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Posted on 12/20/2007 5:12:50 AM PST by cbkaty
Shooting accident kills man at Houston gun range
A man was fatally shot during an accident at a west Houston gun range, police said.
The 45- to 50-year-old man died after he suffered a gunshot wound to the chest at American Shooting Centers in the 16500 block of Westheimer Parkway, Houston police said.
The incident happened about 6:40 p.m. Authorities say they believe the injuries were caused by a rifle.
No other details were immediately available Wednesday night.
This is the range where the M1 Garand blew up.
They couldn’t find a first aid kit.
American Shooting Center Ping.
On a side note: when did gun shot wounds get classified as “injuries”?
Was it really a gunshot wound? Or did the rifle malfunction and he got hit by a part?
Don't know....I'd imagine the employees are not saying anything to anyone but their attorneys...
Is the incident described in the article the M1 incident - or is this a second incident at the same range?
It is my understanding this happened yesterday.... I have not heard what type weapon was involved.
No, Eaker was refering to his own M1 incident from a few years ago.
I seem to recall a case here in NC a few years back.
We had a local indoor range near the airport in Raleigh where a man came and rented a sub-gun and then used it to committ suicide a few years ago. The place closed up afterwards and never re-opened.
Why did the Garand blow up?
Was the shooter using modern commerical ammo instead of military ball ammo?
I said something about it once and the man proudly said "we've never had an accidental shooting here."
Thanks a lot, dude. I'm not gonna be first.
Sorry to hear that it happened in Houston.
I heard the trigger nut was a bit loose.
Isnt that the place the 1st annual Texas Cowboy shoot was held?
Its dark at 6:40 PM in Dec here in Tx, was this an indoor rifle range?
how familiar are you with Top Gun? How would you compare the two ranges? Which one is closer to main campus of UH? Thanks.
I like to shoot at a nearby range also. For the most part, shooters are very safe.
Even an “experienced” shooter can make a mistake with a new weapon. People should learn its operation at home and unloaded before bringing it to the range and loading it for the first time.
An M1 Garand will eat through any 30.06 ammo you can fit in the En-bloc clip.
Some have said that firing the heavyer grain bullets might damage your operating rod after a time. I’ve found no problem with 150-170 grain bullets. Now, the 170s do kick a bit in the ‘03.
I bought an original about 1 year ago and haven;t fired it.
I belong to several gun groups on line and posed the question about modern ammo versus military ball ammo in Garands and a number of responders told me hwat you said. A great many others said that the Garand wasn;t desinged to handle the kind of higher pressure commericial ammo available today.
I do know the Greek government still manufacturers military ball ammo for these things and there are suppliers on the net where you can get the stuff.
I had some modern commercial ammo from Winchester and contacted them directly about the safety of using it in an M1 Garand and a M1917 .30-06 caliber WW1 bolt action.
They told me it was safe in the original WW1 bolt action but not in the Garand.
I think that it would be wiser to avoid modern ammo in a Garand, and if you absolutely had to use it, use the lightest weight bullet available - I think its 150 or 160 grains. But it would appear you are still taking a chance on damaging yourself and/or a WW2 piece of history if you use modern ammo in it.
I wouldn;t based on what Winchester told me in an e-mail communication.
Was the shooter hurt or the gun damaged badly?
See my response below on modern ammo in Garands.
That’s horrible Eaker. Are there details yet? Such an odd story.
It is not really modern vs military ammo. It is bullet weight and pressure.
You can buy modern ammo that is similar to military although it is still more expensive to shoot. I’m cheap, I shoot the Greek stuff - preferably in the clips - have a ton of them around the house.
Their website states “The last cease-fire is
at 6:30 PM every night.”
wonder what happened...
I bet it was dark and he was retrieving a target when some idiot decided to clear his weapon down range.
Gun destroyed, but the shooter’s a tough cuss.
And he is getting used to pain...
There was some really bad Koren surplus a few years back. Certain lots would split cases and cause all kinds of problems. Most is used up or broken down for components by now, but it occasionally shows up.
I shoot at this range too and they are extremely strict. I wonder how it happened?
Strictly conjecture on my part, but I'd guess "handloaded ammo with a high primer leading to a slamfire".
It's my understanding that early in the life of Garands one was tested with a custom load which was estimated to produce 120,000 psi, roughly twice that of a standard load (probably fired with the gas-cylinder plug removed).
As the story goes, it broke off one of the locking lugs on the bolt, but no other damage. It went on to fire another 5,000 rounds (with the one-lugged bolt) uneventfully.
Factory Wincheester ammo and a brand new Garand. Training by a former Marine.
Well that just stinks.
How’d it fail? Chamber blow up, back end of the receiver pop off, or something else?
Brand new Garand?
Like one of those modern reproductions or an original never before fired?
good reason not to shoot gunshow ammo.
M1s were designed for Ball M2 150gr FMJ for
2700 or so fps muzzle velocity. Get away from
these parameters and one is flirting with disaster
or at least a bent op rod.
Actually it is one of the largest outdoor and lighted range in America. It is designed for everything from trap, skeet, pistol, rifle, and high-power long range rifle.
The Range is part of a 6,500 acre County Park, "George Bush Park".
Yes. I have been to that range. I just forgot the name of it.
6:40 in the evening in late Dec doesn’t sound right.
The sunsets at 5:26 in Houston tonight.
They are open till 7 PM.
Call me silly, but I would think that ALL gunshot wounds would be classified as an injury. Or knife wounds or skinned knees or broken bones or a cut on the head.
Having owned 15 M1's and currently owning 8, I can tell you that your statement is a good way to destroy and M1. There are MANY .30-06 cartridges that are loaded with bullets heavier than 180 grains and powders far too slow for an M1 Garand. As M1 Garands were designed for a specific powder speed and bullet weight, bullets heavier than 180 grains or slow burning powders made for bolt guns will at the very least bend your op rod and possibly break the heel off your receiver.
That said there is a way to safely shoot any commercial cartridge with any bullet weight and powder speed that is made. Simply buy and install an adjustable gas cylinder screw nut that will allow you to bleed off excess pressure and operate the rifle safely. The M1 Garand has a VERY strong bolt and receiver. I have even seen custom Garands in .338 Magnum.
I was talking about the 150-170 gr bullets and did mention that the heavier loads could damage the weapon - the operating rod.
I shoot mostly surplus ammo and most of that is in the 150 range although some is up to the 170 range. I don’t do 180.
So far no problems.
6:40 PM.........that range used at night ?
Dark here at 6:40 PM, official sunset at 5:38 PM.....almost an hour later.......pretty dim around that hour after sunset wasn’t it ?
I am just glad YOU are OK !
Saw that title and thought oh crap !........:o)
Stay safe Eeeeek !
Yep ........thought I was gonna have to go help the Mom fold her confederate flag......:o)
Had same question (#45) before I read down the thread........thanks for the info !
Stay safe and 6 lanes down the firing line from Eaker !.......:o)
Authorities say they believe the injuries were caused by a rifle.
Sounds like it may not have been self inflicted, more like another poster stated some idiot clearing his weapon after the cease fire.
6:13 in Dallas right now and it is black outside.
Look at the purty muzzle blast.
Prayers for all involved.