Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Roger's Custom Kydex Holsters Appendix Carry Version 5 Holster Review

Last winter I bought a Smith & Wesson Model 13 which is a 3" K-Frame .357 magnum revolver with the intention to use it as a carry gun. The revolver proofed to be a shooter and therefore worthy of a quality holster in order to carry it effectively. I have usually always carried a firearm on my dominant side at the 4 o'clock position but decided I wanted to give appendix carry a try. The search began...

When you begin your search for a Kydex holster you will quickly discover there is an endless sea of options. However, you will not find a lot of options in an appendix rig; even fewer made to accommodate a revolver. Roger's Custom Kydex Holsters is an exception.

When I began talking with Roger he was familiar with outfitting revolvers in kydex and already had a line of appendix holsters catering towards Smith & Wesson J-Frames. I asked if he could make one for my Model 13 and he shipped me what he called his V4 AIWB (Version 4 Appendix Inside the Waist Band) I carried with this holster for just short of a month; along with several trips to the range I found my K-Frame was not being supported effectively by the single J-Hook on the holster. Roger and I exchanged a few emails and he cooked up the V5 AIWB. The Version 5 offers several improvements:
  • Thinner Kydex (.06 instead of the usual .06 front and .08 back)
  • Adustable Ride Height for comfort, concealment and access
  • Eight Different Colors
  • Lower profile for comfort and concealment
  • Two belt loops instead of a single J-Hook
Any issues I experienced with the V4 were gone and forgotten once I had the V5.

Drawing and holstering from the V5 is a one handed affair and can be accomplished without much effort. Being able to adjust the ride height (three positions) of the holster enables you to find the position that will offer you the best compromise between comfort, access and concealment. Experimenting with the different positions I found that the middle setting suits me best. The hardware is robust and has not given me any problems. Roger backs all of his products with a Lifetime Warranty.

I've found concealment of a firearm in the appendix position is very effective but many folks complain of discomfort during this form of carry. The smaller profile of the V5 makes it more comfortable while seated and nearly invisible while walking about. The heel of my revolver's grip does print if I only wear a light t-shirt; but I also have a full-size Houge MonoGrip where a smaller grip would be less obvious.

Once the weather begins to cool this fall I will once again begin wearing my Model 13 more often and will revisit this review again at a later date.

Roger's Custom Kydex Holsters can fit virtually any handgun into kydex along with magazines and shell carriers. Roger's newest creation is a kydex Handcuff Holster which illustrates his ability to do custom work. Be sure to LIKE 'RCKH' on Facebook!

SIG SAUER P938 Hits the Shelves!

When SIG released the P238; a small framed 1911-ish .380ACP, it quickly took the pocket pistol market by storm. People looking for a premium .380 pistol adopted the P238 without many regrets. Then SIG announced a 9MM version dubbed the P938. We were promised a pistol very comparable in size and quality of the P238 and SIG delivered.

The P938 Extreme comes with two magazines; one with a grip extension and one without. Without the extension the 380 and 9mm pistols grip's are the same length. The 9mm's barrel is a bit longer but not by much. A full comparison coming soon.

5.11 Tactical States of Honor Conceal Carry Infographic

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Beez Combat Systems Recon/LE Chest Rig Review

Ask anyone who has worn hard body armor and they will tell you it's not very comfortable (it's comforting). Armor is heavy, expensive and creates a lot of bulk which you may not need or want as an American Shooter. "But how will I carry all my magazines, first aid kit, hydration system, knifes, lights, random pouches and most importantly; moral patches without an IOTV?" Why do you think you need all that stuff to be an effective fighter? Throughout history into our current conflicts some of the most effective and envied fighters go in light and get out quick. A chest rig fits this role very well.

When I returned home from overseas I still wanted a way to carry a good quantity of ammunition on my body without the weight and bulk of an IOTV or even a vest without plates. I knew I wanted something lightweight, low profile and adaptable. I looked at several different options and chose the BCS Recon/LE Chest Rig.
The Recon/LE Chest Rig is constructed from 1000 Codura and comes in either a 4 or 5 magazine configuration. I bought the latter in order to take advantage of the enlarged outside pockets; which are large enough to holster and secure a sidearm or radio.
The rig is very low-profile and features three rows of Molle across the front which allow for expansion if desired. All of the webbing is 1.5" wide which provides comfort during extended use. All of the straps feature quick release buckles.

The Recon/LE Chest Rig has a full length interior "map pouch" with Velcro closure. You have the option of either a H-Harness or X-Harness. I chose the X-Harness; my experience is that the X-Harness doesn't twist and bind as much as a H-Harness especially when you start to add slings, backpacks, etc. You also have the choice of either Standard or 'Pull-Forward' Lat Straps. I have used the 'Pull-Forward' design before and found it very efficient so kept the routine.
Like I mentioned above the two outside pockets are larger to support a radio or sidearm which appealed to me greatly. I had intentions to use the pocket for a sidearm but remembered back to my days in the Army when I would be tossed a hand held radio for secondary communications as we dismounted. I always ended up stuffing the radio in my cargo pocket (like a rube) until I finally ordered a radio pouch. With the Recon/LE if I'm ever tossed a radio (or water bottle) I have a built-in solution for storage.

In Use
I have not used the Recon/LE as much or as hard as many of the end users that Beez Combat Systems caters too, but I am a believer in their equipment. During the DPMS Outbreak: Omega 5 Shoot I wore it all day without any discomfort or need to adjust. While others were down grading their loadouts throughout the day I found that my initial loadout was already lightweight and streamlined. Being so low profile the Recon/LE wasn't in the way while on the ground or in vehicles. As a testament to the harness and hardware the chest rig didn't shift or need any major adjustments throughout the day.
I hope to wear the Recon/LE Chest Rig at a future Carbine Class in an attempt to further define my needs.
I found that drawing a sidearm from the enlarged side pocket was a bit difficult due to the position of the weapon in the chest rig. I have come to the conclusion that a holster is an infinitely better option but the enlarged pocket can be used in a pinch with success.

If you are looking for a lightweight magazine carrying solution for an AR-15 (or any other weapon platform) you should give Beez Combat Systems' Recon/LE Chest Rig a serious look. Did I mention you can get it in nine different colors? After all; getting a quality rig in the patter/color you want is just icing on the cake. You can pick one up at Predator Armament along with other BCS products.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Beez Combat Systems AK TAP (Tactical Assault Panel)

BCS AK TAP (Tactical Assault Panel) Photo Courtesy of BCS
BCS has done it again!
Seeing a niche and a need for 'TAP' platforms overseas and via requests from those downrange; BCS has announced their New AK TAP.

BCS Announcement
The AK TAP is a low profile 3 mag system built for the light fighter. Designed to integrate easier with a hydration carrier, plate carrier, body armor carrier or can be used with the stand alone Y harness. The AK TAP minimizes the need for six quick release buckles down to only four and eliminates the lat straps. Making this rig lighter and simpler to use but maintaining plenty of adjustment.
To reduce the rigs signature and increase user performance the top and bottom of the rig sides are angled. The top of the rig is angled to provide the user the ability ride the rig higher while reducing arm interference. The bottom of the rig has a slight angle to help reduce any interference to the secondary weapon if worn on the hip or with a combat belt.
Plenty of molle across the expanse of the rig allows for additional configuration. The rear pocket extends the length of the rig for additional storage.
The AK TAP (Tactical Assault Panel) is now available. Colors – Multicam, A-TACS AU, A-TACS FG, Coyote, Khaki, Ranger Green, OD, Woodland and Black.

For more pics check out the BCS Blog. No word yet if the AK TAP will be offered in their new Gucciflage Nightmare Camo (GNC) pattern.

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In Other News :: 6/30/2012 - 7/13/2012

In an attempt to keep your insatiable appetites for industry knowledge met; we have created "In Other News" (ION). It will publish each week as a list of links to things that I shared via Facebook or Twitter, but did not post to RTB.net. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Springfield XDs 45, Kahr CW45, Glock 36 :: Photo Comparison

Quick photo comparison between the Springfield XDs 45, Kahr CW45, and Glock 36. These are three of the smallest/lightest options for concealed carry of the .45ACP cartridge.
Top: Glock 36 // Middle: Springfield XDs 45 // Bottom: Kahr CW45

Top: Glock 36 // Middle: Springfield XDs 45 // Bottom: Kahr CW45

Left: Glock 36 // Middle: Springfield XDs 45 // Right: Kahr CW45
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Monday, July 9, 2012

Springfield XDs 45 Hits the Shelves!

The Springfield XDs has finally crossed my path. Not being a fan of the XD/XDm line of pistols; I must say that I'm pretty impressed by the XDs. It's a pretty sweet little package.

I'm sure the .40S&W and 9mm will be on their way at some point.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

"The Military Myth"

Would you take advice from this guy? Maybe on weight lifting but not on optic set-up.
In my opinion Ebbs has hit the nail on the head. Far too often we see folks opine on firearms related topics that have no bearing on the subject other than being a cop/soldier/marine/etc. or being a buddy of such; in many cases. I will be the first to acknowledge that I am always learning and belief that everyone should approach everyday with the same attitude.

The idea that every cop/soldier/marine/etc has the capability to comment on firearms with any amount of authority is a myth. Keep in mind; there are always exceptions to the rule. There are many firearms experts in our Armed Forces/Law Enforcement but being apart of the organization doesn't make you an expert by default.

Haus of Guns' article is refreshing and much needed. The 'Military Myth' is a very relevant issue. Far too many take for gospel what should be taken with a grain of salt from people who have little to no bearing on the subject or firearms. Ebbs sums it up well:
Ebbs' article is not meant to be demeaning or disrespectful. It has been offered to us in such a way to foster comments and discussion. I think Ebbs will find many in agreement with few otherwise.

I encourage you to read the full article: The Military Myth

GunBroker's Springfield XDS Giveaway :: Ends August 31st!

GunBroker.com Gives Away New Springfield XD-S .45ACP, Enter to Win

Kennesaw, GA – July 9, 2012 – GunBroker.com, the world’s largest Internet auction site for firearms and accessories, today announced its “GunBroker.com Springfield XD-S™ Giveaway.” New and existing GunBroker.com registered users interested in winning a Springfield Armory XD-S Compact .45ACP Pistol may get into the action by completing the official online entry form. http://www.gunbroker.com/Contest/SpringfieldSweepstakes.aspx

This latest addition to the Springfield Armory line of XD pistols debuted at SHOT Show 2012 to rave reviews. “The XD line continues to be the gold standard in ergonomically superior pistols, and the new XD-S is a game changing extension of the line into the concealed weapons market,” notes Chad Dyer, Springfield Armory. “We know that the lucky GunBroker.com winner will truly enjoy his or her new XD-S.”
With a slim, single stack frame at only 1-in. wide, the XD-S delivers all the performance of a .45 with superior control and comfort – without sacrificing important safety features. The design offers a single-position Picatinny rail, making this one of the only pistols of its size that can be accessorized with lights and lasers.
“The Springfield XD-S is sure to be a 'must have' for our users interested in concealed carry,” notes Don Hall, GunBroker.com chief operating officer. “We’re always looking for ways to give back to our community of 2 million registered users. Regularly improving our services and offerings to forging supportive partnerships with innovative manufacturers such as Springfield Armory, allows us to offer promotions of this caliber as a way to thank them for their continued business and support.”
Contest Rules
No purchase necessary. Only one entry is permitted per person. Promotion ends August, 31, 2012. For complete entry details and official rules, visit http://www.gunbroker.com/Contest/SpringfieldSweepstakes.aspx#officialRules

An increasingly significant force in the marketing of firearms and related hunting and shooting sports equipment, GunBroker.com was named SHOT Business Company of the Year at the 2011 SHOT Show and is the Official Internet Auction Site of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, USA Shooting and the USA Shooting Team Foundation.
About Springfield
The first name in American firearms, Springfield Armory® began when George Washington ordered its creation in 1777 to store revolutionary ammunition and gun carriages. In 1794 the armory began the manufacture of muskets for a young country. For the next 150 years, Springfield Armory® functioned as a supplier for every major American conflict as well as a “think tank” for new firearm concepts. After a brief closure from 1968 to 1974, a passionate family by the name of Reese rescued not only the name “Springfield Armory®,” but the philosophy that drove it for centuries. With reverence for the legacy of the Armory, the Reese family resurrected the most historically significant designs produced by The Armory- M1 Garand, 1911-A1, M1A™ –and fueled by the same obsession for improved manufacturing techniques and cutting edge design that inspired the likes of John C. Garand, and John Browning. Today Springfield Armory continues to develop products that are loyal to its heritage while ensuring The Armory’s future with such innovations as the category leading Armory® XD®, XD(M) ® and the new XD-S™ polymer pistols.
About GunBroker.com
GunBroker.com is the world's largest gun auction website. Launched in 1999, GunBroker.com is an informative, secure and safe way to buy and sell firearms, ammunition and hunting/shooting gear online. GunBroker.com promotes responsible ownership of guns and firearms. Aside from merchandise bearing its logo, GunBroker.com sells none of the items listed on its website. Third-party sellers list items on the site and Federal and state laws govern the sale of firearms and other restricted items. Ownership policies and regulations are followed using licensed firearms dealers as transfer agents.

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