Cold Weather Shooting
Carrying a firearm either for defense, hunting or even a day out in the field requires some preparation during the cold season. Not only do your firearms need preparation, but so does the shooter. Preparing your shooters for the cold weather will help improve performance as well as prevent accident or serious injury. Shooting Range Industries magazine had the following few tips for preparing your firearms from the cold weather and avoid injury.
Pistol, Rifle & Shotgun Shooting Gloves
First of all when your hands get cold and numb, it will reduce sensory feedback. Bulky gloves mean you lose your sense of feel, which could leave you clumsy. In any situation—especially in a situation of self defense—clumsiness can prove to be hazardous. So be sure to pick a pair of gloves that work for you and your weapon.
Covering & Storing Guns in Cold Weather
If you’re planning a hunting trip where you will encounter snow or other slippery substances, here’s a tip. If you have multiple firearms, you should consider designating one for your cold season weapon and maybe modify the trigger pull to be a little heavier. Whether you are wearing gloves or not, you lose feeling between you and the firearm. Having a heavier trigger pull will help prevent unknown accidental firings of your firearm. There is another challenge for your firearms in the winter other than your hands being cold. If you fall or your muzzle of your firearm comes in contact with snow or ice, this at best will cause accuracy problems. The worst case is that your weapon could malfunction and even rust over time. So be sure to keep your weapon clean and dry.
Cold Weather Lubricant for Your Firearm
Maintenance is important during the winter season. Some lubricants will thicken in very cold temperature which often leads to misfires. The last thing you want, especially in defense of you or your family, is for your weapon to misfire. To prevent a misfire you can use graphite, thin watch oil or a synthetic lubricant. They don’t freeze or expand like regular lubricants and still keep your gun well lubed and ready for firing.