In mid-March 2016, the Secret Service started shopping for a firearm to replace or supplement its fleet of H&K MP5s and FNP90s FN PS90 . I’ve met and known a few of the agents, and to the person they’re hard working, dedicated and decent—so I’m glad an upgrade is in the works. Of course, not everyone will agree it’s going to be an improvement. I’ll let you decide. “A March 14 Solicitation Request posted on FedBizOpps.gov announced specifications for the new gun. Those submitted for consideration must meet the following dimensional requirements: maximum height 8.5″ (without accessories), 10″- to 12″ barrel with a 1:7″ RH rifling (5.56 NATO), weight of 7.5 lbs. or less, overall length (extended) of no more than 34″, direct-gas-impingement or short-stroke piston operation and ambidextrous fire-controls that select from safe, semi-automatic and fully automatic. Firearms with a “burst limiter” will not be considered for the 10,000-rifle contract. While the debate rages whether going to a gun that appears to have a lot of M-4 in its bloodline is best, there’s little dissension on the other point. The Secret Service deserves the best system available today. Read more – American Rifleman ( Featured image courtesy of americanrifleman.org )
Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Let’s be honest: The NRA is not as popular as it once was. A lot of gun owners feel like the NRA’s priorities these days have shifted more to lobbying for large firearms manufacturers and promoting their own political influence than actually defending Second Amendment rights. Whether that’s true or not, it is clear that the NRA is hurting. Poll after poll is showing that their approval rating among Americans is the lowest it’s been in at least a decade, even among gun owners. The NRA has also been losing money for years. All of this has led many gun owners to look for other organizations to donate to and rely on for training, range insurance, and the other services that the NRA provides, whether because they no longer wish to support the NRA or because they don’t see the NRA as having a stable future. If that’s you, then you’ve come to the right place. The NRA is far from the only pro-gun organization. This list is full of various organizations that you can choose to support instead of (or in addition to, if you’re not put off the NRA). I’ll start with general pro-gun and pro-Second Amendment advocacy groups and then go into some other special interest groups that focus more on particular demographics of gun owners or focus on specific issues surrounding gun ownership. Finally, I’ll finish up with state-level organizations . Now that you know where we’re going, let’s start working on getting there. Table of Contents Loading... General Groups To get us started, I’m going to talk about a few general firearm advocacy groups. These are the groups that are most like what the NRA is supposed to be. Gun Owners of America Gun Owners of America is probably the most popular NRA alternative. It was created in 1975 by NRA board member and California state senator H. L. Richardson in response to his belief that the NRA was compromising on the protection of gun rights. For gun owners with the same belief today, it’s an excellent resource. Sadly, Sen. Richardson has recently passed away at the age of 93. His work and legacy shall live on through the GOA. GOA primarily focuses on supporting pro-gun legislation and candidates, opposing the opposite including by challenging existing laws in court, and educating the public, media, and government officials about Second Amendment and firearms related issues through the Gun Owner’s Foundation , GOA’s non-profit arm. Like the NRA, GOA rates politicians on their firearm friendliness and publishes voting histories for representatives to help you inform your votes. Wait, there are members of Congress in California that didn’t get an F- rating? In addition to their political activism, GOA also sponsors firearms training programs. Second Amendment Foundation The Second Amendment Foundation has been working to educate the public on the Second Amendment and to defend the Second Amendment in court since the non-profit was started in 1974. The SAF is extremely active in suing governments at all levels for Second Amendment violations and estimate that they’re involved in a whopping 80% of Second Amendment related legal cases currently going on in the US. While the SAF doesn’t provide attorneys for people who’ve been accused in firearms-related cases, but they do provide an attorney referral service. Though the SAF doesn’t engage in lobbying themselves, they do have a lobbying affiliate, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) , which is part of the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights. They also host the Gun Rights Policy Conference, a meetup of national and grassroots gun rights activists to look at threats to the Second Amendment and discuss strategies for combating them. SAF has a great FAQ section, take a look ! In addition, the SAF publishes a variety of resources to help gun owners stay on top of firearms related legislation. Other National Level Groups: American Rifle & Pistol Association National Association for Gun Rights Firearms Policy Coalition Constitutional Rights PAC (focused on constitutional rights in general, not just Second Amendment rights) Special Interest Groups As opposed to the general advocacy organizations above, these groups are focused on specific demographics, political groups , or issues. They can be great compliments to the above groups if you’d like to put additional support towards a more specific aspect of firearms rights and ownership or you can join them in lieu of one of those groups Pink Pistols Pro-gun activism and pro-LGBTQ activism are typically associated with opposite sides of the political aisle, but Pink Pistols brings the two issues together. LGBTQ people are at an increased risk of being the victims of violent crime compared to their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. Pink Pistols seeks to fix that by teaching sexual minorities how to legally and effectively use and conceal firearms. Then they make that mission public so that would-be attackers can no longer be sure who is and isn’t carry a weapon with which to defend themselves. They do this through local chapters throughout the US that get together to train, socialize, and teach one another. NRA Instructor and leader of the Boston Pink Pistols, Aaron Grossman, fires at targets at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club. ( Robin Lubbock/WBUR ) Pink Pistols is not a lobbying group for either firearms or LGBTQ rights and encourages members to engage in activism according to their own conscience. In order to protect the privacy of their members, they have no official membership application process or list. To be a member of the Pink Pistols, one simply has to declare themselves one. While Pink Pistols’ mission focuses on LGBTQ people, you don’t have to be a sexual minority to participate. Similar organizations include Operation Blazing Sword and Trigger Warning Queer & Trans Gun Club . The Well-Armed Woman The Well-Armed Woman is the premier online resource for gun info for women. It was founded by Carrie Lightfoot (who was featured in my list of Badass Lady Shooters ) in response to the lack of helpful firearms resources for women. Carrie Lightfoot The site features a massive array of content by and for women, including not only firearms resources but also info on other defensive behaviors like situational awareness and cybersecurity as well as non-lethal self-defense. In addition, the site has a store with a variety of firearms accessories, as well as apparel, gifts, training videos, and self-defense gear, including items not available anywhere else. In addition to the website, through The Well-Armed Woman Shooting Chapters program, the organization also has a ton of local chapters spread throughout the US which provide training and the opportunity to socialize with fellow women shooters. Both experienced shooters and firearm newbies looking to learn are welcome. The Well-Armed Woman also certifies women to be shooting instructors through a course that pays special attention to the needs and issues of women shooters. You can find a list of their certified instructors on their website. A Girl and A Gun is a similar organization that focuses on introducing women and girls to recreational and competitive sport shooting, paying less attention to using guns for defense. Evolve USA Evolve USA is a little bit different from a lot of other gun focused organizations in that they aren’t at all political. In fact, they’re overtly apolitical, actively refusing to discuss or debate anything about gun control from either side. Instead, Evolve focuses on solving what they call “America’s dumbest problem,” the 16,000 people every year who are injured or killed due to preventable gun accidents, by reminding gun owners to take the proper steps to use their guns safely and prevent them from being accessed by people who shouldn’t, and remind other gun owners to do the same. Or, as they put it, to not be a dumbass . You may remember them from this video that went viral a few years back: Evolve also makes great targets, posters, and stickers that you can download for free off of their website to remind yourself and others to be safe. Or just to give yourself a chuckle. National African American Gun Association It’s no secret that the United States doesn’t have a great historical track record when it comes to respecting the rights of our black residents, including Second Amendment rights, even after the government began recognizing them as citizens. Even today, firearm ownership among the African American community is much lower than among whites . The "National African American" Gun Association seeks to change that. They’re a relatively new kid on the block, founded in 2015 in February (in honor of Black History Month). Like the Pink Pistols, NAAGA was originally formed to arm and educated a community, while encouraging members to engage in political activism as individuals. In addition, NAAGA honors the black community’s unique history with firearms over the last 400 years . However, there is now talk in the organization about becoming more politically involved, but whether that will happen and, if so, how has yet to be determined. If you’d like to be part of that conversation or otherwise just want to be part of a developing organization, now’s a great time to join. Safari Club International "Safari Club International" (SCI) is probably the leading voice in advocating for both hunters and for sustainable hunting practices. The Safari Club works to protect hunting both in the US and internationally. Domestically, SCI lobbies government officials on both the state and federal level and litigates cases related to hunting issues. At the international level, SCI is a non-governmental participant in a bunch of different organizations and treaties related to hunting, conservation, and firearms, including the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES). Through the Safari Club International Foundation , they also engage in massive efforts for conservation, humanitarian aid, and poaching prevention. A few of these efforts include conservation grants, Sensory Safari, a program which introduces visually impaired adults and children to wildlife education through touch, Sportsmen Against Hunger, which provides food in the form of hunted game for those in need. Fun fact, 1 whitetail deer can feed up to 200 people. Disabled Hunter Program, which makes hunting and shooting more accessible for those with various disabilities . SCI and SCI Foundation are great organizations to support if, in addition to hunting and firearms, environmental preservation, species conservation, and humanitarian efforts are your jam. "The Safari Club" is far from the only group of its kind. There are a couple of other general hunting advocacy groups like the Boone and Crockett Club and the Sportsmen’s Alliance , but there are also plenty of species focused groups as well, including: Ducks Unlimited National Wild Turkey Federation Quality Deer Management Association Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Mule Deer Foundation Pheasants Forever State-Level Groups In addition to the national level groups discussed above, there are also plenty of groups that operate at the state and local levels. Since there are so many of them and membership depends on where you live, I’m not going to provide a comprehensive list here. There are times when we are 1 nation and there are times when we are 50 states, our firearm laws cross both lines often. State law is often the most vulnerable to radical change, what happens in California 10 years ago may be coming to a legalization session near you sooner than you think. I strongly recommend that you look into what state-level groups are representing your rights and support them if you agree. Since much of the Pew Pew team is in California and I’m in Georgia, here are two groups that we like. California Rifle & Pistol Association The California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) is basically the NRA, offering virtually all of the same types of resources and programs, but just for California. In fact, they’re the NRA’s State Association for California. That means that they’re an independent organization (rather than part of the NRA), but they’re recognized by the NRA and promote NRA programs and efforts. CRPA is a group that has had a string of recent victories, the most notable being Freedom Week . Live cam of California shooting ranges, May 30th, 2019. Georgia Carry Georgia Carry is my preferred state-level organization. They don’t provide the sort of resources for gun owners that some organizations do, like classes because they prefer to focus their efforts on lobbying efforts and challenging gun laws in court, a strategy that has proved quite successful. Florida Carry makes similar efforts on their side of the state line. Final Words These are just a few of the many, many gun advocacy organizations out there that you can support instead of the NRA. They’re all great organizations, but you should also feel free to explore more of the wide variety of groups and programs out there. You have plenty of options available to you, so look for one that you can really get behind. What are your thoughts on the NRA? What are your preferred gun organizations and what do you love about them? Let us know in the comments and be sure to share this list with anyone else you who happens to be looking for NRA alternatives!
Are you looking for the best home defense rifle? If so, there’s a good chance that you’re not alone. Finding the best rifle for a life and death situation will be key. Especially when you’re dealing with security concerns in your neighborhood or town. Regardless of how peaceful your neighborhood is, it's never immune to the dangers that home invaders and prowlers pose. To help you find the right home defense rifle, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of the seven best home defense rifles that are currently on the market. Before we unveil our list, we’ll be taking a look at some aspects that you’ll need to consider before making a decision and the characteristics that make a home defense rifle stand out better than the rest. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Home Defense Rifles OUR TOP PICK: Daniel Defense - DDM4 V7 16IN 5.56X45MM NATO 30+1RD Springfield Armory Saint Edge 5.56 NATO AR-15 Rifle BEST BUDGET OPTION: Ruger AR-556 5.56 NATO 10.5" Pistol PSAK-47 GF3 Forged "MOEkov" Rifle Comparison of the Best "Home Defense Rifle" s IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick Daniel Defense - DDM4 V7 16IN 5.56X45MM NATO 30+1RD 30-round magazine included. Chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO rounds. Runner-up for best overall home defense rifle. View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews Springfield "Armory Saint Edge" 5.56 NATO AR-15 Rifle Weighs 6.3 pounds. Best tactical rifle for home defense. Can fire 5.56 NATO and .223 rounds. "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Best Budget Option Ruger AR-556 5.56 NATO 10.5" Pistol Chambered in 5.56 NATO shots. Best home defense rifle for the money. Includes a stabilizing brace for more stable, accurate shooting. View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews PSAK-47 GF3 Forged "MOEkov" Rifle Side scope mount included. Best assault rifle for home defense. Includes a Magpul 30-round magazine. View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews Ruger Mini Thirty 7.62x39 Rifle with Flash Hider Chambered in 7.62x39 rounds. Best Semi-Auto Rifle for home defense. Flash hider included for night blindness prevention. View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM .308 Win Kryptek Highlander Chambered in .308 rounds. 10-round magazine capacity. Best rifle for home defense and hunting. View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews Aspects to Consider Before Buying Aside from the characteristics, it’s important to consider some factors that may aid you in making the best decision possible when it comes to finding a home defense rifle. Even if you’re a first-time buyer, you should consider looking over this list so you get a good idea of what you need to know. Here’s what you should mull over before making a decision: Price If you’re a budget shopper, it is possible to find a home defense rifle, but don’t settle on one just because of the price tag alone. The quality and overall performance should matter more than just numbers on a tag. Also, you might end up purchasing a rifle that might be high on your price scale but it will be worth it in the long run. Are You a First-Time User? If you’re a first time user and have no experience in using a gun for any purpose at all (including self-defense), it is important to enroll in a class where you can learn the basics of using a firearm for the purpose of self-defense (and other applications). Find information on a class near you and don’t be afraid to ask questions on what will be covered in the course itself. Source Am I Mentally Prepared to Use it if Needed? While it’s something that we don’t want to do, sometimes using a rifle on an attacker is necessary. That’s because our lives (and the lives of our families) are absolutely important. Incapacitating or even killing your assailant comes with the territory of self-defense, so you need to be absolutely sure that you are in the right mental state to do this. Is it Legal to Own a Rifle for Self-Defense Purposes? The short answer: it depends. At this point, you’ll need to consider researching your local and state gun laws to determine if it’s lawful to own a rifle for the purpose of self-defense. Some of them are either heavily restricted or are banned due to certain characteristics (i.e.--magazine capacity, barrel length, etc.). Err on the side of caution and make sure you research these laws so you won’t run into any legal headaches for unintentionally breaking the law. What Makes a Great Home Defense Rifle? There are a few standout characteristics that make a home defense rifle a lot better than most others on the market. It’s important to look for these characteristics as you conduct your own search. These separate the great rifles from those that are considered crappy in quality and unreliable in performance. Here is a brief list of what you need to look for in a rifle: Rail System A lot of rifles will have a top rail that might just be there for aesthetics. But rest assured, it has its uses. Some rifles will be either a Picatinny, Weaver or even an M-Lok rail. They will definitely work to your advantage if you’re looking for something to attach a scope or sight to. This rail will help you win the long game (no pun intended) when it comes to accuracy. Source Barrel Length Keep in mind that some home defense rifles will have barrels in different lengths. Also worth noting is depending on the state that you live in, it might be unlawful to own rifles that are short of the legal length (i.e.--NY state allows rifles with barrels of 16 inches in length or greater). Quick Take - The Best Home Defense Rifles These are our recommendations for the best home defense rifles: Daniel Defense - DDM4 V7 16IN 5.56X45MM NATO 30+1RD Springfield Armory Saint Edge 5.56 NATO AR-15 Rifle Ruger AR-556 5.56 NATO 10.5" Pistol Review of the Best Home Defense Rifles Below is a list of the seven best home defense rifles that are currently on the market. As you look through each one, it is absolutely important to take a look at the characteristics and additional features. This way, it will probably match what you might be looking for in your ideal home defense rifle. Remember, close enough is a lot better than nothing at all. Now, let’s get started by unveiling our choice for the “best overall” home defense rifle: Best Overall: Daniel Defense - DDM4 V7 16IN 5.56X45MM NATO 30+1RD CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Quick Heat Dissipation Reduced Recoil Right Out of the Box Easy to Customize Thanks to the Top Rail Free-Floating Handguard Really Helps With Accuracy The Magazine is Super Solid in Construction, Won’t Break Due to Hard Impact Cons Trigger Might Be Tough to Break in Initially M-Lok Rail May Not Accept All Optics and Scopes May Come With a Missing BCM Charging Handle What Recent Buyers Report Many recent buyers were satisfied with the rifle for a few good reasons. One said he was able to remove his scope from one of his old rifles and attach it to the M-Lok rail with the greatest of ease. Once he was able to attach it, this rifle was quite accurate hitting targets from about 100 to 150 yards out. He also mentioned that the recoil was considerably reduced even right out of the box. Why it Stands Out to Us One characteristic that is worth pointing out is that it comes with a flash suppressor. This is definitely a must-have accessory on self-defense rifles. Especially when most self-defense incidents happen at night. A good flash suppressor will put an end to night blindness that can be caused by rifle flash. Who Will Use This Most This will be used for tactical purposes by law enforcement officers and military personnel. Likewise, civilian users will use this for self-defense situations. Especially when they need a rifle that will allow them to navigate freely through obstacles while fending off attackers and prowlers. Since it’s light in weight, you won’t have a problem moving around. What Could Be Improved and Why A lot of self-defense rifles should be easy to use. In order to make it so, adjusting the pull weight on the trigger might be one place to start. While it’s not too heavy, it’s important to adjust it to a light enough weight where the shooter can quickly get a shot off. Timing is everything in a self-defense situation. Bottom Line The Daniel Defense DDM4 rifle has proven itself to be one of the best in the business when it comes to home defense rifles. With reduced recoil and flash, it definitely earns its place on the list. If you want something that’s easy to use and light enough for you to run and gun, this rifle might be exactly what you’re looking for. Best Tactical Rifle for Home Defense: Springfield Armory Saint Edge 5.56 NATO AR-15 Rifle CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very Accurate Shooting "Reduced Recoil Right" Out of the Box Very Lightweight, Easy to Move Around With Very Reliable Firing and Feeding, No Jamming Super Durable Can Take on the Bangs and Bumps Cons Magazine Might Wiggle a Bit Some Scopes or Optics May Not Attach Properly to the Top Rail It May Be Tough to Disassemble For Cleaning and Maintenance Purposes What "Recent Buyers Report" Most recent buyers were able to run and gun quite easily with this rifle. In indoor settings where the light conditions were low, they managed to test it out by seeing how well they can navigate around dark corners. With attachments like flashlights, they had no trouble whatsoever. Functionality wise, they were satisfied with how it fired and how accurate their shots were. Why it Stands Out to Us This rifle has the ability to fire off not just NATO 5.56 and .223 rounds. No matter which rounds you use, you still get a good deal of firepower and accuracy out of this rifle. Plus, we see it as yet another rifle that isn’t just used for home defense. It also makes a great rifle for all other applications. Who Will "Use This Most" This will be used for more than just home defense purposes. The rifle is useful for target shooting, competitive shooting, and hunting. In short, almost any shooter that may not be a beginner level user can handle it with ease. What Could Be Improved and Why Cutting to the chase, it should be easy to disassemble and reassemble. There will come a time when you will have to clean the rifle itself. But taking it apart shouldn’t be a chore. That alone would make the user not bother with the idea of cleaning it at all. Failure to clean your rifle will lead to reliability issues. Bottom Line The Springfield Armory Saint Edge rifle may be considered one of the best home defense rifles, but make no mistake about its ability to work with other applications. It’s a reliable, accurate rifle that will work in the most high-pressure conditions. Since it’s lightweight, you can move around no problem and beat your attackers and prowlers to the punch. Best for the Money: Ruger AR-556 5.56 NATO 10.5" Pistol CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easily Adjustable to Fit Most Shooters Excellent Pistol For Home-Defense Purposes Buffer Tube is Stable and Can Accept Most Pistol Braces Reliable Feeding and Shooting, No Jamming to Speak of Easily Customizable, You Can Attach Scopes or Sights For Better Accuracy Cons None What Recent Buyers Report A lot of recent buyers found this pistol to be easy to use. One said he was quite confident in using it in the event of a home-defense situation because it fires accurate, reliable shots. Plus, he’s able to easily adjust it so it fits every time. Most of the users who used this pistol found this to be much easier to use than most AR-15 rifles. Why it Stands Out to Us While it’s not a rifle, it functions like an AR-15. It has pretty much the same components that you’d find on a normal upper and lower receiver. The only difference is that the barrel is obviously shorter than your standard rifle. But it can fire rounds like nothing else. Still, it deserves its spot here on the list. Who Will Use This Most This will be the budget shopper’s choice for a self-defense firearm. But nonetheless, it’s just as effective as any other AR-15 pistol. Even those who have enough money to throw around might benefit from an AR-style pistol as a self-defense firearm rather than a rifle. Also, it will come in handy for those who usually have a hard time with rifles due to a variety of issues such as mobility. What Could Be Improved and Why While there really isn’t anything that we can think of for possible improvement, we can say that this should come with something that will sweeten the deal with budget shoppers. Perhaps throw in a few extra magazines for the fun of it. This will also give users the opportunity to stock up on extra magazines for this pistol. There is no such thing as having too many magazines. Bottom Line If you’re looking for a really good home defense pistol that won’t suck the life out of your bank account, you’ll be quite happy with the Ruger AR-556 pistol. It’s no rifle, but it still packs quite a punch like one. Plus, it allows you to handle it with more stability thanks to the adjustable pistol brace. Best Assault Rifle for Home Defense: PSAK-47 GF3 Forged "MOEkov" Rifle CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Firing is Smooth and Reliable "Can Accept Most" Muzzle Brakes Functions Flawlessly After 200+ Rounds Scope Mount Accepts Most 1-Inch Scopes Finish is Excellent, Very Aesthetically Sharp Cons Magazine Might Be Hard to Fit at First Trigger Reset Might Be a Little Delayed May Not Be Legal in Some States, Check Your Laws to Confirm What Recent Buyers Report A lot of recent buyers were looking for something that would be heavy-duty and useful for home defense situations. While trying this out at the range, they were impressed with the firepower it has. One user said that it packs a powerful punch and might be just enough to stop an attacker or prowler. The shooting was accurate and precise thanks to the sight included. Why it Stands Out to Us This rifle looks rugged, intimidating, and the firing power matches it quite nicely. Plus, the look alone might be enough for home invaders and prowlers to think twice. While this rifle is still legal to own and use, it gives us the opportunity to add this to the list. The construction on this puppy is solid and the curved magazine makes loading a lot easier and quicker most of the time. Who Will Use This Most This will probably be used by those who are fans of the AK-47 or want a rifle that will truly be a force to be reckoned with. It’s also a rifle that can make its money not just as a self-defense rifle but as a rifle that will be used by casual target shooters and competition shooters. Either way, this rifle packs enough of a punch to hit through targets at various distances. What Could Be Improved and Why Two things to point out that might warrant improvement: one, include a sling swivel so it can accept all kinds of carrying slings. Two, add a thicker recoil pad so it will be able to absorb more shock that will be stemmed from recoil. With a rifle as powerful as an AK, anything to take recoil down a notch or two is a must. Bottom Line If you’re looking for an assault rifle that will come through in the clutch in a home defense application, the PSAK-47 Forged “MOEkov” will probably be the rifle you choose. While it’s rugged in construction, it’s a beast when it comes to firepower. If you ever need a sidekick in life and death situations, what better way than to equip yourself with a rifle like this? Best Semi-Auto Rifle for Home Defense: "Ruger Mini Thirty" 7.62x39 Rifle with Flash Hider CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Excellent For Many Applications All Black Finish Makes it Look Really Good It Contains a 20-Round Capacity Magazine Sights Are Reliable, Can Help With Accurate Shots Light in Weight, it Doesn’t Feel Heavy if You "Move Around With" it Cons None What Recent Buyers Report Most recent buyers loved this rifle. They were quite impressed with the smooth firing ability. They were happy to report that through dozens of rounds, they were unable to see it jam once. The sight included is quite accurate, which is quite rare for factory sights according to one user. He also added that not only is it a great self-defense rifle, but he also uses it for the purpose of shooting targets on the weekends. Why it Stands Out to Us It’s a semi-automatic rifle that looks like a bolt action. But don’t be fooled, it can fire like any other semi-auto rifle. The all-black finish gives it that menacing look that might be intimidating to those who dare invade your home or try to attack you. Aside from that, it’s durable and tough all over. It’s the rifle to have if you’re looking to quickly move and navigate through most obstacles at night. Who Will Use This Most While it is considered a self-defense rifle, it is also the closest you can get to a multi-purpose rifle. This will be used by shooters who don’t really want to limit it down to one intended purpose. This can be used for casual target shooting and even varmint hunting. What Could Be Improved and Why Despite no obvious cons to point out, we also like to point out yet another stock that has the lack of a good recoil pad. Granted, the stock is made from synthetic material. So a good recoil pad to add on will definitely reduce more recoil. The flash hider does reduce some recoil but doesn’t reduce enough of it. Bottom Line If a semi-automatic rifle is more of your thing, then the Ruger Mini Thirty will probably be the rifle you’ll want for home defense purposes. It’s overall reliable, accurate, and will serve a purpose no matter which application you’ll use it for. Best Rifle for Home Defense and Hunting: Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM .308 "Win Kryptek Highlander" CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Will Work With Most One-Inch Scopes Still Reliable and Jam-Free After 250 Rounds Excellent For Both Home Defense and Hunting Accuracy is Better Than Expected For Most Users Camo Pattern Really Blends in Well With the Environment Cons Sights May Not Be as Reliable as Expected Some Say the Finish May Not Hold Up Forever Some May Have Issues With Zeroing in the Rifle at First What Recent Buyers Report New users were satisfied with this rifle. Most of them were using it for hunting purposes. But they loved the stopping power on it so much that they were confident that it would work to their advantage in a home defense situation should such a thing arise. One user says it's great for both varmint and big game hunting. The shooting is accurate, doesn’t jam at all, and recoil is considerably reduced right out of the box. Why it Stands Out to Us This rifle is useful for both the purpose of hunting and self-defense. No matter what you use it for, we love it for a few reasons. One, this has a set of sights that can co-witness quite well with most scopes and other sights. That can only mean one thing: very accurate shooting. Plus, the rifle allows you to easily install a scope or optic if you so choose. Who Will Use This Most While most users will use it in a home defense application (when the situation warrants it), it will be used mostly for hunting varmint and big game targets. On the other hand, while you may not be able to encounter home invaders you may encounter a different kind of invader. We’re talking about varmints that might create a mess on your property or threaten your pets. What Could Be Improved and Why One of the things that could improve is making the sights brighter and a little easier to zero in. Furthermore, it would be nice to include easy adjustments for windage and elevation. This way, it will allow you to zero in the rifle much quicker. Bottom Line If you want a rifle that doubles as your best friend in the field and in life and death situations, the Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM rifle might be your cup of coffee. This might be the one rifle that will ward off all kinds of invaders, be it human or animal. 6. Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport II .223 Rem/5.56 NATO M-Lok Rifle w/ Crimson Trace Optic CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros M-Lok Provides Easy Customization Options Handguard Helps With Easy Heat Dissipation Engineered Not Just For Self-Defense But For Other Recreational Purposes Red/Green Sight Helps Shots Become More Accurate From Various Distances Lightweight and Rugged, It Can Take On All Kinds of Impacts While Navigating Obstacles Cons Might Be a Little Bulky For Storage Trigger Break-In Might Take a Little Longer Than Usual Red/Green Sight May Not Be Effective For Those With Poor Eyesight What Recent Buyers Report A lot of recent buyers were happy with the performance of this rifle. While it can be used for home defense, they were able to sight it in easily at various distances. One buyer said that he was so happy with the firing ability and accuracy that he’s confident that it will work in his favor in a home defense situation. Why it Stands Out to Us This rifle is a multipurpose rifle that can get the job done no matter how you use it. Plus, it’s durable and lightweight. So you can run and gun, go through obstacles without worrying about banging up the rifle too much, and all the components are in place with no wiggle room to speak of. All in all, it’s exactly how a home defense rifle should work. Who Will Use This Most This rifle will be used not just for home defense purposes. A lot of target shooters and competitive shooters will use this to their advantage. Especially when it’s both durable enough to take on abuse and light enough for you to run around and navigate around corners and obstacles. In short, home defense and recreational shooting will be the top applications here. What Could Be Improved and Why One thing that could improve is adjusting the size of the sight. Make it a bit smaller so it won’t be able to make the rifle look a little bulky. Alternatively, you can get rid of it altogether so it can make more room for scopes or optics that would perform much better and can be fit on the top rail. Bottom Line The Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport is the best home defense rifle in the business. So if you’re looking for the best of the best, your search probably ends here. It’s the kind of rifle that will stay tough and reliable in most situations where you’ll be able to move quickly and navigate as much as possible, especially when you’re trying to gain a tactical advantage over your attackers. Pros and Cons of Having a Rifle for Home Defense While having a home defense rifle has its advantages, it does come with its share of disadvantages. You’ll need to know what you can expect should you decide to invest in one for your own use. The following is a brief list of pros and cons: Pros Lightweight equals better movement The good news about these rifles is that they are light in weight. That will allow you to maneuver and move around without it feeling like you’re carrying a one-ton weight. You will move fluidly and a lot faster. Easy to Customize It’s easy to customize for the purpose of adding on a better scope or optic. Either way, it will allow you to customize it for the best possible accuracy you can get. Accuracy always matters, especially when you’re using a rifle in a home defense situation. It’s Legal in Most Jurisdictions You as an American have a right to defend yourself. In most states, you are allowed to based on the “stand your ground” laws or the like. This means you can defend yourself using a firearm if you’re in a situation where your life, property, and/or family are threatened. If your laws allow this, you are free and clear to own a rifle for this purpose. Cons Some rifles may be restricted or banned in some states While defending yourself with a firearm is legal in all jurisdictions, there are some states that heavy regulate this. Furthermore, there are some rifles that are either banned or have to be manufactured to meet certain state requirements. It’s always vital to research the local, state, and federal laws regarding what kind of rifle you can own for not just home defense, but for other applications as well. Some May be too Large for Maneuverability Depending on your length of pull, some rifles may be long enough to be more of a hindrance. This may affect your maneuverability and could result in some bumping and banging. Thankfully, most of these rifles are more durable than most rifles on the market. How to Store a Home Defense Rifle While it is important to store a defense rifle where it can be easily accessible, it’s important to store it somewhere in a place where it is not easily accessible by children or unauthorized persons. Preferably, you should securely store it in a gun cabinet or gun case. If you store it in a hardshell case with locks, you can store it in a closet or under the bed. You should keep the key that belongs to your cabinet and case out of sight and reach of children as well. Conclusion A great home defense rifle will definitely be your saving grace in the situations where you need it the most. While you may not use it against a home invader or prowler constantly, it’s good to know that you have one handy if and when something goes bump in the night. It’s better to be prepared than not at all.
If you are looking for the best single action revolver, odds are you are not alone. A single action revolver might be the easiest firearm you’ve ever used, considering the name. You might be looking for one for a particular intended purpose. So it’s important to find one that will be considered ideal for you in terms of quality and performance. To help you find a single action revolver that will stand out as a favorite for you, we’ve put together a list of the five best single action revolvers that are available on the market. While there are a lot of single action revolvers out there, these five stick out as the best for one reason or another. Before we get to the list, we’ll talk about what purpose the single action revolver serves and why the ones we chose for review are considered the best in our opinion. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Single Action Revolvers OUR TOP PICK: Ruger Vaquero Ruger Blackhawk BEST BUDGET OPTION: Uberti 1873 Cattleman II Ruger Rimfire Single-Six Comparison of the Best "Single Action Revolver" s IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick Ruger Vaquero Six-round capacity cylinder Best overall single action revolver Available in stainless steel or blued steel View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews Ruger Blackhawk Six-round capacity Adjustable sights included Runner-up for best single action revolver "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Best Budget Option "Uberti 1873 Cattleman" II Includes a brass trigger guard Chambered to fire .357 magnum shots Best single action revolver for the money View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews "Ruger Rimfire Single" -Six Six-round capacity Hard wood grip included Best single action .22 revolver View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews What Purpose Does a Single Action Revolver Serve? A revolver will stand out in so many ways. So it’s important to know which applications will be best for a single action revolver. Here are some of the top uses for this type: Target Shooting Indeed, there are a lot of users that will simply use a revolver for the purpose of target shooting. It will be a casual thing or tuning up for the real deal (like competition shooting or even self-defense). Either way, this revolver would be perfect for a day of shooting at the range. A lot of these single action revolvers have a decent amount of accuracy, so you’d be surprised how far they can go. Source Concealed Carry/EDC Concealed carry or EDC carry is perhaps one of the best purposes to carry a revolver, or any handgun for that matter. Danger can lurk just about anywhere. And it’s important for you to be prepared to deal with it when such situations arise. Most single action revolvers are small enough for you to carry in a holster, glove box, or anywhere that is suitable. Home Defense Tying into the previous subsection, defending yourself in a life and death situation is important. But you don’t have to conceal carry a revolver if you don’t want to. You can simply keep it at home and utilize it for the purpose of home defense. So when there are things that go bump in the night, you can use it just in case things take a suddenly dangerous turn. Why Are These The Best? We didn’t choose these single action revolvers out of complete randomness, nor did we just blindy go with one revolver because of hearing one good thing. We chose these based on their characteristics and features, along with what people have been saying about them. Here are a few reasons why the revolvers we chose are the best: Affordable For Most Budgets The thing with the price tag is that it might be enough to turn off the choosiest of buyers. But the price shouldn’t be the primary reason why you chose a revolver. If you are on a budget, you should find the best one you can afford in terms of quality and performance. Don’t mistake this as your greenlight to “go for cheap.” There’s a good chance that cheap will equal unreliable and disappointing. Excellent Quality If there is one thing that you should hold to a higher standard, it’s quality. You need to make sure that the revolver you are considering is made from high-quality materials. Steel, aluminum, and polymer are just a few of the major examples of which materials will be great for durability. The better the quality, the better the chance that these revolvers will last you a long time. Highly Reliable Other than quality, reliability should be something that is considered important. You want your revolver to work when you need it most. This means that the cycling should be smooth. It means that there should be no jamming or any other reliability issues at all. Be sure to clean your revolver and maintain it once in a while to ensure that it will stay in consistently functional order. Quick Take - Best Single Action Revolvers These are our recommendations for the best single action revolvers: Ruger Vaquero Ruger Blackhawk Uberti 1873 Cattleman II Review of the Best Single Action Revolvers The following is a list of the five best single action revolvers that are popular on the market. It’s important for you to note the characteristics and features of each one. This way, you’ll want to find one that will match your ideal description of your “perfect revolver”. If you find one that’s close enough, then it may be a winner in your eyes. Let’s take a look at the first choice on our list -- the “best overall”: Best Overall: Ruger Vaquero CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Aesthetically sharp Fit and finish is excellent Great for concealed carry Durable construction Accurate across various distances Cons Pulling out the cylinder may be a challenge Hammer cocking might be a little stiff at first Grips may not be the best and may need to be replaced What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new buyers were very happy with the Ruger Vaquero. Not only did they like the classic look of it, but they were also even more impressed when they found out how insanely accurate it is. One user said that he was able to take this out to the range and managed to fire off about 50 rounds. Not only were the shooting groups tight at 30 to 40 yards out, but he was also able to cycle through the cylinder rather quickly. Why it Stands Out to Us This revolver impressed us in a few ways. One, the model itself looks like an homage to the lawmen of the Old West, particularly that classic six-shooter that you’d see in a John Wayne movie. But as it stands, it’s made from high-quality durable materials that will make it last longer while retaining a look that could be considered a timeless classic. This revolver might just be the best when it comes to home defense or even target shooting. Who Will Use This Most This would be perfect for you if you need a revolver for the sake of target shooting or even home defense. You can probably get away with using it for EDC purposes (assuming you have the right holster ). Either way, it’s a revolver that will work hard and deliver accurate shots every time you shoot. So if you want a revolver that is pretty good in many ways, this is it. Bottom Line The Ruger Vaquero is our top overall selection for good reason. It’s simple to use, accurate, and downright reliable in any given application. This classic-looking revolver will definitely be a force to be reckoned with at High Noon at the OK Corral or at the shooting range. Runner-up: Ruger Blackhawk CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Ridiculously lightweight Overall excellent quality Fits on most OWB holsters Tight groups right out of the box Great for EDC carry and target shooting Cons Lots of muzzle flash May be a little too loud for users Recoil may be a little much for some users What "Recent Buyers Report" As expected, a lot of new users were quite impressed with this revolver. The loading was easy and shooting was accurate and tight right out of the box. Most users intended on using the revolver for the purpose of target shooting. However, a good number of users have also used this for the purpose of home defense. Either way, this revolver stood out as a perfect example of how a revolver should work. Why it Stands Out to Us For a revolver that is designed to fire powerful shots (and made with high-quality materials), it’s stunningly low in the weight department. This means you won’t feel like you’re carrying a heavy dumbbell while you’re using it for whatever purpose. Aside from that, this includes sights that you can adjust. So if your shots appear a little off, you can change the sight’s position on the fly. Who Will "Use This Most" This would be an excellent revolver for people who would like to keep one at home for the purpose of self-defense. But don’t discount that as a revolver that you can’t take with you anywhere you go. You can take this to the range to tune it up or just shoot at a few targets. It’s your call either way. If you want a revolver that is solid, reliable, and can do some pretty good damage, you’d be hard-pressed to find a revolver like this anywhere else. Bottom Line The Ruger Blackhawk Model proves itself to be a worthy contender when it comes to the best revolvers . It’s solid, accurate, and so lightweight you can carry it around in a holster. In short, it’s a revolver that is easy to use despite some of its shortcomings (like the loud noise). But make no mistake, this puppy is a cannon that is ready for battle. Best for the Money: Uberti 1873 Cattleman II CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Durability is superb Excellent fit and finish Affordable for most budgets Easy to load; takes just a minute Tight shooting groups with targets at 50 yards out Cons None available What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new users loved this revolver for a few good reasons (other than it being affordable for most budgets ). The quality was sturdy and was enough for them to say that it can last them years or even decades. On top of that, they managed to knock down small game targets like varmints. One user said he nailed a raccoon that was causing problems on his property from about 40 yards out, going a bit further by saying that he'd found his new best friend for varmint hunting. Why it Stands Out to Us This is one of the most affordable when it comes to high-quality, so you’re getting quite a steal here if you choose to purchase this. It’s bound to last long and it’s also designed to get the job done at various ranges. So if you are at the range or getting rid of some problem critters on your property, this revolver has a good amount of power that you can take advantage of with each shot. Who Will Use This Most This will certainly be put to good use by the following users: target shooters, home defense shooters, and yes, even some of those who want to get rid of varmints or small predators like foxes. It’s got some serious knockdown power and can do some serious damage. After all, it’s a .357 caliber revolver . Bottom Line The Uberti 1873 Cattleman II Brass 357 Revolver is perhaps the best possible choice for you if you need something that will fit your budget. The quality is excellent, the shooting is accurate, it packs a punch, and it’s all around reliable. You’d be insane to pass up the opportunity to give this puppy a closer look. Best Single Action .22 Revolver: Ruger Rimfire Single-Six CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Affordable for most budgets Super durable, both inside and out Accurate across many distances Great for concealed carry and target shooting Has the potential to last you years or even decades Cons None available What Recent Buyers Report New buyers were quick to give this revolver a lot of great remarks. They had no complaints about the revolver’s performance and were able to knock down a lot of bullseyes at about 25 to 35 yards out with smaller targets. Larger targets were hit successfully when situated at about 50 yards. Either way, one user says he just can’t get enough of it when he’s shooting at the range. Why it Stands Out to Us One of the things that makes this revolver stand out the most is the classic look. After all, it’s got the stainless steel mixed with the wooden grip. So, it looks as good as new while maintaining that old school Wild West look. If you want something that will be like the fastest gun in the West (without having to fool around with it and risk getting hurt), this should be a good revolver to have with you. Who Will Use This Most This would be more suited to being more of a home defense revolver or even a revolver you can take to the range. It’s powerful and can pack quite a knockdown with a shot or two. But if you wish to concealed carry, there is no problem with that either. This is the revolver that will get the job done, no matter what the application. Bottom Line If you are a fan of the .22 caliber , the Ruger Rimfire will certainly be a favorite of yours. By the time you fire the first few shots, you’ll know that you’ve made the right decision. It can hit your targets accurately and will be reliable for a long time, so long as you take the best care of it. "Best Single Action" .357 Revolver: Cimarron Model P .357 Magnum 4.75" CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very durable Firing power is excellent Really sturdy construction Hammer is easy to cock back Trigger pull is nice and smooth Cons None available What Recent Buyers Report Most new users were happy with this Cimarron, which delivered a good amount of damage to their targets. While a lot of them were able to hit their bullseyes from distances ranging from 30 to 50 yards out, some of them managed to hit varmint targets from about 40 yards. One user said that he never thought a revolver would come in handy to knock down a small critter or two. Why it Stands Out to Us This revolver is made from a blued finish steel. It’s perhaps one of the more durable types of steel on the market. On top of that, the grip is made from dark-colored walnut. So, it retains that classic revolver look that stands out to those who appreciate an old school look. If you want something that will look like it’s been frozen in time, this revolver might be what you need. Who Will Use This Most This is a really good revolver that would be used for target shooting and self-defense. Regardless, this is for those who want something that is considered to be a heavy hitter. If you fancy yourself a fan of the .357, you’re going to love this revolver and won’t get enough of shooting it. Don’t say we never warned you. Bottom Line The Cimarron Model P .357 Magnum is a revolver built to do some serious damage. It’s a sharp-looking unit that will probably turn some heads wherever you go. If you want a revolver that will be trusty, reliable, and accurate across many applications, this might be the best possible option for you. Perks of Getting a Single Action Revolver When you invest in a single action revolver, it’s important to know what you’re going to get out of it. Not investing in one will mean missing out. Here are the following perks you’ll get to experience: Quicker Shooting A single action revolver will take less time to operate. This means you’ll be able to fire off your shots a lot quicker compared to double-action revolvers , which will take a little more time to get a shot off. Excellent For Concealed Carry Most single action revolvers will certainly stand out as the best for concealed carry , especially if it’s chambered to fire .22 caliber shots or .38 Special shots, to name a few. Since you are allowed to shoot quickly with them, it will give you the advantage in a self-defense situation. Affordable Compared to double action revolvers, a single action revolver is more affordable. So, if you are adamant in getting a revolver and want something that is better for your budget, you should probably consider getting a single action and try it out for yourself. Types of Single Action Revolvers If you think there is one kind of single action revolver, you’re wrong. In fact, there are other types that are available on the market. Here are the following types: .22 Caliber This is the smaller of the types. And they are perfect for beginners starting out with revolvers. They are known for having tight shooting groups and are among the most popular for concealed carry purposes. Plus, you can still achieve some serious knockdown power with a .22 revolver. It’s also perfect for target shooting (casual or competition). .38 Special The .38 Special caliber is almost identical to 9mm shots. If you have owned a 9mm handgun before, you should probably consider a .38 Special revolver . These are designed mostly for law enforcement and security. But make no mistake, a 38 Special will definitely come in handy if you conceal carry and intend to use it for defense purposes. .357 .357 rounds are the largest of the bunch. And believe it or not, they are the most powerful. If you want a revolver that is jam-packed with some serious knockdown power for varmints, don’t be surprised if this caliber ends up being what you’ll need to rid your property of annoying critters that are looking to cause trouble. How to Fan a Single Action Revolver Fanning a single action revolver is somewhat of an advanced technique for experienced revolver users. It’s not recommended for those who are beginner-level users. But once you have some experience under your belt, you can give this a try. With that said, here’s how you do it: In order to pull this off yourself, first, draw your revolver. Make sure it is positioned above your waist but on the side of your stomach. Hold the rifle in your trigger hand. Using your free hand, pull the hammer back (not cock it). Then immediately release. You can repeat this until you are out of rounds. To get a good idea of what "fanning" is, check out the video below (instead of tracking down an old John Wayne movie). Conclusion A single action revolver is a force to be reckoned with if you use it properly. All you have to do is find the caliber that fits you best and you’ll be able to use it for your particular intended purpose. Find one that is reliable and built to last and you’ll have a sidekick that will be ready and raring to go if and when you need it most. People Also Ask Below is a list of frequently asked questions that you can use to help you better understand how single action revolvers operate. Please use this as a guide so you can make an informed decision on which revolver you choose. Are Single Action Revolvers Good For Self Defense? Yes, they are. In fact, they are best used for this purpose because they will allow you to cock the hammer back and pull the trigger much quicker than other revolvers. When it comes to self-defense, timing is everything. Can You Fan a "Single Action Revolvers" ? You can. But it’s important to get some experience first (and probably some fast hands) in order to pull it off successfully. It is a move that beginners should not perform at first. Are Single Action Revolverss More Reliable? Single action revolvers are more reliable depending on the application. They can be the most reliable if used in an application where timing is important. For example, you can utilize a single action revolver in self-defense or even a competition application.
Blue Force Gear is primarily known for their high-end tactical gear. This includes the famed Vickers line of slings, as well as plate carriers, chest rigs, and more. What they introduced at Shot Show 2017 was their first holster. The "Blue Force Gear" ULTRAcomp Pocket Holster was born, and we covered it here. I was pretty pumped because even though I’m not a pocket pistol fan, I have a collection of them. I also like pocket carry for those days where I have to dress fancier than a T-shirt and jeans. Blue Force Gear makes great stuff, so their ULTRACOMP pocket holster was an interesting development. The Details of the Blue Force Gear ULTRAcomp Pocket Holster The Blue Force Gear ULTRAcomp Pocket Holster is made from ULTRAcomp. ULTRAcomp is a high-performance fabric that is used in almost all of Blue Force Gear’s kit. It’s resistant to tearing, fraying, and pretty much tells water to pound sand. The material is also ultra thin. Thin even compared to kydex Thin is good for a pocket holster. It eliminates bulk and reduces the weapon’s signature in your pocket. The Blue Force Gear ULTRAComp Pocket holster feels like it’s not even there. The holster is super light and the material is naturally sticky. Like any good pocket holster, it features a flared wing. This wing keeps the holster firmly in your pocket when the gun is drawn. Comfort The Blue Force Gear ULTRAcomp Pocket holster and I have been good friends for almost a week now. I’ve been carrying one of the best pocket pistols ever made, the Colt Government Pocketlite. Blue Force Gear makes the ULTRAcomp holster for the Ruger LCP, SIG P238, 938, Kimber Micro, and Glock 42. I don’t have those as pocket guns, but the Colt fits perfectly in the Sig 938 holster. Once it’s in the pocket it is extremely comfortable and easy to forget. Seriously, this morning as I prepped for my day I left the house, climbed in my car and got to the grocery store. As soon as I walked in the door I panicked. I thought I forgot my gun. I forgot but in a good way. It was in my pocket, and it simply wasn’t poking or prodding me. This is impressive because the Pocketlite is not a small gun. Drawing Like any pocket holster drawing from the Ultracomp Pocket Holster ULTRAComp Pocket Holster is slower than a standard OWB holster. However, in all my practice drawing the "Ultracomp Pocket Holster" Pocket Holster stayed in the pocket. The gun slid out smoothly without any commotion. In both live and dry scenarios I couldn’t draw the gun the wrong way. It stayed in place even when I drew the Colt like an idiot. Going Deep I still prefer my typical everyday carry option of strongside OWB and my Walther PPS. If I need to go deep in terms on concealment and want to remain comfortable the Ultracomp Pocket Holster ULTRAComp Pocket Holster would be in the starting line-up. It’s lightweight, thin as an Italian supermodel, and comfortable enough to forget about it. Get your very own ULTRAcomp Pocket Holster from blueforcegear.com $20 Things to Grab Before Work….the knife is for Cheesecake