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Posted: 7/16/2002 2:12:08 PM EST
Who here can say they've taken a .45 to the head and lived? I CAN!!! Well, kind of. I went shooting bowling pins today at the local dirt-pit. I also decided to shoot a bowling ball. I shot a couple of the pins and they went flying off, then I directed my attention at the bowling ball. I loaded up my Kimber with 230-grain ball ammo and sqeezed the trigger. Next thing I see is a slug coming at me. I remember saying to myself "that sure is a fast bumblebee"...then WHAM! Right on the forehead!!! First off all, let me tell you, I'm now a believer of the Mass vs. Speed crowd. Because that 230-grain bullet sent me to the floor hard. Needless to say, my shooting day was over. Currently I have a huge black welt on my forehead.
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 2:14:59 PM EST
Ay Caramba! [:O] Glad you weren't seriously hurt!
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 2:15:35 PM EST
I took a 12ga. pellet in the hand once after it ricocheted off a tree and it hurt like hell. I can only imagine how bad your's hurt.
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 2:21:24 PM EST
Hell, if you stood a little closer we would have had you up for a "Darwin Award" nomination! [;)] Congratulations on survivng!! [beer]
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 2:24:18 PM EST
I have taken a .38 in the knee, several .40's in the chest and more unidentified shrapnel than I can even remember. Of course all splashback and ricochet.
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 2:26:30 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 2:28:34 PM EST
Well, what did the bowling ball look like?
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 2:28:37 PM EST
cool, reminds me of the time i threw a claw hammer at a rubber tractor tire. you got pics?
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 2:30:04 PM EST
Ouch! I got cut by a ricochet once, in the army, but it was just a piece of jacket. Wierd thing was I could see it coming, but couldn't move fast enough to duck. Glad to hear you're okay. Do you think you can get your head OSHA approved now? Milk: Bulds strong Bones!!
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 2:33:13 PM EST
I just remembered seeing a video of a guy trying to throw a cinder block through a store window, it was plexiglass, and the block bounced back and hit him in the head. Funny S#it!!
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 2:37:15 PM EST
... Actually, this is quite common in pin and steel matches. It sure does damn well hurt! ... A positive case for wearing robust safety glasses.
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 2:42:07 PM EST
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf: ... A positive case for wearing robust safety glasses.
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Abso-fricken-lutely. Glad you're OK. Even if it wasn't going fast enough to penetrate, it could still chip bone or give you a concussion. Both pupils the same size and responsive? You're lucky!
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 2:50:51 PM EST
Glad you're okay. What a scary story. Watch Brunson market a "bulletproof" bowling ball now.
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 2:54:32 PM EST
Had that same thing happen to me once, shooting into junk pile. The .45 FMJ hit me in forehead and down I went ! I now select my targets with more care. I was lucky !!!
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 2:57:26 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 2:59:47 PM EST
i caught a piece of 8mm mauser jacket shot from a 1927 dwm built maxim. it hit me just to the right of...uh..er...well, it's a good thing i dress left! it drew a little blood. i still have the piece of jacket as a souvenir! there's a guy that shoots the plateshoot matches at our club. he wears a clear, flip-down, full face type grinding shield. smart man.
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 3:01:18 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 3:08:43 PM EST
Glad your alive to tell the tale. At first, I though the self mutilation threads were back.
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 3:22:07 PM EST
Most of the less injurious bullet wounds are to non-vital areas and these areas are often person specific. Just a thought! Seriously, I am glad you were able to see the bumblebee coming at you. Had it been moving fast enough for you not to see it, that bee would have been in your bonnet. So it went out at 850 fps, hit a bowling pin, losing some energy there that was transferred to knocking over the pin, plus losing energy through deformation and then came back and hit you in the head? How fast do you think it would have been going? 300 fps?
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 3:27:05 PM EST
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[size=6]Doh![/size=6] [img]http://www.sullivan.nu/pictures/homerguns.gif[/img] Glad your OK those copper-jacket bee's are mean!
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 3:32:30 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 3:32:40 PM EST
Guy I was shooting with at a match got one right below the glasses on the cheek bone. Shooting pepper poppers with jacketed bullets up close. Bad Idea. Drained his sinuses and blacked both eyes and cut him really good. Thought the slug was in his face becuase of swelling. I mean huge. Bled like a stuck pig. Scared the crap outta all of us. I'm glad you are OK. Were you wearing your shooting glasses?
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 3:38:35 PM EST
Reminds me of an incident, it was a windless day and I aimed the mortar exactly straight up...
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 3:43:41 PM EST
[size=3][red]quick! post a picture before the swelling goes down![/red][/size=3]
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 3:45:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/16/2002 3:46:21 PM EST by FishandShoot]
Glad your alright......... Doesn't that make 2 almost coulda been Darwin award winners within this month? [grenade]
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 4:07:25 PM EST
If you can see the round coming at you then it's below terminal velocity and should not be able to kill you,now thats in theory,in practice it's always a good idea to duck [:D]
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 4:22:27 PM EST
OUCH!!!! I've been hit with jacket before and it didn't feel good. That had to hurt.
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 4:27:13 PM EST
I once had a freak "bounce" at the indoor shooting range. Something about 148grain 357 diameter wadcutters really didn't like the sloping backstop of the indoor range. Sittin there minding my own business printing some nice small groups on paper at the very back of the range at about 20 yards(yards not feet), all of a sudden I feel a "WHAP" to my right shin and I look down and there's a chunk of fabric ripped away from my pant leg. Rolling up my pantleg I found a nice bruise taking shape on my shin, obviously the bullet managed to fly back and connect with my shin. Wierd thing is the angle of the wall at the back of the range for the "bullet trap", near as I can figure the bullet was deflected upwards by the sloped face of the rear wall but then what happened from there is beyond me. How it bounced off the ceiling and then managed to come back at me, or how it bounced off the ceiling with enough energy to still bounce off the sloped rear wall and come right back at me with as much velocity as it did. It is totally beyond me. All I can say is the flat bullet didn't like the range much, after I got wholloped by the bullet I paid a little more attention and within 5 more shots I heard another bullet scootin/rolling off the backstop comin up range. That was enough for me, stopped monkeying around with those loads at indoor ranges. mayday, I'd be interested in knowing how far away from the bowling pins you were. I really don't like to get within 20 yards of targets when I'm shooting for fear of crap bouncing off and coming right back at me. Had it happen on 2-3 occasions and didn't like it.
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 4:28:05 PM EST
I am glad you are OK, what a scary story
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 4:37:45 PM EST
Damn, everybody should know by now that for taking on those nasty bowling balls, 8mm Mauser steelcore is the way the go!
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 4:37:49 PM EST
This is the funniest thread I have read in a while. Don't get me wrong, I am glad that all is as well as can be expected for this situation, but thank you for sharing this, and thank you guys for your responses, I guess I needed a cheap laugh, and this got it.
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 4:48:46 PM EST
This is exactly why I stopped going to the range. I've seen guys shooting pebbles 15 yards away using AK47. Idiots think flying debris is cool, and they are totally inconsiderate of other people's safety. Getting hit by hot brass is bad enough, I don't need debris raining on me.
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 4:54:26 PM EST
Keep that bullet for good luck! mug
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 5:08:50 PM EST
Pics would be 'kinda cool [:D]
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 5:11:51 PM EST
I feel you brother,read this: [url]http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?id=132552[/url]
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 5:17:53 PM EST
I was shooting .45ACP 230gr. cast bullets at cans and bottles in front of a big tree once upon a time. I shot the last round in the magazine (which missed and hit the tree) and reached down to pick up the brass and something landed right next to my hand. I picked it up and immediately threw it down (it was hotter than heck) and it was the bullet i just shot. A few minutes later as I was shooting at the same tree another bullet came back at me and hit me in the leg. It was moving very slow because it didn't hurt and didn't leave a bruise. Strange the way those things behave. I am a firm believer in those shooting glasses!
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 5:18:45 PM EST
My dad told me a story about when he was in Korea. It was the winter of 52 and some guys in his company were huddling around a 155 howitzer shell shipping container trying to get a fire going with diesel fuel. Dad told them it would burn better if it could breath so he decided that he would ventilate it with .45 ACP. He fired a shot and it dented the steel sleeve container and came right back at him and hit him in the right side. He says he had a softball sized bruise. He was wearing his G.I. winter clothes and a leather fleece lined cold weather flight suit that he had acquired.
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 5:30:28 PM EST
I have a recurring twisted fantasy of dropping a bowling ball off Hoover Dam. If anyone ever does that IT WAS NOT ME!
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 5:40:47 PM EST
[ [:K] ] Which is better 10mm or .45? [/ [:K] ]
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 5:53:53 PM EST
I TOOK 3 7.62x39 ROUNDS FROM AN ILEGALY MODIFIED AK-47 TO THE CHEST IN A DRUG BUST. I KNOW YOUR PAIN FORTUNATLY LEVEL 3 BODY ARMOR WORK'S. FORTUNATLY THAT FUCKER DID NOT SURVIVE THE ENCOUNTER HE TOOK 30 9MM ROUND'S FROM AN MP-5 TO THE CHEST FROM THE COP THAT WAS BACKING ME UP. I WAS LAID UP FOR 6 MONTHS WITH 4 BROKEN RIBS AND A PUNCTURED LUNG. SO I KNOW YOUR PAIN BROTHER. "IT'S ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL YOU GET'S SHOT"
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 6:07:55 PM EST
Lets see a photo of that bruise! It'll serve as at least a warning to the children. Post'em!
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 6:11:43 PM EST
Originally Posted By e3l0621: I TOOK 3 7.62x39 ROUNDS FROM AN ILEGALY MODIFIED AK-47 TO THE CHEST IN A DRUG BUST. I KNOW YOUR PAIN FORTUNATLY LEVEL 3 BODY ARMOR WORK'S. FORTUNATLY THAT FUCKER DID NOT SURVIVE THE ENCOUNTER HE TOOK 30 9MM ROUND'S FROM AN MP-5 TO THE CHEST FROM THE COP THAT WAS BACKING ME UP. I WAS LAID UP FOR 6 MONTHS WITH 4 BROKEN RIBS AND A PUNCTURED LUNG. SO I KNOW YOUR PAIN BROTHER. "IT'S ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL YOU GET'S SHOT"
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Was that MP5 very close to your ear? You seem to be shouting.[:P] Disclaimer: I'm just joking. Don't get pissed.
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 6:48:07 PM EST
Originally Posted By smarty_pants: I feel you brother,read this: [url]http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?id=132552[/url]
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Why is this clone of the cited thread open, but the .223 to the temple thread is locked? Both would seem to be clones of the bullet catching thread.... Scott
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 8:27:25 PM EST
Glad to hear that you made it OK. You are very, very lucky.
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 8:29:23 PM EST
Good thing it was a 45 instead of a 9mm. The 9mm would have killed you!
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 8:33:30 PM EST
Originally Posted By LgAnimalVet: Well, what did the bowling ball look like?
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It was round and had some holes in it...You need to get out more...LOL
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 10:03:06 PM EST
Then there's always the story about the two old guys shooting for time on a bunch of pepper poppers. Ones hold'in the stop watch and the other is blast'in down the poppers at about 40' with a 1911. One of the 230 grainers ric's and burys itself about an inch into the shooters chest. The shooter says "I'm Shot", The other guy says "The hell you say, Look at that time!" I swear to god this story is true ROTFL (By the way...The 230 did not hit anything vital and just bled like a stuck pig, the shooter was alright.)
Link Posted: 7/16/2002 10:36:24 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/20/2002 5:53:40 PM EST
i took a .30-'06 fragment in the knee after it bounced off the washing machine we was shooting
Link Posted: 7/20/2002 6:00:34 PM EST
Originally Posted By Valkyre: i took a .30-'06 fragment in the knee after it bounced off the washing machine we was shooting
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That's "we was [i]shootin'[/i]" not "we was shooting".
Link Posted: 7/20/2002 6:39:40 PM EST
Let's see... 16 lbs of bowling ball with inertia on it's side and also a spherical target indicating unknown trajectory after impact on a polished surface, against a 230 grain projectile at supersonic speed! Did you at least first say "Here hold my beer and watch this!" [%|]
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