Weekly Weapon Advice – Pros and Cons of Single Stack vs Double Stack Pistols

from my buddies at GunPros.com:

“Single stack” and “double stack” are terms used to describe the way in which ammunition is fit into a magazine. Single stack magazines layer rounds in a single vertical row, while double stack magazines hold two vertically staggered rows packed tightly next to each other. Double stack guns, therefore, have the advantage of holding more ammunition. Single stacks carry less ammunition, but are obviously less wide, which makes them generally lighter, thinner, and more easily concealed. read more

Weekly Weapons Advice – Choosing a Pistol Caliber

from my friends at GunPros.com:

Pistol Calibers – Comparison of the Most Common Options


If you’re looking to buy a handgun, the first step is determining what caliber you want to purchase. In this guide we’ll be covering a variety of common pistol calibers to help you make your decision.

What Does Caliber Mean?Parts of a Centerfire Cartridge & Bullet

Caliber refers to the internal diameter of a gun’s barrel and consequently the diameter of the bullets that can be used by the gun. Bullet calibers can be a bit confusing, because some bullet diameters are measured in inches, while others are measured in millimeters. It’s also important to understand that the bullet only refers to the actual projectile (see diagram to right).

If you look at the picture below, a .22 LR (.22 Long Rifle) is .223 inches in diameter, while the 9mm Luger round is 9 millimeters in diameter. If you knew nothing about guns or ammo, you might have assumed ammo referred to as “22 LR” would be bigger than one called “9 millimeter”, but you can clearly see in the picture (from grandpappy.org) this is not the case. This is due to the difference in their units of measurement.

Pistol Calibers

Important Note for Beginners: Always read the owner’s manual for all firearms you own, and only use the recommend ammunition. Just because a cartridge fits into your magazine, does not mean it can or should be shot by your firearm.

Why it’s Important to Put Thought Into Your Handgun Caliber

The handgun caliber you choose will typically impact:

  • The cost of ammunition. As a general rule, the larger the bullet, the more expensive it is. However, other factors like how common the ammo is, its supply, and its demand will also affect its price. Below you can see a current estimation of the cost of ammo online by caliber. Keep in mind prices will vary over time.

Learn how you can save big on ammunition by buying ammo online.

Ammo Caliber Estimated Price Per Round
.22 LR (.22 Long Rifle) $0.05-$0.07
.32 ACP (.32 Auto) $0.38-$0.52
.380 ACP (.380 Auto) $0.29-$0.43
9mm (9mm Luger) $0.19-$0.24
.40 S&W $0.29-$0.38
.45 ACP (.45 Auto) $0.28-$0.34
.38 Special $0.32-$0.40
.357 Magnum (.357 MAG) $0.42-$0.68
.44 Magnum (.44 Mag) $0.54-$1.05
  • The Stopping Power of Your Gun & Ammo While a variety of factors come into play when determining the stopping power of a gun and its ammo, the larger a bullet, the more likely it is to incapacitate an attacker.
  • The Recoil When Firing Your Gun. Though other factors play into recoil, a larger round typically equates to more recoil. Recoil strength affects accuracy because bullets that produce strong recoil will naturally move your aim further away from your target with each shot. Consequently, bullets with more recoil also require you to brace more in order to maintain accuracy.

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5 Ways to Save Money and Shoot More Regularly

from my friends at GunsPros.com:

Save Money on Firearms and Ammo

As great of a hobby and sport that shooting is, firearm lovers all know how expensive it can be. Guns themselves are expensive, then you have the ongoing costs of ammo and range time.

In this article, we’ll cover 5 tips to save money so that you can spend more time shooting!

1) Factor in All Costs Before Buying Your Firearm

Many people buying their first firearm don’t factor in all of the costs to maintain their firearm and regularly feed it with ammunition. If they have $1,000 to spend, it’s too common that they spend nearly all of this on the firearm itself. Often, they then can’t afford to actually go shoot it at the range.

Not only does this deny them the chance to enjoy a great hobby, but it also prevents them from becoming competent with their firearms. It’s all too common for people to buy firearms intended for serious use like home-defense, then not properly familiarize themselves with the gun. read more

Want to Fly with your Firearm – Read This First

I’ve recently made the decision to partner with my friends at GUNPROS.com. They are quite knowledgeable about everything guns and have given me permission to share articles, hopefully at least once a week. Please take a minute and subscribe to their site.

That being said, this weeks article is entitled:

Everything You Need to Know About Flying With a Firearm

Americann Airlines Check In

The idea of traveling by plane with your firearms can be nerve-wracking. Airlines follow strict security practices and are constantly wary of potential threats, which is why the last thing you want to do is get in trouble for not following correct procedures. Thankfully, the TSA has put out clear, easy-to-follow guidelines that make the whole experience much less awkward than you might imagine. The following guide will give you the five simple rules you need to know before traveling by plane with your firearms, as well as some additional tips to make the process even smoother.

Rule 1: Transport Your Firearms Unloaded in a Locked Hard-sided Container as Checked Baggage

Firearms must be transported unloaded in a locked hard-sided container as checked baggage. It’s also a good idea to insert chamber flags into the empty chambers of your firearms to clearly demonstrate they are empty. This will often save you from having to manually demonstrate that they are empty to airline employees. Any excuse to not handle firearms in an airport likely will make you and the employees feel more comfortable with the entire process.

There are no additional requirements for the container other than that it must be locked and that it is hard-sided. The most important thing is that the container cannot be easily opened from the outside. This means properly securing the container using all available lock tabs, any locks that are built into the container itself, and even a supplemental lock if your container supports one.

Be aware that some airlines have their own specific rules on firearms, including how many can be included in one checked hard-sided case. The majority of airlines simply follow TSA guidelines, but it’s a good idea to double-check that your airline doesn’t have any unique requirements.

Rule 2: Transport Magazines and Ammunition in the Same Locked Hard-sided Container

Magazines and ammunition are not permitted in carry-on baggage and must be packed in a locked hard-sided container in checked baggage only. This is true regardless of whether or not the magazines are loaded.

The specific language used by the TSA is that ammunition must be “securely packed in boxes or other packagings specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.” However, it is not completely clear whether or not ammunition’s original packaging is considered “securely boxed.” In my experience this has been fine though.

Your best move here is simply to pack your magazines and ammunition boxes in the same locked hard-sided container that your firearm is packed in. This is permitted for all small arms ammunition not exceeding .75 caliber, including shotgun shells of any gauge. Just be sure that the firearm itself is completely unloaded.

Airlines may limit the amount of ammunition each passenger can bring with them. For example, American Airlines lets you bring no more than 11 pounds of ammunition. To put this in perspective, that’s around 400 rounds of 9mm ammo.

Note: Black powder or percussion caps used with black powder are not permitted on an aircraft.

Rule 3: Declare Your Firearms When You Check In

Assuming you follow Rules 1 and 2, Rule 3 should be a cinch: declaring during check-in that you are transporting a properly secured firearm. Airline staff will then give your container a special identification tag indicating that it contains a firearm, and you will then check the container in the same way that you would check any other bag.

Pro Tip: In my experience, it’s best to use the word “firearm” rather than “gun”. Though the two can obviously be used interchangeably, “gun” sounds scarier and might startle new airline staff and fellow travelers.

Rule 4: Optics and Scopes Can be Transported in Either Carry-on or Checked Baggage

If you are bringing with you various optics, like scopes or red dot sights, you have the option of packing them in your checked bag or bringing them with you in your carry-on. Choosing how to transport your optics is largely personal preference.

I personally like to pack my optics in my checked bag, as they aren’t doing anything for me in my carry-on other than taking up space. But if you are worried about them possibly being damaged in your checked bag or want to minimize the risk of lost items, then you can feel free to bring them along in your carry-on.

Check with your airline to be sure, but in my experience I’ve also had no issues bringing unmounted weapon lights in my carry on luggage.

Rule 5: Follow All Local, State, and International Laws Regarding Possession of Firearms

Last but certainly not least, be sure to check and comply with all local, state, and international laws regarding firearm possession. I’ve heard countless stories of people unwittingly bringing their firearms with them to states with strict gun laws and being slapped with hefty fines or even jail time. In many of these instances, the gun owners followed all of the TSA guidelines and even checked with the TSA ahead of time to make sure there would not be any problems, and they still were charged with felonies. So it ultimately falls on you to be sure that you are legally allowed to possess your firearm in the location you are departing from as well as where you are arriving. It’s even a good idea to avoid connecting flights through states like New York with strict gun laws.


And that’s all there is to it! Most of us feel anxious about whether our tiny bottles of soap or fingernail clippers are going to make it through security—let alone a gun—which is why it’s perfectly natural to feel a little queasy thinking about traveling with your firearms. But if you follow the above five rules and be sure to ask questions to Airport employees, you should have absolutely no problems.

Just the Facts Ma’am – About the AR-15

In collaboration with my friends at GunPros.com, I bring you all an article dispelling some the myths of that evil “assault” rifle, the AR-15.

In this irrationally anti-gun climate, we need more non-partisan informative articles. I say non-partisan, because there is nothing partisan about facts and truth.The Best AR-15 Cover Photo

Demystifying the AR-15

Beloved by many, despised by many others, the AR-15 is the most controversial firearm in America. The gun’s notoriety primarily stems from its use in some of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history, including Parkland, Sandy Hook, and Las Vegas. Critics suggest that it is a military-grade killing machine that is too powerful for unrestricted civilian use, while the AR-15’s millions of owners suggest that its power is the exact reason why it is so valuable for self-defense and sport.

The frequent media coverage and controversy over the AR-15 have made it a symbol of the debate over firearms in America. But many people who are not members of the firearms community still know relatively little about it. What is it about the AR-15 that makes it so special—and so deadly?

The following article will give some background information about the AR-15, explain what makes it so effective, and point out some of the reasons why the gun has been wrongly vilified. read more