If you’re new to shooting, there is a lot of misinformation out there that can leave you wondering what’s true and what’s false. That’s why I wanted to debunk five gun myths that will hopefully answer a few confusing arguments.
MYTH 1: You can over-lube your gun.
False. As long as you use oil with the appropriate viscosity and it isn’t so slippery that it can’t be manipulated, you cannot over-lube your gun. Guns are machines with moving parts that need lubrication, so don’t worry about overdoing it. Check out this video by shooting pro and retired US Army 1st SFOD- Delta combat veteran Larry Vickers.
MYTH 2: Foregrips are not good for competition shooters.
False. Forward grips help you drive the gun to the target faster, reduce muzzle rise, mitigate recoil, relieve wrist strain and provide more control of the rifle. All these factors add up to a more comfortable shooting experience.
MYTH 3: It is bad to dry fire a gun.
False. It is bad to dry fire rim-fired guns however it is alright to dry fire modern center-fired guns. Dry firing helps improve your draw, target acquisition, sight picture, and trigger pull.
MYTH 4: Storing loaded magazines damages the springs.
False. Springs are fatigued by being cycled up and down. You will not damage the springs in your magazines by storing them completely loaded. The spring may slightly shorten overtime but it will not be to the extent it cannot push up all the rounds.
MYTH 5: There is no difference between a cheap or an expensive gun.
False. If you’re going to choose a weapon for hunting or self-defense, you want the best your money can buy. You get what you pay for, so choose a gun that is lightweight, reliable, functional and that will stand the test of time.