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This book is a work of fiction that tells the tale of a slow SHTF event that causes the breakdown of American society.   While this book is a work of fiction, the author spins a riveting tale of small group survival as modern society collapses. Quick Navigation Overview: About the Author: Survival Lessons to be learned: Favorite Part: Dislikes: Conclusion: Overview: Downloaded from the Internet more than 3 million times before its first printing, Lights Out is a powerful, action packed survival story that has had an effect on the mind sets of millions of people.

Book Review: Lights Out

Book Review: Lights OutThis book is a work of fiction that tells the tale of a slow SHTF event that causes the breakdown of American society.  While this book is a work of fiction, the author spins a riveting tale of small group survival as modern society collapses. Quick Navigation Overview: About the Author: Survival Lessons to be learned: Favorite Part: Dislikes: Conclusion: Overview: Downloaded from the Internet more than 3 million times before its first printing, Lights Out is a powerful, action packed survival story that has had an effect on the mind sets of millions of people.  The story follows the challenges of Mark Turner, dubbed “Karate Man” by his friends, when the lights go out over most of the free world as the result of a massive EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) Attack.   Mark and his family must find a way to survive in the harsh, new world that they have had thrust upon them, while maintaining the virtues and values that our Founding Fathers wished us to uphold. About the Author: David Crawford is an avid outdoors man who likes to hunt, fish, hike, off-road, and shoot.  He is a third degree black belt with the American Society of Karate where he teaches children and adults.  He lives in San Antonio with his wife and two children where he is working on his next novel. Survival Lessons to be learned: Without spoiling the book for you, we can tell you right now that you will learn several important lessons from this thought provoking book, including: 1. Team Work: Lights Out portrays an amazing, realistic example of how neighbors can bond together and fend for themselves in a TEOTWAWKI scenario. 2. Modern Equipment: How much do you rely on electronics?  Everything from coffee pots to ambulances might be immediately brought to a screeching stop. 3. Distance from home: If you are miles or time zones away from home, what will you do? What if you are separated from your family? Can you get your vehicles to run after an EMP ?  Do you have a “Get Home Bag?” 4. Mechanical Aptitude: What skills do you have that would benefit your community in times of need? What tools do you have that work without electricity? Can you get that old car running again without power? 5. Who can help you: Local, State and Federal assistance may not come for weeks, months or longer, and when they do it may not be the type of help that you need. Are you ready? 6. Medical: Do you have the basic medical skills necessary to keep you, and your family alive and well? What about modern medicine? Are you dependent on modern medicines? 7. Self Defense: Could you defend you and your family in differing scenarios?  This an area that you can learn a lot from in this book. 8. Hunting, Gathering and Farming: Do you have the supplies put back to start a garden? Can you hunt for small or large game for a few weeks? What about a few months or years? 9. Focused leadership: Leading a small group or community is no cake walk.  Is your group ready for a long-term disaster? Favorite Part: The whole book was very thought provoking, and I learned a good deal about security and defensive measures from the book, as well as leadership methods and dealing with difficult situations. Dislikes: The same warning is placed here as with all other apocalyptic novels: This book has some rather graphic detail and some strong language. It is a great book, but I would use discretion with younger readers. Conclusion: This is THE book that got me into preparedness many years ago, and I can say that it is a well written piece of literature, that is a pleasure to read, whether for the first time, or the fifth.  I can in no way do this book a justice in a simple review.  IT IS A MUST READ.  It is as simple as that, don’t take my word for it, read it yourself. Lights Out Crawford, David (Author) English (Publication Language) See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 12:28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Photos by: David Crawford (book cover) Mandy Beavers William Roth Other interesting articles: Book Review: When All Hell Breaks Loose Book Review: The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse Survival Gear Review: Milwaukee Work Lights LDS Preparedness Manual: Book Review for 2020

10 Best CCW Spare Magazine Holsters: Two Is One

10 Best CCW Spare Magazine Holsters: Two Is One

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Let’s be realistic: We’ve all seen the movies, watched world news, and fantasized the age-old question: “What would I do in that situation?” Sure, the likelihood of anyone needing to rapidly reload a handgun in a high-octane life-or-death situation is pretty slim to none—unless you’ve joined the military or are living a very interesting (Fortunate? Unfortunate?) lifestyle. But just because you typically don’t need a spare magazine, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t add one to your concealed carry lineup. Some argue that spare magazines are difficult and even uncomfortable to conceal, while others question the diversity, reliability, and overall convenience factor of mag holsters. I wholeheartedly disagree with every single one of these arguments. Carrying a spare mag can be easy , comfortable , and convenient with the right holster —and they do exist! They aren’t even expensive. With a little research, you can determine what type of holster works best for your budget and daily routine. Tulster Universal Echo Mag Carrier It all comes down to one simple and irrefutable fact: A spare magazine can save your life. So, why not take the extra step? Today, I’m going to examine why you should carry a spare magazine and review ten unique and reliable CCW mag holsters that may give you the tactical advantage in a tight spot. Table of Contents Loading... Do I Need to Carry a Spare Magazine? Most people will never need to fire a concealed carry weapon (CCW) in a defensive situation, let alone reload it to survive an extensive gunfight. It’s just a fact. But we holster concealed carry weapons for worst-case scenarios, not because we’re actively in danger 24/7 (at least, I hope you’re not). A spare magazine is no different. Tuff Tactical QuickStrip Pouch Why should you carry a spare magazine? I can think of three reasons right off the top of my head. For one, just because something is improbable doesn’t make it impossible. If a dangerous situation necessitates additional rounds , you definitely don’t want to be caught unprepared. The internal spasm of the unprepared. Second, we all know magazines can malfunction . Even the most reliable mags aren’t infallible, so it’s a good idea to have a spare or two holstered in case of jams. For example, what happens if you experience a complicated malfunction like a double feed? In the heat of the moment, it’s quicker to drop the mag, clear the malfunction, and reload with a spare. Plus, now you have more rounds on tap! Finally, human error is a thing that happens, especially in high-stress situations involving self-defense. Let’s say you’re being cornered by an aggressive assailant, and all that stands between you and a bad ending is your CCW. Eyes locked on the target and anxiety crawling up your spine, you unholster your pistol with speed—but maybe not dexterity—and accidentally press the mag release. This visual might sound comedic, but a real-life bad guy isn’t going to chuckle and wait for you to chase after the magazine skittering across the floor. No, he is going to take advantage of your momentary confusion and fumbling. But you can turn the situation around if you have a second magazine holstered in your waistband or pocket. After all, it’s much faster to load a replacement magazine than to bend down, grab, and try to reload a dropped mag, and all while keeping your eyes trained on the violent threat. IWB Mag Holsters When it comes to concealability, you can’t go wrong with an “Inside the Waist Band” (IWB) holster. Attach the holster to your waistband, throw your shirt over it, and you’re good to go. It’s a perfect complement to an IWB gun holster . Because this is one of the most popular mag holster options, you really have your pick when it comes to manufacturer, design, materials, and construction. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when there are so many choices to make and features to consider. Have no fear, dear reader. I’ve compiled a list of some pretty stellar IWB options to help you get started on your quest for the perfect holster. 1. MultiHolsters Elite Magazine Holder MultiHolsters Elite Magazine Holsters are some of the most versatile CCW magazine holsters on the market. MultiHolsters "Elite Magazine Holster" s In a brilliant move, the manufacturer decided to offer custom sizes for specific magazine models, including double and single stacks, to ensure that your spare is both secure and concealed. Of course, there is a downside to this: If they don’t make a model that fits your magazine, you’ll have to find a different holster. But MultiHolsters makes versions for the most popular magazines, so you’re probably in luck. The two adjustable retention screws allow you to make the hold tighter or looser as you see fit, and you can choose to store your magazine with the bullets facing forward or backward. In addition, the Elite Magazine Holster has a FOMI clip that slips over your belt for IWB or OWB carry, and it’s easy to draw from with either hand. It’s constructed from durable plastic, which keeps the holster lightweight and durable. Multi Holsters Elite Magazine Holster 28 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 28 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing 2. "Tulster Universal Echo" Mag Carrier The Universal Echo Mag Carrier is similar to the MultiHolsters Elite Magazine Holster with one key exception: It’s designed to vacuum-form for a universal fit, regardless of your magazine model. Universal Echo Mag Carrier The Universal Mag Carrier is a bit more expensive than the Elite Magazine Holster, but the versatility and extra features make it worthwhile for everyday carry. I recommend this holster for people who don’t always carry the same CCW, or for anyone who likes the Elite Magazine Holster but doesn’t have a magazine that fits the available models. That said, the Universal Echo Mag Carrier does have some limitations when it comes to versatility. It comes in distinct double and single stack versions but is only made for 9mm and .40 caliber magazines. The Universal Echo Mag Carrier has a minimalistic design that accommodates right- and left-handed shooters. It’s also outfitted with a Mag Retention Device and an adjustable clip that allows for IWB or OWB carry. This holster also features an adjustable cant and is available in multiple colors for both carbon fiber and plastic. Tulster Universal Echo Mag Carrier 50 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 50 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing 3. Sticky Holsters Super Mag Pouch If you’re familiar with Sticky Holsters, then you probably already have an idea of what makes their mag pouches so unique. Super Mag Pouch “Sticky” Holsters gets its name from the adhesive they use on the outside of their holsters. Because they don’t rely on clips or loops to secure the holster in place, the Super Mag Pouch achieves an impressive level of concealability and comfort. The Super Mag Pouch is ideal for IWB or pocket carry because it adheres to your waistband, undergarments, or skin. For the record, we don’t recommend sticking anything to your skin, but the company is proud enough about this feature that we may as well mention it. The inside of the Super Mag Pouch is lined with nylon, and the seams have reinforced stitching to maintain the holster’s durability and shape. Another simple but remarkable design feature that deserves a bit of discussion is the flap. For example, you can OWB carry the holster by fitting it behind your belt. You can also leave the flap outside your waistband during IWB carry to encourage maximum contact between your pants and the sticky surface area of the holster, giving you an extra level of security. But if you want a more discreet carry, you can always tuck it inside your waistband along with the holster. Regardless of your preference, the flap has a handy pocket that is perfectly sized for carrying cards, including concealed carry permits, IDs, range membership cards, or bank cards. "Sticky Holsters Super" Mag Pouch 16 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 16 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing Sticky Holsters also makes a Mag Sleeve , which is more or less the same as the Super Mag Pouch, but without the flap that goes over the belt. They also sell “mini” versions of both holsters to accommodate smaller magazines. Sticky Holsters Mini Mag Pouch 16 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 16 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing Warning : The sticky exterior tends to attract dust and lint, which could be bad news for your magazine. 4. Houston Gun Holsters Eco Leather Magazine Holster The last of our IWB holsters is a simple black leather option. "Eco Leather Magazine" Holder Houston Gun Holsters’ Eco Leather Magazine Holder is manufactured with a soft leather that protects your magazine from scuffs and scratches. This holster is also very comfortable to wear as a concealed carry option. It boasts reinforced nylon stitching that ensures the durability and shape of your holster. Not only is the Eco Leather Magazine Holder one of the most affordable holsters on the list, it’s also made from recycled materials, so it’s an eco-friendly choice as well. Pocahontas thanks you for your service. The only downside is that this holster is not particularly water-resistant. You might want to use something else on a really hot day or if you plan to be in wet weather, like rain or snow. Otherwise, the Eco Leather Magazine Holder is a great choice for all-day wear…so long as you’re in comfortable, dry conditions, that is. The double mag holster has a belt clip for each mag pocket, so it holds nice and secure. A black metal clip attaches the holster securely to your belt for IWB or OWB carry. The holster is ambidextrous and can be worn anywhere along your waistline. It’s available for single and double stack mags that are .45 caliber, 40mm, or .380/.22/.25. Even if you plan to carry a single magazine, the double model is great for holding your EDC flashlight, knife, or multitool alongside your spare mag. Houston Gun Holsters' Eco Leather Magazine Holder 14 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 14 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Pocket Magazine Holsters Some people are happy to shove a spare magazine in their pocket and call it a day. While it’s certainly a cost-effective option, I can’t recommend it for a few reasons. First, it’s not a secure method of holstering your spare magazine. As you move throughout the day, the mag may shift around and get wedged in place or even pop out of your pocket entirely (beware tight pants, guys and gals). Second, pockets tend to collect dirt, lint, and other contaminants. Debris can affect the functionality of your magazine and possibly jam your gun. Third, the primary goal of concealed carry is to hide your weapon and gear from passersby. That’s thrown out the window if you’re wearing pants that outline the shape of your spare mag. Fortunately, you can avoid all three issues by using a dedicated pocket mag holster. 5. Tulster Magnetic NeoMag "Pocket Magazine Holster" The Magnetic NeoMag is another unique mag holster from Tulster. Tulster NeoMag Magnetic Pocket Magazine Holder It’s about as minimalist as a holster can get and adds virtually no bulk thanks to its magnet-based retention system. That’s right, instead of placing your magazine in a pocket or through a loop, this mag holster uses a magnet and two small tabs to hold your magazine in position. The NeoMag has a titanium clip that attaches to your pocket. This clip is great because it’s small for the sake of concealability. It also holds the magazine low, so it looks like the clip of a pen or pocket knife to anyone who happens to spot it. There is another benefit to the design of this slim little number: It’s easy to draw your mag because you only have to pull it away from the holster instead of directly up and out. The NeoMag is available in three different sizes for magazines of various calibers. You can use the same holster for single and double stack magazines. Obviously, you’ll want to test your loaded magazine to make sure it’s magnetic before going with this holster, but the magnet is strong enough to hold some plastic mags, including factory Glock magazines. Tulster NeoMag Magentic "Pocket Magazine Holder" 40 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 40 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing 6. DeSantis Mag-Packer The Desantis Mag-Packer is a pretty simple and straightforward pocket magazine holster. Pocket-shaped and sized, the Desantis Mag-Packer holds the magazine in position without so much as a pocket clip to hint that you’re carrying a spare. The design also prevents the telltale bulge that ruins your look and makes it obvious you’re packing a concealed magazine. In that regard, this holster is a great option for work and formal events. Desantis Mag-Packer The Mag-Packer is ambidextrous and can be stored in either front pocket. It’s manufactured with a nice synthetic material that is textured to keep the holster in place while you draw the magazine. Because the holster stations the mag in a nicely canted position, it’s easy to pull out of your front pocket in an emergency. DeSantis Mag Packer 22 at Optics Planet Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 22 at Optics Planet Compare prices (2 found) Optics Planet (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Speed Strip Holsters For Revolvers The options we’ve discussed so far are all great for pistols, but I want to give revolvers some love, too. Bianchi Speed Strips Revolvers aren’t as easy to reload, but speed strips are one way to hasten the process. You can keep the speed strip loose in your pocket if you’d like, but a holster ensures that your rounds are protected and ready to load. 7. Bianchi Speed Strip Holder Bianchi is one of the biggest names in law enforcement gear and speed strips . While “Speed Strip” technically refers to the Bianchi brand, it has evolved into an umbrella term for all strip-style quick revolver loaders—kind of like “Frisbee” for flying discs or “Kleenex” for facial tissue. "Bianchi Speed Strip" Pair for .38/.357 Caliber 7 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 7 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing I highly recommend Bianchi’s "Speed Strip Holder" . It’s a simple, black leather pouch with a hook and loop closure that holds a single speed strip. And it doesn’t have to be a Bianchi speed strip; most models will fit. Because the Speed Strip Holder loops onto your belt, it’s not as covert as an IWB option. But it looks more like a sleek and old-fashioned cell phone holster, and not a pouch designed to carry ammunition. So, that’s a plus. Bianchi’s Speed Strip Holder 20 at Optics Planet Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 20 at Optics Planet Prices accurate at time of writing If that’s not your jam, you can always pocket the pouch to keep your speed strip orderly and accessible. 8. Tuff Products QuickStrip Pouch Tuff QuickStrips are Bianchi’s main competitor in the strip-style quick revolver loader game. So, it’s not surprising that their Tuff Tactical QuickStrip Pouch is another great option for carrying your ammo. Tuff Tactical QuickStrip Pouch The Tuff Tactical QuickStrip Pouch vaunts a simple design with a Velcro, envelope-style closure. Unlike its rival, the Bianchi Speed Strip Holder, the Tuff Tactical QuickStrip Pouch doesn’t have a belt or waistband attachment of any kind, but it would certainly be easy for some crafty folks to add one. Otherwise, you can just store the pouch in your pocket. As you can see, Tuff Tactical QuickStrip Pouches are made from nylon and have a more “tactical” look, so you may want to keep this holster away from the discerning eye. Don’t take that to mean the Bianchi Speed Strip Holders are better, though. Tuff Tacticalk QuickStrip Pouches have a few key advantages over the Bianchi’s Speed Strip Holder. For example, the pouches are available in three sizes for different calibers. Each size holds up to two QuickStrips of compatible ammunition (as opposed to Bianchi’s one) and come in black or coyote brown. Tuff Tactical QuickStrip Pouch 13 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 13 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing You can also buy the pouches in sets with two QuickStrips if you don’t already own a strip or just want to add a couple more to your inventory. Speed Holsters For Revolvers There’s a reason speed loaders are so popular with revolver lovers. HKS Speed Loaders With this nifty little device, you can reload multiple cartridges at once with a simple twist of the loader knob. But faster and better are not mutually exclusive concepts. Speed loaders might be quick, efficient, and easy to use, but some models are also bulky, difficult to conceal, and uncomfortable to carry. Unfortunately, it’s a necessary trade-off because revolver speed loaders are round instead of flat, which is technically the point. These speed loaders would be borderline pointless and inefficient otherwise. HKS Speed Loader 12 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 12 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing 9. HKS Double Speed Loader Case HKS is famous for their awesome revolver speed loaders. The good news is that the company puts an equal amount of TLC into their Double "Speed Loader Case" . HKS Double Speed Loader Case As the name suggests, the HKS Double Speed Loader Case allows you to carry two speed loaders at a time, each in their own snap-closure pocket. The case itself is made from black, weather-resistant vinyl, which is styled to look like leather for a simple and elegant design. Warning : The snaps on the pockets are made with nickel, so those with allergies may want to rethink this holster. Don’t take any chances! There is a slot on the back of the case that fits belts up to 2 3/4” wide. But you can also just throw it in your pocket. This case comes in two sizes, medium and large. The medium size fits HKS speed loaders for .38, .38 spec., .357, .22 LR, .22 MRF, .44 spec., and .32 H&R mag calibers. Alternatively, the large size fits HKS speed loaders for .38, .357, .44 mag., .44 spec., .45, .45 LC, and .41 mag calibers. HKS Double Speed Loader Case 17 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 17 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing If you want something that’s a bit more visually interesting, HKS also offers a Double Speed Loader Case with a basketweave design . Or, if you’d prefer a more tactical look (or just like nylon better), the HKS Cordura Double Speedloader Case is pretty much the same holster, but made from nylon rather than vinyl. 10. Galco Belt Speed Loader Carrier Our last holster is from Galco, a company famous for manufacturing high-quality leather holsters, including the Galco Belt "Speed Loader Carrier" . Galco Belt Speed Loader Carrier The Galco Belt Speed Loader Carrier only carries a single speed loader, but you could easily double- or even triple-up on the same belt. And it’s small, so you can always shove it into your pocket. Whatever floats your speed loader boat. It’s available in brown or black premium steerhide saddle leather. If you’re already familiar with Galco holsters, you know it’s high-quality leather that both looks and feels great. Other than that, the design is very similar to the HKS "Double Speedloader Case" , with a snap closure on the front and a loop on the back that accommodates belts up to 1 ¾”. Unlike the HKS case, which is specifically designed to fit the company’s speed loaders, the Galco Speed Loader Carrier comes in various sizes to fit speed loaders made by different gun manufacturers. Not a bad deal! Galco Belt Speed Loader Carrier 42 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 42 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing Parting Shots A spare magazine holster is a perfect addition to your concealed carry line up. Carrying extra ammo can be easy, comfortable, and convenient, especially with the mag, speed strip, and speed loader holsters we reviewed today. Is this the real life~? Is it just fantasy~? Remember when we could buy extra ammo? Thanks, 2020. True, you’re probably never going to need a spare magazine or an extra round for your revolver in a defensive situation. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry—especially when you’re facing a violent threat. And remember, this is a thriving and accessible market! We have some great holsters on this list, but don’t be afraid to try another option if it catches your eye. My only word of warning is that you purchase a holster for its features and overall quality, not just its low price tag. There are plenty of affordable and high-quality options out there, so make sure to do your research and let us know if you find a winner! Universal Echo Mag Carrier Do you carry a spare magazine or extra rounds? Why or why not? If you do, how do you carry it? Do you have a favorite holster I didn’t list here? Tell me everything in the comments! If you want to learn more about CCW, take a gander at our hands-on list of Best Concealed Carry Holsters 2020 or our Definitive CCW Guide , which covers reviews, techniques, and even potential legal issues you may come across.

Best AR-15 Handguards [Hands-On]: Free-Float & Drop-In

Best AR-15 Handguards [Hands-On]: Free-Float & Drop-In

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Ready to upgrade your AR-15 with a new handguard?  Or choosing the perfect one for a new build? Best AR-15 Handguards We’ll help with decisions such as going drop-in vs free-float or KeyMod vs M-LOK.  By the end, you’ll know the best handguard to get for your specific purpose and budget. M-LOK vs KeyMod M-LOK (L) vs KeyMod (R), LuckyGunner One of the first decisions you’ll make is which attachment system…M-LOK or KeyMod.  It used to be personal preference but recently USSOCOM (US Special Operations Command) released their results of testing . And M-LOK is the clear winner due to much better impact test results. Best Free-Floating Handguards Your best bet if you are building your own AR-15 upper . Free-floating handguards give you an accuracy advantage since it doesn’t contact the barrel…so your hand position and extra gadgets such as bipods don’t affect barrel harmonics. Plus, you can choose any handguard length if you have the right low-profile gas-block for it to go over.  I personally like ~12″ handguards with 16″ barrels since I use the c-clamp grip. 1. Aero Precision ATLAS Best Bang-For-The-Buck Handguard Aero Precision ATLAS S-ONE M-LOK Handguard 140 at Aero Precision Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 140 at Aero Precision Prices accurate at time of writing One of my current favorite best-bang-for-the-buck free-floating handguards. Aero Precision M4E1 with ATLAS Handguards, 12″ Handguard on 16″ Barrel Here it is on their new upper that I’m testing ( full review ). I love how it saves weight by not having a full Picatinny rail on top. Plus the taper at the front perfectly fits my thumbs. Note that the top where the rail would have been is rounded so if you’re thinking of putting a pressure pad for lights…you’re out of luck. Aero ATLAS R-One (Front, Full-Rail) vs S-One (Rear) Otherwise the price vs fit/feel is perfect. Price: $140 Length: 12″ Handguard Weight: 7.0 oz Barrel Nut Weight: 4.7 oz Total Weight: 11.7 oz And now Aero has the full-rail version if you have more gizmos that need attaching. Only negative about the Aero handguards is that sometimes (especially after a seasonal sales) they are out of stock for a while. Aero Precision ATLAS R-ONE M-LOK Handguard 119 at Aero Precision Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 119 at Aero Precision Prices accurate at time of writing 2. STNGR VYPR & HWK The STNGR VYPR is the handguard that recently bumped Aero off my Best Bang-For-The-Buck handguard list. STNGR VYPR Handguard, Full Rifle You get a really nice 13.5″ M-LOK handguard for $120 and a 15″ for a few bucks more at $125. The VYPR is the most “standard” looking one and what I’d recommend. STNGR VYPR (front) and HWK (rear) Install was standard and there’s some strong feeling anti-rotation tabs built into the handguard. Fit/finish/color were top notch and my only initial worry was that the top cuts were too aggressive/large so a finger could slip through. STNGR Handguard Cutouts However after a bunch of mags I found that it was fine (unless you have really thin fingers).  And no problem if you C-Clamp grip it. Check out the video: The logo isn’t too pronounced either which I like. AR-15 Upper with 15″ VYPR Handguard Plus there’s sometimes some blemished versions so you can save even more if you don’t care to have a “perfect” rail. STNGR M-Lok VYPR Handguards 119 at STNGR Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 119 at STNGR Prices accurate at time of writing Price: $125 Length: 15″ Total Weight: 11.5 oz What’s your take on the VYPR? Readers' Ratings 4.97/5 (394) Your Rating? Want a little more style ? There’s the HWK handguard which gives a more aggressive “prong-ed” look and the ability to add a light/laser to the bottom with the included rail. HWK and VYPR, Front I think it could look really cool with a 14.5″ pinned barrel so it sits flush with the cutout. HWK Rail from STNGR Site Plus it’s only $5 more than the VYPR for the 13.5″ and 15″ variants. STNGR M-Lok HWK Handguards 125 at STNGR Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 125 at STNGR Prices accurate at time of writing I also tried out their rail covers which are definitely more affordable than other name brands.  Comfy and cool looking too. Cyclops (front) and Gecko (rear) Rail Covers I personally like the look of the Cyclops more but the Gecko is probably the more useful one to maintain a good grip. Check out all their stuff at STNGR . 3. Midwest Industries G3M Midwest Industries G3M 190 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 190 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing This lightweight handguard includes a full Picatinny rail on top.  If you need to attach more things…this is our favorite pick. Comes with 7 sides of M-LOK attachment capability. I’ve been using the older version of this (non M-LOK) for years as my primary competition rifle handguard.  Check out the left two uppers. Best AR-15 Handguards Price: $190 Length: 12.625″ Total Weight: 9.4 oz 4. UTG Pro M-LOK UTG Pro M-LOK Handguard 145 at Optics Planet Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 145 at Optics Planet Prices accurate at time of writing My previous favorite for best Bang-for-the-Buck handguard until the Aero came along.  But still a great handguard if you’re looking to save a little and still keep the full top rail. The UTG Pro is US-made and comes in 13/15/17 inch variants.  So it’s great if you’re looking for slightly longer than 12″ models or a  17″ for longer barrels. Here is the 13″ on my 11.5″ pistol upper. UTG Pro Handguard Price: $145 Length: 13″ Total Weight: 11.3 oz 5. Yankee Hill Machine Quad Rail Yankee Hill "Machine Quad Rail" 119 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 119 at Brownells Compare prices (2 found) Brownells (See Price) Optics Planet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing If you’re needing lots of Picatinny real estate…the perennial favorite YHM has got you covered.  “Rifle” length is equal to 12.6″ but will cost you a couple more ounces in weight compared to M-LOK varieties. Price: $160 Length: 12.6″ Total Weight: 15.2 oz 6. Brigand Arms Carbon Fiber Lightest Handguard "Brigand Arms Carbon" Fiber Handguard 296 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 296 at Brownells Compare prices (2 found) Brownells (See Price) Rainer Arms (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing When you absolutely positively have got to have the lightest handguard.  It was the best performing BY FAR in our Lightest Handguard roundup. Lightweight Build Brigand Arms and Faxon Pencil 14.5 Pinned Combined with a pencil 14.5″ barrel…this AR was nearing 5 lb territory. But keep in mind that you won’t be able to add anything to it…and since it is cylindrical all the way through…you’re going to have a harder time bracing against barriers. Price: $296 Length: 12.4″ Handguard Weight: 2.9 oz Barrel Nut Weight: 1.4 oz Total Weight: 4.3 oz !!! 7. Bootleg PicLOK Bootleg PicMod Handguard 199 at Rainier Arms Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 199 at Rainier Arms Prices accurate at time of writing As you guessed from the name…this handguard combines M-LOK attachments throughout with Picatinny compatibility at the front sides. Bootleg Upper with Faxon 18 Fluted Barrel I’m using it for my newest AR-15 precision build with a fluted 18″ Faxon barrel. Price: $199 Length: 15″ Handguard Weight: 9.6 oz Honorable Mention Free-Float Handguards Yes…there’s going to be a lot of disagreement in the list.  Here’s some of the honorable mentions that are sure to pop up. I’ve seen them around a lot in competitions but either didn’t like the look, feel, or price combination. Bravo Company (BCM) Daniel Defense Geisselle Troy Industries Drop-In vs Free-Floating Handguards Your Standard A2 Handguard is Purely Functional If you have a delta ring and a front sight base (FSB)…your best bet is to go with a drop-in unless you want to shave down the FSB and remove the delta ring. You’re also limited in handguard length by the FSB.  Here’s a couple of the most popular lengths. AR-15 Gas System Lengths Many of them come in two pieces, which are placed on the gun and are screwed together to prevent the need to take off the barrel. The biggest advantage of going with a drop-in handguard is simplicity . You shouldn’t need to make any modifications to your AR-15 when installing a new drop-in handguard, and since they’ve got a relatively simplistic design, they’re usually cheaper than their free float counterparts. Best AR-15 Drop-In Handguards Magpul MOE Handguards 33 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 33 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing First off, if you’re looking for a fancy handguard with extra frills, the Magpul MOE M-LOK isn’t for you. As you can probably tell by its price, this handguard is pretty simplistic – and for good reason. What you get with the M-LOK is a heat-resistant polymer handguard that’s hardy enough to handle your clanging and banging and comfortable enough to grip onto. Despite its simplistic design, the M-LOK has slots on its 2, 6, and 10-o’clock positions where you can mount an optional Picatinny rail system.  But what you’re really getting when you go for the M-LOK is a lightweight handguard that can withstand anything you throw at it. At $33 for a mid-length gas system…I think that’s a good deal. Price: $33 Length: 9.2″ (Mid-Length) Total Weight: 8.7 oz 1. Midwest Industries Two-Piece Drop-In Handguard Midwest Industries Two-Piece Drop-In Handguard 119 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 119 at Brownells Compare prices (2 found) Brownells (See Price) Optics Planet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Another winner from one of our favorite manufacturers.  The drop-in version is M-LOK compatible and available in a couple gas system lengths. Price: $130 Length: 9″ (Mid-Length) Total Weight: 6.6 oz 2. UTG Pro Super Slim M-LOK UTG PRO AR15 Super Slim M-LOK 105 at Optics Planet Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 105 at Optics Planet Prices accurate at time of writing Looking for the easiest way to add a longer rail and still keep your FSB?  The Model 4 is the perfect solution (albeit a heavier one). Price: $105 Length: 15″ (Mid-Length) Total Weight: 14.1 oz 3. Troy Industries Quad Rail Troy Industries Drop-In Quad Rail 160 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 160 at Brownells Compare prices (2 found) Brownells (See Price) Optics Planet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Want the additional rail space?  Go with the "Troy Industries Quad" Rail. Price: $160 Length: 9″ (Mid-Length) Total Weight: — oz Pricing Note…I don’t have any “cheap” rails on this list.  I’ve tried out a bunch of great deals I’ve found at gun shows and especially on Amazon and Ebay.  The rails look great when they come in…but something has always been off: Attachment system sucks (too heavy, too many screws, etc) Doesn’t align correctly to the upper receiver Picatinny rails are not mil-spec (stuff doesn’t fit onto them) I have a box of holsters and cheapo rails now that sit in the back of my shed.  Learn from my fails…you get what you pay for in rails. Build It and Shoot It There you have it. That’s my list of the best AR-15 handguards for your AR-15. How did we do?  Any experience with the ones we listed?  Or did we seriously miss some great ones? And if you’re just getting into guns and are in the beginning stages of learning about the AR-15, you might want to check out our comprehensive AR-15 guide .  There, you’ll learn everything there is to know about shooting, maintaining, and customizing your AR.

Best 224 Valkyrie Scopes of 2020 Buyers Guide

Best 224 Valkyrie Scopes of 2020  Buyers Guide

The .224 Valkyrie was designed to give you accurate kill shots past 1000 yards in a standard AR-15. As such, setting up a .224 modern sporting rifle without a scope is nothing short of foolhardy. Read on for our guide to the best .224 Valkyrie scopes. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for 224 Valkyrie Scopes (GM) OUR TOP PICK: Vortex Optics Viper HS-T Riflescope BEST BUDGET OPTION: Nikon 600 Riflescope with Rapid Action Turret, 4-12x40 Leupold VX-3i 4.5-14x50mm Duplex Reticle Riflescope Bushnell AR Optics Riflescope, 4.5-18x/40mm Monstrum Tactical G3 6-24x50 Scope Comparison Chart of the Best . " "224 Valkyrie Scope" s" IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick "Vortex Optics Viper" HS-T Riflescope Available with a 50mm objective lens for the best brightness Features a variety of magnification ranges and reticles to choose from Covered by an unlimited lifetime warranty unsurpassed in the business View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Best Budget Option Nikon 600 Riflescope with "Rapid Action Turret" , 4-12x40 Optimized for use with Spot On Ballistic Match technology Quick adjust turrets audibly click into place and reset to zero The 4-12x magnification range is perfect for most everyday uses "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Leupold VX-3i 4.5-14x50mm "Duplex Reticle Riflescope" Backed up by a solid lifetime warranty Unsurpassed build quality and brightness in this price range Features a classic, versatile design and magnification range View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Bushnell AR Optics Riflescope, 4.5-18x/40mm The magnification range is close to perfect for the .224 Valkyrie Backed up by a lifetime warranty against defects in construction BDC ballistic reticle designed specifically for the .224 Valkyrie round View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Monstrum Tactical G3 6-24x50 Scope Reticle is illuminated in red with adjustable brightness levels Huge magnification range is ideal for shooting out past 1500 yards Adjustable objective lens for focus, parallax adjustment, and range estimation View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews What Should be the Ideal Magnification of a .224 Valkyrie Scope? As with most aspects of firearms, the ideal scope magnification range depends upon your personal use case. The main benefit of the .224 is its long-range capability. As such, you're going to want as much magnification as you can afford. Source However, clear, bright optics tend to leap in price around the 20x mark. For most uses, 16x or 18x will be plenty of magnification without breaking the bank. In general, if you plan to shoot smaller targets at long range or hunt varmints on the open prairie, go for 18x or higher, provided that you can afford the quality options. The low end of the magnification range is less important, but if you expect to require short-range shots, for example, while hunting in thick brush, lower minimum magnification will help with target acquisition. Anything up to 6x minimum magnification is fine for the .224 Valkyrie. How to Choose a .224 Valkyrie Scope The perfect .224 Valkyrie scope will have high magnification for long range shooting yet mount comfortably on a standard AR-15. Larger objective lenses give you a brighter, clearer sight picture, but 50mm is starting to get on the unwieldy side for the platform. However, with the .224 it makes sense to not stick too closely to the trend toward compact AR-15 optics. You simply will not get long-range performance from an affordable compact scope. ACOGs and red dots are not ideal either. As usual, the first thing to look for is a well-established, reputable company with a good warranty policy. Scope tubes can come in either one inch or 30mm diameters. 30mm gives you more elevation adjustment. Otherwise, they should be gas purged and sealed to be waterproof, fog-proof and shockproof. Lenses should be multicoated for durability and clarity. It's always nice if your turrets return to zero and lock. Quick Take - The Best .224 Valkyrie Scopes These are our recommendations for the best .224 Valkyrie scopes: Vortex Optics Viper HS-T Riflescope ​Nikon 600 Riflescope with Rapid Action Turret, 4-12x40 Leupold VX-3i 4.5-14x50mm Duplex Reticle Riflescope Review of the Best .224 Valkyrie Scopes With all these things to consider and with so many choices on the market, choosing the right scope with confidence can be a challenge. We hope that the following list proves helpful to you as you search for .224 Valkyrie scopes. Best Overall: Vortex Optics Viper HS-T Riflescope CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Supported by an industry-leading unlimited lifetime warranty Exceptional brightness due to high-quality glass and a wide objective lens Offered in a selection of 4x magnification range options for any shooting environment Cons Buyers often end up making use of the warranty The Vortex Viper HS line of rifle scopes includes a selection of models that all have a 4x zoom range. If you need something for a short-range brush gun there is the 2.5-10x44mm model. For hunting in mixed terrain, you can choose the 4-16x option with either a 44mm or 50mm objective lens. If you really want to see what your .224 can do in long-range shooting, go with the 6-24x50mm. Each Viper HS comes with all the boxes ticked for build quality as you would expect. For example, they feature a single-piece gas-purged tube with O-ring seals. The windage and elevation turrets are capped for hunting. These scopes include a parallax adjustment knob mounted on the side. The lenses used are made of low-dispersion glass and are fully multicoated for protection and clarity. Overall, Viper HS scopes are designed to be fog-proof, waterproof, and shockproof. Of course, each Viper HS scope is backed up by Vortex's outstanding unlimited lifetime warranty. You have the choice of reticle between Vortex's uncluttered V-plex crosshair or a bullet drop compensator (BDC). Bottom Line Vortex has a dedicated fanbase thanks to their exceptional warranty and the value for money that they offer. Even though Vortex's quality control seems to trip up occasionally, most shooters come away absolutely satisfied. The wide choice of magnification ranges is the top feature of the Viper HS-T product line. Runner-up: Nikon 600 Riflescope with Rapid Action Turret, 4-12x40 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Designed for use with Nikon's Spot On Ballistic Match technology The 4-12x magnification range is eminently practical for most use cases The quick adjust windage and elevation turrets click into place and easily reset to zero Cons The BDC reticle is calibrated for 5.56 NATO Nikon is a dominating force in the optics field, not only for firearms but also in a wide variety of consumer and professional applications. This Nikon 600 rifle scope has been designed specifically for use with a modern sporting rifle, or AR-15. It features a raft of features for long-range shooting. These features include rapid action turrets, a quick focus eyepiece, and a BDC reticle. Granted, the BDC reticle is not calibrated for the .224 round, but with a little practice, you will be able to put it to good use. The windage and elevation turrets adjust at a quarter MOA per click that you can both feel and hear. This gives you a quick way to sight in and maintain your setting even in rough conditions. After sighting in, you can simply lift the turret, set it to zero and reengage it. As you would expect, the scope is nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed for waterproof and fog-proof performance. The lenses are all coated in multiple layers of anti-reflective treatments for a bright and clear sight picture no matter the ambient light level. These scopes are covered by Nikon's warranty and are optimized for use with the company's Spot On Ballistic Match technology. Bottom Line The top feature of this scope is the very convenient design of the windage and elevation turrets. You can't go wrong with Nikon. Best for the Money: Leupold VX-3i 4.5-14x50mm Duplex Reticle Riflescope CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Extended eye relief Very positive magnification controls The design and magnification range are well-proven and versatile Leupold's reputation is among the best for quality and they offer a warranty to match The 50mm objective lens gives you outstanding brightness and clarity even in low-light environments Cons Does not have a parallax adjustment Few scope producers can brag of the reputation that Leupold enjoys. When you come across a scope sporting Leupold's signature gold ring, you know it is a scope that is built to last. The VX-3i is a well-proven option if you need the perfect all-around scope for average shooting conditions in mixed terrain. With its 4.5-14x magnification range, you will not be fretting over which whisker to blow off of a whistle pig at a 1000 yards, but this scope will deliver the goods with nearly any non-extreme use case. The extra-wide 50mm objective lens helps quite a lot, giving you a sight picture with the maximum in clarity and brightness. The benefits of such a large objective lens will become apparent in the ideal, low-light hunting conditions around dusk and dawn. Of course, the tolerances of Leupold's build quality and turret operation are tight and impressive. Leupold has a reputation for offering longer than average eye relief. This is not as crucial on a .224 Valkyrie chambered rifle as on a magnum firearm, but it can help. Leupold's proprietary duplex reticle is a traditional, simple design that aids in fast target acquisition. Bottom Line The best feature of the VX-3i is its versatility. It can take on any hunting or target task that you throw at it. This Leupold scope will likely out-last any rifle you mount it on. Best from Bushnell: ​ Bushnell AR Optics Riflescope, 4.5-18x/40mm CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Covered by a solid lifetime warranty Comes with a BDC ballistic reticle which has aim points calibrated specifically for the .224 Valkyrie round The 4.5-18x magnification range gives you the most performance from your .224 Valkyrie at long range with minimal sacrifice in your field of view at close range Cons Rather heavy Will not mount on most low scope rings Bushnell is a highly respected all-American optics maker operating out of Kansas. This scope represents their effort to develop the perfect scope for the modern sporting rifle, and indeed, they come pretty close. The 4.5-18x magnification range is ideal for the vast majority of the tasks that the AR-15 is designed to address, but especially for long-range shooting. It gives you long-range magnification without losing much of your field of view at close range. This scope sports a bullet drop compensating ballistic reticle which has been designed specifically for the .224 Valkyrie. The crosshairs hold at 100 yards and additional aim points give you reach out to 500 yards. The lenses are fully multi-coated. The anodized aluminum tube is O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged to waterproof and fog-proof. The target turrets are thick and they adjust at a quarter MOA per click. This scope has a side parallax adjustment knob and a fast focus eyepiece. The eye relief is more or less average or possibly a little short at 3.5 inches. The erector cap assembly on the bottom of the control housing might prevent you from mounting this scope with low rings. This scope is covered by a lifetime warranty. Bottom Line The magnification range and the BDC reticle are the main features that make this one of the best scopes for your .224 Valkyrie rifle. Best Long Range Scope: Monstrum Tactical G3 6-24x50 Scope CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros The reticle has red illumination and has adjustable brightness levels The objective lens is adjustable for focus, parallax, and range estimation The extra broad magnification range is perfect for hitting targets farther than 1500 yards Cons Edges may not be very clear at high magnification Monstrum Tactical has been operating out of southern California for ten years. They produce great affordable firearms components, especially for modern sporting rifles. The extreme 6-24x magnification range is designed to let you hit targets out past 1500 yards. The first focal plane reticle gives you quick range estimation and holdover correction. The etched black reticle is highly visible, but this scope has red illumination for visibility at night or in other low-light conditions. The brightness on the illumination is adjustable for different conditions. Unusually, the objective lens can be adjusted to focus the target image, eliminate parallax and help with range estimation. Windage and elevation adjust at a quarter MOA per click and reset to zero. The turrets also lock to hold your settings. The hard-anodized 6160-T6 tube is nitrogen-filled and sealed to be waterproof and fog-proof. This scope comes with high-profile Picatinny scope rings, a removable honeycomb filter sunshade, flip-up spring-loaded lens covers, and a battery. Bottom Line This is not only a great long-range scope, but it is also incredibly affordable. Although the edges of your sight picture may be a bit hazy at high magnification, it can be worth it for the extreme long range shooting that this scope opens up. The top features are the illuminated first focal plane reticle, the magnification range, and the adjustable objective lens. Conclusion Optics can be one of the most confusing aspects of firearms. In fact, they are not as complicated as it may first appear. Having read this guide you should have a good grasp of what the best scopes for the .224 Valkyrie are and why. Remember to shoot safely and enjoy the incredible potential of this new round.

The Model 1917: A Great Old Revolver

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Gun Photos: David Miller Co. Custom Rifles

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