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.
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 Streamlight.com.
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.
It is perforated, breathable and sized to fit most adults, and you can purchase one at RykrConcealCarry.com.
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 N8Tactical.com.
Vortex Diamondback HD
This spotting scope from Vortex is the perfect addition to your range bag for sighting-in home-defense shotguns and carbines.
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 VortexOptics.com.
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.
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 Solatac.com.
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.
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 FederalPremium.com and find them at your local retailer.