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Shooting at water on Youtube?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by glocksrfugly, Jul 7, 2008.

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  1. glocksrfugly

    glocksrfugly Member

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    Can anyone tell me why there are so many videos on Youtube of people shooting rifles/shotguns/handguns into ponds and rivers. I don't see the point of this as they are not aiming at specific targets. Seems like such a waste of ammo; not to mention the safety issue of possible riccochets off of the water's surface.:confused:
     
  2. Shung

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    I guess because its fun to see the impact effet.. you actually see the "power" of what you are firing.

    I agree.. it can be dangerous, and its pretty useless... but hell, if they like it, im not paying for their ammo.
     
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    Ahhh...I see you may not be real well verse in the way's of "redneck shooting". Most of us in the country know about the ballistic effects of bullets skipping off water but there does seem to be an inordinate amount of people who don't. I have noticed that a few situations result in water being shot.
    1. The shooter is unaware of bullets skipping.
    2. We know there is nothing around for miles and do it anyways just cus'.
    3. Sometimes people throw all kinds of junk in old stripper pits and some shooters find these to be irresistable targets.
    4. Some people really like to shoot live targets such as fish and turtles or what not.

    All of the above probably involve alcohol or some form of immediately impaired judgement.
     
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    The same reason people do cannonballs into pools/lakes or shoot reactive targets. Make a splash, visual impact.
    As long as the 4 rules are followed (#4 is especially important in that situation) I don't have a problem with it. Probably quite a bit safter than shooting propane tanks.
     
  5. Dysfunctional Individual

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    Some people apparently need a demonstration:

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008008815_webcampshooting20m.html

     
  6. kingjoey

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    Another idiot making things tough for the rest of us. You can bet that the MMM-types will site this incident repeatedly to try to pass more strigent laws in WA :( The police should have done us all a favor and tied a couple bricks to this idiot and tossed him in the lake
     
  7. Macpherson

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    While I'm glad no one was hurt, give the guy a break, if he didn't know bullets could do that, in his eyes he was just shooting at water, not a campground. Some people just don't know better, but that doesn't mean they don't have rights like the rest of us. Heck I've shot at water before, it's quite fun seeing the big splash and can be a whole lot MORE fun than shooting boring holes in paper.
     
  8. kingjoey

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    The guy failed several basics of firearms safety and was too stupid to be shooting a gun. Ignorance is not an excuse for endangerment. The guy probably didn't have enough brain cells between his ears to realize that the bullets go further than what he's pointing at. These are the same idiots that fire guns into the air and other such acts of stupidity. If the distance was only 1500 ft (500yds) between the shooter and the campsite, then he had, at best, an unknown backstop he was firing into. I would suspect if he pulled his head out of his southern orifice for a second he could have clearly seen the cars and campers at that distance. It's not like this guy was a mile or so away where he couldn't see, he was really close and just plain stupid.
     
  9. Matt G

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    Give the guy a break? I certainly will not.

    The only difference between what he did and negligent homicide/involuntary manslaughter is that no one got hit and killed.

    We are responsible for every shot we take.

    We need to know our target and what lies beyond it. I.E.: where will the bullets come to rest?

    The charge is a misdemeanor, and he got of rather easily, IMHO.

    Trust me-- I was mighty furious at the cops that killed the kid while shooting at a snake last year, too. Inexcusable.
     
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    Perhaps they can't swim, so they take their anger out on the pond.
    Maybe thats how they fish?
     
  11. Pat-inCO

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    I've shot extensively into ponds and streams. But then again, it was with a BB gun and at water skippers. :neener:
     
  12. longdayjake

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    Just like anything you shoot at if you hit it at the right angle it will either penetrate or ricochet. I have tried several angles of shooting to find out which ones will bounce off. It takes a pretty steep angle to make them penetrate water. I would suggest not shooting at water unless you plan on getting wet. If you are not close enough to the water or way up high on a cliff then you are shooting at too flat of an angle and the bullets will go who knows where.
     
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