Guns for Beginners: Never Fire Your Gun Into the Air [VIDEO NSFW]

One of the four rules of gun safety: know your target and what’s beyond it. While this video shows a wedding celebrant shooting a member of the party in the head, it’s also true that all the rounds he fired skywards will eventually land somewhere with lethal force – should someone be unlucky enough to be underneath. That is all.


  1. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

    I’m jealous. They get to have select fire!

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “I’m jealous. They get to have select fire!”

      You *want* to live in that cat litter-box?

      1. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

        I’d like to own a select fire, not live in a sh– hole.

        Washington State is one of the states that outlaws select fire. So even with butt loads of money, I can’t have one. Heck, we couldn’t even have a SBR until recently.

        Was my point that elusive?

        1. avatar neiowa says:

          Hookers are also legal in some locations. Doesn’t make either useful or worth a $2.

  2. avatar Paul Millard says:

    Oops! Hope it wasn’t the groom!

    1. avatar Dry Sider says:

      THIS is why we can’t have nice things. Or shoot FA weapons in the air at weddings.


  3. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    Mythbusters did that segment already, there has to be an angle to co tinue the bullets velocity and add to it the force of Gravity. The 90 degree doesn’t pick up enough terminal velocity. But I will not be trying this anytime soon.

    1. avatar Chris. says:

      As I recall they also concluded that a human unaided, will never achieve a perfect 90 degrees.

    2. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      OMG, watching the video later it looks like the barrel was pointing right at the back of that dudes head….wtf! Even if he had not shot him, he would have made him deaf!

    3. avatar Tex300BLK says:

      Even if it is fired at a trajectory that should theoretically allow it to nose over and come back to earth point first, you still have to account for bullet stability. Think about it, if you spin a top; as time goes on it begins to teeter and wobble and then fall, so do really long pointy rifle bullets especially when they transition from supersonic to subsonic velocities. Additionally the gyros coping stability of a spinning bullet will cause it to resist nosing over at a sharp angle, so if you shoot it up at a fairly steep angle, the nose of the bullet will want to continue to rise as the bullet reaches the top of its trajectory and begins to fall to earth and so it will begin to tumble. Once a bullet begins to tumble it will naturally settle on falling sideways through the air where, as myth busters pointed out, terminal velocity is just about hard enough to leave a pretty good sized lump on your head, but otherwise everyone goes home at the end of the day. My semi educated wild ass guess lead me to believe it would be pretty hard to find that optimal trajectory to yield a bullet falling back to earth pointy end first in perfectly stable flight with enough velocity to kill someone, then again you only have to get lucky once.

      1. avatar Paelorian says:

        Your theorizing is like the “scientifically speaking, bumblebees are unable to fly” report. We have confirmed reports of people killed by celebratory gunfire and bullets falling at a high angle, so we don’t have to prove if it’s possible. I don’t know what the wounds are like, those details aren’t in news reports, but even if it doesn’t penetrate the skull a hard knock on the head can still kill.

        1. avatar Hannibal says:

          Where is the evidence you speak of that specifies ‘high-angle’ gunfire? Big difference between firing up and firing at a shallower angle.

        2. avatar Ned says:

          Shooting mostly straight up is more likely to cause the bullet to come back closer to the terminal velocity for that object, rather than the speed of a fired bullet. I would say that at least the author should be absolutely sure about is facts before publishing. After all the closer is what goes up deadly will come down deadly

  4. avatar Rikoshay says:

    Can’t even write on this POS

  5. avatar Cliff H says:

    Well that sucks. Died, maybe went to heaven, but not a martyr. What does he do for the rest of eternity, sit around and watch the other guys play with their 72 virgins?

    1. avatar Goose says:

      No,he’ll be one of the ones that get drilled in the ass by 72 virgin homo’s for eternity.

  6. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Well. That kinda sucked.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      It really blew his mind. (Out through his forehead).

  7. avatar Chuck in IL says:

    He forgot to say aloha snackbar.

    1. avatar Nate H. says:

      This made me chuckle.

  8. avatar Marc says:


  9. avatar What about Bob says:

    In some countries they only have three rules….

    1. avatar Canuck says:

      This one I laughed at.

  10. avatar Desert Ranger says:

    That was terrible. I am going to show this at my next handgun class

  11. avatar BLAMMO says:

    Wow. An AK actually hit something.

    1. avatar CTstooge says:

      Oh snap.

    2. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

      They aren’t as inaccurate as people like to make them out to be. They are accurate enough for what they are designed to be and that’s a battlefield combat rifle that will work no matter what.

      1. avatar neiowa says:

        Pray and spray is a “design”?

        1. avatar CRF says:

          Depends on who made it. Egyptian MISR rifles are capable of around 2 MOA

        2. avatar jwm says:

          That’s bad training. Has nothing to do with the rifle.

    3. avatar CRF says:

      What mean you by that, comrade? In soviet Russia, we hit opposition in forehead with butt of AK all the time. %100 accurate, comrade!

  12. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Never shoot into the air-unless you’re Slow Joe Biden…

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      Or you’re Dick Cheney and don’t like lawyers?

  13. avatar Kendahl says:

    We know it’s beyond stupid to fire live ammunition into the air for entertainment. However, I do have a problem with the rule about never pointing your gun at something you are unwilling to destroy. As I sit at my computer, there is nothing around me, in any direction including up and down, that I would willingly shoot. What I do have is a range of choices ranging from poor to intolerable. The worst choice is in the direction of my wife who is sitting across the room from me. The least bad is down into the basement where there is some expensive equipment but no people. Perhaps, we should change the rule to read, “Always keep your weapon pointed in the safest available direction.”

    I have a similar problem with “always treat a gun as if it is loaded.” How do we square that with pulling the trigger on a Glock to field strip it? I prefer a version of the rule attributed to the late Jeff Cooper. “You may consider a gun to be unloaded only if you have verified its condition personally and kept control of it thereafter.” Of course, you should still point your unloaded Glock in the safest available direction before pulling its trigger.

    1. avatar James in AZ says:

      I’ve felt the same. I always teach new shooters to not point at people they dont wanna kill, and to always know the condition of the gun. There is actually the proverbial empty gun: one that you have carefully checked and has never left your immediate attention ever since. Reholstering doesnt count. Leaving it on the table to take a dump doesnt count. If you’re pulling that trigger to disassemble or to relieve the tension on the mainspring, check the chamber immediately before you do that. Barring that, all guns are always loaded.

    2. avatar Goose says:

      I look down the barrel to make sure mine is not loaded.

      1. avatar JSJ says:

        I hear there’s a flashing light to warn you the gun was loaded.

    3. avatar Hannibal says:

      Yeah, people who take those rules too literally are usually the ones that screw up the intent.

    4. avatar Katy says:

      Let’s say all guns suddenly became sentient, could chamber rounds out of thin air, and could fire on their own. Is there a direction you would point the gun that would allow you to keep it in the house? That’s the something you are willing to destroy. Remember, it’s willing to, not want to.

      With always loaded, same thing. When pulling the trigger on the Glock for takedown, you don’t point the gun at your head or a person. You point it in the direction mentioned above – where if it magically conjured a chambered round after you confirmed it was clear, you would destroy something that you are willing to allow to be destroyed.

  14. avatar MiniMe says:

    “Well, that escalated pretty quickly.”

  15. avatar Paul Millard says:

    Blew his mind!

    1. avatar Goose says:

      I hope flying brains got all over the wedding cake.That would be a real buzzkill.In this case,I think a muslim wedding would be a good place for a gun free zone depending on you’re point of view. I think they should have more guns at muslim weddings.

  16. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    And here they thought someone would be burying a stiffie after the wedding….
    Turns out, they were right.

    1. avatar Paelorian says:


    2. avatar jwm says:

      Man, that’s just wrong. Funny as hell, but wrong.

      Forgive me lord, I need to go be with the pygmies now.

  17. avatar Goose says:

    I would say that seeing this has upset me but I’d be lying,this guy would probably be wearing a suicide vest in a few months anyway. And what’s the deal with guys getting all involved in weddings anyway,isn’t that a woman thing? I thought guys were supposed to get drunk and stupid the night before,these guys supposedly don’t drink,it’s a good thing they don’t,they don’t seem to need alcohol to make them act exceedingly stupid.Here’s an idea,lets make guns illegal in the US so guys in the middle east don’t shoot each other at weddings.

    1. avatar MD says:

      Have you ever seen the average IQ’s for the middle east?

      It’s not PC to discuss, but there are substantial IQ differences between different countries and races.

      1. avatar BStacks says:

        Incest. 70% FBD(father’s brother’s daughter) weddings in Pakistan to name one, and I got that number from Wikipedia. It is surely worse, and has been happening for centuries.

        1. avatar MD says:

          @Bstacks: I agree that incest may be a possible explanation for geographical differences in IQ. Can you post a link to your source? I didn’t see it on Wikipedia. (Not saying it’s not true, but I am interested to see the data).

        2. avatar BStacks says:

          Just a quick search, I am sure there is better. I don’t even think this is the one I read the other day:

  18. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    As Ron White says, you can’t fix stupid.

  19. avatar Southern Cross says:

    Darwinism in-progress.

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      Video no longer available.

    2. Only if the guy shot himself.

  20. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    This isn’t the first person killed in such a manner in the Islamic world. It seems every couple of years or so, there’s a case of “happy fire” nailing someone in the head, face or guts.

    Third worlders gonna third world.

  21. avatar EdMiller says:

    NSFW: Not Safe For Weddings.

  22. avatar Joseph says:

    Third century morons.

    1. avatar Benzo says:

      Hey, give credit where it’s due – they are SIXTH century morons.

  23. There’s your moderate Muslims right there.

  24. avatar gs650g says:

    Don’t shoot in the air and stay out of the middle east.

  25. avatar Nedd Ludd says:

    Coming to your neighborhood real soon.
    Courtesy of Obama, the Dems, and the nutless RINO’s in congress.

    Trump 2016!

  26. avatar TravisP says:

    Well then why do I skeet shoot? While celebrating new years. At midnight.

  27. avatar Biff Baxter says:

    More. Faster.

  28. avatar Canuck says:

    Not even the guy’s mother-in-law…

  29. avatar Ogremensch says:

    Go stupid places, meet stupid people. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

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