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Heckler & Koch VP9 : The History of the H&K VP Series

One of our most popular handguns right now is the Heckler & Koch Vp9. The key to success in the business world is to adapt and change with the times. Granted, there are products that a company produces that develop a following that will span decades, but every so often a company decides to take a turn and try something new; when they do the possibilities are endless. One such company did this about 35 years ago . The company I’m referring to is Heckler & Koch. Now for a brief history of one of H&K’s famous designs that predates the Glock system by 12 years.

The first gun in the series I’ll discuss is the H&K VP70. The VP70 was designed in 1970 and was the first polymer handgun to be produced. The VP70 was considered a machine pistol when used with the stock which allowed the shooter to select a three round burst mode. The VP70 had a cyclic rate of 2200 rpm , when the stock was not attached, it acted as a holster for the pistol. The VP70 is a striker-fired handgun, the same as a Glock, Smith M&P, Walther PPQ, and more popular handguns of today. The VP70 held a staggering 17 rounds in its magazine, unheard of  during those times. Remember the handgun of the time that was considered to be “high capacity” was the Browning Hi -Power. The VP70 was the first polymer handgun for the company as well as their first striker fired mechanism.heckler & koch vp9

Hecker & Koch decided to move away from the polymer framed pistol for a while and focused on another design that is not part of the VP series, but is a striker fired pistol called the P7 squeeze cocker. This design was made in 1976 and was made of metal rather than polymer. The P7 was a gas blow-back that utilized a piston system.  The user would cock the gun with the lever on the front of the pistol grip. The term Squeeze Cocker was given due to the mode of operation in order to cock the striker system. The P7 shares similarities to the VP70 with the striker mechanism, but deviated from the polymer construction. The gun became very expensive to produce and the company began looking for a newer system to develop for the military and law enforcement markets.

Fast forward to 2015, and the company has come full circle back to what made them unique and desirable in the first place. For many years H&K went on to produce hammer fired versions with polymer construction, all with the same excellent craftsmanship. These models include the USP (Universal Self Loading Pistol) and the P2000 and P30. However, the company decided to, once again, enter the fray with their striker fired system in order to contend with the multiple companies producing striker fired pistols on the regular. So what does a successful company do to stay relevant yet retain their reputation at the same time, they combined the best of both worlds in the Heckler & Koch VP9.heckler & koch vp9

The VP9 is the creation of many designs before it with some added flair. The VP9, on the outside looks similar to the P30 design. The P30 is a hammer fired design that incorporates interchangeable backstraps and side panels. The Heckler & Koch VP9 incorporates these design elements while maintaining the striker fired mechanism. By doing this, the company has created a product that is not only more affordable and appealing to the customer, but also allows the shooter to shoot with confidence due to its ergonomic grips which are natural to the hand allowing for accurate shot placement. The modularity of the interchangeable backstraps and side panels increases the versatility of this firearm and makes it an excellent pick for just about any shooter. Purchase your VP9 for a steal!heckler & koch vp9

While not resting on their laurels, the company has developed different variants of the Heckler & Koch VP9 including an LE model that includes night sights and three magazines. Another version features a FDE (flat dark earth) frame. They have also introduced a VP9 Tactical model that includes a threaded barrel. Another model Heckler & Koch introduced within the VP Series is the .40S&W version, dubbed the H&K VP40. Whatever your preference, H&K has got you covered, and with such a rich history of innovation and design, there’s no question why so many have chosen H&K firearms as their go to choice. Just remember H&K’s old saying, “In a world of compromise, some don’t”. Click Here for more info on H&K’s entire pistol lineup.

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Revolver vs Semi Auto: A Comparison Review

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Spin the wheel or rack the slide: Revolver vs Semi Auto

Okay, would you like paper or plastic? How about manual transmission or automatic? Revolver or semi auto? How do guns factor into car talk? Well you might be surprised that the nomenclature used to describe automobiles is very similar to firearms. The term manual vs automatic can refer to the operation of the double action/single action revolver and the semi automatic pistols that are so common today. Lets delve into a brief history of the different types as we explore the revolver vs semi auto.

The revolver, a handgun capable of firing 5 to 6 shots per rotation of a cylinder affixed to the frame of the gun, hence the term “revolver”. The revolver has also been given the term “six shooter” by many referring to the amount of rounds in the cylinder. One of the very first revolvers was the single action revolver. The single action mechanism works because the shooter cocks the hammer of the gun in order to fire the weapon. If the weapon is not cocked the gunlo- will not fire. Fast forward to more modern variations of the revolver and we come to the double action revolver. Double action revolvers work two fold, first the weapon can be fired in double action mode which essentially means that the shooter can pull the trigger which cocks the hammer and releases it all in one motion. This mode has a longer trigger pull because the shooter is cocking the gun by trigger rather than thumbing back the hammer and decreasing the weight of the trigger pull. Now that we understand the basics of revolver operation let’s take a look at the semi-auto.

The semi auto handgun has become the evolutionary marvel of modern day handguns. Some of you may be thinking, the revolver was “revolutionary”! Pun intended. In all seriousness the revolver was revolutionary for it’s time; now the semi auto is more popular due to ease of operation and the ability to have a higher round capacity. The semi auto handgun has different modes of operation, first there’s single action only, then there are double action/single action and DAO (double action only). That might sound like a lot but they are very similar to the revolver operation minus the rotating cylinder. The single action pistol must have the hammer cocked in order to fire the weapon just like the single action revolver. The DA/SA mode allows the shooter to pull the trigger to cock the gun or thumb back the hammer for a lighter trigger pull. DAO refers to a constant state of heavy trigger pulls in this mode (which is popular with many police departments). So although there are similarities and differences between the two you may still be wondering what’s your best option when it comes to the revolver vs semi auto.

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For the most part, the revolver and semi auto act similarly. If the shooter is more comfortable with a DA revolver, then switching to a DA/SA pistol is a natural progression. It all comes down to personal preference when choosing a revolver vs semi auto. From the time I have spent with customers, I have heard stories including everything from a first time gun owner, to those having little training, to those that know the gun industry inside and out but want something different. One of the most popular revolvers that I recommend to new shooters is the Ruger LCR. The Ruger utilizes a polymer frame and a stainless steel cylinder. This combination of materials and quality engineering by Ruger has created a revolver that stays current in the trend of plastic fantastic pistols while still adapting to a changing world. There is another interesting revolver that is worth noting, the Chiappa Rhino. The Chiappa Rhino is a futuristic revolver that has the barrel sitting at the six o’clock  position rather than the normal twelve o’clock position. The revolver is chambered in .357 magnum and doesn’t have much recoil due to the barrel’s position. When determining whether you are interested in a revolver vs semi auto it is important to consider how you will carry your firearm and for what application you will be using it as well. There are some equally impressive semi autos that include the DA/SA design, such as the Sig Sauer P226, P229, and P220 series. The Sig is an outstanding firearm that has the ability to decock the hammer via a lever on the left side of the frame. This allows the shooter to decide whether or not they want to stay in single action or go back to double action.  There are many other designs out there worth noting from manufacturers such as Springfield Armory, Taurus, Smith and Wesson and more. Check out our selection of semi-auto pistols and revolvers on Gunbuyer.com!

 

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Sig P320: Handgun Of The Year 2016

Everybody wants to create the best of the best, and the folks at NRA’s American Rifleman have said that Sig Sauer has taken the cake with the Sig P320 winning the Golden Bullseye Handgun of the Year. Check out the full list of Bullseye Awards Here! The wonders of innovation and design, one could not live without the other, they go together like wine and cheese. Business’ success relies on this fundamental practice. When it comes to the firearms industry, innovation is how a company keeps up with your competition. Sig Sauer is constantly doing just that.

The Sig P320 is the newest handgun from Sig Sauer. The interesting and innovative design behind this pistol takes the best qualities of the P250 design and creates a striker fired version. First off, let’s go over the differences between the P250 and the P320. The P250 was Sig Sauer’s answer to a modular handgun system that utilizes a serialized chassis that was double action only. This set up allows the end user to change frame sizes and calibers if need be. The gun was a success for awhile until people didn’t care for the double action mechanism. After feedback from customers on what they would prefer on the next design, the folks at Sig Sauer took the input to heart and eventually came up with the Sig P320. The P320 is similar to the P250 but lacks the double action mechanism and implements the more popular striker fired mechanism. The chassis is removable and allows the user to switch calibers and frame sizes. All in all it’s a neat design that allows the user to have multiple guns chambered in varying calibers with only one serial number. Interested in more specs on the P320? Find out more here! 

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Now on to the big question, why was this gun chosen for Handgun of the Year over the other designs? I prefer hammer fired pistols from H&K and Sig Sauer, but when it comes to striker fired guns, I tend to lean toward the newer designs because they essentially fixed the flaws in the previous weapon lines. I like the H&K VP9 and The Walther PPQ, but what I find fascinating in the Sig P320 is it’s modularity. This feature is like none I have seen so far. Having the ability to switch out the chassis to another frame size and caliber is something special. Think of Law Enforcement agencies with tight budgets that purchase the P320 and can now offer their officers a range of flexibility depending on the circumstance. I believe that speaks volumes, and I believe the concept is growing in popularity.

American Rifleman awarded the Sig P320 the Golden Bullseye award for Handgun of the Year, and for good reason. For a company that continues to innovate and change the way we know and feel about firearms, it’s safe to say that no matter what type of Sig Sauer you are interested in, you’ll feel confident when it counts.

Purchase your Sig Sauer P320 today on Gunbuyer.com!

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Taurus PT111 : A pistol your pocketbook will love!

For many people, including some first time gunbuyers, money is tight! I know this and so do you, but sometimes the most frugal shopper finds the diamond in the rough. Case in point, the Taurus PT111 Millenium Pro G2.

The Taurus PT111 is a fantastic gun for the price. Taurus has created a type of firearm that is easily accessible and comfortable enough in the hand that anyone can handle it. The appeal of the Taurus PT111 is the size and weight. The PT111 weighs in at a whopping 22oz unloaded. For the average person out there who doesn’t think that’s a big deal, make no mistake, when you carry for a living precious ounces can be a HUGE factor. The next thing Taurus has going for them is the striker fired mechanism. The Taurus PT111 utilizes a striker fired mechanism, similar to Glock, S&W M&Ps etc and so on. By having this feature the shooter is able to have a consistent trigger pull with no surprise, differing from guns that feature a hammer design that incorpoate DA/SA (double action/ single action). This mode of operation can confuse some new shooters by the transition from double to single. The striker fired versions do away with all that and give the shooter the confidence of knowing that when they pull the trigger it will be the same each time.  For more information on the specs of the Taurus PT11 Click Here!

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It’s hard to miss the elephant in the room, the price. The Taurus PT111 is a low cost alternative to some other brands. At this point in time Gunbuyer.com is selling the PT111s for $209! Thats right, the conscientious buyer can pony up $209 and get a fantastic gun that holds 12+1 of 9mm, has a loaded chamber indicator, and comes equipped with Taurus’ safety lock system which allows the shooter to lock up the gun with a key provided so any unauthorized users will be locked out. Now, you may be thinking that prices fluctuate with inflation, but if you go to Taurus’ website the MSRP on the PT111 is only $301.52. That means the going price online will always be lower and with the overwhelming concealed carry market in full swing, you bet that these little pistols will be flying off the shelves.

In the end it all comes down to economy and whether or not you’d like a great gun on a budget! The Taurus PT111 has a healthy following and deservedly so; you just have to decide if you are going to pull the trigger on this fantastic deal. If you’re in the market for a robust, user friendly pocket pistol that wont break the bank, then the Taurus PT111 Millenium Pro G2 is the answer for you. Don’t forget the ammo while you’re at it!

Click here to purchase your Taurus PT111 on Gunbuyer.com!

AR-15 Bullpup Tactical Rifle TAVOR

Bullpup Rifles vs. Standard AR15 and AK Rifles

The first time I saw a bullpup rifle was in the movie Die Hard. The gun was space age, sleek, modern, and just cool looking. The gun I’m referring to is the Steyr AUG. Ever since that film I have been fascinated by the bullpup concept and what it has to offer the firearm community.

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Now, what is a bullpup rifle you ask? How is it different from the AR15s of the world? Let me explain the pros and cons of the bullpup system vs the more common AR15 rifle system. The bullpup design places the firearm’s action and magazine behind the trigger group. The reasoning behind this is to decrease the length and weight of the firearm while retaining the same barrel length. This design is a far cry from the standard style of rifles. The AR15 pattern of rifles differ in that the action and magazine well are in front of the shooter rather than in the rear. This allows the shooter to quickly change magazines and manipulate the gun without having to shift their grip. Now one can learn and adapt to the bullpup rifle, and some may even come to prefer it. The pros to having a bullpup rifle are the ability to have a standard length barrel without having to file for a SBR tax stamp with the ATF. The overall dimensions are compact, which allows the user to manipulate the firearm in close quarters. The cons include having to learn a new way of manipulating your firearm. The shooter is essentially re-learning a weapon system that may feel uncomfortable to them. For the majority of gun owners and/or new shooters, they are familiar with the AR15 rifles as well as the AK patterned rifles. So when a relatively new concept comes to the market some may shy away from the design altogether.

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Now, personally, I have always been intrigued by the concept of the bullpup rifle, and I have acquired several different variations of popular bullpup weapons including the Steyr AUG mentioned earlier. One cool and fascinating version of the bullpup is the very popular IWI Tavor. The Tavor is an Israeli designed bullpup rifle that utilizes AR15 magazines. That is a huge bonus to the AR15 owner who has a plethora of magazines for that rifle system. See all the available models of IWI Tavor! Another version of the bullpup system is the FNH PS90. What’s different about this design is the fact that the magazine sits on top of the receiver behind the shooter and ejects the spent casings downward. The PS90 is a completely ambidextrous weapon that allows lefties and righties to manipulate the gun effectively. Check out more on the FNH PS90! The last, but equally awesome, bullpup I’ll mention is the KSG shotgun from Keltec. What’s interesting about this gun is the fact that it is a bullpup shotgun that incorporates dual feeding tubes and ejects empty shells downward, similar to the PS90. This creates a very compact shotgun that keeps the legal 18.5 barrel while maintaining a short overall package.

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Now you may be thinking, he’s biased toward bullpups. Absolutely not! I have a fascination with the design, but I also enjoy and love my AR15s. In the end if you have an AR15 but are just looking for something different, something compact, and something that is just different enough to add to your arsenal, try out a bullpup. Check out our selection of IWI Tavor Rifles on Gunbuyer.com!

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Walther PPQ vs H&K VP9

The handgun, a marvelous wonder of achievement. From the early days of the flintlock pistols all the way to the plastic fantastic versions of today, you can’t deny the evolution of the handgun is taking place before our very eyes. Some of the most state of the art advancements have come in the form of striker fired handguns. After feedback from our customers we’ve decided to give you this matchup, the Walther PPQ vs the H&K VP9.

First, a little history. The striker fired system in firearms isn’t all that new, the first striker fired weapon was a shotgun designed by a Daniel Lefever in 1878. The striker fired design started becoming more popular in the late 70s into the 80s. One of the first semi successful designs was the H&K VP70. It was a polymer framed, striker fired handgun that held 17 rounds of ammunition. Ironic that the same company is now making an updated version/iteration of the VP model: the VP9. The VP9 is the latest offering from Heckler and Koch. The company first started making striker fired handguns back in the 70s and 80s with the VP70 and the P7 squeeze cocker. But the company began to stray away from those designs and focused on hammer fired designs like the H&K USP and the P30. Recently, the company began to enter the race to compete with its other German rival the Walther PPQ.

The Walther PPQ is an updated version/ iteration of the companies’ successful P99 series of handguns. One of the awe-inspiring attributes that accompany this handgun is the trigger. The trigger on the PPQ is a refined and polished version of a Glock style trigger. People who have fired Glocks before know that a new Glock tends to have some creep in the trigger that will get better over time. The Walther on the other hand has refined the trigger from the factory and allows the shooter to make accurate shots while not having to “break in” a trigger from the start. One of the other pros of the Walther PPQ is the ergonomics of the design. The developers over at Walther wanted to create a certain angle and feel to their grip so that the gun simply melts into your hand and points instinctively. This is a big selling point for the PPQ. For more information on the Walther PPQ Click Here.

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Now, here comes the VP9 from H&K. The VP9 takes the same characteristics, and tweaks them some to their benefit. The design of the VP9 is a variation of the companies’ P30 design. The main difference between the P30 and the VP9 is the striker fired operation, whereas the P30 is hammer fired.  The VP9 has the ability to swap out backstraps as well as side panels on the gun giving the user a plethora of options to choose from to suit their hand size. Now the trigger on the VP9 is the main selling point. The trigger is crisp, and smooth, but breaks a little later compared to the Walther PPQ. As far as both the PPQ and VP9 triggers go, I’d say they are pretty close in comparison.

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In my opinion it would just have to come down to personal preference whether you go with the PPQ or the VP9. Between the two designs, you can’t go wrong. Both are top-tier German manufacturing at their finest. However, if the only thing it comes down to is your pocketbook, then I would seriously look at the Walther PPQ. The PPQ does everything the H&K does for a little less. Now, if you just love the design and characteristics of the VP9 and realize that you are getting what is essentially a more affordable P30, then check out the H&K VP9 series. Either way you win, you just have to decide which one is up to the task!

To purchase your Walther PPQ M1 at the best online price visit Gunbuyer.com. Other PPQ models available (i.e. PPQ M2, PPQ 45, PPQ 22).

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