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

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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.

ELI5 please

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Do you have a link to the documentary?

I have been in the Marine Corps infantry and later the firearms industry for nearing 15 years. This is the first time I have heard of something like this. I have seen plenty of people shoot far more in a day through all manner of firearms including large caliber sniper rifles.

The rifle recoils against your shoulder. Your body is rigid and a lot of force is absorbed and dissipated before it moves elsewhere. If something is accelerating your shoulder fast enough to detach a retina, you are gonna have much bigger issues along everything between your retina and where the rifle contacts your shoulder.

Keep in mind that there is a lot of bullshit that gets circulated in the military just because an NCO said it 50 years ago that is just flat wrong. I remember the claim that a 50cal will rip skin off of it passes writhing 4 inches of someone. Completely wrong but repeated often by people that should know better. I would assume that the factoid you mentioned is an example of that.

tl:dr this is total bullshit.

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