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Old 08-29-2018, 08:11 PM   #1
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High lead levels....in blood

Ok folks...got my lead levels tested and it is 10. Not horrible but not great.

I shoot indoors mostly. 1 to 3 times a week. I don’t load. I don’t use good hygiene habits. That’s changing.
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Do you shoot indoors, or outdoors?
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Old 08-29-2018, 11:03 PM   #3
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Duh. Stupid moment. I apologize.
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Ok folks...got my lead levels tested and it is 10. Not horrible but not great.

I shoot indoors mostly. 1 to 3 times a week. I donít load. I donít use good hygiene habits. Thatís changing.
My range is indoors. I never thought to check this out. Though I donít shoot quite as much as you, maybe an hour once per week at the most, it might be good to do so. I just read the side effects of lead toxicity and you were right to think about this.

Thanks for raising up this topic.
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I honestly think it’s a big issue. If you do a little research, you will see that the problem exists and is very common.

No level is completely safe either. It’s gets absorbed and stored in your bone marrow.

Indoor ranges are not regulated for air circulation and you can control what people next to you shoot.

Levels below 10 are “ok”. Start getting over 20 and people will start to visit the doctor with complaints of ailments where lead is later uncovered as a root cause.

Your body will eliminate it. It’s really bad for children and worse for women.

My plan is to do the following:

- Shoot less

- Don’t shoot when the range is crowded.

- I have ordered de lead soap and wipes. Use a pair of shoes for range only use. Wipe down my bags and guns with lead wipes. Clean my hands and face.

- Change clothes when I get home.

- If that doesn’t help I will wear a respirator.

I am starting to instruct so my exposure will increase somewhat. Though I can wear a mask and much of it is classroom. I won’t be as close to the weapons either.

Will recheck in 3-4 months
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No level is completely safe either. Itís gets absorbed and stored in your bone marrow.
Unless the form is organic it can not be absorbed through the skin (dermally).....the molecule is far too large. However it can be inhaled or ingested....I assume that's what you were referring to? Does your range allow the use of lead bullets....mine does not?
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That is correct. Inhaled, drank or eaten. Once in the body I think it stores in the marrow.

Yes...they allow lead. But I think the issue is more with lead used in many primers.

If you shoot regularly, get it tested.
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Old 08-30-2018, 12:26 PM   #8
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There has been and continued concerns over lead related issues at indoor shooting ranges. Lawsuits, illnesses, OSHA investigations just to name a few. It's been going on for years, but never addressed as a public health issue. Not only is it a serious health hazard for the shooter, numerous employees all over the country have fallen ill as a result of every day exposure. There are some fixes and precautions that shooters and range owners can take. But the later will cost the range owner big bucks for upgrades.
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There is a special therapy for removing lead from the body.
Didn't Your doctor say so?..

Some products, such as beets, also work.
Perhaps not as effective as medicines, but not with such harm.

And the harm from lead, yes, is irreversible... :-(
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By the today's reply I got aware of this thread.
Do you have indoor ranges in the USA without an intense and mandatory tested air circulation?
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