Is that a real Russian accent? I am not sure, comrade. But I am sure that shooting stuff at point blank range is invitation to disaster. The thing about blowing things to bits is . . . the bits. They tend to fly everywhere. At extremely high velocities. Common sense says they’ll fly away from the shooter. But common sense is not always your friend . . .
Molecules piling into molecules can cause a chain reaction at the end of which molecules head back in the direction of the original force. In that case, the shooter can end up in the path of those molecules. If a bunch of these particles are hanging together, the result can be devastating to the soft fleshed-human holding the gun.
Don’t get me wrong. I love plinking. Firing a round and witnessing the ammo’s destructive effects on solid objects—be they steel targets, milk jugs or a cardboard cutout of Justin Bieber—is one of life’s great pleasures.
But even if you’re shooting at something solid a fair distance away, and distance is your friend in this, eye protection is a must. Ear protection wouldn’t go amiss either. Dude. Read your shirt.
As for swinging a loaded shotgun around your body like a pool cue, well, he did keep the muzzle pointed away from himself. And there wasn’t anyone else on the range. Except, via video, us. Of course, that’s pretty irresponsible right there. What would he have done in terms of medical help if he’d somehow managed to blow his leg off? The mind boggles.