CHL class range dress code

I was asked why we have all of the requirements on attire for the shooting range portion of the CHL class.  There is a lengthy list of what you need to wear when we go to the range.  I assure you that I’m not trying to be the fashion police.  Every requirement on dress is for your safety and the safety of those around you.

When you fire a semi-auto pistol and the spent casing is ejected from the ejection port, you basically have a small, flying piece of hot brass.  Most of the time this hot brass falls harmlessly to the ground.   However, if that hot brass gets on your skin and trapped between your skin and your shirt, between your skin and your shoes,  or between your skin and your safety glasses, you’ll find out how unpleasant it can be to be burned.

The real problem isn’t the burn from the hot brass.  The real risk comes in when people who are holding a loaded gun begin to do the involuntary “hot brass dance” as they try to remove the hot brass from their shirt, their bra, or from between their toes.  The worst possible time to flail around wildly is when you’ve got a pistol in one hand.   You can end up pointing that pistol at yourself or those around you.  That’s something we just can’t have on the range.   As you’ll see in our CHL class, we’ve got a video clip or two demonstrating the moves to the “hot brass dance” and I think you’ll understand why we need to avoid it.

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