“Don’t believe everything on the Internet” is an overworked statement, but remains as true as ever. It was proven again by a 2017 forum post, which is making the rounds in the shooting community at present (example).
This guy and his co workers were discussing whether a steel toe boot would withstand a round from a .45, so what do do you think would be the best way to test this theory? YUP, you guessed it.
Good thing he wasn’t testing his hard hat.
There’s more at the link, including pictures of the perforated foot.
The only thing is, it’s not true. The same pictures of the same perforated foot were circulated in 2009, showing the aftermath of an accident (or, rather, dumb stupidity) with a shotgun. I published the story on this blog at the time, with links to the photographs. If you look at them, you’ll see they’re identical to those published in the forum post and news report above.
I don’t know why people feel it’s a good thing to copy a picture and compose their own story to go with it, but I’m afraid it’s all too common on the internet. The old saying that “the camera doesn’t lie” is now comprehensively disproven, because the people using its output are all too prone to lie!
Let the reader beware.