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WPD officer hit with own bullet

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WILMINGTON -- A Wilmington Police officer was wounded Tuesday morning, hit by his own bullet. Investigators say the officer was training at the firing range when he got hit in the arm with a bullet fragment. The officer is OK. He was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with superficial injuries. The accident happened this morning at the county's firing range off Highway 421 North. Investigators say the officer was practicing shooting at close-range targets. One of his bullets hit a metal bar behind the target and ricocheted, hitting the officer in the arm. A WPD spokesperson says the officer was practicing with the city's Special Enforcement Response Team. Police department policy says an internal investigation will now take place. Officials are calling it a "freak accident."

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leadcore 223 ammo sniper issue

as i was saying i have fired thousands of rounds of 223 ammo lead core marine issued bullets every 5 th round being a tracer i still have a case of this ammo in my storage building to prove it knuckle head into practice silioutes into marine issued steel targets as for sniper practice i was in the marines since the grenada invasion,my combat weapon issued was an m16 for close range sniper tactics .i can still dive into 15 foot water and find my five movable parts to my m16 with my eyes closed and put my weapon back to firing ready position before i surface for air .yeah you new breed jarheads were trained with fmjs and those mres , i still got a case of the old sea rations my company was issued from grenada the metal can type .another thing we would bet on the fr whom could do a double hit one tracer with another tracer .son im 65 years old the government military issue has changed but ill bet you everything your pathetic life is worth i got a case of lead core sniper issued 223 ammo for close range m16 sniper tactics .

If every fifth round is a tracer....

...it's ammo designed for the M249 SAW....machinegun ammo. It's not "sniper ammo." Marine snipers are armed with variants of the Remington 700 or the old X-40, both in 7.62mm NATO caliber. Some are now using accurized, match grade M-14s, also in 7.62mm. No one uses the 5.56 mm round for serious sniper work, because the least bit of cross-wind can make your shot go wild. Of course, that's not important when you are doing "close range sniper tactics," is it? Hey, when you were engaging in those self-created "close range sniper tactics," did you practice full camouflage and concealment with a Ghillie suit, or do you just put on one of those rubber noses with the fake moustache and eyeglasses? Now, let's check your math... You were in the Marines "since the Grenada invasion?" That was 1983. But you claim that you're 65 years old. That means that you went to boot camp when you were 41? 40? That's interesting....considering the maximum age for enlistment in the early Eighties was 32. (27 if you were seeking a commissioning program) Perhaps they gave you a waiver because of your amazing sniper and English composition skills? Oh....they were called C-rations, Mister Wannabe, and I ate enough to know that they weren't anything to brag about. Thank GOD my career in the Corps FROM WHICH I RETIRED was fulfilling enough that I don't have to exaggerate what I did....

steel and lead bullets

as a marine sniper i had extensive training with small arm type weapons , in my training we used steel metal targets and never a richochet because lead bullets stop and smash them selves into a target because lead is weaker than steel, the grains of gun powder are measured and weighed and marked for each type of bullet for velocity and accuracy, bullets rise and fall during there decent over yards of firing,armor peirecing bulets will richocet because there made of steel and penetrate the most toughest metals . i have fired thousands of rounds of 223 amo into steel target siliotes never a richochet because the bullets are lead and flatten out into a chewed piece of gum shape ,some bullets are mixed with lead and steel and when fired up close into a steel target will bust into pieces and richochet thats why you dont use steel bullets when practicing in a close range knuckle head

Siliotes?

I thought that siliotes were a protected species.... So you were a "marine sniper?" Odd....most Marines learn in boot camp that the word Marine is always capitalized. And after spending many, many years as a competitive match shooter in the Marine Corps, I never once recall seeing anything but ball ammunition (FMJ) on the firing line. Plus, I can assure you that an SS109 5.56 mm round (which is what Marines fire) will waltz through most steel silhouettes at ranges under 300 yards because of the steel insert. No ricochetes. On the other hand, Marine SNIPERS usually fire the 7.62mm round, or .308 Winchester as civilians refer to it......though I hear from a buddy at Quantico that there are a few .300 Winchester Magnums out there, as well as one or two of that incredible .338 Lapua round being tested. Me? Oh.....I'm just a brain surgeon/astronaut for NASA....

The correct formula for this

The correct formula for this firing procedure is: Hypotenuse/Cosign/divided by Tangent at zero degrees multiplied by thrust/speed/wind velocity. This works with rubber bands too! I work at NASA also...but I sweep up! :-)

Really

For the record, if you were target practicing as a marine then you were using full metal jacket ammo as the rounds. (1) They are cheap to shoot. (2) They are your combat effective round as issued. (Even a marine sniper would know that, and you don't?) And for close course training and practice, police forces typically use several types of ammo. Swaged are all lead, cheap but hazardous to cleanup later. FMJ's are cheaper still yet great practice rounds. And police issue rounds that are designed to feed thru weapons dependably and deposit energy on(in) the target. Any of these can form pieces that could theoretically return to the shooters area. AKA a ricochet. Course design is just one of the factors that go into minimizing this happening. Other than that, it is in God's hands where the pieces go. Personally, I am glad that the shooting and the practicing are left to the law enforcement personell and not to someone like you who would call youself a marine sniper.

Thanks for the info...Steven

Thanks for the info...Steven Seagal