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Air rifle breech injuries to digits: a preventable hazard.
  1. A Gray
  1. Accident Unit, Countess of Chester Hospital, England.


    The obvious injuries attributable to air rifles, namely those caused by pellets, are common and well documented (Batch, 1981; Reid, 1974; Rawson, 1965; Hutchinson, 1981). The author has encountered a series of injuries from air rifles involving a different mechanism. These commonly involve the digits, often in young people, and require considerable hospital time and resources in their treatment. They are essentially preventable.

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