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The Attempted Destruction of the SIG P320

The Attempted Destruction of the SIG P320/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f37756fdadb9_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f37756fdadb9_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The tested, abused, disrespected — and incredibly tough SIG P320 is put to a real test to see if it truly passes muster. SIG Sauer Pistols Tested: Sig Sauer P320 FDE Compact "Sig Sauer P320" X-Five Full-Size Sig Sauer P320 RX Compact Sig Sauer P229 RX This is a different kind of gun article. It took weeks to put this together because a cursory review was not the goal: I wanted to unequivocally determine the level of reliability that could be expected from the Sig Sauer P320 and the Sig Electro-Optics Romeo 1. This takes time — days, in fact — and lots of ammunition. I’d been hearing good and bad things about the P320, as well as a lot of pontification on the durability and effectiveness of the Romeo 1 on defensive handguns. I wanted to see some results for myself. You don’t often read articles like this in gun magazines, because they’re not profitable for the writer. I’ve been in this gun writing business — professionally — for more than two decades. Articles are most commonly generated when a writer sees a gun and queries an editor. Almost as frequently, editors assign writers to review and report on a gun of potential interest. In both cases, the gun is often fired only a couple hundred times to get a feel for it. If a writer allots a day to arrange an article, a day to shoot, a day for photos and two days for writing, on average they’ll make about $17 per hour. The report then essentially involves one day on a range. This is partly because that’s all the free ammo the writer can get, and partly because the more time spent shooting, the less money is made. Pull it out of the mud, slosh it off in a water hole, rack the slide using the refl ex sight as a handhold — and if your handgun is a P320 equipped with a Romeo 1, expect it to work. This model provides hands-on review to the reader while maintaining some efficiency for the author. However, the best gun writers learn how to provide more than a basic review, and the best editors — thus, the best gun magazines — provide content that goes much deeper than most. Related GunDigest Articles AR-10 vs. AR-15: How Stoner's Rifles Stack Up FBI Guns Photo Gallery: Firearms Past & Present Which Is Best: Kimber Micro 9 Or SIG P938? Less common is when a writer fundamentally journals about a specific firearm with which they have extensive experience. In such case, you’ll get to read about weeks, months or even years of experience with a certain gun. In other words, instead of getting a snapshot, you get a comprehensive evaluation. Best Starter Kit for Concealed Carry: S&W M&P 9 SHIELD $394.96 guns.com Safariland IWB Holster $43.99 brownells.com Safariland Duty Belt $88.99 brownells.com SnagMag Ammo Pouch $LOW! gundigeststore.com Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group may earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! And, that’s what you have here. It’s a look at how these guns performed — not 1,000 words about how they’re made and how pretty they are. Building The Gauntlet I convinced Sig Sauer to send me four pistols, and I convinced various manufacturers to send me lots of ammunition. My goal was to see how reliable the Sig Sauer P320 and Romeo 1 reflex sight were. I did not conduct the usual velocity and accuracy testing: I shot these pistols and had others do the same. We abused these guns and sights — you could say we treated them like a borrowed hammer. We waited for the right conditions, on multiple days, and then did the work. The four guns: Sig Sauer P320 FDE Compact: $679 Sig Sauer P320 X-Five Full-Size: $1,005 Sig Sauer P320 RX Compact with a Sig Sauer Romeo 1 reflex sight: $952 "Sig Sauer P229" RX with a "Sig Sauer Romeo" 1 reflex sight: $1,440 The munitions: Hornady 9mm +P, 124-grain, XTP, American Gunner: 500 rounds Remington 9mm, 124-grain, Golden Saber: 1,000 rounds Remington 9mm, 124-grain, Black Belt: 800 rounds Sig Sauer 9mm, 115-grain, Elite Ball, FMJ: 500 rounds Sig Sauer 9mm, 124-grain, Elite V-Crown, JHP: 200 rounds Sig Sauer P320 FDE Compact The first pistol we took to task was the P320 FDE Compact. This pistol feels good in the hand and, importantly, it’s not too big — only 7.2 inches long and 1.3 inches wide — for everyday carry. I shot it, my son shot it and a friend of his who was preparing to enter BUDs training with the Navy shot it. We shot it in hot weather, cold weather, in the rain and in the snow. It digested a 1,000-round mixture of all the loads without an issue. Five Full Size X-Five Full-Size Next up was the X-Five. This is a big handgun intended for competition, though I imagine — given its 21-round capacity — it could serve in a tactical environment as well. It has a 5-inch barrel, is 8.5 inches long and some of its unique features include a detachable, wide-mouth magazine well, a straight X-Series trigger and Dawson Precision adjustable sights. This pistol weighed 30.7 ounces without a magazine. This is obviously a pistol for high-volume fire, and that’s how we tested it. We repeatedly conducted a drill where we dumped four 21-round magazines, as fast as we could, while trying to keep all shots inside a five-inch circle, at five yards. Our best run was one miss out of 84 in 35.02 seconds. Like with the P320 FDE Compact, we shot it in the rain and the snow, and out of 840 rounds of a mixed variety of ammo, there were no stoppages. "Five Full Size" RX Compact The RX — Romeo 1 equipped — pistols were included, not as much to test the pistol as to test the suitability and ruggedness of the reflex sight on a defensive handgun. This pistol weighed 24.5 ounces — only 0.8 ounce more than the P320 FED Compact without the Romeo 1. Yes, it got the rain and snow treatment, but we also tossed this pistol in the deep mud and drove over it with a big Jeep.

The 4 Best Sig Sauer M11-A1 Holsters – Reviews 2020 Photo by Defence Images / CC BY The Sig Sauer M11-A1 is a legendary handgun that has been used by various military units for decades and only recently has been recently released to civilians. When choosing holsters for the M11-A1 it’s important to realize what the M11-A1 needs. The M11-A1 is considered a compact pistol, but is far from what makes people think of as compact. The M11-A1 is a heavy weapon, made entirely from metal and made to last practically forever. Holster-wise, the M11-A1 really is the P228, meaning it can utilize any P228 or even P229 holster. In other words, the M11-A1 is a military designation for the Sig P228. The weapons need a well-designed, tough holster that can carry the load, and keep it accessible and easy for a shooter to draw from. A little light Keltec pistol the M11-A1 is not. So, without much ado, here are the 4 best Sig Sauer M11-A1 holsters on the market. Galco King Tuck Galco Gunleather KT248B King Tuck IWB Holster Black, Right-Hand Price: $39.99 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:40 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Galco is a legendary holster manufacturer; they have crafted and created holsters that have become famous among gun owners due to their quality and durability. Galco has kept up with the market when it comes to making holsters, and has kept on the frontline of innovation and design. The Galco King Tuk is an example of one such holster. The King Tuk is an inside the waistband holster that uses a popular hybrid style design. The holster ( see full specs ) is made from both kydex polymer materials that form the shell that wraps around the firearm and connects to the base of the holster. The base is made from a combination of line saddle leather and features a Napa leather front. Leather is ultimately the most comfortable material for day to day use, and kydex remains rigid over years of service. The holster features metal clips that aid in supporting the weapon, and keeping it as a presentation level. This is important when using a larger and heavy weapon like the M11-A1. The pistol won’t sag, sink, twist, or bind, and always remain available for the user to draw. The pad of the holster is designed to prevent the sharper parts of the weapon from digging into the user’s body and keeps the carrier comfortable throughout all day carry. The King Tuk is an excellent holster that provides the user a comfortable and accessible option for shooters. Gould and Goodrich Gould & Goodrich B803-229 Gold Line Three Slot Pancake Holster (Black) Fits SIG P225, P228, P229, P229 w/equipment rail, P245 Price: $56.59 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:40 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The Gould and Goodrich brand is one that has been associated with holsters for decades. Gould and Goodrich make fine leather holsters for a wide variety of holsters, and these holsters are made in the United States. The leather is top grain vegetable tanned leather, made by experienced tanners. Their Gold Line holster is made entirely from leather and is designed as an outside the waistband holster. This holster is a three slot design so users can choose the cant of the holster on their belt. The Gold Line holsters feature a thumb snap retention device that secures your M11-A1 from anyone trying to take the weapon. The snap is easily defeated by driving your thumb downwards as you grip the weapon. The holster can be described as a pancake style. This style keeps the weapon close to your body, and makes it easier to conceal. The holster uses thick, well made leather that aids in supporting the heavy weight of the all metal Sig M11-A1. The leather is specifically molded for the design of your firearm, and this aids in retention and comfort. The Gould and Goodrich holster is well made and the option of changing the cant makes it customizable for a variety of users. The holster is strong, but also lightweight, and easy to carry. The addition of leather adds a lot of class to your carry gun. For its price, this is among the best Sig Sauer M11-A1 holsters period. IMI Sig Sauer Holster IMI-Defense Z1390 - Level-3 Retention Holster for Sig Sauer SP2022/SP2009/220/226/P227/228/MK 25, P226 Combat, P226 (Tacops) Price: $63.00 Price as of 08/13/2020 18:51 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The IMI, or Israeli Military industry holster, is specifically designed for Sig Sauer handguns. This includes a variety of different Sig models, and this of course includes the M11-A1. If you are a Sig fan who collects Sigs, then this holster may fit several pieces in your collection. The IMI holster is made entirely from kydex, a polymer that is strong, durable, and guaranteed to last for decades. This holster is a duty holster and features level 3 security retention. The IMI holster ( see full specs ) is designed for military and law enforcement, but it is an overall excellent holster for anyone. The holster’s retention device uses push buttons to release the firearm. These buttons are positioned to be pushed with both the trigger finger and the thumb to release the weapon. Your Sig will ride safe in this holster, and is near impossible for someone to take it from you. The Roto holster system is quite versatile, and it comes with a standard paddle attachment, but the holster can be attached to a chest piece, a shoulder holster, or a thigh rig. The Roto holster allows the user to choose nearly any angle to keep the firearm canted. The Roto holster isn’t the cheapest holster but it well designed, and extremely durable. This should be on anyone’s list of the best Sig Sauer M11-A1 holsters. Galco Trident Galco Gunleather Triton Kydex IWB Holster for Sig-Sauer P229, P228 with Rail (Black, Right-Hand) Price: $55.20 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:40 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Remember how I said Galco keeps on the edge of innovation and design? Well, the Trident is just another example of Galco keeping up with the times. Galco is well known for their leather holsters, but the Trident is a departure from leather. The Trident is made completely out of kydex, and is designed to be worn inside the waistband. Where this differs from the King Tuk is the overall design. The Trident is a slim, low profile holster that is designed to be used as a standard inside the waistband holster or as an appendix holster. The Trident shines as an appendix holster due to its minimalist design, and its strong single clip. The clip that holds the holster in the waistband is nearly as wide as the holster, and keeps the holster in place throughout day to day use. The holster is designed with a drop point clip that keeps the holster from coming off a belt without a deliberate attempt. The clip is wide enough to support the heavy weight of the Sig M11-A1 and keep the weapon presented to the user at all times. The Sig M11-A1 works well with the Trident holster due to its focus on concealed carry, and quick access. The holster has a passive retention device, which means there is nothing specific the user has to do to draw the holster. Users can adjust the retention device via a small screw near the trigger guard. The Trident features a sweat guard to keep your weapon safe, and to keep the weapon from digging into your stomach. This is one of the best Sig Sauer M11-A1 holsters period. Ten Four The M11-A1 is a spectacular weapon that is well designed and proven to function in nearly any environment out there. The M11-A1 is specifically designed for the military, and because of that it has different demands placed on a holster . The holster can make a big difference in the carrying of such a weapon, and a cheap and crappy holster is going to make it incredibly uncomfortable for daily carry. Choose a rock solid, well made holster that is designed for the M11-A1 and accept nothing less than excellence. Good luck! Boyd Smith Owner of Reloaderaddict.com, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type.  His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids).  He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters.  It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. Email him . 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4 Best Car Holsters: DIY & Specific Purpose

4 Best Car Holsters: DIY & Specific Purpose

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Wearing your gun while driving is not always the most comfortable thing to do. Do you have a road trip planned? 1911 in Glove Compartment of Car In the car for 6 hours with any carry position is going to leave you a bit worse for wear. And you don’t want to leave your gun in the glove box. So, what’s the solution? A car holster, of course! One example of a car holster A holster for your car can go by different names and come in many different styles. Some may call them holsters, others call them safes, and others may call them a lockbox. For this article, I will talk about holsters. Table of Contents Loading... Difference between a Holster and a Safe What is the difference between a holster and a safe for your car? Well, a holster is for carrying or transporting your concealed carry weapon, a safe is for storing it for a longer term, like while you are at work. Handgun safe under the driver’s seat A holster is temporary and allows for easy access in the event you need your gun for protection. This is what we will be talking about; different styles and what people seem to like. Picking a holster for your on-body carry can take several purchases before you find one you like. Hopefully, this post will help you narrow the choices and find something you like quicker. Car Holster Legality As with most gun laws, you will want to check the specifics for transporting a handgun in your state. Some are more strict about how you can carry off-body than others. It’s up to you to know the laws in your state or the state you are traveling in…check out our Gun Laws By State section for more. Buy or DIY a Holster A lot of people are pretty handy when it comes to MacGyvering up things to solve a problem. There are a lot of cool tutorials out there telling you how to make something that will work. Usually, this is taking a holster and modifying it for mounting it in your car. If you DIY, do it safely! The other option is to buy a gun holster for your car that’s made for that purpose. Sometimes these are more generic and other times you can get a vehicle specific car holster. Let’s talk about both options and the pros and cons. DIY Car Holster A DIY pistol holster is generally a modified holster mounted to your center console or door. Some things to consider if you are going the DIY route. If you are right-handed and mounting the holster to your center console, you will need a left-handed holster. This makes sense if you think about it. If you are right-handed and you want to draw the pistol with your right hand. In the US, the driver is on the left side of the vehicle and the console is to your right. To mount the holster, it needs to face the correct way. On a left-handed draw holster, the mounting screws that would normally hold the holster to the paddle or leather or belt clip are on the correct side to mount it to a console. Still with me? Holsters need to have good retention so your pistol will not fall out if you hit a pothole or something worse. Just like when carrying your CCW on-body or in a bag, the holster you choose needs to hold the gun at any angle. Holster retention is important! You also want to make sure it’s not too tight that you can’t quickly access your weapon if needed. Don’t use a level 3 or similar holster with the finger release. While these holsters can be great for making sure your gun stays in place and they help you maintain good trigger safety on your draw, they fail the car holster test. Why? Simple anatomy. Your thumb is shorter than your index finger. If you look closely…you can clearly see that the thumb is shorter! Its placement on your hand makes it difficult to draw your gun in these style holsters when they are mounted to the outside of your console. Best Car Holsters The application-specific holsters come in many different styles. There are also vehicle specific car holsters. One thing to note with vehicle specific options is you are going to be limited in the placement. In some cases, these holsters have the characteristics of a safe. 1. Console Vault Console Vault make vehicle specific safes. These attach to the pocket in your console without modification. These vaults are not specific to guns, so you can lock your wallet, or watch or whatever you’d like in there. Console vault in a Ford F-150 They have a lot of models, so there is a good chance there is one for your vehicle. After picking the one that fits your car, you need to choose the lock style. There are options for barrel keys and combination locks. 2. Steel Holster This is a little more obvious, but some of the companies who supply police equipment have these style “holsters”. They typically mount through or to the vehicle and offer a secure way to store your handgun. Author's Pick Steel Holster 135 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 135 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing They also make great mounting options for securing your firearm in other places also, such as to a bed frame or under a desk. What’s your take on the Steel Holster? Readers' Ratings 4.97/5 (244) Your Rating? 3. Seat Straps The seat strap gives you a way to have a gun easily accessible right between your legs. You’ll see variations of them, but they usually wrap around the seat in some fashion and place the holster in an easy to access spot. Since the gun is right in front of you and you’ll have to move your leg over it to get out, you aren’t likely to forget your gun in the car. Miscellaneous Holster Mounts Other options are out there if you want to try them. Some manufacturers make holsters where you can take the holster off one mount and use it on another. Alien Gear Holsters and BlackHawk Holsters are two that come to mind. The holsters are modular so you can have a paddle holster one day then an IWB the next. Having this flexibility also lets you use a mount like this , for your OWB holster, in your vehicle or in your home to attach your holster. We’ve reviewed Alian Gear holsters before and liked them a lot – check out the Complete Review ! 4. Magnetic Mount When I first saw magnetic gun holders , I was skeptical. I mean, how is a refrigerator magnet going to hold your gun up. But, a guy I worked with had one and let me tell you, it holds the gun tight. Best Budget Car Holster IronMount 15 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 15 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing You can mount them anywhere with a few screws and they aren’t obvious like some other holsters are. Car Holster Placement Placement is a big consideration. You need to make sure you can draw your gun quickly and easily if you need it. That is first and foremost. Second, having it somewhat concealed is ideal. If someone walks up to your car and sees you have a holster in plain sight, they could follow you home break in while you aren’t home to try to get your other weapon(s). Third, a secure mounting location is important. Flimsy plastic may work for a while, but it will crack or let the screws loose after a while. Then, you’ll have to remount it and make more holes. Final Thoughts Carrying a gun in off-body in your car will take some getting used to. You will need to for the habit of remembering to take it with you EVERY time you exit the vehicle. If you forget and your vehicle holster is out there in plain sight, it’s an easy smash and grabs for the person who sees it. You will want to train in your vehicle too. You’ll want to practice your draw and how you will fire your weapon. You’ll have to grab from the right side and pivot to the left to acquire your target. Also, practice drawing and acquiring a target on the passenger side or out the windshield. Take a look at the Center Axis Relock method of pistol handling, it was designed in part as to be used from a car and is a great tool to have in your training kit. You can watch this video for an idea of how the transition works. Do you have a holster mounted in your vehicle? What did you decide to do? Let us know in the comments! Check out more in our Concealed Carry section when you’re carrying on-body.

Most Iconic Guns of the Old West (And Where To Buy Them Today)

Most Iconic Guns of the Old West (And Where To Buy Them Today)

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Is there a cooler, or more uniquely American time period than the Old West? It was a time and place defined by people like frontiersmen, cowboys, lawmen, and outlaws, who relied on firearms for both protection and their livelihood.  Now the era’s guns have become iconic in American culture. From the Duke to modern cowboy action shooting , the Old West will always hold a special place in our hearts. Today, we’re going to look at not just the background of these iconic firearms, but also where you might have seen them before.  We’ll also tell you where you can purchase a modern version for your own collection.  For ease of browsing, the list starts with pistols, then moves on to long guns. Let’s get started. Colt Single Action Army Revolver Original Colt "Single Action Army" , one of the most iconic Old West guns. The Colt Single Action Army Revolver ($1,499), also famously known as the Peacemaker, is probably the single most iconic firearm of the Old West, so much so that it’s called “The Gun That Won the West,” though that phrase originated from Winchester’s marketing of the Model 1873. The Colt SAA was originally designed in 1872 for the United States Military and was officially released in 1873.  The SAA remained the standard military service revolver until 1892, when it was replaced by the Colt M1982. The Colt M1892 was the first double action revolver with a swing-out cylinder to see wide-spread service in the US military. With two brief exceptions (from 1942 to 1955 and during 1975) Colt has continued production of the Single Action Army through today. The SAA has maintained a largely consistent appearance since its inception, though it has been offered in over 30 different calibers and a variety of barrel lengths, and it has been updated with modern gun manufacturing practices. Where You Might Have Seen It Basically every Western ever. More specifically, John Wayne’s characters seem to favor this revolver.  He can be seen toting the Single Action Army in one of its various forms as Thomas Dunson in Red River (1948), Captain Nathan Brittles in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), and LTC Kirby Yorke in Rio Grande (1950), as well is in many other roles. More recently,  Sylvester Stallone carries one as Barney Ross in 2010’s The Expendables and Kurt Russell carries an SAA, in addition to a Remington 1858 rifle, as John “The Hangman” Ruth in 2015’s The Hateful Eight . Barney Ross’ custom SAA with compensator cuts and a shortened barrel. Where You Can Get Your Own As I said before, Colt still produces the Single Action Army today, and they are still as high demand as ever. You can get a brand spanking new Colt Single Action Army for between $1,500 and $1,700 depending on finish and barrel length. The modern Colt SAA still has that iconic Old West feel, but is made with modern materials and manufacturing techniques. Remington Model 1875 Original "Remington Model 1875" The Remington Model 1875 Single Action Army ($550) was created to compete with Colt’s legendary Peacemaker, but never quite reached the same level of success. Despite this, the Model 1875 was hardly a flop.  It quickly gained a reputation as a sturdy reliable firearm, and caught the attention of law enforcement and civilians alike. Though the US military had already contracted with Colt, Remington was able to sell their Single Action Army revolvers to foreign armies with some success, including sales to the armies of India, Egypt, and Mexico. The Model 1875 was manufactured with a standard 7 ½ inch barrel, but a couple hundred managed to make it out of the factory with 5 ¾ inch barrels,  and now command a premium price from collectors. This 1875 with 5 3/4 inch barrel just recently sold at auction for $10,650. Where "You Might Have" Seen It Though it didn’t reach the same level of success as the Colt SAA, the Remington Model 1875 is still pervasive throughout Western fiction, often in the same films. Hank Worden and Joanne Dru, playing Simms Reeves and Tess Millay respectively, carry frontier versions of the Remington Model 1875 in Red River , while Kevin Costner used one while playing the title character of 1994’s Wyatt Earp. In a fun twist, the Model 1875 can also be seen in season 7, episode 24 of The Office , handled by none other than Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), though it is misidentified as a Beaumont-Adams. You can see it here on display on Dwight’s desk. If you’re familiar with the show, you can probably imagine how this ends up, and yes it goes just as badly as you might expect. Where You Can Get Your Own Unfortunately, unlike the Colt SAA, the Remington SAA is not still in production.  Fortunately, Uberti makes a damn good Remington Model 1875 replica , which sells for between $550 and $600 , depending on customer specifications. Modern Remington 1875 Colt Dragoon An Original Colt Dragoon The Colt Model 1848 Percussion Army Revolver ($400), or Colt Dragoon, was designed for use by the US mounted infantry, or dragoons, and was released in 1848.  The Dragoon’s large size and substantial weight made it far more ideal for use on horseback, where it could be stored in a saddle holster, than on foot. The Dragoon was intended to address the issues of the previous Colt Walker, and did so with great success, leading it to become popular among both civilians and military members. Due to its popularity, the Dragoon was widely used by both sides during the Civil War.  It also had a reasonable level of success in both the United Kingdom and Australia. In addition to the large standard version, Colt also released a pocket version of the Dragoon, commonly called the Baby Dragoon. Where You Might Have Seen It Less pervasive in Western media than the other guns on this list, the Colt Dragoon can still be spotted if you know where to look. In 1980’s Heavens Gate , Mickey Rourke and Christopher Walken carry third model Dragoons while portraying Nick Ray and Nathan D. Champion.  Hailee Steinfeld totes one while playing Mattie Ross in True Grit (2010), and the apparent new staple of Western film, Walton Goggins, carried one while portraying Hunt in 2011’s Cowboys and Aliens. Mattie Ross is young but deadly with her late father’s Colt Dragoon. Where You Can Get Your Own Colt no longer produces the Dragoon, but fortunately Uberti makes a great replica, which retails for $449 , but you can also get it from Brownells for a good bit cheaper . Uberti Replica Colt Dragoon 1851 Colt Navy Revolver Here we have yet another Colt revolver on our list. Original 1851 "Colt Navy Revolver" The Colt 1851 Navy Revolver ($200) was Colt’s predecessor to the Peacemaker. Colt originally branded this pistol as the Ranger Revolver, but after successful sale to the Texas Navy, the “Navy” designation became much more popular. In addition, the Colt 1851 was also used by the militaries of numerous other countries, including the Confederate States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Russian and Ottoman Empires, and more. Lighter than its contemporary, the Colt Dragoon, the Colt Navy was far more favored, domestically and abroad, for use with a belt holster, making it popular as both an alternative and complement to the Dragoon. Though the Navy revolver had a standard caliber of .36, a very small number of .40 and .34 caliber Navy revolvers were manufactured. Where You Might Have Seen It The Colt "1851 Navy Revolver" is perhaps more iconic for having led to the Peacemaker than for its media appearances, but it can still be spotted in various films and television shows. Eli Wallach’s Tuco carries one on a lanyard loop in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly , though it’s not fired on screen.  It is also one of the many firearms used by Jack Beauregard, played by Henry Fonda, in My Name is Nobody (1973), and appears throughout 1993’s Gettysburg , used by both Union and Confederate officers. Thomas Chamberlain (C. Thomas Howell) fires his Colt 1851 Navy revolver. Where You Can Get Your Own Like most of the other guns on this list, the Colt Navy revolver is no longer in production.  However, Pietta makes a replica, available both with and without an accessory kit.  Without the accessory kit, the Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44-Caliber Black Powder Revolver sells for $200 .  The reproduction can be purchased with the accessory kit for $250 . Pietta Colt Navy Reproduction 1874 Sharps Rifle The entire series of Sharps rifles, manufactured from 1848 to 1881, could be considered iconic, but the 1874 edition Sharps ($1,100) stands out from the rest. Original "1874 Sharps Rifle" This 1874 model was a large-bore rifle manufactured to be used with some of the most powerful black powder cartridges in existence at the time. While other Sharps rifles have more notoriety for military use, this combination made the 1874 Sharps rifle far more popular among buffalo hunters and frontiersmen, though it was also commonly used by the competitive long range shooters of its time. Even today, many long range black powder silhouette shooters favor original or replica 1874 Sharps rifles. Where You Might Have Seen It The Sharps 1874 most notably appeared in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), carried by The Man with No Name, portrayed by Clint Eastwood. Even if you don’t recognize the rifle, I’m sure you recognize this squint. You may also recognize it as the rifle carried by Tom Selleck as Matthew Quigley in 1990’s Quigley Down Under , the “Buffalo Rifle” in the video game Red Dead Redemption (2010), and the pilot of Longmire (2012) where it was carried by a variety of characters, including the titular Walt Longmire, portrayed by Robert Taylor. Where You Can Get Your Own Unfortunately, but perhaps unsurprisingly, the Sharps 1874 is no longer in production.  After all, frontiering and buffalo hunting are hardly the lifestyles they once were. Pedersoli 1874 Sharps Replica However, Pedersoli’s 1874 Sharps Hunter Rifle ($1,10) is a gorgeous replica. Coach Gun An Antique Coach Gun Technically the term coach gun ($500) refers not to a particular gun, but to any of the double barrel shotguns, generally with barrels between 18 and 24 inches long, used on stagecoaches by messengers in the Old West. Coach gun is a modern term.  In their heyday, these guns were referred to as “cut-down shotguns” or “messenger’s guns,” terms that developed in the 1860s when Wells Fargo and Co. hired shotgun messengers to defend cargo in transit through the West. (It’s from these messengers that the phrase “riding shotgun” came into being, but not until 1919.) Coach guns were produced by a variety of gun manufacturers, and were sold through gun dealers based in San Francisco, where Wells Fargo’s headquarters were located.  Notable manufacturers included Colt and Remington. Where You Might Have Seen It By their nature, coach guns aren’t typically seen carried by major characters in film and television.  However, they still feature throughout the Western genre. A 12 gauge coach gun is used by James Pepper, played by Ben Johnson, in 1970’s Chisum , starring John Wayne.  A similar coach gun is also carried by Joe, played by Michael Madsen, in "The Hateful Eight" . Pepper with his coach gun. Where You Can Get Your Own The days in which a coach gun was a necessity have long passed, so to get a modern version you have to go with a replica. Stoeger Reproduction Coach Gun The Stoeger Coach Side by Side Shotgun ($500) is an excellent choice. 1873 Winchester Rifle The entire history of Winchester rifles is made up of historically significant firearms, just about all of which could rightfully hold a place on this list, but the one that really elevated the line to iconic status is the Model 1873 ($1,400). The Model 1873 was one of the most popular Winchester rifles of the period, and its creation established a standard from Winchester that led all following Winchester rifle models to become similarly successful.   "The Model 1873" even provided a retroactive boost in popularity to the previous Winchester rifle, the Model 1866, because it was less expensive alternative. The Model 1866 was available in four standard variations, but could also be customized to nearly any customer specifications, including octagonal barrels, barrels as short as 12 inches, and intricate engravings.  The standard rifle length was by far the most popular. In total, 720,000 Winchester Model 1873s were produced before manufacturing stopped in 1923. Where You Might Have Seen It The most obvious example of the "Winchester Model 1873" in media is the film Winchester ‘73 , released in 1950.  Use in other classic Westerns includes by Charlton Heston, playing the titular character of 1968’s Will Penny and Yul Brynner as the Gunslinger in the original Westworld , released in 1973. More recently, a mare’s leg version of the Model 1873 can be spotted in the hands of Gina Torres in Firefly as Zoe Washburne.  In 2010’s True Grit , Jeff Bridges carries a “short” Model 1873 with an octagonal barrel while portraying Marshal Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn. A space cowboy is still a cowboy, right? Where You Can Get Your Own Winchester Model 1873 Sporter Pistol-Grip Centerfire Rifle While they have long since stopped production of the original Model 1873, Winchester does make a modern sporting rifle inspired by the design of the original ‘73, the Winchester Model 1873 Sporter Pistol- "Grip Centerfire Rifle" .  The new Model 1873 retails for $1,400 . Wrapping Up There you have it.  A variety of guns with a variety of uses, but all from the same legendary time and place in American history. So what do you think?  Do you have any favorite guns from the Old West?  Are there any iconic Western firearms that you think I missed?  Let me know in the comments.

Why Gun Suppressors Are Good

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379ce769b85_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379ce769b85_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } DoD Photo. Suppressed can be a tricky word by its definition and in most uses connotates something that is a negative, such as “the team of lawyers suppressed the evidence” or “the government suppressed the people’s rights.” But I am here to tell you that suppression, provided by gun suppressors, is a very good thing. I recently enjoyed the opportunity to host a group of friends, mostly women, all of whom either had little experience with firearms or were all-out first time shooters. To help with the instruction and join in on the fun was Oceana Pawn & Gun gunsmith, Kurt Derwort, a former Naval armorer who worked out of Dam Neck in Virginia Beach, Va. To get the new shooters more comfortable with guns in general and ease them into the experience, after a safety briefing, Kurt pulled out a Ruger .22 with an integrally suppressed barrel. He then guided the newest shooter in the group in how to shoot a gun that reduced the already fairly quiet rimfire to all of the noise of a pellet gun. Not distracted by a loud bang or any type of recoil, she chewed the target up. Related GunDigest Articles Gallery: Great New Suppressors for Shooters How To: Normal Suppressor Maintenance Iowa Passes Bill Legalizing Suppressors Before the afternoon was over, Kurt pulled out a suppressed .223, which tricked out with a bipod, suppressor and variable magnification optic, looks like a pit bull, but as the group of shooters quickly realized, shoots with the gentleness of a golden retriever. Without a doubt, the suppressed guns were the highlight of the day, and for good reason. Not only did they make the guns less intimidating to the less experienced shooters, but they made shooting in a group much more enjoyable. Hearing protection wasn’t as critical, people could stand in the background and still carry on conversations, Kurt could deliver instruction much more easily, and the neighbors down the street probably appreciated the reduced sound as well.

Get a grip with the Oregon Trail Defense Stippling Kit

The Oregon Trail Defense Stippling Kit is a high quality all in one stippling kit that allows a user the ability to quickly and easily make permanent modifications to any piece of plastic. I’m a fan of stippling plastic, its a great way to make your weapons and gear work for you. There were several problems with my early attempts at stippling that I came across, problems that this kit helps reduced if not remove completely. If you are interested in stippling even the least bit, read this article completely before you purchase any gear "Oregon Trail Defense" is located in rural northeastern Oregon and offers it’s clients a wide array of services. They offer firearms instruction covering basic pistol, carbine, and long-range marksmanship fundamentals. The also have branched into producing the Oregon Trail Defense Stippling kit as well as custom modifications and accessories for Safariland brand holsters. Micah the lead instructor and brains behind the OTD Stippling kit graduated with Honors from the U.S. Marine Corps Scout/Sniper Course and also graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps Advanced Scout Sniper Course. He later got his post-graduate degree from the University of Fallujah serving as a Scout Sniper Element Leader while supporting other Marine Infantry Elements. To put it mildly he knows what works when it comes to weapons customization and what doesn’t. This intense knowledge of weapons fundamentals was not doubt invaluable in his creation of the OTD kit. In the military simple things work well, and if those simple things come in hard sided case that is hard to break, they work even better. So lets take a closer look at what makes the OTD Stippling kit a must have for anyone looking to get into stippling their gear. Product: Oregon Trail Defense Stippling Kit What you get: Electric soldering iron rated for 950*F (6 3/4″ long minus cord) Hard sided case OTD Waffle Tip 20 lines per inch 1/4″ wide OTD Rectangular tip Small round tip 1/16th” diameter Large round tip 1/8″ diameter Optional OTD Waffle tip 12 lines per inch 5/16″ wide Clear storage tube for tips Stand for iron Case Dimensions: Length : 8 1/8″ Long Width: 5 1/4″ Wide Depth: 2 1/4″ Deep Cost: $48.95 MSRP Initial Impressions My first impression of the OTD Stippling kit was “I wish I had seen this earlier”. The kit is such an improvement over the set up I was using that I was aggravated at myself for not checking around more on the internet to find this kit instead of my Lowe’s kit. Opening the kit is straight forward and easy with the polymer tab and clasp on the side of the kit. Once I opened the kit I did the normal inventory of parts, soldering iron, check , stand, check , tips, check . Nothing out of the ordinary here so far. There are several little things that OTD did extremely well on this kit, first use of a hard case was vastly superior to any other flimsy case I had seen for soldering irons in the big box stores. The next thing they did is small but it makes a huge difference, a clear tube that holds the soldering iron tips. It may not seem like a big deal until you drop a bit, or can’t find a place to put them when you are done with them. The storage tube also has a spot inside the hard case, keeping this nice and neat all in one central location. What did I notice while using the OTD kit ? I said there were major advantages this kit has over my current box store variety kit and one of those advantages is heat. The smaller box store kit I had been using was rated generously at around 600*F, the OTD kit clearly states it will reach temperatures of 950*F. I wasn’t sure if that was going to be accurate until I plugged the OTD iron in and it warmed up to operating temperature much faster than my older model. My old unit would need some rest if I was running it quickly and got into a rhythm with my stippling, it would noticeably loose penetration power. Using the OTD kit and the 12 lines per inch pattern waffle I was able to quickly completely stipple a Magpul PMAG in under 5 minutes, and that was going slow. http://specialoperations.com/30162/oregon-trail-defense-stippling-kit/ The difference in the two units is remarkable, the OTD unit did have some quirks though, notice I didn’t say problems. The OTD kit gets very hot and during that process tends to allow plastic to attach itself to the brass tip. This eventually did sizzle and produce a bit of smoke, ventilation is a must with the OTD kit. A simple household fan will be sufficient. After staring at the smoldering black goo on the tip I had an idea and how to clean it off, I used a 1/2″ diameter metal bristled pipe cleaning brush and the remnants of the PMAG easily came off. If would advise getting a small mental bristled toothbrush sized brush for housekeeping purposes. The 12 and the 20 line per inch waffle pattern tips are designed to not over penetrate the polymer surface you will be working on, that said OTD advises buyers that these two tips are items that will wear out due to their construction. Each of the waffle tips should allow you to stipple two or three complete polymer pistols before they should be replaced. Additional waffle tips are available at the OTD web store for a price of $8.95 for the 20 LPI version and $9.95 for the 12 LPI model. If you find that these waffle patterns agree with your method and style of stippling I would stock up. Overall Evaluation: My overall evaluation is that the Oregon Trail Defense Stippling Kit is the only kit you should buy if you want to get into stippling your polymer guns or gear. It’s a no nonsense, no fluff kit that performs amazingly better than my old set up did. It’s more compact, easier to store and uses a wider array of tips than my old kit. It provides you with the basics and leaves you some room to explore and hone your craft. I would expect nothing less from a kit devised by a decorated Combat Veteran who knows what it takes to get a weapon or gear to perform at its maximum potential. Be sure to check out their site and store at www.oregontraildefense.com Also posted in LoadOutRoom.com

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