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Close call on the range today

Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior MemberPosts: 2,412 Senior Member
Decided to pop 50 rounds or so out of my 1911 at lunch today.  Grabbed by gun and a box of ammo, stopped by the barn and grabbed some ear protection and walked over to the range.  As I was putting my ear protection something caught my eye in one of the ear cups.  A closer look and there was a scorpion inside the right ear cup.  It's a darn good thing I caught it, I'm sure it wouldn't have ended well for me.  
Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!

John 3: 1-21

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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Dang you could have been hit with a real Stinger!
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    Better give stuff a shake before putting it on down there?
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Having a scorpion sting your ear would have been an event of great suckage! Glad you saw that little devil before putting on the muffs!
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  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 7,369 Senior Member
    Oh now that is just too scary!
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,117 Senior Member
    Yeah.....I guess a sting in the ear would hurt like hell, but not near as bad as my old buddy Don who set down on an old log to answer a nature call during a Dove hunt in the high desert in Utah.....sucker stung him right in the taint....
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  • AxeAxe Member Posts: 421 Member
    I had one of those bastards in my sleeping bag in 79. Went camping with my old man and brother in Arizona, and never got bit. Hate those things. Now I seal everything in zip lock bags to keep out the spiders and other biting insects. 
  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 2,035 Senior Member
    Scary!
    "Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Mark Twain
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,126 Senior Member
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,739 Senior Member
    Do you know what kind of scorpion it was? Was it a Bark scorpion? If it was then that would give me the extra double dark willies. :#
    http://www.arizona-leisure.com/arizona-bark-scorpion.html

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  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 2,035 Senior Member
    I caught a small one on my teaching stand in front of the room 6-8 years ago here in northern South Dakota.   We figured it came in with a box of books from Texas.   Nobody in the school would believe me so all the teachers kept coming in  to confirm.   
    Called our local zoo and got the same response: "Ya, Ya, I doubt it, but bring it by."

    So she about &*%$ her pants when she saw the little fella safely contained.   She sent it to the entomologists at SDSU and we never heard a thing.

    I had a coworker from Arizona and she told us the smaller ones are more venomous?   It was about an 1 1/2" long.

    And yes, even up here,   I tap my shoes to make sure nothing is sleeping inside of them.
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    There are TWO species of scorpions in TN, a tan one and a black one. I got hit by a black one when it was a little kid, and even if the sting of the TN scorpions are supposed to be like a honeybee sting, I beg to differ; it hurt a LOT and my hand swelled up pretty good.

    Here's what we got. Warning: stupid popup ad.

    https://www.hunker.com/12504069/scorpion-species-found-in-tennessee

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  • Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior Member Posts: 2,412 Senior Member
    Spk said:
    Do you know what kind of scorpion it was? Was it a Bark scorpion? If it was then that would give me the extra double dark willies. :#
    http://www.arizona-leisure.com/arizona-bark-scorpion.html

    No, it was a Texas Striped Bark scorpion, about the only kind I've ever seen out here.  Their sting is on par with a bee sting so they say!  I don't wish to find out!
    Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!

    John 3: 1-21
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    Decided to pop 50 rounds or so out of my 1911 at lunch today.  Grabbed by gun and a box of ammo, stopped by the barn and grabbed some ear protection and walked over to the range.  As I was putting my ear protection something caught my eye in one of the ear cups.  A closer look and there was a scorpion inside the right ear cup.  It's a darn good thing I caught it, I'm sure it wouldn't have ended well for me.  
    No shirt cacalock! You were very lucky!

    I think the difference in a scorpion and a bee is the volume. I believe a scorpion has a lot more venom per bite. That gives their bite more swelling and hurts worse.
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    edited June 2018 #15
    Back in the 50s when we moved to Seadrift Texas and lived for a time at the old Hotel Laffite on the bayfront at Seadrift which my family owned, my dad built a boat, a Sears Kit Boat. An Elgin Mahogany Plywood boat. He ordered it from Sears and built it on the porch of the hotel. The kit evidently had scorpions on board. I got stung three times by big striped scorpions. They hurt like hell. My dad got stung a couple of times too and he said they hurt worse than any kind of bug or even a hornet or red wasp.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,126 Senior Member
    Mom said when we lived in Texas when Dad was in the Army either during or just after WWII,
    she kept the baby crib legs in a dish of kerosene to keep the scorpions out of the crib.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,984 Senior Member
    edited June 2018 #17
    That might explain certain things...

    More seriously, that sounds like it would work 100%. No smoking though...

    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
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