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I just overhauled my marksmanship guide , and I hope it will assist the many shooters who find it online. I published a basic sight in, sling up, and shoot video to the guide as well. Let’s hope it helps *someone* out there in internet land.

Massive Overhaul: The Marksmanship Guide Updated

Massive Overhaul: The Marksmanship Guide UpdatedI just overhauled my marksmanship guide , and I hope it will assist the many shooters who find it online. I published a basic sight in, sling up, and shoot video to the guide as well. Let’s hope it helps *someone* out there in internet land. Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print visit website

Ruger LCR 9mm Revolver Review: Reliability, Price, Specs & More

Ruger LCR 9mm Revolver Review: Reliability, Price, Specs & More

Advertisment The J frame revolver is a very classic design. It was one of the first widely accepted concealed carry guns and the remains a popular choice. Revolvers are simple right? How exactly can you make such an old design better? Well, you can make the frame polymer. I already hear the Fudds light their torches, how dare I bring plastic to the world of wheel guns. Well, I didn’t personally, but Ruger, S&W and even Taurus have. Today we are looking at the Ruger LCR 9mm . It’s already a weird gun being a polymer frame revolver, but then we are going to chamber it into a cartridge designed for automatic pistols. Why polymer? It makes the gun lighter, way lighter than an all-metal gun. Some metal like Scandium is super light, and the S&W Airweight line is proof that they work, but damn are they expensive. A polymer revolver is lightweight and plenty affordable. The Ruger LCR is by far my favorite modern J frame revolver. It incorporates everything that is good with the J frame design, as well as modernizing it. Contents Overview Specifications Features Fit and Finish Ergonomics On the Range Rating Each Category Parting Shots Overview The Ruger LCR 9mm is a concealed carry gun. It’s small, lightweight, and perfect for daily carry. The design of the J frame has always been for a lighter, lower profile gun in a reliable platform. Revolvers back in the day were the smallest powerhouses you could get. Remember the Colt 1903? That was a 380. It was massive for a 380 and chambered in a somewhat anemic round. The J frame was smaller and chambered in the popular and more powerful 38 Special. This model takes it a step forward and chambers it in the even more potent 9mm round. LCR even stands for Lightweight, Compact, Revolver, which is a very appropriate name for the gun. The brand Ruger is a well-known and well-respected brand, with many different firearms that have a lot of influence behind it. If it were any smaller company, the idea would be laughed off the table. Ruger started something awesome with this gun and what started with a simple 38 Special has grown into a variety of different designs and in different calibers. This leads us to the 9mm variant. Why would I choose a revolver is a cartridge made specifically for an automatic? Well, first because of America! I wanted a revolver and the fact I could choose one in a caliber I already own and shoot a ton of was just a convenience factor. Also, 9mm is way cheaper than 38 Special and more potent overall. You can find a wider variety of defensive rounds for the 9mm as well. To me it just made sense. Specifications The Ruger LCR is a nice small gun that is perfect for even the smallest person to conceal and carry comfortably. Barrel Length – 1.87 inches Overall Length – 6.5 inches Height – 5.5 inches Weight – 17.2 ounces Capacity – 5 rounds Features The Ruger LCR is a modern revolver but is still just a revolver. This model is a double-action-only revolver that has a concealed hammer. You aren’t going to find a wide variety of different features on this gun, but its what’s on the inside that counts. Inside the Ruger is their patented friction-reducing cam. This gives you one of the best DA triggers on the market. The Ruger LCR does have a metal cylinder and a metal barrel liner surrounded by polymer. Most of the gun is a polymer, but there is plenty of steel components where it counts and where they are needed. The LCR is matte black, but they do have a variety of different finishes available from different distributors. The cylinder is of course cut for full moon clips. These clips are there to accommodate automatic cartridges. Since the 9mm round doesn’t have a pronounced rim, the gun has nothing to grip and eject the rounds from. The moon clip adds what is essentially a rim that allows the ejector to engage the rounds. The gun comes with three of these, and they are widely available and quite affordable. Best of all they can be used as speed loaders for on the fly reloads. In fact, to me, these moon clips are much faster than a speed loader. Competitors agree, and you’ll find standard 38 Special, and 357 Magnum revolvers cut for moon clips too. The Ruger comes with a black polymer sight with a white insert to increase visibility. This sight is pinned on and easily removed and replaced by a night sight, or high viz fiber optic sight. The grips are Hogue Tamers which are made of a soft rubber overall. Fit and Finish This revolver is ugly. Sorry, but a polymer frame revolver does lose some of that sexiness associated with a rich blue finish or a beautiful stainless steel gun. From a vanity point that is a bad thing, but as a concealed carry gun it doesn’t matter. It’s meant to be concealed and not seen anyway. It’s the Glock of revolvers. The cylinder shows hints of that old world revolver with it’s rich and glossy PVD finish. PVD is a tough and strong finish that is perfect for this gun in general. Concealed carry guns are held tight to the body, the body sweats, what does sweat do? It destroys things, and PVD prevents that. The Ruger LCR label across the barrel doesn’t bother me, but the Read Instruction manual on the other side does. It’s dumb, and lawyers ruin everything. As I mentioned before the grip is great. The cylinder locks up extremely tight, and the cylinder release button is quick and easy to access. Overall the gun is well built and looks as good as a mutt can look. Ergonomics The Ruger LCR 9mm is a small and convenient little gun, but small guns always have a few big problems. Small guns sacrifice controllability and comfort for concealment. That’s my first issue with the gun, and the grip is too small for my big hands. It’s usable, but I hate my pinky hanging so switched for some slightly longer and thinner Hogue grips. I have to judge the gun as a stock gun though, and it needs to be noted. Beyond that, the gun is easy to use. One of the best features of any revolver is the fact that they are superbly simple guns. It doesn’t take long to long how one functions. The thumb can reach and press the cylinder release button with ease, and the slight tilt or push allows the cylinder to slide out. Loading the gun via moon clip is very easy to do and easily one of the most ergonomic ways to reload a revolver period. It’s almost identical to reloading an automatic with a magazine. Eject the empties, dop in the moon clip, and get back to shooting. It’s very quick and easy to do. The fact that all of the cases are combined with the moon clip means they all fall out at the same time. Revolvers can fail to eject every round using just the ejector rod perfectly. Sometimes you grab one or two of the casings and clear them yourself. This isn’t an issue with the Ruger LCR 9mm. On the Range Shooting the Ruger LCR 9mm is a lot of fun. Revolvers are just cool guns, and the J frame history of being a detective’s gun always appeals to me. Shooting one is a challenge, almost the direct opposite of using one. Shooting is mechanically easy. Pull the trigger, and it goes bang. However, these guns are tricky to shoot accurately. The front sight is pleasant, but the trench rear sight is pitiful. This makes shots beyond 25 yards challenging even on man-sized targets for a lot of shooters. At the average self-defense range it’s easy to place shots into the chest and torso area of a target. Even rapidly so. One significant benefit of this gun is that excellent trigger. In my opinion, the Ruger LCR has the best stock double-action revolver trigger on the market. It’s 9 pounds apparently but feels much lighter and its incredibly smooth. There is very little stacking, and the trigger breaks cleanly. Recoil wise the 9mm falls between a 357 Magnum and a 38 Special. It’s much less painful than a 357 Magnum but has a little more oomph than a 38 Special. Standard 115 grain FMJs are comfortable and easy to shoot. Higher powered 124-grain JHPs are a bit more of a handful. The good news is with 9mm you can easily find reduced recoil 9mm defensive loads. The gun is somewhat ammo picky. First, 9mm rounds don’t have the crimp a standard revolver round has. This can cause the recoil of the gun to eject the projectile from the cartridge. This happens with heavier rounds and in my experience has only happened with one 147 grain round one time. Next, the gun will handle steel cased rounds but they tend to swell, and this makes them somewhat difficult to eject. Not impossible, but bring a pencil to poke them out. Other than that the gun is plenty reliable and capable. I do find it fun to shoot the gun and then speed reload. With a little practice, I got pretty fast, and it is fun to shoot and use this revolver as a defensive firearm. My favorite drill is a failure to stop on two targets. The drill requires six shots, two in the chest and one in the head of each target. This drill forces a reload with the Ruger LCR 9mm and is plenty challenging. The Ruger LCR 9mm is a fun gun and its an effective one for self-defense. If you are dead set on a revolver for concealed carry the Ruger LCR 9mm is a modern, lightweight, and affordable choice. "Rating Each Category" Looks: 3 out of 5 It’s like an ugly herding dog. It’s ugly, but it works well. It’s hard to hate on something that works as hard as this gun does. The Ruger LCR isn’t a bad looking gun, and I could add an entire extra point if I didn’t have to see the words “Read Instruction Manual.” On the other side. Ergonomics: 4 out of 5 The ergos are simple but reliable. The short grip of the gun takes a solid point away. Everything pops, clicks and opens with ease. The means of reloading the LCR are a major plus when it comes to this gun. This modern take on the classic revolver is impressive. Accuracy: 3 out of 5 With a 1.87 inch barrel, this is about as accurate as it’s going to get. The short barrel, short sight radius, and crappy sights are a bit detriment to this gun’s accuracy. However, the trigger is amazing, and this certainly lends to the gun’s accuracy and ease of use. Reliability: 4 out of 5 It’s a revolver, so reliability is very high already, it’s also a revolver made from a reputable company. So why doesn’t it score a 5 out of 5? Well, there is the potential for the projectile to unseat from the case. 5 out of 5 is perfect, and even if it never happens again, it happened once, and that’s enough for me. Customization: 2 out of 5 Again, I feel like I can start most of these with, “It’s a revolver,” Revolvers aren’t known for being highly customizable. This gun has a wide variety of grip available for it, as well as front sights, and holsters. This gives you a little opportunity to customize the gun. Price: 3 out of 5 The Ruger LCR is generally a cheap revolver, and the 9mm model is a bit more expensive. The standard LCR can be found for about $450, and the 9mm model costs about $550. This is a bit of a gap for me, but it’s still an affordable gun in my opinion when compared to other higher priced firearms, like Sigs . Parting Shots The Ruger LCR 9mm is one of the most modern revolvers on the market. It’s light, easy to conceal and features the best stock DA trigger on the market. The LCR 9mm is an odd gun, but the 9mm round is a great defensive cartridge, even in a revolver. Many find small 357s too powerful and then the 38 Special is a bit anemic, but the 9mm is like Goldilocks’ porridge, just right.

The 4 Best Ruger P89 Accessories, Upgrades & Parts — Reviews 2020 Photo by Andrew Adams / CC BY The Ruger P89 is a classic American firearm. It’s affordable and reliable and was, for a while, everywhere. Is it perfect? No, but that’s okay. You see, the American firearms industry can do a hell of a lot to improve upon everyday handguns, and the P89 is the very definition of an everyday semi-auto pistol. When you start choosing to accessorize your Ruger P89, you need to keep a few things in mind. What does the accessory do for you? Does it improve your performance? Does it make the firearm easier to use? If it doesn’t, is it worth your time and money? Probably not. Focus on what it can do for you. While no accessory can make you a better shot, accessories can make a weapon easier to shoot, more comfortable to carry, and overall a more effective weapon. Below are our recommendations for the best Ruger P89 accessories . Check these parts out! Fobus Standard Paddle Holster Fobus Standard Holster RH Paddle RU1 Ruger P85P/89 Lg. Auto 9mm/.40 cal Price: $24.99 Price as of 08/14/2020 10:38 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. Carrying a Ruger P89 can be quite the challenge. It is a full-sized firearm that has a full-sized weight to it. On the plus side, a full-sized handgun is easier to shoot, more accurate, and often carries a higher capacity of ammunition. Still, the Ruger P89 needs a capable holster, and the "Fobus Standard Paddle" Holster is one such holster. The Fobus Standard uses a standard paddle design that places the paddle behind your pants and is secured by your belt. It can carry the weight of a full sized handgun with its steel reinforced rivet attachments. This holster is capable of carrying both the 9mm and 40 S&W variants of the firearm. Once properly secured to a belt, the holster is capable of carrying the Ruger P89 comfortably throughout the day. The holster uses a passive retention device; this ensures you draw and clean and rapid. The only downside is the lack of active retention device makes it possible for the gun to be taken in a physical fight--but you don’t want anyone that close to you in the first place! The use of polymer materials over standard leather guarantees the holster will never lose shape, flatten, or tear and rip. It’s easy to wash, and not affected by the moisture of gun oil. The use of polymer materials also keeps the holster’s weight at right around 2 ounces. It’s one of the best Ruger P89 accessories on the market. The Fobus Holster Line Watch this video on YouTube

Nightforce vs US Optics — Which Is Better? (ANSWERED) Photo by Alex Avriette / CC BY US Optics and NightForce are two highly respected brands of premium quality, long range optics. Given this, sooner or later, people will start comparing the two, which is far more logical than some of the other things people compare to each other, like different flavors of soy ice cream or which type of hybrid car is best to drive in Alaska during the winter. Because we are all about logic and rational comparisons here, we decided to throw the fake ice cream away and try to settle that age-old debate of NightForce vs. US Optics . It was a long and arduous task that was briefly interrupted by the Good Humor truck driving through the neighborhood, but we think you’ll like what we came up with. Nightforce vs. US Optics — Round 1 US Optics LR-17 vs NightForce NXS Nightforce Optics 3.5-15x50 NXS Riflescope, Matte Black Finish with Illuminated MOAR Reticle, Zero Stop Turrets, .250 MOA, 30mm Tube Price: $1,700.00 Price as of 08/14/2020 16:08 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. US Optics B17H102 3.2-17 x 50 mm Scope with Horus H102 Reticle, Black, Left/Right Price: $2,959.00 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:22 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. Let’s take a quick look at the specs. The NXS is a 3.5-15 power scope with a 50mm objective lens, 30mm tube, and a proprietary bronze internal adjustment mechanism. The B17 also has an illuminated reticle, 3.2-17 power magnification, a 50mm objective lens, and a 34mm tube ( see full specs ). On the surface, there are a lot of similarities between the two scopes, and while neither is identical, they are both comfortably in the same class. Each purports to be the perfection of their type, and each is marketed and very suitable for hard duty, even combat. Both optics feature large 50mm objective lens for light gathering and a full field of view. But it’s also usually cheaper, which should matter to pretty much anyone who isn’t independently wealthy. Nightforce NXS Scope - Full Review Watch this video on YouTube

The Striking New Ruger American Pistol

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379cf226da3_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379cf226da3_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Ruger’s American Pistol was designed with the input of both the military and law enforcement. The Ruger American Pistol was designed with the input of both the military and law enforcement. It appears to have plenty to offer shooters in and out of uniform. There are all sorts of factors and trends that influence gun designs. Presently, one point of gravity — at least when it comes to handguns — is the Modular Handgun System. The MHS is the set of design specifications put forth to find the U.S. Army’s next sidearm. And the program has prompted a number of new designs and modifications to be unveiled in the past few years. Ruger is the most recent gun maker to whip out a pistol that ticks off the boxes for the project. The company has not stated that it plans to submit its new American Pistol in the race to replace the U.S. Military’s venerable Beretta M9. It could happen; the deadline for MHS submissions is Jan. 28. But the New Hampshire/Arizona manufacturer makes no bones that the stipulations laid forth for the MHS were the inspiration for its new line. The slick-looking American Pistol is presently available in two calibers, 9mm and .45 ACP. Ruger quite simply states the polymer striker-fired pistol’s genesis was the goal of exceeding the specifications set forth by the military. But the company also was advised by law-enforcement agencies around the country on desirable design points for a duty sidearm. 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! The company is initially offering the full-sized semi-automatic in 9mm and .45 ACP — +P rated in both calibers. And at first blush, the new pistol has plenty to appeal to shooters in or out of uniform. Related GunDigest Articles SHOT Show 2016: "Ruger American Pistol" Ruger Releases American Pistol Compact .45 with Manual Safety Ruger Adds Compact Model to American Pistol Line Perhaps the most practical aspect is the shootability Ruger has engineered into the American Pistol. In particular, the handgun features a low bore axis and patented barrel cam, each meant to make the firearm easier to handle and keep on target. Placing the bore axis closer to a shooter’s hands gives them more control over the pistol, reducing muzzle flip and helping to disperse recoil reward into the arms. The barrel cam on the Browning-type, locked-breech action, on the other hand, is all about recoil reduction, dispersing the force over a longer period of time, thus blunting the gun's kick. Additionally, the new cam design helps to trim the overall weight of the pistol. It does so by requiring a lighter slide than many other pistols in its class, which has it tipping the scales right around 30 ounces in 9mm and 31 in .45 ACP.

Musings on the Budget AR15: Or why PSA is Better than Budget Rifles of Old.

When I hear “for the poors” I can’t help but reflect on how good we have it these days. For now. Take a look at PSA as a prime example. A $300 PSA kit with an Anderson lower receiver is the poster child for internet mockery. “Poverty pony”. “For the Poors.” Etc. Etc. I can’t help but think back on the on the AR15 market circa 2002-2004 and I can’t believe how good we have it. In those days, if you told me that I can buy an AR15 for $300-$400 I would expect the following: A cast aluminum lower Mystery bolt carbine gas system Poor/no staking on the half moon carrier 4140 1/9 twist barrel without chrome lining Non-F marked FSB Basic mil-spec furniture gritty trigger A2 flash hider There were less manufacturers, and less options… standard Bushmasters retailed around $900+ dollars. Getting a kit back then for sub $400 was a recipe for range disaster and frustration. Fast forward to today: A PSA kit for $289. Hmmm. Nitrided 4150 1/7 twist with 5.56 Nato chamber Mid-length gas system Carpenter 158 bolt, shot peened, MPI Bolt carrier staked well, grade 8 fasteners, full m16 weight F marked FSB Basic mil-spec trigger A2 flash hider Something like this was not possible and not probable in the immediate post AWB market. It took a demoncrat president and EIGHT YEARS of panic buying to fan the flames of the AR15 market. This hot market caused numerous manufacturers to enter the arena and they produced some amazing advancements in the AR15 platform… rails, triggers, optics, furiniture, etc. etc. we could go on all night! Most importantly, in my opinion, was the competition and ensuing price reduction… making it cheaper to enter the AR15 market with a higher quality firearm than we had in years past. A rifle which, according to Henderson Defense, keeps going and going on their rental line. That averages out to 39,000 rounds of use for that upper assembly until the bolt broke and suffered a complete catastrophic failure. Because the bolt did break, the armorers checked the throat erosion (no issues) because they wanted to see for themselves how well it’s handled. – Ron shares his notes on PSA at AR15.c0m That’s right. His PSA went 39k rounds before a bolt broke. That’s roughly $10k in ammo costs that rifle ate before it failed. To be fair, Ron says elsewhere that Colt bolts last the longest, but also elsewhere he noted that a HK416 was a waste of money due to it key holing well before it should have. Se le vie. I would be pretty happy with my budget blaster going 39k rounds. So, in all honesty, today’s budget AR15 has closed the performance gap between basic and premium AR15’s quite a bit. I recognize that quality control from unit to unit may favor a higher priced AR15… that’s life. Every manufacturer has a lemon, and possibly more PSA’s may leave the line and need to be returned for QC issues… but they also produce something like 700+ serialized firearms and or receivers per day. That’s clown shoes. That’s nutso. I hope during the great igloo that PSA airdrops shovels AR15s out the back of their mass produced B57 bomber nockoff to arm the resistance. They have the capacity. Wrapping Up: The “poors” are getting some good gear these days. I stand by them and this blog has never frowned upon shooters with a budget. We are all in this together. A new shooter can grab a two PSA rifles, optic, mags, ammo, and some decent level IIIA ceramics for the price of a Daniel Defense DDM4. We are in a race to be equipped and ready for whatever the future may hold. It’s not a smart move in some areas of the USA to save for over a year for the rifle you want as they may be banned before you can get one. For shooters who do frown upon lower tier brands, get some perspective. If you spend more than 5k-10k a year shooting and training, and can really appreciate that KAC and high end gear… Good for you. You are statically alone. Look around you. Look at normal people. Who does what you do? You are the anomaly. If you have knowledge of the gun, then part of your mission will necessitate on getting people educated and squared away, regardless of their budget. Appreciate what shooters on a budget have these days. It’s far better than what they had in years past. We are lucky a company like PSA has streamlined the AR15 production process to the point where they can deliver a high quality product for the price. Without the sub $400 AR15, many shooters would have never looked at the black rifle as it was too expensive. Once they take the leap… They become one of us. The infected. Once you start, you just can’t stop. Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

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I just overhauled my marksmanship guide , and I hope it will assist the many shooters who find it online. I published a basic sight in, sling up, and shoot video to the guide as well. Let’s hope it helps *someone* out there in internet land.