Noob News

Grab the Bull By the Pup (Get It? Bullpup?)

Every now and then, you get a trend that seems to pop up out of nowhere. Once one company latches on to it, more and more come on board. Next thing you know, it’s the new standard. The fun thing is, often times that “new trend” is nowhere near new. It’s just someone took an old concept and finally got it right. Take smartphones, for example. They’ve been around, sort of, for a long time now. The Palm PDA by 3Com was a big jump in technology and eventually came with cell service for email and such. This was years before Apple even started considering the iPhone. Believe it or not, there was one of those “House of the Future” type of videos in the 1950’s that almost perfectly described the iPhone as it exists today! There truly is nothing new under the sun.

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GunUp Sponsors BJ Norris

Sioux Falls, SD - GunUp Inc is proud to announce their sponsorship of BJ Norris in the 3Gun Nation Pro Series. BJ Norris is a talented shooter with multiple national and world championships under his belt. This year he'll be competing in the 3Gun Nation Pro Series for the first time with the support of GunUp.   "I'm excited to be sponsored by GunUp," said Norris. "It's great to be working with a company that not only reaches out to the emerging gun culture but also supports the traditional shooting community through the shooting sports." GunUp Inc provides the first true one stop shop experience for firearms consumers. GunUp's customers can read articles and research their purchases in GunUp the Magazine, learn the latest news and info from the GunUp Blog Network, and purchase firearms directly from GunUp Shop at GunUp also provides advertising solutions for companies in the shooting sports industry through GunUp the Magazine and the GunUp Advertising Network.   From Caleb ...

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Reloading and You: A New Guide and Section!

In an attempt to cover starter information for all things gun, we're proud to announce the launch of a new Reloading section of the site! In the coming weeks/months, we'll be adding more guides and videos to help get you started in the world of reloading your own ammo.

The first guide we've added is the Getting Started Guide where we talk about why you should start reloading, why you shouldn't and what you're ultimately going to need.

Head on over and check it out!

Thinking Like a Criminal: Change your Key Code!

You've got a home alarm, one of those neat keypad things for your garage and a gun safe and they all have digital keypads. So when was the last time you changed your code? Every time you push one of those numbers, it affects the button you push. The plastic is worn down by a minute amount. The paint is worn off a tiny bit. Some of the oils from your finger is left on the button. After even a short period, the most commonly hit keys are going to be obvious.


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Credit Crunch: Inexpensive guns to get you started

Let’s face it: money is tight. Even in the best of economies, people like me still have a tendency to live paycheck to paycheck. That means we might not always have the cash on hand to get that shiny H&K or Wilson 1911 we’ve been staring at in the gun store’s cases. Granted, most stores offer layaways but trying to come up with $1000 over a couple of months is still a large order.

So if you want to get a gun, what’s the cash strapped to do? The good news is, there’s a couple of options. In even the worst times, I can generally come up with $550 over a 3 month layaway so I’m setting that as a budget. By the way, I’m going solely by the MSRP prices. Remember, the street value is always lower, even in this panic buying time we have now.

So let’s see what’s out there, shall we?


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Let's Get to the (Natural) Point...

If you ever get the chance to shoot a variety of guns at one range session, you might notice that you’ll do better with some pistols than others. For example, I can shoot quite well with a Springfield XDm but I can barely hit anything with my friend’s FNX-45. Now, I’m not going to sit here and say my distinct lack of skill isn’t a factor. At the same time, it might not be entirely my fault. 

Yes, I’m going to show you why you might be able to blame the gun (up to a point).

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Gear Review: Leatherman MUT

Leatherman tools rock. Period. End of story. If they had been around just a bit earlier, you can bet that MacGyver would have carried one of them instead of a Swiss Army Knife. The utility of these things is beyond compare. You not only get blades and screwdrivers and a bunch of other tools, just like the Swiss Army Knife, but you also get a pair of pliers as well. All of it is contained in a easily carried package.

Needless to say, I've had a Leatherman tool as part of my everyday carry kit for a long time.


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Gear Review: Lucid HD7 Red Dot Sight (and magnifier)

So I recently built an AR-15. I don’t remember but I might have written a couple of posts on it. Maybe a video or two... 

Anyway, after getting it finished, I had slapped some pop-up iron sights on it then set out to find a nice red dot sight. If you’ve ever priced a red dot sight, they’re not cheap. Ok, some of them are cheap but therein lies the problem. After dumping all this money into the gun, I didn’t have a hefty sum of cash for an EOTech or Aimpoint. I did, however, find a generic red dot at a gun show for $70. Score! 

As it turns “score”. I could not get this thing to zero to save my life. I finally gave up and said “for now I’ll just aim 2 feet above the target”. That’s not ideal by any stretch of the imagination. It looked like I was going to have to start saving a bunch of cash for an EOTech. 

I was complaining about my poor purchase to TJ when he suggested I look into the Lucid HD7. I had never heard of it before but he said he loved his so I checked it out. My first stop was Amazon. The price was good at under $300 ($279 + shipping, in this case). Even more importantly, it was pretty much universally loved in the customer review section. That’s almost unheard of at Amazon. I wasn’t able to order it immediately but it was at the top of my wish list. I finally put in the order recently and now hold it in my grubby little hands. 

So let’s talk about it for a moment... 

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Gear Review: LaserLyte Laser Training System (LTS)

A great way to improve your shooting is to shoot. The best way to improve your shooting is to shoot well. You could go to a range every day, close your eyes and blast through a magazine full of rounds while holding the gun gangsta style and never improve one tiny bit. If you go to a range every day, slow things down, make sure that every aspect of your shot is right every time you shoot, there is no way you won’t improve. This puts the fundamentals of shooting (stance, grip, sight picture, trigger control) at the utmost importance. 

Wait...check is the utmost importance. The fundamentals are second. Back to the review... 

Let me preface everything I say moving forward with the following statement (which will be reiterated multiple times): Nothing can possibly substitute for range time. There is nothing you can do to avoid the range if your goal is to be even an acceptable shooter, not just an awesome shooter. Got it? Good. 

The problem is that ammo is expensive right now, difficult to find and ranges are crowded. It makes things difficult to get the practice we want. Dry fire practice is ok but it still leaves out that needed feedback of “would that shot have hit anything?”, which is the ultimate goal of shooting. 

Enter LaserLyte with their “LaserLyte Training System”. The LTS system is made up of two components: a laser that fits inside of the gun and a target that detects the laser beam. LaserLyte offer two options for the target: a larger target for stationary bulleye shooting and also a recently released “LTS ReactionTyme” target which consists of two very small targets that are made to test reaction time and dynamic targeting. This review, however, pertains only to the standard LTS Target.  

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Ready to Deploy (RTD) Rack

When I was at SHOT Show, I got to play with the Ready to Deploy Rack. This was a device that can either be mounted in the trunk of a car, walls, cabinets, safes or whatever. It locks down the rifle or shotgun in such a way that completely disables it while it’s in the device. You can’t chamber a round, fire or disassemble the gun in any way. Basically, when it’s locked in place the gun becomes a useless hunk of metal. 

Then, if you need it in a hurry, you can enter a code on the keypad and the gun is instantly released. You can also use an RFID card or even a physical key. This isn’t a case like gun safes where you have to decide if you want the keypad or the infuriating dial thingy; All three options are present on every RTD model. 

It can store 500-1000 different codes. There’s an option for an anti-tamper alarm.

Best of all? The MSRP is $449!

The "want" is strong with this one...

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