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The list of options for those seeking a good handgun for concealed carry is a long one.  Friends suggest one gun, the guy at the gun shop another.  Deciding for yourself really is just that: decide for yourself.

Kahr CM 45: Affordable and American Made

Kahr CM 45: Affordable and American MadeThe list of options for those seeking a good handgun for concealed carry is a long one.  Friends suggest one gun, the guy at the gun shop another.  Deciding for yourself really is just that: decide for yourself.  Hammer or striker fired, external safety or not, single or double action and any combination of those  you could imagine.  This article isn’t meant to tell you which one is the best for you, just help you make a more informed decision. The list of options for those seeking a good handgun for concealed carry is a long one.  Friends suggest one gun, the guy at the gun shop another.  Deciding for yourself really is just that: decide for yourself.  Hammer or striker fired, external safety or not, single or double action and any combination of those  you could imagine.  This article isn’t meant to tell you which one is the best for you, just help you make a more informed decision. Kahr Arms is an American company that makes two lines of handguns, one of which is their value line which is where the CM 45 can be found.  These are affordable guns, not cheap ones.  By reducing the amount of time spent machining prettiness into the slide, and using mim parts where stress isn’t a concern such as the slide stop, Kahr Arms is able to make guns like the CM 45 in the Unites States and still have them sell for around $350.  The engineering is the same as their higher-end line, but the manufacturing has been simplified.  One place that no sacrifice is made is the trigger.  Personally I’m not a big fan of double-action only triggers, but Kahr has changed that.  The trigger on these guns glides nicely through the shot with not appreciable stacking, grinding, or stages that one might expect from a double action. The model tested was the CM 45, but they make other configurations as well.  The specifications seen below are directly from the Kahr website. Specifications Comparison (.45 ACP Polymer Frame Models) Model TP45 CW45 P45 PM45 CM45 Caliber .45 ACP Capacity 7+1 6+1 6+1 5+1 5+1 Operation Trigger cocking DAO; lock breech; “Browning – type” recoil lug; passive striker block; no magazine disconnect Barrel 4.04″, polygonal rifling, 1 – 16.38 right-hand twist 3.64″, conventional rifling, 1 – 16.38 right-hand twist 3.54″, polygonal rifling, 1 – 16.38 right-hand twist 3.24″, polygonal rifling, 1 – 16.38 right-hand twist 3.24″, conventional rifling; 1 – 16.38 right-hand twist Length O/A 6.57″ 6.32″ 6.07″ 5.79″ 5.79″ Height 5.25″ 4.8″ 4.8″ 4.49″ 4.49″ Slide Width 1.01″ Weight Pistol 20.8 oz., Magazine 2.4 oz. Pistol 19.7 oz., Magazine 2 oz. Pistol 18.5 oz., Magazine 2 oz. Pistol 17.3 oz., Magazine 2 oz. Pistol 17.3 oz., Magazine 2 oz. Grips Textured polymer Sights Drift adjustable, white bar-dot combat sights TP4543N: Rear low profile 2-dot tritium sight, front tritium sight Drift adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight, pinned in polymer front sight Drift adjustable, white bar-dot combat sights (tritium night sights optional) Drift adjustable, white bar-dot combat sights (tritium night sights optional) Drift adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight, pinned in polymer front sight Finish Black polymer frame, matte stainless steel slide Black polymer frame, matte stainless steel slide Black polymer frame, matte stainless steel slide (KP4543), matte blackened stainless steel slide (KP4544) Black polymer frame, matte stainless steel slide (PM4543) , Black polymer frame, matte blackened stainless steel slide (PM4544) Black polymer frame, matte stainless steel slide Magazines 3 – 7 rd, Stainless 1 – 6 rd, Stainless 3 – 6 rd, Stainless 3 – 5 rd, Stainless 1 – 5 rd, Stainless To see the Kahr CM 45 in a table-top review format watch the video below:

Top 6 Best Survival Gloves: Reviews, Buying Guide

Top 6 Best Survival Gloves: Reviews, Buying Guide

Another commonly overlooked piece of gear is a reliable pair of survival gloves. A good pair of gloves will help to keep your hands functional through various types of weather and possible damage so you can perform repairs, protect yourself, or do whatever it takes to stay safe. Took a little time for my gloves to break in, felt a bit stiff initially but over time they feel great. A good pair might need a little attention before the fit is ideal. Let’s see if we can help you to decide which pair to go with as we take a look at the best survival gloves available today. Quick Navigation Best Survival Gloves: My Top 6 Picks 1. 5.11 Tactical TacLite2 Glove (Best Overall Survival Gloves) 2. Ironclad Tactical Operator Pro Glove (Best Budget Survival Gloves) 3. Hatch Resister Glove with Kevlar (Best Grip in My Experience) 4. Wiley X Combat Assault Gloves (Best Shooting Gloves) 5. Mechanix Wear M-Pact Impact-Resistant Gloves (Best Runner-Up) 6. BlackHawk ECW2 Winter Operations Gloves (Best Cold Climate Tactical Gloves) How to Choose? What Makes a Good Tactical/Survival Glove? Durability Comfort Range of Motion Appropriate for Local Biome Other Questions about Tactical Survival Gloves Verdict "Best Survival Gloves" : My Top 6 Picks Here are my picks summarized: GLOVES DETAILS #1 Recommended #1 Recommended 5.11 Tactical Taclite 2 Flame and damage resistant High level of flexibility Good grip. Ideal item to store in a bug out bag Check Price on Amazon.com Ironclad EXOT-PBLK-02-S Very affordable price point Lightweight and thin so they are easy to carry Fitting and durability is tight. Check Price on Amazon.com Hatch RFK300 Cut-Resistant Very durable due to Kevlar reinforcement Reliable grip Huge range of motion allows for all kinds of tasks Check Price on Amazon.com 1. 5.11 Tactical TacLite2 Glove ( "Best Overall Survival" Gloves) See Price on Amazon A recurring factor you will see with which I favor will be just how versatile the item is. The 5.11 Tactical TacLite2 Glove hits the mark as best overall in the sense that it is durable, flexible, and useful in a wide variety of tasks. These gloves are resistant to damage due to the nylon and spandex while possessing a solid grip. Being flame resistant is another factor here that makes the TacLite2 stand out to me as an ideal set of gloves intended for survival situations or tactical use that can also be just as useful for handling chores or repairs. Pros: Flame and damage resistant, useful if needed to wear for strenuous tasks. High level of flexibility allows for a wide range of activities. Good grip with these gloves and lightweight. Ideal item to store in a bug out bag. Cons: Not ideal for colder climates. Mixed reviews indicate that some are released with inferior stitching and have degraded sooner than they should have. Lack of any reinforcement in the gloves means only moderate damage protection available. If you want a pair of survival gloves with additional protection then these are not ideal. Consumer Sentiment: The majority of users seem quite satisfied with the gloves but there is no ignoring that some users have shared that their gloves arrived with compromised stitching and fail earlier than expected. Perhaps they had a bad batch made it through or had a minor quality assurance error. 5.11 Tactical Taclite 2 Glove A Must Buy Item. Built To Last. See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 10:28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API 2. "Ironclad Tactical Operator" Pro Glove ( "Best Budget Survival" Gloves) See Price on Amazon If you’re building your kit on a minimal budget then the Ironclad Tactical Operator Pro Gloves need to be on your radar. Not the best of the best by far here but gets the job more than done at a surprisingly low cost. Protection for your hands in a survival situation provided at a low cost is a solid investment even as a backup pair of gloves. The construction of these gloves allows them to be lightweight while providing a moderate degree of protection for your hands. Pros: Very affordable price point makes them great for the prepper on a budget, as back up gloves, or for repairs and chore use. Lightweight and thin so they are easy to carry. Also easy to equip quickly and speed can matter in a worst case scenario. Fitting and durability allow for them to be used for a variety of activities. Cons: Some users have complained that the gloves were ideal for their hand size and were not flexible enough to adapt. Perhaps not a great choice for those with larger hands. Lower quality and lower durability than the other gloves listed here. We know by now that when it comes to preparation and survival gear we get what we pay for but at times we also get whatever we can pay for at the moment. Thinner construction means that these gloves will not suffice as primary gloves in colder climates. Consumer Sentiment: This budget option for tactical gloves seems best used as starter gloves for a budget kit or as a back-up pair of gloves to keep handy in a bug out bag or with other gear. It’s more than fair for the price and will serve your needs, just don’t be surprised if you are hard on them and they fail sooner than you would like. Ironclad EXOT-PBLK-02-S Tactical Operator Pro Glove, Stealth Black, Small Hand safety - Neoprene knuckle feature provides impact and abrasion protection across the knuckles Sweat management feature - Terry cloth sweat wipe conveniently located on the back of the thumb... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 10:38 / Affiliate links / Images from "Amazon Product Advertising" API 3. "Hatch Resister Glove" with Kevlar (Best Grip in My Experience) See Price on Amazon My experience with the Hatch Resister Gloves has been very solid over time. Initially I had my doubts as they felt stiff and I was unused to them but over time as they broke in I could hardly tell I was wearing gloves except for when they would protect my hands. There’s a reason that so many law enforcement and armed forces have utilized Kevlar as a defensive component and these gloves are no exception. I have yet to really do any serious damage to these gloves as of yet. Pros: Very durable and resistant to damage due to Kevlar reinforcement Reliable grip that I’ve used for shooting and climbing very effectively. Huge range of motion allows for all kinds of tasks to be completed while wearing these gloves. Adaptability is always a huge factor when choosing survival gear. Cons: Thinner construction means these gloves will not protect you in colder temperatures. They could go up the wrist a bit further. I have found myself tugging at the wrist cuff a bit. These gloves need some breaking in. You cannot buy these fresh, store them immediately, and then count on them to perform perfectly in a survival situation. Work them in for ideal results. Consumer Sentiment: Finding complaints on these ones is challenging as the majority of users love these gloves for the shooting range, working outdoors, and much more. Once broken in, these gloves make for a great addition to a prepper kit and are surprisingly affordable considering the value offered. Hatch RFK300 Cut-Resistant Glove with Kevlar Size XL Premium leather shell Wrist length elasticized cuff See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 10:38 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API 4. Wiley X "Combat Assault Gloves" ( "Best Shooting Gloves" ) See Price on Amazon Here’s another quality tactical glove that incorporates Kevlar in the construction in order to offer superior durability and value. High level of grip and protection offered for these gloves help to make them ideal for shooting and combat situations, as per the name. Any glove that helps me to better grip while shooting also contributes to gun safety, in my opinion. Pros: Kevlar reinforced design allows for enhanced durability and hand protection. If dealing with hostiles I would imagine these could add some serious damage to a punch as well. Construction of these gloves gives the user a superior grip. Losing your weapons or tools in a survival situation can be disastrous. Surprisingly lightweight so these gloves will not add too much weight to a tactical belt , harness, or bug out bag. Cons: Limited protection against colder temperatures. I would not rely on these as my primary gloves if I had to retreat to colder climates. Higher price point than many other comparable products, likely due to the use of the Kevlar. Some customers have reported questionable sewing on their purchases. Consumer Sentiment: The vast majority of Wiley X Combat Assault Gloves customers seem to love the product and have no complaints. Some have reported inferior sewing jobs but we all know that no company is perfect. My thought is that gloves shine brightest on the range and in combat situations but would serve just fine for survival purposes. Wiley X Hybrid Gloves Foliage Green Large G242LA Miscellaneous Items See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 10:38 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API 5. Mechanix Wear M-Pact Impact-Resistant Gloves (Best Runner-Up) See Price on Amazon The Mechanix Wear M-Pact Impact-Resistant Gloves is my choice for Best Runner Up due to the nice balance of durability, adaptability, and affordability. These gloves are surprisingly durable considering how lightweight and thin they feel. Another great addition to a prepper kit being built on a budget or as another backup pair of gloves. Pros: The level of durability will have these gloves lasting well beyond your average pair of work gloves. Any gear intended for survival purposes needs to last for extended periods of time. The fact that these gloves are so light makes them easy to carry and equip quickly when needed. They wick moisture well so your hands can stay dry and prevent your grip from being compromised. Cons: The lightweight construction means that these gloves will not be as durable as other survival or tactical gloves available on the market. The velcro tends to lose its adhesive capability over time which allows the wrist cuff to come undone. The slim fit of the gloves will mean that those with larger hands may not find them to be an appropriate fit. Consumer Sentiment: Many users of these gloves beyond survivalists and preppers tend to leave positive reviews. The lightweight design allows for adaptability and flexibility which can be useful for a wide variety of tasks such as repairs, camping, chores, and more. Mechanix Wear Size 11 Black And Gray M-Pact Synthetic Leather And TrekDry... Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) knuckle guard and full-length fingertip protection reduce the risk of... Dual-layer internal fingertip reinforces the index finger and thumb for added durability. See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 10:38 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API 6. BlackHawk ECW2 "Winter Operations Gloves" (Best "Cold Climate Tactical" Gloves) See Price on Amazon Those of us that have spent time in colder climates know that all the gloves listed above just will not cut it when the temperature really gets low so I thought we should also bring up my top choice for cold climate tactical gloves. The Blackhawk stands out to me for a variety of reasons but the most relevant being that they will protect your hands in extreme cold while also allowing for the flexibility to shoot, climb, or do whatever you need to. Pros: Ideal glove construction for extremely low temperatures. I would consider these I must have for any prepper or survivalist who needs to be ready for the lower temperatures. High quality materials and design allow for enhanced durability with these gloves. I’ve endured some Michigan winters where not having effective gloves could mean serious trouble. Surprising level of flexibility and adaptability allows these gloves to be useful for a wide variety of tasks as well as keeping your hands safe from the elements. Cons: Bulkier construction in fitting of these gloves means that they won’t be quite as flexible as others on the market. There is a limit to the cold temperatures that these gloves can protect you from, approximately -20 degrees. There are reports that some of the sizing may not be ideal and that the fingers of the gloves can be a little shorter than anticipated. Consumer Sentiment: The overwhelming positive response that users had regarding these gloves goes to further confirm that they are a solid investment for any survivalist or prepper building their kit for colder climates. I’ve been stranded in sub-zero temperature for over 13 hours without the proper gear at hand before so I can personally testify just how much of a difference being prepared for the cold can be. BLACKHAWK Men's ECW2 Winter Operations Gloves (Black, Large) Quality tested in the field, made of quality materials Built to withstand the toughest Terrain and environments See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 10:58 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API How to Choose? What Makes a Good Tactical/Survival Glove? Keeping our hands protected is very important in normal times, in a survival situation it becomes all the more important to ensure that we can rely on that particular piece of gear. In order to make the best gear selection we need to take the time to learn just what factors we need to prioritize in a good pair of survival/tactical gloves. Here are some factors I consider when selecting a pair of survival/tactical/gloves: Durability Keep in mind that many gloves may claim to be survival-oriented and look good but we must consider how long the gloves will stay intact and functional. Good looks don’t matter if the gloves begint to fall apart when you need them most. Comfort If these gloves are to be worn for extended periods of time then it becomes vital to consider how they feel on your hands. After breaking in my own gloves I started to forget I was wearing gloves at times as they were just not registering on my mind at times. It helps me to focus more on a task at hand. A divided focus could be the end in a survival situation or emergency. Range of Motion Consider what kinds of activities you intend to perform while wearing these gloves and whether or not these gloves allow you to perform those actions easily enough and quickly enough. Good survival gear choices should help us, not hinder us. Appropriate for Local Biome If you are in colder climates it would be foolish not take temperature into consideration and make sure to pick tactical gloves that are made to keep hands warm. Fortunately for me, I’m no longer in cold climates so I get to enjoy using my Hatch Resisters. And of the flip side, warmer climates mean you can choose tactical gloves without fingers or just breathe better if you want. Other Questions about " "Tactical Survival Glove" s" Q: How durable are the gloves? A: The construction and durability of your survival gloves are a huge factor to keep in mind as it is important to keep all your gear as functional as possible for as long as possible. Observe just what materials the gloves are made out of and what the reviews are in regards to the stitching and construction of the gloves to help determine whether or not they’re strong enough for your needs. Q: Why can’t I just use normal outdoor gloves in place of tactical or survival gloves? A: Proper tactical and survival gloves are constructed using superior materials and design than your average work gloves. Average work gloves will deteriorate sooner than they should and might not allow for ideal grips and protection that is required in survival situations. Q: Are there uses for these gloves beyond survival situations? A: You will be pleasantly surprised to find that a good pair of survival gloves are useful for more than just sitting in a bug out bag or prepper kit. I’ve personally used mine for outdoor work, repairs, and roof inspections. Many users report using their gloves for landscaping, construction, and much more. Verdict In conclusion, I tend to lean towards products that provide factors such as durability, adaptability, and flexibility so it should come as no surprise that my first choice for the best survival gloves would be the 5.11 Tactical Taclite2 Glove . For those who will have to endure colder temperatures and potential survival situations I stand by my recommendation for the Blackhawk ECW2 Winter Operations Gloves . Special mention for the Hatch Resisters who have served me so well. Ultimately it is always up to the individual to be responsible enough to perform their due diligence and assess just which items are ideal for their prepper kit and survival gear stash. Other interesting articles: AR Pistol Optic Buying Guide: Reviews, How to Choose? Best Survival Boots: Buying Guide, Need To Knows in 2020 Best Survival Blanket: Top Picks, Why Use One, Buying Guide Best Survival Watch for 2020: Top 6 Picks, Buying Guide

Moultrie A-5 Digital Game Camera Review

Moultrie A-5 Digital Game Camera Review

Moultrie A5 Low Glow Game Camera 5.0 megapixel Low Glow infrared game camera 50-ft nighttime illumination range (AKA flash range) Long-Range 850nm IR LED Infrared Moon phase, time, date and camera ID stamp Picture delay 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, & 5 minutes Check Price Summary: Not a bad camera, but has its good and bad days. This basic game camera from Moultrie offers a 5.0 megapixel resolution, video, infrared nighttime options and some other great options. I recently purchased two and set them up in the backwoods during the end of the 2014 deer season. They were a lot of fun, but I also had some issues to be aware of. All in all this is a decent camera for the price, while giving the hunter the edge they were looking for. PROS Great battery life – can run 2 months Good trigger sensitivity Offers infrared, a must Optional power port Python cable compatible for durable placement Offers video, even on infrared CONS Animals can hear and see it turn on Slow trigger time on moving targets Unable to capture targets too frequently One of the two I bought needed a tech-support walk-through to get it working My Moultrie A-5 Review and Experience After harvesting my personal limit on our property I set up two of these from December until mid-February. Apparently quite a lot goes on down there when I’m not there. Some of the best shots you will see alongside my review here in this article. However, I had some trouble with these. Photo Quality At 5.0 megapixels the resolution is not bad, unless the sun is right on the lens. Keep this in mind for areas that see mostly dusk and evening movements – don’t point it at the sunset. The photos also have the time, moon phase and date stamped on the bottom. These aren’t going to be images you will frame but they will get you what you need – confirmation of target and time. The infrared images are not bad either. I could always identify individual bucks. I could also identify some of the bigger does with a bit more character to their shape, or blotches and scars on their hides. What I could not always do was see individual tines and get an accurate count of those. It bothered me, but most racks were different enough that I could get the gist of who was who. The video quality is fairly good. The animals appear lifelike and their movement seems natural. The trigger timing seemed slow on videos because most targets were center of frame. If a creature is moving side to side, the camera leaves you with about five seconds of blank screen after sometimes just seeing a rump. In our state we can bait on private land, so I had the fortune of causing most animals to stop. While you are supposed to put these facing down a trail, not along, trophy bucks just don’t follow those rules. I have two major gripes about the snapping of images with this device. In many videos the deer look right at the camera. They can hear it turn on, and so could I when I walked by during testing. In many videos the larger, older does bob and weave their heads trying to get a fix. This leaves me doubtful about what I call the “spook factor” and smart stealthy bucks being let on to your presence is a bad thing. However, this fox didn’t seem to care at all and had a nightly routine of marking the corn pile, sometimes eating a few pieces. Deer would come in right before and after too, and that gave me the inspiration to try fox cover scent next year…why wouldn’t you feel safe around the slickest creature in the woods? Also during testing, when I would walk by, there were several times it didn’t snap at all. I actually waited two, five, and eleven minutes at times, just to prove my point – that this device was missing shots. I later looked at one-minute-interval image collections in order. It was obvious that some series seemed to be missing movements when groups of animals would be hanging out – suddenly I would have a photo with six raccoons spread out about ten feet from each other munching on corn. How six of them all got comfortable during the 1.5 second trigger speed was beyond me, but it was consistent with groups of beavers and deer as well. Suddenly there would be five deer, heads down, munching my corn that I spread out for them. Not sure how they got comfy in 1.5 seconds either. The most telling situation was when the first photo did not snap until a beaver had mowed over a sapling and it started to fall. Placement These are easy to place with a simple plastic clamp and strap. You can also use the popular Python straps on this device as well. I don’t see the need, but it is nice for those who do. If you need to angle it downward, just place stick behind the top and in between the tree, then tighten it. There is a bottom plate for attaching to stands or tripods. It seems universal as it worked on my camera tripod. That can be a lot of fun since not every spot has a good tree. Down in thick scrub, or out on a juniper flat is a great spot to use this option. These take four C sized batteries so they can be a bit heavy. I strap them to my waist using the tree straps and then walk them in without a pack or anything. Durability This thing is tough. It has a thick walled shell with solid clamps. The seals and gaskets are top-notch. Just holding it tells you that it is durable enough to take a beating, I’m not even slightly concerned about weather damaging it or getting inside. Customer Service Unfortunately I had to call them. Fortunately they were awesome, nice, friendly and quick about helping. I mentioned I bought two cameras, and I think that really helped this review’s non-bias. Sometimes a product is just a dud, sometimes the whole line has issues. The technician I talked to indicated the latter – that the Moultrie A-5 is “touchy” as she said. I had one camera snapping away happily all day long, and another just down the trail giving me nothing. Corn would disappear, new tracks and sign would be all over, but it wouldn’t show me anything. She seemed to have a flow-chart of issues in front of her as she narrowed it down. I would go to the camera sites and shut the cam off. I would remove my labeled memory cards. Then after viewing images and saving the ones I wanted to track, I deleted the data on the memory card at the computer. Then I walked each card back to the same camera it came out of, turned it on, tested it, set it to take shots, and left. Mind you, I treated both cameras exactly the same, but here is what fixed it on the one that chose to malfunction: Insert the card, turn the cam to setup, select “delete images”, problem fixed. It was just frustrating that the other camera seemed to realize this was pointless, the camera has no built in memory, and it hadn’t taken any shots so it’s not like it reached a cap or anything. It just needed to have that done, so now I do it to both every time. Conclusion It takes pictures and videos, is durable, gives you night-time insight, and has a long battery life. It can be touchy and cause you issues. It offers some versatile traits, like the tripod mount. It has a pretty long motion detection range. The resolution is adequate for just about any hunter. I really don’t like giving something low marks, but at the same time I really don’t like seeing people pick the wrong thing. I would hate for Moultrie to read this and think I am bashing them, I’m just sharing my experiences here, and those were very frustrating. The positive points were that they are easy to work with, this is an entry-level game cam, and many of their other products receive high marks – I just wish I had one of those instead. Photos Moultrie

Red Rock Slings: Traditional Versus Tactical

Red Rock Slings: Traditional Versus Tactical

Regardless of whether you are a hunter , soldier, or shooting enthusiast you can benefit from a sling. Slings can provide relief while on long movements, create a more stable shooting platform , or provide a tactical advantage in a firefight. As with most weapon accessories, the market for slings is absolutely saturated. The two slings that we will be looking at today are: D1 Rapid-Fit tactical sling, and the Universal sling from Red Rock Outdoor Gear. As mentioned in the Red Rock Summit article, Red Rock produces tactical/practical gear for police, firefighters/first-responders, military, hunters, survivalist, and outdoor enthusiasts. Their product line includes: Mavrik (customizable packs and weapons cases), netting (camouflage), ghillie suits, rifle slings, backpacks, sling packs & bags, hydration packs, conceal carry bags, first-aid, survival, and MOLLE attachments. So how do you decide what kind of sling works for you? How, and why you are using your weapon should dictate the type of sling you need. If you are moving through close-quarters and need to transition from your rifle to another weapon, or piece of gear, an on-the-fly adjustable sling would work well. Conversely, if you are hunting deer and simply need something to allow you to shoulder carry your weapon, a traditional non-adjusting sling would be ideal. Universal Sling Slide buckle re-sizer 1 1/4″ flat nylon webbing Used as a 1-point or 2-point sling Synthetic material is weather resistant Built-in hooks for fast attachment MSRP $19 The universal sling is something that I would put on my deer, or bird gun . Once adjusted to my specifications the sling stays in that position. I can shoulder carry my weapon as I walk to my blind, and I can use the sling to assist with long shots. The hooks that are built onto this sling are a little larger than I typically like, but didn’t interfere with the operation(s) of my weapons. With this sling you can easily remove their hooks and customize it the way you want. If you are looking for a simple, traditional sling, this is it. D1 Rapid-Fit Sling Stainless steel hooks Rapid re-sizer (adjust sling on the go) Quick-release buckle 2″ elastic webbing (portion of sling on shoulder and back) Adjustable from 40″ to 57″ MSRP $60 The D1 Rapid-Fit sling is something that I would put on my M4. The rapid-adjustment makes it easy for me to secure my weapon tight against my body when I need my hands free. The elastic webbing provides comfort and the ability to stretch the weapon an additional inch or two. This can come in handy if you are leaning around something and need to punch out the weapon, or for a barrel check (the act of striking someone with your barrel tip). Whether you need tactical, or simple, there is a Red Rock sling for you to consider. In total, Red Rock has eight different slings to compare. Most of the slings are also offered in black, tan, or OD green. Remember to select the sling that is appropriate to the task that you are performing. Personally, I am a huge fan of simplicity when it comes to my kit. I tend to be in the “ less is more” category. Nowadays, I find myself doing more hunting than tactical shooting, and because of this I found myself favoring the Universal sling. Although, the elastic webbing on the D1 Rapid-Fit added comfort, it didn’t complement how I shoulder carry my bird/deer guns. However, if you front-carry your weapon (like down-range), then the D1 Rapid-Fit will work well for you. Regardless, take a look at all the slings available from Red Rock before making your decision to purchase a sling. The D1 Rapid-Fit, or Universal Slings can be found at Red Rock . Robert McCartney served with the 2nd Ranger Battalion from 2003-2007 where he deployed four times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. He attended Jump school, Ranger school and has served as a riflemen progressing to a team leader. After leaving the Military Robert became a Customs and Border Protection Officer, working at both Seaports and Airports. During his time at CBP he has been utilized as a Range Safety Officer and K9 Handler. When not spending time with his wife and kids, Robert spends his time bowhunting in Washington State. (Instagram: robert.mccartney) Read more at loadoutroom.com

Gun Digest Interview with John Linebaugh

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379cd201117_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379cd201117_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } John Linebaugh turned the big bore revolver world upside down in 1986 when he introduced his .500 Linebaugh five-shot revolver and the .500 Linebaugh cartridge. At a time when handgun and ammunition makers were loading brass to the max, trying to see just how fast and far they could push a bullet, Linebaugh went old school. He built a revolver around the concept that a large bullet pushed at considerably less than “magnum” velocities would actually be a better hunting round, with less recoil and therefore better accuracy, with equal or better penetration. Now 57, Linebaugh shows no signs of slowing down. Working from his home-based shop outside of Cody, Wyoming, he runs a one-man operation making various handguns for hunters, collectors and all-around handgun shooters. Recently, he finished big bore revolver Number 1,000. So what sparked your interest in big-bore handguns and creating your own? I moved to Wyoming in 1976. In the early 1980s, they legalized handgun hunting for big game. We couldn’t get the .454 Casull—it wasn’t in production yet—but I knew about it and the cartridge. So I started building my own guns on Dick Casull’s round. We used Abilene and Seville .45 Colt frames and some Rugers. I think we built 20 to 30 of those. We made our own .454 ammunition, too. From there, I began tinkering with bigger caliber bullets, an effort that eventually became the .500 Linebaugh. But why create a new handgun at all? The .44 Remington Magnum had been around since the 1950’s. Why not just use that? The .44 Magnum is like a small V-8. What’s wrong with it? Nothing. It’s a small block Chevy. Going up and down the road, it’s fine. But you put a trailer on it? It can’t do it. Can’t do what? From the shooting and testing I did, I found the .45 Colt, even though it has a lot less velocity, would outperform the .44 Magnum. Now, you plug the numbers in from the ballistics tables and mathematical models, and it all comes out in favor of the .44 Mag. But we just couldn’t get it to work on the range or in the field. The problem is, the faster you push a bullet, the faster it decelerates. It builds up a block of air in front of the bullet. Ultimately, less speed creates less resistance, creates more penetration. So with the .45 Colt and the .500 Linebaugh, you have about 25 percent less chamber pressure than the .44 Mag., less recoil and more control. All the testing I’ve done also found deeper penetration than the .44, too. My big bores run best at 1,200 to 1,300 feet per second. After that, you’re just gaining recoil and noise. A trio of John Linebaugh custom sixguns. Sounds like some heavy-duty physics. Learn this in college? I barely got through high school. Never went to college. I’m self-taught—with a great deal of help from some really good people such as Lee Jurras of Super Vel Cartridges, Dick Casull himself, dozens of other men all over the country who’ve been my friends for years and let me ask all sorts of questions and Hamilton Bowen, who is absolutely the greatest six-gun maker in the country today. Did you grow up shooting and hunting? Actually, I grew up in what you’d have to call a “gun-free zone.” My dad’s cousin was hurt in a BB gun accident, and my grandmother refused to have any guns around. I sort of broke the mold. Related GunDigest Articles Gun Digest Store Updates May Affect You Photo Gallery: 20 Semi-Auto Handguns of Gun Digest 2015 Photo Gallery: 14 Amazing Engraved Guns of "Gun Digest 2015" What was your first gun? The first gun I personally owned was a 16-gauge, double-barreled Damascus shotgun. My first six gun was an old three-screw .357 Ruger Blackhawk with a 6 ½-inch barrel. I must’ve been about 15 or so when I got that. So in 1986, the .500 Linebaugh comes out. What was the reaction? It was on the cover of Guns & Ammo. The orders came in and they’ve never stopped. To date, I’ve probably built about 400 of the .500 Linebaughs.

Top 5 Holsters for Ruger American [Complete Buying Guide 2020]

LAST UPDATED: July 14th 2020 GUIDE: Chris Browning Every gunsman needs a good holster to go with his handgun, and if you have the Ruger American then you are probably looking for just the right fit. There are tons of holsters for every type of pistol and revolver, and all it takes is a little effort to find the right one. Fortunately we’ve put in some of that effort for you to compile this list of holsters for the Ruger American. Of course, I would like to start off by showing you my top choice. The Comp-Tac International Holster is an excellent choice. It is OWB and kydex material, and is made with a mounting system. Whether you plan to use it for competition, a day at the range, or simply for everyday use, this holster goes great with the Ruger American. Of course, if you are going to the range, you want to be sure you are prepared for going. 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If you are new to it, however, it can seem intimidating and confusing. Here are a few tips to remember when going to the range. Questions You’ll be Asked When you first get to the range, the check-in staff will most likely ask you the following questions: Have you shot with us before? What are you shooting with? Do you have eye and ear protection ? Do you need ammo? Do you want any extra targets? Cardinal Rules Every firearm owner must know the cardinal rules, but if you’re going to the range then they can be especially helpful to keep in mind. There are four basic rules, which I have listed below. Treat every gun as always loaded. Never put your finger on the trigger unless ready to fire. Never aim the firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot. Point it in a safe direction, or always keep it holstered until ready to aim. Be aware of your surroundings and your target’s as well. Know what is beside, behind, and all around for as far as you can see. Bring Someone Experienced It is a good idea to have someone with you who knows what they are doing. All beginners are required to take a course before getting started at the range, but having a friend or family member around who knows their stuff will help out a lot in both keeping you comfortable and helping you stay safe. Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help There will be a Range Safety Officer (RSO) available, and they are always there to help. Whether you are new or not, you’ll have questions from time to time so don’t be afraid to speak up and ask away! Coming Prepared It’s always a good thing to be prepared. Some tips for what to bring and wear are: Eye and ear protection. Have safety glasses or sunglasses with you, and something to protect your hearing. It can get loud there! Wear a baseball hat. This can help because ejected brass tends to bounce, and without the shielding of a hat it has the potential to get stuck between your glasses and your skin. This can burn because it will still be hot. Have a range bag. If you want to be organized and really ready to go, a range bag will be your best friend. DON’T wear low collars. It’s a similar situation as the hat. Low collars, like V-necks, tend to attract the round if the shooter has a looser grip and sends it backwards. It could go down your shirt, and that will not be a fun experience. Your gun and ammo. If you plan to shoot your own firearm, then you obviously want to bring that along. Most ranges will allow you to bring your ammo as well to use with your own gun, but make sure you check to see if there’s any restrictions. Targets. Most ranges offer one free target so unless you bring your own, you will have to be prepared to pay for extras. A screwdriver. It seems odd, but trust me, it can come in handy! General Range Rules While there are the cardinal rules I listed above, there are also some general range rules to follow as well. Keep these ten things in mind too , and you will be a saint at the range. Observe the 180 degree rule, and remember to point your muzzle in a safe direction or at your target when it is not holstered. Like said in the cardinal rules, all firearms are to remain holstered when not in use. Make sure the magazine is unloaded and the hammer down as well, unless otherwise directed, when the gun is outside the holster. Do not handle your ammo in the “safe handling area.” Do not leave the firing line until you have shown you are clear unloaded to the designated RSO. Never let your gun point at any part of your body. Always safety check any firearm that it is unloaded when giving or receiving one. Always protect your eyes and ears with proper equipment, such as safety glasses and earplugs. Never shoot or handle a gun while under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs. Make sure your weapon is safe before holstering it! Make sure your safety is applied or the hammer is reckoned. Do not leave the range with a holstered gun, but be sure it is packed away safely in a case of some sort. Safety is very important when handling a firearm, and there is no room for horseplay or a lackadaisical attitude. Follow all safety rules, both cardinal and those at your range, and please take care to be mindful of yourself and those around you. Top Choices for Ruger American Now here are some more holster options for the Ruger American to take a look at. 1. Comp- "Tac International Holster" A holster with right and left handed options, this quality piece will assist in the comfort and retention of your firearm. Even as an OWB it is still great for concealment, or open carry, depending on what you prefer and how you wear it. Features OWB Modular mounting system Belt holster, belt drop offset holster, paddle holster and paddle drop offset holster Speed draw (straight drop), FBI cant (grip angle forward), and reverse/ cross draw (grip angle rearward) Kydex Up to 2” belt Pros Great fit Fast draw Paddle configuration easy Durable Cons FBI cant not perfectly aligned May pull holster up a little when drawing Seems a bit loose in retention at times 2. The Ultimate Suede Leather IWB Holster This handmade option is a great choice for that personal touch . It is made in America and is a sturdy and dependable holster. Features Suede leather material Lifetime warranty Strong metal clip Pros Fits well Quality material Comfortable Conceals well Cons Stiff at first Slightly bulky 3. Green & Black USA Flag Kydex outside waistband holster An awesome-looking holster with a patriotic flare , as well as a comfortable and reliable option. Features Custom made Kydex USA flag pattern One year replacement warranty Form fitted to specific gun type Pros Quick draw and easy reholster Molded fit is good Tight fit against body Sturdy Cons May not have finished edges (can see white of holster) Loops can be stiff Loose retention May conceal, but can be bulky 4. Side Holster With an adjustable thumb break and an ambidextrous clip, this holster is a very decent option for many gun owners . It is made in the US, fully lined, and a dependable holster for security and comfort. Features Nylon, fully lined Belt loops on both sides Adjustable thumb break 2” metal clip (can be moved to either side) Pros Security is good (belt clip and loop keeps secure) Material is durable and quality made Cons Bulky (not good for concealed carry) Velcro on both sides isn’t visually appealing Our Top Pick The Comp-Tac International Holster remains our top choice, though the others are great options as well. It is a quality piece and made for comfort and longevity. The modular mounting system is great, and all the options available add a fantastic variety of ways to wear this holster . Our Pick Best Holster for Ruger American Comp-Tac International Holster A holster with right and left handed options, this quality piece will assist in the comfort and retention of your firearm. Even as an OWB it is still great for concealment, or open carry, depending on what you prefer and how you wear it. Check Price Despite some of the minor cons, there isn’t much to complain about when it comes to this holster. They are all minor, and most can be lived with and do not interfere with the functionality or overall quality of the product. Now that you’ve had a chance to take a look, what is your favorite holster for the Ruger American ? Is it on this list or did you find another? Let us know! Have a range story or tips to share? Tell us those too. As always, we appreciate you taking the time to read, and we hope this has helped you narrow down your options and ultimately brought you to a conclusion. Related Reads: Ruger LCR Pocket Holsters Pocket Holsters For Ruger LC9S Concealed Carry Holsters For Ruger 1911 Springfield XD Mod 2 Holsters Best Holster For Ruger GP-100 Ruger Mini-14 Ruger P345 "Concealed Carry Holster" For The Ruger LCP 380 Best Concealed Carry Holster For Ruger P345 Ruger GP 100 2.7/5 (15 Reviews) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply

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The list of options for those seeking a good handgun for concealed carry is a long one.  Friends suggest one gun, the guy at the gun shop another.  Deciding for yourself really is just that: decide for yourself.