24Apr/180

Browning BLR: A Great Choice for the Huntsman Beginner

The Browning BLR is easy to use and offers the fast shooting of a semi-automatic with the accuracy of a bolt action rifle. It’s compact, lightweight, and perfect for deer hunting.

While it’s an excellent gun for almost anyone, it’s particularly useful for beginners because it has minimal recoil and noise, making it less intimidating.

Hunting

The Browning BLR’s standard cartridges are a win over those of traditional lever action rifles. Standard Win 308 calibers give you a four hundred yard trajectory with enough power to take down the biggest buck.

Its short barrel and light weight make it easy to carry back and forth between hunting spots or to tote up to the tree stand.

The magazine slides nicely into place with little fuss and isn’t really noisy when you move it. It’s detachable, and better than a tube because it keeps the weight closer to the operator. Weight distribution is easier to manage. It’s also quick to load and unload.

While four hundred yards is about the maximum distance you get with the Browning BLR, it is a relatively easy shot in a moderately sized package.

Accessories

The Browning BLR is the best lever action rifle on the market because it’s advanced enough to fire off powerful rounds. The bolt locks into place firmly enough to bear the brunt of your shot and enables pointed bullets to fly farther. It doesn’t require hollow point bullets like a lot of lever action rifles with tube magazines.

If you like scopes, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the ease in which you can mount one on the Browning BLR. A traditional lever action rifle with a top eject is difficult to fit for scopes, but the BLR does it with ease.

Quality

Browning is one of the world’s most well-known manufacturers so you can count on the quality of all of their firearms. They are some of the more expensive rifles on the market, but they come with a better fit and finish than many others.

The Browning BLR is not an exception to this rule. It’s sleek and beautiful.

Safety

The Browning BLR is a mite safer for a beginner than a semi-auto. For starters, you can’t have a live round in the chamber of a semi-auto with the bolt open, so you have to use the safety. That’s fine, but it doesn’t make it easy to tell whether a rifle is loaded or not.

A bolt action rifle allows you to have a round in the chamber with the bolt slightly open. A lever action rifle, like the Browning BLR, enables you to have a shot in the chamber with the lever slightly ajar.

The BLR also offers a half cock option. Taking it from half cock to full cock is quiet, and it’s safer than using the safety because the probability is minuscule that you will both full cock the hammer and pull the trigger by accident.

Firing is faster than with a bolt action, and beginners have more selection to choose from.

Drawbacks

One drawback to the Browning BLR is that there are a lot of small parts. You can’t tell when it’s assembled, but if you were to take the BLR apart to clean it, you’d have a heck of a time putting it all back together.

The only other drawback is that the maximum range is four hundred yards. If you want to shoot at any longer range than that, a bolt action rifle is your best bet. Accuracy is on point, just not at longer ranges.

At the End of the Day

The Browning BLR features fast firing and easy handling, which is excellent for any beginner who is learning about rifles or learning to hunt. It’s lightweight and has relatively quiet operations, so it’s the perfect hunting companion.

There are many different variations of the Browning BLR like this walnut finish one, or this gem here. You can accessorize as needed and find something that’s just right for you.

Online retailer Grab a Gun has a number of Brownings in stock and can meet all of your lever action rifle needs.

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17Apr/180

Mossberg 500: The American-Preferred Affordable Home Protection Firearm

Home protection is at the top of everyone’s mind these days. When it comes to home security, there are a lot of different options. Security systems, smart home controls, and various other electronic devices are all fine choices. But it all gets very pricey, and fast.

When you don’t have the time, the technological knowledge, or the desire to implement any of these systems, sometimes the easiest and most reliable method for home protection fits in your arms.

Using a semi-auto shotgun for home security is not a new concept. However, when cost is a factor, it’s important to know that there are affordable firearms on the market, like the Mossberg 500. The Mossberg 500 meets you at the intersection of home security and cost savings.

History

Mossberg is quickly approaching its centennial anniversary. Over the years, it has solidified its place as a household name. The 500 model is especially well-known in the shotgun business. It’s safe to say that it is the benchmark by which we judge all other budget shotguns.

Over the years, the Mossberg 500 has been released in upwards of one hundred variants. You can choose from a wide range of finishes, calibers, sizes, and features, resulting in endless combinations.

Models like the All-Purpose 500 FLEX give you the ability to switch stocks, barrels, and butt pads quickly, making it the most versatile of the Mossberg 500 line of rifles.

The Mossberg Maverick 88 comes with a significant pocketbook savings and is essentially a Mossberg 500 without the ambidextrous safety and upgraded trigger group. It offers the same reliability and versatility of the Mossberg 500 and doesn’t feel at all like a downgrade.

Versatility

The reason why the Mossberg 500 is the best affordable option for home protection is that it’s versatile. If you can only afford one gun, this one will do most of the things you need it to do by just switching out a few accessories.

By switching out only the barrel, you can have a long-barreled shotgun for hunting waterfowl, and a short-barreled shotgun for deer. Conversely, when you get home, you can switch out your birdshot for buckshot to stop an intruder.

Home Defense

The Mossberg 500 is among the most requested firearms for home defense. It is made of alloy, so it’s lightweight and easily maneuverable. The placement of the slide release and safety is perfect because you can reach them both with your shooting hand, giving you the ability to make quick decisions without fumbling the firearm.

You can extend the capacity of the Mossberg 500 to nine, as well as change out accessories like barrels and forend grips. It has two extractors on the bolt, giving you the ability to eject shells when they get stuck. Again, it’s easy to reach with your shooting hand, just in case.

Keeping a round in the chamber always ensures you are better prepared for a worst-case scenario, saving you valuable seconds loading a shell in the pipe. The expanded 8+1 capacity of the Mossberg 500 allows you to do just that.

With the easy-to-reach safety, you can quickly and efficiently defend yourself and your home with one-handed operation. Common sense would dictate that you keep a loaded firearm stored with the safety on and out of the reach of kids.

You can load the Mossberg 500 with either birdshot or buckshot, but it’s safe to say that buckshot has a better chance of stopping an aggressor. Birdshot has the potential to make them even angrier, and you lose those valuable seconds once again by having to fire more than once.

It goes without saying that you should always be situationally aware of your surroundings when handling a firearm, but buckshot will not only stop your aggressor, it will stop your family too. Make sure when you fire the firearm, you aim true and get your kids out of the way.

The Mossberg 500 is an affordable choice for anyone who can’t afford more than one gun or wants a cost-effective firearm for home defense so they can splurge elsewhere. It’s a multipurpose firearm that’s effective for hunting, home defense, and fun at the shooting range.

Online retailers have a wide range of options to choose from. Check out Grab a Gun for Mossberg 500 shotguns, accessories, and other firearms.

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10Apr/180

Are Derringers the Most Concealable Pistols on the Market?

The simple answer is a resounding yes, just because of its size. A pistol that fits in your palm conceals pretty easily. But the Derringer has a fascinating history. Take note that while the history of the gun has nothing to do with its concealability, it has everything to do with the way we view it, and all other conceal carry pistols today.

Derringers aren’t the most modern pistol, but they are arguably the most concealable. The historic use of Derringers tells us that. It was made for concealability and ease of use, and its most famous performance is what boosted its novelty and propelled it to success nationwide.

Deringer, or Derringer?

Named for Henry Deringer, its creator, the original Philadelphia Deringer only had one “r”. It was a black powder muzzle loading single barrel pistol. It was sold in pairs, so if the first shot failed, you had another.

Henry Deringer lived in Philadelphia. His father was a gunsmith, so he grew up around the rifles his father created and held an apprenticeship in Richmond, Virginia to follow in his father’s footsteps. The Philadelphia Deringer was one of his first creations, after switching from manufacturing rifles to pocket pistols.

Pocket pistols were not new to the people of Deringer’s time. However, nothing so small and concealable had existed before. Now men and women alike could defend themselves efficiently and secretly.

The Philadelphia Deringer was affordable, so they were accessible to anyone. They were popular among gamblers and ladies who used them as muff pistols in their hand warmers. Popularity soared, and money came pouring in for Henry.

As fate would have it, the Deringer became even more well-known with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and from there, other manufacturers started capitalizing on the name, and, to circumvent copyright law, the Derringer, with an extra r, was born.

Today’s Derringer

Remington, Colt, Heizer, Ruger, Browning and many more all have Deringer-inspired pistols today. They’ve made quite a transformation from Henry’s original.

People most likely associate Remington’s design with derringers because of the improvements Remington made. The double barrel, over-under design (doubling capacity), and the metal cartridges helped maintain its popularity. Smokeless powder enabled the use of smaller cartridges with higher power.

Remington ceased production of their derringer models in 1935, but they paved the way for the evolution of the derringer in other manufacturers lineups.

Other companies have continued to make these pistols in a variety of calibers. Cimarron produces a .38 special and Bond Arms makes a .357 magnum.

Some derringers have trigger guards, and some have longer barrels. They even have fun names like Dragon Slayer, Ranger, and Cowboy Defender.

What’s not to love?

Carrying a Derringer

While a derringer lacks the same firepower as a larger revolver, it’s ideal for deep concealment. You can holster a derringer almost anywhere on your body, but even without derringer holsters, they fit nicely in jeans, jacket pockets, and even your bra. I’m looking at you, ladies.

Yes, the derringer is for everyone. It’s accessible, lightweight, small, and versatile. It’s not intimidating, and it really is a point-blank weapon. You only have one chance to make an effective shot, meaning the deep concealability and use at short range is exactly what it’s intended for.

You won’t get much distance with it, but a small gun is better than no gun, and this is precisely the reason why it seems so much less frightening and risky to carry one. You may not intimidate your target, but the point is that they not see it at all. I dare say you’ll undoubtedly startle them when you need to: at close range.

You can carry it when it’s uncomfortable to carry something bigger, and it hides entirely out of sight. Going for a run where you might run into critters? Derringer. You can even stick it in an MP3 player armband, behind the MP3 player.

We’ve covered how well the derringer conceals, and by now you may be convinced that it’s not just a novelty item. While the history of the derringer makes it a popular pistol by notoriety alone, it’s far from useless.

They’re fun to shoot, and some would say they’re cute, but don’t underestimate the need to practice with your pistol before carrying it. It offers a one-of-a-kind concealed carry option and is ideal for precisely that purpose.

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19Mar/180

America’s Favorite Gun: The Glock

Today, in part because of Hollywood, Glock is synonymous with 'handgun.' It seems everyone knows what a Glock is. It’s hard to watch an action movie without a Glock represented, and two-thirds of America’s police departments now carry them.

How did an Austrian entrepreneur, with no experience in making guns, become one of the most influential names in the United States? In three decades, Glock grew to be one of the most recognizable products, making it an icon among gun enthusiasts and a target among gun control advocates.

Glock: A Brief History

In 1982, Gaston Glock was an engineer working outside Vienna. He ran a radiator factory and had no experience in the gun-making arena. This inexperience was to his advantage. Having no knowledge of the manufacturing process, he created his own.

Unlike all other models at the time, he built his unique design on a plastic frame and with only thirty-four components. With its lightweight composition and nearly half of the components of other manufacturers, the Glock was easy to make and less likely to malfunction.

In less than ten years, Glock was shipping more than 120,000 units per year to the United States. To this day, Glock is owned by the Glock family, and they are very secretive about their process. Rarely do they agree to interviews, and never do they open up their U.S. plant in Smyrna, Georgia to journalists, tourists, or anyone else.

Legal Trouble

On January 8, 2011, Jared Loughner used a Glock to open fire on a constituent meeting, attempting to assassinate Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Six people died, and one additional person was injured. Miraculously, after being shot in the head at point-blank range, Giffords survived.

On July 20, 2012, mass murderer James Holmes used a Glock in an attempt to kill over seventy people in an Aurora, Colorado movie theatre. Twelve people died, and many others were injured.

Many other instances like these happen on what seems like a regular basis. Due to news outlets, social media, and our constant connection to the world, it feels like these occurrences are growing, and these two, in particular, contribute to the new breath of life in the gun control movement.

The United States government keeps a list of firearms law enforcement officers recover at crime scenes. While the Glock has gained in popularity among gun control enthusiasts, there is still no evidence to suggest that it is used more than any other gun to carry out these acts of violence on innocent people. The notion that all gangsters walk around the city concealing a Glock is not supported by the numbers.

Loyalty

Despite some of the negative connotations, Glock has its fair share of followers. Gun enthusiasts around the world love it, and it’s a favorite among law enforcement officers, the FBI, and even famous terrorists and dictators. Military personnel found Saddam Hussein in his hideout in 2003 carrying a Glock.

Glock has a huge presence at trade shows, and no other manufacturer is more influential. With so many law enforcement officers carrying a Glock, it quickly grew to be America’s favorite.

Glock’s Image

It’s clear how Glock’s image has grown in the past thirty years, and we haven’t even talked about Hollywood yet. Glamorized by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger in “End of Days” and Jason Bourne in “The Bourne Ultimatum,” the Glock has taken over the big screen.

Filmmakers and prop masters throughout the industry began using Glock because it was different. That was part of the appeal. Different meant exciting, and America caught onto the hype.

Other firearm manufacturers have been trying to catch up to Glock, and while they can match firepower, they’ve already been overtaken by star power. When a movie refers to a gun brand, it’s the Glock. Even rap lyrics reference the Glock more than any other. It rolls off the tongue just a little bit easier.

Advantages

Glock is reliable. It rarely misfires or malfunctions, it can outgun a semiautomatic pistol, and it’s easy to shoot. It’s easy to see why law enforcement chose this handgun over any other. When life is on the line, a Glock always goes bang.

It also fires nearly four times faster than a revolver. When put to the test, a revolver got off eighteen shots in 22.7 seconds. It took the Glock only 5.7. The beauty is in its simplicity. Even when handled by someone who has never shot a gun before, it hits every target.

With a variety of models to choose from like the Glock 17, Glock 19, Glock 42, and Glock 43, there are handguns for sale online for almost everyone. Grab a Gun has one of the most expansive online gun stores with competitive pricing and online layaway. Make your entry into the gun arena or enhance your existing collection with semi-automatic handguns that fit your unique needs.

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14Mar/180

A Firearm Made for Self Defense – The Springfield XDS

In light of current events, people are up in arms (pun intended) about gun control, self-defense, and what we should all do to protect our children and ourselves. It’s a fine goal, to be sure. But all political discussions aside, some of us just feel more comfortable having something to protect ourselves at home.

This is the perfect time to discuss what seems to be the ideal firearm for self-defense - the Springfield XDS. Springfield has a long-standing tradition of producing quality firearms at affordable prices. Their steady stream of premium products pleases everyone who uses them.

About the Springfield XDS

Springfield took the XDS’s predecessors, the XD, and the XDM, and unveiled something even hotter. The XD was versatile and held sixteen rounds, whereas the XDM held nineteen. Both were also difficult to carry around for long periods of time. More rounds added to an already significant carry weight.

The XDS is slimmer, more compact, and lightweight. Not to mention, it has surprisingly little recoil due to the flexibility of the polymer frame and its shape. The only strike against it is that it doesn’t hold as much ammunition, but we’re talking about self-defense firearms here, not target practice. If you need more than six rounds, you might be in more trouble than the XDS (or any other firearm) can help with.

Variations

The Springfield XDS comes in both a .45 and a 9mm. The .45 holds five rounds plus one, but the grip is a bit small and hard to stabilize. However, if you use an extra-length magazine and a

frame-sized sleeve, it’s more comfortable.

On the contrary, the 9mm version is sleeker and lighter. It holds seven rounds, and the extended version holds nine. It’s easier to carry than any double-stack 9mm despite how much ammo it holds. With a barrel clocking in at 3.3 inches, it doesn’t bump your hip as you walk.

Disassembly and Cleaning

When it comes to cleaning, you have to dry fire the XDS to take it apart. Not only that but if you leave the magazine in the frame, you can’t move the disassembly lever. If the lever is in the up position, you can’t reinsert the magazine. You have to completely remove the magazine to disassemble it, adding just one more safety precaution to the operation of the firearm.

Concealment

This pistol is great for almost any carry purpose. It’s lightweight and compact, and it has the capability for expanded ammunition rounds. It has comfort and controllability, and in the realm of single-stack subcompact pistols, it’s a clear leader.

The short grip, thin frame, and flush magazine make the XDS one of the most concealable firearms today. Even with its magazine capacity of seven plus one, it beats out other top contenders. And when you don’t care to conceal it, you can expand the magazine to nine plus one for a grip that’s more comfortable.

The downside to its compact size and concealability is that you may feel like you have no place to put your pinky if you have large hands. You could lose a little bit of control, but it only takes a bit of getting used to. Some pistols this size feel flimsy or a bit like a toy, but the XDS feels like a real gun comparatively.

Home Defense

The expanded ammunition capabilities are perfect for home defense as well. Even if you don’t plan to conceal the Springfield XDS, you can use it as an effective tool for protecting your home, because you have more versatility of magazines and don’t have to worry about bulk.

Most likely, you don’t conceal firearms on your person at home, so this one is the perfect choice for home use because there are so many different options that are easily accessible and great for rapid use in defense situations.

The Springfield XDS is the perfect self-defense firearm for so many reasons that it might just be our new favorite. You can’t beat the lightweight composition of the frame, making it more comfortable with less recoil. You also won’t find another firearm of this capacity that has as much concealability.

If you’re looking for a new conceal carry firearm for self-defense, the Springfield XDS is the clear choice because of its comfort and ease of use. Check out cheap guns for sale online at Grab a Gun, the internet’s leading online gun shop.

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12Mar/180

Understanding the Differences Between Gun Clips and Gun Magazines

gun clips and magazines

There is often confusion surrounding the difference between gun clips and gun magazines, and while they are related, it’s important to know that they are not the same. The terms are used often in firearm communities, so if you want to sound knowledgeable on the subject, you should review the difference.

In today’s firearm culture, the terms are used almost interchangeably, even though it’s technically incorrect. Let’s review the meanings of these terms and how they relate to firearms to avoid any confusion.

What Is a Gun Clip?

A clip stores ammunition in groups, making it easy to load a magazine. It stores rounds in units anywhere from eight to fifteen bullets, so they are ready to insert into a magazine or cylinder of a firearm. Most hold twelve, but you can also purchase extended clips that hold twenty or twenty-five.

It makes loading and reloading faster and often allows for more than one round to be loaded at once. While they are made of inexpensive materials and are disposable, you can reuse them, and many people often do.

There are several types of clips including stripper clips, en blocs, and moon or half-moon clips. A stripper clip, also called a charger or charger clip, strips the cartridges off of the clip and into the magazine. It is used to load a magazine but you don’t have to have one for your firearm to work.

In an en bloc clip, both the cartridges and the clip are inserted into a fixed magazine in the rifle. In this case, it is essential to the operation of the firearm that you use a clip. Otherwise, there is nothing to feed the ammunition into the magazine.

Moon and half-moon clips are cylindrical pieces of metal designed to fit into revolvers. Unlike other types of clips, the moon and half-moon clips stay in place during firing and are used to remove the empty cartridge cases.

What Is a Gun Magazine?

A gun magazine is an ammunition storage device that is either fixed or detachable. They feed ammunition into repeating firearms. They move cartridges into position where they are loaded into the chamber for firing. While it is inaccurate, some detachable magazines are often referred to as clips. It is so incredibly common that it can be confusing.

While a magazine can feed ammunition into the chamber without a clip, a clip cannot feed ammunition without first being inserted into a magazine. You don’t need a clip to load a magazine because you can load it easily by hand. In fact, clips are relatively uncommon because most modern firearms don’t use them.

When to Use a Clip

You can use a clip to load a fixed magazine, but honestly, if you’re using modern firearms, you don’t need one. Clips are used for faster loading and reloading, which means they’re used mostly for fixed magazines but can also be used to load detachable magazines in rapid fire situations.

When to Use a Magazine

Most modern firearms use detachable magazines. You can load these magazines by hand or use a clip. While not all guns use clips, all guns, with the exception of revolvers, have magazines. Unless you’re firing a revolver, you will use a magazine.

Even if a firearm doesn’t have a detachable magazine, it has a fixed (or internal) magazine that you can’t remove, in which case you would use a clip.

Hopefully, now you understand a little bit more about the difference between a clip and a magazine. A clip loads a magazine, while a magazine feeds the ammunition into the chamber for firing.

Many online gun stores like Grab a Gun sell both clips and magazines. They offer affordable prices and online layaway. Now that you’re an expert on the differences between magazines and clips, check out this gun store online for all of your firearm needs.

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5Mar/180

Understanding How AR15 Uppers Work and Why You Need One

Most AR15 uppers are very similar. They refer to the upper part of an AR15, and because they don’t contain the serial number, they are interchangeable and don’t have to be registered. An upper contains a charging handle, delta ring assembly, gas tube, gas block, dust cover, hand guard, barrel, flash hider, and forward assist.

There are a few design variations, but all uppers have the same parts and function. It goes without saying that you need an AR15 upper for the rifle to function properly.

Upper Styles

The A1 and A2 upper styles have fixed handles on the top. The A2 has a rear sight with elevation and wind adjustments, handy for any landscape or climate. The A3 and A4 styles are sometimes called flat tops. They have accessory rails on top for mounting any scope, sight, or A2 style removable handle.

Forward Assist

In some combat situations, dirt can clog the upper and prevent the bolt from closing against the back of the round properly. The forward assist enables you to jam the bolt into position when this happens. You will likely never have to touch this button, but it’s there if you need it. Some variations of uppers don’t have this button at all.

Charging Handle

The charging handle pulls the bolt carrier group back, releasing the first round into the chamber. You can also lock the bolt in the back position by engaging the bolt catch. It’s also called a cocking handle or bolt handle and results in the hammer or striker moving to the ready position.

T-Marks

Some uppers have t-marks, which are small white location indicators, helping with accessory location and installation. They’re called t-marks because they’re on the top of the Picatinny rail, but they can also have b-marks, l-marks, and r-marks.

Delta Ring Assembly

The delta ring assembly includes the delta ring, barrel nut, weld spring, and barrel snap ring. It serves to secure the barrel to the upper and provides an attachment for the hand guard. If a hand guard requires special assembly, it’s included in the purchase of that particular hand guard.

A free floating hand guard eliminates the need for a delta ring, so a lot of upper accessories depend on each other and must work together to complete the upper assembly.

Hand Guards

Hand guards attach to the upper and serve as a place to hold the rifle. The barrel gets hot as you shoot, and you can’t stabilize the rifle without a comfortable place to hold it. Hand guards come in all shapes and sizes. It should correspond to the length of barrel you’re using. Free-float hand guards attach to the rear of the delta ring and not at the front of the gas block. They improve accuracy by reducing the flex of the barrel.

Gas Tube

A gas tube transports the high-pressure gas from the gas block to the upper receiver and into the gas tube. Gas tubes should work with your choice of hand guard, and, like hand guards, there are many to choose from.

Flash Hider

The flash hider screws onto the threaded muzzle of the barrel. It does exactly what it sounds like. It hides the flash, making it more discreet in battle. Without cuts on the bottom, it prevents dust from releasing into the air.

It’s important to understand how an AR15 upper functions and why it’s necessary. The components of an AR15 upper allow you to shoot with comfort, ease, and accuracy. You can find all of these accessories and more AR15 parts for sale at grabagun.com.

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28Feb/180

Going Big Game Hunting? 6 Top-Rated Pieces of Hunting Gear You Should Own

So, you’re ready to go big game hunting, but you don’t have the gear. You’re not entirely sure you know what you need, but the thought of filling your freezer sounds more and more appealing by the minute.

It takes years to outfit yourself with quality hunting equipment. Focus on your long-term needs. You can build a collection of necessities on a budget if you take the time to talk with other hunters. Read reviews and buy quality gear now so that it will still work years down the road. Determining what works best for you will maximize your spending, so you’re not wasting your time with hunting supplies that won’t last or don’t work.

Let’s focus on a small but essential set of tools that you can use no matter what you hunt, to save money and lighten your load. Of course, you need a rifle or a bow, but we’re going to address the additional gear you might need for big game hunting. These are the things that, at an absolute minimum, you should never leave home without.

Boots

When it comes to footwear, there are a lot of options. Depending on the environment and how active you are while hunting will influence your decision. If you’re used to the cold, or you’re an active hunter, you shouldn’t need insulated boots, especially if you have quality socks to keep your feet warm and provide support.

If you’re hunting in the mountains, you need a stiff boot to prevent your ankles from rolling on the rough terrain. Only wear your boots when you’re hunting. If you drive or ride in the car with them on, your feet may sweat, giving you what could be some very cold feet for the rest of your hunt.

Remember, non-insulated boots are lighter than insulated ones, and if you plan to carry a hefty load of equipment, bag your limit, or be on your feet for a long time, non-insulated is the way to go.

Boots can make or break your hunting experience. The more supportive your boots are, the less energy you have to exert to stay comfortable. Get the best boot for the activity level and climate of your big game hunt.

Backpack

How you carry your gear is an essential component of the hunt. Not only do you have hunting equipment, but you may have camping gear, and you probably hope to come home with a kill. You need to be able to carry water, food, game bags, extra clothing, knives, and maybe some survival gear.

Invest in a good pack that carries the weight on your hips. The padding on the waist and the shoulder harness should be comfortable and supportive. A hunting backpack with an internal frame works well during the day, but you may need something bigger or more versatile later. Find something that can expand to suit your needs on varying hunts.

You may choose to go with a pack that doesn’t have an internal frame because it's lighter than a pack with a frame. Keep in mind though, a more rigid structure allows for more accessible, more segmented packing. It also helps with more even weight distribution, making it easier to carry because the weight doesn’t shift as much when you walk, climb, or lean.

Clothing

In any situation, dressing in layers allows for variation in temperature and is critical for your comfort. If you’re a seasoned hunter, you know to prepare for anything. If you don’t already know that, then take this advice to heart. Pack layers.

When it comes to hunting clothes, wool provides a functional base layer to keep you warm, but it may be wise to invest in some high-performance fabrics that wick the sweat away during more active hunts. They keep you dry and comfortable in any situation.

Trekking Poles

These only come in handy for mountain hunting, but are still something to consider. You may decide you don’t need them, but they do save energy and improve balance if you have a heavy load while climbing. They can also assist with slowing down or stopping on a steep downhill slope.

Game Bags

For most hunters, the end goal is to bring home some meat. But you need a way to get home with the meat you kill, and when you’re hunting big game, that’s tough. You need to be able to make manageable pieces out of a large animal, and then carry it with you until you’re done, without it spoiling.

Synthetic game bags dry quickly so moisture doesn’t get trapped inside like it would if you used cotton. Wet meat for a prolonged period could lead to a build up in bacteria, making it unsafe to eat, and leads to faster spoilage.

GPS

GPS has come a long way and can provide additional benefits over a map and a compass. If you use a device specifically for hunting, you have access to private land boundaries, which is something you can’t measure with a compass. Some also give you the ability to log and favorite your locations so you can return easily later.

GPS isn’t for everyone. If you’re familiar with the land on which you hunt, you may always get the most out of simple tools. A GPS navigator is pricey, and you have to rely on its battery to last. However, it can really up your hunting...game. Pun intended.

There are a limitless number of hunting accessories and hunting supplies available. We’ve done our best to list the essentials, but depending on your unique experiences, you may find you need more or less of any number of things.

Grab a Gun provides the best selection of hunting accessories and hunting supplies online. When it comes to gun and hunting expertise, Grab a Gun can help you find the perfect piece of hunting equipment for your next excursion.

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28Feb/180

Five Reasons Why Ruger LCR Is the Best Concealed Carry Revolver

Five Reasons Why Ruger LCR Is the Best Concealed Carry Revolver

Ruger produces an impressive line of LCR revolvers. They have composite frames and have been available since 2009. Ruger started out offering a basic .38 Special weighing 13.5 ounces. They now also provide a seventeen-ounce version that takes .357 magnum ammunition, and a heavier revolver that mimics the .22 long rifle experience.

A lot of people tend to favor semi-automatic pistols for their concealed carry purposes. While these are slim, there’s a lot that can go wrong. However, revolvers rarely misfire, and the Ruger LCR is one of the best concealed carry revolvers for a number of reasons.

Ruger Makes Great Firearms

Ruger is one of the biggest, most well-known firearms manufacturers in the world. Ruger started in a small machine shop in Connecticut. Since 1949, Ruger has sold more than twenty million firearms. It remains a favorite among law enforcement and civilians for its reliability, affordability, and craftsmanship.

Ruger touts awards like the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence award and back to back Manufacturer of the Year honors in 1992 and 1993. Handguns of the Year include the Ruger Super Redhawk and the Ruger LCR. Both the Ruger 22 Magnum 10-22 rifle and the Ruger 17 HMR rifle were named Rifle of the Year.

Revolvers Are Reliable

Maybe you grew up with guns. Maybe you grew up watching old cowboy and western movies. Either way, you probably have a healthy appreciation for the revolver. They rarely misfire, so they’re fantastic for self-defense.

There are fewer moving parts, meaning fewer things that can fail. There’s no magazine to feed, no elaborate trigger mechanism, and no slide to jam. Comprised of a basic trigger, hammer, and cylinder, the revolver is quick and simple to operate.

Revolvers Are Durable

Revolvers are battle tested. Again, fewer moving parts means fewer things to go wrong. These guns have very simple mechanisms and last longer than a lifetime. Revolvers are the perfect gun to hand down from generation to generation.

The fact that you can shoot this gun reliably, time after time, and look good doing it should be enough to convince you that it’s worth more consideration than most of the semi-automatic pistols on the market today.

The LCR Is Easy to Shoot

Even if you’re a fan of revolvers from other manufacturers, after shooting the Ruger LCR, you’ll find that the execution is effortless. Right out of the box, the LCR has a smooth trigger that’s easy to control. This feature makes a huge difference in accuracy, especially at long distances.

Given the fact that these revolvers aren’t meant for long distances, this accuracy is impressive. However, even more critical is how easy it is to become proficient quickly at shorter distances. This ease of use and short learning curve comes into play in self-defense scenarios and other short distance situations.

The LCR Is Concealable

The size of the Ruger LCR alone makes it a great concealed carry option. It’s close to the tightest concealed carry package you can find anywhere. You give up some accuracy with a shortened barrel, and the hammerless look doesn’t have quite the same classic flair you see in the movies, but you’re not likely to find yourself in a shoot ‘em up situation as often as John Wayne or Clint Eastwood.

The lack of a magazine also helps keep the size of these revolvers small, so they’re not as bulky, and the handle has a more natural grip because, with no magazine in the way, there are no limitations on size.

For everyday carry, the compact nature of these revolvers gives you comfort, versatility, accuracy at the range you need it, and the perfect firearm for self-defense.

If you’re shopping around for your next concealed carry firearm of choice, or it’s your first experience with a revolver, the Ruger LCR is the perfect option. Because of its weight, durability, reliability, accuracy, and tried and true background, you can trust that you won’t be disappointed.

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28Feb/180

Reasons the Beretta A300 is the Best Reviewed Shotgun for Target Shooting and Hunting

Beretta is a reasonably well-known brand and has been around since 1526. That’s a lot of years spent perfecting the craft of gun-making. It hasn’t been made glamorous by Hollywood, but it’s one of the most reputable, highest quality manufacturers on the market.

About the Beretta A300

The Beretta A300 came out in 2012, and it’s simple, understated, and perfectly reliable. Its sleek appearance is something we’ve all come to expect from Beretta, and it has a price tag that seems to fit the budget better than others.

One of the best things about the Beretta A300 is that it’s a semi-automatic shotgun, priced where you can afford it, and it’s made in the United States. It rarely misfires, and in fact, after using seven hundred rounds in three months, it never malfunctioned once.

Features

It’s a fairly lightweight firearm, coming in at just seven pounds, so it’s easy to carry for long periods of time. It may fit great out of the box, but in case you need to make some adjustments, it comes with three different choke tubes and a spacer kit to adjust the drop and the length of pull. It’s easy to handle, quick to aim, and swings smoothly. You can put a sling on it if you need to.

While it only comes in a twelve gauge, 28” barrel, that shouldn’t prove to be a limitation. The shooting experience is pleasant because the recoil is tolerable. It’s also very easy to clean and maintain, and reassembly is a breeze.

You can break it down into three parts for cleaning on the fly. You can also give it a deeper cleaning by removing the trigger group. The owner’s manual comes in handy, so keep it close if you plan to clean it away from home.

System

The Beretta A300 uses the same system at the Beretta 391, which is another great gun, so there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. It works great as it is already. It also uses the same MobliChoke system as many other Berettas.

With lightning-fast action, you’ll feel like you have the fastest shotgun in the world, and that makes the low recoil even more surprising. Both of these things combined make taking your second shot on target easy.

Loading and Firing

Loading the Beretta A300 is easy, but the real difference is the placement of the safety. It’s in front of the trigger, but the button is a bit bigger, so it’s hard to misuse. It’s easy to find and switch when you’re wearing gloves.

The trigger pulls nicely, so no improvements needed there. This is the best shotgun of its kind. Easy to use, easy to clean, and fun to shoot.

Hunting

The Beretta A300’s lightweight nature makes it perfect for trap shooting. You can carry it for a long time before it starts to feel heavy, which comes in handy when walking. Equipping it with a sling makes it that much easier.

Because it’s smooth and easy to aim and fire, your chances of hitting a moving target are far greater with this shotgun than with any other. It also performs well when hunting dove, duck, goose, pheasant, and quail. It can handle any climate, which means it has versatility and you can take it out in any season.

Limitations

You may find yourself feeling a bit limited on options when it comes to a twelve gauge, 28” barrel being the only size. However, for the price and the functionality, I think you should reconsider. You may also want to coat or finish the barrel, because it is rough, and can be hard to clean with a cloth. It also seems to rust easier if you don’t clean it enough, so a protective coating could help.

Other than that, there really isn’t any reason to complain. The Beretta A300 is one of the best shotguns on the market as far as ease of use, accuracy, affordability, and quality. It performs well in many different situations, fits perfectly out of the box, and almost never misfires, no matter whether you use cheap rounds or premium.

If you’re looking to buy Beretta firearms, check out Grab a Gun. You can check out the Beretta A300 and buy guns online from a reputable gun shop. You’re sure to find the perfect gun for you.

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