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“All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You better run, better run, outrun my gun”
No worries. We are not talking about shooting people. These two verses are from the famous song ‘Pumped up Kicks’ by the band Foster the People.
But we didn’t put these verses there without any reason.
Nowadays a lot of people are going to shooting ranges. This is happening because of the increasing rate of mass shootings. People are getting more and more inclined towards the idea of defending themselves.
What to wear to a shooting range? – this is a pretty common question when people decide to go to the shooting range.
Now, while going to the shooting range you should think twice about your wears. Because some specific items may save you big time if anything bad happens.
So, let’s shoot our way into the details-
WHAT TO WEAR TO A SHOOTING RANGE
No matter it’s a small firearm or large one, a shooting bag is the best place to hold, secure and carry them. They provide secure fitting and protection against fogs, weather etc.
Do, grab the best shooting bag at first place before preparing or shooting trip. Good idea to carry with a battle belt.
At first, you should consider putting on safety gears. Because a slight accident might bring in grave consequences.
Here’s a tip-
Before putting these stuff in your bag do a quick check. See if everything is in the best shape.
So, let’s take a look at the safety gears-
These are not your average glasses. These glasses are made for protecting eyes in shooting ranges. when you shoot at an object you may get a pice or powder of the target object in your
eyes. so it is necessary to use safety glasses. This protects your eyes from major injury and
protects from blindness.
Here’s the thing-
The more your safety glasses cover, the fewer risks you take. But make sure that your glasses are of better quality, good, clear, and lightweight.
Don’t trust Hollywood movies where someone shoots without any ear protection and talks smoothly soon after.
Believe us. You won’t hear a thing for a few minutes after shooting a gun if you don’t use ear protection.
There is a lot of noise when doing gunshots which puts a lot of pressure in your ears.
The normal human hearing limit is 60 decibels and 140 decibel there is a serious risk to the
human ear.On the other hand the sound of gunfire is more than 140 db. Since the sound of
gunfire is beyond the reach of human hearing, care must be taken to protect the ear.
If you’re shooting a normal or small gun, then you’ll be somewhat okay even by using earplugs.
You’ll need heavy duty electronic earmuffs if you want to go for the heavy machinery. Those big boys are too noisy to cover up with earplugs.
Caps or Hats
This is the most underrated among all the safety gears. Many people don’t use them because they don’t like wearing hats.
But this gear is important too.
Sometimes, after firing, cartridges show a tendency to land on the face. And those cartridges are super hot.The hat will protect your head and protect your hair from heat.
So, wear hats on a shooting range.
Some people say all you need to think about is the safety gears. But we disagree.
Shooting requires a lot of focus. So, it’s better that you be comfortable and safe at the same time.
So, let’s go through the list of suggested clothing for a shooting range-
You can try out both long sleeves and short sleeves. Both types have their own pros and cons.
Short sleeves give you comfort during the high-pressure situation in the range.
However, these make your arms open to hot brass ejecting out of the gun.
On the other hand, long sleeves give you a bit of discomfort. Lack of airflow inside the shirt might give you sweats.
No matter what the length of your shirt is, you have to keep in mind one thing while choosing shirts. That is- the collar type. Both men and women should avoid low cut and V-neck collars.
That’s because the ejected brass might find its way down the chest. Now, when the brass lands on the arms then it simply bounces off. But when it lands on the décolleté area, it goes down slowly. This happens because of the friction with the shirt and skin.
As a result, you get burns throughout your whole chest area.
Here, follow your personal preferences. Wear what makes you comfortable. If you don’t mind dirt on your skin, then you can even use shorts while laying on the ground.
Many people think that range-shoes need to be bulky or ugly. Well, that’s not true. Nowadays, many wear cute shoes in shooting ranges.
However, you should consider wearing a toe covering shoe in ranges. Because the ejected hot brass might land on your toes.
Most importantly, keep your range shoes separate. Because on the range around 90% of the ground is covered with lead. You don’t want lead in your house or car.
While shooting hand safety is also very important. It is important to wear gloves as you may fall
in difficulty while shooting. First of all, you have to practice with shooting gloves or you may
have difficulty shooting suddenly. And the gloves should be in size of your hand and of
course the gloves should be comfortable.
Now you know what to wear on the shooting range. We have cover almost every important factor that will protect you while shooting. You don’t have to be heavily protected or wear military like clothes. Those are old fashion thinking of the shooting range.
Today it all modern and classy. You can choose your fashionable shirt that covers the safety points we covered. Get a pairof gloves that match your shirt and have a pair of shoes. Also, you can set up new fashion
trends for the shooting ranges. Now you get gear and land on the shooting range.
It’s possible to be both fashionable and safe at the same time.
Just keep the safety issues in mind and you wear everything else according to your choice.