Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Darwin Candidate...

Jacqueline in Texas sends in a very painful reminder to be careful when you pocket carry - a flare gun...

Man seriously burned after flare gun discharges in pocket
HOUSTON -- Flare guns are supposed to keep people safe; but, a man who was badly injured by one of them considers them to be dangerous weapons.
“They’re very dangerous,” said Jamie Miller, who suffered third-degree burns down both of his legs during an accident that occurred in January.
Naturally, he's suing the flare gun manufacturer because there's no specific instructions to not stick it into your pants pocket. Next up, there will be lawsuits against chainsaw manufacturers because they don't specifically tell you NOT to put them in infant cribs. No word on whether the lawsuit against beartrap manufacturers because they don't tell you not to use it on your nightstand is proceeding...

Now, I'm not sure how flare guns operate. Perhaps there is no disconnect between the trigger and the hammer like there is in a modern handgun so that if the hammer were pulled back and released suddenly it might still go off. However, where I don't know this, I would take extra care to find out, and I would be very careful about loading and unloading the flare gun. I can understand why he might want it ready; however either carry it empty with the flare separate or leave it in a container where it won't inadvertently go off.

Or you could just keep it out of your pants...

That is all.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Flare "guns" come in water tight package because wet flares don't work so well. You aren't supposed to open the package untill you need it . The pistol looking part is basically just the holder as a rocket launcher It's a use it once product.

...... And they don't exactly fit in your jeans pocket. I'm surprised that guy has survived as long as he has


NotDilbert

Anonymous said...

...... And if the f Coast Gua........ I mean Homeland Security didn't constantly stop and check every little fishing boat for the required safety gear then Cleatus wouldn't have bothered with the flare gun and never burned himself

NotDilbert

Ritchie said...

I am reminded that the P-51 Mustang had a flare port in the side of the cockpit, and the matching flare gun had a sort of bayonet lock on the muzzle, to attach to the port. The pilot handbook was quite firm about the importance of installing the flare gun onto the port before loading it.

Crotalus said...

And Bill Engvall said, "Heeeres yur sign!"

Anonymous said...

Jay -- AFAIK, the plastic flare guns are basically plastic zip guns made with all the care and concern of a dime store cap pistol.

Ritchie --

Such ports were common in WWII aircraft and armored vehicles. Hell, that's how bomber crews signaled they had casualties aboard when landing (especially with a shot up radio).

Brit tank officers liked to use the ports, even when unbuttoned. It's all to easy to drop your loaded, cocked, Very pistol into the hatch if you hit a bump. . .

Geodkyt