Shooting While Injured

Jessica Nietzel was participating in a 3Gun match. She ran her AR perfectly. Dumped it and drew her pistol to finish the remaining steel poppers. She got the first two and ran back to the other side of the stage to engage the last two steel targets. The box shaped areas on the ground are the shooting areas. She must engage target while inside the shooting areas. On her way from one shooting area to the next, her right foot snagged on the fault line of the shooting box. She tripped and fell safely into the next shooting box.


She maintained her composure and finished the stage while on her knees. What you could not see in the video is that she broke her leg. She completed the stage with a broken leg. Here is what she posted on Facebook:

I don’t get it, it just…broke…

Spiral fracture of the Fibula.



Kudos to Jessica for staying in control throughout this ordeal and finishing the stage.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • Don Ward

    *Slow clap*

  • raz-0

    mentions video, provides no link to video. Oh well.

    • Phillip Cooper

      The video is right there in the post.

      • raz-0

        It’s there for me now, wasn’t before.

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    Dear, God!
    What a woman! I would of cried and possibly shot myself accidentally. Outstanding display of skill and grit for a man or a woman.

    • Edeco

      Yep, impressive. Been a while, my constitution may have changed since my last broken bone. I may well be a fainter or weeper now. Or a soiler of pants perhaps.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Damn, maybe they should just have painted boxes.

    • Nicholas C

      Some use rope. The problem with painted lines is that they get moved or broken so easily.

      • Hensley Beuron Garlington

        Time for laser markers!
        I guess we say that the current markers can add a bit more difficulty to the courses.

        • Tassiebush

          If they were sci Fi style lazers they’d really add some difficulty :p

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        They could always bury the 2 x 4’s flush with the dirt and paint them and just sweep them off between rounds.

        • Nicholas C

          Too much work for a stage that might be used for more than one day.

        • Flyingchipmunk

          having the boards above ground gives you a point of reference that you can feel with your feet, so you know where you are on the line and don’t accidentally step over and get a penalty. They aren’t usually 2x4s either, but smaller boards. And they are bright orange so you can see them.

          Good footwork is an important part of shooting, competitive or otherwise

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Good on her! Worst I’ve done while shooting was broke a finger, I would have been done if it wasn’t already the end of the course.

    I don’t know the rules in USPSA/IDPA but is that how they want you to run with the gun? In front of you and pointing down range like that?

    • Nicholas C

      Well this is a 3Gun match but most action matches follow similar rules. There is no strict rule how you move with the gun. But the 180 degree rule is at the top of the list of rules to follow. Also not sweeping yourself. As long as you do so safely pretty much almost anything goes. There is some debate about that one guy who slid under a barricade. The issue is that he reholstered a live weapon. Somewhat gray area.

      • ParaLarry

        Yes gun pointed down range and finger off the trigger. She did perfectly and didn’t fire the gun when she fell.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        The issue is that he reholstered a live weapon.

        Dear lord! Nancy, get my pearls!

        • iksnilol

          I’ll go get the smelling salts, dear.


        • No debate in IDPA, the rules there don’t allow that.

  • smartacus

    While you are still high on adrenaline, you’re OK with the fracture.
    When it wears off; you start feeling sick to your stomach.
    …don’t ask how i know

    • iksnilol

      I only realized my hand was broken was because it hurt like a [insert expletive of your choice] when I tried to use it some hours afterwards.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      I finished the last two weeks of basic training with the same fracture in 1968. Hurt like hell, but there was no way I was going to recycle.

      • smartacus

        my God, that’s some hard core motivation!

        • Daniel F. Melton

          Ft. Polk was one hell of a motivator..

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        As a kid I got knocked out cold in a karate tournament and they just laid my a-s out in the know locker room. Didn’t even call my parents.

        • Tassiebush

          cripes that’s not good and it’s probably quite normal too. actually imo experience martial artists seem to suffer way more injury than the average person without their training would in actual life. my throat has never been the same since it got crushed in BJJ.

        • Daniel F. Melton

          Different attitudes back then, and not so many lawyers.

  • John

    Finished the round with a broken leg…wow…that must have hurt! Great show of composure under pressure/pain.

  • Wolfgar

    Pure focus and determination. What a trooper, I broke my leg skiing when I was 13 and howled like a banshee. So much for the weaker sex, I’m impressed!

  • Oldtrader3

    Wow! What a brave person to do that. Lots of courage?

  • Tassiebush

    I’m impressed by her guts and determination but worry that she could have damaged nerves, cut a blood vessel or had a bone bleed doing that. I guess she probably just thought it was a sprain or something.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      ***she could have damaged nerves, cut a blood vessel or had a bone bleed ***

      Not with a fibula. Tibia or femur, yes.

      • Tassiebush

        Fair enough it’s not my area of expertise.

        • Daniel F. Melton

          Had the same injury myself.

          • Tassiebush

            sounds ouchy!

          • Daniel F. Melton

            I was gimpy for a while. Ya grit your teeth and keep on going.

  • Cory C

    Very impressive. I’ll be showing this to my daughter. That’s a role model, right there.

  • Wolfgar

    A very accurate analysis LOL.

  • RA

    Amazing focus and determination. What a lady

  • billybob

    My spiral fracture of my right fibula put me on my back and in a Bledsoe boot. Kudos Jessica!

  • scaatylobo

    IMPRESSIVE !!!, that is a lady I want to have on my side IF the SHTF.
    Showed great responsibility as to gun handling AND composure under what must have been great pain [ that is THE largest bone in the body ].

  • Daniel F. Melton

    Weaker sex? If wimmin were “weaker” there wouldn’t be more than one kid to a family.

  • Bruce Cohen

    Now that’s what I call dedication. I know if I broke my leg, I probably would have stopped. And I’ve been competition shooting for over 35 years.
    What a great contender. This is what it’s all about.

  • me ohmy

    tough ass female…..nicely done

  • Bonzaipilot

    One tough woman!!!

  • Herman Johnson


    If I was in a tough spot with some adversaries, I’d be quite pleased to have her MY side.

  • Bodie

    I don’t shoot 3gun. Not because I don’t like it, but just because it’s something I haven’t had the chance to get into yet.

    But of all the videos I’ve seen of competitions, I have wondered why there aren’t more injuries from those shooting boxes. They just look like ankle snappers. The idea of putting a protruding frame in the ground that’s extremely easy to trip over, as people are running around shooting firearms, always seemed dangerous to me.

    Why wouldn’t it be better to put a more flush base with wider, painted stone? The 2×2’s sticking out of the gravel seems so dangerous. Competitors have their eyes down range, not on the ground. Wider stone that sits closer to the ground seems safer. Is there a particular reason that I’m missing for using such a tall, protruding frame?

  • iksnilol

    Eh, both genders keel over when hit in the crotch. Don’t ask how I know.

  • Most states here in the USA require you to wear a helmet.

    • iksnilol

      Of course, you’re going at least 60 km/h an hour without any crumplezones, seatbelts, airbags, mass to absorb the impact or antispin.

      Heck, give me a medieval suit of armor and the slowest motorcycle if I have to ride on two wheels.