While driving, I either have on my duty holster and belt or a strong-side holster. Neither can be presented with any alacrity while seated. For that matter, almost no method of carrying a handgun on your person—with the possible exception of a crossdraw holster—is very quick if you are seated. I tried mounting under my
It’s been said that having the right tool for the job makes all the difference. You wouldn’t try to drive a nail with a screwdriver, so why would you use a cheap imported one-size-fits-all holster for your carry weapon? I feel very lucky to be writing for S.W.A.T. for a lot of reasons, but mostly
I am sometimes asked, “What is the best holster?” The answer is first, what best serves your needs/mission; second, what is your personal preference in regard to aesthetics; and third, how well it’s made and fits the firearm. Cost should be the least of your concerns for a holster used for self-defense. I recently came
I have been writing for S.W.A.T. for over 16 years and have seen many holsters—some very good, others not worth the plastic bag I carried them home in. A holster has to do several things to make it functional. First, it needs to hold the weapon securely. Second, it must be quickly accessible—it does no
As much as I like leather holsters, ones made from Kydex® are easier to maintain and can be excellent for everyday carry or training. When it comes to Kydex, one of the most respected names in the industry is Raven Concealment Systems (RCS), which offers a full line of holsters for almost any mission. One
Back in December, I had the privilege of attending a class at Gunsite. The class was made up of 18 shooters and focused on revolver shooting with a little bit of lever guns. I feel right at home with revolvers and lever guns, and I jump on any opportunity I have to attend training to further my skills. I decided to take two seven-shot revolvers with me—a Smith & Wesson Model 686 Plus and a snubnose Model 617 Taurus.
I have been writing for S.W.A.T. Magazine for the past 15 years. I guess time really does fly. There is an old adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same. There is some truth in that. As a rancher, I wore my gun outside the waistband for years, and later switched
I have carried a gun most of my life. Even if it’s just to go to the drugstore in the middle of the night to buy cold medicine for my son, I go armed. I admit that in the past at two AM, I may not have had my 1911 with a spare magazine. More likely than not, it was a J-Frame with a speed strip. Those days are gone…
A lot of tactical tomahawks and axes are on the market, but the new 5.11 Tactical® VTAC® Operator Axe stands apart from the rest. It was designed in conjunction with Sergeant Major Kyle Lamb (Retired), who brings a wealth of real-world experience to its design.
When I was growing up, it was perfectly normal to see adults wearing a weapon. My Dad, Grandpa and Uncle were all peace officers before I was born. It was not until I was in grade school that I realized not everyone carried a gun.