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Worst injuries\days at the range?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Aren't we all, Jul 13, 2008.

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  1. Aren't we all

    Aren't we all Member

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    Tell the world about your worst range injuries/ worst days,ect.

    Why do i want to know? Because maybe I won't be the most idiotic/ accident prone person on the board.:)



    Marsh
     
  2. RNB65

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    No horror stories here. I've been shooting for 35 years and I've never suffered any injury worst than a small cut or skin abrasion. Golf has proven to be a far more hazardous hobby than shooting. I'm always nursing golf injuries.
     
  3. Claude Clay

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    was swept by peoples more intent on taking pictures than on safety.....kinda ruined my mood. when they did it again a group of us walked over to them and they were keen on telling us 'not to worry'. they left and we didn't

    can New Yoeker's vote in the fall election?:uhoh:
     
  4. Aren't we all

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    You guys have both been lucky, I've caught 12g rounds .22s and one of those 7.62x54r short range plastic bullets. I was not happy with the owner because he put steel plate in the backstop and that was why. :banghead:

    marsh
     
  5. Eric F

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    I droped my car keys at the range under the concrete table bent over grabed them and stood up only to hit the top of my head on the bench.......no scrape or lumps-n-bumps but its the worst thing I have ever suffered.
     
  6. Crow1108

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    Picking up the steel frames that hold the cardboard target boards at the outdoor range I go to. They're pretty shot up, so they have a decent amount of jagged edges. Dragging them forward or dragging them back to change distances proves to be pretty hairy. Ripped up my hands and a favorite pair of jeans.

    Shooting steel knockdown targets. Got sprayed by some bullet fragments (about 20' away).

    That's the extent of it.
     
  7. cambeul41

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    I wrapped the thumb of my support hand around behind slide of the semi-auto that I was shooting. Ouch!
     
  8. 66912

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    I used to own a mini-30. I had a friend who really wanted to shoot it so I took him to a local public range. He was familiar with firearms so.....Here is the rifle, here is a mag and there is the target. All was well until his first shot. You see, this range used sandbags as a rifle rest and my friend was all good with lining up the irons, he just forgot about muzzle placement and blew out this sandbag all over his face and eyes. It is a very surreal moment when you get sandblasted by a mini-30. After making sure that he was alright (Luckily so, he was not wearing any shooting glasses.) we just stared at each other with disbelief. The range had at least 5 other shooters around, funny thing, nobody else saw a thing. I grabbed the brass broom and swept the sand into the grass, while my buddy swapped the bag with one from another table and we continued on. I have never been back to that range again.
     
  9. Psywarrior13

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    Do near heart-attacks from watching unsafe shooters count??
     
  10. ColinthePilot

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    My pistol got really hot yesterday from sitting on the table in the sun...
     
  11. mister dize

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    .22lr brass down the inside of my eyeglasses.
     
  12. MarshallDodge

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    At indoor ranges I have been hit by bullet jacketing a couple times and on one occasion it was enough to cut my arm open. When I went up to the front to get a bandage the guy at the counter said "That happens all the time" but he didn't have anything in the first aid kit. He gave me a Kleenex and some scotch tape.

    You really have to be aware at the range. I have had way too many muzzles pointed at me.
     
  13. AZ_Rebel

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    Range Injury

    Massive paper cut from edge of target!:eek:
     
  14. bgeddes

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    When I was in the Army, as soon as I made SGT, they sent to off to be a range safety on M-16 qualifying day. Not a big deal, good folks in our company, I expected nothing but a typically range day.

    As a range safety, my 'job' was to make sure all weapons were aimed in a safe direction, make sure everyone in my area was ready to shoot before the qualifying started, and assist with weapons problems (jams etc, pretty rare 99% of the people knew as much as I did).

    So this day, I hear someone saying they have a jam, they are in a 'foxhole' shooting position, basically and open topped hole in the ground. I start to walk down to help and here comes the muzzle, aimed what seemed to be RIGHT AT ME. I was thinking run like a rabbit, and started a zigzag path to the shooter. It seemed to take forever to get there, I was screaming 'cease fire' and 'point the weapon down range'. The shooter was screaming, 'It's jammed'.

    When I got to the shooter, the other 49 people on the firing line finally convinced this idiot to put the weapon down on the stand and wait for assistance.

    I got there and kicked the back of his helmet as hard as I could, bouncing the front of it off the front edge of the hole. I took the 1.5 seconds for a routine FTE clear, and went ballistic in my explanation of range safety practice.

    The guy climbs out of the hole and he's a brand new officer that arrived at the unit a few weeks before. He tried to get me Court Marshalled for kicking him, but it never made it past the Colonel's office. Not long after he was sent on his way from the Division.

    A bad day at the range for sure.
     
  15. TexasRifleman

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    I over charged a batch of 10mm reload rounds once. About 100 rounds.

    I touched off the first one at the range in my Delta Elite.

    Blew the mag into pieces and all the parts flew out the bottom. Blew the grip panels off and shoved wood splinters into my hand and a chunk of brass caught me in the forehead.

    Got my attention that's for sure......

    No permanent damage luckily.
     
  16. jagugator

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    Not really a range injury but I really tweaked my back moving my gun rsc the other day. Now I am on muscle relaxers and haven't been to the range in a week. I am going tomorrow though, nothing is going to stop me. :D
     
  17. Master Blaster

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    I was hit in the leg by a piece of a .45 acp bullet that had bounced back once at a comercial range years ago. It made a small bruise on my calf.

    I once cut my finger on something while putting my shotgun together for trap.

    The most dangerous thing I do on a day of shooting IMHO is driving to and from the range.

    Last time I went Ice skating at the local rink, two people left in an ambulance durring a 1 hour skating period. One had a knee injury, the other a broken arm. Its not uncommon to see injuries ice skating.
     
  18. TheReeves

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    I used my shin to knock one of those rotating benches to the other side of the table.
     
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    Had a Davis 380 that hurt me twice. It was my first compact auto so of course on our first outing it sliced the web of my hand. Three sutures worth on that one. About 1500rds later a chunk of the slide came off and put a cut in my cheek. But that wasn't the worst.
    Was hunting with a guy who I'd never hunted with before. Wasn't having much luck so we went to shoot some sparrows at the landfill. He was shooting a 10-22 and took a shot at one that was sitting on an old bathtub. Bullet whizzed along the inside came back and smacked me in the, well let's just say it hurt ALOT. But that wasn't the worst.
    Worst was when I was shooting by myself at a rural range. I was busting clays thrown with my Hoppes spring thrower. Had it all loaded up, trip string in my left hand and closed the action on my 311, right on the web of my right hand. So now my right hand is stuck between the barrels and the frame and it stings a mite. So I start kinda dancing as I try to open the action with my left hand. Well I dance in front of the thrower and manage to pull the string at the same time. The arm smacks into my right shin. At least that took my mind off my hand for a bit. Glad no one saw that one, but if I could have had it on tape I'd be a you-tube hero now.
     
  20. Jdude

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    I missed once. Worst day ever.

    Here is another story.
    As a child, an adult took me shooting in an area that did not allow it. I didn't know, hell i was young. The owners of the property notified the police. The one I remember (because he was pointing his gun at me) approached from the side and said "hey there! you aren't supposed to be shooting here!"
    Although everyone was armed, it was resolved peacefully and quickly. I'll never forget the cop apologising to me. He said "I am sorry I had to point my gun at you, but you were all shooting and I had to be safe". I do not remember what was said to the adult, but I remember him saying "I am just trying to teach gun safety to the kids". He probably got away with it because of us.
    P.S. this was in Arizona. Couldn't have happened in a better place.

    I was shooting at the thumbtacks holding up my target at 7 yards. Being a THR member, I of course never miss. I hit one and feel a sudden pain in my leg. I look down, small drop of blood no big deal. I start to fiddle with it, to make sure there was nothing in there. What do I find? The entire pin from the thumbtack, bent and mangled under my flesh. After removing it the blood started to flow nicely. A band-aid later, I was back to shooting targets. No thumbtacks though. They shoot back.
     
  21. Samgotit

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    Stapled my finger through the back side of the target; learned not to do that again. I'm smart.
     
  22. davepool

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    I had a S&W 22A fire out of battery once,broke the pistol but no harm to me.
    The worst day was being stung in the ear by one of these big nasty Yellow Jackets that live in the desert around here. I took my hearing protection off and laid them on the bench while i checked my targets,he was in the ear cup and when i put them back on he got me twice right at the entry to my ear canal before i could get them off....I check them every time now.
     
  23. Bartkowski

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    I was shooting my AR and my not to bright friend decided to catch the brass...and while getting burned he just fumbled with it instead of dropping it.
     
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    Garand thumb first time up to bat. I didn't know it was possible to bleed that much. I completed the day with a masking tape bandage. It has given me an even bigger respect for my Hakim, which hasn't bit me yet.
     
  25. X Who

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    I shot a 12ga. coach gun from the hip once with heavy loads. Lost some skin on the fingers of my right hand.
     
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