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Top 10 Best Smith & Wesson Handgun Options for 2021

Top 10 Best Smith & Wesson Handgun Options for 2021

Smith & Wesson makes one of the most complete lines of handguns in the world. Everything from compact concealed carry guns to long barrel hunting revolvers and easily concealed pistols to full-size competition guns. If you’re looking for a handgun for a particular need or use, Smith & Wesson makes it.

If you’re looking to add a handgun for a certain need to your collection in 2021, here are 10 of the best Smith & Wesson handgun models you’ll want to consider:

Model 642 .38 Special Revolver

The Smith & Wesson J-frame revolvers are among the best Smith & Wesson revolver concealed carry options ever made. These great little snubbies are easily concealed no matter what you’re wearing. The Model 642 fires five full-power .38 Special rounds and is as simple and easy to use as it is reliable.

Model 340 .357 Revolver

Like the model 642, the Model 340 is an ultra concealable J-frame revolver. But the beefier Model 340 can handle more powerful .357 loads for the ultimate in compact personal defense, making it another of the best Smith & Wesson revolver models.

Model 19 Classic .357 Revolver

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. And when Smith & Wesson brought back the classic Model 19 a few years ago, it brought joy to thousands of wheelgun lovers. The medium size K-frame revolver packs six .357 or .38 Special rounds and makes for a lot of fun at the range or a great home defense firearm.

Model 686 .357 Revolver

The venerable Model 686 is one of the most respected and best Smith & Wesson revolvers ever made. The bigger, beefier L-frame wheelgun handles either six or seven rounds of powerful .357 loads with ease and is a great option for hunting or home defense.

M&P Bodyguard 380 Crimson Trace

When concealment is of primary concern, the M&P Bodyguard 380 is the way to go. The ultra compact .380 ACP semi-automatic is easily concealed in a pocket, ankle holster or anywhere you choose to carry it. And with its built-in Crimson Trace laser, it’s always ready for personal defense duty.

M&P 380 SHIELD EZ

If you or someone you know has trouble racking the slide on a standard semi-automatic pistol, the Smith & Wesson 380 SHIELD EZ is the best Smith & Wesson pistol for them. Built for personal protection and everyday carry, the M&P 380 Shield EZ is chambered in .380 ACP and designed to be easy to use, with an easy racking slide, easy-to-load magazines and an easy-to-clean design.

M&P M2.0 Optics Ready Compact

Smith’s line of M2.0 M&P semi-automatic pistols competes favorably with any other maker’s 9mm semi-automatics. And with its optics-ready slide, the M&P9 M2.0 Optics Ready Compact is one of the top Smith & Wesson pistols for home defense, everyday carry or even competition.

M&P SHIELD M2.0

If everyday carry is what you’re looking for, it’s hard to do better than Smith’s ultra-popular M&P9 SHIELD M2.0. With a great trigger and a slim, single stack form factor, you’ll be happy to carry the SHIELD M2.0 on your hip whenever you leave the house.

Performance Center M&P9 M2.0 CORE Pro Series 5″ Barrel

Sometimes you want a little more. And if you’re someone who wants a full-size 9mm pistol that has every feature imaginable, the M&P9 M2.0 CORE Pro Series is the semi-auto for you. Bridging the gap between main production and the Performance Center, the Smith & Wesson’s Pro Series represents the next step up from standard production line models. M&P Pro Series pistols add numerous enhancements yet still remain true to “stock.” They have competition specifications and features in ready-to-go factory models.

M&P45 M2.0 Full Size

Sometimes you want (or need) a pistol chambered in a bitter round. For those times, the M&P45 M2.0 Full Size is one of the best Smith & Wesson pistol options. Having a full-size M&P45 with 10+1 rounds of big boy .45 ACP on your nightstand will give you plenty of peace of mind.

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Go Big or Go Home – The Best High-Capacity Magazines and Drums for Your AR-15

Go Big or Go Home – The Best High-Capacity Magazines and Drums for Your AR-15

Any day at the range is a good day. But if you want to make a day at the range better, spend less time loading and more time pulling the trigger.

The easiest way to do that is to stock up on high-capacity AR-15 magazines. Thirty rounds are great, but 40 rounds are better. And 60 or even 100 rounds mean you’ll have more time to concentrate on your shooting between mag changes.

Here are four great high-capacity magazines for getting more trigger time out of your AR-15 rifle.

Magpul 40-Round

Magpul magazines are popular because they’re tough, reliable and affordable. You’ll see more PMags at the range than any other brand. And that’s why Magpul 40-round high-capacity magazines have been such a big hit. For only about $20, it gives you a 33% increase in capacity over a standard 30-round AR magazine.

X Products X-15 Chevron Skeletonized 50-Round AR-15 Drum Magazine

The next step up in capacity is occupied by X-Products’ X-15 50-round AR-15 drum magazine. The compact chevron skeletonized model keeps weight and bulk down.

Surefire 60-Round

Want to carry even more ammo in a single box magazine? Surefire’s 60-round high-capacity magazines let you double up on standard 30-round mags. The Surefire design packs those 60 rounds into a magazine that’s about the same length as a standard 30-rounder, and does it in an aluminum-bodied magazine for strength and durability.

Magpul D60 60-Round AR-15 Drum Magazine

If a drum magazine design is more attractive to you, Magpul offers a couple of options. Their D-50 and D-60 drum magazines are made out of Magpul’s tough and tested polymer and have proven to be reliable in heavy use. That’s not something a lot of AR-15 drum magazine makers can say.

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Best First Handgun: Top-10 List

Best First Handgun: Top-10 List

Plenty of authors have offered their “top 10” lists of pistols and other products. Too often, these lists are nothing more than the top commission earners for the person(s) writing or publishing the story.

Instead of shilling for commission earners, this top-10 list is based upon my four decades of shooting, including more than two as an active firearms trainer of thousands of people, young and old. At the same time, I remain a busy student of gun training with a who’s who of nationally known top-tier instructors in courses and seminars.

What Qualifies as a Great Beginner Handgun?

First off, the “best” handgun to buy for one shooter may be completely inappropriate for the next person. As an example? I bought my first 9mm pistol – a Beretta 92 – based on Mel Gibson’s portrayal of Detective Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon. “I’m a real cop, and this is a real effin’ gun!” Looking back, that was a huge mistake.

Not only was a Beretta 92 a poor choice for me, (a beginner handgun shooter) but I wasted thousands of rounds trying to teach myself how to master shooting that pistol rather unsuccessfully. In the end, nationally known trainer Mas Ayoob taught me how to shoot it, and learning those skills on that very difficult platform made me a far better shooter for every handgun.

You probably don’t want to spend 40 hours, a thousand-plus dollars and invest a couple of thousand rounds of ammo to do the same though. So, before we talk about specific guns, let’s talk about some generalities.

If you’re a beginner handgun shooter or you’re not going to practice, a revolver will likely better serve you for defensive purposes.

Revolvers are sometimes known as wheelguns and they have a lot going for them for both beginner handgun shooters and experienced pistoleros. These benefits include simplicity of use, including loading and unloading, that help make them safer for novices.

Wheelguns remain the ultimate point and click interface when it comes to defensive handgun use. Once loaded, the user points and then pulls the trigger. Malfunctions are rare, and overcoming them often involves simply pulling the trigger one more time.

What’s more, don’t get wrapped around the axle about not being able to carry half a box of ammo in your handgun. Five or six rounds will resolve most personal defense situations.

There are other pros of owning a revolver. It will reliably shoot milder ammunition for practice and recreation and hotter loads for personal defense. The only limit to light loads is ensuring the bullet will leave the barrel. Try that with a lot of semi-automatics. In fact, revolver users have been known to load paraffin “bullets” into primed cases for fun indoor practice. Again, try that with your semi-auto.

While I’ve never fired wax “bullets,” I have fired some custom .38 Special loads that clock at about 450 feet per second at the muzzle. These allow young people and recoil-sensitive shooters a very pleasant introduction to shooting a handgun.

Without further ado, let’s get into the Top 10 best, first pistol or handgun options. These aren’t presented in any particular order as they represent 10 guns that serve different purposes for new shooters.

Full-Size Revolver: Smith & Wesson Model 64/65/10/19 Classic

Smith & Wesson’s 4-inch-barrel K-frame revolvers in .38 Special or .357 Magnum are a classic that have served about 100 years or so. They are reliable, durable, accurate, versatile and ideal for beginner handgun shooters or those who aren’t going to practice. Among these are the Model 64, Model 65, Model 10 and Model 19 Classic.

For practice, these guns will provide endless hours of fun and enjoyment with practice loads. The .357 Magnum revolvers will also shoot the milder .38 Specials all day long and twice on Sunday.

Incredibly versatile, these same guns will serve faithfully for competition, recreation, even hunting — and everything in between.

And when lives are in danger, these revolvers will stop the threat and save innocents as they’ve done for decades with hotter, .38 Special +P hollow-point ammunition. The FBI carried these for many, many years because they worked well for their intended purpose. These same revolvers will still serve today for concealed carry as well as for home defense.

Don’t feel shorted if you buy one in .38 Special caliber as opposed to .357 Magnum. Firing .357 rounds out of a revolver is obnoxiously loud with very sharp, unpleasant recoil, especially for new or novice shooters. Instead of .357 Magnum loads, the FBI employed .38 Special +P 158gr. semi-wadcutter hollow points for at least a couple of decades, much to the chagrin of countless bad guys and gals.

What’s more, used S&W 4-inch K-frame guns, including police trade-ins of these models and similar ones, offer those with tight budgets or fixed incomes an affordable option as well.

Snub-Nosed Revolver: Ruger LCR

Ruger makes a very nice snub-nosed revolver that’s widely available in their LCR. Yes, Ruger uses polymer materials for a big part of the frame, but they use metal in all the critical areas.

The LCR revolver has an excellent trigger and shoots well in a fairly lightweight package. Light enough to carry it all day long without fatigue, but heavy enough that you can shoot 50 or more rounds of practice ammo in a day without crying out in pain or developing a nasty flinch.

Affordable Snub-Nosed Revolver: Taurus Model 85

Don’t have $500-$600 to spend on a small-frame revolver? No worries. Taurus makes some very good revolvers today and if you watch sales in normal times, you can find Taurus Model 85s for $300 or even less.

I’ve owned several and they’ve all had good, manageable triggers and provided flawless service and reliability. In fact, I bought my first one as a Christmas present for my first fiancée decades ago.

No, it probably won’t stand up well to shooting 100,000 rounds, but it’s a carry piece, not a plow horse.

Taurus keeps coming out with new incarnations of the Model 85. I’d avoid the exotic metal guns that weigh next to nothing. Those are quite unpleasant to fire, especially with defensive ammunition. But the blue steel or stainless 85s will serve you and your loved ones well at an affordable price.

SIG Sauer P365

This SIG Sauer pistol stands as the single-best general-purpose concealed carry defensive pistol on the market today, period. It comes with standard night sights, along with a very good factory trigger. It’s comfortable to carry and a pleasure to shoot.

Despite a very petite frame that specs out as smaller than its competitors, it packs 10- or 12-rounds (plus one in the pipe) in a very small form factor that’s easy to conceal and light enough that it remains comfortable enough to conceal 18 hours a day.

I recommend the version without the external safety, but not everyone feels comfortable carrying a semi-auto without an external safety.

Springfield Hellcat

The Hellcat is very close runner-up to the SIG P365 and many say they prefer it to the 365. Springfield’s Hellcat holds one extra round than the 365 (11+1 or 13+1 with the slightly extended magazine). It also has an option for an RMS red-dot optic which makes it probably the best handgun to buy for those who prefer red-dot sights on their carry guns.

Springfield Armory did well with their Hellcat. It garners top marks for a general purpose carry piece with a great trigger right out of the box.

For Young People or Those With Very Small Hands: Ruger SR-22

The Ruger SR-22 is a very small rimfire pistol with an equally petite grip. It’s ideal for sharing the fun and excitement of handgun shooting with small-framed women and responsible young people with small paws. I’ve used mine at youth shooting camps and kids as young as 7 or 8 years old had no problem holding this tiny pistol securely.

First-time or new shooters usually aren’t intimidated by the mild recoil and fairly mild muzzle blast. In skilled hands with good ammo, it will deliver respectable accuracy.

Insider tip: Buy four or five extra magazines, because when you hand this little gem to a beginner handgun shooter, they’re going to have a grin from ear to ear and want to shoot it — a lot. Loading magazines typically takes longer than excited shooters can empty them while they make memories that will last a lifetime.

Plus, while shooting rimfire .22s, you won’t land in the poorhouse watching kids and maybe even a few grown men giggle while shooting through 500 rounds in an afternoon with this sweet little handgun.

The Walther P-22 is a runner up in this category, but the Walther seems a lot more finicky when it comes to ammo that will make it run reliably. And nothing kills a good-time buzz faster than malfunctions.

Glock 19 9mm

The Glock 19 is a compact 9mm pistol that many today consider a full-size duty or carry gun. With its standard 15-round capacity, the G19 carried by a million or more in city, state and federal law enforcement.

Glocks run reliably. They’re simple and they’re quite durable. The other great thing: they’re as consistent as a McDonald’s Quarter-Pounder. If you borrow your friend’s Glock, you know it will handle just like yours.

Given the millions of these guns sold over the years, there are all manner of accessories widely available including an endless array of holsters and aftermarket products.

Plus, for those on a budget, perfectly serviceable police trade-ins and other used Glock 19s can be found in the wild at gun shops and from dealers on the Internet at a couple hundred bucks or more under new-gun prices.

Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 9mm Series

Smith & Wesson’s M&P 2.0 9mm line is even better than their original M&P guns, especially their double-stack 9mm pistols. These semi-autos come with adjustable back straps to better accommodate various hand sizes. The gun comes with a great, crisp trigger right out of the box, along with a pair of 17-round magazines in free states.

The M&P 9’s shoot well and have been a great seller for S&W. That means lots of aftermarket parts and accessories are widely available. That’s good news when you’re looking for a holster or two for your M&P 2.0.

While it’s a pretty fair-sized gun for concealed carry (the compact version carries more comfortably and shoots every bit as well), it also doubles as a great casual competition and home defense tool as well.

SIG Sauer P320 Series

If I was starting over today, I’d probably buy one of SIG’s P320 series guns. They have a magnificent trigger, very comfortable grips, generous magazine capacity and shoot very well. Interestingly, the actual registered “firearm” in the modular P320 is an internal “fire control unit” that you can remove from one P320 chassis and insert into another larger (or smaller) one. Yes, the chassis might even mean a different caliber in addition to a different size or type of frame.

What’s more, the 320 series runs from a standard pedigree to the high-end Legion models. You won’t go wrong with any of them.

Smith & Wesson M&P EZ .380

Ordinarily, I champion revolvers as the best first handgun for novices or those who aren’t going to practice. However I make an exception for one specific niche: those with serious hand strength issues. For those folks, the S&W M&P EZ .380 represents a huge improvement over every other center-fire semi-auto pistol on the market.

The M&P EZ shoots every bit as well as traditional defensive pistols, but manipulates easier than most rimfire semi-autos. Even my 80-year-old mother who has serious hand-strength limitations can manipulate this pistol with relative ease. The trigger is also relatively light, making it very shootable for those lacking that finger strength.

S&W offers a 9mm version of the EZ, too. While it’s easier to manipulate than pretty much any other semi-auto out there, it’s not nearly as easy as the .380. Don’t believe me? Handle both at your local gun shop and experience the difference first-hand.

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Best AR-15 Magazines

Best AR-15 Magazines

The AR-15 platform rifle is America’s favorite rifle for more than just its incredible versatility. Indeed, the AR platform remains the single best-selling firearm in America. Just how popular is the AR platform? Americans own more AR-15s than there are Ford F150 pickups on the road. Think about that the next time you go for a drive and see a dozen F150s.

Obviously, owners of America’s favorite rifle – a semi-automatic – need the best AR-15 magazines to feed it. But, with so many manufacturers hawking their wares online, in stores and at gun shows, what are the best AR-15 magazines?

Too many of these “best of” stories are based upon commissions rather than personal experience. This one is based upon my personal experience from nearly 20 years as an AR owner, student of many nationally known instructors and as an instructor teaching the fundamentals to everyday Americans.

Even the Best AR-15 Magazines Don’t Last Forever

Magazines wear out with use. To give you an idea, the military considers their standard-issue aluminum AR-style magazines to have a 4,000-round service life. That’s about 130 loadings. After those loading and unloading/shooting cycles, the military considers them expended, and you should too.

Why do even the best AR-15 magazines eventually fail? Primarily, because their feed lips become damaged with use. They can become deformed or even broken over time. Especially with hard use in training, typically while allowing them to fall to the ground. Springs weaken from loading/unloading cycles. Interestingly, good quality springs will not “take a set” from remaining fully loaded for years at a time.

What’s more, one of the most common causes for malfunctions in semi-auto firearms is a defective magazine. This is why you should use a Sharpie marker and number your magazines. This way, while practicing in the future, if you start experiencing malfunctions from a certain mag, you can put that magazine aside.

Whether you use it for training (after marking it prominently) or destroy it, just make sure it doesn’t remain in your defensive gear rotation.

What Are the Best AR-15 Magazines?

Gun magazines need to be reliable and dependable for long-term use. Whichever manufacturer’s product you select, buy enough to use and some spare ones, especially if you’re going to train or practice regularly. So, what are the best AR-15 magazines? Here are three types of great components to consider:

  • Magpul PMags
  • Aluminum Milspec Magazines
  • HK SA80 Magazines

Magpul PMags

AR mags typically come in the old Milspec aluminum variety or polymer magazines popularized by the PMag by Magpul. I’ve shot both and watched both take a beating in adverse conditions. Both work well, so you shouldn’t worry that a “plastic” magazine will fail because of brittleness or from use in cold weather.

Many of the cool kids choose to run with Magpul PMags. Despite an extra dollar (or five) in cost, PMags are everywhere. Even the military is adopting them, because they were some of the best AR-15 magazines of 2020. They run reliably with every rifle I’ve ever seen. I especially like the “windowed” PMags that feature a clear “window” to reveal the round count remaining from either side of the gun.

Recent generation PMags come in 20-, 30- and 40-round capacities. All run with flawless reliability. However, before you rush out to stock up on 40-round mags, be forewarned that the extra length may preclude shooting from prone with good technique. Most people aren’t going to shoot from prone recreationally, but if you’re fighting for your life, this can pose serious problems.

No Frills Aluminum Milspec Magazines

For those OK with the “no frills” magazines, the Milspec aluminum magazines remain a great deal. In quantity, you can pick up 30-round mags for $10 or less. Most come in various shades of gray, depending on the manufacturer. Brownell’s and D&H are two current makers who make these affordable, reliable mags. Several others have also made them over the years.

These are all typically very reliable and some of the best AR-15 magazines, especially if they feature modern anti-tilt followers which have become standard in this day and age. For those paranoid about followers, Magpul makes some outstanding aftermarket followers for end users to swap out with lesser units. The Magpul anti-tilt followers work so well they have become pretty close to an industry standard.

Keep in mind that there are millions of used Milspec mags floating around at gun shows and gun stores. Avoid them. You just cannot really gauge how used and possibly abused these might be. Unless the price is stupid cheap and you want some beat-around mags, steer clear of used surplus mags.

HK SA80 Magazines

Those looking for the Rolls Royce of AR-15 magazines need look no further than 416/SA80 magazines by HK. Made out of steel as opposed to aluminum, these are heavier than standard aluminum mags. But what makes these worth the $50-plus per copy?

These magazines feel like they have ball bearings inside. The Germans have over-engineered these like the Swiss do their watches. Also, when loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition, these magazines will seat with 100% reliability on a closed bolt in ARs. Ordinarily, many instructors, including myself, urge our students to only load 28 rounds in their PMags or aluminum Milspec mags to help ensure positive seating on a closed bolt. With the HK SA80 mags, that isn’t necessary.

Other Magazines

Given the incredible popularity of the AR platform, there are a number of other manufacturers out there that provide good products. I just don’t have enough direct experience to put them into “the best” category of the aforementioned. Yes, I’ve seen a tiny handful of other manufacturer’s products, but the above dominate when it comes to those who are serious about shooting ARs.

One consistently poor performer for those who don’t know any better are the blue-steel aftermarket AR-magazines. These usually have prominent verbiage guaranteeing reliability and claims that they are “just as good as” fill-in-the-blank mags. In my experience (and plenty of other people I know and trust), these are consistently junk. Poor followers, soft metal, poor manufacturing tolerances and lousy springs lead to poor performance for users.

Frankly, given the high quality, wide availability (for now) and flawless reliability of Magpul products, Milspec aluminum mags and the HK SA80 mags, I haven’t felt the necessity to try other products. After all, when you find products that work exceptionally well, why stray from a proven winner?

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How Many Spare Magazines Do I Need?

How Many Spare Magazines Do I Need?

Ever asked a woman how many pairs of shoes she needs? Or a guy how many guns he needs? Both will probably earn you sour looks of derision. Edging close to that forbidden ground: How many spare magazines should I have?

Why You Should Have a Spare Magazine for Your Gun

Everyone will have an opinion on this, but I’ll give mine as a 22-year firearms and tactics instructor and student of a long list of nationally known firearms trainers. I won’t play hide the ball, but first let’s talk about magazines.

Magazines, unlike firearms, degrade with use. To give you an idea, the military considers their standard-issue aluminum AR-style magazines to have a 4,000-round service life. That’s about 130 loadings. After that, the military considers them expended and you should, too.

Why do magazines eventually fail with use? Primarily, because their feed lips are delicate. They can become deformed or even broken with use over time. Especially with hard use in training. Springs eventually weaken from loading/unloading cycles — but not so much from “taking a set.” They can remain fully loaded for years at a time.

One of the most common causes of malfunctions in semi-automatic firearms is a defective magazine. This is why you should use a Sharpie marker to number your spare magazines. That way, while practicing, if you start experiencing malfunctions from your spare magazine #13, you can put that one aside.

If you suffer multiple malfunctions from any magazine, mark it prominently, say with orange paint, and use it only as a malfunction clearing drill training aid. Or destroy it. Just make sure it doesn’t stay among the working gear you depend on for personal defense or serious competition.

We know that the vast majority of America’s gun owners don’t practice as much as they would like to. Fewer still train aggressively. In fact, many gun owners might not shoot more than a box or two each year. For the average gun owner, they don’t need to buy spare magazines by the case or even in 10-packs. However, in good times, that option remains available.

For Handguns

Semi-auto handgun owners should have at least three spare magazines for each semi-auto handgun. That allows your handgun to be loaded for self-defense and gives you two spare reloads. Three magazines also make a nice complement for recreational shooting as well.

Additionally, if you shoot regularly or train even occasionally, you should buy three additional new replacement magazines. Ideally buy magazines from your firearm’s manufacturer. These will replace any of your initial magazines that fail over time from use or abuse.

You Should Buy Spare Magazines Now

Given the political climate, buy your spare magazines today. That goes double if the standard capacity magazines for your gun come with more than a 10-round capacity. Buy today before new gun control legislation limits the sale of these so-called “high-capacity” magazines.

Back in the late 1990s, when new magazine capacity was limited, standard capacity “pre-ban” Glock magazines sold for well over $100. Today you can buy yours, regardless of the make and manufacturer, while they remain relatively plentiful and affordable. It isn’t like they will go bad in the back of your closet or gun safe.

For the revolver shooters out there, you too should have “magazines” — otherwise known as speed loaders in the revolver world. Like semi-auto pistol owners, revolver owners should own at least two speedloaders. The good news is that speedloaders are less prone to failure with use. For deep cover and less obtrusive carry, speed strips are available, but they are slower to use and reload your wheel gun.

For AR-15s and Modern Sporting Rifles

You might be wondering, “how many AR-15 mags should I have?” Owners of America’s favorite rifle, the AR-15, or other semi-automatic rifles should have at least three working magazines, along with three spare magazines for a total of six magazines. Frankly, for those who will train or compete with their semi-auto firearms, a dozen or more would serve better in the long run.

Again, follow the US military’s 4,000-round life expectancy for AR mags. You can still use them for range practice or drills if you run them through 130 loading cycles. Or you can sell them to someone else as practice magazines and then replenish your own stock.

Should the government enact some sort of magazine capacity ban on magazines over 10 rounds, Milspec AR magazines or other semi-auto modern sporting rifle mags will become very pricey. So, buy your spare magazines now while they remain affordable and available. Don’t wait.

What about the bolt-action rifle owners? As above, make sure you have at least three magazines. If your bolt gun sees a lot of action, have three spare magazines as well. The good news on bolt gun magazines is that they are unlikely to face restrictions anytime soon.

How Many Magazines Is Too Many?

I don’t know that anyone can really own too many magazines. Plenty of women would probably say the same about shoes or maybe purses. Heaven knows most men would say the same thing about guns.

Just make sure you have at least a couple of spare magazines, bare minimum, for every magazine-fed gun you own. You’ll thank yourself in 10 or 20 years. And maybe sooner.

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AR-15 Aluminum Magazines to Consider

AR-15 Aluminum Magazines to Consider

New AR-15 rifle owners may wonder, with all of the countless options in aluminum AR-15 magazines, which one is best for them. Actually, as someone with two decades of serious study of the AR-15 platform from nationally known instructors and teaching AR coursework for beginners myself, the answer to this question is surprisingly simple.

What Are the Best Aluminum AR-15 Magazines for You?

The AR rifle platform will run with near-perfect reliability given proper (generous) lubrication, decent ammo and good AR-15 aluminum magazines. But if you remove any one of those three components, malfunctions will plague any user, beginner or expert.

In practice, malfunctions can be frustrating and embarrassing. In life-or-death defensive situations, failures can actually prove fatal. So, selecting the right magazine is very important.

For instance, those who don’t know any better may buy some aftermarket, blue-steel magazine at a gun show, online or at their local gun shop. Yes, the packaging will often boldly and prominently proclaim guarantees of reliability. But buyer beware.

Poorly made followers can tilt inside the magazine. Followers are supposed to evenly push the ammunition up as the gun shoots and cycles new rounds. But cheap magazines tend to have poor-quality followers that may bind, rendering the magazine a trainwreck until it can be completely unloaded and cleared.

Lousy quality springs may take a set or fail to provide the necessary upward pressure to keep feeding cartridges reliably. Soft metal housings — and by extension, soft-metal feed lips — may bend or deform with use, causing additional reliability problems. Add in poor manufacturing tolerances and it’s easy to see how seemingly little things can lead to poor reliability for the end user.

So, which manufacturer’s product is right for you? Start with what the pros use. Magpul PMags dominate sales because they work and many like the “windows” in some models that show the remaining round count.

For those who like to keep things simple, Milspec AR-15 aluminum magazines offer outstanding performance at an affordable price.

Try some of each of these with your rifle and make sure they work flawlessly for you. While perfectly smooth operation isn’t necessary for an afternoon of plinking with friends, if you’re competing for bragging rights or for prizes, or you’re in a fight for the lives of you and your loved ones, you want perfect reliability and reliably perfect cartridge feeding from your aluminum AR-15 magazines.

Other Considerations

New and not-so-new AR-users should consider a couple of other points.

First, aluminum AR-15 magazines (or ones made from other materials) don’t last forever. The military, at one time, set the useful life of Milspec platform AR-15 aluminum magazines at 4,000 rounds, or about 130 full loads. Springs will eventually weaken from loading/unloading cycles, but not so much from “taking a set” from remaining fully loaded for years at a time. Also, the magazine’s feed lips can become deformed or broken from hard use.

Another consideration: make sure you use a Sharpie marker to number your aluminum AR-15 magazines. That makes it easy to identify any problematic mags so you can discard them or relegate them for training use only.

Given the wide availability of AR-15 aluminum magazines currently, now is a good time to stock up. Make sure you’ve got at least a half-dozen AR-15 magazines or more if you shoot a lot. It’s a good idea to buy now before politicians decide they want to restrict the sales of standard capacity magazines.

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Eight of The Best Beginner AR15s & Other AR-Style Rifles

Eight of The Best Beginner AR15s & Other AR-Style Rifles

There are dozens of reasons that the AR-15 and its variants are America’s favorite rifles. Most have to do with their reliability and almost infinite ways the platform can be customized for a wide range of uses. It’s almost like Legos for adults. There are so many aftermarket options, add-ons and upgrades, there’s almost nothing you can’t do with one. But that range of options can be confusing for first-time buyers wondering what is the best beginner AR. There are so many rifles offered by such a large number of makers, first-timers can easily get intimidated, worried that they’ll make the wrong choice with their first purchase or not know what AR-15 magazines to buy for it. We’ve put together a list of some of the best beginner AR15s you can find.

The good news is that the AR-15 is such a standardized platform that it’s difficult to make a bad choice these days. But a little guidance makes a lot of newbies more comfortable, so here are eight affordable options that constitute the best beginner AR-15 rifles that you can feel good about buying.

#1: Aero Precision AERO AC-15M

The AERO AC-15 Mid-Length Rifle is a budget-friendly, high-quality rifle featuring mil-spec parts and accessories made in America. The cost-efficient AV-15M is ready to go, right out of the box and can easily be upgraded down the road.

#2: Anderson Mfg. AM-15 16” Carbine

The AM-15 Optic Ready 5.56 16″ – M4 is Anderson’s entry-level rifle. Anderson makes all their own parts so you’re getting a quality, American-made rifle and one of the best beginner AR15s at a very affordable price. It’s ready for you to add either the iron sights or optic of your choice and head straight to the range.

#3: FN 15 Patrol Carbine

For those willing to spend a little extra, FN America’s FN 15 Patrol Carbine is one of the best options available. FN makes rifles and other small arms for the US military and you can see that pedigree in the FN 15 Patrol Carbine. The rifle comes with a 16” alloy steel, button broached, chrome-lined barrel, Samson flip-up rear sight for compact and reliable back-up sighting and a Midwest Industries quad rail handguard for front grip and accessory options.

#4: Palmetto State Armory PSA 16” M4 Carbine

The PSA M4 is one of the best beginner AR rifles for a new owner. It features a flat-top rail to accommodate any kind of optics or sights the shooter wants, along with US-made forged upper and lower assemblies that are a step above many entry level rifles.

#5: Ruger AR-556

The Ruger AR-556 gives first-time buyers virtually everything they need in an entry-level AR pattern rifle. From its carbine-length 16” barrel to its six-position telescoping M4-style stock, the AR-556 gives new AR rifle owners everything they need – right out of the box – to get going and then go from there.

#6: SIG Sauer M400 Tread

SIG’s M400 TREAD is an optics ready, aluminum frame AR platform rifle that’s ideal for the first-time AR buyer. The TREAD features a 16” stainless steel barrel with a free-floating M-LOK handguard, a single-stage polished/hard-coat trigger, ambidextrous controls and a Magpul 6 position telescoping stock.

#7: Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II

Smith & Wesson’s M&P15 Sport II may be the most popular entry-level AR rifle available. Built to perform multiple uses under various conditions, the lightweight, rugged M&P15 Sport II is designed for a wide variety of recreational, sport shooting and home defense applications. Best of all for the new owner, they’re easy to accessorize should you choose to down the road.

#8: Springfield Armory SAINT 5.56 M-LOK

The Springfield Armory SAINT 5.56 is the best beginner AR for home defense, competition or fun at the range. Springfield uses top-end Bravo Company M-Lok compatible handguards that give you plenty of space for accessories. A Springfield SAINT rifle is a great choice for the first-time AR buyer for out-of-the box fun and performance.

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What Is the Best Glock for You in 2021?

What Is the Best Glock for You in 2021?

When buyers are in the market for semi-automatic pistols, one of the first names that always comes to mind is Glock. For decades now, the Austrian-based handgun maker has been turning out some of the most reliable and popular firearms in the world. Why? Their quality and reliability are second to none. The next thing that comes to buyers’ minds is usually, “What is the best Glock for me?” Choosing the right Glock depends on what you want out of it. We’re here to help you make that decision.

With abnormally high demand for most Glock ammunition calibers, we recommend sticking to Glock handguns chambered in 9mm. Put simply, it is the most used pistol caliber, and finding less popular calibers at an affordable price is tricky due to the demand.

If you’re in the market for a new pistol in 2021, which one of Glock’s extensive lineup is right for you? Well, that depends. Before choosing the best Glock, ask yourself:

  • Are you looking for a concealed carry gun?
  • A home defense pistol?
  • A competition gun?

Glock has top contenders in all of these categories, so it’s better to focus on one at a time.

Choosing the Right Glock for Concealed Carry

For many, Glock is their brand of choice when they conceal carry. The 9mm Glock 43X features a staggered-stack Slimline frame and compact size grip. For medium to large hands, you can fit all five fingers on the grip. The 10+1 capacity gives carriers the perfect blend of comfort and concealment.

Also, the 9mm Glock 43 features a smaller compact frame and grip with a 6+1 capacity. For those with smaller hands, or who just want something a bit smaller to conceal, this is a classic Glock to carry.

Choosing the Best Glock for Home Defense

While the full-size G17 has more rounds on board, the Glock G19 is the one of the most popular handguns in the world. Its more compact size is a better fit for most shooters, and the G19 will still accommodate larger Glock 9mm magazines all the way up to the large capacity 33-rounders. The Glock 19 is the ideal choice in a home defense gun that can also be comfortably carried should the need arise.

Choosing the Right Glock for Competition

If you’re choosing the best Glock for competition shooting, look no further than the Glock G34 long slide MOS pistol. With its long 5.3-inch barrel length and a slide cut for a pistol red dot optic, the G34 MOS is the first choice for scores of 3-gun and bowling pin shooters. And, there’s a universe of aftermarket accessories – everything from flared magwells to replacement competition triggers – that will give you the ability to make the G34 the ultimate competition machine.

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Best Glock 9mm Magazines

Best Glock 9mm Magazines

If you have owned your Glock for any time at all, you’ve seen lots of ammunition magazines offered from various manufacturers for sale at gun shops and gun shows. Yes, factory Glock magazines are kind of pricey compared to some aftermarket products. In fact, you can sometimes buy two or even three aftermarket mags for the price of a single original Glock-branded magazine. So, what are the best Glock 9mm magazines out there? Let’s take a look.

Benefits of Factory Original Glock Magazines

Deciding which manufacturer’s product will work best for your Glock is easy. The factory Glock magazines offer bulletproof reliability and function in your Glock handgun. For personal defense or competitions with prizes (or prize money) on the line, a whole lot of prudent people use factory Glock products. I have shot over fifteen thousand rounds using Glock mags in the past ten years and can count on one hand the number of malfunctions. And none were the result of magazine issues.

But are factory originals the best Glock 9mm magazines? Even though they are factory original mags from trusted vendors, I still believe in the old maxim, “trust but verify.” I always function check the magazines before I carry them for life-saving purposes.

How do I function test them? I shoot both defensive and cheaper range ammo through them to ensure they work flawlessly in my pistols.

Best Aftermarket Magazines for Glock Handguns

For those on a tight budget or those who wish to buy some affordable aftermarket 9mm magazines for practice or training, there are a number of good non-Glock options that work well.

Magpul

Probably the best Glock 9mm magazines from an aftermarket manufacturer come from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Magpul introduced their PMags for Glocks in recent years. The company had some minor issues with some of the early ones, but their current product rivals factory Glock specimens in function and reliability. I have some myself and I can’t recall a single failure in over a couple of thousand rounds.

Even better, the Magpul Glock mags come in a range of capacities, including 10, 12, 15, 17, 21 and 27 rounds. Better still, as of today, all remain priced under $20 a piece street price.

Elite Tactical Systems

Elite Tactical Systems makes a clear plastic magazine for Gaston’s pride as well. I have limited experience using them or watching students run with them, but I have witnessed zero reliability or durability issues with those I’ve seen — to the extent that they’ve earned a place among the best Glock 9mm magazines from third-party manufacturers.

The handful of students over the years using these all expressed strong satisfaction with the clear mags as well. The only thing that has scared me away from these is seeing the cartridges jumbled around inside the loaded magazine. Sometimes some things are better left unseen.

Be Picky — You Often Get What You Pay For

I’ve had bad experiences with a couple of other inexpensive, third-party makers’ magazines. Yes, they boldly claim that they guarantee reliability and offer a money back guarantee. None of them have worked reliably for me. I got what I paid for in terms of spring and follower failures or deformed feed lips. A guarantee means nothing, especially if you can’t find a replacement for a faulty product because the company has gone bankrupt.

Why waste energy and your hard-earned money on marginal performers when you can buy flawlessly-performing factory originals for a few bucks more…or excellent aftermarket products from reputable makers at very affordable, competitive prices?

Be Sure to Stock Up

Whichever brand you choose, make sure you pick up some extra magazines for your favorite Glock pistol. Whether it’s the best Glock 17 magazines or the best Glock 19 magazines, they won’t last forever. They eventually degrade with use, in part because of those delicate feed lips. With hard use, they can become deformed or broken. This can lead to malfunctions.

Also, regardless of the brand of magazine you buy, a good practice is to number them with a Sharpie marker. That way, if you have issues with a particular magazine, you can remove it from your regular gear rotation and remand it to training or discard it.

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Top Three Best 10/22 Magazines for Your Ruger Rifle

Top Three Best 10/22 Magazines for Your Ruger Rifle

There aren’t many firearms that are more fun to learn with and shoot than the Ruger 10/22 .22LR rifle. It’s one of the most versatile rimfire rifles ever made, perfect for everything from taking small game to a fun afternoon of plinking at cans, balloons and paper targets. And you need the best 10/22 magazines to go along with it.

Whether you’re heading out into the field, or just to the local range, you want to spend as much time as you can pulling the trigger…not loading magazines. That’s why it’s a really good idea to have plenty of the best 10/22 magazines on hand and loaded so you can maximize your time behind the gun.

The key, though, is to buy quality magazines that won’t give you trouble while loading or reliably feeding ammo into your 10/22. Here are some magazine options you’ll want to keep in mind the next time you’re at your local gun store, any of which could be considered the best magazine for a Ruger 10/22.

#1: Ruger BX-1 10-Round Magazine

The classic is one of the best options. The 10-round BX-1 is the magazine that Ruger ships with the 10/22 rifle, and it’s still one of the best choices out there. The rotary BX-1 mag is rugged, well-made and supremely reliable. You’ll want to have a bunch of these loaded and ready to go in your range bag when you head out.

#2: Ruger BX-25 25-Round Magazine

The only downside to the BX-1 is that it only holds 10 rounds. If you want more trigger time between reloads, the Ruger BX-25 is definitely one of the best 10/22 magazines out there. The banana-shaped BX-25 lets you pack 2.5 times the number of rounds as the traditional BX-1 with the same level of build quality and reliability. Ruger also makes the 15-round BX-15 but if you’re going to go for more rounds in your mags, why stop part way? The BX-25 is the better option.

#3: GSG 10/22 SR-22 110-Round Rotary Drum Magazine

If 25 rounds just isn’t enough between magazine changes for you, you’ll want to try out the big GSG 110-round drum magazine for the 10/22 rifle. Yes, you’ll spend a little more time loading it, but with that much capacity on board, the GSG drum mag will let you shoot and shoot (and shoot some more) before you run dry. That alone makes it a contender for the best magazine for a Ruger 10/22.

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How to Buy Gun Magazines

How to buy gun magazines

WANT TO LEARN HOW TO BUY GUN MAGAZINES? START HERE.
In the first half of 2020 – despite the COVID-19 pandemic – more than 2 million Americans have purchased their first firearms. And guess what firearms need – magazines. Simply put, magazines hold the ammunition that feed into the firearm. Finding the right one for your gun can be tricky, so here are a few tips for buying your first magazines.

TAKE A SECOND TO INSPECT YOUR GUN MAKE AND MODEL
Start with your firearm. Who is the manufacturer? The firearm’s respective paperwork should reveal the firearm manufacturer, model, caliber, and capacity – all very important. If one of these categories are incorrect, the magazine may not be compatible. If you were to order a Glock 19, 15 round magazine for your Glock 17 9mm handgun, it wouldn’t fit. Learning how to buy gun magazines is easy once you know what you’re buying for. If you are having trouble finding information with your firearm, we recommend to consult with the firearm’s manufacturer.

which magazines fit my gun?

 

I BOUGHT A NEW HANDGUN/PISTOL, WHICH MAGAZINE SHOULD I GET?
It’s always good to have extra magazines – stowed away in your underground bunker or for going to the range. After identifying the manufacturer, model, caliber, and capacity of your handgun, it is much easier to find which magazine you need. Very often, you will have two categories of magazines to choose from – OEM and aftermarket.

OEM magazines are supplied by the original manufacturer of your firearm, such as Glock, Sig Sauer, Ruger and Smith and Wesson. OEM magazines are known for their great build-quality and reliability. If you got a few OEM magazines with your initial purchase and you like the way they handle, just order some more. Take a look at our selection of OEM magazines, just use the filter button to find the right magazine:

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Aftermarket magazines often have certain advantages, particularly in customization. These magazines may have larger capacities (OEM 10 round vs Aftermarket 15 round), color combinations (FDE, ODG, and translucent magazines), and possibly enhanced durability/performance. For handgun aftermarket handguns, Magpul and SGM Tactical make popular Glock magazines. Also, ETS produces clear/translucent magazines for many different pistol brands, such as Smith and Wesson, Glock, HK, and Sig Sauer. Click each picture below to find out more:

                           

 

I BOUGHT AN AR-15, WHICH MAGAZINE SHOULD I GET?
Certain rifles only take OEM magazines (check with your manufacturer). But for many AR-15 rifles, you have many options for your magazines – brand, capacity, color, material, and other accessories. After identifying your firearm’s make, model, and caliber, you can start to narrow down the field of aftermarket magazines. Our most popular brands for .223/5.56mm AR-15s include Magpul, Amend2, Lancer Systems, and Hexmag. If you are looking for a classic 30 round polymer (plastic) magazine, we would recommend the Amend2 Mod 2 Ar-15 30 Round Magazine. If you were in the market for a polymer 30 round magazine, but with a window in beige, we would highly recommend the Magpul PMAG Gen 3 Coyote Tan w/ Window. If you were looking for something more trendy, our translucent Lancer Systems L5WAM magazines have been super popular.

                 

I BOUGHT AN AR-10 / SR-25, WHICH MAGAZINES SHOULD I GET?
The magazine selection and market for AR-10s / SR-25s are very similar to that of the AR-15, so learning how to buy magazines isn’t too much different. Look above for information about AR-15 magazines. Again, certain rifles only take OEM magazines (check with the manufacturer). Here agin, aftermarket magazine brands, like Magpul and Lancer, are very popular. For AR-10 / SR-25 firearms, we recommend the Magpul M3 7.62 25 Round Windowed magazine and the CPD Duramag AR-10 20 Round Magazine. Click below to find out more about our AR-10 magazine selection:

                                

I LIVE IN A STATE WITH CAPACITY RESTRICTIONS. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Simply put, your State and/or local laws only allow you to purchase/possess magazines at certain rounds in capacity (unless you are in law enforcement). Please see below if this applies to you:

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Many people have found new confidence with their new gun purchase because they have gained the confidence and ability to protect themselves and family. You can have that confidence as well. All you need to do is pack up your magazines, go to the range and be prepared to learn to shoot, which, coincidentally, is a lot of fun. It is also a cornerstone of what makes America, America. Shop The Mag Shack for all your firearm magazine needs.

The Schmeisser S60 60 Round AR15 Magazine Review

The Schmeisser S60 60 Round AR15 Magazine Review

The Schmeisser S60 60 Round AR Magazine.

Yes, 30 rounds is standard capacity. But you have every right to have more than that on tap in a given session. Plenty of magazines exist out there with +30 capacity. Offerings from Magpul, Surefire, the (in)famous Beta magazines, and so on have been common for decades. So, what makes the Schmeisser offering shine, other than being an exotic import? Read on…

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Features

Check that texturing...

Check that texturing…

Features-wise, the S60 is just a typical AR magazine that happens to hold 60 rounds. The body and followers are made from a glass-reinforced polymer and molded with an aggressive texture for ease of manipulation under stress. A unique dual-follower system accomplishes the “magic” of feeding 60 rounds into your firearm. Unloaded, as weighed with my bargain precision equipment, the magazine is 9.3 ounces. Loaded with 5.56mm 62-grain M855 ammunition, it clocks in at 33.5 ounces, or a little over 2 pounds. I’ll gladly admit the texturing is a nice touch and it does look cool.

The manufacturer does candidly note that the magazine is only designed for 5.56mm and .223 ammo. They don’t recommend 300BLK since, in their words, there’s inconsistences across brands. Points for honesty, guys.

Use cases

OK, as people of the gun, we like to brag that we can change magazines fast and efficiently like it’s going out of style, hence magazine capacity bans are useless window dressing. Military and LE users generally shun magazines over 30 rounds for weight and reliability reasons. So, what the heck can the S60 be used for?

The biggest use cases, in my mind, would be for competition and full-auto use. In competition shooting, every split-second counts, and competitiors using ARs often carry 40-round magazines. If you’re lucky enough to own or have access to full-auto firearms, having more on tap is, let’s be honest, that much more fun. Also I can see in my mind where an S60 would be useful for a mounted firearm, maybe a Negev, which has the uncanny ability to accept both a belt and a standard AR/M16 magazine.

Since I’m not a competitior at this time, and I’m not toting around a Negev, I guess the testing regime will involve a machine gun. The Mag Shack, once again (thanks guys!) happily provided the S60, and, of course, CW Gunwerks came through with some full-auto fun.

Testing

It's big, but not terribly ungainly.

It’s big, but not terribly ungainly.

After many, many weeks of real life and even an hurricane threat getting in the way, I finally got around to getting some testing set up with the CW gang. I grabbed some M855, one of my ARs, and the S60, and made the long schlep down to Henry’s in the Redlands, out where the buses don’t run.

Upon arrival, I sought out Carlos from CW (Willie had family commitments), and we proceeded to get down to business. Carlos got his post-sample full-auto AR ready, and I proceeded to load up the first “stick” for the S60.

But, I forgot my MagLula loader. Shit.

No big deal though, generations of shooters before me loaded mags with their bare hands, and I usually eschew a loader when topping off my 30-rounders – didn’t think anything of it.

In not so many words, with the S60, you are going to want some sort of loading aid. To feed all that ammunition, the S60 has a system of two very high-tension springs to keep all those freedom pills flying. The first 20 or so rounds load fine, but the last get progressively tougher to load. Invariably I shredded my finger doing so. But, I managed to load it. I don’t consider it a design flaw since at this point, it’s just plain physics. Maybe that’s why drums have their fans. So yeah, get a magazine loader such as the MagLULA.

Loading into the firearm presented no challenges other than maybe the weight. It’s a big magazine, such is life. Aesthetically it looks a little awkward, and you are, in fact, putting two extra pounds on to your gun, but it doesn’t stand out as much as you’d think, even on an SBR.

Since we’re looking to really stress the magazine here, we went straight for the dump. I took first honors, flipped the switch on Carlos’ post-sample to 3:00, and went for it. 60 rounds downrange in about 5 seconds. No fuss, no muss. Not bad.

Eating my own dogfood, this video is hosted on a blockchain.

Then we had to reload, again. By hand it sucks, but that’s purely my fault.
60 more rounds downrange. No failures.

Let’s do it once more. 60 more rounds. No failures. This dump was with Red Army Standard .223 56-grain ammunition – Russian made and imported by Century Arms. The S60 seems to be OK with decent range ammo, and the cheap stuff. It works.

Decidedly unscientific, sure, but in my humble opinion, a full-auto stress test should make evident any issues with a magazine.

Regardless of practicality and ergonomics, the Schmeisser S60 AR magazine works. At the price point of $56.99 from The Mag Shack, it’s something you can’t say no to.

TL:DR

As the kids say, “too long, didn’t read”. Here’s the short version of my thoughts on this magazine.

Pros

  • 60 rounds on tap, especially useful for competition and full-auto fun.
  • Aggressive texturing makes manipulation a breeze
  • It looks pretty cool
  • The intrinsic value of having something that will really piss-off anti-gun people.

Cons

  • Loading without a loader is difficult. You’ll probably hurt yourself.
  • It’s an extra 2 pounds on your gun. Which may bother you. Or not.
  • You aren’t going to tote this around in a magazine holster or carrier.

Looks good, actually.