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How many trap shooting fatalities per year?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Bushmaster1313, Feb 3, 2010.

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  1. Bushmaster1313

    Bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

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    Just read an article from the American Rifleman in 1990 that as of then there had never been a fatality in a scholastic shooting event. Making it much safer than swimming or football.

    How many trap shooting fatalities do we experience?
     
  2. jim brown

    jim brown Well-Known Member

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    Zero in registered shooting.

    jim brown
     
  3. TOOLMAKER 251

    TOOLMAKER 251 Active Member

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    I only know of 1 around 1989 from a Rem. 870 coming apart. Edit, make that 2. Someone was shot in the head while they were shooting different handicap yardages a 1/2 dozen years ago.
     
  4. Barry C. Roach

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    Fabulous record, considering we've enough ordinance to start another civil war.
     
  5. Dennisw

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    I thought somebody got shot in california at a range last year, in the parking lot, by a gun that was accidently loaded when somebody was getting it out of there vehicle
     
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    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I thought there was another fatality, possibly in Montana, when a guy tried a another guy's gun but was unaware there was a release trigger in it.
     
  7. phirel

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    I seem to join the dead several times each season on the trap line.

    Pat Ireland
     
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    oleolliedawg Banned User Banned TS Supporters

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    Early 60's at a local gun club. I believe it was an 870 or Model 12 that exploded with a piece of the receiver severing the jugular vein of the adjacent shooter!!
     
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    As I recall the death in So. Calif. was a suicide, I agree sport shooting in general has a very good record. My worst scare was when the machine broke down and the woman shooting next to me was waving her loaded gun around, I told her to unload it and she said she didn't know how. I promptly showed her how and needless to say was appalled and let her know it.

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  10. TOOLMAKER 251

    TOOLMAKER 251 Active Member

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    Oleolliedawg, Are you sure about your time frame? Are you sure it didn't happen in the late 80's at the Perry gun club, and the guy from Norristown, Pa. who died as a result of his buddies 870 blowing up on the next station.
     
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    I believe this one occured at Fleetwood and I'm quite sure of the timetable. The story was relayed to me by the late Bill Hunsberger who's been dead over 25 years!!
     
  12. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    The man that was killed in Montana at a private ranch was shot by an inexperienced young man with a borrowed model 12. The gun was examined and found to work properly if I recall. The young man claimed his finger was nowhere near the trigger when it went off? A model 12 can do exactly that, if it happens to have a broken firing pin!! It can work as designed with a bad pin till the broken front end piece sticks in the bolt end!!

    Our ATA trapshooting sport has a better record, death wise, than ping pong does!!

    Hap
     
  13. TOOLMAKER 251

    TOOLMAKER 251 Active Member

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    Oleo, I am quite sure of the time frame also on the Perry intervalley shoot. It was a colored fella that was killed.
     
  14. KEYBEAR

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    Yardage Separation is the best reason to shoot with guys you know . Or maybe not
     
  15. oleolliedawg

    oleolliedawg Banned User Banned TS Supporters

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    Toolmaker, you're right about the color and probably even the gun club. I don't think it happened in the 80's!!
     
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    DOES THE TRAP HOUSE COUNT AS A FATALITIE

    TARGET 1
     
  17. ysr_racer

    ysr_racer Active Member

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    I'm pretty sure more of us die from heart attacks, than gun related injuries.
     
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    After reading the above posts, I have concluded my reasonably new ( 8 years)hobby/sport is very safe and mighty expensive...Larry Lockhart
     
  19. mrskeet410

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    When my father was a trapboy back in the 1920s, a guy was killed when he was shot in the stomach by a guy handling a presumed unloaded gun left in the gun rack.
     
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    About the fatality in modesto, ca at The Old Fishermans Club, I am a member there and knew the shooter and the shootee, the story goes thaat the skeet range saftey officer had a lever action .410 that he was proud of for all the work he put into it and always kept a couple rounds in the tube so he could pop gophers with. So the day of the shooting it was about 9:00 am and this guy wanted to show off this gun to another shooter and forgot that it was loaded, worked the action and pulled the trigger thinking it was empty. The guy that was shot ( Wild Bill ) was in another group about ten feet away talking and he was shot in the back of the head and died instantly. It is a sad thing when safety get put by the way side when handling firearms. Since then we all have to store our guns inthe gun rack with the chamber open no matter what action type so it can be clearly seen that the firearm is empty and we are only allowed to closed a loaded firearm when we are ready to shoot. It was a terrible tragity that hopefully will never repeat it's self.
     
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