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|Posted on January 15, 2018 at 2:55 PM|
Unless you live in a tropical climate with your large bugs and hurricanes. Or never leave Mom's basement for longer than would require you to put on more than pajama pants, you have been outside in one of mother natures "I hate you" moments called :Winter. I know we have to call it "climate change" now. But It is still winter to me.
So, you have to go out in this low key hostility. Well, Hopefully you are dressed for it at least. Always over dressed, can always take off. But finding more to put on is an issue. Always prepare to be out for a longer trip than you expect. Always make sure your transportation can make it to destination and it is in good repair. Wear sunglasses, ect, ect,
But what a few of us forget is that there is a different level of care required for firearms use in this nastiness.
And not being prepared can be disastrous.
Most armies knew the limitations of their weapons and tactics during winter. Most armies, historically went into "winter quarters" during these,.. less than hospitable months. Horses froze, supply chains failed. flints shatter, percussion caps loose effectiveness. Not to mention the frozen solders attempting to use them. Take for instance Napoleons disastrous push on Moscow. The best army of the time being ground down to a starving rabble after a brutal winter campaign. The splendid uniforms in tatters and the proud colors in rags. Not from just the Czars troops, but from "General winter".
Come to think of it, on one has really waged a successful push on Moscow. Is that not right Fritz?
Even in modern warfare with our heaters, machine guns and aircraft we are still subjected to "general winters" wrath.
Take the Finnish wars for instance. The Russians learned the hard way how to fight in the bitter cold. The grease the Russian troops used in their rifles and machine guns became SOLID in the Finnish cold. The ammo refused to fire due to it not being sealed properly. Tanks and aircraft ineffective against the ski mounted Finns.
So, why did one army, armed almost (almost) identically. That was a fraction of the size of the invading army fare so incredibly well? Simply put: they understood their limitations. And adapted.
So, This being said: here are some tips that they learned that will pass on to you to ensure that you do not become another one of "General winter's" causalities.
One: Clean you firearm. I know I have said this time and time again, but this time it is a little more important! All that "crud" in it. Pocket lint, dirty grease and oil, ect dose not react well to the cold. Best you should remove it.
Two: Rotate/ replace you ammo. If you get new carry ammo every year, now would be the time to do it. As brass cases age, they acquire a "film" to them. It usually shows as discoloration. Sometimes it gets a little sticky. See where I am going here? Fresh clean ammo Is best. And really, who wants to have to clear a jam with gloves on, on a pocket pistol? Reduce that possibility. You will thank me later.
Three: New lube. I know that synthetic grease, and frog lube you have been using since july is your "go to". Well, you wil want to get rid of that wile it is cold. The thicker lubes and greases congeal in the cold and become almost solid if cold enough! Not conductive for peace, happiness and long life.Go with a lighter lube like remi-oil, LAW or gunzilla wile it is cold. Or, if you are in "extreme cold" or are an old school, or Finnish try Kerosene. Don't laugh it works.. Light enough to stay unfroze and is usually everywhere in cold climates!
This should be a good start.
Oh, look more snow...
Old troopers actual,