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Gun Photos: 20 Cool Modern Firearms

Gun Photos: 20 Cool Modern Firearms/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379cd33967a_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379cd33967a_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } From sniper rifles to hunting rifles, and semi-auto handguns and revolvers to muzzleloaders and airguns, Gun Digest Illustrated Guide to Modern Firearms covers them all. Here's a sneak peek at 20 cool guns from this “eye candy” book for gun lovers. Venom Tactical Taipan Image 1 of 20 The "Venom Tactical Taipan" is designed for extreme long-range operations, with its .338 Lapua round delivering deadly performance out past 1,800 yards. It utilizes a Remington long-action receiver blueprinted to Venom Tactical’s exacting tolerances; lock-up is tight and secure. Like all Venom Tactical rifles, the Taipan’s bolt is of Venom’s elliptical design and machined and ground from 4340.The Taipan is equipped with a Brux barrel made to Venom Tactical specifications. The barreled action is firmly mounted to a Manners composite T-4A stock with a textured fore-end and palm swell. The stock also allows for an adjustable cheek weld and is designed for shooting from the prone position. It includes a one-inch Decelerator butt pad and a five-round detachable box magazine, and the package is shipped with a Venom Antidote muzzle brake installed. This rifle gives you everything you need in a long-range sniper platform and nothing you don’t. NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Storm Tactical Printable Target Pack 62 Printable MOA Targets with DOT Drills - Rifle Range in YARDS This impressive target pack from our friends at Storm Tactical contains 62 printable targets for rifle and handgun range use. Target grids and bullseye sizes are in MOA. Ideal for long-range shooting! Get Free Targets

MSR Whisperlite vs Esbit Pocket Stove

MSR Whisperlite vs Esbit Pocket Stove

One recent fall weekend my wife and I went to hike Maine’s Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park . It was a gorgeous hike, as you can see in the image. The hike wasn’t for sissies, however; that or we’re just old, but we hiked for about 8 miles and 8 hours before we were back at our campsite and ready to eat a little Mountain House for dinner. Yes, we could have packed a full grill and made a meal fit for royalty, but that means packing the grill and a whole lot of effort. After a full day of hiking? No thanks. Mountain House is fast, easy, and it tastes good. Besides, I wanted to test a new stove, the Esbit Pocket Stove , to see if it would have a place in our camping/emergency gear. Could a disposable, light, tiny stove heat the water we’d need for food and drink? It could be life changing! Well, not really, but it could certainly change our approach to some hiking/emergency situations. Just in case it didn’t go well, I’d brought our standard hiking stove, the MSR Whisperlite. Most people are familiar with the MSR brand of stove, the Whisperlite being the most common. They’re solid, time-tested, with simple mechanics. They can be a little messy at times, particularly when starting them, and you have to carry liquid fuel, but they work. I’m not sure one brand in this style of stove is any better than another. Jetboil seems like another nice brand, particularly if you like using propane. Propane is cleaner and can be set to simmer. The Whisperlite-type stoves can burn multiple fuels, however, better for survival situations. Let’s get back to the Esbit stove, though. I’d never heard of this thing, but it seemed to have potential. “Use for cooking, boiling water, making hot coffee or tea,” the package reads. It’s made in Germany, which has a reputation for producing decent products. The box contains a foldable “stove” (a foldable, metal frame to hold a small pot of water or pan) and 6 half-ounce fuel cubes. The burn time, it claims, is approximately 12 minutes per half-ounce cube. The fuel cubes are stable, non-toxic, and they light easily with a match or lighter. The manufacturer claims that, depending on conditions, one cube will bring one pint of water to a boil in approximately 8 minutes. Not bad! The exterior conditions on that weekend were nothing short of beautiful. Figuring how the package also says the stove works well at altitude, I figured we were all set with “depending on conditions.” We had ideal conditions. If you’re sensing this is shaping up to be a David versus Goliath matchup, you’re probably right. I’m not so naïve as to think a ten dollar, solid fuel, disposable pocket stove has a fair shot against an eighty-five dollar, white gas-fueled camping stove. The difference in construction and power between the two stoves is obvious. It’s clearly not an apples-to-apples matchup. Still, it was an interesting experiment for me. If the Pocket Stove did what it said it could do, there would be a whole range of situations I’d prefer to have a Pocket Stove over an MSR Whisperlite or comparable stove. When, exactly? I’d use a Pocket Stove over an MSR in any of the following scenarios: Flying overseas. We had a recent trip to Iceland . The airfare there was reasonably priced, but once you’re staying there, everything is expensive. Gas is expensive, beer is expensive, souvenirs are expensive, and dining out is very expensive. We packed our MSR Whisperlite with an empty fuel bottle that we filled there. The plan was to hit the grocery store and cook anything easy from the stove to save money. It’s the scenery you’re after in Iceland, after all. The first day there we searched Reykjavik for Coleman white gas, a bottle that we used little of by week’s end. A solid fuel Pocket Stove would have been much more convenient and we could have packed it on the plane. Day hikes. Here in New England, it’s not uncommon for us to make a day trip to a local mountaintop. It’s nice to do it not bogged down with weight/gear. It’s also nice to have a hot cup of coffee or tea at the top, and maybe a hot lunch if it’s late season hiking. I don’t know how much the Pocket Stove weighs, but it’s barely anything. The MSR and its bottle of fuel have weight, weight I’d rather leave at home. Emergency kits. The Pocket Stove is tiny and easy to slide into an emergency kit for your vehicle or backpack . No worries about liquid fuel, and less costly to purchase if you’re only buying a stove for just-in-case purposes. One of these Pocket Stoves, a small pot, a few Mountain House meals, and you’re in good shape. Bug out bag. Theoretically, your bug out bag (BOB) only needs to get you from point A to point B. Hopefully that’s not a great distance to travel, and if you’ve got to do it on foot, the less weight and size your stove has the more weight and room you have for other items. "The Pocket Stove" seems more suitable to a BOB. The more I think about it, the scenarios above are exactly the types of situations I use my Whisperlite in, so the Pocket Stove— if effective —could prove to get far more use than the Whisperlite. So what are the Pocket Stove’s advantages? Lower cost Lighter weight Smaller size Stable, solid fuel Fewer moving parts The MSR, of course, has its own advantages: Gas power Multi-fuel Larger, more stable cooking platform Made in the U.S.A. Since 80% of my entire stove use is to boil water, either for drink or to add to dehydrated food, the test was simple: see how each compares when boiling one pint of water. I lit the stoves and they were off to the races!  I know, I know, the MSR fuel canister looks awfully close to the Pocket Stove flame. I just moved the can there for the pic… *ahem.* This Whisperlite always takes a little tinkering to get it going, but the Pocket Stove fuel was easily lit with a lighter. However, you can see the significant difference in the flame. The Whisperlite has a healthy roar to its sound. The Pocket Stove’s solid fuel is more like a dancing flame than the Whisperlite’s burner. The Whisperlite’s bendable windscreen is a great benefit. Not only does it help reduce wind hitting the flame, but it reflects the heat back toward the burner and up the sides of the pot for greater efficiency. The Pocket Stove has no such screen, making it more susceptible to wind. There was another problem, however. The Pocket Stove’s flame is very low to the surface level. Needless to say, it caught the picnic table on fire in the process.  Sorry "Baxter State Park" officials! But soon we had reached full boil… well, the MSR did.  Your can see here the MSR was at a full, roiling boil. It took 4.5 minutes—fast! You can also see here where the Pocket Stove’s lack of windscreen left the flame blowing out the side resulting in poorer efficiency. Mind you, this was by no means a windy day. The air was quite still. Conditions were ideal.  That said, Esbit claims it takes 8 minutes to reach boil, which is still fast, so we kept it going. Except, the fuel cube burned out at 7.5 minutes, despite Esbit’s claim that each cube will burn for 12 minutes. I stuck my finger thermometer in the water and it read slightly warmer than lukewarm. I attributed the failure to burn to the flame blowing out the side rather than sitting fully under the pot. I moved the stove to the ground to save the picnic table, lit another cube, and surrounded it with the Whisperlite’s windscreen. That still didn’t seem to help.  The second cube eventually burned out and after 13 minutes and 20 seconds sitting over the Pocket Stove’s, flame the water was finally hot enough for tea, but still not boiling. Sadly, this little stove failed to live up to the claims. The only purpose I can recommend it for… is… well I guess I can’t recommend it for any purpose. I took the remaining fuel cubes and tossed them into the campfire to watch them burn. The foldable stove I threw in the trash. I guess you could use the fuel cubes for emergency fire starters, then the unit goes from being a cheap stove to becoming an expensive set of fire starters. You can do better than that. Esbit could do better, too. Don’t buy the "Esbit Pocket Stove" . Save your money and splurge on an MSR, Jetboil , or similar quality camping stove. You won’t be disappointed. Derrick Grant is the founder of Prepper Press , a publisher of post-apocalyptic fiction and survival nonfiction. Follow his Facebook writer page for all things apocalyptic. All Photos Courtesy of: Derrick Grant Interested in writing for us? Send a sample of your work and an introductory statement to [email protected] If you’re a good fit, we’ll publish your work and compensate you accordingly. 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The T-Rex Arms Raptor: The Best AIWB Holster You Will Ever Find?

The T-Rex Arms Raptor: The Best AIWB Holster You Will Ever Find?

Post by D.S. When I turned 21 I wanted one thing… a handgun. I didn’t want to go out and drink, but I did find out I love margaritas. No, what I wanted was a S&W M&P 2.0 compact and my Concealed Handgun License. My amazing wife got me both! When I got my license to carry, I needed a quality holster. We went to a local gun store and found one, but I couldn’t tell you what brand or where it is now. It was forgettable. Looking for a quality option, I began my search. After using some Google fu, I came across a company called T.Rex Arms out of Tennessee. I browsed their products and found their Raptor and Sidecar series of holsters. Both products were well received by the reviews I saw, and the difference was the Sidecar carried an extra mag, while the Raptor was a stand-alone AIWB holster. Not knowing if I would like it or not, or if I would want to carry an extra mag… I went with the less expensive raptor. I haven’t looked back since! The Claw What makes this holster so good, is the claw feature they put on their holster. The claw is a very rigid piece of plastic, or polymer, that pushes the grip side of your handgun back into your body. Everyone can conceal a 5 inch barrel down their pants (the lady’s love that, amirite?), but it’s hard to conceal the grip of your handgun as that is what protrudes out and causes you to print. Ladies… Ahem. It’s not the length of the barrel that’s difficult to conceal, but the grip that causes most of our printing woes. For those that don’t know, “printing” is when the outline of your gun is showing through your shirt, in which case your concealed gun isn’t very concealed. From my experience of carrying very regularly, the claw does an amazing job of preventing me from pulling a Gutenberg. One you first start carrying, you get paranoid of if, how, and when you print… and I got over that very fast as this holster gave me confidence to know I was well concealed. Even my wife at times who visually watches me get dressed and put my holster in my pants, will forget I have it and have no clue it’s there, even when she looks for it. How Comfortable Is This Holster? On top of concealing my handgun very well, this is a very comfortable holster. During the winter when I have a sweatshirt on top of a T-shirt and carry in between those layers, I don’t know my handgun is there. The only reason I say that is because my handgun has VERY aggressive texturing and during the summer when it’s gun on skin concealing, I notice the grip of my handgun but not the holster. Walking around is very comfortable as the holster stays in place and doesn’t move very much if at all. They have a quick clip attachment system that is very tight and it does a phenomenal job of holding it in place. You just slide it down your pants and the clip over your belt, it grabs your belt and won’t come off until you pull the clip back to release the belt. This raptor holster will not come out while you are drawing your handgun whatsoever. However while it won’t move on its own, the system will let you slide it around until you find the perfect spot to hide your gun in your pants. Going about day to day activities such as walking around, standing up, sitting down to eat, or to drive is a breeze. Sometimes, when I go to sit down and forget my holster is there, I get a gun in my stomach or a barrel smashing something. This is easily remedied by adjusting your pants when you stand or sit so that doesn’t happen. Even while sitting it’s a very comfortable holster after a quick adjustment. While sitting, even when it’s sitting on my stomach instead of my waist, it’s still concealed. I don’t think there is a holster in the world that will let you sit down and stand up without needing some minor adjusting to have it go with your body. Just make sure you put your shoes on before you put your holster on. You will thank me later. Make your holster, YOUR HOLSTER! On top of making a top quality product, T.Rex Arms makes the holster EXTREMELY customizable. When you go to order your holster, you have the option to customize everything. You can choose the color of your holster left-handed or right-handed holster, whether or not you want a shirt guard, which means the holster goes higher on the slide to protect your shirt a little. You can even add a specific light for your handgun. For instance, I carry the M&P 2.0 compact with an Inforce APLC light. So they specifically made my holster for that gun and light combo. You can have a Glock 19 with a left-handed setup in a pink holster and a Surefire light and they will make it for you. They also have options for threaded barrels and optic cuts. So this holster system can accommodate ANY gun, light ,optic combo you need. A small sample of some configurations and colors. That Kryptec Typhoon on black would be SWISH SWISH with my Maxpedition Liger gunbelt. – Lothaen Personal Testimony I have used this holster for a year and a half roughly, and I’m not going to change a thing. This company takes care of you and gives you a top quality product. Recently I decided to switch my magazine release from the left side of my gun to the right because my magazine was being released due to the button hitting my belt loop one day. I did not like that so after switching it to the right side, I noticed that the mag release cutout in the holster was only on the left side of the gun, not the right. So when I fully seated my handgun in the holster it would also eject the magazine immediately. After emailing them about that, it is being taken care of. Having a company that stands behind their product and cares about their customers has me going back for all of my holster needs from now on. They make all sorts of holsters and products and are worth checking out. https://www.trex-arms.com Another thanks to D.S. who brings us some more great content. Disclaimer: TNR does not have a financial relationship with Trex Arms, and this review was individually funded and reviewed by D.S. Next Week : First Aid. Fake Blood. Training. Trauma kits. Stop the bleed. Sooooon. Lothaen Out! Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

The 4 Best Bore Snakes for Every Caliber – Reviews 2020 Photo by Robert Soar / CC BY The invention of the bore snake changed how firearms are cleaned. It made cleaning firearms easier, quicker, and left bores shiny and nice. Bore snakes are a must for the range bag, and several companies are producing a wide variety of different models of bore snake. Good bore snakes need to be reusable and solvent resistant. They also need to last for more than a couple of pull through. If they start falling apart after only a few uses they obviously suck. Below we’ve compiled what we consider the 4 best bore snakes on the market. Check them out. Ultimate Gun Bore Cleaner Ultimate Rifle Build Ultimate Bore Cleaner Rifle or Pistol for 9mm .357 .380 .38 Cal Price: $12.99 Price as of 08/14/2020 08:45 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. Affordable and effective rarely go together in the gun world. Typically affordable is another word for cheap and cheap is another word for crap. Luckily, that is not always true. The Ultimate bore cleaner is a piece of kit that is welcome in any range bag. It’s a flexible bore cleaning device that is designed to clean the bores of pistols and rifles. It’s long enough for most standard rifle barrels and fits a wide variety of different calibers. It’s big enough to work in the standard 9mm, .38 Special, .357 magnum, and .380 ACP handgun calibers, and it has a .22 option too. It’s also small enough to work in 30 caliber rifles, like the 30-06, the 7.62x39, the 308, and even more. Below thirty caliber it is just a bit too large (unless you get the .22 option), and above .35 caliber it’s too small. The Ultimate gun bore cleaner is an extremely well made piece of gear. It is can be reused over and over and over. When it’s too filthy to even look at you can toss it into a washing machine. The Ultimate "Gun Bore Cleaner" is also solvent safe and will not deteriorate when you apply bore cleaner to it. The end of the line has a brass weight to make sure the end makes it through the barrel. Simply grip, rip and you are good to go. This is one of the best bore snakes around. Sage and Braker Bore snake Sage and Braker Mercantile Gun Cleaning Kits, .22 cal, .223 cal, 5.56mm Price: Price as of 08/14/2020 08:45 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. Sage and Braker is a company that produces extremely high quality gun cleaning gear. Their gear is well-made, easy to use, and made for high-end firearms. The Sage and Braker bore snake is quite unique. Using the Sage and Braker bore snake you have the ability to reduce messes and clean more efficiently. You eliminate the need for disposable patches and at the same time get a clean and shiny bore. It also comes in a wider variety of caliber fittings so chances are, you will find a diameter that will fit your gun, no matter how exotic it is. The Sage and Braker bore snake is outfitted with an attachment end for the an optional bore brush. Traditionally bore brushes are used with long, thin rods. Traditionally, carrying these rods around is an inconvenience, but it is a very capable method of cleaning a bore. The Sage and Barker bore snake combines the convenience of a bore snake with the efficiency of a brass bore brush. You simply attach this bore brush to the end of the bore snake, and pull it all through the bore of your favorite weapon. The Sage and Braker bore snake is outfitted with a brass weight to help pull the bore snake through the bore. It is also machine washable and reusable. It is extremely tough, and made to give years of service, and thousands of happy reviews attest to its quality. Sage & Braker's Bore Cleaning Kit Power Method Watch this video on YouTube

Browning 1919A4 Machineguns rebuilt in Semiautomatic: Lone Wolf Quality

Original Browning 1919A4 Machinegun rebuilt to Semiautomatic configuration. Built on original US GI parts that were modified by Israeli Military industries to operate in .308 caliber. All guns are hand disassembled, inspected, reworked and refinished. All have been test fired and proven reliable. B uilt by John McGuire master gunsmith for Lone Wolf R&D LLC. John is the best in the 1919 business and his reputation speaks for itself. M arked to resemble original US GI engraving . Assembled using KMP side plate, trigger & sear. M eet s military specifications. Includes 100 ammo links. Average shipping is ~$100.00, UPS surcharges may apply.. All 1919A4’s are 50 state legal. Must ship to FFL. kkGet your very own 1919 HERE Your Price: $2,499.95

Editors Pick: The Best .22 Rifle Book

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