Someone took a shot at me with an air rifle today
From a cycling forum over here in South Africa:
You guys have it easy 🙁Posted 4 years agogofasterstripesSubscriber
A friend of mine asked me to shoot him with an air rifle loaded with a bread pellet once, it was pretty much the first time I’d handled one.
I aimed for his manhood, shot from 3m away and watched him drop to the ground. Luckily for him, I missed and hit his thigh, as it made a 5x10mm impact, and around that the skin had parted about 2 or 3 mm deep like it’d been cut with a scalpel. He was wearing trousers.
This same air rifle, [later and not with me there], hit him in the hand and went through, splattering blood on the ceiling.
I haven’t picked one up since.Posted 4 years agoheavymanMember
My loving Brother shot me in the arse when we were young from about 50yds it stung like holy h3ll and bruised my sorry arse, and that was a pretty weak airgun. I was not a happy chappy and I let me Bro know.
I had a weihrauch (sp?) and back then you could buy plastic pellets with steel heads, these pellets would go straight through a can over 50 metres away.
Very dangerous in the wrong hands!!!Posted 4 years agomartinxyzMember
One of the most awful injuries to the face I’ve seen was during a visit to see my bro in hospital when I was about 6. I remember staring and thinking what the hell could have done something like that. I asked the guy what had happened to his face and he told me the story. His mate shot him in the eye with an air gun. He was in there for at least a few weeks and the swelling and colouring was something else. Even the week after I first saw him it hardly changed. Who knows what kind of air gun it was but what a mess his face was.Posted 4 years agoLiftmanMember
When I was younger a mate shot me “by accident” from about 15m away with his air rifle (albeit with illegal spring), cue trip to hospital to remove the pellet from just under the sking at the back of my leg as it had travelled through from the front, new respect on what an air rifle can actually do was quickly learned.Posted 4 years agorogerthecatMember
Kid up the road shot me in the shoulder with his Dad’s ‘rabbit’ gun, we went for the Western approach to pellet removal, slug of his Dad’s whisky, Stanley knife in the cooker gas burner and he dug it out. They must have heard the screams in Sheffield. Still got the scar. His Dad went mental and I went to A&E where the nurse told my Mum he’d done a decent job all things considered.
Not a fan of guns.Posted 4 years agonigewMember
steel4real – Member
Bad news that happening as I regularly ride round there.
But – bridleway “called baby head alley” sounds good but I’ve never ridden anything that fits that description or heard it used before, I’m all intrigued, where is it ?
Me too, never heard of it!
I have seen young lads on Norland with air rifles in the past, they were aboutPosted 4 years ago
15/16 years old, never got shot at though 😯suttySubscriber
25 years ago a lad at my school was killed by an air rifle after being shot in the mouth which then penetrated his brain ! This definitely needs following up & they most certainly can be charged with firearms offences ! After all I remember a few summers ago, when a group of lads were driving around with supersoaker water pistols & firing water at passers by. The police took this very serious eventhough they were just having a laugh & a very slim chance of anyone getting injured !Posted 4 years agoBigButSlimmerBlokeMember
I’ve shot airguns all my life and never seen anyone injured by been shot by a pellet.
My brother was hit in the neck by an air pellet which almost hit the cartoid artery. He was in surgery for several hours. Still, as long as you never saw it happen that’ll be ok.Posted 4 years ago
Steel4real and nigew, baby head alley runs from the edge of Norland Moor down the left side of Norland Clough into Packwood Scar. It used to be far more loose than these days. You probably know it. The right hand side of the Clough is also rideable but not for me. It’s fairly technical and also a footpath.
One thing i will say is these guns looked brand new. I hope it’s not the start of something regular for these lads. If they have taken a shot at me I doubt they hesitate with a dog.Posted 4 years ago
Isn’t it an offence to just be wandering around with an air rifle? Its not private land up there – its common land open to everyone but I’m guessing there are rules on where you can shoot those things?
Absolutly awful response from the rozzers.
In a slightly related matter, glad the trail is making a name for itself – I named it babyhead alley 😀Posted 4 years ago
speckledbob – yep, the one that comes down from the bridge? Techy with steps and rocks and stuff? Great trail. When it veers right into the woods and gets to a really boggy bit… I’ve been thinking of ways of making that section rideable or cutting a new trail earlier that climbs above the rocks where the spring comes out the ground and then joining back onto the trail on the other side of the boggy bit as it winds down towards terrible turns.
I’d be onto the cops again and saying you weren’t satisfied that you were shot at with an air rifle and it was shrugged off by the officer you spoke to.Posted 4 years ago
And you;re right – the babies head sized rocks seem to have gone these days and its a proper flat out blat down there now! That, then the cheeky little section that drops down steeply onto the cobbles above Wireworks and then Wireworks is a top way of getting back into the valley…Posted 4 years ago
Yes, that whole section from Norland is a good long decent. A good 5 mins plus of decending. Not sure how it will be at the bottom of wireworks once that estate gets built. It will probably end up a doggy toilet.
Anyway just e-mailed the NCP as suggested bu deluded. See what happens.Posted 4 years agoderek_starshipMember
I got shot in the back when I was 9. The gun was a Diana SP50, a low powered, pop-out barrel design. It hurt a lot and gave me a massive bruise.
Airgun misuse is frightening as the consequences can prove fatal or life-changing.
A legal (sub 12ft/lbs)modern pre-charged pneumatic air rifle in .177 cal. is capable of generating muzzle velocities in excess of 780 feet per second. It may not be a devastating amount of energy but the potential for deep penetration of tissue is obvious.Posted 4 years agonigewMember
SpeckledBob – I know where you mean now, we call it The Fradge Factory, dont ask 😉
Its a great descent, just slow down at the farm, hes getting very pissed off with bikes flying past.
DBW the cheeky bit is always good for catching folk out 😈
The lads with guns definatley need a talking to if you can find them, maybe head over there at a similar time next week, creatures of habit and all that.
EDIT I mean to get another description for the policePosted 4 years ago
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