So I screwed up. I have been shooting for 21 years. With some time off in there due to living in nazi states with terribly strict gun laws. I know the do's and dont's of shooting. I made the biggest mistake I have ever made in my life this weekend. So me and my buddy have a good place to shoot. It's a fairly large open field and we have built up a 15-20 ft burm. Where we shoot is uphill of the burm so we are shooting down into the base of it not even into the burm. We have steel plates and stand for cardboard and whatever else we decided to shoot at. This weekend Melons couple phone books taped together. Last but not least my buddy's son come up with a golf ball and wants us to shoot it. We decide to oblige. We set it on one of our stands that had some indentations that would allow it to sit still. It was about 3ft off the ground yet again we were still shooting slightly down hill.
So we hit it with a .22 a few times. Didn't even hardly scuff up the golf ball. hit it with the .40 still nothing just knocked it around. Hit it with the 9mm and yet again knocked it around but didn't do anything near the dmg I thought it would. You would think having been an engineering major I would have been thinking about what is actually going on. when the projectile hit the round surface of the golf ball. As we are cleaning up about 10 minutes later the neighbor pulls up the drive in his truck holds out a 9mm FMJ that was essentially whole no distortion or anything and asks if it belongs to one of us. Turns out it hit the second story of his house and he found it lodged into the drywall just poking through. At first we were perplexed about how one of my 9mm round would have ended up over 300 yards almost directly to the left. Turns out golf balls are great at deflecting bullets. The round hit the golf ball just right that with the slight downward pressure on the golf ball which was resting on a fairly solid wood stand which didn't budge at all redirected the round into a completely different direction than it's original trajectory.
At the end of the day I'm still beating myself up for not thinking of the consequences of shooting a little golf ball. Someone could have been seriously hurt. Thankfully noone was.
Anyways feel free to flame me. I'm tossing this out there as a warning. While it may be fun to shoot a small target like a golf ball the way they are built makes it not a very good idea. . . something I never thought of. When we originally started shooting at it we thought it would be like a bowling pin where there's be some damage to the pin but nothing catastrophic. Not so much. Anyways I'll shut up now sorry for the long post.