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Bullets whizzing over your head
« on: August 24, 2019, 09:53:12 PM »
If you've been under-fire, literally, what was that like, having someone shoot at or over you?  Other than staying low, how did you deal with it then, and any aftereffect now?
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Re: Bullets whizzing over your head
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2019, 09:24:34 AM »
Having never been under fire before at the time, I wasn't even sure what was happening so I just stood there shifting feet until about the 3rd or 4th chamber; then I realized what the fizzling sound actually was as the bullets went past me. When I figured out they weren't fireworks as I initially thought (I was looking up at the sky instead of down the street), I crouched behind car I happened to be near and got my phone out while peeking through the windows to see if the second salvo would come any closer.

Nothing happened for about half minute, then I heard another six shots (short-barreled .38 revolver by my guess), but this time headed in the opposite direction and farther away; about 2 minutes after that and another 3 minutes after that, I heard another two cylinders' worth of gunfire expended as the individual moved away from my direction fairly quickly through a wooded patch surrounding the community ponds and the exterior of the subdivision. It was about 2:15 AM in the morning, and my neighborhood has gotten super duper bad where crime is concerned these days, so my guess was somebody tried to burglarize the wrong house and the homeowner was tired of all the s***, or somebody came home from the bar up the street drunk and found a guy in bed with his wife.

As for dealing with the psychological after-effects: there weren't any, either then or now. The person doing the shooting wasn't intentionally targeting me (though I realize that doesn't make much difference where getting hit by an errant bullet is concerned), so there wasn't ever the classic "My God, I think they're actually trying to kill me!" moment of epiphany most combat infantrymen get.

Really the only lasting effect it's had on me was to reinforce my sense of frustration that one can't walk to f***ing work in this god awful s***y neighborhood without risking catching a bullet over a lousy $9 an hour as I was making at the time.
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Re: Bullets whizzing over your head
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2019, 03:09:33 PM »
hunting on public land.
i don't remember exactly how many.
one went "ZZZZZZZZZZZZAHZZZZZZZZ! ! ! ! " kinda like
as it went by, about like how a mid-sized rocket type firework
sounds as is takes off.
the other i remember went "WHEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeee. . ."
as it went by very close to my head.

never saw or heard who it was as they skulked away in the opposite
direction as i found my voice to holler out HEYYY! ! !

of course, they didn't have an orange vest or hat on as
required by law. just cammo i'd imagine as i didn't see anyone.

no lasting mental problems for me  :thumbsup1:
if you think about it, this day and age you can get shot up anywhere
you happened to be at, even at church which was unthinkable
when i was younger. no use to sit in a corner and worry and mull over it
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Re: Bullets whizzing over your head
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2019, 05:13:49 PM »
I too have been hunting, and have had a couple whizz by. Never that I know of intentionally being sent my direction.

It's an attention getter for sure. Duck and stay low would be the only thing I can think of at the moment.
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Re: Bullets whizzing over your head
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2019, 03:54:09 PM »
If you've been under-fire, literally, what was that like, having someone shoot at or over you?  Other than staying low, how did you deal with it then, and any aftereffect now?

waited to post - to see responses.....

if you're asking about "combat", with just a couple exceptions I've only seen Vets talk to other Vets who've been in the same outfits or sister outfits about "what went on" - guess that might be considered an "aftereffect"
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Re: Bullets whizzing over your head
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2019, 08:03:16 PM »
If you've been under-fire, literally, what was that like, having someone shoot at or over you?  Other than staying low, how did you deal with it then, and any aftereffect now?

waited to post - to see responses.....

if you're asking about "combat", with just a couple exceptions I've only seen Vets talk to other Vets who've been in the same outfits or sister outfits about "what went on" - guess that might be considered an "aftereffect"
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Re: Bullets whizzing over your head
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2019, 08:07:20 PM »
Just curious, do angry husbands shooting at you count?  :th_thicon_lol: :th_thicon_funny:
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Re: Bullets whizzing over your head
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2019, 02:20:19 PM »
Just curious, do angry husbands shooting at you count?  :th_thicon_lol: :th_thicon_funny:

^ ^ ^  or angry people who's car you are repossessing ?  . . . .
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Re: Bullets whizzing over your head
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2019, 07:00:53 AM »
I've never been under-fire. I think I heard bullets over my head a few years ago. From a rough area of town, maybe 1/2 miles away I heard "pop pop pop" 6 times & a few seconds later I heard 6 warbly sounding whistles over my head which I think were tumbling bullets. This was about 2:00 am & I've heard it before but not the bullets.
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Re: Bullets whizzing over your head
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2019, 07:55:05 AM »
Yep, bullets coming close a few times.  Most by accident.

Once on purpose from long range.
Get a strange feeing when realize its on purpose!
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« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2019, 05:30:59 PM »
Had it happen back in my 20's when a dumb ass friend though he was been funny.
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Re: Bullets whizzing over your head
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2019, 10:57:48 PM »
Daily for 14 months, after awhile you think it doesn't bother you, but it does.
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Re: Bullets whizzing over your head
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2019, 10:28:50 AM »
If you've been under-fire, literally, what was that like, having someone shoot at or over you?  Other than staying low, how did you deal with it then, and any aftereffect now?

I have three not-quite-but-close-enough events.

The first was at Cam Ranh Bay. A bunch of someones tried to enter the base around 3:00 AM and the guards shot the $#!% out of them. I woke up to what sounded like a war going on -- literally.

It lasted about 10 seconds, got eerie quiet for 2 or 3 seconds, then a bunch of shouting, but no more shooting. Somewhere mixed in were lights and sirens. No aftereffect other than gratitude.


The second was being robbed at gunpoint. I was working in a shaky neighborhood in Chicago when approached by a well dressed Black couple. I paid no attention to them until the guy pull out a gun. It was a Beretta 22 or 25, but in seconds it looked like a 12 gauge. He gave orders and my right arm complied without my involvement. It was almost amusing. The adrenaline didn't kick in until after they were gone. No aftereffect other than a feeling of how easily I was caught with my pants down.


The third was a hunting trip to the Shawnee National Forest in Illinois with a groups of LEOs. Two of them, more familiar with the place than I, wore vests with ballistic panels. HOLY CRAP! For at least half an hour after the sun came up on opening day, rounds were incessantly going off in every direction -- and many were way too close.

As for aftereffects, there isn't enough blaze orange in the world that will make me feel safe there. Even though the Shawnee is in southern Illinois, it is over populated with too many hunters from Chicago who have too few places to go. And even on the days following opening day, there are still too many of them who are desperately looking to shoot anything that moves.

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« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2019, 04:28:27 PM »
If you've been under-fire, literally, what was that like, having someone shoot at or over you?  Other than staying low, how did you deal with it then, and any aftereffect now?

I have three not-quite-but-close-enough events.

The first was at Cam Ranh Bay. A bunch of someones tried to enter the base around 3:00 AM and the guards shot the $#!% out of them. I woke up to what sounded like a war going on -- literally.

It lasted about 10 seconds, got eerie quiet for 2 or 3 seconds, then a bunch of shouting, but no more shooting. Somewhere mixed in were lights and sirens. No aftereffect other than gratitude.


The second was being robbed at gunpoint. I was working in a shaky neighborhood in Chicago when approached by a well dressed Black couple. I paid no attention to them until the guy pull out a gun. It was a Beretta 22 or 25, but in seconds it looked like a 12 gauge. He gave orders and my right arm complied without my involvement. It was almost amusing. The adrenaline didn't kick in until after they were gone. No aftereffect other than a feeling of how easily I was caught with my pants down.


The third was a hunting trip to the Shawnee National Forest in Illinois with a groups of LEOs. Two of them, more familiar with the place than I, wore vests with ballistic panels. HOLY CRAP! For at least half an hour after the sun came up on opening day, rounds were incessantly going off in every direction -- and many were way too close.

As for aftereffects, there isn't enough blaze orange in the world that will make me feel safe there. Even though the Shawnee is in southern Illinois, it is over populated with too many hunters from Chicago who have too few places to go. And even on the days following opening day, there are still too many of them who are desperately looking to shoot anything that moves.
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Re: Bullets whizzing over your head
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2019, 09:17:01 PM »
I've had 9mm fly by me from someone giving cover fire and have been near the muzzle of a MP-5 during full auto, even at 8 inches away the flash is horrendous

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Re: Bullets whizzing over your head
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2019, 10:13:56 AM »
Where abouts in Ill. are you from , I grew up in DesPlaines .

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