Whether you are on duty or off, the kind of holster that you hold your gun in can both influence the way that you carry it and the places that you get to carry it to. Notwithstanding the kind of gun you have or where you choose to strap it to your person, there are two basic qualities that you need to look for in a holster. To begin, you holster needs to be capable of holding your pistol securely; then, it needs to allow quick and easy access to your weapon when you need it.
Stores selling tactical police equipment offer a wide range of holsters, many of them innovative designs by manufacturers trying to set themselves apart. Some of these new designs offer nothing but gimmickry. To pick the right holster, you need to be able to tell genuine innovations apart from meaningless ones. New designs aren’t really necessary, though. Holsters have been around long enough now that the basic principles of successful holster working design are established. Rather than run after every new design that holster makers come up with when you shop for a holster, you need to go for designs that deliver well on the basics.
Balance price against quality
Excellent holster designs made with quality materials aren’t necessarily expensive. A basic design by a quality brand should give you all the functionality that you need. Basic design, though, doesn’t equate to cheapness of quality. Many bottom-of-the-barrel designs have snaps that open with too little force, have rough edges that chafe the skin and don’t hold up well to exposure to moisture. The leather may swell in humid weather and may grow tight around the gun. Quality basic designs, on the other hand, have properly treated leather.
Look at the number of safety features used
Good holster designs use special retention designs to help make sure that the guns they hold never fall out by accident no matter what kind of rough and tumble they may be subjected to. Retention mechanisms also help make sure that no one is able to make a grab for the gun in the holster. Multiple retention mechanisms, though, have the effect of slowing down the speed with which a weapon is accessed. There needs to be some sort of balance between the kind of retention mechanism provided and the degree to which it slows down the draw.
In most cases, single retention mechanism designs are all that are needed. Any more than that could make it difficult for the owner of the gun to reach for his weapon in an emergency.
Look for active retention mechanisms
A button-down cover for your gun is an example of a passive retention mechanism – you need to engage it for it to work. An active mechanism requires nothing more than for you to push the gun down into the holster. Various spring-loaded devices hold on to your gun automatically. Passive mechanisms waste time and often require two hands for their operation – these aren’t a good idea. Active mechanisms are much better.
Don’t buy fanny packs or concealed-carry bags
Gun holders that are built into a handbag aren’t a good idea. In the event of a snatch-and-grab theft attempt, the handbag is the first target. Fanny pack holsters are bad idea, too – they invite the attention of thieves.
Do not buy a holster built into a tactical garment
Tactical garments – heavy-duty vests that have built-in holsters and weapons pockets – do offer great convenience when you need to carry weapons. They advertise the fact that you are armed and trained, though. Any mischief-maker is likely to take out a person dressed in this manner first.
Pocket holsters are a good idea
If you plan to carry your gun in your pocket, it isn’t good idea to simply drop the gun in your pocket. Not only does drawing not work well when your gun is in a flimsy fabric pocket, lint can jam gun mechanisms, too. If you plan to carry a gun in your pocket, you need a pocket holster.
A hip holster can offer excellent security
A hip holster places your gun in the hollow of your waist. Your elbow protects the gun from anyone interested in making a grab for it, too. Hip holsters offer great access to the wearer, too.
Synthetic materials can be excellent
While leather has always been the traditional material of choice for holsters, modern synthetic materials – plastics and carbon fiber, for instance – can offer excellent quality at low prices. Synthetic materials have the excellent advantage that the make reupholstering easy. Leather holsters, on the other hand, usually collapse when the gun is drawn. Re-holstering can take some time.
Finally, you need the right holster for every application
In general, you can’t have too many holsters – you need a different one for every purpose – hunting, competition, concealed carrying and so on. You can become much more efficient at the activity that you’re involved in when you have the right holster for the job.
Jeremy S has owned a gun for many years now. In his spare time, he likes to blog about guns and gun safety on various websites.
Investing on a home safe will protect your valuables, ammo, and other important documents from burglary, flood, or fire –provided that you choose the right safe.
Do not spend a fortune on a safe that does not have the features you need. At times, we are tempted to take salespeople’s advice, but of course they would always be recommending the most expensive model. Before we proceed to the pointers in choosing the right safe, it’s good to know that some home safes come with insurance coverage as long as they meet required specifications.
Choosing the right safe should not be tricky or confusing – if you have clear points to consider:
1. Check out the safe’s fire rating – Most packaging shows the amount of time the safe can withstand fire without its contents combusting. The minimum fire rating is 30 minutes and the temperature the safe can tolerate depends on the items you will store inside. For example, papers will burn at 350 degrees Fahrenheit while computer discs and USB devices can only endure 150 degrees.
2. Inspect the cash rating – a significant indicator of the monetary value of the safe’s contents. A safe’s burglar resistance is measured through its door and wall strength, complex locking mechanism, as well as its weight and dimension (will it be difficult to move it from one location to another?). High cash rating means better resistance to break-ins. Fire rating is not the same as the cash rating – they are two separate features and a high cash rating does not guarantee fire resistance ( and vice versa).
3. Find out the safe’s storage capacity. Will you require more space in the future? This should give you a solid idea of the size of the safe you want to buy. Keep in mind that the smaller the safe size is, the more convenient and versatile it is to be placed in other locations like in your mobile homes, boats, and etc.
4. When it comes to the types of lock, pick a safe that has a combination lock. This type of lock is easy to remember. Meanwhile, if you pick a keyed lock, you might lose your key over time.
5. Choose between portable or permanently installed safe. If you want the flexibility, you may pick a portable safe. However, make sure that all adults in your house can carry the safe during in case of emergency.
6. Check your budget – but only buy the top grade safe that meets your requirements. Pick a safe that meets most of your requirements if you can’t find the one that absolutely has all the features you want. A few features (e.g. size or weight) may not be as crucial as others. For instance, never prioritize design or budget over cash and fire ratings.
Having a securely-locked, well-hidden, and highly durable safe is a good investment for your family. Make sure that the rest of your family know where the safe is located in case of an emergency.
Mitchell Wakehurst also writes for http://www.authorityspecialists.com.
Horse-sized duck edition:
Taxi cab edition:
Couch potato edition:
Looks like fun…. can you really blame him? I’d do the same if I had a tank.
The Optimized Duty Sight (ODS) was made for those professionals whose lives depend on their weapons. The ODS was designed by Special Forces veterans with years of counter terrorism combat experience and extensive experience training Special Operators in counter terrorism operations at the most elite schools in the Special Operations Community.
The ODS was designed to take advantage of the inborn hardwiring of our brains to instinctively find symmetry. These sights have three vertical and three horizontal alignment features that the eye automatically lines up while the operator is presenting the weapon to the target (see picture). This 3X3 alignment design allows for the most rapid sight alignment of any iron sights on the market. The Optimized Duty Sight was also designed to quickly give the operator a more refined sight picture (relation of the sights on the target) by the narrow profile front sight and the angled facets cut into the rear sight. These features enable the operator to see more of the target thru the sights while maintaining sight alignment thru the engagement.
The luminous lines on the rear sight and the dot with vertical line on the front sight allow for precise sight alignment in low light environments. All of these unique design features on the ODS facilitate faster target acquisition, quicker sight alignment, a more refined sight picture, and ultimately more timely and accurate fire on target. In addition to the novel sighting system of the ODS, the external construction of the ODS were specifically engineered for the eventuality of clearing or charging the pistol during one hand operations. The reverse slope of both the front and rear sight can be used to bite into clothing, belt, steering wheel, or virtually any edge to facilitate racking the slide.
An Iowa college known for liberal activism is welcoming an unlikely neighbor: one of the nation’s largest suppliers of high-capacity ammunition magazines and accessories for assault rifles and other guns.
With demand for gun products booming, Brownells Inc. is building a large distribution and retail center along Interstate 80 in Grinnell. The central Iowa city of 9,100 is home to Grinnell College, a selective liberal arts institution proud of its commitment to social justice.
Critics have attacked the company for profiting from accessories for military-style weapons, but the city and college are rolling out the welcome mat. It’s an example of how left-leaning politics and gun rights can coexist cheerfully, particularly when economic benefit enters the equation.
“I think it is going to be fantastic for the community,” said Juli Sanford, owner of Juli’s Natural Foods, which sells organic food and supplements a block from the college. She said the project will bring jobs, income and visitors to Grinnell, located about 55 miles east of Des Moines.
Read the rest of the article: http://news.yahoo.com/gun-magazine-supplier-expands-iowa-college-town-154905915–finance.html