A definite Eye Opener. It pays to routinely test fire and train with the gun you carry. After all you ARE betting your life that it works. -SF
By John Farnam
Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- Personal Readiness:
From a friend and colleague
“At our monthly pistol match last weekend, our courageous (and now unpopular) match director included an optional thirty-round course of fire, exclusively for legitimate concealed-carry pistols. The only requirement was that the gun, and ammunition, used had to be one that the participant carries regularly.
He said, ‘Let’s use what you’re carrying, right now, what you would have to rely upon to save your life… right now!’
No ‘match-guns,’ nor ‘race-guns’ were allowed.
Of the ten who participated, only three ‘carry’ guns functioned normally through thirty rounds!
The rest (all semi-autos) malfunctioned continuously, including light hits, mis-feeds, and failure to go fully into battery. These guns had all been carried in a pocket or concealed holster and were all dirty, full of lint and other debris. Some magazine springs were weak.
It was an eye-opener, especially for those whose guns would not function. To a person, they all piously swore, amid their embarrassment, that they cleaned their guns regularly, but that was obvious a self-serving lie. It was also obvious these guns were seldom, if ever, actually fired before that afternoon.”
Among those who profess to be “gun people,” there are too many “pretenders,” not enough Operators. It is painfully obvious that almost none of these Nimrods ever assiduously train with any kind of serious, carry gun.
“Matches,” as described above, are customarily conducted under quaint circumstances, with play guns and play ammunition.
With the entire world in such chaos, with our civilization becoming such a dangerous place, one would think all American gun-owners would be getting serious about real guns and real training.
Unhappily, nothing could be further from the truth! There is still scant urgency, scant sobriety, scant earnestness associated with most competitive events, and most participants themselves, as we see.
When fatal flaws are exposed, as in the foregoing, instead of honest acknowledgment and repentance, we get feeble excuses and denial.
Genuine personal readiness demands better!
“Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; ‘wisdom’ consists in not exceeding that limit.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
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Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- Fighting Pistols:
With regard to my last Quip, the three carry-pistols that functioned normally through the thirty-round event I described were:
The seven “carry” pistols that did not do well were all small 380 autoloaders, mostly off-shore manufacturers. Most had never been fired, even once, until that day!
To be sure, all ten pistols were badly neglected and dirty. The three mentioned above ran well regardless.
My friend comments:
“I’m busy! I don’t have time for ‘sports’ and most other forms or recreation. I don’t shoot recreationally. When I go to competitions and matches, I train, running each stage tactically, using real guns, service ammunition, and genuine concealment gear. I don’t even look at the scoreboard!
My carry guns, pistols and rifles, are all designed and built for serious purposes. Few ‘modifications.’ Most are ‘out-of-the-box.’ I wouldn’t win a typical pistol match with any of them!
What I described was a ‘sporting event.’ Many participants delude themselves into thinking that their ability to hit targets with under-powered ammunition, ungainly guns, carried in ridiculous ‘holsters,’ all while wearing silk pajamas, makes them ‘fighters.’
There is nothing inherently wrong with that lie, so long as they know that they are lying to themselves. When the quaint, collegial, sterile world of match shooting collides with the barbarous world of asocial violence, it is like a formula-one driver having to suddenly compete in demolition derby!
This is no drill!”
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