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The Tavor X95 XB16

Tavor X95 XB16

The Tavor X95 XB16

The new Tavor X95 XB16 is the latest in Bullpup technology from IWI US. It is available in 9mm as well as .300 Blackout and 9mm conversion kits, and is available in Black, FDE (XFD16), and OD Green (XG16).

When the Israeli firearms manufacturer first designed the original Tavor TAR-1 in the mid 1990s, they did so to meet the weaponry needs for close quarters combat situations. Soldiers needed something that they can use while maneuvering and clearing houses and buildings in urban environments, but yet had to be just as reliable (if not more) than the AR or AK platforms. Not only did the Tavor TAR-21 present a shorter profile than “traditional” ARs, it also featured an ambidextrous, modular platform. It didn’t matter if the shooters were left handed or right handed. The Tavor could be configured to fit the exact needs of each individual shooter. Today, the Tavor platform is one of the most predominate weapon systems used by today’s Elite Special Forces Units.

Tavor X95 XB16

Once the Tavor was allowed to be released to the civilian market, they began shipping them over to the US with the designation of “SAR.” Since then, a following of bullpup shooters has evolved that has turned the weekend warrior’s world upside down.

Now, the next evolution of bullpup designs has hit the market with more advanced features and design changes that many shooters have been begging for… and IWI has obviously listened.

Tavor X95 XB16

New Features on the X95 XB16

  • The new X95 now features an “M16” style Mag Release Button instead of the old SAR switch which made magazine changes unacceptably more difficult and time consuming.
  • Shooters now have the ability to change out their pistol grip according to their personal preference simply by unscrewing the screw on the bottom of the pistol grip
  • Relocation of the charging handle that is closer to the shooters center of mass
  • Lower profile bolt release and enhanced rear receiver
  • A forearm tactical rail system to accommodate accessories such as a flashlight
  • And finally, a lighter trigger system (5-6 lbs.)

The new Magazine Release Button and forward rail design are by far my two favorite modifications on this new model. No more awkward feelings trying to nail that rear magazine switch will manipulating the firearm during maneuvers or while conducting tactical reloads. Yes, once you got the hang of the old system you were able to get pretty good at it, but with this new AR style magazine button, its 100x easier. And the forward rail system that comes covered from the factory with the standard plastic forehand guards (seen in the photos above) are absolutely perfect for mounting a flashlight for home defense purposes, or even a forward grip.

Overall, I would say that the Bullpup platform has evolved into an exceptional platform with the new Tavor X95 XB16, especially for close quarter combat applications. If you haven’t gotten the chance to try one yet, do so and it will open your mind to a whole new world of shooting.

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Carry and Concealment Concealed Carry Home Defense Self Defense Springfield Armory Sub-Compact

The Springfield XD MOD.2 Sub-Compact

Springfield XD MOD.2 Sub-Compact

The Springfield XD MOD.2 Sub-Compact

The Springfield XD MOD.2 Sub-Compact is an outstanding choice for carry and concealment. Available in both 9mm and .40 S&W, it is extremely small, light-weight, and incredibly accurate.

Why this is a great firearm for Carry and Concealment

First of all, the overall size of the Springfield XD 9mm Sub-Compact is only 4.75” tall by 6.25” making this an incredibly small firearm. It isn’t the smallest sub-compact on the market, but at this size it is still capable of holding 13+1 rounds! Throw on the extended magazine (which kicks it up to 5.5” tall) and now you have 16+1 rounds for a fun day at the gun range!

Springfield XD MOD.2 Sub-Compact

The Springfield XD MOD.2 Sub-Compact is made of a light-weight polymer lower receiver with aggressive Grip-Zone stippling at the front and rear of the pistol grip.  At the front of the lower receiver, Springfield as included a small picitinny rail system that is designed t0 accommodate for accessories such as a flashlight or target laser. These added features make it an outstanding choice for home defense during night-time situations.

Springfield XD MOD.2 Sub-Compact

The upper receiver is Forged Steel that is coated in a black Melonite finish. This finish protects it for a long lasting life against the elements, especially if you live near water or high-humid environments. Inside is a 3” Hammer Forged barrel with a 1:10 twist. This provides incredible accuracy to respectable distances while not having to lug around a 4” or more barrel.  At 26 oz. with the compact flush-mount magazine (unloaded) it is easy to carry around without it being a hassle.

Springfield XD MOD.2 Sub-Compact 

Safety Features

There is one thing that makes a Springfield firearm standout among the rest, and that is its abundance of safety and redundancy features that are built right into the gun. At the back end of the pistol grip is a Back-Strap Safety (also known as grip-safety). This ensures that the shooter’s hand must acquire a full positive grip on the firearm before one of the safety mechanisms will be disengaged. Second, the Ultra Safety Assurance (USA) Action Trigger System means that active placement of the trigger finger on the trigger, and positive grip to disengage the back-strap safety, must BOTH be implemented for the weapon to be fired.

Springfield XD MOD.2 Sub-Compact

There is also a Loaded Chamber Indicator and Striker Status Indicator, letting the shooter know exactly what Condition the firearm is in.  All of these features are designed to not only make the firearm safer, but also provide confidence in the shooter. This also forces the shooter to hold the firearm the correct way with a nice high-firm pistol grip, which also improves accuracy and consistency. Click here to learn more.

 

Overall, The Springfield XD MOD.2 Sub-Compact is a great choice for anyone looking for a firearm for carry and concealment, without having to sacrifice round capacity.

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Carry and Concealment H&K Home Defense Self Defense

The VP9 from H&K

VP9

The H&K VP9

When the H&K VP9 first hit the market in 2014 it sky-rocketed in popularity and sales for self defense and protection. But before we talk more about the pistol, lets take a moment and learn a little about Gun History.

VP9

During WWII, The German forces were having trouble trying to find a manufacturer that could produce a reliable pistol that could make up for the ones that were being lost at an incredible rate during wartime operations. The predominate model that they had at the time was the famous Luger, and those were constantly being confiscated by allied troops at an astounding rate (especially as war trophies like the one your great-grandfather has). Germany needed to replenish those losses as fast as possible by designing a pistol that was not only reliable, but could also be designed simple enough to be manufactured at a high-production rate. The term that was coined to identify this new endeavor was “Volkspistol,” translated as the “Peoples Pistol.” These projects to design the new Volkspistol didn’t just get allocated to one manufacturer. That is why you can find the Volkspistol name attached to firearms by manufactures like Walther and Mauser, which are both German based companies just like H&K.  Eventually those manufactures did produce their own versions (one of the most famous ones was the Walther VP)… And that’s how the name VP was established. Volkspistol was shorted to just VP.

*As a side note… most gun buyers have pointed out the the new VP9 looks very similar to the new Walther PPQ… I wonder why?

I don’t claim to be an expert on WWII History so if any other gun buyers out there care to share more knowledge on this topic, feel free to comment below and enlighten us! I would be glad to hear more about it!

About the VP9

The VP9 is a striker-fired 9mm Semi-Automatic pistol. Its’ reinforced polymer Lower Receiver and stainless steel slide make it considerably light weight at about 25 ½ oz with an empty magazine. The trigger system consists of a 5.4 lbs. trigger pull with .24” of travel, and .12” of reset. This is highly desirable as it enables the shooter to instantly apply follow-on shots at a considerable rate since the trigger barely needs to move. The VP9 also comes with a great supply of ergonomic grip profiles for users to adjust and customize the pistol grip to exactly how they like it. Once a shooter has the ability to obtain that ideal grip position, accurate follow on shots is the induced side effect because recoil can be more easily managed. The Hi-Viz Sights that are included on the firearm also make it extremely easy to obtain the perfect sight picture and proper sight alignment.

VP9

 

One thing that H&K is famous for is innovating the concept of polygonal rifling back in the 1960’s. This new bore design effectively seals the gases from the propellant, keeping it behind the bullet as it travels down the bore and out the muzzle. This new concept considerably improves muzzle velocity. H&K also claims that it will greatly improve the life of the barrel by thousands of rounds over conventional lands-and-grooves.

One convenient feature that H&K have included on the VP9 is the red-colored striker-fire pin that is located on the back of the slide. This red indicator informs the shooter when the weapon is in-fact cocked and ready to fire. Located on the side of the Slide is an enlarged, heavy-duty cartridge extractor that also functions as a loaded chamber indicator. It should be noted that this is H&K’s first striker-fired pistol since the 1980’s, so its pretty cool to know that they are taking the time to seriously innovate and accommodate this type of firing system for today’s shooters that seem to be leaning more toward that market.

VP9

Shooters will also notice that picatinny rail system that is molded into the Lower Receiver. This is great for shooters that are currently operating in the field, or those who are purchasing this weapon for home defense, to attach a flashlight or laser.

For those that have not had the chance to shoot the VP9, with the combination of the ergonomically enhanced pistol grip, outstanding trigger, and optimized recoil spring, you will surely be impressed and confident knowing that it shoots with extreme ease and incredible accuracy.  Overall the H&K VP9 is an outstanding weapon for self defense and protection.

VP9

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Stay sharp – shooters!

Carry and Concealment Concealed Carry Home Defense Self Defense Springfield Armory

The Springfield XD Mod.2 Service Model

Springfield XD Mod.2 Service Model

The Springfield XD Mod.2 Service Model

The Springfield XD Mod.2 Service Model is an outstanding firearm for any gunbuyer who desires a 9mm pistol for self defense purposes, or for simply having fun at the range.

Features

The light-weight polymer lower receiver and pistol grip have been ergonomically enhanced and feature new “GripZone” technology to assist in recoil management, which also increases accuracy and consistency.  Since it is considered a “duty-ready” 4 inch barrel Service Model, Springfield has also integrated a picitiny rail system to accommodate accessories such as a flashlight or laser. (Both of which great additions considering this firearm is also perfect for home defense.)

Springfield XD Mod.2 Service Model

The upper receiver is made of high-quality Forged Steel and is coated in a protective black Melonite finish (also available in Bi-Tone). Serrated grooves have been cut near the front and rear of the slide to allow for a more positive grip while manipulating the firearm. Springfield has also included high visibility, low-profile sights that consist of interchangeable fiber optic inserts for shooters to swap out to accommodate for different shooting environments.

One thing that gunbuyer’s will love about the Springfield XD Mod.2 Service Model, is that it’s almost as slim as a traditional single-stack firearm, but still holds 16+1 rounds. This makes it ideal for carry and concealment and self defensive purposes.

Safety Features

Since it is a Springfield, right away shooters will realize that it comes loaded with multiple types of safety and redundancy features. The first thing shooters will notice is the Back-Strap Safety (also known as grip-safety). What this does is ensure that the shooter’s hand must acquire a full positive grip on the firearm before one of the safety mechanisms will be disengaged. Second, the Ultra Safety Assurance (USA) Action Trigger System means that active placement of the trigger finger on the trigger, and positive grip to disengage the back-strap safety, must BOTH be implemented for the weapon to be fired. There is also a Loaded Chamber Indicator and Striker Status Indicator, letting the shooter know exactly what Condition the firearm is in.  All of these features are designed to not only make the firearm more safe, but also provide confidence to the shooter.

Springfield XD Mod.2 Service Model

A side effect to all these features is that since it forces the shooter to hold the firearm the correct way, it will theoretically cause them to actually be more accurate and consistent in their shot placement. Having a high and firm pistol grip not only disengages the safety, but lowers the center of gravity of the firearm, reducing felt recoil, and implementing accurate shots. Click here for a more detailed list of specifications.

Springfield XD Mod.2 Service Model

The Springfield XD Mod.2 Service Model provides not only the ergonomic characteristics that are ideal for accuracy, but also the safety features that will provide that extra boost in confidence when handling a firearm. It is no wonder why there is a group of gunbuyer’s out there that will only carry and Springfield!

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AR-15 CORE Rifles Home Defense Self Defense Sport Rifles

The CORE15 Scout – A Great Entry Level AR-15

CORE15 Scout

The CORE15 Scout

The CORE15 Scout is a great AR-15 Sport Rifle for hunting or home defense. One of the most popular products to dramatically increase in demand over the past year are entry level AR’s that are economically priced to fit practically any budget. So much so that companies are now producing less advanced rifles in order to lower costs for consumer budgets, such as the Smith and Wesson M&P15 Sport II, Ruger’s AR-556, and Mossberg’s MMR – the CORE15 Scout is no exception.

Like most AR-15’s, the CORE15 Scout weighs about 6 lbs. with an empty magazine. It comes standard with a 16” 1:9 twist barrel that’s chambered in .223/5.56 NATO. The Upper and Lower Receiver are both Mil-Spec and forged out of 7075-T6 Aluminum Alloy and coated with Type III Class II Hardcoat Anodized Finish. The M16 Chrome-Lined Bolt Carrier group is also Mil-Spec as well is the Buffer Tube Assembly.

CORE15 Scout

The Barrel is finished with the traditional A-2 Flash Hider and is mounted with a forged A Frame Front Sight Base. Covering the 304 Grade Stainless Steel Gas Tube is a set of M4 style polymer molded hand guards that are also resilient to heat. For the pistol grip, CORE opted for the traditional A-2 but did however include their own Oversized Trigger Guard which is great for shooters who prefer shooting with gloves. To finish the package off, CORE includes a Six-Position Retractable Buttstock and 30 round Mission First Tactical Magazine (where legal).

CORE15 Scout

The two best things that the CORE15 Scout offers is that it is all 100% Mil-Spec, and, its picatinny flat-top rail design makes it “optics-ready.” This is outstanding for those who want to purchase an AR-15 rifle and wish to upgrade it as time goes on, because you can virtually upgrade anything you want to it. What is so great about these new entry level AR-15’s, is that you can completely customize them without breaking the bank. Visit CORE’s Website for a more detailed list of specifications.

CORE15 Scout

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