Have you ever been injured while shooting?


March 26, 2003, 03:45 PM
Have you ever been injured during a session at the range or while hunting.

If so what kind of injury and how serious was it?

Has anyone here taken a bullet from an accidental or negligent discharge?

It seems I'm always geting bruised, cut up, burned and splattered by hot burning chunks during my range sessions.

I usually wear a long sleeve shirt and ALWAYS shooting glasses.

The worst in my case was a 38 special that hit the 15 yard target frame and came back hit me in the chest, causing a large bruise
and cut from the copper jacket.

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March 26, 2003, 03:47 PM
I wasn't, but one of my dates that accompanied me to the range had a spent .45 casing eject down into her cleavage. I noticed that she buttoned up the Polo shirts after that incident.

March 26, 2003, 03:49 PM
Shooting buddy had a cheap .38Spl (RG, I think) that on 2 of 6 would throw almost as much lead sideways as downrange. After I dug the second sliver of lead outta my face, I told him that he could stay, but that cheapy .38 had to go.

March 26, 2003, 03:52 PM
[Shooting buddy had a cheap .38Spl (RG, I think)]

From a young age I was always told RG is short for "Rotten Gun"

Kentucky Rifle
March 26, 2003, 04:02 PM
Got too high a grip on my NAA Guardian one day. When the slide blew back, it took off my left thumbnail.


March 26, 2003, 04:03 PM
Once, I found an old crank pencil sharpener. I couldn't figure out to do with it, until it occured to me; shoot it!

So, I took it out to our former shootin' spot and put a round of .308 through it. .30 cal hole in, BIG hole out, with lots of jagged pointy metal.

So what do I do? I go to pick it up, to show it to my shooting partner, and poke the end of my finger on the jagged metal. Bled like crazy. It's always the little ones that bleed. LOL

In additon, I've had the usual barrel burns, run-ins with hot brass, etc. Once, while shotgunning (breaking open) an M16, the upper and lower receivers pinched the web of my right hand at the front end of the magazine well. Bit me pretty good, had a nice little string of blood blisters.

Oh, yes, once, in basic training, I was crawling on my back under some barbed wire, with my M16 over me. My knee hits the buttstock, front sight post catches me in the lip. Ouch.

March 26, 2003, 04:06 PM
Cuts and abrasions from guns that bite. Burns from casings gone awry (including a lovely one from a .22 that rolled into the inside of my support arm elbow. Ouch) and from getting my hand under the ejection port of a Browning .22. In other words, the usual.

I did chip a tooth once trying to retract the slide on a Glock far enough to release once. This was before I learned how to do one handed manipulations (i.e. wounded warrior drills). Yes, I was young and stupid. ;)

March 26, 2003, 04:18 PM
The usual minor cuts and burns from errant shell casings.

A couple of really good ones though; had a casing from .44 Desert Eagle fly almost straight up in the air and then land between my shooting glasses and my right eye brow.

Caught a bit of copper jacket come back from the backstop and lodge in the finger nail quick of my right thumb, didn’t go very deep but did get infected and eventually took my whole thumb nail.

That one was nasty, but BARELY shooting related.

Working an indoor range though I had opportunity to see some nasty ones:

Guy special orders a .44 Magnum Derringer (yes they exist… not sure why) and then proceeds, while shooting some hot 180 grn. Remington, to loose grip of the gun under recoil and it proceeds to come back and open up a gash on his cheek that bled like a fire hose.

Plenty of the ‘crossed thumbs’ grip while shooting semi-autos- most people only do that once.

Plenty of the, uhm, ‘female shooter catching the hot brass down the cleavage’ dance.

March 26, 2003, 04:30 PM
A few times :( The worst was when my Glock 21 blew up in my hands. The mag release took out small chunks of flesh out of both hands when it blew out of the grip. Last weekend was the most recent. While trying a buddy's newly acquired DE, I caught ejecting brass just below the bill of my cap, just above my glasses, right on the eyebrow :eek: OUCH!

Mike Irwin
March 26, 2003, 04:31 PM
Had my thumb dislocated by a .44 Mag. derringer. I took one shot. Never did take the other one.

I dropped a full box of 500 bullets on my foot while cleaning up my reloading area. That smarted.

Sliced my thumb badly while loading the magazine on a Hi Standard .22. The slot through which the floorplate retractor button fit was like a double channel razorblade. Bled EVERYWHERE.

Got a black eye from a scope jab on a heavy kicking rifle. Crept up on the scope while shooting from the bench.

Hot 9mm casing behind the glasses raised one hell of a blister on my eyelid.

That's all I can think of right now.

March 26, 2003, 04:42 PM
Plenty of the standard bumps, scrapes, and bruises -- including hot brass down the cleavage. (I dunno why guys think that one's funny ... it hurts. :fire: )

Caught a .50AE brass on my upper lip a few weeks back. Had a minor fat lip for a couple of hours until the swelling went down. Didn't stop shooting, though. :D

A friend of mine took a ricocheted bullet to the head while I was standing next to him one afternoon. He was fine once we got the bleeding stopped, and says he will never again shoot a derringer at a tree stump.


The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun. -- P. G. Wodehouse

El Tejon
March 26, 2003, 05:03 PM
pax, not this guy. Know that must smart. I did the dance of the hot scorpion at a carbyne class before I learned to cover up (1st class, young moron).

Let's see, most seriously:

=>slammed M9 slide trapping inside of left thumb in slide of said M9;
=>bloodied mouth by smacking mouth with receiver while going to prone;
=>the ever popular brass down shirt;
=>kaboom with volk (I know, I know--I'm cheap, I know) ammo in Chinee STEN, burnt part of left hand, no metal found (thank goodness);
=>ruined Territory Ahead yuppie scum shirt on steel range;
=>hit on back of upper leg with ric (9mm) during downrange drill, I howled but no blood.

Oh, yeah, cut my hand jumping the fence at a gun skul. Late night, the waitress was cute, blah, blah, blah . . . :)

March 26, 2003, 05:11 PM
I finally figured out why my davis .380 jams so much:

The slide doesn't move freely when its fouled with fleshy bits...

.44 mag derringer?
I have to try one now.

( tied to a tree with a length of fishing line)

March 26, 2003, 05:18 PM
I was shooting my SIG P226 one day at an indoor range. At one point, the gun had continuously failed to lock back on an empty mags 2 or 3 times. With the gun onloaded and an empty mag in place, I proceded to pull the slide back to see if the slide stop would activate. I did this a few times and each time released the slide by pressing the stop before retracting it again. I had done it a few times quickly. On one occassion, my weak hand was not fast enough and released the slide with my left index finger tip partially (a very small part of the finger) in the ejection port. It, of course, got caught between the breech face and the chmaber's indexing hood. Mashed and cut my finger pretty good. Still got the scar.

As I thought about it, I must have been trying out slightly different holds and had placed my thumb on the slide stop preventing it from functioning.

Also, a couple of times choking up on my Ruger MkII and getting a bolt bite as well as getting hammer bites from my Hi Power. Have an RWS 48 that took a small piece of my left thumb one time. When you draw back the cocking/pump lever (which is quite strong), a safety gear is suppose to engage to prevent the action from bear-trapping your fingers. Unfortunately, you are able to open the action up a tiny bit before the gear engages and if you let go with something in the action, it will be dismembered. Luckily, it was only the first couple of layers of skin that was caught when it happened to me. No scar. Blister on my chest when I was shooting a .22 lr and wearing a T-shirt with a well worn collar. Casing landed on the collar which acted like a ledge.

March 26, 2003, 05:20 PM
-Sharp guns chewing my hands up.(young before I learned what "de-horned" meant)
-Hot brass.
-Cuts from busted clay targets.
'-Garand thumb'
-"1100 sliced index finger syndrome" (btw for those that don't know left inside of 1100 receiver is razor sharp)
-Stung by pellets from 10 ga shotgun, ruined coat, pellets broke skin (retreiving a downed duck and Idiot tried to pass shoot over my head, I retrieved, and waded out(opposite side of flooded timber), hiked 1.5 mi to my truck in waders and never, ever hunted with idiot again)
-Busted rib from running to stage in mud and rain, fell into stage to keep gun downrange and safe.
-busted knuckles, cut hand,face, again running into the next stage in the mud and rain.
-Broke my mustache in freezing temps during a tourney.
-Broke the other side of mustache next day in freezing temp duck hunting.
-nasty bruise from a '06, no shirt, stock broke, splintered down to the buttplate
-Hiking, didn't know dope growers in that area, splintered from tree when shot at. At least I didn't "trip the wire" in my haste to beat feet. ( I crawl real fast I learned, even backwards with a 1911 in hand)

March 26, 2003, 05:21 PM
Hyper-extended my left knee while going over a four foot wall at a IPSC shoot. Tore the collateral ligaments, anterior cruciate ligament (50%), and the meniscus. Lots of pain. :mad:

Required arthoscopic surgery to remove the torn portion of the meniscus. The knee now predicts bad weather.

Larry Ashcraft
March 26, 2003, 05:27 PM
Standing thigh-deep on the edge of a lake hunting ducks, my Rem. 1100 jammed. I was trying to clear the jam with my thumb in the ejection port when WHAM!, it slammed shut. I was standing there bleeding and yelling and I noticed that in the excitement I had leaned and one of my boots had filled with water.

Later, I went back to the truck only to discover I had lost my keys. Bummed a ride home and spent 2 weeks replacing all the keys.

Sold the 1100 immediately.

March 26, 2003, 05:31 PM
The infamous "Garand Thumb" in July 1963. I remember every detail of this event even today!

March 26, 2003, 05:34 PM
Larry Ashcraft- I'm sorry, I really am, but LOL!

Sometimes you just can't win.

March 26, 2003, 05:46 PM
Only psychologically.

March 26, 2003, 05:46 PM

Big mustache I take it?

March 26, 2003, 05:49 PM
Mild (is there such a thing?) Garand thumb - got me from about halfway closed. Still hurt several days later. In fact, it hurt until about the time the little blood "eyebrow" in my thumbnail grew out far enough to get trimmed off.

My 442 pounds the devil out of the base of my thumb. I don't know if that counts or not.

I was going into a shoot house at a class once, and as I opened the door and tried to step back, my foot got fouled in the brace supporting the (temporary) wall panel next to the doorway. Ended up flat on my back, but I maintained muzzle control the entire time.

I always nail myself in the lips with the fingertips of my firing hand when I shoot slugs with a short-stocked Mossberg.

I was next to a guy who put a round from his SIG right down the back of his own leg. I knew instantly something was wrong when I saw the puff of muzzle blast and dust around his feet.

March 26, 2003, 06:09 PM
Does hearing loss count?

March 26, 2003, 06:15 PM
Yup....fired a 12 gage from the hip once in extreme haste to get a fleeing varmint. The barrel release lever came back into the web between my index finger and thumb. No stitches required but a really good lesson learned!

March 26, 2003, 06:22 PM
when I was younger I was shot in the calf with a .22 by my brother rabit hunting ,(finger off the trigger Moron !!) he supossedly tripped and I got shot (and grandpas belt supposedly slipped and my brother couldn't sit down for a week and wasn't allowed to handle a gun since ) .still have bullet in leg against back of bone . 2.coonan cut from trying to rack slide with too oily hands and gotten bit by ejection port . ,3.recoil spring to the forehead (that hurt ) 4. retention plug to the cheek , (note to self stick with revolvers...:D ) 5.hammer to thumbnail on 1911 (Thanks Al!!!! ) trying to prevent someone from dryfiring a supposed unloaded gun ( didn't clear slide but dropped mag) 6. another spring this time from shotgun off of ceiling into top of head that hurt ...7. shoulder bruised from a Hot Load in lebel rifle ( the recipe said 38 grains not 43 ! ( don't know how i did that )8. slipped going out to repaste targets on will county clay in a rainstorm (cat Sh** is less slick than this stuff ) and did a jig before falling (just should have fell and not tried to prevent myself from falling which caused more hurt)9. got winged by tincan at range ( wasn't thrown ) al in all I think i will quit this hobby and get a safer one like playing on the interstate. :D :uhoh:

March 26, 2003, 06:28 PM
Wow- the 'antis' are RIGHT!

This is dangerous stuff. :D

March 26, 2003, 06:31 PM
I had my DCM garand slam fire on me. Trashed the rifle and the op rod handle ripped my palm open and left me with a nice "L" shaped scar. Never did find the back of the reciever.

Speaking of M1 thumb, how about M1 thumb torture. Place your thumb on the follower, depress and release the bolt onto your thumb till its got it nice and tight, extend your arm straight out thumb down with rifle attached. Now stand there until your dad tells you to put your arm down. My dad was a lifer in Uncle Sams Misguided Childrens, this was one of the "motivational" lessons we learned if you did something stupid. Believe me, you learn quick. :D

Jesse H
March 26, 2003, 06:46 PM
Wore a blister on my trigger finger from a long shooting session of +Ps.

Wore a blister recently from doing alot of practice drawing.

Numerous accounts of brass smacking my forehead.

March 26, 2003, 07:43 PM
While shooting a friend's .44 Mag to compare it with mine, (certainly better trigger than my Redhawk!) I was getting the obligatory flecks in the face that seem to come from especially cheap lead reloads, and suggested he try the PMC 240 gr JHPs I was shooting. I loaded his gun to demonstrate. First round gave me a bleeding cheek due to jacket being shaved off by the forcing cone. I unloaded the gun and told him to have it smithed for timing. I think he was secretly glad it was me instead of him.

On a more humorous note, about 3 weeks ago, I took my carry .45 and my Delta Elite to my favorite range. I seem to get alot of .45 ACP brass down my shirt and the only time it really burns is when it sticks in my collar against my neck, otherwise the low-pressure round cools off pretty fast. Not so, the high -pressure 10. In the middle of a magazine from my Delta, seemingly in slow motion, the spent brass lofted over my head in a perfect arc with it's course set on the back of my collar, and there wasn't a damn thing I could do about it. Not only did it hit it's target, but it seemed to not hit anything on the way down to it's final resting place against my back at the beltline. I'm pretty sure I could hear the case sizzling against me. I immediately safed the gun and layed it down on the firing line and commenced backing up and grasping, tearing, jumping, and finally dislodging the offending case, and proceeded to throw it into the can. (Didn't even save it for reloading; that'll teach it!) As I started to get redressed, I looked up to see the whole range laughing their a**es off, including the spectators behind the glass, some of whom were clapping and stomping their feet, ala 3 Stooges.

March 26, 2003, 08:36 PM
before i knew better i shot a gong with 223 at 25 yards....got a chunk of bullet (or gong) in my neck......went to ortho doctor buddy of mine with Xray and he saw it and said it would be ok to leave it in my dumbass......years later i reached deductable on insurance and had surgeon take it out........

just remembered ....the day or two after surgery i was shaving up close to it with electric razor and caught a stitch in the razor.................ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZip and it pulled all the stitches out like a zipper.......was too ashamed to go back to i just put a butterfly pad on it.........

A buddy was an RO at an IPSC match and while watching a shooter clear his paraord 40 cal....the round hit the ejector and exploded in the port........blew a hole in his favorite shirt....trip to hospital to get part of casing removed from chest......DICK

March 26, 2003, 09:05 PM
Lemme think...

Burn from ejected brass from a HK rifle about 30 feet from me.

Bruise from 12 ga.

Cut on face from scope after firing.

Fat lip from folder SKS trying to fire it as a SMG.

Mark on hand where my Glock slide hit it trying to help a new shooter aim.

Knot on my left hand from shooting .30-06 with a Harris bipod when it was cold. I could not feel the bipod hitting my hand it was so cold.


Mike Irwin
March 26, 2003, 11:16 PM
OK, folks, Larry wins!

Hands down! :)

March 27, 2003, 12:16 AM
When I first bought my Mossberg 500 Persuader [Cruiser Edition] -- BTW, this is the one that comes with the pistol grip installed, and heat shield -- also 7 round? mag, and 20" barrel -- I had quite an incident.

I decided I would take it out and shoot [at] clay targets with it, with a friend releasing the targets. I put the shotgun up, took aim -- told myself I was holding it tightly enough, then boom -- it came back, and I punched myself in the lower lip. Blood going everywhere, lip was messed up pretty badly.

I went over to the jeep and got out the first aid kit and water bottle. After cleaning up the mess, I just stuffed some gauze in my mouth, and said in a rather muffled voice: "Okay, let's try that again." It hasn't happened again since -- and now I know not to be that stupid.


March 27, 2003, 01:24 AM
My good friend went away to college and left his Winchester 94 in the hands of his childhood friend. We went up to his parent's place in 1996 to visit and his friend brought over the Winchester. Now this particular rifle had a scope on it... a scope that had been readjusted since my friend last fired it.

My friend settled in for a shot, and got his forehead carved open by the scope. Fourteen stitches later his friend was still apologizing for failing to mention the change. Ouch.

March 27, 2003, 01:33 AM
Not yet. [ still knockin' on wood.]:D

March 27, 2003, 01:43 AM
got nailed by a scope right on the bridge of my nose, I was shooting a hot loaded marlin lever .45-70 and somehow it came off of my shoulder and got me, this was only the 2nd rifle I'd ever shot, the other being an M-14 that same day, after a few hours it was still not done bleeding so I went to the ER and got a couple of stitches. obvious the experience didn't discourage me from getting into shooting and since then I've always held a rifle in nice and tight.

March 27, 2003, 05:17 AM
Sold the 1100 immediately.OUCH!, That gotta hurt!!


March 27, 2003, 07:03 AM
Back in '93 I was at a steel challenge match and a jacket fragment ricocheted off a plate and caught me in the leg. It stung and bled a little for about 30 seconds, but it was no biggie. I had it checked out and decided that it might be more harmful to try and remove it than just let it be. So far, so good.

I once had powder residue blow back into my right eye in spite of having glasses on. Had to go to the eye doc and have him clean it out. He didn't believe I was wearing glasses, but I was. I distinctly remember seeing this bit of something coming right back at the lens of my glasses, and just as it hit the lens, the wind picked it up, took it over the top of the frame, and then dropped in directly into my eye. That was the last time I wore aviator style glasses while shooting. Now I prefer Gargoyles 85's because they give such a wide area of coverage but still allow enough room for air to circulate (I quickly fog up glasses if they fit too close.)

March 27, 2003, 09:39 AM
Couple of BB gun mishaps:

As a kid, I had a Crossman M-1 Carbine BB gun that cocked...get this...by pushing the barrel into the receiver! You'd grasp the barrell, pull it about 6 inches rearward, push it back forward, then shoot, sort of like a pump action, but the barrel itself moved. Well, after a while you tend to loop your index finger around the front sight to get better leverage, and if you think about the configuration of the M-1 carbine, you see that puts your finger VERY close to the muzzle. In a rapid fire session...you guessed it...took a BB off the tip of my left index finger. Hurt like a hammer blow! Broke the skin, but didn't imbed.

I don't think I know of anyone who owned a Red Ryder BB gun who didn't fire it (once!) with the lever open...talk about pain!

March 27, 2003, 10:01 AM
Once while waiting on the sidelines to reset pins in a bowling pin shoot, I had a 115 grain full jacketed 9mm come off the shooters pin and hit me right between the eyes. The wire bridge of my shooting glasses were bent and at first it just bled a drop, but quickly turned into a steady flow. Got it stopped by applying cold and went to the emergency room. (wife insisted) Happened on April 1 and at first the hospital thought it was some kind of joke. Got 4 stitches, found the bullet and made a nice necklace out of it. The guy that fired the gun, never shot pins again. I tried to explain that these things happen and it's all part of the game, but he was too freaked out. Anyway, it makes for an interesting story and not many belong to this "club." Also, have a nice little scar to show off too. :eek:

March 27, 2003, 10:05 AM
Just the usual 45 hammerbite on web of hand and my knuckle gets piunded from the square triggerguard of the SBH.

I'm not yet a member of the half moon club.

Ol' Badger
March 27, 2003, 10:30 AM
I friend shot me in the B*lls with a BB gun. He thought it would be funny. But revenge was mind, well kind of. He ended up being a wife beater and she poured boiling oil on his crotch after Raping her one night. And this is what it looked like when he looked down :fire:

Pappy John
March 27, 2003, 12:29 PM
14 years old...groundhog hunting with a scoped Savage Model 24 with a .22 mag barrel over a 20 ga. 3"mag barrel. I had my eye really screwed down to the scope expecting the .22 mag to go off, but had the hammer lever in the wrong position. I remember to this day the bright yellow ball of fire that I saw in the scope... or was that seeing stars? Lotsa blood...still got a half moon scar in my right eyebrow.

March 27, 2003, 12:49 PM
Infamous spent brass down the shirt, tore a flap of skin on my thumb shooting two boxes of full power .44 mag hunting loads (I was gripping way too tight, learned my lesson). Kept on shooting though!

Oh, and back when I was younger (and stupider ;) ) I grabbed the barrel on a Mini 14 after some sustained rapid fire. I left some skin on the barrel after that brilliant move. :banghead: Ouch!

March 27, 2003, 12:49 PM
I almost put my eye out with a BB gun when I was a kid.



- Gabe

March 27, 2003, 01:09 PM
My dad put a .357 in our S&W m19 (2-inch Barrel) when he thought it was a .38, put his hand too close to the gap and... BANG! He wasnt anticipating that much recoil, (keep in mind, its a short barrel) his hand flew back, and he burned his thumb/index finger.

March 27, 2003, 01:22 PM
My Dad had a serious hunting accident some years back. He was up in New Hampshire at the time. My Dad was getting a little tired while trecking though the woods so he leaned against a rock, which had thick brush up against it. The brush made some noise which some J***A** on the other side took for a deer coming through the brush. Without checking to see what it was, the JA shot into the brush effectively hitting my dad with a shot load in the back. My Dad was down and bleeding bad when the guy came running around the brush. He was still awake though.

When the JA saw my dad he froze. My Dad was to weak to say anything at the time. The JA started to bolt, but then stopped after a few paces. My Dad always says that was when he was most scared. He knew if the JA took off he'd be dead. The JA turned into a man at that point and came back to may Dad. My Dad isn't the smallest guy in the world, but the JA tried to stop the bleeding best he could and then half dragged half carried him out of the woods.

My Dad spent a lot of time in the hospital and to this day he still has 2 pellets in his back. They were to close to his spine and the doctors were afraid of paralizing him if they tried to get them out. During the summer time when my Dad has his shirt off you can still see the entry wounds in his back. It's ok though, they match the huge scar he has on his chest from his open heart operation he had as well.

Oh, the JA was arrested but got off with a slap on the wrist.

Morale of the story, you never know who's out there with a gun. Still to this day I have no idea why the guy was using shot. But, if he had shot my dad with a slug, well then I'd probably not have a Dad right now.

Oh yeah, and never accidentally lean against some brush while sitting on a rock!

March 27, 2003, 02:50 PM
I had a hot casing go down my back once. It was only a minor flesh wound.

March 27, 2003, 03:35 PM

What a chilling story.

My 13 year old read it over my shoulder, and his entire comment was, "What an idiot. That's why you're supposed to be sure of your target!" The kid's been lectured about gun safety, of course, but your dad's story really brought it home to him.

Thanks for posting it.


You know how dumb the average guy is? Well, by definition, half of them are even dumber than that. -- J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs

March 27, 2003, 03:43 PM
oh least I forget Do Not shoot rubber bowling balls with roundnose bullets , they bounce right back at you , ask my buddy al cought it in the forehead with a .44 mag bullet , stung and an big a**ed red welt thank goodness he shot it at 50 feet instead of being closer .:rolleyes:

March 27, 2003, 03:56 PM
On my first outing with my S&W 686, my first revolver ever, I took a bite that taught me something about all revolvers. It was 1985 when many were teaching to put the index finger of the supporting hand around the front of the triggerguard of your semi-auto. I'd taken to this unhelpful practice with my 1911, SIG-Sauer, and Beretta and reverted to it when I tried some quick shots with the .357 Magnum. Unused to the feel of the gun, I curled my finger around the front of the frame below the ejector rod housing and took a fierce cylinder gap blast. Nothing more serious than the scare, but that was 17 years ago and wee shavings of lead are still visible through the skin in the crook of my left index finger.

March 27, 2003, 04:18 PM
Red Ryder, lever open... twice... *hangs head in shame*

Also, a bud of mine from school shot a friend of his in the head with a bb gun, had to have surgery to remove it cause it penetrated the kid's temple. (Wasn't there, so its only a second-hand story)


March 27, 2003, 04:36 PM
Great selection!!

Well ....... apart from the ubiquitous hot cases .........

Copper jacket fragment came back and bit me after shootin an ole factory .303 round into a scrap axle casing! I did stand a bit close!

Right hand web bloodied by careless single handed grip on Redhawk with very hot load.

Damn near fractured right cheek bone from using my Enfield 2 band musketoon (M/L) ..... damn thing requires real close contact between face and comb when sighting .... kicks like a mule too! use a pad now.

I too have received a ''bounce back'' lead bullet from target area ..... damn, those things are still travellin!

March 27, 2003, 05:01 PM
Other than a few minor burns from hot cases, I did get a hang nail once.:D

March 27, 2003, 05:19 PM
I used to take lessons in combat handling and tactics from a member of our local SWAT team. Once when firing from various versions of the prone position, I changed mags and when I fired again I had my thumb behind the slide on my Kimber Ultra Carry. The slide split my thumb and peeled it right down to the bone. A painful reminder that sometimes an extra half second before firing to be sure of everything such as hand position is not always a bad thing.

March 27, 2003, 05:30 PM
yes.. a m11 pistol.i bought it "new" from a shotgunnews ad.the first shot blew the barrel apart(2nd round was live and shoved up in the chamber) and also the guts in the upper-luckily i wear glasses or maybe it could have blinded me,looking at the pieces,it looked like cheap pot metal parts(the hammer was in pieces),wounds not serious,just little cuts everywhere-what really hurt was the reply from the dist. that sold the gun,no warranty.told i was SOL..lastly,an old revolver,looked like an old nickled s&w, used to kill a train robber in 32 cal(as the story goes),was my uncles gun and given to me along with an old ballard singleshot 44 rimfire rifle.the revolver s cylinder became loose and sprayed my knuckles with lead.not bad but sure stung getting those tiny pieces out with tweezers and rubbing alcohol.

March 27, 2003, 05:44 PM
Running an IPSC type match on a 25 yd. indoor range shooting at a pepper popper, I got hit by a ricochet. the distance to the steel was approx. 10 yds. It broke tha skin and caused some minor bleeding. Glad it hit my leg instead of my eye.

Other than that, just the usual hot brass down the shirt, and oh yes, almost forgot the infamous M-1 thumb. I only did that one 1 time.

March 27, 2003, 05:44 PM
I was hurt pretty bad in high school. My Marlin 22 Mag bolt action blew open and the casing split.
The magazine blew out and pulled one screw out of the stock. The screw was replaced and it's been shooting fine for about 15 years. I think I got some faulty ammo.

The resulting injury was a nice burn but the really bad injury was from unburned gunpowder getting under my skin in my face and hands.

It wasn't bad in my face but my hand was really messed up.

I spent 2 or 3 hours every night with a needle and tweezers getting each pellet out. It took about a month and was quite painful.

That's my only injury in probably a million rounds fired in my life.

March 27, 2003, 05:57 PM
web of hand sliced open by the slide on a baretta tomcat,

if you got a fat hand, don't buy one of those...


March 27, 2003, 06:09 PM
I can't believe you wimps that consider it a real injury when you split the webbing in your hand! :)
If you don't have that happen once in a while then you aren't shooting the really fun guns!

My Anaconda will do that every time when loaded with my "special" handloads :)

You have to bleed a little to really feel alive!

I'd buy a 12 gauge derringer if they'd make one :)

March 27, 2003, 06:15 PM
I'd buy a 12 gauge derringer if they'd make one
And I'll PAY to watch you shoot it!:D

March 27, 2003, 06:20 PM
My Anaconda will do that every time when loaded with my "special" handloads. You have to bleed a little to really feel alive!
I'd buy a 12 gauge derringer if they'd make one C'mon, tell us the truth. You're Ross Seyfried!

Come up to Michigan and you can fire my .45-70 Contender and try to keep the trigger guard from breaking your fingers.:(

March 27, 2003, 06:25 PM
Water blister under eyelid from hot brass landing between glasses & eyes. Blooded hand webbing from mil-spec M1911 hammer bite.

Took a shooter who "used to be in the Army" shooting long guns.
He didn't brace his shoulder on my .308 rifle and punched a 1/2 moon gouge into his eyebrow with the scope. I had to clean him and my scope up afterwards -:mad:

March 27, 2003, 06:26 PM
"Come up to Michigan and you can fire my .45-70 Contender and try to keep the trigger guard from breaking your fingers."

Man I'd love to do that! The most painful handguns I've ever shot were a Taurus 454, my Anaconda with kamikaze handloads, and a thomson encore in both 308 and 30-06....OUCH!!!

I've shot a contender in 223 and it was a beast too.

March 27, 2003, 06:34 PM
My Springfield Loaded Stainless Target that I love so dearly and gloat about to no end and praise every chance I get... well, it did have one little problem. I took it out several times, probably 8 or 10. Then I took a friend that's pretty bright guy. Doesn't really care a whole lot about shooting but was interested. He's a very vast learned so I was giving him advanced pointers at the same time I was showing him the basic stuff, just whenever it poped into my head. At one point, after shooting a couple rounds, I said, "And if the slide failed to return completely to battery, give it a little tap on the back like *this* '. Let me tell you something - the back of that little Springfield fake Bomar sight is one sharp thing! I had a little 3/4" cut across the bottom of my left palm with a little visible notch in it I kid you not!

So, a week or so later I had a local guy round down the front and rear sight just a bit and radius the trigger just a little bit. Now it's my favorite handgun.


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