Post by D. S. When I turned 21 I wanted one thing… a handgun.

The T-Rex Arms Raptor: The Best AIWB Holster You Will Ever Find?

The T-Rex Arms Raptor: The Best AIWB Holster You Will Ever Find?Post by D.S. When I turned 21 I wanted one thing… a handgun. I didn’t want to go out and drink, but I did find out I love margaritas. No, what I wanted was a S&W M&P 2.0 compact and my Concealed Handgun License. My amazing wife got me both! When I got my license to carry, I needed a quality holster. We went to a local gun store and found one, but I couldn’t tell you what brand or where it is now. It was forgettable. Looking for a quality option, I began my search. After using some Google fu, I came across a company called T.Rex Arms out of Tennessee. I browsed their products and found their Raptor and Sidecar series of holsters. Both products were well received by the reviews I saw, and the difference was the Sidecar carried an extra mag, while the Raptor was a stand-alone AIWB holster. Not knowing if I would like it or not, or if I would want to carry an extra mag… I went with the less expensive raptor. I haven’t looked back since! The Claw What makes this holster so good, is the claw feature they put on their holster. The claw is a very rigid piece of plastic, or polymer, that pushes the grip side of your handgun back into your body. Everyone can conceal a 5 inch barrel down their pants (the lady’s love that, amirite?), but it’s hard to conceal the grip of your handgun as that is what protrudes out and causes you to print. Ladies… Ahem. It’s not the length of the barrel that’s difficult to conceal, but the grip that causes most of our printing woes. For those that don’t know, “printing” is when the outline of your gun is showing through your shirt, in which case your concealed gun isn’t very concealed. From my experience of carrying very regularly, the claw does an amazing job of preventing me from pulling a Gutenberg. One you first start carrying, you get paranoid of if, how, and when you print… and I got over that very fast as this holster gave me confidence to know I was well concealed. Even my wife at times who visually watches me get dressed and put my holster in my pants, will forget I have it and have no clue it’s there, even when she looks for it. How Comfortable Is This Holster? On top of concealing my handgun very well, this is a very comfortable holster. During the winter when I have a sweatshirt on top of a T-shirt and carry in between those layers, I don’t know my handgun is there. The only reason I say that is because my handgun has VERY aggressive texturing and during the summer when it’s gun on skin concealing, I notice the grip of my handgun but not the holster. Walking around is very comfortable as the holster stays in place and doesn’t move very much if at all. They have a quick clip attachment system that is very tight and it does a phenomenal job of holding it in place. You just slide it down your pants and the clip over your belt, it grabs your belt and won’t come off until you pull the clip back to release the belt. This raptor holster will not come out while you are drawing your handgun whatsoever. However while it won’t move on its own, the system will let you slide it around until you find the perfect spot to hide your gun in your pants. Going about day to day activities such as walking around, standing up, sitting down to eat, or to drive is a breeze. Sometimes, when I go to sit down and forget my holster is there, I get a gun in my stomach or a barrel smashing something. This is easily remedied by adjusting your pants when you stand or sit so that doesn’t happen. Even while sitting it’s a very comfortable holster after a quick adjustment. While sitting, even when it’s sitting on my stomach instead of my waist, it’s still concealed. I don’t think there is a holster in the world that will let you sit down and stand up without needing some minor adjusting to have it go with your body. Just make sure you put your shoes on before you put your holster on. You will thank me later. Make your holster, YOUR HOLSTER! On top of making a top quality product, T.Rex Arms makes the holster EXTREMELY customizable. When you go to order your holster, you have the option to customize everything. You can choose the color of your holster left-handed or right-handed holster, whether or not you want a shirt guard, which means the holster goes higher on the slide to protect your shirt a little. You can even add a specific light for your handgun. For instance, I carry the M&P 2.0 compact with an Inforce APLC light. So they specifically made my holster for that gun and light combo. You can have a Glock 19 with a left-handed setup in a pink holster and a Surefire light and they will make it for you. They also have options for threaded barrels and optic cuts. So this holster system can accommodate ANY gun, light ,optic combo you need. A small sample of some configurations and colors. That Kryptec Typhoon on black would be SWISH SWISH with my Maxpedition Liger gunbelt. – Lothaen Personal Testimony I have used this holster for a year and a half roughly, and I’m not going to change a thing. This company takes care of you and gives you a top quality product. Recently I decided to switch my magazine release from the left side of my gun to the right because my magazine was being released due to the button hitting my belt loop one day. I did not like that so after switching it to the right side, I noticed that the mag release cutout in the holster was only on the left side of the gun, not the right. So when I fully seated my handgun in the holster it would also eject the magazine immediately. After emailing them about that, it is being taken care of. Having a company that stands behind their product and cares about their customers has me going back for all of my holster needs from now on. They make all sorts of holsters and products and are worth checking out. Another thanks to D.S. who brings us some more great content. Disclaimer: TNR does not have a financial relationship with Trex Arms, and this review was individually funded and reviewed by D.S. Next Week : First Aid. Fake Blood. Training. Trauma kits. Stop the bleed. Sooooon. Lothaen Out! Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

The Rifleman Part 3: Ballistics

The Rifleman Part 3: Ballistics

The .223 / 5.56 The little cartridge our rifles shoot is a flat shooting projectile. As discussed elsewhere in the blog I use a 50-yard zero on my red dot and I can co-witness using the IBZ method with iron sights for a 50-yard zero as well. The trajectory of the .223 / 5.56 is roughly the following (depending on barrel length and ammo type ect.) with a 50 yard zero: 50 yards: zero 100 yards: 1 inch high 150 yards: 1.5 inches high 200 yards: zero 300 yards: 7 inches low 400 yards: 20 inches low Do you see why the 50-yard zero is so popular? We have an easy to obtain zero (sight in 1 inch high at 100 yards) and it allows us to make easy hits at a variety of distances. Some people prefer the 100-yard zero but the bullet drop gets harder to manage at 300 and 400 yards. Anything worth shooting inside my typical shooting distances will not be affected by a 1.5-inch bullet rise with my 50 yard zero. RDS: Right side view of the Trijicon MRO: Check it out at Brownells Red dot sights are extremely easy to use for hitting targets at a distance with the 50 yard zero. A direct hold on target will yield hits out to 200 yards. A common complaint is that a red dot will obstruct your target when shooting further distances. I find this quite false. Using a fifty-yard zero with a 2MOA red dot allowed me to take hits at 200, 300, and 400 yards without much effort. The red dot obstructs less of the target than my iron-sighted A2. For shots at 300 yards I hold my dot over the “face” of my target… in this case a steel silhouette. At 400 yards I place my dot on top of the head and allow the rounds to drop into the mid-torso of the steel. If you need some more reading, check out my post at where I cover basic marksmanship for the new shooter. I like the red dot far more for shooting distance than irons. Much Easier. A2 Irons: For the Irons I had to do a bit more work for good shooting. I dialed in my range with the A2 drum before engaging my targets. You cannot reliably hold over with a 200 yard IBZ since the post starts to obstruct the target. To drop rounds onto the torso at 300 yards I have to aim for the “face” of the steel… but at that distance I had a hard time finding the steel and ditto for 400 yards. So we need to adjust the drum. The biggest issue is target ID at any of these distances. I had a hard time seeing yellow steel against a sand background at 300 yards. The yellow steel at 400 yards was easier to acquire due to the green background behind it. So that’s the basic meat and potatoes of my 50 yard zero. Shooting with red dot sights are easier than irons so consider it an upgrade to your iron-sighted setup. Again the limiting factor here is not the sighting system (irons vs RDS) but your ability to find your target at these distances. If you can save your coin for an ACOG then go for it! Advantages are what you *want* when shooting at these distances. I have my eye on a TA44 for my A2:  Also here is my first youtube TEST video. Be sure to put it to 720p for best viewing of the bullet flight. Thanks for watching! Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

What is the Best Single Stage Reloading Press? (ANSWERED) Photo by UK Ministry of Defence / CC BY What is the best single stage reloading press? Out of the three different kinds of presses for reloading, the simplest is a single stage reloading press. You get the best performance out of your guns by fine-tuning the bullets to best fit your barrel through reloading, and the process can halve your ammunition bill. The greatest cost to you is actually time – even the quickest hands can only get through 75-100 rounds in an hour. If you’re just getting started, finding a single stage reloading press is the best option. A press connects the four parts of a bullet, and the single stage press, as its name suggests, does this in distinct stages. Even if you upgrade and get a turret or a progressive press, you will still find your single stage press useful, especially if you do any kind of sharpshooting. A single stage reloading press: • Allows for great precision and fine-tuning • Is designed to last for a lifetime of use • Helps you learn the reloading process • Is generally much cheaper than other presses The Lee Precision 50th Anniversary Reloading Kit [easyazon-link asin=”B00162RM3E” locale=”us”](see full specs)[/easyazon-link] is the best single stage reloading press because it consistently stands above its peers as one of the best investments you can make to get started on the process of reloading. Why the "Lee Precision 50th" Anniversary Kit is the Best Single Stage Press Lee Precision Anniversary Challenger Kit II Price: $146.99 Price as of 08/13/2020 23:17 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 at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. This kit is designed to be sturdy, and all of the parts are reliable pieces. Built in the USA, the parts all work together effortlessly and have a higher quality standard than many other single stage press kits. Lee is a trusted brand that continues to put out top-notch products that allow beginners and pros alike to make quality ammunition. The Lee Precision Kit includes (see full specs here): • An O-frame press • A scale and powder measure system • A power feeder and primer feeder • A chamber tool, primer pocket cleaner, case trimmer tool, and sizing lube The press is well-made and easy to assemble. The Lee Safety Scale that comes with the kit is incredibly precise and sensitive – essential for making exact measurements. The scale can be a bit complicated to understand at first, but its precision makes up for this a dozen times over. The funnel and extra tools work just like they’re supposed to, and the included manual is useful. If you’re not convinced about the durability or practicality of this press, just remember that weak products don’t sell for over 50 years. For the price, there is no better single stage reloading press and without doubt the best reloading kits for beginners. Why Reload? Reloading is a great and practical hobby for gun enthusiasts. For owners of older or uncommon guns, the process of reloading can be an especially useful and relatively cheap way to keep a stockpile of ammunition on hand. Reloading your bullets: • Saves you money • Can increase the effectiveness of your gun • Can give you hours of peaceful work Whether you would like to continue being able to use antique guns or just want to learn a new hobby and save money on your ammunition, the Lee Precision 50th Anniversary Kit is both the best single stage press and the best reloading press for the money. If you’re interested in broadening your reloading horizons, please check out our homepage where we discuss other options (turret press, progressive press, etc.). Boyd Smith Owner of, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type.  His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids).  He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters.  It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. Email him . Share the Post and Images Related Posts What is the Most Accurate Reloading Press? (ANSWERED) What is the Best .410 Reloading Press? (ANSWERED) The Best Portable Reloading Press for the Money -- Reviews 2020

The 4 Best 1911 Concealed Holsters – Reviews 2020 Photo by Josef Hanning / CC BY The 1911 is now well over a century old and it is still one of the most produced firearms in existence. American’s around the world carry the 1911, or attempt to carry the 1911, and often many people fail because of the size of the gun and their holster. The 1911 is a heavy gun, and you need a holster that can really support its weight. The 1911 also needs a holster that emphasizes the strengths of this thin but powerful weapon. So, without much ado, we’ll go into the 4 best 1911 concealed holsters on the market and why we picked each one (its strengths and advantages over other concealable holsters for the 1911). Galco King Tuk Galco KingTuk IWB Holster 4-5" 1911s Colt Kimber para S&W Springfield Price: $74.75 Price as of 08/14/2020 02:58 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 at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The Galco King Tuk holster is an inside the waistband holster. This means it is held between your body and pants, almost completely concealed by your pants. The King Tuk is a hybrid style holster, meaning it uses both Kydex polymer material and natural leather material. The leather is supple and soft saddle leather that feels great against the skin and makes it possible for you to forget about carrying such a large weapon. The polymer Kydex material is rigid and keeps the weapon from moving once in place. Kydex is extremely durable, and will withstand multiple drawings and reholstering. The rigid polymer makes this movement easy and smooth. "The Galco King" Tuk ( see full specs ) had adjustable clips that allow you to change the height and tilt of the weapon rapidly and easily. Because of features inherent to its design, the Galco King Tuk you can rapidly draw and fire the weapon. Throughout your day, the weapon is extremely concealed and for its thinness disappears with easy. The 1911 is well supported in the Galco King Tuk and ready for action at any time. The Galco King Tuk is a well-built holster that rides well and conceals easily. It’s hard to ask for much more in a holster, thus making this one of the best 1911 concealed holsters around. Galco King Tuk concealment holster review Watch this video on YouTube

Hands On! The Best Gun Cleaning Kit

/* custom css */ { text-align: left; } img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The Otis gun cleaning system is simply the best gun cleaning kit in the world. now Otis is offering something for the most popular calibers and weapons in the world. The 85211 tool set is designed to clean and maintain law enforcement pistols and sub guns 9MM through .45 caliber, .223 Cal./5.56MM & .308 Cal./7.62MM rifles. The Otis patch savers give you 360-degree coverage in your 12-gauge shotgun bores. This weapons maintenance system provides you the necessary tools to completely break down and clean some of the most critical parts of your firearm. The Memory-Flex® cleaning rods, solid brass slotted tips, 100 percent cotton cleaning patches, bore brushes and the all-in-one cleaner, lubricant and preservative allow you to quickly clean the receiver, chamber, neck and bore. Related GunDigest Articles Gear Review: Gun Boss Handgun Cleaning Kit Real Avid Introduces the Gun Boss AK47 Cleaning Kit Gallery: 10 Great New Pieces of Gun Gear Also with these components, you can easily strip the copper, carbon and other residue from in the barrel. The brass obstruction removers are used to knock out bore obstructions and stuck cases. The components from the brass scraper tool set are specifically designed to clean the hard to reach areas of your firearm. The brass scraper helps to clean carbon deposits from flat surfaces such as the bolt face and rails. The handy picks are engineered to clean the locking lugs, while the pin punch can be used to remove pins from any firearm held together with a pin system. The end brush is used to remove carbon and to lubricate the slides. The male and female rod handles can attach to any of the brass scraper components to increase their length.

The 4 Best Scopes for Ruger Mini 30 – Reviews 2020 Photo by Rhett Sutphin / CC BY The Mini 30 fires a short range but powerful round. The 7.62 x 39 round is of Russian origin and designed to be used within 300 meters. A scope designed to work with the Mini 30 shouldn’t be super powerful, and if a variable scope, it should have a lower setting. The 7.62 x 39 has some sharp bullet drop beyond 300 meters so the use of a Mil or MOA dot scope is efficient at compensating for bullet drop. The scope should also hold a zero after repeated firing and be capable of withstanding the heat this semi-auto can generate. Below are our recommendations for the 4 best scopes for Mini 30 rifles . Barska IR Contour BARSKA AC11876 Contour Rifle Scope 4x32 Red/Green Illuminated Mil-Dot Reticle with Picotinny/Weaver Rings Price: 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 at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The Barska IR Contour offers users an affordable option to scope their Mini 30 rifle. As stated above, the Mini 30 is designed for shooting well under 300 yards so a super powerful optic is not necessary. The Barska IR Contour scope is a fixed 4-power optic, and fixed 4-power scopes keep the optics affordable, lightweight, and compact. Another benefit is the fact you don’t have to worry about the focal plane of the optic. The Contour is a rigid optic that is shockproof and more than capable of handling the recoil from the Mini 30. The Barska’s reticle is illuminated with the option for green or red. The optic is also glass-etched so the optic can run without illumination. The reticle is a mil-dot style, so users can compensate for bullet drop and windage. The optic has a built-in sunshade to reduce glare and the chance of that telltale scope reflection. For a budget optic, the Barska is very clear, quite surprising for the smaller 32 mm objective lens. The lenses have a slight bluish tint, but this is expected when the lenses are multi-coated. Because it effectively fits the round fired and mounts wll on the famed Ruger Ranch Rifle, the Barska IR Contour is one of the best scopes for Mini 30 period. Trijicon Accupoint Trijicon TR24 AccuPoint 1-4x24mm Riflescope, 30mm Main Tube with BAC Amber Triangle Post Reticle, Matte Black Price: $886.95 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 at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The Trijicon Accupoint is one of the most expensive options for the Mini 30. However, it is well-suited for the design. The Accupoint is a 1 to 4 power variable optic, with a small 24 mm objective lens. Trijicon makes up for the small lens by completely multicoating their lenses. This multi-coated system eliminates any noticeable glare and provides brilliant clarity and light transmission. The lens coating also eliminates distortion for the most accurate shooting possible. The optic ( see full specs ) uses a triangle as the reticle that is illuminated for easy use. The illumination is completely battery-free that relies on tritium and fiber optics to provide a bright and clear reticle. This brightness level is adjustable via sliding scale that covers the optics fiber optics. The aircraft grade aluminum housing is rugged, and one piece, meaning it’s stronger and more precise. The optic uses a multi-focused eyepiece, which will eliminate any focusing and distortion issues in the scope’s entire field of view. "The Trijicon Accupoint" is easy and rapid to get on target. The magnification range is completely appropriate for the Mini 30 and its 7.62mm round. At 1x, with its triangle reticle it can effectively be used as a red dot scope. The magnification allows for easy engagement out to five hundred yards, well beyond the Mini 30’s effective range. The Accupoint is one of the highest quality compact optics with a 1 to 4 range and is worth every penny. Trijicon AccuPower 1 4x24 Scope Review Watch this video on YouTube


Post by D. S. When I turned 21 I wanted one thing… a handgun.