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We Are an Essential Business

Dear H&H Shooting Sports Customers,

Our top priority during the recent national crisis has been the safety and welfare of our customers and staff. To follow CDC guidelines regarding the COVID-19 virus we have made many changes to our operation including limiting our hours, increasing our cleaning and sanitizing procedures and limiting the amount of people in our store at one time.

In response to the latest ‘Safer At Home’ order issued by Governor Stitt on Tuesday, March 24th we will be taking additional action to limit the non-essential areas of our business. We have decided to cancel all upcoming training and group classes. At no point will we allow gatherings of 10 or more people. Additionally our archery shooting ranges will be closed to the public, with the firearms range open with limited availability and social distancing measures in place.

Our firearms and ammunition sales will remain open, with a maximum of 10 people allowed in to make purchases at one time. We have made this decision as we believe that access to firearms and ammunition falls within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines as being essential and critical to the public safety.

We will adjust our operating hours to Monday – Saturday 11am – 7pm. During our reduced operating hours there will be no lines, people will check in at the door, leave a phone number and then wait in their car until called to enter the store. They will be limited to making their purchases and filling out their paperwork before being asked to wait in their cars again while the background check is processed. We will then call the customer with the results. Social distancing measures will be enforced at all times.

We believe in the second amendment and that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. We plan to continue fulfilling our responsibility to our community and to the people that want to protect themselves.

Please direct any inquiries to us via email at ContactUs@HHShootingSports.com and we will respond as promptly as we can, in the order in which they are received.

We appreciate your continued support and patronage. We will be here to support and help protect our fellow Oklahomans.

H&H Shooting Sports

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For nearly 40 years, a huge part of what we do every day at H&H is helping families protect themselves and providing the community with a gathering place for like minds to come together. The current situation we all find ourselves in has required many changes for all of us over the last few weeks.

Many of these changes, issued in the form of recommendations and mandates implemented by Federal, State, County and City authorities are designed to restrict or reduce face to face interactions between individuals. However, we are actually seeing an increase of activity at our store and range facility. We feel by continuing to allow unrestricted access to our store and range we are not working within the spirit of these guidelines. The last thing we want is to be responsible for the increase in COVID-19 infections in our community. H&H wants to help flatten the curve of this pandemic.

With that in mind effective Saturday, March 21, we will be limiting the number of customers in the store at one time, according to CDC guidelines. We also request customers practice safe social distancing while in the store.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation, evaluate, and update our practices as circumstances change. We look forward to getting back to normal activities and serving our community with a place where friends and family can train and socialize.

           

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Guns, like any machine will eventually break down.  It’s no wonder really, they hold small explosions in them.  So for guns that are big and small they will need some one to fix them at some point.  SO who would you take them to?  A gun smith of course.  These experts go to schools on the ways and means of gun repair.  Unless you know what you’re doing it would be best for you to take your gun to some one who does know.  With that in mind here’s what you need to know when visiting a gun smith

Make sure your gun(s) are unloaded.

This may seem like a no brainier for some, but for others it might be new information to them.  Having you gun unloaded, magazine out/action unlocked) lets the gunsmith know that what ever is coming their way is not dangerous.  This starts you off on the right foot with them so you can get straight to business.

Have all the parts with you.

Most of the time a gun smith needs all the parts of the gun.  At the end of their project they will need to test every thing to make sure it works properly.  Giving them only the part that needs work can slow down progress or might make it impossible for them to continue their work.  So have the gun fully assembled or in a box or bag.  And if a missing part is the problem then just let them know real quick.

Accurately describe the problem.

Some guns experience problems more often than other ones.  And some times the problems are common between users.  The more specific you get, the faster thy can think of a solution.  After it’s handed off they can get back to work.

Expect to wait.

Fixes take time.  Some times a part needs to be ordered or manufactured.  If you want quality you just have to wait for every thing to come together while it’s worked on.  Just let them work and try not to bother them.  Their work require them to work at projects that can’t be put down easily.  Also you’re not the only gun they are working on.  Their shop is full of projects and if you’re last on the list just ask real quick before you hand the gun over to them how long it might be.

Expect to pay.

Quality takes money too.  If you need something very sensitive worked on then you simply have to fork over some cash.   An quality gun smith will want to be fairly compensated for their hard work.  Some projects need a lot of time put into them rush as re-blueing.  Some guns are also no longer in production and their parts are no longer being made.  That scarcity makes them expensive.  Bad quality smiths don’t stay in business and good ones charge a fair price.

So in short this list is an overview of what to expect while at the smith’s shop.  They want to work on guns and you want your gun fixed so make sure you do your best to help them out.  And you need to keep in mind that some guns are lost causes.  Eventually some guns will be beyond repair and you’ll just have to make it a wall hanger after that.  Some part might just be too hard to either make by hand or too expensive to order and you gotta just roll with it unfortunately.  So how what kind of results have you gotten with your local gunsmiths?  Sound off in the comments below and share your experience.

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The lost art of the side by side

For what seemed like a century the side by side double barrel shotgun ruled the roost.  It was cheap, simple to use, and its application nearly instantly understandable to anyone who laid eyes on it.  Two back to back shots of 12 gauge.  But today is seems to have fallen out of favor.  What did the pour thing in?  I’d say this topic is worth investigating.

The world of double barrels certainly has changed in the last century and a half.  Once upon a time in the early 1930’s, double barreled shotguns could be had for very little.  With some gun catalogs pricing them at $12 or less.  With an inflation adjustment that would come out to about $186.  Not a bad price at all for a highly versatile, easy to use firearm.  Now a days finding a quality gun at that price would be nearly impossible.  Now much of what you’d find at the double barrel section at a gun store would be high-end trap shooting over/under shotguns.

These gun from $500 all the way up to $2000 with a median price of about $1200.   These shotguns are quite a bit more mechanically complex and fragile than the side by sides of today and  yesteryear.  While fantastic choices for skeet and bird hunting, they’re generally poorly suited for combat or home defense with their long barrels and hefty price tag.  Only a few companies come to mind with a “combat over/under” in their line up.  The Stoeger Condor Outback is the only one i can think of.

As much handy and simple to use they are quite obsolete.  Since 1987, the year Winchester debuted the Model 1897, double barreled shotguns started to lose market share to their repeating counterparts.  While two shots of 12 gauge may seem powerful, it pales in comparison to 5 repeating shots of 12 gauge.

Pump-guns like the Remington 870 don’t break the bank and have been around since 1950.  That means gunsmiths and accessory manufacturers know the ins and outs of these quite well.   They stay strong and make for great guns to be passed down from one generation to the next.  Not to mention that their pump action makes them well suited for all kinds of ammo from low power bird shot to 3 inch magnum slugs.

Finally we have to mention one of the bigger side by side killers.  The automatic shotgun.  The first successful semi-auto shotgun to come out to the market was the browning Auto 5.

Once it hit the scene it was a instant hit with sport shooters and outlaws alike.  The auto 5 offered something that nothing else had before 5 shots as fast as you could pull the trigger.  Not to mention its reliability.  With its tagline of “come hell or high water” its easy to understand its popularity.  Nothing at the time offered as much as the Auto-5 could, reliability and great endurance.  The borrowed time the side by side was going off of finally ran out in the late 60’s.

It isn’t completely over for them tho.  Groups such as cowboy action shooting keep the spirit alive with their meet ups where people compete to see who’s the fastest and the most accurate.  Side by sides also keep them selves alive with pop culture.  They’re usually shown as close range annihilators in wild west shows, or video games.  It’s to let the audience know that no one who gets hit with one of these is walking out.  Not to mention they still are popular in places where firearm ownership is unfortunately highly restricted.

So if you’re thinking about getting a new shotgun maybe consider purchasing a side by side.  Whether they’re used or brand new, you’ll get years and years or enjoyment out of the side by side.  A true American classic!

Taking better pictures of your guns

Every one wants to show off what they’ve got!  But do you have what it takes?  If you don’t that’s perfectly fine as I will teach you the basics of getting a great photo!  Get your guns and camera ready because you’ll want to take pictures as soon as you are done reading!

Step 1:  Take a lot of pictures.

This step doesn’t have any actual composition tips, but is instead a standard photography tip.  By taking a lot of pics you get yourself something very important.  Options.  By giving yourself options you get more of a chance that you take a photo that you absolutely love.  So take lots of pictures.  Take them from every angle, every height, and move the gun around too.  Take pictures of it standing up, on its side and maybe even down the sights.  Even consider a safe picture of the bore.  Heck, even take the gun apart and snap some pics of the inside.  Either way you do it just make sure that you have every base covered with the gun you want to take.  This will also give you later options down the road because you never know when you might need a super specific picture of a sear or something.

Step 2:  You need better light.

What ever your current light set up is, it isn’t good enough.  Many new-comers to the world of photography just don’t know something very critical.  Their cameras don’t take in a lot of light.  You’re ceiling lights don’t produce enough light either.  So your best solution is to get extra lights.

Getting something as simple as a flashlight to shine extra light on your guns will get you a better lit picture.  Try using the light from the back of the gun.  This will make it pop off its background.  There are even some lights that can be gotten for below $25.  Also make sure that your camera can automatically adjust to the lights or you manually adjust your camera.  With better lights every one will be able to see the fine details on a gun for better or for worse.

See how easy it is to see all of the details?

Step 3:  Clear a space.

When ever or where ever you take your photos make sure to have some sort of clear space.  No viewer wants to see a whole bunch of junk in your background. They came to see the gun and that’s what should be in focus.

This place isn’t exactly what people want to see when you snap a pic.

So clear out yourself a small studio.  The best and cheapest option it to create a light box with large white poster board sheets.  This way you’ll have a nice clean background that will contrast with the darker colors that are usually found on guns.  And with the small studio you now have it’ll be easy to mount lights so your guns can be illuminated.

Step 4: Know what you’re taking a picture of.

No matter what you’re taking a picture of be sure you know what it is.  Because when ever you post the photos of your gun people will absolutely ask questions about it.  By being able to answer simple questions like, “What’s the make and model of it?” or “How does it shoot?”  Being able to answer simple questions will make your posts very engaging and will even make people want come back when you post something new.

Step 5: Experiment

Only you can pick out which kind of photos you like so make sure to try out a whole bunch photographic tricks and settings.  Consider taking your photo’s outside surrounded by nature.  You can even mess with the mount of light that’s on your subject or what color the light is.  Are you tired of a white background?  Consider taking a photo of a gun surrounded by it’s accessories like magazines and ammo.  And maybe you don’t need a clutter free environment.  Taking a picture on a work bench or surrounded by uniforms and medals gives a cool narrative to your guns that is hard to replicate.  For the most part you get to control what the end viewer sees so take a lot of photos in a lot of places.  You can even touch them up a bit with photo editing software.

Conclusion.

This tips should give you a head start on your journey of photography.  Soon you’ll be taking master class photos with ease!  Just make sure when you’re taking photos or any gun make sure it’s checked for safety and that you also follow the gun safety rules.  Other than that you’re ready to go.  Have you already been taking pictures of guns for a while now?  Sound off in the comments with the pictures you’re most proud of!  Thanks for reading everybody!

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Dear Valued Customers,

The top priority at H&H Shooting Sports is the safety and the well-being of our customers and employees. Regardless of the environment, this is our top priority every day. We also recognize and understand that you all have concerns about the coronavirus; therefore, we want to update you on everything that we are doing to provide a safe environment for you, your family, and our employees.

We have one simple goal: keeping you and our employees safe. 

With that in mind, we are taking the necessary initiatives to adjust our work and operations by implementing precautionary measures to increase protection of our customers and employees. 

Our business facilities continue to operate regularly, our retail store, gunsmithing operations, 4U Café, and shooting ranges are all open and we will continue to serve you as always.

Effective immediately, we have directed our employees to minimize physical contact with other employees and with our customers. As an example, they shall refrain from shaking hands. In addition, while we recognize that some contact with our products and packaging during purchasing transactions is inevitable, we have directed our employees to avoid as much unnecessary physical contact as possible. 

We are taking several actions to help you feel confident about your health and safety while you are in our store. We have significantly enhanced our cleaning and sanitation efforts on all customer and employee touch points; additionally, we are providing an abundance of anti-bacterial soap in all hand-washing stations, and have placed dozens of alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout all areas of the store. Finally, we are frequently cleaning and disinfecting all counter top surfaces, restrooms, food locations, and employee break areas.

In addition to these actions, we have increased hygiene signage throughout our range and are strongly encouraging customers and employees to practice good hygiene with frequent and rigorous hand washing. We are asking employees who are sick to stay home. If anyone has a fever or becomes sick while at work, we will immediately release them to see their medical provider.

We hope that these measures give you confidence that we are taking the necessary precautions in this evolving situation. We remain committed to providing you and your family with friendly, clean, fast, and safe service.

On behalf of everyone at H&H Shooting Sports, thank you for your trust in us. We look forward to seeing you at our range.

Here at H&H Shooting Sports we are committed to being Oklahoma’s Headquarters for Guns and Gear.  To reach that goal we buy, trade or sell used guns!  How does that work you may ask?  Well I’ll let you know.  You’ll bring your gun, unloaded, up to the front counter and tell us that you want to sell it.  From there a manager and a gun smith will look over the gun and give you an offer.  If you accept the offer you can leave with cash in hand that day.  If you want to make a trade for a firearm then you’ll be given a 5% discount from the regular price of the new firearm and the value of your trade in.

Just think,  any one of these used guns could be yours!

Being able to trade out and sell firearms is a very easy way to expand your collection and clean out your safe of the guns that are gathering dust.  Buying a used firearm is a great way to get a great deal on guns that may be hard to find or no longer in production.  They say that some guns aren’t made like they used to – so buying used might be what you’re looking for.   So stop into H&H today and see what you can find!

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Top 3 reasons to get into reloading.

Reloading ammunition is an extremely worth while effort.  The concept has been around just about as long as the center-fire cartridge has been.  With some older boxes of ammo even giving you instructions on how to reload it.  While it may seem like a daunting process at first once you get into the groove you just don’t want to stop.

Number 3:  Save’s time and money.

For the high volume shooter reloading your own ammo is a no brainier.  Being able to pick up your brass and then reuse it is not only a money saver but a time saver as well.  Now you won’t have to go to the store and buy some or have to wait for a long delivery process.  It can be ready when you want it and how you want it.  Some older guns may use calibers that either aren’t in production any more or are hard to find.  It’s not every day you find 9.3×74mmR.  As long as you take care of your cases you can use them about 5 times.

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Number 2: Great customization.

With long distance shooting, factory ammo might not cut it for you.  It might either be too expensive, hard to find or just not up to your standards.  So with reloading you can dial in your ammo to your gun like crazy.  You can change the bullet weight or gun powder weight my very tiny amounts that can take your .75 inch group down to a .45 inch group.   It’s all up to you though because your in full control of your press.  Psst, hey!  Is factory ammo too soft for ya?  Does it merely drop a deer after it takes a few steps instead of dropping it where it stands?  While it’s not recommended you can take your ammo to it’s absolute limits of what your gun can handle.  Though no one, not even my self will recommend this, it is possible.  Please make sure that your guns can handle what your throwing at it.  You can even go waay under for something like a suppressor.

Read all the warning so this doesn’t happen to you!

Number 1:  Stay shooting for longer.

While this last point may be a bit more nebulous it’ll make more sense once I fully explain it.  People who have stuck around and kept on shooting generally reload.  The reloading process gets you more involved into shooting so you feel more active in it.  The only way to be more active is to make your own guns honestly.  With reloading you’ll be able to talk about why your powder loads are the best and why every one should try yours out.  You get to talk to other re-loaders who have been doing going at it for longer than you’ve been alive.  Do you think you’ll be doing something you don’t like for that long?  I rest my case.

Now there are plenty of reasons to get into reloading.  Some can be huge or very minute.  What I’m trying to say is that it can be a very worth while investment.  With a good reloading press and some time you can get the best out of your guns and your brass.  So consider taking a reloading class at H&H!  Do you already reload?  If so sound off in the comments and tell us what you do and why you reload!  Thanks for reading.

 

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Top Ten Rental Guns

The range at H&H features over 100 different guns available for rental.  Over the years we have noticed several trends in what is most popular at the moment and what is good quality.  Remember, this list is my top 10, but I want to hear from you, if you don’t agree with my list shoot back in the comments.  I’d love to hear about something I’ve missed.

Number Ten:  The Smith and Wesson Victory 22.

Now this gun really isn’t something people ask for directly by name, but it does get rented out a lot. Now you may ask why is that?  When people come to the range and ask for something easy to start out on this my go to answer.  This gun has all the good qualities of a beginners gun – it is lightweight, easy to handle, has great iron sights, it is simple to operate and the ammo is cheap.  The S&W Victory .22 is great for experienced and new shooters alike.  It’s hard not to have a good time plinking away with a fun .22LR.

Number Nine: Glock 17 and 19

These two guns are just about the same so I’ll lump them together for simplicity.  Both guns are great options for people who have shooting experience under their belts.  Both are simple to use controls and cost effective 9mm ammo make both an easy way to test out your shooting skills.  With Glock’s overall popularity, reliability, and reputation these two guns are commonly asked for by newer shooters who know the brand name.  Take either the Glock 17 or Glock 19 out on the range and you will understand why Glock has earned its stripes.

Number Eight: Ruger 10/22

Just like the Smith & Wesson Victory, this rifle remains a favorite of shooters at all skill levels.  Its ease of use and affordable ammo make it a great recommendation to newer shooters who may be nervous about using a gun for the first time.  The low recoil and great accuracy eases anyone in to the idea of shooting.  It’s always great to have someone bring it back and get a glowing review of it!

Number Seven: Smith & Wesson 686

Now here is something people are slightly asking for.  Since Dirty Harry splashed onto the silver screen newer shooters where enthralled by the idea of a giant revolver that could “Blow your head clean off”.  The sad truth of the matter is, the Smith & Wesson 29 is too much gun for newer shooters.  But the idea of a nice, powerful revolver sticks in their heads.  Enter the 686.  This lovely revolver is a great choice for those who come in asking for a “big revolver” that wouldn’t snap their wrist in half.  The large weight of the 686 makes it a bit softer for .357 and even softer for the .38 special cartridge.  Plus shooting a wheel gun is an experience everyone should have at least once.

Number Six: Smith & Wesson Shield

Alright now we get into the guns people are really asking for.  The most popular guns for sale at the moment are compact concealed carry guns, and the shield fits the bill!  It’s slim dimensions make fore a great in the waist band gun.  In addition the tall grip makes for easy shooting.  It is most commonly rented out in 9mm but is available in .40S&W and .45 ACP.  Although this is anecdotal, I’ve never heard of a lot about it malfunctioning.  The Shield has stayed strong after 1,000’s of rounds and it seems like it still has move life in it!

Number Five: The Springfield armory 1911 mil-spec.

The true American pistol.  It’s hard to watch a World War II movie with out seeing a M1911 in a holster or in use.  The nearly 120 year old design has stood the test of time in the field’s of popularity and actual mechanical reliability.  It’s all steel construction makes for a smooth shooter.  The .45 ACP cartridge is a not exactly a beginner friendly but after just a bit of practice you’ll be slinging .45s like its second nature.  Not to mention that the 1911’s trigger has set the gold standard for a crisp triggers since it came out.  Not to mention that the grips just naturally fir to your hand.  H&H also has about 8 to choose from so take your pick!  It leaves no doubt that you have a firearm in your hand.  While H&H has this exact model, other models of 1911s are availible, such as some from Kimber and Nighthawk.

Number Four: M&P 15 sport, Smith and Wesson.

The AR in AR-15 stands for Armalite (the company that designed it) but I’m pretty sure that you could tell some people that it stands for America’s Rifle and they would believe it..  The range I used to work at has three AR-15s for rent and it’s not an uncommon site for all three of them to be out at any given time.  It is a light weight, easy to use, low recoiling, easy to shoot rifle.  It hits a perfect storm of what an average gun owner is looking for.  In a way it’s almost a successor to the Winchester 1894 in the sense of popularity and ease of use.   The ammo can be had for cheap and it’s no slouch either.  The AR-15 shows people a whole new world of rifle shooting.  It’s really something you have to understand for yourself by shooting one for yourself.  The most popular one that gets rented out is oddly enough the plain jane M&P 15 from smith and wesson.  It stands to reason that if you love the base model you’ll like any extra features.

Number Three: The glock 42/Glock 43

The concealed carry craze is no joke.   For years people have been asking glock for a single stack 9mm and they answered the call with a .380 and a 9mm.  These two guns are commonly asked for and recommended by the range staff.  So it’s no wonder why they are rented out a lot.  Glock’s simple and no nonsense approach to firearm design is evident is their compact carry design.  Thanks once again to Glock’s brand recognition, this gun is an easy choice to try out for those in the market for a carry gun.  And when the gun comes back from being rented, the reviews I get are just like it’s larger framed friends.  No failures to eject for miss feeds.  It’s simple and reliable.  What more can you ask for?

Number Two: The Sig 365

This gun is the king of the Hill.  This gun is asked for by name.  This one has people coming back to buy more ammo.  Every time it’s brought back, it comes back with glowing reviews.  For the concealed carry crowd, I’d say there’s no better option that we could rent out for you.  It has great capacity at ten+one rounds of ammo.  It’s accurate, looks good, feels great to hold and shoot.  People just can’t get enough of this little beast.  It hits all the qualities of a great pistol and at a great price too!  Not to mention it comes with all of the Sig manufacturing standards that you’ve come to expect.  Just go try it out yourself, just make sure you have a lot of money with you.  You might walk out the door with one.

Honorable mention:  Springfield Hellcat

This is an honorable mention for one reason.  We just got one for the rent rack and it is proving to be very popular.   That’s all I’ve got for you, on to number one!

Number one! The Smith and Wesson EZ Shield.

This pistol has been a gift from above!  There have no shortage of people who have just not had an easy time racking back a pistol slide, not to mention handle heavy recoil.  With a combination of light springs and the softer .380 acp, this gun is a great entry point for people who have reduced grip strength.  I’ve rented this gun out and have seen people go and purchase it.  Seeing some one who has never been able to rack a slide then be able to shoot with confidence really warms your heart.  It’s a lovely firearm that let’s just about every one have a chance at self defense!

What do you think of the list?  Maybe you could go to a range and try these guns out for yourself!

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March Mayhem Sales Event 2020

Don’t miss the March Mayhem Sales Event at H&H Shooting Sports. Each month we put together some of our top deals on the guns & gear throughout the store and offer them with a special discount all month long. Along with these H&H Deals you can also find info on new items, and special events going on in the store. Next time you’re in store pick up your copy or check out the digital copy below! We can even deliver this ad directly to your email inbox! Just shoot us a text to join our email list. Text HHOKC to 22828, we promise that we wont spam you, only 1 or 2 emails per month!

Visit us in March for our annual March Safe Sale – During the March Safe Sale you can save 10% all the way up to 15% on all gun safes at H&H. Plus get up to $100 back as a mail in rebate on Browning Safes, and with financing offered at 0% for 12 months it has never been easier to get a new safe from H&H.

H&H has a huge selection of rifles, shotguns, and handguns, with several on sale in March, including the Ruger AR-556 Pistol chambered in 556 for $649.99 and in 300 Blackout for $719.99. 

Don’t miss the 6th annual Oklahoma Custom Knife Show on Saturday March 7th at H&H. Knife makers from all over the country will be at this show and there will be live forging demos from contestants featured on the hit TV show Forged In Fire – Admission is FREE, and doors open at 9am. Attend the Custom Knife Show and get an H&H store coupon for storewide discounts up to 15% OFF

Hurry in for these and many other great deals at Oklahoma’s Headquarters for Guns & Gear.