Featured Deals of the Week – 7/10/20


    Hello boys and girls, it’s your favorite TFB writer (hah) once again doing my level best to bring you what constitutes a decent deal in these trying times. Guys, I hate to say it but I don’t think prices are going back down to pre-COVID until November. So buckle up, this ride is gonna stay bumpy.

    Mossberg 590 12-gauge 6+1 shotgun – $379.99

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    What the deal is:

    Alright everybody knows what the Mossberg 590 is. It’s probably the best or the second-best “basic” pump-action shotgun on the market today. This gun is no-frills, and it runs beautifully. It’s a good option for a lot of things you might want or need out of a shotgun. With an 18.5″ barrel it can be used for home defense, or as a range toy, a waterfowl gun, or pretty much anything else your heart desires.

    Why it’s a good deal:

    Alright, this is mostly an “in-stock” listing. The price itself is meh, but just like literally everything else right now, gun stores can’t hold onto their stock for more than a few days before it goes completely. So if you want a 590 at a reasonable price, this is your deal.

    Chinese Type 56 SKS Military Surplus with bayonet – $299.99

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    What the deal is:

    It’s a cosmoline caked Chinese communist… I can’t think of a fifth word that starts with “c”. It’s a ChiCom SKS. Grade 2, which means they’re a bit worn and will come with a few dings and scratches. Their stocks may be cracked or chipped, but they’re still serviceable and will not fall apart once you clean off all the cosmoline. A lot of them come with some interesting trench art. Other than that, you’re getting a bog standard 10-round SKS. On a personal note, if you do buy one of these, please do not cover it in Tapco and black synthetic tactical stuff. It’s a worn and battered piece of history, be kind to it.

    Why it’s a good deal:

    As always, the number of military surplus rifles only ever moves in one direction. Down. While demand only ever moves in the other direction, up. You tend to see a Type 56 out there for around $350, making this a good deal. Depending on the condition I’ve seen them as low as $250, but those were project guns.

    Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) – $24.99

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    What the deal is:

    I will always, always, advocate buying tourniquets. They’re an integral part of anyone’s blow-out kit, and really you should have one (or more) on you whenever you’re shooting. I recently had a conversation with someone about why you should just spend the $25 on a tourniquet instead of “using a stick and a belt”. First – it’s because an actual tourniquet will function. Full stop. That stick you found might break, or bend, or otherwise not work. The belt can snap under torsion. Secondly – even if it does work, you don’t get that hand back. It’s stuck holding that stick in place until EMTs arrive because a belt doesn’t have a locking mechanism for that stick. In any situation in which you need to apply a tourniquet to an extremity, I cannot imagine that having one hand is a noted benefit over having two. Buy a tourniquet. Buy two. Make a blow-out kit.

    Why it’s a good deal:

    Generally, CATs go for about $30. Which is a great price for a piece of life-saving equipment. But if you’ve been waiting for that price to drop just a bit, here they are for $25 a piece.

    10-pack of Brown Windowed Gen3 PMAGs – $149.99

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    What the deal is:

    PMAGs. The gold standard for AR magazines. I mean, I’m sure most people reading this already have 20 or 50 or more. But hey, what’s another 10 right? Can you ever really have too many magazines? Plus these have the added cool factor of being windowed and tan, which means they’ll go great with your black-on-FDE rifle build.

    Why it’s a good deal:

    Usually, 10-packs of windowed PMAGs go for about $160ish. A price drop to $150 isn’t that great of a deal, except that they’re sold out just about everywhere. When they do come in-stock, they sell out lightning quick. Might be a good idea to grab yours now.

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    Benjamin is a recent graduate living in Virginia with a master’s degree in Criminology. He was introduced to firearms at summer camp when he was thirteen. Ever since his first shot with a .22LR bolt-action he has been in love with shooting sports. He is a moderator on the TFB Discord, which can be found at https://discord.gg/bcVD9zw, and can occasionally be found on twitter @BFriedmanUSA.