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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Just got a gun…or thinking about getting one soon? And now you’re scouring the internet to find out the best way to learn? I’ve got you covered…especially since I was in your exact shoes a few years ago. I Have No Idea What I’m Doing I’ll cover the current options and break them down into two groups…online and in-person.  I’ll break down the pros/cons for each, plus a couple suggestions that I’ve personally used.

Gun Training: How to Choose Your First Class

Gun Training: How to Choose Your First ClassTrending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Just got a gun…or thinking about getting one soon? And now you’re scouring the internet to find out the best way to learn? I’ve got you covered…especially since I was in your exact shoes a few years ago. I Have No Idea What I’m Doing I’ll cover the current options and break them down into two groups…online and in-person.  I’ll break down the pros/cons for each, plus a couple suggestions that I’ve personally used. By the end…you’ll have a great grasp of what to do next in your gun journey! Why Take Gun Training Courses? There’s a bazillion reasons…but here are the three biggest one that stand out to me: 1. Safety If there’s no one watching over you in the beginning…chances are you’ll start forming some bad habits. Things that most likely won’t immediately hurt you or someone else…but could become bad news bears when you instinctively do it at the range with a loaded firearm. Feinstein Poor Trigger Discipline Case in point…not putting your finger on the trigger until you’re ready to shoot. 2. Looking Like a Fool I don’t know about you…but I hate it when I get called out for doing something wrong.  In this case it will be at the gun store or the gun range.  I’d much rather spend some time beforehand so I have some resemblance of knowing what I’m doing. No Taking Out Guns at the Gun Store, Don’t Be This Guy 3. Saving Time Yes…all the info you’ll find in a beginner course is already free and readily available online.  But you’re probably going to spend a LOT of time combing through and figuring out what is correct, and what is not. Plus…internet gun forums aren’t the most friendly for complete newbies. So really…it’s a matter of how much your time is worth to you. Time is Money Still with me? Online Gun Training Options Not ready to go onsite for a live shooting course yet?  Online is where I started too. 1.  YouTube There’s a LOT of stuff on YouTube.  Most of it is people reviewing guns & gear or having a lot of fun with rare and full-auto guns.  Here’s a couple of my recommendations for beginners. Most important thing are the 4 Rules of Gun Safety!  Here’s a good one: What about how to even use a handgun?  This is one of the most complete (although kind of boring): And this was really great for becoming a BETTER handgun shooter.  From the guy who has won more pistol competitions that any one can count: If you know of any full lessons that cover everything a beginner needs to know (and isn’t a snooze fest) let me know in the comments! 2.  NRA Basic Pistol Course I didn’t even know the NRA "Basic Pistol Course" existed until I decided to get certified as an NRA instructor and passing it was one of the prerequisites. It has a lot of good information…maybe TOO much information for a beginner.  I believe the course totals on about 7-8 hours. NRA Basic Pistol Screencap And it’s built on a super old learning management system that’s not mobile friendly, kind of buggy on my laptop, no skipping allowed, and an annoying quiz system (don’t get me started). I’d recommend it if you know you like the nitty gritty.   There was tons of stuff I never knew (and I don’t think is very necessary for 99% of shooters).  Check out my full review of Basic Pistol here . 3. Pantaeo Productions I forget where I first heard of Pantaeo , but it was for their more advanced courses, along the lines of handgun drills and tactical weapons. The Ranger Way So I signed up (monthly subscription with access to everything) to see how their courses were for true beginners…starting with their Handgun 101, Part 1 .  For the most part it was pretty good. But it did have some presupposed knowledge of terms and mechanics.  I got the feeling that beginners might need to watch the intro videos two or three times. Panteao Screencap Production was pretty good but I would have liked a better way to see the chapters of the course.  You’ll see they are stuck at the bottom with a very small scroll screen. I’ll be trying out their other courses such as carbine and concealed carry and will update this. 4.  Chris Sajnog Want to learn from the very best? Chris Sajnog is probably your guy…he’s a retired Navy SEAL instructor who literally “wrote the book” for the SEAL’s Sniper training program?  And who now charges $10,500 for one day of private training. Well, thanks to technology…Chris Sajnog (sigh-nog) has created the closest thing to learning how to shoot like a SEAL…without enlisting or spending an arm and a leg. Chris Sajnog Screencap I’m still working my way through his course and it’s great how he emphasizes things you tend to forget…like focusing on the front sight.  And also mind/body mechanics that top atheletes (and elite units) use to perform at their best.  Plus super high production value and awesome downloadables. But…it’s not exactly geared towards the true beginner.  But once you’re ready to really get accurate…Chris has got you covered (at $19.99 a month for the subscription). 5. ConcealedCarry.com Courses ConcealedCarry.com has lots of courses from concealed carry (duh) to vehicle firearm tactics, handgun grip, and more. Concealed Carry Vehicle Class Prices vary from free to $65 for their law course. 6.  Other Maybe my Google-fu is lacking…but there wasn’t really anything else that passed my quality check. A lot focused on the concealed carry “loophole” where if you take an online course, you’ll get a Virginia CCW which is good in 20+ states.  Not that helpful for beginners. Or some sketchier sites that make it super hard to find a sample of their curriculum or sample video. 7.  Beginner’s Guide to Guns from Pew Pew Tactical I’ve also written an entire series of blogs catered specifically to beginners!  Check out our entire curriculum in the Beginner’s Guide to Guns . Guide to Guns Syllabus 8. Gun Noob to Gun Slinger And our newest resource… Gun Noob to Gun Slinger .  This video course is geared towards pistol/revolver beginners and only covers the most important stuff…without the attitude. Gun Noob Course Screencap In Person Gun Training If you’ve got the mentality to really learn, and can spare the extra expense, I totally recommend taking an in person gun course. It could be a little intimidating, but if you choose a great instructor that knows how to work with beginners, it shouldn’t be TOO intimidating. So what’s the best way to find the best gun training in your area? Ask around! I would suggest asking your gun buddies, asking your local gun store, Googling “gun training (your city)” and also verifying everything on Yelp . Be aware of lots of 5 star reviews with people that have 5 or less reviews.  That always raises shill alarms. Now how about recommended courses? I haven’t taken a wide variety of courses, but I’ll list the ones I have taken (Southern California)…and the ones with stellar reputations from everyone. NRA Certified Instructors Find a local one at NRA Instructors and look up their reviews. Now let’s move onto the ones I personally recommend. 1. International Tactical Training Seminars (ITTS), Los Angeles I’ve taken…about 7 ITTS courses from them over the years (All Handgun, Sniper 1, Shotgun 1, Concealed Carry).  And they are who I fully recommend to anyone in the Southern California region. ITTS Tactical CCW Course with Alien Gear Their Handgun 1 course taught me all the fundamentals…and most importantly…permanently drilled in the 4 Rules of Firearm Safety.  If only for that it was all worth it. Sniper 1 Course, ITTS Plus their head instructor, Uncle Scotty is a super cool dude who has taught some of the most badass units in the world.  AND he’s in touch with his gaming side… Check out more videos of their (actual) courses on their YouTube . 3.  All Safe Defense Systems, Orange County I took All Safe’s NRA Instructor Certification course this last weekend.  TJ, the instructor, came highly recommended from my buddy and was confirmed through Yelp beforehand. All Safe Logo And how was it? It was much more INTENSE than I thought it would have been. If you’re not comfortable speaking in front of crowds…it’s going to suck.  But keep in mind this was for the Instructor course…so if you can’t talk in front of people…you might not be a great future instructor. I brought caffeine pills since I’ve sat through some gun courses before that were total snooze fests.  But I actually didn’t have to use them.  TJ kept it upbeat even with slides and going through the NRA handbook.  And questions…he was a master at getting us to the answer ourselves simply by asking questions. Plus the “final” was teaching complete newbies how to shoot…and our score was determined by 10 of their shots on target.  Talk about pressure. If his teaching future instructors was any indication…I have no problem recommending his other courses to total beginners (and future instructors).  Price is fair at $120 for the beginner course . 4.  Others These are the ones with stellar reputations and where I want to eventually attend: Magpul CORE : The guys that made threw tactical courses into the spotlight with their DVDs. Magpul Core Rifles Only : Where I want to one day train for precision rifles. Rifles Only, Precision Rifle Conclusion How’d I do…do you know where to start now? Will it be with some YouTube before transitioning to a local in-person course?  Or are you going to go with something fully online?

41 Essential Items For Sheltering in Place

41 Essential Items For Sheltering in Place

Believe it or not, the idea of sheltering in place can be slightly unnerving. Afterall, human beings are social creatures and most of us are out and about daily. Whether that be going to work, running errands, going to appointments, or just taking a nice walk. So, I can see how the idea of having to stay in one location can seem uncomfortable. However, there is one main reason I have found that people are scared about sheltering in place. They do not know what they need. Luckily, most of the items on the list below are probably already in your home. You just may need to adjust the quantity. I have created lists like this in the past for myself, and I wanted to take another shot at it to see if anything has changed. I am going to challenge myself, and you, to come up with a list of 41 essential items for sheltering in place for 30 days. Let’s go! Quick Navigation 41 Essential Items For Bugging In Wrap Up 41 Essential Items For Bugging In Water. Critical to life and most of us utterly take it for granted. But considering we can only live three days (plus or minus given the conditions) without it, I consider it a priority item. A good rule of thumb is one gallon per person per day for drinking. Do yourself a favor and have some extra water stored away in appropriate containers just in case the tap stops running. Ideally though having an abundant and renewable resource for water is important. To build such a device, you should watch this video presentation . Water filters. The tap may still be running but other factors can affect whether the water is still safe to drink. This is when having methods to clean water can become a lifesaver. Add in a few filters like the Lifestraw or Sawyer Mini to help clean your drinking water. Food . Disregarding what foods to store, walk into your kitchen, and look through your pantry and refrigerator. Do you have enough food to last thirty days? If you answered yes, then good for you. If you answered no, then start putting away extra items now. One recommendation would be to store up on items that do not need refrigeration or a power source for cooking, such as canned goods. Or if you just want to be prepped, you can buy survival food kits . Manual Can Opener. This will be important to have should the power go out or the canned goods do not have the easy-open tabs. Coffee/Vices. Okay, so, can you live without coffee? Sure. But I have personally known people that have blinding, migraine level headaches from caffeine withdrawal. Whatever your poison is, it might be worth having some extra on hand. Pet Food. Many of us view our pets as members of our family. It only makes sense then that there should be enough supplies for them as well. First Aid. How else are you going to take care of minor cuts, scrapes, burns, blisters, etc.? The kit does not need to be expensive or extensive but make sure its contents reflect your skill level. Check our our pre-made first aid kits . Prescription medications. More and more people are taking some form of prescription medication for their health. Be sure to always refill your prescription as soon possible so you always have enough on hand. General medications. Things like aspirin, Tylenol, and allergy pills just to name a few. While some of these medications may not be critical to your health, alleviating aches and pains can go a long way in being more comfortable. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Having a healthy supply of latex gloves, face masks, eye protection, earplugs, skin protection, and heavy-duty gloves can help you deal with the unknown. If you are wanting to buy face masks, we highly recommend this one . Hand soap. Washing your hands is one of the cheapest, most effective means of stopping the spread of germs. Be sure to load up on a couple of extra bars. Body Soap. Have extra to keep yourself fresh and clean. Toothpaste. Oral hygiene is extremely important for general health. I suggest having at least one extra tube of paste and a toothbrush on hand. Do not forget to floss! Feminine Hygiene Products. Be sure you have what you need in this department. Baby Supplies. Diapers, wipes, formula, special foods, and special medications. Make sure the littles are covered. Dish Soap. Unless you are willing to let your dirty dishes pile up for the duration it is a good idea to have enough dish soap on hand. Bleach. It is a good disinfectant and can be used to help purify water. Make sure it is unscented. Disposable plates/utensils . Of course, if you do not want to have to clean dishes than this is a cheap alternative . Also, they are useful if the water is not available for cleaning. Laundry detergent. Speaking of letting stinky items pile up, do not forget to have enough detergent on hand to keep your clothes clean. Alternative Clothes Washing Method. What if the power goes out or the washing machine breaks? Plan for an alternative method for washing clothes. Something like the Wander Wash or a five-gallon bucket with a plunger Trash Bags. Other than keeping our smelly trash contained, trash bags have a multitude of other uses. Candles . Handy to have if the lights go out. I suggest Sterno emergency candles because they have an extremely long burn time. Lighter and Matches . Going to need these to light those candles. Batteries. With the amount of electronic gear we have these days, it is always a good idea to have extra batteries on hand. Flashlight . Always useful to find your way in the dark. Think about purchasing a solar-powered or rechargeable one so you can ditch the extra batteries. We highly recommend the Procharge Survival Flashlight (solar powered) or the EVATAC Flashlight . Radio. Not only are good tunes a plus, but a radio will provide a means of knowing what is going on outside . I would suggest one that is rechargeable, solar-powered, or of the hand crank variety. Otherwise, make sure you have enough batteries. Check out our HAM radio products that we recommend. Blankets and Fans. Modern buildings rely heavily on air conditioning and heaters to regulate indoor temperatures. Should these go out, have a few fans on hand for hot weather and heavy blankets for cold weather for regulating body temperature. Solar Charger. Its always nice to have an alternative energy source in case the power goes out. I have used solar chargers by Sunjack and they work great for charging small devices and a laptop. Generator. If you are in the position to have one of these, I highly recommend one but do your research first. Make sure you have a plan in place to run it outside or a means of venting it. Fuel. Extra fuel for a vehicle, cooking sources, or other devices you deem essential. Hand Tools. Have some of the basics on hand to fix or adjust items as needed such as a screwdriver, pliers, wrenches, and hammer. Pliers and wrench are especially important should you need to turn off utilities. Extra Hardware. You never know when you might need a nail, screw, or bolt. Most big box stores carry kits of assorted hardware that are quite affordable. Duct Tape. How does the old saying go? If you cannot fix it with duct tape, then it cannot be fixed. Seriously though, duct tape has a million uses so make sure you have some. Plastic Sheeting. It has many uses including covering windows, waterproofing, and sanitation. Plastic Bags. I always keep the cache of plastic shopping bags in the house. They have a variety of uses such as a trash bag, keeping items organized, and other sanitation purposes. Fire Extinguisher. During a shelter in place orders, certain services such as the fire department may not be available. But one of these should always be in your home regardless. Personal Protection Device. I will leave this blank but there should be something on hand that you know how to safely use if you need to protect yourself. Check out our top survival rifle choices . Important Documentation (non-digital) In case electronic resources are not available, it is a good idea to have a hard copy of the information. Include things like contact numbers, especially emergency contacts, addresses, health-related information, and emergency plans. Be sure to keep it all in a waterproof container. Stationary. Helpful in recording important information or should you need to leave a note or a warning. A small supply of paper, pens, pencils, permanent markers can be picked up super cheap . Cash. You may be asking, “what is the point of cash?” Cash is king and if you are sheltering in place then something out of the norm is going on. ATMs and banking systems might not be available. Put aside some cash just in case. Entertainment. Cabin fever is no joke. Isolation can deteriorate one’s mental health so it is important to have things around that will keep you occupied. Books, movies, hobby supplies, board games, or whatever you are into. Here is an interesting video about this topic: Wrap Up Whew! I think that is a darn good list of the basics for sheltering in place. Do not forget to personalize the above categories to your needs, that way you can have the best list possible. I am sure this list could be longer so if there are items that I forget to mention, please feel free to comment below. Other interesting articles: Top 100 Items To Disappear First First Aid Training – An Essential Survival Skill The Survival Handbook: Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure 29 Everyday Items to Stockpile For Survival

Iconic Winchester Model 1873 Found in Great Basin National Park

Iconic Winchester Model 1873 Found in Great Basin National Park

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Assessment # 2

Assessment # 2

Yesterday I stopped by the range for a quick day of shooting and testing my new ammunition. I mentioned in my last post that I started reloading as a way to shoot for less money. It worked. I shot a test group from a wooden block rest at 100 yards with my irons and you will notice quite a difference in group size. 10 shot group of XM855 military green tip: 10 shot group size 60 grain sierra reloads: I am aware both photos aren’t done to scale of each other, but you can clearly see the 60 grain reloads have much less spread than the green tip. Once I obtain a shooting platform where I can eliminate my user error I will repeat this test to see just what the rifle and ammo can do. While I don’t know how much more accurate my reloaded ammo is compared to XM855, I can see that in the same situation I was shooting a tighter group and spending less on ammo. That works for me! My self assessment, again, was at 25 yards using a 25 meter reduced 300 yard simulated target. Prone: 40 + 5 Sitting: 20 + 5 Standing: 10 + 5 + 5 90 Points total. My scoring system is as follows: hit in the ring is 10 points, a hit outside the ring is 5 points, and a miss off target is zero points. 150 possible points. I had some real zingers and flyers but this score is much better than my last attempt. I will be doing a post about reloading to illustrate that you don’t need a ton of gear to get a quality product. I don’t have a reloading bench. I use scoops to quickly measure a powder. I don’t have a tumbler. I spent a total of $140 some odd dollars on reloading equipment and another $150 on 8lbs of powder and bullets. I used brass I had gathered over time before I realized I would be reloading. It is a easy process once you understand it and if you have the time to reload you will save yourself money for a better bullet. More to come! Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

Best 7.6239 AR Barrels of 2020 Top Picks Reviewed

Finding the best 7.62x39 AR Barrel might be a challenge. Especially if you’re not sure of which one will fit your AR-style rifle. Barrels have the responsibility of providing you with the best possible accuracy you can get out of an AR-style rifle. Without it, the rifle itself would be rendered useless. Plus, you’ll need a barrel that is not only designed to give you accurate shooting but something that is tough and can handle most applications. With that in mind, we’ve taken the liberty of adding five of the best 7.62x39 AR barrels on the market. Before we get to the list, we’ll take a look at why barrel length is important and what characteristics consist of a great 7.62x39 barrel for your AR-style rifle. Comparison of the Best 7.62x39 AR Barrels IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick 16" Gunner, 7.62x39, Mid-Length, 4150 QPQ Measured at 16 inches in length. Made from 4150 QPQ chrome moly vanadium steel. Best 16-inch barrels for 7.62x39 chambered AR-style rifles. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews DEZ Arms AR-15 Straight Flute 7.62x39 Barrel w/HBAR Contour Available in two different gas system length. Best 18-inch barrel for 7.62x39 AR-style rifles. Made from high-quality 4150 chrome-moly-vanadium steel. "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Barrel Length 101 - What Length of Barrel Should I Opt for? The question that almost every new buyer asks is: what barrel length is best for me? The answer is that it depends. It will depend on all kinds of factors that will make the ultimate determination of which barrel length to settle for. For example, if you’re planning on using your rifle in a tactical situation, a shorter barrel like an 18-inch barrel could be sufficient. If you’re looking for a barrel for hunting or long-range shooting then a longer length could do the trick. Source Keep in mind that there are some states that actually restrict certain barrel lengths. For example, in the State of New York, you cannot own a barrel that is less than 16 inches in length. If you have any concerns on barrel length and whether or not they are legal, consult your local, state and even federal laws for more information. This might make the decision process a little easier in choosing a barrel without having to trigger any unintentional legal issues. Why These Barrels Are Our Top Picks We simply didn’t pick these barrels at random. We chose them based on a few characteristics that stand out. We recommend that you go about choosing your barrel for your own use the same way we did for the purpose of adding them to the review list. Here’s what you need to look for while your search progresses: Length As mentioned, a great barrel can come in various lengths. But for you, you need to find one that will best fit your intended application. If you’re planning on using your AR-style rifle for long-range shooting purposes, you may want to consider a longer length. If you’re using it for hunting or target shooting purposes , something shorter could be your best possible option. Gunner, 7.62x39, Mid-Length, 4150 QPQ is made of 4150 Certified Gun Barrel Quality Steel and 16" long. Ease of Installation We’re well aware that most readers may not be expert level gunsmiths and, we’re not going to judge. So we’ve made sure we’ve found the barrels that are easy to install. You should be able to install this on your rifle with the right kind of tools and just minutes of your time. If you lack proper gunsmithing skills, find a drop-in barrel for your rifle. Price Of course, we make sure that every barrel fits a certain budget. You might be looking for something more affordable or something more high-end. Regardless of the price tag, you should always hold some of the other traits to high importance like quality. Find the best quality barrel that fits your budget. You shouldn't sacrifice quality just to save money. Quick Take - The Best 7.62x39 Barrels These are our recommendations for the best 7.62x39 barrels: 16" Gunner, 7.62x39, Mid-Length, 4150 QPQ DEZ Arms AR-15 Straight Flute 7.62x39 Barrel w/HBAR Contour Review of the Best 7.62x39 Barrels The following is a list of the five best 7.62x39 barrels that are currently on the market. As you look through every single one of these, it is important to take note of the features and functions that every barrel has. It might be a match for the barrel you want on your AR-style rifle. It might be close enough. You’re bound to find a surefire winner on this list if you know what you’re looking for. Now, let’s begin by unveiling our “best overall” choice for a 7.62x39 AR barrel: Best 16-Inch Barrel: ​ 16" Gunner, 7.62x39, Mid-Length, 4150 QPQ CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Can Work With Older Model Barrels Easy to Install, Takes Minutes Finished With Nitride For Corrosion Resistance Available For Different Lengths For Carbine Rifles and AR-15 Pistols Lightweight, Doesn’t Add On Any Additional Weight to Your Rifle or Pistol Cons None What Recent Buyers Report Most recent buyers were happy with this barrel. It has worked with most carbine gas length rifles. The accuracy is top quality and has the ability to hit targets from a good distance. Some have reported hitting targets as far as 300 to 400 yards out. This might be a great mid-range barrel for specific applications. Why it Stands Out to Us This barrel has the ability to dissipate heat much faster than most barrels on the market. So if you touch the barrel by complete accident, you won’t accidentally burn your hands. We also like it because it’s a pretty durable barrel that can handle all kinds of abuse. Plus, it has the potential to last you years or even decades. Who Will Use This Most This barrel is great for a lot of applications. It also depends on which length you choose. The longer barrel will ideally be used for hunting and long-range shooting applications while the shorter barrel will be used for target shooting or even competitive shooting. Regardless of which length you go with, you still get the same top quality performance that your rifle deserves. What Could be Improved and Why Despite having no obvious cons, one minor improvement that could be suggested is adding on a muzzle brake or flash hider . This could be beneficial for most users who want to reduce a lot of recoil from their rifle. Plus, without a flash hider, this can have the potential of being a very effective barrel for self-defense applications. If you're hiding your flash, you won't give away your position when facing attackers or prowlers. Bottom Line If you need a 16-inch barrel because it’s the ideal length you need (or if you’re obligated to own one due to strict gun laws), this barrel by Faxon Firearms might be your best possible option. This has the ability to work on all kinds of applications and can hit targets from short or even mid-range distances. Either way, this barrel can definitely give your rifle a boost in accuracy. Best 18-Inch Barrel: DEZ Arms AR-15 Straight Flute 7.62x39 Barrel w/HBAR Contour CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install, Will Take a Few Minutes Accepts Most Flash Hiders and Suppressors Stress Relieved and Battle-Tested For Durability Super Durable Thanks to the Steel Material and Finish Easy to Clean Out the Debris That Can Somehow Get Into the Barrel Itself Cons Might Not Fit All AR-15 Rifles Might Be a Little Heavier Than Most Barrels Installation Might Be a Challenge For Some Users What "Recent Buyers Report" A lot of recent buyers were happy with the overall performance. Most of the buyers were hunters who wanted to get the best accuracy out of their rifles. Specifically, these were hunters that were either varmint or deer hunters. Regardless, they were able to hit their targets with precise accuracy from distances ranging from 100 to 500 yards out. Why it Stands Out to Us This barrel has a unique design that makes heat dissipation as quick and easy as possible. While the chances of accidentally touching a barrel and getting burned in the process are less likely, it’s always good to have a barrel that will cool off quickly after every shooting application. More specifically, an extended shooting session at the range can heat this barrel up quite a bit. No matter how hot the barrel gets, it’ll take a matter of minutes to cool off completely. Nothing longer than that. Who Will "Use This Most" This will be a barrel that will definitely be put to good use by hunters everywhere. If you’re a big game hunter or a varmint hunter, this barrel will definitely give you the best probability of landing a kill shot. A one-shot, one kill hunting day is always a good day for you. This barrel can make that happen. What Could be Improved and Why One of the things that might be an improvement is making the rifle slightly lighter in weight. While it will improve the accuracy, it does add some overall weight to the rifle. That might be a little uncomfortable for some shooters. The lighter the barrel, the better the likelihood that better rifle handling will be the result. Bottom Line If you’re looking for a barrel and 18 inches is a length that you want to settle for, the DEZ Arms straight flute barrel might be exactly what you’re looking for. This will give you not only top quality accuracy, but it will give your AR-15 rifle a good deal of overall length. If you want a rifle to stand out better than the rest, it starts with a great barrel like this. 3. PSA Gen2 KS-47 16" Carbine-Length 7.62x39 1/10 Nitride Barrel CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Super Durable Aesthetically Sharp Very Accurate For Most AR-Style Rifles Easy to Install, It Takes Minutes, Not Hours Shot Groupings Are a Lot Tighter With Targets 100 + Yards or More Away Cons Might Be a Little Weighty For Some Rifles Some Have Had Issues With the Installation Process No Chrome Lining, So It Might Be Susceptible to Corrosion Damage What Recent Buyers Report Most recent buyers were pleased with this barrel firing off consistent accurate shots. This barrel was tested out at the range with targets situated at different distances. Most of the shot groups were tighter when the targets were 100 to 200 yards away. One buyer said that this would definitely help him land better shots when hunting for varmints. Why it Stands Out to Us This barrel is the best fit for carbine gas systems. It’s at the right length to where it can work with all kinds of carbine AR-style rifles. At 16 inches, this also fits the legal requirements in most states. So you can live in a state where gun laws are quite strict and be able to use a barrel like this so long as the rifle itself is compliant with the laws themselves. Who Will Use This Most Expect varmint or small game hunters to rely on this barrel a lot more for their AR-style rifle. This barrel might also come in handy for deer hunters who want to land their bag limit from distances like 200 yards away. This isn’t solely a hunting barrel by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s long enough to fit the application perfectly. What Could be Improved and Why One of the improvements that should be considered is adding chrome lining to the barrel itself. This will increase the longevity of the barrel by many years. Corrosion is one of the common enemies against any rifle barrel. But so long as you are able to take care of your rifle and clean it properly, you’ll have a better chance of using it longer than most barrels. Bottom Line If you’re looking for a 7.62x39 barrel that might be considered one of the best in the business, you might find the PSA Gen 2 KS-47 16-inch carbine length barrel to be the closest thing possible. It’s tough, can handle most of its intended applications, and delivers accurate follow-up shots like nothing else. If this checks off a few boxes on your list of what you’re looking for, you might have found a winner with this barrel. 4. PSA Gen2 KS-47 10.5" Carbine-Length 7.62x39 1/10 Nitride Barrel CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Best Used For AR-Style Pistols Super Accurate For Short Distance Targets Easy to Install, Takes a Few Minutes Super Durable, Can Handle All Kinds of Abuse Shot Groupings are Much Tighter Immediately After Installation Cons Not Suitable For Long-Range Shooting Applications Might be Susceptible to Corrosion Due to no Chrome Lining Might Not be Legal to Own in Most Jurisdictions, Consult Your Local, State, and Federal Gun Laws for More Information What Recent Buyers Report Most of the buyers added this onto their AR-pistol which is chambered in shooting 7.62x39 shots. Some have used this to add on their SBRs. Either way, it delivers superior performance for short-range shooting. Most of the shooting was accurate from as far as 150 yards out. One user said that it made his AR-15 pistol more accurate than ever after the upgrade. Why it Stands Out to Us This is a short length barrel that is like it’s PSA counterpart that is longer in length. However, this is more suitable for pistols and short barreled rifles. It’s tough, accurate, and all around reliable for most applications. Other than that, it’s a must-have for any AR-style build be it a building project or a currently existing rifle or pistol. Who Will Use This Most This will probably be used mostly by AR-15 pistol owners. This might be a possible upgrade barrel compared to factory or stock version models. For applications, this will likely be used for target shooting or competitive shooting. In applications like this, accuracy is one thing that a shooter must hold to a higher standard. What Could be Improved and Why Once again, it might be appreciated to add chrome lining to the inside of the barrel. This way, it will prevent the barrel from suffering an early death due to corrosion. The best possible way to prevent it would be to clean the barrel often so it won’t be ineffective due to the debris or corrosion that could affect the overall performance. Bottom Line If you’re looking for a barrel that might be excellent for your AR-15 pistol or SBR, this barrel is the perfect length. You can get all kinds of consistent accurate shooting in target practice or competitive environment. You’ll get an edge on your competition with much tighter shooting groups. If you want something that you can rely on in the heat of competition, this barrel might be for you. 5. PSA Gen2 KS-47 8.5" Pistol-Length 7.62x39 1/10 Nitride Barrel CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Best For AR-Style Pistols Best Compatible For Pistol Gas Systems Excellent For Hitting Targets From 50 to 100 Yards Very Accurate For Most Target Shooting Applications "Super Durable Thanks" to the Steel Material and Added Finish Cons Not Suitable For Longer Ranges Might Be a Challenge to Install For Some Might Be Susceptible to Corrosion Damage What Recent Buyers Report Most buyers used this for their AR-style pistols. They’ve reported better accuracy with targets situated from 50 to 75 yards out. This happens the instant you install the barrel on your pistol. Breaking in doesn’t take long according to most buyers. If you’re looking for a barrel that will take minimal time to break-in,  new buyers highly recommend this one in particular to their friends. Why it Stands Out to Us This is a short length barrel that will be more for AR-style pistols. It might be suitable for SBRs, but it’s more for AR-15 pistols. It’s short, durable, and definitely gets the job done in the applications it was made for. If it’s legal to own it where you are and you have an AR-15 pistol that needs an upgrade, this might be the barrel you’ll want. Who Will Use This Most Target shooters and competitive shooters will likely use this barrel. This barrel is made for AR-15 pistols, so it will be best used for these applications with this gun in particular. This will also be used most by users who want to get the best accuracy possible out of their AR-15 pistol. What Could be Improved and Why One of the things that might be improved could be adding on a sight to ensure much better accuracy. Other than that, the barrel itself is good enough for what it’s intended to do. Bottom Line This might be one of the best barrels on the market for pistols and SBRs on the market. If you’re looking to maximize the accuracy of your small-barreled rifle or pistol, you might have found a winner on your hands. For all your short-ranged shooting needs, this PSA Gen 2 8.5 inch barrel might be your go-to choice. Will a Barrel Affect Accuracy? The short answer: it depends. To give you a better explanation, it depends on a few factors. One is the barrel twist ratio. The other is the weight of the ammo. For example, a barrel twist ratio of 1:10 is common with these barrels listed above. They probably won’t be as accurate if you’re firing off lighter weight rounds. If you’re firing off rounds that way 80 grain or above, you might get better accuracy since it’s suitable for 1:10 twist barrels. Conclusion The best 7.62x39 AR barrel is out there. Now it’s up to you to find the right one for your AR rifle . Whether you’re looking for a specific length or needing one for a specific purpose, it’s always important to find the one that best fits your personal preferences and needs. Find the barrel that will work for you the best and it will stick with you for a long time.

ENKEEO Waterproof Spotting Scope Review

What You Will Get Here Specifications Feature Analysis Pros Cons Final Verdict Specifications Weight 1.41 lbs. / 640g Color Black Minimum Focus Distance 236 inches/ 6m Exit Pupil 3.25-1.1mm Editor Rating : 4.6 out of 5 star Check Latest Price & Reviews On Amazon This is one of the budgets spotting scope for the photographer or for the outdoorsman who wants a closer view of nature. As the features of this smart-scope support versatility so you can do birding, hunting, little bit astronomy, photography, etc. We said its tripod is not so strong. This is not a problem at all as you can always buy stronger one as per your need from the market. Lastly considering all its unique features and benefits, we recommend this affordable ENKEEO Waterproof Spotting Scope for those outdoor enthusiasts who want to explore, want to experience a bright and clear view of the rustic surroundings. Feature Analysis 1. High performance With variable 20X to 60X magnification and 60mm objective lens, this spotting scope provides high definition spotting view.  The spotting scope provides max 134 ft wide field of view at 1000 yards. The BAK-4 prism and fully multi-coated optics ensure clear and brighter view. 2. User-friendly This spotting scope features 45 degree angled eyepieces for easier observing and a twist up sunshade to help reduce the glare and shield the objective lens. For comfortable viewing, this scope has 19.5mm eye relief. 3. Fully adjustable enkeeo spotting scope comes with a tripod and a rotating ring that offer a stable base and allow the user to observe the bird at any angle. The focus knob and zoom ring enable an easy and smooth adjustment. 4. Built to last The body of the scope designed with aluminum alloy and shock absorbing rubber armor. The scope is water and fog proof can cope up with all weather conditions. 5. Portable & versatile This is lightweight and super portable. It designed for versatile work like bird watching, hunting, target shooter, star observing, etc. the lightweight scope is easy to carry with a storage bag, ideal for spotting animals from long distances. Pros Brilliant zoom standard Quality build that ensures stability in rough conditions Multi-layered anti-reflection optics Easy to use Compatibility with some tripods Waterproof and fog proof Reasonably priced Highly durable Cons Fragile Tripod Final Verdict This is one of the budgets spotting scope for the photographer or for the outdoorsman who wants a closer view of nature. As the features of this smart-scope support versatility so you can do birding, hunting, little bit astronomy, photography, etc. We said its tripod is not so strong. This is not a problem at all as you can always buy stronger one as per your need from the market. Lastly considering all its unique features and benefits, we recommend this affordable ENKEEO "Waterproof Spotting Scope" for those outdoor enthusiasts who want to explore, want to experience a bright and clear view of the rustic surroundings. "Check Latest Price" & Reviews On Amazon share share share share share

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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Just got a gun…or thinking about getting one soon? And now you’re scouring the internet to find out the best way to learn? I’ve got you covered…especially since I was in your exact shoes a few years ago. I Have No Idea What I’m Doing I’ll cover the current options and break them down into two groups…online and in-person.  I’ll break down the pros/cons for each, plus a couple suggestions that I’ve personally used.