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Range Manners re: Brass Showers

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by BrianB, Sep 19, 2010.

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  1. BrianB

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    Hey, at an outdoor range (plinking pit, not stalls) is it rude to shower the person to your right with your brass without even acknowledging?

    I at least TRY to prevent by setting up a case (to my right) to deflect if somebody is within 8 feet or so. But on my last outing, I was getting RAINED on, with brass bouncing off of me and my guns on the bench. I didn't say anything, but should I have? Or is it just a "cost of doing business" at the range?

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  2. jon86

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    This happens to me often. It does not bother me in the least. If it bothers you, simply wait to step up to the line until the guy to your left is reloading.
     
  3. WardenWolf

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    It's VERY ill-mannered, particularly when the brass gets hot. If you've got a gun that does that, you should build your own ejector screen and take it with you to the range. It's very easy to build one out of a couple of laundry hamper kits, and it comes apart and takes practically no space. There's no reason or excuse to be "that guy" at the range.
     
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  4. EddieNFL

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    Avoid high power competition.
     
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    I usually try to set up to not throw my brass all over the guy next to me but if someone comes up and sets down after I am already at a table and set up then the new shooter will just have to put up with it.
    As a rule I do usually catch most of my brass in a net since I reload for most everything I have.
     
  6. jkulysses

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    My Ruger P90 is bad about this it throws the brass out a good 6+ feet. I just always try and stay to the right of people or give them heads up and try to shoot around them. It's not their fault my gun launches mini hot rocks haha.
     
  7. SharpsDressedMan

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    It is one of the true pleasure in life, to have your weapon dump hot brass on the shooter next to you. We all do it, we all expect it. It means we're all having a good time!
     
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    I usually set a bucket or something to catch it so I can take it home. If it falls in my gear, it's mine.

    At the local public range there has been a rash of young hotties wearing halter tops. The range master scores based on the number of shell burns they leave with.
     
  9. russ69

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    Yeah, I'm a highpower shooter, if it's not raining brass, it must be a cease fire! I don't want brass bouncing off my finely polished guns anymore than the next guy but if you are shooting near other people it's going to happen. If that bugs you, go to the range when nobody is there.

    Thanx, Russ
     
  10. offroaddiver

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    i always set up a $1 mosquito net whenever i'm shooting my ar or my semi-auto brass launchers. I've done the hot brass on side of shoe or back of shirt dance. I've never laughed so hard when i saw a man and wife combo where the wife was sitting in the car and had a 7.62 land in a sensitive area.
     
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    It's just the cost of doing business. I don't make a point of trying to shower someone with brass, but there's not a lot that can be done about it. If you're shooting an autoloader it's going to throw brass--that's just the way things are.

    Same goes for being on the receiving end. Autoloaders throw brass. I don't go to the range if I'm not prepared to deal with flying brass. A person might as well complain about all the loud noises at the range and how they distract a person from shooting. There are some things that are just part of shooting.
     
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    evan price, I want to shoot at your range.

    On those rare occasions when there are that many people at the range I warn any shooter to my right if I think I may hit them with my brass. If it becomes a distraction for them I switch to another gun. But, I usually set up so I can easily collect my brass. There seems to be many like minded shooters where I shoot.
     
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    It honestly amazes me how many people here have little or no regard for their fellow shooter at the range. I go out of my way to ensure people around me don't get hit by my shells. It's rarely an issue, since I primarily shoot AK's and they eject roughly 45 degrees forwards, but nobody likes hot shells raining down on them. Your FUN doesn't give you the right to ruin other people's fun. You have to be courteous.
     
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    I've grew up with and still expect brass coming my way, whether from a stranger or a friend. I do try to wear a ball cap and a closed collar shirt when going to the range. When I take women, I have them wear a closed collar shirt and tell them to wear running shoes.

    I honestly never thought much about brass "showers" being rude. I just think it's normal, but then I don't sit next to anyone firing a full auto gun either. ;)
     
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    It is an unavoidable part of being in a high power match (or qualifing in the military) but even then, I dont know many that try to dump brass down the guys neck to their right. The best way to avoid that is to shoot when you can have the range to yourself.
     
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    That might be the best way.
     
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    These things happen.

    I take a Walther P.1 to rental ranges for this very reason, it throws brass left.

    Ranges have flying brass, loud noises, smoke and other annoyances. You plan ahead for them (closed shirt, no sandals, billed cap, etc etc) and don't try to deliberately ping someone with your brass, what's the big deal here?
     
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    Found a way to end the problem of flying brass. Was at range gentlemen sets up right next to me with benches open farther down. Starts spraying brass all over me and bench when done starts to pick up brass then realizes that I've taken a pair of pliers and crushed the ends on everything that landed on me. Funny but then he decided to move.:neener:
     
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    I don't shoot at ranges where you're close enough to another shooter to hit them with brass.
     
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    Down at Cherry Creek they put up pieces of lock together rubber matting to shield people on the right. Funny thing was even after being totally incased their next complaint was I was shooting! You just cant please some people!
     
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    Would you accept people chucking rocks or other things on you? Unless you are in a competition (that's a different ball game) it's down right rude to shower someone with brass. If you can't manage to keep it to yourself, then it's your problem.

    Plus, you're asking for trouble by doing that. All it takes is for you to get one down the shirt of a new shooter and have him/her do an accidental discharge through your leg.

    Like everywhere else, respect your neighbor's space.
     
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    How many times have you been in traffic and could smell the exhaust from another vehicle?
    It doesn't mean that the other drivers are rude or are jerks.
    Exhaust is just part of the driving experience.

    And brass raining down is just part of the shooting experience.
    Dress accordingly or only patron ranges which have very few shooters and lots of personal space.

    A shooter can no more control where his brass lands than a motorist can control where his exhaust drifts.


    Easy
     
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    My Saiga is a steel launcher and a half! Since the first range trip, I've had people ask me if I'm lobbing casings on purpose, but not even th eguy next to me, or him, or the third guy. I've hit people, without even knowing it, about 20 feet awat before, and it could have gone maybe another 6-8 feet from there. I always setup a net to try to stop the cases but with the arc this things throws them at, most times it seems to do little good. I'll need to figure out a high and curved net to build to stop this.

    Off topic, but what would be concidered a normal distance to throw a case, if there is even such a thing. I've seem some guys shooting and the cases seem to barely fall out of the rifle, while my Saiga can lob a case 25+ feet most times.
     
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    That's a weak analogy.

    I try to set up on the last bench to the left and I set-up a net to catch my brass. This prevents brass from landing on me and the guy next to me. If I'm being showered I move to the far right bench and my net to my left.

    I also avoid busy times.

    Now to work on my car's exhaust.
     
  25. Ragnar Danneskjold

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    There is a FRAGO on my previous comment. I took a few carbine courses at a range with about 15 other people. It was close enough that I did get hit with brass when we were shooting. The first time, I ended up getting a lot of burns on my neck from brass falling down my shirt. From that point on, I just wore a bandanna around my neck. Sometimes brass is unavoidable.
     
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