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How do I "decontaminate" my gun?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by nternal, Mar 6, 2012.

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  1. nternal

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    As a new shooter I was completely unaware that shooting exposes one to significantly toxic levels of lead. I've put 1200 of relatively dirty American Eagle 9mm FMJ flat nose through my gun in my first 3 weeks of shooting and unfortunately, while lead exposure is completely unacceptable to me, I'm also hooked.
    I'm thinking that if I attend my local outdoor range during non peak hours I can avoid exposure from other shooters and, by using Win Clean or American Eagle TMJ, I can reduce my own exposure. My first problem is how do I clean my Gen 4 Glock 17 so that I'm not contaminating my living room every time I practice dry firing (one can carry enough lead from the gun range on skin and clothing to put family members at risk) . Can anyone give me some informed advice on how to do this effectively (respectfully I'm not interested in speculation and "opinion" on this. I'd like to know how to do it properly and scientifically).
     
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    Don't you clean it?
     

  3. canoesmith

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    I was taught not to say anything if I can't say anything nice. But this is just silly, and I guess that is an opinion. Sorry.
     
  4. MoneyMaker

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    Did you wear a gas mask while shooting,LOL
     
  5. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

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    You're worrying a little too much just shoot, clean and wash your hands
     
  6. nternal

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    Of course, but only very tiny amounts of trace lead are dangerous. Think about it... just being at the gun range and coming home without changing cloths is enough to put family members at risk. (this is not speculation, but documented fact).
    I want to clean my gun "thoroughly".
     
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    Wear rubber glove, use a proper gun cleaning solvent, apply solvent to gun and wipe it off.

    I've been shooting for 43 years, I'm on an indoor range coaching shooters 3 times a week for the last 9 years, I empty the lead pellet traps, I cast bullets and load my own ammo.

    My blood lead levels are normal.

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  8. MoneyMaker

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    Do you fart?When you do,do you leave the room in a hurry?If not that is Methane gas you are inhaling!!!Do you drive a car?Well there is another gas,Carbon Monoxide.Do you go outside?Well carbon monoxide,cigarette 2nd hand smoke,dust,pollens,mold,ect. Get real dude.
     
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    I usually just enjoy a nice cigar when I shoot, and a good pour or two or three of Scotch when I clean my guns.

    Totally takes my mind off the lead issue.
     
  10. nternal

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    Read this http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ranges/
    or just google "lead exposure at gun ranges" and tell me it's silly. Or... you could just wait for central nervous system damage as you age and write it off to dementia or Alzheimer's.
     
  11. nternal

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    Lead is one of the most toxic (if not the most toxic) element on the planet. Keep your head in the sand if you want. Do a little research and you won't be farting, you'll be crapping yourself.
     
  12. mah77

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    If your THAT worried, stop shooting. Send your gun to me and Ill "dispose" of it properly.

    ***WARNING: LIFE CAUSES DEATH***
     
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    I am well aware about the dangers of heavy metals. Lead has to be ingested to by a problem. You didn't say you were scared shooting in the range, therefore you only have to worry about a metal cleaning brush in the barrel bringing out lead particles , so also use a liquid gun cleaner it will keep the particles contained. I use Nitrile gloves, don't like to get solvents on my hands.
     
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    Don't sweat the small stuff. Bullets are made of lead, (at least most of them are). If you intend to shoot, you will be exposed. I have not ever heard of a shooter dying of lead poison. Although a few perps have had a lethal dose. (usually 180gr. or so at a time). If you are anal about the residue left after cleaning, you had better sell the gun and find another way to pass your time. Seems to me that you have a classic case of paralysis by analysis.
     
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    That's rude...

    It is far from "the most dangerous".
     
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    Dude, go wrap yourself in something soft and nontoxic and leave the scary hobbies to the grownups.

    You're about the weirdest most depressing thing to come along in a while.

    And I've had lead poisoning.:dunno:
     
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    Like others have said stop shooting take up knitting, oh and turn in your man card before you leave :tongueout:
     
  19. Radian

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    Your doctor(s) can prescribe Chelation therapy for you..

    Clean that lead right on out..
     
  20. mah77

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    Not from shooting I hope! OMG ITS A PANDEMIC!!!!!!!
     
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