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How many times have you been hit by ricochets?

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  1. Sato Ord

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    Three times for me. Of course they were trying to kill me and I did a better job than they did.

    As for you, let us know where you're going shooting and when so that we can all make sure to be home cleaning our weapons that day. :uhoh:

    Yep, bullet magnet.:D
     
  2. BigBlock

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    LOL...BB guns? Me and my friends used to shoot AT each other with those things!

    I haven't been hit with a bullet ricochet, but I spent new years eve at midnight in the ER this year getting stitches from a rock that I shot, and consequently, it shot me. I just remember the "thunk!" sound it made when it hit my head...that was a BIG sharp rock!
     
  3. CajunBass

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    Back when I was shooting IPSC with a local club, I got hit with splatter from lead bullets hitting the Pepper Poppers and steel plates a lot, but I hardly think of that as "being shot."
     
  4. 1911 guy

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    A few times.

    It's only happened to me when shooting steel. Usually just jacket material, but a couple times it's been complete slugs. One banged me right on the forehead, just above my glasses. **ALWAYS WEAR GLASSES WHEN SHOOTING STEEL** I know a man who has one eye due to a ricochet off steel, he wasn't wearing glasses and lost one eye.
     
  5. RH822

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    Once, about 17 years ago. I had a 158gr JSP fired from a 38spl skip off the ground up into our target board and bounced off it. It came back at me and popped me in the chest. It gave me a nasty little bruise but that was about it. The weird part was, I could actually see the bullet coming back at me, but couldn't move fast enough to get out of the way of it.

    RH
     
  6. Dick1911

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    Only once for me at the range - a piece of the jacket came back and hit me in the arm and cut my shirt.

    My son and I were at a local IDPA match and he caught a piece of the jacket on his upper lip. He ended up doing some "Rambo" surgery on himself with swiss army knife tweezers to pull it out. :eek:
     
  7. doc2rn

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    3 Xs to be exact, all while serving Uncle Sam. You need to switch shooting ranges. Shooting at a hard backstop, metal or concrete, can cause ricochettes that are lethal. You need logs and dirt to reduce the danger. Just like mr .50 cal on that video, moral of the story dont shoot close metal.
     
  8. daddyo

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    More times than I can remember or count with BB guns. We used to shoot AT each other too!

    With real guns, only once. I was trying out my then new Rossi .357 shooting at a tree in the woods from about 15 yards (no hearing protection either...lots of lessons learned that day). Somewhere around the 2nd or 3rd cylinder full, a round dislodged one of the slugs that was stuck in the tree. I remember seeing it quite clearly as it came out of the splintered wood and rose in this graceful arc to plop on my head with a solid THUNK. 158 grains of lead is heavier than I would have thought. It rung my bell pretty good, but otherwise no damage other than making me feel really stupid and lucky at the same time.
     
  9. Mr. Designer

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    Never. I hope it stays that way.
     
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    The closest I've come to being hit by something other than splatter wasn't long ago. I was shooting spinners and felt something hit me directly in the crotch (of all places...). One of my 230g LRN bullets had hit a plate, deformed the nose but stayed intact, came back and hit the ground in front of me with enough force to send some debris directly up into my groin. That was scary for a moment there! :eek:
     
  11. Chipperman

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    I've been hit by ricochets about 4-5 times.

    Usually it's just a piece of jacket. One time a sharp piece hit me in the chest and left a small cut.

    The only time a large piece hit me was in a sand pit. A large piece of lead from another shooter came back and hit me in the head. It felt like somebody slapped me really hard with their open hand. No real damage. It probably hit a rock embedded in the sand berm.
     
  12. Cyclimus

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    Glad to say zero times and I plan to keep it that way. Secondly, I ain't never shooting with none of you! ;) All y'all are bullet magnets in my book.

    Worst I can claim on a range is forgetting to untuck my shirt one time and feeling some nice hot brass up against my skin - that'll sure wake you up.
     
  13. SWMAN

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    Once by a riccochet .45 auto. Just hit me in the calf. It was mangled and energy spent by the time it hit me.
     
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    i have been hit by many bb ricochets.

    I almost got hit by a .22lr ricochet one time... young and reckless. I was shooting at a shoe... didn't think about the rubber sole. I heard the bullet hit the truck i was standing in front of. didnt do any damage but made me think about ricochets from that point forward.
     
  15. Essex County

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    Only once. Peppered by birdshot by a hunter I never saw. It just bounced off my Carharts. No harm, no fowl...Essex
     
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    When I was a kid, my buddy shot me in the forehead with a stopper gun...and it stuck.
     
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    I get hit with fragments every time I go to the range. The plate machine is in the bay next to the bay I usually use so lead and copper rain down on me regularly. I've also had fragments come back at me when I'm shooting at the plate machine.

    Eye protection is a must.
     
  18. Wolfeye

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    I got hit by my own bullet fragments once. It was with a .22 rifle, and before I pulled the trigger I had the strong sensation that everything was perfectly lined up - rifle, steel target, body. I got hit in the throat, but luckliy I was wearing a thick collar that was turned up. I've thought about wearing a neoprene neck guard that paintballers use.
     
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    Only once (though I've caught some lead splatter and a few stray pellets while dove hunting).

    A friend took a shot at an abandoned/wrecked dump truck with his HK91 clone. He must have hit a spot where the bed formed a 90 degree angle and I caught the ricochet with no perceptible delay from hearing the shot to feeling it. The bullet caught me in the hip right about on the watch pocket of my jeans. Tore my jeans and left me a little bloody and bruised, though the bullet didn't actually penetrate the skin.
     
  20. SDG

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    I've got a pistol pellet gun that plink with from time to time. It fires at about 400 FPS which is not quite enough to allow it to penetrate wood and stay there.

    I was shooting at a nut that I had placed on a fence post and the pellet hit the post and came back and hit me in the eye. I saw it coming but I couldn't blink fast enough or move my head. It stung for a bit but no damage.
     
  21. Coyote3855

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    Wow. Not to flame anyone, but folks need to think about backstops and targets. Shooting rocks, old cars, and steel pipe? That said, I've been hit by spatter particles when RO'ing IPSC and steel matches. As one poster noted, the impact is so quick I was sure in one instance that something had come out of the back of the gun and hit me. Only a couple of times was I hit hard enough and with a large enough particle to really hurt. I saw one guy go down when he was hit in the thigh with what was apparently a full-weight bullet from a .38 Super.
     
  22. OMGWTFBBQ

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    With a real gun, never, but I shot a semi deflated soccer ball with my pellet gun, had the dig the pellet out of the side of my calf(only went in 1/3"). Maybe I'm just a quick learner, but I haven't felt the need to scale up my experience :D.
     
  23. nosliw

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    dumbass friend shot a DBSG both barrels with target load at a tree and one of those bbs came back and hit me right under the left eye. left a little mark and would've done some damage if it were a quarter inch higher.
     
  24. 220_Swift

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    Twice for me. Well, one was a bullet jacket and once was shot from a shotgun. The bullet jacket was from a 338 win mag shooting at the 100 yard berm. Must have been a rock in it or something else hard. It hit right above my nose and gave me anice little cut. And some stained under shorts. The shotgun was due to an idiot shooting a metal milk can at 25 yards with a 20ga. Some shot came back and peppered my shins. We had a few words over that one.:cuss:
     
  25. theotherwaldo

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    I have never been hit.

    I have heard riccochets go by when fishing, hiking, hunting, and just sitting in the back yard. I have always been impressed by:
    -How loud they are,
    -How slow they seem to be going, and
    -How close they always seem to come!
     
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