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Why Shooting Glasses Are Necessary Safety Gear?

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Safety glasses run the gamut from providing basic impact protection to high-mass and high-velocity impact protection all the way up to ballistic protection. The testing standards for ballistic eyewear are at least four times as rigorous as the standards for basic impact protection maintained by the American National Standards Institute. If you shoot recreationally at the range, go hunting or are a member of the Armed Forces, you need a pair of shooting glasses that are rated for ballistic impact.

Glasses for Shooting Are Ballistic Rated

Standards for ballistic eyewear significantly exceed requirements for high-mass and high-velocity impact. Ballistic testing for U.S. military standards such as MIL-PRF-31013 subjects eyewear to projectiles moving more than four times as fast as those used for basic ANSI testing.

While it is not necessary to limit your choices of ballistic eyewear to the spectacles and goggles on the U.S. Army Authorized Protective Eyewear List if you are not enlisted, eyewear of this caliber is guaranteed to be a reliable choice for hunters and recreational shooters. Make sure that any eyewear you consider for shooting has earned a trustworthy ballistic rating.

Prescription Safety Glasses Can Improve Your Aim

It should go without saying that the ability to see clearly can increase your odds of hitting your target. Even the best sighting systems cannot perform the function of corrective lenses, particularly if you are nearsighted. Wearing ballistic-rated glasses with prescription lenses or goggles with a prescription insert can help you see clearly and protect your eyes.

You can make the most of an investment in protective eyewear for shooting by getting a vision test and providing measurements off of an updated prescription card when you order ballistic-rated prescription safety glasses or goggles. Prescriptions only last one to two years, and the most current prescription is most likely to increase your visual acuity and improve the precision of your aim.

Shooting Glasses Protect Against Fragmentation

Projectile fragmentation is one of the main eye safety risks when shooting. Ballistic glasses provide much less coverage than body armor, and so the primary function of this protective equipment is actually shielding your eyes from frag. Bullet frag is a common cause of preventable eye injuries in the field.

Spectacles can provide a lot of protection from front impact. The width of frames and the extent to which eyewear wraps around your face can increase the shielded portion of your face, as can eyewear with integrated side shields. A pair of goggles or convertible eyewear that comes with a facial cavity seal can provide more protection against a wider range of eye safety hazards. Browse a full selection of ballistic-rated spectacles and goggles at Safety Gear Pro.

A pair of ballistic-rated shooting glasses can protect your eyes from fragmentation and flying projectiles. Testing for ballistic standards is more rigorous than high-mass and high-velocity tests for the ANSI Z87 standard. Goggles can provide more complete eye protection and have more cushioning than spectacles. Compare the comfort and safety features of your favorite ballistic-rated frames to decide on the right shooting eyewear and safety gear.

 

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Best Gun Brands – Top 10 Gun Manufacturers in the World

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January 4, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents

Guns are some of the best methods of self-defense in the world. From in the home to the U.S. Military, if you’re looking to protect yourself, you’re going to want to look at more than the most popular guns. You want reliable firearms and sturdy polymer. Maybe you’re just looking to see what you can learn about the firearms industry. This can be a confusing hobby to learn about when you’re brand new. Maybe something the National Rifle Association said got you thinking about picking up a Remington of your own, or maybe you just think machine guns look cool in movies.

We’re going to help walk you through some of the best gun brands out there right now. You’ll learn more about why folks go wild for Austrian guns, you’ll see why American firearms are some of the most reliable tools to bring to the range. You’ll leave knowing your long guns from your grenade launchers, and if you’re not new to this, maybe you’ll leave with some appreciation of Italy and it’s ironworking history or new love for the classic Glock 17.

A gun with bullets.

Hunting and target practice in general is way more fun when you come equipped with the best gear.

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1. Glock Ges.m.b.H.

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Glock is easily the most recognizable gun manufacturer on the planet. They’re the Kleenex of the gun world. The name is thrown around so often that you’d think Glock meant “pistol” if you didn’t know any better.

The pistols that Glock produces are straightforward, sturdy, and dependable. They’re the kind of gun you’d reach for when the chips are down, or if you just don’t like fussing with extra features. That durability and sturdy build quality makes Glock the brand that the militaries and law enforcement all around the world.

They’re known for simplifying their guns. The Glock is the gun stripped down to its most effective parts. They keep their parts interchangeable and sturdy. The steel components are treated with “Tenifer” making them harder and resistant to corrosion and normal wear and tear. If you take care of these guns they’ll last you basically forever. They’re excellent for learning the basics of gunsmithy, and they’re the kind of guns you’ll love learning inside and out.

Though their name is synonymous with firearms, they don’t just crank out firearms. They make field and survival knives as well as entrenchment tools making them a one-stop-shop for armed forces that find themselves out in the wild often.  

PROS

  • Easy to use
  • Great for learning the ins and outs of firearms

CONS

  • If you’re looking for something flashy, this may no be the brand for you

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2. Smith & Wesson

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Smith & Wesson made themselves known right out of the gate with their Smith & Wesson Model 1. The Model 1 was the first revolver to make use of rimfire cartridges instead of loose powder propelling musket balls and percussion caps. It’s no exaggeration to say they changed the world forever. It was one of the firearms of choice during the American Civil War. Soldiers from both sides of the war saw this innovative piece of machinery and purchased them in droves to defend themselves. From there Smith &  Wesson has constantly been growing and changing throughout history.

Today they’re known for producing rifles and pistols along with their famous revolvers. That history and decades upon decades of experience mean that Smith &  Wesson is one of the most reliable and innovative brands manufacturing guns today.

Their reliability is rivaled probably only by Glock’s. In fact, they once exchanged legal blows over the Smith & Wesson Sigma series. This is a line of recoil-operated semi-auto pistols that threatened Glock so much that a lawsuit and undisclosed settlement ensued.

PROS

  • Well known brand means you’ll have a community of similar experiences

CONS

  • Trigger reset can feel too subtle if you’re used to other firearms

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3. Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.

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Founded a little while after World War II, Ruger made a name for themselves all around the world. Their .22 pistol is wielded by militaries and security operations. Ruger has been an American company for the entirety of it’s relatively short (in the history of gun manufacturers anyway) lifespan. 

They got their start shortly after Bill Ruger got his hands on the Japanese Nambu pistol from a Marine returning from war. Their first semi-auto handgun combined the looks of the German 9mm Luger and the American Colt Woodsman, and people loved it so much that it gave them the capital to get an entire company rolling. 

That momentum has translated into their well-known high-quality revolvers like the GP100 and the Redhawk line. They also have a vice grip on the world of semi-automatic pistols with their Ruger MKII and Ruger MKIII which both trace their lineage right back to that melting pot of a gun that started it all.

PROS

  • A long history of providing firearms to militaries

CONS

  • Build quality in a few of their models is below par

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4. Sig Sauer

Sig Sauer

 

If you take a trip back to 1853 you’ll find a modest industrial plant hammering together wagons and railcars for trains. In the future, they’ll see a Swiss army in need. They repositioned their manufacturing plant and started producing top of the line rifles to sell to the Swiss army. This move began the life of one of the top gun manufacturers in the world.

Now that they’ve moved away from their humble train car beginnings Sig Sauer has become a worldwide powerhouse in the realm of firearms. They make beautiful reliable handguns like the Sig Sauer P226 Elite Platinum and the Sig Sauer 1911 Super Target. That’s the kind of multifaceted craftsmanship you can expect from the ex wagon builders.

They’ve also expanded beyond just producing some of the best guns on the market. Sig Sauer scopes, ammo, and air guns are also some of the best accessories out there. Their air guns are designed to mimic their pistols as much as possible, from the weight and aesthetics down to the trigger pull. They’re great for training young aspiring gun owners, and adults alike, reducing the differences between air gun and the real deal as much as possible.

PROS

  • Their air powered guns are an excellent purchase for anyone looking to ease their way into gun ownership

CONS

  • Sometimes a little pricey

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5. Beretta

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In the 1980s the United States Army carried what they called the M9 as their primary sidearm. That military issue pistol was developed and manufactured by Beretta. This Italian company is one of the oldest gun manufacturers on the entire planet. Beretta started by working iron, and to this day, you could argue that they kept the spirit of ironwork alive.

Providing the M9 to the military during the 80s isn’t their first foray into the world of war. Beretta is responsible for one of the first submachine guns in the world, they provided pistols to their home military, and for a short time under duress after  they manufactured weapons for Germany during World War II

Beretta is known best for producing a wide array of firearms. Their side-by-side, over-and-under and semi-automatic shotguns, alone would be enough to put them on the map, but they keep pushing. They also manufacture express, assault, and hunting rifles, single and double-action revolvers, and semi-automatic pistols. They’re truly the masters of their industry.

PROS

  • Constantly creating some of the best looking guns 

CONS

  • Beretta 92FS is constantly dinged for having an overly bulky handle

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6. Savage Arms

Savage Arms

This American gun manufacturer is the child of the explorer and inventor, Arthur Savage. He’s most famous for the Savage Model 99 lever-action rifle, and if you’re up on your gun history, then you’re probably not learning anything new with that little tidbit. If you really want to impress your friends at a dinner party, try throwing in the fact that he also patented radial tires.

The history of Savage Arms is extensive. He and his son were experimenting with guns and pushing the technology for years. They moved the magazine in the lever-action rifle from underneath the barrel and into the stock and other tinker attempts. Eventually, the Model 99 came along and wowed big game hunters for years. The hammerless design and rotary magazine were like nothing seen before, and it only grew better with age with little improvements like a removable magazine.

Savage Arms was a subsidiary of Vista Outdoor until it spun off into its own thing in 2019. This manufacturer has a long and proud history of innovation, quality, and backing the British military in World War II.

PROS

  • A long history of innovation
  • Excellent bolt action rifles

CONS

  • Some struggles with quality control spot their record

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7. Mossberg

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Mossberg is an innovative American-made manufacturer operating out of Eagle Pass, Texas. They’re known not just for the Mossberg Plinkster, the Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun, or the Mossberg 464. They also manufacture incredible scopes and other accessories. This immigrant-founded American brand encompasses the American dream. 

Oscar Frederick Mossberg was born in Sweden, but moved to America and began making his life in Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He spent his time there learning everything he could while supervising the production of revolvers and shotguns. He even contributed his own design patents like the strap latching on the Iver Johnson safety revolver. Suffice it to say that when Oscar Mossberg eventually took to making guns with his sons in a barn behind his house, he knew what he was doing. 

They would move north late in Mossberg’s life and start their own gun manufactury. They would work out of a small loft in New Haven. During that time, they developed the now well-known Brownie. That simple four-shot pocket pistol would save many a hunter from losing out on a good shot, and set the Mossberg family on their way. Without the Brownie, you don’t get the pump-action of the Mossberg we love so much or the thrill of shooting that little Mossberg Plinkster. 

PROS

  • Produces everything from scopes to firearms

CONS

  • Aluminum receivers on some of their models can get a little hot

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8. Springfield Armory, Inc.

Springfield Armory, Inc.

Springfield Amory is a four-time American Rifleman’s Golden Bullseye Award winner. If you want something that’s going to last you a long time, fire straight and true, and is thrilling to use at the range, then you’ll love what Springfield Armory has to offer. 

Bob Reese essentially brought Springfield Armory back from the dead, and we should all be grateful for his efforts. Springfield Armory was originally the name of the center of manufacture in the United States from 1777 to 1968. After being closed for a few years, Elmer C. Ballance his own company, LH Manufacturing, and took on the name of Springfield after becoming the first civilian manufacturer of the M14 rifle. Eventually, the company changed hands to Bob Reese and the craftsmanship and dependability of the founders made their way to the modern-day. 

This manufacturer is the centerpiece of many a defense and movie budget. If you’ve ever seen a gun in a movie that made you think “dang, I’d love to add that to my collection” you were probably looking at a Springfield. The M1911 is a beautiful piece that any gun owner would be proud to hold, and that’s just the kind of work Springfield does year after year. 

PROS

  • Wide range of rifles and handguns
  • Won several awards over the years

CONS

  • Pretty young company

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9. Heckler and Koch

Heckler and Koch

For a short time after World War II, this German company shuffled hands until it settled itself and started making machine tools, parts for bikes and sewing machines along with a miscellany of precision parts. Eventually, the call for a new infantry rifle went out across Germany. Heckler and Koch rose to the occasion by pitching the G3 battle rifle. Through this proposal, they became the standard battle rifle of the German Federal Army. As you can imagine, this meant great things for them. 

Today Heckler and Koch have branched out a little from manufacturing simply military gear. Now they’re making sports and hunting firearms as well. They’ve been handed contract after contract for military firearms, keeping them flush with patents and allowing them the room to diversify and improve for decades. 

Their guns have only gotten better and better as time has gone on. Talking firearms will never be complete if you don’t throw Heckler and Koch in the ring. 

PROS

  • A wide range of focus has brought several manufacturing techniques together into one ultra-reliable brand
  • Interesting for a gun owner looking to expand their horizons

CONS

  • Has a checkered history from legal troubles involving illegal arms dealings

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10. Winchester Repeating Arms Company

Winchester Repeating Arms Company

Operating out of New Haven, Connecticut we have Winchester Repeating Arms Company, better known as Winchester. Winchester is where you go when you want a good solid rifle. It’s no surprise that Winchester comes to mind whenever rifles come up. 

Their rifles and shotguns are some of the best in the game. If you’re ever at a loss for where to grab your next rifle, try getting one from the pros. They share a lot of blood with the excellent Smith and Wesson. In fact, Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson were responsible for obtaining Lewis Jenning’s improved version of the “Volition Repeating Rifle” and it’s wild sounding “Rocket Ball” ammunition.

After Smith and Wesson departed from what would eventually become Winchester Repeating Arms Company, and after a lot of tinkering, we get the more modern and more powerful rimfire .44 Henry round. He kept his nose to the grindstone and showed Smith and Wesson that he too could play this firearms game. 

About fifty years ago they pioneered the popular choke tubes for shotguns, and today they produce some of the best ammo and riles on the market. 

PROS

  • Manufactures some of the best longarms on the market today
  • Produces a wide range of accessories and ammo to fit your firearm of choice

CONS

  • If you’re not looking for a rifle or a shotgun, you may be better off looking elsewhere

Our Winner

No single brand can really cover every single possible base, but Glock comes pretty dang close. For beginners, Glocks are something simple that will get the job done without too much fuss. They’re reliable and simple, allowing room to grow into the hobby and creating pros out of novices. For folks more familiar with a firearm, Glock manufactures guns that are simple to disassemble, reassemble, customize, and clean.

Their parts are generally interchangeable and affordable removing one of the higher hurdles of gun ownership and amateur gunsmithy. For folks that know their way around a gun, Glocks are something for them to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of their firearms. A lot of manufacturers want you to believe you need all of the newest tech and several interlocking moving parts, but Glock sets out to prove that wrong time and again. 

Whatever you’re looking for, you might find a new appreciation for it by coming back to the basics provided by Glock’s handguns. Taking apart something as simple as this will make appreciating your automatic rifles that much more satisfying. 

Bonus tip: While you’re at it, check out this informational video on the 10 reasons why you should be a gun owner!

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Riley Draper

Riley Draper is a writer and entrepreneur from Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a world traveler, he has been to more than fifty countries and hiked some of the most elusive trails in the world. He is the co-founder of WeCounsel Solutions and has published work in both national and global outlets, including the Times Free Press, Patch, and Healthcare Global. When he’s not writing, he’s probably on a hiking trip or climbing in the mountains.

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5 Best Universal Sight Pushers (Tested & Reviewed)

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A Glock pistol.

June 15, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents

If you have a handgun you’re going to want to get to know it inside and out. You don’t have to become a professional gunsmith in order to customize some of the parts you use the most. Your sights, for example, can slide right off with the right tools. If you love your gun, but you wish it had some night sights, or something a little flashier, you don’t need to take it in to get that job done. Maybe your Glock sight just isn’t cutting it at the range, 

Customization is one of the most exciting parts of owning a gun. From adding a suppressor to sliding on s set of tritium night sights, making your gun your own is incredibly satisfying!

In a hurry? Here’s the test winner after 10 hours of research:

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W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
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W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
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W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
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5 Best Universal Sight Pushers – Overview

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W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
NcSTAR VTUFNR Vism Universal Pistol Front and Rear Sight Tool, Blue, One Size
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Patch and Heavy Duty Universal Pistol Dovetailed Rear Sight Pusher Tool (Rear Sight Tool)
Sylvan Universal Sight Push Tool PURSHER for Handguns Pistols Front OR Rear 1911, Glock, ETC. (All Blocks Included)
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W WIREGEAR Sight Pusher Tool
NcSTAR VTUFNR Universal Sight Pusher
Fisher Solutions Sight Pusher Tool
ATG Patch and NcSTAR Heavy Duty Universal Pistol Dovetailed Rear Sight Pusher Tool
Sylvan Universal Sight Push Tool Pusher
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W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
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W WIREGEAR Sight Pusher Tool
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$109.99
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NcSTAR VTUFNR Vism Universal Pistol Front and Rear Sight Tool, Blue, One Size
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NcSTAR VTUFNR Universal Sight Pusher
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Fisher Solutions Sight Pusher Tool
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Patch and Heavy Duty Universal Pistol Dovetailed Rear Sight Pusher Tool (Rear Sight Tool)
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ATG Patch and NcSTAR Heavy Duty Universal Pistol Dovetailed Rear Sight Pusher Tool
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Sylvan Universal Sight Push Tool PURSHER for Handguns Pistols Front OR Rear 1911, Glock, ETC. (All Blocks Included)
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Sylvan Universal Sight Push Tool Pusher
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1. W WIREGEAR Sight Pusher Tool

W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
1,002 Reviews
W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
  • Accuracy: Our removal tool has a detailed scale for making precise adjustments. It can be moved horizontally to ensure accuracy even after a long period of use.

This one is for the guys that want to get serious about their gunsmithing. It’s an amazing little piece of machinery for the price, and the quality of life improvements they managed to pack into this sight pusher put it head and shoulders above its competitors. It’s durable, it’s practical, and it’s beautiful. This is a new iteration of W Wiregear’s previous sight pusher, and every single tweak they made makes for a wonderful brick of practicality and precision.

It’s easy to use, any slide will fit into this sight pusher, and the four knobs along the bottom half will allow you to ensure a tight straight fit all the way down the piece. The plastic pushing the sight off of your slide is incredibly durable without being so rigid you run the risk of damaging your parts. The screws here have also been re-engineered. You’re not going to end up with a glorified paperweight after a handful of customizations. It’s versatile. This sight pusher is made with the breadth of gun models out there.

The crank is easy to use. The long handles give you a great deal of leverage, so you’re not going to have to hit the gym before you can push your old sight off of your gun. The easy-to-follow instructions are great for beginners and experts looking for a refresher. 

There are incredibly detailed markings along the sight prong that allow for extremely precise placements of your sights, which you’re going to need, of course. Guesswork is unacceptable if you’re going through the effort of customizing your sights. If you want to get the job done right the first time and every single time you bust out the sight pusher, then you’re going to want to check out the W Wiregear sight pusher.

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PROS

  • Easy to use cranks
  • Incredibly durable
  • Great form factor
  • Excellent front sight tool 
  • Clear markings make this an installation tool as much as it is a removal tool 

CONS

  • You can’t screw this onto a work station as easily as other models 

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2. NcSTAR VTUFNR Universal Sight Pusher

When trying to change or adjust a sight on a Glock, you need a durable tool to get the job done. After all, guns on their own are heavy-duty, so you’re going to need a tool that shares some of those qualities when making adjustments or customizations. This NcSTAR universal sight pusher is tough, easy to use, and can be used on a wide variety of sights.

To make sight adjustments with this tool, all you need to do is lube it up, set up the pusher, and get to work. It will easily and conveniently push your sight for you, whether you’re doing this to make adjustments, or if you’re doing it to customize your gun.

While it can work on both rear and front sights, using this tool for front sights is pretty tricky, so expect to put in a little more effort for the front sights. Its dimensions are 4.7” x 7” x 2”, which is fairly compact, but large enough to be able to handle hard-to-move sights. On top of that, it weighs around 3.5 lbs, so it isn’t too heavy, but won’t be too light either.

If you’ve been on the hunt for a simple and easy-to-use sight pusher that comes in a unique blue color, this could be just the right pick for you.

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PROS

  • Durable build
  • Unique blue color
  • Relatively easy to use
  • Can be used on both front and rear sights

CONS

  • While possible, adjusting the front sight with this tool can be pretty tough

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3. Fisher Solutions Sight Pusher Tool

 The Fisher Solutions sight pusher tool proves that simple is best. This sight pusher doesn’t really seem like something to write home about. In fact, if you have no idea what a sight pusher is, you might be looking at this thing and wonder if it even has a function at all. It’s basically just a frame with some holes drilled in the side and a bunch of cubes. That simplicity, however, is its greatest strength. You’re not going to be twisting a dozen knobs to find the exact position for your sights down to the millimeter or fiddling with settings and twiddling your thumbs for an hour before getting to work.

This pusher is about knowing your slides, slotting in the shims you need, and getting to work. This sight pusher is their XL variant, so big or small, your slides will fit right in, no sweat. It’s sturdy and there are no frills. You don’t have any extra doodads tacked on for you to ignore or break on accident. The fanciest thing about this sight pusher are the side windows drilled into the frame so you can keep an eye on things. 

The simplicity of this thing also means it’s great for front sights as well. Some sight pushers out there spend so many of their resources on helping you get the rear sights off that they forget that sights need to come off on the front as well. The compact shape and straightforward design make it simple to pop off any sight on any side for any slide.

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PROS

  • Durable steel frame 
  • Made in the United States

CONS

  • A little simplistic, if you run into a rare slide, you’re going to have a bad time

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4. ATG Patch and NcSTAR Heavy Duty Universal Pistol Dovetailed Rear Sight Pusher Tool

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Patch and Heavy Duty Universal Pistol Dovetailed Rear Sight Pusher Tool (Rear Sight Tool)
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Patch and Heavy Duty Universal Pistol Dovetailed Rear Sight Pusher Tool (Rear Sight Tool)
  • Rear sight pusher will work with 90 degree and 30 degree rear sight profiles. Sig Sauer, H&K, CZ, Glock, S&W, and more.

This dovetail rear sight pusher is the whole package. It’s designed to fit on any surface you could think to do your gunsmithing on. The bottom of the frame can be drilled onto a table or against a wall, whatever you’d like to attach it to in order to keep your hands open for alignment and cranking the pusher. Maybe you’d prefer to attach it to a clamp or vise instead. This heavy-duty anodized aluminum frame can withstand a great deal of pressure, so clamp away.

It comes with dovetailed slide clamps, but you can slot in a pair of the many aluminum blocks ATG sends along with this sight pusher to create flat clamps, adding to the universality and versatility. The pusher handle is removable if you’re having trouble or you just don’t like it, you can slot in a 15mm wrench or socket tool.

The base of the sight pusher tool is adjustable to accommodate slides of basically any make or model, tall or short, you’ll find that clamping your slides into this pusher will be a breeze. Side windows built into the tool just above the clamps will grant you a view of all of the action. Take your time and take advantage of these windows and you’ll be sliding off even the toughest smallest, most stubborn rear sights on the market.

The brass bushings on the steel screw of the sight pusher are excellent additions to the build quality of this pusher tool. The friction it provides for the surface of the bearings makes use a sturdy yet smooth breeze. The bag they provide is simple and sleek if you’re the meticulous type that needs a home for all of your tools

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PROS

  • Brass bushings
  • Removable slide handle if you prefer cranking with a socket wrench
  • Great for semi-auto pistols

CONS

  • Side windows are a little narrow

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5. Sylvan Universal Sight Push Tool Pusher

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Sylvan Universal Sight Push Tool PURSHER for Handguns Pistols Front OR Rear 1911, Glock, ETC. (All Blocks Included)
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Sylvan Universal Sight Push Tool PURSHER for Handguns Pistols Front OR Rear 1911, Glock, ETC. (All Blocks Included)
  • The Sylvan Arms Gen 4 Standard Sight Pusher is now here and it comes with massive upgrades!

The Sylvan Univeral sight pusher kit doesn’t believe that one size fits all, and for that, we’re thankful. One of the pitfalls some universal sight pushers run into is trying too hard to please every single gun with just one set of tools. Sometimes the best solution is the most obvious. If you want your pusher to fit every gun out there on the market, then make it fit every gun on the market. 

This sight pusher comes with a decent handful of different jigs for you to slot into the pusher so you can go into any customization job confident you’ll come out the other side feeling successful. If you’re worried about notched inserts or slides you’ll find on berettas with decocking or slide-mounted safeties, there’s a piece for that.

If you want to accommodate for the angled slides you’ll find on Springfields or the M&P shield there are blocks you can slip in. What if you just purchased a dead eye sight and you need an offset pusher? Don’t worry about hitting up amazon again to find that one little piece, this sight pusher has it.

From block padding to avoid scratching the sides of the slides to disassembly tools for the Glock, this universal sight pusher truly epitomizes the spirit of the word. It comes with a convenient soft body case for carrying all of these treasures, and it’s light enough to fit comfortably in your life, be it in the shop or on the road. This fourth generation of the Sylvan sight pusher bears on its sleeve all of the hard work and dedication they’ve put into perfecting the art of universal gunsmithy tools. 

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PROS

  • Tons of options
  • Capable of handling more sizes and shapes of slides than many other pushers

CONS

  • You may have to rely on awkward jigs to get the right height for your slides

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This is a close one. Competition here is stiff, but we’re going to have to crown the Wiregear sight pusher as the king of this round. The durability combined with flexibility in the right places alone is enough to put it in first place. Sights want to sit firmly on the slide, and you definitely don’t want your slide jostling around after a day out at the range. That, however, means that sights aren’t always the easiest thing in the world to remove from your gun.

You want a sturdy piece of equipment that will allow you to put some real force on things to get the process moving along. At the same time, the Wiregear sight pusher isn’t going to leave you with a scratched up slide, because that power is coupled with gentle clamps designed to keep your slides in place without applying coarse edges to your precious parts. 

This model has been revisited by their designers several times. They’ve compared the Wiregear sight pusher to others on the market and patched up common points of failure. The screws holding everything together as well as the screws responsible for moving the pusher along your slide are thick and durable. You’re not going to be wearing down any threads or snapping them in half.

The handle is also unique enough to put this sight pusher ahead of its peers. This large easy to use crank is going to transfer most of your rotational energy into horizontal energy without requiring too much grip or awkward angling with your hands. You’re not going to find yourself wishing you could tag in a massive socket wrench. The markings they’ve added to the pusher are precise enough to allow for easy sight installation and calibration of your front and rear sights for an accurate shot when it matters

Front adding a red dot sight on the front of your gun to adding high-quality rear sights, this handgun sight tool, and its heavy-duty construction and handle it all. 

Do I Really Need This? 

Guns are the kind of tool you never feel satisfied owning just one of. Over time you’ll start learning about new pistols or your old pistol may start showing you its less flattering side after your thousandth shot. Whatever the reason, when you start leaning further into the vast realm of gun ownership, you’ll find yourself picking at narrow niche aspects of your gun and wishing you could improve them. Grabbing a sight pusher is the most cost-effective way to do this.

At first, it can be intimidating to pull your slide off and jam it into an aluminum block, but after your first attempt, you’ll see that it’s as simple as changing a light blub. You’ll just need to be willing to put some elbow grease on it. 

Using your sight pusher really isn’t that hard. Most of them come with a manual, and if you’re good at following directions and patient enough to line things up right, then more often than not, your slides will come right off. Then you work in reverse to get the new sight on your pistol. All it really takes is finding the pusher that’s right for you.

When it arrives just, arrange your blocks or platform to the right height, this is probably the hardest part of getting your sight pusher going. After that, it’s just a matter of selecting the right pusher. By this point, you should know your gun well enough to understand the shape of your sights and the position they occupy on the slide, so figuring out which pusher you need is as easy as matching shapes or brand names. 

Once you’ve starting sliding things off of your gun, it’s hard to stop. The allure is intoxicating. You’re going to want to start changing slides for your friends and family, maybe even you’ll feel like starting your own business, Who knows?

Bonus tip: Intimidated by using a sight pusher for the first time? Check out this handy video that clears up any apprehension you might have.

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Riley Draper is a writer and entrepreneur from Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a world traveler, he has been to more than fifty countries and hiked some of the most elusive trails in the world. He is the co-founder of WeCounsel Solutions and has published work in both national and global outlets, including the Times Free Press, Patch, and Healthcare Global. When he’s not writing, he’s probably on a hiking trip or climbing in the mountains.

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Basic Bullet Sizes, Calibers & Types (Explained)

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Matching the right bullet sizes for your gun can be tricky. It’s never going to be an easy task, whether you’re just getting started buying guns or you’ve owned guns for a while.

Bullets and guns are evolving daily, so it can be hard to keep track of it all. Here’s a guide to explain how to buy the right bullets for your guns.

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Most people don’t realize how many different kinds of bullets there are, which is why they buy the wrong kind of ammo.

Bullet Calibers

For guns, caliber means the diameter of the barrel and the diameter of the bullet that is going through it. It’s usually in inches or millimeters, depending on if your country uses the metric system or the imperial system. Calibers are just bullet sizes, but that isn’t what they’re called in an actual sense. This is because the bullet is just a metal projectile. 

The round that you fire is called the cartridge. It includes the casing, powder, and primer. For a casual shooter, it’s not easy to understand and you might end up buying the wrong bullet size. There are different types of calibers, and each of them has its advantages and disadvantages. 

The rifle cartridge’s shooting process mainly involves the rifle and the cartridge. The rifle is obviously very important, but the cartridge is the key to this entire process. When buying cartridges, there is always a wide selection to choose from. There are small calibers and large calibers; it all depends on what you’ll be shooting at. 

When choosing a caliber, you should consider:

  • Energy: this means the approximate power of each round
  • Bullet weight: this is typically measured in grains, with 7,000 consisting of a pound. The highest level trait, in this case, will be the stopping power, which means the number of bullets it will take for you to hit the target
  • Velocity: this is the precise speed of the bullet in feet/second
  • Price point: this is the price of a single round

Common Bullet Caliber Sizes

While there are many types of calibers in the market today, you’re more than likely to use only a few kinds in your lifetime. This is because many people use their guns for the same reasons: game hunting, sporting, and self-defense. Some of the common calibers are used for these same reasons. 

The .22 long rifle is the most popular in terms of units that have been sold. It’s a small round that has a low recoil output for rifles and handguns. This caliber has a rimfire instead of a centerfire, and this is because the firing pin is designed to hit the rim of the case and not the center. 

This kind of rifle cartridge is loved for its compact size and high speed; it’s also very easy to handle. It’s a great choice for beginners who are looking for a caliber that will always be easy to use. It has the power to achieve whatever your goals are. This cartridge is good for firearm training, recreational shooting, and small game hunting. Because of this, it’s sold in bulk. 

Its loads come in different variants, ranging from subsonic or target rounds to high speed (about 1200 to 1310 feet) to hyper/ultra velocity (over 1400 feet). The subsonic rounds are smaller in size and obviously slower. That is why they come fitted with extra-heavy bullets in order to make it easy for them. The bullets are usually of about 46 to 61 grain. 

This caliber is meant for firing at smaller targets, like snakes, rats, and birds. It’s more commonly used in target shooting. It can do a lot of harm to human targets; it can actually kill. Because of this, it’s best to be extra careful when you’re around people. 

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The .30 carbine is very popular among the military.

.30 carbine is not as common these days, but it has a great history. For example, it was used in M1 carbines during World War 2. It was really popular up until the Korean War. While it might not be used as frequently these days, it’s still the best option for people who use an M1. 

It was the first personal defense weapon to come on the market, and the armed forces loved it so much because it wouldn’t interfere with their tasks and duties. The caliber is handy and lightweight, weighing slightly more than 5 pounds. It also has non-corrosive primers, which is something that couldn’t be said about other calibers that the military used back then. 

Now, it’s still as great. Loading and reloading it is very simple and easy because it comes with an economical plinker. It can also be used with fast-burning propellants. This caliber is also able to maintain a consistent accuracy when supported with Winchester 110 grain FMJ bullets. It weighs 110 grains, has a velocity of 2,000 feet per second, has an energy of 1300 Joules, and has a price point of 40 cents per round.  

.25 ACP is a centerfire pistol caliber that is semi-rimmed and straight-walled. ACP stands for Automatic Colt Pistol. It was designed for the first blowback pistols that didn’t have a breach locking mechanism. This caliber is a little bigger than the .22 and has a little more power. It was designed to at least duplicate the performance of the .22. 

There are just a few guns that can use this size of caliber. Because of this, it’s a little more expensive. The best benefit to this is that it’s very reliable, especially when it comes to its centerfire casings. When compared to the .22 again, it has a slightly higher stopping power. It’s also short-ranged and low-powered, which means it’s less dangerous when used on humans. 

This is a great choice for personal home defense handguns. It’s very reliable, and it makes for a very compact gun that is lightweight. .300 BLK came on the market just 6 years ago, so it’s a very recent addition to the world of rifles. Its main goal is to introduce the larger .30 caliber round to the AR platform. It’s able to provide great control to most modern magazines.

It weighs 125 grains and has a velocity of 2,200 feet per second. It has an energy of 1360 Joules and a price point of 70 cents per round. The caliber is gaining lots of popularity because of its flexibility and power. It’s able to perform in many different conditions. It can use adjustable gas blocks to give it even more flexibility. Its subsonic bullet is able to over-penetrate and expand under, which is what makes this caliber a shooting range firearm. 

With lots of practice, you can load this really fast. This is very helpful if you’re in a hurry to defend yourself. Its potential for self-defense is very high. Its carbine brings more to the fight than the defensive pistol. For example, you can add a AR 15 pistol to your .300 BLK to make it work even better for you. 

.380 ACP is great for anyone who prefers bigger bullet sizes. It’s sometimes called the 9mm short, and its popularity has grown so much in recent years after the arrival of different pocket pistols. It’s loved by lots of people and is entertaining. 

It has low recoil and can penetrate deeply when shot at close range. However, it’s a low power round. Based on the nature of guns that are used to shoot it, it won’t benefit you much if it’s not shot at close range. But, there is a catch. The .380 ACP has a great carry size because it’s compact and lightweight. 

When compared to modern pistol cartridges, it has less stopping power. It still remains one of the most popular self-defense cartridges for shooters who prefer to use lightweight pistols with recoil they can manage easily. .223 Remington or .56x45mm is available in both military and civilian grades. It’s a very accurate cartridge that has the capability of shooting softly. The round is considered inhumane, which means that hunters in some states aren’t allowed to use it for big game hunting. However, you can use it at home to shoot at garden dwelling pests and anything else. 

Because it’s not used for hunting, this round isn’t very popular. Although, it does have long-range accuracy, which makes it a safe option for people who might want to use it for self-defense. Its bullet weight is 55-62 grains and its speed is 3,100 feet per second. It has an energy of 1.770 Joules and a price point of 30 cents per round. 

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The 9mm is mostly used by law enforcement around the world.

The official name for this caliber is 9mm Luger or the 9x9mm Parabellum, which is just a way to tell it apart from the other 9mm rounds in use today. It’s a very good round for anyone who wants to enjoy some while shooting at close range. Because of this, it’s also good for self-defense. It’s the standard use bullet in NATO countries and most law enforcement in the world. It’s standard use for law enforcement because it’s mild in its shooting. 

It’s the same size as what is used in the .380 and the .38 special. The only difference is the amount of gunpowder that they use. The caliber weight varies between 115 and 147 grains, and its stopping power varies too. The bullet is very affordable and has very low recoil. These are the types of bullets that can be used in many different guns. You can also use a 9mm gun for a concealed carry. 

.40 Smith & Wesson was initially designed for the FBI as a compact 10mm cartridge. It’s been very popular, especially with law enforcement agencies in the United States, Australia, and Canada. You can get this powerful cartridge that has more kick than most popular handgun cartridges in use today, even the 9mm. 

You’ll love it because it’s cheap and lightweight. The weight varies between 155 and 180 grains. Its price point is only about 30 cents per round. Most FBI agents still prefer the 9mm cartridge. This is because it’s able to shoot faster and more accurately when compared to the .40 S&W.

However, the .40 S&W is still a better option when it comes to more manageable recoil and more energy. It has rightfully earned the status of the most ideal cartridge for personal defense and law enforcement after undergoing a series of tests. 

62x51mm or .308 Winchester is the civilian version of a cartridge that was used by the United States’ military, 7.62. However, it’s larger and better looking than the NATO round. The .308 is the most preferred caliber for snipers all over the world. It has a speed of between 2,600 to 2,700 ft/s and an energy of between 3,300 and 3, 500 Joules. Its price point is 75 cents per round, and its bullet weight is between 147 and 175 grains.

It costs more than most cartridges because of its size and power. When paired with its fierce recoil, these are the reasons why it’s not as popular as it should be. Although, you will love its knockdown power and extended range. Its pros are enough to make up for its cons. 

.45 ACP was designed for the popular 1911 pistol. It has a great history, is big in size, and has great stopping power. It weighs 230 grains, and it has moderate recoil. It requires some gun shooting skills, so it might not be the best choice for beginning shooters. The price point is 40 cents, and this caliber is recommended for self- defense and practice. 

.357 magnum is a big improvement from the .38 special because the .38 special was mainly designed for revolvers. It gained popularity for its great stopping power, and the price point is 80 cents. The price is worth it because it has decent recoil. 

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Different types of bullets work better in certain situations.

Common Bullet Types

Hollowpoint bullets are designed to expand when they hit the target. Because of its stopping power, they are mostly used by police officers. They are also great for those who have guns for home defense and concealed carry. These bullets are viewed as the most dangerous bullets for home defense; however, they are the safest to use in the care of an attack.

They are able to stop an attacker much quicker, and every bullet that you shoot does more damage than the last. Full metal jacket bullets are the most common kinds of bullets on the market today. You’ll find this bullet in most homes over all the others. It comes with a soft center metal that is protected by a harder outside metal. 

This type of bullet is usually round, pointy, or flat. They usually cut small channels through the target, and they are good for short-range shooting. However, they aren’t the best option to use in self-defense scenarios. One advantage of this bullet is that it’s mostly surrounded by copper, which is used to prevent lead from depositing itself in the barrel when you fire your gun. 

Open tip bullets usually have an opening at the top from the way they were manufactured. The openings are really small, which means that they never expand. They’re made from small cups whereby the bottom part of those cups forms the bottom of the bullet. 

They’re called OTMs (Open Tip Matches) because they’re mainly loved by long-distance shooters. They are very consistent, which makes them great when one is shooting hundreds of yards. These bullets are used for target shooting. The military can use them, but hunters aren’t allowed to because it’s thought of as a hollow bullet. 

Soft point bullet is jacketed and expands once it hits its target. It has a soft metal core that is enclosed by a very strong metal jacket, which is left open at the front tip. This bullet is expected to expand once it touches flesh, which means that it can cause a massive wound. 

Ballistic tip bullets give you the aerodynamics of an FMJ bullet and the stopping power of the hollowpoint bullet. It’s basically a hollowpoint bullet that has been covered in plastic to look like the FMJ bullet. It’s mainly used for hunting. The bullet is long with a boat-like tail, which means that most of its weight is in the rear. The bullet is sharp, with a plastic tip that’s able to retain its shape for great consistency. 

Final Verdict:

You need to pick the best bullet caliber and type for you. If you want a rifle caliber, you should probably consider the .22 long rifle. If you want a handgun caliber, you should consider the 9 mm or the .25 ACP. As far as bullet types go, you should get the ballistic tip if you’re going hunting. 

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