Riots, Protests, Civil Unrest, And Being Armed

GLOCK 30 45 ACP pistol - The funky ring light reminds me of the Bifröst.

The Regular Guy Guns readership spans the demographics of politics, race, gender, orientation, and all the other things pollsters get worked up about. In the interest of keeping things focused, I’ve avoided some obvious hot-button issues like the (actually very limited) civil unrest that has gripped and continues to grip our nation. We all have the right to peacefully assemble and petition our governments for a redress of grievances - and no, wanton property destruction isn’t covered by that right. However, peaceful assemblages can turn rowdy, and sometimes the violence happens to find you…

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Things To Know About Subsonic Ammo

Subsonic 300BLK ammo featuring Norma brass and Hornady projectiles.

As I alluded to last week, the ammo situation out there is pretty sparse, and unprecedented. People are grabbing up whatever they can find, regardless of whether it’s truly appropriate or not. Desperation will make people run full-metal jacket rounds in a defensive role, or they’ll pick up some oddball load and cross their fingers. There’s nothing wrong with new concepts in ammo, of course, but buyer should beware. In your travels, you may run across loads in various calibers marked as “subsonic”. You may ask - “What is subsonic ammo and is it appropriate for my use case?”

There’s no clear answer, but knowing what subsonic ammo (in various calibers) can and cannot do is a good place to start…

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The Benefits Of Dry Fire

A Strike Industries Dummy Round for an AK-pattern rifle.

We’re in the middle of an unprecedented ammo shortage. A perfect storm of a federal election year, the Kong Flu, civil unrest, and ammo manufacturers hesitant to invest in production upgrades lest they get bit by a sequel to the Trump Slump (where gun manufacturers invested heavily in production leading up to Trump’s election in 2016, only to have the bottom fall out as fears of gun control temporarily subsided), the market for anything firearm related, especially ammunition, is tight. People are hesitant to train due to cost and/or depleting their reserves - however, train we must. That being said, there are plenty of “non-firing” options that can keep your skills sharp - most notably, dry fire…

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What About AR Pistols?

Two examples of AR pistol braces from SB Tactical.

You might be a little late to the game and are just now looking at an AR-15 type of firearm. But, the pickings are slim, and if they are available, they are often either of debatable quality, or expensive as hell. However, you may see something on the real or virtual shelves as an “AR Pistol“, or a “pistol build”. It looks a helluva lot like an AR-15 rifle, but they call it a pistol. What gives? What makes that AR-15 a pistol?

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Things To Know Before Carrying A Gun

A GLOCK 19X 9mm pistol and a GLOCK 30 45 ACP pistol.

Between the panic induced by the Chinese Flu and the civil unrest in certain cities across the nation, you managed to square yourself away with a quality pistol. You got yourself a proper holster. You’ve even gone the extra mile and got yourself some essential accessories like a spare magazine pouch and a sturdy gun belt. You’ve done what you had to in order to legally carry a gun in your state. You’re cocked, locked, and ready to rock as an armed citizen of our great Republic.

However, there’s a few things you should know before carrying a gun…

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Guns And Social Media

An Aimpoint PRO red dot sight Nothing to do with the article. Just thought it looked cool when I photographed it.

As expected, the major social media networks have been on a tear lately against Second Amendment and firearms pages. Tacticasht was unpublished by Facebook yesterday. A few weeks back, Mrgunsngear was subject to the same fate (though FB claimed it was an “error” and walked it back), Pat McNamara’s Instagram page got nuked, and we’d be here all night listing the 2A Twitter accounts that have been shut down. While each and every social media service is free to set their own terms and conditions, the enforcement is often biased, capricious, and arbitrary.

So, what’s a gun guy or girl looking to stake a claim in the digital universe to do?

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Bravo Concealment 3.0 Double Magazine Pouch Review

The Bravo Concealment 3.0 Double Mag Pouch is an essential accessory.

We’ve covered the benefits of standard-capacity magazines in the past. More ammunition on tap is always better when dealing with a violent encounter. However, magazine sizes can be limited by practical considerations. Sure, one could carry a 33-round magazine in their holstered EDC GLOCK pistol, but that would be eminently cumbersome. Plus people would laugh at you and you’d become a meme. And yes, magazines can fail. So what is a regular guy or girl going out into the world to do? Simple - carry multiple magazines. And no, jamming them into a pocket isn’t the solution. You’ll need a dedicated magazine carrier or pouch.

Enter the Bravo Concealment 3.0 Double Magazine Pouch…

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Buying A Shotgun A Beginners Guide

A Benelli SuperNova 12-gauge shotgun with Hornady Custom shells with the SST Projectile.

Inventory is low everywhere. If a 9mm pistol or AR-15 is placed for sale online or in a store, it’s usually gone within hours, sometimes less. And have fun finding ammo. Civil unrest and the China Virus panic have pushed gun sales to record levels. As I’ve noted before, there are firearms available, though you may have to make compromises in caliber choice and brand if you really really need to get yourself sorted with a gun. However, you may notice that gun shops usually have some shotguns in the inventory, regardless. You might be considering a shotgun. And you’re wondering, what should I look for in a shotgun?

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