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Nor Cal Gun Vault Presidents Day Sale 2024

02/17/2024
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Top 6 California Compliant Handguns for Personal Defense in 2024

02/05/2024
When it comes to personal defense, choosing the right handgun is a crucial decision. In 2024, personal safety continues to be a priority for many, and with evolving technology and innovation, there are some fantastic choices available. If you're a California resident, you'll also need to consider the state's strict firearm laws when making your selection. In this guide, we'll introduce you to the top 6 handguns for personal defense in 2024, focusing on California compliant options to keep you safe and legally compliant.  As always, if you are unsure or need assistance, contact the friendly, helpful staff at our store, Nor Cal Gun Vault. 1.Glock 19 Gen 3 Overview: The Glock 19 Gen 3 is a classic and reliable 9mm pistol. Its reputat...  Read More

Beginner's Guide to Choosing Your First Firearm

01/22/2024
Are you considering purchasing your first firearm? Whether you're interested in self-defense, sport shooting, or hunting, owning a firearm is a significant decision that comes with responsibilities. At Nor Cal Gun Vault, your trusted, no judgment zone firearm retail store in Rocklin, California, we understand that beginners may have questions and concerns. That's why we've created this beginner's guide to help you make an informed choice when selecting your first firearm. Understanding Your Purpose for Your Firearm The first step in choosing your firearm is to understand why you want one. Different firearms are designed for various purposes, and your choice should align with your goals. Here are some common reasons people purchase fi...  Read More

2nd Annual 2nd Amendment Revival Festival

07/27/2023
2nd Annual * 2nd Amendment Revival Festival August 12, 2023 10 am to 6 pm*(Ok, so the last one was in 2020. We blame COVID!) UPDATE:  Well, our 2nd Amendment Revivial was a great success.  Thank you all for coming out to join us.  We want to thank your partners as well:  Rob and the RAD Radio Crew, Benelli, H&K, Franchi, Stoeger, LWRC, Sig Sauer, Gun Accessory Supply, Phase 5, Citadel Defense and the great food from Outlaw Cuisine.  We also wish to thank the Nor Cal Action Shooter's Team for helping to manage the Smokeless Range Tournament.  Plus our sold out Stop the Bleed classes were a hit!  Glad we have more folks out there that know how to better help others in an emergency situation, no matter what it might be.  Our Smokel...  Read More

CA Ammo Purchase Requirements

05/27/2023
On purchasing Ammo There are two background checks in California for purchase ammunition. The $1 Standard Check (immediate answer, go/no go with the ammo) and the $19 Basic Check (you apply and what, these days up to 2 weeks, to get approved then you can buy the ammunition and take it home.) If you have purchased a firearm in the last 7 years, you will be in the CA DOJ Automated Firearm System (AFS) and you can do the $1 check. If you haven’t then you will have to do the slower $19 check.  3 Different ID’s So there are currently three types of California Drivers license / ID  out there. First is the Pre-REAL ID, we call it the Legacy ID, which has nothing in the upper right hand corner. Second is the REAL-ID which has the Golden Bear ...  Read More

What is this California Roster of Handguns you speak of?

05/05/2023
The State of California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. One of the main components of California’s crackdown on guns is what we often refer to as the “California Roster” or just “The Roster”. With all the news lately about two of the challenges to the Roster in court not going the way that the State of California would hope I thought we could talk a little about the evolution of the California’s Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale.   Back on November 2nd, 1983, California mandated registering handguns with the State of California after the passage Proposition 15. Then in 1999, the California Legislature passed the Unsafe Handgun Act, which was enacted in 2001 with the requirements for the Loaded Chamber Indicator an...  Read More

What is a "Prop" gun? Are they safe?

12/08/2022
What is a “Prop” Gun? Are they safe? There is a lot of buzz in the media concerning a recent incident on a movie set of a “prop” gun firing and killing a crew member and injuring another. Which begs to question exactly what is a “prop” gun? Dictionary.com defines a prop as “…a usually movable item, other than costumes or scenery, used on the set of a theater production, motion picture, etc.; any object handled or used by an actor in a performance.” Theater property is anything not considered a “set piece” or an actor/actress. Whether it is a replica (rubber, plastic, wood, metal), a simulated firing non-lethal projectile (plastic pellets a.k.a “airsoft”) or actual working firearms (unloaded, loaded with blanks, or loaded with live ammu...  Read More

California’s “Assault Weapon” Ban Ruled Unconstitutional: What Does Miller really mean for gun owners?

12/08/2022
Well another step closer for a win for California firearm owners! On Friday, June 4, Federal Judge Benitez ruled California's AR rifle ban law was unconsitituional. Read more from the California Rifle & Pistol Association on the results of his ruling: https://crpa.org/news/blogs/californias-assault-weapon-ban-ruled-unconstitutional-what-does-miller-really-mean-for-gun-owners/ Don't rush out just yet to get that new AR or "un CA compliant" the one you own, the judge gave the State of California 30 days to file thier appeal. More will come. UPDATE: California has appealed the decision and now it moves to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. It will likely sit here while the Supreme Court prepares to make a decision on the case backed...  Read More

SIG P365 Airgun

12/08/2022
If I’ve learned anything about being a gun owner, it’s that the market is finicky. Sometimes ammo goes dry, and it can be tough to keep your skills sharp. Luckily, when that’s the case, you can turn to some alternative options. This includes dry fire, laser-fired devices, and airguns. Yep, airguns. SIG, in particular, pays a lot of attention to the airgun market. Their ever-popular P365 pistol has been successfully replicated as an airgun—specifically a 4.5 mm BB gun.     The SIG P365 Air gun is almost a perfect 1 for 1 replica for the real P365. The airgun fits P365 holsters perfectly, and in terms of length, height, and width, it’s a perfect replica. It is about 4 ounces lighter than the real thing. At first glance, the P365 Air Gun ...  Read More

Holosun 507C

12/08/2022
Holosun 507C     The world of mini red dot sights is continually growing, and it’s not slowing down. Mini red dot sights are so flippin’ versatile. They can be used on handguns, shotguns, rifles, and even piggybacked on magnified rifle scopes. One contender on the block might be the very best mini red dot sight on the market, and it comes from a surprising company. The Holosun 507C V2 is a real contender for the most versatile mini red dot sight.     What Sets It Apart?   The Holosun 507C is a mini red dot sight that packs three different reticle options. These three reticles include a simple red dot, a 32 MOA circle, and a 32 MOA circle and dot. The bigger 32 MOA reticles are quicker to acquire and well suited on shotguns and handg...  Read More

Mossberg 500 vs Remington 870

12/08/2022
Mossberg 500 vs Remington 870 Mossberg and Remington are both companies well known for their shotguns. The Mossberg 500/590 series and the Remington 870 are both classic firearms that act as flagship weapons for their respective companies. Both are pump-action, magazine tube-fed shotguns with a long history behind each of them. This inevitably leads to a potential shotgun shopper to ask which is better? So let’s dig in and help you make that decision. Durability and Materials The Mossberg 500/590 series uses an aluminum receiver with a steel barrel. The Remington 870 uses a heavier steel receiver. Steel is stronger than aluminum, but aluminum will not rust. The big question is, does it matter? I’ve never seen an aluminum Mossberg receiv...  Read More

Mossberg 590A1

12/08/2022
Military shotguns are always a fascinating topic. Shotguns are never mainline infantry weapons, but when called upon, are an unbeatable option. The Mossberg 590A1 is the military's pump-action shotgun of choice, and its seen combat across the world, including in Afghanistan and Iraq. Why is the Mossberg 590A1 the military's choice? Well, let's see. Unbeatable Dependability The Mossberg 500 series is the only shotgun to pass the U.S. Army's Mil-Spec 3443E test. This test requires 3,000 rounds of full power 12 gauge buckshot and is a brutal test. It takes shotguns to the edge of their performance and then gives them a little more push. The Mossberg survived and passed the test without fault. The 590A1 is a spectacular shotgun with unbeat...  Read More

SCR Lower Receiver - 50 State Legal AR Option

12/08/2022
While gun control is purely unconstitutional, the industry has always been willing to respond with products that defeat and defuse the silliness of gun control laws. The AR 15 is an oft-targeted firearm that gets a bad rap, and its features are often banned by state-level assault weapon bans. With that in mind, Fightlite designed the SCR lower receiver and rifle systems. SCR stands for Sport Configurable Rifle, but it might as well stand for State Compliant Rifle. You see, the SCR is the first AR 15 lower than is 50 state compliant. The SCR Lower - How It’s Different As you can see, the SCR lower is different. Where a normal stock and grip would live, we see a Remington 870 style monte carlo stock. This eliminates the adjustable stock ...  Read More

KelTec SUB 2K - The Folding Carbine

12/08/2022
The PCC craze we are experiencing is an interesting one, but oddly enough, the Sub 2000 premiered well before PCCs were popular. This little gun has clung along before the fad was in and was always a popular gun. The reason being is that KelTec designed a darn cool rifle. The Sub 2000 comes in both 9mm and 40 S&W, utilizes popular pistol magazines, and folds in half!     The Folding Design   The Sub 2000’s most prominent and most remarkable feature is the folding design. The user can effectively cut the gun’s length in half and makes it easy to store and transport pistol caliber carbine. To do so, you unlock the trigger guard and push it forward; then, the barrel separates from the receiver. It folds and locks to a clip on the sto...  Read More

The Best Mini Red Dot on the Market

12/08/2022
The world of mini red dot sights is continually growing, and it’s not slowing down. Mini red dot sights are so flippin’ versatile. They can be used on handguns, shotguns, rifles, and even piggybacked on magnified rifle scopes. One contender on the block might be the very best mini red dot sight on the market, and it comes from a surprising company. The Holosun 507C V2 is a real contender for the most versatile mini red dot sight.     What Sets It Apart?   The Holosun 507C is a mini red dot sight that packs three different reticle options. These three reticles include a simple red dot, a 32 MOA circle, and a 32 MOA circle and dot. The bigger 32 MOA reticles are quicker to acquire and well suited on shotguns and handguns. THose bigger r...  Read More

Best Military and Survival Knives

12/08/2022
Military and survival knives are working tools, tools made to take abuse and to dish it out. A military or survival knife needs to be a fixed blade with a full tang for maximum strength. A military and survival knife needs to be able to do basic knife tasks, skin game, baton wood, strike a ferrous rod, dig, and chop. That’s a mighty larger list of qualifications, and finding a knife that meets them all is kind of tricky. So I did it for you and listed my five favorite military and survival knives.     5 - SEAL Pup Elite   The SOG SEAL Pup Elite is a purpose-built military knife designed specifically for spec ops guys. The SOG SEAL Pup Elite offers you a compact 4.85-inch blade made from AUS-8. This Japanese steel is ultra-strong and c...  Read More

The CZ 75 B - A Cold War Classic

12/08/2022
As far as handguns go in the United States, there are a few sacred cows. We have the Colt Python, the 1911, the Glock 19, and the S&W Model 36. All are appreciated and beloved handguns, but one more deserves to join those ranks, and it’s the CZ 75. The CZ 75 is a Czechoslovakian pistol designed and created in 1975. The gun was developed under a secret patent only applicable in the Soviet Union, and sales to the states were happening at the time. The CZ 75 is the most copied firearm globally and has been cloned and recreated for decades due to the patent failure of the Soviet Union.   Inside the CZ 75  Why is it copied everywhere from Israel to Turkey and beyond? Because the design is brilliant. The CZ 75 owes its existence to two...  Read More

Home Defense Shotgun Essentials

12/08/2022
The home defense shotgun is a powerful tool for the armed individual to defend what’s theirs with. When it comes to choosing a home defense shotgun, you have dozens of applicable options. Picking a shotgun is only the first step; next is outfitting it for success. A regular shotgun works, but there are some essentials it must have before being tasked with home defense. Here are your home defense shotgun essentials.     A Light   A home defense shotgun must have a light. A light is necessary to establish proper identification of a potential threat. Without a light, you may not be able to safely establish the difference between a bad guy breaking in and a cat knocking a pot over.     Lights on shotguns can be tricky, but my two first ...  Read More

The KelTec KS7 - Bullpups Bite

12/08/2022
KelTec loves making weird and innovative firearms. Their rifles, pistols, and shotguns tend to be unique weapons. The KelTec KS7 is their latest 12 gauge shotgun. The KS7 is my first experience with a KelTec shotgun, and admittedly, as a shotgun nerd, I was excited. The KS7 is a bullpup design with a lot of love to give.     Why A Bullpup?   Bullpups are great for saving space. A shotgun works best when it's short, and the KS7 is superbly short and doesn't require a tax stamp. The short design makes it perfect for home defense, and the KS7 is a short 26.10 inches. That is short as you can legally get without becoming an NFA weapon. This makes the gun perfect for inside the house use due to it's increased mobility.     Breaking Down ...  Read More

Top 5 Home Defense Shotguns

12/07/2022
The show-stopping shotgun has long been a staple of home defense. The shotgun offers the most lead possible per trigger pull for a shoulder-fired firearm. They are brutal at close range, and that’s one of the main reasons the shotgun is so popular for home defense. With so many different shotguns out there, we wanted to provide you with 5 of the best home defense shotguns.     Mossberg 590A1   The Mossberg 590A1 lives a beastly life in service with every branch of the United States military and in the hands of hundreds of police forces. This is Mossberg’s premier combat shotgun and has proven itself time and time again as a word-class pump-action shotgun. The 590A1 features a thick-walled barrel that’s 18 to 20 inches long, a metal tr...  Read More

FFL Transfers to Nor Cal Gun Vault

12/01/2022
A lot of folks are trying to get whatever firearms they can in the current environment. This has made managing all the inbound FFL transfers difficult. Things to remember if you want to purchase a firearm and ship it to Nor Cal Gun Vault: Unless the firearm coming as a gift from a direct line family member (father, mother, son, daughter or grandparent, the Alabama family tree), it still MUST BE on the CA Rooster of approved firearms. Please check or ask before you purchase or send. If it is not, we will have to send it back. We charge a $100 transfer fee, plus your DROS fee of $37.19 plus you will have to pay CA sales tax, so an invoice from the seller is required, otherwise we will use the MSRP to determine the sales tax. If the ...  Read More

With Low Supply of Firearms and Ammo, What Are Your Options? | Top Non-Lethal Personal Defense Weapons!

12/01/2022
Self-defense weapons are your first line of defense against an attack. They’re a crucial component of any personal security plan and the good news is, there are plenty of very practical non lethal weapons available for a price you can afford. Nobody wants to be the victim of an attack, but unfortunately, many of us grow up hearing that we’re constantly in danger of being victimized. But have you ever stopped to think what you’d actually do if you found yourself in a threatening situation? Do you know how to defend yourself? No matter who you are, you should have a personal defense plan. Everyone should carry at least one non-lethal weapon - yes, even if you already carry a firearm. Why? Because not every conflict calls for a lethal res...  Read More

What Do I Need to Purchase a Firearm in California?

12/01/2022
What Do I Need to Purchase a Firearm in California? To purchase a firearm in California, you will need the following: First of all, look at the upper right hand  corner of the front of your California Drivers License / California ID Card If you have the REAL ID (Golden Bear Picture) or the older ID with nothing in the upper right hand corner you are good to go. If you have the words “Federal Limits Apply” then you will need to bring a U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card or a Birth Certificate with you to even take the Firearms Safety Certificate Test or start your registration for a purchased firearm.  The Firearm Safety Certificate/Card  You can take the test here in our store. The fee for the test is $25. It i...  Read More

Benelli M4 - The King of Combat Shotguns

11/27/2022
The Benelli M4 dominates the combat shotgun market. It has reigned since 1999 when the weapon was adopted by the United States military as the M1014 Joint Service Shotgun. The Benelli M4 is a powerhouse of a semi-auto shotgun that spills 12 gauge pills with near reckless speed. The M4 wears a premium grade price tag, but without a doubt, its a premium grade shotgun. This 12 gauge beast is an outstanding home defense shotgun and is an excellent example of Italian craftsmanship.   Benelli M4 Breakdown   The Benelli M4 is a semi-automatic, gas-operated, 12 gauge shotgun designed and built in Italy. The gun comes in various configurations, but the standard model features an 18.5-inch barrel, weighs 7.8 pounds, is 40 inches long overall, ...  Read More

NCGV's New "Smokeless" Range

11/27/2022
We have been asked over and over again, do we have a range? Well, getting a full blown range in our store was going to be quite a challenge, so we opted for the next best thing, a virtual non live fire simulator range (thus smokeless). Now while you wait for your paperwork or while your car is being washed, you can buy some time on our "Smokeless" Range shooting targets, bad guys, boars, ducks, squirrels or even pirates. We have dozens of titles to chose from in Training, Hunting, Entertainment and Tactical. We can accommodate one to four shooters for those competitive friends and have several firearm choices. Recently, the RAD team stopped by to check it out and had a blast:  Read More

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