Personal Readiness with a Running Gun

By John Farnam

Rusty Gun
Personal Readiness with a Running Gun
Defense Training International, Inc
Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO –-( Personal Readiness:

From a friend and colleague

“At our monthly pistol match last weekend, our courageous (and now unpopular) match director included an optional thirty-round course of fire, exclusively for legitimate concealed-carry pistols. The only requirement was that the gun, and ammunition, used had to be one that the participant carries regularly.

He said, ‘Let’s use what you’re carrying, right now, what you would have to rely upon to save your life… right now!’

No ‘match-guns,’ nor ‘race-guns’ were allowed.

Of the ten who participated, only three ‘carry’ guns functioned normally through thirty rounds!

The rest (all semi-autos) malfunctioned continuously, including light hits, mis-feeds, and failure to go fully into battery. These guns had all been carried in a pocket or concealed holster and were all dirty, full of lint and other debris. Some magazine springs were weak.

It was an eye-opener, especially for those whose guns would not function. To a person, they all piously swore, amid their embarrassment, that they cleaned their guns regularly, but that was obvious a self-serving lie. It was also obvious these guns were seldom, if ever, actually fired before that afternoon.”


Among those who profess to be “gun people,” there are too many “pretenders,” not enough Operators. It is painfully obvious that almost none of these Nimrods ever assiduously train with any kind of serious, carry gun.

“Matches,” as described above, are customarily conducted under quaint circumstances, with play guns and play ammunition.

With the entire world in such chaos, with our civilization becoming such a dangerous place, one would think all American gun-owners would be getting serious about real guns and real training.

Unhappily, nothing could be further from the truth! There is still scant urgency, scant sobriety, scant earnestness associated with most competitive events, and most participants themselves, as we see.

When fatal flaws are exposed, as in the foregoing, instead of honest acknowledgment and repentance, we get feeble excuses and denial.

Genuine personal readiness demands better!

“Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; ‘wisdom’ consists in not exceeding that limit.” ~ Elbert Hubbard


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor, as well as published author, John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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One benefit lose of a a wheel gun (so long as you do not screw that retains the cylinder crane) is they are vary easy to maintain.


I’m 70 now, and have developed arthritis in both my thumbs. FYI, for those who have avoided this scourge, arthritis not only hurts, but more importantly (because I can “gut it out” and work through the pain), it also reduces strength in the affected joints (which I can’t just “gut out”). This resulted in my having a LOT of trouble field-stripping my carry gun, a 1911 model (to make matters worse, it’s a ParaOrd “limited” model with very tight tolerances). Not only can I no longet hold the bushing down hard enough (yes, even with a bushing wrench), but with… Read more »


Earlier this morning I dumped the cartridges from the spare magazine I carry in my left front pocket. I regularly, okay periodically, clean my carry pistol but never gave much thought to the spare magazine. It looked clean, the top round was shiny and bright, but everything below that one was filthy. I was stunned. I knew the pistol picked up dust and lint but never gave that second magazine any thought beyond taking it in and out of my pocket. I remember thinking, “I’m glad I don’t have to use this right now.”