As I contemplate replenishing my cadre of firearms, I practiced at the range several times lately as per my own suggestion! Saying one handgun is better than another creates a premature referral. I always prompt those who ask me what to buy to take any number of makes and models for a “test drive”. A firearm, like a vehicle, stands as a very important purchase and what works for one person, may not be so pleasurable for the next. So, off to the range I traveled, with shooting buddies and various weapons in stow. I might buy one of these guns, but I needed to check out which felt the best for me and and my style and my comfortability. What I found was a shocking difference between my extant firearms and the stock guns on the market. I miss my tricked out competition guns. But, I told myself, I am amongst the general population, now, buying that which any citizen buys. Besides, the armorer who used to make my pistols competition ready has since retired. With that, the “test drives” at the range felt heavy and explosive and powerful beyond how I remembered my old guns firing. Must be stock vs. tricked out. Then it occurred to me, I don’t fire one to two thousand rounds week anymore. I don’t tear it up at the gym everyday to maintain strength and stamina for competition readiness anymore. It’s not
the gun, it’s the shooter. Well, now, aren’t we humbled? So, with my new gun ( I did make a purchase), a new year upon us and a new resolve, whether for competition or for home and personal protection, I’m back at the gym. When the bad guys show up, we need to be ready to defend ourselves, our home, our properties. We need to maintain the strength, stamina and coordination necessary to respond accordingly. Basic push ups and focusing on firmly gripping the weights as we exercise makes for the easiest way to increase grip strength. Walk the dogs, fast. This will improve stamina. It is so simple it is easy to skip, but it is so simple it is too easy NOT to do these strength builders. Pretty soon, the strengthened character follows. Never quit on yourself. The bad guy is not going to.