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Concealing Larger Firearms

Larger Semi AutoConcealing a weapon on a day to day basis can be a challenge. Choosing the proper weapon for comfort, and more importantly concealment, can often be a compromise in firepower. The advent of concealed carry is here and its explosive growth this last decade has produced an entire line of small pocket pistols chambered in rounds like .22 25 32 and 380.

The Dilemma of the Pocket Pistol

Outside of the .22, the 25, 32, and 380 weren’t exactly big contenders in the firearms ammunition market until recently. The 380 has always had its place in small guns, but in the past we weren’t seeing very many capable defensive loads, or options for effective loads.

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Review of the Bersa .380 – Best Holsters for the Bersa .380

Bersa .380The Bersa .380 has caught fire in the American market as an excellent concealed carry handgun. The Bersa 380 is a copy of the famed Walther PP, PPK, and PPK/S pistol series of pistol made famous by James Bond. The Bersa 380s are almost direct clones, but retain their own small touches on improving the Walther design.

Overview of the Bersa .380

The Bersa 380 is a small and capable pistol chambered in the ever growing and ever popular 380 acp cartridge. The Bersa 380 is a single stack handgun that comes with one seven round magazine. The weapon is incredibly thin and very light weight. This aids greatly in effectively concealing a weapon, especially for those of smaller statue.

When it comes to carrying the Bersa 380, the gun just disappears. The light weight makes it disappear and the thin profile keeps it extremely comfortable for all day carry. You can basically forget it’s there while you’re carrying it. The Bersa is very easy to pocket carry with the proper holster like the Blackhawk or Bulldog pocket Holsters.

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Top 3 Holsters for the H&K USP Compact

Blackhawk SERPA Holster USP Compact

Blackhawk SERPA Holster USP Compact

BlackHawk Serpa Holsters

The Serpa series has proven itself extremely popular with the people of the gun, and is a great holster choice for the USP compact. This includes police, everyday Joes, and the military. In fact the SERPA series is one of the most popular holsters with the United States Military. The Serpa series are built from a polymer material known as kydex. This material is not subject to the same weaknesses leather has like moisture, ripping, or shrinkage.

The Blackhawk Serpa USP Compact series uses an active retention device that must be defeated before the weapon can be drawn. The Serpa uses a push button device the button is placed where the trigger finger naturally falls when the shooter is drawing. This keeps the weapon from falling out, and keeps unauthorized users from trying to take your weapon in a scuffle.

The Serpa series is also incredibly modular. The holster can be mounted to a paddle, or belt loop style mount for outside the waistband carry. Additionally the weapon can be carried in a leg rig that the Serpa series can easily transfer to. Blackhawk also has a MOLLE mount to allow the user to mount the sidearm to any part of a plate carrier. Most recently announced is a Serpa shoulder rig.

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Best Beretta 92 Holsters

Beretta 92fsThe Beretta M9, also known as the Beretta 92fs, is the pistol that won the 1980s contest to supply the American armed forces with a new pistol. The Beretta outperformed every model except the SIG P226 which tied for first. The Beretta won by being a good bit cheaper and featured a manual safety.

The Beretta M9 also populated the holsters of police officers across the country as one of the most popular wonder 9s. The weapon quickly became famous after being used extensively in Die Hard and to a lesser extent the movie Cuffs.

The M9 or 92F has made its mark on the American arms market and is still quite popular with both civilian shooters and law enforcement. The military has fielded the weapon now for twenty years give or take and has remain generally satisfied with its performance.

The weapon has served extensively in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and a common complaint is the ball ammo the weapon has to utilize under current military doctrine.

The M9 is a double action / single action design. The initial double action pull is somewhat long, but it not heavy or resistant. The single action is very crisp and lightweight. The Beretta M9 is a 9mm with a fifteen round magazine, but 17 and 20 rounders are also available. The Beretta 96 is a 40 S&W variant of the weapon and has been adopted for police use, but not military.

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Best Holsters for CZ Pistols – CZ 75 and CZ 2075 Rami

CZ 75 PistolThe CZ 75 pistol is legendary in its own right. While it’s more popular in Europe it’s gained quite the following the United States. Famed pistolero Colonel Cooper said the CZ 75 featured the best ergonomics he had ever felt. He advised the CZ 75 chambered in 10mm would be the greatest combat pistol in the world.

The CZ 75 was made behind the Soviet Iron Curtain in what is now the Czech Republic and patented only in the Soviet Union. The gun makers in the Czech Republic are actually quite renowned and often credited with producing the best weapons in the Soviet Union.

The pistol is now the most widely copied pistol in the world. The CZ 75 is made in the Czech Republic of course, in the United States, Italy, Turkey and the list goes on and on. The CZ 75 is a combination of the two famous pistol designs, the SIG P210 and the Browning Hi Power.

The designer combined two legendary pistols hand picking features from each to produce a masterpiece of design. The CZ 75’s slide rides inside the frame rails rather than outside which is a feature taken from the P210.

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Taurus Judge Product Review – Best Gun Holsters for the Taurus Judge

Taurus JudgeReview of the Taurus Judge

The Taurus Judge arrived on the scene as the boringly named 4510 revolver. In 2006 Taurus made a brilliant marketing move after discovering a number of South Florida judges were carrying the 4510 as a means of defense inside the courtroom.

After discovering this, Taurus’ marketing team must have thrown their hands in the air and yelled Hallelujah. The weapon was rebranded as the Taurus Judge. Since then the weapon has exploded in popularity and the Taurus Judge has spawned a variety of different models. From the revolving carbine and laver action carbine models to the polymer public defender, the Field Judge, and the Raging Judge Magnum, the Judge is everywhere.

What makes the Judge so unique is its ability to fire .45 Colt and .410 shot shells. Traditionally shotguns aren’t revolvers, and they definitely aren’t pistols. So the Judge was seen as quite the novel concept. First off the judge is a big revolver with a cylinder near the same size as the standard 3 inch barrel, and in the case of the 3 inch chambering the cylinder is the same length as the barrel.

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What is the Blackhawk Serpa Holster

Blackhawk Serpa Holster

Blackhawk Serpa Holster

Blackhawk Serpa – An Overview

Blackhawk Company has been incredibly successful in the past few years with their line of tactical gear. Blackhawk was started by a Navy Seal with a poor experience with his military-issued gear, who then dedicated himself to making mission-ready gear for our country’s armed forces and Police agencies.

The story goes that in a minefield in 1990, a Navy Seal was watching his step (and his butt). His pack failed and sent his gear tumbling everywhere. He made a vow if he made it back he would make gear the right way.

BlackHawk was born and since then, they have been steadily increasing their line of products to include everything from packs to gloves, slings, and even holsters.

Blackhawk was the first largely successful company to produce a kydex holster featuring an active retention mechanism. The holster was adopted by the United States Marines who issue it for their Beretta M9. Multiple police agencies and even federal level law enforcement issue this to their officers and agents.

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Best Holsters for the Smith and Wesson 500

Smith and Weeson 500The Smith and Wesson 500 revolver is the most powerful factory revolver being produced at this time. The 500 cartridge is extremely powerful and allows for handgun hunting or nearly any animal in North America.

The 500 cartridge is an extremely capable round and one would be hard pressed to find a better round for bear country. The 500 has risen in popularity and become a go to gun for extreme survival in rough country with rough critters.

Holstering an S&W 500 takes a tough and purpose built holster. The Smith and Wesson 500 is staggeringly heavy for a handgun, and the typical holster just won’t do.

There are very few waist holsters that are capable of carrying such a weapon, and even with a proper waist holster one would need a helluva good belt to support it, this is especially true of the larger Smith and Wesson 500 revolvers with barrels in excess of 8 inches.

Often one has to resort to a chest rig style holster to ensure proper support of the weapon. Without a proper holster for the Smith & Wesson 500, carrying a weapon of this magnitude can be extremely difficult and uncomfortable.

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Glock 29 Review – Best Holsters for the Glock 29

Glock 29Review of Glock 29

The Glock 29 came to be in the early 90s shortly after the premier of the 10 mm round. The 10 mm round itself is somewhat obscure to modern gunners.

The 10 mm reached its peak in popularity when the FBI adopted it as their standard round, and Miami Vice began to feature the ill fated Bren Ten. The 10 mm was brushed aside with the advent of the 40 S&W, but still has a devoted and cult following.

The Glock 29 is supposed to be a sub compact 10 mm variant to be used as a back-up weapon for law enforcement and a concealed carry firearm for civilians.

The Glock 29 is much larger and heavier than the traditional baby Glock like the Glock 26 and 27. The Glock 29 falls in the middle of the Glock compact models like the 19 and the glock subcompacts like the 26.

The Glock 29 holds ten rounds of 10mm and is capable of accepting 15 round Glock magazines. The grip is rather smallish and a pinky can just barely hang on to it.

The main complaint I have about the Glock 29 is the grip. If it was a hair longer it would have been much more comfortable to fire such a powerful round. A Pearce pinky extension works wonders though.

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Kydex Holster Showdown

Kydex HolsterKydex is one of the most popular materials for holster design. Kydex is a polymer material capable of being molded into a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Kydex holsters have become the pre dominant holster material within the U.S. and has been widely adopted by both the police and military.

Kydex holsters offer numerous advantages over leather including durability, strength, adaptability and resistance to the elements.

Kydex gun holsters have proven themselves capable and reliable in environments across the world, and is not affected by sea water, dirt, and extreme temperatures.

The ability to mold kydex easily on a large production scale has resulted in cheaper holsters that are still custom molded for weapons.

Kydex holsters also tend to be much more adaptable than leather holsters and can often be adapted to change the cant, or in some case be mounted to multiple platforms for different methods of carry.

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Walther P99

Walther P99 James BondWalther is a legendary company that has been producing weapons for more than half a century. They developed the famed Walther PP, PPK and PPK/S that filled the hands of decade’s worth of police, concealed carriers, and of course James Bond.

Walther has always kept up with modern trends and has produced some of the most famous and most infamous pistols in the world. They supply a large amount of European police forces with their service pistols.

Walther P99

Walther P99

Overview of the P99

The Walther P99 is Walther’s entry into the modern polymer pistol market. The P99 was intended to replace the aging Walther P5 and Walther P88 still in use by police forces. Walther set out to design a polymer frame pistol to cut production cost and cut weight in a full sized pistol.

The Walther P99 was designed on the familiar double action and single action that Walther made famous with the PP series of pistols. The main difference being the lack of a hammer and the use of a DA / SA striker fired system. This DA / SA function allows the weapon to have a double strike capability, something not present on pistols like Glocks.

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Holsters 101 – How to Buy Holsters

IWB Gun HolsterGun Holster Guide – An Overview

These days, the amount of holsters out there can create a bit of confusion and can often leave someone wondering what is right for them with so many options out there.

A lot people new to concealed carry may not even be aware of alternative options. All this can end up with a lot of wasted money of holsters that don’t work and aren’t right for the user.

This post is going to cover the basic holster designs, holster methods, and the needs and methods of carry they address. Examples of quality versions of these holsters will be provided to give the reader a better understanding of the holster and how it can best serve them.

These examples are in no particular order, and the first and last are not a list of best to use first, or vice versa, just the best method to put them together.

First one needs to understand the most common materials used in making holsters.

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Shoulder Holsters Review – Gun Holsters Unlimited

Galco-Miami-Classic-HolsterHistory of the Shoulder Holster

The shoulder holster method of carry is much older than people realize. It appeared in the old west, being a favorite to hide a spare gun in some primitive leather sling and holster combination.

In fact, rumors say Doc Holliday carried a revolver in a shoulder holster every now and then. The shoulder holster made its appearance during the revolutionary war as a more comfortable way to carry while saddled on horseback or riding in a cart.

Also, one could assume an early version of the shoulder holster was used by the good old pirates off the Carolinas and Bahamas in variety of ways. The brace of single shot black powder pistols worn by our favorite and most romanticized outlaws.

Why Are Shoulder Holsters Popular?

The shoulder holster was a favorite of private detectives as well (or at least that’s what pop culture from the time would like us to believe). The shoulder holster was made even more famous by Steve Mcqueen in Bullitt, who interestingly enough was partly based on famed detective David Toschi and actually mimicked his style of ‘speed’ draw should holster.

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Kydex Holsters vs Leather Holsters – Which One is Best?

Leather HolsterLeather Holsters

Leather has been the primary method of carrying a firearm since the dawn of firearms. From a pirate’s brace of pistols to the holster of the cowboy, leather has dominated. Leather has been utilized throughout the decades as the go to material for holsters.

Leather has been spun into every kind of holster imaginable, from belt to ankle and up to the shoulder holster. Every branch of law enforcement has some form of leather holster from the local Sheriff’s departments to the FBI; leather is everywhere.

The phrase clearing leather, meaning to draw your weapon, is applied universally no matter what material your holster has actually cleared. There is reason for this.

Leather is easy to mold, is extremely tough, while remaining lightweight. Leather can be molded easily to a custom fit for firearms. Leather is tough to break and tear, and is lightweight, hardly adding any weight to the task of carrying a gun.

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Different Types of Gun Holsters for Concealed Carry

Concealed Carry Gun Holster

Concealed Carry Gun Holster

Concealed Carry laws in the United States have gone through a great deal of change in the past 10 years. As of this writing, at least 39 out of 50 states have what is known as “shall-issue” laws on record with regard to issuing concealed weapon permits.

This means that a law-abiding citizen who is not prohibited from owning a firearm can successfully apply for a permit to carry one. Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming and Vermont do not require any permit for concealed carry and a handful of other states may be following this lead.

Of the remaining states, Illinois is the only one which completely prohibits concealed carry. Concealed carry permits may be applied for in New York, California, Hawaii, Delaware, Maryland, Rhode Island and Massachusetts; however the applicant must meet additional conditions or show a “need” to exercise their constitutional right to bear arms. This can range anywhere from exorbitant fees, to proof of transporting large sums of cash, celebrity status, or the applicant having their life threatened.

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