EQUIPMENT
 

 

November 18, 2017

 

Are you ready? Restrictive measures and proposals headed our way!

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What were consumers waiting for? All stellar '17 deals have ended.

Notable sale pricing (especially for AR-15s) are done at distributors.

Most savvy individuals have scored thru me, and saved lots of $$$!!

As usual; the majority of naysayers, procrastinators & non-believers

didn't listen, didn't believe sensible advice, and missed out big time.

Did people need tragedies or anti-gun agenda to rudely wake them up?

As portions of this website discussed, tragedies have occured. Check with me on

proven, good track-record firearms and I'll advise deals that may still be available.

Some I may have in stock, other items are prepaid and secured on weekly orders.

I'll always recommend proven-track-record, quality products at reasonable prices.

Those who want the honest answers can rest assured I'd never steer them wrong.

As history progresses, smart and economically sound purchase decisions will be

the only clear answer. Most modern firearms produced 15-20 years ago will never

even maintain lofty investment value that may have been expected in the late 90s.

 

Featured guns on sale - shown on main inventory page; don't miss out!

 

I continue to offer discount pricing along with solid ethical recommendations

considering what makes sense especially for defensive tools - avoiding junk,

prioritize proven firearms and equipment; buy items with purpose, not hype.

Continue securing important firearm product categories; spare parts, ammo.

Take advantage - get good products that can be secured now at great prices.

Be prepared for anything - even arising from the most unthinkable scenario.

 

For those in denial, heed this warning: unstoppable measures are in the future

 

Maintain vigilance. Always be prepared for the evil and undesirable occurence.

 

Priority list for firearms and support items:

[prioritize these to avoid panic and frenzy when any political adversity hits]

Rifles for defense:

Regardless of opinions and misled views, AR-15 5.56 system has always been

the logical, decades-proven answer for many reasons; not a popularity contest!

5.56cal AR-15 rifles {any brand, consider 2@ $700 each; not 1@ $1,400+}

1k to 2k rounds of FMJ and 100rds defense HP or SP ammo for each rifle

6 to 12 mags and essential spare parts kit for each rifle

a few (3 or 4) AR-15 stripped lower receivers and LPKs

.22cal S&W M&P15-22 rifle (2 if possible) - vital to teach/practice/enjoy

1k to 2k+ rounds of .22lr, inevitably a variety of types will be procured

 

Handguns for defense:

Prioritize simple, polymer-framed, striker-fired 9mm guns - their mags & ammo -

vital spare parts - then duplicate a second identical setup (good idea for couples)

9mm striker-fired polymer-framed defense pistols {ideally 2 Glock 19 or 17}

1k to 2k rounds of FMJ and 100rds defense HP or SP ammo for each pistol

6 mags and essential spare parts kit for each pistol

.22cal Advantage Arms conversion slides - vital to teach/practice/enjoy

and/or .22cal dedicated semiauto pistol PPQ 22; system just like Glock

1k to 2k+ rounds of .22lr for .22 pistols in addition to ammo for .22 rifles

 

Additional items would include carry cases, range bags, cleaning gear,

more ammo, parts, mags, proven dedicated lights for defense {Surefire},

and then consider supplemental perhaps-personal-taste niche firearms....

Having duplicates and extras of common, widespread, standard issue

firearms is the answer - for emergencies, teaching others quick, barter

or trade; advantage of liquid assets!  Firearm type, ammunition caliber,

operational standards, replacement parts and magazines take priority!

Unique, 'one-of' or overly-specialized tools in a typical crisis is foolish.

 

.40caliber pistols (and many in .45caliber as well) are dead stock at many

distributors, even with lower sale pricing applied in hopes to get them sold.

Even 10+year popular pistols even in 9mm, once over $700, most often sit.

- these current, serious indicators should subdue cries of 'bigger-is-better'!

Pricey stripped lowers $250~plus continue to sit in distributor inventories;

dealers wisely avoiding dangerous 'dead stock' situation that proves what

most people have recognized now: that basic forged lowers work just fine.

AR-15 stripped lower receivers continue to be a smart commodity to secure.

Spare parts, mags and ammo have become the inescapable subject in guns.

 

Important items are available

I do have inventory of crucial and overwhelmingly requested items in the shop;

do not procrastinate securing necessary items. Permit and 4473 required items

can be secured with payment and picked up later. Project parts & extra spares

for AR type lowers & uppers are priority with ammo. The run on AR rifles, mags

and lower receivers has been obvious along with with proven Glock handguns.

Glock 19Gen4, Benchmade Griptilian, Surefire G2Z

Professional tools that all adults should obtain and become very capable with!

What's crucial beyond equipment is our physical exertion and fighting ability -

all the guns, ammo and gear would only CYA in a fraction of deadly situations.

 

The fact that Glock and specifically the model 19 has been officially adopted by

MARSOC and NSW proves what I have been saying for well over a decade and

is obvious that the firearms public has acknowledged the sensibility and clear

superiority of Glock's proven design for a reliable striker-fired defensive pistol.

( MARSOC: Marine Corps Special Operations Command   NSW: Naval Special Warfare )

The Rangers also have officially adopted the Glock 19   Link: sf-goes-to-glock

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Year after year, I have been repeating the ethical, simple message;

get permits, get proven defensive firearms, accelerate teaching ability,

advance family and friends' ability, continue solid defensive training.

Avoid less-than-proven firearms and unneccessary accessories.

The good citizens in America do not have unlimited time.

What really matters for Americans in these times we live in

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Let's get the facts straight - current industry news and reality checks

Thankfully, more consumers recognize sensibility and agree on prior established facts.

.22 caliber guns are instrumental bringing up others to speed in shooting skill. Fun too.

Even if .22 is (amazingly) still elusive around the country, it is a vital caliber to inventory.

.40 caliber is not a necessity. Continuously decreasing 'demand' and stats proves it.

9mm and .223/5.56 (and .22lr) are still the wisest calibers to secure as years continue.

Of course, a few extra (spare) guns chambered in those calibers make good sense too.

Increasing urgency: majority of people are concerned about personal/family defense tools.

Securing proven guns, ammo, mags and parts should be THE priority before deviating.

Best gun choices before going off track in the wide variety of guns that are out there:

9mm pistol:  Glock 19 or 17 (no levers, striker-fired; teaching much easier, straightforward)

.223/5.56 rifle:  any basic AR-15 (responsible adults need to be capable of operating AR-15s)

.22 rifle:  S&W M&P15-22 (identical controls and operation as centerfire AR-15s)

Get a Glock 19 9mm:

they are absolutely proven

and make compact sense...

Also good: Glock 17 9mm

for a larger framed pistol and

in use all around the world...

All kinds of AR-15 brands and models exist and perform well:

but most importantly are the most common military style rifle that

we all should know how to operate and troubleshoot in emergencies.

Short list is not pricey nor glamorous but absolutely takes care of the defensive tools.

Ammo, mags, emergency parts would be next priority, and if budget allows, duplicate

the list to include two of each firearm and accompanying support items for each gun.

No need to chase unique/costly guns - it'll be staggering how much money is saved.

We can get other niche firearms after obtaining our most important defensive firearms.

Going the cheap, cheap route (alarmingly low priced firearms, inferior aftermarket items)

especially with continuing distressed sales on less ideal guns - should also be avoided!!

You can be certain I will not peddle questionable guns and accessories;

my standards are high for good reason - and reputation. It is that simple.

Cost-effective and sensible lineup of firearms for defense and also

to introduce shooting to new people and build up their abilities...

Springfield Saint 5.56: very well thought-out AR15 package new for 2017; about $850

(among numerous basic AR15s upgraded to mid level, this one is absolutely done right)

 

Want a basic AR below $800? there are a few good AR15s priced at $600~$700;

they're virtually all the same! internals, uppers, lowers, basic furniture and barrels.

 

Smith & Wesson M&P15-22: dedicated .22 long rifle version of AR15; around $400

(outstanding reliability, same control layout makes it ideal when teaching new shooters)

 

Glock 17Gen4 9mm: less than $600

worldwide standard for striker-fired simplicity

Heckler & Koch VP9: less than $700

another good choice for a striker-fired pistol

Secure a minimum of 6 or more mags per rifle, 6 mags per handgun, cleaning gear.

Have a comfortable inventory of ammo 2000 ~ 3000 rounds per common caliber.

(additional necessities above are easily budgeted when not messing with unnecessary purchases!)

- examples of how money can be wasted on impractical thinking -

  - examples of extra costs when accessorizing AR15s and AK47s -

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What makes sense, is enjoyable and proves valuable beyond mere range usage?

Can guns be smart investments? Which ones would be most recognized and desirable?

If/when necessary, what could we legally trade/sell and benefit from that turnover situation?

AR-15 rifles and components are clearly, rightfully popular; here are some tips/suggestions

about what's good to secure on next purchases - whether we "needed another one" or not!

There's good deals on AR lowers+parts to build on; some featured on main inventory page.

Smart decisions on what to procure include getting extra lower receivers. These have always been invaluable during times of political stress. Having some extra gives the gun owner valuable options!

Along with stripped lower receivers, very smart liquid assets are lower parts kits and spare parts.

 

Having extra project lowers is the clear advantage for mil firearm enthusiasts.

Procure them now when all is quiet, not when it becomes a frenzied situation!

 

The best aluminum handguard meeting slim, modular and lightweight needs is the lineup from

Midwest Industries based on Magpul's M-Lok system. 12" and 15" lengths prove most useful.

Example rigs above and much more displayed in the shop are there to see what is possible.

Don't give in buying diversionary 'cheap' firearms or equipment - quality product has a price,

and is always worth the cost vs wasting money on lesser items and having to re-buy later...

You can bet that 'things may happen' in upcoming months to prompt anti-gun proposals and

many will have wished they secured AR lowers, defensive rifles, ammo, mags, spare parts.

For those who insist or prefer; AK pattern rifles, parts, mags, ammo - smart to procure now

and save for a rainy day... before something goes suddenly awry in availability and/or price!!

 

 

Be aware however, that many AK support parts and accessories have now risen notably in price

and are not all compatible. Consider facts, pros & cons thoroughly before jumping into the AKs.

[And there's AK variations/countries-of-origin that will be incompatible in pattern with other types.]

Have fun and teach others with .22 caliber firearms.

      Ruger 10/22 rifles                                                   S&W M&P15-22 rifles

Forever popular and rightfully so; the Ruger 10/22 rifle. Also a clear winner: S&W M&P15-22 rifles.

There are so many ways to build up your teaching / fun .22 rifles; the best answer is to get several

rifles of same pattern - it'll be much easier bringing new people up to speed using duplicate guns.

Walther PPQ .22                         S&W M&P.22 Compact                Carl Walther M&P.22

Same goes for handguns - focus on the few best choices and refrain from jumping at the chance

to be unique or own different guns from everyone else - it'll take longer to bring others up to speed

and you'll face many idiosyncracies of less-reliable/ difficult-to-maintain/ upgrade-temptation guns.

Which guns would be good tools to conveniently dispose of 'out-of-spec' .22LR ammo?

 

.22LR revolver (S&W 617 pictured above) could take care of the troublesome crusty .22

that may prove difficult-to-cycle in otherwise-normally-reliable .22 LR semiauto handguns.

 

When revolvers don't cooperate in attempts to load cylinder, fire and extract, a Savage bolt

action .22 rifle will be a good choice for versatility and dispensing .22 projectiles downrange.

Centerfire defensive pistols and 9mm - have 'em, teach with 'em.

And here are the astounding reasons (gasp! say it isn't so! all the glowing words from volumes of

gun tabloids-magazines and wishful statements made since 1991 just don't work anymore) for the increasing acceptance for 9mm and for some, a circle right back to a caliber slighted all too often.

Personal protection with defensive handguns is priority; not hunting, not steel challenge matches.

1) Semiauto pistols are better choices; not revolvers. Repetitive ease of use and ammo in a mag.

2) 9mm will work. Hit what needs to be hit and repeat. Edge hits by any caliber are still peripheral.

3) Know that you may need to hand a pistol to another person - spouse, family member, partner...

Macho personal preferences for bigger .40+ calibers won't help their controllability or hit potential.

4) Coinciding with above: most simpler, proven sidearms are lightweight polymer 9mm handguns.

Therefore, the person(s) tasked to watch other sectors will have an easier time to cover your six.

Have multiple same-manual-of-arms defense pistols. Teaching or emergency situations alike,

imagine how streamlined it will be (and safer!!) when accelerating others to basic knowledge

and operation of commonly encountered semiauto pistols without having to explain myriad of

different controls, levers, protrusions found on so many guns - all that really matters & keeps

it simple is trigger finger and muzzle discipline. No two different trigger pulls or extra controls.

What is practical?

Finally, finally it has been considered and heeded: my suggestions and the common sensibility

not to rush into .308 rifles 'to keep up with (or exceed) others', or to impress oneself or others-

especially as Koko Head Shooting Complex currently has limit on target distances to 100 yards

(if one really wants to pursue longer distance shooting and marksmanship goals, get to Puuloa)

and for those who still insist they 'gotta get .308 target rifles', go for it- but any way you look at it,

.308 costs a lot more than .223 and proves to be silly spending $$$$ for 100 yard .308 shooting.

[sure, these historical to modern .308 rifles are neat; just senseless to pursue any wishes for

lots of repeat firing of .308 ammo if considering frequent shooting at 100yd limited distances.]

What next?

Instead of merely having such wide variety or eye candy in a gunshop and selling anything and

everything only to turnover inventory, I suggest items and thoughts that just don't follow masses.

Why try to chase elusive magic guns or gadgets? How about training physically and mentally to

improve and better ourselves and not fall prey to someone only wanting to make a sales quota?

With good choice purchases, other quality products can be easily budgeted and not overlooked.

Important supplemental equipment

such as Surefire's dedicated lights

are easy to budget if avoiding junk.

Quality items prioritized allow keen interest purchases like collectibles.

How many want to be prepared? I'd like to think all of us...

And many of us love the outdoors... and effective tools!

Preparedness article on knife page: 'having a base location

to operate from, what 6 important tools would you choose?'

Take care of the simple basic items first, then other secondary items can be obtained and enjoyed.

Make sure spare parts and supplemental supplies are secured before jumping off a focused track.

By all means, appreciate firearm history, get extra guns or have collections that catch your fancy -

just get the facts on what makes sense; what really does hold value if liquid assets are considered.

What should matter most to all gun owners? Build up the next person with ability and knowledge pertaining to guns and related equipment - with that, those around us will address the right issues, become an upstanding gun owner, be the very one to prevent an attack on one or several others;

preserving and improving our way of life with America's freedoms for future generations.

All kinds of handguns, each one touted to be the best...

...so a $1,000 handgun is twice as good as a $500 handgun?

does it really matter on dollars spent or more the fighting ability of the user?

All kinds of rifles, each one claimed to be the ultimate...

...are $2,000+ rifles twice as effective as one that is $1,000 or less?

fighting ability of the user AND needs/usage evaluation must be considered.

Important Safety Equipment

Peltor Junior earmuffs, $20

Safety glasses $8~$10  Muffs $24

Electronic earmuffs, $65

 

Important Firearm Accessories

Magazine loading assist tools for pistols & rifles

(shown above: centerfire pistol, AK-47, AR-15)

more in stock, prices vary per model, $27 ~ $34

ST Action Pro action trainer dummy rounds:

loading/unloading/malfunction clearance drills

[prices vary per caliber and pack quantity]

 

Here are serious reminders delivered in pictures and sensible facts

Everyone thinks of it, speaks of it - have we forgotten how important firearm ownership freedom is and how crucial it is to maintain our responsiblity and ability with such tools?

Many think themselves ready - are we? How about vast numbers of those who aren't?

Water/food/shelter is important, but other considerations include: defense - mindset -

clear thinking - capability - environment - and have nots that may become a liability.

Many ask themselves 'what if..?' and discussions run every which way

Here is what everyone should consider, and recognize there is never enough time...

So plan and help each other so that more people will be prepared and less without

Let's get clear answers out in the open for the inevitable questions of useful tools.

Most can achieve firearms pictured in each category in a reasonable year or two.

Easier to attain when unnecessary additions or useless firearm models are avoided.

Yes, there will be disagreements and opinions. Think in practical terms.

Excessive additions or gadgetizing to proven basic firearms will only cause

delays/mistakes when one must pick up and utilize someone else's similar gun.

If you could only have three centerfire firearms to cover a broad range of tasks,

and have a secure location, which three would make sense?  Also, cutting tools.

Glock 19 9mm   Ultimate Edge sharpener   Benchmade Ultra Presidio folder   Cold Steel SRK fixed blade

Consider price and performance for their cost   Commonality, availability, ease of use, proven track record

AR15 5.56 by any reputable manufacturer   Surefire light   Trijicon Compact 3x ACOG [reticle image]

ARs shoot consistently and are common, Surefires & ACOGs perform; that's why we should own these

AR10 or equivalent 7.62x51 (.308)   Leupold scope or equivalent 4-12x magnification [reticle image]

AR type .308s ideal for medium to far (300~600yds+) distances where 5.56 loses too much energy.

When one wants to teach others various handgun types commonly encountered

and needs to bring them up to speed quickly, efficiently in shortest possible time.

Which six covers most operating systems on limited firearm budget/safekeeping?

Browning Buckmark Micro 22lr    Glock 17 9mm (DA striker fired)    Beretta 92FS 9mm (DA/SA type)

Full-height frames are important. When teaching different people, full size guns offer more control.

Smith & Wesson 66 DA .38/.357    Kimber/equivalent 1911 SA .45acp    Taylor Co traditional SA .22cal

Double and single action revolvers are out there, all should know how to run these systems smoothly.

Which six semiauto military type rifles would be most commonly encountered

and might have to be utilized quickly and efficiently in time of need or crisis?

For one's ability to operate ANY firearm like second nature: (1) own the gun,

& (2) conduct purpose-driven training that pushes one past their comfort zone.

One cannot become skilled with a firearm just by reading about it, watching videos

or merely target shooting with a particular gun week after week in range mentality.

 

AR15 / M16 type 5.56 cal rifle:

Pictured is the best dedicated crossover rifle to fill the role of introducing AR15s to new shooters. S&W M&P15-22

has identical controls and is

very lightweight, building confidence faster for anyone starting/reviewing the system.

AK47 type 7.62x39 cal rifle:

Other variants with less recoil

are 5.45x39 caliber, which has

risen in costs over 7.62x39.

2015: 5.45x39 imported ammo continues to be tough to find;

may not be good to jump into.

Ruger Mini14 .223 cal rifle:

Incredibly popular, originated

America's 'ranch rifle'; design limitations however can never approach shooting consistency of even the most basic AR15.

FN-FAL pattern .308 cal rifle:

Very common worldwide.

Heavy as all .308 military rifles would be, yet modern additions

to FALs improve capabilities

over original iron sight limits.

M1A / M14 .308 cal rifle:

Externally similar to Mini14 but

slightly different gas system.

Vastly consistent & repeatable accuracy over Mini14 design.

HK G3 pattern .308 cal rifle:

Many versions worldwide.

Most heavy for its size among .308 military rifles. Complex, costly & dirty roller-locked

bolt system. $$$, limited optic mounts/requirements not ideal.

 

Other than single shot falling block or break-action type rifles,

what other types of rifles should everyone be familiar with?

Bolt action rifles - Remington Model Seven shown above. Companies

Ruger, Marlin, Remington, Winchester, Browning, Savage, Mossberg...
different safeties, bolt removal/disassembly, optic mount requirements.

Different type/location of safeties. Floorplate types

can vary among bolt rifles.

Lever action rifles - pictured is a Marlin 336. Marlin and Winchester

lead the numbers among many mfgs; some of similar design, some not.

Ex: Mossberg, Rossi, Puma, Uberti, Henry, Browning BLR, Ruger 96.

Differences between them include handling/loading and optic mounting.

Most levers have reciever loading port, some at front. Earlier guns no safeties.

Many now have a safety.

Semiauto or pump action, magazine-fed 'hunting type' rifles. Remington's

7400 semiauto series (currently model 750) and 7600 pump is popular.

Other common mfgs: Browning's BAR, Ruger's 44, Uberti's pump rifles.

Detachable magazines or

tube-fed magazine types-

both have pros and cons.

 

Ammunition: get some. Be sure to have your own comfortable inventory.

Have ammo. Use it, replenish it, always maintain a comfortable amount of your primary calibers.

It may be smart to maintain inventory of popular calibers you might not even have guns for yet.

One should have stock of .22lr, 9mm, .223/5.56, 7.62x39.  .45acp and .308 may be good too.

If you have decades-old ammo, start using it and replace it as you go. Brass weakens with 20+ yrs age.

Powders can deteriorate, loadings might be discovered weak/inconsistent/duds. Not good when needed.

Firearms, spare parts, magazines, ammunition, essentials -

Absolutely better to have and not need than to need and not have...

Something important to consider...

Got one?

Get Home Bags... set one up now!

Any basic nondescript backpack or shoulder bag will do, remember that whatever minimal items you choose to

put in the bag will need to withstand a car's environment. Don't overload it; this bag may have to be carried a distance - just to get you home or a better location.

Bug Out Bags will differ and may include more items depending on your plan/situation...

 

SteriPEN: Everyone needs to have these!

Nov 2017: None in stock; get these online from a reputable seller! Don't procrastinate!

Steripen Classic (AAs) approximately $70    Adventurer (DL123s) approximately $90

These work! Do not be caught in a bad situation without these, it isn't worth the agony!!

Mountain House / Wise shelf-stable foods - crucial for emergencies

Mountain House / Wise buckets, various multiple serving pouches, $80 ~ $100 bucket.

Wise Entrees, various 2 or 4 serving pouches, $5 ~ $8 each.

Get prepared.. set aside emergency necessities now, not during a situation!

How would you treat potential drinking water that could be questionable?

As equipment and time will allow, we can do the following:

  Katadyn filters solids/particulates, Steripen's UV step can stand-alone if necessary.

 

After filtration and ultraviolet steps, boiling then cooling produces wonderfully clean water.

MSR micro rocket stoves and several fuel canisters would be smart to have in your kit.

 

These MSR stoves thread into fuel canisters and have longer burn times than expected.

Be familiar with (and begin taste-testing) different 'just-add-hot-water' foods.

 

Wise and Mountain House are good to have. Supplemental food items

like Jiffy Pop makes "roughing it" much more fun and family friendly.

 

Streamlight Siege LED Lanterns

340 lumen D-cell $45 (ret$64) Coyote Brown

200 lumen AA $33 (ret$48) Coyote Brown

Pink $35 (ret$53) ,Yellow (magnetic base)

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All can hang upright or upside down

Low/Med/High/Red/Red SOS modes

 

Blackhawk Range Bags

16"x9"x8" small range bag, $35

15"x11"x10" medium range bag, $50

Plano XL Accessory Hard Cases

Lots of room in a 16"x6"x14" hard sided case

 

Fits 4 large pistols/revolvers, or more if small-medium sized handguns, $28

Magazine Storage Pouches

Organize and store pistol magazines and conversion barrel + mag sets

 

Shown above: 4-slot pouches in Navy Blue, light Blue.  Not shown: Gray, Black, OD

Usual stock includes 4-slot storage pouches $15.95 and 6-slot storage pouches $17.95

Soft Rifle Cases

Military rifle case, with exterior mag pouches and 1 large outer zippered pouch

42", fits fixed stock AK-47s, most 20" AR-15s, full stock Mini-14s. $29.95

37", fits most 16" AR-15s, sidefolding/retracting stock rifles, bullpups. $29.95

32" compact fit great for bullpup rifles.  $29.95

 

 

Standard rifle/defense shotgun case, with 4 exterior zippered accessory pouches

46", fits most bolt/lever/semiauto longguns, even with standard scopes. $29.95

High Speed Gear double decker mag pouches

 

Most versatile of their lineup, rifle/pistol taco pouches keep 1 each close to your body,

are Molle-compatible, accommodate a variety of mags, even other equipment. $42.95

Maxpedition RollyPoly dump pouches

 

Often overlooked or forgotten: the dump pouch for empty/partial mags or even random items.

Can be stowed as a very compact item then opened and put to use, Molle compatible. $26.95

 

More thoughts on DEFENSE guns and gear

Defensive Handguns and getting started in shooting - the simple truth

Why is there constant confusion about what to have in a self-defense semiauto handgun?

Above are examples of popular (tiny .25 is not best answer) handguns in several calibers.

Why would one use or expect a loved one to use a .25, .32, or .380 auto when it is clear

that 9mm caliber in a larger framed, easier-to-control handgun is truly advantageous?

For those who insist on "tiny is good enough", consider a motivated, aggressive attacker

ARMED with knives/guns and has caught you unaware in your home or confined space.

Now envision that attacker (or several) bent on taking your or other people's lives.

How effective is that tiny, stress-induced-forgot-how-to-use-this-cute-gun going to be?

Get a simple medium framed 9mm as a minimum caliber, get around progressive and

professional environments of true training and avoid stagnant and excessive plinking.

What's a simple semiauto? One where you insert mag, rack slide, and it is ready for use.

No external hammers, decocking/safety levers and/or two different trigger pulls.

Thankfully, simple is very attainable between $500~$700 with Glock leading the way.

Guns that have two different trigger pulls, decocking levers, safeties, sharp edges,

short frames that risk pinching skin on every magazine change and so on - WHY?

Proven track record handguns; med to lrg frames in

respectable calibers make more sense vs handguns

in small calibers with questionable stopping power.

Most cases, one can & should use 9mm minimum.

For home defense AND enjoyment when practicing;

which of the above is a more controllable revolver?

Which also builds confidence the more you shoot it?

Larger frame handguns provide more firing comfort.

Both are .380 caliber; tiny Ruger LCP has more movement & less control during firing. Beretta 85F

has a smoother firing characteristic and less recoil.

No mystery why; larger handgun, more mass, taller frame to fit the majority of hands securely.

Both are .22 LR; yet the best choice for introducing handguns to those interested in learning firearms,

target shooting, building confidence - Ruger MK III

is a versatile and smart choice. Beretta 21A is too small. It honestly can not fill the role of a target gun.

 

What really is practical and effective for target shooting; for defense use?

Having a variety of .22 handguns is ok, but most enjoyable & practical in picture above would be the

bottom two: a Sig Mosquito and Ruger MK III. However, Sig Mosquitos have always been ammo-

sensitive, requiring pricier types of .22 while Ruger's offering can take a wider variety of .22 ammo.

In defense situations, solid hits with .22 ammo is certainly better than misses with any larger caliber...

Secure, full-framed aggressive grip is better than an unsecure grasp of a tiny-framed gun for defense.

A controllable 9mm semiauto is a better idea than pushing someone to fire .357mag or .45acp.

Forcing anyone to proceed too quickly with snappy/heavy recoil/larger caliber defense handguns

is not a good idea; having confidence and familiarity of the chosen gun/caliber is the right answer.

Make it 'very easy' for the fun afternoon of plinking. Getting new shooters to enjoy

firearms from the first minute on a firing line is crucial. Always start with .22 caliber.

It may be better to get new shooters hitting targets easily first, then learn iron sights.

If it seems like cheating, so be it! Shown on the popular Ruger 10/22 .22 semiauto rifle,

a scope that magnifies target image and has crosshairs as an aiming point makes sense!

Building confidence and acclimating new shooters with .22 rifles & handguns is smart.

Do that before continuing on to defensive calibers and new shooters build skills faster.

Very fun and rewarding shooting with a cost-effective Savage MK-II .22 bolt action rifle -

with a 3-9x or 4-12x magnified scope, new and seasoned shooters can build and review

trigger control and 'follow-thru'; fundamentals that must be revisited for consistent results.

 

(Smith & Wesson) 4" revolver in .22 then moving on to a same frame/weight .38 special

with a 4" barrel is a better method versus starting off with .38 special or .357 magnum!

Glock 19 9mm, Glock 26 9mm, Glock 42 .380     .380s: Beretta 85F, Sig P230, Walther PPK, Glock 42

Diminutive defense guns should be a minimum of .380, and pocket pistols sure get small.

(Balance of defense platform and caliber often overlooked; ability to grasp and hang onto small pistols)

True, any bullet in a vital zone might stop an attacker, but should we risk more by betting on such odds?

Since most are physically capable of firing a 9mm Glock 19 sized like the 85F; use a Glock 19 instead!

Where's the defense gun to be kept and who is expected to know how to use it?

(left) Beretta 85 has a different operation of control lever than Beretta 92 (right)

 

As an important note; these Beretta handguns have controls in their manual-of-arms

that must be understood and operable by user without hesitation or second thought.

Beretta 85 decocking lever must be moved up to lower hammer and select 'safe'.

Beretta 92 decocking lever must go down to lower hammer and select 'safe'.

 

What matters most in a defensive handgun?

   

Fighting handguns should have slide serrations that offer secure grasp even when wet, have a significantly checkered/stippled frame grip and have a firearm finish that could be fouled dirty for an unknown span

of time and not have to worry about corrosion or parts failures. Then, simplicity and price is important.

Polymer is here to stay. Fewer parts, lower cost and operating simplicity are other smart characteristics.

Caliber? 9mm is commonly available, affordable and has a good balance of controllability and power.

 

Rifles & Carbines - How much do you really need to spend?

How much accessorizing before it gets silly?

Recognize and accept some glaring truths about home defense carbines and realities of logistics and law.

Is it really necessary to laden an AR with a heavy dot optic (EoTech, magnifiers, M-series Aimpoints),

vertical grips, bulky lights, bipods, & upgrades to extensive folding front and rear sights? It's up to you.

However, if all the expeditures cause a "no more money" situation when courses come available, then

gadgetizing is money not well spent. Far better to be smooth with a basic rifle than rely on extra stuff.

One way to price up and then weigh down your AR-15...  As pictured, over $2,400 and 11+ pounds.

Ergo Grip, ARMS folding rear sight, EoTech, Daniel Defense rail, GGG grip, YHM folding front sight,

Surefire light mounted on rail at 3 o'clock position, Harris bipod mounted on rail at 6 o'clock position.

The basic AR-15 shown above will work just fine... around $800 and just 7 pounds.

Mounting the most important accessory - lights for illumination

 

Good location for a light is to project from the front of sight tower. Light projection is best

when hotspot of light is between sight line and bore line.  link: mounting locations of lights

How about AKs? Optics like Burris FastFire shown here can enhance sighting speed but adding

versatile mount locations like the railed gas tube and tri-rail handguard will weigh down the rifle!

Similar possibility of overdoing it on AK rifles... AK above has almost 2 pounds added front and rear.

Quality yet pricey Vltor rear stock interface, LMT retracting stock, Tapco SAW pistol grip, Ultimak rails.

Nothing wrong with gilding military rifles - just don't let anyone or any publication make wild claims

to convince & coerce you into spending $$$ to make popular ARs or AKs "shoot better or straighter".

A basic, polymer furniture AK without any extras; works just fine as is.

Advantage of solid, proven magazines for the AK system

 

...steel AK mag is so pitted that it has rusted thru and it still works. Just can't beat steel AK mags!

...that's not mud on the ammo - it's rust! It will still chamber and cycle reliably thru the AK system.

 

...when chips are down, which rifle mag (and rifle system) would you truly have more faith in?

...a fragile FN PS90 (5.7x28) mag or a can-physically-beat-the-enemy-with AK (7.62x39) mag?

One example of wisely allocating some money towards a compact, reliable package: Arsenal Saiga AK.

Solid side folding stock is what makes this Arsenal AK a clear winner for some unthinkable situations.

There aren't many kinds of 5.45x39 mags to choose from; original Bulgarian would be first choice.

Because 5.45x39 ammo has become tougher to secure at attractive prices and in good quantities,

Arsenal's side-folding AK in 7.62x39 is far better choice; more kinds of quality mags can be found

and 7.62x39 ammunition will simply be more available than the limited types of 5.45x39 out there.

A 1000rd case of ammo should ensure the person(s) are set for a year or two of usage and training.

Anyone considering these military or other semiautos should have 2000rds or more ammo set aside,

secure six or more magazines and be capable of teaching others efficiently on the operating system.

 

 

Honest and genuine training for reality begins with physical exertion...

Until one experiences and progresses with force-on-force training, how do you really know ??

Backpeddling or merely backing away from attackers will still result in serious injury or worse.

Force-on-Force training provides glaring proof that mere visits to a target range will not be adequate.

Knife, crowbar, metal pipe, etc - and aggressor has purpose and momentum... link:  -ECRG Training-

Official courses like these is where it really helps accelerate your skills -and not stay stagnant.

So why aren't overwhelming numbers signing up for and taking progressive courses like these?

Complacency, delusion, denial, never ending excuses - acceptance of their stagnant status quo.

 

Many people in firearm sales - stores, publications, online - glamorize the military style rifle as a home

defense tool. Shouldn't being able to move, maneuver; run the gun beyond smooth be the minimum goal?

It will be shocking yet no surprise that the majority will never attend a single official firearms course.

Why should consumers then listen to their 'advice' or sales pitches on anything in their stores or blogs?!?

Those in sales, any blogger and ALL firearms owners that consider their tools for defense should train!

And for those that do attend courses, why is it that (thankfully) the majority have no frills on the firearms?

Those who know will accelerate their abilities faster with simpler firearms and have a universal capability.

 

Into and out of different firing positions and working with others in bonafide courses should also be

a minimum requirement for all who wish to consider their use of defense firearms. Drills are crucial!

 

Brisk movement - even firing while on the move, working both sides left and right - should be natural.

Of course, so much easier when firearms chosen are accordingly kept simple and as light as possible.

 

Left: Using mag as monopod to stabilize or hold firm like a vertical grip does not affect reliablity.

Right: However, adding a vertical grip does add to a tougher mag extract and insert task on AK,

while vertical grip still needs to be locked down further forward on an add-on rail -  really too forward,

so leaving them off is truly advantageous. Non-believers - get on out and train then. It will be obvious.

Same with AR-15s. Hilarious how so many put 'em on rails and in the heat of training, don't use them.

Qualification with firearms is not training. Shooting on a public firing line is not training.

Get into the right frame of mind and embrace honest physical exertion - find out what it really takes.

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