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Old 07-30-2011, 02:11 PM   #1
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Are just fired handguns too hot to handle? I wouldn't expect a slide to be hot as it's not the barrel. What about the brass? What about a revolver's cylinder and barrel?
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:43 PM   #2
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It is my experience, as limited as it may be, that a few rounds through a pistol or revolver will leave the barrel and chamber pretty darned hot. It's quite an 'explosion' that happens in those casings and after shooting off several in fairly rapid succession, yes, it gets hot.

And I take it you've never had the experience of a casing from a just fired round flying out and going down your shirt. HOT!!!

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Are just fired handguns too hot to handle? I wouldn't expect a slide to be hot as it's not the barrel. What about the brass? What about a revolver's cylinder and barrel?
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A very strange question but who am I to say.
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Yep and the more, the hotter!

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it depends like a lot of things gunwise. 50 rounds through my ruger 22/45 and its warm but you can hold the barrel in your hand. takes about 60 rounds to heat up the slide of my 1911 so its unpleasent to hold. my python 6 or so really heats it up. casings are almost always unpleasently warm.

semi-auto pistols heat up slower than revolvers mainly because the hot cases stay in the gun longer and the action stays contained unlike the semi-auto the ejects the spent cartridge quickly and venting the hot gases faster than a revolver.

the amount of material in the gun also has an effect. a desert eagle will heat up slower than a smaller semi auto due to the sheer mass of the weapon.

semi auto brass when ejected tends to be way hotter than brass from a revolver as semi auto doesnt spend much time in the gun transfering heat.

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And I take it you've never had the experience of a casing from a just fired round flying out and going down your shirt. HOT!!!
Okay. So, no low cut blouses. Got it.
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Okay. So, no low cut blouses. Got it.
Actually, I haven't had the experience yet, either. But I've seen it happen to others. And after I shoot a cylinder full of rounds from my revolver, those casings are HOT when I try to take them out of the cylinder. The semi-autos are spitting them out at you.

As my shooting partner said, his wife had a hot casing go down her top and she burnt her "jigglies". I'm still laughing..........not that she got burned but he called her breasts "jigglies". I also noticed when I went shooting with this guy, he gave me the position in the lane to his right. So his casings were flying at me and he was not in any danger of hot casings. Way to go, Jon!!!!!

Personally, I wouldn't wear sandals to a range, either. I always wear athletic shoes and socks. t-shirt, long pants.

But for the men, I recommend them to shoot shirtless so if a hot casing comes at them they don't have a shirt on for it to get stuck in.
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Since this turned into a hot brass discussion, wearing a baseball type cap is also a good idea. The brim will help keep brass from falling and getting caught up between your safety glasses and your eyes.

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Why would you let it catch on fire? seems a little destructive to me.

The caliber that you are firing has a lot to do with how hot the gun gets too. I can fire 100 rounds of .22 lr through a rifle and it get slightly warm where as if I fire 2 or 3 rounds of .30-06 (the high powered stuff) throught my Remington, the barrel gets too hot to touch.

Here is a little advice for new shooters, never and I mean never try to catch your spent 30-06 brass to show off. It hurts and I know from experience. The only thing I got from this experience other then some teasing is a lesson in how powder+contained explosion within a cartrige=heat
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