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The Ultimate Guide on How to Choose an AK Rifle

If you were asked to name the most unbiased reviewer on the planet, whom would you choose? We asked ourselves the same question and concluded none of the people, living or dead, would probably make it. When it comes to impartiality, there is only one truly objective reviewer: Time. Time can’t be bribed and doesn’t care about the trends. It eventually puts everything in its place, and everyone eventually receives all the glory or scorn that is due. The AK rifle belongs to the group that passed Time’s rigorous tests. It’s estimated that in 2004, around 20% of all rifles worldwide were AK variants. That staggering figure didn’t appear out of nowhere. This platform has been around for nearly 75 years, and there’s been plenty of time to see what it’s capable of. In this guide, we won’t be showering the AK platform with praise. Instead, we’ll simply guide you through the main aspects of choosing an AK rifle so that you could make your own deductions.   

Table of Contents

   Decide on the AK Generation
   Choose the Caliber
   Receiver: Milled or Stamped
   Country of Origin
   Is Chrome-lined Barrel a Must?
   Consider Furniture Options
     Wooden Furniture
     Polymer Furniture
   Conclusion
   FAQs

Decide on the AK Generation

Now then, there are several generations, as we called them, of AK rifles. All the models on the list were overseen by Kalashnikov himself. For that reason, you can expect the same level of performance from each of the AKs, even though they are all slightly different. While they are discussed in chronological order, there were other models between them, but those will be left out of the spotlight for today.

The AK-47, the most recognizable of the series, was designed in Soviet Russia over seven decades ago and remains a favorite among gun enthusiasts worldwide. Its gas-operated system and 7.62x39mm chambering make it an incredibly reliable and versatile choice. It is also available in a wide range of configurations, from classic wood stock to side folding and collapsible stocks. The AK-47 is sometimes used as an umbrella term instead of just AK, which is somewhat erroneous. With that being said, the AK-47 was the beginning of it all, so such a substitution is explainable.

The AK-47 was a great rifle, but it had its drawbacks. To make up for them, Kalashnikov made some changes to the classic design. Thus the AKM model appeared. The AKM replaced the original milled receiver of the AK-47 with a new stamped-steel receiver, resulting in the rifle becoming lighter, more affordable, and production becoming more efficient. It had some other functional and cosmetic changes like an improved gas system, a new slanted muzzle brake and a ribbed receiver cover.

Then there was the AK-74, an altered version of the already improved AKM. The most notable change was the caliber: the rifle is chambered for the smaller and lighter 5.45x39mm cartridge. To accommodate a different cartridge, minor changes were made to all the internal parts. Among the more notable alterations are a different magazine receiver, redesigned front sights and a thinned bolt. This model also featured more plastic elements than the previous versions.

Finally, there is the AK-103 that made a return to the classic 7.62x39mm cartridge. This was one of the last models overseen by Kalashnikov himself. The rifle features a longer barrel than the AK-74 and has a muzzle brake that further reduces the recoil and makes it easier to control the gun during firing.

The question of choosing a model is not about finding the most reliable one. As we’ve mentioned before, the whole AK family is known for its reliability. It has more to do with your preferences and what you are looking for in a rifle. The AK-74 is the only model to be chambered in 5.45x39mm. This is not the most popular caliber, so procuring ammo, while not impossible, will be more complicated. The AKM rifle features a lighter receiver, which can be both a help and a hindrance, depending on whether you need increased stability or a lighter profile.

Choose the Caliber

The choice of caliber is not as extensive as some might want it to be. However, one of the appeals of the AK series is the very caliber that was designed specifically for these rifles. The 7.62x39mm cartridge is still the most widely used caliber for AK rifles today and for good reason. It offers excellent performance for short to medium-range engagements.

Another popular caliber for AK rifles is the 5.45x39mm. The cartridge was developed in the 1970s by the Soviet Union as a replacement for the 7.62x39mm cartridge. It is smaller and lighter and performs accordingly. However, it doesn’t have 7.62×39’s popularity and is harder to procure. 

For those who prefer a larger caliber, the 7.62x54mmR cartridge might be a good option. This cartridge is used in the Dragunov sniper rifle and offers excellent long-range performance. It is also capable of taking down large game animals so if you are a hunter with a particular liking for the AK series, there is a model that might pique your interest.

It would have been strange if, after having been on the American market for quite some time, the AK didn’t accommodate any of the local calibers. The adaptation took place, even if not in large volume. You can find AK rifles chambered in such popular calibers as 5.56×45 NATO and 9mm Luger 

Receiver: Milled or Stamped

The stamped receiver was the first big change to the AK-47 design. Such receivers were easier and cheaper to produce on a mass scale. However, it was for a reason that the original design featured milled receivers. Now that you can choose freely between the two, it’s worth knowing their differences.

AK Rifle Milled

Milled receivers are machined from solid blocks of steel which makes them thicker and heavier than their stamped counterparts. These boast greater durability, as they are less likely to bend or warp under pressure. However, their weight can be a drawback for those who prefer a lighter firearm. On the other hand, milled receivers increase the stability of a rifle and make recoil a lesser problem.

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Stamped receivers, on the other hand, are made of thin metal sheets that are stamped and folded into shape. This makes them lighter and more affordable than milled receivers. While they may not be as durable as their counterparts, their lifespan is by no means short. Stamped receivers are also cheaper to produce. Taking into account the trend for increasing prices of AK rifles, this trait makes them more affordable.

While both receivers are functional and reliable, your choice ultimately boils down to personal preference. If you prioritize durability and don’t mind a heavier firearm (and have money to get one), a milled receiver may be the best option. If, on the other hand, you prefer a lighter firearm and don’t want to overpay, then a stamped receiver is the way to go.

Country of Origin

The import of Russian-made AKs was banned back in 2014. Even though it was the rifle’s cradle, it wasn’t the only country to produce them. As of now, the two major sources for the AK rifle market are the USA and Eastern Europe. The major American importers and manufacturers of AK rifles include Century Arms, Kalashnikov USA and Arsenal. The market of domestically produced AK guns has been growing in the last few years, which cannot but reassure connoisseurs of this rifle family. With that being said, imports from Romania, Bulgaria and Poland are equally worthy of your attention. 

AK Rifle

Is Chrome-lined Barrel a Must?

The answer to this question lies in the type of ammo you are planning to use. If you use ammunition with corrosive primers, which are common in some surplus Eastern-European-made cartridges, then a chrome-lined barrel is a must. The chrome lining helps prevent corrosion and wear from these primers and is generally sturdier than regular ones.

However, if you plan to use American-made ammo, the regular barrel will suffice. American-made ammo doesn’t use corrosive primers, so there’s less need for the added protection of a chrome-lined barrel. Such ammo will cost you more, but some importers, like TulAmmo, work with ammo with non-corrosive primers.

Consider Furniture Options

Traditional AK rifles featured wooden stocks, but with time, more polymer elements made their way onto the rifle. Today, you are free to choose from polymer and wooden furniture. This is how they are different.

Wooden Furniture

Pros

Aesthetically pleasing: The traditional wooden furniture gives your AK rifle an authentic and classic look that many gun enthusiasts prefer.

Durable: Wooden furniture is durable and can last a long time if taken care of.

Good grip: Wood has a natural texture and grip, providing a solid hold on the gun even in adverse conditions.

Cons

Heavy: Wood is more substantial than most modern polymers, and heavy furniture can bog you down on long treks into the field.

Susceptible to weather changes: Wood can warp, crack or expand with changes in weather or humidity.

Polymer Furniture

Pros

Lightweight: Polymer furniture is significantly lighter than wooden furniture, making it ideal for people who want to move fast or carry their rifles for long periods.

Affordable: Polymer furniture is generally less expensive than wooden furniture and does not require maintenance or refinishing.

Weather-resistant: Polymer furniture is resistant to weather changes, so you do not have to worry about changes in humidity affecting the accuracy of your rifle.

Cons

Aesthetics: Polymer furniture can appear cheap and not as authentic as wooden furniture in some AK rifle models.

Durability: Polymer furniture can be prone to wear and tear, and may not last as long as durable wooden furniture.

Conclusion

As you can see, the AK rifle family is quite varied. There is a wide array of options to choose from and many models worthy of your attention. The AK family of rifles cannot compete with the customizability of an AR-15, yet there is no scarcity of aftermarket options for literally every gun part and accessory. Be it a time-tested classic AK-47 or its descendant AK-103, you can expect standard-setting reliability, given you can properly maintain your firearm.

FAQs

Which is better: AR-15 or AK?

We won’t be taking sides in this debate and saying that the AK series is superior, even if this article is dedicated to it. Both rifles have their strong and weak sides. AR-15 is known as the most customizable rifle on Earth, and AK can’t compete with it in modularity. The AR-15 parts market is also more universalized than AK’s. On the other hand, AK rifles are known for their high tolerance regardless of the environment and dependability few other rifles can boast. It is also chambered in more powerful calibers than the AR-15, so you can expect a greater punch from that one. 

How reliable are AK rifles compared to other rifles?

AK rifles are highly reliable and have gained a reputation for being especially rugged. The reliability of AK rifles is also aided by their gas-operated action and simple design, which makes maintenance low-cost and easy to do in the field.

What kind of ammunition can be used in an AK rifle?

AK ammo is not restricted to types like Full Metal Jacket or Soft Point. All the regular varieties of ammunition apply to AK ammo to the same extent. The only restriction you might come across is the caliber. More often than not, AKs are chambered in 7.62x39mm, but there are numerous exceptions to that rule.

Are AK rifles legal in the US?

Original AK rifles, which were used in many armed conflicts, were fully-automatic firearms. Those are not legal to use by civilians. But even original rifles had a semi-automatic mode. All AKs you find on this page are completely legal to buy and own, as they are semi-automatic rifles.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/the-ultimate-guide-on-how-to-choose-an-ak-rifle/ 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.

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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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