The 4 Best AR 15 Bipods — AR15 Accessory Reviews 2020 Photo by Mitch Barrie / CC BY Because the AR 15 is used for everything from casual target shooting to serious tactical operations and everything in between, one of the most in demand accessories is a bipod. Bipods help stabilize the rifle by providing a pair of legs which telescope out from under the rifle to provide a ready to go stable shooting position. The best AR bipod will be one that mounts to a picatinny rail, folds under the barrel and has height adjustable legs. Some AR 15 bipods are even built into a vertical foregrip which serves as both a bipod and foregrip. We’ve pulled some of the most popular models of bipods for you to look at and decide which the best one is yourself. These are, in our opinion, the 4 best AR 15 bipods for the money : Armstac Adjustable Folding Bipod ARMSTAC Tactical Bipod OP-I Aluminium Foldable Adjustable Height fits Picatinny Rail Price: $29.98 Price as of 08/14/2020 02:35 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. A popular choice for the best bipod on a budget, Armstac offers a feature rich bipod at a rock bottom price. Designed to fit a standard picatinny rail, this all aluminum bipod folds for storage, has lockable legs, and is spring loaded for stability. Handy tool free thumb screws allow easy mounting and removal. If you are a casual shooter or just after an inexpensive, yet sturdy bipod, you would do well to examine the Armstac. UTG Adjustable Bipod UTG Shooter's SWAT Bipod, Rubber Feet, Height 6.2"-6.7" Price: $27.73 Price as of 08/14/2020 10:58 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. Another contender for best bipod for the AR 15 on a budget and a rather nice one at that. UTG offers a picatinny rail or sling swivel mounted bipod that attaches with a thumbscrew, or regular screwdriver. Adjustable from 6.2 inches to 6.7 inches in height, collapsible and foldable for easy use, UTG builds a fantastic and wallet friendly bipod for hunting and sport use. At this price and ability to mount on nearly any rifle, there is no reason not to get more than one of these little gems. Caldwell AR Bipod Caldwell Bipod Prone Scope Mounting Kit, Desert Tan Price: $46.74 Price as of 08/13/2020 18:40 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. The Caldwell AR 15 bipod is designed for the modern tactical rifle. Often times a rifle requires a sling stud to mount a bipod. The current generation of rifles is often more unlikely to have a simple sling stud, and feature a rail option of some sort. The Caldwell AR bipod attaches directly to a rail. The bipod attaches quickly and effortlessly to the weapon and is capable of providing both pivot and cant. The bipod can change height and has a no wobble feature that locks the legs into place. It’s all topped off with rubber feet for outstanding grip. It’s lightweight, simple, and easy to use—certainly one of the best AR 15 bipods out there. Harris Engineer 6 to 9 Inch Bipod Harris Engineering 1A2-BRM Solid Base 6-9-Inch BiPod Price: $76.79 Price as of 08/13/2020 18:40 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. Without a doubt, this is one of the best Harris bipods for AR15 right now. The company has been building the best bipods for years. This extremely rugged model fits any Picatinny rail, has legs that extend from six to nine inches, folds up underneath your rifle when not in use, and has spring loaded legs for maximum stability and support. If you are looking for the absolute best, most reliable and most well known bipod for your rifle that you can find, you need to look no further than this offering from Harris. One caveat, though: you’d need an adapter. Luckily, they’re super-cheap, and by making use of the Harris Bipod Adapter, ( see it here ) you can enjoy the legendary Harris performance on any Picatinny rail-equipped rifle: A Few Further Thoughts on Bipods A lot of times when people think of bipods they think of sniper rifles or WWII machine guns, and certainly those are two classic examples of bipod use that should illustrate why bipods are just so useful. The job of a bipod is to provide a stable platform from which to shoot your rifle when none are available. They also serve to give you an elevated platform from which to shoot. When shooting from a bench, a bipod is often more comfortable than piling up sandbag rests, and still provides a highly stable shooting platform. Another popular use for bipods, outside of obvious tactical roles is hunting. While not so important when deer hunting or the like, varmint hunters make great use of bipods when hunting, as they are often engaging multiple small targets in a fashion that calls for a stable shooting position. And, of course, they are just cool gun accessories to have. Since they are easy to install and remove, there is no reason not to at least keep a bipod in the back of the gun case or in a range bag. What Makes a Good Bipod? Trying to figure out what the best AR 15 bipod for the money is means figuring out what makes a good bipod in the first place. Now, the foregrip bipods are going to be an exception to this, as they are in a class all by themselves, and serve a compromise role between a full blown bipod and none at all. But other than that, all the best bipods will have a few things in common. The obvious of course is that they will mount on a picatinny rail. This is pretty much the standard for AR 15 accessories, and is also a military standard. Some will come with an adaptor to let them mount on a sling swivel which will allow you to use your new bipod on a number of different rifles, thus expanding its usefulness. Next, you want your bipod to collapse and fold underneath your rifle when not in use. While detachable, most people prefer to mount their bipod and leave it in place so they can readily deploy it when they want to. The best AR15 bipod will have adjustable height legs and an adjustable angle. A single height and angle detracts from the usefulness of a bipod. Being able to adjust the height and angle of the legs ensures that you can rig your rifle at just the right height and stabilize it on most any terrain or rest. Lastly, the legs themselves will be spring stabilized. Some have internal springs, some use external springs, but these springs provide added support and strength to the entire assembly. Picking the right bipod doesn’t need to be hard, or confusing. Once you’ve settled on a budget, find the one with all the correct features, and you’ve got yourself the best bipod for AR 15 rifles. Boyd Smith Owner of Reloaderaddict.com, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type. His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids). He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters. It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. Email him . Share the Post and Images Related Posts The 4 Best AR 15 Cleaning Kits -- AR15 Reviews 2020 The 4 Best AR 15 Slings -- Reviews of AR15 Accessories The 5 Best AR 15 Soft Cases -- AR15 "Accessory Reviews 2020"
PROOF Research makes carbon fiber-wrapped rifle barrels. The obvious attraction is that they are much lighter than steel barrels. Dig a little deeper and it turns out they have better accuracy and increased barrel life. Possibly one day soon, every factory precision rifle is going to have a PROOF barrel. What makes these barrels so special? Well, PROOF says: They are up to 64% lighter than steel barrels Have Match-grade accuracy Improved heat dissipation for cooler and longer lasting barrels No point-of-impact shift during high-volume fire Reduced harmonic barrel vibration Unprecedented durability How can that possibly be true? PROOF Research is an American company on the leading edge of several technologies. The Montana firearms facility produces composite barrels, stocks, and complete rifles. The Ohio aerospace division works on high-temperature aerospace and defense projects – including the F-35 Strike Fighter and B2 Stealth Bomber. Their products include next-generation prepreg , resins, adhesives and composite materials with service temperatures up to 1500° F. PROOF Research brings all this together to make a barrel no one else in the world can make. Their manufacturing process combines advanced composite materials and sophisticated thermo-mechanical design principles. They have solved the problems of heat resistance and durability with science producing barrels superior in every way to steel. They are also stiffer, creating greater accuracy potential. The first cannon in history was used in 1282 in Manchuria. The barrel was made of iron. As the use of cannon later spread to Europe and the Americas, they were mostly made of bronze . Bronze is more expensive but it is more flexible than iron. Iron cannon tended to blow up unexpectedly which made them less popular with artillerymen. The last major material improvement in barrel making was 1856, when Krupp A.G. in Germany produced a 9 cm rifled gun of cast steel. In the 21st century, we are overdue for new material development. The PROOF carbon fiber wrapped barrels are the next major barrel improvement, every bit as revolutionary as the adoption of steel. PROOF’s claims have been documented and verified in competition. I want to be part of this great transformation myself. I decided that an AR in .308 would benefit most from the 64% weight savings. I got a PROOF Research 18 inch barrel with a 1 x 10 twist and rifle length gas system for reliability. I took my new barrel to Tridentis Tactical and asked them to build one of their match-grade ARs around this barrel. It will include their new muzzle break, new .308 rail system and patent pending revolutionary buffer technology. Once I get my new gun back, it should look something like the picture above with a much cooler barrel. I am looking forward to checking the durability and heat dissipation. Proof claims that they get no point-of-impact shift during high-volume fire, that in itself is enough to justify the barrel. Combined with reduced harmonic barrel vibration, this is going to be a great gun. How do they make these barrels? They start with match grade 416R stainless steel barrel blanks that are made in-house and turn them down to reduced profile. This thin barrel is wrapped with high-strength, aerospace-grade carbon fibers impregnated with a high-thermal conductivity matrix resin using very sophisticated weaving techniques. The aerospace-grade carbon fibers are 10 times stronger than the steel Krupp used in his barrels and has a specific stiffness nearly 6 times greater. The helical wrapping pattern dissipates the heat along the length of the barrel. The bonding agent contains a high-thermal pitch fiber. This construction allows them to dissipate heat from the steel liner reducing the heat mirage effect which interferes with optics on heavy steel barrels. After assembly, the barrels are cured and hardened then ground to their final contour. What you end up with is an aerospace-grade, high-fiber volume fraction composite barrel with less than 1% porosity . With the heat resistance and dissipation and the improved materials strength, Proof Research barrels are suitable for rugged environments, even military crew-served weapons. PROOF Research’s match-grade carbon fiber barrels are stronger, lighter, as accurate as the finest precision steel barrels and will maintain their performance in the harshest conditions. Get your Proof Research Barrels HERE . (Featured Image Courtesy: proofresearch.com)
Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s If you’re always hunting deals (make sure you like and follow us on Facebook , we post 3-4 every day) you probably have seen something from Radical Firearms for sale on the cheap. I’m talking, complete rifles selling for $500-$600, uppers for $200… that kind of cheap. Of course, when you’re looking at something that uses an explosion to fire a 55gr projectile out at 3,200 feet per second, is it really the best idea to go cheap? That’s what I wanted to find out. I found a Radical Firearms upper for sale for the rock-bottom, the you-gotta-be-kidding-me price of $190. This was an assembled upper minus BCG and charging handle, for less than $200 even with shipping BCG and Charging Handle not included. How did it shake out? Is a $200 upper worth it? Let’s find out. Specs of the Radical Firearms Upper 16” 4140 Chromoly Barrel With Melonite Coating 5.56 SOCOM Profile M4 Feed Ramps 1:7 Twist Rate A2 Flash Hider 1/2×28 TPI Low Profile Gas Block Carbine Length Gas System Radical Firearms Forged MIL-STD Upper Receiver MIL-STD Upper Parts Kit RF Dimpled Forward Assist Radical Firearms 15″ MHR Hybrid Rail System Radical Firearms 16" 5.56 NATO M-Lok Upper Assemble 237 at Primary Arms Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 237 at Primary Arms Compare prices (2 found) Primary Arms (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing A Little Background on Radical Firearms Radical Firearms is a relative newcomer to the AR-15 world. I first heard about them when they brought some of their work to SHOT Show in 2016 or so, but they’ve been around for about five years now. In that half-decade, they’ve expanded rapidly and carved out a niche for themselves as one of the best budget manufacturers in the business. How did they do that? They decided to start making as many parts as they could in-house. Be sure to check out the awesome article from Breach Bang Clear about Radical’s business. This afforded them the opportunity to exercise a high degree of control over their manufacturing, while also allowing them to cut out a lot of the middleman markup that gets slapped on rifles by “manufacturers” that just assemble guns from third-party parts, rather than making everything in-house. And make no mistake, they are a manufacturer. They make every part of the rifles they sell, other than barrels, pins/springs, and LPKS. Their site also says they don’t make BCGs but I think that info is a bit out of date as I’ve seen a number of Radical Firearms branded BCGs out there. They are also an American manufacturer, which I know is important to a lot of folks, and best of all they prefer to hire vets and LE personnel when they can, like many in the firearms industry. Why I Bought The "Radical Firearms Upper" This all leads me to this review and why I bought a Radical Firearms upper of my very own. Now, like I said, Radical and PS buried the hatchet over the misunderstanding and everyone moved on. But it left a wonky taste in my mouth. I know the smell of PR spin when it passes my nostrils, and this felt a little…off. So I decided to see for myself, and I didn’t want to contact Radical about getting a T&E upper in to check out. I wanted a regular ole upper off the warehouse shelf, just like the one you would get if you ordered one. I was worried about the handguard screws, but so far I haven’t had any issues. I searched around and found one at Optics Planet and snapped it up during last year’s Black Friday sale. I did this for two reasons. I wanted to be as unbiased as possible, and avoid getting a T&E/review upper that might get looked over a little more on the way out the door. Not that I don’t trust the folks at Radical Firearms, I just don’t trust anybody, especially not when they’re offering me cheap prices. I needed another upper, and I’m at that age now where I have to buy Christmas presents for every-freaking-body in the world, so money is tight around our house from about Halloween to Valentine’s Day and the Radical Firearms upper was cheap. Cheap is good. Me and the missus like cheap. So, is Radical Firearms another in a long line of fly-by-night machine shops turning out AR parts with sloppy standards and poor practices? Or are they something else? Maybe even a sorely needed quality, American manufacturer offering good rifles at great prices? I wanted to know, and I sure found out. The Upper Itself The upper I bought had a 15” MLOK rail, and A2 flash hider, and not much else going for it. I like the shape of the handguard, it has a sort of quasi-rounded thing going on with a flattish bottom. The finish on the pivot pin hole is a little lacking and seems to be more like a paint than an actual anodized finished, but I suppose corners have to be cut somewhere, and it shouldn’t be an issue. Machining is totally adequate. I noticed no rough edges, file marks, burrs, or other machining imperfections. Everything is totally in spec and I had no problems fitting the upper to a variety of lowers, including two Aero lowers, a Spikes lower, and an Anderson lower. Testing the Radical Firearms Upper Now, the upper I received was sans BCG and charging handle, so I added my own until I could get a Radical Firearms BCG, which I’ll talk about it a minute. For now, I threw in a spare Aero Precision BCG and a generic charging handle that came from…somewhere. I throw BCM Gunfighter handles on all my guns, so this one probably came off a complete upper or something. Aero Precision BCG 125 at Aero Precision Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 125 at Aero Precision Prices accurate at time of writing With that, I inspected the upper, daubed a little Dykem layout/machining fluid on the screws holding the handguard in place so I could see if they were turning or working themselves out under recoil, lubed everything that needed lubing, slapped the upper on an Aero complete lower, and hit the range. I packed a little over 250 rounds on that first outing, a mix of Federal American Eagle, range-quality handloads, and a box of Federal Gold Medal , all with 77gr bullets to take maximum advantage of the 1:7 twist barrel. I also slapped a Bushnell TRS red dot, my personal favorite cheapo optic, on top of the upper’s full-length rail. I chose this because I figure most people who buy these aren’t going to be putting something super expensive like the absolutely amazing Aimpoint PRO on top of it. Bushnell TRS-25 53 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 53 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing And again, there’s nothing wrong with a budget rifle, as long as it works. If you aren’t a precision shooter, the difference between a sub-1” group and a 2.5” group isn’t a big deal, but you will pay through the nose for the former and can throw together a rifle that’ll do the latter for about $600. I zeroed this setup in at 25 yards, and then stepped over to the 100, 200, and 400 yard stretches to see what it could really do. Again, this is with a mix of ammo, and honestly, I didn’t expect much out of the upper. At $190, if I could hit pie plates at 100 yards, I’d have gone home happy. I set out to build a beater gun after all. But holy shit did I underestimate this upper. I was hitting 6” steel plates at 100 yards with absolutely boring regularity, the staccato pingpingping of rapid-fire impacts setting the plate swinging on the chains. At fifty yards, I was left with one ragged dime-sized hole. Reaching out to 400 yards, I was able to fairly easily smack a steel pig silhouette target, though I was pushing myself more than the rifle, and I’ll take credit for any misses. Punching paper with the Gold Medal ammo was equally surprising. I swapped in a Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x scope and after a quick bore sight and about a third of a mag to really dial the scope in, I was getting easy 2 MOA groups at 100 and 200 yards, and a best group of 1.8 inches (measured center to center with calipers) at 100 yards. Best Bang-For-The-Buck Scope Vortex 1-6x Strike Eagle 299 at Palmetto State Armory Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 299 at "Palmetto State Armory" Compare prices (4 found) Palmetto State Armory (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Optics Planet (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing I noticed no keyholing or other weirdness, and I shot the full 250 or so rounds without a single issue (this was with beat up PMAGS and one steel GI mag). Now, is any of that matching accuracy? No, of course not. I have AR’s that’ll punch ¾ MOA groups all day. But those rifles have an extra digit on their price tag. Nowhere do I see Radical Firearms claiming to make the most accurate guns in the world for $600. I see them saying they make guns that work for $600, and their upper certainly reflects that. Since November, I’ve put about a thousand rounds through this upper, cleaned it once, lubed it three or four times, and I’ve experienced precisely two malfunctions, both from the same mag. That mag also had problems feeding in a $2,500 rifle where it actually causes a double feed (and some swearing). Overall Impressions Overall, I was very impressed with the Radical Upper I received. The rumors and the gossip and the snide remarks are all just hot air. I think Radical Firearms is a good company that makes great products, and they are definitely a manufacturer to keep your eye on. When I was researching them beforehand, I saw a lot of comments from others about the low quality of their products, and machining issues, and “Chinesium” and on and on and on. But I noticed that these were always comments from people who had a “friend” who owned one. Or somebody was quoting somebody that overheard somebody that…was full of it. I haven’t seen very many complaints ( none, really) from people who own Radical Firearms products, and I can say, since I purchased this thing with my own money, that I also have no complaints about the upper I bought and tested for this review, and others are saying the same. Will it knock the wings off a fly at a thousand yards? Not unless you get very lucky, but not every rifle needs to be that accurate. For me, for this rifle, I wanted something I could abuse and knock around, and still count on it to hit what I was aiming at inside 400 yards or so. And this does that. If you’re looking for a reliable beater gun, an entry-level upper for a new build project, or even something that’s competition-ready on a tight budget, I can’t think of a better value for your dollar than these uppers. And they’re available in everything from 7.62×39 to the hot new .224 Valkyrie , so you can get one for every occasion. Parting Shots I’m happy with my purchase, and anyone who complains about a $200 upper that goes bang every time and puts rounds on target is probably just looking for something to complain about. What do you think of the Radical Firearms upper? Would you put one on your gun? Drop me a line in the comments below! Check out the rest of our favorite guns & gear at Editor’s Picks .
Which is better, a 1911 or a Glock? This is a hot debate topic among gun owners and enthusiasts today. Keep in mind that while you have the ability to form your own opinion, it is important to know some of the features and attributes of each gun. At the same time, you'll also be considering some of the downsides. Regardless of which conclusion you arrive at, you're about to learn what each gun is, how they function, and why people choose to side with the 1911 or the Glock. What is the 1911 Best For? The 1911 got its name from the year it came into existence. This pistol is also known as the “Government”. The reason for this was it was the standard sidearm used in the United States military throughout most of the 20th century. Soldiers from World War I to Vietnam relied on this weapon as their go-to sidearm in combat situations. Over the years, variations of the 1911 were made. One of them was the caliber .45 M1911. This model was introduced in 1940 and remains as the formal designation of the 1911 as of today. The use of the 1911 is common in law enforcement and the military. However, civilians are able to own 1911s and use them as concealed carry guns. Aside from self-defense, the 1911 has also been used by competitive and target shooters. 1911 Variants There are four variants of the 1911 currently available. They are the M1911, M1911A1, M1911A2, and the M15 Pistol. We'll be breaking down each one of the variants and explaining how they differ from each other. We'll also list both the advantages and disadvantages of each 1911 pistol. With that in mind, here are the following variants: M1911 First, we take a look at the standard 1911 itself. The trigger pull is clean, crisp, and weighs in at approximately four to four-and-a-half pounds. The pull weight is light and will give you the advantage of getting a shot off quickly. Ergonomically, it’s comfortable thanks to narrow grip circumference. The grip itself is easy to handle thanks to patterns like the checkered design pattern. 1911 Springfield Armory ( Source ) Accuracy-wise, you’ll be able to hit your targets dead-on at about 50 yards out with some variants. The weight also serves both an advantage and a disadvantage. At a weight ranging from 38 to 43 ounces, the weight is ideal for competitive and target shooters. As for the disadvantage, this applies to those who are in combat situations as they have to bear the extra weight. Despite this, it has proven itself to be a reliable pistol in combat situations in the years it was used by the US military. M1911A1 The long, smooth-faced trigger is shorter compared to the M1911. What also differs from the M1911 is grip safety tang is lengthened to protect the shooter’s hand from getting in contact with the hammer spur. This will prevent the shooter from injuring their hand because of the hammer while firing. The hammer spur was shortened (but was later changed to flat-sided). The front side on the M1911A1 is much larger, which will, in turn, give you a better aim and a more accurate shot. The grip on the M1911A1 changed from a diamond-pattern wood grip to full checkering, which means you'll have a better grip on the A1 compared to the 1911. M1911A2 The M1911A2 is considered more of a civilian designation as opposed to a military designation like with M1911s and the A1s. To begin, the A2 pistols will likely have a high capacity magazine, which means that you’ll have a capacity of about 15 or more. As it is custom with high capacity magazines, that means you’ll be able to reload a lot less than compared to a smaller capacity magazine of six or eight rounds. Competitive shooters will more or less benefit from a high capacity magazine. The main disadvantage, of course, is the time it will take to reload a magazine. This can be alleviated by carrying spare magazines , especially if you're in competition mode. M15: Pistol The M15 1911 became the standard sidearm for the U.S. Army in the 1970s. These were originally designed to replace two Colt 1911 models. This was the preferred sidearm for military officers, especially those in the United States Army. The comparisons of the M15 are rather similar to the M1911A1. Despite these being no longer produced, they are still used by some longtime officers in the military. In fact, for this reason, this pistol earned the name of "General Officer's". One of the main advantages of the M15 is the barrel length. At approximately 4.25 inches, it is short enough to ensure that you will quickly draw it from your holster so long as the pistol itself doesn't snag. What is the Glock Best For? The Glock burst onto the scene in 1979. It was invented by Gaston Glock (hence the name, the Glock). The pistol has a frame made from polymer and is a short-recoil, lock-breech semi-automatic pistol. This became the standard sidearm for law enforcement and military in Austria in the early 1980s. This became their top choice after it performed very well against other guns that were vying to become the new go-to sidearm. Today, it is the sidearm of choice among law enforcement, armed security forces, and the military in nearly 50 countries. Like the 1911, the Glock isn’t just used for military and law enforcement purposes. Owners include those who have used them for competitive shooting, target practicing, and self-defense . This is a popular firearm for those who conceal carry or open carry. The Glock’s slide has a spring-loaded claw extractor and a sheet metal ejector that is attached to the housing of the trigger mechanism. The striker firing mechanism is equipped with a spring-loading firing pin. The firing pin is cocked in two stages that powers the pin itself. The trigger is a two-stage trigger that has increased trigger pull, a feature that was added per the request of most law enforcement personnel in the United States. GLOCK 17 Gen 4 Pistol ( Source ) Glock Models The Glock is available in five different models. They are the Glock 34, Glock 22, Glock 26, Glock 17, and Glock 19. Each model has its differences in features and also its own advantages and disadvantages. If you’re in the market for a Glock, you should consider these five models and choose one that fits best for you. With that in mind, here are the models explained in detail: Glock 34 One of the distinct features of the Glock 34 is the extended barrel . This also has long slide dimensions and has a long distance between both the front and rear sights . This Glock has become a fixture among law enforcement tactical teams. One advantage of the Glock 34 is the accuracy. That’s because the site radius is 1” longer compared to such models like the 17. Since the barrel is extended, that may come at a disadvantage, especially when you’re in a situation where you have to draw your gun. Glock 22 The Glock 22 is a versatile model in terms of barrels. You can swap barrels with other Glock Models. Some of the other models will not have the ability to do that. When you’re firing the 22, you’ll feel like you’ll have more control over it when compared to firing other Glock models. One of the most noticeable disadvantages of the 22 is that it may be considered too big by concealed carry standards. Glock 26 As mentioned, the 22 may not be the ideal Glock if you conceal carry. With that in mind, if you’re looking for a model that would be easier for concealed carry, that’s where the Glock 26 comes in. This is a compact, high capacity, easy to handle, and highly reliable model. Since it’s high capacity, you’ll be able to get more rounds. This is perfect for the competitive shooter or for target practice. Since it’s high capacity, it comes with both an upside and downside. The upside is not having to reload after every few rounds fired. The downside is that loading your clip to capacity may shorten the lifespan of the spring in your magazine. So that is why it’s important to load it ⅔, or at max ¾, of the clip to ensure that the spring doesn’t wear over time. Glock 17 The 17’s barrel is measured at 14mm. So, it’s slightly longer compared to its 19 counterpart. The sight radius is about 6.5 inches, which makes it easy to get off accurate shots every time. This is a model that is preferred by law enforcement officers in nearly 40 countries. This is a high capacity model with a magazine capacity of believe it or not...17. One major disadvantage is the 17 is that it is not a model that would be good for concealed carry. Glock 19 Finally, we take a look at the 19. This has a shorter barrel than the 17, measured at 102mm. If you have a shorter barrel, drawing it from your holster will be much quicker compared to other models. This is lighter in weight when unloaded, but the recoil weight is one pound heavier versus the 17. This is one of the more concealed carry friendly versions of the Glock. The disadvantages will apply more to target shooters as this is considered to be a Glock used solely for home and self-defense. 1911 vs. Glock Now that we got to know the models and variants of both the 1911 and Glock, it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty. We're going to compare the 1911 and the Glock in a few different categories. We'll determine which of the two has the better design, caliber, range, and reliability. With that said, let's get down to brass tacks: Glocks vs 1911 ( Source ) Design The 1911’s design consists of an all metal, single action pistol that relies on a firing pin. Typically, the metal used for 1911s is steel. Since this is a single action, it will rely on a hammer. The hammer must be cocked before you apply pressure on the trigger. The barrel lock up will consist of barrel lugs and slide lugs. The barrel length of a typical 1911 will measure to approximately five inches. The grip angle is measured at 18 degrees and weighs an average of 38 ounces. Meanwhile, the Glock has a slide and barrel that are both made from steel. The frame itself consists of polymer with metal inserts included for added toughness. The barrel is linkless and has a rectangularly shaped breech that locks into the ejection port. There is no bushing present at the muzzle. The grip angle of a Glock is 21 degrees. The overall weight is 24.9 ounces. Caliber Both the 1911 and Glock come in a handful of different calibers. However, each has chambered various rounds in their models over time. For the 1911, they are more compatible with rounds like the .22 round rifle. Other rounds include a 9mm Parabellum, 10mm auto, and a .38 super among many others. The Glock also is compatible with some of the various ammo that can be chambered with the 1911. More specifically, the .22 long rifle and the 10mm auto. However, other rounds that can be fired with a Glock include 40 S&W, .45GAP, and 9mm rounds, to name a few. Effective Range As mentioned earlier, a 1911 can accurately hit the bullseye on a target from about 50 yards out. However, there are some models of a 1911 that have effective ranges from 25 to 30 yards out. The Glock has an effective range that is said to be measured between 50 to 55 yards. This was measured using various models like the Glock 17 and 18 and their “C” variants (i.e.--17C). However, the effective range for each gun might be a matter of dispute between owners and enthusiasts alike. While we’re going by what is measured through the use of some of the variants and models of each gun, some 1911 and Glock owners will claim to have hit the bullseye of their targets either beyond the supposed effective range of slightly below it. Reliability Both gun types are the most reliable handguns out of the many that are available. And of course, both have long been fixtures among the law enforcement and military circles. The 1911s were mostly designed for the military. The standards of interchangeability and strict quality control were among the two things that stood out in what made the 1911 great, especially in times of combat. The U.S. military continued using the 1911 until the mid-1980s when most military personnel began to carry Berettas. Unlike the 1911, the Glock never had any reliability issues to speak of, due to the fact that it was made from one manufacturer. Plus, the designs have become more advanced over the span of a few decades. However, it's not free and clear of all issues. One of the chief issues that faced the Glock was the number of unsupported barrels. Another was the cartridges it had the ability of firing. For example, high-pressure cartridges, such as the 40 S&W, posed such an issue. The ruptured head of the cartridge would not only cause damage to a gun, but it would also injure the shooter. However, this can be blamed by human error for the most part. More specifically, people would often make modifications to their guns among other tasks. Yet, such an issue would also occur even with no modifications made. Not only that, but shooters experiencing this have also used factory ammunition that was considered good in quality. Our Top Picks For 1911 Product Our Rating Price Springfield Armory Pistol 1911-A1 9mm Best 1911 CHECK PRICE Sig Sauer Pistol 1911 XO .45acp Best 1911 For The Money CHECK PRICE Kimber Custom II .45 ACP 1911 Pistol Best 1911 For Self Defense CHECK PRICE Glock 19X Gen5 9mm Pistol Best Glock CHECK PRICE Glock 34 Gen 4 9mm 5.31" 17 Round Pistol Best Glock For The Money CHECK PRICE Glock 17 9mm Gen 4 Best Glock "For Self Defense" CHECK PRICE It’s only fair to those who are on “Team 1911” who want to look for a reliable and high performing 1911. Along with the Glock, we’ve chosen three of the best 1911 models that are the best on the market today. Regardless of whether money isn’t an issue or if you’re on a budget, there might be a 1911 just for you. We have chosen the following 1911 models: Best 1911: "Springfield Armory Pistol" 1911-A1 9mm CHECK LATEST PRICE The honor for Best 1911 on the market is given to the Springfield Armory Pistol 1911-A1 9mm. This is also known as the Range Officer Operator model. Think of it as a standard Range Officer, but with some more features added on to it. For a pistol of its kind, it is considered to be one of the best choices in self-defense. The barrel is measured at a mere five inches long and is equipped with a sight radius that is extended, which means you will have an easy time hitting your shots accurately. The front is low-profile, so you won’t have to worry about this snagging on you when you try to quickly draw it out of your holster. This has a rust and corrosion-resistant Parkerized finish. So if you're in the market for a 1911 that not only performs well, but looks good in terms of aesthetics, the Springfield Armory will probably be the pistol you want. Best 1911 For The Money: Sig "Sauer Pistol 1911" XO .45acp CHECK LATEST PRICE As promised, we have a 1911 option available for those who are on a budget. Quality is key, no matter if you're getting a 1911 or a Glock. With that said, the best option for the budget gun owner or enthusiast is the Sig Sauer Pistol 1911 XO .45acp. This is one tough looking 1911 and for good reason. The Sig is equipped with ergonomic friendly grips and sights that ensures accuracy each time you shoot. The frame is stainless steel and the slide is machined and hand-fitted for the best in overall performance and reliability. The magazine capacity is eight rounds, which is ideal for 1911 owners who use their pistol for competition, target shooting, and for home and self-defense. Overall, this is a durable and reliable 1911 to have, combined with a performance that is hard to beat. Quality and performance matter when it comes to finding a pistol for those who want to keep within their budget. You can't find that on any other cheap model. If you're looking for the best 1911 you can afford, the Sig Sauer will not disappoint you. Best 1911 for Self-Defense: Kimber Custom II .45 ACP 1911 Pistol CHECK LATEST PRICE Although most 1911s are ideal for self-defense, there has to be one that has to stand out above the rest. In this regard, the Kimber Custom II .45 ACP 1911 Pistol is the choice we went with. Kimber has built quite a reputation of being one of the best manufacturers for 1911s. The pistol is assembled in-house and is constructed with the use of raw materials. In fact, these materials are considered the best. This model is among one of the top choices among various military and law enforcement person. The barrel is measured at five inches long and has a trigger that is crafted from high-quality aluminum. The sights come coated with bright tritium, so you can be able to get a precise aim on each one of your shots. This comes in handy if your eyesight is on the verge of failing. Not to mention, Kimber was smart to make the sights bright enough for that purpose, since it is a 1911 ideal for self-defense. All in all, the Kimber is a military-style pistol that can be used by civilians that face life and death situations at home or wherever they are allowed to carry. Our Top Picks For Glock The distinct difference between the 1911s and Glocks on our list of top picks is the manufacturer. As mentioned earlier, Glocks are manufactured by one, and only one, manufacturer. With so many Glock models to choose from, it was tough to make determinations on which ones would be worthy to make our list of three. But after careful consideration, we’ve decided on these final three: Best Glock: Glock 19X Gen5 9mm Pistol CHECK LATEST PRICE Our first Glock comes from the 19 model family. The honor for the Best Glock goes to the 19X Gen5. This is a 9mm pistol that is also known as a “crossover”. In other words, this was designed to be not only something that the military or police would use, but it would also be considered the kind of pistol that everyday people can use as well. No matter which you are, you will get the best in performance, durability, and reliability, regardless of your intended purpose. The nPVD coating ensures that this model is resistant to rust and corrosion, so you can be able to use it for a long time. If you’re looking for a Glock that you plan on using for the long term, regardless of your purpose or if your job depends on it, the 19X may be the right choice for you. Best Glock For The Money: Glock 34 Gen 4 9mm 5.31" 17 Round Pistol CHECK LATEST PRICE Just because you’re on a budget, doesn’t mean you’ll be left out in the cold. Glock knows that there are gun owners out there who want the power and reliability of a Glock, but won’t be able to drop large amounts of extra cash on some of their models. But one of the best models they’ve created that is considered one of the most affordable is the Glock 34 Gen 4. This pistol can chamber 9mm rounds and has a maximum magazine capacity of 17 rounds. The slide is extra long and also has a long distance between sights to ensure that the shooter gets an accurate shot and can easily acquire a target. If you’re a competitive shooter that is “Team Glock”, this is the ideal Glock model for your future shooting contests. You can easily customize your grip with the help of Modular Back Strap system. This is also an ambidextrous gun, making it easy for any shooter, regardless of whether they shoot left-handed or right-handed. If you’re a left-handed shooter that has always had a hard time looking for a good pistol for lefties, this Glock 34 may be your favorite. And for the price it’s going for, that feature alone is a major game-changer. Best Glock For Self Defense: Glock 17 9mm Gen 4 CHECK LATEST PRICE Lastly, we’ll be taking a look at the best Glock for the purpose of self-defense. Awarded that honor is the Glock 17 9mm Gen 4. Right out of the gate, this is an impressive Glock model that will fit all kinds of hand shapes. That’s because it has a customizable grip. When you think about it, if you want a self-defense gun, you want it to adapt to as many hand sizes as possible. The last thing you want in a life or death situation is to be worrying about not being able to use your gun because it doesn’t fit your hands. Speaking of hands, this is designed for the ambidextrous shooter. Right-handed or left-handed, this Glock is useful in the situation where you need it most. This Glock 17 has the ability to fire off 17 rounds and has a crisp, clean trigger pull with a weight of 5.5 pounds. All in all, this might be one of the best self-defense handguns out there. In fact, we’ll be surprised if this isn’t mentioned in every conversation regarding self-defense handguns or sidearms. Great for both handiness, fits your hand size no matter what, and a firing power that is hard to match. What else would you want in a Glock like this? Conclusion Are you "Team 1911" or are you "Team Glock"? No matter what side you're on, you're a huge fan of a pistol that is proven to be reliable, durable, and has an unmatchable performance compared to other types of pistols. Whichever you choose, be sure to use it for the best-intended purposes and always take great care of it to ensure that you can be able to use it for as long as possible.
For several decades now, survival bunkers have been one of those topics that remains fascinating among certain circles. I am not sure if the interest surrounding them has to do with the idea of ultimate protection or how they have been portrayed in modern media. Either way, emergency bunkers certainly have their ups and their downs. And I wanted to take a moment to lay out some of the aspects that I think about surrounding these vaults of security. But before I get into the pros and cons of them, lets quickly go over a few bunker options. Quick Navigation 5 Ways To Build A Survival Bunker Build it yourself Shipping containers Prefabricated Survival Bunker Silos Rented Space 4 Pros of Survival Bunkers Instant security Versatile Camouflage and Security Long Term Protection 6 Cons of Survival Bunkers Expensive Air Quality Controlling Moisture Entrapment Location Psychological Aspect Wrap Up 5 Ways To Build A Survival Bunker Build it yourself These can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. I have seen a few where someone had simply dug a hole into the side of a hill and excavated it to the size they desired. This may be one of the cheapest options, but you certainly need to know a few things before attempting this, especially how to reinforce such a structure. Shipping containers In recent years, metal shipping containers became available to the general public as an affordable building material for bunkers and other structures. I use the term affordable a bit loosely because depending on the size of the container, it can cost many thousands of dollars. Shipping containers are a neat idea because they are a bare-bones framework that you can put together as you choose, kind of like building something out of Lego. The biggest downfall of shipping containers is that they were not designed to be buried underground. So they may not be able to hold up to the stresses of being underground and they are prone to rust. Find out more details why a shipping container is not ideal, and how you can build an underground bunker to hold your food stockpile. View this video . "Prefabricated Survival Bunker" Several reputable companies specialize in building and installing smaller scale bunkers. Almost everything that is needed to live underground is thought out, designed, and installed by the manufacturer. To me, this seems like one of the best options available in terms of affordability and making sure the project is done right. Silos There are many underground silos and other military installations that over time, became abandoned and were eventually put up for sale. For those with the means, these installations can be quite the deal. Millions of dollars were initially spent to create such underground structures but given their locations and years of neglect they can be purchased cheap. Again, the word cheap is probably not the right word but replicating such a structure today would be an astronomical cost. Usually, the biggest downside to preexisting underground complexes is the years of neglect in upkeep and maintenance. All of the excavation has been done, and the shell of the structure is there but more than likely a large amount of money will have to be invested for cleaning and restoration purposes. Rented Space For those that truly have the means and want nothing to do with building a shelter, don’t fret as there is an option for you. Survival and emergency products have become big business, and bunkers have not been forgotten about. When it comes to bunkers there are some individuals out there that have done all of the leg work for you. They have purchased preexisting underground structures (or are building one) and are turning them into luxury bunkers in case the SHTF. All you have to do is have a deep enough pocketbook to cover the entrance fee. Some of the costs I have heard for entry into these luxury spaces are well above six figures. But considering that all you have to do is to walk through the door, that price may be worth it to some 4 Pros of Survival Bunkers So I have talked a little bit about some of the popular bunker options available, but now I am going to go into a little more detail about the pros and cons concerning bunkers as a whole. Instant security For locations where a bunker can be placed right in the backyard or very close to home, the idea of instant security is pretty appealing. No matter what situation arises the ability to climb in and shut the door quickly, and effectively protect you and yours is hard to beat. Follow this blueprint to put a bunker in your backyard. Versatile A bunker doesn’t have to be used just for Armageddon. It can be used as cold storage for food items and a secure location for other supplies. It can also be a haven during times of war, civil unrest, and offers protection against mother nature , such as severe storms and tornados. Camouflage and Security Given that most bunkers are located underground, they are out of sight and out of mind. Meaning that would be threats could walk on top of you and not even know it. An underground bunker is about as discreet as they come when it comes to a bug out location. As far as security goes, most bunkers only have one or two points of entry. No windows, a limited number of entry points, and being underground is a location that can be easier to protect against would-be threats. "Long Term Protection" While a bunker can be used for short term protection like a bad storm , they can also provide protection and a place to ride out a long term event. Some disastrous events are not over in a matter of hours or days. The unsafe conditions they leave behind can take time before they dissipate and it is safe for you to go above ground. There are several variables to consider and specific threats to analyze, but if a bunker is done right and enough supplies are on hand, they can be occupied for a long time. And when I say a long time, I mean years . 6 Cons of Survival Bunkers Bunkers certainly have some positive attributes but like anything, there are downsides to them as well. Expensive Creating a bunker for cold storage or short term protection, i.e. storms wouldn’t be terribly expensive or difficult to accomplish. But to do them right and for long term survival requires a big chunk of change. The reasons for why they are expensive are listed below. Air Quality Clean air is one of our most important survival needs because we can only survive a few minutes without it. Air quality is not all that great when you start digging a hole in the ground and encase yourself in a closed structure. Fresh air needs to be brought in, filtered, and circulated. So a well thought out ventilation system needs to be planned out. This means a constant power supply and fans and motors. Back up replacement parts and knowledge of how to fix the system will be needed because you will not be able to call someone to come fix it for you. A filtration system will also be needed. And your typical furnace filter is not going to do the trick. Since we never know what a survival situation will be like, a system that is equipped deal with biological, chemical, and radioactive materials would be best. Controlling Moisture Being underground will introduce the problem of having to deal with groundwater and moisture. While we depend on water for life it also brings a few issues we must deal with. If there is not a way to deal with water it could potentially flood a bunker, destroy supplies or create an environment that breeds germs and mold. Entrapment One of the best reasons to be in a bunker can also be one of its biggest downfalls. Security. A limited number of entry points can be easier to defend but it also offers a limited number of exits. An intelligent threat above the bunker or an unfortunate threat within the bunker, i.e. a fire, may make you wish you had some windows or additional exit points. Location Unfortunately, some regions just are not conducive to placing a bunker underground. Examples include along coastlines or other locations where the water table is shallow or areas where there is frequent seismic activity. Psychological Aspect Human beings are not underground creatures. We need space to move around, fresh air, sunlight, natural sounds, and seeing the blue sky. Anyone who as spent time in isolation away from the above list will tell you that is not a pleasant experience. Being in a confined space for a long time will have a negative impact on your physical health as well as your mental health. If you plan on having a bunker for long term protection think about ways to incorporate aspects of nature underground. Install UV lights and imitation sunlight. Hang pictures of outdoor landscapes or screens that display the natural world. Have a way to listen to recordings of natural sounds that include storms, running water, and birds. Wrap Up Logically speaking, for most people, a short term survival bunker is going to be the best bet. A structure that can be put in the backyard for cold storage and a place to go during a nasty storm is realistically the most affordable option. Space and the funds needed for someone, or multiple people, to survive underground for a long term event just doesn’t seem like a plausible idea in my mind. Bunkers can be a great investment for you and your family but take your time and conduct the proper research. Because there is more to them just digging a hole in the ground and shutting the hatch. If you want to learn more how to put together a backyard bunker, view this presentation . Other interesting articles: Create an Emergency Plan with a Survival Binder: How To, Why, What To Include 10 Fun Ways to Teach Kids Survival Skills 5 Ways to Manage Bathroom Waste in a Survival Situation Best Fire Starters for Survival in 2020: Hands-on Reviews, and Ways to Make Fire