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9MM Chubbies – Competition Low Recoil Ammo

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So about a week ago, I talked about a new type of ammunition I have been shooting. They’re called 9MM Chubbies and they’re manufactured by Stand 1 Armory. Everything I’ve posted thus far about the round has been aimed at newer shooters. This post will hopefully bring a little more light to the intermediate and advanced shooters who are looking for a new 3 gun competition round.

Before we begin, The short post I mentioned earlier about how this round would be a perfect alternative for a newer shooters can be found on this blog and the video we made to go along with that can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=533B__H1YdI

So while that’s an awesome perk of the round, it’s not exactly why it was engineered in the first place. You see, at it’s core, the Stand 1 Armory 9mm Chubby round was designed as a high mass, low recoil round that would give competition shooters a big edge.

The bullet itself is a 147 grain projectile. Why go with 147 grain over 115? It’s simple. It needs to knock down steel plates at distance if it’s going to be a competition round. But where the lower recoil comes into play is the powder charge. It’s a -P load which means there is less powder but it’s also a different kind of powder. This powder is specific to Stand 1 Armory and they perfected it to be exactly where they need in order to reliably cycle damn near every gun but also keep the recoil as manageable as possible. The final caveat is that these loads also make minor power factor in USPSA or IDPA competitions.

In fact, on their website, they claim that the Chubby round has 35% less felt recoil than their standard 147 grain subsonic rounds. That’s a pretty bold statement. Even more bold, they say that it will reliably cycle virtually every 9mm firearm. So of course I had to put these things to the test.

I used a Smith & Wesson M&P Pro 9mm handgun and ran 3 full magazines through the gun. It’s not a lot, but it was enough to really get a feel for the ammo. I shot steel, I shot a USPSA mockup course, and I shot bullseye paper. I will tell you, this ammunition was… amazing. The felt recoil was absolutely noticeably lessened. In fact, by the end of my shooting time, I was getting to the point where I wasn’t losing my sight picture hardly at all. A few solid competition shooting fundamentals and this ammo can make for a very scared A-Zone.

Beyond just the recoil, I had zero malfunctions. Not once did I have any issues with the ammunition not cycling the slide or any failures whatsoever. Now granted, my gun is through the “break-in” stage and I have been shooting for a while. But it should be said that (as with any -P ammunition), without proper handgun fundamentals, you may experience issues with the ammo. If you get this ammunition, or any low powder ammunition for that matter, and you experience issues, please check your shooting fundamentals first before thinking the ammunition is bad. If you have any questions about grip or stance, we have some awesome videos on our channel at youtube.com/greenlightshooting.

So there you have it, my take on the Stand 1 Armory 9mm Chubbies. I loved these rounds. I will absolutely use them in my next USPSA match (which I’ll by sure to make a video and post about) and I’ll always make sure to have a few on hand for my fiance to shoot as well. But don’t take my word for it. Check out Stand 1 Armory’s website and order up some of your own. If you do, don’t forget to let us know how they work for you in the comments below.

You can find more information on the 9mm Chubbies here: http://www.stand1armory.com/store/p15/9MM_147gr_-P_%27CHUBBIES%27_REDUCED_RECOIL_FOR_3_GUN_%28MINOR_POWER_FACTOR%29.html

 

 

Smith & Wesson Shield VS Springfield XD-S

To keep with the theme of all of the concealed carry stuff I’ve been posting, I decided to link to this video comparing the XD-S and the Shield by Hickock45.

I included both of these guns in my Top 3 Concealed Carry Choices Under $600 video but I still get quite a few questions on both of them and people wondering what one is best for them.

Hickock45 does a great job as always explaining the ins and outs of each guns in a carry scenario. His videos are a bit long winded for me but I’m probably not his target market. If you’re getting ready to drop between $350 and $500 on a new gun, especially if it’s your first concealed carry gun, you want to know all the information you can. That’s where videos like this really come in handy.

As you guys know, I personally carry the Springfield XD-S in 45ACP. This video is comparing the 9mm version of each gun. I will say that my .45 is a touch on the ‘too snappy’ side. That is, at least for training on the range. I love the ballistic power of that cartridge but it really does start to wear on you practicing at the range. So a 9mm might be the perfect fit to bridge the gap.

I like how he delves into measuring every part of the gun as well. When you’re carrying a gun on your hip all day, from standing and walking, to sitting in a car or eating lunch, you really don’t want to be worried about if the gun is showing or if it’s poking into your side or whatever. I know that’s something I personally worry about from time to time. If I’m not wearing a big hoodie or jacket, I’m always concerned it my shirt is riding up or if the imprint from the gun can be seen. I think the Shield might have the edge in terms of sheer concealability. With that being said, I think the XD-S has better ergonomics (at least for my hand), and I prefer the grip safety over the manual thumb safety on the Shield.

Like Hickock says, there are tons of things you can say about each gun but at the end of the day, they’re both excellent concealed carry guns. You really can’t go wrong either way, it’s just a matter of personal preference. So, like I always say, get out and shoot them both. See what feels best in your hand, what feels best in a holster, what gun is easier to draw, etc. Then, come back here and let us know your thoughts on which gun is better for you.

Thanks for reading. We’ll catch ya on the next post here on Green Light Shooting.

Low Recoil 9mm Ammo

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Recently, I’ve been testing out a bunch of different factory 9mm rounds to see if I could tell a difference between reliability, accuracy, and recoil. I found some interesting things, but above all, I found a specific 9mm round that I just had to share. It’s called the 9mm Chubbie and it’s manufactured by Stand 1 Armory.

Stand 1 Armory is an ammo manufacturer out of Texas. They specialize in really high quality, hand inspected ammunition. I saw on their website that they produced this unique -P 9mm ammunition and just had to give it a try. I was really curious to try it out for 2 reasons.

First, the ammunition is actually manufactured specifically for competition shooting and I shoot USPSA matches from time to time so I thought this could give me an excellent edge.

But second, and this is almost more important to me, I wanted a 9mm round that had low enough recoil (but was still reliable enough) that my fiance could shoot it with no problems. She is a great shooter but she has only been shooting a handful of times and anything bigger than her Ruger SR22 still make her a little uneasy. Beyond just the recoil, I wanted to ensure that this round would cycle my gun every single time because there is nothing worse for a new shooter than a gun consistently jamming up.

So, I took my fiance to the range the other day and we tested out this -P ammunition. She was extremely nervous starting out. Like, to the point of wanting to leave before even taking the first shot. But after her first magazine, she was seriously jumping up and down with joy. She was ecstatic to be back at the range and shooting a full size handgun. This ammo absolutely helped to calm her nerves and by the end, it was all I could do get her to leave the range.

We’re releasing the full video of our trip to the range in just a few days so make sure not to miss it. Tricia (my fiance) is going to go over how she felt about shooting the -P ammunition in comparison to shooting the regular 9mm. She’s also going to show you her groups on the targets with each style.

This will be a great video for you if you have someone who is still learning to shoot or if you yourself are still trying to work up the full recoil of certain guns. Once this video airs, I’ll also do a more in depth post on the video, the ammunition, and what I personally thought while shooting it.

Make sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel at youtube.com/greenlightshooting so you don’t miss the video, then head back over here to see the full read up and review on Stand 1 Armory’s 9mm Chubbie ammunition.

For more information on Stand 1 Armory and their 9mm Chubbie ammunition, check out their website at www.stand1armory.com. If you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to contact their customer support team. Every opportunity I’ve had to speak with them has been a super positive experience.

Concealed Carry Holster Options for Guys

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When you’re starting out in concealed carry, it’s a little overwhelming. Not only are you worrying about the new responsibilities of carrying concealed and all the different gun choices, but you also have to think about how you’re going to carry it.

I’m writing this post specifically for males because I’ve been there and I know what worked and what didn’t work for me. Some of these options may work for females as well, but because of the difference in clothing, we plan to do another post just for women’s concealed carry.

So what kinds of options are out there for guys? I think the most common choices are: inside the waistband holster, outside the waistband holster, shoulder holster, ankle holster, and pocket holster. Of course there are other ways to carry, but from working in a gun store for a few years, these always seemed to be the most common choices.

So let’s break each one these down slightly and I’ll let you in on some of the pros and cons I’ve noticed with each one.

Inside the Waistband Holster – This is quite possibly the most common and easiest way to carry for guys. This is the way I personally choose to carry. Essentially, it’s a holster that fits between the top of your pants and your underwear. There is usually a clip that fits over the top of your pants and may even hook onto your belt. This secures the holster from moving around. There are tons of different styles of holsters. There are leather, kydex (kind of like a hard plastic), cross breed, and a few others. I personally like the leather/suede styles because they seem to fit the most comfortably. But once you’ve decided on the material and holster, then you have to decide where you want to position the holster. This just takes some playing around and getting used to. Some people like it in the front of their pants. Some like it on their lower back. Some like it on their hip. I personally have my holster situated barely behind my right hip bone. It’s far enough forward that I can draw pretty easily, but it’s comfortable to walk, run and sit with. — A little tip if you’re wanting to carry it in the small of your back. Get the opposite handed holster. So if you’re a right hander, get a left handed holster. This way, it’s natural to draw with your right hand. — One last tip, make sure you test sitting with the holster that you want. This is where I’ve found the most discomfort with holsters. You want to be able to sit naturally and for long periods of time if necessary in case you’re in a car or something.

Outside the Waistband Holster – This is a less common carry option but there are people who love it. This works especially well if you wear a suit jacket or even a baggy coat or top. This is almost always carried on the dominant hip with the clothing or jacket draped over to conceal it. There are a lot of options for material but the two most common I would say would probably be the kydex style or a nylon style. The nylon ones allow for a “pancake” shape. This keeps the gun’s profile slim and close to the body. The downside is, it doesn’t hold it’s shape and it tends to bounce around a little more. You’ll usually want some sort of retention on outside the waistband holsters as well since the gun is more exposed. Generally this can be something as simple as a strap that goes over the gun’s grip and buttons closed. On the kydex style, there may be a button or a certain movement that unlocks the gun. This is a very comfortable way to carry the gun but it’s one of the harder ways to actually keep it concealed.

Shoulder Holster – These holsters fit on a strap that you wear around your shoulders. Most of them fit on like backpack straps and then have the holster on the weak side of your body. This is a very comfortable holster style to wear but it’s very difficult to conceal in the everyday world unless you wear a suit jacket consistently. These are usually nylon or leather. They also usually have a button style release on the holster. A nice option is that some of them allow you to carry additional magazines and accessories on the other side of the shoulder strap.

Ankle Holster – This is one of the most commonly sought after holsters. I think it’s because most beginners think it is the most comfortable, out of the way option to carry concealed. While that may be true, it’s still somewhat awkward. Generally, it’s made of nylon and secured with velcro around your ankle. Obviously, the smaller the gun, the easier and more comfortable it will be to carry on your ankle. So on the plus side, it can be comfortable and it can be something that’s out of the way completely. On the down side, you can only carry a very small gun and drawing from it can be extremely awkward. You can’t lift your leg off the ground and draw from it. You have to physically bend over to reach the gun. This doesn’t seem like an ideal situation to me. I think the only time I could rationalize an ankle holster would be if it were for a backup weapon. There are many people who like to carry two guns. Usually they have one bigger one on their hip, and small, micro-carry on their ankle for backup. Other than that, it just doesn’t make sense.

Pocket Holster – Pocket holsters are certainly designed for a specific style of gun. Most importantly, the gun needs to fit in your pocket. Pocket holsters are usually made of something light and thin like nylon. You simply put the gun in the pouch and put the pouch in your pocket. There are usually no clips or anything. However, on some models, I have seen a stickier exterior on the holster so that when you draw the gun from the holster, the holster stays in your pocket. Pocket holsters are awesome because they’re extremely comfortable and easy to draw from. The only reservation I have with them is again, they only allow for a really small gun. They also take up some valuable pocket space.

So there you have it. A quick and dirty rundown of (what I think) are the most popular styles of holsters for male concealed carry. Hopefully those gave you a little more insight and at least narrowed down the playing field for you.

We’ll do a future post on individual holsters and the benefits of each style of material but for now, this should get you going. If you have any questions or feedback, leave them in the comments below. Let us know what you’re favorite way to carry is.