When it comes to Duck Hunting you can count on being in a wet and cold environment. So your gear should be waterproof with Gore-Tex insulated to keep you warm with breathable garment. Concealment is also on the list of your jacket, blending in is a must.
Here is our short list from Cabelas and Bass Pro that we recommend.
Cabela’s Northern Flight 3-in-1 Parka for Men – TrueTimber Prairie – $199.99
Northern Flight 3-in-1 Parka for Men puts warmth and durability ahead of any frilly features, so you end up with a performance powerhouse ready for waterfowling. Built with a 100% polyester shell and 100% nylon lining.
Sitka Waterfowl Marsh Series Delta Wading Jacket for Men – Gore Optifade Concealment Waterfowl – $399.00
The Sitka Waterfowl Marsh Series Delta Wading Jacket features a streamlined layout with 2 chest pockets, 2 shell pockets, high hand pockets, articulated patterning, a call lanyard system, and a fully adjustable rotating hood—all for maximum readiness at a moment’s notice for more successful hunts.
Cabela’s Northern Flight Insulated Wader Jacket for Men – TrueTimber DRT – $159.99
Waterfowlers, we heard you, and we delivered. The Cabela’s® Northern Flight Insulated Wader Jacket for Men puts warmth and durability at the forefront of design, so you end up with a performance powerhouse ready for the wettest, coldest conditions. Built with a 100% polyester shell and 100% nylon lining, the Cabela’s Northern Flight Insulated Wader Jacket for Men.
Sitka Waterfowl Marsh Series Delta Wading Jacket for Men – Gore Optifade Concealment Waterfowl – $399.00
The Sitka Waterfowl Marsh Series Delta Wading Jacket features a streamlined layout with 2 chest pockets, 2 shell pockets, high hand pockets, articulated patterning, a call lanyard system, and a fully adjustable rotating hood—all for maximum readiness at a moment’s notice for more successful hunts. Water-sealing cuffs keep the elements off your wrists and arms while aiming down a trophy, and a DWR finish repels light surface moisture for quick-drying performance to make this Sitka waterfowl jacket the best yet. Machine wash.
Browning Wicked Wing Insulated Wader Jacket – Mossy Oak – $149.99
Its time to step up your waterfowl hunting clothes. Its time you elevated your waterfowl game to the Browning Mens Wicked Wing Insulated Wader Jacket. This Browning waterfowl jacket combines waterproof/windproof fabric and 80-gram PrimaLoft Insulation to keep you dry, warm, and focused, even in a cold blind on a wet morning. The fully adjustable, attached hood puts you in control of head coverage. Large, low-profile chest pockets and fleece-backed handwarmer pockets keep vital gear close while keeping digits toasty. The full-zip front sports water-resistant zipper hardware.
Scent-Lok Morphic 3-in-1 Waterproof Jacket for Men – TrueTimber Strata – $239.99
Legendary scent management meets weatherproof toughness in the Scent-Lok® Morphic 3-in-1 Waterproof Jacket for Men. A waterproof/windproof membrane in this Scent-Lok jacket and inner vest keeps harsh elements at bay, letting you stay focused on the hunt with more confidence than ever before. Acclaimed Carbon Alloy™ odor-adsorbing technology gives this waterproof hunting jacket incredible power to reduce your scent signature neutralize game’s natural advantage.
Drake Waterfowl Systems EST Heat-Escape Waterproof Full-Zip 2.0 Hooded Jacket for Men – Mossy Oak Bottomland – $159.99
Temperatures swing wildly in the early season. You need to be ready for cool gusts and bright sun at the same time. For these unpredictable days, turn to the Drake Waterfowl® EST Heat-Escape Waterproof Full-Zip 2.0 Hooded Jacket for men. Packing a full slate of early-season waterfowl hunting features, this Drake jacket will keep you focused on the flock. 100% polyester construction with the acclaimed Hypershield 2.0 Technology™ gives 100% waterproof/windproof/breathable protection for total weatherproofing with cool ventilation. Ultra-durable Refuge HS™ material resists snags and tears, and unique Heat Escape™.
There are many good companies that offers their warmets jackets. However, some are just a little too thick to be wearing and not as flexible as the ones you see above. This is not our complete list, just a few good ones. Be safe, warm and happy hunting!
How Tim Bero went from making floppy disks to manufacturing semiauto .50-caliber machineguns, helping save Humvee crews’ lives in the Second Gulf War and now, Multi-Caliber Survival Rifles, Pistols, and more.
Story by Frank Jardim Photos from TNW Firearms
TNW Firearms first made a name for itself among American shooters 20 years ago in a really big way with a really big gun. That gun was a semi-automatic, full-size replica of the military M2 HB .50-caliber heavy
machinegun, a weapon that’s seen continuous use in all theaters of war from the 1930s to the present.
That sexy belt-fed beast, known affectionately as the Ma Deuce in military
circles, weighs a hefty 83 pounds without the tripod. By the way, even Arnold Schwarzenegger can’t fire one unless it’s on some sort of solid mounting.
The Vernonia, Oregon-based company’s founder and president, Tim Bero, never expected their semiauto Ma Deuce to set industry sales records, and it didn’t. A full-auto M2 HB is a National Firearms Act-controlled machinegun, which puts it out of reach of most shooters in cost and registration requirements.
TNW’s semiauto M2 costs about a quarter of the full-auto gun with no more ownership restrictions than a 20-gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun. TNW put the dream of owning and shooting this historic M2 HB in reach – sort of. If you already had its massive M3 tripod – a thousand-dollar item in itself – you still needed to get a supply of links, a belting tool to load the ammunition in the links, and the ammo itself. Military surplus .50 BMG generally costs $2.50 a round on the low end.
Realistically, the TNW M2 HB was a luxury item. But when has the reality of beer pockets ever stopped anyone from dreaming of indulging their champagne tastes? With the M2 HB, the reputation that TNW rather quickly established was that they were willing and able to make dreams come true for historic military weapons enthusiasts within a relatively new niche of the firearms industry: convenient-to-own, semiautomatic copies of famous machineguns. It wasn’t a big niche, but TNW got into it early and did such a high-quality job in engineering and manufacturing that their German MG34, Finnish Suomi and Russian PPSh-41 semiautos had no rivals.
The company’s focus abruptly shifted during the Second Gulf War, when American losses to IED, or improvised explosive device, ambushes began rising in alarming numbers. Unable to beat our troops in a face-to-face fight, the enemy turned to remote detonated roadside bombs and the U.S. Department of Defense asked private industry for an immediate solution to protect vehicle-mounted troops.
Working with a team of other companies and supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, TNW took on a concept of bolt-together transparent armor with integrated gun mounts. TNW did extensive research and development work to create a field-installed transparent armor kit used to protect Humvees and turn the workhorse 5-ton cargo truck into a formidable convoy escort, bristling with .50-caliber machineguns like a World War II Flying Fortress on wheels.
With that life-saving military project completed, Tim Bero again turned the company back to the civilian market and a new life-saving mission that culminated in 2009, when TNW introduced a completely new firearm of Bero’s own design and inspired by his love of history and aviation. The idea began with the dual-caliber M6 Aircrew Survival Weapon that was standard Air Force issue from the early 1950s to the early 1970s.
Chambered in .22 Hornet and .410 gauge, the M6 was light, compact and adequate for small game foraging, but nearly useless for self-defense or large game Bero set out to take the concept of the go-anywhere, compact, lightweight, multicaliber survival gun to its limit.
In 2013, and with five new patents, TNW introduced their Aero Survival Rifle (ASR) and soon afterward, a pistol version. Small enough to pack behind the car seat, but capable of taking any game animal, including a bear, the versatile ASR was also a formidable self-defense carbine. In my interview with Bero, I found his path to the firearms industry especially relevant to our present times.
Frank Jardim – Prior to becoming a gun maker in 1996, you were a successful Silicon Valley automation engineer, in addition to manufacturing those floppy disks we used to store all our data on back in the day. On the surface, that looks like it might involve a pretty big pay cut. What drew you to the gun industry? Tim Bero – It was the desire to protect our firearms heritage from Bill Clinton, when you get down to it. I started working in the automation industry for a big private firm manufacturing the machines to make the 5-inch floppy disks when I was a 20-year-old undergraduate majoring in aeronautics at San Jose University. I had my own company on the side and when the place I worked for got bought out, I began designing and building the machines to make the more advanced 3.5-inch floppy disks myself. Since I made the machines, it made sense to make the disks too, so I had two operations going on at once. It was a great business until President Clinton allowed the Chinese to dump dirt-cheap disks on the American market. When your own government is looking to put you out of business, you have to decide whether it’s worth it to fight, or just move on.
I always loved shooting and hunting and enjoyed firearms and firearms history as a hobby. Like most everyone with those interests, I found the Clinton administration’s aggressive efforts to curtail the Second Amendment alarming. Younger shooters may not remember the Clinton “Assault Weapons” ban, which was basically a 10-year attempt to eliminate semiautomatic rifles. In the early 1990s, you could buy a new, imported SKS rifle and 1,000 rounds of ammo for a package-deal price of $150. That deal was how huge numbers of new people discovered the shooting hobby.
My first product was a semiauto version of the American M1919A4 machinegun developed by John Browning. I made it for fun when I stumbled into a thousand demilled parts kits. Historically, this weapon played a huge role in World War II and the Korean War. The semiauto was a great success and we did semiauto versions of other historic World War II machineguns as the former Soviet satellite countries unloaded their 50-year-old Cold War small arms stockpiles. This got me into the import business. I would buy the complete vintage machineguns in Europe, import them into a special Customs-controlled foreign-trade zone in Portland, and demilitarize the guns under Customs and ATF supervision. In this way, I was able to minimize the damage done to the parts while planning our semiautomatic manufacturing process. We wanted to preserve as much of the historical gun as we could and tried to save every piece, less the receiver, that we didn’t want to make again from scratch. If you had the guns demilled in Europe, there’s no telling what you would end up with, which can really screw up your production line.
FJ What were you thinking of when you set out to make the perfect survival carbine, the ASR? TB The crux of the challenge of designing a survival rifle is getting the most important features into as light and small a package as possible so you can pack it with you all the time. When a person finds themselves in a survival situation, be it a plane crash in the wilderness or a violent riot in a major urban area, the “survival” gun they left back home in their gun safe because it was too big is not going to help them stay alive. My plan for the ASR was a multi-caliber, semiautomatic, simple-to-maintain, strong, reliable, aluminum-alloy, takedown, pistol-caliber carbine that you can put together or take apart in less than a minute, but with enough designed-in precision that your zero is consistently repeatable with no need for sighting in. The ASR is a gun you can put together and take apart again and again and not have to worry about your bullet impacts shifting all over the place.
FJ How did you get it to return to zero consistently? TB That’s actually one of my patents. The steel barrel and barrel nut have mating tapered circumferences that are self-aligning. Imagine a traffic cone inside another traffic cone. The barrel doesn’t need any other alignment than that. During heavy shooting, we noticed the ratchet on the barrel nut can get backed off a bit, especially if it’s halfway between notches, but the design of the bolt-to-barrel interface is such that the recoil spring pushes the barrel and barrel nut surfaces together. You’ll never have a safety or head space issue. In fact, the bolt to chamber interface is purposely over designed for strength. You never know what type of handloads some off-grid type might cook up with a Lee Loader, right? For an extra measure of safety, I designed the breech to completely enclose the cartridge and bolt face in battery. I probably should patent that too, come to think of it.
FJ Why did you design it around pistol calibers? TB So it would be a more practically versatile gun. The ASR is not a military combat rifle or a long-range hunting rifle. Centerfire rifle cartridges also require more complex locked-action operating systems. The ASR is actually a true blow-back, but the bolt carrier and recoil spring weight are carefully balanced to work with .17 HMR, .22 LR, .22 Magnum, 9mm, .357 Sig, .40 S&W, 10mm, .45 ACP and .460 Rowland. Depending on what caliber you’re converting to and from, you need at least a barrel and sometimes a magazine, bolt head and trigger group. The trigger group is really a complete lower receiver assembly with grip, trigger, hammer, safety, magazine well and ejector. Three different sizes cover all the calibers. The ASR is designed to use Glockpattern magazines and allows for right or left side ejection and safety activation and the mounting of additional accessory rail on the sides and bottom of the receiver tube. Because all the barrels mount on the same receiver unit, you only need one set of sights.We also thread all our muzzles, rifle and pistol, for suppressor use or installation of the muzzle brake or flash hider of your choice.
FJ What motivated you to make the ASR pistol? TB It was consumer demand, just like all our products. When I started the company, I always intended to let the consumer tell us what they wanted. They haven’t steered us wrong yet. The ASR carbine has 16-inch barrels and an adjustable buttstock. The ASR pistol has 10-inch barrels and a simple SB Tactical brace slid over its plain, round buffer tube. Otherwise, the two products are the same. A word of warning here is in order. It’s OK to put a 16-inch carbine barrel on the ASR pistol, but if you put the pistol’s 10-inch barrel on the ASR carbine, you just made yourself an SBR. It’s not legal to do that unless you first file the NFA paperwork with the government, pay your $200 for the tax stamp, and most importantly, have the approved paperwork in your hand! Likewise, don’t swap out the pistol’s brace for a stock.
FJ Has the consumer-driven product development model taken you to unexpected places? TB It has, but you don’t get anywhere telling people what they should want. For example, my vision for the ASR was to keep it really lean and light with no front handguard at all. Well, in addition to an adapter to allow you to mount any aftermarket handguard, we now also make an extended M-Lok forend of our own. Consumer request got us working on a 9mm ASR light carbine. The regular ASR is about 6 pounds. The ASR Lite is under 4 pounds and the lightest semiauto 9mm carbine on the market. It comes with a threaded barrel too. The weight reduction came at the price of strength, so you aren’t going to be seeing adapter kits for this model for heavier calibers. The market thought the ASR would be a great ultralight, take-down, 9mm carbine, so we will make it.
FJ In the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army modified5-ton cargo trucks with guns and armor to protect supply convoys from ambush. TNW did R&D work for a revival of this concept during the Second Iraq War. Can you tell me more about it, or is it classified? TB It is not classified. With the intensity of insurgent attacks, they found out about it right away. In fact, right after our first test truck got to Iraq, the enemy tested it out by sending a suicide bomber in a carload of ball bearings to blow himself up next to it.
FJ How did it do? TB They blew it up, but the transparent armored parts and the Kevlar panels made by Waco Composites did well and it showed us where we needed to go to enhance performance. Our part of the project was to develop bolt-on, bulletproof glass shields for the windows and guns that could be installed on Army 5-ton trucks and Humvees in the field. Another company worked up the armor for the vehicle bodies. The standard military 5-ton truck is designed to haul cargo and has no armor protection at all. They were easy to knock out with small arms fire, even after they started to armor the bodies. The enemy would wait on highway overpasses until a truck was in sight and start sniping at the crew. We made bulletproof glass frames, as well as enclosed .50-caliber machinegun shields that looked like something you’d see on a World War II bomber. The trucks mounted one on each corner of the armored truck bed.
Our transparent armor had to stop Russian 7.62x54mm AP machinegun rounds and be optically correct so it wouldn’t mess up NVGs [night vision goggles] the crew would use at night. The toughest part of the project was designing the supporting frames for the 3-inch-thick bulletproof glass panels. Bullets have a way of finding their way through weak spots and the supporting frames have to be just as tough as the glass. We did it by using thick aluminum frames faced with a thin plate of high hard steel. The steel would upset the trajectory of the armor-piercing bullets on impact, tipping them just slightly, but destabilizing them enough that when they penetrated in the aluminum, it stopped them cold. The surface of the aluminum looked like the bullets splashed down in it. On the glass, the bullet impacts looked like snowball impacts.
FJ Wouldn’t that obscure the gunner’s view of the target? TB If the glass took enough hits, it could; but realistically, once the enemy drew the attention of a .50-caliber machinegunner, their time in the fight was about to abruptly end. Keep in mind, each truck had four shielded guns. That’s a huge amount of firepower. One .50-caliber machinegun can take apart whatever it shoots at.
FJ The firearms industry isn’t often recognized for their support of our military, is it? TB The mainstream media isn’t interested in stories about the gun industry unless they can be used to vilify it. People in our industry don’t support the military for good press anyway. They do it because it’s the right thing to do and they have the unique skills to do it well. The gun truck project was so urgent, we completely shut down all commercial manufacturing operations for a year to focus on it. No guns, no parts – nothing for the civilian market until we finished the R&D. Our troops were getting killed and wounded almost every week and the politicians weren’t convinced they even needed armored gun truck escorts. Fortunately, the project had an advocate in Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter from San Diego. He was USMC in Vietnam. In six months we had the first prototype in the field and then we had them on display in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. so he could argue the case for them in Congress.
Small companies like ours worked out all the R&D and testing of the designs so the DOD could have a big contractor mass-produce them. I was amazed at the bureaucratic obstacles the government put in its own way. For example, the ATF did not allow importation of the Russian military armor-piercing ammunition that we needed to test our armor. We had to have this ammunition or we couldn’t do the R&D. You would have thought the DOD could have just had a soldier in Iraq pick up a few boxes off the battlefield and mail them to us. at was apparently impossible to achieve in any meaningfully quick time frame.
To do our testing properly, we had to reverse-engineer the Russian ammunition from its velocity and performance specifications and actually make it in-house. Meanwhile, troops are getting blown up and shot up on the highways. We have never worked on a project with more passion and urgency, and it’s one of the things I’m most proud of.
FJ Have you done any work for the DOD since then? TB We have, but not to the extent we had to close down civilian manufacturing. Lately we’ve been making weapon training simulators that are exactly the same size and weight as the real firearms, but fully wired with computer-controlled sensors and electro-mechanical devices to recreate real-life operation and malfunctions. The computer monitors and reacts to everything the trainee does, right or wrong. This allows them to get a lot of experience handling the weapons properly so they can make the most of their limited time on the firing range with live ammunition. We make a .50-caliber machinegun and Mark 19 belt-fed 40mm grenade launcher for the military.
For the Department of Homeland Security, we make an MP5 submachinegun, M4 carbine and Beretta M9 pistol that actually fire plastic bullets so they can be used in force-on-force tactical training. These guns take a tremendous beating and we had to make beefed-up receivers for the M4s so they wouldn’t get broken. This is something we can do at TNW to ensure the people that protect us are as well trained as they can be.
All this production and R&D doesn’t happen in a vacuum, either. It takes the help of others in the firearms and defense community, hardworking employees and the support of the family. My two sons, Shawn and Chris, have really stepped up these past years and taken over. They have some new products that they are working on and I’m very excited for the next generation of ideas. Their talents and ideas will bring some technology I never thought possible.
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The only recoil-cancelling pistol made, this first successful British automatic may be largely forgotten today given the rise of the M1911, but it sported notable features for its time.
Story and Photos by Jim Dickson
Recoil and muzzle bounce are a fact of life for pistol shooters firing powerful calibers. The time taken to recover from that muzzle bounce is the biggest limiting factor on accurate rapidfire. Only one pistol has successfully engaged this problem and eliminated it: the Webley & Scott .455 automatic pistol. It accomplishes this miracle with its unique locking system. More on that later, but rapidfire is furthered by perhaps the best trigger pull ever put into a military pistol. Sights are big and easily acquired under combat conditions. Quality, fit and finish are up to the best of the pre-World War I commercial standards.
Another unique feature of this gun is the use of a powerful V leaf spring for the recoil spring, which offers significant advantages over a coil spring. The leaf spring can stay compressed or flexed indefinitely without losing strength, like a coil spring will. A properly made and polished leaf spring is also much less likely to break than a coil spring. Webley & Scott also made Best Quality double guns and no one makes a better leaf spring than the gun trade in the British Isles. Best Quality doubles have typically shot five to 15 million rounds and been as good as new. You won’t do that with coil springs without frequent replacements.
Leaf springs in American-produced guns typically have not been as well designed or made as these, so coil springs got the better reputation on this side of the pond.
Some folks said that the fact that the grip covers the recoil spring is a drawback because if the hard rubber pinch the fire out of your hand. I can find no record of this ever happening, though, and had it been a problem, the simple addition of a steel backing plate to the grip would have solved this.
There is a grip safety but no manual safety, as the English were aware of the problem of people being killed because they did not remember to take the safety off under the stress of a life-or-death situation. With the grip safety, or “back safe” as Webley called it, the gun was as safe to carry as a Webley revolver; unlike the revolver, however, it could be safely carried cocked.
The gun looks awkward, with its nearly 90-degree grip angle, but it was designed for British officers who all had boxing as part of their training. Punch the gun at the target and the sights seem to align themselves. The grip is small enough around for average-size hands but long enough for giant hands. It is a very easy pistol to hit with.
This is a full-size military pistol meant for open carry, but it is still not overly large. It weighs 39 ounces and is 81/2 inches long, of which 5 inches is the barrel.
Another unique feature of this gun is the two-position magazine. Drop the magazine down to the second magazine catch hole and the pistol becomes an effective single-shot. The barrel stays open after the last shot, so you just drop a new cartridge into the chamber and hit the slide release. If the enemy is at close-quarters with you and counting your shots, he may expose himself when he thinks you must change magazines. Instead, you just hit the magazine release, shove the magazine all the way up in the grip, and hit the slide release. This takes significantly less time than the fastest magazine change and there are times that this can become a big advantage. The magazine holds seven shots and is made of heavy 20-gauge steel.
THE DESIGN IS extremely simple with heavy massive parts that do not fail and are few in number. The firing sequence begins when the grip safety is depressed by picking up the gun. This makes the sear lever touch the trigger lever so that when the trigger is pulled, the trigger lever forces the sear lever to rotate out of its notch in the hammer so that the hammer can fall on the firing pin, discharging the weapon.
The barrel and slide are locked together at the moment of firing by a locking shoulder on top of the barrel that engages the slide. As the barrel and slide move to the rear under the force of the recoil, the barrel is forced down its two diagonal grooves on each side of the barrel, unlocking the barrel from the slide, while the downward unlocking motion cancels out the upward flip of the muzzle. This also transmits the remaining recoil into the almost 90-degree angle of the grip, where it is absorbed unnoticed straight into the shooter’s arm without any tendency to bounce the gun in recoil, so the gun remains steady when fired. Thus the remaining shots can be accurately fired at a much faster rate than with any other pistol.
The barrel strikes its stop in the receiver, enabling the slide to continue to the rear without it, while the big top-mounted extractor pulls the cartridge back out of the chamber until the ejector hits it and sends it flying. The powerful V spring is attached to a slide bar and it now slaps everything forward back into battery.
There is a very positive disconnector by which the barrel forces the trigger lever away from the sear lever when the barrel is unlocked, thus preventing the gun from being fired unless the barrel is locked into battery.
Field-stripping is extremely easy, foolproof and fast. This feature cannot be overrated in any firearm. Guns that are hard to strip may not get proper maintenance, and worse, may be reassembled wrong with fatal consequences in combat.
To take this pistol apart, remove the magazine and cock the gun. Pull the slide back ¼ inch, while pushing in the recoil lever stop stud located on the right side of the pistol to the rear of the trigger, thus locking the recoil spring. Now push the slide forward. Pull the slide stop to the right as far as it will go and pull the slide to the rear. The barrel can now be lifted up and out of the frame. Push the slide catch in and move the slide forward off the frame. That’s all there is to it. Having the barrel free to clean the corrosive primer residue with hot soapy water is a big help. Since the primers loaded by the British were the most horribly corrosive ever made, this is a very big deal.
The .455 self-loading cartridge it fires is also well thought-out. A semirimmed case enabled a one-way interchangeability with the .455 Webley service revolvers, which made the acceptance of another cartridge in the supply chain easier for ordnance to bear. The .455SL fires a 224-grain bullet at 710 feet per second.
It is blunt-nosed like the .600 Nitro Express for maximum energy transfer to the target. Both the gun and its cartridge were accurate out to 200 yards and this resulted in the Royal Horse Artillery ordering some with adjustable sights and shoulder stocks.
The pistol passed all the reliability tests the Webley factory and British Royal Ordnance could devise. As America was considered a rival and a country England might well go to war with at this time, they chauvinistically declared it more reliable than America’s new M1911. Events in WWI would prove this wrong, but the pistol still remains more reliable than most modern pistols.
This is an extremely well-thought-out gunfighter’s pistol. Unfortunately, all these features were wasted on most of its users since the British are a nation of shotgunners, not pistol shooters.
THE FIRST ENGLISH automatic was the Mars pistol of 1902, designed by Hugh Gabbett-Fairfax. W.J. Whiting, Works Manager of Webley’s, patented his first design in 1903. Prior to this, T.W. Webley had taken a license on the Mars automatic pistol in 1898 and instructed his protege, Whiting, to develop a military automatic from this. The next Webley automatic model was the M1904 in .38 and .455. This was followed by their first commercially successful automatic, the M1905 .32.
In 1906, a new model introduced the locking system and the basic design of the gun that would be adopted by the British military. The “back safe” grip safety was added in 1908 and other refinements were made. The number of inclined grooves were reduced to two on the barrel and the slide release stud was moved to a more easily used spot. The hammer safety was discarded. All the improvements were finished in 1909. Whiting was considered England’s best pistol designer of this era and he was assisted in this project by F.T. Murry and J. Carter. Webley could not afford to tool up and make this pistol without a government contract, though.
The Royal Navy came through with a contract in 1912. The first deliveries were not until June 1913, hence it was termed the “1913” model. The pistol was approved for “land,” meaning for use by the British Army, in 1916.
The Webley had an exposed barrel, like the M96 Mauser Military Pistol and the Luger, which proved its value in the mud of WWI. If the barrel is blocked with mud when it is fired, it will bulge, but the pistol will still function. A pistol with a slide over the barrel will jam because the slide cannot go over the bulge.
Eley Brothers was contracted to produce the ammunition in April of 1912 and the first ammo was delivered before the first guns were. It seems a bit unfair that Eley got the government contract when Kynoch had done all the development work, but that’s what happened.
The grand total produced of the Webley .455 automatics was a mere 9,298. Cost-cutting after WWI meant no more orders from the government. Surviving guns saw service in World War II as well, but most .455 automatics then were the 13,510 Colt M1911A1 pistols that the British bought chambered for the .455 self-loading cartridge. A great number of the remaining Webley .455 autos were imported to the U.S. after the war, along with the rest of the surplus guns that blessed these shores in the 1960s.
AS THE YEARS went by, the virtues of this remarkable automatic pistol were forgotten. In 1975, I was talking with the head of Webley & Scott when I mentioned the lack of muzzle flip and recoil of their M1913 .455 automatic. A look of surprise crossed his face and he immediately turned to one of his men and said, “Make some ammunition. We’re going to fire the Webley.”
The M1913 had joined the ranks of many stunning advances in firearm design that had been fielded and forgotten. Only big orders can keep one going. The old saying “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door” has proven a fairytale over and over again to countless inventors.
Ammo is a problem since the cartridge is long out of production. Cases can be made from .45 auto rim cases by shortening them and thinning the rim down. I was able to find a nice spare barrel and had the chamber relined to .45 ACP. As .45 ACP cartridges are too long, there are some jams and I cannot recommend the practice of firing the more powerful .45 ACP in a gun intended for a weaker round.
The safe way is to load .45 ACP rounds to .455 Webley self-loading specs, paying particular attention to the cartridge’s overall length. The Webley requires cases with an overall length of 1.230 inches, where the standard .45 ACP factory loads are 1.260 to 1.270 inches long. The .45 ACP semiwadcutters are too short. Unless the case length is 1.230 inches, the cases stick in the magazine under recoil, throw off the timing, and lock the slide open after every shot. Remember, no gun should ever be used with improper ammo for it.
The Webley is a splendid design by England’s best pistol and revolver designer of his day. It offers unparalleled speed of fire and that can be a lifesaver at times.
The H&K SP5 9mm Luger 8.86in Matte Black Modern Sporting Pistol is a semiautomatic, civilian-use firearm which was originally developed by Heckler & Koch as a sporting pistol to match the look and feel of the MP5 submachine gun. It retains many elements from the MP5, including precision-machined components and an overall attention to detail.
The SP5 is equipped as a civilian pistol, with features like a Navy barrel with a threaded tri-lug adaptor, paddle magazine release, and a fluted chamber.
The H&K SP5 9mm Luger 8.86in Matte Black Modern Sporting Pistol is built on a roller-delayed blowback operating system, which optimizes accuracy and creates a smooth shooting experience for the user. The H&K SP5 9mm also comes equipped with an elastic bungee sling, which stabilizes the weapon during firing and reduces user fatigue. The sling is easily installed, and can be simply snapped onto the swivel hardware on the receiver.
Since the pandemic hit the U.S. many industry have been hit hard. Unemployment rate went sky rocketing by 20 plus percent within days as businesses shut down. Fortunately, the gun industry has been a frenzy, the psychological effects of “panic buying” has been taking place rapidly. If you’re in the guns and ammo business, this first tier were raking in the sales.
Businesses that sell accessories like holsters and mags were also getting sales in the second and third wave of panic buying. The demand was so extreme that many guns and ammo were out of stock at brick and mortar stores and online within weeks. But, that still did not stop the demand from seasoned preppers to the gun newbies on the search to buy.
Below is a Google Trend chart highlighting guns, ammo, holsters and concealed carry. Never mind the numbers they are just normalized to give you an idea of the interest online that people were searching. See the three spikes, these were the waves of online searches.
For those of us in the gun industry, overall for some has been a blessing and some not. Unfortunately, when the demands are high, chances are the inventory will be depleted. Many gun shops and online stores will be on back order status. Covering everything that’s happening in the gun industry is beyond the scope of this article.
Ammo will always outsells firearms when panic strikes and the demand will keep on going into 2021. Going physically from store to store may not be ideal. But, if you’re blessed to have great connections with a brick and mortar store. The advice is to get your ammo when the shipment arrives.
Here are some thoughts of the most demand pistol ammo.
9mm – These will be hit or miss, at the stores usually a miss. .380 ACP – This popular personal defense round is definitely in short supply. This caliber is second only to the 9mm in scarcity. Prices will average anywhere from .50 cents to $1.00 per round. .40 S&W – Since the FBI dropped the 40s for the 9mm, local PD agency followed suit. You would think these 40s would be more available, not as much as we’d like them to be. .45 ACP – Panic buying has struck all calibers, but the .45s may be the caliber to be more available than other popular calibers. .38 Special – Its hit or miss with this great simple personal defense revolver.
Long gun calibers like 12 Gauge, .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, etc.. Just like the popular pistol cals they are in short suppy as well.
“We started to see demand pick up in October 2019,” said Hornady Vice President Jason Hornady. “When Walmart made the announcement that they were getting out of the market for most ammo, the consumer shifted to places where we were strong.”
The prospect of anti-gun legislation in Virginia stirred up additional demand, and that surge only grew as we entered a presidential election year. The COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest of 2020 threw gasoline on that fire.
“It happened on March 14,” Hornady added. “The month of March was the biggest our company has ever seen. We shipped more in that month than we did the first year I worked here.”
Hornady has kept what many would consider to be excessive inventory on hand in recent years. During the spring of 2020, that inventory was quickly wiped-out. “We will have three years of orders by the end of 2020,” Hornady said.
“It’s kinda crazy,” founder and owner of Black Hills Ammunition, Jeff Hoffman, told Guns & Ammo. Hoffman credits the uncertainty of the pandemic with the surge in demand. “Americans got concerned that desperate people would do desperate things, and they wanted to protect what they had,” Hoffman added.
Despite that demand, Black Hills Ammunition has been able to keep production consistent. Like Hornady, Black Hills maintained a healthy product inventory that helped keep them up and running.
“We’ve suffered some minor setbacks trying to protect our people, but for the most part we are still running full-out and working overtime,” Hoffman said.
Vista Outdoors is one of the few publicly traded ammunition manufacturers in the U.S., which means that real numbers are available to help quantify the surge in demand. Vista Outdoors owns brands including Federal, CCI, Speer — and now Remington. In a November 2020 earnings call, Vista reported a 29 percent increase in sales compared to the same quarter in the prior year. That percentage would be higher if the company had the capacity to produce more product. Vista told its investors that it had an ammunition backlog in excess of a billion dollars.
“This is unprecedented for our company,” Vista Outdoors CEO Chris Metz said. “With demand far outstripping supply, and inventory levels in the channel at all-time lows, we see strong demand continuing.”
Grind Hard Ammo
If you didn’t know the first three manufactures don’t sell direct to consumers. Grind Hard Ammo sells direct to consumers.
“It got crazy in March. Then the riots started, and it went through the roof. With that demand came additional challenges. We had dramatic decreases in production due to a lack of components. We were out of components for 2 weeks. We had to scramble to find product from other sources, and those were way more expensive than normal. We went from paying around $16 for 1,000 primers to paying over $100.”
Grind Hard Ammo is a small company that just invested $20 million to expand its capacity, including an entire new facility. Weiss added, “I can sell every round I can make. The bottleneck is the components. So long as they have the supplies they need, Grind Hard’s machines are running 24/7. Even with the capacity that we invested in we will still be max’d-out.”
Weiss indicated that the shortage is not due to a lack of supply, but unprecedented demand. “If someone who usually buys two boxes of 9mm sees a case, they’re going to buy it because they don’t know when they’ll find it again,” Weiss said. “That creates a shortage. One of our cartridge-case suppliers pumps out 800,000 loaded rounds of 5.56 a day, and they are back ordered until June 2022.”
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Most CCW full size 9mm pistols carries 15 + 1 in the pipe, which has become the norm. Springfield Armory has come out with the Hellcat pistol. This pistol is considered to be the smallest compact with the highest capacity ever. With 11+1 in the chamber, this CCW pistol is not just a rinky dink pocket gun. Hellcat also comes in 13+1 extended magazine as well.
Springfield Hellcat Sights
Another thing that you’ll see on this great piece of micro-compact 9mm, is that the slide is cut for 2 micro red-dot. The 4 MOA Red dot aligsn with the iron sights. The rear sight sports a deep “U” notch which makes sight alignment easy. The front sight has a high visibility tritium lamp with yellow/green ring for quick acquisition during day and limited lighting.
Ergonomics One of the first thing about shooting pocket size guns is that its usually not comfortable. Shots are usually snappy, with the gun wanting to jump out the hand. With the Springfield Hellcat ergonomic design, the shooting is comfortable according to those that have test fire. Springfield design the polymer frame with a high beavertail that protects the shooter’s hand and negates the muzzle flip.
Springfield grip technology has whats called “adaptive grip texture”, fancy words for secure firing grip at the index points on both sides of the frame. With a wide grip backstrap (wide as the gun) this spreads the recoil over a broader area.
Test Run With a three inch barrel and short sight radius, shooters took this out to 15 yard for accuracy shooting. Nothing fancy or stress test shooting just boring shooting/plinking at the paper target. For an average shooter with 5 shots, you should be able to get .70 to .80 inch group. There are many good 9mm ammo to choose from, here are some good ones:
DOUBLETAP 77-GRAIN SOLID COPPER HOLLOW POINT
HORNADY +P AMERICAN GUNNER 124-GRAIN XTP HOLLOW POINT
COLT DEFENSE 124-GRAIN JHP
This is not the complete list, just the ones that have gone thru the Hellcat pistol. Notice the +P for Hornady round? The Hellcat was rated for use with these loads. If you’re not familiar with +P, it is simply a cartridge that has been loaded with a higher amount of gun powder. … Essentially, if you have a gun that takes 9mm ammo, you can increase your velocity and power with 9mm.
Many EDC junkies looking for a micro-pistol, (pocket gun) with high capacity, reliability and accurate. This may be your thing, or if you’re looking for an extra carry to your primary pistol, this is it. The down size may be the MSRP $600 but for those that can afford another toy, its there for all.
If you’re a gun owner and into personal defense weapon, you also probably notice the popularity of the Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) with these few years.
Personal Defense Weapon are one of the most sought after in the market among the avid gun hobbyist as a home defense, car gun or even have it in your bugout bag. Enter the Extar EP9 from Extar Firearms USA that chambers in the popular 9mm.
The EP9 brings the simplicity and reliability of a blowback system into a small and lightweight design with an uncharacteristically soft shooting experience, due to our Recoil Damping System. Now combine that with essential features like last round bolt hold open, familiar controls, a comfortable arm brace, and Glock magazine compatibility.
Here are some quick specs:
Glock type Magazine compatible
6.5″ Barrel Length
Integral QD Point at the aft end of Lower Receiver
1/2-28 Muzzle Thread
Overall length with Brace 24.5″
Weight without Brace 3.65lbs
Weight with Brace 4.10lbs
One of the cool thing about the EP9 is that their ergonomics were design to be similar to the AR rifle platform. Such as the magazine release, safety lever and bolt release.
Another thing to note is the trigger parts are in plastic with steel insert where the hammer strikes the firing pin.
If you need to accessorize the EP9 with laser, lights or bayonet (just kidding) for close encounter. No problem thats where the picatinny rail comes in.
Glock magazines compatible – thats right you can use Glock mags here. There are obviously, aftermarkets mags from Magpul (PMags) which works well. The EP9 can use up to a 33 round Glock magazine of any model except for G26 and G43.
Out on the Range
Gathering the sentiments from shooters that has run the EP9. The consensus is that hands down everyone enjoyed shooting the EP9. Despite the blowback system, the buffer spring absorbs the bolt which makes up for the less recoil. So obviously, accuracy is not an issue. Running the EP9 at 5 to 25 yards is no problem staying on target. Even if you’re shooting at a stress course of fire for personal defense.
So that was all the good things on the Extar EP9. Now the other side of good. One of the downside is that not all Glock mags perform fluidly as you’d like it to. For instance during the release the magazine doesn’t fully fall out of the mag well when you press the release button. You would need to manually pull the mag out. This fine for a tactical reload.
Hot handguards – this is another downside to the EP9. Because the EP9 is such a fun gun to shoot, you will probably be pouncing a serious amount of lead down range. The barrel will get hot, which means the handguard as well. Which is no fun while trying to continue shooting. The solution is to attach an angled foregrip. Thank goodness for the Picatinny rails.
Last PDW Thoughts
If you’re a prepper and a 9mm Glock carrier. But, you also want another firearm for home defense but don’t want to tote a full size AR or shotgun. Then look for a PDW system like the Extar EP9, the quality and reliability is what you need in your bugout bag or vehicle.
If you plan on doing some extreme hunting this upcoming winter, make sure to check out these warm winter hunting clothing out there. There’s nothing worse than finally getting to your hunting spot, only to be freezing cold 20 minutes later. This is the modern day not the old days, you can find some of the warmest winter hunting apparel on the market.
Not all of the best hunting ranches are located in nice, warm weather climates. No matter if you’re hunting in Alaska or the brutal winters of New England, you’ll be grateful for the warmth these pieces provide.
Not only do they help you stay toasty, but you’ll be able to hunt longer and harder, increasing your chance of another great harvest.
Cabela’s Stand Hunter Extreme Parka
Cabela’s Stand Hunter Extreme Parka is a must-have for anyone who hunts in extreme winter weather. Designed with both Woolitimate fabric and Thinsulate Platinum insulation, this parka keeps you warmer than you can imagine. To ensure warmth, yet cut down on bulk, Cabela’s varies the level of insulation to give you warmth where you need it most.
The parka features 150-gram Thinsulate throughout, with 200 grams surrounding your core and 300 grams down your spine and around the kidneys to help heat the areas that impact the rest of your body. With a removable 150-gram Thinsulate hand warming muff, two chest hand warmer pockets and a removable hood, even your appendages stay toasty warm.
Cabela’s MT050 Whitetail Extreme GORE-TEX Parka for Men – Price: $299.99$309.99
Continually evolving with cutting-edge innovations, the Cabelas\u00ae MT050\u00ae Whitetail Extreme\u00ae GORE-TEX\u00ae Parka for Men delivers the best hunting parka for wet- and cold-weather hunting.
Core4Element Elevation Jacket
The Core4Element Elevation Jacket features Down Tek’s 700-fill power Canada Goose down to keep you warm and dry even in the harshest of conditions. The Canada Goose down is not only a great insulator, but it keeps on working even if it’s wet and is lightweight enough it doesn’t hold you back. The water-repellent finish keeps water out and heat in, even during the pouring rain. With extra features like a fleece-lined collar and inside hand warmer pockets, this jacket will soon become the one you grab when the weather is at its worst.
Mycore Control Heated Jacket
The Mycore Control Heated Jacket features two heating elements strategically placed to keep you warm. With one at the pulse point on each wrist, your hands and core stay warm, even when it’s brutal outside. With three different levels, you can find the right level of heat no matter what the weather. And with a two lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that last up to 12 hours, it can keep you warm no matter how long you stay in the woods.
Under Armour Timber Jacket for Men – Ridge Reaper Camo Barren – $250.00
Engineered for powerful warmth during thoseong whitetail sits, the Under Armour\u00ae Timber Jacket for Men comes through in the most extreme conditions. But that doesn’t mean this Under Armour hunting jacket feels heavy or makes too much noise.
Cabela’s MT050 Whitetail Extreme GORE-TEX Pants for Men – Cabela’s O2 Octane – 48 $259.99
Continually evolving with cutting-edge innovations, Cabelas MT050 Whitetail Extreme\u00ae GORE-TEX\u00ae Pants deliver the best hunting pants for wet- and cold-weather hunting. Weve improved these Cabelas hunting bibs with the reduced bulk of Adva
LaCrosse AlphaBurly Pro Hunting Boots for Men – Mossy Oak Break-Up Country – $169.99
A smart pick for scent-free, waterproof hunting,aCrosse\u00ae AlphaBurly Pro Waterproof Hunting Boots keep feet comfortable and hunters focused on the hunt. Handcrafted rubber-over-neoprene construction provides warm, scent suppressing, waterproof.
Sitka Coldfront Bib Pants
The Sitka coldfront Bib Pants use innovative technology to keep you warm. Designed with a special three layer GORE-TEX shell, it blocks wind and water, while retaining your body heat to keep you warm.
The micro-grid fleece lining adds extra insulation while wicking away moisture. The high back and reinforced seat keep snow and wind from blowing into your clothes, ensuring you stay warm and dry. With optional bib straps, these can be worn as pants or bibs. These pants also feature Opti-Fade camo, based on how animals see, making you nearly invisible in the woods.
Cabela’s Stand Hunter Extreme Coveralls
If you’re looking for a coverall, these are the pair you need to have. Cabela’s Stand Hunter Extreme Coveralls are engineered to keep you warm even in the extreme cold. By using its Zone Insulation System, these coveralls vary the Thinsulate level to give you the warmth you need, while still allowing you room to move. They feature 150-gram Thinsulate Platinum insulation throughout, with 200 grams surrounding your core, 300 grams down your spine and kidneys and 500-gram insulation on the seat to ensure you’re warm no matter what it’s like outside. And with a removable hand muff, hood and hand warmer pockets, you’re comfortable no matter what.
Sitka GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Waterfowl Timber Hudson Jacket for Men – 2XL – In Stock
The Sitka® GORE® OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Timber Hudson Jacket for Men brings precision engineering for extended exposure to wet and frigid conditions. This Sitka jacket additionally provides optimal mobility for easy, accurate shooting. Innovative GORE-TEX® with STRETCH technology and body-mapped insulation across the shoulders and neck ensure not only weatherproof protection but reliable warmth without excess weight or bulk. The Sitka GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Waterfowl Timber Hudson Jacket for Men moves with the hunter for unhindered shooting and uncompromising shielding from the elements. Updated body-mapped PrimaLoft Insulation—60-gram in the shoulders and 40-gram in the sleeves and body—maximizes heat retention without sacrificing mobility, allowing the shooter to engage birds effortlessly. Machine wash. Imported.Manufacturer style #: 50204. 100% polyester Body-mapped GORE-TEX® with Stretch technology PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation: 60-gram across shoulders, 40-gram in sleeves and body Sculpted hood for visibility High handwarmer pockets 2 chest and shell pockets Magnetic tuck-away call pockets Water-sealing cuffs.
Sitka Blizzard Bib Pants
Keep yourself warm and dry with Sitka Blizzard Bib Pants. With 650-fill power white duck down and PermaLoft Down Blend Silver insulation, these pants blend two of the best insulators out there to bring you a pair that won’t let you down. Not only do they keep you warm even in the roughest of conditions, but with GORE-TEX laminate and a water repellent finish, these pants keep you dry on the outside while wicking material keeps you dry on the inside. With extra features like a high back, reinforced seat, cargo pockets and side zips, these pants are a must have for anyone who hunts in extreme conditions.
Cabela’s Wooltimate Ninja Hood
If you’re looking for complete coverage, consider Cabela’s Wooltimate Ninja Hood. Made from Cabela’s unique Wooltimate fabric, it’s the perfect blend of warm wool and soft Berber fleece. Add in 100 grams of Thinsulate insulation and odor-resistant Polartec Power Dry grid fleece lining, and you’ll be amazed at how warm and comfortable this hood is to wear. With complete head and neck coverage, nothing but your eyes are exposed, ensuring you stay warm during your whole hunt.
Cabela’s Instinct Stand Hunter Parka for Men with SCENTINEL Scent Control Technology and 4MOST DRYPLUS – $199.99
When it’s time for muscle memory to take over, you need to be able to trust your instinct. The Cabela’s\u00ae Instinct Stand Hunter Parka for Men with SCENTINEL Scent Control Technology and 4MOST DRYPLUS delivers the most trustworthy men’s hunting jacket.
RedHead Mountain Stalker Elite Parka for Men – TrueTimber Kanati – LT – $169.99
The RedHead\u00ae Silent Stalker Elite Parka for Men is ready for the coldest hunts with 100% polyester construction, Thermolite\u00ae Micro Insulation: 200-gram in the torso, 150-gram in the sleeves, and the famous BONE-DRY\u00ae 100% waterproof/windproof.
Under Armour Ridge Reaper Alpine Ops Parka for Men – Ridge Reaper Camo Barren – 3XL – $280.
When warmth matters as much as agility and ruggedness, step up to the Under Armour\u00ae Ridge Reaper\u00ae Alpine Ops Parka for Men. This precision-engineered Under Armour hunting jacket brings 800-fill-power goose-down insulation for extreme warmth
Cabela’s Stand Hunter Gloves for Men – $69.99
If you’re interested in trying mitts, Cabela’s Canadian Stand Hunter Gloves keep you warm no matter what. With over 1,000 grams Thinsulate Ultra insulation, it doesn’t matter what Mother Nature throws at you, you’ll be ready. These 3-in-1 gloves come with a removable power-stretch inner liner that features Data-Tip technology, allowing you to use your touchscreen phone without having to take off layers and expose skin to the elements.
The outer mitten’s all-weather grip palms not only allow you to grab onto things, it also stops saturation even in the pouring rain. The mitts’ feature trigger finger zippers to give you easy access when it’s time to pull the trigger. And the extended cuffs and two-way wrist cinches will stop cold air, wind, and snow from traveling up and under the fabric.
Designed and field-tested as the ideal gloves for warmth and readiness in brutally cold conditions, Cabelas\u00ae Stand Hunter Gloves for Men have you coveredike nothing else on the market. 3M\u2122 Thinsulate\u2122 Insulation\u20141,000
What are the warmest hunting clothes?
According to the internet the following extreme garment will keep you toasty allowing you to hunt longer and harder:
Cabela’s Men’s MT050® Whitetail Extreme® GORE-TEX® Parka
Under Armour® Men’s Timber Jacket
Cabela’s Outfitter’s Wooltimate Jacket with 4MOST WINDSHEAR
There are so many good 9mm handguns available to shooters these days and the choices are just humongous.
Going with a full size 9mm handgun for home defense is hard to beat. Combine this with quality loads will give you knock down power and able to rapidly fire accurately is a huge plus. This may be one of the reasons why the FBI have gone back to the 9mm as the primary service pistol for their agents.
Almost hands down 9mm handgun is now one of the most popular self-defense calibers for concealed and open carry. In this segment of full service pistols we’ll look at some 9mm caliber handguns. What makes it a full size is the barrel length. Anywhere near the length of 5 inches we’re stating it as a full size.
Here’s a quick list not the complete list of some of the best full size 9mm handguns:
S&W M&P9 2.0
Glock 19 Gen 5
Sig Sauer P320
Sig Sauer P320 X-FIVE
Sig Sauer P226 Tacops
Springfield Armory XD MOD 2
Walther PPQ Q5 Match
HK VP9 Tactical
The 9mm is a weapon that provides a good balance between ease of firing and stopping power. It is a lightweight pistol that has moderate recoil with less chance of over penetration. Ammunition can be found nearly everywhere and comes in a variety of configurations, FMJ, hollow point and frangible.
Smith&Wesson M&P9 2.0
There have been some changes made to Smith&Wessons M&P pistol hence the new model number 2.0 tacked onto the name. The changes are stronger frame strength, with extra stippling around the grip with a heavy texture, beaver tail has been removed, small front serrations have been added for ease of handling and the top of the slide slimmed down a bit.
Springfield Armory 9mm XD(M)
Priced less than the HK but similar to a Glock it’s a great first gun to buy and a solid performer for a compact.
This handgun is your more bang for the buck. It is packed with features and shoots flawlessly. Pretty fun to shoot with.
Think you all know the G19 reputation for its reliability is off the charts and is by far the most popular handgun in the United States. It is a striker fired polymer frame pistol that other handguns in the same class are compared to and sets the standard for this class of handgun.
The gen 5 Glock 19 can be configured with upgrades to the slide, barrel and grip. It also has a rail that allows a flashlight or other accessories to your desire.
Sig Sauer P320
The Sig Sauer P320 (the chosen one) has been chosen by the army as it’s new serive sidearm. It has a lot of variants so finding something that fits your requirements is simple. The trigger breaks around 6.5 pounds allowing for precise and quick follow up shots.
Beside being an excellent shooting pistol that its known for. Other great features are ease of use, reliability, modularity and accuracy. It is a compact that can be quickly changed to meet your requirements and give you a custom handgun.
Ruger SR9c 9mm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq5ADf28T30
This compact 9mm handgun comes in four versions. The versions differ in color and magazine size with one having a 17+1 round magazine.
Considered the lower end of the price scale but performs well and gives you every thing you need in a compact 9mm handgun. Only one version has the 17+1 round magazine, the other versions have a 10+1 round magazine.
Sig Sauer P320 X-FIVE
Just love the striker-fired Sig Sauer P320 Compact and would recommend it as an EDC to anyone. But this Sig Sauer P320 X-FIVE is something else entirely.
This might be the ultimate custom striker-fired handgun. The metal work on the CZ won the battle, but if you want a polymer pistol taken to the limit then maybe look here instead of an Agency Arms Glock. Some are calling it an apex predator.
This is really a big gun, and it’s been perfectly balanced by the in-house tuning aces at Sig Sauer.
Yes, it’s a blocky snag-free and simple striker fired pistol. The Glock 17 is famously accurate and the grouping at 50 yards is stunning.
But the G34 is another level of laser precision. If cost is a big issue, look to the Glock 17 and possibly some aftemarket parts. If you can buy the best, go with the G34. This was designed for competitive target shooters and that 5.31″ match-grade barrel means its the creme of the crop. You get 17+1 rounds, more if you opt for a John Wick style mag extension, and this Glock is just about the most complete home defense handgun you’re likely to find.
FN FNS-9L Long Slide
With its low price the FN509 is making its mark and it’s giving Glock a run for their money.
The stainless steel slide is serrated in all the right places and it comes with night sights. The grip is just like holding a 1911, especially with the pronounced beavertail that lets you get high up on the gun and close to the bore axis.
The grip does look a little slim at first glance, but you can change out the backstrap for a thicker gun.
This comes with an external extractor, a loaded chamber indicator and a fully ambidextrous mag release and slide stop.
Another polymer handgun, with replaceable steel rails that means this is a cut above the standard plastic pistols. At this price, it’s the right time to pull the trigger if you want to try it out.
Sig Sauer P226 Tacops
Sig Sauer will always be on any top gun list. This P226 Tacops comes with a 20+1 capacity and a DA/SA operation that might suit you.
The Sig comes with a stainless steel slide that has evolved into the perfect companion. Experienced shooters can manipulate the slide and even strip this weapon in their sleep.
This is a fully-loaded version as well. It comes with a SIGLITE rear night sight and a full-on Tritium loaded TRUGLO fiber optic front night sight. Has a Short Reset Trigger too. This is a seriously good handgun, perfectly balanced and suppressor ready.
Springfield Armory XD MOD 2
Springfield Armory makes our favorite CCW in the world and the 5” barrel version of the XD MOD.2 is technically the near-ultimate handgun.
This striker fired 9mm pistol is not just accurate but, seriously accurate. You get 16+1 rounds if you take the extended mag, it’s lightweight, pared down and clean. It isn’t quite as monolithic as the Glock, but it is definitely understated and every piece of the form has followed the function.
This gun is thin, just over an inch wide at the controls, and the widest part of the gun is the double stack magazine.
Walther PPQ Q5 Match
Performance benchmark, it is up there with the best 9mm handguns in the world. The Walther PPQ Q5 Match is capable of taking your home defense duties and if you own one, you will learn to love it just like HK fanatics and Glock fanboys love their chosen weapons.
If you are into custom Glocks, as most of us, then the Walther PPQ Q5 Match should make sense to you. That slide is about as light as it could get, the barrel is Walther’s best match-grade unit and you get a lot of bullets.
The Walther is a big chunky gun, with a slide that is serrated front and back for easy manipulation.
In a way, this gun offers better value for money than the bigger names and the other leading 9mm guns in its class.
CZ 75 B
If you didn’t know most CZ Shadow is expensive, this one is cheap.
The CZ 75 B is a break from the striker-fired routine. This really is a stripped down and evolved 1911 with a proper hammer fired action and everything.
Its not a 1911, but It’s a fresh design and clearly resembles a lot from the classic 1911.
This is not just one of the best 9mm pistols right now, it’s one of the best handguns on the market.
It’s a steel-frame gun with a double-stack magazine, which means it can mix it with the best plastic pistols here in terms of magazine capacity. You get a 16+1 round set-up that weighs in at 2.2lb. Yes, its heavy, but it’s a metal gun, and that’s a big deal for the heavy metaller.
HK VP9 Tactical
HK is no stranger to striker-fired pistols, but it’s been a while since they’ve designed a new one — close to four decades. The VP9 Tactical fit is really comfortable.
HK engineers focused on designing a better trigger system for the VP9 than competitive polymer-framed, striker-fired pistols.
The Heckler & Koch VP9 Tactical is accurate and absolutely reliable with several types of ammunition.
As we stated earlier, this isn’t the complete list of full size 9mm handguns. If you’re a newbie this should help give you an idea of what to start with and take it for a run. For the seasoned carrier, doesn’t hurt to look at other toys while you’re at the gun (candy) store.
Overall, these newer generation of polymer guns are quite durable, accurate and you can custom tailor to your content. And, they are very fun to shoot.
Want to bag a buck? Head to the South and Midwest, where the huntin’s good for America’s deer
Story by Chris Rice Photos by Shutterstock
The deer hunting sector has been changing over the last few years, with new entrants moving into the top positions as far as the number and quality of white-tail deer hunting is concerned. Judging which states are working hardest to produce a high number of deer for hunting can be difficult, but there have been many changes to the states that sit at the top of the list in the last few years. The best States for deer hunting are spread through the eastern half of the nation and take in areas from Kentucky to Texas and east into Georgia.
The state of Texas has been growing in white-tail deer hunting importance for the last decade or so. The Lone Star State has seen impressive gun-deer harvests for the last few years, with 2018 and 2019 being more than 800,000 with the success rate climbing. The rise in the number of bucks harvested over the last decade has been hugely moving from just over 300,000 to 800,000 by 2018, with the majority of these being mature deer aged over three years of age. There is plenty of public hunting available, with an estimated 1.6 billion acres of public hunting grounds across the state.
Back in 2017, Georgia was sitting in tenth place on the list of the top ten best white-tail deer hunting states. The state of Georgia has risen to the number two spot on the list with the consistency the state has shown over the last five years with a white-tail deer hunting harvest of over 350,000 in 2019. The state has become one of the most consistent bucks producers, with hunters in the state reporting a success rate close to 60 percent.
The Midwest has been changing the way it addresses hunting, with Michigan now at risk of falling way down the list of white-tail deer hunting states. Michigan is still ranked in the top echelon of deer hunting regions but runs the risk of falling away in the coming decade. The state recently outlawed baiting and feeding, but the harvest still sat above the 300,000 marks to keep the state rising in the annual lists of best white-tail deer hunting states.
Much like South Carolina and Georgia, Kentucky has been a well-kept secret in terms of white-tail deer hunting. The state has always had a strong reputation amongst its residents regarding the quality of its hunting, but few outside the state knew of its potential as a hunting destination. Hunting is a popular sport in the state, but the number of hunters has been so low that the only halt called on the long season is the number of tags an individual can afford to purchase.
Another state that may not have the history of success when it comes to white-tail deer hunting, but the vast amount of public land available and the low number of hunters makes this a top destination for deer hunting. The five-year average harvest to 2018 in Missouri was an amazing 274,000 with just over eight hunters per square mile. The pressure on the herd in Missouri is not high with just over one-third of all harvested deer aged 3.5 or older to show the state is moving int he right direction to become a long-term favorite for hunters.
Outside of these states, some of the most popular states for white-tail deer hunting lie in the Midwest and Southeast. South Carolina is continuing to rise the charts despite its herd not being as well structured as in Georgia, with fewer deer aged 3.5 and older. Another state that could feature heavily in the coming years is Iowa, which has always been known as a state with giant bucks on offer. However, the many restrictions that have been placed on out-of-state hunters mean the state remains a mystery to many who would love to hunt there.
Chris Rice is the content editor of Hunting Locator, one of the USA’s most reputable sources for finding deer and other game hunting opportunities.