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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Want to find the best sniper/precision rifle for you as a beginner? You’ve come to the right place.  We’ve already covered our best recommendations for pistols , rifles , and shotguns , and now we dive into the world of long distance shooting. Let’s get started! Table of Contents Loading.

Best Sniper & Precision Rifle for Beginners [Ultimate Guide]

Best Sniper & Precision Rifle for Beginners [Ultimate Guide]Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Want to find the best sniper/precision rifle for you as a beginner? You’ve come to the right place.  We’ve already covered our best recommendations for pistols , rifles , and shotguns , and now we dive into the world of long distance shooting. Let’s get started! Table of Contents Loading... Things To Consider Caliber Common Rifle Calibers For the introductory long distance rifle, we recommend going with the 7.62x51mm / .308 Winchester cartridge. Assorted 7.62x51mm (MEN 147gr, PPU 165gr, PPU 180gr, Gold Medal 168gr It is one of the most widely used rounds so you’ll be sure to find tons of information and it is available for a reasonable price (starting at ~75 cents a round). Plus it’s good up to 800 yards and beyond. Bolt Action vs Semi-Automatic Bolt action rifles are the go-to for accuracy’s sake since there’s less movement going on when the round is fired.  They are also easier to make accurate than with a semi-automatic for a number of sciencey reasons. However, there’s been a lot of progress in semi-autos that are getting them close to on-par with bolt guns, out to reasonable distances.  However, the ability to rapidly re-engage a target without working the bolt might push you towards this route instead. Free Floating Barrel You want to eliminate the contact between the stock and the barrel for two main reasons. First is that the stock can change with outside influences such as weather or use.  This would alter the alignment with the barrel over time. Second, you want the barrel to be able to vibrate at its natural frequency. In normal rifles, the barrel rests on the stock, but in free floating barrels, there is no touching of the barrel with the stock.  The standard test is to see if you can slide a dollar bill between the barrel and stock. Free Float Barrel Dollar Bill, Gunsamerica Price Since it’s a beginner rifle, we’re looking to keep the whole package around $1000 including the scope. Ammo is also more expensive for precision rifles (with Match ammo running up to $1.50 per round and standard ammo at around 75 cents per round).  But check out our recommendations in our online ammo buying guide . Ready for some recommendations of the best? Best Sniper Rifles for Beginners 1. Remington 700 Best Beginner Bolt Action Rifle Remington 700 650 at Cabela's Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 650 at Cabela's Compare prices (2 found) Cabela's (See Price) Sportsman's Warehouse (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing The Remington 700 (all) series will always come up in a list of the best beginner bolt rifles as the gold standard. They start off accurate and there’s endless upgrades.  You can’t go wrong with any of the models but be sure to look at the entry-level 700 SPS Tactical (~$700) or the highest end Sendero SF II (~$1200) which Remington calls their “most accurate over-the-counter rifle.” Readers' Ratings 4.99/5 (687) Your Rating? 2. Tikka T3X Lite Best Do-It-All Bolt-Action Tikka T3X Lite 590 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 590 at Brownells Compare prices (2 found) Brownells (See Price) Cabela's (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing A Finnish rifle that weighs in at 6.5 lbs and can shoot 1 MOA (1″ at 100 yards) out of the box.  Again, there’s tons of upgrades for this sweet gun which clocks in at about $600-$700.  Also available in south paw for you lefties out there. 3. Savage AXIS Savage AXIS 500 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 500 at Brownells Compare prices (2 found) Brownells (See Price) Cabela's (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing The AXIS is great value for the money ($400-$500) and tons of upgrades available.  Also take a look at the law enforcement models which have an upgraded trigger and a heavy barrel. 4. AR-10 AR-10 vs AR-15 You might have heard of the AR-15 which fires the .223/5.56 round, but it was originally designed to fire the .308/7.62 round as the AR-10. At a side glance you might not be able to tell the difference between an AR-10 and an AR-15, but the AR-10 is slightly larger over for both the lower and upper receiver.  However, most of the lower receiver internals and furniture are interchangeable. As an AR platform, many manufactures make an AR-10 style rifle for precision shooting. Our go-to is with Aero Precision’s M5E1 line ($1300-1600) which will push your budget a little higher to almost $2000 with a good scope, but now you are ready to send a lot of (accurate) lead downrange.  Full review here . Aero M5E1 On The Grass Best Semi-Auto Precision Rifle Aero Precision M5E1 .308 1490 at Aero Precision Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1490 at Aero Precision Prices accurate at time of writing Looking for more AR-10 options?  Check out our Guide to the Best AR-10s . 5. Bergara B-14 HMR A touch more premium option, the Bergara B-14 HMR is one of the best factory produced rifles — period. Bergara B-14 HMR Based on the Remington 700, you’re basically getting what the R700 should be today. Modern, high quality, accurate, and built to last. The Bergara B-14 HMR fits all standard R700 stocks, chassis, and triggers so the aftermarket options are MASSIVE. And these rifles shoot, sub-MOA comes guaranteed with each rifle and Bergara lives up to the claim. We have a lot more to say about the B-14 HMR, so take a look at the Hands-on Review ! Bergara B-14 HMR 900 at GunPrime Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 900 at GunPrime Compare prices (3 found) GunPrime (See Price) Cabelas (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Accessories Scope Rings/Mounts Once you have your rifle, don’t cheap out on the scope rings.  An accurate rifle is pretty useless if the thing holding your scope to it is wobbling around. Leupold Quick Release Rings We actually recommend going with a one-piece mount so you don’t have to deal with the potential headache of aligning rings shown above. For a cheaper (but heavier) option, we love the Burris PEPR mount ($65) or for slightly more you can shave 5 oz off your rifle with Aero Precision mounts ($80). I would suggest the “extended” version and remember to match the mount with your scope (either 30mm or 1 inch typically. Aero Precision Extended Mount Scopes Nikon ProStaff 3-9x Another thing where you don’t want to skimp.  You’ll always hear the adage “Buy Once, Cry Once” with scopes since if you have a quality scope, you can always put it on a better rifle. A good rule of thumb is to match it up with your rifle in an almost 1:1 ratio.  It’s better to get the cheapest AXIS we mentioned above but pair it with a decent $300 scope. And scopes do get really expensive…our favorite is Schmidt and Bender’s PMII which retails for around $4000. Oh yes…we love optics! You’ll also want to pair up the power of the scope with your purpose. Do you want more zoom to hit really far targets, shoot competition where just 1-4x is needed, or a more middle of the road 3-9x? Check out our Optics and Scope Guide for the AR-15.  Since you’re going precision/sniper rifle, you’ll want to disregard the 1x optics and focus on magnified scopes.  And if you’re going strictly long-distance…check out our Best Long Range Scopes . What precision/sniper rifle did you end up getting? Let us know in the comments!

Handgun Showdown Round 1: Glock 22 vs. Glock 23

Handgun Showdown Round 1: Glock 22 vs. Glock 23

The Glock 22 and Glock 23 are two of the most popular “plastic” handguns on the market. Both are very reliable handguns as both are manufactured by Glock, a company known for their products’ legendary reliability. 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The .45 acp on the other hand is a caliber known for its reliability and proven track record of being a powerful man stopper since 1911, but the handgun platform it was primarily chambered in, the aptly-labeled 1911 , can only accept 8 rounds. The .40 S&W cartridge has a SAAMI pressure limit of 35,000 psi (240 MPa) which is the same SAAMI pressure limit for the 9mm, but its relatively larger diameter allows for heavier bullet designs of up to 200 grains, just 30 grains short of typical .45 acp bullets that weigh 230 grains, which results in wider permanent wound cavity even with just full-metal jacket (FMJ) a.k.a. ball ammo. The .40 S&W has proven itself that just 27 years after it was designed , there are now a myriad of companies that manufacture wide-body compact handguns that allow for double stack magazines which can fit 15 rounds or more — as in these guns are literally EVERYWHERE. As a result, .40 S&W ammo is in high demand and availability is unlikely ever going to be a problem. But These "Are Both Glocks…" So if both the Glock 22 and Glock 23 were designed by the same company and both are chambered for the exact same handgun caliber , they’re practically the same. You’re probably asking, what’s the point of comparing them anyway? Well, by the end of this showdown, we hope to be able to enlighten you on some key points. The Tale of the Tape The only real differences are the handguns’ length and height, the stock magazine capacity (the Glock 22 comes with two 15-round mags, and aftermarket 15-round mags are available for the Glock 23 but it only comes with two 13-round mags), the weight, the barrel length and the length of the sight radius. So again, why compare them? Depending on several factors, either of these two polymer burners could be the perfect fit or could cause a very bad case of buyer’s remorse. Bigger Is Better… Or Is It? The way you hold any gun greatly affects your accuracy and how quickly you can do follow-up shots. If you’re a tall person or if you have ginormous hands like The Hulk’s and you can barely wrap two fingers around a typical compact handgun’s grip, then the Glock 22 should be the better pick. It’s taller than the Glock 23, which means it has a longer grip. There should be more room for those fat fingers to firmly clutch at. Conceal Carrying Keep in mind though, bigger handguns are much more difficult to conceal. This shouldn’t be an issue in states that allow open carry, but even in these states conceal carrying can be practical, even essential — sometimes the element of surprise just wins a gunfight. If you’re looking to conceal carry, the Glock 23 will be easier to conceal because of its relatively shorter grip that won’t print as bad as the Glock 22’s — unless you want to wear sweaters or jackets and big baggy pants all year. If you need info on some of the best CCW (concealed carry weapon) holsters on the market for both of these Glocks or for other pistols, check out this exhaustive list of holsters we created. Sight Radius And Accuracy If you’re the type who puts a lot of time in the range, accuracy shouldn’t be an issue with both the Glock 22 and Glock 23 as they both have the same barrel rifling and the same length of twist. But in case you didn’t know, a gun with a longer sight radius will always be more capable of accurate shots compared to a gun with a shorter sight radius ( assuming both are tested by the same person and they know how to shoot well ). Weight Either pistols would be suitable for everyday carry (EDC) because there isn’t a big discrepancy between their weights — and they both have polymer frames . Do note, however, that a gun’s weight may also affect its accuracy because of recoil. A recoil-sensitive person (i.e. someone who doesn’t like recoil) tends to be more accurate when shooting a heavier handgun because it tends to soak recoil. Also, a front-heavy handgun will have less muzzle flip, which allows for faster follow-up shots when aiming with the iron sights, although this might not be an issue if you have a reflex sight installed (for general info on reflex sights, you might want to check out the Introduction part of the article I wrote for the Trijicon MRO ). Ammo Capacity There is nothing much to say about the two handgun’s different magazine capacity. The Glock 22 comes with 15-round mags, while the Glock 23 comes with 13-round mags. If you don’t want to buy any of the optional 10-round, 15-round or 22-round magazines that Glock offers and you’re confident with your shooting skills, 13 JHPs of the heart-stopping .40 S&W getting pushed out of a Glock 23’s business end should be more than enough to protect yourself with. However, if you don’t spend enough time in the range and you feel that those two extra rounds can be a lifesaver ( again assuming you don’t want to spend extra on the aftermarket 15-round mag for the Glock 23 ), then go with the Glock 22. Glock 22 and Glock 23 Barrel Conversion In case you’re the type who likes to fix things that aren’t broken, or you just want options, or you bought either pistol and you think the .40 S&W’s recoil is too snappy for your hands, you’ll be happy to know that both the Glock 22 and Glock 23 can converted from .40 S&W to .357 Sig . The .357 SIG as an alternative is a great caliber for self defense , and in some ways even better than the .40 S&W. If you’ve shot a .357 magnum revolver before, you’ll understand why SIG Sauer developed the .357 SIG. To Convert Or Not To Convert — The .357 SIG Question A typical 125-grain .357 magnum bullet fired from a 4-inch revolver barrel is unrivaled in penetration and stopping power. Since almost every semi-auto handgun cannot be chambered for the .357 magnum because of that cartridge’s over-all length (OAL), and because semi-auto handguns allow for faster and more efficient reloads with their double stack magazines ( compared to the 6-round speedloaders for most revolvers ), SIG Sauer probably thought, why not neck down a .40 caliber rimmed cartridge (i.e. the 10mm, which is the .40 S&W’s magnumized mother) to accept a .35 caliber bullet? I’m Sticking With My 1911 In 9×23 Winchester A word of caution though. While the .357 Sig conversion for any of the two Glock pistols might sound like a great idea, factory ammunition for the .357 Sig can be either very expensive or hard to come by in certain states. If you’re not reloading your own ammo, it might be practically worthless, and even if you are, the necked-down cartridge of the .357 Sig might be a tad harder to work with unless you have specialty dies that cost more $$$. Tread lightly on the .357 Sig idea. Aftermarket Parts Availability These are both Glocks. Availability for upgrades won’t be an issue. Oh, and both have the same accessory rail in front of the frame so you can attach a laser or a flashlight if you want. Pricing Nothing much can be said about pricing. Both handguns are priced exactly the same, info taken from Glock’s website . The Gen4 variant for each costs $549, while the Gen3 is considerably cheaper at $475 base price. If you want to know why the Gen3s are cheaper than the Gen4s, You can find them here . If not, then feel free to jump to the Conclusion. Conclusion The Glock 23 gets the nod for more practical reasons as it’s easier to conceal due to its slightly shorter barrel and grip. It can also use 15-round and even 22-round magazines, which totally negates the only real advantage the Glock 22 has to offer. But as with everything in life, there are always exceptions: If you’re big and/or tall, chances are you won’t have issues with conceal-carrying the Glock 22 because you’ll be wearing XXXL-size clothes anyway — then again if you’re in a state where open carrying is legal, you can wear anything  you want without worrying about concealment. If you have big hands and/or fat fingers, the Glock 22’s slightly taller height will allow for a more solid purchase on the grip. If you need more accuracy (maybe you shoot IDPA, or you have strabismus, or you flinch a lot when you shoot), the slightly longer sight radius and longer barrel length on the Glock 22 will allow for relatively more accurate shots. If you’re recoil sensitive, the slightly heavier Glock 22’s heft will also result in less felt recoil and less muzzle flip. Shooting will be a more pleasant experience. If you’re a cheapskate (like yours truly), and you just can’t bring yourself to spend extra on any of the aftermarket mags that Glock offers but you want the most number of rounds you can carry with your person, you’ll be happy with the Glock 22 being shipped with two 15-round mags. If all of the above apply to you, you are one very unlucky individual. Get a Glock 22, period. But if none of the conditions above apply to you, then the Glock 23 wins , hands down. Related Reads: Best Glock 22 Holsters Best Glock 22 Concealment Best 22 Pistols Glock 19 VS. Glock 23 Best Glock 23 Holsters Glock 23 Concealed Carry IWB Holster 5/5 (2 Reviews) Mike Ramientas A firearms and ballistics enthusiast and an outdoorsman, Mike is one of Gun News Daily's best contributing authors. He's a researcher, data analyst and writer by trade and strongly adheres to conservatism—a stalwart of the right to keep and bear arms. 2 COMMENTS Steve Graham December 6, 2018 at 6:22 pm Very good article that covers all the important points. While I was issued the 23, I bought the 22 for personal use. As you pointed out, fat fingers need the extra room on the grip. Reply Only One Cannoli June 17, 2019 at 9:24 am Thank you Captn Obvious! Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply

DI Optical RV1 Review

DI Optical RV1 Review

Red dot sights are simple machines. I have thought that for years… yet the cost of a red dot can range from $20 bucks all the way to $800 dollars. That’s a huge price variance. The tech is not rocket science, yet we still pay out the nose to get a “combat grade” optic. The typical names that spring up when discussing a quality dot are Aimpoint, Aimpoint, and Aimpoint. We know that Aimpoint makes a quality product, but they are not the only game in town… yet they are the most often recommended for a fighting rifle by far. Do we really need to drop $400 to get a decent product? I can buy far more complex machines for $400 dollars with far more moving parts made to high standards of quality… yet a “fit for fighting” Aimpoint with just a handful of moving parts and a small electronics package manages to rip that cash out of my pocket for their cheapest base model… I don’t like it. So I began to explore options. I have been looking at mid-tier options for the average man for a few years now. We all want quality gear at a budget. The key is finding the balance between budget and quality that could displace Aimpoint as the only relevant option for the prepared citizen. DI Optical: First world nations overseas have their own optical firms. Japan has a large industry of sport optic manufacturers stemming form their first world quality control and savvy technical manufacturing sector. Korea is another country with first-rate manufacturing and they too need to equip their military with hard use components. DI Optical has been providing the South Korean military with their own brand of optical sighting devices, which appear to primarily center on red dot optics. This brand is fairly new to our shores, and I had contacted DI Optical for possible review but never heard back. I put it on my want list and the day came where I could finally plunk down the $229 for the DIO RV1. The RV1 is the Americanized version of the Korean T3N red dot sight. I find it to be a bit sleeker and more aesthetically pleasing than the T3N, and I am happy with the product changes for our marketplace. Let’s get started! The T3N in use on a Daewoo rifle in front of night vision. Construction: I am happy to report that my initial impressions are good. The optic is solid. This is a one piece optical body machined from a hunk of aluminum. The construction fits the definition of overbuilt. It tips the scales at 14 oz which is a move away from the market trend of the popular “micro” red dot form factor. While it may be behind the trend’s of today’s red dot marketplace… something that never goes out of style is a product that is overbuilt and made to last. DIO appears to have given us the brick poop-house optic of our budget dreams. The dials are solid, the caps tighten down with a satisfying feeling, and the mount continues the design philosophy of “build it tough.” The mount can also be substituted for ARMS #17 style mounts which cover a few products such as cantilevers and spacers. Overall construction is exceptional. Solid construction throughout. Excellent first impression out of the box. Electronics: The optic features four night vision settings and seven daylight visible settings. I don’t have night vision to test the feature so we must omit this. The daylight settings are useable in all conditions and running the RDS on HIGH gives me no worries about brightness or washout in full daylight. The dot is 2 MOA and is crisp. The lens tint is not a significant worry as it is on the edge of barely noticeable. A single low mounted AA battery powers the optic for a reported 20k hours at a medium setting. This is an important step in the future of red dots, as even cheaper Chinese imports are sporting greater run times. DI Optical’s electronics package running with always-on operation that lasts almost 2.5 years is a decent run time for a combat grade optic. The emitter is visible at the 10 o’clock position. When the optic is mounted further out than this picture, the emitter is not visible. Where it is positioned on my rifle the emitter was not visible as in this photo. In use: The RV1 mounted without issue and did not mar the upper receiver’s finish. The bolt which the knob tightens against forms a recoil lug which prevents the mount from shifting under recoil. The mount is a simple clamp type mechanism with a coin slot to tighten the optic down on to the rail. The package raises the optic to a lower third co-witness. There is no way to position the optic for absolute co-witness. The windage caps are tethered together so they won’t get lost. The W/E adjustments feature a coin slot for adjustment. The first issue many shooters will encounter that is worthy of complaint is the optic has 1 MOA adjustments. This is rather gross for most shooters as we have grown accustom to 1/2 minute adjustments. In practice it wasn’t the biggest issue. At worst you will always be 1/2 a minute off a “perfect” zero, and for a red dot this should be sufficient for shots out to 400 yards on a man sized target. At short and intermediate ranges, your performance as a shooter along with your ammunition selection will have far more of an impact on your ability to hit the target than having the optic off by 1/2 a minute. The optic is reported to be sealed and impact resistant. I filmed it getting impacted and soaked. The quality of the video is low as I had a difficult time getting it to finalize with any degree of quality so please excuse the small parts of the video. Wrapping Up: In all the optic has taken my limited testing in stride. Performance is almost on par with a CompM4 from my standpoint as the RV1 has proven to be tough, optically clear, and offers good battery life which is 1/4 the ability of the Aimpoint product. The optic has been on in my gunsafe since I purchased it and it has my confidence as a quality piece of equipment. No signs of rust have presented in the mounting hardware, and overall the package running at $229 dollars is a steal for a optic that gives a shooter confidence. The optic also comes with some rather robust flip covers which I omitted in the photos. The spec sheet below should answer any questions I did not cover in the review. The RV1 appears to be squared away. I recommend it to shooters who want a duty grade optic on a budget who don’t mind the weight and size penalty. Also, if you are OCD about your zero… this optic might not be for you. If any readers have a RV1 please pipe in below and if you have had one break… I and all my readers want to hear about it and also let us know the customer service response from DI Optical USA. It is important that a company take care of customers as any product can fail… and we want companies to stand behind products if they send out a lemon. My contact with them has been limited and I haven’t found any negative customer experiences with the RV1 thus far. This optic was purchased with my own hard money and DI Optical had no contact with me to solicit or support this review. √ Budget Priced √ Conforms to Mil-STD 810G √ Solid construction √ ARMS #17 compatible mount X 1 MOA adjustments X 14 Oz Weight Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

Best AR15 Multitool: The Ins, The Outs, and the All Abouts

Best AR15 Multitool: The Ins, The Outs, and the All Abouts

If you routinely shoot an AR15 or one of the many hybrid versions of this popular rifle , then you understand the technical issues that face many shooters when they begin the relationship with this rifle.  Anyone who takes an AR to the range or into the field regularly soon realizes that there are certain things you can’t do on an AR with your standard range bag tool kit.  That is where AR multitools come into their own. Quick Navigation The Basics About AR15 Multitools Best AR-15 Multi Tool Reviews: My Top Picks 1. Gerber MP600 Sight Tool Review 2. Leatherman MUT Review 3. Real Avid AR15 Tool Review 4. Gerber Short Stack Weapons Maintenance Multitool Review My Choice "The Basics About" AR15 Multitools Manufacturers have recognized this fact and in true entrepreneurial fashion, the response is many multitool style offerings on the market.  I carry an AR specific multitool everywhere I go with my rifles.  There is one in my range bag, one in each gun case , and typically one in my bug-out bag.  Not any multitool will fill the role.  There are certain things that a good AR multitool must-have. Sight adjustment tool A punch Hooked pick Screwdrivers These, at the very minimum, are what you will need to keep an AR running at the range or in the field.  With these, I can do a relatively good job of disassembling an AR for cleaning, clearing almost any kind of misfeed or failure to fire, and clean the AR chamber lock. I want to look at several of the most popular AR15 multitools on the market and comment a bit on each one.  Along the way, I will share my thoughts about each tool, how they work, the pros and cons, and some insight into the AR15 platform. Best AR-15 "Multi Tool Reviews" : My Top Picks Here are my top picks at a quick glance: Preview Product Rating Gerber MP600 Sight Tool Multi-Plier, Black [30-000588] No ratings yet See Price on Amazon LEATHERMAN, MUT Multitool with Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters and Firearm... See Price on Amazon Real Avid .223 Tool No ratings yet See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 05:18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API 1. Gerber MP600 "Sight Tool Review" If you are only going to carry one multitool in your range bag or bugout bag, it should be the Gerber MP600 Sight Tool.  Gerber has taken the MP600 multitool and added a few new features to enhance the functionality of the MP600 when used as an AR15 tool.  The MP600 is already a great multitool and is a standard issue piece of equipment for the US Army. Standard on the MP600 sight tool you will find: Pliers Wire cutters (tungsten carbide replaceable blades Knife Screwdrivers Can opener Bottle opener Front sight adjustment tool Ruler Wire crimper Carbon scraper What I Like First off, it’s a Gerber.  The name says a lot about the quality and durability of the tool.  The look and feel of the Gerber MP600 Sight Tool gives the impression that this is a tool that will last and on which you can depend under any circumstances or conditions. A true multitool – The addition of the longer Phillips screwdriver and the addition of the sight tool and the carbon scraper made a good tool a great tool. One – handed operation – With practice, you can make this happen.  The design of the Gerber MP600 does allow you to operate the tool with one hand, which, in some situations, could be a lifesaver. Black Oxide Finish – The black oxide finish over stainless steel construction is brilliant.  You get all the benefits of stainless steel without the shine.  The oxide finish offers a more secure grip as well. The accessories – If you want to round out your Gerber MP600 sight tool, you can purchase an accessory tool kit that gives you an adapter and a set of driver heads to fit almost any need.  Gerber also offers a specially designed sheath that will hold both the multitool and the accessory tools. What I Don’t like The Size – Even folded, the MP600 is on the bigger end of the spectrum for multitools.  If you want reliability and rugged durability, you pay for that In added weight.  It’s not a big trade-off, but one that may cause some people to give the MP600 a second thought. Lack of a pick hook – I believe that every AR15 multitool should have the means to clean the chamber lock, and that involves getting behind the locking lugs on the chamber to scrape away the carbon deposits.  No hook is a definite lack on the Gerber MP600 Sight Tool. My thoughts I have a Gerber MP600 Sight Tool that came as part of a field armorers cleaning and maintenance kit that stays in my range bag.   The Gerber MP600 has been used many times on many guns.  The Gerber MP600 is a reliable and versatile multitool that fills a variety of needs. The functionality of this tool and its quality of manufacture makes this multitool one of the best on the market in my book.  Yes, it has a few shortcomings, but so do all the others.  As I said earlier, if you are going to carry only one multitool, the Gerber MP600 Sight Tool would be my choice. Sale Gerber MP600 "Sight Tool Multi" -Plier, Black [30-000588] 12 curated tools work specifically to maintain the front sight tool. One-hand opening design is accessible + simple to use. See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 05:09 / Affiliate links / Images from "Amazon Product Advertising" API 2. Leatherman MUT Review Leatherman is the name in multitools. It is the brand that usually comes to mind first when the word multitool enters the conversation .  Leatherman pioneered the multitool concept and has been on the leading edge of the research and design of multitools for years.  They haven’t overlooked that AR15 component of this market either. Along with all the other standard features on Leatherman multitools, the MUT includes the addition of some AR specific tools. Pliers Wire cutter with replaceable blades Crimper tool Knife blade Saw blade Seat belt cutting hook Hammer AR15 Bolt Override Tool Bronze carbon scraper 1-32 cleaning rod/brush adapter Punch Bottle opener Bit driver Sight tool Take a look at the deeper dive article on the Leatherman MUT . What I like The Leatherman brand name is a definite plus.  The reputation of Leatherman products is not to be dismissed.  I know from experience that you can count on Leatherman tools.  Late one December night, I was cruising along a dirt track, taking the back way into a deer lease when I ran over a length of electric fence wire.  Before I knew what had happened, the wire had wrapped several dozen times around the U-Joint behind the transfer case on my pickup. All I had in my pack was a Leatherman.  It took nearly two hours, but me and the Leatherman cleared that mess by cutting each turn of the wire around the u joint.   I pretty much wrecked the wire cutters on that tool, but I was glad to have it, and it functioned perfectly on a very cold, very wet winter night. The bronze scraper – Cleaning carbon deposits from a bolt carrier or bolt on an AR can be a challenge.  Using a hardened steel tool and scratch the bolt carrier and the bolt.  The bronze scraper is a handy tool that you will turn to many times as you maintain your AR. Clean Brush Adapter – The inclusion of an adapter that will take an 8-32 cleaning brush or even an extension rod is clever and is a standout on the Leatherman MUT.  If you carry an AR15 chamber brush, the adapter makes cleaning the locking lugs a much easier task. Additional Tools – The MUT comes complete with several additional bits to round out the functionality of the tool.  These include Torx bits and Phillips bits. One-Handed Operation – Like the Gerber, Leatherman has one-handed operation capability.  It does take some practice, but it can be accomplished. What I Don’t Like The Price – The Leatherman MUT is probably the most expensive AR multitool on the market. No Pick Hook – While the threaded cleaning rod gives you the ability to use a chamber brush, the lake of a pick hook to get into the nooks and crannies of the bolt carrier, bolt, and the locking chamber is a lack. My Thoughts Other than the price, I can’t find much to fault with the Leatherman MUT.  The quality, the functionality, and the ruggedness of the Leatherman MUT certainly are worth the price.  My problem is that if I pay this much for a tool, I am often loath to get it dirty and put it to the kind of use that I normally use my tools. On the other hand, if you may have to depend on a tool in a life-threatening situation, the price may be the least of your concerns.  In that case, The Leatherman MUT is probably a good choice for the AR multitool in your kit. LEATHERMAN, MUT Multitool with Premium "Replaceable Wire Cutters" and Firearm... READY FOR ANYTHING: The MUT is the first multitool that functions as both a tactical and practical... FIT MORE FUNCTIONALITY: A variety of pliers, wire cutters and crimper, knife, saw, cutting hook,... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 05:09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API 3. Real Avid AR15 Tool Review If you aren’t familiar with Real Avid, you are missing a lot when it comes to gun maintenance.  These guys offer a rich line of tools and accessories that can make your life much easier if you take care of a bunch of different firearms.  Real Avid is a US company and they understand shooting and shooters. The Real Avid AR15 Tool is, in my opinion, the best all-around AR15 multitool on the market.  Unlike most of the others, which were redesigns of existing multitools, the Real Avid AR15 tool was designed specifically to be an AR15 multitool.  Just looking at the features of this tool makes that apparent. Combination needle nose pliers Carbide cutter blades G10 grip plates Metal file High-Strength stainless steel frame Bolt carrier carbon scraper 8-31 threaded receiver 3/32” detachable pin punch 10 function bolt carrier group scrapers Cotter pin puller 440 serrated tanto knife 8-32 threaded post 3-position locking bit driver 12 bits Bolt override tool Tap hammer Includes a standard AR15 sight tool separately Sheath to hold all tools and accessories, MOLLE compatible. What I Like I think that this is the only multitool on my list that has enough tools and features that I could totally disassemble an AR into its components parts with the exception of removing the barrel from the upper or unscrewing a buffer tube.  That kind of functionality is surprising and makes this the multitool that is probably next on my list to add to my kit. The Price – "The Real Avid" AR15 Tool is priced in the same area as most of the other multitools worth having.  When you consider the price to features ratio, the cost of owning one of these multitools looks even better The Tools – There isn’t too much lacking here.  The inclusion of both a female and male 8-32 attachment points is a huge plus in my book.  Adding a flexible cleaning rod and some brushes to your kit make this an even more adaptable tool. Specific tools for specific jobs – Many multitools combine features for different jobs on an AR.  The Real Avid multitool goes beyond this and provides specific tools for cleaning and maintaining specific parts of the AR, especially the bolt carrier group. Compact size – Despite including so many tools and so many features, the design of the Real Avid multitool keeps the overall folded size of the tool much smaller than you would expect.  With the included sheath, the entire package is easily carried without a problem. What I don’t Like The Sight Tool – Real Avid includes a standard cylinder style AR 15 sight tool as part of the package.  I have dozens of these things lying around, mainly because the first thing that happens is, I lay one down and it rolls off the bench.  I just don’t like them Quality Control – Many users of the Avid Multitool report issues with quality control.  There seem to be some problems with poor tolerances and an overall lack of care in assembling the tools. My Thoughts For an entry-level budget tool, the Real Avid AR Tool is a great choice.  However, I suggest that you find a local dealer from which to purchase your Real Avid Tool so you can inspect the tool and make sure everything this tight and put together properly.  The comments that I read indicate that if you get a good tool, it is well worth the money. For the occasional shooter who wants a good multitool in their range bag, the Real Avid multitool is a definite good choice.  It’s not the cheapest you can find, but for the money, it will provide you the tools and functionality that you need on the range and in the field to handle most problems and tasks. Real Avid .223 Tool DETACHABLE: 3/32” pin punch, detachable hooked pick, 8-32 threaded post and receiver, 3 position... SCRAPES 12 CRITICAL BOLT SURFACES: the bolt carbon scraper and the 10 function scraper combine to... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 05:18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API 4. Gerber "Short Stack Weapons" "Maintenance Multitool Review" We are back to Gerber.  The Short Stack Weapons Maintenance multitool is not what most people think of when you mention multitool.   This Gerber tool is more of an armorer’s tool kit in a packable package.  The Gerber Short Stack doesn’t look like a traditional multitool and lacks a lot of the functions and tools of a standard multitool. What it does give you are features that aren’t found on the usual multitool design in a format that offers a remarkable storage trick. Buffer tube wrench Firing pin scraper Bolt carrier scraper Front sight adjustment tool Two double-ended bits Six different open and closed hex wrenched Packable into a Magpul pistol grip What I Like Right off the bat, I like the whole concept.  This is a compact and well-designed piece of kit that allows you to go beyond what the normal AR multitool can perform.  The ability to remove a buffer tube and dedicated tools for maintaining a bolt carrier group are key issues.  However, the overriding thing that makes this a real go-to tool for me is that it all packs down to a size that will store in a Magpul pistol grip. The design – The pieces are designed to lock together when stored but to be easily separated and used when needed. The Concept – The whole idea of a set of basic tools that allow you to do the basic chores of keeping an AR running smoothly in a compact and easily storable form is brilliant. The Gerber name – I am a Gerber fan and having that Gerber brand on a tool gives me a sense of comfort that I can trust that tool when I need it most. What I don’t Like You need to carry other tools – The Short Stack is not the end-all AR15 multitool.  It lacks some things that you may well need, but for an emergency maintenance tool, the Short Stack should be at home in your AR pistol grip or your range bag. My Choice Each of the AR multitools listed above has a place and a function.  Personally, I have several different tools that make up the firearms maintenance kit that is part of my kit.  Each of them is chosen for specific reasons. In the end, my go-to choice is the Gerber MP600 Sight Tool .  I have a small armorers tool kit that came with a generic Gerber multitool, and I swapped that generic Gerber multitool for the MP600 sight tool.  This kit is a primary part of my bug-out bag and my range bag.  This kit has saved many a range day for lots of other people and me when I was able to perform a field expedient repair using the tools in that kit, including the MP600 Sight Tool. If you found this article helpful or interesting, please leave a comment below.  Your knowledge and experiences are always welcome.  Learning from each other is part of the experience and we encourage you to participate in this online community. Other interesting articles: Leatherman MUT Review for 2020: Is this a Good Multitool? Leatherman Rev Review: Is This Multitool Worth It? Leatherman Wingman Review: Is This Multitool The One? Leatherman Rebar Review: Worthy Multitool?

American designed for hard use: The M&P 45 from Smith and Wesson

In the world of polymer pistols, none are so ubiquitous as the Glock. People often forget that before the Glock ever came into existence, Heckler and Koch had been building polymer-frame pistols since the 1950s. Today, Glock is hardly the only game in town, with perhaps the most stunningly diverse range of manufacturers and options available that utilize the same basic technologies. The polymer-framed handgun has truly become a class of pistols, and like any product class, some fit shooters better than others. The M&P: True To Its Name The M&P Line of pistols , which date back to the early 1900s, have always been designed and marketed for the Military and Police markets, offering features requested or required by law enforcement. The current line of M&P polymer frame pistols is no exception. Designed as an entrant to Military’s ill-fated Joint Service Pistol program, the M&P set the bar with the concept of removable backstraps to allow ergonomic customization, accuracy, and the option for a manual thumb safety in a striker fired pistol. Competing against the more expensive HK45, the M&P came in to the market offering all of the features at a much lower price point, which made it a hit with anyone looking for an alternative to the Glock while on a budget. Also, while initially designed for the .45 ACP cartridge, the M&P covers a wide range of popular cartridges, including 9mm, .40 Smith and Wesson, and .357 Sig. Variations are available in the full size, compact, and sub-compact models. The M&P is fairly unique in that it is one of the few polymer-style pistols that is available from the manufacturer in a competition configuration, which includes a reduced-weight, crisp competition trigger. Thanks to Apex Tactical , fire control mechanisms can be had that bring the M&P close to the 1911’s single-action trigger pull. These are recommended only for competition purposes, however I do run one in my M&P for carry use since my M&P has a thumb safety as well. Experience On The Range On first shooting this pistol I made sure to try it with all three variations of backstrap, finding that the slim width was the most comfortable in my hand, and I really liked the fact that the gun came with a takedown tool that also served as the pin holding the backstrap in place. Compared to the HK’s use of a roll pin, this made changing these out in the field far simpler, and reduced the number of tools I needed to carry. The tool is also absolutely essential for reassembly in cases where the magazine disconnect (if your pistol has one, some don’t have this feature) needs to be repositioned. After getting the feel for the gun as it came from the factory, I very quickly decided that the trigger group just had to change. Rapid fire with this pistol, or action pistol shooting, is no problem stock, however if you’re a student of proper trigger squeeze, the six-plus-pound trigger pull makes true precision shooting a real challenge. I found myself repeatedly checking the safety to verify that I hadn’t accidentally engaged it when I had trouble breaking the shot without a lot of pressure. A quick call to Apex Tactical and I received both their Competition and Duty kit , and the Forward Set Sear and Trigger kit , and I now had my choice of a light trigger pull, or a 1911-style trigger pull. We’ll talk about the Apex kits in a later interview, but for now, I’ll simply say that when they recommend the Competition and Duty kit for carry, it’s a good idea to stick to that (although I did replace the trigger along with the other components with one of Apex’s solid triggers, the two piece felt flimsy and was an annoyance for me). Once I had the trigger issues sorted out, I felt I could really put the pistol through its paces accuracy-wise. While the gun’s accuracy is acceptable for duty, carry, and competition use, it is not one I’d use if precision shooting was necessary or desired. The stock barrel is certainly capable of 2-2.5″ accuracy out to about 20 yards if you’re really trying, but for my personal taste, I felt it was a bit sloppy. Thankfully, Storm Lake offers semi-drop-in barrels that tighten up the fit of the barrel when in lockup, and this brought overall accuracy down to an acceptable 1.5-2″ range with only minor fitting required. Durability-wise, the M&P is up there with the Glock. While the pistol had reliability issues early on, I experienced no failures, whether induced or due to manufacturer fault. I performed no cleanings and only basic lubrication, and even had the temerity to give it the sand-dirt-mud-water treatment with outstanding results. Bottom Line The M&P is a fine pistol, and a worthy alternative to the Glock. It shoots well, it’s durable, and out of the box is an excellent choice. The ergonomics are excellent, featuring a 1911 grip angle and a fairly narrow grip that, in conjunction with the replaceable backstraps, will fit the vast majority of shooters hands well. I did find that the slightly egg-shape profile of the grip, with the narrowest part forward, presented the greatest challenge for me when combined with the length of the .45 ACP’s grip, as the gun tended to skew in my hand, requiring more frequent grip adjustments when shooting one-handed. Beyond that, my other biggest gripes were the trigger pull, which I found was easily correctable either through a kit, or a trip to a gunsmith for some polishing and reshaping, and the thumb safety’s fairly loose engagement (though a little shaping of the thumb safety’s detent took care of that). Once those issues were resolved, the gun performed excellently even without a replacement barrel, and I couldn’t find any reason not to consider this pistol a good, reliable carry gun. I’d give this gun a solid A-/B+ rating, knocking points off for the grip shape and length, as well as the fairly poor accuracy out of the box. The gun’s reliable, comfortable to shoot for most, and works well. I would advise anyone with fairly large hands to test-drive it a bit or pay attention to the grip before buying as after a lot of time on the trigger, I’ve found I prefer a fatter grip (or, altneratively, a grip wider at the front than the rear). Stay Safe and Shoot Straight. Guest Writer Erek Sanchez Posted on loadoutroom.com

Best SIG P320 Accessories & Upgrades 2020 Top Picks

If you need the best SIG P320 accessories and upgrades, you’re not alone. You’re probably one of a handful of P320 pistol owners not currently satisfied with the performance of their pistol. The least you can do is make some changes so it can perform better. Sure enough, you can do that with the right kind of accessories and upgrades compatible with the SIG P320 pistol. We’ll be taking a look at a total of nine accessories and upgrades we believe will benefit the P320 pistol as a whole. Each one is considered to be the best in its category (i.e.--Best magazine, best trigger, etc.). Whether you need one accessory or multiple products, your goal is to get the maximum performance out of your SIG P320 pistol. Before we get to the list, we’re going to talk about how accurate the P320 can be and the type of P320 accessories available on the market. We’ll also discuss which accessories might be best for you. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Sig P320 Accessories And Upgrades OUR TOP PICK: P320 T-Comp TRUGLO TFO Handgun Sight Set BEST BUDGET OPTION: Real Avid Gun Boss Handgun Cleaning Kit Streamlight TLR-4 Tactical Light with Laser Sight Comparison of the Best "Sig P320 Accessories" and Upgrades IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick P320 T-Comp Compatible with all kinds of P320 Can work with Faxon’s 28 threaded barrels High functionality with all types of grain ammunition View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews TRUGLO TFO Handgun Sight Set Includes front and rear sights. Made from green tubed fiber optics Best accessory and upgrade for SIG P320 pistol "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Best Budget Option Real Avid "Gun Boss Handgun" Cleaning Kit Cleaning rods included Includes cleaning patches, oils, and solvents Runner-up for best overall P320 accessory and upgrade View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Streamlight TLR-4 Tactical Light with Laser Sight Snap-on installation for quick mounting Ultra-lightweight and compact for most pistols Best SIG P320 accessory and upgrade for the money View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Taylor Freelance - SIG P320 +5 Base Pad Stainless steel spring included Best SIG P320 magazine extension Includes a base pad made from high-quality material View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Sig Grip P320 9/40/357 Grip Module Assembly Compatible with most calibers Made from high-quality polymer Best grip module for the SIG P320 pistol View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews MFT Holster Sig Sauer P320 Full Size OWB Holster Made for full-size pistols Best holster for a P320 pistol Both an OWB and IWB holster View Latest Price Read Customer Reviews Apex Tactical Specialties Inc - "Sig Sauer P320" Action Enhancement Trigger Drop-in design Compatible with various calibers Best trigger for a SIG P320 trigger View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews How Accurate is SIG P320? When tested against similar pistols like the Glock 19, the SIG P320 does an excellent job keeping the shooting groups nice and tight. At about 10 to 25 yards, the shooting groups were an inch apart from each other. The accuracy was consistent and doesn’t go all over the place as long as you have total control over your pistol. In the shooting test, both the SIG P320 and the Glock 19 were almost identical in terms of accuracy. Types of SIG Accessories There are some SIG P320 accessories that will work to your advantage. That is, unless you don’t need them. You want your pistol to be in tip-top shape so you can make it as accurate and reliable as possible. But what kind of accessories are the best in doing that? Here is a sample list of the most popular accessories currently on the market: Magazine/Magazine Extension The magazine will house a standard capacity of 15 rounds. However, some magazines will carry fewer rounds, while others will carry more. It will usually depend on your personal needs and preferences. If you believe you need a few extra rounds on your current magazine, you can add on a magazine extension . This type of product will boost your round count up to about four rounds. Usually, they can be used for applications like target and competition shooting. However, concealed carry users were able to use it for their EDC use without compromising their ability to carry concealed. Sights Accuracy is really important, especially when you’re using a pistol best designed for concealed carry and self-defense purposes. But it will also be great to have if you’re in a target or competitive shooting application. Either way, you need excellent sights in order to get the best possible accuracy. You can settle for a set of rear and front sights together or go with a standalone if you’re more comfortable. Source Holster If you conceal carry, having a holster for your pistol is a must, especially when conceal carry laws require you to have it in a holster when in a public setting. You’ll need a holster that will keep the pistol secure and not allow it to easily slip out. Holsters are available in outside-the-waistband (OWB), inside-the-waistband (IWB), and with shoulder straps. Each will have its own advantages and disadvantages of use, but it will depend on how much overall concealability you need for your P320. Which Accessory is Best For Me? The short answer to this question is, it depends. It depends on your personal needs and preferences. What accessory is best if you want better concealability? Do you need a new magazine with more rounds or will an extension be enough? These are some of the questions that get asked a lot. Fortunately, you’ll be able to find the answers here. Let’s outline each common situation and match it with the accessory you’ll need: More (or Less) Rounds? Do you think 15 round is not enough? If so, there are two options that you can choose from. The easiest thing to do is to get a magazine with an increased round count. There are those with a capacity of 17 or even 32 (whichever you prefer). The same can be said if you want fewer rounds. There are 10 or even 12-count capacities to choose from if you are looking to carry less rounds. However, if you simply need a few extra rounds without having to purchase a single magazine, a magazine extension will come in handy and fit your need perfectly. Source Better Concealability The P320 pistol is by far one of the best in concealability. In fact, it’s probably one of the most concealable pistols on the market and thus, is a favorite among concealed-carry practitioners. If you want the best concealability possible and to keep your pistol out of plain sight, an IWB holster might do you some good. Better Grip and Control For most, the P320 is easy to handle and control. However, you may be susceptible to having it slip out of your hands if you tend to have sweaty hands. In a situation where stress is high, this is the last thing you want to happen. And it can put you in some pretty dangerous situations. That’s why it is important to invest in a good grip that will give you maximum control. Talon grips might also come in handy if you want the absolute best possible grip. They are weather and sweat-resistant and won’t easily allow for slippage. Quick Take - The Best Sig P320 Accessories and Upgrades These are our recommendations for the best Sig P320 accessories and upgrades: P320 T-Comp TRUGLO TFO Handgun Sight Set Real Avid Gun Boss Handgun Cleaning Kit Review of the Best SIG P320 Accessories and Upgrades The following are the top nine SIG P320 accessories and upgrades available on the market today. Each is considered the best in its class (best grip, best magazine, etc.). It is important for you to keep an eye on the features and characteristics of every accessory you’ll be looking at. This way, it will give you a good idea of how you want your pistol to function. You can choose one accessory or multiple types, depending on your personal needs and preferences. Now, let’s take a look at the first accessory on our list, our “best overall” SIG P320 accessory and upgrade: Best Overall: P320 T-Comp CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to holster and upholster Fit nearly all open-ended holsters Relatively lightweight than most models Can be installed using only a 16mm wrench Comes with an innovative model that ensures style Cons Cannot work with OEM LH metric threads Relatively expensive than some other models What Recent Buyers Report The Tyrant Sig Sauer P320 Compensator, also called the P320 T-Comp, amazed us with the burst of positive reviews on multiple sites. Most users reported increased quality target re-acquisition with their sensed coil and reduced muzzle rise. Recent buyers are also pleased with the relatively smaller size of the model. Why it Stands Out to Us Almost all of the compensators from Tyrant claim perfect and easy assembly on your firearm, but what caught our eye with P320 T-Comp is the fact that it fits into all open-ended holsters. So, you don't have to buy any additional holster after its installation. This saves not only your time but also your energy that might have been spent on a difficult installation. Who Will Use This Most The diversity that the Sig Sauer P320 offers is incredible. It can be used in compliance with any 9mm firearm. So, if you are a professional shooter or a range day goer, the P320 is your best option in the market in terms of quality. It is also a good model for amateurs because it doesn’t require too much practice to perfect. Bottom Line We understand that the Sig Sauer P320 is a little expensive as compared to its market competitors, but the quality of the compensator makes it the more convenient option. A great feature of this compensator is that it does not require any cleaning and thus makes it a good choice for those who don't want to strip their gun down so often. Runner-up: TRUGLO TFO Handgun Sight Set CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Excellent for Those With Poor Eyesight CNC-Machined Housing is Really Tough All Over Easily Glows in the Dark With No Batteries Required Visible in Both Daylight and Nighttime Settings Easy to Install on your P320 Pistol, Only Takes a Few Minutes Cons Front Sight May Not Be as Durable as Some Assume Night Sight Functions May Not Be as Bright as Expected Low-Light Shooting Range Might Be Somewhat Ineffective What "Recent Buyers Report" A lot of recent buyers were satisfied with this sight. It’s bright, visible in any lighting condition, and just so happens to be usable by just about anyone. One older shooter with poor eyesight was able to see a lot better with this sight compared to a red dot sight that he had used for years. He says he was able to shoot with and without his glasses and still get consistently accurate shots. What Recent Buyers Report This sight is tough, bright, and delivers on the promise when it comes to accuracy. It’s all you’ll ever need in a pistol sight. Plus, it glows in the dark and gives you an advantage in low-light or near darkness. Best of all, it’s not battery-powered. This is the perfect sight to use in self-defense situations at night. Who Will "Use This Most" This sight will be used most by concealed carry users, especially when they’re looking for a sight that will get them through the day or night in the situations that matter most. You’ll be confident in knowing you have a sight that is reliable and accurate while you’re using it. What Could Be Improved and Why One of the possible improvements that should be considered is making sure that the front sight manages to stay intact from the beginning. Some users have complained about the sight holding up for the short term only to fall off after it’s been in and out of the holster so many times. Make it so the sight sticks to the pistol like super glue. Bottom Line If you’re looking for an excellent sight that will deliver excellent accuracy and is visible in any light condition, you’ll love the TRUGLO TFO Handgun Sight Set. This sight is not only accurate, but also proves its undying loyalty in being very reliable in situations where it matters most. Best for the Money: Real Avid Gun Boss Handgun Cleaning Kit CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Great as a Basic Cleaning Kit Compatible With Many Other Calibers Cleaning Rods Are Quite Solid and Easy to Use Easily Fits Inside the Barrel of Most P320 Pistols Cleaning Pads are Nice and Soft and Don’t Scratch the Barrel at All Cons Packaging Could Be Better Cleaning Rods May Not Be as Strong as Expected What Recent Buyers Report A lot of recent buyers were looking for a simple cleaning kit for their P320 pistol. Most were happy with what they’ve got. The cleaning rods were decent and the pads did their jobs brilliantly in cleaning out all the residue and gunk. One user said it was the easiest cleaning kit that he’s used in a long time. Everything is organized and has exactly what is needed to clean and maintain their pistol. What Recent Buyers Report This kit is good enough for cleaning many pistols of various calibers. Since the P320 fits that category, this kit will be enough. It has the parts you need to ensure that you can easily clean your pistol in a matter of minutes. You won’t have to deal with complicated layouts. Just a simple, basic kit with everything you need. Who Will Use This Most This will be used by your regular pistol owners and by those who conceal carry and also use their pistol on a regular basis or on weekend target shooting sessions. At some point, you’re going to need to clean your pistol to ensure that it’s in excellent shape and won’t give you any reliability issues down the road. What Could Be Improved and Why Despite the cleaning rods being of decent condition, they should be a bit more solid and sturdier. They won’t break easily, but they feel quite flimsy to the point where some users are afraid that they will actually break them in two. Make them nice and sturdy so it gets rid of that “cheap quality” feeling. Bottom Line If you want a cleaning kit that is well-organized and enough to take care of your common pistol cleaning needs, you’ll need a kit like the Real Avid Gun Boss to do its magic. A good pistol is a clean pistol. And a great cleaning kit like this will definitely keep it in shape and ready to handle any task. 4. Streamlight TLR-4 Tactical Light with Laser Sight CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very Easy to Install Easy to Use Settings Reliable After 500+ Rounds Fired Sights Consistently Stay on Target Light is Quite Bright and Helps Gets You Around Dark Corners and Obstacles Cons May Not Fit With Some Holsters Might Loosen After Some Short-Term Use Some Have Complained About the Laser Having a Hard Time Holding Zero What Recent Buyers Report Most recent buyers were quite happy with the light (and the laser) itself. It’s ridiculously accurate and really does a good job when the users were in a low-light setting. They were able to move quickly around dark corners, therefore, giving them an advantage over those who dare invade their home. One user said that he was confident that once this light was attached to his pistol, it was ready for primetime. What Recent Buyers Report This is probably one of the best combinations you can get: a bright flashlight and a laser sight rolled into one. It would be nearly impossible to install them individually on a small pistol like this. It’s a design that kills two birds with one stone. On top of that, you don’t have to hold a flashlight in your free hand and your pistol in the other. If you need a flashlight plus an accurate sight, this will definitely a perfect accessory for your weapon. Who Will Use This Most This will be used by those who are tired of having to hold a flashlight in one hand while using their handgun in the other. It will solve a major problem and make navigation a whole lot easier for those who want to get around in a low-light situation and gain a tactical advantage over home invaders and night prowlers without having to bump into anything. What Could Be Improved and Why A potential improvement could be to figure out why the laser sight doesn't hold zero. However, it would be wise to zero it the moment you have it installed. This way, it will give you the ability to test it out and see how far you can go with it before having to zero it again. It can be easy to sight in within minutes or even a couple of hours (depending on how far you want it to go). Bottom Line If you’re looking for an affordable upgrade for your P320 pistol, the Streamlight Compact Rail Tactical Light will serve as your best possible option if you’re looking for both a bright flashlight and a pretty decent laser light sight. When the two work together, you have quite the unstoppable force. Best SIG P320 Magazine Extension:​ Taylor Freelance - SIG P320 +5 Base Pad CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Super-Durable Construction No Trimming or Fitting Needed Works With Most P320 Magazines Easy to Install in Most Magazines and Fits Like a Glove Easily Adds a Few Additional Rounds to Your Current Magazine Cons May Not Fit Some Calibers The Fitting Might Be Required for Some Spring Strength is Suspect for Some Calibers What Recent Buyers Report A lot of recent buyers were able to use this to extend their magazines by a few rounds. One user was using it for his 9 mm magazine because he wasn’t satisfied with having only 12 rounds. It was a worthy addition to his pistol, he said. Plus, it’s concealed carry-friendly and doesn’t bulge up his holster. What Recent Buyers Report A good magazine extension will definitely work to your advantage in order to prep your pistol for some applications. More specifically, this is best used if you’re shooting targets or prepping for a competition. The more rounds you have, the better off you are. This extension is solid and has the ability to fit your pistol and increase its firepower by quite a bit. Who Will Use This Most This will be an excellent addition to your pistol if you’re either a target shooter or a competitive shooter. But don’t discount this as a useless accessory for those who conceal carry. It definitely helps if you want to add a little extra firepower to your pistol. Who says there is such a thing as too many rounds? What Could Be Improved and Why A possible suggestion would be to make the spring a little sturdier so it can handle the weight of other caliber rounds (more specifically while the magazine is fully loaded). Even a consistently fully-loaded magazine can wear down the spring a little bit and lead to reliability issues. Strengthening it a bit may make it last a bit longer. Bottom Line If your magazine’s capacity isn’t enough, you can extend it by a couple of rounds fairly easily. The Taylor Freelance magazine extension is probably your best bet when it comes to finding a unit that will give you a little bit more firepower than standard. If you need a few more rounds, a great extension might just get the job done. Best SIG P320 Grip Module: "Sig Grip P320" 9/40/357 "Grip Module Assembly" CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Grip for Most Users Fits Most Pistols Like a Glove Nice and Smooth With No Sharp Edges Easy to Install, Takes a Matter of Minutes Super Durable, Can Take a Lot of Impact and Abuse Cons Some Fitting May Be Required Installation Might Be a Challenge for Some Some Sanding Might Be Needed to Dull Down Sharp Edges What "What Recent Buyers" Most recent buyers were looking for something that will give them a better grip on their pistol. Not only that, they wanted something that would give their pistol a more solid frame and make it even tougher to break or damage. These buyers did not walk away disappointed. They were able to grip the pistol nicely and kept control of it, even in bad weather conditions. What What Recent Buyers This grip covers a good part of the pistol. Aside from getting a good grip, you’ll also get the frame beefed up a bit. This way, it makes it a bit tougher than a P320 that just rolled off the assembly line. Plus, you can easily make your pistol tougher than nails. Just get the right kind of tools and you'll have this installed on your pistol in a matter of minutes. Who Will Use This Most This will be used for every day carry. It is a useful upgrade for those that want to improve the quality and aesthetics of the pistol itself. Meanwhile, it will also make the pistol’s overall grip better so it won’t be able to slip and slide around in bad weather conditions. What Could Be Improved and Why One of the things that should be done before this grip hits the shelf would be to check for sharp edges. This way, it will reduce the number of cuts to the holster (depending on which material it’s made from). Sharp edges can cut some holsters, which may lead to snagging when you’re trying to get the pistol out of the holster itself. Bottom Line If you want a better grip on your pistol, the SIG Grip is exactly what you need to make your pistol grip feel like you’re holding on to flypaper while shooting. Whether your palms sweat or you’re outdoors in bad weather, you get a superior grip on your pistol, no matter what. Best SIG P320 Holster: MFT Holster Sig Sauer P320 Full Size OWB Holster CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Fits "Most P320 Pistols" Like a Glove Made From Solid, High-Quality Materials Allows for Either OWB or IWB Concealed Carry It Provides Maximum Non-Bulge Concealability Easy to Strap On With Most Belts and Waistbands Cons May Slip if Attached to Some Belts Some Wiggle Room Reported by a Few Users IWB Might Be an Uncomfortable Fit for Some What What Recent Buyers Most recent buyers were satisfied with this holster. They loved how versatile it was and allowed for either OWB or IWB carry. The preferences for one or the other was obvious: some liked carrying OWB and others liked IWB. One user even said he couldn’t decide on which was better for him, but ultimately ended up carrying it inside-the-waistband since it provided him with the best coverage and comfort. What What Recent Buyers The OWB and IWB abilities are, by far, one of the most remarkable features that no another holster has ever matched at this point. This definitely saves a lot of time and money for those who cannot decide on whether to choose a standalone OWB or IWB holster. This gives them the chance to at least try them both and decide which is better for them. Who Will Use This Most This will be used by concealed carry practitioners that want an excellent holster that makes enables better concealability. Regardless of if you use it outside or inside-the-waistband, you get maximum concealability that will be hard to match with any other holster on the market, especially with a pistol like the P320. What Could Be Improved and Why One inclusion would be to add a belt just in case it is used for OWB carry. Even if you carry inside-the-waistband, the belt can be worn just like a regular everyday accessory. Regardless, it will be useful one way or another. Bottom Line If you want a holster and you cannot decide between OWB and IWB, why not choose both and give this product a try? The MFT Holster by Sig Sauer will give you the opportunity to carry either way so you can choose which one is more comfortable for you. Best SIG P320 Trigger: ​ "Apex Tactical Specialties" Inc - Sig Sauer P320 "Action Enhancement Trigger" CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Break-in Doesn’t Take Too Long Design is Ergonomically-Friendly Excellent as a Factory Replacement Easy to Install, Takes a Few Minutes Pull Weight is Decent and Allows for Smooth, Quick Shooting Cons Some Fitting Might Be Required A Few Have Reported Some Creep and Grittiness Some Might Not Like the Overall Design of the Trigger What What Recent Buyers A lot of recent buyers wanted a trigger that was nice and smooth. At the same time, they wanted one that allowed for quick and easy shooting and follow-up shots. The new users got exactly what they wanted out of this trigger. One user said he never gets tired of it, even after a long day at the range. What What Recent Buyers This trigger is a straightforward design and is not curved like most triggers you see on pistols. But the construction and design are solid and ergonomically-friendly for most shooters. Plus, the pull weight is nearly 20 percent less than the average factory issued trigger on a P320 . Who Will Use This Most This will be used by P320 users that want a lighter trigger pull and quick follow-up shots in the process. This will fit perfectly for every day carry and target shooting applications. Plus, it’s best for those who want to say goodbye to trigger finger fatigue after an extended shooting session. What Could Be Improved and Why A possible improvement would be to at least lighten the pull weight a bit more. This way, it can make pistols a little more competition-friendly. Despite the weight reduction, we feel like it might be a little too heavy for competitive shooters. Bottom Line If a trigger upgrade is what you need, the Apex Tactical Trigger will probably be the best possible choice. It’s easy to pull, solid in construction, and will definitely work to your advantage if you want quicker shooting and even quicker follow-up shots. Best SIG P320 Magazine: Sig Sauer P320 / P250 Fullsize 9 mm Magazine CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Fits "Most Pistols Like" a Glove Easy to Load and Slide Into the Mag Well Very Solid Construction and Also Very Durable Excellent for Concealed Carry and Other Applications Reliable Feeding, Doesn’t Jam After Many Rounds Cons None What What Recent Buyers A lot of recent buyers were satisfied with this magazine. With ten rounds at their disposal, it’s enough to get by in an EDC application. One user said he had more than enough shots, just in case he has to use them. It was easy to load and lace inside the mag well of the pistol. What What Recent Buyers This magazine is tough enough to handle all kinds of hard surface impacts. This means the magazine can free-fall and hit the pavement or a hardened floor without busting apart. Not only is this a huge plus for users, but it’s definitely a must for every pistol magazine. Plus, you’ll never know how many mags you’ll need for your desired application (we’re talking how many shots you need, plus extras in case one of your magazines malfunctions). Who Will Use This Most This magazine will likely be used for any purpose. Concealed carry, casual target practice, or competitive shooting will be your top three ideal uses. With ten rounds at your disposal, it’s just enough to have handy in case you need to use it. But for target practice, it’s the ideal count to have if you’re planning on going through extra magazines. Ten rounds is a decent amount to have in each mag. What Could Be Improved and Why Despite no obvious cons, there is one thing that could be addressed. If you intend to clean and maintain the magazine itself, you must be aware that disassembly and reassembly might be a possible issue for some users. Be sure to keep all small parts off to the side and together while disassembling and cleaning your magazine so they won’t get lost. Bottom Line If you’re looking for a good solid magazine with a decent amount of firepower to work with, the Sig Sauer P320/P250 full-size 9 mm magazine might be exactly what you need. No matter which application you use your pistol for, it’s always good to have a magazine that is reliable and fulfills all your concealed carry needs. Best P320 Sig Threaded Barrel:​ Silencerco - SIG P320 Threaded Barrel 9 MM 1/2-28 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros "Works With Most" Pistol Slides Fits Full-Size Pistols Like a Glove Makes it Easy to Install a Silencer on Your Pistol Preserves or Even Improves Your Pistol’s Overall Accuracy Easy to Install, Period. It Just Takes Minutes and the Right Kind of Tools Cons "Some Fitting Might" Be Required May Not Accept Some Silencers Some Have Had Some Issues Installing the Barrel What Latest Price Pros A lot of recent buyers were satisfied with the barrel. They even stated that this made their pistols much more accurate than their previous factory-made barrel. One of them was able to install a silencer for self-defense purposes without any issue. He says that he feels a lot stealthier than ever. What "Latest Price Pros" A pistol barrel will definitely play a huge role in overall accuracy. Sometimes, a factory-made barrel is something that can be a disappointment when it comes to the accuracy of your pistol. This is a solidly-constructed barrel that can fit most silencers, which is a welcome ability for most concealed carry practitioners. Who Will Check Latest Price This will be an excellent barrel for those who use their pistols for self-defense purposes. It is even better for them when they want added stealth to give themselves an advantage over home invaders and prowlers. It’s definitely useful for those who want to take out attackers without making much noise. What Could Be Improved and Why Since the P320 comes in different calibers, there should be an option where there is a barrel for specific calibers, as well. You have a SIG P320 but it’s a .45? Then why not get a barrel that will be compatible with those rounds (and silencers that fit such calibers themselves). Bottom Line The Silencerco SIG "P320 Threaded Barrel" is your best possible choice if you’re looking to upgrade your accuracy or want to add a little “silence” to your pistol for some applications. It’s great for self-defense and even tactical situations where it’s legally allowed. Perks of Getting a Few Upgrades If you choose not to add some great upgrades to your SIG P320, you’re definitely missing out on a lot of advantages. Knowing what to upgrade and which accessories to use will give your pistol the best performance possible. Here’s what you’ll get to enjoy: Better Accuracy It’s no secret that accuracy is one of the top attributes of any firearm, especially when you want it to function optimally in most applications. Find a great sight, barrel, or both if you want to maximize your pistol’s ability to shoot tighter groups consistently. Quicker Shooting Accuracy is one thing, but getting a shot off quickly is another. Timing is everything when it comes to using your pistol. If you want to shoot at a target quickly, it’s important to find a trigger that will be light in pull weight. Also, a crisp trigger with an easy reset is just another added bonus you’ll really want. Better Concealability The P320 is one of the best pistols you’ll ever want when it comes to concealability. Yet, it would be even better if you purchased a holster to keep your pistol nice and safe wherever you go. If you want the best in concealability, nothing comes closer than an inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster that will really make the difference. Conclusion The best SIG P320 accessories and upgrades are at your disposal. It all depends on what you want to upgrade and what you want to leave alone. Remember, your pistol as-is might not deliver the best performance. If you feel like it needs some upgrades, don’t be afraid to poke around to see which accessories will make it stand out much better.

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