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I was at the range this morning working on 50gr Nosler BT for my mini-14. I was at the end of shooting bench looking for my brass when OUCH what the #&**@!!___%#@**%^ was that!!!!!!!!, I looked down at my calf, and there was a black hole in my jeans. OHH NO I BEEN SHOT!!! There were cowboy pistol shooters, shooting at metal targets about 35 yds to my 5:00, a large ( it weighed 6.0 gr.) piece of lead fragged, and ricocheted 120 degrees, and flew about 35 yds and hit me in the calf. It felt like a wasp sting, and the swollen red with black center wound looks like a wasp sting. I will talk with the owner monday when he gets back, what if that had been my eye? Dang them cowboys! No wonder the indians didn't like them.
Have any of you guys been shot?
 

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I keep it a habit to stay directly behind any shooter that is firing at Metal targets. Metal targets should only be fired at ranges at distances of at least 50 yards and higher. Better yet, they need to be at where backstops (dirt mound or whatever) wrap somewhat around the sides.

I have never been hit with a richochet other than a pellet or BB.

I was almost hit with a .45 richochet observing a bowling pin shoot one time.

Stay away from those crazy &(*O^^$$&(*$ 's. If at anytime you don't like what is going on around you. Leave the range at once.
 

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I hear ya ksreg, these guys were shooting metal targets less than 50 ft, not yards. The owner is an attorney, I can get his attention with one word "LIABILITY". I'm not mad at anybody, but if that was my eye that got hit, it would be gone. I have been hearing something hitting the metal roof over head for some time now, but me being a farmboy, thought it was big fat june bugs, now I know it was the cowboys slinging lead.
 

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Sorry to hear of your wound!You are very lucky,it could have been the family jewels!!At my age it wouldn't matter if it was,I don't use the damn thing anyway!!Aldo
 

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My leg is better this morning, the swelling is down, and the pain is gone. Just a red spot with black center, kinda like a cigarette burn. The range bought 4 acres of land, and are moving the pistol range, and coboy action shooting, over there. That will be better for the rifle shooters, as marshal Earp, and the boys will be out of sight, and out of mind.:D
 

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Yikes, Glad it turned out ok...Ranges can be a bit dangerous..I have had hot brass go down the back of my shirt, hit me in the head, etc but no, never got hit :eek: Glad that you are ok...




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Whew! too close for comfort. I am glad that you are doin better, I got shot in the arse with rock salt when I was 16 years old. It seems the apples in the trees on the side of the road arent free, or at least not by the truck load.:D I was with some country friends and was following their lead. As if I didn't know better. Stay away form those metal targets dude, I dont go near apple orchards without the owner. Some lessons come harder than others.

P.S. Aldo, my sincerest condolences, we will all be there some day.:usa:
 

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Ouch. Sorry to hear about your leg.
I got tagged in the shoulder once by a 158gr. semi wadcutter that bounced back. The worst part, aside from the bruise; was my room mate was shooting my gun at the time. Nailed by my own gun, thats just wrong.
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Let's give a round of applause to our Cajun Moderator -
He shot in the leg and posting it on the forum about it later that that day!
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Yikes cajun - have you had that looked at by a doc? Infections can be very nasty if they get away from you. All that lead a powder and stuff in you leg. YUK!

One time when I was a bad kid I detonated a shotgun primer with a nail as it was held in a vise. Caught some brass in my shoulder. Just like a sliver though, pulled right out.
 

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I was at an indoor pistol range 2 weeks ago, when I was struck in the chest with a large piece of ricocheting lead - felt like someone smacked me on the chest with a hammer - left a nice welt! It was the guy 2 lanes down from me shooting either a .357 or .44 revolver - the idiot shot the metal target clamp, and a nice size piece of lead fragmented and hit me.

There's a reason to wear eye protection!
 

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eye!!!? how about your heart or spinal cord, or worse - the family jewels. dude you're lucky. I did get shot by a so-called friend in college by a .177 hollow tip pellet. Does that count? We were doing some "Jackass" style stuff, only dumber: no video camera, and I am embarassed to say I vounteered for it. Right through the denim jeans into the gluteus max at about 30 feet. I must have jumped a mile in the air and ran into the bathroom to take it out with tweezers. It felt like that big old wasp just butt F#$cked me.....It penetrated about 2mm's, not too far. The funny thing is that I wasn't even tanked up yet. I think it was a Crossman 760 or some old thing like that. I found out later my friend took another shot at me as I ran inside, I must have been hauling A - cause he missed, I didn't even hear it.
 

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Thanks for the sympathy guys, I am AOK now,only a red mark, and the black spot remain. I felt kinda bad at work today, as I told some worken buddies my plight over the weekend when a young man about 20 yr old, showed us his wounds from paint ball. He was shot point blank many times, about 12 bruizes as big as a pop can. His wounds were much more severe than mine, and mine was from a 45 with real lead. That paint ball is rough!!!
 

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Cajungeo, sorry to hear about your mishap, those richochets can be painful. As a Cowboy Action Shooter, I can share your experience as I have been hit a few times myself. Were they having an actual match or was it some folks just practicing? Reason I ask is that from what you say, someone was useing loads that were too hot for CAS. However, it is common practice for pistol targets to be set up at 5- 20 yards per the SASS rule book. You mention " liability" , I can only hope you were jesting. Sueing your range is a good way to loose a place to shoot. Also, since shooting is an inherently dangerous sport, didn't you have to sign a waiver to shoot there? You mentioned the posibility of being hit in the eye. You were wearing eye protection, right? I'm not saying all of this to be a smart alec, but there were some very derogatory remarks mentioned by some of the folks that resonded to your post and as a CAS competitor I felt I had to respond. For the record, the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting has what is probably the best safety record of any shooting sport. Don't believe me? Visit a SASS shoot or check out the SASS website and see how strict the rules are on the handling of UNLOADED firearms, much less ones that are loaded. Again, I hope you get to feeling better, and safe shooting! :2guns:
 

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You were lucky! A few years ago a buddy and I were shooting steel plates with .223,.308,9mm and .45's. After we were done I walked over to my pickup parked 10 feet behind and about 30 ft right of where we were shooting. I found at least 4 dents in door and bed and a dime size chip in my windshield.I don't shoot at heavy metal plates anymore.

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Hi Holiday, yea, I was wearing my safety stuff;yea they were having a match; no, I ain't gonna sue, no I didn't sign a liability waiver. I mention "liability" to get the attorney/owners attention. The cowboy was set up way too close to the Rifle benches, to be safe, but since they are moving the cowboys to their own area, things will be better for them, and safer for rifle shooters.
You may be right about someone using hot loads, most pistols went bam, then this one went BAM every time he shot. The next day a 10 yr old girl was setting right where I had been shooten the day before. If she had been hit, I would hate to think what would happen. In the state of calif, there is 1 attorney for every 75 people, in louisiana their is 1 attorney for every 45. Thats why when I moved from calif to here my auto insurance went UP.
Welcome to the forum 45B20, about the dumbest thing I ever did was, I was at the dump on the farm many years ago, there was an old tv in there, I had alwas heard how the picture tube would explode so I hid behind a tree, and shot my .22 into it, nothing, only a neat little hole, so I see an empty propane bottle, it was empty no spew left, so I shot it. It went BOOM!, and flew about 40 ft, in the air. It scared the daylights outo me! They say everyone is young, and stupid once, I'm just glad I survived, my time.
Allright I heard that guys, some one jes said; "cajun you arn't young, and stupid anymore now you is just s___d.
 

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As long as there are things like WD40, chlorine tabs, brake fluid, tinfoil, hydrocloric acid, gasoline, etc. there will be "young and stupid" people. Many will survive to laugh about their experiences; some won't be laughing, and a few will be just plain dead. I don't think there is a kid on this planet (at least boys anyway) that hasn't tried to make something blow up or shoot something he shouldn't have. There are just too many ways to make explosives, the government will never be able to regulate these things. You would have to outlaw things like water, batteries, pee, alluminum foil, petroleum products, and hosts of other compounds.

Kids will be kids, especially when they have too much time on their hands - they will make and do things they shouldn't. The really stupid ones will hurt themselves. The average kid will survive and laugh about his follies for years to come. And the really smart kid will blow himself up and probably others, but if he survives he'll enlist in the service, or perhaps become a state prossecutor - that's just the way of things.
 
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