950 Rift is a Warren Osborne design made in Oregon City, Oregon by Benchmade. This amazing knife is made out of quality steel and has great functionality from a utility knife or every day carry knife. The blade is made out of 154 cm stainless steel material that almost four inches long. The functionality of the blades reverse tanto makes the knife perfect for self-defense. The blade comes in with a straight edge and the edge retention is amazing. The billy of the blade is well-rounded enough for cutting.
The locking mechanism on the Rift has the best feeling lock. knowing that its locked into place when the blade is out makes it feel a lot safer when in use. With the ambidextrous controls of the knife the unlocking mechanism makes it simple to use left-handed or right-handed. The downside to the lock is that it does allow more debris to enter the locking mechanism if dropped. With the G10 grips texture makes the knife comfortable in the palm of your hands feeling like the knife is glued in your hands. With the black and charcoal the 950 rift makes it a well attractive knife. The shoulders on the knife are a little rough, but bearable to grip.
For the quality of the 950 Rift the price of the knife makes it worth buying. You will not be disappointed when knowing that you have purchased an outstanding knife from a reputable company like Benchmade. The knife is extremely simple, sleek, and durable making it a reliable folding knife. Although it’s in benchmades tactical knife classification it’s not tactical at all, except the look. The 950 Rift is still a great functioning knife with a great blade and locking mechanism.
There are many styles of bags to transport your firearms in when headed to the range. It’s nice to have a bag to hold firearms, ammunition, magazines, and other range essential gear in. Tennis discreet bags, tactical nylon bags, and your grandpa’s old gun case are all great means of transport. When choosing your transport bag find the application in the type of bag that you are considering.
Discreet bags have been the modern way of carrying a Short Barreled Rifle (SBR) or a broken down rifle. This mode of travel is a great way to transport your firearms in a smaller bag and not having the bulk. This also makes for a discreet case for those who don’t want every person to know that he may or may not have an arsenal. This could also be trouble in the result of not being able to carry all of your range items that you would need. All though having a tennis racket bag could be a lot affordable then buying actual gun bags.
Tactical nylon bags, because the word tactical says it all. Amazing bags to carry all of your gear in, but letting everyone know that you have a firearm in your vehicle if you ever left it the bag in probably won’t go very well. The tactical bags became really popular when Seal Team 6 took out Bin Laden and everyone wanted to become an operator. Having molle webbing or PALS makes the bag a better modular transport bag.
Hard cases for guns just as good as a tennis racket bag or the nylon case. They work just as well for protecting your firearms making sure they’re not getting beat up. A Jansport backpack is going to come in handy, because unless you plan on carrying a handful of rounds with you to the range then you’re going to need an extra transport bag. Hard cases can also come in handy when you need a solid shooting platform.
Having any bag to transport your firearm from your house to the range is a good way of knowing that your firearm will be will protected from the elements, security, and safety. No matter what type of range bag you choose, it should be able to carry all of your range essentials. These three types of bags are just simple ideas that have been working for others.
NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, has been awarded two 2015 Telly Awards.
The Telly Awards represent the best work of the most respected corporate video departments, advertising agencies, production companies, television stations and cable operators in the world.
The “people” have spoken! For the second straight year, NSSF claimed the Silver People’s Telly, the Telly Awards’ highest honor, in the Online Video category. The award recognized the quality of NSSF’s animated infographic video, “Gun Crimes Plummet Even as Gun Sales Rise.” NSSF’s sizable reach on social media played a huge role in helping to win the award, driving massive amounts of views and high ratings. Watch the video here:
“Our in-house multimedia capabilities are constantly evolving here at NSSF,” said Bill Dunn, NSSF Managing Director of Marketing Communications. “The quality of work being produced is something our entire industry can be proud of. We thank the Telly Awards for this recognition.”
These videos and others offering tips on hunting, target shooting, firearm safety and firearm maintenance are available at
WireShots recently asked a couple of gun owners what their favorite pistol was. We had many people give us different and interesting answers from custom pistols to the ones that in their hands at the time. Every gun owner has hers or his favorite. You have the occasional fan boys who are nothing and won’t shoot any other pistol. There’s the revolver owners that say there gun will never stop working. And then you have your 1911 owners who love the fact that they have a firearm that actually feels like a gun. Some gun owners just love guns and don’t care what it is as long as it goes bang.
The usual types of brand fanatics are Glock and Smith & Wesson. These two manufacturers have been battling out against each other on many occasions. Glock are Austrian made and Smith & Wessons are made in the U.S. Glock have that unique trigger that has a crisp trigger pull with an exceptional break. Smith & Wessons have the half-moon trigger with a huge amount of take up in the trigger pull with a short reset, but finding the reset is the tricky part. The Smith & Wesson has a higher capacity magazine then the Glock. No matter which one you decide to get they both are excellent firearms. WireShots suggest giving them both a try to seeing which one you like. You could end up liking both and having two of the best firearms.
The revolver owners will always tell you that every time they pull the trigger that cylinder will work and rotate. Sometimes this isn’t true, Taurus revolvers are notorious for having a non consistent trigger pull as well as not having a good fitted cylinder. Ruger revolvers are a unique group of revolvers having a smooth consistent trigger pull and a push button cylinder release. Ruger LCR are the most popular out of this manufacturing company to be concealed carried. Smith&Wessons J Frame has been around for quite sometime now and more than likely never be replaced. Theres not much to complain about with the J Frames, they’re to simple and have been through trial and error. Revolvers have 5 to 6 rounds in the cylinder and in a gun fight, its best to have more than 6 when more rounds could be needed.
1911’s are the steel framed breed that has their place in competitions as well as being concealed carried. 1911’s have a crisp trigger pull and short reset. 1911’s have tight tolerances and are very picky on what ammo they love to shoot. Parts can be swapped out with other parts, but it comes with a price. In order to have the best 1911, you’re talking about paying some serious cash. Wilson Combat makes the best 1911’s because They are designed to last for decades. They are made to perfection, so much that it takes them quite a while to get one custom-made, but they are worth the wait. If you’re not wanting to pay for a higher end 1911, you can always get a Rock Island. Though they’ve had a bad reputation in the past it seems like they have stepped up their game in producing some descent quality pistols.
No matter what type of category you fall into or you don’t have a category, in the end they are firearms. The best way of finding out what firearm you like is to send lots of led down range with different pistols and figuring out what pistol you like. Firearms are used for protection, as a hobby for competing, or just collecting firearms are a thing of beauty. Firearms are for those great Americans who appreciate the 2nd Amendment. Go out to your nearest range and enjoy the freedom you have to shoot these amazing machines.
Lubricating your firearms is very important when it comes to keeping up with the maintenance of a firearm. Some lubrications will leave your firearm extremely oily. Well, there’s been an amazing new lube that’s been out on the market for a while now and the team at WireShots has been using for a year. Froglube is a lubrication the works itself down into the pores of the metal of the firearm, so that way it’s longer lasting. Froglube, is a green minty smelling substance that is USDA approved. It is a non-toxic biodegradable lubricant that isn’t harmful to our planet. Dedicated to help with lubrication and rust prevention.
The lubricant comes in two forms which is a paste or liquid form depending on what type of application you’re wanting to use. The paste is used for small portions allowing you too use a q-tip with it too get into the smaller areas. The liquid is used for heavy applications. When using either or use a small amount because even the smallest bit of it will go along ways. There is also a solvent to use to decrease the parts of the firearm. Using Froglubes degreaser solvent is a better application than other degreaser because it works down into the pores of the metal parts cleaning out the old lubrication.
To apply Froglube there are multiple steps that need to be taken, this could take up to 10 minutes to apply the product. First you want to decrease all of the metal parts of the firearm. If you do not use a degreaser on this application then the Froglube will not set right. Next you want to heat up the metal parts by using a hair dryer or any other heating object. After you heat the metal parts up just to where they’re bearable to touch you want to starts applying the Froglube onto the metal surfaces. It’s okay to get it on the polymer parts because it doesn’t break down the plastic. Once you are finished applying the Froglube let it set for 15 minutes. This is allowing the Froglube to seep into the metals pores. Then after 15 minutes has gone by, you want to remove the excess lubrication and assemble your firearm.
Next time when you go out to that range you will notice after firing one round that your firearm is well lubricated. This is because the heat from the expanded round heated up the metal pores thus allowing the pores to open up and the lube to start working. After shooting at the range you can wipe your metal parts, don’t worry because the lubrication are still in the pores. You’re going to want to apply the lube once every 3 times you shoot that lubricated firearm. If you want the best lubrication for your firearm you have to use the best.
Factory bolt knobs are just to small, they make it uncomfortable to grip the bolt and cycle a round.Having a larger bolt knob not only looks good on the rifle and makes it more tactical, but makes the bolt easier to grab onto when you have gloves on. Larger bolt knobs are the second best added feature that you can add to a rifle next to a muzzle brake. When you add a bolt knob to your rifle it will make it seem as if you have a completely new rifle.
Now at H&H Shooting Sports in our Gunsmith Department are taking orders to install a badger ordnance style large bolt knob for the Remington 700. For only $115 the Gunsmith department will make a tactical bolt knob and install it on your bolt, installed the next day. The team in the Gunsmith department are excited about being able to produce great quality bolt knobs at a low-cost for next day use.
The bolt knob is made out of the standard 7075 T-6 aluminum. The knob is threaded, so that way it can be easily placed on the bolt itself. The knobs are coming in a blued finish and the aluminum bare finish. The length is measured at 1 3/4″ and 1″ in diameter at the bottom of the knob.
This bolt knob is the perfect added on accessory for your rifle. This is a great tactical advantage for only $115 next day guaranteed. Your Remington 700 will never have looked better. Come see our gunsmith department at H&H Shooting Sports to get what you deserve.
Hunting and technology have always had a symbiotic relationship. Some examples of ancient tools include the bow, which was developed 18,000 years ago, and spears, of which fossils have been found in Asia that date back 16,000 years ago. Hunting techniques and technology have continued to evolve since this time, as shown by the following examples:
Duck calls have been used as decoys since 1678. When it first began, hunters would trap wild ducks and provoke their calls to attract other wild ducks. In 1870, Elam Fisher patented a wooden duck call that was a tongue-pincher-style call. The call went through many improvements throughout the 20th century, mainly on the reeds and tone boards, to sound more realistic.
Today, hunters have easy access to electronic duck calls available on smartphone apps. For example, the Duck Hunting Call app by the Pico Brothers has seven professional duck calls for hunters to use. The Pico Brothers have released additional call apps for other varieties of game, as well. When these apps are paired with a smartphone’s advanced audio technology, such as the HTC Boom Sound on the HTC One M9, duck calls can be taken to the next level. Both wooden and electronic game calls have been reviewed to be effective, so the choice of going for the traditional or new method of calling is based on preference.
Optical aiming technology has been integrated into hunting methods since the 17th century. The scopes hunters attach to their rifles have improved drastically from 1835 to the present. The early scopes were refractor telescopes, which used a lens as its objective to form an image. However, these were soon replaced by reflecting telescopes, which provided larger openings, or apertures. The design was again improved upon in the World War II era with the release of eye relief scopes, which let the viewer see a wider range of angles. From these technologies, scopes quickly improved to adapt to low light with the integration of infrared night vision devices.
Some smartphones are replacing scope attachments because they can attach directly to a hunter’s rifle and be used with the help of apps, such as Inteliscope. This app does more than just provide an improved optical range with a 5x digital zoom, but it also records the hunt so the hunter can watch it over again. It also provides you with a compass, GPS positioning, a shot timer, flashlight and strobe, ballistic drop compensation and a library of selectable reticles. Although many hunters enjoy this new technology, some criticize it for making the hunting experience feel more like a video game. The app averaged a 3.5 rating from 773 users. Reviews praise it for the quality of the mount, but also criticize its inability to auto rotate.
As hunting technology continues to move forward, it seems like the path leads to primarily electronic adaptations, which give hunters accessible, multi-faceted tools they can take anywhere.
Have you entered your home and discovered that your important belongings are missing? Every home owners worst nightmare is a break in. Safes are among one of the biggest investments that a home owner can make. Safes aren’t just for your firearms, but for storing documents, holding external hard drives, and anything else that you may hold valuable. When searching for the perfect safe it takes a bit of time to find out what you are looking in a safe. There many types of safe brands that are being sold through out stores. While there are a wide variety of sizes available from the smaller pistol safe and the biometric safes. Today we are going to talk about the large gun safes. The gauge of the steel, fire rating, and size are going to be the deciding factor as to what you want. 12 gauge steel is the average steel a safe will have. It’s not the strongest, but it is not the weakest. The fire rating that you choose will determine how long your items will be protected from the hot temperature. The best fire rating to get in a safe is 60 minutes. I wouldn’t go below 60 minutes because then your running the risk of your safe not lasting in a fire. If you live out in the country and you have a volunteer fire department, it might be best to get a higher fire rating. Size is going to be where you want to put your safe or in some cases where you can put your safe. Bigger is better, more than likely a smaller safe will get filled the first year of having it in your home. Out of sight out of mind. If a thief can’t see the safe in plain sight, then usually they won’t bother trying to find it. In some cases if a robber see’s a safe then they won’t bother trying to open it because they no it will be a waste of time. The average thief is usually in a home no longer than 10 minutes. Depending on what you want in a safe whether fire rating, size, or gauge of steel just make sure your first safe is your last.
You’ll need to get a dehumidifier to help with controlling the humidity inside of your safe. The dehumidifier will help suck up the moisture inside of your safe preventing rust and pitting to any steel on your belongings. There 2 types: silicone beads and rods. The silicone beads soak up the moisture which means you will have to dry out the pack. The dehumidifying rod puts out a heat in your safe preventing moisture from going into your safe. That allowing you not to have to check on the service of your rod unlike the silicone beads. A lot of safe owners have lights in there safes as well. The best lights to use are the LED plug-in lights, so that way you don’t have to change out the batteries. Lights and dehumidifiers are important features when keeping your firearms protected from rust prevention and being able to see that they’re secure.
If you have any questions about safes visit our safe department or give the safe department a call at (405)947-3888 ext. 142 and we will be more than happy to find the right safe for you.
Have you ever been to the shooting range and forgot to bring any eye protection or any other essential range gear? Well here is a list of essential items to bring to the range.
Range Bag – A must, even if it’s a backpack. As long as it will carry your range gear from your vehicle to the range. There are a wide variety of bags, many that are versatile enough for any situation that may arise on the range.
Magazines – It wouldn’t be any fun to load rounds one after the other by hand. You can never have enough magazines with you on the range.
Ammo – This one is almost a no brainer, but you can never have enough ammo with you on the range.
Ear Protection – Personal ear protection is the way to go. Also sometimes it’s good to double up.
Eye Protection – Eye glasses don’t work. It’s best to use eye protection that are ballistic.
Targets – You need something to shoot at, so if your range doesn’t have targets or the fun-loving zombie targets you like to shoot at, then don’t forget to add these as well.
Trauma Kit – You never know when you can be the person to help yourself from a wound or anyone else.
Bench Rest – Target practice or zeroing it is key to be stable. A bench bag like the Outdoor Connection Leather Filled Bench Bag pictured below provides a steady platform and grips the rifle forend for added stability.
Spotting Scope – Sometimes this is helpful when you don’t want to walk down to your target outdoors.
Allen Wrenches – Unless you have everything lock tight, then this is extremely helpful to reset the screws back down.
Lubrication – Lubrication is very important for the metal on metal contact on firearms. AR’s love lubrication!
Speed Loader – If you’re going to be loading your magazines constantly this will help out with speed and the fatigue of your hands.
Remember everything that you could bring to the range could be needed by you or the fellow shooter next to you that wasn’t well prepared like you were to have fun at the range. Do you have any items in your range bag that we didn’t list? Feel free to tell us about it in the comment section below!
WireShots.com recently had a chance to speak to Zeke Ernst, the reloading manager at H&H Shooting Sports, about his recent trip to the USPSA Single Stack Nationals. Ernst is married with 2 kids and shoots competitively as a hobby. He placed 138 out of 407 shooters. In this conversation with Zeke we talked about the hows and whys of what got him started in competitive shooting.
WS: First of, what is USPSA?
Zeke Ernst: USPSA is the U.S. Region of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) introduced in 1984. It is a test of the shooters technique and skills. There are multiple divisions in USPSA. Production, Limited, Limited 10, Single Stack, Open, and Revolver. The classifications are D,C,B,A, Master, and Grandmaster. In each division there are 14 stages plus chronograph. competitors are organized during events by both the division in which they are competing and the classification they currently hold, helping to level out the playing field. This helps to prevent the average motorist from competing with Dale Earnhardt jr.
WS: What made you decide to shoot in competitions?
Zeke Ernst: I wanted to do it as a way to spend time with my two sons. My youngest Sean started shooting at the age of 8 and my oldest son Conner started shooting at the age of 11. We have all shot competitively in Single Stack, Production, and Limited divisions.
WS: Who have been you biggest influences in learning to shoot pistols competitively?
Zeke Ernst: There are a lot of great shooters out there. The three individuals that have probably influenced me the most would be Robert Rigsby, Will Andrews and Todd Jarrett (although I haven’t ever met him, his youtube videos filled in a lot of questions I had along the way). Robert, who is a USPSA Grand Master in Open division and Will who runs Oklahoma Pistol Skills, have both been a constant sounding board for all of the ideas I come up with and suggestions for ways to do it better.
WS: What division do you shoot in and class are you in?
Zeke Ernst: I shoot currently both Limited and in the Single Stack division and I’m in B class in both.
WS: What type of gear and firearm do you run in the competitions?
Zeke Ernst: Much to my wife’s dismay, I have a wide variety of pistol I have accumulated over the years. Currently I run a custom Caspian 1911 that we built at H&H for the single stack division, with Chip McCormack Magazines. In limited I have a pretty stock Glock 35 and a custom STI, both in .40S&W. I use a Bladetech belt with Safariland magazine carriers.
WS: What type of ammo are you allowed to have during the matches?
Zeke Ernst: You’re allowed to use any type of ammo, including hand loaded. I like to use hand loaded ammo because it’s cheaper to use. It’s mate the ammo to your specific shooting style and ability while still meeting the required power factor. Power Factor is another way of leveling the playing field. The weight of your bullet time the velocity must meet certain numbers. Minor power factor must be at 125 thousand or higher and Major has to meet the power factor of 165 thousand or higher. The courses of fire have round counts that can range from 8 rounds to 22 rounds in a match depending on how the course of fire is setup.
WS: Do you ever get nervous during a match?
Zeke Ernst: Of course, there’s a wide mixture of skilled shooters competing against each other. You meet different groups of people and ages running from 8 to 70 years of age. You have shooters like Rob Leatham who have been doing this sort of thing for over 20 years for a living as well as first time shooters.
WS: How is scoring made during a match?
Zeke Ernst: Scoring is a combination of the value of the hits on your targets combined with the speed at which you complete the course of fire.
WS: Where is the USPSA Single Stack Nationals held and for how long?
Zeke Ernst: It’s held in Barry, Illinois at PASA Park. It’s shot over 3 days, with each days competitors shooting all 14 stages in one day.
WS: What does it take to be able to shoot at Nationals?
Zeke Ernst: You have to be a member of USPSA and submit an entry. There’s only 390 slots open, so you have to sign up early. Anyone can shoot at local club matches. H&H has an open to the public match on the first Sunday of every month. Sign up starts at 5:30 p.m. There’s also a forum on boomer shooter.com where you can find a USPSA match just about every weekend.
WS: Zeke, thank you for sitting down with us today, if our readers have any questions about getting started in USPSA, is there a way they can contact you?
Zeke Ernst: USPSA is a nation wide sport where shooters of all skills have a chance to show off their skills and constantly improve as well as meet other shooters who enjoy the same hobby. If you have any questions you can contact Zeke who is the match director for H&H at (405) 947-3888 ext. 154.