About Aaron Spuler

Founder and Executive Editor for The Weapon Blog, Aaron is a firearms enthusiast and recreational shooter.

Body Armor For Every Day Carry

Body Armor is no longer something reserved for the military and law enforcement agents. It’s a piece of versatile equipment that can give you the upper hand in a variety of situations. This is especially valuable today given the rising number of shooting incidents, terrorist attacks, random assaults and crime all over the US. But while most people are quick to arm themselves and stock on ammunition, few stop to consider the other side of staying safe – namely, equipping themselves with adequate protection.

Benefits of Everyday Carry

Even if you’re not expecting, under most circumstances, an imminent threat to your well-being or life, it is still common sense to be well prepared to protect yourself, your family and friends. Off-duty cops are among the largest user group of body armor in their everyday life given their knowledge of threats and the likelihood of coming in harm’s way.

Concealable body armor is therefore becoming more popular with those people who are regularly under a higher threat-risk, because they live and work in high-crime areas or are concerned with a specific threat from another individual or group of people. Having just a firearm alone in these cases will not be enough to ensure your safety, and quality soft body armor will enhance your safety level. Interestingly, Rich Davis, the founder of the original Second Chance Body Armor Company, invented concealable soft body armor it after being shot while delivering pizza. His intention in creating the armor was to provide protection for individuals who work in high-threat areas. So you can see how anyone can benefit from this type of equipment.

How to Choose Body Armor for Everyday Use

There are a number of things to consider when selecting body armor. There are many varieties and brands of armor on the market, as well as a wide range of price ranges. Finding the most ideal body armor for yourself can be a difficult task.

Threat levels and ballistic ratings are determined by the National Institute of Justice, which provides test-verified levels of protection so any purchaser (law enforcement or civilian) can make an appropriate choice based on their needs and context. As such, concealable soft body armor is only rated to stop various pistol or shotgun rounds. It can’t stop rifle fire from cartridges that will exceed pistol ballistics and penetrating power.

Level II is a popular choice for everyday carry as it has proven to be the best compromise between comfort, conceal-ability, and ballistic protection. This is particularly important for civilians who don’t want to draw attention to the fact that they are wearing armor. If you are a civilian under threat, you don’t want to advertise that you are protected as all exposed areas of your body will become a primary target.

If you want to make body armor a part of your personal defence plan, it is a good idea to actually purchase several. Buy them in different colors and styles to be able to discreetly match them with your wardrobe as well as rotate for washing. You can even consider getting one in overt style to be able to quickly slip it on top of your clothes if need be. Whatever you choose, be sure it fits you well depending on your physical build as this is crucial to your safety.


This post was written by Benjamin Atkinson, Communications Executive at Safeguard LLC. Ben is one of SafeGuard’s leading ballistics experts, and focuses on working with industry partners to provide updates on new research and developments in ballistic protection.

Concealment Express Glock 19/23/32 IWB Holster Review

Some information from the manufacturer (note that the specifics below are for the model tested, many other models available from manufacturer):
Hand Molded Adjustable Cant IWB KYDEX Holster for the Glock G19, G23, and G32 (Gen 1 – Gen 4). These minimalist inside the waistband KYDEX Glock holsters protect your weapon from moisture while remaining extremely lightweight and durable. They are the perfect all around holster for every day concealed carry of your Glock G19, G23, or G32. These holsters are comfortable enough for everyday use and very easy to hide no matter how you are dressed.
Not designed to be carried outside of the waistband.

Fits: GLOCK 19,23,32 (Gen 1 – Gen 4)
Holster Type: .08″ Kydex – Inside The Waistband (IWB)
Carry Position: Appendix Carry, Hip Carry (3/9 O’Clock), Back Carry (6 O’Clock)
Cant: User Adjustable From 0-15 Degrees
Retention: User Adjustable With Posi-Click
Belt Clip: 1.5″ Standard ABS Clip
Warranty: Lifetime Warranty
Origin: Made In The USA

My thoughts:
I had the privilege to test the IWB Holster model.

As tested, this holster retails for $64.95 — currently on sale for $34.95.

I feel that the price point is very reasonable for the product, and the sale price makes this a steal.

The holster grips the firearm very well, and does not have any rough edges or snags. The belt clip holds tight to the belt in a consistent position all day long.

This is just a personal preference, and not a detractor from the product — but I would like to see the kydex come up and cover the magazine release button. As a lefty shooter, the placement in an IWB holster places the magazine release on the outside facing away from the body. I did not have any issues with bumping in to things which would cause the magazine release button to trigger, but it is a possibility. Increasing the amount of kydex to add this feature would not increase the weight or bulk of the product significantly.

Recommendation:
I wholeheartedly recommend this product from Concealment Express. You can’t go wrong with this holster.

Ammo Incorporated Releases STREAK Visual Ammunition

AMMO, Inc. (POWW), a technology leader and premier American ammunitions manufacturer, today announced its newest product offering, STREAK Visual Ammunition. AMMO, Inc. holds the exclusive worldwide rights for the incredible patented technology used to make the STREAK products. STREAK is one of the most technologically advanced ammunition to hit the market in decades.

“We are beyond excited to bring STREAK Visual Ammunition to the market. Our acquisition of the exclusive rights for the STREAK technology is a game changer for both our company as well as the shooting industry. Once you shoot with STREAK and you can actually see your projectile travel throughout its path, you will be bored by shooting normal ammunition”, said AMMO, Inc.’s CEO, Fred Wagenhals.

Unlike conventional tracers, STREAK rounds are NOT incendiary, they don’t use burning metals to generate light. Replacing fire-hazard burning metals is non-flammable phosphor material that utilizes the light emitted during the discharging of the round to make STREAK glow. STREAK does NOT generate heat, making STREAK rounds safe to use in environments where traditional tracers are prohibited and can be a serious fire hazard.

The results are game changing in many aspects for the consumer, law enforcement and military.

The glowing material used is applied only to the aft end of the projectile, making it only visible to the shooter and those within a 30-degree viewing window. Military and law enforcement appreciate that unlike conventional tracers STREAK’s glow is not visible to the target.

STREAK ammunition is currently available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. The STREAK line will expand to include hollow points, a wider range of calibers and will be available in both red and yellow/green colors.

Safes Open Without Combination

One of Amazon’s top-selling electronic gun safes contains a critical vulnerability that allows it to be opened by virtually anyone, even when they don’t know the password.

The Vaultek VT20i handgun safe, ranked fourth in Amazon’s gun safes and cabinets category, allows owners to electronically open the door using a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone app. The remote unlock feature is supposed to work only when someone knows the four- to eight-digit personal identification number used to lock the device. But it turns out that this PIN safeguard can be bypassed using a standard computer and a small amount of programming know-how.

As the video demonstration below shows, researchers with security firm Two Six Labs were able to open a VT20i safe in a matter of seconds by using their MacBook Pro to send specially designed Bluetooth data while it was in range. The feat required no knowledge of the unlock PIN or any advanced scanning of the vulnerable safe. The hack works reliably even when the PIN is changed. All that’s required to make it work is that the safe have Bluetooth connectivity turned on.

Read the rest of the article: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/12/top-selling-handgun-safe-can-be-remotely-opened-in-seconds-no-pin-needed/

December 2017 Gun & Gear Contests

At the risk of reducing my own chances to win, http://www.weapon-blog.com/contests/ has been updated with all the gun and gear related contests that I am aware of for the month.

Go forth and win… As always, feel free to share wherever you can.

If you are aware of any that are not on the list, please submit the details on the contact form to get it added to the list.