Tagged: What not to Wear at Range
January 9, 2017 at 7:39 am #10907
I’ve seen several posts from gals stating our forums aren’t very active these days, even though the info is invaluable. So I’d like us all to create more posts, activity and excitement about our sport!
I went to a handgun class last week, and although it had been a while since I’d gone to a range, I wore/packed what I always did:
hat w/bill to prevent those pesky hot casings from going behind my safety eye goggles
lightweight, long-sleeve shirt w/higher neckline, to prevent those hot casings from shocking a shoulder or finding their way into my bra
lightweight, long pants
socks and ankle boots
In this class, I witnessed: flip flops, low-cut tops, sleeveless tops, nobody else had hats. If you’ve been to the range once, shooting semi- or automatic, you’ve probably had hot casings fly everywhere around you and realize it can be dangerous to handle a loaded weapon with surprise ‘PINGS’ hitting body parts. Our instructor shared a story of a dad shooting at a range recently with his wife and 2 small children standing behind him. A hot casing went down the back of his shirt and he ‘impulsively’ used his dominant/gun touting hand to reach the casing. The gun went off, shooting and killing his son instantly. This is an extreme example of how our unexpected reactions to hot metal can be deadly.
What do you gals suggest or wear at the indoor range for everyday practice?
January 10, 2017 at 2:22 am #10910911QTParticipant
January 10, 2017 at 10:47 am #10918Jami ShawParticipant
Every time I have gone to the range I wear either long sleeves or a t-shirt that isn’t low when it is warmer outside. Always wear boots or tennis shoes. This is usually not a problem for me as this is typically how I dress, but I can see how other ladies may not dress this way. Any of the classes I’ve been to required shooters to wear specific types of clothing to make sure it is appropriate for shooter. Most ranges I’ve visited also have a dress code. I learned the hard way when welding the if you’re not dressed the right way for flying hot metal, you will soon find out! I don’t wear a hat unless I am outside in the sun because I don’t usually wear one and sometimes feel it blocks my vision.
- This reply was modified 1 year ago by Jami Shaw.
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January 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm #10920
Thank you, Jami, for your post.
I work from my Florida home, so I wear shorts, tank top and flip flops every chance I get! It took some work to develop a few ‘range appropriate’ outfits, but I now have 3 I like including 2 ‘cargo pants’ w/thigh side pockets for extra magazines in the future.
The gals who were ‘underdressed’ made me more nervous, knowing they were new to shooting and me not desiring flailing and loaded weapons aimed my direction when/if hot casings snagged them.
I detest hats; they usually give me a headache. And in the warm indoor range where our local classes take place, I think they’re a reason my glasses fog over. But having several casings bounce off the bill or the top of the hat, I was glad I was wearing one last week!
Most of the gals in this class hadn’t given a moment’s thought to how to dress at a shooting range. Kind of concerns me, too, for how much thought will they give to every little thing we must think about to conceal carry daily? 🙂
March 7, 2017 at 5:33 am #11073Elizabeth McCormackParticipant
I try not to wear anything too low cut since brass in the bra is definitely NOT cool, and I always wear good shoes – either tennis shoes or my Danskos (because I have flat feet and they are comfortable for standing around on concrete). I only wear long sleeves in the winter when our range is a bit chillier because otherwise it is just too warm.
March 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm #11078MiriamParticipant
I never wear a hat but geez, maybe I should, some of my dad’s little guns sure do throw brass hard in unpredictable directions. I’m getting a little tired of being plinked in the forehead!
I’m a casual person, so jeans with t-shirt or sweater and sneakers. I don’t know why you’d wear anything else. Well, bare arms or legs are one thing, the brass will just bounce right off, but anything low-cut, or wearing open-toe shoes is asking for trouble.
March 8, 2017 at 6:52 am #11079
Yeah; I hate hats, but I always wear them at the range. Boy was I glad last week when 2 guys were doing accelerated triggering on high-powered pistols, casings flying at me, most of them bouncing off my baseball hat bill.
With longer hair, it also helps prevent hot casings from getting lodged in your hair, which has hair product in it and may try to ‘fuse’ the hot brass to the hair.
I’ve even considered wearing shooting gloves, for protection from all the toxins inherent in shooting environments.
March 12, 2017 at 12:28 am #11090Carol LyonsParticipant
Just last month at our chapter meeting, one of the newer shooters got to do the hot brass dance when a spent casing got trapped for a couple of seconds between her cheekbone and safety glasses. She handled it well, and we took the brief opportunity to discuss proper range attire. Teachable moments in every situation…..
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March 12, 2017 at 8:33 am #11092
Ha ha! Yep; if you shoot enough rounds, you’ll surely be hit by hot brass somewhere undesirable. For me, a neighboring bay casing got stuck between my glasses/hearing protection/hair somehow and seemed to linger and felt like it was sizzling even 10 minutes later. Ugh. And I wear a hat!
Disasters occur when loaded weapons are flewn about in reaction to those hot casings. One instructor told us of a child standing behind his dad at the range when that happened and the dad was trying to get the hot casing out of the back of his shirt when his gun fired, killing his child instantly. Horrible.
March 13, 2017 at 12:05 am #11097Roxanne EackerParticipant
For some reason, my TWAW chapter made holsters mandatory for all of our pistol shooting activity. Strange since it’s not common at the range unless you’re specifically practicing draw (which we’re not doing, it’s mainly just for storage while we mill around between activities). Plus, new shooters and people without a carry permit wouldn’t need to own one. However, I’ve brought it to leadership attention that many women are showing up in flip flops, tank tops, and various other cutsie but inappropriate range attire, yet that doesn’t seem important enough to be addressed.
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March 13, 2017 at 8:42 am #11100
That’s interesting, Roxanne. I’d not heard that before. I don’t belong to a TWAW league, but have been checking out various ladies shooting leagues locally.
It seems that some ‘basics’ are not addressed anywhere – not in a Ladies Advanced Conceal Carry class I took (7 hours!), not in various league meet-ups, etc. And I don’t know why not. Even when instructions are sent out ahead of time that state ‘no open-toe shoes or no exposed shoulders’, they’re not enforced/explained in a formal setting, and obviously should be.
Other basics that are never covered include the importance of washing up before leaving the range, how to deal w/your clothing post-range, etc. Not 1 lady I’ve spoken with ever thought of does the things I do: washing hands post-range, using D-lead wipes, changing shoes before getting in the car, sitting on a towel in the driver seat, stripping down and tossing all my range garments in the washer before entering the house with 5 dogs and my hubby who could come in contact with range toxins.
October 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm #11462Anonymous
Charlotte – I just recently moved, but one of the women’s leagues I belong to ALWAYS has a safety briefing before every event…no exceptions! And, all participants and spectators were required to wear a hat with a bill, safety glasses, hearing protection, close-toed shoes, and a high-neck shirt. Our Facilitator always carried extra hats, eye protection, and hearing protection. If we did not have and wear the appropriate safety protection, including clothing, we got to sit on the sidelines and could not participate. If we showed up in a tank-top…no go. If we showed up in flip-flops…no go. If we didn’t have a hat and she didn’t have an extra…no go. I respected her tremendously for assuring the safety of everyone and I wish all instructors, facilitators, leaders, etc. were this responsible. It is very difficult to say “no” sometimes, but when it comes to safety, especially when in a group, safety trumps everything.
April 24, 2017 at 8:22 am #11208Karen BParticipant
My first trip to the range I wore a cowl-neck long sleeve shirt and hot brass landed in the neck of that shirt and the fabric held it nice and close to the skin. Holy cow! Did I get a burn, which promptly got infected. Then I reacted to the adhesive in the bandage and had a major wound for weeks, and now have a scar at the base of my throat. That was a hard lesson learned. Now I wear a ball cap, hat-hair be damned! Crew neck shirt of some kind; tennis shoes. I’m not so worried about my arms and legs, but I don’t want hot brass in my hair, on my scalp, on my feet or down my shirt!
April 24, 2017 at 3:19 pm #11209
April 24, 2017 at 11:28 pm #11211DebbieParticipant
The “Hot Brass Dance” is no fun at all. I’ve found that scrub tops perform well. The neckline is not low and it lays flat so it doesn’t catch the brass nor does it gap when I’m holding the gun up to shoot. Also, they’re cheap and wash really easily. I have, however, learned to check the pockets for casings before tossing it into the washer.
April 28, 2017 at 6:03 pm #11230Cathy PParticipant
The weekend warriors at the range I frequent are the worst! Their main concern is getting someone to make a UTube of them firing as fast as possible. Their ” hoochy mamas” are dressed as scantily as possible, and have no concept of ” downrange”.As a result, I try and time my visits during the week when it’s quiet!
July 3, 2017 at 12:41 pm #11352ArmedAngelParticipant
I keep a long-sleeved, button-up sun protection shirt in my car or with my range bag. It’s super lightweight, so it’s comfortable even in the heat of Southern California! It’s easy enough to pull it on over a t-shirt, tank, or cami that I might be wearing under my work clothes. I ended up with brass hitting my chest once out in the desert & decided then and there I’d be covered to the neck from then on!
I also wear a hat, although not normally a hat-wearer.
I always wear long pants, although I toy with the idea of shorts (longer shorts). Ripstop cargo pants are lightweight and comfy even in the heat.
Closed toe shoes are a given! I don’t have boots, though, just tennies.
October 3, 2017 at 4:18 pm #11455SarahParticipant
I normally just wear jeans, a t-shirt and a pair of tennis shoes. I went shooting with the boyfriend on Sunday. And he made the mistake of wearing a tank top to the range! Silly boy! Cuz he made a few hot shells go down the front of his shirt! But he did learn a lesson from it though! Don’t wear a tank top when your gonna go to the range!
October 4, 2017 at 4:56 pm #11457SDFT SMSParticipant
For the most part I wear a t-shirt, long pants and eye and ear protection on the range. However, I also live in Chaco sandals when I can (and in Arkansas, that can easily be March-November). Therefore at least once in a while, I wear them out on the range. My theory being, if that’s what I normally wear, I should practice that way.
Our TWAW chapter leadership even considered a “formal night” just for fun, but also so everyone gets to experience shooting in less “comfy” clothing and shoes.
So again, normally, I’m dressed appropriately, but I do think there is a time and place to practice in attire that may be considered less than ideal for the range.
October 5, 2017 at 6:34 pm #11461Anonymous
Hat with bill and sometimes one with a neck covering, safety glasses, hearing protection, high-neck shirt, boots or closed-toed shoes, long pants, and typically a long-sleeve shirt. This should be standard apparel when going to a range, whether outside or inside, and regardless if shooting or as a spectator. I consider my shooting apparel as part of my range gear, just as I do while hunting, whether with a rifle, shotgun, handgun, or bow.
November 4, 2017 at 12:42 pm #11504XDs4MomParticipant
I wear ear & eye protection, long sleeve shirt, jeans, & tennis shoes. I recently went to our local range for the first time in about a year. I had a hat in my bag, after getting hot pinged a couple of times I decided to put my hat on. Still got pinged but not as hot 😁. The next morning while putting my hoodie on, a shell fell off my shoulder.
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