Are our Guns Ready for Winter?

JP07 .308 rifle in winter trim

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.

Winterized trigger, Lahti 1935
Winterized trigger guard, Lahti 1935
Nambu 8mm with winter trigger
Nambu 8mm with winter trigger guard

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?
JP07 .308 rifle in winter trim
JP07 .308 rifle in winter trim

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?

About the Author:

Oleg Volk

Oleg Volk is a creative director working mainly in firearms advertising. A great fan of America and the right to bear arms, he uses his photography to support the right of every individual to self-determination and independence. To that end, he is also a big fan of firearms.
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