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Old 03-15-2019, 03:00 PM   #1
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Safety Fluke - don't let it happen to you.

As some of you know I am an RSO at our county's gun range. I thought I would relate the following incident and let you think about it.

One day we had someone shooting an automatic. An empty cartridge was ejected, it went up, hit the overhead structure and came back down. Now this shooter having reloaded a magazine prior, left the ammo sitting perpendicular, with the primers facing upward, uncovered. Yep, you guessed it! The expended cartridge landed perfectly on a primer. The primer ignited and the cartridge was propelled vertically. Fortunately no damage occurred. Since the shooters are video taped while shooting, you could see the shooter was shook up, but checked himself to to see if he was hit. Yep, it was a bad day at the range. He was now finished for the day.

The moral: cover your ammo while shooting. Yes it was a fluke accident, but none the less, it did happen. Please be safe!
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:25 AM   #2
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Wow! Thanks for sharing... I'm guilty all the time of not covering my ammo.
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:51 AM   #3
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Hm. I leave mine primers up, but I also leave them in the box. I wonder. Hm. This is disturbing.
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Thanks for the info, will not take mine out of the box now!
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Old 03-16-2019, 09:03 AM   #5
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Good advice, TYVM. It's impossible to be TOO safe.
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:56 AM   #6
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I have been shooting for over 50 years and I have never once heard of this happening prior to this incident. I saw the video so I know it to be true. I personally no longer leave an open box sitting on the bench like I be used to. Being safe is always priority one!
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Old 03-16-2019, 12:36 PM   #7
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Yep, it was a bad day at the range. He was now finished for the day.
Nah. It was a GREAT day at the range.

Everybody got to go home.
Everybody had an adventure.
Everybody got to learn something new.
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I empty all my 9mm, .45 and most .22s into plastic ammo cans. Easy to store and carry. The few .38, .357 and 9mm JHP defensive rounds I may practice with I leave in their boxes in ammo cans until I'm ready for them.

This sounds like a pretty rare incident but I've seen bouncing brass do some wild things and end up in strange places. Who among us hasn't had hot brass down their collar. Once on an indoor range I had a piece of .45 brass bounce off the ceiling and get stuck just under the ear piece frame of my shooting glasses and burned a nasty place on my temple just behind my eye.
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Must have been a federal primer. I highly doubt a Winchester or CCI would go off like that. Takes a solid hit from the firing pin on those. That’s why most press manufactures recommend Winchester or CCI and advise against Using Federal primers.


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This is still kinda blowing my mind. I've never heard of a centerfire being that sensitive.
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