Gear Review: Can Can Concealment Corset Holster

Can Can Concealment corset holster (courtesy Sara Tipton for The Truth About Guns)

Can Can Concealment sells the BIG SheBang concealed carry rig I reviewed last June. The five-star holster garment is cute, easy to use, comfortable and efficient. The Can Can Concealment corset holster is roughly the same design and style in a full upper-body tank top, positioning firearms in the small of a woman’s back. The fact that the corset’s currently out-of-stock tells you it’s popular. But is it worth the wait? . . .

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Gear Review: Rifle Basix SAV-1 Trigger


I know what you’re thinking. The AccuTrigger is perfect. It’s the literal embodiment of American ingenuity and bootstrappy innovation. I’m not saying you’re wrong because I think the AccuTrigger is a really good trigger that has forced other companies (ahem Ruger) to fix the triggers in their bargain priced guns. And out of the box, the AccuTrigger’s a fine 3.5 to 6 pound bangswitch. However, when you attempt to tune it below a pound, like Savage did with the LRP model, it becomes a finicky little thing. Enter Rifle Basix and their SAV 1 . . .

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Gear Review: Blackpoint Tactical M.A.P. Magazine Holster


Our dear leader is a big fan of carrying an extra magazine. Not a spare, but an extra. The way he figures it, a magazine is the most likely thing to fail, so carrying another one is a smart move. The issue that I soon encountered carrying an extra mag is likely the same everyone runs up against — where do I put the damn thing? Blackpoint has an option with their M.A.P. that might fix what ails ya’ . . .

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Gear Review: HI VIZ AK Front Sight

HiVizfront sight

I really enjoyed my AK47 build with the folks at the Dead Goose Society. In fact I’m looking at my next AK build now, this one just bought straight from DGS. But even though I was getting solid two-inch groups at 100 yard with my AK, it was pretty hard to do with the stock sights. Even after polishing up the front sight and then putting some nail polish on it, those sights are just plain hard to see. Frankly, they left me with new appreciation for the people who shot at me with those guns with any accuracy at all. They are hard to see in slow fire, and just damn near impossible in fast transitions or in low light . . .

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Gear Review: Next Level Armament Charging Handle

Next Level Armament Charging Handle (courtesy Tyler Kee for The Truth About Guns)

I know what you’re thinking: a charging handle review? You can’t truth the handle! Yes. Yes I can. I’ve gotten to a place with my AR builds where subtle changes matter more. I’ve found a good barrel manufacturer, ammo I like shooting and furniture that’s ergonomically excellent. If I set out to build another gun tomorrow, the big parts would be pretty well handled. So to speak. As for the charging handle, I now know I want to go big and go home . . .

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Gear Review: Vortex Diamondback HP 3-12×42


Putting an optic atop your rifle of choice might just be as personal a decision as which caliber you decide to use. Ultimately, you’ll never reach consensus with your shooting buddies and before long, you’ll be East vs. West Berlin. At some point, you just buy a scope, plop it on your gun, and shoot around with it a bit to see if you like it. Kinda like selecting a holster, only more expensive. Given my work with TTAG, a couple times a year, I get questions about optics. Recently, more and more people have been proactively bringing up Vortex’s line of scopes. Having never spent any time behind Vortex glass, I called out to them and asked, “Which scope of yours should I shoot?” They sensibly asked in return, “What do you shoot?” I gave them some details and before long I had a Diamondback HP 3-12×42 in my mailbox . . .

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Gear Review: Rubber Dummies


The armless, legless, bullet hole-ridden white dude you see above is 30 lbs. of recycled rubber target shooting action from Rubber Dummies. These 3-dimensional torso targets are expected to survive a good 4,000 or more hits. They provide for more realistic self-defense training than flat paper targets are capable of, and are quickly and easily “reset” so fresh bullet impacts are clearly visible (a la “Shoot N See” type targets). I picked up a single target starter package in late summer, and so far. . .

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Gear Review: ZeroBravo REOS (Rapid Engagement Offset Sights)


A lot of us have iron sights set up to co-witness with a primary optic, mainly as a backup in the event the optic fails, but co-witnessing like this doesn’t work if that optic is magnified. Traditionally, the product solution offered has either been a quick release on the optic mount or a set of offset sights — an otherwise-normal set of irons that hangs off a rail section at a 45° or other angle. ZeroBravo has taken quite the departure from tradition with its REOS — Rapid Engagement Offset Sights [not to be confused with ROUS, which definitely exist] — in order to provide simple, rugged sights that act both as backups and as a faster option for short ranges that can be difficult to engage with a magnified optic. . .

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AR-15 Flash Hiding Test #2


As a follow-up to the AR-15 Flash Hider Shootout, test #2 here adds a variety of new flash hiders to the mix and also includes a lot of combination devices and even some straight-up brakes and comps. So, yes, for the pedants out there this is a “flash hiding” test, not a “flash hider” test. We received a lot of comments from people more curious about how the all-around muzzle devices and brakes fare than how the dedicated FHs do, so there’s a good mix of contenders here. Once again, not only did we capture photographs of each device in action, but with the use of a trick light meter we were able to record actual brightness measurements and scored some real, objective data . . .

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