Gun safety, shooter safety, range safety, weapon and ammunition care maintenance and inspection, concentration and focus on what your doing, always following the checklist of safety procedures and precautions, and being a qualified and contentious gun owner and shooter… WILL NOT AND DOES NOT INSURE OR GUARANTEE YOUR SAFETY!!!
Last Sunday turned out nice. The weather had finally dried up and the wind had stopped for a day, so in the afternoon I drove out to the nearby desert area where I target practice, brass hunt etc. This is a small area (4 sq miles or so) that has been used by everyone, for shooting, 4-wheeling, motor biking, hiking, high school keg parties and ? for longer than the 50+ years that I have been doing that there.
But in recent years the immense increase in population, combined with the complete lack of responsibility, respect or regard for anything or anyone by that population, has led to large amounts of dumping, criminal activity at night, and made a dangerous place in the day, by irresponsible people that apparently can buy all kinds of nice and expensive guns along with plenty of ammo to shoot through them, without knowing Shit or Shine’ola about anything. Unfortunately, all that has led to people wanting all shooting banned, all motorized off road vehicles restricted to the road, etc. But back to safety and last Sunday.
I am very cautious and aware of my environment and where I’m at in it when I am out the area and especially when out of my rig and on foot. I try to always maintain a position below median elevation and behind protective terrain to prevent being in any possible path of a fired or ricocheting bullet. (and ricochets are very, very common).
So here is what happens. There are no shooters around me, in my immediate little area where I stop, so I am out doing a quick walking around for brass. I’m about 10 minutes into my circle walk and back within 60-70 feet of my Jeep, when there is a deafening report. This is followed by a bullet, vaporizing atmosphere past me “between the eyes high” and no more than 2 feet to my left, after which it impacted into the bank behind me.
I will stop here for the moment. I will follow with a 2nd post finishing the story, along with some satellite picks, measurements, and a description of events as they happened.