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Did WhistlinDiesel really accidentally shoot himself with a 50 cal firearm?

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Remember in the movie 8 Mile when B-Rabbit’s slightly slow friend Cheddar Bob accidentally shot himself in the thigh while putting his gun away? 

And then, in the big boss battle between B-Rabbit and Papa Doc, Eminem waxes lyrical with:

“I do got a dumb friend named Cheddar Bob

Who shoots himself in his leg with his own gun…”

Of course, you remember—Eminem is iconic.

But, it turns out that a millennial YouTuber has gone more Cheddar Bob than Cheddar Bob ever could—he accidentally shot himself in the head. And he lived.

That’s right, there’s a guy on YouTube who handled a firearm so badly that he mistakenly put a bullet in his own forehead—but he survived.

That guy is Cody “WhistlinDiesel” Detwiler, and we’ve got the full—and absolutely ridiculous—story right here.

Here’s everything we know about the WhistlinDiesel 50 cal. incident.

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Who is WhistlinDiesel?

WhistlinDiesel—whose real name is Cody Detwiler—was born on July 18, 1998, in rural Indiana.

He comes from a tight-knit family, and his parents have a farming and construction background.

Cody often credits his parents for his love of everything automotive, because there were always vehicles and pieces of equipment around that needed to be driven somewhere when he was growing up.

It was that early love of machinery that eventually saw WhistlinDiesel build a career as a YouTube auto influencer.

At just 19 years of age, Cody did what most kids his age were dreaming of—he started a YouTube channel and hoped it would get famous.

He named the channel WhistlinDiesel and attracted an early following.

Often described by fans and followers as charismatic and entertaining, Detwiler is known to let it all hang out and just be himself on camera—even when “being himself” becomes a bit too much for the rest of the world to handle.

Cody attracted criticism early on in his YouTube career for being careless and wasteful.

Case in point: that fancy Mercedes G Wagon that WhistlinDiesel dropped through someone’s roof.

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For a little over $130,000 US dollars, anyone can buy a 2022 Mercedes G Wagon with twin-turbo V8 and 416 horsepower under the hood.

It’s quick on the street and agile on the trail, according to the marketing materials, and all the biggest celebrities have owned one.

Seriously—Arnold Schwarzenegger, both the Jenner girls, Travis Barker, Britney Spears, Bradley Cooper, and The Pope—all had their time behind the wheel of one of these bad boys.

What none of them did, however, was lift that hundred-thousand dollar piece of machinery into the air and drop it through a building.

Until Cody Detwiler did it for YouTube views.

He’s also destroyed a gorgeous Ford F250 by driving it into a bunch of fence posts and thrashing it for 10 straight minutes, an Audi, a handful of old semis, a Jeep, a Lamborghini, and two Nissan Skyline R32s at the same time.

But whatever you think about WhistlinDiesel and his penchant for creating waste, destroying vehicles that cost enough to provide a family with a home, and being just plain dangerous, let’s not forget why we’re here:

This is a person who managed to accidentally shoot himself in the forehead.

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Did WhistlinDiesel really shoot himself by accident?

So, did WhistlinDiesel really accidentally shoot himself with a 50 cal firearm? Spoiler alert: Yes, he did.

Detwiler posted a photo to his Instagram account on January 21, 2021, of his face bleeding and what looked to be a hole in his forehead.

He captioned the image, “Not sure how I’m alive.”

Nobody else quite knew how he was alive, either—he had just taken a .50 caliber bullet to the head from a distance of 4 feet.

It turned out that Detwiler had been shooting at metal plates when one of the bullets ricocheted and hit him in the forehead.

The YouTuber, who was 22 at the time, may be known for his not-too-bright stunts, but this one trumped them all.

.50 cal bullets are huge—and typically the ammunition of choice for sniper rifles—so surviving one from 4 feet away seems miraculous.

However, ballistics experts claimed the bullet’s ricochet could have been what saved him.

In fact, the clout chaser was very lucky: with the bullet losing velocity as it traveled the 4 feet towards the metal plate, then the impact with the plate slowing the bullet’s movement even more, and then 4 feet of travel back towards Cody, the bullet would likely have been traveling at less than a quarter of its original speed.

Detwiler claimed that he stayed at the hospital to have scans done and to make sure there was no swelling or impact on his brain.

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