Most marketing gurus say a website should be redesigned every 2-3 years. We’ve gotten over 6 years of good performance out of our old website. So you can say our website has done a great job for us and we were in need of a new website… yes, a new website has been a long time coming!
On October 29th we shut down old faithful and moved forward with a shiny new website. Our team has put countless hours into the choosing a new website platform, designing the general layout, organizing the pages logically, writing new product descriptions, taking pictures, building the pages, and…you get the idea. We are happy with the result of our efforts and we hope you are as well.
What the new website means to you is a new rewards program and resetting your account password when you log into your account on the new website the first time.
Use discount code TALON15 to get 15% off your order
Offer good through November 16th, 2019
Resetting Your Account Password
- Click- FORGOT PASSWORD
- Enter your email address
- Click the RESET PASSWORD button
- You will be emailed a link which you can click or past into your browser
- On the reset password page enter your password and you’ll be set!
If you have any questions please email us at email@example.com.
Feedback from our customers has been vital to our growth, we encourage you to share your thoughts on the new website.
The TALON Team
By Jay Chambers
Handguns are small and can be hidden under clothing, so they’re a great way to protect yourself in all situations. But, in order to make that possible, you need to know what the best handguns are.
Although there are many models out there and each one of them is good in its own way, not every handgun is suitable for every person. Whether you’re about to purchase your first handgun, add to your collection, or want to replace old reliable, it’s a good idea to know the best handguns of the year.
So, the following list is packed with some of the best handgun models of 2019.
Ruger Koenig Custom Shop 1911
Ruger did a good thing by teaming up with Doug Koenig, as they are now created an effective and beautiful handgun. The Custom Shop 1911 model is one of the most fun guns to shoot and it’s also easy to conceal.
The pistol is a 9mm one with a fiber-optic front sight, checkered front strap, and low recoil. In addition, it is very accurate. If you want to learn how to shoot and don’t mind dropping some $$$, this handgun will be of great help. A nice thing about this gun is that the ammo isn’t too pricey either.
It’s suitable to use during competitive shooting or for daily carry.
Colt King Cobra DA Revolver
This small pistol is very cute, while still holding the classic look it’s so loved for. The model has a 3.0-inch barrel and a chamber for .357 Magnum. It’s important to note that it’s a double-action revolver.
Besides, the rest of the handgun is made of stainless steel, while the front sight has a brass-bead. With a six round cylinder, this pistol is easy to conceal and is great for self-defense.
Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2
What’s good about this model is that while the design is a subcompact, it is also quite thin. So, it’s sure to be more comfortable when carrying it, making it an ideal concealed carry option.
Another advantage is the grip safety to ensure the model doesn’t discharge accidentally. This model has two OEM magazine versions available, 7-round and 9-round. It comes at a more affordable price as well, so if you need a new EDC pistol this is a great choice.
Nighthawk Custom Firehawk Model 1911
Having a beautiful, stainless finish, this handgun is truly a jewel. This Firehawk comes in either .45 ACP or 9mm. It has a modified slide and a full-length recoil guide rod with Commander-length spring. Meanwhile, the barrel is a 5.0-inch bull one.
You don’t need to worry if the barrel seems a little longer than expected – it can still be concealed properly. However, bear in mind that the price is high.
Because of Glock’s reputation, their products are expected to live up to expectations, which is why this model has made it to the list. Its trigger is smooth, and the recoil is reduced in comparison to the Glock 17.
The Glock 34 is a version of the Glock 17. The difference lies within its barrel – the barrel is longer, so it will help you shoot more accurately. It’s not too heavy and works great for competitions.
If you need a less expensive alternative while maintaining a high-quality build, look into the Glock 34.
Kimber EVO SP
It doesn’t matter whether you’re right or left-handed – the Kimber EVO SP is a wonderful concealed carry firearm.
It has an enclosed rear on the slide, making sure that no crud, dust or lint accumulates inside your firearm. As such, maintenance is a less burdensome thing to deal with, since there will be barely anything to clean on the inside.
FN 509 Midsize
Another pistol suitable for both left-handed and right-handed people is the FN 509 Midsize. It comes with ambidextrous controls to make sure no matter what hand you use, you will be able to access the amazing features and shoot with the same accuracy.
The firearm has a 4.0-inch barrel, with the full length being 7.4 inches and weighing 26.5 ounces. To make things better, it comes with interchangeable backstraps for all hand sizes and shooter preferences.
10 or 15 rounds can be used with this handgun depending on the magazine you use. It is a model that doesn’t only come for a decent price but also has an outstanding performance.
2019 has seen some amazing handguns so far and knowing some of them may help you purchase a model that suits you. Whether you settle for Glock, Colt, Springfield or any other brand present in the list above, you’ll hopefully find the handgun that suit your needs.
Today I’m going to show you five tips that’ll improve your accuracy.
I (and many other shooting experts) use these tips and have had huge success with hitting the bullseye. The best part?
It doesn’t involve buying more gun attachments. Don’t get me wrong — using an optic will enhance your shooting accuracy. For example, when I’m out performing long range target shooting with my AR-10, I need my AR 10 scope to accurately hit the target.
But in reality, much of accuracy has more to do with the shooter than the firearm. That said, if you’re looking to tighten up those groups, this article is for you.
Let’s get started!
Tip #1: Fix Your Positioning
Your shooting position involves a lot of aspects. Here are eight things to keep in mind when getting postured:
Making yourself comfortable is essential. If you shoot while cramped or slouching, you’ll hate it, miss shots, and go home sore and cranky. Believe me, I’ve been there. So keep readjusting until you get yourself in a relaxed, stable, and comfortable position.
Experiment with sitting, standing, and kneeling. Figure out which shooting position is most comfortable for you.
Try shooting prone. Many shooters find shooting prone the most comfortable position and has even been called one of the most accurate shooting positions.
Use a Rest
Rests will significantly improve your accuracy. They stabilize your gun and eliminate the tremble/nerves/sweaty grip you might be experiencing.
Open Your Eyes
Why would you close one eye while shooting? C’mon, you’re shooting — eyes are helpful. (Okay okay, it’s true that I still close one eye when using binoculars, but you didn’t hear it from me.)
Seriously though, figure out which eye is dominant and use that eye. Don’t close the other eye — train both eyes to stay open while shooting. You don’t want to go home with a migraine. (And squinting also doesn’t look cool, sorry.)
Don’t fight your gun. This means, don’t force your gun in an unnatural way. Get into a relaxed posture while holding your gun, and let it slip into the most natural spot.
Get a Grip
Grip your gun well. Hold it securely but not in a death grip. If it feels wrong, readjust.
Tip #2: Check Your Gun
The last thing you want is to goof up a shot because of a minor gun issue. For example, after repeated use, parts can come loose on a rifle.
Whether you’re at the range or hunting whitetail deer, you’ll want to be confident in your gun. So thoroughly inspect your gun to make sure everything is working well. Here are a few things to check:
- Screws tight
- Clean gun
- All parts, rings, etc. attached
- Properly mounted scope
While I’m on the subject of rifle scopes, turn your magnification down. Unless you’re shooting long range, you don’t need to be extremely zoomed in. And if you over-zoom, it will magnify any rifle-shake. That is incredibly distracting and you’ll want to avoid it.
Tip #3: Follow Through
This will sound weird to newbies but hear me out:
Follow through matters!
You may think that once you fire a shot, you could dance salsa with your gun and it wouldn’t matter. But that’s not true — following through improves accuracy. It’s essential to keep your barrel steady and locked on the target as your bullet leaves the barrel.
A good follow through is all about remaining in the same position after you shoot.
Here’s how to follow through:
- After you squeeze the trigger and the bullet leaves the barrel, hold the gun steady.
- Keep it aimed at the target and control any jerking.
- Work on not flinching, and try not to be afraid of recoil.
- After taking a breath, slowly release the trigger.
Tip #4: The Moment of Fire
When it’s time to pull the trigger, get the basics straight:
Make your shots without breathing. Shooting while you breathe is like shooting while standing in a rocking canoe. Take a breath, then hold it and make your shot.
Squeeze, don’t yank. You’ll want to squeeze or press the trigger. Pulling/yanking can jerk your sights off-target. Once you’ve focused your sights and have a good sight picture, begin to squeeze. If you start losing the sight picture, readjust and squeeze again. Repeat until you land your shot.
Shoot calmly. Don’t skip this one. It’s underrated but it’ll significantly improve your shots. Keep a calm, cool head and your accuracy will reflect that.
Tip #5: Perfect Practice
My eighth grade teacher used to drill into our heads:
“Practice makes perfect.”
She stressed that it was only perfect practice that makes perfect. Otherwise, you’re just forming bad habits.
Focus on consistent, accurate shooting, and you will develop good muscle memory. Careless practice will lead to bad muscle memory and you don’t want that.
Head to the Range!
I hope you’ve come to realize that accurate shooting isn’t about an Amazon spree for more gun gimmicks. Of course, firearm accessories like optics will improve accuracy — especially if you’re shooting long-range.
However, it’s honestly about consistency, perfect practice, and implementing some of the basic tips we just covered.
Oh, and one final piece of advice:
Don’t obsess over a bad shot.
That will flood your body with unnecessary stress that’ll effect your shot. So shrug it off and try again. After all, it’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success. Just try to develop a positive, happy attitude, and your shooting will reflect that — I guarantee it.
Richard Douglas is a firearms expert and educator. His work has appeared on large gun publications like The National Interest, Daily Caller, ODU Magazine, American Shooting Journal, SOFREP, and more. In his free time, he reviews various optics and guns on his Scopes Field blog.
On a summer trip to Grand Forks North Dakota our family was riding bikes on the Greenway Trail that meanders along the Red River. A police officer on a bike approached and said “can I talk to you?” I whispered to my wife “I hope you don’t get a ticket for not wearing your helmet!” Fortunately I was wrong and the officer approached our 7 year old daughter who had big eyes wondering why this imposing figure of authority was coming up to her. The officer said “thank you for wearing your helmet, I’d like to give you a citation for a free ice cream cone at a local ice cream shop. Her wide eyed fear quickly disappeared and was replaced by a big smile.
We learned from the officer that the Grand Forks the police department gives kids who wear helmets while cycling, skateboarding, and rollerblading (they still do it in Grand Forks!) a citation for free ice cream cones.
We liked the idea so much so we approached the local Steamboat Springs Police Chief with the idea and he loved it.
Now, the Steamboat Springs Police Department and Sheriff are handing out citations to kids that wear their helmets.
We like that the program rewards kids for doing something that benefits their safety and the positive interaction between the officers and kids, creatings long lasting good will and memories.
TALON Grips is proud to fund the Cones from Cops program.
We have a limited number of grey rubber grips still available. When they’re gone they’re gone.
The complete list of available grey grips is below.
By Jay Chambers
If we are to take a look at some statistics, it is clear that people feel the need for protection – a survey made in 2013 showed that 48% of gun owners have purchased a weapon solely for protection.
The next highest percentage comes from those that purchased hunting gear – 32% and only 7% of people bought a gun for either target or sport shooting. It is safe to assume that protection is what most people seek nowadays.
Moreover, given the various incidents that happen these days, we can expect that 48% percentage to have gone significantly higher. It’s not that the world is increasingly dangerous, it’s that the need for protection became so crucial that people won’t turn their back to weapons that make them feel safer.
Today, we’ll be talking about why exactly people need better means of protection. We’ll also introduce you to a 4-step guide that you should take into consideration if you are a first-time weapon owner/buyer and wish to further protect yourself, your family, and the guns in your possession.
Safety Is Paramount
Looking more into statistics, we came across a study that shows exactly what both non-gun owners and gun owners think about guns. To be more specific, it tells what feeling they have knowing that there is a firearm available in case something goes wrong.
People who personally own a gun expressed their thoughts in the following way: 79% of them stated that owning or having a gun in your household makes you feel safer, 78% stated that it is something they enjoy, while only 7% said that it makes them feel uncomfortable.
On the other hand, people who don’t own a gun, but have someone in their household owning one, expressed the following: 65% claimed that it makes them feel safer, 43% said that it is something they enjoy, while only 9% said that it makes them feel uncomfortable.
As we can see, safety comes with the highest percentages.
What Should We Understand by Better Protection?
Obviously, when we talk about protection, we don’t refer to our protection only – as in, the protection and safety that owning a gun provides us with. As we all know, guns can cause accidents as well.
Therefore, everyone that has a gun in their vicinity should feel safe and protected, not only the person that owns a gun. In this respect, let’s now talk about that 4-step guide we mentioned earlier in our article.
We’ll showcase what you, as a first-time weapon buyer/owner should do to make sure that you are capable of ensuring the safety of everyone around you. Obviously, there will be information here for those that already own a gun as well – so keep on reading.
- Buying the Gun
When you’re buying a gun, you must be sure that it is indeed a responsibility that you want to take. If you are afraid of guns but think that you would feel safer if you had a gun, it is better if you look for alternative ways to protect yourself.
If you are sure that you can handle this responsibility, then head to a certified, reputable, and trustworthy gun store. You will want to be greeted by a person that knows their job better than you know your own home – a retired cop, for example, a veteran, or anyone that has been around guns for a long period of time.
When you’re buying a weapon for protection, make sure to mention that to the one selling you the gun. They will tell you their story too, as well as any other insight that may be useful for you.
- After Purchase Procedure
Obviously, you don’t head straight home after you buy your gun. Not only that you have to make sure that it fits you, but you also have to learn how to shoot it and see how it works.
In most cases, the gun store will be equipped with a shooting range that you can use to test your new gun all day long. An instructor – most likely the one that sold you the gun – will be by your side, teaching you everything you have to know.
Listen to their words carefully and never let your mind drift off. They will tell you how to keep yourself and the others around you safe.
If you feel the need to do so, purchase ammo and shoot at paper targets all day long. This way, you will acknowledge the power of the gun and get accustomed to it.
- Gun Discipline
The one rule that you should be told and that you must remember at all times is to treat the gun as if it were always loaded. This statement in itself could have prevented a lot of accidents. The next rule would be: only point it towards things that you intend to open fire at.
In short, never play with your firearm and pay attention to gun discipline. Your finger should be on the trigger only if you want to shoot in the next 5 seconds.
- Gun Safety
When it comes to gun safety, all of the above apply. However, for this specific step, we refer to the best gun safes. There are dozens of options in terms of keeping the gun away from everybody else but yourself.
As mentioned above, better protection doesn’t mean being able to scare away home invaders. You must also keep your family safe from the dangers that come with owning a gun.
In this respect, it is highly recommended that you guard your weapon or weapons in a safe and that you spend a lot of time getting proper training with each and every one of them.
Given the world we live in, with ups and downs and so many unforeseen incidents, it is important for us to feel and be safe. Carrying a gun will not, by any means, turn you into a dangerous person.
However, always keep in mind that you must be comfortable with yourself, with your gun, and overall with you owning such a powerful item. This way, you can make sure that you and those around you are safe.
In this post, I’m going to show you my top 3 recommended gun accessories.
I use these accessories every day and as a result:
- My shooting accuracy has improved.
- I have a MUCH better grip on my pistol.
- I can comfortably carry my firearm.
In short: If you’re looking to up your firearm game, you’ll love these gun accessories.
Let’s dive right in!
Number 1: Rifle Scope
In my opinion, the absolute BEST gun accessory to put on your gun is a…
Matter of fact, It wasn’t until AFTER I found the best scope for my AR-15 that I was easily able to squat 400 yard targets.
Before, my old eyes wouldn’t be able to see that far out just using iron sights. I can confidently say this upgrade alone changed my shooting game.
However, you may not need to shoot that far out. If that’s the case, just go with close-range sight like a red dot sight, ACOG or something you like.
And here’s the good news:
Buying a quality scope won’t cost an arm and a leg (if you know what you’re looking for). With just a bit of research, you can definitely get yourself crystal-clear optics for less than $200.
The fact is this:
Once you’ve choosen a scope for your firearm and take it out to the range, you should expect a HUGE increase in accuracy. So much so that you might actually get bored of not missing!
That said, I highly, highly recommend throwing a rifle scope or reflex sight on your gun for a huge accuracy boost. Talking about accuracy, you should invest in a…
Number 2: Talon Grip
You ESPECIALLY need one if you own a handgun.
Good grip is vital for handling and control when shooting. And Talon grips offer exactly that.
For example: I own a Glock 17 and when I switched from the Glock 17’s factory grip to a Talon grip — a more adhesive-backed textured product — there was a significant improvement in grip and control.
Actually, the pistol was so MUCH easier to control when firing rounds and the grip felt like I had Spiderman’s hands. Solid.
But keep in mind there are two different textured grips Talon offers: rubber and granulate.
Which one should you choose?
Read this article and you’ll know exactly which grip texture is best for you. When you do, my last recommended firearm accessory is a…
Number 3: Holster
If you have a firearm and plan on carrying it with you, I HIGHLY recommend getting a holster.
And not any type of holster. You want one that is durable, easily-accessible and comfortable enough to actually wear.
Enter: Concealment Express KYDEX Holster.
Their holsters are perfect for inside the waistband (IWB) and appendix inside the waistband (AIWB). In addition, they’re insanely affordable — under $40.
Other great holster brands that I personally recommend are CrossBreed, Zero-Nine, Alien Gear and Clinger. But the important thing is this: get a quality holster and it’ll pay itself back in ease-of-use and protection.
With that said, it’s time for me to ask you…
What Do You Think?
These are my top 3 gun accessory recommendations.
Sure, there are more but these personally were the most game-changing.
That said, I’d like to hear from you: which gun accessory was the most life-changing for you?
Whatever the case, let me know your thoughts by leaving a quick comment down below.
Richard Douglas is nicknamed the “James Bond of Scopes” by his friends. Why? Because he knows A LOT about scopes. After all, Richard is an avid rifle scope user for over 10 years. He now reviews scopes and shares his findings exclusively on his blog, Scopes Field.
TALON Grips 4th of July Sale is happening July 4th, 2019.
- The sale is from 12am to 11:59pm July 4th, 2019 MST
- Rubber-Black and Granulate Black Gun, Taser, and phone grips will be $13.99 each
- Rubber-Moss Gun, Taser, and phone grips will be $15.99 each
- No coupon code is needed
Go to TalonGunGrips.com on July 4th place your order and $4 will be automatically deducted from each Gun, Taser, and Phone grip you purchase. We will still be offering free standard shipping.
Thank you for your loyalty,
The TALON Team