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“ . 243 Win reloading lot ” ( CC BY 2. 0 ) by Drab Makyo Every serious shooter has at least thought about doing it.

Guide to Reloading

Guide to Reloading“ .243 Win reloading lot ” ( CC BY 2.0 ) by Drab Makyo Every serious shooter has at least thought about doing it. Reloading, or handloading, is a great way to get the most out of your shooting experience. If you’re into extreme high-accuracy competitive shooting, reloading is a must. If not, you can still tune your cartridge loads to get the greatest possible performance out of your firearm. Reasons to reload Besides greater accuracy, reloading can be a fun and highly educational experience in itself. It can be a life-long pursuit and a great way to pass the time between competitions or hunting seasons. If you have a rare, antique gun for which ammunition is no longer sold, you may have no choice but to reload. There is a huge range of practical reasons to reload. It’s a great way to get around the occasional shortages in manufactured ammunition. Storebought ammo is pretty great these days, but, besides improving accuracy and performance, by reloading you can increase the consistency of your rounds, which can make all the difference in competition shooting. You also get to choose from a wider range of propellants, or powders, and projectiles, or bullets than those that are available in storebought ammo. If you are training a novice shooter who hasn’t yet grown into his or her boots, you can choose to load rounds with a light powder load to reduce recoil. Then, they can graduate to standard loads as they get the hang of things. Conversely, you can push the power of cartridges by reloading ‘hot’ wildcat rounds, but you better know exactly what you’re doing. “ Done! ” ( CC BY 2.0 ) by ryochiji There are a lot of safety concerns regarding reloading, it’s not something you do over a couple of beers. First, trying to fire rounds that have been improperly reloaded can cause your barrel to explode, killing you. Besides, there are a lot of safety concerns during the reloading process. A lot of the chemicals involved are corrosive and/or explosive. Use proper protection, like gloves and safety glasses, and keep careful track that you are using the right volumes of the right powders with the correct components for your weapon. If you choose to cast your own lead bullets, you will face a whole new slew of safety considerations regarding ventilation and molten heavy metal. Will you save money on ammo if you reload? That’s a tough question. Most shooters find that they cancel any cost savings from reloading by shooting more. You will have a substantial initial capital outlay to recoup. If you’re going for the greatest possible accuracy, you’ll have extra expenses for better equipment and components. You will also end up spending a lot on experimentation until you find the right loads for your gun. However, if you buy components in bulk, you will end up saving money. How reloading works Each handgun or rifle cartridge has four components: a case a primer propellant a projectile Reloading is simply the process of researching what the best combination of these four components is for your firearm and purposes and putting them together in the safest and most effective way. The case is the component that is most specific to the chamber of your gun. You have choices of manufacturers, but not much else to consider here. The case is also the component that requires the most attention in the reloading process, which we’ll get into below. All handgun and rifle cases have a neck that holds the bullet, an internal chamber for the powder, a primer pocket to hold the primer, and a flash hole through which the primer ignites the powder. Cases are made of brass, just like they were over a hundred years ago. Don’t try to reload military surplus steel or aluminum shells. “ Cleaning out primer pockets ” ( CC BY 2.0 ) by ryochiji Primers are about the size and shape of a small pill. They are made of metal and contain a special priming compound. Most primers used today are ‘boxer style,’ and come in two sizes, big and small. It is unrealistic to reload rimfire cartridges like .22LR, which do not have a replaceable primer. Even though cartridge shell technology hasn’t changed much in over a century, propellant, or powder technology has evolved substantially, giving you a huge range of options to choose from. Different powders burn faster or slower and are suited to different types of shooting. It is essential that you choose a suitable powder for your gun and measure out the right amount. This is one of the key steps to ensure safe, effective shooting. “ Bullet goes on top ” ( CC BY 2.0 ) by ryochiji Projectiles, or bullets, come in different calibers, or diameters. That means that you don’t go out and buy .30-06 bullets for reloading, but simply .30 bullets that can be used in a .30-06 round or potentially in a .308, depending on the bullet weight. Bullet weight is usually measured in grains. This is where a lot of opportunity for customization comes in. Different shooting applications require different bullet weights, so you’ll have to do your research. It’s all part of the fun. Besides, there is a huge variety of bullet designs to choose from. A lot of it has to do with terminal ballistics, meaning, what happens when the bullet hits its target. For example, to kill an animal, you want a bullet that will expand and immediately dump a large amount of energy, mortally wounding the animal and hopefully immediately knocking it down. Reloading equipment There is a huge range of equipment that you need for reloading, or that will at least make the process much easier. The most vital equipment is the reloading press, dies, and shell holder. A reloading press clamps to a workbench and has a long lever you pull to operate it. With each pull, a shell, sitting in a shell holder, is forced into a die, which performs one of several stages of the reloading process, which we’ll cover below. There are two main types of reloading press today, single-stage and progressive. A single-stage press is best for beginners because it helps you keep track of each step of the process. With a single-stage, you will load shells in small batches of 20-30 at a time. After one step is complete for the batch, you swap out the die and do the next stage. A turret press is a type of single-stage press that makes swapping dies as easy as a twist of the wrist. All the dies are mounted on a rotating structure which you turn to move to the next reloading stage. With a progressive press , you can do the complete reloading process for each shell sequentially. You put the shell in the shell holder, pull the lever, then rotate a structure holding the shell holder so that the shell will be placed under the next die. Before pulling the lever, put another shell in the first position so that it will go through the first step while the original shell goes through the second as you pull the lever. It’s much more of an assembly line. Once you get started you’ll have a shell in play at all four stages with each pull of the lever. Then, with every pull, a completed shell will drop out. Progressive presses are a lot more expensive than single-stages. Check out our guide to the best single-stage , turret, and progressive reloading presses. If you’re looking for the best one for a beginner reloader, check here . If you demand the utmost precision, check out some of these presses . The shell holder and dies are designed for the specific caliber that you are reloading. You can buy different sets for the same press. Generally speaking, each set of dies includes: a resizing and decapping die a bullet seating and crimping die maybe a neck expanding die for straight-walled cases, to help seat the projectile Here are our reviews of the best reloading dies . Presses can have a powder meter stage before bullet seating which attaches like a normal die and deposits the correct amount of powder into the case. Check out the best powder meters here. “ Throwing a charge of powder ” ( CC BY 2.0 ) by ryochiji Resizing is necessary because used shells expand in the chamber. They must be returned to their initial shape before being reloaded. Bullet seating means installing the bullet in the neck of the case. Crimping means tightening the neck to the bullet, protecting the powder, and increasing the pressure upon ignition. You will need to use tiny amounts of die lubricant on your cases. Before getting busy on the press, you will have to prepare your brass. The first step is cleaning them. For that you will use a brass tumbler . You can choose a rotating filled with liquid cleaning chemicals or a vibrating tumbler filled with abrasive media made of walnut shells or corn cob. Both work fine. Ultrasonic tumblers are a more space-age option. We’ve reviewed the best brass tumblers to help you choose. As noted, cases must be resized to a slightly shorter diameter. Over time, re-shot shells will increase in length too. You will need to cut the neck back to the correct length. For that you will need a case trimmer , which is often like a hand-held lathe. Calipers can come in handy to guarantee uniformity in length. Then you’ll use a chamfer to smooth the hard edge you just cut. If you have really shot a given shell many times, you may even want to use a case annealer to restore its structural integrity. Here’s a look at the best case trimmers out there. Then, you have to make sure that the primer pocket and flash hole are clean and smooth. For that, you’ll need handheld primer pocket cleaning and uniforming tools . If a priming stage isn’t set up on your press, you’ll probably use a handheld priming tool to insert the primer into the base of the case. “ Priming ” ( CC BY 2.0 ) by ryochiji A good scale is essential for reloading. Ideally, you want to make sure all of your components are uniform in weight. This is crucial for the powder load. You can use a powder trickler to fine-tune the amount of powder that you are loading. Here are our picks for the best powder scales and powder tricklers . A headspace gauge can help you determine the perfect bullet seating depth. Finally, a bullet puller lets you take cartridges apart. This can help you reuse components or correct any reloading mistakes. The reloading process “ Seat the bullet ” ( CC BY 2.0 ) by ryochiji You can get a pretty good idea of the reloading process from the equipment descriptions above, but here it is all laid out. The first step is to research and consult reloading manuals to determine the best load for your intended purpose. If your empty cases are not new, clean them in a vibrating, rotating, or ultrasonic case cleaner. Then, ensure that all the cases are free from any cracks or defects. Consider annealing them if their structural integrity is at all suspect. If you are not using carbide dies, lubricate every 5th or 6th case with a tiny amount of lube. Resize the cases using the appropriate die on the press. The spent primer will usually be removed at the same time. Measure and trim the length of your cases as necessary. Deburr and chamfer the lip of the cases. Resize the neck with the appropriate die. Use your primer pocket cleaning and uniforming tools and flash hole cleaner to prepare the shell for a new primer. Seat a new primer into each case until it is flush with the base of the case. Add the correct amount of powder, possibly from a powder measure attached to your progressive press. Ensure absolute accuracy in the type and quantity of powder loaded. Seat and crimp the bullet into the shell using your press. Finally, Inspect your finished product. Reloading safety Here are some important rules for safe reloading. Remember, you could kill yourself or others if you are not careful . This is not an exhaustive list. You are responsible for taking all necessary precautions. Store powder in a cool, dry, safe location. Do not use the wrong kind of powder. Be especially careful not to confuse modern smokeless powder with black powder. Never smoke anywhere near powder. Discard any unlabelled or potentially mislabeled powder. Follow the recommendations you find in reloading manuals to the letter. Do not substitute with components, especially powder and projectiles, that have not been recommended. Start with the minimum recommended powder load. If unsure of the minimum load, start at load 15% lower than the maximum load. Inspect each shot for excess pressure before continuing to shoot. Do not exceed maximum or minimum loads. Check each case visually to avoid double powder loads. This is a common mistake and it can kill you. Any time you change a reloading component, pressure levels will change, so you will have to start developing your load from square one again. Even different lots of product from the same manufacturer can cause a significant difference. If a few hundred primers go off together, the impact will be equal to a hand grenade. Do not store them together in bulk. Discard unlabeled primers. Follow bullet seating and overall length recommendations carefully. They can have a huge impact on pressure levels. Keep your reloading area tidy, organized, and clean. Immediately clean up spilled powder or primers Read the instructions that came with your reloading equipment and contact the manufacturer with any questions. Only reload in a sober, alert, undistracted, and well-rested state of mind. Conclusion Reloading can be lots of fun as long as you respect the safety precautions necessary. It is a skill that every accomplished shooter should have. Check out our guides on some of the best reloading equipment that money can buy. Stay safe, do your research, hit the range as often as you can, and have fun! Check out our other other great guides on reloading equipment The Six Best Case Prep Centers in 2020 The Best Reloading Benches in 2020 The 6 Best 308 Reloading Dies in 2020 The 8 Best Reloading Dies for 6.5 Creedmoor The 8 Best Reloading Manuals In 2020 The 5 Best Types of Unfired Reloading Brass that Money Can Buy

Window Punch Review for 2020: Its Quieter than a Rock

Window Punch Review for 2020: Its Quieter than a Rock

The window punch is a simple piece of gear you can throw in your Bug Out Bag or Get Home Bag , but a lot of people will question the need of a window punch when you could obviously just use anything that was heavy enough. Quick Navigation Window Punch Review Quieter Than A Rock Finesse "Window Punch Review" Quieter Than A Rock The short answer: Because it’s quieter than a rock. I can imagine many situations where it would pay off to be quiet and unnoticed in a survival scenario, especially in an urban environment. Finesse Not only is it quieter than smashing a rock through a window, it could be used for a job that requires a little bit more finesse. Maybe there is someone in the car you are trying to get out and tossing a chunk of concrete through the window just isn’t safe. A window punch could be useful for any number of urban survival scenarios and I would put it in the “Why Not” category. Do you absolutely have to have it? No. Could it possibly come in very handy? Absolutely. It only weighs a few ounces and costs less than ten bucks, there will be one in my bug out bag. *Special Note: A window punch can be very dangerous, even when used correctly. Be extremely careful and try to wear gloves and long sleeves if you have to use one. Other interesting articles: 3M Safety & Security Window Film: Survival Gear Review for 2020 Bivvy Sack Review in 2020: Much Better Than an Emergency Blanket! Cold Steel SRK Review for 2020: Is This A Good Survival Knife? "Survival Gear Review" : River Rock Nightfire Lantern

Wilderness Tool (Condor Tool & Knife) Review for 2020

Wilderness Tool (Condor Tool & Knife) Review for 2020

Take your pick of knives , axes, hawks, or hatchets, I have been a fan of all of them since I can remember. Maybe it’s because of all years I spent as a boy splitting wood for our fireplace or the time spent in the woods, hunting or fishing.  Either way I have always loved an outdoor tool with multiple uses. Since then I have always carried at least one of these items with me at all times. Sometimes though, having just a knife really isn’t enough and it should be partnered with a more robust edged tool like a hawk or hatchet . Many years ago a good friend of mine gave me a gift that I had never heard of but it soon became a piece of gear that I always carried. The Wilderness Tool, now the Mini Wilderness Tool , made by Condor Tool and Knife. Condor has manufactured excellent tools for a long time, but I will admit that at first glance this one looked a bit out of place. Why carry a more robust tool? Certain platforms like to tell us that knives can do absolutely everything under the sun and fulfill all of our needs. This simply isn’t true as any tool, simply by its design, has its limitations. A larger edged tool is better at processing wood, hammering, digging, making certain projects and gives different options in a self-defense scenario. Quick Navigation Wilderness Tool Review Pros of the Wilderness Tool Cons of the Wilderness Tool FAQs about the Wilderness Tool and Condor Wilderness Tool Hands-On Review The Edges Verdict? Wilderness Tool Review The Wilderness Tool is made from 420 HC stainless steel, giving the tool a higher level of corrosion resistance and maintaining a sharp edge longer. The majority of the metal surface is covered in a black finish, giving an added layer of protection to the underlaying steel. The cutting edges do not have a finish on them. The blade measures in at 6 ¾ inches long with an overall tool length of 12 1/8 inches. The round handle is made from santoprene which is a rubber like material. The metal portion of the tool fits nicely into a welted leather sheath that uses two snaps for securing the tool. Pros of the Wilderness Tool Several cutting edges allowing for a wider range of tasks Lightweight but durable Stainless steel makes it easier to care for Predrilled hole in the handle gives different options for storing or carrying the tool Very affordable Cons of the Wilderness Tool Stainless steel can be harder to sharpen. Also doesn’t produce as many sparks when using with a ferrocerium rod . May not be appropriate for certain individuals. For example, younger kids may have difficulty using it You won’t really be able to sharpen it with a pocket sharpener, like you would a knife. Requires something a bit larger, like a sharpening stone or a file. It appears the manufacturer no longer makes this particular model, but they can still be found on the web as well as the next version that was made. FAQs about the Wilderness Tool and Condor The company can be traced back to 1787 This particular model was made in El Salvador Condor produces a wide range of tools for hunting and fishing, survival, kitchen use, everyday carry, martial arts, the outdoors and throwing knives. Condor Tool &; Knife, Wilderness Tool, 6-3/4in Blade, Santoprene Handle with... Handle: Poszegrip Soneoprene Blade Material: 420 HC STAINLESS STEEL See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 05:58 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Wilderness Tool Hands-On Review I have to admit that when I first had this tool in my hand I kind of wondered, “what in the world am I going to use this for?” The short answer is a lot! Before I dive into my personal review of this product there is something you really need to understand about this product. It doesn’t have just one cutting edge but four! Now that we have that out of the way let’s get into my experience with this tool and I why I think it so useful. "Condor Tool &" ; Knife, Wilderness Tool, 6-3/4in Blade, Santoprene Handle with... Handle: Poszegrip Soneoprene Blade Material: 420 HC STAINLESS STEEL See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 05:58 / Affiliate links / Images from "Amazon Product Advertising" API The Edges Larger double-sided cutting edge on the right side, measures in at roughly 2 ¾ inches. This cutting edge looks just like what you would use it for, chopping tasks. Even though the wilderness tool isn’t as hefty as a full-sized chopper there is still enough weight behind it that it allows me to chew my way through log after log. Other than being comfortable, the thick rubberized handle does a great job of acting like a shock absorber when I have found myself chopping for extended periods of time. This cutting edge would also work well with heavier duty food prep. All the transitions from cutting edge to cutting edge are continuous except for the bottom of the chopping “hatchet” edge. The bottom portion of this edge comes to a point which can be used for more detail work or picking purposes. Large one-sided cutting edge at the top measures in at roughly at 4 ¾ inches. This portion is designed more like a chisel/scrapper. That is why it is better suited for tasks in which I need to chisel, scrape, dig or pry. There have been many outdoor projects in which I wanted to have larger pieces of tree back or wood kept in intact and this tool was great for that task. I could also see it being used in the same way an ulu is used. Smaller double-sided cutting edge on the left, measures in at roughly 1 ¼ inches. For me this cutting edge is used for chopping purposes but on a smaller scale. For times when I still want to quickly remove larger pieces of wood but in a more controlled manner and space. This part of the tool has come in handy when I have worked on some of my outdoor wood projects. The longer edge on the left, resembles more of a knife, and measures in at roughly 4 inches. This double sided, “wavy” cutting edge also has a hook bend in it measuring roughly 1 inch. I have primarily used this edge of the tool for more knife-like functions. Slicing and cutting of cordage, food prep, raw material processing for outdoor projects and anything else I would be more prone to use a knife for. The “hooked” portion of this edge works extremely well in removing the outer layer of plants and branches when used in a sweeping motion. When it comes to food prep and field work with food sources, all of the varying cutting edges available would be helpful in fulfilling those needs. Verdict? When I first got the Wilderness Tool it didn’t me long to realize its usefulness and quality. I was equally surprised that I had never heard of it and how affordable it is. If you ever come across this Wilderness Tool I highly recommend adding it to your gear.  I hope this review gave you a bit of insight and interest on a piece of gear that was once obscure to me but soon became one of my favorite outdoor tools. Feel free to leave a comment below. Stay sharp! Condor Tool &; Knife, Wilderness Tool, 6-3/4in Blade, Santoprene Handle with... Handle: Poszegrip Soneoprene Blade Material: 420 HC STAINLESS STEEL See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 05:58 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Other interesting articles: Council Tool Apocalaxe Review for 2020 Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife vs Gerber ASEK LMF II Knife Review for 2020 SOG Field Knife Review for 2020: An Excellent Cheap Survival Knife SOG Pillar Survival Knife Review – A USA Made Knife in 2020

Best 1911 Frames For The Money (2020 Review)

Best 1911 Frames For The Money (2020 Review)

Maybe you’re building a new 1911, or your current firearm is in dire need of an upgrade of its skeleton: the frame. Whatever your need, we can help find you the best 1911 frames on the market that are also affordable enough to not break the bank. We’ll explain everything there is to know about 1911 frames and how you can tell good picks from wastes of time. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for 1911 Frames OUR TOP PICK: Caspian - 1911 Recon Receiver Carbon, Smooth Fusion Firearms - 1911 Lower Frame Assembly Brownells - 1911 Government Model Frame BEST BUDGET OPTION: Caspian - 1911 Officer Receiver Un-ramped, Carbon, Smooth Fusion Firearms - 1911 "Lower Frame Assembly" -officers/Micro Comparison of the Best 1911 Frames IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick Caspian - "1911 Recon Receiver" Carbon, Smooth Best Overall Carbon Steel Finish Government Model View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Fusion Firearms - 1911 Lower Frame Assembly Commander-Type Matte Black Finish Best for the Money "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Brownells - 1911 "Government Model Frame" Best Budget Pick Government-Type Carbon or Stainless Steel Finish View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Best Budget Option Caspian - "1911 Officer Receiver" Un-ramped, Carbon, Smooth Officer-Type Carbon Finish Frame is heat-treated and extremely durable View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Fusion Firearms - 1911 Lower Frame Assembly-officers/Micro Officer-Type "Matte Black Finish" Frame is fully assembled and offers a user-friendly build View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Upgrading vs. New Builds – What You Need to Know When it comes to 1911 frames, you can decide to do two things with them; start a new 1911 build or upgrade your existing firearm . Both options have advantages and disadvantages, but you’ll have to decide for yourself which of the two is more convenient for you. Upgrading​ If you choose to upgrade your 1911 frame, right off the bat you can expect a decent amount of work. Because of the complicated process surrounding such an in-depth change to your firearm’s characteristics , you should visit a gunsmith if you’re not totally confident in your workshop and smithing skills yourself. In addition, an upgrade may require different parts than are currently integrated with your original 1911. Therefore, it’s important that you make sure you have all the springs, screws, and smaller pieces you might need before enacting an upgrade. You may need to buy a 1911 parts kit in addition to a totally new 1911 frame. Source New Build On the other hand, you can build a new 1911 . While this will likely be more expensive overall than simply upgrading the frame, you’ll be able to make sure that everything works smoothly and add customizations and additions in the process of the build. This might be a more worthwhile choice if your 1911’s other aspects, such as the slide or barrel, need replacing soon anyway. You can sometimes save time by building an entirely new firearm. How to Choose the Best 1911 Frame Before we look at our favorite 1911 frames for the money, let’s examine some critical factors to keep in mind as we shop. These are aspects that will directly affect the 1911’s performance , so they’re important to remember. Material​ Most frames are made from some kind of steel metal, such as stainless steel. However, you might want one with a different kind of material build, so check to see what each offering advertises. Certain frames have titanium or aluminum compositions to change weight or balance. You should also make sure that whatever material you choose works with your existing pieces if you’re upgrading. Color​ This is a personal preference, but most people like their weapons to look good. Double check the color before you buy so that it meshes with the rest of the 1911 parts. In this way, you’ll end up with a cohesive, good-looking gun instead of a cobbled-together custom job that’s kind of janky in appearance. Caspian - 1911 Recon Receiver Carbon, Smooth Style​ This refers to the machined shape of the frame. Some are made to government specs, meaning that they’ll look like the traditional weapons favored by law enforcement officers or the military. Others look simpler or even quite different and unique. The difference is largely aesthetic and totally up to you. Size​ Finally, make sure your frame’s size meshes with your other pieces and that it’s going to be a comfortable fit in your hand when all is said and done. A frame that’s too big for the other pieces is no good at all. Quick Take - The Best 1911 Frames These are our recommendations for the best 1911 frames: Caspian - 1911 Recon Receiver Carbon, Smooth Fusion Firearms - 1911 Lower Frame Assembly Brownells - 1911 Government Model Frame Review of the "Best 1911 Frames" The following is a list of the best 1911 frames that are currently on the market. As you take a look at the features and characteristics, make a decision on which ones will be best for you and which ones may be considered “dealbreakers” for you. Let’s start off with the first choice on our list: Now that we have all of the technical considerations memorized, let’s start looking at the best 1911 frames on the market today. Best Overall: ​ Caspian 1911 Recon Receiver CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Heat Treated Accessory Rail Included Choose Between Stainless Steel or Carbon Cons Bland Color What Recent Buyers Report New users were very happy with the sturdiness and the structural integrity of this frame. They said it was easy to install and was well-fit for a good number of 1911 models. One user said that it does a good job withstanding consistent amounts of firing power. Not to mention, it’s very impossible to wear it down in extensive shooting sessions. Why it Stands Out to Us If you are looking for a frame that will be proven to last you a long time, then this might be what you need. These frames are heat-treated and undergo so many tests before they even hit the market. So if you come across something that passes quality tests with flying colors, you know it’s that dang good. Plus, it’s a frame that can accept various sights that you might plan on installing in the not so distance future. The Caspian is a great example of a standard-issue government type of frame for a 1911. It’s built with a lot of great functionality, such as a heat treatment over its surface that will allow it to resist heat and shock beyond that of standard offerings. It can also be modified to be either cast from carbon or stainless steel. If you are allergic to certain metals, stainless steel is the way to go. It also has an accessory rail that makes setting up attachments or other modifiers very easy. This product is sized and machined with perfection to duplicate the look and feel of the classic, government-style frames that you can see in film or on real-life law enforcement officers. This is large enough that your gunsmith can set a tight slide at its top, permitting exceptional performance. The color is a bit bland, so if you like a darker finish you’ll likely want to put some paint on it before you start the integration process. Altogether, though, this is an excellent product that’s perfect for most customer 1911 builds or repair jobs. The government-style is most popular for a reason, after all! Who Will Use This Most If you are looking for a lightweight, super solid frame that will be great for overall support and even opening the door to some customization opportunities, then you may want to consider this frame as your go-to option. You’ll install this in a matter of minutes and turn your pistol into a high-quality force to be reckoned with. Bottom Line The "Caspian 1911 Recon" Receiver is one of the best quality frames that you’ll find on the market for the purpose of adding on a frame of high quality that will last you a long time. This will be great for when you plan on using your pistol for the long term. It can withstand constant use for years or even decades. That’s how strong it is. This is a great government-type frame that lets you choose between two types of finishes. It comes with a handy accessory rail for adding attachments later on. Best for the Money: ​ Fusion Firearms 1911 Lower Frame Assembly CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Undercut Trigger Guard Comes With Many Screws Necessary Modern Design With the Extended Thumb Safety Cons A Little Pricey "What Recent Buyers" Report This was a great frame for anyone looking to make a complete upgrade to the lower half of their pistols. The install didn’t take too long and it improved the grip and allowed for more solid trigger protection for those who used their 1911 for quite some time. This was a great frame for those looking for a more “plug and play” type of install rather than find something that would make the installation more complicated. Why it Stands Out to Us This frame doesn’t cover the entire frame. But it does cover the bottom half that supports the barrel, the trigger, and the grip. So if you want a solid frame that will handle some of your most vital parts of your 1911 pistol, then you may want to consider purchasing this bad boy and install it the moment it reaches your doorstep. By the time you install this, you’ll be quite pleased with how much of an improvement you can get just by installing a solid frame. The Fusion frame is made in the commander-style, so it’s an intermediate between the lighter, smaller officer-type and the heavier, official government-type. This item is machined from a solid bar and heat treated to permit excessive use and rapid firing without suffering any kind of a performance drop. It has a number of other features that make it worth your time and money. The thumb safety has been extended to improve quick switching, which is an important consideration in tactical shooting situations. There’s an undercut trigger guard and many of the screws and smaller pieces you need to finish installing this frame on a 1911 are already included in their places. This can rapidly speed up either a total 1911 build or a repair job, particularly if you are going from one type or size of frame to another. The price is a bit high, but the value you get out of the purchase is phenomenal. We feel that this frame is well worth the cost; it’s well-made and has a laundry list of great perks to make it worth your while. Who Will "Use This Most" This is a great frame for anyone who wants to install something that is sturdy but will not add on any weight to your pistol. You may find frames made from different materials and will weigh differently than others. But you’ll be quite happy with this one for a number of reasons. We’d be shocked if you didn’t see an improvement in your grip than anything else. Bottom Line If you want a frame that is superior in quality and will definitely stand out as the go-to option for anyone looking to provide excellent support for their 1911 pistols, then you may want to consider giving this frame a try. It will definitely give you a few good improvements compared to your current frame. Although it’s a bit pricey, this commander frame has everything you need to finish installation right away. It comes with a number of extra features, such as a larger thumb safety and undercut trigger guard. "Best Budget Pick" : ​ Brownells 1911 Government Model Frame CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very Durable Precision-Machined Holes Oversized Rails for Custom Fitting Slides Cons Gunsmith Definitely Required What Recent Buyers Report Most of the new users were utilizing their 1911 for concealed carry and tactical purposes. Plus, it was the closest thing they could find to a frame that was best fit for government-issued 1911 pistols. So far, they had no complaints about the install and the overall quality. It was solid, very difficult to wear, and didn’t heat up in the slightest after various extended periods of shooting. Why it Stands Out to Us This is made from corrosion-resistant 4140 steel. So you know it will be considered one of the best frames in the business when it comes to resisting damage. So if the quality is high atop your list of priorities, then you know that this frame will be great for your 1911 pistol. The Brownells frame is a government model that looks as tough and capable as it really is. It’s all yours for a very decent price, too, lower than many other competitor offerings on the same marketplace. You can choose between carbon steel or stainless steel finishes depending on your preference or allergenic needs. Either way, it is heat-treated to extend its lifespan and performance even when you’re firing a lot of shots in a short period of time. The holes for screws have been precision-machined to make sure that any installation is trouble-free and as easy as possible. An oversized rail will allow a gunsmith to install a slide for a very tight fit, further improving your results once installation is complete. Due to its extreme precision-machining and durability, it’s highly recommended that you only install this frame with the help of a talented gunsmith. However, given all of the excellence it's sure to bestow upon your 1911, this is a minor flaw for a very affordable piece of equipment. Who Will Use This Most This will be an excellent choice for most of the 1911 users that are concealed carry users or those who are in law enforcement or the military who still rely on this pistol as their trusty sidearm. Regardless, it’s a frame that is built to last and is tough as our military might itself Bottom Line The Brownells 1911 Government Model Frame is a frame that is super strong and will be reliable for most concealed carry users for years and decades to come. This will considerably improve your grip and will even handle so many shots no matter how many times you pull the trigger. You can get improved quality in minutes with a frame like this. It’s an excellent, affordable option in the government-style with machined holes to promote easy installation with the precise help of a gunsmith. The rails are oversized to allow for a tight slide fit further in the process. 4. Caspian 1911 Officer Receiver CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Heat-Treated Small and Compact Precision Cast From Either Carbon or Stainless Steel Cons Dull Color What Recent Buyers Report Most of the new users were those who were law enforcement officers that rely on their 1911 pistols for everyday use (both on-duty and off-duty). They said it didn’t take them long to install this. Plus, it didn’t add any additional weight to the pistols. Overall, the new users say that it allowed for better control (leading to better accuracy) and more shock absorbency. Why it Stands Out to Us Once again, we take another look at a frame for the 1911 that will stand out as a high-quality option for those who hold it to a higher standard. And it’s also another one of those factory tested frames that guarantee that it won’t fall apart on you nor will it ever in this lifetime. If you are looking for a law enforcement grade frame for your 1911 pistol that will give you years of faithful and reliable service, this might be what you are looking for. The Caspian is an officer-type of frame, so this makes it among the smallest on our list. You’ll find that this type is great if you’re making a 1911 that you intend to conceal carry, as the smaller size will let it fit beneath clothes more effectively. It’s still quite durable and heat-treated to promote high performance as its used. You can pick between a carbon steel or stainless steel finish, but the color is a bit dull either way, so you’ll probably want to paint it at some point in the creation or repair process. The rails are oversized to allow for tight fitting of a slide once all the other necessary pieces are in place, and it’s all very affordable for your wallet, too. While officer frames aren’t as common as the other two styles, we feel that they have a definite place in the market and for a particular niche of 1911 users. If you find that an officer option is right for you, this is one of the best you can pick from any market. Who Will Use This Most If superior quality and looking for a frame that is perfect for the Officer sized 1911 pistols, then this is probably the only frame that can cut the mustard. You will be able to install this quickly and be able to give it a whirl at the range. Don’t be surprised if you are able to get a few good benefits out of it other than a pistol that is lightweight and able to withstand so many shots. Why not an increase in grip and control, which leads to better accuracy and precise shooting. Bottom Line The 1911 Officer Receiver is without a doubt one of the best frames proven to handle 1911 Officer sized models. This will never fall apart on you nor will it last you only a couple years. This is the frame that once you tack it on to your pistol, it’s there to stay for good. Good luck trying to get it damaged. This is one of the best officer frames on the market. It’s affordable and you can choose between two types of finishes. The color will need to be painted over in most cases. 5. Fusion Frames 1911 Officers Lower Frame CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Heat-Treated Comes With Needed Screws "Undercut Trigger Guard" and Extended Safety Cons A Little Pricey What Recent Buyers Report This was a great fit for those who own an Officer sized version of the 1911. As expected, they were happy with the lightness and the sturdiness of the frame. The install was simple and it was more of a “plug and play” kind of design compared to most frames that were available on the market. So far, the new users say that it was great for outdoor applications and could withstand any kind of weather. Why it Stands Out to Us If you want a frame that can be hard as a rock, then this could be the one you choose for your 1911 Officer pistol. You know that it will last you quite a long time. And it won’t take on any bumps and bangs (or whatever else). If you want something that will be hard to dent, scratch, or damage this frame will definitely give you the advantage over any oversized or cheap and flimsy frame that you’d find on the market. This Fusion frame is an officer-type, just like the previous one we looked at. Whereas the last product was missing the screws necessary for completion, this frame includes the needed pieces with your purchase. This does drive the price up a bit, somewhat, but it might be worthwhile since it means you don’t have to track down those screws or look in your workshop. This product is finished with a matte black oxide, which helps protect the heat treatment it’s received. It is also sturdy and compact, with an undercut trigger guard and an extended safety that’s even more effective due to the overall smaller size. The safety is easier to reach than on a commander or government frame. Because of its put-together status, it’s perfect for completing a 1911 build or repairing a 1911 if you’re replacing another officer-type product. The fact that it comes with everything you need for the frame portion of a build is likely to save you time and money in the long run, which further justifies its cost in our eyes. Who Will Use This Most This frame is another choice for those who own an Officer 1911 pistol. If you want something that will be just for the lower half of your pistol, then you should look no further. This will do a good job of protecting and supporting the lower half of your pistol if and whenever you need something that will do a better job than a factory default. This frame is guaranteed to last longer and never wear down. Bottom Line The "Fusion Firearms 1911" Lower Frame Assembly is the best lower that you can find for a 1911 pistol that is different from standard. This frame will certainly give you a better chance at prolonging the overall lifetime of your pistol since it’s durable and very lightweight. And at the end of the day, it’s you that will have better control over your 1911. This Fusion frame is a great example of an officer-style piece. It’s finished with a matte black oxide to promote style as well as preserve the function of the gun as it’s heated and used over time. It comes with all the screws and smaller pieces necessary to begin installation right away. Types of 1911 Frames There are three main types of 1911 frames you can choose from. We’ll overview these each individually so you can decide which you like the best for yourself. Officer These frames are around 3.5 inches long and are usually considered to be “compact”. Most of the parts that fit onto an officer-style product can’t be interchanged with other frames due to the size difference. This kind takes smaller magazine sizes, but might be a really great pick for concealed carry if you have the proper permit. Commander These are around 4.25 inches long from the barrel all the way through. It’s a little smaller than the government model and can take normal magazine sizes, as well as a lot of different attachments. Because of its size, it’s often considered an intermediate choice between officer and government frame types. Government These are 5” long, generally speaking, and their parts can be interchanged with commander-model frames. These take normal-sized magazines and can accommodate all of the attachments you might be considering. A lot of people like this style because it replicates the gun seen in pictures and movies most often. Conclusion With everything in this guide, you should be all set to finish your 1911 build or repair your tried-and-true sidearm. The right frame means everything to the operation and success of your gun, so make sure that you’ve taken your time and selected the right product before you begin gunsmithing. Thanks for reading! People Also Ask The following is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the 1911. This should serve as a guide so you are able to get a better understanding of how they work (including the accessories associated with them). Here are the following questions: What Makes a Pistol a 1911? A 1911 pistol is based on some features and characteristics that make it somewhat unique compared to other pistols. One unique feature of the 1911 is the moving link that can be found at the bottom of the chamber. If you fire the pistol, you’ll notice the slide moving back at a short length. Also, 1911 pistols will always be a single-action pistol (which means you never have to cock the hammer back). Does The US Military Still Use The 1911? Not since 1986. The 1911 was since replaced by the Beretta M 9 9mm pistol as the standard sidearm. However, some military personnel still use the1911 pistol as a sidearm (based on personal choice) thus not making it completely phased out. What 1911 Is Closest To The Original? The closest model that you can find to the original 1911 is the Rock Standard full-sized pistol. Not only is it the closest that you can get to the original, but it’s also actually one of the more affordable 1911 pistols on the market today.

2020 Buyers Guide: The Best Paddle Holsters

There are a number of holsters ranging from natural strong side belt holsters to the more esoteric, IWB appendix carry, or MOLLE vest style attachment. Known for being a very comfortable method of carrying, the external or Outside the Waist Band (OWB) holster is one of the most popular ways to carry a sidearm. It affords a better grip on the draw as it sits further off the skin, enabling you to get your entire hand on it in the right position. However, the traditional holster that slides onto the belt has less flexibility in getting it on and off. Besides, there's a hidden cost, because the belt usually anchors an OWB rig to your body, it means you have to invest in a quality, strong gun belt, sturdy enough to not flex under the weight of a fully loaded firearm. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Paddle Holsters OUR TOP PICK: Fobus Glock GL2E2 Fobus Standard Holster RH Paddle BEST BUDGET OPTION: BLACKHAWK! Serpa Sportster Holster Comparison Chart of the Best Paddle Holsters PRODUCT DETAILS Our Top Pick Our Top Pick Fobus Glock GL2E2 Best Fobus paddle holster Passive retention holster for a fumble-free draw when needed Great option for competitions and range use View Latest Price "Fobus Standard Holster" RH Paddle Fobus paddle holster runner-up Passive retention with steel reinforced rivets for extra stability Rubberized paddle is flexible and conforms to body shape while moving "View Latest Price" Best Budget Option "Best Budget Option" BLACKHAWK! "Serpa Sportster Holster" Best paddle holster from Blackhawk Patented SERPA lock for automatic locking-in upon holstering Great holster for duty, range, and EDC use View Latest Price Uncle Mike's Kydex Off-Duty OT Hip Holster Best paddle holster made from Kydex Paddle features cuts and vents for air to pass through and offer comfort Rides close to the body and is adjustable for ride height View Latest Price Sumtop Taurus Millennium G2 OWB Paddle Holster Best Outside-the-Waistband(OWB) paddle holster Auto-lock active retention with a finger-actuated release for safety Paddle is full 360-degree adjustable for rotation View Latest Price What is a Paddle Holster? A paddle holster consists of two sections: a holster and a "paddle" or duckbill, a flat, concave shaped plastic piece or stiffened leather that is worn inside the pants. Source The holster secures itself with a paddle that slides inside your waistband generating friction to prevent the entire holster from being pulled away when the gun is drawn. What Makes a Great Paddle Holster? Therefore, these are the main reasons for the development of the revolutionary paddle holster - a holster that doesn't need a belt to be attached to and a holster, which is much easier to remove from your person. A paddle holster looks and feels like a traditional on-the-belt holster, but offers a "no frills" minimalist design and provides high retention complemented with a streamlined and straightforward exterior. Except for the primary benefit of easy removal, paddle holsters have are designed with an adjusting cant and grip angle feature to suit the user's preference. Currently, high quality and durability material for carrying a paddle holster over an extended period of time are leather and plastic. Leather paddles are strengthened by stitching and sometimes by inserting a small steel plate into the paddle for added support. The more prevalent materials are plastic offered in the form of molded nylon, Boltaron, and Kydex. Body Clock ( source ) Undoubtedly, the paddle holsters are notoriously bulky due to the way they angle out from the body, thereby making it easier for them to print. For that reason, it is usually recommended that you wear loose fitting shirts, coats, and jackets over the paddle holster, instead. Below, we have offered a few good examples of the best paddle holsters; all of them would fulfill a lot of necessary purposes and will work well for your particular carry style and keeps excellent retention over the handgun. Quick Take - The Best Paddle Holsters These are our recommendations for the best paddle holsters: Fobus Glock GL2E2 Fobus Standard Holster RH Paddle BLACKHAWK! Serpa Sportster Holster Review of the " "Best Paddle Holster" s" Let’s take a look at some of our favorite paddle holsters. We’re going to highlight each holsters main features then covers some important pros and cons -- stay tuned! Best Overall: Fobus Glock GL2E2 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Protective sight channel The holster is comfortable It is an inexpensive option Lightweight 2oz. paddle holster Molded to fit the guns indicated in the description specifically Offers a considerable amount of retention for passive retention only holster Cons Not a real "concealment" holster The larger handguns may feel uncomfortable What Recent Buyers Report According to a handful of new buyers, the holster’s security lock feature was solid and allowed to keep the pistol in place without a single instance of wiggling and slippage. The release was quick and allowed for fast drawing in a self-defense situation. Quality-wise, new buyers were pretty happy with the durability and lightweight, saying that even while carrying a loaded pistol it didn’t add on any additional weight. Why it Stands Out to Us This holster was designed to handle a good number of Glock pistols. So if you want a holster that’s just as reliable as the pistol itself, you may find this holster to be quite appealing to you. Not only that, it allows for excellent concealability. If you are looking for a holster that will keep your pistol under wraps and won’t attract any undue attention, this will probably be the one that will rise above the call of duty. Made from high-quality polymer, this holster will not change shape and will not cause any snagging. Just consistently fast drawings that will save you time and even your life. The Israeli Fobus E2 series is one of the most popular paddle holsters for semi-auto pistols as they are combat-proven, highly durable, and very affordable. Fobus Evolution E2 Paddle Holsters for Glocks are made of lightweight and highly durable plastics, and include steel reinforced rivet attachments and a protective sight channel. The E2 series holster attaches to the paddle backing with steel reinforced rivets. The paddle of this low profile holster also includes a rubberized insert to provide both comfort and stability. The GL2E2 holster features one-piece body construction, and is designed as a high riding open carry holster for excellent firearm retention. The proven FOBUS passive retention design features an incorporated tension adjustment screw to allow the user to customize the ease of draw and the security of retention. While the barrel of the handgun is held with 5 to 10 degree forward cant, the angle of the gun is fixed and not adjustable. This style covers the trigger guard and leaves the muzzle open, making it a great choice for open carry. Who Will Use This Most If you own a Glock and want a holster that will handle a good number of pistols from the name trusted by many law enforcement and military members the world over, you’re going to love this holster for its toughness, reliability, and making sure that your pistol doesn’t wind up in the wrong hands. But thankfully, you have excellent concealability out of the whole thing. Wear this under a shirt and you’ll have out of plain sight carrying that will certainly be a plus for pistol owners. Bottom Line The Fobus Evolution Paddle Holster might be the best quality holster for any Glock user. Whether you own a 17, a 19, or a 43 this should be a holster that will stand out in so many ways. Why settle for anything less if you want a holster that can last a long time, provide consistently fast drawings, and will make sure that your trusty Glock is at your side when you need it most. Draw requires a reasonably deliberate motion, but thanks to the adjustable passive retention screw and light coating of silicone, it makes drawing your pistol much easier. Runner-up: Fobus Standard Holster RH Paddle CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Holds up to wear and tear Very affordable, but reliable holster Lightweight (two ounces) paddle holster Highly durable plastic is practically maintenance free One holster is suitable for a large number of handguns Passive retention is automatically engaged upon re-holstering Cons Not included any retention mechanism Not intended for concealment, it has a noticeable print ​ "What Recent Buyers" Report This was a hit with new buyers for a multitude of reasons. For one, the holster’s polymer material allowed for easy cleaning and maintenance and new users were really happy to own a holster that wasn’t afraid to get down and dirty. Furthermore, they were quite happy with the holster’s ability to hold their pistols in place while it maintained position and didn’t slide out of place. Overall, new users concluded the holster was comfortable and was easy to remove when they didn’t need it for the rest of the day. ​ Why it Stands Out to Us If you are a right-handed shooter looking for the perfect straight draw holster, this might be right up your alley. Considering the fact that straight draw might be a little quicker than the cross draw, this holster is made from polymer to add the icing on the cake: making sure that the draw is indeed quick and easy compared to some holster that may allow slow, dragging draws. All and all, it’s a holster that is easy to clean and maintain while providing excellent support for your favorite pistol. The Paddle version of the Fobus Standard Series is a passive retention holster that attaches to the person by a rubberized Paddle. Like other Fobus paddle holsters, the standard holster is designed by an injected molding system that features a one-piece construction, made of high-density plastics. The carrying of this holster implies very high riding, which is convenient for a deliberate and rapid upward motion, definitely enablingusers to draw pistols faster than typical leather holsters. Besides, this extremely lightweight holster gives enhanced firearm retention. Moreover, the amount of friction holding the weapon in place can be adjusted via tension screw upon your personal preference. Additionally, the Fobus Standard outside the waistband (OWB) holster utilizes a rubberized paddle and a reinforced steel rivet attachment system. This ensures your pants stay in one place with the holster while you draw the pistol. However, this model has some minor complaints -- as an OWB holster, it's not nearly as concealable as an IWB. Therefore, you have to pay close attention to what you wear or check the laws in your state to make sure you have the right to open carry. Who Will "Use This Most" If you are starting out with concealed carry, this might be a holster that you’ll get to enjoy. It’s durable, easy to clean, and reliable. Of course, you can snag one of these at an affordable price so if you are looking for a starter holster, money shouldn’t be an issue. A great quality holster that is affordable in price might just be the best place to start. Bottom Line The Fobus Standard Holster RH Paddle will make straight drawing with your right-hand a breeze and will stand out as the best holster for the first time concealed carry users. You haven’t had quite an experience like carrying a pistol until you’ve used a holster that will hold up very good while drawing and allow for discreet carrying that won’t set off any alarm bells around you. Fobus holsters allow the possibility of wearing the paddle between your pants and belt for extra comfort against your body. While this passive retention holster includes a retention adjustment screw, if you are not satisfied with its drawing speed, you can also use silicone spray in the trigger guard area of the holster as a means of lowering the level of retention. Best for the Money: BLACKHAWK! Serpa Sportster Holster CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Retention is adjustable Clicks when the gun is holstered Passive retention with adjustable screw Active retention keeps your weapon safe Belt loop or paddle options for extra support option Cons Large and Bulky Needs plenty of practice ​ What Recent Buyers Report As expected, new users were able to utilize this pistol for the purpose of concealed carry and competitive purposes. Most of the users were able to draw from their holsters rather quickly and with smooth consistency as well. The belt was easy to attach and was able to maintain its position while shooters were walking or running during their “run and gun sessions”. One user said that the holster was pretty comfortable and didn’t weigh him down when he had a loaded pistol sitting in it. ​ Why it Stands Out to Us If you want a pistol that is perfect for either right-handed or left-handed shooters, this might be your ticket to better-concealed carry, faster drawing, and better peace of mind in knowing that you will be protected and prepared for any situation where danger may lurk. And it will be the holster that will make your draw times consistently faster than most holsters, which is a good thing if you are a competitive shooter. Blackhawk has established a benchmark in the holster industry by offering one of the most secure holsters of any kind, suitable for everyday carry and tactical gear enthusiasts. The Serpa Sportster Holster is made of injection-molded polymer and designed as a level 2 holster, where the second level lock retention utilizes a mechanical lock, that grasps the trigger guard from the inside. The drawing motion is a natural extension of your index finger and pressing a button makes it nearly impossible for anyone to take your firearm from your holster. Like other counterparts, SERPA Sportster holster from Blackhawk comes with a paddle rig and an interchangeable belt loop rig. This enables the owner to use a variety of additional accessories including vest rigs and shoulder harness rigs. As for the concealment, though Serpa's design keeps it close to the body, Sportster holsters are suitable as cold weather concealed OWB. ​ Who Will Use This Most If you want a holster for concealed carry, competition shooting, or both and don’t want to deal with leather (like the previous holster), then this could be a viable alternative for you. Make no mistake about it, it’s a pretty good holster to have on hand for the long-term. Why say no to the consistent quick drawing that will stand out as the go-to option for those who want a little speed and reliability? Bottom Line If you want quick drawing, superior reliability, and excellent concealability all rolled into one nice little package the Blackhawk Serpa Sportster Holster will be the best option for you. Don’t be shocked if you strap on this bad boy to your favorite belt or waistband and it keeps its position while making sure you get quick drawing ability that will put you ahead of the competition and even the threats against your life. Without a doubt, the Serpa holster dual mounting systems fit a variety of needs. The holster itself can oriented vertically, with a forward cant, or a reverse cant. With such a unique design, a SERPA auto-lock keeps the gun secure but also requires some getting used to. 4. Uncle Mike's Kydex Off-Duty OT Hip Holster CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros The holster is not gun specific Adjustable for cant and tension The molded form of the holster holds the pistol in place Rides close to the body at mid-level height; near-vertical rake for conventional behind-the-hip carry Low ejection port cutaway allows the shooter to draw the firearm out of the holster a lot faster than other holster that cover it Cons Not convenient for conceal carry An open holster without retention system or thumb break What Recent Buyers Report This holster was a major hit with new users for those who have heard of the material Kydex before. Which comes as no surprise since it indeed one of the fastest-growing materials in popularity. Users say that the holster was durable and provided a good deal of quick, consistent drawing that was super key for those using a pistol in self-defense or competitive shooting. Even one user said that while tough as nails, it was light in weight and didn’t feel any heavier once he holstered his loaded pistol. Why it Stands Out to Us As we mentioned, Kydex is a material that has quickly become more popular than all the other materials ever used in a holster. It might be miles better than nylon and perhaps more superior in durability than polymer and leather. Simply put, it’s a kind of material that is guaranteed to last you a long time while being able to provide quick and consistent drawing for when you need it the most. A quick draw time will definitely save your bacon or set you ahead of the competition (depending on the application). Uncle Mike’s a big name in the gun accessories and tactical gear world, with a long history of making quality holsters. The Kydex Off-Duty and Concealment OT Hip Holster is their entry into the paddle holster market and offers users the ability to wear it either behind the hip or in the appendix position; a neat feature that set it apart from the competition. Furthermore, the body’s lead edge of this model has been cut down for a faster draw, allowing you to move the muzzle of your handgun forward even before completely clearing the holster. Uncle Mike’s tactical holster can be angled forward or back via mounting screws, while the retention tension is also easily adjustable. This Kydex, open-top hip holster has air vents and very firm paddle arrangement, meaning it will ride close to the body at a mid-level height. Made from injection-molded plastic, Uncle Mike’s tactical holster will conveniently fit several handgun models. Like all paddle holsters, this model is a little bulky for CCW without a longer concealment garment. Who Will Use This Most If you really want to know what the big idea is about Kydex, then you want to give this paddle holster a go. It will give you excellent durability, top-notch reliability, and overall comfort in a holster that you won’t get enough of using. For all your concealed carry, competitive shooting, or both this holster will have its uses. It just might set the stage for other holsters to follow its lead and become more durable with the use of Kydex. Bottom Line If you want a holster that will truly last you a long period of time, the Uncle Mike’s Kydex Off-Duty OT Hip Holster will not disappoint you in the slightest. Once you add this to your hip or appendix carry position, you’ll have a holster that will withstand the tests of time and frequent drawing and re-holstering. This might be the best quality holster on the market based on the material alone. Remarkable for a low-cost holster, Uncle Mike's open top hip holster is fully adjustable for cant and tension, something that is more difficult to accomplish within it's price class. 5. "Sumtop Taurus Millennium" G2 OWB Paddle Holster CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Non-expansive Easy maintenance Level 2 (II) Auto lock System Paddle or belt clip is optional The adjustable tilt angle rotates 360 degrees Automatic locking when your gun is reholstered Cons The fit on PT 111 is a little loose Will not fit Gen1 PT111 Millennium Not so convenient for a conceal carry What Recent Buyers Report This holster was an excellent fit for most users who were in search of a holster for Taurus pistols. In fact, when one user tried it out he was quite happy with the fit not only for his pistol but also for the tactical belt that he recently purchased. Upon testing it out at the range, he said that it really made his drawing time a lot faster than his previous holster, a nylon holster that would snag on him from time to time. Why it Stands Out to Us Taurus pistols are often one of those underrated and underappreciated pistols that prove their worth in a concealed carry or target shooting application. And it deserves a high-quality holster that will give it maximum support and concealability. Furthermore, it gets excellent security from an auto-lock feature that will keep the pistol secure and preventing it from getting it into the wrong hands. If safety and security are what you want out of a holster, this might be a pistol that is right up your alley. The  PT111 G2 from Taurus is one of the most popular compacts and is mainly used for defensive purposes. This models fits PT111 PT132 PT138 PT140 PT145 PT745, OWB Tactical Pistol Holsters and includes a black microfiber gun cloth. With its lightweight polymer frame, thin profile, and ramped 3.2-inch barrel, the new version called "Millennium G2" is a perfect pistol for concealed carry, either at the waist or in a purse. Sumtop offers such holsters from CYTAC manufacturer that will enhance the portability of the PT111 and Taurus whole lineup of Millennium Generation 2 sidearms. As a fairly inexpensive tactical holster, it features a Level 2 (II) safety locking mechanism with built-in quick-release and an audible quick-locking button upon re-holstering. Its passive retention system is designed in a way that the only point of contact the handgun has with the holster is where the trigger guard touches the frame. The holster body height can be easily adjusted too, offering a full 360 degrees of rotation for every application (i.e. small of the back, cross draw). In addition, you can also adjust the holster cant with the included Allen key, but you will have to wear a very loose fitting shirt to cover it. While the Sumtop's holster features a smooth interior, this ensures quick draw and re-holstering. Its included soft silicone paddle provides comfortable and easy securing of the holster too. Moreover, the Sumtop OWB Taurus Millennium G2 is made of durable high-tech Military Grade polymer materials, it is maintenance free and has extreme temperature tolerance (-30℃ to 180℃). Who Will Use This Most If you own a Taurus Millenium G2 or a similar pistol, you might just hit the jackpot with this holster. It’s high in quality so it’s built to last you quite a long time. And it’s not as high maintenance as some holsters. In other words, if it gets down and dirty you can easily clean it up afterward. Other than that, it’s a paddle holster that delivers on the promise in terms of comfort and reliability. Bottom Line The Sumtpo Taurus Millennium G2 OWB Paddle Holster could be the only holster that can handle Taurus pistols and go above and beyond the tasks that any other holster would kill to do. With a security lock feature that allows you only access to the pistol (and to no one else) and a solid quality that will allow for no-snag drawing, this holster should be a hit with Taurus owners everywhere. Sumtop OWB Tactical Millennium G2 Holster is compatible with most of Taurus PT series pistols and can be attached to a paddle, belt clip, MOLLE, or drop leg platform. However, it will not fit Gen 1 PT111 Millennium handguns. 6. Alien Gear Cloak Mod OWB Paddle Holster CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Paddle or belt clip is optional An Iron-clad triple guarantee Adjustable retention and cant Spring steel flexplate for added retention Includes paddle and slide for user configuration Cons The most expensive option The interior of the holster can rub the finish off of your weapon What Recent Buyers Report Many new users were really happy with the holster and its ability to handle a number of compact pistols for concealed or open carry (where allowable). This holster was able to fit on most belts and waistbands while keeping itself in place when users were in motion. One user said that he managed to get a good comfortable fit out of it and his pistol was quick and easy to access. To add, his drawing times were considerably faster than when he had a nylon holster. Why It Stands Out To Us Alien Gear is known for making some really tough holsters that stand the test of time. This one is no exception. This holster is simple in design and simple to tack on. So if you want a holster that isn’t too complicated to use and will have the ability to accept compact or even some full-sized pistols, the Cloak Mod will deliver on the promise. Alien Gear enjoys an excellent reputation in the scene of holsters and the Cloak MOD OWB Holster represents their newest addition to a line of holsters with a distinct, modular design. It's an outside-the-waistband holster, which uses either a paddle or a slide feature to attach it to your belt. It's made from a mixture of rubber, nylon, and steel and built to last. A steel, spring-flex plate is the retention provider and is placed between the top surface membrane layer and the rigid nylon backer. While the curved paddle, which is uniquely designed in the shape of an alien head, allows for quick placement or removal of the holster, a belt slide attachment is entirely different from the ordinary, rigid belt slide option. The Cloak Mod has a rigid back plate and features multiple mounting points for the belt slide or paddle attachment. This allows you to adjust retention and set cant, which let you determine your preferred draw. The customization of the Cloak Mod OWB holster means that the outer holster shell is weapon specific, but also exchangeable. As with other Alien Gear holsters, you are still allowed to swap out the custom-molded retention shells, making the holster suitable to a different handgun. Lastly, the manufacturer offers a 30-day test drive and lifetime warranty. Who Would Use This Most? This will be an excellent holster that will be used by law enforcement, military personnel, or even civilians who tend to conceal or open carry for self-defense. These paddle holsters provide excellent comfort and will make sure that you are prepared for any dangerous situation where a pistol may be warranted. It’s better to prepare yourself than never at all. Bottom Line The "Alien Gear Cloak" Mod OWB Paddle Holster has stated a pretty strong case as to why it might be one of your best choices for a paddle holster. If you want something that will give you quick drawing and re-holstering without the snagging, this could be the go-to option for you. Keep your favorite pistol at your side with a holster like this and you surely won’t go wrong. This Alien Gear Cloak Mod OWB features a relatively easy on-off design, but also provides very convenient versatility through its modularity. Any previous shells that you may own from Alien Gear will work perfectly with this holster. 7. Galco Speed Paddle Holster for 1911 5” Colt CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Adjustable tension Constructed of premium steer hide Fits comfortably with decent retention "Speed Paddle" system for easy takeoff More friction to wear and tear than plastic Cons The paddle is a little short The holster rides high to some users What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new buyers were looking for a holster that would be perfect for competitive shooters like themselves. They found this holster to match their criteria in various categories. For one, it was proven fit for a good number of Colt pistols (and also other names like Springfield). And it allowed for quick drawing without a single instance of snagging. One user said that he loved this holster for its looks and the ability to draw quickly and consistently, which was a must in competitive shooting situations. Why it Stands Out to Us This holster is a good looking holster. That’s because it’s made from high-quality leather that will give it that timeless look. It might look like your father’s (or grandfather’s) pistol holster from when you were a kid. But nevermind the looks of it all. Consider the performance: it’s durable and can handle a good amount of drawing and re-holstering. And best of all, it’s a good holster that will be great for concealed carry or competitive shooting purposes. In plain English, it’s a versatile holster that will probably last you a long time and still maintain its firmness over the next few years. An iconic firearm like the 1911 deserves a classic holster such as the Galco Speed top-quality leather holster. Made from premium saddle leather, this holster features a "Speed Paddle" system, built with a co-polymer injection-molded belt-lock paddle and is suitable for quick arming and disarming. This Galco Belt Holster features an open-top design for quick draw and firearm access, which is highly appreciated among the gun competition community. It also has a covered trigger guard that offers improved safety and tension-screw adjustment system for added security. The Galco Speed paddle pistol holster features an elegant leather design with an outstanding finish requesting a little time for break-in. However, some users' complaints that the paddle is too small for the weight of the full-size pistol such as 1911 5-Inch Colt, since the weight of the magazine pulls the top-heavy grip away from shooters body. Who Will Use This Most If you want a holster that’s built for speed, this is it. You can find a pistol like a Springfield XD or a compact-sized Colt and fit it onto this sucker. Yeah, it will give you excellent concealability and comfort. But it will keep you ahead of the curve if you are able to draw it from your holster much faster than normal. What more can you ask from a holster like this? It’s high-performing and high-quality. It doesn’t get any better than that. Bottom Line The "Galco Speed Paddle" Holster for 1911 is perhaps the one holster that will benefit both concealed carry and competitive shooters alike in so many ways. You can get the best in concealability and fast drawing all in one nice little package. And on top of that, it’s pretty good looking too. Don’t be shocked if you somehow end up turning a few heads at the range (or maybe endless compliments on the holster’s looks alone). The Speed Paddle Holster by Galco will fit the shape of your 1911 with a custom-tailored design, that includes a belt-lock paddle, making it possible to attach on and take off without removing your belt. 8. Alien Gear Holsters Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB Holster CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Forever warranty Very comfortable fit Adjustable retention, cant, and ride The hybrid holster can be attached to any belt or waistband Cons Wears easily Very difficult to re-holster the weapon with one hand What Recent Buyers Report This holster was impressive with a good number of new users. Not only was it super sturdy in strength, but it had no trouble retaining its position while strapped to most waistbands. One user said it was more comfortable to wear in an appendix carry position compared to the 3 o’clock position. He also added that the quality was pretty solid and cleaning and maintaining it was easy as pie. Why it Stands Out to Us We wrap up the review list with another holster from Alien Gear. This holster is the epitome of what an IWB holster should be: excellent comfort, allows for maximum concealability, and fast drawing that will never slow down no matter how long you use the holster itself. It’s a holster that doesn’t change shape nor will it sag over time. One of the most user-friendly holsters focused on all-day comfort comes from Alien Gear, a company that is constantly innovating its products. For this overview, we have chosen their 3.0 version of Cloak Tuck inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster, available for nearly 600 handgun models. Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB Holster comes out of the box with a recommendation to carry at a 4:30 position and manufacturer claim that it requires zero break-in time. Furthermore, the Alien upgraded holster comes preset with cant, ride height, and retention, but you also have 3 types of spacers and screws as an option so the holster can be customized to your exact preferences. You can also attach this hybrid holster either on your waistband or on your belt using adjustable steel or nylon clips, making it versatile and able to switch between belt slide and paddle attachments. While the Cloak Tuck 3.0 is molded around Boltaron shell, the rest is made from a mix of materials. A strong stainless spring-steel core inside the backer is coated with a layer of ballistic nylon and soft neoprene, which reduces hardware exposure to the skin, and cushions the holster against the body. All these options make printing (unintentionally showing the outline of a handgun) nonexistent and provide good concealment. The retention of this advanced Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster that can be adjusted by tightening or loosening screws on the holster shell to the exact angle and height you prefer. However, there are some user complaints, such as one on reholstering the handgun due to one side being soft or easily scratching the holster. Who Will Use This Most If you are in search of a paddle holster that won’t take up too much room but can still deliver a comfortable, stealthy concealed carry experience this is the holster you deserve. You can strap this on at any given position and be able to draw it cross-body or straight. Either way, you’re prepared for what might happen next in a dangerous situation. And hopefully, it’s your assailant that thinks the better of it and runs away. Bottom Line The Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB Holster is nice and flat but gives you the best in concealed carry for most pistols that deliver powerful, reliable shooting in survival situations. This holster is built like a tank and certainly easy to strap on for all-day carry or whenever you’re at the range for a target shooting session. Engineers at "Alien Gear Holsters" make constant improvements on this IWB holster by applying the latest advanced materials in its construction. The Cloak Tuck holster is held tight against the body, making gun printing almost invisible under the loose shirt. Are Paddle Holsters Good Daily Carries? Actually, paddle holsters are more popular in recent years than belt slide holsters, as they offer excellent grip retention over the handgun. While the passive retention is almost perfect for the occasional user, for the people who carry a paddle holster daily, active retention is a must. Because the paddle holster isn’t stuck to your belt, this method of securing the holster to the wearer gives you another benefit as you can easily slide it around your body until you find a comfortable position. Source By using a paddle holster, you're no longer dependent on a belt. However, please note that paddle holsters tend to be larger and bulkier and tend to print more often than standard on-the-belt carry models. A second disadvantage is that its security is not as great as a holster secured with a belt, as the paddle holster relies on the friction of the "paddle" to keep it in place. You should also keep in mind that paddle holsters sometimes tilt the butt of the firearm inward, pushing the barrel out and making the gun more identifiable. How to Wear a Paddle Holster Since the paddle holster does not have to be on your belt, this gives you a lot of wearing options, making it almost a universal holster. On the other side, the use of a belt is still recommended due to another layer (the belt) between the side of the holster and the holster paddle. Note that the paddle has to be put in between your pants and underwear and not over the belt. The standard holster location for a right-handed users is at 3-o'clock and 9-o'clock for lefties. If you feel like this position is unnatural, you can slide the holster around your waist until it settles into a comfortable, natural point along the curve of your body. Conclusion If you're not a fan of the classic pancake style, you should consider a paddle type holster because they are an enormously popular. Ultimately, there's no "best" paddle holster, but we have selected a handful of the top-rated paddle holsters and provided them to you, knowing that everybody has their own preferences. Many paddle holsters are often made with polymer, but leather holsters have their own charm since leather is the ultimate heritage material. With this, paddle designs are more convenient, comfortable, and versatile, but can never be a 100% anchor like a belt-mounted holster. We hope this has been helpful in outlining some of the best paddle holsters.

Review: True Spec Xtreme TRU Shirts

I recently purchased some jackets for range work. Typically I go to the range with some Dickies work pants and a button down T shirt, but what if I want to practice drills on the multipurpose range? I wanted something athletic and durable, so I began my search. I purchased True Spec Xtreme combat shirt and uniform shirt from Amazon.com. One of the tricks to ordering anything tactical on a budget is… order it in TAN. That’s right. No one wants tan anymore, they want tactical camo or digtial this, etc. I am fine with being uncool and saving a ton of money. Example: The multi-cam version of the combat shirt clocks in at 82.08 vs the tan or khaki version of the same shirt at 66.90. The shirts feature rip stop material and, in the case of the combat shirt, a sweat wicking performance layer. The rip stop material is a little stiff, but it works for what it is. One of the selling points on these items I really wanted were the toughened elbows and insert-able elbow pads. Having a tough elbow with padding means I can push myself a little faster going prone without fear of injury. This will be perfect for a tactical rifle competition. The elbow pads were around 15 dollars and are sold separately. These shirts also sport a document holder, which I did use recently at my first high power match, but I did not leave it attached to the garment. The holder can be switched to either sleeve, and it would be a useful place to store ballistic data for quick reference. The combat shirt will be perfect for summer tactical matches, and the jacket will be well suited to a cool day at the range if I add a warm base layer underneath. I can’t comment on long term durability as of yet, but they feel well made and well stitched. Wrapping Up: Having good clothes for range work isn’t the most important thing on the list of gear when learning to shoot, but they make a nice upgrade to normal wear when you want to do some more serious range work. The "True Spec Xtreme" series is probably a bit overkill, but overkill never hurt anyone. Buying them on clearance in a non-tacticool color saved me about $40 dollars between the pair, and rit dye can turn the set black or dark earth if need be. I am glad I picked them up. Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

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