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Review: Hawkrigger 38 Grapple Gun Belt

I have been wearing a Hawkrigger 38 Grapple Gun Belt every day since March. In that time I have used in on mountain bike and gravel bike rides, on day hikes, on an overnighter, during kettlebell workouts, on the range, and for general everyday use. Let’s see what I’ve learned.

Overview

The 38 Grapple Gun Belt is sewn from 38mm (1.5″) wide, US-made scuba webbing. The webbing is double layered and has 4 circumferential stitches for stiffness.

The name “Grapple” comes from the G-hook style buckle. It is made from stainless steel and aggressively deburred to remove any sharp edges. The buckle has a slightly curved shape to conform to the wearer.

Observations from Use

I mentioned some of the activities that I have tried while wearing this belt like biking and kettlebell workouts. I did these activities specifically while wearing appendix carry holsters in order to test various aspects of the belt.

I cycled many more than 200 miles on pavement, forest roads, and trails while wearing this belt. I stopped tracking miles after the first few weeks and I’ve worn this belt on all my rides since so the actual mile count is much higher. I figured that this would be a good test of comfort given the forward bent position that cycling requires. The Grapple is stiff in the direction that it needs to be (up and down) but relatively compliant circumferentially which makes it very comfortable while still able to effectively bear weight. I find it to be very comfortable for AIWB carry as well as 3-4 o’clock hip carry.

I wore the Grapple during kettlebell workouts to see if the adjustment would slip. I never had to tighten the belt during a workout and if you know about the mechanics of a kettlebell swing, that should be impressive. It seems like the more tension you put on the buckle, the more it bites and holds. The only instances I have ever had to tighten it have required very little tightening and it usually happens when there is very little tension on the belt.

This belt is easy to wear. It is easy to open, easy to close, easy to thread into belt loops, and easy to adjust. The hooked buckle mates easily with a sewn-in loop in the webbing. The webbing is stiff enough that this loop is always held open when the belt isn’t under tension. You can latch and unlatch with your eyes closed. The open end threads easily in any pants and some pants will even allow the very low profile buckle design to pass through the loops.

The adjustment on this belt is very straight forward. Coarse adjustments are best made when the belt is not threaded in pants. Fine adjustments can be made easily by levering the adjustable side of the buckle forward and then either ratcheting it tighter or allow some webbing to slip in order to loosen. I am not sure to what extent Hawkrigger knew that the adjustment would work out this way, but I like it. It is almost like a ratcheting mechanism without moving parts.

The belt comes with an elastic loop that keeps the excess length under control. The belts are available in multiple standard sizes. When you buy one, you provide your measurement and Hawkrigger provides the correct size based on your measurement. I like that the guesswork is taken out of the process as I often fall between sizes and never feel sure about which size to pick. The belt has a generous amount of adjustment built-in.

The quality of this belt is excellent. It has massive bar tacks where appropriate, 4 full-length circumferential stitches bonding the layers of webbing, cleanly cut and sealed edges, and quality components. Mine still basically looks new. I was concerned about how the buckle hook would wear against the webbing loop over time but that concern has been unfounded due to the lack of anything resembling a sharp edge.

I should also point out that, at just over $50, this belt costs about half of what my previous gun belt cost and I have found that it meets my needs better. I consider this to be an excellent value.

Wrap Up

This is an excellent gun belt. It bears the weight of a gun well and strikes the right balance between rigidity and flexibility. The design is simple, easy to live with, and comfortable to wear. I am wearing it as I type this and I’ll be wearing days later when you read this.

Hawkrigger.com

BCS APTUM Series – Additional APTUM Accessories

The Beez Combat Systems APTUM PC (plate carrier) system was introduced recently. As part of that release, we are covering many of the available options for this new PC. This installment covers the assorted accessories in the APTUM line which are also useful for many other plate carriers.

APTUM T Bag – The T Bag is a “belly bag” or drop bag that can be attached under the APTUM cummerbund flap. It sits directly below the front plate pocket and provides additional storage for first aid or admin items. It has a built-in tourniquet holder and internal elastic organization. The front of the T Bag features a large 4×6″ loop panel for attaching ID or chemlight holders.

APTUM Shoulder Pads – The APTUM Shoulder Pads are 6″ long and designed to be low-profile. They feature closed-cell foam/Hexcel padding for comfort and breathability. Their series of laser cut slots provide hydration and comms routing while remaining slick when not in use.

See all of the available options for the APTUM at BeezCombatSystems.com.

BCS Aptum Series – Magazine Inserts

The Beez Combat Systems APTUM PC (plate carrier) system was introduced recently. As part of that release, we are covering many of the available options for this new PC. This installment covers the magazine insert options that the end-user can select based on their mission.

In addition to the obvious use of MOLLE compatible pouches, the APTUM features a “kangaroo pouch” in the front, behind the cummerbund flap area for magazine carriage. This hook and loop pouch can be configured with their APTUM Magazine Inserts to carry up 1, 2, or 3 magazines.

The kangaroo pouch/insert set up offers some advantages. The inserts can be used to augment the capacity of regular MOLLE compatible mag pouches or they can be used as a primary magazine carriage option that will lay mostly flat when not in use.

These inserts, available in 1, 2, and 3 magazine models, may also be available with other plate carriers.

See all of the available options for the APTUM at BeezCombatSystems.com.

Hawkrigger Para Bellum Buckle

Hawkrigger has developed a new buckle based on a historic French military dive belt. The buckle consists of two metal plates – one larger and one smaller. The smaller side is adjustable and can be passed through the larger, locking the belt closed. It is designed to be easy to adjust, easy to don/doff, and with no buckle parts that can wear out.

The Para Bellum buckle is already available in very limited numbers on both the Para Bellum Watch Band and Para Bellum Belt via direct message on Instagram. These will be available for regular purchase soon at Hawkrigger.com. Stay tuned for details.

BCS APTUM Series – Front Flap Options

The Beez Combat Systems APTUM PC (plate carrier) system was introduced recently. As part of that release, we are covering many of the available options for this new PC. This installment covers the 2 front flap options that the end-user can select based on their mission.

The BCS APTUM can be utilized with or without a front flap over the cummerbund. For those who need the additional MOLLE compatible real estate, BCS offers two front flap options. Both front flaps feature BCS’ exclusive laser cut GRID material to keep weight to a minimum and maintain a slick profile when there are no pouches mounted.

Both front flaps also offer quick-detach functionality but the method by which the flaps attach/detach is what differentiates the options. Users can select a front flap that attaches via G-hooks or Velcro.

See all of the available options for the APTUM at BeezCombatSystems.com.

BCS APTUM Series – Cummerbund Options

The Beez Combat Systems APTUM PC (plate carrier) system was introduced recently. As part of that release, we are covering many of the available options for this new PC. This installment covers the 3 different cummerbund options that the end user can select based on their mission.

All of the cummerbunds below have elastic panels built in for the wearer’s comfort. They are a direct drop-in fit for the APTUM and may also work for other carriers.

Elastic Cummerbund – The Elastic Cummerbund comes standard on the base APTUM PC but it may also be purchased separately. It features elastic construction with 4 sewn in cells on each side that can accept magazines or similarly shaped items. It is lightweight, slick, and versatile.

GRID Cummerbund – This cummerbund makes use of Beez Combat Systems’ GRID material. It features a series of laser cut slots that create a MOLLE compatible grid. The result is cummerbund that can accept any MOLLE pouch but that behaves like a slick cummerbund when not in use.

Retro-Fit Tubes Skeletal Cummerbund – This is the lightest cummerbund of the three. It accomplishes this via a radical laser cut pattern that removes much of the material while remaining very durable and fully MOLLE compatible. It also comes with a panel that is used to adapt the APTUM to use TUBES for securing the cummerbund.

See all of the available options for the APTUM at BeezCombatSystems.com.

WTF’s ACRONYM Laminate Fabric is Now Available in 58″ Wide Multicam Black

WTF are pleased to offer Multicam Black as our latest color in 58″ wide 
ACRONYM (Advanced Composite Rugged Optimized NYlon Material) 500D/500D laminate fabric.

ACRONYM laminate fabric was developed specifically for laser cut applications.  Black, ranger green, and coyote brown are made with solution dyed, mil-spec fabrics.  Multicam is genuine Multicam pattern 
fabric.

Made in the USA from USA made materials.  Berry compliant.  Ships rolled.

https://www.wtfidea.com/whiskey-two-four-acronym-500d-laminate-58-137cm-wide-per-yard

Chase Tactical 4th of July Sale

The Chase Tactical 4th of July Sale is underway! You can save 20% on their site from now through July 8th. Use code “FREEDOM20” at checkout to activate the savings.

ChaseTactical.com

GunfightersINC is Moving and Hiring

If you are a long time reader of Jerking the Trigger, you know about GunfightersINC in no small part because of their Kenai Chest Holster. You may also be familiar with the changing political landscape in Washington State, where GunfightersINC currently operates. They have chosen to read the writing on the wall and relocate to North Idaho – Rathdrum to be specific.

This all means there will be some employment opportunities for some North Idahoans who would like to work in the firearm industry (which basically describes everyone from North Idaho). The job listings are available on the GunfightersINC Facebook page.

WTF Introduces Bag 07 in M81

Whiskey Two-Four is excited to offer our Bag 07 in M81 woodland camo.  
Just $32 and 3.5oz / 100g.  Bag 07 is lined with hook and loop to accommodate compatible inserts.  Part of the PIMPS (Practical Integrated 
Modular Platform, Scalable) family, Bag 07 is compatible with numerous 
armor and load carrying systems.

WTF products are made in the USA from mil-spec, Berry compliant materials by fairly compensated skilled labor in a climate controlled environment with the latest equipment.

WTFIdea.com

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