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Old August 31st, 2006, 23:59   #24
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Originally Posted by Barf
Originally Posted by PTE. Pyle
Originally Posted by Drake
I'd also add that there's something called "Blank-fire Non-Guns" which are built-as-prop "guns". As someone above mentioned, blank-firing guns aren't "safe", and that not only because of the examples cited; a blank generates enough power to cycle the gun, and while no projectile is launched there's still a very powerful muzzle blast. (There was an incident (and probably others) were an actor from a TV show was messing around with a blank-firing gun and shot himself in the head with it as a "joke"; the muzzle blast caused brain death.)
That was the actor from the movie the crow if im not mistaken.
Actually that was John Eric Hexum. He was playing Russian Roulette with a snub nose revolver when he "got lucky". The wad from the cartridge and a piece of his skull was sent into his brain. That is why movies use wadless cartidges now. But the guns are still not safe for point blank firing. With the absence of the wad, more than one actor has gotten powder burns from being shot at close range.

Hexum, being and enlightened Liberal, was ignorant of guns and happy that way. During a delay on set he jokingly put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, blowing a chunk of skull the size of a quarter into his brain.

Lee was killed because the armourer had been sent home as un-necessary that night. A revolver that had been used earlier had cartridges with bullets but no powder so that the bullets could be seen for the camera. Either A)a cartridge had a live primer and when the trigger was pulled that was enough to propel the bullet part-way into the barrel, a squib. Or B) a bullet came loose from a cartridge and just got pushed into the barrel. Later when the same gun was used with blanks the bullet was propelled out of the barrel.

IF proper gun safety rules were followed, either negligent discharge couldn't have happened. Even if you break a rule, the rest will cover your ass. It's damned negligent that firearm handling isn't taught mandatory in schools.
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