I always wear ear and eye protection, with the exception of one recent occasion, which ironically was the time that I needed it most.
My son and I were out in the country, letting him sight in his new .22 rifle, and I brought along my .22 (Remington Speedmaster) as well. He challenged me to match one of his groups, and (not thinking) I grabbed my rifle out of the back of the SUV and proceeded to go to work (sans eyes and ears).
I got a kabloooey. Yup :yup:. At about the 4th round, it sounded like someone fired a .357 next to my head and my face and hands got sprayed with hot grit. For some dumb reason, I never would have expected that sort of explosion out of a .22. My son had his eyes and ears on, but was still amazed at what an ear-piercing 'crack' it was. I was shooting a box of old Remington LR hp's that I bought back in the early '80s, and apparently one of them was over-charged. It blew pieces of shell casing back around the bolt carrier and locked it half-way back.
The good news is that other than my ears ringing for the next day or two, that was the only damage. I was later able to detail-strip the rifle and verify there was no serious damage to it. It also really gave my son 'religion' about proper eye and ear protection.
'Just wanted to share a solid reminder that even with mild-mannered .22 rifles, don't be dumb like me.
Be safe. :smile:
Good reminder, always nice to live through those lessons that have great and lasting impact.
Glad you are OK.
Yeah, I'm astounded at the number of people I see at ranges firing much higher pressure rounds than .22s with naked faces. I guess people just aren't really thinking about how a gun works and the forces involved to send that bullet out at that velocity.
Ok, did you beat his group? Hope your ears stop ringing. Mine ring all the time!
Thanks. Yeah, I beat his group - but only because my rifle had a scope and he was shooting with iron sights.
Originally Posted by Hiram25
Although he's improved since then. The last time we shot, he set up a twig about 1/8" wide and hit it on the first shot from 80'. I congratulated him and asked if he could do it again - he did! :blink:
I can't even see the twig at 80'. :frown:
Glad it all turned out well, as far as hitting a twig at 80' , dont think i could see it at 8 ft......Thanks you Lord for Crimson Trace !!!!
Wow, glad no serious damage was done and you weren't injured... Thanks for the reminder.. :bier: