4 Traits Every Great Concealed Carry Holster Should Possess

There are tons of holsters on the market. Most anyone who has seriously carried a handgun for any length of time has “the bin”. “The Bin” could be a card board box, Rubbermaid tub, or whatever other container the unsatisfactory holsters happened to land in. The reasons holsters end up in the box are many with comfort possibly being the lead reason. Poor quality is frequently one of the reasons. In an effort to help prevent people from going wrong here, I thought I’d toss out the three traits every great holsters should possess. Not only does this mean it should hold the gun securely, it should also stay attached to where you put it. It does no good to have a good holster if I can tear the holster off your body.

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Everyday Carry Prioritization or How Many Spare Mags Should You Carry

A discussion I saw recently focused around someone asking how many spare mags they should carry. I started wondering what other bases that person might have covered already, if any. It’s not uncommon to see firearms enthusiasts focused on a pistol or pistols and spare mags. But is this the right approach?

What Do You Carry Presently?

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The Case for the AR Pistol

                In general, I think most of us prefer our AR15 variants to have a stock. It grants more points of contact than we would otherwise have as well has makes it easier to deliver hits on targets with speed and accuracy. As much as most of us love to have that stock, there are instances where it can be a significant inconvenience if not a full failure. Let’s look at what advantages the pistol format has.

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A QUICKER SLIDE LOCK RELOAD?

Getting faster at things takes frequent practice. Other times, it takes finding a slightly different way to do things. Sometimes it’s combination of the two. Depending on your hand size and the platform you’re working with, there may be an answer that can help where reloads are concerned. I thought I’d share a slightly different approach to the empty reload that I picked up from Bill Blowers of Tap-Rack Tactical (www.tap-rack.com).

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TARGET TRANSITIONS IN THE REAL WORLD

The term “transition” as it relates to defensive shooting refers to the time interval between firing the last shot on one target and the first shot on the next target, i.e. how fast you can move the gun between targets. A skill that separates highly skilled shooters from less skilled shooters is the ability to do swift target transitions. However, in pursuit of maximum speed, this generally means moving the gun between targets in a straight line. But what if, in the real world, between bad guys there are innocent bystanders whom that straight line would cross? Pointing guns at people who don’t need shooting is generally frowned upon. Consider that if a gun doesn’t get pointed at a bystander then they can’t get shot directly. This article will discuss techniques allowing us to that.

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SHINING SOME LIGHT ON HANDHELD AND WEAPON LIGHT USE

Within the shooting community, there is some disagreement. I’m sure that comes as an absolute shock to some (please do note the tone of sarcasm there). about handheld lights and weapon lights. One camp, I’ll call the “EL” (enough lumens) camp and the other, the “ATL” (all-the-lumens) camp. The EL camp is all about “just enough lumens to not blind thyself but enough to do the job”. The ATL camp is firmly of the belief that we need all the lumens possible, in fact, I’m pretty sure some of these folks would pocket carry the sun if they could. To help clarify some things, I thought it would be helpful to explore the subject here.

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GRAHAM COMBAT’S KILLHOUSE

Matt explaining the next drill to the class.

I could see down the well lit hallway from the room I was in but the room at the end was dark and neither the Surefire XC1 weaponlight or the Fenix LD12 handheld light I was using were sufficient to illuminate the threat that I was fairly certain was lurking there, partly obscured by the open door to the room. At this point, I realized that while very concealable; my equipment came up a touch short. I had to move across the doorway on my side as quickly as I could. It wasn’t ideal, but it worked, this time. This was one of several great learning experiences I received from attending Graham Combat’s (www.grahamtradecraft.com) Killhouse Pistol class 2016 and I thought I’d share my experience with Dillon’s readers.

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Survival and Fitness

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but on the occasions I’ve been known to jog or pursue other cardio training, I’ve had some people ask me why I do such things. While it isn’t in my current regimen, as I’m focused on another fitness related endeavor presently, I’ve been known to only sort of jokingly point to the folks in Japan that had to flee the tsunami of 2011. Many of them had to flee on foot.

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Why Magazine Capacity Laws Are Dumb

So, today is food for thought. This post will essentially be preaching to the choir, but I hope that it is something people can use to sway the undecided folks in the direction of gun rights preservation.

How often have we heard the argument that lower capacity magazines mean an attacker will run out of ammunition sooner and present an opportunity for defenders to counter attack the attacker? It seems to be the gun control movement’s rationale behind magazine capacity limits. We also routinely see magazine capacity limits set at an arbitrary 10 rounds. Where that capacity limit idea originated, I have zero clue. If someone else does, please let me know in the comments.

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No One Is Coming To Save You

Graham Combat Killhouse

Recently there was a tragic murder in Utah of a college student at the hands of a stalker. Many reports had been made to campus police. There were all sorts of warning signs and yet, there was no meaningful intervention on the student’s behalf. The whole story is terrible and, sadly, serves to illustrate that you may not be able to rely on the police to protect you or save you. Your safety and well being is largely up to you. Consider that most times, law enforcement can’t really do anything until someone breaks the law.

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