“One of the biggest no-nos when it comes to holster care is leaving your holster in a hot car,’ Randi Rogers blogs at comp-tac.com. “Your average car, left unattended, closed up and not running, will reach an interior temperature of roughly 140° Fahrenheit after just 90 minutes. This is not only dangerous for anyone who may be in your car, but this amount of heat can severely damage your holster or magazine pouch if left out.” Randi’s talking about Kydex holsters, specifically, that can warp in the heat. She recommends wrapping them in a towel or suchlike and stashing them as low in the car as possible. But let’s face it, there are lots of ways your guns and gear can go bad . . .
Switching to knives for a second, if you use your everyday carry knife for everyday chores (e.g., opening packages and eating) it’s going to lose its edge. By the same token, whether you use them or not, ammunition magazine springs can weaken over time, creating an unfortunate malfunction at a time when unfortunate malfunctions are most unwelcome. Leather holsters and gun belts wear out. Flashlight batteries die.
In general, as Nigerian author Chinua Achebe pointed out back in 1958, things fall apart. The trick to keeping your gear up to snuff: perform preventative care where possible and regularly inspect your gear for wear and tear.
Square ranges suck, generally, but they’re a good place to make sure your gun(s) can fire your ammo from your various magazines without hesitation or deviation with repetition (bite the bullet; test fire expensive carry ammo). And every time you put on your gear, inspect it.
Does your holster have cracks, foreign objects or general damage? Is it gripping the gun with insufficient gusto? Is your knife sharp and lint-free? Is your flashlight beam weakening?
There’s no need to get paranoid. There is a need to be prepared, remembering that things can go wrong with your firearm and other gear even if you’re meticulous about its care and feeding. Have a plan B, but don’t neglect the tools that enable your plan A.