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SIG P365: Small Package, Big Performance

SIG P365: Small Package, Big Performance/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f3787262f9cb_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f3787262f9cb_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } For everyday carry, SIG Sauer's micro nine P365 is a small miracle. How compact is the SIG P365: 3.1-inch barrel 5.8-inch length 1-inch width 17.4 ounces 10+1 capacity Just to be clear, I believe you are responsible for your own safety. I also believe in an individual’s right to own firearms. It’s damn hard to believe in the first, and not the second. As the famous quote goes, “They say God made man, but Sam Colt made them equal.” If you’re going to be equal, you gotta have a gun and you gotta have it with you. Sig Sauer just made the having it with you part easier with their P365. Though I suggest you carry with religious-like commitment, I’m not a tactard practitioner who subscribes to the carrying of spare ammo, pepper spray, an impact weapon, a switchblade, and the wearing of body armor every were you go. There’s no denying those things can make you safer, there’s also no denying that if you carry all those things, all the time, you’re probably not going to do much going. You don’t have to be a covert operative to live a safe, normal life. Raise Your Sig Sauer IQ I consider a defensive firearm a tool you should always have with you, but I also recognize the real-world reality of carrying that tool. It’s an exercise in finding a comfortable balance between size, capacity and power. As an analogy, you carry a lug wrench and compact jack in your car. You don’t carry an air-driven impact wrench and a hydraulic floor jack. If you’re going to use a gun to save your life, the first rule is simple: have it with you. The second rule is it must work — every time — all the time. The third rule dictates you must be able to run it proficiently. Spare ammunition, speed reloads, the lethality of your ammunition, ancillary weapons and tactics are way down the list of what matters. Ease of carry, reliability and proficiency are the primary considerations. Related GunDigest Articles Video: Mastering Follow Through For Faster Pistol Shooting Video: Properly Using A Defensive AR-15 From Cover Video: Revolution 9, Suppressor Adaptability Squared Redrawing The Lines 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! This new P365, ultra-compact, polymer-framed, striker-fired, semi-automatic pistol from Sig Sauer is intended to be a handgun you carry every day, trust all the time and run with ease. The pistol is devoid of complication — it has four controls: trigger, magazine release, slide-lock and takedown lever. It’s only an inch wide, 5.8 inches long and, unloaded, it weighs 17.4 ounces. Add a full 10-round magazine and its ready to go to town at 23.9 ounces. The P365 comes standard with Sig XRAY3 day/night sights and an under-barrel accessory rail. It’s shipped with two 10-round magazines; one has a flat baseplate and the other is fitted with a slight extension to increase grip size. An optional 12-round extended magazine brings the payload to 13. With front and rear serrations on the slide, it’s easy to grasp for manipulation, and the gun was surprisingly easy to cycle — my 10-year old daughter could do it. Don’t overlook the importance of manipulation ease: Many shooters don’t have the hand strength to rack the slides on a lot of micro 9mm pistols. What I’d call semi-aggressive stippling on the sides, front and rear of the grip help keep the little gun in hand. You should have no trouble maintaining a purchase during athletic activity or while dumping a full magazine in a hurry. Additionally, the magazine release — which can be switched from side to side — can be depressed without altering the grip, and the magazines are drop-free. For those who like to use a slide lock as a slide release, I could easily reach and depress it with the thumb of my shooting hand. Finally, the P365 has a Nitron finish on the slide to help fight corrosion, and a 3.1-inch barrel to help deliver all the velocity possible from a micro-pistol. The P365 is also rated for +P ammunition. I found the trigger to be very impressive. Its surface is smooth, has a positive tactile and audible reset and it broke slickly at about 5 pounds. Of course the best way to evaluate a handgun designed for constant carry is to look at it from the standpoint of what matters, and that’s carry comfort, reliability and the proficiency with which it can be operated. Concealability To get an idea of how compatible the P365 was with everyday carry, I carried it every day for 30 days. I carried it in a Galco Stow-N-Go IWB holster, a Versacarry IWB holster, tucked in my back pocket, crammed in a coat pocket and Mexican style — shoved in my waistband. I’ll not say it’s the easiest to carry handgun I’ve ever handled, but I will say it is the easiest to carry 10-shot 9mm I’ve yet to come across.

Stoeger Takes On Striker-Fired Pistol Market With STR-9

Stoeger Takes On Striker-Fired Pistol Market With STR-9

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d173b7e0_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d173b7e0_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Stoeger shocked SHOT with the release of the 9mm STR-9. Does the pistol have what it takes to survive the demanding striker-fired market? How the STR-9 measures up against other striker-fired pistols: Extremely affordable with $329 MSRP. Aggressive cocking serrations running the better part of the slide. Ergonomic grip with finger grooves and assertive texturing. Ample barrel length (4.17 inches) to make it a manageable shooter. At 24 ounces unloaded, shouldn't be an overburdening carry pistol. The fact a new striker-fired, polymer-framed pistol hit the market isn’t a surprise. It’s who’s churning out the latest addition to the swollen and ever-growing corner of the handgun world. Stoeger. Yes, you heard right, the company with those easy-on-the pocketbook shotguns. Is the Stoeger STR-9 the affordable striker-fired pistol the market has been waiting for? There was no lack of clucking at the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas over the surprise move by the Beretta subsidiary. More than anything, simply because the STR-9 came so abruptly out of right field. Who would have expected a company that’s earned its daily bread arming waterfowlers and wingshooters to go 9mm, striker-fired and polymer-framed? On the other hand, at this point, if Daisy added the style of handgun next to its Red Ryder it most likely wouldn’t drop many jaws. So, given the utter profusion of polymer guns on the market today, has Stoeger made a wise move with the STR-9? Or is it simply another face in a vast crowd? Given a few assets — including an incredible price — the smoothbore specialists seem to have a pistol that should hold its own in the STR-9. STR-9 Basics If the emanate catcher and baseball manager Yogi Berra wrote a gun column, he might quip the STR-9 is “déjà vu all over again.” Certainly, most modern pistols for nearly 40 years now are, almost all echoes of a certain Austrian gunmaker’s creations. But the STR-9 seems an echo of an echo. While not a dead ringer for Beretta’s striker-fired APX by any means, the Stoeger 9mm brings it to mind. Related GunDigest Articles SHOT Show 2019: Mossberg Back In The Pistol Game With MC1sc Gun Review: The Mighty Kimber Micro 9 SHOT Show 2019: CZ Expands The P-10 Series 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! The semblance is particularly pronounced on the STR-9’s aggressive cocking serration running the majority of the slide. The geometry is different, but the amplitude is similar. Along with that, the STR-9 boasts a similar grip rake, texturing and ergonomics. When it comes to the pistol’s handle the finger grooves, texture and checkering on the backstrap all seem to mimic the APX. Though, the checkering on the STR-9 isn’t as refined as the Beretta, teetering on almost too assertive. Of course, an interchangeable back-strap system is also part of the mix on both. But that’s standard fare for most polymer-framed pistols nowadays. Not exactly the same as the Beretta APX cocking serrations, but similar in aggressiveness and amplitude. On the other side of the coin, the Stoeger pistol has a more Glock-like takedown system, a full curved trigger, shorter barrel (4.17 inches) and is slightly lighter (24 ounces). The STR-9 is also a couple rounds shy of the APX, with a 15+1 capacity. It also doesn’t boast a striker deactivator like the Beretta, nor is it modular. Other notables, the STR-9 is outfitted with steel three-dot sights, reversible magazine release and an ample accessory rail. STR-9 Affordability Aside from what, on the surface, appears a fairly solid package, the STR-9 got the rabble roused with its price tag. An opening MSRP of $329, the 9mm is among the most affordable in its class. That probably translates to right around $300 on a store’s shelf. Pretty dang wild. Though there are some caveats, chiefly the starting price gets you a very stripped-down package — 1 magazine and one backstrap (medium). To obtain what many would consider a complete setup — 3 magazines and 3 backstraps (small, medium and large) – the MSRP jumps to $389. Tritium night sights kick the MSRP up to $449. Still, it’s difficult to complain — it’s still less than nearly anything comparable.

Best SKS Scope Mounts Detailed 2020 Buyers Guide

Best SKS Scope Mounts  Detailed 2020 Buyers Guide

The SKS is a fairly renowned and loved rifle and its origins date back to 1943. The SKS has been through many wars and conflicts and is still used today. The rifle is quite popular among huntsmen and precision shooters because of its exceptional reliability and inexpensive ammo . Here, we’ll be talking about the scope mounts suitable for an SKS. With so much tech on the market, even an old school rifle like the SKS can be made exceptionally accurate. We’ll take a look at the qualities of a good SKS scope mount and the advantages of upgrading it. We will also review some of the best SKS scope mounts on the market to help you with your buying decision. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for SKS Scope Mounts OUR TOP PICK: UTG Pro SKS Receiver Cover Mount Crazy Ivan Quick-On SKS Scope Mount With Low Profile Picatinny Rail BEST BUDGET OPTION: Barska SKS Mount With Integrated Rail Comparison of the Best SKS Scope Mounts IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick UTG Pro SKS "Receiver Cover Mount" 22-slot, full-length Picatinny rail for large mounting space Precision-coated, high-strength steel base with rigid shoulder stop Integrated shell deflector and ventilated design View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews "Crazy Ivan Quick" -On SKS "Scope Mount With" Low "Profile Picatinny Rail" Comes in long-rail and short-rail variants Allows quick installation and removal of optics Optional plates allow the use of holes from previously installed scope mounts "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Best Budget Option Barska SKS "Mount With Integrated" Rail Installs by replacing the rear receiver cover for maximum stability High enough to use rear-mounted peep sights Extremely affordable option for a low-budget purchase View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Top Qualities in an SKS Scope Mount An SKS scope mount, like any other weapon, must inevitably have some specific qualities to perform efficiently. For the sake of simplicity, let's outline and discuss these factors one by one. Weight and Length The SKS fires 7.62X.39mm rounds which makes it suitable for hunting small and big game. This conclusively means that rifle is very often to be carried for long distances during hunting trips. Hence you must look out for mounts which are lightweight, reduce fatigue, and also improve accuracy. Additionally, the loading mechanism of the SKS demands a scope mount that should not meddle with the bolt and ejector port. Durability and Alignment Since the SKS shoots a heavy caliber and is widely used for hunting, the scope mount must be durable enough to withstand recoil and jerks. Furthermore, a scope mount should stay properly aligned with your rifle at all times. It helps in easily sighting in the rifle and zeroing in the scope, thus improving the accuracy of the rifle. Design Most scope mounts feature a Picatinny or weaver type design, which is the standard these days. Weaver style mounts offer a low profile design, whereas the Picatinny type mounts are more versatile for attachments. Barska SKS Mount With Integrated Picatinny Rail Apart from that, many SKS scope mounts feature a see-through design that allows the shooter to use iron sights without removing the scope. Fitting Another important factor to consider is the fitting of the scope with your rifle . A good scope mount must fit snug with your SKS so you must not falter while taking shots. Are All SKS Scope Mounts the Same? Based upon the top qualities of an SKS scope mount mentioned above. It’s clear that not all scope mounts are the same. Scope mounts differ in several aspects which include: Ease of Installation Some scope mounts might require taping and drilling of the receiver, whereas some can simply be mounted using side screws. The ease of an installation is a primary difference among different types of scopes. A good scope must not require any modifications to your SKS for installation or operation. However, modifications sometimes become necessary, such as when using ATI/TAPCO scopes. Mounting Options and Ease of Use SKS scope mounts offer weaver or picatinny rails to help attach scopes easily. The mounts featuring these rails offer versatility to attach more accessories to the rifle. Additionally, the scope mount must not be so long that it blocks the ejection port, which is also the loading point in an SKS. Crazy Ivan Quick-On SKS Scope Mount With Low Profile Picatinny Rail Other options such as side mount also help in attaching more accessories to the rifle. Note: You must ensure that the dimensions of the scope mount you are buying will be compatible with your SKS model. For example, the Chinese ‘Type 56’ model of the SKS requires a specific type of scope mount due to its rare and uncommon structure. Shown from top to bottom: Russian CK45g, Chinese Type 56 and Romanian M56 carbines (Source) Advantages of Upgrading Your SKS Scope Mount Upgrading the scope mount of your SKS opens a new area of customization options. If your SKS does not have a scope, getting a scope mount is necessary to gain precision and improve the efficiency of your rifle. The SKS OEM scope mount is a PU type one-sided scope mount, like the ones originally used with the Mosin Nagant during WWII. Use of Accessories Upgrading the scope mount assures that you can add more accessories to the SKS. Options such as rails and side mount allow you to add accessories like lasers and flashlights to the scope. SKS Picatinny Rail Accessories (Source) Safety Another reasonable factor for adding the scope mount is the added safety. Some SKS scope mounts feature a deflector which prevents the spent off cartridges from hitting your face while shooting. It is a problem especially faced by left-handed shooters and the SKS. SKS Deflector (Source) Stability Adding a good scope mount to your SKS provides you with a sturdy platform for your scope. AD mounts allow you to install or remove the scope quickly for cleaning, or under rough conditions. A scope mount lets you adjust the height and the eye relief of your scope so you can get to a proper and comfortable position for shooting. Accuracy Good SKS scope mounts help with instant and accurate zeroing-in of your scope. Models that have a see-through design help you in using iron sights while the scope is mounted. This feature also comes in handy if your scope breaks or your batteries dry out. UTG Pro SKS Receiver Cover Mount Quick Take - The Best SKS Scope Mounts These are our recommendations for the best scope mounts for the SKS: UTG Pro SKS Receiver Cover Mount Crazy Ivan Quick-On SKS Scope Mount with Low Profile Picatinny Rail Barska SKS Mount With Integrated Rail Reviews of the Best SKS Scope Mounts As already mentioned, about what makes a scope mount unique and reliable, different scope mounts differ in qualities and capabilities and have their own unique features. We have outlined and reviewed the five best SKS scope mounts on the market. The list is quite versatile, and every type of shooter will find an apt match. So let's begin reviewing the mounts: Best Overall SKS Scope Mount: UTG Pro SKS Receiver Cover Mount CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Single piece design Durable and easy-to-install Full length 22 slot picatinny rail Precise alignment and great zero holding Cons Restrictive with stripper clips Doesn’t Fit the Chinese SKS What Recent Buyers Report A lot of recent buyers were impressed with the durability of the cover-mount. It also allowed them to add on a good-sized scope like those with large objectives (40mm or above). They were also impressed with how quick the installation took. One user said it took him nearly five minutes to install it on his SKS rifle with the right kind of tools. Why it Stands Out to Us This covers a good part of your SKS rifle. It’s not some short flat mount or a set of rings. You can use this rail for mounting a scope and probably some other relevant accessories that will make your SKS performance a whole lot better. Since it’s made from high-quality aluminum, it is guaranteed to last you a long time while it sustains all kinds of shock through numerous rounds of gunfire. If you want something that will be durable and will protect your scope’s zero settings you may find that this cover-mount just might be the go-to option for you. The UTG pro is a drop-in receiver cover type scope mount which fits snug and provides a tight fit with your SKS. The mount has a shell deflector design which protects the shooter and the scope from spent cartridges. The UTG pro has been cast and precision machined from stainless steel and features a hard coat anodized coating making it resistant to wear and tear. This model delivers plenty of eye relief. The 22 slot Picatinny rail allows you to install long scopes as well as other accessories. This model has a see-through design and weighs only 12.2 oz. It offers simple installation with repeatable 4-point rock solid locking onto the receiver. Who Will Use This Most This will be a great scope mount for those who want something for bigger scopes. It’s long enough and will provide a good amount of ample room for scopes with large objectives. If you don’t mind seeing a lot more in your field of view, this mount will certainly accommodate a scope that has the ability to give you more real estate. And if you have more room to use, you can use it for other accessories as well. Bottom Line The UTG Pro SKS Receiver Cover Mount is perhaps the best possible option for those who want a top-quality scope mount that can handle the heavy-duty firing of an SKS rifle. It’s got the durability and just enough space to handle all kinds of scopes (even the large objectives). You’d be hard-pressed to find any kind of scope mount like this elsewhere on the market. If you love your scope, take the best care of it with a scope mount like this one. The UTG pro scope mount has a long 22 slot Picatinny rail which allows you to use additions such as a flashlight and thermal cameras. The mount is sturdy and the shell deflector is a nice feature. Mounting it is easy, and it fits snug. The stainless steel machined base provides shockproof stability. Overall, this is a good scope mount to buy. Runner-up: Crazy Ivan Quick-On SKS Scope Mount with Low Profile Picatinny Rail CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Fits snug Solid and excellent quality Short version works with stripper clips Lightweight aluminum alloy construction Cons May require gunsmithing No see-through capability "What Recent Buyers" Report A lot of new users were quite happy with the design overall. It wraps around a good part of your rifle without getting loose. And it handled all kinds of scopes without any reliability issues or looseness to speak of. The installation of both the mount and most rifle scopes took upwards of 10 to 15 minutes (sometimes less for others). One user said the mount did a pretty good job holding the scope in place through hundreds of rounds. And the zero settings stayed intact without any need to reset them, he added. Why it Stands Out to Us This is a Picatinny rail mount that will give you a low profile look for your rifle. It will make giving away your position in a hunting situation less of an issue. So if you want a scope mount that will keep low and still give you a good amount of space for the scope itself, this might be exactly what you are looking for. The design is simple and makes installation a breeze. On top of that, it’s tough enough to handle so many episodes of shock and recoil to a point where resetting your zero is just a thing of the past. These scope mounts have been machined from aluminum and feature a low profile design with picatinny rail top. The mount attaches to the rifle using a side plate. The mount is available in short and long rail variants. It also allows the shooter to use stripper clips for loading, whereas the longer version acts as a deflector on the ejection port. The hardcoat anodized design makes it resistant to harsh weather conditions. The optics can be quickly attached and detached, meanwhile retaining their original zero position. The scope mount delivers a sturdy platform for mounting scopes and shooting accurately. Who Will "Use This Most" This scope mount is for those who want something that will keep a scope low profile rather than raised. On top of that, it will allow for a straightforward alignment that will ensure that each shot you fire will land exactly where you want it to go. Simply put, this mount is no disappointment. It will give you a bit of “stealth” ability without alerting your targets at all. This mount is the one that hunters want so they won’t waste time with re-zeroing almost constantly. Bottom Line The Crazy Ivan SKS Scope Mount is indeed crazy, as in crazy durable and reliable. It can hold scopes together and protect it from so much shock and recoil that you’ll swear that your scope is nearly indestructible. With a quick install and a low-profile feature that keeps you on the down low, your game targets might not know what hit them. Keep your shots straight, accurate, and precise with a mount like this and you’ll be quite happy with your shooting accomplishments. The crazy Ivan scope mount uses side plates with screws for installation on the receiver. The long and short versions are suitable for respective feature loving shooters. The mount requires gunsmithing for installation, which might be a con depending upon your skills. The scope mount is lightweight and is good for hunting and long-range shooting. Best SKS Scope Mount for the Money: Barska SKS Mount With Integrated Rail CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Inexpensive One year limited warranty Lightweight and compact Additional accessories can be mounted Cons No deflector It requires fitting What Recent Buyers Report New users had a lot of good things to say about this mount. Aside from it being really good for scopes, some of them had been able to use it for some customization abilities such as installing flashlights and lasers. But regardless, the rail proved itself without a doubt that it could handle multiple duties other than holding a scope together. One user said that the installation was easy and took less than 10 minutes to add on the rifle. Why it Stands Out to Us This mount is perfect for those who like to go all out when it comes to customization. If you don’t think a scope is enough to make your SKS rifle stand out, then you’re probably going to need this mount. It’s a tough as nails accessory that will work to protect your scope from shock and recoil and will keep the settings intact the way you want. Plus, with rock-solid support, you will be able to shoot with accuracy and precision. So, if you are hunting or shooting targets at the range, this just might be the best mount you can depend on. The Barska scope mount can be attached to the SKS by removing the rear receiver cover and replacing it. The top features a Picatinny/weaver rail that allows quick and easy mounting of the scope. Other accessories like flashlights and lasers can easily be attached too. The mount is only three and a half inches long and weighs a few ounces. The lifted design of the mount allows you to use iron sights without removing it. The Barska scope mount is quite inexpensive and delivers plenty of eye relief for the shooter. Who Will Use This Most This mount will be a great choice for those who plan on customizing their rifles. If you think you need more than just a simple SKS scope, then you need a mount that will give you more room and more customization abilities than you know what to do with. Plus, the quality and construction are pretty dang solid so you can expect this to last you a good while. If you want to spend money on a mount that is built to last you many years, you’d be crazy to pass up the opportunity to do so. Bottom Line The Barska SKS Mount with Integrated Rail makes customization a reality for most SKS users. If you want to include a laser, a flashlight, or any accessory along with a scope then you may want to give this mount a try. As solid as it might be quality-wise, it might just stick with you for a long time and keep your scope setting the same shot after shot. The Barska SKS mount is a compact and lightweight scope mount for your SKS rifle. The mount is pretty inexpensive, and the one-year limited warranty from the manufacturer covers you from any damage. The mount requires gunsmithing to be installed, and you must hand it over to an experienced gunsmith since some finishing might be required. 4. S&K Insta Mount Scope Bases CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Rugged and strong Holds zero perfectly Doesn’t ask for alterations Easy-to-install and remove Cons Might Require Fitting Absence of deflector might cause damage to the scope What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new users were happy with the unique design this scope base had. That’s because it allows for the bolt to operate with no obstruction. And of course, it worked really well with most SKS rifles as it was able to support so many scopes and protected zero settings from getting thrown off course. The fitting was nice and tight for most users and they were able to keep it secure through as many as 1000 rounds. One user said that his scope never got that much support from a mount until purchasing this. Why it Stands Out to Us This mount’s design addresses an issue that had long plagued rifle owners. Some scope mounts were causing more grief for bolt action users and obstruction had become the norm for them. But this design, in particular, makes sure that your bolt action rifles (and other rifles for that matter) accommodate your rifle without causing any obstruction to your rifle’s bolt or any part of the upper receiver. This puppy is rugged as nails and will hold your zero settings for a really long time. No shock or recoil will not mess with your scope with a mount like this. The S&K scope mount is a flat weaver style mount which can be bolted down to the receiver. The mount is easy to install and you probably won’t need a gunsmith to get it installed. The mount has a low profile, meaning your scope will sit close to your rifle. The scope has a simple design and is strong enough to withstand recoils and jerks. The easy to detach design allows you to install the original sights whenever you desire. Who Will Use This Most This scope mount would be the perfect fit for SKS rifles that want something that is easy to install and is solid in construction. It will take a couple of minutes max to install this bad boy and then top it off with your favorite scope. Don’t be surprised if this winds up being your scope mount for a long time. The better the quality, the longer it will last. Bottom Line The SKS "Insta Mount Scope" Base will definitely be one of the best options available for those looking for a solid scope mount that can handle so many SKS scopes. If you hate having to reset your zero settings constantly and need something to protect it from the waves of shock and recoil, this is the mount that can handle it all. The S&K insta scope mount is quick and easy-to-install. The simplistic design offers very limited capabilities, but the durability and ruggedness of the mount make it perfect for hunting and long range shooting. The absence of a deflector, however, makes the scope and shooter susceptible to damage. The scope mount is decently priced and won't hurt your pocket. 5. Choate SKS Scope Mount CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Holds zero Sturdy and durable Allows easy cleaning of the rifle Raised to allow use of iron sights Cons Finish has failed on some users Limited space May require gunsmithing What Recent Buyers Report As expected, a lot of new users were impressed with the scope mount’s holding ability. They said that their scopes were mounted nice and tight and didn’t move around too much with every shot. One user said that he zeroed in his scope easily and noticed that those settings stayed intact through 500 rounds. He also pointed out that the mount was easy to install and keep it secure without ever worrying about the possibility of falling off the rifle. Why it Stands Out to Us This scope mount can do some serious work when it comes to handling your scope of choice. Made from quality 4140 steel, you get a mount that is tough and impervious to shock and abuse. On top of it, it’s the scope mount that can handle all kinds of cleaning oils and solvents and the bad weather elements themselves. By now, you’ve probably figured it out. It’s indestructible (or dang near it). If you want a scope mount that might last you forever, this could be it. The Choate SKS scope mount features a durable stainless steel body and a flat top picatinny rail. The mount has a raised design so the shooter can use the scope as well as iron sights all at once. It is a one-sided mount and requires four 8-40 screws to install. The mount requires the receiver of your SKS to be taped and drilled which, eventually is a tedious and irreversible job. The mount is quite sturdy and fits perfectly well with the SKS, preventing any wobbling while using the scope and improving accuracy. Who Will Use This Most This will be an excellent scope mount for those who want something tough and simple to install. It will definitely fit most SKS rifle scopes, especially the ones that are considered large in size (40mm + objectives). If you want a scope mount that will fit your rifle without any issues and will stay reliable for many years to come, you’d be hard-pressed to find a scope mount that’s affordable and durable like this one. Bottom Line The Choate SKS Scope Mount is a steel mount that will preserve and protect your zero settings while being able to hold it together so you can shoot as many shots as you can with accuracy and stability. And best of all, it’s affordable for all kinds of budgets. So, you’re getting a steal of a deal for the price it’s going for. If you want high quality with a low-risk investment, this mount will certainly fit the bill. The Choate SKS scope mount is a solid piece of steel which has to be tapped and drilled into the receiver. The mount is sturdy and retails zero, but offers limited space. This mount is an overall good and durable choice, especially if you don’t want a fancy or flimsy one for your SKS. The price is really affordable as compared to its counterparts. The gunsmithing, however, might feel a bit emotional and tedious. But the outcome is surely perfect. Conclusion The SKS is the rifle preferred among hunters and marksmen. Using a scope mount greatly improves its accuracy and allows the user to install several other accessories. A good SKS mount must be durable, lightweight, easy-to-install, must retain zero, and should fit snug with the rifle. The type of scope you must use with your SKS greatly depends upon your individual preference and use.

CZ Micro Scorpion Review: Purpose, Ergonomics and Reliability

CZ Micro Scorpion Review: Purpose, Ergonomics and Reliability

Advertisment The CZ Scorpion was one of two weapons that helped kick off the pistol caliber carbine and SMG wannabe crowd. Since the Scorpion came to be we’ve seen an explosion of these guns from companies both big and small, as well as foreign and domestic. The CZ Scorpion has made its way into several different iterations, including different model pistols and rifles. The newest incarnation is the Micro Scorpion which is best described as a K model Scorpion. K is a designation typically applied to submachine guns starting with the MP5K model. It’s nothing written in stone, but it’s the semi-official designation for compact SMGs . The Micro Scorpion was originally a mod by fans of the Scorpion who’ve shortened their barrels and handguards to produce a more compact Scorpion. "The Micro Scorpion" is CZ’s brilliant answer to satisfy their fans. 2It took a long time to hit the market but now that it has it’s quickly become my favorite Scorpion model. I own both the original pistol, a PCC rifle variant, and now the CZ Micro Scorpion. In terms of operating systems and controls, they are all relatively identical. They just happen to be different sizes. Contents CZ Micro Scorpion (Evo 3 S1)  Review Checking Out the CZ Micro Scorpion Ergonomics Of The CZ Scorpion On the Range Purpose Of The CZ Micro Scorpion Parting Shots Checking Out the CZ Micro Scorpion The Micro Scorpion is a 9mm, semi-automatic pistol that is of course much larger than most 9mm pistols. It’s an SMG wannabe turned pistol for the American market. The gun comes with the awesome PDW brace designed by Manticore and SB Tactical. This PDW brace is perfect for this compact 9mm. The gun also comes with two 20 round magazines and a handy dandy Bore snake. The Micro Scorpion is a blowback-operated weapon which is very common for SMGs and pistol caliber carbines of all types. The brace is a single position design that extends with nothing more than a tug. There is a large button in the middle of the brace adapter that allows you to easily collapse the brace. The Micro Scorpion comes with the HB Industries short handguard complete with M-LOK rails. The short 4.12-inch barrel is capped with a NoOsprey Faux suppressor. The 1/2×28 inch threads allow the use of most common muzzle devices. Beneath the 1/2×28 thread is another set of threads is 18×1. The Micro Scorpion comes with a robust set of iron sights, as well as a full-length scope rail that can accommodate most optics . Also, to top it off a small handguard is installed to keep your hand from slipping off the small forend. The Micro Scorpion is 16.35 inches long with the brace collapsed and 23.35 inches long when the brace is extended. The gun is 9.4 inches high and weighs 5.5 pounds. Ergonomics Of The CZ Scorpion The CZ Scorpion is a very sound gun ergonomically. The layout is designed to be mostly ambidextrous. The safety and magazine release are completely ambidextrous, and both are easy to reach and activate. The magazine release is set-up to allow for easy activation in multiple configurations. You can execute a speed reload and utilize your trigger finger to drop the magazine free. Or, you grip the magazine and use your thumb to release it. The magazine release is perfect for executing both speeds reloads and reloads with retention. The safety has a relatively short movement and it clicks and snaps into place without issue. The downside is the fact the safety presses into your finger and causes some irritation and pain. It’s not a ton of fun, especially when you are shooting tons in a short period of time. There are plenty of aftermarket options out there that allow for a more comfortable experience. The charging handle can be reversed to work for both left and right-handed shooters. The charging handle is placed forward of the receiver and sits beside the barrel. It’s very quick and easy to reach and makes racking the weapon quick and simple. The charging handle can also be locked to the rear via a slot. The brace is small and very compact, but also comfortable wrapped around the forearm. The Velcro secures it well and allows for more support while firing the weapon one-handed. Braces can be used in any way you see fit and if you choose to use one against your shoulder, as a cheek rest, or bicep brace then you certainly can. It’s a poor shoulder brace, but luckily the weapon has very little recoil and the system works perfectly for the light and miniature Micro Scorpion. On the Range The CZ Micro Scorpion is a blast to shoot. The recoil isn’t bad, neither is any kind of muzzle rise or concussion. It’s incredibly reliable and that’s one of the big benefits of having a blowback-operated system. Blowback systems do require a big bolt that will increase felt recoil, but only minimally so. The gun runs through every type of ammo I’ve put through including bare-bones Remington brass cased ammo and all the way down to crappy steel-cased foreign made junk. The CZ Micro Scorpion is very comfortable outside of that damn safety digging into my finger. Besides that, it’s one of the easiest shooting guns on the market. The gun has an amazing set of iron sights and they are easily some of my favorites. These sights feature an AR-style front sight and a rear sight that features four different sized apertures. Unfortunately, it’s not an actual AR front sight post . If it was we could install a wide variety of aftermarket options including night sights. The front sight also requires a special tool to adjust and a standard AR front sight tool won’t do it. CZ missed a small mark here in my opinion. These different sized apertures correspond to different levels of precision the gun can do. The smaller the aperture the more precise the weapon can be. The larger the aperture the quicker it can be. With a gun this small I run it with the widest aperture open because speed is king with such a compact weapon. Speed-wise the gun is quick on target and swapping between targets is something you can do very quickly. The low recoil means it’s quick and easy to transition between multiple targets. Speaking of accuracy , you can go back to 75 yards and make easy hits onto a man-sized target. The gun extends well beyond what a typical 9mm pistol can do. The addition of a brace, substantially more weight, and the overall layout makes it a more accurate and easier to control weapon. On top of that, the barrel is cold hammer-forged and fixed into the frame. This increases accuracy as well. The Micro Scorpion’s ergonomics are top-notch and at the range, it’s hard not to notice how well the gun is planned out. Everything from racking a round into the chamber to locking the bolt to the rear is well executed and simple. One of the few downsides is the somewhat heavier and long trigger pull. It’s far from perfect and isn’t the best compared to guns like the MPX. However, it’s perfectly serviceable and doesn’t detract from accuracy. If this gun was designed for shooting at 500 yards it might be an issue, but it’s not so it isn’t. The magazines are transparent polymer and while the gun comes with 20 rounders 30 rounders are cheap and easy to find. These magazines function without issue and the semi-transparent design is great for peeking at how much ammo you have left. Purpose Of The CZ Micro Scorpion The CZ Micro Scorpion is a small and compact weapon that offers the low recoil design of a pistol cartridge with the handling characteristics of an SMG or larger weapon in general. They are more compact and lightweight than a long gun, but easier to handle than a handgun. The CZ Micro Scorpion would be an excellent home defense weapon and it’s even easy to suppress. The Scorpion is perfect for the range and is a ton of fun as well. It’s compact enough to be easily stored in a vehicle/ The fact that it’s a handgun also means it will likely fall under your concealed carry weapon license when it comes to rules regarding carrying it in a vehicle. They can be laxer than the laws regarding long guns. The Micro Scorpion is an excellent weapon for a variety of tasks. The CZ Micro Scorpion is one of the cheaper PCCs and the cheapest of these ultra-short SMG wannabes. Not only when it comes to the overall price, but the price of accessories, magazines, and parts. They are very affordable weapons in all ways. Parting Shots The CZ Micro Scorpion is a very cool and unique weapon. It has looks to kill and is so much to shoot. It’s easily one of my favorite guns, and likely my favorite gun released in 2019. The Charging Handle is reliable, accurate, and very ergonomic. The standard Scorpion and its rifle variants have been popular enough to inspire a rather larger aftermarket. This includes parts from companies like Magpul, as well as smaller companies like Yeti Wurks, HBI, and many more. You make your Micro Scorpion yours and deck it out the best way you see fit. If you are on the fence about the Micro Scorpion I give it a hearty recommendation for whatever that is worth to you. It’s an excellent weapon and a ton of fun at the range. Enter “FallFirearmApparel” as a discount code now and get 10% off anything in our store here – The GunBacker Shop

4 Handgun Carry Conditions: Best for Concealed Carry?

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s You know what no one tells you about boot camp? The way you are forced to memorize any number or Marine Corps facts. These facts are screamed at the top of your lungs repeatedly in the form of ditties. These are short phrases based on Marine Corps knowledge. These cover a variety of topics and you are required to scream them as loud as you can on command. The ditties teach recruits the General Orders, Rank structure, famous Marines, as well as the conditions of the M16 service rifles. These conditions are necessary in the military and even in the general gun world because language matters. Having a universal language among gun owners is important. M16A4 clone build , check it out! Let’s go through all of them so by the end you’ll be a pro as well. Table of Contents Loading... Different Guns Knowing what the different conditions of your firearm makes it simple for an RSO or an instructor to issue orders based on what condition your weapon should be in. However, the conditions of weapons can vary between weapons . It’s entirely rational that the M2 .50 caliber, belt-fed, heavy machine gun has different conditions than your Glock 19. Collection of Travis’s Pistols While the overall wording and conditions are different between weapons the general conditional requirements are typically the same. Since none of you guys are firing machine guns commonly we are going to be talking about concealed carry handguns. If you do commonly fire machine guns shoot me an email. Military recruiters need not apply, you guys already tricked me once. Ya’ Boy with an ACOG equipped M249, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 2009 Jeff Cooper, a Marine and famed firearms instructor, invented the weapon’s readiness conditions to help create a universal language among shooters. While it was built around the Colt 1911 but it has evolved into all weapons. Handgun Carry Conditions Condition 4 – Super Duper Safe Condition 4 isn’t a condition of carrying these days. A long time ago open carry was legal in California, statewide, but you had to have an unloaded weapon. These days that’s long gone and Condition 4 is an admin condition. California had/has some odd laws Condition 4 is valuable to know at the range or when training and listening to commands. If you are told to make your weapon Condition 4 you are essentially unloading and clearing the weapon. Glock, Condition 4 To make your weapon Condition 4, it has the magazine removed and the chamber cleared. With revolvers the cylinder completely clear. If the gun has a manual hammer it is forward and if the weapon has a manual safety that can be engaged, it is engaged. This is a universal safe way to store a firearm and if you are at the range, you may have to Condition 4 your weapon when you are not on the firing line. Condition 4: Magazine removed or cylinder empty Chamber cleared Hammer or striker down Manual safety engaged if possible Condition 3 – The Silly One If you carry in Condition 3, I’m probably going to make fun of you . Not really, I would suggest you get better firearms training and increase your confidence with a weapon. Condition 3 is also known as Israeli carry, although it actually has little to do with Israel. Arguably, what popularized “Israeli Carry” was actually Fairbairn and Sykes’ book “ Shooting To Live “, one of the first books dedicated to combat pistol shooting. Condition 3 only applies to semi-automatic weapons and is a state of carrying with an empty chamber but a loaded magazine in the weapon. For a rifle or shotgun, this is commonly called “patrol ready” also. I won’t advise carrying Condition 3 since it requires you to draw and then rack your weapon before firing. New gun owner attempting to ready their weapon while carrying in condition 3 during the Great Boogaflu of 2020, colorized Some people can admittedly do this very quickly, but the time dedicated to training this skill could be spent practicing drawing and firing without dancing around your gun. Carrying Condition 3 also means you’re counting on having both arms in the fight. God forbid you are carrying something, shielding your child, fighting an attacker off with one hand, so on and so forth. If you don’t have both hands you’re going to be slow to chamber and slow to fire. Try to rack a slide with only 1 arm… it’s not easy. Condition 3 is an ancient means to carry that dates back to Pre-WW2 time frames. Back then drop safeties weren’t a thing and if you carried an autoloader Condition 3 was a legitimate practice. In fact, it was one of the most popular ways for police and military to carry since it also arguably reduced the amount of training required. If you are a gun hipster and are carrying a period correct 1903 Colt then maybe you should carry Condition 3. Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless, still a cool looking gun! If you carry a modern weapon then dropping it won’t be a concern. If you are that scared of carrying a loaded gun then consider obtaining some firearms training and becoming more confident with your weapon. Condition 3: Chamber empty Hammer or striker forward Magazine loaded Condition 2 – The Weird One Condition 2 is one of the weirder ones. It applies to pistols and revolvers that have an exposed hammer. A Condition 2 weapon is a weapon with a magazine in place and a round in the chamber, but the hammer forward. With revolvers or DA/SA guns, this is the most common way to carry the gun. Condition 2 also applies to single action only weapons like 1911s and guns like the Single Action Army. However, it works a bit differently between the two weapons. Condition 2 1911 The SAA has no safety so you’d never pack it with the hammer peeled back, it would stay in condition 2. The 1911 does have a safety and it’s unlikely that you’d carry a 1911 with the hammer down and in condition 2. Locked and cocked makes a bit more sense with a 1911 than a SAA. With DA/SA guns and double-action revolvers with an exposed hammer Condition 2 is likely where your weapon sits. Striker fired guns typically won’t have a provision for Condition 2. condition 2 striker uncocked I say typically because guns like the P99 and it’s Canik and Magnum Research clones exist with a DA/SA striker-fired design. Best Modern CCW Walther Walther P99c 570 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 570 at Brownells Compare prices (2 found) Brownells (See Price) Palmetto State Armory (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing While it’s not considered a hammer it’s hard to argue that a decocked P99 with a round in the chamber isn’t at least in the spirit of Condition 2. As far as concealed carry condition go Condition 2 makes sense for some guns and is a bit nonsensical for others. Condition 2 even applies to some heavy machine guns, but that’s another article for another day. Condition 2: Chamber loaded Magazine loaded Hammer down Condition 1 – Locked, Cocked, and Ready to Rock Condition 1 is a weapon with a loaded magazine inserted, a round in the chamber, the hammer to the rear and the safety on. Condition 1 in many ways only applies to automatics. Condition 1 1911 There doesn’t seem to be a way to Condition 1 a revolver because there isn’t a safety. Okay, ya, there are guns like the Webley-Fosbery 1902 Revolver that has a manual safety. But a manual safety on a revolver is VERY rare. This example sold at Rock Island Auction for $17,200 Condition 1 as Jeff Cooper defined it wouldn’t apply to modern handguns like the Glock series, or most striker-fired polymer-framed guns because they lack a safety. Not only that but DA/SA guns that just feature a decocker can’t technically be in Condition 1 either by the strictest interpretation. In my many ways a Condition 1 Glock, DA/SA with Decocker only, or revolver would just be a round chambered with a full magazine or a cylinder loaded and your finger off the trigger. Condition 1 1911 and CZ-75b Condition 1 is typically where a gun sits when it’s ready to be fired and used defensively, but is also a safe way to carry the firearm. For DA/SA guns with a decocker only that’s with the hammer forward, and the same goes for revolvers. I don’t know of anyone who carried a revolver in single-action mode, or a DA/SA with the hammer back without a safety in place. With a DA/SA gun with a safety like the CZ-75 or Beretta 92FS you can carry in Condition 1 without issue. Beretta 92FS in condition 1 The 1911 is the perfect example of a weapon that can achieve a perfect Condition 1 existence. There are very few that fit this stern view of Condition 1 so Condition 1 and 2 are basically blended with modern handguns. Condition 1: Chamber loaded Magazine loaded Hammer back Safety on Condition 0 – Oh Crap Condition Zero is new and outside of Cooper’s conditions. Condition Zero is you are firing, or just before you fire. The safety is off and the gun is on target. Your finger is on the trigger. This is go time for lack of a better word. The safety being off is relative to the gun being fired. Condition 0 isn’t one you hear about often, but since its crept into the gun world I’d figure I’d mention it. Condition 0: Ready to fire Magazine loaded Chamber loaded Hammer back Safety off What Condition to Carry In? When you are carry concealed Condition 1 should be your go-to, or Condition 2 with a DA/SA safety free gun or revolver. The gun needs to be prepared to fire with little being done by the shooter. This allows you to draw, get on target and defend yourself with the most speed possible and with little thought or complicated actions. At the end of the day, our goal is to survive, to end the threat, and to live another day. With such a lofty goal, I prefer to carry in a condition that requires me to do as little as possible and is as quick as possible to put into action. What about you, how do you carry? What do you carry? Let us know in the comments! If you’re looking for concealed carry pistols, take a look at the Best Concealed Carry Guns !

Active Shooter!!!

What do I do?  How do I protect my family and loved ones?  What are the recommendations?  How do I get away?  What does Law Enforcement tell us to do in a mass shooting?  How do I not get shot if I act? Quick Navigation Mass Shooting Survival Guide 1.  GET OUT!!! 2.  HIDE OUT!!! 3.   TAKE ACTION!!! 4.  ACTIVE SHOOTER HAS BEEN STOPPED, NOW WHAT? "Mass Shooting Survival" Guide It seems that the term “Active Shooter” is now a common and unfortunate term in our society.  Madmen and terrorists have taken advantage of our open and trusting society, twisting our 2nd amendment rights for their perverted intent on causing murder and mayhem with mass shootings.  Where will this lead our society?  Now more than ever, law abiding citizens need to stay vigilant and be prepared to protect themselves and their families. The four things you must consider in an Active Shooter scenario: 1.  GET OUT!!! Keep your Situational Awareness (SA) and find an exit – Try not to draw attention to yourself.  Don’t move to an exit where the shooter is focused on.  Look for a window, door, primary and alternate, tertiary routes out.  If you are with someone you know, take charge!!!  Lead them away from the danger. Leave everything behind – purse, groceries, bags, etc – those items can be replaced When you exit – keep your hands clearly visible and up :  You do not want to be confused as a threat if Law Enforcement (LE) is already on scene *Note: If you are a conceal carry weapons permit holder, I feel you have a duty to your fellow man to engage an active shooter assailant.  A good example of this is the Trolley Square shooting .  Keep in mind, you will more than likely be facing a long gun with larger capacity magazines.  Depending on the situation, the element of surprise is more than likely on your side.  Adequate cover and well aimed shots are a must in this situation. 2.  HIDE OUT!!! Hide out of view – behind cover .  Cover is something that will stop a bullet, concealment is something that will hide you, but not necessarily stop a bullet.  A large oak tree is cover, leafy bushes are concealment.  Many people confuse these two, do your best to get behind good cover.  Unlike TV, a table, filing cabinet, chair, or bookshelf will more than likely not completely stop a bullet if at all. Block entry to your hiding place – barricade, lock, obstacle the door, nook and cranny where you are hiding Stay in your hiding place and wait for Law Enforcement to arrive – contact the authorities if you can, stay as quiet as possible.  Once again, try not to draw attention to your position 3.   TAKE ACTION!!! Last Resort when in Danger – this is obviously a last resort.  Many of us are not Law Enforcement, but you might have access to something to throw, distract, or rush the active shooter using a blind corner or concealment. Stop the Threat – if you act, do your best to take out the threat.  Once again, try to do it from a position of cover or at least concealment. Act with Aggression – throw items (salt and pepper shakers, ketchup bottles, tables, chairs, rocks, etc…) act decisively!!!  Fortune favors the bold.  If you are a CCW permit holder, you should know what to do. 4.  ACTIVE SHOOTER HAS BEEN STOPPED, NOW WHAT? Secure the Active shooters weapon and your weapon – you don’t want to be seen as the Active Shooter by Law Enforcement.  Beware of your environment, there maybe more than one shooter (Columbine High School Shooting ). Raise your hands – When Law Enforcement arrives, you don’t want to create confusion. Remain Calm Avoid making quick movements – don’t be a perceived threat to Law Enforcement when you exit and/or they enter the scene. Keep your hands clearly visible and follow instructions These are recommendations that are taught by many Law Enforcement agencies, Department of Homeland Security, the military, and many CCW courses.  Remember many of us are not Law Enforcement or Vigilantes.  Secure yourself, your family and loved ones by first GETTING OUT, or HIDING OUT, and only as a Last Resort – TAKE OUT the Active Shooter. Stay vigilant, maintain situational awareness at all times, plan for the worst, and stay survival fit – body and mind!!! Support SurvivalCache by shopping @ Amazon ( Click Here ) Photos by: Northhollywoodshootout.com Other interesting articles: How to Vanish: Part 1 Hiding Home Guns in Plain Sight Book Review: Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide Fortifying Your Home: How To Guide for 2020

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