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Benchmade knives are often the gateway drug to the upper end of folding knives, and the Benchmade Griptilian is the gateway drug to Benchmade knives. For many, their first handling of the Griptilian is met with disappointment. The Griptilian , although a solid knife, does not have the heft and density often expected as the retail price goes north of $100.

Benchmade Griptilian Review for 2020: Worth It?

Benchmade Griptilian Review for 2020: Worth It?Benchmade knives are often the gateway drug to the upper end of folding knives, and the Benchmade Griptilian is the gateway drug to Benchmade knives. For many, their first handling of the Griptilian is met with disappointment. The Griptilian , although a solid knife, does not have the heft and density often expected as the retail price goes north of $100. In reality a few minutes of use tells a different tale, but the lightweight and nimble mechanics of the Griptilian attest to its popularity. Quick Navigation Benchmade Griptilian Review Benchmade Griptilian: A Modern EDC Classic The Gateway Drug To EDC Knives "Benchmade Griptilian Review" Benchmade Griptilian: A Modern EDC Classic There are several primary choices with the Griptilian including size (regular and mini), blade shape (drop point or tanto), steel choice ( 154CM or S30V ), and color of scales (black and orange are popular but there are many other colors). From here the choices just continue including handle materials, blade coating, and edge serrations. In Benchmade parlance, each knife model is designated by a number that may or may not ever make sense. The Griptilian family of knives will be variations of 55x from 550 to 557. What all Griptillians have in common is Benchmade quality and their famous Axis Locking mechanism. For those unfamiliar with the Axis Lock, it is a dual-sided lever bar that slides parallel to a deployed blade. The spring loaded lock is retracted away from the blade allowing the blade to swing freely. With the blade stored, the Axis Lock provides enough resistance to keep the blade in place, but easily lifted out of the handle as desired. However, with the blade extended, the bar of the Axis Lock snaps over a shelf in the blade back securing it to the point it will not fail under normal use, and even a considerable amount of abnormal use. Also Read: Benchmade Adamas Review Even better, the Axis Lock can be used in conjunction with a minor wrist flip that deploys the blade with a very satisfying snap. After a few practice flips learning to coordinate the Axis Lock retraction and the wrist flip, the Griptilian can go from pocket to action in one clean fast move. Oddly, there is a Griptillian blade style called a Sheepsfoot containing a deployment hole like a Spyderco knife. Personally, I have no need for such a hole with the effectiveness of the Axis Lock. Even so, the other Axis Lock versions have thumb studs for a less overt blade opening. "The Gateway Drug" To EDC Knives And speaking of overt, sometimes carrying an orange handled knife looks much less aggressive than a black or FDE colored handle. With a healthy 3.5 inch blade on the regular sized Griptilian and a just under three inch blade on the Mini, the handle color might affect the attitude of those around you when whipping out your EDC blade at the office. Here’s a quick demo video I made for the Benchmade Griptilian Related: Tops BOB Knife Review The company Benchmade offers some services to its customers after the sale. One in particular is what Benchmade calls their LifeSharp program. At any time, you can mail your Benchmade knife to the company and they will professionally sharpen it and replace any normal wear and tear on the mechanism, springs, screws, bolts, and replace the pocket clip if needed. More work can be done at a minimal cost including replacing the blade. There is no charge beyond the one-way postage to Benchmade headquarters in Oregon. I’ve used the LifeSharp service many times with many knives, both fixed blade and folding. It always over delivers. The old saying that two is one and one is none is based on the most likely reasons gear won’t work; loss and failure. The problem with doubling up due to anticipated loss is that many feel prepared by having two half-quality items rather than one full-quality tool. And failure might be closer than it appears since simple tasks under a blue sky take little sophistication for a knife. But once the difficulties start to compound, two 50% quality knives can never add up to more than 50% quality. Also Read: Benchmade Bushcrafter Knife Review Enter the Benchmade Griptilian , a high quality tool that plays with the big boys, but has a price point closer to the usual suspects. The features of the Griptilian line include a rock-solid blade pivot and locking mechanism, and excellent form-fitting handles of durable and replaceable material. But best of all, a high quality Benchmade steel capable of more than most. Benchmade’s house steel of 154CM is an excellent steel, and easily makes the cut into the realm of so-called “Super Steels.” But there are other options available both at point of purchase, and later should you want to upgrade your Griptilian. So don’t let the light weight and pretty colors steer you away from the Benchmade Griptilian . It might be cheap for a Benchmade, but its every bit a Benchmade. Other interesting articles: Benchmade 200 Puukko Survival Knife Review in 2020 Benchmade Bushcrafter: "Survival Knife Review" (May 2020) Fallkniven F1 Review for 2020: Is This Survival Knife Worth It? Kabar Tanto Review for 2020: Is It Worth As A Survival Knife?

Burris AR-536 Tactical Kit: Shoot Better, Shoot Faster

Burris AR-536 Tactical Kit: Shoot Better, Shoot Faster

The AR-536 Tactical Kit includes an AR-536 fixed 5x scope and a FastFire II 4 MOA red dot reflex sight. Like every Burris optic, the AR-536 is covered by the Burris Forever Warranty. It is well build and designed to work across the entire spectrum of AR shooting. The guys at Burris really did their homework. After talking to LEOs, soldiers and 3-gun shooters, they figured out you need magnification and ballistic data for small targets far away and a red dot for fast shooting up close. They came up with a simple bolt on solution. The AR-536 is solidly built to handle heavy recoil, abuse and bad weather. The Nitrogen-filled body tube is waterproof to prevent internal fogging in damp environments. The inside of the scope is like a watch. To assure precise and uniform adjustments, precision-gauged, hand-fitted internal assemblies maintain a consistent point of impact even during shock and vibration. The index-matched, Hi-Lume multicoated lenses provide low-light performance and eliminates glare. An adjustable diopter and a 36mm objective lens lets in plenty of light. The image is clear and bright as you expect with quality optics. To really test this scope, I needed a great rifle. I started with the folks at Ballistic Advantage and got one of their 17.7 inch Performance Series Hanson Barrels with their proprietary profile. It comes with a pinned lo-pro gas block, 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium steel barrel with a QPQ Corrosion Resistant Finish, and a FailZero Nickel Boron Coated Extended M4 Feed Ramp Extension. The BA Hanson Profile is designed to harness bullet energy while limiting felt recoil. Next I went to Brian at Tridentis Tactical and asked him to build a precision upper around the Hanson Barrel. He used an A *B Pro 5.56 Bolt Carrier Group and a new Tridentis rail and upper. The great result was typical of the work at Tridentis. The 5x magnification uses the Ballistic CQ reticle to great effect. The rotary, 10-position power selector adjusts a lighted reticle with different illumination settings and a choice of red or green lighting to accommodate any light conditions. The reticle is powered by one CR2032 battery. The etched-on black reticle can illuminate to red or green. The large doughnut center of the reticle allows for engagement at close distances. The Ballistic CQ reticle’s holdover dots are good to 600 yards and work with a variety of 5.56 or 7.62mm ammo using the table provided. This provides incredible flexibility. I shot this gun extensively with Federal Fusion 62 grain and Black Hills 77 grain .223 ammo. It was easy to zero and the click adjustments were crisp and consistent. Using the chart and the CQ reticile, there was no problem putting first round hits on steel E type silhouettes out to 500 yards. It is fast and easy. Find your ammo on the chart and remember your range hold offs for the four dots on the reticle. Then, you just hold and shoot. I was able to shoot consistent 1 MOA groups with Black Hills 77 grain ammo. This scope is not designed to shoot little groups in paper. It will give fast hits on large game animals and human sized targets out to 500 yards. Features: Magnification: 5x Clear Objective Lens Diameter: 36 mm Reticles: Ballistic CQ ™ Reticle Color(s): Black, Green, Red Finish: Matte Field of View: 20 ft. @ 100 yds. Mount: Picatinny Rail Base Close Focus: 25 ft. Eye Relief: 2.5 – 3.5 in. Click Value: 1/3 MOA Height Above Rail to Optic Centerline: 1.6 in. Elevation Adjustment, Total Capability: 70 MOA Windage Adjustment: 70 MOA Length: 5.8 in. (without sunshade or flip-up covers) Weight: 8.75 oz. (300210) 20.25 oz. (300223) Illumination Control: Rotary dial Illumination Settings: 5 red settings; 5 green settings; off is black Battery: CR2032 There are some very clever features built into the AR-536. Picatinny rails provide multiple mounting options lasers or lights. Integrated lens covers and an Anti-Reflection Device protect the lenses. The scope comes ready to mount directly to a flat top AR receiver, or with the bottom rail mount removed, the optic can be mounted to an AR carrying handle. Windage and elevation caps are tethered to prevent loss. It also comes in a weather proof case. The Tactical Kit comes with a FastFire II red dot sight. It has an automatic brightness sensor adjusts to your environment and a 4 MOA red dot. The Burris AR-536 Tactical Kit is a complete set up for personal protection and competition. t is well made and beautifully designed. It is easy to zero and easy to shoot. It has quality and features normally only found in high price scopes. To show how much they believe in their products, every Burris optic is covered by the "Burris Forever Warranty" . Burris will repair or replace your optic if it is damaged or defective, forever. The warranty is automatically transferred to future owners no charge, no questions asked. You can find this optics kit online or in the store by using Burris’ Dealer Locator . (Featured image courtesy of Burris)

[How-To] AR-15 Lights & Lasers Mounting + Cable Management

[How-To] AR-15 Lights & Lasers Mounting + Cable Management

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Chances are, when you start adding highspeed gadgets to the front end of your gun, things can get a little… unruly . *internal screaming* Need a quick reference guide for a few different ways to route cables for your lights and lasers? Follow along below as we show off several different solutions to keeping your accessory leads tidy and out of the way! This one sparks joy. Or take a look at our totally awesome video on it, and if you like that kind of thing — subscribe to the Pew Pew Tactical YouTube Channel ! Table of Contents Loading... Night Vision And You One of the projects we’ve been working on recently is getting into the night vision game, and one of the fun parts of shooting in the dark is the fact that… the money pit doesn’t end there. To truly take advantage of a night vision setup, you’re also going to need an IR laser and an IR illuminator for target acquisition and positive target identification, respectively. Alternatively, just skip the entire shooting part altogether and focus on NIGHTBIKING. Current Night Vision Setup On this particular setup, we opted to go with Steiner’s DBAL-A3 , which offers both a visible laser, an IR laser, and IR illumination to boot. Pretty much everything you’d want for laser-blasting in one relatively small package. Steiner DBAL A3 with Surefire Scout However, figuring out a system that allows you to have access to all of the features that the DBAL offers while still keeping the front end of your gun relatively clean is where things start to get tricky. In our case, we chose a Unity Tactical / TNVC TAPS Sync , Unity Tactical Hot Button , and Surefire Scout light to tie the entire system together, and it’s working out pretty well! Steiner DBAL-A3 Green Laser 1434 at EuroOptic Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1434 at EuroOptic Prices accurate at time of writing The TAPS Sync gives you two pressure pads, and although it comes with a picatinny mount, can be mounted directly to an MLOK interface as well. Unity TAPS Sync MLOK Mount We’ve got the forward most pressure pad tied into the DBAL’s visible laser, with the rear pad activating both the Surefire Scout and the visible laser simultaneously. The entire setup with everything routed. I’ve also got the Unity Hot Button set up to control the IR laser and illumination controls, and it’s sitting at an ~11 o’clock position on my rail for easy access. Unity Tactical Hot Button Considering the fact that the leads here are quite long, we’ve got a good amount of cable to lock down and secure. I essentially started by routing the excess Hot Button cable around the unit itself, anchoring the lead at both the front and rear with zip ties to ensure that it’s not flopping around. Like so. I made sure I had enough slack to reach the DBAL’s connector ports and then tucked the excess underneath the DBAL itself. There’s just enough excess leading into the unit so as to ensure that the system isn’t straining against itself. From there, I let the TAPS lead cables to wrap around the pressure pad unit itself, towards the muzzle. You might need to play around with it a bit, but this is what I found worked out pretty well for me. Adding a few anchor points to make sure those cables can’t flop around, I then tucked them underneath the small ledge of overhang that the pressure pad itself provides. With some initial points anchored, I returned to the rear of the pressure pad, which for whatever reason doesn’t like to sync up QUITE well enough with my STNGR handguard so as to affirmatively grab the rear portion super securely. Zip tie time! It also secures the cables to the rear as well. With everything in place, I repeated the same process of running the remaining excess underneath the DBAL before snaking out just enough to make the final connection to the laser port and the Surefire itself. Gotta trim those ties too, obviously. I’ll note here that this is just an initial run at a sensible setup – as I start putting the entire thing through its paces, it’s entirely possible that I might want to revisit the methods and revise them as is fit. But for right now, it feels okay! Yeehaw. You’re also going to want to rotate the ‘heads’ of the zip ties to the inside of your rail once you’ve got them trimmed, as they can be quite sharp. Other Setups The setup below features an Olight Odin with a Picatinny pressure pad mounted directly to the top rail and secured with a zip tie. Olight Odin 127 at Olight Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 127 at Olight Prices accurate at time of writing Behold. You can also use a spare bit of bicycle tubing to secure any loose connectors you don’t want to be exposed! We’ve got a surefire dual pressure pad controlling a Streamlight RM-2 on another upper that sits awaiting its own LAM unit using a Midwest Industries mount , and in the meantime, the bike tubing keeps the spare connector protected from the elements. Streamlight TLR RM2 133 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 133 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) OpticsPlanet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Midwest Sure Fire Mount 40 at OpticsPlanet Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 40 at OpticsPlanet Prices accurate at time of writing TOOB Of course, you can also bypass the entire process entirely if you grab something like Cloud Defensive’s OWL ! Cloud Defensive OWL 390 at Optics Planet Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 390 at Optics Planet Compare prices (3 found) Optics Planet (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Primary Arms (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing The light features a pressure pad integrated directly into the rail mount, meaning you’ve got zero exposed wires whatsoever. It’s pretty damn chungus, though. Conclusion Hopefully, you now have a thorough understanding of how to route and use zip ties 😉 How do you set your rifle up? Got any hot zip tie tricks? Let us know in the comments! If you’re ready to give your rifle the ultimate make-over, check out the PPT guide on How To Paint Your AR-15 ! Don’t have a light yet…check out Best AR-15 Lights . Tested AR-15 Flashlights

12 Best Glock 19 Holsters [2020]: Concealed & OWB

12 Best Glock 19 Holsters [2020]: Concealed & OWB

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Ever dream about carrying your Glock with you everywhere ? We get it–your Glock 19 is the go-to concealed carry weapon for many. It’s also the standard sidearm for tons of law enforcement agencies and military organizations around the world. But if you want to carry your Glock with you, you need a holster . Concealment Express G19 Draw The Glock 19’s popularity means there’s a huge market of compatible holsters for you to choose from. Unfortunately, all those options can make it difficult to figure out what’s a good holster at a good price that fits your individual needs. Crossbreed Holsters with G17, G19, G26 Fortunately, you’ve got me. In this guide, I’ll tell you what features any holster needs to have, give you the rundown on the various holster types out there, and finally give you my recommendations for holsters in each category. Table of Contents Loading... Choosing a Good Holster Your holster’s most basic job is obviously to hold your firearm when you’re not using it, but it also needs to protect your firearm, both from being dropped and from bumps and scrapes, prevent accidental discharge, and allow you to quickly draw your firearm when the situation calls for it, whether that’s in competition or a defensive situation. Hidden Hybrid Holsters Assortment So how do you make sure that a holster can do all that? Well, look for one with these qualities: Comfort Don’t underestimate how important comfort is. It may seem secondary compared to the other qualities we’ll discuss, but if you’re not comfortable in your holster, you probably won’t wear it. If you don’t wear your holster, you’ll still be in the position of needing to buy a holster for your Glock 19, plus you’ll have wasted money on a useless holster that just sits around taking up space. And, if your home is anything like mine, you don’t need any more useless stuff sitting around taking up space. Try your holster before you buy to make sure you’ll actually use it… and not stash it in the garage with the rest of your old hobbies. So, like anything else you wear, try on a potential holster before you buy it–if at all possible. If you can’t try it on before you buy, at least make sure that you can return it after you try it on in case you don’t like it. When trying on a holster, imitate the normal motions you go through during the day. Make sure the holster doesn’t twist or rub. A little bit of rubbing may seem like it’s not a big deal, but over time it can lead to irritation, bruises, and blisters. Ouch. If your holster isn’t comfortable on your skin, you’ll need to wear a barrier between your holster and your skin or opt for a different holster entirely. Rubbing from holsters made of hard materials will lead to more irritation and an undershirt may not be enough to prevent it, while soft holsters are more forgiving. If your holster isn’t comfortable, you might find yourself getting… creative… with your padding. You also want to make sure that your holster won’t slip or shift and make sure that it doesn’t feel like it will. Even if you know your holster won’t fall or move out of place, if it feels like it will, you’ll be tugging on it the entire time you’re wearing it, which is not only uncomfortable but also gives away the position of the firearm that’s supposed to be concealed. Protection Holsters constructed from durable and protective materials shield your Glock 19 against bumps and abrasion. Most holsters are made of leather, nylon, or a polymer like Kydex, which all offer plenty of protection. Hard Kydex holsters are popular because they can be custom-molded to any gun and light/laser combination for a perfect fit. Hard materials, like polymer, offer more protection against impacts, but they can also scuff up your Glock as you holster and draw your handgun. Some people aren’t too worried about scuffs and therefore don’t need to fuss over this too much, but if you’d like to preserve your Glock’s finish, opt for a holster made of a soft material or a hard holster that has a soft, protective lining. Retention Retention just means that your holster won’t allow your gun to fall out of it. The go-to litmus test for retention is simply turning the holster upside down. If your gun stays firmly in place, you’ve got plenty of retention. Yes, I know most of you probably won’t be doing cartwheels or headstands in your holster, but what if you’re in an altercation and get knocked down? The last thing you want is for your gun to slip out of your holster where your assailant can grab it before you recover. Even outside of a defensive situation, you don’t want to slip or fall and have your gun fly out of your holster, or even have your gun fall out while doing normal daily activities, like running, getting in and out of a vehicle, or dropping your pants to go to the bathroom. Drop your pants in the restroom–not your gun. (And for more help navigating the last situation, check out our guide Using the Bathroom While Carrying Concealed .) Holsters use an active retention system, a passive retention system, or both at once. An active retention system means that the user has to take steps to engage and disengage the retention system. Common examples of active retention are thumb breaks or straps that the user must release before they can pull their weapon from the holster. Thumb breaks are a popular active retention system, especially on leather holsters. A passive retention system means the scabbard of the holster (the part that actually holds the gun) fits snugly around the gun and is molded to the shape of the gun to increase surface area contact, which combines to keep the gun firmly in place using friction. Typically, passive retention holsters have screws that allow you to adjust how tightly the scabbard fits around the gun, allowing the user to adjust the level of friction and, by extension, the level of retention. Like these screws, which let the shooter adjust just how tightly their hoslter fits their Glock. The most secure holsters use both a passive retention system and an active retention system Just remember that while retention is absolutely important, you also need to be able to draw your firearm quickly. Passive systems typically allow quicker access–though less retention than active systems–but there’s a wide range in active retention systems in terms of how long it takes to disengage them. Concealment This is exactly what it sounds like: how visible is the holster when you wear it? It’s difficult to talk about concealability briefly since holster type, shape, and material–in addition to the wearer’s build and clothing choices–all affect it. Nothing to see here… nothing at all… I will, however, mention how concealable each holster type is when I talk about them below, but for a more complete discussion, check out our concealed carry resources . You’ll also want to try a variety of different holster types to get an idea of what’s most easily concealed on your unique body type and under the clothes that you like to wear. If you only plan on carrying openly, you may not need to worry about concealability. Still, it’s nice to know that you already have a concealable holster should you ever decide that you want to carry concealed after all. On the other hand, I don’t want to rob you of an excuse to buy another holster. You do you. Trigger Coverage This is another factor that’s pretty self-explanatory: your holster needs to cover your Glock 19’s trigger to stop the accidental discharge. Just… no. Not all holsters do this, but there’s no reason to risk it. Positive Grip This simply means that you should be able to draw your gun with one hand with a ready to shoot combat grip regardless of position and even in close quarters. Practicing a positive grip is a part of responsible carry. The holster needs to make this as easy as possible, but you can’t expect it to carry the full burden here. You also need to consistently drill to make sure that you can do this reliably. Holster Types Now you know what you need from a holster, so let’s move on to holster types. Outside the Waistband Once again, we have something that is exactly what it sounds like. Outside the waistband (OWB) holsters attach to your waistband or belt and are carried on the outside of it. Like it sounds, OWB holsters go on the outside of your waistband. This is a very visible style, so it’s usually what people think of when they think of a holster, but it’s actually not a particularly popular holster, precisely because it’s so visible. Their positioning makes them difficult to hide under clothing because they either peek out from under them or print (show a visible bulge). On the other hand, OWB holsters tend to be quite comfortable and position your firearm where it can be quickly and easily accessed. Inside the Waistband And inside the waistband (IWB) holsters are similar, but they sit–you guessed it–inside of your waistband. They’re probably the most popular holster type for concealed carry since they are easily hidden under clothing. IWB holsters go inside your wainstband, where they’re a little harder to spot. The cost is that they can be uncomfortable (though an undershirt goes a long way in helping this), your gun isn’t as easily accessible, and establishing a positive grip is more difficult. Shoulder If you’ve seen just about any movie about spies or law enforcement, then you’ve almost certainly seen a shoulder holster. They’re actually a popular choice among plainclothes law enforcement in real life, too–but not so much among civilians. Shoulder holsters–the choice of cops, spies, and other cool guys. They’re easily concealed under a jacket, but that obviously means that you have to keep your jacket on as long as you want to keep your firearm concealed. They also conceal well under loose shirts, but this makes it more difficult to access your gun, especially if your shirt is tucked in. Finally, muzzling is also a problem, since in most shoulder holsters the gun is positioned facing behind the wearer, plus it’s virtually impossible to draw and aim from a shoulder holster without muzzling people around you. Ankle Ankle holsters aren’t usually the first choice for concealed carry, since they can be uncomfortable (especially if you have hairy legs) and they don’t position the gun ideally for quick, easy access, but they are popular for carrying backup guns . Ankle holsters are great for a last resort… not so much your primary CCW. Women-Specific Holsters Now, women can wear any of the holster types we’ve discussed, but unless indicated otherwise, the vast majority of holsters are designed with men’s bodies in mind–which means that they may not be as comfortable on functional when worn by a woman. You may not have encountered any problems with non-women specific holsters, but if you do, you can find holsters of all of the above types that are actually designed for women. A purse holster is a little more satisfying than just hitting them with your bag. There are also holsters types that are generally women-specific, like thigh holsters, carry purses and purse holsters. Best Glock 19 Holsters You asked for it, and we listened–here’s our rundown of the best holsters for your Glock 19–whether you carry concealed or not. We’ve rounded up a few of each type, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Now, without further ado, our favorite Glock 19 holsters! OWB Holsters 1. Fobus Tactical GLT19 The Fobus Tactical GLT19 has a low profile for an OWB holster, so it’s a great option if you want to practice concealed carry but aren’t a fan of IWB holsters. It’s made of Kydex to offer complete protection and trigger coverage and has a paddle style back to keep the holster in place while rubbing backing keeps the holster comfortable. Fobus Tactical GLT19 30 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 30 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing The GLT19 has a blended retention system with a safety strap and fits Glock 19s with laser sights as well. 2. Gould & Goodrich B803 Three Slot Pancake Holster For a more classic look, go with the G&G B803 Three "Slot Pancake Holster" . It’s made of genuine, vegetable dyed leather, but is also molded to more securely fit your Glock. Gould & "Goodrich B803 Three" Slot Pancake Holster 57 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 57 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing The B803 is available in both left and right-handed versions and can be positioned straight up or canted. IWB Holsters 3. Concealment Express IWB Kydex Holster It’s no secret that Concealment Express holsters are popular here at Pew Pew Tactical. Concealment Express Holsters with G19 and G26 This one, in particular, is lightweight, comfortable, and secure, both in how it attaches to your waistband and in how it retains your gun. The durable Kydex provides excellent protection. Concealment Express G19 Draw It’s great for a variety of carry positions, but does especially well for appendix carry. 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 Check out Eric’s more complete review of Concealment Express holsters for more info, pics, and videos of them in action. 4. Tenicor Holsters If you know you want to carry appendix carry and require the most thought-out holster…check out Tenicor’s Velo . Tenicor Velo Holster with G19 They shaped the Kydex into something more anatomically pleasing.  And it really does feel better. Tenicor Velo vs Concealment Express Plus the size for their light-bearing Sagax Lux model isn’t too much larger. Tenicor Sagax Lux vs Velo Their standard T1 clip is also SUPER retentive.  Takes longer to put on but it’s not coming off unless you want it to.  Other more standard options available too. Tenicor T1 Metal Clips And of course…it’s super fast on the draw. Only downside is the price compared to other pure Kydex.  But if you carry for a living and want something super comfortable in the appendix… 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 5. Crossbreed SuperTuck Crossbreed Holsters with G17, G19, G26 Crossbreed’s SuperTuck is another excellent Kydex IWB holster, but this one is a “hybrid” with a soft leather backing for improved comfort . Crossbreed Holsters, Back It can be comfortably worn with a tucked or untucked shirt and is supposed to be positioned towards the rear of your draw side. Another one of our favorites. Crossbreed with G19 Plus, the belt clips are powder coated to protect your belt and allow for adjustable cant and ride height. CrossBreed SuperTuck 69 at Crossbreed Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 69 at Crossbreed Compare prices (2 found) Crossbreed (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 6. Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 As the name might tell you, the Cloak Tuck 3.5 is a holster with a lot of iteration and development behind it. We have a complete hands-on review of the 3.0 version and we liked it a LOT. Aliengear Holster, High Grip The 3.5 version is even better with improved retention options and better connections to the belt. Alien Gear Holster Plus, all of the awesome things we loved in the 3.0 such as a cooling neoprene backing, hard shell holster front, high backing to prevent the handgun from digging into your side, and it’s available for a HUGE range of guns – not JUST the Glock 19. Aliengear Holsters Backer Material A great starter (or ender) into the IWB world. 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 7. " "Hidden Hybrid Holster" s" Our current favorite hybrid holster uses Amish leather that makes it super comfy. Glock 19 with TLR-1 in Hidden Hybrid Holster Especially when paired with the suede backer. Hidden Hybrid Holster, Suede Back, Double Clip They have plenty of options for the G19 such as single clip (for appendix carry) to double-clip if you want more comfort in the 4-5 o’clock arena.  Or you just want a laser/light. Check out our full review of Hidden Hybrid where we’ll cover everything you might need to know. Full Grip on G19 with Hidden Hybrid Holsters Our Editor’s pick for the comfiest hybrid G19 holster we’ve tried so far. Hidden Hybrid Holsters 69 at Hidden Hybrid Holsters Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 69 at Hidden Hybrid Holsters Prices accurate at time of writing What’s your take on Hidden Hybrid Holsters? Readers' Ratings 4.96/5 (147) Your Rating? Shoulder Holsters 8. Galco Gunleather Classic Lite Shoulder Holster The "Classic Lite Shoulder" Holster is exactly what you imagine when you think of a shoulder holster. Galco Classic Lite Shoulder Holster 84 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 84 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing It’s made of soft leather for a classic look and comfortable fit and is available for either left or right handed draw. A mag holster and gear loop are on the side opposite your gun holster to add utility and keep the holster balanced. A snap closure keeps your gun securely in place. Ankle Holsters 9. Uncle Mike’s Nylon Ankle Holster This is probably one of the most widely recommended ankle holsters. Uncle "Mike’s Nylon Ankle" Holster 30 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 30 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing It’s comfortable, with an adjustable velcro wrap that allows it to fit on a variety of leg sizes, while a breathable elastic calf garter keeps the holster securely in place. The holster is also padded to make it even more comfortable. A velcro closure retention strap keeps your gun secure. 10. Femme Fatale Ankle SoxXx Despite the name, "Femme Fatale Ankle" SoxXx are elastic fabric sleeves with a 5” pocket to hold your gun rather than actual socks, and they’re available in versions for both women and men. Femme Fatale Ankle SoxXx 40 at Femme Fatale Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 40 at Femme Fatale Prices accurate at time of writing The fabric is very breathable and very comfortable. A plastic shield lining the inside of the pocket prevents uncomfortable rubbing from your gun, and the holster is available in nude, black, and white, so it blends nicely with just about anything that you could wear it with. The holster can be purchased with or without a retention strap. Women Specific Holsters 11. Crossbreed Purse Defender I don’t like keeping up with a purse in the first place, so placing the added responsibility of a firearm to one sounds like actual hell to me. But if you’re not like me and do like purse carry, this is the holster you have to get. CrossBreed Purse Defender 50 at CrossBreed Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 50 at CrossBreed Prices accurate at time of writing Don’t bother with expensive, ugly concealed carry purses, because the CrossBreed Purse Defender fits in almost any bag and easily transfers between them, so you can safely carry in all of your favorite purses and easily switch it over to your diaper bag or work bag as needed. I’ve put this holster in this section because it’s definitely marketed to women and women are much more likely to carry purses, but men who want to carry in a pack or briefcase can also benefit from the Purse Defender. 12. Can Can Concealment Shebang Garter Holster Garter holsters aren’t my favorite option for concealed carry, but I have been known to wear one when I’m in a dress or a skirt that doesn’t have a strong enough waistband to support a firearm. Can Can Concealment Garter Holster 59 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 59 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing I’ve tried a few different ones, but the Can "Can Concealment Garter" Holster is the best I’ve used by far. It’s made from a 6” tall band of military grade elastic and has hypoallergenic Non-Slip Tacti-Grip to hold itself in place, but for even more security, you can use it with the Can Can Concealment Garter Belt and that holster won’t move at all. The holster also comes in four sizes, each with three rows of hook and eye closures, so you’ll be able to get a secure fit for your particular leg size. Can Can Concealment garter holsters also come in a number of color combinations–because style is important. The holster also has tabs on either side of the gun pocket to make it easier to re-holster your weapon, and rare earth metal magnets keep up to two Glock 19s and a spare mag in place, each in its own respective pocket. Conclusion You can’t go wrong with any of these holsters, but to find the one that works best for you, you’ll need to try on and handle a variety of different ones to figure out what you like and need from your holster. Our go-to affordable Kydex option is 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 While our current favorite comfortable option is Hidden Hybrid: Our Current Favorites 69 at "Our Current Favorite" s Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 69 at Concealment Express Holsters Prices accurate at time of writing Whichever holster or holsters you go with, you’ll also need to be sure to drill to get yourself familiar with the holster and to continue to practice those drills as long as you continue to use the holster to keep up your muscle memory. Include drills that practice both drawing and holstering your Glock 19 and, if applicable, your spare magazine or magazines. So what holster did you choose to carry your Glock 19? Do you use one on our list, or have another favorite? Check out our master list of Best Concealed Carry Holsters .

Ranking The 10 Best Shooting Gloves of 2020

Shooting gloves are an awesome addition to your hunting arsenal. The thickest of shooting gloves will keep your hands warm and protected as you focus on the target you’re tracking. Thinner varieties allow you to maintain a solid grip on your firearm at all times, especially if you’re someone that deals with sweaty palms! Our list of the Top Ten Shooting Gloves of 2020 gives you a variety of options so that you can find the pair that fits your needs. Be sure to read through our Buyer’s Guide after the top ten list to learn about the most important considerations when buying a new pair of shooting gloves. Finally, the Frequently Asked Questions section will answer any lingering concerns you might have. So, let’s get to the shooting gloves! 1. Mechanix Wear Specialty Vent Tactical Gloves Click here for the lowest price on Amazon These lightweight mesh shooting gloves are designed to allow plenty of air to circulate throughout the glove to keep your hands cool and dry. They are machine washable and ideal for users dealing with sweaty hands in hot and humid environments. The Mechanix Wear Specialty Vent Tactical Gloves combine breathable mesh with a perforated 0.6-millimeter palm. They boast anatomical stich darts that conform to the natural curvature of your hand to create a precise fit. Furthermore, these shooting gloves feature a 360-degree, touchscreen-capable palm. 2. FREETOO Tactical Gloves Click here for the lowest price on Amazon These FREETOO gloves are made for hunting, shooting, tactical maneuvers, and other outdoor activities. They are designed to protect your hands from abrasion and scratching while maintaining their dexterity and function. These gloves come with a reinforced palm, knuckle padding, and double stitching so that they’ll hold up for rugged use. They also come with excellent grip by way of a dual-layer, synthetic leather palm that features anti-skid gridding. Finally, these shooting gloves feature odor-free, breathable materials and a functional vent design that makes them comfortable to wear in both hot weather and during the winter season. 3. 5.11 Tactical TAC A2 Gloves Click here for the lowest price on Amazon These shooting gloves are a popular choice among law enforcement officials and special operators around the world. They are designed to provide the user with enhanced dexterity in operational settings while maintaining superior comfort at the same time. The 5.11 Tactical TAC A2 Gloves boast a synthetic leather suede palm and a breathable stretch nylon back panel. They come with reinforcements in the areas of the finger joints and the saddle located between the thumb and index finger. Synthetic leather grip pads and TacticalTouch™ precision fingertips help to guarantee a solid grip on your firearm while a sweat wipe panel on the thumb gives you a way to wipe sweat away in the heat of the moment. 4. ArcheryMax Three Finger Archery Gloves Click here for the lowest price on Amazon Our list of the best shooting gloves wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a glove designed specifically for archers and bow hunters. The ArcheryMax "Three Finger Archery" Gloves are made from cow leather and include an adjustable Velcro wrist strap. These gloves are designed for archers that want to protect their fingers while retaining a sensitive feel. By using a soft, thin, and durable leather finish, these gloves provide excellent sensitivity to the feel of the string. The tips of these gloves are also reinforced to improve their longevity. 5. Mechanix Wear M-Pact Coyote Click here for the lowest price on Amazon "The Mechanix Wear" M-Pact Coyote Gloves are a slightly beefier version of the Specialty Vent Gloves we mentioned earlier. This specific color scheme is designed for military and Special Forces operating in desert and mountainous terrain, but these gloves can also be great for hunters that frequent those same types of environments. These gloves are machine washable and the offer superior protection through a Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) ( 1 ) knuckle guard and finger guards. A dual-layer internal fingertip reinforcement also supplies added durability in rugged conditions. These gloves featured D30 ( 2 ) palm padding that’s designed to absorb and dissipate high-impact energy through the palm. Lastly, these gloves come with nylon web loops that make them easy to store when not in use. 6. PIG Full Dexterity Tactical Alpha Gloves Click here for the lowest price on Amazon The Pig Full Dexterity shooting gloves offer a single layer, multi-piece palm that’s designed so that there’s only one layer of material contacting your shooting grip. The designers purposely placed the thinnest layer of material on the trigger finger for ultimate sensitivity. They also made the knuckle padding on these gloves thin enough to make it easy to reach for items in your pocket without getting your hand stuck. These shooting gloves are worn and proven by Special Forces personnel who require maximum dexterity so that they can perform well in tactical situations. The gloves offer a touchscreen capable thumb and trigger finger to allow you to use your smart devices in the field. They also feature a rollover fingertip design that eliminates jammed seams under your fingernails. 7. Beretta Mesh Half Finger Shooting Gloves Click here for the lowest price on Amazon The Beretta Half Finger Shooting gloves are designed for shooters that know the benefits of gloves but still want to maintain the sensitivity of an uncovered trigger finger. These gloves are 100% polyester and offer a mesh back for improved air circulation. They also offer an easy, pull-on design, which means you don’t have to worry about securing Velcro or any other straps. These half-finger shooting gloves feature a textured palm for better grip and are designed to provide maximum comfort and sensitivity. 8. TitanOPS Full "Finger Shooting Gloves" Click here for the lowest price on Amazon These shooting gloves are designed to perform on leisure hunts, in tactical situations, and even to keep your hands warm in cold hiking weather. They offer all-terrain versatility and a unique combination of materials that keep your hands warm while also breathing when you sweat. They are engineered with a combination of microfiber, leather, lycra, and nylon. The TitanOPS Full Finger Shooting Gloves shield your knuckles to prevent cuts and other injuries. They also function well with a reinforced palm and an adjustable wrist strap. These gloves are bacteria-resistant, odor-free, and machine washable, which makes them an excellent long-term solution to your current shooting glove “dilemma.” 9. Seibertron S.O.L.A.G. Tactical Gloves Click here for the lowest price on Amazon Think it would be cool to feel like a Transformer on your next hunt? Well, these gloves at least sound like one! The Seibertron S.O.L.A.G. tactical gloves are made of synthetic leather with a polyurethane finish. They include EVA foam ( 3 ) over the knuckle area for an added layer of protection. These shooting gloves are durable and also more lightweight than a lot of competing shooting gloves you’ll find on the market. They are machine washable and weigh a mere 0.14 ounces. Furthermore, these gloves are available in a wide variety of sizes, which makes it easier to find the right fit according to your unique palm circumference. 10. Hatch NS430 Specialist All-Weather Shooting Gloves Click here for the lowest price on Amazon These Hatch All- "Weather Shooting Gloves" are ideal for all-day hunts, as they provide superior comfort and breathability. They offer Synsi-feel synthetic leather palms with Extreme-Grip reinforcements on the palms and fingertips to give you added traction in key areas. If you’re looking for gloves that’ll perform in colder weather, the Hatch Shooting gloves feature neoprene construction, which is the same material used to make wetsuits. This construction helps to ensure a snug fit while also making these gloves more weather-resistant. That said, they also retain their breathability so that they keep your hands cool in milder weather. — Buyer’s Guide Now that you’ve got 10 awesome shooting gloves to choose from, let’s talk about how to make the right choice for you. Choosing the right shooting gloves depends on a number of factors, but the most important is your intended use. Also, here is another list of shooting gloves as well, in case you’re looking for a different perspective. For example, bow hunters are going to need different shooting gloves than rifle hunters. Military and law enforcement personnel obviously have different requirements than casual hunters. In this Buyer’s Guide, we’re going to go over four questions you should ask yourself when deciding whether or not to purchase a specific pair of shooting gloves. Are They Going to Hold Up? Durability is arguably the #1 factor to consider when choosing shooting gloves. You want to make sure that the choice you make is going to last for years to come. If you plan to use your gloves very frequently, they’re obviously going to be subject to a great deal of wear and tear. The first thing to look at when considering durability is the primary material used in the glove’s construction. You’ll find gloves made of a variety of leathers, synthetic leather, neoprene, polyester, and a host of other materials. Some leather gloves are also coated with a polyurethane finish, which does improve their longevity (in most cases). Others intentionally construct their gloves with thinner material so that they breathe better. The ideal pair of shooting gloves should be able to withstand tough environments and extreme weather. They should have a thick palm so that the most sensitive part of your hands is protected. And finally, you generally won’t go wrong with shooting gloves made of deerskin leather, neoprene, thermal warm grip, or HPPE ( 4 ). "Are They Going" to Feel Good? After you narrow down your list to gloves that you feel are going to last, it’s time to consider whether or not they’re actually going to feel good on your hands. If you’re using them for hunting, you’ll probably be wearing them for at least four or five hours at a time. If your intention is to have them for tactical use, there’s a good chance this timeframe will be a lot longer. So, you’re going to want to choose gloves that are also comfortable. Now, the primary material that makes a glove comfortable (or not) is the material it’s made of. Thankfully, leather is an incredibly comfortable material and most of the best shooting gloves use either genuine leather or a comfortable synthetic variety. In addition to making sure that the material your gloves are made of won’t irritate your skin, you also want to ensure that they offer a reasonable degree of breathability. If your hands are always hot and sweaty when you’re wearing your gloves, you’re probably not going to feel too comfortable in them. Finally, you should avoid shooting gloves that are overly bulky. When you’re lugging around a bunch of other gear on a hunt, backpacking trip, or tactical mission, you don’t want gloves that weigh you down even further. Make sure the gloves you choose are also lightweight so that you’re not exhausted by the time to pick your spot and stop to target your desired game. Are They Going to Make Life Easier? Whether you’re hunting or making quick decisions in a tactical situation, timing is everything. The last thing you want to be doing in these scenarios is fidgeting with your shooting gloves. You want them to fit snugly and can be adjusted quickly. If your gloves take more than a minute to put on, every second after that is a second wasted. You want to look for gloves that are easy to use and require little effort to maintain. Cuffs and straps are great features that help hold your gloves on without requiring a bunch of extra effort to secure them in place. They make your experience getting your gloves on and off hassle-free so that you can concentrate on the important tasks in front of you. Additionally, you want to make sure the gloves you choose are functional. This means you can perform all the necessary tasks you would normally perform with bare hands. Ideally, your gloves will allow you to perform those tasks as quickly (or more quickly) than you could perform them without gloves. Avoid gloves that cause you to fumble with loading your firearm, picking up shells, pulling the trigger, and performing other actions that need to be done seamlessly. Are They Going to Fit? Hand sizes vary greatly from individual to individual. Because of that, you should certainly avoid any shooting gloves that claim to be “one-size-fits-all.” The best shooting gloves come in a variety of sizes and the appropriate sizing chart will help you determine which size is right for you. Take the time to make sure the gloves you order are going to fit. Gloves that are too small can pinch your hands or cut off circulation, which will affect your performance. Gloves that are too large are likely to slip and slide around, which will also cause unnecessary fumbling and readjusting to try to tighten them down. Gloves that are too large will also cause your hands to get colder in low temperatures. The additional air space around your hand means more opportunity for cold air to creep in. In these scenarios, it’s also important to pay attention to cuff size. In colder environments, a longer cuff length is helpful because it gives you the ability to tuck your sleeves into the gloves. When choosing the size of shooting gloves, pay close attention to the recommendations from the specific manufacturer of the glove you’re interested in. Different brands size their gloves differently, and it never hurts to double down on research to make sure you’re getting the right size. "Frequently Asked Questions" Your goal when searching for shooting gloves should be to find a pair that fit comfortably and function for your specific needs. Additionally, it’s important to find a glove that’s going to improve your shooting performance. There’s no sense in adding shooting gloves to your arsenal if they make you a worse shooter! In this Frequently Asked Questions section, we’re going to address several major concerns about the function, fit, and maintenance of shooting gloves. If you have any additional questions that aren’t addressed here, feel free to leave a comment below! What is the difference between leather and synthetic leather? To the naked eye, it can be hard to notice the difference. Advancements in synthetic leathers have made them comparable to their “genuine” counterparts. The important difference is that genuine leather comes from animal hides, such as cattle, deer, buffalo, goat, or oxen. In comparison, synthetic leather is usually made from a plastic base, which is then treated with a substance like polyurethane (wax and dye are often used as well) to create a similar color texture to genuine leather. Synthetic leather tends to be more cost effective to produce, which can make gloves using them cheaper for the consumer. Some enthusiasts insist that it’s impossible to duplicate the feel and durability of genuine leather using a plastic base. But this is precisely the goal that synthetic leather producers are trying to achieve. Can you tell me more about the benefits of using neoprene in shooting gloves? Neoprene is the same material used to make wetsuits. It is a synthetic polymer that resembles rubber. It is resistant to oil, heat, and weathering. These qualities showcase the primary benefits of including neoprene in shooting gloves. In combination with synthetic leather, gloves that use neoprene keep your hands warmer when they get wet and are more resistant to extreme weather. What is the best way to wash my shooting gloves? Fortunately, many of the shooting gloves we mentioned above are machine washable. When doing so, you should always be careful to follow the specific washing instructions set forth by the manufacturer on the glove’s label. If your gloves aren’t machine washable (or you don’t have access to a washing machine), the best way to wash synthetic leather shooting gloves is in the sink. Use cold water and mild laundry detergent or dishwashing soap to thoroughly clean the dirt and debris from your gloves. Avoid bleach or solvents, as they can cause discoloration. Once you’re satisfied that your gloves are clean, air-dry them to prevent the material from shrinking. This will maintain proper sizing and guarantee a snug fit. Never machine dry with heat or expose your gloves to a heat source other than indirect sunlight. For gloves made of leather from animal hides, you’ll want to use oil-based saddle soap to clean them. This soap will help you remove exterior stains and restore moisture to the leather. Use as little water as possible with the soap so that it does the majority of the work. If you need a deeper clean, you can use a shoe brush for added elbow grease. Just like with synthetic leather gloves, avoid using bleach or solvents and air-dry your gloves to maintain sizing and prevent the material from shrinking. Never machine dry with heat or expose leather gloves made from animal hides to a heat source other than indirect sunlight. Is there a way to add a layer of waterproofing to shooting gloves? Yes! One of the best products for treating leather gloves is Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather ( 5 ). You can apply this wax to clean gloves wet or dry in order to improve their ability to repel water. This product is designed to maintain your glove’s breathability as well. Proper waterproofing can significantly improve the longevity of your shooting gloves. How can I find my glove size? The appropriate glove size for your hand will vary depending on the specific manufacturer of the gloves you’re interested in. However, the primary measurements you’ll need to know to find the right glove size are your palm circumference and hand length. Using a measuring tape, wrap around the circumference of your palm between your thumb and forefinger. To find your hand length, measure from the tip of your middle finger to the base of your hand. When taking hand measurements, always use your dominant hand to determine the right size of gloves. While both measurements are helpful, make sure that you use the larger of the two to make sure you choose the correct size glove ( 6 ). Summary The right pair of shooting gloves can significantly improve your hunting and/or tactical performance. Perhaps more importantly, they’ll keep your hands comfortable and protected in a variety of harsh environments. We hope you’ve enjoyed this summary of the best shooting gloves of 2020 and we wish you the best of luck in your selection process!

Give Me a Lever

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d31c5aca_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d31c5aca_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The clean, flat receiver of the Mossberg Model 464, showing the beefed-up receiver rings. Yep, I said second try. Back in the mid-1970s, Mossberg introduced their Model 472 lever-action. Chambered in .30-30 Winchester or .35 Remington, the Model 472 was available in a number of configurations until being phased out altogether in 1983 with a final 5000-piece run of Roy Rogers commemoratives. Often encountered under the “Western Field” brand name, the Model 472 is remembered today mostly as a competent, respectable little carbine more than a little reminiscent of  Marlin's similar Model 336. Like the Model 472, the Model 646 is a competent, respectable little carbine. Mossberg insists that their new lever gun was already well under development when Winchester discontinued the sainted Model 94 in early 2006, but it's inevitable that the Model 464 will be seen as the Model 94's successor. In that role it succeeds rather well. Let me make clear that I'm talking about the post-1964 Winchester Model 94. Mossberg stresses “affordability” as one of the key features of the Model 464, so if you're looking for bluing so deep you can swim around in it and Grade AA Fancy claro walnut, you're going to have to keep waiting or buy a high-end pre-1964 Winchester. Like most Mossbergs, the 464 is a working gun, and if you're looking for more than that you may be living in the wrong decade, if not the wrong century. After spending a few afternoons on the range with the new Model 464, all I can tell you is that it performs as advertised, which is an increasingly rare characteristic for any new product, firearm or otherwise. For the beginner, the once- or twice-a-year deer hunter, the woods bum or the recreational shooter who wants something with more oomph than a .22 for plinking or competition, the Model 464 is an admirable little gun. Related GunDigest Articles Colt Adds New Expanse M4 Model Review: Henry Lever Action Octagon Magnum Gun Review: NULA Model 28 is King of the Mountain Rifles First, the basics: the Model 464 is chambered only in .30-30 Winchester, at least as of this writing. It has a 20-inch round barrel and iron sights, though its receiver is drilled and tapped for scope mounts — not side mounts but top mounts. Unlike Marlin's competing Model 336, the 464 has a straight-grip stock, which has always seemed (to me, anyway) to be more accommodating to various body types than stocks with pistol grips. As to the wood, well, it's that classic “hardwood” we've all come to know so well, and it serves its purpose. One nice touch is the soft, serrated rubber recoil pad that gives the rifle a snug, non-slip feel. Mossberg’s new Model 464 .30-30 is an excellent choice for a youngster’s first deer rifle. Magazine capacity of the Model 464 is 6+1 rounds and, unlike some lever-actions I've fired recently, you don't have to be Charles Atlas to force cartridges into the loading gate. There is no half-cock hammer safety; the only manual safety is an unobtrusive tang slider that lies naturally under the thumb. Some lever fans are going to complain about the safety, just as they did when Marlin introduced the crossbolt safety on its 336-series rifles way back in 1984. To me, a tang safety is much handier than a receiver-mounted crossbolt, and it looks better, too. It's a hammer-block safety, so the trigger will pull and the rebounding hammer will fall even when the safety is engaged. There's also an automatic disconnector safety where the lever meets the lower tang, which is pretty much standard for modern lever-actions. We can all debate the need for a manual safety on a lever rifle, but the way I read the situation, one motivated tort lawyer swings more weight than 1000 mildly displeased consumers. In some respects, the new Mossberg looks like a cross between a Marlin Model 336 and a late-model Winchester 94. The sliding round bolt resembles that of a Marlin, while the open-top receiver resembles that of a Winchester. Unlike the Winchester, however, the bolt is enclosed by two massive integral fore-and-aft rings that are forged in one piece with the receiver proper. The ejection port is similar to that of the Winchester Model 94 Angle Eject, and empties exit it with considerable force at nearly a perfect 45-degree angle, well clear of any scope you'd care to mount. The 464 weighs in at an advertised 6.7 lbs., a few ounces less than the walnut-stocked Model 336, with an overall length of 38.5 inches.

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Benchmade knives are often the gateway drug to the upper end of folding knives, and the Benchmade Griptilian is the gateway drug to Benchmade knives. For many, their first handling of the Griptilian is met with disappointment. The Griptilian , although a solid knife, does not have the heft and density often expected as the retail price goes north of $100.