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Tactical Distributors Down Range Jacket 2.1

The new Down Range Jacket 2.1 is now available from Tactical Distributors. Available in hooded or non-hooded versions, this 600 fill power down insulated jacket packs a ton of features for the price (and weight).

From Tactical Distributors:

This is the latest upgraded version of the TD Down Range Jacket with all the bells & whistles…including a hood and 3 colorways. Last year when we introduced the Down Range 2.1 it sold out in a few weeks. You requested more colors and a hooded variant. We listened. Our coveted down fabric technology: Heat Sealed Baffling. This Technology eliminates shedding of down feathers. Featuring an array of innovative features. This newest version of the down jacket offers deep side pockets, additional breast pocket with com/music ports, and hidden dump pouches inside. Tactical Distributor’s set out to create a piece of perfection for the mid layer/outerwear world when designing our all new Down Range Jacket. We hope that you will enjoy making this piece part of your mid layer essentials that’ll keep you warm every time.

Features and Specs:

  • Hidden Side Pockets
  • Heat Sealed Baffling Technology
  • Lightweight (11oz in pouch)
  • Inside Stash Pockets
  • Zippered breast pocket w/ Sound Port
  • Packable pouch for easy storage
  • 600 Fill Down

Check out both versions TacticalDistributors.com:

TD Down Range Jacket 2.1

TD Down Range Hooded Jacket 2.1

Blue Force Gear Tracer Pack – Now Available

Blue Force Gear has previewed the latest DAP Pack, the Tracer, at various trade shows and now it is available to purchase. This pack is aimed squarely at the EDC market with the features, functions, and military grade durability for which the Dapper compatible DAP packs are known.

The latest in the DAP Pack line – the Tracer™ Pack is a full featured, Dapper™ compatible EDC (Every Day Carry) pack that is perfectly suited in the car, at the office, in class, or in the back of an MRAP.  The Tracer Pack allows you to carry all your essentials with the pack as it is or enhanced with the modular Dapper pouch system.

Starting with the outside – the Tracer is slightly bigger than the Jedburgh™  pack.  Keeping with the Jedburgh styling – a fully MOLLE compatible panel is on the main front pocket, but unlike traditional MOLLE – the MOLLEminus panel looks like a style element typical in modern packs but can be quickly used for additional MOLLE pouches or a Trauma Kit NOW!™   The inside of the pocket is loop lined and can be used with DAP Loops or other smaller Dappers.

On either side of the main pocket are two water bottle pockets constructed of Tweave – a durable 4-way stretch fabric used on our PLATEminus™ armor carriers or more commonly seen in football jerseys for its lightweight strength.

Towards the top is a zippered pocket for quick access items – perfect for going through security lines at the airport! This area of the bag usually has less stress or impact from the contents of the pack.

The main compartment features an integral padded laptop sleeve on the back capable of holding most 15” or smaller laptops.  The laptop sleeve, the sides, and the front flap are all loop lined to mount various Dappers that are available for purchase separately. This allows you to add pouches and other Dappers to keep your gear organized securly and can be quickly removed or swapped with other Dappers.

The bottom of the pack features a double layer of ULTRAcomp® – a high-performance laminate that provides superior wear and water resistance over other materials – the same battle-proven material used on armor carriers, magazine pouches, and gear pouches worn by the nation’s finest warriors.

As with all Blue Force Gear products, the Tracer Pack is made in the USA with excellence and carries a limited lifetime warranty.

***Tracer Pack for sale only. Additional items not included***

BlueForceGear.com

PHLster to Update City Special

PHLster is bringing back their City Special hoslter – an AIWB holster designed specifically for carrying small frame revolvers. Their original City Special was one of the most forward thinking holsters available for compact wheelguns. The new version looks to build on that legacy with new features, support for a new gun, and PHLster’s advanced manufacturing methods.

The City Special will be available in two versions for the Smith & Wesson J-Frames and, new for updated the City Special, the Ruger LCR. The holsters will support the snub configuration in all calibers for each revolver. All City Special holsters will be Crimson Trace Lasergrip compatible. Additionally, the holsters will feature subtle mold elements on the muzzle end that reduce hotspots and help prevent the feeling that the gun is tipping out away from the wearer.

Fans of the original PHLster City Special will remember the optional reload cut. I am happy to report that the cut will be standard on all new City Specials. This cut allows the user to wedge the revolver into the holster with the cylinder held open to facility a one handed reload. This was one of the most innovative features of the original City Special and it is nice to see it retained on the new version.

PHLster tells us they are aiming for a mid-October release for the new holster. It will be priced identically to the Classic ($74.99). Once released, the City Special will be a regular stock item with no lead time.

PHLster.com

SEREPICK OSS Lapel Dagger – Zirconia Ceramic

Fact: OSS Lapel Daggers are cool.

Fact: Zirconia Ceramic is a cool material.

Fact: OSS Lapel Daggers made from Zirconia Ceramic are extra cool.

SEREPICK’s OSS Lapel Dagger stays true to the original OSS daggers in a lot of ways. The overall shape and size are similar. The sheath can be stitched into a garment like some of the originals. It also has texture applied to the grip for the thumb. However this version has one trick that the originals didn’t. It’s non-ferrous due to its Zirconia Ceramic construction.

These are fairly limited in terms of production and limited production items like this tend to sell out quickly at SEREPICK. Act fast if you want one.

SEREPICK.com

Bravo Concealment Super Combo Sale

What if you could outfit your battle belt all at once and save a chunk of change in the process? That is exactly what you can do during Bravo Concealment’s Super Combo Sale.

Their Super Combo includes the following:

  • Choice of a IWB or OWB Holster
  • 1 Double Mag Pouch (same gun type selected)
  • AR 15 Mag Pouch
  • 1 pair (1.50″) Pancake Style Belt Loops
  • Bravo Concealment Stickers (4 qty)
  • Special Edition Bravo Logo Patch (U.S flag color)

That is everything you need to kit up your belt and hit the range for less than $95 including shipping. Buying all the items together saves 40% off versus buying them separately.

Check out the limited time offer here: https://www.bravoconcealment.com/collections/super-combo-sale

New Model from Colonel Blades: NCO NoVz

Colonel Blades just rolled out their newest and most concealable fixed blade yet. It features the same 2.75″ blade that can be found on the NCO LowVz but the grip is a full 1″ shorter for improved concealment. Like other blades in the NCO line, the new NoVz features machined G-10 handle slabs and AUS-8 steel. It comes with a kydex sheath with an IWB belt clip suitable for center-line carry.

ColonelBlades.com

Sneak Peek: Hill People Gear Tarahumara in Multicam Black and Tropic

Hill People Gear released their popular Tarahumara Pack in Multicam Black in September of last year. That limited run has since sold out. However, we now have word that there will be another run of Multicam Black Tarahumara Packs and there will be another Multicam Tarahumara offering – Multicam Tropic!

I always look forward to these limited run Tarahumara packs and there have been a few that I regret not buying when I had the chance. Don’t let that happen to you. Stay tuned for details.

HillPeopleGear.com

PHLster Gen 2 TDI Fightworthy Sheath Upgrade

There have been a number of changes to the Ka-Bar TDI Law Enforcement Knife over the years. This knife remains an absolute bargain when it comes to self-defense knives but things like thickness and even the shape of the primary bevel have seen changes throughout long time production of this knife. Most aftermarket TDI sheaths do not account for these changes in their design which can lead to poor fit and performance.

PHLster has updated their TDI Fightworthy Sheath to include dual tension adjustments. These adjustments should let the sheath offer better performance across all of the available TDI production variations. I do not know of another TDI sheath on the market with adjustable retention.

PHLsterHolsters.com

Tuff Possum Gear Modified 10×12 Center-Zip Pouch – Easy Way to Add Capacity to HPG Tarahumara

If you are looking for an easy way to add some capacity and organization to your Hill People Gear Tarahumara, check out the Tuff Possum Gear (TPG) Modified 10×12 Center-Zip Pouch. TPG’s Center-Zip Pouches were originally designed as general purpose pouches that could organize small gear in a large pack or serve as possibles pouches.

They posted a custom modification of one such pouch on their social media that was slightly larger than their typical Center-Zip Pouch and had the addition of 2 webbing loops with GrimLocs. These additions allowed the pouch to mate perfectly with the top loops of the Hill People Gear Tarahumara. The idea grew legs from there and now they offer these pouches regularly in small batches.

The Modified 10×12 Center-Zip Pouch attaches to the top loops on the Tarahumara. It hangs down on the front of the pack and is captured with the Tarahumara’s compression straps. This configuration adds capacity while maintaining compression and allowing easy access to the main compartment by simply opening the compression straps and flipping the pouch up out of the way.

Check out the Tuff Possum Gear Modified 10×12 Center-Zip Pouch on Etsy.

Review: PHLster Spotlight Holster for Glock 43 with TLR-6

Before I start talking about the PHLster Spotlight Holster for the Glock 43 with TLR-6, I need to give you some context. I’ve been carrying a Glock 43 with TLR-6 for a little more than 2 years. The TLR-6 adds significant capability to the G43 but it has one downside that had me so frustrated, I nearly got rid of it. It installs by wrapping around the G43’s trigger guard and it has a very rounded shape. Kydex holsters typically retain the handgun via a molded detent on the trigger guard or weapon light, both of which are difficult thanks to the shape and location of the TLR-6.

During the previous two years, I have purchased two different holsters from well established makers and tried several others. They just didn’t have acceptable retention. The last holster I was using was able to be tightened to the point that it had barely acceptable retention but only when the adjustable retention was completely maxed out. Unfortunately, repeated drawstrokes during training eventually loosened the holster to the point that the G43 will fall out under its own weight.

I was ready to give up on the TLR-6 and I would have… if PHLster didn’t release their Spotlight Holster just in time.

Overview

The PHLster Spotlight Holster was designed in conjunction with Henry Holsters. It is a kydex AIWB holster with a fold-over design and adjustable retention. It features dual soft loops that are adjustable for ride height and belt width (2″ to 1.5″ belts).

The Spotlight has two features that help turn the handgun grip in toward the user. The first is a tear-drop shaped ramp that is molded into the back of the holster. The second is Henry Holsters ModWing-L strut that comes with two different height pads to adjust how aggressively the handgun grip is turned into the wearer.

The holster is cut to accept slide mounted dot sights and extended to fully cover most barrel mounted compensators.

Observations from Use

I purchased this holster with just one hope – that PHLster and Henry Holsters would have worked out how to provide acceptable retention on the TLR-6. They did. It is not quite as crisp as my other holsters from PHLster and Henry Holsters but it can’t be due to the shape of the TLR-6. However, it does offer a more than acceptable level of retention and is far better than any other holster I have tried for this combination. The gun and light do drop into the holster with a pronounced “click”, there is MORE than enough retention, and PLENTY of tension adjustment left. That alone makes this holster important for those who are trying to make the G43/TLR-6 combination work.

The Spotlight Holster has a full sweat shield but it shaped such that it does not interfere with the drawstroke. Even with the holster set to ride as low as the adjustment allows, it is easy to establish a full grip.

This holster conceals extremely well. The molded in ramp and ModWing-L strut do an excellent job of turning in the grip. The extra length that PHLster adds to accommodate a compensator plays a big role in concealment. The little bit of extra length helps anchor the holster below the belt so it less likely to rotate out at the belt line and it provides additional leverage for the ramp. This holster conceals better than any of the other holsters I have tried for this particular gun and light combination.

I find the Spotlight Holster to be very comfortable. I think there is a misconception about ramped holsters with those who may not have tried one that the ramp itself may create a hotspot. I find the opposite to be true. The ramp is very rounded and has a tear drop shape. This creates a large area of contact with the wearer and prevents the hot spots that you get from some AIWB holsters without ramps that end up pressing the bottom corners of the holster into your body.

The shooter should plan on spending some time adjusting the Spotlight Holster to fit their particular needs when they first receive it. There are some very thoughtful adjustments built in. There are two ride height settings for the soft loops which will also have some bearing on how the ModWing-L works. The soft loops should be cut to fit your belt width as this great increases stability. Finally, you should spend some time experimenting with the ModWing-L and its different height pads. If you plan on using the Spotlight Holster somewhere other than the AIWB position, you may want to remove the ModWing-L altogether.

The fit and finish of this holster are excellent. The mold lines are clean, crisp, and the blocking is generous, all of which contribute to a clean draw stroke. Care has been taken to finish the edges and the sight track is straight as an arrow.

Wrap Up

I haven’t tried every available holster for the Glock 43 with TLR-6 but I have tried a lot of them. The Spotlight Holster is better than any of the holsters I have used by a country mile. It isn’t even close. The combination of the extra length, the well-designed ramp, the ModWing-L, and PHLster’s insistence on getting the retention right make this holster worth your consideration.

PHLsterHolsters.com

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