Tag Archives: Gear Reviews

High Noon Holster – Bare Skin

I was in a rush to buy a holster for the M85 Taurus several month ago.  Personally, I wasn’t convinced spending a lot on a holster for a gun I didn’t plan to carry often, so I went with a $49.95 holster from High Noon Holsters.  Whoops. The Bare Skin variation is “made of a […]

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Crossbreed SuperTuck Holster

“The SuperTuck is our most popular rig and is adjustable for ride depth AND cant, it’s our most stable and comfortable rig and offers the following features as well.” After many suggestions, I gave the Crossbreed SuperTuck a try. I was particularly looking forward to a holster that allowed me to tuck in my shirt. […]

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SHOT Show 2011 – Spyderco

Derek visits the Spydercco booth at SHOT Show 2011.

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SHOT Show 2011 – Original SOE Gear

John Willis and Andrew Nelson of Original Special Operations Equipment Gear displayed their product line; one piece of kit caught me eye.

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SHOT Show 2011 – Day 2

Sig Sauer P290. S&W M&P .22LR LokSak Kimber Solo Carry More from Louder Than Words Springfield XDm SHOT SHOW 2011 Day 1 SHOW Show 2011 Media Day

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SHOT Show 2011 – Day 1

Be sure to add The Packing Rat to your twitter page and become a fan on facebook to receive exclusive updates throughout the day from SHOT Show 2011. Rick from Young Manufacturing describing the ICE-15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpxCc9JSEkY Quick links to Day 1 visits: Kifaru International Tactical Solutions/Black Dog Machine Kel-Tec KSG Ruger 22/45 with replaceable grips […]

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SHOT Show 2011 – Kifaru International

Kifaru International introduced the Ultralight line several weeks ago.  The material is a double layer mil-spec ultra high tenacity American nylon and Cordura armor bottom/lower front. The stays are laminated composite of carbon fiber and exotic wood.  Just like their Tactical line, these are capable of docking and locking with the use of the lock […]

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Tuff Speedloaders – Quickstrip

A brother-in-arms discovered these speed loaders from Tuff Products.  I was rather tired of my HKS speed loaders, so I purchased my Quickstrips from Brownells for my five shot .38 Special Taurus M85. Sold in packs of two, these “flexible polymer holder keeps extra rounds of spare ammo at the ready for fast reloads.” They’re […]

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Carhartt Front Pocket Wallet

Smells like new leather car seats…  picked this up from Hanks Clothing for the huge CCW I finally received from Sacramento Co., CA.  After trimming the laminate around the edges, it fits well into the main pocket.  I like it, but not absolutely sold.  Smaller than most wallets, but definitely bigger than I’m used to.  […]

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MidwestPX Neutered PMAGs – For California

For the rest of the free world, this will not apply to you.  For Californians who did not possess magazines with a capacity higher than 10 cartridges before January 2000, this might be for you if you’re running an AR15. Magazines that appear to hold more than 10 rounds is a recent phenomenon, primarily for […]

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“Is that a flashlight in your pocket?”

Over at Mike’s Spot is a pretty cool overview on EDC flashlights and how he goes about find a suitable torch.

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Apex Tactical Specialties’ RAM

Reset Assist Mechanism Video

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Convert-a-Pell Review

“The name of the product is “Convert-a-Pell”, and it is the perfect solution to urban spread and lack of shooting space.” With that in mind, the Convert-a-Pell kit is a solution, but not necessarily the solution. It’s a rainy day in Sacramento, CA so I thought I give the Convert-a-Pell for the 5” 1911 Government […]

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Zeiss Victory 8×26 PRF

This system has become an indispensable companion, whether for hunting abroad or at home. Not only knowledge of the exact distance to game is a decisive factor, but also the resulting holdover (requiring the hunter to aim x centimeters above or below the target) is of major importance. With the Victory 8 x 26 T* […]

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Washlefi’s Sneaky Bag Overview

Sneaky Bag SB02 Active Shooter Bag.  Great photos and product description.  I have one in black and like it very much. EDIT:  Link fixed.

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Kifaru Woobie, Doobie and Regulator

I bought my sleeping system to stay relatively warm at around 40˚F with the Slick Regulator alone.  Should it get a little cold I also bought the Woobie G1 to throw on top.  In my experience,  the Regulator + Woobie combination has kept me warm in the low 30s.  The Regulator is lightweight, durable and […]

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TT Gun Leather & Occidental Leather – IWB Holsters

As an alternative to Milt Sparks or Alessi, a good friend made arrangements for Tim at TT Gun Leather to send me one of their holsters to try out. A small, family owned and operated business, TT Gun Leather constructs holsters, belts and magazine pouches that  are well crafted.  Constructed out of cow hide with […]

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WeaponCLP

Centerfire Cleaning Solutions has developed a high-performance gun cleaner like no other. Characterized by its cleaning, lubricating, and preserving properties, WeaponCLP is a complete gun care system in one bottle. With rigorous testing from law enforcement, Marine infantrymen, Army snipers, as well as your everyday firearm enthusiast, WeaponCLP has truly put itself on the grid. […]

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Bushnell Fusion 1600 ARC

The ultimate in efficiency, our new Fusion 1600 ARC melds the best of Bushnell® binoculars with world-leading laser rangefinding capabilities. And it’s no larger or heavier than a pair of 10x 42mm binoculars. Every detail is magnified with rich contrast and stunning clarity from edge to edge using premium fully multi-coated optics and BaK-4 prisms. […]

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VORTEX VIPER PST Sneak Peek

I saw Mike Cecil of CS Tactical at the range this afternoon.  He invited me to take a look at a VORTEX OPTICS rifle scope he just received Friday afternoon.  Essentially, the VIPER PST 4-16x50mm appears to be a high quality first focal plane optic with an illuminated mil-hash reticle, enclosed inside a 30mm tube.  […]

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