Gun Safety - Hazards of Shooting at the Range

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Gun Safety - Hazards of Shooting at the Range

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There are a lot of details to cover when gun safety is discussed, but what about the hazards we face while at the range? I'm going to start with indoor ranges. I say it a lot... "people think indoor ranges are magical places where accidents do not happen"! I have been at the range a few times and was scared to death by some of the other shooters and their lack of safety.
My brother, Steven and I were at the range once and another shooter was firing a forty-four magnum and one of the bullets came back on the floor and slammed into my brother's foot. Steve thought he was shot in the foot. It actually kicked his foot out from under him and had him hopping on one foot. Thank God, he was not injured... just startled. I can't stree enough the use of proper footwear while shooting. Please wear closed toe shoes at all times.
Personally, I have been hit with shrapnel from other shooters and have even had pieces of copper jacketing strike me in the legs, arms and upper body - and most of the times they became metal splinters under the skin and some of them big enough to make me bleed pretty good. Always pay attentionto the way your fellow shooters are shooting and report any unsafe behavior to the range master before something bad can actually happen.
Proper clothing, footwear, eye and hearing protection are neccessary, but there are little things that can still get you. When shooting a semi-auto pistol, the casings are coming out of the gun hot and fast. They bounce off of the walls and range ceiling and can come back at you. That's why it is important to wear clothing and shoes that will not let these little blistering hot metal objects have access to your skin. Once while shooting my Desert eagle .44 Magnum, a casing bounced off the side wall and wedged itself between my safety glasses and my brow. I swore loudly and plentiful and found a part of my eyebrow and skin baked onto the surface of the spent casing.
Hot casings can wind up in your shirt, your shoes or just land on an exposed part of your flesh. recently I had a student shooting and a .380 casing landed in the crook of his elbow. He almost the gun just to stop the pain. I also had a young woman experience the same incident I had with the casing trapped between the shooting glasses and her brow. My brother and I were recently burned when casing went in our shirt collars and burned us good. Steve had one burn him on the back of his neck at the top of his back, and mine was in on the side of my neck where it meets my shoulder. The important thing if this happens to you is not to drop your loaded gun. Do what you have to to get the casing off of your skin, but stay in control of your weapon and keep it down range with your finger off of the trigger.
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