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Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by RATRAT, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. RATRAT

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    Is there no danger to us gun owners this tritium sights esp those of us rhat concealed carry i noticed the front sight is beside my balls and im wondering if there will be a significant effect on my reproductive system due to the radiation it emits,there a slight warning on the sights about radiation but they did not elaborate,
    Anybody who have any idea about this??
    Thanks and more power to BOG's:)


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  2. jasonub

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    After a few months. It will be like a lightsaber. You can easyly find it in the dark. BWhahahhahaha!:supergrin: :supergrin: :supergrin:

    Dont know to the answer to your question buddy but i cant help myself to answer:supergrin:

    no offence;)
     

  3. NRA_guy

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    Tritium poses no health hazard---unless you eat it.

    It's a beta emitter, so the radiation produced will not penetrate human skin (or a sheet of paper or anything similar.) The dangerous radiation is gamma---not beta and not alpha.

    But if you ate it or somehow got it into your lungs, it could be a problem. Of course, the sight is sealed; so you would have to break the seal first and then swallow it or get it into an open wound to cause bodily damage.

     
  4. podwich

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    Tritium emits beta particles (electrons, mainly) which can be stopped by as little as a sheet of Al a few mm thick. Tritium should only be dangerous should you be exposed to it via direct ingestion, inhalation, or prolonged skin contact (beta radiation is ionizing, which can cause such things as DNA mutations).
     
  5. podwich

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    Actually, alpha radiation is the one that won't penetrate paper. Beta will. It can also cause damage to external skin by damaging the basal cell layers of the dermis (skin stem cells). It can't penetrate much more than that externally, though. Internally, however, it can be absorbed into the bloodstream and cause much more widespread damage.
     
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    A bigger problem is if it is still attached to the pistol. ;-)

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  7. MR_BIG

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    bro, are you telling us still want more kids?;) ;) ;)
     
  8. NRA_guy

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    Yep, you're right.

    I picked up the "The radioactive decay product of tritium is a low energy beta that cannot penetrate the outer dead layer of human skin" info from

    LINK

    Sounds more like alpha.

    Then later, I got to thinking and decided the info was wrong. But I couldn't get back to the PC to correct it.

    Personally, I've never looked closely at a tritium sight, but the tritium is in a sealed glass vial. I did find this on the same web site:

     
  9. RATRAT

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    BWAHAHAHAHHAHAH...para kong si DARTH VADER non when im nude in the dark!!:)then when i "do" it,its like hide and seek "now you see it now you dont" he he he!!:supergrin:



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  10. RATRAT

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    :supergrin: :supergrin: :supergrin: Bro. isang isa na lang promise !!:)




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    Gun Sights
    Some rifles use tritium for in their front sight. They will use about 12 mCi of tritium dissolved in a phosphor liquid contained in a small glass vial. Occasionally, a sight may develop a small leak or be completely broken and pose at least a potential for internal exposure. A small amount of the total activity could be transferred to the hands of the security personnel or armorer, then ingested orally or absorbed through the skin. The use of gloves can reduce the risk of exposure. The amount absorbed through the skin would probably be small compared to the amount ingested. Other likely pathways might be a localized cloud of HTO vapor if the sight were damaged and stowed in an air tight locker. The air space of the locker could reach equilibrium conditions with the tritium. If the locker where the rifles are stored has some ventilation, then that would be enough to dissipate the tritium.

    To help evaluate the potential risks from tritium exposure, consider the following made-up scenarios:

    1) all of the activity of a rifle sight is ingested;

    The rifle sights contain 12 mCi of tritium. If all of its activity were ingested, the CEDE would be 768 mrem or roughly two years of dose from natural background.

    2) ten percent of the activity of a rifle sight is ingested and not recognized;

    If ten percent of the activity of the tritium in a sight (1.2 mCi) would be ingested, the dose would then be 77 mrem or about two and a half months of natural background radiation.

    3) ten percent of the activity of a rifle sight is ingested and the individuals water intake level is raised by a factor of 10;

    If ten percent of the tritium in the sight (1.2 mCi) were ingested and the day intake of fluids is increased 10 times then the dose would be 42 mrem (assuming five day biological half-life).

    4) a more likely scenario is that some is wiped on you, you might ingest some and have some absorbed through your skin for a sum of 5% of the total activity in the sight;

    If five percent of the tritium in the sight (0.6 mCi) were ingested the dose would be 38 mrem, or about a month and a half of natural background radiation.

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    I dont know if this will reassure me or make me more anxious....now i know its really a danger if ingested...im thinking now how about if the rear sight leaked the force of the blow back is enough to send the tritium directly into your eyes and nose ...WOWWWWWWWWW another danger!!!! I should always wear my eye protection nowadays..and im thinking about buying a Gasmask!!
    Thanks Guys for the infos...
    :supergrin: :supergrin:


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  12. NRA_guy

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    Don't sweat it.

    As the thing says, you will get comparable radiation from background over a fairly short period of time (a few months).

    True, it all adds up, but the increased risk is negligible.

    You opt to take greater risks just driving down the road or fishing or playing golf in the sun.

    Your life will never be zero risk. You just need to recognize the risks and then figure out if a banefit is worth the risk.

    Probabilities multiply and, because they are fractions, the overall probability goes down with each "condition".

    The low probability of breaking the vial, times the probability of the tritium being ingested if it breaks, times the probability of developing cancer from the ingested tritium, makes a very small overall probability that tritium sights will make you sick.
     
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    I am used to radiation from my radium-dial wristwatches.

    Anyway, the effect would be infertility not impotence, and for us older people that doesn't matter much. (Now, if gunsight radiation posed an impotence hazard, THAT would be serious...)
     
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    i myself was looking for a tritium insert for my gun before,even posted a thread here for sources. but after this poured infos on the possibilities of ingesting it... NA AH! no more tritium night sights for me. thanks to you RATRAT bro; for having the "balls " :supergrin: :supergrin: :supergrin: to brought it up. :rock: peace bro.
     
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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  16. RATRAT

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    What a relief my balls are safe!!:supergrin:


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  17. RATRAT

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    They have to come up with a VIAGRA laced gunpowder effective upon inhalation to contradict the impotence side effect of this nightsights....
    :supergrin: :supergrin: :supergrin: :laughabove: :laughabove:



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  18. theTactician

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    well, like the other posters said, its a beta ray so i guess, it would pose no harm to your balls. actually, we ophthalmologists use beta rays in the eye of a patient who has just undergone pterygium excision. Nowadays, we rarely use it anymore not because it is hazardous but rather , we use a more effective means to prevent the recurrence of pterygium.
     
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    Maybe. Depends on your total exposure. Ours is a world filled with "background radiation." Medical and dental X-rays, long airline flights (there's a reason the arilines limit the number of hours/flights their personnel can log during a given period of time), leaky microwave oven seals, even that SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET Rolex you wear give off radiation. It's cummulative. A little here, a little there, no big deal. Over time, it does add up and that can be a problem.

    Ouch. Just ouch.

    Perhaps a velvet-covered lead-lined holster is in order? (JUST KIDDING!)

    Define "significant." Tight-fitting briefs/jeans pose a much greater threat. I doubt that you have a mini Chernobyl-in-the-making in your pants. Then again, you never know. Marie Currie died in 1934 due in no small part to her work with radium (I know, I know; it's NOT the "-um" used in gun sights!), some 31 years after she received the Nobel Prize. Her husband and lab partner Pierre, on the other hand, died in 1906 . . .

    (drumroll)

    after his skull was crushed by the wheel of a heavily loaded horse-drawn wagon in a Paris street. Avoid Paris and women named Marie and you should be fine.

    Interesting. Mine has that, too. I think the warning should be about the bullets leaving the muzzle. My guess--it's just a guess--is that those bullets can affect your reproductive system like few other things--especially tritium. Of course, tritium bullets would REALLY pose a significant risk! AVOID TRITIUM BULLETS LIKE THE PLAGUE!

    (You'll probably be very OK. Enjoy your sights!)

    MiG