Protecting yourself at the range


March 26, 2003, 07:01 PM
Ok- So, it seems like a lot of you guys are getting hurt from ejected brass and getting cut in the face. Now, I feel paranoid about getting cut by brass. Do any of you guys wear full face masks like they use in paintballing? And what kind of clothing do you guys usually wear when going to the range? Long sleeve sweat shirts? Ballistic vests? How paranoid are you about getting injured at the shooting range?
Parnoid? or...
Not so paranoid about getting injured while at the range?

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March 26, 2003, 07:15 PM
I used to worry about all that hot brass flying around, not to mention the ricochets and debris flying back at me.

Not any more. I use a metal trashcan lid like a shield. I just hold it up in front of my face as I blast away. My groups have suffered a bit, but I feel a lot safer.


I suppose I need to add "Kids, don't try this at home". :D

March 26, 2003, 07:20 PM
apparently my steyr m9 and m40 didnt get the extractor tuneup so my brass goes left, forward, right, and even smacks me right in the forehead.

but the brass i hate the most is that which comes from a .45acp to the left of me. those buggers seem to have so much torque and leave nasty little bruises on uncovered skin. i now try to take the lane furthest on the left so i dont get hit with ejected brass.

anything else, will have to sink through my thick layer of fat before it does any real harm, so i'm not too worried.

March 26, 2003, 07:26 PM
Well, when I wore just my Speedos to the range, I used to get all kinds of burns from brass.
It was very, very tragic. :D

March 26, 2003, 07:37 PM
Back when I was still running National Shooting Club, we had a guy that shot there pretty regularly; he always wore a full face welders mask. It was the damnedest thing.

Then there was the guy who always wore a respirator mask because he was so worried about lead particles in the air.

Not me. I say shoot nekkid.

Average Guy
March 26, 2003, 07:38 PM
Chicks dig scars.

March 26, 2003, 07:52 PM
female: "Wow... and how did you get that one?"

me (reliving the scene in 'Jaws' where they trade scar stories):"well that one there is from a, uh, shark...with a laser on it's head."

female:"You must be so brave! And what about that one?"

me:"Why little lady! I got that one while practicing the manly art of the gun!

Oh yeah, and I was nekkid."

"Wait! Don't go!... call me!"

March 26, 2003, 08:00 PM
ain't no fun if you don't have battle wounds .. I mean it ain't the same to go to the range and not get pelted with someone elses brass yet your own , heck I even miss it , i have my battle buds throw spent brass at me when I shoot revolo's so that way I don't forget what it feels like , :D and having to explain why there is a wincheter tatoo on your left collarbone to a woman is well like sooooo cool. :D I really like when ones face bleed profusely when a hot searing shell coes out of the ejection port and cuts part of my cheek ( not!!! that actually hurt and left a nasty mark !!!) not to mention the fact that geting shot in the leg with a .22 is very uncomfortable ...

March 26, 2003, 08:02 PM
QBG: :D *snurkle* :D *snorf* :D


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March 26, 2003, 08:03 PM
I wear a suit of armor now. If you gaze through the slit the same way every time you can see enough of the 10 ring to get adequate groups.

March 26, 2003, 08:58 PM
If you hear heavy metallic breathing and a voice behind you says "Luke, I am your father" it`s me. Leave quickly.:neener: :evil:

March 26, 2003, 09:10 PM
Guess I need to update my gear.

March 26, 2003, 09:16 PM
I got sick and tired of 300 degree brass going down my shirt between my glasses, on top of my hearing protectors, on my neck

So here is a pic of my shooting buddies and I with our hot brass protectors

Joe Gunns
March 26, 2003, 09:21 PM
I found a range with adequate dividers between stations. :)

Standing Wolf
March 26, 2003, 09:28 PM
I click and duck.

March 26, 2003, 10:40 PM

Seriously, anyone wear a cowboy hat at the range to keep the hot brass off? That might not be a bad idea. Of course, it would sound good to me: I live in Texas and already wear cowboy boots.

March 27, 2003, 03:07 AM
Yeah, I think it was an old Skeeter Skelton story about a dude
who tuned the extractor on his .45 to go straight up and back.

He wore a large novelty sombrero to catch all his brass.

Sounds goofy but I bet it worked.

March 27, 2003, 03:14 AM
I wear shooting glasses, but usually wear them low on my nose so I can actually see!

Sometimes at the outdoor range I don't wear glasses.

I can handle the heat of getting hit with things, besides, what can a few more scars hurt?


March 27, 2003, 06:01 AM
Just another day at the range...

(Most of them shoot Glocks...:D )

March 27, 2003, 07:47 AM
Theres this range that the retired O-6 coastie owns and this guy loves his range and makes no bones about it and besides he's a real PIA and charges $18.95 per hour. Well, the dividers between the ports are not up tight to the ceiling so no matter which port youre in the brass from the guy on your left is always a plunkin' down on yer noggin. It's very annoying...

So his range ain 't THAT great


March 27, 2003, 08:35 AM
The Glock I shoot has a habit of ejecting brass at strange angles, so a couple times I've come home to look in the mirror, and there have been small circles on my forehead where the open end of the brass had left little burnt powder rings. :D

I've yet to take up wearing a full head mask to prevent that. :p

Greg L
March 27, 2003, 08:48 AM
Well, when I wore just my Speedos to the range, I used to get all kinds of burns from brass. It was very, very tragic.


For you because of the brass hitting you or for us having to see it?

Greg :D

March 27, 2003, 09:45 AM
On a slightly related topic... Anyone ever notice why any recently fired cases from a semi auto rifle are hot hot hot but the same rounds from a bolt gun are completely cool to the touch? Is this really entirely from the brass expanding?

Surely many others have noticed this.

March 27, 2003, 10:58 AM
I think the answer is Yes to both, Greg. :D

March 27, 2003, 02:13 PM
Cratz2: It might also be because in a semiauto the brass is in the chamber only for a few milliseconds after firing, compared to a couple of seconds for the bolt action. Less time for heat transfer to occur, and all that.

One reason caseless ammo will be unlikely to ever hit store shelves is due to the brass of most rifles acting as a heat sink and being ejected immediately after each shot, while a caseless system would only have the internals of the gun to heat up.


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