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America is different from other countries when it comes to gun laws. There are unique gun laws that differ from state to state too. So we compiled the top 10 strangest gun laws in America in this infographic.

Top 10 Strangest Gun Laws in the United States

Top 10 Strangest Gun Laws in the United StatesAmerica is different from other countries when it comes to gun laws. There are unique gun laws that differ from state to state too. So we compiled the top 10 strangest gun laws in America in this infographic. Share 0 Tweet 0 Pin 0 Share this Image On Your Site <p><strong>Please include attribution to https://thegunrights.com with this graphic.</strong><br /><br /><a href='https://thegunrights.com/10-strange-gun-laws-in-america/'><img src='https://thegunrights.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/10-Strange-Gun-Laws-in-America.jpg' alt='10 Strange Gun Laws in America' width='1000px' border='0' /></a></p>

Springfield Armory Takes XD-M OSP 10mm

Springfield Armory Takes XD-M OSP 10mm

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f3762637d3fa_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f3762637d3fa_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Moving its XD-M OSP to 10mm, Springfield Armory gives shooters an affordable, optics-ready option in the powerful caliber. What the XD-M 10mm offers: Comes with three base plates making it compatible with seven reflex sights. Suppressor-ready threaded barrel. Suppressor-height iron sights, that should work as a backup aiming system if an optic breaks down. Given the waves it made Springfield Armory made with its plain-Jane 10mm, it’s surprising this is just coming out. That and the XD-M OSP (Optical Sight Pistol) has a couple of years vintage now. Yet, it might have been worth the wait for those dying for an affordable “Perfect 10” with an integral optics mounting system. Related GunDigest Articles 10mm Vs .45 ACP: Making the Right Choice Best 10mm Ammo For Self-Defense And Hunting (2018) 10mm Handguns and the FBI 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! In all, the XD-M OSP 10mm comes with three base plates, making it compatible with Vortex Venom, Burris FastFire 2, Burris FastFire 3, Leupold DeltaPoint, Leupold DeltaPoint Pro, JPoint Sights, and Trijicon RMR sights. Furthermore, it boasts a threaded barrel and co-witness suppressor-height iron sights, so you can see over your can. They should also work in a pinch, if your reflex sight’s battery dies. Get An Edge On The 10MM: The 10mm Auto: Cooper’s Big Bore A Perfect 10: The 10mm Pistol Resurgence Best 10mm Ammo For Self-Defense And Hunting (2018) Glock 10mm : The Caliber's Stalwart Option However, the eye-catcher for those who have a yen for an optics-ready 10mm, is the price. With an MSRP of $695 the XD-M 10mm comes in at the low end of the price range compared to similarly decked out pistols. Not bad, since this make-caliber combination has proven itself fairly popular already.

The 4 Best American Made Scopes – USA Rifle Optic Reviews 2020 Photo by Keith LaFaille / CC BY Buying American made products can be increasingly hard in a global economy. Many items sold by American companies are made overseas, or are a mix of imported and US parts assembled here in the states. And while there are a great many very fine imported rifle scopes (for instance it’s hard to question Zeiss or Nikon quality after all), finding a US made scope can be a bit of a chore. Even Leupold uses imported lenses at times, but for legal purposes they often qualify as Made in the USA, and we’ll take a look at one of their scopes in a minute. There are other options as well, especially on the extreme high end of the quality spectrum. We found 4 amazing (and top shelf!) US made scopes for your consideration, and I think you’ll agree that nothing is sweeter than a US-made scope sitting on top of your favorite rifle. Below are the best American made scopes on the market. Nightforce SHV 4-14x50 NightForce SHV 4-14x50mm F1 Riflescope,Black,.250 MOA,Illuminated MOAR Reticle Price: $1,290.00 Price as of 08/14/2020 06:17 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Nightforce is the premier optics company in the United States. They make scopes designed for war, and they are used in war. Nightforce is the current scope supplier of the United States Navy SEALs and if its SEAL approved you can trust it’ll work for you. The Nightforce SHV 4-14x power scope is perfect for the DMR a dedicated sniper rifle or a long range hunting rifle. It’s a powerful crystal clear scope that will give you a sight picture like no other. The SHV isn’t a cheap scope, but it is one of the cheapest Nightforce scopes. That being said it’s still the Rolex of the scope world. When it comes to hitting small targets far away, it’s hard to beat the Nightforce SHV. The SHV is explicitly made for hunters and is perfect for low light shooting and spotting animals in their natural habitat. Nightforce SHV F1 4-14x Review Watch this video on YouTube

The Carbine and the Rifleman

The Carbine and the Rifleman

What we face is an unprecedented loss of rights. The election looms and everyone is worried. Why wouldn’t we be? The media are showing a direct and focused slant in collaboration with the democrat establishment, and it seems that George Soros is tied to several brands of voting machines which further represents a yet another conflict of interest. These same voting machines were under scrutiny (smartmatic) in the Venezuelan election yet the media ignores these issues in the good ol’ US of A. We face a loss of rights… not in a fair fight, but a fight that is increasingly unfair and takes advantage of us while we attempt to play fair. When we are reduced in our capacity as a nation to express our views on the soap box, when we are reduced in our ability to cast our votes for our chosen candidate at the ballot box, we are left with just our cartridge box. Reflect on that. The purpose of this article is to bring the new shooter up to speed on setting up their carbine out-of-the-box and given him/her some tips on practical marksmanship. We will have an unprecedented fire sale on AR15s should Hillary (Killary?) be elected. We need to make these new shooters capable riflemen. A rifleman with confidence in his/her rifle is a powerful person indeed. A rifleman with ten friends is a force to be feared. The Carbine: The AR15 carbine is an effective tool limited only by the knowledge of the owner. There are millions of these carbines distributed among the people in various configurations. What is not so well-distributed is a standard course of marksmanship. How can there be a teachable standard when we are dispersed and do not collect for annual training or weapon familiarization? How can we become a nation of rifleman when no “standards” exist? The ubiquitous Ruger AR556 is a good example of an “average” AR15 carbine. In order to make this as simple as possible, this article will attempt to explain topics and methods that are efficient and useful regardless of the carbine’s configuration. So what is the average carbine configuration? The “average AR15 carbine” in the citizenry’s hands is likely to be a 16 inch gun equipped with irons or a red dot.  From here we will base our discussion to its proper use. This article makes no attempt to discuss marksmanship fundamentals, as that is a whole ‘nother article; instead we focus on the proper setup and use of your carbine as a defensive tool for an uncertain future. Setting Up Your Carbine: The 16 inch gun is a versatile piece of equipment. We don’t need to overhaul your carbine and if your budget does not permit you to upgrade, please run what you have. The carbine will need certain essentials and these will include a light, quality magazines, and properly set up optics or irons. Ignore the rear sight when using the small peep, and focus on the front sight. Your sights should be as far apart as possible and the rear as close to the eye as possible. Doing this will give you greater depth of field.  If you are using irons, read this article for a better understanding of iron sights. Opens in new window. Irons: There is a simple rule for irons: Keep the front and rear sight as far apart as possible, and keep the rear peep as close to your eye as possible. A long sight radius increases your depth of field and helps reduce eye fatigue. The closer the front sight (which is your focal point) to your eyeball, the fuzzier your target will be. Please click the link below the above photo to learn about irons if this will be your primary sighting mechanism. We have covered a LOT of material in the last few years about iron sights. Red dots are superior in every way to irons sights… unless you have bad astigmatism. Excellent in bright or low light, no eye strain, a target focus, both eyes open shooting, easier holdovers, obscures the target less. Should I go on? Red dot: If you can afford the upgrade, please consider a red dot. The march of technology will keep going forward, and your enemies will likely be equipped with modern sighting systems. The red dot gives you a sharp point of aim and does not strain the eye in the same way irons do. A quality dot will have several thousand hours battery life, and can be found from $150 to $700. Primary arms MD-ADS for example has 50k hours battery life and runs at $169. Consider DI Optical RV1 at $229 for a mil spec Korean optic. I have a RV1 on order for T&E. If you have the cash, go Aimpoint. Consider adding AA, or AAA lithium batteries to your red dot for power. You will need a long battery life and lithium batteries don’t leak acid so that’s a huge bonus. Easier target identification, the ability to precisely aim over longer distances while concealed, and better low light capability are some of the advantages a variable optic can offer the prepared citizen… the cost is weight and bulk. Optics: Consider variable optics for shooters who don’t mind the weight penalty. A variable will give you the ability to ID a target and successfully fire upon them from extended distances. A marksman equipped with a variable and a carbine can wreak havoc on a force who is unaware of your position. Being able to ID a target permits you to advise your team if the target is a friend or foe. Furthermore, the optics will boost low light visibility in dim conditions. A quality variable is the “holy grail” of utility. Light and Sling : Your carbine needs an optic, as above, a light, and a sling. Without those three essentials, you are likely to encounter situations where you cannot effectively use your carbine. Can you see in the dark or dusk? Light. Can you give aid or pull out your pistol without dropping your carbine on the floor? Sling. There are a variety of slings available, and at the very least I would suggest a two point sling set up to hang your rifle at the low ready. It doesn’t have to be fancy. The cheapest nylon sling can be used at the low ready with most telescoping stocks having a sling mount, and many rails offer a QD swivel. Use it. Use paracord if need be. A TLR-HL rifle kit on the author’s carbine Lights come in various configurations. I use TLR series because they are well vetted and cost-effective. A light should be considered essential, but with the light comes the need for more training . At the very least, anyone can use a light for target ID and that is essential in low light to make sure you know what you are shooting at. Magazines: You will get no where fast without good magazines and a means to carry them. I like Gen 3 Pmags (who doesn’t?) as they have certain features which I find desirable. More on that later. Get good magazines, and get enough of them to last you a while. A belt and mag pouch wouldn’t hurt either. So now that we have covered the basics, what is our first point of discussion? The Zero: The carbine can be employed with a great degree of practical accuracy on a target. Many shooters will zero at 100 yards and be done with it. While perfectly effective for home defense and intermediate range shooting, we can improve upon the 100 yard zero by moving to a zero at 50 yards. Informed shooters will zero at this distance due to the flat trajectory out to 200-225 yards. It is at this distance that most carbine shooters should zero their irons, red dots, and variable optics. With an average rise of 1.5 to 2 inches over your line of sight depending on the loading, the zero will allow us to shoot point targets out to 200 yards without need for holdover. The 300 meter military zero, while effective, will require hold under for small targets at 200 yards. The 50 yard (and/or a 200 yard) zero will cover your shooting for most scenarios and situations at point-blank and out to 200 yards before hold over is required. Head shots out to 200 yards are done without concern for drop or hold under. Photo courtesy of Black Hat Training Corps. Again, this is not new or earth shattering information, but if you are just starting to prep and spec your gear and carbine for the times ahead, this should be considered a versatile and effective zero for both irons, optics, and red dots. Using your zero: close through intermediate ranges: With the large variety of equipment available to the American patriot, the ability to standardize based on a specific sight type, scope reticle design, or  iron sight setup will be both a waste of time. The patriot next to you in the ditch may have any number of optic setups, or perhaps (s)he is still running irons. In this section of our discussion, we will examine the proper method to train shooters who may present with a variety of sighting products and setups which do not lend themselves to standardization. These shooters may not all have optics with a BDC, and the wide variety of barrel lengths, ammo types… so instead of standardizing on equipment, we instead use the target for standardization… and in this case the human silhouette is a great starting point. The average height, head and shoulder width of a target makes an excellent reference for bullet drop and wind holds that can be standardized across multiple carbine setups. Shooters who have successfully developed skill with their rifle at point targets out to 200 yards will be ready to shoot against targets at 300 and 400 yards with this method . The human body has many built-in reference points and these points will become our method of compensating for bullet drop. Since the human body can be big or small, we will use the average sized male in the form of the easy to obtain B27 target. With the 200 yard zero, these holds will continue to work for a variety of loadings ranging from 55 grain to 75 grain bullets. Our first hold is the dead hold . Here we aim point of aim point of impact. Inside of 200 yards, we aim for what we wish to hit. If your target is wearing armor, consider the pelvis or the head as a point target. A shot to the pelvic region is a mobility killer and requires immediate medical attention. Direct compression of the large arteries present in the pelvic region is not always possible and tourniquets will not be effective at stopping bleeding, so expect this to force opposition to engage in medical action of the individual shot here. The pevlic girdle may not put the opposition down, but it can immobilize and force medical attention to the individual who was shot. If armor is of no concern, or if simply aiming for the center of mass, aim for the chest . The face represents an easy to remember point of aim for targets at around 300 yards. If your target is at an estimated 300 yards, aim for the face . This will allow the bullet to drop into the mid to upper chest depending on the loading. The 50 yard zero in conjunction with this hold will allow effective fire out to 300 yards on a man-sized target. If the target is at an estimated 400 yards, aim to “knock the hat off” the top of the head. This represents an easy to visualize point of aim for targets at 400 yards. Depending on loading, this hold will allow rounds to hit the mid chest to lower abdomen. In Summary: The chest, the head, the hat are your reference points for 0-200, 300, and 400 yard shooting. Ergo these three human landmarks, the chest, the head, and the hat, represent repeatable holds for the carbine equipped rifleman and will increase your effective range out to 400 yards on a full-sized silhouette. The only consideration for the rifleman target identification and wind. Ensure someone has a means to properly ID who or what you are shooting at. This individual can also estimate range if his/her optic is equipped with a rangefinder. To combat wind, we will also use a simplified method. We will touch on that next. An Easier Way to Visualize Wind Holds: Note that even though the bullet is being pushed off target by light wind, it has 18 inches of drift on a shoulder width target where it will still score a hit. Mk262 is a 77 grain bullet, and M193 is a 55 grain bullet. This represents an overhead view of a 18 inch wide target. The average man-sized target is 18 inches shoulder to shoulder. Think of that as 18 inches of wiggle room for wind to push your bullet. Puts it into perspective doesn’t it? For 0-200 yard targets, no changes in hold are necessary, as light wind just isn’t strong enough to worry about. Out to 200 yards, continue a dead hold. For 5-10mph wind, hold just over the shoulder at 300 yards and over to the right of the shoulder at 400 yards. The chest, the head, and the hat are your basic holds for bullet drop compensation. This technique can be applied easily with a 2 to 4 MOA red dot. The V portion of the holds are for wind and holds above the shoulder (300 yards) and then just outside the shoulder (400 yards) will dope the wind and drop with most loadings. The truth is that if the target is facing you at distances up to 400 yards, we just need to use common reference points on the body to help us correct wind drift. In a practical sense here is a series of holds to visualize both bullet drop and elevation. So think of your holds as a V for wind, with the chest being the lowest point of aim on the V, just above the shoulders at head level being the next point, and then up and past the shoulders at hat level as the last hold for 400 yard shooting in light wind; simply aim to knock off the hat and then move the reticle over and just past the edge of the shoulder. These holds are “generic” and should work for most setups and loadings. Remember a 5mph wind rustles leaves, and at around 10 mph small twigs and small branches move with the wind. These generic holds don’t require a scientific estimation of wind speed, simply employing them will increase the probability of a hit vs. someone who has no idea where to hold for wind and drop.  What else can we do if we don’t know just how far they are? A Rifleman’s Pair: If you are shooting from a stable position, such as prone, consider a controlled pair when the target is at an unknown range. Say the target appears somewhere between 200 and 350 yards, you have just a moment to take the shot… What is your course of action? Shoot one round at the chest, bring the reticle up to the face, and fire your second shot. A rifleman’s pair will cover your error in regards to the targets distance, but must be done quickly. So what if you didn’t call that target at exactly 273 yards? A controlled pair will increase your likelihood of a hit on the target. Modern compensators along with a quality trigger and a solid shooting position can aid in this technique. Compensators will cut recoil and muzzle bounce, lending more control to the shooter, and a rock steady position will further enhance control. Compensators offer an effective means to control shot recovery, allowing easier execution of a pair of controlled shots to cover error in distance judgement. This M4-72 is an aggressive example and reduced carbine recoil to near that of a 22LR. Seriously. It is rather gassy though. Steadying Your Carbine: Even though the chest, head, and the hat are simple holds, it is important to employ means to steady the carbine in a manner that facilitates rapid target acquisition. The traditional methods of “slinging up” are not useful outside of perhaps hunting and the target range. Instead, we should employ techniques that rapidly steady the carbine to permit solid shooting. Standing: Standing is more of a practice makes perfect skill. Clear your carbine and practice presenting the carbine, aligning the reticle, and dry fire at a small target placed on the wall. Do this hundreds of times over the course of the year. Muscle memory and a smooth presentation and smooth trigger pull will do great things for your ability to hit a 100-200 yard target from a standing position without relying on barriers. Practice at home, and practice at the range. Magazine Monopod Prone: The magazine is an excellent monopod, particularly Gen 3 pmags. The Pmags have an over-insertion lip that guards against the magazine being fed too far into the magazine well and touching the bolt carrier with the feed lips. When in prone, the magazine is used as a monopod and acts as a bridge between your rifle and the ground, with your forearms, elbows, and face on the stock completing the structure. This method produces rock solid stability. As good as this setup is, there are still people who will say it may cause reliability issues. How? When a magazine or gun is out of spec, the possibility of the magazine feed lips scraping the bolt carrier when pressure is applied upward to the mag is a possibility. Most of the weight of magazine monopod prone is carried by the magazine catch and the notch where the catch rests in the magazine. The lip on the back of Gen 3 Pmags helps prevent over-insertion and this makes them a great magazine for mag monopod shooting without reliability issues. New, quality magazines, or Gen 3 Pmags will guard you from reliability issues in MM prone so long as your gun is in spec. Again I like PMAG gen 3 because of the lip at the back of the magazine that prevents over insertion of the magazine.  I cannot fathom a faster, more stable position than MM prone. Try it out at your next range trip. Magazine Kneeling: The magazine is pulled against the knee for quick rifle stabilization. There are a number of variations to this technique, and if you find a faster kneeling position, by all means use it. This technique is a simple method of carbine stabilization from a kneeling position. Any number of variations exist on this regarding placement of the foot and lead leg, but I like to sit on my right foot for a lower profile and my left leg leads. The carbine is positioned so that the magazine acts as a stabilization aid by being pressed against the inside of the knee while the forearm is pressed on the other side of the knee. In doing so, you will find that the magazine again lends a helping hand in steadying the rifle in a field expedient, rapid manner. Quality Ammunition: Quality ammo is a great asset. If you haven’t started reloading, now is a great time to do so to keep yourself occupied during winter seasons. We cannot forget the importance that quality ammunition has. While 1000 rounds of Wolf are better than nothing at all, consider stocking up on 69-77 grain bullets as can be budgeted. These projectiles have a higher ballistic coefficient than 55 or 62 grain bullets, and this gives them an edge with wind. While a gust of wind between buildings may push the 55 grain off target with an above the shoulder hold, the 77 grain bullet may resist the wind enough to stay on target, and it could mean the difference between a hit and a miss. That’s not mentioning the devastating properties of 69-77 grain .223 bullets. Wrapping Up: There is only so much an article like this can accomplish. My hope is that it adds some value to your shooting, and at the very least offers something new for you to add to your current skill set. The basic carbine is well emplaced in the good hands of the citizenry. What is next is the will and confidence to use it should such dark days come. What we want is the citizenry to outclass and outpace the abilities of those who would oppose our collective will. If this post has any value to you or your friends in the shooting community, please share it.  It is important that we create a nation of solid shooters. The world is not a nice place, and it is getting darker. Our collective will to resist evil must be sharpened to a cutting edge. Take what is useful, discard what is not, and keep learning. Who amongst our oppressors does not fear a Rifleman? Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

Best First Aid Kit for Survival: Top 7 Picks Reviewed for 2020

Staying healthy is one of the biggest challenges in any survival situation.  Having the ability to deal with traumatic injuries quickly and effectively can be a matter of life and death.  One piece of gear that should be a part of anyone’s gear is a good first aid kit for survival. However, knowing what constitutes the best first aid kit is hard to determine for most people. Before we get into the details, here are my tried and tested top picks at a quick glance: KITS DETAILS #1 Kit #1 Kit The MyMedic MyFAK Kit Recommended! Use code SURVIVALCACHE15 for 15% off at checkout! Can be used in any environment with 2+ people Lightweight at 2 lbs. Comes with MOLLE straps. Check Latest Price #1 Pick #1 Pick Delta Provision Co. Smaller pouch Double fold out pouch Includes a tourniquet Check Price on Amazon.com Lightning X Stocked EMS/EMT Complete kit can handle most survival emergencies. Extensive Emergency supplies included with the kit. Check Price on Amazon.com Quick Navigation Let’s Talk About Survival First Aid Kits Ignore the Numbers! Best First Aid Kit for Survival: My Top 7 Picks 1. Best Bugout Bag Survival First Aid Kit – EVERLIT Emergency Trauma Kit Review 2. Best Compact Survival First Aid Kit – Delta Provision Co. Tactical First Aid Kit Review 3. Best Small Group Survival First Aid Kit – Lightning X Stocked EMS/EMT Trauma Kit Review 4. Best EDC Survival First Aid Kit – Rescue Essentials Tactical Ankle Medical Kit Review 5. The Best Ultimate Survival First Aid Kit – North American Rescue Medic Trauma Pack (CCRK) Review FAQs About First Aid Kit for Survival Are some tourniquets better than others? I keep a first aid kit in my pickup truck but have never used it. Is it still good? Do you mean I should practice with my tourniquet? I have taken a Red Cross first aid course.  Isn’t that enough? Prepare Before You Need It "Let’s Talk About" Survival First Aid Kits First aid kits are easy to find.  The grocery store has them, the pharmacy has them, and in internet search returns thousands of types, styles, sizes, and varieties of first aid kits.  You can find first aid kits for any application.  There are first aid kits advertised for: Office Warehouse Home Auto Outdoor Boating Hiking There are a few things that I believe are essential for any survival first aid kit.  From personal experience, I know that there are some features and parts that should be a part of every survival first aid kit.  What I look for is: Size – The first aid kit should be small enough to fit on the outside of a backpack without becoming cumbersome or a nuisance. Pouch – The first aid kit should be in a durable and preferably waterproof pouch that opens and unfolds so that you can see what is inside without having to dump the contents to find any item. Identification – The pouch must be clearly marked in such a way that anyone can easily recognize that it contains first aid equipment Tourniquet – Your survival first aid kit should include at least one tourniquet mounted so that you can access it easily with one hand from any position. (More about this later.) Gauze – Lots of gauzes. Pressure Dressing – At least two. Hemostatic Agents – The number one cause of death from traumatic injuries in survival situations is blood loss.  Stopping the bleeding is the number one priority. Survival Blanket – The second most dangerous occurrence after blood loss is shock.  A good survival blanket can help mitigate shock and maintain body temperature. These are the things I look for when assessing the value of a survival first aid kit.  As we look at some of the best survival first aid kits on the market, I will talk more about these items. Ignore the Numbers! I have one more bit of advice about shopping for the best survival first aid kit.  Don’t get enamored with those piece counts that are advertised so prominently on some first aid kits. I have found that many of these first aid kit piece counts really don’t reflect the quality of the first aid kit .  Many of the piece counts include things that have no bearing on the usefulness of the first aid kit. When selecting a first aid kit for survival there are several factors that must be taken into consideration before clicking ‘add to cart’. Best First Aid Kit for Survival: My Top 7 Picks I selected these first aid kits based on the contents provided by the manufacturer, the quality of the equipment and supplies included, and comments I found researching these first aid kits. These are ranked in no particular order. 1. Best Bugout "Bag Survival First" Aid Kit – EVERLIT Emergency Trauma Kit Review See Price on Amazon Everlit is a veteran-owned and operated company that specializes in emergency and survival gear.  The EVERLIT Emergency Trauma Kit is a step above their standard survival first aid kit.  It does contain most of the equipment that I feel is essential.  However, it also includes several items that will probably end up in a drawer. Running down the features list gives an idea of why this survival first aid kit made the list. Come in a nylon carry bag with MOLLE attachment points.  This is a tri-fold design that opens to make finding components quick and easy. All included first aid supplies are FDA approved. The kit includes a military-style combat tourniquet. Inside the kit, you will find: 1 – Israeli style pressure bandage 1 roll compressed gauze I – emergency blanket 1 – medical burn dressing 1 – pair trauma shears 2 – latex disposable gloves 40 – alcohol pads. 1 – 36-inch splint roll There isn’t a lot of fluff in this kit.  I like the pouch and the fact that it comes with a combat tourniquet.  All in all, this kit will get you taken care of in an emergency. Pros Has all the basic components in a good pouch The pouch is lightweight and well designed for easy access to the things you may need quickly The pouch has enough room to personalize your first aid kit Cons The kit seems a little short on some supplies 40 alcohol pads? Everlit Emergency Survival Trauma Kit with Tourniquet 36" Splint, Military... ✅【Everlit Emergency Trauma Kit】: Uniquely customized by U.S military VETERANS to get you... ✅【Massive Hemorrhage and Circulatory Care】: This kit contains the most use friendly, compact... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-05-22 at 11:28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API 2. "Best Compact Survival" First Aid Kit – Delta Provision Co. Tactical First Aid Kit Review See Price on Amazon The Delta Provision Co Tactical First Aid Kit is a smaller and less fully equipped survival first aid kit. "The Delta Provision" Company first aid kit is packed into a smaller case than most of the other first aid kits in our list.  However, the small size is deceiving.  The Delta Provision Co. kit contains almost everything you need in a personal survival first aid kit. If you are looking for a survival first aid kit to fit into a briefcase, overnight bag, or a day bag, the Delta Provision Co. Tactical First Aid Kit is an excellent choice. This smaller kit includes: Israeli Bandage Gauze packs Elastic bandages Alcohol wipes Burn gel Tourniquet EMT scissors Roll-up splint MOLLE attachment points Assorted sterile pads and wipes Triangular bandage I have advocated for years that anyone who has a concealed carry license should also carry a trauma kit.  Heaven forbid you should suffer a traumatic injury such as a gunshot wound, but if you do, you should have the means necessary to do the emergency treatment on yourself or someone else.  The Delta Provision Co. Tactical First Aid Kit will certainly provide what you might need in an emergency. Pros The smaller pouch is easy to manage for EDC Double fold out pouch is convenient for finding what you need Includes a tourniquet, which is critical for an individual trauma kit Cons No hemostatic agents to help stop bleeding Delta Provision Co. Tactical First Aid Kit - IFAK - Survival Trauma Medical... FULLY STOCKED IFAK - Packed full of essential first aid supplies this 130pc first aid kit is perfect... EXTREMELY DURABLE - Tough nylon case the is MOLLE and PALS compatible to attach to any of your... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 09:08 / Affiliate links / Images from "Amazon Product Advertising" API 3. "Best Small Group" Survival First Aid Kit – Lightning X Stocked EMS/EMT Trauma Kit Review See Price on Amazon If you are anticipating needing the capability to care for larger groups’ medical needs, then you need to consider your strategy.  Personal first aid kits are great for short term situations or traumatic injuries when help may be delayed.  If your situation planning calls for longer duration survival and care for a larger group, there are more considerations to be made in selecting a survival first aid kit. Situations where help may be many hours or even days away, or perhaps even nonexistent, additional equipment and capabilities become important.  Having the necessary equipment and training is essential in these kinds of situations. The Lightning X Stocked EMS/EMT Trauma and Bleeding Medical Backpack is a perfect addition to anyone’s kit.  If you anticipate longer duration events or filling a larger group’s medical needs, a look at just a few of the features easily explains why. A well-constructed backpack style case is included that is designed specifically to serve as a trauma bag. The backpack has MOLLE attachments for securing additional external pouched to further expand your capabilities The kit includes: Kelly hemostats Bandage sheers Trauma sheers Assorted band-aids and pads Roll gauze in various lengths and widths Elastic bandages ABD Pads in assorted sizes Cloth tape Iodine wipes Alcohol wipes Instant cold packs Eye pads Triangle bandage Eyewash system Exam gloves Assorted splints Blood pressure cuff Stethoscope CPR Mask Airway Kit Hemostatic Gauze Pressure dressings Israeli bandage Ambu Bag Emergency blanket Pros This is a complete kit that can handle most survival emergencies. Extensive Emergency supplies included with the kit Can handle everything from a splinter in a finger to a major traumatic injury Cons Backpack style case often requires most of the contents to be removed to find what you want. This kit is larger and bulkier. The one caveat that comes with having and carrying a bag of this type is the need for specialized training.  Some of the devices included in this bag should only be used by a trained EMT/Paramedic.  Trying to use these devices can inflict more harm and do physical damage to the victim. Getting some additional training in emergency medical care is one of my survival and prepping suggestions.  Finding a course at a local community college is a great way to add to your skills. Lightning X Stocked EMS/EMT Trauma & Bleeding First Aid Responder Medical... FULL KIT CONTENTS LISTED IN DESCRIPTION BELOW Modular (MOLLE) loops throughout to attach external pouches or hang additional gear See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 03:48 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API 4. Best EDC Survival First Aid Kit – Rescue Essentials "Tactical Ankle Medical" Kit Review See Price on Amazon Carrying a survival first aid kit every day can be a challenge.  However, I always encourage anyone who with concealed carry license to have the minimum survival first aid gear with them at all times.  This compact and easily concealable ankle kit has what every concealed carry license holder needs for their own protection. 1 SOFTT-W Gen 3 tourniquet 1 4” Israeli Emergency Bandage 2 Pair black nitrile gloves One additional pocket for extra gear. The design of this survival first aid kit rides comfortably around your ankle and out of sight under your trouser leg.   It may seem a little out of place, but the ankle location is perfect for accessing those critical items from a kneeling or prone position.  Your tourniquet will never be out of reach. Pros This kit includes everything you need to handle an emergency gunshot wound Comfortable design is ergonomic and efficient Puts the most critical parts of your trauma kit at hand from any position Cons Not really a first aid kit RESCUE ESSENTIALS TACTICAL ANKLE MEDICAL KIT Designed by a SWAT officer Ensure that every Law Enforcement officer can carry lifesaving medical gear See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-11 at 04:48 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API 5. The Best "Ultimate Survival First" Aid Kit – North "American Rescue Medic" Trauma Pack (CCRK) Review Combat medics are, without a doubt, some of the unsung heroes of our military.  The stories of their bravery and sacrifice resound in every branch of the United States Armed Forces.  Their unwavering devotion to the men with whom they serve is a testament to their character. The equipment that these combat medics carry into the field is unsurpassed.  That is why I have selected the North American Rescue Medic Trauma Pack as the Ultimate Survival First Aid Kit.  This is the civilian version of what most combat medics carry into battle. These kits are designed for the harshest wear and tear imaginable.  The kits themselves are designed and outfitted with input from veteran combat medics.  The list of features and content is too long to list fully, but a sample should convince you that this is the ultimate survival first aid kit. 5 pair black nitrile gloves 2 sets personal protection equipment @ nasopharyngeal airways 1 tactical suction device 2 needle decompression kits 2 CAT tourniquets 1 S rolled gauze 2 abdominal trauma dressings 4 saline lock kits Trauma sheers SAM splint II TTS Tactical traction splint 1 Casualty rescue blanket 1 Headlamp This represents only about half of what comes packed in the backpack with this kit.  There is room for you to customize the load-out to your exact specifications.  You can rest assured that no matter the situation or the location, with this kit, you will have what you need to deal with the most serious of injuries. This kit contains equipment and supplies that require specialized emergency medical training to properly utilize and deploy.  Again, I encourage you and everyone in your group to find classes in your area where you can get advanced emergency medical training. Pros The most comprehensive medical kit available. Well designed and well-stocked by professionals in the trauma response business Rugged backpack designed to withstand extremes in use, terrain, and weather Cons Expensive FAQs About First Aid Kit for Survival Are some tourniquets better than others? Absolutely.  I have trained with almost every combat tourniquet available on the market, plus tried all the YouTube and internet suggestions for makeshift tourniquets.  My experience has been that there are very few tourniquets on the market on which I would trust my life. There is a lot of conflicting information on the internet about combat tourniquets.  Some are market hype by manufacturers, some are misinformation from well-intentioned users, and there are some that are factual and based on documented research. If you want to know more about what combat tourniquets meet the high standards of emergency and combat personnel , you should read this report from the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care. I keep a first aid kit in my pickup truck but have never used it. Is it still good? That depends a lot on how old it is, how long it has been exposed to extremes of heat and cold, and the quality of the contents of the bag.  There are some things to consider. Over the counter drugs, even when sealed in foil packets, degrade over time.  They all have a best by date stamped on the package.  Any over the counter medications included in your first aid kit should be inspected regularly and replaced as needed. Sunlight, heat, and cold can degrade the material the pouch is made from as well as rubber or plastic components inside the bag.  You should check your first aid kit regularly and replace any equipment or instruments that have degraded. You should check the condition of all bandages, gauze pads, and other supplies to make sure the sterile packaging is intact and that the supplies have not become contaminated. A first aid kit, no matter how complex or simple, is a tool like anything else in your gear kit.  It needs to be opened and checked, cleaned, replenished, and practiced with just like any other tool or equipment in your inventory. Do you mean I should practice with my tourniquet? Yes!  On a regular basis.  Practice on yourself.  Can you apply that tourniquet to your arm or leg with one hand, laying on the ground?  You should train just like you expect to have to use that tourniquet.  You may be quite proficient at putting the tourniquet on with your right hand.  Are you just as adept with your left hand? You should also practice applying a tourniquet to another person.  Properly applying a tourniquet to another person is very different than applying it to yourself.  Find a partner and take turns practicing with your tourniquet. One suggestion I would make is to buy several tourniquets.  Keep one as a practice tourniquet and one or more as your carry tourniquet.  When the practice tourniquet becomes so worn that it is no longer good to practice with, buy a new tourniquet to carry every day and move your older one into place as your practice tourniquet. I have taken a Red Cross first aid course.  Isn’t that enough? The Red Cross basic first aid course is fine for what it is intended, which is to prepare ordinary people for ordinary everyday injuries.  One thing that every evolution taught in the Red Cross Basic First Adi course ends with is the admonition to seek medical attention as quickly as possible. In a survival situation, that is just what is not available.  Having the training and knowledge to go beyond the basics can be crucial and can mean the difference in saving a life.  Find a local community college or some other group that is teaching the basic EMT course and start there.  You will gain valuable knowledge and hands-on training that will benefit you. Prepare Before You Need It Emergency medicine in a survival situation is never easy.  The severity of the injury, the situations, and the pressures all add up to making dealing with trauma under survival conditions problematic.  That is why being as well prepared as possible is the key to the best outcome. For general individual survival first aid kit needs, I recommend the "Everlit Emergency Trauma" Kit as the best selection for anyone.  It offers the best choices of equipment and supplies in a quality pouch and doesn’t contain a lot of fluff that is rarely used and often goes to waste.  The cost is economical and provides great features for the price. If you have experience in the emergency medical field or real-life experiences that can add to our understanding, please leave your comments to this article in the section below.  We strive to bring the best information available in these articles. Other interesting articles: Best Survival Belt: Top Picks Reviewed, How To Choose Best 1911 Holster: Top 5 Picks Reviewed Best Bushcraft Knife: "Top Picks Reviewed" Top 5 Best Survival Kits Reviewed for 2020

Best .38 Special & .357 Magnum Ammo [2020]

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Revolvers were cool in the days of Wild Bill Hickok and they’re still cool now. They’re practical target guns, reliable self-defense tools, effective hunting implements, and in some cases…downright gorgeous pieces of firearms art.  Don’t have one yet? Check out our Top .357 Magnum Revolvers . Art That Goes Bang But how do you pick the best ammo for your revolver? For cool photographic purposes only. Don’t candy cane your ammo loads, boys and girls. Well that is a question that deserves a long explanation, I’ll cover that in a moment but if you need a simple list now – here you go: As a competition shooter and law-enforcement officer, I’ve had my hands on revolvers quite a bit over the years. Let’s go over some common terminology first before diving into the best .38 Special and .357 Magnum ammo for home defense, target shooting, and hunting. Table of Contents Loading... Safety Briefing There are many kinds of ammunition for modern .357 Magnum and .38 Special revolvers.  Both of these revolvers have the same bullet diameter of .357 inch but the .357 Magnum has a slightly longer case. .38 Special vs .357 Magnum Why does that matter? Well, as long as you are using .38 Special ammo you can fire it safely in any .357 Magnum revolver. Meaning if you have a revolver chambered in .357, you can fire both ammo types without any issues.  But make sure you are not using .38-40 or .38 Short. .357 Magnum, anyone? Don’t think that just because you can shoot .38 Special in a .357 Magnum that the reverse is true.  This makes the cartridge too long for a .38 Special cylinder to close and lock most of the time. Putting a .357 Magnum round in a .38 Special takes the firearm from hand gun to hand grenade . In most cases, this is not ideal. Not Something You Want to Go Off In Your Hand Alright, now let’s get to the fun stuff. Pro Ammo Tip #1: Know Your Abbreviations You will find abbreviations on ammo boxes that combine the jacket, point, and nose type. For example, if you see SJ and HP in on the box, then you know the bullet features a Semi-Jacket and has a hollow point. Since there are many variations, it is best to learn the basic abbreviation and then apply them to each box of ammo. Jacket Type: A Full Metal Jacket (abbreviated FMJ) encases the sides of the softer lead core, but not the bottom. The “jacket” is a metal like copper that is harder than the enclosed lead. A Total Metal Jacket (TMJ) completely surrounds the lead core.  TMJ’s are used with higher velocity rounds and larger amounts of powder.  Semi-Jacketed Rounds (SJ) have a harder shell around the shaft of the bullet, but not the tip. "Full Metal Jacket" Nose Type: Refers to the top of the projectile.  The Lead Round Nose (LRN) refers to a bullet that has a smooth curve at the top.  The Lead Flat Nose (LFN or Cowboy Action Load) is flat all the way across the top.  Lead flat nosed bullets deliver better impact than round ones. Hollow Point vs. Soft Point: Hollow Pointed Bullets (HP) have a tip that expands so that a larger area of injury occurs.  Soft Pointed (SP) bullets have a jacket that leaves part of a soft bullet tip exposed.  The tip will still expand and deform, but at a greater rate than a standard hollow point.  These are the standard self-defense rounds. L to R: Hollow Points, Semi-Jacketed, "Lead Flat Nose" , and Full Metal Jacket Pro Ammo Tip #2: Know Your Bullet Weight and Why It Matters As a bullet travels down the gun barrel…its speed depends on the amount of powder and weight of the projectile. Here’s what you need to know: Heavy Bullet Characteristics The heavier the bullet the slower the velocity.  The speed at which it hits the ground or “bullet drop” is faster than for a light bullet. A heavy bullet in motion will be less affected by wind and other weather factors. Big, heavy bullets tend to do well in short-range defensive situations with a minimum of dangerous over-penetration (hitting someone or something behind your target). Heavier Bullet = Greater Recoil Lightweight Bullet Characteristics The lighter the bullet the faster it will travel.  Lighter bullets have slower bullet drops, which can increase accuracy over long distances. Lighter bullets have less mass, but make up for it with increased velocity in defensive situations, but there is more danger of over-penetration Lighter Bullet = Less Recoil So, which one is better? While there is considerable controversy over whether heavier bullets are better than light ones, in reality, different situations need different bullets. Which brings us to… Best Training and Range Ammo New and experienced shooters usually look for the cheapest ammo to use for practice.  For beginners, it is just as important to choose ammo that has the least possible recoil. Light recoil gives better accuracy and also reduces developing bad shooting habits.  Using the wrong ammo can cause you to flinch, breathe wrong, or even close your eyes while firing. Also, even the biggest, baddest dude at the gun range is going to get tired of shooting if the recoil is hurting his hands after a while.  He just may not admit it. Angeles Shooting Range Stations Now get ready for our recommendations.  Most will come from Lucky Gunner…see why we like them in our Best Place to "Buy Ammo Online" article. Best .357 Magnum Training Rounds The Sellier & Bellot 158 Grain FMJ is an excellent round.  It shoots a 158 Grain FMJ bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1263 fps.  It is excellent for target or as a training bullet. Best .357 Mag Training Ammo Sellier & Bellot .357 Mag 158 Grain FMJ 24 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 24 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing The Tula .357 Magnum 158 Grain FMJ is a good training round. It shoots a 158 Grain FMJ bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1280 fps.  Shooting this round can be a little dirty though, so gun cleaning is mandatory after each shooting session.  To help keep the price down this bullet uses a steel case so sometimes it might not eject easily for your revolver. Tula .357 Mag 158gr FMJ 14.50 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 14.50 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing The Fiocchi .357 Magnum 142 Grain FMJTC is an excellent round.  It shoots a 142 Grain FMJTC bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1420 fps.  This bullet is easy to control and manage when fired and is an excellent training round. Fiocchi .357 Magnum 142 Grain FMJTC 340 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 340 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing Best .38 Special Training Rounds The Federal American Eagle .38 Special 130 Grain FMJ is a good starting point.  It shoots a 130 Grain FMJ bullet at a velocity of 890 fps.  It is great for training or target practice.  I like it because it has a low recoil and will not frighten new shooters. Best .38 Spl Training Ammo American Eagle .38 Spl 130 Grain FMJ 18.75 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 18.75 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing The Remington .38 Special 158 Grain LRN is also good training round due to its low recoil.  It shoots a 158 Grain bullet at a velocity of 755 fps. Remington .38 Special 158 Grain LRN 18.75 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 18.75 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing The Sellier & Bellot .38 Special 148 Grain WC is an excellent competition target round.  It shoots a 148 Grain bullet at a velocity of 699 fps. With it’s low recoil there is little to disturb the sight picture.  This is a good round for new shooters. Sellier & Bellot .38 Special 148 Grain WC 18.50 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 18.50 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing Choosing Home Defense Ammo In matters of self defense, your goal is to hit the target somewhere vital in order to neutralize the threat. The ammo will need to produce a lot of energy to produce the greatest amount of tissue damage and trauma. The bullets used for self defense are a bit more expensive than the ones you would use for target practice. Typically, Jacketed Hollow Points are the best choice for self-defense, just make sure you get a relatively fast round to ensure it expands properly. The rounds I recommend most for self defense include… Best .357 Magnum Defensive Ammo The Remington HTP .357 Magnum 110 Grain SJHP is an excellent self-defense round.  It shoots a 110 Grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1295 fps.  This bullet has excellent high terminal performance, ensuring maximum effectiveness with proper shot placement Best .357 Mag Home/Self-Defense Ammo Remington HTP .357 Magnum 110 Grain SJHP 25 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 25 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing The Blazer Brass .357 Magnum 158 Grain JHP shoots a 158 Grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1250 fps.  This bullet is heavy for a self-defense round.  It has excellent high terminal performance and will get the job done. Blazer Brass .357 Magnum 158 Grain JHP 25 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 25 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing The Remington Golden Saber .357 Magnum 125 Grain JHP shoots a 125 Grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1220 fps. It is an excellent self-defense round that is designed to work well in longer barrel guns for maximum velocity. "Remington Golden Saber" .357 Magnum 125 Grain JHP 16.75 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 16.75 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing Best .38 Special Defensive Rounds The Remington High Terminal Performance .38 Special+P 110 Grain SJHP .  It shoots a 110 Grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of 995 fps.  It is a high terminal performance bullet that has the capabilities to injure or kill. Remington HTP .38 Special+P 110 Grain SJHP 27.50 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 27.50 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing The Hornady Critical Defense .38 Special +P 110 Grain JHP FTX .  It shoots a 110 Grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1010 fps. Best .38 Spl Home/Self-Defense Ammo "Hornady Critical Defense" .38 Special +P 110 Grain JHP FTX. 23.50 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 23.50 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing Editor’s Note: This is what I carry, and it has literally saved my life in a situation with a rabid dog.  What’s your take? Readers' Ratings 4.95/5 (383) Your Rating? Choosing .357/.38 Special Ammo for Hunting Expanding hollow point or soft point bullets are best for hunting because these bullets expand reliably and deliver the most kinetic energy into the animal. Never use full metal jacket bullets because they may pass through the animal without a humane kill.  You’ll also want to make sure your round is powerful enough to ensure a humane kill, so if in doubt, go for the bigger boom. Quick Deer Hunting Revolver Ammo Tips For hunting larger game over 100 lbs. with a .357 Magnum revolver I would use a bullet weight of at least 158 to 180 Grains with a heavy powder charge. For hunting smaller varieties of game 50 lbs. and under I have used a .38 Special revolver.  I would use a bullet weight of 158 Grains in a .38 Special +P cartridge. The rounds I recommend most for hunting include… Best .357 Magnum Hunting Rounds The PMC .357 Magnum 158 Grain JSP . It is an excellent deer hunting and wild boar hunting round, and can reliably and humanely take down this animals, or similarly sized animals. PMG .357 Magnum 158 gr The Magtech .357 Magnum 158 Grain SJSP bullet .  It shoots a 158 Grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1235 fps. Magtech .357 Magnum 158 gr The "Federal American Eagle" .357 Magnum 158 Grain JSP shoots a 158 Grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1240 fps.  Another excellent round for whitetail-sized game. American Eagle .357 Magnum 158 gr Best .38 Special Hunting Rounds The Magtech 38 Special +P 125 Grain SJSP .  It has a muzzle velocity of 938 fps.  It is a good varmint hunting round. Magtech .38 Special 125 gr The Ho rnady JHP XTP .38 Special 158 Grain .  It has a muzzle velocity of 800 fps.  It is a good varmint hunting round that I have used in the past. Hornady .38 Special 158 gr The Federal LSWCHP .38 Special +P 158 Grain LSWCHP .  It has a muzzle velocity of 900 fps.  It is a good small game or varmint round. Federal .38 Special 158 gr Conclusion There you have it. My thoughts and recommendations for picking the very best .357 Magnum or .38 Special ammo for your firearm. Follow these tips, get in some trigger time with a few different rounds, and you’ll be just fine. Any other ammo suggestions for home defense, plinking, or hunting?

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