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6 Handgun Fundamentals You Must Know

6 Handgun Fundamentals You Must Know/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d4c54ee2_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d4c54ee2_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } “Every shot you take, fast or slow, near or far, small or large target, requires the correct fundamentals.” The fundamentals are everything. Without them you cannot hit your target. Forget about speed, because that will come with training. A fast miss on a large, close target solves nothing. Ditto, a slow miss on a small distant target. Every shot you take, fast or slow, near or far, small or large target, requires the correct fundamentals. Here are the 6 handgun fundamentals you MUST know and practice: 1. Correct grip – Grip the pistol so that its backstrap (the rear face of the grip frame) is centered in the web of the shooting hand between thumb and forefinger. The result of this is to align the barrel naturally with the long bones of the forearm. Related GunDigest Articles Shooting Circles Shooting Fundamentals: Figuring Out Your Dominant Eye 5 Critical Elements Of A Handgun Training Program 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! Look down at your forearm and the gun. The barrel should not point to either side of a line running down the center of your forearm. 2. Correct stance – with forward weight bias, when shooting from the standing position. 3. Correct gun presentation – that locks your sights onto whatever your eyes are looking at. 4. Correct use of front sight focus – and the flash sight picture for verification of correct presentation.

Survival Cache Podcast: Episode 2: Bug Out Bag 2

Survival Cache Podcast: Episode 2: Bug Out Bag 2

In this second episode of the all-new Survival Cache Podcast, Doc Montana and Drew continue their overview of the prepper’s favorite topic: the Bug Out Bag. After discussing the bag itself and introductory contents in episode one, Doc and Drew start reviewing some of the fundamental contents that make up a well-stocked Bug Out Bag, including shelters from tarps to tents, knives and other cutting implements, survival lighting such as flashlights, headlamps, and lanterns. There’s some great information here based on Doc and Drew’s extensive experience on the subject – a must-listen for sure! Other interesting articles: "Survival Cache Podcast" : Episode 5: Flashlights Survival Cache Podcast Episode 6: The Ruger 10/22 Survival Cache Podcast Episode 9: EDC / Everyday Carry Survival Cache Podcast: Episode 1: Bug Out Bag 1

Modern Shooter: Dave Millers Secrets To Breaking More Clay

Modern Shooter: Dave Millers Secrets To Breaking More Clay

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d0284c08_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d0284c08_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The Modern Shooter team gets world-class trap shooting advice from world-record holder Dave Miller. When it comes to busting clay, what's the best you've ever done in a session? Two in a row? 200? No offense, whatever the number it's child's play compared to Dave Miller. The pro shooter for Aguila Ammunition is an out-and-out machine when the trap starts throwing orange and has the title to prove it. Miller is the current Guinness World Record holder for most clays broken in one hour — a whopping 3,653. Do the math, that's more than one clay per second. To call it a feat is a magnitude of understatement akin to dismissing the Grand Canyon as a ditch or Pike's Peak a mound of dirt. Related GunDigest Articles Reloading: Is It Still Worthwhile? Handguns: Building Better Pistol Grips 7 Pieces Of Kit For A Tactical Advantage Next to busting blue rock, there's nothing Miller loves more than teaching others how to bird-dog out top scores. And this week on Modern Shooter, the team taps the pro for some world-class tips for vaporizing clay . Unsurprisingly for a shotgunner of his caliber, Miller has some real insight on what it takes to excel when the trap springs. First and foremost, Miller preaches vision and economy of motion, catching sight of the clay early and letting it do most of the work. As he points out to Gun Digest Editor-in-Chief Luke Hartle, if you're chasing, you're behind the curve. But perhaps more importantly, Miller is a dyed-in-the-wool advocate of breaking the clay well before you ever call “Pull!” With your body positioned correctly and your breakpoint already mapped out, you'll have a bead on the blue rock the moment it takes flight and the orientation to bust it.

Five More Natural Toothache Remedies

Five More Natural Toothache Remedies

It is an interesting paradox that teeth are the hardest part of the human body and often seem to succumb first to dietary and lifestyle imbalances.  Of course, this is for some obvious reasons: like that they are exposed (where bones are hidden within the body) and that it is their hard design in which the dentin and enamel is so saturated with calcium and other minerals rather than the regenerative tissue of the rest of the body.  Since the teeth are so easily eroded by sugar and lack of care, it is certainly important to emphasize prevention. Follow up article to: 5 Emergency Toothache Remedies From Wild Plants Keep the teeth clean! In the absence of modern dental care supplies like toothbrushes and toothpaste (this is not the place to get into the subject of fluoride, but do your research), you should use fresh sticks from non-poisonous trees.  (Get to know your trees!) I recommend Birch (Black or Yellow, Betula lenta and B. alleghaniensis ), Sassafras ( Sassafras albidum ), or Spicebush ( Lindera benzoin ) for their pleasant tastes and antimicrobial properties.  Of course there is also, though not some common in my area, the Toothache Tree, or Prickly Ash, ( Zanthoxylum ). Sassafras makes a tasty toothpick! When prevention fails, you can consider these five natural remedies.  Before you scoff at the possible benefits of natural remedies for toothaches, please allow me to mention that I do have a bit of first-hand experience with the subject, both in treating my own toothache and in helping others.  Certainly, it is noteworthy that tooth problems can be very dangerous and one who suffers should seek appropriate care. The following remedies are offered for consideration as adjunct treatment, when in the wilderness, and otherwise to empower people to take care of themselves and to be prepared for any problem in any situation, including when far away from professional dental care. Related: Tree Bark As An Emergency Food 1.We have already begun discussing a group of important remedies for teeth- medicinal trees .  In addition to Birch, Sassafrass, and Prickly Ash, we also have remedies from the evergreens like Pine and many others, like Willow ( Salix ).  The benefits of these generally include antimicrobial and pain-relieving properties, as well as their form, with twigs being easily whittled into toothpicks.  The pitch of evergreens can also aid in application, such as in filling a cavity with pitch. In other parts of the world Frankincense ( Boswellia ) and Myrrh ( Commiohora ) are used in this way.   Native Americans used Hemlock ( Tsuga ), Oak ( Quercus ), and Black Walnut ( Juglans nigra ) in addition to those already mentioned. 2.Moxibustion is a therapy that is utilized alongside acupuncture and shiatsu .  It consists of burning moxa, or dried Mugwort ( Artemisia ) on acupoints.  There are both distal points located on the meridians (energy channels) sometimes in other areas besides the location of pain, and local points that are in the area of the pain. Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). Several Artemisia species are used to make moxa, a dried Mugwort leaf fluff that is burned in moxibustion therapy. Many Artemisia species are used as herbal remedies to treat toothache and many other ailments, generally in the form of infusion (“tea”) or poultice. Pain is a vicious cycle in that it produces tension that decreases the movement of energy and blood and therefore contributes to the discomfort and inhibits the healing process.  So, the reaction to pain often adds to it! Moxibustion, shiatsu, and acupuncture can be very effective for treating the pressure points involved in toothache. There are two types of moxibustion.  Indirect moxa includes using a moxa roll, which is like a cigarette or cigar of moxa. The moxa roll is lit to produce a nice ember that is held close to the acupoints in order to treat them with heat.  In direct moxa the moxa is place on the skin, lit with incense or a hot stick from the fire, and then snuffed out. Moxibustion has been revered since ancient times for the treatment of many illnesses and problems.  At various times it has been used alongside acupuncture. But, this is fading in modern times because we are less accustomed to the smoke and because it can be a time-consuming therapy. For pain, though, it can be very effective. It is also interesting that Native Americans utilized moxa-type therapies, such as the treatment of acupoints with the glowing embers on sticks from the fire.  Western tribes, at least, also utilized Artemisia species besides as toothache remedies. 3. Another toothache remedy from the fireplace is charcoal .  I first learned of charcoal for teeth through George Ohsawa’s books on macrobiotics which discuss Japanese healing and disease prevention methods.  A preparation known as dentie is prepared with the charcoal of Eggplant or Eggplant tops (including stems, like the part sliced off when preparing Eggplant as food) and sea salt.  The resulting powder when these two ingredients are combined can be used to brush one’s teeth or can be applied to the area of toothache. Charcoal is mildly abrasive and effective for cleaning the teeth.  It is also very absorbent and helps remove microbial and toxic buildup from the mouth. Also Read: Everyday Cure For Toothaches Recently, I saw a dental product being advertised that utilized the charcoal of Coconut.  Presumably, you could prepare a survival remedy in the wild with use of wood charcoal from the fireplace. Although charcoal is largely reduced to carbon and has much of the source material’s properties removed, I assume it would be wise to know the source of materials before preparing remedies from charcoal.  I wouldn’t want to use charcoal from poisonous or contaminated sources. Hopefully, though, if you are in a survival situation you are not huddling over and cooking with a fire of poisonous or contaminated wood. 4. The subject of dentie brings us to another simple toothache remedy, salt .  Salt can be used to brush the teeth and as a gargle.  To prepare salt water simply dissolve salt in hot water.  Let the water cool a bit after adding salt and mixing to avoid burning the mouth, but it is best to use the mouthwash while the water is still warm.  Gargling with and swishing salt in the mouth can help remove infection from the mouth while also stimulating the lymph. 5. Herbs.  See Five Best DIY Toothache Remedies where I discuss Barberry ( Berberis ) and Toothache Plant ( Acmella or Spilanthes ) and Five "Emergency Toothache Remedies" "From Wild Plants" where I discuss additional berberine-containing herbs, Echinacea, Prickly Ash, Calamus, and Spruce. Calamus is a Native American toothache remedy. We should take a moment to discuss the word “herb”.  Botanically “herb” refers to the herbaceous, or non-woody growth of a plant.  Woody plants are those with stems that persist. Trees, shrubs, and vines have woody, perennial growth.  While herbaceous plants are those without perennial woody portions, though they may have perennial roots (such as Pokeweed, which sends up fresh stalks year after year from a large root, and Japanese Knotweed, which does the same).  Usually in medical herbology when the part of the plant used is defined as the “herb” (sometimes “aerial portions”) it refers to the leaves, flowers, and herbaceous stems. Generally, though, “herb” in the sense of a “medicinal herb” refers to leaves, roots, rhizomes, flowers, seeds, stems, and other parts used as herbal medicine.  In many herbal traditions, insects, minerals, and animals parts are also loosely considered “herbs” (as in medicinal substances) and included in “herbal formulas”. The first toothache category I mentioned above, the trees, is separated from this group simply based on the trees being able to provide us with toothpick and toothbrushes (or, more properly, brushing sticks), and because it is interesting to consider all that trees, as a group, provide us for dental care. Related: Home Remedies For Toothaches Here, regarding herbal toothache remedies, we are including herbs, roots, and other plant parts.  Especially roots are employed for toothaches because of their substantial form, which can contain much medicinal substance and which can easily be held in the mouth or packed into a dental cavity.  Probably much of the reason Calamus ( Acorus ) was favored by Natives as a toothache remedy is because of the form of the rhizome could be easily cut to various sizes for application.  This is, of course, besides its medicinal virtues, which include a strong aromatic property. Just as in Chinese medicine, Native remedies for pain are often aromatic herbs.  (Calamus was revered in many herbal traditions, including Native, Chinese, Ayurvedic, and European.) Osha, or Bear Root ( Ligusticum porteri ) is one of my favorite herbs for toothaches and other infections, including throat.  I hesitate to mention it because of its increasing popularity and limited availability from wild sources.  But, hopefully cultivated sources will become more available for public use. Definitely, those living the the Rocky Mountains should know about Bear Root for emergency use, as it is a remarkable herb. Elder is a Native American remedy for toothache. Licorice ( Glycyrrhiza ) is a tasty root (though not to all) that can be readily obtained through Chinese and American herb stores and is increasingly being cultivated in this country.  It can be purchased in a whole form, rather than sliced or ground, that works for a brushing stick. The sliced form also works nicely for tucking into the cheek. With these roots and herbs, including Toothache Plant, Echinacea, and others mentioned above and in the linked articles, it is best to chew them in order to keep the herb local (near the toothache).  Taken internally as beverages, tinctures, or capsules, the herbs will have to be taken in through the digestive system, filtered with the blood, and circulated through the blood vessels before arriving at the afflicted area.  Best is to tuck the herb into your gum near the toothache and keep it there, chewing on occasion to release the medicinal virtues and otherwise letting the herb juice soak into the gums. Dispose of the herbs when they seem used up or just to give your mouth a break and then repeat later.  The duration and repetition will have to be felt out, allowing some lag-time for the effects to sink in, because of the variability regarding herb choice and severity of the toothache. Other interesting articles: Natural Headache Remedies Five Emergency Toothache Remedies From Wild Plants Five Best DIY Toothache Remedies Deadly Poisons, Wild Edibles, and Magic Medicinals of The Carrot Family

Best Mossberg 500 Tactical Conversion Kits 2020 Top Picks

Are you looking for the best Mossberg 500 tactical conversion kit? If you are, you’re probably not the only one. You’re likely one of the many Mossberg 500 owners that wants to convert their shotgun into a tactical-style beast. This might be an ideal upgrade for you if you use your shotgun for the sake of home defense purposes . Home invaders and prowlers will think twice before messing with someone with a rugged looking shotgun. However, these kits aren’t just for looks. They are often used to make your shotgun function better as if it were in a tactical situation. Before we unveil our list of five tactical conversion kits that we chose as the best on the market, we’re going to tell you what’s inside these kits and how to choose the one that’s right for you. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Mossberg 500 Tactical Conversion Kits OUR TOP PICK: Adaptive Tactical Venom Magazine Conversion Kit "Adaptive Tactical Venom" -SE Shotgun Magazine Conversion Kit Adaptive Tactical Venom-SE "Shotgun Magazine Conversion" Kit w/10-Round Box Magazine BEST BUDGET OPTION: Phoenix Technology, Ltd - Kicklite Tactical Buttstocks Magpul - Mossberg 500 Sga Buttstock &; M-lok Forend Kit Comparison of the Best Mossberg 500 "Tactical Conversion Kits" IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick Adaptive Tactical Venom Magazine Conversion Kit 18-Inch Barrel Ambidextrous Design Comes With a Magazine of Your Choice of a 5 Round or 10 Round Capacity. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Adaptive Tactical Venom-SE Shotgun Magazine Conversion Kit Runner-Up Option 10-Round Count Magazine Includes Parts Like a Buttstock, Forend, Magazine Tube, Etc. "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Adaptive Tactical Venom-SE Shotgun Magazine Conversion Kit w/10-Round Box Magazine Fits Mossberg 500 12-Gauge Shotguns Includes a 10-Round Box Magazine for Faster Reloading and Reliability Includes Additional Parts Like Buttstock, Forend With Action Bar, Magazine Tubes, Etc. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Best Budget Option Phoenix Technology, Ltd - "Kicklite Tactical Buttstocks" Easy to Install Fits Mossberg 500 and 590 Shotguns (Both 12-Gauge and 20-Gauge) Created From Synthetic Materials for Durability and Shock Absorption From Recoil View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Magpul - Mossberg 500 "Sga Buttstock &" ; M-lok Forend Kit Easy Installation Comes With Buttstock and Forend Made From High-Quality Materials View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews What’s in a Tactical Conversion Kit? Your tactical conversion kit will come with all kinds of accessories. However, one brand may have included some parts that otherwise may not be found in other kits from a different brand. But, you will be able to find some parts and accessories that are common and can be found in all tactical conversion kits. Here’s what you’ll find: Barrel One of the things that you’ll be surprised to see is a shotgun barrel . These barrels will measure in at around 18 inches. This barrel length is ideal for those who want to use their shotguns for home defense or tactical purposes. Plus, your rounds will be able to travel faster and eject from the shotgun much quicker than it would if a 20-inch barrel was installed on it. Stock Of course, a buttstock is typical for tactical conversion kits. Especially a stock designed to absorb any shock associated with recoil. At the same time, you want a stock that is also designed to reduce as much recoil as possible. You can expect a stock made from high-quality materials that are designed to hold up to any usage in a tactical conversion kit. Adaptive Tactical Mossberg 500 Stock ( Source ) Side Saddle A side saddle is designed to hold any additional shotgun rounds. These typically have the capacity to hold up to four shells. However, there are some side saddles that may have a capacity of six shots or more. Either way, you'll want a reliable side saddle that will allow you faster reloading each time you need additional rounds. Side saddles attach to the side of your receiver for easier access and due to its close proximity to the ejection port or magazine port for quicker reloading. Flashlight A flashlight will definitely come in handy in a home defense situation. Especially when home invasions tend to happen during the night and everyone in your house is sleeping. You’ll need to be able to navigate around your home and also be able to get a good look at your assailants prior to using your Mossberg 500. Some flashlights may also have a strobe feature that can temporarily disorient your attacker. This may come in handy in the event that your shotgun can no longer function or when reloading. This is especially effective if you’re dealing with one attacker. How to Choose a Tactical Conversion Kit There are some things that you need to focus on while you’re looking for a good tactical conversion kit. Whether you’re on a budget or have some money to play with, it’s always important to find a kit that will allow you to convert your Mossberg 500 shotgun to a tactical force to be reckoned with. Here’s what you’ll need to keep watch for as you’re searching for a kit of your own: What’s Included? Some of the things you need to look out for are the accessories that are included in the list above. A barrel will obviously be included in the mix, along with a side saddle, a buttstock, and a flashlight. If you think you're better off without one of these parts, that's entirely up to you. But these will typically be found in most tactical conversion kits. Other additional accessories may also be included as well. This will depend on the brand name that creates these kits. Material It's important to know what type of material is used to construct the parts. The main reason for this is durability. You want your tactical conversion kit to include parts that are super strong and will last you a long period of time. The last thing you want to do is use your shotgun and end up having to constantly replace pieces and parts that fail. That, of course, means spending more money. You should do your wallet a favor and save yourself the financial headaches. A material to look out for is polymer. Polymer is designed to be tough and durable. The same goes for steel or aluminum (if barrels are included in the kit). You want something that can take a beating and is easy to clean. Installation If you're considering the idea of using a tactical conversion kit, you'll want to find one where installation is a breeze. This means you don't need any gunsmithing skills at all to install it. Nor will you need to enlist the services of a professional to install the entire kit. Some of these kits include buttstocks and other accessories that will take minutes to install and require less tool usage. Quick Take - The Best Mossberg 500 Tactical Conversion Kits These are our recommendations for the best Mossberg 500 tactical conversion kits: Adaptive Tactical Venom Magazine Conversion Kit Adaptive Tactical Venom-SE Shotgun Magazine Conversion Kit Adaptive Tactical Venom-SE Shotgun Magazine Conversion Kit w/10-Round Box Magazine Review of the Best Mossberg 500 Tactical Conversion Kits The following are five of the best Mossberg 500 tactical conversion kits currently on the market today. As you go through each of these carefully, take note of what’s included in each kit, along with the pros and cons. This way, you’ll know what to expect and also know what other people are saying about the kit in general. There may be an accessory or two you might discover to be something you want included in the kit of your choice. With that said, let’s dive into our list by starting off with the “best overall” Mossberg 500 tactical conversion kit: Best Overall: ​ Tactical Conversion Kits Magazine Conversion Kit CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Best Benefits Left-Handed Shooters The Barrel is a Convenient Add-On for the Kit Designed for the Tactical or Home Defense Shooter Cons One Reviewer Complained About the 10 Round Magazine Being a Little Clumsy First on the docket, we’ll be looking at a tactical conversion kit from the Adaptive Tactical brand. If you’re looking to turn your Mossberg 500 into a magazine-fed shotgun that will be ideal for tactical or home defense situations, you’ll probably consider choosing this kit in particular. Included in the kit is an 18-inch barrel, a magazine with a capacity of either five or ten rounds (your choice). This kit is designed to fit not only right-handed shooters, but also it will benefit left-handed shooters as well, thanks to the ambidextrous design. This kit is ideal for 12-gauge Mossberg 500 shotguns. So before you decide on this, make sure that yours is compatible. If you’re looking for a kit that will give your shotgun a tactical-style function, then the Tactical Conversion Kits Magazine Conversion Kit is worth the investment. Bottom Line This is a minimalist kind of tactical kit for the Mossberg 500 owner. If you’re looking to upgrade your shotgun but want to do it with as few parts as possible, you might want to look at the Adaptive Tactical conversion kit a bit further. You’ll be glad to have a kit that includes a barrel that is the perfect length for a tactical shotgun, plus enough rounds for you to use in a situation where you need them the most. Runner-up: ​ Tactical Conversion Kits-SE Shotgun Magazine Conversion Kit CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very Reliable Performance Fits Perfectly on Most Mossberg Shotguns Excellent for Home Defense and Tactical Purposes Cons Some Have Needed to Sand Down Some of the Parts to Ensure a Proper Fit Next, we stay with the Adaptive Tactical brand. This time, we present the Venom-SE Shotgun Magazine Conversion Kit. The question we begin with is what is the difference between this and the other Tactical Conversion Kits conversion kit that we just reviewed? For one, this comes with a magazine with a ten-round capacity. You have no choice but to get a magazine with the ability to hold ten rounds. What’s also included is a buttstock, forend with the action bars, magazine tube, barrel clamp, and some additional accessories that will put this bad boy to work. Aside from what’s included, this kit is designed to give your shotgun the best reliable performance. You’ll have an easier time feeding your shells through and be able to get your shots off a lot quicker. The number one thing you’ll want in a home defense or tactical situation is a Mossberg 500 that can operate with such quickness, smooth functioning, and unrivaled speed as this kit allows. If your goal is rapid reloading and faster shooting, you’ll be pleased with the Tactical Conversion Kits-SE shotgun magazine conversion kit. In fact, this may be one of the more affordable tactical kits on the market. But if the price is not more to your liking, be sure to check out the next conversion kit that we will be reviewing. Bottom Line While this may be an alternative to the other Adaptive Tactical conversion kit, this kit, in particular, is designed for those who want that tactical look and feel for their Mossberg 500 shotgun. What you'll get out of this is better functioning, which also means faster, smoother reloading. And that means more time on your side when you're in a situation where you have to fend off your attackers in a home invasion. This kit may potentially save your life if you choose this for your Mossberg 500. So if you're looking for a kit that will give you an almost unfair advantage against home invaders, this is likely the best possible option. Best For The Money: ​ 500 Tactical Conversion-SE Shotgun Magazine Conversion Kit w/10-Round Box Magazine CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install Reloading Time is Insanely Quick Best Mossberg "500 Tactical Conversion" Kit for the Money Cons Won’t Fit with Mossberg 20-Gauge Shotguns Now, we'll turn our attention to yet another Adaptive Tactical kit that will best fit your budget. This comes with a ten-round box magazine that will be set and ready to go once loaded. Just slide it into the magwell, close the action, and it is go-time. Not to mention, you'll get a magazine that is not only reliable in feeding but will allow you to reload your shotgun in the fastest time possible. If you're able to quickly reload in a high-stress environment like a home defense situation, you're in business. And, it will put you at an advantage over an attacker who is dumb enough to bring a knife to a gunfight (or a pistol that won't be as effective as they first thought). Also included in this kit is a buttstock made from polymer designed to reduce recoil and absorb a good deal of shock. You need to reduce a good amount of recoil so you can be able to better control your shotgun. Lose control of your shotgun and your shot won't be as deadly accurate. The accessories included in this kit are pretty much the same as the other Adaptive kit from earlier: forend with action bars, buttstock, grips and clamps, magazine tubes, and more. If you're looking to build a tough-looking shotgun with the ability to function as a tactical machine, you'll want to invest in this kit. In fact, this is the product you'll need if money is not so much an issue, but you want to stay within your means. Bottom Line This tactical conversion kit is not a “you get what you pay for” version. You definitely get more than you pay for, especially with the accessories that come included. If you’re looking for a product that will allow better reliability and the fastest possible reloading time, you may want to look at this Adaptive Tactical kit a little bit further. You won’t worry about breaking the bank purchasing this. But even if money isn’t an issue, this should not be written off as a cheap, low-quality offering. 4. Phoenix Technology, Ltd - Kicklite Tactical Buttstocks CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very Easy to Install Recoil Reduction is Considerable Fits Either 12-Gauge or 20-Gauge Shotgun Without Issues Cons None Now, we’ll turn our attention to the Phoenix Technology Kicklite Tactical Buttstocks. If you’re looking for a buttstock that is designed for tactical usage and will also be able to reduce the amount of shock produced by recoil, then you’ll probably enjoy this buttstock. Your greatest advantage using this will be the greater control you’ll have over your shotgun. This means more accurate, precise shots. On top of that, your follow-up shots will be quicker and you won’t have to experience a whole lot of fatigue. The good news about this buttstock is that it fits Mossberg 12-gauge shotguns. Even better news, this also fits 20-gauge Mossberg shotguns. No matter which gauge you use, you’ll have a reliable item that you can use as a tactical upgrade. This is an easy to install product that is designed to get the job done, not only in a tactical or home defense situations, but in any application that requires the use of a reliable, powerful shotgun like the Mossberg 500. Bottom Line If you’re looking for a simple buttstock for better control over your Mossberg 500, then you’ll probably want to give this stock from Phoenix Technology a closer look. A good buttstock is one good way to upgrade your shotgun and make it a tactical force to be reckoned with. If you’re upgrading it one part at a time, you’ll probably want to choose this one in particular before finding other parts that you’ll need to upgrade the gun as a whole. 5. Magpul - Mossberg 500 SGA Buttstock & M-lok Forend Kit CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Installs in Minutes Fits Shotguns With 7-⅝ Assembly Fits Most Mossberg 500 Shotguns Cons Will Not Fit Mossberg 500s With a 6 ½” Action Tube Assembly For our final tactical conversion kit, we’re going to be looking at the Magpul Buttstock & M-Lok Forend Kit for the Mossberg 500. In this kit, you get two high-quality accessories that you can easily install no problem on your shotgun. Both are made from high-quality materials to ensure that they will last you a long period of time. These are lightweight accessories that won’t add on any additional weight to your gun. This will best fit your Mossberg 500 shotgun if you have a 7-⅝” assembly. The M-Lok forend can also be adaptable to most forend mounts or accessories. If you’re looking for a minimal kit that you can install in a matter of minutes, look no further than the Magpul buttstock and M-Lok kit as your best choice. Bottom Line Once again, this tactical conversion kit is as minimal as it gets. You have a reliable buttstock that will allow you to gain more control over your shotgun. So expect your shots to be more accurate when you upgrade the stock of your gun to this. The forend is designed to add some accessories if you so wish. Other than that, this kit has all the makings of converting your shotgun into an intimidating force. If you want a kit that will take you a lot less time to install, you should give the Magpul buttstock and M-Lok Forend kit a try. Conclusion Finding the best Mossberg 500 tactical conversion kit is worth the task if you want to upgrade your shotgun into a menacing machine against home invaders and prowlers. At the same time, you’ll have it function in a way you never knew was possible. Quick reloading and follow-up shots, accurate shooting , reduced recoil, there are so many advantages you can experience after finding a tactical conversion kit and using it to upgrade your shotgun. Before you make your purchase, be sure to do further research into the kit you think is the best for you. Be sure to go beyond customer reviews (if any) and check out what people are saying in gun forums. Once you’ve made your decision, be sure to install it the moment you get it and give it a spin.

Long Range Shooting: External Ballistics Bullet Trajectory Part 1

Bullet path, from 0 to 1000yds, of a 175gr HPBT Sierra Mach King bullet, fired at 2700fps of muzzle velocity. We started off this long range shooting series with an introduction to some important terminology. Now we’re ready to apply those terms. Let’s start with an introduction on a key external ballistics concept that directly relates to long range shooting: bullet trajectory. From the moment it leaves the muzzle, a bullet starts to follow a descending parabolic trajectory. Which means that, as the bullet travels further, the rate at which it approaches the ground increases. This parabolic trajectory is caused by gravity and drag. In fact, as soon as the bullet exits the barrel, it begins to fall toward the ground, attracted by gravity . The amount of drop caused by gravity is a function of bullet speed. Given a distance, the higher the bullet speed, the less is the time it is subjected to the effect of gravity and the less is its drop. This graph depicts the speed drop of the same 175gr HPBT SMK shown in the previous graph. You can observe how the speed drops while the bullet travels downrange. However, bullet speed is not constant; it starts to decrease as soon as the bullet exits the muzzle due to drag , the resistance that air offers to the bullet travel. As the speed decreases, the time the bullet is subjected to gravity increases, which, in turn, increases the amount of drop. This what gives the bullet its parabolic trajectory. The amount of drag is determined by: Bullet speed: Drag increases when the bullet speed, relative to the air, increases. Ballistic coefficient: Bullets with higher BC are more efficient against drag. Air density: The higher the air density, the higher is the drag. Density of the air depends essentially on: Altitude/Atmospheric pressure: the higher the atmospheric pressure, the higher the air density. Temperature: The lower the air temperature, the higher the air density. Relative humidity: The higher the relative humidity, the higher the air density. Anyway, humidity has negligible effects on bullet drop, at least under 1000yds. Wind: If wind has a tail or head component, that is, if it does not blow perpendicular to the trajectory, it changes the speed of the air through which the bullet is flying. Therefore, the bullet speed relative to the air can change because of the wind changing the amount of drag on the bullet. Wind can also affect the vertical component of the trajectory in a non-drag related manner. In fact, when a wind blows against a mountainside, a hillside, or a tall building, it generates a vertical component. A vertical wind can blow upward or downward, and the trajectory of a bullet that flies through it is deflected in that direction. The Coriolis Effect is the effect of Coriolis force, that is, the force of the Earth’s rotation, on the bullet trajectory. Its effect is negligible, at least under about 1000yds, but we will examine this phenomenon in greater detail in the future. Other factors must also be taken into account when dealing with the vertical component of the trajectory. These factors do not actually affect the trajectory, but are aiming or prospective related errors. They are: Firing elevation/depression angle: When shooting at an angle, in other words, shooting uphill or downhill, with a certain amount of line of sight angle relative to the horizon, the bullet always hits higher than the aimed point. This happens whether you are shooting uphill or downhill. The wider the firing angle, the higher the point of impact. It has a considerable effect on bullet impact, so it must be taken into account, even at short ranges, if the angle is more than 30°. Light: The amount of light, and the direction from which it came, changes the way we see the target through a telescopic sight because of optical effects and distortions. This leads to point of aim and, consequently, point of impact changes. I will talk about uphill/downhill shooting and light’s effect more thoroughly in the future. But, in the next article, we’ll focus on what determines the horizontal component of the bullet trajectory.

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