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    Best 1911 9mm Pistol For The Money And For Sale Reviews

    By David Simpson

    You have run out of options, cornered in a dark alley three days after an electromagnetic pulse blasted the inner workings of every electronic device within 100 miles. Maneuvering, fleeing, reasoning, and diplomacy have all but fallen on the deaf ears of your would-be attackers.

    You reach for the one thing that will now speak for you, a model 1911, whose racking slide speaks the international language of authority. It means back up, leave me alone, let me pass.


    If not, it will blaze a trail of self-defense, leaving fist-sized holes in its wake. It is the 1911, one of the best examples of a handgun this country has ever offered.

    The Colt Government Model 1911 has been the most respected combat handgun in the world for over 100 years. Like the Colt Single Action Army (SAA), the pistol has great emotional attachment, along with a strong sense of history, but unlike the SAA, the Government Model is still on the front lines.

    The 1911 is currently more popular than ever, and the reason is an underlying excellence of design. The 1911 was a mature design when adopted by the US Army in 1911, as the pistol had been in development since 1898 or earlier. Longevity, versatility, and performance are hallmarks of John Moses Browning designs.

    On times of trouble, where do you turn? The automatic pistol, caliber .45, model 1911, s.S.Army is, in my opinion, the best pistol for home defense and general-purpose use. You can trust the model 1911 with your life in any kind of survival situation; the gun will defend you with totally reliable, one-shot stopping power against any threat, human or otherwise. Here’s why.

    1911 on the market today

    All 1911 handguns on the market today are not Colt pistols. There are a number of excellent handguns based on the 1911 design, including Kimber, SIG, and Springfield. Others brands are made cheaply to sell inexpensively.

    There is nothing wrong with a basic 1911 GI pistol as offered by Springfield Armory, but the potential for improvement is vast.
    Because of this, the 1911 can be called the Mr. Potato Head of hand- guns. Sights, the slide lock safety, the beaver-tail safety, and grip panels may be easily changed, and internal parts may be modified by those with experience and certifications.

    1911 Varieties

    The 1911 is available in other calibers including the 9mm, .38 ACP Super, and 10mm, but the original chambering, the .45 Automatic Colt Pistol, remains most popular. In a steel frame 1911, the .45 ACP cartridge is easily controllable for those that

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      Best Concealed and Compact Handguns/Pistols for Home Self Defense and Protection 2017

      By David Simpson

      Best Handgun for Home Self Defense and Protection

      1. Glock 35 Review

      • Model: 35
      • Action: STR
      • Caliber: .40 SW
      • Barrel Length: 5.31 inches
      • Special Features: White outline, adjustable rear sight


      This is the largest .40 SW that Glock currently makes, giving it a sight radius of 7.56 inches and a 5.31-inch barrel that raises the velocity of its 40-caliber rounds over shorter barrel lengths. They call this model the Practical/Tactical, as it and its 9 mm counterpart (the Glock 34) are among the most popular pistols used in Limited Class in action pistol shooting. Some police departments issue it as well, as the longer, heavier barrel and slide-decreasing muzzle flip increases both accuracy and the speed of follow-up shots.

      There is an accessory rail under the barrel in 3rd and 4th generation models that will gladly accommodate a tactical light, laser or combo. It’s too big for most shooters to comfortably conceal, but it functions identically to the concealed Glocks many shooters carry daily … and for self- defense use, it’s hard to beat its 22+1 magazine capacity of +P personal defense rounds in a factory-made, extended capacity magazine. You can even add a Scherer or Glock +2 round magazine extension for 24+1 capacity.

      2. Glock 31 Review

      • Model: 31
      • Action: STR
      • Caliber: .357 SIG
      • Capacity: 15
      • Barrel Length: 4.49 inches
      • Special Features: Gen4 models have interchangeable backstraps


      This full-size duty pistol is standard issue for many law enforcement agencies, as its controls are intuitive—nearly all Glocks have functionally identical controls and ergonomics, individual frame/slide/grip length dimension not withstanding, and its specialized caliber is desirable for protection and occasional use against dangerous animals (think dogs, bores, wounded deer, etc.).

      The .357 SIG cartridge produces terminal ballistics very nearly identical to .357 Magnum rounds, but this Glock packs 15+1 rounds when fully loaded … three times what many defensive .357 Magnum revolvers hold. Super capacity .40SW factory magazines work just fine with the .357 SIG cartridge when you want to keep a 22+1 at your bedside.

      3. Beretta 96A1 Review

      • Model: 96A1
      • Action: DA/SA
      • Caliber: .40 SW
      • Capacity: 12
      • Barrel Length: 4.9 inches
      • Special Features: Accessory rail, ambidextrous safety-decocker


      The Beretta full-size service pistol family includes many similar styles of handguns that are centered around the design used for the M9—the military’s 9 mm sidearm. These pistols come in 9 mm and

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        Best Semi Auto and Tactical Shotguns Brands for Home Defense 2018

        By David Simpson

        Whether you’re just buying your first gun for home defense or are a seasoned gun owner that wants to step up the stopping power of his next purchase, pump action shotguns are a remarkable combination of price, power, and reliability that no other class of weapons can match.

        The simple structure of a pump shotgun enables it to fire very hot loads, for years, with minimal wear. Combine that with the fact that most of these guns have been made since the years of the Vietnam war so there’s a lot of very effects second-hand options that can serve you nicely regardless if your needs are home defense, sport or just target practice during the weekend.

        Let this guide give you more information on the benefits of these products as well as how to snag the very best shotgun out there.

        If you’re going off the grid and you’re looking for a firearm that can really pack a punch, a shotgun is right up your alley. Shotguns can serve as both hunting and self-defense weapons, making them a perfect choice for the prepper. Follow along as we take a look at some top shotguns that fit the bill for protection.

        The value of pump action shotguns

        1.   More bang for the buck

        When it comes to guns you measure effectiveness in first use stopping power. You want a gun that will stop something or someone from the very first pull of the trigger.

        Shotguns excel at this. With one pull of the trigger, you are splattering multiple projectiles at your target or sending one heavy projectile towards the target.

        Whether you shoot 9 00 buckshot pellets or 2-ounce slugs, there’s nothing compared to a shotgun when you just wound to propel high-speed mass towards a target as fast as possible. And whether you’re facing vermin or a home invader, that first shot stopping power is the only thing that really matters. 

        2.   Price

        The simple mechanism and the small increments in gun design make old second-hand models be just as effective as newer models.

        Effectively the shotgun platform is so effective manufacturers can’t really justify high price tags for new models.

        Shotgun mechanisms have not changed since the time of the old muskets. This makes them simple to maintain, use and very reliable.

        But they also use a complicated nomenclature with high tolerances in production that makes them seem more complicated than their rifled alternatives.

        3.   Aftermarket

        The simple design, high tolerances, and old technology make the aftermarket sector and customizability of shotguns second to none. This means that most shotguns, even second-hand models can be brought up to tactical spec if you put the time and money in it.

        This also means that if you are a tinkerer this is not a weapon this

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          How to make your own bullets and ammo

          By David Simpson

          Reloading metallic cartridges is a useful and economic hobby for an enormous number of shooters. In many instances, reloading is done to save money or to have available ammunition for firearms for which factory ammunition is not available. In others it is done to obtain the greatest accuracy for a particular firearm. In a worst-case scenario, reloading may be the only way to get ammunition for your firearms if you do not have an adequate supply on hand when a desperate situation arises. This introduction to reloading is intended for shooters who have little experience in that venture, but who want to be able to load when necessary. Consequently, the emphasis will be on using elementary, but adequate, equipment and methods. Loading ammunition is neither difficult nor unsafe if care is taken during the process.

          The metallic cartridge

          A metallic cartridge consists of four components: a primer, powder, bullet, and a brass case to contain the other items. The case is, of course, the only component that can be reused, but it is the most expensive part. To load a cartridge, appropriate primers and powders for different types of cartridges must be selected for the particular cartridge being loaded.

          Case preparation

          Before a cartridge case can be reloaded, there are some operations to be performed on it. First, the spent primer must be removed and the case be restored to approximate dimensions of an unfired case. These operations are performed simultaneously by a sizing die that contains a punch on the end of a spindle. When the case is forced in the die, which has very accurate internal dimensions appropriate to the caliber, the case is reformed and the punch forces out the spent primer. Resizing strong brass cases by forcing them into a die requires some type of press be employed. The case is placed in a shell holder that fits the base of the case and moving the press handle forces the case into the die.

          A lubricant is applied to the case before it is resized to make the operation easier. In order to be able to insert a bullet into the case mouth, the internal diameter of the case neck must be made to correspond to the diameter of the bullet. When the case is forced into the sizing die, the neck is reduced to a smaller diameter than that of the bullet, but as the case is withdrawn, a spindle is pulled out of the case, which expands the neck so it has the correct internal diameter. In the case of handgun cartridges that do not utilize necked cases, a different procedure is necessary.

          After the case is restored to the correct external dimensions by the sizing die, a separate die is used to expand the case mouth so a bullet can be seated. The expander die contains a punch that has a diameter that corresponds to the caliber of the bullet to be used and it also has a shoulder that flares the case … Read the rest


            Ruger Redhawk 45 automatic colt pistol review

            By David Simpson

            The very essence of being a survivalist, or “prepper,” for those born after the 1980 s , is the ability to adapt to a situation, handle one extreme to another and also be flexible with each new scenario.
            While being a survivalist does entail storing almost everything to be prepared for situations such as food shortages, power outages, droughts, viral outbreaks and economic calamities, it goes beyond that. It’s also about the capacity to make the most of what you have and to make use of what you find.

            Just this past month or so, Ruger announced a new Redhawk with a 4.2-inch barrel and a round butt frame, rather than the typical square butt of its other Redhawk models. The rounded butt was
            to make the gun more concealable and improve the handling characteristics a bit. And it only got better from there. Not only was the new Redhawk chambered for .45 Long Colt; it was also set up to fire .45 Auto rounds, with full-moon clips, three of which are provided with the Redhawk. That one little extra really added a whole new dimension to the introduction of the new Redhawk, and, in my mind, elevated its importance as a key firearm to have in a prepper’s collection.

            Virtue of versatility

            The .45 Long Colt round, itself, is one of the most versatile handgun cartridges on the market. There are loads in the 160 to 200 grain range that can be used for small game or target practice; 200 to 225 grains for self-defense; 250 to 260 grains for hunting game such as deer; and you can even choose bear-stoppers in the 300- to 325-grain spectrum. Now, couple the versatility of the .45 LC
            round with the new Redhawk’s ability to also fire .45 ACP and .45 Super. That’s a tremendous range of power, but it’s also a broad gamut of opportunity: In a real-world survival situation, ammunition may be in short supply, and it would certainly be useful to have a gun on hand that fires multiple calibers.

            While the .45 LC used to be a very popular round in its day, it’s nowhere near as common as it used to be. The .45 ACP round, however, is one of the most common handgun rounds you’ll come across in this country. With three available caliber options, whether you’re bartering or scavenging, you’ve got a good chance of finding rounds meant for serious work that will fire in the Redhawk.

            To the firing line

            I took two days trying out different loads in the Redhawk. The amount of testing involved took longer, simply because of the number of different calibers and loads I fired and because I was very deliberate in testing the premium ammunition that was available. Buffalo Bore was kind enough to provide several types of ammunition to use for the Redhawk review. In fact, this company was too kind: It provided me with different loads for .45 ACP, .45 Super and .45 Long Colt, … Read the rest


              Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum Revolver: Handgun Review

              By David Simpson

              The significance of these words comes to light when identifying threats to you and how to stop them. Whether two-legged or four, in the backwoods, you don’t want to merely slow down a threat when you need to stop it. Against dangerous game, multiple shots with a low-powered round are not as effective as one or two well-placed hits from a Magnum. While there are many fantastic auto-loading pistols, few are as reliable or are offered in calibers as powerful as time-tested and proven revolvers. One revolver known for durability, ease of use, and solid performance is the Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat .357 Magnum. With a little modern gunsmithing and some improved accessories, I turned an old, weathered revolver into the perfect backwoods firearm.

              Trigger Job

              The big joke of double-action/single-action revolvers is “double the pull and double the difficulty.” This comes from the heavier and longer trigger pull of double-action revolvers such as the Model 66. Reducing the trigger pull weight and smoothing the action help improve accuracy. Regardless of whether it’s a miniscule or major improvement, any improvement increases your chance of hitting your target. Consequently, I suggest a good trigger job prior to investing in fancy finishes or expensive grips. I’m not a gunsmith, so I enlisted the help of my friends at JoJo’s Gunworks. John and Jody are well known in the New England area and do a lot of work for various law enforcement agencies. I wasn’t going to mess with the trigger myself when they do such solid work. And when they were finished, the DA trigger pull was lowered to 8 pounds and the SA pull to 4 pounds.

              Novak extreme duty sites

              The stock sights on the Model 66 comprise an adjustable blade and a standard front post. While these sites are fine for most shooters, I wanted to remove any additional parts that could fail. I chose the Novak Extreme Duty Sites for their simplicity. The front post has a tritium insert, and the rear site features solid construction with no adjustment.  This choice of sites was not without a trade-off: While I lost the adjustment of the rear notch, I gained the durability of no moving parts. In defense of the fixed rear site, enough time spent shooting this revolver has shown me it is more accurate when bench-rested than shooting it off hand. Any inaccuracy is attributed more to user error than the sites being out of line with the bore.

              Bead-blasted ‘battleship gray’ finish

              Stainless is my choice for woods guns; however, I like blackened stainless whenever possible to eliminate glare. Unfortunately, some firearms finishes are expensive to apply. When I purchased my Model 66, it was in pretty rough shape. There were many surface scratches and signs of obvious wear. I wanted a new finish, but I didn’t want to break the bank. With

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                Henry Repeating Arms Rifles: Henry Big Boy 357 magnum review

                By David Simpson

                Everyone knows that a firearm can be a vital tool in the world of survival. It serves many purposes and can be a lifesaver in a number of different settings. But carrying a whole lot of weight is a real consideration in an emergency situation, and spending a ton of money isn’t all that attractive either, so we suggest you choose something that lightens your load but not your wallet.

                Coordination is key

                Coordinating your firearms to use the same ammo is one way you can save money and weight. I decided to look at a number of firearm formats that enable you to combine both your pistol and rifle ammo.

                Ammo pairing

                My first pair up is based strictly on ammo, specifically, the .357 Magnum and .38 Special. As is widely known, you can fire both cartridges out of the same firearm designed to shoot the .357 Magnum. Using the .357/.38 Spl combo not only allows you to conserve on ammo but provides you with a variety of ammo for different purposes.

                Rifle Pairing

                There are a number of revolvers out on the market chambered in .357; for example, I own an old collector’s Colt .357 Magnum. As there is no shortage of revolvers but only a few rifles, I chose the Henry Big Boy for this pairing. This sturdy lever gun really benefits from the .357/.38 cartridge combo.

                Lever action, solid action

                The Henry Big Boy lever-action rifle comes chambered in a number of calibers, but the one I own fits into my revolver rifle combo set at .357 Mag/.38 Spl. The Big Boy by Henry Repeating Arms holds 10 rounds of either .357 Mag or .38 Spl. It comes with a 20- inch-long, octagonal barrel and a straight-grip walnut stock. (I find that the straight-grip models make excellent fast-game guns as they shoulder much more quickly.) The rifle has an overall length of 38.5 inches and weighs in at 8.68 pounds.

                Although 8 pounds may sound like a lot to carry, it’s not really, especially as it’s a well balanced gun with extremely low recoil. The receiver is made from solid top brass and Henry offers an optional scope mount, but for tight-bush use on quick game, I recommend using iron sights. You don’t need to be a cowboy to shoot a lever action. This action is solid and fast, which is ideal should you need a follow-up shot. Matching the lever action up with a revolver gives you a great hunting and self-defense resource combination no matter what the threat.

                The Big Boy features adjustable marble sights that are great for shooting in tight bush. A large number of game is taken in North America at between 50 and 150 yards, and frankly, not a lot of people are good enough to be shooting much past that, even with optics. If you want to put meat on the table, you are much safer taking a solid shot than blasting away at a distance, which would likely … Read the rest