As the weather is turning towards snow even in the South, I must remember the winter defense checklist. It’s been compiled based on, fortunately, purely training experience.
- Is the trigger guard big enough for the gloved finger? Generally, the smallest pistols have the problem. For many rifles, an oversized trigger guard is a drop-in upgrade.
- Does the slide clear bulky gloves or mitten on recoil?
- With a revolver, will the undercut on the trigger trap glove material on reset?
- Can you reach your regular holster through the layers of outer clothing?
- Is your chosen ammunition going to penetrate enough with the extra layers encountered?
Those of us who keep a long gun in the vehicle have more concerns.
- Will the gun oil congeal, slowing down the action?
- Can you get a cheek-weld on the stock without freezing to the metal parts?That’s a concern with many folding stocks.
- Will the red dot work with cold batteries?
- Will your breath condense and freeze on the rear scope objective?
- Will your ammunition develop less power and fail to cycle the gun?
We can also celebrate minor advantages of winter for self-defense. Fewer thugs are out. Thick coats absorb long gun recoil. Hats that cover ears mitigate the report a little. Oh, and Santa is coming soon—possibly with more loud toys for the good boys and girls.
What’s on your wish list this year?