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CarryMeGear Holsters

CarryMeGear Holsters: Concealed Carry Holsters made in Utah

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland

Small of Back CarryMeGear holster for her GlockLook out, Utah! There is a new brand of gun holsters in the state and they are exclusively at Smith and Edwards. We know you are going to love them.

CarryMeGear is owned and operated by Smith and Edwards' own Mike Vause, right here in Ogden, UT. Mike is the Sporting Goods manager here and we are super excited to be carrying his handmade gun holsters!

Mike has spent most of his professional career in the shooting sports industry. For years, he has been looking for something new to bring to this growing market.

"I have owned and tried many holster styles and brands," he explained, "and decided to take some elements that I like and incorporate them into my thoughts and needs. I woke up one morning and said, 'Let's do this!'"

After a lot of work, trial and error, collaboration and help from his good friends, the first CarryMeGear Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) holster came to be.

Why Carry with Kydex?

Carry Me Gear holsters are made out of Kydex, which is a thermal plastic designed for heating and shaping for custom fit. Kydex is lightweight and durable, lasting longer than other materials.

Why is Kydex superior? It is thinner and easier to conceal, and it is sweat and weather resistant. You no longer have to wait for your holster to dry out, making these the perfect holsters for backpacking and hiking.

This Springfield XDS doesn't print with the CarryMeGear holster in kidney position.

This Springfield XDS doesn't print with the CarryMeGear holster in kidney position.

Mike Vause, designer of CarryMeGear holstersWhat sets CarryMeGear Apart?

When asked what sets CarryMeGear apart from brands we carry, Mike said, "The difference is adjustability of attachment and fit to the body. It spreads the load over a larger area than single attachment designs, and is sleeker than other 2-point, soft-back styles."

Still, the greatest things that set these holsters apart are: 1) they are handmade right in Ogden, so you'll be supporting a local business, and 2) they are about $10 less expensive than other great brands!

Additionally, each CarryMeGear holster is hand-fitted to a mold of the exact model of gun, and hand-sanded for snag-free carry.

We asked one of our buyers, Chris Jacobson, why he was so excited about the new CarryMeGear gun holsters. "These holsters are handmade locally in Ogden, UT and are fitted to your exact gun," he said. "The Inside-the-Waistband holster is surprisingly comfy. I personally own one and really enjoy using it."

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IWB holsters are especially popular because you can adjust to use your choice of strong side, kidney, or appendix carry. CarryMeGear holsters are even more comfortable because they are easily adjustable to fit every body shape and size.

The holster's forward and backward cant, or angle, can be adjusted. In addition, tension on the firearm itself can be increased or decreased. Screws and bushings also allow the holster to move closer to or away from the body.

IWB & OWB CarryMeGear Holsters

A Sig P238 is secure in an Inside-the-Waistband, left, or Outside-the-Waistband, right, CarryMeGear holster.

Outside the Box: OWB & Small-of-Back Carry

CarryMeGear also makes Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) holsters for strong side carry. Smith & Edwards carries these OWB holsters for several models of semiautomatic handguns, as well as a Smith and Wesson J-frame Revolver model.

OWB Sig P238 CarryMeGear handmade holster

This Sig P238 disappears completely in the CarryMeGear OWB holster.

Mike is also very aware of the needs of his customers, and is open to additional feedback and insights. Mike began working on Small-Of-Back holsters due to requests from women shooters.

The small of the back design allows ladies to carry while maintaining a natural hip silhouette. "We are designing, thinking, and testing more designs and products," he told me. "A Small-Of-Back (SOB) holster has been tested and approved by some of our Smith and Edwards concealed carry permit holders."

This Small of Back CarryMeGear Holster conceals her Glock perfectly!

This Small of Back CarryMeGear Holster conceals her Glock perfectly!

Look for the small-of-back holsters, magazine pouches, and even more styles of holsters from CarryMeGear at Smith & Edwards soon!

Get Yours at Smith & Edwards and on our Website

We know that you will love the CarryMeGear holsters, whether you are a CCP holder or looking for a good range holster. We love the CarryMeGear holsters and recommend them to everyone. You'll wonder how you ever lived without one!

Talk to one of our experts and try them today at Smith and Edwards. You can also find our selection of handgun holsters here on SmithandEdwards.com.

Tactical Clothing and Shooting Range Gear

Tactical & Concealed Carry Outfit for Him

- posted by Rose Marion

This spring we visited the Perry City Three Mile Creek shooting range to show off some of the new Tru-Spec® tactical clothing that Ryan, our Surplus manager, has added to his department, as well as the tactical & range bags we've just added to the Smith & Edwards online store.

Who else could we ask to model this cool gear but Tyler? Tyler works at our Gun Counter and has a first-hand grasp of what a shooter needs, both from a military and recreational viewpoint.

Tyler at the Three Mile Creek range in Perry, UT

Tyler at the Three Mile Creek range in Perry, UT: Showing off his Tru-Spec sweatshirt and tactical pants, and 5.11 drag bag.

Tyler got to stand around looking tacticool while I snapped photos, and then we got to shoot some video (and he got to shoot some targets). Nothing better than seeing it in action!

Tactical Pants

One of the most popular items Ryan's added is this line of tactical pants. While we stock both BDUs and tactical pants, these are the ones our customers strongly prefer. These Tru-Spec® tactical pants fit better and have great pockets. Plus, they hold up really well - whether you're bending and lifting a lot, lying prone to shoot, or wearing them for chores outside.
Tyler's Tru-Spec tactical pants
Tyler's wearing the Khaki Tan Tru-Spec® 24-7 Series Tactical Pants.

Range Bags

One of Tyler's favorites from the stack of tactical gear was this American flag Victory rifle case from Allen Tactical:
US Flag tactical rifle case by Allen Tactical

From rifle and handgun cases to duffel-style range bags and even backpacks with handgun compartments for the shooter who takes 5 handguns at a time to the range... we stock what you want!

GPS Tactical Backpack

Fit up to five handguns in their own individual cases in this G.P.S. tactical backpack!

Fit your ears, eyes, and ammo in a range bag from 5.11, US Peacekeeper, and Voodoo

Fit your ears, eyes, and ammo in a range bag from 5.11, US Peacekeeper, and Voodoo. Get yours here.

Do you also hunt as well as shoot targets? You'll find a HUGE range of rifle slings, in tactical styles as well as basic and Muddy Girl prints, at Smith & Edwards.
Gun Sling

As well as scopes, rangefinders, and binoculars.
Rifle scope

Don't forget your eyes & ears! Get your shooting hearing and eye protection here. You can also get shooting targets and snap caps on our website.

MOLLE Gear

Whether you've served our country in the armed forces or not, sometimes the best tactical bag is the bag you build yourself. You can find mil-spec MOLLE (MOdular Lightweight Looad-carrying Equipment) gear at Smith & Edwards from trusted names like Voodoo and 5.11. We also carry dump pouches, magazine pouches, medical pouches, and even grenade pouches for any configuration you can think of. Click here to explore MOLLE gear.

Concealed Carry & Tactical Shirts and Jackets

Tyler showing the Atlanco Concealed Carry Shirt

Tyler wearing his white Tru-Spec Men's 24-7 Series Short Sleeve Concealed Holster shirt. Get yours here.

This shirt is also available in black.

Tru-Spec Tactical Clothing at Smith & Edwards

Make sure & check out Tru-Spec's whole line of tactical shirts, jackets, and apparel at Smith & Edwards!

Tyler wore the Tru-Spec® 24-7 Series Tactical Softshell Jacket in Coyote, the Grid Fleece hoodie in black. Click to see the jackets yourself!

Paracord

Tyler made his own paracord survival bracelet - make your own with one of the 150+ colors we carry. Click here to see all colors of 550 paracord.
Paracord survival bracelet

Want more tactical?

Want to see all our tactical and shooting range gear? Want your own DOWNLOADABLE Smith & Edwards target? Click the link below!
Get your Range Accessories & Tactical Gear at Smith & Edwards! Click to shop.

Photography by Rose Marion.

Don't Get her a Gun for Valentine's Day! Relationship tips from Smith & Edwards

Valentine's Day Advice (Video)

- posted by Rose Marion

The guys of the Gun Counter at Smith & Edwards really have seen it all.

We've seen husbands and boyfriends who think they're getting her the perfect gift... but it doesn't go quite as planned.
Trust us - we KNOW how it goes!

Bonus Tip from one of our Fans

"My rule for Valentine's is to buy a gift that you won't mind being thrown at the back of your head. Appliance-bad. Flowers-not so bad." - posted on our Facebook page

...Thanks for the tip!

Key Takeaway

If she WANTS a gun, get her one, by all means! Get her the one she's been eyeing!

But if you have any doubt.... Don't get her a gun for Valentine's Day!
Play it safe with one of these woman-approved gifts:

Candles
Get her Candles!
Tip: "Romance"-scented candles are 25% off in February!
Wind Chimes
Wind Chimes
Bird Feeder
Get her a bird feeder so she can watch beautiful birds all summer!
Get your girlfriend a cuddly Beanie Boo stuffed animal!
Get your girlfriend a cuddly stuffed animal!
Baking goodies & kitchen gadgets
She'll love something new to bake with!
Cowboy Boots like in our Valentine's Day outfit!
Get her Ladies' cowboy boots

Let me know what you think!

Do you agree with this video? Do you have different advice? Let me know in the comments below!

And do YOU have a video request for Smith & Edwards? Do you need relationship advice, fashion advice, or help with a project? Leave a comment for what you want to see in our next video! :)

Mike showing us the essentials of handgun grip and stance

Handgun Grip & Stance for Marksmanship

- posted by Mike Vause

Long before James Bond drew a gun, pointed it, and shot the bad guy squarely in the chest...

He had to develop his form.

Grip and stance are the most important things to know about with any type of gun. Your grip keeps you safe and on-target. Your stance keeps you firmly planted and able to repeat a shot - and even move if necessary.

Maybe you love target practice, or maybe you are interested in getting into shooting competitions. Maybe you're interested in improving your accuracy for personal defense situations. Or - maybe you haven't actually gone to the gun range yet!

I made this video for you so that no matter your skill or experience level, you'll feel confident and EXCITED to head to the range!

Watch the Essentials of Handgun Grip & Stance

In the video, I gave you some good pointers:

  • Hold the gun in your dominant hand with the whole hand high in the grip but under the slide
  • Keep your thumbs next to each other on the other side of the gun
  • Hold your nondominant hand as a support, keeping the gun steady so you can repeat your shot
  • Try to keep both eyes open so you can see your target, and what you shot, better
  • Keep an athletic stance, with your knees bent
  • Lean in toward the gun, not backing away from it

With these tips you can head to the range, even as a beginner, and have a great time!

What do you want to know about marksmanship?

Want more marksmanship tips? Leave a comment with what you want to see, and I can make a more advanced video to address more in-depth marksmanship tips, now that we've covered the basics.

Enter to win a FREE Gun!

Yep - you could win one of 2 FREE handguns that we're giving away leading up to Range Day. Enter with your email address or Facebook account to enter to win!

In addition to what I showed you about form, every shooter, new or experienced, should know the 4 rules of gun safety.

The Four Rules of Gun Safety

  1. Treat every gun as if it's loaded. Guns require a heavy level of respect. Don't make the news: always assume the gun is loaded.
    Before you clean your gun or hand it to someone to use, check there's no ammunition. Eject the magazine, check the chamber visually and with your finger. Even when cleaning or handling a gun you know is empty, follow the following three rules.
  2. Never point a gun at anything you're not willing to destroy. A gun always has to point at something. Make sure it's a wall, a table, or the ground. At the Range, it's good practice to always keep the gun pointing down range, at the targets.
  3. Always know what your target is - and what's BEYOND it. This is important for home defense more than at the range: if you fire your gun, what will the bullet hit behind your target?
  4. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are aimed at the target & ready to fire.
    In the movies you see good guys and bad guys running around with their finger on the trigger. In real life, that's an easy way to get hurt in a hurry. It's easy to get startled or twitch, and the first thing that's going to happen is pulling the trigger. It's just instinct. So as Blaine showed in the video, keep your finger on the frame of the gun until you're in place and ready to shoot.

I'll see you at Range Day! Every lane at Range Day will have a gun for you to shoot as well as a Smith & Edwards or manufacturer representative to help you load the gun and shoot it safely. We're here to help you have a good time!

Get your Ammo Pass here or at the Gun Counter at Smith & Edwards.

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel, and join our email list here.

 

Smith & Edwards reviewing the Springfield XD Line

Talking About What's COOL at Springfield Right Now

- posted by Rose Marion

Sporting Goods managers Mike Vause and Chris Jacobson took me out to the Perry Three Mile Creek gun range this month so we could check out some of the Springfields that will be available to shoot at Range Day 2015 on June 12, 2015.

Take a look:

Your 2015 Ammo Pass for Range Day gets you...Just wait til next week, you'll get to see Mike and me going head-to-head shooting Springfields, from a very unique perspective...

Get your ammo pass today for Range Day 2015 at the Sporting Goods counter, or online!

(You've already got your vacation day booked, right?)

You're already on our email list, right? Look at how awesome you are!

 

 
K Rounds Kydex Holsters review

Brand new Kydex Holsters made in USA

- posted by Eric Halter
K Rounds makes both IWB and OWB holsters from Kydex

K Rounds makes both IWB (Inside the Waistband) and OWB (Outside the Wasitband) holsters out of Kydex.

I wanted to take a minute and tell you about a new holster line that we have added to our inventory here at Smith and Edwards. Kydex holsters by K Rounds LLC.

As the Hunting Department buyer, I see a lot of products in the industry and have developed a lot of opinions about holsters from my many years of carrying a firearm every day in my work.

Historically, I would have to admit that I am very much a "fine leather" kind of guy. Good leather holsters that are hand boned and fitted to a particular handgun has always been my first choice.

What I've seen before with Kydex

As Kydex started to come on the market, early versions that came my way did not impress me. In fact, some I have seen are very crude and not very well finished at all. Some were very poorly designed and assembled even worse and all had rough edges that would scratch you at best and always snagged on your clothing. Not good at all. But they simply would not disappear from the market.

A few months ago, Scott Thorsted, one of our product reps, brought in a few samples of Kydex holsters from a manufacturer that I had not heard of. These holsters were from K Rounds of Tukwila, Washington.

OWB (outside the waistband) Kydex holster by K Rounds

OWB (outside the waistband) Kydex holster by K Rounds

An advantage that Kydex has over leather is that it is more resistant to wear and won't need cleaning or maintenance. Kydex is a hard plastic material that comes in flat sheets. So instead of making holsters that are injection molded, what they do is take the Kydex, heat it up in an oven until it is pliable, then they push it onto a mold as it cools, and cut it to shape.

How K Rounds Holsters are Different

It was apparent from the start that these K Rounds were fine holsters. The detail, engineering, fit and finish are excellent. The design of the OWI (Outside the Waistband) and the IWB (Inside the Waistband) is superbly done. Each has a tension screw that the user can adjust to increase or decrease the amount of tension you want from the holster on the handgun.

The fasteners are deeply blued and correctly chosen for the piece. One of my biggest pet peeves...scratchy rough edges...is non-existent. They also make mag-pouches and lite-pouches.

K Rounds Kydex 1911 Double Mag Holster

K Rounds Kydex concealment double magazine for .45 1911

They have a wide range of holsters made for specific handguns, including the Glock 42 and the Springfield XD(S).

K Rounds Kydex Glock 42 Holster

Kydex Glock 42 .380 OWB holster with belt loop by K Rounds

Kydex K Rounds Springfield XD(S) Holster

Kydex Springfield XD(S) Holster by K Rounds

K Rounds Springfield XD-S Kydex Holster

Back view: Kydex Springfield XD(S) IWB Holster by K Rounds

A little research on K Rounds reveals that all their holsters are hand made in Washington state by American craftsmen...imagine that! All their products offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

For pricing, we sell their products ranging from $29.99 to $59.99.

Stop by the store and let us show you this great new product.

Just announced: now you can win a Kydex holster FREE courtesy of K Rounds! Click here to enter.

Enter to win a FREE Kydex Holster from K Rounds!

Click the image and enter the Kydex Holster giveaway from K Rounds!

About our people

Eric Halter, Smith and Edwards

Eric Halter grew up in a family of gunsmiths and just kept the family tradition going. Recently he's gotten into doing the Cerakote™ firearm coatings.

Eric is the Hunting buyer for Smith and Edwards, and he also wrote a great post about Cleaning Your Rifle.

Families at Range Day

Range Day was a Blast!

- posted by Rose Marion

Smith and Edwards Range Day 2014 at the Three Mile Creek Range in Perry, UtahWow... if you came to the Perry City Range on Friday, June 13th, you had an amazing start to Father's Day weekend!

The Three Mile Creek Gun Range hosted about 250 people on Range Day, from people who came with their families to shoot, to Smith & Edwards staff, and even Karen Cronin, Perry City mayor.

Mayor Karen Cronin at Range Day 2014 in Perry, Utah

Perry Mayor Karen Cronin with Head Rangemaster Eric Halter (L) and Sporting Goods manager Mike Vause (R) from Smith & Edwards at the Three Mile Creek Range in Perry, Utah

Perry's Three Mile Creek Range was Amazing!

Karen Cronin, Mayor of Perry City, said that Range Day was "extremely successful!" "We owe a big thank you to Smith & Edwards and to all the employees that made it happen."

Range Day was "the first big event that we've partnered with private industry on so it was pretty exciting from the get go," Karen said. "What was really neat was the opportunities it gave the public to try out different guns, try out the gun range, and I hope it was helpful for Smith and Edwards to get the public exposed to the guns they carry."

"Now that Smith and Edwards has taken the first step, maybe different businesses will try it out and give shooters the experience of trying out their equipment at our Range."

Mayor Karen was happy to see the different families that came to see the Range and try out the guns and equipment at the range. "It was way cool," she said, to see kids with their parents in a "safe, controlled environment with the rangemasters there."

Head Rangemaster Eric Halter said the Range Day was a "smashing success." He said the goals of the Perry City Range are to introduce youth to shooting sports, and to host competitions and matches - and Range Day demonstrated that the Three Mile Creek Range is the perfect spot for that. Also a Smith & Edwards employee, Eric said he was thrilled to see shooters of all ages at the event, from families and novices to experienced shooters. Youth shooting at Range Day

Mike Vause, Sporting Goods buyer at Smith & Edwards, organized Range Day with the help of Perry City and Three Mile Creek Gun Range representatives, as well as manufacturers. "People had no idea that the event was going to have such support from manufacturers." Representatives from Springfield Armory, Browning, Crimson Trace, Desert Tech, NEMO, Spirit Ammunition, and Taylor Targets were there to support the event all day that Friday at the range.

About half the people Mike talked to had never realized that there was such a great gun range this close - a great gun range in Utah, right here in our back yard.

All 20 lanes at the Three Mile Creek Range had a gun to try out, and each lane had a Rangemaster, manufacturer's representative, or a Smith & Edwards employee to load the ammunition, help spot the targets, and if needed, guide the shooter on the gun they were trying.

We were happy to help guide novice shooters and families who were teaching their kids how to shoot!

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Concrete shooting bench at Perry City RangeEach lane has a concrete bench in great condition, and the Three Mile Creek Range features targets out to 500 yards. The plan is to have 1000 yard targets in the future!

The Range has 2 big sets of bleachers for families to watch the shoot. The parking lot is nice and had enough spots for us at Range Day. Plus, there's a speaker system so it was clear when shooting stopped for us to repaint targets.

The Perry shooting range is a great place to teach your kids to shoot, and target practice. It's a perfect spot for shooters of all ages.

Bleachers and Main Booth at Perry Range

 

Smith & Edwards' Range Day was the first major event held at the Perry shooting range. We're excited to see what more comes to Perry's Three Mile Creek Gun Range in the future!

What Happened at the Gun Range on Range Day

There were challenges:

Justin nailed a 500 yard target on his first shot!

Justin won this awesome hat from Desert Tech! He was the first to shoot a target at 500 yards on his first shot using the 308. Way to go Justin!!

There were giveaways:

We gave away 5 buckets of Remington 22s at the Range, and we had lots of other giveaways: 9mm and 45 ACP ammo from Spirit Ammunition, a TruGlo SCP TAC 30mm Scope, and a TruGlo 5 MOA Reticle.

Springfield Armory even gave us an XD-S pistol to give away in support of Range Day! Here's the lucky fella -

Springfield Armory XDS winner with Smith and EdwardsWe had a lot of help....

There were representatives from Springfield Armory, Browning, Spirit Ammunition, Desert Tech, Taylor Targets, Crimson Trace, and Nemo.

Crimson Trace demonstration

Trying out the Crimson Trace on the first lane - see the green dot?

NEMO at Range Day

Checking out what NEMO brought to Range Day

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Blaine from Springfield Armory assisting

Blaine from Springfield Armory assisting

Spirit Ammunition at Range Day

Bob with Spirit Ammunition, a Utah ammunition manufacturer, came out to show what ammo of his we stock at Smith & Edwards!

Browning at Smith and Edwards Range Day

Our Browning rep helped man a lane for Range Day

Browning rifles on display at Range Day

Browning rifles on display

And of course, there was food!

Mike and Eric ready to pass out pizza at Range Day

Lunch is ready!

What shooters thought of Range Day

We asked Connor Squires what he liked about Range Day:

The shooting. I love to shoot.

We asked Connor what handguns were his favorite. He said "All of the 9's." Rifles? "The 22s and the 223s. I loved them all."Kenny Jensen said Great day, can't wait for the next one on Facebook about Range Day at the Perry shooting range!
Brett Farrin said:

Where else can you take your 15 year old son and introduce him to some of the best guns on the market in a safe and healthy environment. We had a blast. Thank you Smith and Edwards for putting this together. We will definitely be supporting the 2nd annual Range Day!

I am not sure how it would work but a shotgun trap shoot would have been fun. There are a couple of shot guns I would have liked to pulled the trigger on.

I really like the Springfield XD 40. It is on my wish list. It was so fun to be able to put some bullets through these guns.

The HMR .17 was a lot of fun. It is not something I would have purchased but having shot it, it was one of our favorites. We also shot the 5.62 from Springfield. Now that I could own.

 

Perry City Range

About the Three Mile Creek Range

Construction of the Three Mile Creek Range began in 2012 and it now features 20 lanes and targets at 50, 100, 150, and 200 yards... and more expansion is planned, including an archery range, law enforcement training center, and 1000 yard targets.

If you're looking for a Utah shooting range to call home, we highly recommend the Three Mile Creek Range!

The Perry Three Mile Creek Range offers day passes and year passes. The Range is open to all shooters Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00-5:00pm except the first Saturday of the month, closed for maintenance.

The Perry gun range is located just north of the weigh station/point of entry west of I-15. Simply take 2950 S and head west under the I-15 overpass, then follow the road south. Take the first right and you're there - here's a link to the range on Google Maps.

Mayor Karen Cronin tells us that through the summer, Perry is working to get the training facility at the Three Mile Creek Range operational. The Range is going to take the inside of the training facility and refurbish it to make it more conducive to do training like hunter's safety for 30-50 people at a time. This includes an indoor classroom where groups could even do Powerpoint presentations for the class to bring the education portion of the sport to the Range, as well as a kitchenette for groups to host parties at the Range.

There may even be clay pigeon shooting at the Perry range in the future!

Here's what Mayor Karen Cronin said about the Perry Three Mile Creek Range:

Some people put in swimming pools, some people put in skate parks, we have to make a decision if there's something we want to sponsor. The gun range is a little out of the box, but we hope it'll reach a lot of family and individuals, and help the sport of shooting.

Check out the Range on Perry City's website here!

What do you think... Should we do it again?

Should Smith & Edwards collaborate with sponsors & Perry City again to bring back Range Day next year? Let us know in the comments below!

Thanks!

Thank YOU for coming and participating!
Thanks to Mayor Karen Cronin and the many people at Perry City and Three Mile Creek Range to help us put on the 2014 Smith & Edwards Range Day Event!
Thanks to our sponsors Springfield Armory, Crimson Trace, Tru Glo Optics, Nemo Firearms, Desert Tech, Taylor Targets, Browning, and Spirit Ammunition, for the prizes and time you donated to this event!
All of you helped us give our customers a fun event - THANK YOU!

Glock 42 in 380

Gun Review: Glock 42 .380

- posted by Mike Vause

Some say, "hideable handguns aren't fun to shoot."

There certainly has been a trend to buying small concealable pistols and revolvers. Many new shooters are inclined to buy the smallest size, but may not take into account ease of operation and recoil control.

Small guns can sometimes have the opposite of bold, high visibility sights; they can also produce more recoil than we expect. I personally like mid to larger handguns for that reason.

The American Public has, for the last few years, been buying a huge number of 380 ACP pistols. Some have loved their purchases, but I have personally seen a good number gravitate back to a larger pistol or even give up on the perfect pocket gun quest.

I vowed that I did not need another caliber to support; nor did I want a pistol that was not easy to shoot and find the target. I have struggled to find something small enough for everyday carry that would give me the accuracy standard I need.

I'll tell you what I think is a little bit of a funny story.

Glock 45 or 42?

At the 2014 S.H.O.T. Show - the big kickoff for the gun industry’s new products - Glock introduced two new pistols. The model 41, a big long barrel target 45ACP with a new thinner slide, and the model 42 a very small pistol in 380 ACP were introduced.

Glock 42 - image courtesy of Glock

My friend Scott was very impressed by the 380 subcompact gun and vowed to buy the first one that came into Smith & Edwards. I gravitated to the bigger 45 and made the same vow. Well, not too long after that, we received one of each at the store. Scott kept his promise and bought it that day.

Range Day with the Glock 42

I decided to go to the range that day with a couple of pistols that I had been shooting for some time. Scott offered to let me "break-in" his new acquisition; how could I say no? He even bought a box of ammo and said, "Shoot 10 of these and tell me how you like it!"

It was like Christmas all over again. I hurried off and was soon ready for the test.

Right off, I shot two 5 shot groups at about 10 yards. The little Glock 42 was smooth and the groups were tighter than I thought possible from a gun this small. The sights were easy to pick up and the recoil was minimal with no abrasion or discomfort.

I went on to shooting my bigger guns. They were ok, but I thought, Man, I think the little Glock is way easier to shoot acceptable groups. I know that I was only supposed to put 10 rounds down range with the free ammo, but I couldn't stop. I shot 10 more rounds and was amazed by how the little gun handled.

This happened a couple more times and when I looked down, the box was very near empty. I was convinced that I had to have a Glock 42.

I returned the gun to my friend, and bought one for myself (I did buy him another box of ammo to remain friends).

Glock 42 in 380

The Results

I have included some average 5 shot 10 yard groups. These were shot off hand with no support. The target dot is 1.5" in diameter. I also have included an amazing 5 shot group that I would be proud of with any pistol.

Glock 42 Range Test ResultsI am sure many could out-shoot this pistol if we went to the 25 yard line. I am not saying that this is a target gun. I am saying that I have not been able to shoot a gun this small anywhere close to as well as this little Glock. The controls and trigger pull are just like their bigger guns; so if you shoot a Glock well, you will really appreciate the model 42. Come on, give the 380 a chance.

Glock 42 - image courtesy of Glock

Glock 42 Specs:

Caliber: .380 auto
Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel length: 3.25"
Overall length: 5.94"
Width: 0.94"
Height: 4.13"
Length between sights: 4.92"
Weight, unloaded: 13.76oz
Trigger pull: ~5.5lb
Trigger travel: ~0.49"
Barrel rifling: Right hand, hexagonal
Length of Twist: 9.84"
Click here to see the Glock 42 or come visit it in-store at Smith & Edwards Gun Counter.

Note from Rose: Mike was generous enough to let me shoot his Glock 42 at the Perry range. This is a really nice gun and a great option for concealed carry. I liked the trigger pull, the size and grip were perfect, and I liked the fact that it stays open after you fire the last round. The sights make this handgun a lot better to aim than your typical .380 concealed carry, and it doesn't kick like a Ruger LCP or others. Thanks, Mike!

Like the review? Should we do more of these? Leave a comment (or come into the store) & let us know!

About our people

Mike Vause, Smith and Edwards

Mike Vause is the Sporting Goods manager at Smith & Edwards. He's been here over 20 years. When he's not in the store, he's probably hiking, camping, or testing the latest handgun or rifle.

Have questions about guns, hunting gear, or reloading equipment? Call the store at 801-731-1120 and ask Sporting Goods, we'll be happy to help you get the gear you need.

Handgun up for auction at Smith & Edwards

3 Reasons You Can't Miss the Smith & Edwards Gun Auction

- posted by Rose Marion

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Smith & Edwards' Annual Gun AuctionOk, here's the deal. 'round here you'll find yourself a livestock auction, and a lot of folks are familiar with eBay auctions. But where else in our neck of the woods are you going to find a Gun Auction?

Smith and Edwards' Gun Auction was in its 30th year here in Farr West on Feb. 1st from noon to 2pm and it was sure a good time. Lots of happy people and families spending a Saturday afternoon together and getting to see 70 nice guns going to good homes.

If you've never been to a Gun Auction at Smith & Edwards, you HAVE to come next year. It's the entire reason folks give each other money at Christmas! (well, part of the reason) You won't be disappointed. Here are 3 solid reasons to come next year and bring your family with you:

1. You'll have an Awesome Time

It's exciting to be there with 200 other people all who are familiar with guns and shooting. You could make new friends here at the gun auction, chat up some seasoned hunters for their favorite ranges or hunting spots, or just watch the crowd as the auction takes off. If you're into guns and don't have a lot of people everyday to talk to about your hobby, this is a great place to meet new people who get it.

The Smith & Edwards Gun Auction is a fun time for the whole familyAnd there's even more to see at the Gun Auction than great people. Have a tasty hot dog at our Country Boy Deli right by the auction stage:

Country Boy Deli - Smith and Edwards Gun Auction

And because you'll want to get here early, we've always got friends of Smith & Edwards that come to keep you entertained til the Auction starts.

This year we were lucky to have 3 guests here before the auction: The Eagle was at the front doors giving away prizes and keeping things hopping with great music.

The Eagle radio station at Smith and Edwards for the Gun Auction

The Zone
was back in Sporting Goods, filling folks in at home on auction details.

The Zone at Smith and Edwards Gun Auction

1280 The Zone interviewing Mike Vause, Sporting Goods manager, just before the Gun Auction started.

And Mark Malan crooned to the crowd on his guitar before the auction started.

Mark Malan at the Smith and Edwards gun auction

2. Great Deals & FREE Guns

You know, the #1 reason we do the Gun Auction is to make you happy. Yeah, you! Our customers love the gun auction because we have great guns at GREAT prices.

Lots of the guns start at just $100 or $200 - and these are guns we keep on the shelf with $700 - $2000 price tags all year!

Nice camo gun with scope - Smith and Edwards Gun Auction

Mike Casey talks up this nice camo gun with a scope

And you can inspect the guns before the show, too, and get a good look at what you're bidding on.

Handgun up for auction at Smith & Edwards

One fellow even came up to me and asked if we made any money on this event or if it's a wash. Well, I can't rightly answer that, but let me tell you, there are a LOT of folks who made out real well Saturday!

And how about those free guns?

That's right! How would it feel to beat all the other fellas out to win the bid on a gun you really wanted... and then get told that you got it for FREE?

Pretty amazing, right? It could happen at the Smith & Edwards Gun Auction!

Not to mention the fun freebies Mike Casey threw out to the crowd: t-shirts, hats, wristbands, and to some, even .22 shells!

"Who drove the furthest to get here? Anyone from Idaho, Wyoming?" Mike asked (a few folks raised their hands.) "Ok, driving 300 miles gets you free ammo!"

Then a fellow pipes up from the crowd: "I'm from Farr West! I've driven a mile to here 300 times!" Ok, you can have a freebie too.

Journey handing out freebies at Smith & Edwards

Journey making sure everyone gets a freebie and a copy of the guns up for auction

3. Mystery Safe

It's the big attraction: The mystery safe! This year Jackie Allred was the lucky winner. And being a lady, she got a $500 Smith & Edwards Gift Certificate as a bonus!

Jackie Allred, 2014 Smith and Edwards Gun Safe Winner

Jackie Allred, winner of the 2014 Smith and Edwards Gun Safe, and her crew, pose with the safe and Mike Vause.

Here's a partial list of what was in that big ol' safe:

  • Top-of-the-line Superior safe that we sell for $1799 - retails for over $2,000.00
  • "Winchester 1894" rifle with a 26" barrel, built in 1902, 38-55 caliber - all original
  • 1400 rounds of .22 long round copper-coated rifle shells (WOW!)
  • Smith & Wesson M&P .22 Pistol
  • Leuopold's top-of-the-line Gold Ring Spotting Scope, retails at $1199.00
  • Burris Fullfield 14x42 rifle scope, retails at $259.00
  • Nikon Rangefinder Realtree, retails at $469.99
  • Leupold Olympic 12x50 pair of binoculars
  • Browning T-Bolt .22 17 HMR, retails at $650.00
  • Ruger 10 .22 Laminated Stock, stainless steel version
  • Benelli Super Black Eagle Limited with wood stock, retails at $2499.00

Wow! Nice win, Jackie!

4. Auctioneer Mike Montgomery

And while those are the top 3 reasons.... we think Mike Montgomery is a reason in and of himself! He's been heading up our auction for just about as long as we can remember - he's a real staple of the annual Gun Auction.

Mike Montgomery at the Smith and Edwards Gun AuctionI don't know how he keeps his patter going as he's watching in the crowd for bids! Luckily this year he had help from 4 spotters. He's just incredible!

Mike Montgomery auctioneering the Smith & Edwards Gun Auction

The 3 Mikes: Mike Montgomery auctioneering, Mike Casey talking up the guns, and Mike Vause being Vanna White.

Well, I hope you're convinced that you'll need to come to our 31st Gun Auction next January in 2015. We can't wait to have you back! In the meantime, make sure to check out guns at Smith & Edwards online and in-store.

From a crazy idea Mike Casey had standing on a soapbox back on Washington Boulevard back 30 years ago to the big auction we hosted today... thanks for a great 3 decades Ogden!

Are you looking forward to the Gun Auction next year? Leave us a comment and let us know what you'd like to win! And would you share this post with one of your friends who's never come? They've GOT to make it out to our Gun Auction!