Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Jupiter Lanes Bowler

“A man (not pictured above) accidentally shot himself in the leg while he was bowling after the gun in his pocket went off…. Police believe the bowling ball hit his pocket and let off the gun while he was taking a shot.” While it’s hard to be sure, one witness described the gun as a revolver. The thing is, it’s virtually impossible to “let off” a revolver with just a bump from a 12 lb. Brunswick. We’d lay even money that the un-named keggler’s keys, a pocket knife or some other miscellaneous tool was sharing pocket space with his J-frame. Thankfully, report that his injuries aren’t considered to be life threatening. There’s no word, though, how the incident may affect his league standings. Safety tip: for God’s sake, use a pocket holster (to protect the trigger) and keep everything else out of your pocket. Kaythanksbye.


  1. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

    I still am having trouble seeing how a hit with a bowling ball, even with junk in the pocket, would be likely to cause a 12 lb trigger pull, all the way to completion. Freak accidents can and do occur, and it is a good lesson I suppose.

    1. avatar JWC says:

      “just Mark ZERO !!!!”

      1. avatar Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:


        1. avatar Antonio says:

          I’m very, very new to this website, blog but this comment and your avatar made my day, no pun intended.

        2. avatar LongBeach says:

          Safe to say this one was in Dr. Ken’s wheelhouse….

    2. avatar jwm says:

      The only discription I saw of the gun was it was a revolver. Not much to go on, especially with the media’s lack of gun knowledge. Was it a good quality revolver in good repair?

      Could it have been an older model that’s unsafe to carry with a loaded chamber under the hammer?

      An NAA single action with the hammer ket down improperly on the round and not the safety notch?

      An older auto like the 1903 Colt could go off under the impact of the bowling ball if it was chambered.

      Not enough info to go on.

      1. avatar Matt in FL says:

        I saw it (at least in my head) defined as a “revolver that should not have been in his [email protected]#$% pocket.”

      2. avatar Russ Bixby says:

        My thoughts precisely.

  2. avatar Sobchak says:

    He entered a world of pain. Should have marked it zero.

  3. avatar slowermonkey76 says:

    I have a hard time letting the bowling ball of scott free, and blaming an inanimate object like a pocket knife for this.

  4. avatar scottlac says:

    Yup, the dangdest things can happen. Murphy works overtime when firearms are around. Always, always, always use a holster. Naked guns are only for gangsters.

  5. avatar Matt in FL says:

    “You’re not helping, you dumb shit.”

  6. avatar DisThunder says:

    Shouldn’t have rolled on Shabbos.

    1. avatar Brian S says:

      Dont F*** with da Je-sus

      1. Eight year-olds, dude.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          It could be El Duderino. Or Your Dudeness.

      2. avatar Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

        He’s crackin’.

  7. avatar Ralph says:

    He shot himself in the leg when he hit the gun with his ball. He’s very fortunate that it wasn’t the other way around.

    1. avatar gregolas says:

      Peals of laughter from this zip code!

  8. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    I gave up bowling for sex.
    Your balls are lighter, and you don’t have to change your shoes….

    1. avatar punmaster says:

      Good one! Someone help me up off the floor.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        You’ve fallen and you can’t get up?

    2. avatar William says:

      I know that in golf, you’re supposed to wash your balls coming out of the rough…

  9. avatar Henry Bowman says:

    Nobody fvcks with the J-frame!

  10. avatar James1000 says:

    I’m not sure which pisses me off more…reading about these effing morons or reading about common sense measures to curb gun violence.

  11. avatar Gunracer1958 says:

    The J-Frame abides…………….

  12. avatar Pulatso says:

    Wonder if Captain Brainaic had the wheel gun cocked…or if it was such a relic that it had a naked pin/spur on the chambered round.

  13. avatar JWC says:

    The Dude had it in his pocket the whole time….

  14. avatar Roger says:

    You missed the obvious picture from The Big Lebowski. Dan Zimmerman’s avatar of Walter pulling his 1911 in the bowling alley.

  15. avatar Pulatso says:

    So either he had the hammer back or he was carrying a relic that isn’t drop/jostle safe and had one in the chamber.

  16. avatar Sammy says:

    There is something very, very wrong with this story. Either the man had pockets that went to this ankles or the story is a lie. I have been a competitive bowler and certified coach for decades. I believe it to be extraordinarily improbable that anyone could roll a bowling ball with their elbow bent to the degree that the pall would pass the body just below waist level. I have worked with 1st timers and semi professional players and have never heard of, let a loan seen anything remotely in line with this story. Therefor I must declare this story B.S. in the 10th order.

    P.S Only the elderly, women and pre-teens use 12 lb bowling balls.

    1. avatar William says:

      I believe I’d be the first category.

    2. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      Or he was wearing urban sh¡thead pants, i.e. cargos. Low pockets in weird places, and all lumpy so a gun wouldn’t be all that noticeable.

  17. avatar Larry says:

    12 pound balls? How’s he hold his pants up?

  18. avatar mike says:

    it doesnt say he was a professional bowler with proper form. Maybe his arm hit the hammer and partially cocked it but not enough to catch but enough for it to fire a round. I would go for a hammerless revolver if I were to carry it in my pocket.

  19. avatar Ralph says:

    I guess that the Brady people were right. They always told us that there would be blood in the gutters and alleys.

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:


  20. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    i can’t keep reading.
    Holy crap. I’m laughing myself stupid here.
    To have some dumbass do something that fits so perfectly with one of my favorite f**king funny movies….
    Speaking of f**k

    1. avatar jwm says:

      That rug did pull the room together, after all. Just saying.

      1. avatar Maude says:

        *Tied* the room together.
        …Just sayin’

    2. avatar Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      You didn’t think I was rollin’ outta here naked, didja?

    3. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      I feel better now.

  21. avatar Lucas D. says:

    ATTN: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day

    This is not ‘Nam, this is bowling. There are rules.

    1. avatar Walter says:

      “I myself dabbled in pacifism at one time…not in ‘Nam, of course.”

  22. avatar GS650G says:

    Jupiter Florida, used to be a nice little small town until invaded by developers.

  23. avatar LongBeach says:

    This whole post is awesome as fvck.

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