JDL Outfitters is a small Texas company specializing in custom kydex holsters. I have had the opportunity to test out a one of their holsters with a Glock 19 and have to say that it is a really nice piece of gear.
The model I was provided was a basic model, but there are tons of customization options available. To be specific, there are 57 distinct colors and patterns of kydex available to select from. Further customization is available on top of the kydex color. The kydex utilized is standard 0.08″ in thickness.
A few samples:
At present, the following models of firearms are supported — with more to come in the future:
- Glock 17
- Glock 19
- Glock 22
- Glock 23
- Glock 26
- Glock 27
- Glock 33
- Glock 34
- S&W Shield 9mm
- S&W Shield .40S&W
- Jericho Full Size
Prices start at a very reasonable $45 and based on customization options go up from there. Timeframes from order to shipping are 7 days, with many orders shipping in as little as 3-4 days.
Please note that I am in no way high speed, low drag — I am just an average guy working a desk job. The JDL holster has held up nicely for my needs, and I would not hesitate to recommend this company to anyone needing a custom kydex holster.
Contact JDL Outfitters at the link below to place your order:
For years I’d seen folks with the around-the-neck style bluetooth earbuds for listening to music, and wondered why there weren’t similar options for shooters. Well, now there are. Walker has the Razor X — a noise cancelling earbud headset — which fits the bill. The around-the-neck design rests comfortably out of the way, to not interfere with cheek weld on shotguns, AR-pattern rifles, or traditional rifles.
Provided with the unit are several sizes of both 16mm and 12mm plugs, depending on what fits your ears the best. With the 16mm plugs, the Razor X provides an impressive 31dB NRR. For comparison the widely popular Howard Leight over-the-ear noise cancelling muffs only have a 22dB NRR.
Proper fit is required to achieve maximum NRR and comfort, and the proper placement can easily be achieved by following the example set forth in the following video:
The omni-directional microphones provide excellent sound quality, with the ability to accurately determine the location of sounds with ease.
Batteries run for 10 hours, and can be charged with any micro USB cord. A wall adapter and cord is included within the packaging.
If you are looking to try a new piece of gear, or need to replace some worn-out powered muffs, look no further. I highly recommend the Razor X by Walker. Get yours today at http://www.gsmoutdoors.com/shopping/Razor-X-P841.aspx
I was recently contacted by the good folks at Hatchets and Axes and offered the opportunity to review their Best Competition Throwing Tomahawk. Excitedly, I waited for the tomahawk to arrive at my door.
The hawk had a nice weight in the hand, with a good balance as well. The ridge along the front of the shaft was more pronounced than others I have used in the past. At first, I thought that may be a detriment, but when throwing I did not notice any ill effects.
I will not claim to be an expert at throwing tomahawks by any means, if we’re being honest I would classify myself as a beginner. For those not familiar with the mechanics of throwing a hawk, my buddy Dustin Ellermann walks through the process:
I encountered some issues with the tomahawk provided, where the head separated from the shaft a few times. After discussing with the Hatches and Axes staff, this is normal when throwing at an odd angle or without the proper form. I spent time trying to correct my form to no avail. In talks with the staff, it was determined that I received a hawk that was slightly out of spec. Shortly thereafter, they shipped another out to me. I really have to hand it to Mr. Chris Watkins for going above and beyond with me to make sure everything was right, and for answering all my questions along the process.
With the replacement hawk, I was able to really have some fun with it. I found it to be a well constructed product, with a staff that is top notch. I will be using the Hatchets and Axes tomahawk when my sons are old enough to start learning how to throw hawks. And maybe – just maybe – I’ll get good enough to throw with five rotations like Dustin.
I have had the opportunity to spend some time with the Gun Holster Lubricant manufactured by Quick Draw Gear. I have to say that this stuff does what it says it will do. I experienced no issues or problems when utilizing this product, and did notice a smoothness to holster draw that was not there before.
I am no scientist, so let me list a few items from the manufacturer’s page:
- Quick Draw is a precise ratio of viscosity optimized silicone and lanolin. Just one spray creates a thin lubricating barrier between the holster and firearm that gives you an ultra-fast draw and protects the weapon. It speeds the draw by reducing friction and also protects your holster and firearm from abrasion, scuffing, corrosion and rust.
- Developed and field tested by military and law enforcement, Quick Draw gives you the confidence of a fast draw each and every time you reach for your sidearm. No hanging, gripping, or friction to slow down your first shot time giving you the edge on the competition.
- There are numerous kinds of silicone, each with viscosity ranging from thinner than water to thick grease. Quick Draw was perfected by testing a range of silicone types and viscosities to create the perfect lubricant for drawing a handgun from modern snug holsters. In combination with lanolin, Quick Draw creates a thin lubricating and protecting layer of silicone, while the lanolin penetrates to protect the gunmetal and holster.Typical silicone sprays found at home improvement stores contain tiny amounts of silicone with tons of fillers. Quick draw contains 20-30X more silicon than typical silicone spray lubricants.
- Owned and operated by US Marine Corp and US ARMY Airborne veterans. Many of our friends continue with their careers in the military, working with private military contractors like Blackwater or law enforcement. We developed Quick Draw to give them every tactical advantage possible in their harsh operating environments where every second counts.
A list of possible applications:
- Silicone spray is recommended by Safariland, Bianchi, and most quality holster manufacturers.
- Safe for all holster types including Kydex, Leather, Nylon, and plastic.
- Contains no oils, water, waxes or other harsh chemicals.
- Protects firearm from abrasion, scuffing, corrosion, and rust.
- It’s not only for holsters and can be used to protect knife blades, exterior surface of rifles, handguns and magazines.
I would like to give away a brand new unused bottle to one lucky person.
How to enter: Just leave a comment on this review.
How many entries per person: One entry per person.
Entry requirements: None other than leaving a real email address to only be used for contest winning notification.
Winner selected: December 20, 2015
I have had the privilege of testing out some body armor, specifically the Ghost model provided by Safeguard Armor. The model I was able to get some hands-on time with was rated Ballistic Level II and Edged Blade Level I.
Safeguard Armor Ghost
I have to say that this is a really impressive piece of gear, and I do not say that lightly. Coming from someone who has no prior experience with a body armor like this, I had some expectations built up in my head from articles I’ve read and movies. The Ghost model by Safeguard Armor lived up to all of my expectations.
The image below is one of my favorites that I took from the review process. It features a 9mm round that was captured in the first layer of kevlar, both front and back images side by side.
Testing utilized a 9mm FNX handgun at distances from 10 yards to point-blank. The armor held up extremely well to the punishment. For example, the following image shows the aftermath of a shot that was fired point-blank with the muzzle of the pistol resting against the surface of the vest.
From left to right: the outer surface of the vest; inner surface of vest; kevlar layer penetration; intact kevlar on back.
The armor was very good at stopping rounds, with a success rate of greater than 71%. After multiple repeated hits in the same general area, the kevlar material would spread out a bit and thus let rounds through. But that is the nature of the material, and not a detractor against the product itself.
Have a look at the various state of rounds stopped by the armor:
With regards to the Edged Blade protection, I did not perform much testing other than attempting stabbing and slashing attacks. Neither were able to penetrate even the first layer of the kevlar material.
If you are in the need of affordable body armor I highly recommend the Ghost by Safeguard Armor as a solid, effective solution.