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I post this every year when winter arrives so here it is.   Our High tomorrow is 8 degrees so I will be out back with my two carry guns shooting.   I will also get a night shoot in this week as lows will be below zero at night.

Guys, if you live in cold regions this is mandatory.  I carry in this weather so I shoot in this weather.   You have to know if you can be effective with you winter gloves on or with bare hands in below freezing temps.   You have to understand the loss of digital dexterity in cold weather.  There are other things to learn also.

My Colt Defender has the green Crimson Trace on it.   It was out in the console of my truck and I went out to bring it in last Sunday Night after the Eclipse.  It had been in the truck for about 12 hours, and yes in my yard with the doors locked.   It was -12 degrees.   As I was walking into the house I pointed it and touched the laser.  It was almost to dim to see.  I had put new batteries in last month and thought they were bad.  I waited till right before I went to bed to wipe it down incase it gathered moisture from being out in the cold then it to a warm house.  It had so I wiped it down good and then touched off the laser again and it was bright as can be and those green ones are bright.  Yep, the cold affected the batteries.

Now if you are thinking that you don't live in Michigan and it only gets into the 40's or 30's were you live so this does not apply to you, well don't.   Wait for a cold day and a cold night and shoot your carry gun.   Don't let the next time or first time you have to draw and use it be on the coldest day of the year and you have never shot except on warm spring days.





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Good advice. It’s not a lot of fun but needs to be done. I recommend loading all your mags at home prior to hitting the range in bitter cold.

Gloves are a mixed blessing, thick and warm usually means poor grip and shooting. Thin is great, but not warm. I have some cold weather Mechanix brand that are a decent compromise and not expensive.
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I wear Foot Joy Winter Golf Gloves as dress gloves.  Not super warm but great grip.
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Either USGI wool trigger finger mitts or Mechnix gloves for me. The Wool gloves aren't easy to shoot in, but better than other options for warmth. I can put the USGI or USAF mitts over them in real cold weather, the USAF ones slide right off if need be. 
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For gloves I like batting gloves.  Good feel and just enough protection to knock the chill off a bit.  
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I took this one step further and looked at how I carry.  When riding my Quad in the woods I carry in a shoulder holster as I don't want the weapon falling out.  I tried this on my sled but of course could not get to my weapon due to all the clothing.   So, unable to carry safely with quick access I hand to change carry weapons for sled riding which of course is a winter activity.  Last year I simply put my NAA mini revolver in a pocket.  Not good enough so this year I made a change.  

I pulled out my Model 36 and found in fits perfectly in the high chest pocket of my riding jacket.  It is more secure when in one of those pocket holsters so I add that.  It comes out with the gun some times but slings off with a flip of the wrist.   I will dress this way on today's ride and shoot some before I hit the trails.  I have to sling off a glove as no way to shoot in riding glove, reach into a deep chest pocket, draw and sling off a pocket holster.  Being a revolver I then simply point and fire. 

The above is a lot of moves to make to get to a weapon and I don't want the first time I do it to be when my ass in the shit so I will do this over and over before that times happens and of course I hope it never does.

I have a good life and it is mine.  No one can take it with out a fight.

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I shoot in real crappy weather because it is great training and the range is deserted except for serious shooters. The idiots seem to stay home more during these times.

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