The Holster Store – Gun Holsters

The Holster Store will be giving away all of its profits on its pink holster for the month of October. We strongly encourage woman shooters to take a look at The Holster Store products. They are a great company that has really been very successful in making a line of leather holsters that are reasonably priced. They are manufacturer located in Central Florida.


Pink Leather Holster

October as everyone knows is Breast Cancer awareness month and what better way to support woman then to accessorize! This is a perfect holiday gift for a woman and Christmas is just around the corner. The current pink holster available from The Holster Store is for either IWB (Inside the Waistband) or OWB (Outside the Waistband).  They also mentioned that by attaching a large piece of Velcro to the other side you can easily put this into a purse.

Taurus International – Company Review – Taurus Review

As a owner of a local gun store located in Central Florida, I would personally like to take the time to give my personal opinions of Taurus International. Taurus International has played a major role in the success of our gun store. We strive to provide quality products at a good price point. Taurus has been there to provide us with every style of handgun need. Ranging from .22lr to 410.




Taurus International has come a long way in manufacturing and in the USA. In over 10 years of selling Taurus products we have watched this company grow tremendously. The company has grown to be a international brand in the firearms market. Taurus has made game changing designs that no other manufactuer  dare to try. For instance the Taurus .380 revolver, the Judge, and even the Raging Judge. These weapons are unbelievable and has been a major success in our local store.


Taurus International has been on top with its new designs from slim 9mm’s, high capacity pistols, and incredible revolvers. Taurus also recently started the carry on movement. Mark Kresser (CEO), has done an outstanding job at getting Taurus on track to becoming one of the most successful gun manufactures in the country.


Our hat is off to Mark and the Taurus team. Your hard work is noticed and we personally would like to thank you for making great products that are reasonably priced with astounding customer service.



Vortex Strikefire Review

Well, I’ve finally put this optic through its’ paces and it’s still going strong.   Here’s what I’ve found…
I have used Aimpoints, Trijicons, and EOTechs extensively at work and also owned several ‘budget friendly’ red dots so I have a pretty broad base of red dot optic/holographic optic experience to reference when I was evaluating the Vortex.

Durability:  I ran a total of 900 rounds on 4 different trips to the range through my AR using this optic.  I shot it in the pouring rain, 0 degree temperatures, and two more shooter friendly occasions (60-80 degrees and sunny).   This optic always turned on/off positively, never fogged up, and never lost zero.   On that note, I mounted it using the “Extra High Mount” (as they call it) which allows for co-witnessing with most standard sights.  I used a very small amount of blue loctite on the screws when mounting and I took the optic off and re-mounted it twice to see if it would maintain zero—it did.  I dropped the rifle on its’ side a few times from arms length; still maintained zero.   While this isn’t exactly military torture testing, it proved durable enough for the type of use the average shooter would put it through.

Red Dot:  This has the most ‘crisp’ dot I’ve seen on a red-dot under $200.   It is an adjustable 4 MOA dot and that seemed to be true in my testing.  On the testing rifle (PSA heavy 16” mid-length with free float rail; this is the most accurate AR I personally own…) I was able to achieve 3” groups at 100m using this optic and Hornady BTHP 75gr TAP ammo.   With Silver Bear 62gr HPs I had several 4” groups.   So, with a 4 MOA dot, that’s about as good as it gets.    The dot is adjustable with half MOA clicks.   The optic comes with a screw in 2x magnifier, but I didn’t find that it helped my accuracy at distance.   A 4 MOA dot magnified is still 4 MOA after all….

Ergos:  Overall I found them to be good.  The adjustment buttons are small but that’s not necessarily a bad thing as it makes them less likely to be bumped.  If I could design an optic, I’d have the power button in a different location though.    I’d have it maybe on top or more to the front away from the other controls.  Under stress in low light conditions it may be difficult to turn on as it is currently configured….
The #1 thing I would change about this optic is the flip up lens covers.  I would make them clear.   There’s really no reason to have black covers in my opinion.   Clear flip lenses allow you to shoot without activating the covers, should you be pressed for time.  This is a very real possibility in a home defense type of situation.    Obviously, you could change these out and I very likely will do so.

Bottom Line: I would (and have) recommend this optic for someone looking for a quality red dot under $200.  I picked this one up for $140 with shipping; at that price it’s a great value.   The main competitior in this price range would be the Lucid HD7 ( which is another red dot that I’ve had very good results using.    The big advantage the Lucid offers over the Vortex is more reticle options, but the dot on the Vortex is crisper, no doubt about it.    The Lucid also seems to have a more robust mount, but I haven’t had any issues with the Vortex so that may just be my perception.   That said, the Vortex Strikefire is a standard 30mm tube so it has a greater variety of mounting options; it’s not just limited to the AR market.
Here’s some more photos of the Vortex as tested:

Glock 22 Generation 4 Review

Just passed the 1100 round mark with my Gen4 Glock 22 and think I have enough experience with it to write up a full review. Here goes…

Overall Impressions: As with all Glocks, you’re either going to love the way it feels in your hand or hate it mostly due to the grip angle. I happen to love it. One of the biggest reasons for the introduction of the Gen4 model Glocks was the very frequent complaint about the size of the grip for shooters with small hands. I have huge hands and go back and forth on which grip size (no insert or medium insert) I prefer. That said, every female shooter that has put any rounds through this gun prefers it with no backstraps FWIW. As always, each shooter is different and your mileage may vary…. I’m a big fan of the grip surface though; I can’t see any need for grip tape or stippling on the Gen4 guns at all. I think Glock got it right there.

Reliability: I don’t run torture tests on my guns since they’re mine and I had to pay for them! I purchased the gun, polished all the internals ($0.25 trigger job), and gave it a good cleaning with CLP.
All range trips have been between 100-400 round sessions with cleaning/lubrication performed after shooting. This gun has run flawlessly, 0 malfunctions of any kind. I’ve run Blazer aluminum cased FMJ 180gr, Remington Nickel-Plated 165gr & 180gr FMJ, Federal 180gr FMJ, and Federal HST 165gr JHP rounds through this gun. All have positively ejected at the 3-4 o’clock position with no rounds to the face as some have experienced with the 9mm Gen4 Glocks. All 1100 rounds were fired with a Streamlight TRL2 attached to the gun. I did that to test whether or not Glock’s Gen3 22 w/light issues were resolved and it seems they have been. Here’s a video of me shooting it (not the best video but you can see the ejection pattern; using Blazer 180gr here…):…dvYIYUBFmMJO0=

Shooting/Accuracy: I think the design of the Glock pistol really shines with the 40S&W round. The low bore axis combined with the grip angle make this famously ‘snappy’ round very manageable. Shooting relatively rapidly (similar speed to the video) I was able to keep all rounds in my 4” target at 10 meters. That is good enough for me for my defensive handguns with practice loads. I rarely shoot slow, controlled groups at 25m to test accuracy as I don’t consider it very relevant to defensive handgun shooting. That said, I’m sure this gun is capable of producing 2-3” groups on a rest at 25 meters; that said I haven’t confirmed this yet.

Durability: Well, Glocks are famous for their durability and I expect this gun to be no different. Glock claims one of the advantages of the Gen4 guns is the ‘improved’ recoil spring is that it is rated to last at least 5,000 rounds (as opposed to the 3,000 of the Gen3 guns). I’ve put about 7,000 rounds through one of my Gen3 17s and it is still running a factory spring with 0 malfunctions so I expect this gun to go beyond the 5K mark with no issues but time will tell.

My gun happens to have been produced (12/11) after Glock started using their new ‘nitriting’ process on the finish of their guns. So far, so good. I’ve carried this gun and done hundreds of holster presentations (perhaps more…) and the finish looks brand new.

Maintenance: Like all Glocks maintenance is a breeze. I did a detail strip of the gun yesterday just to see how dirty the gun was after going over the 1K mark. The gun was still very clean with only minor carbon deposits in the firing pin channel. No doubt in my mind that this gun could go a lot longer with very minimal cleaning and lubrication but I don’t plan on testing that.

Cost: In most locations, the Gen4 guns are going for about $40-50 more than their Gen3 counterparts coming in around $550. For most shooters the biggest difference will be the grip size. If you like the smaller grip, the Gen4 is probably the way to go. If not, it’s probably a toss up. The biggest cost consideration of this gun will probably be ammo but deals can be had on the 40S&W rounds if you keep a lookout on the internet; and reloading is the most economical way to go.

Final Thoughts: I love this gun. 0 malfunctions, accurate, durable, easy to clean… what’s not to like? This gun has made it onto my nightstand as my primary home defense handgun. I wouldn’t do that if I didn’t have absolute confidence in the gun.
To view the entire review and see more photos:

Sterling 9mm Carbine Review

Sterling 9mm Carbine report by: Berto

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I used Fiocchi 115gr fmj and tried some 124gr Gold Dots. The magazines for the Sterling hold 34rnds,  but usually run best with 30-32 loaded in.

Instead of followers, they actually use rollers, making it easier to load and helping reliability.

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Shooting was good, though I need to adjust the front sight and raise the POI and move it over right a few inches.
COM was rapid fire at 30ft and the head shots were 65ft.


Function was good with Fiocchi, but it doesn’t do Gold Dots…period. It would mash the hollowpoint and set back the bulet in the case from being slammed by the heavy bolt.
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I was able to get through enough Gold Dots to put up a nice six shot group, though way low and left at 65ft.

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The peep and post sights seem coarse, but they work well and recoil is pretty close to zero with only the heavy bolt bumping the sights off. Pretty much an easy shooter.



FNH FNP 45 Tactical Review

Review by: gunreviewsguy

Well, passed the 2k round mark on the FNP 45 Tactical this weekend and decided I had enough experience with it for a thorough review… Background:  The gun was developed for the US Joint Combat Pistol program that was later scrapped by the military.    But, that program gave us a lot of great guns, this being one of the finest.   The gun has fully ambidextrous controls and comes with a few goodies from the factory that include: 3 15 round magazines, factory night sights standard (raised for suppressor use), 4 interchangeable backstraps, numerous mounts for aftermarket red dot use, and a 5.3” hammer forged threaded barrel.  Shown here as it comes from the factory (minus the red dot):

Overall impressions:  This gun is big and bad; no doubt about it.   It certainly wasn’t developed to be a concealed carry piece.   It weighs 33oz empty, add to that 16 rounds of 45ACP and it feels extremely solid in the hand and like all FNP/X/S pistols points very naturally.    The trigger is traditional DA/SA, with the DA pull coming in consistently at 10.5lbs on my trigger gauge and the SA trigger pull coming in at a crisp 4lbs.
Let me also say, I ‘m a huge FNH fan.  I own a lot of their weapons and even used an A2 made by them in basic training.  I love the M240 Light they offer these days as well; it may be my favorite gun on planet earth.   So, I guess I’m a FNH “fan-boy” if you will.
Reliability: As the title says, I’ve put 2,000 rounds down the pipe of this gun and, of those, this gun has had 1 failure.  That failure was by a new shooter that wanted to try the gun out and the slide locked back after firing; it was almost certainly shooter error with him probably hitting the slide lock with his thumb…   I’ve never had a failure with it.   I’ve used mostly Blazer aluminum cased ammo but also, Federal FMJs, MFS FMJs, Aguila FMJs, Hornady TAP 230gr JHPs, Hornady TAP 230gr +p JHPs, Winchester Ranger 230gr JHPs, and Federal HST 230gr +p JHPs.   All fed reliably and the gun soaked up recoil regardless of the ammo used.
Accuracy:  IMO, this is where the FNP and FNX handguns really stand out among their peers.   In SA mode, this gun is an absolute tack driver.  I’d put it against any 1911 I’ve ever shot.    When using the red dot option, follow up shots are also extremely fast.  I have a 4MOA Optima 2000 (now the JPoint) on mine that I picked up on ebay for $155 and it works extremely well.   It really seems ‘unfair’ how accurate this gun is coupled with the fast target acquisition provided by the red dot sight and bright night sights.
Durability: I’ve had no issues with the gun at all.   I’ve seen reports of broken triggers on the early models but it has been a tank so far.
Maintenance: I clean and lubricate the gun after every time out (usually 100-200 round sessions) with good old CLP and use a little grease on the rails.   Takedown is extremely easy and doesn’t require the user to pull the trigger which is a turn off for a lot of people who are considering Glocks.  I don’t think it’s an issue, but I don’t want to go down that road…
Cost:  This is the biggest downside to this gun.   It’s expensive, no doubt about it.   It retails for anywhere between $900-1200.   That’s a hefty price tag for a non-1911 handgun.   FNH does offer a military discount for those eligible (this is how I purchased the pistol) and the discount is significant.  For people looking to save some cash the standard FNP 45 is also a great option, I own one as well and it has been great too.

Final thoughts: This is an excellent firearm and is the best DA/SA gun on the market in my view.  I know some will chime in with SIG and H&Ks; they’re fine guns as well but if I could only have one out of the lot I’d take this one.
Here are some more photos of the gun:
Review by “Gunreviewguy” on Feb. 20, 2012