A few weeks ago I noticed that someone had shot up a big sign along my regular mountain-biking trail (pic / detail). It’s a little worrying, as I’ve grown fond of not being shot at, and the targeted sign is bounded by popular footpaths on three sides (google map).
Ideally I’d like to know the identity of the arsewipe perp so the cops can deal with them, but failing that, I’m curious as to what this sign was shot with. The sign is about 4 feet high and I reckon is made from sheet aluminium alloy (possibly stainless steel but I doubt it, and definitely not galvanised steel). It appears to have been targeted by a shotgun, but I’d have thought a standard 12-bore (gauge) would have blown a big hole with each shot.
Judging by the close pellet grouping and lack of lateral pellet damage I’d also say that it was shot at close range and at a normal angle, in which case I’m also curious to know how the offender didn’t get a face full of ricocheted buckshot.
As a bit of background, the location is Chilling, on the Hampshire coast in southern England. Gun laws in the UK are very strict; no-one bar the military and a small number of highly trained police are allowed handguns, and it’s not easy to get a shotgun licence. This is the only example of wilful firearms damage I’ve ever seen in the UK. I’ve never held a gun, yet alone used one, so I’m only hypothesising from the evidence and a bit of physics. So… calling on Dopers who know one end of their 2nd Amendment from the other to enlighten me.