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Old 01-01-2020, 07:17   #1
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Literally ‘Raining Bullets‘..

..here in Brunswick,Ga. last night..
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Re: Literally ‘Raining Bullets‘..

It was worse than that in Baghdad after a big event.
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That's why the WW2 US Navy used very large helmets.....
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https://thebrunswicknews.com/opinion...f6dbd2040.html
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Damn! I'm in Brunswick, thought we heard gunfire but couldn't be sure with so many fireworks going off too. I guess it's time to walk the deck, looking for holes
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Re: Literally ‘Raining Bullets‘..

Walking to an auto parts store in North Miami two days ago, there were signs in the neighborhood that said, not to shoot your gun up into the air, what goes up must come down, really, not joking... what could go wrong...

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Cant find it now, but there was a video from a few years back shot during NYE in Fronteras, Guatemala (Rio Dulce)...as the fireworks picked up for midnight you could see and hear the occassional addition of automatic weapon fire.

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Re: Literally ‘Raining Bullets‘..

Try New Orleans on New Year's Eve for celebratory gunfire. Even though, to be honest, there is a lot of random gunfire in certain parts of New Orleans, almost every night.

https://www.nola.com/news/crime_poli...d093170bd.html

I was working there when this girl was killed at the Jax Brewery top deck. She probably would have lived if one person there had been sober enough to apply direct pressure to her wound.

One of my co-workers caught a round the same night in the weirdest circumstance you can imagine. He was driving on Canal, leaving the French Quarter that night, the same night the girl was shot, and a bullet came down and through his open sun roof and lodged in his shoulder.

He went to the ER, and they just pulled it out with forceps and slapped a bandage on him.

Later, whenever he would tell the story of the night he got shot, someone would inevitably point out, "Pete, you didn't get shot. A bullet fell on you."

But, until living in New Orleans, I never appreciated the risk of that kind of gunfire. I never thought bullets fired like that would retain enough velocity to do any damage. But, I guess the problem isn't so much the ones that are just falling straight down, powered solely by gravity. It's the ones fired at an angle, that loop over and come down, with a lot of velocity left.
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Re: Literally ‘Raining Bullets‘..

While I’m not recommending it firing into the air was my normal way of celebrating the New Year growing up. Granted we used a shotgun and cheap birdshot but still.

If you shoot a shotgun up through a leafy tree canopy, especially one with dried dead leaves like white oak, you can hear the shot raining back down. I’ve been around the edge of a skeet or trap range where this was a regular occurrence.

A bullet truly fired UP will travel until it runs out of its initial energy from the explosive charge. It will then fall down and reach a “terminal velocity” where the air resistance matches the pull of gravity. Take a big heavy bullet on the top of the skull and it may do some serious damage.

After a quick search I can’t find a good link to it but it is generally reported that the US Army fires about 40,000 rounds per kill.

When hunting with a rifle you are not supposed to fire unless there is a certain backstop to stop the miss. Never shoot at a silloette.
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Wow. Google search, "shot by new year's eve bullet" and see how many people got hit this year.

Too many to list. I'm glad we stayed indoors!
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Re: Literally ‘Raining Bullets‘..

It happens semi-regularly in countries where firing guns into the air is a common part of celebrations such as weddings, etc.

Making matters worse the bullet also often seems to fall on a child in these instances too.

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Re: Literally ‘Raining Bullets‘..

Here is an article with some info for those who in areas where the other articles are blocked:

Police warn of danger from gunfire on New Year’s Eve | The Kansas City Star
https://www.kansascity.com/news/busi...238725368.html

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Bullets can fall back to the ground faster than 200 feet per second, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “a sufficient force to penetrate the human skull and cause serious injury or death.”
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I remember once, seeing a news report about someone who claimed to have found bullets on a beach, a couple of miles downrange of the gun club where I was a members.

She held up for the camera an unfired cartridge.

Not only was it a fake charge, it wasn't even a good fake.

Now the pictured bullet was a bullet, not an unfired cartridge, but it's a mushroomed hollow-point. And hollow-points only mushroom when they hit something solid. That one is so perfectly mushroomed that I expect it was fired into ballistic gel or a jug of water.

What is absolutely clear is that bullet was not fired into the air.

And no, it didn't mushroom when it it the ground. Rounds fired into the air land base first.
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Re: Literally ‘Raining Bullets‘..

There’s a term for getting hit by falling bullets: “Happy Fire”.
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I have had bird shot rain down on me while dove huntingi. It's small and harmless so long as your wearing a good hat and shirt. Thx-Ace
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