Why shooting too much rounds using a sniper rifle could cause bleeding and retinal detachment?


I’ve just watched an army documentary and they mentioned that the elite snipers in the army weren’t allowed to shoot more than 60 rounds a day, otherwise it could cause them to have bleeding and retinal detachment.

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Do you have a source of the documentary? I do not think this is accurate. I was a machine gunner in the Marine Corps and we would fire thousands of rounds in a day. We shot everything from a pistol to the 50 cal machine gun or Mark 19. With the 240G we would blow through 60 rounds in a few seconds if you were laying down cover fire. Some weapons kicked harder than others. If you used bad techniques you would be sore or bruised the next day, but never bleeding or retinal detachment. Any rifle from a .22 varmit to the big kick of the .50 isn’t going to cause you bleeding or retinal detachment. All the snipers I trained and worked with shot .308 which would never cause anything like that; no matter how many rounds you shoot. I don’t think that is factually accurate.

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