Video Tuesday!!!Blackhawk Cutaway Omega Vest and TacProGear Review

Blackhawk and Tacprogear

Sometimes you just need a big knife and tactical vest. This is one of those times. Like I said, I do really like the gear. However, as someone who was never military or a three gun shooter, I don’t really care all that much to wear MOLLE, unless I have a need for it. This vest has been coming in real handy while reviewing the #WindhamProject.  We are firing thousands of rounds through this rifle. The MOLLE vest makes it easier to keep mags closer for speedier reload time.

Something I failed to mention about this vest, is that is it mainly made with a mesh body.  That makes this vest breathable. This is nice in the Texas sun when you are wearing it for hours on end.

I also keep my Leatherman MUT on my vest, which you can see on the left hand side of the screen when looking at the vest.

The video below is of the OPSGEAR guys using the cutaway system.

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Review: CCW Holsters

5 Years Experience

I have had my CCW for over 5 years.  I have carried everything from a subcompact .380 to a full size 1911 or Glock in it.  The holsters have covered an equally large range of options. Ankle carry? Under arm? Crossdraw? Appendix? Chest?
Check to all of those. It just depends on the day and what I will be doing that day.

Blade Tech

Total Eclipse Holster – Glock 17/22

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Presently, I am using a Blade Tech holster to carry a full size Glock 17. It is a hard poly holster that can be adjusted to user preference.

Mounting options include a belt loop or clip, set for a standard duty belt size. It can be set to fit between belt loops or just outside two loops.

I chose to set it just outside, thus limiting any movement. Also, it is easy to adjust the set up and the retention level, as the only tool needed to adjust it, is a Philips head screwdriver.

Issues

I have used this holster while driving long distance, hiking, hunting, running errands around town, and riding motorcycles. It is comfortable and firmly retains my carry. The only two points of complaint are

1) it digs a bit on long distance drives

2) the hardware can come loose at times.

Solutions

I solved the first issue by simply shifting to a comfortable position while driving. The second was equally easy, a drop of lock-tite on the threads that came loose after days with a lot of movement.

So far, this is the best holster for my money ($70) and it meets my needs fully. I would suggest it for anyone able and comfortable with concealing a full size Glock.

Remington R1 Enhanced 1911 Review

When I was younger I fancied myself a “Glock” man. In all of the debates with my friends I held true to my Glock fandom and that there wasn’t a 1911 on the face of this earth that could sway me. I have grown up a lot since then and I have experienced one or maybe two more guns since I was a youth. As I have matured and become a reviewer, I know that my tastes and knowledge has grown with me. I have been on the hunt for a 1911 that I could put the Atticus James stamp of approval on for about 2 years now, and I can say I have finally found it.

Remington R1 Enhanced 1911 Review

Side Story 

Before I get to reviewing this gun I wanted to share a story with you. As some of you know, I name my guns like they are my children and each firearm has a name that relates to a part of the gun and how it came to be mine.

On Valentine’s Day 2015, I picked up the Remington R1 1911 and the OOW 1919 (it was my month of ordering firearms designed in the 1900s). I opened the Remington pistols’ hard case and saw the gun for the first time. I instantly knew her name. Cupids Bow (Cupid for short). Because if Cupid was real it wouldn’t carry bow and arrows, it would carry this .45ACP, so when you get hit with love it feels like a Mac truck just hit you. This is how I felt when I first held the Remington R1 Enhanced and again when I first shot this pistol. Love hitting me like a Mac truck.

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Specs

ACTION: Short recoil operation
CALIBER: .45 ACP
MAGAZINE CAPACITY: 8+1 (comes with two mags)
BARREL: 5 in.
OVERALL LENGTH: 8.5 in.
OVERALL HEIGHT: 5.5 in.
GRIPS: Enhanced Wood Laminate
TRIGGER PULL: 3.5-5 lb.
WEIGHT: 39.5 oz.
Price: $940

First Impressions

I am not a good shot with pistols at anything farther than maybe 10 feet. I am working at getting my accuracy better but it has taken time. When we first took the Remington R1 Enhanced out to the range we were working in our back bay that goes out to 182 yards. We had been shooting our OOW 1919 out to the 50 yard line. We had to take a break from the 1919 and moved over to pistols for a bit. After shooting about 250 rounds down at the 7 yard with the Remington R1 Enhanced I decided to ring steel at 10y and 25 yards. I felt super confident after ringing in the silhouette at 25 yards. I wanted to try my hand at 50. After about 3 shots of walking up I rang the steel. For some of you this is nothing and I understand that, but for me this was AWESOME!

Shooting

When I moved over to the knockdown plate rack I was averaging about 90% hit rate at 10 yards. I let my sister try this pistol out and she noted it was heavy when she first picked it up but after shooting the gun and seeing how the weight helped her follow up shots I think the heaviness didn’t bother her after that. The crew got some time behind the gun and I heard things like “they can take this from my cold dead hands” “dibs” “do you think Atticus would notice it missing if I sneak it under my shirt and take it home”.

Grips

I don’t like the prickliness of the grips. I understand the reason being that it adds more slip resistance, but I am not a fan. I found that the screws were loose on the grips when I got the gun. After tightening them they haven’t backed out once.

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500 Round Cleaning

After the first day of shooting, the muzzle was very caked with carbon and powder. I always use M Pro 7 cleaner on my guns and after taking the Remington R1 down and spraying everything with cleaner all the carbon just wipes off and returned the gun to a shiny new-ish gun.

2000 Round Cleaning

When shooting the next 1500 round (maybe 200 rounds in) is when we had our first and only failure to fire. I was being bad and using an old box of Tula and I believe the round was just bad. After cleaning the gun it is still shiny and looks new. The fiber optic front sight needed to be cleaned with a q-tip but still is red and very visible .

Ammo Used

I have been using Blazer 230 Gr FMJ .45 Auto ammo in my .45s for years now and I have never really had any problems with it. I used 1600 round of Blazer, 50 rounds of Tula Ammo 45 ACP 230 Gr. FMJ Steel Case, 50 rounds of HPR .45 AUTO 230 JHP (the round I used to hit steel at 50 yards) and the last 300 rounds was Monarch brass .45 ACP FMJ.

Take Down

Remington ships a plastic barrel bushing wrench with the pistol making the take down easier. The gun takes down just like any other 1911.

Trigger

I have a Geissele Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced (SSA-E) Trigger in my AR-15. I have been complimented on this trigger more times than I can remember. The Remington R1 Enhanced Trigger is very similar. The trigger had a little more play left and right then I like but the pull and the reset are crisp and clean. It is like drinking a nice cold glass of water on a hot summer day. This trigger quenches that thirst like very few can.

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The Sights

The adjustable rear sight and fiber-optic front sight (red) make for an easy to see and quick to draw sight picture. Out of the box the pistol was dead on at 25 yards. When holstering this pistol in my drop leg holster I never had any problems with it snagging on the front sight. I never carried this pistol concealed because I do not have a holster to fit this gun.

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The Hard Case

In the case, it has a cut out that I could not figure out for the life of me what went there. 2015-05-11 17.37.28

As it turns out Remington sells a 1911 Multi-tool that fits in that spot

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1911-Multitool

As to why anyone would store this in the hard case is beyond me but I guess if you are wanting to give this as a gift with the tool included it would make for a nice one piece gift.


Overall Thoughts

The Remington R1 Enhanced is a custom factory made gun. Fit and finish on this pistol makes that apparent.

I loved this gun. I have never shot Remington’s other 1911s but my gunsmith said he has never been happy with them and that he only liked what Remington had done with the R1 Enhanced.

2000 Rounds and only one issue is good odds. Especially if that was only due to bad ammo.

At $940 MSRP it is hard to beat the price for a custom gun. While this gun would make for a nice piece to display it is also a firearm you could can shoot day in and day out.

Poll: What does your range offer you?

Typically there are three different types of ranges a shoot can go to. A range open to the public, a range that is members only and requires a yearly or monthly fee or land you or a friend owns that you normally shoot on.

Today we are polling about what your range offers you and your shooting experience. If you shoot on your own land or a friends land please only answer that part of the poll.

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The polls have been split between Public and membership ranges. Please select all that apply to your range.

 

POLL – How often do you train with your conceal carry pistol?

 

Press release – CrossBreed® Holsters Introduces Purse Defender Holster System for Smart Concealed Carry

 

Republic, MO (November 25, 2013) – CrossBreed Holsters today announced the introduction of the company’s latest versatile modular holster made for use in purse, handbag or briefcase for concealed carry. The new Purse Defender is designed to fit most small to medium sized handguns in your favorite purse, handbag or briefcase securely and safely.

Purses and handbags are a matter of style and concealed carry is a matter of safety and security.  With the new CrossBreed Purse Defender, neither style nor safety needs to be compromised, giving those who concealed carry the freedom from expensive and ugly concealed carry purses or bags.

The Purse Defender is designed and built on a Velcro lined Kydex panel that fits easily and securely with the added feature of keeping the gun and the purse stabilized.  Combined with CrossBreed’s classic handcrafted modular holster, the firearm is easy to access, safe, secure and in the same spot in your bag or purse.

The Purse Defender system is available for either right or left hand and comes complete with the L-shaped Kydex panel, CrossBreed’s handcrafted modular holster and additional Velcro for outside of the purse or bag options. 

Pricing for the Purse Defender is at an affordable $52.95 with matching mag carrier $32.95.  Extra custom fit Velcro pieces are only $7.50.

Owners of the Purse Defender have the added confidence of a “Two Week, Try it Free Guarantee” and a lifetime warranty to go along with CrossBreed Holsters’ legendary handcrafted quality.

To learn more about CrossBreed Holsters, visit www.crossbreedholsters.com

About CrossBreed Holsters

CrossBreed Holsters, LLC was started in 2005 by Mark Craighead to bring all of the best holster features together in one product without any of the non-functional design elements found in many holsters on the market.  Mark’s new breed of all-American holsters has grown into a company strong with integrity, craftsmanship and customer service.

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Rise of women sport shooters

(Ammoland.com)- As a gun reviewer, blogger and all-around avid gun enthusiast, I spend a fairly good amount of time at the range and gun shops for work. While not a new subject, something that has been rapidly increasing the past few years are female gun owners and recreational shooters.

You can check out the rest of my article posted over at Ammoland.com

REVIEW: Versacarry

You may have noticed that my installment of the versacarry review trilogy has been somewhat delayed. This certainly isn’t a result of versacarry making a complicated or difficult to use product, but instead from my lack of a concealed handgun license. I was hoping to have completed my licensing course and have some real world experience with the holster before I made my conclusive review of the product, but due to a lack of funding on my part, and a but of a deadline for the review, here it goes.

If you haven’t seen the previous reviews, you may want to read through this before hand.

First off, I am very thankful that we got this product for review. It is different and interesting at the very least, and being able to work with the holster and get a good feel for how it feels and functions proved that it is much more than just a novel idea. The execution of this idea for a minimalistic holster is beautiful, simple, and effective.
The first thing I noticed about this holster was exactly how little material it consists of. Its just so small. If I hadn’t read up on it before it was put in my hands, I wouldn’t have known what to do with it. The size of the whole package is excellent, but that actually wasn’t my favorite part. As cool as it is to have a few more millimeters shaved off that little bulge my M&P .40 makes on my waist, the best and most important part of the versacarry is how easy and reliable it is on the draw.
Now I am in no capacity and expert on holsters or concealed carry situations/requirements, but I do know a thing or two about efficiency and consistency. the clasp on versacarry holsters is a stout one. With an angled protrusion on its end the clip stayed rather firmly in place as I drew repeatedly from my jeans even without a belt on. Using it like it was intended; with a belt in place , the versacarry is going nowhere fast and let my pistol slide out very smoothly very consistently.
Argh. I just remembered another test I haven’t gotten time to run yet. As soon as I get my hands on a linear scale I will be measuring and posting exactly how firmly the versacarry holds my M&P .40 and hopefully a few other handguns in place. For now just rest assured that for such little contact area between the holster and the firearm, it is a comfortably tight fit. I wouldn’t ever worry about any unwanted movement or the possibility of slipping out.
The only problem I see with the versacarry, is the potential difficulty of training with it. Not being able to re-settle the pistol on your versacarry without removing it from your pants would make repeated drawing a bit more tedious. Obviously in a real life situation use of a versacarry only necessitates one draw.
All in all, I like it quite a lot, and fully intend on using versacarry as soon as I am licensed.

REVIEW: Versacarry from a female standpoint

I was completely intrigued when I first saw this holster, I am soon to be getting my CHL to carry my KelTec 9mm and have been looking at the type of holster I would use. For women, there are particular holsters made specifically for us, such as ones that attach to the bra. Those are less easily concealed then the Versacarry. As women, we tend to wear tighter more fitted clothing than our male counterparts which makes carrying concealed on our body rather more difficult.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that when I put on the holster with my gun, while wearing form fitting pants, there was a small bulge, but not an obvious shape. It would be easily covered by wearing a sweater or a non-super form fitting shirt.

The only issue I have with the holster is that it requires the use of a belt, because otherwise, when you draw the holster comes out with the gun. But this is a small issue compared to actually having a holster that is not completely obvious and can be worn with most clothing.

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Versacarry [UPDATE]

After posting this review I was contacted by Versacarry to help me make a few corrections

  1. Belts MUST be worn with this carry system.
  2. if you have a longer barrel than what is normal specs (threaded barrel, compensated barrel or other) be sure to make note of that when purchasing this carry system.
    I made that mistake and made a comment on the safety of my carry with this system due to a misunderstanding on my part. With the proper trigger guard this safety issue has been rectified.
       “The trigger guard may not be in the correct place because of your threaded barrel. Our product is sized based on barrel length, so if you’ll give us the length of your threaded barrel
    we can get you the correct size to provide more than ample trigger coverage. Its like trying to stick a size 10 foot in a size 8 shoe.” (From Versacarry)
  3. By patent definition, the Versacarry is not a “holster”. So, in this case you must re-holster your Versacarry and gun every time
    the gun is drawn. However, on a day-to-day basis if you need to remove your weapon just un-clip the Versacarry and remove the weapon
    and Versacarry as one unit just in reverse of how it went on. For range drills this can be a little more work, but in day to day life the Versacarry
    and weapon will only be separated for two things, cleaning, and a life or death situation.” (from Versacarry)
  4. I made the comment that you could simply change the barrel retention rod but at this time Versacarry does not allow you to change out the rods. they will have a version later that will allow you to do that.

Versacarry swiftly responded back about this. 

REVIEW: VersaCarry Large .45 holster review

A few weeks ago VERSACARRY.com contacted us about doing a review on their inside waist band (IWB) holsters.

They sent SawG, Caleb and Myself each a different one
My Glock 21 .45 ACP – Large Blue
Caleb’s Smith and Wesson M&P .40S&W – Medium Red
SawG’s Kel-Tec PF9 9 Para bellum – Small Yellow

Since I still haven’t been able to give SawG his holster my sister will be doing a review from a females stand point later on this month.

Large .45 ACP Holster

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Large .45 with a Glock 21

Concealment level: I tend to wear more medium T-shirts which does not conceal the Glock 21 as well as I would like it to.
By wearing a large or XL shirt the gun is less noticeable in the small of my back. wearing mediums and larges I cannot wear the holster on my side because the gun shows. Wearing an XL shirt the gun on my hip still has some bulk but is less noticeable and the general population most likely wouldn’t even notice.

Comfort level: With the Glock in the small of my back I have to reposition it to my side if I want to sit down. Walking around the gun stays where I holstered it and even with the weight it doesn’t pull my pants down or feel uncomfortable. However if I knew I was going to be standing and sitting off and on this is not the size I would want to carry since I would have to keep moving it back and forth.

Ease of Draw: The size of the gun makes the gun a quick draw and have rounds on target with relative ease. Cross draw and carrying in the small of my back still very easy.

Ease of reholstering: The package does say you have to pull the holster out and put the gun back on the rod which is the main con I have found so far.

Safety: The Holster comes with a trigger guard which covers the trigger from the outside of your pants and the skin of your body covers the other side. this keeps those of us without a switch safety more protected.

Overall thoughts: I have only had this holster for about a week now and I will say I like it. It is all made of plastic. The barrel rod screws onto the frame and has a metal insert molded into the rod so it shouldn’t strip if you change the rod to a different caliber.

So far I like the way it carries and feels. it doesn’t seem to weigh me down or make movements awkward

Conclusions:

While I do like the deep concealment of this gun I did find it hard to practice drawing and firing from this holster at the range since you have to take the holster off every time. If you can practice and take the time to draw from this using snap caps or other ways of practice I believe with time it will be come second nature.

Safety is always a major thing I look at when I am carrying because I never want to be walking around and have a round go off into my leg. Since I have the threaded barrel on my Glock it does raise the trigger a little bit outside of the trigger guards cover. The stock non threaded barrel is covered by the guard and for added safety I can just carry in condition 3 (See all 5 conditions here) if I am that worried.

Pants and Belts: I found that in most of my pants and shorts that I had to wear a belt in order for the holster to stay in when drawing my pistols. However when my sister tried on the small holster she was having this problem since her nice work clothes do not have belt loops for her to wear one. I will let her explain more in her posting later on.

Final overall conclusion:

I think even with the safety, reholstering and wearing a belt that this holster is one of the more interesting and comfortable on the market.

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First Impressions: VersaCarry Holsters

About two weeks ago We were contacted by VersaCarry about a T&E (review) of their holsters and of course I was very excited about trying them out since they one of the most interesting IWB holsters (Inside the Waist Band) on the market.

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They sent us three holsters to review

A large .45 ACP for my Glock 21 (pictured above blue on the right)
A Medium .40 S&W for Caleb’s S&W M&P .40
And a Small 9mm for SAWGunners Kel-Tec PF-9 (Pictured above yellow on the left)

Since I haven’t had the chance to see SAWG I have had the small holster to review against my large.

 

Large .45 with a Glock 21

Concealment level: I tend to wear more medium T-shirts which does not conceal the Glock 21 as well as I would like it to.
By wearing a large or XL shirt the gun is less noticeable in the small of my back. wearing mediums and larges I cannot wear the holster on my side because the gun shows. Wearing an XL shirt the gun on my hip still has some bulk but is less noticeable and the general population most likely wouldn’t even notice.

Comfort level: With the Glock in the small of my back I have to reposition it to my side if I want to sit down. Walking around the gun stays where I holstered it and even with the weight it doesn’t pull my pants down or feel uncomfortable. However if I knew I was going to be standing and sitting off and on this is not the size I would want to carry since I would have to keep moving it back and forth.

Ease of Draw:  The size of the gun makes the gun a quick draw and have rounds on target with relative ease. Cross draw and carrying in the small of my back still very easy.

Ease of reholstering: The package does say you have to pull the holster out and put the gun back on the rod which is the main con I have found so far.

Safety: The Holster comes with a trigger guard which covers the trigger from the outside of your pants and the skin of your body covers the other side. this keeps those of us without a switch safety more protected. 

Overall thoughts: I have only had this holster for about a week now and I will say I like it. It is all made of plastic. The barrel rod screws onto the frame and has a metal insert molded into the rod so it shouldn’t strip if you change the rod to a different caliber.

So far I like the way it carries and feels. it doesn’t seem to weigh me down or make movements awkward.