Whether you are an amateur or a seasoned marksman, having the right gear for your firearm is a prerequisite. This article will discuss in detail some of the best shooting accessories to have. The accessories listed below might seem to be trivial, but trust me when I say these are the things that you need to have if you own a firearm.
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The best shooting accessories to have:
- Rifle Bag/Case
Irrespective of whether you are travelling to a shooting range or carrying your weapon to a combat situation, transportation of your firearms is a matter of prime importance. This is where owning a firearm case/bag would come in handy.
But the question lies in which one to choose from a rifle case or a rifle bag. While both serve the purpose, each has its advantages over the other.
- Hard Case
Get a hard case for your rifle if you are looking for top-notch protection, security, and water resistance. Know that while these cases offer extra protection, it can get heavy.
- Rifle Bag
Rifle bags, also known as soft cases, are an excellent lightweight option to carry your firearm around. These bags won't offer you as much protection as a hard case, but their insides are lined with soft foams that provide protection from jerks and fall from small heights.
Modern-day rifle bags are made out of waterproof and quick-drying materials such as neoprene with improvements such as removable straps for attachment, handles for easy carry & adjustment, and reinforced gusset for durability and strength.
Irrespective of whether you choose a case or a bag, it should have padding to support the weapon of your choice, a securing mechanism to hold it in place, and a place to accommodate your weapon's accessories.
From time immemorial, knives have been our most trusted friends. Whether you go hunting or on combat duty, you are not fully prepared without a knife. There are two types of knives:
- Combat Knives
Why would you ever need a knife in combat when you are carrying a firearm. It's quite natural to be skeptical about the benefits of having a knife in combat, but know that in hand to hand combat, you can better engage your opponent with a knife than a firearm.
It is estimated that a man armed with a knife can move 21-feet and engage the opponent before he/she is able to draw his gun and shoot.
- Hunting Knives
No hunter is fully prepared without a knife. In earlier days, there were knives for different functions, including gutting, deboning, skinning, and butchering. Gone are those days and now is the era of modern-day multipurpose hunting knives. Modern-day multipurpose hunting knives are a testament of innovative design & engineering known for their lightweight, sharpness, and sturdiness.
If you were to buy a hunting rifle, we advise you to spend some dollars on a good hunting rifle.
- Extra Magazines
Combat veterans say that you only need two rounds to stop a threat, but that's assuming your magazine doesn't fail on you & that you have adequate training. In a real-world situation, there are high chances of equipment malfunction & your adrenaline rush reducing your accuracy.
Aren't these enough reasons to buy a couple of extra magazines and keep them loaded? Having a spare magazine can mean the difference between life and death.
Carrying an extra magazine can also come in handy when you go hunting, shoot targets in a range, or in a competition.
Depending on your purpose, you can carry as many magazines you want but, be sure you have the best carry bag compatible in the market. You also need to be aware of your local & state laws on the number of magazines that you can carry. Many states have also imposed restrictions on the magazine size civilians are allowed to carry, be aware of that too.
- Ammo box
Investing money in an ammo box is indeed the best investment a gun owner or enthusiast should make. Ammo box can protect your ammunition whenever you have to step out during bad weather conditions and keep it dry for use. Having an Ammo box can come in handy, especially for people who go hunting.
To choose an ammo box from a long list of products in the market is a dilemma most firearm owners face. Before you invest your money in an ammo box, ensure that it has been tested for air and water tightness and is made of good quality steel.
If you are hesitant to spend money on a steel box, you can opt for plastic ammo boxes. While they lack the rigidity steel boxes offer, they are lighter in weight & corrosion resistant.
- Additional ammo
Without ammo, your gun is just an over-sized paperweight or club at best. When in need, the last thing you want is to run short on ammo. Which is why it is always advised to have additional ammunition.
Most ammunition has a 50+ year storage life if protected from oil vapors and humidity. This is where having the right ammo box can make a difference!
- Eye & Ear protection
If you have seen the movie "Black Hawk Down", you might have noticed how Twombly loses his hearing when his buddy fires the M240 Machine Gun close to his ears. Well, that is because the decibel level of gunfire causes immediate hearing damage.
Similarly, shrapnel from the ejected case can injure your eyes, which is why you should be wearing proper eye & ear protection while firing your weapon.
The list of must-have accessories doesn't stop at this. You would also need cleaning kits, targets for practice, muzzle lock, laser sighting, scopes, and a lot more. Feel free to check out our website for other shooting accessories.
To Sum Up
Those of you who have put their finger on the trigger at least a couple of times would know that comfort is the key to firing accuracy. Remember that having the right accessories can increase the chances of you hitting your target.
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