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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Did you see that? There’s an axe murderer, a Walmart greeter, and a sasquatch in this photo…good luck finding them in the dark though. The darkness gives most people an uneasy feeling because its impossible to tell what might be hiding just outside your view. Sure, feeling the weight of your carry gun on your hip might make you feel better, but there’s no point in carrying a gun at night if you can’t shoot it accurately.

Why You Need Night Sights on your Carry Gun

Why You Need Night Sights on your Carry GunTrending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Did you see that? There’s an axe murderer, a Walmart greeter, and a sasquatch in this photo…good luck finding them in the dark though. The darkness gives most people an uneasy feeling because its impossible to tell what might be hiding just outside your view. Sure, feeling the weight of your carry gun on your hip might make you feel better, but there’s no point in carrying a gun at night if you can’t shoot it accurately. Sure, you can add a flashlight to your pistol, but that’s not going to help you see your sights. This is where adding night sights to your gun can be useful…and can even save your life. We’re going to go over just what night sights can do for you, how they work, and why you need them on your carry gun. What Are Night Sights? A night sight is, in most cases, a replacement sight that glows in low light so you can aim better.  There are two different types of night sights. Fiber optic a colored piece of glass that use what light is available to illuminate.  The other type is filled with a radioactive material called Tritium and create their own light. Aside from being brighter than the white dots most guns come with, they are usually colored bright colors…making them even better for low-light shooting. If you are buying them to replace your white dot factory sights, you can usually pick your colors.  The choices are usually red, green, yellow, and orange. Many of the optional night sights can be bought in a matched color pair or dual colors. Different colors can make night sights much easier to use. Many of the newer guns are coming with night sights right from the factory.  Most are a name brand, not just something the gun manufacturer hastily designed and added as an option to gain market share. Having them as a feature, not an option save you money in the long run if these style sights are an immediate upgrade for you anyway. What Are the Benefits of Night Sights? #1: You Can Shoot Accurately in Low or Even No Light Situations Well, for starters, you can suddenly shoot – accurately – in the dark. For a minimal cost, you get a super power. To be clear though, you can only see your sights in the dark.  If it’s dark, a night sight isn’t going to brighten up your target; that’s what night vision is for. But who wants to carry around night vision goggles all the time just in case? Carrying night vision goggles isn’t really super practical for those “just in case” situations. Instead, adding a sight that is much more visible in low light situations is a vastly smarter purchase.  You’re trying to gain an advantage by acquiring your target quickly and accurately, no matter what.  Night sights help you do that. #2: Night Sights are Generally Better Made Than Factory Sights Another thing you will when adding these new sights is a general upgrade to the factory sights. Say for example, you have a Glock 19 , a Springfield Armory XDm , and a Smith & Wesson M&P9 .  All of these pistols have different sights. The Glock has a different grip angle than the other guns and needs to be held slightly different.  It can take some getting used to if you are new to them. It might be one of the best carry pistols around, but the Glock 19 does have a weird grip angle. When adding the same brand aftermarket night sight (or sight upgrade of any kind) you gain familiarity.  While you can train and train and train so you can fire all of your weapons without even thinking about it, when you are new to shooting, having the same sight will help you aim easier no matter the gun you’re using. #3 You Can Pick Your Night Sight Colors Certain shades of red will get lost against some backgrounds. Having a green front sight may make more sense for you. Have a hard time with green?  Try a yellow sight. This is especially important for color blind folks. #4 Night Sights Are Easier To See Against Muzzle Flash in Low-Light One of the biggest problems with shooting in the dark is losing your sights against the brightness of a muzzle flash. Shooting in the dark presents a whole host of issues that can be mitigated by Seeing the target, though, is a different story altogether…might be a good idea to pick up a CCW flashlight too. #5 Night Sights Work in the Day Time Too Despite the name, night sights aren’t just for shooting at night. You have the glow for night and typically a white ring for the times when the glow might get washed out because there is too much light. Trijicon’s night sights make shooting in any light easy. #6 Locating your Gun in a Low-light Situation Becomes a lot Easier with Glowing Sights If you have your gun in or on your nightstand (really you should have it in a good gun safe , but let’s assume you aren’t perfect about that) at night and need to investigate a potential break-in at your house, you can easily spot your gun in the dark. The same holds true if you drop your gun in the heat of the moment.  You won’t need to feel around on the ground and look through the grass to find your pistol. The glow will help you see it quicker. Granted, its better to just…not drop your gun…but anything can happen in life-or-death situation and no advantage should be overlooked. What Are the Cons of Night Sights? Now that I’m done talking up night sights, there are, as you might expect, some reasons that may deter you from night sights to your concealed carry pistol. #1 Most fiber optic night sights are more fragile than they should be. Some brands of fiber optic night sights are pretty cheap and might break easier.  Look at the reviews to see what previous buyers have to say about the rigidity and strength of the insert. When it comes to something that might save your life…cheaper is almost never better. These great Truglo sights are a solid choice that won’t cost too much. #2 The glowing sight can be a distraction. You might be more likely to take a split millisecond to fully align the 3 glowing dots.  In a defensive scenario, you need to have proper aim, but it needs to be just good enough to hit your target. You aren’t necessarily needing to have a 1” grouping, anywhere in the kill areas will work. #3 A glowing sight won’t substitute for shooting fundamentals. Knowing how to aim and shoot a pistol properly will greatly trump just adding night sights.  When you learn the fundamentals of shooting, you learn how your gun’s sights work, how to aim, how to raise your gun to your dominate eye instead of tilting your head down to see the gun…these are the things that will keep you alive in a defensive scenario. When you train, you do this over and over and over and over.  Then again over and over and over again. Getting your draw down, and being able to get on target quickly will be much more effective than any sight modification. What you are doing is making sure your body knows what to do without thinking.  This muscle memory isn’t limited to daylight situations; you can do it blindfolded. Night sights will aid you in aiming in low light, but your instinctive shooting will help you more. Conclusion Here are my thoughts on adding night sights to your CCW pistol, or any gun for that matter. When you have a gun, you are protecting yourself from possible harm. When you add night sights, you are bettering your chances aiming properly in a low light scenario. That’s it. When you upgrade your gun, train in real world scenarios, wear clothing that makes your draw easier, or do anything of the sort, you are giving yourself a greater advantage against an assailant, and increasing your chances of coming out alive if the situation arises where you fear for your life and need to draw your weapon to defend yourself. Any advantage is a good one. And in the rare case you do have a defensive gun shoot…make sure you’re protected with USCCA’s CCW Insurance.  Read my review where I compare them vs NRA’s Carry Guard. What are your thoughts about adding night sights to your carry gun? Do you have any advice for those who want to slap some on their own carry gun? Let us know in the comments below!

Best Hunting Rifles [2020]: Putting Meat On The Table

Best Hunting Rifles [2020]: Putting Meat On The Table

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s This year’s SHOT Show unveiled a number of high-quality guns for tactical, competition, and hunting purposes. This year looks like it’s going to be a good year for hunting rifles, and it’s the perfect time to add a new gun to your collection if you’re preparing for an upcoming deer or boar hunt. In this article, we’re going to look at some of the top hunting rifles to hit the market that can help you keep the freezer packed with venison…or your preferred game meat…for months to come. First up… 1. Bergara B-14 HMR ($949.00) When it comes to top quality hunting rifles, Bergara is known for their unique design that maximizes comfort while also providing an element of style.  The bolt-action B-14 HMR ($949.00) is a beautifully crafted hunting rifle that’s designed for stability and accuracy. One of the most interesting features of this gun is its aluminum chassis built into the stock for better weight distribution and accuracy. Bergara B14 HMR One of the nicest features about the B-14 is its curved trigger design, which is optimized for an easy pull with every fire. Another perk to this gun is the adjustable cheekpiece, an addition that does wonders increasing accuracy while making the gun more comfortable when lining up a target. Want to see the Bergara HMR in action and learn a little bit more about what it’s capable of?  Have a look at this short video clip from SHOT Show 2017: If you’re thinking about buying the B-14 HMR for competition shooting or hunting, you won’t be disappointed. Some of the benefits of this gun include: Five-round detachable magazine. Lightweight and comfortable design. Bipod can be attached without any further modifications to the stock. You can get the gun for the following cartridges: 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Winchester, and the gun can be purchased with a 20”, 22”, or 24” barrel. To learn more about this stylish new rifle, visit the Bergara website . 2. Marlin 1895 Modern Hunter It’s nearly impossible to have a top hunting rifle list without having a Marlin feature, and the lever-action Marlin "1895 Modern Hunter" ($979.00) brings enough stopping power to take down big game like moose and bears, and will stop the average buck right in his tracks. The 1895CB is a nine-shot version of the Model 1895 that has a vintage look and feel to it The 1895 Modern Hunter has received a lot of praise for being an excellent all-around rifle, and it was even picked by the NRA’s American Rifleman as one of the best guns of 2017 . The 1895 Modern Hunter comes in a variety of different stock colors, from a modern green laminate and black design, to various vintage designs that pay homage to the rifles of the Old West. Some of the top features of the Model 1895 include: A lever that’s stronger and easier to operate than previous lever-action Marlin models. Choice between four, six, and nine capacity tubular magazines. Three different barrel lengths to choose from: 18.5”, 22”, and 26” If you want a powerful gun that easily takes down big bucks and is designed for hardy game like bears, hogs, and moose, the Model 1895 is the perfect rifle for you. To learn more about this hunting rifle, visit Marlin’s official website . 3. Montana Rifle Company MSR ( $1,731) Are you in search of a rifle powerful enough to take down medium-sized game but designed with more style and creativity than your average hunting rifle? The Mountain Snow Rifle , or MSR, by Montana Rifle is a sleek blend of blue camo patterns that give it a stylish look while helping the rifle blend into a snowy environment. The MSR’s colorful design makes it a great conversation piece, and so does its accuracy The MSR is a bolt-action rifle that comes available for the following cartridges: .300 AAC Blackout, .204 Ruger, 5.56 NATO, .223 Remington, and .223 Wylde.  Aside from its incredible design and versatile cartridge selection, the following features help make it one of the most awesome rifles of 2017: Comfortable XCoil recoil pad. Ambidextrous bolt-action design. Mauser-type ejector for optimal dependability with feeding rounds. Easy-to-operate detachable magazine box. Swivel studs for easy bipod mounting. Overall, the MSR model is a great rifle for hunting medium game like deer and boar, and is also great for target shooting on the range. 4. Weatherby VAC The Vanguard Adaptive Composite ($1,269.00), otherwise known as the VAC, is an incredible bolt-action rifle that’s powerful enough for taking down deer and elk, but also designed to shine in tactical situations. The VAC is available in the following cartridges: .223 Remington, 6.5 Creedmore, and .308 Winchester.  It has a bolt-action lever that’s comfortable and easy to use, making this rifle perfect for hunting trips and tactical competitions.  The only downside to this gun is that the stock is designed only to accommodate right-handed shooters. One of the coolest things about the VAC is its menacing, tactical look The biggest advantage of the VAC is its accuracy, which is guaranteed to be sub-MOA when firing Weatherby ammunition.  Some of the other incredible features of this rifle include: Triple gas ports on bolt body to helps ensure the safety of the shooter in the event of a backfire. Ergonomic butt and cheekpiece design that provides quick and comfortable shouldering. Adjustable two-stage trigger optimized for a crisp trigger break. Owners can easily modify their VAC with a number of Weatherby products. The bottom line is that the VAC is a well-rounded rifle that can be used for virtually any situation, and like other Weatherby models, the VAC has a reputation for being accurate, reliable, and easy to shoot. 5. Christensen Arms Mesa ($1,299) The "Christensen Arms Mesa" ($1,299.00)  rifle first hit the scene at the tail end of 2016 and is arguably one of the best rifles for under $1,300.  One of the nicest features of the Mesa is its versatile chambering options, which provides shooters with long action or short action cartridge. The Mesa is available with the following cartridge selections: 6.5 Creedmoor 7mm-08 Remington 7mm Remington Magnum .308 Winchester .300 Winchester Magnum. Hunters and tactical competitive shooters looking for a gun that’s lightweight and comfortable will find a lot of joy in the Mesa.  Its stock is made from ultra-lightweight carbon composite, making the short-action gun a total of 6.65 pounds, while its long-action variant is less than a full pound heavier. The Christensen Mesa is as stylish as it is a top-performing hunting rifle Anyone looking for a sub-MOA rifle that’s accurate and light enough to carry on long hunting trips will be able to put the Mesa to good use; don’t take my word for it, have a look at this clip: To learn more about the Mesa or any other Christensen Arms firearms, visit their official webpage for details. The Last Word on Hunting Rifles As you can see, 2017 has given us a range of accurate and excellently designed rifles to choose from. These five are my favorite hunting rifles, hands down, and I’d recommend anyone of them to anybody looking to add a new gun to their collection – especially if you’re getting ready to go on a hunting trip. If you’re a new hunter who’s just getting started, have a look at our list of good beginner hunting rifles , or if birds are more your thing try our best shotguns for beginner bird hunters roundup. For everyone else, now that you have an idea of which new hunting rifles are hogging the spotlight, which one do you want to buy?  Need glass for your rifle?  Check out our all encompassing Best Rifle Scopes article.

The Best AR-15 Triggers Under $100 Complete Buyers Guide

The Best AR-15 Triggers Under $100  Complete Buyers Guide

A lot of people want to upgrade their triggers but are skeptical about the price and quality of available ones. We decided to outline some of the best AR-15 budget triggers in the market so you can find a nice one without burning a hole in your pocket. So, if you are wanting to upgrade your trigger without breaking the bank, check out the information below. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for AR-15 Triggers Under $100 OUR TOP PICK: ALG Defense AR-15 Enhanced Military Style Trigger CMMG AR-15 Lower Parts Kit Rock River Arms National Match 2-Stage AR-15 Trigger ALG Defense AR-15 ALG Trigger with DPMS Lower Parts Kit BEST BUDGET OPTION: Spike’s Tactical Battle Trigger Comparison of the Best AR-15 Triggers Under $100 IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick ALG Defense AR-15 Enhanced "Military Style Trigger" Drop-in model. Single-stage trigger. Made from high-quality materials. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews CMMG AR-15 Lower Parts Kit Single-stage trigger. Made from high-quality components. Trigger pull weight of 6 to 6.5 pounds. "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" "Rock River Arms" National Match 2-Stage AR-15 Trigger Two-stage trigger. Pull weight of up to 4.5 pounds. Made from heat-treated cast steel. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews ALG Defense AR-15 ALG Trigger with DPMS Lower Parts Kit Drop-in design. Lower parts kit included. Trigger made from high-quality nickel Teflon. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Best Budget Option "Spike’s Tactical Battle" Trigger Single-stage non-adjustable trigger. Finished with black oxide for added durability. Trigger pull weight ranges up to 5 to 6 pounds. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews How Far Can $100 Take You? Substantially, when you get a lower-priced trigger, you’re going to get all the major components. Searching for an AR-15 trigger under $100 doesn’t mean you’re aiming for something cheap and low-quality, though. Of course, $100 isn’t going to fetch you the gold standard either. The good news is, you can still find decent single and double-stage triggers for under $100. Dual-stage triggers have the reputation of being more complex and expensive. However, with increasing demand and competition in the market, there are quite a few good dual-stage triggers available within this budget range. One of the most basic drawbacks of triggers within this range is the ease of installation. You’re not going to find a simple “drop-in” trigger for your AR-15 at this price. But, if you’re well-acquainted with guns (especially AR-15s) and don’t mind sparing some time playing with tools, you can still find a decent trigger assembly . You can consider this the price you have to pay for the low cost, but it obviously saves you a decent amount of money. You still get high-quality components and a nice user manual, and often, even color-coded parts to assemble or install your trigger. How to Choose an AR-15 Trigger Under $100 Before you buy a replacement trigger for your AR-15, you must decide what use you’re going to use your rifle for. With time and technology, triggers have become a complex matter. Modern triggers are more than just pull and bang mechanisms. Manufacturers have classified triggers into two different types, single-stage and dual-stage models. A single-stage trigger fires as soon as you pull the trigger and overcome the initial pull weight. Whereas, in a dual-stage trigger, you overcome the initial pull weight in the first stage and “break” the trigger with feather-light pull in the second stage. To put it more plainly, with a dual-stage trigger, you can more easily feel when you’re passing into the moment of firing. If your primary purpose is using your AR-15 for hunting, self-defense, or three-gun competitions, you might want to choose the single-stage trigger. A single-stage provides a consistent pull weight and ensures that you fire uniformly under stressful situations. The AR-15 originally featured a single-stage trigger because it was used by the military. Source If you’re into competitive and precision shooting, you might want to go with a dual-stage trigger. The reason behind this is the physics employed by this type of device. In a dual-stage trigger, you overcome the initial pull weight after you pull the shoe through the first stage. You can now adjust your target picture and hold on until you get a clear and precise shot. The second stage of a dual-stage trigger needs only a feather light push to let the shot go. Two-stage triggers are fairly useful for precision shooting competitions, long-range hunting , and sniping activities. Still, it’s largely a matter of personal preference. You’re not stuck with one type or the other. We’re just pointing out how most people prefer to use each. You should also be aware of some issues you might face with low-priced triggers, but really they are few in number and low in severity. Initially, you might struggle a bit with assembling and installing the trigger in your AR-15. It’s not very common but has been reported sometimes. Always make sure to check the size of the hammer pin (.154 or .170 as in a Colt), so the trigger is compatible with your rifle. Quick Take - The Best AR-15 Triggers Under $100 These are our recommendations for the best AR-15 triggers under $100: ALG Defense AR-15 Enhanced Military-Style Trigger CMMG AR-15 Lower Parts Kit Rock River Arms National Match 2-Stage AR-15 Trigger Review of the Best AR-15 Triggers Under $100 The following is a list of the five best AR-15 triggers under $100. As you go through each one, you should note the characteristics and features. This way, you’ll be able to find a trigger that will best match your ideal usage. Remember, close enough is much better than nothing at all. We have dug up some of the best AR-15 replacement triggers priced below $100. These triggers are of good quality and will get the job done perfectly. Some of them are single-stage, while others are dual-stage triggers. Now, let’s take a look at the first trigger on our list: Best Overall: ALG Defense AR-15 Enhanced Military-Style Trigger CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Pull Weight is Pretty Good Super Durable Construction Easy to Install, Takes a Few Minutes Ergonomically-Friendly for Most Users Smooth Trigger Pull, No Creep or Overtravel to Report Cons Some Fitting May Be Required May Not Fit Every AR-15 Rifle May Be a Challenge to Install for Some Users What Recent Buyers Report As expected, a lot of recent buyers were satisfied with the trigger. They were able to install it in a matter of a few minutes. Once installed, they were able to pull it easily and get off some quick shots. One user said it was a lot better than his factory default trigger that would always frustrate him. Why it Stands Out to Us This trigger is the closest you can get to a military-style trigger. Odds are you’ll be using this for some applications where heavy-duty application is possible. It’s sturdy in construction and also easy to install. You’ll instantly see an improvement once you switch out your old trigger with this one. ALG offers this super inexpensive kit for a military-style trigger. The trigger is available in QMS (Quality Mil-Spec) and ACT (ALG Combat Trigger) variants. This single-stage trigger is easy to install without the need of any tools, as long as you’re well-acquainted with guns. It has a crisp break and a relatively light pull weight of around six pounds. The trigger has a quality construction and is perfect for hunting and three-gun competitions. Who Will Use This Most This will be used by those who are in tactical situations all the time (i.e.--law enforcement and military personnel). It’s heavy-duty, but light enough to give you quick shooting ability. In these kinds of applications, timing is everything. Also, you can expect this trigger to have its uses among hunters. What Could Be Improved and Why Some of the inner workings and pins could use some adjustments. This way, it will make fitting it on most rifles easier than ever. There shouldn’t be any time wasted when trying to install it because you have to sand or grind down some pins with a Dremel so they fit. Bottom Line The ALG Defense AR-15 Enhanced Military Style Trigger has definitely proved itself to be the best in the business. It’s tough, easy to use, and will get the job done in almost any application. You’d be hard-pressed to find a trigger like this anywhere else. ​Runner-up: CMMG AR-15 Lower Parts Kit CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install Pull Weight is Decent "Super Durable Construction" Excellent Across Many Applications Includes a Pistol Grip That Provides Decent, Stable Gripping Ability Cons Some Find the Installation Challenging Some Are Not Satisfied With the Pull Weight Some Have Had Issues With the Detent Spring "What Recent Buyers" Report A lot of the recent buyers were able to install this trigger within a few minutes. Once complete, they could shoot off their rounds with no creep or overtravel to report. One user was satisfied with the pull weight because he wanted one that didn’t easily allow accidental firing. Why it Stands Out to Us This trigger is solid and has a pull weight that is on-par with many tactical triggers. Put it all together and you have a tough unit that will work to make every shot count, no matter how many times you use your AR-15 rifle. Since it’s a single-stage trigger, it’s not too light of a trigger pull. That makes it even better. This lower parts kit from CMMG features all the components to build the lower receiver of an AR-15. The package includes color-coded bags with individual components to help you organize and assemble the parts by following the instructions in the manual. It also includes a molded polymer A2 pistol grip. It is a single-stage trigger with a 6-6.5 pound pull weight. All the parts fit with high tolerances and the entire assembly works perfectly. The trigger offers good value for money and is best-suited for self-defense, target practice, and three-gun competitions. Who Will "Use This Most" Expect this to be used by a lot of hunters and those who intend to use their AR-15 rifles for tactical purposes. No matter which category you fall under, this is the trigger that will definitely work to your advantage in any given situation. What Could Be Improved and Why This trigger could be a little lighter in terms of pull weight. Just reduce it by a pound or two and it should be fine for most users. That will still give you more of a decent weight to work with, without allowing for accidental discharges. Bottom Line The CMMG AR-15 Lower Parts Kit includes a trigger that performs well and will definitely work in many applications once you put it together with the rest of the lower receiver. This is perfect for when you want to upgrade to something better or if you’re building a rifle from scratch. Best for the Money: Rock River Arms National Match 2-Stage AR-15 Trigger CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install Super Durable Construction It Allows for Faster Follow-Up Shots Easy to Pull and Pull Weight is Quite Light Great Across All Kinds of Applications Cons May Be Gritty at Times It May Be a Bit of a Challenge to Install Pull Weight May Be a Little Too Heavy for Some Users What Recent Buyers Report Most recent buyers were able to install this trigger fairly quickly and put it to good use. As expected, they were satisfied with the trigger pull weight and the sturdiness of the trigger itself. One user said this has become his favorite trigger and was able to use it to win his latest shooting competition. Why it Stands Out to Us This trigger has a pull weight that isn’t too heavy or too light. It’s right in the middle. The quality of the trigger has that built-to-last feel to it, so it has the potential to be consistently reliable over the course of a few years. Aside from that, it’s a trigger that will have no trouble fitting most AR-15 rifles. If you want a two-stage match trigger, Rock River Arms offers this inexpensive model featuring a curved bow and .154” small trigger pin. The dual-stage trigger features a 0.5 lb. first stage and 4-4.5 lb. second stage pull weight. It features a curved bow. The trigger operates smoothly and is easy to install. It is very unlikely that you find a two-stage trigger that’s as easy to install within this price range. The package includes trigger and hammer pins but doesn’t have any takedown pins or detents. This model from RRA is an amazing two-stage trigger manufactured from high-grade steel and is a great product for the money. Who Will Use This Most This will probably be used as a multi-purpose trigger. So, the users will be split between the hunters, target shooters, and even tactical shooters. It’s got enough of a pull weight where you can still make quick follow-up shots without having to worry about it being too light to easily get your rifle to get a shot off. What Could Be Improved and Why The one improvement we can think of is to investigate why there is some creep and overtravel, as some users have claimed. Once the manufacturer is able to determine what’s causing it, they can go from there to make the trigger better for its users. Bottom Line If you want a trigger that is affordable, easy to use, and great for any application you can think of, the Rock River Arms National Match trigger might just be your cup of tea. All you have to do is install this puppy and you’ll have something that is a step above a factory default trigger. 4. ALG Defense AR-15 ALG Trigger with DPMS Lower Parts Kit CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install Super Durable Design Trigger Pull Weight is Decent Excellent for Most Applications It Doesn’t Add Any Additional Weight Cons Installation Might Be a Bit Challenging Trigger Guard Might Be a Little Wiggly, at Times Pull Weight Might Be a Little Too Heavy for Some Users What Recent Buyers Report As expected, a lot of users were satisfied with this trigger. They were able to pull it without having to deal with any creep or overtravel. Overall, they were happy with the usability and durability. Hunters were the majority of the new users, while casual target shooters were another group that liked this trigger. Why it Stands Out to Us This trigger is, by far, one of the closest triggers you can get to a factory-grade trigger. Granted, the trigger pull weight is a little heavier than some others but it’s miles ahead of the factory defaults that prove to be disappointing. It’s a great trigger that can prevent any kind of accidental firing that might occur with triggers of very light pull weight. Returning to ALG, this kit is an extension to the above-mentioned set of ALG triggers. The variants include QMS (Quality Mil-Spec) and ACT (ALG Combat Trigger). Both these types come with a DPMS lower parts kit which includes all the internal parts you need to install a complete fire-control system - in other words, a lower receiver. The detailed instruction manual makes it easy to install the components. This is not a ‘drop-in’ design but is fairly easy to install. However, you might need the help of an experienced person in some cases. The best uses for this trigger include target practice and hunting. Who Will Use This Most Expect this to be a trigger that will be used across many applications. It’s hard to say what application the trigger will excel at. But it will definitely give you a more reliable operation compared to some other factory triggers on the market. Also, this is a lower parts kit that will definitely work to the advantage of many AR-15 enthusiasts who like to build a rifle from the ground up. What Could Be Improved and Why Once again, we revisit the idea of making the pull weight a little lighter than it is. Ideally, this trigger should at least have a pull weight of four to five pounds, at best. That will enable you to get a good shot off (albeit a quick one). That kind of pull weight would be a happy medium, in our opinion. Bottom Line The ALG Defense AR-15 Trigger With Lower Parts Kit will definitely be a favorite among many AR-15 users, especially those looking to build a rifle from scratch. You’ll have all the lower parts you need, plus a reliable trigger that will work for many applications. 5. Spike’s Tactical Battle Trigger CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install Fits Most AR-15 Rifles Super-Durable Construction "Trigger Pull Weight" is Decent Excellent for Many Applications Cons It May Be Difficult to Install for Some Users Some Users Were Not Fans of the Trigger Pull Weight Some Have Complained About This Feeling Like a Stock Trigger What Recent Buyers Report New buyers found this trigger to be better than stock triggers (despite some complaints otherwise). The trigger pull is fine according to one user. He said he uses it for regular target shooting and sometimes hunting. The durability, according to another user, is second to none. Why it Stands Out to Us This trigger is built to handle all kinds of tactical and hunting applications. In fact, we dare say that it was built for situations like that. One thing that stuck out was how durable this trigger was. You can throw it on the ground or try to scuff it up. It will be very difficult to do. The single-stage battle trigger from Spike’s Tactical is almost identical to an OEM replacement for AR-15 triggers. The trigger has a rounded hammer to make it work with all calibers, plus a disconnector pin plated with nickel boron.  The trigger has a smooth, crisp 5lbs break. The package also includes stainless steel hammer and trigger pins, in case you just want to replace these. It has the feel of an expensive drop-in trigger without an exorbitant price tag. Who Will Use This Most This trigger will likely be used across many applications. So basically, it’s going to be a general-purpose trigger. If you want a trigger that has a decent pull weight and has the potential to last you years or even decades then this is the trigger that can do just that. What Could Be Improved and Why Once more, we think a tactical trigger like this can be lighter in pull weight. You never know when you need to take a follow-up shot. In some applications, timing is everything. You don’t want to miss a target and have a hard time trying to make up for it. Bottom Line If you want a trigger that will blow any stock trigger out of the water, Spike’s Tactical Battle Trigger will definitely stand out the best. Easy to install, easy to operate, and built to take on the heavy-duty tasks are what this trigger does best. How to Install an AR-15 trigger Replacing your stock trigger will greatly improve performance. When you’re ready, follow these steps and be sure to refer to the video for assistance: Ensure the gun is unloaded. Separate the lower and upper receivers. Remove the lower receiver’s grip by going through the bottom with a wrench or screwdriver. Be careful not to lose the safety detent and spring. Push the two pins holding the trigger in place using a straight punch. Remove all of the trigger parts and safety lever, or fire control selector. Holding the gun in place with a vise will make this process easier. Clear the receiver of build-up with a degreasing spray Insert your new trigger, placing the rear pin in the holes. Use a slave pin to hold everything in place if you’re having difficulty. Insert the safety and front pin. Replace the grip next, along with detent and spring into the receiver’s hole. You may want to flip the receiver for this step. Follow the specific instructions provided by your trigger. Most use set screws. Tighten the screws against the receiver’s bottom. Alternate to ensure they are tight. Some use a second locking screw. A little blue Loctite on the threads adds extra security for these. Check your trigger. Cock the gun, pull the trigger, and repeat several times. Check the disconnect. Pull and hold the trigger. You’ll hear a click, and the hammer should move slightly forward. Check the safety. Cock the hammer and place the safety in the “on” position, pulling the trigger several times. Finish putting the rifle back together. Congratulations! You now have a new trigger on your AR-15! Perks of Getting a New Trigger Investing in a new trigger will work to your advantage. If you ever decide to forego getting one for your AR-15, you’ll be missing out on a lot. Here are some of the perks you’ll get out of these new triggers: Faster Follow-Up Shots Most triggers with a lighter pull weight will provide you with quicker follow-up shots. Especially when you’re using your AR-15 rifle for some applications that require fast firing (like hunting or competitive shooting). No matter which one works best for you, this is one of the main perks you can get out of a new trigger. Better Than Most Factory Default Models One of the main reasons you’re replacing your trigger is due to the disappointing and underperforming factory default models. These five triggers will be a complete upgrade over the one you currently have now. Not as Heavy in Terms of Pull Weight Most default factory triggers have heavy pull weights. All of these five triggers are much lighter. A heavy pull weight will mean it will take longer than it should to get a shot off. That will equal not being able to hit your target in time. Conclusion Choosing a trigger for your AR-15 depends upon your needs and intended use. There are quite a few budget triggers available in the market which can get the job done at a fairly low price. Such triggers are, however, not drop-in versions and take some time and effort to install, but they are sure worth their price.

Best Powder for Your 6.5 Grendel Ammunition

Best Powder for Your 6.5 Grendel Ammunition

Reloading ammunition at home can be a hobby or a necessity, but it certainly has its own advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we’ll take the 6.5mm Grendel into consideration for reloading. We will learn about how to choose the right powder to reload the ammo and what features it must possess. To wrap things up, we will also review the best gunpowders on the market for reloading the 6.5mm Grendel. Note: Always use a proper reloading guide while reloading the ammo. Please also check the gun laws of your state regarding equipment, shipping, and reloading. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Powder for 65 Grendels OUR TOP PICK: Alliant Powder AR-Comp Powder Hodgdon H322 IMR 8208 Accurate 2520 BEST BUDGET OPTION: Hodgdon BLC2 Comparison Chart of the Best Powder For Your 6.5 Grendel PRODUCT DETAILS Our Top Pick Our Top Pick Alliant Powder AR-Comp Powder Best overall reloading powder for 6.5 Grendel ammo Ideal for reloading heavy .223 and .308 match bullets Works well for both normal and Magnum 6.5 Grendel projectiles View Latest Price Hodgdon H322 Stands among the most sold and used reloading powders Clean-burning powder and delivers a more consistent velocity Very economical to reload and use in bulk "View Latest Price" IMR 8208 Meters exceptionally well and burns clean and precise Premium-grade powder can be used by beginners and pros Great reloading powder for hunting and long-distance shooting View Latest Price Accurate 2520 Medium burning, double base, spherical rifle powder Versatile powder, works around many calibers inclulding .35 Whelen Widely used by most active-duty and retired military personnel View Latest Price Best Budget Option "Best Budget Option" Hodgdon BLC2 Consistent charge weight and clean-burning powder Inexpensive and readily available powder for budget shooters Exceptionally useful for varmint hunting and long-range precision shooting View Latest Price Reloading Your Own Ammo - What You Need to Know Reloading your own ammo has several pros and cons. Some people do it for a hobby or to obtain customized rounds for their rifle. Reloading ammunition has its economic and operational benefits, along with some drawbacks. Ammo reloading set up ( Source ) Pros If you're reading this article you are likely aware of the benefits of self-loading: Reloading Saves Money If you focus on economics, the most expensive part of a round is the brass casing. Almost 50% of the cost is related to the casing, which implies that reloading will save you almost 50% of the money, if not more, than buying a new pack of ammo. Grendel Ammo is Often Scarce ​ This may sound unbelievable, but the 6.5 Grendel is not mass-produced like most other calibers. You’ll have problems finding the 6.5 Grendel ammo offline, plus it’s not cheap brass. So it is a better option to reload, so you never run out of the 6.5G load. Accuracy and Customization Filling up your own rounds will allow you to improve accuracy and customize the loadout by modifying characteristics of the bullet like velocity, length, and weight (grain). For When SHTF We all know that gun laws are becoming tighter by the day. Be it the 6.5 Grendel or any other caliber, things like restrictive online sales and local laws might make it difficult to procure. So, it's always better to have a reloading setup prepared. Cons All that said, sometimes people may underestimate the downsides. These do get better with practice, and a dedicated space: Time Consuming Reloading ammunition is not as easy as reloading magazines. It takes time and precision. If you don’t have much time to spare, this is not your cup of tea. Plus, it also has upfront costs involved (like procuring equipment), and you need to have a dedicated space. Requires Precision You have to be very precise and technically sound to refill your ammunition. If you’re not that knowledgeable, or can’t handle such meticulous procedures, it’s better to stay away from it. Doing it wrongly can be compromising or even fatal. Restrictions ​ Self-loaded ammunition is not allowed in most indoor shooting ranges. Be sure to check. Is All Powder The Same? Of course not. Gunpowder differs on parameters such as burn rate and density. Some powders burn faster than others, so it is essential that you use a reloading guide to get the proper value of the gunpowder weight to be added. The 6.5 Grendel is a low recoil round with an excellent ballistic coefficient. It generally requires a mid-rate (neither fast nor slow) burning gunpowder to steer the projectile to a higher velocity and a longer distance. For heavier grains, you require slower burning gunpowder to properly burn and propel the projectile at the desired velocity. Different Granule Shapes ( Source ) Another thing to consider is the granule shape, which includes flake, ball, and stick. Stick-type powder dominates the rifle market, and you should choose the same for your 6.5 Grendel. Another factor to determine when choosing a gunpowder is density. A more dense gunpowder will have more weight and will not require you to fill up a double charge, which may cause it to spill out while reloading. Not all gunpowders are created equal. Some powders burn twice as fast at just half the weight, compared to other ones. So, properly analyze the weight/amount of powder using the reloading guide. How We Chose Our Top Picks For us to claim that we have outlined the top picks, you need to know about the factors we consider while selecting these products. Shelf Life ​ Gunpowders can be classified into three types. Single base, double base, and triple base, with the shelf life in increasing order respectively. Triple base powders are not relevant here (they are good for navy shells). The powder that is generally used with a shelf life of years is the double base, and all of our picks are of the same type. Caliber/Burn Rate ​ The 6.5 Grendel requires a medium burn rate gunpowder for lighter projectiles and a slow burning powder for magnum ones. All the powders in our list have a burn rate appropriate for the 6.5G. Clean A good gunpowder must burn clean, leaving little residue/grime behind. All of our picks are far from dirty, but it's still a good practice to clean your rifle regularly. Good Load Density Our picks have a good load density to let you fill the optimum amount of powder so the case seals perfectly. With all the powders on our list, it's almost impossible to double charge the 6.5 Grendel case. Accurate and Versatile You can use the below-reviewed powders to load 5.56, 7.62, and the 6.5 Grendel rounds. A good reloading powder must be accurate and versatile enough to be used with other calibers. Price and Availability The 6.5 Grendel is not so readily available on the renowned shelves. So to reload it, you need to choose a powder that is readily available and inexpensive to solve the economic purpose. Quick Take - The Best Powder for the 6.5 Grendel These are our recommendations for the best  6.5 Grendel powders: Alliant Powder AR-Comp Powder Hodgdon H322 IMR 8208 Review of the Best Powder for the 6.5 Grendel Based upon the ideal qualities of a 6.5 Grendel reloading gunpowder, we have come up with a list of the best products on the market. As mentioned above, these powders will prove to be economical, clean, and accurate for you. Best Overall: Alliant Powder AR-Comp Powder CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Accurate Versatile Clean burning Good load density Consistent metering Ideal for high and low-velocity loads Cons None What Recent Buyers Report New buyers say that this powder was great for handloading their 65 Grendel rounds. Once they were loaded and ready to go, they were able to test-fire them at the range and generated great results. One user said that his shooting groups were quite tighter than expected compared to a previous powder that he had used. Why it Stands Out to Us If you are looking for the right kind of powder that will make any AR-15 round more potent and accurate, then you don’t have to look any further than this. This Swedish-made powder is perhaps the closest you can get to a universal fit when it comes to reloading AR rounds. These will provide your Grendel 65, .223, or .308 rounds with the right kind of pressure, consistency, and accuracy. If you want a type of powder that will exceed your standards when it comes to performance, this is the best of the best. If you ask any 6.5 Grendel expert out there for a gunpowder recommendation, 90% of the time their recommendation will be AR-Comp. This powder has been specifically developed for use with AR style rifles. It is ideally suited to reload the 6.5 Grendel, and also the .223 and .308 loads. This makes it more versatile, so you don’t have to buy a different powder for your other AR calibers. It is a double base gunpowder and is extremely resistant to moisture, meaning it will last on your shelf for years without sogging. The powder delivers consistent burning and velocity across a wide range of temperatures and is exceptionally clean. The powder is dense and powerful enough to support both normal and magnum 6.5 Grendel projectiles. In case you want to know, the powder has been manufactured in Sweden and is available in 1lb and 8lb packaging. Who Will Use This Most This is a handloader’s dream. If you have plenty of AR-15 rounds to load then you’ve got the powder to put them to good use. All you need to do is load them with the right amount and you’ll have accurate and tight shooting right out of the gate. Once you try out a few rounds with the Alliant Powder AR-Comp Powder, you’ll want to go back to your bench and reload more rounds. We promise that you won’t get enough of this powder once you try it. Bottom Line If you want superior accuracy from a powder that will be great for any AR round that you can fire off, then the Alliant AR-Comp Powder should definitely be on your radar. It’s lightweight, but pretty powerful once loaded into your 65 Grendel rounds. We warn you though, this powder will make firing those rounds a lot more fun. The AR-Comp is the most widely used and trusted gunpowder for reloading 6.5 Grendel. Not just the figures, but also its qualities, make it a great gunpowder for the 6.5G. You can use it for other calibers, as well as for light and heavy loads Runner-up: Hodgdon H322 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Dense Accurate & consistent Meters well Mil-spec type powder Cons Dirtier than some on this list "What Recent Buyers" Report Many new users were AR users that preferred long-range shooting. Their targets ranged from varmints to paper targets and clay pigeons. They reported that the Hodgdon H322 was perfect for 65 Grendel rounds and other long-range rounds like the 6.5 Creedmoor and .223. About half of the users were hunters that said their kill shots were much tighter and deadlier since using this powder. Why it Stands Out to Us Long-range shooting is quite exciting, especially when you are doing it for the purpose of hunting and competition. Make no mistake, this powder is something special when it comes to making all your rounds easy to load no matter how many cartridges you have. Yes, loading them does take a bit of time, but it’s really worth the wait firing off these bad boys. Best of all, this powder can handle extreme weather. So, if you’re coyote hunting in subzero temperatures or at the range on a sweltering hot summer day, this powder will definitely go above and beyond and deliver a spectacular performance every time you pull the trigger. Hodgdon is probably the most renowned manufacturer when it comes to gunpowders. This H322 gunpowder is an extruded "extreme" powder, which means it doesn't get affected as much by swings in humidity and temperature. It can be used to reload .223, 308 and the 6.5 Grendel, along with other popular hunting reloads. The H322 burns on an average rate and does a great job of pushing heaving bullets with appropriate velocity. It is also a very commonly used mil-spec round so you can use it to reload without worrying about its performance. This powder is far from the dirtiest but will still smudge your rifle, so clean it up after 4-5 shooting sprees. The package has a detailed reloading table to help you out with refilling your cartridges. Who Will "Use This Most" If you are a long-range shooter, this is the powder that you’ll need for all of your rounds. It is great for when you are using your AR-15 year-round for your hunting or target shooting applications. No matter what the weather is like or the long-range rounds you use, this powder was made for making those rounds go the distance. Bottom Line The Hodgdon H322 could be one of the reasons why your 65 Grendel rounds go farther than you thought possible. Load these in your rounds and be ready for some “holy crap” moments when you fire them off at the range or out in the field. This is not the kind of powder you want to underestimate. The powder works very well with light and heavy loads of the 6.5 Grendel. Plus, it can also be used to fill up .223 and .308 rounds. It is readily available on the market and delivers an accurate performance. Best for the Money: IMR 8208 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Versatile Accurate Burns consistently under different temperatures Cons Not very good for heavy magnum loads What Recent Buyers Report This powder was a hit with buyers who were looking for the best quality and performance without breaking the bank. The general consensus showed that they got a whole lot more than what they’ve paid for with this powder. They said that it was easy to fit in most Grendel rounds and it didn’t add on any additional weight in the process. Once loaded, they said the ignition was pretty good and provided some serious propulsion for each round. Shooting groups were tighter than normal when fired at various ranges. Why it Stands Out to Us This is the kind of powder you can use if and when you need to add a little “oomph” and velocity to each of your shots. Indeed, this can be fitting for rounds that travel at short ranges or can go the distance at longer ranges beyond 500 yards. Either way, this is no ordinary powder. But it can make every shot better in performance whether you are shooting at a deer or a paper target from about 500 yards out. The IMR 8208 is a versatile powder which can be used to fill out loads like .223, 6.5 Grendel, and the.308. The powder is not affected by changes in temperatures and provides a consistent and accurate shooting experience. The powder meters exceptionally well and is perfect for competitions and varmint hunting. The powder has a moderate burn rate, which propels the 6.5 Grendel projectile at appropriate velocities to attain accuracy and long range, respective of its intended property. Who Will Use This Most If you want a good powder that will be perfect for increasing the velocity of your shots, then you’ll definitely want to give this powder a try. Seeing your shots hit the target at a much faster pace will be quite impressive right before your eyes. You’ll swear that your timing will be perfect each time you pull the trigger. For some impressively fast shooting with a boost of accuracy to go along with it, this powder might just fit the bill. Bottom Line The IMR 8208 is no ordinary powder. It’s the kind of powder that will enhance the performance of each round you shoot with a 65 Grendel compatible rifle. You’ll notice a bit of a difference if you are quite familiar with the ballistics of your rounds when you put this powder to the test. The IMR 8208 is dense, burns clean, and meters very well. It is a good choice to load competition and hunting rounds. Plus, it is a versatile powder and can be used to load different calibers. 4. Accurate 2520 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Accurate Meters well Good for heavy match bullets Works well under every temperature Cons A bit dirty What Recent Buyers Report New buyers said that this powder did a good job of propelling 65 Grendel rounds at a rate that was slightly faster than compared to various powders. Other users were also loading this into .223 and .308 rounds and were astounded by how quick their rounds ended up on the target at distances ranging from 100 to 500 yards. One user said that his rounds appeared to be going a bit faster than he thought when he managed to fire about 25 yards in single fire mode. Why it Stands Out to Us If you are looking for a boost in accuracy and velocity, then you won’t find a better powder that can get the job done quite like this. This is the powder that will work really well with all kinds of heavy match rounds like the 65 Grendels and your .223 rounds. They’ll maintain a light weight between 62 to 80 grain and still go the distance no matter what. If your rounds aren’t that heavy, then believe us when we say that they have a better chance of going fast. The Accurate 2520 is a medium-burning, double-base, spherical rifle powder designed around the .308 Win, and works extremely well will heavy match bullets. The powder is quite versatile and works well within the threshold limits of the M14 systems. It also works great for loads between 77 to 168 grains. Plus, the metering is easy and consistent due to its optimal granule shape. The only drawback is that the powder works a bit dirty so you have to be careful when using it with match-grade barrels. However, that’s not a problem if you are accustomed to cleaning your rifles regularly. Who Will Use This Most If you fire off a good number of AR rounds, no matter the caliber, then you’ll want a powder that will be fast, tight, and just all-around awesome. Once you load the powder in your favorite rounds, you’re definitely going to see some noticeable changes. Believe us when we say that these rounds will definitely go the distance while leaving a nice kill shot on any big game or varmint that you hunt for. Bottom Line "The Accurate 2520" powder is exactly what you need if you want to make your rounds a lot faster and tighter each time you pull the trigger. Who doesn’t want a high-performing round that will result in better accuracy? Accuracy is the one thing that matters most when it comes to landing a kill shot or hitting the bullseye in a competition. The Accurate 2520 is a slow burning powder and is good for heavy grain bullets. The powder burns consistently under different temperatures, and delivers exceptional accuracy, making it good for competition and varmint hunting usage. 5. ​ Hodgdon BLC2 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Low-priced Great all-round propellant Burns consistently and meters well Almost impossible to double charge Good for mid-weight, long range shooting loads Cons Not for heavy loads Edges near the top are sharp What Recent Buyers Report New users of this powder included a number of hunters that fired off 65 Grendel rounds with their targets either being varmint or coyotes. They were quite happy with the powder being able to ignite quickly so it was able to travel fast and hit the targets quickly. One user said that his rounds were consistently knocking off varmints ranging from 300 to 500 feet consistently. The kill shots were instantaneous (not to mention a bit tighter than expected). Why it Stands Out to Us This pistol was definitely perfect for a good number of shooters that are using their 65 Grendel rifles for hunting and target practice. The powder was fairly light and didn’t add on any additional weight that was deemed unnecessary. If you want a powder that will go far without making your rounds a little heavier than they should be, this might be what you are looking for. The BLC2 was originally designed for the .308 and 7.62 NATO loads and works exceptionally well for small target varmint cartridges. The powder is very inexpensive and readily available, which makes it a good choice. This powder burns consistently and propels mid-weight bullets at long distances, thus matching the quality of a 6.5 Grendel round. It is very popular with high power, long-range shooters, bench rest shooters, and varmint hunters. The BLC2 delivers consistent charge weights during powder measure and is an accurate alternative for use in reloading your 6.5 Grendel. Who Will Use This Most If you are planning on firing off a lot of Grendel rounds at the range or in the field, you better have them filled up with some pretty decent powder. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a powder like this anywhere on the market. It excels in propelling your bullets to distances you never knew were possible. Bottom Line The Hodgdon BLC2 is the only powder you can depend on if you want something that will give you consistent results each and every time. Your shots will be noticeably tighter and we won’t be surprised if all it takes is one shot to kill a varmint target instantly. The Hodgdon BLC2 is an inexpensive and versatile gunpowder which can be used for competitions, hunting, and bench shooting. Conclusion The 6.5 Grendel is a scarce caliber to find on the market so having a reloading setup is always a good option. In addition, it saves you money and lets you customize the bullets to match your desired performance. A good gunpowder for the 6.5 Grendel must have a consistent and slow burn rate, should be accurate, and should be clean. Furthermore, a good gunpowder must be dense enough to avoid double charging. More 6.5 Grendel Buyer Guides Scopes Muzzle Brakes Barrels Magazines Bolts Uppers

Streamlight 74751 Strion Flashlight Review

It is always a good idea to carry a flashlight in your survival kit. No matter the occasion, you will certainly find yourself in a situation that requires more light than that which is available. Think about it. If you are at home and the power goes out, having a flashlight in your emergency kit is essential after the sun goes down. The same goes for camping, hiking, or a full-blown survival situation. Quick Navigation Streamlight 74751 Strion Flashlight Review C4 LED Technology: Battery Specs: Settings: Construction: Run-Time: Bulb Specifications: Charger: Size: Streamlight 74751 Pros and Cons Pros Cons What People Are Saying About the "Streamlight 74751 Strion" FAQs about Streamlight 74751 Strion Q: What are Lumens? Q: How long does it take to completely recharge the batteries? Q: How many lumens do I need? Q: Is a bigger flashlight brighter? Q: What benefit is a good grip? Q: Does this flashlight come in other colors? Verdict Streamlight 74751 Strion Flashlight Review There are plenty of flashlights out there, but some flashlights have inherent problems that could get in the way of getting the job done. In this review, I will be going over the Streamlight 74751 Strion Flashlight and what makes this a great flashlight for your survival kit. First, let’s have a look at some of the features of this particular flashlight: C4 LED Technology: With C4 LED technology, the flashlight itself can withstand shock and has a lifetime of about 50,000 hours of use. Battery Specs: With a lithium ion battery, the flashlight is rechargeable and can be recharged up to 1000 times. It takes about 3 hours to completely charge the device. Settings: The Streamlight can be set to blink or run constantly. Construction: The Streamlight is available in only black. The body is constructed of durable aluminum and has ridges across its length for grip. The flashlight also has a clip attached so that it can be clipped on a pocket or belt for easy storage and carrying. Run-Time: The 3 AAA (which are included with the purchase of the Streamlight) can power the flashlight for up to 60 hours. Bulb Specifications: The LED bulb of the Streamlight has a brightness of 500 lumens and will greatly outlive standard bulbs which are typically used in flashlights. Charger: The charger is a 120-Volt DC/12-Volt AC charger that is included with the purchase of the flashlight. The charger also comes with a holder for convenience. Size: The flashlight is just shy of 6 inches long and weighs just over 5 ounces. "Streamlight 74751 Pros" and Cons Pros C4 Technology that gives the flashlight a lifetime of 50,000 hours. Durable construction. Each charge provides a decent run-time. Charger is included. The grip and clip are excellent and durable. LED bulbs are bright and last a long time. Rechargeable. Sleek design and comfortable size that is not too small and not too large. Rated to work well in harsh environments. Cons Fairly expensive. Some applications may require more than 500 lumens Sale Streamlight 74751 Strion LED High lm Rechargeable Professional Flashlight... C4 LED technology is impervious to shock with a 50,000 hour lifetime Lithium ion battery is rechargeable up to 1000 times; Fully recharges in 3 hours See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 04:58 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API What People "Are Saying About" the Streamlight 74751 Strion While most have thought this flashlight to be a slight ‘stretch’ of the budget, the Streamlight has proven to be a bright and dependable flashlight. Its durability, ease of handling, and charger have been a ‘crowd pleaser’. One of the aspects that a lot of people find appealing is the fact that the light can be set to low or high brightness with ease. Another aspect that does not go overlooked is the size and weight. The size of the flashlight lends it to be durable and manageable without being bulky or ‘light and flimsy’ feeling. The Streamlight is a great addition to utility belts, emergency kits, or survival packs. The only downside to the Streamlight 74751 is that it is a bit costly. Most have said that it was a bit more expensive than they had thought, but that it was well worth the investment. FAQs about Streamlight 74751 Strion Q: What are Lumens? A: Lumens are a method of measuring the brightness of light. Basically, the more lumens your flashlight produces, the brighter the beam of light should be. Q: How long does it take to completely recharge the batteries? A: To recharge the batteries after they are completely should take about 3 hours. If your flashlight takes longer or will not hold a charge, it is probably time to replace your rechargeable batteries. Q: How many lumens do I need? A: It depends. 500 lumens is pretty bright. If you are wanting to illuminate objects far away, 500-1000 lumens should be plenty. Q: Is a bigger flashlight brighter? A: Not necessarily. Some flashlights are made bigger to accommodate larger batteries. LED bulbs do not require as much power, thus the batteries do not have to be as large. Q: What benefit is a good grip? A: It is important that your flashlight is easy to carry and stays in your hands. If you are using your flashlight in wet conditions or if you are sweaty or tend to shake, a flashlight with grip will help you to keep ahold of your flashlight. Q: Does this flashlight come in other colors? A: No. The only color option available for this model is black. Verdict The Streamlight 74751 Strion Flashlight is a great flashlight. In my experience, 500 lumens is more than enough brightness for camping, hiking, and emergency situations. The only reason that you might want more is if you plan to use your flashlight to illuminate objects at great distances. I have found, however, that this flashlight will do everything that I need it to do and probably more. The Streamlight is a heavy-duty flashlight that is easily carried and has an excellent battery life. The batteries are easily charged and easily changed. The grip on the flashlight is sufficient. I have found that flashlights and other similar tools that have a rubber grip tend to separate from the rubber after some use. Having a flashlight with grooves or ridges for grip ensures that this does not happen and that the grip on the flashlight lasts as long as the flashlight itself does. Having LED bulbs instead of the typical flashlight is a huge benefit because the LED bulbs last uch longer, are not as fragile, and tend to be much brighter with a larger range in distance of illumination. Since the flashlight comes with a charger, there is no need to trouble with finding an external charger for the batteries. The sleek and heavy construction of the Streamlight is a reassurance of the quality of the product. To be completely honest, holding the flashlight simply feels good. Of all of the flashlights that you can find on the internet, this one is a straightforward, simple, and quality flashlight. If you are looking for a flashlight that will last a long time while maintaining integrity in quality, this is a great choice. The batteries are not easily drained, the C4 technology protects it from substantial tumbles, and the clip is sturdy and fits nicely onto my clothing and/or pack. Although this flashlight may look humble for the price, It performs well and will stand the test of time and hard use. Sale The Streamlight 74751 LED High lm "Rechargeable Professional Flashlight" ... C4 LED technology is impervious to shock with a 50,000 hour lifetime Lithium ion battery is rechargeable up to 1000 times; Fully recharges in 3 hours See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 04:58 / Affiliate links / Images from "Amazon Product Advertising" API Other interesting articles: Streamlight 88850 PolyTac LED Flashlight Review Streamlight ProTac HL-X Tactical Flashlight Review for 2020 J5 V1 Pro "Tactical Flashlight Review" : Worth It? GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight S1000 Review: Best Value for Money?

Gunsmithing: Little Tools Are the Basis of the Shop

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d607b4cd_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d607b4cd_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Buy them both. Magna-tips on the left and Wheeler Engineering on the right. One for the bench and one for the range. As your humble author was working on this column, it occurred to him that he, long ago, wrote a similar article for this publication. But that’s okay, ‘cuz this one’s better. This month, we want to briefly discuss the tools that the new gunsmith should shell out the initial dough to purchase, and those that he can or may be able to do without. As such, there really aren’t a whole lot of these initial tools, so they will be broken down by section below, with recommendations based upon personal use. Unfortunately, common tools, like standard screwdrivers, pliers, hammers, and the like have limited use on the bench of the gunsmith. For gross (as in large, not as in yucky) operations they work well, but they are not necessarily suited to the precision work demanded when working on guns. Likewise, fine precision tools like those used in the electronics industry, while great for fine control of springs and pins and stuff, simply aren’t tough enough to last for long under the heavy-handed abuse of the average overweight, under-exercised gunsmith. Fortunately there is a thriving special industry of overpriced (sometimes), overbuilt (often), and convenient (always) tools for dudes to blow their paychecks on. Hammers Here are the four slammers the smith will need for 99% of his slamming. You will need a hammer or four. The first is the most used and thus the most important and essential smasher to acquire. Brownells has a great model that is simply adorable, a 1-inch nylon/brass headed item, weighing about 6 ounces. You will use it every day, and it is the most suited for the most common punching and driving of small pins and parts that you will encounter. It will wear down and require dressing, the brass head will expand and need to be pounded or turned back into shape, and the nylon head will start to look like it went on a date with a cheese grater. If you can get spare heads, do it. Eventually it will expire and you will be forced to get a new one. Strangely, it is a very inexpensive replacement. For as much as it is used, Brownells should double the price and really make it profitable. Buy a rubber deadblow hammer for heavier soft work. This is your second hammer. Related GunDigest Articles Gun Digest Reloading Video Series - Episode 2: The Tools Market Trends: Rifles Drive Good Winter for One Indiana Gun Shop Inside the Colt Custom Shop The third hammer to get right away is a heavier steel model. Many smiths use a standard ball-peen hammer to help loosen those hard-to-move super-tight pins. The typical gunsmith’s tool bench is the home to a 1-pound steel that is quite easy to control and has the necessary mass to overcome all but the most stubborn interference-fit inertia. The old adage, “Don’t hit it harder, use a bigger hammer,” is oh-so-true in Gunsmithtown. The harder you hit something, the less control you have, and inevitably you will ruin your tools and the piece you are working on. You know, the workpiece that belongs to someone else. Overcoming inertia requires force. Force is applied with a hammer using speed or mass. Mass is easier to control and far more effective, hence the 1-pound hammer for moving the tapered front sight pins on an AR. Which brings us to the fourth hammer … the Hammer of the Gods. Thor called his “Mjolnir.” I call mine Pickles. Use the 16-pound sledge hammer to beat the ever-living crap out of that old .22 from the thirties that has no value, doesn’t function, and continues to reside in your shop for the sole purpose of relieving frustration. Plus, its effect on box elder bugs has to be seen to be believed. Screwdrivers Buy the Magna-tip 58-bit Master Super set, and the thin bits sets from Brownells. Use these for your bench. Very, very high quality tools. If you want a range set to allow you to show off your sexy gunsmithin’ to the hot chicks at the range, buy the Wheeler Engineering 89-piece set from Midway USA. It has several specialty bits that turn three-handed 15-minute jobs into two-handed three-minute jobs. Punches Discount sets have their place. But not in the gunsmith shop. Great success has been gained with Starrett punches from Brownells. Also get roll pin punches and those cute little hollow-nosed pin starter punches. Other Stuff Polish, polish away. A high speed rotary tool will make you a very happy little tinkerer. Just use it with control and intention. It can also pave your pathway to abject failure and doom. Get a high quality Dremel type tool. I’ve yet to find one that will stand up to hard use, most being of the hobbying variety. Be prepared to replace this one yearly. Once you have one, though, it is hard to get along without. For some unknown reason, motors and electricity have this funny way of making work easier. You will use this for grinding, polishing, buffing, hogging out stocks for glass bedding, and who knows what else. A variety of hand files are a must. The models available at your local home supply store are generally of adequate quality, as long as they are the expensive ones. Large bastards, mills, and the little needle files are all needed.

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