Competition gun holster and belt.

Gearing up for 3 Gun

Getting into 3 Gun is a great excuse to pull out the gear you bought and have not used in awhile, or purchase the new toys you have had your eye on but needed the excuse. Either way, while 3 Gun is a gear intensive sport, it does not take a huge investment to get started. Over time though, there are certain pieces of gear that you’ll want to improve your game. Here is you your starter list.

Here’s the original, the MKII by Charlie Milazzo. A long-time competition M1A builder, Charlie figured out how to do the two-stage for the AR-platform. Look closely at the illustrations and see how sear engagement changes from first stage to second stage. There’s a whopping lot of sear engagement prior to initiating the pull though the first stage, and a very “crisp” break from minimum engagement waiting after the bump when the first stage has ended. In a single-stage, such minimal engagement is necessary to get a crispy break, but it’s not as safe because it’s minimal from the get-go. In a true two-stage, releasing back through the first stage take-up also returns sear engagement to where it was. Another minor point, with major influence, is that since sear engagement returns to its formerly generous self after a shot, there’s not going to be any “tripping” of the sear as there can be with a single-stage that’s adjusted to a light weight. This can happen from the shock of bolt carrier assembly inertia. For this reason, it’s possible to attain a lower actual break weight with a two-stage. Photo by Glen Zediker © 2015.

Throwback Thursday: AR-15 Two-Stage Triggers

In my estimation, a two-stage trigger in any rifle offers the most secure, precise, and safest function. Two-stage triggers appeared in U.S.-issue service rifles, such as the 1903, M1, M14. But for the AR-15/M16, it took the civilian-side aftermarket to create the two-stage trigger. The main reason other military-use rifles carried two-stage triggers is, primarily, because they are safer. There are other attributes to discuss, but safety is the main point in favor of a two-stage.

Tooled leather case with dark brown edge and gold, red and orange design on a woven gray-and-white background, with the stippled black handle of the Ruger showing.

Tips for Choosing the Right Holster

Finding  the right holster should not be hard to do, but it can be. How many of us have a box, bag, or drawer full of holsters we do not use? Why are they there? Like most people, you likely purchased them and they either did not fit your gun, were the wrong type, did not wear comfortably or you just decided you didn’t like it.

Bob Campbell shooting an Ar-15 rifle with a rifle scope

How to Choose a Rifle Scope

I am asked about rifle scopes and red dot sights often. Which one should I buy, is just under who should I marry in the overall importance, and very hard to answer for another person. When you add that the student doesn’t know exactly what they are going to do with the rifle scope, the answer is even more elusive. The bottom line is the budget.

Bob Campbell defending the home with a shotgun

Review: XS DXT Shotgun Sights

Some years ago, a company came out with a line of firearms sights based on the old English Express sights. These sights are not intended for target-grade accuracy, but to allow the shooters to quickly get on target and get a hit. Designed to give professional hunters a fighting chance against a dangerous charging animal, this sight translated well to personal defense.

blue aluminum Pachmayr speed loader with bullets loaded profile

Review: Pachmayr Revolver Speedloaders

Revolvers remain an important part of the handgun market. The niche for revolvers is stronger than ever, given the recent introductions of new revolvers and accessories. Among the most interesting accessories are revolver speedloaders. Many regard speedloaders as a necessity for personal defense, as much so as keeping a spare magazine for the-self loading handgun. You should too! Speedloaders typically carry a gunload of cartridges—usually five, six, or seven cartridges depending on the model—and have a means of keeping the cartridges steady and releasing the cartridges into the revolver cylinder as part of the design.

Measuring a 1911 pistol with an electronic caliper

1911 Handguns: How to Fit a Barrel

OK, you ordered your Storm Lake or Wilson Combat Barrel—what comes next? The 1911 is easily our most popular handgun, and without a doubt, the most modified. While the Browning Hi Power, Tokarev, CZ 75, and Beretta 92 have also been built in the millions, none have been modified as extensively as the 1911 handgun.

Lyman All American 8 Reloading Kit

Ammunition Reloading: Getting Started

I seem to be one of the few writers to extensively use handloads in testing. I have always done so, and will continue to do so. That’s mainly because handloads offer real economy, custom grade performance, and excellent accuracy potential. Best of all, getting started in handloading isn’t difficult.

Lyman Digital Trigger Pull Gauge Lyman Digital Trigger Pull Gauge in open orange plastic case

Review: Lyman Electronic Trigger Pull Gauge

A trigger pull gauge is one of those accessories that is not used often, but is often used to great effect. After all, one of the best upgrades for accuracy is often the trigger. The pull on some triggers feels harder or softer than than they really are. Adjustable triggers may be tuned to be optimized for a specific use, but it takes more than guess work. I have also know savvy consumers who shopped for used firearms with a trigger gauge. It can tell you as much about a gun as a bore light.

Noveske Super Badass AR-15 Charging Handle

Top Accessories for ARs 2018

When it comes to self-defense, you can never be over prepared, but your modern sporting rifle (MSR) can. Picking the right accessories for America’s rifle is critical to your success and defensive situation. Those living on a ranch or carrying an Ar-15 in a vehicle may need to shoot at longer ranges. However, suburbanites in apartments would taking shot at a much shorter distance. Setting your AR up for success and your intended defensive scenario is key to your success, so here are a handful of products that will help ensure you success.

hree-dot tritium sight picture

Understanding Handgun Sights

I have noticed that discussions on combat sights, combat shooting, and handguns are often hi-jacked by those with an embarrassing lack of experience. All they know is what they have read and much of that isn’t accurate. A shooter should study, true, but they should also gain practical experience and meet the instructor half way with this experience.

Velocity Triggers MPC Trigger, Straight With Finger Stop

Top 10 AR-15 Drop-In Triggers for 2018

Out of the box, the AR-15 is action ready. Whether you are ready to plink, hunt, or defense your castle, a stock out of the box AR-15 will get the job done. However, who wants to settle for a rifle the peaks at getting the job done? Likely, the best money you can spend on your AR is a simple to install, drop-in trigger upgrade. Here are our top 10 choices to improve your accuracy.

MagPump 9mm Double Stack Magazine Loader

The Best Gifts for Dads

Dads come in all varieties, dad, father, papa, pop, the old man—and a host of names that would never be repeated to his face, but Father’s Day is his day, so why not make it special? Long gone are the days of another tie or a few implements for a grill. After all, would you give mom a new frying pan or a girdle for Mother’s Day? Of course not, but Father’s Day is probably the hardest gift giving day of the year, so The Shooter’s Log has made it easy by breaking gifts down into categories. Simply pick the category or categories that describe dad best and roll in strong with a gift you know dad will love and use.

AK-47

10 AK-47 Accessories That Won’t Bust Your Budget

Are you an AR-15 or AK-47 fan? I know, silly question right? The only real answer is both. Recently, we have shown plenty of love to America’s rifle, so it is high time to dress up those AKs. Building on that idea, here are 10 AK accessories you’ll want to check out, but don’t worry, these accessories are priced to be ‘budget-friendly.”

Black and brown Blackhawk! Omnivore holsters

Review: Blackhawk! Omnivore Holster

When asked to test the Omnivore holster, I did not know what I was getting into. I am not a big fan of one size fits all holsters. I had to erase all that I knew about holsters. This isn’t that type of holster at all. Instead, the Omnivore is a modern, well thought out holster.