Quantico Tactical Job Opening Announcement // Marketing Manager

Location: Aberdeen, NC

Salary range: Competitive Based on Experience

Benefits: Medical, Dental, 401K, Paid vacation

Employment type: Full Time, Management Level

Department: Sales & Marketing

Position:  Marketing Manager

Why Quantico Tactical?

Quantico Tactical is the premier source for operational equipment for the military and federal agencies.  Additionally, we are one of only twelve Gold Superior Suppliers to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for 2017 and the largest North Carolina based Federal contractor.  Because of our success and continued growth, these are immediate hire positions and a great opportunity to become a member of our team.


A high percentage of our employees are military veterans with experience in an expansive array of operational specialties. This also deeply affects our corporate culture in that we are an intensely mission-focused team of professionals that embrace the values of integrity, teamwork, accountability and unyielding dedication.

We are a market leader with the best team, unparalleled products and procurement solutions for our industry. We offer a great opportunity to play a vital role in supporting the noble cause of our military and federal customers worldwide in a dynamically growing organization.

Quantico Tactical is seeking an experienced Marketing Manager who has firearm and tactical industry knowledge. The ideal candidate is a US military veteran and/or serious tactical enthusiast, possesses a Bachelor’s or Masters degree in Marketing or Communications and is someone who can work independently managing large projects. This is an exciting and very unique opportunity for someone with the drive and interest to submerse themselves in the firearm & tactical world.

This position is located from our corporate HQ in Aberdeen, NC and cannot be done remotely.

Duties:

  • Develop deliberate marketing strategies and campaigns that align with business goals.
  • Plan and execute corporate events and in-house trade shows
  • Coordinate attendance and exhibition at industry trade shows
  • Develop and maintain product catalogs
  • Oversee Co-op advertising programs
  • Manage advertising across multiple types of media
  • Maintain, and continue to develop, company website
  • Vendor relations with regards to joint marketing efforts
  • Develop and maintain all marketing content to include the creation of multimedia marketing materials, copy, presentations, marketing collateral and videos
  • Work closely with graphic artist to develop all promotional material
  • Travel and attendance at weekend/evening events occasionally required

Skills / Knowledge:

  • Must have a proven track record of marketing success in the defense or tactical industry
  • Trade show management experience is non-negotiable
  • Catalog development and management experience is non-negotiable
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must have effective vendor management and negotiations skills
  • Must be an excellent communicator – both in writing and in person – with exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with drive and strong leadership

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Masters degree in Marketing or Communications
  • 5+ Years experience in marketing
  • 3+ Years in management positions
  • Graphic skills a plus

Send your cover letter and your resume to Opportunities@QuanticoTactical.com

Only those candidates offered interviews will be contacted

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer

Quantico Tactical is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business

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5 Reasons to get Renters Insurance

Not every insurance company is created equal, and neither are their policies.

What You Need To Know

RE Factor Tactical Buyer's Guide
  • Renters insurance covers personal loss
  • Renters insurance covers property damage
  • Renters insurance covers liability

Renters Insurance

Lemonade
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We’ve talked about renters insurance here before, but today we want to highlight exactly why you should get it. You might be thinking, oh this is just another way for insurance companies to get more money. What’s the likelihood of ever needing to file a claim anyway? If you’re a renter, there are actually several reasons to get renters insurance, and it’s typically not expensive.

What does rental insurance really cover?

Besides the obvious, your landlord requires it and to cover personal loss, there are other reasons to purchase renters insurance. Yes, we all know that anything can happen. What if there’s a natural disaster and you lose everything? Renters insurance is great for covering the loss of your personal property, but what about other peoples’ property? What about accidental damage to the rental? Have you thought about additional expenses?

Personal Loss

Despite what some people think, your landlord’s property insurance doesn’t cover your property. Many people don’t get renters insurance if they aren’t required because they think if something happens to the apartment or home they’re in, their things with be covered along with the structure itself. Unfortunately, this just isn’t true. For instance, if your place caught on fire, the landlord’s insurance would cover the loss of the building, not your personal things. This is why you should get renters insurance.

Many folks also don’t get renters insurance because they incorrectly estimate the value of their things. But, you should know, those things add up. Clothes, furniture, appliances, electronics, etc. would cost a lot of money to replace. It’s easy to think your stuff isn’t worth that much, because chances are you didn’t buy it all at once, and some of it’s old. However, if you had to go out and buy all those things again, all at once, would you be able to afford it? Most of us would probably answer, “no” to that. Even if you were able to get stuff from yard sales and thrift stores, it would still be money out of your pocket to pay for stuff that you’ve already purchased once before. If you had renters insurance, these things would be covered.

Liability

Just like with car insurance, renters insurance can cover liability as well. This means that if someone where at your house and got hurt, your liability coverage would be there to help care for them. Now, before you say, no one is getting hurt on your property, and when they do, it’s their fault and you aren’t paying the medical bills. Too often, people get sued for such things. A friend is over with their kid for a play date, when he falls and breaks his arm. You might not expect it coming from a friend, but trust us; smaller things have come between friendships. If you have liability coverage under your renters insurance policy, this won’t be something you have to worry about.

Property Damage

There’s nothing like having a wild party and waking up the next morning to find a giant hole in the wall. Yes, the property owner has insurance. Yes, their insurance should cover the damage. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t be the one paying for it. So, if you have renters insurance it won’t be so hard on your wallet, at least not as hard as your friends head going through the drywall.

Travel

Did you know renters insurance can cover you outside of your home? Let’s say you’re packing up for a 2-week trip. You pack up most of your clothes, shoes, electronics, etc. and two days into the trip, you stop at a gas station. While you’re inside, someone breaks into your car and takes your suitcase, which happens to have half your life in it. Your renters insurance will cover the loss of those items during travel, even though they weren’t in your home when they were stolen.

Additional Expense

Now, this one might be new to you, but renters insurance can actually cover other expenses you might not have thought of. For example, if you need to stay in a hotel because your apartment burned down, rental insurance can cover this cost. Rental insurance can also cover the cost of food while you’re relocated. One unexpected coverage option provided to clients is food coverage in the case of a power outage. Back in 2012, a mass power outage occurred in my town. It was about 102 degrees outside and the power had been out for days. Because of this, all the food in my refrigerator and freezer went bad because I had been at work for 14 hours before I was able to get home and transfer everything into coolers. My insurance company actually reimbursed me for the food I lost. Which was great because I had purchased groceries the day before the power outage.

What Renters Insurance Doesn’t Cover

Keep in mind, most renters insurance policies do not cover damage from floods or earthquakes. So, make sure you ask about this. Otherwise, if something happens to your things as a result of a natural disaster, you won’t be able to recoup your losses, at least not without spending more of your own money. Also, keep in mind that not every policy is the same. You’ll still have a deductible, so you’re not completely out of paying for what you’ve lost. But, in most cases, your deductible will be much cheaper than going out and purchasing everything all over again.

How much coverage you need will also determine how much your monthly premium will be. For instance, if you’re an antique collector, you’re going to pay more. Some insurance companies might also require that you have separate or additional coverage for these items. This is why it’s important to discuss what you have with the insurance agent. Do not assume that because it’s in your home or you own the property that it will be covered or that it will be covered in all cases. Some insurance companies do cover personal loss as a result of a flood, but not a hurricane. Some will cover you at no additional cost for a fire, but not a flood. And the list goes on. Every company is different. Some will charge more for these additions, while others have you covered in all cases and only charge more based on how much your things are worth.

Top Three Rental Insurance Providers

Not all renters insurance providers are created equal. With that being said, there are definitely a few that stand out. Below is a list of the current top providers.

Lemonade

Lemonade offers some pretty nice options to your coverage. For example, they offer something called “zero everything,” which lets you “undo losses,” as they put it. This means you can receive your claim payment without a deductible. On top of that, you get full replacement cost of whatever your claim was, so long as it was approved, of course. You also don’t have to worry about your rate going up, so long as you don’t file more than two claims in a year.

Pros

  • No rate-hike with first two claims (resets every year)
  • Lemonade uses soft credit checks (sometimes)

Cons

  • Zero Everything is not available everywhere
  • Hurricane deductibles are their own entity
  • A standard policy only includes up to $1,500 for jewelry, so if your wedding ring alone cost $6,000, you’ll need extra coverage

Young Alfred

Young Alfred is an insurance comparison site. Which we think is awesome because it lets you compare some of the top companies based on your needs. Do you need basic coverage? Are you on a budget? Do you want top of the line? Do you own specialty items? Maybe you live in a flood zone. You tell Young Alfred what you want or need, and they’ll show you a bunch of different options to help you decide what works best for you.

Pros

  • It’s a free service
  • No brokerage fees

Cons

  • You have to pay a filing fee for an SR22, which is typically between $20-$25
  • Young Alfred only offers insurance in 41 states

Progressive

Progressive offers a variety of insurance bundling options. However, you’re going to pay for it. Compared to Lemonde’s $5/month coverage, you’re paying a lot more, like $30 more. But, you’re also getting more for your money.

Pros

  • Your hotel and meals are covered in a case where your home needs repairs and isn’t safe to live in
  • If someone else gets hurt in your home, their medical bills are covered

Cons

  • More expensive

USAA Renters Insurance

Unfortunately, USAA does not fall into our list of top rental insurance providers, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth your consideration. We’ll still give them a mention since many of our readers qualify for USAA services. And since we’ve already written a pretty extensive blog on USAA Renters Insurance, we won’t go too much into that here. But, just as a quick recap, and to use when you’re comparison shopping, here’s a list of what USAA covers and when. Most of these things are covered by other rental insurance providers, but again not every company is the same. Talk to an agent and read the fine print before you sign-up for a policy.

What USAA Covers

  • Clothing
  • Electronics
  • Silverware
  • Phones
  • Military Equipment
  • Jewelry
  • Storage
  • Fine Art
  • Bicycles
  • Sports Equipment
  • Cameral
  • Liability
  • Coins
  • China or Crystal
  • Music Equipment
  • Guns
  • Furniture
  • Stamps
  • Antiques
  • Computers
  • Appliances
  • Furs
  • Hearing Aids

When USAA Coverage Applies

  • Fire and lightning
  • Flood and Water
  • Windstorm or hail
  • Collapse of building
  • Volcanic eruption
  • Earthquake
  • Smoke
  • Freezing
  • Falling objects
  • Explosion
  • Theft
  • Aircraft
  • Vehicles
  • Vandalism and malicious mischief
  • Riot and civil commotion
  • Sudden and accidental tearing apart, cracking, burning or bulging
  • Sudden and accidental damage from artificially generated electrical current

Lemonade

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You also don’t have to worry about your rate going up, so long as you don’t file more than two claims in a year.

Young Alfred

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You tell Young Alfred what you want or need, and they’ll show you a bunch of different options to help you decide what works best for you.

Progressive

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You'll pay more than $5, unlike with Lemonade. However, you're going to get a lot more for your money too.

How to Improve your Trigger Pull

Sight alignment and trigger squeeze/pull are the two most essential pieces of marksmanship.  It’s imperative that when firing a shot that these two items be mastered.  However, there’s a lot of bad information put out on how to properly squeeze a trigger, so we wanted to discuss what works best for us. Below are a few critical tips on how to improve your trigger pull.

How to Improve Your Trigger Pull

While there are a lot of fundamentals to basic marksmanship, proper trigger pull and sight alignment tend to have the most significant effect on your overall accuracy. Stance, adequate grip, and recoil management will help. However, they are not key functions in ensuring proper shot placement. Because of this, you must perfect an appropriate squeeze of trigger if you want to become an accurate shooter. The good news is, it’s not a complicated thing to learn, and with some simple practice, you can dramatically improve your trigger pull and overall accuracy.

Trigger Squeeze

In general, the same information is put out about trigger squeeze…. “slowly pull the trigger to the rear until it releases, it should be a surprise when the round goes off.”  I can’t tell you how many times I heard this going through basic training and even later on, when going through the Special Forces Qualification Course.  It wasn’t until I got into Sniper school and follow on shooting schools that I finally learned how to properly squeeze a trigger.

Let me start off by saying it’s not really a squeeze.  I think that might be the worst way possible to describe the manipulation of a trigger.  In reality, the manipulation can be a slow push to the rear or even a slap.  Yes, I said slap.  Remember when you were taught to never slap the trigger?  Guess what, it’s actually a great way to manipulate the trigger, but I will get into more of that later.

Proper Finger Placement

How and where you place your finger on the trigger is important. You should place the meaty part of your index finger, between the end of your finger and the first knuckle on the trigger. This placement is crucial because too far in one direction or the other can cause you to start pushing or pulling rounds.

How to Bend your Finger

This may sound weird, but how your finger bends when pulling the trigger is important. Fingers have a tendency to curl when they pull because of the multiple knuckles. While this is great for gripping, it’s terrible for trigger pull. You will want to bend your finger in a manner where only the second knuckle is bent, and your finger makes a 90-degree angle. This will help your finger to pull directly back, rather than pull to one side or the other. If you ever see your rounds grouping to the left of the target, it means that your finger is curling too much and is forcing the barrel of the gun to the left.

How to Train Your Trigger Pull

While going to the range and shooting thousands of rounds is fun, it’s costly and doesn’t always make you a better shooter. There are several drills you can use to help train your finger pull directly to the rear.

Rubber Band Drill

The first drill is the rubber band drill. For this, you need a basic rubber band. Place the rubber band around your thumb of your non-firing hand and then use your trigger finger to pull the rubber band to the rear, while focusing on maintaining that 90-degree angle and pulling the finger/rubber band directly backward. If you want to get real specific, draw a line on a piece of paper and ensure the rubber band doesn’t move to the left or to the right of that line when you pull it back.

Pencil Drill

The second drill is the pencil drill. For this drill simply hold a pencil in your non-firing hand and practice pulling the pencil directly to the rear.

Dry Firing

Dry firing is another excellent way to train your trigger pull. For this drill, put up a good paper target on the wall and practice dry firing over and over and over and over, and you get the idea.

If you want to up your dry fire game, have a friend place a spent casing on the end of your pistol. The casing shouldn’t fall off when you squeeze the trigger.

Train the Slack

When you’re training your trigger pull, you will want to learn how to take the slack out of your trigger. This is important when you get into other areas of marksmanship. For this, you’re merely finding your trigger’s travel distance before it engages the trigger sear, thus causing the gun to fire. One way to train this is to simply place your finger on the trigger and pull it back until it stops at the trigger sere. If the gun actually fires, you’ve gone too far. Practice taking out the slack quickly and accurately. This way, when you go to firing the weapon, you only have to get your finger past the minor distance of the trigger sere.

Trigger Manipulation

Squeeze the trigger, pull the trigger, compress the trigger. All of these are terms we often hear with trigger manipulation. How you manipulate the trigger determines if you’ll hit the target. So, while it may seem an easy task, it is an important one to become good at. Otherwise, you might not be the one coming out on top in a firefight.

Isolate your Trigger finger

This may sound a bit odd, it’s not like you can literally isolate your trigger finger. We’re not saying cut the thing off, but focus on your finger, and move it like it’s the only part of your hand. This helps keep you from having your sight picture/sight alignment interrupted. You shouldn’t forget about grip but think of your finger as a fixated piece to your pistol. Your finger and trigger are one, and the only thing moving is the finger-trigger piece, not your entire hand.

Jerking the Trigger

Jerking the trigger is a bad idea, and when you jerk the trigger, you also jerk the gun to the left or right—depending on which hand you’re firing with. You can practice not anticipating the shot and jerking the trigger with ball and dummy round drills.

 

Slapping the Trigger

If you’ve been shooting a while, or even if you just started, you might have heard never slap the trigger. Unfortunately, this is a very debatable topic. Also, trigger reset is only realistic for qualifications, not fight or flight mode. So, if you’re training, focusing on trigger reset (slowly pressing the trigger to the rear and then releasing it until you hear the audible click) is an easy task. But, let’s think about that for a second. What happens when you’re in fight or flight mode? Do you think you’ll feel or hear the click? No, you won’t. Also, something to keep in mind, slowly pulling the trigger to the rear and then releasing without moving your finger from the trigger actually requires fine motor skills, which you’re bound to lose when you fear for your life. So, ask yourself, how will you perform when it comes to life or death?

As far as the brain and muscle memory are concerned, you have to practice something thousands and thousands of times until it becomes a subconscious act, sometimes it can even take tens of thousands of times. Slapping the trigger is the body’s natural reaction, not trigger reset. When it comes down to it, removing your finger is not the concern. Instead, shooters should focus on keeping their finger in motion, which helps with something known as the death grip, the grip where your knuckles turn white.

However, trigger slapping comes with both the good and bad, depending on the shooter. Trigger reset is great for the novice shooter who is learning trigger control. It typically leads to a tighter shooting group. However, for the more advanced shooter, with self-awareness, it is quicker and easier (although your shooting group will most likely be a bit wider). If you can slap the trigger without moving the muzzle of your pistol, it is then that slapping the trigger is both quick and effective. However, if you’re a new shooter and have yet to grasp the fundamentals and have issues controlling your muzzle, slapping the trigger can hold adverse outcomes to shot placement. This is why we practice because if you needed to fire a weapon in self-defense, you wouldn’t have time to think, “slow steady pull, release to click.” You’ll revert to your body’s natural response, which is slapping.

 

Single Action vs. Double Action

In general, single action triggers tend to be lighter and have less travel distance than a double action trigger.  This means, in general, pulling the trigger on a double action trigger is going to be more difficult and harder to perfect than on a single action pistol. However, many people prefer a heavier trigger pull found on double action pistols, especially for concealed carry.

Single Action

A single action trigger essentially means that when you squeeze the trigger one thing happens… the hammer falls (or firing mechanism releases), striking the firing pin thus causing the round to fire.  In a single action pistol, the hammer or firing mechanism with not reset unless done so with the cycling of the pistol (in a semi-automatic version) or from another prep such as racking the slide or pulling back the hammer.  Some examples of single action pistols are Glocks (17, 19, 43, etc.), M&P 2.0, 1911, etc.

Double Action

In a double action pistol, the squeeze of the trigger also sets the firing mechanism, usually a hammer.  This was very common in older revolvers where the squeeze of the trigger would cause the hammer to move backward until it released and struck the firing pin.  Examples of a double action trigger would be the SIG Sauer P226, Kimber K6s or Smith and Wesson MP Body Guard.

Shooting Techniques

Once you have the above down, don’t stop there. Now you need to get it into muscle memory. The last thing you want to do is find yourself in a situation of self-defense and not have muscle memory. This is why we practice. And practice can be found through dry fire. Not only are you building up muscle memory, but you’re also seeing how well you’ve learned the fundamental of marksmanship without spending a ton of money on rounds.

If you haven’t heard it yet, once you get into shooting, you’ll hear this phrase often, “slow is smooth, smooth is fast.” But, if you’re slow but fail to have a proper trigger pull, a good grip, you anticipate the shot, don’t have sight alignment and sight picture or don’t have your breath under control, it won’t matter, your shot placement will suffer. You have to keep the fundamentals as a part of your shooting techniques, and then you can work on speeding up your shots.

Grip

Like trigger pull, grip will also help with your shot placement. If you don’t have a firm grip (but not too firm), you’ll find yourself “limp wristing” it. When this happens, your shots won’t land where you intended, or there’s a chance your weapon won’t fire at all.

Anticipating the Shot

Don’t close your eyes…okay this may seem like some odd advice, but it happens. Usually, it’s because you’re anticipating the shot. Your pistol may not have a lot of recoil, but when we expect the shot, we flinch, and when we flinch we close our eyes. When this happens, we lose control of our gun, and our shot ends up anywhere but the target. This occurs even 5m away. So, yes, flinching, even at close range can be detrimental to shot placement. Now, imagine you’re 25m from the target? It won’t make your chances of hitting the mark any better. Again, you can work on not anticipating your shot through ball and dummy drills.

Breath Control

Holding one’s breath might not be something you think about either until you’re in the moment, but just like closing your eyes, this one happens too. You have to find a balance in your breath, yes, but holding your breath until your lungs feel like they’re about to burst is not the answer. You should have steady breath control. And you should pull the trigger at a natural pause. Don’t hold your breath for a minute trying to get on target. You don’t need to pass out before you get the shot off.

 

Shooting Stance

We won’t get too much into this one right now, at it deserves its own blog. But, know how you stand will also alter shot placement, this is because stance helps with balance and absorbing the recoil. Think of it like getting pushed. If you’re just standing straight up, feet together and someone comes up and pushes you, you’re more likely to fall down than if you had a wider base, leaning slightly forward with a slight bend in your knees. The same goes for shooting. If you don’t have a proper shooting stance, you’ll find yourself rocking back, and your shot placement will suffer from it. Don’t be like the people who fall down from a single shot—it can be avoided with a solid stance.

 

Breaking News: Trump Signs Executive Order Forgiving Student Loans for Disabled Veterans

Disabled Veteran Student Loan Forgiveness

Disabled Veterans are getting their chance to eliminate all student debt accrued through student loans by an Executive Order signed by President Trump on August 23, 2019. According to the Associated Press and MSN news, President Trump ordered the Department of Education to “eliminate every penny of student loan debt”. This debt forgiveness is an astounding victory for Veteran’s, but only for “completely and permanently disabled” veterans.

What does it mean to be completely and permanently disabled?

A Veteran who is completely and permanently disabled will have a 100% disability rating from the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) and it must be service-related. If you are 100% disabled and you’re not sure if your disability is service-connected, contact your VA healthcare provider or create and login to Myhealth.va.gov.

How will this debt forgiveness work?

The easiest way to get the debt forgiveness is to contact the VA and get an application to fill out with all your loan information. In past years, Veterans who have attempted to apply for loan forgiveness have been discouraged by the lengthy and unorganized application process. However, President Trump is aware of this situation and has ordered the government to “expedite” all applications in the most efficient way possible. 

What should I do if I need a student loan?

The first thing you should do is read this article on student loans for Veterans to get a better understanding of your options. The second thing you should do is to do your research on which banks can get you the best loan for your financial situation. We have provided some great loan opportunities below if you need help in getting a good start. We also suggest every veteran take advantage of any tax relief they can find. This will help if every veteran, regardless of their financial situation.

This new law might only help permanently disabled Veterans, but this is a great step in the right direction. Any man or woman permanently disabled due to fighting for our nation should be taken care of by our government. Like the great Abraham Lincoln once said, “The Solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom”. We are eager to see this enacted as a start so that one day every soldier should have the opportunity to educate their families and themselves at no charge.

MP5k Review

The MP5k is only 4 pounds and 12 inches long, making it the perfect concealed carry gun on the market.

What You Need To Know

RE Factor Tactical Buyer's Guide
  • The MP5K is basically a small MP5
  • The MP5K shoots a 9mm round
  • The MP5K is made by various companies

MP5k

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The MP5k is a smaller variant of the MP5, specifically designed for close-quarters combat situations. The MP5k is only about 4.4 pounds and is less than 13 inches long, which makes this one of the best concealed carry guns on the market. The biggest differences, besides the weight and length, are the receiver endcap and it fires from a close-bolt position. The Receiver endcap addition replaces a buttstock, making the gun shorter, while the closed-bolt firing mechanism allows for greater control and accuracy. But that’s not the only cool thing about this weapon system, so keep reading for our full MP5k review.

The MP5k Explained

The MP5k can be used as a primary weapon in close-quarters environments or it’s small and light enough to be concealed and used as a secondary weapon. The versatility that made the MP5 so popular and useful was made better by the creation of the MP5k. The Receiver endcap allows the MP5k to cuts its overall length by more than half from 27 inches to 12.7 inches. Normally this would cause a gun to have added recoil and harder to control, but H&K made sure to configure the MP5k with a closed-bolt firing mechanism. Firing from a close-bolt position gives the MP5k the ability to reduce recoil and muzzle flip with the receiver endcap absorbing the delayed-blowback operation of the gun. H&K has always been a great company, but we think they stepped up their game with this gun. It shoots as accurate and handles better than the MP5, while still maintaining the craftsmanship and quality of parts we expect from H&K. The ease of maintenance and the ability to change the receiver cap to a buttstock adds an element of personalization that accommodates every style of shooter.

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MP5k

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MSRP: $1,600
Length overall: 12.7 in
Weight: 4.4 lbs
Width: 1.9 in
Barrel Length: 4.5 in
Magazine Capacities: 15,30
Fire Rate: 800 rounds/ min

Features

· 15 and 30 round magazines
· Wide variety of trigger groups for different rates of fire (Single-fire, 2-round, 3-round, and full auto)
· Modular design enables the addition of different buttstocks, forearms, magazines, and sight mounts.

Who Should Buy an MP5k

The MP5k is very popular amongst the law enforcement and special operations communities because of it’s versatility and effectiveness. We recommend civilian law enforcement organizations, Federal Law Enforcement, and military special operations to test this gun out and see the benefits for themselves. We also strongly recommend any women in civilian or federal law enforcement to consider the MP5k. Many people struggle with pistols for a variety of reasons and most carbines or rifles are still too big to conceal properly, without restricting mobility and capability. The MP5k is only 4 pounds and 12 inches long, making it the perfect concealed carry gun on the market.

MP5 Vs. MP5k

The most popular question we get is why someone would buy an MP5k over an MP5, especially when you can get an MP5 cheaper than an MP5k. We created a table below to compare the similarities and differences.

MP5k MP5
Weight 4.4 lbs 6.8 lbs
Overall Length 12.7 inches 27.6 (stock extended)

21.7 (stock retracted)

Barrell Length 4.5 inches 8.8 inches
Magazine capacity 15,30 15,30
Height 9 inches 9 inches
Rate of Fire 900 per/min 800 per/min
Width 1.9 inches 1.9inches
Price 1,000-1,600 800-1,200
Caliber 9mm 9mm
Buttstock Receiver cap Extended Buttstock

MP5k VS Zenith MP5

The Zenith MP5 (Z-5RS) is very similar to the MP5, created by MKE out of Turkey. The Z-5RS is well built and has a great grip on the gun but its narrow forearm makes it feel less sturdy than the MP5k. The Z-5RS has the standard Picatinny rail system and almost all aesthetic parts are interchangeable and easily replaced. The Z-5RS has an awesome trigger that is much better than most MP5 style submachine guns, but the ergonomics in the H&K models are much better than the Z-5RS.

MP5k Zenith MP5 (Z-5RS)
Weight 4.4 lbs 5.5 lbs
Overall Length 12.7 inches 17.9 inches

27 inches (buttstock extended)

Barrell Length 4.5 inches 8.9 inches
Magazine capacity 15,30 30
Height 9 inches 10 inches
Rate of Fire 900 per/min 800per/min
Width 1.9 inches
Price $1,000-1,600 $1,862.00
Caliber 9mm 9mm
Buttstock Receiver cap Receiver Cap

MP5k Problems

The safety switch on the MP5k has been known to give owners a lot of problems because it can be clunky and hard to grip with your thumb. The easy fix with this issue is to change the safety selector switch with a custom model. Another common complaint is H&K does not include the last round bolt-open feature, which forces the user to know and calculate when their magazine is about out. This is something that we are ok with because every gun operator should be fully aware of his/her rate of fire and round capacity. However, it would be better if H&K engineered this feature to make the transition between magazines smoother.

MP5k Accessories

One of the best attributes of the MP5k is the amount of customization that it allows. Almost every part of this gun can be replaced, modified or customized. Even though the MP5k comes with a receiver cap instead of the buttstock, you can easily add a buttstock for more stability. Our favorite one to use is the SB Folding side stock because it’s easy to attach and is locked in very well to the frame. If money isn’t a concern, the SB Tactical Folding Brace is a great option but is about $200 more. Some buttstocks need an adapter to attach the receiver before you put the brace on. Make sure before you buy a brace, you find out if an adapter is needed. We recommend SB Tactical Side Folding adapter but remember you may not need an adapter so do your homework before you buy something you don’t need.  If you do need an adapter, The SB tactical improves your versatility by allowing you to fold or unfold the brace based on your needs. The image below is a great way to learn more about buttstocks before you buy one.

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MP5k Magazine

The MP5k magazine is 30 rounds that come in translucent and black. MP5k magazines normally start around $30 per magazine but can reach up to $60 if you get a custom magazine. H&K also sells a 15 round magazine if you don’t want to carry the full 30, but we think its best to go with the 30-round mag. We also recommend getting a speed loader from Palmetto State Armory.

MP5k Sights

The standard sight for the MP5k is the diopter sight, which is an aperture sight that is used to line up with the front sight element. The site itself is very sturdy and well made, so there is no issue to zero your sights during range time. We recommend the Castle Rear sight from H&K if you want a clearer sight picture. The Castle’s rear sight widens the sight picture and is much faster to get on target than standard iron sights.

MP5k Grips

H&K creates dozens of grips that can easily be replaced with very little effort. With the only real knock on the MP5k being the safety selector and grip well, we recommend a few alternatives to the stock version of the gun. The front vertical grip is great for stability, but you can easily replace it with a Picatinny rail system. 

MP5k Trigger Group HK clipped and pinned ambi grip Ambi left side extended selector lever Ambi right side selector lever Complete and ready to put on you MP5k Synopsis Price
MP5 94 Group 3 Navy Housing (0,1)

No full auto for this grip

          ♦              ♦                 ♦               ♦ The 94 group 3 is a great alternative to the stock version because it converts the MP5k to fully ambidextrous. This grip provides a great non-slip easy to handle grip for any shooter with average-sized hands. $389.95
MP5 Navy group 3 (0,1, full auto)           ♦             ♦                ♦               ♦ This is the same as the 94 group, except it has the full auto lever on the selector switch. $624.95
MP5 group 3 position Navy (0,1, full auto)           ♦               ♦ This grip not only provides a full auto switch, but it corrects the trigger flaw by extending the safety selector switch. This is a great buy if the safety bothers you or you simply want a more ergonomic trigger group. $698.95
9mm MP5 trigger Group SEF

(0,1,)

           ♦ This is one of the most economical trigger groups you can buy. It still has the H&K name, so you know it is high quality, but it is not ready to go as is. Most do not come with a friction trip lever or friction sear, so you’d have to order another piece, separately. $274.95
9mm MP5 4 position group (0,1,2, full auto)            ♦               ♦              ♦              ♦ This is the top of the line trigger group for someone who needs to the versatility in fire rate and comfort. This fits every version of the MP5 and can be easily converted within a few minutes. $839.95

H&K MP5k Rail Options

There are many different rail systems you can place on your MP5k that will either make it look better or function better. As with any gun, you need to figure out what you want to do with that gun (e.g., close-quarters, mid-range, long-range, etc…), so you can decide if you want to replace the stock receiver with an attachment. One of our favorite combinations is to use a sling with a laser sight or use a flashlight with the sling. The rail systems below are a few of our favorites, but try to remember the more you add, the more weight you’re holding and attachments could get in the way of accuracy.

Rail Systems Laser Light Sling Optics Synopsis Price
Front sight tower rail mount     ♦    ♦    ♦      ♦ All three attachments can be placed on the tower rail, but not at the same time. This rail is meant to be lightweight with two attachments at most. $39.95
Second Gen Picatinny Rail to weld to receiver    ♦      ♦ This rail system is used specifically if you want to add a scope or optic to your gun. With 17 rail slots available, it can accommodate any scope or optic you would like to put on. $69.95
MP5k Rail Segment    ♦    ♦    ♦      ♦ This system is great for the MP5k because it is small, light, and easily attached to the receiver. Although you can put any of these attachments on the receiver, we only recommend 1 or 2 at a time. A laser and sling are a great combination to use. $59.95

Best Concealed Carry SMG|MP5k

The MP5k is hands down the best concealed carry gun on the market today. It’s essentially the size of a mid-sized handgun with the firepower of a machine gun. The gun only weighs 4.4 pounds and is barely over 12 inches long.

The Best Method to Conceal MP5k

H&K created a briefcase that can be used to transport or can be used as a  firing platform. This reminds us of a James Bond movie, but it’s as real as it gets. The briefcase has a professional look and feels great while providing easy access to the gun. We recommend practicing with the briefcase if you’re going to put it into action.

Where to Buy the MP5k

The best place to search for an MP5k is Palmettostatearmory.com. Palmetto State Armory will give you the best possible prices for any accessory or gun you need. We highly recommend Palmetto State Armory or Gunbroker. Both are great companies that have given us exceptional customer service and quality products.

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The MP5k is a smaller variant of the MP5, specifically designed for close-quarters combat situations.

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You can get an MP5 cheaper than an MP5k, but it's also bigger and heavier.

Shot Placement

All too often pistol shooters continue to make mistakes that have simple solutions because they are either unsure what error they are making, or how to fix it. The easiest way to diagnose your deficiencies at the range is by paying attention to shot placement. There are several different categories of mistakes that shooters often make. Each type of error will cause rounds to impact specific areas of the target. By merely taking note of where your shots are landing when you miss, you can reveal a lot about your mistakes. Once the errors are identified, you can work on fixing them and improve your shooting exponentially.

 

Sight Alignment

Ensuring you have proper sight alignment and sight picture before you pull the trigger is crucial. If you aren’t using your sights properly, chances are you aren’t hitting your intended target. When using traditional sights, you want your front sight tip to be directly between your rear sights with even space visible on each side of the front sight. The front and rear sights need to be equidistant both horizontally and vertically. In other words, this means that your front sight tip should be level with your rear sights and there should be even space between your front sight and rear sights horizontally. All three dots on pistol sights should be online and evenly spaced from one another.

There are numerous areas that your rounds can impact if your sights are not properly aligned. If there is less visible space on the left side of the front sight tip, your rounds will impact to the left of the target. The same applies to the right. If the front sight is above the rear sights, the rounds are going to land high, and if the front sight is lower than the rear sights, the shots will fall lower. It is a straightforward principle. The main thing to keep in mind is that there is much less room for error when shooting pistols as opposed to rifles because the barrel is shorter, and the distance between the sights is significantly lessened. Even minimal deviances in sight alignment can throw your rounds off target considerably.

Sight Picture

When aiming at a target, the shooter should not stare at the target. Target fixation is common for beginner level shooters. Initially, it may be challenging to focus on the sights instead of your target, but it becomes more comfortable over time.  The shooter should identify the target, then aim through the sights, primarily focusing on the front sight tip and ensuring that the rear sights are in proper alignment. The target should be slightly blurred in the background. If a shooter has a clear sight picture of the target, but blurry sights, then the rounds will not impact in the intended location. The shooter should be staring at crisp, clear, and properly aligned sights with a slightly blurred target in the background before pulling the trigger.

If you are staring at the target instead of properly acquiring your sights, the rounds will likely land sporadically with no visible pattern unless other deficiencies are present, such as anticipation or improper trigger manipulation. There is no way of telling where your sights are aiming or if they are properly aligned if you are not focusing on them correctly.

Aiming point

Establishing a proper aiming point can make all the difference. Your aiming point should be as small and precise as possible. If you are shooting at an active shooter style target, try aiming at very precise and specific points to ensure your rounds are as accurate as possible. Aiming points should be small like the nose, eye, or button on a shirt instead of the head or body as a whole. The more precise your aiming point is, the more accurately your rounds will impact. If you pick an acute aiming point like the nose and miss by an inch, your round will still impact the face, but if your aiming point is the head as a whole, and you miss by an inch, you may miss your target entirely. Keep your aiming points as small as possible, and your rounds will be much more accurate.

If you are aiming at a broad target instead of aiming precisely, your rounds will either impact sporadically or in an extremely loose group that may not be distinguishable. This is because your aiming point is too large. Therefore your grouping will be widespread. This error is immediately fixed by aiming at a more finite target point.

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Trigger Manipulation

After you have established proper sight alignment and sight picture on a precise target point, it is time to pull the trigger. Improper trigger manipulation can cause a round to impact off-target even if your sights are in perfect alignment. Although there are many different trigger types, the process is the same for firing with each. Always squeeze or press the trigger smoothly and consistently as to not alter your aiming point. You want to focus on pulling the trigger straight back because a slight deviation can have a significant effect on where your round will impact. Only the trigger finger should move while the rest of the hand and arm remain as still and consistent as possible. The two most common mistakes shooters make in regards to trigger manipulation is slapping and jerking the trigger.

Jerking the trigger

Jerking the trigger is when the trigger is pulled rapidly and not smoothly (in a jerking motion). This causes the hand and wrist to move and will typically cause right-handed shooters to miss to the right, and left-handed shooters to miss to the left. If you find that your shots are missing to the right consistency and you are a right-handed shooter, you are likely jerking the trigger. This can be fixed by dry firing your pistol and ensuring that from the moment you begin to pull the slack out of the trigger, to the moment the trigger breaks, both the front and rear sights maintain perfect alignment. You can try dry-firing with a piece of brass balancing on the end of the slide. The brass should remain stable throughout the dry-fire exercise and should not fall at any point. This dry-fire drill ensures you maintain stability throughout the firing process.

When firing multiple shots, the same principles apply. Proper sight alignment/sight picture should be gained, the slack should smoothly be pulled out of the trigger while maintaining your sights all the way through the trigger break when the round is fired. Once the first round has left the chamber, smoothly release some of the pressure on the trigger until you feel a definitive click, this is the trigger resetting, which means you can now fire another round. You will notice that in most pistols, when the trigger resets, there is still more distance the trigger can travel before it rests entirely. It is not necessary to allow the trigger to completely return to the starting point before firing. Keep enough positive pressure on the trigger to enable the trigger to only travel far enough to reset, then take your follow-on shot after you have appropriately acquired your sights.

DO NOT completely take your finger off the trigger between shots. This will cause you to slap the trigger when taking multiple shots in rapid succession.

Slapping the Trigger

Slapping the trigger is essentially the same concept as jerking the trigger but is compounded with several other (difficulties) such as recoil management, quickly acquiring your sights, etc. Only release the trigger until it resets, and fire follow-on rounds.

This problem is extremely easy to pinpoint. If you find that your accuracy is lacking when firing rapidly, either film your hands and firearm or ask someone else to watch you during a rapid-fire drill. If your finger comes off the trigger at all, reset the drill and slow down your cadence.  Focus on only allowing the trigger to travel far enough to reset, then re-engage. Shooters typically slap the trigger for one of two reasons. One, they simply do not know better. They think that to shoot as fast as possible, they should move their finger as quickly possible and do not take into account that they are moving their finger further than necessary, and altering their sights in the process. The second reason applies to all levels of shooters and occurs when shooters try and fire faster than they can fundamentally shoot. They move too quickly and fail to apply the fundamentals.

Developing a cadence or rhythm can be extremely beneficial. Focus on shooting in rhythm to allow all the steps to become second nature. In the beginning, verbal cues can also be instrumental. One verbal prompt that can be beneficial is saying, “sight alignment, sight picture, squeeze.” You can say the cadence as slowly or quickly as needed until the fundamentals become second nature. Ensure as you are saying the cadence, you are doing what you are saying. This aids in the development of positive muscle memory.

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Anticipation

Shooters who have problems with anticipation will often miss the target by a significant margin even if all the other fundamentals we have covered so far are applied. Anticipation is precisely what it sounds like; a shooter is anticipating the recoil of the shot and attempting to brace for it instead of allowing their arms and body to absorb it. Bracing just before a shot will throw off your sight alignment and sight picture and cause your barrel to dip in most cases.

This problem can be easily identified if you find that your rounds are grouping low and left of the target if you are a right-handed shooter, or low and right if you are a left-handed shooter. You can also highlight the problem by doing a ball and dummy drill.

Ball and Dummy Drills

Ball and dummy drills are conducted by having someone else load a dummy round into your magazine and having you perform any multiple round shooting drills as you usually would. Once your magazine reaches the dummy round, and the gun fails to fire, it will be extremely apparent if you were anticipating the shot or not. If the muzzle of the pistol moves forward at all when attempting to fire the dummy round, you are anticipating the shot. The severity of anticipation can vary in degree, but shooters should strive to have no anticipatory movement when firing at all.

Anticipation can only be fixed with practice. Shooters who have problems with anticipation should practice slow fire single-round shooting. Start from the 10-yard-line with the pistol presented. Focus on squeezing the trigger as smoothly and slowly as possible. Exaggerate how slow you press the trigger until it finally breaks and the round fires.  Take the gun off target to reset, then repeat for ten rounds with each round taking slightly less time to fire than the last. By the time you reach the tenth round, it should take no more than approximately two seconds to fire the round once you have begun taking the slack out of the trigger. Reload a magazine and do the same thing but fire two rounds per iteration with no more than two seconds between shots. Once you have fired a total of ten rounds, repeat the drill and fire three rounds per iteration with no more than 1.5 seconds between shots. The drill continues by adding rounds per iteration and decreasing the time between shots until the shooter can fire an entire magazine (at least eight rounds) with one second or less between rounds without anticipating any shots. A random dummy round should be thrown in a few times during this progression to ensure the shooter is not advancing through the drill too quickly.

Leading with the Sights

Leading with the sights is a common mistake that occurs when transitioning between multiple targets. To properly transition between multiple targets, shooters should lead with their eyes, not their sights. By this we mean that after you are done shooting one target do not continue to stare down your sights while moving your weapon to the next target, this is called leading with your sights. Instead, you should identify follow-on targets with your eyes and bring your sights to your eyes. Staring through the sights while transitioning will slow a shooters ability to quickly acquire a target and make the rounds much less accurate.

Shooters that lead with the sights will overshoot in the direction their momentum is going. For instance, if a shooter is firing at a target in front of them and transitions to a target 1 yard to the right of the initial target, they will often miss to the right of the intended aim point. This is because it is difficult to stop at the proper aiming point while simultaneously moving the pistol from target to target while staring down the sights.

The simple fix to this mistake is to simply transition very slowly from target to target, ensuring that each target is identified with the eyes first. Do not stare down your sights during the transition between targets. Increase the speed gradually until it becomes second nature. A drill that will facilitate this is the turret drill.

The Turret Drill

The turret drill is conducted by placing two silhouette targets on the firing-line with roughly 1.5 -2 yards between them. Stand directly between the two targets at the five-yard line with the pistol holstered, a full magazine inserted, and one round in the chamber. Draw and fire one round into the left target then transition and fire one round into the right target, then transition back to the target on the left and fire one round, etc. Repeat this until you have fired the entire magazine. The first iteration should be done in a slower exaggerated motion to ensure the proper fundamentals are applied. The drill can be sped up gradually as a shooter gets used to the mechanics as long as the rounds are impacting accurately.

Best AR-15 Scopes

AR scopes are readily accessible, and for whatever your need is, chances are there’s a suitable, affordable, and quality optic for you

What You Need To Know

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  • AR15 Scopes range heavily in price
  • AR15 Scopes offer a wide array of function
  • Ensure you buy scopes from verified vendors

Our Top Rated AR-15 Scopes

Leupold Mark V
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Vortex Razon HD II
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Leupold VX R Patrol
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One of my friends, a fellow gun enthusiast, once told me that the AR-15 is like a Barbie for men. The endless amount of accessories, modifications, barrel lengths, and furniture makes his comparison pretty spot on. Many of the changes folks make to their ARs are aesthetic and don’t really improve much. However, a few modifications, such as with the trigger, barrel, and optics can drastically increase the capability of the AR-platform. Red dots once ruled the shooting world. Improved technology has given us the ability to have powered optics that enable long-distance engagement and positive identification of our targets further downrange.

How we Rate our Scopes

There are a dozen different categories we can use to compare different AR scopes. Weight, maximum magnification, glass quality, eye relief, etc. For our uses, we’ll stick to a more pragmatic and practical approach using just three criteria.

Reliability

The most important question is: does it work when you need it to? Your gear needs to stand up to whatever your intended purpose is. All your tools should work when it counts, whether for competition or when your life depends on it.

Price

Is it affordable? Like everything, magnified optics for your AR can be very cheap or extremely expensive, sometimes doubling or tripling the cost of your AR. Generally, you get what you pay for, and quality isn’t cheap, but a few scopes on this list will offer you excellent quality for a lower price.

Accuracy

Is it consistent under the conditions you want to use it? After all, the primary purpose of mounting a scope on an AR is to increase your accuracy by giving you a precise aiming point. Your scope adjustment dials and reticle need to be predictable and repeatable to maximize your accuracy potential.

AR-15 Scopes

AR scopes are readily accessible, and for whatever your need is, chances are there’s a suitable, affordable, and quality optic for you. I’m a true believer in the utility of a magnified optic for an AR, particularly for a 5.56mm that can reach out to hit a man-sized target at 600m. Maybe you want to hunt with your 300 Blackout or shoot in a Camp Perry match. Perhaps you enjoy 3-gun competitions, or maybe you need an optic on your AR (or M4A1) for work. No matter the use, there’s a magnified optic for you.

Our Top Rated Long Range Scopes

According to the US Army’s manual for the M16 rifle and M4 carbine (TC 3-22-9), the maximum effective range to engage a point target using 5.56mm ammunition is 600m. Training, match ammunition, and quality optics can help us actually push the envelope past 600m. That’s not to say you should believe everyone on the internet claiming, “I can get first-round hits out to 1000m using steel 55 grain Wolf ammo in high winds.” You can definitely get hits at 1000 yards, just ask competitors in the Civilian Marksmanship Program Highpower Rifle matches. They do it with optics of no greater than 4.5 power magnification! Long-range optics need good, clear glass, a large objective lens, precise reticle, and high magnification. These will be the most expensive type of scope, but also offer (obviously) the most magnification and clarity at distance.

As a disclaimer, I’m an active duty special operations soldier. I compete on the side and personally own several of the mentioned optics. However, I am not sponsored, and I have no conflict of interest championing or downplaying any of these products.

I used Optics Planet as a pricing standard for everything I could as it’s an excellent company with a wide selection.

Leupold Mark 6 3-18x 44

  • Length: 11.9”
  • Tube Diameter: 34mm
  • Weight: 23.6 oz
  • Eye Relief: 3.9”
  • Linear Field of View (FOV) at 100yds: 6.3 – 36.8ft (high mag to low mag)
  • Reticle Options: Horus-59, MIL-DOT, TMR (illuminated)
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Pros

– The H-59 reticle allows the shooter to make distance calls and adjust on the fly without having to mess with the dials

– Relatively compact and light for a scope of this magnification range

Cons

– A bit cloudy at the edges at 18x 

– Relatively smaller objective lens means a smaller field of view and light gathering capability

Price: $2499.99

Vortex Razor HD Gen II 3-18x 50

Length: 14.4”

  • Tube Diameter: 34mm
  • Weight: 46.5 oz
  • Eye Relief: 3.7”
  • Linear FOV at 100yds: 6.25 – 37.8 ft (high mag to low mag)
  • Reticle Options: MRAD, MOA (illuminated)
  • First Focal Plane

Pros

– Great value. The price point is low enough to be within reach, but the glass quality is very competitive with premier optics.

– Vortex warranty is unlimited and unparalleled. 

Cons

 -Size and weight. This thing is an absolute tank.

– Limited reticle options make it less precise to make wind holds at longer distances.

Price: $1699.00

Bushnell Elite Tactical HDMR II 3.5-21x 50

  • Length: 13.2”
  • Tube Diameter: 34mm
  • Weight: 34 oz
  • Eye Relief: 3.74”
  • Linear FOV at 100yds: 5.1 – 25.3 ft (high mag to low mag)
  • Reticle Options: Horus H-59
  • First Focal Plane

Pros

– Best value, hands down. If you’re patient, you can find this optic for right around $1000. Many competitors in the Precision Rifle Series gave up sponsorships from top-notch optics manufacturers to use the Bushnell Elite series.

– H-59 reticle at a fraction of the price when compared to the Leupold models

– Locking turrets

Cons

– Parallax adjustment is not great for anything inside of 75 yards

– Relatively narrow field of view

Price: $1299.00

Our Top Rated Variable Magnification Scopes

In my opinion, both as a special operator and as a competitive shooter, the Low Power Variable Optics (LPVOs) are the best all-around optics for the AR-15 platform. Good LPVOs allow you to tailor your magnification needs to specific situations. Perhaps you’re running and gunning at close range, so you keep it on 1x. The next minute you need to observe something out at range, so you flip it to 6x. Battery life is a concern, as you can’t get an illuminated reticle on 24/7 like you can with many non-magnified red dots. This doesn’t mean you can’t still make engagements with no illumination.

Vortex Razor HD Gen II-E 1-6x 24

  • Length: 10.1”
  • Tube Diameter: 30mm
  • Weight: 21.5 oz
  • Eye Relief: 4”
  • Linear FOV at 100yds: 20.5- 115.2 ft (high mag to low mag)
  • Reticle Options: MRAD, MOA, JM-1 (illuminated)
  • Second Focal Plane

Pros

– A vast field of view. This is the scope I think about when I describe edge to edge clarity.

– The reticle is extremely clear, usable, and genuinely bright enough to see in all conditions (when you turn the illumination setting on). 

Cons

– It’s heavy for what it is. Vortex made it a tad lighter with the new E models, but it’s still a big heavy optic for a LPVO.

– The reticles do not have any windage markings on them. Not necessarily a deal-breaker, but having mil markings on the horizontal stadia make it much easier to engage moving targets or adjust for high winds.

Price: $1399.00

Leupold VX-R Patrol 1.25-4x 20

  • Length: 9.4”
  • Tube Diameter: 30mm
  • Weight: 11.5 oz
  • Eye Relief: 3.7-4.1”
  • Linear FOV at 100yds: 29 – 75 ft (high mag to low mag)
  • Reticle Options: FireDot SPR (illuminated)
  • Second Focal Plane

Pros

– Very compact and lightweight. This is an excellent and affordable optic with a lot of utility.

– The FireDot SPR reticle is simple and easy to use, so long as you understand where your holds are. The outer circle draws your eye in and can allow for quick engagements at close range, similar to an EOTech.

Cons

 – I hate to ding Leupold for their honesty (since all claim a true 1x but few are a REAL 1x), but it’s not a true 1x on the low end. I competed with a 1.5-5x, and it’s perfectly usable.

– The illuminated reticle is somewhat awkward in daylight conditions in that the illuminated portion bleeds and is splotchy on a bright day.  

Price: $569.99

Nightforce NX8 1-8x 24

  • Length: 8.75”
  • Tube Diameter: 30mm
  • Weight: 17 oz
  • Eye Relief: 3.75”
  • Linear FOV at 100yds: 13.2 – 106 ft (high mag to low mag)
  • Reticle Options: F1 with MIL or MOA adjustments (illuminated)
  • First Focal Plane

Pros

– Extremely compact and lightweight with a lot of high-end magnification.

– The illumination is bright, and the magnification adjustment is effortless and fast with the included throw lever.

– This is what I currently use at work on my URGI for what it’s worth. It’s great.

Cons

 – The eyepiece adjustment comes loose easily. If you rotate the optic body and the eyepiece towards each other in a snapping motion, it locks up better. That method, however, doesn’t allow for precise eye relief adjustments.

Price: $1750.00 

Our Top Rated Fixed Magnification Scopes

Fixed magnification optics are much simpler than the variable variety. This means you don’t need to worry about stiff adjustment rings and you can save some weight with the amount of glass within the scope body itself. You can also, generally speaking, get decent magnification at a fraction of the price of the variable magnification counterparts. 

Trijicon ACOG 4×32 TA-31

  • Length: 5.8”
  • Objective Diameter: 32mm
  • Weight: 9.9 oz
  • Eye Relief: 1.5”
  • Linear FOV at 100yds:36..8 ft 
  • Reticle Options: 223 BDC: Doughnut, Chevron, Horseshoe, Triangle, Crosshair (all illuminated)

Pros

– The most durable and versatile optic I have ever used. There’s a built-in mounting system for a Trijicon RMR if you need a close engagement option.

– Powered by a fiber optic means you won’t need to keep batteries in your range bag or in your kit.

– The reticle options are fantastic, as you can find one in MILs or a BDC for 300 Blackout and 5.56.

Cons

– The eye relief is rough, to the point that you need it as far back on an AR15 upper receiver as possible.

– If you choose a BDC reticle, it will limit your options with different platforms and bullet weights. 

Price: $999.00 (depending on model)

SWFA SS 10x42mm 

  • Length: 14.2”
  • Tube Diameter: 30mm
  • Weight: 18.7 oz
  • Eye Relief: 3.9”
  • Linear FOV at 100yds: 12.75 ft 
  • Reticle Options: MIL or MOA 

Pros

– An affordable price tag for a scope with decent glass quality.

– Versatility is great. You can use this for tactical applications, target shooting, competitions, or hunting.

– SWFA is fantastic to work with if anything malfunctions on your optic.

Cons

– No illumination. Illumination isn’t needed for every situation, but those dusk hog hunts are a lot easier with an illuminated reticle. 

Price: $399.95

Leupold FX3 6x 42mm

  • Length: 12.2”
  • Tube Diameter: 1”
  • Weight: 15 oz
  • Eye Relief: 4.4”
  • Linear FOV at 100yds: 17.3’
  • Reticle Options: Wide Duplex

Pros

– Lightweight and affordable with Leupold glass quality.

– Clearer glass than optics 4x the price.

Cons

 – Difficult to focus at close range (within 20 yards or so)

Price: $399.99

Our Top Rated Flip-Mounted 3x Magnifiers

Within the last several years, manufacturers introduced flip to side-mounted magnifiers to be used in conjunction with red dot sights. This allowed you to have true 1x and quickly flip your magnifier into action for 3x. When your magnifier isn’t in use, it stays out of the way on your upper receiver. I will tell you from experience that the utility of this depends largely on the red dot you pair with the magnifier. With older Aimpoint T1s, M68s, and Comp M4s this projected a bleeding dot and was not suitable for precise engagements. The EOTechs and modern T2s work better with magnifiers. This set up allows you an extra capability that might not always need employment, but you can have magnification if the need arises.

EOTech G33 3x Magnifier

  • Length: 3.9”
  • Tube Diameter: 1”
  • Weight: 11.9 oz
  • Eye Relief: 2.2”
  • Linear FOV at 100yds: 7.3’ 

Pros

– The best feature of the G33 is the ability to use the diopter dial for micro-adjustments to keep everything in focus at your desired range.

– The magnifier comes with a reversible mount, so you can flip it to whichever side you prefer when not in use.

Cons

– It’s designed to work with an EOTech holographic sight, so it may require a riser (other than the one included) if you use a high-mounted red dot.

– Extremely narrow field of view.

Price: $579.00 (can be purchased cheaper if you bundle it with an EOTech XPS variant)

Aimpoint 3X-C Magnifier

  • Length: 4.1”
  • Weight: 7.8 oz
  • Eye Relief: 2.2”
  • Linear FOV at 100yds: specs not given

Pros

– It’s quite light compared to the G33.

– Aimpoint quality is excellent.

Cons

– Does not come with a mount of any kind, so you must purchase either a fixed, flip to side, or twist off mount. Mounts can be purchased in a bundle from certain retailers.

– The diopter adjustment cannot be made without a tool (flat head screwdriver, spent cartridge rim, et cetera).

Price: $284.00

Primary Arms 3x Magnifier Gen IV

  • Weight: 7.9 oz
  • Eye Relief: 2.64”
  • Linear FOV at 100yds: 37.9’

Pros

– Most economical option

– Best field of view and eye relief

Cons

– Quality is fairly low. Distortion with red dots is fairly common amongst magnifiers anyways, but no worse than in the PA.

– Does not come with a mount, but can be bundled for relatively cheap from most retailers.

Price: $99.00

How to use a Long Range Scope

First, you need a quality set of scope rings or scope mount. These can vary in both rings and one-piece mounts between quick detach and nuts. With the AR platform, you’ll often find that a good one-piece cantilever mount will be perfect. The cantilever mount will help with scope placement and proper eye relief. When mounting your optic, you can use an Arisaka leveling kit or an actual bubble kit. Make sure you get it as level as possible and torque the rings down with the proper pressure. Fix It Sticks are perfect for this, but a torque limiter will work just fine.

Next, you need to zero your optic. For most AR-15 distances, I prefer a 50m zero (for 5.56mm). The US Army only recently moved away from a 25m zero to a 50m zero, and the reason is this: there is a smaller variance at more ranges with a 50-200m zero than a 25-300m zero. If you’re using your optic for a variety of functions and ranges, the 50m zero is the way to go. A lot of hunters use a 100m zero. The bottom line is that if you get a good velocity for the rounds you want to use and plug it into a good ballistic calculator (like Strelok or a Kestrel). You can then make the proper dials and/or holds, depending on your reticle.

Finally, make sure you confirm your zero at different ranges. If you use a 50m zero, your rounds should be pretty close at 200m. However, it’s always good to test and confirm your hits at various ranges. Enjoy your ability to push the limits of your rifle, ammunition, and your own abilities! 

Advantages of a Long Range Scope

– Allows target discrimination at long range

– Maximizes capability of your rifle

Disadvantages of a Long Range Scope

– Limits your low range engagement capability

– Adds a significant amount of height and weight to your rifle 

Variable vs. Fixed Magnification Scope 

A variable or fixed magnification scope refers to the power your scope puts out. Variable means you can there are various magnifications you can switch between. However, with a fixed magnification scope, you get one power setting.

Advantages of a Variable Magnification Scope

– Versatility in magnification and field of view

– In my personal opinion, the best all-around optic for the AR15 platform

Disadvantages of a Variable Magnification Scope

 – You will pay for quality, but great value is out there (Vortex, Primary Arms, etc.)

Advantages of a Fixed Magnification Scope

– Inexpensive magnification

– A simple system with few moving parts

Disadvantages of a Fixed Magnification Scope

– Absolutely limited in magnification

– A lot fewer options and manufacturers are available 

How to use a Flip-Mounted 3x Magnifier

I prefer to mount my T2 as far forward on the upper receiver without the mount touching the handguard. Then I mount my magnifier behind it, trying to find a good balance between being right behind my T2 and close enough to my eye to make the magnifier usable. I had a G33 at work that didn’t require any additional mounting, but I had it set up to flip to the non-ejection port side for me as a right-handed shooter. This allowed me to employ it when I needed to, but keep it out of the way when not in use.

Advantages of a Flip-Mounted 3x Magnifier

– You have magnification at the ready when you need it, but out of the way when you don’t.

– Increased ability to PID (positively identify) your intended target.

Disadvantages of a Flip-Mounted 3x Magnifier

– When not in use, the magnifier is awkwardly hanging to one side or another off your rifle. 

– Precise engagements are more complicated, especially with a bleeding dot.

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USAA VA Loan

USAA offers a VA loan, but how does it compare?

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  • Getting a USAA loan requires a higher credit score
  • USAA typically has higher APRs
  • USAA is more strict than many other lenders

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USAA does everything, or at least it seems like it, so why wouldn’t they offer to finance your VA home loan? That’s a rhetorical question, you know they’ll finance a VA loan. The question is, how wise is it to go through USAA? Is it more difficult? Should they be trusted because they already work strictly with military members, their families, and veterans? We plan to answer all these questions so you can make only the most informed choice in regards to a USAA VA loan.

It’s no secret the USAA loans are pretty difficult to get, even as a military member. And if you don’t have a nearly perfect credit score, you’re looking at some significant interests rates, whether for a personal loan or car loan. But how does USAA stack up against other well-known, military-friendly lenders, like Veterans United?

USAA VA Loan Rates

Before we get too deep into this, you should keep in mind that interest rates fluctuate. You might qualify for the lowest interest rate available at 2.89% today, but the lowest interest rate tomorrow is 2.92%. Unfortunately, this isn’t like your credit score. You can’t fix something by paying a late bill and cause the lowest interest rate on the market to drop even lower.  However, you can refinance later or take your chances if it will drop later.

Currently, as of this publication of this article, you’re looking at a 3.853% APR with rates potentially increasing after five years.  A 3.250% fixed rate for a 30-year VA loan or 3.375% fixed rate for a 15-year fixed VA loan.  So, yes, you get penalized in a way for electing to go with the 15-year loan, at least in terms of present interest rates. This is because lenders want to make sure they get their money. The rates above also assume you’re purchasing points (paying to lower your interest rate). The interest rates listed above also assume you have a minimum credit score of 740.

So, while the rates may seem good, you really have to read the fine print since USAA shows rates for those individuals with “very good” credit scores. Sadly, your rate is going to be significantly higher if you have anything less than “very good.” And this might be where USAA falls short. USAA’s VA rates are still lower than their conventional rates. And as far as policy and procedure go, getting your loan through USAA requires the same process.

Getting Approved

Your first step, of course, is to find out how much you can afford to spend. And the higher your credit score, typically the more a lender is willing to give you. So, in this step, you need to get with a lender or bank representative and find out how much their willing to let you have. This way, once you actually find the house you want, you know how much negotiating you can do in regards to home price. Of course, getting a home for less than what you’re approved for would be great, but that’s not always how life works out, sometime you’ll get approved for the exact amount you need. That’s why it’s best to find out first how much you can spend. With USAA, after the check your credit score and if you’re approved, they’ll give you a letter showing your eligibility. The letter is good for 90 days (which is standard), so if things aren’t settled in that time-frame, you’ll have to go through the process again. This means you’ll have to get a second hard credit check (this too will affect your credit score). And since a lot can happen in 90 days, you might not get approved for as much the second time around. Of course, there’s always the possibility of getting approved for more.

You can also do your preapproval on USAA’s website, which makes things convenient. However, be prepared to send additional documentation via fax, email, or traditional mail.

Certificate of Eligibility

You might be a veteran or service member and can prove it with identification or your DD214, but that’s simply not enough to get approved for a VA loan. This is because not all service members and veterans qualify for a VA loan. Yes, most qualified, but not all and a lender isn’t going to take a chance on you without the proper certificate. This certificate is referred to a Certificate of Eligibility or COE. Your COE confirms that you qualify for a VA loan. Again, not everyone qualifies. An example would be someone who was dishonorably discharged. You could serve 14 years, but get kicked out under dishonorable conditions and not qualify. Or if you didn’t stay in long enough, you wouldn’t qualify either.

Talk with a Lender

After you’ve been pre-approved for a loan, showed your COE to get a VA-backed loan, your next step is to talk with a loan officer. If you’re going to use a USAA VA loan, you need to call 800-531-0341 to get your actual mortgage application started. The mortgage application is much more detailed than the initial loan approval.

Real Estate Rewards Network

USAA also offers a Real Estate Rewards Network. This network is a team of real estate agents that USAA has partnered with. Using one of these partners can even make you money. Of course there are limitations, but generally, you can make anywhere from $350 to $24,000, whether you’re selling or buying a home. USAA also claims you’re eligible for an award even if you don’t actually get your mortgage loan through them. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to purchase a pretty pricy home to be eligible for the maximum $24,000. And by pricy, we mean $4 mil or more! If you’re looking at buying a more reasonably priced home, say, between $150,000 to $249,000 you’ll get $950 cashback. Again, there are limitations, so buying or selling a house through one of USAA’s partners don’t guarantee you any extra cash. Also, not all states are eligible, so that’s a bit of a letdown.

And if you’re sitting there, reading this and thinking, umm… you can’t buy a house with a VA Loan if it costs $4 mil! Well, you’re wrong, at least you will be next year anyway. If you haven’t heard yet the VA will no longer have a loan limit. Technically, speaking they didn’t have one before. The loan limit really referred to how much you could get without having to make a down payment. However, come 2020, no matter how large a loan you get, you won’t have to make a down payment that’s backed by the VA. However, you should keep in mind, just because there won’t be a loan limit doesn’t mean you can get approved for any loan you apply for. Lenders can still deny a loan. So, keep your credit score in the up direction and live within your means, because the qualification standards aren’t changing.

VA 5/1 Adjustable-Rate Mortage

So here’s the thing. USAA states that getting an adjustable-rate can help lower your cost. However, the adjustable-rate comes with the highest interest rate, with the exception of a 15-year fixed-rate. And considering an adjustable-rate can increase after 5 years, if you can, going with a fixed rate for the long-term might be a better option, if you qualify. If you don’t qualify, well then, you’re stuck with a higher rate. Typically getting a lower interest rate that’s adjustable is attractive, but most people refinance for a lower rate, a shorter loan payment period, or for a fixed rate.  However, keep in mind, with a VA loan, refinancing without an advantage is pretty difficult. For example, you purchased a house with a 3.25% interest rate. You’ve had the loan for four and a half years. Your loan is also adjustable and you’re afraid that your interest rate will go up in the next six months. So, you do some research, call around to various lenders about refinancing your home. Because refinancing from an adjustable-rate to a fixed-rate will guarantee your rate won’t go up, it’s typically not an issue to refinance. However, let us say you have a fixed-rate at 3.25%, you know that refinancing gives you the opportunity to consolidate debt. However, the current interest rate on the market is 3.75%. You might not get approved for this refinance if you’re using a VA loan. But, let’s say you have a 30-year fixed rate for 3.25% and want to refinance for a 15-year fixed. However, the interest rate is 3.75%. If you qualify, you c\would likely get approved to refinance because even with the increased interest rate, you’ll save money in the end.

Currently, USAA’s fixed-rate (based on a 740 credit score) for both the 15 and 30-year VA loan are 3.375% (Aug. 8, 2019).

VA IRRRL

And since we’re on the subject of refinancing, USAA can help you do that too. Again, it only works if you can somehow come out on top. Just because you want to refinance doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. However, if you’re eligible and it makes sense, you might look into doing a VA IRRRL. Often this is referred to as a VA Streamline loan because you’re not required to take any money out of your own pocket like you might with a conventional loan. However, your funding fee doesn’t disappear, unless of course, you qualify for a VA funding fee exemption. If you aren’t exempt, you can roll this fee into your new loan. But, keep in mind, you’re now going to be paying interest on that fee until you pay the loan off. Remember, just because you don’t have to make a down payment or pay fees upfront doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Paying a little money on the front end will save you some money on the back end. So, make sure you do a little math before deciding not to pay these fees upfront or not do a down payment, that is if you can afford it.

First-Time Homebuyers

If you’re a first-time homebuyer, there are several discounts and tax refunds you can take advantage of. Many lenders offer discounts to first-time homebuyers, so USAA isn’t really doing anything new here. However, if you qualify for a VA loan, you should probably go with that over a conventional first-time homebuyer loan, as the interest rates are significantly higher. Most lenders will still give you a discount, in closing cost for example, if you’re a first-time veteran/military homebuyer as well. So, basically, if you qualify, going with a VA loan is typically the better option.

We would like to point out, under USAA’s standards a first-time homebuyer is anyone who hasn’t purchased a home in the past three years. If you’re buying a house every three years, you’re doing something right! For the rest of us though, this means if you bought a house 10 years ago and it’s time to move, or you bought one three years ago, but the military is moving you (and you aren’t trying to get a property manager and worry about a renter) then you still qualify for first-time homebuyer benefits when you get your loan through USAA.

USAA Loans

Just to recap, USAA offers VA loans. However, their rates are typically higher if you don’t have a “very good” credit score rating. With that being said, it’s also harder to get approved for any loan through USAA, at least at what many would consider a reasonable rate. USAA seems to have a few more rules with preapproving individuals as well. They wouldn’t qualify me because my civilian job didn’t match my military job. I literally had to sit there and try to figure out how my now desk job related to my then very physical job. It was really just a matter of wording, but annoying none-the-less. On a positive note, they do have agents who know what they’re doing as far as the VA loan process goes. Unfortunately, if you live in a town that doesn’t deal with VA loans often, you might not have a lot of knowledge working your loan, if you go with a local lender. Really though, it’s best to do your own research on the terms and conditions of a VA loan and how and when you can save money. That way you aren’t relying just on only one individual to give you current, accurate information.

Conclusion

Remember, just because USAA is military friendly, it doesn’t mean they’re always the best option. There are definitely some advantages to going with USAA, especially if you can get the lowest interest rate possible. But, the advantage really depends on your current credit score and financial situation. Also, if you’re a current USAA member, that helps. Basically, do your research. It might be time-consuming and cause you nothing but headaches, but at the end of the day, you’re getting ready to put down some major cash. So, be smart with it. Some lenders charge more fees than others. Meaning, even if they offer the same interest rate, you could save more money with one company over the other. But you won’t know unless you shop around. It’s like shopping for a car, but more intense. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go through the trouble. It’s your money and it’s a house you’re going to be living in it for a while. You should make sure you’re happy with your purchase at the end of the day. And that should include your loan cost and fees – you’re going to have to spend money, why spend more than you have to?

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5 Reasons to get Home Security

Home security is a great option when a gun won't work.

What You Need To Know

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  • Home security can monitor for fire and carbon monoxide
  • Smart security provides home automation
  • Select home security can provide video evidence

Home Security

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With everything going on in the world today, you may be more focused on security outside of the home than inside it. In this post, we’re going to cover five of the top reasons to get home security, and not just because you have an extra set of eyes watching over you. We understand, not everyone needs the traditional hardwired home security system. For some of us, a shotgun will do just fine. However, it’s when you aren’t at home, when a fire breaks out, or when you can’t get to a phone, that a security system might do you a little more good than you thought.  Below are our top 5 reasons to get home security, you know, for when a gun won’t work.

Why Purchase a Home Security System

Okay, so we all know the main reason for getting a home security unit, to have someone monitor your home when you aren’t available to do it yourself. You can sit there all day long and say you’ll shoot anyone who thinks he (or she) can come in on you unannounced. But, what happens when a thief breaks in while you’re gone? Yes, you can report your missing laptop to your insurance company, if you have personal property insurance. But, wouldn’t it be nice to identify the intruder? Or, if anything, stops them because an alarm goes off? Not only does an alarm work as a deterrent, but it might actually cause the thief to flee without ever taking a single item.

Of course, there’s also the benefit of video surveillance (if you elect to add that service). This will ensure you have proof of the intruder and might be able to help identify the thief (if you have it set-up to record), which you probably wouldn’t be able to do otherwise. And even if you were home, what you see can often be forgotten in the heat of the moment and the suspect goes from having brown hair to, “most definitely red.” But there’s still so much more a security system can provide, maybe even more than you might have intended on using it for.

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Fire and Carbon Monoxide

No, having home security doesn’t put some protective shield around your home so that your house can’t catch on fire. But, it does make it easy to notify the fire department when a fire breaks out and you’re not home to stop it from spreading. It’s also great for notifying the fire department for fires that get out of hand, even when you are home. It’s a lie to tell yourself that you can handle any fire that might break out in your home. Some cases are just too significant to handle on your own and will require a firehose. You might be able to put out a grease fire with the right fire extinguisher, but we doubt you want to attempt and put out a dryer vent fire that sparked while you were asleep and has grown to the point where it has engulfed the entire laundry room.

Need more convincing as to why you should consider a security system than fires? How about carbon monoxide? You hear about it, but probably not something you ever hear anyone becoming the victim of. That doesn’t mean carbon monoxide isn’t a threat to households. Yes, you could buy your own monitor, but what’s nice about the ones that come with home security systems is the notification function. What happens if carbon monoxide is present in your home? Will you be able to make the notification if a leak happened while you and the family were asleep? Luckily for all of us, most alarm companies also monitor carbon monoxide. However, it’s not always cheap, and it’s typically an additional service. Some add it to your plan at “no extra charge” (don’t believe that lie, you’ll pay for it somehow), others charge a small monthly fee or only just make you pay for the extra device.

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Remote Monitoring

Security systems have really advanced over the years. Today you can also have a doorbell installed to remotely monitor what happens on your front porch. Of course, if you just really hate answering the door, you can also see who’s there from the comfort of your own bed…yeah, I don’t think I want to talk to Mike today, I think I’ll pretend I’m out with the wife.  It’s also nice because it lets you see things such as when the delivery truck drops off a package. No more wondering if some hooligan kids came and took that Amazon stash you had waiting for you after work. Now you can watch whatever happens on your doorstep.

Some of the doorbell systems even let you speak to the individual at the front door, which is a pretty cool bonus if you’re too sick to answer the door.  “I love you Danny, but I think I might be dying in here, it’s best you stay outside.” You can also use remote monitoring to let the right people in your home while you’re gone. Let’s say you went on vacation and your BFF realized she left her purse on your kitchen counter after you’d already locked up and made it an hour down the road. You can see when your friend makes it to the door, and then you can use that fancy home automation from your phone to unlock the door for them, and then lock it behind them after they leave.

Save on Home Insurance

Maybe you didn’t think of this one, but having an alarm system can actually save you money on home insurance. Yes, you’ll pay more because home security isn’t free, but you’ll have peace of mind and you’ll save a few dollars on insurance. Some security companies even provide monitoring for apartments (if they don’t require you to drill holes in the floor or wall). Of course, every home or renters insurance company is different, so make sure you talk with them about the option to save money.  I know every time I’ve moved my insurance company asks if I have an alarm system.  I’ve only used a home security system once, but when I did, it saved me a few dollars on my insurance.

Keep in mind, it’s the type of security you have as well that’ll save you money. There’s a difference between an alarm system that notifies you and an alarm system that will notify emergency services immediately. It’s like having a fire alarm that does nothing but annoys you every time the thing needs a new battery and one that sends the fire department; which is more likely to prevent the insurance company from paying to build you an entirely new house? The one with the notification system, of course.  You’ll save more on your homeowner’s insurance with a fire alarm that notifies the fire department than you will by just having a standard alarm you got from Wal-Mart.

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Medical Assistance

No matter who you are, the idea of getting hurt and not being able to get up and call an ambulance or having someone to take you to the hospital is a scary image to have in your head. No, you don’t have to be older to the point where you need help because you’re fallen and can’t get up. Medical emergencies happen even to the youngest of us. When my back went out and I couldn’t get up, my phone was in the other room, and I don’t even consider myself old – yet I still had to wait for an hour until I was able to manage my way to a phone.

Or, what if you’re home doing some DIY project, you fall and break your leg and can’t get up? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to get assistance? Of course, we know the chances of you getting one of those emergency assistance buttons and hanging it around your kneck at 31 are pretty slim, but it’s a nice addition to any home security, knowing you can press it and have medical in route to you.

Then there’s always the option of having medical assistance available to an elderly parent, alone at home, or a disabled family member who had a stroke, and while they can function, can’t drive. They might have a situation where they need immediate assistance and can’t remember or don’t know how to dial 911. They can press a button and get emergency transportation to the nearest emergency room. So, if anything it can give you peace of mind that the one you love has medical help available to them when you aren’t there.

Energy Consumption

This one might be new for some of us, but a home security system can also help you save energy. This is because most of today’s security companies also offer home automation. Home automation lets you control temperature and lights when you aren’t home to do it yourself. This way you can leave your house for the weekend, with the A/C off, but with the click of a button, have it turned back on an hour before you get back to the house. Some automation systems even let you start your washer or dryer, and even a dishwasher, so that’s being taken care of while you’re out of the house as well. Now we just need to have someone around to change the baby’s diapers, feed the dog (actually that can be automated too), and take out the trash.

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