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If I ever take up firearms training, one of the things I may do is to shove hot brass inside the clothing of people so they get the experience over and not react like fools when an ejected shell ends up in their soft parts.

If you have been shooting for a while, chances are you have caught a hot one and know that although painful, it does not kill you or makes you bleed. You get a blister and that’s pretty much it. Just because it stings, does not mean The Four Rules get to be ignored.


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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

8 thoughts on “The Four Rules: Ballistic Facial Treatment.”
  1. My eldest daughter is well endowed. When I took her to the range the first time she didn’t follow my rules for dress code and sure enough, she had an open neck top.

    And the brass did bounce from the range wall and got caught in the scoop. It left a scarf but I was there and had her right hand pointed down range the entire time. It is just something you do when you are a training somebody knew.

    You don’t know what they are going to do when the big bang happens or the brass gets there.

    I’ve caught a brass case on top of my safety glasses. Yes, it left a painful blister. But the gun was down on the table before I reached up to remove it. OUCH.

    I’m still not good about checking the clothing of people when they go shooting. I need to get better at it.

    1. Actually, THEY need to get better at it. It’s not your responsibility to make certain everyone follows the rules, etc. But, your daughter is a different story.

      1. It’s not your responsibility in the sense of a duty (except as you said, in the case of your daughter). However, looking out for your friends is a kind thing to do.

        By way of analogy, as a skydiver I’m responsible for my equipment being in good condition and correctly worn. If I mess up badly enough, I might “bounce” (as the phrase goes) but it’s not likely that others would be hurt. Nevertheless, we’re taught to eyeball the gear of our fellow jumpers and point out things that seem wrong. We’re also taught to perform, and to offer, “gear checks” before exiting the airplane. These things are not duty unless you’re an instructor, but they are a courtesy.

    2. I did the hot brass dance a couple of times before I learned what was best to wear. It never occurred to me to try to fish it out with a loaded gun in my hand. Better a small scar than a big hole.

  2. Heck, I’ve caught brass down my shirt collar, and I’m a male and don’t wear plunging necklines, nor do I have the female Uncanny Valley on my chest, which seems to attract hot brass to every woman’s open chagrin, every man’s secret delight, and every RSO’s bluest language.
    I went to wearing a bandanna around my neck at the range, if I have any sort of raised collar, no matter the outside temperature.
    The Brass Dance is never a good thing to do while holding a firearm. Take precautions.

  3. Kinda like the day my buddy cut loose with a 60 round drum in his 16. Brass shower!!! I got 3 down my T shirt.. I had a couple lady students I suggested they put a shirt on. One didnt n got educated..

  4. Chief: It was a semi-auto; and the guy DID have control and shot himself (not “the gun discharged”. Don’t talk like a person who does not understand; educate others.

  5. Back in January 1975 a a new recruit in the army with M-16A1s and being left handed we were told by the Drill Sgt’s to button the top button of our fatigue shirts to prevent brass from going down there. at a later date I got hit in the neck but it did not go down the shirt by a ejected case. It still hurt like hell for a while.

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