RE: RARA-AVIS: ejected cases

From: Robison Michael R CNIN (
Date: 31 Dec 2002

<< Andrew Vachss wrote in Pulse magazine several years ago:
 "That's why the Emergency Rooms of big cities are full of sociopathic
 little trigger boys with unique facial damage -- from shell casings
 ejected into their eyes when they held their precious nines parallel to
 the ground, Hollywood style, instead of the way the pistols were
 designed. Movies didn't give them the desire to commit homicide . . .
 but they sure showed them 'how.'"

*********** The most common way to get hit by a shell casing is when you're standing beside somebody when they shoot in a normal manner. SWAT teams stagger an advance to account for it. Holding the gun sideways is going to eject them towards the ground or up into the air, and either way the shell is less likely to go into someone's eye.

Personally, I think the "full Emergency Room" story is urban legend in the making, right up there with gerbil extraction.


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