Part of my weekly practice is shooting the 9mm (standard pressure) at 6" steel plates from 7 yards. Have understood that there can be problems with lead bullet fragments rebounding from steel targets, but believed the problems were at shorter distances (i.e. 3 yards). That fallacy worked for about 4 years for me, until last week. I was practicing rapid target re-acquisition by firing groups of 2 rounds with this DOA firearm. While doing this, there was a stinging pain on the upper cheek followed immediately by the sensation of blood flowing down the cheek. At least 3 drops per second of blood was flowing from my face. A folded paper towel compress was used to staunch the flow. After maybe ten minutes, the injury site had clotted and the compress no longer needed. I drove to a minor emergency clinic operated by the local county hospital because I suspected that a fragment might be embedded in the check to have created enough of a laceration that resulted in the heavy bleeding. At the clinic, a X-ray was performed. I was told the X-ray showed a fragment in the cheek. The clinic suggested that because the injury was on the face that I should consult with a dermatologist about removal of the fragment because of concerns about visual scarring that could result from removal of the fragment. I was prescribed a ten-day course of antibiotics. An appointment was made with a dermatologist, but it would be almost a week. The day after the injury, there was some swelling of the injury area on the cheek along with some moderate tenderness when touched. Bruising around the injury was also visible. The laceration itself was smaller in diameter than a #2 pencil lead. Under the skin and around the injury site, I can feel a firm lump about the size of a blueberry. After almost a week after the injury, I went to the dermatologist. Wasn't actually examined by a dermatologist but by a Nurse Practitioner. The NP said the lump under the skin was a hematoma resulting from bleeding of the laceration site that collects under the skin. The NP said that would dissolve away after several weeks of time. The NP said that when the dermatologist surgically removes a fragment embedded in the skin of the face that the surgery creates a long incision that leaves a large amount of scarring and also the fragment also usually also results in removal of some of the injured tissue which also causes disfiguring of the face. I asked if it was a health issue if a lead fragment remained in the cheek. The NP said the dermatologist would be asked about that and the answer would be communicated to me. With those non-answers, I called my General Practitioner doctor's office to ask about the issues of health concerns with an embedded lead fragment. I was told that my question would be passed to the nurse and I would be called back about that. It's taken about a week to still not learn if the lead fragment embedded in the cheek causes either short term or long term health concerns. Meanwhile, my wife is asking "What the heck? Is it safe? What is it gets infected?". There is no pain from the injury site, even if the injury is pressed. Visual bruising is almost gone. Don't sense any inflammation or infection. I don't feel any dumber yet, so I don't think there is acute lead poisoning happening here. Because of the aforementioned negative reinforcements, I've now lost all desire to shoot steel. Anybody feel lucky enough and also want a very competitive price for used six 6-inch AR-500 plates? All six plates are used on one side and still unused on the other side.