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Selecting Ammunition: Quality Over Caliber

Which ammunition is superior, the 9mm or the .45 ACP? What about the .380 or the .357 Magnum? Don’t forget about the .40. There is so much information and support behind various calibers, but does any of it truly matter? Is it really about the caliber of a round, or should it be more about the quality of the ammunition?

Stopping Power and the Great Myth of Ammunition

Unless your carry weapon of choice is a .45-70 Mare’s Leg, stopping power — as it relates to handguns — is a myth. Don’t go trading in your handguns for rifles. A handgun is a suitable and, in many respects, preferable self-defense weapon. Still, when looking at available defense calibers, there is more to consider than the number on the rim.

While caliber plays a role in inflicted damage, some things matter more — shot placement or marksmanship being among them. However, the most important thing to consider when purchasing ammunition is its quality.

Quality Is More Important Than Caliber

Traditionally, the assumption was the larger a round was, the more powerful the bullet. The thought played out with the popularity of the .45 ACP; it made a bigger hole than smaller bullets, leading to the belief of more sustained damage to either a paper or fleshy target. However, with further knowledge and testing, the firearm and ammunition industries realized that a smaller quality bullet, like a 9mm JHP, could perform better than larger varieties, even those with a 230-grain ball.

Unfortunately, assumptions skewed the market for a long time, making over-the-counter 9mm or .45 ACP largely unavailable, especially in comparison to the .38 Special or .357 Magnum. Fortunately, the recognition of quality over caliber has increased production volumes, and now smaller caliber rounds are growing in popularity significantly among home defense enthusiasts and even law enforcement.

Evolution of Ammunition and Community Understanding

Industry focus on ammunition quality and the development of more effective hollow point rounds has led to a consumer and professional market shift. More and more law enforcement agencies are trading in standby .40 S&W or .357 Sig ammo with more capable and lower caliber rounds.

Granted, good quality carry ammunition will not have the same punch through power as larger calibers, and it might seem underpowered for defense and law enforcement needs. However, the purpose of the ammunition is not to create a large entry wound; rather, it expands inside the target, creating a devastating wound channel. The goal is to create significant damage and incapacitate the threat, or at least deter further attack. A good quality defense round will also penetrate multiple layers, including clothing and flesh.

Does Ammo Matter?

The type of ammunition you purchase does matter; however, it is not so much about the caliber as it is the quality. Today, you can find several types of ammunition for defensive and carry purposes. For instance, you can walk into any gun store or online market and find adequate .380 loads or quality 9mm, .40, .45, and more. The primary focus should be on purchasing from a quality manufacturer.

What is your favorite caliber round for defense? Do you have any opinion about caliber and quality? Leave a comment below.

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Why the Right To Bear Arms Is Still Extremely Relevant

Quick! How many times within the last year have you heard that you don’t “need” to have guns? If you’re like many outspoken gun owners, you have probably lost count. People have various reasons for their favorite anti-gun arguments. Some say that no one needs guns because they can just call the police when they need help. Others insist that you can fight off a gun-wielding attacker with a knife, baseball bat, or another inferior weapon. Still others claim that if all guns are outlawed, no one will be at risk of gun violence anymore.

If you’re confused by all the pro- and anti-gun rhetoric, you’re not alone. Many people struggle to understand how necessary guns really are in today’s world. Could those calling for more gun control be right, or could they be horribly misguided? To help answer your questions, here are a few reasons why the right to bear arms is still extremely relevant today.

The Second Amendment Is Not Outdated

Our forefathers were very wise people. They willingly fought and risked their lives to escape a tyrannical government. The last thing they wanted to do was create a new government that had any chance of becoming like the one they ran away from. This was the primary reason they included the Second Amendment in the Constitution of the United States.

By giving the people the right to keep and bear arms, the founders protected citizens of the United States from forced government encroachments and takeovers. With how divided and caustic our country has become in recent years, it’s clear to see we still need that protection today.

Tyranny doesn’t have an expiration date, and there’s no reason we should think it’s limited to governments of yesteryear. In fact, there are several dictatorial governments in the world already (Cuba is just one example), so there’s no reason to think the heads of our government wouldn’t try it too if they could successfully disarm the citizens of our great nation.  

Crime Rates Are Rising Fast

Crime rates in major cities are rising at unprecedented rates. From April 2020 to April 2021 alone, homicide rates in major American cities increased 33%. Taking away the peoples’ right to protect themselves from criminals makes no sense in our current situation.

Some claim that if there are no more guns, you can’t be killed by one. But savvy criminals always find a way to get their hands on the things they want. As a wise man once said, “when guns are outlawed, only the outlaws will have guns.”

Guns Create Equality

Equality is a buzzword these days, right? A growing number of people want equal outcomes when it comes to professional pay, education, and living standards. But when it comes to defending oneself, there are some who suddenly abandon their equality ideals. It’s a strange phenomenon.

If you look at guns as the great equalizers, you’ll see that they are very necessary today. They help put people who might be physically disadvantaged (such as females, people with disabilities, and the elderly) on equal ground with their attackers. If you have a gun, you have hope of fighting off anyone who tries to harm you, no matter how much larger or physically stronger they may be than you. Sometimes, all you need to do is show a gun and the bad guy runs away (though it’s an unspoken rule that you should only pull a gun out if you are prepared to use it).

Guns aren’t the evil things they’re often portrayed to be. After all, they’re just inanimate objects. It’s the people who wield them who determine whether they are used for good or ill, to harm or to preserve.

What do you think about the recent talk on gun rights? Do you think guns should be more tightly controlled or that the Second Amendment should not be infringed upon? Let us know in the comments section!

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A Brief Review of the Taurus G3c Pistol

Taurus is a gun manufacturer with a storied past. People either love them or hate them for their reputation. However, over the last several decades, you cannot deny the company’s ambition and improvement. The G3c is the latest pistol to come off production, and it is a decent addition to the affordable firearms market.

Features

As a more affordable option to the Glock 26 and Glock 19, the Taurus G3c is a fair contribution to the handgun sector. It is a 12-round, slim gun that is perfect for concealing and easy to handle. The manufacturer also produces larger capacity magazines of 15 and 17 rounds for those interested. For those looking for a good glove box or home defense handgun, the Taurus G3c is a good fit.

Magwell

The magwell is nothing special. It does not provide a beveled edge — at least not enough to support reload the weapon. Without adequate definition and due to its smaller size, a user can injure their hands when reloading. Essentially, people with bigger hands might get pinched between the base plate and the gun.

Ergonomics

The overall ergonomics of the gun are good. The grip has a sandpaper-like texturing that makes a shooter confident in their hold. While not an overly large firearm, the G3c is a decent size for most people.

The trigger is unique. It is a double-action, single action, striker fire trigger. However, the weapon will most likely be used as a single action because it does not have an automatic or manual way to decock.

Sights

Unlike the G2c and the G3, Taurus decided to upgrade to metal sights on the G3c. The front sight is white-painted, and the rear sight is blacked out with horizontal serrations. All in all, the sights are quite an upgrade for Taurus and guns at this price point. In fact, the sights are better than most stock pistols, even at higher price points.

Controls

When reviewing the controls of the G3c, it becomes clear it was designed with right-handed shooters in mind. The safety is located on the left-hand side of the gun toward the rear, optimal positioning for a right-handed shooter. Also, the slide stop is located on the same side, making left-handed shooting nearly impossible without compromising your grip. 

Aesthetics

Aesthetically, the Taurus G3c is nothing special. It is a budget gun, and most people do not expect much from that price point. While you can shine it up with some oil or rub and elbow grease, the G3c will always look like a budget gun. For what it is, there is absolutely nothing wrong with its appearance. It remains a practical and effective weapon for the right shooter.

Shooting

If you want a soft shooter, don’t purchase this gun. The G3c, while small, packs a powerful punch, which is to be expected with its 9mm cartridge. Additionally, the weapon does feel a little heavy, with most of the weight focused on the slide. That said, the Taurus G3c is a capable firearm with strong recoil. However, most shooters can handle it as long as they have a proper grip.

The G3c is not for everyone, especially left-handed shooters, but it is a decent budget-friendly option. The sights, dual-action trigger, and ergonomic design make it a comfortable and capable weapon for home defense and conceal-carry.

What do you think of Taurus and the G3c model? Leave a comment below.

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4 Ways to Improve Your Situational Awareness

It happens all the time in movies. An unsuspecting victim is living blissfully unaware of his or her surroundings when a shady character sneaks up and attacks him or her from behind. Or there are those maddening movie scenes that depict a brain-dead homeowner who hears a noise in the basement and goes down to investigate without so much as a baseball bat for protection. These movies show an embarrassing lack of situational awareness and basic preservation skills.

Though real life is nothing like the movies, there are still some parallels that can be drawn between the two. In real life (just as in the movies), you’re more likely to become a victim if you aren’t aware of what’s going on around you. Simply paying attention to your surroundings can make you a much less desirable target for a criminal.  

Increasing your situational awareness can increase your likelihood of escaping dangerous situations. Here are five ways to improve your situational awareness so you don’t become an unsuspecting victim.

1. Be Aware of What a “Normal” Situation Looks Like

If you want to improve your situational awareness, you first have to establish a “normal” environmental baseline. Determine what sounds, sights and behaviors you should expect in your current situation so you can immediately pinpoint anything that falls outside of “normal.”

For example, if you’re hiking in the woods, you can expect to hear few noises except for insects, birds, and the occasional passing hiker. If the woods are abnormally quiet, you should be on alert for predators (of the human or animal variety), or for dangerous weather.

If you’re driving on a busy street, you should expect the normal sights and sounds of traffic. If something seems “off” from the usual, keep an eye out for potential danger.

2. Assess Your Surroundings for Potential Threats

Situational awareness is not synonymous with paranoia. You shouldn’t be overly stressed when you’re living your daily life. However, you should be consistently checking your surroundings for potential threats. You can do this in a casual, low-stress way. Here are a few habits that can increase your situational awareness:

  • Pay attention to what’s going on around you (including sounds, sights, smells and the overall feeling in the air).
  • Make note of anyone or anything that seems out of place or suspicious. Watch the person or thing in question to assess whether or not you’re in a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Consider whether a suspicious individual could be carrying a weapon or could have access to a nearby item that could be used as a weapon (such as a chain, baseball bat or shovel).
  • Look for suitcases, bags or other similar items that are left in a crowded area without an owner nearby. This is a common way criminals hide explosives.

If you have an uneasy feeling about a specific individual or your environment, move on to the next step.

3. Look for an Escape Route

If you’re generally a calm person but you can’t shake an uneasy feeling, pay attention to your instincts. Look for different escape routes you can use to get out of the situation or place you’re currently in. Once you have identified a good escape route, use it to get away from a potentially dangerous environment.

4. Plan How You Will Respond

If you feel a little suspicious but don’t have an opportunity to get away from the situation, imagine different scenarios in your head and imagine how you will respond. If someone attempts to attack you or people near you, what will you do? If someone draws a weapon such as a gun, are there places nearby that will provide you with shelter (such as desks, pillars, cars, etc.)? A good plan can help you avoid freezing up and becoming a stationary target.

These are all important components of situational awareness. Do you have any other situational awareness suggestions? Let us know in the comments section!

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7 of the Most Reliable Pistols on the Market

The focus of this list is on 9mm striker-fired pistols as these are some of the most reliable handguns, and the selection is based on approachability for beginners. So, without further ado, here are the top seven in no particular order.

1. Glock 17/19

Released in the 1980s, the Glock 17 and 19 were the original granddaddies of striker-fired pistols. The G17 provided a full-size handgun with a 17 round capacity, while the more compact G19 offered a capacity of 15 rounds, more suitable for concealment.

Aside from the customizability of the Glock pistol, with its plentiful supply of aftermarket parts, the firearm is known for its simple design and reliability. Since its inception, it has remained one of the most trusted handguns, and there is no sign of changing tides.

2. CZ P10C

As CZ’s first striker model, the company made quite a splash with the release of the P10C series in 2017. With its fiber-reinforced polymer frame and stainless steel side, there is no denying the sophistication of the build. However, don’t let its beauty fool you. The reliability of this weapon is second to none and comparable to the Glock 19.

The manufacturer designed the firearm as a direct competitor to the Glock. The specifications even allow the gun to fit into Glock holsters and support aftermarket parts.

3. SIG Sauer P320

It wasn’t that long ago the U.S. military switched from the Beretta M9 and 92FS in favor of the more polished SIG Sauer P320. The primary reason for the switch is twofold: reliability and versatility.

The most unique aspect of the firearm is the gun assembly, which can be removed and swapped with alternate frame sizes. The availability of size adjustments is unique to this pistol and provides convenience for owners.

4. Smith & Wesson M&P

The year 2005 saw the succession from Smith & Wesson’s 3rd generation hammer-fired guns to the updated M&P line of firearms. With an enhanced ergonomic design, superior trigger, and aggressive grip stippling, the M&P 2.0 series has become Glock’s primary competitor. With multiple sizes, the M&P series remains popular among handgun enthusiasts, especially beginners and those concerned with self-defense.

5. Heckler & Koch VP9

Released in 2014, the HK VP9 or SFP9 was designed as a direct competitor to Walther PPQ and Glock 19 models. While the size of the handgun closely resembles the G17, it only holds 15 rounds, like the G19.

The primary design features of the firearm include two polymer protrusions on the rear and interchangeable side panels and backstraps to promote a better and customizable grip. As a competitor to the Walther PPQ and Glock 19, the HK VP9 is incredibly reliable and excellent for beginners.

6. Walther PPQ

The Walther PPQ was developed with the stylings of a Glock in mind. The manufacturer included aggressive grip texturing, forward slide serrations, a squared-off trigger guard, and a Glock-like single-action trigger with consistent pull, creating a well-rounded and reliable firearm. Interested buyers can opt for the M1 or M2 models, the latter having an American-style magazine release.

7. Walther P99

In 1996, Walther released a genuinely unique firearm: the Walther P99. With a double-action and single-action without a consistent pull, the P99 stands out as one of the most unique designs in the history of striker-fired pistols. The weapon also includes an AS mode, making the gun easier to shoot and safer to carry.

Do you know of any other reliable firearms or have any suggestions of handguns that should have made this list? Leave a comment below.

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Gunmaker Troy Industries Moving To the Greener Pastures of Clarksville, Tennessee

Massachusetts is increasing pushes for gun control legislation, showing a continued trend towards tighter restrictions on gun manufacturers and sales. While these pushes seem in line with current population demands in the state, the changes are not beneficial to manufacturers in the state.

Troy Industries, a leading U.S. gun manufacturer, is transferring its headquarters from the left-leaning state to protect its operations and interests. The CEO and founder, Steve Troy, Jr., is moving the company to Clarksville, Tennesse. In a statement, the CEO announced the move was indeed motivated by the “changing climate for firearms manufacturers in the state.”

troy is not the first, and likely won't be the last

For decades, Massachusetts was home to some of the most notable firearm brands, including Smith & Wesson. While not entirely removed from the state, Smith & Wesson, a Massachusetts-born company, began moving out of the state when legislative changes started impacting operational and manufacturing. Today, most of their production and distribution stems from the Missouri-based facility.

States focusing on gun control legislation are quickly seeing a response within the industry, with many companies moving to other, more welcoming states. Kimber and Check-Mate are steadily transitioning from New York to Georgia and Alabama. In 2013, with the adoption of magazine capacity limits, Magpul left Colorada. Similarly, changes in California forced Weatherby, a rifle maker, to relocate to Wyoming.

While not all manufacturers are leaving states like Troy Industries, many are finding ways to get around manufacturing and production restrictions. Olin-Winchester, an ammunitions maker, shifted production from Illinois to Missippi to avoid increasing regulatory hurdles. Additionally, Lewis Machine & Tool, currently LMT, recently opened a new facility in Iowa, also navigating Illinois’s increasing gun control focus.

While states begin to focus on the gun control debate, it is also crucial to consider the industrial and economic consequences of such decisions. There is something to be said for going with the court of public opinion, but something can also be said for an industry that is equally a part of the American spirit.

how does moving affect troy industries future

From all appearances, Troy Industries is as strong and financially sound as ever. The move is not a result of an economic downturn. It is a personal and political choice, one made with a clear focus on its future growth. 

With the continuing changes and calls for change in Massachusetts, the company was operating on borrowed time. There was no saying how many more regulatory hurdles would be imposed on manufacturers remaining in the state. By leaving, Troy Industries is apparently giving the state what it wants.

Legislative pushes and political leanings evolved to the point of being unwelcoming to gun manufacturers and suppliers. While it might not have been the state’s initial intent to force an industry out, Massachusetts has succeeded in that endeavor. Whether you believe the gun control advocates to be misguided or just, the country needs to find a way to work together toward a collective goal. It doesn’t seem like alienating an entire industry, especially those most informed about the statistical and operational pitfalls, is how to resolve the gun control debate. 

What is your opinion on the future of gun control and Troy Industries’ move to Tennessee? Leave a comment below to start a conversation. 

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How To Pick Your Very First Gun

You know you want a gun, but you have no idea what type of gun will best suit your purposes, right?  With so many different varieties out there, how can you possibly decide which gun should have the honor of being your “first”? While there is no single “right” gun for everyone, there are some things you can do to determine which gun is right for you. Here are some helpful tips to make the first-time gun selection process much easier.

Figure Out the Purpose for Your Gun

Before you purchase your first gun, you need to think about what its primary purpose will be. Are you buying a gun primarily for home defense or for target practicing at the gun range? Do you want a gun you can carry with you (concealed or open), or are you searching for a home-defense gun that will do the most damage to an intruder with murderous intent?

The intended purpose for your gun may not fall into a single category, and that’s OK. You may want to use it for both home defense and target shooting. But as long as you at least have an idea for how you’ll use it, you’ll be able to avoid purchasing a firearm that doesn’t meet your most important needs or expectations.

Try a Few Types

Remember how your mom always encouraged you to date a lot of girls so you get an idea of what’s out there? The same holds true when you’re gun shopping. You don’t want to make a commitment to the very first gun you hold in your hands, because you don’t know if there’s something better out there for you. Try a variety of guns. If possible, go to a gun range and test shoot multiple guns so you can see how they feel in your hands, how much recoil they have, etc. When it comes to choosing your first firearm, “playing the field” is a good thing. It will help you make a wise investment when you’re ready to commit to your first gun.

Consider Ammo Availability

As a first-time gun buyer, you may not be aware of how difficult it’s been to find ammo lately. Hopefully, everything gets back to normal soon, but it is wise to at least consider ammo availability before purchasing a gun. Though every type of ammo is more difficult to find right now than usual, there are some types of ammo that are more popular and are generally easier to find when there isn’t a general ammunition shortage. They include: .22, 9mm, .223, 12 gauge and .308. In normal conditions, if you have a gun that takes any of these ammunition types, you should be able to find the ammo you need pretty easily.

Figure Out Your Budget

Firearms can be expensive, but you can also get decent models for a reasonable price. When you’re shopping for your first gun, set a realistic budget, then look for a gun that fits within that budget.

In addition to these tips, you’ll also need to consider gun weight and size when purchasing your first firearm. If you’re still not sure what type of gun is right for you, don’t be shy about talking to a salesperson at your local gun store. He or she knows a lot about different gun models and will be able to help you select the firearm you need.

Are you an experienced gun owner who has a favorite gun you consider ideal for first-time gun buyers? Or maybe you have a few models you’d advise inexperienced gun owners to stay away from. Either way, let us know in the comments section!

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22 vs. Shotgun for Survival

The world has gone a little bit crazy lately, and it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll protect yourself and your family if it ever comes to that. One of the most effective survival tools available is the one government is constantly trying to take away: the firearm. Though some people seem to think they’re all equally dangerous, the truth is that some firearms are more lethal than others. And no, it generally has nothing to do with how “scary” the firearm looks.

Those who have real-world experience with guns know that the .22 and the shotgun are both highly desirable for home-defense purposes. But what about survival in general? Which one is the better choice for your overall survival needs, including staving off predators (both the human and animal varieties) and obtaining food? It turns out the answer isn’t obvious at first glance, so let’s break down the pros and cons of each gun in detail.

Range

When it comes to your survival, the shooting range of your gun is very important. In this category, the .22 is the clear winner. The average .22 long rifle is effective at 150 yards. A shotgun, on the other hand, is meant for close-range targets. The estimated effective range of the average shotgun is just 25-40 yards with birdshot, approximately 50-75 yards with smoothbore slug, and closer to 100-125 yards with a rifled slug. So, in the category of range, the .22 wins if you’re planning to shoot targets far away from you. Of course, accuracy also depends on the skills of the person doing the shooting, as well.

Weight

It’s not unusual for shotguns to weigh as much as 12 pounds, though there are lighter-weight options available. The average .22, on the other hand, weighs just 5-7 pounds fully loaded and scoped. When it comes to survival purposes, even a few pounds makes a big difference. The lighter the gun, the less energy you’ll expend lugging it around. So in terms of weight, the .22 comes out on top.

Versatility

The more versatile a gun is, the better it generally is for survival purposes. A .22 can only use one type of ammunition, while a shotgun can take a variety of ammunition options. This can make it easier for you to choose the right variety for the type of food you’re trying to take down. In terms of versatility alone, the shotgun has the upper hand.

Damage

In a real-life survival situation, you’ll probably care more about the damage your gun can inflict than how much it weighs. You’ve probably already guessed which gun is the winner when it comes to mortal damage, and it’s the shotgun. For up-close encounters, such as if a robber is trying to kill you or make off with your supplies, a shotgun is more desirable than a .22. It also requires less accuracy, which is important when your adrenaline is pumping and your arms are shaking.

You’ll also want a shotgun at your side if you encounter large predators in the wild. A shotgun will probably take down an attacking bear quicker than a .22.

The bottom line is that both of these guns are great to have for survival purposes. However, out of the four categories listed above, the .22 wins two and the shotgun wins two. We hate to decide the outcome of a tie-breaker (though we’re leaning toward the shotgun), so we want you to let us know which one you’d rather have by your side in a survival situation. Have you had to use either of these guns for self-defense? If so, how did it turn out? Let us know in the comments section below!

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5 Tips for Cleaning Your Rifle or Firearm

There are few tools in a prepper’s or survivalist’s toolbox than their weapon, and most prefer a firearm. While guns are fun and can belong to sport, the primary use of the weapon is for self-defense and hunting. In any situation, however, accuracy and dependability matter, but if your weapon is not maintained and cleaned properly, there is no telling what will happen when you pull the trigger.

The way to ensure the continued functionality of your rifle is through proper and routine maintenance, including cleaning. The following five tips can help make the process a little more manageable.

1. Safety and Preparation

Before you determine the right supplies or begin breaking down the gun, you need to perform essential safety checks, ensuring no mishaps or accidents occur during cleaning. You’ll want to remove any ammo and clear the chamber before making sure the barrel is empty.

With the firearm safe, you can select your cleaning supplies. Most manufacturers also sell cleaning kits, which include a cleaner and rod. While BoreSnakes are useful in cleaning handguns, they are not as effective in cleaning rifles.

2. Disassembly and Organization

Before disassembling your firearm, layout your cleaning supplies. A mat can make cleaning and organization easier with less risk of damage to your weapon. You want to organize your breakdown into main categories, keeping track of all pieces.

For a bolt action rifle, you will extract the bolt and remove the magazine. A semiauto AR rifle will require a bit more work, removing the magazine, rear pin, separating the upper and lower receivers, removing the bolt and carrier, charging handle, and buffer group.

3. Spray and Wipe Down

Spray down all parts with the cleaning fluid from the kit, and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. The time might vary based on the kit or fluid you use. Once the cleaner has had time to loosen the debris and grime, wipe down all the parts with a rag. You can use cotton swabs or other small narrow items to help clean the nooks and crannies of the gun. For a rifle, bolt action or other, use a skewer or plastic scraper to remove gun powder residue.

4. Barrel and Crown

Since most of your focus up to this point has been on the other components of the firearm, the barrel should be adequately soaked by now. Using a barrel cleaning rod for a rifle or other tool for a handgun, you want to insert the tool and rag into the barrel, pushing it slowly through to the muzzle or crown. Switch the rag and repeat the process until your rags come out clean. You want to protect the crown during the cleaning process. If the crown gets damaged, it can result in inaccuracy when firing.

5. Grease and Wear

While gun manufacturers do their best to create handheld tools that will last, there are inevitably pieces within the weapon that receive metal-on-metal action, resulting in wear. The more you use your firearm, the more wear you can expect. To help prevent too much damage from routine use, leave a bit of grease or lubricant on those high-wear parts, reducing the level of friction while firing. 

Gun care comes down to a routine. If you want your weapon to last, you need to get in the habit of cleaning it. Unfortunately, making something a habit is not always easy, especially when labor is involved. How do you make gun cleaning a normal part of your life? Do you have any tips to make the job easier? Leave a comment below.

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The Rise of DIY Gun Kits Pose New Threat To Law Enforcement Agencies

As with the manufactured drug trade, gun manufacturers are beginning to take advantage of legal loopholes. Commonly referred to as “ghost guns,” DIY gun kits are being sold over the internet to any interested party. These firearms are untraceable, with no serial numbers, paperwork, or registered gun card, and worst of all, ownership is technically not illegal. The federal government and many state legislatures have yet to put any new law in the books to prevent ownership or sale of these kits, providing easy access to those otherwise incapable of gun ownership.

A Gun Control Issue Most Can Get Behind Is Stalled in Congress

While lawmakers are continuously stuck on the standard non-starters of the gun control debate, they continue to ignore the growing and actionable problem of DIY kits. The ATF has noted a significant rise in the number of weapons and “arsenals” they are coming across during raids and routine operations. While the agency refers to these firearms as self-made unserialized firearms, they are the same “ghost guns” and DIY weapons President Biden recently made a stand against, urging congress to move forward with legislation to control the mounting problem.

Availability Without Accountability

While building a kit gun is not illegal, it is still illegal for a prohibited person from owning a firearm to possess one. However, because there are few, if any, restrictions on the sale of these firearms, it is easier for a criminal or someone prohibited to get ahold of this type of weapon. 

Law enforcement agencies are beginning to feel like their hands are tied. While a convicted criminal is not technically permitted to own a gun in most territories, the sale of these weapons is untraceable. When an individual is spotted with a weapon they are not supposed to have, like Darryl Collins of Chicago, it is hard to file charges. During Collins’ arrest, he ran and threw the DIY gun aside. When in custody, prosecutors decided only to charge him as a felon in possession of ammunition.

DIY Gun Kits and the Potential for Carnage

Since the beginning of 2021, there have been at least 104 mass shootings occurring in 29 states and Washington D.C. While DIY gun kits are not responsible for these shootings, there is no telling how the increased ease-of-access, especially to those prohibited through normal channels, will increase gun violence and death risks. 

Regardless of your views on the gun control debate, laws currently exist on the books that protect all citizens against people more prone to violence or determined mentally unfit for gun ownership. “Ghost guns” negate those laws, taking advantage of loopholes to ensure gross profit. As a prepper, your goal is survival, and while fair gun ownership is a part of that process, DIY kits present a clear risk to your safety and the safety of others.

For the responsible gun owner, accountability and liability are crucial. Every hunter and survivalist plays their role and takes part in the legal system of gun ownership, which includes licensing and paperwork. While the idea of a DIY kit might sound intriguing, it opens up a dangerous production channel for weapons development on the domestic front. While some people might not agree with every gun law in the books, are “ghost guns” even a part of the solution, or are they purely a problem? Leave a comment below, respectfully expressing your opinion, and keep the conversation going.

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