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This entry was posted on July 23, 2020 by Carrie Chapman.
A couple of weeks ago, we posted a blog, along with a visual tutorial by Clint, on how to use an AR-15. This was initially done to help new AR-15 owners and those considering an AR purchase. AR-15s and AR-style rifles are selling at a record pace right now, due to the trying times that we are living in. We received a great response from some of you regarding that instruction.
With the great feedback that we received from that tutorial, we decided to do it again. So here is a written and visual tutorial on how to use a pistol.
Pistols top the gun owners preferred firearm lists for a lot of reasons. They’re great for personal and home defense, can come in large or small frames. Smaller pistols are the number one seller for concealed and everyday carry. Pistols offer a higher ammo content, and the ability to drop the magazine and reload with a fresh magazine quickly to increase your ammo availability even more. They are easy to maneuver, unlike most long guns. They are quick and easy to reload, and provide the shooter with more available rounds over a revolver. In addition to home defense and tactical needs, you will likely see more pistols than any other firearm at the range. That is because they are simply great to shoot. They are a lot of fun as a range toy, but as you are shooting a pistol at the range for a little fun, you are actually practicing and honing in on the needed skills should a threatening incident occur.
The caliber range is also incredible in the pistol world. When someone asks me what my favorite caliber is, I have to answer that it depends on the manufacturer. I have a favorite caliber for several firearm manufacturers. For example, I chose a Bersa Thunder .380 for my concealed carry, but if I want to go to a range, I usually take the lightweight Colt Commander chambered in .45 ACP. By the way, do you know what "ACP" stands for? Regardless of what you shoot, if it requires an "ACP" round, even in different calibers, the "ACP" stands for Automatic Colt Pistol.
Pistols are very personal. Pistol owners tend to bond to their firearms and view them as an extension of themselves in the unfortunate event of an attack, threat, or life or death situation. Wouldn't you want to bond with a manufactured piece of engineered science that could save you and your family's lives? Shoot, I even have names for my pistols!
Beretta M9A3 9mm 17rd Semi-Auto Pistol
First and most importantly of all is safety. So let's get to the housekeeping before we plunge into procedures. Always, always abide by your safety rules. Memorize the ones that I am going to list for you and furthermore, obey range rules. Most are the same, but some ranges may have additional rules. For that reason, always read the range rule signs posted at your local range.
Another safety step is that YOU make sure that the gun is not loaded when you receive it, even if you trust the person that hands it to you. It is nothing personal, it is protection for you and every other person nearby. So first, clear the gun, in this case, a pistol.
Surplus Beretta 85BB .380 ACP 8rd Semi-Auto Pistol
Clearing a semi-automatic firearm, including a pistol, is universal, and while the manufacturer, model, and caliber may be different, the clearing action is pretty much standard.
- Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
-Visually check to make sure that the barrel is not obstructed. Don't look down the barrel, just make sure that sunlight or artificial light is coming through with the slide back.
-While the slide is back, also make sure that the chamber is clear.
-Some folks prefer to fill their magazines at this point, and some folks are always prepared with preloaded magazines. Just remember, the less time that the slide is back, the less debris, dirt, and dust collect in it. If you have never loaded a magazine before, it can be tough, especially if it is new and has a tight spring. Place cartridges in the magazine with the cartridge end, not the bullet end, rearward. Most likely, you will have to firmly press them in, but don't force them. Forcing a cartridge in a magazine could damage the lips of the magazine.
-While holding your pistol with one hand, pick up your magazine with the other hand.
-Insert your magazine into the magazine well until you hear an audible click, then give it a tug to make sure that it is securely in place.
-Pull the slide all the way to the rear and then let it go, the slide will quickly move forward and in doing this, will load a cartridge into the chamber.
-If you were unable to load with the safety on, now is the time to put your pistol in a safe position.
Surplus Yugoslavian M57 TT Tokarev Pistol
The hard work is done, so now you get to reap the benefits of all the hard work. To fire your pistol:
SAR 2000 9mm 17rd Semi-Auto Pistol
I know that sounds like a lot, however, all of the above actions occur very quickly. It is a lot easier to do than to explain it. Everything from the safety rules, to clearing, to loading, to gripping, to firing will become more fluid the more that you practice. Eventually, the feel of the entire process becomes very natural. The natural feel that you acquire while practicing is called muscle memory. The more that you build that muscle memory while firing your pistol, the comfortable you will become. Even though you will get very comfortable over time, don't take that for granted. Always remember the safety rules and function of firing, especially when it comes to putting the safety on and when to take it off.
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This entry was posted in General on July 23, 2020 by Carrie Chapman.
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