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.

ELI5 please

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Anonymous 0 Comments

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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