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Old March 18th, 2013, 09:02 AM   #1
 
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Any CCW Trainers using a respirator/mask?

With having 1 on 1 time for every student, you're going to be subjected to high levels of lead powder. One of the local ranges has instructors that they needed to replace b/c their lead levels were insanely high and dangerous to their health. Do any of you have a recommendation for a mask or respirator to use during the shooting portion of class instruction? Thanks!



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Old March 18th, 2013, 09:04 AM   #2
 
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Doesn't your range have the double entry door with the correct filter/ventilation system?

All the ranges I go to in my area are pretty heavily filtered.
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Negative. And to be honest, whether there's ventilation or not, or even if the shooting is outdoors, it'd be preferable to utilize something to prevent inhalation.
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Many older shooters at our indoor range use at least the bluue mask most contractors use when spackling.
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Many older shooters at our indoor range use at least the bluue mask most contractors use when spackling.
Great! I was hoping it'd be that easy rather than require a heavy duty respirator device. Thanks!
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Do your own research, but the minimum you should use must be N95 rated. It filters small enough to stop viruses. You should be able to read the box and find the rating. Spend a little and get the nicer one with a good nose bridge that will conform to your face and stay.
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Do your own research, but the minimum you should use must be N95 rated. It filters small enough to stop viruses. You should be able to read the box and find the rating. Spend a little and get the nicer one with a good nose bridge that will conform to your face and stay.
"Do your own research" and then you give info. :sly: So you're saying I'm better off googling this info and relying on who-knows-what info I find, when instead I can go on a gun forum and ask people with experience. Knock knock this is my research. If people with little knowledge can't come into this small sector of the Internet to ask questions why have a forum?
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I'm a senior and have several lung and breathing issues....I try to shoot outdoors when possible but if I'm shooting indoors I have a choice of several ranges...one is really nice with good air exchange and one is like shooting in the depths of a coal mine...so I'm careful to find the least contaminated place to shoot....I wear a flat surgical mask when I shoot. I try not to be in the range for over about 45 minutes to an hour and always carry an inhaler in case I get any breathing problems...There is all sorts of nasty stuff floating around so if you have lung issues talk to your doctor..I did and for me what I'm doing is fine.

If I were going to be at an indoor range for a couple of hours I'd probably wear a more agressive kind of mask. I only shoot handguns and I load...I try not to load really dirty powders. I have had no real problems since I started doing this. I have COPD from years of smoking...Asthema from childhood and I have only one functioning lung (diaphragm paralysis on one side from nerve damage)...so I've got the "perfect storm" for lung problems.
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I was hoping it'd be that easy rather than require a heavy duty respirator device.
You want an N95 rated mask with exhalation valve. Usually about $5.

The very best are the dual filter ones from Home Depot, but they run from $35 to $45.

Our range uses positive pressure from behind the shooting line with the exhaust behind the target carriers.
That takes all of the dust, lead or otherwise, and forces it away from you.
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n95 with the valve is correct and probably adequate. you may perhaps experience a feeling of "not enough air" depending on the severity of copd. check your pulse ox to see if it remains normal for you while wearing it at rest and while walking. this could be an issue particularly if you're used to wearing oxygen sometimes.
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Our range has a strong positive ventilation with double doors. The smoke and dust definitely go down range as we shoot. I prefer shooting outdoors but the indoor range is less than 5 minutes away.
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Picked up a pack of 12 or 15 N95 valved masks from Home Depot for $20. Pretty easy to breathe in so we should be good with this! Thanks!
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"Do your own research" and then you give info. :sly: So you're saying I'm better off googling this info and relying on who-knows-what info I find, when instead I can go on a gun forum and ask people with experience. Knock knock this is my research. If people with little knowledge can't come into this small sector of the Internet to ask questions why have a forum?
Wow, excuse me for trying to be helpful.

Yes, it's your life, your lungs and I have some bad news for you, on this forum you ARE ON THE INTERNET. Trust and verify. People can be helpful on this forum but you should always extend what you learn and verify it with your own research.

Before you started this thread did you know what N95 was? So you might thank us for that then call 3M or hit the mfg website yourself and see if N95 stops lead dust.

It's up to you but you should be more grateful when someone gives you sound advice.

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So, taking a few minutes...

http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawe...ion%20Guide_Se

Congratulations... according to the easily available 3M Mask Selection Guide we were all wrong, according to these specs you should settle for no less than N100 when dealing with Lead. Bottom of Page 69 in the document.

You're welcome.
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Any CCW Trainers using a respirator/mask?


To answer your original question, no.
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