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5 Best Riflescopes for Hunting

Hunting Riflescopes

Having the right riflescope on your hunting rifle can be the difference between filling your freezer with wild game and explaining to your friends and family how you “barely” missed. Riflescopes can be very difficult to choose because there are so many models with the lingo that can be difficult to understand for many of us. I hunt with a 30-06 out here in Virginia, but I use a 6.5 Creedmoor out west to get a little more distance. I use a Vortex Crossfire II with my 30-06 and a Leopold VX with my 6.5 Creedmoor to give me the best chance at lining up a deer. This blog is focused on the top 5 riflescopes that I’d recommend and all of them are still in stock so there is no worry about Coronavirus fear ruining your hunt.

Riflescope Magnification

Riflescope magnification is often misunderstood because beginners always associate higher magnification with higher clarity and better picture. The average shot distance in Virginia is only about 100 yards. I took a deer last season at 172 yards, but that was further than any other shot I’ve taken before out here. You need to understand that the quality of your glass is much more important than the level of magnification. When Shooting from a tree stand, you’ll normally want a wider window so your field of view is wider. Very rarely will you ever need a scope more than a 6-power magnification while hunting in the east. However, if you’re hunting in the Rockies or Cascades, you’ll need at least a 14-power magnification. Personally, I would never shoot more than 700-800 yards in the Rockies because I’m not that great and my confidence wains as the swirling winds zip through the valleys that I’m laying in. A 14 power magnification is plenty for my range because Leopold makes some of the best glass you’ll ever find.

VORTEX CROSSFIRE II 6-18X 44 AO RIFLESCOPE

For someone like me with horrible vision (cataracts cover my entire Iris), I need a scope that is going to give me a lot of eye relief so I can stay comfortable for longer. With a 3.7″ eye relief, I can look through the scope without having to focus as hard on the reticle.  Having an eye relief above 3″ will ensure you don’t take a scope to the eye-socket after a shot. In Virginia, the density of the forests don’t really allow us to take crazy long shots like many hunters out west can take, so we don’t need scopes more than a 6-18x. No one in Virginia is taking shots more than 700 yards (regularly) in Virginia because there is very little open space and the 18x magnification gets blurry at the max setting.

Specs:

Vortex Crossfire II
Magnification 6-18x
Reticle Dead-Hold BDC
Length 13.5″
Weight 19.6 oz/ 1.23 lbs
Objective lens Diameter 44mm
Eye Relief 3.7″
Field of View 15.2-5.3 feet/100 yards
Tube Size 1″
Turret Style Capped
Adjustable Graduation 1/4 MOA
Travel Per Rotation 15 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment 50 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment 50 MOA
Parallax Setting 10 yards to infinity
Finish Hard coat anodizing
MSRP $220.00

 

Features: 

• Fully Multi-Coated for increased light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces

• Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact

• Single-Piece Tube for maximized alignment for improved accuracy and optimal visual performance

• Capped Reset Turrets allow re-indexing of the turret to zero after sighting in the riflescope. Caps provide external protection for turret

• Second Focal Plane Reticle – Scale of reticle maintains the same ideally-sized appearance.  Listed reticle sub-tensions used for estimating range, holdover, and wind drift correction are accurate at a magnification of 18x

• Adjustable Objective – provides image focus and parallax removal

• Fast Focus Eyepiece – allows for quick and easy reticle focusing

 

 

 

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VORTEX RAZOR HD LH 1.5-8X 32MM G4 BDC RIFLESCOPE

This scope is incredibly light and has an even better eye relief than the Crossfire II that I use, but doesn’t have as much magnification. This is the point of understanding your desired hunting location, because most hunters won’t need more than an 8-power magnification. As I’ve mentioned above, the quality of glass is more important than the magnification because if the sight picture is blurry, it’s not going to matter if it can zoom in further. The Vortex Razor HD LH has an incredible high-definition sight picture with an anti-reflective lens. The Vortex is completely fog proof and waterproof due to the O-ring seals that prevent everything from dust to water getting inside the lens.

Specs:

Vortex Razor HD LH
Magnification 1.5-8x
Reticle Dead-Hold BDC
Length 11″
Weight 13.4 oz/.84 lbs
Objective lens Diameter 32mm
Eye Relief 3.8″
Field of View 72.2-13.2 feet/100 yards
Tube Size 1″
Turret Style Capped
Adjustable Graduation 1/4 MOA
Travel Per Rotation 15 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment 110 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment 110 MOA
Parallax Setting 100 yards
Finish Hard coat anodizing
MSRP $750.00

 

 

 

Features:

  • Fully Multi-Coated for increased light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces

• Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact

• Single-Piece Tube for maximized alignment for improved accuracy and optimal visual performance

• Capped Reset Turrets allow re-indexing of the turret to zero after sighting in the riflescope. Caps provide external protection for turret

• Adjustable Objective – provides image focus and parallax removal

• Fast Focus Eyepiece – allows for quick and easy reticle focusing

 

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Leupold VX-3i 4.5-14x 50mm Riflescope

Anytime you buy a Leupold scope, you know you’re going to get the best possible quality and a lifetime warranty for product defects. My favorite characteristic for my VX-3i is how clear and precise my picture is during low light. As every hunter on earth knows, the “Golden hour” is our best chance to get an animal and you don’t want a scope that is going to give an obstructed view under low light conditions. I’ve shot more deer within the last 30 minutes of daylight with this scope than any other scope I’ve had because I know my picture is as clear as glacial water in the north pole. I would only shoot this at moderate ranges (about 700 yards), but I know better hunters that have used this scope at 1,00 yards in low light.

Specs:

Leupold VX-3i
Magnification 4.5-14x
Reticle Duplex
Length 12.2″
Weight 16.4 oz/ 1.02 lbs
Objective lens Diameter 50mm
Eye Relief 3.6″
Field of View 7.40-19.1 feet/100 yards
Tube Size 1.18″
Turret Style Capped
Adjustable Graduation 1/4 MOA
Travel Per Rotation 10 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment 117 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment 117 MOA
Parallax Setting 100 yards
Finish Hard coat anodizing
MSRP $500.00

 

 

Features:
• ¼ MOA Finger Click
• 3:1 Zoom Ratio
• Side Focus
• 2nd Generation Argon/Krypton Waterproofing
• Generous Eye Relief
• Shock Resistant
• Twin Bias Spring Erector System

 

 

 

Bushnell Engage Riflescope

The Bushnell Engage riflescope is meant for long-range shooting out to 1,000 yards with the 24-power magnification setting. The EXO Barrier Protection gives this scope waterproofing and repels dirt and oil from your gun. The lens is multi-coated to prevent glare and to provide a very clear sight picture, even as you zoom to 24x magnification. The Deploy MOA reticle is designed to be used universally with higher or lower caliber rifles with its think reticle and MOA hash marks for windage and elevation. For the price, this scope is an incredible buy that will give you years of reliable use. I would recommend this scope be used in the higher elevations of the mountains as you look over vat open valleys and hilltops.

Specs:

Bushnell Engage
Magnification 6-24x
Reticle Deploy MOA
Length 14.2″
Weight 23.7 oz/1.48 lbs
Objective lens Diameter 50mm
Eye Relief 3.6″
Field of View 18 feet at 6x/100 yards
Tube Size 1″
Turret Style Capped
Adjustable Graduation 1/4 MOA
Travel Per Rotation 8 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment 50 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment 50 MOA
Parallax Setting 100 yards
Finish Hard coat anodizing
MSRP $466.00

 

 

Features:

  • Exclusive EXO barrier protection – Bushnell’s newest and best protective lens coating molecularly bonds to the glass, repelling water, oil, dust, debris and preventing scratches
  • Fully multi-coated – multiple layers of anti-reflective coating on all air-to-glass surfaces deliver bright, high-contrast images
  • Deploy MOA reticle – compatible with multiple calibers, the thin reticle doesn’t obscure the target, and MOA hash marks aid in windage and elevation holdovers
  • Side parallax adjustment
  • Adjustable from 10 yds to infinity parallax adjustment range
  • 8 Mil travel per rotation
  • Tool-less locking turret (TLT) elevation turret
  • Locking (TLT) windage turret
  • Elevation locking
  • Wind locking
  • Exobarrier
  • IPX7 waterproofing
  • Ultrawideband coatings

 

 

Athlon Ares ETR 4.5-30x 56 APLR5 IR MOA 

I chose the Athlon Ares ETR riflescope because this is by far the best scope of all the ones you read above. This scope is at least $1,200 and provides the clearest picture of any scope I’ve ever seen. The 34mm tube diameter gives it the strength and durability to hold up against the recoil of rifles as big as a 300 Winchester Magnum without throwing off your zero. The IR reticle sight picture gives you as clear of a reticle as you’ll ever need in low light or in the middle of the day when the sun is brightest. With a 30-power magnification, you can use this scope to reach distance over 1,000 yards with ease. Just remember, as nice as this scope is, if your fundamentals and ballistics suck, you won’t be able to take advantage of this phenomenal piece of technology.

Specs:

Magnification 4.5-30x
Objective Lens Diameter 56 mm
Reticle APLR5 FFP IR MOA, Glass Etched
Surface Finish Matte/Brown
Lens Coating Advanced Fully Multicoated
Extra Coating Xtra Protective Coating
Tube Material Aircraft Grade Aluminium
Tube Diameter 34 mm
Exit Pupil 8.8-1.9mm
Eye Relief 3.9″
Field of View @100 yards 24.5-3.75 ft
Click Value 0.25 MOA
Adjustment range per rotation 25 MOA
Total Elevation Adjustment 110 MOA
Total Windage Adjustment 110 MOA
Turret Style Exposed Direct Dial/Locking Windage Turret
Parallax Adjustment Side Focus – 25 yards to infinity
Purging Material Argon
Length 15.3″
Weight 36.5 oz

Features:

  • UHD Glass- Extra-Low Dispersion glass significantly reduces chromatic aberration giving you an utmost bright and sharp image with true color reproduction.
  • Illuminated Reticle
  • First Focal Plane Reticle-The reticle offers quick target engagement at low power while offering precise holdover positions with finer details.
  • Advanced Fully Multicoated- Fully Multicoated optics effectively reduces reflected light and increases the transmission of light giving you a brighter image than normal single coated lenses
  • XPL Coating-XPL Coating gives you protection on the exterior lenses from dirt, oil, and scratches or anything else mother nature can throw at you.
  • Precision Zero Stop System-The system allows you to lock down your zero position and dial back to it with a sharp and precise stop right at your zero mark even you are turning it in pitch-dark or blind-folded.
  • Waterproof
  • Fog Proof
  • Locking Windage Turret-This Locking Feature allows you to push down to lock the turret and pull up to turn. This feature prevents the windage knob from being turned accidentally and keeps your zero all the time.
  • High Precision Erector System- The high precision erector system processed by high precision CNC machine with +/- 0.0001mm tolerance level to provide you the most accurate power settings and smoothest magnification change

COVID-19 Small Business Stimulus Loan

Coronavirus Stimulus Package

My disdain for Congress and the ineptitude of our politicians always softens up when our nation gets rocked by a recession. They seem to care when the nation struggles as a whole, but not a moment before we all lose our jobs. With that being said, they passed the Coronavirus Stimulus Package on Wednesday night that will provide the economy with $2.2 Trillion. This blog will focus on the $357 Billion for Small Businesses and their employees.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

In order to gain access to a portion of the $357 billion that Congress has set aside for small businesses, you must meet the requirements listed below. The whole point of the PPP is to give small businesses an incentive to keep their employees on the payroll. According to the Guardian, a total of 9.9 million Americans have lost their jobs in the past 2 weeks. As our national economy is brought to its knees from this pandemic, the PPP is a way to prevent the number from growing.

Why Should A Small Business Owner Keep His/Her Employees?

According to the Small Business Administration, all loans will be forgiven if the employer keeps ALL employees on the payroll for 8 weeks. As long as the loan is used for payroll, utilities, mortgage interests, and rent, the federal government will not force you to pay back the loan. Due to the incredibly high amount of applications, the SBA states that, “75% of all loan funds must be used on the payroll”. This is to prevent small business owners fro taking advantage of the government by reducing pay to their employees.

Who Qualifies For A PPP Loan?

In short, any small business with less than 500 employees qualifies for a PPP loan. To give you the most accurate information, I researched the actual bill to include all the stipulations and eligibility requirements. Each requirement is listed below as stated in the CARES Act:

  1. any business concern, nonprofit organization, veterans organization, or Tribal business concern described in section 31(b)(2)(C) shall be eligible to receive a covered loan if the business concern, nonprofit organization, veterans organization, or Tribal business concern employs not more than the greater of 500.

  2. if applicable, the size standard in the number of employees established by the Administration for the industry in which the business concern, nonprofit organization, veterans organization, or Tribal business concern operates.

  3. During the covered period, individuals who operate under a sole proprietorship or as an independent contractor and eligible self-employed individuals shall be eligible to receive a covered loan. 

What Documentation is Needed to Apply For a PPP Loan?

An eligible self-employed individual, independent contractor, or sole proprietorship seeking a covered loan shall submit such documentation as is necessary to establish such individual as eligible, including payroll tax filings reported to the Internal Revenue Service, Forms 1099–MISC, and income and expenses from the sole proprietorship, as determined by the Administrator and the Secretary.

These documents should be easily found in your record-keeping files for every business owner. If you’re a business owner and don’t have access to your payroll tax filing, 1099-Misc, or income expenses, you may want to speak with your accountant.

How Do I Apply For a CARES Act Small Business Loan?

Every small business owner must first determine if they’re company is edible for this loan. Once you determine your eligibility, you have to fill out the Paycheck Protection Program Borrower Application Form. Once the SBA receives your form, you’ll receive payments as early as possible to ensure as little interruption as possible.

What Are The Specifics With Loan Forgiveness?

As great of a question as this is to ask, I can only give you the basics because every loan will be different. Any loan that is approved by the SBA will have a deferred payment for 6 months. This is to give small businesses a chance to stay afloat while the world figures out a vaccine. No lender is allowed to take collateral or any personal monetary guarantee to ensure the loan process is smooth and easy. To make things better, lenders and the federal government are not allowed to charge any fees (processing, deposit, etc..).

What is Loan Forgiveness Based Upon?

According to the CARES Act, a small business doesn’t have to pay the loan back if the small business keeps all of its employees on the payroll. The other caveat to the bill states that, if you fire your employees and rehire them quickly (I assume 30 days), you can still receive loan forgiveness. However, for every full-time employee reduced to part-time and every part-time employee reduced in salary will result in a reduction of your loan forgiveness. For example, if you have to cut a few employees to cover costs, you’ll still get some forgiveness, but not the full amount agreed upon from the government.

  • The only way to receive 100% loan forgiveness is to keep all of your employees at their original wages.

How Much Money Can I Get With The CARES Act Loan?

During the covered period, with respect to a covered loan, the maximum loan amount shall be the lesser of the sum of the product obtained by multiplying the average total monthly payments by the applicant for payroll costs incurred during the 1-year period before the date on which the loan is made. 

In easier terms to understand, any eligible business should multiply their monthly bills by their monthly payroll for all employees. To keep this fair for all small business, no company will receive the same amount because no company is the same. If you have fewer employees and fewer expenses, you’ll receive less than companies with 400 employees and a bigger footprint.

Where Can Small Businesses Get a Loan?

We have a few recommendations for you, starting with Funding Circle and BluVine. With BlueVine, you can get a line of credit up to $250,000 and be approved within 5 minutes of submitting your application. Normally BluVine charges as low as 4.8% on loans, but the CARES Act requires all lenders to drop that interest rate to 1% for up to 2 years. OnDeck is another good choice to start from because they normally charge 13.9% interest on lines up to 100,000. Their customer service is better than most other companies and their interface is customer-friendly.

What Is The Economic Injury Disaster Advantage Loan?

The Economic Injury Disaster Advantage Loan (EIDAL) is designed to help the eligible small businesses (described above) that have already lost money. I’d imagine this is most small businesses, especially those in the food and beverage industries. The CARES Act provides up to $10,000 for any business that has lost significant income due to quarantine procedures. These funds will be available within 3 days of submitting your application to the SBA. Similar to the overall stimulus bill, this loan does NOT have to be repaid, but is independent of your employee’s status.

Disaster Loan Application

What is an SBA Express Bridge Loan?

An Express Bridge Loan is for any small business that currently has a loan set up through the SBA that qualifies them for an express loan up to $25,000. This loan can be used in conjunction with an EIDAL to bridge the gap between payments. The Express bridge Loan is specifically designed to ensure that small businesses don’t have to wait for payments through the stimulus package. I encourage all small business owners who are in financial trouble right now to read the SBA Express Bridge Loan document to get the full info.

What is the SBA Debt Relief Policy For COVID-19?

Providing debt relief is another big component of the CARES Act to ensure small businesses don’t destroy their credit by failing to make debt payments. The SBA will pay the principal, interest, and fees of ALL current 7 (a), 504, and microloans for 6 months. The SBA will also pay for any new loans issued prior to Septemeber 27, 2020. This ensures that new businesses are protected from fees thy can’t afford to pay with an income every month.

Does the Gov. Offer Tax Relief During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Yes! According to the IRS, the date to file your taxes has been moved from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, to give everyone more time to deal with this pandemic. However, if you’re expecting a tax return, the IRS still suggests that you submit your taxes asap. If you’re looking for more help on tax relief, look at our top-10 list for tax relief companies.

What Else Can Small Businesses Do To Help Themselves?

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) have released guidelines on how to prepare your business. These guidelines are not required by law, but are highly encouraged to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I suggest downloading this PDF guide by the SBA to ensure you’re aware of the benefits and programs that can save your business.

 

 

 

 

 

6 Things to Learn During Coronavirus Quarantine

Coronavirus Quarantine

I think we can all agree that this quarantine is driving our families crazy with boredom and frustration with each other. Why not take advantage of this time to learn and educate ourselves in a way that will improve our lives? This blog is dedicated to the personal and professional development that we can do to improve our lives while in quarantine. If you’re interested in finding ways to build your knowledge and body during a time when most Americans are sedentary, continue reading.

Learn a Language

For some people (like me) learning a language is incredibly tough because of the way we learn and how our brains are wired. According to Dr. Howard Gardener of Harvard University, everyone learns in different ways and time scales. As an educator, Gardener’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences has been hammered into my brain by every education professor I’ve had. To keep this simple, Multiple Intelligences Theory is a fancy way of saying some people need to learn by touching, seeing, speaking, listening, and discussing ideas. I bring this up because there are very few methods of learning a language that hits on more than one type of learning style.

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is used by more people across the globe than any other language learning platform on the market. As all the Special Forces guys can attest to, Rosetta Stone has helped them pass their language tests for the past 20+ years. The United States military has used this platform in all of its training to assist in the quick and lasting acquisition of a foreign language. If that’s not enough, NASA has been using Rosetta Stone software for 25 years to assist their astronauts in learning multiple languages (Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, etc.).

 

Why Should I Buy Rosetta Stone?

My personal experience with Rosetta Stone has been awesome enough for me to write this much about a company I don’t get paid by. I’ve been able to learn Spanish within a year (1-hour every day) with enough fluency to earn a job speaking Spanish. According to the Economist, learning a language can increase your salary by 15%-30% on average. Make yourself more marketable by learning a language instead of watching Netflix and HULU all day. On a final note, the customer service I experienced from them recently has been nothing short of phenomenal.

Learn About The Stock Market

Since I’ve started to learn about the Stock Market, I’ve increased my annual earning by about 10%. This might not sound like much, but this is only year-to-year profits. That doesn’t include the exponential growth that I’ll experience over time. As of right now, the volatility in the market is going to keep investors away, but these are the times to buy. I’ve included 3 books that have helped me out tremendously in learning how the market works.

 

Learn About Entrepreneurship

 

How many people are sitting at home, scrolling through your phone and thinking about starting a business? With 3.2 million Americans already out of a job from the Coronavirus, there are sure to be millions more to follow suit. I encourage everyone out there affected by this pandemic to think carefully about their next steps in life. Spending time learning and building more value to your resume might be the difference that sets you apart from everyone else. Entrepreneurship is one of the hardest things to become successful because it takes unquestionable drive (70+hours a week), a great business plan, a little luck, and adaptability. I have included 3 books that exemplify the ideas needed to become a successful entrepreneur in today’s tough market.

 

Learn About Physical Fitness

Physical Fitness (exercise) is one of the biggest problems facing Americans in our nation with billions of dollars spent each year to combat the effects. According to ResearchAmerica.org, almost 40% of all adults and 20% of all American children are obese. Research America also states that 21% of all healthcare costs ($109.2 Billion) are used to treat the obesity epidemic in our country. As these numbers are verified by the federal government, many Americans continue to ignore their physical health for a myriad of reasons (some legit, most not). Fortunately, this is a time where nobody in the world can say they don’t have time to workout because time is all we have at this point. I have included the nation’s top informational books and Dr’s who will get you where you need to be.

Learn About Nutrition

Along with 30 minutes of physical activity per day, nutrition can help you get healthy and stave off diseases such as diabetes and obesity. According to Research America, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in America. With an estimated $321 billion spent on treating people with diabetes, learning about the right foods to eat is incredibly important to not contribute to that statistic. It’s very difficult to be healthy if you don’t get your nutrition in control and I follow Dr. Rhonda Patrick for my up-to-date information on nutrition. Everyone is different and requires different ratios of macros and micros, but following her guidelines and reading these books will get you on the right track.

Learn About History

Ok, so I might be a little biased as a historian, but I believe that learning the history of the world will improve the lives of everyone, not just history buffs. If you have any interest in politics and how the world works, learning history will give you the answers you’re looking for. As an educator, I want to give you 9 books to read to get a better understanding of the history of our nation. Once you read these books, you’ll get a better understanding of why the world is the way it is, but you’ll also come to the realization that you don’t know as much about the world at all. I encourage everyone reading this to branch off into their own interests after reading these 9 books because you’re going to learn more if you read about topics you’re interested in.

A Renegade History of The United States

A Renegade History of The United States is one of the most eye-opening and fun books to read on history that you’ll ever read. Thaddeus Russell writes like he doesn’t care about the political correctness of modern historical writing. You’ll learn so many cool facts about American history in this book that you’ll understand the unabated truth out how our nation was formed and has been led. I can’t recommend this book enough to people who don’t know much about American history or people who want an overarching synopsis of our history from a British colony to the Iraq War.

 

George Washington

Washington’s Farewell Address is one of the most profoundly accurate and forecasting moment’s in our history. John Avlon brings explains how the 1st American President warned us about the 2-party system and how permanent treaties would be bad for American international relations. This book will give you a window into the thinking of the President and the issues he saw forming that he didn’t like. To me, this book is instrumental in understanding the vision Washington had for our nation and how far we’ve fallen from those expectations.

Valiant Ambition is about the TRUE story of one of our nation’s most decorated and greatest warriors, Benedict Arnold. This book will give you a whole new perspective on our most infamous traitor and allow you to empathize with his plight with the Continental Congress. Benedict Arnold was a great leader and even better warrior that was forced to decide between his future and his morals. While we obviously already know what he chose, this book sheds light on the level of corruption in our nation from even before the signing of the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776.

 

Native American History

It’s impossible to understand American history without understanding the first Americans and their incredible impact on the world. It’s impossible to choose which Native American books you should read because there are dozens that are well worth your time. However, These 3 books will blow your mind with information that you never knew you wanted to know about American history. Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne is the first book that I ever read and shed a tear for what I was learning. The incredible story of the Comanches and how they were destroyed by European Americans is a must-read if you want to understand the tension that still exists today.

 

African American History

As we continue to struggle through race relations in our country, understanding the history of all Americans is essential to move forward as a nation. In my opinion, there is no other more influential book than the Autobiography of Malcolm X. This book should be read by every American because it’s unapologetically in your face and provides examples of racism and the struggle of an American Icon. I’ve never read a book that was able to capture the raw emotion of a man at the beginning and the changes he made after he found religion. The Color of Law is great because it provides factual information on topics such as segregation, redlining, gerrymandering, and racism in politics. This book will give you a much better understanding of why so many black Americans feel like they can’t win in our current political system.

Coronavirus Isolation| How-To Take Advantage of the Time

Update on Coronavirus| March 30, 2020

According to Dr. Fauci of the Center for Infectious Disease Control, we’re going to need to be required to stay in isolation until at least the end of April. As he was able to advise the President, he acknowledged that his Easter plan is not suitable for the American people to stay healthy.  According to the New York Times, President Trump has agreed to extend the isolation for another month…at least. With all this information coming out today, people need to focus on how to stay, healthy in both body and mind. This blog will focus on some of the things you can do to keep your mind and body safe during this troubled time.

How-To Guide: Keep My Body Healthy During Coronavirus Isolation

Regardless of your knowledge of this pandemic, everyone needs to take care of their bodies to help you prevent getting the disease and fighting it off if you do get infected.  This is as serious as it can be with an estimated 100,000-200,000 American’s dying from this disease before it’s all said and done. Fortunately, we have many ways that are backed by doctors to help you build your immune system up enough to fight off this nasty disease. The very first thing I recommend is listening to “How to Proactively Protect Yourself from Covid 19 with Dr. Paul Anderson”( Gabby Reece Show) in full to get a better understanding of what to take and why you should take it. If you’re willing to take my word for it, I have listed the items you should be taking every day to help you survive this pandemic.

Vitamins I Should Take Everyday

Vitamins For COVID-19

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most popular vitamins to take to increase your immune system. Everybody is built differently, so Dr. Anderson encourages us to do a trial and error method of tolerance. For example, you should take upwards of 3,000-4,000 mg of Vitamin C with each meal you eat (up to 3 times per day) and see how your bowels handle it. If you’re running to the bathroom with discomfort and abnormal bowel movements, take less. I can only handle 2,000 mg 3x/day before I run to the bathroom in distress. Once you dial in your own tolerance, your body will naturally ramp up your immune system to fight off any virus.

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and only can recommend what professionals state works best for their patients. Please consult your doctor before taking anything.

N-Acetyl-Cysteine

N-Acetyl-Cysteine is an amino acid that increases the anti-oxidants in your blood to help sustain a healthy immune system. Cysteine can neutralize chemicals known as aldehydes produced by air pollutants (i. e., smoke), some drugs, and by the liver as a byproduct of alcohol metabolism.* N-A-C is therefore important for maintaining the body’s antioxidant defenses in the face of everyday assaults.

Dr. Anderson recommends taking 500-1,000 mg 3 times per day

Vitamin A

Vitamin A found in Bulletproof Vitamins is able to increase your retinal absorption up to 90%, rather than less than 10% for beta-carotene (carrots). Vitamin A supports the immune system, maintains your retinal health (eyes), and increases the growth and development of your blood cells.

Dr. Anderson recommends 25,000 IU one a day

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the mineral produced from the sun and increases everything from the health of your skin to your immune system. Unfortunately, if you’re skin is as pale as mine, chances are, you’re vitamin D deficient. Most doctor recommendations state that you need at least 15 minutes of direct sunlight on your hands and head to get enough to maintain proper limits. With the Coronavirus, most of us are not able to get outside long enough to get that kind of sun. Vitamin D supplementation will increase your immune system and your body’s largest organ (skin), without exposing yourself to unnecessary risks.

 Start with 5,000 IU/day because Vitamin D can give you blood toxicity if taken too much

Neem

Neem is an Ayurvedic herb that promotes blood purification to ensure you’re not infected with any kind of virus or toxin. Neem has been shown to help detoxify your body from alcohol and drug use. Neem will also support your immune system and ensure your skin is as healthy as it can be. Neem will also help you avoid getting your blood glucose levels too high or too low by regulating the sugar in your blood.

Dr. Anderson Recommends 300 mg twice a day

Zinc

Zinc helps the body heal from injuries, such as scrapes, bruises, cuts, and burns. Zinc is also able to help your body fight off viruses and bacteria that cause diseases, such as influenza, and the common cold. Pregnant women should especially be consuming zinc with one meal a day to support the proper growth and mental acuity of the baby.

Dr. Anderson recommends 50 mg once a day with a meal to avoid stomach discomfort

How-To Exercise During Coronavirus Isolation

One of the toughest things to do during a pandemic is finding space to exercise in your home. Before you start any workout routine, I always recommend you start with learning how to exercise to avoid injury. As with everything in life, we need to learn to crawl before we walk and physical fitness is no different. Learning how to optimize your space is going to be crucial to surviving this time filled with sedation and boredom.

What Can I Do in Limited Space?

Becoming a Supple Leopard

This book is the most revolutionary how-to guide on physical fitness that you’ll ever find. Dr. Starrett shows you how to lift, walk, sit, run, and stretch correctly for optimal body performance and health. Read this book and learn how to stretch and live your life the right way to ensure your body holds up during all exercise that you do. there are not enough words to describe what this book has done for me and my fitness journey. I hope you find it as useful as I have in maintaining my health.

Meditation

Dr. Anderson, and Dr. Starret both believe in meditation to reduce stress, improve posture, boost your mood, and teach you how to reflect and relax. Dr. Anderson believes that meditation can help you fight off the Coronavirus by increasing your overall health. Meditation will help you control your breathing, which helps regulate your lungs and heart.

Yoga

Yoga is one of the most underrated exercises that anyone can do, regardless of an ongoing pandemic. You can do yoga with very little room and the benefits are life-changing. I suggest everyone incorporate yoga into their daily routine to increase your flexibility, strengthen core muscles, and improve your breathing. Yoga Mate is a soft yoga mat that works great with hot yoga. Doing hot yoga will only increase your benefits by helping fight off infection and diseases if you get your room to 113 degrees (F),

HIIT Workouts

You can do a lot of the High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) activities in small rooms with limited space. I recommend combing HIIT workouts with activities like yoga to maximize your health benefits. You can also just type in HIIT workouts on Youtube and you’ll find hundreds of exercises you can do in your living room.

How-To Cook Meals For My Family

I was always under the assumption that more people knew how to cook than what’s been reported across the country. I’m not here to judge or criticize those who don’t know how to cook because I didn’t learn until I was 22 years old. However, this pandemic exposes the necessity to be independent and self-sufficient to avoid exposing your family to this disease. I’m not going to list a bunch of cookbooks from celebs that allow you to make a fancy-sounding meal. The only book I am including is the book you need to learn how to cook and properly use spices, fat, acid, and heat. The list below will include items that are necessary for you to be the best home cook you could possibly be. Now is the time to take advantage of this solitude to better yourself.

 

How-To Cook

Learn To Cook

This book by Samin Nosrat is the best how-to cookbook that I’ve ever read. I’ve been cooking by myself for about 14 years and I learned more in this one book than any of the 2-3 dozen that I’ve read before. This book will teach you how to properly spice your food (I use much less salt than she recommends, but to each his/her own). She teaches you you how to render fat the right way and how to cook with oils, fats, and spices to enhance the flavor of your food. Take this time to learn how to cook the right way so you don’t develop the bad habits that I learned.

Cast-Iron Pan

The start of any good cooking equipment is a great cast-iron pan that can be used for multiple dishes and cooking methods. You can use this cast iron pan on the grill, oven, smoker, and stove to create many unique dishes that fit your personality. This pan is 3″ deep so you can use it for foods, such as lasagna, stir fry, baking pies, and cooks steak or Venison roasts. Every cook needs a cast iron pan if they want to take their meals to new heights on flavor.

Food-Processor

Food Processors are not the most necessary of items, but they will make your life easier than any other tool in the kitchen. You can make dipping sauces and hot sauces that you never thought imaginable with the use of this simple tool. I use my food processor almost every to make salad dressings, hot sauces, and dipping sauce, such as my famous pineapple jalapeno aioli. No matter what kind of cuisine you’re interested in, a food processor is going to make it easier and better than if you didn’t have one.

Meat Thermometer

For whatever reason, I always felt a meat thermometer was evidence of an insecure cook that didn’t know how to read the meat to determine it’s doneness. This ego trip caused me to overcook/undercook more meals than I care to talk about. Do yourself a favor and start with a meat thermometer and learn the basics before you venture off and do your own thing.

Measuring Cup

With the same principle as the meat thermometer, start by measuring your ingredients to ensure uniformity in your recipes. I always encourage you to write down each recipe you cook to document the successes and failures. This is really the only way to get better because if you don’t remember how you made Chicken Cacciatore, it might be difficult to repeat the recipe. A measuring cup will allow you to be more precise, especially for those who want to learn how to bake.

 

 

Glock 29| A Definitive Buyer’s Guide

Glock 29| Buyer’s Guide

The Glock 29 is chambered for a 10mm bullet that is comparable in force to a .357 Magnum, but we’ll get into that later. The Glock 29 offers more range and more power than the Glock 30 and the Glock 22. With the option of equipping a 15-round extended magazine, Glock 29 offers more than enough chances to hit your target without compromising the weight or balance of the pistol. This is the most unique because of the larger chamber and the increased power the 29 offers. With easy customization and the ability to conceal this pistol, the Glock 29 should be considered for your gun collection.

Specs:

Glock 29
Weight  1.52 lbs
Weight w/unloaded mag 1.68 lbs
Weight w/loaded mag 2.04 lbs
Height 4.53″
Barrel Length 3.78″
Overall Length 6.97″
Slide Length 6.77″
Caliber 10mm Auto
Magazine Capacity 10/15
Trigger Pull Weight 28 N/ 6.29 lbs of force
Overall Width 1.38″
Slide Width 1.12″
Trigger Distance 2.85″
Line of Sight (Polymer) 5.91″
Line of Sight (steel) 5.87″
Line of Sight (GNC) 5.83″
Safety Safe Action
MSRP  $580.00

 

Pros

Cons

Versatile with the Modular backstrap System 10 mm bullets can be expensive vs 9mm
Great stopping power with Magnum force No manual safety (preference)
Affordable, especially if bought used
Customizable for any shooting preference or style
Very light for such a powerful gun
Great recoil reduction with the added dual recoil spring

Features:

  • subcompact model makes it very easy to control and conceal
  • Rough Textured Grip (RTF)– The RTF added to the Gen 4 enhances the grip traction for inclement weather, such as rain, snow, humidity, cold, etc.
  • Dual Recoil Spring Assembly- The dual recoil spring is designed to reduce the felt recoil from the operation and increase the lifespan of the gun
  • Enlarged Reversible Mag Catch- Since this is a subcompact model, it can be difficult for owners with larger hands to grip the catch, so Glock made the magazine catch bigger to easily grip and change mags when time is of necessity. You can also switch sides for lefty’s
  • Interchangeable Backstrap System- The small backstrap is the stock size shipped to you. However, if you feel the grip is too small you can add the medium backstrap to add 8/100 of an inch from the back of the grip to the trigger. For those who have hands like an NFL QB, you can add the large, which gives you 16/100 of an inch.

* If you’re wanting to learn more about Gen 4 and Gen 5 Glock features, read our Glock 19 Review blog. 

Why Should I Buy The Glock 29?

The Glock 29 is one of the best compact semi-auto pistols in the world because it has the greatest stopping power of any round, beside the .50 cal. I believe this is a great pistol for home defense as well because nobody is walking through a 10 mm bullet with the force of a .357 Magnum hitting them.  This bullet is able to penetrate light armor, drywall, and even car doors with ease. The Glock 29 offers more range than any of the previous Glocks we’ve reviewed, as well.

Where Can I Buy The Glock 29?

The Glock 29 can be purchased from most of the main retailers around the world, but I suggest buying from either Palmetto State Armory or RK Guns. You can always buy used and go with places like Gun Broker, Armslist, or Utah Gun Exchange, as well. Buying from Palmetto State will give you a discount enough to pay no taxes or shipping for Veterans and police officers. RK Guns is a great option if you live in a rural area that doesn’t have many options around besides department stores and mom and pop shops who have to upcharge to compete.

 

Glock 29 Accessories

The Glock 29 (the majority of 10mm pistols) has the versatility to be used as a hunting handgun, home-defense, and law enforcement capacities. With this in mind, I want to focus on the accessories that are going to help you improve the accuracy and versatility of your Glock. For me, this means buying the best possible optics and lights that can be used in either low light or in the middle of the day with the sun beaming down on you.

 

Ade Advanced Optics Bertrillium RD3-013 Red Dot Reflex Sight for Glock

The Ade red dot sight replaces the rear sight for your Glock with a clean and bright red dot for rapid target acquisition. This reflex optic has 2 brightness settings that will provide 2,000 hours of continuous light for the brightest setting and up to 30,000 hours in the lowest setting. Ade offers a 4 MOA that holds up and doesn’t need to be constantly adjusted to keep the zero of the pistol. With a 4 MOA, I suggest always aim for the biggest part of your target if you’re at any distance longer than 30 yards to ensure a hit. The red dot is invisible to the human eye when looking at it, so you’re not going to flag yourself by having it turned on in the lowest setting at night.

 

 

 

Truglo TG8100B Red-Dot Sight, Micro, Tru-Tec

Any optic from Truglo is going to be made with the best possible technology and frame for longevity and precision. The TG8100B is no exception with it’s 3 MOA red-dot reticle for incredibly quick target acquisition. This optic has 10 different brightness settings that can be used in either low light or daylight without any other modifications to the optic. The Sealed O-Ring makes the Truglo Micro shock-resistant, water-resistant, and fog-resistant for use in bad weather. However, if you’re in a torrential downpour, I’d keep this optic away from the water as much as possible. Water-resistant doesn’t always mean water-proof so if your optic is exposed long enough to a high volume of water, it will have problems. My favorite aspect of this optic is the unlimited eye relief it offers with the wide window and ability to keep both eyes open.

 

10mm Ammo

10mm ammo is a very unique and rare caliber that offers more power and range than a 9mm and 45 ACP bullet. The 10mm has more muzzle velocity than a .357 Magnum, which allows the Glock 29 to be used in hunting situations and home-defense. However, due to the power of the 10mm, many people argue that it’s too much gun for a home-defense situation. I believe that any gun that is reliable, dependable, accurate, and has a quick target acquisition should be used as a home-defense gun. Yes, you’ll blow a hole in an intruder that is much bigger than a .45 ACP and 9mm, but at the end of the day, what does it matter if the security of your family is at stake? The Glock 29 is a great gun to use and has the versatility to be used in multiple situations (hunting, defense, competition shooting).

LIBERTY 10MM 60GR HP CIVIL DEFENSE AMMUNITION

The Civil Defense from Liberty Ammunition fires at 2,400 feet per second and has less felt recoil than the majority of .45 ACP bullets on the market. At 60gr, this bullet is built to travel further than 50 yards with accuracy. The light Civil Defense ammo from Liberty allows the Glock 29 to shed unnecessary weight compared the Glock 30 and Glock 22. Overall, Liberty has earned a solid reputation for its ammunition and I trust them with my life when it comes down to it.

 

 

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HORNADY 10MM AUTO 175GR FLEX LOCK CRITICAL DUTY AMMUNITION

Hornady is one of the most well-known names in ammunition and their reputation has always been positive from the dozens of shooters that I know. I chose this round because it’s a polar opposite of the Liberty Civil Defense. At a 175gr, this Hornady is a much lighter bullet with incredible attention to detail and technology with the Flexlock design. The Flextip bullet design provides consistent expansion every time and the InterLock system ensures the core and jacket remain together until the bullet makes an impact.  These revolutionary designs ensure that each round is fed through the chamber properly to avoid misdeeds, misfires, and multiple feeds.

 

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FEDERAL 10MM AUTO 180GR TROPHY BONDED JSP AMMUNITION

With more muzzle velocity than a .357 Magnum, the Federal 10mm Auto Trophy Bonded JSP is meant for the avid hunter. This round is capable of hunting everything from deer, boar, bear, coyote, and elk. This bullet is specifically designed for consistent expansion and enough force to blast through bone like dynamite through rock. Anyone interested in hunting with a pistol will be able to use this ammo with their Glock 29. Personally, I don’t have any interest in hunting with a pistol, but I do love the idea of having a concealed carry pistol with enough power to defend my family if a bear or mountain lion charges me.

 

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Conclusion

The Glock 29 is chambered in the 10mm Auto to give this concealed carry Glock more power than a .45 ACP and .357 Magnum in a smaller package for the ultimate versatility. The Glock 29 is less than 7″ long and weighs only 2 lbs fully loaded with a 15-round magazine. With applications in hunting, self-defense, primary canceled carry, and secondary pistol for police officers, the Glock 29 is sure to be one of your favorite pistols in your collection. If you’re trying to hunt, I’d recommend the Federal Premium ammo, while the Liberty Civil Defense is going to give you more than enough power to stop an intruder or assailant you will come across. I trust the Hornady FlexLock ammo more than almost any brand out there for its consistency and dependability as a primary carry ammo. No matter what you decide on, going with a Glock 29 is going to give you the power you desire with the dependability of the Glock name.

Glock 43x| Buyer’s Guide 2020

Glock changed the game in the 1980s when Gaston Glock patented the Glock 17, an extremely light-weight, striker-fired pistol with a polymer frame. Not a lot has honestly changed from that monumental design, but the scale has definitely changed over time and with different models.

Glock 19

The Glock 19 is perhaps the most popular concealed carry and tactical handgun in existence today. It’s a compact 9mm that holds 15 rounds of ammunition, but this explanation is probably unnecessary because my guess is that you, dear reader, own one already. And you should. It’s versatility allows for you to carry it concealed in any position (though I would discourage you from using an ankle holster with a G19), but you can also slap a Surefire X-300 on it and use it for tactical purposes.

Unfortunately, it’s not for everyone. Some men and many women find the blocky Glock grip to be too fat. My own wife, all 5’2” 115lb of her, can’t get a good enough purchase with her index finger AND maintain an acceptable grip with a straight wrist. This leads to limp wristing which leads to malfunctions, which can lead to really bad things happening.

Glock 26

If you try and go smaller with the diminutive G26, you get a different issue. Now people with large hands can’t get more than 2 fingers on the grip without the aid of a different magazine extension. For small handed folks, they still have the same old problem of having a fat grip with the additional issue of a shortened grip.

Subcompact Handguns

Something else to consider is that many subcompact handguns are in a smaller, anemic caliber like .32 automatic or .380. I have a Walther PPK/S and it’s a fine gun for more than one reason. It’s a cool historical gun that functions well and it’s small enough I can wear it in more formal attire, a la our favorite MI6 officer. The problem is that I’m not a fan of .380. I feel a lot more comfortable carrying a 9mm, but I hate the grip on a G26 and often a G19 is a tad too big.

Enter the G43x and the G48.

Slimline Shooters

The Glock 43x and Glock 48 are intriguing submissions to solving the problem of grip sizes for all shooters. Essentially, the G48 is a single-stack Glock 19. Same height and length, but the G48 has a slimmer profile by shaving off almost 1/6” (or 4mm, if you please). The G43x takes it a step further by trimming off about ¾’’ from the length of the G19 and G48 while retaining the slimmer slide profile.

Here are the specs in black and white, straight from Glock:

  Glock 19 Glock 48 Glock 43x
Slide Length 6.85” 6.85” 6.06”
Width (at widest point) 1.26” 1.10” 1.10”
Slide Width 1” 0.87” 0.87”
Height (with mag) 5.04” 5.04” 5.04”
Trigger Distance 2.80” 2.64” 2.64”
Weight (with empty mag) 23.63 oz 20.74 oz 18.7 oz

 

Look and Feel

The changes are quite obvious when you see a Glock 19 and a G43x side by side. I’ve always thought Glocks in general were fat and ugly, but completely utilitarian at the same time. Once I went to the range and saw it next to the newer slimline Glocks, it looked gargantuan. Think Lena Dunham walking down the runway stuffed into a… never mind. Please don’t think about that and please continue to read. I’m sorry. Anyways, the G43x looks drop dead sexy. When I picked it up, my pinky finger still barely hangs on just like my G19, but I can grip it so much tighter with just one hand (that’s what she said).

I handed the G43x to my wife and she instantly smiled. She brought her support hand up and could actually get a correct master’s grip. As you can see on the spec sheets above, that’s because Glock was able to reduce the length between the back strap and the front of the trigger significantly. My wife generally carries a STI 2011 Guardian and she’s an excellent shot with it. However, the STI is a beast compared to this G43x. The G48 is very similar in that it points well and feels extremely light in the hand.

With the Gen 5 Glocks, they have finally given us slide serrations at the muzzle end of the slide straight from the factory. Both the G43x and G48 has these slide serrations, boring and angular but supremely functional. My wife is a small human being and she needs all the purchase she can get to rack the slide on these smaller pistols, not to mention that I almost exclusively use the front slide serrations to both check and charge my pistols if available. The front end of the slide is also rounded off quite a bit, which will no doubt help with holstering, particularly in leather holsters.

First Range Experience

I’m lucky in that I have a range fairly close to my house that allows you to rent a decent variety of pistols before you decide on what to purchase. I took my wife to the range and we rented both the G43x and G48, shooting them next to my wife’s STI Guardian. This was purely a familiarization range trip so we could decide which was right for us, so we only shot about 150 rounds out of each pistol.

G48 and G43x

Neither one of us could really tell much of a difference between the two pistols. The only difference between the G48 and G43x is that the G43x has a shorter slide/ barrel length by 0.79”. If I’m shooting without a red dot on a pistol, I generally prefer for as long a sight radius as I can get. I shoot a 5” STI Marauder for competition and that extra sight radius helps me line up longer shots, but I haven’t really tried a course of fire with a shorter gun to see if it really does make a difference or if all the “muh sight radius” is internet science. Either way, neither of us could tell the difference in practical application of both pistols. Both pistols shot very well with zero malfunctions.

The trigger was pure Glock, a little spongey but very predictable. It’s not bad and I know it’ll get better and better the more time it’s fired. If you’ve ever shot a Glock, you’ll know what these triggers feel like.

Decision Time

After the range, my wife and I turned in the pistols and talked about which one she liked on the way home. We both agreed that the G43x would be our best choice. This is going to be a carry pistol for her, so she really valued how short the G43x was without compromising accuracy or reliability. She settled on the shorter G43x, so that’s what she got. I was thrilled, because I find that even the venerable G19 is a bit too long for me when I’m wearing it appendix and sitting down. The muzzle still pokes me a bit in my upper quad, but the shorter G43x is much more comfortable. More on that later.

G43x Price

The Blue Label price for it at my local gun store was $399, pretty excellent value if you ask me for what you’re getting: a reliable sub-compact handgun with 10 rounds of 9mm from the most popular handgun manufacturer in the world.

All of the initial versions I saw online and even the ones we test fired featured a brushed stainless steel side and black frame. The one we picked up was actually all black, just like every other OEM Glock you’ve ever seen.

Sight Swap

This is an important one and up for infinite debate: what sights you use on your Glock. Night sights, all-black steel, fiber optic combination, or keep it stock with the plastic OEM sights? Personally, I started off years ago thinking tritium night sights were the heat. “I can shoot in the dark! These things are boss!” As I’ve matured, I’ve exclusively shifted to a fiber optic rod on the front and a blacked out rear for virtually all of my heavy use pistols. My comp gun, my duty pistols, and my carry guns all have this set up. I got mine from Dawson Precision, which I personally think are the best in the business. They have a sight calculator right on their website that lets you determine the best height for you and if you’re impact is high or low, they’ll send you a replacement front sight post to get you on target for free. Here’s the sight set I use on the G43x here. The sights come with an aluminum tool to help you unscrew the Glock front sight post, an aluminum drift punch to remove and install your new rear sight, an Allen key to tighten the set screw on your rear sight, and extra fiber optic rods in red and green when it’s time to replace the old ones or you prefer a different color. The rear sight might require some fitment, so if you want you can always take your slide and sights in to your local gun store for a quick installation and an opportunity to peruse their wares.

I find that the acquisition is much faster with fiber optics and the contrast with the red dot and black rear is excellent. My wife obviously likes this set up, so she was happier than I was to install them.

Concealability

This is probably the crux of the blog since the blog is about a concealed carry pistol. I’m greatly looking forward to this since I can carry it appendix AND sit down at the same time. Whenever I’ve tried this in the past with either my G19 or Wilson CQB Commander 1911, the muzzle digs into the crease between my junk and my quad. It’s a big enough deal that I either carry at the 5 o’clock or I put my holster on after I’ve arrived where I’m going. That still doesn’t solve the problem of carrying appendix if I need to sit down at wherever I’m going anyway. Not to mention that carrying appendix will almost certainly give you the fastest inside the waistband draw, it also gives you the fastest draw when you’re seated in a vehicle.

G43x Weight

I use a Safariland Model 100 Professional whenever my wife isn’t using it. I’ll say this, you definitely notice the weight difference between a fully loaded G19 with 15+1 rounds of 9mm and a G43x with 10 rounds of 9mm. My normal carry ammo is Speer Gold Dot 124gr +P 9mm. My Glock 19 weighed 30 ounces fully loaded, while the G43x weighs only 27 ounces. It may not seem huge, but you’re essentially saving 10% of your total weight.

G43x Size

Where the G43x REALLY shines is, once again, its lack of girth. It tucks right inside your waistband and is extremely comfortable. The grip is long enough to get a good purchase on for your draw, while the muzzle is short enough to allow multiple carry options.

Pro tip: When you’re having to drive around and you’re concerned with muggers, terrorists, or Afghan Local Police and you might have to use your pistol, try this: sit down in your seat and buckle in. Next, you need to pull your shirt or jacket (whatever your concealment garment is) over the top of the waist belt on your selt belt. This allows you to just pull your jacket up, draw your smoke wagon, and go to work. Thanks, Wyatt.

Concealment for the Ladies

Since this gun is primarily for my wife, this presents somewhat of a different dilemma. She rarely wears a belt when she wears jeans and she generally wears yoga pants anyway. She’s active and teaches fitness classes at our local gym so I’m not complaining about the looks, but yoga pants aren’t exactly great for IWB carry.

Conceal Carry in Yoga Pants

Enter Alexo, a company specifically designed for women to carry concealed pistols in yoga pants. What they’ve done is sew three reinforced elastic pockets into the waistline of the pants. There’s also a separate pocket sized for a smartphone on the side of the right thigh. When you feel the elastic pockets, they feel exactly like Blue Force Gear Ten Speed pouches. I use one of these 3-mag shingles on my plate carrier for work and they’re great for storing random things in need of retention that you can still get out quickly, anything from explosive breaching initiating systems to flashbangs. The elastic is quite durable, but will eventually wear out over time with heavy use.

My wife loves these pants and it allows her to carry her G43x on walks or even jogging. The G43x and Alexo pants are a perfect fit, but Alexo does warn to only use items that are 23oz or less, but my wife hasn’t had any retention issues whatsoever.

Conceal Carry in a Purse

The other unconventional concealment method I recommend for ladies is a concealed carry purse. I got my wife a Gun Tot’n Mamas handbag to store her STI Guardian when she’s out and about without me. The purse is pretty robust with a reinforcement wire in the straps to keep muggers from cutting the strap with a knife and sprinting off with the goods… including your wife’s gat piece. The version I got my wife has a side compartment lined in female Velcro that zips open and comes with a small universal holster that velcros to the inner pocket. It works well enough for my wife to have a pistol with her, but it’s less than ideal when you need to protect yourself quickly. Galco also has a line of lady’s handbags that you can see here for alternative ideas.

Final Words

So we’ve had the G43x for a while now and here’s what I’ll say: it’s been everything we wanted in a concealed carry, sub-compact handgun. Between the two of us, my wife and I have put over 700 rounds through it. We haven’t had any issues through a variety of ammo, everything from flat nose to round nose, bullet weights from 115 – 147gr, and remanufactured bulk ammo to top of the line defense ammunition. I will say that I haven’t shot any steel or aluminum cased ammo out of it. I don’t shoot anything other than brass cased rounds because, from my experience, brass is the most reliable type of ammo. Ammo that I won’t shoot out of my Wilson Combat 9mm (basically any ammo with a short overall length) was eaten right up by the little G43x.

I’d highly recommend the G43x to anyone from a small woman to a full grown man. It truly is a subcompact handgun for everyone. If you think 10+1 isn’t enough ammo for you, you can always carry a spare magazine or pick up one of these 15 round magazines from Shield Arms. Somehow, Shield Arms managed to make a steel magazine fit into a standard G43x and G48. Everywhere I’ve looked, they’ve been out of stock, but I’ll look forward to getting my hands on one as soon as I can.

Why carry a .380 when you can carry a 9mm?

What should you pack in your Range Bag?

Oh brother, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten to the range and realize I forgot to pack something vital. Unfortunately, I forgot some staples a couple of weeks ago. However, being the problem solver that I am, I used some handy 100mph tape I happened to have in my truck.

In any case, I wanted to write this quick entry so y’all don’t repeat the mistakes I’ve made over time.

Range Bag 

A ton of companies out there make different range bags of various sizes. Some bags have MOLLE attachments, some with 1000 external pockets, and others with several internal dividers. I wanted to get a bag that was big enough to fit everything I felt like I needed, which as you’ll see below is a lot of stuff. However, I didn’t want to carry a duffle bag and I certainly didn’t want to have to make multiple trips.

I originally bought the First Spear range bag, but it was too small for the purposes I had. I settled on the Kryptek range bag and got it for about $80 off Amazon. It has a side compartment that allows me to store seven pistol mags, another side pouch that I store my tools in, and a compartment on each end that I keep my spare parts and pasties in. The main compartment is spacious and has two length-wise pockets that are meant to store pistols. It even came with a thin, padded pistol case that fits perfectly in the pistol slots. The inner portion of the zip closure also has some elastic bands that I use for extra pistol mags and a CAT tourniquet.

Don’t count out the First Spear, Grey Ghost Gear, or Esstac range bags if you want something a little smaller and you can pare down the packing list a little bit. I actually like the Esstac version because you can put a 50 cal ammo can in it for rigidity and line the outside with MOLLE magazine pouches to save internal space. In the end, you’ve got to go with what you need.

Tools

So no kidding, there I was, fresh off the first stage of the day in a 3 gun match that I felt like I smoked. I locked and cleared, then rotated the throw lever on my Vortex Razor back to 1x…. when the entire optic rotated in my Geissele mount. Oh. Shit. I learned a lot about mounting optics in the several minutes after that with the help of some experienced buddies. We ended up using the built in level feature on an iPhone and some Fix It Sticks, which was good enough for me to get 2nd on the long range stage.

Fix It Sticks

That gave me a HUUGE appreciation for Fix It Sticks, and now I literally don’t go on a deployment, range trip, or match without them in my bag. They’re compact and lightweight, but allow for you to torque your scope rings or optic mounts to a precise inch-poundage with a handy torque limiter. Depending on the kit you get, they also come with a Phillips head, flat head, and a variety of star heads and Allen keys.

Allen Keys

Speaking of Allen keys, I also make sure I ALWAYS have both a standard/imperial (or Merican) and a metric set. I’ve seen all tons of things come lose, from scope dials to muzzle devices. A good set of Allen keys will make sure you can at least finish your training or match and you’ll absolutely make some new friends at the range.

Multitool

I’ve also found that having a good multi-tool will help for a wide variety of reasons. For that, I keep my Leatherman MUT. It’s got a punch, brass carbon scraper, and several screw driver tips for some emergency weapons maintenance in a compact package. The pliers have also come in handy to tighten some bolts at the range without having to find a range officer.

Cleaning Rod

This next one is one of the most over-looked, under-appreciated tools you can take with you: a cleaning rod. I carry a US-government issue M4 cleaning rod that I can break down and stow in my range bag. During training or on deployments, I keep it broken down in the chest pocket on my plate carrier. Case head separations or general obstructions can be a huge pain and ruin your range trip, especially if you only brought a bore snake to swab your bore.

Shot Timer

The shot time is pretty obvious, but man it helps out a lot. I’m to the point now that I have some specific drills that I want to do and they all require a shot time. I use the Competition Electronics Pocket Pro 2 and I love it. Even when I’m at the range solo I can just clip it on my belt or pocket, set the start to random, and go to work. Being able to check your split times can help hone your techniques to figure out which one is fastest while maintaining an acceptable level of accuracy. In a pinch, you can download an app on your phone that’ll actually work pretty well. That’s what I did before I forked over the dough for a stand-alone timer.

Tailor your Training

That brings me to maybe the most important tool you’ll bring with you: a plan. I try and make sure that whenever I have an opportunity to go to the range, I know exactly what I want to get out of it. Am I confirming my zero, using a chronograph to get some solid data for my ballistic app, or trying to trim down the time between target transitions? RE Factor Tactical makes a few great products for this, specifically The Essential Shooting Guide or the Dead Man’s Hand Shooting Deck. The guide really helps you develop your skills to a pretty proficient level and the shooting deck is a really fun way to culminate your range sessions to test those new skills, particularly with some buddies to compete against.

Speed Loaders

Speed loaders are a must for me now. I used to think they were for soft men with soft hands, until I shot for 8 hours a day during a two week long class. I had a serious case of Glock knuckle and having a Maglula Uplula pistol speed loader made it a lot easier on me and my fingers. After that course, the pistol speed loader became an indispensable part of my kit. My wife won’t load pistol mags without it either, so I had to get her one to keep with her EDC pistol when she has to travel, so I can keep mine in my range bag.

Rifle speed loaders aren’t as much of a necessity for me personally, but it also depends on if you’re loading from stripper clips or not. Check out either the Beta Mag loader or Viking 556SC for stripper clip options or Maglula for loose rounds.

Staple Gun 

Don’t forget to pack your staple gun! And staplers! The whole reason I felt compelled to write this article was because my staple gun was consistently left on my work bench at home. Spray adhesive is also a good option, but it takes up a lot of space and, trust me on this, it really sucks when the lid falls off and you spray glue all over your bag.

Note Taking Materials

Keep a small pocket-sized note book in your bag along with a few pens and Sharpies. Record your progress or muzzle velocities in your notebook so you can quickly reference what your bullet drops are at varying distances.

The markers will come in handy to mark your shots, take notes, or write the drills down for everyone to see if you’re shooting with a group.

Ammo Cans

In my youth, I’d just take 2 or 3 old ammo cans and make like 4 trips back and forth between the firing line and my truck. That’s for the birds. Now I have two G-Code bang boxes: one for 9mm and another for 5.56mm. The boxes have plastic bottoms and cordura tops that zip closed. I can fit about 250 rounds of 9mm in one and about 120 rounds of 5.56mm in the other. I wish I could fit more rifle rounds or they made a different size, but I remedy that by just jamming the mags full beforehand. Typically, the rifle ammo is just cheap blaster 55gr stuff. What I use for my Gucci ammo is a Magpul Medium DAKA pouch. Since I only shoot Mk262 77gr sparingly, it doesn’t require a large bag so the DAKA pouch is perfect for it.

Magazines

In my range bag, I keep a variety of pistol magazines for my STI and Glock. If I’m going to the range, I’m almost always shooting either a STI Marauder, Glock 34, or Glock 19 Roland Special. So, I keep 4x 140mm, 1x 126mm, and 1x 170mm STI mags and 6x Glock 17 mags in my bag at all times. I have to keep them in there or I’ll absolutely forget them.

For rifles, I primarily shoot AR15 pattern so my range bag is stuffed with PMAGs of various types. I keep a 20 rounder for bench shooting, 3-4 30 rounders, a 40 rounder, and a D-60 for 3 gun practice.

Rehab Equipment

To get the most out of your targets, you’ll definitely want to invest in some pasties. I only use brown and black, but that’s because I don’t care about using those colors in the rare and embarrassing moment when I slightly, maybe clip a non-threat in the form of a white IPSC cardboard target overlaid on a threat target.

The pasties can help you patch up the bullseye or keep track of your overall group for the day. You can color code your pasties to see how a particular string went for you or alternate with a buddy for comparison’s sake.

If you’re using your own target stands, a few extra fir strips in your vehicle will help keep your targets upright and with something to attach to.

Spare Parts & Miscellaneous

I keep a few extra parts, but I wouldn’t say these are necessarily essentials to your packing list. I keep some extra fiber optic rods and a lighter in a side pouch in the event that I need to swap out my fiber mid-match… which has also happened.

Bushing Wrench

I primarily shoot a STI Marauder 2011 and I find it handy to have a bushing wrench for cleaning or maybe an extra firing pin spring (though in a pinch you can stretch out the old spring to get you through the rest of the day).

Choke

Whenever I’m taking a shotgun to the range, I always make sure I have several chokes and a choke wrench. 90% of the time, I shoot improved cylinder with my Remington Versamax but I switch to modified, skeet, and full from time to time depending on the target array.

Magazine Pouches

Personally, I like to keep a couple of extra magazine pouches in a side pocket. I generally have two extra Blackhawk double-stack mag carriers that are great if I want to run a drill that requires a few extra pistol mags or if a buddy forgets (you know, since he didn’t read this sweet blog entry).

Range Finder

Range finders are handy tools for long range shooting or if you need to confirm your zero at a specific distance. The Sig Kilo series is great and is currently used by some of the best shooters out there, but Leupold, Bushnell, and Vortex make excellent products at reasonable prices for range finders. I’ve got a Sig Kilo 1400 BDX and it’s excellent, plus it’ll come in handy if I ever get around to a Sig BDX rifle scope. Whatever you do, get a rangefinder that will go a bit farther than you think you’ll need.

Targetry

I know that you don’t really store your targets in your range bag, but when you head to the range you’ve got to shoot something right? Steel is great for distance and speed to give you that satisfying audible feedback. Paper is perfect for precision and fundamentals. You’ll see guys who can absolutely burn it down with steel targets, then have shot groups that look like 00 buckshot once they get into the shoothouse. On the flip side, if you spend all your time punching paper, you can get sucked into trying to be so accurate that you develop training scars and move too slow.

I like to use a variety of paper targets depending on what I want to get done. You can’t have enough cardboard IPSC targets, B8 bullseye, VTAC silhouettes, or RE Factor Tactical IQ targets. If you have RE Factor’s Essential Shooting Guide, you’ll also need the Essentials target to conduct several of the drills, but the drills are fun and challenging.

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Glock 30| A Buyer’s Guide in 2020

Glock 30

The Glock 30 is chambered in .45 Auto and sponsored by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for its incredible versatility. As crazy as it is to think about, a 9mm pistol isn’t always enough against certain criminals. For starters, if someone is wearing body armor, a 9mm is most likely not going to penetrate enough to stop the individual. Secondly, drug addicts on drugs such as Meth, Heroin, and Acid are able to walk through smaller caliber rounds, unless you get a headshot or major organ. You might be thinking this isn’t possible, but I’ve seen it in my time in Iraq. Suicide bombers would get high on LSD or Acid to calm their nerves and would end up getting shot center mass 3-6 times before dropping. I’ve never heard of anyone walking through a .45 Auto round because the force is too strong to keep you on your feet if your hit center mass. Our brothers and sisters in the NYPD experience this every day on the job, so they trust this gun more than most 9mm pistols.

Specs:

Glock 30
Weight 1.49 lbs
Weight w/unloaded mag 1.68 lbs
Weight w/loaded mag 2.10
Height 4.8″
Barrel Length 3.78″
Overall Length 6.97″
Slide Length 6.77″
Caliber .45 Auto
Magazine Capacity 9/10/13
Trigger Pull Weight 28 N/ 6.29 lbs of force
Overall Width 1.38″
Slide Width 1.12″
Trigger Distance 2.85″
Line of Sight (Polymer) 5.91″
Line of Sight (steel) 5.87″
Line of Sight (GNC) 5.83″
Safety Safe Action
MSRP  $550.00

 

Pros

Cons

Versatile with the Modular backstrap System Trigger pull weight can get heavy after a few shots
Great stopping power with the .45 Auto round No manual safety (preference)
Affordable, especially if bought used
Customizable for any shooting preference or style
Very light for a .45 chambered pistol
Great recoil reduction with the added dual recoil spring

Features:

  • subcompact model makes it very easy to control and conceal
  • Rough Textured Grip (RTF)– The RTF added to the Gen 4 enhances the grip traction for inclement weather, such as rain, snow, humidity, cold, etc.
  • Dual Recoil Spring Assembly- The dual recoil spring is designed to reduce the felt recoil from the operation and increase the lifespan of the gun
  • Enlarged Reversible Mag Catch- Since this is a subcompact model, it can be difficult for owners with larger hands to grip the catch, so Glock made the magazine catch bigger to easily grip and change mags when time is of necessity. You can also switch sides for lefty’s
  • Interchangeable Backstrap System- The small backstrap is the stock size shipped to you. However, if you feel the grip is too small you can add the medium backstrap to add 8/100 of an inch from the back of the grip to the trigger. For those who have hands like an NFL QB, you can add the large, which gives you 16/100 of an inch.

* If you’re wanting to learn more about Gen 4 and Gen 5 Glock features, read our Glock 19 Review blog

Why Should I Buy The Glock 30?

The Glock 30 is one of the best subcompact semi-auto pistols in the world for law enforcement due to its stopping power and lightweight frame. I believe this is a great pistol for home defense as well because nobody is walking through a .45 Auto round, and all you need is one hit to destroy your target. A .45 ACP is one of the biggest rounds you can shoot with a pistol and provides the most penetration (except for a .50 cal).

Where Can I Buy The Glock 30?

The Glock 30 is probably one of the toughest guns to find because it’s designed for law enforcement and packs a punch that many shooters can’t control. However, If you’re looking to buy a used gun you could go to GunBroker, Armslist, or Utah Gun Exchange. As always, I don’t see anyone beating out Palmetto State Armory for their low prices and great military and law enforcement discounts. The Glock 30 is designed for LE, you get enough off to cover all taxes paid, and it comes with a great warranty that’s difficult to beat.

 

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Glock 30 .45 ACP Ammo

The type of ammo you put into your gun is one of the most overlooked aspects of having the most reliable pistol you can have. I have 2 types of ammo I suggest for the Glock 30, one from Winchester and the other from Browning. Depending on your state or police department, hollow-points may not be allowed because it’s viewed as extreme and unnecessary punishment. Having the right ammo could mean the difference in your gun jamming after a few shots due to bad primers or the rounds just failing to feed because they were made crappy. These 2 companies always provide great ammo that I’ve never had a problem with and can count on them to save your life if need be.

 

Browning BXP X-Point

The Browning BXP Personal Defense ammo features the X-Point hollow-point bullet that is designed for optimal expansion and penetration. The X-Point bullet is designed to penetrate clothing or drywall before expanding, to provide a softball-sized exit wound. The primers are constructed under the highest requirements in the industry, which guarantees flawless feeding for every round. Encased in Black nickel, the BXP is non-corrosive, so it will last longer than some cheaper ammo from companies you don’t know or trust.

 

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WINCHESTER 45 AUTO/ACP 230GR PDX1 AMMUNITION

My favorite thing to learn about this ammo was the strict and extensive testing done on it by the FBI, to determine its application in real-world use for its agents. The lead core and copper jacket are welded together to ensure balanced weight retention and symmetrical expansion during flight and impact. The type of bonding used in the PDX1 bullet is meant to push through moderate barriers such as drywall, car doors, and car seats. The level of expansion is disturbing to think about if you’re on the other end of this bullet because it expands 12 times its original size upon impact.

 

 

 

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Accessories For Glock 30

Glock, in general, is the most universally accepted handgun in the world because of its simplistic design and reliability. As a result of its success, Glock has created more accessories for their pistols than you could ever ask for. The Glock 30 is meant as an alternative to the Glock 22 service pistol for officers looking for a smaller frame and more stopping power. With this in mind, each department will have its own standards and requirements for what’s allowed on their service pistols. My favorite attachments to add to the Glock 30 are lights, and lasers.

 

CRIMSON TRACE FITS GLOCK G-SERIES- 29 & 30 – LASERGRIP, REAR ACTIVATION

Crimson Trace’s Lasergrips are my favorite type of laser to use on my Glock because there is no adjustment to the grip of your gun to activate the red laser. The Lasergrip is attached to the grip with minimal intrusion and keeps the gun balanced in your hand by placing it on the grip instead of the bottom of the barrel. Crimson Trace boasts more awards from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Firearms Industry Academy of Excellence than any other company in the world.

 

 

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SUREFIRE XC1 ULTRA COMPACT 300 LUMEN LED HANDGUN LIGHT

Surefire has been my go-to for weapon lights since my time in the military because of their durability, reliability, and the blinding white light. This weapon light fits perfectly on the under-barrel of the Glock 30 and doesn’t add too much weight. The XC1 is specifically designed to be attached to concealed carry pistols without compromising the concealability of the gun. Producing 300 lumens for 45 minutes of consecutive use gives you the advantage of going into dark rooms or short distances to gain better situational awareness. Looking at this light directly will obscure the vision of your target, and force them to look away, giving you the advantage.

 

 

 

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Glock 30 vs Glock 22

The Glock 30 is an awesome alternative to the Glock 22 because it’s smaller and the .45 Auto offers better ballistics than the .40 S&W. For example, the .45 ACP has better penetration and is an overall bigger round. The recoil in the Glock 30 is going to be stronger because the barrel is shorter and the round is bigger, but the recoil is different than the 22. For example, the Glock 30 recoils back into your hand, providing easier follow-up shots versus the 22 which recoils more vertical (probably because of the longer barrel). The Glock 22 shoots a much faster bullet, giving it more accuracy at longer ranges than the Glock 30 and packs enough punch to get the job done. With thousands of police officers trusting the 22 with their lives, I have no doubt it’s worth buying. For more damage and more force upon impact, I would go with the Glock 30 and spend an extra $50-$100.

 

 

 

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Specs:

Glock 30 Glock 22
Weight 1.49 lbs 1.42 lbs
Weight w/unloaded mag 1.68 lbs 1.6 lbs
Weight w/loaded mag 2.10 lbs 2.2 lbs
Height 4.8″ 5.47″
Barrel Length 3.78″ 4.49″
Overall Length 6.97″ 7.9″
Slide Length 6.77″ 7.3″
Caliber .45 Auto .40 S&W
Magazine Capacity 9/10/13 15/16/22
Trigger Pull Weight 28 N/ 6.29 lbs of force 28 N/ 6.29 lbs of force
Overall Width 1.38″ 1.26″
Slide Width 1.12″ 1.0″
Trigger Distance 2.85″ 2.76″
Line of Sight (Polymer) 5.91″ 6.50″
Line of Sight (steel) 5.87″ 6.46″
Line of Sight (GNC) 5.83″ 6.42″
Safety Safe Action Safe Action
MSRP  $550.00 $500

 

 

Conclusion

The Glock 30 is perfect for concealed carry applications and has garnered much love from the law enforcement community due to its stopping power and recoil control. The Glock 30 is smaller than the Glock 22 and fires a .45 ACP, instead of the .40 S&W bullet. The felt recoil is roughly the same, but the Glock 30 recoils back into your hand, while Glock 22 has a lot of muzzle lift that makes it difficult to provide accurate and timely follow-up shots. The Glock 30 is not only a great service pistol for police officers, but it’s perfect for home defense because of the added stopping power of a .45 ACP.

 

 

My Top 4 30-06 Hunting Rifles

My Favorite 30-06 Hunting Rifles

It’s probably impossible to really list all the rifles I’d like to own or at least hunt with, but these 4 rifles are my favorite for deer and elk. Starting with the Tikka T3x Lite, the Bergara B-14 Timber, Remington 700 CDL, and the All-Purpose Weatherby Vanguard Series 2. As many of our readers know, the Tikka T3 models are unapproachable for the competition because of their sub-MOA accuracy and durability. The Remington 700 is as dependable as it gets and brings a lot of comfort and nostalgia for many military veterans. The Weatherby is the most affordable of the 4 rifles but is often underrated due to its price point and lack of clout in the gun game.

Tikka T3x Lite

The Tikka T3x Lite is produced in Finland in their state-of-the-art facility and sold all over the world to spread the word about how impressive these rifles are. All lite models are built with the famous T3x synthetic stock. My favorite part of the stock is the interchangeable pistol grips and the separate attachment point to change the width of the stock’s fore-end. This attribute allows hunters to change their grip angle to improve ergonomics based on the shooting position that’s best for the individual. As you hold this gun, the first thing you’ll notice is how light and balanced the rifle feels. Once you fire the rifle the T3x recoil pad reduces almost all of the impact from the operation and has steel recoil lug to prevent wear and tear. The light 2.5 lb trigger pull makes this gun not only feel great, but allows you to focus all of your attention on the shot instead of the recoil and trigger pull. I would argue that if you can’t hit your target at 600 yards with this rifle, maybe hunting is not your thing.

Specs:

Tikka T3x Lite
Weight 6.4 lbs
Overall Length 42.6″
Barrel Length 22.4″
Twist Rate 1:11″
Trigger Pull Weight  2.5 lbs
Magazine Capacity  3+1
MSRP  $680

Pros:

  • Incredibly accurate
  • Lightweight
  • A smooth cycle of operations
  • Cheaper than comparable models

Cons:

  • Anyone can nitpick on the aesthetics or the synthetic stock, but this is the best possible rifle for under $700

Features:

  • Two-Stage safety secures the bolt and trigger
  • Adjustable and ambidextrous cheekpiece for maximum comfort
  • Two-locking lug bolt for incredibly smooth firing
  • Free-Floating Barrel

Where Can I Buy a Tikka T3x Lite?

Since Tikka is manufactured in Finland it’s difficult to find these phenomenal guns at most major stores. You can buy these guns used at places like Gun Broker, Armslist, and Utah Gun Exchange. My choice is to look for a Tikka dealer on their website so you can go and get a feel for the rifle and know that the gun is directly from the Tikka factory. If you’re looking for a discount, then you should go with Palmetto State Armory (for veterans and police). Either way, buying a brand new Tikka for under $700 is an absolute deal and if you can get 10% off the top, you’ll feel like you stole the gun.

Tikka T3x Lite .30-06 Springfield Bolt Action Rifle, Black - JRTXE320

 

 

Bergara B-14 Timber Rifle

The Bergara B-14 Timber in the .270 is featured in another article I wrote, so you can find all the information on Bergara (B-14 Series).  The B-14 chambered in the 30-06 is my favorite because it’s the chamber that I’ve shot for years and I understand exactly what the round is capable of and what ammo to use. The B-14 stands out because it’s the most affordable of the Bergara rifles and works just as well as any other rifle you’ll find for $1,000. I absolutely love the Walnut stock with embedded pillars for better stability and accuracy. Everything about a Bergara screams quality and luxury, especially the curved trigger that has no creep and a soft 3lb pull. Bergara has better rifles, just like Tikka, but you’ll never find a better new rifle for this price point.

 

Remington 700 CDL

The Remington 700 CDL (Classic Deluxe) is the higher end of the Remington 700 models with its supercell recoil pad that reduces 54% of felt recoil shot after shot. One of the biggest reasons the CDL is so much more expensive the ADL ($450, even cheaper used) is due to its X-Mark Pro trigger system, which offers no creep and a light 2.5 lb trigger pull weight. One of the biggest knocks on Remington has always been the trigger and safety concerns, which the CDL took note of and is hands down the best Remington rifle you’re going to find. Besides the nostalgia for us Veterans, the CDL offers beautiful craftsmanship in the stock and bolt carrier group. This rifle is equipped with a 44.5″ barrel giving this rifle excellent accuracy up to at least 1,000 yards in decent weather conditions.

Specs:

Remington 700 CDL
Weight 7.5 lbs
Overall Length 44.5″
Barrel Length 24″
Twist Rate 1:10″
Trigger Pull Weight  2.5 lbs
Magazine Capacity  3+1
MSRP  $846

 

Pros:

  • Aesthetically beautiful
  • Very accurate
  • Durable
  • great recoil pad helps for days at the range
  • twist rate allows for heavier ammo to reach out and touch your prey from great distances

Cons:

  • I haven’t seen any trigger issues with this new trigger, but I have heard about complaints with accidental firing that plagues the Remington brand

Features:

  • Supercell recoil pad – 10 years of rigorous R&D have produced the most effective recoil pad on the planet
  • Supercell recoil pad – an amazing 54% reduction in felt recoil over standard factory pads
  • Externally adjustable trigger – it breaks like glass, has virtually zero creep and offers a level of shot control unmatched by any factory trigger today
  • Externally adjustable trigger – the X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger system delivers true, custom-grade performance in a production trigger and is user-adjustable
  • 3-Rings of steel – recessed bolt face completely encloses cartridge head for maximum protection against case rupture
  • 3-Rings of steel – barrel surrounds bolt shroud for additional strength
  • 3-Rings of steel – barrel threaded into receiver machined from hardened steel
  • High-gloss American walnut stock is enhanced by a distinctive black fore-end cap, classic Monte Carlo comb with raised cheekpiece and generous skip line cut checkering
  • Hammer-forged barrels – of all methods, this produces the strongest barrels with unmatched consistency
  • Hammer-forged barrels – model 700 barrels have exacting bore and rifling dimensions and a carefully tuned exterior contour

 

Where Can I Buy The Remington 700 CDL?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Armslist
  4. Utah Gun Exchange
  5. Remington
  6. Cabellas

 

 

 

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All-Purpose Weatherby Vanguard Backcountry

The Weatherby Vanguard backcountry rifle is designed and manufactured for the lock treks in the unforgiving terrain that is the mountains and woodlands. The rifle is only 6.7 lbs because the stock is made of light-weight fiberglass and the exceptional barrel is fluted. People may underestimate Weatherby, but this rifle is guaranteed to produce a sub 1.0 MOA for a 3-shot grouping. That’s a better guarantee than any rifle we have ever reviewed in our blog and adding a 6-round hinged-floorplate for easy loading will increase your chances of getting a deer. The raised comb of the fiberglass stock provides a better line of sight that Remington and Most other Rifles don’t have with off the shelf rifles. This rifle is meant to be carried up and down terrain and won’t scratch or corrode the metal if it’s banged on a couple trees during your trek.

 

Specs:

Weatherby Backcountry
Weight 6.7 lbs
Overall Length 44.5″
Barrel Length 24″
Twist Rate 1:10″
Trigger Pull Weight  2.5 lbs
Magazine Capacity  5+1
MSRP  $1,100

 

Pros:

  • Aesthetically beautiful
  • Very accurate with sub 1 MOA at 100 yards!
  • Durable
  • Weighs just 6 ¾ pounds – ideal for long treks on backcountry hunts
  • Pachmayr® Decelerator® pad reduces the felt recoil by around 50%
  • twist rate allows for heavier ammo to reach out and touch your prey from great distances
  • Hand-laminated, raised comb Monte Carlo composite stock
  • Better carrying capacity than most other rifles on the market

Cons:

  • It’s a very expensive rifle that I might reserve for a 6.5 Creedmoor or 300 Win Mag

Features:

  • Adjustable Match -grade 2-stage trigger
  • Fluted Bolt Body
  • One-piece Machined Bolt Body
  • Fully Enclosed Bolt Sleeve
  • Vanguard Recoil Pad
  • 3-Position Safety
  • Cold Hammer Forged Barrel
  • Integral Recoil Lug
  • Hinged Floorplate
  • Chrome-moly metalwork with Cerakote® Tactical Grey finish for exceptional weather- and corrosion-resistance

Where Can I Buy The Weatherby Vanguard Backcountry?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Armslist
  4. Utah Gun Exchange
  5. Weatherby
  6. Cabellas

 

 

 

 

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