Jan 23, 2010
My kids love to watch the Nickelodeon Channel show ICarly but I was appalled to see characters on the show Spencer and Sam pelting each between the eyes at point blank range with paintball blowguns. I have treated horrible injuries to kids from regular paintball guns but my research shows that these new paintball blowguns are just as potent. They are fairly silent and perfect for hitting unsuspecting victims. The paintballs can reach velocity of 450 feet per second and have a range of up to 150 yards. The longer the barrel, the higher the velocity. Please take my advice and use these type of blowguns with extreme caution and always require 100% of the time that all participants and bystanders use proper ANSI approved eye protection. Trust me I have seen the devestation that paintballs and arisoft pellets can do eyes. It is a very sad situation to tell a young kid and the parents that an eye is permanantly disfugured and blind.
In the meantime I will be writing the producers of the ICarly show and asking them to at least show viewers how to wear proper eye protection.
Michael Kutryb, MD