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Reality Based Training vs. Theory Based Training | Put it in your Toolbox

Any of us who have participated in multiple tactical training scenarios, regardless of the schoolhouse, has probably received conflicted training.  One schoolhouse may advocate the “c” clamp when holding a rifle while others push using a forward grip.  Some instructors stand in front of their students and advocate a particular tactic that they believe will revolutionize the way we conduct warfare and spend every second trying to make you a believer. In contrast, others just focus on having you master the basics.

 

 

In the end, all tactical training is based on either reality-based training, theory-based, or a combination of the two. So what’s the difference between the two?

Reality-Based Training

Leading up to Iraq and Afghanistan, most of the training provided to the military was theory-based training.  This is because we hadn’t participated in a real war in quite a long time.  With the onset of the war on terrorism came the realization that most of the theory-based training we had been providing our soldiers was flawed.  This lead to more reality-based training.  Examples of this include the use of IVs on combat casualties.  The idea here was to push fluids to help replace lost blood in the event of major hemorrhaging.

 

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However, during Iraq and Afghanistan, medics saw that in reality, massive fluid replacement often caused blood clots to break, and they soon advocated using a MARCH (massive hemorrhage, airway, respiratory, circulation, hypothermia, head trauma) method when treating casualties.  This included the much-contested use of a tourniquet and addressing massive bleeders before airway. The use of IVs has now become more of a hospital task rather than a task of a combat medic unless it’s dealing with dehydration.  While some medics are still using IVs in the field, it doesn’t take the same precedence as it did in the past.   This initial idea to use IVs came from studies of previous conflicts combined with modern medicine breakthroughs and a good injection of theory as to what would happen.  Reality set in when medics were treating a large number of casualties and saw that the use of IVs wasn’t as beneficial as once thought.

 

Another example of reality-based training is close-quarters battle or CQB.  This is possibly the most contested and varied training available.  The training I received when I entered service 15 years ago is drastically different than it is today.  The training was primarily based on theory, and people made up solutions to what they thought would happen in a CQB setting.  As Iraq and Afghanistan kicked off the training drastically changed and still changes often as our enemies and we refine our TTPs. Theory is being replaced with reality.

Theory-Based Training

Theory-based training is still very prevalent in most schoolhouses.  One of the biggest users of theory-based training is civilian instructors.  The reason is that they are providing a product that they want you to buy.

 

 

Here their product is a specific tactic or warfighting technique.  Their goal is essentially to brand their tactic as something different and unique that will cause other students to come and learn their new innovative technique.  The issue is that the tactic they are putting out is often based on theory and could be flawed.  Now that’s not an absolute statement about civilian schoolhouses, it just tends to happen a lot.

Theory-based training is also found in the military quite often.  This happens when an NCO or officer has been trained on something based on theory.  They then train their troops who pass down the information to their troops and so forth.  This trend isn’t broken until reality-based training is interjected into the process.

How do we approach reality-based training vs. theory-based training?

When you go to a  schoolhouse, it’s important to enter it with an open mind and some skepticism.  If you are drinking the Kool-Aid right off the bat, you are setting yourself up for failure.  With any training, you should be there to find what works best for you.  While you might shoot best when holding a forward grip handle halfway down your rifle, someone else might do well with a “c” clamp grip.  Here neither technique is necessarily better or worse overall as it comes down to which one works best for the user.

In the same manner, we approach all training as another tool to put in the toolbox. What works in one situation may not work in the next; it’s best to have several techniques to choose from. The downside to training being varied from schoolhouse to schoolhouse or training center to the next is, everyone has something different. Someone else might not know about something that works for you. And when you’re thrown into a situation with someone you’ve never trained with, things could get a little messy. Whereas, if the training were universal, at least everyone would have the same tools and could work together.

It’s like having a foreign car. It requires specific tools. The car still runs great and shares the road like everyone else, but not every tool can work to keep in running like it should. You have to take it to a specialized mechanic, you’re required specific parts, and not everyone has the knowledge or the tools needed to work on the car.

Top 5 10mm Auto Pistols| Definitive Guide Before You Buy

 

 

 

 

The 10mm cartridge was first designed by for the F.B.I. in 1983 as a standard-issue service pistol with greater stopping power and better ballistics than the 9mm and .45 ACP. The problem with the original 10mm chambered pistols was the recoil was too strong and the pistols were too big for agents with smaller hands. As the F.B.I. started to do away with the 10mm as their service pistol, they had trouble finding a caliber that could have better accuracy than .45 ACP and better recoil control and stopping power than the 9mm. As we fast forward to 2020, there are numerous companies that produce phenomenal pistols chambered in 10mm. Our goal today is to show you the best 10mm pistols on the market today, such as the Glock 20, Glock 29, Ruger Super Redhawk, Sig Sauer P220, and the Colt Delta Elite.

What Is The Purpose of a 10mm Pistol?

Many people question the purpose of having a 10mm pistol when the ballistics of the .45 ACP and 9mm are much better than they used to be. A 10mm chambered pistol is not going to be the best option for a concealed carry weapon (CCW). Most 10mm pistols are heavier, longer, and wider than any of the top CCW’s you’ll find on the market today. The best use for this pistol is to use in a hunting application or as a hiking pistol, especially in the mountains. A 10mm has more energy than the .357 Magnum and often comes in a smaller frame than the bigger Magnum revolvers. If you’re hunting in areas with Mountain Lion, Bear, Wolves, Moose, or Elk, you have to understand that a 9mm pistol is only going to piss those animals off. I’ve seen a bear shake off 9mm bullets like they were bbs and unless you hit them in a vital organ, you’re going to be punished with your life if that bear charges you. A 10mm bullet can be fired from further distances and provides the stopping power to ensure you humanely kill your prey.

Glock 20 Gen 4

The Glock 20 is similar to the Glock 29 with firing the 10mm bullet and the always-impressive ergonomics of the Glock pistols. However, the Glock 20 is relatively huge with an 8.07″ overall length and 4.61″ barrel. The Glock 20 is built with the Glock Hi-Tech polymer to significantly reduce the felt-recoil and increase the durability of the gun. It’s built with a reversible mag catch to accommodate left-handed shooters. Similar to all Gen-4 models, the Glock 20 comes with the Modular Backstrap System (small, medium, large) to cut down on the overall size of this powerful pistol. To me, the Glock 20 separates itself with its exceptional accuracy due to its relatively long line of sight and larger frame. The longer line of sight makes it easier for the shooter to aim down the sights and fire accurately, especially at longer ranges (50-60 yards). The Glock 20 is heavier because it allows the felt-recoil to be absorbed by the polymer frame, instead of your hands.

Specs:

Weight  1.72 lbs
Weight w/unloaded mag 1.92 lbs
Weight w/loaded mag 2.49 lbs
Height 5.51″
Barrel Length 4.6″
Overall Length 8.07″
Slide Length 7.6″
Caliber 10mm Auto
Magazine Capacity 10/15
Trigger Pull Weight 28 N/ 6.29 lbs of force
Overall Width 1.34″
Slide Width 1.12″
Trigger Distance 2.85″
Line of Sight (Polymer) 6.77″
Line of Sight (steel) 6.73″
Line of Sight (GNC) 6.69″
Safety Safe Action
MSRP  $580.00


Where Can I Buy The Glock 20?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Armslist
  4. Utah Gun Exchange
  5. Cabelas
  6. RK Guns

 

 

Glock 20 10mm Gen 4 Pistol ‒ PG2050203

 

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Sig Sauer P220

The P220 Legion is built with a relatively long barrel (5″) and is almost 9″ in overall length, in order to provide a comfortable shooting pistol. The slide and frame are finished in the Cerakote® Elite grey finish to provide unequaled hardness, abrasion-resistance, and lubricity (friction-reducing inside the barrel). The grip is made with the custom G-10 grips for maximum retention and greater ability to shed water, dirt, sweat. I’ve always loved the idea of a manual safety lever, which can be easily flipped on and off without changing your grip or removing your hand from the pistol. It’s also built with the highly visible SIG SAUER Electro-Optics X-RAY day/night sights for quick and easy target identification. The P220 comes with 8 rounds and if you buy from Sig, you’ll receive 3 8-round mags with your purchase (saves you about $30). The best features are in the grip and trigger assembly because Sig provides the shooter with the best ergonomics of any of the 10mm pistols. I’m not a fan of the _Sait trigger, but the X-Five undercut in the trigger guard and the beavertail on the backstrap allow me to reach up as high into the grip as I want. This gives me incredible control for such a big and heavy pistol.

Specs:

Weight 2.75 lbs
Height 5.5″
Barrel Length 5″
Overall Length 8.8″
Sight Radius 7″
Caliber 10mm Auto
Magazine Capacity 8
Overall Width 1.3″
Slide Width 1.4″
Safety Manual
MSRP  $1,600

Where Can I Buy The Sig Sauer P220?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. RK Guns

 

 

Sig Sauer P220 10mm Kryptek Pistol

 

 

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Glock 29 Gen 4

The Glock 29 is very similar to the Glock 20, but the 29 is more than an inch shorter in length and height than the 20. The smaller gun allows you to conceal carry a 10mm pistol, which you just don’t see very often. The Glock 29 is also a half-pound lighter when fully loaded, which doesn’t sound like a big deal, but if you’re carrying it all day, you’d notice for sure. All Glock 10mm pistols are built with a heavier 6.29 lbs of the trigger pull, most likely due to the size and power of the 10mm bullet. As you can see in the video below, the Glock 29 does come with more felt-recoil than the Glock 20. Personally, I’d rather carry the Glock 29 if I were using it mainly to hike in the Rockies or forests across the country. However, I’d rather have the Glock 20 if I were living in Alaska and wanted to ensure I had the smoothest shot possible. A lot of people don’t realize that the Apex Predators in Alaska are bigger than they are in the “lower 48”.

Specs:

Weight 1.52 lbs
Weight w/unloaded mag 1.68 lbs
Weight w/loaded mag 2.04 lbs
Height 4.53″
Barrel Length 3.78″
Overall Length 6.97″
Slide Length 6.77″
Caliber 10mm Auto
Magazine Capacity 10/15
Trigger Pull Weight 28 N/ 6.29 lbs of force
Overall Width 1.38″
Slide Width 1.12″
Trigger Distance 2.85″
Line of Sight (Polymer) 5.91″
Line of Sight (steel) 5.87″
Line of Sight (GNC) 5.83″
Safety Safe Action
MSRP  $585.00

WHERE CAN I BUY THE GLOCK 29?

  1. Rk Guns
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Armslist
  4. Palmetto State Armory

 

Glock 29 Gen 4 10mm Pistol, Black PG2950201

 

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Colt Delta Elite

There are not many companies in the world that can bring a sense of nostalgia like Colt 1911 can do. The Colt Delta Elite 1911 is made for hunters or Alaskans that are likely to encounter a bear, wolves, elk, moose, or Mountain Lion. At 2.3 lbs it’s heavier than the Glock 29 by a full pound and is going to be very difficult to conceal an 8.5″ gun. I recommend shooting the 155-grain bullets from this pistol because it seems to feed better than the 185-grain bullets. The safety features include a manual safety lever and a grip safety for an added security feature. If you’re a lefty, I recommend against this pistol because it’s much more awkward for us to use the safety and I hate having to cross my hands to secure my pistol. The Colt Delta Elite is still an absolutely beautiful and effective 10mm that you’ll be incredibly happy with.

Specs:

Weight  2.3 lbs
Height 5.5″
Barrel Length 5″
Overall Length 8.5″
Caliber 10mm Auto
Magazine Capacity 8+1
Trigger Pull Weight 2
Overall Width 1.25″
Safety Firing Pin Block
MSRP  $1,299.00

 

Where Can I Buy The Colt Delta Elite?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Armslist
  4. Utah Gun Exchange

 

Colt Delta Elite Rail 10mm Pistol - O2020RG

 

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Ruger Super Redhawk

The Ruger Super Redhawk Is not only beautiful, but it’s also incredibly capable of carrying for hunting or competition shooting purposes. The Super Redhawk provides a rare combination of size, power, dependability, and accuracy. Most of these features are made possible by the triple-locking cylinder (front, bottom, and rear), which ensures the cylinder is always in perfect alignment with the barrel. The barrel is cold hammer-forged to ensure the barrel is free of debris and doesn’t corrode or warp the barrel over time. The safety is built into the hammer with a transfer bar that increases the weight it takes to pull the trigger. This feature prevents accidental discharges from drops or banging the gun on trees and rocks during a hunt or hike.

Specs:

Weight  3.31 lbs
Height 5.8″
Barrel Length 7.5″
Overall Length 13″
Caliber 10mm Auto
Magazine Capacity 6 rounds
Trigger Pull Weight about 7 lbs of force
Safety Firing pin block
MSRP $850.00

Where Can I Buy The Ruger Super Redhawk?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Bass Pro Shops

 

Ruger Super Redhawk 10mm 6.5" Revolver - 5524

 

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Conclusion

10mm pistols aren’t very common, but they can offer us a way to carry a pistol with .357 Magnum stopping power, without carrying the big bulkiness of a .357 Magnum. My top recommendation would be the Glock 20 because it’s long enough to stabilize the felt-recoil, gives you a longer line of sight for better accuracy, and it comes with the Glock name. However, the Sig P220 feels better in your hand, has better sights, and comes with a thumb safety for the added confidence in your security. If you’re looking for something with the most nostalgia and beauty, then the Ruger Super Redhawk is the gun for you. The Glock 29 is probably the only 10mm pistol that I would recommend trying to conceal carry because it’s the smallest and shortest on the list. With advantages to each pistol, you’ll have to figure out which one fits your purpose the best and be assured that any of these pistols will make you a happy camper.

Top 5 Rifle Scopes For Hunting| Guide Before You Buy

I’ve been told by some of the most experienced long-range shooters we have in our country that your glass should always be twice the cost of your gun. Obviously, people can spend much less and be very effective and accurate hunters. However, most hunting rifles are going to be anywhere from $400-$2,000, but the best ones are around $1,000. If you’re going to spend the money on a top of the line rifle, you mine as well spend the money for the best scope too. Every Leupold, Vortex, and Sig Sauer scope listed below will be good for either mid-range or long-range shooting/hunting. They may not be the most affordable, but they’re all home-run riflescopes that will make you a happy hunter.

1. Leupold Mark 6 3-18x 44 RFP 34 MM Riflescope W/Illuminated TMR Reticle

The Leupold Mark 6 is the best riflescope I’ve ever seen with features that make hunting easier and more comfortable. Starting with the Front Focal Point (FFP), which magnifies the reticle along with the image in the sight picture. This allows you easily estimate range, regardless of your magnification setting by illuminating the reticles for a precise sight picture. Another great feature is the Mark 4 Dial Illumination control, which displays clear numerical illumination intensity levels for complete domination in the Golden Hour of hunting (last hour of daylight). My favorite feature is the Twilight Max HD Light Management system because it gathers enough light at sundown to give you an additional 30 minutes of hunting. It also eliminates 90% of glare from stray light to provide the most HD sight picture available.

Specs:

Weight (oz) 23.60
Linear FOV (ft/100 yd) – Low 36.80
Linear FOV (ft/100 yd) – High 6.30
Length (in) 11.90
Eye Relief (in) – Low 3.80
Eye Relief (in) – High 3.90
Objective Diameter (in) 1.70
Elevation Adjustment Range (MOA) 100.00
Windage Adjustment Range (MOA) 50.00
Magnification 3-18
Tube Diameter 34mm
MSRP $2,850.00

 

Why Should I Buy The Leupold Mark 6 3-18x 44 RFP 34 MM Riflescope W/Illuminated TMR Reticle?

If you’re going to spend $3,000 on. riflescope, you’d like to know that it’s durable and will last as long as you need it to. Leupold uses their recoil simulation machine, called the Punisher to test the durability of the scope. Each scope is designed to withstand 5,000 impacts from the punisher to simulate 3x the recoil of a .308 rifle. The lens is specifically designed to the highest MilSpec requirements to ensure that you’ll ever have a scratch on your lens. The Mark 6 is 100% water-proof, shock-proof, and fog-proof to work effectively in any environment you’ll ever find yourself in. If all this isn’t enough, the Mark 6 has a 6:1 magnification ratio for mid-range to long-range shooting or hunting applications. There is no doubt in my mind that if you can afford this scope, you’ll never regret it.

Where Can I Buy The Leupold Mark 6 3-18x 44 RFP 34 MM Riflescope W/Illuminated TMR Reticle?

 

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Amazon
  3. Sport Optics
  4. Bass Pro Shops
  5. Gun Broker

 

Leupold Mark 6 3-18x44 RFP 34mm Riflescope with Illuminated TMR Reticle - 119214

 

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2. Leupold Mark 5HD 5-25x56mm Riflescope

The Leupold Mark 5 is built with a lot of the same features as the Mark 6, such as the FFP, Twilight Max HD Light Management system,  and has scratch-resistant lenses. One of the stand-alone features that Mark 5 has is the M1C3 adjustable turret. This turret is designed to give you 1/4 MOA dial with 3 revolutions of travel, a push-button ZeroLock, and a revolution indicator. These features allow the shooter to establish their zero at different magnifications and ensure previous zeros are never lost with the ZeroLock button. It also gives the shooter the ability to dial in the precise windage and elevation based on the illuminated reticle and target. As with every Leupold, the Mark 5 comes with a lifetime guarantee to ie you peace of mind and outstanding customer service.

Specs:

Weight (oz) 30
Linear FOV (ft/100 yd) – Low 20.5
Linear FOV (ft/100 yd) – High 4.2
Length (in) 15.67
Eye Relief (in) – Low 3.58
Eye Relief (in) – High 3.82
Objective Diameter (in) 2.2″
Elevation Adjustment Range (MOA) 120
Windage Adjustment Range (MOA) 60
Magnification 5-25x
Tube Diameter 34mm
MSRP $2,000.00


Why Should I Buy The Leupold Mark 5HD 5-25x56mm Scope?

The Mark 5 is specifically designed to be used in long-range hunting or competition shooting applications. If you’re a hunter in the Rockies or Cascades and need to be able to reach out and touch targets at 800 or more yards, this scope is for you. I love the 35mm main tube because it gives a great 3.5-3.8″ eye relief, so you can quickly and easily gain the perfect sight picture of your target without straining your eyes. The Mark 5 is put through the same stress test as the Mark 6 and is built to last your lifetime. I highly encourage anyone seeking to hunt in rough mountainous conditions to consider this scope.

Where Can I Buy The Leupold Mark 5HD 5-25x56mm Scope?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Amazon
  3. Sport Optics
  4. Cabelas
  5. Gun Broker

 

 

 

3. Leupold VX-6HD 4-24x52mm Riflescope

I know by now you’re probably thinking I’m being paid by Leupold (I wish), but I have used them in the military and hunted with Leupold scopes for years without any issues. The Leupold VX-6HD is built around the patented Custom Dial System (CDS). The CDS is the elevation dials that allow for rapid and accurate elevation adjustments that are specifically matched with your ballistics (ammo quality and caliber). This scope allows you to adjust in a fraction of a second and the ZeroLock system prevents you from accidentally moving the dial too far. The VX-6HD is built with the custom FireDot reticle that is perfect for low-light scenarios, such as the first 15 minutes of sunrise and the last 15 minutes of sunset. The FireDot will blink to let you know that your rifle is not level and you should alter your positioning for a more accurate and safer shot.

Specs:

Weight (oz) 25.9
Linear FOV (ft/100 yd) – Low 28.1
Linear FOV (ft/100 yd) – High 4.8
Length (in) 14.65
Eye Relief (in) – Low 3.7″
Eye Relief (in) – High 3.8″
Objective Diameter (in) 2.05″
Elevation Adjustment Range (MOA) 75
Windage Adjustment Range (MOA) 75
Magnification 4-24x
Tube Diameter 34mm
MSRP $2,000.00

Why Should I Buy The Leupold VX-6HD 4-24x52mm Scope?

The VX model is incredibly versatile due to its light-weight frame and incredible features. A 24x magnification allows you to target animals up to 1,000 yards with an incredibly clear and precise sight picture. The 3.7″ eye relief will give you added safety from smashing your eye socket on the scope (something most us have done once). You can get this scope for less than $2,000 at Amazon and get your scope within a couple of days. The Guard-Ion Hydrophobic Lens Coating is completely scratch-resistant, fingerprint-resistant, and sheds water and dirt to always provide the most precise picture when you need it.

 

Where Can I Buy The Leupold VX-6HD 4-24x52mm Scope?

  1. Amazon
  2. Sport Optics
  3. Cabelas
  4. Gun Broker

 

 

 

 

4. Vortex Optics Razor HD Gen II First Focal Plane Riflescope

If I didn’t already own a Leupold, the Vortex Razor HD Gen II would be a front runner as my primary hunting riflescope. It’s specifically designed to be the most rugged scope on the market with the capability of handling the wear and tear from hiking in the mountains or dense forests looking for game. The Razor HD Gen II is built with an HD optical system that ensures that every color on the spectrum is displayed clearly and precisely. It will block out all stray light and automatically adjust to the light around you for a clear HD picture every time you need it. Vortex uses a Plasma Tech Cutting tool for a maximum protective coating on the lens and scope to increase the durability and reliability. The Micro-adjust zero setting allows you to set an infinite amount of zero settings without losing previous zeros.

Specs:

Weight (oz) 48.5
Linear FOV (ft/100 yd) – Low 25.3
Linear FOV (ft/100 yd) – High 4.4
Length (in) 14.4
Eye Relief (in) – Low 3.7″
Eye Relief (in) – High 3.8″
Objective Diameter (in) 2.05″
Elevation Adjustment Range (MOA) 28.5
Windage Adjustment Range (MOA) 10
Magnification 4.5-27x
Tube Diameter 34mm
MSRP $2,000.00

Why Should I Buy The Vortex Optics Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27x56mm Scope?

The Vortex Razor HD Gen II provides you with one of the most durable riflescopes ever made with their patented Erector Tube System design. Vortex uses the highest aircraft-grade aluminum with anti-galling properties to ensure the scope can handle anything you can throw at it. The Micro-adjust turret settings are an incredible feature that allows you to zero your rifle at dozens of distances, without losing your zero for previous zeros. For example, if you want to zero your rifle at 100 yards, 500 yards, 700 yards, and 1000 yards, you can do so with the Vortex turret system. For just under $2,000, this scope will get you everything you ever thought you needed and much more.

 

Where Can I Buy The Vortex Optics Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27x56mm Scope?

 

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Amazon
  3. Bass Pro Shops
  4. Gun Broker

 

 

 

 

Sig Sauer Tango 6 3-18x 44mm FFP Illuminated Reticle scope

Sig Sauer is one of my all-time favorites gun manufacturing companies, but I honestly have never heard of anyone using their scopes until I saw my Brother-In-Law’s Tango 6.  My first thought was, “I’m sure it’s good because it’s a Sig”, but I never could have guessed how much effort and technology they put into this scope. The first feature that sets them apart is the Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX). The BDX is a combination of the Kilo BDX Range Finder, the riflescope, and your smartphone. Once you download the Sig App, you put your BDX rangefinder into the app and connect it to your riflescope. Once this is done, you can look through your scope and it will automatically give you a distance on your smartphone and adjust the reticle to find the best elevation and windage settings for your environment. This feature alone is worth $1,000 for me, but SIg also created dozens of other features to ensure this is one of the best scopes you’ll ever own.

Specs:

Weight (oz) 37.6
Linear FOV (ft/100 yd) – Low 32
Linear FOV (ft/100 yd) – High 4.4
Length (in) 14.65
Eye Relief (in) – Low 5.8″
Eye Relief (in) – High 3.7″
Objective Diameter (in) 1.73″
Elevation Adjustment Range (MOA) 95
Windage Adjustment Range (MOA) 95
Magnification 3-18x
Tube Diameter 34mm
MSRP $1,750.00

 

Why Should I Buy The Sig Sauer Tango 6 3-18x 44mm FFP Illuminated Reticle scope?

Besides the incredible technology of the BDX, the Sig Sauer Tango 6 is built with the incredible Sig ballistic Turret (SBT). The SBT is a laser-etched elevation dial that uses inputs such as, bullet specifications, ballistic coefficient, muzzle velocity, elevation, and other environmental factors to calculate bullet drop over distance. The SBT ensures you’re shooting accurately at any range without guessing and potentially missing a shot of a lifetime. The LevelPlex digital anti-cant system notifies you if you’re scope is canted and your shot is not as solid by displaying a cant indicator inside the scope. This feature allows you to adjust the cant of the scope within +/- 0.5° of accuracy for a more optimal shot and an increased chance of successful hunt.

Where Can I Buy Sig Sauer Tango 6 3-18x 44mm FFP Illuminated Reticle scope?

  1. Amazon
  2. Palmetto State Armory
  3. Gun Broker

 

 

Sig Sauer TANGO6 3-18x44MM FFP Illuminated Reticle Riflescope - T63112

 

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Top 5 AR-15’s| Review of the Best Rifles in 2020

 

The AR-gun 15 is arguably the most controversial produced in the world today due to its use in mass shootings across the globe. However, the AR-15 style rifle is the most versatile and effective rifle for personal protection and home defense. Every American soldier has carried either an M-16 or M4 since Vietnam because it has capabilities to shoot from distances up to 500 yards (point target) and still can be used in Close-Quarters-Combat (CQB) operations. I wanted to rate each of these guns based on the quality of parts, effectiveness, versatility, and customization capability. My top 5 are Daniel Defense M4 V11, Daniel Defense M4 V5, MMR, FN-15, and the S&W M&P 15.

 

1. Daniel Defense DD M4 V11

Daniel Defense is one of the most premier rifle manufacturers in the world because it incorporates the best technology and the most expensive parts for a rifle. The features that stand out for the DD V11 are the KeyMod System, which is built into the SLiM Rail System.  The KeyMod system allows you to lock-in accessories, such as slings, lasers, lights, tactical forend grips, and anything else you could ever ask for without added tools. The SLiM Rail reduces the weight of the rifle and improves the ergonomics by allowing the operator to have their hand close to the muzzle for a more precise transition between targets. The V11 is built with an ambidextrous Grip-N-Rip Charging handle is built to redirect gas flow upwards and away from the face of the shooter. For a full review on the DD V11, read our Daniel Defense M4 V11 review.

 

Specs:

  • Caliber: .223 Rem 5.56mm
  • Muzzle Thread: ½ x 28
  • Gas System: Mid-Length
  • Barrel Length: 16”
  • Barrel Profile: Light Weight
  • Barrel Finish: Phosphate
  • Twist: 1/7
  • Chrome Lined Barrel: Yes
  • Buffer: H Buffer
  • BCG: Mil-Spec, MP Tested, Chrome Lined, M16 Profile
  • Handguard: 15” Daniel Defense  Keymod Slim Rail
  • Sights: Not Included
  • Overall Weight: 6.15 lbs
  • Overall Length: 32 ¼” – 35 7/8”

 

Where Can I Buy The Daniel Defense M4 V11?

  1. palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. RK Guns

 

 

 

Daniel Defense DD M4 V11 Lightweight Carbine Rifle - 0215130032047

 

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2. Daniel Defense M4 V5

The DD5 M4 V5 is chambered in the 6.5 Creedmoor for competition shooting and the .260 Remington for either competition shooting or home-defense. This rifle features a 20″ barrel to improve the accuracy at longer ranges and control for followup shots. This rifle has been proven to be accurate up to 1,000 yards for an area target and is built with an adjustable gas block. This adjustable gas block allows for shooters to shoot suppressed or unsuppressed and helps reduce the gas blowback from the rifle operation for a lighter felt-recoil. The barrel is lined with Chrome and coated with heavy phosphate. The V5 is built with dual extractors for added reliability during the cycling of bullets and the bolt is built with a buffer for better cycling and lighter recoil.

 

Specs:

  • Caliber: .260
  • Muzzle Thread: 5⁄8×24 TPI (Threads Per Inch)
  • Gas System: Mid-Length
  • Barrel Length: 20”
  • Barrel Profile: S2W (Strength-to-Weight)
  • Barrel Finish: Phosphate
  • Twist: 1/7
  • Chrome Lined Barrel: Yes
  • Buffer: H Buffer
  • BCG: Mil-Spec, MP Tested, Chrome Lined, M16 Profile
  • Handguard: 15” Daniel Defense  Keymod Slim Rail
  • Sights: Not Included
  • Overall Weight: 8.9 lbs
  • Overall Length: 38 3/8″ – 41 5/8″
  • MSRP: $2,500


Where Can I Buy The DD M4 V5?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Armslist
  4. Bass Pro Shops
  5. Cabelas

 

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3. FN Herstal FN-15

The FN Herstal FN-15 Sporting rifle features some of the best stock features that I’ve ever seen in a gun right out of the box. It’s built with the famed Timney Competition Trigger, the Magpul CTR Buttstock, the Samson Evolution 15″ handguard, the Surefire ProComp 556 Muzzle Brake, and the Magpul MOE grip. These features would cost around $500 to order online and that doesn’t count the shipping and time it takes to put them on your rifle. The FN 15 is built for competition shooting with its free-floating 18″ match-grade cold hammer-forged barrel. This is a perfect rifle for the prestigious 3-Gun Competition if chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor and a 30-round magazine.

Specs:

  • Caliber: .223 Remington
  • Operation: Direct impingement
  • Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
  • Barrel: Cold Hammer Forged
  • Barrel Length: 18″
  • Twist Rate: 1:8″ RH
  • Muzzle: Surefire ProComp Muzzle Break
  • Weight: 7.7 lb
  • Trigger: Timney Competition Trigger
  • Stock: Magpul CTR
  • Grip: Magpul MOE
  • Handguard: Samson Evolution 15″
  • MSRP: $1,750

 

Where Can I Buy The FN-15?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker

 

 

FN 15 Sporting 5.56 Nato Rifle, Black - 36301

 

 

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What is a Timney Competition Trigger?

A Timney Competitive Trigger is arguably the best aftermarket trigger you can install on your AR-15 rifle. It offers no creep with an adjustable trigger pull weight from 2-4 lbs depending on the purpose of use. There is no doubt in my mind that you’ll be more accurate with a Timney trigger than you will with any factory trigger. This is due to the EDM machine that builds all Timney triggers from S7 steel, which was chosen because it’s incredibly hard and durable and will not chip or break during heavy use. One of the great features of Timney triggers is its ability to be installed without extra tools.

 

Timney AR-15 Small Pin Solid 3 lb. Competition Trigger - 667S

 

 

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4. Mossberg MMR Tactical

The Mossberg Modern Rifle (MMR) made its way onto this list because of its affordability, customization, durability, and effectiveness. I would never recommend buying a rifle with a fixed barrel because the recoil and accuracy of the rifle will be hindered. Mossberg understands this too, which is why they created a free-floating barrel with a direct-impingement gas system for optimal control and reduced felt-recoil. The MMR is built with a Magpul M-LOK forend and Magpul MOE grip that resembles the same feel for the more expensive Daniel Defense and FN rifles. The MMR has one of the shortest barrels (16.2″) and has a full-length Picatinny Rail system to provide as much customization with sights, lasers, lights, and after-market optics. I recommend buying this rifle for beginner competition shooters who want to get into the game without spending thousands of dollars on a rifle. This is also a perfect rifle for home defense because Mossberg has been making reliable self-defense guns for a Century.

Specs:

  • Caliber: 5.56mm
  • Gas System: Mid-Length
  • Barrel Length: 16.25”
  • Barrel Profile: w/ A2 Flash Suppressor
  • Barrel Finish: Phosphate
  • Twist: 1:8
  • Handguard: 15” Daniel Defense  Keymod Slim Rail
  • Sights: Iron Sights
  • Overall Weight: 7 lbs
  • Overall Length: 35.75″
  • LOP: 10.5″-14.5″
  • MSRP: $967.00


Where Can I Buy The Mossberg MMR Tactical?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Gearfire
  4. Gallery of Guns
  5. The Shooting Store

 

 

Mossberg MMR Tactical 5.56 NATO 16” Barrel 65010

 

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5. Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport

The Smith & Wesson® M&P15 Sport is one of the easiest shooting and most affordable AR-15 model rifles on the market. It’s built with a full Picatinny Rail system and a 3-lug gas block for optics or aftermarket iron sights. S&W built this rifle around the corrosion-resistant 16″ barrel with Armornite finish to last, with a the lifetime guarantee. The inner parts of the rifle, such as the gas key, bolt carrier, and firing pin are all chromed out for easy clean-up and added reliability versus aluminum. They even built this rifle with a forward assist button to ensure you can fix a malfunction if one arises in rapid time. This is the cheapest rifle on this list and one of my favorites to shoot around the range because it has no recoil and is accurate at any range closer than 600 yards.

Specs:

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Model: M&P 15 MOE Mid
Magazine Capacity: 30 (Where allowed by Law)
Safety: Manual Safety on Lower
Barrel Length: 16″
Overall Length: 37.0″
Front Sight: M4 A2 Post
Rear Sight: Folding Magpul MBUS
Action: Gas Operated Semi-Auto
Stock: Magpul MOE
Grip: Magpul MOE
Weight: 108.8 oz
Barrel Material: 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium (CMV)
Frame Material: Aluminum Alloy
Frame Finish: Matte Black
Barrel Twist Rate: 1:8″ 5R Rifling
MSRP: $680

Where Can I Buy The S&W M&P15?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Bass Pro Shops

 

 

 

S&W Rifle M&P15 MOE Mid Length Rifle, Flat Dark Earth - 811054

 

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Top 5 Youth Shotguns| Complete Guide Before You Buy

Teaching your children how to shoot is as important a skill to learn as any in this unforgiving world we live in. I realize some of you may look at a 13-year-old and think that they’re too young to start shooting. However, I’m here to argue why you should be teaching your children to shoot at the earliest ae possible. First, learning the mechanics and safety of a gun is going to set your children up for a safer life. Secondly, the earlier you have child shoot, the better chance they’ll be proficient by adulthood. Finally, there is no better way to connect to nature than through hunting. The disconnect we have as a society with how we buy and eat meat is a big reason why Americans don’t feel as connected to nature as we once did. These 5 shotguns will give you the best possible chance at teaching your child how to shoot safely and accurately to harvest their own meat.

Mossberg 500 Youth 20 GA Shotgun

The Mossberg 500 is one of the most well-known shotguns in the world because it’s easily the most reliable and affordable shotgun ever made. The Mossberg 500 Youth 20 gauge shotgun is made to fit the smaller frame of a child by shortening the stock, the barrel, and the pump-action slides. Mossberg calls it the “EZ-Reach” forend system that moves the forend closer to the receiver so those with shorter arms can reach the forend and maintain control of the shotgun. The trigger for all Mossberg Youth shotguns places the trigger closer to the grip, so shooters with smaller hands can reach the trigger while still firmly holding the grip. I highly recommend this model for ages 13-18 because the shotgun is heavier than the other models and has a longer frame and barrel.

Specs:

Gauge 20
Capacity 5+1
Chamber 3″
Barrel Type Vent Rib
Barrel Length 22″
Sight/Base Dual Bead
Choke Accu-Set
LOP Type Fixed
LOP 13″
Barrel Finish Blued
Stock Finish Wood
Weight 6.5
Length 40.75″
MSRP $431.00

 

Where Can I Buy The Mossberg 500 Youth 20 GA Shotgun?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gunbroker
  3. The Shooting Store
  4. Gallery of Guns

Mossberg 500 Youth 20 GA Pump Shotgun, Wood Finish

 

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Mossberg 505 Youth 20 GA Shotgun

The Mossberg 505 Youth 20 Gauge shotgun is more in line with younger shooters with a reduced 20″ barrel and a lighter weight than the Mossberg 500. This is similar to the 500 because it’s chambered for 3″ shells and has the same vent rib for recoil control. As with all Mossberg shotguns, the 505 is built with dual extractors, twin action bars, and an anti-jam elevator for the smoothest possible operation as possible. The safety is still located on the receiver for easy ambidextrous control for both lefties and righties. This shotgun is great for a wider range of ages than the Mossberg 500 because it’s more than a pound lighter and has a shorter LOP. A 20 gauge is known as a very low recoiling shell, so it will not scare your child as they shoot. I still recommend this shotgun for children above 12 years old because the next options are more accommodating for smaller children.

Specs:

Gauge 20
Capacity 4+1
Chamber 3″
Barrel Type Vent Rib
Barrel Length 20″
Sight/Base Dual Bead
Choke Accu-Set
LOP Type Fixed
LOP 12″
Barrel Finish Blued
Stock Finish Wood
Weight 5.25
Length 37.5″
MSRP $431.00

 

Where Can I Buy The Mossberg 505 Youth 20 GA Shotgun?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gearfire
  3. Gunbroker
  4. The Shooting Store
  5. Gallery of Guns

Mossberg 505 Youth 20 GA Pump Shotgun, Wood Finish

 

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Mossberg 510 Mini .410 Shotgun

The Mossberg 510 Mini .410 Shotgun has the softest recoil of any other shotgun on this list. A .410 shell is the lightest of all shotgun shells and offers the shooter almost no recoil and limited noise. The .410 shotgun is barely louder than a BB gun and is great for teaching your children how to shoot a shotgun. It’s built around an 18.5″ barrel with an adjustable LOP for quick adjustment to the arms of each shooter. The Mossberg 510 Mini has the shortest LOP of any other shotgun and is specifically designed for children as young as 8 years old. The recoil pad is held to the stock with 2 screws that can be removed to adjust the spacers for a shorter or longer LOP. It’s also chambered for 2.5″ shells for an even softer recoil if you’d like to focus strictly on the fundamentals in shooting.

Specs:

Gauge .410 Bore
Capacity 2+1
Chamber 2.5″, 3″
Barrel Type Vent Rib
Barrel Length 18.5″
Sight/Base Dual Bead
Choke Fixed – Modified
LOP Type Adjustable
LOP 10.5″-11.5″
Barrel Finish Mossy Oak Break-Up Country
Stock Finish Synthetic w/ Spacer
Weight 5
Length 34.75″
MSRP $486.00

 

Where Can I Buy The Mossberg 510 Mini .410 Shotgun?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gearfire
  3. Gunbroker
  4. The Shooting Store
  5. Gallery of Guns

Mossberg 510 Mini .410 Bore Pump Shotgun, Black

 

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What Is A .410 Bore?

The .410 bore is the smallest caliber shotgun shell that you’ll find on the market. The whole point of the .410 shell was to be used as a pest control gun or “Garden Gun” in England to kill snakes, gophers, and other pests that would eat the veggies and leaves in the garden. The .410 was chosen for this task because the recoil is basically zero and the noise is very soft, so it won’t scare your neighbors. In our great country, you can use the .410 as a way to teach new shooters on the fundamentals of shooting or to hunt small game and rodent’s that terrorize your garden. There are people that will tell you that you can bring down a coyote or deer with a .410 slug, but I would recommend a larger caliber for the sake of the animal. To put it in perspective, a .410 can kill a deer if hit in the right spot, but there is no doubt that the deer with suffer along the way. I have seen deer run 100 yards with a 7mm Magnum hole in their lungs, how much suffering do you think it will have with a bullet with a tenth of the power and force.

 

Mossberg 510 Youth Mini .20 GA Shotgun

The Mossberg 510 Youth Mini .20 Gauge Shotgun is the same gun as the 510 above except this one is chambered in .20 gauge instead of .410. A .20 gauge shotgun is going to have more recoil than a .410, but it’s still negligible with the Mossberg models. I like the Mossberg 510 mini because it has a synthetic stock with spacers to make adjustments that fit the arm length and comfort of your child. As far as I’m concerned, a synthetic stock is always going to have less felt recoil than a wooden stock gun. With an extra shell capacity and the same LOP as the .410 model, I would buy this one so my child can grow into the gun as they get bigger. A .20 gauge shotgun is great for hunting anything from rabbits, turkeys, squirrels, duck, goose, gophers, and many other rodents and small game.

Specs:

Gauge 20
Capacity 3+1
Chamber 3″
Barrel Type Vent Rib
Barrel Length 18.5″
Sight/Base Dual Bead
Choke Accu-Set
LOP Type Adjustable
LOP 10.5″-11.5″
Barrel Finish Blued
Stock Finish Synthetic w/ Spacer
Weight 5
Length 34.75″
MSRP $431.00

 

Where Can I Buy The Mossberg 510 Youth Mini .20GA Shotgun?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gearfire
  3. The Shooting Store
  4. Gallery of Guns

Mossberg 510 Youth Mini 20 GA Pump Shotgun, Black

 

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Stoeger Condor Youth .410 Shotgun

I chose to add the Stoeger to this list because it gives you the option of teaching your child about different styles of guns and how to handle an over/under shotgun. The Stoeger Condor chambered for .410 is heavier than the Mossberg models and has a longer barrel, stock, and LOP. I like the Stoeger because I’m a sucker for traditional style guns with a unique flair about them. The Stoeger offers multiple chokes that can be easily screwed into the barrel for added versatility on the range and offers a great way to teach. For example, you can use the different chokes to teach your children about the differences between chokes and why you would want a full choke versus a medium choke. It’s also beneficial to learn how to use an over/under versus a pump-action or semi-auto because it will give your children more confidence when they face gun styles and models that they’ve never seen before.

Specs:

Gauge .410
Capacity 3+1
Chamber 3″
Barrel Type Vent Rib
Barrel Length 22″
Sight/Base Brass Bead
Choke Fixed- Full
LOP Type Fixed
LOP 13″
Barrel Finish Blued
Stock Finish A-Grade Satin Walnut
Weight 6.9 lbs
Length 36.5″
MSRP $449.00

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Where Can I Buy The Stoeger Condor Youth .410 Shotgun?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. RK Guns
  4. Bass Pro Shops

 

Stoeger Condor Youth .410 22" 31037

 

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Top 5 Duck Hunting Shotguns| 2020 Review

 

Duck hunting is as American as apple pie and muscle cars and the newest technology available today gives us an even better chance at success. Depending on where you’re at in the country, you’ll be hunting in cold, wet, and unfavorable conditions (October-November). The 5 shotguns that I listed below are specifically designed to hunt any waterfowl such as, duck, goose, snipe, and swan. The best part about these shotguns is the versatility to hunt different species and will undoubtedly work great for turkey hunting too. I included the very expensive and incredible Benelli Vinci, Beretta A400, Mossberg 500 FLEX, Mossberg 930 JM Pro, and the Mossberg 930 Waterfowl shotgun.

Benelli Vinci 12GA Shotgun

Benelli is like the Mercedes Benz of shotguns with their focus on providing a product that is simply better than anything else on the market. The most exclusive feature is the In-Line inertia Driven action technology. The idea is that a shorter bolt with a rotating bolt head is more efficient if it’s kept on a single axis point. This simplistic design is incredibly revolutionary and clever. You’ll notice immediately the reduction in felt-recoil, almost no muzzle climb, and incredible reliability. This feature alone provides for accurate and quick follow-up shots, just in case you missed the first shot. Accompanied by the Comfortech stock, the Benelli Vinci is the softest kicking shotgun I’ve ever shot in my life.

 

Specs:

Gauge 12
Capacity 3+1
Chamber 3″
Barrel Type Vent Rib
Barrel Length 28″
Sight/Base Front Fiber Optic
Choke IC, M, F
LOP Type Fixed
LOP 14.75″
Barrel Finish Matte, Blued, Realtree
Stock Finish Realtree Max-5
Weight 6.9 lbs
Length 49.75″
Action Semi-Auto
MSRP $1,500

 

Pros:

  • Significantly reduced recoil
  • Lightweight for the size of the gun
  • Chambered in 3″ shot for added versatility
  • Semi-auto action gives you 4 rapid shots at your prey
  • The advanced technology incorporated masterfully

Cons:

  • $1,500 is a lot to ask for a shotgun, considering you can buy an incredible Mossberg and trick it out for less than $1,000

 

Where Can I Buy The Benelli Vinci Shotgun?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Bass Pro Shops

Benelli Vinci 12ga Realtree APG 26" Shotgun - 10520

 

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Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus

The Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus Waterfowl shotgun is built with the best and most expensive parts you’ll find outside of a company like Daniel Defense or Benelli. The barrel is made of Steelium Plus, which is the 1st time in history that a Steelium Plus barrel is used in a hunting shotgun. This barrel is incredibly difficult to produce and is normally used in the competition circuit for pistols. The Steelium Plus barrel is able to withstand the intense heat and pressure of the explosion, without deforming the pellets. The A400 Xtreme Plus Stock is built with an incredibly soft cheek comb, which reduces the felt recoil and improves follow-up shot accuracy. The A400 Xtreme Plus is built with an extended charging handle and an oversized bolt-release button that is completely exclusive to Beretta. This shotgun is incredibly expensive, but it’s worth every penny for the avid waterfowl or turkey hunter.

Specs:

Barrel length (in) 28
Barrel Type Optima Bore HP Steelium Plus
Chamber 3.5″
Choke 5 Black Edition 20mm extended chokes
Gauge 12
Lilium Y
Receiver Realtree Timber
Rib Step Rib 7x7mm with Mid Bead
Stock Kick-Off Mega & Kick-Off3 with Soft Comb
Overall Length 48″
MSRP $1,900
Capacity 4+1

 

Pros:

  • The Steelium Barrel is incredible and improves overall accuracy
  • Chambered in 3.5″ Magnum for ensured stopping power
  • The extended charging handle is very smooth and easy to rack
  • The Kick-Off Mega Stock and cheek comb are the most comfortable features of any shotgun

Cons:

  • The bead sights are not very good and could benefit greatly from an aftermarket ghost ring sight
  • This model is about $2,000 and can be out of reach for most shotgun owners

 

 

Where Can I Buy The Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus Shotgun?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Gearfire
  4. Bass Pro Shops

Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus 12 GA 28" Semi-Auto Shotgun, Real Tree Max-5 - J42XV18

 

 

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Mossberg 930 Waterfowl Shotgun

The Mossberg 930 Waterfowl Shotgun has been discussed before in our previous blogs, but I had to include it here because of the versatility, affordability, and dependability. This Mossberg is a semi-auto shotgun with a long line of sight for tracking birds in flight. The most exclusive feature is the stock drop system built into the stock for adjusting the vertical angle of the stock to improve sightlines and comfort. This feature allows you to get a custom fit on the stock so you’re not compromising your posture and stability in your shooting stance. For less than $700, you could own this shotgun and still put an aftermarket optic or sight on it for up to $1,000 less than the Beretta A400.

 

Specs:

Gauge 12
Capacity 4+1
Chamber 3″
Barrel Type Vent Rib
Barrel Length 28″
Sight/Base Front Fiber Optic
Choke Accu-Set
LOP Type Fixed
LOP 13.875″
Barrel Finish Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades
Stock Finish Synthetic (Mossy Oak Shadow grass Blades)
Weight 7.75
Length 48.5″
MSRP $638.00

Pros:

  • Stock drop system provides multiple sightlines for a shooter to utilize
  • Fixed stock provides a sturdy and dependable platform to shoot from
  • Perfect LOP for hunting moving targets, such as waterfowl
  • 28″ barrel with the Accu-set choke gives the shooter better accuracy at ranges exceeding 30 yards
  • The Fiber Optic sight allows for a clear target acquisition

Where Can I Buy The Mossberg 930 Waterfowl Shotgun?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Bass Pro Shops
  4. Gearfire
  5. Gallery of Guns
  6. The Shooting Store

Mossberg 930 Waterfowl 12ga 28" Shotgun Mossy Oak Duck Blind 85210

 

 

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MOSSBERG 930 JERRY MICULEK PRO Series

The Mossberg 930 Jerry Miculek (JM) Pro Series is exclusively designed by the Godfather of modern-day competitive shooting. It’s built with a dual gas system and vent ribbed barrel for recoil control and incredibly smooth cycling of the slides. The gas system cycles much faster than the regular 930 by bleeding more of the expelled gas out of the vents to reduce the felt-recoil. The loading gate is beveled and made much larger to decrease your load time under the stress of a 3-gun competition or other shooting competition. The feature I like the most is the adjustable overtravel trigger because it allows each shoot to adjust the trigger pull to speed up or slow down each shot. All metal in the JM Pro Series is finished with a unique corrosion-resistant finish to ensure the guts of the shotgun will never rust or corrode. Most people buy this shotgun because of the extraordinary capacity of 10 shells before needing a reload.

Specs:

Gauge 12
Capacity 10
Chamber 3″
Barrel Type Vent Rib
Barrel Length 24″
Sight/Base Front Fiber Optic
Choke Accu-Set
LOP Type Fixed
LOP 13.875″
Barrel Finish Matte, Blued
Stock Finish Synthetic
Weight 7.75
Length 44.5″

Pros:

  • An adjustable overtravel trigger
  • Knurled charging handle
  • Beveled loading gate for quick and safe rapid reloading
  • Faster cycling for reduced felt-recoil

 

 

Where Can I Buy The Mossberg 930 JM Pro Series Shotgun?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Bass Pro Shops
  4. Gearfire
  5. Gallery of Guns
  6. The Shooting Store

Mossberg 930 Jerry Miculek Pro 12ga 24" 10 Shot – 85118

 

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Mossberg Flex 500 Hunting Shotgun

The Mossberg 500 FLEX Hunting shotgun is the most versatile shotgun ever made with the Mossberg Tool-less System (TLS). The TLS allows you to interchange the stock, grip, forend, and sights without any tools. The fact that you can customize your shotgun within minutes instead of hours is such an underestimated feature that you don’t know you need until you own a Mossberg FLEX. The FLEX comes with 6 overall shells and is chambered in 3″ for compatibility the magnum shells. For $500, there is no other shotgun on the planet that can offer this level of customization.

Specs:

Gauge 12
Capacity 5+1
Chamber 3″
Barrel Type Vent Rib
Barrel Length 28″
Sight/Base Dual Bead
Choke Accu-Set
LOP Type Fixed
LOP 14.25″
Barrel Finish Matte Blued
Stock Finish Synthetic (Black)
Weight 7.5
Length 48.25″
MSRP $500

 

Where Can I Buy The Mossberg FLEX 500 Hunting Shotgun?

  1. Bass Pro Shops
  2. Palmetto State Armory
  3. Gun Broker
  4. Armslist
  5. Gear Fire
  6. The Shooting Store
  7. Gallery of Guns

Mossberg FLEX 500 Hunting 28" 12ga Realtree Max-4 Synthetic Stock Pump Shotgun 50124

 

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Top 5 1911’s| Most Expensive Models in 2020

 

This is going to be a very unique blog because we’re not trying to save you money or get you the best deal for this one. This blog is dedicated to the most expensive and high-end 1911’s on the market in 2020. We have the Springfield Masterclass, the Springfield 1991 A-1, the Ruger SR1911, S&W 1911 E-Series, and the Sig Sauer Spartan II. Each of these pistols is well over $1,000 as a starting point is built with exceptional detail, features, and style. Since these pistols are designed to break the bank, I recommend these pistols for the most enthusiastic of gun owners.

Springfield Armory Masterclass Silent Operator

The Springfield Masterclass Silent Operator 1911 is one of the newest and exclusive pistols you could ever own. It’s built with the 2nd Generation Speed Trigger, which eliminates the overtravel in the traditional skeletonized triggers. The trigger breaks at about 6 lbs and is as clean of a trigger pull as you’ll ever experience. The silent operator comes with an extended barrel that is threaded for easy suppressor installation. It features a cold-hammer-forged barrel with dual springs to reduce the felt recoil of the gun. at 9.3″ long and over 2lbs, this isn’t a CCW that is easy to carry as your primary self-defense gun. This gun is meant for the most serious and avid gun owners who either open carry or want a tricked out 1911 for a home defense gun.

Specs:

  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Capacity: 7 Rounds
  • Weight: 2lb 6oz with Empty Magazine
  • Length: 9.3″
  • Height: 5.5″
  • Barrel: 5.28″ Hammer Forged Steel, Melonite
  • Thread Pitch: .578″x28
  • Twist Rate: 1:16″
  • Sights: Springfield Armory Silencer Night Sights
  • Slide: Forged Steel, Black Nitride
  • Recoil System: Dual Spring w/Full-Length Guide Rod
  • Trigger: 2nd Generation
  • Magazines: Two (2) Stainless Steel Mags
  • MSRP: $1,450

Where Can I Buy The Springfield Masterclass Silent Operator?

  1. Palmetto State
  2. Armslist
  3. Find a Retailer

 

Springfield Armory Master Class Silent Operator 1911 Right Side View

 

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Springfield Armory 1911-A1 Range Officer Operator

The 1911-A1 Ranger Officer Operator pistol is built with hammer-forged steel for both the frame and the slide of the gun. This process ensures that your gun will be as accurate as possible and will last a lifetime. The parkerized finish to the barrel and slide is incredibly expensive to do, but it prevents the metal from ever corroding, even in wet and humid conditions. The barrel is match-grade for optimal accuracy in the competitive shooting environments, such as the 3-Gun Competition. The extended thumb safety is easy to use, but it’s not ambidextrous. The beavertail grip safety ensures shooters with larger hands are able to avoid getting chewed up by the hammer during cycling.

Specs:

  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Capacity: 7 Rounds
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs with Empty Magazine
  • Length: 8.6″
  • Height: 5.5″
  • Barrel: 5″ Hammer Forged Steel, Parkerized
  • Twist Rate: 1:16″
  • Sights: Fiber Optic Front, Low-Profile Combat White Dot Rear
  • Slide: Forged Steel, Black Nitride
  • Recoil System: GI Style
  • Trigger: 2nd Generation
  • Magazines: 2 7-round mags
  • MSRP: $1,050.00

 

Where Can I Buy The Springfield 1911-A1?

  1. Palmetto State
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Armslist
  4. Find a Retailer
  5. Bass Pro Shops

Springfield Armory Pistol 1911-A1 9mm Range Officer Operator Parkerized PI9130LP

 

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Ruger SR1911 Target SS

The Ruger SR1911 Target SS is CNC-machined for the most precise fit between the slide and frame for the smoothest possible cycle of operations. The Ruger SR1911 is built with a lightweight skeletonized trigger. This trigger reduces the weight of the traditional trigger, increases the fire rate by a fraction of a second, reduces the creep, and provides a positive reset of the trigger. It’s built with an ambidextrous thumb safety lever, so your hand never has to leave the grip as decide when to fire. The oversized ejection port and the extended mag release improves the ergonomics and functionality of the pistol.

Specs:

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel Length: 5″
  • Twist: 1:10 RH
  • Grooves: 6
  • Overall Length: 8.67″
  • Height: 5.45″
  • Capacity: 9+1 Rds
  • Sights: Adjustable Target
  • Slide Material: Stainless Steel
  • Grip Frame: Low-Glare Stainless
  • Grips: Deluxe Checkered G-10
  • MSRP: $1,099.99
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs

Where Can I Buy The Ruger SR1911?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. RK Guns
  4. Bass Pro Shops

 

Ruger SR1911 Target 9mm 5" SS Pistol - 6759

 

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Smith & Wesson 1911 E-Series

Smith & Wesson is one of the most influential gunmakers in the world with its legendary revolvers. As they delve into the 1911 style pistols, they decided to go all out with features and aesthetics to make this gun as beautiful as their Magnum revolvers. Chambered in .45 Auto, this pistol has the power, accuracy, and reliability to take into any competition shooting event or to give you peace of mind in a home defense situation. The single-action firing on this 1911 is clean and crisp with a very short reset to allow quick and accurate follow-up shots. The checkered wood grip is as beautiful as can be with a clear laminate to prevent any deterioration or rot of the wood. For $1,000, this is the best value for a high-end 1911 on the market today.

Specs:

  • Weight: 39.6 oz / 2.48 lbs
  • Caliber: 45 AUTO
  • Capacity: 8+1
  • Barrel Length:
  • Grooves: 6
  • Overall Length: 8.7″
  • Sights: white dot front and rear
  • Slide Material: Stainless Steel
  • Grip Frame: Low-Glare Stainless
  • Grips: Wooden Laminate E-Series™
  • MSRP: $1,000

Where Can I Buy The S&W 1911 E-Series?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Armslist
  4. Gallery of Guns
  5. The Shooting Store

S&W Pistol SW1911TA 45 ACP Tac Rail Wd Grp- - -108409

 

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Sig Sauer 1911 Spartan-II

The Sig Sauer 1911 Spartan II is a phenomenal pistol with the most beautiful bronze finish I’ve ever seen on a pistol. Personally, I think it’s a marketing ploy to put the famed Spartan o the grip. However, the Siglite sights are elevated and provide a clear sight picture for rapid target identification, which really enhances the effectiveness of the pistol. The ambidextrous thumb safety is exceptional and enhances the overall ergonomics of the pistol. The carbon steel barrel and steel frame provide a solid and sturdy platform to shoot from to provide exceptional accuracy. The Spartan II is built around a 4.5″ barrel, which provides more versatility in carrying the pistol and assists in preventing the barrel from getting hung up on your holster.

 

Specs:

  • Brand: Sig Sauer
  • Model: Spartan II 1911
  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Action: Single
  • Capacity: 8
  • Safety: Extended Thumb
  • Sights: Night
  • Barrel Length: 4.2″
  • Length: 7.7″
  • Weight: 38.8 oz.
  • Finish: Distressed Coyote
  • MSRP: $1,450.00

Where Can I Buy The Sig Sauer 1911 Spartan-II?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Armslist
  4. Locate a Dealer

Sig Sauer Spartan II 1911 .45 ACP Pistol, Distressed Coyote - 1911CAR-45-SPARTANII

 

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Federal 45 ACP 230 GR JHP

I wanted to give you an idea of what type of ammo you should use with the 1911 style pistol. It’s no secret that the .45 ACP is a heavier bullet with a lower velocity than the 9mm, but it packs more of a punch and does significantly more damage. I recommend the 230 Grain bullet because its heavy enough to ensure accuracy at ranges up to 50 yards with ease. This Federal ammo is a Jacketed Hollow Point, which gives great and symmetrical expansion upon impact. The Jacketed casing allows for a deeper penetration before the robust expansion of the hollow point. In short, this bullet is going to destroy any soft tissue that it hits and will ensure you’re you only need to hit your target once to make a life-changing impact.

 

Federal 45 Auto/ACP 230gr JHP Personal Defense Ammunition 20rds - C45D

 

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Armscor 45 Auto 230 Gr JHP

I chose this Armscor 45 ACP bullet because it’s great ammo for training purposes with the best overall price for .45 ACP. Armscor is a valuable ammo company that produces bullets with very reliable and clean primers, encased in brass for durability. There better ammo companies than Armscor, but you can buy the same amount of bullets for half the price of most Federal, Winchester, and Remington ammo. I can’t stress enough the importance of practicing with your pistol to increase your effectiveness and comfort with the pistol. .45 ACP ammo is never cheap, so if you can get the same size and weight ammo for half the price and save hundreds a year on training, then you should take advantage of that by all costs.

 

 

Armscor 45 ACP 230 gr JHP 20 Rounds Ammunition - AC45A-10N

 

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Best Bang For Your Buck| 5 Pistols under $500

 

There are so many handguns on the market that it can be a difficult and expensive search to find the right handgun for you, at the right price. I took 5 pistols that I believe will give you everything you need at an affordable price. I chose the Walther CCP, Glock 42, Glock 43, CZ P-10C, and the Mossberg MC1SC because they’re all under $500 and give you the most versatility. Each one of these pistols can be used as an open-carry or concealed carry weapon (CCW) and they all have the option of attaching a laser or light underneath the barrel.

Walther CCP SS

The Walther CCP SS is a very unique gun with a 3.54″ barrel, 6.41″ overall length, and a 1.18″ width at the grip. It’s built with the Walther gas block system, called the “soft coil”, which reduces the felt recoil by delaying the blowback operation. Personally, I think the recoil is a little heavy compared to the Glock 42 or 43, but the accuracy of this pistol is unmatched for a single-stack CCW. the pistol feels a little heavy, but the grip is great and it fits into my hand like a glove. You don’t even notice the 5.5 lbs trigger pull because the initial travel is so smooth and short. However, the trigger rest feels like it has to completely go all the way back in order for it to work. This may seem like a negative to many, but this is an enhanced safety feature that helps you reset your sightline and prevents accidental trigger pulls. the CCP SS is built with a fixed barrel to keep the cleaning and operation easy, but I can’t take the weapon apart without a screwdriver or tool.

Specs:

Caliber: 9mm
Barrel Length: 3.54″
Trigger Pull: 5.5 LBS
Trigger Travel: 0.27″
Capacity: 8
Overall Length: 6.41″
Height: 5.12″
Safety: 1 Manual + 1 Auto
Width: 1.18″
Weight Empty: 20 oz (1.25 lbs)

MSRP: $469

Pros:

  • Super lightweight
  • Front Picatinny Rail underneath to install light or laser
  • It’s heavy, but it feels better in my hand than any other pistol on the list
  • It’s incredibly accurate shot after shot
  • The slide is one of the smoothest I’ve ever used on a CCW

 

Cons:

  • The  trigger reset is abnormally long
  • The takedown of the CCP is clunky and annoying
  • Putting the gun back together takes a lot more effort and time than any other pistol
  • Thicker and heavier than the most other CCWs
  • Sights are solid black and not great for target identification at the range

Why Should I Buy The Walther CCP SS?

This is the pistol that I bought for my brother as his first concealed carry pistol because it’s so incredibly accurate and easy to shoot. It has some negatives, but I think people are overthinking this gun. It comes with manual safety and a super smooth slide and most importantly, it’s accurate every time and never jams. I understand its difficult to take down and put back together, but it’s durable, reliable, accurate, affordable, and easily concealed in any CCW holster.

 

 

Where Can I Buy The Walther CCP SS?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. RK Guns
  3. Gun Broker
  4. Armslist

 

 

Mossberg MC1SC

The Mossberg MC1SC is one of the newer pistols on the market, specifically designed as a CCW. This is one of the most unique pistols on the market with its unprecedented safety features, specifically the Safe Takedown System. This feature ensures the gun owner that they don’t have to pull the trigger to take the gun apart and put it back together. I know of no other gun in the world that has this safety feature. It’s incredibly short at 6.25″ and is built with snag-free dovetail sights for an easy and quick draw. The trigger pull is a little heavier than what I traditionally like at 6 lbs, but the trigger reset is much cleaner and shorter than the Walther CCP. The flat trigger is great and makes the pull weight feel less than it is and has a blade safety lever integrated inside the trigger for an additional safety feature.

Specs:

Caliber: 9mm
Barrel Length: 3.4″
Trigger Pull: 5.5 LBS
Trigger Travel: 0.5″
Capacity: 6-7
Overall Length: 6.41″
Height: 4.3″
Safety: Integrated Trigger Blade Safety
Width: 1.03″
Weight Empty: 19 oz

MSRP: $349


Why Should I Buy The Mossberg MC1SC?

You can buy the Mossberg Mc1SC at Bass Pro Shops for under $350 brand new! I recommend changing the factory sights to the TruGlo Night Sights for better accuracy and target identification. The ergonomics of this pistol are really solid and comfortable with a nice grip swell to fit inside your hand better, especially in wet or humid environments. The flat trigger can’t be overstated enough because it increases the accuracy by ensuring a uniform pull every time. If this is your 1st gun, you can put your mind at ease with all the safety features added to keep you cognizant of the dangers of guns. The pistol is made from military-grade polymer, which reduces the weight without sacrificing the durability of the gun. Either way, for $350, you can’t go wrong with Mossberg.

Where Can I Buy The Mossberg MC1SC?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Gearfire
  4. The Shooting Store
  5. Gallery of Guns
  6. Bass Pro Shops
  7. RK Guns

Mossberg MC1sc 9mm Pistol, No Manual Safety - 89001

 

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Glock 43

The Glock 43 is one of the most sought after CCWs because it’s concealable in any holster, purse, or pocket. It’s a single stack 9mm that only weighs 1 pound and 6″ long, making it one of the most compact pistols in the world. The Glock 43 is very thin and designed for shooters like me with smaller hands to be able to control much easier than every other CCW (besides the Glock 42 and the PM9). The Glock 43 has one of the softest trigger pulls of any concealed carry pistol, which increases the overall accuracy by preventing trigger pull inconsistencies. The Safe Action system is great for experienced shooters with a 3-step safety mechanism, but as everyone knows, I prefer a manual safety.

Specs:

Caliber: 9mm
Barrel Length: 3.41″
Trigger Pull: 5.5 LBS
Capacity: 6
Overall Length: 6.2″
Height: 4.2″
Safety: Safe Action
Width: 1.06″
Weight Empty: 16 oz (1 lb)

MSRP: $450

Pros:

  • easily concealed
  • affordable
  • durable
  • lightweight

Cons:

  • Capacity is only 6 rounds
  • Heavier felt-recoil than most other CCWs

 

Why Should I Buy The Glock 43?

The Glock 43 is great as a secondary carry pistol for police officers to carry on their ankle holster. It only comes with 6 rounds, but the reliability and accuracy ensure you will only need 6 rounds. You can get this gun for about $450 at any of the locations listed below and under $400 if you want to buy used at Gun Broker. The Glock 43 is considered a “pocket gun” because you can carry this gun in your pockets as a CCW. It can be carried in any style of holster you could imagine and is as reliable as any other Glock on the market.

 

Where Can I Buy The Glock 43?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. RK Guns
  4. Bass Pro Shops

 

Glock G43 9mm Silver Aluminum Cerakote and Robin Egg Blue Subcompact Pistol - UI4350204RESA

 

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Glock 42

The Glock 42 is one of the most affordable Glocks on the market and chambered in .380 Auto versus the 9mm. The .380 is a weaker cartridge than the 9mm and requires the shooter to be closer to their target. The Glock 42 is incredibly accurate and has virtually no recoil at all, which makes this gun really fun and easy to shoot. I love the fact that Glock was able to create a pistol that could still be effective and have no felt-recoil. I would stick to less than 30 yards if I were going to use this gun as a CCW because the .380 is just too soft.

Specs:

Barrel Length: 3.25″
Caliber: .380 Auto
Trigger Pull: 5.4 LBS
Trigger Travel: 0.27″
Capacity: 6
Overall Length: 5.94″
Height: 4.13″
Safety: Safe Action
Width: .98″
Weight Empty: 12 ozMSRP: $399

 

Pros:

  • The easiest pistol to conceal out of any other pistol on the list
  • Clean and crisp 5.4 lb trigger pull increases your accuracy
  • Very affordable at under $4000
  • Durable
  • Incredibly easy to take down and put back together
  • Softer recoil due to weaker bullet

Cons:

  • More for women and smaller men due to compact size
  • .380 Auto is not as accurate at ranges above 30-40 yards
  • The grip is very thin
  • The slide is harder to rack due to the lack of serrations on the slide

Why Should I Buy The Glock 42?

This is the best starter gun for either your teenagers or wife to teach them how to shoot. The soft recoil, overall lightweight and shorter height allow you to conceal carry this pistol anywhere you could think of. I love the Glock 42 because you can shoot hundreds of rounds at a lower price than you would the .45 Auto or the 9mm bullet. Personally, I would never carry this as my primary CCW because it’s just not enough power for me. The Glock 42 would still be great as a home-defense pistol because your distance would be close and your adrenaline shouldn’t impact the soft trigger pull as much.

Where Can I Buy The Glock 42?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. RK Guns
  4. Bass Pro Shops

 

Glock 42 .380acp (Made in USA) UI4250201

 

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CZ P-10C

The CZ-P10C is built to compete with the Glock 19 in design, simplicity, ergonomics, and trigger pull. The CZ P-10 comes with 3 interchangeable backstraps to fit different hand sizes for smaller or larger shooters. The 4.5 lb trigger is incredibly smooth and crisp with a very short positive reset, which ensures follow up shots are easier and the 1st shot is much more precise than any other gun on the list. For me, the CZ P-10C is more accurate than the Glock 19 and feels better in my hand than any other Glock I’ve shot with. The 1st thing you’ll notice with the P-10C is how similar it is the Glock, which really helps with adjusting to the new gun if you’re a Glock lover.

Specs:

Caliber: 9mm
Barrel Length: 4.02″
Trigger Pull: 5.5 LBS
Capacity: 15+1
Overall Length: 7.3″
Height: 5.2″
Safety: Firing Pin Block Safety, Trigger Safety
Width: 1.26″
Weight Empty: 26 oz (1.63 lbs)

MSRP: $499

Pros:

  • Ambidextrous safety
  • Ambidextrous mag release
  • Very accurate
  • Best ammo capacity of any on this list
  • Very easy takedown

Cons:

  • Heavier than all other pistols on the list
  • The slide release is very heavy and takes more pressure than you’d expect

Why Should I Buy The CZ P-10C?

People refer to this gun as the “Glock-Killer” because CZ essentially copied everything great about Glock and tried to make it better. I believe this pistol is incredible and worth your money. It’s a little heavy, but the accuracy of this pistol is much better than you’d expect and I believe it’s more consistent than the Glock 42 and 43 at any range over 30 yards. I highly recommend this pistol as a CCW because it’s powerful enough, has a short trigger travel distance and a phenomenal reset.

 

Where Can I Buy The CZ P-10C?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. RK Guns

CZ P-10 C 9mm Pistol, Black - 91520

 

 

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USAA Youth Bank Accounts| How To Plan For Your Child’s Future

One of the most important things every parent is concerned with is setting up their children for a successful future. There are obviously many ways to raise a productive citizen in today’s world. However, this blog will focus on the importance of teaching your children about finances and credit. I remember when I turned 18, my father helped me get a credit card and taught me about establishing credit. Those lessons I learned set me up for my future in a way that millions of my peers were not set up for their future. As society progresses, we can now open up a bank account for our children as young as 13 years old with USAA.

Why Should I Start a Checking Account For My Children?

Starting a bank account is one of the most important things you can do for your children, besides getting up a 529 Education Savings Plan. Understanding economics is sometimes very difficult and sometimes impossible to learn. However, by starting a bank account for your child (age 13), he/she will be able to learn about maintaining a checking account, which includes learning topics such as overdraft, interest, monthly fees, and direct deposit. Fortunately, USAA offers a checking account with no monthly fees and no minimum balance, so you can teach your children lessons on personal finance without risking a lot of money. I can attest to the fact that if I hadn’t learned about balancing a checkbook and bank account when I was 15, I would not still be financially stable during this pandemic.

USAA Youth Checking Account

The most basic account you should open for your children once they hit 13 years old is a checking account. You can give your child an independent account and still ensure control with parental management features. For example, if you’re ever worried about the account, you can sign up for text message or phone call alerts if the balance gets too low or a big purchase was made. You can also give your child their very own secure access to their account through USAA and have parental controls on what they can do and can’t do with that account. You can even decide whether or not you want your child to be able to transfer money or make deposits. Finally, you can transfer money into the checking account at any time, without a fee (if it’s another USAA account). My father used these tools for me and my brother to ensure we knew how to handle money and understood the repercussions of mismanaging money.

Why Should I Open a USAA Youth Checking Account?

The number reason for opening a checking account with USAA over its competition is for the simple fact that it’s a free account with no minimum balance. USAA doesn’t charge monthly service fees, which can get up to $50 a month for other banks. The Youth Checking account comes with overdraft protection, which ensures if you make a mistake about your overall balance, you’re not going to be punished with a $100-$200 overdraft fee. I always encourage every child to start earning money as early as possible because they’ll learn how to handle their finances before they move out. Proper financial management is one of the most important lessons you can teach your children before they leave the house. Opening an account with USAA is a great way to invest your kid’s future with zero risks to the parent. The skills I’ve learned since I was 15 has allowed me to manage my money in the most efficient way.

USAA Youth Savings Account

I always recommend a Checking account, especially if your child has a job to learn about direct deposit and managing a portfolio. However, I will argue that learning about interest and saving money is the single most important thing you can teach your children. USAA will allow the parent to conduct free transfers from their account to the Youth Savings Account at any time. For example, if you want to put $20 in your child’s savings account every month for allowance, you can set up an automatic transfer to make it easier for you to help your child save for their future. The parent will have full control over the account, with the ability to deposit checks and cash from an ATM and deposit checks on the mobile app.

Why Should I Set Up a USAA Savings Account for My Child?

You’ll be able to teach your kids about budgeting, savings, interest, and everything else that encompasses financing. USAA requires a minimum $25 initial deposit and has no fees to set up the account. The Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is 0.05%, which is right at the national average of 0.06% for most banks. However, if you set up this account when your son/daughter hits 13 years of age, you’ll be able to give them a phenomenal start to savings. Once your child turns 18 years old, they can instantly switch from the youth account to the USAA Savings Account. A youth savings account would give your children upwards of a 7-year headstart on their peers that don’t have access to USAA.

How Do I Register For a USAA Youth Savings Account?

If you’re already a USAA member, the process is very easy and takes about 7 minutes to complete. Start, by going to the Register page on USAA.com and make sure you have your personal info along with the child you’re trying to set up. Ensure you have your driver’s license, USAA Number, Social Security Number, and your account and router number if you already have an account with USAA.

How Do I Set Up Parental Controls?

The 1st thing you need to do is go to your USAA profile, then find the Youth Banking Account,  and click the “I Want to” tab, and select “view all options”. You can then change parental controls to either allow or block access to the money in the account. You can also request to receive text message alerts for every transaction in the account. This feature ensures that you know of everything that happens inside your child’s account.

What Are The Best Ways to Use the USAA Savings Account?

I recommend using this account as a learning tool to teach your children about financial management, as discussed above. However, there are other ways to maximize the benefits of the account. For example, other people besides the parent (s) can make deposits into the savings account. If the child’s grandmother, uncle, aunt, or family friend wanted to send a birthday or Christmas present, they can deposit the money directly into a USAA Savings or Checking Account. All they need is the account and routing number and they can deposit up to $10,000 per month. My relatives and family friends deposited money in my account when I graduated high school, instead of giving me cash.

*If you’re interested in alternative savings options, check out these CDs: BBVA Compass, Discover Bank, and CIT Bank.

What is USAA Security Zone?

This is USAA’s way of preventing identity theft by providing a label that says “USAA Security Zone” with the name of the person emailing you and the last 4 of your USAA number. You can receive emails from all over the world that says they’re from USAA and they want you to give them your account info so they fix an issue or help you in some way. This is a great learning tool for your children because it will teach them how to spot a fraud email and to always be on the lookout of that email. USAA makes simple, if it doesn’t have the symbol below in the top right corner of the email, don’t respond to the email. Call USAA, immediately and have them look into the email.