YouTube has come to the rescue of more gun owners than all the gunsmiths the world has ever known. Can’t remember how to take the Henry lever action down that’s been in the back of your safe for longer than you can recall? Inherit grandpa’s humpback Model 11 he bought back in the 20s from the Sears & Roebuck catalog? Have you finally gotten around to cleaning that Beretta 92 of yours but can’t for the life of you remember how to get the damned thing back together again? Not to worry. Somedood (or more likely seven of them) out there, working in his basement, has gone to great pains to produce a detailed video showing exactly how to do just the thing you want to do and has graciously uploaded it for all the world to share. Kevin Sanfeliz knows this, too . . .
He’d bought a new shotgun a few months ago and was just getting around to cleaning it Sunday morning while watching a YouTube tutorial showing him how to do the deed. Just one problem: someone – either the guy in the video or our pal, Kevin – skipped the part about clearing the gun first. And that’s how he ended up installing a new skylight in his apartment ceiling.
That alone would have caused a ruckus, but less of one had there not been people living in the apartment above his.
“People were home upstairs, too,” said Lt. Bill Kler, Oregon City police spokesman. “It could have turned out really bad.”
Kler said the upstairs neighbors were sleeping and called police when they heard the blast and saw the hole in their floor of their apartment in the Timber Ridge complex on South Morton Road.
Kevin seems chastened by the unfortunate event. “Kler said Sanfeliz has expressed regrets, urging others to take a firearms-safety course before buying a gun.” No doubt good advice. But his newfound respect for firearms safety, while certainly welcome, won’t keep him from receiving one of our coveted IGOTD statuettes. We’re sure his upstairs neighbors will enjoy rolling up the rug once in a while and admiring it, too.