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 Working at Spring Guns and Ammo, we see many people each day that are on the hunt for thier first handgun. What brand to pick, what caliber, what size...ect are always questions that become voiced in the selection and buying process. To help simplify the daunting task of first handgun selection I will be utilizing a well written article by David Nash on CHUCKHAWKs.com that covers the basic pros and cons when considering pistol purchase. As always we hope that you review this article and gleen from it your specific needs for personal protection.   

Preparing to buy your first handgun can be quite daunting. They aren't cheap, new handgun prices range from about $250.00 to $2,500.00. And to complicate the matter even further, there are many different manufactures and choices.

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Choosing the right home-defense weapon:

Trying to figure out the right home-defense weapon can be frustrating. You finally decide to take your personal safety into your own hands, but as soon as you go to the gun store, you’re overwhelmed by all of the information being thrown at you. People start spouting off facts about shotguns versus handguns, benefits of bigger calibers versus smaller calibers, and then they bring in the good ol’ fashioned debate: semi-auto pistols versus revolvers. It’s a lot of information that can leave you more confused than when you first came in. The best way to figure out which kind of weapon to purchase can be broken down into a few categories: home defense, self-defense, and concealability. For simplicity purposes, we’ll just focus on home defense right now. Personally, I believe a shotgun is the best home defense weapon but if it’s too big for you, you might want to go with a handgun. Ultimately, it will always come down to what is most comfortable to you.

There are pros and cons to all different types of weapons, but the most common home defense weapon is a shotgun. Shotguns are usually recommended for home defense because you do not have to be as accurate as you would need to be with a pistol or rifle. It is much more of a “point in the general direction of the threat and shoot” kind of gun. Also, if you use the right kind of ammo, you won’t be as worried about the round going through your intended target and hitting someone or something behind the threat. A lot of people recommend 00-Buck shot for home defense, but I’ve found that it has a problem with over-penetration. This is especially bad for people who live in an apartment complex or if you have roommates or children living in other rooms of the house. The 00-Buck shot can go through the wall and hit someone in another room. A common recommendation for this is to use a #4 turkey shot for home defense. It provides good protection and “knock down power,” but it won’t go all the way through the walls. And a great thing about using a shotgun for home defense is that the sound of racking a shotgun shell into the chamber makes for a very effective crime deterrent.


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Arc'teryx LEAF Field Test

We recently added Arc'teryx LEAF tactical clothing to our Woodlands location, and couldn't be more excited. Arc'teryx builds some of the world’s finest quality outdoor clothing and gear available, and their tactical line (LEAF - Law Enforcement and Armed Services) is used around the globe in the worst environments.

I got a chance to take out some Arc'teryx and test it out a little. I went to a friend's ranch for some shooting and hunting. The first day started at 5:30AM and a little over 20°F with steady rain - perfect day to put Arc'teryx Gore-Tex® to the test. I wore a thermal base layer, Arc'teryx Talos pants and with Beta LT (Gore-Tex® shell) pants over them and a cotton zip-up hoody with Arc'teryx Alpha LT jacket (Gore-Tex® shell). I can't say I was toasty warm. I was, to my surprise, comfortable though and more importantly completely dry. I did not bring proper insulating clothes for sitting still in 20°-30°F for hours on end but the Talos pants and Alpha/Beta shells kept me plenty warm and absolutely dry. As the day wore on there was plenty of walking and some running/sitting/kneeling/squatting and so on. I quickly noticed how the Arc'teryx clothing was cut and fit substantially better than anything I've worn. Even with the layers and the weather I never felt encumbered or bulky, I felt like I was wearing much less.

Arc'teryx only uses Gore-Tex® Pro, the highest level of water-proof fabric made by Gore-Tex®, as part of their mission to only offer the finest products possible. The Alpha LT jacket features fully water-proof zippers in the underarm area (for venting) and two pockets on either side of the chest (pictured). These pockets are placed perfectly for quickly accessing things like gloves or a flashlight. The hood has multiple places to adjust the fit. It is designed to fit over a military helmet but when adjusted down fits perfectly over just your head, or like in my case, over a knit cap and sweatshirt hood. The Alpha LT also features velcro adjustable cuffs, which helped create a micro climate inside the jacket to retain heat (pictured).


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Not Just Guns & Ammo

It's not always just about Guns & Ammo, related gear can be just as important. So many of you now have made purchases over this last year for your pistols and/or rifles, and that is a great 1st step. Your firearm can be an essential tool but it's hard to keep shooting if you only have the magazine that came with it. If you already have a bunch of spare mags, that's good, but do you have a way to carry them? Do you have a way to carry your pistol or sling your rifle?

There are so many uses for firearms, but if you own any defensive guns they are other accessories you should have. Extra magazines are very important, have them on hand because they may not always be readily available. If you shoot enough you will break and lose them and you may realize you can't have too many. Magazine carriers for outside and inside the waist band are a very good solution for carrying a couple more pistol or rifle magazines. If you want to carry more, try a MOLLE belt or a chest rig. These rigs range widely in what they offer and their customization level. Shooting gloves can give you a better grip or save your hand from burns when that AK or AR-15 heats up. Flashlights are often over-looked, but they can save your life or others' lives. A light can illuminate your target so that you can clearly see what is in front of you, then make a decision on your course of action.

These items are just a few things to think about. At Spring Guns & Ammo we carry a number of tactical accessories and gear at both our locations. Stop by and talk to our guys, we are always happy to help you and guide you through picking through what you may need.

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Get Threaded!

If you're planning on suppressing your pistol, finding your threaded barrel should be one of your first steps. If you already have a pistol suppressor and you have an unthreaded pistol you're a little behind, but don't despair! There is a wide variety of factory and after-market threaded barrels out there for just about any pistol. Most after-market barrels are going to match grade barrels as well which can be a big benefit.

Not only can you now use your pistol with your suppressor with your new threaded barrel, but depending on your pistol you may be able to get a caliber conversion barrel too. Certain guns (commonly Glocks, XD/XDM's, M&P's..) that are chambered 40S&W can have a 9mm caliber conversion barrel dropped in. This is of extra interest to those who own a 9mm suppressor and 40S&W pistols. Although you can always get a 45ACP suppressor and run 45ACP, 40S&W, and 9mm through it (like so many of our customers)!

We stock many types of threaded barrels, and can custom order many more. Call, email, or drop by for more information about how we can set your pistol up with a new threaded barrel.

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