St. Petersburg, FL, Aug 1996 -- A car wouldn't start because the
catalytic converter had clogged up. The owner, who was late for his job
at a Sears automotive center, wanted to fix the converter by drilling a
hole in it, but he couldn't find his drill. Fortunately, he knew where
his gun was. So, as a trained automotive professional, he decided to make
the hole by shooting the converter with a .22-caliber rifle.
His stay in the hospital wasn't too long -- Apparently, the bullet hit a
bolt, and the man ended up with metal fragments in his thigh. The emergency
room doctor advised the man to leave the fragments in his thigh. Being, a
real "do-it-yourself" kind of person, the man left the hospital, and using
a knife and tweezers removed the metal fragments.
Although his car started, the engine blew up two days later.