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Lead Poisoning ???

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#1 lawj11



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:18 AM

Hi guys, below is a post I made in a gun enthusiasts forum.  How likely is it that I can bring home enough lead from an outdoor shooting range to actually poison my child?  Does anyone have any expertise in this matter?  Bullets have a lead core and use lead styphnate as primer.



I'm new to this forum, but figure there must be some pretty savvy and experienced individuals here. Does anyone here have expertise in the toxicology of lead? I'm a new shooter and have a young son (10 month old). I sometimes worry about exposing my little guy to "take home lead" and it negatively impacting his health. I asked my kid's pediatrician about this and she seemed surprised that I was concerned. She said that of course I would be exposed to lead at the range, but that my body could probably handle a little lead. I told her that I shoot once per month and that I change my clothes as soon as I get home, have a separate pair of "range shoes" that I leave outside and that I shower and change my clothes as soon as I get home. I also use TMJ ammo (sometimes with lead free primers, when I can find it). She said that I'm taking good precautions but that even without them I'd probably not be able to bring home enough lead to harm my child. I don't know if she is saying this because I shoot only at outdoor ranges or if she doesn't know what she's talking about. She went on to say that of her thousands of patients she can't think of one that tested high for lead, that it is extremely rare these days???? Can she possibly be right? I have read so many horror stories and articles out there that attest to the opposite. I'm skeptical and confused, just don't want to harm my kid. Don't even get me started on the though of cleaning my guns inside of my little apartment with no backyard or garage. I have no idea where I will clean them without risking exposing my kid to lead.


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#2 Acme



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:45 AM

Sounds like you are taking adequate precautions and kudos for your concern. Here's a recent article on the issue, though the concern appears to be exposure to children actually at the range. You could allay your fears by having your son tested for lead by his doctor.

Lead Poisoning: A Hidden Danger at Shooting Ranges
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#3 EdEarl



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 01:26 PM




Along with such elements as cadmium and mercury,[168] lead has no biological role.[169] It is considered a highly poisonous metal (whether inhaled or swallowed), affecting almost every organ and system in the body. The component limit of lead (1.0 μg/g) is a test benchmark for pharmaceuticals, representing the maximum daily intake an individual should have.

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