Over the next few months, my carry gun sat mostly untouched while I practiced, took classes and shot matches with my full sized handgun. I was neglecting the very handgun taht I might call up for defense of my life.
If you're doing that very thing, it's time to make a date with your carry gun! So here are some thoughts for your carry gun date night:
Schedule the date on your calendar!
A calendar is the place for your important dates and this one is important. Make it a priority and don't let anything get in the way of your time with the gun you carry.
Get your "date" all dressed up
This is a great time to get your carry gun looking and performing its best. Give it a good cleaning before you head to the range. You might think because you haven't shot, it doesn't really need cleaning. But that handgun is exposed to more than you realize such as dust and sweat, depending on how you carry.
Pay attention to your date!!
This is not the time for a big party. Leave all your other firearms at home and focus only on your date. This is the tool that may save your life. Spend time getting to know it better.
Do something adventurous.
Practice with your target ammo for sure, but take some time to shoot some selfe-defense rounds as well. They may feel a bit different when you shoot them so become familiar with that different. Also, some guns just don't care for some ammo. Shoot what you're going to actually use day-to-day to make sure there are no problems.
Have some real fun!
Many of the shooting sports now have a BUG division. BUG stands for Back Up Gun. This division is for shooters who want to use their carry gun when they participate in action shooting. Go out and shoot a match with your date. This is your opportunity to practice drawing, reloading and shooting on the move with your carry gun.
So if you have been neglecting the gun that you carry, now is the time to show it some attention. Make a date (and keep it!) One day these date nights might make a big difference in your relationship!