Going Hot Hot Brass: Steph_RN Richard Kilgore November 15, 2016 Stephanie is, as she describes herself, “…just a left handed girl living in a right handed world.” She’s also an RN-BSN and a brand ambassador for Southpaw Tactical. Says Steph_RN, “Ladies, you shouldn't live in fear to go out in your own community. Learn to protect yourself. Take a self defense class, a gun safety course, get your concealed carry license and practice practice practice. I never plan on having a house fire, but I have a smoke detector. I never plan on getting in a wreck, but I wear my seatbelt. Same goes when learning to be aware of your surroundings and feeling confident in defending yourself in the event of an emergency. Become knowledgable and skilled in self defense because this world is full of unpredictable circumstances and I encourage you to be prepared.” You can follow her on Instagram here. Photo Credits Stephanie's Instagram Account This has been an installment of Swingin' Dick's Hot Brass. *insert Wilhelm Scream here* Why brass, you ask? 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. Now you know. Explore RECOILweb:RECOILtv Training Tuneups: 50m Carbine DrillWe Deserve Better Stand-Your-Ground LawsGo Learn: American Made Man Adventure WeekendThe Dead Air/KNS Precision Switchsight 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!