That is one lucky guy. At the very least three inches lower and he would be blind if not dead.
Once when I was much younger I shot a 45acp at a junked auto body and had the round ricochet into my truck canopy that was right behind me. Scarred the c**** out of me after I realized it could have been my eyeball or something. I wonder if the steel plates we shoot at Snowshoe Gun Club could do that? The rounds don't penetrate but rather just leave divots and by the sound and smoke I assume it pulverizes the bullet.
It could under the right conditions, but who knows what those conditions are before hand. We train on steel all the time and the only time I've had anything come back at me was when a piece of bullet jacket dinged me on the hand at an indoor range punching paper. No injury and it didn't hurt, but was a reminder to always wear eye protection.I wonder if the steel plates we shoot at Snowshoe Gun Club could do that? The rounds don't penetrate but rather just leave divots and by the sound and smoke I assume it pulverizes the bullet.
It you want to see what happens to a bullet on steel, set up a target stand with cardboard facing 90 degrees next to the steel target and you'll see how big the fragments are and how they penetrate when they spall on the steel.
Now what ?
I shoot in an ocasioal pistol steel match. The steels are angled slightly away and down to send the ricochet away from the shooter and into a dirt berm.
This seems to work just fine, not sure if all ranges use common since with their steel placement.
3 of us were shooting 22 pistols at driftwood along a river bank. The driftwood was
laying in rock cobbles. After 2 zingers came back past our heads, we stopped that.
I don't shoot into gravel bars anymore.