What’s In Your Oven?

Gun Stored In Oven Discharges, 2 Young Boys Hurt

CHICAGO (CBS) ― A man has been charged with child endangerment and unlawful gun use after a gun that he apparently kept in the oven went off and wounded two children in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Anthony Smith, 24, was charged with two counts of endangering the life of a child and one count of unlawful use of a weapon, after the two boys, 4 and 12, were wounded when the gun went off as the oven was being heated.

I no longer feel so bad. I’ve only ruined one plastic cutting board and a few loaves of bread preheating my oven.

Enough humor, though.  This was really dangerous and stupid.  The article doesn’t say what kind of gun it was, so I’ll give you both scenarios.

If it was a revolver, the round in the cylinder  that lined up with the barrel would have fire as if the trigger had been pulled.  Lots of power straight down the barrel and into/through anything in front of it.  If that weren’t dangerous enough, the other cartridges in the cylinder that weren’t lined up with the barrel would go off, the bullet (projectile) would jump forward slightly, and the side of the cylinder would blow out spewing shrapnel all around.

If it were a semi-auto, the round in the chamber would fire as if the trigger were pulled.  The recoil would attempt to cycle the action, but since it wasn’t being held, would probably only partially cycle (stovepipe).  The rest of the cartridges in the magazine would cook off, sending brass shards and possibly live rounds out the magazine well or ejection port.  Nowhere near the level of danger that a revolver would pose.

Published in: on March 23, 2008 at 8:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

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