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LAST UPDATED: May 20th 2020 GUIDE: Chris Browning After hours of research and testing dozens of different models, we found that the Galco Jackass Rig Shoulder System is still the best 1911 shoulder holster in terms of comfort, durability, quality, and popularity. With a design that’s been sought after by law enforcement and savvy citizens since the 1970’s, a center cut steerhide harness with swivel connectors, and stylish Havana brown leather, this one obviously stands out from the crowd in a very good way. It has the highest ratings of any 1911-compatible shoulder holster and the unique Flexalon swivel back plate with 4 pivot points gives it the most adjustable and versatile fit.

Our Review of the Top Five 1911 Shoulder Holsters [2020 Guide]

Our Review of the Top Five 1911 Shoulder Holsters [2020 Guide]LAST UPDATED: May 20th 2020 GUIDE: Chris Browning After hours of research and testing dozens of different models, we found that the Galco Jackass Rig Shoulder System is still the best 1911 shoulder holster in terms of comfort, durability, quality, and popularity. With a design that’s been sought after by law enforcement and savvy citizens since the 1970’s, a center cut steerhide harness with swivel connectors, and stylish Havana brown leather, this one obviously stands out from the crowd in a very good way. It has the highest ratings of any 1911-compatible shoulder holster and the unique Flexalon swivel back plate with 4 pivot points gives it the most adjustable and versatile fit. 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Before we introduce you to the rest of our top picks, here’s some important information you can use to simplify the decision-making process and learn more about this type of holster: Advantages of Shoulder Holsters vs Other Kinds You might be asking yourself “why would I want to wear a shoulder holster over all the other carry types?” Here are several reasons why many 1911 owners prefer shoulder holsters Faster and more convenient to put on – you can hop out of bed and throw a shoulder holster on without even putting your pants on. This grab-and-go convenience is appealing compared to the hassle of putting on a waistband holster . Better for people with back and hip problems – with the weight of the gun higher up on the torso this is a great option for someone with lower back, hip, or groin problems. Easier access while seated – drawing your gun from a shoulder holster while seated in a vehicle is much easier than trying to reach below your seatbelt to access your waistband. However, there are some specialized vehicle holsters that might be more useful in these situations. Better weight distribution for heavy guns – since the straps go over both shoulders, the weight is more evenly distributed compared to the alternative of having the gun’s weight resting on one hip all day. Drawing your gun is less obvious – you can cross your arms and quickly pull a gun out of your jacket without conspicuously reaching behind your back or towards your hip. Integrated magazine carrying ability – most shoulder holsters include a magazine carrying compartment to expedite reloading. Easier to draw with either hand if needed – it’s much harder to reach over your body and grab your opposite hip than it is to reach into the same side of your jacket. Also, many shoulder holsters allow for double carry, so you can have a gun on each side using only one holster. Comfort and accessibility are the key benefits a shoulder holster offers, especially when you’re talking about carrying and concealing a long full-size handgun like a 1911. Features to Look for When Comparing Shoulder Holsters Not all shoulder holsters are made equal. In fact, the difference in design and functionality between models is often tremendous. These are some of the features and attributes you should be considering during your comparison: Horizontal vs Vertical – Some shoulder rigs position the holster so that the gun is pointed vertically, while others have the muzzle facing horizontal. It’s a good idea to try on several holsters of each kind and see which you’re most comfortable with, as this is mostly a matter of personal preference . Adjustability – The straps, pivot points, possible configurations, and compatible accessories will also vary with each model. Try to envision how you want your complete setup to function and then go for something that can accommodate your needs. Materials – Some people want something stylish like a Galco leather rig, while others are fine with nylon as long as the strength factor is there. Again, this is a matter of personal preference. Ease of Concealment – Some holsters are easier to see than others. In cold areas where you’ll constantly be wearing a large jacket this isn’t a problem, but if you live in a hot climate it would be a good idea to opt for something slim and easy-to-hide. Tips for Using Your New Shoulder Holster As with every firearm accessory, even the best shoulder holster needs to be used properly to ensure you’re benefiting from its inherent advantages while also staying safe. Here are a few things you should practice and look into further when your 1911 is becoming acquainted with your new shoulder holster: Ensure the fit is snug and secure – put your unloaded weapon and ammunition in the holster when fitting it. The center of the back of the holster should be just below the back of your collar. Straps or pads should be positioned high on the shoulder, closer to the neck than the shoulder joint. Y our 1911’s grip should protrude two inches in front of the arm on the side of the gun for easier drawing. Magazine carriers and other accessories should be easily accessible. There should little to no movement of the holster when you walk or move back and forth. Detailed explanation on how to fit your shoulder holster for maximum comfort and concealment: Use the Tie Ons – People say tie ons are optional but in reality they should be used whenever possible. They keep the holster in a stable position, which is vital when you’re trying to draw in a hurry. Furthermore, the tie ons keep your gear from bouncing around when you’re running. Learn how to draw your gun safely and properly – Drawing your gun from a shoulder holster in the wrong manner could put you at risk of accidentally discharging the weapon and shooting yourself in the arm. Keeping your non-shooting hand under the gun when drawing puts your brachial artery in the line of fire during the draw. The key is to keep your free arm above the barrel of the gun, as shown in this instructional video below. USCCA demonstrates how to safely draw from a shoulder holster: Practice to see how it will respond to movement – Once you’ve got a snug fit and you’re aware of how to draw properly, it’s time to practice drawing , with an unloaded gun of course, in a variety of motions. Stand in front of a mirror and draw the gun in different ways at least a dozen times and then check to see if the holster has changed positioned or loosened up. If so, address the fitting error and resume practicing. Now that you know the main benefits of shoulder holsters, which features are most important, and how to use them, check out the 4 next-best options behind our top choice: 1. Galco Miami Classic The closest option to the Jackass Rig is Galco’s Miami Classic, with a similar design that also incorporates the swivel back plate and spider harness. This shoulder holster has gained notoriety for being one of the best in terms of longlasting fit and comfort. It’s made of 100% full-grain leather and comes with an ammo carrier and a holster. Features Has a vertical magazine carrier that can hold two mags Harness has points that pivot independently Galco’s trademarked Flexalon plate Available in left or right hand draw Pros Narrow harness straps are easy to conceal Compatible with a variety of tie ons, cuff cases, flashlight attachments and other accessories Steerhide leather materials are highly durable Swiveling back pate keeps the straps from tugging on your attire Modular design is easy to amend and upgrade A popular shoulder holster among law enforcement professionals and military personnel One size can be adjusted to fit anyone Based on the original shoulder holster system introduced in the 70’s Cons Small straps and slim design make it difficult to grab a hold of and put on in a hurry. Some owners of wider guns have complained about the holster being a tight fit, but no such complaints have been made about it fitting the 1911 2. Under Control Tactical Shoulder Holster The universal fit concealed carry shoulder holster from "Under Control Tactical" is quite a bargain considering its durability and features. It’s made of lightweight, waterproof nylon material that has proven its ability to withstand strenuous testing. Despite coming from a lesser known brand this has become a surprisingly popular holster and is often mentioned alongside household names. Features Adjustable shoulder straps for optimal comfort Compact yet large enough to accommodate all handguns, pistols, and revolvers Includes a dual flashlight/magazine pouch Pros Notably cheaper than other options on this list Nylon will not wear and tear as bad as leather over time Holster re-sizing straps make it possible to tighten the fit around any handgun Adjusting shoulder straps is as easy as adjusting a backpack’s straps Rated just as highly as our top pick Low profile design is perfect for concealed carry Made by a family-operated company and backed by 100% satisfaction guarantee Cons Despite being labeled as a universal fit, the holster may be a little too large for smaller revolvers. However, on the other hand it’s an ideal fit for the 1911 Not the most impressive holster aesthetically 3. Linixu Deep Concealment If you’re looking for a vertical carry system that can be effectively concealed without having to wear a thick top, the "Linixu Deep Concealment" shoulder holster is definitely worth considering. Thanks to its flexible elastic strap and support band it can easily conform to any body type . This is one of the few shoulder holsters that can be worn under a regular T-shirt without being noticeable. Features Available in right hand and left hand draw Long velcro strip Single shoulder strap Available in three sizes: Medium (33”-38”), Large (39”-44”), and X-Large (45”-50”) Pros Secures the gun close to the body and evenly distributes weight across the shoulders and back for better all-day comfort Padding between the holster and your body keeps hardware from poking into your side while also protecting your gun from sweat Easy to hide under any kind of clothing – no need to wear a thick jacket or suit Designed in the U.S. Cons Location of the holster under the arm can become a nuisance if your arm repeatedly rubs up against the top of the gun or the aiming sight Can restrict range of motion for the arm on the side where the holster is Many people find the vertical holster position makes it challenging to draw the gun quickly 4. Galco Vertical Shoulder Holster System If you’re a fan of "Galco’s Miami Classic" but would prefer something with a traditional vertical carry style, this would be an ideal choice . It features the same spider harness with the Flexalon swivel back plate and is available in black or tan. This holster has been battle-tested in Afghanistan and Iraq and is currently in use by thousands of army personnel, law enforcement officers, and civilians. Features Modular design is compatible with all the accessories you’d need. 4-point pivot system with each point moving independently Full grain leather materials of the highest quality – as should be expected from Galco Double ammo/flashlight carrying compartment Pros Swivel action connectors make it easy to put on and keeps straps from tightening and pulling against your clothing Capable of fitting all body shapes and sizes Designed for double-action revolvers and semi-automatics Vertical carry position makes it easy to conceal without thick clothing Lightweight construction and intuitive functionality Cons The grip of a long handgun like a 1911 will sit high on the mid section in a vertical holster, so depending on your frame and flexibility it may take more effort to grab than if you were to use horizontal holster. Conclusion With everything taken into consideration, the majority of experts will agree that the Galco Jackass Rig is most suited to accommodate the long barrel of a 1911 handgun. It has a slight edge over the Miami Classic because the holster can be swiveled into a more diagonal position, allowing for the 30-degree upright muzzle angle that many 1911 owners prefer. Our Pick Best 1911 Shoulder Holster Galco Jackass "Rig Shoulder System" With a design that's been sought after by law enforcement and savvy citizens since the 1970's, a center cut steerhide harness with swivel connectors, and stylish Havana brown leather, this one obviously stands out from the crowd in a very good way. Check Price It’s also undeniably the sexiest rig of the bunch, with sleek, lightweight, and minimal materials that stay out of the way. Overall, the Galco Jackass Rig outperformed all of its counterparts in every essential category we mentioned above, including adjustability, ease of concealment, accessibility, quality of materials, and holster positioning. Related Reads: 1911 Paddle Holster 1911 Cross Draw Holster Best Kimber 1911 1911 Leather Shoulder Holsters Best 1911 Pistols For The Money 1911 Disassembly And Cleaning History Of The Beloved 1911 Taurus PT1911 Review Best 1911 Magazines Best Budget 1911 5/5 (1 Review) 2 COMMENTS Dan Jenkins August 24, 2017 at 8:30 pm I am looking for a 1911 5in barrel shoulder holster for my son who is 6ft 3in weights 350 wears a 60 size jacket,4Xshirt looking for it for Christmas.What do you recommend?also what would it cost? Reply Peter December 3, 2017 at 3:31 am Recommend a diet. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply

Firearms Instructor Profile: Interview with Brannon LeBouef

Firearms Instructor Profile: Interview with Brannon LeBouef

As I consider the short series that I begin today for you, the best readership on the gun-oriented internet, the Latin phrase tabula rasa comes to mind. I recently had the pleasure of talking firearms instruction with Brannon Lebouef of NOLATAC Firearms Training, and our discussion will be the first in a series of articles highlighting different firearms instructors/schools. Overview/Introduction The standout idea that I took away from my conversation with Brannon was how important “teachableness” is for those of us who desire development in our firearms defensive skills. That’s why tabula rasa , the idea of beginning with a mental blank slate, has been coming to mind so often. Most new shooters get this; maybe that’s why I like new shooters so much — I identify with them. The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know, and the more I want to discover. So if you’re a new shooter, don’t feel embarrassed by your “blankness;” it’s a good thing. I guarantee that most of the guys you look up to wish they could start over and unlearn some of the bad habits that they’ve developed. I divide those that feel they’ve been around the shooting block into two catagories: the “tactical gurus” and the “tactically teachable.” Tactical gurus are the guys who have it all figured out or at least aren’t interested in continued development of their system; rather, they prefer to simply practice what they know. The tactically teachable are those who are confident in a skill set but prefer to continue the education process; they believe that all systems can be improved. While there’s plenty to learn from both, I personally prefer to learn from and learn along side of those who lean toward the tactically teachable side of the spectrum. It seems to me that Brannon would likely fall into this latter category. Below, I’ve included some scanable notes/take-aways from our conversation, but I’ve also provided the entire conversation via video for your viewing enjoyment (see embed above). I hope that you enjoy the conversation as much as I did. Brannon Shooting photo courtesy of NOLATAC http://www.nolatac.com/ Brannon’s Bio: An 11 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps Primary Marksmanship Instructor/Trainer A member of the USMC Reserve Rifle and Pistol Competition Team A member of local law enforcement in Louisiana since 1996 Police trainer in Afghanistan Worked as an instructor with Haley Strategic Partners Holds both a B.A. and M.A. in criminal justice from Loyola University A remarkable “laundry list” of certifications, completed training, and professional associations Q & A with Brannon; let’s get practical: What’s your preferred mode of carry? Appendix carry inside the waistband is his preference. “I find that appendix carry affords me a lot more ability to defend the gun.” “I like Crossbreed Holsters instructor belt and the Jone’s Tactical belt .” “I generally carry in the G-Code INCOG .” Can you talk to us about “stance”? “There’s no such thing as stance.” (Tongue in cheek) “I prefer the term position, the important thing to remember about “stance” is that it really doesn’t matter from the waist down, it’s from the waistline up. It’s managing your core and having everything that’s actually interacting with the firearm as oriented toward the threat as possible.” Can you talk sight picture with our readers? “What’s important to remember… is that sight usage is generally a function of distance as it equates to time.” Take note that Brannon coined the term “missablity” in this interview. You read it here first! What kind of sights do you recommend? “I’m not a sight snob but… Glock factory sights are crap.” “Whatever cool way they… help you aim, at the end of the day what you need is a rear sight notch and a front sight post!” What do you think about defensive lighting? “ Weapon-mounted lights are great, but they do not replace the need for a handheld light, they simply augment a handheld light.” Also, understanding how lights work in a given environment is crucial. Flashlight techniques are very dependent upon situation. What’s next for NOLATAC? Re-launching a shooting range and training center in Louisiana , developing industry partnerships, and beginning to offer mobile classes again are all just around the corner. Photo courtesy of NOLATAC http://www.nolatac.com/ Brannon’s tips: Come to class with an open mind. Getting your carry permit “is the first step in a long journey.” “Training teaches you to practice.” Ultimately, you’ll buy a Glock (wink), but shoot different options and gain some experience before you buy. Don’t drink the same flavor of Kool-Aid; take classes from as many different instructors as possible. Hit refresh, go back and take entry-level classes from time to time. Taking classes will help keep you motivated to continue to train and make progress. “It was my good friend and personal mentor Mr. Miyagi who said ‘the best way to block punch, no be there.'” Awareness allows you to avoid trouble. Don’t forget that shooting is fun! Read the The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker, but cut out appendix three and throw it away before you read it. All handgun shooting is “one-handed.” “Carrying a gun is supposed to be comforting not comfortable.” Instructors are just “vessels,” the information they’re serving had to come from somewhere. Photo courtesy of NOLATAC http://www.nolatac.com/ Brannon’s Roadmap: (Recommended training sequence) State-required carry class Level one defensive handgun A medical trauma course A force on force class A less lethal, legal, or verbal de-escalation class A level two defensive handgun course Brannon’s instructor short list: (Who else should you train with?) Tom Givens (Range Master) Lee Vernon (Combative Weapon Solutions) Kerry “Pocket Doc” Davis (Dark Angel Medical) Craig “Southnarc” Douglas Kyle Lamb Travis Haley Ron Avery Larry Vickers Brannon LeBouef is the owner and founder of NOLATAC Training and Consulting and The St Bernard indoor Shooting Center . Brannon is an 11-year veteran of the US Marine Corps, a 15 plus year veteran of law enforcement, a former private military security contractor, and professional firearms trainer. He can be reached at Brannon@nolatac.com or www.nolatacforum.com .

Boost Accuracy: The Best Sights for the M&P Shield

Boost Accuracy: The Best Sights for the M&P Shield

This article is meant to present and assist you in choosing the best sights for your Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. Night sights are a significant additional gear for your handgun because they promote improved aim and precision in the field, for personal home-defense or tactical uses. So, it was relevant to determine the most renowned and useful ones for your own safety and undeniable performance. We will explain their diverse forms, technology, usage, and variety, so you have a broad view of their quality, availability, and price. You can completely relax because we hit on all relevant components to help you select the best sight for your M&P Shield. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Sights For M&P Shields OUR TOP PICK: Trijicon - S&W Tritium Night Sight Set Trijicon - S&W M&P Hd™ "Tritium Night Sight" Sets Xs Sight Systems - Dxw Big Dot Sights For Smith &; Wesson Ameriglo Tritium I-dot Green With Orange Outline Sight Set BEST BUDGET OPTION: Truglo Fiber-optic Front And Rear Handgun Sights For S&W M&P Comparison of the Best Sights for the M&P Shields IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick Trijicon - S&W Tritium Night Sight Set Features rugged and heavy-duty 3-dot tritium lamps for lasting use Polished sapphire, crystal windows give a bright, crisp, and perfectly round aiming dot Shock-resistant design to withstand recoil and other pressure View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Trijicon - S&W M&P Hd™ Tritium Night Sight Sets Front sight has a taller blade polished in luminiscent paint Wider U-shaped notch on the rear to improve visibility and acquisition Green tritium lamps are warranteed for 12 years from date of manufacture "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Xs Sight Systems - Dxw Big Dot Sights "For Smith &" ; Wesson Front sight has a green tritium vial surrounded by white ring Rear notch has a low profile to prevent snagging onto objects The white line marking on the rear sight improves target acquisition View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Ameriglo Tritium I-dot Green With "Orange Outline Sight" Set Front sight has green tritium surround by orange ring for max. visibility Rear sight has a green dot for optimal performance in daylight Great sights for elderly people and EDC for self-defense View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Best Budget Option Truglo Fiber-optic Front "And Rear Handgun" Sights For S&W M&P Fiber optics deliver the brightest image in all conditions Tri-dot aiming system for better contrast and visibility Snag-proof design and rugged construction to protect fiber optics View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Types of Sights - What You Need to Know There are many aspects that set some sights apart from others, and some are their size, material, precision, and illumination technology, the form of the notch on the rear sight, design, and durability. When considering size, we are primarily looking for low-profile sights, small enough to resist snagging on any material and that will fit most standard holsters . However, we also want them effective and firm enough to endure potential one-handed manipulation or operating in unexpected rough circumstances, since many shooters face these kinds of situations and manufacturing companies have that in mind. The installation also needs to be carefully planned and executed by either a professional or yourself, if you feel adept and/or own the necessary equipment (some of which is provided by the company with the order itself). There are steel, iron, and aluminum sights and the more solid the material, the more durable the set is. However, you can always opt for more affordable ones, especially if you don’t use your gun that regularly. source When selecting one to fit your use, you will be equally satisfied, as the companies that we enumerate here tend to have impeccable quality in all of their products. Among the precision and illumination-technology variables, night sights can be divided into fiber-optics, that by picking up and reflecting the ambient light ensure error-free aiming, and tritium sights, that by creating their own light, ensure aiming in low-light conditions or complete darkness . The form of the notch on the rear sight also varies from set to set (U, V, and square notch). There is also a difference in sights between the usual, trendy three-dot configuration, and the straight right system i.e. the older, more traditional single-dot configuration. These are the main attributes to pay attention to when differentiating between types of night sights. Aspects to Keep an Eye on When Sight Shopping When looking for the perfect night sights for your M&P Shield, it is important to know the prevalent time of the day you will be using your gun, since that will tell you whether you primarily need a fiber-optic set of sights or tritium ones. Tritium guarantees satisfying and fortunate night vision and targeting, and even if it is a radioactive gas, the amount it is used in the glass tubes inserted in the sights is very low and absolutely harmless. Fiber-optics material is also pleasing, but not as reliable at night-time as the tritium-filled. The photo-luminescent paint around the front sight ring will also influence the speed of your target acquisition. Depending on your personal visual capacities, preferences, and experience, you can choose among a white, orange, yellow, or green coating around the front ring, all having distinct effects on your centering and target acquisition. Night sight ( Source ) The reticle, or dot, of the new sight should also be bright enough to ensure quick sight acquisition. Regarding sight design, the round or rubber edges, principally on the rear sight, guarantee smooth draw and snag-free operations, while their quality finish overlay prevents wearing off and gives a high aesthetic value to the set. You also need to ensure proper installation of the new sights. Decide whether you need help from a gunsmith and will need to eventually additionally pay for that, or not. It is very important that you do not cause any damage to the configuration while mounting and should try to be as precise as possible if doing it by yourself. Quick Take - The Best Sights for the M&P Shields These are our recommendations for the best sights for the M&P shields: Trijicon - S&W Tritium Night Sight Set Trijicon - S&W M&P Hd™ Tritium Night Sight Sets Xs Sight Systems - Dxw Big Dot Sights For Smith &; Wesson Review of the Best Sights for the M&P Shields With direct attention to the end user's needs and demands, we collected information on the best and most sought-after sights for the M&P Shield. Below is an in-depth review of five different styles and sorts of sights for every taste, capability, and intention. Best Overall: Trijicon - S&W Tritium Night Sight Set CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Low-Profile Design Easy to Install, Fits Like a Glove Bright Glow of the Tritium Inserts 12-Year Warranty of the Green Lamps Easy Marker Alignment and Impeccable Accuracy Sapphire Jewel Windows to Evenly Distribute Light and Protect From Solvents and Puncture Cons Can be Difficult to Pick up the White Dots at Nighttime Front Sight is a Bit Small (Sight Falls on the Rear One First) Rear Sight has Very Sharp Edges (Can Cause Occasional Dragging on Clothes and/or Holster) These Trijicon Bright & Tough™ iron night sights feature a three-dot configuration, are very effective, aesthetically pleasing, and crafted with high-end components to assure flawless target acquisition at any time of the day. The inset white rings around each sapphire (window) appear as ordinary white dots in daylight, while thanks to their tritium-charged and silicone-padded lamps, they provide exceptional accuracy and performance at night-time. You don't need batteries to operate these sights and they are effectively impact-resistant because of their silicone cushioning and aluminum cylinder containers. Trijicon stands behind their attested decision to have the front ring in only a green color and shine, while the rear sights come in yellow and/or orange. Making them not only aesthetically pleasing but also very effective! Bottom Line These nights sights are very well-thought out with lots of protective layers to ensure lifelong reliance and trust by the owner. They are built to sustain all situations and/or bumps, assure perfect alignment and target acquisition, and they are the first choice of many professional and sports shooters. Totally worth the price! Runner-up: Trijicon - S&W M&P Hd™ Tritium Night Sight Sets CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Durable Metal and a Superb Black Matte Finish Steep Surface of the Rear Sight for Easy One-Handed Racking Meritable Target Acquisition in Low Light or Pitch Dark Conditions U-Notch Angled and Serrated to Reduce or Completely Eliminate Potential Glare Cons Rear Sight Edge is Pretty Sharp Additional Expense for a Recommended Expert Installation This pair of iron night sights for the M&P shield and other models feature a three-dot tritium configuration, with a black outlining. and a wider U-notch at the rear sight, while the front sight comes in a photoluminescent color coating for secure and mistake-free aiming. Having the front sight thinner and taller allows a larger field of view and therefore enhances target-acquisition. This overall use-specific design enables quick sight acquisition and smooth work, mainly for tactical shooters. Bottom Line The 12-year warranty on the green lamps of these sights doubtlessly reassures on the set's durability and reliability. The amount of "glow" these sights offer is perfect for all low, middle, or bright light conditions and environments. Trijicon's customer service is also very helpful and never disappoints, so we highly recommend collaboration with the company by getting yourself these high-grade night sights for your M&P Shield. Best for the Money: Xs Sight Systems - Dxw Big Dot Sights For Smith &; Wesson CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Works Very Well in Low-Light Circumstances Easy Snap Installation and Possible Self-Install Larger Front Sight Supports Rapid Front Sight Acquisition Rear Sight Greatly Alleviates One-Handed Slide Operation Low-Profile, Snag-Free, Hence Fits the Majority of Holsters Cons Rear Sight has a Small Hex Locking Screw Mainly for Close-Up Encounters and Within Self-Defense Ranges This single-dot set of night sights is excellent in fast and/or adrenaline-fuelled target acquisition, thanks to its low-profile construction and shallow V-notch and tritium-free rear sight with an exquisite white stripe for ideal and quick alignment of the markers. Thanks to the capacity of the large white ring in front to reflect light in dim and low-light conditions, the boresighting of this big, white, tritium-filled front sight, is very smooth and efficient. These sights don’t cause problems with the draw and the set allows quick and easy replacement of the factory sights. In addition, neatly made of blued steel with a matte black, abrasion-resistant, good looking finish, it is great for shooters who want to practice aiming with both of their eyes open. We confirm this to be a very useful and immaculate set of night sights. Bottom Line This pair of sights has almost zero complaints whatsoever. Its known one-dot configuration ensures ceaseless, fast, intuitive, and accurate aiming and shooting under any light conditions and is certain to be reliable and a great complement to your M&P Shield. Highly recommended! 4. Ameriglo Tritium I-dot Green With Orange Outline Sight Set CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Fast Shipping Affordable, Yet of Memorable Quality Easy to Line Up in All Lighting Conditions Proficient Target Acquisition Thanks to Their Brightness Cons A Bit Oversized Needing Assisted Installation This I-dot steel configuration with a tritium-filled orange front circle and U-notch with a green tritium light is an innovative two-dot design that enables simple front sight acquisition and combat-ready maneuvering. With these sights, the gun can be used one or two-handed and proves to be highly effective in both. The advantage of the orange color is that it is less reflective than the rest of the colors used for tinting the front sights, so it is usually easier to focus on. The set of contrasting colors on this set draws the eye to obtain a quick grasp of one color or the other, therefore teaching the eye to aim with speed and good precision. Both sights glow primarily green at night, making the aiming smoother and more reliable. In addition, the tritium is active and shines for around 12 years, so no worries on losing that brightness any time soon. The sights also match wonderfully with the M&P Shield, giving it a pleasing aesthetic touch, and an even alignment with the slide of the gun. Both the finish of the sights and on the gun, match perfectly and give the impression these sights have always been there. Bottom Line This two-dot setup allows you to easily put an eye on the bright orange front sight in daylight and improve your aiming at night due to the constant glow of the green tritium dot. We give a sure thumbs up for this set and highly recommend it since it makes the shooting with the M&P Shield even greater, during the day or at night. 5. Truglo Fiber-optic Front and Rear Handgun Sights For S&W M&P CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Precise Aiming Wallet-Friendly Light Installation (With a Sight Pusher) Snag-Resistant Design Fitting All Standard Holsters Made of Solid CNC Steel With a Fortress Finish for Outstanding Lifelong Work Cons Front Red Sight Almost Invisible in Complete Darkness Some Light From Above is Needed for Effective Visibility (Because Sights are Shrouded) These Truglo sights feature an amazing three-dot aiming configuration with a front red and rear green fiber-optic tubes. The contrasting effect these colors have and give, make the process of focusing and lining up the sights fun for the eye and as simple as shooting a fish in a barrel! They are bright, yet greatly hidden, from the eye of the target. Compatible with lots of handgun models, the M&P Shield included, they are proven to be easily used in daylight, as well as mid-day and half-lit environments. Bottom Line We list these sights because of their great power to channel the ambient light and ensure high visibility in daylight and low-light conditions. Their manufacturing (in the USA) is also praiseworthy, so you won't make a mistake choosing these as a lasting and reassuring replacement of the factory sights. Conclusion Buying an aftermarket sight for improving the visibility and accuracy while shooting for duty, sport, or self-defense purposes, is a relevant task on hand and needs as much reflection as when choosing the firearm itself. A few additional factors to consider are the difference between how individual shooters perceive the brightness, as well as the time of the day one is most likely to use the gun - another significant factor we already mentioned for choosing the most suitable pair of sights for yourself. There are plenty of things to think about and hopefully, with all the detailed specifications and features that we presented above, you can easily clear your thoughts and narrow down your choice of sights for your M&P Shield.

Greatest Cartridges: A Debate with Plenty of Ammo

Greatest Cartridges: A Debate with Plenty of Ammo

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d5f8b841_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d5f8b841_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Figuring out the greatest cartridges of all time has the benefit of having to test a ton of ammo. When it comes to talking about the great cartridges of the world, there is plenty of ammo to support many arguments. I'll ask the question for you esteemed reader, what divine proclamation anointed your humble scribe the guru of all the cartridges that exists? The answer is simple, there is no such anointment. Well, perhaps my publisher indicated such, but that certainly isn't divine providence. I have, however, had a long and varied shooting and hunting career. I received my first firearm, a Winchester youth rifle (a Model 68 I believe it was), single-shot .22 RF, at the ripe old age of six years. If I make it to Mid-August this year, I'll turn seventy-six. Math has never been my strong suite, but I think that gives me seventy years of shooting experience. In addition, for more than four decades, I have earned at least a part of my living writing about shooting, hunting, and firearms. I also spent twenty-six years wearing a US Army uniform as a professional soldier. In that time, I've shot just about every commercially available cartridge at least a few times. Those that I've not personally fired, I've generally witnessed them in action, either on the range or in the field. Related GunDigest Articles New Ammo: The 22 and 33 Nosler Cartridges Gallery: Hot New Ammo for 2016 Reloading Ammo: The Precise Business of Reloading AR Cartridges The smallest I've shot is the .17 rimfire, and the largest, a .600 Nitro Express. I have never known anyone that owned a .700 NE, and the last time I had any information on the subject a single round of .700 ammo was $100.00 or more. I'll leave that one to one of the youngsters in the business. I have learned a few things in my seven-decade shooting career so far. One is that shooters are a finicky lot with a strong tendency to pick a lot of nits. The truth be told, practically speaking that is, we have at least ten or fifteen times the number of cartridges available that any reasonably sane person could possibly justify needing. However, since when does NEED enter into the decision making process. The fact that one wants some off-the-wall, ten-times duplicated cartridge is enough justification. If need was the determining factor, most of the rifle and ammunition manufacturers would have gone out of business eons ago. The average North American hunter, for example, could make it very nicely with only three or four rifles. Add a couple handguns and a couple shotguns, and he could handle anything in North America very handily. For the International hunter, add one more rifle and he'd be set for anything from a titmouse to a T-Rex.

Best 22 Caliber Air Rifles 2020 Ultimate Buyers Guide

Are you looking for the best .22 Air Rifles? If so, then you’re in the right place. Yes, there are a handful of air rifles on the market that is chambered to fire .22 airsoft rounds. They should not be confused with the real deal live ammo. Regardless of what application you intend to use your air rifle for, you’ll be able to enjoy hours of fun shooting at targets or if you just want to ward off any small critters that might be causing a ruckus and doing damage to your property. Either way, there are six .22 air rifles that we have handpicked for review. And we’ll go through the list to talk about each one of them shortly. Before we do, we’re going to talk about how accurate these rifles can be and how you can choose one for your own personal use. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for .22 Air Rifles OUR TOP PICK: Gamo 611006325554 Whisper Fusion Mach 1 Air Rifle BEST BUDGET OPTION: Hatsan Model 95 Combo .22 Rifle, Walnut Stock Benjamin BW8M22NP Titan Ruger Targis Hunter Max Gamo Swarm Maxxim Air Rifle Comparison of the Best .22 Air Rifles IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick Gamo 611006325554 "Whisper Fusion Mach" 1 Air Rifle Single cocking barrel. Best overall .22 air rifles. Includes a 3-9x40 scope. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Best Budget Option Hatsan Model 95 Combo .22 Rifle, Walnut Stock Walnut stock. Max velocity of 1,000 fps. Runner-up for best overall .22 air rifle. "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Benjamin BW8M22NP Titan Ventilated recoil pad. Best .22 air rifle for the money. Ambidextrous hardwood stock. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews "Ruger Targis Hunter" Max Best .22 air rifle for hunting. Includes a 3-9x32mm rifle scope. Equipped with a rubber recoil buttpad. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews "Gamo Swarm Maxxim" Air Rifle Automatic cocking system. Best break barrel .22 air rifle. 10-round rotary-style magazine. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Magnum Air Rifle Velocity is up to 1650 fps. Most powerful .22 gas piston air rifle. Includes a 3-9x40 scope with an adjustable objective. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews How Accurate is a .22 Air Rifle? The most effective accuracy that we know in terms of a .22 air rifle rounds is anywhere between 35 to 50 yards. We were able to test a few different kinds of these types of air rifles and managed to hit the paper targets at distances within that range. Some of the slightly more powerful rifles can get to about 50 yards or just a hair beyond that. How to Choose The Best .22 Air Rifle There are a bunch of .22 air rifles that are currently on the market right now. But which ones stand out as one of the best? Yes, there are many that are not the greatest when it comes to quality and reliability. That’s why it is important to spot the following characteristics and features that make one stand head above shoulders over the rest. Here’s what to look for: Price If you are a budget shopper, you’ll probably look at the price tag first. But don’t let that be the only reason why you’re buying it. You’ll want to get a closer look at the other characteristics and features to determine whether or not an air rifle is best for you. Remember, invest in the best quality you can afford. Source What is Your Intent And Purpose? Most airsoft rifles are used for general purposes. However, there are some that will excel at one application or another. So what are your intents and purposes? Target shooting? Recreational activities? Varmint hunting? Find a rifle where you know you can excel at your intended application and you’ll be happy for as long as you’re able to use it. Find the Best Quality The best .22 air rifles are often made with the best quality materials. For example, steel and polymer are among the two choice materials because they are tough on impact and abuse. Plus, you’ll be able to use the rifle for as long as you like for whatever purpose. The better the quality, the better the chance that it can provide you with many years of faithful service. Quick Take - The Best .22 Air Rifles These are our recommendations for the best .22 air rifles: Gamo 611006325554 Whisper Fusion Mach 1 Air Rifle Hatsan Model 95 Combo .22 Rifle, Walnut Stock Benjamin BW8M22NP Titan Review of the Best .22 Air Rifles The following is a list of the six best .22 air rifles that are currently on the market as of this writing. As you go through each and every single one, be sure to take note of any characteristics and features that make each one of them stand out. Also, get a good idea of what you want in a .22 air rifle. If you find one that is close enough to your “dream rifle”, then you know that you’ve found a winner. Now, let’s get started by unveiling the “best overall” choice on our list: Best Overall: Gamo 611006325554 Whisper Fusion Mach 1 Air Rifle CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros It doesn’t make a lot of noise Excellent for target shooting and pest control Super fast shooting, velocity is impressive for an airsoft rifle The scope is reliable, image quality is very clear and in-focus The trigger is easy to adjust between a single or double stage Cons Might be a little tougher to cock Scope’s zero might not stay for long (after hundreds of rounds fired) It might be a little loud for some users, especially if they’re in a suburban area using it for animal control What Recent Buyers Report Most of the new buyers were able to fire off this rifle with ease. They were impressed with how fast the shots were and how tight the shooting groups were from various distances. One user said that he was able to hit his paper targets consistently from 35 to 45 yards out. Why it Stands Out To Us This rifle is by far one of the most impressive airsoft rifles out there. The velocity is one of the major reasons why we chose this rifle. It’s fast, packs an excellent punch, and will be powerful enough to make varmint and other small critters think twice about messing with your property. Aside from all that, the construction is all over durable. So it can take some bangs and bumps. Who Will Use This Most This will be used for the purpose of varmint control. It does have its uses as a target shooting rifle. But the animal control application is where this .22 air rifle will shine the brightest. If you have a pest problem in your backyard or anywhere on your property, do not be afraid to use something like this. What Could Be Improved and Why One possible improvement that would be appreciated would be to investigate why the scope won’t hold zero for as long as it's supposed to. Once the manufacturer finds out the root cause, they can make adjustments to ensure that your scope’s zero stays the same. Alternatively, you can dump the scope and find one that can fit on an air rifle. Bottom Line If you want a .22 air rifle that is considered one of the best in the business, then you’ll probably want to give the Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 air rifle a closer look. It’s fast, accurate, and powerful enough to give varmints the scare of a lifetime. Runner-up: Hatsan Model 95 Combo .22 Rifle, Walnut Stock CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to use two-stage trigger Walnut stock gives it that classic rifle look Super fast shooting, also, it’s very accurate The overall quality and construction is quite solid Firepower packs a pretty good punch, it can knock down small critters with ease Cons Might be a little weighty for some users The scope might not be as reliable as some expect Might be a little too loud if you’re using it for animal control in a suburban area What "Recent Buyers Report" A lot of recent buyers were satisfied with the rifle’s overall performance. Most of them were able to hit their shots accurately with the fast-shooting ability this rifle had. The general consensus has confirmed that the velocity was excellent and the firepower made this a rifle that would excel with animal control applications. Why it Stands Out To Us This rifle is another one of the handfuls of air rifles that packs a powerful punch. So, it will have the ability to knockdown varmints and do so quickly. Aside from the firepower and velocity, the aesthetics are quite impressive. The stock is a classic wooden stock complete with a walnut finish. It gives off the look of an airsoft rifle that might have been used in ages past. Who Will "Use This Most" This will definitely be a rifle where it will excel beyond anyone’s standards in an animal control application. It’s got the firepower, the accuracy, and the reliability to get the job done. No squirrel or small critter will ever want to set foot in your yard again if you successfully ward them off. What Could Be Improved and Why A possible improvement that should be done is making it a little less loud. Yes, small critters can be invasive in a suburban setting, and you need to deal with them in a harmless and humane way. Plus, you should be able to do so without making a lot of noise. Bottom Line If you want a rifle that will definitely get the job done against small critters, then the Hatsan Model 95 Combo .22 rifle can be the solution to getting rid of them. Your property matters to you the most. Don’t let further damage be an even bigger problem for you. Best for the Money: ​ Benjamin BW8M22NP Titan CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Affordable for most budgets Stock is solid and really durable Trigger pull is decent, no creep or grittiness Excellent for target shooting and animal control Super accurate with targets situated between 25 to 40 yards out Cons Accuracy might be a little all over the place The scope may not be as reliable as some assume Scope image quality may not be the best with some magnification levels What Recent Buyers Report This rifle performed quite well for most users. They were able to hit their targets accurately at distances from 25 to 30 yards out. One user said that he was able to tighten the shooting groups with this rifle compared to a previous air rifle that he owned in the past. Why it Stands Out To Us This rifle has an ambidextrous stock. Which makes it a lot more usable for left-handed shooters. A lot of left-handed users seem to struggle a bit with rifles that tend to favor right-handed shooters. However, this can be used by either or. Aside from that, the rifle has decent firepower and the shots can travel through some pretty good distances. Who Will Use This Most The rifle will have its uses as a target shooting rifle. Don’t dismiss this as useless for general purposes. But if you want something that will go a little way for target practice, this rifle will definitely be right up your alley. What Could Be Improved and Why The scope should just go. As in, be left out of the rifle. This way, it will allow users to purchase a much better quality rifle scope that has better image quality, accuracy, and overall reliability. Unfortunately, the scope is the weakest link of this airsoft rifle. Bottom Line If you’re on a budget and need a .22 air rifle that will be fun to shoot pellets with, the Benjamin Titan air rifle will probably be exactly what you’re looking for. Accurate, tough construction, and affordable for most budgets it is the rifle that can fit the bill for anyone who is starting out with airsoft rifles. Best for Hunting: Ruger Targis Hunter Max CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Buttpad is really comfortable for most users Extremely accurate, it can hit targets as far as 30 yards out It will perform effectively with many types of pellet brands Super powerful shooting, it can knock down small critters easily Super durable construction, it can take on the bumps and bangs Cons Sights may not be as accurate A little weighty for a pellet gun Some think the firepower is a little weaker than expected What Recent Buyers Report A lot of recent buyers were satisfied with this air rifle. They can confirm that it is indeed one of the best in the hunting application. One user said he was able to consistently hit his small targets from a distance of 25 yards out. They were also satisfied overall with the firepower and velocity of the rifle. Why it Stands Out To Us This airsoft rifle was designed for animal control. It has enough firepower to knock down small critters and the velocity to knock them down as fast as possible. In short, it’s the way an airsoft rifle should be if it’s specifically designed to be used for animal control applications. Who Will Use This Most This will be a rifle that will have its uses for squirrel and small animal hunters. Granted, this will be done for the sake of animal control purposes. The last thing they want is more of these little invaders doing damage to their lawn and garden. Plus, the damage-free property can also equal better valuation when you’re trying to sell your home. What Could Be Improved and Why The rifle should be a little lighter in weight. It can still be possible without having to sacrifice any of the other qualities. It can still be accurate and powerful, but it can get away with being a little lighter in weight so it doesn’t feel like you’re carrying a boulder in your arms all day long. Bottom Line If you want a .22 air rifle that can be used for hunting applications, the Ruger Targis will be right up your alley. It’s powerful, accurate, and dependable for all your animal control needs. If used properly, you can knock down some serious targets from a good distance. Best Break Barrel Rifle: Gamo Swarm Maxxim Air Rifle CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Firepower is pretty solid Construction and durability are excellent Best used for target shooting and animal control works with many different brands of pellets Super reliable, it still works jam-free after 1500 to 2000 rounds Cons Scope quality might not be the best Accuracy might be suspect for some users Might be a little too loud for an airsoft rifle ​ What Recent Buyers Report As expected, recent buyers were quite satisfied with the rifle. The cocking system is smooth and makes loading a lot easier. The firepower and accuracy were really good and exceeded a lot of standards set by a handful of new users. They were also able to reach their targets from about 20 to 30 yards away. ​ Why it Stands Out To Us This rifle has a barrel with a muzzle brake included. This means that it will allow for the propulsion gas to reroute itself while the rifle is being fired. This way, it is designed to prevent any blowback from happening. Yes, even gasses from airsoft rifles can be annoying to deal with. Especially when it’s blowing right back in your face. ​ Who Will Use This Most Expect this to be the kind of rifle that will shine the brightest in a target shooting application. This will be perfect when you have a lot of rounds and a lot of paper targets to work with. This rifle will provide you with many hours of fun. Of course, this .22 air rifle can be used for almost any other purpose. However, you’ll be more apt to use it when firing off paper targets from some pretty good distances. ​ What Could Be Improved and Why One possible improvement would be to reduce the amount of noise that this rifle makes. Especially if you’re in a suburban neighborhood. Yes, you might have a wide enough backyard to safely target practice your shots, but you don’t want to alarm the neighbors with the noise this rifle can make. ​ Bottom Line If you’re a fan of breaking barrels, then you’ll find one on a .22 air rifle like the Gamo Swarm. This will give you an edge on shooting targets without having to deal with any gas blowback that might occur with some rifles. Most Powerful .22 Gas Piston Air Rifle: Magnum Air Rifle CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Super solid quality and durability Very accurate from various distances Excellent for animal control and target shooting applications Super powerful firepower, you can knock down targets quite fast The scope is pretty clear and provides an additional accuracy boost Cons May lose some power over time Scope adjustments may be a little stiff The scope may lose its zero over a period of time What Recent Buyers Report As expected, the new users were quite impressed with the amount of power this airsoft rifle has. One user said that he relies on it for getting rid of pests that destroy his lawn on a regular basis. He also added that he was able to get it to go as far as 25 to 30 yards out while getting rid of a raccoon that was digging up his lawn. Why it Stands Out To Us The velocity will reach up to about 1650 fps with smaller rounds. More specifically, the .22 rounds will travel faster than the other rounds that this rifle can accept. It’s so impressive that it can even knock down the much bigger varmint like raccoons or skunks. Who Will Use This Most Expect this to be used by many owners who will have a bit of a varmint problem on their property. It takes a few good shots to get most of them to think twice before any other small animal can set foot on your property ever again. What Could Be Improved and Why One possible improvement would be to get rid of the scope altogether. Yes, you might be shocked by it. But there’s a reason why. There are different scopes out there that will definitely work much better and have a clearer image picture. In fact, these scopes will have a better chance at holding zero for a long period of time. Bottom Line The Magnum Air Rifle takes the cake in the category for the most powerful .22 air rifle in the business. It will be durable, powerful, and super accurate for many years so long as you’re able to take good care of it regularly. Take care of it and it will definitely return the favor. Benefits of Investing in a Quality .22 Air Rifle If you invest in a quality .22 air rifle, there are some benefits that you’ll get to enjoy. However, not doing so will mean missing out on a whole lot of fun. Here are some benefits that you’ll get to enjoy with a new .22 Air Rifle: More Powerful Firing A handful of these air rifles are so powerful that they can travel quite far and quite fast. You’re looking at a rifle that can go 500 fps or beyond (depending on the rifle). This will make your shots hit their targets not only accurately but fairly quickly. Fun for a Lot of Users Regardless of the application, you’ll be able to enjoy using these air rifles for hours. Even when the day ends, you probably won’t want to wait until the next opportunity. These airsoft rifles, when used properly, are great for people of all ages. Better for Animal Control Than Regular Rifles Sometimes, the firepower of a shotgun or rifle might be a little overkill for some varmints and small creatures. So that’s why most air rifles are good enough for the purpose of pest control. They may kill small creatures, but they won’t make much of a mess like a regular gun would. Conclusion A .22 air rifle is what you’ll need if you’re target shooting, varmint hunting, or both. These .22 rounds are proven to travel at a much faster rate than any other caliber that can be fired with a typical air rifle. Find one that will fit your best application and you’ll have a rifle that you can rely on for many years to come. People Also Ask The following is a brief FAQ that will give you a better understanding of air rifles. Be sure to read through these so you are able to know what to expect when you own a .22 air rifle of your own. Here are the following questions: Can a .22 Air Rifle Kill a Human? Unfortunately, they can. Typically the ones with higher velocity and air pressure might be enough to cause serious injury or death. That is why proper gun safety should be practiced each and every time you use a .22 air rifle. Do You Need a License for a .22 Air Rifle? It will depend on where you live. Some places around the world will require that you have special certification in order to use an air rifle. In the United States, however, it might depend on the laws of your locality or state. To be on the safe side, do some research to ensure that whether air rifles are legal and lawful to use. What is the Best Zero for a .22 Rifle? The best zero for a .22 rifle will depend on the rifle itself and the scope that goes along with it. If you plan on reaching out and touching targets from long distances, you may be able to get it zeroed into as far as 100 yards. On the low end, you can probably go as far as 75 yards.

Survival Nutrition

Staying healthy in a survival situation should be at the top of your preparation to-do list.  By maintaining health in an extreme circumstance you can better insure your own survival and that of your families. Along with attention to proper hygiene, the key to staying healthy when you are relying on your own resources is eating proper nutrition.  The absolute best way to get good nutrition is by providing sources of fresh fruits and vegetables to you and your dependents in every situation. An MRE is not going to get the job done and neither is a conventional vitamin . Conventional vitamins , whether in pill form or added to food products are only isolated synthetic components of nutrients.  They are not the same as the complete complexes found in fresh fruits and vegetables.  Shelf stable food that has been “fortified” with vitamins and minerals are providing the few standardized vitamins and minerals recommended by our government which can be synthetically derived or chemically produced in a lab.  These do not provide you with the thousands of heath promoting nutrients that nature provides you in fresh foods. Not only does it seem that conventional vitamins are relatively ineffective in promoting health they have also now been associated with serious side effects similar to those in pharmaceutical drugs especially when used long term .  With more and more studies revealing the therapeutic value of real food, it has become very apparent that depending on a conventional vitamin to maintain in health is at best a waste of time and money. The good news is that the same foods which help you avoid sickness and infection, also help prevent long term disease.  For a short term acute crises it is vital to avoid infection and sickness which would be debilitating for your situation.  A key component to a high functioning immune system is having healthy digestive system .  The enzymes found in fresh fruits and vegetables are powerful components of food that help promote healthy digestion.  In situations where water may be contaminated, a healthy digestive system can often successfully fight contaminants found in water such as parasites.  Furthermore, by taking a table spoon of raw apple cider vinegar every day your intestines will more easily maintain a proper PH making them more permeable to nutrients and boosting the immune system (please be sure to rinse mouth with water every time as vinegar can eat the enamel off teeth otherwise.) Another factor that can directly affect the immune system is stress.  Have you ever notice that after you’ve become “run down” is when you end up getting sick?  Inevitably, in unforeseen crises situations stress will be a major factor on the functionality of your immune system.   Certain super foods such as those naturally high in the vitamin B complex are going to help your body deal with the unavoidable “stressors”. Brewer’s yeast is a preferred natural source of the B vitamins and has been used for centuries as a natural food supplement. For long term self reliance, especially when medications are not widely available, one should take steps to avoid development of disease.  Vinegar is a powerful disinfectant for a dirty surface or cuts in cases where infectious disease may be rampant.  A diet rich in high anti-oxidant foods can help fight both infection and disease.  Foods like citrus and berries are particularly high in anti-oxidants and should be a priority in your diet.  Another aspect of disease prevention is the roll of chronic inflammation in your health. Chronic inflammation can often be a precursor to diseases like cancer and heart disease.  Certain foods can either contribute to inflammation or help reduce it.  Processed and shelf stable foods often contain preservatives such as hydrogenated oils that perpetuate the inflammation cycle.  On the other hand, foods like ginger and turmeric have been shown to reduce chronic inflammation. Incorporating enough fresh fruits and vegetables into your normal everyday diet is hard enough with easy access in the local grocery store.  How are you supposed to do it in the midst of major fall out or natural disaster? This question poses a particular quandary when you are thinking about food storage.  Food is most nutritious in the raw form because many of its healthful nutrients break down when heated above temperatures over about 100-115 degrees.  Vitamin C for example is very susceptible to heat damage.  When you dehydrate your own food, you may be exposing it to temperatures too high to protect nutrients like the enzymes in fresh fruits and veggies necessary for healthy digestion.  Freeze dried food is a great option because freeze drying protects almost all of foods naturally occurring nutrients.  One idea is to keep a supply of freeze dried fruits and vegetables on hand from companies like TyRy Foods or Mountain House.  You can store either the #10 cans from these manufacturers or the small fruit packs.  Re-hydrating the food however usually involves hot water which introduces the heat factor once again. Another obstacle to staying healthy on stored food is how to get a big enough variety of food in order to have a therapeutic effect.  Different foods are higher in different nutrients.  Nutritionists recommend eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables in order to get the necessary variety of nutrients from the various foods that contain them.  Maintaining a large enough variety of stock piled fruits and vegetables requires dedicated intention if you want to provide enough variation to make a difference in health. There are many seed packs such as those by Heirloom Organics designed with self reliance in mind that provide a variety of kinds of seeds.  Priced range anywhere from $40.00 to $400.00, depending on your needs.  A personal produce farm can be a treasury of nutritious foods which you control from planting to harvest.  But requirements to do so go beyond just a stock pile of seeds to include land for growing, water sources and weather/seasonal restrictions. There are two other options for providing your family with fresh foods in a survival situation.  The most practical solution is the use of a true whole food supplement where the vitamin content comes from the foods in the ingredient list. The vast majority of so called “whole food supplements” are not truly whole food at all.  Most of them are just synthetic vitamins (incomplete nutrients and unnatural) hidden in a culturing process with a little pinch of different foods sprinkled on top.  It’s difficult to find a reliable company with integrity that provides truly naturally occurring nutrients. Raw Source Organics is a perfect example of the real thing.  Organic freeze-dried fruits and vegetables in a capsule with absorb-able minerals.  The food is never exposed to heat above about body temperature during processing so it automatically contains the thousands of therapeutic compounds found in nutritious foods.  Plus, it has a wide variety of food.  For example, the Daily Vitamin C has 9 organic fruits and veggies in the ingredient list, nothing else, and 2 capsules gives you 100% Recommended Daily Value.  There are no synthetic vitamins added in which means it’s safe for adults and children with none of the negative side effects associated with conventional vitamins.  One of the greatest things about these supplements is that the capsule allows you to sprinkle the contents out.  You can add it to other food like yogurt, applesauce or water rather than swallowing a pill if preferred. The vitamin content in these products does begin to deteriorate after the expiration date on the bottle.  For those preparing for short term situations a month’s supply of the Daily Immune and Daily Multiple is going to provide a good amount of nutrition in a wide enough variety for one person.  For long term preparation, rotate a 12 month supply from your survival cache to your pantry, enough for each person in your family.  This way you will be receiving a good amount of raw fruits and vegetables every day no matter what the circumstances may be. An alternative to whole-food supplements is a home grown sprouting system.  Buying a sprouting kit for a few hundred dollars allows you to sprout nutritious seeds on your kitchen counter top providing your family with nutritious fresh sprouts in about 3 days time. There is a certain amount of work involved in the sprouting process as you have to change the water in the buckets at least every six hours to avoid bacteria growth and can require a lot of water.  Without a continuous source of fresh water sprouting is not a viable option.  Also, by only eating fresh sprouts you are still not getting a very big variety of foods and therefore are missing many potentially powerful nutrients like those found in beets, carrots or berries. In case of crises or disaster, most prepared people are equipped with enough calories from protein, fat and carbohydrates provided by shelf stable food to survive.  What most people have not considered is how to equip them selves with enough nutrition necessary to stay healthy.  By supplementing your preparation efforts with either raw whole-food supplements or sprouts and seeds for growing , you are ensuring that your family will get what it needs to keep themselves healthy in almost any situation imaginable or otherwise. Survival is not just about staying alive, its about living a reasonably healthy life in an unreasonable world. Anna (featured in the above video) is one of the founders of the supplement company "Raw Source Organics" .  She has 8 years of experience in the natural products industry and with advocacy for alternative health options. After witnessing firsthand the colossal economic crash of Argentina in 2001, she became active in promotion of crisis preparation as related to health. Through her product and informational blog site, she brings a sobering perspective and practical guidance for promoting all around health in any circumstance. Photos By: Bradley J The Karen D Wrae Ann The SurvivalCache.com Team Other interesting articles: Quick Tips for Dehydrating Food Survival Debate: Bug In Food Options Survival for Omnivores, Vegetarians, and Vegans Teenage Survival Part 3: Food

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