Smoking Indirectly Saves A Man From Getting Killed

The Zippo lighter stopped the bullet, leaving Brad Cooper with just a bruise on his leg. He says, “we’ve started making jokes about it at work, They say wind proof…I say bullet proof.”

Full story – HERE

Pretty stupid to keep walking towards a guy with a gun after he already shot you once. If the guy aimed anywhere else this post would have been about a Darwin award winner rather than a lucky break.



Ben October 2, 2010 at 09:40 am

I love how sensational the news makes these kind of incidents “Smoking Indirectly SAVES A Man From Getting KILLED”, in case you missed it, they key words were ‘SAVED’ and ‘ KILLED’.

It’s bogus reporting like this that causes confusion among the general population about the realities of firearms. The guy wasn’t saved from anything. He was shot in the leg with a very low power pistol, at best he would have been facing a minor gun shot wound in a non-critical area, life saving is a bit of a stretch… I know there are some major arteries in the leg, but if that pistol could only dent a lighter I doubt it could have penetrated very far; 9mm or .45 would have been a lot less forgiving.


Marcus October 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Ben is right. Nothing going fast enough to reliably kill you would be stopped by a zippo.

Obviously, this requires some testing. Nothing beats a good thorough debunking.

Also, it seems like everyone involved in that video just wasn’t hitting on all eight.


Henry Bowman October 2, 2010 at 07:11 pm

Looks like somebody noticed these objections, as the webpage no longer says anything about lethality.


Josh the Vet October 6, 2010 at 11:20 am

“Pretty stupid to keep walking towards a guy with a gun after he already shot you once.”
-Disagree, how else are you gonna beat the small-caliber asshole to death with his own pea-shooter?


tailypoe July 25, 2011 at 12:39 am is amazing ! I would’ve thought it’d explode and blast his bozack, wow …



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