Thursday, April 22, 2010

How not to shoot a rifle

Owie, owie, owie.


EMBED-Sniper Rifle Recoil Breaks Eye Socket - Watch more free videos

p.s. Can anyone tell the noob (me) what rifle this is?

18 comments:

Me said...

Can't...stop...laughing!!!
Can't...breathe!!!
BWahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

Justin Buist said...

Looks like a BAR done up in hunting configuration to me but I wouldn't put money on it.

JohnMXL said...

Browning BAR.

Either he doesn't have the rifle pulled tight into the pocket prior to firing, he has the scope mounted too far back or he needs a scope with longer eye relief.

Wolfman said...

Stock crawling plus insufficient eye relief equals black eyes. Trust me, he is not the only one to do this. My brother (6'1", 245 lbs) shoots a .30-06 that was once cut down (possibly for a youth, but the d&*% thing weighs 10 lbs, so it wasn't a happy kid) to 12 1/4 in LOP. EVERY time I shoot it I nick myself (not as bad as that guy did). As for the gun, it looks to me like a Browning BAR sporter. Not sure what caliber it would be, but that's a pretty low power scope, so my guess would be something in the brush gun category. Also, those see through rings can add to this problem, cause the scope is so high you get no cheek weld.

frmrflyer said...

As Justin said, it is a Browning BAR, a semi-automatic sporting and hunting rifle. Mostly sold in deer to elk type calibers, they are kind of pricy but very beautiful. Accuracy used to be ok, but not in the "tactical rifle" arena. 1.5" groups were quite common, which is more than enough for most rifles in most situations, but not usually what precision marksmen were looking for. I hear that Browning has upgraded it somewhat, but I cannot comment on the most current versions.

As for the damage to the shooter, this is sadly common for a new shooter shooting a deer to elk size rifle, even more so when the scope is mounted improperly (too far to the rear) and when the rifle is held poorly (poor shooting position with shooter "crawling" the stock). Used to see one or two of these every weekend during sighting in season at the county range where I worked, although usually the damage is over the eye (scar usually folds into the eyebrow) and seldom breaks the eye socket.

FormerFlyer

Montana said...

FN has taken the BAR rifle to new heights with the FNAR. I traded in my old .308 bolt for an FNAR and it's just amazing. Sub MOA right out of the box. It's not nearly as pretty as the old BARs though.

Diogenes said...

Heh - saw R Lee Ermey give himself a black eye with a Barrett 50 cal on an episode of Lock n Load. He crawled up on the stock and it nailed him. Give 'im credit tho'. No whining, just wiped the blood off, rebuked himself for bad form and proceeded to pop off a dozen rounds or so...

Justin Buist said...

Kinda surprised that I nailed the ID of it. I've only seen one in person once and that was a good 8 years ago now.

John said...

That was AWESOME. 'Course, the guy's lack of eye protection is pretty indicative of his lack of skill. Proper safety glasses would have minimized the injury. Then again, methinks properly mounting the rifle and adjusting the scope would have helped, too.

Wai said...

Cartridge size as it tumbles over the hood indicates that it might be a 7mm Remington Magnum BAR.

Robert Langham said...

That's just awful- from bad form to shooting across a car hood. Poor guy needed a coach. Very serious injury.

Earl said...

Well, I did get the rifle right. Now I have to look up NFAR.

Clint said...

FYI the stock goes between one's rotator cuff and neck, NOT between one's bicep and deltoid.

I noticed at the 2 second mark "Boy,, this is gonna hurt..."

People need to learn what the shoulder really is and that the gun goes INSIDE the shoulder. Too many yahoos think the rifle goes on the meaty parts outside the joint.

Oh well, sometimes stupid is painful.

misanthropic777 said...

A friend of mine did that first time he shot a .50. I tried to warn him...

"FN has taken the BAR rifle to new heights with the FNAR."

Oh, man those are nice. I love mine.

Rabbit said...

Yep. It's a Grade I Browning BAR. They've made those in .270 Win, .30-06, 7MM Rem Mag, and (gasp) .300 Win Mag. in the 'long' action model. This is a long action.

Crawl on up that stock, Cookie. It don't bite much. I bet he got a broken zygomatic arch aand maybe a broken orbit out of that one.

Stranger said...

The rifle is a civilian Browning BAR, as others have noted, and most likely the Lightweight Stalker in either .300 or .338 Magnum.

The scope apparently has the proper eye relief for a .22, .222, or similar minimum recoil cartridge. Five to six inches is more like what is needed.

If you absolutely MUST use a short eye relief scope on a heavy recoiling rifle, at least put a rubber eyecup on the scope. Those horseshoe shaped scars on the forehead only prove you that have a terrible flinch.

Stranger

dr mac said...

Heh, there are a few things to learn before hunting the mystical wapiti.

Beaumont said...

@Clint & @Stranger...exactly my thoughts. My caliber guess would be .338, since the 7 and .300 are lively in a BAR, but not that lively. Well, at least, I didn't crack a cheekbone with either.