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SIG SAUER Customer Stories: Real Experiences

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In an attempt to gain a comprehensive understanding of the SIG Sauer pistols, particularly the P320 and the P365 platforms, we sought out real-life experiences from actual users. These stories cover everything from the gun’s performance to its reliability, providing invaluable insights for anyone considering these guns for EDC, home defense, or range shooting. Read on!

Contents

Briefly About SIG P320 Issues
Sig Sauer P320 Reviews & Customer Experiences
Sig Sauer P365 Reviews & Customer Experiences

Sig Sauer P320: What All the Fuss Is About?

With the rising interest in the SIG P320 pistol, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype. But when it comes to understanding the true performance and reliability of these firearms, there’s no better source than the experiences of everyday users. These are the people who handle their P320s regularly. So, let’s turn down the noise and amplify these voices.

SIG P320 Safety Concerns

In the last couple of years, SIG has faced some serious challenges. The legendary SIG P320 has been in the limelight due to multiple reports of the pistol discharging unintentionally. And a lawsuit against SIG Sauer has caused some worry among potential buyers and users alike. We have an article that comprehensively breaks down the issues P320 users have complained about and a detailed overview of the safeties the P320 pistol employs. So, if you want to learn more about the topic, read this post. Now, we briefly touch on these safety issues to provide more context.

P320 Drop Safety Issue

This issue with the SIG P320 emerged when it was discovered that if the pistol was dropped in a specific position – bore facing upwards with both the frame and slide hitting the ground at the same time – the trigger would continue its rearward motion, causing an ND. This wasn’t an isolated incident linked to a particular caliber, frame size, or type of ammunition; it was a consistent problem across all variants of the P320.

A key contributing factor to this issue was found to be the weight of the trigger. The heavier trigger continued its motion due to inertia when the gun was dropped, leading to the unintended firing.

In response to this safety concern, SIG Sauer took measures by launching a voluntary upgrade program. It allowed P320 owners to have their pistols fitted with redesigned components at no extra cost. This initiative essentially addressed and eliminated the drop-fire issue, further enhancing the safety of the P320 for its users.

P320 Firing Out of Battery

Out of battery is a situation where the gun discharges before it’s fully locked in place. Some experts attribute this issue to a combination of out-of-spec overpowered ammo often used in competition circles and, probably, a minor mechanical issue with the P320. However, given the long dwell time and the series of mechanical safeties on the P320, particularly the striker block, this seems to be an unlikely occurrence.

P320 Uncommanded Discharges

This refers to the gun firing without the trigger being pulled. Considering the millions of P320s out there, there could be various reasons for this happening. A manufacturing defect could be one reason, but this is not unique to the P320 – even popular models like Glocks have had their share of such incidents when they became popular. Another reason could be negligent handling, like inconsistent lubing or using worn-out holsters.

Customer Experiences with the SIG P320

From various online discussions, it’s clear that owners of the SIG P320 have a range of experiences to share. Many users defend the firearm, expressing satisfaction with its performance. Some even proudly possess multiple SIGs for different purposes, such as carry and range work. One user even humorously pointed out their concern is not when they’re carrying a P320 but when they’re not.

A common theme among these experiences is an initial ‘break-in’ period for the P320. A user noted that their pistol had minor return-to-battery issues, but after this initial phase, their experience with the P320 was all good.

“My first non hand me down pistol is a M18 and I have run about 750 rounds (mostly cci some others like venoms) through it with only 2 return to battery issues very early in the run.”

They added that after breaking in, their P320 “runs buttery smooth.”

One more person has had a similar P320 break-in experience:

“The only failures I’ve had with my P320 were in the first couple hundred rounds and they were mostly when my wife or son were shooting. Both of them being new shooters I’m placing more blame with their grip than the gun. Not a single issue after that break in period and teaching the family to shoot better.“ 

Another person in that same thread also assumed that “some P320s seem to have break in periods” and that trying to fire hundreds of rounds through the factory lube “definitely can lead to problems”. Speaking of lubing. There were also mentions of the P320’s resilience, with one user claiming to have fired 1200 rounds without cleaning or lubing the gun, experiencing no malfunctions. However, while impressive, it’s still strongly recommended to regularly maintain and lubricate your firearm.

But not all experiences were entirely positive. There was a user who reported friends having issues with their P320s, leading them to question the SIG P320 reliability. “…heard of people having rough break-in periods with the 320”, they shared. This person also wrote that they own two P320 and “haven’t had a single issue.” However, this person adds that they saw firsthand “an m18 that was finicky during break-in.”

Here’s what another person with mixed feelings shared. Though they say that all of their other SIGs were 100% problem free, they parted ways with the idea of owning the P320. “Too many issues from 3 different p320’s owned by friends at the range. It’s rare I see one person with an issue with a gun, let alone 3 with varying amounts of use and ammo put through them.” Unfortunately, this person didn’t mention what kind of issues their friends encountered.

Another person, an owner of three P320 pistols, which they like, mentioned having problems: “…one is a safe queen, and the other two are range toys because I’ve had issues with both of them.”

Negligent Discharges (NDs) with the P320, particularly among law enforcement officers, were also discussed. Some users suggested that these NDs could be more related to handling errors than inherent flaws in the pistol. They pointed to the frequency with which LEOs handle their firearms as increasing the likelihood of an ND occurring.

People also recalled SIG Sauer’s voluntary upgrade program. Some users reported no further issues after taking advantage of the offer.

“I have had a 320 since they first came out, with the “bad” trigger and the updated one. If I have had any mis-fires I can’t recall. Ran everything thrown at it, no problems.”

Despite the varying experiences, the general consensus among P320 owners seems to be that while there may be some initial teething problems, the firearm is reliable and trustworthy once broken in.

However, there were still some users who expressed hesitation about carrying a P320 concealed: “I love my m18 and tbh I’m a little skeptical carrying appendix, I only use it for practice am looking at the macro for a new carry.”

As a solution, some suggested not chambering a round as a solution, while others considered adding a manual safety to their P320.

In conclusion, while the SIG P320 has had its share of safety concerns, it’s crucial to remember that any tool, when misused or poorly maintained, can become a liability. The experiences of real users show that many are satisfied with the P320’s performance and reliability.

Here are some more P320 customer stories:

“The new runs of the 320 have the early drop issue fixed. I have one of the newer ones with 1000+ rounds through it. Still smooth as butter and only 1 FTF due to the ammo and not the gun.”

“My M18 has close to 5000 rounds through it with only 2 FTF from the same batch of ammo. No other issues. I appendix carry all day every day.”

“The p320 is a great gun, I have 3 of them in different sizes/configurations. But if the p226 or p229 is also an option I would go with one of those.”

“I can say with 100% certainty that the 320’s I’ve used and own are safe and will not fire unless the trigger is pulled. In fact I’ve legitimately tried to replicate the unintentional discharge and have not been successful. Keep in mind, I carry mine as my duty pistol and frankly it gets the hell beaten out of it daily. It’s been dropped, hit, smacked on things, squished between me and a car/ground/wall/ etc. I’ve been in fights with it on and I’ve never had it go off without a trigger pull. To put it honestly, they’re probably my favorite pistols I’ve owned.”

As with any firearm, proper handling, regular maintenance, and adherence to safety guidelines are essential to ensure a safe and satisfying experience.

Like one person wrote: “My personal experience is that I’ve had more malfunctions with my glocks than my p320s… does that mean glock is unreliable? No.”

Sig Sauer P365 Reviews & Customer Stories

Now that we’ve delved into the P320, let’s explore another popular platform from SIG Sauer – the P365 series. This compact pistol series has been making waves in the firearm community, particularly the P365 X-Macro and P365 XL models. What makes these models stand out? Let’s find out through the experiences of real users.

Is SIG P365 the Best CCW?

When it comes to concealed carry, the SIG P365 series shines. Here’s what real users have to say:

“I’m looking into getting a Sig P365 for work carry. It’s smaller and thinner than my current G26, so it’ll be easier to conceal,” says one user. Another user agreed, stating, “I find it easier to shoot than a Glock 26 and definitely easier to carry.”

Users appreciate the P365’s compact size and versatility. One user shares, “I went from a G19 to a P365. I still carry the G19 on occasion but the 365 goes everywhere with me daily. I carry a 12rd in the gun and a 15rd in my pocket. The 10rd mags occasionally get used at the range.”

Another user shared how they carry their P365, “I have a P365 that I carry with the flush fit 10 round mag on days where my clothes are tighter and the extended 12 round mag when wearing a loose t-shirt or flannel. I where mine at the 4:30 position. If you carry appendix it should be even easier to conceal. Great gun. No issues with reliability.”

The P365’s concealability is highly praised. One female user shares, “I’m a very small female and what I can say is that this is for sure the most easily concealable pistol that I have ever owned. In fact, it’s the only firearm that I’ve ever owned that I’m able to conceal while wearing the jeans I normally wear without there being awkward or noticeable bulges.”

Several users also mentioned their preference for carrying the P365 with different magazines depending on the situation. For instance, one user shares, “For the longest I’ve carried my p365 with 12rd mag inserted and the 15rd as a backup. But now I’m drifting back toward 10rd w/ pinky extension for even better concealment.”

Another user echoed this sentiment, stating, “I keep 15rd mags in, while the gun is in the house, car, or most any bag. I can carry the 12rd pretty easily most of the time, which my wife prefers. And then you’ll have the flush 10 round mag option for tight conceal.”

The P365 XL has also received high praise from some users. One user shares, “I’ve carried a 365XL for two years. I’ve had zero malfunctions out of 2400 rounds to date. They truly are amazing pistols. The missing link between a duty weapon and dedicated carry pistols.”

However, another user argues, “The [P365 XL] pistol, as configured, makes no sense. What DOES make sense, is someone who takes a 365 XL slide, sticks a rmsc dot on it, and puts it on a standard 365 frame, carries with 10+1 in the gun and a 15 round spare mag.”

For those considering the P365 X-Macro for concealed carry, several users have shared helpful advice and experiences. The P365 X-Macro is noted for its magazine design, which packs a full-size 17+1 round capacity into the slim profile of the P365.

One user shared a tip on cost-saving, suggesting, “If you really want the X Macro, I’d take a look to see what an XL slide costs, and then just buy the X Macro grip frame. It may be cheaper that way.” This opinion was echoed by another user who found this combination ideal for everyday carry, stating, “XL slide and XMacro grip is my EDC and I love it.” Yet another user agreed, adding that while the X Compact shoots the best, the XL with the Macro grip is very close in performance and much more comfortable for all-day carry.

Additionally, some users adjust their carry setup based on the situation or season. For instance, one user shared, “I carry my 365 on a daily basis, my XL grip on when I need 2 extra rounds and my Macro when I’m in winter clothes.”

When comparing the P365 X Macro to the P320 X Compact, one user pointed out the slimness of the Macro, making it easier to carry. They said, “Macro is much slimmer than the X Compact. Makes it easy to carry. My X Compact has become a safe queen.”

SIG P365 Performance & Ergonomics

One user compared the P365 to other popular compact pistols: “Before I bought the P365, I shot a Hellcat, Shield, & G43 to compare. I liked the Hellcat better than the other two, and liked the 365 best. For me, the 365 wasn’t nearly as snappy as the Hellcat. I found it to just be much easier to shoot than other small pistols. The biggest difference for me was fast follow up shots. As long as I drive the gun the way I’m supposed to, subsequent shots are always close to first impact all the way out to 15-20 yards.”

Regarding the P365 SAS, a user shared: “I wouldn’t call it “snappy” but neither would I call it “fun” to shoot. It is just shy of being snappy. I’ve shot some other larger 9mm though that beat my hand up a lot more though. It is almost too small for me with the extended grip 10rd mags though I always feel I have a comfortable grip on the firearm. It also falls off accuracy wise past 20 ft. That may just be the shooter though. It is kind of a one box and done when at the range gun.”

Some users agree that the P365 requires some practice. One person stated, “I love mine [P365], but as others have said, it takes some practice. I wouldn’t necessarily call it any snappier than others but it’s not a beginner’s gun.”

Another user praised the ergonomics of the P365: “Love it. The small grip and angle took a bit of getting used to, but it’s a marvel of engineering. I went from the P365 to the P365 with an XL grip module, to just getting the P365XL.”

The XL grip module seems to be a favorite among users with larger hands. One user shared, “As others have mentioned, if you have big hands, throw an XL grip module on it. Did that to mine and it went from “meh” to “*heck* I like shooting this.”

Another user compared the P365XL to the G43, saying, “The XL felt wider than the G43 in a surprisingly good way. In reality it’s less than a 10th of an inch wider but it honestly felt really, really comfortable…I REALLY liked the weight of the gun. The weight of the gun is so satisfyingly well distributed. It shot well too, but that’s not saying much as pretty much any $600 sub-compact is gonna shoot well. What I really mean to say is it’s not nearly as snappy as I expected it to be. Far less snappy than my G43.”

However, personal preference plays a significant role. When comparing the P320 to the P365, one user wrote, “The 365 was just too snappy and light for me, and its grip was “off” for my hands though I really wanted to like it. Try both (or all) configurations you’re considering before making your choice. If you only tryout the P365 you’re going to make yourself like it whether its right for you or not.”

Another user who switched from the G43 to the P365XL said, “I owned a G43 before, but it was a little small for my hands, and I would get slide bite occasionally. I avoid the original P365 for the same reason, felt like it was a hair too small. I was certainly tempted by the G48, but the slightly extended beavertail on the P365XL is what really pushed me towards it. Fits great, I can jam my hand way up on it and not get bit.”

Generally speaking, users have found the P365 series to be reliable and versatile, with performance that can stand toe-to-toe with other leading compact pistols on the market. However, personal preference and comfort play a significant role in choosing the right handgun or configuration.

FAQ

Why does P320 have no safety?

The P320 was designed with an internal safety mechanism that is meant to prevent accidental discharges if the gun is dropped. No manual safety is often preferred by some users who want their pistols to be ready to fire without having to disengage a manual safety first. However, it’s important to note that some versions of the P320 do come with a manual safety for those who prefer having that feature.

Does the SIG P320 still fire when dropped?

In the past, there were instances of the P320 discharging when dropped at a certain angle. However, SIG SAUER has since implemented a Voluntary Upgrade Program to correct this issue. All P320 pistols now being sold are the upgraded models that have resolved this issue.

Which Sig Sauer is better P320 or P365?

Both the P320 and P365 have their strengths. The P320 is known for its modularity and is used by many law enforcement agencies. The P365, on the other hand, is praised for its compact size and high capacity. The “better” model depends on your specific needs and preferences.

How far can P365 shoot?

While the P365 is designed for close-quarters self-defense, some users have reported maintaining accuracy at distances up to 25 yards.

Can you pocket carry a P365?

The P365 is small enough for pocket carry, but it’s crucial to use a pocket holster that covers the trigger guard for safety purposes.

Why is the P365 so popular?

The P365 has gained popularity due to its impressive capacity-to-size ratio, making it ideal for concealed carry. It’s also praised for its shootability and the quality of its construction.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/sig-sauer-customer-stories-real-experiences/ 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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SIG P320 Starter Pack

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SIG SAUER P320

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P320 OWB Holster

Holosun 507K

9mm Cleaning Kit

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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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