Thursday, August 16, 2007


Here's a test for you...

1. How quickly can you field strip your carry weapon, and reassemble it?
2. Can you do it in the dark?

There's not necessarily a correct answer for the first question. It's not a task that one normally has to do in under 20-30 seconds. But if you cannot perform a field strip without referring to your manual, then take some time this weekend and learn to do it.

Once you can do it effortlessly, try putting on a blindfold. Learn to check the chamber without your eyes. You may find, as I did, that replacing the slide is a bit harder when you can't visually line it up... or perhaps you'll need to learn how each end of the recoil spring feels, so that it's not put in backwards.

I don't know that it's a skill that I'll ever need, but it's nice knowing that I have it... and I believe that every gun owner can benefit from learning it as well.

1 comment:

West, By God said...

Well, "field stripping" my bolt-action is just... taking out the bolt... so I can do that blindfolded, during a hurricane, with one hand. My SKS and my pistol are both simple enough that I actually have taken them apart and put them back together in the dark (not _totally_ dark, but close.)