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listen for the incoming as it hits ...
Certainly not as dramatic as this scene, but some years ago shooting those 62gr AP rounds at 100yd. range in prone position w/ AR15 and few shots down range and next shot the dirt flew up some 15-20 feet in front of me?? Well, was not sure what happened but finally figured it out those rounds were hitting rock embankment behind the target frame and they had reversed course and come back toward me. I don't do that anymore at that range.
Watch as a man shooting a 50 cal at steel almost get his hair parted with a richochet
listen for the incoming as it hits his ear muff .
He was extremely lucky & God was looking out for him https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ABGIJwiGBc
You know what they say..."Angels protect fools and children".
I've never seen anything like that. That was the luckiest guy in the world.
But, how does a bullit richchet straight back? Seems like the only plausible way this can happen is if he's shooting at an elevated target that is canted forward and down. Otherwise the physics don't make sense to me.
How could that happen so I can avoid being not so lucky.
Actually you don't have to be a child or fool for an accident to happen.
I had a .45 FMJ bounce back 20 yards from a cedar tree. It was going through the branches above me and fell about 10 feet to my right. That bullet has been in my desk for 45 years. From the grooves on the nose it must have hit the old fence wire stapled to the tree.
I had a .40 caliber FMJ wadcutter hit the backstop at a range and part of the bullet came back to hit the first knuckle on my trigger finger. Hurt like hell!
This was 15 yards away from the target.
My worst scare was from when I just started shooting 1911's. I had a squib load just put the bullet out of the case (shooting reloads from the range). It didn't feel quite right but I didn't even know what a squib load was then. The next round wouldn't fully chamber. I finally figured out the barrel was blocked and had to drive the bullet out of the barrel. If the next round had chambered I would have learned how strong a Remington Rand was!
Guys, stuff happens you just never think about. I wish we all had a crystal ball to tell us what the future holds.
That is one lucky dude. I'm just guessing, but from the sounds that can be heard, if that ricochet had hit him in the forehead I think it would have killed him.
A friend of mine bought one of those cheap derringers that looks like it is made from cast iron. It has a 2" barrel. Caliber is .45 acp. He laid his new 55 gallon burn barrel on it's side and was going to punch some air holes in the bottom of the barrel by shooting it with his .45 acp derringer. His first shot hit square and left a little dent in the bottom of the barrel. After leaving the dent, the 230 grain FMJ ricocheted back and hit him in the left knee. He was about 10 yards away. He said it hurt, but it didn't break the skin or even tear his clothing. Shooting a slow moving slug like the 45 acp in 230 grain FMJ configuration out of a 2" barrel probably got him about 550 fps. It was rated at 850 fps in a full size Government 1911. I'm going to chronograph that little derringer for him one of these days, just to determine if I'm close in my guess at the velocity.
There likely had to be some angle involved but if you look at just before :2o you can see it hit the ground to his left in front of him and it bounced up.
I had a shotgun pellet ricochet right back and hit me on a tooth, luckily it didn't crack it, bit hurt for a while. Sometimes crazy things happen.
I been hit with a frag from a 9mm on steel that was swinging on a chain and it not fun. Had glasses and hearing protection on and several layer of clothes. I can't imagine getting hit by 50. cal. OUCH!!!