It’s time to check magazines, again. Magazines require periodical unloading. When left alone the top round can be displaced and even point downward, preventing feeding. If you carry magazines for duty, reload at least weekly. If you store magazines at home check them weekly and reload monthly. You can visually inspect the top round at any time, though that is not enough to ensure good seating forever. Metal fatigues. If you have extra magazines rotate them. Keeping a magazine loaded will eventually weaken the spring to the point of uselessness. Everybody has an excuse to ignore their magazines. It’s your life and a pistol is only as good as the magazine you put in it. Keep them clean , dry, and strong.

Again, thanks for the warm welcome toward the Practical Tactical series. I don’t intend to offer them as a set, at least for now. The current arrangement allows readers to choose handgun, shotgun, or rifle, as desired for three bucks. That seems about right to me.

Firearm manufacturers are still struggling to adjust to demand. It may be worthwhile for buyers to broaden their view a little bit when hunting for a new gun. A nice revolver is worth having for any shooter willing to legitimately train for tactical reloads. Though, honestly, (I know this is gun-nut blasphemy) you will likely never have to execute a tactical reload even in an actual shooting. Take the revolver. They’re easier to learn and easier to clear from a bad round.

There is currently a run on reloading equipment. A lot of you have the old manual hand loading sets gathering dust at home. Those are likely to become valuable in the next couple of months. Likewise, watch for a run on black powder guns and gear.

Shooting tip: Despite my constant nagging and begging, readers insist on using practice targets without an aiming point appearing smaller than the front sight tip. If you insist on aiming at a white paper plate, fire a round into the center and then use the hole as your aiming point. Now we can both be happy.

Good shooting. Be safe.