Gear We Love — from the Vertical Gun Rack to A-Zoom .380 ACP Snap Caps to the Fast Holster.
1» VERTICAL GUN RACK
This gun rack is deceptively simple: What appears to be a coated piece of steel is actually the most versatile gunhanging device you’ve probably ever seen. After you’ve decided the desired firearm orientation, simply affix it to a wall, tree stand, bulkhead or any other surface and you’re done. It’s flexible to fit all handguns and long guns (including bullpups) and is available in left-handed models too. Get yours at verticalgunracks.com.
MSRP: $19.95 (long guns) / $14.95 (handguns)
2» EAR SHIELD
Otis Technology’s new Ear Shield combines revolutionary new “Sound Reduction Chamber Technology” with a convenient, foldable frame. This hearing protection requires no batteries and makes firing line communication much easier as the plugs shield your ears from high-frequency noise while allowing you to still comfortably hear lower-frequency sounds like speech. See it to believe it at otistec.com.
3» A-ZOOM .380 ACP SNAP CAPS
These snap caps are precision CNC machined from solid aluminum to precise cartridge dimensions in order to provide extremely consistent, effective and long-lasting service in your pocket gun. They’re built for thousands of hammer drops and are essential for proper malfunction drills on the range and reload training in the home. Available in .380 ACP and other cartridges at azoomsnapcaps.com.
4» MOSSBERG 500 ENHANCED SAFETY
One of the oft-criticized components of the Mossberg 500 is its plastic safety switch. If you find yourself looking to replace a broken unit for any reason, consider this steel safety upgrade from Brownells. It is a completely drop-in modification and the knurled hardened steel adds extra surface for the shooter’s thumb for easier operation. It’s American made and available at brownells.com.
5» KERSHAW TX TOOL
If you’ve ever tried to adjust the fasteners on a knife, you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a tool for that now. The TX Tool from Kershaw corrals T-6, T-8, T-10, Phillips and slotted screwdriver bits, which all store inside the handle. The result is a very handy little unit that is available in plastic or aluminum at kaiusaltd.com.
6» FAST HOLSTER
Firearm Access System Technologies, manufacturer of the FAST holster, brought this magnetic unit to market in the interest of security and convenience. Three permanent magnets molded in Santoprene rubber come together to form a non-marring and extremely stable place to temporarily secure a firearm, especially in bathrooms and offices. Visit fastholster.com for ordering information.
1» 5-STAR J-FRAME SPEEDLOADERS
These American-made speedloaders are now available for J-frame Smith & Wesson revolvers. Milled from solid billet aluminum and with internal O-rings to reduce friction and need for lubrication, these five-rounders are available in a dozen colors and are ready to keep you and your gun ready for anything at 5starfirearms.com.
2» MEPROLIGHT R4E GLOCK SIGHT
The Optimized Duty Sight from Meprolight was designed by Special Forces veterans and allows a shooter to acquire a target extremely rapidly. It combines a traditional tritium dot-style front sight with a reticle-influenced rear sight and fits all standard double-stack Glock pistols. It is available in green and orange at themakogroup.com.
3» PRO HANDS TACTICAL
Shooting isn’t just about your trigger finger — it’s a whole-hand activity. The Pro Hands exerciser is the No. 1 hand-strengthening system available across all different professional worlds, including athletics, music and martial arts. This tactical model includes stops for the pistons under the non-trigger fingers, which allow shooters to concentrate on keeping their hands steady while pressing a trigger to the rear. It also includes a laser sight that helps shooters track their progress. Get yours at prohands.net.
4» FREEDOM JUICE
This odorless, environmentally safe CLP is approved for use on metals, woods, synthetics and rubber. It is also exceptional as an ultrasonic cleaning compound and for nonfirearm use, such as for lubricating fishing reels, outdoor gear and tools. Non-toxic and solvent-free, it is available for purchase at freedomjuiceclp.com.
MSRP: $24.94/4 ounces
5» RATCHETING GUN BELT
These EDC belts have no holes, can be cut to fit and include a limited lifetime guarantee. They adjust by quarter-inch increments for maximum comfort, are full-grain leather-clad and contain a military-grade core that prevents the stretching, sagging and “foldover” that can be so common with lower-quality belts. Five styles are available at ratchetgunbelt.com.
6» RIVERS WEST WOMEN’S FULL METAL JACKET
This garment combines comfort and concealment in an attractive, lightweight package. Featuring a super-soft Advanced Waterproof Fleece (AWF) exterior and a cooling Taffeta-lined interior, the jacket allows for convenient strong-side or cross-draw pocket carry. It’s available in black, olive or burgundy and in sizes XS to XL at riverswest.com.