After over 7 years shooting Field Target I got hit right below my right eye with a lead fragment. It was a fragment from a shot I took at a 12 yard target with a rifle is set to shoot at 11 fpe.
It hit high up on my cheek and stung enough that I was pretty certain it would have damaged my eye had it hit the eyeball.
I put on a pair of safety glasses for the rest of the match & will be wearing them from now on.
I'd always figured the odds of something like that happening were miniscule. Now I look at it like it's not worth the risk.
At our club (casa) eye protection is required for everyone including spectators while shooting including sight in is going on. Your example is a perfect illustration as to why that should be. I would be concerned if a law suit was filed against the club and venue if an injury happened and we did not have that policy and enforce it. It would also be tragic if someone was hurt because we did not do everything we can to prevent injury. Having said that, there are times when I have been practicing and have not followed that admonition. I need to clean that up. Thanks for the reminder as to why.
In our case people griped about it but once you stand firm the gripes go away because people know in their hearts that it is the right thing to do (require eye protection).