Going Hot Hot Brass – Alex Zedra Recoil Staff October 11, 2016 You may not immediately recognize the name, but if you're a part of modern gun culture at all, you've almost certainly seen Alex Zedra at some point. This evening we're going to bring her more directly to your attention. Photo credit @claytonhaugen. All images courtesy Alex Zedra social media channels. You're welcome. A 3-Gun competitor who works with Springfield Armory, Zedra is a member of their SAINT initiative. Photo credit @claytonhaugen Follow Alexandria on Instagram, @Alex_Zedra, or on Facebook here. You can also follow her on Twitch, if you like pretty girls who can run a gun in real life and in an FPS (First Person Shooter) game: Twitch.tv/alex_zedra. Photo Credit @blackwirestudio @metalhead_1 @ashes_to_ashes_photography @emerge_social Photo credit @scott_smallin Brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, has been around since before the Abyssinians. Other than brass balls, however, the best thing it's ever been used for is ammo. Brass is by far the most common material used to make cartridges in the world today, but it can be very hot when ejected — hence the term hot brass. That's why you should avoid a low cut shirt (ladies) and consider wearing a hat (everyone) when on the range. Unless you have this guy with you. Some History The self-contained brass cartridge began to replace paper cartridges in the late 19th century, making its appearance largely as a result of the percussion cap. It made the breach-loading rifle, with all its advantages, practical. As early as 1812 a man named Samuel J. Pauly had patented a cartridge incorporating a metal base with a cavity for detonating powder and a striker to ignite it. The 1858 (French) Schneider cartridge utilized paper and brass, but the days of paper cartridges were numbered. “By expanding slightly during firing, the cartridge sealed the breach, preventing the escape of gas and powder fragments that endangered the user and eroded the mechanism. Moreover, by incorporating propellant, projectile, and primer in a sealed water tight container, the brass cartridge made possible the repeating magazine rifle, the auto-loading, or semi-automatic, pistol and rifle; and the machine gun.” Cowley-Parker, Reader's Companion to Military History Brass cartridges became increasingly common during the latter half of the 1800s, and, by 1900 or so, most modern military institutions around the world had gone to bolt action rifles firing lead projectiles from a necked down brass cartridge. This has been an installment of Swingin' Dick's Hot Brass. Explore RECOILweb:Five Finger Death Punch - dystopian rifle testingGame Dishes: Deer Sausage and Elk MeatballsTomTom GPS watches do everything but sing cadence.Veteran Vices: Green Feet Brewing NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Click here to get IMMEDIATE ACCESS to a digital PDF of this target pack!