has anyone ever been hit by a bullet ricochet?


July 4, 2008, 03:25 PM
i remember when i was 18 i went to the range by myself in the dead middle of winter. i shot my S&W m19 with a 158 grain hollow point into the frozen ground about a foot in front of me. i was curious to see how far it would go into the ground. what a dumb move that was on my part. the bullet hit the ground and bounced back up and skimmed off my shoulder. it didn't hurt or even make a mark on my army jacket but it sure scared the he!! out of me!
has anyone else ever been hit before at the range?

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July 4, 2008, 03:33 PM
Yeah.. Out at my deer lease myself and a few friends were shooting. Dunno whose it was, what it was, or how it came back at me, but I took a nice THWAP in the left thigh. No damage, tiny bruise, little confused for a sec. We were in tall grass so I couldn't find whatever it was. I assume it was a ricochet.

El Tejon
July 4, 2008, 03:36 PM
mb, thanks for letting others remember to be sure of our target and what is behind it, Rule #4.

It's "ricochet" and yes I've been hit several times with pieces of bullets and jackets. Good idea to go shooting with a buddy and always keep something to stop bleeding (Israeli wound bandages or even Kotex) in our range bags.

July 4, 2008, 03:39 PM
As a kid while shooting my pellot and bb guns. You learned quikly about ricochet. While growing up shooting centerfire rifles and guns. I was taught never to shoot at something your gun wont go through or get stuck in. Now im sure that ice is a pretty hard surface. From time to time you hear something once in a while at the range. Thats why everyone stands behind the benches. to keep people out of the actual range of fire. After that its up to the shooters. Ie proper shooting, not shooting at the ground or rocks. Shooting directly at targets not at angles. Then using the proper size calibers for what your shooting at.

July 4, 2008, 03:42 PM

Once with a 5.56 fragment, in the thumb. The other was .380 squib that sailed downrange, bounced off the rubber backstop, and struck me in the calf at something like paintball speed.

Both stung, both were no biggie. :D

July 4, 2008, 03:43 PM
I've actually been shot twice with a shotgun at long distance due to beered up retards dove hunting on the property next to ours. Not a pleasant feeling but not all that bad. Only one pellet got stuck in the skin. Felt kinda like sand blown by the wind except harder. Been hit by .38sp jacket fragments at such a low velocity they just kinda bounced off.

.38 Special
July 4, 2008, 03:47 PM
It's "ricochet"

No, he had it right. A rickashay is one of those carts they use in China, like a human powered taxi. The bullet rickashay is just the new Japanese version; much faster.


July 4, 2008, 03:57 PM
5.56 must gravitate to the calf. I caught a bounce pulling butts in the corps. Got me in the calf. Stung for a minute. Didn't break skin.

July 4, 2008, 03:57 PM
A few times. Spend enough time at the range, especially with pistols, and it's likely to eventually happen.

I've been hit in the neck by parts of a 9mm Mak. round that left a dueling tree someone was shooting about 10 yards out and 8 or so stations to my right. I was bench shooting a rifle and the partial slug snaked over my right arm and under my hat/muffs/chin, etc. Ouch.

We also once ran an indoor bowling pin league...briefly... and abandoned all our efforts after only two nights because of all the ricochets and damage to the range. We first tried centerfires and the results were alarming. Lots of 230 gr. slugs rolling back up across the firing line. After ditching that idea we declared that this would be a .22 ONLY pin league. It pretty much got WORSE. Less physical damage to stuff with the smaller slugs but they came back in droves. I caught a slug, in the back of the head, 25 yards straight uprange from the pins. The .45s and .38s would at least come back fairly low and slow. The .22 that hit me was still 6' off the ground and zipping along by the time it got all the way back up to the tables where I was standing.

Neither left me with more than a sore red knot, fortunately.

Harry Paget Flashman
July 4, 2008, 04:00 PM
Had a .45-70 bounce off an engine block from 4" away. There was a lot to explain away when they dug the copper jacket out of my forehead and lead from my jaw. It's amazing how many of us survive our youth.

Owen Sparks
July 4, 2008, 04:00 PM
One time I was shooting bowling pins and a 230 grain FMJ .45 flew back and hit me in the lower torso. A second time I was at the city dump and shot an old refrigerator with a .45 and the same thing happened. Both times I saw the bullet coming and was unhurt. It was about like someone had pitched them underhanded. I have on numberous times been hit with fragments when shooting steel (wear your glasses!) but every time it was because the targets were no longer smooth. Abusing steel targets with a rifle that leaves craters and divots will cause a dangerous condition. I don't think I have ever been hit by anything coming off a pristeen smooth steel target.

Where the real danger comes is when bullets skip off a hard flat surface at a minor angle like a bank shot in pool. Water is especially dangerous. Anyone who has ever done a belly flop off the high dive knows that the faster you hit water, the harder it gets.

July 4, 2008, 04:12 PM
My sister and I were shooting my BB gun at targets tacked to the woodpile, range, about 15-20 yards. I was around 15, she must have been 12 or 13 years old.
I was standing about 8 yards to her right, and I saw the BB come sailing back from the woodpile and <thwap!> right in the middle of her forehead. It only left a small red welt, but my first thought was,"Oh, crap, Mom is going to kill me."

July 4, 2008, 04:23 PM
Once. Shooting at an indoor range, the fella next to me was shooting a .44, and decided to be a badass and empty the cylinder as fast as he could. Most of the shots hit paper, but one hit MY target carrier, and came back at us. A fragment hit my forearm just above my wrist and bounced into my face, hitting just under my right eye. Not hard enough to draw blood, but hard enough to sting like hell.

The RO escorted him off of the range about 15 minutes later, when he hit the carrier again, and then punctured a ceiling tile. :banghead:

July 4, 2008, 04:23 PM
If you want to experience splatter, try Cowboy Shooting.

I seem to be a veritable lead magnet.

July 4, 2008, 04:24 PM
El Tejon,

I think I'd rather bleed a little bit than be caught with a Kotex in my range bag, thank you.;)

July 4, 2008, 04:27 PM
I was shooting 230 grain 45ACP at a bowling pin from about 10 yards and a ricochet came and hit my friend in the chest and gave him and black and blue bruise on his chest.

I was at the range and was shooting my .223 rifle and after I had zeroed my BUIS I just did a mag dump of the remaining mag and caught the casing of a 55 grain hollow point it grazed my left calf and embeded in my right calf. The said thing is I thought that I had checked my backstop and I did not see anything that it would ricochet off of.

July 4, 2008, 04:28 PM
Had a guy shoot a steel popper target with a 22lr. bounced back and hit my glasses. left a huge scratch right in front of my left eye. I was 15feet behind the firing line.

July 4, 2008, 04:31 PM
got hit with a 5.56 fragment in the ribs. left a nasty bruise for a while, but im sure it could have been much worse.

July 4, 2008, 04:31 PM
yea, i didn't know how to spell ricochet so i just wung it with rickashay! i knew you guys would know what i meant.

July 4, 2008, 04:34 PM
taken some lead splash that was coming back 50 feet or so to the line when I used to shoot .22 rifle competition as a teenager.Didnt hurt or even make a mark, it was just annoying, and made concentrating a little difficult, thats for sure.

July 4, 2008, 04:36 PM
I was shooting at a steel plate with my Tikka .222 Rem at about 90 yds, when I saw a tiny smoke trail coming towards me.. Whack! Hit my forehead and left a small red mark...

And I was worrying about the optics.. 20 years old and stupid... :o

July 4, 2008, 04:38 PM
Yes, quite a few times. You see, the only indoor range I have access to is shot to hell; steel plates bent out of shape (or something along those lines), and often enough bullets escape the trap and bounce back along the floor all the way to the firing line and hit me in the shins. However they arrive with such little force(fortunately) that I barely feel them.

Owen Sparks
July 4, 2008, 04:40 PM
Lead is very soft and does not bounce back like a steel BB does. They will skip if the angle is sharp enough though. A bullet striking a flat surface will skip off at roughly the same angle it hits. We had a car window broken at a match once and we figured out that the bullet has to have ramped off a pepper popper. What happens is that if you hammer a falling steel target and the last shot hits it as it is almost down, the angle can be sharp enough to skip the bullet over the berm. A 200 grain chunk of lead does not have to be traveling very fast to be dangerous. Be carefull

July 4, 2008, 04:41 PM
I think I'd rather bleed a little bit than be caught with a Kotex in my range bag, thank you.

The tampons plug a .45 hole nicely.

July 4, 2008, 04:56 PM
That's why our medic used to carry a few in his aid bag. But that's off topic. Kotex don't ricochet.

July 4, 2008, 05:06 PM
But this guy has
video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_516lll2Ck)

July 4, 2008, 05:06 PM
Was shooting my .357 at a tree in the woods long ago from about 15 feet away. On about the third cylinder full, one of the shots dislodged one of the previous slugs which sailed up and over in a long slow motion arc and plopped right square on the top of my head. It was only moving at maybe BB gun velocity, but that 158 grains of lead rung my bell pretty good.

I also wasn't wearing ear protection and have permanent hearing loss as a result. I couldn't hear at all for a couple of days so I'm just thankful any hearing came back. I tell this as often as I can, to everyone I can. Don't let this happen to you. Use eyes and ears!

July 4, 2008, 05:08 PM
I got hit by fragments and maybe even a complete bullet let's say a dozen times in my years of shooting. Most scary was when a .22 came back from an old tire and clipped a branchlet off a tree next to me --even though I wasn't actually hit.

Felt "flaps," on my pants legs, sleeves, etc at various times, but nothing to really hurt.

You couldn't call it smart luck, so it must have been just plain old dumb luck.

By the way, never fire anything at a railroad track. They act like retroreflecting bullet mirrors.

Ask not why I know. But truly, as someone said, it's a wonder we survive our youth, sometimes.

July 4, 2008, 05:37 PM
Dozens of times! Lead splatter from pepper poppers and steel plates, sometimes my own, sometimes others. It only broke skin maybe twice.

July 4, 2008, 06:19 PM
I've been hit by lead shot ricochets several times while shooting sporting clays. But never a bullet.

July 4, 2008, 06:19 PM
Shotgun with buck shot at steel plates about 15 yds away left some lead fragments imbeded in my forehead. Dug them out with a pocket knife. Healed up just fine, but it sure did sting. Good thing I was wearing safety glasses.

July 4, 2008, 06:42 PM
SAM1911 - "A few times. Spend enough time at the range, especially with pistols, and it's likely to eventually happen."

Yep! Especially if you're an instructor and there are upward of 45/50 cadets on the line firing at one time. :uhoh:


July 4, 2008, 06:59 PM
Sure have many times. The one I remember most was during my CCW safety course. Guy next to me needed some shooting glass because he was looking through the bottom of his bifocals to see the front sight. Anyway, he was holding the gun (G17) so high he hit the target holder @ ~20ft:eek: Bullet ricocheted back part hit my right thumb and part the range officer beside me in the neck. He was bleeding a little bit and my thumb was numb for an hour.:mad: Needless to say I was a little shaken and p!$$ed. :cuss: RO worked with this guy for a long time getting him to hit the target.

Vitamin G
July 4, 2008, 08:37 PM
44magnum into a steel plate at about 15 feet, into the underside of my forearm. You live, you learn.

July 4, 2008, 09:40 PM
Don't ever shoot a bowling ball COM. Even with a large caliber rifle..

July 4, 2008, 09:45 PM
not by a bullet, but by a fragment at an indoor range, yes.

July 4, 2008, 10:08 PM
I got hit in the thumb with a fragment. It stung, and I was afraid to look, but it didn't do anything but leave a small red mark.

July 4, 2008, 10:49 PM
Not me, but my buddy.

A group of us took a self defense handgun class at an outdoor range. Next door were some LEOs practicing with their nice full autos. When our instructor gave us the cease fire, everyone decided to take a 5 minute break. It was hot, and everyone brought water, hats, shorts, etc. My buddy, who was 3-4 feet away from me felt a bump on the side of his hat...I saw it, and I was like, "Hey you O.K.?" He was surprised, "What the heck was that?" while checking his head for any injuries.

A richochet from the LEOs came over. SCARY. It was inches from his face. After that, I always wear hats at the outdoor range.

July 4, 2008, 11:17 PM
A friend of mine opened up unexpectedly on a steel target with a full auto AR-15 that was 50 feet away. Suddenly something struck me in the forehead. It was a piece of copper jacket from a FMJ round. It didn't break skin but shocked the hell out of me.

Chihuahua Floyd
July 4, 2008, 11:32 PM
Had a 44 round ball bounce off a target and hit me dead square in the chest.
Also had my 44 Mag bounce an old 38 out of my backstop (squared off logs stacked behind my shop) that also hit me in the chest.

July 4, 2008, 11:37 PM
Once. I learned real quick not to shoot a bowling ball with .38 spl "Popcorn" loads. A 158gr SWC bounced back and caught me about 3" above the navel. It didn't break the skin, but my screaming like a little girl did my reputation no good :-p

July 4, 2008, 11:45 PM
Yup, a piece of 7.62x39 dug out between c-4 and c-5 vertebrae.

July 4, 2008, 11:45 PM
When I was about 14 my neighbor took his dads .22 revolver and a bunch of us neighborhood kids went off to the creek to watch him shoot. After an hour or so of relatively harmless fun my neighbor pulls a young idiot move and shot a good sized rock from about three feet away. The lead turned around and stung him good in the thigh. He was wearing shorts. Just broke the skin but the splattered lead brushed off.

He didn't do that again:cuss:

July 5, 2008, 12:12 AM
I once caught a richocet from a .44 cal black powder pistol on my right thumb. Hurt like a bitch but didn't break the skin. I also had a .357 Magnum round bounce off a steel plate and hit me square in the nose. That drew a fair amount of blood. I'll never shoot without eye protection ever again, an inch either way and I'd be a cyclops.

July 5, 2008, 12:13 AM
Been hit by jackets at an indoor range bouncing off steel. One came back fast enough to bury itself just under my lip - another one cut the shirt/arm of the guy in front of me.

July 5, 2008, 12:21 AM

A couple of times.

Most tend to be at CAS matches where the ranges to the steel targets are short. I tend to stand at the back of the line so as to avoid being hit.

What I hate most are the 4 yard swinging shotgun targets. We tend to get a LOT of splashback from those.

Another time was at the range where these idiots weren't being careful where they were aiming. They had a shot bounce off of the target holder shield and it slamed into my right shin. No blood, no bruise, just one very surprised and annoyed shooter (me) who said a few things that were limited to four words, the ancestry and parentage of the shooters, and likely lack of future descendants. I never left my station and that was the initial reaction to being hit. A few minutes later, I came over to their station and apologized for my comments as it really was a freak hit / ricochet. I was just reacting out of instinct and wanted a chance to cool down prior to possibly initiating something that could get out of control. Everything was cool, they were just glad I didn't try to get them thrown out of the range.

July 5, 2008, 12:23 AM
I was RO'ing an indoor bowling pin match. Shooter's ultralight popcorn burp loads bounced right off the pin.......back into my defenseless crotch. Dropped me like a rock. Gallery is howling with laughter, I'm in a fetal position, and this poor guy is practically in tears apologizing. I saved the slug.

July 5, 2008, 12:40 AM
Many, many times. Drew blood twice, very minor abrasions but still, stung like a sombitch. Harmless really as long as you wear eye protection.

Robert Hairless
July 5, 2008, 02:43 AM
No, he had it right. A rickashay is one of those carts they use in China, like a human powered taxi. The bullet rickashay is just the new Japanese version; much faster.

I think you're both wrong. A Rick O'Shay is a drink made with four jiggers of Irish whiskey, three of Tequila, two of scots whiskey, and a teaspoon of lime juice. It's shaken over crushed ice and served as cold as Nancy Pelosi's heart. (That's the recipe, not a political comment.)

I was hit by three or four of those some years ago and it took several days to recover from the injuries, one of which was the unfortunate tendency of my right eyeball to look into my left ear as if something important was going on inside there.

That incident contributed to the deal I made with my higher power, in which I promised never to do anything wrong ever again if only my life were spared and my eyeball restored to its proper place.

justin 561
July 5, 2008, 02:48 AM
I have not, but this guy did.


He was hit by ricochet from a steel target. It was a 12GA 1OZ Slug.

July 5, 2008, 02:58 AM
Rickshaw is the cart thing in China right?

Got hit with some bird shot while shooting a copperhead once. Was about 15 feet from the snake and knew it might very well bounce back, but had two kids playing near the water and wanted the snake dead. Put some safety glasses and fired away, it stung for a few seconds, but I fared better than the snake

July 5, 2008, 03:03 AM
At an indoor range I was hit in the stomach by a cast .44 mag bullet just above and right of my belt buckle. It hurt like hell, in fact I thought I'd been shot at first. Only my son and I and one other person shooting. The other guy with the .44 was 3 lanes down and it really rattled him. He showed me his target with all shots clustered together. We could never figure what the bullet hit to come back like that. We found another large bullet fragment behind us too. I heard later there was a problem with the backstop at that range.

justin 561
July 5, 2008, 03:07 AM
I heard later there was a problem with the backstop at that range.

I would let someone that works there know about this, perhaps RSO, or a manager or owner. This could cause a hefty law matter.

July 5, 2008, 03:22 AM
ever been told to stay off the wall in a shootout? i shot at an indoor range with a smooth concrete wall perpendicular to the target butts. i found i could place a target center about a foot off the wall and hit the target with ricochets from almost any angle on the range. The bullets traveled 6 inches to a foot along the wall. the same shot worked off the floor. great for shooting under a car.

July 5, 2008, 04:11 AM
I was out in the desert with a couple buddies. A favorite shooting game of ours is to get a couple old golf balls. You throw one out down range a bit and each guy trys to hit the thing with his .22

We had been doing this for a couple minutes when I fired, missed the golf ball but hit a rock. The bullet fragmented when it hit the rock, but came back and cut my cheek. I was sure glad I had my glasses on that day.

July 5, 2008, 05:17 AM
Splatter, sure. A real ricochet? No.

July 5, 2008, 06:05 AM
I got hit in the left hand with a 5.56 ricochet in 03. My squad leader shot a door lock with his M4. I was standing right beside him and took the rear half of the round inbetween my pinky and ring finger on the back of my hand. I was able to pull it out and it left a scar.

One time in an indoor range my buddy had the jacket of a 45acp come back and lodge itself in his shirt. Scared the crap outta him when it hit. Made a thump sound too.

July 5, 2008, 07:51 AM
Yes; fragments.

eye protection.

July 5, 2008, 08:32 AM
[FWIW slightly off direct subject of thread, sorta]

When I first atarted shooting prairie rats I used a .243 loaded with 75-grain solid based Zipedo bullets. I could not fire that thing at the low angles required for prairie rat shooting without hearing the "pwaaaang" of a ricochet, even if you hit the prairie rat.

Those bullets hung together too well with that solid gilding metal base.

I quit that nonsense right quick and went out and bought a proper .223 varmint rifle and started to use 52-gr "SX" (for "Super Explosive") varmint bullets. The rifle has a 1-14 twist, well suited for those light bullets.

I never, ever, ever, heard a ricochet again and felt very confident about shooting around livestock after that. I have stated that "they break up if they hit a blade of grass."

Over the years I decided that a cartridge which is very prone to ricochet is the .22LR. I guess the bullet is moving too slow to break up much, and they seem to kerpwang all over the place without a nice soft squishy backstop.

[/FWIW slightly off direct subject of thread, sorta]

July 5, 2008, 08:45 AM
Years ago with buddies shooting up a bunch of home grown targets in a gravel pit 12 gauge shot started coming back to us hard. Then when I popped a bowling pin at 30 feet with a 357. Hit me right on the ankle bone and I thought I had been hit with a bat.

Sitting there in the dirt yowling did nothing for my self proclaimed John Wayne image at the time. So I picked up my toys and went home. :o

July 5, 2008, 08:55 AM
I was hit in the eyelid with a BB. My friend and I were shooting at army men in the garage and he hit the plastic solder then the bb hit the back of the garage and came back to my eye. It was weird, like slow motion and then it hit me. I had enough time to close my eye so no damage.

July 5, 2008, 09:05 AM
Three times in the last 18 months. I'm a bullet magnet. :)

But, seriously, it is just a smidge freaky to feel a THUMP! against your ribs and look down to find a hot piece of deformed lead sitting in your lap.

Oh, well.

Two lives left. I think I'll save one for next Christmas.

July 5, 2008, 09:11 AM
nope,but got shot in the ass with rock salt for beinmg someware we werent supposed to be when we were kids,and with all i have heard i think i would have preferred the ricohet tho,lol

July 5, 2008, 10:49 AM
I was shooting my Mosin at my favorite shooting area. Well, I didn't see it, but there was an old bike behind the weeds behind the target I was shooting at, so ignorant me, I took the shot, hear a Whiiizzzz and smack. Hit me in my left calf. It's still there too. Can't afford insurance or whatever, so, I bandaged it up, let it heal, and now I got a nice mushroomed (sorta anyway, slightly deformed) FMJ 7.62x54r bullet stuck in my calf.

July 5, 2008, 02:32 PM
...and now I got a nice mushroomed (sorta anyway, slightly deformed) FMJ 7.62x54r bullet stuck in my calf.

Four thoughts:

(0) What, no infection from the cloth of your pants being embedded in the wound? Were you wearing shorts?

(1) I wonder if it would set off the magnetic detectors at the airport. Bit of 'splainin' to do, eh?

(2) Good thing they weren't using depleted uranium for the bullet cores.

(3) I'd get that puppy removed at the earliest financially possible moment. Usually, even steel-cored bullets have a lead liner between the core and the jacket so the jacket can "take" the rifling.

.38 Special
July 5, 2008, 03:06 PM
i shot at an indoor range with a smooth concrete wall perpendicular to the target butts. i found i could place a target center about a foot off the wall and hit the target with ricochets from almost any angle on the range. The bullets traveled 6 inches to a foot along the wall. the same shot worked off the floor.
So you're that guy. :scrutiny:

July 5, 2008, 03:32 PM
Unfortunately I log a lot of shooting time every year so I see an ungodly amount of richochets.

Some notable ones:
Had two .22 ricochets go clean thru my T-shirt on each side of me without hitting me
Caught a .308 ricochet in the hand, left a teardrop shaped bruise for a couple weeks and hurt like hell
Had a 7.62x39 go thru the side of my lower leg about 6" above the ankle.
Had a .223 flew thru my armpit and chewed up the inside side of my bicep
Caught a 00 Buck pellet right above the belt
Caught a splattered 12ga slug but my jacket caught most of it

July 5, 2008, 03:41 PM
I couldn't begin to count the times I've been pwanged by bullets AND fragments. Only a few broke the skin, but they bled like hell. :eek: Between being a range ranger and being addicted to shooting bowling pins inside a metal box (our pin range) I bet I've had well over 100 minor contusions from reflected and deflected ejecta. Shoot 50,000 rounds inside a steel rectangle and that stuff happens a lot. :rolleyes:

Outside the pin range Ball ammo and 22's are the most common offenders, and hit the hardest, but jacket fragments always tend to impact my flesh with the pointiest edge leading the way. I've taken several hits from rounds coming out the back of a spinning bowling pin, right back where it came from - me. Luckily the lighting is pretty good, and they aren't going that fast, and I can usually see them coming if they're headed toward my face.

Then there are all the times during qual shoots that I feel bullets thunking into my shins, when other shooters either missed the back of the range, or pinged one off the target holder. Most of those don't even leave a mark, but they're pretty distracting in the middle of a string!

And yes, I'll chant the mantra too..............WEAR THEM GLASSES! :cuss:


July 5, 2008, 04:36 PM
Not a ricochet, but I got smoked from about sixty yards by a stupid old man at MY dove field. He was never invited back.

July 5, 2008, 04:41 PM
I got shot in the foot with a .45 ACP bullet from my friend. It was an indoor range and we were being completely safe, it just hit me in the foot. Felt like someone dropped a bullet on my shoe, so it's not like I got hurt or anything.

Thin Black Line
July 5, 2008, 04:44 PM
Yes, hit by an ricochet by an idiot who started shooting .45 fmj at a
steel plate he had set up down a ways from the rifle line I was bench
shooting from. Struck me in the side while I was wearing a heavy coat
and left a welt. The pistol area was suppose to be for stand up framed
card board targets and I couldn't tell what it was until metal started to
clang on metal and I got hit.

I brought this to his attention and he said something like "ok, I'll switch
to hollow points"...

I left before things got out of hand. There's a part of me that still regrets
not bludgeoning him with his steel plate.

I know other people who've gotten bonked in a similar manner including
straight back from their own plates at longer distances. One included a
small nick from a copper jacket and another was a bruise in the middle of
the forehead.

Yes, boys and girls, this is why you wear eye protection.

Thin Black Line
July 5, 2008, 04:50 PM
Kingjoey, let me know which places you shoot so I can avoid them next time
I visit AZ.

You are a frag magnet!

July 5, 2008, 04:55 PM
Once in the Army, by a .22 LR out of a high-standard target pistol.

The Pvt. E-Nothing I was coaching stuck a magazine in the gun and squeezed one off.

Then he turned around and said "Hey Sarge! This dam gun don't work!" racked the slide and loaded it, and pulled the trigger again.

The slug hit the concrete between him and I, came back up and buried itself in my upper thigh muscle.
Felt like getting hit with a baseball bat. Just a numb feeling.
Then it hurt like it was on fire about 30 minutes later.

I had to have it dug out & sewed up at the ER.

Then about four years ago, I had a 250 grain .45 LC bounce back off a railroad tie backstop from about 15 yards.

That one hit my boot heel and tore it off, almost knocked me on my azz, and ruined a good pair of ranch wellington boots.

I now have a new-found respect for the .45 LC's slow heavy bullets!
And have no doubt I would have needed another trip to the ER had it came in a little higher.


July 5, 2008, 05:03 PM
You are a frag magnet!

Yeah, that's sort of the running joke amongst us. If we hear bullets ricocheting everyone snickers and takes a step away from me :o

July 5, 2008, 05:10 PM
Yeah, I bounced a .357 slug off of a target (I was too close, but being new to shooting, I didn't know I was too close). The bullet hit me in the abdomen - softly; I wasn't injured - and it took me a moment to figure out what had happened. I bent down and picked up the bullet and suddenly realized what had happened. That was...sobering.

July 5, 2008, 06:03 PM
Yep. I got hit by a ricochet from a .177 caliber Crossman pellet rifle. It hit me about a quarter inch (forehead), above my right eye. It didn't hurt, but it scared the poop out of me.

Also, when I was 14 years old (late 60's), I got shot point blank in the right eye with a crossman BB gun. A buddy & I were out shooting our new BB guns we got for Christmas. My buddy's 5 year old brother was with us. I leaned my gun (cocked, with the safety off), against a fallen tree while I answered nature's call. The little guy picked up my gun, pointed it directly in my face, pulled the trigger, and said, BANG!

The good Lord was with me that day. The BB hit me directly in my right eye, but didn't penetrate it. It glanced off and rested in my eyelid.

The doctor removed it with a magnetic needle, told me how lucky I was, and told my dad, QUOTE: "Two things that should have never been invented are BB guns and motorcycles", UNQUOTE:

So yeah, I've been hit twice. Both were stupid mistakes on my part.

July 5, 2008, 06:52 PM
Fortunately all I've caught was backsplash at the indoor range. I've had that break skin though.

July 5, 2008, 08:31 PM
"...Lead is very soft and does not bounce back like..." Yeah it does. Got hit(more like it landed on me) by a very well spent lead pellet about 20 yards behind a pin line and under a tent top long ago. The pellet was still round too.
The .45 with the peeled back jacket that hit the inside of my knee and bounced its way down my legs 15 yards or so behind the pin line at Second Chance scratched the hide open. Hit hard enough to hammer home why spectators had to wear shooting glasses.
A buddy of mine took a slice of cast bullet in the forehead while practicing for pins on steel pins. The slice went through the brim of his ball hat, hit his skull. The point bent around to grab his hide. It had to be surgically removed. I wasn't there or I'd have done it for him. Well, I'd have offered. Doing minor surgery while laughing apparently isn't a good thing.

July 6, 2008, 12:15 AM
i caught a 44 mag ricochet in the left hip after taking a shot at an old fridge, left a nice bruise

July 8, 2008, 08:58 AM
I've had FMJ 9mm & .45 ACP fragments bounce back off steel plates at 15 meters and hit my jeans legs on several occasions, without ill effect.
Twice I had a .38 spl WC coming straight back & hit me on the forehead, drawing blood in one instance. Nothing serious though. That surprised me because I would have expected lead WC bullets to flatten completely out & lose all their "bounce". Well, they don't.

July 8, 2008, 09:06 AM
If you shoot any type of competition long enough, SASS, IDPA, etc, you will get hit sooner or later with bounce back or ricochet off steel plates.

Most will just sting and not break the skin, but you'll sure know you have been hit.

July 8, 2008, 10:03 AM
Last week at a pistol range I visited I was hit about 10 times with backsplash. One drew some blood and a couple left little purple welts. When one bullet came back at us with most of it's weight retained and slammed against the wall behind us we finally called it a day and moved to the rifle range.

That evening as I was emptying my range bag I found the remains of that bullet, it fell into the bag which was on a table against that wall. I would say it retained 75 or 80 percent of it's weight (45 acp). I don't think it could have seriously injured anybody but it sure would have left a mark and possibly need to be dug out from under the skin.

I remember my dad taking me for a drive and stopping to shoot his 44 mag into an abandoned washing machine in a ditch when I was 10. No hearing protecting, no eye protection, and I was shooting from about 8 feet away. I remember they were full metal jacket with a flat front (he called them dum dum's). Luckily no problems as penetration wasn't a problem. I think we were the dum dum's.

Off topic, but I probably fired 5,000 rounds (mostly 22 but also large caliber pistol, rifle and 12 gauge) as a kid without hearing protection. I have a little trouble hearing the enunciation of some women's words, but otherwise my hearing is excellent. I think it may have damaged my hearing in just a small range of the sound spectrum. Or it could just be the result of being marred for 20 years :neener:

July 8, 2008, 01:46 PM
A couple of years ago we were shooting a bowling ball on top of a piece of steel cylinder which we used to set the bowling ball on. I was shooting 9mm out of a Sig 239. The ricochet hit my eyeglasses and resulted in a scratch. Not too bad. Eye protection is really good.

July 8, 2008, 01:49 PM
Splatter only

July 8, 2008, 01:50 PM
I was in the pits at the 2000 Camp Atterbury .50 BMG Match when a guy down the line was struck by a ricochet. The bullet impacted low into the berm, bounced up and hit the target stand and then down into the pits, stricking the puller in his forhead. Left a nasty goose egg but nothing permament.

As I recall, the guy kept the bullet and show it to people while telling the story about how he was shot in the head by a .50 and lived.

July 8, 2008, 02:09 PM
At an IDPA match I was an SO and we shot the course the day before the match. We had a target that was a touch low. In back of the target was a tire. We thought that would be OK.

Well, a shooter fired at that target - a lead wadcutter came back and sliced a guy's finger and deflected into his chest - bounced off. The guy was standing in front of me or I would have caught it.

We replaced the tire with a bale of hay.

July 8, 2008, 02:42 PM
I shot a snapping turtle in the head and the .22 bullet went through his head, bounced off the oak tree and through his head and hit my neck. painful and i picked up the bullet. flattened. 17 years old.

Phil DeGraves
July 8, 2008, 03:40 PM
I would guess that anyone that has ever done any amount of cowboy action shooting has been hit with bullet fragments bouncing off steel targets multiple times.

July 8, 2008, 04:31 PM
was at the range one day had my muzzle loader stood upright in front of me for loading , a guy about 5 stalls down was shooting a rifle at a steel plate 100yds away when THWACK!! a fragment hit my rifle , didnt register at first then another one whizzed past us we called down for the guy to pack it in , he was very apologetic and stopped .
still have the ML'er with a nick in the stock , steel plate is fun but you gotta watch your angles :cool:

July 8, 2008, 06:32 PM
I had a jacket from a .308 or something about .30 cal hit me in the coat and stick in the fabric at Knob Creek once. I also had a .45 bounce off a RR tie and hit me in the chest. It kinda thumped but didn't hurt.

One of my .22s bounced out of what we think was a dent in a swinging steel target and hit my friend in the thigh. It obviously went through the cloth. He was bleeding ever so slightly and we laughed it off. Two days later it was severely infected and *he dug it out with a folding knife*. I'm glad I didn't see that. He's fine now.

Mike D.

Old Grump
July 8, 2008, 06:46 PM
Went to a pistol match and the Range had just redone all their targets and had installed automatic timers and target turners. Each target base was protected with tires so we wouldn't be hitting the steel target posts holding up the frames. This was the first use of the range in a match and it was fine during the slow fire match but when it came to Time and Rapid fire some of the new shooters were sending bullets back at us from shooting low and hitting the tires. I got a bruise and a scratch on my little finger. One guy had a chunk knocked out of his ear muff's and several reported bullets flying close enough past their face that they could hear the bullet. Match had to be stopped and we had to go down and remove all the tires from the range. Red faces but nobody really hurt.

July 8, 2008, 06:49 PM
When my dad was a kid he heard that a .45 would crack an engine block. He went out to the junk yard and shot one with his 1911. Well, it didn't crack it. It came back and hit him in the groin.

July 8, 2008, 06:56 PM
Guess I'm the lucky one, never been hit.

Sir Aardvark
July 8, 2008, 09:16 PM
Lots of splatter from hard-cast reloads but no real ricochet - all from indoor ranges.

My buddy had a piece of copper jacket strike him in the chin at the indoor range. He had to go to the bathroom to use the mirror to dig it out with his pocketknife. Apparently, some bozo did not understand the reason behind the "No semi-jacketed bullets allowed!" rule

July 8, 2008, 09:21 PM

July 8, 2008, 09:27 PM
I tagged myself in the forehead with a .177 BB when I was a kid, no real damage done.

Recently I was shooting a 10/22 and had some powder residue blow into my eye (wind was at my face). That took a trip to the ER, a tetnus shot, some pain meds, and a nice out patient eye swabbing.

July 8, 2008, 10:42 PM
I was sitting in a lawn chair in a "camping area" in the sequoias when along comes a bullet, hits the rock I'm sitting next to, and pulls the hat off my head just like in the movies! It was a .22 and it stuck in the hat.

July 8, 2008, 10:48 PM
Tires, dented steel and steel barrels are all bad news. Keep them out of the line of fire.

July 8, 2008, 11:00 PM
While trap shooting the guy next to me accidently fired his shotgun when he fumbled while going for a thrown bird and most of the shot went across me into the grass, but two pellets skipped off the concrete and hit with enough force to go through my pants and stuck about 1/4 to 1/2 of and inch into my leg. I was pretty pissed off to say the least.

I've also had a 9mm round come back off a steel plate and hit me in the thigh (it didn't penetrate), it kinda felt like someone hummed a rock at me or something.

B yond
July 9, 2008, 12:49 AM
.50 to the head (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ABGIJwiGBc)

Swat cop ? takes ricochet during training (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqpKs_mnqsk)

July 9, 2008, 02:33 PM
Four thoughts:

(0) What, no infection from the cloth of your pants being embedded in the wound? Were you wearing shorts?

(1) I wonder if it would set off the magnetic detectors at the airport. Bit of 'splainin' to do, eh?

(2) Good thing they weren't using depleted uranium for the bullet cores.

(3) I'd get that puppy removed at the earliest financially possible moment. Usually, even steel-cored bullets have a lead liner between the core and the jacket so the jacket can "take" the rifling.

Shorts were worn. Don't fly. no depleted Uranium's a plus.

I'm thinking about doing the removal myself, lol. Or have my Aunt do it, as she's a RN, so. I'm definately keeping that sucker, lol.

October 22, 2009, 08:15 PM
Well.... we were at a outdoor range using an M4 and MP5.....Everyone had eye protection except me. One of my guys was shooting full auto with the M4. I thought I was far enough back... I turned after the 1st burst to watch as the 2nd burst happened something hit me right above my EYE! It made a nice slice right in my eyebrow.

October 22, 2009, 09:03 PM
There was a baby squirrel that one of the cats had been batting around, poor thing was in bad shape and (even if I knew where it was) I knew the momma squirrel wouldn't take it back. So I decided the right thing to do would be put it out of it's misery. Now, being in the city limits I knew I couldn't use a regular 22, so I went for a Super Colbri. Damn thing bounced off the skull of the squirrel and hit my forehead:cuss:. Second shot, didn't do the trick. Finally had to use a 22 short, run hide in the house for about 20 minutes and then back outside to bury the little guy.

October 23, 2009, 01:18 PM
Yes, was test shooting a 38 at polycarbonate (bulletproof glass) 1/2" thick.
about 15 yds, bounced back hit me right in the groin and made a terrible bruise. At least it din't hit you know where

October 23, 2009, 09:41 PM
Yes, I have been hit by a bullet ricochets many times. But only when shooting pistols at steel plates at close range, like 7 and 15 yards.

October 23, 2009, 10:52 PM
I've been hit by splatter and full sized bullets. I used to shoot informal IDPA at an indoor range. We sealed it off and went beyond the stalls to set up the stage. Got hit with splatter every other competition. Took a .45ACP ricochet to the foot once. Another of the same caliber hit my brother in the stomach and whacked me in the arms. The former hit was a definite "ouch," though not bad. The latter was a light thump, like a playful punch.

Marlin 45 carbine
October 23, 2009, 11:01 PM
yes from both jacketed and cast slugs off a sheet steel silouhette target fastened to a framework. one was at about 30 yards jacketed slug jacket hit me at the knee level of trousers the cast flattened out and hit me in the elbow which I pulled it off of. the cast slugs at about 50'.
sheet steel many times led to richochets with several handgun rounds includeing .357 mag.

October 24, 2009, 12:30 AM
I was at an indoor range in OKC about a month ago. I finished my string, pulled the mag and as I was setting the gun down something smacked me hard on the upper left side of my chest:uhoh:! I looked down to see a spent round fall to the floor in the next lane. I asked the fellow next to me if I could reach down an pick it up. It looked to be a lead round, probably .38. Left a red area for awhile. Really quite surprising. I still have the bullet.

October 24, 2009, 12:34 AM
+100 to what scrat said about BB guns and learning about ricochets...that how I learned about them.

December 16, 2009, 02:08 PM

6.8 SPC 110 Sierra Pro Hunter 2600 FPS it hit steel at close range and came back on me,


December 16, 2009, 02:10 PM

Above is a link to the pics of the hit I took,


December 16, 2009, 03:40 PM
Ricochet? Nope...Bullet splatter, yep, many times.

Ed Harris
December 16, 2009, 03:52 PM
Yes, while standing in the pits waiting to pull down targets during a rapid-fire string, Gomer tried to put one more shot in his target, hit butts just below the target, shed the jacket and AP core bounced off something, struck my steel pot and penetrated the pot and liner, skated across my skull above my right eye at the scalp line. Knocked me out cold, pit officer thought I was dead. Helmet knocked off with hole in it, blood all over the place, hit my chin on the concrete, took 6 stitches in my chin and 16 on my head. Now that I'm 60 years old the scar doesn't look so bad, looks like any other sailor who had liberty in Subic and had to fight off drunken swabbies to get back to his ship without a tattoo. So stay well under the parapet children!

December 16, 2009, 03:55 PM
Never been hit by anything more than a BB ricochet (thank God) but have had somebody else's .223 come sailing by too close for comfort...steel targets are great fun, just take care with them, people!

December 16, 2009, 04:05 PM
Got hit in the chin at Knob Creek by a 7.62 AP bullet. It put a hole through my lip that you could run a pencil through and bled like hell. When it hit the jawbone right below my lower teeth I thought someone had punched me. Saw stars and everything. It took me a minute to figure out what had happened. Not a pleasant experience.

Still have that bullet somewhere.

1911 guy
December 17, 2009, 07:07 AM
Yup, and all from shooting steel poppers. Lead splash, jacket fragments and exactly one complete bullet. Sucker bounced right back and nailed me in the forehead. Felt like somebody poked their finger hard into my head. I was wearing eye protection then, and have gone from "usually" to downright fanatical about it.

December 17, 2009, 07:56 AM
No, I haven't but my wife did.

I was shooting 124 grain hardball ammo from a 9mm Browning HP against a hill. Apparently the bullet struck a rock imbedded in the ground, bounced back and hit my wife, who was standing behind me, right on the shin. It didn't penetrate or do any major damage but it left a painful bruise.

Scared me to death and swore me off 9mm for several years!

December 17, 2009, 08:56 AM
Pulling pits in the Marine corps. A round stuck a nail in the wood carrier splintered and hit me in my collar bone. Burt a little put didnt brake the skin. IMHO eye pro is not negotiable.

December 17, 2009, 12:07 PM
I came really close to catching a .45 ACP ricochet in the leg one day.

My friend and I were shooting old oranges and other fruit in the back yard one day using a tree stump as a backstop and when we went to pick up the brass I found a .45 slug right next to where we were standing. Now I stick to .22s in the backyard.

December 17, 2009, 12:35 PM
My inlaws bought a house and the previous owner had a nice homemade set of big spinner targets. They gave them to me and I get splattered with a jacket any time I shot them within 15yds or so. I caught one jacket in the forearm and had to dig it out with some tweasers. I now only use them to shoot longer range.:banghead:

GunsAmerica Fan
December 17, 2009, 12:46 PM
I have been hit many times by big splatter while cowboy shooting. Some clubs put the targets too close. I use cap & ball pistols mostly and they don't shatter on the target, they go splat and just flatten, even full snot compressed black powder. A couple of those have come back at me, but never any damage thank G-d.

dagger dog
December 17, 2009, 04:36 PM
Set a quarter dollar coin as a target in a niche of a tree stump and shot at it with a .45ACP pistol at around 21 feet, when I finally hit it, I saw what I thought was the quarter spinning end over end, flying back toward me and proceded to catch it in my left hand, it smacked home in the palm hard enough for me to let out the chingow! After the initial shock I opened my hand to see a slightly deformed FMJ .45 ACP bullet, it didn't break the skin but it left a nice bruise !

December 17, 2009, 05:05 PM
Is there a way to post a pic on here. I got hit it the hand nice bloody mess,


December 17, 2009, 09:06 PM
Yes - in the chest at -



December 22, 2009, 09:43 PM
:cuss:TTT with getting hit by someone elses round at the range

Erik M
December 22, 2009, 09:49 PM
Like most have stated I have never been hit directly, I have been hit by splatter several times.

December 23, 2009, 11:21 AM
I got hit by a bounce back from close range rifle round almost a month ago and it is still not healed up. It made a real mess,


December 23, 2009, 03:08 PM
Today in fact. I went to the range and was having some fun with my Security Six. I was using Blazer jhp's. After about 20 rounds I got zapped on my upper lip with a blob of lead splatter. Hurt like &*$@! Good thing I had my mouth closed or I may of lost a tooth.

December 23, 2009, 03:56 PM
If you shoot Steel Plates in competition or for informal practice, it is a common ocurrance. Shooting at steel plates as close as 7 yards. If made properly, the steel plates are tilted slightly backwards. Some are perfectly vertical. Most pistol rounds will fragment and the pieces that bounce back are small fragments. When shooting 158 grain SWCs from a 38, there will be a pile of round, flattened lead below the steel plates. Just weighed a piece last week. 50 grains. This means 108 grains fragmented and the core at the back held together and flattened out. Ricochets are more of a problem when the bullet hits at an angle and bounces off without fragmenting. Have taken a couple small pieces during competition which have drawn the slighest amount of blood. Typically the pieces hit hard enough to feel, but no damage is done.

December 23, 2009, 07:37 PM
Never been hit with a ricochete but i shot myself in the leg on purpose with a pellot pistol. the bullet was able to stand on it's own in the wound. i have a scar and a discoloration there now. i wont be doing that agian.

December 23, 2009, 07:57 PM
I felt a bullet hit so close to my left foot on the range one day that I thought for a second that it had hit me. Other than that growing up in central Louisiana, I remember many times squirrel hunting and being showered with no 6 shot from some one shooting at a squirrel in a tree several yards away. It was fairly common. So much so that I wore a boonie hat and would look down when I heard a shot in my area so as not to get hit in the eye. It was always at low velocity coming down and never a real danger. Didn't like it but was used to it.

December 23, 2009, 08:13 PM
This thread should cure any questions of why you should use quality eyepro, both at the range and in the field.

December 23, 2009, 08:26 PM
I agree with some of the other posts, go to an indoor range enough, and you will be hit. Number one rule wear safety glasses.

December 23, 2009, 08:27 PM
i shot myself in the leg on purpose with a pellot pistol


December 23, 2009, 09:18 PM
first time i went to an indoor range i was hit by a sprinkle of fragments
shooting a 4" .357 at 15 yds.

... wear glasses.

actually i realized i needed proper glasses,
if i was planning on shooting handguns without scopes
at 25yds :D


it is amazing how many of us survive our youths
in spite of guns, cars, testosteron, curiosity and beer ....

December 23, 2009, 10:32 PM
Got hit by fragments last time at the range, no big deal. More of a "what the heck was that!?!" than anything.

fireman 9731
December 23, 2009, 11:43 PM
I had a 40gr 22lr slug bounce off a cross-tie and come right back to bounce off my cheek. Left a welt and that was it. Scared me though!

December 24, 2009, 12:07 AM
have only been hit by a ricochet from a pellet gun but i did take some damage from ejecting brass. i was probly about 11 or 12 years old and my dad finally let me shoot his 6mm rifle (dont remember the make or model). it had a bad habit of jamming up so we shot it with out the magazine. it was a pretty heavy gun to me so i placed my left palm where the magazine should have been and braced my elbow off of my side. when i fired the empty casing tried to eject but jammed up somehow and got caught on the bolt and when the bolt tried to close, it pushed the casing straight down and into my hand. i now carry a perfectly round 6mm circular scar that always reminds me what the forearm on a rifle is for! remember: maintain a proper stance whenever possible!

December 24, 2009, 12:30 AM
I've been subject to shrapnel from a couple of 38 super FMJ on steel back when the power factor for USPSA was 175. Once was a ricochet at 15 yds and the copper jacket sliced through my jeans, bounced off the back and burned the back of my thigh while imbedded in my flesh. The second time I was actually close to 75 yds away from a row of poppers when I heard the shots and then shortly took shrapnel by my collarbone that also drew blood.
Last year I was heading out of an inside pistol range riding in the back of a pickup truck when I heard someone engaging a row of steel plates. The next thing I know I feel a big thud and start seeing some stars. I took a 230 gr 45 acp slug to the front of my forehead which drew blood even as I had a hat on. I was ( thankfully wearing glasses) headed to the next stage of this match and had to stop and clean up. I believe whoever was shooting hit a slug on the berm and sent that flying over it (10-12 ft high) into my hard head. I kept that slug as a reminder. I hope that's it for the next 10 or so years. I hope your luck is better than mine.

December 25, 2009, 07:35 AM
i shot myself in the leg on purpose with a pellot pistol


To see how much it would hurt and how much damage it would cause. I'd like to say it was as a kid, but I was like 21.

December 25, 2009, 02:09 PM
well, kind of. i was target shooting this past summer, and one of the bullets i shot at a large dead stump bounced back at me, and hit me in the leg. it did not break the skin, but left a nasty little welt / bruise! i was very fortunate!

December 25, 2009, 10:22 PM
Just some fragments of jacket off the backstop. Just a little cut. I managed to chip my Rx glasses with a casing that came straight back on ejection. I started wearing shooting glasses over the real glasses after that. They're so much cheaper to replace.

December 25, 2009, 10:22 PM
Yes, 45 ACP off a steel plate at 25m. Ended up with an orange sized bruise on my chest.

December 25, 2009, 10:24 PM
I took my friend shooting, we were shooting my 1911, and it came back and hit him in the leg! We were shooting into a dirt pile with tires burried in them...it was funny afterward!

James T Thomas
December 25, 2009, 10:54 PM

I had been hit in the throat with a ricochet, or a bullet that hit the ground in front of me and only the rear half entered my neck. I saw the dust kick up when the round hit. It was gravely, hard soil and so, a round that would have killed me otherwise, just buried itself in my neck. I stuck my finger in the hole and felt the back of the bullet, saw no spurting blood, and then began to worry that my head movement might bring what ever sharp edges were on the front of it into contact with my neck arteries.

Not a ricochet, but it scared me too.

December 25, 2009, 11:08 PM
In a USPSA league shoot, shot 9mm through a silouette target and hit a piece of steel maybe 30' behind the target. The bullet fragged and came 'straight' back and tore two jagged slots in the target from the backside---3 holes with one shot---first was an 'A' :-).

I haven't been hit, but know several who have.

December 25, 2009, 11:22 PM
Was drinking a beer near my friends who were shooting shotguns and .22s at about 30M, set the beer down and a ricochet knocked it off the truck and sent it flying. Scared me pretty good... just left a little dent though. :p

December 26, 2009, 10:56 AM
Been hit many times. I was in an indoor range shooting an AR and something kept hitting my pants leg at the shin. I would stop and see if I could tell where it was comming from. Finally I realized that it was my shots coming off the 100 yard back stop.

December 26, 2009, 11:44 AM
When I was 8 I shot a big ol' oak tree by the barn with a .22lr. The bullet bounced off off the tree, then my chest and scaring the crap out of me!

December 26, 2009, 11:50 AM
More times than I care to reflect on. Some just bounced off, and some cut pretty deep. None were severe enough to require medical attention.

December 26, 2009, 12:16 PM
BB's, and Pellet guns, due to their round nature and our young age 10-12 years old. I can remember around 8 years old we found some 22's and having no gun to shoot them with, used a brick, thank god we all were being watched over by the man upstairs. But all kidding aside, one of the reasons that I don't shoot at public ranges anymore is that I don't know who the lunatic standing a few feet away is. I sure am not going to trust anyone who walks through the door with a bag full of guns, to be proficient and safety conscious enough to fire a weapon a few feet from me.
I used to go on a weekday in the afternoon, when "years ago", the local range would be empty. Now it's hard to find an empty range, unless you belong to a private one, or have a friend, or relative with some land.
I am very safty consious, and ranges have over the past few years have just gotten too popular with novice un-disciplined shooters. Geting off topic here so I'll stop, but that's how you have accidents.

December 26, 2009, 12:54 PM
Yes, many times, by both friendly and enemy fire in Vietnam but no serious injuries.

Need to add: Pieces from my POS glock 22 when it KaBoom

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