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It is no secret that I am a fan of Safariland . Their products are always at the cutting edge of development and they keep moving the edge forward. Their latest concept , the Equipment-Locking System, has been a big hit in the competitive shooting world.

Safariland ELS Duty Belt System: Modular Flexibility for Duty and Competition

Safariland ELS Duty Belt System: Modular Flexibility for Duty and CompetitionIt is no secret that I am a fan of Safariland . Their products are always at the cutting edge of development and they keep moving the edge forward. Their latest concept , the Equipment-Locking System, has been a big hit in the competitive shooting world. They are now taking this proven design into duty gear and incorporating their great duty holsters. The Safariland QAS Duty Belt is 2.25″ wide and is specifically designed to interface with the Safariland Equipment-Locking System (ELS). The pre-cut holes run the length of the belt to allow attachment of ELS 35 receiver plates and QLS receiver plates anywhere on the belt at various angles. The receiver plates attach to the belt using domed-head Allen screws inserted through the inside of the belt into a blind nut on the receiver plate. Once you have mounted the receiver plates, you can instantly attach and detach pouches with the ELS 34 fork affixed, allowing you to change your gear to meet mission demands. Got a shotgun? Put a caddy on. Using an M-4? Put on a magazine carrier. There are all manner of Safariland duty accessories which can be ordered with the ELS locking forks: baton holders, OC holders, rifle and handgun magazine pouches , holsters, and shotgun-shell carriers. It is an instantly modifiable system; spare gear can be mounted to anything with the same clips. Put a gun or a mag on your vest, in your car, or by your bed. Like most police duty gear, there is an inner Velcro belt which goes through your pants’ belt loops. The velcro on the inside of the duty belt matches the Velcro lining on the inner belt. This is very secure without being stiff. My preferred method of attaching a holster is the Model 6004-27 single strap leg shroud with a QLS kit. You can put a QLS 19 Locking Fork on it connect to any Safariland duty holster . The leg shroud with Drop Flex Adapter allows quick transfer of holsters and accessories from thigh carry to other mounting locations. If you already have a Safariland drop holster, the "Drop Flex Adapter" can be retrofitted to replace the standard vertical leg strap. If you put an ELS 34 Locking Fork at the top of this rig, you can attach any holster with a QLS and go right or left handed. Because of the flex adaptor, you can sit in a car and move freely with a secure handgun. If you move the handgun to your vest, you can remove the holster. It is like using Legos: Build anything you want.

How To: Choosing A Flash Suppressor, Muzzle Brake And Compensator

How To: Choosing A Flash Suppressor, Muzzle Brake And Compensator

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d6d2014c_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d6d2014c_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The right muzzle device — whether it's a flash hider, compensator or muzzle brake — is an often-overlooked feature when shopping for an AR. But it shouldn't be, as each enhances the rifle in its own way. Understanding and selecting the right option for your black gun can go a long way in making a more effective firearm. Discover how to build the gun of your dreams with Gun Digest Guide to Customizing Your AR-15 . Flash Suppressor A flash suppressor or flash hider reduce the muzzle flash caused by still-burning powder exiting the barrel behind the bullet. Some powders have flash retardants in them, so a smaller signature will be seen. Others are naturally bright, and using ammo with these powders will create quite the bloom when fired. Furthermore, rifles with muzzle brakes attached tend to flash brightly, but in a more directional manner. Here’s an example. I once conducted an experiment to see how effective a couple of these were. Now this wasn’t a truly scientific experiment, but it still was pretty definitive. I shot my 16-inch carbine nekkid muzzle, with a standard A2 flash suppressor, and with a Yankee Hill Machine Phantom 5C2 flash suppressor. I did this around 8 p.m. in the autumn, dark enough that there was little ambient light. The ammo used was Winchester 5.56 (Q3131A for a part number if you care), made in Israel for Olin Industries (owns Winchester name for ammo), known for producing a bright flash. The Smith Enterprises Vortex flash suppressor is arguably the most effective model on the market and has been copied repeatedly. The long tines vibrate as the bullet passes through, breaking up the burning powder. You will be lucky to see a spark come out of this one. The first shot with the nekkid muzzle produced an orange basketball-sized globular flash. It was bright and did in fact disrupt the night vision I had at the time. I followed this up with the Mil-Spec A2 flash suppressor on the muzzle. The result when fired was a small orange flash about the size of the average Clementine orange. Then I fired with the Phantom and I was duly impressed. There was no flash visible to me or the observers (my extended family), but there was a single spark that traveled a few feet from the muzzle before extinguishing. A. Spark. Related GunDigest Articles How To: Choosing The Best AR Accessories Gallery: New Troy Industries AR Accessories for 2017 Gallery: AR Sights and Lights Anyone within several hundred meters would have seen the nekkid muzzle flash, and within at least a hundred meters would have seen the A2 flash. I doubt anyone within as little as 20 feet would have seen the spark and they would have had to have been looking directly at me to even catch a glimpse of it. The Phantom, at least that model, is a superb flash suppressor and it is even pretty affordable. You can get one for under thirty bucks, and there are several models that have closed bottoms so you don’t kick up dust when firing prone. They work just as well as the standard models. They are similar to the A2 flash suppressor, which also has five open ports on the top and sides, but has a closed bottom. They have the added minor benefit that they combat muzzle rise slightly like dedicated muzzle compensators. Back when I tried this, the only options were the Mil-Spec A1 (six evenly spaced ports), A2, the Phantom and the Vortex (Smith Industries) and the copies thereof. Now, you’ll get a headache trying to figure something out and you will ultimately probably decide based purely on the aesthetics of the device. Get More Suppressor Info: The Suppressor : How Is It Made, It Works And How To Buy One Best AR-15 Suppressor Options For A Quiet Advantage Handgun Gear: Best 9mm Suppressor Choices Best .22 Suppressor Choices To Mute Your Plinker There are a number of well-functioning flash suppressor on the market now, though the best seem to be variants of the Phantom or the Vortex. The Vortex has long tines similar to the Phantom, but the tines are not connected at the end. This allows the tines to vibrate like a tuning fork when the gun is fired, and this is the mechanism to disperse the flash. These types of flash hiders are arguably the most effective designs, but also tend to approach $50 in cost. You also have to watch where your muzzle goes (you already do anyway, right) or you might get stuff stuck in between the tines. Compensators The Vais compensator can sometimes be found on ARs but it is usually seen on traditional hunting rifles. The large series of holes vent gas 90 degrees to the bore axis, all the way around. This particular brake requires non-standard threads. Be aware of things such as thread pitches when you order your muzzle devices from retailers. The term compensator is almost always ascribed to a muzzle device that is designed to reduce muzzle rise, not necessarily recoil. Indeed, if the device pushes the muzzle down, more recoil force is often transmitted straight back, enhancing felt recoil while keeping the muzzle movement minimal. It is true, however, that compensators and muzzle brakes can be combined effectively in the same unit, and we’ll talk about those in the following section on muzzle brakes. The vast majority of compensators are designed with a common element of holes or slots on the top. These slots may extend somewhat to the side but then they become more like brakes. When the bullet exits the barrel and passes through the compensator, the expanding gas behind the bullet exits through these holes before exiting the “muzzle” of the comp. This produces a jet of gas that is going straight up or up and to the rear, acting as a counterforce to the rise of the muzzle. The higher the pressure of the gas behind the bullet the more effective the comp.

Best 1911 Pistols For the Money [2020]

Best 1911 Pistols For the Money [2020]

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s The most recognizable handgun in the world is the M1911 . Old Colt 1911 John Moses Browning’s tried and true design hasn’t changed much over the years, but now there are some new features and more calibers…opening this pistol up to even more shooters. But, where do you start ? Some 1911s There are so many different types of 1911s on the market that almost no one knows where to start.  The good news is that there’s a perfect 1911 for you at your preferred budget. Whether you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel to put enough cash together so you can join the club, or you’re looking to spend your tax refund on a high end 1911…we’ve got you covered! Table of Contents Loading... Quick Background History of M1911 But first…a little history of the 100+-year-old design.  I promise this will shine some light on how to choose the best 1911 for yourself. Genius firearms inventor John Moses Browning (so famous on forums that he is just JMB) sought out to give the military a more potent handgun round. JMB He was in direct competition with other gun makers like Smith & Wesson and Savage…and in March 1911 his auto-loading pistol was officially adopted by the US Military as their sidearm of choice. The 1911 stood up to a 6,000 round torture test, being submerged in mud, acid, shooting deformed cartridges, and other tests. Not only did Browning’s design (to be produced by Colt) pass with flying colors, it was the only gun to pass all stages of this grueling test. .45 ACP The military needed a deadlier handgun round than the .38 Long Colt being used at the turn of the century and wanted it to utilize a .45 caliber bullet.  The Army had a long history with forty-five caliber cartridges, with the Single Action Army revolver (SAA) being used for many years. Colt "Single Action Army" The ultimate replacement would be John Browning’s 1911 chambered in .45 Automatic (AKA .45 ACP, .45 Auto, .45 Automatic Colt Pistol). .45 ACP Ball vs Hollowpoint This .45 Auto contained a 230-grain projectile capable of reaching speeds of about 850 feet per second and was much more capable as a self-defense round than the .38 Long Colt was. Learn more about calibers in our Basic Bullet Guide . Popular Pistol Calibers Other 1911 Manufacturers Many purists decry other brands of 1911s (or calibers) as fakes…unworthy to bear the name. One thing that many people don’t realize, however, is that the demand for them was so high during the war, that Colt contracted out to other companies to help keep production numbers up. Some very well-known companies helped, to include Remington Rand, Ithaca, Springfield Armory, many foreign companies, and even the Singer sewing machine company. Singer 1911 In fact, the pistols from these other companies can command a very high price when sold.  Some of the Singer pistols can be worth up to $30,000 to the right buyer because so few were made. Modern Uses The 1911 style is still in service in a few select military units , some police, and is a widely accepted pistol for self-defense, regardless of the maker or size of the cartridge. Marines with 1911’s If you glance in the gun cabinet of many gun enthusiasts, you’ll likely see at least one 1911 pistol.  Many people own more than one because as far as pistols go, they are accurate, reliable, and pleasant on the eyes. Many of the major shooting sports also allow a class for shooting 1911 style pistols, because, even though the original design is well over 100 years old, it’s not going anywhere, anytime soon. 1911 Diagram In fact, if you were to look at one of Colt’s current offerings, the Model 70 ($900), it’s as close to the original M1911A1 as you can possibly get.  It’s as if it came out of the factory in 1924 when the 1911 was first reworked into the A1. Colt 1911 Series 70 Best 1911 Pistols First, let me start by saying that this is not an easy list to narrow down because there are so many excellent pistols being made by many different companies. Next, this list of firearms is chosen by me .  You obviously have your own opinion, which I want to hear too. 1911s with Lights & Lasers Finally, this list is meant to feature a wide variety of guns currently on the market and not just those made by Colt. And not just .45 ACP… 9mm vs .45 ACP $500-$600 Range: The guns at this level are NOT exceptional guns, but ones that will do the job and get better with a minimal amount of work. These are for people who want a 1911 but cannot afford to go out and buy an expensive, ready to roll out of the box, uber expensive 1911. 1. Rock Island Armory 1911 I shot my first  "Rock Island Armory" pistol during SHOT 2017.  I’ve always known them but never had a chance to try any out. Most Affordable 1911 Rock Island Armory 1911 520 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 520 at Brownells Compare prices (2 found) Brownells (See Price) Cabelas (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing And try out a lot I did.  My favorite was their longslide 1911 but their standard 1911 ($520) was great too. Sure, it needs some loving if you’re a little spoiled by other makers…but it went bang every time and when I did my part…hit all the plates.  They are designed by Armscor and manufactured in the Philippines.  A full review of the GI model here . Rock Island Armory 1911 GI Midsize They have plenty of other models too with the same good price points if you’re looking with something more…tactical. $700-$900 Range This is the most popular section of guns.  These are the ones that people can save up for over the course of time to get a gun that doesn’t need any work, but can still be customized into a beauty. 2. Springfield Armory Mil-Spec Springfield Armory makes great guns, even though many people believe they could do less stamping on them (think “Grip Zone” on the XD Mod 2). Springfield Armory Mil-Spec 699 at Cabelas Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 699 at Cabelas Prices accurate at time of writing The Mil-Spec ($729) doesn’t have any extra words on it and is a gorgeous firearm with a 5” barrel that’s available in stainless steel or with a parkerized finish. The fit is excellent and the finish is well done without any extra slag or burs on the slide or frame causing hangups. What’s your take on going with mil-spec for the 1911? Readers' Ratings 4.86/5 (1246) Your Rating? 3. Remington R1 Remington was one of the first companies to make the 1911 when Colt first asked them to help ramp up production during war periods. Remington R1 Enhanced 849 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 849 at Brownells Compare prices (2 found) Brownells (See Price) Cabelas (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing The R1 Enhanced ($849) is a great deal considering and can be upgraded to whatever you want it to be. The capacity is 7+1 and the caliber is .45 auto traveling at 850 fps through a 5” sized barrel. $1,000-$1,400 Range At this point, the guns are as close to flawless as you can get before spending a fortune on a handcrafted 1911. The guns run fantastic and need nothing to make them perform better.  People still opt to do trigger work at this price, but it isn’t because the stock trigger is bad. 4. Springfield Armory EMP 3″ in 9mm Springfield 1911 EMP 9mm I own one of these 9mm 1911’s and have shot a lot through it for one year. Springfield 1911 EMP 1200 at Cabelas Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1200 at Cabelas Compare prices (4 found) Cabelas (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Guns.com (See Price) Palmetto State Armory (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing As far as reliability goes, there is almost none better.  Since I’ve had it in my possession, I’ve not had a single malfunction with it…which is more than I can say for many other guns. And, accuracy out of the 3” officer sized barrel groups well at distances out to 15 yards, even when rapidly fired. Check out our full review here…and now with a full YouTube video too: 5. Colt Delta Elite (10mm) If you live in an area where 4-legged creatures are a threat, enjoy hunting with a handgun, or just like the 10mm cartridge for self-defense… Colt Delta Elite 10mm 1100 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1100 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing Colt’s freshly revised Delta Elite ($1100) may be what you’re looking for. The venerable 10mm outperforms most other self-defense cartridges for semi-automatic weapons, and, while it is a bit more expensive to shoot, it is quite versatile if you reload your own ammo . 10mm Round Please keep in mind that if the .45 ACP or .40 S&W recoil bothers you, you’ll need to stay away from 10mm, because it’s even snappier. The "Colt Delta Elite" ’s MSRP is just $1099 for the standard model, or you can spend $200 more and get the rail gun, to mount a light or laser below the 5” barrel. Want more 1911s in 10mm?  Check out our separate article . 6. Springfield Loaded Operator My first pistol ever was a Stainless Springfield Loaded ($849). Springfield Loaded with Recover Tactical Grips It probably wasn’t the smartest move for a first handgun …but it was just so pretty (and ran well too). But if I had to make my choice again with a ~$1000 1911 budget…I would choose the "Springfield Loaded Operator" ($1089). 1911 Editor's Choice Springfield Loaded Operator 1089 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1089 at Brownells Compare prices (2 found) Brownells (See Price) Cabelas (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing And that’s because it has everything I would want now that I’ve shot some more stuff. The Operator has the stuff that you can’t easily upgrade on a more standard 1911: Accessory Rail Awesome two-tone styling Night Sights 7. Colt Gold Cup Old school competition shooting at its finest. Colt Gold Cup Trophy 1400 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1400 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing The Colt Gold Cup ($1400) series has tons of aggressive checkering on both the front and back strap, adjustable rear sights, and a fiber optic front sight.  Couple that with a match barrel and you’ve got something that will out shoot you any day. 8. Sig Sauer STX If you need a great 1911 for something like duty carry, you can’t go wrong with a Sig. Sig has a few models of 1911 that they offer, but the one to make this list is the STX. Sig Sauer STX 1911 1080 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1080 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing Wide mag well, Nitron Stainless Steel slide, and custom Burled Maple grips complete the package. $1,500+ There are many 1911s that fall into this price range, with some costing several thousands of dollars.  This is the price point where custom makers begin to enter the market with absolutely gorgeous firearms with bells and whistles. 9. Springfield Range Officer (9mm) We wanted to include a 9mm single-stack 1911 on the list. Originally, I went with the STI Trojan, which has sadly been discontinued. Nothing else I’ve shot has beaten it yet, so if you can find one used, go for it! STI Trojan 9mm 1911 However, since it’s a little hard to get ahold of those… we’ve updated this list with our new pick–the Springfield Armory Range Officer ($830). If you’re looking for a 9mm competition pistol, the Range Officer is a performance machine . You get precision, reliability, and plenty of features you want–and nothing you don’t. The rugged, forged frame and slide mean that this baby won’t be letting you down any time soon. Not to mention, the Range Officer has some beautiful, classic styling you’ll love to hold in your hand. Springfield Armory 1911 Range Officer 9mm 830 at "Palmetto State Armory" Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 830 at Palmetto State Armory Prices accurate at time of writing 10. Wilson Combat CQB with Rail If I had much more coin and wanted one of the best 1911s in my mind…I’d go with the Wilson CQB Tactical LE ($3100). Dream 1911 Wilson Combat CQB Tactical LE 3100 at Wilson Combat Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 3100 at Wilson Combat Prices accurate at time of writing I’ve built a couple 1911’s and always fall back to Wilson parts.  Every time I didn’t…I ended up junking that part and bought Wilson. Wilson Combat CQB with Rail and TLR-1 HL To me, the CQB has it all…the Wilson quality, rails, aggressive grips, and fiber optic sights. Wilson Combat 1911 Light Rail And now…I finally have one!  Full review coming soon… 11. Kimber Amethyst Ultra II Many of Kimber’s firearms are based on the 1911 platform.  They tend to be eye-catching and come in various sizes and calibers. "Kimber Amethyst Ultra" II 1400 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1400 at Brownells Compare prices (2 found) Brownells (See Price) Cabelas (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing It’s hard to just pull one of their guns and focus on it, but one such gun of theirs is this Amethyst Ultra II ($1500). It is a sub-compact pistol with a 3” barrel chambered in 9mm or .45 ACP that is primarily geared to women who want a girly-looking gun…whatever their reason for that may be. If you’re looking for something more real-world for women, check out our Best Handguns for Women article. 12. Dan Wesson Bruin (10mm) Dan Wesson has long been a major name in the 1911 world with a host of great offerings – but the Bruin is our favorite. Maybe it’s the burnt bronze, maybe it’s the long slide, maybe it’s the 10mm of awesome…Ya, we love the Bruin. A duty carry finish and fiber optic sights round off this as not only an 1911 worthy of being a piece of art, but also ready for real use. "Dan Wesson Bruin" You might have heard that CZ bought Dan Wesson a few years ago and while many were worried that quality would suffer now that DW wasn’t a small shop anymore, we’re happy to report that people’s fears did not come true. CZ did not go the route of Freedom Group and Dan Wesson is still producing some of the finest 1911s you can get your hands on. The Wildcards Then, of course, there are guns that we’d all love to have, but would never take to the range to shoot simply because they cost as much as the things sitting in our driveway to get us from place to place. One such gun manufacturer is Cabot .  Cabot’s guns start with an MSRP in the $3,200 range, and travel up to 4.5 million dollars for a pair of meteorite-made 1911s, with every imaginable price in between. Cabot Meteorite 1911s, $4.5M If you can afford to shoot one of Cabot’s guns, I’m sure they work flawlessly ( or maybe not ).  I mean, for that price, they better work fantastically. Honorable Mentions Of course, I can’t hit all the 1911’s out there…but here are some honorable mentions for the higher end.  I hope one day to own some of these so I can chime in…but these have impeccable reputations! Nighthawk Custom Ed Brown The Best In Any Price Range: This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t talk further about modern-day Colt 1911s. While some enthusiasts will tell you that the R1 isn’t that great or that Kimbers are overrated, you rarely ever hear that about the original 1911 maker. In fact, the only complaint you do hear is that Colt’s 1911s are expensive . Colt Gold Cup While that may be true, they also tend to hold their value better than any of the other production 1911 builders. Furthermore, there are plenty of Colt 1911s available in the $800-900 range.  And you don’t have to go too far to look for them. Colt XSE Government Colt is one of the few firearms makers in existence who is still capable of selling you a firearm with the ability to resell it down the road and make money off it.  All in all, you get the best bang for your buck when you purchase a Colt 1911. They’re reliable, accurate, and have an excellent customer service base.  As a bonus the pistols are sexy. Conclusion The 1911 pistol is a beautiful handgun with a rich history that expands over 100 years. There is no sign of sales declining, and it seems that every year at SHOT Show, there is another 1911 maker entering the scene. If you are late to this game, I’m sure you’ll own one, one day…how could you not? Any we HAVE to put on the list?  Otherwise check out Best 9mm 1911s and Best 10mm 1911s …or even Best .45 ACP Ammo to feed your guns.

Book Review: Lights Out

Book Review: Lights Out

This book is a work of fiction that tells the tale of a slow SHTF event that causes the breakdown of American society.  While this book is a work of fiction, the author spins a riveting tale of small group survival as modern society collapses. Quick Navigation Overview: About the Author: Survival Lessons to be learned: Favorite Part: Dislikes: Conclusion: Overview: Downloaded from the Internet more than 3 million times before its first printing, Lights Out is a powerful, action packed survival story that has had an effect on the mind sets of millions of people.  The story follows the challenges of Mark Turner, dubbed “Karate Man” by his friends, when the lights go out over most of the free world as the result of a massive EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) Attack.   Mark and his family must find a way to survive in the harsh, new world that they have had thrust upon them, while maintaining the virtues and values that our Founding Fathers wished us to uphold. About the Author: David Crawford is an avid outdoors man who likes to hunt, fish, hike, off-road, and shoot.  He is a third degree black belt with the American Society of Karate where he teaches children and adults.  He lives in San Antonio with his wife and two children where he is working on his next novel. Survival Lessons to be learned: Without spoiling the book for you, we can tell you right now that you will learn several important lessons from this thought provoking book, including: 1. Team Work: Lights Out portrays an amazing, realistic example of how neighbors can bond together and fend for themselves in a TEOTWAWKI scenario. 2. Modern Equipment: How much do you rely on electronics?  Everything from coffee pots to ambulances might be immediately brought to a screeching stop. 3. Distance from home: If you are miles or time zones away from home, what will you do? What if you are separated from your family? Can you get your vehicles to run after an EMP ?  Do you have a “Get Home Bag?” 4. Mechanical Aptitude: What skills do you have that would benefit your community in times of need? What tools do you have that work without electricity? Can you get that old car running again without power? 5. Who can help you: Local, State and Federal assistance may not come for weeks, months or longer, and when they do it may not be the type of help that you need. Are you ready? 6. Medical: Do you have the basic medical skills necessary to keep you, and your family alive and well? What about modern medicine? Are you dependent on modern medicines? 7. Self Defense: Could you defend you and your family in differing scenarios?  This an area that you can learn a lot from in this book. 8. Hunting, Gathering and Farming: Do you have the supplies put back to start a garden? Can you hunt for small or large game for a few weeks? What about a few months or years? 9. Focused leadership: Leading a small group or community is no cake walk.  Is your group ready for a long-term disaster? Favorite Part: The whole book was very thought provoking, and I learned a good deal about security and defensive measures from the book, as well as leadership methods and dealing with difficult situations. Dislikes: The same warning is placed here as with all other apocalyptic novels: This book has some rather graphic detail and some strong language. It is a great book, but I would use discretion with younger readers. Conclusion: This is THE book that got me into preparedness many years ago, and I can say that it is a well written piece of literature, that is a pleasure to read, whether for the first time, or the fifth.  I can in no way do this book a justice in a simple review.  IT IS A MUST READ.  It is as simple as that, don’t take my word for it, read it yourself. Lights Out Crawford, David (Author) English (Publication Language) See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 12:28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Photos by: David Crawford (book cover) Mandy Beavers William Roth Other interesting articles: Book Review: When All Hell Breaks Loose Book Review: The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse Survival Gear Review: Milwaukee Work Lights LDS Preparedness Manual: Book Review for 2020

Competitive Colt: Colt Competition 1911 Review

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f378cab032aa_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f378cab032aa_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } At just $899, the Colt Competition Pistol™ is perfect for those looking to get into competition without breaking the bank. The new "Colt Competition Pistol" is a true, out-of-the-box 1911 for the competitor. COMPETITIVE SHOOTING HAS BECOME A LARGE AREA of growth in the firearms industry in recent years, with more and more shooters taking part in various competitions. Plenty of these shooters prefer the venerable 1911, or at least modern renditions of it, to some of the other competition pistols on the market. Ever since Colt introduced its first Gold Cup pistol in the late 1950s, it has served competitive shooters admirably with features designed to glean the most performance from the 1911 platform. Unfortunately, the price accompanying some of these features, and those found on high-end, competition-style 1911s made by other manufacturers, can push away some buyers with less disposable income. One of newest Colt 1911 s, set to be introduced at the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, aims to offer a solution. Dubbed the Colt Competition Pistol, the new pistol takes the 1911 Government model to another level with accuracy—and other performance enhancing features, and does so at a price that doesn’t break the bank for those with a limited budget or those new to competitive shooting. With a National Match barrel, the new Colt Competition Pistol™ is available in .45 ACP and 9mm. Bone Up On Legendary Colt Firearms Available in .45 ACP or 9mm, depending on the shooter’s preference, the Colt Competition Pistol incorporates Colt’s renowned National Match Barrel and a 4.5- to 6-pound three-hole, aluminum single-action trigger. The pull is smooth and has a clean break, and the match barrel offers excellent accuracy. The 5-inch,1:16 LH twist barrel is made from stainless steel and has a polished finish. Best Starter Kit for Concealed Carry: S&W M&P 9 SHIELD $394.96 guns.com Safariland IWB Holster $43.99 brownells.com Safariland Duty Belt $88.99 brownells.com SnagMag Ammo Pouch $LOW! gundigeststore.com Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group may earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! As with many of Colt’s new pistols for 2016, the Colt Competition Pistol utilizes the Colt Dual Spring Recoil System™ found on the M45A1 Colt developed for the Marine Corps. What this system does is reduce recoil for faster follow-up shots and extend recoil spring life, translating into longer effective use. Related GunDigest Articles First Look: Colt Competition 1911 Pistol A True Competitor: "Colt Competition 1911" Review 1911 Review: Colt Lightweight Commander The reduction of recoil and muzzle flip is noticeable with the Colt Dual Spring Recoil System™, especially in the 9mm model , which after a bit of shooting seems to almost instinctively set back on target after each shot. Another unique element on the new Colt Competition Pistol is its sights . The pistol features a Novak adjustable rear sight that Colt says is a patent-pending design, and up front is a Novak Blue Fiber Optic sight. Blue initially sounds like a strange choice, given all the pistols with red or orange sights, but the blue actually stands out quite well, offering a clear reference point. To match the blue fiber optic sight, the Colt Competition Pistol also comes fitted with a set of stylish blue checkered G10 grips. The grips are scalloped and offer secure purchase without becoming abrasive during extending shooting. The pistol sports a carbon steel frame and slide with blued finishes. It also features an upswept beavertail grip safety and an undercut trigger guard to keep the pistol seated low in the hand for improved control. Redesigned wide rear slide serrations are also incorporated for the shooter’s competitive and defensive needs. An easy-to-access, extended thumb safety rests on the left side of the frame, and the pistol also includes a Series 80 firing pin safety.

Best Black Powder Revolvers 2020 Complete Review

Finding the best black powder revolver can be a challenge. But if you have a basic understanding of how they work and what they are used for, you’ll be able to find one without any difficulty. If you load your rounds with black powder, you’ll need a revolver that is compatible with such rounds. This way, you’ll have a handgun that will handle such rounds and won’t cause any reliability issues in the process. To help you find the best black powder revolver for your own personal use, we’ve put together a list of the five best revolvers currently on the market. Before we get to the list itself, we’ll talk about what a black powder revolver does and what they’re used for. We’ll talk about how they work and the characteristics of our favorite models we hand-picked for the list. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Black Powder Revolvers OUR TOP PICK: Colt 1851 Navy Colt 1860 Army Uberti Reproduction "Colt 1860 Army" BEST BUDGET OPTION: Pietta Model 1851 Navy Yank .36-Caliber "Black Powder Revolver" Uberti Reproduction Remington 1858 New Army Stainless Steel .44 Comparison of the Best Black Powder Revolvers IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick "Colt 1851 Navy" Fires .36 caliber shots Made from high-quality materials Best overall black powder revolver View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Colt 1860 Army Walnut Grip Weighs 2.65 pounds Runner-up for best overall black powder revolver "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Uberti Reproduction Colt 1860 Army Chambered to fire .36 caliber shots Best black powder revolver for the money Includes a brass backstrap and trigger guard View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Best Budget Option "Pietta Model 1851" Navy Yank .36-Caliber Black Powder Revolver 6-Round Capacity Hardened blued brass finish Best .36 caliber black powder revolver View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews "Uberti Reproduction Remington" 1858 "New Army Stainless" Steel .44 Two-piece walnut grip Best .44 caliber black powder revolver Barrel made from forged steel with an added stainless finish View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews What is a Black Powder Revolver and What is it Used For? Modern black powder revolvers that use ammo loaded with black gun powder. These are common with some revolver calibers. They are also known as percussion revolvers. A few of its top uses include but are not limited to big or small game hunting and target shooting (casual and competitive shooting). How Does a Black Powder Revolver Work? Black powder revolvers use small casings you manually load with your choice of black powder. The caps are smaller than your usual handgun bullets. Before loading your cylinder, be sure to clean each space before placing the cap inside. Once fully loaded, the use is simple and straightforward. Just cock the hammer back, pull the trigger, and fire your shots until your gun is empty. Characteristics of Our Favorite Models We didn’t choose these revolvers on our list randomly. We came across these and chose them to be part of our review based on characteristics and features that stood out to as interesting. Here are some of those characteristics to look out for while finding a revolver of your own: Price If you are on a budget , there are some revolvers that are affordable for you. The important thing to note is that you should invest in the best possible quality and performance rather than saving a few dollars and going for cheap. We made sure to provide budget options while selecting these models for our review. Source Capacity These revolvers come in various capacities. So you can choose one with the number of shots you desire. If you want five, done. Not enough? Choose a six or eight-shot . Either way, there is no such thing as having enough rounds to fire off. Intents and Purposes As mentioned, these black powder revolvers are ideally used for a few purposes. However, there may be one that stands out as a revolver that will excel at one application. For example, one black powder revolver can be useful for general purposes. However, it may go above and beyond in a competitive shooting application. Quick Take - The Best Black Powder Revolvers These are our recommendations for the best black powder revolvers: Colt 1851 Navy Colt 1860 Army Uberti Reproduction Colt 1860 Army Review of the Best Black Powder Revolvers The following is a list of the five best black powder revolvers currently on the market. As you go through each one, it is important to note the characteristics and features. This way, you can find one that will match the description of your ideal revolver. Once you find one that’s close enough, you'll have a winner in your eyes. Let’s take a look at the first revolver on our list - our best overall choice: Best Overall: Colt 1851 Navy CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to load Fit and finish are great Super-durable construction Hammer and trigger pull is decent It can be effective against targets situated from 75 yards out Cons May be stubborn for some rounds May rust over time if not taken care of The cylinder may be tough to pull out at times What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new buyers were quite happy with this revolver. They used this mostly for outdoor target shooting and managed to hit their shots from about 60 to 70 yards out. Operationally, the hammer cocking and the trigger pull were easy for them and had no issues at all. Why it Stands Out to Us This revolver is chambered to fire .36 caliber caps. They are pretty effective when used in target shooting applications. Not to mention, it’s the kind of caliber that tends to go the distance when it comes to target shooting. Also, .36 rounds are easy to load. By the sounds of all this, it might be the easiest revolver you’ve used. Who Will Use This Most This would be perfect for those who frequent the outdoor ranges. Plus, it’s the best revolver on the market that can fire black powder rounds. So if you want an old school replica of a revolver that will do some serious damage at impressive distances, this might be the revolver for you. Bottom Line The Colt 1851 Navy might be one of the best black powder revolvers on the market for a few good reasons. It’s easy to load, travels far and fast, and can do quite a bit of damage. If those are the things you look for in a revolver, this could be exactly what you’re looking for. Runner-up: Colt 1860 Navy CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very little recoil Well-built and durable Consistently accurate at 50 yards or more Shoots fine, no reliability issues to speak of No mechanical issues after 50 or more rounds Cons Screw heads may wear over time Some were disappointed in the fit and finish A few complained about their revolvers being poorly assembled What "Recent Buyers Report" New buyers were quite happy with the revolver overall. They were mostly target shooters who managed to hit bullseyes from around 50 yards. A few of them used this to successfully hunt smaller animals like varmints. Why it Stands Out to Us This revolver is a replica of the 1860 version used by the US Navy well over 150 years ago. The revolver itself has a classic look that makes it look like it’s frozen in time. Firing it feels like you’re shooting an old school revolver that can go the distance. So if you want something that will work just as perfect as if were the real deal back in the 1860s, you’d be hard-pressed to find something like this anywhere else on the market. Who Will "Use This Most" This will likely stand out as a revolver that can be used for outdoor range shooting and possibly varmint shooting, as well. No matter what the application is, this revolver will make it easy to load and fire whenever you are fully loaded. So if you want something that is simple for outdoor applications that warrant the use of a revolver, this might be right up your alley. Bottom Line The "Colt 1860 Navy" is a model that you can enjoy for the purpose of most outdoor applications. Once you give this a whirl, you probably won’t want to try out another black powder revolver. This will give you reliable firing power and a whole lot of accuracy each time you use it. Best for the Money: Uberti Reproduction Colt 1860 Army CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Well-made construction Affordable for most budgets Cylinder saves a good bit of weight Easy to load, takes a few minutes Fun to shoot and perfect for many applications Cons The cylinder may not easily come off Hammer may hang between full-down and half-cock Some adjustments may be needed before use (by hand) What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new buyers were happy with this revolver being quite affordable for their budget. They managed to load this with little to no issues and fired off shots without any jamming or other reliability issues. Accuracy-wise, they said the shooting was effective at ranges between 40 to 60 yards. They also added that the revolver is pretty easy to clean once it’s disassembled. Why it Stands Out to Us This revolver is a replica of an old model used by the U.S. Army (Union) in the Civil War era. The trigger guard is made from brass and is one of the small details that make this revolver stand out like something that’s been preserved for many decades. Though it is considered a reproduction, the model looks like an authentic model straight out of the 1860s. If you want something that is accurate, reliable, and aesthetically sharp, this revolver could be what you need. Who Will Use This Most This would be a great black powder revolver for newbie users. If you have never used one before, this is the perfect revolver to start out with. It’s easy to load and pretty straightforward when it comes to cocking back the hammer and firing. If simplicity is what you look for in a revolver, this might be exactly what you’re looking for. Bottom Line The Uberti Reproduction Colt 1860 Army Revolver will probably be the best newbie-friendly model if you have never fired a revolver before. It’s great for so many applications, so you won’t have to worry about whether it is effective because it will be. Best .36-Caliber Black Powder Revolver: Pietta Model 1851 Navy Yank .36-Caliber Black Powder Revolvers CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Smooth, reliable firing Easy to load and reload Durable and well-constructed Great across many applications Accurate at 50 yards with small targets, 100 yards with larger targets Cons Some have complained about the overall quality It may be difficult to disassemble for cleaning purposes A few have complained about fitting issues with the barrel wedge What Recent Buyers Report Most new buyers said this revolver was perfect for those who are casual or competitive target shooters. Some say they prefer shooting larger targets with this revolver since they managed to go no lower than 60 yards and no higher than 100 yards when it comes to effective accuracy. Why it Stands Out to Us The revolver is nicely constructed and the most useful model on the market. Not to mention, it has the ability to travel quite far. Furthermore, the firing ability is pretty simple. Loading it will be a breeze (despite it being a little stiff at first). But rest assured, once you get the hang of this revolver, operating it will become second nature. Who Will Use This Most This would be excellent for target shooters. If you’re going to spend a lot of time in outdoor shooting ranges, you’d be quite happy with this revolver being part of your arsenal. Don’t be surprised if it ends up being the last revolver you ever have to purchase for a while, due to its durability and overall construction. Bottom Line The Pietta Model 1851 Navy Yank might be your favorite .36 caliber revolver of all five on the list so far. And it might just be the only one you want for the purpose of target shooting. Whether you are a competitive shooter or a casual shooter, this bad boy will definitely take you places when it comes to shooting at targets. Best .44 Caliber "Black Powder Revolvers" : Uberti Reproduction Remington 1858 New Army Stainless Steel .44 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to load and reload Fit and finish are excellent Excellent build and durability Cylinder pops out easily for reloading Simple to disassemble for cleaning and maintenance Cons Some misfirings have been reported The cylinder may tend to bind up sometimes May not work with some brands of capped rounds What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new buyers liked using this revolver for the purpose of target shooting and hunting small game. One user said he uses it for both purposes since they travel at pretty good distances. He was able to hit a small varmint target situated some 75 yards away. With larger paper targets, he was able to hit the bullseye from about the same distance. Why it Stands Out to Us The revolver is a reproduction of yet another model that was preferred by the United States Army. This was considered a favorite sidearm of many infantrymen back in the pre-Civil War era. The fit and finish are amazing and keep the classic revolver look alive. One of the main parts that makes it pop is the walnut grip. Not only does it retain the classic look, but it also does a good job providing superior gripping ability and control while you’re firing it. Who Will Use This Most This will be an excellent revolver for those that not only target shoot but also would like to spend some time firing off shots at small varmint targets. You might have some issues with animals damaging your property. So take care of the problem any way you can. You can start off with this revolver as a good solution. Bottom Line The Uberti Reproduction Remington 1858 New Army Stainless Steel .44 might be the kind of revolver that will come in handy if you have a bit of a varmint problem. It can shoot straight and fast. Once you’ve used this a few times, it just might become your most trusted black powder revolver for almost any application. Cautious Considerations to Keep in Mind While you are choosing a revolver for your own use, it is important to keep some safety considerations in mind. These should not be ignored, as doing so may cause some potentially dangerous issues. Here’s what you need to keep in mind: Choose The Right Powder Choosing the right gunpowder for your revolver rounds is important. There are a handful that will be compatible with your rounds of choice, while others won’t be. Some powders may be too combustible to the point where you may be dealing with misfirings and other potentially dangerous situations. Do Not Mix Caliber Rounds As a simple rule of thumb, don’t attempt to load any rounds into a revolver if they don’t seem to fit. Not only will this be a recipe for disaster, but it will also lead to reliability issues and other potentially dangerous consequences. If you are using a .36 caliber revolver, then only use .36 caliber caps to use. How to Load a Black Powder Revolvers Loading a black powder revolver can be tough. But if you follow the instructions below, you’ll know how to load a revolver without any kind of issue. Here’s what you need to do: What you’ll need are the following: pellets, lube, lubricated bore buttons, lead balls, and caps (Number 11s preferred since Number 10s are a little difficult to work with). If desired, load your rounds outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Half-cock your revolver and extract the cylinder. Add the powdered pellet in the cylinder. It should drop in easily. Add your lubed wads (bore buttons) into the cylinder where you loaded your pellets. Be sure that they push all the way in, but lightly, so you don’t crush the pellets. Insert your lead balls individually into each chamber. Push down with a little bit of force. Don’t overforce it. Once it’s in, it’s in. Add your lubed wonder seals on top. Keep in mind that they may fall out when you attempt to place them in the cylinder. Double-check your cylinders before you load your caps. With your muzzle pointed in a safe direction, add your caps into the cylinder individually. If you have large hands, you may want to use a tool. Be sure to squeeze the caps in while you’re loading it. Don’t squeeze too hard. If you still need a little help or prefer a visual explanation, check out the video below. Conclusion Finding the best black powder revolver will take time and effort. You should find one that will fit your needs and preferences so you can use it for the long term. Don’t be surprised if it’s a revolver that will last you years or decades. That’s bound to happen if you take really good care of it. People Also Ask The following are frequently asked questions that will guide you in finding the best revolver for your own personal use. It’s important to note the answers so you have a better understanding of these black powder revolvers. Here are the following questions: Can You Conceal Carry a Black Powder Revolvers? This will depend on the laws in your state. Some don’t consider a black powder revolver as a firearm. To ensure that you’ll save yourself potential legal issues and headaches, be sure to research your state and federal laws (and even local laws) that may pertain to black powder revolvers. How Much Powder is in a .44 Black Powder Pistol? A recommended amount of powder that you can use for .44 caliber black powder pistols is roughly around 22 to 28 FFFG grain. .44 rounds should not have more than 35 grains of powder in their caps. Are Black Powder Pistols Considered a Firearm? Once again, this will depend on the laws of various states. They are not considered firearms at the federal level. Once again, consider your local and state laws to ensure whether or not black powder revolvers are considered firearms or not. Do You Need a License for Black Powder Guns? Once again, it will vary from state to state. Some states will require a license, while some will not. What Maintenance Do I Need to do on My Black Powder Revolvers? One thing you need to be aware of is that you should not use water to clean your black powder revolver. Most revolvers are made from metals that might be susceptible to corrosion. Use cleaning oils and solutions that are safe for these metals.

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It is no secret that I am a fan of Safariland . Their products are always at the cutting edge of development and they keep moving the edge forward. Their latest concept , the Equipment-Locking System, has been a big hit in the competitive shooting world.