Lawful Carry: Raven Concealment Systems Phantom Modular Holster

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… Read more »

Lawful Carry: DeSantis Thumb Break Scabbard

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… Read more »

Lawful Carry: DeSantis Speed Scabbard

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…

War Belts: Rigging Up for Battle

Carrying spare ammunition for both primary and secondary weapons, medical items, night-vision equipment, communications gear, breaching charges, and maybe a couple of grenades or flash bangs can add up to quite a combat load. And let’s face it, there is only so much space on plate carriers, body armor, or chest racks to mount and store these items.

Lawful Carry: Packing Big Revolvers

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.

Lawful Carry: DeSantis New York Undercover Rig

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.

Lawful Carry: Raven Concealment Systems Gear

Whenever I evaluate a holster for S.W.A.T., I wear it for at least three to four weeks, so I can present an honest, informed opinion. Those I find too bulky, of poor quality, or just plain uncomfortable for extended wear get thrown in a box. You won’t read about them here, as there is no sense in wasting ink on something I can’t truthfully recommend.