I am a doctor by trade, so here’s some free medical advice for all you hard headed dipshits. The vast majority of shooters are unaware of the dangers of lead toxicity. Lead is contained in the primer, so when you fire your gun all of the residue and powder lands on your hands, face and shirt. The brass you pick up after shooting and the steel targets you load into your truck (with your bare hands) are virtually covered in lead. So who cares right? I’ll make it easy fellas—lead isn’t good for you. It gets absorbed in the nervous system and can cause neurodegenerative disorders and/or cancer. It’s especially dangerous for children. When you get home from the indoor range, your hands, shirt, pants, and shoes are virtually covered in lead. You track lead onto your floors (where your baby crawls) and when your kids come up and hug you you’re putting lead directly on their face. The two highest risk behaviors are shooting at an old indoor range (where ventilation system is not up to code) and eating, drinking, or smoking anywhere at the range. If you could do only two things to prevent yourself from getting lead toxicity, it would be to shoot outdoors whenever possible and as soon as you’re done, immediately decontaminate your hands with lead soap or lead wipes—before you touch your face or your steering wheel. If you cannot shoot outdoors follow these simple rules to try to prevent lead toxicity:
1. Don’t eat or drink at the range!!
2. Wipe hands with lead wipes when u finish shooting.
3. Have a pair of shoes that are dedicated to the shooting range. Take them off before you enter your car or house.
4. When you get home from the range, fully undress in the garage. Wash your range clothes separate from your family’s clothes.
5. Even though your range clothes are off, don’t touch your family until you’ve showered.
6. When you first get in the shower wash with cold water —hot water causes the pores to open and you will absorb more lead. Use a soap that binds lead.
7. When you have your annual physical ask your doctor to please check your lead level.