There is a lot more to armed personal defense than simply choosing the right gun. In fact, even after a suitable firearm has been procured, there are a few preparatory steps that should be undertaken to ensure the gun is ready for everyday carry (EDC). American Rifleman’s Joe Kurtenbach recommends that new guns should receive a thorough inspection and cleaning before ever hitting the range, and should be subjected to a good reliability test and break-in consisting of several types of ammunition, including the user’s intended carry load. Follow along as Kurtenbach describes his pre-carry checklist and preps a Smith & Wesson Performance Center Shield in 9 mm for service.
NRA Gun Gear of the Week: Prepping A New Pistol For EDC
Of all the features of the M1 Garand, its rear sight is one of the most recognizable and went through some notable changes. Here, we take a brief look at what changes were made to the rear sight design from the pre- to post-World War II era.