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Our 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2019

10 most popular blog posts 2019

It’s been a fantastic year for The Shooter’s Log. We’ve churned out lots of content and insights related to firearms, ammunition, parts, accessories, safety, training and more. As 2019 wraps up and 2020 descends upon us, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of our most popular posts.

This isn’t a subjective list of best posts or anything like that. These are simply the most popular posts from the past year, dictated by you, the readers. If you haven’t had a chance to read any of these articles yet, now’s your chance!

Here are our 10 most popular blog posts of 2019:

1. The Top 15 Most Concealable Semi-Automatic Handguns

Taurus curved pistol with integral pocket clip, laser and light sighting system
This list compares the smallest of the small, the most lightweight, and the easiest and most comfortable semi-automatic pistols to conceal — basically, the most concealable semi-automatic handguns. They vary in price and quality.

Some of them will serve better as a backup than as your primary gun. They are also all either .380 ACP or 9mm with polymer frames—simply because subcompact pistols are easier to make in a smaller caliber.

2. Have Gun Will Travel… Transporting Your Handgun Across the United States

Picture shows an open concrete road through a plain, a blue sky with whispy clouds and a sign that reads, "open road."
If you plan on driving across the country or through many different states, you will need to know each state’s laws and regulations on traveling with a firearm.

You must comply with each state’s firearms transportation laws, whether you have your concealed carry license or not.

Every state has a different set of laws in regard to how you may transport your guns.

While traveling through heavily restricted states, the McClure-Volkmer Act of 1986 — an amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1986 — gives travelers a “safe passage” through restricted states if guns are unloaded and cased, or locked up and kept inaccessible with the ammunition stored separately.

Unfortunately, this law does not always protect travelers.

3. A Closer Look at Ruger’s New Pistol Caliber Carbine Models

Ruger Pistol Caliber Carbines
As they announced back in April, Ruger released a line of six new PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine) models. At first glance, the carbines differ mainly in aesthetic appearance. But there’s more when you dive deeper.

This article takes a look at some of the specs, features and other design components that you might have overlooked for these pistol caliber carbine models.

4. The Best Rifle You Have Never Heard Of

Adcor B.E.A.R.
Among the best rifles in the AR-15 world is one many shooters have never heard of—the Adcor Defense B.E.A.R. (Brown Enhanced Automatic Rifle) may be the best buy.

If you have fired a modern rifle with a big name with a monolithic receiver and rail, it just may have sported a receiver made by Adcor. The Adcor AR-15 features a monolithic receiver and quad rail that offers a great deal of utility and a modern appearance.

5. The 5 Best Ruger Guns of All Time

Ruger 10/22 semi auto rifle - posts
When you use the word “best,” it is a good idea to qualify the criteria for determining what “the best” really is. Often this is just a subjective opinion of the writer— and to some extent, that is true with this article.

Our author attempts to buttress his determination with some solid facts, which will help his argument and likely fuel your critique. But, this is the internet, so both are expected. Read this article for our choices for the five “best” Ruger guns of all time.

6. DIY ARs — Building Your Own AR-15

Picture shows a black, stripped lower receiver (the firing part) of an AR-15.
This is a complete list of everything you need to build an AR-15 rifle. Underneath each component is a suggestion of products that the Cheaper Than Dirt! experts use or have used in the past on various builds for DIY ARs.

Of course, our recommendations are not exhaustive. There are so many different ways to configure an AR-15, from mass-produced cheap polymer lowers to mom-and-pop shops machining custom competition, match-grade parts.

Each AR-15 build is going to vary, depending on your reason for building the rifle. Be it a 9mm carbine, destroyer of pigs, long-range precision or simply just a fun toy, this guide will lead you in the right direction

7. .223 vs. 5.56: Which Ammunition Is Safe for My AR-15?

.223 Rem vs. 5.56mm Nato
There always seems to be a lot of confusion over the difference between a .223 vs. 5.56 chamber. We often receive questions asking if someone can shove 5.56 ammo into their new AR-15.

The quick answer is maybe. Just because a gun has .223/5.56 scribed on the barrel does not mean it can handle either type of ammunition equally.

8. The 10 Best Guns for Older Shooters

Heritage revolver
When it comes to guns for older shooters, there are many misconceptions. All are not disabled, but getting old isn’t for the faint of heart.

All of us have been diminished in ability in some ways, whether it be less visual acuity, a loss of muscle mass, or some other part of the inevitable decline. Shooters who have handled firearms their entire life have an easier track than others.

Seniors who have not handled firearms but suddenly realize that just maybe this gun thing is a good idea have a more difficult time learning handguns and shotguns and choosing a firearm with a good fit. But there are good choices.

9. Striker-Fired vs. Hammer-Fired: What’s the Difference?

Hammer-fired and striker-fired handguns - side view
When conducting handgun classes, a common question is about the difference between hammer-fired and striker-fired handguns. The mechanical description is easy enough. But what are the real differences between them? We tackle this question in this article.

10. The CZ 527 — CZ’s Best Rifle

One of the neatest and classiest rifles of all time is ignored by many shooters. When our author fired the CZ 527, he was not concerned with getting off the X or engaging the target in enfilade fire, but rather in hitting what he was aiming at, and getting a clean kill (and meat).

The rifle is a product of CZ and available from CZ-USA. They were once marked BRNO. The CZ 527 is a light, neat-looking and effective rifle that will not strain the back with weight or the shoulder with recoil. The price is right as well.

There you have it, our most popular posts of 2019. Be sure to subscribe to The Shooter’s Log for the latest firearm news in 2020!

Have any topics you’d like us to write about? Let us know in the comments below.

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