mix together, and of course mixing those was our top priority.

Lots of smoke, flames, bad smells, and interesting reactions drove us out of his basement laughing our butts off.

He tried it with a shotgun shell held in a bench vise. The ice pick and a hammer experiment resulted in him nearly losing his hand.

You've got to think about the idea that the barrel of the gun is a very important part of the basic machine. 22 shells are way lighter than the slug of lead in the end and the shell casing, or the shrapnel from it is going to be the flying part without the barrel with the exit end pointing away from you.

Rusty gets cudos for one other crazy stunt he paid dearly for; ice skating down a frozen hill. The spiral fracture kept him in traction for months.

Last I heard he's all growed up and doing fine, but we had a lot of fun back then.

82 posted on 04/24/2009 7:47:59 PM PDT by WhoisAlanGreenspan?
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To: John W
Fath wasn't expecting the bullet to fire.

Moron. No doubt votes Democrat because he doesn't expect them to be socialist control freaks.

Fath said he'll never hit a bullet with a hammer again.

But will undoubtedly continue to vote Democrat.

Incidentally, do they teach in journalism school that more than one sentence per paragraph is not allowed?

83 posted on 04/24/2009 7:50:09 PM PDT by Doohickey (The more cynical you become, the better off you'll be.)
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To: al baby
I actually did something similar when I was a bit younger than that kid...it's "seared in my mind" and I don't do no 'lectrical stuff anymore..........I crawled under the TV table with one of Mom's bobby pins and plugged it in to the socket.

A buzzing strong tickle/tingle is what I recall...

84 posted on 04/24/2009 7:51:47 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Impeach now!)
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To: John W

Gosh! A Darwin Putz of the Year Award! he even flunked qualifying for the actual Darwin ward:-) Fortunately, but he sure was CLOSE:-(


85 posted on 04/24/2009 7:52:42 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (GOD BLESS AMERICA and Our Last Great President George W. Bush)
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To: LukeL

It’s pretty difficult to set the powder off without a primer. The primer in rimfire cartridges is in the rim, not a separate cap.


86 posted on 04/24/2009 7:53:32 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ErnBatavia

followed by a swift slap to the back of ones head


87 posted on 04/24/2009 7:54:28 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Graymatter

You could take the whole roll of caps, lay them sideways on a brick or an anvil and hit it with a hand held sledge hammer. The sound is deafening. We used to bite the bullet end of the cartridge and could disengage the bullet from the casing and pile up the gunpowder and do the same and get a really nice bang out of it. My Father and Grandfather would hide their cartridges from me because I was forever pilfering the powder from them and making explosives. One thing I never did was hit a cartridge with a hammer. We had these little poppers that were round and exploded by throwing them against the wall...we’d throw them onto the highway and let the cars blow them up...but they ruined your day if you chewed them. Also, never put strikers into a sewage opening if you don’t have an avenue of escape...I could go on...


88 posted on 04/24/2009 7:56:27 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Graymatter

Did you ever place the whole roll on a sledge hammer and hit it with a ball peen?


89 posted on 04/24/2009 7:59:21 PM PDT by DonnerT
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To: John W; martin_fierro; aculeus; dighton; null and void; Constitution Day; Slings and Arrows; ...
PLEASANT LAKE, Ind. (WANE) - George Fath moved to his mobile home in rural Steuben County two months ago.

There's the hint, folks.

"My hammer was outside so I took the bullet and put it on a rock and smacked it with the hammer," Fath said.


90 posted on 04/24/2009 7:59:24 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: al baby

Sounds like something my husband would do.


91 posted on 04/24/2009 8:00:56 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: freekitty

I gave a bb to my little brother and he smacked that thing for over an hour and said it must be a dud


92 posted on 04/24/2009 8:03:10 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: srweaver

I would think with larger cartridges, such as a .30-06 it would be pretty much the same, just a flash-pop, and if you got hit by the slug or the brass it would likely be little more than an annoyance.

(But I’m not going to try it!)


93 posted on 04/24/2009 8:03:55 PM PDT by Zman516 (socialists & muslims -- satan's useful idiots.)
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To: John W
"Fath was not bleeding, and it did not appear that Fath was struck with the bullet. Fath suffered a minor abrasion to the area of his stomach," police records read.
But, Fath told NewsChannel 15 the bullet did go in his stomach and doctors removed it at the hospital.

I tend to think that the police report has the right of it.

94 posted on 04/24/2009 8:07:05 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (When you're spinning round, things come undone. Welcome to Earth 3rd rock from the Sun!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
He had been a combat engineer in WWWII.

WWWII? - was that a Pro-Wrestling thing?

95 posted on 04/24/2009 8:07:35 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: DonnerT

Oops, hadn’t read all the posts. Knew I wasn’t alone.


96 posted on 04/24/2009 8:08:07 PM PDT by DonnerT
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To: John W

Stupid is as Stupid does.


97 posted on 04/24/2009 8:13:19 PM PDT by jongaltsr (Hope to See ya in Galt's Gulch.)
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To: Graymatter

I used to take a sledge hammer to whole rolls of them at a time - that’s a serious bang. Sometimes I’d get two or three decent bangs out of one roll, but when I hit a roll with enough force, there’d be maybe one or two “caps” that didn’t fire.

I played with hammers a lot as a youngster, so I used several weights of ball peen hammers and claw hammers as well, but I finally settled on the 8LB sledge because it was so darned effective. it was a bit to swing for a young kid, but I had a knack for destruction then that I put to “good” use.

The sound was louder than a .45 cal I can tell you that. I was a pretty obnoxious youth at 8-10 years old - I’d pull this stunt at 7:00 a.m or earlier some days. I could also burp loud enough to effect a pretty good echo in the neighborhood at an early hour as well.

I’m just about laughing out loud at myself - the stupid things I did as a kid.


98 posted on 04/24/2009 8:14:09 PM PDT by jurroppi1 (We need to reward the people that carry the water instead of the people that drink the water!)
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To: DonnerT

I used to put some in a pop bottle, cork it, and set them off with a magnifying glass in the sun. I could blow a cork about 10 feet.


99 posted on 04/24/2009 8:14:26 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: DonnerT

See my post #98, I did what you’re describing too.


100 posted on 04/24/2009 8:19:13 PM PDT by jurroppi1 (We need to reward the people that carry the water instead of the people that drink the water!)
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