It's New Year's Eve and that means a few different things. First, 2018 is officially coming to a close. 2019 is officially starting. And, to bring the New Year in, people will be out in tsunami like waves doing stupid crap.
I'm not here to lecture you on the life choices you should be making. However, this is a concealed carry focused gun blog, and I'm going to come right out and tell you one thing:
Don't shoot your gun into the air to celebrate the New Year or anything else for that matter. Why? Well, for a couple reasons, actually–with the most important one being safety. You know the basic safety rules, and more specifically for this topic, is know your target and what's around/beyond it.
If you're blindly shooting into the air you have no idea what you're hitting.
Here's the deal, you have no clue how far your bullet or slug will travel before it makes its way downward. It could be several miles before gravity finally brings it back down to earth and you have no idea what will be in that exact spot at that exact moment.
Yes, this even applies to people who own hundreds of acres of property. How do you know someone didn't get lost on your property? Is it a stretch? Yes. But, if there is even the slightest bit of a possibility that someone could be there at that specific point in time you should not shoot your gun into the air to celebrate.
Do you want to take someone's life? I don't, and I used to do some celebratory shooting with my old man when I was a kid. It was stupid and I wish I hadn't done it.
If you don't believe me, here is a story of someone who got hit in the head by a gun shot into the air, from a person clearly not knowing what their target was. In other words, while a rare occurrence, it can and does happen. What goes up, must come down. Falling lead may not be moving at muzzle velocity, but it's still enough to inflict death to someone who doesn't deserve it.
Another thing to be cautious about, in case you shoot at objects you have deemed to be safe: Don't shoot at big rocks, bodies of standing water, or any hard surfaces at an angle. Why? Because a bullet can ricochet and travel further than you thought possible into an innocent bystander.
I see videos of people shooting standing bodies of water all the time and I scratch my head. Here's the deal, ricochets happen. They happen enough that ammo manufacturers put warnings on the back of their boxes that say don't shoot at water. Look at (6) in this screen grab from the above video:
While those ricochet warnings aren't on all ammo boxes, they're on enough that it's actually a thing. Believe me, I just checked several of my boxes and most of them had that warning. All of those warnings are there for a reason, and if you've never read the back of your ammo boxes I suggest you do. Many accidents would be avoided if more people did.
So again, I say, no celebratory shooting unless you're using blanks.
Have you ever fired your gun into the air or at a body of standing water during a moment of judgment lacking? Let us know in the comments below.
Oh, and Happy New Year from all of us here at ConcealedCarry.com