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Most of us have never needed to catch a fish to save our life.   Finding food in a survival situation, whether hunted, fished or foraged, is nothing more than a accountant’s balance sheet where calories are added and subtracted all day long, and you are the accountant. Quick Navigation Calories = Survival Enter the Survival Fishing Rod Survival Super Powers The Balance Sheet of Life Final Casting Calories = Survival Just as a business cannot survive long when operational costs exceed income, neither can you.

The Romance and Reality of Survival Fishing

The Romance and Reality of Survival FishingMost of us have never needed to catch a fish to save our life.  Finding food in a survival situation, whether hunted, fished or foraged, is nothing more than a accountant’s balance sheet where calories are added and subtracted all day long, and you are the accountant. Quick Navigation Calories = Survival Enter the Survival Fishing Rod Survival Super Powers The Balance Sheet of Life Final Casting Calories = Survival Just as a business cannot survive long when operational costs exceed income, neither can you.  Life requires energy so your motor is always running whether or not you are doing anything productive. And since your survival clock is ticking, you must constantly maintain a cost/benefit analysis for everything you do.   If you spend more energy acquiring food than the food contains, you are losing the battle.  Consume more energy than you expend and you store some of it in often non-flattering places for later. It’s easy to romanticize survival fishing. On a warm afternoon under a blue sky, there you are standing alone on a rock overlooking a gorgeous mountain lake filled with hungry fish just itching to strike anything you toss in the water. An hour later you walk back to camp a hero raising your stringer choked with blue ribbon trout. Or perhaps you fancy yourself a Tom Sawyer using no more than a willow branch and worm to catch your dinner. Related Article: Adrift, Seventy Six Days Lost at Sea The grim reality of the situation is that just sitting on the riverbank Tom is burning about one calorie per minute (assuming he is an average 12 year old boy of 5 feet and 95 pounds). When Tom pulls a fish from the water, depending on the size of the fish, Tom just bought himself several hundred more minutes of life. But if Tom was standing in the cold river fly fishing, or repeatedly casting and reeling in a spinner, or ice fishing, the same catch might go only half as far in life minutes. The calories required to catch the fish must be subtracted from the survival benefit of eating it. To put it bluntly, when Tom burns more calories catching the fish than are in the fish, Tom is dying. Of course this game of numbers is not like a parking meter where you’re OK one minute, then expire the next. But it’s still a game.  A 10-inch trout, eyeballs and all, is about 200 calories, or about three hours of adult basal metabolic activity (BMA).  The BMA is your energy consumption at rest. It is a combination of the energy used for life processes such as stoking your furnace ( thermogenesis ), respiration, digestion, and the fuel burned in your muscles. Additional factors come into play including level of fitness, ambient temperature, medical constraints, stress, and hydration level, all of which are key components in how efficiently the rest of the body systems can function. Doing the math, you would have to catch, cook, and consume one small to medium sized fish every two or three hours around the clock to maintain a sustainable life at your current weight. Of course you likely entered this survival situation with a week or two’s worth of energy stored as fat, but the body’s power company has the energy bill on direct pay so there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop burning calories.  Welcome to how the other 99.999 percent of life on the planet lives. Related Article: The Survival Edibility Test This might seem outrageous at first, but remember that you are eating nothing but fish.  No butter.  No rice.  No salad.  No high calorie desserts.  Nothing but low-fat protein-rich flesh and calcium.  Frankly, even if you could pull enough slime rockets (fish) from the water, you will likely succumb to protein poisoning in a week or two. Which brings up another important point in that you cannot spend all your time fishing.  You must supplement your diet which means your fishing must be as fast and effective as possible. Enter the Survival Fishing Rod The small sardine-can sized survival fishing kits are great for short term situations. And don’t worry, the irony of storing emergency fishing supplies in a can that normally holds fish has not escaped me.  But seriously, for brief survival episodes most folks would do better to carry around a can of fish in their back pocket instead of a fishing kit. And make it the oiliest, saltiest fish you can find with sardines in olive oil yielding more than two calories per gram while canned tuna in brine is about one to one. It’s true that any caloric income is better than none. The problem is that the calories beyond your BMR that you spend catching the fish, whether by struggling with a lack of proper equipment, crawling around on rocks, wading in the water, standing exposed to the elements, or crashing through brush to get close to the deeper pools, is like a tax on the fish. The trout is still worth 200 calories, but you just spent 250 calories in time and effort to catch it. In other words, you will live longer by laying quietly on the shore enjoying the view than by fishing. Approximate weights of trout: 8 inch trout = 4 ounces 10 inch trout = 7 ounces 12 inch trout = 1 pound 15 inch trout = 1.5 pounds *as listed in the book “ The Lost Lore of a Man’s Life ” by Denis Boyles. "Survival Super Powers" If fish are plentiful, compared to a string, bobber and hook, the Emmrod survival fishing rod may give you the super-human power to catch a fish every 15 minutes or so, and likely larger fish as well due to the Emmrod’s casting distance and accuracy. So now the survival problems have moved downstream to food preparation and storage. By catching three 10 inch fish in 45 minutes you just bought nine hours of time to do other things. Sure, that’s a best case of a worst case, but in other words, the Emmrod can save your life and the lives of those counting on you of whom the sardine can fishing kit has long forgotten about. Related Article: Emmrod Fishing Pole Review However…and there is always a however, the survival fishing supplies stored insides a sardine can are light years ahead of having to build your tackle box from scratch. Every Bug Out Bag should have a Fishing Can as an essential emergency backup for when rescue or escape is likely. Perhaps days or even weeks away, but still likely. But for those longer events, or where there is more to the SHTF than meets the eye, fishing has been a survival solution since Biblical Times. And thus enters the reality of a life-saving survival fishing rod. Compared to sardine-can fishing, the additional metabolic fuel requirement above BMR when using the Emmrod is so low to be of little concern in the calorie equation. Where the good numbers do go up, and way up at that, is with casting frequency, casting distance, and casting accuracy. A major point of consideration that armchair survival fisherman fail to consider is just how hard it is to hook a fish with only a line in hand. Detecting a strike is one thing, but setting a hook and keeping it there is quite another. A major reason good fishing rods cost so much is their flex response and sensitivity.  Half of the money you pay for a fishing rod is for casting, and the other half is for setting the hook during a strike.  Having some mono-filament wrapped around your numb fingers or a piece of driftwood is nearly impossible to cast, and the fish will come and go before you can yank up enough slack to secure the barb into fish flesh.  Sure, we’ve heard the stories about the successful fisherman using little more than a safety pin, a piece of string, and a beer can for a reel, but that is not ideal anymore than is a slingshot when you could have a Glock . The Emmrod , for all it’s simplicity, is actually a sophisticated design and was engineered with an action that easily rivals traditional-length poles. The action of a fishing rod is where or how the rod bends under load. Some rods bend progressively across their entire length, while others bend significantly more at the tip. Another confusing variable that is often mixed into discussions about rod action is actually rod power. The power of a fishing rod describes the rod’s overall stiffness or the amount of bend in the rod under a given load. So action is the shape of the bend, and power is the amount of bend. A light action rod would bend much more at the tip, while a heavy action would curve throughout its length. A less powerful rod would bend much more than a more powerful rod under the same load. Through the use of patented stainless steel “Power Coils” the action and power of the Emmrod casts, twitches and reels much like a longer pole. The size of the Power Coils is a variable when buying an Emmrod and is dependent upon your anticipated use. A size 4 coil behaves like a heavy action rod and would work for bigger fish up to 20 pounds. A size 6 coil is a medium heavy action for fish up to 15 pounds. And a size 8 coil has a light action for smaller fish or those under five pounds. The in-house casting standard for an Emmrod is a 100-foot throw with a quarter ounce weight. Compare that to what you can do hand-casting a line. But none of this matters in a survival situation if your 8-piece carbon fiber survival fly rod is in splinters at the bottom of your bug out bag. Having the proper action and power for a particular situation is of little consequence when you are forced to fish for your life. So let’s look at the survival fishing rod from another perspective by adding fishing efficiency to the equation. If your handmade branch-fishing rod requires you to wade into the cold water, or crawl around on the rocks to avoid scaring the fish, or repeatedly spend valuable time fighting with your line, then your equipment is working against you. Now replay this same scenario hour after hour, day after day and it doesn’t take an accountant to see that your checking account at First National Life will soon be overdrawn. Other attempts at compact rods have worked, but either not for long or not well at all.  Multi-piece rods require care, assembly, and if a piece goes missing or more likely stepped on or crushed in a car door, the rod is only as long and thus as good as its longest part. Telescoping rods work but loosen up or crack when used repeatedly. Short ice fishing rods reel in just fine, but cast like a yo-yo. And there is the famous Ronco Pocket Fisherman . What’s not seen on TV is that regardless of the cult following of this micropole, it has the action of a toy, and is just as fragile. A survival situation is not the time to look at your equipment and ask yourself if this is better than nothing? You had your chance. If you’re prepared, then you got to hand-pick your final decisions long before now. Right? Luckily the Emmrod is one of those wonderful survival tools that can be used daily as well as perform to mythical proportions when called upon to save your life. "The Balance Sheet" of Life The Emmrod Packrod can balance the flow of calories by providing a low-energy alternative to the willow branch. Compared to casting a wooden switch, the Emmrod can throw line farther and with much less energy. It can place the lure or bait closer to your target area, and it can retrieve the fish much more efficiently and reliably. To put it frankly, the Emmrod can buy you more life for less money than the price of a half-dozen MREs . The Emmrod company is not some big city outfit that outsources all its work to China. Instead it is a family-owned outfit in northern Idaho whose one-year warranty seems to really be a lifetime. Emmrod rods are assembled in-house, but the materials are sourced from many locations in order to ensure the highest quality. With global sales averaging around 12,000 units, the smalltown flavor of quality and workmanship can still permeate the Emmrod. As a lifelong fisherman who routinely angles along the one and only “River that runs through it,” I am keenly aware of the degrees of quality and performance across equipment. I’ve fought fish with a pink $12.99 Barbie rod and reel kit, as well as with a custom hand-made fly rod complete with a reel that cost more than my first car and line that cost more than my first hunting rifle. And I’ll be honest. When I first saw a picture of the Emmrod, I thought in an SHTF I could build one of those out of a coat hanger and a broom handle. And of course I could, but it would be an exercise in futility. The Emmrod is actually simple like a iPhone is simple. When you use it the device disappears into the experience. The engineering and materials make the Emmrod melt into your hand much like a full sized fishing pole. And to make survival matters worse for traditional rods, or better if you have an Emmrod, is that you can cast a line using the powercoils alone. Just prepare your reel for a cast, then pull back the tip at the end of the rod using the spring like a catapult. Release the spring and watch your lure sail out into the water. You can do this one handed with the rod under your other arm, between your knees, or even standing on the handle. So why would you do this? Imagine having a injury, or limited space. The Emmrod could be wedged in the crack of a rock and cast with your foot. Of course by that point your SHTF is a real double-flusher. Practice is recommended since the coordination for a successful spring-cast is a notch or two above traditional casting. Even a slight mistiming will cause a non-cast at best, shoot the lure sideways, or at the worst generate a rat’s nest of line around the reel. Although the Emmrod works fine as a general purpose daily go-to rod, for those planning on long term survival storage, be aware that some line conditioning is recommended before betting your life on your next cast. Spooled line has a strong memory of being in tight loops so without stretching out the first 20 or 30 yards of line for a few minutes, your initial casts will not be pleasant. But once you get the hang of the Emmrod’s tradeoffs, it makes an excellent rod that has significant advantages over poles three times it’s length. In fact the only absolute downside I found with its diminutive status is when guiding the line around snag hazards in the water. A longer pole gives you much more steering capabilities. Further should you snag the hook on an immovable object, the number of leverage points to fight the snag is limited to the smaller radius of pole swing. In some ways the Emmrod is like shooting a pistol compared to a traditional-length fishing pole being a rifle. The sight radius on the handgun is much shorter so successful aiming the cast with the Emmrod takes some practice. However, it is also much harder to snag on a tree above or behind you. All fishing is practice, so just consider the Emmrod a new technique that will take a few minutes to master. With that said, you may not want to hand over your Emmrod to a neophyte if your down to your last lure. Perhaps I’m making it sound a little tougher than it is, but just like a pistol, you are going to send metal downrange whether on target or not. Final Casting The elegance and simplicity of the Emmrod, like a fine survival knife, makes it the obvious choice after you’ve tried it. The cost seems within reason for a quality spinning rod and average reel. Even more, at about twice the price of a marginally useful fiberglass telescoping rod, the durability, simplicity, effectiveness, efficiency, and downright fun of the Emmrod makes the price pretty much a non-issue in the big picture. Although I intentionally set out to shatter the romance of survival fishing, I hope I also stirred your romantic interest in the Emmrod because as far as equipping yourself for darker times, the Emmrod is truly something you can fall in love with. Photos by: Doc Montana Adrift – 76 Days Lost at Sea Other interesting articles: 10 Survival Uses for a Wooden Pencil 5 Dollar Preps: Wine Cork Fishing Kit Survival Fishing Kit DIY: Hands-On Experience "Emmrod Fishing Pole" Review for 2020: Survival Gear

Best Concealed Carry Compact Holster for MP 22 [Review + Top Pick]

Best Concealed Carry Compact Holster for MP 22 [Review + Top Pick]

LAST UPDATED: May 30th 2020 GUIDE: Chris Browning When it comes to your firearm, you want to make sure you have a holster that meets your needs. With so many different options today, how can you possibly choose the best one for your particular needs? Finding a MP 22 compact holster within your price range and with all of the features you love shouldn’t be a complicated process. That’s why we recommend the Defender Leather IWB Holster for your MP 22. Not only is this holster priced affordably for almost any pocketbook, but it is stylish as well. The sheer volume of features that this holster offers makes it one that you don’t want to lose out on for your firearm. 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While one person might be interested in finding the cheapest holster on the market, another is focused entirely on the construction of the accessory. Only you can determine what it is that you want in your holster . Regardless of what it is that you want, you deserve a MP 22 holster that is going to meet your expectations. With the Defender Leather IWB Holster, you can get everything you love at a price that works for your budget . This holster will help protect your firearm and give you the benefits you need. It’s ideal for avid gun users, police officers, military personnel and anyone else who wants something comfortable and secure for their MP 22. Key considerations: Price Comfortability Style Product Size Features and Benefits An holster for MP 22 compact is an investment. You don’t want to purchase just anything. You want something that truly is going to meet your needs. That’s why you need to take a look at some of the features in your next holster before spending money on one to begin with. With so many options on the market today, why should you have to sacrifice and not be able to get the things that you truly want? The Defender Leather IWB Holster is designed to fulfill your needs in one convenient package. Pros: Made in the USA Maximum Comfort and Performance Durable Leather Material Construction Fits Most Glock Handguns Lifetime Warranty Made in the USA While some people don’t care where their products are made, others want to invest their hard-earned dollars into American-made products . If that is you, this MP 22 compact  holster is perfect. It was made right here in the USA with American products. You don’t have to worry about purchasing a product that was made from imported materials when you purchase this one. It isn’t like other holsters that are coming off an assembly line and being mass produced to push as many of them into the market as possible. All the materials are real, no synthetic or cheap materials here. You truly are getting the best of the best when you purchase this holster. Maximum Comfort and Performance Another thing people worry about is the overall comfort and performance of their holster. After all, who wants something that is going to be uncomfortable to wear? No one does. This particular holster is form-fitted allowing you to easily and effectively conceal your firearm out of sight. Rest assured that your firearm is nice and secure inside of the holster at all times. If you need to access the firearm, you can easily do so in mere seconds. Enjoy the sturdy, durable nature that makes this holster everything you need and more. "Durable Leather Material" Construction Who wants a holster that is going to end up falling apart in a month or two? No one wants something made from cheap or synthetic materials. That’s the main reason why the team designed these holsters to withstand regular, everyday use. Why should you have to settle for an inferior product made from nylon or fake leather when you can purchase a genuine leather holster from a company right here in the USA? This holster is made from durable leather material to withstand regular use. Fits Most Glock Handguns When searching for a holster, many people want something that they can use for multiple firearms . This is especially true when you have more than one firearm in the house already or you are planning on upgrading later on down the road and don’t want to keep investing in more holsters. With the Defender Leather IWB Holster, that won’t be a problem. It was designed to work with almost all of the Glock handguns on the market today. Lifetime Warranty Many individuals want to know for sure that their holster is going to last for quite some time . They want to know that if something does go wrong they are protected and aren’t going to have to keep investing in one holster after another. That’s where the lifetime guarantee comes into play. You can enjoy carrying the best MP 22 compact holster for the rest of your life without ever having to invest in a holster again . It doesn’t get much better than that. Alternatives to the Defender Leather IWB Holster Even though countless individuals have chosen the Defender Leather IWB Holster for their MP 22, that doesn’t mean it is going to be right for you. If you are interested in exploring a few of the other options out there, check out some of these top alternatives on the market today . 1. DeSantis Mini Slide Belt Holster With this particular holster, you don’t get all of the same benefits as the other one listed above. It is designed for right-handed users , so you need to bear that in mind when making your purchasing decision. For those who are looking for a belt holster , this one will work nicely. A benefit of this particular holster over the others on the market is that it comes in more than just the traditional black coloring. The tan coloring not only looks nice, but it is a welcome addition to the traditional black . It also features an adjustable tension device to help provide the extra level of security you crave in a holster. With the durable leather construction, this holster is comparable to the Defender. 2. Federal Holsterworks Holster for MP 22 One of the features in this holster that the others don’t have is that of a magazine pouch. You can easily store an extra magazine right there with your firearm so you don’t need to go searching for one elsewhere. It also works for both right or left-handed users, so you don’t have to invest in a holster for each user in the home. The main difference with this holster is that it is made from nylon instead of the durable leather in the others . Simply attach the holster to your belt and you are ready to go. Its compact design and added features make it a great alternative. Another thing to consider is that this MP compact 22 holster is priced less than the other two, so that could help when making a buying decision as well. "Our Final Thoughts" on the Defender Leather IWB Holster With so many options on the market today, it is important that you get a holster that is designed with your needs in mind. That’s why the Defender Leather IWB Holster is so amazing. Not only is it made from genuine leather that is sure to last for quite some time, but it is hand-crafted right here in the USA . As if its durable construction wasn’t enough, you can enjoy the lifetime guarantee that comes with the product as well. If something does go wrong, you know you are protected and will get a new product at no cost to you. What more could you ask for in a holster? Our Pick Best Holster for MP 22 Compact Defender Leather IWB Holster This holster will help protect your firearm and give you the benefits you need. It’s ideal for avid gun users, police officers, military personnel and anyone else who wants something comfortable and secure for their MP 22. Check Price Another key thing to think about is just how comfortable this holster is on. Who wants a holster that is so uncomfortable they can’t even bend or move? You want something that was designed with you in mind. That’s what the Defender did. They designed it to provide you with the freedom of movement you crave in a holster that delivers on an assortment of benefits . It really is one of the top MP 22 compact holsters on the market for good reason. If you ever decide to switch to another firearm in the same line, you can use your holster with it as well. You won’t have to rush out and purchase another holster to accommodate your new handgun because this one fits the majority of Glock pistols . Saving money and getting a quality product is simple when you invest in this holster. Related Reads: Best MP Shield Pocket Holster MP Shield Holsters Top Concealed Carry M&P 9c Holster Glock 43 VS. Smith And Wesson M&P Shield S&W M&P9 Review M&P 45 Shield 3.8/5 (8 Reviews) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply

Testfire: Ruger SR40 Review

Testfire: Ruger SR40 Review

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379cb2c3d0d_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379cb2c3d0d_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The SR40 has an accessory rail for the attachment of things such as lights, lasers or even this pistol bayonet from LaserLyte. The Ruger SR40 is a striker-fired handgun that offers a host of unique features, exceptional reliability, great ergonomics, and excellent accuracy. It is also modestly priced, with an MSRP of only $525. The SR40 is a comfortably sized pistol that comes with two 15-round magazines and a handy loading tool. Recently, the SR40 and SR40c were introduced in the super-popular .40 Smith & Wesson cartridge. This makes a lot of sense, since many justifiably think any defensive caliber ought to begin with a “4.” Both frame sizes have their place, depending on the intended use. The compact models shave about .64-inch off the barrel and 3.1 ounces off the weight of the standard models. This is not to say the standard models are big. They’re not, but they are a bit larger than the compacts. All four versions have a coordinated set of synergetic features that produce a comfortable, efficient, and reliable shooting system. Find Out More About Ruger Firearms The Ruger SR40 is striker-fired and offers a host of unique features, exceptional reliability, great ergonomics, and excellent accuracy. (I might mention that it is also modestly priced, with an MSRP of only $525.) It features a glass-filled nylon grip frame. The pistol fits my hand like a glove, and—praise be—its angle is exactly the same as a 1911, important to those of us trained on the old .45. When I raise the SR40 to shooting position, the sights are pointed right at the target. The trigger has a trigger safety lever that prevents firing unless the trigger is completely pulled. An ambidextrous manual safety is also provided at the rear of the slide, which not only prevents firing, but also locks the slide. Its use is not required because, like most other DAO pistols, the gun is completely safe until the shooter picks it up and pulls the trigger. A flat loaded-chamber indicator, another safety feature, is on the top of the slide at the rear of the ejection port and sticks up when a round is loaded in the chamber. Related GunDigest Articles Video: Ruger Redhawk .45 Colt Review Featherweight Plinker: Ruger 22/45 Lite Review Review: The Discreet Ruger SR-556 Takedown The trigger pull on my test-fire sample was seven pounds, one ounce. It was a bit gritty at first, but, after a few break-in rounds, it smoothed right up. To me, it felt like a highly tuned revolver—just as a DAO pistol is supposed to—first shot to last. Additionally, the SR40 uses a unique link-less system to lock and unlock the barrel that differs from those pistols in the Ruger P-series. Movement of the slide fore and aft is slick and quick. Best Starter Kit for Concealed Carry: S&W M&P 9 SHIELD $394.96 guns.com Safariland IWB Holster $43.99 brownells.com Safariland Duty Belt $88.99 brownells.com SnagMag Ammo Pouch $LOW! gundigeststore.com Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group may earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! Combined with a grip frame that is extremely strong, lightweight, and very pleasing to the hand, felt recoil seems moderated. I also liked that the molded-in checkering on the grips, backstrap, and front of the grip, which provide a good handhold without sandpapering off your skin when firing. While it was hard to pick a best load for the SR40, Hornady’s 155-grain XTP turned in the best combination of accuracy and muzzle energy. Highly visible three-dot sights adorn the SR40 slide. The front sight is dovetailed and is, thus, easily replaceable, if desired. The trim little pistol weighs a mere 27.2 ounces with an empty magazine. Loaded with 15 rounds, it tips the scales at 36.4 ounces. The 4.1-inch barrel has six grooves with a 1:16 right-hand twist. Slides are made of either alloy or stainless steel, depending on finish. My test gun had the stainless slide, and I can report that it had a lustrous and uniformly brushed finish that is very attractive. A black nitride version is also available. Another nice feature is the reversible backstrap. The pistol comes with the arched side out, but, if you prefer a flat backstrap (as you’d find with the original M-1911), just push out a little pin, turn the backstrap over, and reinstall. It takes all of about 30 seconds, if you go really slow. The magazine release is ambidextrous. Thankfully, when it is pressed from either side, the magazine is instantly launched out of the grip like it’s jet propelled. Insertion of a magazine is slick and effortless. The gun, by the way, is shipped in a hard plastic case with two 15-round magazines. The SR40 has a magazine disconnect system that prevents firing if the magazine is removed. The gun will “snap” with the magazine removed, but it won’t fire with a live round in the chamber. The rear sight is held in a dovetail and is drift-adjustable for windage, click-adjustable for elevation. It provides a clean sight picture for fast, accurate shooting. Also, the trigger pull is not the same with the magazine removed as when firing a loaded gun. Importantly, the owner’s manual specifically cautions that dry-firing a SR series pistol without a magazine “may result in damage or unnecessary wear to the magazine disconnect mechanism and/or striker,” and may get you exiled to the Gulag. In other words, don’t do it. The SR40 can be dry-fired without damage to the pistol, when an empty magazine is in place. An accessory rail is provided at the bottom front of the grip frame, to which the user can hang all manner of accoutrements like a laser sight, high-intensity light, or a pistol bayonet. Up top, it seems to be an article of faith that all defensive pistols have fixed sights, never mind that they don’t always hit where they look and you can’t change them, but guess what? The SR40 has excellent three-dot sights with a fully adjustable rear.

The Best 1911 Grips For The Money: Ratings & Reviews

The Best 1911 Grips For The Money: Ratings & Reviews

Advertisment The 1911 is a legendary handgun. Celebrating over a century of use, the 1911 has served with the United States Military for over a hundred years. Special Forces uses this handgun in limited numbers as well, long after the M9 replaced the 1911. That said, the best handgun deserves the best 1911 grips. With the 1911 being such a classic, it’s also become one of the most customized pistols on the market today. People love to accessorize their favorite handguns with scopes, rails, sights and in the case of the 1911 – the grips. When it comes to aftermarket 1911 grips, there are many on the market today. If you are thinking over some different options to make your 1911 feel better in your hand, or just look cool – we’ve got you covered with our 5 favorite 1911 grips. Contents The 1911: Old School Cool 1. Pachmayr American Legend 2. Magpul Industries 1911 Grips 3. VZ 1911 Grips 4. AlumaGrips 1911 Grips 5. Recover Tactical Grips 6. Crimson Trace Lasergrips The Best 1911 Grips: Parting Shots The 1911: "Old School Cool" The 1911 has had a century to develop a massive aftermarket of parts, accessories , and magazines. A modern 1911 can be nearly impossible to differentiate from a 1911 from a hundred years ago. One thing that is often untouched is the 1911’s ergonomics. The 1911 is legendary for the comfortable ergonomics that make it a dream to shoot. The 1911 has a design that most guns copy terms of point-ability and ergonomics. One portion of the ergonomics you can be easily changed and adapt is the grip. Swapping grips doesn’t permanently modify the gun. Yet it allows you to try a different fit, feel and look for your 1911. With a massive number of grips on the market it can be difficult to isolate what the best 1911 grips are, so here are six of the best. 1. "Pachmayr American Legend" Product Pachmayr American Legend Grips for full size 1911s Details This classic set of 1911 grips is probably one of the best looking and most well-known grip options for the 1911. Pachmayr grips have long been associated with the 1911. They were even featured in the popular video game franchise, Hitman . Pachmayr American Legend grips are a mixture of new and old to produce a good-looking, and an effective pair of grips. The Pachmayr grips utilize classic wood panels, mixed with a more modern design. The wood varies and can be a fine red cherry wood that is beautiful. It can be heritage walnut that looks great with stainless steel. There is also a charcoal silver tone that blends perfectly with blued or parkerized grips. The Pachmayr grips also utilize a good bit of rubber, which serves a few purposes. Rubber tends to be a naturally sticky material for improved grip with wet or cold hands. Rubber is also comfortable in the hand and helps with shooting comfortably. This is especially true if you start going to more powerful rounds with the 1911, like 10mm. Shooting 10mm can get uncomfortable due to recoil, and the rubber material helps disperse it evenly through the hand. These grips also incorporate finger grooves that have been popular on more modern, polymer frame handguns. They provide a comfortable and ergonomic grip to the end-user. The Pachmayr American Legends grips wrap-around grips secure with basic grip screws. They add just a hair of thickness to the grip profile for those who find the 1911 grip a bit too thin. These grips add a lot of modern touches to a classic platform. Yet they keep the look of a classic handgun. The 1911 is surely a classic. 2. Magpul "Industries 1911 Grips" Product Magpul Industries MOE 1911 Grip Panels for 1911, Black, One... Offers the user a more aggressive texture allowing for better... Constructed of heavy-duty reinforced polymer; unique... Aggressive TSP texture (Trapezoidal Surface Projections) for... Fits full size frame 1911S and copies with standard grip screw... Made in USA Sport type: Tactical & Military Details Offers the user a more aggressive texture allowing for better... Constructed of heavy-duty reinforced polymer; unique... Aggressive TSP texture ( "Trapezoidal Surface Projections" ) for... Fits full size frame 1911S and copies with standard grip screw... Made in USA Sport type: Tactical & Military Magpul is a company that rarely needs an introduction. They are famed for their fabulous Pmags and their intuitive and well-designed firearms accessories. Magpul has been a leading competitor in the firearms industry. They produce and sell some of the most well-known, respected, and often used firearms accessories. Magpul is a company of the future when it comes to producing gear for guns . It seemed like an odd choice for them to put their polymer heavy focus on the 1911. The 1911 is famous for being a bit metal handgun that rejects the use of polymer for old school steel. Magpul is also a company that produces gear for modern rifles , with an eye always to the future. So, is designing grips for the 1911 a step back for Magpul? In fact, it is their effort to bring the 1911 to the future. The Magpul Industries are the best 1911 grips because they have all the great aspects of Magpul accessories. They are modern, consist of polymer, and are incredibly affordable. For less than 20 dollars you get a well-made, high-quality piece of gear for your 1911. These polymer grips are thin but Magpul put them through the ringer to prove they are durable. The reinforced polymer construction is just as strong and just as dependable as any other grips on the market. Magpul’s grips use a diamond shaped cross-section to provide a sure grip on the weapon. The grips stick to your hand, keeping the weapon from wrestling away when firing rapidly or with one hand. The famous, accomplished instructors from Magpul’s training division designed these grips. They want a pair of 1911 grips to improve control over their weapons and that could accommodate modern 1911s. 3. VZ 1911 Grips Product VZ Grips Operator II Full Size 1911 Gun Grip, Black Gray TEXTURE: Very Aggressive USE: Tactical, IPSC, IDPA, etc. MATERIAL: G10 Details TEXTURE: Very Aggressive USE: Tactical, IPSC, IDPA, etc. MATERIAL: G10 Small American companies are the lifeblood of the firearms industry. They are often centers for innovation and bring new ideas and a fresh view to the gun industry. And VZ Grips out of Tallahassee Florida is one such company. VZ Grips have changed how they produce and design the best 1911 grips. VZ Grips shook up the industry and put the big grip makers on their toes when they introduced their multiple lines of grips. They produce the best 1911 grips, CZs , and Smith and Wessons. VZ Grips have different lines for different weapons. The pair of grips that are most revolutionary is the Operator 1 and 2 series. They produce the Operator series for the 1911, and specifically, the Operator 2 grips are perfect for serious 1911 users. Aggressively textured is a poor way to describe these grips. They are certainly aggressively textured, but they go beyond what normal people would describe as aggressively textured. The VZ Grips stick to your hand due to their aggressive texture but aren’t painful or uncomfortable. VZ Grips are perfect for tactical or competition use. They are perfect for 1911 users who wear gloves. The aggressive grip texture also shrugs off grip reducing moisture due to water or sweat. VZ divides its grip texture into three different categories. Looking at the grips, this is apparent. They have scalloped their grips aggressively starting at the portion nearest the trigger. Moving to the middle of the grips is a series of downwards cast grip lines. These lines are at a sharp angle downwards. Near the rear of the grips there is downwards texture, but near as dynamic or aggressive as the middle portion. These three different grip textures work together to make sure when the guns in your hand, it stays there. 4. AlumaGrips 1911 Grips Product AlumaGrips 1911 Fullsize Grater Checkering Magwell Grips,... Machined from 6061-T6 Aluminum with a very slight textured finish... One of the most aggressive purchases, hand to grip, available in... All finishes exceed MIL Spec anodizing The same gripping power whether wet or dry No bending, splitting or cracking Details Machined from 6061-T6 Aluminum with a very slight textured finish... One of the most aggressive purchases, hand to grip, available in... All finishes exceed MIL Spec anodizing The same gripping power whether wet or dry No bending, splitting or cracking Style is one of the best words to describe the 1911. Look at any 1911, from a standard mil spec World War II model to an advanced race gun. Both are stylish weapons. But looks are not the most important feature of firearms. If it was the CZ 100 would a much more popular handgun. However, the 1911 has always been able to combine style with dependability, accuracy and a good trigger. Alumagrips isn’t afraid to acknowledge that style is a part of any firearm. They also acknowledge you need a little more than style to be successful. They produce the best 1911 grips because they are both stylish and affordable.  The Grater checkered grips are the perfect mix of style and function. If you have a stainless gun, a deep, richly blued gun, or even a tough as nails parkerized gun, alumagrips have options for you. There are three different color options to match whatever gun you own. There is stainless, black, and olive gray. They’ve textured these grips from top to bottom with aggressive checkering. If you haven’t figured it out by now, Aluma grips make their grips out of aluminum. Aluminum is a tough, durable metal that is also lightweight. Many companies have long proven it to be an effective material for making firearms. A set of grips consisting of aluminum will probably last for the lifetime of the owner. Alumagrips use anodizing to provide their variety of colors. If you aren’t familiar with anodizing, it is an electrochemical process that finishes the grips. This process is what the United States military uses to finish their M16 and M4 rifles. However, Alumagrips goes beyond military specs with their anodizing. Aluminum grips with anodized finishes create grips that can go to war and come back without slowing down. 5. "Recover Tactical Grips" Product No products found. No products found. Details No products found. The 1911 platform has numerous variations. There are the classic variation, the different Colt Series guns, there are double-stack models, and more. One of the most popular variations are the railed tactical models. These models feature a Picatinny rail that allows you to attach a variety of accessories to your handgun, including flashlights and lasers. Railed model 1911s also tend to be a lot pricier and occasionally harder to find than standard 1911s. So, what do you do if you’ve purchased a standard 1911 and need to mount a flashlight to your gun? You have two options, buy a 1911 with a rail or buy Recover tactical grips. Recover tactical grips are more than just standard 1911 grips. They provide a rail system right beyond your trigger guard. The grips are a two-piece grip design. The rail has a cut directly down the middle. These grips go over your trigger guard, and right below the slide, connecting the grips to the rail. This two-piece system requires zero modification to your gun and only three screws. Two go into the traditional grip sections and one connects at the same area of the rail. This allows the gun to have a rail, while also featuring a thoroughly modern grip. The grips utilize a raised textured pattern that is a wave-based design. This pattern is on the sides of the grip as well as on the front of the grips. The entire system is of rugged advanced polymer materials. Installation is simple and no gunsmithing is required. These are the best 1911 grips for those who want a wide choice of colors including tactical, and lighthearted colors like pink. Recover tactical produces a holster to function with both the grips and a mounted light. This simple system is rugged and makes adding a flashlight to a 1911 less expensive than buying a new 1911. 6. "Crimson Trace Lasergrips" Product Crimson Trace LG-401 Lasergrips with Red Laser, Heavy Duty... GUARANTEED: This product is covered by a 3-Year Limited Warranty.... RUNTIME: 4 hours of battery life that runs on (2) 2032 batteries... EASE OF USE: Front activation button engages the laser... RELIABLE: Factory sighted at 50 feet, but is fully user... FITS: 1911 Full Size Details GUARANTEED: This product is covered by a 3- "Year Limited Warranty" .... RUNTIME: 4 hours of battery life that runs on (2) 2032 batteries... EASE OF USE: Front activation button engages the laser... RELIABLE: Factory sighted at 50 feet, but is fully user... FITS: "1911 Full Size" These are easily the most high tech 1911 grips on the market. They designed them for full-sized 1911s and to turn a basic pair of grips into an effective aiming device. Crimson Trace is famous for producing rugged and reliable lasers, so tossing in a set of grips was a simple, genius idea. The laser adds hardly any bulk to these grips. The only thing added size wise is a small hump near the top of the grips. This small hump holds your laser, yet it’s discreet and out of the way. The laser activates as soon as you grab the grip. There is no stressing about hitting a switch. Once you grab it, it’s on and ready to rock and roll. The grip pad directly below the trigger guard turns the laser on for you. And just a little pressure turns it on. Release the pressure and it’s off. That’s it. This simple and intuitive system has made Crimson trace the superior option for firearms mounted lasers. The laser it a bright red unit that is perfect for low light shooting or for when using iron sights is impossible. Aside from the laser, Crimson Trace designs a fantastic grip. The options for the 1911 are wide, so the user has both stylish choices and tactical choices. There are wood finishes, as well as polymer options. Crimson Trace grips are the best 1911 grips for concealed carriers who want a little leg up when it comes to aiming their 1911. "The Best 1911" Grips: Parting Shots The 1911 is far from an outdated platform. It’s reliable, easy to use, and has proven itself in two world wars including Korea, Vietnam, as well as dozens of smaller wars.  Adding a set of aftermarket grips can give your pistol some added style, and even make it easier to shoot. Updating your 1911 is easy to do, and a new set of grips can give your old pistol a new life.  There are plenty of different options to customize your favorite pistol, but any one of our six favorites should revitalize your sidearm, and give your buddies at the range something to talk about when you hit the lanes. This product was presentation was made with AAWP plugin.

The 4 Best IWB Holsters for Ruger LC9 — Reviews 2020 Photo by Stephen O / CC BY Your Ruger LC9 is a solid conceal carry option in handguns. At just 6 inches in length and 4.5 inches in height, this is one petite pistol. Despite its small stature, it can still prove to be a challenge to discreetly conceal your pistol when you are on the go. The solution is to find the best IWB for the Ruger LC9. The ideal holster should be one that meets your specific needs for reliability, concealability, and comfort. The right holster should be one that securely fits your firearm, and doesn’t pose a risk of having the gun fall out when you are out and about. In addition to a secure fit, you need to ensure that the holster with gun feel comfortable on your belt. Discomfort can quickly lead to painful irritation, and even result in your making the decision to halt carrying your firearm for some time.  Here are the 4 best holsters for Ruger LC9 that we could find: Ruger LC9 & LC9s Hip Holster with Magazine Pouch Federal Ruger LC9, LC9s, EC9s & LC380 Hip Holster with Magazine Pouch Price: $18.77 Price as of 08/14/2020 04:00 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 Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Designed specifically with the Ruger LC9 in mind, this holster is an effortless combination of a clip-on and a belt holster. This combination allows it to offer you both the convenience that you get from using a clip-on holster, and also the stability that is found with using a belt holster. Rugged and functional, this is a solidly designed and constructed holster. The holster is ambidextrous so that it can be worn by either a left-handed or right-handed person. It has belt loops on both sides of the holster, and the metal clip can be moved from side-to-side. With a multi-layer nylon exterior and interior, the holster will mold to the shape of your pistol so that you can get that perfect fit that you need. Exterior of the holster will prove to be resistant to scuffing and to moisture, which will ensure it’s around for many good years of us. The holster features a soft interior lining and reinforced thumb break that will ensure you of a fast release and the smooth draw that you need when seconds matter. The interior lining has a closed cell foam moisture barrier to ensure that moisture need not become a concern for your firearm. Double needle stitching helps to ensure that your holster is reinforced with the strength you need, while the nylon binding tape offers durable protection against fraying. The build-in magazine pouch makes it easy to carry an extra magazine with you, so you are always prepared when the situation calls for it. This is one of the best LC9 holster, bar none. Blade-Tech Holster Klipt Appendix IWB (Various models available) Blade-Tech Industries Inside The Waistband Klipt Appendix Fits S&W M&P Shield Holster, Black Price: Price as of 08/14/2020 03:57 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 Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. With an ultra-thin signature and low profile, this holster is a great option for conceal carrying your Ruger LC9. Comfortable, durable, and practical, you’ll find this to be a good holster option, no matter where your day takes you. The design of this holster makes it possible to carry your pistol without printing. Everyone can agree that an undetectable holster that doesn’t result in printing, regardless of what you’re wearing, is a good option to have. Fitting belts that are up to 1 ¾” wide, the holster features Blade Tech technology that locks the pistol securely in place. The belt clip is very secure but still allows for quick release from your belt when it is needed. Originally designed for use in the armed forces, this holster can be worn as a front strong-side appendix holster, as a straight drop IWB holster, and also on the weak side in an IWB cross-draw fashion. With its simple design, it is truly a flexible holster that can be worn in the way that best works for you. The slim design and low profile of this holster also makes it a good choice as a discreet second holster when you are carrying a larger firearm. It’s a solid choice that you’ll appreciate each time you use it. Blade-Tech Industries IWB Klipt Ambi Appendix Holster Watch this video on YouTube

The 4 Best Fighting Knives – Combat Knife Reviews 2020 Photo by Bill Bradford / CC BY Many people wonder what the difference is between a fighting knife and any other ordinary or regular knife. After all, both have a grip and a blade, don’t they? The reality is that while the fundamental design between a fighting and a regular knife is obviously the same, there are still many differences between the two, and any ordinary knife should never be accepted as a fighting knife. First, let’s go over the 4 of the best fighting knives on the market, and then we’ll dissect the qualities that you should look for in a true combat knife: KA-BAR USMC Knife KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps Fighting Knife, Straight Price: $78.57 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:53 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 Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The KA-Bar Knife is easily one of the most well-known fighting knives so at the very least it seems fitting that we should include it on this list. The real reason why are including the KA-Bar in our list of recommendations is because it has one of the longest service lives of any fighting knife, first being used in World War 2 and continuing to be used today. With a seven inch blade ( see full specs ) made out of 1095 steel, this is a brand new KA-Bar knife that is just as sharp as the models issued to U.S Marines decades ago. This knife also ships with a leather sheath that has a belt loop. The sheath comes in black or brown leather and matches the handle of the knife, which is also available in either black or brown. Brown is easily the more classic look and K-Bar’s best selling model. Due to its longevity, this is truly one of the best combat knives out there. KA-BAR Fighting/Utility USMC Knife Review: Too Old? Watch this video on YouTube

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