danbus wrote::shock:Um, I think if you were struck by lightning, your gun going off is the least of your worries.It's been raining here in Hampton Roads from time to time and I was wondering what the effects of a lighting strike would do to an OC (or CC) firearm.
Would the heat from the lighting be enough to cause an accidental discharge?
To answer the question, yes, the discharge current going through your gun can arc through a cartridge and set off the primer or the powder. However, your head is your tallest part, and once it gets to your body, unless your gun is touching bare skin or soaking wet clothing, your body is the path of least resistance. Your gun is a side trip, and as such will see substantially less current than you will.