Beretta/Wilson Combat 92G Brigadier Tactical and Shootist Tactical OWB.
I have long since been intrigued by the Beretta 92 family of pistols. The Elite series was a significant step in the right direction for the 92 but just not enough to sway me from Combat Tupperware and wheelguns. Last year’s release of the Beretta/Wilson Combat collaboration 92G Brigadier Tactical (Brig Tac) pushed me over the edge.
Now I’ve heard many people talk about traditional double action pistols but had very little experience shooting them. The DA/SA transition is made out to be the Boogie Man. It was time to learn how to run one of the most popular pistols of all time. Continue reading
SP101 w/Pachmayrs in DSG Casual Carry. Corbon 357 Magnum 125gr DPX in Safariland Comp I.
I can admit that I am guilty of just grabbing a snubby, a speedloader and my keys to run errands. I’m not promoting the practice. I recently went almost exclusively to carrying Ruger as my revolver of choice. A Wiley Clapp inspired SP101 bumped my longtime custom 642 out of the rotation. That meant I needed a new holster to tote my little blaster. A thread on Pistol-Forum lead me to Dark Star Gear. DSG bends some pretty nice Kydex with some interesting options. The DSG AIWB “Casual Carry” with its simple design and optional toothed spring steel IWB clip seemed perfect. Just one problem. DSG didn’t list my little SP101 as an option. So I emailed Tom of DSG and asked if he could make one for me. A few emails back and forth to make sure he had found the correct molding prop and I was getting a holster made. Tom was great to deal with and only asked that I pay up front due to having to purchase the molding prop for the project. Knowing I had the HiTS Close Quarters Pistol class coming up Tom bent over backwards to get my holster shipped in time.
Ruger GP100 Wiley Clapp.
In today’s modern age, the polymer framed high-capacity pistol is what you will most likely find in the holsters of law enforcement officers and concealed weapon permit holders. Does this mean that the medium framed double action revolver is obsolete? Is the revolver still relevant? Can it meet the needs of the self-defense shooter if he or she is capable? Having carried a wheelgun as a duty weapon in a previous life I believe it can. The Close Quarters Pistol class put on by Hardwired Tactical Shooting (HiTS) seemed like the perfect venue to test my theory. Continue reading
Having rekindled my love affair with the wheelgun, I found it necessary to procure a quality holster. My usual, off the shelf, brand turned out to be a dismal failure. Again, I turned to the Internet for answers. While there were numerous high end options available for wheenguns, pricing and wait times were more than I was willing to endure. I also saw Garrett Industries mentioned frequently in the same sentence as “fast”, “quality” and “customer service.” I took a look at the website and saw the Silent Thunder OWB holster and felt it would be well suited to range and class duty. The website listed a 7 business day turnaround time. Seven business days later I had a shipping notice in my email and tracking information to show that the holster actually shipped, not just a label printed. Continue reading
Malkoff Devices offers drop in lamp modules to upgrade your legacy Surefire flashlights increasing brightness and runtime.
Recently I attended Hardwired Tactical Shooting’s “Low Light Pistol” class. I brought along my long time carry Surefire C2 to illuminate the way for me so to speak. I had long ago upgraded from the original 65 lumen incandescent bulb to an 80 lumen SF P60L-WH LED. Sixty-five lumens was, to quote the ad, “retina searing”, back in the day. Several other students brought along some of the newest high output offerings available. I had light envy and feelings of inadequacy almost immediately. It was clear, more light was better. Continue reading
The Joe Watson HiTS Knife is a collaboration between knifemaker and former Army Infantryman Joe Watson and noted tactical trainer, author, and former Police Officer Darryl Bolke. To really understand the HiTS Knife you need to know the history behind it.
Enter Darryl Bolke, AKA DB. Anyone in the tactical knife community will recognize “DB” as one of Strider Knives bread and butter fixed blades. Based on his experience on the job, DB wanted a knife that could fit in the 5×8 trauma plate pocket of his concealable vest so it is not viewable or accessible by anyone but him.