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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 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.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the popular lines of carry ammunition is Federal HST, which you'll find in most gun stores and for most of the popular calibers of self-defense and police ammunition. The line is perhaps not the most diverse, as it's offered for only the most popular chamberings, but since the most popular carry calibers are limited to four or five choices...most people will find one for them.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If there's a skill that you ought to pick up on if you haven't already it's how to clean a handgun magazine. Yes, your magazines need to be cleaned just like your pistol does. Every so often, you'll need to take them apart, clean them, then reassemble to keep them in good working order and ensure better operation.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Look...if you enjoy your pistol training, then you should do it, but the truth is that all the various reloading drills just might be pointless, at least for the civilian carrier. There is some utility to them, of course, which we will go over. However, it's less than it is for, say, the uniformed officer.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking to change handgun sights? Cool! Upgrading your own gun is something of a past time among gun owners and one of the first items to get improved is almost always the sights.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the great curiosities when it comes to handguns is why the 1911 platform of pistols has stayed relevant, or at least stayed popular enough to remain in production this line. Let's face it; the Government frame is terribly out of date.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Naturally, you want to carry what the professionals do in your home defense or concealed carry gun, which is why a lot of people get interested in law enforcement ammunition. After all, if police depend on it to save their lives, why shouldn't you use it to save yours?

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For everything, there is a season and for everything there is usually a purpose, such as tactical gear. There is a use for tactical gear...but the question becomes, at a certain point, if perhaps it has gotten out of hand.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When looking to upgrade your standard iron sights, one is almost certain to find night sights and fiber optic sights. The question is, which is better for your everday concealed carry?

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

An FTE, or Failure To Eject, is one of a few chief common malfunctions primarily with semi-auto handguns where a casing isn't ejected preventing the slide from cycling in a new round. Here we discuss diagnosing the cause of this failure.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Revolvers can take several seconds to reload by hand, luckily the tactical reload isn't only available for semi-autos! Speedloaders have been around for quite some time, and with some practice, one can be quite efficient with them.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Hornady's Critical Defense and Critical Duty lines are both excellent choice for concealed carry. A question you might find yourself asking is, what's the difference and which should I carry?

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When looking for a solid self-defense weapon, the military and various government organizations (like the FBI) can provide a solid starting ground for your choice in daily carry. Here are 7 FBI issued firearms to consider.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the occasional debates when it comes to concealed carry is so-called Israeli carry, in other words carrying with an empty chamber. The Israelis didn't invent it, and really shouldn't be called that but colloquial terms being what they are it's not like anyone's going to stop anytime soon.

By James England | Contributing Editor

Law enforcement routinely stop gun owners who carry every single day without incident. The vast majority of police and state troopers appear to support most law-abiding citizens' right to carry. That said, police generally appreciate the respect shown to be returned in due form...

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Something that inspires a whole lot of argument out there among gun owners is a manual safety on a carry gun. The argument is not exactly new and goes a little something like this: "Disengaging a manual safety takes time; it'll get you killed!"

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are a few methods for reloading a revolver in double-quick time, the two most dominant forms being the speedloader and moonclips. Both are easy ways to get more bullets in the gun, no doubt about it, but each has their own inherent benefits and drawbacks.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the most persistent gun myths is that of stopping power, which is the notion that the force of an impact from a bullet will knock down or otherwise stop an attacker. It doesn't exist. It doesn't even take a lot to figure out why.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Ever wondered if you should get a Cerakote coating for your gun or get one with one? You might want to consider it. Read on for more...

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There's all sorts of fun to be had, and something that a whole lot of people like doing is shooting Tannerite. Watching stuff go "boom!" is a great American pastime - heck, world-wide pastime - and the appeal speaks for itself.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

You want to start concealed carry? Not so fast. There are a few things you're going to need before you start packing a pistol.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the most common firearm malfunctions is a failure to feed. This is where a semi-automatic pistol - or semi-automatic rifle or shotgun - fails to cycle the next round into the chamber and/or return fully to battery, the state of being ready to fire.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Most would assume that if one is going to concealed carry, revolver carry is out. But it's not - in fact it's very popular.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are lots of reasons why a concealed carry .357 Magnum is perfect for personal defense. There are few drawbacks, though.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Concealing a big-bore pistol is not a challenge at all. Here are 7 fantastic concealed carry .45 pistols that you can easily use for every-day carry.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are a whole bunch of myths about .380 ACP and the guns that shoot it. While this seemingly small round is thought of as the bare minimum caliber of defensive pistols, the reality is that it actually has a lot to offer and has gotten a bad rap over the years from the caliber junkies.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are certainly a number of things you should do, but there are also a number of serious "dont's" when it comes to concealed carry. Some things are a mere faux pas, and others may be straight up illegal.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Read comments on websites or on social media, and there seem to be a bunch of people convinced that .45 ACP is the ultimate man-stopper. Even if you miss with a .45, you still hit them.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Not getting the results you want out of your handgun shooting? The occasional bad group happens as does the odd flyer, but what if you're consistently shooting groups that are minute of a broadside of a barn?

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

In this era of digital media, one of the best things for gun owners and enthusiasts is finding gun channels on YouTube. You get to watch videos, hear reviews and see some interesting things.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A new year is coming, and some people might want a new gun...but what are going to be the hot new CCW guns for 2018? The new kids on the block, the new hotness, etc. After all, why just buy the same-old, same-old when you can get something new and interesting.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

While concealed carrying is hardly a strenuous activity, a lot of people have noticed concealed carry back pain and hip pain from carrying their gun for long periods of time. Over the years, a person can develop a permanent sore spot from toting a pistol about, but what to do about it?

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Some people want something a little different out of a handgun, which leads some people to the wonderful, wacky world of CZ clones. There are some great reasons to look into them, too. They offer some of the best ergonomics on the market, strong actions, good accuracy and in a great many cases, rugged reliability.

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 Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the first items of firearm safety that we all learn is to wear eye and ear protection while shooting. Such recommendations aren't made because some ninny somewhere decided to boss people around, not wearing ear protection can seriously damage your hearing.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you carry a gun for self-defense and live in an area where the winters get cold, windy, and snowy, it is important to consider several factors that will affect the way you carry a gun. Bulky winter clothes and icy air can affect everything from safely drawing and holstering your weapon to your accuracy and trigger control.

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