Advertisment H&K VP9 Accessories If you Have been on the site lately you have probably seen that we have done an article covering what we think are the 10 best 9 millimetre pistols out on the market today. On that list, it shouldn’t be at all surprising is the Heckler and Koch VP9. The VP9 is in many ways HK’s answer to the Glock platform that has, for a long time now been the main player in the polymer wonder 9 category. With its new entry in the VP9, HK has come up with a serious answer to what block is putting out. Here what we’re going to try to do is give you 10 accessories that we think will help make your VP9 one of the best concealed carry guns out there so let’s get started . You’ll notice that we make very few modifications to the gun itself on this list. This is for a few reasons. First, this is a relatively new design, so there aren’t as many options out there as there are for, say, a Glock 19 . The other big reason is that, it is a new design. HK has had the lessons of the past century in small arms design to look at when designing the VP9. That allowed them to put out an excellent concealed carry gun straight from the factory, and we happen to think that they did a pretty darn good job. The things on this list, then, are meant to compliment that great design and manufacturing work. In making this list, we make a few kinds of recommendations. On the easier end, we recommend holsters and magazines in order to make it very possible to carry this excellent handgun on a daily basis. At a little more advanced, you can add a threaded barrel, suppressor, or sighting system. No matter the level of work that you’re willing to put in, it’s totally possible to make the VP9 one of the best carry guns on the market. Contents H&K VP9 Accessories Blade-Tech Holster MagPump MagRetainer ProMag VP9 Magazine HK VP9 20 Round Magazine HK VP9 TekMat HK VP9 Optics Mounting Plate VP9 Threaded Barrel Griffin Armaments Suppressor Crimson Trace Laser Hornady Vehicle Safe Parting Shots… Blade-Tech Holster If you own a VP9, chances are you want to carry it. Assuming that’s the case, you’re going to need a holster. This one by Blade tech, is a flexible and quality one that will let you carry the VP9 any way you like. At its core, this is a kydex holster that retains the pistol safely, covering the trigger guard entirely. From there, the really cool thing about this is how versatile is. This holster can be worn either inside or outside the waistband, making it great for several kinds of concealed carry, either with or without a cover garment. It can also be switched from left to right-handed, which is a nice nod to the left handed gun owners out there. Finally, you can adjust the cant to keep things comfortable. Overall, this is a flexible and high quality holster that can be made to fit any type of carry. MagPump MagRetainer IF you do choose to carry the VP9, it makes a great deal of sense to also get some more magazines on your person in the event that you may need to defend yourself . That means you’ll end up loading magazines. Some of us already have the Magpul Magpump , which is one of the best magazine loaders on the market. If you do, then you’ll need this adapter. All you do is pop it on the end of your existing loader and you can load your VP9 mags much more easily than doing it by hand. Tools like this save your hand strength for actual training at the range. This is one of those things that seems like a luxury, but once you try it you’ll never want to go to the rang without it and you’ll curse yourself when you forget it. ProMag VP9 Magazine There are some great aftermarket magazines out there for the VP9. These, by Promag , are a great example of quality aftermarket mags which are often much cheaper than the OEM magazines. These are made out of blued steel and have a flush fitting 17 round format. These would be great magazines to use for concealed carry on a daily basis. We recommend, especially if you’re picking up an older VP9 that’s used, to pick up a few new magazines to make sure that you have reliable magazines whether that’s on the range or using them for self defense. HK VP9 20 Round Magazine Just now, we recommended that you keep around a standard sized magazine to concealed carry because they’re smaller and easier to avoid printing with. That, we think, is solid advice. That does not mean, however, that you necessarily need to make a big sacrifice in terms of firepower. Here, we have OEM HK magazines that are meant for the VP9. These hold 20 rounds and have an attractive baseplate that also adds to the ergonomics of the gun: you’ll have no problem getting a good grip on the gun with the pinky extension on the already generous frame. These magazines are our go-to for the VP9, and we recommend that you taker a serious look at them as well. These might be a little less concealable than the 17 round magazines available by Promag, but the extra three rounds are handy, and the overall weight balance of these is very nice when they’re in the gun. HK VP9 TekMat HK does make a fine firearm. Usually, their fit and finish is second to none. Your kitchen table is also probably pretty decent. At least, that’s what the keeper of the house would probably say, and if you don’t want to sleep on the couch, you probably shouldn’t scratch the table. In order to keep the VP9’s finish nice, the table from being scratched, and general peace in the house, consider getting something on which to clean your gun that you don’t need to worry about. We highly recommend Tekmats for this purpose. These are rubberized mats with a nice neoprene top. That completes the practical purposes described above. This one also has a blown-up diagram of the internals of the VP9, which we find useful and informative. They also make rifle and shotgun mats, as well as some novelty ones, so check them out if you’re looking for a better spot to clean guns or work on other small objects. We use ours for things like cleaning watches and fixing anything that has small screws that we’d otherwise lose. HK VP9 "Optics Mounting Plate" One thing that is a little limiting with the VP9 are the optics options. Some other modern handguns come with slides that are pre-cut for the mounting of optics such as red dot sights, whereas this one does not. But, that doesn’t mean that you’re totally left in the dark. This mounting plate attaches to the standard VP9 slide, and allows you to mount several small red dots, in particular the EOTECH MRDS sight. Basically, this is no way to get an optic on your VP9, which will make it an even more competent carry, defense, or competition gun. A micro red dot is one of those things that some people, especially now ,really want on their firearm and with a bit of effort you can get one of the VP9 as well. VP9 Threaded Barrel One thing that anyone with a 9mm handgun should do well to consider is the adding of a suppressor. In order to so, you’ll need one of these threaded barrels . Made by Silencerco, this is one of the best ones on the market. Installation wise, it couldn’t be easier as it drops in just like a factory barrel. IN terms of specs, this wonderfully made barrel is made out of 416R steel, has a 4.5” barrel, and has 1-10” right-handed rifling. ON the end of the barrel you get 1/2×28 threads, making the attachment of suppressors a breeze. The threads are protected by an included protector. Overall, this is arguably one of, if not the, best threaded barrel out there for the VP9. Griffin Armaments Suppressor OF course, if you’re buying a threaded barrel, it makes sense that you’ll be threaded a suppressor onto that barrel. This one, by Griffin Armaments an excellent choice to that end. This one will thread right on to the barrel that we recommended. Additionally, something we really like about this one is that it can be user services and maintained. That means that you can keep it clean yourself and make it either smaller or larger to get the performance and weight balance that you want out of this excellent suppressor. This one comes with the tools you need to service and clean it , including the necessary wrenches. Basically, this is a modular and user serviceable suppressor that you can dial in to your concealed carry needs. Crimson Trace Laser Aside from mounting optics on the slide, one way to get a sighting option on the VP9s is through this laser guard by Crimson Trace . Basically, this system attaches to the bottom rail on the VP9 and covers the trigger guard. Out of this, you’ll get a red or green laser that is turned from the factory to be accurate at fifty feet, but can be zeroed to your preferences. These generally stay pretty well out of the way, so we like these as an option to get a laser on the VP9 without adding bulk on the top of the slide. Dots like these are extremely useful as concealed carry accessories in that night fighting is common in these defense scenarios , and is also a terrible situation in which to have a gunfight. In those bad situations, knowing that you have a convenient red dot to get you on target can go a long way to adding peace of mind. Hornady Vehicle Safe Especially with some of the mods, the VP9 isn’t a cheap firearm. Also, it’s all of our responsibility to be responsible gun owners in order to prevent our firearms from causing accidents or falling into hands that we do not intend. To that end, this vehicle safe by Hornady is a great choice. There are three things that we really like about this. First, it’s got a really slick mounting system. It can be put between seats and center consoles, and is secured by inflating a semi-rigid panel that locks in the safe. In terms of opening, secondly, it’s RFID, so all you have to do is keep the wristband or sticker handy when you want to open the safe. Finally, it’s powered by either the car itself or 4 AAA batteries. Put together, this gives you a usable and elegant way to safely store a firearm in your vehicle. The HK VP9 is an extremely compelling entry into the 9mm space. This is especially considering that HK knows their way around the 9mm pretty well in that they basically kept it relevant for half a century with their MP5 lineup, which is still going strong today. This firearm is a striker fired 9mm pistol that will serve you well in a concealed carry format but would also make a pistol worth consideration in competition as well. Parting Shots… With this one, we think that adding a few basic modifications can be an excellent carry gun. A magazine or two is a great place to start, as is a holster. Going a little bit forward, you can add a laser sight that makes it a fast to target weapon. With just a little more effort, you can add something like a threaded barrel and a suppressor to work towards the VP9 being a great carry gun. If you take things to the next level and add a red dot sight, it could also be a great competition gun as well. This list does very little change a fundamentally good pistol, and instead focuses on making sure that it runs in a way that you like for a very, very long time. With some good magazines, quality cleaning gear, and safe storage, we have a feeling that the VP9 will be your trusty concealed carry gun if you want to get into seriously good German design.
Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s While none of us are likely to be traveling soon with the pandemic on, you can still start planing your next big getaway! The world is a big, beautiful place with something out there for everyone. No matter what your dream vacation, you can get it somewhere — assuming you have the right resources . Ahh yes, “resources” But if you’re reading this, that dream vacation likely involves at least a little bit of time with your hand on a trigger. And in that case, man, do I have some vacation destinations for you. Maybe you want to hunt big game, like to intersperse time at the range with time at the casino, relish the idea of learning falconry, or prefer your vacations to include a spa as well as shooting opportunities. HBH Trucks of Fun From roughing it at a campsite to high-end, luxury resort experiences, these incredible shooting destinations cover a whole lot of vacation styles. You may not love each and every one of them, but at least one or two are sure to catch your eye. Now, without further delay, let’s get down to the shooting destinations. Best Shooting Ranges in the World 1. Battlefield Vegas If you need to pick just one gun range to visit in the USA, you really should have Battlefield Vegas at the top of the list. Not only is it a MASSIVE and totally badass machine gun rental range, they also offer a ton of really cool packages AND do some major testing for the firearms industry. That last part is important, that is a big sign of trust from the firearms community and when you’re looking for a safe place to shoot full-auto — you want to go somewhere with a reputation among their peers. You can shoot a freaking mini-gun! Close to the Vegas strip, a huge range of packages to choose from, plus some wicked cool options like mini-guns, tanks, choppers and more — Battlefield Vegas is awesome from start to finish. And the prices are reasonable, surprisingly so in fact. Ever wanted to shoot every gun in Counter Strike? You can . Want to get a crash course in historical weapons from say World War II? They have that package also ! There’s no two ways about it, Battlefield Vegas is awesome. 2. Virginia International Raceway "Virginia International Raceway" , located just north of the southern Virginia border in Danville, is, as the name would suggest, first and foremost an auto racing track, but that’s not all it is. Virginia International Raceway VIR calls themselves “America’s Motorsport Resort” and they want to offer visitors an experience that extends well beyond watching races, including the opportunity to participate in go-karting, autocross, VIR’s formula and prototype driving experiences, on-site dining, and, yes, shooting. If guns and cars are both your thing, this is pretty much the dream destination you didn’t know existed. VIR’s shooting facilities include seven rifle and handgun friendly ranges between 50 and 1,000 yards, spread across the property around the tracks. The 1,000 yard range features a sniper tower. Virginia International Raceway VIR also has two National Skeet Shooting Association approved ranges and a Tactical Training Complex with a live fire-house, a simulated urban environment for training, and classrooms. VIR frequently hosts a variety of both shooting and racing events, so be sure to check their calendars before you book your visit to make sure the facilities you want to use will be available and see if there are any cool events you want to be sure to be around for. You can also stay on-site with a variety of accommodations to choose from. Take the luxurious route with The Lodge (VIR’s traditional-style hotel), private two-story villas, or Pit Lane Rooms overlooking the track right over the garages. Or you can rough it a bit more by opting for premium reserved camping with access to water and power or general camping, allowed pretty much anywhere on the property that’s covered and grass and doesn’t indicate otherwise. All campsites have access to restrooms and shower facilities. VIR also provides rentable garages that will protect your car or bike from the elements and provide the electricity and workspace you need for tune-ups. They also come with designated parking for your trailer. 3. Big Cedar Lodge "Big Cedar Lodge" was started by Johnny Morris, the founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shop, and it’s exactly what you’d think it is based on that background. Big Cedar Lodge Shooting Academy Located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains just south of Branson, Missouri and overlooking Table Rock Lake, Big Cedar Lodge brands itself “America’s Premier Wilderness Resort.” Get in your range time at the Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy. It’s shotgun only, but still has plenty to offer for shotgun shooters and it’s one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit, let alone shoot a gun. Facilities include a sporting clays range, a five-stand shooting range, and a trap, skeet, and wobble range. Big Cedar provides equipment for rent or purchase and shooting instruction for novice adults, intermediate level adults, and kids 12 and older. Cedar Trail Cabin with loft Kids six to 12 can still get in on the fun with Big Cedar’s BB range. While you’re there, you can stay at a room in the Lodge itself, book a private cottage or more spacious private log cabin, or balance the rustic and luxurious with a camp hut, camp cabin, or glamping tent. When you’re not relaxing in your room or standing behind a shotgun, there’s plenty of other activities to take up your time, as well. Tee off at one of the four (soon to be five) on-site golf courses. Visit Bent Hook Marina or Camp Long Creek for swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, tubing, powerboating, and jetskiing. wow Hit up Dogwood Canyon Nature Park for horseback riding, biking, hiking, wildlife tours, and the opportunity to visit the resort’s Working Grist Mill and Discovery Center. That’s just a tiny sample of the activities that Big Cedar Lodge offers, so book your stay and discover the rest. 4. The Equinox Resort The Equinox is home to the Manchester, Vermont Orvis Wingshooting School . Orvis Shooting Schools were started more than 25 years ago and since then have used the English Churchill method to teach all the skills you need for shooting clays and hunting fowl. "The Equinox Resort" From basics like safety, stance, and fit, to techniques for shooting in a variety of scenarios. Instruction from an "Orvis Shooting School" can help take shooters to the next level, whether they’re new to shotguns or are experienced shotgun veterans. You can take a one or two-day course that includes not just instruction time, but also lunch, all the shells you use, use of an Orvis shotgun (though you’re also welcome to use your own shotgun), hearing and vision protection, a copy of the Orvis Wingshooting Handbook, and, for two-day course students, a custom gun fitting. Shotgun time While you’re shooting, Orvis instructors will be standing by to observe your shooting and offer suggestions for improvement without being overbearing. And, of course, it all takes place in the beautiful forests of Vermont. The Orvis Shooting School offers courses throughout the summer and fall, but I recommend trying for a session between the middle of September and the second or third weekend of October to experience the best of Vermont’s fall foliage at the same time. You’ll feel like you stepped out of a vintage Orvis or Remington ad. But shotgun shooting isn’t the only school that you can cultivate at The Equinox. While you’re there, take advantage of the Orvis Flyfishing School, Green Mountain Falconry School, and the Land Rover Driving Experience, which teaches off-road driving on a variety of terrains and for all skill levels. Falconry = big murder birds! The Equinox also offers opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, boating, golfing, and tennis in the summer and fall. 5. Ballyfin Looking for an international trip? How about Ballyfin , an 1820s estate in the countryside of County Laois in Ireland. Ballyfin During your stay, you’ll be surrounded by Irish history. Literally. The accommodations are historic suites and deluxe rooms within the estate house itself, each one unique. But your time is probably best spent outdoors. Shoot just a stone’s throw from the ruins of a historic tower at the clay pigeon shooting course or the archery range, or practice your precision shooting at the 50m air rifle target range, all on the estate lawn. Ballyfin may not provide the same variety of shooting pursuits as some of the other places on this list, but you can fill the rest of your time at the manor with other relaxing traditional Irish pursuits like falconry, boating, fishing, and wine and whiskey tastings. Explore the property with a nature walk, a stroll through the gardens, a carriage tour, or a horseback ride. Take a break with a trip to the spa, a dip in the pool, or a picnic in one of the many scenic locations around the estate. Ballyfin also has opportunities for golf, tennis, and traditional Gaelic games, as well as tons of nearby historic homes and castles that are beautiful and fun to explore. With all of these romantic activities, Ballyfin is also an easy sell for even the most skeptical of spouses. You will pay a premium to enjoy this high-end destination, but if you’re going all the way to Ireland, you might as well go big. 6. Casa de Campo Resort & Villas If tropical destinations are more your thing, go with Casa de "Campo Resort &" ; Villas in the Dominican Republic. Their shooting facilities are considered not just the best in the Caribbean, but among the best in the world. Casa de Campo Resort & Villas They only offer shotgun shooting, but with over 245 acres, the Rancho Peligrino wild bird reserve for hunting, and more than 200 trap, skeet, sporting clay, and pigeon ring shooting stations, including a 110 foot sporting clay tower (one of the world’s largest), you’ll feel anything but limited. The shooting center is laid out in such a way that shooters can easily progress through the stations for a tournament-style experience or move around flexibly for their preferred individual experience. The center is designed to replicate the conditions one might encounter while hunting fowl in the wild. If you can drag yourself away from the shooting center, Casa de Campo also offers fishing, boating, golf, tennis, equestrian sports, water sports, the Real Madrid Soccer School, Altos de Chavón, a replica sixteenth-century Mediterranean village perfect for exploring. A full-service spa, caving, ziplining, a trip to a historic working ranch, and, of course, access to several beautiful white sand beaches. Polo at Casa de Campo Book a room at the hotel or reserve a private villa for the highest level of luxury and privacy. Parting Shots So are you planning your next trip yet? Perhaps all of these destinations aren’t for you, but I can’t imagine there isn’t at least one that’s caught your eye. Unfortunately, some of these locations are out of most of our price range, but Battlefield Vegas, Virginia International Raceway, and Rockcastle Shooting Center can all be pretty budget-friendly. Maybe the others can be saved up for as a special trip or go on your “if I win the lottery or get an inheritance from a previously unknown wealthy uncle” list. I know they’re certainly on mine. What are your dream shooting destinations? Have I inspired you to add another to your list? Let me know in the comments! If you’re interested in spending that vacation money on a firearms class, take a look at How to Choose Your First Class !
There has been a craze for smaller and smaller rifles. The pistol caliber carbine has exploded in popularity for it’s relatively short length and easy handling. Weapons like the CZ Scorpion and the Sig MPX often start as pistols and quickly become short barreled rifles. Not to mention bullpups are becoming more and more popular. Another concept is the PDW stock. There are now at least three major companies I know of producing PDW stocks for the AR series of rifles. This can be traced back to the AAC Honey badger. A few of these PDW stocks require the use of specialized BCGs and buffer tubes. Luckily, AR owners are not the only game in town when ti comes to customizing existing platforms. Are you a member of the SCAR master race? Well, Otto Arms has you covered with a SCAR PDW stock. Otto Arms is a small, American company that is involved in producing aftermarket accessories for the SCAR series of rifles. The SCAR rifles has a very dedicated and loyal following, and typically people who associate themselves with quality. That’s a fancy way of saying they don’t buy crap. So when Aaron and Nikita Ottosen dived into producing goods for the SCAR they couldn’t produce crap. And they don’t. One of their products, the SCAR PDW stock, is what we are looking at today. Specs. The SCAR PDW stock fits both the SCAR 16 or 17 models. The stock is lightweight, at only 14 ounces. It’s made from aluminum and stainless steel, and as far as I can look and see it’s plastic-free. It’s very well made and extremely solid in the hand. Specs wise the SCAR PDW stock is a, 6 Position Stock Available in standard or extended cheek weld 4 QD points for Sling attachments LOP Closed – 3.6 inches LOP Open – 8.343 Benefits Otto Arms definitely has a forward thinking mindset, their design addresses criticisms before they are made. The Otto Arms PDW Stock is still comparable to the stock SCAR 16s stock. First and foremost the biggest complaint is cheek weld. A lot of PDW stocks have the check weld of an AK under folder, which means not very much. The extended cheek weld model of the Otto Arms PDW stock offers both a forward and rear cheek weld that is equivalent to a standard rifle. It allows the use of stock SCAR iron sights with ease. The biggest difference is the standard SCAR stock has an adjustable cheek weld. Easy to obtain cheek weld. And beard friendly) Other than the cheek weld the Otto Arms stock offers the same advantages as the standard SCAR stock. Six position adjustable LOP, lightweight, and can operate completely collapsed. There is an argument to be had for collapsing versus folding. Folding certainly makes an overall shorter gun, but collapsing makes the weapon thinner overall. The other benefit is the sling mounts on the Otto Arms SCAR PDW stock. You can’t fold a stock with a sling attached to it. That’s why the standard SCAR stock does not have an intuitive method to attach a sling to it. Again, this is a personal preference. I prefer to attach a sling to the rear of the stock. SCAR PDW Stock FN actually produced a number of SCAR PDWs. These were equipped with a PDW collapsing stocks, and short barrels. Unfortunately as far as I know, FN does not sell their PDW stock. Someone looking to recreate that weapon would be out of luck. "The Otto Arms" SCAR PDW Stock is the only option I have found to make the recreation. My very first Impression I know there are guys and gals out there that like to have something they normally can’t. Or they want an esoteric military rifle. Nodak Spud has a big business because of people wanting to create retro lowers. Same concept here. Personally, I’ve been looking to do an SBR, and combining this stock with a short barrel would give me something truly unique. (Sidenote you can get short barrels from Otto arms too.) Review The review will be coming soon. I’ve waxed poetically about the Otto Arms SCAR PDW stock because I like it. It’s made a solid first impression. However, that’s all subject to change once rounds start going down range. It may break, it may fail, but I doubt. There will be a full review soon, so be on the lookout for it. Otto Arms also has some upcoming products that are interesting, so make sure you check them out here. I won’t say anything yet, but they are doing some unique stuff, and I hope to work with them again on some of their projects.
Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Want to hit a man-sized target at over a half mile ? There are few people who attempt it, mostly because people assume they need a high-speed rifle, and high rise budget to get their round out there. Long Distance Shooters $1,000 is plenty to get you to 1,000-yards. A rifle for precision shooting at long range doesn’t have to cost thousands, and I’ve assembled a list of the best budget long range rifles to help you stretch your dollars. But first, let’s talk about what you want from a long range rifle. Table of Contents Loading... Mechanical Accuracy of a Rifle Reaching out to 1,000-yards isn’t too hard if you know what you’re doing and have a rifle that can do it. While most of the task is on you the shooter, having good equipment makes it a lot easier. Long Range Target Shooting The accuracy of a rifle is generally measured in MOA, it is effectively a cone of uncertainty. That cone starts at the muzzle and gets larger as it moves out to the range. That cone can be measured in MILs or MOA – we’ll use MOA (minute of angle…roughly 1-inch diameter at 100 yards) – and is determined by the mechanical accuracy of the gun, among other factors. You can’t overcome this. If you were to strap a gun down and make sure it was 100% motionless between shots and it shot 1 MOA, you’d get no better than 10” in the group at 1,000 yards with no other variables. The mechanical accuracy of the gun and ammo is almost never the weak point in a system, but is always the limiting factor. Basic Requirements Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about what you should expect from a long range rifle. Shooting Long Range 1 MOA Accuracy or Better Your rifle must shoot 1moa with good ammo and do so reliably. At 1,000 yards, 1moa means you can expect no smaller than a 10” group without accounting for any other variable. More is always better here, but you do hit a point of diminishing return with cost. MOA and MIL Most modern bolt-action rifles made by a respectable vender will shoot sub-MOA and a lot of them even come with the guarantee from the factory. Free-Float Barrel For optimal accuracy, you really want a barrel that is free-floated. From barrel whip to barrel heat to making sure your rest doesn’t deflect the barrel, there are a lot of reasons why a free-floated barrel greatly improves your potential accuracy. When you’re in the store looking at your rifle, take a dollar bill and slip it between the barrel and the stock to check that it is really free-floating. Rigid Forend The forend of the rifle’s stock must be rigid enough to support the weight of a gun and preferably hold accessories like a bipod without flexing. You can compromise on this, but you’ll wish you hadn’t. How Not to Use a Bipod Predictable Trigger Your trigger doesn’t have to be the best in the world. It can be heavy, creepy, and gritty, but it MUST be predictable. A light, crisp trigger with no overtravel or take up is good because it feels simple and predictable when shot. Properly Shaped Stock The stock must be shaped properly to allow for proper scope alignment and good support for the forend end and toe of the butt. You also need a well-shaped pistol grip on the stock so you can get the most control over your trigger. A short length of pull can work for someone who will always be shooting prone, but you can’t go wrong with a standard length of pull. Bonus: Aftermarket Support This isn’t required, but it’s really nice to have and something you might want to keep in mind. Chassis Vs. Stocks: (top) Chassis – MDT ACC , KRG Whisky 3 (bottom) Stocks — McMillan McCubed , Boyds AT-One Upgrading and tweaking your rifle will cost a lot less than buying a new one later and will really help fill in any gaps you find once you get a feel for what you want. If you choose a rifle platform that has a lot of aftermarket support, like a Tikka or Remington 700, sourcing upgrades is a lot easier and often cheaper than if you go with an obscure rifle. Cartridge Selection To be clear – this is a much-simplified version. We could go on for pages about what cartridges are good and why you should choose them, but that is more advanced information and this is a beginner’s article. There are two huge players right now in the short-action long-range cartridge world: .308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor. If you want to reach past 800-yards we recommend 6.5 Creedmoor. There is nothing wrong with .308 Win and for a lot of applications and a lot of people it is a great cartridge, but right now – 6.5 Creedmoor is king. Hornady 6.5 Creedmoor There are a lot of cartridges that are outstanding for long-range and depending on your exact needs one of those might be better than 6.5 Creedmoor, but generally speaking, 6.5 Creedmoor will get 95% of the jobs done that 99% of you readers need. Large selection of ammo, reasonable match-grade prices, very high-quality practice/plinking ammo for a cheaper price, outstanding ballistics, huge parts compatibility since it is based on the .308 cartridge. 6.5 Creedmoor ticks all the boxes. Best 6.5 Creedmoor Hunting Ammo Hornady 6.5 Creedmoor 129 gr SST Polymer Tip - 20 Rounds 33 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 33 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing Best 1,000-Yard Rifles For Under $1,000 "Shooting Long Range" 1. Tikka T3 CTR Tikka rifles are excellent shooters. I’ve been toting a T3 Lite Stainless in .308 Winchester for many years. The rifle is my primary backcountry gun for deer, elk, bear and whatever else I think I may need to hunt. (top to bottom) Tikka T3 Lite .308, Savage Model 99 .300 Savage, Winchester Model 94 Trapper .30-30 It shoots groups well under an inch with factory ammo or handloads. To say I am a bit partial to Tikka rifles is probably an understatement. The T3 CTR (Compact Tactical Rifle) is just what the range master ordered for someone looking for a platform to learn on and build from with regard to long range shooting. A huge selling point for the Tikka is that the action itself is glass smooth. It feels like it’s running on ball barrings smooth. The rifle is available in the following cartridges: .223 Rem .243 Win .260 Rem .308 Win 6.5 Creedmoor 7mm-08 Win. Any one of these cartridges is perfect for long range shooting as well as hunting. The CTR can be had in stainless, or black steel. Right or left-handed. The trigger is available as either a single set trigger or a single-stage trigger and is adjustable by the owner down to just two pounds. The rifles come with a synthetic stock with a fixed cheek piece and a new interchangeable grip module. The grip can be configured in a traditional style or fitted with a more vertical module that makes shooting from the bench or competition positions more natural and comfortable. Tikka barrels are made in the Sako factory. So when you buy a Tikka, a Sako barrel is being screwed to the Tikka receiver. Tikka guarantees sub-MOA 3-shot groups from all their rifles. Sako rifles are amazing, visually and mechanically. But they run a lot higher cost! In addition, the barrel is threaded 5/8”-24 to easily allow the addition of a muzzle brake or suppressor. The Tikka bolt shroud is now metal. Early T3 models were plastic. Under the bolt shroud is a cocking indicator. On the left side of the receiver is the bolt release. The CTR is fed by Tikka’s own steel 10-round magazine. The magazine fits flush with the trigger guard and can be ejected without removing the trigger hand from the grip. On top of the receiver, the rifle is drilled and tapped with extra screw placements to firmly anchor a Picatinny rail and mount your choice of glass securely. Tikka T3x CTR 900 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 900 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing It’s also the rifle of choice for more than just me! David’s Tikka T3x CTR in an Oryx Chassis with Vortex Diamondback Tactical Scope What’s your take on the Tikka? Readers' Ratings 4.88/5 (551) Your Rating? 2. Bergara B-14 HMR (Hunting and Match Rifle) Bergara has long been known for producing extremely accurate barrels . Bergara B-14 HMR They have now taken all that barrel building knowledge and coupled it with the some of the best armorers from the US Marine Corps Precision Weapons Section to build extremely accurate rifles for both hunters and competitors. The HMR is designed to serve as a long range rifle as well as a hunting rifle. But what role it is best for depends on what configuration you get it in. Currently, the HMR is available in the following cartridges: .22-250 Rem 6mm Creedmoor 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win 7mm Rem Mag .300 Win Mag .450 Bushmaster. The rifle weighs in at 9.6 to 9.9 pounds depending on configuration and barrel length varies from 20 to 26 inches. Bergara B-14 HMR side view All barrels are threaded 5/8”-24 and come with a knurled thread cap. Some cartridges are available in a left hand action. This is actually something that is fairly hard to find in a lot of rifles, so it’s nice that the HMR has that option! Bergara left-handed Coming standard with a mini chassis system is adjustable for length of pull and has an adjustable cheekpiece and the barrels is fully floated. It also comes with an adjustable trigger set at three pounds. The bolt handle is oversized and knurled for a good grip and easy manipulation. The top of the receiver is drilled to accommodate any Remington Model 700 optics base and rings and safety is located on the right side of the receiver and the bolt release is on the left side. Each HMR comes with a 5-round AICS-style magazine. HMR rifles are guaranteed to produce sub-MOA groups at 100 yards. Bergara Hornady ELD Match 0.67 MOA — oh ya, this gun shoots. Bergara B14 HMR 1000 at Cabeals Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1000 at Cabeals Compare prices (2 found) Cabeals (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing The huge strengths of the Bergara, besides being a great rifle, is that they use AICS magazines that are widely available and the actions are built to be Remington 700 footprint, meaning that they can fit most chassis, stocks, rails, and triggers that fit the Remington 700 also. This opens up a LOT of aftermarket options! Be sure to take a look at the Best Remington 700 Stocks and Chassis ! If you want the complete story on the Bergara B-14 HMR, we have the hands-on review for you ! 3. Savage 10 BA Stealth Savage has been turning out some incredibly accurate rifles in the last few years. Regardless of your past impressions about looks, and a perceived low-cost rifle, the results speak for themselves. A prime example of this is the Savage 10 BA Stealth ! I have a bit of experience with the Savage Axis in .308 Winchester. I actually won the rifle in a raffle a few years ago. It is a package rifle with a very entry level Bushnell 3×9 scope. Savage Arms Axis XP II Stainless I mounted the optic and headed to the range with same ammo I feed my Tikka. Low and behold…one half inch and smaller groups right out of the box. Say what you want, Savage rifles shoot. The 10 BA stealth is based on a Model 110 blueprinted action mated to a very high-quality Savage barrel. The rifle is then mounted up in a Drake monolithic chassis specially modified to Savage’s specs and is machined from a solid billet of aluminum. The buttstock is a Fab Defense GL-SHOCK shock-absorbing, six-position adjustable assembly with an adjustable cheekpiece. Savage’s uses the superb Accu-Trigger and is fully adjustable. Barrels are 20-24 inches depending on the cartridge selected and come with 5/8-24” threads and a thread protector. The barrel is fully free-floated in the Drake chassis. The M-Lok forend allows for easy mounting of rails and bipods. Savage 10 BA Stealth 1015 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1015 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing The top of the receiver is complete with an EGW rail to accommodate the optics of your choice. A 10-round magazine feeds the Stealth. 4. Remington 700 Long Range This rifle is built to reach out and touch things way out there. Remington 700 has been around for a loong time and has a richly proven track record. Available in .25-06 Rem, 7mm Remington Mag, .300 Win Mag, .300 Remington Ultra Mag, and .30-06 Springfield, this rifle will satisfy your need for long-range shooting as well as perform exceptionally well in the field. All chamberings are built around the Model 700 action and a heavy contour 26” barrel. The stock is a Bell and Carlson M40 Tactical Stock with a full-length aluminum bedding block. There is an additional swivel on the forend to accommodate a bipod and sling. The USMC still employs a large number of Remington 700 series rifles. The controls are classic 700 with a two-position safety, a user-adjustable X-Mark Pro trigger and the receiver is drilled and tapped for bases or a Picatinny rail. Best Beginner Bolt Action Rifle Remington 700 650 at Cabela's Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 650 at Cabela's Compare prices (2 found) Cabela's (See Price) Sportsman's Warehouse (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing One note about Remington – it’s true they’ve had issues for the past ~10+ years after being bought by Freedom Group. However, the issues are mostly present in their lower-end shotguns and rifles. If you get anything other than the most budget tier option then you shouldn’t have a problem. And there’s also tons of variants…we go over all of them in Best Remington 700 Rifles . 5. CZ 557 Varmint Chances are you won’t see a lot of CZ rifles at a PRS match. However, if you want a rifle that is capable of shooting extremely small groups and doing it in style, take a look at a 557 Varmint. The rifle has a distinct walnut stock with a wide, flat forend, a near-vertical pistol grip, and a high cheek piece to place your eye in perfect alignment with your optic. Nice plus is that the grip area is stippled for a secure hold and the toe of the buttstock is flat so it will recoil perfectly on your rear bag. Caldwell DeadShot Boxed Combo Front and Rear Bag 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Barrel is 25.6” long and is a heavy contour. The cold hammer forging allows you to wring out the most accuracy possible. Trigger is fully adjustable, and if it is remotely as good as the trigger on my 527, you will love it! The rifle is available in .308 Winchester and is fed from steel, 10-round detachable magazines. Optic mounting is via a 19 mm dovetail on the receiver. You can use CZ rings, or mount a rail up top for the long-range optic of your choice. CZ 557 Varmint 820 at Sportsman's Warehouse Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 820 at Sportsman's Warehouse Prices accurate at time of writing Buying Tips Now whether you choose one of these rifles or not, there are a few more things to keep in mind when it comes to purchasing your long range rifle. Long Range Shooting Competition Spend Money Where It Will Make a Difference Spending double to get a rifle that shoots 3/8ths MOA vs a rifle that shoots 1moa isn’t going to help nearly as much as better optics, better ammunition, or more time on the range will. You can buy equipment to make shooting easier, but you can’t buy anything to make you a better shooter. Spend money where it counts. A lot of us experience this when we walk by the ammo section of our local sporting goods store. Don’t Get Bogged Down in Trends There’s plenty of trends in shooting. Brands, cartridges, calibers, and even the colors of guns fall in and out of style. Just because most guys shoot .308 doesn’t mean .270 win or .30-06 won’t get you to 1,000 just as easily. Ignore Magnum Mania You probably don’t need a magnum cartridge. Any benefit you get in a magnum cartridge in terms of external ballistics is negated by cost, recoil, and noise. The only time you would need a magnum is hunting or when you’re going for a 2-mile challenge. Long Range Hunting Even shooting at very long ranges, out to 2500-yards, can be done with conventional cartridges as long as your round stays super-sonic. Run What You’ve ‘Brung At the end of the day, you can only shoot what you’ve got. If all you can bring to the range is a beat up .30-06, go for it! As long as you can see the target, you can shoot at it safely. Again, 1,000 yards isn’t as hard as it’s made out to be and it can be done with most people’s deer rifles. Get Good Practice If you’re ever torn between getting new guns or getting more practice, buy ammo for more practice. The high precision ammunition needed for long range shooting is expensive in any caliber, including .308. “Decent” practice ammo – depending on caliber and the brand you like – will normally be around 75-90 cents per round. One of our favorites for 6.5 Creedmoor is Sellier & Bellot 140gr FMJBT. Best 6.5 Creedmoor Range Ammo Sellier & Bellot 6.5 Creedmoor 140gr FMJBT - 20 Rounds 15.50 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 15.50 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing You can expect to pay over a dollar per round for the really good match grade stuff, and 800 rounds of ammo will make you a better shooter. A new rifle won’t. Take Good Advice When you start out, you’ll be approached by all sorts of “experts.” Just because someone can afford a .338 Lapua doesn’t mean they have any idea of what they’re talking about. Listen to the guy who can show you what to do, not the guy who tells you what to do. Parting Shots US Airman Practicing Long Range Marksmanship Hopefully, the options above give you a place to start if you are looking at getting into long range shooting. Obviously, you will need a scope that provides the adjustment necessary to engage targets at long range and that will enable you to see the bullet impacts on the target. Just a few of the scopes we tested in the Best Long Range Scopes By keeping the rifle part of the equation at $1,000 or less, hopefully, more shooters can get in on the PRS matches in their area or at least begin to explore the world of long range shooting. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to access equipment capable of hits at extreme ranges. The most important aspect of the long range game is time on the trigger and learning how to interpret the conditions. Tell us about the rifles you use for your long range shooting and what is working for you. For some great optics options, take a look at the "Best Long Range" Scopes !
Advertisment PDW is a concept that has been around for quite a while but only has recently been named as such. Personal Defense Weapon is defined as a class of compact, selective fire, magazine-fed, submachine gun-like firearms—essentially a hybrid between a conventional submachine gun and a compact assault rifle. Most PDWs fire a small-caliber (less than 6 mm), high-velocity centerfire bottleneck cartridge resembling a scaled-down/shortened intermediate rifle cartridge. This gives the PDWs better effective range, accuracy, and armor-penetrating capability than submachine guns, which fire the larger-caliber handgun cartridges. Micro Roni without the Glock 17 Gen 5 inserted Now for us normal folks, selective fire is out of the question. And small-caliber high-velocity rounds are not of great concern (not to mention the terminal ballistics aren’t great), as body armor is not prevalent in the civilian field. Most civilians that own firearms, own handguns. One of the largest issues with handguns is that they do require considerable training to be able to rapidly engage targets accurately; this is exaggerated when talking about longer distances. Rifles take care of both of these issues, taming recoil, muzzle rise and allowing faster follow up shots and allow for steadier aim at longer distance targets. The PDW bridges this gap and the Micro Roni allows you to take your modern service pistol, and turn it into a PDW almost instantly. Pistols with attachments for stocks and other forms of stabilizing have been around since the early 1900s. From Lugers and Browning High Powers to the Stechkin and Skorpion many inventors have tried to make an effective attachment for a pistol to become more rifle-like. Almost all of these have been failures, with wobbly, uncomfortable stocks and complicated locking mechanisms needing precise fitments. CAA has brought this concept into the 22 nd century with the Micro Roni. Open the Micro Roni up and attach your handgun using the rail on the bottom of the frame. Close up the Roni, charge your weapon and you have a much more stable shooting platform that allows for faster follow up shots and easy attachment of accessories such as lights, lasers, grips, and even optics. The optics aspect is a very special part of the Roni. Pistol mounted optics are very expensive even for moderately priced models. CAA takes care of this issue with a standard Picatinny rail mounted on top of the Roni. This will allow you to use any red dot you choose that is able to mount on a Picatinny rail. From cheap Chinese red dots, all the way up to a scope (if you so choose). This is another game-changer when it comes to being able to shoot a pistol at a distance over 50yds or so. This can be done of course with iron sights, and people do it all the time, but to accurately, quickly and repeatedly do this with a handgun is a tall order, and the Roni delivers that and more with just a quick “pop” in of your handgun. Folded Micro Roni To insert your handgun, unload the firearm and let the slide go forward. Lower the door that will sit behind the firearm and insert your pistol into the Roni. Secure the door behind the gun and lock it. Then load the magazine into the gun, make sure the trigger safety flap is covering the trigger and using the charging handle, charge the weapon. Now you are able to strap the pistol brace onto your arm, or us it in any other way that you deem appropriate. The only issue one might have is that the Roni is not conducive to shooting with a suppressor, however, this can be managed with some slight modification and then you can have a suppressed PCC type setup with your regular service handgun. The Roni does come with a “blast chamber” that directs muzzle blast away from your face and ears. This is a nice feature, as handguns are known to be pretty loud especially when running hot ammo. The Roni is made of an injection-molded glass-filled polymer and feels kind of like Magpul furniture, or any modern service handgun, not like cheesy gun show accessory plastic. It is designed by shooters, for shooters. The charging handle is designed to give you plenty of leverage when charging the handgun and the spare magazine feels really comfortable while also providing you some measure of control of the pistol. This is done by using an “AFG” type of grip, that also happens to hold a spare magazine on the gun. This can be used to get a better grip on the front of the pistol and is totally legal. That is really tough to beat even with a plethora of great PCCs on the market currently. One benefit of the Micro Roni is that even with monster loads coming out of your Glock, you can still handle the snappiness. A 10mm Glock shooting nuclear loads through a Roni would be rather pleasant, while doing untold damage to pigs or three-liter bottles. New shooters can be built up to shooting a handgun using the Roni as well, as a rifle is generally easier to control with a new shooter. One doesn’t have to use monster loads through, regular 115gr 9mm stuff is just as fun to shoot as case splitting stuff. Another great option would be to run .357SIG through the gun, as .357SIG is a spectacular round in many ways, but muzzle blast and recoil are pretty SIGnificant. The Roni will tame both of these issues easily and can make a 10mm or .357SIG gun into a relatively easy gun to shoot quickly. The Micro Roni is available in a few flavors. They have one for Glocks, specifically Glock 17/19/19X/22/23/31/32/45, they have a separate model for Glock 20/21. Smith and Wesson M&P is also taken care of, as well as the SIG P320 series. All models operate very similarly, and all offer the exceptional finger safety flap. Just in case you have a hankering for an American flag version, they have this as well. Micro Roni with compensator Speaking of new shooters, the Micro Roni has a really nice advantage over just a regular Glock as well. "The Micro Roni" has a large polymer trigger guard that can flip up and cover the entire trigger area of the Glock. If you have ever trained a new shooter, you’ll know that they often keep their booger finger on that bang switch even when told not to. This product gives a great option for keeping everyone safe during those first sessions. While experienced shooters of Glocks might feel that this is unnecessary, it certainly can’t hurt to have it on the gun, and it’s a very novel idea of dealing with a dangerous potential issue. As far as safeties go, it’s a pretty easy one to use as well, as it can be actuated with your trigger finger on either side of the gun (you’re welcome lefties). The only left-handed issue that might be seen is that the ejection port of the gun might be very close to your face, some experimentation can be done as well as CAA offering an extended brace for this exact reason. Expanding on this subject, there has also been some intellectual property thievery going on with the Micro Roni. We see this all the time in the gun accessory industry, and unfortunately, this is just not the place that you want knockoff products, especially things that directly are affecting what the gun does. Apparently, a company has been selling a copy of the Roni, and this copy (among other things) doesn’t have a trigger guard flap. Clearly this was copied by folks that aren’t shooters, as any real shooter can see that this is a great potential safety device. This issue has been dealt with by the owner of CAA, Moshe Oz by making this statement. “Lately, a conversion kit that looks like the Micro Roni has surfaced in the US under the name “MCK”; The MCK is unsafe and dangerous to use, it doesn’t include a trigger guard (which already caused an unintended discharge last week) and is not related to CAA at all! I’m repeating, MCK is not a CAA product!, whoever sells it uses their good name to attract sales which is a clear violation of CAA trademark.” Powerful words from a person that clearly believes in their product and keeping customers safe in a world with copycats everywhere. Moshe also drafted up this letter to help folks see what the differences are. https://www.yrsinc.com/media/YRSInc/CAA_US_Trademark_violation.pdf Let’s talk about legality for a moment, as this is always on our minds when it feels like the ATF is always days away from dropping some arbitrary ruling on our peasant lives. The CAA Micro Roni takes a Glock pistol inside the product. This means a few things when it comes to the boys in jackboots. Pistols (from the factory) can be “made” into rifles, but rifles (from the factory) cannot be “made” into pistols without paperwork. Before the advent of stabilizing braces, this meant that to use a Roni, you had to do one of two things to maintain legality Change the barrel to a >16” length File a Form1 to convert your Glock into an SBR Now, a 16” Glock barrel in a Roni doesn’t look as awful as you would think, but it’s still pretty awful and not exactly cheap or reliable (Glocks weren’t designed to take a barrel that large obviously). And the thought of converting a perfectly good Glock into something that you have to carry paperwork for, ask the ATF to transport across state lines, and other bureaucracy is not a good idea, not to mention a $200 tax stamp and a waiting period of at the minimum 1 month. Micro Roni & Glock 17 So, the Micro Roni is taking advantage of stabilizer madness by putting a pistol brace on the chassis. This allows you to stick your Glock into the chassis, close it up, and use the brace as you would like. If you don’t understand where I’m going with this, it’s a game-changer as far as being able to properly stabilize a PDW type firearm. Is this the right purchase for you? Well, do you have a Glock, M&P or SIG? Well then ask yourself if you think converting that into a super effective PDW is worthwhile. The answer is probably yes if you’re reading an article like this, and the Roni is simply the best way to accomplish this. With a warranty to stand by, superior technology behind the design of the product and a super easy to use product, the Micro Roni is a great call for anyone wanting to take their boring pistol to a new level of development. There is a reason military have been after a proper PDW type weapon for many years, and this is a really easy way to get that into your hands for a reasonable price and with perfect integration. The Micro Roni is able to be shipped directly to your door, as it is only a gun accessory, and is available for less than the cost of a cheap handgun. It is available online as well as in gun stores and can be purchased by folks that are under 21, which is something that cannot be said for handguns directly from stores. Just in case you happen to be a dealer or gun store of any size, you can contact CAA and let them know that you’re interested in working with them. The web site is below, and with the recent pistol brace attachment, these things are going to sell like hotcakes! You can apply through this link: https://www.yrsinc.com/become-a-dealer/ We are YRS Inc. a worldwide distributor of firearm accessories and tactical gear, and we are an official CAA Industries Distributor in the USA.