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Hunting Tactics 101: The Do’s and Don’ts for a Successful Hunt

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Hunting, a time-honored tradition and pastime, is as much about strategy as it is about skill. Your marksmanship won’t have any chances to shine if you never manage to come close enough to land a shot. In the same way, knowing Hunting 101 doesn’t automatically mean you possess the skills needed to succeed. It’s a combination of both that marks the true hunter. We cannot teach you skills, but we can give you the information you need about a particular hunting method. After all, understanding how hunting tactics work can significantly increase your chances of success. This article will explore various popular hunting tactics, as well as do’s and don’ts for each of them.

Table of Contents

Understanding Hunting Tactics
Spot and Stalk Hunting
Still Hunting
Hunting from a Stand or Blind
Drive Hunting
Conclusion
FAQs

Understanding Hunting Tactics

Hunting tactics are strategic techniques employed by hunters to outsmart their prey, something that allows you to actually get close enough to even try to get it down. These techniques are an integral part of the hunting experience, influencing such factors as approach, timing, positioning and even hunting gear. Hunters have been accumulating their experience for thousands of years, passing on the knowledge for the next generation to adopt and improve. The methods we have now are the result of millennia of trial-and-erroring on the part of our ancestors. Here they are.

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Spot and Stalk Hunting

Spot and stalk hunting is a method that requires both strategy and patience, often used to target animals that are alert to their surroundings or difficult to approach. This hunting tactic involves actively seeking (though not necessarily through walking) and stalking prey in their natural habitat. It’s one of the most popular hunting methods on par with blind or stand hunting. This method is particularly popular with bow hunters, but those using rifles also partake in this type of hunting.

The Main Aspects of Spot and Stalk Hunting

Observation

The first step in spot and stalk hunting is careful observation. You need to first find your prey to start stalking it. There are a number of ways to do so. Hunters that choose this method usually scan their surroundings for signs of animal activity, such as tracks or droppings or look for game in its feeding areas. The main thing about this method is that stalking happens only after spotting, which means you don’t need to walk miles in search of your target. Finding a good vantage point proves to be more helpful than traversing miles on foot. After all, with a spotting scope in your service, you’ll cover more area with your eyes than on your feet.

Spotting

After having identified or spotted a potential target, hunters use binoculars or spotting scopes to get a closer look. This process helps assess the animal’s body language, its size and exact location, which is crucial for planning the approach and determining the feasibility of a successful stalk. It is also at this moment that you should plan your route towards the target. It’s easy to lose sight of your destination once you leave your vantage point, so make sure to first find some landmarks you can rely on during your trip.

Stalking

Once a target has been identified and assessed and the route has been made, it’s time for the hunter to start stalking the animal. This phase involves moving towards the animal, using natural cover like trees or rocks to remain concealed. Use whatever comes your way to avoid being noticed, be it land mass or vegetation. The goal is to get within effective shooting range without alerting the prey. Some hunters might suggest being slow and stealthy right away, but that’s not necessarily the best choice. After all, the animal didn’t give you their word they would wait. So, you can start at a rapid pace to catch up to the game as soon as possible and after having closed some distance switch to a stealth mode. 

Stealth and Patience

Stealth and patience are key elements of spot and stalk hunting once you get within the earshot of your prey. Hunters must move silently and avoid any sudden movements that could startle the animal. You should pay attention to a dozen little things: wind direction, cloud movement, the level of ambient noise – all to make sure the animal won’t spot you until it’s too late. Crawling or crouching will be your best companions in maintaining a low profile and minimizing visibility. 

Shot Placement

After getting​ within comfortable shooting​ range, hunters need ​to select the appropriate ​shot placement to ensure a​ clean and ethical kill. ​This is yet another ​test of skill since you​ need to have a good command​ of animal anatomy to identify the​ best place for a shot ​and be skillful​ with a gun to land this​ shot. At this point, it’s all-in: you ​either hit the bull in the​ eye, or you don’t and let it get away.

Do’s:

🟢Use binoculars​ or spotting scopes to ​spot and assess the ​target animal from​ a distance.

🟢Study the ​behavior and habits of​ the target animal to ​anticipate its ​movements.

🟢Use natural ​cover and terrain ​features to remain​ concealed ​during the​ stalk.

🟢Practice ​stealth and move ​slowly to avoid​ detection once​ you come ​closer.

🟢Practice ​shooting from various​ positions and ​angles to be prepared for ​different scenarios.

Don’ts:

🔴Avoid rushing​ or making sudden​ movements that could ​startle the animal.

🔴Don’t neglect​ wind direction and ​scent control, as​ animals have a ​keen sense of​ smell.

🔴Don’t take shots that​ are beyond your effective​ shooting range, risking ​wounding rather​ than a clean​ kill.

🔴Always follow ​safety precautions, such​ as wearing ​appropriate hunting​ gear and using ​a safety harness ​when hunting​ from elevated ​positions.

🔴Never trespass ​or hunt in restricted ​areas without proper ​permission or ​permits.

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Still Hunting

Still hunting, despite ​its somewhat ​misleading name, is an​ active and highly​ strategic form​ of hunting. This ​method requires ​hunters to move slowly​ and stealthily ​through the​ animal’s habitat, making​ careful observations​ as they go. It ​shares many​ similarities with ​spot and stalking and they​ sometimes are even​ merged into one ​hunting method. But ​those are two different hunting ​tactics, at least when​ it comes to ​the beginning.

The Main Aspects of Still Hunting

Movement

In still hunting, ​movement is a ​delicate art. Hunters ​must move with​ purpose, taking​ careful steps to blend​ seamlessly with the ​environment, becoming ​a part of the​ landscape rather ​than an intruder. This is essential because in still hunting, you venture into the animal’s habitat right away, hoping to spot an animal rather than spotting it from afar and only then coming for it.

Stealth

Stealth is critical when still hunting. Hunters should use natural cover like trees, bushes, or rocks to hide their presence. It’s important to minimize unnecessary movements and avoid drawing attention to yourself. Remain in the shadows to further decrease your chances of being spotted. Remember that wind is your ally: the rustling of the leaves conceals the sound of steps better than anything else.

Observation

In observation lies another difference between still hunting and spot and stalk hunting. It never hurt anyone to stay alert during hunting, but that’s especially true for still hunters. The thing is, you venture into the animals’ domain hoping to spot them before they spot you. It’s no easy feat. Whereas spot-and-stalkers only start moving towards their target after having identified it, still hunters have all chances to remain in the dark about animals’ presence until they become too close not to spook the game. Constantly scanning your surroundings is of utmost importance. The success of your hunt depends on your ability to do so.

Patience and Endurance

Patience is perhaps the most important aspect of all the hunting tactics, regardless of which one you choose. But it’s one thing to spend hours in one spot, waiting for the right opportunity to make your move, and absolutely another to walk for hours in search of game. Maintaining focus during such periods is particularly hard, that’s why still hunting is not as popular as other hunting methods. You need to possess extraordinary endurance to succeed.

The general rule of stalking remains the same, only that you may spot an animal from a much closer distance and thus should always remain stealthy and careful. The host placement rules are also the same.

Do’s:

🟢Always move slowly and quietly, blending in with your surroundings.

🟢Stay alert ​and observe​ your environment​ for signs of animal ​activity.

🟢Use natural ​cover to stay ​hidden from ​potential prey.

🟢Exercise ​patience and be ​consistent in your ​sneaking.

🟢Carefully assess ​your shot selection, ​considering distance, ​angle, and potential ​obstacles.

Don’ts:

🔴Avoid making​ sudden or loud noises ​that could give away ​your presence.

🔴Do not move ​too quickly or make ​unnecessary ​movements.

🔴Avoid ​direct eye contact ​with animals – many ​species perceive this as ​a threat.

🔴Do not rush​ your shot – take ​the time to ensure ​a clean and ethical ​kill.

🔴Never compromise ​safety – always prioritize ​your well-being ​and that of ​others in ​the vicinity.

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Hunting from a Stand or Blind

If you are not​ a fan of walking,​ then this hunting​ tactic will ​certainly float ​your boat. Hunting ​from a stand or​ blind is one of those ​tried-and-true​ hunting tactics​ that offer a ​unique set of ​advantages ​over traditional hunting ​methods. Whether ​you choose a ​treestand or a​ ground blind, ​this method of hunting allows​ for improved visibility, ​increased shooting​ range, and superior​ concealment – ​all while not making​ you spend hours ​traversing the ​wilderness.

The Main Aspects of Hunting from a Stand or Blind

Choosing a Location

The first step in this ​process is selecting​ an ideal location for​ your stand or blind. This​ involves studying the ​behavior and, most ​importantly, movement ​patterns of the ​target species. Look​ for signs of animal​ activity, such as game ​trails, feeding areas ​and water sources to​ make sure ​you aren’t just sitting in​ the middle of the​ wilderness where​ no animal​ dares to tread. Ideally, ​the location should ​provide a clear view ​of these areas ​but also have enough natural ​cover to conceal ​your presence.

Setting Up the Stand or Blind

Once a location​ has been chosen, ​the next step is setting up ​the stand or blind. For​ treestand hunting, find a ​sturdy tree that can​ support your weight and​ the stand. The stand ​should be securely attached to ​the tree, with safety ​harnesses used at ​all times during​ installation and use. Don’t take more ​than you need while​ using the three stands – the lighter ​you are, the safer it is.

For ground blinds,​ look for a spot that ​provides a clear ​shooting lane while​ blending into the surrounding​ environment. The blind should be​ camouflaged and positioned in​ a way that ​doesn’t obstruct the ​view or alert the​ animals to your ​presence.

Concealment and Camouflage

Regardless of whether ​you’re using a stand or ​blind, effective concealment is​ crucial. Choose hunting clothing with camouflage patterns and ​materials ​that match ​the surrounding ​vegetation. Additionally, ​scent control measures ​should be taken to ​minimize your odor ​and prevent ​detection by the ​animals. You don’t really have ​a choice where to ​stand regarding the​ wind, so you should​ mask your scent with ​other means. 

Patience and Stillness

It comes as no surprise that hunting from a stand or blind requires patience and stillness. We’ve mentioned patience more than once, but you need a different kind of patience when sitting still. You may need to wait for extended periods for the target animals to come into range and are not recommended to move too much. Any movement or noise can alert the animals, so remain as still and quiet as possible for as long as you can to increase your chances of a successful hunt. If you did a good job of choosing the location, the animals won’t be long in coming.

Shooting Angles and Visibility

Since you get the​ unique opportunity to ​choose the location and ​shooting angle ​yourself, you should make the ​most out of it. Your setup ​should allow for optimum shooting ​angles and visibility. In a treestand, the elevated position offers​ a wider field of view ​and shooting angles. However, ensure​ you’re comfortable with ​shooting downward​ to avoid trajectory ​issues. Ground blinds may limit visibility ​due to their enclosed​ nature, so shooting ​apertures must ​be carefully positioned for ​clear sightlines.

Do’s:

🟢Choose a sturdy and ​secure treestand that can ​safely support your weight.

🟢Choose a ground ​blind that blends in well​ with the surrounding ​terrain.

🟢Practice setting up ​and using your ​chosen platform before ​the actual hunt to ensure ​the setup won’t be a​ problem during the ​actual hunt.

🟢Always wear a safety harness ​when using a ​treestand to prevent​ potential falls ​and accidents.

🟢Position your stand or​ blind in an area known​ for high game​ activity, preferably ​near food sources or game trails.

🟢Exercise​ patience and stay ​quiet while in your ​stand or blind to ​avoid alerting nearby ​animals.

🟢Wear camouflage ​clothing and use​ scent control products ​to enhance your ​concealment.

Don’ts:

🔴Avoid exceeding​ the weight limit of ​your treestand ​or compromising its stability ​by overloading it with gear.

🔴Don’t neglect ​proper tree selection ​and inspection when ​using a treestand. The tree ​should be healthy and ​capable of supporting ​the stand.

🔴Refrain from making sudden ​movements or creating unnecessary ​noise that could ​startle game.

🔴Never leave your stand​ or blind unattended ​for extended periods as ​it may attract ​unwanted attention or even ​be stolen.

🔴Always check local ​hunting regulations regarding the ​use of treestands or ​ground blinds in your chosen hunting area.

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Drive Hunting

Finally, we have drive hunting, probably one of the oldest hunting tactics in existence. It is a communal hunting method often employed for its efficiency and effectiveness. This strategy involves a group of hunters working together to drive game into a confined area, where other hunters remain ready to intercept it. It has been used since the time of mammoth hunting and hasn’t gotten old yet.

The Main Aspects of Drive Hunting

Teamwork

Drive hunting relies heavily on teamwork. It’s the main difference between this method and all the others we’ve covered so far. Hunters typically divide into drivers and shooters. Drivers move through the terrain, pushing game towards shooters who are strategically positioned to take the shot.

Planning and Coordination

Successful drive hunting requires careful planning and coordination. As you can, coordinating that number of people is not particularly easy, especially given they will be somewhat scattered. In addition to understanding the terrain and animal behavior, hunters need means of clear communication amongst themselves to drive the game in the desired direction.

Knowledge of Terrain

Understanding the landscape is crucial in drive hunting. It’s vital to use both natural features such as rivers and cliffs and man-made structures like fences to direct animals towards a designated area. Your ability to take advantage of the local landscape can bring you the trophy the same way as the inability to read terrain can leave you bereft of any reward.

Understanding Animal Behavior

Knowing how your target species reacts under pressure is pivotal for all the hunting tactics, but especially so for drive hunting. The animal will feel threatened and most likely will dart off from you. But it might as well dart right towards you, and in a direct confrontation with not a second to react, your chances of getting injured might be high. As such, you need to always be prepared for both scenarios. And act accordingly.

Do’s:

🟢Establish clear communication and coordination among all participating hunters to prevent accidents.

🟢Designate safe shooting zones and ensure all hunters are aware of their locations.

🟢Be aware of the positions of fellow hunters and maintain a safe distance between them.

🟢Understand the terrain and use it to your advantage.

🟢Study the behavior of the target species to predict their movements.

🟢Equip yourself with appropriate gear for safety and efficiency.

🟢Respect local hunting regulations and ensure you have the necessary permits.

Don’ts:

🔴Avoid shooting ​towards other​ hunters or populated areas.

🔴Don’t rush the drive; slow and ​steady movement is ​more effective.

🔴Avoid unnecessary​ noise that might ​alert the game​ prematurely.

🔴Do not disregard ​safety measures, both for ​yourself and the team.

🔴Never hunt without ​proper permission on ​private land.

Conclusion

As you can see, ​hunting is a complex sport, ​with each strategy requiring its ​own set of skills ​and insights. By understanding ​the peculiarities of different​ hunting tactics and​ correctly applying them, you can significantly ​enhance your chances ​of success. Remember, the do’s and​ don’ts mentioned above are​ not just recommendations, but​ guidelines that serve as a beaten​ path to a safe and​ successful hunt.

Check out our other article on hunting and hunting-related equipment:

FAQs

What are some effective hunting tactics for different types of game?

Different game species ​require different hunting ​tactics. For instance, ​hunting from a hide or​ blind is often effective​ for deer, while stalking​ might be better ​suited for hunting​ elk. Experienced​ hunters can tailor ​their strategies​ based on the​ game, terrain, and​ weather conditions.

What is still-hunting and how is it done?

Still-hunting​ combines the pleasure ​of traversing the​ woods with the ​discipline of being on​ a hunt. It involves moving ​slowly and quietly in the animal’s ​habitat, stopping ​frequently to listen and​ observe, and using ​stealth to get ​close to game.

What is drive hunting and how does it work?

Drive hunting​ involves a group of ​hunters where​ some act as ​drivers, moving in​ a line through an ​area to drive game towards ​other hunters called ​standers. It requires ​well-oiled teamwork​ and good communication ​between the parties.

What are some safety tips for hunting from a tree stand?

Always wear a safety harness ​when climbing or sitting in a​ tree stand. Check your​ stand regularly for any signs of wear or damage. Never​ climb with your gear – use a haul line to bring ​up your equipment after you are secured ​in the stand.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/hunting-tactics-101/ 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

AR-15 Starter Pack

S&W M&P15 sport 3

S&W M&P15 Sport III

Specifications:

SIG SAUER ROMEO5XDR Gen II Red Dot Sight with Juliet 5

Red Dot Combo

MAGPUL AR/M4 PMAG 30 GEN M3 5.56x45 Magazine With Window

30rd Magazine

UTG AR15 Cleaning Kit

AR Cleaning Kit

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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