Know your backstop! Or kill someone

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by Hectocotylus, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    Here in ferndale Washington we just had someone get killed by someone shooting down by the river who didn't have or use a proper back stop. A lady was killed a mile away at a Father's Day BBQ. A good warning for the rest of us.
     
  2. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Humm? I suppose you are correct. What if the person was a victim of an outdoor cooker exploding? Would the news media reported it? How long before a politician uses this to pass some gun control legislation? Why is the entire gun owning communities guilty every time there is a misuse of a firearm?:confused:
     

  3. AR10

    AR10 New Member

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    People that can learn from the lessons taught to others, are wise people.

    Thank you for posting this.
     
  4. unclebear

    unclebear New Member

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    I got google earth on my computer a friend told me about it, It took me a few weeks to figure out how to use being that I'm not real good with computers but it's a pretty nice program. Where we shoot theres a pretty big hollar behind our target but we never really knew what was behind that after doing some looking on it theres about 2 miles of fields behind it which is nice to know. Pluse it has this ruler thing on it and you can measure in yards or what ever you want it helped us also setup a 100 yard range to.
     
  5. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    Around here the cooker would have been news, too. If it bleeds, it leads.
     
  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Now if we can stop the practice of road signs being used as targets.
     
  7. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    I agree. There's nothing that shouts stupid shooter like miles of road signs with bullet holes in them.
     
  8. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What caliber of weapon was used? Ask anyone in the 'business' and they will tell you it is nearly impossible get effective 'hits' on a target a mile away!!!:confused:
     
  9. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    It wasn't intentional. The people started hearing bullets coming past so they were running inside but the lady stopped to grab a kid and she got hit. I don't know the caliber
     
  10. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    Also, shocking I know, two of the five people shooting were felons.
     
  11. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2013/06/17/3056554/stray-bullet-strikes-daughter.html
    Too stupid for words.
     
  12. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I think you missed the point. I know it was not intentional. The point I was making is the probability of this happening even with the 'stupid' factor applied is astronomical. The article above said 1/2 mile+ which make a lot more sense. 880 yds is a 1/2 mile so a shot from a 'high powered rifle' could easily do that damage.
     
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  13. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    I see. The original reports were that it was a mile. Cutting that distance in half would definitely increase the likelyhood of danger.
     
  14. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    These are the same type of idiots who also shoot at roadside signs, etc, and give reason to ban all guns eventually.

    Edited after reading 2 other posts on the very same subject. Good job, guys. :D
     
  15. txpossum

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    We currently live in a semi-rural area, on about 3 acres, about half of which is cleared, and half is still woods, backed up by still more woods. At one point the uncleared land goes down to a small stream, then rises again on the other side. The rise in the land is enough to stop a bullet if I am shooting from the cleared part into a target at the edge of the woods, yet I was nevous about shooting where I couldn't actually SEE my backstop. So when we built the house I had the guy digging out the basement make me a large dirt pile at the edge of cleared land to serve as I backstop. I feel much better about shooting down there now.

    In the area where I live, deer hunting is huge. The opening day of deer season is actually a school holiday. I have to admit I'm nervous about armed strangers wondering around behind our house. I keep expecting bullets to come through the wall. One of my cigar shop buddies is a game warden, and apparently they investigate several such stories each year.
     
  16. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    And there it is! Those are the type of people that don't go to a public range. Can't risk going to jail just to be safe!
     
  17. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    I only if ever go to a shooting range when I am down in Nevada at front sight, or sighting in a scope for its final zero. But otherwise I am always out in the outdoors, far from most the idiots who go to shooting ranges and are constantly pointing their 'unloaded' weapons at me. ;)

    Im just sayin'
     
  18. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    Wouldn't you shoot outdoors privately if you had the choice? I have never shot indoors or at a public range ever.
     
  19. jimogden1984

    jimogden1984 New Member

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    my idiot neighbors use a pile of dirt for a back stop which would be fine if it didn't have a bunch of rocks in it. Every once in a while we hear one zing overhead. We've tried talking to then but it did no good.