Happy New Year!

Many of us are making New Year’s Resolutions, mine include more range time, and no falling (it was a rough year). But while I’m at it I’m looking at one of the sweet presents I got. A Gen 5 GLOCK 19! I love GLOCKs, they fit my hand perfectly. I can’t wait to take it to the range.

If you got a new firearm, and haven’t yet made it to the range, do you know the two must do activities before shooting?

1, Read the Owner’s Manual. But I have lots of GLOCKS, why would I do that? I don’t know if there are any changes I’m not aware of, anything special about this one. Plus, there just might be some good information in there!

2. CLEAN THE GUN! But it’s new! Why would I clean it? First, some guns come packed with a preservative sludge in them, and it can foul, or worse, splash in your face, and HURT. Also, when you field strip the pristine gun, you can see if it is indeed pristine. Any odd wear marks? Anything look not quite right? So far so good? Then, give it a good cleaning, lube per the gun recommendations, and then the next time, repeat the process. You will see if there are new wear marks, anything that doesn’t look right. Think if it as the walk around looking for dents when you buy a new car. You want to know so that if you spot something later, you can narrow down the causes.

3. HAVE FUN! Shooting is great! Have a ball. Whether you are a plinker or a competitive shooter, there are always things you can work on and have fun. I like taking playing cards are using them for targets. Little challenging. I also like speed drills. Wastes a lot of ammo but fun once in a while.

Enjoy your 2019, stay safe and Safe Shooting!


Thank you,


Lynne Finch

Lynne Finch – I am the author of 4 books, available on Amazon, and at many major outlets. I have been contributing writer for Combat Handgun Magazine and Women and Guns Magazine.

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