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Gun Review: Inside The Sig Sauer P320X Compact

Gun Review: Inside The Sig Sauer P320X Compact

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379098189e2_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379098189e2_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The Sig P320X Compact is just that: compact. And yet, it holds plenty of emergency-handling ammunition. It's shrunk down, but the Sig Sauer P320X Compact is still large on features and performance. How The P320X Compact Edges Out Others In Its Class: Slide is machined from a billet of stainless steel and is more than robust enough to support the 3.6-inch barrel. Straight bar trigger breaks when it's perpendicular to the axis, reducing overtravel. Optics-ready slide, compatible with Sig Romeo1 Pro and Deltapoint Pro red-dot optics. Self-contained chassis allows users to switch frame sizes. Beveled mag well to expedite reloads. 15+1 capacity gives user full-sized firepower in a compact package. Some people—and companies—just can’t leave well enough alone. Mostly, that’s a bad thing, but there are always exceptions … and Sig is one of them. The basic P320—Sig’s evolved pistol—now with a striker-firing system, has gone from strength to strength. The good parts of the P320 are still there in the P320X Compact. The Good Parts The slide is machined from a billet of stainless steel and, for the Compact, is made short enough to meet the demands of the barrel, which is slightly more than 3½ inches long. It gets the same sculpting as the original, with angled flats on the slide to make it easier to draw and re-holster. There are cocking serrations fore and aft, and the barrel locks up in the slide by using the ejection port. So, there are no internal locking lugs to machine or keep clean. Raise Your Sig Sauer IQ On top, the P320X Compact gets a set of tritium night sights—entirely appropriate for a pistol meant as a daily-carry tool. The front rides in a transverse dovetail, so it can be adjusted left to right if you need some fine-tuning for point of impact. The P320 is a striker-fired pistol … and the evolution of the Sig designs. The rear is different: It incorporates a mounting plate cover. If you wish, you can remove the rear plate and mount a red-dot optic. The P320X Compact is set up to accept the Sig Romeo1 Pro or the Deltapoint Pro without a problem. I have no doubt that a competent pistolsmith could make any other red-dot optic work as well, but of course, Sig is not responsible for extra work you have done to your firearm. The barrel is a Sig barrel made of carbon steel, rifled to allow use of hard-cast lead bullets (unlike some striker-fired pistols) and heat-treated for maximum durability. It locks up with an angled can underneath, and the hood and front of the chamber lock into the ejection port opening on the slide. Next to it is a beefy extractor. Related GunDigest Articles Sig Sauer Back In The Bolt-Action Market With Cross Rifle Sig Sauer M17: Ready For Everyday Service 6 Sig Sauer Pistols Perfect For Concealed Carry On the frame, Sig took details from the X-Series competition line and adapted them to the EDC world. The trigger is a straight bar with a small lip on the bottom as a tactical index point. The trigger is designed so that it releases the strike when the trigger face is perpendicular to the axis of the bore. Best Starter Kit for Concealed Carry: S&W M&P 9 SHIELD $394.96 guns.com Safariland IWB Holster $43.99 brownells.com Safariland Duty Belt $88.99 brownells.com SnagMag Ammo Pouch $LOW! gundigeststore.com Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group may earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! Why? Simple: If your trigger finger is pulled directly to the rear at the moment the striker is released, the force of that pull is minimized as accuracy-robbing overtravel. When you release the striker, your finger keeps going backward. It has to—the mechanism has to have overtravel in order to work. The direction and force of that overtravel can have a bad effect on accuracy. This geometry reduces the overtravel effect and allows you greater leeway in learning to press and still hit. The standard P320 Compact magazine holds 15 rounds, but you can use higher-capacity magazines as well. Sig sculpted the rear of the frame shell to allow your hand a more comfortable, and higher, carry, with an extended beavertail. Not that the original was not good, but because it is a shell, they can do more. Also, the frontstrap at the trigger guard was given an undercut to let your hand get higher on the frame. The frame, for those who have not been keeping up, is merely a shell. Inside the frame, Sig has designed the P320 to be a self-contained chassis. It is a simple thing to remove the disassembly lever (once the pistol is apart) and then lift the chassis out. Bigger Frame? No Problem If you want to have a bigger frame for your carry gun, the shells are not controlled items (no serial number), and you can swap back and forth if you want. The serial number is on the chassis, and you can see it by means of a cutout section of the shell, made for just that purpose. The shells also come in larger dimensions—as in small, medium and large—if you want compact but you want larger diameter for larger hands. The marking is on the backstrap just above the hole for your lanyard loop attachment. You can also remove the chassis from the shell before you toss everything into an ultrasonic cleaner. You might do this if you and your pistol took a spill into a particularly soupy swamp or had to wade into seawater. Getting it clean is easier than on standard designs. The chassis, inside the shell, is a robust steel assembly. Let’s keep the shell-and-chassis design aspect a secret just between us, shall we? If some of the more-moronic legislators—say, from the Worker’s Paradise of Kaliforniastan—get wind of this, they might think it is some evil plot. No, it is just a way to make your Sig better suit you. Added Features As an added feature, the Sig designers beveled the inside of the magazine well to make reloads smoother. They didn’t go outside the shell dimensions, as one might on a competition gun, but the effect is the same, if not as absurdly marked as some competition guns can be. Out on front, for them that wants it, there is a 1913 rail, where you can mount a light, laser or combo unit. Magazines and Ammo The P320X Compact, despite holding “only” 15 rounds in the magazine, will function just fine with the standard magazines, holding 17 rounds, or the extended magazines designed for the M17 military pistol, which hold 21. Of course, having these magazines in place while you are carrying will, to a certain extent, negate the concealability of the P320X Compact, so keep those handy as reloads. If you want to be ready, 15-plus on in the gun, along with a pair of 17-round standard P320 magazines, will have you packing a full box of 9mm ammo (well, an old-school 50-round box).

Ruger No. 1: One Fine Single-Shot Rifle

Ruger No. 1: One Fine Single-Shot Rifle

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d3a92f6d_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d3a92f6d_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Because of its classic styling, the No. 1 is a favorite platform for customizing. The gun work on this model was done by gunmaker James Anderson with engraving by Roger Kehr. The Ruger No. 1 is a versatile and handy rifle chambered in just about anything you need to take game on this—or any other—continent. Features shown here include the thumb safety, and the quarter rib with integral scope bases and a folding rear sight. At the 1966 NRA convention in Chicago, a select group of gun writers were shown four prototypes of a new Ruger rifle. It was a classic-style single-shot based on John Farquharson’s falling-block design that was patented in Scotland in 1872. In an article that appeared in the 1967 edition of Gun Digest, the late Roger Barlow eloquently described the appeal of the single shot rifle. “The man with a single shot rifle, stalking his game skillfully, thoughtfully calculating his range, not just shooting at his quarry but selecting the most effective shot to place that bullet, then carefully aiming and making that one shot count — that man surely is more of a hunter than is the fellow having half a dozen shots available in his repeater.” The new Ruger rifle was indeed designed to appeal to the traditional sportsman who appreciated and understood the challenge as well as the advantages and disadvantages of one shot. This was another design created by two of Ruger’s top engineers, Harry Sefried and Larry Larson. The standard medium-weight sporter Ruger No. 1. Originally the rifle was going to be named the Victorian, due to its 19th century styling, but not long after it went into production, the name was changed. From the beginning, the actions were stamped “No. 1” and that became the official name. (Editor’s note: This Ruger model should always be referred to in print as “No. 1” and not “Number One,” or “Number 1.”) The design is not a copy of the Farquharson but is a modern take on the action. The falling-block is operated with a lever located just behind the trigger guard. This action is much shorter in length—about 4.5 inches—than those of the various repeating rifle designs, which provides one of the No. 1’s major advantages. It can have a longer barrel than a repeating rifle with the same overall length, and therefore achieve a higher velocity. Related GunDigest Articles Video: A Look at the Ruger Scout Rifle in 5.56 New: Ruger American Rimfire Stainless Rifle Review: Ruger American Magnum Rifle The earliest production rifles were referred to as the S22L, S26M and S24H. These were basically barrel-length and weight designations. The variations were later named Light Sporter, Medium Sporter, Tropical Rifle, 1B Standard and others. Ruger No. 1 International. The No. 1 has been chambered for a long list of calibers over its almost 50-year history and in several different variations. When the rifle was introduced, the original calibers were the .222 Remington, .22-250, .243 Winchester, 6mm Remington, .308 Winchester,  .30-06 and .458 Winchester Magnum. All were offered with either a 22- or 26-inch barrel, except the .458 Win. Mag., which had a 24-inch heavy barrel. The very first No. 1, by the way, was chambered in .308 Winchester and is in the private collection of the Ruger family. Other variations like the International were later added along with many more calibers. The No. 1 has been offered in virtually every popular American caliber, ranging from the .204 Ruger to the .480 Ruger, and also including several European rounds. Some of the rarest chamberings will require a premium over the values of the standard calibers. The earliest No. 1 models were marked with serial numbers with no prefix and these models will also bring a premium. This serial number range goes from 1 to approximately 8437 for rifles produced through the end of 1969. Beginning in 1970, a prefix was added starting with 130-00000. A major change has taken place in the available calibers for the No. 1. Beginning in 2013, Ruger is chambering the No. 1 in a limited range of calibers. The company  announced in its 2014 catalog and on its website that each variation will now be chambered in only one caliber each year, and that caliber will be changed every year. The Light Sporter for 2014 is being offered only in .280 Remington, the Varminter in .220 Swift, the International in .257 Roberts, the Medium Sporter in 9.3×62, and the Tropical in .450/400 Nitro Express 3-inch. No one knows what this limiting of caliber choices will do to the values of Ruger No. 1s in the future. If you have your heart set on a new No. 1 in one of these particular calibers, don’t wait too long. We Found Bulk Ammo In Stock: Ammo from $14.60 creedmoorsports.com Ammo Sale from $6.99 brownells.com Disclosure: These links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group earns a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Storm Tactical Printable Target Pack 62 Printable MOA Targets with DOT Drills - Rifle Range in YARDS This impressive target pack from our friends at Storm Tactical contains 62 printable targets for rifle and handgun range use. Target grids and bullseye sizes are in MOA. Ideal for long-range shooting! Get Free Targets

Survival Gear Review: 1887 T-Model 12 Gauge Shotgun

Survival Gear Review: 1887 T-Model 12 Gauge Shotgun

Not every firearm we review on Survival Cache is the ultimate survival gun.  Sometimes we see something and say “That is badass, I gotta get my hands on one of those.”  Which is the case with the T-Model Lever Action Shotgun .  Last year at Shot Show, we were bleeding out of our eyes from seeing AR15 after AR15 when we came across the 1887 T- "Model Lever Action" 12 Gauge Shotgun for the first time.  The T-Model, which is made by Chiappa Firearms and sold in the United States by Taylor’s & Co , was a much needed break from the black rifle guys.  As soon as I saw it, I said “Is this thing for real?  Looks sort of like the Shotgun from Terminator 2.”  That is when the guy who was working the booth for Taylor’s & Co told me “That is why it is called the T-Model.”  My next question was “Is it legal?” And the answer to that was yes.  Oh ya, Jimmy C was sold. Quick Navigation The Video: The Review: Specs Conclusion The Video: The Review: What can you say about a lever action 12 gauge shotgun that is 27.5 inches long except that it works.  We pulled it out of the box – no lube, no cleaning and it worked.  We decided to include T-Model Lever Action Shotgun review in our video series because it was so badass.  Bottom line, everyone that was with us on the range that day shot 20 to 30 rounds of 12 gauge through this bad boy.  No jams.  Even the camera guys from Camera Speeds were like, “I gotta shoot that thing.”  This shotgun is a blast to shoot and as you can see from the video, the recoil got me on the first shot.  After that, the T-Model was in Jimmy C’s wheel house. Realistic uses for the T-Model Shotgun: Urban Bug Out Bag, Car/Truck/Boat Gun, Home Defense Shotgun, You’re Dropping My Daughter Off Late Gun? Or The Undead Starting Rising From Their Graves Gun.  The best part is, with T-Model 12 Gauge Shotgun you only have to knock once. Specs Barrel Length: 18-1/2 Inch Round Caliber: .12 Gauge Capacity: 5 rounds Weight: 7.9 lbs Finish: Matte-Black Grip/Stock: Black Soft Touch Rubber Coating Manufacturer: Chiappa – Italy Sights: No – You Don’t Need Them Overall Length: 27.5 inches Badass Rating: 9.5 out of 10 Conclusion After you get the action and the recoil down, it is game on.  I am still trying to wipe the smile off of my face.  Tell your local gun store to order one….you need it for the Zombie Apocalypse. Do You Have Concealed Carry Weapon Insurance? Self-defense can land you into major legal battles, or even jail . USCCA provides top-class CCW insurance plus training for you and your family at $22/mo with $2,000,000 in coverage. Join USCCA Also Read: Survival Shotgun Selection Photos and Video by the Survival Cache & SHTFBlog Team Other interesting articles: Survival Shotgun Part 3: Choosing the Gun Henry .410 Lever Action Shotgun: Survival Shotgun Review for 2020 Remington TAC 14 Shotgun Review for 2020: Survival Shotgun "Survival Shotgun Part" 2: Choosing Gauge and Type

Valentines Day Gun Gifts From YOU to YOU [2020]

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Who is the Mosin -portant person in your life? If you’re looking for a gun-obsessed significant other…we have an article for that ( Best Gifts for Gun Lovers ). But how about something for yourself ? John Wick Sommelier Something that is a little more gun oriented?  And ever so slightly Valentine’s related. Get ready for some terrible puns too. Best AR-15 Muzzle Brake Want to get back on target faster after each shot?  We hands-on tested a bunch of AR-15 muzzle brakes and crown our winner… Editor's Pick Precision Armament M4-72 90 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 90 at Brownells Compare prices (2 found) Brownells (See Price) Optics Planet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing It had the least recoil and super minimal reticle movement.  Check it out in our video testing of side blast, decibel readings, and reticle movement. The M4-72 Severe Duty is our overall winner but we also have picks for brake/compensator hybrid, most high-tech brake, and best bang-for-the-buck in our Best AR-15 Muzzle Brakes Article . Tested Muzzle Brakes Best Electronic Ear Protection Want to be able to hear your significant other when you go to the range? You’ll want some electronic ear pro that cuts out the loud shooting sounds but amplifies regular speaking tones. Three Electronic Earmuffs Our favorite is the Howard Leight Impact Sport since it’s pretty comfy, effective, and affordable. Best Budget Electronic Ear Protection Howard "Leight Impact Sport" 53 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 53 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing But if you want to ball it out with our favorite…the MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X is what we use for extended range and competition sessions. Best Overall Electronic Hearing Protection MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X 269 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 269 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Check out more details and picks (even passive protection ones) in 7 Best Shooting Ear Protection Options . Tank Valentine…Just Because Best AR500 Shooting Targets Another fun thing to pick up to have fun at the range. Nothing is more satisfying than hearing that steel *PING* when your round hits an AR500 target. Long Range Testing PSA AR-10 There’s tons of manufacturers out there but our favorite is Shoot Steel . Here is our hands-on review of them. But that’s not why we’re here.  This is some of their cool stuff… Shoot Steel 3/8" AR500 12x20 Static Target Package 210 at Shoot Steel Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 210 at Shoot Steel Prices accurate at time of writing And… Best Precision Spinner Target Shoot Steel AR500 Precision Spinner 165 at Shoot Steel Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 165 at Shoot Steel Prices accurate at time of writing See more manufacturers and types of targets in Best AR500 Steel Targets . Best AR-15 Pistol These short-barreled AR pistols are tons of fun. Couple of AR-15 Pistol Uppers Our favorite entry-level one that has always gone bang for us is PSA’s 10.5 inch. Best Budget AR-15 Pistol Palmetto State Armory 10.5" AR-15 Pistol 549 at "Palmetto State Armory" Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 549 at Palmetto State Armory Prices accurate at time of writing We’d suggest going with the 10.5″ over the 7.5″ since it’s a lot more manageable in terms of recoil and loudness. If you want to check out more uppers (and full AR pistols), see our Best AR-15 Pistols article. Best AR-15 Uppers Want a little more variety in your (AR-15) life? One of our go-to recommendations is with Aero Precision. Aero Precision M4E1 16 Midlength Pencil It’s solidly built AND is nicely finished.  Plus it’s affordable. Aero Precision M4E1 16" 5.56 Mid-Length Upper (ATLAS Handguard) 429 at Aero Precision Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 429 at Aero Precision Prices accurate at time of writing If you want to go cheaper but will still always go bang…you can’t go wrong with PSA. Palmetto State Armory (PSA) 16″ 250 at Palmetto State Armory Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 250 at Palmetto State Armory Prices accurate at time of writing Check out the full reviews and more recommendations in Best AR-15 Uppers . Best Gun Safes We go super in-depth into these in our Best Gun Safes article…but here’s a few of our favorites. Best Handgun Safes Our best handgun safe goes to the Fort Knox FTK-PB Simplex Handgun Safe that’s super beefy, holds a good amount, and has a simple “Simplex” lock that you can easily unlock in the dark. Fort Knox Handgun Safe Our overall favorite pick in "Best Handgun Safes" . How about something more techy? Our favorite biometric safe is the QAP1BE from SentrySafe. SentrySafe Biometric Safe See it in action! And then read all about it and more in our Best Biometric Gun Safes article. Best Gun Belts Need to keep those pants up with a handgun and extra mags? Best CCW Gun Belts, Thickness We cover the best leather ones for concealed carry…that don’t scream GUN. Best CCW Belt Relentless Tactical Belt 60 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 60 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Relentless Tactical (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing To the best nylon belts with COBRA buckles… Blue Alpha Gear EDC Belts "Blue Alpha Gear" 1.5" Hybrid Cobra 69 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 69 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Check out the rest of our tested belts in Best Gun Belts for the Range and CCW . Best Optics & Scopes If you can’t quickly see your target…you’re not going to hit it. A Couple AR-15 Optics If you’re just getting into the world of red dots…you can start with the Bushnell TRS-25 that’s held up nicely on my AK pistol. And is really affordable… Most Affordable Red Dot Bushnell TRS-25 80 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 80 at Amazon Compare prices (3 found) Amazon (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Optics Planet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Our favorite sub-$200 red dot is the Holosun HS403. Best Red Dot Under $200 Holosun HS403A 170 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 170 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing While our bring-to-battle optic is the Aimpoint PRO. The "Goldilocks" Red Dot Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO) 445 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 445 at Brownells Compare prices (4 found) Brownells (See Price) Optics Planet (See Price) Palmetto State Armory (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Want something magnified? Our favorite 1-6x is the Primary Arms ACSS Reticle. ACSS Reticle Primary Arms 1-6X24 ACSS Gen III 290 at Primary Arms Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 290 at Primary Arms Compare prices (2 found) Primary Arms (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing And how about long range… Our favorite for 4-16x is the Steiner PX4i Steiner Optics P4Xi 4-16x56mm SCR Scope x 40mm at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details at Brownells Compare prices (2 found) Brownells (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Now…we have TONS more reviews and suggestions for optics.  From 3x magnifiers to truly long range scopes (5-25x). Just a few of our favorite things Check them all out in Best AR-15 Optics & Scopes . Best Tactical/EDC Flashlights Light up the love of your life with some eye-searing flashlights. Best EDC & Tactical Flashlights Our favorite tactical one (more power) is ThruNite TN12 with 1100 lumens. TN12 Hill Shot 20 Yards And also gives you a .4 lumens to make it the perfect camping piss light too. Editor's Choice (Tactical Flashlight) ThruNite TN12 2016 XP-L 40 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 40 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing As for EDC, our favorite light is the Fenix PD25. PD25 Hill, 20 Yards Editor's Choice (EDC Flashlight) Fenix PD25 58 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 58 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing See more of our tested lights in Best Tactical Lights and Best EDC Lights . Best EDC Knife Best EDC Knives Our favorite pocket knife that won’t make you cry if you lose it goes to the Kershaw Leek. Best For Light-Duty Kershaw Leek 36 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 36 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing While our Writer’s Choice goes to the Benchmade Griptilian. Writer's Favorite Benchmade Mini Griptilian 88 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 88 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing See the rest of our tested knives in our 8 Best EDC Knives article. Conclusion Shoot Valentines Check out these and more of our favorite guns and gear in Editor’s Picks .

Survival Gear Review: Smith & Wesson Governor

Even a moments delay in an actionable response can result in your demise.  Most Bug Out scenarios usually occur in a panic state.  Sure you are supplied, packed and ready to go, but when the alarm goes off are you ready to go?  Maybe you get off a couple last minute cell phone calls to alert other family members or SHTF team partners just before the power grid fails, shutting down the com towers.  You steer out of the driveway; through the residential amazement where unprepared people are still dazed by the news of the collapse and onto the less traveled back road to your Bug Out Retreat .  All planned and practiced well in advance. Quick Navigation Smith & Wesson Governs Bug Out Vehicle Defense The Case for Wheelgun Work 3 Problem Solvers .45 Long Colt, .45 ACP, & .410 A Holster For The Governor Smith & Wesson Governs Bug "Out Vehicle Defense" Your hope against hope is to slip through several rural communities bypassing any marauding souls looking to conduct any preemptive strikes on the unsuspecting locals.  But how do you defend yourself while on the move or temporarily stopped while confined in a vehicle?  Your success in this is crucial, albeit essential. The Case for Wheelgun Work Have you ever tried to engage a long gun inside a vehicle?  How many times did the muzzle get buried in that soft cushiony roof lining material?  How about the buttstock hanging up on the center console, steering wheel, shift lever, or seatbelts?  What about the range of motion?  It isn’t much better even with a collapsible tube stock is it?  What about covering the zombie slipping up the far side rear fender? From inside a vehicle wielding a long gun either shotgun or rifle is a tough proposition even for the well trained, proficient prepper.  It takes lots of practice and some special skill sets to point, aim, and score with a long gun out the window of a moving or suddenly stopped vehicle.  While a scattergun with heavy shot could offer some unique points of advantage in these situations, a rifle might not be a good choice at all for this specific task, especially if potential targets have already rushed into the 10-foot critical contact danger zone. So, for the sake of argument here let’s take it aside or move that debate to the forums where you guys can club that horse stone dead.  For our purposes we are going to accept the overwhelming proposition that the handgun is the way to go for immediate self-defense deployment from inside or either side of a vehicle. Do You Have Concealed Carry Weapon Insurance? Self-defense can land you into major legal battles, or even jail . USCCA provides top-class CCW insurance plus training for you and your family at $22/mo with $2,000,000 in coverage. Join USCCA The next debate is which handgun, and which caliber.  Any handheld firearm you, your spouse, kids, or other traveling companions can use effectively with confidence is a best bet.  That could be a six shot revolver in .38 Special, a Glock 17 , Kimber 45, or a Desert Eagle in 44 Magnum or just about anything in between.  Skip the .22, and .32 for this action.  Consider a .380 with defensive bullets as a bare minimum for this work. However, for your consideration I offer up another recommended firearm option that I have personally adopted for my in-vehicle close range defensive out the window handgun.   This is the new(ish) Smith & Wesson Governor .  Read on. 3 Problem Solvers .45 Long Colt, .45 ACP, & .410 The Smith &; Wesson Governor is a six shot, cylinder loaded revolver.  It can be fired either single action with a cocking of the external hammer, or double action by simply pulling the trigger.  The most unique aspect of this firearm is that its chambers can handle three distinct rounds, the .45 Long Colt, .45 ACP, and the .410 gauge 2.5-inch shotshells in any interchangeable combination the user wishes to load them.  This defines awesome firepower!  The Governor also comes equipped with cartridge clips to hold multiple rounds that can be loaded at one time. This flexibility option fits perfectly into a Bug Out vehicle self-defense scenario.  With an adversary approaching your ride with a menacing look a couple blasts of Winchester .410 PDX1 Defender loads with three plated defense disks and 12 BB’s would likely divert their attention. If not, then follow up shots with PDX1 45 Colt, 225 grain, bonded jacketed hollow points ought to change the course of events.  Winchester also makes this defense load in the 45 ACP as well with a 230 grain, bonded jacketed hollow point bullet. Another appropriate ammo selection would be Hornady’s new Zombie Max 45 auto loads using their new 185 grain, Z-Max bullet pumping out a muzzle velocity of 1000 fps.  This bullet design is an ideal choice for close quarter’s encounters.  The ammo box even offers instructions on the back panel on how to recognize zombies.  I think if you become threatened during a Bug Out that you will know who the bad guys are. The Governor is manufactured with fixed sights the front with a Tritium Night Sight dovetailed into the barrel and the rear being a classic Smith and Wesson sight groove cut along the top of the frame strap.  The alignment in pointing the barrel to the target comes natural.  The grip is a synthetic rubber model that affords a solid, good feeling grip.  The exterior finish of the Governor is a matte black offering no reflection.  The gun is a very handsome piece of engineering. The revolver itself is manufactured from a Scandium alloy used in the frame with a stainless PVD cylinder.  The gun’s weight is only 29.6 ounces with an overall length at 8.5 inches, height of 5.5 inches and 1.75 inches wide. A Holster For The Governor Holster wise owners of the Governor need to look to the Hunter Company’s basic leather hip holster #1145 made specifically to fit this firearm.  Couple that with their #145 cartridge belt to make a great combination.  The holster is a thumbsnap model that securely holds the revolver with a slight forward cant.  Slip this on their own belt that has loops to hold both .45 Colt ammo and .410 shotshells.  Hunter leather is top grain and well stitched for long term service.  This set up will work well for any prepper’s needs. Things can get tense during a Bug Out roll scenario.  There is no way to know what perils might arise on any highway once the citizenry begins to realize that things are not normal.  At some point if your escape distance to your secure camp is lengthy you will have to stop even momentarily for relief. You may encounter friendly folks looking for help, or gangs looking to steal your stuff or mess with your person or passengers.  You will have to determine which and be prepared to defend yourself as necessary. For me, being able to deploy a handgun out the window or near the vehicle is my choice of response.  "The Smith &" ; Wesson Governor gives me the option of three different effective rounds offering close quarters defense as well as two rounds to deploy solid hits at some distance out.  This makes the Governor the chief executive of my state of affairs. All photos by Dr. John J. Woods Other interesting articles: Survival Gear Review: Smith & Wesson .380 Bodyguard Backup "Survival Gear Review" : Gum Creek Vehicle Handgun Mount Survival Gear Review: Sig Sauer P320 SHTF Armorer: Tuning a Smith & Wesson Revolver with Wilson Combat Springs

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If it’s good enough for Frank Drebin it’s good enough… wait. Hold up. See A Patrol Rifle Primer at LooseRounds.