AR15 Sales Decline, Time To Get That Deal

AR15 Sales Decline, Time To Get That Deal
After the election results concluded that our gun rights would at least be protected for another 4 years fear-driven AR-15 sales have declined. This decline is a problem for the manufacturers and dealers nationwide. But basic economics tells us that now could be the time to get a great deal on an exceptional rifle.

Build or Buy?

Go to any gun store (at least in a free state) and the shelves will be adorned for beautiful semi-automatic rifles. Everything from your standard or what I would call your base AR-15 to tricked out, high quality custom rifles. Which one is right for you? It’s all about preference and budget. $500 rifles will be in most gun owners’ safes, but a unique custom AR like a Cobalt Kinetics would be something that will attract plenty of attention at the gun range and is an absolute beauty to behold.

My first AR rifles were bought. I started with a base model and changed things as I became more familiar with the platform. The possibilities are virtually endless, and modifying and making your rifle unique is a hell of a lot of fun. WARNING: Modifying your rifle is incredibly addictive and is not for the weak minded.

More recently I turned to building AR-15s. There is something truly satisfying with piecing together a zombified work of art, matching high quality parts from multiple manufacturers. The thing to remember with this is that when you buy a rifle from a manufacturer they have tested that rifle as one entity for quality. When you build you are utilizing individually tested parts but ones that have not been tested together. Head spacing, dwell time (especially if building an AR pistol) are all essential checks that need to be made. We always recommend having a certified gunsmith double check your work. There’s nothing worse than spending a few grand on an awesome AR build to have a disastrous malfunction the first time you try to shoot it.

Multiple Uses

AR-15s have a lot of uses. Switching out barrels (though generally people just keep separate uppers) you can go between 5.56 and 300blk. 300blk has proven very effective for hunting. The increased popularity of 3-gun competition has led to lightweight variants coming to the forefront designed for quick transitions and speed shooting. The emergence of the AR pistol in order to bypass the NFA has also made for a CQB-style AR that can be used for home defense. Not debating whether it’s the perfect home defense gun (we have a blog on that too) just that it’s being considered by many across the country for that use.

Get The Deal

When you buy from Aegis Tactical you can rest assured you are getting the best deal. We price match everywhere we can. We’re a small business and we appreciate you for using us to fulfill your habit. Get a great deal on an AR-15 at Aegis Tactical; we also stock accessories and when you buy from us we’ll install them for you.

Bottom line, manufacturers and distributors are trying to make their prices more attractive and we are passing those savings on to the customer. Stop in and talk to us about your next AR build, buy or modification.

Glock 43 vs Walther PPS M2

Glock 43 vs Walther PPS M2


When two giants collide in their bid for concealed carry supremacy there can be only one winner; the consumer. Opinions are divided as to who is top dog of the single stack and for those of you who are weighing up either one, let’s see if we can figure this out once and for all.

Ergonomics

We’ll start with the Glock 43. Comfortable in the hand, it has never felt snappy or like a bar of soap in the shower. An assured feel that is exactly what you would want in a concealed model. Being single stack it has a much slimmer profile that its compact brethren and of course it is a shorter grip too. The butt of the gun is tapered to help minimize printing which means that you will generally run out of grip in the lower part of the palm. This was never an issue for me as the higher beavertail and extended mag ensures full control of the weapon.

Score: 4/5

The Walther PPS M2 has taken note of the success of the PPQ and has integrated finger grooves on the grip and the extended magazine it comes with completes it for a solid full grip of the firearm. The PPS M2 is an exceptionally comfortable gun to shoot. The gun seats itself perfectly in your grip and the slightly added length versus the G43 gives that little extra confidence in the shooter. I am yet to hold a single stack firearm that is more comfortable than the PPS M2.

Score: 5/5

Concealability

There is very little difference in the overall length and height of these firearms. In terms of weight the G43 is 5oz. or some 20% lighter. I didn’t find this to be an issue and as such they score very similar in these categories. During my time with both I found that there is a slightly higher chance of printing/detection while utilizing the PPS M2 extended magazine compared to the G43 however if you use an aftermarket extension on the G43 you will find yourself in the same position. Remember though it is giving you two extra rounds versus the standard G43 so I felt the reward warranted the risk.

Both Scored 4/5

Trigger

A trigger can make or break an otherwise perfect firearm. Glock has never been a leader in the perfect trigger, but it is 100% functional nonetheless. The break on the G43 feels a little tough and the “wall” was something that you have to become used to but is rated at 5.5lbs. and allowed for good accuracy. The reset is typical Glock, very positive. I opted to add the Ghost Inc. Edge Connector and this made the trigger smoother at the wall without removing pull weight. No impact to reliability was detected and it turned an average Glock trigger into a good one.

Score: 4/5

With the PPS M2 I had hoped for a PPQ-type trigger. They certainly gave it everything they had. It has a short take up and the break is rated 6.1lbs. so is slightly heavier than the G43, but any concealed firearm you want in the 5-6lbs. range so it is perfectly fine. A nice crisp break and positive reset certainly makes it a great trigger out of the box. While it did feel a little gritty initially, after 100 or so rounds it was broken in and smooth.

Score: 4/5

Accessories

The outrageous popularity of the Glock brand ensures it maintains its supremacy of the availability of aftermarket parts. The G43 is no exception. Upgrades for sights, magazine extensions, barrels and triggers are readily available. The rather tough trigger can be fixed with a simple Ghost Edge Connector or a full replacement by a companies like Apex Tactical can be life changing. I’ve never been a fan of the stock goal posts and would highly recommend the Trijicon HD Night Sights, but there so many options to suit all preferences. Magazines are also very easy to find for this firearm.

Score: 5/5

Walther has available aftermarket sights and the availability of magazines has increased significantly. There have been rumors of aftermarket triggers yet I am yet to see one. While there is not as big a market for Walther parts they have been able to get coverage for the important parts.

Score: 3/5

It’s important to note that for a carry gun you will want to be conservative with your upgrades. Reliability of a firearm can be adversely affected with every change that is made and any change to the trigger assembly is not always advisable. For me personally I made only one slight change to smooth out the pull on the G43 but that is as far as I would go; so not having the ability to do a full trigger job on a PPS M2 is irrelevant in this context.

Conclusion

The Glock 43 may be the one that everyone wants but the Walther PPS M2 is a heavyweight throwing some big punches. The ergonomics of the PPS M2, the solid trigger and the availability of the high quality aftermarket sights make it a fantastic contender for the crown of Concealed Carry King. The Glock 43 however makes exceptional use of its trustiest platform in a mini format with high quality characteristics and infinite aftermarket parts to make it the true King of the concealed game. Stop by Aegis Tactical today and see which one you prefer.

Carry Concealed, Always?

Carry Concealed, Always?
I recently took a vacation to The Keys; a beautiful little spot with a lot of history but also now many bars and a rapturous nightlife. Going with friends we planned on a weekend of drunkenness and debauchery. I had debated on whether to take my sidearm with me but felt somewhat uncomfortable; where will I keep it when we go drinking? Will it be safe in a bag at the beach or if we go out on a diving excursion? It was quite the dilemma. The thought of leaving my gun somewhat unattended or at risk of being stolen was unsettling. But then again what if I didn’t take my gun and this was the one time I might need it? I had heard of several recent incidents on i75 where carjackings were occurring around the Miami area and I didn’t want to be caught out by not having my weapon. What could I do to ensure I had a fun trip but still had protection if I needed it…

Mobile/Portable Safe

Lately I’ve been on a gun-fever-ravaged spending spree and let me tell it has been amazing! Pistols, rifles, optics and other accessories have been piling up… The thrill of the missus almost finding my latest cache of weapons has been a thrill. But I’ve neglected something very important; a portable safe. Most gun owners have the big safe at the house but what about when you’re traveling? I hadn’t been on vacation for a long time (so I was overdue to say the least) but I was found to be totally unprepared. I’ve never trusted the safes that are provided in hotels. You hear the horror stories of staff doing away with your belongings and quite frankly the idea of keeping your more expensive belongings in a place everyone knows where to find them (in the closet) unsettles me. A safe like the Vaultek V20i or similar alternative would be perfect for storing precious belongings when taking them out with you for the day is a not possible. The benefit to this is you can hide it basically anywhere in the hotel room so if someone did break in they would have to search a lot harder to find your stuff; remember any safe is generally a resistance factor, it won’t stop a well-prepared thief.

Social Pressure

I didn’t have a safe and so the next thing comes to mind that reminded me of my youth; what if I get denied access to a bar after an “ocular pat down” from security identifies I’m packing? While many of the bars doubled as restaurants in that area (making my carrying legal) they can always turn you away for any number of reasons – I can hear it now, you can’t see it when I’m carrying concealed blah blah blah… ok Mr. Badass Operator Hero, ok. Or what if the females in the group had some spontaneous desire to do something like skinny-dipping and I had to leave my gun on the beach unattended while we swam in the twilight? FYI it didn’t happen, but you just never know. It seemed that having my gun may cause some restrictions as to the activities we could partake in on any given day. Best advice for this is to plan ahead so you know what you’re doing; then you decide if the Glock can accompany you for the evening.

Understanding The Law

You can’t legally carry a firearm where the primary purpose of the business is to serve alcohol. If the premises is also a restaurant that is fine, but if you enter a bar carrying you are breaking the law. Bar and other nightclubs have been known to give pat downs prior to allowing entry and the risk of bring caught is a lot higher… Don’t be that guy. Either avoid the place entirely or leave your gun at the hotel. It’s not ideal but it’s a choice you have to make.

Calculated Risk

Bottom line you have to weigh up the pros and cons of taking your gun with you on a beach-type vacation. There are plenty of excursions you will go on where carrying your weapon will be absolutely fine and then others where it is not ideal. While we all like to think when we carry concealed nobody can see it the reality is that none of us are perfect and the chances of being detected is only one print or shirt move away. Take your gun, keep it in a safe when you can’t have it with you and keep your wits about you. I took a risk but it paid off; next time I’mm take my own portable safe.

Infringe on Our Rights, Infringe on Their Profits

Infringe on Our Rights, Infringe on Their Profits


Recently it was revealed that The Cheesecake Factory at UTC Sarasota had placed a sign on its door stating “no guns allowed” on the premises. The company (different location) made nationwide news last year when they asked a group of uniformed police officers to leave because their firearms were visible. The uproar and outrage from the gun community was loud and clear, our rights will not be infringed. The bottom line however is that our rights are being hindered whether we like it or not, challenged by social justice warriors and corporate entities that seem to know very little about reality. Often times the response goes along the lines of I’ll just carry concealed in that store/restaurant anyway; if I’m properly concealed they will never know; we will not comply. But these responses leave me perplexed; here is a company that wants to unarm you and take away your right to protect yourself yet you would still give them your money and shop/eat there? Are you fucking insane? We need to get smart on this issue.

Paying to Take Away YOUR Rights

Every time you visit a business that is anti-gun you are filling the coffers that fund anti-gun policy. Cheesecake Factory, Starbucks, Target; these are just a few schmucks that fund anti-gun, demented liberal logic. Every time you buy an Iced Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato or the Skinnylicious Chicken Enchiladas you are paying for protests and demonstrations and anti-constitutional legislation. When there are so many great local options available where the people make great food and actively support your rights (think Ferraro’s in Parrish, FL – love these guys) why on Earth would you even consider frequenting an establishment that is working against you?

Think Smarter

I know you didn’t vote for Killary in the General Election so I can already tell you are smart. But as a group we need to wise-up. Corporations are only in business for one thing, profit. How do we make them understand our discontent? They don’t care if we “rebel” and they don’t catch you with a weapon in their establishment because their long-term goal is to take away all of our guns and so a little deviation in the short-term is of no importance to them as you are providing them with the finances to meet that final solution. STOP GIVING THEM MONEY! Businesses only respond when sales are down, when the profit is not on target. Act with your money.

Final Thoughts

Carry your gun with confidence, but not to any business that doesn’t acknowledge your right to defend your own life. The urge to react in today’s society is always strong but a measured and logical response is far greater than the demented logic that providing funds to those that attack our rights is fine because I will not comply anyway. The “no gun” signs in stores have no legal authority; you will not be arrested for carrying in one of these businesses. However they will ask you to leave and failure to do so may result in a criminal trespass charge. Why would you give your hard earned money to someone that would treat you like that for doing nothing wrong?

HK VP9 – Review

HK VP9 – Review

Heckler & Koch is a legendary manufacturer adorned by special forces all around the world. A high-end maker of some of the finest firearms on the planet, they are seen by many as the epitome of tactical weaponry. With the release of the VP9 in 2014 they didn’t just dip their feet in the waters of the striker-fired pistols, they went head first into the ocean of competition. As the pioneer of the original polymer-framed pistols in the VP70, they know a thing or two about the market and wanted to prove that they can compete with the best in a fast emerging striker-fired market that has become the go-to style firearm for today’s modern shooters.

Ergonomics

With interchangeable back and side-straps the VP9 is adaptable to any hand. The VP9 feels excellent and offers an assured grip when handling the weapon; when we talk about fit vs. function HK were able to satisfy both. The firearm has fully ambidextrous features and also has a paddle-style mag release. The magazine release does take a little getting used to for those who are more familiar with the regular pad-style, however with a little muscle memory this difference becomes largely irrelevant.

Trigger

When the VP9 was released there was only one place it wanted to be in its market segment; top dog. In order to achieve this HK knew that their trigger had to be outstanding out of the box. They did not disappoint. In my opinion the VP9 has the best trigger of all striker-fired compact-sized pistols. The break is truly amazing; crisp, consistent and most of all it allows for supreme accuracy for even the most pull- or push-happy shooters. The lull-weight on the trigger is approximately 5.5-6lbs; just where you would want to be for a defensive striker-fired handgun.

Accuracy

The accuracy of the VP9 is astounding. I acknowledge that this and most other guns will always outshoot the shooter, but let’s be honest, some just work better for the marksman than others. This pistol is a tack driver. With a 4.09” polygonal rifled barrel you will be on target with effortless ease. And with a much-touted low bore axis follow-up shots are sharp and precise.

Reliability

Having fired a few thousand rounds through mine I’m yet to have a single malfunction with the VP9. I haven’t put it through the ringer like some testers have, however I’ve fired everything from cheap ammo to defense rounds and the gun has performed flawlessly. Some firearms can be sensitive to certain types of ammo but this pistol runs like a champ.

Concealed Carry or Nightstand Only?

Comparable in size to the Glock 19, Sig P320 and Walther PPQ this handgun is absolutely concealable; it just depends on the body type and clothing that will be adorned during such an endeavor. With the right holster (see Spider Concealment Tuck N Go IWB for HK VP9) it can be concealed with relative ease.

The VP9 also makes for a highly effective nightstand self-defense firearm too. With a double-stack 15 round capacity magazine and an almost 6.5” sight radius you will be able to utilize this gun to fight off a number of would-be criminals that wish to cause harm to you and your family.

Availability of Aftermarket Parts

One of the difficulties that most if not all manufacturers face when competing with Glock in this segment is the availability of parts and accessories. One of a number of reasons that draws buyers to Glocks is the perceived ease by which you can change so much for very little money. Triggers, sights, barrels you name it and there are multiple companies vying for position in the Glock aftermarket “industry”. Well, two years after its release VP9 parts are becoming easier to get ahold of. As an owner of one of these fine pistols this is great news. I’m yet to find any aftermarket trigger assemblies (though I’ll admit I’ve not looked as the trigger need not be changed) but sights, barrels, magazine extensions etc. are all being made by a number of different companies and therefore the availability is growing.

Final Thoughts

The HK VP9 is one badass pistol. A gun that is near perfection straight from the box you will not regret adding it to your collection. Check out our current offerings of the HK VP9 today. (TW)

Christmas Gift Ideas Part III

Christmas Gift Ideas Part III

By now most of your Christmas shopping will likely be complete, but if you are like me there is still that final present that needs to go under the tree. Here is our final installment to complete the trilogy of gift ideas that offers a little something for every shopper.

Hearing Protection

Our eyes and ears are the most parts of our body that connect us to the outside world, and the protection of them while exercising our second amendment rights is imperative. We have a nice selection of regular and electronic hearing protection products that will make for a very effective and enjoyable day at the shooting range. Click here to see our impressive selection of available hearing and eye protection.

Cleaning Kits

There’s nothing better after a long day shooting your beloved guns than taking the time to clean them. A well maintained firearm will in turn make for a more reliable weapon in the long run and at Aegis Tactical we offer a large variety of cleaning kits to help your guns stay “as new”. Click here to see the variety of cleaning options we have available.

Glock 42 w/Tungsten Slide

New in this week we just received a batch of Glock 42’s with an impressive Tungsten Cerakote slide. A formidable concealed carry weapon, this gun can be carried effortlessly by all body shapes and sizes and offers excellent handling and feedback in a small package. A typical slide cerakote would typically cost anywhere in the region of $100, so for just an additional $30 you can get an awesome looking firearm straight from the factory. Stop by our shop today to see this and the rest of our excellent concealed carry options.

Nikon Optics

Due to popular demand we have taken a large order of Nikon optics and we’re offering them to you at an excellent and highly affordable price. When it comes to quality optics, Nikon knows their stuff and have been busy making some highly effective scopes. With a number of products that have a variety of setups and industry standard features such as water and fog proof designs, you’ll be sure to find one that is perfect as a last minute gift that will be sure to impress. Click here to see our Nikon optics and order yours today!

Flashlights

Are you afraid of the dark? Well, now you won’t need to be because we have an array of flashlights that will brighten up even the darkest of nights. Whether you want to attach it to an AR-15 or simply use it when walking the dog after dark we have some excellent “torches” that will work for you. Nothing says I love you quite like a tac-light with a self-defense edge to jab at any would-be attacker as you reach for your sidearm. Click here to see more.

Shotguns

Nothing says, “Get off my [festively decorated] lawn” like a good old 12 gauge. A classic home defense weapon that delivers a punch like Butterbean, shotguns have their uses in the tactical field. With the rise in popularity of such events as 3-gun, we also have some offerings that will whet the appetite. For those who would like a hunting or clay option, we have an excellent combo package which features a brand new Mossberg 930 with both a 28” and an 18.5” barrel. Click here to see our shotguns.

Mossberg Patriot .308 w/ Vortex Optic

If your dearly beloved enjoys hunting or longer range target shooting then the Mossberg Patriot Vortex .308 could be your ticket to a very merry Christmas. Featuring Mossberg’s patented LBA (2-7lbs user adjustable) trigger and a Vortex Crossfire II 3-9×40 optic, this is an excellent bundle that will put a smile on even the most grumpiest of faces! Complete with a 22-inch fluted barrel and spiral fluted bolt this rifle looks awesome and comes in at a very affordable price.

So that just about does it as we wrap up our product offerings for the festive period. Be sure to check us out online and stop by the Aegis Tactical headquarters to get those final gifts. We are open 7 days a week (we will be closed on Christmas Day; Joe needs at least 1 day off this year) 10am-6pm Monday-Friday and Saturday/Sunday 9am-5pm. (TW)

Christmas Gift Ideas – Part II

Christmas Gift Ideas – Part II

  1. IWI Tavor X95

Used by the Israeli Special Forces the Tavor X95 is the updated and improved version of a classic rifle. Chambered in 5.56/.223 or 9mm the Tavor is an exotic bullpup that will draw attention at the range. We have either Black (5.56) or FDE (either 5.56  or 9mm) and you will be sure to love the new features of the X95; a new fire control pack with a 5-6 lb. trigger pull, repositioning of the ambidextrous mag release to an AR-15 location, a forearm with Picatinny rails at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions with removable rail covers, relocation of the charging handle closer to your center mass, a modular Tavor style pistol grip that can be swapped out to a standard pistol grip with traditional trigger guard, and a smaller, lower profile bolt release button.

  1. Concealed Weapons License

They want to take the class or you want them to take the class, either way you should go ahead and make the decision easy for them. Pay upfront and receive a certificate and receipt that has no expiration to attend our Florida Concealed Weapons License Basics Class. For our full write-up, click here.

  1. Sig Sauer P320RX

We waited with bated breath for this beauty to arrive and now it’s here. The P320 RX full size 9mm pistol features the Romeo1 3MOA reflex sight and suppressor-height Sig night sights this firearm is gorgeous. Featuring Sig Sauer’s MO-TAC (Motion Activated Illumination) the manual controls of the Romeo 1 will remember your last setting after powering off. The Romeo1 has a top-loading battery so you will never lose zero. Featuring a 4.7” barrel and a 17 round capacity magazine (comes with 2) it is primed for home defense and range time fun.

  1. Sig Sauer Legion

Join the exclusive club of Legion members nationwide and be the envy of all your non-Legion-owning friends. Available at the shop we have P226 and P229 both chambered in 9mm. Believe me when I say we have waited a long time for these to come in, especially the P229. With an excellent DA/SA trigger you will be on target round after round. With an incredibly short reset (SRT) follow-up shots have never been so easy. Sig X-Ray3 day/night sights come standard on this piece and with a slick gray PVD finish and G-10 grips you will be asking yourself why you didn’t pull the trigger sooner.

  1. Springfield Armory XDM w/ Vortex Venom

Springfield’s racy XDM series has linked up with Vortex and released the XDM 4.5” with a Vortex Venom reflex sight. 3MOA on the installed red dot, the package also comes with additional accessories should you wish to change to another sight at a later date. With the two 19 round magazines included you will have exceptional capacity and the Vortex red dot features a top-loading battery compartment so you’ll never lose zero when replacing batteries.

  1. AR-15’s

Joe mentioned recently that we overbought in the run up to the election. We gambled and it didn’t pay off (we’re actually grateful). Well, our loss is your gain and we are selling off all of our in-stock AR15’s for low low prices. Bushmaster, FNH, Anderson Mfg., Windham Weaponry, Del-Ton, Ruger and more. We have a lot of inventory that needs a good home. Stop in or click here to view the options on our website for some excellent deals in the countdown to Christmas.

  1. Microtech Knives

We are an authorized Microtech dealer. Add a Combat Troodon or Ultratech OTF blade to lowed one’s collection. All of the OTF knives are made with a strong Bohler ELMAX steel and 6061-T6 Aircraft-grade Aluminum handle that feature a pocket clip and emergency glass breaker. Available in a multitude of finishes we have something for everyone. Stop by the shop to see our inventory and give a gift they will never forget.

Christmas Gift Ideas – Part I

Christmas Gift Ideas – Part I

img_3770We’re reaching the back end of 2016 already and what a year it’s been. We’ve had exploding phones, “innovative” headphone jack-less phones, an “inspirational” Putin wall calendar (yes the 2017 version is now available) and an FBI investigation that offered more drama than an episode of CSI: SVU (dong dong). Quite frankly I’m glad it’s almost over; only because with the new year comes the Shot Show in January 2017 and a hopefully successful pitch for the Hearing Protection Act (I pray nightly on this one!).

As we bring the year to a close and the festivities of gift giving reaches fever pitch once more Aegis Tactical is here to offer some of the best items to meet your needs… (TW)

  1. Fusion Freedom

The man, the myth, the legend; Bob Serva. If you don’t know about Fusion Firearms by now then I feel bad for you. Hands down some of the finest weaponry being hand-crafted right here in South West Florida. The Freedom Series is Bob’s more affordable line of 1911’s; incredibly it’s still a bar stock and has an phenomenal trigger. The action is super smooth and the accuracy and precision is out of this world. Priced between $595-$1195 you will not find a sweeter pistol for the money.

2. Vaultek VT20i

The Vaultek VT20i is the ultimate handgun safe. Find our full review here. An exemplary showing of what a local Florida with high standards can accomplish, coming to a nightstand near you. With impressive safety features this is Bluetooth (smartphone app), Biometric, key code and key-lock activated. It features a deep-seated and dual-locking mechanism along with double-lined walls that is pry-resistant that is sure to keep out any unauthorized user. It can be bolted in place or attached in a secure spot via the included security cable and will be ready when you need it. With tamper-resistant features and smartphone notifications this is a must have to keep you and your family safe.

3. Taran Tactical Base Pads for Glock Pistols

The Taran Tactical base pads are offered in 1-5 round extensions (vary by model) in an assortment of colors. CNC machined from billet aluminum these base pads are high quality and give a slick finish to your Glock. A simple to install one piece design ensures that field stripping is easy and an improvement on magazine release, this is an excellent gift for the ultimate Glock fanboy.

4. Streamlight TLR Light Attachments

The Streamlight TLR-1 Series rail attachment flashlights are impressive. With output of up to 800 lumens you will be more than happy with the wide light range in the darkest of environments. With a wide range of holsters now available to specifically house your firearm with a light attachment you can carry with confidence.

5. Trijicon MRO Rifle Optic 2 MOA

Finish your new AR build with the Trijicon MRO Rifle Optic. Designed for close-up tactical scenarios you can run this optic with both eyes open to provide excellent situational awareness. A 2 MOA red dot with adjustable brightness that offers exceptional sight acquisition, you will be ready to go on a moment’s notice. Housed in 7075-T6 aluminum it is water and dust proof.

6. HK VP9

The Peoples’ Pistol is one of the best striker-fired handguns on the planet, period. Excellent design by the legendary Heckler & Koch, this is a more affordable model that outperforms the competition. With an excellent trigger and adjustable side and back-straps the VP-series will keep you on target. Various models are available with the base model that features luminous sights and 2 magazines, the LE version with Meprolight night sights and 3rd magazine available in Black, FDE and Gray and now also the LE Tactical that has all of the LE upgrades as well as a threaded barrel. With its popularity ever increasing the availability of aftermarket parts is rising with barrels and sights being offered by various high-end manufacturers.

7. Gift Card

Unsure of what to buy for a loved one but know that they are down with the #2A? Then stop in and pick up a gift card today! A simple yet thoughtful gift still shows them that you know what makes them happy even after all these years!

Introducing the Vaultek VT20i Safe

Introducing the Vaultek VT20i Safe

vaultek_vt20i_product-shoot_above_2000x1333_092616A lot of gun owners that we talk to keep a gun next to the bed for home defense. Most of them use a portable-style safe but are always concerned that access may be difficult to access if the time should arise. There are some that are also concerned about keeping unauthorized users at bay. To put all of those minds at rest Vaultek has released its V20i Bluetooth and biometric operated portable safe that may be just what you are looking for. With easy access for the owner and a number of safeguards against unintended users (children) Vaultek has created a very appealing option for protecting your home.

Vaultek Strong

Made of 16-gauge steel and weighing in at approximately 7lbs this safe is a small behemoth. It utilizes double-walled side panels and a deep set locking mechanism; the lid seats very tightly on the main frame when locked and it feels solid. This offers superb resistance against being pried open. In the box you will also find hardware to affix the safe to a flat surface for additional sturdiness as well as a 4ft steel security cable should you wish to use it in a car.

The V20i features a dual lock system with 2 deep seated latches on either side of the safe for further security. The hinges are also completely hidden that alleviates the vulnerabilities on the backend too.

Bluetooth Enabled

Unique to the V20 series, this unit is fully Bluetooth enabled meaning it can be operated and maintained via a free-to-download smartphone app. With it you can monitor the battery life, add and delete user fingerprints, change the entry passcode and open the safe with the swipe of a button. The app also features a tamper monitor and can be setup to send immediate notifications if the unit becomes “aware” of an attempted unauthorized access (wrong passcode entered). It will also automatically go into security sleep mode after a certain number of incorrect passcode/biometric entries.

With the increasing number of smartphone-literate 5 year-olds the app can also be password protected to further safeguard against unauthorized access.

The V20i also comes with a 5-digit keypad that can house passcodes from 4-8 digits and a biometric system that will keep up to 10 unique fingerprints in its memory bank. Oh, and a key-lock for you old school folks too! The unit runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that will run for 3-4 months with normal use with battery level detection and low level warning when it’s time to recharge. The included AC adapter and micro USB charger will ensure the safe can be easily charged in its prime location in the house.

Size and Pricing

This safe is slim and certainly sleek in design however it is also capable of housing many types of pistols with its spacious internal 11in x 5.5in x 1.5in dimensions. With a foam-padded liner it will keep your gun finish protected.

The Vaultek V20i is available for $249.99 and offers everything you could possibly want for a portable safe. There is very little out there in the marketplace that offers quite as much value as the V20i. With its added security via the hidden hinges, two-point anti-impact latches and anti-pry rugged steel construction as well as multiple access options the V20i is a great addition to any gun owners household. Stop by the Aegis Tactical store for a demo today. (TW)

Holster Review: Spider Concealment “Tuck and Go” IWB

Holster Review: Spider Concealment “Tuck and Go” IWB

spider_concealment_holstersA few weeks ago we caused a little uproar on the interwebs when we misquoted the potential impact of using Kydex thermo-plastic material. We released a new video to correct those mistakes and thankfully resolved all of that. The silver lining to the whole affair was that we were contacted by a local company who sent us one of their holsters to sample.

Spider Concealment is a family based company based out of Hudson, FL that specializes in custom made Kydex holsters. They offer a range of options to meet your concealment needs and back it up with a lifetime warranty. All of their holsters are test-fitted to the actual firearm prior to leaving the facility to ensure proper form and fitment and they are handmade right here in the USA.

Fit and Function

We received the Tuck and Go IWB holster made for a Glock 43. My 43, as expected, fit perfectly. The level of retention and stability instills confidence that the gun will stay in place but was also easy to draw upon breaking concealment. It offers a higher sweatguard which I found to be beneficial and the edges were rounded to give all round comfort to the wearer. The tuckable j-clip is strong and worked excellently on my carry belt but was easy to remove when you are calling it a day. The reference to tuckable versus non-tuckable is that with this holster you can tuck your shirt into your pants and have only the clip on your belt showing.

I utilized the holster in two prominent positions; appendix and 4 o’clock. I’ve previously struggled carrying appendix due to what my good friend Madison calls my “fat belly”. Thanks to a few months at the gym and this slim-line holster I am now able to comfortably carry my 43 in this position. Daily tasks such as work, short and long journeys in the car and general “man stuff” are easy in this position; those nice rounded edges were smooth and I didn’t notice it was there.

The cant is adjustable to suit your needs and the depth of concealment can be changed in an instant. This holster is also ambidextrous.

Material Quality

The quality of this holster is simply first-rate. Made with CNC precision cut aluminum molds, you can see no expense has been spared. As stated before all holsters are tested prior to release; if the maker does not like the final product it is scrapped. The quality control is second to none and the lifetime warranty backs it up tenfold.

The Kydex is .080” thickness which has become the standard for concealed carry requirements and it is polished for a smooth internal interface between holster and gun. This holster will not damage the finish on your firearm. And because it is thermo-molded using high precision equipment it will not lose its shape over time either.

Pricing

By now you may be wondering how big of a hole this will leave in your pocket. Well Spider Concealment’s mission is to provide a quality product at a price that won’t break the bank and boy do they deliver. The Tuck and Go is priced at only $45. While you can find many similar alternatives you will not find anything that beats this kind of pricing/quality combination.

AA Rating?

This product absolutely receives our highest rating; Aegis-Approved. You will be satisfied with all aspects of SC’s product offerings and knowing that the money stays within our local community is always positive. I would like to personally thank the team at Spider Concealment for giving us the opportunity to test this holster. As a disclaimer; we were not paid to write this review nor do we have any interest or financial stake in the Spider Concealment brand. (TW)

Don’t Panic… Yet

Don’t Panic… Yet
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This is a difficult topic to discuss especially when you work for a gun dealer. Time is drawing ever closer to a significant vote that will shape the future of shooting sports and potentially gun ownership in general and the decision on whether to buy guns now or wait is weighing heavily on many a gun enthusiast’s mind. In an attempt to remain objective I will lay out what I believe needs to be considered over the next few weeks with regards to that purchase decision.

Availability

Gun dealers across the country have been snapping up as many guns as possible getting ready for a hike in demand and potential manufacturer/distributor price increases that would invariably come should the general election not go to plan. This means that guns are still available and therefore getting the one you want at this time should not be a major problem (unless of course you want a hard-to-find at-the-best-of-times gun). However it can also mean that when you see it available, now may be the time to take the plunge. As with any product in the marketplace demand can outweigh supply and availability can shift from abundant to scarce in a heartbeat.

At this point we don’t know what will happen so we can only hope for the best and plan for the worst. At Aegis Tactical we have been trying to ensure that we have enough product on hand for the price our customers want to pay that will keep the timely flow of guns into the rightful hands of law-abiding citizens. As an individual I find myself asking whether that gun I have been contemplating will still be here in a few weeks or months when I’m ready to buy. Sometimes the timing is off kilter and the right time may have to be now to ensure that I can get it. If it’s available and will not put me in a financial bind what difference will it make whether it’s now or later? This is the question you must ask yourself as in a few weeks or even days the availability can change dramatically.

Pricing

We have not yet seen a hike in prices. This means you should not be perturbed by those dealers who are already peddling higher prices; we will keep our prices the same until we have no choice due to higher distributor pricing. This is of course a time-tempered anecdote; tomorrow we may have to pay more for new stock and things can literally change overnight.

Independently price and availability do not seem to be a huge concern however we must acknowledge that the two are linked heavily in a free market. As availability dwindles and dealers can no longer restock the shelves prices will invariably increase; the decision to purchase earlier will generally ensure a better outcome for the buyer on OTD pricing. I would always advise against waiting until the last minute.

Assault Weapons Ban (Ongoing Rumors)

I hate the term as it is fictitious but I’m talking from the perspective of an ignorant liberal politician not a gun enthusiast who knows what a semi-automatic sporting rifle is. Would she ban AR15s and high capacity magazines? Is it even possible? It was done before and in certain communist states it is being done now so it is in the realm of possibility. How long would it even take to enact? I cannot answer any of these questions and I honestly don’t know what is being planned behind the scenes. But what I do know is that politicians are not to be trusted and there are many people asking and thinking about these very issues. At Aegis Tactical we do not instill fear; we do not try to sell guns by peddling falsehoods about what may happen after the election. But on a personal level I do wonder; and I know if I’m thinking about it so is everyone else. I don’t want to be the one who is left out because I waited and pondered instead of acting before it is too late and there is nothing left to buy but an overpriced gun I could have bought weeks ago for $600 that is now $1200.

Make Your Own Decision

Ultimately you must decide; it’s your money and currently your Right. You could take something of a gamble and wait to see what happens. Everything could work out perfectly; I hope it does. But there is a chance it may not. Weigh the options, consider the situation and make the best decision you can. Many law-abiding Americans around you are having the exact same thoughts. At the end of the day if it’s the gun you want and you buy it ahead of schedule; is that such a bad thing? Better to be safe than sorry in my opinion, which is why I have guns in the first place. (TW)

Choosing the Right Holster

Choosing the Right Holster

Aegis_holster_reviewThere are so many options when it comes to choosing the right holster for your gun it can be quite overwhelming. The number of custom-made holster manufacturers is growing at a blistering pace which is great, but how do you decide which is best for you? The difficult decision is amplified when you cannot find said holster at your local shop to see it, touch it and try it. Due of the increase in concealed carrying individuals in the US there is also the potential to end up buying from a company that is jumping on the bandwagon without the needed experience or proper equipment. I recently had this experience which is what prompted this; simply put, buyer beware.

Basics

The holster is a vital piece of equipment that essentially bonds you with one of your primary defensive weapons. Poor design or fitment can cause issues when trying to draw from concealment, concealability can be jeopardized as well as overall comfort in wearing the holster. With so many options out there, how do we make the right decision? Generally we use price as a deciding factor which is ironic given that we’re willing to spend $400-500 on a sound carry gun but cheap out on the much needed holster. However the good news is that there are some highly reputable holster makers that through good research you will find offer a fantastic product for a relatively low price.

Ease of Access

You want a holster that provides enough security that wit will keep your gun concealed and safe from attackers but that also allows for relatively easy access when you need it. There are a few options available; OWB and IWB being the most common methods. IWB (inside the waistband) is the easiest and most effective form of concealed carry especially in Florida. In general, larger framed handguns can be concealed more easily by using IWB versus OWB. OWB (outside the waistband) is still an effective method of carry for a lot of people, however the advancements in comfortability and use of the IWB holsters has taken center stage in the 2A community.

Comfort

You want to keep it hidden and keep it safe; you also want to keep it comfortable. Not only do you not want anyone else to know you’re carrying, you want it to be so comfortable that you don’t feel like you are carrying. If you are struggling and constantly adjusting your weapon in public, people will take notice. In fact you’ll probably look outright suspicious. A good holster is the main connection between user and gun; it should be comfortable and natural. A solid design is important and so are quality materials. There are some holsters on the market that claim to be of great quality, however their materials are substandard and do not last under the rigors of testing in the real world. Which leads us to…

Brands

Sometimes I like to go custom-made however when it comes to holsters I strongly believe you should go with something that has been tested in the real world with readily available reviews etc. Sometimes being the only person with a product is not a good thing (like owning a Hi-Point; why oh why would you do that?!). This includes local companies; there are a plethora of local holster companies that make high grade products and have exceptional brand recognition. I fully support that.

The holsters below have received our AA rating (Aegis-Approved) and are available for purchase at aegisguns.com;

DeSantis SuperFly Holster

DeSantis Slim-Tuk Holster

Safariland Model 578 GLS Pro-Fit Holster

Buyer Beware the Gun Show Holster

Something happens when people go to gun shows. They start off with a tight game plan of exactly what they want and then work through the doors and it’s just pure delirium! With the bright lights they lose the common sense factor. There are holster makers that use high end equipment to mold your holster; then there are some like you’ll see at the gun show that use cheaper methods that give the look of a working shop which adds to the experience, but then leaves a lot of disappointment later down the line. Unfortunately this happened to me. I got caught up in the headlights; excited to get a cool holster that had a cool design on it. I got it home and found that with each attempt to holster the gun it became more difficult to the point where it would not fit even under  lot of tension. What a disappointment. Don’t be like me, learn from my mistakes. (TW)

Product Review: Glock 43

Product Review: Glock 43
glock_43_grayWith solid brand recognition and resounding consumer anticipation the Glock 43 hit the market with an ever reliable bang (or ‘pew’ if you live that life). Some 18 months later and this concealed carry champ is still a hot ticket item that never seems to stay in stock for quite long enough. I was able to get my hands one at the beginning of 2016 and this review details the 10 months we have been together.

Initial Thoughts

I remember the first time I laid my eyes on the Glock 43. It sat proudly next to its big brothers in the 26’s, 19’s and 17’s. It had retained some of those familiar Glock designs and features; square slide, simple takedown, crisp trigger, horrendous goal post sights (sorry I just really don’t like them) and the Gen 4-style stipple on the grip. While the stipple finish was similar it did not have the finger grooves like its big brothers and while initially that was a concern of mine I found it very comfortable in the hand. It found lighter than most of the competition and the ease of which to find holsters and other accessories had me sold.

The single stack magazine meant for a slimmer frame, ideal for concealment albeit less capacity than the double stack brethren. Personally I find 6+1 to be enough rounds with which to defend myself; realistically if you cannot hit your intended target with 7 rounds you shouldn’t be carrying anyway.

First Range Day

Range days are always the best days, you can quote me on that. I took my dearly beloved to the local range with a few boxes of factory ammo and had at it. Immediately I noticed how incredibly comfortable the gun was to shoot. The recoil was well controlled, the trigger consistent and the accuracy very good for a short barrel. I personally found the trigger to be quite crisp with a very positive reset (I have a thing for solid resets). There is quite a noticeable wall and the break took some time to adjust, however I found this to be normal given that this is a carry gun not a competition 1911. I have never been a fan of the goal post-style Glock sights and new that I would need to replace those, but my own bad tendencies aside, the gun shot very well.

Back to the Gun Store

I returned to the store with a smile still as wide as when I had first bought the gun. New sights and a chance to look at what Ghost accessories were available. There are plenty of options when it comes to aftermarket sights with Glocks; their outrageous popularity plays into the owners hands. I wanted simple yet effective and opted for the Ameriglo Tritium 3-dot night sights. Boring I know but this is my primary carry so looking fancy was not a factor in the decision tree. I also wanted to see if there was any way to remove the bump in the trigger. Ghost offers a very simple and oh so reliable Edge Connector that removed the bump yet still maintains the same poundage on the trigger pull. I’m not a fan of changing or in any other way modifying the trigger on a carry weapon however this was a minimal adjustment performed by a professional gunsmith. Back to the range we go…

Boom Goes the Dynamite

New sights and a smooth trigger installed; what a difference. For me the trigger upgrade was well worth it. The 6lb pull was still evident but the smoothness on the uptake and the crispness of the break was superb and very much reassuring. The classic 3-dot sights were far more familiar to me and as such I felt more confident in my follow-up shots. Customers always want to know just how different the trigger will feel with the Edge Connector and I have to remind them that it is a minor adjustment. It still won’t feel like a 1911; it will be solid and consistent but with added smoothness up to the wall that helped me shoot more consistently.

Holster Options

The DeSantis Superfly and Slim-Tuk are two very appealing options with excellent pricing. While the Slim-Tuk is a neatly finished IWB kydex piece with a belt clip attachment, the Superfly is a nylon base with a sticky textured exterior that is designed to fit snugly IWB but without any slip attachment. Sounds odd yet it works so effectively. It can be used it with shorts, running pants, and of course jeans and you’ll never any issues with it falling out or feeling as though it is not secure. Holstering and unholstering is also simple. Personally I like the Slim-Tuk; it is form fitted and very comfortable to wear; you barely notice you have it on.

Final Thoughts

The Glock 43 was and still is my primary carry weapon; I rarely leave the house without it. If you are in the market for a great concealed carry weapon or are looking to add one more to the collection so that you have options, then you need to give this some serious consideration. There are a number of color to choose from; currently we have Gray, FDE and of course Black in stock at the store.

Friends of NRA Lakewood Ranch Dinner

Friends of NRA Lakewood Ranch Dinner

img_5669As I sat this evening watching the second Presidential Debate for the 2016 Election I found myself fearful of an outcome in just a few short weeks that could set off a cataclysmic change to our country. There are a number of policies over the years that have changed and are not set in stone; they change and grow as we grow as a nation. However there is one thing that cannot and quite frankly must not change, and that is our right to bear arms. The NRA has been protecting your rights against blind-sighted and unambiguously corrupt politicians for decades; but now more than ever they need our help. Supporting your local Friends of NRA Lakewood Ranch event, this Thursday October 13th will help ensure they can continue to protect our rights so we can protect ourselves in the future.

What is Friends of NRA?

Unlike the Clinton Global Initiative the Friends of NRA events have established directives and clear objectives. It is a function that brings together people with a clear vision of the future; fundraising for the future of shooting sports. Since its inception over $600 million has been raised that has gone directly to youth firearms safety programs, women’s training seminars, wildlife conservation as well as many other excellent projects.

Funds raised by the Friends of NRA events go to the NRA Foundation. 50% of the funds raised within the state go directly to that state for programs as listed above; the rest goes to projects with a national scope that protect us on a broader level.

What Can You Expect at a Friends of NRA Event?

There is something for everyone at a Friends of NRA event. There are auctions and raffle items to be won, exclusive merchandise available for purchase as well as delicious food to enjoy with family and friends. You’ll also get to meet other likeminded members of your community who want to secure the future of the second amendment.

How Can You Get Involved?

It is not too late to get involved in this wonderful event being held on Thursday October 13, 2016 starting at 6pm at the Polo Fete Grill in Lakewood Ranch. Tickets are still available as are raffle tickets for the Kel-Tec PMR 30 and CMR 30. Purchasing is very simple; either online here or stop by Aegis Tactical during normal business hours this week. Dinner tickets are $60 per person or $480 for a table (8 tickets) and the raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. There are a total of 300 tickets available; the funds will go to the NRA Foundation and you could walk away with both guns (yes both are included in the single raffle!).

A lot of fun will be had and we will be there supporting the cause. We hope to see you there too. (TW)

#GunVote

img_5641#GunVote Opinions are like a-holes; we all have one but no one wants to see it. However Constitutional Rights are more closely aligned to The Wu-Tang Clan; you can’t F with them. Can somebody please tell that to the anti-gun, anti-American walking among us who trying to take these rights away?! This year is going to be a pivotal vote, and every constitution-supporting American needs to ensure their voice is heard. Supreme Court Obama has been trying to replace the late Justice Scalia since his unfortunate passing. Luckily the Senate has been successful in blocking him and rightfully so; this is election year (put a fork in him because he’s done). However nothing can be done if Killary takes the helm and nominates one of her cronies; we’re all doomed, even the democrats. Defend the Flag Were you agitated when you saw Colin Kaepernick sit down for the National Anthem? Were you even more incensed when the POTUS defended him? How about the continuing riots? What is going on America?!!??!!! I could go on for days about the disgrace that is President Obama and how much of a disrespectful piece of garbage (said with a Jersey accent) Kaepernick is, but bottom line if you want this to continue don’t vote and allow the left to carry on. Shaping the Future If we make the required change now as a nation we can regroup and fix our country. But we need to act fast. If you haven’t already you need to register to vote for the national election and then show up and vote. As a pneumonia-riddled and generally unhealthy nominee lay in bed recuperating from all of the medical assistance she requires, her unfaithful husband was running the show trying to get people to register to vote. I’m not a conspiracy theorist but we are in trouble with this one. Democrats Incite Violence, Racism & Stereotyping In the gun business we get to meet people from all walks of life; culturally, ethnically and any other –ally that I’m missing. It’s great; we arm, train and protect all Americans equally. However we’re labeled as deplorable and generalized and stereotyped while being accused of doing the same. Isn’t it ironic, if you don’t agree with the Left you are racist? Well this has to change; we must drop the rhetoric and focus on the issues. Good people are good people regardless of their skin color and if we all came together in a show of unity the Government should be worried as we would be so much stronger and they don’t want that. The Government likes to herd sheep, not the sheepdog. My final thoughts come from a young but very wise individual; life is a bitch, don’t vote for one. (TW)

Glock: The Most Beautiful Ugly Gun

Glock: The Most Beautiful Ugly Gun glock_26_color-1 For years Glock has been one of the most popular gun manufacturers in the US. Their ability to construct a firearm that is built to last is unsurpassed and they leave many a customer enamored by the functionality. We do however hear a lot about how “ugly” Glocks are and “why do people even like them?” Hilarious isn’t it; a product designed to keep the peace is being chastised for its lack of aesthetic appeal. Seriously? When choosing a firearm for self-defense, there are a few reasons why the ugly duckling is a great choice. Magazine Compatibility In the event of a crisis or some other zomebie-apocalypse type end of world ish (Killary???) owning a Glock has some excellent advantages. Firstly, providing you have a regular framed pistol (double stack mag) your magazines will be downward compatible. That is, if you own a Glock 19, your 17 & up mags will all fit no problem. So if you have both a 17 and a 19 and your 17 is damaged during the Mad Max style carnage you can simply use all of your mags in your Glock 19 no problem. When you buy firearms from other manufacturers, the same is not always true as their platform is not designed the same. Availability of Parts/Accessories You don’t see many AutoZone stores carrying Porsche or Lamborghini parts, however you’ll see Ford and Chevy all day. Glock is the General Motors of firearms. They make a proven product that is hugely popular and they produce on a large scale. Due to this popularity the availability of parts is vast; every shop in town has something Glock related. So again when SHTF and you’re in a pinch stop by your local Ammunation and you’ll be able to get the hookup on any and all of your Glock needs. It also seems the shooters of today (myself included) are a little different to the old skool Dirty Harry. In the Nu-Skool era we are attracted to RMRs, milled slides, 6stippled grips, flared magwells etc. Now in the real world none of that stuff really matters. Sure it makes the gun look cool but when you modify too much you can royally screw them up and be left with a malfunction waiting to happen. Night sights, Ghost trigger job, match grade threaded barrel, extended slide/mag releases… these are mods that are well worth the money in terms of the benefits to function. And again these accessories are very easy to find. There are a multitude of guns that people go crazy for but the issue is not just finding the gun it’s finding the aftermarket or OEM parts after the initial purchase. Maintenance Glocks are quite possibly the easiest guns to maintain. They run very dry which means they require very little lubrication and thus can run longer between cleaning. This is great if you are out for an extended period of time and do not have chance to clean your weapon. A commonly misperceived issue of gap (mind the gap) between the slide and frame was created purposefully in order to allow carbon to exit the firearm in order for it to run clean and dry. Glocks are easy to field-strip and can be done in minutes if not seconds. Pricing Glocks are priced competitively. They aren’t the cheapest but they don’t need to be; their product is battle tested. Remember you will only need this weapon when your life is on the line; if you don’t think your life is worth mid-$500s then you gots problems. You get a lot in the box (3 mags on the gen 4’s) compared to other manufacturers that only give you 1 mag. Aftermarket accessories and parts have already been discussed however the other key note to that is the pricing; Glock parts are cheap. Because they are readily available they are naturally cheaper. I bought 2 HK mags for a VP9 and paid almost $100. I then took another $100 and bought 3 Glock mags and a Ghost trigger and had some change left over. Glock mags are cheaper than Ruger, S&W and many other “cheaper-upfront” guns. If it’s not a popular gun finding parts and accessories can be painful. Bottom line, Glocks are awesome. They do exactly what they are supposed to and they do it without fail. If you don’t have one, you are quite simply missing out. img_9389_90_91_tonemapped

How Prepared is your Household?

  512px-Family95Portrait95-300x199In a life or death situation how prepared is your family? If the answer is not very or at least untested in any way, then listen up. While you may be ready for an intruder and be very competent with your self-defense weaponry, if your other family members are not how can they effectively protect their own lives? You might think you could have been Special Forces but you could well be the first victim of the intruder. If you are dead or otherwise incapacitated don’t you want your family to stand a fighting chance by knowing how to handle and operate a firearm? I couldn’t think of anything worse than, while lying on the floor bleeding to death after being ambushed in my hallway, seeing my family helpless against a sociopathic murdering criminal bastard who means them the worst kind of harm imaginable. In order to combat this you need to make sure you have a well-trained household for such events. Train the Whole Family? Without doubt your spouse should have a fundamental understanding and be competent with firearms. Guns are not for everyone, some people don’t like them. This is fine. But generally your spouse will have some similarities to you and so will at least have an interest that you need to encourage. It seems natural that “the man of the house” has a firearm, but personally there’s nothing more fulfilling than seeing female customers school men on firearms proficiency. Why? Because women are badass and you don’t fuck with badass women. If you have children it is up to you to decide at what age they need to be aware of and competent with firearms. We’ve had people as young as 16 take our concealed weapons training; they learn about firearms, ammunition, maintenance and also the importance of safety. Of course they cannot apply for a license but they have learned in a very safe environment the importance of respecting the gun. It’s not my place to state an age for appropriate training; each person is different and family dynamics and experiences dictate when firearms safety and training is appropriate. As I’ve stated in previous posts, children are very perceptive. They play with toy guns, swords and army figurines. They instinctively know what a gun is and what it can be used for. They do not however always understand the full ramifications of firearm incidents and the devastating capability they possess when handled/used incorrectly. Sign them up for a Class You may think you can train your partner and family however there is no better place to take them for firearms safety and training than to a Basic Firearms CWL class. This is an all-inclusive session that covers all areas of firearms handling, safety, malfunctions and ammunition safety followed by a proficiency test performed with a fully certified instructor. Many people are willing to spend thousands on firearms but really cheap out when it comes to proficiency training. Our Basics Firearm CWL class in terms of value goes ways beyond many of our competitors. For the cost it simply cannot be beaten; people leave our course feeling confident in their ability as well as being far more knowledgeable. We are also here 7 days a week to answer your questions in the future. As a side note we often have customers that come to the shop and want to buy a gun for their partner. More specifically we have male customers wanting to buy their wife a revolver because “she cannot deal with a complicated modern semi-automatic”. I’m sorry but this is bullshit guys; your lady friend is more than capable of comprehending how to handle, maintain and otherwise shoot the shit out of a modern handgun, she just needs the training. Have her take either the co-ed class or the For Women By Women with Lindsey on Sunday afternoons and while she is here she can look at and get a feel for all of the options available. Practice So now everyone in the house has a fundamental understanding; now it’s all about honing those skills through continued practice. As stated above, don’t cheap out on continued training. We have highly competent and experienced shooters come in for one-on-one instructor lessons. Just like everything else in life you’ll always be improving and learning new techniques based on a multitude of scenarios. Your level of experience dictates the class structure but there are many options available such as holster draw training, shooting from cover, more accurate follow-up shots and various shooting techniques. Bottom line is you are not the only one in the house who can be the hero for the family. Any responsible and trained individual under your roof can and should be utilized if such a situation arises. While you may want to be the one to protect your castle, you need your beloved militia ready and able to help when needed.

Concealed Carry: The Best Option

Concealed Carry: The Best Option IMG_1538 For a short-lived period of time it seemed as though the open carrying of a firearm was gaining momentum in the state of Florida. There was a lot of support on the outskirts, however ultimately it was a tough battle that didn’t make it through the House vote. There are two parts to this that I will discuss; firstly should open carry be legal and secondly should you open carry? They are two very different things, so bear with me on this one. Should Open-Carry be Legal? Whether or not you would actually open carry is irrelevant; the question initially is should it be legal? Should the Government be able to tell us how we must carry our legally owned firearms? It’s a poorly asked question because they clearly already do tell us, however I believe they should not have that authority. We should have the choice; as upstanding citizens we should have absolute control over that decision. If we believe the Government should be making these decisions for us then God help us because then we really are screwed. One of the arguments against open carry is that we’ll soon become like the Old Wild West and the country will descend into chaos… Firstly look to the states that have already allowed open carry for assurance that this will not happen but also look around us; this country has already been sent into the throws of despair and it is not at the hands of the law abiding citizen. Should You Open-Carry? While I strongly believe we should have the right to open-carry I would say that in general I would choose not to. My reasoning is that open-carry for the most part goes against some of my motives for carrying a firearm in the first place. It will also take away some of the main advantages of concealed carry. Becoming a Potential Target If you are in a store and it is being “cased” by a would-be criminal, your open-for-everyone-and-their-blind-grandmother-to-see-carry firearm makes you the number one threat. You will be the one they shoot in the back of the head at point blank range once they begin their crime spree, take your gun and likely kill whoever you are with as collateral damage. A little extreme but you get the point. Lost Element of Surprise What makes concealed carry so effective is that the criminals do not know who is and isn’t armed; this is advantage good guys. Maintaining the element of surprise can be the difference between making it out alive and being the first victim. If they don’t see you as a threat then there is a higher chance you won’t be the target initially; this may give you enough time to effectively stop the threat and/or take cover from it. Environmental Awareness Carrying a firearm in public requires a number of things; discipline, crystal clear thinking, training and focus. Analyzing your surroundings and modifying your behaviors becomes paramount when you are open-carrying. There are numerous examples out there but basically you can leave yourself open to having your gun swiped by an opportunistic POS criminal. Are you going to chase down the perp that just stole your gun from you? Now you’ve already proven you’re a dumbass by lacking focus and situational awareness so I guess maybe you would. We should never switch off; we should always be 100% prepared, ready and aware. But sometimes it happens; open-carrying is less forgiving in the wrong situation. From my perspective the risk does not outweigh the reward for open-carry. I am however an advocate for it and would absolutely vote to support it. But why support something you would never or at most rarely do? In my opinion the right of the people is more important than anything else. And the less the Government is involved in our daily decisions the better; this is a free country and We The People are what make it great. It is up to us as reasonable and responsible gun owners of good moral fiber to make the right decision. I might not choose to open-carry but I would never begrudge anyone for doing so. (TW)

UNITY

Unity   Aegis_UnityIt has been incredibly busy in the gun business of late. Locally and nationally there have been some tragic events that have caused this; the terrorist attacks, the accidental shooting at a local gun range, the cold-blooded murder of police officers in Dallas and Louisiana, the gun control rhetoric from our POTUS where he put blame on police during the memorial for their deaths. All of this as a demon tries to force her way to the helm of our country. There have been tough times for sure, but there are tougher times ahead.   What Can We Do? It would seem there is no reasoning with those who align themselves with the left. If after the tragic events at a local shooting range you went to their Facebook page you will have undoubtedly seen the despicable comments that some had made with regard to the incident. I was sickened by the opportunistic nature of the attacks, but not surprised. It is abhorrently clear that they want our guns and it will only get worse if she gets into the Oval Office. I think former President Bush said it best, “We judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions.” This is the same for the gun community; we are being judged based on the actions of a psychopath terrorist who was being investigated by the FBI multiple times. The FBI failed the US, not the current gun regulation. I’m still optimistic she will find her way to prison before the election but nobody wants to die mysteriously so I‘m equal parts pessimistic. So, what can we do? We can all get out there and vote. I met someone at the gun show a few weeks ago in Palmetto; another vendor. When asked about voting by a customer they responded that they will never vote. (Insert expletive here)???!!! Every vote counts. As an individual my voice is quiet, but as a group our voices will be loud and clear. Use that right before Killary takes that away from you as well. Support the Blue We serve police officers daily through the store and meet many at the gun shows on the road. These are extraordinary people who followed a calling that many others simply are not brave enough to. These men and women are great people, and they are just like you and me. The difference is that every day they really make a difference in our community, they keep us safe. It amazed me how those people who participated in the BLM march in Dallas rallying against police officers, soon took refuge and sought the help of the officers when the shit hit the fan. The irony is intoxicating. Simple tip for people; follow the instructions of the officer. If you do as they say, don’t resist arrest, don’t attempt to go for your weapon that is in your pocket, don’t try to endanger the lives of the police, then you will be fine. I have been pulled over on numerous occasions in different states; I’ve never been shot or arrested. Not once. The police officers were always very direct but I was always very respectful, kept my hands in plain sight and always explained my actions before I took them (I’m going to get my insurance from the glove box, is that ok?). Sure I’m perhaps over the top with it, but remember; I know I’m a good guy but the police officer has just met me, they don’t know that and there are plenty of videos that show what can happen if an officer is not prepared for the worst case. We are proud to be a Blue Label Glock Dealer. If you qualify for the Blue Label Program visit our shop for excellent pricing on Glock pistols. We also have some “Back the Blue” t-shirts in stock, $25 with money being sent to the police families in Texas and Louisiana as well as a local child in need of community support. Support Local Gun Shops Do we want you to use Aegis Tactical as your go to shop for all of your 2nd amendment needs? Yes. But we also want you to show your support for the other reputable local gun shops too. What happened locally was tragic, but it was not the fault of the range staff. People shouldn’t fear going there, nor should they listen to anyone that would try to instill such fear in order to push their anti-gun agenda. We’re all in competition but we’re also brothers in all of this. One last thing about supporting local. We’ve had calls and questions quoting prices by online companies being cheaper than ours. Can we match it? Generally the answer is no. Local gun stores run off small margins and can rarely match bulk pricing online. Plus when you pay for shipping and transfer fees the savings are gone, the difference being you just sent your money to Omaha instead of Bradenton. The money we generate in part goes to our wages, inventory and local taxes. You buy from us and money stays in the community, it’s simple. Terrorism In Orlando we lost a piece of freedom. I don’t give a shit if you agree with the LGBT lifestyle or not, they are people who deserve the same standard of life as anyone else. It was a hate crime, it was an act of terrorism, and it was fucking despicable. It will not however be the last we see of it. While Brexit offered some hope to our cousins across the pond that they can claim back what was once a glorious nation, it still showed the enormity of the task at hand. We separated from Britain a long time ago, let‘s not follow their lead down a dark path that will end in more loss of freedom and less security within our borders. Despite the denials of the British politicians, there are areas that the police will rarely go and only if they really need to. The immigration policy over the last 20 years was mishandled and as such there are some extremely dangerous people operating within the UK. The police force in the UK, no disrespect, but it’s a joke. They are powerless. The UK overall is virtually powerless; maintaining our power as a nation is far easier than taking power. The UK was once powerful but gave it all away. Now, if they want to take some of that back it will require a huge amount of force that in today’s society will likely not be tolerated. Let’s make sure we learn from our misguided relatives mistakes; let’s make America great again now before it is too late. Politics and Bullshit Final thoughts on politics. The 2 men shot by police that caused the “outrage”. One was a convicted felon that had a gun. Police responded to a report that he had threatened people with a gun. He didn’t comply with their orders. He was seen on camera attempting to get his gun from his pocket. He died. He could have avoided being killed by not breaking the law in the first place but also obeying the demands of the officers. He made some poor decisions that night and paid the ultimate price. The second individual had a concealed weapons license. He was stopped because he met the description of a robbery suspect. If you have a concealed weapons license, hand it over to the officer with your driver’s license and keep your hands where he/she can see them. If you start putting your hands in places they can’t see you are asking for trouble, whether you are good or bad. Oh, and when your boyfriend is laying there dying you go to Facebook Live? What is this world coming to? If you are in shock why in the hell would your first thought be, “live stream”? To all the people that get bent out of shape and want to protest based on a 20 second video that doesn’t show the entire incident, shame on you. The same as Obama; he can’t wait to start yapping before he knows what really happened. We must seek the truth before we draw conclusions, we must wait for the information to come before we make decisions. And so to those, including Obama, who say it is white officers that are shooting blacks and Hispanics on the streets; the officer that killed the man with the concealed weapons license was Hispanic and was clearly distraught that he felt he had no choice but to take such action. (TW)

Finding the Best Gun for Concealed Carry

Finding the Best Gun for Concealed Carry IMG_9900 (1) There are so many options when it comes to selecting your primary concealed firearm. So many in fact that it can be difficult to decide what is the best carry gun for you. Before we go any further with this there are a few things you really need to do. First, consider all of your options.  So let’s delve into what we need to consider when picking a carry weapon (focusing on subcompact and compact handguns). Concealable This seems pretty straight forward, a concealed weapon must be concealable; no brainer, right? Well, for each individual, what they can conceal varies based on size, weight, body type, style of clothing etc. What is concealable for one person may not be so for another. I have been carrying a Glock 43; a highly concealable firearm that I forget I am wearing. To someone not accustomed to carrying a firearm this could be deemed too bulky or heavy (sounds crazy I know, but we’ve heard it). Different strokes for different folks; it’s really all about perception. We had a customer visit us a while back and he carries a full-size .45ACP; I had no idea until we got to talking about this subject. His clothes weren’t very loose, but he had a deep concealment holster and made it work. The ease of perceived conceal-ability is a factor for a number of people; the less you have to “work” to conceal your firearm the better. With that comes drawbacks however, some of which we will discuss. Working to conceal something of a compact rather than a subcompact size can have some benefits that may outweigh having to change the closet a little. Single vs. Double-Stack The popularity of handguns sporting single-stack magazines has increased over the last few years. A number of manufacturers have introduced the slim-framed and highly concealable single-stack Glock 42/43, M&P Shield, Ruger LC9s, Walther PPS, and the SA XDS series. These guns are highly sought after and for good reason; they are arguably some the most effective concealed weapons. And I mean effective from a self-defense perspective too; you can easily conceal a small .22 pistol, but it will be virtually useless in a self-defense scenario. A .380ACP or larger will provide the stopping power needed. There are subcompacts available with the double-stack too; currently I would say they have lost some market share to the single-stack subs. Why? Because in my personal opinion if you are going to carry a bulky framed gun like a G26/27, you should just go for a compact-sized firearm and rock the P320, PPQ, VP9/40 or G19/23. For me the biggest factor is width; if I’m already going for a double stack I will be able to conceal a compact-sized gun just as well as a subcompact double-stack one. The larger grip and sight radius just make me more accurate. To reiterate, this is my opinion; the length of grip is a factor for some individuals, less so for me. Magazine Capacity This ties in nicely with the single and double-stack section. The single-stack magazines will have less capacity. With single-stack firearms you will generally find a capacity of 6 or 7+1. Compare this with the double-stack (compact-sized handgun) magazine that will be right around 15+1. So is it worth the extra effort to get the larger capacity? I’ve been carrying a G43 so for me the ease of which it fits into my life has been outweighing all of the other benefits of going for something bigger. For now at least. Depending on preference, there are also a number of holsters that have a slot for an extra magazine. So even if you do go with a single-stack concealable option that forfeits additional rounds, you can still carry an extra magazine for reload. The question you have to ask yourself here; will 6 or 7 rounds be enough to stop an attacker or at least allow me enough time to get away from the situation? For me the answer is yes. The 8 rounds I carry in my G43 (I use the Pierce +1) should be enough for 99% of the situations I could ever expect to see. Should being the operative word; unfortunately until such a time arises, none of us will ever truly know. Shot Accuracy This one goes out to all the ladies in the house (no I’m not an aspiring rapper). The smaller the gun, the bigger the recoil! God knows how many people come and ask for the smallest possible gun and say, “I’m not that experienced with guns I just want a small one that I can handle.” The recoil on a 1911 will be felt less than the snappy recoil on a Ruger LCP. Why? Because the 1911 is heavier and manages the recoil far more easily than a super light LCP. The LCP is a great little concealed option, but you need to understand that its small size makes it harder to handle, and might not be a good fit for you. At gun shows we get a lot of comments, specifically for the polymer striker-fired handguns that they are heavy. They’re actually very light; the issue is that we are mandated to remove the magazine as part of the safety protocol. A loaded magazine in the pistol will equilibrate the weight concern you are having and you will come out with a sound weight distribution that will feel very comfortable in your hands. More weight equals more control. You will generally be less accurate with a subcompact than a compact firearm. The sight radius is longer on a compact firearm (longer barrel and slide) which will create less variance with slight movements while shooting. The compact gun will be slightly heavier due to the overall size and also increased magazine capacity; this will reduce felt recoil and allow for faster follow-up shots. The grip will be larger too; if you cannot comfortably grip a firearm whether it’s too large or small you will struggle to shoot effectively in a self-defense situation as you will be consistently working against it. Choose What Fits You Best Ultimately you have to decide on what works best for you. What feels best in your hands and what can you comfortably conceal. I just bought a new BFG Glock 19 (thanks Joe!) and I’m going to make that part of my EDC. I will have to make some changes to how I carry but I will make it work. After evaluating my situation the extra value in having a better sight radius, grip and magazine capacity is worth it to me. Don’t get me wrong, the G43 will still be around and I absolutely love that gun. It is accurate and comfortable and I will continue to carry it regularly. But when able to I will carry the G19. Not everyone can conceal a full-sized handgun, but some people can. If I could I definitely would. If you aren’t sure what you can and cannot conceal, then you need to figure it out rather than let the internet tell you what you can and can’t do. You’ll never know until you actually try it. (TW)

Coming to a Gun Show near You!

Coming to a Gun Show near You! IMG_4656 Aegis Tactical has been increasing our presence at gun shows across the state of Florida. We’ve been increasing our visibility and coming out to meet our customers in their local neighborhoods ranging from Orlando to Ft. Lauderdale. We use a few different show hosts and our aim to make new contacts within the gun community and let customers know who we are and what we are about. Things to know about Gun Shows When I first went to a gun show a few years ago I was preparing myself to get an incredible deal on an AR15; I was surprised and disappointed at the high prices when I got inside. It was my first gun show so naturally I got a bit excited and picked up a good gun but it was no Aegis15 and to this day I’m still kicking myself. You really need to be prepared, so research your prices and go in knowing what you should be paying for the firearm you want. Use Google and our website (if we have it in stock why not save your time and buy it from us for the best price and save the entrance and parking fee for a box of ammo). Know that when you come to the Aegis stand the prices are the same as they are in our Bradenton store in Lakewood Ranch; we do not increase them to cover the costs of the show nor do we charge extra if you didn’t bring enough cash with you and want to use a credit card. The price you see, plus tax and background check, is the price you get. And our prices are the most competitive. Realistic Price for a Quality Firearm We all have a budget and our buying decisions are always driven by it. But when you come to our stand and ask if we sell guns for $100-$150; I’m sorry that isn’t a budget it’s a death wish. A $100 gun is going to be a POS without a doubt. We sell some revolvers at the $250 mark and a few striker-fired pistols for around $300, but I really wouldn’t recommend going any lower than that. With everything else equal, the price you pay will have a direct implication as to the quality of the gun. And sometimes, just sometimes, that “crazy good deal” you think you just got is actually a used gun and is not a good deal at all. Remember there isn’t a great deal of markup on gun firearms so if the price is $100 under retail price that gun is being sold (if it really is new) for a loss. Do businesses stay around when take losses on their inventory? No. Bottom line, a good quality gun will have a proportionate cost. Come and Meet Us We want to meet people, our current and future customers. Look for our stand and say hello! We love to see the people we have previously served and make sure you are doing well; it’s not just so you’ll buy from us again, it’s because you’re part of the Aegis family now and we take care of our own. I’ve never claimed to be an expert on guns, because simply I’m not. I love guns and I know some stuff about them, but Joe, he is the fucking man. He is the kind of store owner you’d be lucky to meet at the gun show; he knows his shit and he’ll always be honest with you. He’s a big, gorilla-strong, scary looking motherfucker but he’s the coolest guy you’ll ever meet and he always leave you feeling satisfied (that’s what she said) with your gun-buying decision. The first thing we hear at the gun show from those familiar with Aegis is, oh I didn’t know you were going to be here! Well now you’ve been put on notice, but also remember we’re at the shop 7 days a week so come visit us there too.

From Aegis with Love (Fathers Day Gift Ideas)

From Aegis with Love When it comes to knowing what a man wants, Aegis has you covered. We know what it takes to make a man go weak at the knees. Whenever a man comes to visit our shop, he always leaves satisfied. No we are not a massage parlor ladies and gentlemen; it’s a Father’s Day blog! With that special day fast approaching it’s time to get the man in your life something he really wants… Because like Jennifer Aniston in the L’Oreal commercial, “he’s fucking worth it” (I think that’s the tag line- my memory is a little hazy). Whether it was planned or a drunken quickie round back of Evie’s one Saturday night, becoming a dad is a big deal so you need to show him how much he means to you! If you love your husband/ papi/ B-I-G-P-O-P-P-A (whatever you like to call him) like I think you do then I’m sure you will be able to find something just for him at his favorite local gun store. Here are our Top 10 Gifts for your baby daddy on Father’s Day.
  1. Gun Cleaning Kit
After a day at the range it isn’t just the man that needs a good clean behind the ears, so why not treat him to a gun cleaning kit. We have a number of different options here but a personal favorite is the FrogLube System Kit Clamshell for just $24.99. A great starter kit, it includes all the necessary pieces to effectively clean your firearm. We also have the FrogLube System Kit FrogTube. It includes all of the necessary cleaning and lubricating equipment and has a nice mint smell that will leave his guns feeling refreshed and ready for another day out at the range!
  1. Ammunition
You can never go wrong buying good quality ammunition from your local gun store. We have excellent grade target rounds and only the best self-defense rounds. Ranging from .22LR to 308WIN we have what you need. Check out our ammo selection online now. We currently have the CCI Blazer Brass 9mm – 350rd (target rounds) in a Plano ammo can here for only $105.99!
  1. Knives
Aegis Tactical has some high quality knives that the special man in your life will love! We have a number of styles and variations from OTF, push button auto, folding, fixed, you name it. Price levels vary so we can be share to find something within your budget. Benchmade has an awesome and quite unique SOCP Dagger for under $90. Looking for something automatic, the SOG Spec Elite II Auto in black TiN is a great carry knife. Check out the rest of our selection here.
  1. Range/Travel Bags/Cases
We have a wide selection of backpacks, cases and range bags for your armory. American Tactical, Inc. has been producing great quality gear at competitive prices for years. Turn up at the range in style with the ATI Tactical Double Gun Rukx Gear 36″ Rifle Bag. Easily transport or store 2 rifles and an additional 2 pistols in the large front pockets. We also have the ATI Scorpion Pro Range Bag which has space for ammo, pistols and ear and eye protection. Check out the rest of our bags and cases here.
  1. AR Magazines
You can never have enough AR magazines; over time they wear and need replacing. We have both Hexmag and MFT available. Superb quality from both manufacturers, these magazines are priced to sell. The Hexmag comes in 3 colors; Black, FDE and Dark Gray. Check out the Dark Gray Hexmag 30-round magazine. With the election not too far away and a “woman” who shows absolutely no respect for our constitution, having a few extra 30-round magazines handy is a very smart idea. Check out our entire magazine selection, including our handgun offerings here.
  1. AR Accessories
AR15s are like Lego for adults; you can add and change all day long and never get bored. We have the Seekins Precision Trigger Guard and Mag Release in a number of color combinations that would finish off any customized AR perfectly. The trigger guard is larger than stock which will allow for easier access to the trigger, especially when wearing gloves. We also have the Diamondhead USA Polymer Sights featuring nightbrite. Order them today for only $104.99.
  1. Flashlights/ Mounted Flashlights
We have a number of great flashlights on offer, check them out here. We also have the Streamlight TLR-1 HL and TLR-1s that are designed to be mounted to either a Glock-style or MIL-STD-1913 picatinny rail.
  1. Gift Card at Aegis Tactical
Not sure of the perfect gift? Stop by, say hello and pick up a gift card. Let him make a day of it with you and come in and select exactly what it is he wants. Simple!
  1. TALO Edition Firearms
Joe just released the video, now come on in and pick out a TALO edition firearm. We still have the Glock 17 Gen 4 Burnt Bronze as well as the Glock 19 Gen 4 and Glock 22 Gen 4 with the Battlefield Green frame. These are really unique finishes that, while not exactly rare, are an excellent addition to a man’s gun collection.
  1. Fusion Firearms
Give him the gift he really deserves and leave him breathless. But beware; this will be the new love of his life. Fusion Firearms are handmade by a legend in the firearm industry in Venice, FL and Aegis Tactical is part of an exclusive group that sells these beautifully hand-crafted firearms. Newly received is the Gold TiN finished Commander Pro Series Elite XL. Check out the rest of our current inventory here. So there you have it; 10 gifts for your loved one. There are plenty of options out there but there is only one Aegis Tactical. Visit us in-store or on our website and make this Father’s Day one to remember. (TW)

Selecting the Best Home Defense Weapon

Selecting the Best Home Defense Weapon home_defence There are many opinions as to the best home defense weapon. At the gun shows we are asked regularly what we recommend; the answer is not quite so simple. Depending on the individual, the type of home, the specific scenario and a number of other factors the optimal weapon can vary. You need to consider the most likely entry points in your home; the front door, side window, sliding patio door etc. And then also think about where the fire fight may take place; what rooms are directly behind the attacker, are there windows that could bring the neighbors into the loop, could anyone come out of a bedroom and directly into the firing line etc. Ultimately whatever decision you make you have to understand and acknowledge the drawbacks that come along with your choice and plan accordingly. Maneuverability The shotgun is the infamous home defense gun. The unmistakable sound of the pump action sends chills through many a would-be thief. The maiming capability of a trusty 12ga is well documented; it might not send the assailant flying across the room like in the movies however it will leave gaping wounds and heavy blood loss that will quickly incapacitate the attacker. But it is heavy, long and may be harder to manipulate in a CQB situation. There are agencies however that swear by a tactical-style shotgun so it can be hugely successful; you just have to ask yourself if you are as well trained and disciplined as the professionals. Think about the layout of your home; is it open plan or are there lots of corners and narrow walkways you have to navigate? If it is the latter, run a simulation. A shotgun is not a guaranteed one shot one kill firearm, especially against a drug-fueled maniac barreling down your hallway at 3 in the morning; practice fast follow-up shots to minimize the chances of the attacker getting to you before you can fire the second round off. The AR-15 has risen in popularity for home defense. More similar in size to the shotgun than a handgun, the AR can suffer some of the same drawbacks in maneuverability. There are however AR pistols and SBR options which are perhaps more suitable for CQB encounters and generally the weight of the rifle will be around 6lbs provided you haven’t gone completely tacticool. The light recoil definitely makes follow-up shots easy, and a nice optic will make for easy sight acquisition. Just ensure that your location will allow for easy movement and drawing capability of a longer firearm. As with the shotgun you must also consider storage. Can you safely keep it next to your bed with easy access, or does it need to go in a safe? Can you reach the gun before the intruder reaches you? Just something you need to consider.. The handgun is the easiest firearm to maneuver; it’s light, compact and easy to fire one-handed. Not getting into a caliber debate but I do recommend 9mm or above for home defense. I would also recommend reaching for a compact or full size firearm. Leave your Glock 43 for carry; put your Glock 17 on the nightstand. Why? No loss of maneuverability but added benefits such as better recoil management for faster and more accurate follow-up shots and as we will now move on to, larger magazine capacity. With night sights and an attached tac-light you will be able to maneuver around the house with ease. Magazine Capacity The lowest capacity of the options listed, a shotgun will have a 5-7 round tube capacity. Realistically this should be fine, but personally I prefer to have something I don’t need rather than need something I don’t have. Going a little further, you’re either semi-auto or pump-action. Pump-action is legendary, iconic and all round badass. In a home defense scenario however those deliberate actions could create vulnerability in follow-up shots; if you miss with the first shot and the attacker is coming at you, think about how long it will take to get that second shot ready. The shot pattern in CQB is also a lot tighter; it’s not quite as simple as “point in the general direction and pull the trigger”. Providing you don’t live in a communist state (where all of the crime occurs; coincidence?) the AR-15 has an excellent 30-round or more magazine capacity. Semi-automatic, the shots will just roll off the crisp trigger. You will never have a problem from a capacity perspective. Much like the AR-15 the compact and full-size handguns have a larger capacity; depending on the caliber, 12-19 rounds. You can also purchase extended magazines from a number of manufacturers that are upward of 20-30-rounds. I use an “extendo clip” and when asked why, I respond why not? I’m not trying to conceal it. I’m going to use it to protect the lives of my family if someone breaks into my home and puts them in danger. If the intruder is hyped up on PCP it may take more rounds to stop them; again I would rather have a few left over than be left needing a few more.         Over-Penetration A good friend of mine once said, “Tom, you can never have too much penetration.” It was Jenna Jameson. Ok so she wasn’t really a good friend, but I do know her. Ok so I don’t know her, and maybe I was stretching the truth when I said she had said that to me; I would usually hit the mute button anyway so she could have said it at some point, but I digress. Over-penetration must be considered in your home defense setup. If you have children or other family members in various locations within the house, during a home invasion they could come into the fray and not be in the same area. A lot of rounds have the potential for over-penetration. Slugs can over-penetrate and also add the challenge of requiring better aim (it doesn’t hurt them if you miss I guess). Buckshot can also over-penetrate but would be my preference for a shotgun round; something designed for home defense. Still at risk, but less so now. The .223/5.56 rounds are also capable of over-penetration. However upon hitting its target it will generally deform, fragment (to a certain degree) and greatly slow. There are now home defense rounds specifically for ARs that, just like the others, attempt to mitigate some of the risk involved. Just understand the risk of over-penetration cannot be fully removed if the round is to maintain effective stopping power, in any caliber. The pistol rounds have shown historically a potential for over-penetration than any of the other rounds. Target rounds are the worst for this but even some types of hollow point have been known to “ball up” when coming into contact with walls inside the house. Hollow-point ammo is preferred however, and offers the best stopping power and devastating wound creation. You are all probably waiting with baited breath to see what I choose. Well sorry to disappoint but I use a combination. I have a handgun as my primary with the night sights and extended mag on the nightstand. I then have an AR-15 in a location I have designated as the last stand. No matter the scenario I have determined that I will always be able to reach it (unless I am killed, in which case my girl will have the AR ready to unload on a motherfucker). Again I ask, why not? I own all 3 styles of weapons; why can’t I have a home defense setup that actually allows me to make choices as the fight progresses? The internet always wants you to choose the best. But there is no single best weapon for home defense due to the varying factors that could be involved. Whatever you select, train with it, run drills and acknowledge its strengths and limitations in any given scenario. (TW)

The Hidden Costs of Buying Cheap Ammo

The Hidden Costs of Buying Cheap Ammo squib_load The debate over the best ammo has been raging on all over the interwebs for a long time and is hotter than a +P+ round. But while most gun owners seem to be more than willing to spend their well-earned dollars on the self-defense rounds, we all become tighter than a duck’s ass when it comes to spending money for target practice. The idea of saving money leads many an otherwise responsible gun owner to seek out cheap factory or –ahem– reload ammo. Using the cheap ammo can put you and your beloved gun at risk. The inherent dangers, specifically squib loads, will be discussed after which you will need to consider whether it’s worth risking your firearm to save a few dollars. Background We have had several customers visit us at the shop recently with ammo issues perceived as gun problems. We’ve seen some trivial misfire concerns likely caused by faulty primers and gunpowder; these were easily solved by throwing the shitty reload ammo in the trash that was bought at a gun show. More startling however we received a firearm where the initial diagnosis from a non-qualified gunsmith at a gun range was that the upper we had sold was “no good”. At the range, the workers had tried to help the customer reload the firearm and attempted to shoot it but couldn’t get it to work. We duly helped the customer and, after Russell (our real gunsmith) spent all of 2 seconds disassembling the weapon found a bullet lodged in the barrel- good thing they were unable to get the next round in the chamber. Two main points here; 1) Be wary of “pros” at the gun range, and 2) Stay focused when shooting. Be aware of odd sounds; spent casings that do not eject; a gun that does not fully cycle upon firing; a click rather than a bang when you pull the trigger etc. These are all warning signs that something didn’t occur how it was intended and the next steps you take are vital to your safety and the future functionality of your firearm. So let’s look at the squib load. Beware the Squib Load You’re at the gun range and you’re firing your new Glock 19 Gen4. The gun looks badass in the BFG finish (we received a new shipment this week – I need one Joe!) and you’re shooting is smooth and precise. However the gun malfunctions; it doesn’t cycle, you hear a click and fizzing sound rather than a regular bang and the spent casing is not ejected. Was this a simple FTF? You aren’t sure. At this point DO NOT rack the slide and try to fire another round. Safely remove the magazine, disassemble the firearm and check the barrel for blockage. A squib load is when the pressure produced by the gunpowder is not great enough to force the projectile (bullet) out of the barrel. Instead it becomes lodged within the barrel. If you rack the slide, chamber a new round and pull the trigger the pressure from the new round will not be able to exit via its usual route (muzzle). Using simple physics the pressure will be expelled where there is least resistance; that will now be closer to the breach which is not good. The catastrophic failure will cause irreparable damage to your firearm and could cause you great harm. What Causes a Squib Load and What To Do When you Experience One? There are a few causes, and it happens in the manufacturing process. More than likely it’s caused by one of the following factors; a bad primer or insufficient gunpowder. This is why the use of reloads should be at your discretion; I would never recommend purchasing reload ammo. NOTE: If you are an avid reloader and do this yourself that’s another story. When you buy reloads at a gun show you don’t know what you’re getting into; why risk your own health and your beloved firearm in order to save a small amount of money? This is not to say you cannot get squib loads in factory ammo because you absolutely can. In cheap ammo it is more likely because the quality system is simply not as controlled as that for better ammunition. Your chances of squib loads are greatly reduced however when buying factory loaded ammo. If you are unfortunate enough to experience a squib load there are a few things you need to do immediately. As stated above you must not attempt to fire another round through the firearm until the malfunction has been determined. If a squib load is then confirmed you are not out of the woods just yet. You must have a qualified gunsmith inspect the firearm. If you are at a gun range and they do not have a qualified gunsmith, DO NOT take their word that the firearm is “probably fine”. They have no idea what they are talking about and you need to consult a specialist to be sure that you are safe. There is a possibility that the structural integrity of the internal parts of the firearm are damaged and to continue firing after clearing a squib is dangerous without having a gunsmith doing a full inspection. Conclusion If you look at your firearms manual you will likely find a reference to the use of reloads; it voids your warranty. Now some may argue that warranty on a gun is irrelevant and it will work just fine; you could well be right. If you load your own rounds and inspect fully the casing, gunpowder weight and primer then you will probably be okay; but remember you are your quality control inspector. When you buy reloads from somewhere else, you just do not know what process was followed, and in that situation the risk outweighs the benefit. The point we’re trying to make is that firearms can be ineffective and outright dangerous to the user when you load them with cheap, nasty ammo. Only use reputable brands and beware the “seconds”; whether you believe they exist or not it is something you do need to be aware of. Statistically all factory loaded ammo could have issues, however the higher grade components and subsequently more stringent testing performed by more reputable companies greatly diminishes the risk. And if you aren’t sure, ask a gun store owner who deals in ammo all day every day. Do yourself a favor; spend the extra money to buy some good target ammo, even if it’s just for practice. squib_load (1) squib_load (3)squib_load (2)