Right, so there I was sitting on Saturday afternoon cleaning and oiling all my rifles. Finished polishing the Styer, the gasram and my Blue Streak, when I picked up my AA S410 Extra FAC.
The magazine was out and I just gave her a little oily rub all over on the outside when I decided to put a dab of grease on the cocking bolt. Rummaged around in my cupboard till I found the little tube of molybdenum grease. Pull the cocking bolt pack and smeared a little bit on the bolt with my finger.
Worked the action a couple of times to make sure it gets everywhere, nice and smooth. At this stage I was standing barefoot in the garage lovingly fondling the oiled wood savoring that aroma floating around. Those of you who oil their stocks will know what I?m talking about.
Anyway, I seemed to remember from the last hunting outing that the trigger needed some work. So without even thinking I touched the trigger?. BANG!!!!!!!!
Bloody hell!!!! Somebody just smashed my foot with a hammer!!! I look down and I see the hole on top and the blood pissing out!! I could not believe it. I?m always careful and there I go and shoot myself! How the hell did I manage to do that?
The thought did cross my mind to drop the rifle and scream blue murder but all that will do is damage my rifle. No way am I going to do that. Leaned over to the work bench and carefully laid the rifle down on the towel on top.
Right, now to survey the damage. Apart from the throbbing pain I sat down on my ass and looked for the exit wound at the bottom. Huh? Where did it go? There was no exit wound. Last time I had this rifle over the chrono it was doing 1050ft/sec with 8.4gr pellets. Surely at point blank range it should go right through? I mean it went through a Guinea Fowl at 80m.
Then it struck me! Last time I went hunting with Lewis I was using these newfangled ballistic tipped Predator pellets. I shot myself with one of those pellets. At 75c a pellet they are not cheap and there I go and waste one on my foot?.
To cut a long story short, I screamed for my girlfriend to take me to the hospital. The x-ray showed the pellet struck one of the bones in my foot and fragmented. Great! Little bits of lead floating around in my foot. Anyway, went to surgery and got a little bottle as a souvenir containing 25% of the pellet. The rest the doctor told me was to dangerous to remove.
Whats the moral of the story? DON?T USE PREDATOR PELLETS!!!!
Actually no, check to make sure the rifle is safe before attempting to do anything!!!
I?ll be on crutches for a week or so but no permanent damage have been done.
Right, bring on the funny remarks!! :naughty
Here is the x-ray of my left foot. The triangle is the entry wound. Just shows you how far the pieces actually travelled after fragmenting!! :eek