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The Hidden Costs of Buying Cheap Ammo

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The Hidden Costs of Buying Cheap Ammo

If you look at your firearms manual you will likely find a reference to the use of reloads; it voids your warranty. Now some may argue that warranty on a gun is irrelevant and it will work just fine; you could well be right. If you load your own rounds and inspect fully the casing, gunpowder weight and primer then you will probably be okay; but remember you are your quality control inspector. When you buy reloads from somewhere else, you just do not know what process was followed, and in that situation the risk outweighs the benefit.
The point we’re trying to make is that firearms can be ineffective and outright dangerous to the user when you load them with cheap, nasty ammo. Only use reputable brands and beware the “seconds”; whether you believe they exist or not it is something you do need to be aware of. Statistically all factory loaded ammo could have issues, however the higher grade components and subsequently more stringent testing performed by more reputable companies greatly diminishes the risk. And if you aren’t sure, ask a gun store owner who deals in ammo all day every day. Do yourself a favor; spend the extra money to buy some good target ammo, even if it’s just for practice.

Choosing the Right Holster

There are so many options when it comes to choosing the right holster for your gun it can be quite overwhelming. The number of custom-made holster manufacturers is growing at a blistering pace which is great, but how do you decide which is best for you? The difficult decision is amplified when you cannot find said holster at your local shop to see it, touch it and try it. Due of the increase in concealed carrying individuals in the US there is also the potential to end up buying from a company that is jumping on the bandwagon without the needed experience or proper equipment. I recently had this experience which is what prompted this; simply put, buyer beware.

Carry Concealed, Always?

I recently took a vacation to The Keys; a beautiful little spot with a lot of history but also now many bars and a rapturous nightlife. Going with friends we planned on a weekend of drunkenness and debauchery. I had debated on whether to take my sidearm with me but felt somewhat uncomfortable; where will I keep it when we go drinking? Will it be safe in a bag at the beach or if we go out on a diving excursion? It was quite the dilemma. The thought of leaving my gun somewhat unattended or at risk of being stolen was unsettling. But then again what if I didn’t take my gun and this was the one time I might need it? I had heard of several recent incidents on i75 where carjackings were occurring around the Miami area and I didn’t want to be caught out by not having my weapon. What could I do to ensure I had a fun trip but still had protection if I needed it…

Buying Your First Gun

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So you’ve made the decision (a good one) to buy a gun. A gun is a gun is a gun, am I right? Not quite. There are many options in the marketplace that vary depending on your preferences and it is up to us (with your help) to find you the right one.