Ultimate Concealed Carry’s Prayer

I always carry an extra magazine in my left front pocket. Problems? I can’t put anything else in the pocket, and I’ve got a LOT of clobber to carry (e.g., flashlight, phone, keys, tactical pen, wallet, two knives). Also, the sharp bottom end of the mag tears a hole in my pants pocket. So I really like the look of the SNAGMAG. It uses the same pocket snagging system that makes my Emerson wave knife the fastest opening knife on planet earth. We’ve already reviewed it, and Nick seemed to like it, so I’m agitating to get one for myself as well Meanwhile, I found Ultimate Concealed Carry’s Prayer on their website. Which I’ll share with you (afta da jump). Do you say a prayer when you tool-up? I do. I pray that I won’t have to use my firearm. But God knows I’m ready if I have to . . .

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New from Asymmetric Technologies: ASP Shoulder-Mounted AR-15 Butt Stock and Magnet

Asymmetric Technologies has unveiled its Advanced Shoulder Pocket (ASP) system. It’s an “individual rifleman weapon stabilization system that assists a shooter to maintain a stable, repeatable and precise firing position with minimal effort.” In other words, you pop the ASP butt pad onto the end of your AR-15 and attach a shoulder strap thingie to your tactical LBE (load-bearing equipment) vest. The magnet in the buttstock links up with the magnet in the strap and BA-BAM! You’re locked and loaded . . .

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FLIR Brings Thermal Optics to the Masses with $3,500 R-Series

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Thermal optics are fantastic for those who hunt nuisance species like hogs, but they’ve always had one huge problem: the price. A typical thermal rifle sight has traditionally been in the same price range as a small car, which puts it out of the reach of the average shooter. The reason for that price is that thermal optics have usually been marketed primarily towards the military, with civilians a secondary consideration. Now, FLIR is introducing a line of thermal optics designed and priced specifically for the consumer — the R-Series.

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New From HPR Ammunition: Black Ops 9mm, .40 and .45 Cals.

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Yes, the gun biz may have peaked with the effects of slack demand rippling their way through gun manufacturers big and small, but one segment of the firearms economy that just can’t seem to catch up with demand is gun food. So another option is always welcome, right? HPR says when their new lead-free “Open Tipped Frangible” Black Ops personal defense loads enter a target, “the jacket and core separate with furious force of impact, resulting in mass force trauma.” Translation: this has ShootingTheBull410 written all over it. We’ve asked for samples so the maestro can put HPR’s newest through its paces. Press release after the jump . . .

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SIG SAUER Announces Redesigned Webstore, More Branded Merchandise

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If you’re one of the legion of certified SIG SAUER honks – and why wouldn’t you be? – filling out your Christmas ‘want’ list this year just got a whole lot easier. As has the shopping experience. SIG’s just announce a redesign and re-launch of their retail web portal selling all manner of branded gear to fit and complement your favorite SIGgy heater. They’ve also cut the cost of shipping and it’s now free if you buy more than $100 worth of stuff. Press release after the jump . . .

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Question of the Day: Is Your Gear Simple Enough?

P10 Tail Cap with Direct To Strobe key (courtesy blogpredatorbdu.com)

“If you are looking for compact and practical,” blogpredatorbdu.com writes, “Nitecore is releasing their new P10 Flashlite utilizing the Keep it Simple Stupid Principle. The flashlight sans batteries comes in at less than 3 ounces with a top output of 800 Lumens. One of the key features honing in on the K.I.S.S. concept is the direct to strobe function with a press and hold of the dedicated mode selector at the tail cap.” Nope not seeing it (so to speak). When adrenalin’s flowing, fingers turn to flippers and mental processing abilities disappear. Your finger’s gonna just jam on the tailcap and . . . that’s all. I’ve got the same operator error worries about the external safety on my 1911. And the opening mechanism on my EDC knife (now an Emerson wave-enabled blade). Laser on my gun? Training only. Home defense shotgun? Semi-auto not pump. How K.I.S.S.-able is your kit?

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Self-Defense Tip: Don’t Neglect Your Gear

“One of the biggest no-nos when it comes to holster care is leaving your holster in a hot car,’ Randi Rogers blogs at comp-tac.com. “Your average car, left unattended, closed up and not running, will reach an interior temperature of roughly 140° Fahrenheit after just 90 minutes. This is not only dangerous for anyone who may be in your car, but this amount of heat can severely damage your holster or magazine pouch if left out.” Randi’s talking about Kydex holsters, specifically, that can warp in the heat. She recommends wrapping them in a towel or suchlike and stashing them as low in the car as possible. But let’s face it, there are lots of ways your guns and gear can go bad . . .

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New From Rio Grande Custom Grips: Compact/Officer 1911 Grips

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Chinese new year doesn’t come around again until February. But if you want to be sure to honor your ancestors in style, you’ll want to get your order in for these red dragon-emblazoned 1911 officer-sized stocks from Rio Grand Custom Grips now. Wait, you don’t observe the lunar new year? Not to worry. Rio Grande makes these in about 90 different styles including leopard skin, smiley faces and Madras plaid. Press release after the jump . . .

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New from SureFire: X400 with Green Laser, XM Tailcap for Scout Lights

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Gearscout has scouted-out two new products from SureFire that look like sure fire hits. The $790 X400 rail-mounted light now comes with a green laser. “In addition to being highly visible, the five-milliwatt (505 nanometer) green laser of this new X400 Ultra is generated by a green-laser diode, making it more reliable over a wider temperature range than double YAG green lasers on the market.” ‘Cause operators operating operationally need both arctic and equatorial reliability. In terms of actual operation, try this [from the SureFire product page] at home . . .

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3 Reasons Why Outside-the-Waistband Holsters Are Better Than Inside-the-Waistband Holsters (And 3 Reasons Why They’re Not)

There are as many ways to carry a firearm as Israeli models worthy of linkage. But just as Bar Refaeli and Esti Ginzburg stand apart from their comely colleagues, inside-the-waistband (IWB) and outside-the-waistband (OWB) holsters are the go-to options for concealed carriers. Adherents of either method can choose from a wide range of holster designs and materials made by manufacturers chasing an elusive mix of comfort, reliability, efficiency of presentation and affordability. I’ve made my choice: outside-the-waistband. YMMV but here’s why I reckon OWB beats IWB . . .

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New from CarniK Con: Operator Nutrition Facts Shirt

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I enjoy the videos coming out of CarniK Con. Entertaining and often educational, they’re the thinking man’s FPSRussia. And now they’re making their own T-Shirts. The man behind the channel was showing off some of their latest creations at SOFIC last weekend and one shirt in particular caught my eye: the Operator Nutrition Facts shirt. Probably not appropriate attire for Sunday mass, but definitely entertaining. This is apparently just the first in a line they’ll be rolling out and if the shirts are as subtly humorous as the videos they should be a hoot.

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How to Defeat Stack-On Gun Safes

On one hand, OMG! Why in the world would TTAG republish a YouTube video that tells bad guys how to break into a gun safe? On the other hand, the only cure for bad safe information is good safe information. And c’mon folks. Anyone who thinks a sub-$100 gun safe offers impregnability needs a wake-up call. Especially if they haven’t properly schooled their children on gun safety. When it comes to protecting your guns, use the same strategy as you use to protect your family: layers. Vigilance, sturdy windows and doors, home alarm, dog, etc. Oh and location, location, location. While the antis rightly lambasted our good friends guns.com for their article on hiding guns around the house (since 404′ed), there’s nothing wrong with hiding your gun safe. Or safes. More on that later . . .

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Winner of TTAG EDC T-Fit Ankle Holster Contest: 79Slider

Winner TTAG EDC (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

Aside from the Batman camera angle, this picture is more than slightly queasy-making. The ankle rig in question – which belongs to TTAG reader 79Slider – takes a tough extraction issue and makes it tougher. You’ve got to get a grip on the security strap (which looks small and slippy to me), release the snap, make sure the elastic springs out of the way and then draw. I’m thinking the Telor Tactical ComfortAir T-fit Ankle Holster‘s velcro strap is a better bet. Others may be thinking that an ankle holster – any ankle holster – is a matter of making the best of, the best of, a bad situation. Anyway . . .

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