Can you shoot and hit a target 300 meters away — with your handgun?
Now while it’s cool that he can do this, there’s a bigger lesson to take from this.
Your bullets can travel a long distance.
This is why “safe direction” is vital.
Back in 2008 in neighboring Hays County, a 7-year old boy was jumping on his trampoline. A neighbor who lived about a third of a mile away (that’s about 600 meters) was in his backyard shooting his .22 caliber rifle (it’s a rural area). One of the bullets struck and killed the boy. The man claimed he never saw the boy.
True. 600 meters away? It’s going to be hard to see someone, and that’s assuming a clear line of sight. Of course, if you have a clear line of sight, that also means you don’t have a good backstop. I don’t know what he was shooting into, what he was expecting to cause his bullet to come to rest, but it obviously was not adequate.
You must understand that bullets can and do travel for quite a distance. Found this great chart from TX Park & Wildlife:
How Far Can A Bullet Travel?
|Type||0||1 mile||2 miles||3 mile||4 miles||5 miles|
|.22 Short||········ (.5 to 1 mile)|
|.22 LRHV||············ (1-1.5 miles)|
|.22 Mag||················ (1.5-2.5 miles)|
|.222||························· (2-3 miles)|
|.243||······························ (2.5-3.5 miles)|
|.257||······························ (2.5-3.5 miles)|
|.270||······························ (2.5-3.5 miles)|
|7MM||········································ (up to 5 miles)|
|Type||0||1 mile||2 miles||3 miles||4 miles||5 miles|
|.30-30||····················· (2-2.5 miles)|
|.30-06||······································· (3.5-4.5 miles)|
|.300 Sav||······························ (2.5-3.5 miles)|
|.300 Win Mag||········································ (up to 5 miles)|
|.303||····················· (2-2.5 miles)|
|.308||······························ (2.5-3.5 miles)|
|.338||········································ (up to 5 miles)|
|.35 Rem||····················· (2-2.5 miles)|
|.45-70||················ (1.5-2.5 miles)|
|0||1 mile||2 miles||3 miles||4 miles||5 miles|
Source: NSSF / SAAMI
In short, most rifle bullets can travel a few miles. Handgun bullets can go about 1 to 1.5 miles.
Next time you get in the car, reset your trip odometer and let it pace off 1 mile. Let it pace off 2 miles, 3 miles. See how far from home you are? Or heck, just use Google Maps or Google Earth. Start at your home and measure off 1, 2, 3 miles. Measure off to some common landmarks, like the nearest grocery store, or the gas station. See how those fall within that range?
Your bullets can travel much further than you think.
Safe direction is vital.