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If you or someone you care about is an AR-15 geek like I am, here are 10 affordable gift ideas I came up with to place a smile on any AR-15 lover’s face this holiday season: 1. Magpul MOE+ Grip – I own all of the different Magpul AR-15 grips currently available and the MOE+ is my favorite. It has a semi-soft rubber coating which is unlike any of the other grips available from Magpul.

10 Affordable Gift Ideas for the AR-15 Lover

10 Affordable Gift Ideas for the AR-15 LoverIf you or someone you care about is an AR-15 geek like I am, here are 10 affordable gift ideas I came up with to place a smile on any AR-15 lover’s face this holiday season: 1. Magpul MOE+ Grip – I own all of the different Magpul AR-15 grips currently available and the MOE+ is my favorite. It has a semi-soft rubber coating which is unlike any of the other grips available from Magpul. It also has the capability of storing small items inside of it too. 2. Otis Brass Scraper Set – This cleaning accessory kit is designed specifically for the AR-15 platform and I have found many of the attachments helpful when cleaning my AR-15. 3. Hoppe’s .223 Bore Snake – I typically do not use cleaning rods with my AR-15 and I feel that this bore snake cleans my bore just fine. Plus, it is compact and flexible so when storing it in a range bag, it does not take up much room and can be literally stuffed into a pocket. 4. Tactical Link EBAL – I have used a variety of “ambidextrous bolt releasing levers” including the Magpul BAD Lever and the Troy Ind. Ambidextrous Bolt Release. The Tactical Link Enhanced Battery Assist Lever is the only one I have used that meets my high standards concerning the finish, function, attachment point strength and of course aesthetics. 5. Battle Arms Development Ambidextrous Safety Selector (BAD-ASS) – This safety selector (or the 45 degree ‘short throw’ version which I did a review on here ) will be in each of the AR-15’s I ever own. Not only is it ambidextrous and able to be used from either side of the rifle, but I feel it operates smoother than any mil-spec selector I have used. Having the ability to change out the different sized and shaped levers that "Battle Arms Development" offers gives me the opportunity to personalize my AR-15 even more. 6. Battle Arms Development Enhanced Pin Set (BAD-EPS) – These upgraded and enhanced pins are an inexpensive upgrade to anyone’s AR-15. They allow for easier field stripping without the need for tools. This is especially proves true when wearing gloves in the cold weather during this time of year. If you want to learn more about the BAD-EPS, be sure to read my full review here . 7. Raptor Charging Handle – There are a few ambidextrous charging handles available on the market, but the Raptor is the only one that I have chosen to use. The main reason is because of its small profile that is almost the same size of a typical mil-spec charging handle. There are no levers sticking out to get hung up or snagged on anything and because it is ambidextrous, it makes operating and clearing malfunctions on my AR-15 quicker and easier. 8. Howard Leight Electronic Ear Muffs – These electronic muffs offer great hearing protection without making it difficult to hear what is going on around me. They also have a low profile that I find does not interfere with the stock on my AR-15 like other ear muff style hearing protection does. 9. TekMat AR-15 Cleaning Mat – I have been using TekMats for a number of years now and am very pleased with them. They have the ability to be washed after a really dirty cleaning session and have a labeled exploded view of the AR-15. 10. AimPoint PRO – It may not necessarily seem affordable, but as far as optics go, I don’t think you can do much better for the price. I have been using mine for several months now and could not be happier with its performance. The glass has great clarity, turning it on and quickly adjusting the brightness is almost fool proof and my battery shows no signs of dying anytime soon. I personally guarantee that an AimPoint PRO will be immediately accompanied by a smile upon opening it as a gift this holiday season. Share with me, what items do you think would make great gifts for an AR-15 owner this holiday season?

Firearm History: If This Gun Could Talk

Firearm History: If This Gun Could Talk

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All the cops, bristling with rifles, pistols and teargas guns, were hunkered down behind their patrol cars outside. Ranger M. calmly walked up to the porch and called inside to the suspect, telling him to put down his gun and come out with his hands up. The suspect called back with words to the effect that, if the Ranger wanted him, he was welcome to come in and get him. So he did. Ranger M. walked into the house, grabbed the culprit by the scruff of his neck, gave him a few whacks with the Model 29, dragged him out the door and handed him over to the local police. And then he went on about the rest of his work day. A tear gas billy club and the engraved Colt Model P revolver with personalized grips of Texas Ranger “Doc” White. The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, overlooking the banks of the Brazos River in Waco, Texas, still has that particular Smith & Wesson on display, along with hundreds of other guns and various equipment that officers carried during the famous law enforcement agency’s 191 years of existence. If those guns could talk, every one could tell stories of bravery, honor and adventure akin to the citation describing Ranger M.’s tale of unusual enforcement of the law. The first time I saw the Model 29 in question, my friend had taken me to visit the museum, but first he said he wanted to show me a tractor he was working on. We drove to a small farm near Waco, looked at the tractor in the barn and visited with the owner, a friendly, ordinary-looking, retired gentleman. Related GunDigest Articles Gun Digest's Top 10 Gun Collecting Articles The Many Variables of Firearm Values Photo Gallery: 14 Amazing Engraved Guns of Gun Digest 2015 Arriving at the museum, my friend pointed out the Model 29 in the display case, and told me to read the citation. When I had, he asked me what I thought. I said the fellow who had carried that gun must have been quite the hombre in his day. My friend said, “He was. That’s the man you met a while ago. He owns the place where my tractor is.” In an age when America has been sissified and civilized and watered down almost beyond recognition, it’s good to know there are still brave men who aren’t afraid to do what it takes to get the job done. Most of the time they look like regular, ordinary folk, but when the time comes to make a stand, they step out and put themselves in harm’s way for the rest of us. To paraphrase John Wayne, they may be scared, but they saddle up anyway. The guns carried by such men are similar to the men themselves. They’re not wimpy, delicate or fragile. They are tools, designed to fit a specific need and to hold up well under abuse and still function. They’re usually the best of their kind available during the times they’re employed, and are retired and replaced only when a better tool comes along for the job at hand. Their stories would fill libraries the world over, if written down. The guns in the Texas Ranger Museum are some of the lucky few. Having seen their service, they’ve been offered a respite from their labors. Others, particularly surplus military guns, are often subjected to less auspicious fates. But their stories, if known, might be just as interesting. Firearm History At The Local Gun Shop A pair of .45 Colt Commanders with personalized grips. The line of old Mausers had seen better days. There were about 20 of them in a rack at my local gun shop, in various stages of decay and neglect. Picked up en masse for a song, or even a verse or two, the price tags attested to the fact that these guns were no longer the proud warriors they’d once been. Any one of them was available for $125, as is, no guarantees, no sad songs and no returns. Enjoying a Saturday morning at the shop with four friends, I made the owner a pitch—how about $75 apiece, provided all five of us bought one. The haggling settled at $100 each, with 100 rounds of 8-millimeter surplus ammo thrown in with each rifle. We all agreed and proceeded to coon-finger the guns, inspect bores and rub already well-rubbed stocks. One gent amused the rest by shouldering his choice and goose-stepping out the door.

Best Concealed Carry Holsters [2020 Hands-On Tested]

Best Concealed Carry Holsters [2020 Hands-On Tested]

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s What’s the best holster for the money? EMP, Alien Gear Holster After buying your gun…deciding on which holster you’re going to buy is one of the most important decisions you can make. There are a lot of different kinds and styles of holsters on the market right now.  Sadly, many of them are not ideal for concealed carry. Lots of Holsters, Boondock Saints But no worries…we’ll clear up what makes a good holster, the types of carrying (inside waistband, ankle, etc), and personal recommendations for each type. Complete with tons of hands-on pics, videos, and even standalone reviews. Best Concealed Carry Holsters Best IWB (Hybrid): Hidden Hybrid Holsters Best IWB (Value): Concealment Express Best IWB (Kydex): Tenicor Best IWB (Unique): Urban Carry G3 Best OWB: Alien Gear Cloak Mod Best Bellyband: Crossbreed Belly Band Best Ankle: Sticky Holster Best Shoulder: Galco Best Gun Belt: Relentless CCW *UPDATED* 2019: More holsters and personal experiences…and videos ! Table of Contents Loading... Why Have a Good Holster? Let’s think about some of the things the holster is supposed to do: Protect and hold the firearm. Prevent discharge. Provide quick access. Prevent theft or loss. So, maybe instead of the original question, we should ask things like: What goes into a great concealed carry holster? First and foremost is the concept of safety.  You’ve likely heard the safety rules by now, but in case you haven’t, here they are: Treat every weapon like it’s loaded. Don’t point your gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy. Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire. Know your target and what’s beyond it. They’re all particularly important but for right now, let’s concentrate solely on number three…k eep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire. Good Trigger Discipline Glock 17 I want to expand on it even more and say that nothing should touch the trigger, to include clothing or any part of the holster itself.  Your trigger could get caught, pulled, and cause a discharge. That’s a bad oopsie… Trust me when I say the last thing you’re ever going to want is for your gun to go off unintentionally.  And, guns have gone off when being holstered because something got caught and pulled the trigger. Therefore, it is super important that you learn how to safely re-holster your handgun to make certain you know how to do it.   And take your time…believe it or not…nobody has ever won a gunfight by speed-holstering. The bottom line is to always make sure your gun’s path is clear of any foreign objects (including your own finger) before you put your gun in its holster. What Makes a Great Concealed Carry Holster? As I stated earlier, there are a lot of different kinds and styles on the market.  But a lot of them are not ideal for concealed carry because they are dangerous. When you pick out a holster, make sure it has the following: Total trigger coverage Sturdy material Good retention Good concealability Handgun protection Skin/body protection Positive grip Let’s take a closer look at these requirements… Trigger and Material There are a lot of holsters on the market where the trigger is not covered or is covered by a flimsy material. So that you’re as safe as possible, it’s best to have a holster that is made of a sturdy material that covers the trigger.  You want to do all you can to prevent the possibility of a discharge. A good example of a sturdy material could be Kydex or leather. Both do an excellent job of protecting the trigger. Kydex Sheets Kydex is basically nothing more than a polymer composite material formed to the shape of your gun with a bunch of properties that help it do its job. Some holsters will have both materials in the form of a Kydex shell on top of a leather backing. Glock 19 with TLR-1 in "Hidden Hybrid Holster" There are countless companies making good-quality holsters out of this material.  You can’t go wrong here. Good Retention Another way of saying retention is that your gun needs to “stay put.” A good test…if you stick your gun in your holster, and turn it upside down, will it fall out? If it comes out, the retention of it needs to be adjusted (usually via a screw) or you need a different method of carrying. It needs to be strong enough that it keeps your firearm in place until you tug it out on purpose. Concealability Unless you’re carrying openly, you’ll want your firearm in a discreet position where it cannot be seen. IWB , or Inside the WaistBand , holsters offer a better level of concealment than does OWB , otherwise known as Outside the WaistBand (more on this in a minute). And, as far as IWB holsters are concerned, generally speaking, appendix IWB offers the most concealment. Think of appendix carry as starting directly in front of your belly button and ending on your pelvic bone. Appendix Carry, HHH with EMP Keep in mind, it depends on body type, and my body is different than yours.  What conceals better for me, may not be a good option for you. The best thing to do is to play around with it a bit, to find a balance between comfort and concealment. Protection Your holster needs to protect you and your gun. Some of the harder materials can cause rub marks on its finish over time, so keep that in mind too. Tenicor Velo Holster with G19 At the same time, some of the stiffer holsters may rub your skin the wrong way.  While not generally that big of a deal…if it isn’t comfortable , would you carry it every day? As a bonus while on this topic, holsters can also damage clothing and furniture if you choose the wrong type. I’ve used metal clips on holsters before that eventually wore holes into my shirts.  Plastic clips, while not as strong, do their job quite well and are gentler on clothing than their metal counterparts. Grip This is very important . If your holster doesn’t afford you the ability to have a FULL combat grip on your gun when it is drawn, you need a different holster.  Meaning you’ve got a high grip, can deactivate safeties and can shoot one-handed. Full Grip on G19 with "Hidden Hybrid Holsters" You should be able to draw and fire, from any position, to include directly off-body if an attacker is on top of you.  I’d even suggest a holster/position where you can reach with your weak hand as well. Again, because it bears repeating…if your holster doesn’t allow a full combat grip, get a new one. Different Types of Holsters There are a few different types of holsters out there for men and women: IWB OWB Belly Band Ankle Shoulder Those designed specifically for women, which I know nothing about…but good thing one of our writers does . Let’s tackle each of these, along with their benefits. IWB Aliengear Cloak Tuck 3.0 with XD Mod 2 Otherwise known as Inside the Waist Band , these holsters are great for concealing a gun. They go in between your pants and your underwear and they are excellent because they keep the gun so very close to your body. "Alien Gear Holster" Because it is so close to you, people won’t notice it as much as some of the other options on this list.  They also don’t “print” as much as some of the others do. Printing is when the outline of the firearm/holster can be seen on the shirt. This is bad because the point of carrying a concealed gun is to hide the fact that it’s there. Seated with Alien Gear One of the drawbacks to carrying like this is that it’s harder to get that positive combat grip from the draw. It’s possible, but you’ll have to practice that much more to get it right. There’s a couple different types of IWB but we’ll get to that in the actual holster section! OWB OWB, or Outside the Waist Band is when the gun/holster rests on the outside of your pants. OWB Holster It is usually anchored to you by the belt, though some of them may attach differently. It’s obviously not very covert unless you’re wearing a jacket. However, it is a very comfortable method of carrying because there generally isn’t anything poking you in the side. Finally, it affords a better grip on the draw because it sits further off the skin allowing you to get your entire hand on it in the right position. Belly Band Holsters These are pretty self-explanatory…it’s a band that goes around your belly.  For those times when you’re not wearing a belt… Brave Response "Belly Band Holster" Make sure to choose one that completely covers the trigger and remember that you might get a little sweaty under there. Shoulder Shoulder holsters generally wrap around the shoulder.  The part that actually holds the gun usually sits on your support side’s rib cage. 007 Shoulder Holster The support side is the hand that you don’t squeeze the trigger with.  It helps to stabilize, or support, the strong hand. The strong hand is the one you do squeeze the trigger with. Shoulder Holster Back This method of carrying a concealed gun is great for people who wear a jacket and is also commonly employed by undercover and off-duty police officers. But it’s not all looking cool… The guns tend to fall out much more likely than other holsters You’re muzzling the person behind you When you unholster it’s easy to sweep a couple people in front of you too Your shirts will get gross sweat marks from the holster When you take off your jacket the gun is no longer concealed Ankle This method of carrying a concealed gun is great for deep concealment, or for times when a backup gun is needed. In this case, there is no printing unless you’re wearing tight pants. Nobody will know you’ve got a gun on you unless you pull your pant leg up and show them. Ankle Holster from Uncle Mike The drawbacks to this method, are that your gun can be hard to get to, and it can be uncomfortable to the point that it can pull your leg hair out and rub your skin unless you wrap it around a boot. Without any further ado, let’s get to some specific examples! Best IWB Holsters I’m a fan of “hybrid” holsters for IWB where the gun shell is Kydex and the backer is either something synthetic or leather.  Here’s a few of my favorites. But don’t worry…we’ll go into pure kydex IWB holsters too! Alien Gear The "Alien Gear Cloak" Tuck 3.5 ($45) is a great IWB holster for the money. "Aliengear Cloak Tuck" with XD Mod 2 (Old 3.0 Model) The lifetime warranty plus 30-day no questions asked trial period can’t be beaten. Plus, they are comfortable with a neoprene-like backing. Alien Gear Holsters, Back Check out our full review where the holster survived months of use and a multi-day CCW course. ITTS Tactical CCW Course with Alien Gear In my opinion, a great starter holster! Best Value (IWB) Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 51 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 51 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing And now with some video from John: Crossbreed Holsters The Crossbreed Supertuck Deluxe was previously our Editor Eric’s favorite since it’s comfy with the leather backing (don’t worry it comes in black too) and allows for a full grip. Crossbreed Holsters with G17 (SuperTuck), G19 (SuperTuck), G26 (Appendix) Since it’s pretty large it’s used best for a 4-5 o’clock location. The combat cut is slightly less comfy since the grip is more exposed, but it’s what I prefer since I get a nice “high” draw where the web of my hand perfectly meets the beavertail of the pistol. Crossbreed Combat Cut Here’s the leather backing: Crossbreed Holsters, Leather Back And for smaller guns that you plan on appendix carrying …yea they have those too. Crossbreed Appendix Holster with G26 Here it is in action with a G19 which still fits well. A great hybrid holster from a reputable company! Crossbreed IWB Holsters 68 at Crossbreed Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 68 at Crossbreed Compare prices (2 found) Crossbreed (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Hidden Hybrid Holsters Our editor’s current favorite hybrid holster is from Hidden Hybrid Holsters and here’s our full review . Not a very creative name…but they work! Hidden Hybrid Holsters Assortment They are a small company from OH that uses Amish leather down the road from their shop. Hidden Hybrid Holster, Suede Back, Double Clip The leather they choose and the suede backer make all the difference in comfort. The thickness/rigidity is Goldilocks right…and the suede feels better than raw leather against your skin. I’ve tried out a couple of their options and love their single clip Appendix Carry . EMP in Hidden Hybrid Holster, Appendix , Single Clip Here it is in action during our review of the Springfield EMP . It keeps things hidden… Appendix Carry, EMP, Hidden Hybrid Holster And I’d definitely recommend getting the “claw” attachment which pushes the holster more into your body. Claw Attachment in Action Have something bigger…or a light/laser/RMR? Glock 19 with TLR-1 in Belly Band Holster They got you covered with an option that let’s you go both IWB and OWB (with belt holes). If you’re down with pistol optics for carry…their version completely covers the optic. However, here’s a regular G19 in the 4/5 o’clock position since I don’t like it too chunky. Glock 19 in Belly Band Holsters, Two Clip IT’S HIDDEN, IT’S HYBRID. Exposed G19 in Belly Band Holster Ok one more perk…all the holsters I tried give you a full grip. Full Grip on G19 with Belly Band Holsters They also have mag carriers . Belly Band Holsters, Mag Carriers I’m not huge so the double double-stack mag carrier was just way too big for me.  However the single was perfect and really comfy. Belly Band Holsters Single Mag Carrier And something for the lols…or if you really need to walk tall and carry a big stick… Amazon Prices Accurate, Big Stick Mag Carrier Full review here …but so far Hidden Hybrid has my vote for the comfiest hybrid holster I’ve tested so far. "Amazon Prices Accurate" 69 at Amazon Prices Accurate Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 69 at Amazon Prices Accurate Prices accurate at time of writing What’s your take on HHH? Readers' Ratings 4.93/5 (586) Your Rating? Concealment Express Gets It Done (IWB) Concealment Express Holsters 35 at Concealment Express Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 35 at Concealment Express Compare prices (2 found) Concealment Express (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Looking for something AIWB that’s super light (less than 3 oz) yet effective and still comfortable. Check out Concealment Express in action with a Glock 19. We also did a full review on them and all their styles and attachment options. Concealment Express Attachment Options Tenicor Want the Ferrari of kydex holsters? Check out Tenicor which brings a concept that’s so “why didn’t I think of that” to the table… "Tenicor Velo Holster" with G19 Molding the holster to what a normal human is like at the… groinal triangle (our term, lol). They only have a few models for their Velo above but if you’re packing something popular (Glock, Sig Sauer, or M&P), they’ve got you covered. So is it comfy? You bet…I put on the holster without the clips and wiggled it around until felt very natural.  Then I installed the clips and set the height. Here it is in action before I go into it more: Now the clips…there’s a couple options but I went with the most aggressive hold with the T1 clips. Tenicor T1 Metal Clips They take a little longer to put on since it will snag your belt and pants…but wow they feel they will never come off even in a tussle. Here’s another angle…and you can also see the raised “camming bar” near the top left.  That works like the “claw” in other designs that helps rotate the holster more inwards. Tenicor Metal Clips & Camming Bar There’s two other options like snap buckles for your belt or permanent loops where you thread your belt through.  Less retention but easier to get on/off and won’t scratch stuff as easily. Tenicor Snap Belt Loops Got a light?  They’ve got the Sagax Lux model… Tenicor Sagax Lux Holster G19 and TLR-7 It honestly felt the same in my pants as the regular Velo since it’s not that much bigger.  For now it’s only a G19-sized Glock option with TLR-7, XC1-B, XC2, and APLc lights. Sagax Lux vs Velo Plus it doesn’t use the light for retention so you can use it without one too. Here’s another angle…just a little more material to disappear into your “groinal triangle.” Tenicor Sagax Lux vs Velo For the comfiest appendix carry pure kydex option yet…check out Tenicor . They are definitely at the high-end of the price spectrum with the Velo at almost $80 and the Sagax over $100.  But if you’re a serious appendix carrier who needs comfort and extreme retention…it’s probably worth it. Tenicor Holsters 77 at Tenicor Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 77 at Tenicor Prices accurate at time of writing I’ll have a full review coming up soon! Urban Carry G3 This holster deserves to be in its own category since it melds IWB & OWB…the Urban Carry 3 ($69) offers some distinct advantages over other holsters. It’s the third generation of holster and has a host of upgrades compared to its G2 version…especially in the size/cut department. Urban Carry G2 It allows for carrying with your shirt tucked in…plus even if it prints a little it shows up as something in your pocket.  However, one negative include having to have your belt a little looser since your gun sits underneath. Full review coming soon! Most Unique (IWB) Urban Carry G3 69 at Urban Carry Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 69 at Urban Carry Prices accurate at time of writing Best OWB Holsters Alien Gear Alien Gear Cloak Slide at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Alien Gear (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing The Alien Gear Cloak Slide is my personal pick for an outside the waistband holster.  Reason being…it is very versatile and affordable. Alien Gear Cloak Slide Plus, the 30-day “Test Drive” offer and lifetime warranty is great.  It attaches to a belt by way of two belt loops but has a slightly larger profile due to its leather backer when compared to pure Kydex holsters. Alien Gear Cloak Slide, Back A newer paddle version is the Alien Gear Cloak Mod ($50) where you can easily switch out your holster from pants to dashboard to a table without taking off your belt. Alien Gear Cloak Mod 50 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 50 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Tagua Best Retention (OWB) Tagua Leather OWB Holster 40 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 40 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Optics Planet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing This is a leather constructed holster ($40) that adds the thumb break for added firearm retention.  This draw is a bit different from other holsters because there is an extra step. Tagua Holster It’s a good option, just make sure you practice with it. Tagua Holster, Note the Thumb Break Safariland Editor's Pick (OWB) Safariland OWB Holsters 40 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 40 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Optics Planet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Eric’s favorite no-nonsense OWB holster brand ($40). Safariland Paddle OWB Holster with SP-01 Great for carrying or for competition use.  Tons of models so you’ll be sure to find your pistol, hand, and flashlight combination. Backing allows the use of a paddle or other belt attachment systems (Tek-Lok, etc).  Plus the paddle is well-designed to fit your hips. Safariland Paddle Holster Best Belly Band Holster Brave Response Holster Best Gear Cloak Slide "Brave Response Holster" 70 at Concealed Carry Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 70 at Concealed Carry Compare prices (2 found) Concealed Carry (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing My top choice for a belly band holster is the Brave Response Holster ($70) which is universal for most guns since there’s no hard Kydex shell.  This makes it very comfy too. Brave Response Holster Plus it has the added benefit of having three mag pouches already sewn in.  It might be a little hard to reach them since it is on your strong side, but it’s good to know they are there with you. Crossbreed Holsters "Crossbreed Belly Band" The Crossbreed Belly Band ($70) adds some extra safety with a Kydex gun-specific shell that covers the trigger.  They also have a sewn in magazine/phone/flashlight pouch plus the ability to add in magazine holsters. Best Ankle Holster Sticky Sticky Holsters Anklebiter 37 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 37 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing For that extra deep concealment ($33).  You can even fit an extra mag or knife next to your gun with this adapter. Sticky Ankle Holster Remember to add their holsters which use a rubbery material to stay in place. Best Shoulder Holster Galco Galco Vertical Shoulder Holster 184 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 184 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing For those times ($184) when you’re wearing a suit and tie, but also feel like being prepared. Being like James Bond ain’t cheap though… Best Gun Belt With most of the holsters, you’ll likely get…you’ll need a great gun belt. One that doesn’t scream “look at me” but is sturdy enough to not flex under the weight of a fully loaded gun and even extra mags. My favorite is the Relentless CCW belt ($60) which meets all the requirements and hasn’t failed me yet in one year of standard use. Relentless CCW Belt 60 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 60 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Relentless Tactical (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Or check out my full review of 3 of the top belt brands out there. Best CCW Gun Belts, Thickness Conclusion No matter which method of concealed carry you choose, you need to practice your draw and re-holster often to make sure you master it. As for holsters?  Sometimes it takes trying out a couple to see which one fits and feels the best. Not yet a concealed carry pro?  Check out 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Concealed Carry . And how that you’ve gotten the perfect holster and gun…what happens if you have to use it in a defensive shooting? Check out my review of USCCA’s CCW Insurance which will help you and your family with legal fees and more.  It’s really one of those things you’ll wish you had if things get hairy. So…what holster did you end up getting?

4 Tactical Things from Amazon (That Arent Terrible), Part 2

4 Tactical Things from Amazon (That Arent Terrible), Part 2

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s The night drew in at an unexpected rate. I found myself alone, a glass of whiskey in one hand and a credit card in the other. Outside a mist settle across the moor, and the whiskey settled a mist across my mind. I browsed through a selection of odd and interesting, the weird and fascinating. The scant noise of the Office episode 12, season 6 echoed through the hollow halls of my home. The hypnotizing orange checkmark and teal letters spelling prime held me tight… Revenge of Amazon Group Picture Before I even realized I had already checked out, and those oddities were now mine, and well on the way to my home. The next morning as the mist lifted from mind the memories of these oddities went with them. A mere two days later a box arrived, and I uncovered the mysteries from a dark place known as AMAZON! VSSL Cache Okay, so this isn’t necessarily a gun item, it’s more of a prepper or camping tool than a gun item. Let’s face it though there is a lot of overlap between outdoor activities and guns, so the fine editors of Pew Pew Tactical have allowed me to include it in on this list. VSSL Cache Mainly because I love these things, I like the idea of a purpose built survival cache. VSSL makes these are separate containers and produces several different models filled with mini VSSL tins. These tins contain different survival goods and can range from a shelter and first aid to an all in one spear. The VSSL Cache can come empty, or full of goodies. On Amazon, the number of options is limited so make sure you check out their website too. You can buy a variety of mini tins to fill the VSSL Cache. You can also create your cache and shove it full of all sorts of gear for camping and survival. It’s 9 inches long and 2 inches in diameter. You can squeeze in fire making gear, fishing gear, small medical gear and much more into the VSSL. There is lots of stuff you can squeeze in there to build a small survival cache. So THAT way is north… Since we are a gun page, it could be the most hardcore container for a gun cleaning kit to ever exist. Seriously you could fit anything in here and head into the wild knowing it will be well protected. The cache container is both water and airtight. You could bury this thing, and it would be safe and keep the gear inside good to go. This does make it a handy piece of equipment when fishing or hunting in a rugged environment. You can have the necessary gear you need in a very safe container. You can cache things like maps, batteries, car keys, fire making gear, a knife, etc. You can also fill it full of Skittles, which is one of the best options you can go with really. The VSSL Container cache is a multi-purpose tool. It’s also a flashlight and compass. The front and rear of the cache are threaded, and both sides can be removed. The front portion is a flashlight, and the rear is a reliable little compass. The light can be used separated from the cache and is an all in one unit. VSSL Cache 44 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 44 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing The light throws a big wide flood beam that can be both a flashlight and a lantern inside a tent. The flashlight has a standard constant on and an SOS mode. The compass is a compass, and it works well and isn’t cheap. It’s durable, and I’ve dropped it many times without an issue. The VSSL Caches are a neat idea. Just fill it up with the gear you need to survive and stash it somewhere you can quickly grab it. O.S.T. Operator Survival Tool 2.0 I usually detest the phrase Operator. It’s quite overused, but I’ll let it slide with the "Operator Survival Tool" because it’s handy, affordable, and pretty useful. The OST 2.0 is a three in one tool that is so small it can be contained in the pistol grip or stock storage of a AR 15 with the right furniture. Grips like the Magpul MIAD and stocks like the Bravo B5 SOPMOD offer small storage areas. These storage areas are designed for items like CR 123 batteries, and the OST is intended to be the same size as two CR123 batteries that are stacked on top of each other. The system is self-contained in a small orange capsule that also doubles as a handle. Once everything is packed away, it’s straightforward to store on your weapon, so you are never far from it. Fits nicely! The OST 2.0’s three tools are a fire starting rod, a knife sharpening rod, and a AR 15 carbon scraper. Let’s break these tools down a bit. The fire starting rod is a simple flint rod that can be used to spark a fire. The rod is mall but enough to start a fire more than once. Of course, if you’ve never used one, you might want to take the time to learn how to use a flint or ferrous rod to start a fire. It’s not easy and takes some practice. Because this rod is a little dainty, I do suggest grabbing a cheap ferrous rod and learning from it before chewing through the OST flint. The knife sharpener is a ceramic rod that is also small, but long enough for most EDC pocket knives. Using a rob to sharpen a knife also takes practice, and I am far from mastering this technique myself, but the rod is a handy item to have. The orange container acts as a handle for both tools, and it’s a helluva lot safer and more comfortable to sharpen a knife or start a fire with a handle on your instrument. Both of these tools are small and bigger is often better. However, I can’t shove a full-sized flint or knife sharpener in my AR. The carbon scraper is the star of the show. It can be used to strike and scrape the flint, but it’s also a great cleaning tool. When I was an active duty Marine the best way, I avoided every work in the field was by regularly cleaning my weapon, and the dirtiest part of an AR style weapon is the bolt. OST 2.0 and a BCG This scaper allows you to scrape the carbon off every part of the bolt. This includes the firing pin, the bolt, and the bolt carrier. You can get into every nook and cranny of the heart of your AR with this little scraper. O.S.T. - Operator Survival Tool 25 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 25 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing The OST 2.0 is such an affordable and cool little piece of gear I can’t help but love it. I also can’t believe I didn’t think of it. NC Star Flip Dot An optics from NC Star is undoubtedly going to draw some ire in the comments. Admittedly NC Star is part of a group of companies that are known for producing optics overseas and selling them at rock bottom prices. In the last few years, companies like NC Star, UTG, and Holosun has started making better optics at great prices. These optics are what I consider hobbyist optics. Nc Star Flip Dot down They go on guns that I don’t use for defensive purposes. They work, are fun, but I’m not taking Fallujah with one. They occasionally make something pretty freakin’ awesome, and the NCStar FlipDot appeared to be just that. A folding mini red dot optic designed to low profile tiny enough to fit on a handgun without adding much bulk or size to the gun. NC Star Flip Dot up The Glock MOS changed the gun world by producing a factory optic’s ready handgun that could accommodate a wide variety of different optics. MOS stands Modular Optic’s system, and it allowed the use of over a dozen different optics via a series of different plates. A lot of different optics share different footprints, and the new NC-Star FlipDot is designed to share the footprint of the Trijicon RMR. It attaches to the Glock easy enough and comes with a few different lengths set screws. Some for the MOS which requires longer screws and others for Glocks with milled slides. For Trijicon RMR pattern optics. ADS of Flip Dot The window itself is tiny and thin, but functional. It’s clear with a slight blue tint. The whole draw to this optic is the fact the window folds downwards and locks into place when not in use. This creates a smaller profile and adds less bulk to the gun. To deploy the dot you hit a small switch on the side, and it springs into action. It springs up with some real force and at the same time its turned on and ready to rock and roll. It feels well built, and looks good but how does it work. The best answer I can give is okayish. It’s reliable, and it doesn’t turn off between shots but its not perfect. With my preferred 9mm self-defense ammo, the optic will occasionally lock backward. This is 124-grain +P ammo, and with target ammo in the 115-grain range, it’s perfect. The dot itself isn’t well defined and a bit blurry. It blooms just a bit. The dot is also rough to use at High Noon. Meaning Florida’s bright sun doesn’t like this dot. Inside the house, or an indoor range it’s great. Bring it out during the day, and you’ll have a hard time finding the sight. There is no way, and I think if you could the optic will be a bit better. It’s effortless to zero, and it comes with the tools necessary to zero the optic. The optic’s zero also never drifted. It remained true throughout all testing. I will say the built-in rear sights are a nice touch. There are a small rear sight and a small front sight built into the kit that makes it easy to cowitness in case the dot does die. The sight radius is painfully short, but it does work as a backup. NC Star Flip Dot 90 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 90 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing The Flip Dot can be used on long guns, or guns with Picatinny rails with the use of a Trijicon adapter as well. Is it worth the cost? It’s hard to say. It’s certainly neat, and at less than a hundred bucks it’s hard to hate. It’s not great for defensive shooting but would be neat for a 22 LR pistol you shoot for fun. At this price, it could be used by a shooter looking to experiment with a red dot on their gun at a low cost. I think ultimately with the right place for this optic is on my little S&W 22A pistol for plinking. It’s really neat, and I think a brighter gen 2 model with a locking window would be great for more serious use. As an optic that’s for sale for under a 100 bucks I can’t argue too much with it. QuickStrip 12-Gauge Speed Strips If you’re a revolver fan, you are likely pretty familiar with speed strips. They are a quick method to reload your revolver and organize spare ammo. They are rubber strips with slots to accommodate the rim of a revolver cartridge. 12 "Gauge Speed Strips" They hold ammo in a very convenient and easy to carry manner and make reloading pretty quick. A company called Tuff Strips makes these strips for a variety of different calibers, including 12 gauge shotgun. This is odd since the last 12 gauge revolver we got was the ill-named Street Sweeper which is considered a destructive device anyway. The company advertises them as a handy way to feed your single and double-barreled shotguns, and they aren’t wrong. However, are they needed for a double or single barrel gun? Not really, but as a dedicated shotgun enthusiast, I had an instant idea for these bad boys. Part of the problem with a shotgun is ammo capacity and how slow it is to reload. Side saddles are must-haves for shotguns to top it off and keep it running continually. I’ve become a fan of loading the gun from the saddle and then reloading the saddle from a vest or other kit. Easy! That is where I see these speed strips being handy for shotguns. You feed the side saddle of a semi-auto or pump action shotgun with the strips. In practice, it works to both completely refill a gun’s side saddle or to top it off. The Tuff Strips hold six 12 gauge rounds, but I only use five slots. This gives me a better grip on the strips and makes it easier to break them away and refill the side saddle. With the shells in place, you can easily fit the strips and shells into a standard bandolier style carrier. Best of all, these are also affordable, and these two orange ones are ten bucks for both. The black ones are about 15 bucks for a pair. They are well made and seem to hold up use after use. Loading them is a real pain, but doable. You have to squeeze than rim in with some force. Tuff QuickStrip 12g Speed Strips 10 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 10 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing As a shotgunner, I think they are, and I hope to keep working with them and developing better and better techniques with them. Lost in the Amazon Amazon has some weirdly cool stuff if you know where to look. Every time I look at a gun-related item I always make sure to look at the Products Related to this Item and Customers Also Shopped For tabs. They are often full of gold . I was relieved that nothing was a major disappointment in terms of items and I’m looking forward to the next installment of It Came From Amazon ! The weirder, the better. Check out Part I for some more stuff too. What weird thing from Amazon do you want to be reviewed? Did you get one of the knife bayonets? Let us know in the comments! If you want more awesome gear, take a look at our Editor’s Picks !

The 4 Best Mossberg 500 Stocks – Tactical & Short Reviews 2020 Photo by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command / CC BY The Mossberg 500 shotgun is one of the most popular shotguns not only in the United States but all over the world. The 500 is used for a wide variety of different roles and is highly customizable, and one of the biggest changes you can make is to change the stock. You can customize the stock to your heart’s content, but the user should keep a few features in mind. First off is strength: the 500 is 12 gauge is powerful and it needs a strong stock to absorb the recoil. The top Mossberg 500 stocks should also be simple to install, easy to use, and should fit the shooter. Likewise, some stocks are made for use with body armor and some stocks are not. Keep this in mind and how you’ll be using your stock before you settle on one design or another. Below, you’ll find our recommendations for the 4 best Mossberg 500 stocks for the money. Hogue Stock Mossberg 500 Hogue Hunting Stock Mossberg 500 12 | 20 Gauge Shotgun Stock Price: $65.22 Price as of 08/13/2020 19:39 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. A wide variety of Mossberg 500 stocks are still produced with wood. Wood may be more appealing to the eyes, but when it comes to functionality, polymer is superior. The Hogue polymer stock keeps the basic design of the classic Mossberg 500 stock but is entirely synthetic. The polymer Hogue stock retains the natural intuitive shooting ability of the shotgun, the ease of use, and normal length of pull. The Hogue is lightweight and comfortable on the shoulder. Even when facing the recoil of a 12 gauge load, the Hogue stock’s built-in recoil pad reduces the typical shoulder pain associated with such a powerful load. The polymer material of the stock is better suited against water, humidity, and abrasions than a wood stock. The Hogue stock may be a polymer, but it is extremely durable and quite rigid. The stock features a rigid fiberglass skeleton that can take a beating and keep going. The Hogue polymer stock will last for decades and outlive a wood stock any day. Bar none, it’s one of the best tactical stocks for Mossberg 500 shotguns. Hogue Shotgun stock and forend install Watch this video on YouTube

Best AR-10 Build Kits 2020 Complete Review

Are you looking for the best AR-10 build kit? If so, you’re in the right place. When you’re building an AR-10 from the ground up, you’re going to need a kit that has all the right parts to make your building project a success. To give you an excellent starting point, we’ve taken the liberty of hand-picking five of the best AR-10 build kits. We will review each of these in an effort to help you make the best purchasing decision. In fact, one of the build kits listed below might be yours if a unique feature or two somehow checks off some boxes on your wishlist. Before we get to our list, we’ll talk about what’s included in an AR-10 build kit and what aspects you need to consider before making your final purchase. Comparison Chart of the Best AR-10 Build Kits IMAGE PRODUCT PSA PA-10 Classic Lower Build Kit Magazine Catch Assembly Included Includes Trigger Assembly With Pins and Springs Includes a 6-Stage Buffer Tube for Better Stock Adjustments View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Best Budget Option CMMG Inc MK3 Gunbuilder's Lower Parts .308 Kit Best .308 Build Kit for an AR-10 Includes Buttstock and Buffer Tube Includes All Your Springs, Pins, and Detents "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" What’s in an AR-10 Build Kit? Knowing what’s inside an AR-10 build kit is important. You’ll need the parts that will make your AR-10 rifle as fully functional as possible. Plus, having the necessary parts included is way better than having to track down each and every part separately. And that will mean paying more. With that in mind, here are some of the common parts found in most AR-10 build kits: Upper and Lower Receivers Most of your AR-10 build kits include both an upper and lower receiver. These are essential, along with the parts that come with it. Without one or the other, the rifle will obviously be rendered useless. Your upper receiver will include parts like the barrel , forends, handguards , and other parts. Your lower receiver will most notably include a trigger assembly, magazines (including a mag catch), and other assemblies. If you have both receivers in a kit, then you’re pretty much off to a good start. Source Gas Block Some AR-10 build kits will include complete gas kits. Some won’t. But one thing for sure is that a gas block will almost always be included in AR-10 build kits. Having a gas system that will help propel your rounds and expel them out of your gun is essential. Since you’re using an AR-10 rifle, most gas blocks will be part of a rifle gas system. If your kit does not include a gas tube, don’t fret. You can always buy one separately, even at affordable prices. Barrel This is an essential part of a rifle that will play a huge role in its accuracy. Since you have an upper receiver included, having a barrel will help complete this part of the AR-10. Your barrel twist will also be something worth paying attention to. A certain ratio like 1:7 is a good number to look for if you hold accuracy to a high standard. Since your rifle is handling a rifle gas system, your barrels will probably be no shorter than 16 inches in length. How We Chose These Build Kits We chose these AR-10 build kits based on some of the characteristics we think will best fit you the buyer. These aspects and characteristics should play a role in your final decision purchase, especially if you are a first-time buyer of these kits. Here is a quick list of what to look out for based on people who have bought AR-10 build kits in the past: What’s Included The most important thing to look out for while you’re shopping for an AR-10 build kit is what’s included. Remember, some kits may include most parts you want. Some kits won’t have them. Knowing what’s included in a kit you’re looking at will make the decision easier. So, make a list of what you’ll need as part of your build kit. If it includes parts you already have, you can consider getting the kit anyways should you need any spare parts. PSA Gen2 18" .308 WIN 1:10 Rifle Kit Installation We get it. Not everyone building an AR-10 will have expert gunsmithing skills. Their skills may be novice or intermediate. If you’re somewhere within that range, you should consider looking for a kit that will include “drop-in” parts. Drop-in is a fancy way of saying “easy to install”. Most of the parts included in the kit will take minutes to install. So install one thing in as little time possible and move on to the next task on your list. Material Quality will always trump everything else when you’re looking for gun accessories or kits. That’s because better quality will mean that longevity will be good. For example, some metal parts will usually be made from steel or aluminum, while other parts like magazines, buttstocks , and receivers will be made from polymer. All these materials have been proven to handle all kinds of damage like weather, abuse, cleaning oils and solvents, and so much more. Having an AR-10 rifle that is tough from the inside out will give you the likelihood of using a rifle that will be reliable for years to come. Quick Take - The Best AR-10 Build Kits These are our recommendations for the best AR-10 build kits: PSA PA-10 "Classic Lower Build" Kit CMMG Inc MK3 Gunbuilder's Lower Parts .308 Kit Review of the Best AR-10 Build Kits Below are five of the best AR-10 build kits currently on the market. As you look through each of these, it is important that you read through them carefully. You may find that it will include a part or two that you might need. Plus, you’ll need to know what’s included in each kit so you don’t have to go after a specific part and purchase it separately. With that in mind, let’s dive into the first AR-10 build kit starting with the “best overall” kit currently on the market: Best 6.5 Creedmoor Build Kit: ​ PSA PA-10 Classic Lower Build Kit CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install High-Quality Parts Fits Most AR-10 Rifles Perfectly Cons None The 6.5 Creedmoor is a long-range AR-10 rifle that has taken the gun world by storm. And it’s a force to be reckoned with, especially when it has the ability to hit targets from 500 to even 1000 plus yards out. It’s a rifle worth giving a try. However, if you’re one of the many building Creedmoor rifles from the ground up, you’re obviously going to need a product that will make that puppy stand out. And of course, there’s a PSA kit for that. More specifically, we’ll be taking a look at the PA-10 classic lower build kit. This kit is exclusively for the lower receiver of your AR-10 rifle . However, these parts are also compatible with rifles that fire Creedmoor cartridges. Included in this kit are your usual springs, pins, and detents. Also included is your trigger assembly . This trigger will give you a crisp, clean pull each time you use it. Also included is a six-position adjustable buffer tube that will make the Creedmoor rifle adjustable and user-friendly for almost any shooter. If you’re looking for the right parts to help make your AR-10 long-range beast the best of the best, you’ll need a compatible product. A lower kit complete with PA-10 parts will most likely work with Creedmoor rifles. With that said, this PSA product is something that’s worth a closer look if you’re planning on building a rifle that is best used for any long-range application like hunting or competitive shooting. Bottom Line If you’re looking for a standard, classic lower parts kit for your AR-10 or your Creedmoor rifle build, then this PSA offering will probably be the best option for you. It has all the commonly found parts that make up a rifle’s lower receiver. On top of that, they are high-quality parts designed to last you a long time. If you want a Creedmoor rifle that will be reliable for many years to come, then a kit like this will come in handy. Best .308 Build Kit: CMMG Inc MK3 Gunbuilder's Lower Parts .308 Kit CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install Parts are High in Quality and Craftsmanship is Excellent Works With Most Uppers From the Aero Precision Brand Cons May Not Come With Assembly Instructions One Reviewer Said That One of the Springs is Supposedly a Little Shorter in Length One Reviewer Complained About the Magazine Release Button Not Being Long Enough For our last build kit, we’ll be looking at the best one for those who want or have a .308 caliber AR-10 rifle. We’ve decided to go with the CMMG Inc. MK3 Gunbuilder’s Lower Parts Kit. The basic parts include the following: takedown pin (detent included), hammer and trigger pin, magazine catch, bolt catch (with spring included), magazine release, buffer retainer (with spring), and many more parts considered necessary for your AR-10 lower receiver. All parts are made from high-quality materials and are designed to be durable and long lasting. This is a kit that will get your AR-10 rifle as close to mil-spec as possible. If you’re a fan of all things mil-spec, then you’re going to want to give this a closer look. Bottom Line If you’re more of a .308 caliber kind of shooter and want to build a rifle that will fire those types of cartridges, you’ll want a kit that will be compatible with your AR-10. The closest we can get to the best is the CMMG. All the parts for the rifle’s lower receiver are included and are definitely made to last. If you’re looking to make your rifle reliable for as long as possible, all it takes is just the right parts to install. A product like this might be a good place to start. 3. PSA Gen2 18" .308 WIN 1:10 Rifle Kit CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Most of the Parts Fit Together Nicely Without Any Issues Excellent for AR-10 Rifles Designed for Hunting Purposes Will Save You a Lot of Money When Compared to Purchasing a Fully Built AR-10 Rifle Cons One Reviewer Had Complaints About Some of the Bolts Not Securing Properly Some Users Have Had Fitting Issues With the Lower Receiver and the Corresponding Parts The first kit we'll be taking a look at is the PSA Gen2 18 inch .308 WIN 1:10 rifle kit. Of course, as the best overall, there is a reason we give it the honor. This is basically the total package in one kit. Included are your lower and upper receivers, a barrel measured at 18 inches (with a 1:10 twist that's best for lightweight ammo), the bolt carrier grip, and all the pins, springs, and detents that put it all together. The receivers are made from high-quality aluminum, making a very durable rifle that will last you many years to come. The barrel is made from stainless steel and is chambered in the .308 caliber. If you have some .308 rounds that are just waiting to be fired at the range or out in the field,  you're going to need a rifle to fire off these rounds without any issues. If you’re looking for a good AR-10 build kit that contains high-quality parts that allow for a reliable, fully functioning rifle that will work without any issues for years or possibly decade, then you have found it in the PSA Gen2 product You’ll have all the right parts in one kit and will never have to track down each part individually. Bottom Line Overall, it’s a pretty good kit for what’s included. And since it’s the best overall kit on the market, it surely lives up to the title. All parts are high in quality, the upper receiver is fully assembled, and everything you need is right in one kit. That alone will save you time and a whole lot of money. If saving time and money is what you’re looking for in an AR-10 build kit, then the PSA might be exactly what you’re looking for. 4. PSA MOE ACS-L EPT Lower Build Kit CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Parts and Accessories Were High in Quality An Excellent Starter Kit for a First Time Builder Most of the Parts Fit Perfectly Without Any Issues Cons Takedown Pins May Be Hard to Remove Next, we’ll be taking a look at another PSA brand kit. This time, we’ll be looking at a lower build kit. This includes the lower receiver and the parts that will make this part of your AR-10 rifle fully functional. Included in this kit is your buttstock, which is made from polymer and is proven to be quite durable. Also included are your pistol grip, tubes, springs, pins, and detents. Everything is here to make sure that your lower half is fully functional and has the ability to fire each and every round you put through it. The trigger is perhaps the star of this ensemble. It has a crisp, smooth pull that blows all the other triggers out of the water. Yes, even the mil-spec triggers. In fact, this trigger is a lot smoother than a standard mil-spec trigger. If getting off shots as quickly and smoothly as possible is something you want, this lower build kit will probably be your best investment yet. The parts are easy to assemble and install. So you’ll spend minutes to even a couple of hours putting these parts together. Before you know it, you’ll be able to finish your AR-10 rifle project in a record amount of time. If it’s your first time building an AR-10, then it might take a little longer. Regardless, hard work and taking your time will pay off once you complete it and take it out for a test drive at the range. If you’re looking for the complete package in the lower receiver department, this PSA product just might be the answer you’re looking for. Bottom Line This lower kit is perhaps the best kit to invest in if you’re a first-time AR-10 buyer. Consider this a possible starter kit. At the same time, it’s better to start it piece by piece than having the whole kit and kaboodle. However, if you’re up for the challenge, then a full-on kit like our previous PSA kit might be worth the investment too. However, if you’re taking things little by little, then a product like this might be a good place to start. If you’re looking for a high-quality set that will work smoothly and without any malfunction, this PSA kit will probably be the best possible option for you. Best For The Money: PSA Gen2 PA10 18" .308 WIN 1:10 15" M-lok ACS-L Rifle Kit CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros A High-Quality Kit at a Price That is Affordable for Most Budgets Has the Ability to Shoot Accurate Shots From 200 to 300 Yards Out An Excellent Starter Kit for Those Who Want a Challenge and Don’t Have a Lot of Money to Work With Cons Some Parts May Not Be as Tight of a Fit One Reviewer Suggested That a Magazine Should Be Included May Come With a Few Takedown Pins That Might Be the Wrong Fit Our next PSA product we’ll look at under the microscope is the best for those on a budget. If you’re looking for a product that won’t suck the life out of your bank account, then the PSA Gen2 M-LOK ACS-L Rifle Kit might be the one you’ll want. So what’s included in this bad boy? First, this has an 18-inch barrel that is made from stainless steel and chambered in a .308 WIN caliber. If you’re planning on building your AR-10 rifle into a force to be reckoned with, and in a caliber that is considered one of the most reliable in the AR-rifle family, then this might be the kit for you. What else will you get from this? The barrel itself has a free-floating rail that will allow you to fully customize the upper receiver of your AR-10 rifle with any optic, scope, or other accessory you consider to be a must-use. The Picatinny rail will allow you to easily install your accessories without any issue. Also included are your buffer tube, pistol grip, and buttstock. All are functional in their ability to allow you the best possible control over your rifle. These parts are also essential if you're looking to reduce as much recoil as possible. Recoil can be the bane of any rifle's accuracy ability. If you hold accuracy to a high standard and want to reduce recoil, this product has the right parts to make sure it becomes a reality. Best of all, this is affordable for most budgets. So needless to say, you get a heck of a lot more than what you pay for. No other budget setup will hold a candle to this PSA kit. Bottom Line As expected, this kit has exceeded the expectations of any budget shopper. You get all kinds of high-quality parts at a price you can afford. Of course, we can agree that there should be an addition to this kit (like a magazine). Maybe they’ll update that in the not so distant future, but don’t quote us on that. But right now, it’s still a pretty good option for those looking to get an AR-10 build kit worth the investment. If you want to get started on your AR-10 building project without the hassle of high prices, this product might be what you are looking for. Cautious Considerations When Buying Build Kits There are some additional considerations you’ll need before buying a build kit. These pertain to safety and also some potential legal issues. Here are some of the things you’ll need to consider when purchasing a build kit: See if Everything You Need is Included While accessories like the receiver and grips should always be included in each build kit, so should your springs, pins, and detents. Without any of these small parts, the rifle will be useless. Plus, you need to make sure every little part works properly, so you won’t have to deal with any malfunctions that may pose a safety hazard on your end. Double Check Your Jurisdiction’s Gun Laws Prior to purchasing a product, it’s always important to err on the side of caution, especially when it comes to gun laws. While it may sound ridiculous, there are some standalone AR parts that have restrictions and regulations due to gun laws in states like California, Illinois, or New York. Check your local or state gun laws before you decide on a build kit for your rifle. It’s always good to check rather than face potential legal headaches in the future. Types of AR-10 Build Kits Not all AR-10 build kits are the same. Some will include parts like both lower and upper receivers. Others will just include a standalone receiver (either lower or upper) with the parts included. Here are some of the types available on the market: Upper Build Kits These include AR-10 upper receiver. These uppers are typically available in two designs - the carry handle and the flattop. While carry handle has limited customization options, flattop has the many accessories available in the market. Lower Build Kits These include your lower receiver. Also included will be your trigger assembly and sometimes a barrel long enough to accommodate your rifle’s gas system. The lower receiver is responsible for housing your gun’s firing unit including the bolt carrying group, which is the engine for any AR-style rifle. Rifle Kits This kit is more of your “whole enchilada” kind of kit. This will include both an upper and lower receiver. Of course, it will also include parts for each respective half. Also included are things like your pistol grip, buttstock, and even a handrail that might be already attached to your barrel. Conclusion Finding the best AR-10 build kit can be a challenge. If you know what kind of parts you’re looking for, the search won’t be too hard. Whether you’re looking for a full rifle kit or a lower receiver kit to kick off your building project, you’ll be satisfied once you are able to complete your AR-10 rifle. Your hard work will pay off when you test it out at the range and it passes with flying colors. Find parts that are high in quality and will hold up their end of the bargain in terms of reliability. People Also Ask As an extra guide for your search, it’s important to refer to the frequently asked questions below. These are questions asked by most first-time buyers. If you’re among those who have never bought an AR-10 build kit before, then these will come in handy. Here are common questions: Will an AR-15 Lower Parts Kit Fit an AR-10? The short answer: it depends. The long answer: it will depend on the parts that you’re planning to install. Some parts like the hammer or trigger assembly may be compatible with one another. However, while some are interchangeable and work just the same, sometimes that won’t be the case. What Calibers Fit an AR-10? Some of the most popular calibers that will fit an AR-10 rifle are as follows: .308 Winchester, Creedmoor 6.5, or NATO 7.62. Are AR-15 and AR-10 Stocks the Same? Most of the time, they are. However, the difference between the two is their sizes. If the buttstock and screws fit both, it can be used. In fact, the buttstock is one of a handful of parts where it can be interchangeable between the two rifles.

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If you or someone you care about is an AR-15 geek like I am, here are 10 affordable gift ideas I came up with to place a smile on any AR-15 lover’s face this holiday season: 1. Magpul MOE+ Grip – I own all of the different Magpul AR-15 grips currently available and the MOE+ is my favorite. It has a semi-soft rubber coating which is unlike any of the other grips available from Magpul.