In Guns & Ammo’s article 5 Things to Check in Your Concealed Carry Ammo, they go over the importance of checking the ammo in your concealed carry equipment. We can, easily, get into the same routine of grabbing our concealed carry as we walk out the door and secure it when we get home until we leave the next morning, then repeat. With the daily hustle, checking our concealed carry may not be at the top our list, especially if it’s never used. But, think about it– When you need to pull out your concealed weapon, you’re likely to be in a situation where seconds matter and mishaps can be deadly.
Bad ammo may be a one-in-a-million occurrence, but doesn’t it always seem more likely that it will happen when it counts the most? We can reduce the risk if you make it a habit to regularly check your concealed carry ammo.
Not sure what you should be looking for? Not a problem! G&A listed 5 things you should be checking:
1. The Box
Open the box. Look at the ammo. Check the headstamp. If it doesn’t look right, find out why, and get the right stuff. Mislabeled ammo and mal-formed case necks can stop a firearm cold. A quick inspection can prevent most mishaps from occurring, especially when seconds count.
2. The Load
Look at the bullet. Is it what it says on the box? Inspect each bullet to make sure the edge is cleanly made and uniform. After all, when the round is feeding, it is the bullet that will hit the ramp and cam up and over. If there is something wrong with the bullet mouth, it may not feed well or at all. Also, check the case mouth. A turned-in mouth, a bulge or an un-trimmed neck, can cause chambering problems.
3. The Rims
Rims on brass are cut to size and differ according to the cartridge. If the wrong cutter is installed or if the cutter breaks, a bit of brass wedges in place and the case is wrongly held, the rim would be formed wrongly and it won’t chamber.
4. The Cartridge Bottom
Is the headstamp correct for what you bought? Is the primer in flush or slightly below flush? Is it smooth and un-marred? If the concealed carry round is supposed to be sealed, do you see sealant?
5. The Way It Rolls
Roll each cartridge across a smooth, level surface. If it won’t roll smoothly and evenly, it might have gotten squished in the machinery or even stepped on at the gun shop. On rifle rounds, watch the bullet tip. Does it remain on-center, or does the tip visibly wobble? That wobble might be because it is off-center, tilted, mangled or the wrong bullet.
It is too easy to break a gun from being cheap. Don’t be cheap with your concealed carry equipment. Check it.