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Concealed Carry Belts: As Important as a Quality Holster!

Comp-Tac Belts

“I’ve been saving up for months and finally bought that beautiful new pistol I’ve been lusting over. It’s everything I’ve wanted. Now I just need to save up enough money for a holster so I can start carrying it!” We’ve all been there. The gun is the central focus of arming ourselves for self-defense and carry purposes. The holster selection is usually the after-thought. Once the holster is acquired (or 2, or 3, or 4, or 5 of them) we stop there. The money focus is back on more … [Read more...]

Kydex Trigger Guard Holsters: For On Body & Car Carry

Kydex trigger guard holsters are extremely versatile and safe options for less traditional carry methods. For deep concealment when no other holster may work, these trigger guard holsters add virtually zero bulk to the gun. They can be used for inside the waistband appendix carry, as well as strong side hip carry. Although we don’t recommend this style for everyday use, as the gun is less secure than it would be in a traditional holster with two points of attachment to the belt, they certainly … [Read more...]

Caliber vs. Shot Placement

9mm versus .45 ACP

Ah, the age old debate. The caliber war. The topic that will drum up page upon page of theory, debate, and “research” on any firearm forum. Which caliber is best? Why is .45 the “man stopper” and 9mm only punches tiny holes? If we spent enough time at the range improving our shooting abilities as we did discussing the perfect caliber we could all be near expert marksmen! Short rant aside, lets dive into this topic in a constructive way. It seems to be general consensus that 9mm and … [Read more...]

Double Tap vs. Controlled Pair

double tap versus controlled pair

What is the difference between a double tap and a controlled pair? Depends who you ask. But if you ask us the difference is skill and understanding. Tell a new shooter to “double tap” a target and guess what happens? They come out of the holster and have sent the first one down range with a wrenching grip on the gun and mash the trigger, under recoil the trigger lets up and they mash the second round off as fast as possible. The fundamentals of shooting have been lost and accuracy is not … [Read more...]

How Important is Accuracy for Concealed Carry?

bullet holes in the target

Let’s face it. Civilian firearm uses will likely occur at “bad breath” distances. When translating this onto the range, this equates to between 5 – 21 feet. With encounters occurring this close, how important is accuracy for both your weapon and your performance? Most research we’ve found states that under stress (in a life or death situation) an individual performs at 50-60% of peak performance capabilities. Let’s put this into real numbers. At 15 feet, you practice drawing form … [Read more...]

Is the Smith and Wesson M&P Replacing Glock?

Smith and Wesson M&P

The Smith and Wesson M&P has been taking market share away from Glock in the Law Enforcement world since its launch. This momentum has been keeping up at an extraordinary rate. Smith and Wesson is getting the M&P in the hands of the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department, Texas DPS, and is now approved by many Federal agencies for duty carry. In fact, many City, County, and State departments are issuing the M&P. So why is this all happening? What is happening to Glock? We all know … [Read more...]

Getting/Giving a Hug While Carrying Concealed

couple hugging

So you just got your concealed carry permit and it’s your first few days facing the mean streets of your town while armed. The paranoia of carrying a loaded weapon in public for the first time has your mind racing: “Did they see my gun? Am I printing? Crap, I bumped into her; did she notice the steel on my hip?” In the grocery store you run into your old high school best friend. You run towards each other and he/she begins to initiate a “I haven’t seen you in years!” type hug. … [Read more...]

Is the 1911 the Perfect Carry Gun?

The 1911 has been around a very long time. Many people have shied away from them for a few reasons. They are expensive, their ammunition is expensive, they have a manual safety that takes lots of training to become muscle memory, and some of them have reliability issues. What about the good? They are SLIM! They are very, very, very accurate. Most people shoot them better than any other platform. They look classy, and sharp. They are iconic to American history. They are chambered (most often) … [Read more...]

Striker Fired Guns or Traditional Double Actions for Concealed Carry?

Striker Fired versus Double Action

Glock took the American market by storm with the introduction of the Glock 17. Why? Two reasons: 1. Ease of use 2. Reliability Smith and Wesson, who had a very strong presence in the law enforcement market, made extremely reliable semi-automatics. There was nothing “wrong” with them per se, but when Glock introduced the striker fired system, it revolutionized the trend in defensive weapon selection for both law enforcement and civilians alike. Heckler and Koch, Smith & Wesson, and … [Read more...]

Does the .380ACP Still Have Its Place?

Kel-Tec P3AT

The .380ACP has been an extremely practical and popular choice for concealed carry guns. Why? It’s simple: size! The .380 guns, sometimes called “mouse guns,” can very easily be hidden in pockets, purses, and when worn inside the waistband. The .380s have been used as a backup gun for law enforcement and deep carry for civilian use (especially in warm climates like Texas and Florida). The popular .380s are the Keltec P3AT, S&W Bodyguard, Ruger LCP, Glock 42, and Sig P238. These tiny … [Read more...]

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