Originally Posted by skipmac
I was shooting at a can about 100' out in the pond which was over 100 yds wide. I was a pretty good shot, captain
of the high school
rifle team plus I also saw the water jump next to the can where I hit so no chance it hit a rock or something on the far bank.
I was completely amazed and still cannot explain why or how it happened, only that it did. My best guess the nose of the bullet hit a ripple (it wasn't totally flat calm), dug into the water's surface and turned around.
And I am not saying the odds of this happening are high but some things I just don't want to play the odds. Even if the round only ricocheted off at 45 which I think has a reasonably high probability, that opens up a pretty wide arc
you have to watch when shooting on the water. So now you don't have to just watch straight down range but also off to both sides.
Perhaps you saw it skip off the water and it hit something on shore to make such a dangerous ricochet. It was wise for you to change your ways after a freak incident like this. Shooting across water is bound to be unpredictable. I'm a big fan of guns
. Have been ever since I was a child. My father raise me like that I guess and stated that guns
were not for hunting. They aren't even for home protection.
The reason our constitution grants us a right to arms is purely to secure the country from invaders and our own government
. This came from a Marine
, Police Officer, Detective and retired as an Indian Gaming Inspector. He spent his entire life in enforcement, and I wouldn't consider him "paranoid" or a right wing nutter.
Still, in reply to the OP, the responsibility to properly operate a firearm is in the hands of the gun owner. Shooting at garbage on the lake only introduces more refuse into the lake and fragments what you were targeting. Shooting at wildlife you have no intention of eating is something a sociopath would do. I wont even shoot a seal who steals my fish
. I might shake my fist, ponder putting a cap in him but in the end I'll just wish the little bastard ill. Hopefully he'll have stolen a big fat skip jack you didn't really want and be done harassing you for the day. Of course, if the game
wardens say they need to be culled... lock and load.