Body Armor For Every Day Carry

Body Armor is no longer something reserved for the military and law enforcement agents. It’s a piece of versatile equipment that can give you the upper hand in a variety of situations. This is especially valuable today given the rising number of shooting incidents, terrorist attacks, random assaults and crime all over the US. But while most people are quick to arm themselves and stock on ammunition, few stop to consider the other side of staying safe – namely, equipping themselves with adequate protection.

Benefits of Everyday Carry

Even if you’re not expecting, under most circumstances, an imminent threat to your well-being or life, it is still common sense to be well prepared to protect yourself, your family and friends. Off-duty cops are among the largest user group of body armor in their everyday life given their knowledge of threats and the likelihood of coming in harm’s way.

Concealable body armor is therefore becoming more popular with those people who are regularly under a higher threat-risk, because they live and work in high-crime areas or are concerned with a specific threat from another individual or group of people. Having just a firearm alone in these cases will not be enough to ensure your safety, and quality soft body armor will enhance your safety level. Interestingly, Rich Davis, the founder of the original Second Chance Body Armor Company, invented concealable soft body armor it after being shot while delivering pizza. His intention in creating the armor was to provide protection for individuals who work in high-threat areas. So you can see how anyone can benefit from this type of equipment.

How to Choose Body Armor for Everyday Use

There are a number of things to consider when selecting body armor. There are many varieties and brands of armor on the market, as well as a wide range of price ranges. Finding the most ideal body armor for yourself can be a difficult task.

Threat levels and ballistic ratings are determined by the National Institute of Justice, which provides test-verified levels of protection so any purchaser (law enforcement or civilian) can make an appropriate choice based on their needs and context. As such, concealable soft body armor is only rated to stop various pistol or shotgun rounds. It can’t stop rifle fire from cartridges that will exceed pistol ballistics and penetrating power.

Level II is a popular choice for everyday carry as it has proven to be the best compromise between comfort, conceal-ability, and ballistic protection. This is particularly important for civilians who don’t want to draw attention to the fact that they are wearing armor. If you are a civilian under threat, you don’t want to advertise that you are protected as all exposed areas of your body will become a primary target.

If you want to make body armor a part of your personal defence plan, it is a good idea to actually purchase several. Buy them in different colors and styles to be able to discreetly match them with your wardrobe as well as rotate for washing. You can even consider getting one in overt style to be able to quickly slip it on top of your clothes if need be. Whatever you choose, be sure it fits you well depending on your physical build as this is crucial to your safety.


This post was written by Benjamin Atkinson, Communications Executive at Safeguard LLC. Ben is one of SafeGuard’s leading ballistics experts, and focuses on working with industry partners to provide updates on new research and developments in ballistic protection.

Concealment Express Glock 19/23/32 IWB Holster Review

Some information from the manufacturer (note that the specifics below are for the model tested, many other models available from manufacturer):
Hand Molded Adjustable Cant IWB KYDEX Holster for the Glock G19, G23, and G32 (Gen 1 – Gen 4). These minimalist inside the waistband KYDEX Glock holsters protect your weapon from moisture while remaining extremely lightweight and durable. They are the perfect all around holster for every day concealed carry of your Glock G19, G23, or G32. These holsters are comfortable enough for everyday use and very easy to hide no matter how you are dressed.
Not designed to be carried outside of the waistband.

Fits: GLOCK 19,23,32 (Gen 1 – Gen 4)
Holster Type: .08″ Kydex – Inside The Waistband (IWB)
Carry Position: Appendix Carry, Hip Carry (3/9 O’Clock), Back Carry (6 O’Clock)
Cant: User Adjustable From 0-15 Degrees
Retention: User Adjustable With Posi-Click
Belt Clip: 1.5″ Standard ABS Clip
Warranty: Lifetime Warranty
Origin: Made In The USA

My thoughts:
I had the privilege to test the IWB Holster model.

As tested, this holster retails for $64.95 — currently on sale for $34.95.

I feel that the price point is very reasonable for the product, and the sale price makes this a steal.

The holster grips the firearm very well, and does not have any rough edges or snags. The belt clip holds tight to the belt in a consistent position all day long.

This is just a personal preference, and not a detractor from the product — but I would like to see the kydex come up and cover the magazine release button. As a lefty shooter, the placement in an IWB holster places the magazine release on the outside facing away from the body. I did not have any issues with bumping in to things which would cause the magazine release button to trigger, but it is a possibility. Increasing the amount of kydex to add this feature would not increase the weight or bulk of the product significantly.

Recommendation:
I wholeheartedly recommend this product from Concealment Express. You can’t go wrong with this holster.

Ammo Incorporated Releases STREAK Visual Ammunition

AMMO, Inc. (POWW), a technology leader and premier American ammunitions manufacturer, today announced its newest product offering, STREAK Visual Ammunition. AMMO, Inc. holds the exclusive worldwide rights for the incredible patented technology used to make the STREAK products. STREAK is one of the most technologically advanced ammunition to hit the market in decades.

“We are beyond excited to bring STREAK Visual Ammunition to the market. Our acquisition of the exclusive rights for the STREAK technology is a game changer for both our company as well as the shooting industry. Once you shoot with STREAK and you can actually see your projectile travel throughout its path, you will be bored by shooting normal ammunition”, said AMMO, Inc.’s CEO, Fred Wagenhals.

Unlike conventional tracers, STREAK rounds are NOT incendiary, they don’t use burning metals to generate light. Replacing fire-hazard burning metals is non-flammable phosphor material that utilizes the light emitted during the discharging of the round to make STREAK glow. STREAK does NOT generate heat, making STREAK rounds safe to use in environments where traditional tracers are prohibited and can be a serious fire hazard.

The results are game changing in many aspects for the consumer, law enforcement and military.

The glowing material used is applied only to the aft end of the projectile, making it only visible to the shooter and those within a 30-degree viewing window. Military and law enforcement appreciate that unlike conventional tracers STREAK’s glow is not visible to the target.

STREAK ammunition is currently available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. The STREAK line will expand to include hollow points, a wider range of calibers and will be available in both red and yellow/green colors.

Safes Open Without Combination

One of Amazon’s top-selling electronic gun safes contains a critical vulnerability that allows it to be opened by virtually anyone, even when they don’t know the password.

The Vaultek VT20i handgun safe, ranked fourth in Amazon’s gun safes and cabinets category, allows owners to electronically open the door using a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone app. The remote unlock feature is supposed to work only when someone knows the four- to eight-digit personal identification number used to lock the device. But it turns out that this PIN safeguard can be bypassed using a standard computer and a small amount of programming know-how.

As the video demonstration below shows, researchers with security firm Two Six Labs were able to open a VT20i safe in a matter of seconds by using their MacBook Pro to send specially designed Bluetooth data while it was in range. The feat required no knowledge of the unlock PIN or any advanced scanning of the vulnerable safe. The hack works reliably even when the PIN is changed. All that’s required to make it work is that the safe have Bluetooth connectivity turned on.

Read the rest of the article: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/12/top-selling-handgun-safe-can-be-remotely-opened-in-seconds-no-pin-needed/

December 2017 Gun & Gear Contests

At the risk of reducing my own chances to win, http://www.weapon-blog.com/contests/ has been updated with all the gun and gear related contests that I am aware of for the month.

Go forth and win… As always, feel free to share wherever you can.

If you are aware of any that are not on the list, please submit the details on the contact form to get it added to the list.

Gunwerks Announces the Release of the GRB Bolt Rifle Action

Custom rifle manufacturer Gunwerks announced today that it will release the GRB bolt rifle action for the first time to the general public.

The GRB action is a complete ground-up bolt rifle action with a Remington 700 footprint, compatible with most Remington 700 inletted stocks. The 416 stainless steel body can be run unfinished or coated with a number of firearm coatings including Cerakote. Gunwerks’ proprietary Tri-Lock recoil lug provides the benefit of an integral lug action in a far more affordable package. The GRB action will be available at a similar price to a blueprinted factory action, but with many features of a premium custom action.

The action includes customer’s choice of a one or two-piece picatinny base with integrated 20 or 30 MOA, and will be available in right and left hand (limited left hand availability), short and long action, and standard or magnum bolt faces.

“So many have followed us for years with the dreams of someday owning a Gunwerks rifle. We challenged our engineering team to design an action that could be manufactured and sold as an affordable component without sacrificing the quality and performance we’re known for.” said Aaron Davidson, Gunwerks founder and CEO. “What resulted is the GRB action—an action with many features of our top dollar custom action less a few of the most expensive features. Finally, a product that makes our legendary design and engineering available in the form of an action platform that anyone can use for their next custom gun build.”

The Gunwerks GRB Action is available immediately via Gunwerks direct and in coming weeks through Gunwerks’ network of dealers.

Gunwerks, LLC is a Cody, Wyoming-based manufacturer and provider of premium long range hunting rifles, optics, shooting systems, training, and components Learn more at http://www.gunwerks.com.

How To Achieve Proper Sight Alignment & Sight Picture

Jerry Miculek Interview

Really like Jerry, and would love the opportunity to meet him in person.

Jerry Miculek is one of the greatest shooters of all time. Miculek began his shooting career over forty years ago and has collected multiple championship titles and world records along the way. We were able to gain a glimmer of insight into Miculek’s life and values with a three-minute, post-match interview.

Read the rest of the article: http://www.recoilweb.com/quick-interview-with-a-legend-jerry-miculek-130792.html

How to Choose a Best Tactical Fixed Blade Knife

What is Your Purpose with Your Fixed Blade Knife?

As with the fixed blade knife, you need to consider what you will be using your knife for. A best fixed blade knife can be used for many purposes, not just out in the wilderness. They make excellent prying tools and can break glass for instance. They do make fantastic tools out in the wild, and will help you for everything from dressing game to fire making. They are even make-shift screwdrivers!

Considering the Overall Length of the Tactical Fixed Blade Knife

The length of your blade must also be carefully thought of. If it is too big, it cannot dress smaller game or perform other precision oriented tasks. If it is too small, you can’t use it for larger tasks such as chopping pieces of wood. The recommended ideal length is nine to eleven inches long for best use.

Selecting the Blade Shape

There are many choices when it comes to blades. The drop-point is a multi-purpose shape. Serrated blades stay sharper longer, and are faster at cutting many things, including manmade materials. The gut hook is used for field dressing so that you can cut open the stomach of an animal. The tanto has exceptional strength when it comes to piercing tough materials. The chisel tip is prized for search and rescue missions because it is a great prying tool. Finally, the clip point uses the greatest amount of control in cutting as well as piercing.

Serrated or Non-Serrated Blade

As mentioned before, serrated blades are excellent for cutting quickly through tough materials, and much can be said for their usefulness. On the other hand, non-serrated blades can prove to be just as useful. Self-defense would be one good instance, whether it is from animal or man. Not to mention that a non-serrated blade cuts more cleanly.

Selecting the Blade Core Material

The main choices for blade core materials are high carbon steel and stainless steel. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. High carbon steel is one of the hardest elements you can find, so it is great for the edge retention of your blade. However, it does not have any resistance to rust. Stainless steel prevents rust and corrosion, but is much softer than its high carbon counterpart. It also helps to preserve flavor, with no hint of a metallic taste.

Sharp Pointed Tip Blades

These blades are great for self defense, and can be used as a hunting weapon, especially if mounted on a spear. It is also very handy for more common tasks, such as dressing fish or other small game, opening wild nuts or other edibles, gaining access to live bait in hard to reach areas, and many more. This is a great multi-functional tool that will help you in more than just drilling or notching.

Single Edge Blade with a Flat Ground Spine

Having a double edged blade can be more of a hindrance than a help. A ninety degree grind is preferred for a flat ground spine, and is excellent for striking ferro-rods. You couldn’t do this if you had a rounded or a beveled spine. There is a thumb rest for carving projects. It is also ideal for making shelters or splitting firewood.

Considering the Best Tactical Fixed Blade Handle

The tang is an important component of the handle, and is the part that is either covered in paracord or the knife’s handle. There are three different types. The full tang is the strongest of all the options, and is made out of a complete piece of metal. It is an excellent choice for a heavy duty fixed blade knife. The partial tang only has the metal going partway down the handle, and is the signature of a cheap knife. It is generally to be avoided. The final choice is the hollow handle. It is a weaker knife than a full tang, but you can store your gear inside.

Sheath Material

There are three types of material that sheaths are generally made of. A lightweight plastic that is so sturdy that it is nearly indestructible is called Kylex. Then there is nylon, which is also lightweight, durable and very inexpensive. Finally there is the classic leather. It is very tough, but not nearly as lightweight.

Reputed Knife Manufacturing Company

This is one of the easiest and major key tricks to find a best-fixed blade knife. Try to find a reputed knife manufacturing company who has decades of knife producing experience. Let me give you some popular brand name – Gerber, Ka-Bar, SOG, Cold Steel, Columbia River, Benchmade, Buck Knives.

Bottom Line

A tactical fixed blade knife (also known as a survival knife) is a critical tool when used properly. It will aid you in the wild, in emergencies and in self-defense. Make sure you research all the aspects before choosing the one that is right for you. If you do, it will serve you well for a long time to come.


Author Bio:
I am Calvin Alvarez, knife enthusiast and geologist, Co-founder of The Tactical Knives blog. I am always been bewitched by tactical knives. I use to writer here about tactical knife review, tips, tricks. You will find here world’s best tactical knife list with short and detail review.

Sig Sauer Safety Warning and Recall Notice

SIG SAUER, Inc. has determined that a limited number of rifles in the SIG716 DMR®, SIG516® Carbon Fiber and SIGM400® Predator models are subject to a Safety Warning and Recall Notice. Some models were built with a two-stage SIG SAUER trigger that may have an improperly heat-treated hammer. Over time, this could result in a trigger malfunction creating a significant safety hazard. SIG SAUER is issuing a mandatory recall to replace the hammer and trigger assembly in these specific rifles. This recall does not affect any military or law enforcement rifles or any SIG MCX®/SIG MPX® products.

SIG SAUER will correct any of the affected firearms at no cost to the customer.

The firearms affected by the recall can be identified by the presence of a SIG mark etched into the hammer.

More information: https://www.sigsauer.com/support/safety-center/rifle-safety-warning/