The Four Rules of Firearms Ownership
1) ALWAYS keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
2) ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
3) ALWAYS be sure of your target and what's beyond
4) ALWAYS treat any fiream as if its loaded
The fourth rule, while not part and parcil to the NRA rules, is important and vital. Keep this rule in your head and it will be easier for you to ALWAYS follow the first three rules.
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Next tip for good shooting and accuracy....
Always lean forward into the firearm. You don't have to lean extremely forward, but enough to be more aggresive in being able to manage recoil and get the sights back on target faster. Keep equal pressure on the firearm with both hands. Slight rearward pressure with your support hand, and slight forward pressure with your stong hand. This helps with recoil management as well.
I have been asked by a number of students..."What's the best way to clean my gun, and how often should I clean it?". I can only tell you what I do, personally, with my guns. Everybody is different and not everyone will follow these recommendations ...but.... I personally suggest cleaning your firearms after every outing. I clean my own guns right after I get home after every class, or every shooting session no matter how many rounds I've put through them. To me it's just preventative maintenance to make sure my firearms are gonna go bang the next time I use them.
This is especially true if you use cheaper ammo for practice that most of us have to use now-a-days because of the price and scarcity of ammo. Cheaper ammo is just that..."cheaper"... Even if it's from a quality manufacturer, to meet a lower price range, that manufacturer uses lower priced components in order to keep the price down for the target market. This results in slightly more residual deposits being left in the firearm. Hence the need for cleaning.
Field strip your firearm according to your manual's instructions..(by the way... Always Read Your Manual)...use a good quality solvent "specifically made for firearms". I have seen a lot of other things used to clean a gun.. with not very good results. At the very least it may take some of the finish off... at the worst it could prevent your firearm from functioning again.
What I use is Hoppe's # 9 solvent. But any solvent will work. (AS LONG AS IT IS MADE FOR FIREARMS USE).
Oiling is another subjective subject. Some people like to soak their guns with oil, some run their guns practically dry. I don't recommend either train of thought. Too much oil/lube will attract too much dirt and grime. No oil/lube and there is nothing for the mechanics of the gun to run on. I personally use just a drop of oil/lube on the operating parts of the gun. For example ... an auto pistol... I would put a drop on each frame rail, a drop on each slide rail, a drop on the hammer or striker, a drop on the trigger bar, a drop on the recoil spring.
And that's about it, you don't have to over do it to make the gun work reliably . Reassemble your firearm according to your manual's instructions and you should be good to go for carry, range visits, or your next class.
At SHOT Show this week January 15-18 2014. Taking a look at all of the new products, handguns, rifles, shotguns, ammo, accessories etc... that will be out this year.
Two handguns have caught my attention.... First, the STRIKE ONE from Arsenal Firearms. This is a new entry into the polymer framed, striker fired market in 9mm. (I know..... not another one?!!!) But this has some very unique design elements. Formost of which is a non tilting barrel. There is, instead, a locking block that sits in the slide around the barrel that unlocks after firing and allows the slide to reciprocate. The barrel rides in it's own grooves in the slide. This design allows for the lowest bore alignment to the hand of any other handgun on the market. Making it very controllable and able to be used with suppressors without any extra recoil boosters. It has a very good trigger, picatiny rail, and low profile sights. This looks like a very good pick for female shooters as well as anyone wanting a very controllable 9mm polymer handgun. To begin with it will be available with a 4.5 in barrel and full size grip with 17+1 capacity. But Arsenal says they are already working on compact models. This one is going to be a MUST HAVE for me.
The other handgun that caught my eye was Remington's new R51. This is a very compact 9mm. Not a pocket gun, but compact and very "Elegant". It has a fixed barrel and the recoil spring is located around the barrel, similar to the Walter PPK type pistols. This gun, however, has a separate tilting breach block for high pressure rounds like the 9mm. It's called the Pedersen Locking Block System. Very unique in operation. The slide is very stylishly machined, it has dovetailed front and rear sights, with the rear sight looking as if it's backwards. It's actually made, curving to the rear to match the curve of the rear of the slide. It has a light weight aluminum frame with replaceable grip panels.... different sizes will be available for different sized hands. Magazines hold 7 rounds.
Will talk about more if I see anything else that would be of interest to my students.
Until them keep training.