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With burglaries, fire, and floods destroying billions of dollars in losses each year, protecting your valuables is crucial in modern times. Items from jewelry, important documents and of course firearms should be protected if at all possible. Add to that the responsibility we all have as firearms owners to keep our firearms in a manner that are not accessible to unauthorized persons and you have a strong need for a quality safe.

Protect the home front: Stack On Total Defense Safe

Protect the home front: Stack On Total Defense SafeWith burglaries, fire, and floods destroying billions of dollars in losses each year, protecting your valuables is crucial in modern times. Items from jewelry, important documents and of course firearms should be protected if at all possible. Add to that the responsibility we all have as firearms owners to keep our firearms in a manner that are not accessible to unauthorized persons and you have a strong need for a quality safe. The water drop logo caught my eye in the store I was recently picking out safes at a local retailer and stumbled onto Stack On’s Total Defense Series. The idea of the safe intrigued me. With the exception of some inexpensive locker style cabinets, nearly all safes boast fire ratings showing a certain temperature and a time period. I had not seen any safes though in my time looking that boasted a flood protection. Now I do not live in an area prone to flooding but I have had a leaky gutter cause water in my basement. I have also heard several stories of people who were on vacation when a pipe burst or their hot water tank rusted through and their basement became flooded. The idea of this extra protection had me sold! I ended up receiving a 24 gun combination lock "Total Defense Series" safe within a couple weeks of my initial discovery and have since had a chance to set it up to my liking. There are a few nuances to this safe (as with most other safes). First since the flood protection is what sold me on the safe I will go over some of that. The First thing is that the safe is certified to sit in 2ft of water for up to 72 hours without damaging the items inside. This is certainly not to the levels of flooding during major hurricanes or regional flooding that we have seen in storms such as Katrina or Sandy. It does however offer protection against your normal flooding of a basement that I have seen in the past. The safe must be mounted to the floor or the waterproof feature is voided. There is also a warning in the manual that the safe will float as water rises if it is not secured to the floor. This makes sense as the air chamber in the safe would create buoyancy. The 1400° for 75 minute fire rating is in line with most major safe companies. This will protect most items, but it is important to note that the manual cautions on it not covering electronics. Even though manufacturers of safes suggest electronics as an item to be placed in fire safes, the inside of the safe is going to be an oven by the time the fire is over. I have seen data from some manufacturers showing that the inside got to 350°. This is a normal baking temperature. Just imagine putting your cell phone in with a batch of cookies. Probably not the best of ideas. This protection will however protect your firearms, jewelry, important papers, etc from the damaging heat of a fire. The Scoped rifle is hogging a lot of the spaces for the barrel rests on the left. There is plenty of shelf space on the right side Like most large safes, the thought of fitting the number of guns in that the safe is rated for is under very ideal conditions. This safe comes with 1 horseshoe barrel rest and 2 row shaped. The Horseshoe shaped has offset spots on the back for scoped long guns. Once I placed a scoped rifle in first side rest was blocked by the butt of the scoped rifle. Fitting in rifles on the sides of the rest was rather easy other than moving around the rifle in the back. I also have a few youth rifled for the kids that I was easily able to fit and adapt into that side. On the other side I am using the shelving for various ammunition, ammo boxes, and other items. There is plenty of room for my current supply and I am resisting the urge to buy more to fill it. The factory installed door storage is very convenient On major benefit to me, since I mainly focus on handgun, is the factory installed door storage. The 24 gun version comes with 4 holsters built. I can easily store the handguns I routinely bring to class in an area that is easy to access. There is also MOLLE straps just below the holsters for attaching other gear as well as several pockets at the bottom. The Total Defense Series also comes with a power outlet inside the safe. This is great for dehumidification rods or other items you may want to keep charged. The safe features a dial style combination lock which is my preference on longer term storage safes. The dial is more reliable than electronics. I have seen on many forums where people’s electronics have failed. This is not a ready access safe for home defense, so the extra time spent to open is far worth the reliability. That being said it only take a matter of seconds to access. This motion activated light bar lights the safe very well The lighting I am currently using in the safe is also made by Stack On and works on 6 AAA batteries. It lights this size safe very well but I would suggest multiple for any larger of a safe. The light is mounted at the top of the safe and turns on as soon as the door is opened by using a motion sensor allowing easy visibility and access to the contents. Securing the safe is not overly difficult and should not be skipped for reasons even beyond the flood protection. I have heard of people saying the safe was so heavy nobody would ever steal it. The truth is taking the extra time gives a much greater guarantee. The thought that someone cannot get the safe out is a stretch unless you built your home around your safe. Also I have now heard of some cases from a LEO friend where burglars have tipped the safe to compromise it with an angle grinder. The warranty on the safe is great. If installed properly Stack On will cover up to $15,000 worth of valuables lost due to fire, flood, or theft. They will also cover replacing the safe free of charge if it is damaged by fire, flood, or theft. There is also a limited 5 year warranty on workmanship covering the safe. Overall I am very impressed with my new upgraded safe. I still have room to expand some in my collection and I know all of my firearms are well protected.

9 Must-Have Items in Pro Taran Butlers Range Bag

9 Must-Have Items in Pro Taran Butlers Range Bag

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d4ba69d0_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d4ba69d0_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Team Benelli 3-gun pro Taran Butler. Taran Butler has made a name for himself as a top shot on the 3-Gun circuit, a member of Team Benelli and an instructor for Hollywood actors. Below is an excerpt from an interview Butler did with Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News . The big question Baird had for someone who lives in his range bag, what exactly is in it? Related GunDigest Articles Leapers Introduces Conveniently Sized Pistol Range Bag 8 Pieces Of Shooting Gear To Build A Top Range Bag Gun Range: Where to Shoot Trainer of the stars and dubbed one of the most versatile competitive shooters in the world, Hollywood’s Taran Butler is a no-nonsense, get-it-done-now guy. You might know him as one of Benelli’s 3-Gun pros, and he has collected multiple championships, including the Rocky Mountain World 3-Gun tactical champion (three times) and SMM 3-Gun Tactical Champion, 11 times consecutively. During the height of his current competitive season, Butler took time to reveal what he carries in his trusty range bag, made by Green Mountain. “I have been using the Green Mountain bag since 1996, and it’s awesome—not overly big or too small, and it can handle brutal baggage handlers. It’s by far the ultimate bag,” said Butler. For 3-Gun matches, Butler shoots a custom TR-1 ULTIMATE AR-15, TTI Glock 34, TTI ulti-mate Benelli M2 and a custom Infinity 1911. Here’s what you’ll find in his range bag: Infinity 1911 24-round magazines BLADE TECH holster belt and mag pouches Federal and Black Hills ammo Tools and replacement parts Pro Grip spray Oakley glasses, Vltor fitted hat 4-shot shotgun Kaddys Aquafina water, vitamins PMags Editor's note, the NRAblog.com was the source for this story.

New Guide: Installing the A2 Rear Sight

New Guide: Installing the A2 Rear Sight

Finished a simple guide to a simple assembly. Much easier to do with the right tools. Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print visit website

The 4 Best CLP’s – Gun Cleaner Reviews 2020 Photo by Nathan Johansen / CC BY CLP, aka clean, lubricate, protect, is designed as an all inclusive three in one oil. CLP is one of the most popular choices for lubricant on firearms because it works. It works so well, it’s a favorite of the military. What makes a good CLP? Well, first and foremost it needs to be able to clean, lubricate, and protect (duh, right?). It needs to clean carbon and old grease and oil from the weapon. It needs to lubricate the weapon and keep it functioning after long periods of sustained fire. It also needs to protect the firearm from rust and environmental damage. This includes salt water and sweat. CLP also needs to be long lasting, meaning once it’s on it doesn’t need to be reapplied every five minutes. Below are our reviews of the 4 best CLP’s on the market . Break Free CLP Break-Free CLP-2 Cleaner Lubricant Preservative 4 oz (113.4 gram) Aerosol Price: $15.95 Price as of 08/14/2020 02:06 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. Break Free CLP is one of the most common and one of the most widely used CLPs. The reason being is that it works and it is easy to find. Break Free CLP comes in both drop bottles and spray bottles. The spray bottles make it easier to apply CLP to the hard to reach portions of a weapon. Break Free CLP is an excellent and affordable option for your firearms. Actually, Break Free is the brand most commonly used by the military. It’s proven itself around the world, including humid areas, deserts, and even on ships. This includes extremely variable temperatures. Break Free CLP can work in temperatures ranging from negative 65 degrees to over 475 degrees. After all, a weapon can become extremely hot, so the maximum temperature does need to be extremely high. If you’ve ever fired a machine gun for a few thousand rounds (as I have), you’d realize even an open bolt weapon can get extremely hot. Break free CLP penetrates the metal surfaces, it finds its way into every pit, crevice and groove on the weapon. This aids in both cleaning and protecting the weapon. Break Free is a long lasting formula that works to prevent malfunctions by making the weapon function with sand, grit, dirt, or whatever else is tossed in there. Break free works to keep your gun running in nearly any environment and is one of the best CLP’s period. Ballistol Multi-Purpose CLP Ballistol Multi-Purpose Travel Size Non-CFC Aerosol Can Lubricant Cleaner Protectant 1.5 oz, Single Price: $4.99 Price as of 08/14/2020 02:06 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. Ballistol is a name that many know outside of the gun realm. They produce a variety of industrial grade goods and one of them just happens to be CLP. This CLP is designed for a variety of goods, including firearms. One of the advantages of Ballistol is the fact it is biodegradable and safe for the environment. It’s less harmful to our hands, but it’s not something you should ingest or rub your eyes with. Ballistol comes in an aerosol can and comes in 1.5 to 6-ounce options. Ballistol cleans even the worst firearms messes. For example, black powder weapons aren’t nicest weapons to clean after shooting. Black powder tends to leave a mighty mess, but Ballistol can clean it up. Ballistol is a powerful protectant that prevents rust from growing and showing on the weapon. The chemicals are capable of penetrating and cleansing with ease. A little Ballistol and elbow grease can work wonders on that old gun. Ballistol is slightly alkaline material that actually prevents and neutralizes the effects of sweat. Sweat can be a terrible thing for a weapon. It tends to build into rust in the most often handled parts of the firearm. This can actually cause serious issues in areas you don’t see most of the time. Ballistol prevents this from happening. Sage and Braker CLP Oil CLP by Sage & Braker. Our Gun Cleaning Formula is an Oil, Lubricant, Solvent and Protectant All in One. Clean, Lube and Protect Your Guns with The Best in Firearm Cleaner Supplies. 4oz. Price: $33.00 Price as of 08/14/2020 08:05 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. I’m not sure if CLP can be considered trendy or fashionable, but Sage and Braker have attempted to do so. Sage and Braker produces a variety of mercantile goods, and cleaner, lubricant, and protectant is one of them. The 4-ounce bottles come in a plain brown jar that looks like glass, and is about as nice and as sexy as a plain brown jar can be. But the Sage and Braker CLP doesn’t just look good, it works well too. It actually works very, very well. Sage and Braker CLP ( see full specs ) is one of the strongest penetrators for metal materials. This CLP grips and winds itself into the metal, into every pit, scratch and miniature gouge of your firearm. This is important for two reasons. First off, while cleaning, it will lift carbon, dirt, dust, and rust from the firearms. Second, once it penetrates, it’s capable of protecting at a deeper level. The Sage and Braker CLP as a lubrications works brilliantly. It coats the insides perfectly and aids in heat dissipation. This results in a cooler, cleaner weapon. This CLP is also biodegradable and non-toxic. The chemicals used are effective but mild. There is no foul smelling, hand destroying anything here. Sage and Braker makes their products in the United States and have a long history of high-quality products. Their CLP is no different. It should be on anyone’s list of the best CLP’s on the market. Froglube CLP Froglube CLP 8 Oz. Tub of Paste Gun Cleaner Lubricant Protectant Price: $18.99 Price as of 08/14/2020 06:47 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. Froglube is another completely biodegradable and nontoxic CLP. Froglube has the weird distinction of being completely green, which, unless you’re Forrest Gump, makes it easy to guess why it’s called Froglube. Froglube comes in a spray bottle that gives an excellent spray of lube anywhere you need it. Froglube’s claim to fame is there is absolutely zero petroleum, oil, or wax in Froglube. Froglube ( see full specs ) is also quite strong but does not destroy metal, finishes, or even wood. This stuff can be sprayed haphazardly without fear of harming your firearms with wooden stocks. Froglube is made from food grade ingredients, mean it is safe to ingest; however, I do not suggest ingesting it. Froglube has never varied from their formula and are proud to use non-toxic goods. Other companies have been more or less shady about their use of food products, but Froglube stands behind their products. As a CLP it works extremely well. It lifts carbon, old grease, and rust with ease. It seals the metal from moisture and protects it from the mean old world. It also lubricates, getting slicker as the gun gets hotter. Froglube is interesting because it never stops and remains one of the best CLP’s around. Review: FrogLube CLP Watch this video on YouTube

Leupolds New Light Collimating Optic

Recently, a few rumblings have made their way out regarding Leupold’s new 1x optic. Word on the street is that it’s a 1x red dot sight with a etched reticule known as the “LCO”. Very little is known about the optic; it first leaked with a Viking Tactics Youtube video where the instructor gave us a rundown of a drill while trying to hide the LCO with his hand. He didn’t do a very good job and it almost looks like hes a little embarrassed trying to hide something. Oh Leupold, you can’t hide your secrets. An etched reticle? A rectangular form factor? This is a highly evolved collimator sight similar to the P90 ring sight. The P90 ring sight was a bomb proof, but poorly executed, collimator sight. The design has been around for decades and is simple in execution. Light is gathered over a diffuser window and passes on to a mirror / prism assembly where the reticule is etched.  The reticle is then reflected towards the main body of the optic where the shooter sees it reflected into the window. Leupold has integrated the illumination into the reticule and this will give shooters an optic with the advantages of a red dot and a backup “always on” reticle in case of batter failure. Furthermore, the optic can support any reticle design Leupold’s engineers can produce. A chevron, a circle dot, etc. are all possible with this type of optic. Light is collected into a diffuser similar to the P90 sight seen above So it looks funky, but it may be a game changer. These types of optics differ from prismatics in that they are parallax free and don’t require you to place your eye in the “eye box” of a prismatic 1x optic. These are more like the open window parallax free red dot sight. While I may not have the official name just right (for example it may be Leupold Collameter Optic or some such variation… or maybe i am dead wrong altogether) I believe I have figured out what Leupold will soon release. My suggestion to Leupold is to release a chevron reticle as it is a far better shape than a simple dot or a large circle. Note the rectangular form factor. Wrapping Up Collimator sights have been around for a long time. Leupold is producing an updated design on this decades old tech. Hopefully Leupold is going to knock our socks off and give us an optic that has all the benefits of a red dot, but with custom reticles and an always on reticle in case of battery failure. I can’t wait to see how this develops. Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

The 5 Best 1911 Upgrades — Handgun Accessory Reviews 2020 Photo by Zorin Denu / CC BY The 1911 is the only handgun design that over a century of use is still rocking and rolling. The 1911 is not a collectible or a plinker like the Colt Single action army but is still kicking down doors with the Marine special forces. Although the platform is still viable, it does show its age compared to a few more modern weapons. Due to the 1911’s popularity, however, there are plenty of upgrades out there to bring the gun into the 21st century. These upgrades will aid in the handling characteristics, increasing the weapon’s usage parameters, and modernize a design over a century old. The 1911 is a warhorse and is still insanely popular, and its age shouldn’t slow it down. Think of the best 1911 upgrades as the Viagra of handguns. Meprolight Tru-Dot Night Sights MAKO Smith & Wesson Tru- "Dot Night Sight" for 1911 full size. Fixed set Price: $89.00 Price as of 08/14/2020 04:03 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. On any gun I dedicate to a self-defense, whether at home or on the streets, I need a good set of sights. The weapon needs to be able to be used regardless of the time of day or night because you do not get to choose when an attack starts or even ends. Night sights like the Meprolight Tru dot night sights allow you to easily find your sights and engage your target. The Meprolight Tru dot sights utilize a compound known as tritium to make the sights glow brightly. Tritium is a radioactive material, although it has been declared it does not present a health risk in small amounts. Tritium works by absorbing light throughout the day, be it solar, or fluorescent, and this results in the sights maintaining a bright, power free lighting system. Tritium does eventually decompose, but Meprolight Tru-Dot sights last 15 years, regardless of the conditions they are exposed to. Meprolight night sights are a favorite of police and have been seen on the military’s Beretta M9 recently as well. These sights are designed for combat and are nice, and eye-catching when brought to bear. Meprolight sights are designed for combat, and that means they are quite tough. They will not bend or break easily, and are overbuilt for a life of service. Make no mistake about it, these sights are easily among the best 1911 upgrades for they’re designed to be fighters, to be carried daily, and not to sit in a safe and be babied. (One precaution: make sure the sights you get match the dovetail notch on your 1911. Here’s a fuller explanation of the different types of notches.) Glock Sights Sucks: Meprolight Tru-Dot Night Sight First Look Watch this video on YouTube

Summary

With burglaries, fire, and floods destroying billions of dollars in losses each year, protecting your valuables is crucial in modern times. Items from jewelry, important documents and of course firearms should be protected if at all possible. Add to that the responsibility we all have as firearms owners to keep our firearms in a manner that are not accessible to unauthorized persons and you have a strong need for a quality safe.