Dings and Dents

Many shooters are attached to their guns. They treat them like the most precious substance on the planet and fear every little ding and dent their gun might acquire in its use. To be honest I can’t blame these gun owners, and I am definitely in the same boat for at least one or two of my guns.

In training, paranoia over dings and dents won’t get you very far. Guns are tools. Any tool you own and actually use is going to get dirty and probably get some dings and dents. Avoiding damage to your guns at all costs in training will only help you develop training scars that could get you killed in real life.

I understand how some people could become very attached and protective of their guns. I know at least a few of mine are guns I would like to keep pristine either because of their collectors value, or because they are nice guns that I paid top dollar for. This is one of the reasons you won’t see me competing, carrying, or training with a high-end custom 1911. Shelling out 2 or 3 thousand dollars for a pistol means I’d be a lot more protective of it than my off the shelf Glock 17. If my Glock gets dinged up I can always buy another one for relatively short money.

I see the same thing at the rifle range. The ironic part is seeing someone take out a cheap AK pattern rifle to shoot, then frantically run to cover it when a few rain drops appear or the wind starts blowing on a sandy range. Seriously? It’s an AK, and they thrive in poor environments like this.

Avoiding obsessing over a tool

If you want to avoid obsessing over the guns you train with, you need to make sure those tools are not super expensive and unique. It will be much more painful if a 3,000 dollar rifle or pistol gets scratched compared to a cheap, standard one. If you can’t afford at least two of a given rifle or pistol, maybe you shouldn’t be training with it. In fact if you want to keep it nice, buy a second one and let that one be the safe queen.

If you use your guns, real life will happen to them. Learn to get over it. Holster wear, dings from accidental contact with barricades, sand, and grit, are all out to get your precious gun. Just like you probably don’t stress over the finish on your framing hammer or your screw drivers, neither should you stress over the appearance of your tools beyond making sure they work. Treat your guns like they have a life cycle and will need to be replaced, and you’ll be a lot happier and get a lot better training in the long run.

Do you obsess over the condition of your guns?

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  1. […] night while I was dry-firing I noticed a casualty of my own.  I spoke yesterday about not letting dings and dents to your firearms caused by training to bother you.  Here you will see that my own Glock 17 lost a […]

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