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Early-firing revolver sends reenactor leader to hospital

Before being wheeled to an ambulance, Robbie Maupin urged his reenactment group to carry on with the afternoon Outlaw Days show. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Before being wheeled to an ambulance, Robbie Maupin urged his reenactment group to carry on with the afternoon Outlaw Days show. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/Richmond News

In his 16 years doing reenactments, Robbie Maupin said he’s never seen anything like what happened to him during an Outlaw Days shootout on the east courthouse lawn.

“I’ve been playing this over in my head,” said Maupin, who was shot in the left leg by his Colt Walker revolver.  “It prematurely fired and went down to the ground and then came back up.”

Maupin, still in North Kansas City Hospital Monday morning after being flown by helicopter for emergency surgery, said his group uses gunpowder with a combination of Cream of Wheat cereal and Crisco during reenactments.

“There’s numerous ways that guys load their guns,” he said. “I’ve been doing this 16 years and this is the best way I’ve found.”

The premature shot went toward the ground, Maupin said, and as the powerful  revolver recoiled and in attempting to regain control he inadvertently clutched the trigger, causing it to fire again.

Exploding gunpowder from the second shot hit Maupin in the left leg, damaging a substantial amount of muscle and fatty tissue.

Maupin said his surgeon told him he was fortunate the powerful blast – even without a metal or paper projectile – didn’t hit an artery.

“It’s ugly,” Maupin, an Orrick native, said of his wound. “There’s been people killed by these things through the years. When you’re doing this, there is an element of danger.”

 

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