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What are Sticky Holsters? My co-worker uses one for concealed carry. Do you recommend them?

-From Brandon F.

Answer: Sticky Holsters are designed for inside-the-waistband use, but the smaller sizes also work well for pocket use.

Basically, the construction of the holster uses the pressure from your waistband to secure both the holster and the gun against your body.

In other words, the holster doesn’t have any clips or loops, as the “sticky” exterior keeps the holster in place.

I personally don’t like these holsters for inside waistband use, but I do like them as pocket holsters.

 

If you were to build your own AR-15 from the ground up, what parts would you use, what businesses would you work with, what websites would you use to source the parts?

-From Gary L.

Answer: The place I recommend is a gun shop here in Southern Utah called Dixie Gun Worx. The guys there do great work and can help you get all the parts you need to build your own firearm.

It doesn’t matter where you live in the U.S. They can ship your parts or point you in the right direction if you are looking for something specific.

If you want to go cheap and get lower cost parts to build your gun, then check out Palmetto State Armory.

 

Let’s say during a home invasion in the middle of the night, you grab your AR and get ready for business. What are your thoughts about hearing protection? Would you use any hearing protection or would that process take too long? The sound of firing an AR in a hallway would be pretty tough on the ears.

-From James G.

Answer: In a life-or-death situation, putting on hearing protection or even worrying about it, is the least of my worries. My number one priority is stopping the intruder and protecting my family.

Shooting a few rounds from an AR is not going to cause any serious damage to my ears. If you did it daily, that would certainly not be a good idea.

But, if you get in a gunfight in your home, you will be fine. (You can also do research on the auditory exclusion that happens during tense situations.)

Our body’s response to the stress can help block out sound.

So, I would never worry about putting on hearing protection and I don’t use any as part of my home defense plan.

 

I recently purchased my first gun for concealed carry. It’s a Glock 23 and it only took a year to get. It’s a .40 caliber. Is this better than a 9mm?

-From Tim S.

Answer: The Glock 19 and the Glock 23 are nearly identical to each other except the Glock 23 is a .40 caliber and the Glock 19 is a 9mm.

Now, there has always been the fact that the .40 provides more stopping power, which is why many people prefer the 23 to the 19.

With that being said, with the quality of ammo you can buy these days I’m completely confident carrying a 9mm defensive round and I trust that it will stop a threat.

I know there are a lot of people who still say a .40 is better, but the Glock 19 has less recoil and is easier to shoot more accurately.

Both guns are solid options to own.

 

I use graphite as lubricant on my firearms. It works into the metal and does not attract dirt like gun lube. It also makes cleaning after shooting a bit easier…What are your thoughts on graphite for lubrication?

-From Chad M.

Answer: I believe that dry lubricants don’t do as well of a job at lubricating the moving parts of the firearm. Both dry and wet options can be used and each have their advantages, but I personally like to use a liquid lubricant.

If you use graphite, make sure its weapons grade, natural graphite. I’ve known a few people who use graphite on heavy automatic weapons, especially in desert conditions.

Before using graphite make sure all parts are completely stripped of “wet” lubes and greases. Never apply oils or greases on top of graphite.

 

There has been a rise in home invasions in my city. So, I added a door brace to all my exterior doors to prevent them from being kicked in. But what do I do if one of my family members calls 911 for help and the police or medical personnel can’t get through the door?

-From Keegan L.

Answer: Adding a door security device is a great idea for home security. Most of these devices work by reinforcing the door to make it harder to kick in or break down.

With that being said, door security devices don’t 100% guarantee someone won’t break through the door.

My point is, during a medical emergency, a trained fire crew with axes and chainsaws should have no trouble getting through the door.

Obviously, it won’t be easily kicked in like most doors. But the police and firefighters have tools that will make sure they get in during an emergency.

And if they can’t get through your door, they’ll just go through a window.

If home invasions are a problem in your area, I would make sure to have a good security system as well. An alarm and camera system might deter the bad guys from picking your house in the first place.

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