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Old 08-24-2010, 02:42 AM   #1
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I shoot an an indoor range and the last time I went, I was hit in the chest by a spent, but pretty much a full size slug. It hit hard enough to hurt a bit, but not enough to break the skin or leave a red spot. I've had very small pieces of spent shell land on my shooting stand or hit me a couple of times before, but nothing like this. Until this past March, I hadn't fired a weapon of any kind since I left Viet Nam in 1970, so basically I'm new to indoor shooting. I'm wondering if anyone out there has had a similar experience or might have any comments about mine. Thanks.

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Old 08-24-2010, 04:03 AM   #2
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I once found a unfired 12 Gauge shell while posting targets for my ,22, so I wedged it into a tree branch, shot at it and guess what I actually hit it and the empty shell hit me in the forehead.
No damage done . Scared the crap out of me though!
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While you should not get "bouncebacks" on a properly designed and maintained range, ca-ca happens. Which is why eye protection is a REAL good idea. Yes, I have been hit by fragments of jacket metal, etc. Yes, i wear glasses. BTW, Harbor Freight had plastic lens shooting glasses on sale for about $1.98 last week.

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When I was a kid (10 years old) my Dad took my sister and I shooting. He picked out a white object about 50 yards away and told me to hit it. I did, it was a piece of rock, the ricochet buzzed over our heads and Dad said; "OK, kids! It's time to go."

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There is only one indoor range in my area that I know of and you have to use (his) frangible ammo.

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About a month ago i went up to a gravel pitt to shoot and when i arrived there was a dish washer that had already been shot up so what better target right? the first round out my XD 9 sent a couple pieces of washer plastic right into my face that cut me up a bit and i was a good 10 to 15 yards away, does that count?

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I was at an indoor range some time ago. The guy next to me, hit the target, then the back wall and the bullet ricochet hit the light above his head and broke the floursecent bulb.

I was stunned.

The really bad part was that the range charged him for the replacement bulb. I didnt think that was right, considering that he didnt do anything that was negligent.

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As RO in a competition, steel pepper poppers, a jacket bounced back and almost hit "the boys". Had me talking in a higher pitch for awhile, and caused a stage change

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When I was a kid (10 years old) my Dad took my sister and I shooting. He picked out a white object about 50 yards away and told me to hit it. I did, it was a piece of rock, the ricochet buzzed over our heads and Dad said; "OK, kids! It's time to go."
That is funny Guy!
I remember learning just how important protective eyewear is when as a dumb kid I caught a ricochet in the corner of my eye whilst target shooting at an old engine block... No harm done, just one of many easy-going messages I have received in my years
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