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“Police Your Brass, And Move Off The Line!”

I fondly remember Col. Cooper telling the story of the grunts in the movie theater, watching some movie wherein a woman produces a semiautomatic and fills some guy with lead.  A guy in the crowd yells, “Okay Lady, police your brass and move off the line!”, to the knowing roar of the crowd.

Policing brass.  The curse of the responsible (and green) shooter.  Many times over the years for me, it meant bending over in the desert picking dusty brass out of the dirt, cactus and gravel, and putting it back into the boxes from whence it came.  Or a Ziplock, or a plastic grocery bag.  Or a jeans pocket.  To be sorted and cleaned later.  Maybe.

I’m disabled.  I’ve a fused right hip (amongst other infirmities).  This makes policing brass problematic at best.  But, when I can, I do it.

Unlike so many others who lay waste to the desert with non-biodegradable target materials and spent brass!

Now comes…


Reportedly works well on concrete, desert floors not-so-much…

(That big blue plastic tarp drop cloth still looks pretty good, huh?  🙂 )

h/t New Jovian Thunderbolt

FTC – Ammo Up give me nothing!


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on ““Police Your Brass, And Move Off The Line!”

  1. I’ve only really had to pick up brass at Doubletrouble’s Sooper Secrit range. The first bloggershoot was particularly memorable, as I was trying to be helpful and collect brass for those who reload ammunition. They nicely, kindly picked out the shotgun shells and told me those weren’t needed. *n00b*

    Posted by Lissa | May 16, 2014, 11:07 am
  2. I take a small rake and standing dust pan with me to the desert now. I can rake up brass without bending. Later the cactus spince and dirt can be sifted out.

    Posted by Matt | May 16, 2014, 2:23 pm
  3. Oh yeah… Try policing on a military range after a full auto shoot… (Hint- Need a BIGGER shovel)…

    Posted by oldnfo | May 16, 2014, 5:11 pm

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