The Most Neglected Aspect of Gun Ownership

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 12.53.05 AMHave you ever turned on your computer and not been able to access the internet for some reason?  Have you ever tried to make a call on your cell phone and not been able to get service?  How about having your credit card rejected at the register or had your car break down when you needed to be someplace important?  All these events happen to people everyday, but generally they aren’t catastrophic or life threatening.  But if you have to deploy your firearm against a bad guy hell bent on ruining your day, the last thing you want to happen is for something to go wrong resulting in a malfunction.

There are some things in life that are just out of our control, but more times than not, a firearms malfunction is the result of human error.  And the most neglected aspect of gun ownership which results in firearms malfunctions is a dirty and or dry gun.

During my firearms training classes, I make it a practice to inspect the firearms the student will be using.  In the vast majority of cases, even among police officer who depend on their firearms to protect themselves and the public, I find the the guns are dirty and either under or over oiled.  About 50 percent of those guns were not even cleaned after being last fired.  There is absolutely no excuse for this among professionals.

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If you are going to carry a firearm for protection, you will definitely want it to go bang instead of click in a life or death situation.  Reliability is desirable here.  A dirty gun is prone to malfunction resulting in a host of issues like failure to feed and failure to eject.  And the fix for these potential problems is so simple.  Clean and lube your gun regularly.

For the gun that is carried on a regular basis and not fired, you should clean, inspect and lubricate it once a month.  If you shot it, clean it afterwards.  If you get it dirty or wet, clean it and lubricate it.  The monthly cleaning and inspection should take 10 minutes and cleaning it after you shot should take no more than 30 minutes.

Also don’t forget to all some oil to the gun.  Your guns owners manual will provide guidance on where to apply oil.  Remember to not over do it because adding too much oil will attract dirt or could seep into the fire pin channel and eventually into the cartridge.  Oil in the cartridge could render it inert.

I harp constantly to gun owners that they need to be responsible.  Keeping your firearms in clean working order is part of responsible gun ownership.  The life you save just might be your own.

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Carrying a firearm for personal protection brings with it an awesome responsibility. You have the power to change a person’s world forever, and even the power to take their life. It is you duty as a responsible gun owner to always obey the cardinal rules of firearms safety and to understand the laws where you live and travel with your gun. Do your due diligence become educated on the use of force continuum and become proficient with your firearm before you leave home.

For tips on cleaning your firearms, check out this post on USA

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