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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s What’s the best holster for the money? EMP, Alien Gear Holster After buying your gun…deciding on which holster you’re going to buy is one of the most important decisions you can make. There are a lot of different kinds and styles of holsters on the market right now.  Sadly, many of them are not ideal for concealed carry.

Best Concealed Carry Holsters [2020 Hands-On Tested]

Best Concealed Carry Holsters [2020 Hands-On Tested]Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s What’s the best holster for the money? EMP, Alien Gear Holster After buying your gun…deciding on which holster you’re going to buy is one of the most important decisions you can make. There are a lot of different kinds and styles of holsters on the market right now.  Sadly, many of them are not ideal for concealed carry. Lots of Holsters, Boondock Saints But no worries…we’ll clear up what makes a good holster, the types of carrying (inside waistband, ankle, etc), and personal recommendations for each type. Complete with tons of hands-on pics, videos, and even standalone reviews. Best Concealed Carry Holsters Best IWB (Hybrid): Hidden Hybrid Holsters Best IWB (Value): Concealment Express Best IWB (Kydex): Tenicor Best IWB (Unique): Urban Carry G3 Best OWB: Alien Gear Cloak Mod Best Bellyband: Crossbreed Belly Band Best Ankle: Sticky Holster Best Shoulder: Galco Best Gun Belt: Relentless CCW *UPDATED* 2019: More holsters and personal experiences…and videos ! Table of Contents Loading... Why Have a Good Holster? Let’s think about some of the things the holster is supposed to do: Protect and hold the firearm. Prevent discharge. Provide quick access. Prevent theft or loss. So, maybe instead of the original question, we should ask things like: What goes into a great concealed carry holster? First and foremost is the concept of safety.  You’ve likely heard the safety rules by now, but in case you haven’t, here they are: Treat every weapon like it’s loaded. Don’t point your gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy. Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire. Know your target and what’s beyond it. They’re all particularly important but for right now, let’s concentrate solely on number three…k eep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire. Good Trigger Discipline Glock 17 I want to expand on it even more and say that nothing should touch the trigger, to include clothing or any part of the holster itself.  Your trigger could get caught, pulled, and cause a discharge. That’s a bad oopsie… Trust me when I say the last thing you’re ever going to want is for your gun to go off unintentionally.  And, guns have gone off when being holstered because something got caught and pulled the trigger. Therefore, it is super important that you learn how to safely re-holster your handgun to make certain you know how to do it.   And take your time…believe it or not…nobody has ever won a gunfight by speed-holstering. The bottom line is to always make sure your gun’s path is clear of any foreign objects (including your own finger) before you put your gun in its holster. What Makes a Great Concealed Carry Holster? As I stated earlier, there are a lot of different kinds and styles on the market.  But a lot of them are not ideal for concealed carry because they are dangerous. When you pick out a holster, make sure it has the following: Total trigger coverage Sturdy material Good retention Good concealability Handgun protection Skin/body protection Positive grip Let’s take a closer look at these requirements… Trigger and Material There are a lot of holsters on the market where the trigger is not covered or is covered by a flimsy material. So that you’re as safe as possible, it’s best to have a holster that is made of a sturdy material that covers the trigger.  You want to do all you can to prevent the possibility of a discharge. A good example of a sturdy material could be Kydex or leather. Both do an excellent job of protecting the trigger. Kydex Sheets Kydex is basically nothing more than a polymer composite material formed to the shape of your gun with a bunch of properties that help it do its job. Some holsters will have both materials in the form of a Kydex shell on top of a leather backing. Glock 19 with TLR-1 in "Hidden Hybrid Holster" There are countless companies making good-quality holsters out of this material.  You can’t go wrong here. Good Retention Another way of saying retention is that your gun needs to “stay put.” A good test…if you stick your gun in your holster, and turn it upside down, will it fall out? If it comes out, the retention of it needs to be adjusted (usually via a screw) or you need a different method of carrying. It needs to be strong enough that it keeps your firearm in place until you tug it out on purpose. Concealability Unless you’re carrying openly, you’ll want your firearm in a discreet position where it cannot be seen. IWB , or Inside the WaistBand , holsters offer a better level of concealment than does OWB , otherwise known as Outside the WaistBand (more on this in a minute). And, as far as IWB holsters are concerned, generally speaking, appendix IWB offers the most concealment. Think of appendix carry as starting directly in front of your belly button and ending on your pelvic bone. Appendix Carry, HHH with EMP Keep in mind, it depends on body type, and my body is different than yours.  What conceals better for me, may not be a good option for you. The best thing to do is to play around with it a bit, to find a balance between comfort and concealment. Protection Your holster needs to protect you and your gun. Some of the harder materials can cause rub marks on its finish over time, so keep that in mind too. Tenicor Velo Holster with G19 At the same time, some of the stiffer holsters may rub your skin the wrong way.  While not generally that big of a deal…if it isn’t comfortable , would you carry it every day? As a bonus while on this topic, holsters can also damage clothing and furniture if you choose the wrong type. I’ve used metal clips on holsters before that eventually wore holes into my shirts.  Plastic clips, while not as strong, do their job quite well and are gentler on clothing than their metal counterparts. Grip This is very important . If your holster doesn’t afford you the ability to have a FULL combat grip on your gun when it is drawn, you need a different holster.  Meaning you’ve got a high grip, can deactivate safeties and can shoot one-handed. Full Grip on G19 with "Hidden Hybrid Holsters" You should be able to draw and fire, from any position, to include directly off-body if an attacker is on top of you.  I’d even suggest a holster/position where you can reach with your weak hand as well. Again, because it bears repeating…if your holster doesn’t allow a full combat grip, get a new one. Different Types of Holsters There are a few different types of holsters out there for men and women: IWB OWB Belly Band Ankle Shoulder Those designed specifically for women, which I know nothing about…but good thing one of our writers does . Let’s tackle each of these, along with their benefits. IWB Aliengear Cloak Tuck 3.0 with XD Mod 2 Otherwise known as Inside the Waist Band , these holsters are great for concealing a gun. They go in between your pants and your underwear and they are excellent because they keep the gun so very close to your body. "Alien Gear Holster" Because it is so close to you, people won’t notice it as much as some of the other options on this list.  They also don’t “print” as much as some of the others do. Printing is when the outline of the firearm/holster can be seen on the shirt. This is bad because the point of carrying a concealed gun is to hide the fact that it’s there. Seated with Alien Gear One of the drawbacks to carrying like this is that it’s harder to get that positive combat grip from the draw. It’s possible, but you’ll have to practice that much more to get it right. There’s a couple different types of IWB but we’ll get to that in the actual holster section! OWB OWB, or Outside the Waist Band is when the gun/holster rests on the outside of your pants. OWB Holster It is usually anchored to you by the belt, though some of them may attach differently. It’s obviously not very covert unless you’re wearing a jacket. However, it is a very comfortable method of carrying because there generally isn’t anything poking you in the side. Finally, it affords a better grip on the draw because it sits further off the skin allowing you to get your entire hand on it in the right position. Belly Band Holsters These are pretty self-explanatory…it’s a band that goes around your belly.  For those times when you’re not wearing a belt… Brave Response "Belly Band Holster" Make sure to choose one that completely covers the trigger and remember that you might get a little sweaty under there. Shoulder Shoulder holsters generally wrap around the shoulder.  The part that actually holds the gun usually sits on your support side’s rib cage. 007 Shoulder Holster The support side is the hand that you don’t squeeze the trigger with.  It helps to stabilize, or support, the strong hand. The strong hand is the one you do squeeze the trigger with. Shoulder Holster Back This method of carrying a concealed gun is great for people who wear a jacket and is also commonly employed by undercover and off-duty police officers. But it’s not all looking cool… The guns tend to fall out much more likely than other holsters You’re muzzling the person behind you When you unholster it’s easy to sweep a couple people in front of you too Your shirts will get gross sweat marks from the holster When you take off your jacket the gun is no longer concealed Ankle This method of carrying a concealed gun is great for deep concealment, or for times when a backup gun is needed. In this case, there is no printing unless you’re wearing tight pants. Nobody will know you’ve got a gun on you unless you pull your pant leg up and show them. Ankle Holster from Uncle Mike The drawbacks to this method, are that your gun can be hard to get to, and it can be uncomfortable to the point that it can pull your leg hair out and rub your skin unless you wrap it around a boot. Without any further ado, let’s get to some specific examples! Best IWB Holsters I’m a fan of “hybrid” holsters for IWB where the gun shell is Kydex and the backer is either something synthetic or leather.  Here’s a few of my favorites. But don’t worry…we’ll go into pure kydex IWB holsters too! Alien Gear The "Alien Gear Cloak" Tuck 3.5 ($45) is a great IWB holster for the money. "Aliengear Cloak Tuck" with XD Mod 2 (Old 3.0 Model) The lifetime warranty plus 30-day no questions asked trial period can’t be beaten. Plus, they are comfortable with a neoprene-like backing. Alien Gear Holsters, Back Check out our full review where the holster survived months of use and a multi-day CCW course. ITTS Tactical CCW Course with Alien Gear In my opinion, a great starter holster! Best Value (IWB) Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 51 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 51 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing And now with some video from John: Crossbreed Holsters The Crossbreed Supertuck Deluxe was previously our Editor Eric’s favorite since it’s comfy with the leather backing (don’t worry it comes in black too) and allows for a full grip. Crossbreed Holsters with G17 (SuperTuck), G19 (SuperTuck), G26 (Appendix) Since it’s pretty large it’s used best for a 4-5 o’clock location. The combat cut is slightly less comfy since the grip is more exposed, but it’s what I prefer since I get a nice “high” draw where the web of my hand perfectly meets the beavertail of the pistol. Crossbreed Combat Cut Here’s the leather backing: Crossbreed Holsters, Leather Back And for smaller guns that you plan on appendix carrying …yea they have those too. Crossbreed Appendix Holster with G26 Here it is in action with a G19 which still fits well. A great hybrid holster from a reputable company! Crossbreed IWB Holsters 68 at Crossbreed Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 68 at Crossbreed Compare prices (2 found) Crossbreed (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Hidden Hybrid Holsters Our editor’s current favorite hybrid holster is from Hidden Hybrid Holsters and here’s our full review . Not a very creative name…but they work! Hidden Hybrid Holsters Assortment They are a small company from OH that uses Amish leather down the road from their shop. Hidden Hybrid Holster, Suede Back, Double Clip The leather they choose and the suede backer make all the difference in comfort. The thickness/rigidity is Goldilocks right…and the suede feels better than raw leather against your skin. I’ve tried out a couple of their options and love their single clip Appendix Carry . EMP in Hidden Hybrid Holster, Appendix , Single Clip Here it is in action during our review of the Springfield EMP . It keeps things hidden… Appendix Carry, EMP, Hidden Hybrid Holster And I’d definitely recommend getting the “claw” attachment which pushes the holster more into your body. Claw Attachment in Action Have something bigger…or a light/laser/RMR? Glock 19 with TLR-1 in Belly Band Holster They got you covered with an option that let’s you go both IWB and OWB (with belt holes). If you’re down with pistol optics for carry…their version completely covers the optic. However, here’s a regular G19 in the 4/5 o’clock position since I don’t like it too chunky. Glock 19 in Belly Band Holsters, Two Clip IT’S HIDDEN, IT’S HYBRID. Exposed G19 in Belly Band Holster Ok one more perk…all the holsters I tried give you a full grip. Full Grip on G19 with Belly Band Holsters They also have mag carriers . Belly Band Holsters, Mag Carriers I’m not huge so the double double-stack mag carrier was just way too big for me.  However the single was perfect and really comfy. Belly Band Holsters Single Mag Carrier And something for the lols…or if you really need to walk tall and carry a big stick… Amazon Prices Accurate, Big Stick Mag Carrier Full review here …but so far Hidden Hybrid has my vote for the comfiest hybrid holster I’ve tested so far. "Amazon Prices Accurate" 69 at Amazon Prices Accurate Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 69 at Amazon Prices Accurate Prices accurate at time of writing What’s your take on HHH? Readers' Ratings 4.93/5 (586) Your Rating? Concealment Express Gets It Done (IWB) Concealment Express Holsters 35 at Concealment Express Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 35 at Concealment Express Compare prices (2 found) Concealment Express (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Looking for something AIWB that’s super light (less than 3 oz) yet effective and still comfortable. Check out Concealment Express in action with a Glock 19. We also did a full review on them and all their styles and attachment options. Concealment Express Attachment Options Tenicor Want the Ferrari of kydex holsters? Check out Tenicor which brings a concept that’s so “why didn’t I think of that” to the table… "Tenicor Velo Holster" with G19 Molding the holster to what a normal human is like at the… groinal triangle (our term, lol). They only have a few models for their Velo above but if you’re packing something popular (Glock, Sig Sauer, or M&P), they’ve got you covered. So is it comfy? You bet…I put on the holster without the clips and wiggled it around until felt very natural.  Then I installed the clips and set the height. Here it is in action before I go into it more: Now the clips…there’s a couple options but I went with the most aggressive hold with the T1 clips. Tenicor T1 Metal Clips They take a little longer to put on since it will snag your belt and pants…but wow they feel they will never come off even in a tussle. Here’s another angle…and you can also see the raised “camming bar” near the top left.  That works like the “claw” in other designs that helps rotate the holster more inwards. Tenicor Metal Clips & Camming Bar There’s two other options like snap buckles for your belt or permanent loops where you thread your belt through.  Less retention but easier to get on/off and won’t scratch stuff as easily. Tenicor Snap Belt Loops Got a light?  They’ve got the Sagax Lux model… Tenicor Sagax Lux Holster G19 and TLR-7 It honestly felt the same in my pants as the regular Velo since it’s not that much bigger.  For now it’s only a G19-sized Glock option with TLR-7, XC1-B, XC2, and APLc lights. Sagax Lux vs Velo Plus it doesn’t use the light for retention so you can use it without one too. Here’s another angle…just a little more material to disappear into your “groinal triangle.” Tenicor Sagax Lux vs Velo For the comfiest appendix carry pure kydex option yet…check out Tenicor . They are definitely at the high-end of the price spectrum with the Velo at almost $80 and the Sagax over $100.  But if you’re a serious appendix carrier who needs comfort and extreme retention…it’s probably worth it. Tenicor Holsters 77 at Tenicor Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 77 at Tenicor Prices accurate at time of writing I’ll have a full review coming up soon! Urban Carry G3 This holster deserves to be in its own category since it melds IWB & OWB…the Urban Carry 3 ($69) offers some distinct advantages over other holsters. It’s the third generation of holster and has a host of upgrades compared to its G2 version…especially in the size/cut department. Urban Carry G2 It allows for carrying with your shirt tucked in…plus even if it prints a little it shows up as something in your pocket.  However, one negative include having to have your belt a little looser since your gun sits underneath. Full review coming soon! Most Unique (IWB) Urban Carry G3 69 at Urban Carry Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 69 at Urban Carry Prices accurate at time of writing Best OWB Holsters Alien Gear Alien Gear Cloak Slide at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Alien Gear (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing The Alien Gear Cloak Slide is my personal pick for an outside the waistband holster.  Reason being…it is very versatile and affordable. Alien Gear Cloak Slide Plus, the 30-day “Test Drive” offer and lifetime warranty is great.  It attaches to a belt by way of two belt loops but has a slightly larger profile due to its leather backer when compared to pure Kydex holsters. Alien Gear Cloak Slide, Back A newer paddle version is the Alien Gear Cloak Mod ($50) where you can easily switch out your holster from pants to dashboard to a table without taking off your belt. Alien Gear Cloak Mod 50 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 50 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Tagua Best Retention (OWB) Tagua Leather OWB Holster 40 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 40 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Optics Planet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing This is a leather constructed holster ($40) that adds the thumb break for added firearm retention.  This draw is a bit different from other holsters because there is an extra step. Tagua Holster It’s a good option, just make sure you practice with it. Tagua Holster, Note the Thumb Break Safariland Editor's Pick (OWB) Safariland OWB Holsters 40 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 40 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Optics Planet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Eric’s favorite no-nonsense OWB holster brand ($40). Safariland Paddle OWB Holster with SP-01 Great for carrying or for competition use.  Tons of models so you’ll be sure to find your pistol, hand, and flashlight combination. Backing allows the use of a paddle or other belt attachment systems (Tek-Lok, etc).  Plus the paddle is well-designed to fit your hips. Safariland Paddle Holster Best Belly Band Holster Brave Response Holster Best Gear Cloak Slide "Brave Response Holster" 70 at Concealed Carry Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 70 at Concealed Carry Compare prices (2 found) Concealed Carry (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing My top choice for a belly band holster is the Brave Response Holster ($70) which is universal for most guns since there’s no hard Kydex shell.  This makes it very comfy too. Brave Response Holster Plus it has the added benefit of having three mag pouches already sewn in.  It might be a little hard to reach them since it is on your strong side, but it’s good to know they are there with you. Crossbreed Holsters "Crossbreed Belly Band" The Crossbreed Belly Band ($70) adds some extra safety with a Kydex gun-specific shell that covers the trigger.  They also have a sewn in magazine/phone/flashlight pouch plus the ability to add in magazine holsters. Best Ankle Holster Sticky Sticky Holsters Anklebiter 37 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 37 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing For that extra deep concealment ($33).  You can even fit an extra mag or knife next to your gun with this adapter. Sticky Ankle Holster Remember to add their holsters which use a rubbery material to stay in place. Best Shoulder Holster Galco Galco Vertical Shoulder Holster 184 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 184 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing For those times ($184) when you’re wearing a suit and tie, but also feel like being prepared. Being like James Bond ain’t cheap though… Best Gun Belt With most of the holsters, you’ll likely get…you’ll need a great gun belt. One that doesn’t scream “look at me” but is sturdy enough to not flex under the weight of a fully loaded gun and even extra mags. My favorite is the Relentless CCW belt ($60) which meets all the requirements and hasn’t failed me yet in one year of standard use. Relentless CCW Belt 60 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 60 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Relentless Tactical (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Or check out my full review of 3 of the top belt brands out there. Best CCW Gun Belts, Thickness Conclusion No matter which method of concealed carry you choose, you need to practice your draw and re-holster often to make sure you master it. As for holsters?  Sometimes it takes trying out a couple to see which one fits and feels the best. Not yet a concealed carry pro?  Check out 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Concealed Carry . And how that you’ve gotten the perfect holster and gun…what happens if you have to use it in a defensive shooting? Check out my review of USCCA’s CCW Insurance which will help you and your family with legal fees and more.  It’s really one of those things you’ll wish you had if things get hairy. So…what holster did you end up getting?

Guest Post: BHTC on How to Zero Your AR15 or Kalashnikov

Guest Post: BHTC on How to Zero Your AR15 or Kalashnikov

This is a guest post from a local rifle training company Black Hat Training Corps. They have put together a great guide for everyone out their searching for a good range to zero their weapon. This is another page that will be added to my guide index, and it will help many new shooters understand why the 200 yard zero makes so much sense. Click Here. Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

Colt Detective Special: As American As The Second Amendment

Colt Detective Special: As American As The Second Amendment

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f37656e49f00_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f37656e49f00_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Whether in the hands of cops or robbers, the Colt Detective Special is a true icon among snubby revolvers. What Makes The Detective Special A Legend: When introduced in 1927, it was considered the ideal compromise between size and power. Became iconic on the silver screen in the hands of both cops and robbers. Essentially a Police Positive with a 2-inch barrel. The Banker's Special model was introduced within months of the Detective Special's release. Given its serial number range overlaps the Police Positive Special, it is not exactly known how many Detective Specials were made. In 1927, Colt introduced one of the true icons of American handgun history: the Detective Special. The snub-nose .38 Special revolver became very popular with the shooting public, as well as the market for which it was created, undercover and plainclothes police officers. At the time, it was considered an ideal compromise between size and power — a compact and relatively lightweight gun chambered for the popular .38 Special cartridge. Hollywood caught on quickly, and for years, a “snubby” or “belly gun” appeared in virtually every movie about cops and robbers, including many of the film noir classics of the ‘40s and ‘50s. Many of these movie guns were Detective Specials or one of the Colt variants, which made them even more popular with the general public. Bone Up On Legendary Colt Firearms "The Detective Special" was basically a "Police Positive Special" with a 2-inch barrel, and the two models shared the same serial number range. It was only available in .38 Special, while other Colt snub-nose revolvers were chambered for milder rounds, such as .38 Colt New Police (aka .38 S&W), .32 Short and Long Colt, and .22 rimfire. Within a few months of the 1927 birth of the Detective Special, the Banker’s Special was introduced. It was identical to the Detective Special except for the shorter (by 1/8-inch) cylinder for its chamberings, which were for the .38 Colt New Police and .22 Long Rifle. Both models are roll-marked on the left side of the 2-inch barrel, “Detective Special” and “Banker’s Special.” This is a 1st Issue Model, made between 1927 and 1946. The exact number of Detective Specials made is not known, due to the fact that its serial number range overlapped that of the Police Positive Special. However, it’s estimated that more than 400,000 were produced between 1927 and 1985. [1] 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! There were four generations of Detective Specials, or “issues” as defined by the manufacturer and collectors. Related GunDigest Articles First Look: Colt Competition 1911 Pistol New Product: Colt Competition .38 Super Team Colt Has Strong Showing at IPSC Nationals 1st Issue Manufactured from 1927 to 1946. Originally chambered in .38 Special only with wood grips and a square butt until 1932, with round-butt models beginning in 1933. This model and all subsequent Detective Specials had a six-round magazine. 2nd Issue Manufactured from 1947 to 1972. Added calibers were .32 Colt New Police, .38 Colt New Police with a slightly deeper frame. Some were made with a 3-inch barrel. Grips changed to plastic in 1947, back to wood from 1955 to 1965, wrap-around grips from 1966 to 1972. The 2nd Issue Model is a pre-WWII version, made between 1946 and 1972. 3rd Issue Manufactured from 1972 to 1986. Shrouded ejector rod with 2- or 3-inch barrel, wrap-around walnut grips, blue or nickel finish. Chambered only in .38 Special. 4th Issue Manufactured from 1993 to 1995. Shrouded ejector rod with 2-inch barrel, blue finish, wrap-around black composition grips with gold medallions. Chambered only in .38 Special. A double-action only version with bobbed hammer was available. Other variants of the Detective Special design include the following: Banker’s Special , previously mentioned, in production from 1927-1943. Approximately 35,000 were made in .38 Colt New Police or .22 LR. Exact numbers of each caliber are unknown, but more were .38s than .22s, resulting in a higher price for the rimfire models. The 3rd Issue Model, made between 1972 and 1986, featured a shrouded barrel and wrap-around grips. The Cobra (first issue) was made from 1950 to 1972. This model had an alloy frame and came with a 2-, 3- or 4-inch barrel, and in .22 LR, .32 Colt New Police, .38 Colt New Police or .38 Special. The Cobra (second issue) was similar to the first issue except it had a shrouded ejector rod. Made from 1973 to 1981.

Best M4 Upper Receivers [2020 Complete Buyers Guide]

Best M4 Upper Receivers  [2020 Complete Buyers Guide]

M4-style modern sporting rifles have taken America by storm. Whether you are building your own rifle or replacing an old upper, there are practically endless choices for M4 uppers on the market today. The choices can be bewildering, but we have boiled them down to a concise list of the best M4 uppers on the market today. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for M4 Upper Receivers OUR TOP PICK: Brownells - AR-15 M4 Stripped Upper Receiver Black Radical Firearms 16 In. 5.56 M4 Upper Assembly Bravo Company - AR-15/M4 Flattop Upper Receiver Assembly Spikes Tactical M4 Flat Top Upper PSA 16" Carbine Length 5.56 Nato 1:7 M4 Nitride Comparison of the Best M4 Upper Receivers IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick Brownells - AR-15 M4 "Stripped Upper Receiver" Black Great quality, materials, and machining at an affordable price Stripped down design with no forward assist or ejection port cover Precision CNC machined for tight tolerances and compatibility with AR components View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Radical Firearms 16 In. 5.56 M4 Upper Assembly Comes with a proprietary, easy-to-use barrel nut from Radical Includes a proprietary 12-inch FCR free float rail handguard system Law enforcement grade upper comes with all components and features "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Bravo Company - AR-15/M4 Flattop "Upper Receiver Assembly" Top rail comes with laser-etched T-marks for easy return to zero Complete and assembled with forwarding assist and ejection port cover Professional-grade upper built for exacting specifications and tight-fitting, accurate barrel View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Spikes Tactical M4 Flat Top Upper Designed and manufactured right here in the USA Comes either with or without provision for a forward assist CNC machining is exceptionally accurate, giving you the best fit View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews PSA 16" Carbine Length 5.56 Nato 1:7 M4 Nitride Includes internal components such as the charging handle and BCG The bolt Carrier group is chrome-lined inside and parkerized outside Thoroughly standard military design with high-grade steel and aluminum View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Are All M4 Uppers The Same? It is true that, besides the handguard , usually you have to look closely at a selection of black rifles to see the differences, but these can be significant. Some uppers come bare and others come complete with all internal components. Some lack certain features, particularly a forward assist and a dust cover. M4 Carbine ( Source ) The forward assist is generally not as crucial today as when it was first introduced, and sometimes it can aggravate a jam, but it is nice to have. The material and finish used to produce M4 uppers are remarkably consistent, but you will see differences in fit and finish. The construction process is usually forged or billet. Forged may be a bit stronger and heavier, but the difference is minimal. Finally, you have the option of a carry handle or flattop. The carry handle serves double-duty as an old-school rear sight. The far more common flattop design gives you a versatile rail length. Perks of Upgrading Your M4 Upper A new M4 upper can provide a wide array of benefits. First, older uppers eventually wear out and start to experience degraded function and reliability. A new upper can give you improved function, reliability, and accuracy at a lower cost than replacing an entire rifle. Perhaps there is a function lacking on your old upper that you have always wanted. Whether that is a different style or length of rail, a forward assist, more ergonomic controls, or even a new caliber, you can get it with a new upper. The modularity of the M4 design even allows you to run different uppers in different situations. They are fast and easy to switch out. Sometimes, we have the money and taste to replace an upper strictly for aesthetic reasons. There is a wide variety of colors, finishes, and styles available. Aspects to Consider Before Buying The first thing to consider in firearms components is reliability. M4 uppers also offer different levels of fit and finish, which can affect accuracy. The best way to ensure you get the most reliable and accurate product is to go with a well-established company and a proven model. Brownells - AR-15 M4 Stripped Upper Receiver Black Getting the best reliability at an affordable price can be a challenge, but that's what we are here for. The main choice is between bare and complete uppers. If you want to select every internal component of your rifle, go with the former. In terms of material and finish, there is a 99% chance that you are going to get an upper made of 7075-T aluminum alloy with a black, mil-spec, hard coat finish. Billet uppers offer more aesthetic options than forged ones. Forged uppers are arguably stronger, but the difference is going to be minimal. Some come with extra coatings like Teflon or chrome-lining to increase function and durability. Quick Take - The Best M4 Upper Receivers These are our recommendations for the best M4 upper receivers: Brownells - AR-15 M4 Stripped Upper Receiver Black Radical Firearms 16 In. 5.56 M4 Upper Assembly Bravo Company - AR-15/M4 Flattop Upper Receiver Assembly Review of the Best M4 Upper Receivers With so much to think about, you could spend a lifetime sifting through the options. Luckily, we have put in the time, so you don't have to. Here is our guide to the best M4 uppers on the market now. Best Overall: Brownells - AR-15 M4 Stripped Upper Receiver Black CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Excellent Quality, Materials, and Machining at a Great Price Stripped Down Configuration With No Forward Assist or Ejection Port Cover CNC-Machined for Precise Tolerances and Compatibility with AR Components Cons Dust Covers May Not Fit Perfectly Brownells is one of the nation's largest firearm and firearm component distributors. As such, they have a wealth of data on what shooters want, what works, and what works reliably. They use this valuable knowledge to produce many of their own affordable, yet high-quality products. With this stripped upper receiver, Brownells offers a basic, no frills but top-quality item to build your own custom M4 around. Brownells has used a 7075-T6 aluminum alloy for this upper, the standard with most modern sporting rifle receivers. This flattop upper is forged and then CNC-machined to precise tolerances, making it compatible with the vast range of nominally mil-spec AR components. It has a matte black, type-III, hard coat anodized finish. Brownells has included a few nice little features like pivot/takedown holes and a T-marked Picatinny top rail. Of course, this product has M4 feed ramps for the most reliable feeding. This upper is as minimalist as they come, with no forward assist or ejection port cover. It is entirely made in the U.S.A. ​Bottom Line This is an excellent option if you are a tinkerer and want to build your own simple, lightweight upper. The top features are the T-marked rail, the overall simplicity, and standard, mil-spec dimensions. This is an excellent, no-brainer option from a great manufacturer. Plus, it's always nice to buy domestic products. Best for the Money: Radical Firearms 16-In 5.56 M4 Upper Assembly CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Includes a Proprietary, Easy-to-Use Barrel Nut From Radical Comes With a Proprietary 12-Inch FCR Free-Float Rail Handguard System This Law Enforcement-Grade Upper Comes With All Components and Features Needed for Drop-In Use Cons Occasional Lapses in Quality Control and Customer Service Radical Firearms is a Texas company that started out small but has carved out a nice niche for itself in the market. Their success comes on the back of quality manufacturing covered by a lifetime warranty. This is a complete mil-spec upper in a 16-inch SOCOM configuration. This is great for any shooter, novice or advanced, who wants to drop a complete upper into their lower receiver and start shooting with minimum fuss. One top feature of this upper receiver is Radical's proprietary 12-inch FCR free-float rail handguard system. This gives you the best accuracy while keeping barrel heat away from your hand, thanks to the M-Lok thin rail. The barrel is made of 4140 Chrome Moly Vanadium finished in Melonite. It has a 1:7 twist rate. An A2 flash hider sits at the end. As usual, the upper itself is made of 7075-T6 forged aluminum alloy, finished with type-III anodizing. The bolt carrier group is finished in nitride. The barrel nut is a proprietary, easy-to-use Radical design. This upper comes with a forward assist and an ejection port door. Bottom Line If you need a great quality, yet affordable, upper that you can drop into your existing lower and start shooting right away, this is the option for you. The top features are Radical's proprietary free-float handrail and barrel nut. 3. Bravo Company - AR-15/M4 Flattop Upper Receiver Assembly CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Complete and Assembled, Including a Forward Assist and "Ejection Port Cover" The Top Rail Comes With Laser-Etched T-Marks so Sights Can Easily Be Returned to Zero This Professional-Grade Upper is Built to Exacting Specifications and Features a Tight-Fitting, Accurate Barrel Cons The Barrel Mounting May Not Be an Ideal Fit This is another professional-grade upper from one of the most respected names in the modern sporting rifle field. Bravo Company is owned and run by veterans and ex-special forces personnel. They develop weapons systems based on their own combat experience and exacting demands. This upper is constructed to exacting military standards. One exception is that the inside diameter for the barrel extension is very slightly undersized to provide a tight fit and ensure a more accurate rifle. The top rail features laser T-markings so that sights or other components can be quickly and easily returned to zero. This upper is CNC-machined from type-II, anodized 7075-T6 aluminum alloy to provide more than enough strength. It comes assembled with a forward assist and an ejection port cover. The forward assist has a heat-treated, tool-steel pawl, featuring press fit and a pinned cap. The interior bore has a dry film lubricant in accordance with military specifications. This is an excellent upper built to exacting standards and offered at a decent price. Rarely do you hear a bad word said about Bravo Company. Bottom Line This is a great, high-quality upper. The top features are the result of careful machining and tight tolerances. The barrel fit can be a challenge but will be worth it in improved accuracy. 4. Spikes Tactical M4 Flattop Upper CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Engineered and Produced Right Here in the U.S.A. The CNC Machining is Exceptionally Precise, Giving You the Best Possible Fit Available Either With or Without Provision for a Forward Assist and Ejection Port Door Cons Ships Without Enough Padding to Prevent Cosmetic Knicks Spikes Tactical is a family-run company out of Florida. All of their products are made in the U.S.A.and are covered by a lifetime warranty. This dandy little upper comes either with or without a forward assist. You will have to decide for yourself whether it is necessary. Advances in M4 design since the introduction of the forward assist arguably render the feature unnecessary. Some say it can even exacerbate a jam. Others call it a life-saver. The option with the forward assist also includes an ejection port door. This flattop upper has a standard M4 Picatinny rail. It is CNC-machined from 7075-T6 aluminum alloy and finished with a black, type-III, hard coat anodization. This is a top-quality, carefully machined upper that offers a high level of shooter satisfaction. Fit and finish are outstanding. The simpler version without provision for a forward assist or ejection port door weighs 5.9 ounces and the one with the forward assist weighs 8.5 ounces. Both versions are stripped down, giving you the opportunity to select your internal components separately. Bottom Line This is a great quality, stripped-down upper receiver. Whether you want a forward assist or are going for that sleek, stripped-down look, you can't beat this option. The top features of this upper are the layout options and the precise machining. Best Colt M4 Upper Receiver: PSA 16" Carbine Length 5.56 Nato 1:7 M4 Nitride CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros M4-Style Feed Ramps Familiar, Thoroughly Mil-Spec Design Using Only Top-Quality Alloys Includes All Necessary Internal Components Such as the Bolt Carrier Group and Charging Handle Cons Buyers May Experience Quality Control Issues, Especially With the Finish This is a classic, mid-20th-Century-style M4 upper made by PSA. If you need a quick and easy option for an upper to switch out an old one, this is a solid option. It comes with a standard 16-inch, A2-style barrel made of 4150V Chrome Moly vanadium steel. The barrel is finished with a high-quality nitride and features a twist rate of 1:7 inches. This twist rate is great for most bullet weights. The barrel is also treated with melonite to increase its dependability and accuracy. All the features of the barrel are true to the A2-style, including the flash hider and the F-marked front sight base. The sight base also comes with a handy swivel. The handguard is the mid-20th-Century-style A2 design without any lengths of rail. The gas system on this PSA upper receiver is mid-length. The receiver body itself is forged for strength. Inside, there are M4 feed ramps and an M16 bolt carrier group. The external surface of the BCG is parkerized and the inside surfaces are chrome-lined for great reliability. The BCG is produced from top-grade, mil-spec, shot-peened Carpenter 158 tool steel. A charging handle also comes standard with this complete upper. It is completely designed and made here in the U.S.A. Bottom Line Whether you want a new, reliable, and solid quality M4 upper or you want to stick with that mid-20th-Century military look, this model is an excellent choice. All of the design details and construction methods are based on decades of military feedback. The best features of this upper are the quality of the materials, alloys, and metal finish. As a complete upper, this unit is a perfect choice for anyone that isn't interested in tinkering around choosing their own internal components. Conclusion Now you know what the best M4 uppers out there are. Everyone has their own preferences, but we're sure that, whatever you are looking for, you will find it in our list. In fact, why settle for one M4 upper? Follow our other guides to experiment with using uppers in upgraded, non-standard calibers.

Review: Seek Thermal Camera with Inteliscope Mount

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Thermal and night vision optics have been used by our armed forces for decades, and the recent uptick in hog hunting (best done at night, where legal) has seen these products trickle into the civilian market as well. Got $4,000 to drop on something you almost definitely won’t get $4,000 worth of use out of? Of course, as the technology that goes into these awesome devices gets cheaper and more manufacturers bring products to the market, the price drops accordingly.  Yay, capitalism! Now, when I say the price drops I generally mean from “cheap used car” to “ beat up used car”.  These things are still expensive. The Armasight Zeus up there clocks in at nearly four grand so it’s not exactly an impulse purchase, and it’s hard to justify buying something like that when it’s such a niche product. Zeus 336 3-12x50 Thermal Imaging Weapon Sight 3150 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 3150 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) OpticsPlanet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Enter the Seek Thermal Camera and the accompanying Inteliscope mount (and app) . Together, these two products combine to make a perfectly serviceable, if less than military-grade thermal scope that you can absolutely use as a substitute (but not replacement) for the more expensive thermal scopes out there. And it does it by turning your phone into a thermal camera. How does it do that?  Is it worth buying?  Or is it just a gimmick? Let’s take a look. What is It? The Inteliscope Mount is a picatinny-compatible mount for your cell phone that lets you record some cool POV footage while also being able to use the phone as a rudimentary electronic sight.  It also comes with a free app (available on Google Play and iTunes) that lets you use your phone screen and camera as a variable zoom optic, with quality depending on the quality of your phone camera. I know it looks silly, but stay with me for a second. Now, before all you serious oper8rs laugh and close this tab, wait a second. Is this thing as good as a purpose-built optic like a red dot?  Even a good cheap one ?  Unequivocally, no.  It’s just not. Breaking News: Red dot sights are better at being red dot sights than other things that are not red dot sights. Nothing that requires your to clamp your phone into a bracket and then sight in a dot on the screen every time is going to be as user friendly or effective as a red dot that’s designed to be a red dot. But wait there’s more! Don’t discount the Inteliscope mount just because it doesn’t work like a regular optic.  It’s not a regular optic, and it has some pretty cool features that you won’t find at this price point anywhere else. First of all, it facilitates recording, which is great if you want to shoot some quick footage during a hunt or during a competition.  YouTubers and gun bloggers rejoice! This mount is significantly cheaper than an action camera like a GoPro, and it uses a device 90% (or more) of us already have: our phones. Second, while it isn’t as user-friendly as a red dot, it does work as one.  Granted, you’ll have to sight the thing in every time unless you’re willing to leave a phone in the mount forever, and I wouldn’t recommend putting it on a gun with more recoil than a 5.56, but you can absolutely reach out and hit 4 inch plates at 100 yards with this thing, and it’s more than adequate for close in work (<20 yards). Inside a home?  No problem. Aka “Oh, shit!” distances. Would I rather have iron sights in a defensive situation?  Abso-freaking-lutely.  That being said, this thing isn’t designed for defensive situations, outside of maybe one niche case I’ll go over later. For playing around at the range, or for running as a side-mounted camera this thing is more than adequate. The app is surprisingly good for an app that turns your phone into a rifle scope, and it was able to reach out to a respectable distance with it. Inteliscope Pro+ Smartphone Mount 80 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 80 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing "Seek Thermal Camera" Now, let’s talk about the Seek thermal camera. Seek Thermal Camera with case. Alright, this thing is cool.  Most of my gun-toting generation has had at least some fascination with thermal optics since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare came out. For under $300, you can turn your phone into a budget thermal imaging device, and with purpose-built devices running easily twice that, this is nothing to sneeze at. This camera was originally designed to help HVAC personel find leaks and other issues in duct work and other parts of a system, and just poking it around my apartment’s terrible ductwork, I can confirm that it will absolutely work for this purpose. But there’s so much more you can do with it. Wanna win every nighttime game of hide and seek ever?  Boom. Wanna see what exactly is making that scratching sound outside your window, be it squirrel or serial killer?  Done. Now, combining the two, and the Inteliscope mount has a slot and cable specifically for using the Seek camera, you get  a rough-around-the-edges thermal scope that you can mount on anything with picatinny rails. Seek Thermal XR Xtra Range Thermal Imaging Camera 250 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 250 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) OpticsPlanet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Yeah, But Does it Actually Work? For spotting critters in the backyard, or hunting my cats through the apartment at night with a nerf gun, this thing is the tops.  It’s a fun little toy, and it does precisely what you expect it to do.  Well, as long as we have reasonable expectations of strapping a phone to a rifle, shotgun, or bow. Pepper never stood a chance. As far as durability, the mount is very solid.  At no point was I worried that my phone was going to fall out.  The fact that you’re using a phone does present some issues though. First is battery life.  I don’t know about you but the coin cell in my red dot will last for literal years, provided I remember to turn it off in between uses.  My phone on the other hand, struggles to make it through a full 18 hours of heavy use without needing to limp to a charger. Second, your scope is only as durable as your cell phone.  I’ve watched many an expensive smartphone fall a pathetically short distance just to end up with a shattered screen.  As Eric helpfully showed in his Aimpoint Pro review , you can smack a modern optic with a hammer and it’ll keep zero and keep on trucking. Try that with your iPhone.  I dare you. ( Ed. Note: Do not do this. ) Hammer torture testing of the Aimpoint PRO. Wait for the full results at pewpewtactical.com! @aimpointusa . . Follow @pewpewtactical for more! A post shared by Pew Pew Tactical (@pewpewtactical) on Feb 11, 2018 at 9:03am PST Of course, you can mitigate this issue by having a case on your phone, but that exacerbates another problem this setup has: losing zero under recoil. Any extra material, particularly the soft, silicone rubber sections of say, an Otterbox case, will cause issues getting the clamp tight enough to avoid slight movements under recoil, or if you bump the phone or mount (as you almost certainly will if you’re moving around in the dark). I let loose two quick mags of .300 Blackout and that was enough to cause the sight to lose its zero a little and start to drift.  For any kind of high-volume fire, or for use with a heavily-recoiling weapon, this is definitely going to be a problem. Other than that though, the damn thing does work, and it is damn cool.  Is it a viable optic though? Kinda. Let me explain. Practical Use If you’re looking for something you can look through to shoot a living target in pitch black conditions…this isn’t what you’re looking for.  I’m sorry to say, the types of optics that let you do that type of thing, whether for legal night hunting or home defense or military matters, are still really freaking expensive. If I had more money, I’d still be poor, but I’d have more stuff like this. However, if you’re looking for a really cool range toy, and a way to say, show that armadillo that’s tearing up your backyard who’s boss?  Look no further. Make no mistake, the mount is great for recording fun clips at the range.  The camera is a fun novelty that does have some practical use.  Together, they make an almost serviceable optic.  If that’s enough for you, buy it.  It’s a really fun thing to have. But if it’s not enough, I have one more thing that might sway you. It makes a great reconnaissance tool. Allow me to paint you an imagination picture with my mind brush. Pretend you’re at home, at night, and you hear what sounds like something breaking at the end of the hallway.  Being a good, God-fearing, gun-owning American, you have to go check, just in case. Or maybe you’re in the shower, enjoying some delicious baked goods. There are a few options here, since you can’t just run through your house blasting at anything that moves without identifying your target.  That’s a recipe for an angry letter from your HOA at best, and tragedy at worst.  So, what do you do? One, you can turn on every light in the house, but all you’ve done at that point is level the playing field between yourself and an intruder while also giving away your position. Two, you can use a weapon light, which is probably your primary option right now.  I have many a handgun, and not a few shotguns and rifles, with flashlights that put out some silly number of lumens and can not only light up your house, but can also blind and disorient an intruder. Harries Method of Flashlight and Handgun This of course still gives away your position to an extent and is why all my long gun-mounted lights have momentary-on remote switches. Think you see something worth investigating, flip on the light, flip off the light or perforate with buckshot as necessary.  Problem solved. But now there’s another option that, in certain situations, is even better. Imagine hearing a bump in the night and going to check, but this time you’re moving in total darkness like the freakin’ Predator because you can see in infrared .  You can easily have this thing mounted on a side picatinny rail and move around with complete confidence that you can see an intruder well before they can see you. This is obviously a huge tactical advantage. Of course, there’s another advantage as well.  For most of us, the chance that a breaking sound in the middle of the night is just a child, other family member, or pet is much, much higher than the chance of it being someone reenacting the Purge movies. This type of scenario is, statistically, unlikely. Personally, I’d rather see that it’s my dog on the thermal scope and immediately lower my weapon.  And I’m sure your kids can do without breaking a vase and then seeing Mommy or Daddy point a gun at them in the middle of the night. With a thermal camera, you have an extra level of safety and target identification at night, and it’s less likely to scare the hell out of your family like suddenly being bathed in the harsh white light of an LED weapon light attached to a rifle will. It’s a niche case, but something to think about. Beyond the practical implications though, this thing is just freaking fun.  It’s a joy to play around with, and is totally adequate for doing a little pest control or plinking in the dark.  I don’t know that I, personally, would be brave enough to do a night hog hunt with one, but I lost a fight with a 150lb boar as a child, so hogs and I don’t get along well at the best of times. I did bring it along on a deer hunt though, and I did use it to find a few drops of blood pretty easily, and eventually found the deer almost entirely with the thermal camera. Could I have found the deer with just a flashlight?  Yes.  Did I hum the Predator theme the entire time and generally have the most fun I’ve ever had tracking a downed deer? Absolutely. For me, that’s worth it. Parting Shots Again, you’ll need both the mount , the Seek Thermal Camera , and oh…the free app . For what it is, and the price it sells for, I think it’s absolutely worth the money if you’re looking for something new and fun to tinker with, or something to make the occasional sweep and clear of the ole homestead a little easier. Inteliscope Mount + Seek "Thermal Imaging Camera" Bundle 497 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 497 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing What do you think of the Seek Thermal Camera and Intelliscope Mount?  Let me know in the comments below!

Modular AR Trigger: Simple AR Accuracy Upgrade

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d6de7e7c_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d6de7e7c_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Aftermarket AR triggers like those from Timney are relatively easy to install. The complete process can be finished in about 15 minutes. Probably the easiest means of bettering your trigger pull is to install a modular AR trigger assembly. These have become all the rage. Kevin Muramatsu goes over the finer points of installing this quick and easy AR-15 upgrade. There are a number of examples available and every one of them is a genuine improvement on the factory fire control. They will either be single or two stage, though mostly single stage. They install pretty much the same all over. The point is pretty much a function of your own ease. Emplacing a modular unit is child’s play compared to installing one of the non-modular units and is quick and simple, if somewhat more expensive at times. You pull the existing safety to the side in the same procedure you followed earlier for the non-modular units. While in some cases in the non-modular units you can get by without doing this, you will pretty much always have to do so with the modular units. Once you have the safety and pistol grip reinstalled you simply go and shoot the gun. You don’t have to set up any adjustments (while some, notably the Timney unit, have adjustments, they are treated just like on the JP trigger , as set ups only; you don’t mess with them). Related GunDigest Articles How-To: Trick Out Your AR Trigger How To: Simple System for Zeroing the AR How To Care For And Upgrade AR Springs One of the original ideas was that if you had only one lower and you used it for two very different things, such as self-defense and varmint hunting, you could have two modular trigger units, one with a low pull weight for vaporizing rodents, and one with a pull weight more suitable for shooting Commies. Full brutal honesty took over and you don’t see that marketing much anymore, if only because the average AR owner typically winds up buying a second rifle for the second task. There’s not much validity in that marketing point anymore, as a result of this. There are only two minor drawbacks to the modular trigger, since the cost in my opinion greatly offsets the installation time and hassle. The first is that only some of them have some means of immobilizing them in the lower receiver. The ones that don’t place some sort of tension from the housing to the receiver, and will exhibit play that takes away from the quality of the trigger pull feel. Emplacing a modular unit is child’s play compared to installing one of the non-modular units and is quick and simple, if somewhat more expensive at times. The other is that no modular trigger currently made can get to be quite as nice as the single install non-modular units, because each module is designed as a one-size-fits-all assembly. From a gunsmith perspective this is a big deal, but from a consumer perspective it really isn’t all that bad. The modular trigger pulls, like the non-modular units, are so far above the standard factory models in performance and feel that there’s no point in even comparing them to those antiquated, inferior things. So after free floating your barrel and handguards, the next thing I’d recommend greatly is installing a match grade trigger. Just make sure you take the time to get used to the vastly improved trigger pull.

Summary

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s What’s the best holster for the money? EMP, Alien Gear Holster After buying your gun…deciding on which holster you’re going to buy is one of the most important decisions you can make. There are a lot of different kinds and styles of holsters on the market right now.  Sadly, many of them are not ideal for concealed carry.