Raise the Blast Shields

At our last class we had a rare incident occur. A group of students were using a large bucket to store their live ammunition to facilitate quicker recharging of magazines during breaks. It really did make for reduced down time so was totally worth the effort. Before class one morning the group was emptying boxes of ammunition into the bucket when a live round detonated within the bucket. There were no injuries though fragments of the casing and powder did strike some of the students. One of the students was struck in the face. The good news was again there were no injuries, the bad news was the student struck in the face was not wearing any eye protection. He was lucky and this was a freak accident, but it should drive the point home to wear eye protection as a matter of habit and all the time. Whether shooting is recreational or your profession invest in quality eye protection. Ballistically rated wrap around eye protection that allow quick exchange between tinted and clear lens are highly recommended. Replace the lens once they get all scratched up, but don’t use scratched lens as an excuse not to wear them. We put it out in the gear list for our classes yet we still see some folks show up with less than optimal eye protection. I have on more than one occasion had to loan better eye protection for when we are shooting steel and it is like I’m talking to my kids. No, you can’t wear those if you want to shoot the steel and I get the “but, but, but” response. Some even brag about how much they paid as if a cheap pair of eye protection is a good thing. I’m not saying you have to take out a second loan, but how much are your eyes worth to you. We use to have rules of engagement that commented on “lose of life, limb or eyesight”. That should tell you something, your eyesight is probably the most important sense you have and also the most delicate. It hurts like hell when you get the smallest particle in your eye so image a hot piece of metal with jagged edges. I also see folks who are more interested in making a fashion statement than protecting the eyes. Just remember that while medical technology has really come a long way with various types of transplants there still hasn’t been much luck with the eye transplant. So, your original issue is your only issue at this time, guard them, protect them and keep them safe.

2 thoughts on “Raise the Blast Shields

  1. TMOUL1 says:

    Eye protection has always been a problem at our range facility. Officers just seem to prefer their Wiley-X. Oakley’s, and other brand-name sunglasses. I am not sure where these sand in terms of protection. Having lived with poor (uncorrected) vision all my life, I have always spent the dollars on quality eye protection. I even carry it with me when I am on patrol. I have gotten a few sarcastic comments about wearing my “eyes” from co-workers, but those have been easy to ignore considering the potential consequences.

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