And…sometimes you do surgery on yourself.

Hey, y’know how the smart kids are always telling us not to stand too close to a metallic target?

targThis one’s mine. I welded it up sometime in 2007. It spent several years out in the wash, then I moved it to my slowly-evolving garden patch when I moved into the Lair.

And I wouldn’t suggest that last night was the first time it ever shot back at me. The plates are curved, which lets me get away with foolishness most but not all of the time. But last night is the first time it ever drew blood, and this morning I’m still digging jacket splinters out of my hide.

So…just sayin.’ The smart kids are probably right about that.

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10 Responses to And…sometimes you do surgery on yourself.

  1. MamaLiberty says:

    Probably one reason all of our steel targets are on the 300 yard line… Be careful, and wash with plenty of soap and water. If you still have chunks inside… soak in hot epsom salts water if possible. Will help them work out.

  2. Matt, another says:

    If the eye doc has to remove FMJ cataracts he will charge extra.

  3. Anonymous says:

    And if ever get an MRI, say “Yes. Maybe. I don’t know.” when the tech asks if you have any metal in your eyes. You’ll get an extra-special x-ray to look very closely for fragments. It is bad for business to have metal ripping OUT through the patient’s head on its way to the magnet. OTOH, you do have a special leg, so the point may be moot.

  4. coloradohermit says:

    I hope it wasn’t your “new” good jacket.(Did I just hear the ghost of my mother?)

  5. Tam says:

    Dude, if that thing’s cratered, it’s time for a replacement. It’ll spit chunks of lead at skin-breaking velocity a good fifteen yards and more if it’s got concave divots in it.

  6. UnReconstructed says:

    One thing, I couldn’t tell from the angle of the pic.

    Lots of times the targets will be angled down to reflect the fragments downward.

    I got nailed at Knob Creek from my own gun shooting the subgun match. Didn’t even notice until after I finished the course and the RO said ‘are you allright?’ Had a little trickle of blood going down my face. A very sharp shard of jacket had whacked me and was still embedded. No problemo, tho. It didn’t damage my good looks….;/

  7. Joel says:


    You went to Knob Creek? I am not worthy!

  8. LJH says:

    Is how I learned not to shoot rattlesnakes in a rockpile.

  9. Geoff Ross says:

    Soft lead dude! Save the jacketed stuff for, well you know!

  10. Kentucky says:

    Returning lead hurts just as much as returning jacket mat’l.

    How do I know? Well let’s just say Tam’s absolutely right about cratered steel.

To the stake with the heretic!