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Join us for the First Annual Competition Shooting Expo

What is competition shooting you ask? It takes many forms but ultimately it is a chance to get together with a group of people with a wide range of abilities and backgrounds that share the passion for shooting. It can be as informal as trying to knock the can off the rail first or as organized as a live TV shoot off. In an effort to showcase all the options we have decided to host the first annual Competition Expo at Arnzen Arms.

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The 1911 has done it all and is hungry for more

Every year, on Saint Valentine’s Day, we celebrate the purest of loves and the deepest of passions…for the 1911. On February 14th of the year 1911, the pistol now known as “the 1911” was patented. While the same cannot be said about many other devices or machines crafted in that era, the 1911 lives on over 115 years later. It is still commonly used and relatively unchanged. Now days it’s hard to unwrap a new device from its package before it is obsolete, so how does the 1911 still remain a mainstay in the commercial pistol market?

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Arnzen Arms 4th Anniversary Sale

Sale begins online at 11:59pm on Friday the 28th and ends at 11:59pm on Sunday the 30th. The in-store anniversary party goes from 10am to 6pm on Saturday the 29th. There is a ton going on, including door prizes, snacks and treats, vendors, and giveaways from your favorite companies.

Giveaways:

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ZEV Defender 9mm Glock 19

This ZEV package gives you a Glock pistol with superior ergonomics, a terrific trigger and sights that provide premium visibility. Naturally the pistol shoots well too!

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CZ 75 B Matte Stainless

This is one of the best full-sized defensive pistols on the Market today. Check the review for more information.

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Walther PPS M2

Walther re-invents the PPS and comes up with a winner in their new PPS M2.

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SIG Reintroduces the P225

SIG Reinvents Their Classic P225 Single Stack Pistol With Updated Design Features And Reintroduces It As the P225 A-1!

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Holster, Holsters and More Holsters...

For as much time as folks spend making the purchasing decision of a carry gun, it always strikes me as odd that the belt and holster system that said gun will ride in is such an afterthought.   I can think of several individuals who spent hours researching, came to the store multiple times, consulted opinions of many sales associates, explored every make and model we have…and then made the holster decision in under 5 minutes. This is strange to me because the holster and belt have more to do with comfort, concealment and accessibility than the gun itself.

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The Defensive 1911

The 1911 is without doubt one of the most iconic and long lived of American firearms designs. To this day the 1911 remains alive and relevant for the modern pistolero. In an era where technology goes from cutting edge to obsolete inside of a calendar year, and new “revolutionary” pistols are constantly being brought to market, why choose a 1911 as a defensive handgun? Firearms are always a very individual and personal choice. Over the years, the 1911 has most often been mine and here are but a few of the reasons why.

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Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The holiday season is once again upon us and many of you may be stumped regarding what to get the shooter(s) on your gift list. Well fear not because Santa's helpers are at Arnzen Arms and are ready to assist you. We have a plethora of range bags, flashlights, knives, tools, cleaning supplies and many other gift ideas. Here are a few of our favorites.

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FNS 9mm Long Slide

A big pistol that provides plenty of firepower for home defense or action shooting sports. The FNS 9 Long Slide is also an attractive pistol that handles very well.

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[VIDEO] Round Table Review: Sig Sauer P238

The Sig P238 is an excellent choice if you're looking for a small carry gun in .380 ACP. Krystal explains why she carries this one and Mark explains why he does not. The rest of the panel shares their glowing thoughts as well.

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[VIDEO] Round Table Review: Glock 43

Unanimous thumbs up from the panel on the Glock 43, but is it a Shield killer? Does it make the Glock 42 irrelevant? Watch the video to find out!

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VZ Grips--A Serious Upgrade to Your Pistol or Revolver

VZ grips are being used by more and more handgun manufacturers. They know that the addition of a VZ grip is a mark of quality and showcases the pride that they have taken in the manufacture of their product. VZ makes serious grips for serious shooters. If you are unfamiliar with them you need to come in to Arnzen Arms and see what they are all about.

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[VIDEO] Round Table Gun Review: Kel-Tec Sub 2000

This gun scores high on fun factor, but low on reliability. Mixed reviews on this one, definitely not recommended for self-defense.

Watch the full video for details and leave comments to share your views.

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CZ Pro-Tek I 9mm

The Custom Shop team from CZ create the ultimate defensive carry pistol.

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Walther CCP 9mm

The trigger pull starts out a little gritty and the disassembly/reassembly process is a little tricky. But the disassembly and reassembly gets better with practice and the trigger smooths out with use. Add to that excellent ergonomics and great accuracy and I give this pistol a thumbs up.

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[VIDEO] Round Table Gun Review: Ruger LCP

This popular carry gun is light-weight and easy on the wallet, but not a choice our panel would make for personal protection. Watch the video to find out why! As always, comments are appreciated.

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Ruger GP100 Wiley Clapp Limited Edition .357 Magnum

Whether you are looking for protection from two legged miscreants or the four legged predators that inhabit the woods and mountains of most of the U.S., the Wiley Clapp GP100 provides the power and accuracy to solve your protection problem.

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Ruger LCRx .38 Special +P with 3 Inch Barrel

Looking for a light-weight revolver with the punch of a .38 +P in a more shootable format than a traditional snub-nose. The Ruger LCRx with a 3 inch barrel is the revolver you need!

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CZ 75 D PCR 9mm

"At Arnzen Arms we know CZs"--Kate Arnzen owner and CZ proponent. As the part owner of Arnzen Arms Kate can procure, carry and compete with just about any pistol she so desires. Kate's shot most of the handguns we stock and her choice for personal defense and competition is CZ.

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CZ 97B .45 ACP

"At Arnzen Arms, We Know CZs"--Kate Arnzen, Shop Owner and Rabid CZ Fanatic. Arnzen Arms carries the largest inventory of CZ pistols I have ever seen. Whether you're looking for an entry level CZ or a full custom shop creation Arnzen either has it or can get it for you. Discerning competitive shooters frequent the shop looking to procure a pistol that will give them an advantage and they generally leave with a CZ.

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Kahr CW45 in .45 ACP

If you're looking for a value-priced pistol that's easy to carry, pack a big punch, is reliable and accurate this may be what you are looking for!

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Walther PPQ M2 9mm

Everything You Need In a Defensive Pistol

OK, pay attention as this is one pistol you should own for three reasons:

1. Accuracy
2. Ergonomics
3. Speed

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Dan Wesson Pointman 9

Full Sized 9mm 1911; The Best of Both Worlds

The Dan Wesson Pointman Nine is one graceful, smooth, reliable and accurate 1911 holding 9 + 1 rounds of 9mm. This is a full-sized 1911 loaded with features such as a five inch hand-fit match barrel, lowered and flared ejection port, beveled magazine well, carry bevel treatment and hand polished flats. For those to which these things matter, the pistol contains no MIM parts. The pistol features...

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Ruger's SP101 Series

Small Revolver Perfection

I am continually frustrated with small frame revolvers. I love their size and practicality but hate their trigger pulls and the way they beat up my hand. After I was able to shoot Kate's Gemini Customs Ruger SP101 I now knew what I needed and did not need in a small revolver.

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Kimber Ultra Sapphire 9mm

Elegance and Accuracy

Oh, how I love the Kimber brand of 1911s. I hear a lot of flack directed their way via the internet and mostly voiced by people who have never shot one and a few who have only put a couple of rounds through a friend's pistol. I have never had a problem with Kimber 1911s and have owned more than I can remember.

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Kimber Pro Carry II 9mm

Minimum Recoil and Maximum Accuracy

1911's come in a diverse mix. There are some of superb quality with prices ranging from $3,000.00 to $4,000.00 and up. If you have the money you can't go wrong with any of them. There are a few at the opposite end of the price range for a few hundred dollars to around six hundred dollars. Some of them are OK, some make good project guns if you want to spend more money on upgrades and some of the value priced 1911s are not worth the money, time or effort you would need to make them reliable and shoot to point of aim.

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