Outdoor Shooting, Preventing Fire

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by Polygon, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    So, I'm planning on doing some shooting towards the end of July with my family on vacation. We'll be shooting on BLM land. Now, there have been quite a few fires here in Utah lately caused by target shooting. Some were just freak accidents. Some were sheer stupidity. Either way, I'd like to avoid that and I would appreciate any suggestions.

    We aren't going to be shooting at any exploding targets, obviously. We aren't going to be shooting at anything metal. We're going to try and find an area without any vegetation, or very little. I'm also going to get a fire extinguisher. What do you think of this one? And should I get more than one?

    http://www.amazon.com/Kidde-FA110-Purpose-Extinguisher-1A10BC/dp/B00002ND64/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1GEOXRSZ3YMVF&coliid=I32PO01Y2RRT36

    Does anyone have any other tips to ensure a fire free outing?
     
  2. RufusTFirefly

    RufusTFirefly New Member

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    You might also bring along a shovel and rake- and be cognizant of the wind!

    Rufus
     

  3. pagj17

    pagj17 New Member

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    Polygon, I think you'll want a larger(10-25 pounder) if you think there is a possibility of needing it. My house has 4 of the 5 pounders, i think the basic rule of thumb is a second of spray per pound. A shovel and pick-axe will do you best though.
     
  4. Longrange

    Longrange New Member

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    Make sure you leave the tracer rounds at home :)
     
  5. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    Good idea! I didn't think of that. :)

    So, you would get this one instead?

    http://www.amazon.com/Kidde-466204-Fire-Extinguisher-Rated/dp/B0017TE8BK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1GEOXRSZ3YMVF&coliid=I37MJMDMF9NBF5

    LOL!

    You know, now that you mention I hadn't thought of that either. I wonder how many people that have started these damn fires around here are using those. Twenty supposed, target shooting, fires in a month. Something's amiss.
     
  6. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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    I don't know what you will be shooting but see if a magnet will stick to the bullet of your ammo. If it does shoot different ammo that is not steel jacketed. Bullet color does not indicate what it is made out of - use a magnet. I fail to see how a lead/copper bullet can start a fire except by an unlikely series of circumstances.
     
  7. pagj17

    pagj17 New Member

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    Murphy, man:p
     
  8. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    Both lead and copper can spark upon impact. Then again, perhaps it's not a spark so much as hot fragments of copper/lead and or the medium you're shooting at like metal or even perhaps rocks.

    I've hit rocks with copper jacketed ammunition and lead and I've seen what could be interpreted as sparks.