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    Something for Myth Busters

    As I daily carry and I was outside during a thunderstorm, looking for my neighbor's dog, I came up with a curiosity. Would a lightning strike cause my firearm to discharge?

    I know that if I got struck by lightning I would have more to worry about than if my gun went off, but I wouldn't like to get hit by lightning and possibly a 45 in the foot!!!

    I have a Taurus PT145 and I carry with the 10+1 so I was wondering. Would the electricity travel through the metal and carry down into the magazine and light off all eleven rounds? That would leave a mark!!!
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    Note to self -- Don't use SmartCarry during a thunderstorm.

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    Lightning can and will do strange things. Some things science cannot explain. I figure it would need to be a direct hit on the firearm instead of you in order to set off the ammo. Of course a bolt of lightning generates tremendous heat, but for a short duration. Since your pistol would not be in the path to ground while you are erect and vertical...not likely. Now..if you were to be standing and leaning your strong side up against a steel structure, it might be in the path. I'm sure a test could be done. Just tie your pistol with a string to one of those lightning seeking rockets and launch it. LOL!

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    Hmm... the most musing question I've heard today. My guess would be no, but I really have no idea.
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    Post it on the Mythbusters site, I bet they will test it. They like going to the place with the giant lightning generator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvhoss View Post
    Note to self -- Don't use SmartCarry during a thunderstorm.

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    I had to look up smartcarry, but wow, I can see how that would be bad!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GWRedDragon View Post
    Post it on the Mythbusters site, I bet they will test it. They like going to the place with the giant lightning generator.

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    Although they might not be allowed to test something that has the potential to explode or at least discharge a few rounds.

    This is a good question though that I've never thought about. But I think if I'm ever hit by lightning, having my gun discharge might be the least of my worries.
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    Probably not. The slide and barrel are all metal, i.e. conductive. The discharge path of the lightening would be around the bullet as if the bullet was surrounded by a protective cage. Which in this case it is. It's known as a Faraday shield, very much like the protective bags that sensitive electronic devices come in.

    In a lightening strike the last thing you should worry about would be an accidental discharge, of your firearm that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highvoltage View Post
    In a lightening strike the last thing you should worry about would be an accidental discharge, of your firearm that is.
    I may have an accidental discharge of the smelly kind...
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    Highly doubtful as the lightening would travel through the shortest distance to the ground (your body, exiting your feet) A gun on your hip probably would not even get warm.

    But, as others have said lightening is strange and unpredictable...too many variables to be certain of anything.

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    Highly conductive, so the gun won't get too warm... but it might leave a "print" on your skin where the current enters and exits.
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    Makes me less inclined to hope for a civilian, pistol-configuration MetalStorm... (Multi-shot, electrical ignition...)
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    If you were to be struck by lightning I don't think your gun would be your main problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
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