It’s been awhile since I have gotten around to writing anything, I thought I would get back to it.
If you have seen the remake of the movie, True Grit, there’s a line that has a lot of value to it, “if it ain’t loaded and cocked, it don’t shoot!” Well that’s definitely true. That’s why knowing the condition of your weapon is important.
Years ago I went shooting with a few buddies, one of which was a former police officer, as we were loading the firearms with ammunition we were talking as people do. I had just loaded the shotgun and set out to destroy whatever target I had selected, I took aim, got a good sight picture, slowly squeezed the trigger to the rear, and heard the loudest click I’ve ever heard in my life. Needless to say that particular round didn’t fire because I neglected to chamber it. Everyone laughed and I was embarrassed and my cop buddy yelled, “an empty gun is a dead gun!”
It’s embarrassing when it happens in training but in a real life situation that mistake could be down right deadly! Now with shooting, archery, basketball or anything really, consistency is key! So just like when shooting free throws, loading and shooting a firearm you should try to do the same thing every time. For example, when loading my ar-15, I first insert the magazine and push pull to make sure it is seated correctly, there is nothing more disconcerting then going to shoot and hear all your ammo hit the ground. Second, I charge the weapon and tap the forward assist twice to make sure that the round is seated, I then sweep the saftey onto safe, lastly I reach around and close the dust cover. I do this every single time I load my ar. I also do a similar routine when I load my pistols. When I do reloads I have a routine, when I clear a malfunction I have a routine. I am amazed at how many professional shooters are absolutely dumbfounded by a simple easy to clear malfunctions. Of course these are all things that need to be practiced and should be as much as you can. A weapon is a tool, one that could possibly save your life!
Now I have had a number of people tell me that they are uncomfortable with carrying their sidearm with a round in the chamber, hey I get it, it definitely can be disconcerting. If you are one of those people I want you to do a test for me. I want you to go out and get a good holster for your sidearm, preferably a kydex or a good leather holster, that covers the whole trigger guard. Then I want you to take your pistol, and without a magazine or any rounds, charge the pistol and put in tge holster and go about daily life. At the end of every day I want you to see if the trigger is depressed when you check it. I’ll bet you a buffalo head nickle that it isn’t.
Remember, practice, practice, practice and have fun!!