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Rule, uhm, I don’t even

Do not anger the tree!

18 Responses to “Rule, uhm, I don’t even”

  1. NotClauswitz Says:

    One of my dirtbike rider friends from RMD had a tree fall on him during an Enduro race. Musta been like that!

  2. pdb Says:

    This reminds me of the geniuses who staple targets to the post. Were you planning to miss?

  3. Patrick Says:

    Caveat: I have my own range, also in the woods.

    If you shoot at trees you are a jackass. Not because they might fall down, but because they are a shitty backstop. That slight hill in the background is not enough to stop a round from winging up and onto something else. Seen it happen many times.

    Seriously, rent an excavator and dig out a serious backstop. Build up a berm. Maybe put more than a few drinks worth of consideration into the whole thing, and then come out ahead of the problems that could ensue.

    Add to my annoyance the fact I burned through some good saw blades running into redneck steel and lead in tree trunks that came down during a storm. Seems someone thought the 100 year old Beech tree (better than 3 foot trunk) was a good target about 20 years ago. The tree dies (surprise!), and when I tried to turn it into decent fuel for the home I ran into all the fun they shot before.

    I know people like to shoot at home (so do I), but there should be a rule that says don’t shoot unless you actually plan the backstop. There is a world of difference between a little lead from hunting in the woods and a lot of lead slung at a paper target.

    Grumpy today…

  4. JKB Says:

    A good example that even though you put multiple rounds into the target, it doesn’t mean the target can’t still do damage, especially before they are lying flat on the ground.

  5. John Moses Motherloving Browning Says:

    If he had been using a .45, that tree would have been dead before he even shot it.

  6. Critter Says:

    i think we call this a “teachable moment”.

  7. Linoge Says:

    I dare say that dryad had had enough of that shit.

  8. SPQR Says:

    JMMB & Linoge share the internets today

  9. Mad Saint Jack Says:

    Imma’ go with: “Be sure of your target”…

  10. Windy Wilson Says:

    Ummm, you don’t even really need to have a firearm. Waay back when Johnson was officially a lame duck President I was a Boy Scout. We were hiking around in the mountains north of Los Angeles, and as boys do, we had a little contest to see who could throw a rock and hit this Yucca/ Century plant that was growing temptingly about 50 feet away (Century plants bloom a lot more often than once a century, btw). I forget who hit the stalk (likely not me) but the stalk flexed under the impact of the rock and whipped back at us, throwing a whole head’s worth of Yucca seeds at us. We all flinched thinking we’d angered hornets or something, but it was only the Yucca throwing down at us.
    Alone among the troops that year at summer camp, we were not busted for unauthorized throwing of rocks.

  11. LKP Says:

    When you come at the tree, the tree comes at you!

  12. Jailer Says:

    Camera man needs to work on his situational awareness.

  13. Pete Says:

    Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt!

  14. Cargosquid Says:

    Um….what backstop? He seems to be shooting UPHILL along the slope.

    Hope no one is down range.

    As for the tree….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  15. snoopycomputer Says:

    😀 Pete wins whatever is left of the internet.

  16. Frank Says:

    IIII’m a lumberjack and that’s okay…

  17. lyford Says:

    Revenge of a shot cactus:
    http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/saguaro.asp

  18. Lyle Says:

    Rule Number Eleventeen;
    “Know your trees and where they are likely to fall”