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Gun Belt Blog

Welcome to the Bigfoot Gun Belts Blog! While we love our gun belts, we talk about a lot more here. We cover topics like gun accessories, gun care, open carry, concealed carry, and so much more. Feel free to wander through our pages like Bigfoot moves through the forest. Leave a footprint if you feel like it...or better yet a comment!

shooting positions

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The new shooter should learn the dominant shooting positions, as there are more than simply shooting off-hand. Read on to learn more...

g10 grips

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're wondering if G10 grips are worth the hype or premium, they definitely can be. Read on...

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

How should you actually do your shooting practice? A little, done consistently, is better than a lot of infrequent practice. Read on...

38 super

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Ever wonder why .38 Super never caught on? It's a great round...but there are some good reasons. Read on...

bullpup

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Is a bullpup rifle worth it? They definitely look cool, but can cost a pretty penny. Should you? Well, that depends...

backup gun

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Should you carry a backup gun? It's a good idea, but there are some good reasons not to as well. Read on...

44 magnum self defense

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Is a .44 Magnum for self-defense a good choice? It can be; it's a powerful, effective round. However, it isn't preferred by a lot of people for good reason.

ammunition myths

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are a whole lot of ammunition myths out there. Here are 6 that deserve to be sent to the brass pile.

ruger blackhawk

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The Ruger Blackhawk is a classic for good reasons. It's very affordable, but is also one of the strongest magnum revolvers available. Here's why...

muzzle brake

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A muzzle brake is a popular accessory for guns, especially rifles though they are also common on pistols. Should you use one? That depends...

competitive shooting

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Competitive shooting doesn't have to be for master shooters or the rich. Anyone can get into it. Here are 3 events anyone can get started in.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you like the old-school method, totin' a pistol means packing it with gun leather. Check out these 5 classic examples of fightin' hide.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Pepper spray is generally held to be the most effective of the non-lethal or less-lethal alternatives to a gun. Here's everything you need to know...

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

All sorts of guns get referred to as a carbine. Now that's supposed to mean a short rifle, but some of them aren't really rifles. What gives?

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

You may have heard about the Series 80 1911 pistols, and heard people complain about them. What are they, anyhow? Read on to find out...

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What is a proof load? A proof load is an amount of stress placed on an object to ensure it's strong enough to do the task it's designed for. How is it done with guns? Read on...

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Arguably, the most important aspect of shooting is not actually aiming but trigger control, as this aspect sets the stage for the shot itself. How you operate the trigger has almost as much impact on where your bullet goes than anything else.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

With America’s political climate leaning heavily conservative in the wake of the recent election, gun rights advocates are consistently echoing a phrase: national reciprocity.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Want a classic .357 Magnum revolver but can't justify blowing thousands on a Python? That's okay! Here are a few alternatives...

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Muzzle velocity is the speed at which a bullet exits the barrel of a gun, obviously. Does it really matter how fast a bullet is traveling?

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

You might occasionally run across discussion of sectional density of bullets. Just what is it, and why does it even matter? Read on...

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

As with any product, some people wonder about what gun they should get next or if the one they bought really is all that good. To some degree, "good" is subjective; good for whom, exactly? And for what?

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When looking for a new carry gun, there's a measurement you should pay attention to a bit more than the others, namely slide width. Width at the controls or grips doesn't give you the full story...

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Are compact pistols or full size pistols better for concealed carry? Well, it depends on what you mean. The former carry more easily, people tend to shoot the latter a little better. Read on...

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Appendix carry gets a bad reputation at times, and for some good reasons. However, it's perfectly safe if done correctly.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Are striker fired guns perfect for concealed carry? Or are hammer guns? There are benefits to both and some drawbacks as well. Click here to see more...

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What should a person know about the CMP? The Civilian Marksmanship Program is an avenue to buy cool guns, but also so much more...

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the most common and most useful bits of everyday kit is an EDC knife, which a lot of people carry in conjunction with their concealed carry gun and other ancillaries. Having one on hand is always a good idea, as a knife is both a good tool and implement of defense at close range. In the right hands, a knife is every bit as deadly as a pistol.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When it comes to ammunition for defense purposes, one of the most constant recommendations is to use +P ammo.

Scout Rifle or AR?

Jun 12, 2018

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you've decided you want to get into rifle shooting and want a more tactical rifle than the standard bolt gun, you'll likely find yourself mulling between a scout rifle or AR pattern rifle. Both are widely available, and can run the gamut from incredibly expensive ($2,000+) to the downright reasonable ($500 or so) depending on the make and model.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Everyone wonders what sort of Father's Day gifts to get. Well it's not hard; just consider someone's hobbies and chances are you'll be able to find something that appeals to them.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

As with any product, some people wonder about what gun they should get next or if the one they bought really is all that good. To some degree, "good" is subjective; good for whom, exactly? And for what?

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the greatest gimmick guns in recent memory is the .410 pistol, such as the Judge and Public Defender series from Taurus and the Governor by Smith and Wesson. People insist that it's a handheld shotgun and that it's some sort of manstopper.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Getting guns in movies will make a gunmaker's sales shoot through the roof. It's actually worked in real life (which we'll go over) and has certainly helped make some pistols iconic despite some serious shortcomings.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Some people think that crossbows give you the function of a gun with the ammunition of a bow. You can hunt archery season and get more range than that guy with a compound! Awesome! We're on easy street from here on, boys!

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

So...you've found some old ammunition lying around. What do you do with it? That box of 9mm or .30-06 or whatever it is has been gathering dust for years, surely it must have gone bad by now.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The 21 Foot Rule stems from the idea that by the time an officer or individual determines a deadly threat, draws his or her firearm and places two shots, an attacker has closed up to 21 feet between them, therefore reinforcing the idea that one should have their handgun drawn and ready to engage a target if they’re within that distance and approaching with a weapon, like a knife.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A big part of concealed carry practice and training is clearing the cover garment. This is one of the most important steps in the draw as it determines how quickly you can get a gun out and into a fight, if needed.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

How does a concealed carrier handle crimes that pose non-bodily threat, like shoplifting? The general consensus is don't shoot to protect property, so what is the proper route to handle a shoplifter?

By Sam Hoober / Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Gun control is a hot button for debate. One of the most universally used versions of it is "Universal Background Checks." Are they actually working, or not?

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

You may have to defend yourself with means other than a gun, which is why combatives aka martial arts or hand-to-hand combat systems exist. You may not be able to get to a gun; you may have to fight your way into getting your gun out.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you haven't really had much experience with one and have the urge for a magnum revolver, you need to try it before you buy it. However you can.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Remington, the oldest gunmaker in the country, recently filed for bankruptcy though Remington guns are still in production...at least for now. They may come out unscathed, but if they don't it would be a shame given their contributions to the firearms industry and beyond.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For the beginner learning to shoot, one of the first skills that has to be acquired is how to get a proper handgun grip. It's also good for experienced shooters to occasionally brush up on every so often.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There is such a thing as California-compliant guns...but they are getting fewer every years. The state of California has been long known for its insouciance concerning the Second Amendment rights of its citizens and is getting worse every year.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

All states have some laws about guns, but Massachusetts is REAL strict, and there is a list of Massachusetts compliant firearms. These are the guns you can buy if a resident of the Bay State, that bastion of Boston baked beans...that is, IF you have a Firearms Owner Identification Card.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For many years, factory ammunition wasn't that good and to get good ammo, you had to start handloading. Today, some people still say factory ammo isn't that great and handload to obtain the ballistic performance they want.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Some people don't like that you can't get a full purchase on the handgun grip with certain carry guns, especially slim subcompacts that are popular as CCW guns. A lot of people eschew these pistols in lieu of larger models, thinking the shorter grip will impede accuracy.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're looking into or shopping for carry ammunition, one of the most popular brands you'll hear about is Speer Gold Dot. It's one of the most popular carry rounds for good reason, too, as Gold Dot has a good record of performance with law enforcement agencies across the country.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When it comes to defensive shooting skills, there are all sorts of shooting drills and skills that various people trying to sell you expensive courses say you need. Granted, training is good, and any skills you can add are beneficial.

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