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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

How do you know when you need a new gun belt? Here are three sure signs that it's time for a new one...

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you think that a used gun should be overlooked because of a bit of wear, then you have another thing coming.

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

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.

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Not every state license has wide-ranging reciprocity. Some states are widely reciprocated with and allow non-residents to get licensed as well. Here are the 5 best.

What About 357 Sig?

Jun 11, 2019

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are certain things that unsafe carriers do that make them unsafe. If one is going to carry a gun, it needs to be done properly and safely; you owe it to yourself, your friends and loved ones, and indeed to society itself. Gun rights are under constant assault, and starving gun control advocates of ammunition is of paramount importance.

Why 10mm Is Overrated

May 30, 2019

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Don't get it wrong; the 10mm is a fantastic round in a great many aspects. It's a great balance of power and shootability - more powerful than most other auto rounds, but also with diverse enough loadings for many shooters. However, it's capabilities can get exaggerated.

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

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

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

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 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

Oh, how some long for the glory days when the 1911 was the first and last word in pistol safety systems before that new-fangled Glock safety system became so popular. Passive safety systems are definitely in vogue, which is why so many auto handguns have them these days.

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

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 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

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

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.

How To Sell A Gun

Dec 21, 2018

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Selling your gun for a new or different model is a sad parting, knowing the "how" of it will make the heartache not also be a headache.

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

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.

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

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.

rifle slings

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering what kind of rifle sling to get? Check out this brief guide to slings for the total beginner. Read on...

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

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...

What Is A Proof Load?

Jul 31, 2018

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...

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