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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!

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Conservative, pro-gun Supreme Court justices are a legitimate means by which Second Amendment rights may be expanded.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Big crowds and the potential for big danger — both are serious concerns for gun owners who want to go see a game in person, whether it's football, basketball, baseball, etc.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The ATF Form 4473 is a packet of information that prospective gun owners have to tediously read and fill out before buying a gun from a federally licensed firearms dealer.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Concealed carry reciprocity has always been a topic debated at the state-level, a trend reflected by most types of gun legislation. National concealed carry reciprocity is a federal system of reciprocity.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

In honor of National Left Handers Day, which, yes, is a thing, on August 13, here are a few common options for left-handed shooters to consider when looking to buy a new handgun.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

One of the main problems with everyday carry is the limitations that are out of the gun owner's control, making concealed carry at work a key consideration for the average open or concealed carrier.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

When a CCW permit application is denied, in many states there is an established process to appeal the denial. The reason an application can be denied, however, will differ in every state, which will affect whether or not an appeal will be successful.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

For new shooters, trigger actions and mechanisms can be confusing descriptions attached to semi-automatics and revolvers (and other genres of firearms, but we'll stick with handguns for now).

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Campus carry is a contested topic in the ongoing gun debate across the U.S. — but what topic related to firearms isn't polarizing in some capacity?

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Once you get your concealed carry permit, it's your job to make sure that you stay licensed. Make sure you remember to renew, or trouble can ensue.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

To say gun laws are complicated is an understatement. CCW reciprocity agreements may be some of the most important laws currently being discussed in the gun rights debate.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' dissenting opinion in the Peruta v. California writ of certiorari denial contained a statement that summarizes the consistent back and forth on gun rights in courts and legislative assemblies.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Stopping power has been referenced in equations, forums, comment sections, FBI handgun tests and gun media articles. But why?

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

There are states like Iowa and Washington that allow minors at 14 years old to use firearms with adult supervision, but there are caveats to the topic.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Every gun owner knows the painstaking process of selecting, purchasing and choosing a new handgun based on individual preferences.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The U.S. Armed Forces creates an itemized list of weighted factors. Both cost and operation are gauged — but the losing bidder has historically cried foul.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're going to have guns, you may as well have safe gun storage. It's a vital part of gun safety in the home, and everyone should have some manner of storage for their guns.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

You can own a piece of land, that's not in question. However, a property owner only has dominion over a finite amount of vertical space.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Modern society does not pay attention to the thousands of years that go into creating ingenious commonplace objects, like the leather belt..

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Summertime is the time for outdoor vacations, but it's a good idea to know some of the basics of camping safety. You don't want to wind up injured or dead in the backwoods.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

After all, if a pair of suspenders can keep a pair of pants with a holster and pistol held up without the discomfort that some feel with a heavy gun belt, why not?

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Ever wonder what the service pistols of yesteryear were like compared to those of today?

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

There is inaccurate information about firearms-related topics circulated within popular mediums accessed by mass audiences.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the biggest concerns for people who are carrying concealed in printing, where your gun sticks out a bit under your clothes and shows itself off to the world

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

here are plenty of types of leather out there, but you might have found yourself wondering about them from time to time. You might have even noticed that the type of leather seems to influence the amount of money you need to part with to get the item.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Regardless of political, legal or social stances on firearms, there is nothing controversial about understanding and practicing gun safety — without it, lives are lost and innocent folks are injured.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The 1911 is arguably the most iconic pistol in American history, and remains one of the most perennially popular handguns on the market. Thousands of people have one in the gun safe or on the hip in a holster and gun belt on the daily.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There's no doubt that the gold standard of defensive ammunition is the hollow point, as hardball and other types of bullet just don't perform as well in that role. Police have been carrying them for decades for this reason.

Pistol Rifling

Jun 9, 2017

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The interior of a handgun barrel isn't just a smooth tube that spits out bullets that go fast — there's a bit more to it than that, and it affects just how accurate the bullet is, the velocity and the path it takes from magazine to target.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The history of gunpowder began during the pursuit of immortality in early Chinese history, an ironic twist on its eventual application.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

There's a lot of information to unpack when buying a handgun, let alone the first gun in a collection, especially when the first-time buyer isn't sure how and where to start.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

These days, when the firearms industry reflects on personalized firearm technology, thoughts are broken between whether it's "smart gun" control or smart "gun control."

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

A car without wheels, a smart phone without a battery, shoes without soles — what do all these things have in common? They’re missing a core component and it essentially makes them useless or severely restricted, which is a concept behind ammunition laws driven by gun control measures.

Avoiding Gun Jams

May 29, 2017

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

It can be easy to transition from a trained peace of mind to unexpected panic when squeezing a trigger only to be met with a gun jam.

Handgun Ergonomics

May 26, 2017

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

As it turns out, ergonomics is a legitimate scientific field attached to product development and when applied to topics like handgun grips, it’s used to incorporate a human-based understanding of the capabilities and limitations attached to a given firearm.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The idea behind the way a handgun bullet fires, and what materials make it do so, have changed considerably throughout centuries of innovation across a few countries.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are all sorts of articles and videos out there recommending this drill or that technique for concealed carry training. Granted, there is a lot of good information out there, but believe it or not, there is also a wealth of information from famous gunfighters of the past that can serve the modern carrier well.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A lot of people would submit the .357 Magnum for consideration as one of the best all-around handgun cartridges. It has a whole lot going for it, too, as it's one of the best defensive chamberings and a capable woods gun as well.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

In recent years, a number of handgun and also long gun companies have started installing fiber optic sights on their products. A number of companies have also started producing them as aftermarket upgrades for both categories of firearm.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are only a few popular carry calibers, among which is the .45 ACP. Some people might wonder why that is, since it's slower than 9mm, more expensive and not as easy to shoot in a compact pistol.

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

In the last 30 to 40 years, the big trend in handguns has been creating so-called "Wonder Nines", or high-capacity pistols chambered in 9x19mm. Many aren't exactly the most concealable but are very shootable and give the wielder far more firepower than the typical handgun did up until the 1970s or so, when the first of them started appearing.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For everything, there is a season and for warm weather there are some great summer carry guns out there. As conditions get warmer, certain firearms (usually the big ones!) get a bit less appealing to tote around every day and as a result, switching to a smaller piece is a smart move.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Handgun hunting isn't as popular as employing a bow or long gun, but there are plenty of enthusiasts and a number of hunting handguns out there. For the person who can successfully stalk and down an animal with a handgun, it's also a thrilling method of pursuit of game...but you will need the right tools for the job.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The reason a person should keep up a shooting practice regimen is to keep skills intact should they be needed, and one of those skills should be one-handed shooting. There are a number of good reasons to actually practice this way.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A big EDC item that's become really popular in the past few years is the tactical pen, and it seems like the blogosphere has gone nuts with them at times. They're a good item to have, since you can write with them should you need to. You can also use one to cause some serious hurt if you need to.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

On paper, it seems like more pistols should have a grip safety, since it makes a bit more sense than a manual safety. After all, a manual safety has to be manually deactivated whereas a grip safety is deactivated by merely grasping a pistol.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the fundamental aspects of shooting is the shooting stances. There are 3 classic stances which are taught to most shooters, each of which has benefits and drawbacks.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Beauty about the 1911 pistol is that there are a whole lot of them out there, from budget 1911 pistols to handmade pistols that will set you back about as much as the average sedan. The thing some people wonder is whether getting one of the budget models is worth it.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the most overlooked but also most vital components of a handgun are the handgun grips. The grips and the trigger are honestly the two parts that determine whether or not a gun is going to be good for you, as few others have as much impact.

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