As it’s been unseasonably warm here in the Valley of the Sun (with some intermittent cool-downs) I’ve taken back my Smith & Wesson 442 electroless nickel for my primary carry.
Because it’s easier to conceal or because I’m lazy. Pick one.
And I noticed, as I have been carrying the 1911, the 442 is pocket-linty. She suffers from dust bunnies, obviously acquired in years of pocket holster carry.
Her barrel IS clear, though, I checked!
I always think of the old military/police joke about weapons inspection, wherein the sergeant peers down the barrel of the veteran’s gun and announces, “Hey! There’s a spider in here. And he has hash marks on his sleeve!”
If you carry daily, when was the last time you looked down your barrel? In safety, of course. I suspect most modern firearms would function flawlessly, if the first round encounters some stray dust, regardless. But, I prefer knowing my barrel is clear. And my firearm is clean and properly lubricated.
I’m touchy that way.