This letter in Buckmasters provides an excellent example of why it’s imperative that you check and maintain the weapons you use.
I raised my rifle, took a shot and the buck just stood motionless. I reloaded and took another shot. The buck jumped and ran into the trees.
After sitting there for some time, I decided to start looking for the buck. I raised my rifle to place it onto my shoulder and then I heard a clank. My scope was loose in the rings and had slid back about a half an inch.
Now, this story does have a happy ending (turns out he didn’t miss), but it is an excellent illustration as to why it’s important to check and maintain your gear. This applies to more than hunters as well; obviously to the military, but even to the CCW holder.
I’m not talking about press-checking your Glock in bathroom stalls or anything like that. What I’m more referring to is making sure that your iron works and shoots where you want the bullets to go. The easiest way to do that is to shoot your carry gun, with your carry ammo. The purpose of that is to make sure that the gun functions, and that it shoots to point of aim with the ammo you’ve chosen to stuff into your blaster of choice.
I’m not saying that you should ignore expenses and burn ammo like there’s no tomorrow. But you can ask the guy with the buck, or anyone who has ever had a gun go “click” when it should have gone “bang” how important it is to maintain your equipment.