I was working my way through 100 rounds of Underwood's finest 10mm with my G20 on Friday, when an ejected case bounced off the top of my booth and got wedged between my shirt collar and my neck. I got two big 3rd degree burns off it before I could get it out.
So yes I said it - I'm a red neck!!
This is the 2nd time its happened at this range and both times have been with the same ammo and barrel combination (Underwood 165 TMJ, 6" barrel and 22lb spring).
The first time I assumed it was a fluke and I was wearing a pretty loose fitting T shirt, so got the casing out PDQ.
However, this time I took care to wear a collar and buttoned it up tight, supposedly learning from the last time. Of course this only made things worse.
This particular casing still got in there but this time was stuck firmly in place by my tight collar - so I got burned a lot worse.
Now for the deadly serious part. Despite all my training, I found myself jumping around like an idiot, trying to get a hot casing out of my collar while holding a loaded and chambered gun in my hand. I am still, 2 days later, shaken to my core by this and deeply embarrassed.
Somewhere in my dance, I placed the weapon on the ground barrel facing the wall behind me and focused on the hot casing. So yes I had swept 1/2 of the range with a loaded weapon
The only "good" thing was that my finger was out of the trigger guard.
Weirdly - my first reaction on feeling the burn, was to stay on the target trying to ignore the burning - telling myself that "this could happen in a real live-fire encounter, so I should tough it out". Pretty stupid in retrospect because of course the burning quickly got to the point that my autonomic system kicked in and over ruled my conscious actions.
This is the worrying part - keeping full control of your weapon while being branded in the neck by a hot casing is pretty challenging and not something you want to train for.
I am pretty sure that one key reason this did not end far worse than it did - was because I generally train "single sot - finger out of the trigger guard" rather than "reset". At the time I was practicing slow single shots. I am shaken to my core by what might have happened if I had been "reset" shooting at the time.