Somebody smarter and better at math than me could use a stopwatch to record the time of bullet flight, use an average 50 bmg velocity and calculate the distance he was shooting at.dogsoldier said:Shooting at rocks and steel is DANGEROUS. I'll be he didn't have enough disance between him and the target. I will be that the target was flat and not angled down to deflect the bullet into the dirt. SCARY!
Yes, that certianly could be the case. Inquiring minds may never know..dogsoldier said:It maybe just an optical illusion from the camera.
On our private range we have several commercially made steel targets and I have shot on many more. They are all made to angle down to deflect the rounds into the ground. Shooting steel targets (or rocks or anything else that is "hard" can be dangerous and should be done with caution).dogsoldier said:So the lesson for the day boys and girls when setting up targets, angle them towards you slightly so the bullets go down and not up.
Heck, even soft back stops can come back at you. At an indoor range that I haunt, they hold informal gun games which usually draw 10 or 20 shooters. Those that are not on the firing line are to stand back away from the shooting cubes. I was standing there jaw boning with another guy when I hear the shot then see his face go white, he doubled over and went down on one knee. A bunch of us pulled him down and rolled him over. The was a small entry mark in his pants by his fly. Seems the bullet that went down range went wild hitting the conrete floor shattering the bullet sending the jacket back. It smacked the poor guy right in the left testicle. The bullet jacket was stuck in his shorts. He was unhurt, scared to death, but ended up with one heck of a bruise on his privates. (Or so he said. I didn't want to look) It can happen any time, no matter what you do. Need to stay sharp when on the range.Jon-Anvil_Arms said:On our private range we have several commercially made steel targets and I have shot on many more. They are all made to angle down to deflect the rounds into the ground. Shooting steel targets (or rocks or anything else that is "hard" can be dangerous and should be done with caution).
Recreational shooting is far different than war time shooting. When at war you shoot at whatever targets present themselves regardless of angle and so forth. I wonder how many soldiers have had close calls with ricochets from the Ma-duce??