Graphic – Shooter Puts 22-250 Through Foot

This was sent to us by a reader who wanted us to pass it along. It is my understanding that a shooter was unloading a Remington ADL rifle. For those not familiar, it is a traditional style hunting / bolt action rifle.

Remington Model 700 ADL.

Remington Model 700 ADL.

The ADL model has a “blind magazine”. What that means is, the rounds are captured inside of the rifle and cannot be emptied by opening a hinged floor-plate or detaching the entire magazine assembly. I would venture to guess that most bolt action rifles manufactured since the beginning of time are designed this way.

We are being told the user was unloading the rifle the only way you can: by cycling the rounds through the action. It is not clear at this point if the user mistakenly touched the trigger or if the rifle suffered some kind of mechanical malfunction. Statistically the numbers predict user error but time will tell.

What is certain is the barrel was pointed at his foot. As the picture tells, the high-speed varmint round at point blank range is devastating. It has also been reported that doctors were forced to amputate the foot as the damage was too great.

Shooter puts 22-250 through foot.

Shooter puts 22-250 through foot.

I don’t wish to rehash the gun safety rules here. I don’t wish to play the gotcha game or engage in any of the myriad of BS holier-than-thou tactics people play behind keyboards. I live in the real world and know better. “But for the Grace of God, there goes I”. These reports keep me humble, not arrogant.

But I do have a little social trick that maybe some of you can use. We make it very well known in our professional and personal circles that pointing at gun at anyone is the social equivalent of giving someone the finger. What that does is it breaks the mindset of “gun time” vs “range is safe” time. It doesn’t matter if the gun is unloaded. It doesn’t matter if it’s a laser training device. It doesn’t matter if it’s a BB gun. It doesn’t matter if it’s yellow and orange and says NERF on the side.

It’s a good habit to get into and you can strive to achieve it without telling everyone how “tactical” you are. Just a few weeks ago, a civilian brought me a WWI make German Luger that his father had from the war. While I was looking at it, he commented on how I strived to never point it at myself or his family members. That was my opening, “It is considered rude to point guns at people”, I dismissively stated without looking at him.

I guarantee they will never forget that conversation. Because the average civilian is more concerned about not offending than being safe. Hopefully some will find that tactic useful.

Sincerely,
Marky
www.tacticaltshirts.com
www.john1911.com

  • Garet Kinder

    Classmate of mine. Same situation with a .22-250

  • Garet Kinder

    Same situation with a classmate of mine. .22-250

  • Marine223

    DUMB ASS!

  • av8usn

    Pointing a gun at someone is MORE than the equivalent of the “finger.” It is a potentially deadly action, for one or the other of the participants.

    • No kidding.

      But guess what happens every day in this country? People who are not “gun guys” do that very thing with unloaded guns. Constantly. Why? “Because it’s unloaded”.

      My example approaches this issue from a different point in the hopes of making an impression on the masses of people who only touch guns infrequently. If ever. I didn’t say it was the only way. Just more tools for the instructor tool-box.

      Sincerely,
      Marky
      http://www.tacticaltshirts.com
      http://www.john1911.com

  • Brennen Munro

    I was at a small gun store were they had a nondescript notebook on the counter that when opened reveled some shocking and graphic photos of gunshot damage. This notebook was always slid forward when someone who had come into the store practiced poor barrel discipline, and pointed their gun at a store employee or even themselves, with the notice that everyone in the pictures had been shot with what they thought, assumed, or were told was an empty weapon. It was a gruesome collection of photos, but it sure left an impression on me… And yes I got the book, when I painted myself while handing back something I had been looking at!
    Munro