Tagged: What not to Wear at Range
January 9, 2017 at 7:39 am #10907Charlotte FParticipant
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.
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January 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm #10920Charlotte FParticipant
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?
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