Finally…Glock Announces the Single Stack 9

Well for all of us that have been waiting Glock has finally announced the single stack 9MM. What was thought to have been just a pipe dream has now been realized as the Glock model 43. The pistol looks much like its smaller brother the 42 chambered in .380 ACP. The 43 will be slightly larger than the 42 but not much wider making it a great for concealment.

I know there are a few of you that got dismayed after Glock didn’t unveil the 43 at the 2015 Shot Show and went and bought something else. I’m in that club having recently purchased the M&P 9 Shield from Smith and Wesson. While the Shield is a great concealment handgun in its own right the 43 will be a sight bit smaller in overall size. The biggest difference here is that the Shield has a 3.1″ barrel while the 43 boasts a 3.39″ barrel in the smaller package. The Shield also comes with magazines in 7 and 8 rounds and the 43 will come with a standard 6 round. I am confident that some of the quality aftermarket manufacturers will remedy that with either a higher capacity mag or a base-plate extension. Seeing some of the initial test trials for the 43 they appear to live up to the quality and shoot-ability that one would expect from Glock.

The 43 should hit the market by the end of April and has a current MSPR of $580, so I would expect to see them priced below that.

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What’s New for Glock?

Well the 2015 Shot Show has come and gone and I have to admit I was almost holding my breath to see if Glock would be producing a compact single stack 9MM pistol. While I understand that one is in the development stage it is not quite ready for production. However, don’t fret.  Glock being the innovators, for pistols they have unveiled the model 40.

It has a longer barrel at 6.02 inches similar to the 41, but this monster is chambered in the powerful 10MM. It is a 15+1 capacity and is in the modular optic system or MOS platform so that an optic can be mounted to the slide for quick target acquisition. This will be especially handy for you competition shooters that already enjoy Glock’s accuracy.

This is as a perfect round for the hunter and is great for those big hogs or pesky javalinas here in Arizona. The pistol MSRPs for $699 and we may see that priced a bit lower Glock-40and should be hitting the stores near you in the next few months.

 

Gift Cards, Making Christmas Easier

giftcardI know Christmas got here a whole lot sooner than we expected. Now you have to be creative and thoughtful in your gift buying. So what do you get for those special people in your life? Socks and underwear always make an easy buy, but is that what we want to be known as, that lame present buyer? Buying the wrong gift, maybe the wrong size is bound to happen especially if you don’t necessarily like to shop. I recently received a gift of some nice Winchester PDX ammunition that was the wrong caliber for any guns I own. I graciously accepted it, but couldn’t wait to return it.

This year get them something that they can enjoy more than just opening a present. Try purchasing a gift card. This allows your special someone to select their own gift, after-all I have never hated a gift I picked out for myself. At AZFirearms we have gift cards available and they can be bought in any dollar amount. Not only does this make it easier on you, but if you’ve been good maybe you will get your own AZFirearms gift card! Merry Christmas.

The Improved Ruger LC9s

We all know that Ruger makes some fine and innovative firearms, but have you seen the new striker fired LC9s? The LC9 is a great lightweight compact concealed carry sized 9mm that has a trigger that many liken to shooting a double action revolver. One draw back to this handgun is that for larger handed shooters (like yours truly) this requires an adjustment of the firing grip for subsequent shots. Well Ruger listened and recently came out with a striker fired system they named the LC9s. This newly improved trigger is shorter, lighter and breaks crisper than than the LC9. This translates to faster shooting and better accuracy. This is the type of improvement that puts this pistol at the top of the list for personal protectionRugerLC9sCheck out this pistol in our Avondale (AZ) store or online at AZFirearms.com. Don’t find it in our inventory? Just click the red box to “special order” it on our homepage. Well done Ruger!

Women Only CCW

Greetings ladies. I am certain that there are many of you out there that are wanting to get your concealed weapons permits, but you just don’t want to be around all of those experienced shooters, especially those men. I am really happy that trainers out there are taking notice and offering courses and training for ladies only. The facts are that women are obtaining carry and concealed permits in ever increasing numbers and this necessitates more and diverse training opportunities. I have mentioned before that training is a must if one wants to be a responsible gun owner. In looking at the internet for ladies only firearms training I found numerous courses directed to the female shooter and not just basic there are intermediate and advanced courses listed too. Just about every state was represented so finding something in your area looks promising.

If you live in the Phoenix Metro area there is a fantastic course for concealed carry permits on August 30th. The course is taught by Arizona Weaponcraft Solutions and will be held at the Joe Foss Shooting Complex in Buckeye, Arizona. The cost is $50 and has very limited seating. You can register online at www.azwcsl.com.  So get motivated and get some training. The benefits and confidence are well worth the costs.

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FMJv.JHPAt AZFirearms we get a lot of customers wanting to buy ammunition. We have some customers who know the exact grain and type of bullet they want, often based on what they plan to use the ammunition on. Then we have the folks that just want to go out and shoot and are maybe not aware of the many types of ammo that are available in specific calibers. Now I’m not here to tell anyone what caliber they should be shooting, rather I’m here to help them select the rounds that will be most appropriate for their desired use.

Usually we start with, “Are you wanting target ammo or self defense ammo?” Then we go onto showing the differences of the bullet. So based on their response we can direct them to the right stuff. When looking for ammo I recommend that for target shooting the full metal jacket or FMJ. It feeds well and will do what you need it to do. For defensive rounds I prefer a hollow point bullet.

Now the question becomes, why hollow point? Well it’s actually a simple response and that modern ammunition technology has led to the development of ammunition that performs well in those situations when someone may find him or her self in a deadly force scenario. When I refer to “performs well” we need to first look at the FMJ. Yes, this ammunition can be used for self defense and it is absolutely deadly. It is and has been used by our military and other NATO countries for decades. But when considering how the FMJ performs in a soft target it has a tendency to over penetrate and not expand due to it’s shape and construction. This is not a good thing when that round has the potential to exit your intended target and hit something or someone else.

Consider now the hollow point bullet. Not that this is an easy explanation simply due to the vast amount of options out there, but if I may I would like to recommend some of my favorite ammo. These are what I would consider the high performance level of ammunition. They are the Hornady’s Critical Duty, COR-BON, Federal Hydro-shock, Remington Golden Sabre, and RBCD. These specific defensive have met or exceeded the testing done annually by the FBI for ballistic performance. This ammo typically costs more and comes in smaller quantity boxes, usually 20 to 25 rounds per box. I believe that carrying ammo that isn’t going to over penetrate and will perform optimally then it’s well worth the cost.

If you have questions regarding ammunition, especially hollow point or defense there is a great deal of information out there. I do recommend that you look at objective sites such as the FBI’s. I would start by talking to your local firearms professionals and maybe even testing a few out. Feel free to come by our Avondale (AZ) store or call us at AZFirearms.com

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giftcardHey all let’s not forget to get that important guy, Dad, on Father’s Day. After all those years of funny ties, ill fitting clothes and gifts we made he deserves something special. Why not give him the gift that he will absolutely love, a gift card from Azfirearms.com. After all a gift card doesn’t mean it’s not personal, rather we all know that the best gifts are the ones that we pick out ourselves. So let Dad pick out his favorite firearms, ammunition, ball cap, t-shirt and other firearm accessories. Best of all he can do it at his convenience. Come by our store in Avondale (AZ) and pick one up today, or go online at azfirearms.com.

Gift cards are a great way to say thanks for all Dad has done. Have a safe and happy Father’s Day and way to go all you Dads.

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The amazingly popular show Duck Dynasty has partnered with Mossberg Firearms to create the Duck Commander line of rifles and shotguns. These quality guns have a distinctive camo pattern and are ready just in time for the coming hunting season. Included with the firearm is the highly recognizable stars and stripes bandanna worn by Willie (sorry beard not included).

The line of firearms includes most of the line of shotguns offered by Mossberg from the standard model 500 to the 930. There are some .22 LR rifles in the popular Plinkster semi auto rifle and the AR model 715T as well as a pistol version known as the 714T. What I like about this model is that it was designed to take care of the rodents that like to occupy your duck blind. All of the firearms are prominently marked with the Duck Commander log and are coated with the Realtree Max-5 camo pattern. These are not just a passing fad. Camo on hunting guns has been around for a long time and so has Mossberg. These are the real deal, so If you’re in the market to update that old long gun of yours and don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, then check out the latest in stock versions at our store in Avondale (AZ), or simply go to AZFirearms.com and type in “Duck Commander” in the search box. Happy hunting!

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tagualeatherTagua Leather holsters may not be a household word yet, but if you haven’t seen their holsters and leather accessories then you are in for a very pleasant surprise. I first saw these fine leather holsters at  gun show about 2 years ago. I picked one up for my Glock 19, largely because of the price, which was right at $38. The quality was good with the stitching and the holster was formed to the gun perfectly. I had owned leather holsters previously, but had gone the way of Kydex holsters. In going back to leather I immediately noticed that they were much quieter when holstering and drawing the handgun. Additionally they hold the gun close to the body so concealed carry can easily be accomplished with the same rig.

At the Shot Show we looked for a vendor that could give us a solid product at a great value. We found that with the Tagua line of holsters and mag pouches.

At AZFirearms.com we have several styles and configurations of these quality leather items. They are available in open top style, retention strap, inside the waistband(IWB), and magazine pouches in both brown and black. They are available for all popular makes and models of handguns. Stop by our store in Avondale (AZ) or shop us online. 

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sidewinder-kit-3Another awesome discovery from the 2014 Shot Show was the Adaptive Tactical booth displaying upgrades for the Mossberg 500/590 and Maverick 88 Shotguns. The product is called the Sidewinder/Venom like the photo shows includes an M4 style stock and pistol grip, a forend and 10 round drum magazine. These are not cheap plastic either. They are made of high quality material and 100% US made. What immediately struck me on this product was the fact that it feeds from either a 10 round drum or a 5 round box magazine. What this means is that for those of you that have a shotgun for your home defense firearm is that the shotgun can be stored empty and very quickly loaded when needed, rather than keeping actual rounds in the mag tube.

The Sidewinder/Venom comes in tactical black, or your choice of several camo colors. These upgrades are currently in stock at AZFirearms, at our store in Avondale (AZ) or online at AZFirearms.com. See the full selection at www.adaptivetactical.com. The kit can easily be installed without the need for a gunsmith. The functionality and advantage this gives to that old Mossberg will make it feel brand new and modern along with an increase in firepower.

I know all of you Remington 870 owners are asking, what about our upgrades, well the simple answer is that to do the conversion the magazine tube needs to be replaced. Since the 870 tube  is pressed in this particular package will only work on the Mossberg platform as they unscrews.