Gunshot Wound to the Head

I know what you’re saying…. “How the heck could Incredipete possibly write an entry if he has a bullet wound to the head?!”

Well, the long and the short of it is, I could write an awesome entry with half my brain tied behind my back. That, and the wound is superficial. And self-inflicted.

Yes, I injured myself yesterday at the shooting range in a spectacularly unique and unrepeatable manner.

You see, it all started when I chose my Beretta 96 as my qualifying gun for the Kansas Concealed Carry. In Kansas, as in many states, you have to take a day or two of training, and pass a shooting test. I suppose it’s a good idea to only give permits to people who can shoot… even if it is a silly test.

In Kansas, you have to shoot 25 rounds at an FBI Q target, and 18 of the 25 have to pass on target. It’s not a terribly difficult test, but I still wanted to be prepared, because if I don’t pass the first time this Wednesday, I have to wait 5-6 months for the next open slot to try again.

I had to choose over a month ago which handgun I would be using on the range test. I have a S&W 5906 9mm, a Beretta 96 .40 cal, and a Ruger P345 .45acp. At the time I chose the Beretta, it was my most accurate of the 3. Or rather, I had the most practice with it. In retrospect, it would be a lot easier to pass the test with the Ruger, but it’s already too late.

So every chance I’ve gotten this past month, I’ve gone to the range with 100 rounds, 4 Q targets, and my Beretta.

Last night was no exception. I went into the range, shot one target… scored 24 out of 25… at 30 feet. I put up the second target, shot about 10 rounds, when I felt a searing, unbearable pain near my temple.

Naturally I reached up to see if there was blood, and to my surprise, there was a brass casing wedged between my safety glasses and my head. It had ejected from the gun, bounced off the wall of the booth, and lodged perfectly in such a way that I couldn’t get it out. I tried in vain for about 10 seconds, hollering and cussing. I could feel my skin burning off. I tried to get the glasses off, but they were being held down with the headphones, which I couldn’t take off because there was live fire going on two feet away. I finally pried my glasses off, and the 400 degree brass shell finally fell to the ground.

I decided it was a pity to waste a good target, so I went ahead and finished shooting. There was a police officer in the observation room, and when I came in and took off my headphones, he looked at my head and said “Ouch. That had to suck.” He was right. It sucked.

I drove myself to the Walgreens to get some burn cream, and that numbed it a bit. I asked the pharmacist what I should use to keep it from blistering, and she laughed…. “Hun, there’s no way it’s going to blister… there’s no skin left…”

Yeah. Ouch. Check it out.


  12 comments for “Gunshot Wound to the Head

  1. August 1, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    DUDE that makes you look TOUGH!!!!!!


  2. August 1, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    You should see the other guy.

  3. RDC
    August 1, 2006 at 8:35 pm

    I first saw how cute you looked in that photo, then I noticed your woundage. Sorry.
    Hey, be a doll and give Jenna the most massivest, full of teary appreciation hug you can muster for me? She knows why.

  4. August 1, 2006 at 9:07 pm

    Damn! File this one under the Coulda-been-much-worse category! I am glad you lived to tell about it.

  5. August 2, 2006 at 10:11 am

    Congratulations! In all of my klutziness (which is plentiful and frequent) I haven’t managed to do that. (Of course, I don’t shoot very often, either.) May it heal in short order. And may you make up a suitably impressive story to tell your colleagues about what happened. 🙂

  6. Livieloo
    August 2, 2006 at 2:10 pm

    Ouch … not quite as bad as the vision I had in my head but then again my imagination is rather over-active. Glad you’re okay. I’m in Texas right now but I’m going to visit the office sometime when I get back. I’ll catch you later.

  7. HRT
    August 2, 2006 at 9:25 pm

    That, my friend, is the definition of Bad ASS! Charlton Heston must be applauding in his grave.

  8. August 4, 2006 at 8:05 am

    Okay, I could have sworn I posted a comment here. Have I been deleted or am I just losing the rest of my mind?

  9. August 4, 2006 at 8:54 am

    LOL… you must be loosing your mind… Maybe you’re thinking of another website… ?

  10. August 4, 2006 at 9:20 am

    Holy shit, dude. I got noghing else beyond, Holy shit, Dude

  11. August 4, 2006 at 10:27 am

    Okay, I meant to leave a comment, something along the lines of you need another hole in your head like you need a…well, you know.

  12. Rik
    August 4, 2006 at 5:18 pm

    Took my guns downtown.
    Practice, practice, practice…ouch.
    What the fuck was that?

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