Well, shooters, I’ve always said that if the safety rules continued to be violated, it wasn’t a question of if but when we would have someone get shot at the Babcock/Webb range. A couple weeks back, it finally happened. Two people were accidentally shot — thank God, not fatally. Both victims apparently suffered birdshot wounds in the lower back, buttocks and legs. Getting shot can never be considered minor, but this could have been a whole lot worse. I’m sure if buckshot had been involved rather than birdshot, it would probably have been fatal.
It happened at the far shotgun range. Apparently one shooter was loading a pump-action shotgun behind two other shooters when the gun discharged, injuring both of them. The shooter stated that when he racked the shotgun slide, it discharged without him pulling the trigger. You’re probably all aware what my reply is to that. That’s what most people say when they accidentally discharge a gun. My friends at FWC tell me that the investigating officer checked the firearm for operation and it functioned perfectly. Like I constantly preach in my classes, there is only one thing that makes a gun go bang, and it’s attached to your hand.
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