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STI Guns |Review

STI came into the market roughly 25 years ago to specialize in competition level shooting. The STI 2011 was the first model, which many competitors refer to as “race-guns,” due to their incredibly high rate of fire while maintaining pinpoint accuracy. With thousands of championships won, STI 2011 guns set the standard of accuracy and rate of fire. For the good of every gun owner in the world, STI has expanded its operations to include compact concealed carry and everyday carry pistols for law enforcement and the U.S. military.

STI 2011 Tactical Team

Buying a gun can be one of the most stressful purchases that’s not a car or house. Many gun companies have expert shooters that could shoot a fly out of the air at 25 yards, but how many companies build their guns around real-world applications?

The STI Tactical Team’s resume is built around decades of experience from men that movies are made from. They have former Special Forces, Rangers, Recon Marines, Government contractors, Delta Force Operators, and members of SWAT teams in some of our most dangerous cities. As you can imagine, these incredibly accomplished men have seen more combat across the globe than people will ever know about.  The ability to bring people together with the knowledge and experience that these men have has been instrumental in the success of the company. As these American heroes help create their pistols, they bring a sense of practicality that can’t be matched in any other company we’ve ever seen. Their guns are made with the best materials, engineers, and shooters our nation has to offer. What are you waiting for? Find a dealer and go shoot the gun that is changing the game!

STI 2011

The 2011 pistol is the flagship gun of STI and is based on the 1911 frame, but with better parts and a double-stack magazine. In the past 25 years, thousands of customers have asked if they’d ever engineer a tactical or duty-use handgun. The good news is, they listened to their customers and used the decades of tactical and law enforcement experience to build some of the best guns we’ve ever seen. Every firearm they make is superior to their competition in accuracy, speed, and dependability. Today, we will be reviewing some of these models and explain why they’re some of the best shooting pistol money can buy.

Diamond-Like Carbon

Diamond-like carbon or (DLC) is the newest and most technologically advanced coating anyone could use for their guns. DLC is is a Carbon composite with many of the positive characteristics of Diamond. DLC is used to coat the internal parts of the gun, along with a barrel and frame. They use DLC because it’s proven to reduce friction between the internal mechanisms to prevent wear and tear. Its also shown to be entirely corrosion-resistant, chemically inert, and self-lubricating in dry environments.

Take a look at one of their guns, and you’ll never want to go back to another pistol that’s not coated in DLC. Adding a DLC coating to stainless steel makes their 2011 models significantly harder while giving it a slick feeling, like Tom Cruise sliding across a wood floor with brand new socks (Who doesn’t like Risky Business?). All of their pistols are coated with this extraordinary material to give customers some of the most durable, dependable, long-lasting, and accurate pistols on the market today.

 

STI DVC-C

The DVC-C is the concealed carry version of 2011 and is designed for optimal concealment and comfort while maintaining durability and accuracy. The DVC-C comes with a 3.9″ barrel and only weighs 1.6 lbs, making it lighter and smaller than their other models. One of our concerns is there are not a lot of holsters made for this model, so it can be challenging to find something you really want.

Obviously, concealed carry guns will need a smaller holster, but one that is still tactical. I recommend looking through this article to find what most concealed carry gun owners use and make your choice based on your personal style and need.

Specs:

Caliber 9mm
Width 1.33″
Weight 1.6 lbs
Height 5.12″
Length 7.57″
Barrel Length 3.9″
Trigger Pull Weight 4.5 lbs
Mag Capacity 15+1
MSRP $3,000

 

Pros:                                                                                                              DVC-C

  • Very light
  • Incredible feel in your hands
  • Built for durability and toughness
  • Compact-perfect for concealment
  • Pinpoint accuracy
  • Great trigger

Cons:

  • Almost too expensive for most people
  • Recoil is more than others in the same class
  • Very hard to find holsters for this gun

Features:

  • DLC coating
  • Ambidextrous
  • Accessory rails for easy attachments
  • Dawson Precision Perfect Impact Sights

Why Should You Buy This Gun

STI has gone through a lot of effort to transfer their unique competition-style pistols to operationally capable for use as a duty pistol. Our only real issue with the DVC-C is the significant price point versus their competitors.  However, there aren’t many concealed handgun today that can match up with the capabilities of the DVC-C. This pistol is one of the best money can buy in today’s market. If you’re in Law Enforcement or a SOF soldier and you haven’t tried this gun out, do yourself a favor and shoot this gun ASAP.

3-Gun Competition

A 3- Gun competition is one of the flagship races in most marksmanship competitions in the United States today. The name of the 3-Gun competition is a shooting competition, in which each shooter gets to choose 3 guns to shoot during a shooting style obstacle course.  Each shooter gets to pick from any AR platform rifle, a pistol, and a pump shotgun. 3-Gun is becoming one of the fastest-growing competitions we have today with thousands of professional and amateur shooters participating every year.  As mentioned before, STI started out for this purpose in the beginning, and they take it so seriously that they created a gun specifically designed for the 3-Gun competition. As with any competition, practice is key to success, but many people don’t know how to practice. Understanding shot placement and how your mechanics can make an impact on your placement is paramount to becoming a better shooter.

DVC-3

The DVC-3 pistol has been deliberately and skillfully designed and engineered for the 3-Gun competition. The STI 2011 Tactical Team has field-tested this gun with thousands of rounds each to make sure you’re getting the best possible gun for this prestigious competition.  The accuracy in this handgun makes it an incredible option to bring to this competition. The 5.4″ barrel provides a longer sight picture, giving shooters pinpoint accuracy at 25 yards. With enough practice, this pistol can easily shoot 50-75 yards with the same accuracy. If you’re interested in 3-Gun competition and you’re interested in winning these competitions, then why not buy the gun that sets the standard for accuracy and speed?

Specs:                                                                                                                                                                          DVC-3

Caliber 9mm
Width 1.33″
Weight 2.2 lbs
Height 5.55″
Length 9.06″
Barrel Length 5.4″
Trigger Pull Weight 2.5 lbs
Mag Capacity 20+1
MSRP $3,000

 

Pros:

  • Aggressive grip prevents slippage from sweat or rain
  • Pinpoint accuracy
  • 20-round double-stack mag
  • Trigger pull is incredibly light
  • DLC coating increases life by decades
  • Specifically designed for competition shooting
  • Looks incredible with the gold color barrel

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Would prefer other models for anything except competitions
  • Shoots more expensive ammo, adding to cost of ownership

Why Should You Buy This Gun

Any competition shooter will benefit significantly from buying a DVC-3 as their primary competition pistol. You should buy this gun if you’ve competed before, but want to do better or if you want peace of mind about the reliability of your pistol. This gun is costly, but the technology and effort put into this it will give you an edge over many other pistols. To avoid any issues with ammo, this article will help you out.

Staccato-P

The Staccato-P model of 2011 is designed to give shooters a gun that can be used successfully in competitions and equally great as a carry pistol.  The Polymer grip of the Staccato absorbs the force of the recoil, so you don’t feel it in your hands. This allows you to focus on shooting without being interrupted by muzzle brake and recoil.  Whether you’re in a competition and being timed or a police officer fighting for your life, this pistol will give you the edge you could depend your life on.

Specs:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Caliber 9mm & .45 ACP
Width 1.33″
Weight 2.1 lbs
Height 5.6″
Length 7.93″
Barrel Length 4.15″
Trigger Pull Weight 4.5 lbs
Mag Capacity 20+1
MSRP $2,000

Pros:

  • DLC finish
  • 20-round mag offers plenty of opportunities
  • Comes in both 9mm &.45 ACP
  • Dawson Precision Perfect Impact Sights
  • Cheaper than most models
  • Incredibly accurate
  • As durable and reliable as a pistol could be

Cons:

  • Changing sights can be difficult if you don’t have the right tools

Why You Should Buy This Gun

This gun is perfect for competition shooters, law enforcement, self-defense, or use in our nation’s military. Home-owners who don’t already have a home-defense pistol could go to sleep every night knowing the .45 ACP model has the stopping power to demolish the biggest of intruders with impeccable accuracy. The aggressive polymer grip will take away most of the recoil and give you the confidence you need to keep your family safe.

Accessories

Most of the accessories added to the STI are to eliminate time for target identification and increase the sight picture in low light environments. The accessories that are going to be most relevant to discuss are the different sights, optics, and lights you could put on any STI pistol.

Dawson Precision Perfect Impact Sights

Dawson Precision Perfect Impact Sights are the best sights for any type of pistol imaginable. The first thing to know about Dawson Precision is their “No BS” promise that you’ll be receiving the highest quality part you could ever buy.  This promise comes with a guarantee that they’ll help you zero your pistol if you buy a sight from them.  Any company willing to replace a sight if it’s bad and guarantee a perfect zero for your gun is a company worth buying from.  Another great thing about Dawson Precision is the extraordinary amount of sight pictures for people with less than perfect vision. All of their guns come with Dawson Precision Perfect Impact Sights because they refuse to settle for anything but the best.

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SUREFIRE X300 ULTRA WEAPON LIGHT

The SureFire X300 Ultra is one of the best lights you could put on any gun, not just on STI pistols. This specific light puts out 600 lumens of white light that, using a Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens for a superior tight beam, will overwhelm your adversary.  This light is arguably indestructible, aside from an actual bomb hitting it, and will give you almost 2 hours of consistent light per battery. The standard accessory rails will accommodate any SureFire light and will make the difference when you need an edge.

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Conclusion

STI  2011 guns are notoriously expensive, but there is no other company that specializes in manufacturing guns with the shooter in mind.  In their opinion, STI 2011 guns are like Tesla in ingenuity, craftsmanship, and performance.  Just like Tesla, they’re incredibly expensive, but they are also leaps and bounds ahead of their competition. STI prides themselves on making pistols that shooters not only want to shoot but don’t know they need until they shoot one. STI has brought together some of the most accomplished men in our country to bring the world the best gun you’ll ever need.

The promise that STI makes to its customers is to always provide the best possible pistol for your needs, whether those be competition shooting with the DVC-3 or the best concealed carry pistol, the DVC-C. Regardless, STI has you covered. So, get to your local dealer and prepare to have your mind blown!

Best Gun Safes

You can get a quality gun safe for around $1,500. It's when you start customizing or requiring a UL rating that you'll see a spike in price.

What You Need To Know

RE Factor Tactical Buyer's Guide
  • U.L. Class safes are more expensive
  • Fire certified and fireproof does not mean truly fireproof
  • Be careful of safes with a U.L. marking pertaining only to the lock of the safe if you're looking for fireproof

Gun Safes

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You start out with one gun, then two, three, four, and before you know it, you have a small armory. Whether your collection consists of hunting rifles, shotguns, handguns or you’re just collecting antique firearms, you’ll probably come to a point where purchasing a gun safe is on your to-do list. Luckily, there are plenty of options out there based on looks, locks, size, capacity, etc. So, depending on what you’re looking for will determine what works best for you. And to help get you started in the right direction, here are some of the best gun safes. But first, a little history.

History of the Gun Safe

Before we get into all the cool gun safe options—believe us, there are some awesome ones out there, like the kind you can hide in your wall, the steps, under your coffee table—we thought it might be interesting to give you a glance into where the gun safe got its start. Of course, this could be a long history lesson, so we’ll keep it to steel, gun safe type information, unless of course, you want to start with the Egyptians…but we don’t.

Instead, we’ll start with the pirates—you know the ones hunting for buried treasure. Seriously though, sailor merchants should be given some credit as to the start of the idea of safes. No, we aren’t talking gun safes exactly. But, they did have chests with banded steel requiring a key to unlock it.

In the 1820s a man by the name of Jesse Delano took the sailors’ idea one step further with fireproofing a wooden foundation, like that of the ‘treasure chest.’ C. J. Gayler went even further in 1833 and patented a ‘double chest’ version of a fireproof safe.

However, it wasn’t until 1850 when fireproofing would finally reach its most effective method yet, the method we use today. In fact, hydrated plaster—what’s commonly used in safes—was put to the test in a competition. During the competition, a man by the name of Silas C. Herring designed a safe and then laid it in a fire for 40 hours. In the end, all the contents were said to be undamaged. However, it wasn’t until 1917 when the first standardized test for fireproof safes would come out.

Of course, fireproof safes aren’t the only thing you’re looking for when it comes to locking up your goodies. They also have to be theft-proof. Charles Chubb can be credited for the first burglar-proof safe, which he patented in 1835, not long after Gayler’s ‘double chest’ safe.

How Gun Safes are Made

Delano’s safe was made of wood, clay, lime, and steel. After 1830, safes were made from stone, wood, cement, plaster, mica, alum, chalk, clay, and even asbestos or dead-air space. Herring’s safe was made of steel and plaster.

Today’s safes are typically made with double-walled steel and filled with either plaster or cement (if they are fireproof). Basically, they aren’t light, and unless you can break into one, you aren’t going to be picking it up and loading it into the back of a pick-up truck for a quick get-away. So, fireproof aside, the locks and weight (depending on size) alone guard against theft of your precious toys.

However, many gun safes aren’t made to Herring’s fireproof standards. Instead of using heavy steel on the outside and light steel on the inside, filled with concrete, gun safes today are filled with drywall and surrounded by a light gauge steel and carpeting. Last we checked, carpet isn’t fireproof, and neither is drywall—if the fire is hot enough, which in most cases you won’t see, but still, that means your safe is fire resistant, not fireproof.

In fact, unless your safe has an UL-Class 72 350-X marking, it is not fireproof. “Fire tested” and “fire certified” are not the same thing. They may hold up to a certain level of heat, but they won’t last and aren’t guaranteed to survive the life of a fire. Some safes will list a UL rating, but not all UL ratings mean the entire safe is fireproof, it might just be referring to the lock, so read the fine print.

Our Gun Safe Rating Standards

One of the biggest complaints out there is that many gun safes either don’t accommodate the new shapes and sizes of guns or they don’t account for accessories. Some of our recommendations do consider these, with that said, here’s how we rate gun safes

Accommodations

Not every weapon is the same, and not every gun owner buys the same sized rifle, shotgun, or pistol. Therefore, most of us want a safe that not only protects our toys from thieves but also stores them properly by accommodating a vast selection of firearms.

Fireproof/Theft-Proof

There’s a difference between fireproof and theft-proof safes. All theft-proof safes aren’t fireproof, and all fireproof safes aren’t anti-theft. With that being said, we like our safes to include both protection qualities; therefore, several of our recommendations are based on these two things.

Cost/Quality

Cost isn’t always everything, meaning sometimes you’re only paying for a name and not quality. Of course, depending on how much room you need and any specifics, you will pay more. However, that doesn’t mean you need to pay a year’s worth of mortgage payments for a quality gun safe. Unfortunately, heavier and more expensive does not always mean more protection.

Top-Shelf Gun Safes

U.L. Class TL-30 gun safes are some of the most expensive safes on the market because they can withstand much more heat at an extended period of time than the less costly options.  With that being said, the below safes are not the cheapest on our list, but they are intended to hold-up to a house fire. You can find more cost-effective versions elsewhere, but there’s a very good chance the safe and everything in it will burn before the fire department can put out the fire.

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American Security, shown above, is actually on the cheaper side as far as safes of this size and class go.  You could spend well over $15,000 on a U.L. Class TL-30 safe. But, the safe above will cost half that, $7,500.

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The Browning U.L. Class TL-30 safe isn’t the most expensive option on the market, but that doesn’t mean it won’t cost you. We like this particular safe because you can build it to your standards. Basic customization starts out at $9,500.

Best Large-Scale Gun Safes

Who doesn’t have the dream of owning their own armory? Of course, if this is you, you’ve already spent some money, and you’ll have to pay more if you want to protect them. A small one or two rifle safe just won’t work, so you’ll need a larger safe.

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The particular safe shown above is great if you want a little control over your storage space. You have the option of removing the shelving unit to take full advantage of the 45 rifles slots. However, this safe will only stand up to 1,200 ºF for one hour. It also weighs 667 lbs. and will cost you $1,660.

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Maybe you have a much smaller gun collection and don’t need a safe that holds 45 rifles. If so, Steelwater makes a safe that holds up to 20, will withstand fires of 1,875°F, and weighs 453 lbs. This safe also costs significantly less at $949.

Hidden Gun Safes

Hidden gun safes might be the coolest thing out there. It’s like the hidden vaults you see in movies but in your own home. Do you have a gun stored under the stairs, in your coffee table, behind a picture on the wall, maybe even in a shelf? If you aren’t much of a carpenter, you can look to these ideas for inspiration on ideas of where to conceal your weapons.


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Something like a concealable picture frame works great for subcompact pistols. Anything bigger and it might look like you’re trying to hide something.

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There’s a variety of these on the market. However, be careful when you buy this type of gun safe as some have been known to come with glitches, especially the cheaper versions. And when we say glitches, we mean major ones, like your small child being able to open it without the code or your fingerprint major. This brand pictured, in particular, has been said to have issues with the fingerprint reading, so you’re probably better off with the code and physical key version. Otherwise, it’s a good option if you want to mount it to your nightstand or under your desk.

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Vent safes like the one pictured here can range from really cheap $35 to upwards of $250 if you want it to be RFID. Of course, these don’t lock, so if you have children running around, concealment without locking capability might not be the wisest choice.

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Want to show your true American pride? Why not get this awesome wooden flag to hang over your mantel place. Then lift up the stars and unhinge that true red, white and blue! You can actually find people to custom make concealable wall art like this flag, but it will cost you a pretty penny in most cases. Typically the more custom something is, the more pricy it becomes.

Firearm Storage

At the end of the day, everyone likes what they like. We know some of you out there have other recommendations – If so, we’d love to have you share it with the community. Let us know if you own any of the gun safes we recommended and how they do or do not meet your standards. Let us know what other storage options you recommend and what you like about it. Also, we love pictures, so if you have one of those cool hidden safes or you built your own firearm storage under the stairs, let us see!

American Security

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U.L. Class TL-30 Rated

Steelwater

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Rated fireproof for up to one hour in 1,875 ºF

Vaultek Essential

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Great for single/smaller handgun. However, some versions are known to have issues reading the thumbprint and can only be opened with a key or code. Also comes with a slot for an extra magazine.

Glock 19 Review

The first thing you’ll notice in the Gen 5 is how different it feels in your hand. The traditional look to the Glock is still there, but they made 20 different modifications to enhance the entire experience.

What You Need To Know

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  • Easily allows customization with different triggers, grips, and sights
  • Aggressive texture on the grip for maximum control
  • Improved rifling and crown of barrel to enhance accuracy

Glock 19

Glock 19 Gen 5
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Glock 19 Gen 4
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The Glock 19 is one of the most common and top-selling guns in the world and we are eager to show you why. The 19 is the second model after the 17 and was engineered to be the perfect concealed carry pistol. Weighing less than 2 pounds loaded and coming in at 7 inches long, it’s no wonder why millions of gun owners chose the Glock 19 as their self-defense pistol. 

Glock 19

Specs                                                                              

Price MSRP: $500.00-$900.00                                            

Weight:  Unloaded= 1.3 lbs

Loaded= 1.8 lbs

Height: 5.04 in

Barrel Length: 4.02 in

Overall Length: 7.3 in 

Width: 1.26 in

Magazine Capacity: 15,17,19, 24,31,33

Features

  • 9mm Luger
  • Safe-Action System synonymous with Glock
  • Easily allows customization with different triggers, grips, and sights
  • Aggressive texture on the grip for maximum control

Pros: 

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Accurate
  • Dependable
  • Concealed easily
  • 15-round mag

Cons:

  • Heavy trigger pull
  • No manual Safety Switch (personal preference)
  • Original sights are difficult to adjust to
  • Heavier recoil than expected
  • The magazine catch is tough for larger shooters to get to
  • The grip can be too small for larger shooter’s comfort
  • It can be difficult for lefties (read below!)

Glock 19 Explained

Most police forces loved the original 17, but it’s a full-sized pistol that can be heavy when fully loaded (2.2 lbs) and doesn’t fit on your hip as comfortably as many officers would like. As Glock began to work with local police departments in Austria, they were asked to come up with a gun that would be more comfortable. The Police wanted a gun that could be just as durable, dependable, and accurate as the 17, but easier to handle and conceal. As tall of a task as this sounds, Glock came through in a big way and engineered one the best guns we have ever fired. With a shorter barrel, lighter weight, and a thinner grip, the Glock 19 delivers on every level. Since the gun was created in 1988, Glock has not stopped producing or attempting to make them better. We will get more into the different generations of the gun, such as the Gen 4 and 5 below. 

Glock 19| Gen 4

The whole point of creating different versions of the same model was to make something better, without reinventing the wheel. Think of the Gen 4 and 5 like you would the Playstation or X-Box; Sony and Microsoft would never just scrap their amazing products, but they do make them better every few years. Just like with the new-gen, Glock has no reason to scrap a beautifully designed and amazing gun.

Now, the Gen 4 doesn’t look different or make you feel like it’s a completely new gun. Glock made several small changes to the 19 that make it a more universal gun, such as a smaller frame, modular backstrap system, an enlarged reversible magazine catch, dual-recoil spring assembly, and a new Rough Textured Frame (RTF). 

Modular Backstrap System

The new backstrap system is designed to give shooters more customization with how the gun feels in their hands. One complaint that Glock received over the years was that the backstrap was too big and bulky, while some felt it was too small. It’s almost impossible for Glock to please everybody, but they found a way, yet again. This option allows you to take apart your Glock’s backstrap easily and replace it with either a medium (8/100 in added) version or a large version (16/100 in added). The stock Gen 4 G19 comes with the small backstrap. 

Enlarged Reversible Magazine Catch

We felt like this new addition was designed for all the lefties out there that have had trouble transitioning between magazines. A lot of gun manufacturers require extra parts to make a gun reversible, but Glock created one interchangeable part that fits on the right or left.  Another knock on the original G19 was the magazine catch was too small. The Gen 4 fixed that issue with this new feature and we cannot be happier. 

Dual Recoil Spring Assembly

The G19 does not have a single-action firing mode and many people have had issues with that fact. The addition of the dual recoil spring assembly didn’t fix the single-action firing mode, but it did significantly reduce the recoil. As most of us know, the trigger pull with a double-action pistol is always going to be heavier than a single action (think Baretta). By adding this new spring assembly, Glock instantly improved the accuracy of many of its shooters. This addition also helps with preventing fatigue and anticipation in less experienced shooters. 

Rough Textured Frame (RTF)

As we’ve mentioned, the whole point of a new-gen gun is for it to be better than the last, or at least correct any deficiencies in previous models. The new RTF is all about giving the shooter a better and firmer grip on the gun. In this regard, they nailed it! The Gen 4 grip can feel too rough for those with very soft hands, but the rest of us love it. The added traction on this new grip noticeably increases the accuracy of any shooter with a stock grip. 

Pros of Gen 4:
  • Recoil fixed with dual spring assembly
  • Customizable grips for any sized shooter
  • New RTF grip adds a lot of traction
  • Reversible Magazine to accommodate lefties (Thank you, Glock) 
  • The magazine catch is significantly enlarged to accommodate larger shooters
  • Cheap to shoot (Check out our 9mm ammo blog)
Cons of Gen 4:
  • Trigger pull is still heavy for a lot of shooters
  • Not fully ambidextrous 

Why You Should Buy the Gen 4 Glock 19

You should buy this gun if you’re a Glock fan, but found the same or similar negatives with the first-gen G19. The Gen 4 is a little shorter overall than the original G19 and has a shorter trigger distance. This gun is so well made that it is able to accommodate every shooter we can think of; whether you have small or large hands, you’re a lefty, or not very strong, this gun works for you. 

Glock 19| Gen 5

Our favorite thing about the Gen 5 is the piece of mind that we, as customers are being heard and listened to. The first thing you’ll notice in the Gen 5 is how different it feels in your hand. The traditional look to the Glock is still there, but they made 20 different modifications to enhance the entire experience. We don’t want to get away from the purpose of this article, so we will only focus on the 5 biggest modifications. 

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NDLC Finish

Every shooter at some point will either drop, scrape or hit their gun, this is why Glock decided to use a technologically advanced ion-bonded finish on the Gen 5. This ion-bonded finish prevents scratching your gun, whether you drop or hit it on other metal objects. It not only extends the life of your gun, but it’s tested the most extreme environments on Earth. This gun will perform whether you’re in Florida with the humidity and heat or in Montana with the extreme cold. After shooting this gun, we are starting to think Glock is close to an indestructible gun!

Glock Marksman Barrel 

The Glock Marksman Barrel (GMB) is engineered specifically with improving accuracy in every shot. The Gen 5 has improved rifling and crown of the barrel to enhance the accuracy of the G19. The shorter distances should be very accurate, regardless of the new-gen addition, but this new barrel specifically impacts distances at 25 meters and beyond. The grouping that you’ll be able to get with this new barrel is noticeable.

No Finger Grooves

A very popular complaint with the majority (until Gen 5) of Glock owners is the grooves set in the grip for your fingers. The finger grooves are designed to enhance traction and keep good placement on the grip. However, these grooves often don’t provide the placement or added traction they’re meant to. The answer with the Gen 5 was to remove the grooves and give each individual shooter their own way of gripping the gun. The Gen 5 provides a more ergonomic and comfortable grip than any previous model. The RTF without finger grooves also gives the shooter more control over recoil by keeping your hands flush with the pistol. 

Pros of the Gen 5:

  • Trigger pull was lightened to 5.84 lbs from 6.29 lbs (makes a difference!)
  • The new finish will extend the life of the gun by years
  • The new fingerless grip adds stability, accuracy, and comfort
  • The new marksman barrel increases your range to at least 25 meters

Cons of the Gen 5:

  • We do not like the stock sights for the G19

Glock 19 Gen 5 Vs. The Sig Sauer P320 RX

One of the best comparisons to the Glock 19 is the Sig P320 RX because of how similar they appear to be. Both guns manufactured incredibly well, as we’d expect nothing less from Sig Sauer and Glock. The Glock 19 Gen 5 is easier to conceal than the P320 RX but is a little heavier. If you’d like to learn more about Sig Sauer or the more compact P365, we have a great resource for you below.

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  Glock Gen 5 Sig Sauer P320 RX
Caliber 9mm Luger 9mm Luger
Weight 1.94 lbs 1.84 lbs
Overall Length 7.28 in 8.0 in
Barrel Length 4.02 in 4.7 in
Width 1.34 in 1.4 in
Magazine capacity 15+1 15+1
Price MSRP $540.00 $750.00

Glock 19 Sights

The standard sights on the Glock 19 are bulky and do not present as good a picture as we’d like.  The night sights are a great way to highlight your target without squinting or putting too much focus into your sight picture instead of your mechanics. We recommend several options to choose from that are better than the stock sights. If you have any concerns with your sight picture, read this blog to help you out.

Glock 19 Accessories

There are so many accessories for the Glock 19 that we couldn’t possibly go over all of them in one blog. However, we can make sure you know exactly where to get the best quality and price for any accessory you might need. We will highlight a couple different accessories that really give you next-level customization.

Glock Pistol Light

Pistol lights are an awesome way to customize your Glock, just remember it will add a little bit of weight and we suggest you practice at a range before carrying it into the world. The Inforce light gives you an incredibly high powered light that will light up distances further than you can accurately shoot. They start at around $115.00, but if you’re going to add a light, this is one to consider.

Glock 19 Gen 4 Compensator

A compensator is used to reduce the recoil, muzzle flip, and need for a threaded barrel. We recommend this for competition shooters or Special Operations forces who need to be able to manipulate the slide with one hand. Adding a compensator cuts the time down, between accurate shots and reloading, but can be a little bulky. Either way, they’re an awesome way to customize your Glock

Conclusion

Glock is an exceptional company that makes some of the best guns in the world. The Glock 19 is one of the top-selling and performing guns trusted by millions of gun owners, from the police to military and even the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). We recommend going with the Glock 19 Gen 5 because of the upgrades and customization you can have with this firearm.

Buying anything except the Gen 5 right now would be like buying the Playstation 1 when you can have the Playstation 5. We don’t see any point in going backward and we don’t want you to overthink this purchase. The Gen 5 will last longer than any other generation Glock and it will perform better on a more consistent level.

Glock 19 Gen 5

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Glock decided to use a technologically advanced ion-bonded finish (NDLC Finish) on the Gen 5. This ion-bonded finish prevents scratching your gun, whether you drop or hit it on other metal objects. It not only extends the life of your gun, but it’s tested the most extreme environments on Earth.

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Compared to Gen 3, the recoil has been fixed with dual spring assembly, there's the option for customizable grips for any sized shooter, and the new RTF grip adds a lot of traction The magazine catch is significantly enlarged as well to accommodate shooters with larger hands.

10 ways to save money on car insurance

Not all insurance providers offer the same discounts. You might be able to save based on mileage with one company and not the other. With that being said, some of the recommendations listed below will not work for everyone, which is only one more reason to shop around.

What You Need To Know

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  • Compare Insurance Providers and their Policies

  • Pay in Full or Bi-Annually

  • Improve your Credit Score

Car Insurance

Geico

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Progressive

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Liberty Mutual

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Esurance

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Let’s face it, insurance costs add up, and often you’ll pay more in insurance over the course of your life than you would if you just paid for issues as they arose. However, car insurance is a requirement, with liability being the minimum in almost every state. With that being said, it doesn’t mean you can’t save a little money along the way. Below are 10 ways to save on car insurance, so you can spend that money elsewhere.

Compare Insurance Providers and their Policies

Okay, we know this is probably the most annoying part about getting coverage, but once it’s over, you’ll thank yourself later for all the money you end up saving. Yes, you’re going to have to deal with an insurance agent who wants to sell you everything, including the kitchen sink when you probably don’t need it. Yes, the representative will most likely try and sell you the most expensive policy they have. Yes, you’re going to have to give up a lot of personal information—and get annoying follow-up calls long after you make your selection. However, in the end, it is worth it to comparison shop.

Some insurance providers charge more than others based on credit score or bad driving habits. What one raises the price drastically on, the other might not, an example of this is a DUI charge. No matter how you look at it, something like a DUI will raise the cost of your insurance premiums. However, one company might charge you an extra few extra $100 for a year, while another will charge you a $1,000 more a year for.

Sadly, most insurance agencies don’t offer this information up-front on their websites, so you’re going to have to call and talk to a real person. You’ll probably be on hold for too long and wonder if you should just go with the easy online application. Yes, you can do that, but you’ll probably end up paying more in the end. So, make sure you compare auto insurance agencies and their policies.

Consider your Deductible

Policies come with a deductible. You’ll pay your monthly premium and then when something happens, you’ll pay more on top of that before you can have your car fixed. Typically, your deductible will be either $500 or $1,000. However, every agency is different. Either way, the larger your deductible, the smaller your monthly premium will be. But, the lower your deductible is, the more you’ll pay on your premium.

This is something you might want to consider if you need smaller payments now or can afford to pay a big lump sum later. This will depend entirely on your financial situation. But, if you can afford it, spending more later will save you more now.

Bundle

Yes, we know, bundling typically involves paying for a bunch of stuff you didn’t need in the first place. Here though, we mean bundle when it makes sense. If you’re already paying for home insurance, personal property insurance, and car insurance, some agencies will give you a bundling discount. For insurance providers who don’t offer anything but auto insurance, if you have more than one car on the policy, you could save money this way as well.

Before you settle on any car insurance, read our blog, Best Car Insurance for Veterans/Military Personnel

Improve your Credit Score

When you hear about credit score, you probably think about a car or home loan. But, did you know it can affect your insurance premiums as well? Some agencies put a little more stock in this than others, but it’s typically a consideration with most providers.

If your credit score is on the lower end of things, you’re likely to pay more on your premium than someone with a higher credit score. If you find that you’ve improved your score over time, you might want to consider talking with an agent to see if they can lower your premium based on your new credit score.

Ask about Discounts

Don’t be shy here, ask about available discounts. Unfortunately, not all agents will be forthcoming about the discounts they provide. Some companies won’t disclose discounts on their websites either. With that being said, ask, because the worst they can do is say, “no, we don’t offer that discount.”

We say ask as well because some insurance providers offer more discounts than others. For example, not all companies provide a safe driver discount, a mileage discount, military discounts, etc. And if you don’t ask, you won’t be able to get an accurate price comparison.

Pay by the Mile

Paying by the mile will probably only save you money if you drive very few miles. For example, let’s say you live a block away from where you work. The grocery store is literally next to your house, and you probably walk a majority of the time. Your family also lives nearby, so you’re not really driving a long distance to go see your loved ones. If this is you, you might not be putting a lot of miles on the car.

Keep in mind, every insurance company is different. Some offer lower prices for varying miles you put on your car while others don’t offer a pay by the mile option at all. If you’re putting a lot of miles on your vehicle, this will not save you money.

Reduce Coverage

If you got one of those agents who sold you the most expensive policy, there’s a chance you’re paying for more than you need. For example, are you the only one driving your car? Many agencies make you pay more for other people driving your vehicle. But, if this isn’t the case with you and there’s no chance anyone will ever drive your car, then you’re paying for something you aren’t using.

Or, maybe you’re paying for more insurance than you need. For example, if you’re paying for insurance that will replace a $20,000 car, but your vehicle only cost $10,000, you’re probably paying for too much coverage.

Maintain Safe Driving Habits

Like we said earlier, not all insurance providers offer a safe driving discount. That doesn’t mean safe driving habits won’t save you money. Some agencies will give you a check if you go so long without filing a claim, and the longer you go accident-free, the more you’ll get back. Or, you’ll simply see your premium drop over time.

Again, not all companies offer this, but if they do, it’s another great way to save a little money. Make sure you ask your agent about this before signing a contract, especially if you think you’d fall into the safe driver category.

In the air about USAA car insurance? Read our blog, Is USAA The Best Car Insurance for Veterans?

Pay in Full or Bi-Annually

Not everyone can afford to pay for their car insurance up-front or even bi-annually. However, if you can, it’s only one more way of saving money in the long-run. Some agencies will give discounts for paying up-front or even bi-annually, so make sure you ask about this saving opportunity, because chances are, you won’t know until you ask.

Safety Features, Location, Car Prices

We went ahead and put this all in one category because the chance of you picking out a car with safety feature because of insurance is unlikely. Moving based on car insurance prices or buying a car based strictly on how much it will cost you in coverage is also unlikely. But, each of these could save you money and have a drastic effect on how much you’re going to pay in insurance.

For instance, the more safety features you have on your car, the more you’re likely to save. This is because safety feature decreases the potential for you to get into an accident.

Where you live will also increase or decreases the chances of accidents. Let’s say you live in a very populated area, you’re more likely to have a collision. Location is also all about other drivers. If you live in an area where statistics say there’s a lot of car thefts or uninsured drivers, you’re going to pay more.

How much your car costs will also increase or decrease your insurance rate. For example, if your car would cost a lot to replace, you will pay more. If your vehicle doesn’t cost that much to replace, you probably won’t be paying as much.

Military Members

For those of you currently serving, some agencies do offer military discounts. USAA and Geico are examples. However, you can also save by storing your car on base while deployed. Talk to a representative if you’re leaving your vehicle behind state-side and no one will be driving it.

Considering USAA or Geico for your car insurance? Read our blog, USAA vs. Geico Car Insurance for Veterans

Geico

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Geico tends to out-perform the rest in their cost-to-value structure. All in all, Geico tends to offer some of the least expensive plans around while still maintaining some quality service. Bottom line, if you’re after the least expensive insurance option available, this is probably your best bet.

Progressive

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Progressive has really upped their game. They offer some of the most services out there, to include a safe driver discount. And with more than 18 million people insured through them, it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing.

Liberty Mutual

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Don’t you just love those Liberty Mutual commercials, “a scratch so small, you could fix it with a pen…why don’t you take that pen and”—shove it up their ass. Okay, they don’t say that last part, but we’re pretty sure you’re thinking about it when dealing with not so friendly car insurance providers. Luckily, Liberty Mutual isn’t that kind of company.

Esurance

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Esurance prides themselves on easy quote access. They also offer a lot of coverage options. Which means you don’t ever have to worry about a lack of protection when it comes to your car.

Allstate

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You’re in good hands with Allstate. And for a company that’s been around for more than 85 years, they don’t plan on dropping the ball anytime soon.

Sig P365 SAS Pistol | 2019 Review

Sig Sauer took the P365 and created a SAS version, which stands for Sig Anti Snag. The P365 SAS resembles the P365 in width, weight, and magazine capacity. However, with the lack of front and rear sights, it becomes smaller in hight. No front sight also leads to a ported barrel, meaning reduced muzzle flip.

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  • The P365 SAS does not come with traditional front and rear sights
  • The P365 SAS was created to have less recoil and muzzle flip
  • The P365 SAS comes with a fiber-titanium night sight

Sig Sauer P365 SAS

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You might not have known this, but Sig Sauer has recently released the new P365 SAS. With one look, you can tell this pistol is quite a bit different than most concealed carry style handguns on the market.

First off, the SAS, which stands for Sig Anti Snag, is true to its name. Everything about this pistol is “anti-snag.” Not only is the magazine release and slide catch made flush with the slide, but there’s no traditional front or rear sight.

The lack of a front sight not only take away a snag point, but it also leads to a ported barrel and slide to reduce recoil and muzzle flip. You can watch the video below if you want to learn how to aim this “sightless” pistol.

Interested in concealed carry insurance? Read our blog, Best Concealed Carry Insurance 2019

P365 SAS Features

  • Flush-Mounted FT Bullseye Fiber-Tritium Night Sight
  • Ported Slide and Barrel for Less Muzzle Flip
  • Flat Controls for Completely Smooth Sides to Reduce Snag Points
  • SIG Anti-Snag Slide Treatment
  • Striker Fired Design with a Clean, Crisp Trigger Pull
  • (1) 10rd Flush and (1) 10-rd Extended Mag Included

Specs

Caliber9mm Luger
Action TypeSemi-Auto
Grip TypeBlack Polymer
Grip ColorBlack
Frame SizeMicro-Compact
Frame MaterialStainless Steel
Slide FinishNitron
Slide MaterialStainless Steel
Barrel MaterialCarbon Steel
Accessory RailN/A
TriggerStriker
Trigger TypeStandard
Barrel Length3.1″
Overall Length5.8″
Overall Width1.0″
Height4.1″
Weight17.8 oz

Pros and Cons of the Sig P365 SAS

The biggest complaint most people are talking about is with the sights, or maybe we should say lack-of. It’s definitely different than what most people are used to. But, without traditional sights, it is truly anti-snag. However, most people are questioning how often a pistol will snag on something because of the front or rear sights.

Fiber-Titanium Night Sight

Pros

  • True to name, it’s anti-snag
  • Light-weight and great for concealed carry
  • 10-round magazine capacity

Cons

  • Some shooters may find getting used to the lack of traditional front and rear sights difficult
  • The lack of a slide release makes one-handed reloads difficult (although, you can use a hard surface to place your muzzle end of the pistol against and rack the pistol this way)

“The P365SAS was designed for the serious CCW user who truly understands the value of smoother draws, faster sight acquisition, and more effective engagements at realistic distances.  This pistol does just that by taking the concept of the SIG Anti Snag (SAS) treatment to a whole new level.  With the incorporation of the FT Bullseye sight embedded into the slide, the P365SAS does away with the need of a primary snag hazard of all pistols…the front sight.  With the assistance of fiber optics during the day and tritium in low light, the user can now obtain a crystal clear high-visibility bullseye sight picture at real-word engagement distances faster than ever before.  The ported barrel and slide results in up to 30% less muzzle flip and zero front sight fouling, since there isn’t one.  The flush slide catch and takedown levers ensure absolute smoothness and zero snag risk.  After shooting the P365SAS, sights will never look the same.”

-Sig Sauer

Slide Release vs. Slingshot

The main controversy with this particular weapon is the inability to release the slide after you’ve shot the last round, using the slide release or slide stop. After firing the last round, the slide should lock to the rear. This is the most obvious way of knowing you’re out of ammo and need to reload during a firefight.

Ported Slide and Barrel

The next step would be to release the empty magazine and replace it with a new magazine, or simply put, reload. If you’re used to shooting the military-style M9 Barretta, you’ll release the slide using the slide release, as with pretty much all pistols of this style. The slide returns and the weapon remains cocked. Because of this, all you have to do is pull the trigger and a new round will fire. However, the Sig P365 SAS was not built for this type of reload. Instead, the shooter must slingshot the pistol.

Slingshotting a pistol typically requires two hands (typically because you can get creative with a hard surface). However, the question here is, how are you supposed to reload and continue in the fight if one of your hands becomes indisposed and there isn’t a hard surface around? Again, you can get creative here, but it takes more time, whereas a slide release would not only be effective, but quicker when you only have one hand.

Smooth Slide

When in a life-threatening, high-stress situation, slingshotting can create some less than ideal situations. For example, when you go to grab the slide and pull it to the rear and charge a new round into the chamber, there is the opportunity to de-cock the handgun. Of course, this does not apply to every pistol on the market, but it is a huge concern. Because when your life is at risk, the last thing you want to do is accidentally create a dead trigger.

With a slide release, the likelihood of accidentally decocking a firearm is minimal. But, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with its own set of cons.

Pros of Using the Slingshot Method

  • You’re left-handed and firing a weapon intended for right-handed shooters

Cons of Using the Slingshot Method

  • It is easier to miss grabbing the slide from over the top
  • You could accidentally de-cock the pistol

Pros of Using the Slide Release Method

  • It consistently works
  • It’s typically quicker to use the slide release than it is to slingshot

Cons of Using the Slide Release Method

  • Can be more difficult for some left-handed shooters (if you had to pick up your battle buddy’s right-handed configured weapon)

At the end of the day, there are pros and cons of both techniques, that doesn’t mean they don’t work. It’s important to find what consistently works for you. And as always, practice, practice, practice.

Difference between the P365 SAS and P365

Compared to the P365, there are some slight differences. Besides the obvious anti-snag, meaning no traditional sights and a flush trigger stop and magazine release. These differences change the hight of the pistol from 4.30″ to 4.10″. Below are the specs for the P365. Overall, you can see, there isn’t much of a difference between the two pistol variations.

P365 Features

  • Slide serrations on front and back
  • Sig Sauer Night Sights
  • 10 or 12 round magazines
  • Modified double stack magazine
  • Smooth 6lb trigger pull
  • Ambidextrous magazine release option
  • Lifetime Warranty

P365 Specs

Length5.80″
Width1.0″
Height4.30″
Weight17.08 oz (empty)
Barrel Length3.10″
FrameStainless Steel
TriggerStriker-fired
Trigger Pull Weight6lbs
Capacity10 or 12-round option
Price$599.99 MSRP

You can read more about the P365 in our blog, P365 Review

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We give the P365 five stars because it provides everything you want in a concealed carry pistol while also offering a 10-round magazine capacity. There's also optional 12 and 15-round extended magazines.

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We give the P365 SAS four stars, compared to the P365, because it limits the reloading options. Yes, anyone can use a hard surface or a second hand to slingshot the pistol, but this typically takes more time, which you might not have. There have also been reports of firing pin issues.

Glock 43 Review

The Glock 43 is designed as a secondary handgun for law enforcement, military, and self-defense environments. Glock wanted to create a gun with the same standard it set for other models (17,19,48) while making it as compact and small as possible. This gun works great for an ankle holster, purse, under a jacket, or on your hip because of its 6 inches in length and only weighing 2 lbs.

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  • Easily allows customization with different triggers, grips, and sights

  • Safe-Action System synonymous with Glock

  • MSRP: $469.00-$700.00 

Glock 43

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Glock 43 Review

The Glock 43 is a Single Stack 9mm Luger pistol that was designed to fit a broad range of shooter profiles. Fully loaded, this pistol only weighs 1.25 lbs and is only 6 inches long, making it one of the most compact pistols on the market. The Glock 43 is easily concealable while never taking away from mobility and comfort. As small as this gun is, it’s made with the same care and attention to detail as the famous Glock 19.

Specs| Glock 43

Price MSRP: $469.00-$700.00                                        Glock 43 9mm Pistol with Night Sights, Black
Weight: Unloaded= 16.2 oz

Loaded= 20.4 oz
Height: 4.2 in
Barrel Length: 3.41 in
Overall Length: 6.2 in
Width: 1.06 in
Magazine Capacity: 6

Features:
· 9mm Luger
· Beaver-Tail Grip
· Single-Stack
· Safe-Action System synonymous with Glock
· Easily allows customization with different triggers, grips, and sights

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What is a Single-Stack 9mm Pistol?

Characteristics such as single-stack and double-stack in the gun world are often thrown around like everyone knows what that means. Luckily, there’s a very simple explanation between the differences between the two. A Single-Stack handgun means the rounds in the magazine are in single-file (one on top of the other), whereas, a double-stack handgun refers to the magazine having rounds staggered. A single-stack gun allows for the gun to be slimmer and much less bulky than a double-stack handgun. The single-stack handgun does limit the amount of ammo you can carry per magazine, while a double stack can carry significantly more ammo. The downside to a double stack would be the increased width and weight relative to the single-stack gun. Hopefully, this will give you an understanding enough to know if you need that extra ammo or you’d like a slimmer, smaller gun.

Glock 43 Explained

The Glock 43 is designed as a secondary handgun for law enforcement, military, and self-defense environments. Glock wanted to create a gun with the same standard it set for other models (17,19,48) while making it as compact and small as possible. This gun works great for an ankle holster, purse, under a jacket, or on your hip because of its 6 inches in length and only weighing 2 lbs.

Glock Safe Action System

The safety in a Glock is a three-part safety system that is designed to operate independently of each other to ensure there are no misfires or inadvertent fires.

Glock Trigger Safety

The first is the safety trigger, which requires the shooter to pull the trigger while depressing the lever at the same time. This safety feature prevents the gun from going off if it’s dropped. At first, a Glock can feel unsafe with no safety switch, but the more you practice with the gun and work with it, the more you’ll understand how safe this trigger lever is.

Firing Pin Safety

The second safety feature is the firing pin safety lever, which blocks the firing pin from striking the bullet until the trigger and safety lever are pull in unison. The best part of this feature is that the trigger has to be pulled back completely for the firing pin to be released from the safety lever. You can also pull the trigger slightly and if you change your mind to fire, you simply release the trigger and the safety pin will remain blocked.

Drop Safety

The drop safety involves the trigger bar preventing the firing pin from moving forward by locking the firing pin to the rear until the trigger and safety lever is pulled in unison. Once the trigger bar is released and the round is fired, all safety features are reengaged, instantly until you repeat the three-step firing mechanism.

Glock 43 Vs. Glock 19

To give you an understanding of the main differences between a Glock 43 and a Glock 19 we created a table below for you to look at. The most significant difference is the magazine capacity and the weight of each gun. If you’re interested in either of these guns, Palmetto State Armory will give you a great deal on either or both.

Glock 43 Glock 19
Weight (loaded) 20.4 oz (1.27 lbs) 30.16 oz (1.85 lbs)
Overall Length 6.2 in 7.3 in
Barrel Length 3.41in 4.02 in
Height 4.2 in 5.04 in
caliber 9mm Luger 9 mm Luger
Magazine Capacity 6+1 15 (standard),17,19,24,31,33
Width 1.06 in 1.26 in
Price $469.00- 700.00 $500.00-900.00

Glock 43 VS. Sig Sauer P320

The debate whether Sig or Glock makes a better gun is similar to asking which game console is better, The Playstation or X-Box. We created this chart to show you the similarities and differences so you can make the best choice for you and your needs. Both companies are incredible gun manufacturers with outstanding reputations. The biggest differences between these two are the weight, length and magazine capacity. Many people can make a case for the Sig with its 15-round magazine, but the Glock 43 is great in terms of size, control, and purpose.

Glock 43 Sig Sauer P320 Compact
Weight (loaded) 20.4 oz (1.27 lbs) 25.3 oz
Overall Length 6.2 in 7.0 in
Barrell Length 3.41 in 3.6 in
Height 4.2 in 5.3 in
Caliber 9mm Luger 9mm Luger
Magazine 6+1 15+1
Width 1.06 in 1.3 in
Price $469.00-700.00 $499.00-800.00

Glock 43 Problems

The first problem with the Glock 43 is the magazine capacity with only 6 rounds. We find this to be the biggest knock on the Glock 43, but we think people are misunderstanding the purpose of this gun. This gun is designed to be a secondary gun or a concealed carry gun that gives you more mobility. We recommend you carry the Glock 19 for an everyday carry gun and use the Glock 43 as a secondary or concealed carry. The second problem with the gun is for men and women with larger hands having trouble handling the gun. Think of Shaq holding a tennis ball and how awkward that looks, but replace a tennis ball with a handgun and it can become difficult to handle for larger adults. The big complaint is bigger shooters tend to pull their shots because their hands wrap so far around the gun. This issue can be solved with practice and potentially different hand or trigger placement. The final issue we have with the Glock 43 isn’t their fault, but it should be addressed, anyway. The Glock 43 is so new that there are not a lot of accessories or attachments available for this gun yet (Relative to other models). Over time, this issue will be fixed, but for now, it’s going to take more time to find the right accessories.

Glock 43 Magazine

The magazine holds 6 rounds, is very easily dropped and changed, and locks into place as good as any other Glock magazine. Although the capacity is smaller than most other Glock’s, the 43 single-stack magazine is what gives this gun an edge. By taking down the capacity, this Glock allows the gun to be even more compact and concealable.

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Glock 43 Sights

The standard sights for the 43 are very diopter sights and provide a big enough sight picture for every kind of shooter. The only change you could make to the sights that would have some benefit would be to get the TRUGLO bright sight.

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Glock Accessories

Accessories on any gun are designed to increase the effectiveness of the gun or simply make the gun more aesthetically pleasing. One thing to think about in choosing whether or not to put accessories on your handgun is, how is it going to make the gun better? If any accessory you want to put on inhibits the effectiveness of the gun, then you should remove it or not put in on in the first place. We are all about making our guns as awesome as they could be, but safety and effectiveness are what will save your life, not whether or not you have a pink or red safety select trigger. With all this being said, we have plenty of options to help enhance your Glock 43.

Grips

The grip of a gun can be the difference between life and death in a self-defense situation or winning and losing a competition. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of gaining and maintain the right grip on your handgun.

Beavertail Grip

A Beavertail grip is a soft rubber sleeve you place on the grip of your gun to increase control of the gun during a fire. These grip sleeves are very comfortable and come in almost every color imaginable and for a very cheap price. We recommend this kind grip for the guys with larger than average hands who have trouble with such a slim and light handgun.

X-Grip

The X-Grip for Glocks is an alternative to the Beavertail and sleeve style grips in that it attaches to the frame of the pistol. This is great for smaller handguns, such as the Glock 42 and 43 because it adds a couple of inches of grip to the frame for more control and support. This is another option for guys with larger hands or for shooters who feel they need more room on the pistol grip.

Holsters

Holsters are often overlooked when buying a gun, but they’re just as integral to safety, functionality, and comfort as anything. We prefer holsters that can handle being dropped, scraped, and thrown around while remaining functional. The following holsters fit everything we look for in a holster for the Glock 43. The Leather WIng below is an excellent fit for most handguns, click on the picture to learn more.

Leather WING™ Holster

MFT Glock 43 Holster

Due to the small size of the Glock 43, you need a specific holster that can fit the gun, the MFT is the one we prefer. It’s ambidextrous and fits either inside or outside your waistband, which gives you more options for each shooter’s comfort. Coming in at $50.00 for a new holster, this is a great price for what you get out of it. With some holsters on the market, you will have trouble fitting guns into them if you have added anything to the gun. TFT thought about this and made sure to give extra room for sights or optics that you may want to add.

Galco’s World Best Concealment Holster

This holster is specifically designed for optimal concealment in your waistline while providing easy access and comfort. The holster has two snaps that can easily be attached and removed without worrying about drawing too much attention yourself. This holster is a little more expensive at $125.00, but if you want a concealed carry holster, this is a great one to choose. The only negative about this holster is it’s only made for right-handed shooters. Hopefully, this issue will be fixed soon and lefties can feel a bit more included.

Conclusion

The Glock 43 is an excellent concealable gun that provides great combination control, weight, and size. With only a 6 round capacity, the Glock 43 can be shied away from by most self-defense gun owners. However, the overall functionality of the gun makes up for the small magazine size. With many aftermarket accessories to choose from, you can customize this gun enough to turn any negative into a positive. The Glock 43 is also highly recommended for smaller shooters, such as most women and men with smaller hands. Whether you’re an experienced or beginner shooter, you’ll have everything you’re looking for in a dependable and accurate handgun.

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The Glock 43 is an excellent concealable gun that provides great combination control, weight, and size.

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The Glock 19 is a larger handgun than the Glock 43 and holds more rounds. The 19 works great as a self-defense weapon.

Veterans Could Receive an Extra Year of GI Bill Benefits

If you don’t recall, way back when, there was the creation of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. When this was implemented, military members who qualified for GI Bill benefits could elect to receive either the Mongomery or Post 9/11, but not both.

Many service members and veterans chose to go with the 36 months of Post 9/11 because it includes a monthly housing stipend as well as a $500/semester or $1000/year total for books.

However, because of a recent decision from the federal court, qualifying veterans and current service members may get the option of extending their educational benefits an extra year.

This could work by having veterans who are under post 9/11 switch to Mongomery once it is completed. However, there is also talk of being able to switch freely between the two until all benefits are used up.

The Judicial panel did rule in a 2-1 decision, according to Military Times, saying double-dipping would be prohibited. This means that an eligible recipient could not use both the Post 9/11 and Mongomery GI Bill at the same time.

Currently, what has been happening for members who relinquished their Mongomery benefits is reimbursement for what they paid into the program. For example, if a service member entered under the Mongomery GI Bill, they would have paid $1,200. However, once the Post 9/11 GI Bill came out, there was no payment required from eligible individuals. If the member chose to switch over to the Post 9/11 option, they first have to use up all benefit under that program before receiving reimbursement of the $1,200 they paid into the Mongomery GI Bill.

Unfortunately, not all qualifying service members and veterans know about this reimbursement. If this was you, it is a simple matter of using up all Post 9/11 benefits and then calling the VA for reimbursement.

However, if the use of both Mongomery and Post 9/11 GI Bills are authorized, there could be some big changes to the reimbursement option.

Our Guide to the Best 9mm ammo

As much attention as we put on the reliability of a gun, it’s equally important to trust your ammo. Many people ask, “Is there a difference in ammo reliability?” Our answer is a simple, but resounding YES, it’s important to purchase ammo you trust.

What You Need To Know

RE Factor Tactical Buyer's Guide
  • More expensive ammo doesn't necessarily mean better quality
  • Purchase ammo from trusted manufacturers to avoid issues
  • Steel ammunition can harm your gun

9mm Ammo

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Ammunition is often the most overlooked aspect of owning and firing a gun, but hopefully, this article will give you some perspective on why it’s so important to know what you’re shooting. How many times have you went to the store and bought the cheapest ammo available because you know it works in your gun? We know we’ve all been guilty of this at some point in our lives, however, we want to make sure you are getting everything you can out of your ammo. 

 

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Our Rating Criteria

All of our ammo is rated based on reliability, accuracy, price, and penetration. The ammo below has been highly rated in all 4 of these categories. 

Reliability

As much attention we put on the reliability of a gun, it’s equally important to trust your ammo. Many people ask, “Is there a difference in ammo reliability?” Our answer is a simple, but resounding YES, it’s important to purchase ammo you trust. Some ammunition companies do not have the same attention to detail as others and the result is multiple malfunctions and accuracy issues. The ammo we rate below is well made, trustworthy, and stays consistent from gun to gun.

Accuracy

Many gun owners attribute accuracy to the gun and the ability to handle the gun, however, every expert knows that ammo has a factor in how accurate the shot is. Everything from bullet weight and casing type to the velocity of the round impacts’ accuracy.

Penetration

The penetration of a bullet is something to consider for self-defense guns because some bullets will easily pass through a target and hit something or someone who was not intended to be shot. Our ideal penetration is no more than 18 inches. Anything over 18 inches will most likely cause the round to go straight through and possibly increase collateral damage. Our rounds are designed to penetrate at least 12 inches to make sure you not only hit your target, but you stop your target from potentially harming you.

Price

The price of ammo is something we always need to pay attention to because some of the best ammo on the market can put a dent in your pocketbook. We are rating some of the best ammo money can buy, but we also focus on more economical ammo that performs well. Prices typically range from $0.20 per round to $0.40 per round. The ammo pushing $0.40 per round is typically made for competition shooters and often time is hollow point rounds.

 

 

Top Ammo| 9mm Luger 147 GR XTP

Specs:                                                                        
Price MSRP: $0.44 per round
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Bullet Weight: 147 Gr
Casing Type: Nickel and/or Brass
Velocity: 900 FPS

Pros:
· Relatively heavy round gives it great stopping power
· Lower velocity places the round in between the 12-18 inches penetration depth.
· XTP has always been known for its incredible accuracy.
· Price is relatively high, but worth it for law enforcement and self-defense purposes

Why You Should Buy It

You should buy this bullet for your everyday carry gun and if you’re law enforcement and need to rely on your weapon system. Competitive shooters also rave about this round due to its accuracy and reliability after hundreds of rounds put through it.

 

Runner Up| 9mm Luger 124 GR XTP

Specs:
Price MSRP: $0.42 per round
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Bullet Weight: 124 GR
Casing Type  Nickel and/or Brass
Velocity: 1014 FPS

Pros:
· Very accurate
· Phenomenal price
· 124 GR is believed to be the best weight for extended use

Why You Should Buy It

This bullet came in second only because it could have more penetration due to its velocity and lower weight. Any law enforcement officer, competitive shooter, self-defense shooter, and a hunter can use this round with impeccable accuracy and reliability. We have put thousands of these rounds through our pistols and have always been satisfied.

 

2nd Runner Up| X-DEF 9mm Luger 124 GR +P

Specs:
Price MSRP: $0.49 per round
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Bullet Weight: 124 GR
Casing Type: Brass
Velocity: 1125 FPS

Pros:
· Designed specifically for maximum penetration and accuracy (12-18 inches)
· 99% weight retention for every round!
· You’ll receive 50 rounds for roughly the same price as 20-25 rounds
· Hollow-point round makes this the perfect self-defense round

Why You Should Buy It

We recommend this bullet for the self-defense shooter who needs a reliable round that is easy on the wallet. Even after hundreds of rounds put through our pistols, this bullet shoots very clean and provides great reliability.

Best Cheap  9mm Ammo

Ammunition can be very expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. You can still buy high-quality ammo at a lower price than you have before if you do your homework. Luckily for you, we’ve done the work so you don’t have to.

Top Ammo| American Steel 9mm 115 GR RN

Specs:
Price MSRP: $0.20 per round
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Bullet Weight: 115 GR
Casing Type: Steel
Velocity: 1120 FPS

Pros:
· 50 rounds for $10 cannot be beat
· Perfect for plinking
· American made steel helps the economy

Why You Should Buy It

I would buy this bullet if I wanted a dependable and accurate plinking round. This ammo is great for being able to practice and hone your skills as a shooter. You could buy 100 rounds of American Steel ammo for the same price you could buy 25-50 rounds of other ammo.

Runner Up| 9mm 124 GR RN REMAN

Specs:
Price MSRP: $0.20 per round
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Bullet Weight: 124 GR
Casing Type: Brass
Velocity: 1065 FPS

Pros:
· The 124 GR provides a little more power than the 115 GR
· Great for plinking
· Great for practicing

Why You Should Buy It

You should buy this round if you want to practice with 124 GR without spending more money. We highly recommend this round for any 9mm gun you own. It will shoot clean and accurate enough to hit your target. We wouldn’t carry this round in our everyday carry gun, but we like to get our range time in with it.

Second Runner Up| 9mm Luger 147 GR RN REMAN

Specs:
Price MSRP: $0.22 per round
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Bullet Weight: 147 GR
Casing Type: Brass
Velocity: 925 FPS

Pros:
· Heavier round generally provides more control and accuracy
· Bullets are thoroughly inspected with precision and uniformity
· Practicing with a heavier weighted round gives the shooter a gauge on what’s best for them.

Why You Should Buy It

You should buy this round if you’re wanting to practice with a heavier round. Freedom Munitions offers this reman 147 gr. round to give each shooter the option to practice with a traditionally more expensive round with a much lower price point.

Best ammo with Suppressor

A suppressor is used for situations that require you to be quiet, stealthy, and for most people, it looks cool. What a lot of people don’t understand is that the type of ammo you have can have a major impact on how your suppressor performs. Some rounds cause your suppressor to be louder than you want, while others impact the accuracy and cleanliness of your gun.

Top Ammo| Hush-9mm Luger 147 GR RN

Specs:
Price MSRP: $0.36 per round
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Bullet Weight: 147 GR
Casing Type: Brass
Velocity: 870 FPS

Pros:
· Subsonic round designed for suppressors
· Clean and accurate
· Very affordable

Why You Should Buy It

You should buy this gun if you’re interested in a suppressor. This is the best suppressor specific ammunition on the market. No other ammo is as clean, accurate, and reliable than Hush from Freedom Munitions. The subsonic designed round significantly reduces sound, whereas other rounds do not have this capability.

Honorable Mention| ProMatch-9mm Luger 124 GR HP

Specs:
Price MSRP: $0.38 per round
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Bullet Weight: 124 GR
Casing Type: Brass
Velocity: 1063 FPS

Pros:
· Extremely accurate
· ProMatch guarantees quality for their rounds
· Shoots very clean with no jamming after heavy use
· Best priced match grade ammo

Why You Should Buy It

You should buy this round if you need a peace of mind about quality in your ammo. We recommend this round for competition shooters who must have the highest quality match grade ammo. The price you’d spend on other companies for match grade ammo is much higher than we offer at Freedom Munitions.

Best All-Purpose Ammo| ProMatch-9mm Luger 135 GR HP

Specs:

Price MSRP: $0.40 per round                    Image result for 9mm hollow point
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Bullet Weight: 135 GR
Casing Type: Brass
Velocity: 990 FPS

Pros:
· Extremely accurate
· ProMatch guarantees quality for their rounds
· Best priced match grade ammo
· Heavier round with slower velocity is designed to maintain pinpoint accuracy

Why You Should Buy It

You should buy this round if you like match grade ammo and you want your rounds a little heavier. We recommend this bullet for competition shooters and an everyday carry bullet. This round is versatile, has good penetration, and the hollow point maximizes damage in self-defense situations.

Where Else Can I buy Great Ammo?

We understand there are a lot of companies to choose from and we appreciate your business more than you know. However, sometimes they sell out of specific ammo and sometimes you just want to try different brands. We recommend going with Palmetto State Armory for a great alternative to what they have at Freedom Munitions.

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Conclusion
With all the different companies selling ammunition, it can be difficult to determine which ammo is good and what should be avoided. Freedom Munitions believes in their product enough to guarantee its customers the best. Whether you want the XTP or ProMatch, they claim to have something for every shooter in mind. They say not only do they love to hear what their customers think about their selection of ammo but if you have any questions, they don’t want you to hesitate in contacting them to ask.

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Freedom Munitions believes in their product enough to guarantee its customers the best. Whether you want the XTP or ProMatch, they claim to have something for every shooter in mind.

Palmetto State Armory

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We understand there are a lot of companies to choose from and we appreciate your business more than you know. However, sometimes they sell out of specific ammo and sometimes you just want to try different brands. Palmetto State Armory is a good alternative to what they have at Freedom Munitions.

Outdoor Research

There’s really nothing quite like the great outdoors. If you’re looking to escape this busy world for a few hours or a few days, mother nature has everything you need to help slow down a chaotic life.

Now, you can either truly rough it and go out there with nothing but a knife and your knowhow, or you could be like most people, and help make your bond with nature that much more enjoyable, as well as memorable, with good, quality gear. Because there’s nothing like being out in the middle of nowhere, 10 or 20 miles from your car and your flashlight you purchased on the way to the trail gives out in the first five minutes. Or, you find out that -20 degree sleeping back is more like a 45 degree sleeping back and you freeze your balls off all weekend. That’s why we advise you research gear before you make the investment because gear isn’t cheap.

So, if you’re not planning to rough it, make sure you get your money’s worth before your trip out in the wilderness. With that being said, a great company to look at for your outdoor adventures is Outdoor Research because they’re more than an outdoor retailer trying to take all your money.

Outdoor Research: More than a Retailer

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History of Outdoor Research

You can easily find this information on Outdoor Research’s website, but just a quick overview. The company was started by a scientist named Ron Gregg who was out on an adventure with his friend. His friend’s gaiters had a malfunction which Gregg knew should have never happened. The failure caused his friend to suffer from frostbite and needing an airlifted off of a glacier in Denali. As a result, Gregg decided he not only wanted to continue pursuing his love of the outdoors but create quality gear in the making. Gregg ended up quitting his job and starting what we all know now as Outdoor Research, which creates just about everything for your outdoor adventure.

Why Outdoor Research is more than an Outdoor Retailer

Big companies tend to make big money. But, few take that big money and contribute it to a multitude of programs dedicated to helping the community. Not only does Outdoor Research work with non-profits to help make this world a little better, but they also have donation programs dedicated to helping veterans and family members who lost a loved one as a part of their military service. Programs like Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors and Homes for our Troops are two of the nine programs Outdoor Research donates to. On top of that, they work with 20 non-profits to help educate the public and support the thing they’re most passionate about—next to quality gear—Mother Nature.

Outdoor Research and the Military

Outdoor Research has actually provided gear to our military forces, which is something you might not have known.  Now, before you start saying things like, “oh, they must have been the lowest bidder, and therefore don’t have quality gear.” You should know that some of the members in this office were recipients of this said gear and had nothing but good things to say about the products they were issued, which is a pretty rare thing to hear about anything the military issues its troops.

Core Values

Outdoor Research actually has a pretty solid set of core values as well, something you might not necessarily hear about outside of the military. What we like about their values, there’s nothing in them about making money. It’s all based on making things better for the adventurer, based on what they hear from you. And we think they have it right. No, it’s not always about making the next cool piece of equipment. Sometimes it’s about taking what we already have and making it better for the consumer. Too often, companies get hung up on their products and refuse to make changes because, “that’s just the way it is, if you don’t like it, go somewhere else.” Instead, they’re willing to make changes where they need to be made while leaving the stuff that’s working alone.

Core Mission

To Provide Innovation and Inspiration for the Relentless Adventurer.

Core Beliefs

A Culture of Respect — We listen, value and empower each other and our fellow adventures while striving to protect the planet we live on.

Innovation That Works — Make it better, not just new or different.

Improve Every Day — Sweat the details and strive to be better in everything we do.

Beauty in Function — Create differentiation through clean, simple solutions.

The Power of the Journey — Through challenges we grow, and have fun along the way.

Outdoor Research: Things we can really get behind

Outdoor Ambassadors

Outdoor Research also supports a pretty solid group of athletes—no, not football. From athletes in outdoor sports such as paddling, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, alpine, to ice climbing, they really get behind their athletes who are doing more than playing a sport for money. Athletes like Margo Talbot who spends time not only talking about but also writing and teaching people how to climb. She wants to get people out and active in a sport she says literally saved her life. She, of course, is just one example of the type of athletes Outdoor Research supports.

#SheAdventures

#SheAdventures is another remarkable program Outdoor Research started to help not only spotlight some incredible women athletes but to help empower other women to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors. The program also helps educate women with technical skills needed in their outdoor sport as well as giving them the confidence to participate.

If you weren’t already aware, they have an adventure scholarship they give away every year. This year it was a guided climb of Mt. Rainer. Unfortunately, it’s too late to apply for that one, but there’s nothing saying you can’t give it a go next year.

If that’s not your cup of tea, they also do a monthly selection on Instagram for women out there inspiring the rest of us with their outdoor adventure photography. Tag your Instagram photo with #SheAdventures, and you might find yourself as one of the featured monthly winners on their website.

We Can Grant

Did you know, Outdoor Research also has a grant they give away to help develop programs started by individuals trying to improve the outdoors? If you’re trying to keep public land accessible to fellow adventurers, trying to improve land, so it’s a better experience, attempting to introduce underserved communities to the great outdoors, then your program might just qualify for a $10,000 grant to help improve the outdoor experiences within your community.

What else Outdoor Research has to Offer

Tactical Equipment

Remember way back when, at the beginning of this article, where we said something along the lines of them having almost everything? Well, they didn’t stop at gear for the outdoor adventurer, they also make tactical-style clothing; fleece gloves, multi-cam jackets, and long underwear you can put under your uniform, just to name a few, are all sold by Outdoor Research, which might explain why they’ve been known to provide gear to our military troops.

 

Infinite Guarantee®

You won’t find many retailers out there who do a lifetime guarantee, especially on outdoor gear. Whether you need to replace your equipment because of a defect in the material, a product failure, or workmanship, Outdoor Research will replace it. However, this does not mean they will replace items that were used outside of their intended use or for normal wear and tear. Even still, replacing defective gear whether you purchased it 30 days ago or 10 years ago is pretty awesome.

Even more good news, let’s say you didn’t actually purchase your gear through Outdoor Research, so long as it’s made by them, your Infinite Guarantee still applies.

Free Shipping

Yet another deal Outdoor Research offers is their free shipping. Currently, if you spend over $99—which we all know isn’t hard to do, because you’ll probably spend that much on a jacket alone—you’ll get free shipping.

A second way to save money, along with free shipping is through their refer-a-friend program. When you refer a friend, not only do they get the option of saving $20, but you do too.

Outdoor Education

Verticulture

If Outdoor Research isn’t doing enough to get your attention, they also have staff dedicated to educating the community and the entire Internet. Verticulture is their blog, where they post lots of great resources and information on things like how to get started alpine climbing or a guide to packrafting.