Since my tendonitis is still healing I haven’t made it to the range in months and I was mortified the other day when I pulled out my M&P for some dry firing practice and discovered rust. I mean a lot of rust.
Oh, there’s none on the gun itself; I keep that cleaned and lightly oiled so the metal is fine. No, the rust was all in my fingers and between my ears. Months of simply not handling a gun on a regular basis saw me jerking the trigger and not being able to get on target in a timely fashion. The familiar break point of the trigger was forgotten and I found myself unable to trip the sear when the sights were aligned properly (if I could even get them there to begin with).
I’m not in pain any more, just discomfort, so there should be a lot of dry fire practice now. But I allowed an injury to become an excuse as well as allowed other things to interfere with a simply 10 minute a night exercise I should have been doing the minute I could grasp the gun without pain.
Just like iron oxide, the only way to rid yourself of this type of rust is hard work and the elbow grease of practice.