Winter Tips for Firearm Maintenance

“Frigid cold sweeps the nation!”  Record breaking low temperatures top the morning headlines.firearm maintenance

For many of us living in the United States Old Man Winter has come calling with authority. It’s the time of year when any excuse to remain secluded in the warmth of a home is good enough. Not surprisingly, the cold snap jolts us back to reality as the mundane tasks of the day await; and outside we go with our coveted personal defense firearm always close at-hand.

For those of us who have made the choice to legally carry concealed, here are some winter maintenance tips to ensure your firearm is ready to perform when needed.

  1. Keep your firearm clean and dry. Winter cold can be hard on your body and it is not a friend to your pistol. The school of thought that your gun must be thoroughly lubricated to function properly is an old wives’ tale. Petroleum based products and cold air temperature make for sluggishness performance when it relates to firearms.  Keep your weapon free of oils and grit when the weather turns cold. At most, a very light coat of a Teflon based product or dry lubricant is all that is required, and only sparse application is needed on moving parts.
  2. Keep your firearm nice and toasty. By keeping your pistol close to your body and under layers of clothing you help mitigate the adverse effects cold air temperatures have on gun metal.  This includes magazine springs and cartridges if your firearm is so equipped. If the metal on your gun is cold to the touch then you could be flirting with disaster.  Try keeping it as close to body temperature as possible and check on it often as you would your own child.
  3. Get the crud out. At the end of the day upon returning home, perform a little maintenance before turning in.  To begin, ensure your weapon is unloaded. Double check the chamber and be positive that no round is present.  Once certain the weapon has been cleared and rendered safe, cycle the action several times to exercise the mechanical parts.  This drill will ensure the mechanism is free of any foreign debris that may have been picked up from your holster, purse or clothing.

Gunk in your firearm is never a good thing, but the problem is made worse during cold weather…think sluggishness again, or worse, a barrel obstruction.  Finally, give your firearm a thorough wipe down.  Condensation can form on cold metal as it warms to indoor temperatures.  This potentially leads to moisture on the surface and internal components.  Moisture left unattended on metal equals rust and corrosion. I don’t think it is necessary to harp on why rust is a bad thing for firearms, in particular one that you legally carry to protect yourself and those you love.

Follow these simple steps and your firearm with always be ready when you are. Stay Safe.

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The Shooting of an Unarmed Man

Not unarmed. They just didn’t have conventional weapons. – Frank Reagan

Merely turn on the TV or look online to find numerous headlines pertaining to the shooting of an unarmed man, teen, or child.

As viewership in news broadcast programs continue to decline,* it’s no surprise that they’re leading with sensationalized headlines to reel in or attempt to maintain viewers. In marketing terms that is called, Don’t sell the steak; Sell the sizzle.

Antiquated Termshooting of an unarmed man

Extreme opinions surround events involving unarmed persons, therefore it is important to examine the word unarmed. The term unarmed is rather archaic, yet so often used today.

The word unarmed is rooted in time when people armed themselves out of necessity.  The hunting and gathering culture required protection of life and property, but more importantly, arms were a tool for daily survival with such basic chores as harvesting animals for food and shelter.

Before the advent of gun powder, hand-crafted knives and swords were the personal arms that were prevalent in these societies. Customs of the day dictated that citizens who met with civic leaders and nobles were only allowed to do so after surrendering their edged weapons.  This would assure that citizens were unarmed as court was held with the community hierarchy because many had reason to fear assassins and others discontent with governance.

Self-Defense Laws

That concludes your history lesson on where armed/and unarmed originated. How does that apply to the here and now? The broad United States laws on self-defense state that I have a right to use force against a person who appears to have the means, opportunity, and intent to harm me (or someone else).

Further drill down on self-defense: If it appears to me that I am in jeopardy of being harmed because someone appears to have the means and perceived intent way to hurt me, I have the right to use force, including deadly force, to neutralize the threat.

It does not say that I only have this right if the person is armed with a gun or a knife. Yet the media like to make it sound as if this is the case with their repeated headlines of “shooting of an unarmed man.”

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Consider All Options Before Deeming Truth or Lie

Consider alternativesIn some instances Americans are quick to judgment; and yet in others they can’t make a decision to save their life.  It’s often the situations that matter most when conclusions are made swiftly without considering all possible options.

Does this sound familiar?

Someone makes a statement or replies in a certain manner and may even have a particular look on his or her face, which is all you’ve deemed necessary to determine the person must be lying. Your gut tells you that they’re not being honest with you.  You’ve already tried and convicted the poor soul without a proper day in court.

For example:

While interrogating (vs. having a conversation with) a loved one or co-worker about something that is missing – missing funds, data or hours of time – she looks away. She breaks eye contact and isn’t looking you in the eye. Ah ha! Liar!

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