Having a quality tool for procuring food or for protection is paramount when in the outdoors, especially in a survival situation. Many times, and for good reason, firearms and knives steal the spotlight for this purpose. However, there is an often overlooked tool that can provide the same basics of survival while being easier to carry, easier to use and at an affordable price. That tool is a slingshot. Slingshots are lightweight, compact, effective tools that have been around for a long time. In this article we will be reviewing the Daisy B52 . Is it a good slingshot to have? Let’s jump in and find out. Quick Navigation Daisy B52 Slingshot Review Frame Handle Added Support Easy To Carry Maintenance Ammunition Origin Daisy B52 Pros and Cons Pros Cons What Others Are Saying About The Daisy B52 Questions About The Daisy B52 Verdict Daisy "B52 Slingshot Review" Having to protect yourself against predators in a survival situation is something no one wants to deal with and obtaining food will always be on the to do list. Firearms will run out of ammunition and a knife doesn’t give much distance between you and a threat or a meal that could bite back. Ideally manufactured ammunition is best to use in a slingshot but it can also be improvised in the field. This gives a slingshot longevity over other tools, while at the same time maintaining a safe distance. For this review let’s take a look at some of the features of the Daisy B52 Slingshot . Frame the B52 is built from a solid steel frame that comes out of the handle (plastic) and forms wide forks at the top. Attached to the forks is surgical-grade tubing for increased velocity and a durable release pouch that holds the shot. This model is all black except for the tubing which comes in a bright yellow. Handle The Sure-Grip handle provides deep, contoured finger grooves for proper comfortable finger placement. Added Support Weather you are experienced or a novice a flexible wrist support provides a stable platform. This helps to ensure a comfortable, accurate shooting experience. Easy To Carry When you are done for the day, the wrist support conveniently folds up, making the B52 easier to store in a pocket or a pack. And at 0.8 ounces you will hardly know that it is there. Maintenance If you are going to be doing a lot practicing or just wish to be ready for the inevitable, its nice to know that replacement bands are available for this model. Ammunition While ammunition can be improvised it is always best to use the manufacture’s recommendation. For this model that would be ¼”, 3/8”, ½” steel or glass shot. Origin For those interested where their products come from, the Daisy B52 is made in the United States of America. Daisy B52 Slingshot Extra Wide Fork Flexible Wrist Support Provides Steady See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 09:48 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Daisy B52 Pros and Cons Pros Affordable Lightweight and compact Shot (ammunition) comes in easy to carry containers In a survival situation, shot could be improvised. Small pebbles for example Very comfortable to use especially with the included wrist support Due to the price and ease of use it is a good starter slingshot for someone wanting to try out this outdoor tool Cons Your local laws should be checked for age requirements and where such a tool can be used before purchasing. Adult supervision is always recommended. The bands and replacement bands don’t’ seem to be uniform in their longevity. One set might last a long time while the next set may last just a few shooting sessions. Slow reloading time. To be fair this is the case with all slingshots and not the Daisy B52 specifically. Short range. Gives more distance than an edged tool but less than other projectile tools. The wrist support’s folding actions is not always smooth. The pouch is quite small so be sure to use the recommended shot What Others "Are Saying About" The Daisy B52 Many people know the Daisy brand. I would even go so far as to say that it is a bit of an American institution. I have used products by this company off and on my entire life. I feel comfortable in saying that most people, like me, have at least a few special childhood memories surrounding this brand. Overall, the Daisy B52 Slingshot appears to fall in line with the above sentiment. Many people seem to be happy that they are able to get involved in this long standing activity at such an affordable price. The few quality issues that have been brought up appear to be centered around the handle. Noted issues are the plastic handle cracking during normal use and problems with the handle hardware becoming loose. Always inspect your gear before and after every use and be sure to report any abnormalities to the manufacturer. Daisy B52 Slingshot "Extra Wide Fork" "Flexible Wrist Support" Provides Steady See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 09:48 / Affiliate links / Images from "Amazon Product Advertising" API Questions About The Daisy B52 Q: What makes this a good starter slingshot? A: Its lightweight, compact, and best of all it is affordable. When first testing the waters of a new type of gear it is understandable to not want to spend a lot of money. Afterall, what if it just isn’t for you? The price point of the Daisy B52 Slingshot allows for anyone to try out a slingshot for the first time without breaking the bank. Q: Can slingshots be used for survival purposes? A: Certainly. They can be used for hunting, fishing, self-defense and scaring away predators Q: Are slingshots deadly? A: Absolutely! Slingshots, especially modern models are no longer just a children’s toy. This is why extreme caution and supervision needs to be implemented at all times. Even while practice shooting, I have had ricochets inflict damages. Eye protection is also highly recommended during use. Q: Do I have to use shot that is made by the manufacture? A: The short answer is no . But finding suitable shot that will serve the same purpose can be tricky. The right shot will need to be perfect in size, shape and weight. Scouring the ground for a consistent amount of pebbles that fit those characteristics can be laborious with mixed results. Verdict In my opinion, the Daisy B52 Slingshot is a great model for anyone wanting to gain experience with a slingshot. Whether it be for survival applications or just to plink around with. The slingshot itself is very affordable but so is the shot used in its operations (usually sold separately) For me that is a huge selling point. Inevitably with all projectile tools, the cost of the projectiles will surpass that of the tool. But its nice to know that purchasing new shot for the Daisy won’t break the bank. The power behind this slingshot allowed me to practice on a variety of targets with very interesting results. The contoured handle coupled with the flexible wrist support made shooting the B52 for hours at a time, just as comfortable as it was fun. The few quality issues I have seen about this product don’t really sway me away from it. I have bought several of these in the past with no real issues other than the longevity of the bands. Given the B52’s ergonomics, comfort, ease of use, price, and given what it is built for, it is a pretty darn good slingshot to have around for general purposes. 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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s What the heck is an AR-15 Dissipator? Fear not… We’ll go over what makes an AR-15 dissipator, its pros/cons, and whether the design is still useful in this day and age. Definition Bushmaster Dissipator A “dissipator” or “dissy” is an AR-15 with a 16″ barrel but with rifle length front sight post . There’s some controversy about who invented what, but they can first be seen in Vietnam era photos. Why? The concept of the dissipator hinged on two positives: A shorter barrel allows better maneuverability and weight savings A longer sight radius allows for better accuracy How? Original designs were created simply by cutting down existing 20″ rifles down to 16″. However, this led to reliability issues due to changes in the overall timing of the rifle. Cutting down the extra four inches reduced the “dwell time” which is the amount of time the weapon maintains pressure so it can cycle. You can think of it as the amount of time the bullet stays in the barrel after it passes the gas port. In the dissipator barrel below, there’s almost no length left for the bullet after it passes the gas port which made the weapon unreliable. AR-15 Gas Systems & Barrel Lengths Current Dissipators Bushmaster Dissipator Bushmaster came out with the first civilian AR-15’s actually called the Dissipator which had shaved-down gas blocks at the normal carbine length and then a “dummy” A2 sight block up in front at the rifle position. They are still available and now dressed up to meet current trends of Magpul MOE furniture. Bushmaster MOE Dissipator PSA also offers their mock version of the dissipator with a mid-length gas system. PSA Dissipator However, there are still some “real” dissipators out there with enlarged gas ports and just one real front sight/gas block at the rifle position that have since solved the reliability issues. Del-Ton ($430 upper) is the one that stands out. Delton AR-15 Dissipator Pros/Cons We’ve already gone through the major pros with shorter barrels and a longer sight radius. Some other advantages include a longer handguard which allows a more forward hand placement, protection from a hot barrel, and more space to accessorize. And lastly, they bring an old-school kind of cool that resembles a short-barreled rifle (SBR) from far away. Some of the cons include reliability and weight. While reliability has mostly been fixed with gas blocks at carbine or mid-length positions, this adds additional weight from “dummy” gas blocks/sights at the front and longer handguards. But, “real” dissipators with just one gas block at the rifle position also have fixed the weight issue with enlarged gas ports. Is the Dissipator Still Useful? With today’s free floating gas tubes and shift toward optics, does the dissipator still have a place? Our answer is if you are ONLY going with iron sights. Otherwise, there’s too many other options to get the same advantages of a shorter barrel and more accurate sights with reliable red dot and holographic sights. Update : And check out the comments for some other points of view about the “dissy.”
Once famous for making wagons, Sig Sauer has become the best known firearms manufacturer in the world and expanded in to every niche in the industry. Their new Legion line of handguns has produced a new take on the timeless classic P220. I was able to shoot the P220 Legion at SIG range day and was very impressed. The attention paid to the trigger and the changes to the frame have really paid off. This gun kept the functionality of the classic P220 and added features normally exclusive to custom guns. This is a .45 that hits hard and makes shooting look easy. Home Run. The SIG Sauer P220 was designed in 1975 by the then newly formed partnership of SIG ( Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft now Sig Holding AG) and J. P. Sauer & Soh for the Swiss Army . Switzerland officially adopted the P220 as the “Pistole 75” (P75). The P220 Legion is a modern enhanced version of the gun that started it all. Like a Swiss watch In 1853, Friedrich Peyer im Hof, Heinrich Moser, and Conrad Neher started a company to build wagons and railway cars. When the Swiss Federal Ministry of Defense conducted a competition to develop a modern rifle, the Swiss Wagon Factory , as it was then called, designed and built the Prelaz-Burnand rifle and won an order for 30,000 of them. Because "Swiss Wagon Factory" looked funny engraved on the side of a rifle, they changed their name to Swiss Industrial Company—Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft, later known to the world as SIG. From there, they changed the history of firearms. SIGARMS, Inc. In 2001, the company became SIGARMS, Inc. and expanded into the firearms training market for law enforcement and civilians with the SIGARMS Training Academy in Epping, New Hampshire. SIG SAUER In 2007, SIGARMS changed its name to SIG SAUER and expanded its firearms offerings. Today, SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001 -certified company, with over 800 employees making rifles and handguns for civilians, police, and the military. In response to changing market conditions, they have discontinued their popular line of military wagons. Bad news for horses, good news for shooters. Sig P220 Legion Sig has taken the P220 and improved in nearly every way producing a custom shop gun for everyone. They started with the visuals, Legion handguns are finished with a a proprietary “Legion Grey” Physical Vapor Deposition (or PVD) coating. The stocks are custom G-10 grips with a Legion medallion. The stainless-steel slide sports SIG SAUER Electro-Optics X-RAY high visibility day/night sights. Then they improved the ergonomics. The P220 in DA/SA includes a reduced and contoured Elite beaver tail, which allows for a higher grip and a reduced profile, thus eliminating printing. More aggressive front strap checkering and additional checkering under the trigger guard enhance the grip. An X-Five undercut has been applied to the trigger guard, allowing for a higher grip and greater control. "The P220 Legion" also features low-profile de-cocking and slide-catch levers to reduce hangups. The front cocking serrations provide greater purchase for cycling the action, clearing the firearm or conducting press checks. A solid steel guide rod adds weight up front where it matters most for feel and natural pointing. Upgraded sights? Best in the business, the XRAY3 Day/Night Sights are the ideal sighting solution for carry, sport, or duty handguns. They provide for rapid target acquisition in any lighting condition. Sights come in standard SIG SAUER® sizes of #6 and #8 in square or round (U)notched rear sight. Saving the best for last, Sig took their fast SRT (Short-Reset Trigger), enhanced and polished the action then added a Grayguns, P-Series Precision Adjustable Intermediate Trigger. Machined from tough alloy steel, carefully heat treated and finished in black oxide, the P-SAIT adjusts for over travel. Tight pin hole tolerances assure smooth, solid function. The trigger shape optimizes both SA and DA control and is far more comfortable than the factory short trigger it replaces. Specs CALIBER 45 Auto ACTION TYPE Semi-Auto FRAME SIZE Full-Size GRIP TYPE Black G10 FRAME FINISH Legion Gray FRAME MATERIAL Alloy SLIDE FINISH Legion Gray SLIDE MATERIAL Stainless Steel BARREL MATERIAL Carbon Steel ACCESSORY RAIL SIG Rail TRIGGER DA/SA TRIGGER TYPE P-SAIT TRIGGER PULL DA 10 lb (45 N) TRIGGER PULL SA 4.4 lb (20 N) BARREL LENGTH 4.4 in (112 mm) OVERALL LENGTH 7.7 in (196 mm) OVERALL WIDTH 1.3 in (34 mm) HEIGHT 5.5 in (140 mm) WEIGHT 30.4 oz (862 g) What are you waiting for. The P220 Legion is available at Sig dealers around the world. It comes with three 8rd Steel Magazines and X-RAY3 Day/Night Sights standard. MSRP is $1413
We’ve discussed a few alternative self defense tools before, but here’s a particularly interesting option: the Yellow Jacket iPhone case . Disclaimer: The Arms Guide is not a source of legal counsel. If you have questions about the laws regarding electroshock self defense tools in your state (or county), contact a legal professional. Baton Rouge-based Yellow Jacket has developed a cleverly concealed stun gun that doubles as a smartphone case. Some of you maybe be reminded of another Louisiana based company of similar name, but nope, Red Jacket Firearms, the company featured in Discovery’s Sons of Guns television show, is not related. At first glance, the Yellow Jacket iPhone case resembles any other protective phone case, until the probes are revealed. Image courtesy of yellowjacketcase.com Flipping the protective cover off of the top of the case reveals two sharp probes. Once activiated (via a single button press on the side of the case), 0.8mA of current (at 650k volts) flows between the probes, which delivers a sharp shock to an attacker. (It may be interesting to note that Yellow Jacket plans to release a law enforcement grade option in February 2014 with 2-3x the voltage, and twice the amperage.) Yellow Jacket’s goal, as stated in their FAQ section , with this case was not necessarily to deliver one of the most powerful stun guns on the market, but rather to provide an inconspicuous tool that could “create separation,” giving the victim the potential opportunity to escape their attacker. Note, the Yellow Jacket case operates as a stun gun, not a TASER. That is to say, it delivers an uncomfortable (but non-fatal) electric shock on contact. The TASER projects barbs connected to wires (15ft in the C2 unit) and is designed to incapacitate an assailant by mimicking the signal that the brain uses to control muscles. For the full review on a TASER unit, read here . In addition to the painful sting the Yellow Jacket case delivers, the unit also serves to effectively double the phone’s battery life. Yellow Jacket currently offers their product for the iPhone 4/4S in black, pink, white, yellow, and red, but they are expanding to offer iPhone 5 and Galaxy 4S cases, as well. The cases themselves are made of hard plastic, which also serve to help protect the phone from damage. The present models are currently running for just under $100 (their MSRP is $99, but I’ve seen them go for a few dollars less online, if you’re willing to look around a bit). I’m one of the few unfortunate (or fortunate, depending on your perspective) souls unpossessing of a smartphone, but for those of you who do have one, what do you think of Yellow Jacket’s alternative self defense tool option? Featured image courtesy of yellowjacketcase.com
Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Are you a 20-year-old, Punisher skull wearing, Hi-Point lover? Or are you rockin’ that dad bod and 1911 at the BBQ? Maybe you’re tippin’ your cowboy hat at every lady that crosses your path and slingin’ a Big Iron. Don’t know? Then take this QUIZ to find out what your personality says about which classic firearms company you’d be! Disclosure: We are not responsible for any hurt feelings over the result of your quiz. Take it at your own discretion.