Guns, Guns, and more Guns! Taurus has a new .22 LR target pistol that rocked the range. Vying for that top spot though was Kel-Tec’s CP33. If you liked,Maxim Defense’s CQB stock, you are about to blown away with the PDX! Beyond some of the finest ammunition on the market, Hornady is owning the security segment—and for good reason. Check out all of these offerings and more in The Shooter’s Log’s latest SHOT Show coverage.
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For those who may never have heard of the SHOT Show (Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade) it is the largest gun show in the world. Unfortunately, because it is a trade show, it is not open to the public. That does not mean you will not have a front row seat at The Shooter’s Log. We have been busy running from booth to booth to discover what’s new in Pistols, Rifles, Shotguns, Airguns, Accessories, and Optics. Be sure to check back each day as we add to the new products coverage and feel free to leave us a message in the comments section if there is something or someone you would like us to check out for you!
Today’s market offers a multitude of options for personal defense. The plethora of aftermarket parts can be overwhelming to even the most gun-savvy individuals and picking the right components can be crucial to your success in building a gun that gives you the performance you are looking for. I am going to try and convey what I have found to work for me regarding the AR-15 platform, as a rifle that is widely deployed in a self-defense role. Let’s start with looking at the basics of platform.
SureFire, LLC claims its new SOCOM300-SPS is the quietest suppressor ever built for .300 Blackout (subsonic and supersonic), .308 Winchester and .300 Win. Mag.
The SureFire 6PX series of tactical flashlights began with the innovative and extremely durable 6P Original. The incandescent 6P flashlight
Predators thrive in the dark, which hides them while they are waiting to pounce. To stop these things that go
The market is nowhere near stale. Americans are still buying firearms in record numbers. As the number of concealed carry
Winter is finally behind us and the storm season has arrived with full force. If you have not already done so, now is the perfect time to tune up your emergency kit and make sure you have a well stocked supply of batteries and or fresh batteries in your gear.
By Benjamin Kurata
Since the conception of hand held light back in the late 1890 by Conrad Hubert who developed the first hand torch in 1890 and founded Eveready, humans have looked for better ways not just to see their way through the dark but to also brave the demons of the night. Then, the steady stream of a single beam of light was ok for finding your way but was not satisfactory in a defensive situation.
If you set out to build the best rimfire suppressor possible, regardless of the cost, you might just design the new SureFire Ryder 22-A. SureFire poured all of their research and development knowledge into this little gem. See, the problem with suppressing a .22LR is that the ammunition is so dirty. Lead and copper fouling get into the suppressor and create a gooey, mucky mix that reduces its effectiveness and can even make it difficult to attach and detach from the gun itself. The answer is to make the .22 suppressor easy for the owner to take apart, clean, and put back together. These user-serviceable suppressors are all the rage now, but they have always had other issues… until now!
At the First Silencers Are Legal Shoot on April 28, 2012, SureFire showed us a brand new suppressor design, the SOCOM 556-RC. This silencer is so new, there is no mention of it yet on SureFire’s own website.
I moved recently and though my new place is in a safer neighborhood than my old one, I feel like it is the perfect time to take inventory of my home defense items and take stock of what I am going to need in my new place.
What’s the first thing you should slap on the end of your new AR-15? A tactical light of course, but not just any light will do. Try putting poorly a made flashlight on the end of your home defense gun and it will be lights out before you know it.
Hunting with an AR-15 requires a low-capacity magazine of 5 or 10 rounds. Twenty-round magazines were issued to
SureFire G2X Pro 200 Flashlight
Believe me, I have been just as impatient as you have been waiting for a SureFire light to come back in stock. I was pretty dang pleased to run into this light this morning. The G2X Pro is a polymer LED flashlight that has two settings, 200 lumens or 15 lumens. It is compact and lightweight, perfect to mount on your weapon. It includes 123A batteries.
Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: LIGHT-220
NAA 22 LR Single Action Mini-Revolver
Last night my hairdresser reminded me that I own one of these little guys. I had told her about my most recent gun purchase and she said, “I still wanna shoot that teeny gun you got for your birthday one year.” My NAA sits in a drawer by the front door, a drawer I never open, so I tend to forget about it when it’s range time. This little dude is so fun to shoot, not great for defense, as reload is slow, but stick some Super Colibris in it and it is sure to put a smile on your face.
The main thing that the NAA has going for it is its concealability. It will hide anywhere! And I mean anywhere! The other main thing is the price.
North American Arms has some fun, novelty-type accessories for it. I have the quick-release belt buckle holster for mine.
.405 Winchester Theodore Roosevelt Commemorative Ammunition
Ninety-nine years ago today, Theodore Roosevelt was shot with a .32 caliber bullet, but because he had a manuscript and his glasses case in his pocket, he was spared from assassination. Read my forum post about it!
Roosevelt’s favorite firearms manufacturer was Winchester and .405 was one of his favorite calibers. Winchester has released a special commemorative box honoring the late President. It is a nickel-plated shell case with a Roosevelt head stamp with a 300-grain Super-X flat point bullet. The Super-X flat point bullet features delayed controlled expansion, deep penetration, and high-retained weight. It is perfect for big game, dangerous game, and African game.
Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: 52715
If you follow me, and you should, you will notice today that I did not have a fourth item. What would you pick? Tell me about it!
Be sure of your target and what’s behind it.
This rule of gun safety applies at all times no matter the circumstances. We need to see our targets to be sure of them, and in darkness that means bringing our own light (night vision and laser designators notwithstanding, for you military guys). Attaching flashlights to firearms isn’t a new idea. Now declassified photos of British SAS operators in the early 1980s show them using Mp5 submachine guns with big police-style Maglite flashlights taped to improvised mounts. In 1993 Heckler & Koch released their Universal Service Pistol, which included a compact Universal Tactical Light fitting underneath the slide and producing 90 lumens of light. Fast forward to 2011, and a dizzying variety of dedicated weapon lights ranging from very affordable to pretty darn expensive are offered for sale by a number of manufacturers. The latest generation of lights are smaller and brighter than ever. Nearly every new pistol design produced in the past few years features a rail underneath the barrel intended for a light. Light rails are being added to new variants of classic guns like the 1911 and Beretta 92. From SWAT teams everywhere to elite military door-kickers in Iraq and Afghanistan, from the local Sherriff’s deputy to pistols in civilian nightstands across the country, having a weapon mounted tactical light is becoming the rule, not the exception.
Some will say, “I’ve been shooting my whole life and I’ve never needed a tactical light before, why do you think I need one now?” Allow me to answer that question with another question. How much shooting have you done in darkness, where correctly identifying your target meant the difference between saving your life and killing an innocent person? LAPD SWAT is the busiest SWAT team in the world, responding to call outs and executing high risk warrants on a daily basis in one of America’s toughest big cities, and they have been using weapon-mounted tactical lights for decades. When they enter a residence to apprehend a dangerous barricaded suspect, instantly they need to be able to identify the bad guy, the bad guy’s thug friend lurking around the corner with a baseball bat, and the bad guy’s innocent wife and kids cowering in fear in the opposite corner of the bedroom. Regardless of lighting conditions in their operating area, their weapon mounted lights ensure that they can discern friend from foe quickly and effectively.
The predictable response is, “Ok, fine, so SWAT needs tactical lights, but I’m not kicking anyone else’s door down. Anyone who comes into my home uninvited deserves to get shot and my state’s castle law says so.” It’s a bad idea to blaze away in the dark at people you can’t identify, but you don’t have to take my word for it; take the word of Glenn Mizell. Having been burglarized a week before, Mr. Mizell woke up to the sound of his dog barking frantically in December 2007. He grabbed his home defense pistol and got out of bed, convinced the intruders had returned. Having calmed the dog, he was coming back to bed when he suddenly saw a figure rummaging around in his kitchen in the dark. Taking careful aim, he fired a single shot, which struck his wife Deborah squarely in the chest, killing her. She had not realized why he had left the bedroom, and had gotten up to make a snack. Mr. Mizell’s story quickly became fodder for gun control organizations, which spread the story around as a cautionary tale for wives who so foolishly let their husbands keep a gun in the house. Be sure of your target and what’s behind it folks.
Some flashlight companies like to advertise their tactical lights as a “less lethal” option capable of temporary blinding and disorienting an attacker. The opposing school of thought claims that flashlights are just a liability, giving your position away to the bad guys and presenting a bright circle for them to aim at. In my personal opinion, neither of these extreme perspectives is entirely correct. I sometimes do a drill at night which is easy to replicate (the hardest part is finding a place that will let you shoot in total darkness; this is where friends with large farms come in very handy). Duct tape a cheap 120 lumen tactical light to the head of a standard IDPA type target. Face away from the target, close your eyes, and have a friend activate the “constant on” switch. The light is shining on your back, but you are facing away from it with your eyes closed. Have your friend grab you by the shoulders and spin you 180 degrees until you are facing the target and your friend is safely behind you. Open your eyes and suddenly you are exposed to the brightness of the light. Bring up your firearm and shoot a controlled pair at the center of the target. If you are like me, the light from the flashlight will dazzle you, hurt your eyes, and be a major annoyance for a second, and you will then drill the center of the target with two well-placed rounds. On the other hand, the sights of my gun have never been drawn to the flashlight itself. I’ve never been tempted to shoot at the flashlight itself, but this is also a function of distance to the target—I do this drill at a distance of 5 to 7 feet from the target, which is a very typical indoors “close quarters” engagement range. If I were 25 yards away from a bad guy pointing a light at me, you bet I would be shooting at the light source.
The purpose of the tactical light is to help you be sure of your target. Up close, it may additionally buy you a split second of confusion on the other person’s part, while you make a critical split decision on whether it is wise to start shooting. Don’t view the tactical light as a substitute for lethal force or as a foolish gimmick that will certainly get you killed. Instead, view it as a useful tool that can assist you in certain situations, when used properly. You must choose your light carefully and know how to use it.
Light choices and techniques will be covered in Part II, coming soon!