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MDF a dangerous backstop

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by shoots, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. shoots

    shoots Well-Known Member

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    Shooting in my garden and needed something to use as a backstop, found a piece of 18mm MDF in the garage that looked the part, fixed it to the fence and taped a target to it, retired to 20yrds back and started shooting.. The first shot came back at me nearly as fast as it left and left a chunky mark in the wall behind me, it would easily have taken an eye out, the MDF had hardly been penetrated at all… gone back to using timber again… Safer..
     
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    essex sniper Banned BANNED

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    Cover it with a layer Of carpet or something or a few layers and that will stop the rebound and make it quieter atb
     
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    I wouldn't use wood of any kind without something to cover it and stop rebounds. Wood is very likely to cause the pellet to bounce back at you, I'm afraid.
     
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    Wow :eek:, I knew you could have rebounds/ricochets even with an air rifle, but I didn't think they would come back that hard and with so much energy at 25 Yards! A warning for us all to be careful I guess. Glad you're safe mate :)

    Andy :)
     
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    Me and another forum member had this whilst ratting a month or so ago. .177 jsb went straight through the rats head, hit the back wall and wizzed between our heads when we were standing 1 yard apart.
     
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    Mdf is pretty hard stuff,

    best get yourself down to Argos:)
     
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    Revenge of the Rat? :eek: I always try to be very careful when out shooting, but judging by the experiences of members here, (I suspect a lot more similar posts to come), I am going to be even more careful in future! ;)

    Andy :)
     
  8. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    I guessing you guys haven't seen that YouTube clip of the .50 cal coming back and knocking the guys ear defenders off
     
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    Or the fella with the catapult who splits his head open
     
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    Yes, that's pretty scary.
     
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    I'll be looking for this :jaw:
     
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    It's amazing how many of us have to wear eye protection at work but never bother when shooting (me included) a harsh lesson for all of us to learn from.
     
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    A lad called allan on the rapid forum lost his left eye due to this the returned pellet enterd his jaw and still went up through his eye with a natural wooden plank not mdf with a sub 12 gun too so a wise warning
     
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    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    don't thing safety goggles would have helped him with a .50 cal rebound :rolleyes:
     
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    Tilt the target backstop with top edge leaning forward, then at least any ricochet will be at an oblique angle, and at the risk of repeating others, Safety Glasses !
     
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    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    Yes, that's a lesson I learned when I was a boy; I shot my little .177 Baikal springer at a fence post about 10 yards away and hit myself on the cheek as it rebounded. Didn't shoot the rifle again for a few days.
     
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    A good warning to all especially some who think air rifles aren't dangerous not implying anyone on here has this attitude just a random statement ,, and stevie76 you sure do like your Argos catalogues mate :D

    Atb
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    Read my last post mate saftey glasses didnt save allans eye best not to use any wood at all due to knots ect chipboard works well but as others have stated catalouges or yellow pages with wood behind esp if chronoing as you never no what power that first shot is going to be atb dave
     
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuSJJSk5ws4
    I like this a lot!!all that effort to build such a safe catapult, should have built a box to put his head in :facepalm:
     

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