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A video reportedly out of Israel shows just how quickly a day at the range can turn potentially lethal. A man on the firing line makes ready, then inexplicably shooting himself in the leg. Closed circuit footage captures the scary turn of events, reportedly from an indoor range in the city of Ramla.

The Israeli Gun Range Incident

At first glance, it looks like a perfectly normal, safe day on this indoor range. It appears a range officer walks the line, fully in control to the movements and sequence of events. Footage shows this presumed safety officer visibly inspect handguns as shooters draw and make ready.

Then the second shooter from the left simply goes off script, making a serious mistake, one that truly should have been prevented. After drawing his pistol and making ready, he makes what is likely a reactionary movement. He pulls his pants up. On one hand, you can probably understand the impulse. You’re about to doing something active, something serious. You’re getting your mental game on point. Then you feel your pants sagging down, the weight of the gun belt pulling them.

Whatever he felt, footage shows the man reach with both hands, pulling up his pants. The problem: he still has his pistol in his strong hand. Whether via sympathetic reflex, or possibly something else entirely bumped the trigger, the gun clearly goes off. The man failed to adhere to the basic safety rules. And he took a bullet for it.

We found no details or information, so we can’t report to his condition following the shooting. Hopefully the responders were able to keep him stable until medical help could arrive on the scene. Regardless, the video provides a clear lesson in firearm safety. The range safety rules remain the Gospel. To violate them is to court injury or death. This time, a man shoots himself in the leg. It could always be much worse.

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