Sunday, April 21, 2013

Gloves: PPE for Your Hands

I'm a big believer in personal protective gear, partially because of numerous scars and injuries received when I was younger.  When it comes to manipulating weapons, there is a trade-off.  Wearing gloves while shooting can protect your hands from being burned, cut, or crushed, but if the gloves don't allow good control of your firearm, your hands could be safe, but you might have failed to return accurate and timely fire...and still die.  Gloves that can be worn while hunting or deployed in cold environments are another concern. 

I used Mechanix gloves daily for several months while finishing my tour in Afghanistan, and they protected my hands from sharps and hot metal in what is a really bad place to suffer even minor cuts.  I had a chance to talk to Mechanix while at the SHOT show, and was sent a pair of their M-Pact Women's Glove.  It turns out women's hands are shaped differently than men's- in any case, my tester certainly had very definite views about the M-Pact.

If you shoot, or anticipate shooting, anywhere but an indoor range, you may find these reviews useful.



Old NFO said...

Yep, VERY fond of my Mechanics Gloves!!! :-)

On a Wing and a Whim said...

I've worn through quite a few pairs of Mechanixs when restoring my aircraft - far better than wearing through my hide!

I'll have to look those up for range time - thanks!

J.R.Shirley said...


When can I see you, man? :-)


Marin certainly liked them. :-)

Home on the Range said...

Those are indeed excellent for shop work, and the range is a wonderful idea for them.

Bob said...

Thanks for the recommendation, John. Just ordered a pair of the Coyote Tan.

J.R.Shirley said...

Good gear. I think you'll like them.

charlotte g said...

Thought they would make a great Father's Day gift, but too small. :-(. Good advice for the rest of us.'

J.R.Shirley said...

Sorry to hear that Charlotte.