It is a very obvious statement to say that your rifle’s sights are above your rifle barrel, usually about an inch and a half or so, be it iron sights, red dot, or variable optic. However, it is still common to forget that when shooting over a barrier, like on a vehicle. This can result in bullets going through the barricade and not hitting the target.

His words right before taking the shots are, “I just hope I don’t put a permanent mark on the top of my truck.” And then promptly shoots his truck.

sootch00 Shoots His Truck

When shooting over a barricade, particularly barricades that have a long flat surface, it is important to ensure there’s enough clearance so the barrel is over the top of the obstacle, not just the sights. Often, this means you won’t be able to get a very low and stable shooting position and must monopod your magazine, or prop your elbow on the surface.

The two most common ways I’ve seen this happen is like in this video, shooting along the hood of the vehicle, and shooting through a vehicle through two open windows. People often place the rifle handguard directly on the windowsill, so the optics clear the other door, but the barrel does not.


The original video was uploaded by the excellent YouTuber sootch00, who made a simple and common mistake. The original video has since been set to private, I’m assuming because all of the flak he got by trying to teach others to learn from his mistakes.

I want to re-iterate, this is a very common mistake. I see it happen every single time I go to a shooting stage with a vehicle obstacle.

Unfortunately, in his shock, sootch00 did have some unsafe firearm handling.