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Honor Defense® is proud to announce they are now shipping new models of the popular Honor Guard® line.  Long Slide versions with and without a Manual Thumb Safety are now available. These pistols join the Sub-Compact models that are available with and without a Manual Thumb Safety.

Honor Defense Expands Honor Guard Handgun Line Up

Honor Defense Expands Honor Guard Handgun Line UpHonor Defense® is proud to announce they are now shipping new models of the popular Honor Guard® line. Long Slide versions with and without a Manual Thumb Safety are now available. These pistols join the Sub-Compact models that are available with and without a "Manual Thumb Safety" . Along with the FIST®, Honor Defense has launched five(5) new 9mm handgun models in 2016. That’s more than any other company in the industry. All versions share the same modular stainless steel chassis and have more features than any other single stack 9mm in the marketplace. Every pistol is hand-assembled and proof-tested by veterans. The pistols are 100% American with domestic materials and stainless steel parts machined in the USA by American companies. Product features include: Stainless Steel Chassis system that is modular and allows an exchange of frame sizes Ambidextrous controls (magazine release, Slide catch, optional Manual Thumb Safety) Two different size back straps for custom fit No trigger pull or tools needed for dis-assembly Custom texture and grip Custom serrations over the top of the Slide Snag-free sights Striker-fired with a 7lb pull and short reset +P rated While others use plastic, the Honor Guard pistols also feature CNC machined Striker Block, Striker, Striker Housing, a precision barrel and stainless steel Slide machined from solid stainless bar stock. The Honor Defense pistols are easily accessorized with over 100 holster options, lasers from Crimson Trace and night sights from top manufacturers. The Sub-Compact model weighs 22oz and features a 3.2″ barrel while the Long Slide features a 3.8″ barrel and weighs 26 oz. All pistols ship with one 8-round and one 7-round stainless steel magazine, two different size back straps and a cable locking device. The combination of features offered by the new Honor Guard pistols results in fast, accurate shooting and rugged reliability and comfort that is the hallmark of Honor Defense firearms. For more information on the Honor Defense® or to learn more about the extensive line of highly regarded Honor Defense firearms, visit www.HonorDefense.com or https://www.facebook.com/ HonorDefense/

Vickers Two Point Adjustable Sling | A First Look

Vickers Two Point Adjustable Sling | A First Look

What is new is old. That might not be exactly fair to say about the Vickers Sling due to its designer, Larry Vickers. When I hit the tactical shooting scene in 2009 it was all three points and one points. Two point slings were for boot camp and the parade deck. They were old school. Two points? Hahaha. No one used those anymore. Well, a few of us did, more on that later. Slowly three points kinda disappeared, and one point slings were the new hotness. They were everywhere, and they were well made. They were popular and every M4 in the Marine Corps had to have one. The single point is still popular with some, but the two point is making a comeback. The reason the two point is coming back is because the old two point is no more. The modern 2 point is the creation of former Delta Force operator, firearms instructor, designer, and all around gun guru, Larry Vickers. He teamed up with Blue Force Gear to create the Vickers Combat Application Sling , aka the VCAS, aka the Vickers Sling. Vickers Sling Larry Vickers has never been a fan of single point or three point slings. He saw the issues with the standard two point slings and designed to improve upon it. The problem with two point slings is that in some situations they are too long, and in other situations they are too short. Larry didn’t invent the adjustable two point sling, he merely updated the idea to be easier, faster, and even more adjustable. Vickers Sling The result was my new sling, the Vickers sling. I served as a machine gunner. Compared to a rifleman my need for a sling was largely ignored. I had to make due. There is now a Vickers M240 sling (Where was this is 2009?). What I made due with was a two point, and I recognized the usefulness of the two point sling and never went back. So, what sets the Vicker’s sling apart from two point slings of the past is the ability to rapidly change it’s size. Grab the tab, pull it rearward and the sling gets longer. Grab the tab and push it forward and the sling gets shorter. It’s as simple as that. The Pull Tab The sling is designed for a carbine, specifically the AR 15, but it can be moved around at will. I plan to move it between a few different carbines, and a shotgun or two. Maybe one of those crazy submachine gun wannabes. Materials The sling is made from 1.25 inch webbing and is quite thick. It’s comfortable over the body, and feels great. The sling itself features some intense stitching. It extremely strong and feels like years of heavy use will do nothing to it. The Vickers Combat Application sling is what you expect from Larry Vickers and "Blue Force Gear" . The quality level is quite high. I feel the sling is well made, well designed, and I can’t wait to take it shooting. Read more at loadoutroom.com

Best 10mm Ammo [Hunting, Self-Defense, & Plinking]

Best 10mm Ammo [Hunting, Self-Defense, & Plinking]

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Looking for a great caliber to carry for a duty weapon, or a sidearm with the power to stop a charging bear? We’d like to introduce you to the humble 10mm. 10mm Round This little powerhouse can be a bit snappy to handle, but they’re great at stopping just about anything, which is why we think they’re ideal for self-defense, target shooting, and more! Today, we are going to be looking at a variety of 10mm ammo designed for a little bit of everything, so you can find the perfect rounds for your needs–whatever they may be. Let’s talk about it! Where Did 10mm Come From? Jeff Cooper, along with engineers at Norma designed the 10mm round to be the premier combat round . Unfortunately, like the 41 Magnum, the 10mm was kicked to the curb after a short stay with the FBI. Apparently, some weak wristed agents couldn’t pass muster. Lots and lots of 10mm Long story short, the round was downloaded so much the extra case space was useless, so it became the 40 Short and Weak. The 10mm didn’t die though, and I dare say it has seen a small resurgence recently in the shooting community. For some time, the only maker of 10mm guns was Glock and sometimes Colt. However, these days we have 10mm XDs and 1911s from Springfield Armory, 10mm 1911s and 2011s from budget companies like RIA, and SIG produced the P220 in 10mm as well. Even S&W brought back the S&W 610 a revolver in 10mm very recently. Popular Pistol Calibers This niche little round has grown, and why not? It’s a versatile round that can be used for hunting, self-defense, and even animal defense while hunting. It can be downloaded to be more pleasant to shoot or compete with. Testing Procedures Lucky Gunner runs a blog called the Lounge and it’s a haven for information. They also created an awesome test matrix to test the ammunition they sell. This test involves ballistic gel and was established by the FBI years ago to test handgun bullet effectiveness. The test utilizes professional-grade ballistic gel that will measure the depth a round penetrates. The goal is for the round to penetrate at least 12 inches of ballistic gel, but not penetrate more than 18 inches. This applies to self-defense ammo and to be honest that it the most important consideration for a weapon. To ensure the test is realistic and accurate they utilize 4 layers of fabric to represent clothing. These many layers simulate a worst-case scenario in which you are defending yourself in January in North Dakota and the bad guy is wearing appropriate winter wear. Though, with that much clothing, how much of a threat are they? The testing involves 5 shots fired from 10 feet away and for the 10mm test they used a Glock 20. The Glock 20 is likely the most affordable and common 10mm pistol on the market and representative of most 10mm pistols. The only small 10mm handguns out there are the Glock 29, some oddball compact 1911s, and EAA has a subcompact Witness in 10mm. Glock 20 with HP Ammo If you are going with a 10mm, you likely aren’t looking for a subcompact gun anyway. I used this data, as well as personal experience and advice from a friend who is a major 10mm aficionado, to pick a number of rounds based on a few different requirements. The three categories are self-defense, plinking, and even hunting. Best 10mm Ammo Self-Defense Self-defense and duty use are what the 10mm was originally developed to do. The 10mm is a great self-defense load and to a degree, it might be a bit much to a lot of people. However, no one can deny that it is a potent, man-stopping round. 1. Federal 180 Grain Hydra-Shok Oh yeah–having Hydra-Shok rounds in the best self-defense ammo isn’t a big surprise. The Hydra-Shok brand has always been a worthy contender when it comes to both effective penetration and efficient expansion. This 180 grain Hydra-Shok round is relatively mild in terms of velocity. It moves at only roughly 1,000 FPS. This makes it about a 100 FPS faster than a standard 40 S&W load with a 180-grain round. However, it does penetrate 15.9 inches on average and expands to an impressive .61 inches. It’s a heavy little load that is controllable, especially from a full-sized gun. Penetration and expansion are the bullet’s job and your job is to ensure the round hits somewhere effective enough to ensure the penetration and expansion matters. Federal Premuim 180GR Hydra-Shok 10mm 24 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 24 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing This is a bit of a medium powered self-defense load. The Hydra-Shok rounds are incredibly popular with police forces. They are well proven as a carry round they excel. The round has a nickel-plated case that prevents corrosion of any kind from being carried day-in and day-out. Normal brass casings can corrode over time, especially when carried IWB and exposed to sweat. It’s a nice touch for a self-defense round. It’s a little pricey, but it’s not ammo you shoot 500 at a time of. 2. Hornady 180 Grain XTP If I was going to choose a 10mm load I would take the Hornady 180 Grain XTP round . It’s very potent and quite powerful. If I’m going to be carrying a big 10mm, why would I not carry a round that takes the 10mm’s performance to the edge? I know some like a little less recoil, but the 10mm is best respected as the powerhouse it is. The Hornady 180 Grain XTP loads throw a 180-grain pill at roughly 1150 feet per second. That’s close to original Norma spec round. Hornady 180 Grain XTP 10mm 21 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 21 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing This XTP projectile expands to .64 inches which is massive and excellent for self-defense. It penetrates, on average, to a deep 16.9 inches. On average, the round loses almost zero weight meaning the round goes deeper. The Hornady 180 Grain XTP load is snappy, but the 10mm is not for the weak of heart. The round is a hard hitter and is surprisingly affordable. It’s at least on average with most 10mm self-defense ammunition. 3. Barnes VOR-TX I’m not sure why anyone would want a low recoiling 10mm load, but it exists, and someone out there may enjoy it. The Barnes VOR-TX is an all copper round that weighs 155 grains. This lightweight round flies an anemic 1073 feet per second. However, it does penetrate to a decent 12.6 inches on average. Now what makes this ammo stand apart from other milquetoast loads is the round’s expansion.  Sure, the penetration is average, and the velocity is low, but let’s talk expansion. Barnes VOR-TX 10mm 29 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 29 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing The round on average double its size! It expands to .81 inches. It retains every grain of weight as well. On top of that, the recoil is minimal. It is really a fascinating take on self-defense ammunition. It will certainly do massive amounts of damage as it travels through a soft target. The Barnes VOR-TX is a great load for recoil sensitive shooters who are for some reason using a 10mm load. Again, the versatility of the 10mm is at work. Hunting Loads Hunting with the 10mm is nothing new, and its use as a self-defense firearm against angry animals is another common use of the round. Denmark’s Sirius Patrols have issued the Glock 20 in to deal with Polar Bears, so the round does work against big and mean animals. 4. Underwood 200 Grain Nosler JHP Underwood’s name is one associated with hard-hitting rounds and their 10mm is no slouch. This 200-grain jacketed hollow point round is a brutal beast, and you’ll see and feel it via muzzle rise and recoil. The Underwood 200 grain 10mm round moves at a blistering 1250 feet per second. It’s one of the few that mimics the original Norma loads. Underwood uses a Nosler projectile for excellent expansion and weight retention. Underwood "200 Grain Nosler" JHP 10mm 23 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 23 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing The round itself is perfect for taking down deer and hogs and some predators like coyotes. The Underwood 200 grain is no slouch and is perfect for a humane kill. Handgun hunting is hard, so you need a round that expands and penetrates brilliantly to ensure that the animal is killed humanely. This is an expensive round and not one you’d plink with much. It’s also a bit much for self-defense and likely penetrates much deeper than 18 inches. We think that this is a round that should stick to hunting and wilderness use. The Underwood 200 Grain Nosler JHP round uses low flash powders, which is great because most shots are likely taken in low light and you want to keep your eye on your prey. 5. Underwood 200 Grain Hard Cast This round is very similar to the one listed above. Both are 200-grain projectiles, and both move at 1,250 feet per second. However, this is not a jacketed hollow point, but a hard cast load. Hard cast loads are not designed to expand, they are designed to be bulldozers. They penetrate deeply, breaking and tearing through bone, muscle, fat, thick hides, and more. These rounds are designed to rip through big animals at close range and they have proven to be able to do that. Underwood "200 Grain Hard" Cast 10mm 19 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 19 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing The Underwood hard cast round is extremely brutal and can be used at distances further than bad breath. These rounds are coated with a Hi-Tek polymer coating that will reduce barrel fouling, important for guns like Glock 20 that use polygonal rifling. These rounds, like the previous Nosler loads, are snappy, to say the least–but when an angry animal is bearing down on you, we’re pretty sure you won’t really care. When you absolutely, definitely, really, really need to make this shot count… Plinking Let’s be real here–the most shooting we will do with our 10mm will be plinking, or practice, or whatever you want to call it. It means we are shooting at targets, building our skills, and enjoying ourselves. Here are a few loads for plinking purposes. 6. Magtech 180 Gr FMJ The Magtech 180 grain FMJ, brass-cased ammo is affordable, reliable, and fun to shoot. It’s not a complete full-powered load, but it does sport some impressive specs for a cheap training round. The 180-grain projectile flies at 1164 feet per second. Magtech 180 Gr FMJ 10mm (Bulk) 320 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 320 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing This delivers a little snap and recoil. It’s not uncomfortable, but it will give you realistic practice that’s not a glorified 40 S&W round. The ammo is also some of cheapest brass cased rounds out there. These are very affordable loads that are new production and reloadable. It’s high-quality ammunition that is well suited for training and practice, and plenty accurate and potent for punching paper or ringing steel. 7. Federal American Eagle I personally like recoil and the challenge it creates to handle a gun, but not all may feel that way. Maybe you just want an easy day at the range. American Eagle offers that with their 180 grain 10mm autoload . This ammo is very mild and comfortable. "Federal American Eagle" 180 Gr 10mm 26 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 26 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing The round glides along at 1050 feet per second and the round delivers a comfortable 10mm experience. This is brass case FMJ loads that meet all of Federal’s strict quality control measures. It would likely be a great round for competition where recoil is a hindrance, but you want to qualify for Major Power scoring. Federal is cheap too, and very common to find online and in gun stores far and wide. Some other perks? The Federal rounds are also very clean ammo and are subsonic! It’s very suppressor friendly and perfect for both handguns and carbines in all suppressed forms. This isn’t the only subsonic 10mm, but it’s one of the more common and affordable options for quiet plinking. The Mighty 10mm A gun isn’t much without ammo and the 10mm offers shooters a lot of versatility. If you’re looking to expand your caliber collection, find a good sidearm, or are even just curious about it, why not give 10mm a try? Did I miss any great ammo brands on my list? If so, tell me about them in the comments. I’d love to know more! While you’re here, check out the best 10mm handguns .

A Bundle of Tactical Joy: VZ M-Lok Bundle

A Bundle of Tactical Joy: VZ M-Lok Bundle

Some people like the smell of swaddled babies but some of us like the smell of gun oil and gun smoke in the morning. Babies are a bundle of joy, it’s true– but let me fill you in on another (far less expensive) joy filled bundle. Bundle contents I recently installed the Operator II M-Lok bundle in Dirty Olive on the Light Weight AR I put together for my wife. The bundle from VZ comes with three 2″ or 4″ rail panels, a hand stop, and a grip. The Operator II grip is aggressive (which I love) and really functional. If you’re a muzzle control freak, you’ll dig this setup. Granted the grip may be too aggressive for some, but the bundle is offered in other famous VZ patterns. I’d recommend you check out the Alien or Frag pattern. In a pinch, these could be sanded a bit to customize to your liking, but you’re better off purchasing the most suitable pattern for your requirements and sticking with the factory configuration. Attractive & effective A small part of me hopes that my wife prefers her typical grip from Mission First Tactical with Talon Grips because I’ll steal this VZ Operator II grip in a micro second. From a visual standpoint— the grips, the rail panels, and the hand stop look so good together that it would be a shame to separate them, though. The rail panels and hand stop are absolutely a win for the wifey; she digs them. Maybe she’s a control freak? I never thought so, but maybe there’s something there. I digress. These products are custom-suited to the discriminating customer who wants to get the most possible control providing traction in their AR. Weapon manipulation is aided significantly. It is also custom suited to those who want to show off on Instagram because these things visually pop! M-Lok & Keymod versions The M-Lok bundles are an exceptional value, but the items can be purchased separately as well if you’re just looking for a grip, a hand stop, or rail panels. I know a lot of you don’t think of VZ when you think of AR accessories, but you need to expand your horizons. Go ahead and embrace this bundle of joy; you’ll be glad that you did!

Gene Autry National Center to Display The Colt Revolver in the American West

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379cec3ad08_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379cec3ad08_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Doc Holliday's Single Action Army Model Revolver. John “Doc” Holliday used this revolver in many of his western escapades, including the gun fight at the O.K. Corral. Over 100 of the finest examples of the Colt revolver in the country go on display Grand reopening of Greg Martin Gallery on July 23, 2011, in conjunction with Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl at the Autry. The exhibition will be ongoing. Los Angeles, CA (May 25, 2011) — The Autry National Center announces the grand reopening of the Greg Martin Colt Gallery on July 23, 2011, featuring The Colt Revolver in the American West, an exhibition that explores the history of Samuel Colt’s revolutionary revolver in the American West. The opening also coincides with the celebration of Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl at the Autry. “I am pleased to showcase the Autry’s spectacular collection of Colt firearms in a manner that provides a narrative for the scope and monumental impact of guns in the American West,” said Daniel Finley, Autry President and CEO. “In this ongoing installation, we hope visitors are fascinated by the history and importance of an object that brought violence as well as peace to an entire region.” Model 1862 Police and Pocket Navy Conversion Revolver. Unlike most beautifully-engrave revolvers with “Tiffany” style grips, this revolver actually saw use on the American frontier. Drawn solely from the Autry’s renowned collection, the exhibition provides an interesting look at one of the most popular and visible symbols of the American West and looks at the impact the Colt revolver had on the American frontier and the contemporary West. 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A special section will be devoted to the Colt "Single Action Army" Model Revolver, “the handgun that won the West.” Related GunDigest Articles First Look: Colt Cobra Revolver First Look: Colt Night Cobra Revolver Competitive Colt: Colt Competition 1911 Review “Simply put, the Single Action Army is the most successful and recognizable revolver of all time,” said Jeffrey Richardson, Associate Curator of Western History and Popular Culture, “and it is forever identified with the history and settlement of the American West.” The exhibition begins with a history of the revolver and the difficulty gunsmiths and inventors had making an efficient revolving firearm capable of firing more than one shot without having to be reloaded. In 1831, sixteen-year-old Samuel Colt ultimately came up with a design that would transform the firearm industry and the American West. Samuel Colt’s attempts to mass-produce his revolver and the ultimate keys to his success are the focus of the second part of the gallery. The next section of the exhibition is devoted to the Colt Single Action Army Model Revolver. The Single Action Army was popular with Western pioneers, miners, peace officers, gunslingers, outlaws, and cowboys. The use of the revolver by Western entertainers solidified its status as a veritable symbol of the region. The exhibition culminates with a look at the Colt revolver in the modern West, as it continued to be the weapon of choice for Western law enforcement officers, hunters, and target shooters throughout the twentieth century. Cutaway Model 1855 Sidehammer Revolver. Cutaway, or skeleton arms, were designed to demonstrate the mechanics and special features found on Colt revolvers. Highlights include: The first Single Action Army ever made, an original Buntline Special, and the only Single Action Army ever manufactured in .44 magnum caliber The revolver Doc Holliday used at the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral An entertainers’ section, featuring guns belonging to such Western actors as Tom Mix, Buck Jones, Ken Maynard, Gene Autry, Clayton Moore, and Leo Carrillo Presentation revolvers made by the Colt Company for five presidents, including the gun that was being made for President John F. Kennedy at the time of his assassination An opulently engraved pair of revolvers with Western iconography, and gold-inlaid images from the works of noted Western artists such as George Caleb Bingham, Albert Bierstadt, and Frank E. Schoonover The first modern revolvers designed by Tiffany & Co. All objects in the exhibition are from the permanent collection of the Autry, which houses one of the finest Colt revolver collections in the country. Many of the artifacts were generously donated to the museum by Autry members and supporters, and some were featured in the widely successful traveling exhibition Pistols: Dazzling Firearms.

Rev Talks Sig Academy with Adam Painchaud at NRA17

I had the unique opportunity to sit down with Adam Painchaud, Vice President of Sig Sauer Academy, at this year’s NRA show. Adam is a retired Air Force Special Agent and senior non-commissioned officer with 22 years of combined active duty and reserve time under his belt. He has completed many protective service operations, federal investigations, and antiterrorism missions all over the world. Additionally, Adam is Army Ranger and Airborne qualified. He concurrently is a special deputy sheriff/SWAT operator and police officer in NH. He holds degrees in criminal justice and professional education. He is a master instructor and has spent countless hours providing specialized instruction to various military and law enforcement units. We talked training, tactics, hardware, and life. I’m going to succinctly summarize Mr. Painchaud’s advice below (given in our time together) but you really should check the interview out. Become a Tactician Adam strongly advocates finding a reasonably sized handgun that you carry all the time. He recommends that we value becoming a tactician (to survive a deadly force encounter) over shooting skills. Not to minimize the importance of shooting skills and safety in particular, but in the hierarchy of gun handling tools, tactics is prioritized. He pointed out how common it is to find individuals who have stopped short, becoming sufficient shooters, rather than valuing the importance of getting the gun into the fight, and learning to become capable tacticians. Defensive Mindset He stressed the difference between paranoia and preparation. “I’m sitting here with you wearing two guns, four magazines, and two flashlights.” Some might see that as overkill but it’s simply preparation for the particular circumstances he’s in. As an instructor, he suggests the use of long guns in a defensive encounter. If you know you’re going to need a gun you should bring a long gun. Training Path He recommends five classes from Sig Sauer Academy’s curriculum to on-ramp a new shooter to defensive encounter confidence: Handgun 101, Handgun 102, Handgun 103, Handgun 104, and Force on Force. Real Life Adam’s a true gun guy that enjoys training his local SWAT team, serving on the team, working on his old Army truck, and tinkering on his 1961 Runabout boat. He enjoys the light bulb moment witnessed in his students’ training, especially in Handgun 103. Best of all, when I asked Adam about social media, he said that he’s on social media via Sig Academy. Haha, I love it! I really enjoyed getting time with Adam Painchaud and I hope to train with him down the road. If you’re fortunate enough to have the Sig Academy accessible to you, training with Adam and his team is a no brainer.

Summary

Honor Defense® is proud to announce they are now shipping new models of the popular Honor Guard® line.  Long Slide versions with and without a Manual Thumb Safety are now available. These pistols join the Sub-Compact models that are available with and without a Manual Thumb Safety.