Gunbuyer Blog

  1. History of the 1911
    The 1911 pistol is often cited as being one of the finest and most respected service handguns of all time. A revolutionary pistol when first released, it remains immensely popular in the United States today and is still seeing limited service in the military, having previously served as the main sidearm of the military from 1911 to 1985.   Origin...
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  2. What is the Best Rifle Caliber for Deer Hunting?
    Each year, over 8 million hunters across the United States hit the woods in pursuit of whitetail deer.   The most popular North American game animal, whitetails vary significantly in size across an extensive geographic range. They roam a number of habitats, ranging from thick forested swamps in the Southeast to open cropland in the American Midwest. Because whitetails are...
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  3. CZ Scorpion Micro
    The CZ Scorpion was one of the guns that helped kick off the popularity of pistol calibers in guns bigger than pistols. Although by legal definition the Scorpion is a pistol we can all admit it’s a little bigger than most pistols. It’s not quite a carbine and technically isn’t a PCC but it helped kick the whole PCC trend...
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  4. Top 5 Firearms For a Survival Situation
    Which firearms do you think would be the wisest to have in case of a major disaster or survival situation, such as a natural disaster in town, an EMP attack where the grid goes down, or an economic collapse even greater than the Great Depression? When disaster strikes, one of your biggest priorities has to be security and safety, and...
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  5. Top 9 Concealed Carry Handguns Under $500
    So, you're looking at handguns for concealed carry and you have a strict budget. Let’s say your budget is 500 and less. Which handguns would I pick? Well, I’m glad you asked. Inside that budget level you have tons of options. I’ve found 9 guns that are priced below 500 dollars and are perfect for concealed carry.   9 . The...
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  6. Optic Buying Tips
    Whether it be for hunting, competition use, tactical training, long range shooting, or whatever have you, an optic, such as a scope or red dot sight, can really enhance your shooting experience. That being said, not all optics are created equally. Not only are there many different brands to choose from, there are many different basic types of scopes and...
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  7. Defense Ammunition Vs. Target Ammunition
    The Advantage of Defense Ammunition vs. Target Ammunition For Self-Defense Equally as important as choosing a firearm to conceal carry is choosing the ammunition that you will use in that firearm. Many people believe that ammunition selection is a simple process, but the reality is you should not use the first box you grab off the shelf. Instead, you need...
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  8. Concealed Carry Options
    There are over 17 million Americans with concealed carry permits.  Since people come in a great variety of shapes sizes and physical conditions, it should be obvious that not everybody is going to be comfortable carrying a concealed handgun in the same way.  In addition, there are pros and cons to the various methods of concealed carry, so it's important...
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  9. Performance Center M&P Shield M2.0
    M&P Shield M2.0 EDC: The Complete Package for Concealed Carry People who carry concealed sometimes assume all they need is a reliable handgun, modern defensive ammunition and a decent holster.  That's a good start.  But threats to personal safety don't always occur in broad daylight, so a set of high-visibility sights and an LED flashlight can clearly enhance defensive capabilities. ...
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  10. Combat Reloads: Will You be Ready?
    Combat reloads, will you be ready? I once heard a respected police trainer say that "No law enforcement officer was ever killed because he ran out of ammunition."  During a break in the training I quietly informed him about an investigator who fired all five shots in his J-frame, had no reload and was promptly killed by his assailant. Sure...
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  11. Glock 48: Glock's 11-Round Alternative
    Glock 48: Glock's 11-Round Alternative   By: Dr. Martin D. Topper   It may take years for the Supreme Court to determine if State limits on gun magazine capacity are Constitutional.  Until then, if you live in a State which restricts the ownership of centerfire pistol magazines to ten rounds there are two primary methods of complying with the law. ...
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  12. Direct Impingement & Gas Piston
    Here at Gunbuyer we frequently receive questions from prospective gun buyers like, "What’s the difference between a piston rifle and a direct impingement rifle?"   Direct Impingement A DI, or Direct Impingement rifle, is a rifle that uses the gas from a fired cartridge to assist in the cycling of the rifle’s bolt. The fired shell is extracted while the...
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  13. The Springfield 1911 Series
    As of May 2018 Springfield Armory currently offers over 14, that’s right count them, 14 different 1911 handguns and they just announced a 15th addition to their 1911 line with the new TRP 1911 10mm with RMR optic. Check out the full line on Springfield's website.     1911 Mil Spec The most basic 1911 that Springfield Armory offers is...
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  14. A Look At The Taurus Spectrum 380 Handgun
    The Taurus Spectrum and its breakthrough design are shaping the future of conceal carry. Designed, engineered and manufactured in the United States the Spectrum blends comfort, style and functionality creating a great gun for EDC. Featuring a 2.8” barrel, black melonite stainless steel slide this micro pistol weighs in at only 10 oz and has an overall length of just...
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  15. Tac-14 Vs. Shockwave
    A look at the Mossberg Shockwave and Remington Tac-14   Have you ever gone to the gun store all pumped up about buying the new shotgun you have been wanting for home defense or target practice, only to get it home and find out it doesn’t really fit your needs? Well to help with your decision process here is the...
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  16. 5 Ways to Maximize Your Range Time
    Going to the range can be incredibly productive or a huge waste of ammunition, money and time if you don't plan it accordingly.  While going and shooting off a few random rounds at a bullseye can be fun, it won't necessarily increase your overall shooting capabilities.  Here are 5 ways to help maximize your time when you're at the range...
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  17. Guide to Handgun Sights
    Fiber optic, contrast, phosphorescent oh my: A look at the differences between common handgun sights Have you ever wondered why there are so many different handgun sights these days. Have you ever stared at two different pistols and thought “what’s the difference” and “why is this one more expensive than that one?" Well I’m here to tell you that those questions...
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  18. Walther PPQ M1 5"
    Back with the paddle again: A look at the outstanding Walther PPQ M1 5” Attention magazine paddle aficionados, rejoice because now Walther has finally introduced a long slide variant of their highly successful M1 line of PPQ handguns. The new Walther shares some similarities with the company’s other offerings while still maintaining that European design that we’ve come to love...
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  19. Heckler & Koch VP9
    One of our most popular handguns right now is the Heckler & Koch Vp9. The key to success in the business world is to adapt and change with the times. Granted, there are products that a company produces that develop a following that will span decades, but every so often a company decides to take a turn and try something new...
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  20. Revolver vs Semi Auto
    Spin the wheel or rack the slide: Revolver vs Semi Auto Okay, would you like paper or plastic? How about manual transmission or automatic? Revolver or semi auto? How do guns factor into car talk? Well you might be surprised that the nomenclature used to describe automobiles is very similar to firearms. The term manual vs automatic can refer to...
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  21. Springfield XDs .45 ACP Essentials
    The Springfield XDs .45 ACP Essentials The Springfield XDs .45 ACP is hands down one of the most outstanding sub-compact carry 45’s available on the market today. When it was introduced in 2012, it re-wrote the rules of what we, as gun buyers, were allowed to carry when trying to find that perfect “smallest and most powerful” concealment firearm. Before...
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  22. Sig P320: Handgun Of The Year 2016
    Everybody wants to create the best of the best, and the folks at NRA's American Rifleman have said that Sig Sauer has taken the cake with the Sig P320 winning the Golden Bullseye Handgun of the Year. Check out the full list of Bullseye Awards Here! The wonders of innovation and design, one could not live without the other, they...
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  23. Taurus PT111
    For many people, including some first time gunbuyers, money is tight! I know this and so do you, but sometimes the most frugal shopper finds the diamond in the rough. Case in point, the Taurus PT111 Millenium Pro G2. The Taurus PT111 is a fantastic gun for the price. Taurus has created a type of firearm that is easily accessible...
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  24. Bullpup Rifles vs. Standard AR15 and AK Rifles
    The first time I saw a bullpup rifle was in the movie Die Hard. The gun was space age, sleek, modern, and just cool looking. The gun I'm referring to is the Steyr AUG. Ever since that film I have been fascinated by the bullpup concept and what it has to offer the firearm community. Now, what is a bullpup...
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  25. Walther PPQ vs H&K VP9
    The handgun, a marvelous wonder of achievement. From the early days of the flintlock pistols all the way to the plastic fantastic versions of today, you can't deny the evolution of the handgun is taking place before our very eyes. Some of the most state of the art advancements have come in the form of striker fired handguns. After feedback...
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  26. The Remington 700
    The Remington 700 The Remington 700 is by far one of the most recognizable rifle platforms in the world today. Whether you choose to use for hunting or precision marksmanship, it is deadly accurate and consistent right out of the box. When I became a member of the Scout Sniper Platoon and was a we little “PIG” (Professionally Instructed Gunman...
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  27. The Tavor X95 XB16
    The Tavor X95 XB16 The new Tavor X95 XB16 is the latest in Bullpup technology from IWI US. It is available in 9mm as well as .300 Blackout and 9mm conversion kits, and is available in Black, FDE (XFD16), and OD Green (XG16). When the Israeli firearms manufacturer first designed the original Tavor TAR-1 in the mid 1990s, they did...
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  28. The Mosin Nagant M91/30
    The Mosin Nagant M91/30 The Mosin Nagant M91/30 is one of the most iconic weapons in military history. Production began in 1891, lnd to this day, a Mosin Nagant still patrols the modern day battlefield. When this weapon was first introduced, it was presented as two completely different models by two different designers – Captain Sergei Mosin of the Russian...
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  29. The Springfield XD MOD.2 Sub-Compact
    The Springfield XD MOD.2 Sub-Compact The Springfield XD MOD.2 Sub-Compact is an outstanding choice for carry and concealment. Available in both 9mm and .40 S&W, it is extremely small, light-weight, and incredibly accurate. Why this is a great firearm for Carry and Concealment First of all, the overall size of the Springfield XD 9mm Sub-Compact is only 4.75” tall by...
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  30. The VP9 from H&K
    The H&K VP9 When the H&K VP9 first hit the market in 2014 it sky-rocketed in popularity and sales for self defense and protection. But before we talk more about the pistol, lets take a moment and learn a little about Gun History. During WWII, The German forces were having trouble trying to find a manufacturer that could produce a...
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  31. The All New Walther PPQ 45
    Walther PPQ 45 The Walther PPQ 45 is considered by Walther to be their “Flagship” weapon and features the latest in innovation and technology for centerfire pistols. The Walther PPQ 45 is virtually identical to its' M2 counterparts, but is designed specifically to please the gun buyer looking for that extra bit of stopping power from the .45 ACP. The Walther...
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  32. Colt USMC CQBP 1911
    The Colt USMC CQBP 1911 The Colt USMC CQBP 1911 (Close Quarters Battle Pistol) is the culmination of  battlefield history that only old school “salty” Marines can truly understand; Marines like “Chesty” Puller and 2-Time Medal of Honor Recipient, Smedley Butler. When I was and Active Duty Marine, I held the MOS of 0331 during my first Combat Deployment to...
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  33. The Springfield XD Mod.2 Service Model
    The Springfield XD Mod.2 Service Model The Springfield XD Mod.2 Service Model is an outstanding firearm for any gunbuyer who desires a 9mm pistol for self defense purposes, or for simply having fun at the range. Features The light-weight polymer lower receiver and pistol grip have been ergonomically enhanced and feature new “GripZone” technology to assist in recoil management, which...
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  34. Springfield XDs 9mm Essentials
    The Springfield XDs 9mm Essentials Package The Springfield XDs 9mm has proven to be an outstanding firearm in the sub-compact category. In-fact, as previously stated in the “Top 4 Contenders” blog post, it's stated that the Springfield XDs 9mm is one of our top selling firearms. As most of us all know, if you purchase a Springfield, they hook you very generously...
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  35. Sig Sauer MK25
    Sig Sauer MK25 The Sig Sauer MK25 is best known for being the sidearm of choice for the US NAVY SEALs. It is pretty much a high-performance P226 that has been modified to handle some of the toughest elements in today's combat environments. What’s the difference between the MK25 and a standard P226? At first glance they both look very similar...
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  36. The M&P Shield from Smith & Wesson
    Smith and Wesson M&P Shield The Smith and Wesson M&P Shield has undoubtedly solidified a foundation for itself as one of the premier sub-compact pistols for carry and concealment and self defense. Available in both 9mm and .40 S&W, it is ideal for anyone seeking that extra bit of security in less than favorable environments. Perfect for Concealment The Smith...
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  37. M&P15 Sport II
    M&P15 Sport II The designers over at Smith & Wesson heard the feedback from their loyal consumers, and they have finally answered the call. The Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II, replacing the previous M&P15 Sport now comes with a Forward Assist and a dust cover! That being said, I will let you in on a little secret for those...
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  38. The CORE15 Scout
    The CORE15 Scout The CORE15 Scout is a great AR-15 Sport Rifle for hunting or home defense. One of the most popular products to dramatically increase in demand over the past year are entry level AR’s that are economically priced to fit practically any budget. So much so that companies are now producing less advanced rifles in order to lower...
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  39. The All New Walther PPQ M2
    Walther PPQ M2 The Walther PPQ M2 Series, is the latest line of self defense pistols that Walther has to offer. They are considered by many gun buyers, as some of the most perfectly ergonomic designed firearms on the market today. If you're looking for a great pistol, for an even better price, to target shoot or even for home...
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  40. Walther PPQ Classic - Back by Popular Demand!
    Back by popular demand is the Walther PPQ Classic! Actually, it wasn’t ever truly discontinued. Originally dubbed the "M1", Walther decided to limit US import quantities after the introduction of their new M2. What’s the difference between the M2 and the M1?  Only one simple thing, the magazine release. The new Walther Classic implements an ambidextrous European-style magazine release, while the...
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  41. The All New Walther PPS M2
    The all new Walther PPS M2 has just been released and we over at Gunbuyer.com are excited to tell you about the new and improved features! For a concealed carry pistol, Walther definitely nailed this one out of the park for a home run. Comparing the new PPS M2 to its predecessor, the PPS Classic, Walther has made some significant changes. In...
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  42. Ruger American Pistol
    The next generation Ruger American Pistol is almost here… and its all 100% American Made in Prescott, Arizona. From intense Research and Development from today's Military Forces and Law Enforcement agencies, it is designed to meet both standards and requirements as a new duty side arm… well hopefully…. I still preferred a good’ol 1911 .45 ACP to my standard issue...
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  43. Popular Concealed Carry Pistols under $300
    Here is our list of the most Popular Concealed Carry Pistols under $300. For some mythical reason, the number 300 seems to be the line most drawn by customers seeking to purchase a new firearm. My colleagues and I at GunBuyer.com have all been avid shooters for many years, so we are well aware that there are many pistols and revolvers out...
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  44. Sub Compact Pistols - Top 4 Contenders
    Some of the most popular items that we sell, are Sub Compact Pistols. Often times at GunBuyer.com, we receive phone-calls from valued customers requesting information on carry and concealment firearms. Predominately, customers are asking about the differences between the Glock 43, the Ruger LC9s, and the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield, and XD-S, hence the Top 4 Sub Compact Pistols...
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  45. NOIR Season 4 Finale
    Yet again, Colion Noir (whose NOIR series is part of NRA News) nails it in another video about how gun owners need to unite. Check out his YouTube Channel for previous episodes, interviews, gun reviews and overall great commentary.  *Author's Note His "Hunter" character (0:49) had to be my absolute favorite, followed by the "Tactical Shooter" at 0:52. I think I can speak...
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  46. Springfield Gear Up Promo - Free Gear!
    Until the end of the year, Springfield Armory has a great Gear Up Promo with $135 worth of free magazines and gear! With the purchase of any Springfield handgun, you will receive two extra magazines, a dual pistol range bag, and double magazine pouch for you guessed it - free! For example, say you were looking at the Springfield XDs Essentials Package...
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  47. Larry Vickers "The LAV" - Heads Back to Russia
    Larry Vickers, has yet again just released out a quick (and awesome, as per usual) teaser video for us covering his most recent trip to Izhvesk, Russia. If you don't know who Larry Vickers is, prepare to be amazed. Larry, a retired US Army 1st SFOD- Delta combat veteran, has worked all over the world in his military career. Now...
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  48. Gunbuyer - Welcome to our brand new Gun Blog!
    We want to extend a warm welcome to all of our friends and customers to our new GunBuyer blog! We will be posting guns and gear reviews, the latest product announcements from manufacturers, rebates, sales, videos and much, much more! Please feel free to sign-up, comment and get in on all the latest information. Initially our three contributors are Adam, Shannon...
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  1. History of the 1911
    The 1911 pistol is often cited as being one of the finest and most respected service handguns of all time. A revolutionary pistol when first released, it remains immensely popular in the United States today and is still seeing limited service in the military, having previously served as the main sidearm of the military from 1911 to 1985.   Origin...
    Read more
  2. What is the Best Rifle Caliber for Deer Hunting?
    Each year, over 8 million hunters across the United States hit the woods in pursuit of whitetail deer.   The most popular North American game animal, whitetails vary significantly in size across an extensive geographic range. They roam a number of habitats, ranging from thick forested swamps in the Southeast to open cropland in the American Midwest. Because whitetails are...
    Read more

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