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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Back in the day, you’d know who was a crack shot through their use of iron sights. These days, that’s not as much of a problem for the average shooter. Unless you’re running through 3-gun competitions or you’re a traditionalist, you’ve probably considered mounting an optic on your gun if you haven’t already.

Best Backup Iron Sights (BUIS) [View-Throughs]

Best Backup Iron Sights (BUIS) [View-Throughs]Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Back in the day, you’d know who was a crack shot through their use of iron sights. These days, that’s not as much of a problem for the average shooter. Unless you’re running through 3-gun competitions or you’re a traditionalist, you’ve probably considered mounting an optic on your gun if you haven’t already. BUIS mounted on Picatinny rail What happens when the batteries on your red-dot die or your holographic took one fall too many and aren’t working as well as it should? This is where backup iron sights (BUIS) become worth their weight in gold. Today, we’re going to look at some reliable BUIS to use when you’re in a pickle. Best AR-15 BUIS 1. Magpul MBUS The Magpul Back-up Sight , aka MBUS, is an affordable sighting system that is designed for the AR-15 platform .  It’s an affordable and effective back-up to your optical sighting system. Magpul MBUS 67 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 67 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Magpul’s front and rear sights are both built with a lightweight and durable polymer that’s can handle any wear and tear you throw at it without any major issues.  As long as you’ve got a Picatinny rail system on your gun, you’ll have no problem mounting these BUIS in minutes. Both sights are capable of folding down, so you don’t have to worry about them being in your way when they’re not in use.  The internal spring system built into the MBUS helps make the sights sturdy enough to withstand bumps and knocks without unintentionally folding down. Since the MBUS are the same height as the A2 sights, you don’t have to worry about getting used to a new pair of sights.  And if you want to make any adjustments, the rear sight has an easy-to-use knob for adjusting windage, while the front sight comes with a tool for making changes to the elevation. What’s your take on the the MBUS? Readers' Ratings 4.83/5 (401) Your Rating? 2. FAB Defense Flip-Up Sights Straight from the guys that make stuff for the Israeli Defense Forces comes the FAB Defense Flip-Up Sights. FAB Defense Flip-Up Sights 67 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 67 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Lightweight like Magpul’s but doesn’t have the internal spring system.  Which can be good or bad depending on your situation. Fab Defense BUIS, Down If it’s rare to deploy your BUIS…I actually like FAB’s system since you don’t unintentionally activate the front sight if you use a far-reaching c-clamp grip. View-through is great and sight is easily adjustable too. Fab Defense BUIS View 3. Troy Micro HK-Style Front and Rear Sights If you’re looking for something that’s sturdy and dependable, Troy Micro HK-Style MBUIS are strong enough to take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’.  These low-profile iron sights are under 1.5” in length and only weigh a couple of ounces, meaning that they’re conveniently out of the way until needed. Because of their low-profile design, the Micro BUIS could require a bit of adjusting when mounted on your M4.  But if you’re running a raised top rail system then the Micros are great to shoot with.  Troy recommends mounting them to the Sig Sauer 556 carbine and the FN Scar. Troy Micro BUIS 198 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 198 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing Overall, the Micro BUIS are pretty cool.  They clamp easily to your Picatinny rail system where they remain folded down until you need to put them to work.  You can also flip the rear sight aperture to choose between short/medium-distance and long-distance (300 – 600 yards) shooting. The best feature of the Micro BUIS is its rugged design.  This makes it an excellent alternative for anyone who’s not so keen on the polymer sights and wants something actually made out of metal – as the name iron sight implies.  In addition, the tritium really helps to make the sights visible, which is perfect for low-light shooting. 4. A.R.M.S. Inc. #40 L-F Combo The #40 front ($130) and rear sights ($135) are a reliable set of BUIS that will make sure that your AR-15 doesn’t lose accuracy in the event of an optical mount getting banged up or malfunctioning.  Their low-profile design makes them excellent for your flat-top due to the fact that they take up very little space and can be folded down when not in use. A.R.M.S #40 BUIS 130 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 130 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing Like a lot of other BUIS for the AR-15 platform, the #40 rear sight comes with a flip-adjusted aperture that switches between short and long-range shooting.  Also, unlike some of the other BUIS out there like the MBUS, the front sight of the #40 can be mounted to the gas block without any issues. One of the more popular features of the #40L-F is its lower-than-usual profile which gives the shooter far more clearance when mounting an optic to their AR-15.  Also, to avoid unnecessary damage to the front sight, A.R.M.S. designed the sight to fold back when struck from a front angle.  That’s definitely a plus for those of us who are a little too rough with our guns. 5. Bobro Lowrider BUIS The Lowrider BUIS set by Bobro ($199) might not be cheap, but it’s a solid set of BUIS to have for anyone looking to conserve space on their AR-15.  So, if you want a set of dependable flip-up sights while also having enough room for your lasers, lights, and other mounts, then the Lowrider BUIS is an excellent choice – especially for shooters with short-barreled rifles. Bobro Lowrider BUIS 200 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 200 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing With the Lowrider sights, you don’t have to worry about your rear sight getting in the way and interfering with your other accessories.  And just like most other BUIS out there on the market, the Lowrider is able to be fully adjusted to compensate for elevation and windage, and they’re able to be locked flat into place when flipped down. Another benefit of the Lowrider sights is the infinite adjustment instead of clicks-based adjustments, a common feature with other quality BUIS out there.  This makes it easier for Lowrider BUIS to be mounted in compact and full-sized rifles without any issues with aiming. Overall, the Lowrider sights are sturdy, lightweight, and are excellent at what they do.  With that said, there’s only one aperture in the rear sight and neither the front or rear sight is able to lock into place when flipped up. 6. KAC 45-Degree Offset Folding Micro Sight Kit If you’ve got no problem dropping a lot of money on a set of BUIS, the folding micro sight kit by KAC ($284) is arguably the Cadillac of iron sights. But what makes a BUIS so special that it costs the same amount as a red-dot sight? For starters, KAC’s sights are some of the easiest to adjust on the fly.  Instead of having to use special tools, the shooter can change elevation and windage with their hands.  All you need to do is turn the specific knob in the direction that you’d like the sight to be adjusted to. KAC 45 Degree Offset BUIS 285 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 285 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing The other major benefit of the 45-degree angle BUIS is the way they’re designed to not interfere with all other optics mounted to your device.  Whether you want to take a quick shot without a scope or your red-dot just died out, you’re able to easily squeeze off a round with the 45-degree sight by giving your rifle a slight counter-clockwise rotation. While that may sound strange and even unnatural, it’s shooting with the 45-degree sights is actually easy – even intuitive.  Have a look at this quick video to see how they’re put into action. The final word on KAC’s Offset sights is that they’re great to have, provide you’re willing to spend the money.  But the fact that they’re compact, lightweight, and never get in the way makes them completely worth it, especially if you’re shooting with a scope. However, there is one drawback to the sights: the aperture.  Instead of being able to cycle through apertures like you could with other KAC sights, the 45-degree offset comes in two versions: the 300-meter and the 200 – 600-meter version.  So make sure you choose wisely before spending so much money. 6. Ade Advanced Optics Offset Sights Don’t have the coin for KAC?  Check out the ultra-affordable Ade Offset Sights ($24) that have awesome reviews. We’ve been testing them out for competitions where we leave our 1-6x scopes at magnification and use these bad-boys for quick and dirty close-up shots. Ade Advanced 45 Degree BUIS Here they are mounted on one of our rifles. Ade BUIS on LWRCI AR And of course…how they actually look. Viewthrough of Ade 45 Degree BUIS It’s up to you to decide if that’s worth it…but for quick man-sized target shots up to 25 yards…I love them. AAO Offset BUIS 18 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 18 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing We also have even more at Best AR-15 Offset Sights . But Do I Really Need Back-Up Iron Sights? I get it, redundancy isn’t a good look.  You don’t want to be that person who has every single gadget known to man mounted on their AR-15.  It’s bulky, unnecessary, and cumbersome. Rear Sight The thing is, BUIS should be neither redundant nor cumbersome.  And if they are then you’re probably doing it wrong. The AR-15 market has come a long way from its older detachable carry-handle design– and we all remember how unnatural the 3x optical scopes felt mounted to those. As you already know, AR-15s are now designed optical-ready and built with rail systems. Because of this, a number of manufacturers have begun making ARs without iron sights.  After all, most people rush out to buy a red-dot sight anyway.  And whether companies do this to cut back on manufacturing costs or because the average shooter prefers mounting their own sights is irrelevant. Mounted rear sight Back to whether you actually need BUIS or not – the answer is unequivocal yes, you do need them.  The last thing you want to happen if your red-dot or holographic goes haywire is to be shooting blind.  Fortunately, BUIS are easy to mount and are available for pretty much every kind of budget, so you’re always able to have a Plan B. You can even get 45-degree mounts like the KAC mount up above in order to have iron sights mounted to the side of your primary optic for quick, up-close shooting. Now that we’ve covered the importance of BUIS and looked at some good ones on the market, you’re ready to upgrade your AR-15.  Also, don’t forget to check out our extensive red-dot guide while you’re shopping around for optics. Do you have BUIS on your rifle?  If not, did any of these catch your eye? Let us know in the comments below.  Want go to electronic?  Check out our Best AR-15 Scopes & Optics . A Couple AR-15 Optics

What Killed the Bren Ten?

What Killed the Bren Ten?

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f377f80c9620_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f377f80c9620_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The Bren Ten, designed by Jeff Cooper, enjoyed a lot of buzz in the 1980s. However, the 10mm pistol was a bulky and expensive product in a market full of small and cheap alternatives. Massad Ayoob recalls the history of the Bren Ten. This handgun popularized the 10mm Auto. The Bren Ten was the handgun story of the early- to mid-1980s. The pundits drooled and salivated. It was predicted that the new cartridge that came out with it, the 10mm Auto, would take over the law enforcement market. It was not to be. Today, the 10mm is popular only among handgun cognoscenti. The Bren Ten itself has long since languished on the ash heap of firearms history. Its creator, the living legend Jeff Cooper, wrote in his column in the April 2004 Guns & Ammo : “The Bren Ten was a concept of mine, and while I am not ashamed of it, I admit that this concept was not entirely sound.” The words had the ring of a eulogy. Pedigree Col. Cooper inspired the Bren Ten as surely as he created the Scout Rifle concept, and for a while, the pistol became his trademark. Indeed, his trademark was on the pistol; the Raven emblem of Jeff ’s famous shooting school Gunsite was prominently emblazoned on the frame of each Bren Ten. Gun writers of the time raved about the gun. Accuracy! Power! Total reliability! Double action or cocked and locked single action carry optional to the shooter! To hear the gun magazines tell it, all other handguns had been rendered obsolete by the coming of this new and wonderful sidearm. Many who might have carried them never did, because of the limited production and the even more limited availability of magazines. The good colonel certainly led the charge, but precious few soldiers were behind him. The Bren Ten literally carried Jeff Cooper’s “brand.” His Gunsite Raven trademark was prominently displayed, and used with his permission on the Bren Ten. Some experts of the period were polite about it, but gave the gun short shrift. Chuck Taylor, who until shortly before had been Jeff Cooper’s right hand man at Gunsite and apparently had some input into the design, blasted the Bren Ten thoroughly in his review of the actual pistol in SWAT magazine. 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! Another contemporary expert, Wiley Clapp, would write twenty years later, “For reasons of business, the Bren Ten did not prosper in the marketplace…I don’t know why a larger company hasn’t picked it up, but I suspect it’s because they simply don’t feel it’s a viable product. I owned one for a time and found it to be a decently accurate pistol that tended to the big-and-heavy side…in the long run, the design failed because it was a big, heavy, complicated and expensive service pistol in a market full of small, light, simple and cheap ones.” Related GunDigest Articles Video: Brief History of the Bren Ten Photo Gallery: 20 Semi-Auto Handguns of Gun Digest 2015 Handguns Lead the Way, While Long Gun Sales Plug Along The “Bren Ten cartridge,” the 10mm Auto, would draw more interest…just in different guns. As both a champion shooter and one of the top 1911 pistolsmiths, Mark Morris became a huge fan of the cartridge in the subsequent Colt Delta Elite pistol. So did Ray Chapman, the first world champion of IPSC, who finished up his match days with an Ed Brown-tuned Delta 10mm before hanging up his competition guns in retirement. Jerry Miculek, uncontested as the world’s fastest double action revolver shooter, once told me the gun he kept at bedside was a Smith & Wesson 10mm auto he won at the Second Chance shoot. Chuck Karwan, in many ways the most vocal and articulate champion of the 10mm, had great praise for the S&W Model 1006, and greater for the Glock 20 in the same caliber. The latter gun is the choice of rock star and shooter Ted Nugent, both for self-defense and for much of his hunting. Other famous handgun hunters partial to the Glock 10mm are Jim Cirillo and Paco Kelly, both of whom used handguns for much more serious purposes in law enforcement. Shooting the Bren Ten I shot only a few Bren Tens, but found them reliable except for the .45 caliber conversion unit, and reasonably accurate. The solid steel weight of this well-made pistol helped make up for the muzzle flip that came from its powerful cartridge and its relatively high bore axis. Trigger pulls were smooth, and workmanship was generally quite good. Criticism of the gun’s “complexity,” even from Jeff Cooper, stemmed largely from a cross-bolt safety run through the slide to act as a firing pin block, which rendered the gun drop-safe. This was necessary, developers Dixon and Dornaus apparently felt, for safety and liability reasons.

How-To: Customizing the Remington 870

How-To: Customizing the Remington 870

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f37932df05f4_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f37932df05f4_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The Remington 870 pump action has been used as a standard police model for decades. But as good as this gun is, it can always be improved by the application of aftermarket parts and the ingenuity of a custom gunsmith. Setting up a Remington 870 shotgun for defense is easier than you may think. Keep in mind that this gun can also be used in 3-Gun competition in the Heavy Metal Division, where the only firearms allowed are 12-gauge pump shotguns, .308 rifles and .45 ACP handguns. For the project shotgun, I selected the Scattergun Technologies ghost ring sights with tritium inserts, a sidesaddle shell carrier, Timney sear, Vang systems oversized safety button, Magpul buttstock with spacer system and raised cheekpiece and a Surefire 6V tactical forend light. I also selected a Trulock tactical breacher combination muzzle brake and stand-off, an extended magazine tube, Kick-Eez recoil pad and opted to Mag-na-port the barrel and add a Blackhawk! sling. Since the rear sight on this gun has to be precisely located, I sent the gun off to Accurate Plating to have them drill and tap the rear sight holes on their milling machine. This could be performed on a drill press, but it can get a little tricky, especially with a small bench drill press. Upgrading The Trigger Group Once the receiver came back, I turned to the trigger group. I wanted to install the excellent Timney sear unit, which comes with three sear springs to set the trigger pull to the weight desired. I chose the mid-weight spring for a trigger pull of about 3 pounds. To install the trigger, drive out the two trigger group retaining pins, and lift out the trigger group. Compress and lift out the sear spring, and remove the shell lifter by disengaging the c-clip and pushing out the lifter retaining pin. Be careful to retain the carrier dog and spring. Then drive out the sear retaining pin. Replace the sear with the Timney unit, and press in the sear retaining pin. Then, using the Silver Bullet, press in the large carrier retaining pin, and replace the c-clip. Replacing the safety is a simple matter of pushing out the retaining pin and safety, inserting the new safety and replacing the retaining pin. Be careful not to lose the spring and detent. Note that the Timney sear has a set screw that allows for small adjustment in the trigger pull weight once installed. The sidesaddle shell carrier, ghost ring rear sight and Magpul sling attachment are essential Model 870 upgrades. Barrel and Front Sight Modifications To modify the barrel, I opted to lengthen the forcing cone, and install a Rem Choke system so I could install the breacher muzzle brake. I first installed the Scattergun Technologies front sight, which is accomplished by mixing the included epoxy, degreasing the front sight and front sight base on the barrel after removing the front sight bead. Apply the epoxy, wipe off the excess, and secure with a rubber band. Let it set overnight and you’re done. Related GunDigest Articles Gun Review: Remington 870 DM Shotgun Gun Review: Remington 870 Tac-14 Video: The Short and Stout Remington 870 Tac-14 Next ream the choke for the choke tube, and lengthen the forcing cone. Lengthening the forcing cone is a very common modification among shotgun competitors to reduce recoil. Factory forcing cones have a fairly sharp angle from the chamber to the bore, which makes the shot column slam into the forcing cone when the gun is fired. The shot column slows down when it hits this sharp angle, increasing recoil force against the shooter. Lengthening the forcing cone allows the shot column to transition from the chamber to the bore gradually. This operation can be performed by hand with a spiral flute forcing cone reamer and a tap handle, with a little cutting oil. The job should only take about 30 minutes. Flush out the chips and oil and you’re done. Installing the Rem Choke is a little more difficult. This operation should really be done with a lathe or a floor-mounted drill press. Since this book is about projects for the home hobbyist, I reamed the choke by hand and it took about 13 hours, whereas if I would have reamed it on a lathe, it should only take about an hour. Ream the barrel until the rear shoulder of the reamer butts up against the face of the barrel. There are calculations that need to be performed in older barrels or barrels of questionable thickness prior to any choke reaming. Be absolutely certain the barrel has sufficient wall thickness before you do any type of choke work. The Timney sear is a great addition. The Silver Bullet is used to replace the carrier retaining pin. Don’t lose the c-clips or the carrier dog spring. When performing an installation of screw-in choke tubes on shotguns, and machining the barrel to accept screw-in chokes, measure the outside diameter (O.D.) with a micrometer to determine if there will be sufficient wall thickness after machining. Measure the O.D. of the barrel and the O.D. of the tap for the particular gauge. Subtract the O.D. of the tap from that of the barrel, divide by 2, and this will give the wall thickness after machining, providing the O.D. of the barrel is concentric with the inside diameter (I.D.). A sample calculation appears below. Barrel O.D. (12 Gauge) Tap O.D. (12 Gauge) Win-Choke™ .850-.814=.036 / 2 = .018 Wall Thickness – Anything thinner than .015 wall thickness is not a candidate for screw-in chokes. Since this is a new Remington 870 shotgun barrel, I knew it was of sufficient thickness for screw-in Rem chokes, but always measure just to be sure before proceeding. Without sufficient wall thickness the end of the barrel could blow out when the gun is fired, causing injury or death. Before you start to ream the barrel, install the pilot onto the reamer. There are different sizes of pilots, so pick the one that gives the best fit. Ream the muzzle until the rear shoulder of the reamer just touches the face of the barrel, then — using the same pilot — tap the threads for the breacher. The reamer has two steps, so make sure you understand that the shoulder of the reamer is the rear, or second shoulder, and ream all the way to the rear of the reamer. Carefully follow the instructions provided by the reamer manufacturer. If performed incorrectly, the barrel muzzle can burst on the first shot due to the choke serving as an obstruction in the bore.

The Best S&W Shield Accessories To Improve Your Handgun

The Best S&W Shield Accessories To Improve Your Handgun

Advertisment S&W Shield Accessories Recently, we did an article on some of the best handguns on the market today in the 9mm parabellum cartridge. Overall, the list presents a fantastic list; any of the firearms on it would be good options for concealed carry firearms. With that in mind, many of the entries on that list are full sized handguns, which might be a little hard to conceal and are certainly heavy. That’s not the case with the S&W Shield. The shield is designed from the ground up for concealed carry. First of all, it has a single stack magazine, keeping things light. Second, it gives you an option to have a manual safety, or rely on the trigger, depending on what you prefer. Those, combined with the large three dot sights make this an excellent option for carrying on a daily basis. Here, we’re going to focus on a few accessories that will make carrying the Shield an absolute breeze. Thanks to its popularity, there are tons of awesome accessories out there. Here, we focus on a few themes. First, we want to dial the ergonomics in as much as humanly possible. To that end, we’ll recommend some grips that have a laser in them Second, once that’s done, we work on the sights with a light, laser, or some new sights. There are some great options in the sight market for these awesome handguns. After that, we settle into performance to try to make the S&W Shield live up to its potential.  For example, some new magazines and a drop-in barrel can make this into a great suppressor host and concealed carry firearm. Smith and Wesson have been making handguns, both auto loaders and revolvers, for a century now, so we have the impression that they really know what they’re doing. Contents S&W Shield Accessories Flashbang Holsters Prohibition Holster LaserMax S&W Shield Laser SilencerCo Threaded Barrel ProMag Steel Magazine CrimsonTrace Laserguard Red Laser S&W Shield Factory Magazine ProMag Drum Magazine Crimson Trace Lasergrips Trijicon Orange Night Sights Galco Right Hand Shoulder Holster Parting Shots… Flashbang Holsters Prohibition Holster When talking about concealed carry, one of the major considerations has to be the holster. After all, that’s how you keep the gun on your person. Ideally, a holster will be comfortable to wear, fit well with the style of concealed carry you want, retain the pistol well, and print as little as possible. We think that the Prohibition Capone Holster for the S&W Shield is an excellent option that strikes a balance between all of those things. Leather tends to break in to the wearer with time, making it a really comfortable holster material: the back plate of this holster is leather, and thus really comfortable. The large belt clip makes it easy to work into your daily routine. The good design retains the pistol well and, importantly for non-safety models, covers the trigger guard.  The holster itself is kydex, so you get the retention of a modern holster system with the comfort of leather. Overall, this is a great holster option. LaserMax S&W Shield Laser Aside from a holster, another thing that might come in very handy in using the S&W Shield as a concealed carry weapon is a sighting system. This one, the LaserMax , is a laser that mounts directly to the frame, and sits on the trigger guard. Then, you’ll get a red laser that will help you keep your rounds on target. One feature that we really like is that you can configure this to activate either left or right-handed. Between that and the easy installation, this is an excellent and slight light that doesn’t add much bulk to the gun and could be seriously useful. The major benefit of a sight like this one is that it matches up very nicely with the ergonomics of the firearm and you’ll be able to activate the laser with your trigger finger easily. SilencerCo Threaded Barrel 9mm is one of the handgun rounds that suppresses really well. Given the popularity of suppressors these days, it makes some sense to try to add a suppressor to the Shield. If you want to do that, this barrel is exactly what you’ll need. Made by Silencerco , this drops right in like a normal barrel. But, this one’s a little different. Aside from the match grade rifling and generally really high quality, it’s also threaded 1/2×28 so that you can attach a suppressor onto the S&W Shield and make it into a wonderful suppressor host.  Even if you don’t plan to run a suppressor, this barrel is a high quality one that you would do well to add to this excellent firearm. ProMag Steel Magazine If you’re modifying your S&W Shield, we imagine that you’ll also be putting a fair few rounds through it. So, you’ll need some magazines. These, which are  made by Promag are excellent.  These come in a few different options, from 8 to 10 round. If you’re looking to keep your Shield extremely svelte, stick with the standard capacity and a flush floorplate for the mag. If, on the other hand, a little extra width doesn’t bother you, try the ten rounder. They’re all steel magazines with polymer floorplates or extensions that are meant to run for a long time without giving you any headaches. We recommend picking up a few to cut down on the amount of time that you spend reloading magazines. CrimsonTrace Laserguard Red Laser That accessory rail on the bottom of the S&W Shield gives you a fair few options. A light, as we mentioned, is a good one. With that said, we know that not everyone needs the same things and a full flashlight does, by design necessity, add a little bit of bulk to a gun.  If you do want to exclude the light, that makes sense. But, we may as well still try to make good use of that rail. The Shield’s stock three dot sights are honestly good ones, but some people will still want a little more intuitive sighting system for concealed carry, especially considering that you may well end up fighting without the opportunity to take a second to get a good sight picture. This Crimson Trace Laserguard does that. This particular model replaces the stock trigger guard and occupies the front rail. This cuts down on overall bulk, with the major added benefit of having an easy to see green laser dot for a sighting option. This kind of thing works well as a standalone sighting option or in conjunction with a new pair of sights. One major benefit to a laser is that you don’t need to have a sight picture in order to use it. That makes them quick and very useful for self defense shooting. S&W Shield Factory Magazine One of the great things about the S&W Shield is that it is a slick, easy to conceal package that, overall, is really quite slim. With anything in design, though, that means a tradeoff has to be made somewhere. In this case, that tradeoff was that the Shield has single stacked magazines that have a pretty limited capacity. With that in mind, we think it’s probably a good idea to pick up a few spare magazines and keep them nearby if you’re carrying. Here, we recommend the OEM mags that run very well in the gun and give you 8 round of 9mm each. When I carry a single stack, I keep a magazine in the gun and two in a bag nearby. That puts me at the same overall capacity as some of the bigger, harder to conceal handguns, assuming I train well and can do quick mag changes under stress, which is something you’re going to need to practice as well. We recommend both these and the option by Promag. It’s a good idea to try a wide variety of magazines to see what works best in your specific gun, and for your budget. ProMag Drum Magazine Earlier, we had mentioned that one of the potential limitations of the Shield was that it only came with single stack, 8 round magazines. And, for concealed carry purposes, that is largely true. But there is one exception that is worth talking about here. Promag has decided to release a 50-round drum for the S&W shield. No, you did not misread that. If you need to put 50 rounds of 9mm on target, you can do so with this small, relatively compact pistol, now with a 50 round drum hanging off of the bottom. So, if you do, in fact, need to suppress a platoon of enemy soldiers, this might just be the magazine you were looking for. It might not be the most practical magazine on the market, but if you do want to have some fun with your S&W Shield, it can certainly be done with this magazine. Crimson Trace Lasergrips Some of us don’t love to have a bunch of stuff hanging off the front of a handgun. Or, perhaps, you already have a holster that you like that doesn’t allow for the slide mounting of a laser. If either of those sound like you, but you still want a laser sight, try these. These Lasergrips put an easy to activate laser on the grip of the S&W Shield, meaning that you still get a laser without having any additional weight or bulk on the slide. These are a great way to get a laser on the gun with just the changing of the grip, and they make a fie grip even when the laser is off, that some people find fits them better than the OEM grips. Overall, these are very much worth a try. Like the other laser we recommend, this one can be used either alone or with a new set of sights in order to get you rounds on target quickly. The combination of a laser and night sights would make the Shield a fantastic concealed carry option. Trijicon "Orange Night Sights" If you’re looking to upgrade the S&W Shield in a really meaningful way, consider getting a new set of sights. These Trijicon HD orange sights are from one of the best manufacturers in the business, and with these we see how they eared that reputation. Being that these are night sights, they have a really bright tritium set of dots. To make getting a sight picture easy in any lighting condition, the front sight has a nice orange ring around it that makes it difficult to miss. Additionally, the rear sight is serrated. This does two things. First, it makes it such that there is less glare in sunny conditions thanks to the serrations breaking up the light. Second, it gives them more grip if you want to use the rear sight as a place by which to grab the slide to manipulate it. Overall, these great sights are a serious update. Galco Right Hand Shoulder Holster When it comes to holsters, there are a lot of great options out there for your S&W Shield. One that has not gotten a ton of attention in the last few years is the idea of a shoulder holster. When carrying a full sized 9mm, it might be worth thinking about, especially if you’re always wearing a jacket, or in a place where you can open carry. Usually, these attach by some suspenders, and then sit over your shoulder. These, by Galco , are a high quality and comfortable option that you can wear all day and barely notice. One thing that we really like about these particular holsters is that there is the capacity to store a few magazines on the side opposite the gun. This, of course, gives you extra ammo, but it also serves to balance out the weight of the overall holster. These can be a great option if you do a little bit of practice with your draws: they can be extremely  quick. Parting Shots… Smith and Wesson have made a really compelling pistol in the S&W Shield. It’s small, designed for concealed carry, and is generally a really slick design. We think that, with a few little modifications it can become one of the best 9mm handguns ever made.  We start off fairly simply, with some magazines or a holster. With a bit of messing around, you can begin to change the internals with a barrel, or put some new sights on the gun. No matter what you do, the Shield is an excellent platform to start from. So, we hope you got a lot out of this list and take the chance to check out this excellent firearm and its accessories.

Best Walther P99 Holsters for 2020

Designed to be the ultimate law-enforcement handgun. The P99 has been the most reliable and trustworthy tool of police forces around the world for two decades now. Even being an old design, the P99 still attracts buyers and is a popular handgun in the 9mm section. Being a popular handgun for EDC and active duty, the P99 also requires a suitable and high-quality holster to be carried around. Here we’ll list and review the best holsters for Walther P99 while also looking out for other important considerations. So keep your eyes pinned. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Walther P99 Holsters OUR TOP PICK: BLACKHAWK SERPA Concealment Holster RUNNER-UP: Safariland ALS Concealment Paddle Holster BEST BUDGET OPTION: Fobus WP-99 Paddle Conceal Concealed BEST WALTHER P99 IWB HOLSTER: IWB Gun Holster by Houston BEST WALTHER P99 SHOULDER HOLSTER: VlaMiTex S1 Shoulder Leather Holster Comparison Chart of the Best Walther P99 Holsters PRODUCT DETAILS Our Top Pick Our Top Pick BLACKHAWK SERPA Concealment Holster SERPA auto lock release mechanism for prompt holstering Adjustment screw for passive retention and does not collapse after drawing Includes belt loop and paddle platform plus compatible with other platforms View Latest Price Safariland ALS "Concealment Paddle Holster" Automatic lock system secures weapon and easily releases by thumb Made with molded safarilaminate with a suede lining on the inside Includes comfortable soft nylon paddle and adjustable belt slide "View Latest Price" Best Budget Option "Best Budget Option" Fobus WP-99 "Paddle Conceal Concealed" Fits both P99 and P99 compact and is made from sturdy polymer Passive retention system with adjustment screw for perfect retention Includes paddle backed double magazine pouch and covered by lifetime warranty View Latest Price IWB Gun Holster by Houston Sweatproof and waterproof fabric with soft inner lining Very strong clip and retention with reinforced seams for quick draw Eco leather material and perfect for appendix carry View Latest Price VlaMiTex S1 "Shoulder Leather Holster" Good quality leather with metal accelerator sewn in Adjustable design with screw and attaches with the belt Includes a magazine pouch and can also be used as a belt holster View Latest Price IMI Defense Conceal Carry Tactical Retention Roto Polymer Holster Comfortable contoured fit and adjusts with simple allen key Protective sight channel, active locking mechanism and offers quick draw Fully adjustable for cant and rotates 360 degree for all applications View Latest Price OutBags USA LS1P99 Manufactured from full grain hard-molded leather and hand dyed Durable design with a sturdy belt clip for prompt IWB use Great value for money leather holster and breaks-in quickly View Latest Price Concealment IWB Gun Holsters Compact kydex holster great for concealment and EDC Easy adjustment for retention using a simple screw driver Facilitates easy reholstering and stays comfortable while sitting View Latest Price Can Any Holster Be Used For Walther P99 The Walther P99 is closest in size and dimensions to a Glock 19. So technically, a holster shall be common to both. There are many handguns on the market that compare well in size. However, that teeny bit of difference in decimal inches can hamper holstering and retention. Or even cause the gun to wobble. A holster isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg. Plus it will greatly improve the comfort and reliability of carrying your handgun. So it is better to get one that has been specifically designed for the P99. How Do I Choose a Walther P99 Holster Ask yourself some questions before choosing a P99 product. Such as when and how long you’ll be carrying the handgun, the desired purpose, and your personal comfort. Holster Type Holsters come in different varieties. You can have a shoulder holster, IWB, OWB, ankle, belt, or any other type you like. It comes down to your personal discretion as to what kind of item you want. If you are carrying concealed an IWB or shoulder holster will work well. For duty or range use an OWB works fine, and so on. Source Material A holster can be made up of kydex, nylon, leather, or any thermoplastic or simple polymer. Evaluate the type of holster you are most comfortable with. While kydex holsters are hard and shape-retaining, they can scratch the finish if not used properly. Similarly, leather products are classy and soft, but have a break-in period and require maintenance. Intended Application Whether you want a holster for CCW, EDC, range use, or active duty. Decide this for yourself prior to buying one. However, if you need a more general-purpose item. Consider going after a slim profile OWB. Or an IWB if concealment is extensively in question. Quick Take - The Best Walther P99 Holsters These are our recommendations for the best Walther P99 holsters: BLACKHAWK SERPA Concealment Holster Safariland ALS Concealment Paddle Holster Fobus WP-99 Paddle Conceal Concealed Review of the Best Walther P99 Holsters Taking into consideration the facts mentioned above. We have compiled a comprehensive list of the best Walther P99 holsters in the market. These include a variety of different designs to offer you a wide range of selection. Handpicked based upon the highest positive reviews and overall features, you’ll definitely find one for yourself: Best Overall: BLACKHAWK SERPA Concealment Holster CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros SERPA auto lock release Release lever is easy to operate Includes belt loop and paddle platform Passive retention detent adjustment screw Works with many other holster mounting platforms Speed-cut flared opening for quick draw and holstering Cons Not very concealable Takes some practice getting used to What Recent Buyers Report Users seem baffled with the construction quality and features of this item. The push-button release is very easy to use and amazingly safe. The user can grip the weapon perfectly and works with different mounting platforms. Thus offering versatility to the users. The inexpensive price tag was also an amazing feature for buyers. Why it Stands Out to Us The product doesn’t lose its shape and offers quick draw and holstering. The retention mechanism eliminates the slightest chance of mishandling. Plus the holster comes with two adjustable mounting options and can be coupled with other platforms as well. The drag on the item is consistent and it maintains position. Who Will Use This Most This item is perfect for active duty and range use along with open carry. As the image clearly depicts, this holster is not very concealable, so CCW may not be a good choice unless you don the right clothing. But it is the safest and most versatile holster out there for the Walther P99. Bottom Line The Blackhawk SERPA holster has earned its reputation by its impeccable performance. This is an amazingly reliable and versatile product with prompt safety features for your P99. However, using the holster perfectly will require some practice. It will be a trustworthy overall solution for your carry needs. Runner-up: Safariland ALS Concealment Paddle Holster CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Also suitable for left hands shooters Paddle and belt loop mounting combo Thumb release automatic lock system for safety Impact-resistant safarilaminate thermoplastic with inner suede lining Cons ALS takes time getting used to May be a bit uncomfortable for heavy people while driving/sitting What "Recent Buyers Report" The product delivers a comfortable and smooth draw. Plus the ALS retention mechanism is also an upgraded safety feature. Using the item is quite easy and intuitive once you get a knack of it. Some users reported that the holster is suitable for many handguns. While some reported difficulties with donning the paddle and the protrusion of the lever lock. Why it Stands Out to Us This item is quite soft and comfortable with the shooter despite being made from molded thermoplastic. The ALS locking mechanism is an amazing feature, plus the dual mounting platforms add to the versatility. The inner suede lining protects your firearm’s finish and the hard shell is impervious to damage and deformation. Who Will "Use This Most" This product is perfect for OWB open carry and range use. You can obviously use it for concealed carry with proper clothing in winters. But the holster is perfect for target practice at the range. The suede lining protects the firearm during continuous draw and retention practice. Plus it is a quick draw holster for EDC as well. Bottom Line The Safariland OWB holster offers a quick draw, safe retention, and is protective towards your P99. The paddle and belt loop mounting options let you choose the best comforting setup. Plus the adjustable retention and size also make it suitable for other similar sized handguns. A good pick if you want quick function while protecting your handgun’s finish. Best for the Money: Fobus WP-99 Paddle Conceal Concealed CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Covered by a lifetime warranty Reliable passive retention system Low profile and easy to conceal design Fits Walther P99 and P99 compact handguns Polymer paddle holster with double mag paddle pouch Cons May feel tight on the gun Material is not of the very best quality What Recent Buyers Report This item is very lightweight and offers good retention on the gun. The overall quality of the product is amazing despite being made just from basic injection-molded polymer. The passive retention offers quick deployment when needed. Plus the paddle is quite comfortable for the user even while sitting. Why it Stands Out to Us Fobus holsters are very dependable and used by many law enforcement agencies and gun owners. So their reputation precedes their products. This combo allows you to carry a couple of extra mags. Plus the holster itself is very ergonomic and lightweight. Another impressive feature is the lifetime warranty cover. Who Will Use This Most This product is great for beginners to learn the basics of holster handling. However, that doesn’t mean it cannot be used for real-life scenarios like tactical or self-defense. The lack of an active retention system is something to always keep in mind. Especially when working in cramped or bushy spaces. Bottom Line The Fobus WP-99 is a value-for-money item for the P99 and P99 compact. It is comparative lightweight than other polymer holsters and delivers a lock-free draw for instant unholstering. The holster itself is very durable and designed for maximum comfort. Best Walther P99 IWB Holster: IWB Gun Holster by Houston CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Reinforced stocking and nylon borders Strong and sturdy clip retention system Perfect for concealed carry applications Water and sweat proof ECO leather construction Comfortable and soft to wear. Protects your handgun Cons Limited insulation from a hot firearm Collapses after draw(reholstering requires both hands) What Recent Buyers Report The item is very comfortable to carry and minimizes printing. It fits the P99 like a glove and the material is breathable enough for the user to carry it all day long. It allows for multiple pistol carry options and costs amazingly less. The holster offers a clean draw and is the go-to choice for many users Why it Stands Out to Us This product makes concealing your P99 very easy. While being utterly comfortable for the shooter regardless of their activity and position. This is a simple and inexpensive design which minimizes printing and is elastic enough to suit other similar sized weapons as well. Additionally, the soft suede inner lining protects the firearm’s finish. Who Will Use This Most People who plan on carrying their P99 concealed will find this holster very useful. It is also a very comfortable EDC holster due to its soft and flexible design which doesn’t dig anywhere on your waist. This holster is however not very practical for tactical uses since reholstering requires both hands. Bottom Line This IWB holster has been made using eco-friendly materials and is very comfortable. Although it lacks any active/passive safety mechanism, the trigger guard stays covered and offers safety through an inexpensive design. A great holster for CCW and EDC in public places. Best Walther P99 Shoulder Holster: VlaMiTex S1 Shoulder Leather Holster CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Fits belts up to 5 cm wide Can also be used as a belt holster Very comfortable design with full metal hardware Durable and protective high-quality thick leather design Adjustable straps and features a removable magazine pouch Cons Adjustments are not very quick What Recent Buyers Report Buyers appreciate the high-quality materials and craftsmanship put in to make this item. The retention of the holster is just perfect for the P99 and the holster itself is very comfortable. It is a value-for-money shoulder holster and is also protective of the weapon. However, making adjustments is a somewhat time-consuming process. Why it Stands Out to Us This is by far the best and complete shoulder holster for the P99 on the market. This holster can be adjusted to attain a comfortable fit. The hardware is pure metal and the adjustments hold in place even under pressure. The extra mag pouch is an effective addition and the three-point attachment holster can be easily adjusted. Who Will Use This Most Anybody who wears a jacket, suit or coat will find this holster useful. Shoulder holsters are specifically useful for such people. Additionally, you can also use it to carry your P99 in a more classy and maybe pretentious manner. Bottom Line Although this company is not very popular, their holster does match the highest standards of leather shoulder holsters on the market. This holster features thick and durable leather construction and has been specifically designed for the P99. Best Walther P99 Concealed Carry Holster: IMI Defense "Conceal Carry Tactical" "Retention Roto Polymer" Holster CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Detachable single magazine pouch rail Quick draw and reholstering for instant justice Adjustable for cant and rotates full 360 degrees Active retention system operated by a push lever Protective sight channel to suit aftermarket sights Durable polymer holster with allen key adjustable retention Cons Suitable only for OWB concealed carry Retention adjustment requires allen key What Recent Buyers Report The holster has impressed users with its feature-packed design and instant response. The user can adjust the cant and retention. Plus it allows the user to carry a tactically upgraded P99. The draw and reholstering are quick and easy. Plus the ALS makes handling more secure. Why it Stands Out to Us The holster is embellished with features suitable to support the most SHTF situations. It allows you to mount a mag pouch, lets you holster a P99 with sights , and offers full 360-degree adjustment for cant. The ALS locking mechanism secures retention and can be activated instantly without a second’s delay. Who Will Use This Most This holster is perfect for active-duty police officers and military personnel. The ALS mechanism secures the handgun even during vigorous movement and offers a quick draw when needed. Due to its molded design, the holster allows single-handed operation, which is crucial for tactical and defense applications. Bottom Line The IMI defense holster is a complete solution for tactical OWB concealed carry applications. The holster is fully adjustable and allows you to carry an extra magazine without making the size problematic for CCW. Best Walther P99 Leather Holster: OutBags USA LS1P99 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros IWB design useful for concealed carry Hard molded leather holster retains its shape Handcrafted from full-grain leather in the USA Protective inner lining prevents damage to the handgun Cons May require some time to break-in No extra leather backing for separating the rear sight What Recent Buyers Report Users were amazed by the quality and durability of this leather holster. The craftsmanship is just impeccable and the holster fits the P99 like a glove. As mentioned by many users. It fits the gun tight and prevents wobbling. Individual users may or may not experience a break-in time. Plus, you’ll need a loose-fitting shirt for concealment. Why it Stands Out to Us The product has been handmade from high-quality full-grain leather. It has been reinforced and dyed to perform effectively during its lifetime while maintaining its texture and shape. The item is specific to the P99 and fits other similar sized weapons as well. It is also lower in price and the same in quality as other expensive leather P99 holsters out there. Who Will Use This Most The product is for people who want a durable and comfortable holster that’ll last them a lifetime. This item is suitable for IWB carry and allows you to use your P99 for EDC and CCW. Additionally, the holster is also a good pick for people who love leather products but don’t want to spend too much money. Bottom Line The Outbags USA leather holster delivers exceptional value for the money and fits the P99 perfectly. It protects your firearm and sits comfortably on your waist even while you carry out your day to day activities. Best Walther P99 Kydex Holster: Concealment IWB Gun Holsters CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros One year replacement warranty IWB kydex holster perfect for CCW Wide and sturdy clip suits wide belts Full kydex backing makes carrying comfortable Adjustable retention using a simple screw mechanism Cons Takes time getting used no Doesn’t have a sight channel What Recent Buyers Report Users were completely satisfied with the price and performance of this product. Its simplistic design coupled with a durable kydex body creates a very low profile and offers good concealment to the user. While some users reported that this item may take some time getting used to. Others were totally content. Why it Stands Out to Us The item is very compact and low profile. Which definitely minimizes printing to the extent of eradication. The retention adjustments are very easy, and the extra kydex backing on the rear insulates the firearm from body sweat and heat. Additionally, the clip suits wide belts making it more versatile. Who Will Use This Most The item is perfect for EDC and concealed carry. Obviously because of its low profile. Being made from kydex, this holster doesn’t collapse after drawing the weapon and allows single-handed reholstering. Thus making it suitable for more ‘tactical’ applications. Bottom Line The IWB kydex holster is an inexpensive, reliable, and widely appraised holster for your P99. It’s low profile and compact design facilitates concealment and offers comfort at all times while carrying. Perks of Getting a New Walther P99 Holster Comfort Getting a new Walther P99 holster will improve your level of comfort while carrying the handgun. Investing in a nylon or leather IWB holster will maximize your comfort, resulting in an easier CCW or EDC. Protecting the P99 A good holster with a nice protective lining on the inside will prevent your firearm from scratching or losing its finish against the impact of sweat. Leather holsters or other models with an inner suede lining will prove quite helpful for this. Improved Handling Getting an improved holster of your choice helps you with improving your handling of the weapon. Holsters with active locking systems help with sturdy retention of the firearm. Whereas the ones with flared opening provide a quick and intuitive draw. Concealment If your motive is CCW, you can consider buying a low profile and compact holster to minimize printing while you carry the P99. Conclusion The Walther P99 is a reliable and popular firearm with a unique safety mechanism. It requires an effective and reliable holster to carry this weapon comfortable around and bring it to the fight instantly. Having a good holster will improve your level of comfort while carrying the handgun while protecting its finish.

Why You Need Night Sights on your Carry Gun

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Did you see that? There’s an axe murderer, a Walmart greeter, and a sasquatch in this photo…good luck finding them in the dark though. The darkness gives most people an uneasy feeling because its impossible to tell what might be hiding just outside your view. Sure, feeling the weight of your carry gun on your hip might make you feel better, but there’s no point in carrying a gun at night if you can’t shoot it accurately. Sure, you can add a flashlight to your pistol, but that’s not going to help you see your sights. This is where adding night sights to your gun can be useful…and can even save your life. We’re going to go over just what night sights can do for you, how they work, and why you need them on your carry gun. What Are Night Sights? A night sight is, in most cases, a replacement sight that glows in low light so you can aim better.  There are two different types of night sights. Fiber optic a colored piece of glass that use what light is available to illuminate.  The other type is filled with a radioactive material called Tritium and create their own light. Aside from being brighter than the white dots most guns come with, they are usually colored bright colors…making them even better for low-light shooting. If you are buying them to replace your white dot factory sights, you can usually pick your colors.  The choices are usually red, green, yellow, and orange. Many of the optional night sights can be bought in a matched color pair or dual colors. Different colors can make night sights much easier to use. Many of the newer guns are coming with night sights right from the factory.  Most are a name brand, not just something the gun manufacturer hastily designed and added as an option to gain market share. Having them as a feature, not an option save you money in the long run if these style sights are an immediate upgrade for you anyway. What Are the Benefits of Night Sights? #1: You Can Shoot Accurately in Low or Even No Light Situations Well, for starters, you can suddenly shoot – accurately – in the dark. For a minimal cost, you get a super power. To be clear though, you can only see your sights in the dark.  If it’s dark, a night sight isn’t going to brighten up your target; that’s what night vision is for. But who wants to carry around night vision goggles all the time just in case? Carrying night vision goggles isn’t really super practical for those “just in case” situations. Instead, adding a sight that is much more visible in low light situations is a vastly smarter purchase.  You’re trying to gain an advantage by acquiring your target quickly and accurately, no matter what.  Night sights help you do that. #2: Night Sights are Generally Better Made Than Factory Sights Another thing you will when adding these new sights is a general upgrade to the factory sights. Say for example, you have a Glock 19 , a Springfield Armory XDm , and a Smith & Wesson M&P9 .  All of these pistols have different sights. The Glock has a different grip angle than the other guns and needs to be held slightly different.  It can take some getting used to if you are new to them. It might be one of the best carry pistols around, but the Glock 19 does have a weird grip angle. When adding the same brand aftermarket night sight (or sight upgrade of any kind) you gain familiarity.  While you can train and train and train so you can fire all of your weapons without even thinking about it, when you are new to shooting, having the same sight will help you aim easier no matter the gun you’re using. #3 You Can Pick Your Night Sight Colors Certain shades of red will get lost against some backgrounds. Having a green front sight may make more sense for you. Have a hard time with green?  Try a yellow sight. This is especially important for color blind folks. #4 Night Sights Are Easier To See Against Muzzle Flash in Low-Light One of the biggest problems with shooting in the dark is losing your sights against the brightness of a muzzle flash. Shooting in the dark presents a whole host of issues that can be mitigated by Seeing the target, though, is a different story altogether…might be a good idea to pick up a CCW flashlight too. #5 Night Sights Work in the Day Time Too Despite the name, night sights aren’t just for shooting at night. You have the glow for night and typically a white ring for the times when the glow might get washed out because there is too much light. Trijicon’s night sights make shooting in any light easy. #6 Locating your Gun in a Low-light Situation Becomes a lot Easier with Glowing Sights If you have your gun in or on your nightstand (really you should have it in a good gun safe , but let’s assume you aren’t perfect about that) at night and need to investigate a potential break-in at your house, you can easily spot your gun in the dark. The same holds true if you drop your gun in the heat of the moment.  You won’t need to feel around on the ground and look through the grass to find your pistol. The glow will help you see it quicker. Granted, its better to just…not drop your gun…but anything can happen in life-or-death situation and no advantage should be overlooked. What Are the Cons of Night Sights? Now that I’m done talking up night sights, there are, as you might expect, some reasons that may deter you from night sights to your concealed carry pistol. #1 Most fiber optic night sights are more fragile than they should be. Some brands of fiber optic night sights are pretty cheap and might break easier.  Look at the reviews to see what previous buyers have to say about the rigidity and strength of the insert. When it comes to something that might save your life…cheaper is almost never better. These great Truglo sights are a solid choice that won’t cost too much. #2 The glowing sight can be a distraction. You might be more likely to take a split millisecond to fully align the 3 glowing dots.  In a defensive scenario, you need to have proper aim, but it needs to be just good enough to hit your target. You aren’t necessarily needing to have a 1” grouping, anywhere in the kill areas will work. #3 A glowing sight won’t substitute for shooting fundamentals. Knowing how to aim and shoot a pistol properly will greatly trump just adding night sights.  When you learn the fundamentals of shooting, you learn how your gun’s sights work, how to aim, how to raise your gun to your dominate eye instead of tilting your head down to see the gun…these are the things that will keep you alive in a defensive scenario. When you train, you do this over and over and over and over.  Then again over and over and over again. Getting your draw down, and being able to get on target quickly will be much more effective than any sight modification. What you are doing is making sure your body knows what to do without thinking.  This muscle memory isn’t limited to daylight situations; you can do it blindfolded. Night sights will aid you in aiming in low light, but your instinctive shooting will help you more. Conclusion Here are my thoughts on adding night sights to your CCW pistol, or any gun for that matter. When you have a gun, you are protecting yourself from possible harm. When you add night sights, you are bettering your chances aiming properly in a low light scenario. That’s it. When you upgrade your gun, train in real world scenarios, wear clothing that makes your draw easier, or do anything of the sort, you are giving yourself a greater advantage against an assailant, and increasing your chances of coming out alive if the situation arises where you fear for your life and need to draw your weapon to defend yourself. Any advantage is a good one. And in the rare case you do have a defensive gun shoot…make sure you’re protected with USCCA’s CCW Insurance.  Read my review where I compare them vs NRA’s Carry Guard. What are your thoughts about adding night sights to your carry gun? Do you have any advice for those who want to slap some on their own carry gun? Let us know in the comments below!

Summary

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Back in the day, you’d know who was a crack shot through their use of iron sights. These days, that’s not as much of a problem for the average shooter. Unless you’re running through 3-gun competitions or you’re a traditionalist, you’ve probably considered mounting an optic on your gun if you haven’t already.