What you are looking at is a weapon platform that can shoot around corners with the aid of a hinged receiver, video camera, and monitor. This particular model is fitted with a stuffed cat in order to disguise it as a weapon.
Check out the YouTube video:
AR-15 pistol, 40mm grenade launcher, and Glock corner shots are also available.
I’m not saying the CornerShot isn’t cool.. because it definitely is. It wouldn’t have much utility for the recreational shooter, and judging by the price tag ($7000 – $7500according to an article on their site) I doubt there are too many out there that would buy one for fun.
I didn’t take pictures of the shooter out of respect for their privacy.. but his hands/arms were injured pretty badly. He was obviously in tremendous pain as he and his buddies waited quite a while for paramedics. Are paramedics/EMTs supposed to take their sweet time when walking onsite?
Anyhow.. I was told that the shooter(s) often times used a hammer to close the bolt. Feel sorry for the pain and damage the shooter had to endure.. but that’s the potential consequence of improper reloading and firearm use. (Source)
Judging by the pictures, there appears to be no damage forward of the chamber. It is probably an “out of battery discharge” meaning that the round somehow discharged before it was fully chambered. There appears to be some sort of damage 1/2 way down the buffer tube, but I assume that it is probably from the buffer spring or weight when the Kaboom happened.
As some of you know, I am not a huge fan of putting a .50 in the AR platform. I am not saying it can’t handle the recoil and doesn’t work flawlessly for lots of people. I just personally am not comfortable using a platform which was developed for a significantly lower powered round with such a beast.
The weapon will recoil backwards and to the weak side of the grip. This sideways motion can move the weapon off the target. It is helpful to tilt the weapon to the weak side from 45 to 90 degrees (it will vary with the shooter). The recoil-induced motion will then more nearly stay within the target outline.