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Gear We Love — January 2020


Lucid Optics HD7: Spot On

TAKE YOUR PICK: With four separate reticles from which to choose, it’s tough to go wrong with the HD7.

The combination of a red-dot optic with a more traditional reticle shape makes for little red crosshairs to put on your target before pressing the trigger. This unit from Lucid combines affordability with exceptional performance: capped turrets, rubber armor coating, fogproof, shockproof, runs on a single AAA battery and programmed with a two-hour shutoff. It is available in black and tan at

MSRP: $249

Aguila Minishells

Aguila Minishells

1.75-inch “mini” shotshells offer limited recoil and are easily run through pump shotguns with readily available converters like the OpSol 2.0 Flex. These units from Aguila are ideal for recreational shooting and pest control when loaded with No. 7 1/2 shot, and they’re adequate for self-defense in their buckshot and slug iterations. Hit up your local gun shop or for more information.

MSRP: $9.74/20 and up

CoJo Magnetic Vehicle Holster

CoJo Magnetic Vehicle Holster

The need to keep a pistol or revolver close at hand is just as strong in a vehicle as anywhere else, and if you’re regularly transitioning your sidearm from holster to vehicle to pop into schools, post offices or other no-go zones, this could save you a lot of headaches. CoJo’s Vehicle Holster mounts to the underside of your dash (or anywhere in your residence, for that matter) and uses strong magnets to hold your pistol securely until you’re ready to reholster. They’re available at

MSRP: $39.99

Factor Cossatot 1000 XL

Factor Cossatot 1000 XL

No residence should be without at least as many flashlights as it has rooms. The Cossatot 1000 XL from Factor is a mid-sized unit that’s perfect for nightstand use and recharges via a standard USB. What’s more, it allows you to shine four different beams ranging in brightness from 6 to 1,000 lumens — versatile enough for just about any task. Learn more and get yours at

MSRP: $88

Safariland 578 GLS

Safariland 578 GLS

Let’s face it: Sometimes you’re not carrying concealed. Sometimes you’re out walking the dog, doing chores or yardwork, or hopping in and out of the UTV all day. Sometimes, an outside-the-waistband retention holster is needed, and that’s where Safariland really shines. The 578 GLS is designed to retain your pistol under even extreme stress and gun-grab attacks. You can wear it as a paddle holster or convert it to a traditional OWB, and you can get it in hundreds of iterations at

MSRP: $58

Elite Tactical Systems AR Magazines

Elite Tactical Systems AR Magazines

These standard-capacity 30-rounders from Elite perform as well as they look. Not only are they extremely impact-resistant and translucent, they also include a Tritium dot on the no-tilt follower for faster indexing in the dark. You can order yours with or without couplers at

MSRP: $33.99

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