From time to time, circumstances arise that result in a solid piece of gear being developed. In the mid-1990s, a California officer—whose jurisdiction included three interstates, an international airport, major truck stops and a rail line—identified the need for a new tool. This tool needed to be capable of prying and impromptu breaching, yet functional
If a gun and concealment holster cause pain and discomfort, most SWAT readers simply buy a new holster. What would you do, however, if most holsters jabbed the gun mercilessly into your ribs or hips, and comfortable holsters required voluminous garments to conceal the gun? Would that make carrying concealed harder? Welcome to the armed
Ignorance is bliss. What am I talking about? I had no idea what I was missing in terms of night vision capability or availability until my exploration of products from American Technologies Network Corp. (ATN). ATN produces one of the most diversified line-ups of night vision (NV) devices in the industry. ATN offers many other
Many women say they will never own a gun or have one in their homes. I’ve heard a lot of reasons why, but the most commonly cited reason is that they are afraid of guns—mostly because they don’t know how to operate them.
Many of us have a choice as to what type of weapon/support equipment we use. However, there are also a great many people who are stuck with guns, support gear and other essential equipment that is dictated by those who may not have a clue. One glaring example is a sling. That the sling is
From day to day, I carry a 1911. Most of the time it is worn strong side, either inside or outside the waistband, and for me this works very well. However, there are some individuals who do not have the opportunity to carry at their work. Some take the chance of breaking company policy and
Having the ability to repair your weapons in the field is of paramount importance. If attending a training course, it could be a matter of continuing to learn or being out hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars. If in a situation where your survival depends on your firearm working properly, it may literally be the difference
My grandmother—my Bobki—arrived illiterate from Poland when she was a teenager. She married young in a mill town, cleaned houses for income, lost her husband on Christmas Day when she was seven months’ pregnant with my father, and remarried a man who died not too many years thereafter. Between my Dad’s brothers, sisters, step-brothers, step-sisters,
In this column I have covered many products that conceal from inside the waistband, belt and shoulder holsters. However, all of these require an outer garment, and there are individuals who pick up on this. Cuff case and magazine pouch are constructed to look like a wallet when worn. I recall when a friend stopped
Over the past decade, I have evaluated some good holsters. On the other hand, I have also seen some horrible holsters. One thing I consider when evaluating holsters is the fact that many (if not most) are task specific—a thigh drop holster may be needed by some operators, but is not suitable for everyday carry.