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Cold weather considerations in defensive firearms.

At the clothing store down the street, winter weather changes the inventory dramatically. This doesn't seem to happen in gun shops. Perhaps it should, at least to a degree. Cold weather can change needs and capabilities in defensive handguns, and may warrant some adjustment in home-defense firearms, too. Is your store taking this into account?

One reason for the home-defense customer to upgrade ammo, or maybe even gun, in cold weather is the reasonable assumption a life-threatening home invader may "come in from the cold" dressed for the cold--turning the invader from a thin-skinned creature to a thick-skinned one. Just as hunters use different bullets for thick-skinned game, the same applies when your customers are facing a cold-weather threat.

In northern climates, being outdoors means folks often have to dress in multiple layers. Hollowpoint self-defense bullets are designed to expand from the inside of the nose cavity outward, with the tensile pressure of something like flesh facilitating the expansion. When something inert plugs the cavity, the bullet may fail to expand and instead turn into a flat-nosed ball. This "something" may be wallboard, for example, or --multiple layers of heavy clothing. Let's examine this caliber by caliber.

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Comment:Cold weather considerations in defensive firearms.(PERSONAL DEFENSE MARKET)
Author:Ayoob, Massad
Publication:Shooting Industry
Date:Feb 1, 2016
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