It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. But for two mates, it led only to trouble with the law - and a massive pain in the butt.
On Sunday evening, the 34-year-old men were sharing a few beers when they thought it would be interesting to shoot each other with an air rifle to see if it would hurt, or if the slugs would penetrate their skin.
Sergeant Brendan Khan from Horsham Police said the the two men took it in turns to shoot one another in the buttocks and leg.
Other than experiencing a bit of pain, the two men, who live at the base of the Grampians, thought they were fine.
Two days later, it was a different story, with both men admitted to hospital for surgery to remove slug pellets from their buttocks and legs.
‘‘Basically it was two mates in a shed having a drink,’’ Sergeant Khan said.
‘‘They have admitted that it was just stupidity and they wanted to see if it was painful or not.’’
And now it appears they will be permanently stuck with a memento of the night, with surgeons opting to leave the slug pellets embedded in the men’s skin.
‘‘They’re not going to remove the slugs, they’re going to leave them in there,’’ Sergeant Khan said, after speaking to one of the men this morning.
‘‘Apparently the surgeon said they’d make more of a mess by trying to get them out, because they’re so deep. They believe that by putting them on courses of antibiotics something will hopefully form around them and they’ll be all right to stay in there.’’
Both men will be interviewed by police at a later date due to their medical condition and Horsham police will continue to investigate.
Sergeant Khan said both men could be facing firearms charges. One of the men will have his firearms licence withdrawn and his firearms confiscated.