Anyone had a bullet come back at them

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by TXplt, May 5, 2008.

  1. TXplt

    TXplt Gun Toting Boeing Driver Forum Contributor

    Been shooting at indoor and outdoor ranges for many years (and this particular one is pretty well designed and I haven't ever had a problem). Angled metal plate at the end deflects the bullets up into a trap of some sort. All handgun ammo has been rated OK here.

    Shooting on the left end; hit in the middle of the target (honest) had a factory UMC .45 hardball come back (very low velocity) and hit the girl shooting next to me in the hand. No damage to anyone--just startled us all a bit (drew just a little blood on her hand but everyone OK). Could see it coming back like someone throwing a baseball; no jacket but lead core intact (and hot). Told the range guy.

    Anyone else seen ever seen this happen ? Guess that's why we wear eye protection but I've shot thousands of rounds there and this is the first I've seen this happen.
     
  2. rondog

    rondog G&G Evangelist

    One time shooting bottles at an old abandoned house, with a concrete wall as a backdrop, a .22 LR slug came whizzing back right over my head and hit my brother standing behind me in the chest. Raised a big red welt on him. He still talks about that, and it was ~40 years ago.
     

  3. chewy4480

    chewy4480 G&G Newbie

    I've had 45 lc come back at me. I was shooting at a pile of hemlock 8X8's and I was trying to see the pattern of 22 mag bird shot so I put some paper on a sheet of ply wood and it come back and spray my face. Both times I never got hurt just stood further back.
     
  4. TXplt

    TXplt Gun Toting Boeing Driver Forum Contributor

    I guess the reason it surprised me is that the angled bullet deflector at the end seems well designed and the bullets should bounce roughly tangent-ish to it. Thinking it may have hit a seam or hit a dent or something and bounced off the left side of the trap or something.

    Maybe they've added a "scorched earth" factor to foster better training (i.e. the paper is shooting back at you now :) ).
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2008
  5. Romey

    Romey G&G Enthusiast

    Its quite common to happen when shooting practical combat handgun or other pistol events especially shooting pepper poppers
     
  6. I copied this from "Safety lesson learned the hard way" I posted it on 4-23-2008

    I had a buddy once that was shooting at some quarter inch Plexiglas. I was in the office and heard the bullets hitting the wall. I went out and warned him they were ricocheting. He laughed and told me I was overreacting. He then fired two more rounds. The last one bounced straight back at him and hit his trigger finger. It left a big welt on his finger. He found out when I take the time to warn someone of something they had better listen.

    In other words if I get up off my fatA$$ Im serious
     
  7. rondog

    rondog G&G Evangelist

    Bullets do strange things. Went to a big machinegun shoot this Saturday, and it was interesting watching thousands of tracer bullets ricocheting through the sky. You'd think when they hit dirt, they'd burrow in and stop....not so. The .50's were the coolest! Those suckers just disappeared into the distance. The firing line must have been 1000 yards long, couple hundred guns there at least, maybe more. Very cool! Sure glad I wasn't within 5 miles downrange.
     
  8. Pumpkinheaver

    Pumpkinheaver G&G Evangelist

    I caught a round of hardball in the crotch one time while shooting bowlingpins and yes it sucked!!!!!!
     
  9. sell33

    sell33 G&G Enthusiast


    OUCH!:eek:wned2:
     
  10. :34:Things that make you say:yell: buahhahahahahaahhh!!!!!!!!
     
  11. squirrelblaster

    squirrelblaster G&G Enthusiast Forum Contributor

    i had a 50 cal round ball from my buddys muzzle loader come back at us, he thougt it was going to be cool to shoot a hard wood tree...needles to say it bounced back at us. but luckly did not hit eather of us hit the dirt about 4 feet in front of us.
     
  12. tippmann7

    tippmann7 G&G Enthusiast

    just bb's from a bb gun but thats about it....maybe some shot from a shotgun but nothin to get excited about
     
  13. Big Dog

    Big Dog Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

    Squirrelbaster, that's an experience I had too! Shooting my first Cap&Ball revolver thirty years ago at a big old dead oak tree - the .457 balls were bouncing off and dropping at my feet! I was wondering what that odd 'plunk!' was every time I'd shoot...... :09:

    That wood was soft and spongy - the balls just bounced right off it. Weird.

    A range buddy once shot a filled CO2 cartridge at 15 yards with his .22 rifle - the cartridge rocketed off and hit him in the chest! First time I ever saw a target shoot back! BWAHAHAHA!! :scool:
     
  14. When I was a kid I had a bb bounce off the target and come back and hit me in the leg. Scared the crap out of me when it happened. But I loaded it up again and continued shooting.

    There was a story and video of a kid at an indoor gun range in Central Ohio that got hit by a 22. He was at the range and either him or someone next to him shot one of the metal clamps holding the target up and it came back and hit them. If I remember right, it did break the skin but didn't cause any major harm.
     
  15. JohnBlaze

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    wow, kool stories.

    Myself have never had it happen, I've just been lightly sprayed by buckshot twice, and one time 2 bb's hit me, one in the shin and one in the stomach. The one in my shin broke the skin and bled, but the one in the stomach didn't. The weird thing is the one in the stomach hurt, and the other one I barely felt. Weird huh?
     
  16. ander254

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    if you search for desert eagle on youtube, you will find a video of a guy shooting i believe a steel target. you can actually hear the bullet coming back and watch it hit the dirt in front of him before taking out his ear muff.
     
  17. Farmer

    Farmer G&G Regular

    I got hit square between the eyes with a 45acp that bounced off the frame at 25m.

    Just broke the skin but was funny about 5 mins later when the shock wore off.
     
  18. jd1911

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    happened three days ago at my m9 qualification just hit my second chance vest but makes you think dont it
     
  19. Felix's Tattoo

    Felix's Tattoo G&G Evangelist

    In about 1971, I "tried one" with the local Army Guard unit. One afternoon we went out to a local gravel pit with some brand-new M14s. The captain perched on a little folding chair on a pile of gravel that was higher than us, so he could see the whole firing line. After a little firing, he hollered out "Cease fire! Cease fire!" We looked at him and there was blood trickling down his cheek from a cut just below one of his eyes. I can't remember the distances we were shooting, probably 100 yards, but anyway a piece of the bullet jacket had flown back and hit his face and cut him. He found the piece. Lucky that it didn't hit his eye.
     
  20. seen two different videos of it happening, thats about it