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Local Man Injured After Accident at Gun Range

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A local man suffered lacerations to his face on Saturday morning after an accident at a firing range. No serious harm was done, but experts hope this serves as a reminder of
how serious target practice really is.

The injured target shooter came away with some minor face wounds when his own weapon had a mechanical malfunction.

But, what exactly went wrong? Channel 2 News spoke with a friend of the man.

"He's had the rifle a number of years and fired a number of rounds through it," Paul Taylor said. "Hadn't made any  modifications to it. He was using factory ammo"

Sheriff's deputies investigated, and tell us that the incident is being considered strictly an accident - that the shooter did nothing wrong. That means the problem was with  the weapon itself or the ammunition.

The safety mechanism on the hunting rifle that was used on Saturday did what it was designed to do -- the bottom plate came down and fell away from the weapon, but pieces of wood and metal debris caught the target shooter on both sides of his face.

Jacob Keesling is a Fire Arms Instructor with H.O.G Tactical in Reno and he says mechanical malfunctions are rare. But, he says there could be an exception.

"The barrel can get heated up too much," he said. "It can cause an explosion like what happened at the range"

At this point, both the gun and bullets are usually sent back to the manufacturer to determine what may be faulty with them.

The target shooter was able to walk away with minor injuries. The witnesses and experts we spoke with say this was due to the fact that the target practice took place in a controlled environment like the Washoe County Regional Shooting Facility.

"Being at the county range, they have safety range officers who can shut the range down," Keesling said. "Call a cease fire, and get medical attention immediately, and call for emergency services."

Written by Andi Guevara
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