There is an old saying ” Do as I say , Not as I do”.
I learned a valuable lesson this weekend about firearms.
Guns need to be clean. I go to the shooting range every 2 weeks or so. Money being a little tight I haven’t gone for 2 months.
I pride myself on keeping my firearms clean. After a visit to the range, I always give my gun a quick cleaning and lubricant.
On Sunday, I brought my carry pistol, a 9 MM, to the range. I have not shot it so I thought it was clean.
After about 2 mags, I started having jams and on an empty mag the slide would not stay open. That has
never happened before.
Then I realized that even though I haven’t fired the gun, it gets dirty because I’ve been carrying it on my belt around town (Florida is a “carry” state). Between sweat, body oil, and little dust bunnies, my gun was no longer squeaky clean.
Had I not been in a shooting range but needed to shoot my gun for real I would have been in trouble.
My son was firing it, the last one went click, and he said “it’s empty.” But both I and the range officer knew there was still a round in the chamber that had just misfired.
So the long and short of this story is that I’m glad in a way that this happened, because it was a lesson to both my son and me. I’ve drilled him for years about gun safety, and last Sunday he got to see how easily an accident could happen.
So, make sure you clean and oil your “carry,” especially ladies who carry your gun in your purse. I even had the same problem with my rifle, which I don’t carry around. So do the same with your rifle. Take it out of the bag now and then and give it a quick clean and oil.
And now, the lesson in humility.
This target was 100 yds out. Not mine.
The little short guy who lives with me kicked my butt. I think he had 27 on paper. Let’s just say he beat me fair and square. I’m proud of him, now I am going to screw up his X-Box.