Safety is always the main priority when on the gun range. We all know the basic rules to keep everyone safe. These basic rules will keep us safe if we really think about them when we are shooting.
Know your target and what is beyond it. This rule is not just for people beyond your target. You must know what your backstop is and how it will absorb or deflect the bullet. Not considering this could mean life or death.
In this video, you will see a prime example of what happens when you do not understand how your backstop will affect your bullet. This man takes a shot and then the bullet ricochets back at him. The bullet knocks his hat off and leaves him bleeding from his head. The man is very lucky to be alive.