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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Since firearms were first conceived, they’ve been used to fight wars, assassinate important people , protect their owners, hunt for food, and commit crimes. All of that has, whether for bad or for good (and most likely a mix of both), inarguably altered the course of human history . 1907 Army Pistol Trials Some guns have had a greater impact than others, however, and some of those impactful guns proved more popular than others.

Best Historical Guns (That You Can Still Buy)

Best Historical Guns (That You Can Still Buy)Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Since firearms were first conceived, they’ve been used to fight wars, assassinate important people , protect their owners, hunt for food, and commit crimes. All of that has, whether for bad or for good (and most likely a mix of both), inarguably altered the course of human history . 1907 Army Pistol Trials Some guns have had a greater impact than others, however, and some of those impactful guns proved more popular than others. Some were just a flash in the pan and some continue to intrigue people today, even if they are no longer available for purchase. Today we’re going to talk about a few of history’s greatest and most influential firearms that you can still get, if not in their original version then at least in retro styles or reproductions. Springfield Armory M1As Check out the table of contents below for a sneak peak at which guns we’ll be covering, then let’s get down to it. What can we say? We’re enablers. Table of Contents Loading... 1. Mosin-Nagant Let’s start with the oldest gun on the list, the Mosin-Nagant. Mosin-Nagant from All Angles “Mosin-Nagant” is a Western nickname for the rifle; Its official designation is the 3-line rifle M1891, though Russians colloquially call it Mosin’s rifle. Whatever you call it, this Russian rifle was designed and entered service all the way back in 1891, more than 25 years before the Soviet Union would form. And was well loved for it. Throughout its history, the Mosin-Nagant was produced in massive numbers. This is especially true during World War II, when it was the standard issue weapon of the Soviet Army, history’s largest mobilized army. On top of this, the Soviet Union lent military aid to a huge number of other militaries and still other countries produced their own variants for their militaries to use. Over time, approximately 37 million Mosin-Nagants were made in Russia alone and millions more were manufactured in other countries, including the United States, China, and Finland. Vasily Zaytsev with His Mosin-Nagant This rifle has seen armed conflict all around the world, including both World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the War in Afghanistan, and the War in Iraq. It’s also been on the front lines of more than a few civil wars, thanks to its mass production and wide distribution, including Russia, China, Cambodia, and throughout the former Soviet Union after its collapse. The rifle was widely used as a standard infantry rifle, but it was also well-loved by snipers. It was the favorite rifle of sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko, one of our favorite badass lady shooters , and was used by history’s deadliest sniper, Simo Häyhä. Lyudmila “Lady Death” Pavlichenko was in the Nazi killing business. And business was good. Despite its age and the fact that production halted in 1965, the Mosin-Nagant is still used by somewhere around 30 militaries even today, including Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Syrian National Coalition, making it the longest serving military bolt action rifle still in service. It’s also still used ceremonially by the Russian military. Taliban fighters training with a really well-loved Mosin-Nagant in Afghanistan. This rifle has been able to achieve such longevity because, especially compared to its original contemporaries, it’s among history’s most reliable and easy to maintain rifles. This not only appealed to militaries, but also to civilians who flocked to buy Mosin-Nagants for hunting, recreational shooting, and home defense from the time surplus rifles were first released for civilians after World War II. This image brought to you by the Mosin-Nagant. Those same traits, coupled with its incredibly long service history, continue to draw civilian hunters, hobby shooters, and historical gun collectors to the Mosin-Nagant to this day. Fortunately, all that mass production means that surplus Mosin-Nagants are relatively easy to find, especially through firearm sales websites like Guns.com and typically cost less than $600, though Mosin-Nagant prices vary based on the rifle’s condition . 2. Colt M1911 Next up is the Colt M1911. Old Colt 1911 John Browning, renowned gun designer, first began design work on the 1911 in the late 1890s for Colt in an attempt to create a self-loading pistol to replace the various revolvers used by the United States military at that point. After more than a decade of designing and redesigning and multiple submissions into military field trials, the pistol was finalized and entered into service in, as you might expect, 1911 at which point it earned the designation Model of 1911. In 1917 this would be shortened to Model 1911 and in the mid-twenties the gun would receive its current official designation, M1911. A Colt 1911 advert From then until 1989, the M1911 would serve as the US Armed Forces’ standard issue sidearm, but the pistol is still used today by US Navy, Marine, and Special Forces units, including Delta Force and the Marine Corps Spec. Op. Command. In fact, it’s been in every US military conflict since World War I and is the longest-serving firearm in US military history. Marines with 1911’s The M1911 is popular among law enforcement as well, used by the Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT and SIS (Special Investigation Section) squads, FBI regional SWAT teams, and the FBI Hostage Rescue Team. Americans aren’t the only ones who love M1911s though. No Chuck… we said 1911s! Since its conception, in the past, the M1911 has been used by Canada, China, France, the Russian Empire, and the Soviet Union. Nazi German troops used (and prized) captured 1911s. This pistol is still used today by many more countries’ armed forces, including Canada, the Republic of China (Taiwan), Thailand, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. Civilian competition shooters also love the M1911 and it can be spotted in a wide variety of shooting events, such as IPSC, USPSA, and IDPA. It’s also a favorite for both recreational shooting and personal defense. A collection of our 1911s So why is the 1911 so well received among military, law enforcement, and civilians alike? Simple: it’s powerful but also durable, reliable, and easy to maintain. This makes it an excellent choice for pretty much anything you could want to use it for. These days, Colt isn’t the only company manufacturing 1911s, so you have plenty of options available to you. Check out our lists of the Best 1911 Pistols for the Money and the Best Affordable 1911s for a few options. Colt 1911 900 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 900 at Brownells Compare prices (3 found) Brownells (See Price) Guns.Com (See Price) GunBroker.Com (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing But for the most authentic 1911 experience, you have to go through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Each year, the CMP sells a fixed number of retired or never issued 1911s to civilians. 1911 Diagram These 1911s are in high demand, so the CMP sells them via a lottery. There are typically several times more numbers issued than 1911s available, so it may take a few years for you to get one (or you might get lucky and get one your first try) but if you want a true military 1911, it’s totally worth it. If you don’t get lucky with the lottery, you can also try a CMP auction. CMPLogo Keep an eye on the CMP’s 1911 information page to find out when and how you can submit to get your 1911 and when auctions are scheduled. Just a heads up, you can only get one per year, so don’t bother submitting multiple times and you should probably make sure you meet the CMP’s requirements for sale first. Alternatively, you can keep an eye on other auctions and private gun sales to see if an original Model 1911 happens to be available. Not a great one, but… 3. Thompson Submachine Gun Our next most senior firearm is the Thompson submachine gun. Thompson SMG The Thompson submachine gun has gone by many names, including Drum Gun, Annihilator, The Chopper, The Thompson, Tommy Gun, Trench Sweeper, Trench Broom, Chicago Organ Grinder, Chicago Piano, Chicago Typewriter, Chicago Submachine, and Chicago Style. Thompson Sub Machine Gun, Hickok45 (You may notice that the Thompson is often associated with one city in particular.) Whatever you call it, this rifle is famous among both shooting enthusiasts and laypeople. It’s known for its service in World War II, but probably even more so for its use by criminals and law enforcement alike during the Prohibition era. A Thompson Submachine Gun advert William J. Helmer, a historian specializing in gangland topics, even described the Tommy Gun as “the gun that made the twenties roar.” The Thompson got its start in 1916 when designer General John T. Thompson started the Auto-Ordnance Company to develop an “auto rifle” (semi-automatic rifle) to replace the bolt action service rifles that were being used by the armed forces as they fought World War I. Thompson and his gun However, Thompson encountered some problems realizing his initial vision and in 1917 switched lanes to a machine gun that could be easily handheld and operated by a single person for use clearing trenches. This is where the Thompson got the “Annihilator” nickname, as the project was dubbed “Annihilator I.” Battlefield 1 makes a nod to the original Annihilator name. Prototypes were completed and ready to be sent to Europe the next year, but they never got a chance to see action: the war ended just two days before the prototypes were scheduled to ship. In 1919, Auto-Ordnance renamed the Annihilator the Thompson Submachine Gun and decided to market it to civilians. Two years later and after some redesign, the Thompson entered the market as the M1921. Thompson ad But at $200 (equivalent to about $2,860 in 2018), the gun was priced too high to see much success with that market. Fortunately for General Thompson and Auto-Ordnance, the gun had unexpected success with a different demographic. Auto-Ordnance sold small numbers of Thomsons to the United States Postal Inspection Service (the law enforcement arm of USPS) and the Marine Corps. This led to more sales to domestic police departments and even a few international sales. These sales were primarily to Central and South American law enforcement and militaries, but also included the Irish Republican Army (IRA). US Marines in Nicaragua with a Thompson SMG (via Sandino Rebellion ) The Marines used the Thompson during the Banana Wars in the Caribbean and Central America, as well as in China. With the IRA, the Thompson saw the final month of the Irish War for Independence, then the duration of the Irish Civil War. But gangsters and the lawmen who opposed them are where the Tommy Gun gets glamorous. Two Thompsons, now held by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, were famously used in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929. Just a few years later, the FBI acquired Thompsons of their own following the Kansas City Massacre. Guns owned by Fred Burke, including the two Tommy Guns used in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. In fact, the popularity of the Tommy Gun among gangsters directly led to the passage of the National Firearms Act in 1934. Tommy guns could be broken down to fit in inconspicuous cases, like a violin case. As time went on, the Thompson began to see even more success, showing up in conflicts all around the world including World War II, the Chinese Civil War, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and the Korean War. Marines with Tommy guns in Okinawa, 1945 During the second half of the twentieth century, however, that success tapered off, but the Thompson continued to appear in conflicts including the Vietnam War, the Troubles in Ireland, and even the Iraq War. An IRA guard with a Thompson These days, Thompsons primarily serve as collectors items and a fixture of gangster films like “The Untouchables” (1987) and “Public Enemies” (2009). A Thompson reportedly owned by Bonnie and Clyde (though the claim couldn’t be verified) sold for $130,000 in 2012. The Untouchables But if you aren’t a collector or just don’t want to deal with the hassle of legally acquiring an automatic weapon, you can still get a Thompson of your own. Auto-Ordnance sells a variety of (semi-automatic, of course) Thompson sub-machine gun reproductions through Brownells. My personal favorite is the Tommy Gun Summit , which comes with a suppressor and a violin case-style carrying and storage case, but there’s a bunch that you can choose from . Auto Ordnance Tommy Gun Summit 3450 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 3450 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing 4. M1 Garand Leading into the second half of our list is the M1 Garand, designed in 1928 by French-Canadian firearms designer John C. Garand while he was working for Springfield Armory. M1 Garand with Bayonet After some modifications, the M1 Garand became the standard U.S. service rifle in 1936, three years before the start of World War II and five years before the United States would become involved after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Marine in Guadalacanal with an M1 Garand Unlike other standard service rifles of the era, the Garand was semi-automatic. Shooters could fire eight rounds before having to stop and reload, while other service rifles at the time were bolt action and suffered from much greater recoil. The M1 Garand proved to be a huge advantage for American troops. Americans weren’t the only ones with semi-automatic weapons, but the Garand had a greater capacity than others at the time like the Italian Carcano M1891 which could fire six rounds and the German Karabiner 98K which could shoot five rounds. German soldiers with captured American Garands The British Army looked at replacing the Lee-Enfield rifle with the Garand before the start of World War II, but were concerned about its ability to handle muddy trench warfare. Surplus Garands were supplied to a large number of America’s allies, including France, West Germany, and South Korea, even after the US began phasing the Garand out in favor of the M14 in the late ‘50s and ‘60s. Springfield Armory M1A with an open bolt, close to an M14. Kind of. It’s still used by certain militaries, but is mostly reserved for ceremonial use, such as by drill teams including the U.S. Marine Corp Silent Drill Team. On the other hand, the M1 Garand is more widely used by insurgent and terrorist forces, including the "Syrian National Coalition" , the IRA, the Taliban, and Iraqi insurgents. The rifles these groups are using are generally those surplus rifles supplied to American allies. Iranian Imperial Army forces drill with M1 Garand While it’s certainly not great that these groups managed to get a hold of American arms, the fact that these Garands are still functional in combat use is a testament to the durability of the rifle. Like with the Colt M1911, you can get an original M1 Garand through the CMP . Fortunately, with Garands you can just place a mail-order and not deal with the hassle of a lottery, but rifles sell out quickly after they become available, so be sure to keep an eye out for new batches to come up for sale. You can also buy up to eight per calendar year. 5. AR-15 The AR-15 is probably the most famous firearm. We’ve certainly talked about it a lot . But you may not be familiar with the rifle’s history, which is basically fodder for a military-based workplace drama. Early AR-15s In 1956, after the M14 and M2 both proved to be no match for the AK-47 in the Vietnam War, the US Continental Army Command held trials for a new .223 caliber selective-fire rifle that weighed six pounds when loaded with a 20-round magazine. The round needed to be able to at least match the wounding capabilities of the .30 carbine round and penetrate the standard US M1 helmet of the time at 500 yards, all the while not slowing to the speed of sound. AR-10s Armalite had previously submitted the AR-10 to army trials but it lost out to the M14 and ultimately proved to be unsuccessful. In an attempt to bounce back from that, Armalite scaled down the AR-10, called it the AR-15, and submitted it in the new trial. Using M16s in Vietnam Unfortunately, this isn’t a story where the underdog wins. Despite being three times more reliable, delivering greater firepower, and allowing soldiers to carry three times as much ammunition, US Army Chief of Staff General Maxwell Taylor opted to instead continue using the M14. Yes, the rifle that had already shown itself less than suitable. Even more frustrated by this turn of events than you are reading about it, Fairchild, Armalite’s parent company, sold the rights to the AR-10 and AR-15 to Colt in 1959. M16 Being Used in the Vietnam War Colt immediately redesigned the AR-15 to make it easier to mass produce and moved the charging handle from under the carry handle to the rear of the receiver, similar to the M14. Best Complete AR-15 on a Budget Palmetto State Armory (PSA) Complete AR-15s 499 at PSA Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 499 at PSA Prices accurate at time of writing At a demonstration in 1960, the AR-15 impressed Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, General Curtis LeMay, who ordered 8,500. At the same time the Army continued testing the AR-15, finding that the .223 cartridge was easier to shoot than the M14’s 7.62mm NATO, the AR-15 had less recoil and was therefore easier to control than the M14, and that 43% of AR-15 shooters achieved Expert during marksmanship trials while only 22% of M16 shooters did. Using an M16 from a tank When General LeMay was promoted to Air Force Chief of Staff in 1961, he requested another 80,000 rifles but General Taylor, who had been promoted to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and had a long history of butting heads with General LeMay, convinced President Kennedy to reject the request. The decision wasn’t popular and in October William Godell, a senior worker in the Advanced Research Projects Agency, sent 10 AR-15s to Vietnam. Army personnel loved the rifles and 1,000 more were sent over the next year. Special forces pressed for the AR-15’s adoption in their reports, yet Army leadership continued to favor the M14. M14s in Vietnam Finally, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and President Kennedy had had enough and ordered Cyrus Vance, Secretary of the Army, to test the rifles head to head alongside the AK-47. Since the Army conducted them it’s probably not a surprise that testers were less than impartial and recommended the M14. The AR-15 finally got its lucky break in 1963 when McNamara was told that the M14 couldn’t be produced in large enough quantities to meet the armed forces’ needs. In fact, the only rifle that could be was the AR-15. M16A4 clone So the superior rifle was finally adopted, not by its merits, but by default. The AR-15 underwent a few modifications to be even better suited for service and the modified version was dubbed the M16. The Army finally recommended it for service, which seems like too little too late to me, but maybe I’m just petty. A little later, Colt introduced a semi-automatic version for sale to civilians and kept the AR-15 name as an homage to the rifle’s history. USMC M16a4 with m203 Colt’s patent on the AR-15 expired in 1977 and from that point on, pretty much every rifle manufacturer started making their own AR-15 style rifle, though Colt retained the rights to the “AR-15” title. Modern style AR-15s are easy to find or even build yourself . AR-15 Grips… a lot of them. But for the classic style, check out Brownells Retro Rifles . The line has several replicas of the AR-15’s design at various points in its history, but I particularly like the points in history represented by the BRN-PROTO model , which replicates the very first AR-15 prototype made by Armalite, and the XBRN16E1 model , which replicates the AR-15 as it was when it was first widely adopted in 1963. BRN-PROTO Rifle 1050 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1050 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing Conclusion These are a few of the historical greats that you can still buy for yourself, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. What are your favorite historical firearms? What other guns would you have liked to see included here? Let me know in the comments! For some other awesome options, check out the Coolest Guns from World War II and the Most Iconic Guns of the Old West .

Best Glocks for Concealed Carry [2020 Complete Review]

Best Glocks for Concealed Carry [2020 Complete Review]

Glocks need no introduction. Almost everyone loves them: they’re versatile, perfect for both self-defense and concealed carry, and host the biggest market for parts and components . If you want to focus on concealed carry, though, you’ll want to cut through the noise. Read on to discover how to maximize your Glock concealed carry setup, as well as the best options on the market today. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Glocks for Concealed Carry OUR TOP PICK: Glock G19 Semi-auto Pistol Glock G26 Semi-auto Pistol Glock 30 Sf Semi-auto Pistol BEST BUDGET OPTION: Glock - G43 Handgun 9mm W/ 2 6-round Magazines Comparison of the Best Glocks for Concealed Carry IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick Glock G19 Semi-auto Pistol Best and most reliable concealed carry handgun from Glock One of the most widely used CCW handguns on the planet 11-round capacity for ample firepower in a critical situation View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Glock G26 Semi-auto Pistol Great handgun for concealment and people with small palms Extremely comfortable ergonomics for a gun of this size Holds 11 rounds despite its size for optimum firepower "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Glock 30 Sf Semi-auto Pistol Shoots the more powerful 45 ACP rounds for more stopping power Slim design for keeping a low-profile when CCW Renowned Glock model for its accuracy and handling View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Best Budget Option Glock - G43 Handgun 9mm W/ 2 6-round Magazines Ultra-concealable weapon with slim design and low-profile Built-in beavertail for better grip and eliminating slide bite Easy to maintain and offers good value for money View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews What Makes Glocks a Great Concealed Carry? The ease of concealing a Glock is one of the many reasons it enjoys immense popularity amongst handguns. It starts with the small size. Glocks come in a range of models , some more concealable than others, but all well-suited for this purpose without sacrificing ease of use. Glock 30 as conceal carry ( Source ) Additionally, their popularity has created a huge aftermarket for concealed carry accessories, not the least of which is holsters, of course. There are almost as many holsters as there are gun owners, so you can easily find something with a low profile that’s comfortable for you. Another big reason is how easy Glocks are to use. Those interested in concealed carry are often not the type who enjoy shooting for sport or hunting. Some may only care about staying “fresh enough” to defend themselves. Glocks are quick to adapt to and provide reliable performance when a concealed carry weapon needs to be taken out to save your life. Quick Take - The Best Glocks for Concealed Carry These are our recommendations for the best Glocks for concealed carry: Glock G19 Semi-auto Pistol Glock - G23 4.02in 40 S&W Gas Nitride 10+1rd Glock G26 Semi-auto Pistol Review of the Best Glocks for Concealed Carry Just because Glocks are universally adored for their edge in concealed carry doesn’t mean you should haphazardly purchase just any Glock. Particularly if you’re new to handguns, you should spend some time contrasting the different models. In the following reviews, we’ll examine the strengths and weaknesses of the best models on the market so you can choose the best concealed carry Glock for your needs. 1. Glock G19 Semi-Auto Pistol CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Highly Affordable The Perfect Handgun for Beginners Virtually Flawless Performance Under Any Conditions Popularity has Produced a Vast Market for Holsters and Other Accessories Excellent Construction Resists Corrosion, Extreme Temperatures, and Shock Cons Those With Specific Needs, Such as Those With Smaller Hands, May Find Other Models Preferable Hands down, the most popular and recommended pistol for concealed carry among Glock models is the Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol. It is not only geared towards concealed carry but also is excellent for novices and trusted by law enforcement professionals the world over. Simply, it’s well-rounded, and that’s what makes it so perfect. It’s smaller and more concealable than other Glock models, but not so small that the average user will have a harder time using it—models like the Glock 26, for example, are more ideal for those with smaller hands. Compared to larger models, it only sacrifices two rounds for this smaller size, and yet at a ten-round capacity, you will need to load substantially less often than with other handguns, which matters, as you’ll be able to hit your target or take down a group without having to reload. Of course, it’s also rugged. Made from high-strength polymer and resistant to corrosion, extreme temperatures, and shock, it is ready for any environment. A Tenifer treatment protects it from perspiration when held close to your body. But perhaps most important of all, it simply works. Without the need for special care, a Glock 19 can withstand even the most careless gun owner’s habits. The Glock 19 can operate in the pouring rain, when dirty, and without constant cleaning or the implementation of custom springs, feed ramps, or routine oiling. We’re not saying not to take care of your Glock. You should. But the G19 has earned its reputation as immensely reliable, which is why for concealed carry, it should top everyone’s list regardless of how familiar you are with handguns. Bottom Line It’s hard to fault the Glock 19. As the ultimate utilitarian handgun, it’s easy to use, reliable, affordable, and comes with a huge aftermarket for parts. It should be everyone’s starting point. 2. Glock - G23 4.02in 40 S&W Gas Nitride 10+1rd CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Great Value Compact Size is Perfect for Concealed Carry Virtually Flawless Operation Regardless of Conditions Resistance to Corrosion, Extreme Temperature and Shock A Longer Grip Than the G19 is More Suitable for Large Hands Cons May Not Be the Best Option for Those With Medium or Smaller Hands The Glock 23 is another excellent option. As it is a Glock, it shares many similarities with the G19, such as a rugged construction that is resistant to shock, corrosion, perspiration, and heavy abuse in general. You can also expect the same level of reliability as you can from the G19, so we won’t repeat ourselves. There are key differences. The G19 is designed so that it’s a great fit for just about everyone. It’s the happy middle ground. The G23 is a bit larger, and as such, it is slightly more difficult for a concealed carry. However, for people who are larger, this is advantageous. First off, a larger person concealing a larger handgun is generally not more difficult nor more uncomfortable, as there is a larger body mass. A larger gun does, however, mean a longer grip, which is perfect for larger hands. That said, it also features a short 4.02” barrel and weighs only 1.44 pounds, meaning it is still optimum for concealment and fits with a wide variety of holsters. A standard magazine contains ten rounds, as with the G19, and it fits within the same price range. It is also easy to use, and some find it to be a bit more accurate than the G19, although any difference will be negligible to novices and the primary difference comes down to size and comfort for those just starting out. Bottom Line A very comparable alternative to the Glock 19, the Glock 23 is another exceptionally popular model with great durability and performance, with a larger grip that does not impede concealability. 3. Glock G26 Semi-Auto Pistol CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Perfect for "Those With Smaller" Hands Provides Same Durability and Reliability as Other Glocks Subcompact Size is Perfect for the Absolute Best Concealment For Those Who Dislike Concealed Carry for Comfort Reasons, This May be the Solution Can Easily be Hidden in Small Purses or Other Places a Gun is Normally Difficult to Conceal Cons Those With Larger Hands May Find This Gun Hard to Hold You might think our next choice is going to be a smaller variant of the Glock 19, but in fact, it’s sub-compact all around. While the Glock 19 and Glock 23 are designed to be the perfect handgun for just about anyone, the Glock 26 is specifically designed for concealed carry. This means that not only is the grip smaller—and incidentally, perfect for people with smaller hands—but every component has been whittled down to a minimum, including a 3.42” barrel. That said, it uses the same durable construction that’s resistant to shock, corrosion, and whatever else you can throw at it. Even the internal mechanisms have been retained, although a double-spring recoil assembly has been taken from later-generation Glocks to support its size. Despite its size, it can still retain a standard ten-round magazine. Its small size obviously makes it great for those with small or very small hands, but even those with normal-sized hands may wish to try the Glock 26 due to its impeccable ability to be concealed. Due to its size, even those who find concealed carry to almost always be uncomfortable will find that the small footprint and three-pound weight of this handgun lend themselves exceptionally well to all situations. That said, if holstering isn’t your thing, with a three-inch barrel, if you can hide this pretty much anywhere you can hide your cell phone. Bottom Line The Glock 26 is something of a marvel in how it retains the same durability and reliability as other Glocks and even features the standard ten-round magazine while staying smaller than even some modern cell phones, making it an optimum concealed carry option. 4. Glock 30 Sf Semi-Auto Pistol CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Highly Accurate Incredible Firepower in a Small Package Resistant to Shock, Moisture, and Corrosion SF Models Have a Reduced Size Frame for Enhanced IWB Carrying 3.77” Barrel Complements a More Medium-Sized Gun for a Great Overall Balance Cons May Provide Too Much Kick for Those Just Starting Out The Glock 30 is an excellent option for those who have a little more experience with handguns but still want the best in concealed carry. As it provides access to the .45 ammunition, it packs a stronger punch, but does so in a small frame that is easily concealable. It is still quite small—the barrel is 3.77”, putting it on the smaller end of the spectrum for Glock models—and is part of the SF line, which stands for Slim Frame, allowing for a tighter profile that is great for carrying inside-the-waistband. At 3.35 pounds, it is light and comfortable. Having the knock-down power of a .45 in a frame this small is simply an incredible feat. Of course, Glock did not take any shortcuts (after all, this is the company that can create the incredibly small G26 without cutting corners), and so its rugged polymer construction retains resistance to shocks, moisture, and corrosion. It performs reliably under all conditions. The Glock 30 is also renowned for its accuracy, with many users often reporting that they prefer the Glock 30 SF due to its ability to hit the target more precisely and consistently. This is excellent for more advanced users seeking a concealed carry weapon that can double for other purposes, but the novice will likely want to avoid it due to the added kick. Of course, with proper training to ensure perfect form, it’s possible to overcome recoil concerns, but it’s not as easily adaptable as other models that do not use the .45 rounds. Bottom Line While excellent for any user, the Glock 30 provides exceptional firepower in a tiny package, making it great for those who are experienced with handguns and venturing into concealed carry. 5. Glock - G43 Handgun 9mm W/ 2 6-round Magazines CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Just Above One Pound in Weight Resists Shock, Corrosion, and Moisture Performs Reliably Under Any Conditions One of the Thinnest Handguns on the Market Excellent for Concealment as it is Roughly the Size of Modern Cellphones Cons A Smaller-Capacity Standard Magazine The Glock 43 is a newer model from Glock, attempting to push both the boundaries of size and concealability while staying utilitarian and comfortable for a wide range of owners. For starters, it is an incredible 1.02” wide, making it one of the slimmest handguns out there. It weighs just a hair over a pound, making it lightweight. The barrel is 3.39” in length, with a total length of 6.26”. For reference, most cell phones in use today are 6” in height or longer, making this very easy to conceal. Its height is where it attempts to find balance. At 4.25” tall, it provides about 3” of gripping area, which should be comfortable for most users. It also weighs a featherlight 1.13 pounds unloaded and the 9mm rounds will not add substantially to this. The tradeoff is that a standard magazine holds six rounds, which, if you’ve been paying attention, is just over half the other standard magazines. Now, you could easily get an extended magazine , but given we’re looking at concealment, it does negate the 4.25” height to have a higher-capacity magazine. In designing this handgun, it seems that Glock was able to make it compact by moving some of its width into height, and then reducing the magazine capacity. That said, it isn’t necessarily a problem. We’d recommend getting an extended magazine to give you another couple of rounds and accept that you will minimally be adding to the height. You still get a shockingly thin and compact handgun. Of course, like all Glocks, it is made from a rugged polymer that resists moisture, corrosion, and shock, and performs beautifully under all conditions. Bottom Line Though you’ll likely want to opt for an extended magazine, the G43 remains one of the thinnest and more compact models on the market while still being comfortable to handle. Conclusion Glocks are naturally great for concealed carry, but there are a wide variety of Glocks on offer. Choosing the perfect Glock for concealed carry means having a reliable handgun that meets your needs when it matters most. Use our guide to determine what to look for and find your own from the best on the market today. People Also Ask Especially for new or would-be gun owners, common questions about concealed carry are taken for granted by experienced gun owners. Don’t worry—we’ve got the answers. No matter where you are on your path to ownership, every question deserves a good answer. What is the Difference Between Open Carry and Concealed? Open carry means carrying your Glock or other gun model where it can easily be seen by the general public. The most common way to do this is with a holster that attaches to the outside of your belt. Concealed carry means hiding the fact that you have a weapon from the general public. The most common way to do so is with a holster that rests inside the belt and is covered by clothing. Can You Conceal Carry Any Pistol? Technically, you could conceal carry anything. Whether you practically or legally can is another matter. First off, whether you can conceal carry a gun at all is up to your state’s laws, so you should be sure your state allows concealed carry. Aside from this, pistols that are too large or not designed for concealed carry will not fit many holsters or will simply be uncomfortable. This is why certain models, such as Glock, are revered for concealed carry, as they are specifically designed for it. Why Concealed Carry? You might be wondering why anyone would want to hide the fact that they’re equipped with a weapon. The simple answer is that you have a right to—in states where it’s recognized, anyway—protect yourself without it being anyone else’s business. Would-be criminals are theoretically more likely to target, or at least be prepared for, those who clearly are carrying guns before committing a crime. Concealed carry means countering them by surprise. Which Caliber is Best for Concealed Carry? There’s no single right answer to this, but there are certainly wrong answers. First off, you want a caliber capable of at least stopping an assailant, if not dropping them. However, a caliber that gives your Glock a lot of kick might be doing you more harm than good if you don’t practice often and can’t shoot straight. The best answer is to practice and experiment with different calibers, but you should start out sticking to common ammunition such as 9mm, .40, or .45 ACP. Just as important is the quality of ammo, however, to prevent misfires and jams. Can I Carry a Gun in my Car Without a Concealed Weapons Permit? Be careful about this, as it depends on what state you are in, and you don’t want to cross state lines and accidentally run afoul of the law. In short, this is referred to as “constitution carry,” and is allowed in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. However, Idaho and Wyoming only allow residents to do so. From there, it greatly depends on the specifics of your state whether you can drive with a gun at all, and with or without a permit. Always check your state’s laws, and never make assumptions. Whenever possible, get a permit even if you don’t think you’ll need it to stay safe.

Pistol Fundamentals Simplified: How much accuracy do you really need?

Pistol Fundamentals Simplified: How much accuracy do you really need?

We have all had to learn how to shoot a pistol at one time or another whether it was through a civilian shooting class, the military, or some other setting. The one thing I am sure that we all learned about was the basic “pistol fundamentals” of marksmanship. The fundamentals are supposed to be a list of key factors that you must pay special attention to if you wish to make an accurate shot. Just to name the fundamentals you may have been taught, with a brief definition of their general meanings: Stance- Positioning your body in such a way that allows you to stabilize yourself during the firing process. Grip- Holding the pistol in such a way that allows you full control of the pistol. Sight alignment Lining up the front sight so that it is flush and centered in the rear sight notch. Sight picture- Placing the properly aligned sights at the point at which you wish the shot to impact. Trigger control- Manipulating the trigger to the rear with a gradual pressure so that it surprises you once the shot breaks Breathing control- Controlling your breathing so that the shot breaks at the end of the exhale Now if we look at this list, we may imagine ourselves following each of these perfectly. It seems so simple when we realize what each one of these fundamentals are. But those of us that have been shooting for a long time have found two things to be true. You are not always ABLE to follow every one of the fundamentals. You do not always NEED to follow every one of the fundamentals. Too often I hear people talking about how you need to always hit exactly where you intend to hit. This is important and is the hope, but the reality of the situation is you may have to accept near hits. Some people go as far as to trash the gun they are shooting if they fail to group well with it. I am sure we have all heard the term “combat accuracy” at some time or another. Basically, I define it as meaning that the shot was not really placed exactly where I wanted it to go, but it still impacted in an acceptable area. Is there anything wrong with these types of hits? Yes and no, depending on how you’re shooting and the situation. If you are on a static range and you have all the time in the world, you might as well use as many of the little fundamentals and slow fire methods at your disposal to make a hit. In the static position, you don’t need to accept a big miss. But if you are trying to shoot fast and still make a hit under stress, you are just gonna have to take what you can get. Most of the time if shooting fast or at a distance, you are not going to have the luxury of reconfirming that your sights are on and that you have the best grip before you jack the trigger to the rear. This is just the way it is. Let us look at the two fundamentals that will make or break a shot, no matter who is shooting. Of course sight picture and having your sights are important, but we are specifically discussing what you need to hit what your sights are on and therefore sight picture is not of concern. First thing to keep in mind is trigger control in the sense that you should be able to pull/squeeze/press the trigger as fast as you can without using other fingers in order to get leverage. Failure to do this is the actual culprit in missing from what I have seen. Concentrate on independently using your trigger finger in order to negate this issue. Once you are capable of doing this, you should be golden and your rate and method of trigger pull will not be an issue. Either way, manipulating the trigger in a way that does not disturb the sights is the ultimate goal. Second thing that is going to be important, even if only a little, is the grip. If you do not hold onto the pistol under the firing sequence, your anxiety may take over and send the shot off course from trying to get a last-minute hold of the weapon. Even if all you use is the thumb and middle finger to hold the pistol, it will easy your anxiety to keep it secure in those two fingers. All in all, we as human beings desire complete control of the situations that we are in. Though trigger control is the leading fundamental that dictates the success of our shots, it has a pattern of causing us to default to using our grip in order to establish better control of the pistol. So in this case, why not admit that the grip is also an important fundamental that can make or break the success of your trigger control? Other than those two fundamentals, we may find ourselves adding other fundamentals under stress in order to establish better control of the pistol. I will not tell you that it is unnecessary to learn all of the fundamentals because it absolutely is important. But I will say that we will rarely find ourselves adhering or even coming close to using every fundamental. It is on us to recognize this and accept this. Once you do that, you may find yourself being capable of shooting better and better with less practice. Spotter Up team member Dave Donchess on video. Follow Dave on his Youtube page Subscribe to Blog via Email About The Author David Donchess David Donchess served in the Marine Corp as an infantry assaultman for two deployments before being medically retired. He moved with his wife to Alaska and now runs a YouTube channel while fostering, training, and rehabilitating rescue dogs. This post first appeared on Spotterup,com

How the AR-15 Won Me Back

How the AR-15 Won Me Back

A few years ago while I was writing for one of our brother websites in the Hurricane Media Group (Then Force12Media) in a rage of disgust over a series of issues I had with my AR-15 I vowed that I would and could never trust it again. Well that article sparked a whole list of issues ranging from people attacking my military service history, Once person going so far as to say since I was in the United States Air Force as a Civil Engineer that I wasn’t “really” in the military. Funny thing is my DD-214 says differently, but I digress. I was of course bombarded with the usual name calling and even a few credible threats of people coming to my house to “Beat my ass”. Needless to say I learned many things since then, I learned management will support its workers as will fellow staff writers. I learned that some of the people who read my article actually reached out to me and were willing to help me with the problems I was facing and acted like professionals. This has actually extremely helpful to me and ultimately lead to me finding a laundry list of problems that I was facing with the particular rifle that was at the cause of the issues. The Guns in Question There were actually two AR-15’s that were causing me nightmares and started me on the path to the dark side (AK-47 rifles), one was a 10.5″ barreled rifle and the other was a 16″ barreled rifle. The rifles were from two different manufactures and were parts build guns built over a few months. There are more than a few people right now reading that and saying “well of course you had problems….”, we will get to all that in just a little bit. The first rifle that caused began to cause issues was actually the 16″ rifle I had built on a Smith & Wesson lower and an unknown branded upper. The “builder” and I use that term loosely was a friend of a friend and I was assured was a great because he “built them in the Army” In hindsight there are so many red flags with my AR-15 odyssey that its enough to make someone’s head spin. The 10.5 ” gun had been problematic from the start, too many parts from too many different manufacturers, and the project seemed to fight me from the very first days I began to lay it out. The Problems Without going into another thousand word essay on the issues lets just sum it up by saying the problems with both rifles ran the entire spectrum of the usual AR-15 related issues. Poor ejection issues, failure to feed, failure to eject, and generally all manner of failures to complete a proper firing cycle. It wasn’t until months after I put the guns in the gun safe and forgot about them that one former Army Infantry Officer reached out to me and offered to listen then help diagnose the problems. The fact that he did this over repeated emails and instant messages was both admirable and amazing all at the same time. The problem it seems on one rifle was pretty easy to figure out and on the other rifle was a little more difficult to figure diagnose. Lubrication Points: Photo by David Donchess The 16″ Rifle: Project #1 The 16″ rifle was the easiest to diagnose since it had a closest set up to the traditional M4 specifications. The first thing I was told was to figure out the twist rate, gas port opening and what the specifications of my no name budget upper was. I solved that problem by trading that upper for ammo and purchasing Smith & Wesson M&P 15 upper to match my S&W lower, more on that in a little bit. I wanted a new upper with a known twist rate and parts made by a known manufacturer other than a guy in a shed someplace. I chose to retain the Spikes Tactical bolt carrier group since it was brand new in the package when I started the initial project. The next thing I was advised to do was start with brand new magazines fresh from the package and full powered ammunition. Prior to this time I generally shot the cheapest ammunition I could find in all of my guns, that I was told could very well be 1/2 of my problem. Apparently unknown to me my favorite budget brand of ammunition was notorious for having wildly fluctuating velocities. No it was not Wolf or Tula to put that to rest before it starts. The final instruction I was given was to read and learn a manual on the proper lubrication of the AR-15. My electronic instructor was taking me back to the basics, which I didn’t mind at all, it gave me a clean slate to work from and at this point I welcomed any input or instruction that would help me solve the issues. I picked up 240 rounds of Federal American Eagle XM193 for my initial testing cycle using eight new 30 round polymer MagPul magazines with their anti tilt followers. After performing and initial cleaning of the rifle, I lubricated it according to the information I had at hand and went to the range. In what seemed like a miracle to me 238 out of the 240 rounds performed exactly like they were suppose to when the trigger was pulled. The rounds cycled just fine with the exception of one round that failed to go into battery all the way but did with a tap of the forward assist, and one round that was actually dented from the factory. It would appear that when you build a 16″ AR-15 out of parts that are of a high quality from knowledgable and reputable manufacturers that good things can happen. It also helps when the person assembling the rifle knows what they are doing. The final variable to that equation is also using good ammunition and lubrication on the rifle. I knew from previous experiences with the AR-15 that I had enough lubrication on the rifle in my earlier range sessions, that much I am 100% confident about. To be certain that my electronic mentors advice wasn’t just a fluke, I repeated the 240 round range session with that rifle 5 more times and no real issues at all. Photo by: Rick Dembroski The Arms Guide Part II What’s Next ? In part II of the article we will go over the cursed 10.5″ BATFE Approved Short Barrel Rifle AR-15 that I attempted to build and the huge problem that was found when I broke the rifle all the way down. I’ll also cover my other errors, what I did to correct them and the problems that getting into a rush causes when building an AR-15. When I initially asked management about doing this two part article on what I learned about the AR-15 and how I have progressed as a gun owner and columnist I was hesitant. The interesting thing is upon further reflection, I’m ok with admitting my attempts at building guns, my failures, and my successes. I think if we are all honest with ourselves we all screw up and look like fools, some of us just do it on a much larger stage. Check back for Part II which should be up next week. Reading the comments on these two should be great. Feature Image: WWW.NRA.Org

Lets Talk Knives: 12 Things You Should Know

No survivalist’s kit is complete without at least one knife , and there’s always an open space in the collection for just one more perfect specimen. (I know many who refuse to leave the house without theirs: When going hiking or camping, you’ll almost always have a use for one.) A knife is the one thing you’d rather have and not need. Here’s what you should know about buying, using, maintaining and owning your knives… Quick Navigation 1. You should never buy cheap. 2. Know what to look at for quality. 3. Flashy is not always better. 4. Know the laws about knives in your state. 5. Always handle your knife with care. 6. Knives can be an heirloom; consider a customized piece. 7. There’s a knife for almost everything. 8. Learn how to sharpen a knife properly, or utilize a survival knife sharpener product, or utilize a survival knife sharpener product. 9. What knives can and can’t do. 10. The danger with knife-fighting. 11. Knife-throwing: The cool stuff. 12. Using knives in the kitchen, too. 1. You should never buy cheap. Aron Ralston, better known as the subject of ‘127 Hours’, was forced to amputate his own arm after getting trapped in a canyon. After the event, he stated that the knife he had bought was nothing more than a standard cheap gas-station pocket knife – dull, at that. Don’t buy cheap knives. Always buy the best you can possibly afford: Something that’s going to last you a long time, something that’s not going to rust, bend or break. You never know what you’re going to need it for, and that’s a perfect example. 2. Know what to look at for quality. Just what makes a quality knife, then? Consider brand-name manufacturers rather than something you’ve never heard of that costs half the price – sadly, that is a good rule of thumb if you’re going to need your knife for life-and-death. Generally, buy something that comes recommended: Ask around. Try several in your hand before you buy one. You want to purchase a knife that feels right – something that’s too small or too big for your hands is going to be more of a danger and annoyance to you in the long-run. Read Also: The SOG Pillar 3. Flashy is not always better. A lot of people pick a flashy blade for their first (or carry-on) for no other reason than… It looks flashy. Don’t do this. Buying a knife because it looks flashy and cool assumes you’re going to have a situation come up where you’re going to want to flash it. (That, if you’ve seen anyone come out of a knife fight recently, is a terrible idea.) Buy a knife for practicality, never for show. (If you want to buy a piece simply for its beauty, that’s fine, but in the case it goes!) 4. Know the laws about knives in your state. Laws on knives (and the concealment thereof) vary by state and country: Familiarize yourself with what you’re legally allowed to carry (especially in terms of blade length) and how you’re allowed to carry it before you take your knife out on the road. It can land you in far more trouble than it’s worth. 5. Always handle your knife with care. Knives are sharp; if not, they should be sharpened accordingly. Handle your knife with care (always!) and teach anyone you give a knife to as a gift to do the same. There have been far too many accidents involving knives, and we don’t want to be responsible for any more. (Note: When storing knives in your pocket, make sure that it’s one that won’t fly open and stab you in the leg by accident.) 6. Knives can be an heirloom; consider a customized piece. Customized pieces are available online from many excellent, specialized knifemakers. Consider this as a long-term goal, especially if you’re a keen collector or would like to pass something like this down. 7. There’s a knife for almost everything. Ask yourself what you’re going to need from your knife: Is it something exclusively for preparing food when camping? Is it something for taking plant samples? Are you going diving and need a good diving knife to take along? Do you need a knife with a built-in flashlight or compass? (At this point, you might have realized that there’s a knife for almost everything and that you might need to get several to fit your needs.) 8. Learn how to sharpen a knife properly, or utilize a survival knife sharpener product, or utilize a survival knife sharpener product. Sharpening your own knives is a skill that both comes with time and is best practiced on one of the cheaper knives (trust us on that!). If you don’t yet trust your own hands, have your knives sharpened professionally – it’s not as expensive as you’d imagine and it’s much better than ruining your grandad’s favourite hunting knife. For those who want to learn how to do it themselves, there are great guides on YouTube, like How to Sharpen Kitchen Knives and How to Sharpen a Knife with a Flat Stone , or you can take a look on Amazon.com for knife sharpeners . 9. What knives can and can’t do. Never over-exert a knife: Know what kind of pressure your knife can handle. I’ve seen people try to do excessively stupid things with their knives, and well, put simply… You really shouldn’t. 10. The danger with knife-fighting. Knife-fighting is an art unto itself, and not one that should be practiced lightly. Ever. (Open up your search engine and look up “injuries from a knife fight” if you’ve got the stomach for it; your entire perspective on knife-fighting should change right about there). If you want to learn how to fight with a knife (or take a knife off of someone in self-defense), your best bet is to take classes from a professional in the field. (Anything, and we mean anything else is bound to lead to serious injury.) 11. Knife-throwing: The cool stuff. You might want to learn knife-throwing as a way to show off your skills, improve your dexterity or simply demonstrate that you can be bad-ass with a knife. It goes without saying that safety applies (never practice this near children, animals, other humans; anything you can hit that you shouldn’t, basically), never indoors (no matter what you’ve seen on tv) and always with proper knives (not all knives are throwing knives). There are some great lessons available on YouTube, check out these from Tim Rosanelli for starters. 12. Using knives in the kitchen, too. Kitchen knives deserve a special mention, as you’re going to want special knives for food preparation. Chef’s knives can be expensive, but they are guaranteed to last a lifetime if taken care of properly. Again, there are several varieties so you should shop around: From stainless steel to ceramic. There are also paring knives, scaling knives and a range of others, each suiting your individual needs. Use the comments to tell us about your favorite knife or some handy skills you’ve picked up over the years. Other interesting articles: 7 Best Neck Knives That Will Make You Prepped Top 4 Best EDC Knives: Hands-On Reviews and Experiences Best Kabar Knives Review: Top 5 Picks and Buying Guide for 2020 Survival Cache Podcast Episode 15: Survival Knives

Best Taurus G2C Accessories and Upgrades 2020 Round-up Review

Are you looking for the best Taurus G2C accessories and upgrades? If so, you’re in luck. That’s because we’ve put together a list of the eight best accessories and upgrades that will fit almost every part of the Taurus G2C pistol . There will come a time when the accessories you have won’t be as effective as you think. The only answer at that point is to find an accessory or two that will provide you with a pretty sweet upgrade. As a result, your pistol will perform a lot better. But that depends on what you intend to upgrade like a magazine or a sight. Before we get to the list, we’ll talk about the types of Taurus G2C upgrades as well as how you can choose the best ones for your own personal use. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Taurus G2C Accessories and Upgrades OUR TOP PICK: Tactical Scorpion Gear G2C Modular Level II Retention Paddle Holster MakerShot Custom Magazine Speedloader HiLight P3GL 500 lm Strobe Pistol Flashlight &; Green Laser Sight Combo Straight SAO Trigger ArmaLaser Taurus Laser Sights Comparison Chart of the Best Taurus G2C Accessories and Upgrades IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick "Tactical Scorpion Gear" G2C Modular Level II "Retention Paddle Holster" Best overall Taurus G2C Accessory and Upgrade. Made from high-quality law enforcement grade polymer. Quick release mechanism for quicker and smoother draws. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews MakerShot "Custom Magazine Speedloader" Can load magazines very quickly. Made from high-quality polymer. Easy load assist to prevent finger fatigue. "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" HiLight P3GL 500 lm Strobe "Pistol Flashlight &" ; "Green Laser Sight" Combo Excellent for sub-compact pistols. Best Taurus G2C accessory for the money. Includes a built-in battery and USB charger. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Straight SAO Trigger Made from high-quality materials. Skeletonized design for lighter weight. Best trigger upgrade for the Taurus G2C. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews ArmaLaser "Taurus Laser Sights" Available in either red or green color. Best laser sight for Taurus G2C pistols. Used for target practice and self-defense. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Alien Gear Holsters ShapeShift Modular Holster Starter Kit System Best Taurus G2C holster. Made from high-quality materials. Includes both OWB and IWB holsters. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Types of Taurus G2C Upgrades There are a few types of upgrades that are absolutely important for your Taurus G2C pistol. Each one has its own advantage that you can experience after finding the right kind of accessory as part of the upgrade process itself. Here are some of the best types that you might want to consider: Sight Accuracy is important. Especially if you’re looking for a pistol like the Taurus G2C. If you want to turn it into a very reliable and deadly accurate firearm, it’s important to find a sight that will provide you with a good amount of consistent accuracy each time you fire a shot. Some sights will include your tritium front or rear sights. Color-wise, they are bright enough for you to see in almost any light conditions (low-light and daylight). These are proven to be more effective than the factory iron sights that come with your pistol. Magazine A standard magazine will contain anywhere between 10 to 12 rounds. However, if you’re looking to fire off a lot more, then you may want to consider upgrading to an extended magazine . An extended magazine will almost double your usual capacity (i.e.--20 rounds). This will definitely come in handy in situations like target practice or competitive shooting. ProMag Taurus PT-111 G2 9mm 15-Round Magazine Trigger The trigger is a must-have accessory for your pistol. Without it, how will you be able to fire a pistol? A great trigger will have a pull weight that is light enough for you to quickly get a shot off. At the same time, it is something that will be crisp and won’t give you any grief due to grit or creep. Laser A laser sight might be a decent substitute for your regular sights . If tritium or other upgraded sights are not enough, then a laser can definitely serve you in the long run. Especially if you’re looking to knock out targets that are slightly farther out than your usual range. This may also be a sight that can be useful in self-defense situations. Especially when having the most precise aim is a high priority. Holster Last but not least, you need something that will hold your pistol securely. A great holster is always the answer. In fact, it’s pretty much required in some states where concealed carry is legal. A holster will secure the pistol in place and make sure that it won’t wiggle around and slip out. Most holsters will provide you with a good deal of concealability without having anyone noticing you. How to Choose the Best Upgrade for Your Lifestyle If you’re looking for a single or multiple upgrades, it is important to know what you need to find for your Taurus G2C pistol. You need to know what kind of characteristics these upgrades contain and what advantages you can get out of them. Even one or two features will stand out as interesting to you and it may be enough to warrant a purchasing decision. Here’s how you can choose the best upgrade for your own Taurus G2C pistol: What Exactly Do You Need? Is your pistol not as accurate as it used to be? Is your holster not doing a good job concealing it? You may need only one upgrade or several depending on the issues that you’re currently facing. If you want something that will up your accuracy, then obviously you’ll need to find a good sight. If you want something that’s discreet and concealable, a good inside the waistband (IWB) holster could be what you’re looking for. Source Price If you’re on a budget, you know that price will definitely place a factor in your decision. But it should not be a “be all, end all” reason why you chose your upgrade of choice. Find the best quality that you can afford when it comes to upgrades. Finding something that’s cheap in quality will be more of a downgrade, making things a lot worse. Know the Best Material Depending on what you’re planning on upgrading, it is important to find something that is made from the best materials. For example, if you’re looking for a magazine be sure to look for one that is made from steel and polymer. Both of these materials are best known for taking a lot of impact and abuse. A holster can also be made from synthetic materials that are not only free from wear and tear but also good to where it won’t snag on you at all. Quick Take - Best Taurus G2C Accessories and Upgrades These are our recommendations for the best Taurus G2C accessories and upgrades: Tactical Scorpion Gear G2C Modular Level II Retention Paddle Holster MakerShot Custom Magazine Speedloader ​​HiLight P3GL 500 lm Strobe Pistol Flashlight &; Green Laser Sight Combo Review of the Best Taurus G2C Accessories and Upgrades The following is a list of the eight best accessories and upgrades for a Taurus G2C pistol. As you go through the list, it is important to note the characteristics of each one. This way, if it’s good enough to where you see it as a possible upgrade, then you might have a winner on your hands. Now, let’s take a look at our first accessory for this pistol starting with our “best overall” choice: Best Overall: Tactical Scorpion Gear G2C Modular Level II Retention Paddle Holster CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Fits Pistols Like a Glove. Excellent For Concealed Carry Use Fits Most Shooters Without Any Difficulty Super Durable, Doesn’t Wear or Tear Easily Pistol Stays in its Holster No Matter How Many Times You Move the Holster Itself Cons Might Be Somewhat Bulky May Be a Little Uncomfortable at First Might Be a Little Loose For Some Users What Recent Buyers Report This holster quickly became a favorite among recent buyers. A lot of them were happy with how it stays in place no matter how many times they tug or move the holster. The pistol remains locked and doesn’t wiggle around one bit. To these buyers, they had peace of mind knowing that their pistol won’t accidentally slip out. Why it Stands Out to Us This is probably one of the best holsters that you can find if you want something that is as close to a law enforcement style as possible. The polymer made for this holster is durable and can take on all kinds of high-stress situations. It’s a holster that won’t give you any grief, especially in the times where you need your pistol the most. Who Will Use This Most This will be a really good EDC holster. Whether you're a law enforcement or a civilian who practices concealed carry, it is an upgrade that will definitely make your Taurus G2C pistol stand out the most. Expect this to be popular among the concealed carry crowd in the not so distant future. What Could Be Improved and Why An improvement that should be worth suggesting is a slight resizing of the holster itself. It is to ensure that the pistol doesn’t wiggle around as much as some people claim. At the same time, it also addresses the potential issue of bulking. Bottom Line If you’re looking for a Taurus G2C holster that is considered the best of the best, the Tactical Scorpion holster might be exactly what you’re looking for. This is the holster that a lot of concealed carry folks will definitely want if they find the features and functions impressive enough. Runner-Up Upgrade for Taurus G2C: MakerShot Custom Magazine Speedloader CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Use Super Durable and Solid Construction Excellent For Those With Smaller Hands Quick Reloading, Takes Seconds to Load a Standard Capacity Magazine Excellent For Older Shooters, Especially For Those Who Suffer From Mobility Issues With Their Hands Cons Smaller Rounds Might Be a Little Hard to Line Up Some Complained About Episodes of Side Wobble Some Say the Quality Might Be a Little Cheap and Flimsy "What Recent Buyers" Report A lot of recent buyers were able to use this without any issues. One said that this was way better than trying to load magazines by hand. To add, he said that he has additional magazines that he keeps around as spares. For older shooters or with those with bad hand mobility, this speedloader to them is a godsend. Why it Stands Out to Us This speedloader might be the saving grace of so many who have difficulty loading magazines. It’s quick and easy to use. That is why it makes our cut for best upgrades and accessories. This takes out all the time and physical detriments that might happen as far as loading magazines go. Who Will Use It The Most This will mostly be used by anyone who hates the idea of loading magazines by hand. If you have extra magazines that need to be reloaded, this is definitely something you’ll want to have on hand. No one wants to hand-load multiple magazines. What Could Improved And Why While it might be a challenge for some of the smaller rounds to line up, they should make a speed loader that will definitely work with smaller pistols like 9mms. On top of that, it makes loading the magazine a lot easier and the worry of not being able to fit properly will be non-existent. The Bottom Line If you’re looking for a speed loader that will save you a lot of time and pain, then you’ll want the Makershot speedloader on you no matter where you go. You get quick reloading and easier operation in one awesome device. Say goodbye to manually loading your magazines because a speedloader has just taken over. Best Taurus G2C Accessory for the Money HiLight P3GL 500 lm Strobe Pistol Flashlight &; Green Laser Sight Combo CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy To Sight in and Zero Flashlight is Really Bright Quick to Fit and Align For Most Pistols Laser Sight Provides Very Precise and Accurate Shooting Ambidextrous Buttons Included For Easy Use For Both Left-Handed and Right-Handed Shooters Cons May Not Fit on Some Other Sub-Compact Pistols Some Say They’ve Lost Their Zero After a Few Hundred Rounds Batteries May Either Be Weak or Dead on Arrival Upon Shipping What Recent Buyers Report A lot of recent buyers were happy to get a nice little combo of a flashlight and a green laser sight. The flashlight is quite bright and helps them get around at night. This has become a favorite among buyers who use their pistols for self-defense purposes. Why It Stands Out To Us This has a laser that can actually be visible in broad daylight. While it’s a bit more effective at night in a self-defense situation, you can definitely use it in a target shooting situation during the day. If you’re looking for something that’s bright no matter what the light conditions are, then the green sight laser might be what you’re looking for. Who Will Use It The Most This will be used in either a day time or night time application. In other words, Taurus G2C owners that are either target shooters or those who intend to use the pistol for self-defense purposes. Either way, the laser sight will be most effective. The flashlight is a welcome addition for when you need to get around obstacles in the dark. "What Could Improve" And Why One of the things that might be worth getting rid of is the battery. There are all kinds of batteries out there that are much more powerful than the ones that come shipped with flashlights and sights. That’s where you can find your most preferred brands and use them instead of some generic kind that won’t last you too long. Bottom Line If you’re looking for a set of accessories that will get you the best possible performance out of your Taurus G2C, then this HiLight Pistol Flashlight and Green Laser Sight will definitely be one of your best choices. Especially if you’re looking for something that won’t break the bank at all. Best Trigger Upgrade: Straight SAO Trigger (Ebay) CHECK LATEST PRICE ON EBAY Pros Won’t Rust or Corrode Ergonomically Friendly Light Trigger Pull Weight Super Durable Construction Easy to Install, Takes a Few Minutes Cons None What Recent Buyers Report A lot of recent buyers loved this trigger for a few good reasons. One, it allows for quick shots and even quicker follow-up shots. Second, it’s a lightweight trigger that adds no additional weight to the pistol thanks to the skeletonized design. In short, a lot of buyers found it quite easy to use. Why It Stands Out To Us This trigger has a design that definitely addresses good ergonomics. You really don’t want to deal with finger fatigue when you’re at the range for a long period of time. So this trigger fits the bill if you’re looking for something that will be great for just about any shooting outing. Who Will Use It The Most This will likely be used by all kinds of Taurus G2C users. But it will be a lot more effective for target shooters who will spend all day at the range. Plus, it’s also for those who want a trigger that will last them years or even decades. What Could Be Improved and Why While there are no obvious cons, one thing to mention is that since this is a lightweight trigger, it might not be recommended for those who appendix carry their pistols. This might be a good idea to find a nice holster that will make sure that your pistol will be secure and averting the risk of injuring yourself due to an accidental shooting. Bottom Line If you’re looking for a trigger that will be a step above the factory or stock triggers, you should consider the Straight SAO Short Stroke Trigger as a possible choice. The trigger pull will definitely be a lot better than most triggers on the market. Plus, it will definitely give your pistol a considerable improvement in its firing capability. Best Laser Sight for Taurus G2C Pistols: ArmaLaser Taurus Laser Sights CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Mount is Rock Solid and Sturdy Easy to Zero in at Various Distances Provides Precise, Accurate Shooting Easy to Install, Takes as Little as Five Minutes Visible in Almost Every Possible Light Condition Cons May Not Tolerate the Shock of Some Pistols May Not Be Useful During the Winter Months Installation Might Be a Challenge "For Some Users" What Recent Buyers Report Recent buyers were quick to marvel how bright and accurate this laser sight is. The green laser was more effective in the daylight hours, especially for target shooters. The red laser beam according to one user also serves its purpose in either a target shooting or self-defense application. Either way, it definitely gives the G2C accuracy quite a boost. Why It Stands Out To Us This is a sight that can be attached below the muzzle of your pistol. That alone will make it a whole lot more effective for many shooters. Especially those who might be having a hard time with their regular iron sights. The laser has the potential to reach out and touch something at a good distance. Who Will Use It The Most This will be used by those who are target shooters. Especially the green-colored laser since it’s a lot more visible in daylight conditions. But the red laser shouldn’t be written off as useless. It will definitely work to an extent in an outdoor setting. Yet, it will definitely make its money when you’re in a home defense situation. What Could Improve And Why The one thing that could be improved is making it a bit more resistant to shock. Sometimes, the aim might be a little suspect after it has gone through dozens of rounds. Perhaps making the housing a lot sturdier would be a good start. Bottom Line If you’re looking for a good reliable laser sight, the ArmaLaser might just be right up your alley. No matter what application you use your Taurus G2C for, you’ll need a laser that will make your shooting more accurate and pinpoint precise. This might be the laser that can get the job done if you choose it as yours. Best Taurus G2C Holster: "Alien Gear Holsters" ShapeShift "Modular Holster Starter" Kit System CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros No Snagging to Report Very Comfortable to Wear Plenty of Holster Options Available Super Durable Material, Does Not Wear or Tear Fits All Kinds of Pistols, Including the Taurus G2C Cons Might Be Uncomfortable For Some Users Some Holsters May Be a Little Bulky For Some Users Some Holsters Might Have Sharp Edges, Sanding May Be Required What Recent Buyers Report A lot of recent buyers were happy to have a nice set of holsters in one kit. They had their choices between OWB and IWB holsters. For some, they were more apt to use IWB holsters for better concealability. Some who wanted more comfort chose the OWB holsters. Either way, they said that their pistols stayed in place and did not have a lot of wiggle room to deal with. Why it Stands Out to Us You have the total package when it comes to holsters. In fact, you can choose which one is best for you. Once you get tired of one, you can try out another holster to see if it will be better for you. These are holsters that are designed to fit all kinds of pistols. A whole entire kit is more than enough for all your concealed carry needs. Who Will Use It The Most This holster kit will likely be used by those who want to increase their concealability. Especially those who intend to carry their pistols for everyday use. Regardless if they use an OWB or IWB, they will use this holster to ensure that their pistol stays with them at all times and allows them easy drawing when a situation allows it. What Could Improve And Why Something that might be considered an improvement is making sure that the edges of each holster are smoothed down rather than sharp. Sharp edges do cause skin irritation if it rubs up against you long enough. Smoothing them will definitely be a good idea rather than having to wear an extra shirt to prevent skin irritation from your holster. Bottom Line If you’re looking for an excellent holster that will fit your Taurus G2C pistol like a glove, then the Alien Gear Holster Set might be yours for the ordering. You cannot go wrong with having a lot of holsters, especially if you’re looking for one that will fulfill all your concealed carrying needs. Best Extended Magazine: ProMag Taurus PT-111 G2 9mm 15-Round Magazine CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros No Feeding or Reliability Problems Works Perfectly With Speedloaders Better Grip Thanks to the Additional Length Ejects Very Well With No Jamming Issues Whatsoever Excellent For Target Practice and Competitive Shooting Cons Spacer Could Be a Little Tighter Fit Fit Might Be a Little Loose For Some Finish May Not Be as Aesthetically Pleasing For Some People What Recent Buyers Report This extended magazine has worked for a lot of recent buyers. Especially those who are casual target and competitive shooters. The feeding is reliable and does not jam, even after hundreds of rounds being fired. Aside from the performance, the construction is durable and solid. Why It Sticks Out To Us When we looked for an extended magazine, we wanted to make sure that it was something that could be compatible with most speedloaders. Sure enough, this ProMag extended magazine does. It will make this easy to reload without having to rely on doing so manually with your own hands. It’s at a good capacity where it will only take a few seconds to load. Who Will Use It The Most This will likely be used by target shooters and competitive shooters. Especially if they want to fill their magazines to capacity. It can also be used by self-defense shooters if they have no other choice for magazines. What Could Improve And Why One thing that might warrant an improvement is an adjustment in size. This way, it will prevent any kind of wiggling from going on in the mag well itself. A secure magazine will definitely keep the reliability issues away. Bottom Line If you’re looking for an extended magazine that will give you more rounds than usual, look no further than the ProMag Taurus PT-111 magazine. This is perfect if you’re looking for a reliable magazine with just enough shots to get you through a day of range shooting or intense competition. Best Night Sight TRUGLO - Taurus Tritium Night Sight Sets CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install Super Durable Housing No Light Exposure Needed For Effectiveness Visible to Most Shooters, Especially Those With Poor Eyesight Shooting Groups Are Very Tight at Various Close Range Distances Cons Installation Might Be a Challenge For Some Some Sanding May Be Needed Before Installation Sights May Not Be Visible to Some in Broad Daylight What Recent Buyers Report A lot of recent buyers were satisfied with the sight in general. They were able to shoot with excellent accuracy with targets situated from 25 to 50 yards. This sight is not only great for daytime use but definitely makes its money in self-defense situations (which will likely happen at night). Why It Stands Out To Us Tritium is one of the more popular sights that really makes itself stand out. They are so bright that anyone with bad eyesight can still land a bullseye with it consistently. Even with good eyesight, it does a good job helping you align your target and almost guarantees where your shot is going to end up. Who Will Use It The Most This will be used by those who are using their Taurus G2C pistols for everyday carry. So the applications are across the board. But it can really get the job done when your target shooting or fending off attackers or prowlers in a self-defense situation. What Could Improve And Why One of the things that might warrant improvement might be to make some adjustments where there are no sharp edges that can cause cuts or snags. Especially when you have the pistol stored away in your holster. The last thing you want to struggle with is a gun snagging on you when you’re trying to draw it. Bottom Line If you’re looking for an excellent sight that will work to your advantage in most applications, you’ll definitely want a sight like the TRUGLO. Not only is it the most visible, but it will also definitely boost up your accuracy by a lot. Pros and Cons of G2C Accessories and Upgrades Most Taurus G2C accessories come with their share of advantages. But with them comes the disadvantages. It is important to know what to expect when you choose to upgrade some of the accessories that will make your Taurus G2C pistol stand out even more. The following is a list of common pros and cons that come with the territory of upgrading these accessories: Pros Better Concealability If you're looking to upgrade a holster for your Taurus G2C, it will depend on which one you'll choose. You might have a better chance of achieving this by buying an IWB holster. Some OWB holsters will provide a good amount of concealability, but some others might bulk up and cause some undue attention. Choose wisely if you're looking for a holster of your own. Better Accuracy Obviously, if you’re looking to upgrade to a better sight you’ll be looking to get the best accuracy possible out of it. You have sights that are either tritium sights, laser sights, and even fiber optic sights. What you choose will be based on some factors. For example, if you’re an older shooter with bad eyesight, you’ll be better off using a tritium or fiber optic sight that has bright colors like yellow or green. Quicker Shooting If you’re upgrading to a new trigger, you’re looking to get shots off much faster than normal. In this case, a lighter pull weight will always equal faster shooting (and faster follow-up shots). These triggers won’t allow any creep or grit that may cause a detriment to your shooting ability. Cons Not Every Holster Will be Concealed Carry Friendly As mentioned earlier, there are some holsters that won't cut the mustard when it comes to concealed carry. Some holster designs might appear to be a little bulky to the point where it might look obvious to those around you that you are indeed carrying a sidearm. This could lead to some undue and very uncomfortable attention. Some Sights May Not be as Visible While most sights are visible depending on the application, some may not be visible in certain lighting situations. Case in point: the laser sights. A red laser will be mostly visible and can even reach farther in indoor range settings and outdoors (if the light conditions are just right). A red laser won’t be visible if it reaches farther distances outdoors. Conclusion Finding the best accessories and upgrades for your Taurus G2C has never been easier. Especially if you know what to look for in order to make it more effective in its performance. Take an assessment of how well your pistol is functioning before making a decision on what you want to upgrade. Then you can find the best accessory that is necessary and enjoy the advantages that go with a very decent upgrade.

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