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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! :)

Deer Hunting Tales

Two Fun Deer Stories: A Pink Muzzle Loader, & Bambi’s OK

- posted by Rose Marion

We LOVE hearing your hunting stories and getting your photos for the Smith & Edwards Braggin’ Board. Thanks to Melanee and Amanda for sending in your stories!

Amanda Stadtfeld and her pink muzzleloaderHer Muzzleloader’s Pink… and it Works!

I’ve been hunting for 11 years now, born and raised all around it.

I took a 4 year break from hunting and came back this year and shot my very first deer.

You can’t see his back forks in this picture, but he is a good 4 point. My husband also shot a very good 4 point this year.

My gun is very special to me!

I love pink, so my dad took it without me knowing and had it painted.

The looks I get on the mountain from people when they see my gun are kinda crazy, but I love that gun.

– Amanda Stadtfeld

Amanda's 4 point

Amanda’s 4 point

 


Melanee's daughter

Melanee’s daughter

Bambi’s All Right

When my daughter was about 5 years old, we were up hunting and camping by Bear Lake. My uncle shot a buck and hung it in a tree by our camp.

Shortly after, my daughter and mother went for a walk.

All of a sudden we heard a terrible scream and my daughter came running into camp. Me and my Dad ran to see what was the matter, she looked up at me crying and very upset and could hardly talk.

Finally she settled down enough to tell us what was wrong.

In the most pitiful voice you have ever heard and with her hands on her hips she looked at all the guys sitting by the fire and said. “Somebody is in big big trouble because they shot Bambi.”

The deer was moved further from camp, and all the other ones were hung where she would not see them.

My dad and uncle went for a walk, and when they came back they told her they had seen Bambi and he was fine.

Then they all promised her that if they shot a deer they would make sure it wasn’t Bambi.

– Melanee Bingham

Melanee's family is used to big hunts!

Melanee’s family is used to big hunts!

How to clean your rifle - Smith and Edwards Demo

How to Clean your Rifle

- posted by Rose Marion

Did you get a gun for Christmas? Looking to get a good deal at our Gun Auction? Or maybe you’re a hunter who needs extreme accuracy for shooting an elk 350 yards away.

Did you know?
You can see part of our hunting department on SmithandEdwards.com! (click here) We’ve got a selection of our most popular hunting and range accessories for you online. There’s way more in-store!

Eric from Smith and Edwards demonstrating how to clean your gun

You may know how to keep your gun dry and safe, you also want to know how to clean your rifle to keep it accurate and firing properly. Every gun needs a good cleaning to keep it functioning the way you need it to in an emergency, on a hunting trip, or just going out to the range for practice.

Eric Halter from our Gun Counter will walk you through the basics of cleaning your handgun so you can keep yours in great condition.

Eric knows how to keep a gun clean and firing properly because it’s what he does. When he’s not at Smith & Edwards, Eric spends his time as a gunsmith – something of a family trade, he’s had over 30 years of experience gunsmithing.

Every time your gun is fired, carbon and copper residue gets deposited and builds up in your bore. A boresnake is a fast way to clean out that residue, and for a deep cleaning after a hunting trip or a session at the range, you can use brushes and patches along with cleaners to restore your gun to pristine condition.

How to clean your gun in the field

A field cleaning is a basic cleaning to get the residue out of your rifle while you’re out in the field. So if you’re not in a place where you can set out all your supplies like your gun vise and cleaning rod, and take the time to give your gun a good cleaning, all you need is your boresnake to do a field clean.
Boresnakes for cleaning your gun

If there’s rain and you’ve gotten water down your bore, if you’re in inclement weather, or you’re in a harsh, dusty, and dirty environment, this is the #1 method to get your rifle back in shape from breech to muzzle.

  1. Take your rifle, making sure it’s unloaded, and remove the bolt.
  2. Drop the weighted end of an oiled boresnake down the barrel and pull through the bore, out the muzzle.
    Dropping the boresnake in the borePulling the boresnake down the muzzle
  3. Do that 2-3 times, and you’re good to go.

Gun Cleaning Tip:
Before you go on your trip, lay your boresnake on your bench and wet the first 1/3 of the bore with a bore cleaner like Hoppe’s #9.
Put bore cleaner on the first third of your bore to prep for field cleaning

Then coil it up and put it in a ziploc bag.

Coiled boresnake

Now when you’re out in the field to do a field cleaning, you pull out your ziploc bag, take out your boresnake, and pull that through your rifle and clean out the residue.
Nylon bristles of a boresnake

The brass bristles in the boresnake will help give your gun a good brushing.

When you get home from your trip, you’ll still want to give your gun a good cleaning. A quick & easy field cleaning like this will help you in the field to get the majority of the carbon out, keeping it lubricated and water-resistant, but it won’t take out the heavy copper deposits or carbon deposits like a good deep-cleaning at home.

So Eric’s going to show us how to give a long gun the good cleaning it needs. You can follow the same steps on a shotgun or pistol.

How to clean your gun at home

We should mention that your first step ought to be to read your owner’s manual. This will help you see exactly how to disassemble your gun and clean it. Get familiar with your weapon and how to take care of it.

OK, once you get home from the field or the range, set aside a half-hour to give your gun the TLC it deserves.

You’ll need: your gun, a gun vise (and a counter or bench to set it on), a cleaning rod with a brush and a jag attachment, cleaning solution, lubricant, flannel patches, and a shop cloth.

  1. Make sure your gun is unloaded, and then remove the bolt. Rest your gun in a vise.
  2. Take your bore brush and screw it onto your cleaning rod. Dip your brush into your solvent (we use Hoppe’s #9 Copper Solvent).
    Bronze bore brush on your cleaning rod
  3. Push the brush and rod through the bore through the end. Do about 20-25 strokes back and forth, then take it out and set your cleaning rod to the side.
    Bronze bore brush cleaning the bore
  4. Let it set for about 5-10 minutes for the chemical reaction. Let the bore cleaner work on the copper fouling and the carbon deposits.
  5. Take your patch jag and screw it onto your cleaning rod. Take a flannel patch and pull a corner halfway through the jag, and fold it over the end.Placing a flannel patch in the jag to clean your gun.Then, take the patch and run it down through to clean out the dirt in the bore.
    Placing flannel patch in bore on cleaning rodFlannel patch coming out the muzzleDirty patch from cleaning this gun
  6. Repeat brushing with solvent as needed.
  7. Keep running fresh patches down through the bore til they come out clean.
    Dirty patches from cleaning the rifle
    Now it’s time to lubricate the bore.
  8. Drop 8-10 drops of oil onto a patch and run it down your bore.
    Dropping gun oil onto flannel patches to clean your gun
    This is a preservative, so that humidity and moisture won’t get in there and rust the bore.
  9. Take a dry patch and run it down the bore to remove any excess lubricant or cleaning oils that are in the bore.
  10. Take one of your patches that had cleaner on it and clean your bolt. Then, lightly oil the bolt.
    Reuse a patch to clean your rifle bolt
  11. When you’re done, take a good clean shop rag and wipe down your gun so it’s clean and dry, removing any oils, dust, and dirt.
    Wipe your rifle down with a clean shop ragPut the bolt back in the rifle.
    Place the bolt back in your clean rifle

And you’re all done!

That's a clean rifle! - Eric at Smith & Edwards

These steps are identical for handguns, revolvers, and shotguns. The only difference with a handgun is you’d use a shorter cleaning rod.

Handguns typically don’t get cleaned as often as they should, so for best performance try to do it after every trip or every other trip to the range. Just use the same cleaners and process to get rid of the copper and carbon residue in the barrel.

How often should you clean your gun?

You know your gun best. Eric recommends you do a good cleaning like that every other time you shoot. You should run a boresnake through it after every shooting session.

If your goal is extreme accuracy, you’ll want to clean after every shooting session. Your rifle can shoot through a certain amount of fouling without a problem, but after anywhere from 30-100 rounds, you’ve got fouling in there that will affect your accuracy. If you’re out looking for an elk across a canyon or really needing to hit a target, you’ll want your barrel clean.

If you’re a waterfowl hunter, you’re out in harsh environments – rain, cold, sleet, snow, mud – and your shotguns really take a beating. It’s vitally important to clean your shotgun thoroughly after every usage – making sure to oil it well to keep it water-resistant.

If you’ve got a handgun for home defense, even if you don’t shoot it during the year, the preservative oils can evaporate over time. So while you don’t need to clean it, because you haven’t fired it, you do want to re-oil your home defense firearm once a year – whether it’s a rifle, pistol, or shotgun.

What gun cleaning supplies we recommend

There are a lot of companies that make gun cleaning supplies. Hoppe’s is a great company that has brushes and cleaners, and Outers and Gunslick make great cleaners too. You can also get kits from gun manufacturers, such as Winchester and Remington.

All these are pretty affordable, you’re looking to spend about $20-40 on a kit.

Eric picked out some kits - these are just a few of the dozen or so gun cleaning kits we have here in the store. The small one is a universal handgun cleaning kit.

Eric picked out some kits – these are just a few of the dozen or so gun cleaning kits we have here in the store. The small one is a universal handgun cleaning kit.

We’ve also got Tipton’s Best Gun Vise $99.99 – this vise can adjust to fit rifles, compact pistols, and everything in between. You can find all these gun care products and much more in our Sporting Goods department here at Smith & Edwards.

Tipton Best Gun Vise

Bore snake – a must-have.

Bore Snake for cleaning your Gun Barrel

Bronze brush and a Slotted Jag – they come in a huge range of sizes, so get the one that fits your bore so you don’t have to scrub as much.

Bore Brush and Jag by Hoppe's

We’ve got tons of flannel patches, a bag will run you about $5.

Hoppe's Gun Cleaners

Orange-label Hoppe’s #9 Gun Bore Cleaner: your standard, all-purpose cleaning solution.

Brown-label Hoppe’s #9 Copper Remover is a copper solvent that will dissolve the copper out of your bore. You’ll know it’s working when your patch comes out with a turquoise-green tint to it. Keep running the patches down til they don’t have that blue tint on the patch.

This copper remover is what you’ll want to use frequently if you’re an extreme accuracy shooter or into long-range shooting, to get the pristine bore you need. If you’re familiar with your rifle’s trajectory and exterior ballistics, you don’t want to waste that knowledge by having a dirty rifle and not being able to count on the bullet’s trajectory.

Hoppe’s lubricating oil is a great choice for keeping your bore dry and rust-free til you use it again. It doesn’t have much of an odor at all. Break-Free CLP is another good choice.

Cleaning rod: Pretty basic, you’ll want either a rifle cleaning rod or a handgun-size cleaning rod. This particular one has a sliding piece of brass that fits on the rear of the action, so the rod stays aligned in the center of the bore, so you get a good clean, and faster.

Rifle Cleaning Rod with Brass Alignment disc

Your turn

How do you clean your handgun or rifle? What are your tips & tricks? Leave a comment below and let us know.