Gear We Love — from the UpLULA Pistol Mag Loader to the Wright Leatherworks Maverick Rig to the Sig Sauer V-Crown .38 Special.
1» UPLULA PISTOL MAG LOADER
Save wear and tear on your thumbs and wrists with the UpLULA, manufactured by the makers of the extremely handy LULA AR magazine loader/unloader. Not only does this small tool make loading most any 9mm, .357, .40 or .45 magazine a breeze, it also functions as an unloader and fits easily into any range bag. Head to maglula.com for purchasing info.
2» ENGEL BALLISTIC RESEARCH FRANGIBLE 5.56x45mm
These lead-free frangible rounds are ideal for home defense and steel targets. The projectiles themselves are designed to expand and break apart upon contacting hard surfaces, thus reducing the risk of ricochet or over-penetration. See the entire line of leadless EBR ammunition at ebrammo.com.
3» WRIGHT LEATHERWORKS MAVERICK RIG
This horizontal shoulder holster system allows you to carry a full-size sidearm and two magazines in style and comfort. The rig is American-crafted and available in coffee, walnut, mahagony and black at wrightleatherworks.com.
4» SSP PRESCRIPTION EYE PROTECTION
For a long time, you could either wear proper eye protection while shooting or see what the numbers on the target were as you scored them. Not anymore. SSP offers reading and bifocal safety eyewear for all tactical and casual applications. Head to sspeyewear.com to find what’s right for you.
5» ETYMOTIC GUNSPORT PRO
These high-definition electronic earplugs are no larger than traditional plugs but function like larger electronic earmuff units. When properly worn and activated, they reduce noises to a safe 25 decibels while magnifying non-harmful noises up to five times for enhanced awareness. They ship with seven different eartip units, a protective case and batteries. CCM readers can take off 10 percent at etymotic.com using the code EHP10TP.
6» SIG SAUER V-CROWN .38 SPECIAL
One of SIG’s newest offerings in its V-Crown line, these jacketed hollow-points are purpose-designed from the rim up for defensive shooting. The 125-grain JHP projectiles are ideal for self-defense, and SIG also offers a fully jacketed version for consistent defensive handgun training. Visit sigammo.com for additional information.
1» SOG RANGER PACK
This 12-liter pack is hydration-ready and MOLLE-compatible. Complete with external loop field, webbing lash points, top-grab strap and internal tablet sleeve, it’s ideal for work or play and is available at sogknives.com.
2» MISSION FIRST TACTICAL AR GRIP
The 15-degree angle of this AR grip allows for improved comfortvand control, especially for shooters with large hands. It’s designedvfor the M16/M4/AR-15/HK41 and is available in four colors at missionfirsttactical.com.
3» L.A.S.R. STATION
This setup can run the L.A.S.R. (Laser Activated Shot Reporter) software for up to 2.5 hours on battery life or indefinitely while using the optional charging bridge. This means greater mobility in your residence or other training environments. Ships with tripod, tablet, webcam and more. To learn exactly how the L.A.S.R. software interfaces with your SIRT pistol or other laser training accessory, visit lasrapp.com.
4» ELITE SURVIVAL CROSSROAD DISCREET ESCAPE BAG
Whether you use this bag as a range-runner or keep it loaded in case of emergency, its magazine pouches, holster compartment and modular main compartment are perfect for transporting lifesaving gear without broadcasting “GUN.” Available in black and coyote tan at elitesurvival.com.
5» WICKED LASERS FLASHTORCH
If your requirements for a flashlight include “must double as baton-sized impact weapon” and “must be able to serve as emergency fire starter,” then the Flashtorch belongs in your gear locker. It puts out an amazing 4,100 lumens of intense white light and its beam shines hot enough to fry an egg. Machined from military-grade anodized aluminum and running on a rechargeable lithium battery, it’s guaranteed for one year and is available at wickedlasers.com.
6» CHINOOK LIFE PACK
This “Basic” model from Chinook holds five vacuum-sealed basic “Life Kits” (nitrile gloves, SWAT-T tourniquet, compressed gauze, 6-inch trauma bandage, EMT shears and instructions) in an easily-deployable package purpose-designed for rapid access. Assess it and your other options at chinookmed.com.