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Yesterday I was out at the range doing a review on a steel target. Right in the middle of filming we heard five gun shots and the terrible whizzing sound of ricochets coming our way. I dropped behind the gelatin and my camera man started sprinting to get behind the steel target. As he ran I heard him yell that he was hit in the head! We could immediately tell where the fire was coming from. I searched the area to see if we were being attacked, or if they were indeed ricochets. As soon as the fire subsided, I ran to grab my firearm and med pack. Luckily the bullet had cut through Mickey's hair and missed his head by about a centimeter. He was a bit shaken, but was left unharmed.
We both took cover behind the truck for a few minutes until we were certain that there would be no more gunfire. I grabbed my S&W M&P Shield and ran down the road to confront the shooter. I wasn't sure if he had done it on purpose, or if he had failed to follow rule number four.
I confronted the man and asked which direction he was firing. It turns out he set his target up alongside the road! I've met stupid people, but this guy takes the cake. This area has clearly designated places to shoot that run perpendicular to the roads. We shoot in a specific area that is protected from other shooters by big hills. The only feasible way we would take fire is if someone shot directly down the road. I informed him that five of his rounds had almost hit us. He seemed a little put off that I had interrupted his shooting, but I didn't want to push the topic any further. He then left in his truck.
This is the first negative experience I have had with any shooters out on federal land. They're almost always polite and they adhere to the safety rules.
Lessons I Learned From This Experience
Follow the firearm safety rules
Always assume people are stupid
Not being able to concealed carry on BLM is stupid
Everyone needs a med pack on hand
Always know the fastest way to the hospital