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It’s hard to personally try out all the handguns in a certain category when you shop for one, and therefore going through as many handgun reviews as possible is always highly recommended before you reach a decision. But since you can’t really go through all the reviews out there and even if you could, you can’t trust them all in an equal manner, some kind of prioritizing is still necessary. We’ve put together some general information that you need to consider before making a purchase, both about handguns in general and about specific qualities you need to look for in a firearm.

Gun Reviews: Which Sources Should You Trust Before Buying One?

Gun Reviews: Which Sources Should You Trust Before Buying One?It’s hard to personally try out all the handguns in a certain category when you shop for one, and therefore going through as many handgun reviews as possible is always highly recommended before you reach a decision. But since you can’t really go through all the reviews out there and even if you could, you can’t trust them all in an equal manner, some kind of prioritizing is still necessary. We’ve put together some general information that you need to consider before making a purchase, both about handguns in general and about specific qualities you need to look for in a firearm. Last, but not least, we’ve sketched out a short guide on what makes a handgun review more trustworthy than others, so you know better what reviews to look for. Hopefully, this general advice can help you come to a better decision and help you make up your mind faster. First of all, you need to apply for the required permits and check-ups in order to be allowed to carry a handgun. After you complete all those, you can begin to actively search for a gun to suit your needs. Think about what the arm’s purpose will be: do you need it strictly for self-defense or for some minor scale hunting as well? If you plan to use it for hunting, then it probably needs to still be on the bigger side of handguns than one used strictly for self-protection purposes. If you don’t have any hunting on mind and you only plan to use it for protection, then you should decide beforehand if you want to carry your gun with you under terms of conceal and carry, or if you want to only keep it inside your house for the undesirable event of a security breach (or trespassing). Finding the right gun For use inside the home in order to intimidate potential trespassers, any size of handgun will do, but for use outside the premises, under the conceal and carry terms (which state that you’re allowed to carry a gun only if it’s concealed, in order to not make bystanders uncomfortable), you need to think about an appropriate size. A suitable gun to carry with you must fit inside your regular bag or suitcase or even to be able to be worn on your person with your clothes still able to conceal it. Our recommendation is to carry out the measurements involved in all scenarios, and then filter your search for a handgun to those that fit your bill of required measurements. After these steps, you can move on to actually reading handgun reviews to help you decide which one to choose. According to a special report depends what feels right in your hand by The Bureau Of Justice Statistics , 8 in 10 offenders who used firearms during their attack were equipped with a handgun, so since potential aggressors carry these gun so often, so should people who want a better grip on protecting themselves. When going through reviews to help you decide on the exact handgun for you, it’s better to listen to professional advice than to advice given by amateurs. That means two things: one, that the opinion of your neighbor Joe or your uncle Bob shouldn’t count that much unless they’re qualified gun experts; and two, that user or customer reviews on websites of stores shouldn’t matter that much either. We realize that the last piece of advice may seem somewhat counterintuitive, since a customer review is the honest feedback of paying client, and not the concealed advertisement of an expert who’s maybe trying to sell you something, but trust us on it. Those paying customers, even though they probably mean well, don’t have as much experience with as many types of weapons as a professional review has, and if they’re happy with a feature they may only be happy because they haven’t experienced a better one, and so on. Since we’ve settled the matter and now we’ve come to the point where it’s better to look for handgun reviews only from expert or professional hubs you trust, here are a couple of potential sources. First of all, before buying your own weapon, you’ve probably completed a shooting course at a firing range, so why don’t you ask for some counseling from your instructor there? He or she might be your best source, since we’re talking about someone who already knows your strengths and preferences or with whom you can discuss them directly. If this isn’t an option you have, the other reliable source is a specialized magazine or exert forum that publishes a large number of handgun reviews for virtually every model that comes out. By checking out their database, you have access not only to the reviews themselves, but you also have grounds for proper comparison. Here’s where to start, and good luck. Sources for trusted handgun reviews that you should check out: http://www.handgunsmag.com/handguns/ http://www.gunsandammo.com/gun-reviews/handgun-reviews/ Article sources : http://www.guns.com/2013/08/26/checking-handgun-ergonomics/ http://bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fuo.pdf

What You Need to Know About an Indoor Gun Range

What You Need to Know About an Indoor Gun Range

Congratulations, you’ve got yourself a gun and you want to use it! As a new gun owner, you might be a bit in the dark about how to handle things around the indoor gun range. You want to take your new gun to the shooting range, but you’re feeling a bit nervous, because you don’t know the firing range etiquette? You know your gun safety information, you’ve read the manuals and you remember what your gun dealer told you, but you still feel a bit nervous about going to the indoor gun range for the first time? indoor gun ranges are great because they offer protection from the elements, so no matter what the weather is like, your shooting experience will be undisturbed. Here are some other things that will ensure that your experience remains undisturbed. Let’s begin with clothing and what is appropriate on an indoor gun range. Because there’s no sun, you can forget about sunscreen, but we recommend that you wear long sleeve shirts with tight collars. The shells are quite hot and you wouldn’t want any of them on your bare skin or, even worse, in your bosom. Try to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, that aren’t too baggy or too colorful. Think about wearing clothes that would not distract people from shooting and will not offend anyone. You wouldn’t want to offend folks who are carrying loaded guns, would you? Ladies, remember, that you will be spending a lot of time on your feet, so leave your high heels at home! When it comes to targets you should know that most indoor gun ranges sell them, but just to be sure, you should have a few paper targets on you, just in case they don’t have. Also good to know that some ranges don’t allow targets that have human silhouettes, so stick to bull’s eye ones. Indoor gun range safety B Brown / Shutterstock.com One of the most important things you need to know about being inside an indoor gun range is that you must wear eye protection due to empty shells that are being discarded from guns. You can bring your own or you can get ones from the range; in case you want to bring your own, we suggest investing in a high quality product. To be honest, we recommend you bring your own eyewear, because most glasses that gun ranges offer are too big and they need to fit perfectly. Let’s move on to ear protection, because it is vital that you have it. Even if your own gun isn’t too loud and you might think you don’t need ear protection, you may be in for a surprise when you hear your neighbor’s gun. Again, you can bring your own or get the ones offered by gun ranges. If you’re shooting a rifle, then we recommend you buy a spotting scope, to help you see your target and perfect your shot. Even a cheap spotting scope works, so if you’re not planning to use it for anything else, such as spying on your neighbors, then get an inexpensive one that has enough magnification for what you need. Another very important thing when you get to the shooting range is to read all the rules posted there and talk to the range officer about them. Every indoor gun range has their own rules and particularities and it is important to know them before you start having fun with your gun, even if you’re not new to indoor gun ranges in general, but a particular shooting range. One last thing… do yourself and the others a favor and get a gun case. You’re not in a movie to walk around holding a gun or tucking it in your pants. This is the real world and you should store your loaded gun as safely as possible. Tell us about your experience at a new indoor gun range. Were you nervous? Did you make any rookie mistakes? Anything you would like to share with us and our readers? Drop us a line in the comment section below, we would love to hear about it. Article sources: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ranges/ http://wheretoshoot.org/index2.cfm http://voices.yahoo.com/things-youll-shooting-range-guide-for-1545427.html?cat=27

Survival Gear Review: Kindle e-Reader For Your Bug Out Bag

Survival Gear Review: Kindle e-Reader For Your Bug Out Bag

Relying on or using electronic tools in a survival situation is a serious debate among the survivalist and the emergency preparedness crowd.  Sometimes the usefulness of a tool might out weight risk of something going wrong with it, which is the case with the Kindle . The common themes you will hear from those individuals adamantly opposed to any electrical devices for Survival are: “What if there is EMP or Solar Storm ?” (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) “What if it gets wet?” “What if there is a dust storm from a Nuclear Fallout?” “what if you can’t find a source of power?” “What if you run out of batteries?” “What if, What if, etc.” I agree with those “What If” planners,  you have to consider for as many of those contingencies as you possibly can but on the flip side, what if all of those things don’t happen and you are in an urban survival or wilderness survival situation with out a good piece of gear like an eReader .  I believe this falls into the same category as the GPS.  They are an excellent tool but you better have a compass and map as a back up.  Same goes with the eReader, you need to have a few back up survival books /manuals in case things go wrong. (Two is One and One is None) The Kindle 3 by Amazon.com can hold up to 3500 books and weighs just 8.7 Ounces.  The older Kindle Version 2 weighs a whopping 10.2 Ounces.  Compare this to the paper back version of “ Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook ” by James Talmage Stevens which weighs over 1 pound.  1 Book at 1 pound or 3500 books at 8.7 Ounces, who do you think will be better prepared? Quick Navigation Get Your eReader Charged Up Keep Your eReader Element Proof Still Worried About an EMP Blast or Solar Storm? Conclusion Get Your eReader Charged Up The Kindle ver. 2 & 3 can hold a charge for almost two weeks.  If you combine the Kindle eReader with a product such as the Brunton Solar Roll , you are talking about endless amounts of reading and being able to reference books for different situations such as medical emergencies, edible plant types, tool making, gun smithing, agriculture, etc (as long as the sun is shining).  I know, I know….what if the sun doesn’t shine for a long time?  Trust me, if the sun doesn’t shine for a long time or we are hit by a Solar Storm, that last thing you will have to worry about is your Kindle not working. There is also another factor that a lot of people do not think about in survival situations.  If you go long periods without some type of stimulation you could become depressed and your drive to survive could become diminished.  A tool such as an eReader , with 3500 books on it, could provide someone with endless stimulation and knowledge to get through a terrible situation.  Some survivalist out there might consider the iPad but at 1.5 pounds and a questionable battery life compared to the Kindle 3, I would not recommend it for emergency preparedness situations.  Bright colors with touch screens and animated graphics are nice but they also use lots of extra power with no real added benefit (The only exception to this might be for topo maps). Keep Your eReader Element Proof Get your eReader and electronic gear element proofed!!!  Use a product like LOKSAK element proof bags to make sure all of your electronic gear is 100% safe.  These bags are resealable element-proof storage bags featuring a hermetic seal.  That means absolutely no water, air, dust or humidity permeates the closure.  They are designed for a wide range of applications and environments.  The transparent bags are flexible and puncture resistant and they come in multiple sizes (including ones that hold a full size AR-15 or pistol) and can be sealed over and over again.  The best part about these bags is that you do not even need to take your Kindle out of the bag, you can type and view the screen right through the bag.  The unique and patented materials, closure systems and manufacturing techniques used to fabricate the LOKSAK products meet the most rigorous testing standards and the SurvivalCache team has field tested them as well, they work!!! "Still Worried About" an EMP Blast or Solar Storm? Store your Kindle in a Faraday Cage Anti-Static Bag made by 3M.  Will it work?  I am not sure but at least with the combo 3M anti-static bag and a Loksak bag you have covered a lot of bases and improved your Kindle’s survivability. Conclusion With all of the “What If’s” considered and knowing that there are products out there that can recharge your Kindle and keep it safe from the elements as well as a static electric charge, we feel that a product like the Kindle should find a way into your Bug Out Bag.  At 8.7 Ounces, the potential benefits far out weigh all of the “What If’ers” arguments against it. The Best Survival and Emergency Preparedness Downloads for the Kindle (or paperback): 1. How to Survive TEOTWAWKI 2. SAS Survival Handbook 3. Crisis Preparedness Handbook 4. Where There is No Doctor 5. Where There is No Dentist 6. The Survival Retreat 7. The Encyclopedia of Country Living 8. Back to Basics 9. The Firefox Books 10. 5 Acres and Independence: A Handbook for Small Farm Management 11. Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills & Wilderness Survival 12. Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them 13. The Ultimate Guide to Wilderness Survival 14. The Survival Handbook 15. When All Hell Breaks Loose Photo Credits: The SurvivalCache Crew Brunton Loksak “The Future Belongs to Those Who Prepare” Other interesting articles: Survival Gear Review: Personal Solar Light (PSL) "Survival Gear Review" : Henry US Survival AR-7 Rifle Survival Gear Review: Trucker’s Friend Survival Gear Review: Valkyrie War Cord Survival Frag

Apex thermal imaging adds new models for 2017!

Apex thermal imaging adds new models for 2017!

Apex thermal riflescopes from Pulsar offers four all new, upgraded models for 2017: Apex XQ38 (PL76417), Apex LRF XQ38 (PL76419), Apex XQ50 (PL76427) and Apex LRF XQ50 (PL76429). Featuring improved high-resolution displays and new LRF models, the Apex series continues to deliver quality thermal imaging at down-to-earth pricing for the masses. Detecting heat signatures up to 1,420 yards away at both day and night, the Apex XQ38 displays thermal images from its 384×288 resolution, 17µm pixel pitch core on a high-quality 640×480 AMOLED display. Continuous and stepped zoom allow shooters to zoom in on targets at .1x increments or use quick 2x, 3x or 4x stepped zoom. After listening to feedback from users in the field, a new LRF XQ38 model was added to the Apex lineup, enabling shooters to acquire precise target distances with a built-in laser rangefinder up to over 1,000 yards away. Both XQ38 models feature variable 2.2-8.8x magnification and 32mm objective lenses. Perfect for long-distance shooters, new Apex XQ50 2.8-11.2×42 models boast an impressive heat detection range of up to 1,750 yards. The LRF XQ50 includes the same, accurate built-in laser rangefinder for gauging precise distances. All Apex riflescopes feature proprietary Picture-in-Picture digital zoom, letting shooters maintain a wild FOV while placing precise shots with confidence, 10 electronic reticles and 3 rifle profiles with 3 zeros per profile. Two CR123A batteries help the Apex achieve a 4.5 hour battery life (with video out off). Included with all Apex thermals are: 2x CR123A, video/power cable, wireless remote control, weaver/picatinny mount, cleaning cloth, carrying case and hex wrench. Visit Facebook , Twitter , Instagram and YouTube to learn more about Pulsar® products. About Pulsar Every Pulsar device is designed, manufactured and tested to ensure demanding professionals receive the most reliable, most advanced thermal and digital night vision performance the industry has to offer. The result of Pulsar’s commitment to industry-leading excellence is consistent world-class quality, precision engineering, seamless device operation and cutting-edge proprietary software. Pulsar produces an array of advanced optical devices designed for law enforcement, security, home defense and hunting applications, including thermal imaging and digital night vision monoculars and riflescopes, night vision binoculars and goggles, rangefinders, IR flashlights and related accessories. To learn more about Pulsar, visit www.pulsarnv.com . For media requests related to Pulsar, please email mediarelations@pulsarnv.com or call 817-225-0310.

Reloading Ammo: Dangerous Game Loads Part II

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d85ac380_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d85ac380_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Big-bore rifles need not be fed on dangerous game loads alone. With the right components, cartridges can be tailored to chase after a variety of game. When you have decided that a big-bore rifle is for you, and you’ve ironed out your dangerous game loads for hunting purposes, there’s still more fun to be had. We are all aware of the fantastic reputation of the .375 with 300-grain bullets, the .416s and .404 with 400-grain bullets, and the various .458s with their 480 and 500-grain bullets. But there are ways to extend the versatility of those big guns, so you can spend more time afield with them. We hunters, generally speaking, don’t get as much time as we’d like to use a true big bore rifle. And, as much as I love the rifles chambered to 6mm through .30 caliber (they definitely get the lion’s share of the time afield), I have a love of big guns, from .375 and up. Related GunDigest Articles Reloading Ammo: Dangerous Game Loads — Part I Reloading: How To Load Dangerous Game Ammo Reloading Ammo: Shaping Up Loads through Gunpowder Structure As handloaders, we can extend the versatility of the big guns, so we can hunt with them more often. There are many specialty bullets on the market that can do just that. Cutting Edge Bullets from Pennsylvania comes quickly to mind. Their Safari Raptor bullets are constructed of brass, lathe turned and feature a deep hollowpoint. Like other monometal bullets, they are easily produced in light-for-caliber weights, and can offer an increase in velocity and a reduction on recoil. This is a great combination for lighter game, especially if you want to use your big bore for elk, moose or bears.

AR-18: ArmaLites Other Black Rifle

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f377305d0545_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f377305d0545_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The AR-18 was designed for manufacture by unskilled labor. Made mostly of stamped metal, the number of machining operations were minimized. Author photo Known for their development of the famed AR-15, Armalite's AR-18 was another important tactical trendsetter in the black rifle space. Evolution of the AR-18 In the early ’50s, Eugene Stoner worked on the 7.62 x 51mm AR-10 rifle, and after several years of revision, in 1956-57, the rifle was offered up as Armalite’s entry into the U.S. military’s trials to replace the M1 Garand as the standard service rifle. Stoner’s AR-10 went up against the FN FAL (dubbed the T-48 in trials) and the M-14 (dubbed the T-44) in a competition to provide the U.S. with the “rifle of the future.” The AR-10 was not selected, so ArmaLite licked their wounds and moved on to continue designing cutting-edge firearms using state-of-the art materials (plastics, polymers, titanium and Stellite) when other manufacturers were still dealing in steel and wood. In 1956, Stoner was also working on a new lightweight rifle, the AR-15, which fired the 5.56mm/.223 round that the U.S. and NATO were exploring. This rifle was eventually adopted by the military, beginning with the U.S. Air Force in 1961, and became the standard military rifle. At the same time he was working on the AR-15, Stoner collaborated with ArmaLite engineer Arthur Miller on a lightweight, easy to manufacture rifle to be shopped to U.S. allies whose armed forces couldn’t afford the expensive AR-10. The AR-16 was, for all intents and purposes, an experiment. It was made of sheet metal stampings and on machinery that was not expensive and could be operated by indigenous personnel in developing nations. The folding stock of the AR-18 is difficult to replace, so the author used a FAL-style folder on his rifle. Author photo The rifle was designed to have only a few machined and milled parts, including the barrel, bolt and carrier, and flash hider. Surprisingly, this rifle wasn’t intended to supplant the U.S. military’s M-14 rifles, but rather, it was designed to be a cheap and easy to manufacture rifle to support Asian, African and South American allies in the battle against communism. Unfortunately, the rifle didn’t really make it past the prototype stage, but the lessons learned in its design and construction would be used in ArmaLite’s next automatic rifle, the AR-18. Related GunDigest Articles The New FN 15 Tactical .300 BLK Rifle New Rifle: Mossberg MMR Tactical Vortex Red/Green Dot Combo Gallery: Hot New AR Optics To Add Functionality To Your Rifle The AR-18 was designed and patented after Stoner’s departure from ArmaLite, but it still bore some design elements from his previous AR-10, AR-15 and AR-16 offerings. Arthur Miller, who worked on the AR-16 project with Stoner, along with two other engineers named George Sullivan and Charles Dorchester, began, in 1962, to design a new AR-16. It would be in a 5.56mm format and easy for unskilled labor to manufacture. Miller and his team took the lessons learned from the AR-16 and put them into practice with the AR-18 design. Again, it was made largely of stamped metal, and the number of forging and machining operations required for manufacture were minimized. When the rifle debuted in 1964, it was a pretty neat offering—shorter than the AR-15, with an 18-inch barrel instead of the 20-inch AR-15. It also had a clever side-folding stock that made vehicle transport much easier than carrying a full-sized rifle. Unfortunately, by the time it was released, the U.S. was entrenched in the Vietnam Conflict and had little to no desire to adopt the new AR-18, although they did test a few. It didn’t seem like too many other nations wanted the new rifle either. Production was started in 1967 on the rifle based on some limited orders at the Howa factory in Japan (ArmaLite at the time was more of a design and prototype company, not a manufacturing facility), and even this was problematic. The Japanese government forbade the shipment of weapons to nations actively involved in the war in Southeast Asia. As a result, production was moved to Costa Mesa, Calif.

Summary

It’s hard to personally try out all the handguns in a certain category when you shop for one, and therefore going through as many handgun reviews as possible is always highly recommended before you reach a decision. But since you can’t really go through all the reviews out there and even if you could, you can’t trust them all in an equal manner, some kind of prioritizing is still necessary. We’ve put together some general information that you need to consider before making a purchase, both about handguns in general and about specific qualities you need to look for in a firearm.