There are plenty of modifications that you can do to enhance the performance of your firearms these days. The Beretta 92/96 series of pistols have their own of modifications available. Some are inexpensive and others are costly. Wilson combat is a big producer of products for 1911 and Beretta 92/96 series pistols. Usually the upgrades and services that they offer are not known to be inexpensive in the least. The Shok-Buff for the 1911 and the 92FS/96 is one of the few products that seems to fall in the category of affordable upgrades.
There is a new steel target company that is getting traction. Targets USA is based out of Alaska, but they have a site that you can order from if interested, and use the code: DOITRITEAK for 10% off your order.
The search for a good CLP that makes cleaning safe and easy has been my goal for a while now. I have been through cheap and expensive products that all promise to perform the best. Most of the time these products do perform, but only with repeated usage and adequate time. Fubar CLP is a bit different than any other product on the market because it is not just for use on guns. It can be used as an insect repellent, a light sunscreen, a mild antiseptic, and even a moisturizer. Surprisingly, the product performs very well as a gun cleaner and lubricant. It is not easily overwhelmed and overcome by fouling. Plus, the lemon Pledge scent is a nice touch.
For whatever reason, it is very popular for people to only recommend ammunition that is going to cost in the neighborhood of $1/round. I have done several tests with these premium ammunitions and with generic ammunition. I have found a few things that might be a little eye-opening when trying to choose whether to carry the Winchester JHP or the Remington JHP.
When it comes to a good fighting knife, I typically look to Ka-Bar for a good standard. The decades of experience in war as a fighting/utility knife has given this knife a good amount of seniority, as well as a legendary status. Heck, this knife is basically like the 1911 of the knife world; most experienced fighting knife that is still a standard for combat fighting/utility knives.
Cold Steel is a knife company that is generally known for their entertaining videos and demonstrations on how tough and durable their knives are. They often video themselves torture testing these knives and using them to do somewhat outlandish tasks with them. I personally feel like Cold Steel has a very vast selection of knives that span from the highest of quality to the lowest and worst quality. The company is one of my favorites when it comes to tanto blade designs, though. The GI Tanto is a no frills tactical knife that is designed to be capable of doing everything a soldier might need a knife to do.
My first experience with a gun magnet was when I got one in my Gunner Crate shipment. I really recommend getting the Gunner Crate shipments as a gift or monthly since almost everything is just a terrific value. Anyways, the things the gun magnets are advertised for is something I want to evaluate to see if it truly is as handy as it claims.
When you are heading on the range or just chilling out with your firearm, you may be one that likes to have a chamber flag that indicates that your firearm is safe and not loaded. So why not have a chamber flag that is more than just a bland and boring color like yellow or orange?
I often hear people talking about how they dress around the gun they want to wear or how they pick the gun that suits their wardrobe choice for that particular day. I personally do both depending on my mood and what I am doing. Sometimes, I choose a pistol that I want to carry, then decide on a set of clothing that is appropriate for what I am doing that day. For the most part, I do this in the winter time. Realistically, I mostly roll around in a hoody all year around in Alaska, which sets me up to carry full sized guns with relative ease. But then there are days in the summer where I just cruise around in a t-shirt and jeans. In that case, I will have to choose a pistol that fits my clothing choice.
As a gun owner, I feel that we are obligated to maintain our proficiency in handling, marksmanship, and understanding when we can use it. With all of that, many people think that the most important thing to do is to go to the range and practice hitting a bullseye as accurately as possible. When it comes to that, I think that people are going about it in a way that does not really help prepare you for when you need it.
First thing I want to cover is that marksmanship is something you will spend the least amount of time doing, but what will carry the day is when you use it, and what you do after you have to use it. But, the thing I am going to focus on here is what you should do to practice for defending yourself with a firearm. This is going to most likely fly in the face of most peoples perception on what you should do, so just be careful about that.
First thing I want to say is that it is important to realize that when you are carrying, if you should have to draw your pistol, you wont have the luxury of "warming up" before using it. Therefore, I feel that it would be wise to include this in your training and practice. The way this would look is you use your highest levels of training to put yourself in a scenario that stresses your training. Things like drawing and shooting while moving, communicating, etc. Perhaps even practicing drawing and holding at gunpoint, or engaging an active shooter from cover. Add in different scenarios every time and try to stay away from shot timers. Most of the time you are not going to need to draw in under a second, and if you do, it will most likely be a shot from the hip and at close range.
I understand that there are limitations people may have at the range, but at the least, you should learn to shoot fast with a quick up and shoot scenario. The most you can do is stop the warming up crap and use your carry gun the way you will use it to confirm that you can actually take care of business when you need to.
Do It Rite
Alaska-Based Youtube Vlogger, Retired Marine, gun enthusiast, and passionate firearm and gear evaluator.