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  1. #21
    I remember doing that when I first started being around guns being young and very stupid,but thats been 30 years ago, I don't do that stupid stuff anymore and haven't since then!

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    BTW: Happy Belated New Year To all!

  4. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by Jes View Post
    "Not unusual".... really? I don't think I have ever heard of anyone ever being hit by a falling bullet that was fired into the air. Much less injured or killed. If you have a good example I would like to read about it.

    I have heard a couple stories where houses have been hit by stray gunfire (not vertical falling bullets). The problem is if you fire into the air the bullet only falls at about 120mph unless fired at a low angle.

    Vertically Shot Bullet Landing Speed

    But, to answer your question no I don't fire into the air. I have been known to fire into the ground or at an angle that will keep the projectiles on my property.
    My brother's friend was walking on the beach last July 4th and died as a result of a vertically falling bullet. It landed in the soft, fleshy part of the top of her shoulder and embedded in her lung. She died from complications (infection, blood clot, etc....not sure which). And this is not one of those, "my brother knows someone who had a friend..." kind of thing. He went to the funeral.

    Also, someone fired a .50 BMG in the air, and the bullet landed in the Texas Motor Speedway camping area, and struck a woman. Not sure what her end result was.

    Simply speaking, a bullet does not carry enough velocity to efficiently penetrate as a standard horizontally fired one. But at least in the case of my brother's friend, she just happened to be very unlucky, and the bullet hit in one of the most vulnerable points in the human body.
    Victory rewards not the army that fires the most rounds, but who is the more accurate shot. ---Unknown

  5. #24
    That's terrible. I saw on the news where a child died from a stray bullet the other day around Atlanta. But a .50?? That's careless! Especially that close to a populated area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2beararms View Post
    For, well about, ever there has been the long standing tradition of celebrating by firing weapons into the air. Over the years, here in the more urban areas it has not been unusual for someone to get hit with a falling bullet on New Years. Over the years, this practice has been more and more looked down upon by people who understand firearms ... and happily that number is growing. So my question is...

    DID ANY OF OUR WELL TRAINED FORUM MEMBERS CELEBRATE BY FIRING FIREARMS INTO THE AIR?

    I am not talking about the safely organized night shoots that some members were planning, just plain dangerous stuff.

    BTW: I did NOT, but I cannot say that I was not tempted, and I am fully certain that some of the noise I was hearing was gunfire ... and I live in a city area.
    Nope. We see no reason to waste perfectly good ammo, and we refuse to shoot into the air anyway.

  7. #26
    lots of firecrackers going off this year, but I can't imagine anybody with even half a functioning brain that would fire a gun into the air ... it's just too stupid ...
    "Neatness counts, but bullets often count more." Elvis Cole, World's Greatest Detective

  8. #27
    That's the problem, Bill. These same folks with half a brain are also the ones on the gummint teat that voted for B. Hussein Obama.
    Victory rewards not the army that fires the most rounds, but who is the more accurate shot. ---Unknown

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerbill View Post
    lots of firecrackers going off this year, but I can't imagine anybody with even half a functioning brain that would fire a gun into the air ... it's just too stupid ...
    I have my own range and when we shot at midnight...It was point blank into the Berm...No misses...no exceptions.
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  10. I was considering ordering some blanks for my AK. What do you think? Legal?

  11. #30

    Ammo is too expensive to use that way

    I grew up in the Atlanta and spent a lot of time in Tennessee where fireworks are cheap and legal. We always used fireworks. The effect is more spectacular.

    I cannot imagine why anyone that has been intelligent enough to survive to adulthood would think it's a good idea to fire a gun in an uncontrolled manner with no backstop and no idea of what's beyond their target, much less without identifying a target.

    I like to have a couple drinks when celebrating holidays so handling firearms is out.

    These days, ammo is too expensive to use for this purpose. : )

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