Hi ladies! Earlier today I fifnished up a full concealed carry permit class. We had one young lady in attendance with her husband. Normally I do not tell people in advance what type of clothing to wear to a gun range for shooting, but this young lady makes me feel like I should. Before anyone thinks I'm picking on women only, let me set the record straight. I'm thinking of telling all future students that they must wear appropriate clothing and shoes....men included! During the warmer months, we get guys wearing flip-flops or open toe sandals to class. These are all no-no's for shooting guns. Thank God I haven't had someone come in wearing next to nothing!
For ladies though as in regards to this being the ladies area of the forums I'm just going to chat about ladies fashion in particular at the moment. This young lady came in wearing a short dress with a deep cut neckline that revealed a certain portion of her anatomy. She also wore a pair of open toe and foot, high heel sandal type footware. These are parts of our bodies that are best protected while shooting semi-automatic handguns. The ejected casings are very hot and can burn painfully when they contact exposed skin. I as well as many other men have experienced the burning pain of hot casings that make contact only briefly with our skin. I have had one from a forty-four auto mag get trapped between my safety glasses and my eyebrow. It not only hurt like hell, but it also took a healthy portion of my sizzled flesh and eyebrow along with it.
Also, we have seen a lot of ladies at the range do what we call the "boobie dance". With a low cut shirt the bullet gains access to off limit areas and the woman shooting realizes she's in trouble and quickly reacts to the pain by doing whatever it takes to get that little pain in the "you know whats" out of there. She may reveal more than what she wants to her fellow shooters at the range than she would normally be comfortable with.
So please dress accordingly and take care to choose clothing that may prevent this type of incident. Footware should also be chosen with care. Closed toe shoes with socks are the best bet. No sandals, flip-flops or Croc type footware should be worn to the range. And please don't try shooting barefooted either. I have had casings wind up hitting me in strange places while shooting. The damn things even ricochet off the ceiling and walls to come back at you. In fact, today, when the youn lady's husband was shooting he jumped and yelped in pain. I thought a piece of a bullet, or backstop fragment came back and hit him the way he jerked in surprise. Nope, not at all! A bullet casing bounced off of the wall and landed in the bend of his elbow and burned him. He almost dropped the gun trying to get it off of him. The young woman heeded my advice friom the classroom and wore a zip-up shirt that came all the way up to her neck and did not get burned once.