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July 29, 2003, 05:45 PM
I am wondering, how many of you who reguarly shoot, wear body armour, ( if you have it) or would wear it, if it was available. We had an incident at the range Sunday eve, where an officer was hit by a piece of a bullet, ( .40 jacketed, but just a small piece of the lead struck him). It has been brought up that anyone who shoots, should wear it, but I have shot a lot of matches, and din't recall seeing shooters wearing armour.


I might add that it came off of a steel plate, and the officer struck was at the 25 yard line, and the plates are set on the target line, ( so he was 25 yards away from it)

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July 29, 2003, 06:07 PM
body armor at the range seems to me to border on paranoia. i've been hit with chunks of bullets lots of times. it can hurt, and even pierce the skin, but its rare enough and not threatening enough to wear body armor. eye protection always, and usually a long sleeve shirt and a ball cap but body armor? pretty excessive.


July 29, 2003, 06:18 PM
That is one reason why SASS requires long sleeve shirts and long pants. It will know down most back splash bullets. I've been hit many a times. Usually only draw blood were the clothing did not cover. I've had splash hit the lenses then cheek and draw blood. Just a battle scar.

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If you fall down and scrape your knee, do you wear kneepads all the time? It is almost like says all guns are bad, because they kill people???? Life is a risk, everyone take responsibility for his or her own actions….

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Greg L
July 29, 2003, 06:19 PM
I dont have it and probably wouldn't wear it where I shoot now. The places that I frequent are either tightly controlled clubs or on private land with people that I trust. If the only place that I had to shoot was a public range populated by some of the people mentioned in stories here then I would probably look into getting some. For now though I don't worry about it too much.


Stay Low
July 29, 2003, 10:15 PM
Shooting regularly at the club with body armor isn't for me. Yes, I shoot regularly and have body armor. But each to his own.

July 29, 2003, 10:20 PM
Took a 223 ricochet in the cheekbone a while back..kinda nasty, but fixed up ok. Body armor wouldn't done d#%K to stop it. Fortunately, I am old and ugly, so it doesn;t matter much.

Guess I would pass on the armor unless I was going into a firefight.

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
July 30, 2003, 01:31 AM
I have too much stuff in my range bag as it is now. I wear eye protection as well as the obvious hearing protection, and I'm karmic enough to know if I get a little backspatter from something I was probably standing too close.

Besides, If I showed up wearing a flak jacket they'd run me off the range. I'm not a LEO and I don't need to look or train like one. Who needs to go around looking like a Mall Ninja/Militia Nut at the public range, anyway?

Only time I've bloodied myself at the range was when I was shooting an Uzi many years ago; dirty chamber failed to fully seat a cartrige and the back/side of the brass blew out and gave me a little cut on the chin. Looks like a typical unsupported case failure. Picked the brass fragment out of my chin after I figured out I was bleeding and slapped a bandaid on it when I got home.


July 30, 2003, 02:26 AM
There is a place for IMO as in being tethered to a RO/SO while shooting in " a barrel"- the 360* shoot /don't shoot training stages. Some stages like this its mandatory. We all know the 4 rules, in training the risk for getting swept exists in stages - even tethered-could happen. One is learning , RO/SO are watching is cheap...lives /injury ain't.

July 30, 2003, 04:05 AM
Nope don't wear it at the range (too hot, too heavy)

but have used a flack jacket for a bed once or twice (better than sleeping on rocks)

July 30, 2003, 10:24 AM
If I felt I needed body armor to go to a particular range then I would not go to that range.

Do you wear a life preserver when you go swimming?

July 30, 2003, 11:07 AM
I shoot primarily at an indoor range & the employees monitor the shooters pretty well. While I shoot, I try to keep an eye on those in there w/ me. I won't shoot when the place is busy or when large groups of friends are together. I'll take a break until things slow down a bit.
I go shooting to have fun. I doubt wearing body armor would add to that fun.

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