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Gear We Love — February/March 2021

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Mean Gene Hot Tamale: Cold, Hard Cash

Mean Gene Hot Tamale

This American-made leather coin purse can, if circumstance demands, be pressed into service as a self-defense impact tool. It attaches to the belt with a directional security snap, and the snap and zipper are solid brass. What’s better, you can get yours custom-engraved with anything from your initials to your own personal design.

Visit MeanGeneLeather.com to pick from seven different leather finishes and to make one your own.

MSRP: $36.95–$51.95

RifleBlok 556

One of the most important aspects of firearms training and instruction is ensuring the safety of everyone present.

RifleBlok 556

Either in a classroom or at home, there is no better way to achieve that than with a BarrelBlok. This is an accessory that fills the chamber with an inert polymer dummy and extends out the muzzle of the firearm, demonstrating to all that it is impossible for the firearm to discharge.

The RifleBlok not only accomplishes your safety goals but also includes a MagBlok that allows the bolt on your AR to be retracted without catching on the empty magazine.

You can order Bloks for 9mm, 5.56, .380 ACP, .45 ACP, .40 S&W and .357 SIG at BlokSafety.com.

MSRP: $17.99

Training Sights

Training Sights

We’ve all scribbled a thumbnail sketch of a sight picture for whomever we’re taking shooting to reference as he or she tries to get a proper sight picture. These rugged, all-weather units allow you to physically demonstrate exactly what your pupil should be seeing as he or she lines up a shot — and they’re available for a dozen different sighting systems.

You can buy yours at TrainingSights.com.

MSRP: $8.99 and Up

Streamlight TLR-7A Flex

Streamlight TLR-7A Flex

A dedicated home-defense gun should have a dedicated on-gun light. The TLR-7A Flex from Streamlight not only offers 500 lumens of defensive power but also includes ambidextrous low and high switch options to better match your shooting style.

You can order one of these or one of the many other Streamlight light or light-and-laser units at Streamlight.com.

MSRP: $225.75

Wheeler Engineering Professional Reticle Leveling System

Wheeler Engineering Professional Reticle Leveling System

If a scope is not level in the mounting rings, accuracy will suffer.

This unit from Wheeler Engineering makes it easier than ever to get your optics properly installed on rifles and shotguns, and between this kit and a laser boresighter, you’ll save both time and money sighting-in at the range.

You can buy yours at your favorite mom-and-pop or through WheelerTools.com.

MSRP: $59.99

A-Zoom 12-Gauge Snap Caps

One of the most important shotgun drills in the defensive gun owner’s repertoire is the “Reload Drill,” which should never be run with live ammo anywhere but a range.

A-Zoom 12-Gauge Snap Caps

These snap caps from A-Zoom allow you to train in your residence safely and without the risk of a negligent discharge. They are also useful for training on how to safely unload a tube-magazine-fed shotgun without racking every round through the chamber — a skill every defensive shotgunner should possess.

You can buy them at your local shop or at LymanProducts.com.

MSRP: $21.50

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