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    near death experience

    Hi all,
    Haven't posted in a while but i've just been reading some of the other posts recounting tales of dangerous game, so, i thought i would bore you with my own encounter.
    A chap at work that new i shot asked me if i would visit his brothers small holding to sort out some problem foxes that were taking chickens and worrying his Ostriches!
    I visited the place and met the blokes wife she walked me around and i explained we would be calling in one night later in the week.
    i asked if i should ring and tell her when but she said not to but i was to park by the house so she and her husband would know it was us.
    A couple of nights later we were out lamping and decided to call in, as requested i parked my little Suzuki sj outside the farm house and we set off on foot, we checked all the fields around the buildings and had moved off toward the border of the property to try and call.
    1/2 an hour in and no sign of a fox so my mate sparks up a fag and we are leaning on a gate whispering to each other about whether to call it a night or not, when i heard a very familiar click from behind us.
    The click was the safety catch of a very jumpy hill farmers side by side, as i turned around i was looking straight down the barrels from about 8 feet, the guy was in full Swat mode and shouted drop yer f***kin guns and put your hands up. despite being terified i managed to say 'are you Dave'.
    This seemed to do the trick and he realised we might not be chicken rustlers. i told him who we were and that his wife had said not to ring, he apologised and lowered the gun and then wanted to chat about our rifles and tell us all about foxes.
    He had shot a couple with his shotgun and foolishly i asked 'what cartridges are you using? ' 3" no 3s came the reply, this made me feel sick (as if shot size made a difference) and i went absolutely ballistic and told him i was going straight home to ring the police.
    Later when the shock had worn off i thought better of it but i went back to talk to him to ask him what did he think we were stealing (we were 1000m from his house) and explain how stupid he had been.
    unbelivbly he asked me when we were coming back to shoot the fox.
    I learned a hard leson that night.
    allways pack spare underwear when lamping new ground.


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    Blimey Ezzy, I'm not surprised you went mad at him!

    Whilst serving in Northern Ireland, one of my young and foolish 'oppos' thought it would be funny to point a rifle at me. I 'Morris danced' all over him and bust his lip with the butt end of his own rifle. Its not nice looking down the barrel of a gun, it can make a chap 'irritable'!

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    is the moral of the story
    'sh4t before you shoot'
    that could save a lot of embarassement in the long run
    good account of a potential fatal evening
    hell has no fury like a chicken farmer scorned

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    People like that should not be alowed to own guns. It is never acceptable to point your private fire arm at a person.


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    I agree always use a public one!

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    I just remembered, abbout 6 months after this happened the farmer got in touch to ask my advice, it seems that some deer were getting onto his land from a near by park, he was applying for a 22-250 to shoot them.
    At first i started to explain that it wouldn't be legal but then i thought it would be better coming from his feo.
    I wonder if he got his ticket?. probably!!!!!


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    I have had shooting on one particular farm since I was 17 (35 years ago) and to date I have never set foot on the farm without a quick knock on the door, just to let them know I was having a mooch.
    Either a short hello, or a longer, "come in and have a coffee" always their choice, their offer; not only do I feel this courtesy produces deeper friendships but also reduces the risks of the above topic.
    I would suggest this action is even more important on a recently acquired farm. TONY M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack
    I agree always use a public one!
    My point was that privately owned fire arms are owned by civilians where as police or military fire arms may be pointed at people when the situation is apropriate.


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    2 incidents spring to mind:

    1. Some 15yrs ago or so i was a member of a small rough shoot. My father, uncles and cousins were also members so it was great for socialising etc. However some of the things i remember now make me wonder how we survived without serious injuries.
    We were standing around a farm yard at the end of the day. One old guy had bought a semi and was continually playing with it all day - it was obvious that he just didn't know how it operated. Anyway, he'd pulled it out of the sleeve to show his mate and was sliding it back inside when the gun went of. The pellets ripped throught the bottom of the sleeve, bounced off the concrete ground and some hit the back of my legs.
    One second i'm drinking soup and chatting with my cousin, the next i'm on my back and the back of my legs feel weird.
    Fortunately my father and uncles were all soldiers so they soon confirmed that i'd received only small wounds but i do remember my father wrestling the gun from the old fart, reversing it and smashing it repeatedly of the concrete.

    2. I recently went to view a piece of land that a small syndicate have shooting rights to and were looking for a new member. The lead syndicate member confirmed that no-one was shooting on the day so i could walk through it. I was walking through the small wood when a round zipped through the trees! I didn't bother to go back.

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    A few years back l was stalking on the ground l had a syndicate place on in Scotland and was out one morning with a fellow member, we had stalked along one of the forestry roads that were cut into the side of the hill half way up so over looking the valley below and the hillside opposite, we spotted a beast opposite that was shootable so my mate dropped the beast, we decided that l would stay and guide him into the beast.

    To get to the beast was a relatively easy rout strait of the road down the side across the valley bottom and up the other side the only difficult bit being getting of the road which was a very steep decent on scree for about 15 ft, the mate moved along the road to find a more suitable point to descend and of he went, l kept an eye on him to make sure he made it down this first bit ok, as he made it to the tree line of the scree l sat back and waited for him to appear on the opposite side just as l did just that a round was let off from his 270 which he was carrying muzzle up on his shoulders that he had forgot to apply the safety on after reloading from the shot.

    There was no harm done but it could have been a lot different with me standing looking over the edge of the road, this all happened many years ago but l still remember it as if it was yesterday and l am sure it will be with me for many years.

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