Man showing off pistol shoots self in the leg

Two men took a break from drinking early Saturday and stepped outside to have a smoke.

The conversation turned to guns, and when one man attempted to show the other how easily he could "field strip" his semi-automatic pistol, it fired unexpectedly, sending the bullet through his thigh.

A Kitsap County sheriff's deputy was called to Harrison Medical Center after the 26-year-old man was brought in, according to reports.

"At first, (the 26-year-old) was surprised and not sure if he had been shot, but then he started to feel his leg burning and he walked towards the house and lights to check, he saw that he was bleeding," the deputy wrote.

The man told the deputy he removed the magazine and pulled back the slide when the gun discharged. The deputy returned to the residence in the 2800 block of NE Center Street to confiscate the pistol and found that the magazine was still in the Springfield XD-40 .40 caliber.

The deputy questioned the man, who had said he removed the magazine containing six live rounds.

The man "thought a moment and said, 'I guess I didn`t take the magazine out.'"

"I asked him how much he had to drink, and he said about three or four shots and about four beers," the deputy wrote. "I asked him if he thought he was too intoxicated to be handling a firearm and he agreed."

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