From the Editor

The picture below is most of the women who attended this year’s Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) in Dallas, Sept. 29-Oct. 1. A few of us were out of the room for various reasons.
That’s W&G Publisher Julianne Versnel Gottlieb at the podium in the black sweater and Contributing Editor Genie Jennings is in the front row in a black top (second from the right).
Since its inception, GRPC has grown in all attendance and especially in the number of women who attend.
But even at the beginning, women gunowners were a force to be recognized. At each GRPC, beginning with the first one held in Bellevue, WA, in 1986, the Resolutions Committee (which Genie chairs), has adopted a resolution alternately known as “The NATO Doctrine” and “The Farmer Resolution.”
It reads:
“Whereas: In May of 1986 Congress passed and the President signed into law the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act; and a provision of that legislation was the ban of importations and manufacture of machine guns need not have been included had the nation’s gun owners so advocated; and
“Whereas: In the fall of 1986, at the first Gun Rights Policy Conference held in Bellevue, Washington, Mrs. Linda Farmer of Georgia introduced a resolution that any attack on one class of firearms is an attack on all classes of firearms; and
“Whereas: The Farmer Resolution was approved by the delegates in attendance without opposition and has been proposed and approved by the delegates in attendance at every Gun Rights Policy Conference since 1986; and
“Whereas: Further constrictions on firearms, ammunition, and components of each continue to be made, and
“Whereas: The Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms, and arms are not limited to firearms, therefore an attack on any class of arms is an attack on all classes of arms;
“Now therefore be it resolved by the delegates assembled at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Dallas, Texas this 1st day of October, 2017 that: Gun owners across the nation continue to support the Farmer Doctrine amended to ‘an attack on any class of arms is an attack on all classes of arms’.”
The Resolution was adopted this year—as in past years–without discussion.
The “Farmer” in “Farmer Resolution” is Linda Farmer. Linda and her late husband were in the Class III firearms business in Georgia the year of the first GRPC and the year the Firearms Owners Protection Act was enacted by Congress after a contentious session. It was adopted by voice vote, but with a provision that made some gunowners, including the Farmers, unhappy, and thus the “Farmer Resolution was born.
In subsequent years, during the Resolutions Committee’s presentation there has been tweaks to the amendment, but its spirit hasn’t changed.
While we celebrate the growing number of women active enough in the Second Amendment Friendship to attend GRPCs, it is always a pleasure to remember that 30 years ago there were women already rolling up their sleeves.

No Evidence Gun Buybacks Reduce Crime, Researchers Say

Gun buybacks have been held in the United States since the early 1990s based on the premise that taking firearms off the street will help make communities safer, but academic research into the subject has found no evidence that these events actually contribute to a reduction in crime, the Buffalo News reported in late September.
Scott W. Phillips, an associate professor of criminal justice at SUNY Buffalo State, has studied gun buybacks and their impact on violent crime. Phillips and colleagues at the college used crime data in Buffalo to assess the impact of five gun buybacks between 2007 and 2012. Research here and in cities across the country has demonstrated that gun buyback programs don’t reduce crime, he said.
“Does it work? No,” Phillips said. “Should they keep doing it? I wouldn’t bother wasting their time.”
The New York State attorney general’s office did not contest the lack of evidence in academic research that buybacks have an effect on crime, but a spokesman characterized the buybacks as one of a number of efforts by the AG aimed at reducing gun crimes. Those efforts include curbing the illegal sales of firearms on Facebook and Instagram and ensuring that background checks are done on nearly every gun sold at gun shows.
Professor Phillips said the types of firearms turned over at buybacks are generally not the kinds used in crimes. They’re also generally older weapons and sometimes they’re not even functional.
There’s also no academic research that shows a reduction in suicides or accidental shootings due to gun buybacks, he said.
Gun buybacks are often held because they’re relatively easy to do and the public expects – or even demands – them, Phillips said. Elected officials often conduct them for purposes of good public relations, he said.
Guns turned over at buybacks are destroyed and not processed as evidence, authorities say.
“They make for good photo images,” said Michael Scott, director of the Center for Problem Oriented Policing, based at the University of Wisconsin’s law school, in a 2013 USA Today report. “But gun buyback programs recover such a small percentage of guns that it’s not likely to make much impact.”
The relatively small number of guns recovered isn’t the only problem, Scott said. Buyback programs tend to attract people who are least likely to commit crimes and to retrieve guns that are least likely to be used in crimes.
Scott and others say violent criminals—the people who do most of the shooting and killing —steer clear of buyback programs unless they’re trying to make some quick cash by selling a weapon they don’t want anymore.
That means buyback campaigns more often end up with hunting rifles or old revolvers from someone’s attic than with automatic weapons from the trunk of a criminal’s car.

 

Las Vegas Aftermath: Renewed Calls for Gun Control

By Dave Workman,
Contributing Editor
In the aftermath of the carnage in Las Vegas, renewed calls for gun control including a ban on so-called “bump stocks” quickly spread across the landscape and airwaves, but once again the gun prohibition lobby has brought forth its traditional agenda hoping to sell it as something new or improved.
There have been proposals for so-called “enhanced background checks,” whatever that means, plus limits on magazine capacity, limits on the number of guns someone can own, and so forth.
Hillary Rodham Clinton was quick to declare that proposed hearing protection legislation that would reform regulations on sound suppressors would have made the Las Vegas shooter more dangerous.
Would any of these recommendations have prevented the Las Vegas mayhem? Probably not, considering that shooter Stephen Paddock had no criminal record. There was nothing in his background that prevented him from buying the firearms he had.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi jumped quickly into the post-Las Vegas blood fest to exploit the attack, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein quickly introduced legislation to ban the “bump stock” accessory. The stock, which operates on the recoil of a semi-auto rifle, is actually called the Slide Fire. A copycat product called the Bump Fire was taken off the market following a lawsuit in 2014.
When attached to certain semi-auto sport/utility rifles, it can mimic (not convert to) the performance of a machine gun, using the recoil of the rifle to speed up the rapidity of discharge.
Pelosi has asked Speaker Paul Ryan to “create a Select Committee on Gun Violence to study and report back common sense legislation to help end this crisis.” This was accompanied by a request to “pass the bipartisan King-Thompson legislation to strengthen the life-saving background checks that keep guns out of the wrong hands.”
Pelosi didn’t explain how this legislation might make background checks stronger, or how it would accomplish what background checks apparently haven’t accomplished so far.
“The bipartisan committee,” said Pelosi in her letter to Ryan, “would make recommendations to prevent unspeakable tragedies such as the mass shooting in Las Vegas and to restore confidence in the safety of our communities.”
Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey both chimed in on Twitter, and Markey got some heat for his remarks. One woman tweeted back that he should just shut his mouth.
Anti-gun Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington announced he would push for legislation to ban “bump stocks.”
In an Op-Ed piece published by the Seattle Times, authors Ralph Fascitelli and Jordan Royer with Washington Ceasefire did not mention the “bump fire” device while alluding to Las Vegas. Instead, they offered what they consider three “reasonable” suggestions to prevent violence. They would ban so-called “assault rifles,” arguing that “No reasonable hunter would consider their use as sport, and if someone wanted them for target practice, they could be made available at gun ranges.”
They advocated for a 10-round magazine limit, and lastly they suggested so-called “smart guns.”
The Second Amendment, said responding readers, isn’t about hunting or target shooting. Critics also noted how a skilled shooter can swap out magazines in less than a second.
“Smart gun” technology may or may not work, and while Fascitelli and Royer didn’t actually say it, they seem to suggest a mandate, which gun owners will strenuously oppose.
Paddock brought 23 guns into the two-room suite he occupied at the Mandalay Bay hotel. It appears he had been planning the attack for some time.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, in which 58 people were killed, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters during a press briefing that he didn’t know “how it could have been prevented,” a remark in a story published by CBS News.
He had company in that opinion from Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation. Only hours before the mass shooting, Gottlieb had wrapped up the 32nd annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in Dallas, Texas.

 

 

NRA Calls for Review of Bump Stocks; SAF, CCRKBA Support ‘Dialogue’

By Dave Workman,
Contributing Editor
In the wake of the deadly attack on concert goers in Las Vegas on the evening of Oct. 1, the National Rifle Association has called on the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to “immediately review” whether “bump stock” devices comply with federal law.
The statement, issued by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and chief lobbyist Chris Cox, head of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, got swift attention from the national press. Here is the statement:
“In the aftermath of the evil and senseless attack in Las Vegas, the American people are looking for answers as to how future tragedies can be prevented.
“Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control. Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks. This is a fact that has been proven time and again in countries across the world.
“In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.
“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations. In an increasingly dangerous world, the NRA remains focused on our mission: strengthening Americans’ Second Amendment freedom to defend themselves, their families and their communities.
“To that end, on behalf of our five million members across the country, we urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence.”
Since the horrific attack that left 59 dead and more than 500 injured, Capitol Hill has been in the midst of gun control hysteria. Anti-gun Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced legislation to ban the devices, which retail for about $100-175.
Not surprisingly, in the wake of that announcement, “bump stocks” have been in heavy demand. Anecdotal reports suggest a buying spree, essentially similar to the run on guns after any number of mass shooting tragedies has led to talk about gun control.
The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms – which just sponsored the 32nd annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in Dallas, Texas – issued a joint statement that reflects the NRA sentiment.
“The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms support a productive dialogue concerning ‘bump stocks,’ National Concealed Carry Reciprocity and the Hearing Protection Act.
“We recognize that banning firearms accessories is not a solution to violent crime.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation joined NRA, SAF and CCRKBA in the call for a dialogue on “bump stocks.”
What all three gun rights organizations have done may put Congressional anti-gunners and gun prohibition lobbying groups on the spot. In order to get something, they may have to offer serious concessions to the firearms community in return.
Ironically, the focus on bump stocks comes simultaneously to the District of Columbia’s announcement that it will not appeal its court loss on concealed carry to the U.S. Supreme Court in a SAF case known as Wrenn v. District of Columbia. The city’s “good cause” requirement was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. District Court of Appeals in July and last month, that court declined a request from the city for an en banc hearing.
Had the city appealed, it risked losing not only its case, but also the potential for knocking out similar laws in several states including California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, New York and New Jersey.
“We believe the city was under intense pressure to take the hit and not appeal the ruling by the U.S. District Court of Appeals,” Gottlieb said in a prepared statement. “If the District had lost the case before the high court, it would have dealt a fatal blow to similar requirements in (various states) and that prospect had anti-gun politicians in those states quaking in their shoes.”

 

 

DC Declines to Take SAF’s Wrenn Case to Supreme Court

By Dave Workman,
Contributing Editor
The District of Columbia will not be appealing its loss in the Second Amendment Foundation’s concealed carry challenge of city permit laws, apparently fearing a Supreme Court loss that could jeopardize “good cause” requirements in various states.
That’s what SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb surmised when he learned the city would not take the case to the high court. The District lost at the US District Court of Appeals before a three-judge panel, and its request for an en banc hearing was rejected. The only recourse would have been to appeal to the Supreme Court.
The case is known as Wrenn v. District of Columbia.
The last time the city tried that strategy with a gun control law was when it fought the Heller case. That led to the landmark 2008 Heller ruling that affirmed the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. The high court declared that the city’s handgun ban was unconstitutional.
According to the Washington Post, DC Attorney General Karl Racine and Mayor Muriel E. Bowser made the decision “because of the risk that an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling could strike down similar concealed-carry regulations across the country in states such as California, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Hawaii, New Jersey and Connecticut.”
Gottlieb, in a prepared statement, noted, “If the District had lost the case before the high court, it would have dealt a fatal blow to similar requirements in (various states), and that prospect had anti-gun politicians in those states quaking in their shoes.”
“We believe the city was under intense pressure to take the hit and not appeal the ruling by the US District Court of Appeals,” he said.
The 2008 Heller ruling opened a flood gate for legal action that began with the 2010 case of McDonald v. City of Chicago. That was also an SAF case and it nullified the Chicago handgun ban that had existed for nearly three decades. More importantly, it incorporated the Second Amendment to the states via the 14th Amendment.
“Let’s face it,” Gottlieb said, “anti-gunners are determined to cling to their dogma of public disarmament rather than admit that their resistance to common sense concealed carry reform amounts to nothing more than stubborn denial. These people simply do not want to enter the 21st Century. They refuse to accept the Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment protects and affirms an individual right to not only keep arms, but to bear them as the Founders understood.”
And therein is the proverbial “rub.” The high court has avoided taking a case that deals specifically with carrying firearms outside the home, although various lower court judges have contended that a right limited only to one’s home is not a right at all.
Gottlieb, who was somewhat hopeful that the city would take its case to the Supremes, observed that, “this decision opens the gate farther to an inevitable high court confrontation because there are now conflicting opinions on concealed carry from the different circuit courts. Common sense says that the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause will not allow that conflict to continue.”

 

Canik TP9 SF Elite S 9mm Is An Affordable Carry Choice

The Canik Tp9 Elite S is an attractive and reliable handgun

By Bob Campbell,
Contributing Editor

A few years ago the Canik TP9 pistol was introduced in America. A product of the Turkish arms industry, the pistol was a credible but not exact clone of a Walther design. The pistol has proven reliable and accurate enough. The price point was attractive and the pistol is well established.
The TP9SF Elite S is an improvement over the original in many ways and is designed as the top of the line pistol among the Canik polymer frame pistols. (They also offer a CZ75-like 9mm handgun.) The new pistol is a single-action-only pistol and a compact design. The dimensions are attractive for concealed carry. The pistol is a fifteen shot 9mm so it isn’t as compact as a Glock 43, but for those of us that wish to deploy a powerful, reliable handgun that handles well and offers a good reserve of ammunition, the TP9 is a wise choice.
The TP9 Elite features a polymer frame and steel slide. A major upgrade is the gunmetal grey Cerakote finish the slide is treated to. This is an attractive finish done well. The cocking serrations are generous and the pistol also features modest forward cocking serrations. The machine work is precise. There are no visible tool marks under the slide. The pistol features Warren tactical sights. The U-shaped rear sight combines with a fiber insert front sight to make for an excellent sight picture. These sights are great for speed shooting but offer a good sight picture for precision as well. This is an upgrade that shooters have been performing on existing Canik handguns. The new Elite version is factory supplied with this custom-grade sight set.

The frame is a better fit to my hand than the original TP9. The combination of pebbling and checkering offers good adhesion when firing but was never uncomfortable. The magazine base pad offers a portion of a rest and all but the largest hand sizes will find a comfortable purchase on these grips. Finger reliefs on each side of the receiver make for a shorter trigger reach. The magazine release is positive and may be actuated without shifting the firing grip. The slide lock/slide release is ambidextrous.
Take down is in Glock fashion by pressing two levers to the bottom of the frame. The rear of the slide tips over the firing mechanism in disassembly and must be angled back into battery. In practice the pistol is simple to field strip and maintain.

The U-shaped opening in the rear sight allows real speed.

The magazines are steel units with a capacity of fifteen cartridges. The trigger action is single-action. There is a modest amount of take up and the trigger action breaks at 3.75 pounds, lighter than the advertised 4.5 pounds. The Glock, for comparison, usually breaks at 5.5 pounds and my well used Smith & Wesson Shield .45 at 6.0 pounds. And these are double-action-only handguns while the TP9 is a single-action. I would rely upon the double-action first shot pistol with its heavier action for carry, but would not carry a single-action cocked unless the action includes a positive safety. (See sidebar.) There is a lever in the center of the trigger that must be depressed in order to move the trigger to fire the Canik.
The Elite pistol features a new design manual safety. It is a paddle type that is pressed upward to guard the trigger against inadvertent discharge. No amount of

The Canik is compatible with the TruGlock combat light/laser.

attempting to sneak around this cage to press the trigger was successful. This is an effective safety. As the safety is moved to the off position there is a positive “snick.” I would recommend plenty of practice with this or any other safety. This is a single-action design and

this makes for a lighter, crisp trigger and excellent hit probability. You also need to be familiar with the trigger to use it well and to use it safely. I would studiously avoid moving the safety to off safe with the support hand as you go into a two-hand hold. You may have only one hand to use in an emergency and that hand should manipulate the safety.
The pistol should be carried on safe. I am sure many will choose not to engage the safety as a matter of course. Trigger discipline and common sense mean more than the trigger action. If you do not wish to own a handgun with a manual safety this isn’t the handgun for you. This review isn’t a recommendation of the pistol but rather an evaluation in order to give everyone good information to make their choice. I personally prefer a manual safety and find the Canik TP9 Series a good value and reliable shooters.
During the initial range work the pistol featured a few short cycles or failures to go into battery. This is common with new handguns, especially with standard velocity practice loads. These short cycles disappeared in the first 50 rounds and never occurred with full power defense loads. The pistol’s recoil spring is set up to control full power loads and +P loads, so this modest break in was acceptable. Malfunctions after the break in are not acceptable and would have been either a gun problem or shooter error.

This is the safety of the Canik Elite in operation.

The Canik 9mm was lubricated prior to testing. The initial work was done in com bat style firing at 5-, 7- and 10-yards. The Canik feels good in the hand and tracks well on target. A 9mm this size doesn’t exhibit much recoil, but just the same the pistol was very comfortable. This 9mm may be labeled soft shooting. All loads functioned well. The U-shaped rear sight proved to be effective in fast shooting. The pistol is clearly a credible, even superior, choice for personal defense. I moved to rapid ammunition supply replenishment. Hit the magazine release and slap another magazine in and the Canik is as fast as any handgun. Driving a tapered magazine into a generous magazine well is fast, very fast. During these drills I used the supplied plastic holster which is packaged with the pistol.

 

Warren sights are a custom grade choice.

This paddle holster is fine for range use but it is not service grade. I have fired several hundred cartridges without a malfunction. The pistol offers excellent combat accuracy. Hits were centered on the target at 5, 7 and 10 yards. Recoil is modest.
I have fired for accuracy at 15 yards with this pistol on a number of occasions, with excellent results. The crisp trigger is an aid in this type of work and so are the Warren sights. I used proven loads for this evaluation from Black Hills Ammunition. I fired for groups; firing two five-shot groups with several loads. I wanted to confirm the zero with the likely carry load. The results are shown above. The pistol is accurate in both the tactical and target sense.
The Canik TP9 SF Elite S is a handgun with many good features. There are no shortcuts taken with this handgun that I am able to discern. The pistol is affordable, reliable, and accurate, all we can ask.

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Ideas: Women’s Clothing

By Scott Smith & Lisa Palermo

When I approached Lisa in January with the idea of looking at women’s pants for Christmas she looked at me like I was nuts. However I knew she was on the road and would be able to give clothing a long test while out with FEMA.
This idea was born while walking the aisles of the 2017 SHOT Show―I noticed loads of women’s clothing. Three companies were decided upon; First Tactical, Dickies and 5.11 Tactical. There were others but Dickies is an old school supplier of hard use work and duty clothing, while 5.11 is one of the companies that has been actively improving their line to fit the needs of ladies.
One of the things Lisa has pointed out over the last few years is that companies say they are sizing clothing in “women’s sizes” but the cut does not fit women with curves because the rise/zippers are too short and the waist sizes way off or shirts are truly small men’s shirts. As she points out, more women have hips, butts and breasts than not and they are still active, athletic women. Working women need clothing that addresses these concerns; Dickies and 5.11 are actively designing clothing to fit women of all sizes and body shapes. So let’s take a look at a few items for our mothers, wives, girlfriends, sisters (or even ourselves!) that will keep them looking good on the range, in the field, at the mall or traveling.
When we hear the name Dickies, generally we think of mechanic’s wear or medical scrubs, not range or first responder attire. Recently Dickies started offering tactical/first responder wear, the $46.99 priced Flex Comfort Waist EMT Pant is one of these offerings. We chose these because of the EMT gear pockets to give Lisa pockets that can secure small items when working.
The initial reaction was not what I was looking for; these pants are too tight for my hips. As Lisa continued to slide them on the expandable waist band expanded and shazzam! they fit like a glove. The hidden channel elastic waist also has a “gripper waistband” (rubber-like material) inside the back to help keep your shirt tucked.
This is important for a professional look dealing with clients in the field or to keep your shirt out of the way of gear on the range.
One of the problems with many women’s pants is access to the pockets, which seem to be more for decoration than to carry things. Lisa said the front slash pockets allowed easy access to a wallet, clip-it knife, and other small items you use regularly. The flaps on the rear pockets kept her cell phone secure through any number of tasks and while climbing over and around debris. The two thigh pockets were large enough to carry sixteen ounce bottles of water, note pads, etc. The left pocket has security straps for EMS scissors which are useful for any type of first responder.
Size (2-16) and inseam of the pants were perfect. The legs and seat were sized so as not to bind, allowing freedom of movement while not looking like a sack. Dickies Flex Comfort Waist EMT Pant while designed for paramedics will serve shooters and outdoors women well. If you prefer a more traditional tactical pant, Dickies offers that too; you can find the Women’s Tactical Stretch Ripstop Pant online. First Tactical is quickly developing a following with armed professionals, shooters, outdoors people and first responders.

This shows how well Dickies’ EMT Pants fit and all of the pockets you have easy access too. The close-up shows the EMT Shear pocket of the Dickies.

The reason for this is First Tactical builds clothing built with the consumer in mind. Another reason for this success is Dan Costa who has the uncanny knack of adding that certain indefinable quality to products.
The Tactix Tactical Pant is pretty much the “Cadillac” of the line. According to Lisa, the reason is simple; fit. At first they waist seems a bit snug and as if it will not fit an athletic woman who is curvy, but suddenly the pants are over the hips and fit like a soft second skin. This second skin is not binding, tight or too short in the waist thanks to the diamond gusted crotch that runs from knee to knee. Her comment on the Tactix was; “perfect.”
I told her perfect does not give folks much information, so we need details. After the right proportions from waist to hip and rise, the feel is ideal. The material is 52% polyester, 48% cotton blend, 7 oz 2-way mechanical stretch, double rip-stop fabric. This means while the pants are close fitting; you have freedom of movement, no binding, no chafing. She says this is really important when out hiking from house to house doing disaster relief with FEMA. The fabric is Teflon treated so it is stain resistant, she has not said a word while down in Texas after Harvey so the treatment must be working.
Other features that are important are the triple stitched seams, YKK zippers and Prym snaps. These ensure the pants stay closed and that the seams do not come apart when climbing over partial walls, hills and when you get snagged on a nail or whatever. Unlike designer “tactical pants,” Tactix rear pockets are set up above your butt and are deep enough to actually secure your entire cell phone unless it’s one of these mini-tablet types. The thigh pockets have flaps with hook and loop closures and are large enough to carry a pair of thirty round AR magazines. I was told they work well to carry a lot of stuff. Above each thigh pocket is a mini-slash pocket. It is in a good location to carry a clip-it knife, pistol magazine, small ID wallet/cash or a small flashlight. Again Lisa tells me they are ideal “stuff” pockets for pens; paper clips etc. that she needs to feed FEMA’s paper war.
First Tactical’s Tactix Tactical Pant run $69.95 and can be had in black, khaki, and midnight navy. Size wise you can get them from 2-20 in regular or tall length. The regular fits 5’4” Lisa like they were tailored for length, breaking at the hem. After numerous wash/dry cycles they still fit well and her midnight navy is still near LAPD blue.5.11 Tactical has been leading the way when it comes to women’s clothing. 5.11 is known for their BDU style pants, but they are now introducing lifestyle clothing that has more of a fashion look than a tactical look. Since we spend more time off the range or a field than we do on, we decided to look at this collection.
Lisa is not a fan of most t-shirts because they are too tight, too baggy, the designs are overboard or they just look too manly. Another problem with most tees is they have to be worn either tucked or untucked to look good. This is not the case with t-shirts from 5.11. They fit and lay well, worn either way. This year the Women’s Camo Flag Tee was the shirt of choice. This is a 52/48 poly cotton blend shirt in sizes XS-XL emblazoned with a camo print US flag.
After a couple of washings and trips through the drier, the print shows no signs of cracking or peeling and unlike many tees the fit has not changed. When dropping down $24.99 for a shirt you don’t want to wear it once and after washing have it no longer fit. What sets the Women’s Camo Flag Tee and other 5.11 tees apart from others is that they continue to fit and look good after numerous wash cycles. Lisa said this shirt was ideal for sitting through long days of mandatory training and flying. This and other 5.11 tees in her collection are packed in Lisa’s go bag because they are ideal for wear under her uniform shirt or as a primary wear shirt and because the when dried on a hanger they are still soft.
While the tee and fleece are traveling staples, what truly excited Lisa were the Wyldcat Pants. These pants scream fashion not gun, yet they have belt loops that are properly sized for a gun belt and spaced to accommodate holsters. They are sized 0-16 in regular and long inseams. Colors are black, khaki and grenade (a shade of gray). For comfort in all activities they are made from cotton/polyester/elastane stretch sateen with Microsand finish which is stain resistant. These pants fit like a glove, yet they allow for virtually unrestricted movement.
The Wyldcats look good, but they were built for function. In addition to proper belt loops, there are functional patch pockets. These pockets are placed properly so you can securely carry your cell phone, wallet, and other stuff without fear of these items falling out.

First Tactical has big, easy to access thigh pockets to stow whatever gear you carry on the range or in the field. While First Tactical might seem tight fitting, Lisa assured me when climbing through debris during the floods of Texas they were not.

Concealed just above and at the leading edge of the pocket are AR magazine pockets sewn into the contoured waistband. These pockets not only carry magazines but they will secure your cell phone whether you are sitting, climbing, running, etc.
There are front slash pockets at the hips and an additional slash pocket on each thigh. The front pockets are deep enough to carry a clip-it knife, money, ID without fear of losing your stuff. The lower slash pockets will readily carry pistol magazines or your cell phone without the bulk of a cargo pocket.
What sets these pants apart from other women’s “tactical pants” are the legs. They are taper cut to tuck into the tops of a fashion ankle boot. When you look closely at the outer seam you will notice a zipper from nearly the knee to the cuff. This allows the pants to become a boot cut pant for freedom of movement if you choose to wear the Wyldcats as a range pant. The added room will allow you to zipper the legs over a riding/western style boot.

5:11’s Flag T and Wyldcat pants washed and dried perfectly and looked good on the job or out and about.

As you can see 5.11 Tactical has put a lot of thought into the fit and function of the Wyldcat. These pants are tough, functional and designed for the active modern woman. At $74.99 they are competitively priced with fashion jeans that cannot go from a meeting to the range or hiking the local trails.
We did want to cover one piece of hunting/field gear, from one of the companies leading that market: L.L. Bean. The Women’s Technical Hunting Pack is built to fit a woman. It is not just a small man’s pack, which we have seen many times. This pack is built with a woman’s proportions and size taken into consideration. It is built for a torso length of 14”-20”, which believe it or not is average across the female back.
The Technical Hunting Pack features a large dual zipper main pouch with a liner and hanger for a hydration bladder; it will hold a 100-oz unit. On the outside corners are single elastic closure pouches for calls, scent, etc;.―things you need easy access to. This main pocket will hold a light raincoat and long sleeve shirt with room to spare. The back of the main pouch has raised contours for airflow and to reduce the weight of the pack.
Built-on to the main pocket is another dual zipper pouch. This pocket has a mesh zipper pocket, a bungee pocket, one hook-and- loop closure pocket and two elastic pockets. This pocket would be a good place to stow your gear you do not want shifting or rattling. There is a cloth lined pocket on this section of the pack to carry glasses, a small optic, camera, etc. At the bottom you will see a hi-viz orange slash pocket that stores a panel to keep you visible when walking in the woods.

L.L.Bean’s Women’s Technical Hunting Pack; (L) Inside the multi-pocketed front section and (R) is the back showing the contoured straps to wrap around a woman.

To secure larger items there are two tie-down straps on each side and the bottom of the pack. You should be able to carry scent lock type coat and pants with ease in these straps.
What sets the L.L. Bean Women’s Technical Hunting Pack apart from others is the shoulder straps. These straps are contoured and tapered to fit the curves and torso of a woman. Not just two padded straps that go from top to bottom of the pack. Even the chest strap has three attachment points for comfort and fit around your bust line. Unlike most men’s packs the waist band is not padded, you should find the 1-½” belt comfortable and supportive.
At $89.00 L.L.Bean’s Women’s Technical Hunting Pack is a good deal. From being built to fit a woman to the highly water resistant nylon this pack is built to carry your gear for years to come.
While we only covered a few items for this holiday season, Lisa and I hope this will help you find pants that will fit your shooting, casual and outdoor needs. We wish you all the best for the New Year, Merry Christmas, and Happy Hanukah.

 

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Ideas: From Coloring Book to Bathroom Solution!

An ingenious solution to the “how to go” problem.

By Lyn Bates,
Contributing Editor

Never fear a filthy, tiny or absent toilet again!
Are you or someone you know reluctant to try outdoor camping, van life or other activities that makes one ask, “Where do you go to the bathroom?”
Did you read my recent column, and Karen MacNutt’s about how the bathrooms one must use can affect your choice of gun and holster for concealed carry?
My article garnered some attention. Ginger Countryman, a Georgia woman, saw it and contacted me saying that she has the solution: pants that have a second zipper that starts at the middle of the waistband in back, and goes through the crotch to find in the middle of the front. You unzip it, squat or sit (depending on the facilities), pull undies aside with one hand, do your business, wipe with tissue in your other hand, and re-zip, all without unfastening your belt.

She has a patent, not on the zipper, which is an ordinary one, but on the way it is put into the pants. She can make custom pants from scratch or can modify a pair you already own. I asked her for both.
She made these beautiful jeans that work exactly as she said. The pants of mine she altered are also perfect. The zipper is invisible, and sitting or walking I never feel it, but when it is needed it works!
I call then P-Pants because that is what you can do while wearing them, without unfastening your belt. “Never get caught with your pants down” is her motto for these pants that truly solve a problem women have had for a long time.
Interested? Curious? She says she can make or modify nearly any style of pants. Talk to Ginger about making pants for you or altering a pair you already own.
Text or call her: 706-280-9590.
Adult coloring books have taken the world by storm. When I came across this book, Full Metal Coloring Book, by Kimberly Kolb Eakin, I had to try it, though I’m not a coloring addict.
It is written and illustrated by a woman who is a retired Army Sergeant, holder of four records in women’s outdoor shooting, and an expert bullseye shooter. She knows her guns, and pictures from a flintlock to an M4 Carbine. The pictures are detailed, beautiful, and accurate.
But there is so much more here than just guns.

Color your (gun) world!

The right hand pages are for coloring and show the guns in their context—people holding them, trees, animals, ammo, targets. The left hand facing pages give the type of gun, a paragraph or two about the history or use of the gun, quotes from everyone from Aristotle to Jerry Miculek, and websites for more information about the topics. Shooters like Tom Greshman, Tom Waddell, and Randi Rogers allowed themselves to be included. I learned some history and such about some guns I have never shot.
The book’s subtitle is “A Book of Down Range Reflection” It is not just about guns, it is about shooting, gun people, hunting, aiming, and storing. A wonderful gift for a child or adult.
Lamplight Press, $14.99 from Amazon.
In 1990, AWARE was just getting started. In 1991, I remember hearing about the Luby’s Restaurant massacre when it happened, and that a woman there, obeying the law, had a gun in her car, not on her person and that her parents died there. Her name was Susanna Gratia, now Susanna Gratia Hupp, and she has written about her whole life, not just her opposition to gun control, in From Luby’s to the Legislature (One woman’s fight against gun control).
This autobiography starts young. The picture of diaper-wearing Susanna with a belt, holster, toy gun and broadly grinning older brother is worth the price of the book, in my opinion. Her brother’s later experience with a BB gun was not what either of them expected, so I won’t spoil it by telling you about it.
Plinking was fun, and after Suzanna graduated from chiropractic school and set up her own practice, she got a .357 for fun and to have at home. A man who was a local prosecutor and a patient told her about some of the victims he had seen and made her see the necessity to being willing and able to use that gun. For years, she carried her gun almost everywhere and followed many other safety practices as well. She made a very fateful decision when she realized that she risked her job by carrying that gun, so she made what she later called “the stupidest decision of my life” and started leaving her gun in her car.
She had a happy, almost ideal family until that October day in 1991 when she and her parents went to lunch at Luby’s Restaurant in Killeen TX. There a madman named George Hennard suddenly drove his truck through the window, got out and started shooting people. He had a Glock 17 and a Ruger P89, and used both as he went through the restaurant killing 23 (half of those with shots to the head) and wounding 27. After those 50 victims, he finally shot himself.
Susanna had time, a position behind an overturned table, and a line of sight to the killer as he walked through the restaurant. She knew she he could have stopped him, but her gun was in her car not her purse! In the melee, Suzanna’s father was killed, another patron broke a window and Suzanna tried to get her mother out that way, but her mother stayed behind with her dying husband, and her mother was shot and killed, too.
In this book Susanna recounts not just her own life that day, but she has gone back to other folks like the restaurant manager, who had seen and done different things that day to make her story as complete as possible. She details her and her brother’s slow recovery from this tragedy.
She was interviewed by newspapers and TV news shows, as many as she could stand. She always explained that she owned a gun and could have stopped the slaughter if it had been legal to have her gun in her purse instead of in her car.
Her transformation into a candidate, a legislator, and one of the people most responsible for making concealed carry legal in Texas and elsewhere was something her father, a historian, writer and thinker especially about the Constitution, would be proud of.
Two of her concluding chapters, Rules for Being Interviewed and Affecting the Law-Making Process urge others, particularly young women to do what they can to make changes they see needed.
Published by Privateer Publications (privateerpublications.com), $22.95
I’ve been reviewing lock boxes, little safes that are designed to hold a loaded gun, for years. Some were good, a few were awful but they all had one characteristic in common: They were ugly.
Who cared about appearance when concerns like “Can a child or teenager open it?” “Can a thief

A high-tech lock box with multiple entry options.

pry it open?” “How fast can it be opened?” ”How hard is it to guess the combination?” “Can it be secured to something?” abounded.
I never gave consideration or points or credit for how these look until now. The GunBox, version 2.0 is a box with not only great features but also a really beautiful appearance. Its shape is rounded and soft, like a clamshell, not a corner in sight. The black wavy design on the cover has just a shield that serves as a touchpad (no logo, no name) and a rectangle for the fingerprint scanner. It looks modern and elegant. The box comes in six colors: Arctic White, Billet Grey, Carbon Black (matte), Gun Smoke (brown/gray), Pretty N’ Pink, and Raw Metal (blueish stainless steel).
Now, how does it work? There are three ways to unlock it, biometrics (fingerprints), RFID, and Bluetooth. If you don’t trust fingerprints, if you don’t trust batteries, if you don’t want to put an app on your cellphone, if you insist on a box with a physical key, or pushbuttons, then the GunBox isn’t for you.
I would not be comfortable with this box if it depended on fingerprints only, but I’m happy with the combination of alternatives they have provided:
Fingerprints—It is easy and fast to add a fingerprint to its memory. You press the shield to wake the box from sleep and navigate settings in the app to a button that says “Load a new fingerprint.” To start the process, press your finger three times for a second or two on the fingerprint scanner. Beeps mean success, chirping means try again. You have recorded one fingerprint. The memory holds 100 fingerprints, each taken with 3 scans so you can have several people, several fingers, each with several angles in the memory.
My husband has “difficult fingers” that fail many automatic readers like the ones they use to check your ability to buy a gun, although they work flawlessly on his iPhone 7. He cautiously gave this box a try. When his fingers wouldn’t record properly we tried changing the setting that provides security from “easy to read but less secure” to “most secure, but harder to read.” Level 1 let his fingers be read, and lotion on his hands helped him to open the box.
The medium security level worked for me. The more fingerprints you store, at more angles and other differences will help accessibility, especially for folks with dry skin.
To open the box, touch the shield to wake the box from sleep. The fingerprint scanner will light up. Press your finger there.
RFID—You will have a card like a credit card or a key fob that was programmed at the factory to open just this safe. To open the box, you touch the shield to wake it and waive the fob or card over the shield. This is the fastest and most reliable way to open.
Bluetooth—The free app on your cellphone has a big Open button that is easy to find and use. You just have to pair the phone with the box to get started, and provide a password.
In the dark you can easily feel the shield and see the fingerprint scanner. The box opens quietly on pneumatic hinges, automatically to its full position and stays open until you press it closed. A soft interior light lets you see what’s inside.
Other features: it has a motion alarm so you will know if a child or anyone else tries to move it. A history log of all interactions with the box. Aluminum, so at just over 7 pounds, much lighter than steel boxes, but still very strong. Can be fastened to a wall, table or floor. A USB charging port, so you can use that to charge you phone or anything else when you have this near your bed.
It is approved by TSA and FAA for transporting (unloaded) guns in checked luggage. It passes the standards to be “youth-resistant.”
The rechargeable lithium battery will last about a year. The app will tell you the battery level. To recharge just plug in the power cord for 2 hours.
Exterior: 11.6” x 10” x 2.7”. Interior: 8.75” 7.5” x 1.75”; $319 with fingerprint biometrics, $275 without: thegunbox.com.

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Ideas: Magazine Carry and a Timely Book

By Roger Lanny,
Contributing Editor

There are some immutable truths in this world: the only constant is death and taxes; never spit into the wind; it’s not if your hard drive (solid state drive) will fail, it’s when; and, if you carry a semi-automatic pistol for self-protection, you need to carry a spare magazine.
We all know we need to carry a second magazine―but where? Some are stuffed in the bottom of a pocket or purse, others are carried in an inside or outside the waistband holster.
If in the former, that mag just naturally migrates into the least accessible location and position. At the same time, some portion of the detritus you’ve painstakingly accumulated over the past eleventy-years, possibly including the Dead Sea Scrolls, will migrate into the magazine and work its way around the cartridges. Semi-auto cycling will not be enhanced.
Holsters tend to be bulky, need to be put on and taken off, and are not the most convenient. Also, they usually require wearing a belt.
Sometimes you look at something, stop, smack your head with your palm, and say―“Why didn’t I think of that?” Well, that’s what makes the select few entrepreneurs and inventors. And the folks at SnagMag invented a better way.
Their Concealed Magazine Holster is semi-skeletonized, and made of Boltaron, a plastic that’s giving Kydex a run for its money in the holster business, and many prefer.
The SnagMag is carried in the non-dominant side front pocket, with the magazine inserted bullets forward. As shown, there is a clip which holds it in place and prevents it from diving into the depths of your pocket, and looks to all the world like you’re carrying a pocket knife.
The SnagMag is slid to the extreme outside of that pocket. To draw your magazine, your index finger goes into the pocket along the front of the magazine, and applies rearward pressure as the mag is drawn upward. The thumb should also be placed onto the magazine.
This forces the “snag” into the pocket edge, allowing the mag to pull free of the SnagMag, which remains in the pocket. If they both do come out together, just drag the “snag” over your belt to pop it loose.
You will need to practice to do this smoothly and consistently. I did it about a dozen times (being a belt-holster person), and had it locked in. As Christine Rogers, the President of SnagMag LLC said:
“We encourage practicing the draw, as it requires a rearward motion so the built in snags have a chance to catch the back of the pocket’s fabric. This holds the holster in place while drawing the magazine. Takes a couple tries to get it down, but everyone should practice with their CC gear.”
SnagMag is a simple, convenient and effective method of easily and comfortably having that spare magazine with you.
You can order your SnagMag from their web site, amazon.com, or the glockstore.com, and they are also carried by several brick and mortar stores around the country; MSRP is $34.95.
Choose your shooting hand―right shooting hand (SnagMag goes into your left front pocket) or left (goes into right front pocket), and firearm make and model. At my last count, the SnagMag web site had 89 different Make/Model /Caliber/Size options listed―everything from the venerable 1911 to the Walther PPS.
The SnagMag carries a Limited lifetime warranty and is made in the U.S.A.
Massad Ayoob is well known as a teacher, lecturer and writer of some of the finest books on using firearms for self-protection, and the legal ramifications thereof. In this 256 page book from Gun Digest Press. Straight Talk on Armed Defense, he is taking on a new role, the editor of other people’s work.
Each chapter is written by a different contributor, all subject matter experts and renowned in their field. Some you might already know, others, you will be glad you met though this book: Dr. William Aprill, Dr Alexis Artwohl, Detective “Spencer Blue,” Ron Borsch, Craig “Southnarc” Douglas, Jim Fleming, Tom Givens, Marty Hayes, John Hearne, Chief Harvey Hedden (ret), Dr. Anthony Semone and, of course, Mas himself.
These legal experts, police, psychologists, trainers and more coalesce around a single theme: preparing for and surviving (physically, emotionally and legally) using a gun to protect yourself.
There is theory here, especially surrounding the newest knowledge of memory and why it is so often wrong when we are absolutely certain we’ve remembered things correctly. Dr. Alexis Artwohl lucidly explains what “inattentional blindness” is, why we all have it, and why it is particularly important when we are under life-critical stress. “Perfect perception and memory are not consistent with the biological limitations of the brain” she says, and continues to explain what kind of training is best and how things like timing after-event interviews can help you.
As stated, there is theory here, but not just theory. “Spencer Blue,” a veteran and police detective, provides details of 9 cases, several involving women, with the truest of experiences―not always good―and lessons you can learn from them.
A whole chapter is devoted to finding relevant training. A truly excellent part of that explains why one should be cautious of trainers who are recently ex-military: their mission and tactics often differ from those needed by private citizens. They have not been trained in self-defense law, they use primarily rifles not handguns, and concealed carry is not part of their experience. That being said, there are many excellent trainers with military backgrounds―this chapter will help you find them. Oftentimes trainers with police experience are usually closer to what private citizens need, but even there, there are caveats about what to avoid.
Even people who don’t like to read can get a lot from this book just by skimming the trenchant pull quotes on many pages. “The reason the total number of murders in this country is fairly low is not a lack of trying. It’s because of modern trauma care.” “She did not get the thumb safety off and pulled a dead trigger.” “Just as he did not have a plan to shoot, he did not have a plan to stop shooting.” “Do we have a right to alarm innocent people?” Dozens more like this make the most important points even more memorable.
Mas Ayoob has a chapter all to himself, on the armed lifestyle. It includes information on traveling armed and which websites to trust for information more timely than a printed book could ever be. It also includes his excellent 10 Commandments of Concealed Carry. MSRP is $21.95.
Disclaimer―I’ve studied with Mas, and consider him a friend.

 

 

Holiday Gift Ideas: Plenty of Goodies to Go Around

Voodoo Tactical has an excellent selection of medical bags and kits, large to small, for every first aid need.

By Diane Walls,
Contributing Editor

Everyone, shooter or not, needs some first aid training and the gear to go with it. With all the disasters that can plague us, manmade or natural, we all need to know something about taking care of injuries minor and major. It’s a good idea to have kits with basic essentials on hand to handle trauma and keep others alive until professional help arrives. Voodoo Tactical has a wide variety of medical gear bags and fully stocked kits to choose from in all sizes from small and portable to tuck into your range gear or vehicle, medium for your home or workplace, or large for excursions into remote areas or situations where help may be a long time coming. A loving gift would be a well-stocked kit and an offer to take a trauma treatment class with someone you care about. Go visit voodootactical.net/molle-gear to find what you need.

The AR Vault from Gunvault can be mounted to a closet wall or inside a cabinet that’s bolted to the wall for secure storage of your carbine close to where you may need to access it for defense.

The AR-15 carbine is an excellent defensive tool for your home. We need to keep it safely secured and still within reach for an emergency. The ARVault from Gunvault can be mounted to structural elements in a closet or a decorative cabinet anchored to a wall. It secures the gun from easy access by unauthorized people and can be quickly opened when the firearm is needed. Find out more at gunvault.com/ar-safes.

If a new gunbelt is on the list for someone you love, Bladetech solves the fit issue with their Ultimate Carry Belt. It has a ratchet fit strip built in for all the adjustability one could want to work around layers of clothing and mounted gear that can be frustrating to accommodate with standard belt holes. It comes in web in black or tan and black leather is a nice option for a dressier look. It’s available from Amazon or any number of sporting goods retailers. Surf online for the best prices.

Bladetech’s Ultimate Carry Belt has infinite adjustability to accommodate all your clothing options and gear.

Many self-defense techniques with firearms can be difficult to practice safely without the security of an instructor at a reputable training facility. Still, practice is needed to keep the skills sharp. Retaining the gun from someone trying to take it, taking a gun away from someone threatening you with it, searching your home while trying to rescue family members are all important skills too dangerous to practice with even unloaded firearms. An inert replica of your firearm is something that is valuable for any practitioner of the defensive arts and particularly valuable for those instructing these skills. Blue Guns has training replicas that approximate the weight of the real thing and fit Into holsters like the guns they mimic for realistic weapon retention and disarming skills practice or instruction. Check out blueguns.com for a look at their vast array of training replicas to find what you need and shop online for best prices from a variety of retailers.

Blue Guns has replicas of just about everything you could think of in guns to aid in safe training of skills too risky to use real guns.

Gun Tote’n Mamas is a favorite for a wide selection of beautiful and affordable carry purses and bags. New this year is their rolling range bag to carry all your range gear in style. It comes in black, burgundy or blue paisley microfiber or, if you really want to go all out, distressed buffalo leather. It is designed with big sturdy wheels to roll over any terrain, a protective dirt and scuff shield on the bottom that can be easily rinsed clean and a stout telescoping handle like any fine luggage. Inside are removable compartments for storage of your essentials: guns, ammo, eye and ear protection, cap, cleaning kit and whatever else you might find practical to take along with you to the range. See guntotenmamas/collections/range-bags for prices and look for deals.
If you’ve ever had a problem with a new leather or kydex holster holding onto your gun too well until it’s broken in, there is Quick Draw Holster Lube to the rescue. This spray product is safe to use on leather or synthetics and will not harm firearm finishes. It also doesn’t interfere with holster retention capability. What it does is smooth and clean the inside surface of your holster to make drawing easier and quicker (hence the name). I used this on a very snug leather holster that was new and unusable without break-in and could draw the gun as soon as the spray had dried. The product isn’t greasy or smelly. I plan to keep some on hand. Go to quickdrawgear.com to learn more.

Eye protection is a must whenever shooting. Finding the right glasses that will fit under your ear protection without breaking the seal or giving you a headache can be a challenge. Peltor Sport Securefit Safety Eyewear is designed with flat earpieces that flex to fit under muffs. They come in clear, yellow or smoke lenses for any conditions and can be had in a set of all three lens colors or singly. Check them out at www.3m.com for more info on all Peltor protective gear products. Shop online for best price on a pair of your choice or the set.
Anything that makes cleaning your guns easier is welcome on my work bench. Swab-its Firearm Cleaning Products are reusable sponge cleaning tips that soak up solvents and lubricants to give even coverage to your gun’s barrel from breach to muzzle. They come in many sizes for pistols, rifles and shotguns so your caliber is sure to be available. When they have done their work, they can be washed in some dishwashing soap and water and dried to be used again. Each tip holds up for approximately 15 cleaning sessions before it should be discarded as too soiled or tattered. They generate less waste and save money over time. Go to swab-its.com to find their firearms swabs as well as general use and even medical use swabs.

Quick Draw Holster Lube is safe to use for all types of holsters and firearms to smooth up the holster inside and speed up your draw.

If you have children in school or college, you know they need backpacks to carry all the books, notepads, writing instruments and all their other gear. You might also have that nagging fear that their school might be the one involved in the next shooting incident. Something to cover both problems and give at least a modicum of reassurance to students and parents could be the Guard Dog Bulletproof Backpack. These packs are good looking as well as utilitarian and, with a ballistic shield built in, can help protect vital areas of the body should the worst happen. Look at guarddog-security/practical-bulletproof-backpacks for information and shop online for the best deals from retailers that carry their products.

Swab-its Firearm Cleaning Products are reusuable up to 15 times after cleaning in detergent and water to save you money and do a thorough job cleaning your guns.

I recently received a pair of holsters from Clinger Holsters to try for everyday carry. They have a very nice pocket holster with a durable outside covering that sticks in your pocket when you draw and holds without moving around so it stays in position for a quick firing grip on your gun. It is sturdy enough to safely cover the trigger and soft enough to mold to an amorphous lump in the pocket that could be anything other than a gun to outside observation. It covers everything but the grips in a protective pocket that slows accumulation of pocket dirt in the workings of your pistol that we all find tends to accumulate when we carry daily. This holster, called the Comfort Carry, claims to be suitable for inside the waistband as well as pocket carry. I tried this with my usual trousers, no belt, and it did stay put when I moved around and didn’t pull free easily. It was, indeed, very comfortable. I wouldn’t feel comfortable using this option with baggy sweatpants that wouldn’t hold it firmly against me but with jeans, trousers or even a skirt with a waistband it would be an option for those who just hate belts or don’t want a clip to show that a gun might be present. A shirt could be tucked in over the gun to com

The Comfort Carry (top) and the Stingray (bottom) are two good daily carry holsters from Clinger Holsters that are very reasonably priced completely conceal it at the expense of requiring a little longer to access it. All this and the MSRP is $19.99.

Peltor Sport Securefit Safety eyewear fits well under earmuffs and comes in clear, yellow or smoke for any lighting conditions.

The second holster is their straight drop inside the waistband holster in Kydex to fit my 1911 pistols. I carry forward of my hip because of my build and arm length. I found this holster to be comfortable with or without a

shirt tucked in between skin and holster all day, standing, sitting or twisting. It does a good job of concealing and has a sweat guard to protect the gun from caustic perspiration. It is cut to allow for a solid, high firing grip on the holstered gun. The belt clip is very robust and holds firmly hooked over the belt through all kinds of bending, sitting or squatting movement. It has a tensioning screw to adjust for proper retention of the gun. It even came with spare screws in case you lose one. This one is called the Stingray. MSRP is $39.99.

Guard Dog Bulletproof Backpacks can offer an attractive way for students to carry their stuff around campus and some protection should a shooting incident happen near them.

The Comfort Carry (top) and the Stingray (bottom) are two good daily carry holsters from Clinger Holsters that are very reasonably priced.

Both of these holsters would be excellent choices and very reasonably priced. Clinger makes other holsters that I have yet to try. Visit at clingerholsters/shop-now to choose from their selection of holsters for your gun and carry style.