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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s We talk a lot about guns around here, but guns are of course only half of the “pew pew” equation. Guns are great, but they’re only really as good as the ammo. Now, if you’re here, you probably already know all about the differences between cast bullets, hollow points, FMJS, and such.

The Weirdest & Craziest Ammo Out There

The Weirdest & Craziest Ammo Out ThereTrending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s We talk a lot about guns around here, but guns are of course only half of the “pew pew” equation. Guns are great, but they’re only really as good as the ammo. Now, if you’re here, you probably already know all about the differences between cast bullets, hollow points, FMJS, and such. The ammunition basics , if you will. Of course, there’s so much more to ammo than just what you can easily find on the shelf at your local sporting goods store. Much more. Today, we’re gonna talk about some of the wilder and crazier ammo types that are out there, the types of things you have to special order and pay extra hazmat shipping charges on. Don’t worry though… it’s worth it. Oh boy, is it worth it. Exotic ammo? Fireballs? Yes, please! Note: It should go without saying but I’m going to say it anyway–check your local, state, and federal laws regarding any of these ammo types before you purchase, and in the case of the incendiary ones, take extreme care when shooting around flammable materials such as dry grass or other foliage. Very Special Shotgun Ammo Shotguns are the gateway drug of the exotic ammo world. They open up a whole host of opportunities to use interesting ammo that you just don’t get the chance to use with rifle ammo. Here are some of our favorites! Dragon’s Breath If you’ve heard of any of the specialty ammo on this list, you’ve heard of dragon’s breath rounds . These are shotgun rounds, usually 12 gauge, that lets loose a stream of fire about 30 yards long when you pull the trigger. This fireball burns at around 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit and is sometimes used to kick off controlled burns, but mostly it’s just used to make one great big cone of fire come out of your shotgun barrel. Dragon’s Breath Ammo Dragon’s breath rounds (also called flamethrower and “firewall” rounds, depending on where you buy them) are loaded with lots of little magnesium balls that ignite shortly after leaving the barrel to create a brief, but brilliantly bright and incredibly hot gout of fire that can do serious damage if you aren’t careful. Definitely keep this one on sand and dirt, maybe out in the desert or an empty field somewhere unless you’re actively trying to burn something down. And I would say that using it indoors, such as for home defense, is going to be just as bad for you as it would be for an intruder. Also keep in mind that while dragon’s breath is mostly safe for your barrel, it is horrendously dirty. One dragon’s breath round will foul your barrel about the same amount as shooting an entire box of cheap target birdshot. Flares If you’re looking for something that’s a little more “Oooh, ahhh” than “OH GOD,” flare rounds might be a good option. These rounds work just like normal signaling flares and are available in a variety of colors. While flare rounds are still a fire hazard, they are much safer than dragon’s breath rounds in that respect, and they’re not nearly as likely to start a brushfire (though you should still be very careful with them). These flares work great as emergency signaling devices out in remote areas and are perfect for backcountry hunters and those who live a little off the grid, but still want to be found by emergency services should the need arise. Also, they’re just darn fun. You can turn your shotgun into a miniature multi-colored fireworks mortar for relatively cheap… they’re still $5 or so a pop though, so pick your moment carefully. Bolo Rounds Based on the ancient bolo hunting tool, bolo rounds (also called chain shot, ball and chain rounds, or “Macho Gaucho” rounds) consist of two steel ball bearings connected by a length of steel cable. The result is a very different round from most out there. You have two fairly mobile ball bearings attached to each other by a cable that’s dangerous in its own right at the speeds it’ll obtain when fired from a shotgun. Unfortunately, accuracy is abysmal and performance is… questionable. I don’t know how effective these things would actually be in a self-defense situation, but I doubt they’d do better than a regular slug would, and they’ll certainly be less accurate. Picking them up just for fun to plink at an old box or to try and shred a can? That I can see being worth the cost of admission. Flechette Rounds Flechettes are tiny steel darts that first saw heavy use in the heavy jungle environments of Vietnam. Imagine a shotgun that fires hardened nails rather than buckshot, and you’ll be in the right ballpark. At close ranges, flechette rounds can put a cluster of steel darts through dense foliage, soft body armor, and even thin sheet metal. It goes without saying that anyone getting hit with these is going to have a tremendously bad day. For practical self-defense purposes, you’re probably still better off with 00 buck, but this is one of the few rounds on this list that I can see being a realistic option for serious defensive use. For the cost and the only marginal effectiveness at range, I’d just as soon have buckshot though. Especially since “Why is this home invader full of steel darts?” isn’t a question I really want to be asked by law enforcement. The steel nature of the darts and their mild armor-piercing capabilities also mean you’re unlikely to make friends with police officers who know you have these things, and they’re outright illegal in several states precisely because of the danger they pose to officers wearing kevlar. All in all, I’d call them a fun novelty to bring out when you want to cause a little destruction at the range, rather than something you should rely on for home defense. If that’s all you have on hand though, it’ll certainly get the job done. Rifle Ammo To Impress Your Buddies Not a shotgun kind of person? No worries! There’s still plenty of fun you can have with your rifle. Here are a few weird ammo options for the rifle-shooting readers out there. Tracers Tracer rounds are just plain cool. Expensive, but cool. They have a magnesium tip that ignites chemical compounds, usually strontium-based, that are applied to the end of the bullet. This burning compound causes the round to light up and be much more visible than a normal bullet. Tracer Rounds Tracer rounds are primarily used by the military, who use them for shot marking and target acquisition. One soldier lays down fire on a target or position, and suddenly their entire squad has a bright red line showing them exactly where to shoot. Pretty handy in a sustained gunfight. They can also be used by machine gunners to make sure they’re suppressing close enough to a target, and in some cases can be loaded close to the end of a soldier’s magazine to give them a very visible indicator when they’re about to hear a click instead of a bang. There are three different types of tracer rounds: bright, subdued, and dim. Bright ones are, as the name implies, the most visible version and is probably the best for civilian use as most civilians are going to be using them for fun at the range, rather than serious defensive purposes. Tracers make it incredibly easy to see just where your rounds are going–but they make it easy to see where they’re coming from, too. Dim tracers are almost entirely for use with night vision optics, and subdued tracers have a delaying effect built into the tip that causes the bullet to ignite one hundred yards or more from the barrel. This makes it harder for enemies to follow the tracer path back to its source. Most modern tracer ammo has at least some delay effect like this. Like the flares and dragon’s breath rounds, tracers are incendiary (with some exceptions we’ll get to in a minute), so be careful about using them around dry foliage or in windy conditions. Non-Incendiary Tracers Modern science and the desire to shoot laser beams like a Star Wars character have given us the non-incendiary tracer, called Streak Visual Ammo . "Streak Visual Ammo" uses a non-burning phosphor compound painted onto the back of the bullet to give the shooter a tracer-like effect, without the risk of torching anything nearby. They produce no heat or flame and are therefore perfectly legal most places that tracers are banned, though you should still check your applicable laws. They give more of a laser beam effect than the mini fireworks show you get with tracers, and they look like a lot of fun for night shooting. They’re also available in a variety of colors, and at $12 for a box of $20, they aren’t half bad on price either, at least not for specialty or novelty ammo. .50 Cal Armor Piercing Incendiary If you’ve got a .50 cal already, you’ve already got something that’s going to make your range buddies more than a little jealous. But if you want to be a little more extra about it, get some fancy ammo to go with it. Armor piercing? Nah, that’s old hat. Incendiary? That guy a few lanes down has incendiary rounds. Armor piercing and incendiary rounds that combine the best of both worlds? Now we’re getting somewhere. Armor-piercing incendiary rounds–for when you absolutely want to F things up. If you’ve ever wanted to punch a flaming hole into an engine block, this is the round for you. It should go without saying that you should be extremely careful not only of your target, but everything behind it for several miles when you use this. Armor piercing incendiary rounds also somewhere above the tracers but below the dragon’s breath rounds on the fire hazard scale. On the scale of pure fun though, they’re off the charts. Other Cool Stuff You Didn’t Know You Wanted Of course, we civilians have limited access to the really cool ammo. First, tank ammo is so very like our standard centerfire ammo, but also incredibly different. Take a look at how HEAT rounds, or High-Explosive, Anti-Tank rounds work. Cutaway view of a HEAT round The primer, when ignited, kicks off the propellant charge that drives the round forward towards the target. And no matter how far away that target is, penetration is the same.  That’s because the effect of this round is based on the shaped charge in the nose, rather than the pure kinetic force of a solid sabot or depleted uranium round. These anti-armor rounds explode on impact, and send a directed explosion through hostile armor to utterly destroy anything on the other side, and do considerable damage to the vehicle (or building) itself. All in all, much cooler than anything any of us can get our hands on. To Sum It All Up… There are some really interesting specialty rounds out there, some fun, some terrifying. If you choose to buy any of these, you’ll probably find something fun to do with them at the range–just be safe. Very few of the “off the wall” ammo varieties out there are terribly practical, especially for civilians, but some of them sure are a blast at the range. Which of these specialty rounds is your favorite? Want to see more ammo reviews ? We’ve got ’em! Want more odd stuff? 4 Weird Tactical Things On Amazon (that aren’t all that bad).

The 4 Best .22lr Scopes – Reviews of .22 Rimfire Rifle Optics Photo by Mitch Barrie / CC BY The .22lr is one of the most popular and beloved rounds ever made for public use. Why? Because its bullets are cheap, its accuracy pretty decent, and it’s a great beginner’s tool for youngsters to learn how to shoot (no recoil, etc.). A .22 rimfire has an array of uses. It can be taken along for target practice on one hand, while on the other hand, it can be used for wiping out small varmints and even hunting small game. However, in matching the brilliant performance of a .22 rifle and using it to its full potential, the rifle demands to be accompanied with an equally well-made scope. So what makes the best .22lr scope ?  The best .22lr scopes for your rifle should have just a 1” tube and be nitrogen-purged and O-ring sealed.  Your rifle scope should also have an objective lens larger than 32mm.  Since the .22lr rounds out of a rifle have low recoil, great scopes can be had for little money.  (We go into more detail regarding these criteria in the conclusion.) If you browse the market, you can find a number of options for lenses, varying from optics for plinkers to optics for competitive championships. 1. Leupold Scopes for the Rimfire Shooter Who Demands Perfection Leupold VX-1 2-7x33mm Compact Waterproof Fogproof Riflescope, Matte Black (113863) Price: Price as of 08/14/2020 10:29 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Everybody knows Leupold is one of the finest names in rifle scopes and with that quality comes a price tag, and .22 shooters can be notoriously cheap. After all, even a low cost .22 can be more accurate than the typical shooter, and a basic scope is all that most people need. But for those who have high end rifles, and demand high end performance from their .22 shooting, Leupold has just the .22 scope ( see full specs ) for you. Designed to maximize light transmission and featuring proprietary optical coatings that enhance how you see the target, the scope also contains a carefully waterproofed body and is designed with the rimfire shooter in mind. The Leupold VX-1 scope is likely the best .22lr scope you can get. Leupold VX-1 Riflescope Watch this video on YouTube

The 5 Best Holographic Sights for AR15 — AR 15 Optics Review 2020 Photo by brian.ch / CC BY The AR 15 platform is a very versatile rifle that is capable of being anything from a long-range marksman’s rifle to a close quarters battle implement. When running the AR 15 as a CQB weapon the best optic is a holographic--a red dot optic. A good holographic optic is designed to allow shooters to put rounds on target as fast as possible and to make engaging moving targets faster. A holographic optic should be much faster to use than iron sights. Holographic optics should allow the shooter to engage up to at least a hundred yards. These optics should be lightweight, easy to mount, and easy to use. A holographic optic’s reticle should be easy on the eye, but easy for the eye to pick up. Here are the 4 best holographic sights for AR15 : Ohuhu Reflex Sight -85 The Ohuhu reflex sight is a tubeless holographic optic designed for intermediate caliber rifles like the AR 15. Once mounted the optic is designed to put rounds on target as rapidly as possible. The Ohuhu allows the shooter to easily engage moving targets at close and intermediate ranges. This sight is compact but presents the shooter with a 33 mm window. The sight is capable of using 4 different reticles, and either red or green for each reticle. These reticles range from a single, simplistic red dot, to a crosshair, a circle and dot, and a circle with a dot in the center, and stadia on all 4 sides. The AR 15 is one of the most versatile weapons in the world, and there is no reason your optic cannot be versatile. The Ohuhu reflex sight is built on a standard base for mounting on any standard flattop AR 15 receiver. The optic has unlimited eye relief and can be mounted nearly anywhere on the rifle forward of the shooter. The optic is extremely lightweight and adds almost no bulk to your rifle. The optic is waterproof and shockproof, capable of being a highly effective home defense optic. This is one of the best holographic sights for AR15 if you’re on a budget. Eotech 512 EOTECH 512 Holographic Sight Price: Price as of 08/14/2020 08:25 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The Eotech 512is the flagship Eotech optic and by far its most popular and often the most affordable model. The Eotech 512 has been one of the most popular optics in world for a good reason or two. It places the controls from at the rear of the optic, which allows them to be completely ambidextrous, and also features a 33mm viewing window for a wide field of view. The Eotech 512 ( see full specs ) is ridiculously reliable and extremely durable. It’s designed as a go to war optic, perfect for both military and law enforcement operations. The Eotech 512 provides an excellent reticle for both close quarters combat and medium range engagements. It uses a circle and dot reticle, the 68 moa circle is designed for close range combat, and the single red dot is used for precise shooting out to 200 yards. This reticle is known as the A65 or -0 zero reticle. The Eotech 512 is an American made optic that has served and continues to serve our country. The optic can last up to a thousand hours with a single set of common AA batteries. The Eotech 512 is the perfect optic for military and LEO but is also a good optic for home defense, and competition. If you’re willing to spend the dough, this is the best holographic sight for AR-15 period. Shooting my AR-15 + Eotech 512 from 200 yards. Watch this video on YouTube

Survival Gear Review: Yeti Coolers

Survival Gear Review: Yeti Coolers

Owning a Yeti cooler is a rite of passage in the South.  Am I kidding or what?  Nope.  Kids down here ask for Yeti coolers for Christmas for heaven’s sake.  The Robinson power family of Duck Commander fame is the poster children of this campaign.  Countless celebrities have jumped on the bandwagon, too, so how can we resist not owning one?  Of course, for us practical minded, cost conscious tightwads, we have to ask the performance questions and if there is really a value in such an expensive piece of gear as prepping equipment.  Let’s look into this whole issue and examine the pros and cons of owning the No.1 name in ice coolers.  Is it really practical and useful for survival situations Quick Navigation Food Containment During a SHTF Event Becoming Yetified Think Possibilities The Hype The Proof Stays Frozen Honest Downsides? Conclusion "Food Containment During" a SHTF Event One of the more perplexing issues to solve during a SHTF Bug Out scenario is the reality of having, using, and relying upon perishable food(s), even just one cooler full on the way out the door in route to our remote rural escape hideout.  Think with me that this small amount could be just a stop-gap ration until we get settled in and established at the Bug Out camp. Don’t backlash me on this one, because I know the easiest way out of this issue is to go dry foods, freeze-dried packs, and maybe canned goods.  But there may be other scenarios when a quick grab cooler or two could be a very feasible option.  Heaven knows we have no idea what the SHTF might be.  Let’s think positive that we planned ahead and the Bug Out cabin, tent or trailer is already pre-stocked with a good food and water supply to last for months.  Maybe the power grid is still up, or it is off or on.  Could be we have a small petrol generator to power a deep freeze for a few hours a day.  It could happen this way.  If not, then our prepping needs to be planned for a much wider and deeper set of situations. YETI Tundra 45 Cooler, Desert Tan The YETI Tundra 45 combines versatility with durability with a capacity of up to 26 cans with a... Ice stays ice thanks to up to 3 inches of PermaFrost Insulation and an extra thick FatWall design is... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 03:28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Becoming Yetified Sure, I know no ice box cooler of any known construction is going to keep something frozen or fresh forever.  Forever is a really long time.  My orientation here is more along the line of thinking about a week at the far end.  Something in a cooler to sustain us until we get onto our dry stock or harvest some local game or fish is not a fruitless idea in my opinion.  I’m not selling this as a long term solution, but just a short one.  However, a really good ice cooler would be useful later for keeping fresh game/fish cooler, especially if the box is placed in a cold stream, or a hole dug into an earthen bank under shade.  You should certainly ponder and plan for multiple options. Think Possibilities So, what are we talking about here?  You’re at work when the call comes across national news.  Maybe it’s a weekend and you’re in the middle of painting the house.  Who knows the conditions or how long we have to execute our escape plan or button down for a Bug In.  The essential bags are in the garage packed and ready to go…for the most part.  We’re busy grabbing last minute items, maybe filling a couple more boxes with canned stuff, rice and beans from the pantry. Throw in some extra clothes and make sure the meds are in a bag to go.  Get the AR and mags out of the safe, and put the 1911s in holsters.  Throw in another case of bottled water. We break out the Yeti and rummage the freezer.  What do we take?  I guess that is a matter of personal tastes, but ground burger comes to mind.  It can be stacked and takes up less space/volume in a cooler.  A big roast does not fit well, etc.  Maybe take some smoked sausage in one-inch tubes? Fill the top with ice, and if smart have a second cooler(s) of some kind to fill to the top with just ice, if practical.  You have to play with these contingencies to see what works.  Is your bug out vehicle big enough for a last minute haul?  Remember this is a short term affair, but how long? The Hype If you’re fully involved in prepping now, then you are in the process of acquiring all kinds of stuff, survival gear, packs, med kits, camping gear, specialty clothing, boots, guns, ammo, optics, blades, shelters, tote bags, boxes, whatever, etc.  Undoubtedly you have bought items that turned out to be junk.  Maybe you were side slapped silly by an advertisement in a related magazine or off the shelf at a reliable outdoors store. You might as well get used to this as it is the reality of gear being made today.  Be sure to rely on our Survival Cache site for gear reviews.  Shop our store to find items that have been tried and tested.  So, here you are in the big box store looking at a stack of Yeti coolers.  You came in because Jim Shockey said on his hunting show this was the best cooler ever.  If you believed him saying the Yeti company line of “Wildly stronger, keep ice longer” then just maybe you were sucked in.  Despite him being paid big bucks to say so, is this “plastic” box of medium size #45 really worth $350 ? Just for SC fellowship information here the standard pricing for Yeti coolers is #35 for $300 , #45 for $350 , #65 for No products found. and #75 for $450 . Other models, sizes and shapes are available along with all kinds of accessories and colors.  I will offer a piece of practical advice I was given about big coolers.  If you fill a #65 Yeti with just ice for example, it will take two people to pick it up to put it in the back of a car, pickup, or boat.  Trust me on this one. The "Proof Stays Frozen" So, studying further on the Yeti cooler in particular, the web site mentions that their cooler “keeps ice for days.”  Hmmm.  There is really no statement about how many days they had in mind.  Like any cooler, long term ice retention is based on a number of factors as you can well imagine.  Still, the Yeti is supposed to be the (one of) best.  Well, is it?  Well, yes.  It certainly exceeded my expectations.  I’m still testing it during the full summer heat, but in the fall and southern “winters” it will keep anything cold for five or more days.  Keep it in the shade and open it minimal times to stretch it out.  The sealing gasket is the real secret to this product.  Keep the lid locked down and tight. JC from here in Mississippi is as avid a prepper/survivalist as I know of locally.  His comments about his two Yeti’s were, “My Yeti coolers will keep ice for 7-10 days when the outside temperature runs around 80 degrees.  When it gets hotter, as it does during the summer months up to 98 degrees, the Yeti will keep ice for 5-7 days in my experience with their use.”  This seems a reliable time frame for keeping ice and food for a short term period. Also on the Yeti web site at www.yeticoolers.com is a whole list of tips for maximizing ice retention for the Yeti cooler’s full performance.  Most of it is common sense, but if you buy one, heed this advice.  They mention using dry ice, too, but that is likely out of the picture when it comes to a hasty SHTF exit, but maybe not in some cases. Honest Downsides? It is heavy when loaded.  It is strong, but can be damaged if abused.  Frankly, as you will see when you inspect one say the #45, there is really not that much space inside the 2-inch walls of polyurethane construction.  If you buy one, get the Yeti lock up accessory .  Around here a Yeti cooler disappears out of hunter’s trucks as fast as a bag of beef jerky left on the kitchen table at camp.  Like tanning salons or video rental shops, once Yeti exploded on the business scene, many copied products have come out.  Investigate those brands, too.  Cost wise they are all about the same price.  I have yet to ever see Yeti coolers on sale. Conclusion So, are you Yetified yet?  Carrying along some perishable food on a SHTF Bug Out may not seem practical and I fully realize there are issues to deal with.  Still, I think it is a viable option to consider.  In the short haul it gives some welcome fresh food alternatives until you fully dig in.  Then the box can be used for other things.  Good place to store ammunition for example or medical supplies.  Never give up on the options. YETI Tundra 45 Cooler, Desert Tan The YETI Tundra 45 combines versatility with durability with a capacity of up to 26 cans with a... Ice stays ice thanks to up to 3 inches of PermaFrost Insulation and an extra thick FatWall design is... 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Best SIG P229 Holsters: Buyers Guide for 2020

The SIG P229 is an advanced version of the Sig Sauer P226 and was designed intentionally to act as a concealed firearm. A holster not only provides you with a comfortable pouch to carry your handgun, it also protects your firearm from damage, accidental firing, and even theft. Choosing the right holster for your SIG P229 is necessary and there are certain factors you must take into consideration before buying. Here we’ll be talking about why you should buy a decent holster for your SIG P229. We will also review the best SIG P229 holsters on the market to help you with your buying decision. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Sig P229 Holsters OUR TOP PICK: BLACKHAWK! Serpa Sportster Holster 1791 Gunleather Holster For Sig Sauer P229 Comp-Tac International Holster For P229 .40/.357 Rail Leather Shoulder Holster Double Mag Carrier For Sig P229 Safariland 6378 ALS Paddle Holster Comparison of the Best SIG P229 Holsters IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick BLACKHAWK! "Serpa Sportster Holster" Best holster For SIG P229 SERPA automatic locking system produces a click sound upon holstering Polymer design for permanent flaring and features a paddle mount for carrying View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews "1791 Gunleather Holster" For "Sig Sauer P229" Best SIG P229 OWB holster on our list Made from pure steerhide leather for durabilty, lightweight, and comfort Easy to conceal and a versatile fit for use with multiple handguns "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Comp- "Tac International Holster" For P229 .40/.357 Rail Best SIG P229 Kydex holster for easy re-holstering Adjustable cant and modular mounting system with included interchangeable mounts Used OWB and is a great choice for competitions and duty use View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews "Leather Shoulder Holster" Double Mag Carrier For Sig P229 Best SIG P229 shoulder holster for open carry and CCW Premium leather construction for aesthetics, durability, and comfort Horizontal holster with adjustable straps and double magazine pouch View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Safariland 6378 ALS Paddle Holster Best SIG P229 concealed carry holster Automatic locking system offers reliable retention and nylon paddle offers comfort Inner suede lining protects the firearm's finish from marring View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Galco Halo Belt Holster, Sig-Sauer P229 With Weapon Light Best SIG P229 holster compatible with mounted laser/light Durable leather construction with a slim profile and high ride height Vertical orientataion for quick and fumble-free draw in strenous situations View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Why Did These Holsters Make Our List? We did not choose these holsters by complete random. We managed to look carefully at every holster we could find and examined them based on some aspects that should be factored into a customer’s buying decision. It is important to adopt a similar approach so you are able to find the best holster for your SIG P229 and use it for the long term. Here are a few reasons why these six holsters made our list: Affordability If you are on a budget, then you will certainly want a holster that is not only the best in quality and performance but will be affordable for your budget. None of these holsters are cheap in price (or quality for that matter). Consider how much you are willing to spend on a holster and then find the best holster possible within that budget range. Even if it means spending a bit on the higher end of your budget scale, it’s better than going for cheap and flimsy. Concealability All of these holsters are perfect for concealing your pistol. Some will give you more concealability than others (depending on the design). You certainly won’t have to attract any undue attention or have any bulging because of an oversized pistol or a poorly placed holster. If you are looking for the best concealability possible, one of these six holsters will get the job done. A Comfortable Wear Almost Guaranteed One of the major must-haves for a holster is overall comfort. Even if you are looking for an IWB holster made from materials that won’t negatively interact with sensitive skin. It should also be comfortable to wear if you are sitting down in a vehicle or anywhere else. These holsters will allow for excellent comfort no matter what. Why You Should Invest in a Great Holster for your SIG P229 The SIG P229 is intended to be a concealed carry firearm, besides it is an inevitable norm to carry your handgun in a holster. A holster serves several purposes for your firearm. It helps you in concealing the firearm while you carry it, protects your weapon from dust and dirt, provides quick access, prevents accidental discharge, and prevents theft or loss. There are a few good reasons to invest in a holster for your SIG P229. Let's highlight a few of them: Safety The first and foremost concern is safety. If your holster is stiff or has any loose ends, your trigger might get caught. Resulting in an accidental discharge while you holster your weapon. Concealment Concealed Carry ( Source ) A good holster provides good concealability which gives you an upper hand in self-defense situations. Meanwhile, it also doesn’t offend anyone near you while you move around a public place. Material A holster made up of good material and with a proper fit protects your skin from rashes or bruises and ensures you stay comfortable while you carry your weapon. If you have problems like chronic pain, back pain, finger arthritis, or any other medical condition, or you are a mom carrying your kid in your arms, you should invest in a proper holster that fits your needs perfectly. Quick Take - The Best SIG P229 Holsters These are our recommendations for the best SIG 229 holsters: Blackhawk! Serpa Sportster Holster 1791 Gunleather Holster For Sig Sauer P229 Comp-Tac International Holster For P229 .40/.357 Rail Review of the Best SIG P229 Holsters The following is a list of the six best SIG P229 holsters currently the most popular on the market. As you go through each one, it’s important that you find a holster that will match your ideal description of your dream holster. One of these six might be what you are looking for. So make a note of the features and characteristics of each holster. That way, you can find one that is close enough. Now, let’s take a look at the first SIG P229 Holster on the list: Based upon the above-mentioned aspects and features, we have sorted out some of the best SIG P229 holsters on the market. These holsters feature different designs and materials, but all of them are the best in their class. Perhaps this list does contain the holster of your choice, thus helping you with your purchase. Best Holster For SIG P229: BLACKHAWK! Serpa Sportster Holster CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Lightweight Inexpensive SERPA Lock Technology Accommodates P229 with rails Compatible with different platforms Paddle can be replaced with a belt slide Cons Might produce a very low rattling sound People with long fingers might find it not ideal What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new users were really happy with this holster. It was able to hold a lot of SIG P229 pistols in place without allowing any kind of wiggle room or slippage. They were able to strap this on their tactical belts and waistbands easily and the holster remained in place. One user said this pistol fit the holster like a glove and helped him quickly draw his pistol without any snagging. Why it Stands Out to Us This holster is made from a high-quality polymer that allows excellent security and protection for your SIG P229 pistol. It’s impervious to damage and keeps itself lightweight despite carrying a fully-loaded SIG P229. On top of that, it’s an OWB design that gives you a great deal of concealability so you won’t have to deal with any undue attention just for the sake of carrying a pistol. In short, it’s a well constructed, reliable holster that will make sure that you have your SIG P229 at all times no matter where you are. The Blackhawk Serpa Sportster Holster is probably the best holster for your SIG P229. The holster features an OWB (outside-the-waistband) design and can also act concealed if you tuck-out your t-shirt or shirt, or wear a suit. This holster has been made using injection molded polymer which keeps it lightweight. The SERPA-lock technology facilitates quick and safe draw and retention of your weapon. It fits Shoulder, S.T.R.I.K.E., Quick Disconnect, and Tactical Holster Platforms. The L-shaped button is optimized for security and performance, so the weapon draws easily. People with long fingers will have to resist the temptation to press the L-button with their fingertip as they will end up with their finger pressing onto the trigger. The holster is of good quality and has been priced decently. Who Will Use This Most This will be an excellent holster for those who are practicing concealed carry. If you need a holster that will prepare you for any dangerous situations that may threaten your life or property, you’ll want something that is hardcore in quality and allows for quick, snag-free drawing. This holster is one of the best in the business for so many reasons. So why not get the best of the best when it comes to a holster for your SIG P229? Bottom Line The Blackhawk Serpa Sportster Holster might be one of the best in quality and reliability. And it’s rightfully deserving one getting the top spot on the list of best SIG P229 holsters. If you want something that is lightweight and won’t bog you down while you are carrying a fully-loaded pistol along with excellent concealability, this holster might be the no-brainer decision for you. The Blackhawk Sportster Holster is a lightweight, secure and easy to use a holster for your SIG P229. It is compatible with different mounting platforms and is quite inexpensive. The polymer body is lightweight and won’t be a burden on your waist. Perfect for civilian use and daily carry. Best SIG P229 IWB Holster: 1791 Gunleather Holster For Sig Sauer P229 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Lifetime warranty 100% leather body Fits many handguns Easy to conceal and carry Cons Interior not lined No Retention mechanism for tightening What "Recent Buyers Report" Most of the new users were quite satisfied with the leather material that allowed for excellent durability. Not only did it feel nice and smooth, but it also allowed for superior comfort for most users. Most of the SIG P229 pistols were able to fit quite nicely with this holster and had no wiggle room to deal with. He also added that he was able to conceal his pistol to a point where it was not visible to anyone in his surrounding area. Why it Stands Out to Us This is a holster made of leather. Aside from Kydex and polymer, leather is proven to be one of the toughest materials to handle the duties of everyday carry. On top of that, it’s an OWB design that allows for quick drawing and lightweight carrying and storage. Whether it’s for concealed carry or something to use when you are not using your pistol at the range, this holster does a pretty good job of making sure your P229 is stored nicely and won’t slip out. The IWB holster has been made using 100% Native American Steerhide leather which is reinforced and double stitched to provide exceptional quality and comfort. The holster can be used with a leather belt making it easy to conceal and carry. The hand-molded exterior of the holster provides secure retention for your SIG P229 at all times. Apart from all this, the holster is covered by a lifetime warranty so you can rest assured about the quality of this product. Who Will "Use This Most" This will be perfect for regular concealed carry practitioners. But we also see this as a good holster of choice for those who are in military or law enforcement occupations. Either way, it’s built for the high-stress situations. If you want to be prepared for the dangers that may warrant the use of a pistol, this holster might be one of your favorites to choose from. The leather holster has an excellent feel and provides a solid hold for your SIG P229 pistol. Bottom Line The 1791 Gunleather OWB Gun Holster is one of the best-constructed holsters that will not only provide a comfortable fit but also allows for excellent concealed carry for P229 users. If you want a holster that is just as reliable as your pistol, then you might find this one to be a lot more appealing than some of the not-so-great holsters you might have already come across. The SIG P229 IWB Holster features a 100% leather design which makes it very comfortable and soft on your weapon. The holster features a simple design, but lacks advanced features like retention adjustment or draw-lock, which is a setback. It is good for people who love simple, old-fashioned holsters. Best SIG P229 Kydex Holster: Comp-Tac International Holster For P229 .40/.357 Rail CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Different cant options Fast-draw quick-release Modular mounting system Lightweight Kydex Material Accommodates handguns with sights Cons Not configured for ambidextrous use What Recent Buyers Report Most new users were satisfied with the holster. A good number of them were even left-handed shooters that have purchased the orientation that was perfect for quick drawing. One of those left-handed users said that he no longer felt like it was awkward to draw a pistol just by accessing it from the opposite side of him. Now that he has a holster that works for left-handed users, his drawing time was quicker than ever. Most new users were happy with the attachment of the holster and said that it kept itself in place and didn’t move around when attached to waistbands or belts. Why it Stands Out to Us This holster is made from Kydex, a material that has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years. It’s super-sturdy and proves that it can hang with nylon, polymer, and leather. So if durability is one of your “make or break” attributes, you’re going to be quite happy with this holster. It’s a holster that is available in both right-hand or left-hand orientation, making it easier to use for those who use their dominant hand for shooting. It’s another OWB holster that allows for easy carrying and superior concealability like nothing else. And if you cover it with your shirt, you won’t get any unsightly bulges that can occur (which means fewer people giving you questionable looks about what exactly you are carrying). The Comp-Tac International Holster is a Kydex material holster, intended to be used for tactical purposes. The holster has an OWB (Outside-the-Waistband) design and a modular mounting system with interchangeable mounts and adjustable cants. This Kydex holster is lightweight and perfect for tactical and range use. It is available with three different cant options, the speed draw (straight drop), the FBI cant (grip angle forward), and the reverse/cross draw (grip angle rearward). This model also has other variants which suit other models of the P229 like .40 Rail, .40 Elite, 9mm Elite, and 9mm Rail. Who Will Use This Most This will be a great holster for those that utilize their P229 for competition purposes. Yes, you’ll need to carry your pistol in the holster while at the range when the pistol isn’t in use (which is pretty much the #1 rule). But it can also be used as a regular EDC carry holster that you can use just in case you have to use it for the purpose of self-defense. It’s a holster that keeps the pistol in place without any slippage or wiggling around. Bottom Line The Comp-Tac International is one of a handful of OWB holsters that allows excellent concealability and will be great for competitive shooters that want quick drawing and intend to keep an edge on the competition. It’s hardcore in quality and will certainly make sure you are ready for any application that warrants the use of your pistol. The Kydex Tac Holster is good for tactical applications and features several advanced mechanisms to facilitate quick draw and safe retention. Different variants of this holster are also available for different P229 models. The holster is perfectly fit for the P229, except for some minor adjustments you have to make when switching the side (right to left or vice versa). Best SIG P229 Shoulder Holster: Leather Shoulder Holster Double Mag Carrier For Sig P229 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros High concealment Adjustable harness length Can be attached to the belt Comfortable leather material Carrying space for two magazines Cons Might wobble as you move Cannot hold P229 with sights or rails Might increase sweating in hot weather What Recent Buyers Report Most new users were looking for a holster that was required for some professional security jobs and even for cold weather concealability. They were really impressed with the overall quality of the holster and the comfortable wear that is provided. Many of the new users were able to make quick adjustments to fit their frames. This holster was able to fit most sizes without any looseness or tightness. Why It Stands Out To Us A shoulder holster might be one of the best holsters you can own for concealed carry purposes. The holster itself is made from high-quality leather and provides excellent comfort for those who wear it. If you are a security guard that needs to stay armed but want to keep it as concealed as possible, this might be the one holster you want to go with. Keep in mind, most assailants will, in all likelihood, check whether a security officer is armed before causing trouble. But they will be surprised when they find out that you have been carrying a pistol in the most unlikely of places. If you are a fan of the element of surprise, this might be the go-to choice for you. This leather shoulder holster from MASC has been made using premium leather, which provides an elegant look, along with comfort and durability. The leather holster has been stitched from the inside which also protects your handgun. This holster is compatible with all models of the SIG P-range. The shoulder holster setup has an adjustable harness length which makes it suitable for long, as well as short people. The other end of the holster has a double magazine holder. Both the holster and the magazine holder ends can be attached to the waist belt for comfortable carrying. The holster sits horizontal and this shoulder holster provides high concealment for your weapon. Who Would Use This Most? This will obviously be one of the holsters for security personnel who want to wear something that provides excellent concealability and will fool even the most incompetent of potential assailants. It’s also great for those who not only want to provide an element of surprise in a dangerous situation or if they want to carry a pistol when the weather gets colder. Either way, this holster will certainly be the perfect fit for you. Bottom Line The Leather Shoulder Holster by MASC is hands-down one of the best non-hip holsters you can find anywhere on the market. This will take concealed carry to a completely different level and will make you more prepared to strike if and when you are in danger. Whether you are wearing a jacket casually or if your job needs it, this holster will certainly be your best friend in any concealed carry situation. This Shoulder Holster allows you to carry a couple of extra magazines, which is obviously a plus point. The holster can be easily worn over the shoulder and provides concealment if you are wearing a suit or jacket. Otherwise, it doesn’t. The harness is adjustable, making it suitable for people of all heights. The premium leather offers an elegant look, so it is good if you want to show off. It is good for people who want to carry some extra ammo without effort. Best SIG P229 Concealed Carry Holster: Safariland 6378 Als Concealment Paddle Holster For Sig Sauer P229 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Automatic locking system Well-made holster with stitched inner Ergonomic paddle and adjustable belt slide Cons Not compatible with rails Different models of P229 manufactured before and after 2008 What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new users were in search of a holster that would not only benefit right-handed users, but also left-handed users as well. Most left-handed users rejoiced at the fact that this holster was easier for them to draw and replace. One user said he felt quite prepared to use his holster for the purpose of EDC carry and had just wrapped up a CCW course. He also added that the fit was comfortable and was able to stay in place once attached to his tactical belt. Why it Stands Out to Us This paddle holster might look a little large in size. But make no mistake about it, it provides excellent comfort and security for many users. And not to mention, it’s probably one of the more ergonomically friendly holsters on the market. So if comfort is what you are looking for, this might be the holster that will work in your favor. The holster is made with a special laminate with a suede lining. In plain English, it’s made from a material that allows for smooth, quick drawing. Your pistol won’t get caught up in the holster, thus it won’t snag on you. The last thing you need in a life and death situation is a pistol that snags in the holster. This holster features a thermal-molded polymer construction with an inner suede lining to protect your weapon from scratches and damage. The holster features an ergonomic soft nylon paddle and an optional fully-adjustable belt slide. The holster features an ALS (Automatic Locking System) which requires you to use the thumb while drawing the handgun. The holster sits low on the waistline and tight towards the body. Who Will Use This Most If comfort and security are important to you when it comes to concealed carry holsters, then you’re absolutely going to love this one. It’s perfect for most pistols including the SIG P229. So if you are looking for the perfect holster that will be used for EDC purposes or for safekeeping at the range when it’s not in use, then you may want to give this holster a try. Bottom Line If you need a holster that will give you excellent concealability and superior comfort, this is the one you’ll love the most. The Safariland Paddle and Belt Slide Holster is the real deal when it comes to concealed carry. And it’s a great holster to keep the pistol safe when you’re not using it (i.e.--between competition rounds). No matter what you use your SIG P229 holster for, you will have a holster you can rely on for the long-term. The Safariland Holster is a nice and compact holster with an automatic locking system. Making it perfect for everyday carry and range use. The holster fits the P229 perfectly and can be easily attached to your belt. Best SIG P229 Holster With Light: Galco "Halo Belt Holster" , Sig-Sauer "P229 With Weapon" Light CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros High concealment Perfect for the SIG P229 Leather body makes it comfortable Can accommodate a P229 with light Cons Cannot be modified into a paddle Single belt loop makes it a bit unstable What Recent Buyers Report Most new users had already equipped their P229 pistols with accessories like sights and flashlights and needed a holster that could fit without detaching any of them. This was the only holster they could find to fit that purpose. They were able to fit their pistols with this holster easily and quickly draw them out without damaging the holster or any of the accessories falling out of place. One user was even speechless when he found there was no bulging while the pistol was stored in the holster itself. Why it Stands Out to Us A lot of concealed carry users and those who use a pistol for tactical purposes will always have their pistols customized to their advantage, especially when moving around dark corners and blind spots. So if you are looking for a holster that can handle a fully customized pistol without having to detach each accessory (which is a waste of time anyway), this holster can handle them. Even better, the holster won’t cause any snagging and will allow for quick drawing. The Galco Halo Belt Holster is a leather holster with a thumb strap to secure your gun in place. The holster is very well made and intended to accommodate P229 with tactical lights attached. The holster is perfect if you use your handgun mostly at night. Vertical orientation allows a smooth draw without cocking the wrist. This holster is very compact to conceal and fits belts up to 1 ¾” wide. Who Will Use This Most If you are in law enforcement, security, the military, or are a civilian that has a P229 that is fully customized for the purpose of accurate shooting and navigating through dark corners in potential home defense situations, this is the one for you. When SHTF, you need a holster you can carry with you every single day so your P229 pistol is ready to go at all times. It may not be used on a daily basis, but don’t let that be an excuse as to why you don’t need it. Bottom Line The Galco Halo Belt Holster is great for tactical and self-defense users that rely on a P229 pistol for such purposes. You won’t have to deal with the frustration of trying to fit a fully customized pistol into a holster when you have something that is perfectly designed to fit them. It’s a sturdy and reliable holster that will be a tactical user’s best friend and will handle high-stress situations better than most. The Galco Holster is a compact, leather-made holster which is quite comfortable and high on concealment. The holster can fit a P229 with tactical lights already attached. So it is good for people who like to use their weapon more at night. Aspects to Keep in Mind While Choosing a Holster for your SIG P229 There are a few aspects you must keep in mind before choosing a holster for your SIG P229. These factors are related to comfort, function, retention, type of holster, concealability, and several others. Let's take a look at them one by one: Proper Concealment Your SIG P229 holster should provide proper concealment to your weapon. There are different types of holsters available in the market. Source Some popular types include: IWB (Inside-the-Waistband), OWB (Outside-the- Waistband), belly band, ankle, shoulder, and others. Choose a holster which provides proper concealment to your SIG P229. It will give you an upper hand in self-defense situations and will also not offend people near you. Material, Fit, and Comfort Holsters are generally available in three different types of materials: leather, nylon, and Kydex. While leather may be the better option, Kydex and nylon are comparatively less expensive. Your holster must fit comfortably with your body and different postures. Make sure to assess any physical ailments, or other preferential factors before choosing one. Friction and Retention A good holster must be easy and quick to slide your Sig P229 in and out of. Additionally, it should hold your weapon snugly without wobbling. Some holsters have screws to help fit the handgun size, whereas others have stretchable designs and locks. Additionally, the holster should be easy to reach and should enable quick drawing of your weapon. Conclusion A good holster ensures not only the bearer's safety but also the safety of nearby people. A good holster must be easy to conceal, have a good grip, should offer protection to the weapon, and must be comfortable. Retention locks and other advanced mechanisms help with the functionality of the holster. There are holsters with different types of designs available on the market, so it ends up being a matter of personal discretion which type to buy.

Kalashnikov USA and Palmetto State Armory to Clash Over AK-103 Clones

If I were Kalashnikov USA, I would be pretty upset about now. Kalashnikov USA recently announced the introduction of a Ak-103 clone under the Kalashnikov banner… and then comes Palmetto State Armory to suprise no one with a budget friendly Ak-103 clone ONE DAY LATER. The difference here is that Palmetto’s version comes in four configurations starting at $599 MSRP  for a basic PSA AK to a $899 Premium version with a folding triangle stock, FN Cold hammer forged barrel, etc… That’s going to smart when the Kalashnikov USA’s AK-103 starts at MSRP $1089. Which will be a better product? That’s a tough call, but PSA has so much manufacturing momentum I think it would be hard for any other company to out-produce or out-price them… even with premium vs premium models. Both setups look pretty damn good, but until they are in shooters hands it will be hard to say which will give you more for your hard-earned dollar. When there is competition, the consumer wins. Read more about the PSA 103 at "Palmetto State Armory" Here . Read more about the Kalashnikov USA at Military Times here . Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

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