Winter will soon be upon us and it is time to prepare on how we are going to be able to defend ourselves and our loved ones wearing all of the winter clothing that keeps us warm but could interfere with our ability to get to our firearm in a quick and efficient manner. Cold weather makes a lot of things more difficult; grocery shopping, taking the kids to their school functions, working on our vehicles and just routine everyday tasks. So are you ready to safely manipulate and shoot your firearms with a winter coat and gloves on?
When looking at how we are going to navigate the cold fall and winter months, there are factors to be considered and changes that sometimes need to be made. We are not fans of open carry or outside the waistband holsters. However, during the winter we know a lot of people use an outside the waistband holster because their jacket covers the firearm. We do not have a problem with this, as long as you know how to properly draw from your holster and remember to properly sweep the jacket back. After all, if you’re used to lifting up a t-shirt or drawing from another location, you need to build the proper muscle memory for how you’re going to carry during the winter.
Next, what about wearing gloves and drawing from your holster or even firing your handgun? For example, if you carry a 1911 handgun, have you tried to take off the thumb safety wearing gloves? If you carry a revolver, have you tried loading your revolver wearing gloves? Heck, maybe you have those puffy gloves and you can’t even get your finger in the trigger guard. If you’re going to wear gloves you need to practice with them. But, if you’re like us and decide not to wear gloves then you’ve got to remember to never, ever wear them. It doesn’t matter if it’s 10 below because I have the strange feeling that if a mugger stops you on the street or while getting your groceries in the car during a snowstorm, you’re not going to be able to say to him “Excuse me, sir, time out for a second. I need to take off my gloves so I can draw my firearm on you.”
Be very careful about what type of jacket you wear during the winter too. You don’t want anything hooded that obstructs your vision. Wearing a hooded jacket cuts off your peripheral vision and you’ll lose your situational awareness. Also, make sure the jacket fits. Don’t wear the winter jacket you had in high school 20 years ago that’s skin tight and doesn’t allow you to properly use your arms (Remember Randy from the movie The Christmas Story and how he could hardly move after his mother bundled him up in his snowsuit?)
So, if you’re really ambitious, come out and practice shooting with us in your winter gear. If nothing else, it will be a good confidence builder because you’ll realize that you can shoot just as well in the heat of the summer as in the freezing cold. So join us for a very informative class and a chance to fellowship with other Second Amendment Responsibly Armed Americans as well as have an opportunity to move and shoot wearing your cold weather gear and drawing from a holster.
When: Call for Schedule
Where: Miller's Campground & Gun Range
How Much? $30 per person