Do you remember last week's video of the week? It was that crazy video of that guy shooting his .50 BMG and having the bullet bounce ALMOST straight back at him... You can see the video by going to last week's newsletter, by Clicking Here!
Well, as it turns out, the man in the video was George Hill's good friend! George (the guy who does all of our Magazine's gun reviews) sent me an email afterwards, and had this to say:
Tim, that ricochet was in my back yard practically. The shooter is Willey Anderson, a good friend of mine. If you look carefully you will recognize the location as it is the location of many of my article photographs.
Willey was a US Marine, knows the dangers of ricochets and did everything he could to prevent it, but it still happened. He angled the plate back and to the side so if it did happen it would have, should have, gone in a different direction.
The gun is an Armalite AR-50, in .50 BMG. The range was 100 yards. The target was a 1.5" steel plate, which the .50 should have penetrated like tissue paper. It didn't. Only dented it. The Caldwell electronic ear muffs were destroyed. His glasses were dented where the bullet grazed him hard enough to prevent him from being able to open his jaw for over a month. Had the bullet been a fraction of an inch to the left, it would have killed him. Even after the bounce off the target and the bounce off of the ground 15 feet in front of him, that 750 grain slug would have killed him. It would have been like a point blank shot to the head with a .45 in terms of energy.
The man who said "Oh Willey!" is Frank, Willey's father, who just saw his son brush death. Frank and Willey both come into my gun store all the time, shopping together... and they go shooting together all the time too. Willey has two girls and a boy, all elementary ages. They are learning to shoot as well, and Tina, his 10 year old girl has a TC Encore in .204 that she loves to shoot. She got that rifle with her own money that she earned making Sand Bag Rests: http://www.madogre.com/Interviews/TinaRest.htm
She's not making the rests anymore, but the photos are still there. Willey is a good father, and a good man. We are very glad he wasn't hurt worse than a sore jaw.
Contributing Editor Concealed Carry Magazine