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Glock 45 Buyer’s Guide

The Glock 45 is one of the guns I’ve been itching to review because of the number of people, specifically police officers that ask about it and the number that now carry it. With the Glock 45 being a newer model than the ever-popular Glock 22, it has drawn a lot of buzz with the adaptations from the previous Glock Models. This Blog is geared toward those who want to know more about the Glock 45 and figure out the economics of it all.

Glock 45

The Glock 45 feels so comfortable for Glock owners because they took the slide from the Glock 19 and added it to the frame of the Glock 17.  They did this because the full frame of the 17 allows more shooters to get a better grip of the pistol. The Glock 19 slide is compact and slimmed down to make it easier to aim down the sights and clear your holster quicker. The trigger pull has 5.8 lbs of pressure, which keeps it on par with any pistol on the market today.   One of the coolest attributes was the adjustable trigger distance that allows you to change between 3 different backstraps (Short-Frame, Medium Frame, and Large Frame attachments) that secure with a single pin to the frame.

Specs:

Glock 45
Weight 1.35 lbs
Barrel Length 4.02″
Overall Length 7.44″
Trigger Distance 2.76″
Trigger Pull Weight 26 N (5.84 lbs)
Caliber 9X19mm
Height 5.47″
Magazine Capacity 17+1
Width 1.34″
Slide Width 1.0″
Slide Length 6.85″
MSRP $539:00

Pros:

  • Accurate
  • Smooth 5.8 lb trigger pull
  • Incredibly durable
  • Excellent price
  • Easily concealable
  • Best bang for your buck

Cons:

  • Even though the trigger is smooth, Sig Sauer and Springfield make a better pistol trigger.

Features:

  • Glock Marksman Barrel
  • Flared Mag-well
  • Ambidextrous Slide Stop Lever
  • An nDLC finish on barrel and slide
  • Removal of Finger Grooves for the comfort of all hand sizes
  • Interchangeable Back Straps for different size shooters
  • Reversible Magazine Catch
  • Accessory Mounting rail

Why You Should Buy This Gun

As I’ve mentioned, we know and have personal relationships with hundreds of police officers and military soldiers and everyone I’ve spoken to has endorsed this gun. When speaking with my brother-in-law, I asked, “why would you buy this gun over the 17 or 19”? His answer was the fact that Glock took the best attributes from each gun and added all the new features of the Gen 5 models. The Glock 45 added the new front serrations to work through malfunctions or just another way to manipulate the slide.  If you are not familiar with the new features of the Gen 5 Glock models, read our Glock 19 Review, and you’ll know all you need about Gen 4 & 5 models.

Glock 45 vs. Glock 19

This compact slide makes the gun much more streamlined and easier to aim down the sights because it doesn’t feel bulky in any way.  The Glock 45 added the front serrations, removed the lanyard loop of the Gen 4 19, and made the trigger distance more adjustable than the 19 models. The Glock 45 lightened the trigger pull weight and even though it doesn’t seem like a lot, it makes a slight difference, which could help with accuracy.

If anyone asked me which gun, I’d prefer, the 17,19, or 45, I would have to go with the Glock 45. As with any firearm, you have to think about what you need it for and how does it feel in your hand. As many of the police officers suggest, the 45 is easier to put on target than both the 17 and 19 because the slide clears the holster quicker. As every officer knows, that 1/2 second that you save clearing your holster and lining up your target could be the difference between life and death. For competitive shooters, this is much of the same case, but I would recommend the Glock 17 Gen 5 model because the longer slide helps more with recoil.

Specs:

Glock 45 Glock 19
Weight 1.3 lbs 1.3lbs
Barrel Length 4.02″ 4.02″
Overall Length 7.44″ 7.3″
Trigger Distance 2.76″ 2.8″
Trigger Pull Weight 5.84 lbs 6.29 lbs
Caliber 9x19mm 9x19mm
Height 5.47″ 5.04″
Magazine Capacity 17+1 15+1
Width 1.34″ 1.26″
MSRP $539.00 $500.00

 

Glock 45 Vs. Glock 22

The Glock 45 and Glock 22 are two of the most commonly carried pistols for police officers in the United States. One misconception people make about the 22 models is they think it shoots a .22 caliber round, instead of the .40 caliber S&W round it actually shoots. To correct this misconception people have to understand that Glock names their guns based on their patent number, not on the caliber it’s chambered in.

For example, the Glock 22 was the 22nd patent by Glock and the Glock 45 is the 45th patent. The Glock 22 is known as the most popular and heavily used service pistol in the country due to its incredible stopping power and capabilities as a concealed carry pistol. The reason hundreds of police officers are moving towards the Glock 45 is it is a Gen 5 model that combines the best of the Glock 17 with the best of the 19.

Specs:

Glock 45 Glock 22
Weight 1.3 lbs 1.41 lbs
Barrel Length 4.02″ 4.44″
Overall Length 7.44″ 8.02″
Trigger Distance 2.76″ 2.81″
Trigger Pull Weight 5.84 lbs 6.29 lbs
Caliber 9x19mm .40mm S&W
Height 5.47″ 5.47″
Magazine Capacity 17+1 15+1
Width 1.34″ 1.26″
MSRP $539.00 $499.00

Accessories

For police officers, there most likely will be regulations on what you can attach to your gun, based on each departmental regulations. For the rest of us, attachments can be a big advantage, depending on the circumstances, such as low light or a bigger window to aim down. The two main accessories that I would recommend for everyone, is a weapon light and an after-market sight.

Surefire X300U

With any weapon light, the things you need to focus on are the size, weight, brightness, battery life, and durability of the attachment. The Surefire X300U has a lumen of 1000 and will maintain that light for 1.25 hours of nonstop use either outdoors or clearing a building as a police officer. Surefire produces excellent products and this light is no different, just make sure you know it sticks out 1 3/8 inch past the muzzle. This takes away the concealment advantage the Glock 45 offers, but the light gives you an absolute advantage at night or in low light situations for up to 50 meters. Most gun experts will tell you that they prefer to carry a weapon light on their pistols due to the tactical advantage it offers the owner. If you’re concerned about learning more about the Surefire X300U, read our weapon light review, and it gives you everything you need to know about the best pistol lights.

Streamlight TLR-7

The Streamlight TLR-7 is one of the best lights for the Glock 45 because it’s the brightest light for its size on the market today. At 500 lumens and a run time of 1.5 hours nonstop illumination, the Streamlight is significantly cheaper than the bigger Surefire brands. The best part about it is it fits perfectly on the Picatinny rail underneath the pistol and sits flush, so it doesn’t stick out past the muzzle.

 

FIREFIELD IMPACT MINI REFLEX WITH 45 DEGREE MOUNT KIT

 

Some people may have a hard time looking down iron-sights, especially when your adrenaline is pumping in a life or death situation. One way to help yourself overcome this issue, is with a reflex sight that provides a significantly larger sight picture to aim through. This mini reflex sight will cut down on your target identification and give you that split-second advantage that we all want during a self-defense situation.

Firefield Impact Mini Reflex with 45 Degree Mount Kit - FF26021K

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Where Can You Buy The Glock 45?

Palmetto State Armory is known as one of the best companies to purchase weapons and gear because of their excellent warranties and reliable customer service. Palmetto State offers you the ability to buy all of your ammo, attachments, and weapons on one site.

Brownells is another great company that we trust with our firearms and buying from them will give you the benefit on-call expert Gun Guru’s.  The Gun Guru’s can assist you with any issue you have with your pistol and can help you modify your pistol in the most practical ways.

There are many other great companies, but we give a lot of business to Armslist, as well.  Armslist is a company that allows people from all over the country to list their weapons for others to buy. They act as the intermediary for buyers and sellers to ensure the transaction is legit and each person is aware of the laws involving gun sales online.

Conclusion

The Glock 45 was designed with law enforcement and the military in mind to give them another option for their primary carry pistol. Made with all the Gen 5 additions, such as the Marksman’s Barrel and the NDLC finish, the 45 is made to be durable and accurate. The Glock 19 slide and the 17 frame gives police and soldiers more stability with a full-frame and less time to pull in worst-case scenarios.

The Glock 45 provides front serrations that other Glock models don’t offer another point of contact to clear malfunctions, especially when they’re needed to be clear quick.  As one police officer told me, “Glock took the best from the 17 and 19 and put it in one gun, called the Glock 45”.

The only negative I’ve heard about this gun, which I noticed a little as I shot it, was the trigger. This trigger issue isn’t new to this gun but is an issue with all Glock pistols due to their uniquely designed safety system. As I asked each of these officers if the trigger was a deterrent and they all said they’d still rather shoot with Glock due to its incredible performance, durability, and reliability.

In my humble opinion, there is no other gun on the market that can match the quality of pistol for the price that Glock offers. If you’d like to compare this gun with other great concealed carry pistols, this is the place to do it.

9 Awesome Veteran’s Day Sales for 2019

During Veteran’s Day, we all know there’s a ton of restaurants offering discounted and even free food to Veterans. But did you know, there are a lot of other companies outside of the restaurant business willing to give you a discount as a thank you for your service? Here’s 9 Awesome Veteran’s Day Sales for 2019, some offering discounts all year round.

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jeremie Lee /Released)

1. RE Factor Tactical

Yes! Your favorite company, RE Factor Tactical is throwing in some pretty nice specials. But we aren’t waiting until Nov. 11 to do that. From Nov. 7 – Nov. 11, you can get different specials, depending on what you purchase So, go check out some of our new stuff here, and get your special offer before time runs out!

1) Every order gets a PVC 2 x 3 American Flag PVC Patch (colors may vary)

2) Order 100 IQ Targets and get a Deadman’s Hand Deck, free

3) Order 100 Essentials Targets and get an Essentials Shooting Guide, free

4) Order a Blasting Cap and get a Violence Patch, free

5) Order any poster and get a Pink Mist Poster, free

6) Order three shirts and get a Sierra my Delta Shirt, free

7) Order 200 of the same target and get 25 additional targets, free

2. SKD Tactical

SKD Tactical largely distributes to Military and Law Enforcement personnel. Because their normal customers come from a military background they don’t offer the traditional “Military Discount”. Instead, they offer great deals all year round by keeping their prices very competitive.

3. Proven Outfitters

Proven Outfitters is another company not trying to rape you year-round just so they can make it look like they’re giving you a break come Veteran’s Day. Instead, they sell their products at the lowest available rate. Meaning, you’re really getting a discount no matter when you shop with them.

4. Tactical Distributors

Yes! Tactical Distributors gives a military discount—and a First Responder discount—and you don’t have to wait until Veteran’s Day to take advantage of their military rate. You simply need to go to their website and confirm your military/veteran status. You can do that here.

5. Lowe’s

Lowe’s is one of those companies thanking military members and veterans for their service year-round. A few things may have changed since your last visit, so here’s how that works now. You must go online and connect your Military service with a MyLowe’s account. Once you’ve verified your status, you will automatically get a discount online or in-store when you show you’re MyLowe’s card, NOT your military ID. If you have any issues, you can talk to a customer service representative in the store and show them your DD214, Military ID Card or Dependent ID Card. Yes, you can also extend this discount out to your family members, and get a 10% discount year-round. Oh, and we can’t forget to mention, they send out emails through the year with military/veteran only discount too. You just have to present your MyLowe’s Card that’s associated with your Military service.

6. Home Depot

Home Depot also offers a military/veteran discount year-round. Simply show proof of your service at checkout and you’ll get a 10% discount.

7. Target

Did you know that Target offers a 10% discount Nov. 3 through Nov. 11? Well, now you do! All you have to do is go online, to their website, confirm your military/veteran status, and collect your coupon. You can get your discount online or in-store, but you’ll need to confirm your military status online first. Once that’s done, they’ll send you an email with your coupon.

*Excludes gift cards, prepaid cards, alcohol, milk, select baby products (Peg Perego, Philips Avent), select toys (Barbie Dreamhouse, Fisher-Price Imaginext Jurassic Rex, Hot Wheels Corkscrew Crash, Thomas & Friends Super Station), Elf on the Shelf, LEGO, L.O.L. Surprise!, Bose, JBL, Sonos, Apple, Fitbit, Tile, LG OLED TV, Samsung TVs, DSLR cameras & lenses, mobile contracts, Nintendo hardware and Switch games, PS4 hardware, Xbox hardware, Red Dead Redemption II video games, Vitamix, Tylenol pain relief, clinic & pharmacy, and Target Optical.

8. Cabela’s

Everyone loves Cabela’s, and Cabela’s loves you back. Unlike some outdoor retailers, who offer military/veteran discounts one day a week or only on holidays, Cabela’s offers a 5% discount. All you have to do is show your Military ID Card, Veteran ID Card or DL showing your veteran status at checkout. Of course, being a company that sells outdoor equipment, there are a few things you won’t be able to use your discount on.

*Excludes Firearms, Ammunition, Black-powder guns and equipment, Reloading equipment, Air guns, Pellets, Pistols, Scoped and non-scoped rifles, Boats, trailers and motors (does not apply to canoes and kayaks), ATVs/UTVs and trailers, Tractors, Services for boats, ATVs, UTVs and tractors, Alcohol, Gift cards, Non-merchandise services, such as hunting licenses and Gear Guard

9. Great Clips

Great Clips is giving away free haircuts on Nov. 11. Simply show your ID, whether that be your Veteran or Military ID Card. You can also go in and get a free haircut card and use it at a later date, so long as you use it before Dec. 31, 2019.

If you’re not a member of the military or a veteran, you can purchase a service on Veteran’s Day and then get a free haircut card to give to a veteran you know. Again, they’ll have until Dec. 31, 2019, to use their free haircut card.

Veterans’ Day Discount on Amazon Prime Accounts

It’s that time of year again where everyone is looking out for the big discounts, but one specific to Veterans in this busy holiday season is Veterans’ Day. Typically we see coupon codes, free burgers, discounts of tactical gear, but not too often do we see things like discounted prime accounts. This year, Amazon Prime is on the list.

 

Now before you get too upset because you’ve already opened an account, you can renew your current account at their lowest rate from now until November 11. However, only you, the veteran or military member can take advantage. Of course, most families share an account, so it’s really not that big of a deal.

Who’s Eligible

  • Active Duty
  • National Guard
  • Reserve
  • Veterans

Who’s Ineligible

  • Everyone not listed above, including dependents

One year accounts will run you $79, originally $119. Of course, you’ll have to verify your information first. Simply make sure you don’t have to try more than three times, otherwise, you’ll have to talk with customer support (no one wants to do that).

So, go sign-up before it’s too late! Click on any of the images below to learn more.

 

“To receive this promotion, you must be a verified U.S. veteran, Active Duty or Reserve or National Guard member.

    • This promotion is available Nov 6–11[2019]
    • If eligible, you can sign up for Prime at $79/year (normally $119/year) for the first year
    • You can attempt verification a maximum of three times
    • Prime Student and discounted Prime members are not eligible for this promotion
    • Amazon and Partner Rewards points can’t be applied towards this promotion

Note: Discharge date is the day you left the military”

 

TikTok Reportedly Under Investigation as National Security Risk

Just in case you weren’t already concerned about your personal data, there are red flags being thrown, saying China might be collecting and storing information on users of the app, TikTok.

TikTok is an application—used mostly by teens, according to ABC News—that lets users create and share videos.  Recently, the app— owned by ByteDance, which is based in Beijing—has grown in popularity with American users, but where is all that American data going?

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The concern lies in the fact that American users are feeding information to a Chinese-based company, even though its headquarters are in California. However, some believe that TikTok is sharing U.S. date with China’s Communist Party.

According to Axios, Senator Josh Hawley, the collaboration between TikTok and Apple could be a threat to national security as well.

 

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A TikTok representative did reply to the raised concerns, claiming to “remain committed to working productively with Congress as it looks at how to secure the data of American users, protect their privacy, promote free expression, ensure competition and choice among internet platforms, and preserve U.S. national security interests.”

According to ABC News, a source from the company said all U.S. users of TikTok have their data stored in the United States, while the backup redundancy is held in Singapore. TikTok reportedly said all their data centers are stored outside of China and none of it is subject to foreign government, including Chinese law.

Unfortunately, Apple never made any comment about its collaboration with the company, other than saying it has encryption key control to data stored on iCloud.

Hawley stated, “I would say that doesn’t necessarily mean that the communist government doesn’t have access to the data,” he said. “I don’t know that it matters where the data is stored for that kind of a company. I think you’ve got to assume that there is a backdoor way into that data.

 

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Breaking News: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Is Dead

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Killed in Raid

According to the President of the United States, the self-proclaimed caliphate, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a highly classified and daring mission by members of the U.S. military. The raid took place at approximately, 11:00 P.M. on October 26, 2019, in Northern Syria.  Baghdadi was infamously known as the terrorist leader to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). As the President mentions, he was the number one terrorist leader on the FBI list and had a $25 million bounty on his head, dead or alive.

According to CNN,  the raid was conducted by the most famous and notorious soldiers we have, the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 and the Army’s 1st Special Forces, Operation Detachment Delta (Delta Force) on Saturday night at a compound that was disguised as a sheep farm. The raid lasted almost 2 hours, in which these elite soldiers cleared the entire compound and chased Baghdadi into his hidden tunnel underneath the compound.

Unfortunately, Baghdadi took 3 of his young children with him into the tunnel and as our soldiers closed in on him at a dead-end, Baghdadi blew himself up along with his 3 children. Fortunately, no U.S. soldier was killed or injured during this highly dangerous raid and they were able to remove sensitive documents and intelligence from the compound before airstrikes were called in to destroy the compound. As dark as it is to be happy someone was brutally killed, it could not have happened to a more deserving person. The death and the way he died will certainly be a massive blow to the already depleted terror organization in Iraq and Syria.

 

 

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Tikka T3 Review

Tikka T3 Rifle Review

Tikkakoski (Tikka for short) is a gun manufacturer from Jyväskylä, Finland, and built the first factory in 1893 and started manufacturing gun parts in 1918, during the first World War. As Tikka began to develop more gun parts, they quickly realized they needed more experience and gunsmithing knowledge, so they decided to incorporate it into another company, called “Sako.”

Sako is another Finnish gun manufacturer that was created in the early 1920s after Finland was able to secure its independence from the Soviet Union. As both of these companies began to work together, they realized they were much better off together instead of being independent of each other. Sako was able to purchase the Tikka brand in 1983, and the two companies have been making some of the best rifles the world has ever seen.

As they began to produce some of the best hunting rifles, Baretta took notice and around the year 2000. The Baretta Group bought the majority shares of Sako to expand their holdings into the gun world. For Sako, this was an excellent opportunity to continue their work by creating the best rifles and have access to the advanced technology that a billion-dollar company, like Baretta, can offer.

With the financial backing of Baretta, Sako could focus solely on producing the best rifles and cartridges possible, without putting up an exuberant amount of money. This review is for all the hunters that want an alternative to the more popular Remington 700.

Tikka T3 Tactical

The Tikka T3 series comes in many models with up to 38 different cartridges and multiple barrel lengths. The T3 Tactical is one of the first generation rifles that Sako produced and has been modified and made better recently with the T3X series, which we’ll get into below. The T3 Tactical was chosen because it’s cheaper than the T3X series and the newer Remington 700 rifles.

At 8 lbs and chambered in a .308 caliber round, this rifle is capable of reaching distances up to 1,000 meters for a large target. As a responsible hunter, I would never shoot at any animal from more than 600 meters due to the possibility of wounding and causing suffering to the animal.  If you feel like you’re Chris Kyle, then go for it, but there are just too many things to consider to comfortably make a shot at distances greater than 600-700 meters.

I know many of you reading this feel comfortable at taking shots at these distances, and I applaud the skill you must have to make those shots, but its important to make sure the conditions are right (wind, elevation, POA, etc…). My concerns over distance shooting stem from the understanding of MOA and my concerns about the environmental conditions we face while hunting in the mountains, which you can read here. With all that being said, this rifle is incredibly accurate with a 1:14″ twist rate and a guaranteed 1 MOA.

 

Specs:Tikka T3 TAC

Tikka T3
Weight 8.14 lbs (24″ barrel)
Overall Length 43.75″
Barrel Length 24″
Magazine Capacity 4-6 rounds
Operation Bolt-Action, two locking lugs
Caliber .223, .308
MSRP About $900.00 (base)
Twist Rate 1:14″

 

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Much newer models out today

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
  • Muzzle threading for adding muzzle brake or silencer

Why You Should Buy This Gun

If you’re in the market for a new hunting rifle that can be used as a sport shooting rifle as well, this is a great choice and opportunity to own one of the best guns on the market.  There are many newer models out today, but the original T3 Tactical model will be much cheaper and offers the same standard that Sako has been known for in the gun community. If you’re a hunter and you’re usually hunting from ranges above 400 yards, look at the 24″ barrel for added accuracy at range.

Tikka T3 Varmint

Also known as the T3x Varmint, this rifle is designed for hunting vermin, such as rabbits, coyotes, groundhogs, squirrels, and foxes. These animals can cause a lot of problems in people’s farms, gardens, and yards by eating chickens, digging holes, eating crops, and groundhogs can even ruin the foundation of a home (I found this out the hard way, ugh…).

The Varmint rifle is one rifle that you can’t live without if you have any kind of land or like to hunt small vermin.  We chose to review this model because of the application and necessity of being able to protect your property from animals that can hurt you financially by eating your gardens or crops and diminish your property value by digging holes everywhere.

The .22 caliber Remington bullet is not going to bring down a Bear or Wolf, but it will easily bring down any vermin you run across. A well-placed shot will easily bring down a fox or coyote and will kill any other vermin with ease with a hit. This rifle has a relatively long barrel for such a small caliber round, but it allows you to shoot vermin at a greater distance.

As many of us know, squirrels and rabbits are incredibly fast and spook very easily, so a longer barrel will give you the element of surprise, so you don’t have to be as close. This rifle seems expensive, but for the accuracy and durability that offers is tough to beat. With a new redesigned ejection port and recoil reduction system, the T3X offers incredible comfort and precision for the smallest of vermin.

Specs:

Tikka T3x VARMINT

Tikka T3X Varmint
Weight 8.5 lbs
Overall Length 43.9″
Barrel Length 23.7″
Twist Rate 1:14″
Operation Bolt Action, two locking lugs
Caliber 22-250 Remington
Magazine Capacity 5+1
MSRP $897.00

Pros:

  • Accurate
  • Durable
  • Reliable
  • Ambidextrous design (ask upon order)
  • Great value

Cons:

  • Can be expensive for a varmint rifle (well worth it though)

Features:

  • A modular stock that is easily replaced
  • An improved recoil pad for less felt recoil
  • A foam insert in the stock to reduce noise
  • A wider ejection port for hand-fed rounds

Why You Should Buy This Gun

This is the best Varmint rifle on the market today and offers incredible versatility for hunting small game and protecting your property against hard to kill vermin. We’d never recommend hunting deer or anything bigger with a .22 caliber rifle, but this is perfect for rabbit and fox hunting.  I know $900 seems expensive upfront, but the alternative to losing cattle, horses, crops, or property value makes this an invaluable gun to own.

T3x Tac A1

There several models and variants you can buy on the market today that compare with the Tikka T3X Tac A1, but very few can come close to matching the capability of this rifle. We won’t act like this gun is not expensive, costing somewhere between $1,700-$2,000 with no attachments. After you add a scope, you’re going to end up spending somewhere around $3,000-$4,000. That is an incredible investment for someone to make, considering there are many rifles that are excellent and much cheaper.  The reason we’ve chosen to do this review is the quality of this rifle is unreal.

Under suitable conditions, I would never take a shot over 650 yards, as I’ve mentioned before, but this rifle breaks my own rules. The 24″ barrel and incredibly reduced recoil design in the stock gives this rifle the capability of shooting targets at 1,000 yards. To get a better understanding of range estimation and what you’ll feel comfortable with, read this blog for more info. The ease of operations for this rifle is incredible, and the accuracy is almost unheard of at ranges of 1000 yards or more. The weight is a little heavier, but this is meant for long-range shooting, and without being around 10 lbs, you wouldn’t be able to reach the distances that this gun can reach.

Specs:

Tikka T3x TAC A1

T3X Tac A1
Weight 10.5 lbs
Overall Length 44.5″
Barrel Length 24″
Twist Rate 1:8″
Operation Bolt Action
Caliber 6.5 Creedmore
Magazine Capacity 10+1
MSRP $1,847.00

Pros:

  • Incredibly accurate
  • Durable
  • Well made
  • Smooth as silk
  • M-Lok handguards and Picatinny rails
  • Beautifully designed
  • The best trigger of any rifle I’ve shot

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • 6.5 Creedmore is difficult to find in some places

Features:

  • Double Lock safety system
  • M-Lok for-end
  • Interchangeable for-end
  • AR platform pistol grip and stock
  • Interchangeable cheek pad
  • Adjustable trigger pull weight

Why You Should Buy This Gun

The price of this rifle and its attachments can be very intimidating for most of us without a lot of expendable income, but the moment you shoot this rifle, you’ll want it. If you can afford this gun without taking out a loan, there aren’t many more guns on the market we would recommend. This rifle will shoot up to 1000 yards with less than a 3 MOA, which can easily hit an Elk, Moose, Bear, or Deer. This rifle is so accurate that it would be a great first gun for beginner hunters who are looking for an edge. Hunting in the Rockie Mountains can be very difficult due to the dramatic terrain, wind gusts, elevation changes, and the swirling winds of the valleys.

To succeed in these rough terrains, you’ll need the best gear to go along with the best rifle. One company that we buy gear from is called Outdoor Research, which makes everything from hunting and fishing gear to hiking and winter clothing. We always suggest you know your gear and your rifle before setting out in the mountains or woods, and this gear will give you the peace of mind you need for a successful hunt.

Accessories

Many people want to put everything they can on their rifles because they feel it makes them look more legit, or they feel better about their chances in a hunt. In reality, no animal cares what you have on your gun, and most people could care less about another hunter’s gear. With my hunting rifles, I prefer the old saying “less is more,” which simply means don’t load up your rifle with as many accessories as you can. Instead, focus on the things you need to increase your chances of success in a hunt. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a bad-ass looking rifle with no practical application.

LEUPOLD VX-6HD 3-18X50MM CDS SIDE FOCUS FIREDOT DUPLEX RETICLE RIFLESCOPE

When we discuss scopes and the brands we prefer over other models, it always seems to come back to Leupold scopes. This scope is expensive as hell, but it’s worth every penny when it comes to its application in the field. The first thing you’ll notice is the large 30mm main tube and the beautiful matte black finish it comes with to prevent scraping and erosion of the metal.

Leupold created a light management system called, “Twilight Max” that provides high definition sight picture in either in the low light of dawn and dusk or the bright light of the sun beaming down on the mountainside. The scope itself adjusts based on how much light it needs to provide the best possible picture while providing eye relief from squinting through your scope for hours. One of the best attributes of this scope is how it locks into the Picatinny rail, so if you accidentally hit your scope on anything from a tree to a truck bed, you won’t lose your zero.

 

 

STEINER T5XI 5-25X56MM ILLUMINATED SCR MIL RIFLE SCOPE

As much as I like Leupold scopes, I’m not a spokesman for any company, which allows me to remain objective when choosing the right scopes. Steiner offers an incredibly high-quality scope that many hunters prefer to any other brand, even Leupold. Think of it as the debate between Nikon and Canon, or Playstation and X-Box, they’re all great products, but there may be specific things you like about a particular scope over another.

This scope is an absolute legend in the hunting world because of it’s customization to fit your eye profile and the quality and durability of the scope. The 34mm main tube provides a nice big window to see through while the windage and elevation knobs allow you to achieve pinpoint accuracy from longer distances. This scope can even be submersible up to 30 meters of water while remaining waterproof. As the company name suggests, Steiner is a German company, and as offensive as a lot of stereotypes can be, we all know the Germans have some of the world’s best engineers.

Steiner T5Xi 5-25x56mm Illuminated SCR MIL Rifle Scope - 5122

 

 

 

 

Best Weapon Light: Evaluation and Review

Why you need a light on your weapon

The reason is actually quite obvious: so you can see what you’re shooting at, duh! While this concept was once purely for SOF operator types, the market is now awash with options at every price point and for every weapon system, you can think of. Whether you need a light for your EDC, nightstand gun, or duty weapon, there is absolutely a light out there that can help you gain the upper hand when you need it most.

A Quick History Lesson

We’ll cut to the chase and keep this in the “modern history” realm so I don’t have to try and explain how a chap in the 19thcentury would affix a lantern to his firelock to fend off the ruffian highwaymen.

Remember when the boys from Pagoda Troop, 22ndSpecial Air Service stormed the Iranian embassy back in 1980? Well, me neither… but this raid didn’t just start the Western world’s love affair with MP5s, it also showcased an early weapon mounted light in the public’s eye. In this case, it was essentially a giant mag light fixed to the top of an MP5. No need to aim during a hostage rescue, right? Either way, those SAS troopers knew back in ’80 the value of being able to observe your target for proper discrimination (followed quickly by judicious prosecution).

Fast forward 8 years to 1989, when the second generation of badass commandos in the form of the US Army’s very own 1stSFOD-D rescued Kurt Muse from Modelo Prison. Larry Vickers, one of the assaulters on this mission, has publicly discussed his weapon set up: a CAR-15 with an old school Aimpoint and a QXL dive flashlight he affixed to his lower handguard with hose clamps. Huge, but at least LAV could aim AND illuminate the Panamanians he was shooting. Gotta love progress, right?

Of note, Surefire, one of the companies heavily featured throughout the article, developed the M310 in 1985. The M310 is a pistol mounted light that is big and clumsy but is essentially what we have today in the form of pistol lights.

Types of Weapon Lights

For the purposes of this article, we’ll break it down into three categories: weapon lights for long guns, pistols, and specialty. I’ll discuss the criteria for an evaluation in each category, followed by specific types of lights complete with specifications and prices.

Best Long Gun Lights

This is the category for rifles and shotguns. Out of one of these lights, you generally want something that can be actuated remotely (but not all the time), long battery life, and a longer range of focused lumens. Adjustable bezels can allow you to focus the brightness for when you’re outside or create greater dispersion indoors depending on your needs. For this evaluation, I did my best to compare like items (2x battery system vs 1x battery system, etc).

 

Surefire M600DF

This is what many consider to be the golden standard for carbine lights. It’s dual-fuel (DF in the name), meaning it can accept either 2x CR123 batteries or the Surefire SF18650B lithium-ion rechargeable battery. This light gives you a long-range and wide dispersion, as well as many different mounting and activation options.

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Specifications

Max output: 1500 lumens

Length: 5.56”

Weight: 5.15 oz with batteries

Run time: 1.5 hours

Price: $269 at Primary Arms

Pros

-Output of 1500 lumens makes it one of the brightest on the market

-Dual fuel gives you the option to use disposable 123s or a rechargeable Surefire 18650

Cons

-Price is up there for sure with an MSRP of close to $300, though the street price is around $270.

-You have to buy a tape switch if you want to activate it remotely

Streamlight Protac HL-X

Streamlight is an economical alternative to everything Surefire does. While Surefire is, in many ways, the industry leader in lights, Streamlight is an excellent company that offers less-expensive products. Which brings us to the actual light: the Protac HL-X. This is essentially Streamlight’s answer to the M600DF in that it also uses CR123s or a rechargeable battery.

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Specifications

Max output: 1000 lumens

Length: 5.43”

Weight: 6.40 oz with batteries

Run time: 1.25 hours

Battery type: 2x CR123 or 18650

Price: $106.26 at Primary Arms

Pros

-All mounting hardware is included with the light, including an M1913 mount, a momentary activation button, and a tape switch. The light is also compatible with all Scout light MLOK or Keymod mounts.

– Price. You can purchase 2x Protac HL-Xs for the price of one M600DF

Cons

-Less bright and less run time than the M600DF

-Tape switches are finicky with Streamlights. Ask me how I know…

Cloud Defensive OWL

The Cloud Defensive OWL (Optimized Weapon Light) is a great, albeit fairly new entry into the long gun game for lights. It’s a completely self-contained unit that’s actually quite innovative. It’s reversible and extremely easy to mount, making it a great option if you’re planning on using the light on multiple carbines.

Specifications

Max output: 1250 lumens

Length: 5.255”

Weight: 11 oz with batteries

Run time: 1.5 hours with included battery

Battery type: 18650

Price: $339.99 at Primary Arms

Pros

-Extremely user-friendly to mount. You can remove the tail cap and light head to make it ambidextrous.

-It’s very bright. While it ‘only’ has 1000 lumens, the OWL makes its money with candela (candela is essentially the brightness at the target distance), which is twice as bright as the closest competitor.

Cons

-It’s a sizeable light. Proponents will say that it’s a smaller package than competitors’ lights once you include a tape switch and cords, but the OWL is about as girthy as my Geissele MK16 rail (almost, but not quite).

-Laser compatibility is very tough. With how the OWL mounts, it’ll feel most at home at 12 o’clock. If you also use an LA-5, DBAL, or MAWL laser, you’ll have to get creative.

Inforce WMLx Gen 2

The Inforce is on the lower end of the cost spectrum (the Streamlight Protac is less expensive), but it’s still a very good light. It’s very light, at just over 4 oz due to its polymer construction and there’s no need for a tape switch for activation as it has a fixed pressure pad at the rear of the light body.

Specifications

Max output: 800 lumens

Length: 5.32”

Weight: 4.02 oz with batteries

Run time: 1.5 hours with included battery

Battery type: 2x CR123

Price: $140 at Primary Arms

Pros

-Compact and lightweight with still decent performance. Perfect for short to medium ranges on a lightweight build or SBR. I actually mount one on my helmet at work since it’s so lightweight.

-Built-in safety. This is actually an underrated feature, but the Inforce has a bar that you can flip over the pressure pad to ensure you don’t have what’s called a ‘white light negligent discharge.’ It can really ruin your day when you’re in the stack and it’s wrecked by a cellmate who decides to compromise the assault force.

Cons

-It’s not bright enough to make distance engagements. It’s fine indoors, but you can’t really properly ID anything past 75 yards outdoors, at least not enough to make a righteous engagement.

-Unless you mount it at 12 o’clock on your carbine rail, you’ll need to buy a 45-degree mount to put the pressure pad in an intuitive position.

Bonus Section

All of the above lights use 2x CR123 batteries, but Surefire, Streamlight, and Inforce make lights that only use 1x CR123 as well. Check out the Surefire Scout 300, Streamlight Protac Rail Mount 1, or Inforce WML for more compact (and usually less expensive) lights. You’ll lose some in brightness, but you’ll gain some weight savings and rail space on your carbine. I use a Surefire Scout 300 at work since we do a lot of CQB, but it’s still plenty bright enough to use outdoors if my NVGs crap out on me.

Pistol Lights

You guessed it; this is where we’ll talk about lights you can mount on your pistol. Size, weight, and ease of activation are what I value in a pistol light above brightness (but what good is a light if it doesn’t illuminate your target anyways?) I’ll use a Glock 19 for comparisons as it’s perhaps the most common EDC pistol for civilians and LEOs alike.

Surefire X300U

In my opinion, this is the absolute standard for combat pistol lights. It’s bright, durable, and easy to manipulate. It’s also versatile and bright enough that you’ll see many people (Larry Vickers prominent among them) who use the X300U on their carbines as well. The “A” version slides on with some nifty pull tabs while the “B” version uses a T-slot that requires a flat head screwdriver, Leatherman, or shell casing rim to tighten. (I went with the X300U-A version myself)

 

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Specifications

Max output: 1000 lumens

Length: 3.50”

Weight: 4.0 oz with batteries

Run time: 1.25 hours

Battery type: 2x CR123

Price: $269 at Primary Arms

Pros

-It just flat out works. I trust my life to this light and there’s no higher praise than that.

-Bright enough to use outdoors no problem and indestructible.

Cons

– If you plan on using this light on your concealment pistol, it’s definitely big.  On a Glock 19, the x300U extends 1 3/8 “ past the muzzle.

Streamlight TLR-1

Streamlight does it again and offers a light extremely similar to Surefire’s offering at a much more attainable price point. On my ODA, we actually had both Surefire X300s and Streamlight TLR-1s with some teammates preferring the TLR-1. The activation on these lights is extremely easy and the light is more than usable at pistol distances.

Specifications

Max output: 300 lumens

Length: 5.43”

Weight: 3.39 oz with batteries

Run time: 2.5 hours

Battery type: 2x CR123 or 18650

Price: $146.13 at Primary Arms

Pros

-The run time is an hour more than what you get with the Surefire without changing batteries.

-It’s a shorter light than the X300 and only extends past the muzzle of a Glock 19 by ½”.  My experience is that if your holster is made for a Surefire X300, it will also fit the Streamlight TLR-1.

Cons

-Durability. Guys have used them in combat, but we have to replace more of these than the Surefire models (mainly the lenses break). Full disclosure, our stuff gets knocked around a lot more than the average person, so don’t let this necessarily keep you from making this purchase.

Inforce APL Gen 3

Inforce’s submission is the smallest and lightest presented, requiring only one CR123 and weighing less than 3 oz. It’s also the dimmest light at 400 lumens, but it’s extremely compact. Essentially, if you have a threaded barrel on a Glock 19, it will fit flush.

Specifications

Max output: 400 lumens

Length: 3.01”

Weight: 2.83 oz with batteries

Run time: 1.5 hours

Battery type: 2x CR123

Price: $120 at Primary Arms

Pros

-Lightweight and compact. I mean, the thing weighs as much as 4x .45 ACP rounds according to Inforce.

-This light is the easiest to use. The paddles on the side are perfectly textured and you merely press the paddle to activate, unlike the X300 and TLR-1 where you have to swipe the paddles up or down. You basically sweep the paddle with your trigger finger on the way past the trigger guard.

Cons

-Durability. It’s the only light on the pistol list that’s polymer, but there’s at least one isolated instance of poor battery life and flickering. One of my teammates uses his for EDC and hasn’t had either of these issues.

Specialty Lights

These are purpose-built lights for specific purposes or weapons systems. Think about the replacement forend on your MP5 or 870 that has a light on it. I’ll mainly talk about lights for the Remington 870 and Mossberg 500/590, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t throw in an MP5 light solution for the boys from Hereford (the boathouse is made of red brick for the movie buffs out there).

Surefire DSF-870 or DSF-500/590

These are specifically made for the Remington 870 or Mossberg 500/590 series (easily the two most common shotguns in LEO squad cars in the U) and has a dual output feature, allowing the user to switch between 200 or 600 lumens. It’s essentially a light that’s built into a forearm for your shotgun with 2x switches on each side of the forend: one for momentary and one for constant on, for both right and left-handed shooters.

Streamlight TL-Racker

The Streamlight offering looks quite similar to the Surefire version, but with a brighter light and a different activation system. With the TL-Racker, it gives you 850 lumens and uses a single switch pad on each side of the forearm for constant/ momentary activation. If you want to use the light momentarily, press and continue to press the activation pad. When you release it, the light will turn off. If you want to keep the light on, push the switch and release quickly. Versions for both the Remington 870 and Mossberg 500/590 are available.

Surefire 328/628 LMF

These Surefire lights are for Heckler and Koch MP5s or HK 53s (essentially a 5.56mm version of an MP5). The 328 LMF offers you 300 lumens while the 628 LMF offers you 600 lumens… both can be had at the same price. These lights are ambidextrous but still different than the racker lights Surefire offers. On the SMG versions, the right side of the light features a long, thin pressure pad (just like the TL-Racker) that serves as a momentary only activator. The left side of the forend features two buttons: one for constant and one for momentary (just like Surefire’s shotgun lights). These are definitely niche lights, as MP5s are generally in the hands of LEOs or very few elements within the US military. However, who doesn’t want to own a sweet piece of history by having an MP5 clone?

 

Best Lights for Concealed Carry

So after reading the pistol light section, you’ve got a good idea of what you want. While any of those lights (Surefire X300, Streamlight TLR-1, and Inforce APL) are all great lights for concealed carry, I’d like to offer up three additional lights that are perfect for concealed carry. These lights are smaller, lighter, and offer a great companion to your favorite EDC pistol without altering the profile much.

Surefire XC-1B

This is a fantastic light for a couple of reasons: it’s tiny and it runs off AAA batteries. The AAA battery is extremely common and inexpensive. I’ve gotten to the point to where I always travel with CR123s because sometimes it’s tough to find them while away from home and impossible to find them overseas. You get 300 lumens in an extremely compact package that doesn’t protrude past the muzzle of a Glock 19.

Specifications

Max output: 300 lumens

Length: 2.375”

Weight: 1.6 oz with battery

Run time: 45 min

Battery type: 1x AAA

Price: $269 at Brownells

Pros

-Lightest and smallest light Surefire has to offer, all while maintaining Surefire’s reputation for durability and performance.

Cons

-The only issue, as with a lot of Surefire products, the price point is high with an MSRP of $299.

Streamlight TLR-7

The TLR-7 is the brightest light in the “concealment” class, with an extremely respectable output of 500 lumens. They also utilized an activation system similar to the Inforce APL series, where you simply brush the recessed paddle with your finger en route to the trigger. The bezel of the TLR-7 is still rather large, but they reduce the overall length to match up with… the Glock 19! There’s absolutely a pattern here…

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Specifications

Max output: 500 lumens

Length: 2.15”

Weight: 2.40 oz with batteries

Run time: 1.5 hours

Battery type: 1x CR123

Price: $101.99 at Primary Arms

Pros

-Extraordinarily bright for the size of this light. I was quite impressed with it, especially on a single CR123 battery.

Cons

-Honestly, the only fault I can find with this light is how big the bezel is. The light head is the same size as the TLR-1, which makes it susceptible to crack or break, but that’s a stretch for an EDC light.

Inforce APLc Glock

While Inforce actually makes an APLc line that fits pistols with standard M1913 Picatinny rails, we’ll look at the model specifically made for Glocks. Like other Inforce lights, this model is all polymer and extremely light. This will give off 200 lumens and barely adds to the profile.

Specifications

Max output: 200 lumens

Length: 2.43”

Weight: 1.87 oz with battery

Run time: 1.5 hours

Battery type: 1x CR2

Price: $95 at Primary Arms

Pros

-Another solid light from Inforce that’s light and compact with a great activation system

Cons

-Uses the somewhat rare CR2 battery. I’d prefer everything to either run on the same battery or run off something common I can get at a gas station.

Light Accessories

A company that’s actually pretty awesome in the firearms and light industry, which has remained nameless until now, is Arisaka Defense. Arisaka actually makes a lot of different accessories that are all top of the line. You can even buy light bodies, tail caps, and light heads (all compatible with Surefire Scout series lights) in addition to MLOK and Keymod mounting accessories. MLOK has essentially taken over after the SOCOM tests, so you can get mounts that put your light at 45 degrees, in line with the rail system, or (my personal favorite) a mount compatible with an LA-5.

My current home defense carbine is set up with one of their inline MLOK mounts, Arisaka 300 series body (using one CR123), and Surefire tailcap and tape switch. Also check out Magpul, Haley Strategic, Daniel Defense, Knights Armament, etc. for light mounting solutions. The Streamlight Protac series and Surefire Scout series all use the same mounting systems, so a little standardization in the industry has helped the consumer out quite a bit.

 

 

Cloud Defensive doesn’t just make an awesome light with the OWL, they also make the LCS (Light Control System). This is the best way to manage your wires if you’re using a weapon light with a remote switch. I still use rubber bands (retaining/ retainer bands for all you jumpmasters out there),  electrical tape, or zip ties to manage wires, but that’s because I haven’t gotten around to buying the LCS. It essentially stores all your wires underneath the switch itself. It’s pricey but definitely worth a look to avoid the mess of wires on your carbine rail.

Using your Light and Helpful Tips

Most importantly, you need to train with your light. I found using a light on my carbine was very simple and intuitive, but it was a different story training with a pistol light. Initially, I started trying to hold down the paddle of my TLR-1 with my support thumb. That was terrible as every time I cracked a shot, the light would go off because my thumb would slip off. Now that I primarily use an X300, I started by flicking the paddle down as I present the pistol. It’s fine now, but it definitely took a lot of practice. If you opt for the Inforce APL/ APLc or Streamlight TLR-7, you won’t have that problem as it’s a very simple activation.

Something you might notice as you use your weapon-mounted lights is that they cloud up with carbon and soot after heavy use, especially on your pistol light or long gun light if you’re shooting unsuppressed. A pro tip is to keep some chapstick in your pocket and apply a thin film of chapstick on your light head. As it gums up with carbon, you can simply wipe off that layer and get back in the action. It works and it looks a lot cooler than wrapping a used sock around your light and holding it on with a rubber band… which I’ve seen.

 

Walther P99

Walther P99 Review

How many of you have ever heard of the Walther P99? The Walther P99 is produced by the German gun company, Carl Walther GmBh Sportwaffen of Ulm or simply, Walther Arms. Carl Walther created this company in 1886 and has been producing firearms for over 100 years. The P99 is was introduced in 1997 and has intrigued shooters all around the world with its unique firing system, design, and incredible accuracy. As we review the original P99, we will also go into the different models to give you the best shot at buying the best pistol for your needs.

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As much as we don’t like stereotypes, there is some truth to some of them, including the prowess of German engineering. All you have to do is ride in a BMW or Mercedes if you have any doubts about their ability to engineer a product better than anyone else. Personally, I’d rather own a Tesla, but if I could ever afford one, a Mercedes would have to be at the top of the list. If you’re a beer drinker and you’ve never had an Ayinger beer, it doesn’t matter what style you have (Brauweisse is the best), they’re all incredible. When it comes to weapons, we don’t have to go too far back to figure out how incredible they are at engineering weapons (WWII). All the stereotypes and history aside, Carl Walther was ahead of his time in many ways. As he began creating guns in the 19th Century, he wanted to set himself apart from his competition by pushing the envelope on the capabilities and design of a pistol. Although he wasn’t able to see the P99, he undoubtedly would have been very proud.

Walther P99

The P99 is a semi-automatic, short-recoil breech pistol that uses the Browning cam-lock system of operations.  The P99 was made with a glass fiber reinforced polymer frame with a steel slide to cut down on the overall weight of the gun. This description can be found anywhere online; however, most bloggers are too lazy to actually explain to you what any of this means. Here at RE Factor, we strive to educate you on the important details and let you decide for yourself if this is a pistol that you want.

A short-recoil operated pistol is one that the barrel and the bolt are locked together, and as the trigger is pulled, they move together for a few millimeters before they separate, and the bullet exits the barrel and the cartridge is ejected from the chamber. This recoil operation allows the pistol to be handled easier because the felt recoil is significantly reduced versus a blowback-operated pistol. The biggest difference between a Walther pistol and most American made pistols is the internal striker. The P99 has an internal striker, instead of an external hammer, as you can see in the picture below.

This revolutionary design was engineered to make the pistol safer by forcing the slide to be pulled back. If the pistol is fired from the double-action mode, the trigger pull is about 9lbs; however, if you cock the slide back and fire from the single-action mode, the trigger pull weight is only 4 lbs. As impressive and revolutionary as the operation of the gun is, the specifications are equally impressive. Weighing only 1.3 pounds and 7 inches long, this pistol is very easy to conceal and carry comfortably on your hip or shoulder holster.

The P99 comes with a 15-round mag, but you’ll have an option of going up to a 20-round or down to the 10-round mag.  Try to keep in mind that the gun will weigh a few ounces more if you go up to the 20-round mag and will drop a few ounces with the 10-round mag. We recommend trying them out at the range and see which size mag you’d prefer to carry with you. Personally, I love the 15-round mag because it seems like it fits better, and the weight distribution feels better. However, just like anything in life, what works for me won’t necessarily work for you. As far as the feel of the gun, the width of the grip is perfect for my smaller hands. At 1.1 inches wide, anyone, regardless of the size of your hands, can comfortably grip this gun and fire it accurately.

Specs:

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Walther P99
Weight 1.37 lbs
Height 5.3″
Barrel length 4″
Overall length 7.1″
Caliber 9×19, .40 S&W
Magazine capacity 10,15,17,20
Max effective range 55 yards
Width 1.1″
MSRP $325.16 (used)

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Accurate
  • lightweight
  • Aesthetically beautiful
  • Well priced
  • Revolutionary technology
  • Great concealed-carry gun

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to get used to because of the different technology than most American guns

Features:

  • Glass fiber polymer frame
  • Internal striker
  • Ambidextrous magazine release
  • Interchangeable front and rear sights

Why You Should Buy This Gun

Have you ever bought something and looked where it was made and thought to yourself, “no wonder it doesn’t work”? The Walther P99 will give you the confidence and comfort that you deserve at an incredibly fair price, especially for a foreign-made product. This gun is easy to shoot, incredibly accurate, has very light recoil, and is made to be durable and reliable for decades. If any of these attributes interest you, then don’t hesitate to buy a superior made product from the world’s best engineers.

P99 Vs. P99 AS

The original P99 came out in 1997 and revolutionized the gun world with it’s new and technologically advanced design. The P99 AS (Anti-Stress) pistol is built around the frame of the original P99 but made with a new trigger system in 2004. This new trigger system is based around the traditional double-action, single-action pistols we all know and love. The Anti-Stress trigger is one of the most advanced and awesome characteristics I’ve ever seen in a pistol because of the limited effort needed to operate the gun.

This model fires in double action with an 8.5 lb trigger pull and single action with a 4.5 trigger pull. To activate the Anti-Stress trigger, all you need to do is pull the slide back 10mm, which causes the gun to be put in single-action. The P99 AS model is virtually the same gun as the original, except with the addition of the new trigger assembly, a little wider to contain that trigger assembly, and it’s a little heavier.  However, you’ll never notice any difference in the weight unless you hold both guns in each hand. Either way, it’s well worth it to have the Anti-Stress trigger. This gun was designed to be the main carry weapon of law enforcement officers and special operations military members. You can find these pistols for less than $500 if you’re willing to search the internet long enough. We recommend this pistol for anyone who needs a carry pistol that is dependable, durable, accurate, and displays some of the best technology in the gun world.

Specs:

P99 P99AS
Weight 1.37 lbs 1.5 lbs
Height 5.3″ 5.3″
Width 1.1″ 1.3″
Barrel Length 4″ 4″
Overall Length 7.1″ 7.1″
Caliber 9×19, .40 S&W 9×19, .40 S&W
Magazine Capacity 10,15,17,20 15
Max Effective Range 55 yards 55 yards
MSRP $325.00 $569.00

 

 

 

 

 

Walther PPK

The PPK is known as one of the sought after concealed carry pistols in the world, with hundreds of thousands in Europe and North America buying this gun.  Although this is not a P99 model pistol, we thought it would be worth including due to its popularity and application. The PPK is only 6 inches long and weighs less 1.5 lbs fully loaded, which makes it light enough to carry concealed for long periods. It’s only 1 inch wide, which makes this gun universal in regards to the hand size of the shooter. Some people may be drawn away by the 6-round capacity, but you have to understand the purpose of this handgun. This gun was designed to be concealed by undercover police officers or federal agents as a secondary pistol.

This gun is designed to be fired from close range, and the .380 ACP ammo it shoots will provide enough stopping power to destroy your target. Many people have issues with the trigger pull of the PPK, but I think it’s a necessary attribute to the gun.  In Double-Action, the gun has a 13.5 lb trigger pull and a 6.1 lbs trigger pull in SIngle-Action. There is no getting around how heavy of a pull this is, and many shooters can easily pull their shots with this heavy of a pull, but the small size of the pistol masks some of that weight on the trigger.

Personally, I think the trigger pull could be lightened up some. However, it’s so easy to completely control the gun that you’ll barely notice the added weight. This added weight to the trigger helps with preventing accidental discharges while carrying this inside a shoulder holster and accidentally getting your gun caught on something if it’s on your hip. If you’d like to find other concealed carry pistols, read this blog for guidance on some of the best on the market. We recommend this gun for anyone wanting to carry a concealed weapon, especially women who can easily fit this in a purse without it being too bulky.

 

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Walther PPK
Weight 1.47 lbs (loaded)
Barrel Length 3.3″
Overall Length 6.1″
Width 1″
Caliber .380 ACP
Max Effective Range About 40 yards
Height 3.9″
Magazine Capacity 6 rounds
MSRP $406.00

Pros:

  • Easily concealed
  • Durable
  • Dependable
  • Accurate
  • Made for any size shooter
  • Lightweight
  • Manual Safety

Cons:

  • Can be expensive
  • Only 6-round capacity
  • Very heavy trigger pull

Features:

  • Stainless steel slide
  • .380 ACP for added stopping power
  • Manual safety lever
  • Extended warranty if bought from Walther Firearms

Accessories for the P99

Accessories are all about personal preference and how each individual wants their gun to be setup. The accessories that we believe will make the most difference for you are the ones that give a better sight picture and grip of the gun. For bigger shooters, a 1-inch wide gun can be detrimental because their hands wrap too far around the grip and can easily cause them to pull shots.

Grip Extension For Walter Arms P99 Compact Black

This grip extension easily attaches to the base of your pistol without the need for any added tools or professional help. As we’ve mentioned before, some shooters may feel this gun is too small and hard to handle because they have larger hands than most, but this grip corrects all those issues. This grip extension adds inches to the grip so bigger shooters can come down on their grip and have more surface area to gain more control, which significantly increases the accuracy of the gun. We would never recommend this attachment unless its really needed because it can throw off the feel of the gun if you have average or smaller hands. This piece is only $15 at most online stores and can be a game-changer with your P99 pistol.

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CRIMSON TRACE CMR-206 RAIL MASTER GREEN LASER SIGHT

Many people suggest that green is easier to process on the eyes than red, which gives the shooter quicker target identification. With the P99 being made for law enforcement and military, time is a matter of life and death, so don’t hesitate to buy one of the best laser sights on the market. Crimson Trace is one of the best names in the gun world and is trusted by millions of gun owners across the globe. With 2 full hours of constant light and an auto-shutoff after 5 min of being stationary, you’ll have the light you need when you need it.

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What is the best Gun Cleaning Kit?

How To Find the Best Gun Cleaning Kit

Gun cleaning kits are like dishwasher pods, you need both, but no one wants to spend their hard-earned money on them. In this blog, we are going to focus on a variety of gun cleaning kits that are on the market today, from pistol kits to shotguns and rifles. If you own a gun, you probably already have yourself a gun cleaning kit, but is it good enough? Let’s find out!

Gun Cleaning Supplies

Gun cleaning supplies are as essential to your gun as ammo and sights because, without a clean gun, you’ll run into a plethora of problems and malfunctions. Just like if you have a dirty house, your family will be exposed to pathogens that can make them sick and down for a few days, at least. This is the same with a gun cleaning kit, if you don’t clean your gun after every use, you’ll end up with a sick gun that will fail you when you need it most. Whether you’re a hunter trying to feed your family or a solider defending his/her life, you need a clean and functional gun. These supplies below will help make sure you have a clean firearm. One alternative to buying a gun cleaning kit is to buy individual parts and just buy the parts you need for your purpose. The Place to do that is Palmetto State Armory because of their lifetime warranty on their products. If you’re interested in learning more, read our Palmetto State Armory review. 

HOPPE’S BORESNAKE VIPER .44-.45 CALIBER PISTOL BORE CLEANING TOOL

 

The Hoppe’s Boresnake cleaning tool is an awesome bore cleaner that takes the place of the traditional cleaning rod that most kits use.  The cool thing about the Hoppe’s BoreSnake is its incredible flexibility, so it’s not difficult to run through the bore quickly. The best part about this cleaning tool is its made of a nylon fabric that is sturdy and lasts long and has brass embedded into the fabric for scrubbing the carbon and lubricant away. If you’re interested in the safest, easiest, and quickest way to clean your barrel, this is it.

Hoppe's Boresnake Viper .44-.45 Caliber Pistol Bore Cleaning Tool - 24004V

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REMINGTON REM OIL POP-UP WIPES

The Remington Oil wipes are used for cleaning the oil out of the barrel and the internal parts of the gun. We recommend the Remington wipes because they are relatively cheap and they get the job done better than non-brand name wipes. We buy them by the hundreds because we have to clean our guns so often, but I would always recommend buying at least 60 at a time if not 100. They store very easily and don’t take up much room at all, so it makes sense to just buy in bulk and save time and money on multiple shipments. Every kit you buy should come with wipes.

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REMINGTON SQUEEG-E BORE CLEANER

Bore cleaners are pretty standard in any cleaning kit and this one is simple and does a great job of removing carbon, dirt, sand, and excess oil from the bore of the gun.  Bore cleaners like this are easy to use and attach right on the end of the cleaning rod. If you’re not using a BoreSnake, you must use something similar to this tool to get a tight fit in the barrel to remove enough carbon to make a difference in the performance of the gun.

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GUNSLICK UNIVERSAL BORE GUIDE

One of the reasons people use the BoreSnake instead is cleaning rods are typically metal and can scratch the rifling of the gun. Gunslick Universal Bore Guide is an excellent alternative to the standard cleaning rod because it’s made of rubber and doesn’t scratch the bore of the gun. This cleaning rod also allows for cleaning fluid to be applied to the patch without handling the cleaning fluid and patch, keeping you clean and dry from the cleaning of the gun. If you’re going to go with a cleaning rod, then we would choose one like this.

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Real Avid® Master Cleaning Station Gun-Cleaning Kit

The Real Avid cleaning mat and kit is one of the best on the market for the quality of products in the kit and the cleaning mat that it comes with. I know you might think that the cleaning station idea is not worth the money, but having a place to put your gun and the cleaning supplies without ruining countertops and staining clothes is pretty nice. Besides that, this kit comes with 50 cleaning patches,  2 smart brushes, 2 slotted bore tips, .22-.45 caliber bore jags, .22-.45 caliber bore brushes, detailing picks and brushes, and a 10″ cleaning rod. This cleaning kit gives you everything you need for any caliber pistol or revolver and you can even buy it from Amazon and get that Prime shipping.

Real Avid Master Cleaning Station - Handgun

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GLORYFIRE Gun Cleaning Kit Handgun Cleaning Kit Pistol Cleaning Kit

What I like about the Gloryfire cleaning kit is it provides everything you’d need for any caliber pistol you have and the quality of the material is second to none.  This cleaning kit comes in a very organized and secure zipper pouch that can be easily carried with you to the range without taking up any room. This kit comes with brass cleaning tools and precision scrapers for carbon caked-on internal parts of the gun. This kit also comes with two empty bottles for your cleaning liquids and an additional 100 cleaning patches. The best thing about this cleaning kit is the price, coming in a $12.00 you can easily afford this kit.

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Best 3 Rifle Cleaning Kits

Similar to pistol cleaning kits, rifle cleaning kits have a longer cleaning rod or BoreSnake to accommodate for the longer barrel. These 3 rifle cleaning kits are the best out there because they work great, easy to transport and use, and they have everything you need for any style rifle.

IUNIO Universal Gun Cleaning Kit 

The Iunio Universal gun cleaning kit is one of the best on the market because it can fit any gun and is made of the best quality materials. Many jags are made of plastic or rubber and can either break or corrode, but the Iunio is made of stamped brass that will last your entire life if you take care of it. This gun comes with  6 gun rods, 13 gun jags, 4 slotted tips, 9 gun mops, 14 bore brushes, 3 muzzle guards, 3 utility brushes, 3 accessory adapters, 4 polishing cloths, 100 cleaning patches, 2 oil bottles(empty), and 1 gun cleaning mat.  The portable case is very well made and doesn’t feel like cheap plastic. The best thing about this company is they offer a lifetime guarantee on their products, which is a clear indication that they believe in what they sell, that’s all we could ask for.

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M-PRO 7 TACTICAL ASSAULT RIFLE CLEANING KIT

People always ask us which cleaning kits are the best and which ones we use for our personal rifles, so I included the one I use. The M-Pro Tactical cleaning kit is my go-to for my hunting rifles because of how well made and easy to use it is. The kit comes with gun cleaner, gun oil LPX, 2 separate BoreSnakes, lint-free cleaning cloth, duel head nylon brush for pesky carbon, and a gun pad for keeping your area clean. The reason I use this over other brands, is the 2 BoreSnakes make cleaning the barrel so much easier than cleaning with a standard cleaning rod. The case is nice and sturdy and this product comes with a lifetime warranty.M-Pro 7 Tactical Assault Rifle Cleaning Kit 070-1510

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BREAKTHROUGH CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES VISION SERIES RIFLE CLEANING KIT

We wanted to include Breakthrough Clean Technologies because of its environmental contributions to the gun world.  This cleaning kit is the safest and most technologically advanced cleaning kit we have seen by removing any harmful chemicals from their solvent. This kit is specifically made for rifles and comes with 4 steel rods,  bore brush, handle for rods, a mop to absorb the oil, a chamber brush, a muzzle guard, brass patch holder, 1 box of patches, a box of wool felts, 1 bottle of 15 ml Breakthrough Military-Grade Solvent, and a bottle of Battle Born High-Purity Oil. With the climate catastrophe ahead of us, we know we can at least trust Breakthrough Technologies to try and make the world a safer and cleaner place to live.

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Best 3 Shotgun Cleaning Kits

 

Shotguns can oftentimes be lumped into the rifle cleaning kits, but they’re different guns and these cleaning kits below offer you peace of mind that you’re buying the right kit for your shotgun. Typically, shotguns have less moving parts than other guns because it’s a pretty simple operation to fire a shotgun. We included the 3 best kits we prefer on our shotguns and provide the reason we like them over the countless others.

Sage and Braker Shotgun Cleaning Kit

Sage and Braker cleaning kits remind us of Crown Royale packaging in its simplicity, style, and elegance of design.  There are a lot of reasons we love this company, but for starters, this kit can clean your barrel in less than 15 seconds and the entire gun in a few minutes. It’s possible due to the advanced technology in their BoreSnake that provides optimal friction in the barrel. This cleaning kit is incredibly easy to use and only costs $25.00 on Amazon, which is great if you’re a Prime member and can take advantage of the free two-day shipping. Sage and Braker also provide a lifetime warranty on all of their products, which gives you a lifetime of a clean shotgun for less than a few beers at your local bar. The best thing about Sage and Braker is the sponsorship they have with conservation groups, such as Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Any company that creates a great product and donates time and money to organizations that help preserve our public lands is a company we can get behind and support.

 

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Real Avid Gun Boss Shotgun Cleaning Kit

The Real Avid Gun Boss Shotgun cleaning kit is very well made and provides all the tools you need for both a 12 and 20 Gauge shotgun. Inside this strong, unbreakable carrying case is 50 cleaning patches, a large slotted tip for removing carbon from your chamber and internal parts, brushes, and mops designed specifically for the shotgun. At $17.00, this shotgun cleaning kit can’t be beaten. This cleaning kit also comes with a trey to place all your parts in so they don’t get lost or dropped as you’re cleaning. We recommend you use this either as a spare cleaning kit, if you already have one, or as your primary shotgun cleaning kit if you don’t.

 

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TAC SHIELD UNIVERSAL SHOTGUN CLEANING KIT

We chose to add the Tac Shield cleaning kit because of the quality and amount of tools you get for the price. The best thing about this kit is the universal aspect of shotguns that it provides. This kit provides bore brushes and mops for the 12 gauge, 20 gauge, and .410 gauge shotgun. I was not able to find any other kit that was as universal as the Tac Shield for the price of $25.00.  The only downside of this kit is the number of patches that it provides, which is only 25 cleaning patches. Obviously, cleaning patches are cheap and easy to buy at any gun store in our country, but they could have just as easily added 25 more patches to give you some time before you need to purchase more.

 

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Honorable Mention-Otis Elite

The Otis Elite gun cleaning kit has everything you could ever want for every style of gun you own. This case has 16 different sized bronze bore brushes for cleaning the carbon off your gun. It comes with 6 different cables that are marked for the correct size of the barrel you have. This case can clean all shotguns, pistols, and rifles with ease and has everything in one location, so you never need to carry more than one case for all your guns. With a price coming in at around $100, this case is well worth the money, especially if you don’t have any cleaning kits yet.

 

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Conclusion

Cleaning kits are often overlooked by many gun owners who are excited to go to the range, but don’t understand how important maintenance is. A good gun cleaning kit can add decades of life to your weapons when used correctly and will make sure your gun fires when you need it to. There are so many places you could buy your gun cleaning kits, including Amazon, Brownells, Gun Broker, Palmetto State Armory, and The Utah Gun Exchange. We have blogs on most of these companies and encourage customers to research who you buy from, so you understand what the company stands for and what they offer. Our blog on GunBroker.com is a good way to understand how the site works and how to purchase your gun cleaning kit from someone online. One of our favorite companies is Brownells because of their warranties and insanely impressive customer service. One thing we can assure you is that if you buy any of the gun cleaning kits listed above, you’ll always have the tools you need to keep your gun up and running when you need it to.