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More Trouble for Blue Trail

Blue Trail is the last public outdoor range in Connecticuit.  It would be a horrible loss to the shooting community to lose it.  After bringing in experts to verify that the houses that claimed to be hit could not have been, it would seem that developer Pat DiNatale is taking up a new approach: lead.

What’s most curious to me is that the picture presented here looks nothing at all like lead corrosion.  In fact, elemental lead is highly corrosion resistant.  Even strong acids don’t have a large effect on lead.  In addition, oxides of lead are usually white, bright yellow or bright red/orange.  The picture above looks more like corrosion of iron or steel than lead.  Lead is not very soluble in water.  Most of the environmental concerns for lead contamination revolve around the use of lead oxides in things like paints, and lead salts.  Elemental lead is not really very hazardous, and lead contamination from shooting ranges has never been shown to pose a serious hazard.

5 Responses to “More Trouble for Blue Trail”

  1. Ahab says:

    I’m shocked, shocked I say that an anti-gun person would resort to lies and misinformation to get their goal accomplished.

    In other news, I’ve shot at Blue Trail when I was living in Connecticut, it would be a shame for it to be shut down.

  2. Mike Gallo says:

    +1 on your understanding from this chemist. Lead in bullets just isn’t going to go into the soil or groundwater – this has been a red herring from the start.

  3. Sebastian says:

    If lead were really that hazardous, then surgeons wouldn’t leave bullets and bullet fragments embedded in shooting victims’ bodies. Whatever that dude is holding isn’t even copper corrosion, which is green. My guess is what he’s showing is a hunk of steel. I don’t think it’s a bullet.

  4. Sebastian says:

    The other thing that’s funny is they mention acid rain, when I’m pretty sure that lead has been used to store sulfuric acid because it’s one metal that is not very sensitive to corrosion by acids.

  5. Alcibiades says:

    Someone trimmed their fingernails a little too much…

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