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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required gear at all shooting ranges and A Girl & A Gun events. PPE items are selected to protect the shooting sports participant from the shooting range’s sounds, debris, and an individual’s personal health concerns. From basic eye and hearing protection to medical gear and apparel choices, selecting the right equipment and PPE habits ensures the safety of everyone at the range.

PPE BASICS: Eye & Hearing Protection are an absolute must at the range. Eye and ear pro be worn before entering a range and remain on at all times while live fire occurs. Eye protection is recommended when cleaning or dissembling your firearm for added security. Some even include eye protection during dry-fire when utilizing snap caps/dummy rounds.

Eye protection prevents brass, particulate, or other debris from coming in contact with the eyes. Optimal shooting eye protection is made of a shatter proof material which completely covers the eyes from cheek to brow and wraps around the sides of the face to prevent material from sneaking in at an angle.

Hearing protection is required to protect against the loud percussion of gunfire. Hearing protection should have an NRR rating of 22db or greater to the decibels to a safe level. Hearing protection comes in various shapes, sizes, and technology. At a minimum, adequate hearing protection can be achieved with well-inserted foam earplugs. Hearing protection can also come in over-ear muffs with inert or sound-canceling electronics and volume control. 

MEDICAL: We take safety seriously, and that includes the health and well-being of all shooters. Consider a trauma kit and other essential boo-boo kit items that would fit in a range bag. Obtaining the tools and skills to utilize the contents of a trauma kit is part of the A Girl & A Gun training philosophy. Included in the PPE medical realm are any personal medical needs the shooter may have, such as an EpiPen, condition-specific medical ID tags, and communicating with range staff or event leadership any relevant medical concerns. #itsmorethanshooting

The AG & AG Trauma Kit is a basic but comprehensive trauma kit from Mountain Man Medical. When designing this kit the team set out to build something that they felt would suffice for 99% of trauma emergencies. This kit has compact components that can easily be repurposed to a smaller pouch or an ankle IFAK or cargo pocket. Mini compression bandage, mini marker, small shears, tightly bundled gloves, compact chest seals and vacuum sealed hemostatic dressing, and compressed gauze and bandages are some of the keys to that overall compact delivery.

Hydration plays a significant role in range medical planning. Dehydration is one of the most critical health and safety concerns at shooting events, both indoors and outdoors. Plan to bring adequate hydration and electrolytes to any range event. While many indoor ranges will not allow food or drink in the range, we still encourage pre-hydrating and consuming fluids in an approved location at every break.

Lead management is of the utmost importance. Part of the health and safety routine of shooting is to habitually de-lead after a range session. Thoroughly cleansing the hands before leaving the shooting venue is strongly recommended to ensure the removal of lead from the skin. Many ranges have bathrooms or facilities with running water and de-lead soaps. For those venues that do not, it is critical to have lead-removal soaps or wipes in your range bag. 

APPAREL: Correct range apparel not only keeps you looking great but also comfortable and safe from hot brass and the elements. Closed-toe shoes that provide some traction and range of movement are preferred.

Range apparel can vary from performance sports materials to cotton shirts and tanks. Preferably, tops should be higher collared and don’t expose too much décolletage. The goal of a good range top is to prevent hot brass from dropping down the front and causing a contact burn (ouch). Range pants should facilitate movement, accommodate a shooting belt, have a few valuable pockets, and be rugged enough for range use. 

Outerwear and layering for outdoor range experiences isn’t just about making a fashion statement – it’s about safety, too. The range can be warm and sunny one minute and raining or snowing and hailing the next. Cold and wet shooters can become easily distracted and rapidly unsafe in their focus and gun handling. Plan for layers and the elements when shooting outdoors!

Hats or visors are another great addition to range apparel PPE. They keep out the sun, rain from above and raining brass from your shooting lane neighbor. While not always required hats or visors are another strongly recommended piece of a shooters safety gear.

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