...I look at my big tanks with one eye closed and somewhat of a bit of paranoia.
Its fine to be conscious of high pressure air dangers , but this thing reads like a FAKE CNN NEWS REPORT ! ...
I personally think that the idea this tragedy is a hoax is far fetched.... For a moment, just put yourself in the position of the guy who is injured.... How do you think you would feel reading that some here think this is "fake news"?.... I agree that details are lacking, but IMO too many on this Forum subscribe to the latest "conspiracy theory" floating around, whatever that may be.... Call me naive if you like, but I was always taught to treat others the way I would like to be treated.... Bob
UPDATE ON SUPPOSED INCIDENT Hi guys my original post of information about the “explosion” came directly from the person who made the original post in my airgun group on Facebook since that time I have reached out in private messaging to the person who made the post who states he is good friends with the person that the “incident “ happened to . At first he told me of physical damages that had occurred , loss of an ear and an eye ,severe concussion and 4 fractures in one arm. I expressed concern for the “person” and get well wishes ... sorry I didn’t express my concern in my first post on this thread to you guys, obviously nobody wants to see anybody get hurt in our industry for any reason......... now onto the development of this story as it has progressed, the friend of the person who had the “accident with oxygen “ are both within a 3 hour drive from me here in Virginia. I did google searches for news reports , police reports etc nothing as of yet . Original poster stated he went over to the house with the guys mother to check the bottles at his home from the welding shop where they found this mistaken bottle of oxygen I asked for pictures of gun and bottle of oxygen he stated the cops confiscated the gun and he did not think to take pics of the oxygen tank. I have since then requested the name of the welding shop , name of the hospital the injured fella is in and contact info of the mother , I also told him that Jeremy at AAO and myself would like to start a go fund me to help him with medical expenses. Now I cannot get any more information from the original poster other than excuses, he just ignores my questions about hospital and welding shop names and now tells me he does not need a go fund me started because he already knows that his insurance is covering 100% of the medical expenses because he owns 3 companies and also works for the government and is well off and does not need our help for his medical bills ...... possible fake news ? Conspiracy theory ? Why I can’t get any hard proof evidence of this actually happening is beyond me , no hospital name no welding shop name , the injured fella name was supposedly James Maddox that name or anything similar has not purchased any upgrade kits from neither jeremy or I as we have checked all of our orders. According to the original poster he bought the gun used from someone “out west” and he is unable to supply that name either. Why he will not provide any basic info is beyond me , the original poster has also made wild claims of modified and or custom valves he has made for other guns like 650fps out of his modded Umarex airsaber snd almost 1,500 FPS out of his custom Umarex gauntlet but never shows any data from a chrony or video evidence of any of that either and guys in my Facebook group have asked repeatedly for evidence of these performance claims. He always has an excuse why he doesn’t. Why he would make this incident up is beyond me your guess is as good as mine but until I get some basic answers or names of welding shop/ hospital etc I will be Leary of any more information he tells me. Like I said if it’s true I wish nothing but the best for the victim and his family and Jeremy and I are willing to do something to help this fella out but obviously we can’t do that without getting any information other than the “accident” occurring
Greetings. If in my previous post it was understood that I blamed the GTA forum as a community, or its administrators, for the spread of hoaxes, this is not what I wanted to say, and I apologize for that. What I mean is that it has been used before and I believe that the GTA forum is now used as a means of "propagating" episodes that have not occurred. This is inevitable because the forum members can use it with full freedom. if the news of the accident is true - it is of great interest to the compressed air community and can serve to prevent a recurrence. But I insist that the damage done to the reputation of the person or company affected by this improbable news is done without remedy even if it is later shown to be a hoax. And "those who move the strings" and use the forum as a tool to circulate a lie, they achieve their goal. Do not you think that if a person has been seriously injured in an accident with an airgun, the authorities and the lawyer of the affected person would have already contacted the person who can be considered responsible for this damage caused? And it seems impossible to me that in all this time it has been impossible to find photos and other news in other media that expand and verify this type of serious accident. So I remember -as an example- the case of a serious accident, in which a person was injured by the impact of a valve body of an air rifle, as the rifle was manipulated without removing the pressure from the pressurized air tube. the news many shocking photos of the injured leg: materially pierced from side to side, with a large hole, by the tripped valve. And photos of the subsequent healing of the injured and the object that caused it. These photos and the news of the accident were made by a personal friend of the injured person and propagated by him in different media. Nothing to do with the circumstances and development of this other supposed accident. The big difference: one was clearly true, while this one now lacks any real data or images to confirm that it is true.
I have a 1st gen Texan .457. I have shot it thousands of times at 3000PSI, it's maximum fill. The top hat valve is supposed to "lock" when filled over 3000 yielding a low power shot. However after accidentally filling the gun to over (3300) and shooting it the gun shot ver well....in fact a bit harder that at the 3000 fill. My question is this; At how much pressure are the original aluminum tanks tested? Is is safe to shoot it at 3300PSI even though the top hat valve doesn't "lock up"?