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JAVRAN Challenge Coin Book

If you have challenge coins that you want to organize and protect, you will want to read on. JAVRAN has recently shown a series of photos of their upcoming Challenge Coin Book and it looks very, very slick.

JAVRAN Challenge Coin Book Front

The JAVRAN Challenge Coin Book holds 16 coins (4 pages that hold 4 coins each). It is constructed with 1/8″ closed cell foam to protect the coins. The front exterior of the book is covered with color matched loop material for displaying patches. There is a loop field on the interior for holding additional patches. There are also two small slip pockets that can be used to hold small, flat items like business cards.

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JAVRAN Challenge Coin Book Interior

JAVRAN Padded Pistol Case

JAVRAN Padded Pistol CaseJAVRAN just introduced their Padded Pistol Case and it pretty darn good looking. This pistol case has 3/8″ closed cell foam to protect your investment. It has 3 pockets: the padded main pocket, a small zippered pocket on the back, and a Velcro lined pocket on the front that can accept Velcro-backed magazine organizers. There is also a Velcro patch field on the front of the case. In typical JAVRAN style, this case is available in nearly limitless color combinations.

JAVRAN Padded Pistol Case

Review: JAVRAN Trauma Shears Strap

If you need to carry trauma shears in a secure manner that also keeps them easy to access, then JAVRAN might just have a solution for you.


The JAVRAN Trauma Shears Strap is pretty simple. It is a short strap made from 1” webbing that allows you to turn any single section of PALS (MOLLE) webbing into a secure storage location for trauma shears.

Observations from Use

The Trauma Shears Strap is very easy to use. You simply thread it through the webbing where you wish to store your shears. Then slip the shears into the same section of webbing and fasten the Trauma Shears Strap through one of the finger loops in the shears. When configured properly, the shears are retained by the PALS webbing and then secured with the Trauma Shears Strap.

The best thing about the Trauma Shears Strap is that as a storage solution, it is nearly as compact as the shears it stores. It adds almost no bulk at all. That is great if you need to tuck the shears into a small space on your gear. However, it also means that the shears are completely exposed to the elements. That may or may not be a big deal to you given the disposable nature of most trauma shears.

The shears are held very close to the surface that they are attached to so snagging should be a non-issue. It was a complete non-issue for me but my needs are very different from that of a deployed soldier or police officer. If you are concerned, you can usually tuck the tips of the shears into a lower row of webbing. Additionally, because of the extremely compact nature of this solution, it can easily be mounted in tight places between other pouches which effectively protects from snagging.

If you are concerned about the shears being exposed to the elements and you are mounting them to a plate carrier that has a kangaroo pouch, you can mount the sheaths on the PALS webbing row that is directly above the kangaroo pouch. This allows you to tuck the bottom of them into the kangaroo pouch while keeping the finger loops exposed and ready for access.

Wrap Up

Simple solutions are often the best solutions and the Trauma Shears Strap is certainly a simple solution. It does exactly what it is designed to do and manages to stay out of your way while it does it.

Trauma Shears Strap on JAVRAN.com

Review: JAVRAN HALP Holster

Most of the Velcro backed “universal” holsters on the market are downright terrible. Many of them are difficult to draw from due to poorly executed thumb-breaks or snag prone designs (often both). They get away with it because they spend their time locked away in a bag and they are cheap so hardly anyone actually thinks much about them. The standard designs were ripe for some innovation so that is just what JAVRAN did.

The HALP Holster from JAVRAN is a Velcro backed universal holster that offers one all important improvement over other similar designs – it has a longer sleeve. This longer sleeve is the key to it improved performance and functionality. It is the simple design tweak that makes the HALP better than anything else that I have tried (more on this later).


The HALP isn’t complicated. It consists of 2 main parts – a semi-rigid, Velcro backer and an adjustable flap that wraps around the handgun. The backer is made from 2” webbing with hook Velcro sewn to the back while the flap is made from a double layer of 1000D nylon.

Observations from Use

As I said earlier, the key to what makes the HALP better than anything else that I have tried is the longer flap. Most similar holsters have a flap that is just wide enough to cover most of the trigger guard. The muzzle of the handgun ends up dangling out in the open, below the flap which creates a snag point for weapon mounted lights, ejection ports, and front sights during the draw stroke. The wider flap also provides great retention and protection. It is such a simple adaptation that pays off in a tremendous increase in functionality.

I was able to adjust the flap to fit everything from a G17 with weapon light to an S&W J-Frame revolver. The adjustment range is wide enough that it should with anything but the smallest and largest handguns.

You can determine the tension of the holster by how tightly you wrap the flap around the handgun when you are fitting it. I found that I like to wrap it a bit tighter at the bottom and looser that the opening. This makes re-holstering a bit easier and still provides good retention.

Speaking of re-holstering… the HALP Holster would benefit from some reinforcement to the flap position. Since it is made from a double layer of 1000D nylon, it has very little structure which makes it prone to push and fold into itself while re-holstering. I am not sure what could be done, but a layer of webbing under the top part of the flap would provide some additional structure or lines of stitching at close intervals might also provide some additional structure. This is a small issue but it would be a big improvement to a great product.

Wrap Up

I am sure that I haven’t even come close to trying every holster of this type on the market but the HALP Holster is far better than any others that I have tried. Given the growing popularity of Velcro lined bags and packs, I suspect that more and more people will be looking for something better than the typical Velcro-backed universal holsters. They would do well to check out the HALP Holster from JAVRAN.

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Disclosure: JAVRAN provided this holster to me, free of charge, for review.

PS – I should also mention that JAVRAN has some of the coolest Made in the USA tags that I have ever seen.

Review: JAVRAN HiViz tacStrips

There are times where maintaining visibility is a matter of convenience and then there are times when it is a matter of life and death. HiViz tacStrips from JAVRAN are all about being seen.

JAVRAN makes several different versions of the HiViz tacStrips. This review will deal with the Velcro backed version.


HiViz tacStrips are pretty simple. They are simply reflective material that has hook Velcro material sewn to the back. The concept may be simple but the execution and quality is better than any other similar product that I have seen, most of which rely on adhesives to attach the reflective material to the Velcro. JAVRAN folds the edges of the reflective material under before sewing on the Velcro. This results in a very clean edge that resists separation.

The best thing about the HiViz tacStrips may be the variety of sizes and colors that are offered. JAVRAN has sizes available to cover most of the common Velcro panel sizes commonly found on gear. They have 5×1” and 3×1” name tape sizes, 2×3” flag sizes, and more. Additionally, they will work with you for custom sizes. They are available in a growing number of colors including red, white, blue, orange, and green.

Observations from Use

I have tested and used these in a number of ways but my favorite use for them is as a gear marker. I just stick them on my backpack and then, if I am separated from the pack in the dark, it can be found easily with a flashlight.

I have also gotten into the habit of keeping one on the cap and chest rig/plate carrier that I wear when I am training. This allows me to remain visible to other students and the trainer during low light training. A reflective patch on your cap can also be a great safety measure if you are a road runner.

Different colors have varying levels of reflectivity. I was able to test white, blue, and red. I found that white was by far the brightest, followed by blue. Red reflects differently depending on the light it is reflecting. If it is reflecting a blue-white light source, it reflects very weakly. Light sources with warmer color temperatures reflect more strongly from the red material. If you use a lot of cool toned LED lights, you may find that red doesn’t reflect as much as you would like.

If you have an MPIL from Battle Systems LLC, you may want to pick up a HiViz tacStrip or two because they work great as a visible light reflector on the MPIL.

Wrap Up

There is nothing revolutionary here. HiViz tacStrips are just well-executed and their numerous size and color options, coupled with their quality, combine to make them better than anything similar that I have tried.


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