Shooter Loses Leg From Irresponsible Tannerite Use

We all know that Tannerite and other binary explosives can be fun if done so safely. However there are idiots out there making us look bad by being irresponsible.  The most famous one would have to be FPS Russia. Why do we harp on eye protection? Because stuff can hit you in the eye like shrapnel from a car.

Well now some moron also tried to blow something up. Of course he did not heed the recommended instructions. Rule of thumb is to be 100 yards away. In the video someone is interviewed and said 100 yards for every pound of binary explosive. That is not necessary but always side on caution. More distance doesn’t hurt.

Well this guy tried to blow up a riding mower. He could not hit the target so he kept moving closer. He managed to blow it up and the shrapnel chopped his leg off.


The shooter and his friends are lucky to be alive. This was definitely a Darwin Award worthy moment.

Nicholas C

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  • me

    Well that’s definitely not the best way to get a leg up on the comp… OK too soon

  • hikerguy

    I remember watching that FPS video from a few months back. At the time I thought that if he didn’t watch out, we could be reading his obituary. I haven’t seen any of his videos since. I often wonder if he learned his lesson or learned it later the hard way.

    • Xtorin O’hern

      i can’t say he has blown up any cars or confined metal objects since his camera guy got hurt, he has been doing a lot of stuff with fire though

  • thedonn007

    Unfortunately this is a lesson he will have to live with for thr rest of his life. At least the video was posted for others to learn from his mistakes.

    • Tassiebush

      Yeah it’s a heavy price to pay

      • Chi Wai Shum

        If not this, there will still be thousands of people that this is totally safe to have a little fun with explosive.

  • dP

    43 feet? Was that including the one that was chopped off?

    • me

      I guess you could say he really put his best foot forward

      • dP

        Possible cast for a future remake of Footloose?

        • Tassiebush

          “the devil went down to Georgia he was looking for a sole to steal…”

          • Cory C

            I… I just don’t know what to say. This is the best thing anyone has ever written.

          • Tassiebush

            Haha thanks mate

          • Tassiebush

            “He was in a bind cos he was way behind so he was willing to take a heel”

      • Tassiebush

        or got off on the wrong one

      • northafrican


    • JT Win

      It WAS 44 feet.

  • Tassiebush

    I think the FPS near miss bit of truck was added and not in the original footage. I read somewhere that was the case anyhow and it doesn’t seem to be in the slow motion footage played after. All the same it could have happened.
    I feel sorry for the poor ba$tard who chopped his leg off.

    • Edeco

      Yeah, I’ve been suspecting special effects. There’s one with a near miss by an apparent shard of toilet that looks too popcorn-movie-ish. Not to say there isn’t a core of real dangerous stunt performance going on in his vids.

      • Jwedel1231

        It is real. Watch the slow motion and look at the door coming off the truck, then watch the real speed and you’ll see it.

    • SCW

      I saw the original video when it came out. It’s real. How can you not see the piece of metal flying in slow motion?

      • Tassiebush

        I think the video has been swapped for a longer one since I first saw it (unless I was plain tired and unobservant). I don’t recall as much following footage and the caption on the video was holy fudging ship. Having said that the first bit of slow motion was in the one I saw and the camera angle is different so praps I did fail to see it?..
        This fps video has been in a post before and others had mentioned the edited in shrapnel story. Fps does have form for special effects too like the drone video.

    • Felipe

      I don’t recall the exact video… I believe it was a refrigerator or freezer that was blown up. The shrapnel actually impaled his camera guy and at the end of the video, FPS mentions the camera guy got hurt and we need to take him to the hospital.

  • CR Cobb

    Fake Professional Russian. Poster boy for orchestrated recklessness.

    • I’m pretty sure that was green screened! He’s been know to use special effects in his videos. It’s an entertainment channel, no different than watching a movie…it’s all fake!

      • CR Cobb

        Yes, “orchestrated recklessness.” But even the most “professional” practical special effects masters make mistakes: Brandon Lee, “Twilight Zone: The Movie.”

        • Unless the green screen falls over and smothers him to death, I think he’ll be OK.

  • Comrade Misfit

    The Darwin Award is only for those who remove themselves from the gene pool. At best, he could get an “honorable mention”.

    • milesfortis

      He’s get’s an “E” for effort.

    • Badwolf

      thats right. to qualify for a darwin you have to do something monumentally stupid which results in you losing your ability to procreate, either by losing your life or losing your balls. in this case he’s lucky he only lost his leg.

    • DrewN

      Only those that remove themselves BEFORE breeding qualify technically.

  • Gregory

    Stupid is as stupid does!

    • Evan

      Sometimes stupid is as stupid is. That seems to be the case with this dope.

  • Jim

    He’ll probably sue the manufacturer, but he won’t have a leg to stand on

    • Matt

      You mean the mower manufacturer. THe debris was not supposed to detach from it.
      And it was not written in the instruction manual not to rig it with tannerite…..

  • wetcorps

    We’re all worried about looking bad, but what are we doing to look good?

    • john huscio

      It’s not about looking good or bad. With or without the gun, a dumbass is gonna dumbass.

      • wetcorps

        I was just reacting to this trend in the gun community : fearing about “what the antis will think” or about “what they will be able to use against us”.
        While I understand the mentality, I think it doesn’t work.
        People tried it where I live (France) : hiding themselves, restricting themselves and basically overpolicing themselves so they wouldn’t “look bad” or be exposed to criticism.
        As a result they are now few in number, mostly old folks and an easy target for increasingly restrictive laws. And inaudible so easily demonized anyway.

        So in the end, worrying about what some morons will do is of little use. I think safety is emphasized enough in the gun community, and that indeed idiots will be idiots.

        Trying to be more open as a community wouldn’t hurt. The more people owning guns, the harder it is to ban them.

    • BrandonAKsALot

      Have you seen me? I mean, I post my head shots everywhere, so I would imagine you have.

    • Edeco

      It’s a matter of intimacy, or lack thereof. I’m not worried about looking bad as a group. I say let non-gun people think we’re dyed-in-the-wool lunatics and can’t be reasoned with. It’s better that way, puts an end to an unhealthy relationship. Let it go, let it die, be the adult.

      With people I know personally, it’s a different story. Looking good is a lot to ask of me, but I’m a warm body, haven’t gotten in trouble or shot myself. Someone who’s known me could see that it’s cafeteria style.

  • SGT Fish

    learned that when I was 17. had a 2ft piece of metal about the size of a lawnmower blade by right past my head. never again. now I only use it on cardboard targets at best.

    • hking

      I mix my own tannerite. I dont even use it in plastic bottles anymore. Had a cap from a coke bottle come back and crack my safety glasses. Now I only mix it in ziplock baggies or empty cardboard shotgun shell boxes.

  • Paladin

    Play stupid games…

  • Vitsaus

    With all the “Jackass” like behavior with tannerite on the net, something like this was bound to happen. I’m just surprised it took this long.

    • jcitizen

      It is a wonder it doesn’t happen more often – but before Tannerite® there were people using worse explosives to get their jollies off. If they make it illegal, their will just be fools running around in vehicles loaded with Class A explosives that are already mixed and dangerous as hell. I still say Tannerite® is the way to go – but explaining that to an idiot Liberal is pointless.

      When I was a kid, some fool blew up a bridge with a pipe bomb(also before Tannerite® existed), thinking it was just another 4th of July stunt! There is always going to be the stupid ruining if for everybody.

      • BigR

        I wouldn’t even trust tannerite! I think it’s useless, but if somebody wants to get their jollies off, go for it. I just don’t care for anything that explodes! Well, maybe firecrackers, but that was when I was young!

        • jcitizen

          It makes the crowd cheer at get shooting events, but that is about all it is good for. The main thing is that it is safe until it is mixed, and even they it takes a high speed shock to set it off. It is illegal to transport it after it is mixed without a Class A explosives license and Hazmat license for shipping it.

  • Jay

    Explosive packed inside a confined metal box….what could possibly go wrong.
    Sadly a lot of people don’t understand the physics involved.
    When I was in the army, a retarded Captain placed ten pounds of tnt inside the chassis of a truck. He lined up a company of conscripts, about 200 meters away to show of his masterpiece.
    A five kilo chunk of steel passed through a poor guy and killed him.
    The only thing the army did to the murder, was to drop his rank to Lt.
    Until that generation of soldiers were sent to reserve, that murder didn’the have the guys to show up at the range for any live fire session.

    • G

      I was a conscript in the Swedish army. If I recall correctly the regulations required that we had to be 1000 meters away if we used explosives on metal objects. The safety distance for live hand grenades was something like 200 or 300 meters. Humans can’t (obviously) throw that long but you had to duck and hide behind a barrier while waiting for the hand grenade to detonate.

  • Steve Milliron

    A couple of guys once started a brush fire with tannerite when my buddies and I were out shooting. Idiots like them and this guy make us all look bad.

    • SCW

      I had an idiot light a brush fire after firing off a 30 round mag of tracers on my families land…right after I specifically mentioned NO TRACERS were allowed. The fire had been burning for a while before we noticed the smoke b/c it was so far off.

      I had to run 800 yards with my E-tool so our half a mil worth of timber didn’t turn into smoke. The jackass didn’t even help me put it out and then preceded to ask me “what’s the big deal?”…I don’t know…maybe the fact that you’re carelessly burning my families money? He wasn’t invited back.

      • Nicholas C

        You sir are too kind. I would have punched him or knee capped him for that response.

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    herp de derp

  • Uniform223

    “Why do we harp on eye protection? Because stuff can hit you in the eye like shrapnel from a car”

    Debris… NOT shrapnel.

    • ostiariusalpha

      All fast moving metal fragments are considered shrapnel. Debris is any fragment, regardless of material or velocity.

    • Drunk Possum

      Definition of shrapnel
      : small metal pieces that scatter outwards from an exploding bomb, shell, or mine

      From Merriam-Webster.

      • Tassiebush

        That must be a new one because originally it was a type of exploding cannisters shot.

        • iksnilol

          I’ve always known shrapnel as the metal bits and pieces that fly off when something blows up.

          • Tassiebush

            It’s a pedantic difference really but technically speaking it used to be that shrapnel only referred to the shrapnel shell but of course in time it became the common term as you understand it. At the start of WW1 though by gosh you’d have sounded like you were calling a rifle a shotgun or some equivalent inaccuracy. 😉

          • ostiariusalpha

            Yeah, technically the metal bits are called fragments, though non-preformed fragments are mostly referred to as shards or splinters.

      • Uniform223

        I know what shrapnel is. People often confuse debris from an explosion with shrapnel. It would seem the term “shrapnel” is becoming generic.

      • The pedantic distinction of limiting the term “shrapnel” to fragments from a particular type airbursting ordnance has been abandoned, even by the military.

  • UCSPanther

    This is similar to warnings with fireworks, telling users to not put them in tin cans, glass bottles or anything similar. Shrapnel is not something you want to face, and explosive force can really launch those projectiles like nobody’s business.

    It does not have to be explosives either. Ammunition, aerosol cans and beer kegs are also quite dangerous as well when carelessly handled. My mother heard of a guy who was killed when he was burning some inhaler cartridges (For medicating asthma and other lung conditions). One blew up and hit him in the head, killing him instantly.

    • iksnilol


      Damn it people, disposing of meds properly doesn’t mean burning or flushing them down. It means handing them in to your local pharmacy to get rid of.

      • ostiariusalpha

        So, you’re not supposed to just hand them out to the local homeless population? Shucks, and they seem so grateful.

        • UCSPanther

          I think that is against the law in many jurisdictions…

          • ostiariusalpha

            Laws, pfft… can’t let the Man hold you back. LOL!

          • Tassiebush

            Letting the man hold you back is akin to letting him hold your back…

          • ostiariusalpha

            A mistake on par with letting the doctor check your prostate, only to realize that he has both hands on your shoulders. It’s too late to save yourself for marriage at that point.

          • Tassiebush

            Haha there’s a point where life options have changed and you must either register your objection or make the most of it.. That look no hands scenario reminds me of a few stories of local deviants. Then there’s the New Norfolk Doctor who had an embarrassing video turn up involving himself, his lady and a Rottweiler. Rumour has it he left town on a greyhound… Ah the memories!

          • iksnilol

            He went from a rottweiler to a greyhound? Talk about moving up the social ladder 😉

          • CountryBoy

            It is then that you realize the doctor’s use of the term “digital exam” has NOTHING to do with computers!

          • I asked my doctor where I should put my pants.

            It was a bit disconcerting when he said, “Over there, next to mine” 😀

      • Edeco

        Hey, professor, I’m sure in Europe the custom is to make a fire out of naturally-freeze-dried reindeer droppings, but here in America, we like to get ourselves about fifty cent worth of gas, some car tires, a couch cushion, some sealed metal vessels, maybe the oil out of an electrical transformer…*

        *seriously kidding, nobody do this.

        • iksnilol


          But seriously, dispose of meds properly. We should have a mascot for that cause, kinda like Smokey the bear or something.

          • Edeco

            I propose Jittery the Medication Disposal Squirrel.

          • iksnilol

            That sounds awesome, any artists here that could make it a reality? 😛

            No seriously, that sounds like a cool idea.

          • jcitizen

            An LP bottle about 1/8 full makes a much more impressive explosion than Tannerite!

  • Evan

    Too bad it didn’t castrate him. People like that should really be kept from breeding. Why on earth would anyone think that packing a metal box containing a spinning blade with explosives and then shooting it from less than 15yds away be wise?

  • Joshua

    Not sure what the big fuss is about. Everybody here is acting like they never made a mistake. Dude still has one leg left.

    • Zachary marrs

      I’ve made tons of mistakes, and i still have 2 legs left.

      There is a fine line between “mistake” and “life altering stupidity”

      • Joshua

        If you don’t understand i was being sarcastic, its just a matter of time before you have no legs homie.

        • Zachary marrs

          Sarcasm never does translate well over the Internet…

          • Joshua

            I’ll concede that point, but my sarcasm in this case was pretty damn obvious. Take care.

        • Drunk Possum

          Yeah, homie.

  • Xtorin O’hern

    this is whats known as natural selection at work

    • Ebby123

      Yup. I don’t wish it on anyone, but I also can’t ignore the fact that our race needs it to ensure our continued survival.

      • Tassiebush

        There is sexual selection too though which is a bit gentler.

  • Damocles

    43 feet away from his target? Not smart, sadly he paid a hard price for it.

  • mosinman

    this was pretty horrific, and hearing the panic in his voice brings me back to my own injury to my eye ( totally unrelated to firearms or explosives) such a shame he did that to himself, but his stupidity cost him

    • Tassiebush

      Sorry to hear about your eye!

      • mosinman

        thanks, most of my vision has returned

        • Tassiebush

          Glad to hear that. A good friend of mine has a bad eye due to teen hijinks and it doesn’t take much to really hurt yourself permanently. I think we all have near misses and usually we get off Scott free.

          • mosinman

            yeah , unfortunately there wasn’t much i could do to avoid the injury, a tow strap snapped and hit me in the eye , just one of those freak accidents

          • Tassiebush

            Youch that would have been awful. I can see how it’d happen.

    • CountryBoy

      Been wearing glasses since age 3, and got teased about it through junior high. Was working under a car tugging downward on a stubborn exhaust part when the pliers slipped and whacked me in the right eye so hard I was momentarily stunned. My glasses, with polycarbonate lenses, had an inch-long gouge in them and I had a good impression of the frame around my eye socket. But I still had my eye.

      Had I not been wearing glasses every day normally I might not have ever put on safety glasses that day, and they’d call me Scaramonga, or similar.

      You don’t get many chances with your eyes – just two, normally (one for each), and I’ll never NOT wear them.

      The nice thing is I never have to worry about bringing the glasses to the range since they’re always on my face.

      • Core

        People that make fun of people with glasses are either insecure with themselves, or just busting your nads. Let it go, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. And they actually make glassed nowadays that make you look cool.

  • VF 1777

    Tough way to learn a lesson. Hopefully the price he paid prevents anyone else from having to learn that same lesson the hard way.

  • 3 of 11

    Garand thumb.
    Scope eye.
    Tannerite leg.

    • ItsDrazi

      You win

  • seb

    The real question is: HOW bad of a shot is this guy!? He had to get how close to hit the thing?

  • OldNorthState

    I realize this young man unwittingly and carelessly almost killed himself, and I assume he is permanently maimed from what little we read here. But I fail to see any redeeming value anywhere in all of the inappropriate smart-arse “humor” and BS bravado displayed in so many of the other comments. This type of “what a dumbass this guy is” crap, plus the juvenile puns, etc., are what I expect from a bunch of spoiled wussy kids who try to boost their own self esteem via focussing on someone else’s mistakes and losses, with absolutely no obvious concern whatsoever for the victim of that loss. If this was yourself, or your son, I expect we’d see an entirely different reaction. In fact, while you jackasses sit smugly behind your screens trying to make yourselves sound “tough”, “smart”, “omniscient” and “funny” at this fellow’s expense, I’m reading all of this tripe and thinking, “Somebody needs their arses handed to them.” I’m not amused.

    • fmike15

      If he had read the instructions he would have known what he was doing was wrong.
      So either: 1, he didn’t care or: 2, he didn’t read the safety instructions. Either way he got what was coming to him. If he had been 100 yards or further, He would have my pity but frankly I think the video is a propaganda fake made up by the news station.

    • Tassiebush

      I don’t think he deserved to be injured whatsoever and if anything there is a bit of a double standard towards accidents in shooting or explosives where people are far more scornful than in other types of accidents but in the detached context of hearing the story and not knowing the guy humour is normal. You disagree and your point of view is also valid but people are entitled to their humour and opinions.

  • De Facto

    “..frightens their animals, wakes their children”
    Waking their children in the middle of the day?! THIS EVIL SUBSTANCE MUST BE BANNED! FOR THE CHILDREN!
    *clutches pearls*

    • Tassiebush

      Dude don’t discount it. Have you ever faced the wrath of a grizzly tot who’s missed their afternoon nap after keeping you up the previous night, then walked across a paddock of miscarried calves and lambs pulling tangled scared livestock out of fences the having to confront a gormless tannerite user? Well no neither have I but it sure is an awesome visualization!

      • Edeco


        It’s like you channeled Blood-Meridian era Cormac McCarthy.

        • Tassiebush

          I had to Google that, but it sounds like a good read!

          • Edeco

            Oh yes; not for everyone but since you conjured the image of a field of miscarried animals just for a larf.

          • Tassiebush

            I’m definitely a man of poor taste 😉

  • dan

    When i was young I thought shooting a metal tub with my bb gu would be cool. Something my dad told me not to do. Well the bb came back hit me and down i went. Dad heard my squeal came around the corner and whooped my ass for doing what i wasn’t supposed to do. Called me stupid and said i deserved it. I would like to say that i never did anything stupid again. I just learned not to let dad know. But you know spoiled wussy kid here and all. Haha.

  • Nyet, leg is fine.

  • Ron Fox

    That little stunt nearly cost him an arm and a leg.

  • fmike15

    So, the instant he fell down, he knew his leg was “blown off”. The blood looked fake too. And the “Sheriff”? Where was his uniform or credentials? Anybody can stand there and say he is a Sheriff and claim he has multiple tannerite complaints a week. I hope no one believes this propaganda crap. Okay, let’s say this is true, if these guys are that stupid then all we have are 2 idiots who almost made the Darwin awards. They make all the rest of us look stupid.

  • fmike15

    The GF said the guy is pretty lucky, now he can have a leg like Rose McGowan did on Planet Terror

  • Ron Fox

    That little stunt nearly cost him an arm and a leg!

  • BigR

    I see no reason for using tannerite! But that’s just me! A tin can, or a paper target is all I need to have fun shooting! I was trained in high explosives in the military, and I was always uneasy around it, but I had to do what I had to do.

  • jcitizen

    I never get any closer that 300 feet with even the smallest targets, and I don’t blow stuff up with it. The boom is good enough! Anybody that played with firecrackers as a kid knows better; but you can’t fix stupid – even if they do blow off their leg.

    • Tassiebush

      Safe distances sure are important. I recall copping garden snail fragments from adolescent play with firecrackers. I reckon at times I’d be capable of being this poor fellow. I wish I could get/use tannerite though! I’d be sensible with this.

      • jcitizen

        We are so very fortunate in this country to have such things without needing a ton of paperwork, and then guys like this ruin it for everyone. I just can’t help getting mad about that. Let’s face it though, that life has many dangers, and I feel they magnify them way too much in the political arena.

        Life is a risk – News media get over it!

        I’m sure you’ll find you can make something even worse from chemicals found under the kitchen sink, but then we don’t want to be on any terrorist watch list either! Ha! :p

        I got the distance wrong on my previous post, I meant meters not feet!! :O !

        • Tassiebush

          haha at least you weren’t saying 300″!

          • jcitizen

            I just saw another cable news report that actually showed all the household chemicals that terrorist make powerful bombs from! I was surprised they admitted it again. They usually call for more and more laws, and that is just impossible to get anything done in the house or factory without basic needs like that! They need to face evil from another direction.

          • Tassiebush

            Yeah i completely agree! ultimately the options for terrorists are endless especially given that premature detonations are completely acceptable to the current ones. They can rationalize killing people they like as martyring them so their scope of options is so broad. Safety doesn’t matter. Ultimately even saltwater can be turned into explosives so it’s just not possible to restrict it in the end.

  • Zebra Dun

    We had a noob disappear from the little town east of us, missing for two or three days until someone found where he blew himself up with a home made pipe bomb.
    Don’t play with explosives people unless you absolutely KNOW what you are doing.

  • TomOakheart

    In soviet russia, bomb booms you.
    ‘Ave nice day.