So after quite a few years the family and I are in a solid, stable part of life. Now I get to start heading back to the range, which I am very pleased with. Over the past few years I had been making it a point to review my firearms and oil them once a year or so since they never made it out of the safe. All is well... Then I finally go to the range today. Got out my newly finished AR15, planned to sight it in, some sample ammo boxes in hand, assembling my range bag, getting all ready to go... and oh wait, let me grab my hearing protection. Damn. :banghead: Folks, I am sharing this as a reminder to everyone, make sure you don't just take care of your firearms, but also take care of your gear. Batteries out, desiccant packs loaded, cleaned and set. Don't be like me and have to toss out a $70 set of Peltors because you were too dumb to take out the batteries. Already have a new set (surefire ep7 and some howard leights) on the way, but I felt like sharing. Maybe it will help someone else avoid the whoops that I have done. PS. Oh I did forget how FUN it is to own an AR15, deadnuts accurate too.