Yes, gun safes are big, heavy, difficult to install, and expensive to pay for. But they are well worth the trouble if you have a gun collection you care about. How do you know it’s time to invest in a gun safe? If the guns you have are worth more (sentimentally as well as financially) than the cost of the least expensive safe you would be willing to purchase, then it’s time to start shopping for one.
My mother-in-law and my wife are very different from me. They love belonging to a country club, shopping for nice clothes, and throwing extravagant parties for their friends. I shoot guns, hunt wild game, and own a wild-ass squirrel dog that never stops barking and digging holes in the backyard.
But those separate interests have served all of us very well over the years. We have taught and experienced things together that none of us would have ever known of had we not been in each other’s lives. For example, the reason I returned to hunting years after my father passed away was through a friendship my in-laws had with a life-long duck hunter.
Without that connection, I never would have begun to hunt again or become an outdoor writer. And I have tried to return the favor with the small amount of skill I acquired growing up blue-collar, from showing them how to unclog drain pipes to replacing car batteries.
So teaching my wife and mother-in-law something new-how to shoot-didn’t make me apprehensive at all. My wife actually saw the gun range we ended up going to a few days before on our way to dinner and suggested the three of us go for Mother’s Day.
I immediately envisioned telling my friends I took the two of them to a gun range and the looks on their faces, equal parts astonishment and something like “you dumb sonofabitch. I loved it!” Best Budget – CRC 05089 BRAKLEEN Gun Cleaner “One of the most versatile gun cleaners you can find on the market.
” Best for Eliminating Powder Residue – BreakFree GC-16 Gun Cleaner “It cleans the dust residue, the oils, and has a great foaming application. ” Best for Hunting Guns – Gunslick 92098 Gun Cleaner “The three convenient sizes will let you choose the best one for your purposes.
” Best Multi-Purpose – Ballistol Multi-Purpose Gun Cleaner “You can use it on multiple surfaces, and it will neutralize the effect of sweat and skin oils. ” Best Foam – Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner “The foam formula gets better than the regular one. You should give it a try.
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The needle helped me a lot with the application. ” Best Corrosion Protection – HOPPE’S No. 9 Synthetic Blend Gun Cleaner “It protects and cleans even the smallest area of the weapon. ” Best Pack – Lucas Gun Oil Gun Cleaner Pack “Great pack if you are in economy mode.
Well, you should not worry anymore. I have reached the most interesting part of our article when I review each gun cleaner solvent. A couple years ago, as part of the BallisticsByTheInch. 40 S&W cartridge, I got to try a Sphinx 3000. This was one of the early versions of this model, so didn’t have some of the same features that are now available.
In terms of being unusual, the Sphinx wasn’t that different from other guns I’ve shot. It is based on the CZ 75, after all, and most closely resembles the current “Tactical Sport” model. It has most of the features and design of the CZ 75: similar size and weight (though only a 4. 5-inch barrel), double/single action trigger, generous trigger guard, location of the magazine release, etc. Expensive?
Well, yeah, it cost more than I’ve ever spent for a handgun. The model I shot was mostly ‘stock’ and ran about $3,000 when it was new. You can easily spend that much on one today, too. FeaturesBut where the Sphinx really stands out is in the quality of materials and level of craftsmanship.
It is on a level of the very best guns made. As good or better than any custom gun I’ve shot. Approaching the level of quality you see in something like a Korth (though at about half the cost). Made in Switzerland, it really is very much like a fine Swiss watch.