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Top 3 Things to Know When Buying Your First Gun

Have you ever said to yourself “if I knew then what I know now…”? I find myself saying it quite often as of late. Considering this is a gun blog, I’m thinking you can guess where I’m going with this. If you’ve read the “About Us” section, you’ll remember that I was originally all self taught. I had to learn through trial and error and it was a long time before I could get formal training. I’ve made some mistakes over the years when it comes to buying guns and guns in general. Nothing dangerous, mind you. Just some assumptions I made that turned out to be so, so wrong.

Let’s take a moment to reflect on those mistakes so that you don’t risk wasting money like I did.


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Free For All Friday 7-18-2014: Keep it clean!

Oddly enough, I got a lot of interest on last week's Warhammer question. I might have to start imposing the same restrictions on Warhammer that I do on Doctor Who lest this blog stray too far from its given subject: helping new gun owners. That being said, let's help!

"Cleaning Kits and supplies. Maybe we spoke of this in the past, but I can't find it. Can you please break it down by rifle/shotgun and pistol? I have both. I have found kits, sprays, bore snakes and all type of brushes. What do I need at a min and what do I really need? I have the basis "gun cleaning kit" for $20 or so. Yes, it works, but I get the feeling I need something else. Especially sprays or oil. As always, thanks for your help!" -Skylar R.

Answer after the jump!

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Beginner Gun Review: The Smith & Wesson M&P C.O.R.E. 9mm

In my first unofficial post on Gun Noob (helping to answer a Free For all Friday question), I mentioned that I recently retired my 9mm Beretta PX4 compact in favor of a 9mm XDS 3.3." The PX4 was fulfilling dual roles, as both a carry/self defense gun and a range toy. Now that I have a little more disposable income (not really, but I keep telling myself that) I decided to replace one do-it-all gun with two more specialized pieces. Since I am looking to start competing with a pistol, I did some shopping around and decided to buy myself a Smith and Wesson M&P C.O.R.E. 5" in 9mm. I can't shoot Glocks worth a damn (wrong grip angle) and as much as I like the XD series (I do own one after-all) the M&P just felt 'right' in my hands. Besides, Jerry Miculek shoots one and who am I to argue with the master. 

Full review after the jump!

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Free For All Friday 7/11/2014: Shotguns and Tiny Plastic Armies...

“As we've spoken, I am getting into Trap and Skeet shooting. I would like to get a shotgun specifically for this sport. I have been looking at the Stoeger Competition Condor, which you gave great reviews. My question is, is there another shotgun one step above this one? From all of my research, everyone starts with this one, but quickly moves to something else.I would rather start with a gun that is a step from from this one. As long as it does not cost too much! What are your thoughts? thanks as always” -Skylar R.

“I know this isn't gun related but I saw you mention Warhammer a while back. I've been thinking of picking it up and was wondering what you suggested for a good starter army.” -David J.

Answers after the jump!

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Shooting with Arthritis

We all get older. I hate to start an article out by bringing up a stark reminder of our mortality but, as the saying goes, the only definites in life are death and taxes. As we get older, things start to break down. Maybe our vision or hearing might fade. Sometimes the coordination or reaction time might not be what it used to be. There’s a good chance, however, that you’re going to wind up as one of the millions of people suffering from arthritis. Wow...that has been a very depressing opening. Quick! We need a palate cleanser!

How do you get a sweet 80-year-old lady to say the F word?
Get another sweet little 80-year-old lady to yell “BINGO”!

And we’re back. Arthritis is a pretty nasty degenerative disorder that affects the joints in your skeleton. The term “arthritis” itself is more of a blanket term to group a large number of ailments and exactly how each one affects a person is different. While it can affect any joints in the body, for this article we’re going to be talking about the hands.

Article after the jump!

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Concern Kalashnikov Introduces IZ-132 Upgrade

For Immediate Release – Press Alert

With over 200 years of battle proven firearm manufacturing experience, Concern Kalashnikov understands the importance of legacy building... and giving tactical operators what they need to succeed in the field. Among those needs, the famed IZ132 has stood at the ready for decades as the premier go-to tactical firearm and 2014 is no different with kind of option upgrades and rugged durability that makes your environment a safer, more versatile place whether shooting, hunting or standing your ground.

Full press release after jump...

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Hollow Points vs. Full Metal Jacket Ammo

There’s kind of an unwritten rule of firearm ammunition: use hollow points for your carry/home defense guns and use full metal jacket (FMJ) for practice. This is mainly due to the fact that FMJ rounds are significantly cheaper than your average hollow point. It’s also due to the fact that, from a “put the attacker down” point of view, FMJ rounds aren’t exactly ideal.

That’s not to say that FMJ rounds are useless for defense. Far from it, in fact. Our military uses only FMJ rounds. This is due to an international treaty that was signed many (MANY) years ago that forbids the use of expanding rounds. That same treaty also bans the dropping of grenades from hot air balloons, mind you, so some of the stuff might be outdated in the grand scheme of things but that’s a conversation for our Facebook page at some point.

But I digress, the FMJ is still a bullet and will still punch a hole in your average bad guy. Stories of people “shrugging off” FMJ rounds because they “just passed right through” are rare and often exaggerated. So why do we use hollow points then?

While a full metal jacket round will still drop a bad guy, a hollow point will do it just a little bit better. That’s not to say there aren’t all kinds of misconceptions about hollow points as well. What I want to do today is talk about both rounds and touch on the misconceptions of both.

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Free For All Friday 6-27-2014: Rare guns and CCW positions...

I got married a couple years ago to the lovely Mrs. Noob. Due to various reasons, we weren’t able to go on our honeymoon right away. Last week, we finally were able to go. We spent a week in Buffettstan a.k.a. Key West, Florida. Amazing how a week of being almost completely unplugged from everything helps clear the mind. As much as I feel refreshed and ready to go, it’s still hard to get back into the swing of things. I came back to a bunch of emails and messages and I’m slowly working my way through them. Side note: there are a surprisingly large number of gun ranges in the Florida Keys. Didn’t expect that, for some reason.

Time to trim up our pencil thin mustaches, have a cheeseburger in paradise and change some latitudes and attitudes with this week’s Free For All Friday questions!

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A Review Retrospective

Have you ever bought something and immediately loved it? Then, after more and more time using it, you start to notice little issues with it here and there. Initially, they’re just filed away in your brain under the “huh, that’s weird” category. Eventually those little issues either get more and more annoying or you start noticing glaring problems. After enough time, they honeymoon is over and that thing you initially loved turns out to be a festering hunk of crap. No, I’m not talking about my first marriage. I’m talking about the guns we’ve reviewed here at Gun Noob. Actually, let me clarify that a bit: I’m going over the guns that I’ve personally reviewed. Some of the guns were reviewed by other writers who have since moved on so I can’t realistically give an update on those.

Let's take a trip down memory lane after the jump! 

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Free For All Friday, 6-13-2014: Clay shooting, magazine springs, point shooting and Archangel stocks

Usually on Free For All Fridays, I start out with a few random thoughts then get to the questions. More often than not, those random thoughts have nothing to do with guns or even the questions themselves. They are just whatever I happen to be thinking about whenever I go to put the Q&A’s together in a presentable format. Today, we have the largest number of questions in one FFAF so far so I’m going to skip the randomness for now and jump right into it!

Questions after the jump!

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