Daniel Greenwood 'couldn't believe he was still alive' after the shooting at a house in Wythenshawe, Manchester.
Doctors were able to remove the bullet but Mr Greenwood says he still suffers flashbacks, sleeplessness and headaches.
He was shot while struggling with David Cummins who had tried to snatch a gold chain from around his neck.
The pair were at the house with other people when the incident took place, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Andrew MacIntosh, prosecuting, said Cummins, 21, had shown the others the 9mm handgun, which he put on a worktop before trying to grab Mr Greenwood's chain.
Mr MacIntosh said Cummins was hit on the head with a claw hammer and then he and Mr Greenwood grabbed for the gun, which went off.
The bullet hit Mr Greenwood in the face and lodged in his nose. Cummins, of Longlevens Road, Woodhouse Park, was given an indeterminate prison sentence after he admitted possessing the gun and robbery.
The prosecution accepted he had not deliberately shot his victim, and that the gun went off during the struggle.
But judge Mr Justice MacDuff told Cummins he must serve at least three and a half years before he could be considered for parole, adding: 'It was by good fortune he [Mr Greenwood] was not more seriously injured than he was.'
Cummins, who had a string of previous convictions for robbery, fled Wythenshawe after the shooting.
He was arrested by armed police in a hotel in Blackpool three days later. The gun still loaded was found in a sock.
Using his background in high art and his work in designing models for D.C and Marvel comics, Ray, 39, has sculpted intricate faces out of the common pumpkin that make your hair stand on end.
Based in the rural Michigan town of Ballaire, Ray's pumpkins have become something of an internet sensation, and include some familiar faces.
His carvings, which include 'The Predator' and Barack Obama, also take in a wide variety of gothic gargoyles in keeping with the devilish theme of the popular American holiday.
Using only common clay carving tools to create his Halloween pumpkin masterpieces, Ray explains how his artistic method works.
'Not all pumpkins will look good and the most important thing about a pumpkin is it weight. You need to pick the meatiest pumpkin.
'Sometimes I pick up a beautifully shaped pumpkin but when I pick it up I realise that it is not heavy enough. Its wall is just not thick enough for the carving rigours.
'I also like a pumpkin with character. One with nobly ridges is good, so that I can utilise that in the carving procedure, like with sculpting noses,' says Ray.
'The sculpting has always been a passion,' says Ray.
'I used to be an art teacher for 13 years at a Michigan School called Bellaire school and one day I was approached for Halloween to do some pumpkin carving.
'I thought why don't I try and carve the pumpkin like it is a piece of clay as opposed to a large vegetable.
'It came out alright, but the most important result was that the kids at the school absolutely loved it.
'I used to arrive at school and there would be a dozen pumpkins just sitting there waiting for me at my classroom,' explains the pumpkin carver.
At the beginning Ray didn't always get the results he was looking for, resulting in a few fists through the front of the pumpkins.
However, working for D.C comics, the home of Superman and Batman, Ray has honed his incredible seasonal talent.
'Recently I have been really sitting down and giving my Halloween pumpkin designs more thought than usual due to the increased interest in my carvings.
'Now that the thing has grown in popularity I am definitely feeling the pressure to deliver on the pumpkin front.
'The most intricate pumpkin model that I have designed is 'The Predator' model, which took the best part of a day. Otherwise, the models take a couple of hours,' says Ray.
Over the last two Halloween's Ray's pumpkins have begun to appear in online blogs and have really raised his profile.
He has even made national television appearances and has been scheduled to appear on the US sports network ESPN where he is supposed to unveil his Barack Obama carving.
Obviously, carving a potential president is a serious pressure, so Ray has to ensure that he gets it right.
'If it is someone like Obama or even the Predator then I will have to use five or six images to make sure that I get the right details.
'If it is something that I am creating myself then I will do it off the top of my head, like the skull and gargoyles,' says Ray.
Around this time pumpkin carvings are usually a couple of triangles cut on the outside of the flesh, with his carvings Ray has seriously raised the bar to frightening levels.
The young man behind the wheel of this £100,000 Ferrari lost control as he sped through the streets of Adelaide, Australia, and smashed into an electricity pole.
The prang left the engine and bonnet wrapped around the structure.
Incredibly, the driver and his male passenger, who have not been named, received only minor injuries.
The five-year-old black Ferrari 360 Modena crashed a few minutes after residents saw it go past their houses at high speed.
One householder said: 'I was outside my house talking when we heard something fly up towards us and it was this black Ferrari.
'It sounded just like 'zing-zing' as it roared past. I have never seen anything travel as fast as that in my life.
'Those men were lucky to be alive because the pole split the car in two and it's ended up where the gearstick should be.'
The un-named driver and his passenger were taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for treatment, but their injuries were said to be not serious.
Pictures of the crashed vehicle resulted in one internet blogger commenting: 'I wonder what action the police will take with an idiot driving a Ferrari.'
Another commentator said: 'We're making a few assumptions here, but when a young guy is driving a Ferrari worth a quarter of a million bucks, and then splits it almost in two, someone's going to be grounded for life.'