The 4 Best Boonie Hats on the Market – Reviews 2020 Photo by mr.smashy / CC BY Oh, the glorious boonie hat—designed and devised to provide maximum protection to the neck and face. They also serve to aid in camouflaging and breaking up the outline of an individual. Good boonie hats need to be durable, well made, and extremely strong. You are also most likely going to need ventilation to make extended use comfortable. Protection remains the most important feature of a boonie hat, however, if it can’t protect your neck and face from the sun it is basically worthless. Below are our recommendations for the best boonie hats on the market. Check ’em out, why don’t you? Tru Spec Gen 2 Boonie Hat Tru-Spec Gen-II Adjustable Boonie, Khaki, One-Size Price: $10.95 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:26 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 Tru Spec Gen 2 Boonie hat improves upon their original Gen 1 boonie hat. They made it more versatile, stronger, and more comfortable. Tru Spec lives up to their name and produces some of the better non-military issue gear. The Tru Spec Gen 2 is built to military specifications at a minimum. The primary difference is that they produce their boonie covers in a wide variety of colors, camouflages, and finishes. This allows people to avoid wearing desert camouflage in the middle of winter in Minnesota because, well, it’ll look stupid. Although if you want desert Marpat or Army ACU, that option is also available. The hat itself is made from rip stop and polyester. This gives the user a strong and capable hat that will take blow after blow from nature. It won’t tear, rip, or fray by being exposed to thorns, sharp corners, or low hanging tree limbs. There are a variety of vents built into the top of the hat that allows the hat to breathe. This makes it a bit cooler and a bit more comfortable. These vents are also brass. This means they won’t break easily and are capable of resisting rust. There is an adjustable sizing trap that comes with a grommet to adjust the hat for your head. This makes it possible to wear while riding a boat, an ATV, or climbing through thick brush without it popping off your head every few seconds. This is one of the best boonie hats period. Sinddy Military Boonie massmall Military Tactical Head Wear/Boonie Hat Cap with USA Patch for Wargame,Sports,Fishing &Outdoor Activties Multicam Green Price: $12.99 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:26 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. Sometimes you want to be more laid back and casual and take a non-militaristic appearance. Other times you want to go more military and utilize camouflage and live out your wildest G.I. Joe fantasies. For those who enjoy airsoft or paintball, this modern boonie cap gives you the appearance and performance of what a real soldier would have. The Sinddy Military boonie uses a modern digital finish that is extremely effective. The Sinddy also features an American flag on the front cover so this makes it even more patriotic; even better, this flag is green so it does not take away from the camouflage (and if you’re thinking we’re being facetious here, well, maybe we are and maybe we aren’t). The brim is slightly stiffer and thicker than most ( see full specs ), which gives it less of a bounce effect and provides a more rigid coverage. The brim extends wide enough to protect the back of the neck and gives the user enough coverage to avoid a nasty sunburn. There is also an adjustable chin strap that prevents the hat from falling off during more extreme activities. The four brass screen vents provided some much loved ventilation on hotter days. There is also two brass snaps. These snaps allow you to pin the sides of the top of the hat and change the overall style of it. This is extremely handy when wearing a communications headset of any kind. Having those flips pinned away makes it comfortable to wear both the boonie and a headset, which makes this one of the best boonie hats around. Columbia Sportswear Boonie Hat Columbia Unisex Bora Bora II Booney Hat, Moisture Wicking Fabric, UV Sun Protection Price: $24.95 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:26 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 Columbia Sportswear boonie hat is one of the more advanced designs out there. This is an extremely well-made boonie hat, and the price does reflect the quality. The Columbia boonie hat is made entirely from nylon, which is naturally water resistant and a comfortable material. "The Columbia Sportswear" has a length of mesh down both the right and left side of the hat. This mesh provides a high level of ventilation and comfort. On top of the ventilation, the hat ( see full specs ) provides the Columbia boonie an internal Omni Wick sweatband, and it also provides a natural UPF 50 to block the harmful effects of sun. This includes the dangerous UVA and UVB rays and wears the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of recommendation. You get an adjustable band that secures under your chin and protects your hat from flying off. The hat is also outfitted with Quick Dry properties. These Quick Dry Properties help wick away sweat or straight up massive water absorption. This boonie hat would be perfect for fishing or for doing yard work. Its water resistance and quick-dry properties make it perfect for anything that involves hard work or sweat (but not THAT; get your mind out of the gutter). Columbia Sportswear Men's Bora Bora Booney Watch this video on YouTube
There is a saying we use at my 9-5 job, and that is “Every Disaster is a Local Disaster First”, the same thought process can be applied to gun control. The majority of anti gun legislation wether it be bans on particular types of firearms or high-capacity magazines is based at a local level. When I use the term “local” I mean at a municipal or state level, which is the area where a small voice can make a much larger impact on events. Following a conversation I had with fellow gun owners at work I began to think to myself, “Why should people join a local gun club anyway ?” The answers I got from people I asked varied greatly. Accepting Reality & Finding a Club That’s Right for You The first hurdle is to admit that many voices are much stronger than a single voice, this has been proven throughout time, it doesn’t matter the cause, more people equals more results. I’ve found that since the Presidential Election this past fall that many people think that ridiculous and oppressive gun control has stopped, this is far from the truth. Any defeat of the anti gun collective at the polls just means those people regroup and scour their collective brain trusts to find ways to make gun control more politically correct. The current trend is to try to use terms like “sensible regulations” and try to toss gun control in with “public health” concerns. When it comes to gun clubs of any sort you have to accept that for transparency and legal reasons such as Internal Revenue Agency rules, most gun clubs operate under what is commonly known as the 501C3 section of the IRS Code. This means a board of directors, meeting minutes, treasury notices and a host of other rather boring regulations that lets members and the government know who is in charge of the money and assets of the club. I know many people who won’t join a club because of politics and not wanting to go to meetings. It’s fine to hate the bureaucracy that goes with government but just remember that many voices have more power than a single one. When you call or write a legislator and tell them that you and the hundreds of voting members of your gun club feel a certain way about legislation, that caries more weight than being Joe Bang of Doughnuts from Pigsknuckle Arkansas. Image:Rick Dembroski Step One: Find a club that fits your needs This isn’t overly complicated, first see if there is a gun club in your area that suits your needs or shooting style. There are clubs that specialize in Cowboy Action Shooting, Long Range Precision Shooting, Sporting Clays, and roughly a dozen other shooting sub classes. If you want a one size fits all style of club there are many that cross over. In my experience many clubs labeled “Rifle Clubs” are in fact a general style of gun club that accepts all forms of shooters. There are select groups such as International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) affiliated clubs that focus on training and competition centered on handguns, and regularly offer new shooters courses to attract new members. It’s a core function of most organizations, to bring in new members and they often have designated recruiting officers. There are a few sources that I would recommend someone check into if they are wanting to find a local club. The National Shooting Sports Foundation has an excellent source of information located at www.wheretoshoot.org . The second site I would recommend is www.shooting.org , it features an easy to navigate map of the United States on their home page. All you need to do click the appropriate state, then select the local area and a list pops up. This page is under construction often but does allow users to provide feedback about the club or range. One often overlooked source is social media such as Facebook, many clubs and ranges have embraced social media and are active on it. In my local area now that it is summer the local range posts information and video about upcoming matches and results. A final spot I would recommend for information is at the range itself. Many ranges have club houses or meeting areas that have a good old fashioned cork bulletin board in them that are usually packed full of handouts and flyers. Step Two: Be Active, Know Your Leadership Once you have researched a shooting club or range and have made contact, ask the leadership some questions. Some of the questions I would ask are : What is their stance on various types of guns and shooters, How do they conduct their meetings?, How do they reprimand members for unsafe acts at events?, How many specialty events do they hold a year (Kids Day, Ladies Only Shoots etc.) The way I look at a club is what can it do for me ? How can it enhance my shooting sessions, or my involvement in the shooting community. If you join a club or a range, it’s YOUR Range or Club also, you should have a vested interest in the way it’s organized, kept and operated. Maybe I’m old fashioned but If I’m paying membership dues or range fees, I want to maximize my return. Authors Photo: TAG Writer Travis Pike getting some range time with the RONI The final step you can do once you have screened, selected, and joined a range or gun club is GO SHOOTING. It’s amazing that people will join a club or range and not know a single person there or even darken the doorsteps of the place or group you are paying to be part of. One of the best things about shooting clubs or ranges is that once you get to know people and they learn what you like to shoot, they may know people who are unloading collections of guns you happen to like. More than once I have mentioned to someone that I liked a particular gun and sooner or later the rule of “I know a guy, who knows a guy” kicks in and I’m shooting the gun I was talking about. I’ve scored some of my best used gun purchases this way. One extra thing I’ve noticed is that in a gun club you can end up testing out guns you thought about buying that other members may have purchased. Some of these people are an invaluable source of knowledge on why a particular gun was great or a real let down. True story time that relates directly to the site. ALL of the machine guns I have written about and videoed on the site are owned by James Foley who happens to be the owner of Arctic Arms in Chugiak Alaska. I met James and became friends with him through our club, the Alaska Machine Gun Association . The AMGA who welcomes all legal and safe shooters to join its’s ranks not just owners of machine guns and other National Firearms Act weapons. It’s a perfect example of a club that covers much more than its name implies. Summer is here, get out, get shooting and be sure to be a safe and responsible member of the shooting community. We have reposted a few links for you to make getting involved a little easier. Featured Image Courtesy: James Foley of Arctic Arms, Chugiak Alaska www.wheretoshoot.org www.shooting.org www.idpa.com www.thecmp.org www.projectappleseedinfo.org
Finding the best .38 Super Pistol might be tough. But if you know what these pistols are and how they work, you might have a better chance at choosing a pistol with little to no difficulty at all. A 38 Super pistol is chambered to fire .38 caliber rounds. And they can be used for just about any application you can think of. Yet, there are many that will use these pistols for the purpose of concealed carry so they are prepared for all kinds of danger that might threaten their lives or their property. While there are many .38 Super Pistols on the market, we’ve managed to put together a list of the best that are currently on the market. Prior to the list, we’ll be talking about what the best uses are for a 38 Super Pistol and what to look for when you are buying one for your own personal use. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for 38 Super Pistols OUR TOP PICK: Colt Gold Cup Trophy 38 Super Colt 1991 Government BEST BUDGET OPTION: Rock Island Armory GI Standard FS EAA Witness Elite Match Dan Wesson Guardian Comparison Chart of the Best .38 Super Pistol PRODUCT Our Top Pick Our Top Pick Colt Gold Cup Trophy 38 Super Capacity of 9 + 1 Best overall .38 Super Pistol Made from high-quality steel View Latest Price "Colt 1991 Government" Single Action Design Barrel measured at 5 inches Runner-up for best 38 Super Pistol "View Latest Price" Best Budget Option "Best Budget Option" "Rock Island Armory" GI Standard FS 9 + 1 round capacity Wooden grip for superior control Best .38 Super Pistol for the money View Latest Price EAA "Witness Elite Match" 17-round capacity Adjustable rear sights Synthetic grip made from high-quality materials View Latest Price "Dan Wesson Guardian" 9-round capacity Wooden grip included Barrel length measured at 4.25 inches View Latest Price What are the Best Uses For a .38 Super Pistol? Prior to owning a .38 Super Pistol, it’s good to know what they are used for. You may already have a purpose in mind, but they differ from one person to the next. Here are some of the applications that are ideal for .38 Super Pistol owners: Concealed Carry Most of the 38 Super Pistols that are on the market have the right kind of measurements for concealed carry. You can fit these in a holster that will fit like a glove. Some of them are smaller than others and therefore will have better concealability than those that are somewhat larger in size. Find a size that fits you perfectly and be sure that you are able to have proper control over it. Source Target Shooting You might just spend the day or the weekend casually shooting targets at the range or somewhere in the woods if you know a good spot. A 38 Super Pistol is known for being pretty accurate. And the shooting groups will depend on the kind of rounds your shooting and the specific 38 Super pistol that you are using. Competition Shooting If you are a competitive shooter, then there’s a good chance that you will use a pistol like a 38 Super Pistol. They are accurate, reliable, and will come in through the clutch if and when the situations were to arise. All you need to do is hit your targets and come out on top against the competition. What better way to use a pistol like a 38 Super Pistol when the game is on the line. Quick Take - The Best .38 Super Pistol These are our recommendations for the best .38 super pistol: Colt Gold Cup Trophy 38 Super Colt 1991 Government Rock Island Armory GI Standard FS Review of the Best .38 Super Pistols The following is a list of the best 38 Super Pistols that are currently available on the market. As you go through the list, you should get a good idea of what your “ideal” 38 Super Pistol is. If you have a description in mind you can then note the features and characteristics of each pistol on the list. Find one that is close enough to the description and give it a closer look before buying. Now, let’s take a look at the first 38 Super Pistol on our list -- the “best overall” choice: Best Overall .38 Super Pistol: Colt Gold Cup Trophy 38 Super CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros SA/DA mechanics Super durable construction Reliable in most applications Fits in most concealed carry holsters Classic 1911 design Cons None What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new buyers were quite happy with this pistol. They were impressed with the overall aesthetics of the pistol but cared more about the actual performance and quality. They were happy with the overall durability and were fairly confident that it would work for them for a long time. To add, it was quite accurate from distances between 30 to 40 yards. One user said that it was actually easy to disassemble for cleaning and maintenance. Why it Stands Out to Us We kick off the list with a Colt brand 38 Super Pistol. Colt has been around for a long time and is considered to be one of the handful of trusted names. It’s proven itself time and time again to provide reliable and accurate firearms. This 38 Super pistol is no different. It’s built for the applications it will excel at most (concealed carry and target shooting). In fact, it’s one of the preferred 38 Super Pistols that is preferred by competitive shooters due to some of its excellent qualities. You get light enough trigger pull, superior quality, and unmatchable reliability. Roll that all into one and you get a pistol that is built for the competitive shooter. If that’s something you want in a pistol, you’ve got it with the Colt Gold Cup Trophy 38 Super. Who Will Use This Most This pistol will be a perfect fit for competitive and casual target shooters. But it won’t be rendered useless by anyone who wants to use it for concealed carry. In fact, the ability to shoot fast and its inability to jam makes this a real lifesaver in the event you are caught up in a dangerous situation. Simply put, this pistol can do it all. If that’s the kind of pistol that you want then you’d be hard-pressed to find anything else quite like this. Bottom Line The Colt Gold Cup Trophy 38 Super is a pistol that belongs on the top of the list and for good reason. It shoots fast, it’s durable, and can certainly give you an edge over the competition or an attacker who is stupid enough to mess with you. If you want a 38 Super Pistol that is really one of the best in the business, this might be it. Runner-up: Colt 1991 Government CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Superior durability Trigger pull is easy and light Very reliable, little jamming to speak of Consistently accurate Excellent for competitive shooting and concealed carry Cons A bit pricey for budget shoppers The trigger may have some creep May be a bit weighty for some users "What Recent Buyers" Report A lot of new users were pretty impressed with how well this pistol was performing overall. For the most part, they were able to shoot rather quickly and had been able to effectively hit their targets from ranges between 15 to 30 yards. One user said that the shooting groups appeared to be quite tight with targets located from farther distances. The pistol was also durable and they loved what they liked to call “head-turning aesthetics”. Why it Stands Out to Us This pistol is a thing of beauty, no doubt about it. But it was perhaps, one of the most reliable pistols that have been trusted by the US Government for years. Yes, Colts have long been a favorite among military members who utilize it for a sidearm (and even federal agents have relied on Colts for years). But now, they rely on SIG Sauer pistols. If you want a pistol that is a replica of the real deal sidearms that were trusted by our soldiers for many years, this might be a pistol that you’ll appreciate. Its performance is top quality and the overall build might just give it the longevity that you’re probably looking for in a pistol. Who Will "Use This Most" This will be used more in tactical and home defense situations . It will excel in these applications thanks to the durability, reliability, and the light trigger pull that will allow for quick shooting. Timing is everything when it comes to these situations, so you need to quickly get a shot off without any jamming issues at all. This pistol will certainly give you no grief at all. Bottom Line The Colt 1991 Government is an excellent pistol that stands out as a concealed carry user’s favorite. It will likely last you many years provided that you take good care of it. The better the shape that it’s in, the better the chance that it will take care of you. With a performance that is hard to beat, why wouldn’t you want to take good care of it. Best .38 Super Pistol for the Money: Rock Island Armory GI Standard FS CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Outstanding durability Affordable for most budgets Excellent accuracy at various distances Great for self-defense and target shooting The grip allows for excellent, no-slip control Cons Disassembly might be a bit tough at first Trigger pull might be a little heavier than expected What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new buyers were able to use this pistol to their advantage in a target shooting situation by being able to hit their targets as far out as 40 yards. Most of them were using it for casual shooting while a good handful went a step further and used it for competitive purposes. One user said that the shooting ability was decent and it wasn’t that difficult to fire off a shot or two. Overall, they were quite satisfied with the performance of the pistol. Why it Stands Out to Us This pistol should be worth more than the price tag it’s going for. But thankfully for those on a budget, it’s affordable enough for those to grab it and give it a go for their desired applications. It’s tough as nails and allows for excellent shooting ability without any jamming or any other reliability issues that may arise from flimsy and cheap pistols. Also, the wood grip gives the pistol a bit of a classic look. So if you are a sucker for the old school, this pistol might be something you’ll like on the looks alone. But don’t let that overshadow the true performance and quality of the pistol itself. Who Will Use This Most This will be used as a beginner pistol for those who have never fired a 38 Super pistol before. So if you need a pistol that will be able to shoot fast, smooth, and without any reliability issues at all then this could be the pistol for you. And it’s also pretty precise with its accuracy as well. And at a price that you can afford, why not take up the chance to give this a go? Bottom Line The Rock Island Armory GI Standard is the pistol for those who want a 38 Super Pistol that will get the job done regardless of any application. You can shoot targets, defend yourself from danger, and get an edge on the competition with this one pistol. And at a price that you can afford, what’s stopping you from getting it? Even if you do have money to play around with, this is a pistol that will not disappoint in terms of performance. Who knows? It just might outperform any given high-end pistol you can think of. 4. EAA Witness Elite Match CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Durable construction Rear sight is easily adjustable Reliable and accurate shooting Excellent for concealed carry purposes The grip allows for excellent control and recoil reduction Cons May be too loud for some users Might be a bit heavy when loaded Trigger pull might be a little heavy with some creep What Recent Buyers Report Most of the new buyers were quite happy with their purchase of this pistol. They first noticed the consistent accuracy with this pistol. One user said that when hitting targets at about 35 yards out, he said that the shooting groups were noticeably tighter compared to the shots fired at 25 yards out. Overall, they were quite happy with some of the other features like the high-quality grip. One other user said that it allowed for superior groups even in bad weather conditions. Why it Stands Out to Us For a 38 Super Pistol, it has a bit of a powerful punch to it. And even better, you have 17 rounds to work with. So you have a good amount of superior firing power at your disposal. If you need a pistol for target shooting (casual or competitive) or when you need it in a life or death situation. Either way, you’re ready to use it when the situation calls for it. Furthermore, you can use this if your palms tend to sweat or if you are firing it off in wet weather conditions. This synthetic grip will allow you to retain control without worrying about any slippage. Who Will Use This Most This pistol will be great for the outdoors. If you are a frequent visitor of outdoor ranges, you’ll want a pistol that will make every experience enjoyable. You can use it for competition purposes or something that you can fire off for hours so long as you have enough rounds. It’s got the reliability, the quality, and the willingness to step up and rise to the challenge of any target shooting application. This pistol will surely give some of the others a run for their money in some of the characteristics and features it has. Bottom Line The EAA Witness Elite Match is a pistol that you’ll probably use for all of your target shooting and competitive shooting applications alike. Whether you’re using it for fun or when the competition is getting fierce, this pistol will definitely make a name for itself among those types of shooters. You get excellent accuracy, unrivaled dependability, and the chance to really give yourself total control over it when the weather outside is not the best. 5. Dan Wesson Guardian CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Solid construction Fits in most CCW holsters Sights allow for precise shooting Accurate shooting up to approx. 40 yards Great for concealed carry and target shooting Cons None What Recent Buyers Report As expected, they were quite happy with this pistol in terms of performance and quality. They said that the trigger pull was smooth and light (about 3 pounds). A lot of the new users say that they were confident in using the pistol in situations where time was a certain factor. One user said that he was in a timed shooting competition and was able to blast through a couple of magazines while hitting his targets accurately. Why it Stands Out to Us This pistol has the right measurables for it to fit as a concealed carry pistol . All you have to do is find the right kind of pistol to ensure that you get that perfect glove-like fit and you’ll be in business for whenever you need it. Even if you’re at the range, it’s good to have a holster that will securely carry your pistol while you’re walking around. Regardless, this pistol won’t allow for any bulging no matter where you take it. If you want the closest thing to maximum concealability in a 38 Super Pistol, then make no mistake about it. This pistol will certainly fulfill your concealed carry needs. But remember, it can also serve its purpose as a competitive or casual target shooting pistol. So in short, it can do it all. Who Will Use This Most This pistol will be a multi-purpose pistol that has the right kind of measurements for you to carry it in a holster and forget it (and by forget it, we mean you won’t feel like you are carrying so don’t confuse that with actually forgetting that you have it). It’s always good to be prepared for any lurking danger or being able to keep it out of the wrong hands while you are out and about. But we digress. This pistol gives you excellent concealability and will certainly have your back in any given self-defense or target shooting situation. Bottom Line The Dan Wesson Guardian is a pistol that has proven itself time and time again why it belongs on the list. You’ll have excellent accuracy and reliability that will make the other shooters at the range envy you. It’s built like a tank and will be the go-to choice for even some beginner shooters. What Do I Need to Know Before Buying a .38 Super Pistol? Being well informed before making a purchasing decision is important. Especially when it comes to purchasing a 38 Super Pistol for your own use. Knowing what to expect is key so you know how the gun functions and what it can be used for. Here are some things to be aware of: You Can Conceal Carry if You Wish Like many pistols, you can carry a 38 Super Pistol as a concealed weapon. It is imperative that you check with your local and state laws to ensure that concealed carry is allowed. And you must also have a holster since it is required. But worry about that after you choose a 38 Super Pistol. Clean and Maintain it Regularly Cleaning and maintaining your gun is essential for it to perform at the highest quality. However, some of the 38 Super Pistols may need a bit more maintenance than some other pistols. Be sure to clean and maintain it on a regular basis (about twice a month) to ensure that it is in excellent shape and will not slow down in performance. Choose Your Rounds Wisely There are different brands of .38 Super Pistol rounds that are available. Keep in mind that some of them will provide tighter shooting groups (by being more consistent) than others. It would not hurt if you purchased a couple of different brands of rounds so you can determine which ones work best for you in terms of shooting groups. Conclusion The best 38 Super Pistol is out there. And you’ll want one that will perform at its best in any given application. Find one that is great in quality and superb in accuracy and reliability and you will certainly have a pistol that will surely rise above and beyond the pack. Remember, this pistol may stay with you for the long term so choose wisely. People Also Ask The following is a list of frequently asked questions that are often asked by prospective buyers. You should consider using this section as a guide so you are able to make a more informed decision on 38 Super Pistols and how you can use them to your advantage. Here are the following questions: Is .38 Special and .38 Super the Same? Not quite. In fact, the 38 Super has slightly more power compared to the 38 Special rounds. The Supers are more likely to be used in competition shooting applications since they provide a flatter trajectory. Can a .38 Super Shoot 9mm? Surprisingly, yes. Both a 38 Super and 9mm round are identical to each other. So you would have no problem using one round or another while shooting a 38 Super pistol. There may be a slight difference in ballistics depending on which round you may use. Can You Shoot .38 ACP in a .38 Super? Despite having the same dimensions, it is not highly recommended that you shoot a .38 ACP in a .38 Super. A .38 Super pistol is designed to shoot at higher pressures. Using .38 ACP may be deemed unsafe with such pistols designed for the other. Can a .38 Super Be Fired in a .357? No. a .357 is a revolver round while a .38 Super is a semi-automatic round. Plus, it might be unsafe to fire off a revolver round inside a semi-automatic pistol and vice versa. Is a .38 Super Good For Self-Defense? The .38 Super is a fine round for self-defense. It’s similar to a 9mm which is widely accepted as a good self-defense round, with a little extra oomph behind it. However, there are not as many specialty self-defense rounds made in .38 super as compared to 9mm.
There are a few big names that always come up when people start discussing shotguns. A few of the more popular ones include Browning, Mossberg, and Winchester. But did you know that there are some lesser-known brands out there that can give you right around the same level of performance you get from your Browning A5 for half the price? There are a few shotguns that, for the most part, go largely unnoticed as most entry-level firearms do after a while. And today, we are going to take a look at one of the more legendary of the bunch; the Stoeger Condor series. Table of Contents 1 A Little Bit Of Stoeger Condor History 2 Build Quality 3 Overall Specs 4 The Final Verdict A Little Bit Of "Stoeger Condor History" The Stoeger Condor is a type of double-barrel shotgun that is known as an “over and under” shotgun. This means that instead of having two barrels that sit next to each over horizontally, they are stacked vertically with one above the other. This design is what makes this style of the shotgun so popular as a practice shotgun with many skeet shooters who just need to have an occasional clay buster on hand. This is because the design lends to a much more accurate shot than its horizontally stacked siblings the Uplander and Longfowler . Those two models are geared more toward an evenly spread shot as they are made primarily for duck hunting trips. Having said that, the Stoeger Condor is probably not a gun you will see being used very often in actual competition. It is an entry-level shotgun and it is simply more suited for occasional field use. Instead, what generally happens is that as a shooter becomes more seasoned, they upgrade. As they start to find their preferred shooting style, they slowly begin to drift away from the firearm they started off with and eventually upgrade to something like a TriStar Hunter EX . Build Quality Known for its traditional design, complete with a wooden stock, the Stoeger Condor is built rather well for the price. The overall design of these shotguns is without a doubt what I consider far above-average for an entry-level shotgun. The stock is made from A-grade walnut which features some prominent and really neat looking mineral streaks. A good walnut wood is always very nice furniture to see added to a cost-effective shotgun right out of the factory. The stock is also finished in a satin coating that doesn’t feel like you are holding a cheap plastic bb gun but gives everything a nice but blunt shine. The receiver is completely blued and sports a highly polished finish . It machine-turned and features monobloc sides. The bead front sight, as well as the shell extractor ejectors, are made of brass. The recoil pads featured on the Stoeger Condor are some of the most cushioned I have seen on any budget-friendly shotgun . You will need them too because this shotgun has a good deal of kick to it when you squeeze that trigger. Seriously surprised, and satisfied, with these recoil pads. Both the 12 and 20 gauge versions of the standard Condor feature IC and M screw-in choke tubes to better shape the spread of your shot. The .410 version comes stock with fixed full chokes, however. Overall Specs You have a few choices when it comes time to buying a Stoeger Condor as there are several features that you can add on or otherwise change. From the factory, these choices include things such as the gauge of the barrel and various chokes: Condor Field: 12 gauge with 28″ and 26″ barrels 20 gauge with 26″ barrel .410 with 26″ barrel Length of pull: 14-1/2″ (12- and 20-gauge models have IC and M screw-in choke tubes, while the .410 has fixed full chokes. Features a single non-selective trigger. ) Condor Field Youth: 20 gauge with 22″ barrel and IC and M screw-in choke tubes Length of pull: 13″ (Features a single non-selective trigger.) Performance In regards to performance, I would put the Stoeger Condor series of shotguns on par with the likes of a Browning 725 Citori. There are a few major differences between the two obviously. Trigger For starters, the Citori comes stock with a smooth FireLite trigger. "The Stoeger Condor" just features a single non-selective trigger , and it really isn’t that great. In my experience, the trigger on the Condor always has a bit too much “float” for my liking. I have also run into a few issues with it not wanting to fire the second barrel after some lengthy use. While this simplistic single trigger design makes for an easy field-strip, it isn’t good for long-term use. Unfortunately, if you want a selective trigger that rarely faces any hang-ups, you would need to buy the Condor Supreme. The Condor Supreme features a selective trigger that allows you to switch up which barrel you are firing. This comes in handy should your trigger stop firing either barrel. When that happens with a single selective trigger, your only recourse would be to send it into Stoeger for repair. Another thing I really don’t care much for on this trigger is the fact that it is what is known as an inertia trigger. This means that in order to fire the second barrel, you are relying on recoil to kick it over. If that doesn’t happen you may think you have got a hangfire situation or even a broken trigger on your hands. If this happens, don’t freak out. Simply dry fire it once and then tap the buttstock on the floor . When you tap it on the floor, you should hear a small click which means you are good to go and should be able to fire it again. "The Condor Supreme" model is the only one that offers an auto-selector trigger design. Speed The Stoeger Condor is about as traditional as traditional shotguns can get. This means that you may notice that the rate at which you are able to cycle through rounds is a good deal slower than usual. Especially when compared to a fast pump shotgun such as the Mossberg 500 . Nonetheless, I have had no issues when it comes to reloading or firing speeds. As a matter of fact, due to the double-barrel design, it’s actually a fairly level playing field. Since you have the advantage of not having to tediously cycle through to your second barrel outside of simply pulling the trigger again, this buys you a little more time for things like reloading . Often times, I can beat my buddies to the targets time and again with little effort during our practices sessions. While they are still reloading their pumps, I am smashing through clay like there is no tomorrow. If you are a data freak like me, you can always pick up a chronograph to measure or compare your muzzle velocity and help you increase your reload speed. You can find some of our recommendations for the best shooting chronographs here . Ultimately, I can reload and fire this just as quickly as I can reload and pop off a few rounds with my Benelli M4. Accuracy As I had mentioned previously, there are some solid benefits to this gun in regards to accuracy. Because of the design behind the stacked barrels, marksmanship seems to be something that gets better for most coming over from a shotgun with a horizontal stack. I will tell you though, this is more or less based on anecdotal evidence, at best. It isn’t that it necessary shoots any truer than its horizontal counterpart, it actually has to do with how easily the human eye adjusts to certain views. Since you do not have two barrels laid out in front of you, you have less to focus on and thereby can get a shot lined up not only more accurately, but also quicker. The Stoeger Condor comes stock with a bead sight , but if you really want to take your accuracy game up a notch, you will need to equip a better sight. Check out our review of the best shotgun sights to get some ideas. "The Final Verdict" If you are in need of a solidly built entry level over-and-under shotgun, you really need to get your hands on a Stoeger Condor. There are a lot of other shotguns in the same category that we recommend looking at as well. But none will come close to the level of quality that you will get from anything similar in the price range. This shotgun is the perfect choice for a beginner skeet shooter or just as an inexpensive field gun that you can practice on. If you own the Stoeger Condor, drop us a comment below and let us know what you like best about it, and where you think it could be improved! Maybe you know of a better entry-level over and under shotgun? Related Reads: Semi-automatic Rifles Hunting Rifles Best Scout Rifles Best Rifle Slings Rifle Or Revolver? New AR & AR-15 Rifle Ar-15 Rifles Best Rimfire Rifles Lever Action Rifles Best Survival Rifle 3.3/5 (75 Reviews) Alex Joseph Alex Joseph is an avid bow hunter and father of two boys. Originally from Tacoma, Washington. Alex now resides in California. 4 COMMENTS Dave August 8, 2019 at 3:42 pm In shooting did you find the aim of the gun was to cover the target or float it on the front sight? Thanks Dave Reply Greg January 11, 2020 at 12:08 pm I bought the Condor for my 11year old for Christmas. Got it on sale for $350 at Dicks. Not a bad gun the money. As the author stated above, the accuracy of this gun is good. It’s heavy enough to absorb the recoil but not too heavy that he can’t swing it with ease. We got the 26” barrels and he loves it! 2 small issues….the extractors seem to get hung up on high brass loads especially on the bottom barrel and it makes it difficult to pull out the empties. As I pulled them out it left scratches on the sides of the brass. Low brass loads were not a problem. Came out with ease. The other issue was the safety kept kicking on after the first shot so my son couldn’t get off the 2nd without taking the safety off again. I don’t shoot so I can only review this based on my Sons feedback but he loves the gun. He says is comfortable and accurate and he’s ready to shoot again!! Although I am going to contact Stoeger about the safety. Over my 11 year old son, Hunter, gives it a 4 out of 5!! Reply Zach January 19, 2020 at 5:06 am I would consider myself a beginner skeet shooter and this gun does just about everything I need it to. I have the 12ga and I would say the recoil is extremely manageable. Additionally the gun is easy to be accurate with and safe too because the safety automatically engages after opening and closing the action. One flaw I have noticed in addition to not having ejectors is that because you can only use the bottom barrel when shooting one round at a time the bottom firing pin wears down over time and using inexpensive ammo with harder primers such as estate or federal can provide an inconvenience as the firing pin is occasionally unable to properly strike the primer. As well the gun only comes with IC and M chokes that are flushed which is, in my opinion, unexciting but again this is a gun for beginners so you get what you pay for I suppose. Overall though this is a great starter/field gun and for the price you are likely not going to find anything better. Reply Thomas Kilber May 12, 2020 at 9:11 pm My dad bought me a 20 gauge from a guy in church two decades ago. The stock is a little loose now but I will shoot it over his Ruger Red Label any day. Going out to the shooting clays course it isn’t uncommon to reliably shoot in the 40+/50. Compared to most other shotguns I’ve shot it feels incredibly natural pulling it up to my shoulder. I have had zero issues, not with firing, parts or anything. Strongly considering buying a new one if I don’t feel like dropping money on a Winchester 101. The Condor is reliable, true and will give you years of quality shooting. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply
The 4 Best Deep Concealment Holsters — Reviews 2020 The total and complete explosion of concealed carry in the last few years has brought with it a wide variety of holsters. Some of these are creative and work wonders; others can be considered medieval torture devices. More people than ever are carrying and these folks are seeking a way to carry as covertly as possible; hence, the rise of deep concealment holsters. First, a good holster has to be comfortable. These holsters are often worn in close contact with the body and can rub, pinch, and prod if they are poorly made. People are easily discouraged from carrying a firearm if it’s not comfortable or easy to conceal. The following holsters are perfect for everyday carry, and most can be worn with any attire. These are our recommendations for the best deep concealment holsters on the market: Bulldog Nylon Ambi Cell Phone Holster "Bulldog Nylon Ambi" "Cell Phone Holster" with Belt Loop and Clip (Black) Price: $16.77 Price as of 08/14/2020 04:06 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 Bulldog Cell Phone Holster is probably one of the most brilliant ideas for a holster in the last ten years. In this decade, we’ve seen the rise of two things, bigger and bigger smart phones, and smaller and smaller guns. With the Bulldog, they finally meet in the middle. The Bulldog is designed to be worn outside the waist and is disguised as a phone case. The Bulldog is built for the .380 subcompact family of firearms, like a Ruger LCP or Smith & Wesson Bodyguard (don’t expect your 1911 to fit in this!). The Bulldog Cell Phone Holster can be worn essentially anywhere you can carry a phone. It can be worn with any style of dress, including formal and business wear. The holster makes carrying the weapon comfortable and easy to access. There are no issues when it comes to drawing the weapon, and it can be done fast and effortlessly. The Bulldog is the most covert holster out there. The holster has a Velcro closing device, and a steel riveted belt loop. The Belt loop is important because it stops anyone from ripping it off, and supports the weight of the weapon. The Bulldog Cell Phone Holster is made from strong nylon and completely conceals the weapon. The Bulldog is an excellent and well built holster that is easy to carry in nearly any situation. Surely, this is among the best deep concealment holsters. Uncle Mike’s Inside the Pocket Holster Uncle Mike's Off-Duty and Concealment Nylon OT Inside-The-Pocket Holster (Size 3, Black) Price: $9.99 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:39 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 "Uncle Mike’s Inside" the Pocket Holster is, you guessed it, a pocket holster designed to be utilized with small semi-automatic handguns like the Ruger LCP and S&W Bodyguard 380. The pocket holster is molded for each weapon, and this is important for proper fit and use (see Uncle Mike’s page on this holster for proper size). If you choose to pocket carry, it’s absolutely necessary that you obtain a proper pocket holster. Without a proper holster, something could come in contact with the trigger and cause an accidental discharge. The Inside the Pocket Holster allows both men and women the option of carrying concealed almost regardless of what they are wearing. The Inside the Pocket Holster is an excellent way to carry a small firearm, and is perfect for nearly anyone looking for an easy to carry holster. UnderTech Undercover Under Tech Undercover Crew Neck White LG T0293WH-L Price: Price as of 08/14/2020 04:06 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 UnderTech Undercover is more than a holster, it’s a combination holster and shirt. The holster that’s built into the shirt places the weapon under your arm like a shoulder holster. The shirt itself is made from a high quality material that wicks sweat away and is acting like a second skin. The UnderTech Undercover shirt is perfect as a deep concealment holster since it can be worn as an undershirt without anyone being the wiser. The Undertech is perfect for those who looking a method to carry while jogging or in the gym. The UnderTech Undercover can hold either a subcompact, or compact weapon with ease. This is the major advantage of the UnderTech, you can carry a weapon like the Glock 19, with its impressive 15 round capacity, and it’s still concealed. Most deep cover holsters restrict you to a small 9mm or 380 ACP single stack semi auto, which are often difficult to shoot accurately at any distance besides point blank. The UnderTech Undercover has two pockets allowing you to carry a weapon on one side and an extra magazine on the other. The UnderTech Undercover holster is made in the USA and is used by agencies like the DEA, U.S. Air Marshals, and the Secret Service as a way to carry a weapon in deep concealment when on an undercover assignment. The UnderTech Undercover is among the best deep concealment holsters for large handguns or those in general looking to carry an easy to access weapon. Desantis Belly Band DeSantis Belly Band Holster, Large, Black, 060BJG3Z0 Price: $47.99 Price as of 08/14/2020 04:06 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 "Desantis Belly Band" is designed to be worn around the body similar to a garter belt but with a bit more comfort. The Desantis Belly band is perfect for the average concealed carrier, allowing them to hide a variety of small frame semi automatic pistols or snub nose revolvers. The Desantis Belly Band is perfect for those who wear a shirt and tie to work since traditionally there are very few options outside of an ankle holster for those in business casual. "The Desantis Belly" band is complete with a holster, magazine pocket, and accessory pocket for things like handcuffs, or a badge for police officers who are undercover. The belly band also provides deep concealment for women whose shirt are traditionally not long enough to cover a waist holster. A belly band can disappear under a simple t shirt with ease, easy something as light as a tank top. This is one of the best deep concealment holsters if you’re active since it allows you to carry while doing high impact exercises like running. No One Knows The most important factor all of these holsters share is the fact they can be hidden from sight so easy. These holsters are all easy to access, fast to draw, and most importantly disappear with ease. When it comes to deep concealment and comfort you cannot go wrong with these holsters. They do only make a gun disappear, but are comfortable, and easy to access when the cards are down. And if you’d prefer a more conventional concealment holster–say, an inside the waistband holster–please check out our IWB holsters for more info. Happy concealing! Boyd Smith Owner of Reloaderaddict.com, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type. His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids). He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters. It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. Email him . Share the Post and Images Related Posts The 4 Best Paddle Holsters – Reviews 2020 The 4 Best Holsters for Ruger SR9c -- Reviews 2020 The 4 Best Belly Band Holsters -- Reviews 2020