Weapon Considerations For Cold Weather

If the winter wonderland you remember from your childhood feels more like a frozen wasteland these days, it’s vital to think of ways to prepare yourself and your weapons for the brutal temperatures.

As an important note, before we get to proper weapon care, it’s important to have the best gloves or mittens for shooting. After all, conditioned weapons in ill-conditioned hands are useless. Gloves can be the difference between getting a kill and possibly being killed, so it is important that they are form-fitted, slip-resistant, and warm enough to help you operate a firearm.

In addition to gloves, it’s important that you have proper clothing for the winter. For example, gloves can alter the way a trigger is fired and padded coats can change the way a rifle fits on a shoulder. Therefore, it’s important to practice shooting in winter gear to be ready when the moment should arise.

Winterize Weapons For Brutal Temperatures

The U.S. Army recently sent out a reminder for troops to winterize their weapons to make sure they work in freezing temperatures, because cold weather will alter the maintenance and functionality of weapons. The Army, and anyone else who needs to be prepared, must be able to operate at full capacity despite harsh conditions. Here are several factors that you need to consider when winterizing weapons.

To start, basic condensation can kill. When condensation forms on weapons as troops move between warm and cold temperatures, it’s possible that the internal mechanisms will freeze together or cause stoppages. Therefore, some people actually recommend leaving weapons in the cold if quick transitions are necessary.

If weapons are traveling in and out of the home, then it’s important to keep the weapons near the floor to reduce the possibility of condensation. It’s also important to consider products such as “Lubricant, Arctic Weapon” so products aren’t sluggish or jamming as individuals move between freezing and room temperature situations.

For handguns, weapons should be kept warm within the coat, but note that this makes it more difficult to draw if necessary. Depending on your particular gun and situation, make sure to test various situations to know how your weapon and body will react to the cold.

Additional Considerations

In terms of self-defense, those wearing cold weather gear can easily hide handguns, which can be both a pro and con for those individuals prepared for self-defense. Because of bulky clothing, it’s also more difficult to pivot or move in terms of range of motion. Therefore, it’s also more difficult to draw a weapon.

According to Backwoodshome, Alaskan police officers carry their handguns in high-security holsters. They’re worried that a suspect might be able to snatch a weapon on the exterior of their padded clothing. But, they also carry spare magazines in friction tight pouches as gloved hands can make it difficult to retrieve a spare magazine with a pouch flap.

These officers prepare and practice intensively to draw weapons from heavy outerwear. It’s possible that one may discover the typical isosceles position (both arms locked out front) will not work as well while wearing a heavy overcoat.

In the end, the best situation is to be prepared. For cold and freezing temperatures, go out and practice various situations to make sure you’re ready year-round.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is a writer living in North Carolina with his wife, Jess. As a writer for Creative Screenwriting and the host of the Creative Principles Podcast, Swinson frequently interviews creators such as Mel Brooks, Aaron Sorkin, Taylor Sheridan, and William Monahan, on storytelling. Outside of work, Brock is currently training for an Iron Man, practicing jujitsu, and looking for new trails to run with his husky mix, Tessa.
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