The wife and I were discussing starting a family...so that got me to thinking about lead exposure from guns. I know that both of us are probably exposed to tons of other toxins not only lead from cleaning and shooting guns. But it got me to thinking about the risks/dangers of lead exposure from handling firearms i.e. birth defects, death in small children. I haven't seen any figures or anything concrete to know how much is too much? Does anyone know anything about this? It makes me wonder how much lead kids learning to shoot are exposed to. Is the amount of lead minimal and I'm just being paranoid? Is this "danger" overstated/understated? :confused:
Let me know what you guys know/think.
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August 11, 2006, 04:06 PM
The main source of lead exposure from guns is actually from the primer, not the bullet. If you use only lead-free primers and jacketed bullets your lead exposure will be nearly zero.
August 11, 2006, 04:42 PM
There's a blood test for lead that your family physician can do to make sure that you and your family are not being overexposed.
August 11, 2006, 06:16 PM
Hi, Watson there was a thread about this before that I had commented on. Search for my posts+lead.
In brief, I had high blood lead levels that were brought on by weekly shooting at an indoor range. They were found by a blood test. I asked my doctor to include it in my physical. They weren't scary high but I stopped shooting indoors and only shot outside. There are treatments if you have scary high results.
Lead is worse for kids, I believe, because they are growing. But the traditional source is eating paint chips or inhaling paint dust. Over on glocktalk there is a guy, Douglas in CT whose child was messed up by lead in his house. He had to remediate the house at great trouble and expense.
As for an adult, if you practice good hygene you should be ok. Wash your hands after shooting before eating or smoking. Don't sweep the floor at an indoor range. If you shoot indoors go to a range with good ventilation.
I think we americans are poor at evaluating risks esp. to children. So I hope I have helped.
August 11, 2006, 06:46 PM
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August 11, 2006, 06:57 PM
Your risk is likely EXTREMELY small unless you have been doing other activities involving lead/heavy metals. However, getting tested is not a big deal.
You need a pretty high exposure limit for it to start messing up sperm.
August 11, 2006, 06:59 PM
Your risk is likely EXTREMELY small unless you have been doing other activities involving lead/heavy metals