Shot myself in the eye!

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Postby rick01jetta » Mon Jul 31, 2006 1:49 pm

Well im sure some of you think its pretty funny that I shot myself in the eye, well I guess I lauph about it now too but shit like that can get pretty scary when your not sure if your eye is going to survive. Im sure im not the only person to do it, when your playing with combustibles and speeding potatos, something bad is bound to happen. Well I had just built a potato gun and i had let it sit for about 2 hours out side with the end cap off so that the fumes from the glue could escape and help the glue harden. So I was making sure that gun was sparking, and the only way to do so is to look into the gun. I was about to fire it so I sparked it off a few times away from my face to make sure it was clear then I looked down the barrel to make sure there was a spark. Unfortunatly there happened to be some fumes in the gun from the glue. Sure enouph it ignited and shot a decent fire ball directly into my eye. By instict I closed it pretty fast but not fast enouph. Immediatly I opened my eye to make sure I could still see out of it, and I could but vision was blurry. My eye lids were burned a little bit and my eyebrow and lashes were gone. Its sucked cause my eye lashes curled up and so every time I blinked the top lashes would grab the bottem kind of like velcrow and made it hard to open my eye back up. Well I went to the hospital to make sure that I was going to be alright, and turns out my eye ball was only flashed by the flame so it didnt to any real damage. My advice to anyone is to buy the clear combustion chamber so you dont have to look down the barrel to see the spark! Either that or wear some googles first cause you never really know if there are fumes in the combustion chamber.
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Postby Drew Rowland » Mon Jul 31, 2006 2:08 pm

The esiest way to check for a spark is to simply use a mirror.
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Postby Freefall » Mon Jul 31, 2006 2:14 pm

I'm glad you got to keep your eye, but your attitude in general has me worried.
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="tahoma,verdana,arial" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">when your playing with combustibles and speeding potatos, something bad is bound to happen.
<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">No, when you're <i>careless</i> and <i>foolish</i>, something bad is bound to happen. Keep your wits about you, understand the risks, and don't do stupid things, and bad things tend not to happen.
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="tahoma,verdana,arial" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">I had just built a potato gun and i had let it sit for about 2 hours <hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">PVC cement takes 24 hours to set up fully. Testing early is one of the more common reasons for spudgun failure.
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="tahoma,verdana,arial" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">So I was making sure that gun was sparking, and the only way to do so is to look into the gun.<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">You looked down the barrel to see the spark?!? How about leaving the endcap off and looking into the chamber from the back end? Or you could have blown out the vapors before you tried to spark it, or you could have used a mirror.
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="tahoma,verdana,arial" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">My advice to anyone is to buy the clear combustion chamber so you dont have to look down the barrel to see the spark!<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">My advice to anyone is to stay away from spudguns if you weren't granted with common sense.
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="tahoma,verdana,arial" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Either that or wear some googles first cause you never really know if there are fumes in the combustion chamber.<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">Always assume that there are combustible gases in the chamber until you have ensured that there are not.
That's worth saying again.
ALWAYS assume that a gun of any type is loaded and ready to fire, unless you, personally, have ensured that it is unloaded and defueled.

Sorry to be harsh, and again, I'm glad your eye was not permanently damaged. But please, learn a little bit about weapons safety, and use a little bit of common sense.
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Postby markfh11q » Mon Jul 31, 2006 6:54 pm

Uhhhh, Eym nawt a vary smart mann, buuutt...

+ You tried to shoot.
+ It didn't work, so you clicked it a few times to make sure there wasn't any fuel.
+ Then, <B>you looked down the barrel</B>. -3 points
+ Then, <B>YOU CLICKED THE SPARKER</B>[:0] -5 points

NOT SMART AT ALL!!! What if you <B>DID</B> lose your eye??? What would that mean for you? What would that mean for your (pissed off) parents? What would that mean for everybody who sees it on your local news at 6 o' clock?

And then, finally, you actually POST your stupid actions to a community of hundreds of, generally, very safety minded people.

Now, I've done some stupid things in my life, (though none as stupid as this), but you don't see me running around on the internet shouting "ZOMG IM A RETARD!11!!!one!!11!"

So basically, by now, you've got judged, like, a 0-1 out of 10 in my book. Nice going.

My advice to anyone without a brain cell when making and using a spudgun would go a little like this:

<center><img src="http://www.foodbrothers.net/images/christmas_story2.jpg"></center>
<center><blink><B>"You'll shoot your eye out!!!! You'll shot your eye out!!!!"</B></blink></center>
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Postby Green Villain » Mon Jul 31, 2006 10:54 pm

I hope this isn't how you "check" a firearm too. Oh wait, it can't be, you're still alive.....
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Postby ranchn62 » Wed Aug 02, 2006 4:57 pm

Well. I guess you can tell by the tone of all of these other replies to your post, that most of us are not laughing at your mis-adventure.
You're very lucky to still have your vision in that eye.
Safety first with ANY firearm is an absolute must.
I've said my piece.
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Postby Kenny_McCormic » Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:28 pm

what a
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sorry had to do that
dammit how do u post images?

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Wrap your source URL in HTML tags (the red stuff), as such:
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