A couple of weeks back one of shooters at our range left a .30 cal brass rod in the bore of their rifle and fired. Later the rod was found near the 100 yard line.
When the shooter fired his rifle, the increased recoil caused his rifle scope to hit him and cut him. The rod ended up shorter by 6 inches. .30 cal at one end and .338 on the other. The silver you see on the rod is some of the rifling that was stripped out of the bore of the rifle.
As always, it is a good idea not to fire your firearms with any bore obstructions.
I see a great many cheap optic break at the range, or brought to the range broken. In trying to help someone take off a seized cap on a Tasco scope, the whole turret came off. Nikon scopes have great glass, but I have also seen several of them fail on the range during zeroing. The cheap holosights(also popularized by many current video games) is one of the worst. Not only do they break easily, people have issue trying to zero them, or even getting them bright enough to work in the Florida sun. If your going to buy a cheap optic for plinking, I would recommend looking at the BSA as they tend to work, or Primary Arms. However I would not recommend either of those a fighting firearm.
From around the web:
The Michael Gingher Foundation is having a drawing for a Springfield M1A Loaded Model. Money is going to help students perusing gunsmithing education.
Team Ranstad is having another large raffle, info can be found here.
I have purchased tickets for both of these.