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Lost a finger with a bang stick

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by Adventure-Ocean, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. Adventure-Ocean

    Adventure-Ocean Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives:
    Location: Southern Oregon
    My son told me he and his friends bought some bullets and were trying to use this bang stick on their dive. It didn't work. So after the dive they all stood around it wondering what was wrong when, with the safety pin out, my son reached up and just slightly tapped the bullet. That was all it needed. Not only did it blow his finger off but it sent scrapnel into the faces of the guys standing around and non of them could hear well quite a while.

    This accident did not happen underwater but I thought to anyone out there using a stick, you may just keep this in mind. Unlike a gun in which you pull the trigger, bang sticks can go off with a bump. Of course they have a safety and used correctly can be very helpful.

    I realize this story makes my son look pretty stupid. I'm sure he thought so himself, many times. He was in his late 20's then and is a dive instructor and a DSO now. I think what this really shows is a lack of respect. All the young men learned a bit of respect that day. When we are using things capable of killing us, we need to show caution and respect. Of course I never had to say anything to my son. It was a self created lesson.

  2. gianaameri

    gianaameri Solo Diver

    We call that a "misfire" and it can happen on any Firearm (including a bang stick).

    There are special procedures to follow in case of a misfire (none of which were adopted here).

    I am currently putting my first two kids through all the required courses for the safe use of a Firearm so that at least they know what to do if they find one or one of their friends brings one around.

    Sorry to hear about your son, but glad it was not something more serious for him and his friends.
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  3. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    Ouch! Bet he won'tdo that again! Sounds like the older timers checking that their muzzle loaders are clear, put a cap on the nipple, cock the hammer and pull the trigger with a thumb over the muzzle to feel the pressure from the cap igniting. Once there was a full load in the gun and blew the guys thumb off. I point my muzzle loader down range and snap the cap with a patch over the muzzle. I still have my thumbs! Hope the kid is feeling better.
  4. Chilly_Dipper

    Chilly_Dipper Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives:
    Location: British Columbia Canada

    One that he only has 9 more chances to learn if the first wasn't enough. Yikes....
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  5. themagni

    themagni Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Canada's Pacific Southwest, BC
    I know a guy that blew off one of his fingers with a 9mm. He got "AWKWARD" tattooed on his knuckles.

    Seriously though, I hope he's okay.
  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    how about an indexed rod? :confused: A simple piece of tape on it at "empty", and all is well....
  7. toddthecat

    toddthecat Dive Shop

    # of Dives:
    Location: Aztec, NM
    Glad he's ok though (sucks he lost a finger). Like giana said, firearm safety is pretty important stuff. I don't advise using a lighter to see inside the fuel tank in your car either.
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 19, 2013
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  8. billt4sf

    billt4sf Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Fayetteville GA, Wash DC, NY, Toronto, SF
    What's a "bang stick" ? I never heard of this. I googled it and it seems like a gun without a handle?? What could you possibly use this for in recreational diving? The websites promote it as "shark protection" or "when harvesting gators".

    - Bill
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  9. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    From the Wikipedia article:

    In a nutshell, let's say for sake of argument you were very concerned about the possibility of shark attack, and wanted a personal weapon that could in theory perhaps take out even a big one. On land, we're used to shooting things to kill them. In water, that's harder to do.

    A bang stick gives you a personal weapon that lets you 'poke and shoot.'

  10. Chugwhump

    Chugwhump Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: SE Florida, the flattest part, I can see Mount Pom
    I still have a scar on my right index knuckle from being very stupid and got very lucky with a .22 rimfire rifle about 40 years ago.
    I was properly trained, knew the risks, and hurt myself.
    I have no excuse to offer.

    Learned his lesson.
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