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How to Choose the Right Sling Mount for Your AR-15

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A gun sling has ​almost become an integral part​ of the iconic AR-15 image. ​This accessory, though pretty simple, offers utility​ that is too good to refuse. ​But rare are the cases when ​buying only a sling is sufficient. Being a piece of fabric or ​leather, a sling has a hard time attaching to a rifle. This is where a sling mount comes into play. It​ is thanks to them that slings can be securely mounted. Sling​ mounts are abundant and​ it might be hard to choose among all of them. In this guide, we’ll take a look at both​ slings and sling mounts, with a stronger​ focus on the latter. 

Table of Contents

The Basics of AR-15 Slings
A Deeper Dive into AR-15 Slings
      One-Point Slings
      Two-Point Slings
      Three-Point Slings
Introduction to Sling Mounts
Sling Mount Varieties
Factors to Consider 
Step-by-Step Mounting Instructions
Conclusion

Understanding the Basics​ of AR-15 Slings

Before getting to​ sling mounts themselves, it ​might be useful to learn ​what exactly they mount. A sling is essentially the ​AR-15 equivalent of a​ guitar strap, made ​from durable material like nylon or leather, used to carry ​and handle the rifle. ​It secures the firearm to your ​body, allowing you to move freely while​ keeping your hands ​available for other tasks. A true asset in ​tactical situations and a pleasant​ accessory during other​ scenarios. 

Now, why is a sling so​ important for handling an AR-15 rifle? Well, there are​ several reasons:

  1. Weapon Retention: A sling helps​ keep your AR-15​ attached (in a way) to​ your body. It is indispensable if you need to use your hands​ for something other than​ holding​ a gun, and, to be honest, there are plenty of ​things you need ​them for. In addition to that, it won’t​ fall ​to the ground or into the​ wrong hands should you accidentally​ ​lose grip on ​it.
  2. Improved Mobility: With a sling, ​you can ​carry your AR-15​ hands-free which helps immensely with maneuverability. This is ​​especially useful when ​navigating difficult terrain or performing multi-task operations. You can climb, ​un, or even drive​ without having to put down your rifle.
  3. Shooting Stability: Believe it or not, ​a sling ​can actually help you​ shoot more accurately. You can do a trick and have a sling create ​tension ​​between your body ​and the rifle, which will provide additional stability ​when aiming​ and ​shooting.
  4. Quick Transition: In situations where​ you need to​ switch from your AR-15 to​ a secondary weapon (like a sidearm), a sling enables ​the transition​ to be fast and smooth. ​You can simply let go of your rifle, and it will stay secured to​ your body ​while you draw your ​secondary weapon.

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A Deeper Dive into AR-15 Slings

Now ​then, there are three major types of ​slings ​sold on the market. They are ​not fundamentally different​ but still boast some distinctions. ​To choose​ the most suitable type of​ mount, you need to know what your sling type is, as it will ​determine​ a number of defining ​characteristics.

One-Point Slings

One-point​ slings, as the name suggests, ​attach​ to your AR-15 at a ​single point, ​typically at the base of the​ stock or the buffer tube. The ​greatest​ advantage of ​these slings is ​their simplicity. They enable​ swift transitions between ​shooting​ and carrying ​positions, which makes them particularly ​suitable for close-quarters ​combat​ scenarios.

However, ​this mobility comes with a ​trade-off. ​Because it’s only ​attached at ​one point, the rifle will likely ​swing around quite a bit when​ you’re​ on the move, so some ​banging​ against your knees or ​other parts of the body is ​inevitable. ​That is, unless you use ​one ​hand to keep it from swaying. ​This lack of stability can ​make ​one-point slings less ideal for​ ​long-distance treks or situations ​where you need​ both ​hands ​​free.

Two-Point Slings

Two-point ​slings are the most ​traditional type​ of sling that attaches to ​your​ AR-15 at two points, usually at ​the stock and just past​ the ​handguard. These slings offer ​superb​ stability compared to one-point ​slings and can even be​ used as a​ makeshift shooting aid by ​​creating tension against your ​shoulder.

Two-point slings​ are ​versatile and work well for​ a variety of activities, from​ ​hunting to tactical use. The ​downside? ​They take more time to don​ and may not allow for as ​​quick a transition between ​carrying and ​shooting positions as ​one-point ​​slings.

Three-Point Slings

Three-point​ slings are the most complex of the​ bunch. They secure​ ​your AR-15 at two points, like a two-point​ sling, but also feature an additional​ loop that goes ​​around your torso. This design offers ​excellent stability and keeps your ​rifle close to your ​body, even​ when your hands are off the ​weapon.

On the flip ​side, three-point slings have more ​​straps and buckles, ​which ​makes it more likely to interfere with​ other gear you wear or even you​ handling your rifle. ​They​ are also more challenging to​ adjust and may get tangled if not​​ used​ correctly.

Introduction to Sling Mounts

Slings would ​have been utterly useless without​ something that ​could​ properly fix them to a firearm. Coiling​ them around the upper and ​stock would cause ​them ​to bring more inconvenience ​than use. That’s where sling ​mounts came in. ​They are ​what keeps your AR-15 securely attached​ to its sling. They are the ​critical link that ​should be ​chosen with utmost prudence.

Sling mounts come​ in a variety of forms and are​ typically made of ​durable materials like steel or aluminum. They can​ be located in various places​ on your AR-15, such​ as at the base of the stock, on the ​handguard, closer to the tip of the ​gun or even replacing ​the standard end plate of the rifle.

What do they do? In​ short, they connect. The ​primary function of a sling​ mount is to provide a sturdy and reliable ​point of attachment for your​ sling. It’s up to the mount​ to ensure that the sling doesn’t detach ​when you’re moving around.

Sling mounts also​ enable you to position your ​rifle the way you see fit. For​ instance, a sling mount located ​towards the rear of your AR-15 ​lets you carry your rifle over​ your shoulder, while a mount towards​ the front allows for ​across-the-chest ​carry.

Some types of sling​ mounts, known as ​quick-detach (QD) mounts, ​are designed for swift and easy attachment or ​detachment of the sling. ​This can be particularly ​useful in situations where you need to quickly ​switch between carrying​ and shooting ​positions.

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Comprehensive Guide to Sling Mount Varieties

We’ve scratched ​the surface of what a sling​ mount is, now it’s time to​ go for a deeper cut. There are two main types​ of sling mounts: ​quick-detach and regular mounts. ​The difference between the two is pretty ​apparent, but we’ll elaborate​ on both those types​ nonetheless.

Let’s start with​ quick-detach mounts. These​ are designed for easy​ attachment and detachment, ​as the name suggests. They ​usually come with​ a push-button design that allows you to quickly ​release or attach the sling. If you​ can imagine ​yourself in a situation where you need to rapidly ​detach your sling, this is the most suitable ​type.

However, ​quick-detach mounts do have some ​drawbacks. For one, they fetch a higher price than regular​ mounts. Additionally, like any ​other mechanism,​ the quick-release might accidentally ​engage if not properly ​maintained or handled. These​ potential drawbacks don’t prevent users​ from using them, though, for the ​convenience ​such mounts offer is too good to pass.

Moving on​ to regular sling mounts. These have ​been around for quite a while and managed to develop a ​variety of styles including fixed loops, ​swivel loops, ​end plate loops and clips.

Fixed ​loop mounts are not as much mounts ​as they are parts ​of the rifle. They provide the most secure​ and sturdy mounting point for your​ sling but lack the​ flexibility of other mount types. The sling ​can’t rotate, which might limit your ​movement in certain situations.

Swivel ​loop mounts offer more flexibility than fixed​ loops. Most of​ them allow the sling to rotate freely, but​ not all. They might be noisy when moving, ​which can ​hardly be an advantage.

End plate loops are another type of regular sling​ mount. They are​ typically installed at the rear of the rifle ​over the buffer tube or replacing the ​standard end plate. ​This type of mount is ideal for single-point​ slings and provides a low-profile, ​ambidextrous ​mounting point.

Lastly, we ​have clips. These are versatile ​carabiner-style hooks​ that can be attached to various points on your​ rifle. They offer a good balance​ between fixed and ​swivel loops, providing both security and ​flexibility. Clips are also quick and​ easy to remove. ​However, they might not be as durable or ​sturdy as other​ mount types.​

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Sling Mount

A sling mount​ may look like a trifle, a piece​ of equipment that doesn’t ​really require much time to choose. But it ​should never be about picking​ the first one you see. ​There are several factors that should inform ​your decision so that you could​ make the best choice for​ your needs. Let’s dive into some of ​these factors:

Type of ​Sling: The first thing to consider ​is the type of sling you’re ​using. Different sling types may require different mounts. For instance, ​a single-point sling typically​ requires an end plate loop, while fixed or swivel loops would be a​ better fit for a two-point ​sling.

Material and Build Quality: The durability of your​ sling mount is ​crucial. A single failure to retain the ​sling could cost you a lot, depending on ​what situation you’ll​ find yourself in when that happens. ​Look for mounts made from high-quality​ materials like steel ​or aircraft-grade aluminum. ​These are sure to withstand heavy ​use and harsh ​conditions.

Ease of ​Installation: Some sling mounts, ​especially quick-detach ​ones, can be easily installed ​without the need for a gunsmith. ​Others might require professional​ assistance. If you want to do​ it all yourself, look for a mount ​that comes with clear installation​ instructions.

Quick-Detach​ vs Regular: Quick-detach ​mounts offer convenience and ​speed, but they tend to be more ​expensive. Regular mounts are ​just as reliable and usually more​ affordable. Decide which features​ are most important to you.

Flexibility and​ Mobility: Consider how much​ movement​ and flexibility you need. If you switch shooting ​hands often or move around a ​lot, a swivel ​mount might be more beneficial. If you prefer stability​ over flexibility, an AR-15 ​with a fixed loop might ​be a better choice.

Noise Level: ​Some sling mounts, especially​ swivel types, can produce​ noise when moving. This could be a​ factor to consider if you’re ​using your rifle for hunting or any​ activity where silence is critical.

Price: Lastly, ​consider your budget. While​ it’s important to invest in a ​high-quality sling mount, there’s no need​ to break the bank. There are ​plenty of affordable options​ available that don’t compromise on ​quality.

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Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Mount a Sling

Whereas each​ type of mount would require​ its own instruction, it is ​nonetheless possible to draw up a generalized​ guide to mounting a sling. ​In addition to your rifle, sling​ and sling mount you might need ​additional mounting hardware ​and some tools like a wrench ​or a screwdriver.

Step 1: Identify Mounting Points

The process ​starts with you identifying where​ you’ll attach the sling on your​ rifle. For a two-point sling, you’ll ​need two mounting points. One is​ usually near the buttstock, and​ the other is near the handguard​ or barrel. The exact locations ​can vary depending on your ​preferences and the specific design​ of your rifle.

Step 2: Attach the Rear Mount

Start by attaching​ the rear mount near the ​buttstock. Depending on the type​ of mount, this could involve screwing it​ into place, sliding it onto ​a rail, or replacing the existing ​end plate with one that has a loop. ​Make sure the mount is securely​ fastened and oriented ​correctly for the sling to clip or loop ​onto.

Step 4: Attach the Front Mount

If it’s the two-point​ sling you plan to use, repeat​ the process with the front​​ mount near the handguard or ​barrel. Again, ensure that it’s ​securely attached and ​properly oriented.

Step 5: Attach​ the Sling to the Mounts

Now you can ​attach the sling to the mounts. ​How you do this depends on ​the design of your sling and mounts​. Some slings clip onto the ​mounts, while others loop ​through them. Make sure the ​sling is not twisted and that it hangs at a​ comfortable length when ​the rifle is slung over your ​shoulder.

Step 6: Adjust the Sling

​Finally, adjust the sling as necessary for ​comfort and functionality. Most ​two-point slings are adjustable, ​allowing you to change the ​length of the sling depending on ​your needs. You might want the sling tighter for more stability ​while shooting, or looser for more​ mobility while carrying. You can ​always adjust it later, so it’s an​ optional​ step.

Conclusion

Having a sling​ mounted to your AR is a​ great way to increase your gun’s​ utility. It spares you the need to constantly​ carry your firearm and​ can even provide some minor ​benefits while shooting. But slings are only ​as good as their mounts​ are. Without a proper foundation, ​no sling will be as useful as it could. Don’t​ skimp on a sling ​mount, and you’ll get a reliable ​accessory that will serve you long and ​faithfully. 

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FAQs

What are the different types of sling mounts for an AR-15?

There are ​several types of sling mounts for ​an AR-15, including quick detach ​mounts, fixed and swivel loop ​mounts, end plate loops and clips.

What should I look for in terms of material and build quality when choosing a sling mount?

Look for a sling ​mount made from durable​ materials like steel or reinforced​ polymer. It should be sturdy and ​well-constructed, with no loose​ parts or sharp edges. The finish should​ resist rust and corrosion.

What’s the difference between quick-detach and regular sling mounts for an AR-15?

Quick-detach​ (QD) mounts allow ​you to easily remove​ or attach the sling​ without the need ​for additional ​tools. Regular mounts, ​on the other hand, typically​ require tools to ​attach or detach ​the sling. QD mounts​ provide more flexibility but ​may be less secure than ​regular mounts.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/ar-15-sling-mount-guide/ by Timothy Chandler at blog.gritrsports.com

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The Evolution of the Beretta 9mm Pistols: 92, APX, PX4

Modern Variants of the 92FS and M9

Since the 92FS was introduced, Beretta has rolled out tons of different models. Some were specifically made for law enforcement, like the 92G for the French police, which skips the manual safety and uses a decocker lever instead. Even though the original 92G was discontinued, its slide design lives on in models like the M9A4.

Then there’s the 92D, a model that gets rid of both the safety and decocker lever, relying solely on a double-action trigger. In the ’90s, Beretta also introduced the 96 series chambered in .40 S&W to keep up with law enforcement trends.

Brigadier slide

In 1993, the Brigadier-style slide came out with reinforced locking lugs for added durability and a unique “hump” in the slide’s contour. Although the extended lifespan due to this design is up for debate, many users have noted it reduces recoil and muzzle rise. Because of this, the Brigadier slide is popular in 92 variants used in action pistol competitions.

Come early 2000s, Beretta introduced the 92 Vertec. This model was designed for law enforcement and shooters with smaller hands, featuring a slim backstrap and a shorter reach trigger. It also had an accessory rail, beveled magazine well, and interchangeable front sights. Plus, it ditched the traditional barrel protrusion by shortening the barrel to 4.7 inches but kept the slide the same length.

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Beretta 92 Vertec

Many modern 92 series variants blend features from both the Brigadier and Vertec models. Examples include the 92FS Brigadier, 92X, M9A3, and M9A4.

The Beretta 92X, introduced in 2019, standardizes the Vertec platform and adds the “Xtreme-S” trigger system, which cuts trigger reset by 40% and offers adjustability for pre-travel (in SAO models) and overtravel. Other highlights include a 3-slot Picatinny rail, a slimmer vertical grip, removable wrap-around grips to switch between Vertec-style and the classic M9 feel, fully removable high-visibility sights, and a universal slide allowing conversion from decocker-safety to decocker-only mode.

The series also includes the 92X Centurion (18 rd), 92X RDO Compact (15 rd) pistols, 92X Performance Carry Optic featuring an optic cut for USPSA competitors, and the lightweight 92X Performance Defensive for IDPA competitions.

New additions to the 92 family are the 92XI and 92GTS pistols. The 92XI is an SAO pistol with a 1911-style frame-mounted safety and comes in a base model, a Tactical model with a threaded barrel and DLC-coated trigger components, and a flashy Squalo edition. Meanwhile, the 92GTS is DA/SA with a twin sear and a decocker-only configuration.

Now, let’s get back to the M9. Around the mid-2000s, the US military requested some tweaks to the original design. Beretta responded with the M9A1, which borrowed features from the 92G-SD like a railed frame, standard 92 grip contour, beveled mag well, and textured grip while keeping the original M9 slide mostly the same.

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Almost a decade later, Beretta rolled out the M9A3, featuring a replaceable front sight, a railed frame, and a Vertec-style backstrap with an aggressive grip texture. It also includes a wraparound rubber grip to replicate the feel of the standard M9A1 backstrap. The standout feature of the M9A3 is a redesigned slide that allows the gun to switch between FS and G configurations using a conversion kit, something that previously required an expensive and permanent modification by a gunsmith.

The latest iteration, the Beretta M9A4, boasts a red-dot optic compatible slide, dovetailed tritium night sights, an enhanced short-reset Xtreme Trigger System, 18-round sand-resistant magazines, and textured Vertec-style thin grips.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/beretta-9mm-pistols-92-apx-px4/ by Gritr Sports at blog.gritrsports.com

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Our Top Picks for Home Defense

Buckshot, particularly 00 buck, is widely recommended for its effectiveness in stopping a threat. However, the choice of ammunition can also depend on your living situation. For instance, individuals in apartment buildings or homes with thin walls might consider lighter loads or specific defense rounds designed to reduce the risk of over-penetration.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/best-home-defense-shotguns/ by Gritr Sports at blog.gritrsports.com

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Beginner’s Arsenal: Best Guns for Novice Shooters

Stepping into the world of firearms is no small decision. You’re not just picking out a tool; you’re selecting a companion for your safety, your sport, and in some cases, your survival. We’re here to break down for you what makes a solid beginner gun as well as recommend the best starter models.Here’s a quick summary:
  • 9mm pistols are the best for EDC, vehicle security, and home protection. The best starter pistols are Glock 17 or Sig P320.
  • An AR-15 rifle chambered for 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem cartridge, like the S&W M&P15 Sport III, is a great option for home protection and target shooting. Rifles are generally easier to shoot accurately and generate less felt recoil.
  • Ruger 10/22 chambered for the .22LR low-power rimfire cartridge is a great way to start your shooting journey if you want a rifle that is soft-kicking and quiet and has more classic ergonomics.
  • Shotguns in the Mossberg 500 or 590 series are great for beginner shotgun hunters or those looking for a home defense gun that doesn’t require good marksmanship.

Ideal Beginner Gun – What Should It Be?

Pistols: If you’ve found yourself here, chances are you’re on the fence about which type of firearm fits your future needs best. Handguns, especially semi-auto pistols, are prime picks for everyday carry and situations requiring agility, like home defense, vehicle defense, and close-quarter battle (CQB). That said, handguns do have their limitations. Their shorter barrels limit the effective range and make accurate aiming a tad more challenging due to the short sight radius. Additionally, handguns designed for more powerful rounds like .45 ACP, .357 Mag, and 10mm can be challenging to manage because of their recoil.

Rifles: Rifles offer a significant step up in power and accuracy, with effective ranges extending to 300-600 yards and beyond, thanks to longer barrels that help with bullet stabilization and building up pressure. They’re generally easier to shoot accurately and manageably. For home defense, rifles with barrels around 16-18 inches are spot on. And if you’re thinking about hunting or precision shooting, you need to go longer.

AR-pistols and short-barreled rifles (SBR) offer a middle ground, mixing the maneuverability of handguns with the power of rifles, though legal hurdles can complicate ownership.

Shotguns: They are kings of versatility, useful in a range of activities from home defense to hunting various types of game. Planning on hunting? Make sure you’ve got your shot pattern right, so you don’t ruin your game. As for home protection and target shooting, accuracy isn’t as critical with shotguns, making them a solid choice for beginners.

Best Guns for Beginner Gun Owners

At this point, you might now have a better grasp of what suits your needs best. Next up, we’re going to provide recommendations for the best starter guns ideal for beginner shooters.

Best Beginner Pistols: Glock 17 or Sig P320

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There’s always a heated debate between two camps over which brand is truly the best. However, it’s clear that both Glock and Sig Sauer produce pistols that are reliable, durable, and highly customizable.

The Glock 17 (or G17) and the Sig Sauer P320 are full-size pistols, each offering significant advantages for beginners. Full-size pistols are easier to control because the mass of the pistol absorbs a good bit of the recoil. They are easier to be accurate with thanks to longer slides, not to mention both models offer 17 rounds of capacity with a standard magazine. A longer barrel means more power and better accuracy over greater distances. Plus, both the G17 and the SIG P320 are chambered in 9mm Luger – the most balanced and versatile cartridge out there.

Curious about choosing the right beginner handgun? Check out our guide on Choosing the Best Defense Handgun for a Beginner. It dives deeper into pistol frame sizes and other essential factors.

Now, comparing the G17 to the P320, you’ll find each has unique advantages and trade-offs. Glocks are the workhorses of the pistol world – rugged, reliable, and with rather simplistic aesthetics, all at an affordable price range. They’re known to handle thousands of rounds without a hiccup and can take a good amount of abuse. Another advantage is the vast aftermarket for parts, upgrades, and customizations. Here’s an example. Glocks are known for their mediocre trigger feel out of the box. So when you get the basics down and figure out what you’d like to improve, there are plenty of aftermarket options available to you.

If the Glock’s aesthetic and ergonomics don’t appeal to you, the Sig P320 might be more to your liking. Right out of the box, it’s a solid full-size pistol with an appealing design and reliable performance. Like the Glock, the P320 boasts strong aftermarket support. Plus, it offers a modular design that lets you easily switch frame sizes to suit your preference.

Both the G17 and P320 are DAO (Double Action Only) pistols, meaning they have internal safeties and no external safeties to fuss with. This design choice means there’s nothing to forget to disengage in a tense moment or slow you down. Still, if you’re set on having a manual safety, Sig Sauer also provides the M17, a military version of the P320 with that feature.

Why We Love the Glock 17:

  • Reliability and Durability: Known for being able to handle thousands of rounds without any issues, making it a reliable choice for both beginners and seasoned shooters.
  • Simplicity and Affordability: With its no-frills design and affordable price range, it’s an accessible firearm for those new to shooting.
  • Customization Options: A vast aftermarket allows for numerous upgrades and customizations, catering to the user’s preferences over time.
  • No External Safety: DAO design with internal safeties simplifies use.

Why We Love the Sig Sauer P320:

  • Modular Design: Allows for easy transition between frame sizes, making it versatile for different hand sizes and shooting preferences.
  • Out-of-the-Box Performance: Delivers reliable performance and an appealing design, providing a solid starting point for any beginner.
  • Aftermarket Support: Like the Glock, enjoys strong aftermarket support for parts and customizations, enhancing its longevity and adaptability.
  • No External Safety: DAO design with internal safeties simplifies use.

Other Options:

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Best Beginner AR-15: Smith & Wesson M&P Sport III

When you’re starting out in the gun world, you’re probably looking for something that won’t break the bank but still has all the right stuff to get you going. That’s where the third-gen M&P15 Sport from Smith & Wesson shines. Priced comfortably under $1,000 — actually, you can grab one for around $650 to $700 — it’s a solid pick without feeling like you’re cutting corners.

Sure, there are other rifles like the PSA M4 Carbine from Palmetto State Armory that come in even cheaper, under $500. But the M&P15 Sport III has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. For starters, it’s got a mid-length gas system. This is key for a 16-inch barrel since it not only makes the rifle last longer but also gives you a smoother shooting experience. Plus, the 1:8 twist rate is versatile enough to handle loads as light as 55gr M193 bullets and as heavy as 90gr, making it great for experimenting with different types of ammo.

This AR-15 rifle also boasts a 15” free-floating M-LOK handguard, which means you can attach all sorts of accessories. Plus, it’s got a full-length pic rail on top for when you want to add optics — especially handy since it doesn’t come with iron sights. And with a 6-position collapsible stock, you can adjust it to just the right fit. Sure, you might find cheaper models out there, but the M&P15 Sport III’s blend of softer recoil, versatility, and must-have features like the M-LOK handguard and adjustable stock makes it an awesome choice for anyone just getting into shooting.

Why We Love the S&W M&P15 Sport III

  • Affordably Priced: At under $1,000, often between $650 to $700, it’s a high-value option for beginners.
  • Mid-Length Gas System: Enhances durability and provides a smoother shooting experience.
  • Versatile 1:8 Twist Rate: Suitable for a wide range of ammunition, from light 55gr M193 bullets to heavier 90gr rounds.
  • Other Features: 15” free-floating M-LOK handguard, full-length Picatinnyicatinny rail, 6-position collapsible stock.

Other Options:

  • PSA 16″ M4 Carbine
  • Aero Precision Aero AC-15M
  • IWI Zion-15

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Best Beginner .22 Rifle: Ruger 10/22

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If you’re looking for a classic semi-auto rifle that’s perfect for beginners, the Ruger 10/22 is hard to beat. This rifle is a legend, making it an awesome choice for teaching both kids and adults the ropes of shooting sports. The Ruger 10/22 fires the .22LR round, which is super cheap and has almost no kick, plus it’s really quiet. However, keep in mind, that the .22LR is a low-power cartridge, and its effective range tops out at about 150 yards. While it might not be your go-to for self-defense, especially compared to rounds like the .223 Rem or 9mm, it’s still not something you’d want to be on the receiving end of.

With the .22LR, you’re all set to join rimfire competitions, go after small game, or just have fun plinking in the backyard. Ruger offers a bunch of different 10/22 models so you can find one that’s just right for you. Whether it’s the 10/22 Carbine with its classic looks and versatility, the 10/22 Target for hitting bulls-eyes, or the 10/22 Tactical for competition use, Ruger’s got you covered.

All in all, the Ruger 10/22 is a solid, well-balanced rifle that packs reliable performance and up-to-date features into a classic design.

Why We Love the Ruger 10/22

  • Perfect for Beginners: With minimal recoil (.22LR round) and a quiet operation, it’s an ideal firearm for teaching new shooters the basics.
  • Versatility in Use: Whether you’re interested in rimfire competitions, small game hunting, or backyard plinking, the 10/22 serves all purposes well.
  • Affordability of Ammunition: The cost-effectiveness of .22LR rounds means you can shoot more for less, perfect for extensive practice sessions without breaking the bank.
  • Variety of Models Available: Ruger offers multiple versions of the 10/22 to fit every shooter’s need, from the classic Carbine to the precision-focused Target model, and the competition-ready Tactical version.
  • Unmatched Durability and Performance: Known for its reliability and solid construction, the Ruger 10/22 ensures a long-lasting shooting experience with consistent performance.

Other Options:

Ruger 10/22 .22 LR Rifle Starter Pack

RUGER 10/22 Takedown 22 LR

RUGER 10/22 Takedown

Specifications:

PROMAG Ruger 10/22 22 LR 55rd drum mag

55rd Drum Mag

VORTEX Crossfire II 2-7x32mm rimfire scope

Rimfire Scope

universal gun cleaning kit

Cleaning Kit

Best Beginner Shotgun: Mossberg 500/590

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Talking about shotguns and not bringing up the Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870 series is nearly impossible. They’re both standout choices for newbies and honestly, picking between them often boils down to which brand you vibe with more rather than a clear winner in performance. Lately, though, a lot of shooters are leaning towards the Mossberg, saying it’s more consistent in quality. Plus, Mossberg 500/590 shotguns sport a couple of user-friendly features like the more convenient location of the safety and slide release as well as a skeletonized always-up shell lifter that allows you to load shells and clear malfunctions easier.

The Mossberg 500 and 590 shotgun series are loved for their straightforward, pump-action design. It means they’re easy to use thanks to fewer moving parts, weigh less compared to semi-autos, and are pretty darn durable. Both series come decked out with features that make life easier, like ambidextrous safeties and anti-jam elevators.

When it comes down to what you’ll use it for, the Mossberg 500 is your go-to for hunting. It comes in a bunch of camo options plus wood and black synthetic stocks, and its lightweight build and longer barrel make aiming and control easier.

If you’re gearing up for home defense or tactical purposes, the Mossberg 590 is where it’s at. It’s decked out for customization, built to take whatever comes its way, and boasts a higher shell capacity. And if a compact, easy-to-maneuver shotgun for tight spots is what you need, the Mossberg 590 Shockwave is legendary. Though it might take some getting used to, it’s surprisingly manageable once you get the hang of it.

Why We Love the Mossberg 500 and 590 Series

  • Consistent Quality: Many shooters express a preference for Mossberg over other brands for its consistent quality across models.
  • User-Friendly Features: The conveniently located safety and slide release, coupled with a skeletonized always-up shell lifter, make the Mossberg series exceptionally easy to load and clear.
  • Pump-Action Design: This design ensures fewer moving parts, lighter weight, and remarkable durability in both the 500 and 590 series.
  • Versatility for Hunting and Tactical Use: The Mossberg 500 is ideal for hunting, available in various camo, wood, and black synthetic stocks. In contrast, the Mossberg 590 suits home defense or tactical scenarios, boasting customization options and a higher shell capacity.

Other Options:

Considering a shotgun for home protection? Read our guide on the Best Home Defense Shotguns.

Mossberg 590 Shockwave Starter Pack

MOSSBERG 590 Shockwave 12Ga 14.3in

MOSSBERG 590 Shockwave

Specifications:

Mossberg 590 light mount

Forend Light

Side Saddle, 9 Shell

Side Saddle

Shotgun Sling

Shotgun Sling

FAQs

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The fit of a gun is determined by how well your hand can grip it, your ability to reach the trigger comfortably, and how natural it feels when aiming. The right gun should feel like an extension of your hand; it shouldn’t feel too heavy or awkward.

Yes, it is highly recommended to take a firearm safety course, even if it’s not legally required in your area. These courses provide essential information about safe handling, storing, and operating firearms. They also often cover local gun laws, which is crucial knowledge for any gun owner.

The 9mm Luger is a popular choice due to its balance of recoil, size, and power. It’s manageable for most new shooters, widely available, and is used in a variety of handgun sizes. This caliber allows beginners to practice effectively without being overwhelmed by recoil. 5.56/.223 as well as .22LR are good rifle calibers.

It’s advisable to clean your gun after every use to ensure it operates correctly and safely. If you’re not using your gun frequently, a thorough cleaning and inspection every few months is recommended. Regular maintenance prevents the buildup of residues and corrosion, prolonging the life of your firearm.

Yes, you can purchase a gun online, for example, on gritrsports.com, but it must be shipped to a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder, usually a gun store, where you can pick it up. You’ll need to complete the necessary background checks and paperwork at the FFL, just as if you were buying a gun in a store.

This depends on your comfort level and the intended use of the firearm. Some people prefer the added precaution of the manual safety, especially if they are new to handling guns or if there are children in the home. Others prefer firearms without manual safeties for simpler operation.

Safe gun storage is essential for preventing accidents and unauthorized access. Options include gun safes, lockboxes, and safety locks that prevent the gun from being fired. It’s also advisable to store ammunition separately from the firearm.

The cost of a reliable beginner firearm varies widely, typically ranging from $400 to $800. While it might be tempting to go for a cheaper option, investing in a good-quality firearm from a reputable manufacturer ensures reliability, safety, and a better shooting experience.

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