Thursday, July 10, 2008

.44 Magnum

me and the .44 magnum

Someone sent me the following newspaper article:

Woman Shoots Self While Trying to Kill Mice
9:03 a.m. July 8, 2008

POTTER VALLEY – A Mendocino County woman who was trying to kill mice in her trailer with a gun ended up shooting herself and another person.

Sheriff's officials say the 43-year-old woman pulled out her .44-caliber Magnum revolver after she saw the mice scurrying across the floor of her trailer on Highway 20 in Potter Valley.

But she accidentally dropped the gun, which went off as it struck the floor. The bullet went through the woman's kneecap, bounced off the keys sitting on the belt loop of a 42-year-old man in the trailer and grazed the man's groin before ending up in his coin pocket.

Authorities did not release the shooting victims' names.

The mice escaped the shooting unharmed.


The person that sent me the article is the same person that let me shoot his .44 magnum, fondly christened "Bear Repellant." In the picture above I'm getting a hands-on briefing for shooting a .44 magnum. I'm being told, "Don't let go. Whatever you do, don't let go. It kicks. I mean it REALLY kicks." As he walked away, I'm pretty sure I heard him whisper under his breath, "Please don't let go."

I didn't let go.


Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Did you keep your eyes open?

HeatherM said...

Oh, Cali - you are a brave girl. I would have kept my eyes open, but tried to flex my inner ear muscles (does this make any sense?), like I do everytime I think I'll hear a loud or scary noise. It never seems to lessen the sound, but it sure makes me feel better - or at least prepared.

Anonymous said...

So.....there are lots of bears at the hospital then?