Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s If you’re like me, half the fun of owning some guns is getting to show them off. Unfortunately, its hard to balance the desire to keep them safe with the desire to show them off when it comes to firearm storage. In a perfect world we could all have a room like this in which to display our collections. Either you keep your guns protected by hiding them away in a safe, or you display them where they can easily be grabbed by people you don’t want to have access to them. But that doesn’t have to be the case. I’ve assembled here some tips and tricks to help you show off your firearms while simultaneously keeping them secure and protected. These will include a few general display methods, as well as some ideas that could be applied to all of these methods to keep your firearms as safe as possible… while still letting you show them off. Now these tips won’t protect against the most determined gun thieves, but they’ll be enough to help keep your guns safe from children and the run-of-the-mill smash and grab thief most likely to break into your home. And from thieves that are also children. One more quick note before we start, if you want a truly secure option, a safe like one of these is always going to be your best bet. By displaying your guns, you’re inherently taking a risk. Its up to you to decide if that’s worth it or not, and there’s no real wrong answer. Types of Displays First let’s look at some display methods. We’ll mostly ignore security for now. Traditional Display Case The most obvious option is the traditional style display case. Aside from tucked away in a closet, display cases like these were the most popular choice for firearm storage before proper gun safes became more accessible for the average gun owner. Is it just me, or did everyone’s grandfather have some version of a cabinet like this in their house? Display cases offer a lot of flexibility. You can have a gun cabinet or a wall mounted display. You can purchase something as is (like the American Furniture Classics Glass Door Display Cabinet – $169) or have something custom made. It can be brand new or an antique (or new, but antique looking). You can purchase a cabinet style case or one that is wall mounted (like this Lockable Long Gun Wall Rack Cabinet with UV Protection – $130). For an extra dose of style, try to match the style of your display case with the style of the weapons you’re displaying. In short, what I’m saying here is that your display case can be whatever you want and can get away with. Because of this flexibility in style, size, and price range, cases like this are the most common choice for those who want to display their firearms or other weapons. A Wall Mounted Option However, most cases don’t offer much in terms of security. Even if they lock, glass fronts can be broken pretty easily and the gun removed. Display cases don’t have to lack security, though. In the tips section below we’ll cover some ways you can make storing your firearms in the display case safer, even without having to buy an expensive new case or heavily modify your old one. Coffee Table If you do much browsing of gun related sites, you’ve probably seen coffee tables made from surplus Mosin Nagant crates. These can be purchased or DIYed using one of the many tutorials available online , but generally include lighting inside and almost always feature one or more locks to keep out anyone who has no business reaching inside. One of the many versions of said coffee table. This is a popular option for gun enthusiasts, especially in man caves, but less firearms oriented family members may take issue with the look of the Mosin Nagant crate in more public areas of the home, no matter how much you try to convince them. Fortunately, the Mosin crate isn’t the only option for a coffee table display. Any sort of chest, crate, or table top can be refurbished to create a similar feel, so suggesting something closer to the style of your home may help convince the other adults (or the only adult) that keeping your guns on display in the literal center of your sitting room isn’t such a bad idea. Try looking for – or creating – options made from vintage chests, antique shipping crates, or more traditional or stylish coffee tables. Adding in other important family objects, like photos, collectibles, and other keepsakes, particularly if you’re displaying antique firearms or replicas of antiques, can also create a warmer, less intimidating vibe if you have some gun-averse family or friends. A firearm display made in the style of a traditional coffee table. In-Wall Display Case Display cases that are actually built into your wall are a less popular, but more secure option, for those who want to display, but still protect, their firearms. In-wall display cases require actual modifications to your home (or else having the display case put in while your home is being built, should you be so lucky), which, for many homeowners and certainly renters, makes them less accessible than freestanding alternatives. I don’t know if I’d sleep like a baby knowing this was over my head or just want to stay up all night looking at it. If you have the know how and tools to safely cut into your drywall while simultaneously also avoiding important bits like wires and pipes, then you could absolutely install a in-wall display case in your own home. Otherwise, you’ll need to hire a contractor. As far as security goes, in-wall displays have two major advantages over coffee table or traditional display cases. First, they are only accessible from one side, making them less vulnerable to clever thieves, and second, they can be far more easily hidden when you don’t want your firearms on display. Simply hang a painting or mirror over your in wall display and no one who doesn’t already know it’s there will be the wiser. That said, the one accessible side has the same disadvantages as other displays. Without extra security precautions, an intruder can easily break the glass front, allowing them to access your firearms. Tips for All Kinds of Displays With all that said, let’s look at some tips that you can apply to all three of these displays to keep your firearms safe, but also where you can easily admire them. Glass Alternatives The glass in any display is the clear weakness, so addressing that is typically the best thing you can do to protect your firearms. Laminated glass or polycarbonate provide a less easily broken, but still very clear alternative to glass. For those of us with children and animals running around, more sturdy options have the added bonus of making us feel better about the safety of our lovable little destruction machines, as well as our firearms. He may look adorable, but he has destroyed a TV, several dishes, and a quarter inch thick glass coffee table top within the last year. You can either purchase displays that already use these materials, or retrofit a glass display to make it more secure. If you have a high tech budget, you may want to spring for suspended particle devices. SPDs are sheets of nanoparticles that are placed between two sheets of glass or plastic (you may have heard of this referred to as smart glass) and control the tint of the glass, as well as the amount of glare and the amount of heat allowed through. This allows you to hide the contents of your display at will, minimize glare even when the display is visible, and temperature regulate the inside of the display. The opaque effect may look a bit odd for a wall mounted display, but will look more intentional on a coffee table or cabinet display. Extra Reinforcement Alternatively or, for extra security, additionally, adding bars or wooden beams across the glass of your display can help reinforce the glass, as well as prevent someone from removing a long gun from the case without also removing the bar. Often, the frames of the doors is enough to serve this function in a traditional display, but for particularly large displays or coffee table displays, you may need additional bars. The frames around the glass in the doors and added bars will help prevent someone from removing the long guns, but don’t protect the handguns. For a particularly rustic looking – and secure – option, refurbishing windows into doors and walls for your display case can make it a lot more difficult to access your firearms without unlocking the case while also giving your display a unique and less utilitarian feel. Plus, you can purchase old windows pretty inexpensively through flea markets and thrift stores. Display Case Made Using Recycled Windows Of course, bars can impede the view a bit, so there is some trade off of aesthetics and security. Locking Up Now that we’ve talked about protecting your display from those trying to circumvent your locks, let’s talk about the locks themselves. Obviously you want a sturdy lock on your display, resilient enough that the bolt cutters from the junk drawer in your kitchen won’t let a would be thief get access to the contents of your display case. But for extra security, you’ll want to keep more than just the display locked. Not every weapon in your house needs to be ready to be accessed immediately in the case of a burglary, home invasion, or zombie apocalypse. Those that do need to be ready shouldn’t be kept in displays. 321 Locks Keyed Alike Trigger Locks Put trigger locks on all guns in your display case. You can buy packs of several same combination or keyed alike locks for added convenience. Just make sure that you hide the combination or key discretely and far away from the case. 321 Locks Gun Trigger Lock (3 Pack) Keyed Alike GL-10 ($20) and RioRand 3-Digit Combination Gun Lock (5 Pack) ($32) are both great options. RioRand 3-Digit Combination Gun Locks You should also consider cable locks to affix any guns to the display itself, making them more difficult to even remove from the case, let alone steal or use. Like with trigger locks, you can buy multi packs of keyed alike or same combination locks for added convenience. FSDC 15″ California-approved Keyed Cable Gun Lock 3-pack is an affordable but effective option. FSDC 15″ California-approved Keyed Cable Gun Lock 3-pack Miscellaneous Tips Let’s finish up with some odds and ends type tips to help improve the security of your displayed firearms. Some of these tips you’ve probably heard before, but it never hurts to re-emphasize firearm safety. All the locks and reinforced glass in the world don’t mean you can forget basic firearms storage safety. Store firearms unloaded and separate from their ammunition. You may even want to remove rifle bolts and keep them stored apart from the rifle. If you rely on firearms for home defense, do not keep all firearms in the display case. Keep at least one in a place that is more accessible, but still secure like an easy access gun safe . The last thing you want is to be caught without a gun in the case of a home invasion. A motion sensor with a loud alarm that goes off when the door to your display case opens can be enough to deter curious children or scare a thief out of your home completely. Keep everything locked up, but don’t underestimate simple solutions, either. Make sure you have insurance on all of your firearms. This helps you recoup your losses if you do become the victim of theft. It also, however, makes sure there’s an extra record of all your firearms, with serial numbers, which is essential when reporting the guns stolen. Finally, make sure a thief can’t just walk out of your home with the display case. All the security in the world only does so much if a thief can take it home to work around at their convenience. Now It’s Your Turn. . . Do you have firearms displayed in your home? What tips and tricks do you have for keeping up a good looking, but secure display? Tell us in the comments. Better yet, share some pictures!
The 4 Best Gen 1 Night Vision Monoculars – Reviews 2020 Photo by Program Executive Office Soldier / CC BY Night vision was barely out of its technological infancy when the War on Terror began. The military had lagged behind substantially in investing into night vision technology. However, after the war began, night vision technology became clearer, smaller and more effective. This transitioned over into the civilian market, where Generation 1 night vision became very popular with those looking to own the night. The best gen 1 night vision monoculars represent the ideal compromise in effective night vision and keeping on a budget. A good generation 1 night vision monocular should, of course, be affordable. The monocular should also provide a crystal clear image. The user should be able to effectively see past 50 yards or more depending on the optic’s magnification. Night vision monoculars should also be suited for outdoor use and be resistant to water, shock, and fog. A modern monocular should also be lightweight, and easy to carry. Modern technology has shrunk night vision monoculars to a handy and easy to carry size. If the monocular is large, it should have an impressive magnification and objective lens. Here are our recommendations for the top 4. Bushnell Equinox Z Bushnell Equinox Z Digital "Night Vision Monocular" , 6 x 50mm Price: $204.72 Price as of 08/14/2020 02:38 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The Bushnell Equinox Z is just one of the hundreds of different optical devices designed and produced by Bushnell. They are a legendary company in the optics realm and their name is commonly associated with both quality and affordability. The Equinox night vision monocular is no different. The outside sleek appearance is just icing on the cake when we consider the Equinox’s features and price. The Equinox ( see full specs ) features a variable magnification, with the user able to easily adjust the magnification from 1 to 3 power. The Equinox features ambidextrous, easy controls, which are centered on the top of the monocular. Everything is a simple push button design, including the magnification. The Equinox is even equipped with a Picatinny rail for the adding any additional accessories. The Equinox already comes equipped with a built-in infrared illuminator to aid in seeing during the darkest of nights. The device is capable of throwing light out to 500 feet and increasing the range significantly. The Equinox can be mounted to a tripod for more stable viewing, and provides excellent optical clarity due to its multi-coated lenses. Priced to move, the Equinox is one of the best gen 1 night vision monoculars period. Lots of does hanging out in a field - Bushnell Equinox Z 6x50 digital night vision Watch this video on YouTube
Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s There’s something viscerally satisfying about holding a magnum revolver. Polymer pistols like the FNP-9 or the Glock are lighter and FEEL like you’re holding a “plastic” gun, something toy-like. When you pick up a .357 magnum revolver like the Ruger GP100 , you KNOW you’re holding a weapon. At 40 oz., it weighs nearly twice as much as an FNP-9. Shoot, if you run out of bullets it’s actually possible to throw it at someone and knock them cold with it. The .357 magnum round is nothing to laugh at. People put that same bullet in a rifle and hunt deer with it. And as far as quality goes, it’s a Ruger revolver. Among the things Ruger does very well, it makes great revolvers. So how is it for a noob? Let’s find out. Breakdown Let’s not mince words. It’s a pain in the ass. The good news is that you don’t have to disassemble it to lubricate it. According to the manual, a few drops of oil in the frame openings will make its way to the internal mechanisms. If you’re not comfortable taking this thing apart, don’t. Ruger GP 100 Maintenance The good thing about maintaining this gun is that it’s pretty easy to do. You don’t have to disassemble this weapon to do a routine cleaning. Cleaning consists of swinging the cylinder out and running a patch and a bore brush through the barrel and the chambers. Some light lube and you’re done. Safety and Reliability Ruger makes a fine revolver, I’ll give them that. Pull the trigger, it goes bang. In regards to safety, the GP100 has no manual safety on it, but it does have a transfer bar safety system which prevents the hammer from hitting the firing pin without the trigger first being pulled all the way to the rear. What does this mean? It means you can drop it without it going off. The only other thing you can really call a safety feature is the double-action trigger pull, which comes in at about a quarter-mile. When you’re pulling the trigger without first pulling the hammer back, it’s like the gun is asking you, “Are you suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuureBANG!” Comfort and Recoil This is a heavy gun, so there’s an upside and a downside. The downside is that it’s heavy. Not heavy enough to where you have a hard time holding it up, but heavy enough to know you’re holding a block of steel in your hands. The upside is that a heavy gun has less recoil. Shooting .38 specials out of this thing is like shooting a .22. You barely feel it. On the other hand, you WILL feel the recoil of .357 mags. Starter Kit It comes with a hard plastic case. What? It’s a gun, not an aquarium. Accessories and Upgrades The grips and the sights can be swapped out, and that’s pretty much it. You can change the springs to give it an easier trigger, but unlike an automatic there’s not much you can do to this weapon. You can’t buy extended magazines, for instance. It is what it is. Final Word A GP100 and indeed any .357 magnum revolver has a lot of advantages. It’s powerful enough to put down an assailant… or a bear. And you can use .38 specials if you don’t like the recoil or just for cheap training. And make no mistake, having one trained on you is an intimidating experience. No one in history has ever turned to a mob he was leading and said, “Let’s rush him! It’s just a .357!” It’s also easy to load, operate and conduct routine maintenance. As a first gun, you might be put off by the lack of a manual safety, but if you’re looking for something that’s easy to use and has enough raw firepower to repel just about any threat, man or beast, the GP100 might be for you.
Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s “Ho, ho, ho, now I have a machine gun,” Immortal words from American Hero John “yippee ki yay” McClane. What exact machine gun was he talking about? The immortal MP5 of course. The MP5 is the luxury SMG of SMGs and has filled the arms rooms of elite police and military units for decades. The MP5 came to be in 1966 and only now are they being replaced in most military and police forces. This popularity of the MP5 has certainly been aided by being heavily featured in movies, television, and video games. MP5 Vs Uzi in the classic zombie-cop-thriller-comedy Dead Heat But the reason the MP5 found its way into so many productions is that it was so famous with so many police and military forces. The Iranian Embassy siege where SAS members armed with MP5s is one of the most famous uses of the gun. Why was the MP5 so popular with these forces? That’s the key to the gun’s overall popularity. U.K. Royal Marines training with MP5A3, Elite UK Forces A look at the day and age tells you why. Short rifles like the MK 18 weren’t a thing, and the SMGs at the time were interesting. They were mostly open bolt guns like the Uzi, the Carl Gustav M45, the M3 Grease gun, and similar guns. They were a bit unwieldy, bulky, or made from a tube with some springs. The MP5 at the time was more than modern. It was a closed bolt weapon that was more reliable than most. It used polymer to save weight, and feature proper sights versus the crude open or peep sights of older guns. Ergonomically it was far superior to the competition. And so, the MP5 took the world by storm and continues to be a very popular choice. Black Hawk Down (2001), Mike Durant used an MP5 while defending his downed Black Hawk during Operation Gothic Serpent MP5 Flaws Is it sacrilegious to say the MP5 is an outdated gun? Do people defend this gun with the same vigor as 1911? The gun is far from perfect, and if you’ve ever only seen them in movies, you may not know they aren’t perfect. What’s exactly wrong with the gun? Well based on my personal experience… The trigger pull is long. The gun lacks a last round bolt hold open. To reload you have to lock the bolt back or download magazines because a full mag does not want to enter the gun on a closed bolt. Every stock but the full stock kinda sucks. The MPX, MP7, and CZ Scorpion are better examples of what an SMG should be in 2019. U.S. Marines from FASTEUR, Naval Station Rota, shoot MP-7 machine guns at the Romanian intelligence service shooting range in Bucharest, Romania (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Esdras Ruano/Released) That being said the MP5 is insanely popular with the civilian market. Not only because of its military and police use, its fame in movies, but likely the fact that until recently you really couldn’t get one. It seemed like overnight the market has been hit with a number of MP5 clones. Your chances to get this Teutonic 9mm blaster have never been better. Today we are going to look at some of the better clones of the MP5 and who makes them, and why they stand out. Best MP5 Clones 1. GSG 522 In the family of MP5s, the GSG was one of the first clones I ever became aware of. It should be said this was only a clone in looks as it is a .22 LR rifle that does not use a roller delayed system. It’s also super cheap and very common. ATI GSG 522 Lightweight .22LR 350 at Palmetto State Armory Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 350 at "Palmetto State Armory" Prices accurate at time of writing After years of the GSG dominating the rimfire tacticool market, HK decided to license a clone to Walther/Umarex… at a significant markup. I’d love to suggest that one but it seems to have been discontinued. The GSG 522 though is still easy to find and stupidly affordable. I owned one for years and found it to be a fun and reliable plinker. It mimicked most of the MP5ness, including the controls, the diopter sights, and you can do the famous HK slap. There are pistol and rifle versions, but the rifle is much more popular than the pistol. The rifles feature faux suppressors to cover the 16-inch barrel that looks a little weird on an MP5. There are multiple configurations that include fixed stocks, folding stocks, collapsing stocks, and the famed SD model. GSG 522 SD The GSG 522 is a massively fun gun. It’s perfect for kids, new shooters, and since 22 LR is finally easy to find an affordable means, it’s easy to plink with. As far as cool guns go the GSG 522 is a very fun and cool gun. I’ve only ever regretted selling a gun or two, but my old school GSG 522 was one I regret selling. It was a massively fun gun, and now that my son is hitting the age to start shooting I might be picking up another GSG to get him trained on. It is also ultra reliable. It functions with even generic and cheap 22 LR ammo, and there is no need to buy the pricey CCI stuff to get this gun to run. What other Mp5 clones can I go out and hunt squirrels with? What other models can I shoot all day long for what’s basically pennies per minute? This is easily the most affordable all-around MP5 clone. Sure, a 10/22 is good – but it’s no MP5. Fully Upgraded 10/22 The GSG series has also created a somewhat small, but potent aftermarket that features a drum magazine, stocks, and other accessories you can upgrade your GSG with. 2. Zenith Z-5RS I blame Zenith for the great MP5 revival. This Turkish company came out of nowhere and started selling Turkish made MP5s for a great price compared to trying to find original HK 94s. The Zenith MP5s are made on original German HK tooling and come in a variety of configurations. Best MP5 Clone Zenith Z-5RS 2000 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 2000 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing This includes pistols, AOWs, and rifles. Well one rifle, and it looks a little goofy, but it is a rifle and not a pistol or AOW. The pistol variants are the most expansive. This includes mimics of the original MP5 and the MP5K. Zenith includes several models with SB tactical braces installed. My personal favorite is the newest classic model that lacks all the fancy rails and M-Lok handguards for a more simplistic design that harkens back to the classic MP5 we all fell in love with. No wait, I want to change my personal favorite to the MP5K AOW. Way back when there was this little game called SOCOM 2. The little stockless MP5K was the coolest gun 13-year-old me had ever seen. Since then I loved the super compact MP5K. Call of Duty, SOCOM 2, Knights of the Old Republic, and Prince of Persia – 2003 was a great year for games. As far as I know, Zenith is the only company that produces the AOW model of the MP5K. This is the proper K model. On top of that, they do make guns with proper claw scope mounts in both standard and neutered K models. They also make the ultra-modern models with M-LOK handguards for those looking for something more modular. Zenith guns come with cold hammer forged barrels, ½ x 28 RH threaded barrels, three magazines as well as a Covert Carry bag that looks identical from the Elite Survival Systems bags. I understand that guns coming from Turkey, or in all fairness any place that’s not America or Europe, is viewed as potentially poorly made. With the Zenith guns, nothing could be further from the truth. These are great guns, well-made guns, that look and perform extremely well. Now you know where Turkey is! I have one minor, completely stupid, and very annoying complaint. The pistol grip has finger grooves. Yeah, I know some MP5s have those, but the straight grip is vastly superior. Albeit that may just be my opinion. The Zenith guns certainly won’t let you down, and they’ve teamed up with SB Tactical to give you out of the box models ready for the range. Zenith MP5 clones are faithful to the MP5 design, and they’ve also stepped it up to modernize the MP5 experience. 3. PTR’s New MP5 PTR made their bones with their G3 clones in just about every flavor you could imagine. They are well experienced with the roller delayed design. They didn’t just dive into the MP5 design blindfolded. They knew what they were doing from the start. 9C PTR 600 PTR is an American based firm and the MP5 clones they are producing are very modern overall. Best of all they are quite affordable. In fact, these are the most affordable MP5s on the market overall. They produce only a few models, but they are quality guns. PTR even submitted their MP5 clone to the US Army’s new SMG program. Imagine the balls it takes to submit your take on HK’s most famous design to a US Army contest. This shows that PTR backs their product. Their models include a full sized rifle that is just waiting for you to chop the barrel and SBR the damn thing. There are also two standard pistol models with different muzzle devices and a neutered K model as well. By neutered I mean the K model lacks the forward grip. The K model is also a correct compact model. The PTR models all come with M-LOK handguards for modular attachment of accessories of all kinds. Of course, they are completely compatible with SB Tactical braces. They also have welded on scope rails for optics of your choice. A red dot optic is perfect for the MP5, take a look at the Best Red Dot Sights ! The guns come with both the paddle and push-button magazine release as well a hard case with custom cut foam. It does give it a very slick operator as F&*^ look to the whole package. The PTR guns come with multiple end cap options. This includes a sling point, as well as a brace, or even a backplate to accommodate MPX stocks. PTR guns are ready for full auto sears if you just so happen to have one. If you do, hit me up, we can hang out. If you don’t, there is always room to dream and flirt in the comments section. I mentioned the low price or at least a relatively low price. You can find PTR guns for about 1,600 bucks, which puts them in the lower range for MP5 guns. 1,600 bucks is an affordable price for these guns, just consider that for a moment. Quality costs. 4. H&K SP5K You don’t suck, and HK doesn’t hate you, they are just in a tough spot. How tough? Well, German laws are notoriously fickle with exporting weapons, and importing the cool stuff is a hassle. HK has also been burned numerous times by American law changes ending with warehouses full of guns just sitting. HK SP5K However, even HK’s famed stoicism couldn’t ignore the MP5 demand. They finally produced one, the new SP5K. The SP5K is a neutered MP5K… kind of. They made some interesting choices that a lot of the Mp5 fanbase disagreed with. First, they just included the push button magazine release. There is no paddle release, the gun cannot accept a full auto pack, and it has a super goofy forend. The barrel isn’t even threaded. Plus the MSRP of 2,700 dollars is a tough sell. That being said this is the way to get a proper HK MP5. As an HK MP5, it is a ridiculously well-made gun. The German engineers at HK aren’t messing around. They take their reputations and their finely made arms very seriously. The SP5K can be upgraded with an SB Tactical brace, and the scope mount allows for your favorite red dot or low powered optic to have a home. The SP5K is an interesting little gun, and it is a roller delayed gun done right. However, I think HK should go back to the drawing board. Just a bit anyway. They need to bring back several models of the gun, especially with the price point they are asking for. Also, make more than 10 of them a year. It seems like they are consistently sold out and their demand isn’t meeting production levels. This all being said I still thoroughly enjoyed shooting the SP5K during our short period together. The goofy forend is functional, and your hand is well protected from slipping in front of the barrel. Recoil is nearly nothing and hosing a target with 30 rounds of 9mm is a blast. Of course, this was one of the few time I got to do a real HK slap on a real HK gun, so I did it enough to annoy even myself. Functionally the gun is a champ, and there are no complaints regarding reliability or even accuracy. Using the most open sight and a one point sling I had no issues consistently landing chest shots on a target. It is well balanced as a braceless pistol, more so that full-size non-braced MP5s. It’s certainly a gun you enjoy more in your hands than looking at it on a website. What’s your take on the SP5K? Readers' Ratings 4.90/5 (153) Your Rating? 5. Dakota Tactical Dakota Tactical is a small operation but if you are an MP5 fan you’ve heard of them. Dakota Tactical MP5 They make the highest end MP5 guns on the market. They painstakingly go every each and every firearm to ensure an accurate and high-quality rendition of the famed SMG. These guys really love these guns. They’re the type who doesn’t just have Die Hard memorized line for line, but they’ve probably met the SAS guys who stormed the Iranian embassy. If you offered me an authentic HK MP5 or a Dakota Tactical and asked me to choose, I’d go with Dakota Tactical. If budget is a concern, you can likely skip this portion of the article. This might be you if you’re in the Dakota Tactical market Dakota Tactical MP5 clones are not cheap, with the more affordable pistol model selling for 2700 bucks. Like Nighthawk 1911s the guys at Dakota Tactical know these guns inside and out. That knowledge gives them the ability to craft some awesome guns. They produce a core series of MP5 handguns and rifles and are now producing a classic line of MP5s. Dakota Tactical D54N-CC These are hand built guns and mass produced should never be mentioned when it comes to DT. Their team is all experienced with the MP5 platform, and QC is rigorous. This is a truly made in USA MP5. In fact, their pistols are still in the pre-order phase. They are mostly known for their modern and high-quality SBR models. Along the way, they’ve produced small batches of MP5s in 40 S&W and even 10mm. Historically, organizations like the FBI and DEA experimented with 10mm and 40 S&W MP5s. As far as I know Dakota tactical is the only company that has successfully reproduced these guns. .40 S&W vs 10mm Additionally, they make compact and reverse stretch frames for the pickiest of consumers. The downside is that as a small operation you may end up waiting for your gun if you order straight from DT. Ordering direct will likely save you a good deal of money though. If you want a factory SBR, I would personally go with DT. If you want the best of the best, I’d go with DT. The MP5 Market Oddly enough of the old school factories, POF, hasn’t seemed to be importing MP5s in some time. I left them off the books simply because their guns haven’t been at retailers since Dec 2017 apparently. However, the market is growing. Palmetto State Armory has been developing their own MP5 clone for a couple of years now, and people are speculating that this might be the ultra-affordable model we’ve all always wanted. However, that is pure speculation. John with a real live PSA MP5 seen at SHOT Show 2019 The good news is as the MP5 market grows costs will be cut. Companies like ETS are producing affordable polymer magazines, and companies are developing HK stocks, forends and more for the gun. The MP5 as a German classic and still captures the public’s imagination. What say you? What are your experiences with the MP5? Would you want one? 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Your personal fitness is a core principle of survival. Whether it is heavy lifting, being able to travel over long distances, or engaging in hand to hand combat . In order to survive a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI scenario, you and your love ones have to be in shape. *Check with Your Doctor Before Starting a Survival Fitness Plan Quick Navigation 1 – Have A Fitness And Training Plan 2 – Get Outside And Get Moving! 3 – Fuel For Your Engine 4 – Think 5 – Open For Change 6 – Develop Your Long Term Fitness 7 – Routine Is Your Enemy 8 – All Calories Are Not Equal 9 – Shut Off The TV 10 – Stick It Out NOW – GET OUT AND GET MOVING!!!! 1 – Have A Fitness "And Training Plan" Work to develop an aerobic endurance, strength and mental toughness plan 2 – Get Outside And Get Moving! Go for a walk, run, hike, bike, swim, do some calisthenics – squats, push-ups , sit-ups, pull-ups , stretch 3 – Fuel "For Your Engine" Don’t think your body can endure everything it could when you were younger. Make sure you are getting good rest, hydrating, putting good fuel into your body – you would not put low octane fuel into a high performance sports car, don’t do the same for your body 4 – Think Don’t have the mentality of a child or the unprepared. Think, plan for contingencies, game out different scenarios, PLAN, PLAN, PLAN – and work your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly plan . The Strong and Prepared WILL SURVIVE! 5 – Open For Change Although you may be very smart, be open for change and new ideas , listen to them, evaluate them, see if they can fit into your TEOTWAWKI SURVIVAL FITNESS planning and routine – learn from others who have different experience 6 "– Develop Your" "Long Term Fitness" Start developing your fitness if you have not done so already. You may not be able to stay in your existing location or bug out location and will likely have to move for long periods of time during TEOTWAWKI – BE READY and prepare NOW! 7 – Routine Is Your Enemy The definition of Fitness Insanity: Doing the same thing day in and day out expecting different results. Step outside of your comfort zone – push harder, longer, faster, stronger. Change the way you eat, change the way you drink, cutback on alcohol. Add more protein to your diet in the form of lean meats. Increase the amount of raw and organic foods in your diet. Take a whole food supplement. Try to eat local grown fruits and vegetables. Change your workout routine drastically. Add more aerobic activity to your fitness routine, put more weights on that bar, or put a sandbag in your bug out bag when you train 8 – All Calories Are Not Equal It takes more for your body to burn protein than it does to burn fat and carbohydrates. If you are trying to lose weight, add more lean protein to your diet – jerky , nuts, seeds, and protein drink s that are low in sugar. Stay away from processed foods. If you are trying to gain lean muscle mass – add more calories to your diet with more protein, good fats, and carbohydrates that are not processed 9 – Shut Off The TV Read a book, do research online for fitness routines, diet, exercise plans that will fit into your schedule, solicit help from others. Make yourself better, smarter, stronger, and faster 10 – Stick It Out There are many fitness routines and diets out there. Find a plan that works for you and stick with it, when you start to get comfortable or it gets too easy, make a change to continue to push yourself. The human body can endure things many of us can’t comprehend. Unlock your potential, prepare and be STRONG – MENTALLY and PHYSICALLY!!! Look for upcoming TEOTWAWKI SURVIVAL FITNESS tips, strategies, plans, and routines from Mark to help you achieve your fitness goals and prepare you for TEOTWAWKI @ SurvivalCache.com NOW – GET OUT AND GET MOVING!!!! Stay Survival Fit, Mark Photos by: Go Interactive Wellness AM7 Jeremy Mark Bonica Other interesting articles: SHTF vs TEOTWAWKI? Guide for 2020 Survival Fitness: An Introduction Survival Fitness Part 2: The Assessment How Can Bottled Water Improve Your Bug Out Bag?