Featured Hot Brass – Lidia Porter Richard Kilgore September 29, 2016 Meet Lidia Porter. She's a U.S. Navy veteran, serving as both a Hospital Corpsman and Surgical Technician, who currently works in a Social Media Marketing and Brand Manager billet. Hot Brass – Lidia Porter She did many things in between, including a lot of volunteer work for veterans, and, as you might have guessed, modeling. Photo credit, Lidia Porter Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/lidport/) She she tells us this on her website: After landing a job at an AR manufacturing company, I took an interest in building ARs. I was curious about guns and women in the firearm industry, but not many females I knew were interested in guns. The only women that owned firearms were hunters or competitors, and I wasn’t either, but I wanted to start shooting. I wanted to train and take my safety into my own hands. It is my goal as a female shooter to empower and encourage other females. You can learn more about Lidia on her website. Follow her socially on Twitter and Instagram. She's also on Facebook. She offers the following advice to females who like to shoot. “This one is for the ladies, well guys too, I guess. I just wanted to share a little something with you. When I first started shooting there weren't that many females on social media talking about guns. It seems like the flood gate has opened and there are so many females now that are shooting and showing off some skills, while that is awesome, it comes with some downfalls. Ladies, it is easy to see a female with a huge following and try to copy what she does, maybe because you think it's the right way, most of the time it is not. Some of you, and men too, think that when a person dislikes a person or calls them out, most of the time a female, on social media is because they are jealous, want to sleep with the girl… Some kind of BS. I'm here to tell you that is not the case. They are upset because 1. most of the time these people have no training what so ever and are influencing people that are starting to get into firearms 2. They are getting sponsorships from companies that really should give to veterans who have done shit and know what they are talking about 3. They look like idiots and give a bad name to the rest of the 2A community, especially females. The #1 thing is proper range attire. Ladies, I admire your rack, but the range is not the place to show them off. Put your dirty pillows away before you end up with a scar on them because hot brass fell on them. It's not cute. If you're going to wear it to the club; it doesn't belong at the range. Except for make up. We all need make up, and because is has spf, duh! Just some advice. Ladies keep kicking ass.” _________________________________________________________________________________ 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. 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