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The Role of SIG SAUER in Military & Law Enforcement

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SIG Sauer is an esteemed firearm manufacturer that has been a key player in law enforcement and military operations for decades. Throughout this article, we’ll delve into the unique relationship between SIG Sauer and the armed forces, exploring the reasons behind their widespread acceptance within these critical institutions. In particular, we’ll be focusing on SIG Sauer’s most celebrated creation – the P320-M17 pistol, but we’ll also touch on several other SIG Sauer firearms.

Table of Contents

History of Military Pistols
P320-M17: SIG Sauer for the U.S. Army
Why Navy SEALs Opted for the SIG P226
SIG Sauer’s New Army Rifles

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MILITARY SIDEARMS: FROM 1911 TO SIG M17

Isn’t it interesting how military sidearms have evolved over the past 100 years? Back in the day, the U.S. Army decided to switch from their .38 caliber revolvers to the legendary Government Model 1911 in .45 ACP, which could fire a bigger bullet at slower speeds, causing more tissue damage. 

The 1911 pistol was the standard for about 75 years, which says a lot about its reliability. But then, warfare changed, and NATO regulations came into play. So, around the mid-1980s, the Army started using the Beretta M9, a 9mm handgun also known as the Beretta 92FS. Its double-stack magazine meant soldiers could carry more rounds.

Fast forward to 2015, the Beretta M9 had served its time, and the U.S. Army and Air Force were on the hunt for a new standard-issue handgun. A bunch of manufacturers competed, but SIG Sauer P320 won out. The full-size version became the SIG M17 pistol, and the compact version was named the SIG M18. This move added another chapter to the history of military pistols and cemented SIG Sauer’s role in it.

P320-M17: SIG SAUER PISTOL FOR THE U.S. ARMY

WHY SIG SAUER P320-M17 WON THE MILITARY CONTRACT

As we’ve mentioned, the journey began in 2015 with the launch of the XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition by the military. The challenge was not only to create a firearm that outperformed the legendary Beretta M9 – the new pistol had to be versatile, offering a variety of magazine options and allowing for adapting pistol grips and fire control devices. It needed an integrated rail system, a non-reflective neutral finish, and ambidextrous controls. It also had to be ready to use with a suppressor and able to consistently hit a 4” target from 50 meters.

Interestingly, while the military had been using the 9mm Luger since the Beretta was first chosen, the MHS did not demand competitors to stick to this caliber.

The competition was fierce, with entries from both American and European manufacturers. The Austrian Glock 17 &19 in 9mm as well as Glock 22 & 23 in .40 S&W were strong contenders, as were the Belgian FN FNS (a variant of the FN 509) and the Czech P-07 & P-09. Beretta even entered their new APX .40 S&W pistol into the competition, hoping to retain the massive contract. From America, entries included handguns from KRISS USA, Smith & Wesson, STI/Detonics Defense, and, of course, SIG Sauer.

SIG Sauer submitted a P320, a civilian pistol, with a host of modifications for the MHS competition. These modifications ranged from an ambidextrous thumb safety, improved slide sub-assembly, and a trigger fitted with a mud flap to a loaded chamber indicator and slide cut-out for a reflex sight.

A significant upgrade from its predecessor, the Beretta M9, was the P320’s polymer frame. It reduced the overall weight while also making the pistol more durable, as polymers are known for their resistance to environmental wear and tear.

In early 2017, it was announced that the SIG Sauer P320 MHS variant had won the trials and the $500+ million contract. With this win, SIG Sauer didn’t just secure the rights to supply the military with their new handgun but also earned the privilege of providing several types of ammunition and services. This contract was massive – the military expected to purchase up to half a million full-size SIG Sauer M17 and nearly 10,000 SIG Sauer M18 compact models to supply the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines, and U.S. Special Operations Command.

SIG SAUER P320 MODULAR DESIGN

The genius behind the SIG Sauer P320-M17 pistol lies in its innovative modular design. Unlike many pistols where the frame is essential to the gun’s operation, the P320’s frame is merely a housing, and on the inside, there’s the real star of the show – the removable fire-control unit (FCU). This thing is absolutely self-contained and includes the striker, ejector, and trigger.

Users can effortlessly swap in slide sizes and grips and even convert calibers. The flexibility extends to the frame as well. In short, the FCU is the heart of the gun, while the rest can be replaced.

This modular feature does not simply unlock a world of customization options – this is great for civilians. Originally, the primary purpose of a modular design was to fit the highest number of military personnel.

SIG SAUER P320 IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

The P320 caught the attention of law enforcement agencies across the U.S. following its adoption by the military. Many agencies saw the benefits of this innovative firearm and began replacing their aging duty weapons with the new SIG.

The modularity allowed agencies to buy modular parts and pieces instead of purchasing multiple pistols to meet varying needs. It made the armorer’s job easier too – fewer guns to keep track of meant simpler inventory management. Alongside the shift to the P320, many law enforcement agencies started moving away from the .40 S&W cartridge back to the 9mm.

The SIG P320-M17’s adoption by the army and law enforcement agencies nationwide isn’t just a testament to its quality and adaptability. It also signals that this innovative handgun is here to stay.

SIG SAUER P226 IN THE U.S. NAVY SEAL

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In the mid-1980s, while other uniformed services were adopting the M9 as their primary handgun, the U.S. Navy SEALs took a different route. The M9 had shown some mechanical and performance issues during testing, so the SEALs set out to find a handgun that would meet their unique operational requirements. Their search led them to the SIG Sauer MK25 (P226), a weapon that has been in the hands of SEALs for over three decades on battlefields from Panama to Syria.

So, why did Navy SEALs choose the SIG P226? The P226 was originally developed by SIG Sauer to replace the M1911. Despite coming in second to the Beretta M9 in a competition, the P226 stood out as a reliable alternative. It’s a variant of the SIG P220, a sidearm trusted by militaries worldwide, and underwent rigorous testing to ensure it wouldn’t exhibit the same performance issues as the M9.

So, the P226 has several key features that make it an ideal choice for SEALs. It sports a shorter barrel than the M9, an advantage in close-quarter battles. Its slide is made of stainless steel, enhancing strength and preventing the problems encountered during M9 testing. Moreover, the slide features ferritic nitrocarburizing, a treatment that shields against corrosion – critical for SEALs who frequently operate in saltwater environments. The P226’s chamber and barrel are chrome-lined, another plus for operations in wet or dusty conditions. Finally, weighing just under 2 lbs with a loaded magazine, the P226 is lighter than the M9.

This versatile handgun can be used as a SA or DA pistol. It comes with a decocker, and though it lacks the manual safety, it still comes with internal safeties that prevent accidental discharges. The P226 also offers a 15-round capacity, night sights, and a Picatinny rail and has a distinct anchor symbol.

SIG XM7 & XM250: US ARMY’S NEW RIFLE COMBO

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In January 2019, the United States Army embarked on a pivotal journey to revamp its small arms arsenal under the Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) Program. The goal was to replace the M4 carbine and M249 light machine gun, both chambered for the 5.56 NATO, with a unified system using 6.8mm cartridges. Additionally, the program aimed to develop advanced fire-control systems for the new weapons.

Seven defense manufacturers vied for this opportunity, with five focusing on weapon design and production, and two aiming to create cutting-edge fire-control optics. Amidst intense competition, SIG Sauer emerged triumphant with their innovative submissions: the SIG MCX SPEAR rifle (XM7) and the SIG LMG 6.8 (XM250) belt-fed machine gun. These weapons were designed to use the new 6.8×51 SIG FURY brass-steel hybrid cartridge. Both come with the SIG SLX suppressor.

The announcement of SIG Sauer as one of the winners in early 2022 marked a monumental moment. It was the first time in 65 years that the Army was ready to field an entirely new weapon system, including an individual rifle, a squad machine gun, a new fire control system, and a new caliber family of ammunition.

The new weapons offer a significant capability increase over the M4 and the M249. The decision to switch to the 6.8 mm round was influenced by a 2017 Small Arms Ammunition Configuration Study driven by advances in adversary body armor and reports of the 5.56 mm round’s underperformance at distances beyond 300 meters. The 6.8 mm round outperformed the 5.56 mm in terms of distance, accuracy, and energy for lethal effects on target.

Interestingly, the 2017 report initially called for an intermediate caliber – larger than the standard-issue 5.56mm but smaller and lighter than the 7.62mm round. The 6.8mm round fits this description, effectively destroying targets at 600 meters and beyond.

For civilian shooters, the 6.8 mm baseline measurements resemble a beefed-up version of a familiar cartridge from the hunting world, the .270 caliber rifle round. Although the XM7 (previously called the SIG Sauer XM5 – the name had to be changed to avoid a trademark conflict with Colt’s M5 carbine) is two pounds heavier than the M4 when unloaded, the XM250 is four pounds lighter than the M249 SAW. Despite the ammunition being heavier, specific details about the weight of a full combat load compared to the 5.56 mm are not disclosed.

So, the adoption of the SIG XM7 and the SIG XM250 marks a significant leap forward for the U.S. Army, promising enhanced lethality, accuracy, and adaptability on the battlefield.

By the way, if you want to buy a civilian version of the new U.S. Army rifle, shop for the SIG MCX SPEAR rifle at GRITR Sports.

SIG MCX SPEAR in 7.62:

SIG MCX SPEAR in 5.56:

FAQ

What’s the new U.S. Army rifle?

The new U.S. Army rifle is the XM7, produced by SIG Sauer as part of the NGWS. It will replace the M4 carbine and is designed to fire the new 6.8×51mm SIG Fury cartridge. The XM7 offers enhanced capabilities in terms of distance, accuracy, and lethality, effectively engaging targets at 600 meters and beyond.

Is the XM5 the same as the XM7?

Yes, the XM5 and XM7 refer to the same rifle. Initially, the new U.S. Army rifle was designated the XM5. However, due to a naming conflict with a weapon produced by Colt Industries, the Army changed the designation of its new rifle from XM5 to XM7

What handgun do Navy SEALs use?

For now, the SEALs use the SIG P226, but in 2015, they added the Glock 19 to their inventory.

What pistols does the military use?

Sig Sauer M17 and M18 are the current standard-issue sidearms for the U.S. Army after winning the Army’s Modular Handgun System contest in 2017.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/the-role-of-sig-sauer-in-military-law-enforcement/ 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

Specifications:

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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

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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

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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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