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NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – THE GUN GIRL: A dangerous dance: Dress for the range and hot brass won’t have you jumping

You might be wondering what the shooting sports and dancing have in common. Absolutely nothing — unless, of course, you’re talking about the hot brass dance. Never heard of it? Let me elaborate. As many of you know, when you fire a semi-automatic firearm, a spent shell casing comes flying out of the ejection port. This is necessary to clear the way for the next cartridge to move into the chamber. This casing, made from brass, is very hot because of the burning gunpowder which it contained just milliseconds before. This hot brass casing will go somewhere. It might bounce off the range partitions, hit your neighboring shooter to your right, or hit you. It’s very unpredictable. This is why I always stand to the left of my students when teaching. If the casing comes back at you, it may land somewhere highly inconvenient. Examples include in the inside of your elbow, between your face and your shooting glasses, and — most commonly — down the front or back of your shirt. This is where the dancing comes in. The most common reaction to catching hot brass is to jump and to dance around in an attempt to free that little scorcher from your exposed skin. What I see more often than not is the shooter respond in a panic, gun still in hand and finger still on the trigger, waving it around while grabbing at their shirt or glasses. While dancing may sound like fun, it is extremely important to avoid this dance. People have been shot and killed this way. Nobody around you wants to be a victim of an accidental discharge. This is why I cannot stress enough the importance of knowing what to do if you should ever catch hot brass from your own gun or from the gun of a fellow shooter. Here are a few tips to avoid a potentially tragic experience.  [full article]

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