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Tactical Custom Holsters

I was saved from frustration by Josh VanHeusen, a skilled, young entrepreneur and craftsman who got it right! His custom-built Kydex holsters might lower your anxiety level as well.

I had used various pistols in competition, but none seemed right. Trying Glock’s new Model 34, I also decided to buy their light/laser. After all arrived, I tested them thoroughly on the range, replaced the connector, and decided I liked them both. The light was bright and the laser did the job admirably. But it is a bit on the large side.

It was time to buy a holster. That’s when the frustration began. No one made one for a Glock 34 with Glock’s light/laser. After 3 years of waiting, I still could not find the holster I needed.

I don’t really have a need for such a rig in competition except for the instances which include a night shoot. It is imperative you have at least a light on the pistol, and in some instances, a laser helps as well. Since I had no holster for them, I had to carry the light/laser in my pack, put the light/laser on the pistol at the right moment, and then take it off to shoot the next event, which might be immediately.

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I showed up at a match recently, and while walking around in the clubhouse, noticed a guy standing behind several workbenches. He had never been there before, so, curious, I sauntered over. The guy was making custom-built holsters right on the spot. To make a long story short, I sent the light/laser to him. And Voilà! I now have a holster that works!

Josh VanHeusen of Wilder Tactical makes custom holsters using Kydex, a strong, thermo-moldable plastic. He has a great many pistol models, allowing him to form the holsters for about any pistol or revolver you have. His inside-the-waistband models do not irritate the skin at the pressure points, while his outside-the-waistband models are made with several advances in thinking to give you the minimum holster while including what is necessary. The gun is held firmly, will not fall out, but is quickly retrievable in competition or defensive situations.

This guy thinks out of the box, having learned early on the norm is not always the best. His patented designs fit the body better, reduce unnecessary material, and reduce the pressure points on the body.
He is an innovative young man, unencumbered by the fetters of a large company’s marketing division and the norms required for a profit margin—norms that never quite fit your needs. He can also match both the style and the color you want.
By Jacob Gottfredson

Wilder Tactical
(910) 987-3039
http://gunsmagazine.com/company/wilder-tactical/

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Gun Belt Clip

Many of the compact and sub-compact pistols invite a bare-bones approach to peripherals and accessories. Simple pocket carry, with or without a pocket holster is often the default choice when it comes to carry modes. Small-sized belt holsters, both dedicated to specific models or generic, come into play when armed citizens experience the contortions involved in fishing a weapon out of a strong side pocket while seated. Belt clips, securely mounted to the pistol and made of quality spring steel are a reasonable alternative suiting the minimalist approach often preferred by the new crop of armed citizens.

The close riding, frame-mounted belt clips from Techna Clip afford a secure carry option that does not add significant bulk to the assortment of compatible pistols nor interfere with alternative carry modes desirable under varying situations and wardrobe changes.

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The clip mounts fit under the grip panels of the SIG P238/P938s via a binding post and screw and replacing the rear frame pins on the Smith Body Guard .380 and the Ruger LCP, LC380 and LC9. Left- and right-hand versions are available for the small Ruger LCP A drilled and tapped replacement slide plate allows swap-side mounting on 15 Glock models, Springfield XD, XDS, XDM, Smith and Wesson M&P and Shield, The Kahr series and Beretta Nano are in development and may be available by the time this sees print.

The Techna Clip I installed on a Ruger LC9 came with the binding post and two screws—no doubt because the company is aware of how easy it is for small screws to disappear forever when dropped. Mounting was unproblematic and the Clip keeps the pistol securely in place used with belts ranging from 1-1/4 to a full 2 inches.
By Mike Cumpston

TECHNA CLIP
4642 W. 10600 N, Highland, UT 84003
(801) 216-4790
http://gunsmagazine.com/company/techna-clip/

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The GALCO Miami Classic II

The Miami Classic II is a very slight variation on the shoulder rig in service with a couple of generations of discerning armed professionals and citizens. The primary material is top-grain cowhide with the holsters molded to fit the specific pistol. Weight bearing hardware is some breed of wonder plastic lightweight and emphatically strong enough for the task.

The visible divergence from the original Classic rig is there are no flaps on the offside double magazine pouch. The magazines can be yanked out without intermediate steps for a faster reload. The mags stay put under adjustable tension and are not a bit prone to detach themselves spontaneously. The firearm is secured in place by thumb break backed with a tension screw.

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The rig goes on like a vest with no need for belt stays. The harness straps cross high between the shoulder blades providing the maximum in comfort and the impression of perfect balance in spite of the difference in weight between the gun side and the magazine pouch. For the last several months I’ve worn mine over a tee-shirt and under a tucked button-front sports shirt of my accustomed size. The pistol is a steel-framed stainless Colt XSE Commander though a full-sized 1911 would work out just as well. There is no hint I am carrying an optimum defense handgun and two spare reloads. The Colt hangs unshifting along side my ribcage, instantly accessible through the shirtfront with the second-from-the-top button undone or replaced with a shill.
BY Mike Cumpston

Galco International
2019 West Quail Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027
(800) 874-2526
http://gunsmagazine.com/company/galco-gunleather/

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Replica Presentation Cases from Bill Shumate

Last Christmas friend Johnny Bates presented me with a finely crafted display case for my 5-1/2-inch-barreled Colt Single Action Army. It is a replica of an 1870’s vintage box of the sort the Colt firm purchased from outside vendors. The label inside the lid is consistent with that period, predating the availability of the Army Revolver in the Winchester Center Fire cartridges. Original cases, even in fair condition, are prized by collectors and are quite expensive.

The maker, Bill Shumate of Bill’s Cases, has done much restoration work on vintage pistol cases, learning every aspect of their construction. The replicas are true to the original patterns right down to the hinges and locks and, if requested by the customer, painstakingly aged to look like a well-preserved 150-year-old relic. The treatment includes faux fly-specks, strategically placed scratches, oil stains where guns might have lain and even indentations where a powder flask might have rested in the appropriate compartment. Bates ordered mine in “factory new” condition costing a reasonable $180 to match my recently manufactured Colt. All interior materials are chemically inert to protect the gun’s finish.

Browsing the website reveals cases for percussion revolvers, the Colt Single Action Army, Lugers, C96 Mausers and 2-gun display cases. Recent additions include cedar-lined Taylor Cigar humidifiers. The site also contains replica cartridge boxes and percussion cap tins. Prices vary depending on the complexity of the case.

Bill’s Cases
Bill Shumate

4384 Lexington pointe pkwy
Eagan, MN 55123
(651) 683-9675
www.billscases.com
wshumate@nullcomcast.net

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Caldwell’s The Rock

A good solid rest is absolutely essential for testing both rifles and handguns. In my younger days the Taffin Machine Rest consisted of a piece of carpet rolled up tightly and taped on ends with duct tape. I kept several versions of differing heights in the pick-up truck and later the Bronco. They seemed to work very well. Sandbags are better, however they are not so easy to transport and when shooting a sixgun must be covered with leather to keep the blast from ripping them open.

Lately, for rifles I have been using Caldwell’s The Rock. This little unit also carries easily in the back of my covered pick-up bed. It weighs 5-1/2 pounds and has three leveling feet, which can be locked into place and also have sharp points on the bottom end to sit securely on a bench. A 1-inch diameter steel post with an adjustment wheel is used to raise and lower the fore-end cradle which accepts a padded bag held securely in place by two Velcro straps as well as a locking lever on each side of the bag. The Rock can be elevated to 7-1/4 inches and then locked in place by a lever on the left side of the base. There is also a fore-end stop in the front of the bag, however I much prefer to lower this out of the way for my use.

Does it really work? While testing the Cimarron Firearms Model 1876 chambered in .45-75, I used this rest exclusively. With my cast bullet loads and the buckhorn sights on the ’76, I was able to get groups in the 2-inch neighborhood at 100 yards. Accessories available for The Rock include a taller Magnum Center Post, which increases the height to a maximum of 11 inches, a Magnum Rear Bag for cradling the buttstock, and also a carrying case. I’ll never use sandbags again! Caldwell’s The Rock sells for $109.99.

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The Rock features a padded bag for the forearm, a wheel for adjusting elevation, levers
to lock everything in place and three adjustable leveling and locking feet.

Caldwell
Battenfeld Technologies

2501 Lemone Industrial Blvd.
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 445-9200
www.btibrands.com

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Clicks, Clicks and AccuScope

Have you ever been sighting in at 200 yards with a scope with 1/4-inch adjustments, spotted the first two shots 9 inches high, lowered the scope 36 clicks and found yourself totally off the paper? I have.
Have you ever been zeroing a new scope with 1/4-inch clicks at 25 yards, found your point-of-impact 7-3/4 inches low and wish you had your calculator along to figure out how many clicks you’ll have to dial in to make that adjustment? I have. No more!

Riding to the rescue is a simple, plastic-laminated, paper slide rule that takes all mental stress and effort out of making scope adjustments at ranges from 25 to 200 yards.

Called the AccuScope, this ingenious but simple, tool is designed for adjusting scopes with either 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch turrets, from 25 yards to 200 yards in 25-yard increments based on the distance your point-of-impact is from the desired zero in increments of 1/4 inch.

Sounds confusing? Read on. Returning to scenario No. 1, when I found I was 9 inches high at 200 yards, grasping my AccuScope, I would pull out the sliding scale card until 9 inches read in the “Distance Off-Center” window. Then looking at the “Shooting Distance” window, I would read 18 clicks under the 200-yard box. That’s the proper adjustment.

Similarly, when I was 7-3/4 inches low at 25 yards, I would put 7-3/4 inches in the “Distance Off-Center” window and read 124 clicks under the 25-yard box.
For 1/2-inch adjusted scopes, just flip the AccuScope over and read the scales calibrated on the other side for 1/2 inches.

And if you are using a target scope with 1/8-inch adjustments, there’s another AccuScope slide rule available just for you, and inexpensive at $17.95 plus shipping.
By Holt Bodinson

AccuScope
P.O. Box 633
Ankeny, IA 50021
http://gunsmagazine.com/company/accuscope/

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Anti-Personnel Loads from Buffalo Bore

Full-wadcutter bullets loaded to standard and high velocities, once available only to handloaders, are now available from Buffalo Bore in a comprehensive line of Anti-personnel rounds. Beginning with a .38 Special load tailored for snub revolvers and then .45 Colt, the company has recently added .41 Magnum, .45 Auto Rim in standard and high velocity variations, and .44 Special and .44 Magnum.

The well-demonstrated benefits of the full-diameter bullets include deep, straight-line penetration and a full-diameter wound channel in animate targets. They utilize low-flash powder to preserve night vision and, in most cases, present less recoil and faster recovery time than is the case with standard loads in a given caliber. My experiences with several of the loads reveal very low extreme velocity spreads and average velocities within a few feet per second of advertised velocities from similar revolvers.

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Both loads were tested in the Mountain Gun and an 8-3/8-inch S&W Model 29-2. The hard cast bullets do not deform in flesh and bone providing deep penetration and a full-caliber wound channel.

The .44 Special uses a 200-grain WC deemed safe in the very compact Charter Arms .44 Bulldog. Advertised velocities in the 3-inch barrel Charter were in the 900-fps range from CEO Tim Sundles’ revolver and 971 fps from his 4-inch S&W .44 Magnum Mountain Gun and 1,216 with the .44 Magnum load. My own 4-inch Mountain gun delivered 999 fps with the Special load and 1,200 with the Magnum.

I used an 8-3/8-inch barrel, Smith 29-2 for my 25-yard bench shooting getting a 5-round group of 1.7 inches with the Special load and 2.2 inches with the Magnum. Chronograph readings from the longer barrel were 1,060 fps and 1,318 fps respectively. Both my revolvers are zeroed for 250-grain lead SWCs at around 1,050 fps, and point of impact with the Anti-personnel loads were usefully close. I fired 6 rounds, 2-handed from the Mountain Gun unsupported from 25 yards putting five of the Magnum loads in a nice cluster in the head of a USPSA/IPSC practice target. The one that went wide was due to shooter error rather than the ammo.
By Mike Cumpston

Buffalo Bore Ammunition
P.O. Box 1480, St. Ignatius, MT 59865
(406) 745-2666
http://gunsmagazine.com/company/buffalo-bore-ammunition/

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Winchester’s “Long Beard XR” Turkey Killer

It’s new, and it’s lethal. Winchester describes it as “Lok’d & Lethal.” Their new “Long Beard XR” loads are like nothing you’ve ever seen before, and they should be on your dealer’s shelves in time for turkey season.

Available in 12-gauge only at this point and offered as 1-3/4 ounce 3-inch shell and a 2-ounce, 3-1/2-inch magnum loads in No. 4, 5 and 6 copper-plated lead shot, Winchester hints in their literature the patterns delivered by the new loads are so tight and well distributed that turkeys can be turned breast up at 66 yards.

The secret? The shot is lightly bonded together in some type of buffered mastic and surrounded by a frangible, transparent, almost dried liquid, shot cup molded around the shot. Winchester claims several primary advantages: the shot load is delivered on target without any pellet deformation and the cost to the consumer is much less than competivite “heavier-than lead” loads.

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Winchester’s Long Beard loads (above) deliver killer turkey patterns at affordable
prices. The secret to the “Lok’d & Lethal” loading is a shot column (below) lightly
bonded together with a buffered mastic.

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Along with test samples came a set of attractive “Long Beard” patterning targets so it was off to the range to test out this new wunderkind with a tight turkey tube screwed in the barrel of my Winchester SuperX2.

The targets were set at 40 and 60 yards. At 40 yards, shooting the 3-inch shell with 1-3/4 ounce of No. 5, I almost cut the target and the turkey’s neck in half. I’ve never seen tighter patterns at that range. They tell the hunter that if he’s shooting an ultra-tight, turkey tube, he better have good optics on his gun because this load will turn his scattergun into a rifle.

On the second set of targets set at 60 yards, the killer patterns were remarkably tight and well distributed. I didn’t push Winchester’s claim the “Long Beard” load might be efficient for a 66-yard kill. I just don’t think you need or should be shooting at Tom’s beyond 40 to 50-yards with even the best ammunition available to secure a humane kill.

Winchester’s “Lok’d & Lethal” lead shot technology gives the turkey hunter every advantage in the field with a superior load at an affordable price. It will be interesting to see what Winchester does with their new technology across their whole spectrum of shotshells.
By Holt Bodinson

Winchester Ammunition
600 Powder Mill Road
East Alton, IL 62024
http://gunsmagazine.com/company/winchester-ammunition-div-olin-corp/

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TruckVault AR Solo-Vault

Long known for offering vehicle-mounted storage vaults for firearms security, TruckVault has now developed the ShotLock AR Solo-Vault, which can be mounted either vertically or horizontally on a wall or any other secure surface. With more and more people relying on an AR as a home-defense firearm, any such vault would have to offer both security and easy access to the rifle. This the Solo-Vault does.

TruckVault’s Don Fenton says, “With this product, you can keep your AR close at hand, quickly accessible and secure at all times… with its 5-button inline programmable lock, the ShotLock Solo-Vault can be opened while allowing you to put a loaded weapon in your hand in less than 3 seconds.”

The “AR tailoring” features of the AR Solo-Vault are numerous. It secures the trigger, safety and charging handles. There is an adjustable hangar for the pistol grip and room for additional magazines—up to and including 30-rounders—as well as accommodation for top-rail optics.
The lock is a 1,000-plus combination programmable pushbutton mechanical unit with a 2-year limited warranty.

In terms of dimensions, the AR Solo-Vault is 15.5 inches by 10.875 inches by 2.675 inches. The weight is 11.4 pounds. Construction is of 14-gauge steel. The price? $219.
By Payton Miller

TruckVault Inc.
P.O. Box 734
315 Township St.
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
(800) 967-8107
http://gunsmagazine.com/company/truckvault-inc/

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Canno Safe: EMP Lock System

The purpose of a safe is to keep things away from people. But with a gun safe, getting things out with minimum of hassle can be equally important. This is, by and large, a function of the access system.

Cannon Safe is now offering their dual-access EMP lock system in their Armory, Cannon and Commander series safes. The electronic EMP system offers immediate access, but is backed up by a manual combination lock.

Aaron Baker, Cannon president, says his company’s proprietary lock system combines “the ease and security of a Type 1 high security lock with the peace of mind of a mechanical override.”
By Payton Miller

Cannon Safe, Inc.
19949 Kendall Dr.
San Bernardino, CA 92407
(909) 382-0303
http://gunsmagazine.com/company/cannon-safe-inc/

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