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Gear We Love — October 2020


Lighten Your Load: Streamlight TL-Racker

One of the only drawbacks to a pump-action shotgun is that it requires two hands to run, which makes handling a flashlight a lot more challenging. The TL-Racker from Streamlight is an economical solution to this problem, replacing the forend of your Mossberg, Remington or Winchester with an integral 1,000-lumen light.

Streamlight TL-Racker

It is capable of momentary and full-on activation and runs on the same CR123s batteries that your EDC flashlight probably does.

It is available at your local gun shop or at

MSRP: $225

Ryker Calf Sleeve

Ankle carry is a classic go-to for a lot of armed professionals — for deep concealment as well as for backup units.

This model from Ryker Concealment addresses the issues of bulk and discomfort with what the company refers to as a “concealed carry sleeve” — a latex-free neoprene holster that affixes around the calf rather than simply the ankle.

Ryker Calf Sleeve

It is perforated, breathable and sized to fit most adults, and you can purchase one at

MSRP: $24.99

N8 Tactical Flex Magazine Carrier

N8 Tactical Flex Magazine Carrier

This slim, minimalist unit allows you to carry an extra magazine for your sidearm inside the waistband but without any of the discomfort some suffer from such an arrangement.

The leather backing prevents the mag from poking into your side, and the polymer hook will keep your reload securely anchored for when you need it.

The carrier and the holster to match are available at

MSRP: $34.95

Vortex Diamondback HD

This spotting scope from Vortex is the perfect addition to your range bag for sighting-in home-defense shotguns and carbines.

Vortex Diamondback HD

It is easy to use, delivers extremely crisp images and can save you a lot of walking and guessing.

You can get the scope and the industry-leading warranty at

MSRP: $499.99

Solatac Diplomat

This vacuum-sealed emergency medical kit is designed for discreet carry in a suit-coat pocket or purse and includes a chest seal, a QuikClot bandage, a SWAT-T tourniquet, rolled gauze and a pair of nitrile gloves.

Solatac Diplomat

While designed for everyday carry, it is also a natural for carry-on luggage, a range bag, a glove box or anywhere else a compact trauma kit should be.

You can buy yours at

MSRP: $62.95

Federal X2 Personal Defense Buckshot

Federal’s test of these loads gave them pattern sizes of 4.5 inches at 7 yards out of an improved cylinder choke and penetration into ballistic gel of 5.25 to 14.5 inches.

Federal X2 Personal Defense Buckshot

While that may sound like nothing out of the ordinary, the projectiles are; picture a shell containing not nine pellets of traditional buckshot but rather split-shot sinkers.

What this accomplishes is the pellets spitting when they hit their target, resulting in additional wound channels and reduced chance for over-penetration.

You can learn more at and find them at your local retailer.

MSRP: $22.99/10

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