GUN Man whose rifle exploded files lawsuit

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,650212273,00.html
    Monday, December 4, 2006
    Man whose rifle exploded files lawsuit

    Attorney expresses concern for others using same model
    By Sara Israelsen
    Deseret Morning News
    PROVO — A Duchesne man whose rifle exploded on a hunting trip and sent shrapnel into his face is suing the gun company for negligence.
    Jesse Tatman is suing the company that makes the rifle, Savage Arms, as well as The Sports Authority — formerly Gart Sports — for liability, breach of warranties and negligence.
    Tatman bought the rifle in January 2003 and hunted in the 2003 season during which the 300 Remington Ultra Magnum worked flawlessly, according to a lawsuit filed in 4th District Court on Oct. 20.
    However, during a deer hunting trip in Daggett County on Oct. 22, 2004, when he aimed at a deer and pulled the trigger, "the gun exploded and disintegrated into dozens of pieces, sending debris as far as fifty feet away, and into (Tatman's) face," according to the lawsuit.
    Tatman's nose was bleeding and he had several pieces of "gun stock lodged in his face," according to the suit.
    "Our primary concern is the safety of others using the same gun," said Derek Coulter, Tatman's Salt Lake-based attorney.
    The amount of money Tatman wants from the companies is undisclosed.
    The gun company said a claim like this is rare.
    "All of our rifles are tested in the factory before they are shipped to ensure that this sort of thing does not happen," said Steve Alger, marketing services manager for Massachusetts-based Savage Arms.
    The company sells more than 100,000 guns annually that are tested before going to stores.
    "Whatever has happened, I'm sure that something (happened) between the time it left the factory and the accident ... and I'm sure those facts will come out as the case goes forward," Alger said.
    Managers at The Sports Authority in Orem couldn't comment on specifics, but department manager Bryan Hart said he saw the rifle when the man brought it back in pieces.
    "I've never seen a gun blow up like that," Hart said. "It blew me away."
    Bob Lee works in the gun department for The Sports Authority and said if a gun explodes it could be because the shooter used incorrect ammunition.
    However, Coulter said his client was using factory ammunition, not "reloaded" ammunition.
    If an individual "reloads" or makes their own bullets, they often stuff in too much powder, making the bullet too hot and too pressurized. Then, when the bullet is shot out of the gun, it can cause an explosion.

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    Dunno why he's suing Savage I'd bet it was probably ammo related.
     
  2. Immortal1

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    Yea that guy isn't gonna get shit.
     
  3. DaJMan

    DaJMan When i was young, i dreamed of being a baseball

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    damn thats a huge blast to have happen near your face!

    i think he has just dug his own grave, saying that the rifle worked a year before hand... should have kept that to himself
     
  4. Aequitas

    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    :werd: Just makes it any more likely that it was ammo related.
     
  5. Goat

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    More than likely ammo related, and I'm surprised he's not suing the ammo manufacturer. Of course this is probably all user error and nothing else.
     
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    Its a shame the impact things like this have on gun manufactueres and retailers.
     
  7. Goat

    Goat That crack is really moreish

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    It's really only a shame if it's not Savage's fault, Sako had a run of bad stainless rifles last year that had a tendency to blow up, and they tried to cover it up so they wouldn't have to issue a recall and got caught :o

    also, I really fail to see how Sports Authority plays into this lawsuit :dunno:
     
  8. Aequitas

    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    It's the way of the civil liability lawsuit. You list anyone and everyone that's involved because it gives you a better opportunity to get more money.
     
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    he probably hand reloaded it, that was the error. saving face my suing the two companies
     
  10. Goat

    Goat That crack is really moreish

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    I assumed that too, but according to the article he was using factory ammo. It really wouldn't surprise me if he was lying though.
     
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    His basement is the factory.
     

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