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Old 12-10-2012, 06:10 PM   #1
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Default Practice i/t Cold

I attempted to do some prone shooting yesterday. It was a sunny 40 F when I left for the range, but dropped over the next hour to below freezing. I lost feeling in my fingers and they were a bit painful when I warmed them back up inside. Especially my trigger finger tip, it turned purple. I had a matt on the ground and was otherwise dressed for it.

Are there any special tricks you guys use to practice in the cold in order to keep going?

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NOMEX gloves help me in cold weather.
There are mittens that will allow the trigger finger to be exposed (when needed).

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It doesn't get that cold around here very often, the last time we were shooting in cold weather (around 40) I was under-dressed. But we had the range completely to ourselves.

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The mitten\glove set ups that they sell in wal mart in sporting goods, and a good waterproofing spray work well for me. The mitten end folds over to expose your fingers, then flips back over the fingers to keep the heat in. Some of them have a little pocket in them fot the comercial handwarmers they sell there. Hope this helps. Warming cold body parts back up, especially after they turn purple, hurts like a SOB.

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Frostbite is not to be played with.

I had it one time after pushing a car out of a ditch.

1/2" blisters on the fingers the next day. The skin on my hands kept peeling for months. Had to look to see if I had a good enough hold to pick things up because of numbness.

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Under Armor sells cold weather shooting gloves with a trigger-finger release for about $40. Or you can go higher end with Wiley X Paladin cold weather combat gloves, for $140.

Plenty of in-between stuff.

The U/A gloves worked fine for me when I about froze my azz off hog hunting in Texas last Dec.

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Under Armor sells cold weather shooting gloves with a trigger-finger release for about $40. Or you can go higher end with Wiley X Paladin cold weather combat gloves, for $140.

Plenty of in-between stuff.

The U/A gloves worked fine for me when I about froze my azz off hog hunting in Texas last Dec.
This is TOOO funnny. Come up here to the upper midwest and try late season archery or M/L deer hunting.

Butt of the Wolf after a mere 1 hour into a 4 hour sit...



I use neoprene gloves to cut wind. The downside is they dont breath and eventually your sweat will get to you....have found 2 layers of the mil surp wool glove liners to be awesome in relatively calm conditions.
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That is some scary stuff right there!

Maybe you could bring some cardboard to go under your matt? It doesn't get that cold around here, not often anyways, but i do keep a couple of "hot hands" chemical heat packs in the trunk in case of a cold weather tire change.
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Yeah that's downright painful looking. Didn't get that cold in Texas.

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Yeah that's downright painful looking. Didn't get that cold in Texas.
Only "painful" until you see this.


Anywho, back on topic. Many ways to keep the booger hooks warm...for a while. You just have to experiment until you find something that works for YOU.

The only thing that drives me out of the woods on cold days is my fingers or toes. It took a while of experimenting with different brands/types/combinations until i landed on something that worked.

Different equipment for different conditions.

If its just shooting....i go to the truck and warm up...it just aint THAT important to stay in one place on the range!
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