Friday, June 29, 2007

Why you should always, always, always wear eye protection!!

I can't make out how far out their steel target is set, but when using a steel target, the distance you shoot from is vital. This video shows why. If you didn't get it on the first watching, the ricochet (from a .50BMG!) appears to skip off the ground about 20 feet in front of the bench and then hit the muff covering his left ear. Ricochets are typically going much slower than the initial round, but that is small comfort: This guy could have been seriously hurt had the ricochet been just an inch or two offset from hitting his hearing protection.

I've watched .45 caliber ricochets from Pepper Poppers go straight up in the air. The impact of the round on the target slowed the round enough that you could easily see the copper jacket fly straight up.

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