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    Blood test - LEAD

    I asked my doctor to add "LEAD" to by blood test when I was in for my physical a couple of weeks ago. I spend a lot of time at the indoor range, and was curious.

    Received my results back yesterday:



    Looks like I'm good. But I know another member at the range, who has been shooting longer and more often than me has a level over 1.00, I think he's 1.10.

    Has anyone else asked their doctor to add a LEAD test to their blood work?

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    Kind of surprised they did it for free. Anyway, it take a lot more than just a lot of time at the indoor range to get toxic levels. You practically have to live in the stuff. Constant exposure and/or ingesting it directly.
    The other guys must be exposed at their work too. Knew a guy who was a Hydro engineer who had to quit shooting and casting bullets for 6 months due to his exposure. The guy was casting inside with little or no ventilation and exposed at work.

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    I shoot outdoors so I'm not worried about it.

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    Free? My personal taxes, and my employers taxes, pay for OHIP. It wasn't "free", I paid for it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Justice View Post
    Kind of surprised they did it for free. Anyway, it take a lot more than just a lot of time at the indoor range to get toxic levels. You practically have to live in the stuff. Constant exposure and/or ingesting it directly.
    The other guys must be exposed at their work too. Knew a guy who was a Hydro engineer who had to quit shooting and casting bullets for 6 months due to his exposure. The guy was casting inside with little or no ventilation and exposed at work.
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    I spend large amounts of time at indoor ballistic test ranges.

    My lead level has dropped from 1.10 to 0.48 due to my use of a respirator while exposed.

    My employer pays for quarterly tests.


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    I know a fellow I used to work with that had his blood tested for lead due to some health issues. Well over the limit! Gave up shooting indoors completely. I haven't talked to him in about 3 years, so I'm not sure how that worked out for him.

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    Lead poisoning is nasty. Half life in blood is about 30 days, soft tissue is around 40-50 days. Friend of mine who shoots IPSC had to stop for 2 months, now he shoots exclusively with a respirator indoors when training.
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    I have never shot a gun indoors
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    Quote Originally Posted by lone-wolf View Post
    I have never shot a gun indoors
    It's pretty obvious you've never been to an Edmonton bar on a Friday or Saturday.......oh....never SHOT indoors...not never been SHOT AT indoors. Lol.

    I had mine tested years ago and again last year.....bullet casting and all.....still one fifth of the average American walking down the street. I read the average there is 2.5mg/dL. Mine was 0.4 both times.

    I guess with their AVERAGE being 2.5, they must set the bar a little higher.

    I don't know what a umol/L is, but mg/dL is micro grams per decilitre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blacksmithden View Post
    It's pretty obvious you've never been to an Edmonton bar on a Friday or Saturday.......oh....never SHOT indoors...not never been SHOT AT indoors. Lol.

    I had mine tested years ago and again last year.....bullet casting and all.....still one fifth of the average American walking down the street. I read the average there is 2.5mg/dL. Mine was 0.4 both times.

    I guess with their AVERAGE being 2.5, they must set the bar a little higher.

    I don't know what a umol/L is, but mg/dL is micro grams per decilitre.
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