User of Kel Tec KSG Shotgun Allegedly Shoots His Hand Off, Might Sue Kel Tec
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Well, this is certainly an interesting story. According to Lee Williams, the gun writer for the Herald-Tribune, a user of a Kel Tec KSG shotgun allegedly shot himself in the hand, point blank, with a 12 gauge shell while using a Pro Mag Archangel vertical grip.
At this point, Williams is the only source for this, so we’ll likely have to wait on more facts to emerge. For now, here is what Williams is reporting,
An attorney in Virginia preparing a lawsuit that they will likely file against Kel-Tec and ProMag Industries.
It appears that their client was shooting a Kel-Tec KSG equipped with a ProMag “Archangel” polymer forward grip when tragedy occurred.
“The properly installed forward grip slid off the gun rail while the user was pumping the gun, resulting in the user shooting off part of his hand,” the attorney wrote on a lawyers-only site.
The attorney allegedly notes that there is nothing but a polymer nipple holding the grip to the rail and nothing on the rail to prevent a grip from sliding off.
OK. So, there you go. Let’s just assume the above information is accurate for now. First – a vertical grip is not necessarily made to withstand the forces put on it when used as park of a pumping mechanism. Second – even if the vertical grip was faulty, how is that Kel Tec’s fault? Third – the rail is open on the end so you can, wait for it, slide stuff onto it (yes some accessories still have to slide onto a rail before being secured).
I could almost see the lawsuit against Promag, but they’ll likely just say the grip was being used in an improper way (which I tend to agree with). I don’t see how Kel Tec should be liable at all.