Winter is coming, and if you can’t get at your personal defense tools, you might as well not have them!
Accessing a firearm, a knife or even your wallet is impacted by your choice of winter clothing. If you haven’t planned or practiced accessing these items, you probably won’t get to what you need – when you need it most. In addition to layers of clothing, gloves are also a common winter addition that can make your chosen defensive tool nothing more then a pocket weight!
Spend a few minutes figuring out what you can and can’t do with them on. There is no secret training technique here, it just takes 5 minutes – put your gear on and see what happens! Take a few minutes to get comfortable with your winter clothing and your equipment to add those precious few seconds that may give you the edge when you need it the most.
You should not if possible, carry a firearm against your skin or under your base layers. This is likely to cause sweat and moisture to accumulate which will freeze very quickly when exposed to extreme temperatures – making your firearm a one shot gun at best. Just below your outer most layer is ideal for temperature control and accessibility. If that is not practical, as close to the outer lay as possible.
Additionally, test or at least read the manufactures specifications for temperature and performance. Many common lubricants will not perform (meaning they will gum up, if not outright freeze) in extremely cold weather. Ammunition is also impacted. I recommend shooters choice and Shooters Choice FP-10 lubricant and Hornady Critical Defense ammunition for most people.. If I lived in places where 30 below was a concern, I would consider arctic brake fluid as a lubricant.
For you other winter defensive tools, lubrication and placement is equally important. A folding blade which is frozen shut is pretty useless in a pinch. If you have bare skin exposed and grab an improvised weapon with metal on it, it may require some professional assistance to let go of it – and it will be painful. Contact gloves should be a minimal consideration – and you should practice with them!
We all hope and pray for safety and security, but if you become the target of a violent criminal, we all want to see you come out on top!
Have Fun & Stay Safe!
~ Aegis Academy