On the one hand I don't want to come across as a H&S killjoy. On the other hand I've seen the aftermath of accidents on people's lives, and on one unforgettable occasion saw a death occur. One lesson that I took from that is never walk away when something needs to be said.
However you boil it down, and a fun thing as it is, there is enough energy tied up in that to cause serious injury, and it seems clear that the necessary care isn't being taken. Apart from the recoil, the guy loading it walked in front of the muzzle when it was loaded. Those of you who are archers or shooters will understand the significance of that.
Hmm, I think Eric may have been tactful here.
Have fun, but have fun safely, you really don't want to be remembered as a recipient of the Darwin Award.