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The Streamlight ProTac 88040 HL Flashlight is a compact,  programmable flashlight that is bright and powerful designed for a long product life. This light is one of our favorites in our Best Tactical Flashlights page due to its brightness offered at an affordable price. The LED power regulation technology provides the most brightness out of each battery you purchase, which is important especially when the batteries are not rechargeable.

Streamlight ProTac 88040 HL review

Streamlight ProTac 88040 HL reviewThe Streamlight ProTac 88040 HL Flashlight is a compact,  programmable flashlight that is bright and powerful designed for a long product life. This light is one of our favorites in our Best Tactical Flashlights page due to its brightness offered at an affordable price. The LED power regulation technology provides the most brightness out of each battery you purchase, which is important especially when the batteries are not rechargeable. Click here for the lowest price on Amazon Streamlight is know to produce quality products. They specialize in manufacturing tactical, weapon mount & safety rated flashlights, lanterns & headlamps , and other products for the military. They also offer a limited lifetime warranty covering manufacturing problems, providing added peace of mind if you encounter any defects. Overview This light is made from anodized aircraft aluminum to provide powerful protection. This is especially important with tactical flashlights so you don’t need to worry about dropping and damaging anything. It is 1 meter impact resistance tested. This device is also waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes, adding to its durability. It also has an o-ring sealed glass lens and an anti-roll face cap which stops the light from rolling away from you when you set it down. This flashlight uses C4 LED technology for extreme brightness lasting up to 50,000 hour lifetime.  On the highest setting, is flashlight provides 750 lumens with a throw of up to 270 meters. The lowest setting is 35 lumens that reaches 60 meters, not super powerful but definitely enough light to be able to see. Although the low setting is only 35 lumens, it’s ability to conserve battery power is pretty impressive. On the low setting it can run for 18 hours straight. Optimized electronics provide regulated intensity. The batteries can last up to eighteen hours on a single charge. On the highest setting, the batteries will still last about an hour. This torch has some pretty impressive technology built into the LED solid state power regulation system. This system works to guarantee that each battery generates as much light output as possible for the most efficient use of each battery. Specifications The flashlight only weighs 5.6 ounces(155.92 grams), making it very easy to carry around as an EDC light. It measures 5.2x 1.4x 1.4 inches. This device runs on 2 CR123A batteries (included). Multi-function, push-button tail switch which allows for easy one-handed operation. The flashlight features an anti-roll head which prevents the light from rolling away after you set it down. This flashlight has three different modes: high, low, and strobe. Having three modes is helpful and provides flexibility depending on your needs. The strobe feature can be used as a distress call or to blind and disorient an attacker. High: 750 lumens; 18,300 candela peak beam intensity; runs 1.25 hours. Low: 35 lumens; 900 candela peak beam intensity; 60 m beam distance; runs 18 hours. Strobe: runs 2.5 hours. C4 LED technology for ultimate brightness and LED solid state regulation system for most efficient use of battery output. What we like about it Looking to get the most bang for your buck with a mid-range tactical flashlight, Streamlight offers a great option. We especially like the brightness derived from the C4 LED technology and the LED power regulation system t get the ultimate level of brightness out of each battery. One downside is this device does not use rechargeable batteries, and the cost of replacement batteries needs to be factored in to your purchase price. The Streamlight 1 year warranty is appealing to those concerned about receiving a defective or damaged product. Streamlight stands by their lights and will replace or repair anything shown to have defects. Overall, for the cost this is a superior flashlight when compared to others in the same price range. When checking out other reviews, these are some of the key points people had to say: “Good product for the price. Pocket clip is strong and functional. Nice that it can be clipped to a hat without having to take the clip off and flip it backwards. Nicely redesigned. Light is bright with a neutral tint. ” Another pleased customer said: “Small, bright, lightweight, programmable. Perfect EDC light. There really isn’t a reason/excuse to not carry a flashlight- everyday. The ProTac is a great flashlight.” Another one wrote” I’ve carried a Streamlight ProTac for the last 4 years. I work in a machine shop and have absolutely beat the thing up and it hasn’t missed a beat.” What we don’t like about it The flashlight isn’t rechargeable so if you use it on the high setting frequently you will go through a lot of batteries. It also is on the large side for pocket carry. Conclusion The flashlight has a lot of different features making it a great option for multiple uses. A lot of people  carry a tactical flashlight in a tactical backpack or a bug out bag . Even though the flashlight isn’t rechargeable, the technology and features help make each battery last a lot longer.  The flashlight also is very compact and is at a great price for a tactical flashlight. Click here for the lowest price on Amazon

Why NOT to Prepare for TEOTWAWKI

Why NOT to Prepare for TEOTWAWKI

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d8151a7d_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d8151a7d_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } It doesn't make a lot of sense to make a SHTF plan for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it). Here's why it's important to live, not just survive. An asteroid just wiped out all life on Earth right down to the bacteria? Good thing you spent all that money on a 50-year supply of food. When it comes to preparedness, you shouldn’t worry about the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI). Those preparing for the end of days would eventually have to recognize that any supplies they have in place would eventually run dry. Conversely, it’s pretty smart to have the appropriate provisions in place to live comfortably outside your normal, day-to-day lifestyle if hurricanes or tornadoes frequently touch upon your region, or if there's a call for a SHTF plan anyway. If Not TEOTWAWKI, Where Should SHTF Plans Start? You can get a really good sense of a proper starting point by stopping and looking at your food and water supplies among other provisions. Related GunDigest Articles How to Prepare a Zombie First Aid Kit What Would You Do If You Knew TEOTWAWKI Was Coming? True Drowning Story: Why Mental Preparedness is Everything At that point, think about whether you could close the front door, shut down the power and comfortably live for two weeks without leaving the home. When considering all of the potential risks across the country, two weeks provides a pretty reasonable ground floor wherever you might be. You wouldn’t want any less. Common Sense, Not TEOTWAWKI Those who are just getting started should let common sense be the guide, not TEOTWAWKI. Those without any degree of planning are setting up their families to suffer far more than necessary when an emergency comes to bear. Those who planned well in excess of reasonable needs could’ve probably done better with their time, efforts and money. A level of preparedness that would support safety and comfort after the most typical and even the most serious of documented disasters wouldn’t resemble the preparation or lack thereof that sits at either extreme.

Magpul Introduces New MBUS Pro LR with BDC adjustment

Magpul Introduces New MBUS Pro LR with BDC adjustment

Magpul has introduced a metal BUIS with elevation adjustment known as the MBUS Pro LR . The sight looks good, and I particularly like the scalloped face which will aid in blocking reflection or glint. MSRP is $129, so it’s a direct competitor with other well-known sights such as the MaTech, GG&G, and Knight’s Armament 0-600 rear. Form Factor Comparison between the MBUS Pro LR, and the Knights Armament 0-600 BUIS standard size and Micro. The KAC 0-600 is long-held to be the gold standard of folding, range adjustable buis. It has finer adjustments than the Magpul offering from what i can see, but the Magpul has one trick up its sleeve to offer a bit more utility to the shooter: the aperture can still be switched from a large or small aperture . This is a fantastic feature as a small aperture is near useless at night. Calibration at this point is unknown. This is a cutting edge piece of equipment and I hope to get my hands on one soon. Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

Guide to the Different Types of Pistols and Handguns

Guide to the Different Types of Pistols and Handguns

Advertisment Looking to learn more about the different types of pistols? Semi-Automatic Handguns are well established as the majority of firearms in this country. 72% of firearm owners in the country own a handgun. And with the more recent surge of AR15 style handguns and others styled like this, the number will skew up even more. Handguns are defined by the ATF as: “The term “Pistol” means a weapon originally designed, made, and intended to fire a projectile (bullet) from one or more barrels when held in one hand, and having: a chamber(s) as an integral part(s) of, or permanently aligned with, the bore(s); and a short stock designed to be gripped by one hand at an angle to and extending below the line of the bore(s).” Contents Caliber Action Types of Pistols Subcompact Compact Full-size Large Frame Modular Handguns Final Thoughts Semi-Automatic is defined by the ATF as a weapon (in this writing’s case, a rifle) that is designed to, “fire only a single projectile through a rifled bore for each single pull of the trigger” The reason I define this is that we are more specifically talking about handguns that are more similarly related to traditional pistols, and not the ones that are more related/look like their rifle cousins. Handguns are made in a number of different shapes, sizes, calibers, colors and actions. We will go over a few broad categories regarding these guns. Caliber The major calibers for semi auto handguns in the US, and some common uses of them are: .22lr Target shooting, varmint hunting, beginning shooter training .380ACP Target shooting, small gun self defense 9mm Luger Target shooting, self-defense, varmint hunting, competition .40SW Target shooting, self-defense, competition .45ACP Target shooting, self-defense, competition, hunting sidearm There are of course more calibers than this, from .17HMR up to .50AE, but these are the calibers responsible for the vast majority of handgun chamberings. Action Types of Pistols There are two ways of operating a semi auto pistol, blowback and locked breech. There are a few subtypes of locked breech operation as well. Simple blowback is an operation for self-loading firearms that obtains energy from the motion of the cartridge case as it is pushed to the rear by expanding gas created by the ignition of the propellant charge. What this really means is that the slide, which is has mass, and the spring of the slide holds the action closed until the pressure in the chamber is reduced to the point that it can be opened safely. This design works well for many handgun calibers, but the slide mass and spring force become an issue when working with larger calibers. .380ACP is commonly regarded as the largest handgun caliber that is realistic to use with straight blowback handguns that are small. There are other ways to delay the blowback of the slide, such as gas delayed blowback and chamber ring delay, but those are far less common. Both of those systems use gas pressure to keep the slide stationary while the chamber pressures are high. Locked breech operation employs a mechanism to hold the breech closed on the handgun until the pressure in the chamber has dropped to a safe level. This can be done in many ways such as tilting barrel, roller delay, rotating barrel. Tilting Barrel Tilting barrel actions feature a grooved barrel and a grooved slide which were cammed together to prevent the breech from opening. The camming mechanism “locks” the breech closed until the entire barrel and slide assembly has moved far enough that the pressure in the chamber is low enough to safely unlock the breech during the process of ejecting the spent casing which is followed by loading a new loaded cartridge. This action comprises the vast majority of modern semi-automatic pistols. Roller Delay In a roller locked design, the roller locking mechanism holds the bolt closed for milliseconds longer than in a direct blowback to bring the chamber pressure down to a safe level before the gun comes out of battery. The result is a decreased mass of the bolt group assembly with a smoother operation. This is accomplished by using interactions between round surfaces in the gun and the forces required to make the surfaces move past each other. Rotating barrel Rotary action pistols are somewhat rare when compared against more traditional tilting barrel designs. With a rotary-action pistol, the results are similar, but the method differs. The barrel and slide still remain locked together during the travel rearward under recoil forces until pressure drops. However, as the slide travels back, the barrel rotates, rather than tilts, to unlock from the slide. This is done using special camming surfaces in the barrel and locking block areas. Now that we have discussed the major methods of operating handguns and the most popular calibers, let’s talk about the different use cases for the different handguns available and what that means for you the user. Semi Auto handguns are divided into a few different sizes, and those sizes mostly dictate their use. Those sizes are Subcompact Compact Full size Large frame Subcompact Subcompact handguns are almost universally designed for concealment and carry . There are some very small handguns that shoot cartridges that just don’t require a large handgun, but when talking about major calibers, subcompact handguns are designed for concealment. These handguns generally have a capacity of more than 4 rounds, but usually less than or equal to 10 rounds plus one in the chamber. Since these are designed to mostly be small, the ergonomics are not very good most of the time, and in larger calibers these are often incredibly uncomfortable to shoot. The effective range of subcompact handguns is generally less than larger handguns because of barrel length, sight radius, and the instability of holding these weapons. Short barrels generally have some effect on the spin of the bullet, but mostly the powders in cartridges are not designed to burn within the 1-2” barrels of these handguns, this results in an underpowered bullet that cannot travel the same distance as a bullet fired out of a longer barrel handgun. The sight radius and size also result in a handgun that is difficult to shoot accurately. These issues are usually secondary to the concealment aspect, which is enhanced with the pistol being so small. Many first-time shooters, and those with smaller hands are generally attracted to theses smaller guns, but they should be brought up to speed with the issues facing subcompact handguns. Namely the small size and weight result in a hard pistol to hold, extremely uncomfortable recoil and the potential of the slide hurting their hand. These are the most common types of pistols for concealed carry. Some examples of this class of pistols would include the following: Keltec P3AT Beretta Tomcat S&W Bodyguard Kahr CM9 SIG P365 Compact Compact handguns are larger than Subcompact handguns and usually are just a slightly modified version of a full-size handgun. These are designed for someone who needs to carry a weapon holding more rounds, shooting higher power cartridges, and also be relatively concealable. The Glock 19 for many years was the gold standard for compact handguns. The Glock 19 can be described as just small enough to carry, but just large enough to be shot without discomfort and inaccuracy. The Glock 19 holds 15 cartridges in the magazine, and many double stack compact handguns match this capacity. Single stack compact handguns, depending on caliber are closer to 7-10 rounds in their magazine. Compact handguns compromise less than subcompact handguns in almost every regard except concealability, but generally make up for this with features like magazine grip extensions, modifications that are done to reduce the ability of the gun to “catch” on clothing and often special designs that are geared towards safety while carried. These handguns are most often chambered in the more common defensive calibers and are not often subject to “weird” calibers, as they are geared towards defense. They are also one of the most common types of pistols for concealed carry. Some common models of compact handgun include: Glock 19/23/45/32/38 SIG P320 Compact S&W M&P Compact HK USP9 Compact S&W 5906 Full-size Full-size handguns are not one particular size, they are just the size that best fits their design as well as their function. Full-size handguns are usually made with maximum magazine capacity in mind as well as accuracy, an easy manual of arms, and reliability. Many full-size handguns in today’s market are geared towards Military, Law Enforcement or target shooting instead of concealed carry. This allows them a bit of freedom to make new designs, play with new features and experiment with caliber changes. Most full-size handguns have a capacity starting at 7 rounds and going up to 18 or 20 with a reasonably sized magazine depending on caliber. While these handguns are sometimes more intimidating to folks who are not used to handguns, they should be told that these larger handguns of the same caliber, will generally shoot much more comfortably than a smaller gun. Sometimes small hands cannot properly grip these larger handguns, and that can be taken into account, but all other things equal, a larger gun will be better for a first-time shooter. These are some of the most common handguns chosen for duty use or open carry. Some common full-size handguns include: Glock 17 /21/22/20/31 SIG P320 HK VP9 S&W M&P Full Size SIG P226 Large Frame Large frame handguns are generally geared towards more powerful calibers or with specific purposes like competition, hunting or just sheer enjoyment. These are often not in common calibers since a smaller gun can usually control the big 5 calibers. These firearms are generally not used for concealed carry as their size is an inhibition as well as the usual cost of these specialty handguns. Generally, these guns in the common calibers are just full-size guns with some extra features and material, so the operating systems are similar to the ones discussed above. Some more powerful models must employ more complex locking mechanisms, such as the Desert Eagle which uses a rotating bolt, much like an AR15 or AK47; this is used because it fires a .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, or .50AE cartridge. These are also sometimes competition guns as this type of pistol lends itself well to that style of shooting. Some examples of large frame handguns with common calibers include: Glock 34/40/24/35/41 SIG X5 S&W M&P 5in HK VP9 Long slide Walther PPQ Q5 Match Modular Handguns A recent advent of firearm companies is the idea of a modular handgun. Some companies *cough* Glock *cough* have claimed to be modular, without actually being modular. The MHS (Modular Handgun System) program from the Army did a great job of defining what a modular handgun needs to include. The Army stated that the, “MHS requirement called for a non-caliber specific weapon with modular features to allow for the adaption of different fire control devices, pistol grips, and alternate magazine options.” This effectively means is that one should be able to change pistol grips , and fire control devices without needing to get to an armorer level of disassembly. What this means for an average Joe is that a modular handgun will allow you to purchase a handgun and change a lot of the handgun to suit your needs without a lot of work. The SIG M17 , the gun that won the MHS competition, accomplishes this with a “fire control group” that is legally the firearm, in the eyes of the ATF. Once you purchase a P320 (the civilian version of the M17), you can purchase and change any number of the following aspects of the pistol with no tools, or minimal tools. Sighting system Size of grip Length of slide Magazine size This can allow a shooter to customize a gun to their exact use case and wants depending on the shooter, environment or even caliber needed. Final Thoughts This introduction to types of pistols and some concepts related to them is just a primer to give you a start into handgun terminology and technology. Figuring out which pistol is right for you is a very personal choice and one that is often driven by exterior factors and the all important “feel” when it’s in your hand. Firearms are almost always a compromise, whether it’s power, size, weight, capacity or complexity; these tools are made to serve you in the best way possible and making sure you understand all of the aspects of the handgun can assist you in making your next purchase, or designing your next product.

Best Concealed Carry Holsters [2020 Hands-On Tested]

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s What’s the best holster for the money? EMP, Alien Gear Holster After buying your gun…deciding on which holster you’re going to buy is one of the most important decisions you can make. There are a lot of different kinds and styles of holsters on the market right now.  Sadly, many of them are not ideal for concealed carry. Lots of Holsters, Boondock Saints But no worries…we’ll clear up what makes a good holster, the types of carrying (inside waistband, ankle, etc), and personal recommendations for each type. Complete with tons of hands-on pics, videos, and even standalone reviews. Best Concealed Carry Holsters Best IWB (Hybrid): Hidden Hybrid Holsters Best IWB (Value): Concealment Express Best IWB (Kydex): Tenicor Best IWB (Unique): Urban Carry G3 Best OWB: Alien Gear Cloak Mod Best Bellyband: Crossbreed Belly Band Best Ankle: Sticky Holster Best Shoulder: Galco Best Gun Belt: Relentless CCW *UPDATED* 2019: More holsters and personal experiences…and videos ! Table of Contents Loading... Why Have a Good Holster? Let’s think about some of the things the holster is supposed to do: Protect and hold the firearm. Prevent discharge. Provide quick access. Prevent theft or loss. So, maybe instead of the original question, we should ask things like: What goes into a great concealed carry holster? First and foremost is the concept of safety.  You’ve likely heard the safety rules by now, but in case you haven’t, here they are: Treat every weapon like it’s loaded. Don’t point your gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy. Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire. Know your target and what’s beyond it. They’re all particularly important but for right now, let’s concentrate solely on number three…k eep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire. Good Trigger Discipline Glock 17 I want to expand on it even more and say that nothing should touch the trigger, to include clothing or any part of the holster itself.  Your trigger could get caught, pulled, and cause a discharge. That’s a bad oopsie… Trust me when I say the last thing you’re ever going to want is for your gun to go off unintentionally.  And, guns have gone off when being holstered because something got caught and pulled the trigger. Therefore, it is super important that you learn how to safely re-holster your handgun to make certain you know how to do it.   And take your time…believe it or not…nobody has ever won a gunfight by speed-holstering. The bottom line is to always make sure your gun’s path is clear of any foreign objects (including your own finger) before you put your gun in its holster. What Makes a Great Concealed Carry Holster? As I stated earlier, there are a lot of different kinds and styles on the market.  But a lot of them are not ideal for concealed carry because they are dangerous. When you pick out a holster, make sure it has the following: Total trigger coverage Sturdy material Good retention Good concealability Handgun protection Skin/body protection Positive grip Let’s take a closer look at these requirements… Trigger and Material There are a lot of holsters on the market where the trigger is not covered or is covered by a flimsy material. So that you’re as safe as possible, it’s best to have a holster that is made of a sturdy material that covers the trigger.  You want to do all you can to prevent the possibility of a discharge. A good example of a sturdy material could be Kydex or leather. Both do an excellent job of protecting the trigger. Kydex Sheets Kydex is basically nothing more than a polymer composite material formed to the shape of your gun with a bunch of properties that help it do its job. Some holsters will have both materials in the form of a Kydex shell on top of a leather backing. Glock 19 with TLR-1 in "Hidden Hybrid Holster" There are countless companies making good-quality holsters out of this material.  You can’t go wrong here. Good Retention Another way of saying retention is that your gun needs to “stay put.” A good test…if you stick your gun in your holster, and turn it upside down, will it fall out? If it comes out, the retention of it needs to be adjusted (usually via a screw) or you need a different method of carrying. It needs to be strong enough that it keeps your firearm in place until you tug it out on purpose. Concealability Unless you’re carrying openly, you’ll want your firearm in a discreet position where it cannot be seen. IWB , or Inside the WaistBand , holsters offer a better level of concealment than does OWB , otherwise known as Outside the WaistBand (more on this in a minute). And, as far as IWB holsters are concerned, generally speaking, appendix IWB offers the most concealment. Think of appendix carry as starting directly in front of your belly button and ending on your pelvic bone. Appendix Carry, HHH with EMP Keep in mind, it depends on body type, and my body is different than yours.  What conceals better for me, may not be a good option for you. The best thing to do is to play around with it a bit, to find a balance between comfort and concealment. Protection Your holster needs to protect you and your gun. Some of the harder materials can cause rub marks on its finish over time, so keep that in mind too. Tenicor Velo Holster with G19 At the same time, some of the stiffer holsters may rub your skin the wrong way.  While not generally that big of a deal…if it isn’t comfortable , would you carry it every day? As a bonus while on this topic, holsters can also damage clothing and furniture if you choose the wrong type. I’ve used metal clips on holsters before that eventually wore holes into my shirts.  Plastic clips, while not as strong, do their job quite well and are gentler on clothing than their metal counterparts. Grip This is very important . If your holster doesn’t afford you the ability to have a FULL combat grip on your gun when it is drawn, you need a different holster.  Meaning you’ve got a high grip, can deactivate safeties and can shoot one-handed. Full Grip on G19 with "Hidden Hybrid Holsters" You should be able to draw and fire, from any position, to include directly off-body if an attacker is on top of you.  I’d even suggest a holster/position where you can reach with your weak hand as well. Again, because it bears repeating…if your holster doesn’t allow a full combat grip, get a new one. Different Types of Holsters There are a few different types of holsters out there for men and women: IWB OWB Belly Band Ankle Shoulder Those designed specifically for women, which I know nothing about…but good thing one of our writers does . Let’s tackle each of these, along with their benefits. IWB Aliengear Cloak Tuck 3.0 with XD Mod 2 Otherwise known as Inside the Waist Band , these holsters are great for concealing a gun. They go in between your pants and your underwear and they are excellent because they keep the gun so very close to your body. "Alien Gear Holster" Because it is so close to you, people won’t notice it as much as some of the other options on this list.  They also don’t “print” as much as some of the others do. Printing is when the outline of the firearm/holster can be seen on the shirt. This is bad because the point of carrying a concealed gun is to hide the fact that it’s there. Seated with Alien Gear One of the drawbacks to carrying like this is that it’s harder to get that positive combat grip from the draw. It’s possible, but you’ll have to practice that much more to get it right. There’s a couple different types of IWB but we’ll get to that in the actual holster section! OWB OWB, or Outside the Waist Band is when the gun/holster rests on the outside of your pants. OWB Holster It is usually anchored to you by the belt, though some of them may attach differently. It’s obviously not very covert unless you’re wearing a jacket. However, it is a very comfortable method of carrying because there generally isn’t anything poking you in the side. Finally, it affords a better grip on the draw because it sits further off the skin allowing you to get your entire hand on it in the right position. Belly Band Holsters These are pretty self-explanatory…it’s a band that goes around your belly.  For those times when you’re not wearing a belt… Brave Response "Belly Band Holster" Make sure to choose one that completely covers the trigger and remember that you might get a little sweaty under there. Shoulder Shoulder holsters generally wrap around the shoulder.  The part that actually holds the gun usually sits on your support side’s rib cage. 007 Shoulder Holster The support side is the hand that you don’t squeeze the trigger with.  It helps to stabilize, or support, the strong hand. The strong hand is the one you do squeeze the trigger with. Shoulder Holster Back This method of carrying a concealed gun is great for people who wear a jacket and is also commonly employed by undercover and off-duty police officers. But it’s not all looking cool… The guns tend to fall out much more likely than other holsters You’re muzzling the person behind you When you unholster it’s easy to sweep a couple people in front of you too Your shirts will get gross sweat marks from the holster When you take off your jacket the gun is no longer concealed Ankle This method of carrying a concealed gun is great for deep concealment, or for times when a backup gun is needed. In this case, there is no printing unless you’re wearing tight pants. Nobody will know you’ve got a gun on you unless you pull your pant leg up and show them. Ankle Holster from Uncle Mike The drawbacks to this method, are that your gun can be hard to get to, and it can be uncomfortable to the point that it can pull your leg hair out and rub your skin unless you wrap it around a boot. Without any further ado, let’s get to some specific examples! Best IWB Holsters I’m a fan of “hybrid” holsters for IWB where the gun shell is Kydex and the backer is either something synthetic or leather.  Here’s a few of my favorites. But don’t worry…we’ll go into pure kydex IWB holsters too! Alien Gear The "Alien Gear Cloak" Tuck 3.5 ($45) is a great IWB holster for the money. "Aliengear Cloak Tuck" with XD Mod 2 (Old 3.0 Model) The lifetime warranty plus 30-day no questions asked trial period can’t be beaten. Plus, they are comfortable with a neoprene-like backing. Alien Gear Holsters, Back Check out our full review where the holster survived months of use and a multi-day CCW course. ITTS Tactical CCW Course with Alien Gear In my opinion, a great starter holster! Best Value (IWB) Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 51 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 51 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing And now with some video from John: Crossbreed Holsters The Crossbreed Supertuck Deluxe was previously our Editor Eric’s favorite since it’s comfy with the leather backing (don’t worry it comes in black too) and allows for a full grip. Crossbreed Holsters with G17 (SuperTuck), G19 (SuperTuck), G26 (Appendix) Since it’s pretty large it’s used best for a 4-5 o’clock location. The combat cut is slightly less comfy since the grip is more exposed, but it’s what I prefer since I get a nice “high” draw where the web of my hand perfectly meets the beavertail of the pistol. Crossbreed Combat Cut Here’s the leather backing: Crossbreed Holsters, Leather Back And for smaller guns that you plan on appendix carrying …yea they have those too. Crossbreed Appendix Holster with G26 Here it is in action with a G19 which still fits well. A great hybrid holster from a reputable company! Crossbreed IWB Holsters 68 at Crossbreed Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 68 at Crossbreed Compare prices (2 found) Crossbreed (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Hidden Hybrid Holsters Our editor’s current favorite hybrid holster is from Hidden Hybrid Holsters and here’s our full review . Not a very creative name…but they work! Hidden Hybrid Holsters Assortment They are a small company from OH that uses Amish leather down the road from their shop. Hidden Hybrid Holster, Suede Back, Double Clip The leather they choose and the suede backer make all the difference in comfort. The thickness/rigidity is Goldilocks right…and the suede feels better than raw leather against your skin. I’ve tried out a couple of their options and love their single clip Appendix Carry . EMP in Hidden Hybrid Holster, Appendix , Single Clip Here it is in action during our review of the Springfield EMP . It keeps things hidden… Appendix Carry, EMP, Hidden Hybrid Holster And I’d definitely recommend getting the “claw” attachment which pushes the holster more into your body. Claw Attachment in Action Have something bigger…or a light/laser/RMR? Glock 19 with TLR-1 in Belly Band Holster They got you covered with an option that let’s you go both IWB and OWB (with belt holes). If you’re down with pistol optics for carry…their version completely covers the optic. However, here’s a regular G19 in the 4/5 o’clock position since I don’t like it too chunky. Glock 19 in Belly Band Holsters, Two Clip IT’S HIDDEN, IT’S HYBRID. Exposed G19 in Belly Band Holster Ok one more perk…all the holsters I tried give you a full grip. Full Grip on G19 with Belly Band Holsters They also have mag carriers . Belly Band Holsters, Mag Carriers I’m not huge so the double double-stack mag carrier was just way too big for me.  However the single was perfect and really comfy. Belly Band Holsters Single Mag Carrier And something for the lols…or if you really need to walk tall and carry a big stick… Amazon Prices Accurate, Big Stick Mag Carrier Full review here …but so far Hidden Hybrid has my vote for the comfiest hybrid holster I’ve tested so far. "Amazon Prices Accurate" 69 at Amazon Prices Accurate Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 69 at Amazon Prices Accurate Prices accurate at time of writing What’s your take on HHH? Readers' Ratings 4.93/5 (586) Your Rating? Concealment Express Gets It Done (IWB) Concealment Express Holsters 35 at Concealment Express Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 35 at Concealment Express Compare prices (2 found) Concealment Express (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Looking for something AIWB that’s super light (less than 3 oz) yet effective and still comfortable. Check out Concealment Express in action with a Glock 19. We also did a full review on them and all their styles and attachment options. Concealment Express Attachment Options Tenicor Want the Ferrari of kydex holsters? Check out Tenicor which brings a concept that’s so “why didn’t I think of that” to the table… "Tenicor Velo Holster" with G19 Molding the holster to what a normal human is like at the… groinal triangle (our term, lol). They only have a few models for their Velo above but if you’re packing something popular (Glock, Sig Sauer, or M&P), they’ve got you covered. So is it comfy? You bet…I put on the holster without the clips and wiggled it around until felt very natural.  Then I installed the clips and set the height. Here it is in action before I go into it more: Now the clips…there’s a couple options but I went with the most aggressive hold with the T1 clips. Tenicor T1 Metal Clips They take a little longer to put on since it will snag your belt and pants…but wow they feel they will never come off even in a tussle. Here’s another angle…and you can also see the raised “camming bar” near the top left.  That works like the “claw” in other designs that helps rotate the holster more inwards. Tenicor Metal Clips & Camming Bar There’s two other options like snap buckles for your belt or permanent loops where you thread your belt through.  Less retention but easier to get on/off and won’t scratch stuff as easily. Tenicor Snap Belt Loops Got a light?  They’ve got the Sagax Lux model… Tenicor Sagax Lux Holster G19 and TLR-7 It honestly felt the same in my pants as the regular Velo since it’s not that much bigger.  For now it’s only a G19-sized Glock option with TLR-7, XC1-B, XC2, and APLc lights. Sagax Lux vs Velo Plus it doesn’t use the light for retention so you can use it without one too. Here’s another angle…just a little more material to disappear into your “groinal triangle.” Tenicor Sagax Lux vs Velo For the comfiest appendix carry pure kydex option yet…check out Tenicor . They are definitely at the high-end of the price spectrum with the Velo at almost $80 and the Sagax over $100.  But if you’re a serious appendix carrier who needs comfort and extreme retention…it’s probably worth it. Tenicor Holsters 77 at Tenicor Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 77 at Tenicor Prices accurate at time of writing I’ll have a full review coming up soon! Urban Carry G3 This holster deserves to be in its own category since it melds IWB & OWB…the Urban Carry 3 ($69) offers some distinct advantages over other holsters. It’s the third generation of holster and has a host of upgrades compared to its G2 version…especially in the size/cut department. Urban Carry G2 It allows for carrying with your shirt tucked in…plus even if it prints a little it shows up as something in your pocket.  However, one negative include having to have your belt a little looser since your gun sits underneath. Full review coming soon! Most Unique (IWB) Urban Carry G3 69 at Urban Carry Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 69 at Urban Carry Prices accurate at time of writing Best OWB Holsters Alien Gear Alien Gear Cloak Slide at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Alien Gear (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing The Alien Gear Cloak Slide is my personal pick for an outside the waistband holster.  Reason being…it is very versatile and affordable. Alien Gear Cloak Slide Plus, the 30-day “Test Drive” offer and lifetime warranty is great.  It attaches to a belt by way of two belt loops but has a slightly larger profile due to its leather backer when compared to pure Kydex holsters. Alien Gear Cloak Slide, Back A newer paddle version is the Alien Gear Cloak Mod ($50) where you can easily switch out your holster from pants to dashboard to a table without taking off your belt. Alien Gear Cloak Mod 50 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 50 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Tagua Best Retention (OWB) Tagua Leather OWB Holster 40 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 40 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Optics Planet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing This is a leather constructed holster ($40) that adds the thumb break for added firearm retention.  This draw is a bit different from other holsters because there is an extra step. Tagua Holster It’s a good option, just make sure you practice with it. Tagua Holster, Note the Thumb Break Safariland Editor's Pick (OWB) Safariland OWB Holsters 40 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 40 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Optics Planet (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Eric’s favorite no-nonsense OWB holster brand ($40). Safariland Paddle OWB Holster with SP-01 Great for carrying or for competition use.  Tons of models so you’ll be sure to find your pistol, hand, and flashlight combination. Backing allows the use of a paddle or other belt attachment systems (Tek-Lok, etc).  Plus the paddle is well-designed to fit your hips. Safariland Paddle Holster Best Belly Band Holster Brave Response Holster Best Gear Cloak Slide "Brave Response Holster" 70 at Concealed Carry Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 70 at Concealed Carry Compare prices (2 found) Concealed Carry (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing My top choice for a belly band holster is the Brave Response Holster ($70) which is universal for most guns since there’s no hard Kydex shell.  This makes it very comfy too. Brave Response Holster Plus it has the added benefit of having three mag pouches already sewn in.  It might be a little hard to reach them since it is on your strong side, but it’s good to know they are there with you. Crossbreed Holsters "Crossbreed Belly Band" The Crossbreed Belly Band ($70) adds some extra safety with a Kydex gun-specific shell that covers the trigger.  They also have a sewn in magazine/phone/flashlight pouch plus the ability to add in magazine holsters. Best Ankle Holster Sticky Sticky Holsters Anklebiter 37 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 37 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing For that extra deep concealment ($33).  You can even fit an extra mag or knife next to your gun with this adapter. Sticky Ankle Holster Remember to add their holsters which use a rubbery material to stay in place. Best Shoulder Holster Galco Galco Vertical Shoulder Holster 184 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 184 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing For those times ($184) when you’re wearing a suit and tie, but also feel like being prepared. Being like James Bond ain’t cheap though… Best Gun Belt With most of the holsters, you’ll likely get…you’ll need a great gun belt. One that doesn’t scream “look at me” but is sturdy enough to not flex under the weight of a fully loaded gun and even extra mags. My favorite is the Relentless CCW belt ($60) which meets all the requirements and hasn’t failed me yet in one year of standard use. Relentless CCW Belt 60 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 60 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Relentless Tactical (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Or check out my full review of 3 of the top belt brands out there. Best CCW Gun Belts, Thickness Conclusion No matter which method of concealed carry you choose, you need to practice your draw and re-holster often to make sure you master it. As for holsters?  Sometimes it takes trying out a couple to see which one fits and feels the best. Not yet a concealed carry pro?  Check out 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Concealed Carry . And how that you’ve gotten the perfect holster and gun…what happens if you have to use it in a defensive shooting? Check out my review of USCCA’s CCW Insurance which will help you and your family with legal fees and more.  It’s really one of those things you’ll wish you had if things get hairy. So…what holster did you end up getting?

The Best Browning Hi Power Accessories

Advertisment Browning Hi Power Accessories If you’ve read our recent article on the best 9mm handguns out there, you’ve probably heard of the venerated Browning Hi Power. It is a truly legendary design, supposedly one of John Browning’s last. And he may have saved the best for last. It has a few features that made it a gun well ahead of its 1920’s vintage. Many firearms historians point to the Hi Power as the first wonder nine- this weapon went a long way towards legitimizing and making popular the 9mm round , as well as the concept of the duty-sized auto loading handgun more generally. There is a very good reason that these have been carried by people in police and military services all over the planet for over half a century. You’d be doing well to add one to your collection, either has a historical piece or as a more practical choice. First, it was chambered in the new 9mm parabellum, which has since become the world standard in pistol rounds. Second, it comes standard with 15 round magazines. Those two things sound standard now, and they are. But, this was in a firearm that was contemporary with revolvers and such fossils as the broom-handle Mauser. For the 1920’s, this gun was effectively from the future, and it’s still a fantastic firearm today. So, if you’ve picked one up, we’re here to help you use it as a competent carry pistol . Contents Browning Hi Power Accessories Large Frame Holster Handgun Cleaning Kit Handgun Lock Box Slim Electronic Ear Muffs Sig Sauer Elite 9mm Ammo Browning Hi Power Rubber Grips Promag Pistol Magazine Promag 32 Round Pistol Magazine Kryptek Tactical Pistol Case Streamlight ProTac Flashlight Parting Shots… Large Frame Holster In terms of age, the Hi Power counts as an antique. But in terms of performance, it is absolutely a viable option for concealed carry. It’s a little heavy to be sure, but 15 rounds of 9mm is nothing to laugh at, and that extra weight makes shooting the Hi Power a truly pleasant experience. With that in mind, should you choose to carry it, a sturdy holster is a must. But, as an antique that has been kept around a long time for a good reason, there are many good duty style holsters out there. This one is a Belgian police surplus holster. It’s got great retention with a strap, as well as really tough belt loops that have the gun sit at a very ergonomic angle for draw. These polymer holsters a re a real winner, and a bargain at surplus prices. Handgun Cleaning Kit As we just mentioned, the Hi Power is one seriously nice 9mm pistol. It’s hard to hold one in your hand and not appreciate the craftsmanship, not to mention the fantastic trigger that shares a lot of design similarities from the 1911 , making it a common choice among Colt fans as well. With a firearm this nice, you’re going to want to keep it clean. We recognize that the disease of gun collecting afflicts many of us, and one of the best treatments for our particular condition is trying to make purchases that are useful for more than one thing. That’s where a good universal kit like the Real Avid Gun Boss cleaning kit comes in handy. Basically, the kit is a brass rod, a patch puller, a handle, and a collection of brushes from .22 to 12 gauge, all in a nice container that keeps everything handy. Picking one of these up and keeping it in your range bag, or wherever you clean your guns, is a great way to keep things organized.  The 9mm brush works just fine for the Browning Hi Power, and you still have a ton of other useful tools as well. Handgun Lock Box Being a responsible gun owner is part of the deal when it comes to concealed carry. If we want to be able to keep our firearms and our rights, as well as prevent senseless tragedies and thefts, we all need to do our bit. Thus, we recommend every single gun owner think carefully about safety and storage . Of course, we all have to take our guns off sometimes. We don’t recommend taking the Browning Hi Power in the shower, as sustained moisture isn’t great for springs, ammo, or surfaces that have had the finish worn off. Similarly, wearing a gun to bed is kind of uncomfortable.  Thus, picking up something as simple as the Snapsafe key lock box is a really good idea. They come with a cable as well, for securing the box to something else heavy. While it’s not a fancy electronic safe, it is simple and will work. If you want to simply stash your Hi Power in a drawer but keep it locked up, this is a great option. Slim Electronic Ear Muffs Speaking of responsibility, it’s also your responsibility to make sure that you don’t go deaf while shooting. We’re big fans of using ear protection on every shot you take, so with any pistol we recommend a good set of ear muffs. These electrionc models by Walker’s are a great option. They’ll reduce noise by 23 decibels, but also have sound amplifiers that pick up on speech, making it much easier to hear at the range: these are great for courses where there are instructors. Additionally, you can use a standard 3.5mm cable to hook it up to a phone to hear audio. Overall, these are a great choice, and we love that each ear has its own volume control if, like us, you did, in fact, forget one ear plug one time and now need that ear up just a little higher. Sig Sauer Elite 9mm Ammo While some people might scoff at carrying an old, large, metal framed 9mm, we think the Hi Power is an excellent choice for concealed carry. With that in mind, you’d need some good defensive ammo to go with it. Sig makes just the thing with their Elite line. These jacketed hollow points , in 115 grain are meant to cycle reliably in any semi-auto handgun, so they’d be a great match for a Hi Power. One small word of caution, though: old guns sometimes have feed ramps that were meant for ball ammo and don’t always play nice with hollow points, so test any ammo out before you bet your life on it. Browning Hi Power Rubber Grips The Hi Power is an absolutely gorgeous pistol. We really like how it looks:  it might well be one of the most elegant handguns ever designed. With that said, if we’re being really, really practical, those wooden grips might be a tiny bit of a hindrance. Wood can get awfully slick when wet. Thus, we’re recommending a change to the grips made by Hogue . Its an easy enough switch to make with a hex key set and five minutes of your time. What you get for your small investment is a set of slightly more ergonomic grips that are made out of a solid rubber. That rubber is well textured to allow for a better fit in the hand, as well as ad extra grip in adverse conditions. If you’re thinking of carrying a Hi Power, a new set of grips is a decent idea, and these are simple enough in appearance to not ruin the aesthetics of the first wonder nine. Promag Pistol Magazine One thing you are, for sure, going to need with your Hi Power, is magazines.  Trying to track down surplus or original ones is about like trying to find a needle in a haystack, though. And even if you did, you’d probably need to at the very least re-spring those old magazines in order to make them work properly. There might be a better way to go about this. With that said, Promag makes Hi power magazines. These flush fitting magazines hold 13 rounds and are finished to match most Hi Power’s that have been made. We recommend getting a few, given that you’ll probably want to keep shooting and shooting once you take this truly smooth 9mm pistol to the range . Promag 32 "Round Pistol Magazine" Okay, so sometimes thirteen rounds is not enough. In those cases, try one of these 32 round versions also by Promag. While they’re not the most practical for carry, these would be great for the range or just for fun. Additionally, while they’d probably print pretty badly, we can see these being actually useful in a tactical situation. If, for example, you usually carry a bag of some kind, there’s probably enough room to stash one of these magazines in it to have as a backup if either you run out of the first magazine, or if you experience a malfunction. Overall, a 32 round stick of 9mm is certainly nothing so scoff at, and shooting it of one of these awesome old guns seems like a great time to us. Kryptek Tactical Pistol Case As we’ve mentioned a few times in this article, the Hi Power is a really, really nice gun. You likely will not be finding one cheap. They’re well made, well designed, and beautifully finished pieces of firearm history that also make awesome carry guns. That means that taking care of one well deserves some consideration. One such consideration is to keep your HI Power’s finish as nice as you possibly can. Of course, refinishing is always an option if you like a clean appearance, but not much beats a patina that has been earned over decades of use, but not abuse. Contact surfaces wear down, getting slicker with time, making the Hi Power look even better with age. To preserve yours, think about a good case like the Allen case we recommend here. Even for safe or cabinet storage, this one extra layer of protection will help. Why scratch such a nice gun when you can avoid it? For this price, this is an obvious choice. IN terms of pattern, we also think this Kryptek camo is an attractive and different choice. Black pistol cases all look the same, and it would be a shame if yours got picked up by accident by someone else. Instead, why not stand out a little with this one? Streamlight ProTac Flashlight The Hi Power is a fantastic carry gun. It fires 9mm, takes high capacity magazines, and has a trigger that will put any of your plastic framed guns to absolute shame. That fit, finish, and generally great construction to come with one small downside, though. Back in 1920, not many folks were slapping lasers and flashlights onto handguns. With that said, defensive gun uses are seldom in situations of our choosing. If you’re already having a day bad enough to require drawing your weapon, are you willing to bet it will be in good lighting conditions that make 100 year old, all black sights workable? We didn’t think so. With a Hi Power, you may want to consider a separate light, like the Streamlight ProTac Flashlight . Parting Shots… So, there you have it, ten excellent accessories to the Browner Hi Power. This firearm is a truly excellent one. If you have the chance, at least shoot one. John Browning really knew what he was doing when it came to the design of handguns. Now, it’s standard to have 9mm handguns that are ergonomic, easy to shoot, and reliable. That standard has not always been the case, and did not come from nowhere. In 1920, many men at arms around the world went into bad situations with a revolver, or, at about the best, a 1911 with 8 rounds in the magazine. The Hi Power was a technological revolution at the time, the first wonder-nine pistol. Now, bordering on a century since its design, it still stands up with its great-grandchildren, the contemporary polymer guns with all of their bells and whistles. With just a few sensible purchases, such as  magazines, holsters, and a light, the Hi Power still more than does the job as a carry gun. If worse comes to worse, you want a gun that has been at the sides of people on their worst days since the end of the Second World War. Polymer may be light and fast, but it is still very hard to beat the feel of an all steel handgun. This one in particular set the gold standard for 9mm pistols that inspired the designs for more than a century to come.

Summary

The Streamlight ProTac 88040 HL Flashlight is a compact,  programmable flashlight that is bright and powerful designed for a long product life. This light is one of our favorites in our Best Tactical Flashlights page due to its brightness offered at an affordable price. The LED power regulation technology provides the most brightness out of each battery you purchase, which is important especially when the batteries are not rechargeable.