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Exclusive: Physics, Marketing, and Concealed Carry

Holstering a concealed handgun at times proves to be an exercise in compromise. The problem with some inside the waistband holsters is they’re so inside the waistband they’re uncomfortable. The problem with some outside the waistband concealment holsters is they’re so outside the waistband they don’t conceal well. Granted, some of the problem of discomfort or lack of concealability results from the size of the gun itself. The laws of physics still apply and thus hiding large or fat guns is more difficult than hiding small or skinny guns. So I’m intrigued by Galco’s Concealable Holster, an outside the waistband holster meant for concealed carry. Calling it a Concealable Holster does not make it so. But I thought I’d better find out for myself.

DSC_0677First, the Concealable is one good-looking and well-constructed holster. This one sports a Havana Brown finish on premium steerhide and retails for $112.95. It is luxurious to the touch but appropriately firm and a sight to behold. A very modern Springfield Armory XD Mod.2 in .40 fit perfectly in it and looked great doing so. Two 1.5” belt slots held the gun at a significant forward cant, pointing the butt of the gun more up than back. The Concealable’s claim to fame is its two-layer construction, a design that allows the holster more naturally curve around your hip as you wear it. Admittedly, the fit is great, very comfortable, and I liked the full coverage of the barrel but the open top design, allowing for an easy combat grip.

DSC_0676Second, the Concealable offered very good concealment at two locations: 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock. As to which was better depended on what I was wearing and what I’d be doing. Most of the time I stuck with 4 o’clock to allow my arm to naturally drape over the somewhat protruding rear of the slide. Plus, if I was driving, this was simply more comfortable. But I would slide the Concealable back to 5 o’clock if I knew I would be standing around a lot or if I wanted to get away with less of a covering garment. So, 4 o’clock was more comfortable but 5 o’clock more concealable.

DSC_0675Springfield’s XD Mod.2, of course, sports a small but chunky frame. Smaller and thinner guns would fare better in the Concealable but the Mod.2 was more than passable, especially with the short magazine. I don’t particularly enjoy carrying the Mod.2 inside the waistband; it’s just a bit thick. But carried outside the waistband in the Galco Concealable, I found a believable mix of physics and marketing for concealed carry.

— Mark Kakkuri


Exclusive: Z Corr Has Long-Term Storage in the Bag

Whether prepping for a post-apocalyptic society or merely protecting from everyday elements, Z Corr’s gun and ammo storage bags protect their contents against corrosion to a degree that exceeds military standards. Just insert a clean gun into the bag, seal the zip-lock style closure, and use a vacuum hose to draw out any remaining air in the bag. The Z Corr’s Vapor Phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI) chemistry and barrier packaging — no other grease or solutions needed — will protect the gun or ammo from corrosion. For years.

Let’s take a closer look.

zcorrinZ Corr’s Vacuum Pistol Bag (11”x15”, $20.99) is a zip-lock bag on steroids. Totally waterproof and air tight, the bag easily accommodates the S&W M&P .45 you see here. In fact I could have stuffed additional magazines and ammo in the bag, just for good measure. All the Z Corr vacuum bags seem exceptionally durable with an exterior that looks like plastic-coated, rip-stop nylon. Great for long-term storage in a safe, or, if things get really out of control, burying deep in the back yard (just remember where!), Z Corr bags eliminate having to immerse a gun in grease and wrapping in plastic and duct tape for extreme storage.

zcorrwriteZ Corr bags also have a handy label that allows you to mark the contents and the date, or whatever else you want to record, for easy identification. Just use the right type of ink or it’ll fade into uselessness. Yes, you could just open the bag and see what’s in it, but this actually decreases the ant-corrosion features of the bag. So keep it shut, if at all possible. Unopened bags can retain their anti-corrosion properties for 20 years. Regular use of a bag, inserting and removing a gun often, could reduce it to five years.

zcorrbagsOther Z Corr bags fit tactical rifles (bag dimensions: 14” x 49”), large parts and ammo (8” x 11”), .50 caliber ammo cans, and more. The blue pouches are transparent to aid in identification of contens and to differentiate from the vacuum feature of the other bags.

Ready to easily envelope a gun or ammo for some serious, long-term protection? Z Corr has this one in the bag.

— Mark Kakkuri

Exclusive: Multi Holsters Review says the company “can make ANY holster style in ANY option for MOST gun make/models.” So I picked up an IWB holster made for one of the most popular guns around, the Glock 19. Why that gun? I’m sure the folks at Multi Holsters can live up to their claim. But I wanted to see the execution first hand on what should be an easy gun to holster.

Bottom line: This isn’t the first Kydex IWB holster for this gun and it won’t be the last. But it is extremely well executed. So it could be one of the best.

mh2bThe holster design itself is pretty straightforward. In fact, other holster makers produce Kydex holsters with features similar to this one. What I like about this Multi Holsters “Inside Standard” holster (retail $64.95) includes its lightweight durability, sight channel, belt clip, and perfect fit.

Lightweight Durability

Kydex holsters aren’t known to be heavy but some feel so thick you wonder if it was over-engineered in an effort to increase its durability. This Multi Holsters IWB seems eminently durable but more so because it uses just the right thickness of Kydex formed carefully to minimize any weak spots. The result is a lightweight holster that adds virtually nothing to the overall weight of the rig.

mh1bSight Channel

You might think sight channels are no big deal but you’d be surprised how many Kydex holsters fail to accommodate aftermarket sights on guns. This Glock 19 wears TruGlo fiber optic / Tritium night sights. The front sight is longer than most night sights and has hung up on more than one Kydex holster in its day. But not this Multi Holsters IWB.

mh3bBelt Clip

Love this belt clip. It engages the bottom of my gun belt with a perpendicular face and holds on until I pry it away with my fingers. It’s not too big but certainly robust enough to take beating. And it’s flat and covers up easily.

Perfect Fit

Kydex by nature easily conforms to virtually any shape during its forming process. Surprisingly, though, even with readily available “blue guns” or gun molds, other Kydex holsters still have gaps or other fit issues. This Multi Holsters IWB, however, seems to fit the Glock 19 perfectly, sliding in and clicking confidently in place. The holster also offers adjustable draw tension via two screws.

Well done, Multi Holsters, on this Glock 19 holster.

If you were going to ask Multi Holsters to take a crack at a holster design for a particular gun, which would it be?

— Mark Kakkuri


Exclusive: Giving Gun Owners The Business

By the time this issue of GUNS hits the stands, the Obama administration’s “under the radar” attempt to advance citizen disarmament objectives it cannot attain through the legislative process may be a done deal. They’ve proposed a fraudulent ATF “framework” intended to ban M855 “green tip” ammunition. Their “rationale” is the rifle ammo can be used in certain custom handguns, making it a threat to law enforcement because it can penetrate body armor, thus failing a “sporting purposes” requirement imposed by federal law.

Few outside the informed gun community have learned about this arcane proposal, or will, partly because ATF dodged Administrative Procedures Act requirements for public notice through the Federal Register. Plus, it’s not like the media is interested in passing along information that doesn’t advance a “progressive” agenda. Those who are interested point out the ammunition in question doesn’t fall under the statutory definition for “armor piercing.” Those with an eye more on rights than on technical details observe the entire “sporting purposes” nonsense, which actually originated in Nazi law, is an affront to the core purpose behind the Second Amendment. Per the 1939 Miller opinion, it’s meant to protect “ordinary military equipment … that … could contribute to the common defense.”

So naturally, Barack Obama’s spokesflack, the oxymoronically-named Josh Earnest, has characterized this calculated infringement as “common sense steps … to ensure that we are protecting the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans,” while administration media apologists ridicule suggestions that the order came from the White House. Listening to the guy spin brings nothing to mind so much as Orwell’s Ministry of Truth.

In any case, the impact of this latest incremental citizen disarmament attempt is already being felt at the retail level, with runs on ammo and the inevitable price increases accompanying a limited supply and panicked demand. Even if, by the time these words appear in a physical magazine, Congress or a court put a halt to the ban, the stresses on the supply chain will still be felt. And those behind the ban are counting on such disruptions and anything else that will make things harder on gun owners.

The thing is, it’s not just from government that unceasing affronts to the right to keep and bear arms come. In many cases, businesses themselves, through management prejudice or gutlessness, create a wholly unnecessary and offensive divide by telling gun-owning consumers their money is welcome but their freedom is not.

Sometimes their discrimination is overt, and we all can see it, like the “No Guns” signs posted at the Mall of America, brought to national attention after the al-Shabaab terror group, with recruitment ties to Little Somalia just a few miles up the road, suggested the place would make an easy target, just like the “gun-free” mall in Kenya where they killed 60 people.
Sometimes it’s more subtle.

Sometimes, the discrimination is something only niche gun owners are ever aware of, not that they appear to have much recourse when they learn of it. Case in point is FedEx, which recently told Defense Distributed they would not ship their “Ghost Gunner” CNC milling machines. No problem, there’s always UPS, right?

Wrong. In a “What can Brown do [to] you?” moment, the shipping company told “Wired” it “reserves the right to refuse to provide transportation service for, among other reasons, any shipments that create legal, safety or operational concerns.” That it didn’t specify what those may be, it’s not unreasonable to assume their concerns involved those “other reasons” they mentioned. Curiously, the only option left may be the US Postal Service, which has yet to weigh in on how (if?) it will accept and deliver the device.

The bias against firearms and firearms-related products—let’s just call it what it is, discrimination against gun owners—hardly ends there. Operation Choke Point, ostensibly set up by Eric Holder’s Justice Department to combat banking fraud and money laundering, was found to be pressuring banks to cut off access to disfavored groups, lumping firearms and ammunition sales in with escort services, Ponzi schemes and pornography, among identified “high risk” businesses.

And in some cases, government regulatory interference is not necessary at all to deny transactions. The Square, an iOS/Android card reader device, forbids “payments in connection with … sales of firearms, firearm parts or hardware, and ammunition; or weapons and other devices designed to cause physical injury.” As such, they’ve joined with other financial institutions and payment processors who also want nothing to do with mean old guns.

As long as we’ve got our iPhones out, NRA tells us about the Gun Geo Marker Mark 1, an “App” that allows “users to anonymously tag locations on a map where they have a ‘gun related safety concern,’ and allows them to comment on the nature of this concern.” In other words, if one of Bloomberg’s Hysterical Moms doesn’t see a “No Guns” sign advertising a predator-enabling zone, the group can pressure the business owner into seeing things their way or spending time reacting to newly-created reputation management issues. In the old days, I think they used to call this technique “extortion.”

Using your phone (or an internet-connected desktop if you’re an old clamshell dinosaur like me), you can then go check your Facebook page, used by some for time-wasting trivia, but by activists for sharing information that facilitates online advocacy. The ubiquitous social network has a gun-free policy too, at least as far as their ads are concerned, and recently nixed a promotion for a “crowdfunding” site to raise legal fees that offered range time and firearms as incentives for donating to certain thresholds.

The pressures, some subtle, some in-your-face, to stigmatize and discourage gun ownership are all around us. Outside of firearms-related businesses, it’s like there’s nowhere in the marketplace we can get away from it, not even by indulging in escapist fantasy. Perhaps while submitting to mall disarmament demands, movie-goers can stop in at the gun-free cineplex and enjoy the latest shoot-em-up, starring actors like Irish import Liam Neeson, who in addition to praising the UK’s handgun ban and proclaiming “the Founding Fathers … would be turning over in their graves,” is also, per The New York Post, “considering … becoming a Muslim.” Or if you don’t care for his films, Sean Penn, who publicly gave up his guns (calling them “cowardly killing machines”), is also appearing in a new release titled The Gunman, where his character gets to ignore draconian European “gun control” laws as he pretends to be the stuff heroes are made of.

Maybe I’ll just go to the range, where my business and my guns are welcome. Right after I make sure my representatives are doing the right thing on freedom, and that all the ammo and gun grabs coming up through the process or bypassing it from the White House have been properly shot down.
By David Codrea

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Exclusive: A Spring Break Safety Kit

You or a loved one headed somewhere sunny and warm for Spring Break? Send her prepared with four tools from Sabre Red that travel easy and might prove helpful in a pinch.

DSC_0602_edited-1Personal Alarm with Key Ring, $9.99

It looks like an ordinary keychain, and, in a sense, it is. Attach keys, clip it to a backpack, just keep it handy. If trouble strikes and you need to get others’ attention with a piercing 110db alarm, just pull the alarm, popping the keychain pin out. Not only will the sound call for the attention of others, but also it could deter an aggressor from his evil course. Batteries included and the sound can be heard up to 300’ away.

Door Stop Alarm, $12.99

DSC_0599_edited-1In addition to a personal alarm, add a layer of security to a hotel room with a door stop alarm. Once you’re in your hotel room, lock the door but set the door stop alarm at the base of the door. If the door opens and engages the metal plate, a 120db alarm sounds, warning you that the door has opened. The door stop alarm can serve as a door stop wedge and the no-slip bottom ensures that it will stay in place.

Campus Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring, $11.99

DSC_0603_edited-1When you’re out and about, attach this handheld canister of pepper spray to your keys or backpack. This .54 oz. canister contains about 25 bursts of pepper spray gel, with an effective range of up to 10 feet. Designed to be effective in the wind, it’s also able to be used indoors and has a four-year shelf life. Easy to operate: Just slide the thumb switch to the side and press down.

Practice Pepper Spray, $4.99

DSC_0605_edited-1And, like most self-defense tactics, practice first. The personal alarm and door stop are easy enough to practice but pepper spray can be a bit more difficult. Plus, you don’t want to eliminate the number of bursts in the canister. So here’s a practice pepper spray canister to help make sure you know what it feels like to move the thumb switch, aim the spray, and hit your target. The substance sprayed from the practice canister is inert but the ability to practice movements in a safe environment may prove invaluable should an incident occur.

Be sure to be wise and safe, no matter where you are, and follow common sense guidelines when traveling. And come back safely from Spring Break with good memories!

— Mark Kakkuri

Exclusive: Bersa BP380 Concealed Carry — My Questions

The Bersa BP380CC you see here just arrived. It’s been in my possession for about 24 hours. I haven’t fired it. I haven’t carried it. And it’s Bersa’s first polymer frame pistol in .380 (MSRP $430).

I don’t like to speculate, but I think I’m going to like it.

DSC_0565Bersa has other calibers based on this frame but today I’m only talking about the .380 version. Here are the intriguing specs that first piqued my interest: Full grip, 8+1 capacity, .94” width, 21.5 oz. weight, handy features. It’s a basic DAO pistol meant for concealed carry, yes, but executed differently than other guns.

I think I can already hear the good questions you have; maybe you can anticipate mine as well. Just for fun, let’s speculate and try to come up with some answers.

DSC_0568Q. Why a longer, full grip stock on a concealed carry gun?

A. More hand wrapped around a stock usually means better purchase and therefore more confident shooting, as you know. But it’s also more to try to conceal. That’s why there are a bazillion micro, two-finger grip guns out there today. But hiding stocks isn’t as difficult as we think sometimes, right? So, I’m going to guess that the more controlled shooting experience will trump the alleged difficulty in concealing a longer stock.

DSC_0566Q. Why a .380 over a 9mm, when both are 8+1?

A. Yep, given the option, most days I’d say make mine a nine. But hey, some people like shooting .380. And some people like shooting .380 more than shooting 9mm. And modern .380 self defense ammo is pretty good. Maybe Bersa wanted to offer more choices for you, the end user.

DSC_0564Q. This gun’s specs include .94 inches in width, 21.5 oz. in weight, 6.35 inches in length, and 4.8 inches in height. Wouldn’t it be better if it were smaller or lighter?

A. Well, I guess so, if better means smaller and lighter. But maybe, just maybe, a more mid-sized carry gun like this appeals to shooters who want or need the relatively greater size and mass to enhance their shooting experience.

DSC_0567Q. What else on this gun seems pretty thoughtful?

A. I’m glad you asked. The trigger sports a very wide face and feels very smooth; the ambidextrous magazine release is a nice touch; and you can see a chambered round using the  chamber view cutout (although you should always do a more thorough check). Plus there’s a picatinny rail and you’ve got some options for swapping out the standard sights. The front sight will take a Sig Sauer #8 sight, the rear sight a Glock sight.

Any other questions?

I’m guessing that the Bersa BP380 will fire reliably, accurately, and exude a fit and finish and feel that will rival other guns. Moreover, I think it will carry very well.

But that’s just speculation on my part.

Off to the range!

— Mark Kakkuri

Exclusive: “Green Decoys” Lure Sportsmen Into Deceptive Trap

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary gives two definitions for “decoy,” the first being “a wooden or plastic bird (such as a duck) that is used by hunters to attract live birds,” and the second, more relevant to the discussion being offered here, is “a person or thing that attracts people’s attention so they will not notice someone or something else.” In either case, it involves a premeditated deception to accomplish an agenda that ends up victimizing whatever, or whomever, is lured into falling for—no offense to you hunters—a fraud.

What hunters should be offended by is an attempt to trick them into supporting “progressive” political goals, inevitably hostile to the right to keep and bear arms, by adopting the guise of being “sportsmen’s groups.” Responding to that, the Environmental Policy Alliance is out to expose what it calls “Green Decoys.”

“Funded by liberal foundations, these groups use sportsmen to camouflage their extreme anti-gun and anti-energy agenda,” the ironically (cleverly)-named EPA warns. “For example, the Joyce Foundation, major funders of the Izaak Walton League of America and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, has given millions to anti-Second Amendment groups like the Violence Policy Center.

“They have also given 6-figure grants to support Mayors Against Illegal Guns, anti-gun ‘messaging research,’ and efforts to increase regulation on firearm ownership,” the EPA advisory continues. “They even tried to make gun violence prevention a primary focus of the American Medical Association.”
To establish their case, EPA has produced a “Green Decoys” video (posted on the YouTube video-sharing website under that title, and also on the group’s website,, and a report on financial backers, “How Radical Environmentalists are Using ‘Sportsmen’s’ Groups as Camouflage.” In it, they flesh out their claims about the recipient groups and the donors behind them, including background information like how the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation included Barack Obama on its board before he became president.

Employing a “divide and conquer” strategy against gun owners, often pitting sport shooters against those who own firearms for the primary purposes of protection and freedom, is hardly new. It’s been tried before with other well-funded shill groups established by those who can’t push citizen disarmament edicts through if they’re up front about their intentions, so they instead package them in a way to induce well-meaning but poorly informed gun owners to take the bait.

Some years back, this column talked about the American Hunters and Shooters Association (“Beware of Moles,” January, 2006), a group ostensibly “committed to supporting the right to keep and bear arms, protecting our homes, and preserving our liberties.” Along with those fine words, the group further pledged, “Hunting and sport shooting are American values AHSA will vigorously defend.”

How would they do that? Evidently by making disarming noises out of one side of their mouth, while asserting “an overwhelming majority of hunters support proposals like background checks to purchase guns, keeping military style assault weapons off our streets and the elimination of cop killer bullets,” out of the other. Just in case their anti-gun bent wasn’t clear, they advocated that “the FBI should be given reasonable access to National Instant Check System (NICS) purchase records” and promoted “legislative efforts to regulate .50 caliber BMG sniper rifles in the same manner as machine guns.”

Remember the line from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, “Who are these guys?” In the case of AHSA, “they” were essentially über-rich Boston developer John Rosenthal (who along with one of the Kennedys founded Stop Handgun Violence), and a handful of directors that included a couple of ex-ATF careerists, and a turncoat lawyer who found greener pastures abandoning NRA and going over to the dark side. The group itself shared an address with a Democrat political consulting firm that counted John Conyers and Nancy Pelosi among its clients.

Attempts at such “false front” operations did not stop there, as this column noted several months back (“‘Gun Control’ Messages ‘Evolve,’” July, 2014), recounting further such “decoys.” In addition to AHSA, the went-nowhere-fast American Rifle and Pistol Association was examined, and two better-financed (and still kicking) groups were pointed out: One, Mark and Gabby Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Solutions, offers what it calls “commonsense solutions to protect our communities from gun violence” (which basically entails you and me obeying stupid infringements that the criminals doing all the damage will continue to disregard). The other, Evolve Together, Inc., represents itself as a “third voice … in the gun debate,” as if more than one voice that speaks the truth is needed, and as if debate with that advances anything but lies.

We’ve seen other attempts to lull gun owners into sleeping with the enemy, like a video produced by the “progressive” (and that’s putting it mildly) advocacy group Move On. In it, they feature some guy whose affiliation with gun rights is purposely obscure, but who nonetheless proclaims “I’m a gun owner and a proud defender of the Second Amendment, but for years I’ve watched Congress take money from the NRA and then oppose any kind of reform that helps keep us safe.”

For some reason I’m recalling a line from The Outlaw Josey Wales about telling someone it’s raining.

Another video that got significant media attention was produced by Michael Bloomberg’s money and featured someone we can only refer to as “Average Joe.” Cradling a shotgun in the back of a pickup truck, “Joe” was just the prop to convince some that a $12 million media campaign cooked up by a slick New York City ad agency represented predominant heartland sentiment.

“I believe in the Second Amendment and I’ll fight to protect it,” Joe declared, right before showing everyone a huge “but” that paid no mind to the pesky “shall not be infringed” part. To the dismay of the illusionists, many activist gun owners saw through the disingenuous spot, and that resulted in denials that “Joe” was an actor, and assertions that he was a real gun owner (Honest!), albeit one who just happened to remain conveniently anonymous.

Still, as long as we’re looking at people pretending to be one thing while working to undermine the group they’re trying to influence, it would be remiss not to acknowledge questions have been raised by critics of the Environmental Policy Alliance. Put more accurately, attempts to spread doubts about them have been made by media allies of those they expose.

Calling it “a front group for Washington, D.C.-based public relations firm Berman & Company,” The Huffington Post attempted an outing of sorts on EPA’s parent group, the Center for Consumer Freedom, and its top man, Rick Berman, dubbed “Dr. Evil” on 60 Minutes. The thing is, while both HuffPo and Morley Safer tried their best to convince their “progressive” followers that Berman is devoted only to profits, neither made that case with examples of documented unethical practices, or by refuting anything the man, who decries a government nanny state and endorses personal responsibility, claims.

“Look, once you get past the name-calling, tell me what’s wrong with our statistics,” Berman replied to Safer. “Tell me what’s wrong with our science.”

For any wishing to contest EPA’s claims about Green Decoys, try refuting them with facts that demonstrate where they’re wrong, instead of resorting to the old ad hominem (attacking the man instead of his arguments) standby of shooting the messenger.
By David Codrea

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Exclusive: Galco Hidden Agenda

People don’t carry daily planners around much anymore. And I’m one of them. Most of my calendering and scheduling and note-taking occurs on my iPhone. I’m not saying it’s better system; it’s just reality.

Every now and then, though, I’m tempted to go old school and do all my organizing in a printed calendar or planner system. Fact is, I like paper and ink and the process of writing something down by hand. Granted, I haven’t hand-written an article or essay for, say, 30 years now, but the idea still lingers, especially for organizing my daily tasks and appointments. Anyway, if I used a planner, I’d pick a binder like Galco’s Hidden Agenda, which would allow me a unique means of keeping a handgun close by. Which of course should remain hidden.

planner1You gotta be careful with carrying like this, though. For one, the gun you carry in the planner is not really on your person. So you’d better keep it close. Very close. And for two, if you set a “loaded planner” on a table or desk, you might actually end up pointing the muzzle at something you don’t want to destroy. All the other gun safety rules apply as well.

planner2But there are some advantages to Galco’s Hidden Agenda, the main one being that, as long as you are very close by, you can keep the planner out in plain sight without causing too much of a stir. And you can lock the zipper in the closed position for an added measure of safety. I actually think the Hidden Agenda may make more sense as a means of safely storing a gun in a home — perhaps on a bookshelf or in a desk drawer — as opposed to having it in a more public environment.

planner3The gun you see here is a Desert Eagle 1911 Undercover, one of the more lightweight versions of the popular three-inch barrelled 1911’s you see these days. The Hidden Agenda’s elastic holster held the Undercover very tightly; a second double elastic band held a spare magazine. Zipped up in the Hidden Agenda the gun didn’t move, even after repeatedly putting the planner in and out of a messenger bag, unzipping it, and accessing it.

Made from fine leather and offering a removable wrist strap, The Hidden Agenda retails for $169.95 and features a note pad and three-ring binder for half-sheet sized calendars or other papers. So you can drop some standard planner pages in there and enjoy the benefits of hand writing your goals, tasks, and appointments.

Just don’t let anyone discover your hidden agenda.

— Mark Kakkuri

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LaserLyte Laser Trainer Barrel for Glock Models 19/23

LaserLyte®, innovators in firearms laser technologies, proudly introduces the LT-GM, the Laser Trainer barrel for the GLOCK 19 and 23. The Laser Trainer Barrel shoots a laser dot simulating bullet impact and providing feedback to the shooter.

Now, LaserLyte® provides a no-excuse, safe training aid with a sound-activated training barrel that replaces the barrel in your GLOCK. The Laser Trainer Barrel does not and will not accept ammo making it a perfectly safe anytime/anywhere training tool. An additional benefit to the Laser Trainer Barrel is as a visual reminder to other persons within the area, that the GLOCK is unloaded and in a safe-mode. A built-in snap cap also protects the firing pin from repeated dry firing.

The LaserLyte® Laser Trainer Barrel produces a sound-activated laser when the user pulls the trigger. The Laser Trainer Barrel allows the user to gain confidence and trigger muscle memory in the privacy of their own home. LaserLyte® continues to get sport shooters and professionals on the target faster, increasing accuracy and overall hits with affordable and fun laser training tools.

For more information, visit

LaserLyte® LT-GM Specifications:

  • Compatible Firearms: GLOCK 19/23
  • Power Output: 650NM, 5MW, Class IIIA
  • Activation: Sound activated by striker firing
  • Batteries: 3 x 393
  • Battery Life: 10,000 shots
  • Weight: 1.5 ounces
  • Material: Aircraft Grade 6061 aluminum
  • Length: 4.00 inches
  • Width: 0.60 inches
  • Height: 1.00 inches
  • MSRP: $159.95

About LaserLyte®: LaserLyte®, the leader in laser technology for over 26 years. Our mission is to heighten the experience of shooting. LaserLyte® offers a 3-year warranty for all products sold new. For additional information about LaserLyte, visit

Exclusive: Got Your Eyes?

You hear it — or at least you should hear it — when buddies shoot together outside. “Got your eyes? Ears?” It’s part of how we inventory our gear as we prepare to go shooting and one of those many double-checks we should do just before we actually fire a gun.

Eye protection and ear protection of course comes in many forms and, for maximum safety, you should always use the best of each when you shoot. Hey, don’t be annoyed at the safety lecture. Forgetting to put on eyes and ears can happen even to the most seasoned shooter. Don’t learn a lesson the hard way.

DSC_0514_edited-1“Eyes” for me have included the most basic plastic safety goggles to sunglasses to high-end performance optics. At the top end of the spectrum are safety lenses such as these Tifosi Talos Tactical frames with interchangeable lenses. Retailing for $69.95, these lenses are ANSI Z87.1 safety rated for impact. The lenses are ANSI Z87.1 rated as well for clarity and eye coverage. In other words, in terms of “eyes,” these are tough and protective but eminently usable where clear vision is critical.

DSC_0503_edited-1The Talos frame features adjustable nose and ear pieces not only for getting a very close and comfortable fit on your noggin but also keeping the eyewear on it. And the rubber that actually touches your nose and ears gets more grippy if you start to sweat. Now that’s cool.

Three lenses come with the Talos frame: high contrast red, smoke, and clear. They’re easy to swap — just pinch near the nose area of the frame and lens and pull apart. And then snap back in. You’ll appreciate the clarity of each kind of lens and the ability to change them up, depending on your needs.

DSC_0508_edited-1And storing and transporting them is a snap. Each lens sits in an individual sleeve that nests inside the other and stores inside the included hardshell case. Also in the case: a microfiber cleaning bag.

One more reminder: Got your eyes?

— Mark Kakkuri