Only a few years ago I was happily scoffing at those who owned pistol versions of “proper” rifles. Their clunky form factor made for an awkward shooting position and a generally strange experience on the range. It was only with the introduction of SB Tactical’s SB-15 pistol arm brace that these guns finally became both usable and somewhat attractive looking. Naturally, other companies saw the sales success of the SB-15 and wanted in on the action. One of the more popular entries is Shockwave Technologies’ Pistol Stabilizer, and they were nice enough to send us one for review . . .
RF posed a question of the day asking about long range shooting. The responses were great, and it appears that a good portion of our readers are shooting out to the 1K line on a pretty regular basis. It warmed my heart to see a couple of our readers taking shots to way past that point. Personally, I’m a huge fan of long shots, and if I had to pick just one discipline, long range rifle shooting would absolutely be it. Part of my love of the sport has to do with the part RF hates the most; the math. And thanks to the proliferation of powerful smart phones, and a thriving app marketplace, there are calculators like Ballistic that can do the heavy lifting for you…
This is a guest post written by my buddy, CASES4CASES:
It had been on my list to pick up another air rifle. So when the SIG MCX Semi-automatic air rifle in .177 caliber became available for pre-order at a discounted price I put down the cash, crossed it off the list, and stuck it in the back of my mind due to the estimated several months wait. Well, today I was surprised by the arrival of the air rifle – nearly a month early. Apparently it caught SIG off-guard, as well. . .
One of the best things about the Ruger 10/22 is that there are endless ways to customize one to suit your exact needs or desires. For me, that means heavy aftermarket barrels, replacement trigger groups, and colorful aftermarket laminated stocks. So when I saw Altamont’s new KKC stock at the 2015 SHOT Show, I had to have one. It took a while, but I finally acquired one and it was worth the wait . . .
Have you ever tried to use the magazine of your AR 15 as a monopod? If you have, you know that it doesn’t do a very good job of supporting your rifle. It’ll work in a pinch, but there’s some lateral movement, and generally speaking, there’s usually a better and more stable way to shoot your rifle. But if you’re hellbent on using your magazine as a shooting aid, Mag-Pod has a solution for those who seek near-monopod stability from their magazines . . .
I’ve been a big fan of appendix carry in a belly band since I began concealing some four years ago. I found it to be the most comfortable and efficient way to hide my Springfield XD-Sub compact in the clothes I normally wear (mostly jeans and T-shirts). Now that it’s a little cooler, I’ve been wearing sweaters, or at least a looser blouse over a more summery top – an ensemble that allows more options for concealing. When I encountered a Galco Stow-N-Go holster in small gun store in Idaho I decided to try a new concealment method . . .
I recently reviewed AMSEC’s Gravity Spinning Bullseye which is perhaps one of my favorite targets of all time. In the same package as the spinning target was their AM torso target. While not as fancy as the other item I’ve tested, it has found a way into my normal rotation for target usage…
Sometimes the need to secure a rifle arises, but a full-on safe is too expensive and heavy to make sense, or is impossible to fit in a given location. Securely mounting an AR-15 to a wall, such as inside of a closet, to a truck roll bar, trunk, or other place is the ARmA15 locking bracket’s raison d’être. It’s a pretty simple solution for safely storing a single rifle while still allowing relatively quick access. . .
My brother – Duane Weingarten – recounted an interesting incident with gear that had been hanging in a closet for 30 years:
Back in the late 70’s Revolvers and leather duty gear was the norm. When I took my first LEO job it was with a rural department with six road deputies. I brought Bianchi leather duty gear, which I wore until I left that department and moved onward and upwards to a 500 man state LE agency. The state agency supplied all the necessary gear that they thought an officer needed. I went from revolver to a semi auto. In the last few months I have been moving from a house I lived in for 34 plus years to another. I was packing one of closets up when I found my old duty belt . . .
The quest for better handgun sights isn’t all that different from the quest to create a better mousetrap. There are myriad companies — aftermarket and OEM — manufacturing sights of almost every design imaginable. But nearly all of them have the same goal; the most rapid sight acquisition possible while retaining acceptable accuracy. For the last few months I’ve been playing with a set of Delta 1 Sights from Gun Pro — available for GLOCKs and 1911s, with M&P sets coming soon — and it’s high time for the review. . .
Back in the day, I was hesitant about using zero magnification red dot sights on a rifle. I didn’t see the value – right until I laid down underneath an up-armored HMMWV, my head upside down, leaning over with my knees on the ground, my M4 placed flat against the ground, the stock not even touching my shoulder, and put the little red dot on a 19-inch target over 100 yards away. And nailed it, over and over again. Since that day I learned that a zero magnification red dot sight allows me to get on target faster in more positions than any other sighting system. So when RF told me he had Trijicon’s new MRO (Miniature Rifle Optic) ready for review, I was quick to raise my hand . . .
Shooters can be very pickly when it comes to iron sights. I know there are guys who can shoot just as well with AK-47 irons or Winchester buck-eyes as they can with U.S. military aperture sights, but most of us have our preferences. For you folks running ARs, FAB-Defense manufactures an excellent set of affordable polymer back-up iron sights known as FBS and RBS. Here’s the G2 . . .