The SPR is a wonderful piece of kit… and you already have one sitting in the gun safe. In a military setting, the SPR/DMR style builds are used by the squad designated marksman. Typically this role is filled by a soldier who has had some additional trigger time after a DMR class. A designated marksman isn’t a MOS or ASI, but rather an additional training course. The rifle itself is an accurized platform from which the squads assigned designated marksman can use this training to increase the effective range over the issued M4 carbines. My interest in the SPR is that it really takes advantage of the Stoner design: It allows the AR15 to express its best qualities by complimenting the designs accuracy capability, its adaptability, and its ergonomics to package a match accurate fighting rifle. I can’t think of another build which allows the rifle to hit targets out to its maximum terminal effect with near sniper rifle accuracy, but at the same time remains small enough to utilize indoors in its semi-automatic role. That’s an awesome rifle that we have sitting in our gun-safe . A basic AR15’s capabilities are not limited by its design, but rather by the ballistic qualities of the bullet you stuff in the chamber and the knowledge of the shooter. Components used to clone the Crane SPR are getting harder and harder to find, so take inspiration from it, but utilize the better components available to civilians to create your own DMR style build. Or a GPR. One area where the military is lagging behind, as nice as clones are… is weight. Every AR15 manufacturer these days produces a rifle which can be pressed into a DMR style role. There is no formula, only additional training and some glass. Your bone stock MP15 can easily be shot out to 600 yards with a FF barrel and match ammo. Military style clones lack the market adaptability of current AR15 design. They are stuck with heavy rails, issued optics, and the year before last years components. While the military has “Special Purpose Rifles”, we as civilians have General Purpose Rifles. The Civy G.P.R. vs. the Mk12 Mod 0 / Mod 1 Think of the SPR… you likely saw in your mind the Mk 12 Mod 0 or Mod 1. These rifles as civilian clones are popular, and very distinctive builds, but they are unnecessary. Lighter modular rails, better optics choices, and better everything are available to us in the civilian market. Take any free floated, off the rack rifle, and your likely to have a rifle very much suitable for a DMR role with addition of only glass and match ammo. A “general use” AR15 can take advantage of the platforms versatility with a variable optic and keep the precision of a military SPR build while being lighter, and more affordable to the civilian. Below is a chart from a military power-point which shows the difference glass and ammo makes on a M4A1: With glass and match ammo, the M4A1 can be utilized in a DMR role. The iron sighted M16A2 can still hit that 600 yard target, but clearly glass offers the shooter some huge benefits. The M4A1 doesn’t have a match barrel, but you can see how tight things get once you give the shooter an ACOG and 77 grain ammo. So if practically any AR15 can function as a DMR style rifle, then what do we need to take advantage of the capability? Glass and Marksmanship: Let’s assume the basic Ar15 rifle is free-floated as many civy AR’s these days come from the factory with a rail equipped. So whats the first upgrade we need on the rifle? The AR15s effective range is far further than the quality of human vision at the edge of that range. Glass is of primary importance as the human eye lacks the resolution to make out targets downrange effectively. Can you imagine having to shoot back at someone who was prone, camouflaged, and 4-5-600 yards away? I took some experiences a relative shared with me once and incorporated them into my shooting philosophy. He himself was a designated marksman in Afghanistan. His thoughts are summarized as follows: you can’t see shit, the enemy hides and is a fleeting target. The enemy gives you no time or little time to implement your marksmanship training. With that thought, I realized that glass is of the utmost importance on a fighting / SHTFantasy rifle. Going with the 4x ACOG initially was a good choice for a lightweight build, but I wasn’t using the ammo tailored for its BDC. Being non-adjustable I had to tailor the ammo to fit the optic by tuning my reloads. I didn’t like selling it, but I had to move onward and try something new. I found the flexibility of the Vortex Razor HD 1-6x refreshing save for its weight. So with my glass better tailored to the heavier match ammo I shoot, along with the extra magnification… I can see everything down range that I could want to shoot at. Now what is the best way to shoot at it? A fixed environmental support and a variable optic being utilized by a Marine with his SAM-R. Marksmanship training needs to focus on expedient methods of hitting a target. Quick, easy, even though “less accurate” methods would be more desirable to slow, precise, and more accurate methods if our target is moving in reaction to our presence. Quickly getting on the trigger, using the BDC to quickly throw rounds downrange would at least give you the chance of a hit vs not having enough time to set up a precise shot should the target retreat into cover. Furthermore, there was a study done, and ill be damned if I can find it, that suppression is a function of how loud the supersonic snap is perceived by the target… which is a function of how close the round was to the intended target. Even if you missed, rounds striking close to the target would likely have a suppressive effect. Dust and dirt would be kicked up if rounds strike low and if you are a few inches high on the target then the supersonic snap would hopefully force a retreat into cover which would be important if the target was on the trigger first. Ergo: Setting up a fighting rifle / DMR / GPR should be built around the philosophy of “If I can’t shoot at it quickly before the target retreats, then my hit probability will be zero.” So shoot at it quickly, and accurately enough to cause suppression if we miss? Yes . What will help us with that? What we want: A fixed BDC reticle matched closely to your “match accurate” loading Enough magnification to I.D. and fire upon a target at your theoretical maximum effective range Ammo with a high ballistic coefficient to help reduce wind push and keep your rounds as close to the BDC stadia as possible at each given range Implementing fast and expedient methods of rifle stability such as a bi-pod or environmental supports Longer barrels increase velocity which reduces windage error: use the longest barrel which is feasible into your build We don’t want: Slinging up with a traditional turner sling or web sling: Takes too long and faster shooting slings exist Low BDC ammo or ammo with mediocre accuracy: Setting up a DMR around say 55 grain ammo would increase wind error and push you away from the BDC Calculations: No time to use a mil-dot unless you have calculated ranges beforehand and have practiced using the mil-dot reticle as a BDC Adjusting your dope: possibly no time if you are getting shot at, use the BDC and practice wind calls without making adjustments Shorter barrels will theoretically cause more deviation by increasing time to target and having more wind drift So for a quick summation: I want to start shooting at my target rapidly by using my BDC and expedient marksmanship methods, and I want rounds to strike closely, if not hitting the target, in the small allotment of time I have to hit said target. Should I miss, I want my miss to be small. My target should see dust, dirt, or secondary projectiles striking closely, or if I miss high, the supersonic crack should be close (loud) enough to suppress the target. The best way to do this is with a gun/projectile combo which allows me to quickly use a BDC to range and fire upon my target and by using match ammo that deviates off the BDC stadia as little as possible in relation to random environmental conditions. Wrapping Up: There is a DMR inside of Every AR15 just waiting to get out. A nation of marksman can exist if we emphasize the value of practical marksmanship. I value High-Power, but I realize what it teaches you is good for the basics of pure marksmanship and the fundamentals associated with that, but it isn’t as much value as more practical methods of marksmanship. The romanticism of the American Rifleman stems from his actions during war. The American Rifleman is a practitioner of a highly valued martial art. Martial arts evolve with the time, and incorporate new ideas and methods to keep the practitioner effective. A civilian AR15 topped with variable / magnified optics and match ammo becomes a G.P.R. which is capable of everything from target shooting, to 3 gun, to combat. I think it’s a great tool for the modern American rifleman and we should all have a GPR equipped in the safe. Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print
Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Need to keep your guns out of the hands of unauthorized family and burglars? Then you need a gun safe. There’s A LOT of them out there…from $30 to over $10,000. Best Handgun Safes We’ll cover the different types (handgun safes to bigger long gun safes) and give you a few options for going affordable, best bang-for-the-buck, or high-end. Liberty Centurion 24 Table of Contents Loading... How Much Should I Spend? The best answer I’ve gotten for this question is “ If you lost everything in the safe…how much would you spend to recover it all? “ Guns are expensive . But if you only have a few that are mass-produced…you can choose a smaller number that makes sense for some piece of mind. But if you have heirloom items that cannot be replaced…I’d up the price even more. Think of your safe as insurance for the stuff inside (plus it should lower your insurance rates too). Electronic or Mechanical Lock? I’m a little old school. So for important safes I go strictly mechanical. Important as is I hear a bump in the night and I need access NOW . No batteries to replace and less potential for hacking. But I still think there’s room for electronic locks (even Bluetooth & biometric ones) when ease-of-use is the primary concern. You can set up multiple combinations, have a running log of access, and use your fingerprints. Important Numbers & Ratings You’ll see “gauge” come up soon and it’s a measure of how thick is the steel used in a safe. Like shotgun gauge…a smaller numerical number is actually thicker. More affordable safes are in the 14 to 12 gauge range for steel walls. Steel Gauge Thickness There’s also going to be talk of “ RSC ” (Residential Security Container) that is coined by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) which develops standards for consumer products. There’s different categories within but basically…RSC means the unit was tested to protect against hammers, chisels, wrenches, pry bars, punches and screwdrivers for at least 5 minutes. Still with me? Best Gun Safes Let’s start with some Pistol Safes… 1. Fort Knox FTK-PB Fort Knox FTK-PB Simplex Handgun Safe My personal “bump in the night” safe and what I recommend to all my friends is the Fort Knox FTK-PB . Not the cheapest at $240 but it’s heavy (20 lbs, 10 gauge thickness), boltable, and uses the mechanical Simplex lock which is super fast and easy to use in the dark. Plus it holds 2-3 pistols plus some mags depending on how you want to stack them. Fort Knox FTK-PB One negative is that there’s only 1081 combinations so if you have a teen that knows how to Google and has patience…you need to work on concealing it or teaching them to respect your firearms. See the full review and more choices in our Best Bedside Quick Access Safe . Best Overall Handgun Safe Fort Knox FTK-PB 249 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 249 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Gunsafes.com (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing And boom…we have a full video review of the Fort Knox plus some other handgun safes. If that helped, please subscribe to our YouTube channel since we’re adding new videos every week! 2. GunVault GV1000C If you want to go a little budget with electronic…GunVault is a big player in the field. I like their GV1000 since it’s intuitive, large enough for two handguns, cable-securable, and decently strong (16 gauge). Battery life with a 9V is about a year and you’ll hear a battery warning before it dies. AFFORDABLE ELECTRONIC HANDGUN SAFE GunVault GV1000C 75 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 75 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Gunsafes.com (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 3. GunVault NV300 NanoVault Another GunVault…I use the NV300 for travel so it’s legal in the car…and an extra layer of security where I’m staying. GunVault NanoVault NV300 Tightly fits a full-size Glock 17 and two mags and has holes for securing a cable. BAREBONES HANDGUN SAFE GunVault NV300 NanoVault 26 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 26 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Gunsafes.com (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 4. SentrySafe QAP1Be SentrySafe QAP1BE, Open The QAP1BE has 3 different ways to open up this highly rated safe… buttons , fingerprint scanner , or backup key . Also pretty thick steel at 12 gauge. Can hold up to two guns but I think one full-size and two mags might be the realistic max without stacking. I like that it’s pretty quiet when opening. Best Drawer Safe SentrySafe Pistol Biometric Gun Safe 150 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 150 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Fingerprints your thing? See more of the SentrySafe and others in our Best Biometric Safes article. 5. Vaultek VT20i & VT10i We’re moving up in tech! Vaultek VT20i and VT10i These Vaultek bad-boys have key, electronic button, fingerprint, and Bluetooth phone app ways of opening up. They look and feel great too if that matters to you. Vaultek Opening with Finger We tested the biometric reader and had a rough 90% reliability factor. Good for when you don’t need it 100% in a hurry. The VT10i ($229) holds a full-sized pistol and two mags. Vaultek V10i Vaultek VT10i 244 at Vaultek Store Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 244 at Vaultek Store Compare prices (2 found) Vaultek Store (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing While the larger VT20i ($255) can hold even larger guns (maybe 2 compacts). VT20i with S&W 686+ 4-inch Vaultek VT20i 269 at Vaultek Store Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 269 at Vaultek Store Compare prices (3 found) Vaultek Store (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Rainier Arms (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Check out the full review with plenty of gifs. Plus an overview of their other models which don’t have biometrics (saving you money) and their new flagship…the PRO MX Series . Vaultek Pro MXi Now let’s move into Best Long Gun Rifle Safes… These are what you probably traditionally think of as “gun safes.” Liberty Centurion 24, Open They can hold long guns and are much bigger (and more expensive) than their handgun-only counterparts. You also don’t need to spend TOO much to get everything you want. After a while you just get better aesthetics. Fast Five Vault How Big of a Gun Safe Should I Get? When looking at a traditional safe…the rule-of-thumb is double what you think. It’s not because you’ll likely buy more (ok…it’s a little that), but because the number of guns that manufacturers quote a safe can hold is for un-scoped rifles stacked on top of each other. You should also definitely measure wherever you’re going to be placing that thing. It’s likely a couple hundred pounds and hard to move without a bunch of friends and some extra maneuvering space. Now let’s get to it! 6. Stack-On 8-Gun Cabinet The Stack-On is what I would suggest as a starter “safe” since it’s technically a cabinet with a lock. No RSC rating on this one. Stack On 8 Gun Cabinet It has a keyed lock, but with 18 gauge steel sides and weighing in at 64 lbs…it’s not going to resist a lot of prying (even with it bolted down). 10″ x 21″ x 55″ dimensions. I had a 5-gun cabinet as my starter safe when I only had a handgun and rifle. 5 Gun Cabinet, Open It quickly became too small to hold more than 3 rifles with optics. So if you have any inkling to buy more guns…start with an 8 gun safe at least unless space is the primary factor. A few of my buddies really like theirs. BEST BEGINNER SAFE Stack-On 8 Gun Cabinet 129 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 129 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing If you need something bigger but still in the affordable price range…check out their 18-Gun Cabinet ($180) which comes recommended from some of our readers. 7. Liberty ProVault or Centurion I opted for the largest 24-gun (59.5″ x 28.25″ x 22″) Liberty ProVault since it was going to be an overflow safe of my newer guns. Mechanical lock since I didn’t want to deal with batteries. Liberty ProVault 24 There’s also the 12 and 18 gun models which is what I actually recommend after my experience. The ProVault version is a special color edition made by Liberty (probably the largest safe manufacturer) for Cabela’s. It had awesome reviews so I wanted to see for myself. Flex means an upgraded interior that can hold other stuff and be re-configured. Cabela's ProVault 24 Flex Safe 699 at Cabela's Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 699 at Cabela's Prices accurate at time of writing The problem was that the combo didn’t work. I gave Liberty a call and they had great customer service. The guy walked me through everything and even called me back when he said he would. But in the end the combo didn’t work. So he found a local dealer to come pick it up (free of charge) and swap it with their Centurion. Which is the same exact thing except in a different color. Liberty Centurion 24 Which… did work . The Liberty rep said this was the first time the combo didn’t work for the ProVault…and same with the local dealer. I really am the best at breaking stuff. Liberty Centurion 24, Open Here’s the inside (with Flex Interior that you can somewhat reconfigure). With scoped rifles I’d estimate I could fit maybe 12 total in both of the long gun segments. 375 pounds so it’s not walking away…but determined people with a dolly can still move it. I’d recommend bolting it into the concrete which is what I did. Plus…there’s fire protection. 30 minutes at 1200 degrees with heat activated Palusol on the door seals. And did I mention it’s US made? Exterior: 59.5″(H) x 28.25″(W) x 22″(D) Interior: 57.4″(H) x 26.7″(W) x 15.6″(D) Weight: 370 lbs. Fire: 30 minutes at 1200 degrees Overall it’s decent for the price…but a potential deal-breaker is that Cabela’s has a ~$180 delivery charge. If I had to do it again…I’d get the 12 ($429) or 16 gun ($549) models so I could fit it into my closet. ProVault 18 Or simply up my budget a little higher to get something RSC-rated (up next)…which the ProVault/Centurion is not. 8. SecureIt Agile Model 52 So that ProVault 24 I had gotten…it was originally for my closet. I measured twice (and bought once)…with an inch around to spare. And when the day came…I realized there’s no way I was able to move the 375 lb safe into my closet without destroying stuff. Enter… SecureIt’s Agile Model 52 ($599) which is delivered flat …and can be assembled quickly. SecureIt Agile 52, Closed Plus, all the assembly is internal so there’s no screws or anything to take apart on the outside. It has a depth of 15 inches and weighs 105 pounds so it’s easy to store anywhere (and likely out of sight). I’d definitely still bolt it down though even if it’s hidden. Agile 52 Dimensions The disadvantage is you give up capacity…to the tune of only holding 6 long guns with scopes. BUT…they are nicely held in almost any configuration due to the modular Cradle Grid backing. Cradle Grid But if that’s enough…the Agile 52 might be the easiest solution to setting up your own gun safe. SecureIt Agile 52, Open Mine is set up with 6 long guns (hardware included…I really like the bungee retention system for the barrel). And I also got the optional bins…yellow bins for stuff on top and two metal trays that fit in nicely behind the long guns. Plus…the Agile 52 might be the cheapest to ship solution…I was testing zip codes and got results from around $30 if you’re on the East coast to $70 on the West coast. Check out our new YouTube review. And our standalone written review if video isn’t your thing. EASIEST TO INSTALL/MOVE SAFE SecureIt Agile 52 599 at SecureIt Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 599 at SecureIt Prices accurate at time of writing What’s your take on the SecureIt? Readers' Ratings 4.98/5 (685) Your Rating? 9. Winchester Pony 19 & Ranger 26 The Winchester Pony 19 Gun ($850) is a really popular mid-sized safe that can hold most collections and isn’t TOO heavy to deal with on your own. Winchester Pony 19 Gun It’s almost the same exact dimensions as my Liberty above. Mostly available in electronic format but is RSC rated and uses 12 gauge steel. The interior is great for not only storing long guns but also handguns, valuables, and magazines. I personally don’t like storing ammo in a tight confined space . Free shipping to your curb from Gunsafes.com so that gives an edge over Cabela’s. You can also upgrade your delivery service for placement and up some stairs. Exterior: 60″(H) x 28″(W) x 20″(D) Interior: 58″(H) x 26″(W) x 15″(D) Weight: 470 lbs. Fire: 60 minutes at 1400 degrees Winchester Pony 19 Gun Safe 854 at Gunsafes.com Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 854 at Gunsafes.com Compare prices (2 found) Gunsafes.com (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing For a little more, another very popular larger safe is the Winchester Ranger 26 ($1050) that comes in both mechanical (UL rated) or electronic models and either black or gray. Winchester Ranger 26 Gun When you already have a good collection (or are thinking about it). Exterior: 59″(H) x 30″(W) x 25″(D) Interior: 55″(H) x 27″(W) x 17″(D) Weight: 602 lbs Fire: 60 minutes at 1400 degrees Winchester Ranger 26 Gun Safe 1049 at Gunsafes.com Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1049 at Gunsafes.com Compare prices (3 found) Gunsafes.com (See Price) Amazon (See Price) OpticsPlanet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 10. Liberty Fat Boy Jr. 48 & Winchester Big Daddy XLT 56 Now we’re getting serious… The Fat Boy series by Liberty is the #1 selling line of safes in the US. The Fat Boy Jr. ($1549) is what I recommend for large collections of 48 long guns. Or realistically half of that if you’re going with optics. Fat Boy Jr. 48 Gun Made from thick 11 gauge steel…it is RSC rated along with its locks. Here’s my buddy’s current load out…he’s working hard on filling it up! Fat Boy Jr. Inside Everything feels quality and if you don’t have a place to put it…it’s pretty enough by itself to be a decoration piece! Fat Boy Jr. In Its Natural Habitat Exterior: 42″ (W) x 25″(D) x 60.5″(H) Interior: 38″(W) x 14.5″(D) x 56″(H) Weight: 760 lbs Fire: 60 minutes at 1200 degrees Liberty Fat Boy Jr. 48 Gun Safe 1549 at Cabela's Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1549 at Cabela's Compare prices (2 found) Cabela's (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing And the Winchester equivalent is the Big Daddy XLT 56 ($1800). There seems to be some preoccupation with body weight at the higher end of safe capacity. Big Daddy XLT 56 RSC rated and UL listed mechanical lock. 12 gauge steel which is thinner than the Fat Boy Jr. but still plenty thick. Comes in at over 1000 pounds so you’re going to need some upgraded delivery service. Interior is well designed to hold a lot of rifles, handguns, and other valuables. Exterior: 72″(H) x 42″(W) x 27″(D) Interior: 66.5″(H) x 39″(W) x 17″(D) Weight: 1080 lbs Fire: 75 minutes at 1400 degrees Winchester Big Daddy XLT 56 Gun Safe 1800 at Gunsafes.com Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1800 at Gunsafes.com Compare prices (2 found) Gunsafes.com (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 11. American Security BF6032 18 Research enough and “Amsec” will keep coming up. They are one of the best in the biz for higher security and beautiful safes. Amsec BF6032 18 Gun One of their most popular is the BF6032 18-Gun Safe ($3379) which is RSC rated with thick doors (.375″ solid steel), body, and bolts. Also the longest fire rating yet. And like a fine 1911…there’s tons of options to customize…so it’s likely to cost you even more. But what price can you put on peace of mind? Exterior: 59.25″(H) x 30″(W) x 21″(D) Interior: 52.8″(H) x 26″(W) x 14″(D) Weight: 913 lbs Fire: 120 minutes at 1200 degrees American Security BF6032 18 Gun Safe 3379 at Gunsafes.com Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 3379 at Gunsafes.com Compare prices (2 found) Gunsafes.com (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 12. Rhino Safe Ironworks 6033 A newer brand to me…but they’ve been in business 20+ years manufacturing in the US. Check out their hand-made Ironworks 6033 safe… Ironworks 6033 That is just too pretty! Plus with the right stuff inside to back it up. Ironworks 6033, Inside There’s a lot more sizes (up to a ginormous 72″ x 56″) but this 60″ x 33″ is their most popular. Thick 10 gauge steel body and tons more security features (including RSC rating). Plus the best fire protection on our list. Exterior: 60″(H) x 33″(W) x 27″(D) Weight: 960 lbs Fire: 130 minutes at 1400 degrees All this awesomeness is going to cost you a little…but if you want the best looking and one of the best performing safes out there… Ironworks 6033 4000 at Rhino Safes Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 4000 at Rhino Safes Prices accurate at time of writing We’re done with our list of long gun safes…but what if you didn’t get the $5000 safe with all the fixings? Long Gun Safe Upgrades I would recommend getting a Gun Safe Panel Organizer that fits your door. One of the best upgrades that let’s you store a lot of handguns and miscellaneous items. Spika Panel Organizer If you’re only wanting to expand your pistol storage…get some Handgun Hangers . Handgun Hangers If your safe doesn’t come with lights…I really like the new LED Light Switches . I’ve put them in my safes and my car so I’m not wasting the car battery when I’m rustling through stuff at night. LED Light Switch And if you’re in even a semi-humid area…I highly recommend getting a dehumidifier. I use this renewable Mini-Dehumidifier . But there’s also plugin models that are less of a headache and stronger powered. Mini Dehumidifier You can see it along with the light and handgun hangers too in my Centurion. Liberty Centurion 24, Open Now…let’s move onto some hidden safes… Best Hidden Safes + Job Site Boxes Sometimes you don’t want your safe to be easily found…we’ll cover a few options. 13. Tactical Walls 1450M Want to feel like you’re out of a spy movie? Take a look at Tactical Walls’ concealment mirror. Useful day-to-day…while also harboring some awesome firepower when needed. Tactical Walls 1450M 489 at Cabela's Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 489 at Cabela's Compare prices (2 found) Cabela's (See Price) OpticsPlanet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 14. Tactical Walls Coffee Table Another offering from Tactical Walls that gives you access to your long gun in the middle of your home. Pricey…but opens up via a nifty RFID key and silky smooth dampened pistons. Tactical Walls Concealment Coffee Table 670 at OpticsPlanet Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 670 at OpticsPlanet Prices accurate at time of writing 15. GunVault SpeedVault If you’re at a desk most of the time…this nifty safe from GunVault doesn’t need RFID keys or biometrics. After inputting your code…your handgun drops down easy to grip. SpeedVault Opening, Steve Jenkins One downside is that it won’t hold a revolver or extra magazines for your semi. GunVault SpeedVault I’m using one right now…somewhere… Best Hidden Gun Safe GunVault SpeedVault SV500 94 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 94 at Amazon Compare prices (3 found) Amazon (See Price) OpticsPlanet (See Price) Gunsafes.com (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 16. Trinity 36″ Job Site Box Large, boltable, affordable, and less conspicuous than a full on safe…enter job site boxes. Job Site Box, Open Though not RSC rated…they have space for big padlocks and can be secured a variety of ways. One downfall is that they are normally full of valuable tools…so it might still be a target for thieves. Trinity Job Site Box 167 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 167 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Want more? Check out our full review of Best Hidden Gun Safes . And finally…Best Car/Travel Safes If you’re going bare bones…I like the NanoVault from earlier. A couple of the electronic safes fare well as vehicle safes too. BAREBONES HANDGUN SAFE GunVault NV300 NanoVault 26 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 26 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Gunsafes.com (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing But if you want quicker access… 17. V-Line Top Draw Enter V-Line’s lightweight entry into the Simplex lock category. I have one in my car when traveling that is chained to my car seat. You’ll have to practice a little since it’s top open…gravity is working against you. V-Line Drop Draw Simplex Safe 166 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 166 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Last Line of Defense We’re almost done! Your gun safe should be the last line of defense against unauthorized access to your guns. How do you make it harder to reach that last line? This advice is after talking with some police officers that see a lot of stolen guns… keep your home/car doors locked get an alarm system (or at least a sticker) don’t advertise you have guns (I’m sorry…this means stickers for NRA, gun logos, etc) teach your kids not to touch your guns Glock Car Sticker (don’t do this) And keep in mind no safe is impenetrable given enough time and tools…you just want to make it annoying enough so that baddies give up or don’t even try. To sum it up…here’s our best picks for each safe category. Best Gun Safe Category Price Fort Knox FTK-PB Best "Overall Handgun Safe" $240 Vaultek VT20i & VT10i Best High-Tech Safe $229 Stack-On 8 Gun Best Long Gun Starter Safe $129 SecureIt Agile 52 Easiest to Install Safe $599 Winchester Pony 19 Gun Best RSC Rated Safe Around $1000 $850 Liberty Fat Boy Jr. 48 Gun Best Large Capacity Safe $1549 Amsec BF6032 18 Gun Best Upgraded RSC Rated Gun Safe $3379 GunVault SpeedVault Best Hidden Gun Safe $95 V- "Line Drop Draw" Simplex Best Car/Travel Safe $166 Any other safe categories or info you’d like to see? Let us know in the comments below. Want more…look at our specific Best Beside Safes and "Best Biometric Safes" .
The 4 Best 3x Magnifiers for Red Dots – Reviews 2020 Photo by Shaun / CC BY Red dot optics, be it traditional or holographic, are excellent optics for short range, close quarters battle. But what happens when we have to engage at longer distances? This is where magnifiers for these optics come into play. A magnifier should provide a reasonable level of magnification for these long range encounters, and 3x magnification is perfect. These magnifiers need to provide a clear sight picture and shouldn’t limit the clarity of your actual optic. A good magnifier should be easy to install and uninstall with ease. The reason being you may need to quickly detach or attach the magnifier as situations change. The magnifiers should also remain lightweight and compact. You don’t want to weigh down your weapon when you start adding attachments. The magnifier also needs to be compact because you may have limited rail space for mounting the optic and the magnifier. Lastly, a 3x magnifier should not affect your optic’s zero, and it needs to remain the same with or without the magnifier. Below we review what we consider the best 3x magnifiers on the market: Burris AR Tripler Burris 300216 Armalite Rifle Tripler Gen 2, Pivot Ring X-High 1", Matte Price: Price as of 08/14/2020 16:08 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. Burris makes some of the more interesting and revolutionary optics in the world. They produce high-quality pieces of glass that have been around for decades. The Burris AR-Tripler is their first dive into the realm of magnifiers. The name AR Tripler does make it sound bound to one particular weapon; however, this Tripler can work on any weapon. It can also work with almost any 1 power optic. It can be tossed on an AK with an Aimpoint optic, then to an AR with an Eotech, and finally an FN FAL with a Burris AR optic. No prob. The AR Tripler is fitted to a pivot ring. This pivot ring allows the user to instantly pivot the magnifier in front of, or away from an optic. This allows the user to instantly swap between a magnified optic to a reflex optic. The Pivot ring mounts to the actual scope mount and leads to a quick detach rail adapter. So it can easily swap between platforms. Simply line it up, toss it on, and lock it down behind your optic and you are ready to go. The Burris AR-Tripler is made from high-quality materials that include aircraft grade aluminum, and high-quality lenses. You get 80 MOA of adjustment for both windage and elevation that allows you to easily dial in the magnifier for individual optics. The complete combo system weighs a total of 12 ounces, so it’s quite light. The Burris AR-Tripler commands a premium price and is a premium product. This is one of the best 3x magnifiers for the money. Burris AR Tripler Review - Great Competitor to Aimpoint and Eotech Offerings! Watch this video on YouTube
The best start for a good zero is a good rifle rest. Caldwell has a rest for every need. The Lead Sled® 3 Shooting Rest The new Lead Sled 3 shooting rest securely holds a firearm on target and reduces felt recoil by up to 95%. The improved rear buttstock cradle features a top of the line recoil reducing pad and a non-marring cradle to keep the firearm in place. Up to 4″ of elevation adjustment Ideal for magnum rifles and slug guns Holds up to two 25lb bar bell weights or up to 100lbs of lead shot The Lead Sled® DFT™ 2 Shooting Rest The Lead Sled DFT 2 shooting rest provides shooters with an incredible recoil reduction system that works with virtually any shotgun or rifle. The dual frame design disperses a maximum amount of recoil energy, while also allowing the front cradle to slide back and forth for optimal length adjustment. Up to 2.5″ of elevation adjustment 18″ of adjustment to fit rifles and shotguns of virtually any size Holds up to 100 pounds of lead shot The Stinger™ Shooting Rest The Stinger Shooting Rest brings a sharp design with rock solid stability to the affordable shooting rest market. Central to the design is the innovative front elevation system. A spring loaded, height adjustment knob allows for fast and easy one handed course elevation adjustment. Perfect for extended magazines and lever actions 3″ of front rest elevation adjustment 3.5″ of gun fit adjustment About Battenfeld Technologies, Inc. Battenfeld Technologies, Inc. is the industry leading manufacturer of shooting, reloading, gunsmithing, gun cleaning supplies, specialty tools and cutlery. We produce innovative, top quality products under Caldwell® Shooting Supplies; Wheeler® Engineering; Tipton® Gun Cleaning Supplies; Frankford Arsenal® Reloading Tools; Lockdown® Vault Accessories; Hooyman® Premium Tree Saws; Smith & Wesson® Accessories; M&P® Accessories; Thompson/Center Arms™ Accessories; Schrade®, Old Timer®, and Uncle Henry® knives and specialty tools; and Imperial™ knives. For more information about Battenfeld Technologies, Inc.® products, visit www.BTIbrands.com .
Not everyone in the state of California is allowed to carry a weapon for obvious reasons. But if you wish to carry a gun, you will need to know how to get a gun license in California. Along with the permit, you will also receive a Personal Firearms Eligibility Check (PFEC) certificate that you will need to have at all times. If you are found to have a concealed weapon and are stopped by law enforcement, you could face arrest if you are found in possession of a gun and not have the proper documentation. The following list will show you how to get a gun license in California. Who in the State of California Is Eligible to Receive a Gun License? According to the California Penal Code 26150 & 26155 you must: Be of good moral character. This means that you don’t have any offenses that would deem you a person who could be violent or questionable morals Have good cause, such as a threat of violence made against you or a family member Meet certain residency requirements as outlined by the state or local jurisdiction Complete a firearms training course You cannot have been diagnosed with a mental illness or currently addicted to drugs or alcohol. You cannot have at anytime lost your gun rights due to a domestic violence charge. Must be at least 21 years of age. What Is the Application Process for Getting a License and Concealed Carry Permit? California has three phases to the process: The first thing you will need to do is fill out a paper application. What ever jurisdiction you reside should submit your application and pay the necessary fee. The fee varies depending on the jurisdiction. You will then be subject to an extensive interview. The issuing agency will go over a number of subjects including your reason for the license, criminal history and additional information on how to get a gun license in California. Your fingerprints will be taken, and on some occasions, a second interview will be requested. Psychological examinations are given. This is not the case in all jurisdictions, but some in California require it. If psychological testing is required, the fee is $150. When Can Your Conceal Carry Be Revoked? The right to carry is not a right in the state of California, it is a privilege. If you receive a conceal carry license, you are expected to use it responsibly. There are times when you can have your conceal carry license revoked. And if it’s revoked, you may have a hard time getting it reissued. An incident in Sacramento shows how you can get your permit taken away. In a sweep, about 78 people had their licenses revoked. Their offenses ranged from gun crimes to making threats, misusing weapons, DUI, failure to appear and other crimes. What Required Documents Are Needed? When you fill an application, you will need the following: Birth Certificate. A copy of your current drivers license or state issued ID. Proof that you reside within the county. In this case, you will need a copy of a utility bill. You may need a copy of your military discharge. Passport photos. Proof of employer if your conceal carry is related to the job. What Are the Restrictions under the California Conceal Carry Law? A person obtaining a conceal carry permit should know all of the rules and regulations regarding the laws. A violation could end with you losing your license. It should be understood that only fire arms such as pistols and revolvers are covered under this act. Assault weapons and larger weapons are not. While some states have reciprocity, others do not. This means that some states will recognize your conceal carry certificate. Individuals who live in California need to check out the conceal carry laws of other states before they go. There may also be issues with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding having rules and regulations regarding guns on flights. If you plan on carrying a gun on a flight, check with the TSA for more information. Final Thoughts Remember, you must also re-certify for your license. Be sure to do so before it expires. A conceal carry license in the state of California has a number of requirements. Be sure you can meet the requirements on how to get a gun license in California before you apply. There are a number of things in your history that could hold you up or disqualify completely. When you have a conceal carry license, it must be respected. There are many things that can get you in hot water. Understand your responsibilities as it relates to how to get a gun license in California.