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Hey everyone.. I wasn't sure where to put this.. I figured injury section would be appropriate.. 

I was at the local club with my wife and some friends.. I had forgot my safety glasses at home and figured i could just use my sunglasses that I keep in my car since I was just watching and not shooting..

I was standing under one of the canopies at the range watching and talking to one of my buddies at the range.. The RO called for eyes and ears so I put mine on and continued talking.. All of a sudden it felt like someone hit me on the face with a hammer.. 

A round had ricocheted off of a plate rack and came back at me.. the fragment or round went through my sunglasses and in my orbital.. my vision is perfect but I have a fractured orbital floor and at the time of writing have a piece of metal in my eye socket.. I am still at the hospital waiting for them to decide who is going to do the surgery or if they want to do it at all.. 

I would just like to call out and hope everyone is wearing safety or ballistic rated glasses and not just standard lenses and sunglasses.. if I had been any further to the right.. I could have lost my eye.. 

Thanks for reading..

Hope this post makes everyone think about their eyewear and their safety.. 

 

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Very sorry to hear about your accident  ...   I've been hit by very small pieces

of shrapnel on a few occasions, but nothing as severe as yours.    :mellow:

YES, my eyes are now fully OPEN - got to look into tougher shooting glasses ...    B)

HOPE you recuperate fully and quickly ....    :bow:

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Oh man that could have been so much worse!  Thanks for posting what happened to you as a cautionary tale.

I hope your recovery is quick and complete, JM.  All the best.

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Thanks guys.. and the weird part about it was that we were all discussing about how we had been hit before and the seriousness of it.. 

And to update.. plastics are not going to operate on the fracture.. they're just going to let it heal over time.. I'm just waiting on eye doctors to come in and see what they want to do about the metal.. 

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Thanks guys.. and the weird part about it was that we were all discussing about how we had been hit before and the seriousness of it.. 

And to update.. plastics are not going to operate on the fracture.. they're just going to let it heal over time.. I'm just waiting on eye doctors to come in and see what they want to do about the metal.. 

Update:. Optho is going to leave the metal in my orbital.. there are a couple pieces in there but its not hurting anything where it is so they dont see any reason to operate.. discharge papers are in and will be headed home shortly.. 

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Just now, SCTaylor said:

Wow! Glad to hear you're doing well JM and heading home!

Thanks SCTaylor.. I'm glad too.. and my wife is pretty happy about it as well.. 

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Yikes! Glad this turned out somewhat well!

I'm from Athens county originally. What local club out that way shoots USPSA?

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We shoot wellston gun club.. were not sanctioned but we follow all the rules.. some of the guys out there shoot it for practice for circleville or bigger matches like ohio state and that sort of thing..

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Ah yes, now I remember hearing about Wellston.

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Sorry to hear about your mishap and glad all is well.  What type/brand of sunglasses were you wearing?  Plastic or glass lenses?  Did the fragment penetrate the lens, or go under/around?  Just interested in hearing since I see lots of folks shooting in various brands of sun and eye glasses that I have to assume aren't rated for ballistic impacts.

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I hope you don't have any permanent damage from that injury.

At a USPSA match a friend and I were downrange pasting targets when he had a piece of bullet jacket come over the berm between us and the next door range and completely penetrate the top of his ear. It was bleeding from both sides.

After that I bought a pair of wrap around glasses and I still try not to turn my back when people are shooting steel.

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Oh.. sorry for the blood.. and here is the brand for those of you who are wondering.. 

 

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Normally I wear safety glasses.. but didnt figure I had actually needed them since I wasnt going to be shooting.. 

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What kind of condition were the plates in?  Pocked and deformed?  That fragment must have been moving pretty fast.

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Plates are in good condition idk if it just hit an edge the right way or what.. 

The ammo the guy was using was blazer ammo.. Im not blaming them.. but not sure how stringent their quality control is.. lol.. I quite a few other people got peppered with shrapnel.. the others were in the hands legs and chest but nothing that embedded like mine.. 

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It also important that the Steel be flat, smooth, and hard enough not to divot upon impact.

Good luck on the recovery.

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How far were you from the plates?  That came back with a lot of force...

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I wish you luck with your recovery.  I had a blowout fracture of my right orbit back in high school from a fist fight.  I didn't realize the real issue for a few days and by the time I had surgery, the muscle tissue had been permanently damaged.  I now have very limited vertical movement in my right eye.  Thank God I'm left handed and left eye dominant!!

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