PSA: Be aware of your target

by Miles

Of course, the full extent of that statement is “Be aware of your Target, and what lies beyond and in between”. This applies to all shooting activities, from tactical shooting, to plinking, and in this case to hunting. In a recent NBC report, a stray round entered a couples house in Washington State, and blasted all the way through it, ending up in the coffee maker on the other side of the house. The report says it was a hunters round, but honestly it could have been a person plinking in the woods, or perhaps someone drunk and acting irresponsible with a firearm. But in any case, this serves as a sober example of why we have to always know what lies beyond our targets, in any scenario, in addition to ensuring we have a sufficient backstop when target shooting. Luckily in this case no one was wounded or killed from that stray round.

Another practical lesson from this news story is how the bullet literally made it through the entire house, going through walls, coffee makers, clothing before finally stopping on the other side of the house. Take that for what it is worth, but it just goes to show that ballistics can literally go in all sorts of directions. The round eventually hit their oven and then ricocheted into the kitchen where it stopped.


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  • John - Atlanta John - Atlanta on Nov 10, 2015

    This is why when the stuff hits the fan, your roof and walls are unlikely to provide cover unless you have sand bags in the plans and you have on hand material to effect repairs. Someone unloading 90+ rounds of even 5.56 at you inside your house is going to cause a lot of damage, especially if they hit something holding gas or a natural gas line.

    Even worse, image 90 rounds of 12 gauge slugs.

  • Zebra Dun Zebra Dun on Nov 11, 2015

    We re roofed a house out in the country one job and there were three spitzer style bullets found stuck in the roof, they penetrated halfway in at about a 45 degree angle.
    It was an amazing five foot group!