Gentleman sustained catastrophic injuries when his revolver accidentally discharged, resulting in a bullet entering his brain.
The revolver at issue was a notoriously defective Old Model single action revolver manufactured by the defendant gun manufacturer. It was called the Old Model because it was essentially devoid of safety devices that prevent or minimize the risk of accidental discharge. The New Model, manufactured and sold many years before this incident, contained safety devices that would have prevented this occurrence. Unknown to the plaintiff, years before this incident, defendant conducted a retrofit campaign to modify the Old Model to equip it with safety devices that would have prevented this incident. This patently defective revolver has been the subject of hundreds of lawsuits in which it has been alleged that the product caused death or catastrophic injury due to accidental discharge.