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***Warning! Gory pics below!***

 Yes, this is me. A good friend did the writeup. I am still not done with healing almost two years into this. Waiting on the second bone graft to take.

 No, I didn't return fire. This guy wasn't a friend, merely a co-worker.


The following pictures depict the aftermath of a gun shot wound inflicted by a .45ACP 230 grn. hollow point projectile, fired at a distance of less than two feet from a 4" barreled Kimber Pro Carry 1911.

The victim is a healthy, robust, adult male, thirty-three years old, and an eight year veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

The injury was inflicted while the victim was in the front seat of his Jeep Cherokee, driving two passengers whom he described as co-workers to the firing range. From the driver's seat, the victim described hearing a muffled 'pop' and accompanying spontaneous loss of use of his right arm. He described a total loss of digital mobility, and a sensation as if his arm were a "Tentacle or over cooked noodle just limply hanging there, totally useless and unresponsive."*
Apparently, one of the passengers had taken the Kimber pistol from the range bag while sitting behind the victim. Outside the victim's field of view, the passenger had inserted a loaded magazine, and cycled the action with his index finger resting on the trigger, discharging the weapon.
The projectile caused a 'through and through' injury, shattering the bones in the elbow, and exiting the front of the arm, where it grazed the victims rib before terminating in the dash board of the vehicle.
The small wound that appears to be a stab wound is actually the exit path of the projectile, having passed through the front of the victims arm.
The victim described himself as shocked but lucid, with the pain setting in rapidly over the first five minutes, and no possible use of the injured arm. He was able to safely stop the vehicle, exit, and enter the passenger side with assistance, allowing his passenger to drive him to the hospital. Once in the passenger seat, he described the bleeding as minimal, in consideration of the injury, but the effects of shock left him sweating and groaning, biting his uninjured arm to steady himself.

Surgery was not started until several hours after the time of injury, and a subsequent transport to a different facility. According to the victims account, any movement or 'jostling' of the limb during this time caused excruciating pain.

The photo of the X-ray indicates the extent of the reconstruction necessary. Bone grafts were taken from the right hip to repair the damage, and the expected 80-90% recovery of limb mobility and strength is being described as 'miraculous.' The first three major surgeries occurred over two days, requiring four bolts and other pictured hardware. The victim described the pain after the surgery exceeding that of the original wound significantly. The ordeal left him weak, dehydrated, and afflicted with further injuries from catheterization and other improper or rushed care. His recovery is not yet complete, though he has returned to work on restricted duty.

The injury provides us with several lessons:
First, and most importantly, is the tragic result of failing to follow the basic fire arms safety rules. Uncertain of his background or muzzle direction and with finger on the trigger, the shooter managed to inflict a permanent injury through negligence alone.

Second, is the total and instant loss of use of the injured limb. Though the victim described himself as mobile, and lucid, use of the limb in any way was beyond his capability. Had this been a fighting situation, he would not have been able to use his dominant hand for even the most rudimentary of tasks, even though he remained able to "fight" for a few critical moments more.

Third, is the nature of the wound. Much is hypothesized about the effects of different types of munitions from different arms. Here we see an undoing of popular belief, where a hollow cavity projectile expanded, doing devastating damage on impact with bone, but proceeded through the limb, leaving a small exit wound. Though a single injury is not definitive, it does illustrate the falseness of some assumptions about the behavior of bullets. Especially those established by use of flesh simulating media, such as ballistic gelatin, that lack the skeletal structure and tension of living flesh.

Finally, is the lesson of determination. The victim retained control of the situation, and of the vehicle. He acted to gain medical assistance, and did not panic. This saved his limb, and possibly his life. Beyond that, he did not accept the injury as limiting, and fought to regain use of his limb, aiding in his recovery.

The victim remains to this day an avid shooter and proponent of fire arms. He takes pleasure in his continued use, and ownership of the fire arm he was shot with, and wishes most of all that his injury will serve to help educate other shooters on safety, and survival.














« Last Edit: October 23, 2008, 08:02:15 AM by LittleLebowski »


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Somebody would not only get the crap sued out of them, but there is a very good likelyhood that there will be a beat down of global proportions coming their way.
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  Lawsuit is in progress.  Trying to track him down via cell phone number.

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Someone has to say it here: rub some dirt on it and move on. 

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New his arm wakes him up at night and wants him to go look for Sarah Connor.
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Good god man!

I think I may have beaten him to death with my "wet noodle" arm while it was still numb, swinging it like Conan the Barbarian on crack.


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As much as I hate ever saying anything nice about LL I have to point out that this lunatic not only still shoots with his gimp arm - he shoots pretty well too.

Don't shoot a Marine.  You will only make him angry.


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Good god man!

I think I may have beaten him to death with my "wet noodle" arm while it was still numb, swinging it like Conan the Barbarian on crack.


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  I don't remember going into shock.  I think I just went into extreme pain, sweats, and dehydration. 

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I don't remember going into shock.  I think I just went into extreme pain, sweats, and dehydration

That's shock brother.  ;)


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  Yeah, but it wasn't shock like in the movies :D

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Pfff.  If it were a movie you would have jumped out, beaten the guy into a coma, hiked 4 miles across a desert to a some town, found yourself a vets office, broke in, and patched yourself up with a shoelace tied to a straightened paperclip.  And no doctor would have ever been necessary at all.

Wuss.

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Very  somber example of why the Rules are so important. Thank you.

On the bright side, at least it wasn't a round of Quik-Shok. It would've torn through you like a rabid chainsaw, and the resulting atomic fallout killed everyone in the county. 
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Or Extreme Shock.  Jeez... life as we know it could have ended.


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Good work on maintaining control!

When I first bought my M&P I went shooting with some friends, one of whom brought his 92f.  As he was coming back from the line I looked up to see talking to someone, finger on the trigger, gun pointed right at me.  I wasn't too thrilled about this so I hopped out of the way real quick and asked him to be more careful, he replied that he had just finished shooting, and so it wasn't loaded.

I looked at it, and saw that the slide was closed and the hammer back.  I asked him if he was sure, to which he replied, "positive, look."  He pulled the slide back and out one last round he didn't realize was in it.  He got a real befuddled look on his face, I got an unimpressed one.  Fortunately no one got hurt, and he wised up after that and was being real careful to make sure to be safe. 

I figured I was a careful guy before, now I'm down right anal retentive. 


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The victim retained control of the situation, and of the vehicle. He acted to gain medical assistance, and did not panic. This saved his limb, and possibly his life. Beyond that, he did not accept the injury as limiting, and fought to regain use of his limb, aiding in his recovery.

You did it right: first things first. You've given us a great illustration of the importance of mindset.

Thanks for posting this.
One great frailty of human nature, an inability or indisposition to compare a distant, though certain inconvenience or distress with a present convenience or delight is said...to be prevalent in Americans so as to make it one of their distinguishing charac

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Wow, that is really all I can say. What kind of a gun owner loads and cycles a gun with their finger on the trigger, in a vehicle no less. I mean we've all probably done something stupid or unsafe at one point or another but this is huge.

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What kind of a gun owner loads and cycles a gun with their finger on the trigger, in a vehicle no less.
LL was shot with his own gun, the guy took it out of the case and loaded it on his own.  He was not a "gun owner", just someone who felt far too confident in abilities and negligently discharged the weapon.

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WOW!  It's amazing to me what people will do not having any concept of how devastating their actions may be.  I was at a range when two men attempting to load a Glock 17 had a ND into the bench in front of them after inserting a magazine and racking the slide.  Luckily no one was injured, but the look of shock and suprise on both of their faces is burned into my memory.  Keep your booger hook off of the trigger until you want it to go BANG. . .
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(Excellent write-up.  And glad you can still shoot with that arm)
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Having had some, er, severely decommissioned limbs in the past, I definitely know what that feels like.
And, yeah, any movement makes you want to murder babies.
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As a new shooter I had been taught how to lock my arm and hold it straight while shooting the 45.  One of my first matches I was next to a shooter who held his gun in front of him with his elbow bent at a 45 degree angle so I asked my coach about that thinking it might be some kind of advanced technique because this guy was shooting master class.

Turns out he had been at a match at this same range, (El Paso), a year earlier and his shooting buddy who had done some home gunsmithing on his sear turned it into an automatic.  The gun traversed an arc up and left and the last shot hit his buddy in the elbow shattering it.  The bone is now fused permanently in that position but he still shoots with it and he has adapted quite nicely.  The friend no longer shoots the last I heard but they are still friends.

Surgical techniques have improved considerably in the last 40 years and I'm sorry you had to go through that ordeal but at least you got your arm back.  Nothing like a survivor to push home gun safety lessons.   
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Had a guy shoot my truck while hunting but this is terrible
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Wow...

I ran a Turkey Shoot for my Lodge this past weekend, and at one point someone swept me with a (fortunately unloaded) gun, but he still got yelled at by me, since I was RSOing the line. This thread will serve as a reminder for me to be positively ANAL in teaching folks the Four Rules.

Thanks for posting it, LL, and I pray that your recovery will continue and be complete.
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  The bone graft took, the bone damage is healed, and I start physical therapy to get my range of motion back tomorrow :D

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The bone graft took, the bone damage is healed, and I start physical therapy to get my range of motion back tomorrow

That's terrific news, Hoss; thanks for sharing it with us.   :clap
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