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Good ways to stay cool at the range?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by deltastorm11, Jul 27, 2009.

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  1. deltastorm11

    deltastorm11 Member

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    So im going to be going out to the local indoor range pretty soon and i was wondering if anyone has any good methods for staying cool inside an indoor range? (It can get pretty hot down in south florida in the summer time)
     
  2. chris in va

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    A lot of heat comes out of your neck/head area. Try soaking a long rag in the water fountain and wear it around your neck.

    Bikers sometimes wear a damp t-shirt under their jacket, but that requires airflow.

    Those little battery operated fans you find in the sporting goods section work great for a quick cool off. I use one at work all the time.
     
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    In the sporting goods section of Walmart, near the hiking stuff, should be a neck wrap that you soak in water, wring out, then tie around your neck. A lot of guys I worked with in construction loved them. Can't remember the exact name though. THey kind of look like the neck cords for sunglasses.
     
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    Crushed ice in your hat. Melts and runs down your back.
     
  8. nalioth

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    Water based cooling only adds to the misery in humid areas (like Houston).
     
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    Try a Doo Rag (like the bikers wear) wetted down, then put a ball cap over it. You'll look like a gangbanger wannabee, but you'll be cooler (no sweat running down your face). I do this sometimes when working outdoors.
    Another way is find a pith helmet (Sportsman's Guide sells them). Make sure it's pith or cork. Wet it down and it'll keep you cool as the water evaporates.
    If you wear glasses (which catch the sweat), both the above really work great.
     
  10. cchris

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    Turn your gun sideways and tilt your head back when shooting :D

    The best I can do is just keep underneath the covered range, and wear solid non-flammable clothing with good ventilation.
     
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    Did you catch this part?

     
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    What-You live in FLA. and you wine about the heat-- I would move- same reason I refuse to go to Camp perry In July- !!
    And whats this everyone tells me about the south --EVERYTHING IS AIR-CONDITIONED !!
    I guess its not !!!!
    105 In Montana is much nicer than 80 in FLA-- and How are the bugs??? feeding well I hope!!
     
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    Good Lord man how long you going to be their? I maybe spend 1 1/2 hours at my local indoor range, putting 4-600 rounds down range. I tell you what, I do get hot I mean the sweat does drip from my ear protection but just think how hot our troops over seas get all day long I am sure my 1.5 hours of discomfort is nothing compared to what hey must endure.
     
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    Our gun ranges in central FL all have fans that can be turned on to keep a breeze flowing. Main thing - shoot as early as possible before it gets hot
     
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    Consider yourself lucky just being indoors. 80% humidity, air-to-ground lightening, hot as hell in summer and it gets better in winter, I love the outdoor range. :neener:;)
     
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    Smartcarry with an ice pack instead of a gun.
     
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    I can't tell the difference between in & out anymore :confused:

    I was at an indoor range this past week, and the A/C was broken. Same thing though, I just wear light non-flammable clothing. The place is fairly strict on what you can and can't bring into the range, so it kinda rules out some of the options.

    However, a Camelback-style thingy that you can wear on your back would help keep you hydrated, and a little bit cooler, since most are insulated. The one I have opens up so you can fill it with ice as well as water, and it stays cold.
     
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    Indoor range? Is it not air-conditioned? :confused:
     
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    Take your wife to the range with you.

    And then tell her how much you spent on your brand new 1911.

    Her icy stare will take care of ya.
     
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    I found a better trick. Every day this August, spend atleast 5 hours in your attic within a day. Rearrange it, pack stuff you've been meaning to store, or whatever. Do stay hydrated, don't fall through the celing, and as usual, your mileage may vary..

    However, if you'll note that on a good, hot day.. After spending hours in the attic where it's substantially warmer, the outside temperature will, from your new perspective, be quite mild and enjoyable.
     
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    I am kind of lucky as my favorite outdoor range has a nice shade tree that shades the benches so it is not too bad in the morning. I can take an hour of doing my business.

    There is no way I'm moving out of Florida and have to face that nasty white stuff. That is unless Texas or some other succeeds from the Obomination.

    But I don't go to compititions from May-November as it is too brutal to stay out for 4 hours of pasting up targets with no shade. As one of the old time shooters who passed away a while back use to ask me, "I guess you don't work outdoors?" and he is right!
     
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    Try your local safety supply house. One company that makes them is called Occunomix.
     
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    I like to sip a tall glass of ice water to remain cool. That's water with lots of ice, not cold bottled water. If I'm sitting around where it's 90+ degrees. My method keeps me quite comfortable.
     
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    I would like to suggest you keep in mind the harmful (stuff) at indoor ranges. I would NOT bring any food/drink in. I would make sure you WASH your hands/face before eating/drinking. (lots of soap and water)
    Any fans should be blowing TOWARD the exhaust.
     
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