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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

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.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Though they are rare, there is such a thing as an accidental or negligent discharge as incidents get in the press and so on. It is the height of poor firearms handling, carrying and otherwise. Suffice to say it puts other people at risk. The least of your worries is being embarrassed.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Obviously, handgun accuracy is a skill that has to be acquired in order to be able to defend one's self with a handgun should it be required in order to save one's own life or that of someone else. It also has to be maintained, be engaging in regular practice going to the shooting range at regular intervals.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Though the plastic striker pistol has become the dominant form of the day, double action was the primary firing system for most pistols. Today, it still has quite a following and a good number of full-size, compact and the odd few subcompact pistols are still offered in double action. This includes both semi-autos and revolvers.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The dominant handgun calibers are excellent, but they're also fairly old. The newest caliber that's achieved much in the way of popularity is .40 S&W, and even that one seems to be on the way out to some degree.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Handguns are tools, and there are some obvious concealed carry guns and some obvious service or home defense handguns. Though plenty of people do conceal and carry a service-size pistol, they aren't the best tool for that task due to their weight and dimensions.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There sure are a whole lot of brands and lines of self-defense ammo out there, but how to separate the wheat from the chaff? The creme-de-la-creme from the...well, the regular creme? The practice ammo that's just had a hole drilled in it from the genuine article?

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Not all handgun mods are created equal. Some are always a good thing to get and others are good only in some instances. For instance, adding a compensator is good for a competition or range gun, but isn't the best thing for concealed carry.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Some people like a bit more firepower, which is why some people swear by 10mm handguns as a good all-around caliber. The 10mm actually has a lot to offer, as softer loadings are fairly easy to shoot and the full-house loads are every bit the equal of the .357 Magnum.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When it comes to practice ammo, what divides some opinions is the topic of steel-case ammo. It's usually only available for a few calibers - most common being 9mm and .223 - and there is really only one reason it's popular.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A new breed of ammunition has become a bit more common in recent years, namely polymer tipped bullets such as those made by Hornady, Nosler and other ammunition houses. The given assumption is that a new innovation is going to be better than the product that came before it, but is it necessarily true with these new plastic-adorned rounds?

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Is there really a difference between the leather used to make a normal belt and gun belt leather? There actually is. Gun belts and other working leather products usually are made of a different type than the typical leather belt that you might find in the typical store.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

You can get a lot more mileage out of a .40 S&W pistol with cartridge conversions, as some .40 pistols can fire multiple cartridges with minimal smithing. Read on...

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

This is all well and good, but most bobtail 1911 pistols are not cheap. Ed Brown 1911s usually go for $2,000 or more; Dan Wessons for $1,500 or more.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the most widely-taught defensive shooting techniques is the double tap, delivering two shots on target in quick succession. It's actually more difficult than it sounds, and a lot of shooters aren't necessarily doing it right.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The truth is that carrying in condition one, also known as cocked and locked, is not only completely safe, it's actually one of the safest ways to carry a handgun, especially with modern firearms.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Picking a good gun lubricant is something everyone should give some thought to, and the dominant forms are wet lube and a growing number of dry lubrication products. Which should a person use?

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The truth is that carrying in condition one, also known as cocked and locked, is not only completely safe, it's actually one of the safest ways to carry a handgun, especially with modern firearms.

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Drawing a handgun from a seated position highlights how ambiguous danger can be — although situational awareness may show where danger is, the average victim may not always be in an optimal position to respond, for example seated in a car or at a table.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the most vital components of a semi-auto pistol is the recoil springs as they are central to how a semi-auto pistol operations. They are also one of the most common causes of malfunction as well, so it pays to be aware.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Something that divides some people is whether to buy a gun with (or have installed) a set of 2 dot sights or 3 dot sights. Each has strong points, but also some weaknesses, so opinion is divided among handgunners as to which is better.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When looking for a gun belt, a person might be forgiven for conflating the attributes of stiffness and/or rigidity with the mere presence of thick leather. Is one more important than the other? Are they equivalent?

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

In almost all states, a person is required to keep their concealed carry license on them at all times. Very few states have constitutional carry and only in certain instances can a person carry concealed without a license. Thus, you want to keep it on you.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A lot of pistols these days come straight from the factory with a Picatinny rail or accessory rail on them. These rails are used to attach accessories such as flashlights or lasers sight systems on handguns.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The king of the modern concealed carry guns is the compact single stack 9mm auto. A smallish 9mm puts an effective caliber in a package small enough for virtually anyone to carry all day without issue.

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