Respectful Insolence

Guts or stupidity?

You be the judge...

Personally, I don’t know if I could trust anyone that much.

(Hat tip: Attuworld.)

Comments

  1. #1 JS
    March 25, 2007

    Stupidity. Or a Darwin Award wannabe.

    - JS

  2. #2 Dianne
    March 25, 2007

    Stupidity.

  3. #3 Ginger Yellow
    March 25, 2007

    With a rifle, maybe. With a pistol, hell no.

  4. #4 Craig Pennington
    March 25, 2007

    I believe that this is how William Buroughs lost his esposa en Mexico, no?

  5. #5 Stuart Coleman
    March 25, 2007

    If you have to ask, the answer is “stupidity”.

  6. #6 Michael Burton
    March 25, 2007

    Stupidity.

    Gee, that was easy.

  7. #7 jufulu
    March 25, 2007

    I’d call it serious stupidity.

  8. #8 Magnus Malmborn
    March 25, 2007

    Stupidity. Or trick.

  9. #9 Grouch
    March 25, 2007

    Some trickery, yes. The target stood on the top of a pole which held it in place against the tree. The target was tall, making for a lot of vertical play. The double-action revolver was cocked first, then fired single action in an aimed shot. Any competent shooter could have done this right.

    But stupid, yes — the idiot downrange. Anyone standing ahead of the muzzle of a centerfire risks lasting damage to his hearing. He should have been wearing Sonic Ear Valves inside his ears and mickeys covering his ears. Also, he should have been wearing shooting glasses — polycarbonate lenses — to protect his eyes from burnt powder granules.

  10. #10 daedalus2u
    March 25, 2007

    It looks fake to me. There is no mark on the tree where the bullet should have hit. None of the fragments of glass fell in front of him or on him. The bottle is off center on his head, and doesn’t move when he does. It looks like it is resting on something stationary behind him. Perhaps that board which does happen to be directly in line with the bottle.

    Where does that “smoke” come from when the bottle shatters? Perhaps from the explosive charge that shattered the bottle? Glass doesn’t fragment into “smoke” when it shatters.

    My guess, fake

  11. #11 James
    March 25, 2007

    That’s how William S. Burroughs (“The Naked Lunch”) accidentally killed his wife in 1951 — he tried to shoot a glass off her head at a party, but aimed about three inches low.

  12. #12 Another James
    March 26, 2007

    Guts or Stupidity?

    Come now, can’t it be both?