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Blue Force Gear ULTRAcomp Pocket Holster

The ULTRAcomp Pocket Holster is one of a number of new products that Blue Force Gear is exhibiting at SHOT Show this year. The properties of Blue Force Gear’s proprietary ULTRAcomp material, from which the new holster is manufactured, make it very well suited for this application.

A good pocket holster must keep the handgun oriented for a smooth draw and stay in the pocket while releasing the handgun during the drawstroke. The BFG ULTRAcomp Pocket Holster stays in the pocket via a hooked flare that physically grabs the pocket and the rubbery texture that is integral to the ULTRAcomp material itself. ULTRAcomp is also relatively thin compared to leather or kydex and very abrasion resistant so it adds little bulk and should last a long time.

The holster will be available for a number of popular pocket guns and that list could expand before it hits the market. Stay tuned for additional information.



Shoot. Move. Communicate Shirt from RE Factor Tactical

You can learn a lot from those plastic green army men toys. RE Factor Tactical’s new Shoot. Move. Communicate Shirt will only be around for a limited time but the lesson it teaches is timeless.

Shoot. Move. Communicate Shirt at RE Factor Tactical


Black Rhino Concealment and the Road Rash Test

Have you ever wondered what would happen to a Black Rhino Concealment (BRC) holster if it was involved in a 70MPH motorcycle crash? It turns out that, at least in one case, the answer is… not much. This BRC TCS for the Glock 42 went through exactly that and it still usable and the G42 stayed in the holster the entire time.



TOPS Knives SHOT Show Tease

You won’t have to wait long for the payoff on this TOPS Knives pre-SHOT Show teaser image. If you are attending the show, be sure to stop by the TOPS Knives booth to see the 2017 knives in person (#20401).



Victory First Debuts Victory Wear

No trainer has been more involved in the melding of firearm training concepts and every day carry gear, especially as it pertains to carbines, than Matt Jacques. That is a good reason to be excited about what will come out of Victory Wear.

Victory First officially announced today the creation of its lifestyle brand, Victory Wear.  Victory Wear, a Division of Victory First will produce lifestyle and apparel items that resonate with the “everyday carry” community.

The debut offerings feature attractive graphics on a variety of American-made T-shirts, decals, and PVC patches.  The theme of all Victory Wear products focuses on mindset and preparedness to protect family, hearth, and home.  If you carry a concealed pistol daily, or keep a carbine handy in your vehicle or around the house, Victory Wear is a brand designed for your the way you live your life.

Although some of the themes will be staples within the brand, most will be limited runs.  While the initial run is fairly focused, there are over a dozen different themes slated for release before Independence Day.

“There are some great lifestyle brands in this industry, but most have a very pronounced military-feel to their products.  As a former Marine, I love those brands, but not everyone who carries a gun is a veteran.  We created Victory Wear to reflect the values and mindset of the everyday American who carries a gun to protect himself and the people he cares most about,” said Matt ‘Jake’ Jacques, owner of Victory First and Victory Wear.  “If you take on the responsibility of carrying a gun every day, you’ll ‘get’ our products.  They are a reflection of that mental and emotional commitment.”

Victory Wear products are available for purchase at https://victory-wear.com, and you can check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VictoryWearables/  and on Instagram @ VictoryWearables


Limited Run Teal and Grey Grid Tarahumara Packs

Sometimes brighter colors can help you blend in…

Hill People Gear’s Tarahumara is a great pack but it is typically only available in a decidedly “tactical” color palette. If you prefer something other than the usual greens, greys, and browns, check out the limited run of Tarahumara Packs in teal and grey.


SET Benchmade 87 Sheath

Snake Eater Tactical (SET) is producing the sheath for the upcoming Benchmade 87 Bali-song. The slim, elastic sheath features laser cut accents and allows for multiple ride heights and positions. It is great to see Benchmade trying new ways to design knife sheaths and working with other Oregon based businesses.


TOPS Knives ICE Dagger – Now Available

We recently profiled the ICE Dagger which is the latest collaboration between Andy Tran of InnerBark Outdoors and TOPS Knives. You can check out that post for background on the design.

The ICE Dagger has been officially released and is now available through the TOPS Knives website. The knife will also be available to view at the TOPS Knives SHOT Show booth (#20401).

Overall Length 7.75″
Blade Length 3.00″
Cutting Edge 2.88″
Secondary Edge 2.88″
Blade Thickness 0.130″
Blade Steel 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish Black Cerakote
Handle Material Black G10
Knife Weight 4.5oz
Weight w/ Sheath 6.5oz

Andy Tran produced a video that shows the ICE Dagger in 4K detail (below).


Zulu Bravo Paring Knife Sheaths

I recently posted an ode to Victorinox paring knives and mentioned that I used Victorinox BladeSafes to carry them in my pack. A reader asked if there was anyone making kydex sheaths for these useful little buggers. That sent me on a search which lead straight to Zulu Bravo Kydex.

I am familiar with Matt and his kydex bending skills from meeting him at the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife shows. His sheaths are excellent. He makes sheaths for both the straight and hooked versions of the paring knives in small batches that sell out quickly thanks in large part to the current popularity of these knives as affordable and plausibly deniable self-defense options.

The sheaths cost around $20 individually or $30 when supplied with a knife. He also makes training versions of these (and any other popular self-defense knives). They are made in batches so you will want to get on the books as soon as possible. You can visit the Zulu Bravo Facebook page or ZuluBravoKydex.com for contact information.


TOPS Knives ICE Dagger

The ICE Dagger is another collaboration between InnerBark Outdoors Head Honcho Andy Tran and TOPS Knives. These two previously collaborated on the Tahoma Field Knife. Andy is a National Park Service Protection Officer and this law enforcement experience is baked into the design of the new knife.

The design features a double edged, spear point blade with a compound grind that creates an obtuse, reinforced tip with edges that still cut aggressively. The knife features textured G-10 scales that can removed and replaced with a cord warp if the user prefers a slimmer profile. It also features a ring at the base of the grip to provide a number of grip options.

The sheath for this knife is an exciting departure for TOPS Knives. All of their current kydex sheaths have been made with a fold-over design and a rotary belt clip. The sheath for the new ICE Dagger is closer to a pancake style sheath with soft loops that can be attached in a variety of ways. The sheath is well suited to the intended use of this knife as a defensive tool.

This knife is expected to be release before the upcoming SHOT Show. Stay tuned for details.

The following is a video from the 2016 SHOT Show where Andy describes the design in detail.


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