tHE PERFECT PISTOL SHOT
It's time to check magazines, again. Magazines require periodical unloading. When left alone the top round can be displaced and even point downward, preventing feeding. If you carry magazines for duty, reload at least weekly. If you store magazines at home check them weekly and reload monthly. You can visually inspect the top round at any time, though that is not enough to ensure good seating forevever. Metal fatigues. If you have extra magazines rotate them. Keeping a magazine loaded will eventually weaken the spring to the point of uselessness. Everybody has an excuse to ignore their magazines. It's your life and a pistol is only as good as the magazine you put in it. Keep them clean , dry, and strong.
Again, thanks for the warm welcome toward the Practical Tactical series. I don't intend to offer them as a set, at least for now. The current arrangment allows readers to choose handgun, shotgun, or rifle, as desired for three bucks. That seems about right to me.
Firearm manufacturers are still struggling to adjust to demand. It may be worthwhile for buyers to broaden their view a little bit when hunting for a new gun. A nice revolver is worth having for any shooter willing to legitimately train for tactical reloads. Though, honestly, (I know this is gun-nut blasphmey) you will likely never have to execute a tactical reload even in an actual shooting. Take the revolver. They're easier to learn and easier to clear from a bad round.
There is currently a run on reloading equipment. A lot of you have the old manual handloading sets gathering dust at home. Those are likely to become valuable in the next couple of months. Likewise, watch for a run on blackpowder guns and gear.
Shooting tip: Despite my constant nagging and begging, readers insist on using practice targets without an aimig point appearing smaller than the front sight tip. If you insist on aiming at a white paper plate, fire a round into the center and then use the hole as your aiming point. Now we can both be happy.
Good shootig. Be safe.
Many first time defensive gun buyers (and some old hands) are often confused by 3 dot sights. These sights have a brightly colored dot on the front sight blade and two more dots on each post of the rear sight. Usually the dots glow in the dark. Very often shooters will attempt to align the dots for accurate firing. This is incorrect. The manufacturers make a passing effort to get the dots in-line but they are are not a sighting device. I know somw will say the 3 dot system is for quick-fire. Again, this is incorrect. I don't want to split hairs but sighting is too important to allow confusion. The 3 dot system helps acquire general sight alignment during low light conditions, enabling the shooter to find proper sight alignment with the front sight tip and rear sight blades. There is quite a bit more on this in The Perfect Pistol Shot.
I'd like to thank those readers who purchsed from the Practical Tactical e-book series. The series has done well. The e-books are long articles covering the tactical use of rifle, shotgun, and handgun for the single defender. They are not a straight-line from A-Z introduction, but rather hit on some areas that are occassionally overlooked in this type of material. I wasn't sure if short overviews without the frills would be of much interest, but it's turned out well. There has been some disappointment expressed because the material is about 17 pages with no photos. Again, I wasn't targeting the new shooter and thought I could deliver more material, less expensively in this format. For those looking for more comprehensive introductory material there are a lot of great tactical books out there. Thanks again for your support. Those readers with questions are always welcome to reach me through my web-site.
The next firearm book is specifically aimed at the first time defensive again shopper. It will be out this month.
Albert League is a former Marine Corps and law enforcement firearm instructor who consults on a variety of security topics. He is the founder of the Practics firearms defense system and author of the Practics book series.(www.practicsusa.com)