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The Cavalry’s guns are coming to Cimarron. Recognized as the leader the leader in innovation for old west firearms reproductions through quality and authenticity, Cimarron has worked continuously to perfect the authentic detail, fit, finish and function of their line of frontier firearms. Visit their Website SKU:CA514M00 Model P U.

The Cavalrys guns are coming to Cimarron Firearms

The Cavalrys guns are coming to Cimarron FirearmsThe Cavalry’s guns are coming to Cimarron. Recognized as the leader the leader in innovation for old west firearms reproductions through quality and authenticity, Cimarron has worked continuously to perfect the authentic detail, fit, finish and function of their line of frontier firearms. Visit their Website SKU:CA514M00 Model P U.S. Cavalry, 7 1/2″, .45 Colt Standard Blue The first troops to receive Colt’s new 1873 army revolver in the latter portion of that same year, included Custer’s famed 7th Cavalry. It was these early issue pistols, inspected by Orville W. Ainsworth and shipped to Fort Lincoln, that Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s cavalry desperately fought with as they made their last stand on June 25th, 1876, at the disastrous Battle of the Little Big Horn, known to the Indians as the Fight at the Greasy Grass.

The Bare Bones Minimalist Survival Kit for 2020

The Bare Bones Minimalist Survival Kit for 2020

An old standby “survival” skills game used to facilitate leadership development training forced participant teams to choose among a list of survival gear and supplies items. The game was posed as being cast on an isolated island after a ship wreck or plane crash (Hey, remember Wilson ?), or in the jungle after a plane crash or some other fictitious peril.  The teams were limited to picking only 10 items.  It was fun, and very instructional. The groups had to gather up individually and begin the process of the picking of their top 10 survival gear items from the available list.  Then each team had to present their choices to the other teams and explain their rationale for their decision-making.  The instructional part was not only the communication and exchange of ideas among team members, but also the feedback and assessments provided by the entire group.  What survival items would you pick? Just to take a note as a sidebar such a game would be very useful for potential prepper teams in the formation phase to process survival information and to express opinions about various related survival tactics.  This would not only reveal other’s survival knowledge base, but also their compatibility, communication, and sensitivity to the other potential team members. Quick Navigation Formulating a Minimalist Survival Kit Bare-Bones Survival Kit Parameters One Bare Bones Minimalist Survival Kit Final Assessments Formulating a Minimalist Survival Kit In our reality based world, lucky for us, we are not really limited by any set list of survival gear, tools, supplies, or essential items.  We can choose from the infinity of everything out there to include in a bare bones kit bag.  The only primary limitation then for the assembly of this kit becomes the kit’s total weight, and a practical choice of just the bare fewest items to complete such a kit. Related: 10 Bug Out Bag Essentials For this kit, we are not even suggesting a backpack or indeed a fanny pack sized carry conveyance.  We have to keep focused on the minimalist approach here.  This kit then is not really an EDC bag nor is it any kind of a BOB either. It’s different.  It goes in the trunk of the car or under the back seat of a pickup truck, in an office desk drawer, or some other place that is easily and quickly accessible.  It is not intended for long term use, but a “get by” circumstance. This kit may also not be something that is necessarily grabbed and carried during an emergency, but it could be.  It might be a kit used during an office or school lockdown during say an active shooter situation or maybe a tornado warning or other emanate emergency condition or SHTF .  It could get you by if the interstate highway was shut down by a wreck for an extended period of time or if you got caught in a snow storm, perhaps even overnight. Depending on the SHTF situation ( urban or wilderness ), you might have to hunker down in the office or in your vehicle.  You could have the option or decide to hike out a few miles to another safe location or to be picked up elsewhere.  Naturally, the potential emergency situations are also endless, so think for yourself, what are the likely events you could encounter and stock your bare bones kit accordingly. Bare-Bones Survival Kit Parameters For this exercise, I have volunteered as the Guinea pig.  Of course, my personal situation and conditions are decidedly different than yours, so I will outline my own parameters.  You need to do the same.  It is important, no critical, that every person self-profile themselves so they build a kit that meets their exact personal needs for virtually any type of short-term survival SHTF. I am a senior citizen, retired, and of age for social security, but still quite active.  I have health issues that require daily medication, hydration and minimal food intake.  I am an avid reader, and writer with good mechanical and organizational skills.  I am more of a hermit than a joiner, but am active in wildlife management work and serve on the executive board of a state wildlife conservation group. Read Also: The Prepper Learning Curve I could not run a hundred yards, but could walk for five miles, more if allowed to rest periodically.  I actively hunt, fish, work my bug out camp, ride ATVs , and am a proficient shooter.  I carry concealed with a legal permit.  I work at home every day, but travel a fair amount.  My minimalistic survival kit would likely be used mostly via access in a travel mode, so they are kept in vehicles. Are there some assumptions then?  Yes, of course. Let’s assume you will have your iPhone with you at all times, ideally fully charged.  You’ll have a wallet or purse with IDs, cash money, and credit cards.  If you have a CCW permit, carry it.  You may have with you a concealed carry weapon, or in close proximity to one and maybe at least one extra loaded mag.  Have available or carry a lightweight rain jacket ideally with a hood.  Accordingly these items are not included in your minimalist survival bag, because you should always have them anyway. One "Bare Bones Minimalist" Survival Kit Here are the items in my own Bare Bones Minimalist Survival Kit: Quick bag. This would be a lightweight nylon pull cord top bag, small satchel zip bag, or some small military type gear bag . You should check out the EVATAC Tactical Backpack as well. Rothco G.I. Type Heavyweight Mini Alice Pack, Olive Drab Mini Heavyweight Canvas Alice Pack One Large Main Compartment For Storing Gear See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 07:38 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Water and Snack. I would pack (2) bottles of water and (2) protein and power bars. Medicines. 3-5 days of required meds.  A small bottle of pain relievers. Blanket or Cover. One fold up compact space blanket or similar cover/shelter. Or better yet, a TACT Bivvy . #1 Bivvy Sack #1 Bivvy Sack TACT Bivvy Our Favorite Sack Weighs only 6.2 ounces. Very durable. Use in all survival situations to stay warm View Latest Price Knife. A high quality folding knife or fixed blade camp/survival knife .  Not a Rambo blade. Read our survival knife guide for more details. Sale Fallkniven A1 Fine Edge Fixed Blade Knife, Black Blade material: lam. Vg10 Blade length: 160 mm See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 07:38 / Affiliate links / Images from "Amazon Product Advertising" API Firestarter. Box of waterproof, wood matches and (1) butane lighter . Small tin or med bottle with prepared tinder cotton balls. Read our fire starter and tinder articles. Signals. (1) Signal whistle with lanyard. Noopel 2 Pack Survival Whistle with Lanyard and Keychain Double Tubes... Super loud survival whistle: double tubes emergency whistle can provide up to 120 decibels, enough... Premium Quality: Aluminum Alloy Material, strong and durable. See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 07:08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Paracord. (1) Wrap of 50 feet of paracord rope. TOUGH-GRID 750lb White Paracord/Parachute Cord - Genuine Mil Spec Type IV... PREMIUM CORD... AT A BARGAIN PRICE. NOTE: PACKAGED ACCORDING TO LENGTH. (50, 100 and 150 footers... PEACE OF MIND. THERE'S NOTHING QUITE LIKE IT. Go ahead, string up a hammock, rig your sails, secure... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 07:08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Head and Hand Gear. One ball cap or hat with sun visor and a pair of durable gloves. First Aid Kit . One micro first aid kit in tin or plastic container. Sale Coleman Family Size Emergency First Aid Kit - 82 Pieces One 82-Piece "Coleman Family Size" First Aid Travel Kit Emergency first aid kit packs in all the emergency essentials See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 07:18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Final Assessments Now before you go crazy at ripping apart my selections for a bare bones kit, reflect on your own needs or make viable suggestions for other needed items. Undoubtedly, in my own thinking and planning, I have left out something.  With practice and trial, perhaps I will change up my own bare bones kit to delete some items or add others.  We want to learn from the readership, too.  That is best accomplished by not criticizing, but by comparing and contrasting. Save Save Other interesting articles: Crovel Elite Survival Shovel Review for 2020 Hill People Gear Recon Kit Bag Review for 2020 Shemaghs, A Survival “Must Have” in 2020 Best Handheld Ham Radio for Survival in 2020: Expert Analysis

Best Mil Dot Scopes of 2020 [Budget & Top Picks]

Best Mil Dot Scopes of 2020 [Budget & Top Picks]

As you already know, the scopes with mil-dot reticles are very popular among marksmen, snipers , and hunters alike because of both the simplicity and range finding. Without a doubt, riflescopes equipped with mil-dot reticles can do magic when they are in the hands of experienced shooters. Although there is a trend of using rangefinders or electronic sensors integrated into scopes, no serious shooter or tactical team will rely solely on electronics, since a mil-dot also works without batteries. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Mil Dot Scopes (GM) OUR TOP PICK: UTG 3-9X32 1" BugBuster Scope, AO, RGB Mil-dot, QD Rings Nikon ProStaff 4-12x40 Riflescope w/ MILDOT Reticle 6732 Bushnell Tactical 6-24X50 Rifle Scope (Ffp Illuminated) Primary Arms 4-14x44 FFP Rifle Scope with Non-Illuminated Mil-Dot Reticle Leupold Mark 4 12-40X60Mm Spotting Scope W/Mil Dot 53756 Comparison of the Best Mil Dot Scopes IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick UTG 3-9X32 1" BugBuster Scope, AO, RGB Mil-dot, QD Rings Red/Green Dual Illumination Best Overall Mil-Dot Riflescope Mil-Dot Rate Range Estimating Reticle With 21 Aiming Points View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Nikon ProStaff 4-12x40 Riflescope w/ MILDOT Reticle 6732 Best Nikon Mil Dot Riflescope Mil-Dot Reticle With Built-In Aiming Points for Easier Elevation Adjustments The Fully Multi-Coated Optical System Transmits Up to 98 Percent of Available Light "View Latest Price" → Bushnell Tactical 6-24X50 Rifle Scope (Ffp Illuminated) Best First Focal Plane Mil-Dot scope "First Focal Plane" Illuminated Mil- "Dot Reticle With" 0.1 Mil Click Value Specialized Tactical Target Optics With 6 to 24x Magnification and a 50-Millimeter Objective Lens View Latest Price → "Read Customer Reviews" Primary Arms 4-14x44 FFP Rifle Scope with Non-Illuminated Mil-Dot Reticle Best Mil-Dot Scope Under $500 Exposed Tactical-Style Turrets With Zero-Reset It Sports First Focal Plane Reticle Which Stays True at All Magnifications View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Leupold Mark 4 12-40X60Mm Spotting Scope W/Mil Dot 53756 Best Mil Dot Spotting Scope The Same Model is Used in the US Army's XM110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS) Due to the Folded Light Path Technology, the Scope Features 12-40x Magnification in a Light, Compact Design View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews What is Mil-Dot Scope and What is it Used For? Unlike MOA reticles, the mil-dot-based scopes were designed around the measurement unit of the milliradians or MRAD. That also answers to the common misconception that “Mil” in “Mil-Dot” stands for “Military”. In fact, the milliradian is 1/1000th of the radius of a circle. Source Based on the traditional duplex crosshair, a mil-dot reticle has evenly spaced dots throughout the X and Y-Axis. This reticle usually can be found in tactical optics. Initially, this type of reticle was used exclusively for military purposes, specifically in artillery for precise determination of the distance to the target. Being a military unit of angle, the U.S. military utilized the idea of milliradian for the small arms optics, and at the end of the 1970s, the first mil-dot type scope was made. This reticle type is maintained to this day and all major manufacturers deliver their optics with mil-dot crosshairs. Are MOA and MRAD the Same? Both MOA and MRAD are conical measurements , but they are not the same. If you are familiar with the U.S. customary system, the MOA system will be great for you. For those who are familiar with the metric system, the natural choice would be mil-dots. Whereas the minutes of angle (MOA) may be a bit easier for the most Americans to calculate, the MOA measures approximately one-inch per 100-yards making it better suited for casual shooter or hobbyist, as it is not as accurate. Source Mil-dot measurements are stated in the metric system, marking 10cm per 100m, or 1cm per 1,000m. Since they are much more accurate, mil-dots are best for marksmen who desire the most intense accuracy at the greatest range they can achieve. While the click value is 0.1 MRAD (1cm/100m), you can convert mils to imperial measures, but it really requires more math. In that case, you should remember that each milliradian is just over 3.6 inches at 100 yards and 36 inches at 1,000 yards. Interestingly, the mil-dot is not round but instead is oblong. How to Choose Mil-Dot Scopes While mil-dot scopes range from the cheapest imported junk to high-end scopes, you have to pay attention to a few desired characteristics. The mil-dot is a distance estimating reticle, used to calculate the distance to an object.  Since it is typically used for adjusting the impact of a bullet on long distance rifles, it is best suited for riflescopes with a decent magnification. Magnification​ To begin, you can acquire scopes with a 3-9x magnification, but for shooting out past 200 yards you might want to consider a higher magnification device like 4-16x or even those with a more powerful zoom. Illumination Some people will look for products that offer an illuminated backlight to light up the reticle, which is easy to use in low lighting conditions and poor weather. Tube Diameter​ As you know, a 30mm tube allows for greater light transmission and better sight picture, but quality brands can also provide a clear and sharp image with a one-inch tube. Objective Bell​ While a 40mm objective lens may be enough for hunting, for enthusiasts who really enjoy long-range shooting, a 50mm objective bell will provide a superb sight picture at a distance. Mil/Mil Configuration​ One of the most useful features involves making sure that the reticle always matches with the click value. Whereas the mil-dot reticle has subtensions divided in milliradians, the turret clicks paired with reticle subtensions also divided in milliradians. Quick Take - The Best Mil-Dot Scopes These are our recommendations for the top options: UTG 3-9X32 1" BugBuster Scope​ Nikon ProStaff 4-12x40 Riflescope​ Bushnell Tactical 6-24X50 Rifle Scope​ Review of the Best Mil-Dot Scopes Now that we have touched on a little bit of background info, let's move onto the stuff that matters most - the review of our favorite mil-dot scopes. Best Overall: ​ UTG 3-9X32 1" BugBuster Scope CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Emerald Lens Coating True Strength Platform Accessory Rich Package Red/Green Dual-Color Mode Three Yards to Infinity Parallax Side-Wheel Premium Zero Lockable and Zero Resettable Turrets Range Estimating Mil-Dot Reticle for Optimal Aiming and Shooting Performance Cons Limited Eye Relief It Lacks Full Waterproofing Our first offering is for best overall mil-dot scope is the Bug Buster 3-9x32 riflescope from the Leapers/UTG Company. The UTG manufacturer has pioneered the range estimating concept in mil-dot reticle optics from as early as 2003. In contrast to the common mil-dot reticles, UTG Tactical "Range Estimating Reticle" (TRE) boasts nine dots in each direction of the crosshair, providing you with a total of 21 aiming points for either windage or elevation. Besides, they are the first in the industry to release the red and green dual reticle illumination in 2004. The central body is made of one-inch aluminum tube, but there is ample use of polymers as well, that are responsible for overall weight reduction. Due to standard 3-9x magnification power, this compact device is only 8.11″ long and weighs 13.9 oz, making it a nice tough product, built on a True Strength (TS) platform for reliability and sturdiness. As proof, this Leapers/UTG model is airgun-rated, meaning that it can withstand the recoil of a spring powered air rifles, which are notorious for destroying good firearm optics. The UTG 3-9x powered scope comes with emerald proprietary multi-coating, which facilitates maximum transmission of light. The body is sealed and 100% nitrogen filled, but whereas it is entirely fog and shockproof, it is not completely waterproof and won't protect internal mechanism against being submersion. The main complaint about this product is small eye relief that decreases dramatically with a higher magnification from 4.2" to only 3.2". The ¼ MOA turrets for adjusting windage and elevation are finger adjustable, zero lockable, and zero re-settable. While this SCP-M392AOLWQ model comes with a 32mm objective lens and an adjustable objective for parallax correction from three yards to infinity, its mock turret on the left side serves as the optional red or green illuminated reticle. The package includes quality flip-open lens caps, a pair of Picatinny/Weaver quick-detachable medium profile rail rings, and a two-inch sunshade. Bottom Line Leapers/UTG developed and refined the Bug Buster as a decent little optic with the perfect set up for use on a modern sporting rifle. It is based on the AR-15 platform or can be combined with a side mount base for Soviet-designed carbines. The UTG 3-9x32 optic is an excellent riflescope for those on a budget and those desiring a compact, yet powerful mil-dot scope with an illuminated reticle. Best Nikon Mil-Dot Scope:​ Nikon ProStaff 4-12x40 Riflescope CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Mil-Dot Reticle Versatile 4x to 12x Zoom Power Spot-On Ballistic Match Technology Uses Nikon’s Fully Multi-Coated Lens Spring-Loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turrets Cons Sometimes Poorly Packaged Mil-Dot Reticle With MOA Adjustable Turrets For many years now, the 3-9x variable has been the most popular riflescope magnification, but today hunters and shooters are beginning to choose slightly more powerful 4-12x or even 4-16x variables. The Nikon series of ProStaff riflescopes are available in magnification levels 2-7x, 3-12x, and 4-12x, offering a fully multi-coated optical system for up to 98% light transmission for bright, high contrast viewing. The redesigned Nikon ProStaff scope comes with a versatile magnification range, is nitrogen filled, and has an O-ring sealed central tube for waterproof, fog proof, and shockproof performance. Since you can adjust the magnification from 4x all the way up to 12x, this optic provides you with a tool for any type of hunting situation, from heavy timber to the open prairies . With a body made from polymer and aluminum, the Nikon model 6732 weighs only 14.3 ounces and sports mil-dot reticle built-in aiming points for easy elevation adjustments. The Nikon ProStaff 4-12×40 features updated finger adjustable turrets compatible with Nikon`s Spot-On Ballistic Match technology. Spring-loaded zero-reset turrets can be tuned with precise hand-turn 1/4-MOA click adjustments. However, the main complaints about this product are that the knob adjustments are in MOA while the reticle utilizes the mil-dot aiming points directly built into the reticle itself. The Nikon ProStaff 40mm scope boasts a generous, consistent eye relief of 3.7 inches that will keep your brow safe even with the heaviest recoiling rifles. Bottom Line While the updated Nikon ProStaff line of riflescopes is perfect for target shooting, they are also good basic hunting scopes. The Nikon ProStaff will provide you decent image quality at dawn, dusk, or even on cloudy days but they do not give quite as much illumination at dusk as some of the higher end riflescopes. Best First Focal Plane Mil-Dot Scope: Bushnell Tactical 6-24X50 Rifle Scope CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Argon purged Tactical turrets Eye Relief: 4 inches Illuminated Mil-Dot Reticle in  FFP RainGuard HD Anti-Fog Technology Comes With MIL/MIL Configurations Ultra Wide Band Coating and Fully Multi-Coated Optics Magnification: 6-24 x and 50- "Millimeter Objective Lens" Cons Measuring at 27 Ounces, it is a Little on the Heavier Side Bulky Scope With the Objective Bell That Measures to 2.336" (60mm) Like most scopes in the Bushnell new Elite Tactical series, model ET6245F has tactical/target style turrets and reticle in the first focal plane. Utilizing 4x zoom power and a magnification of 6 to 24x, this Bushnell product is perfect for long-range shooting, especially when paired with a reticle placed in the first focal plane, which means that reticle size changes with magnification without obstructing target. This model features a crisp and illuminated mil-dot reticle ideal for easy holdovers and distance calculations. The scope comes with MIL/MIL configuration, meaning that tactical/target style turrets offer 0.1 mil click value matching the precise mil-dot reticle measurement. Thanks to a large, light-gathering, 50-millimeter objective lens, fully multi-coated optics, and an "Ultra Wide Band" Coating, you will get improved light transmission and excellent image sharpness and brightness even at dawn and dusk. Additionally, the outer lens surfaces are coated with the RainGuard HD layer which breaks up moisture, keeping the lens clear. The generous and constant eye relief of four inches (101 millimeters) is helpful for comfort shooting and accurate shot placement. This product is equipped with a side-mounted parallax knob intended to assist in keeping the reticle parallax free and the objective image sharp for long distance shots. Its 30mm diameter tube is made of single piece aircraft grade aluminum to withstand some serious abuse. The housing of this Bushnell offering is argon purged for complete waterproof and fog proof protection. Bottom Line Bushnell’s Tactical 6-24X50mm riflescope is a pretty versatile optic that will meet most needs of all varminters and big game hunters out there. Best Under $500: Primary Arms 4-14x44 Scope CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Moderately-Priced Side Mount Parallax Knob Traditional Mil-Dot Reticle 4-16x44mm Magnification First Focal Plane (FFP) Reticle 30mm Main Tube Made of Aircraft Grade Aluminum Cons Does Not Feature an Illuminated Reticle Windage Turret Feels a Little Soft and Mushy At 24 Ounces, This Scope is Not Light and Feels Substantial Primary Arms is a well-known retailer of optics, red dot sights, and firearms parts, and is now widely regarded as one of the most cost-effective options on the market. Many would agree that the Primary Arms’ 4-14x44mm riflescope with first focal plane mil-dot reticle is a “best buy” in the industry. The FFP reticle will stay true through the entire magnification range of 4x through 14x. The traditional mil-dot reticle is correctly matched with MIL/MIL turret adjustments that move the reticle by one-tenth of a mil with each click. However, whereas all adjustment knobs are big and comfortable, some shooters complaint of soft turret clicks. The exposed tactical-style turrets are lockable and re-settable, providing a total 35 mil of windage and elevation. That is not huge, but it's good enough for the applications most average hunters and marksman will use these optics for. While the reticle is not illuminated, its 30mm tube will maximize light transmission, making it perfect for long-range precision shooting as long as you understand what its limitations are. It comes with a decent 3.22 inches of eye relief at low power and 3.14 inches at high magnification. This scope features a side-mounted parallax adjustment that will keep the reticle parallax-free and focuses from ten yards to infinity. Bottom Line Since it is machined of durable aluminum alloy, it is completely shockproof and nitrogen purged but only water-resistant, not completely waterproof. Overall, Primary Arms has released a very good entry level scope for mid to long-range shots offered at a very competitive price range for FFP Mil-Dot optics. Best Mil "Dot Spotting Scope" : Leupold Mark 4 12-40X60 Spotting Scope CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Universal Mount Armor-Coated Body Very Compact & Light The Multicoat Four Lens system Front Focal Plane Mil-Dot Reticle Constant Eye Relief of 1.20” (30mm) Cons The Price of the Unit The Reticle May Be Intrusive in the Lower Magnification Ranges Spotting scopes are an indispensable part of the equipment in long-range shooting or hunting, and they are especially valuable when paired with riflescope reticles for accurate range calculation. The Leupold Mark 4 is equipped with a traditional mil-dot reticle placed in a front focal plane (FFP), that gives you exact range calculations at all power settings for serious accuracy. Actually, the FFP reticle magnifies with the image so that you can range at any zoom level. The overall shape and size of this device are short and compact (just 12.4 inches long and 37 ounces), due to the polymer body and folding optical design. It features a roof prism system that folds the optical path in a manner characteristic of binoculars. It sports 12-40x power magnification and a whopping huge 60mm objective lens.  Additionally, it has water, fog, and shockproof construction and Leupold's industry-leading lifetime warranty . The armored rubber housing protects Leupold's Xtended Twilight Lens System and multi-coated lenses, making this unit extremely durable under the most daunting conditions and in the most critical moments. Since this product, just like any high-magnification spotting scope amplifies vibrations, Leupold provides a standard 1/4-20 thread tripod attachment and a McCann rail for easy compatibility with tripods and digital cameras. Bottom Line Leupold's premium spotting optics from the Mark 4 series offer resolution and brightness on par with the best of classic European scopes at a considerably lower price. The fact that the United States military sniper teams and some serious shooters and hunters use this high-quality instrument is a pretty good recommendation to start with. Conclusion The mil-dot reticle is one of the most popular and common, so there is no wonder why countless military sniper teams have trusted these as they are perfect for tactical law enforcement use, long range hunting, or ringing steel at a thousand yards. By utilizing milliradians, you can make easy compensation for bullet drop and deflection on a windy day as accurate and straightforward as possible.

The Unique Challenges, Performance of Monometal Bullets

The Unique Challenges, Performance of Monometal Bullets

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d7f478cf_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d7f478cf_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Monometal bullets, such as these from Cutting Edge Bullets, offer shooters a round that penetrates deep, expands reliably and does not come apart. Photo courtesy Massaro Media Group and JNJphotographics. Monometal bullets can offer shooters top-notch performance, especially for hunting. But the futuristic projectiles challenge reloaders, given their unique characteristics. In the late 1980’s, Mr. Randy Brooks, owner of Barnes Bullets , sat on a patch of high ground in Alaska glassing for bears and had a brilliant idea. His vision was to create a bullet that would expand reliably, yet penetrate deeply and not come apart. It was the concept of removing the entire lead core, leaving a bullet made of a solid copper (usually just reserved for the jacket material) that was completely revolutionary. Now I have to be completely honest here, and it’s something Mr. Brooks and I have discussed before. Years ago, when I read about the Barnes X bullet for the first time, I fell head over heels for the concept of this bullet in the hunting fields. I went out and bought several boxes, in .308” diameter and .375”, but, they gave me fits. Related GunDigest Articles Gun Digest Reloading Video Series - Episode 6: Bullets Video: Federal Premium Now Offering Bullets For Reloading Reloading: Sierra V-Crown Redefines Hollow Point Bullets No matter what I tried, I simply could not get the accuracy I wanted from them. I changed seating depths, I changed powder and I changed primers, all with no avail. I cursed this bullet, and shelved the idea of using them. That is, until several customers called Massaro Ballistic Laboratories and asked me to load them some of the improved TSX bullets. Reluctantly (at first) I did what the customer wanted, and when the reports came back I cocked an eyebrow. Accuracy was superb, velocities were spot on, and the field performance was stellar. You see, the bullet design was revised to include three deep groves in the shank in order to lower the amount of bearing surface, and keep pressures down. This did the trick. The Barnes TSX and TTSX models are a damned fine bullet, and I wouldn’t argue with anyone choosing this bullet for hunting. The monometal bullet design is here to stay, and there’s no doubt about that. But there are several features and little quirks that any handloader should know about them. Barnes Bullets revised the design of their monometal bullets to include three deep groves in the shank in order to lower the amount of bearing surface, and keep pressures down. This made the bullet all the more reliable, in the author's opinion. Photo courtesy "Massaro Media Group" and JNJphotographics. Copper is lighter than lead. Therefore, to maintain the same weight, the copper bullet must be longer. This can pose an issue in cartridges that have a smaller capacity, as the bullet will need to be seated deeper into the case. But, one of the great features of the copper bullets is that their construction is rigid enough that lighter-for-caliber bullets will perform as well as their heavier weight cup-and-core siblings. A 150 grain .308” monometal will do the job as well as some of the 180 grain conventional varieties. It is, in my opinion, the lighter weight bullets that make the monometal bullets really shine. If a shooter is recoil sensitive, these can be a cure for what ails. For example, if you load a 270 grain .375″ monometal bullet in the .375H&H case to the same speed as a conventional 300 grain (2,550 fps or thereabout), and you have a perfectly viable buffalo cartridge, with a significant drop in felt recoil. If you are a fan of the .338” bores, you can create a great deer load by using a 175 grain monometal, thereby getting more field time for a gun usually reserved for God’s larger mammals.

Mauser C96: The First Field-Ready Military Autoloader?

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d34aaddf_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d34aaddf_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The Mauser C96 “Broomhandle” pistol is the first military semiautomatic pistol to prove itself both rugged enough and reliable enough for field use, argues Massad Ayoob in his newly-released Greatest Handguns of the World, Vol. II . Related GunDigest Articles 7mm Mauser: Still A Dandy Sporting Round FN Adds M249S Para to Military Collector Series 6 Long Guns To Know From The Spanish-American War Best Starter Kit for Concealed Carry: S&W M&P 9 SHIELD $394.96 guns.com Safariland IWB Holster $43.99 brownells.com Safariland Duty Belt $88.99 brownells.com SnagMag Ammo Pouch $LOW! gundigeststore.com Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group may earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! But that's not all. Here are 5 more reasons why the Mauser C96 made the cut as one of the most important handguns of all time: 1.  The 7.63mm Mauser C96 was the first pistol to lock its mechanism open automatically when it ran dry of cartridges, the better to facilitate reloading. Mauser set a standard for auto pistol design with this feature. 2. This 19th Century single action auto set early standards for handgun ergonomics, particularly when taken from “cocked and locked” carry to “Fire” mode.

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Whew, I got a great deal of traffic for that lower receiver build! Currently I am on track to complete my rifle this month. I have a FN 20 inch barrel on the way and it looks like Rainier Arms will be my source for parts. I have done much business with Rainier Arms in the past and they always deliver. No drama. I cannot recommend them enough. I had been mulling around the idea of building a A2 clone but that will be for another project in the future. As much as I want an A2 I need to keep this blog relevant to the interest in those who own an A2 and a flat top. The best way I see this being accomplished is with a flat top and either a detachable carry handle or a chopped handle. The drum sight of the A2 / A4 carry handle offers so much more than any BUIS currently on the market. While there are some back up iron’s that offer remarkable adjustability (such as the KAC micro) they just cannot ultimately compare to the durability or adjustability of the drum sight. I fully intend to learn to utilize it to the fullest extent possible. Two apertures, ability to adjust below the 300m zero (with a revised sighting method), and a tough assembly are all very good reasons to run with the drum. I intend to review many adjustable elevation back up irons in the future as well so stay tuned. Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

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