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    Well, I got shot today....

    OK, I overstated it. It was a ricochet.
    I've been stuck with a knife, shot at, but never hit with a bullet before.
    The circumstances:
    I was shooting the concealed bowling pin match, and a ricochet came all the way back from the target table and hit me right in the middle of the forehead. I was bleeding, but not bad. I knew it was something from the target area, and another shooter looked down and there was the slug!
    My wife has said I'm hard-headed (where's Bear- he'd agree!) but I didn't think it was this bad.
    Gave me a headache for an hour or so....
    Don't think it'll leave a permanent scar, but it makes something to tell about!
    Good reason to wear safety glasses! It'da put an eye out for sure!
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    Holy....Shysta!!!!!!
    Glad you're ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sudden valley gunner View Post
    Holy....Shysta!!!!!!
    Glad you ok.
    Was the caliber by chance a .45acp? For some reason this seems to be a popular caliber for this type of ricochet according to the rangemaster where I shoot lots. You probably got nailed by the jacket, or a piece of it after it shed the core on whatever it hit.

    I usually get them in the leg for some reason. Just enough to break the skin.

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    Phew! Like SVG said, really glad you're ok! Need to wear a creepy hockey mask from now on.

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    Glad you weren't using a 50 BMG. Glad you're OK

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    Quote Originally Posted by amlevin View Post
    Was the caliber by chance a .45acp? For some reason this seems to be a popular caliber for this type of ricochet according to the rangemaster where I shoot lots. You probably got nailed by the jacket, or a piece of it after it shed the core on whatever it hit.

    I usually get them in the leg for some reason. Just enough to break the skin.
    No, it was a 9MM, and it shed the jacket alright, but it was the lead that hit me. I have the slug as a memento.
    I get hit with lead spatter all the time at the steel matches. It's usually hot, but just stings a bit. Won't even break the skin. This flat out HURT
    I could actually see it coming. It was too fast to do anything about it, but I saw it. I'll have to weigh it, to see what it weighs out. Over 100 grains, I'd say....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirpuma View Post
    Glad you weren't using a 50 BMG. Glad you're OK
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn0MFqP1js0

    Scary stuff. Glad you're ok.
    Last edited by holeinhead; 07-31-2010 at 10:05 PM.

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    That gives a whole new meaning to the expression, "right back atcha!"

    Glad you're allright.

    PS: It's a good thing it hit right in the center of your forehead. If it does leave a scar, you can say it's one of those third eye thingamajigs.
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    Glad to hear you're feeling okay but I hope you got checked out at a hospital. A hit in the forehead (even a minor one) can be deadly. If you had a headache for a couple hours, it's better to be safe than sorry.

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    A couple years back a shooter lost an eye at a bowling pin match at Kitsap Rifle and Revolver club. They no longer have bowling pin shoots. Seems there was a law suit over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trigger Dr View Post
    A couple years back a shooter lost an eye at a bowling pin match at Kitsap Rifle and Revolver club. They no longer have bowling pin shoots. Seems there was a law suit over it.
    What's the point of signing those waiver sheets if you can still file a suit??? Unless it wasn't against the club, but the actual shooter??? Any more details on that?


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    Maybe he sued the bowling pin.

    Anyway, glad you're ok. I got hit a few times shooting plates too. Lucky it was just small fragments, but I bled from the head anyway.

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    Anyone using fragmentation rounds or just regular fmj?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poosharker View Post
    What's the point of signing those waiver sheets if you can still file a suit??? Unless it wasn't against the club, but the actual shooter??? Any more details on that?
    Abouit that:
    1. We don't sign a waiver
    2. It is well known and accepted that one cannot sign away a right. The waiver may help dissuade someone from exercising their right to file suit, but that's about the most it can do.

    Interesting comment from Trigger Dr that someone lost an eye. I had the same thought. If this projectile had hit my eye unprotected it would surely have put it out. I have good quality safety eyewear that would have held against this slug, but might have given me a black eye from slapping the glasses against my eye & eyebrow. The club prez was concerned and going to look into things in general. Pins are shot close up and there tends to be a lot of lead flying. We discard many pins per shoot that get too heavy or decayed.

    And no, no one uses frag rounds. The point is to knock the pin off the table, and to do that the bullet needs to carry its mo, not frag.

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    what was the target distance? 50 yards or less?

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    I was hit by a bullet at a bowling pin shoot, any time you shoot hard targets that can happen.
    I was standing 20 ft behind a woman shooting pins with a 45, hard cast round nose lead.
    The bullet ricochet off the pin, two dirt backstops, and hit me in the chest coming from the right.
    It hit with a loud thud, glad it didn't hit me....in the head.
    I've shot steel plates to, and at a minimum wear good wrap around safety glasses.
    It's also a good idea to wear a shooting jacket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slidell Jim View Post
    what was the target distance? 50 yards or less?
    Tho I haven't measured it, I believe the pin table is at 10 yards to the front edge of the table. The table is 4' front to back. Most pins are placed 3' back from the front edge. That'd make the pin 11 yards from the line.

    Following up on the weight of the slug, it was 155 gr. It was a nominal .35 caliber. There were at least 2 shooting .35 cal wheelguns. One was a fairly hot loaded .357. I'm sure that was not in play at the time. The other was a .38 with light loads. I now think that may have been the culprit. Low velocity projectiles are more prone to ricochet, as they maintain their weight instead of fragmenting on impact. Doesn't haveta be absolutely true, but in general....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slidell Jim View Post
    what was the target distance? 50 yards or less?
    For pistol use, I would imagine so.

    OP, glad you're ok. I've been hit by lead fragments from reloads, some large enough to leave a red welt for a couple days, but never drawing blood. Eye protection is key.

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    I was hit in the forehead with the jacket of one of my rounds from my .40 xd subcompact when I had it and was at an indoor range. Felt a slight sting that was it. Recovered it off of the floor and kept it in my range bag for a while.

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    Scientists say we only use 10% of our brain but I never heard of anyone saying "phew good thing it hit the 90% I don't use".

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    Quote Originally Posted by sudden valley gunner View Post
    Scientists say we only use 10% of our brain but I never heard of anyone saying "phew good thing it hit the 90% I don't use".
    Based on some people's behavior, the unused portion might be closer to 100%. Take a look at our current crop of "leaders" in WA, D.C. and try to convince anyone that they are using even part of that "10%".

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    Quote Originally Posted by amlevin View Post
    Based on some people's behavior, the unused portion might be closer to 100%. Take a look at our current crop of "leaders" in WA, D.C. and try to convince anyone that they are using even part of that "10%".
    I couldn't agree with that more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sudden valley gunner View Post
    Scientists say we only use 10% of our brain but I never heard of anyone saying "phew good thing it hit the 90% I don't use".
    Actually, the only people that say that are those who use 10% of their brains. Scientists, and other people that use their entire brain, tend to say that we use our entire brain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arentol View Post
    Actually, the only people that say that are those who use 10% of their brains. Scientists, and other people that use their entire brain, tend to say that we use our entire brain.
    That might well be true but then the question is for some "what exactly do they use it for"? Based on some's behavior their brain is only used to keep their ears spaced.

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