You may be asking yourself why someone would want to fold the stock to the side on an AR-15, which is a reasonable question and one I asked myself. Before SHOT Show this year, I’d never seen a product that could take a standard AR fixed stock (adjustable or not) and allow it to fold to the side.
I had the opportunity to meet up with the guys from Law Tactical at SHOT, where they were able to tell me a little bit about the Law Tactical Folding Stock Adapter. The first thing I thought was that you’re not going to be able to fire the gun with the stock folded, knowing full well the AR’s order of operations.
Removing the buffer, action spring and receiver extension by folding the stock to the side, won’t allow the firearm to cycle properly. While optimistic of the adapter’s role on the AR, I also saw the immediate advantage to facilitate more options for storage and concealment. [Read More…]
If you are like me, you are always looking for a holster that feels just right. Something that is minimal yet works under every situation you throw at it. For an armed citizen, off duty officer or anyone who does not want to outsource their protection, carrying a firearm is a very real situation. A huge topic with carrying is the method and position of your firearm.
Finding your style of carry is only something that can be done via trial and error. The most common holsters are IWB (inside the waist band) and OWB (outside the waist band). IWB holsters ride between your body and your pants while OWB are on your belt and offer more comfort but are less concealable. Shoulder holsters are a little over the top to some, but in specific situations it’s better to be armed than not. The external forms of carry are not my preferred method due to the risk of not having complete control of the firearm, but as I said before, it is better to be armed than a victim.
What do you think of when you hear the words belly and band? Perhaps images of exercise straps or maternity pants waft through your mind, but what I’m actually talking about is handgun concealment.
Most of the people I’m around who have a concealed carry permit use Kydex or leather holsters when carrying, so when I began looking for ways to carry that’s naturally what I migrated towards. The three rigid holsters that I invested in over time haven’t worked that well with my wardrobe, so I thought it would be cheaper to keep looking for the right holster solution instead of buying a bunch of new clothes. Plus, I didn’t want to greatly modify the style of clothing I like to wear.
For several months, I’ve been wearing a Comfort Fit Belly Band by The Well Armed Woman instead of a waist band holster and it’s actually become my go-to concealment option. There are some definite pros and cons when it comes to wearing a belly band, but I thought it might be helpful to share my experience for anyone who might be considering one. [Read More…]
I was really excited to have backed the IO Cover on Kickstarter and being a fellow entrepreneur, I love supporting projects on Kickstarter, especially ones geared towards this industry. The IO Cover was designed by Joseph Chen as a way to not only protect the body of the Aimpoint T-1, but to also provide lens covers that improved upon Aimpoint’s design.
As you can see in the photo below, the lens cover Aimpoint provides didn’t make it very long on my T-1. Before it was damaged, I’d also always worry about losing it. Most people I saw, would do what I’d done and simply pull the T-1 cover down around the mount, but the constant stretching of the cover is what I attribute the breaking to.
I will say this, the Aimpoint T-1 is a workhorse and one of the best optics out there for rifles. I’ve seen Pat Rogers personally take his off his gun at a course and chunk it across a rocky field without sustaining any damage. I’ve never had any issues running mine without lens caps or a protective cover over the body. That being said, it’s a $600+ red dot sight and I have worried about the glass lenses getting damaged, which is why I really wanted to back the IO Cover Kickstarter project and really liked what Joseph had come up with for protection and covers. [Read More…]
My name is Bryan and I have a problem. I’m addicted to organization and it’s starting to consume me. All kidding aside, I do like to keep things organized, including all my spare parts floating around for my AR builds.
I was inspired a few months back by a photo Stickman put up showing how he organized his parts and I’ve been looking for a way to store even more. I wanted something that literally had a spot for every part to keep an AR running. While it certainly doesn’t take all the parts shown here to do that, I like to be prepared and have enough to keep everyone’s guns around me running too. [Read More…]
While I’ve been a Sig guy since I first learned how to Shoot, I’ve also been recently carrying a Glock enough to warrant carry options while I figure out if I want to invest the money into converting all my holsters. This and a few other factors led me to the Raven Concealment VanGuard II Holster System and I haven’t looked back.
I’ve got a few more reviews coming down the pipe on other holster options I’ve been digging recently, but I wanted to take a few minutes to make a video to talk about what I feel to be a major advancement in holsters design and option out there for the end user.
When I first came across the VanGuard II, I had my reservations about it. Namely that it really wasn’t much of a holster in the traditional sense, but as I started to become familiar with it, my opinion quickly changed.
Last week, Travis Haley announced the latest weapon light mount to come out of Haley Strategic called the Thorntail Offset. It’s essentially the same principle as their Thorntail mount but the offset design aids in greater ergonomic control and weapon manipulation.
The Thorntail Offset was designed to fit all picatinny rail mounted weapon lights such as the INFORCE WML, SUREFIRE X200, X300, X400, Streamlight, and Insights weapon lights. It can also be mounted at the front and rear of your rifle for back up iron sights. The angle isn’t exactly 45 degrees but it’s close. More of a 1 o’clock offset.
Check out the video below as Travis breaks it down and goes over a few examples and scenarios with the Thorntail Offset mount.
I’ve been running the HSP Thorntail and Dropwing on the 14.5″ AR we built here in the DIY AR-15 Build and my 10.5 LWRC M6A2, respectively. I’m very happy with the way these two mounts have performed and I’m excited to see the new offerings in the line of mounts developed by Haley Strategic and built by Impact Weapons Components.
By utilizing the Thorntail and Dropwing I’m able to keep my support side hand in what I consider to be the most desirable position and simply extend my thumb to depress the tail cap on my surefire weapon lights. Considering my LWRC is a carbine length rail and the 14.5″ is mid-length, it’s impressive that I can run the exact same extension for the weapon lights on both weapon systems.
As you can see in the photos the light extends slightly past the flash hider on the 10.5″ and while it’s running just fine for me, HSP now offers the Thorntail SBR to accommodate short barreled rifles. With so many options now through HSP, there’s bound to be a mount that’s perfect for your setup as well.
It’s great to see the Thorntail Offset, as it fills a void in what’s available on the market today. This is exactly what HSP accomplished with the Thorntail and Dropwing, providing solutions that didn’t exist for mounting weapon lights. The void that the Thorntail Offset fills is the ability to use existing rail mounted pistol weapon lights in a new configuration.
I used to use a YHM Slot Angle Riser on my 10.5″ before the Dropwing came along. I’d mount my Surefire X200 to it attached to the top rail and have to rotate my hand up to access the switch. Now with the Thorntail Offset, that same configuration can “come down to earth” and get mounted in a more accessible position.
If you haven’t been following our friends at Haley Strategic, Travis just released an update on the direction of HSP. This “reboot” reviews the past year as well as plans for next. Stay tuned to the Haley Strategic blog as there is bound to be some great things on the way, including a great new product from ITS and HSP that Travis hints at in the video.
To revolutionize the multitool industry by combining unique, innovative designs with top-shelf component selection + uncompromising build quality.
…and it looks like they are living up to that statement with the quality they put into the Series2X.
While the Multitasker website is under construction, you can check them out on Facebook. If you are looking to order a Series2X, Brownells has them in stock for $119.95 while other dealers are behind by 4-5 weeks.
Despite the article title, US Palm certainly makes more than just gear and parts for the AK platform, but our primary focus in this article will be showcasing a few of their AK specifics.
We’ll also be taking a look at two different plate carriers, the Defender MOLLE and the ASP-C (Air Save Plate Carrier) to see how they stack up. Our testing has encompassed the better part of a year and this comprehensive review is the result. There’s a couple of video overviews embedded into this article as well as detailed photos to go along with it. [Read More…]
Like most of us, I am constantly on the hunt for the “best” gear. Recently I’ve been going down that road in search of a good holster for every day concealed carry. I started with an outside-the-waistband (OWB) Phantom holster from Raven Concealment Holsters and carried it for years.
It’s a fabulous OWB holster, but, once I ordered the tuckable soft loops to convert it to an inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster, I found it less than satisfying. The rigid, all kydex, holster was fairly uncomfortable to carry IWB, especially when sitting for long periods of time, such as driving. I needed something different.
The next stop on my holster journey was the Crossbreed SuperTuck Deluxe. The SuperTuck is a dedicated IWB holster. It is a hybrid (or crossbeed) holster, consisting of a kydex holster shell attached to a large leather backer with two spring steel belt clips. [Read More…]