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Sometimes carrying a self-defense handgun inside the waistband just isn’t an option. Clothing and environment can force more unconventional methods for concealment. I prefer a holster around the ankle when I cannot appendix carry. Even though it’s not my first choice, ankle carry does have some perks than traditional carry methods.
Using an ankle holster like the Galco Ankle Glove is extremely comfortable. I sometimes forget that I am even carrying a gun down there. The neoprene cuff stretches so that movement is not impeded and the sheep skin pad increases comfort. I can wear an ankle holster for long periods of time without any discomfort. Extended travel in a car usually means I will be wearing my ankle holster.
With the exception of wearing skinny jeans, concealing an ankle rig is a breeze. Ankles are out of the line of sight and often not attracting as much attention as the belt line when people might be looking for guns. Printing is minimized due to the smaller guns that are carried and the compact designs of the holsters used. Ankle holsters are available for everything from revolvers to sub-compact double stack handguns, so find a model that fits a preferred ankle gun is a cinch.
The only drawback to ankle carry is the learning curve. It takes dedicated time and training (but that’s true for most things!). The draw process is different for obvious reasons. Take your time when you start. This method of carrying can be valuable but the skill needs to build just like every other aspect of firearms manipulation.
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Dating back to 19th Century England, the old “One Horse Open Sleigh” bit is always a holiday favorite, especially when you add some hardware.
In the above installment, Tim Kennedy dons the Santa gear to give his own rendition of the Yuletide classic for Ranger Up.
Since you have come this far, we also have the below for your approval.
Santa Claus himself clocking in with a 1911 and 98 rounds of hardball:
Top Shot Chris Cheng’s .22LR version with a Musical Targets system, Volquartsen Custom Superlite .22LR rifle and Leupold glass:
Russian ISPC shooter Vitaly Kryuchin with dual Glocks and a backup band, but sadly no dancing bear:
And to the cherry on top: The Black Rifle Coffee Company guys, complete with sleeveless Christmas sweaters, Ralphie, and NFA gear:
The fundamentals, accuracy and speed test packs a huge amount of learning opportunities into one fun but far-from-easy package.
The FAST drill is shot at seven yards using a downloadable target from the pistol-training website. The shooter begins with the pistol concealed or in a “duty” type retention holster loaded with only two rounds and a second, fully loaded, magazine on their belt.
On the buzzer, the shooter draws and fires two round into the 3×5 box at the top of the target, performs a slide lock reload and fires four rounds into the eight-inch circle in the center of the target. Misses to the 3×5 box add two seconds and misses to the 8-inch circle add one second to the overall time.
The scoring system for the drill is as follows:
- 10 or more seconds: Novice
- Less than 10 seconds: Intermediate
- Less than 7 seconds: Advanced
- Less than 5 seconds: Expert
This drill is a hard one for sure! As the name suggests it tests your fundamentals, accuracy and speed. The time penalties are stiff and the margins for error are small, but in a defensive shooting encounter the margins and penalties are even more severe. And we like the fact that you can’t really game this drill.
The FAST drill is specifically designed NOT to be endlessly practiced, but rather to show you what areas of your draw, trigger press, reload and recoil control need work, it, like most good drills is diagnostic. Give it a try next time your one the range and see how you stack up to the times listed on the pistol-training.com website. Good luck!
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Rise Armament kicks off its Law Enforcement Division with the Watchman Rifle, an LE-focused AR platform chambered in .223 Wylde or .300 Blackout.
The Watchman features a 416R stainless steel, CB-160 barrel that shoots sub-MOA with factory ammunition, according to Rise Armament. The barrel opts for a 1-in-7-inch twist and 1/2×28 threads coupled with a mid-length gas system. The barrel sports a Rise advanced flash hider created specifically for the Watchman. The four-prong setup minimizes flash in low light scenarios, preserving officers’ night vision capabilities.
The Watchman boasts a 13.5-inch RISE LE handguard with M-LOK slot attachments for accessory mounting in addition to an LE145 Tactical Trigger. The rifle is topped off with a Magpul pistol grip and CTR stock as well an ambidextrous safety.
Rise Armament said the Watchman was born from the Dallas police ambush tragedy in July 2016. The company intends to provide rifles that are affordable but capable, ensuring no officer is outgunned again.
“It’s important to us for officers to be equipped with high-quality, high-performance rifles that are affordable,” Matt Torres, president of Rise Armament, said in a news release. “They’re putting their lives on the line for us every day, and it’s our duty to use our talents as engineers and machinists to give them the best products possible.”
The company said the rifle was designed with input from law enforcement professionals. “We developed the Watchman with input from SWAT/SOT/SRT officers, beat cops, military snipers, competitive shooters and firearms instructors to ensure it combined the best in functionality, accuracy, dependability, and affordability,” Rise Armament offered in a statement. “From a squad car to an entry team, it’s duty ready right out of the box.”
Available to LE departments, the rifle can be procured now.
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With jets replacing prop-driven airplanes in combat after WWII, the Army was in need of replacing their legacy anti-aircraft guns such as the M45 Maxson quad-50, which was designed to swat Japanese Zeros and German Messerschmitts from the sky. The new Atomic Age military required something more modern. The answer came from Springfield.
Starting in 1956, the Army’s Springfield Armory in Massachusetts in conjunction with Watervliet Arsenal in New York began a feasibility study of a multi-barrelled 37mm Gatling type weapon for use as a vehicle-mounted gun. Under a team led by Dr. Alexander Hammer — yes, a gun designed by a guy named Dr. Hammer — the largest Gatling gun developed soon went from the drawing board to the developmental stage.
Basically a scaled-up version of the 20mm Vulcan, the new 37mm monster used a half-dozen barrels that all went just past 8-feet in length. The electrically-driven gun was designated the T250 Vigilante in development. The gun’s fodder was the 37x219mmSR round, which was based on a shortened and necked-down 40mm Bofors case. Its planned rate of fire? Some 3,000 chili-dog-sized shells per minute in 48-round bursts with an eye towards anti-aircraft use, although this could be dialed down to be used against ground targets. Could you imagine 37mm shells raking an enemy pillbox in the latter?
With Vickers making a hydraulic gun drive, a prototype was ready for testing in late 1958 although the Vigilante’s loading mechanism proved to be slower than expected. Improvements were made, including dropping the weight for each of the gun’s six barrels from 73 pounds to 63 pounds each. That, coupled with other modifications such as redesigning the bolt assembly to be able to survive the punishment delivered to the mechanism when fired, drove the rate of fire closer to the intended 3K rpm mark.
Also, according to Alex MacKenzie with the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, “it fired out of battery a couple times in testing, which absolutely wrecked the guns.”
By 1960, mock-ups of the T250 on an armored vehicle chassis — the T249 — were created, incorporating an integrated pulse-doppler radar fire control system mounted to help track incoming aircraft and slew the big 37mms to the target. On the downside, the vehicle had just 192 rounds in its ready magazine, which allowed for only four bursts at the maximum rate of fire before it had to be reloaded by hand.
However, it was not to be and the Army went with the combined Vulcan Air Defense System (VADS), a smaller 20mm Vulcan-based answer to air defense that had more flexibility. That, coupled with Hawk, Redeye, and Chapparal surface-to-air missile systems, proved to be the military’s primary anti-air package through the 1960s and 70s until they were in turn replaced by the Patriot, Stinger, and the Avenger systems.
That doesn’t mean Vigilante was totally forgotten.
During Vietnam, when the Air Force was using old C-47 transports as mini-gun-filled “Spooky” gunships and were looking to upgrade to larger C-130 models, thought was put into a big side-firing gunship cannon. Meetings held at Wright-Patterson Air Force base in 1968 and 1969 considered the never-produced 37mm T250 Gatling at first but then ruled it out in favor of other designs. Today, AC-130s carry a mixture of 20mm and 30mm guns as well as 40mm Bofors and 105mm howitzers.
Sperry-Rand also later envisioned the Vigilante for their entry to the Army’s ill-fated Division Air Defense (DIVAD) gun system competition in the 1970s, chambered in 35x228mm Oerlikon. It was not successful.
A few elements of the Vigilante survive today. Springfield Armory National Historic Site has the first of six T250s built, gun X1, still in their collection where it has been since 1960 after they got it back from Picatinny Arsenal. They also have a plastic mock-up as well.
If you want to see the only T249 vehicle, which mounts the big 37mm Gatling, it is in the U.S. Army Artillery Museum, at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma on macro display.
Special thanks to Alex MacKenzie, curator, and the staff at Springfield Armory National Historic Site for their help with this article. The museum boasts the world’s largest U.S. military small arms collection.
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The Sig Sauer P365 receives the laser treatment courtesy of Viridian as the laser/light company brings a new model designed for the Sig pistol.
Viridian revamps the Sig P365 platform with the Reactor R5 Gen 2 Green Laser Sight and E-Series Red Laser Sight. The Reactor R5 Gen 2 sports Viridian’s Instant-On technology, automatically activating the laser/light when the gun is drawn from its holster. The laser/light ships with an inside-the-waistband holster created for the Sig Sauer P365. The Reactor R5 Gen 2 features a range of up to 100 yards during daylight and two miles at night, according to Viridian.
The E-Series centers on everyday concealed carry. Weighing 0.78-ounces, the lightweight E-Series delivers a range of 25 yards during daylight. With windage and elevation adjustments, the E-Series offers a six hour constant battery life.
“Our E-Series and Reactor Gen 2 lasers are designed from the ground up for concealed carry,” Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen said in a press release. “When combined with the Sig Sauer P365, you’ve got a compact pairing that offers the reliability and fast target acquisition needed for personal protection.”
Kim Selby, a beginning hunter in Big Sky Country, this season had a chance to fill a 20-year dream by bagging her first deer. Selby, who was coached by Hi-Line Sportsmen as part of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Mentorship program, put in lots of hard work and relied on the program to help get her into a successful hunt.
“I was born and raised in Montana and I have become more interested in keeping the Montana traditions alive in the family,” Selby said. “And I found out about the mentorship program and it was just like exactly what I was looking for.”
In what some are calling Hunters Education 2.0, the program matches more seasoned hunters willing to impart their skill set gained by experience to those lacking a mentor. Its a situation with benefits on both sides of the hunt.
“It was an honor and a pleasure to share time afield with Kim,” said Francis Drew Henry with Hi-Line. “The goal was to teach her what I know, but in the end, we both learned a lot from each other. I’m sure that her persistence and dedication will continue to make her a successful hunter in the future, and I’m looking forward to our next hunt together.”
Under the program, mentors must be experienced hunters at least 21 years old that have passed a hunters ed course if applicable. The state in 2015 also established an apprentice hunters program geared directly to those age 10 and up. When in the field together, the pair must remain within sight of and direct voice contact at all times. The first season allowing apprentice hunters, Montana officials saw 3,711 youths signed up to hunt.
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Winter can affect how we protect ourselves, and it makes good sense to consider all of the potential issues.
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Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto has been a busy boy. Last week he was in Paris grandstanding about climate change, and now he’s sticking his proverbial finger in the eye of the Pennsylvania state legislature by proposing a trio of anti-gun measures in direct contradiction to the state’s firearms preemption law.
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Springfield upgrades their SAINT AR Pistol to the new premier SAINT EDGE Series lineup. The improved SAINT EDGE Pistol weighs 5.75 pounds and is only 24.6 inches long. At the same time, they loaded it up with features that are not available anywhere else at this price and make this gun a pleasure to shoot.
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ArachniGrip delivers a new model in its Slide Spider design specifically created for Desert Eagle handguns.
The Deagle inspired Slide Spider fits all calibers in the handgun lineup to include the .50 AE, .44 Mag., .357 Mag and .429 DE. Available in black or red, the Slide Spider helps owners snag a better grip on the gun in order to easily manipulate its slide. ArachniGrip says in addition to color choices consumers can also request the Desert Eagle logo be added to the grip. This incurs no extra charge.
“Weighing in at around 4.5 pounds, the Desert Eagle can be a handful. Cycling the slide may also be a challenge for many shooters. Responding to requests for a Slide Spider grip that would make the slide resistance friendlier, ArachniGRIP developed an innovative design (our largest to date) that gives additional needed grip surface and leverage for the weighty slide on the handgun,” ArachniGrip said in a news release.
The Slide Spider is available for most semi-automatic pistol models to include Glock, Smith & Wesson, Ruger and Beretta, among others. The Deagle Slide Spider by ArachniGrip features a price tag of $19.95.
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When we deck the halls with tinsel and lights, who thinks of gussying up their guns as well? We at Guns.com, that’s who! Whether you’re in the market for some firearms with a little flair or simply enjoying the gun porn, here are a few you won’t want to miss.1. Kimber Amethyst Ultra II
Carry gun meets style in the Kimber Amethyst Ultra II. The purple PVD coating and cut scroll engraving are all class. The 9mm wears Tritium night sights, a match trigger and barrel, and purple G10 grips. If the Barney-tones of the Amethyst are not for you, the company also put out a more muted Rose Gold and a Sapphire blue edition as well.2. Charter Arms Old Glory
If you’re a little more patriotic than you are diamonds-and-gold, the Charter Arms Old Glory just might trip your trigger. The red, white, and blue five-shooter is a Cerakoted version of the company’s Undercover model .38 Special.3. Sig Sauer Rainbow
The last of our reasonably priced and factory available “designer guns” is the Sig Sauer P238 Rainbow. A micro compact .380 ACP, this baby carry gun wears a rainbow titanium finish, SigLite night sights, and custom Rosewood grips.4. The Trump 45’s
President Trump brings out the bling in gunmakers. Cabot produced a series of 1911-style Trump 45 pistols in 24 Karat gold with meteorite components. Selling prices ranged from $15,00 to north of $50,000. If gold is too much, check out biker-man-turned-firearms-builder Jesse James’ .45 ACP built for “45” himself. It’s relief engraved and finished with touches of 24 Karat gold. While the price is unknown, the cool factor is certainly high.5. Nighthawk Korth “The Dragon”
This one-of-one custom revolver is a killer partnership between Nighthawk Custom and Korth. Called “The Dragon,” this .357 Magnum features uncommonly deep hand-engraving. While a dragon wraps around the entire gun, the details are real silver and gold, with rubies inlaid for the eyes. That’s a hard one to top, and for $40,000, this stunning wheelgun can be yours.6. Savage 1899 Monarch Grade
One of the most beautiful production rifles we’ve ever seen has to be the Savage Model 1899 Monarch Grade lever action. While one of the top specimens has a permanent home at the Cody Firearms Museum inside the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the other recently sold at Rock Island Auction for — now brace yourself — $540,500, before buyer’s premiums. Sorry to say the gavel just fell, so you’ve missed your chance, for now.7. The Show Guns of Tiffany Co.
We’ll just leave this right here. Yes, the Tiffany Co of fabulous jewelry fame bling-ed out some guns in the late 19th Century, with fewer than fifty ever made. No, nobody can afford or shoot them, and most are housed in major museums like the MET. But yes, we still like to look.
North Carolina-based Trailblazer Firearms recently shared some photos from their factory floor showing some of the production on their folding .22 deep concealment pistol.
Machined from a solid billet and featuring a steel barrel in an aluminum frame and handle, the compact folding rimfire is discreet.
Overall length is 3.375 inches with a width of 0.5 inches, or about the same profile as a stack of credit cards. Weight is 7 ounces.
Billed as the “last gun you’ll leave behind,” the Lifecard is capable of fitting in the “5th” pocket of a pair of jeans and the company has sold more than 6,000 guns so far, proving that it isn’t vaporware.
“Our commitment to designing and manufacturing American-made firearms remains our top priority,” says the company in a statement, going on to elaborate that 2019 “may include a few new product announcements.”
Retail on the Lifecard is $399, tin not included.
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Retired accountant and longtime firearms instructor Judd Earley said he’ll carry both full and subcompact pistols, but to stay comfortable under the hot Texas sun, he’ll use an assortment of holsters. “As a professional (accountant) for 32 years, I carried every day and my clients never knew I had a gun,” Earley said. He recommends that others do the same to stay comfortable no matter what they wear.
“Even though we have concealed carry and open carry in Texas, I never open carry,” he said. “When it’s too hot to wear a vest to help conceal my Glock 17, I wear a Glock 43 in what is called a Cell Pal holster.”
Originally designed to hold a flip phone, the Cell Pal portion is an actual cell phone case that clips to a belt and the gun inserts into an actual holster that hangs below the waistband inside the pants. “The gun rests comfortably on the top of your thigh and the muzzle never points into the top of your leg or into your groin,” Earley said about the design.
Earley is a License to Carry (LTC) Instructor, NRA Instructor, a Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Instructor and a CCL holder. He and his wife Sheila have been teaching LTC classes in Texas since 2000.
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Magpul introduces a new accessory into its inventory, releasing the M-LOK Dovetail Adapter 2-Slot, 4-Slot and Pro Chassis Full Rail for RRS/ARCA interfaces.
The Dovetail Adapter features a precision machined aluminum build topped with a corrosion-resistant Mil-Spec hard anodized finish. The unit is M-LOK compatible, directly mounting to M-LOK handguards.
Compatible with RRS Dovetail Standard accessories, the Dovetail Adapter features multiple drilled stop locations to prevent over-travel, according to Magpul. The adapter also uses snag-resistant beveled edges for a comfortable and functional aesthetic. The Dovetail Adapter enjoys the added benefit of recoil mitigation lugs, according to Magpul.
“The optimally-placed recoil/impact mitigation lugs ensure the M-LOK Dovetail Adapter remains securely in place throughout the most rugged use and heaviest recoil impulses, making the M-LOK Dovetail Adapter a rugged, repeatable and precise mounting solution,” the company said in a news release. “In addition, the rear of the 4 Slot and the Pro Chassis Full Rail Dovetail Adapters also include a hardware access point that allows easy removal of the front action screw on a rifle mounted to a Magpul Pro 700 chassis, mitigating the need to remove the Dovetail Adapter from the chassis.”
The 2-Slot Dovetail Adapter retails for $44.95 while the 4-Slot comes in at $59.95 and the Pro Chassis Full Rail is priced at $74.95.
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Melding fashion with firearms is what Armed in Style does best. A mix of 2A themed gear and accessories, the relatively new brand is making a splash specifically in the female fashionista firearms world.
At the helm of Armed in Style is owner Heather Roberts. With an infectious positivity that oozes from the company’s social media posts, Roberts’ cool girl vibe is ever-present in the products she brings to the brand. Melding sophisticated style with the Second Amendment, Roberts’ first came to the apparel market as a consumer looking for gun shirts that meshed with her own aesthetic. After searching high and low with no viable options, she decided to take on the gun apparel industry herself giving women like her an outlet to express their 2A love.
“I first started Armed In Style because I was originally shopping for some stylish gun shirts that would meet my style standards and my search was proving too difficult and producing too few options for me,” Roberts told Guns.com in an email. “The more I thought about it, the more I realized that the firearm enthusiast market, especially for women, seemed like it was ready for more subtle and stylish options. I wanted to be a part of encouraging women to support the 2nd amendment and self defense.”
The process was a quick one for the company, with Roberts pulling the first design together in three months. Now, a year and a half later, Armed in Style boasts a bevy of products from holsters to t-shirts to even dry fire pillows dedicated to allowing gun owners to complete dry fire practice at home.
Besides just offering a range of products, Roberts has also infused her own unique style into the brand. Armed in Style completely circumvents the “pink it and shrink it” archetype, offering flirty and feminine firearms products that don’t demean or belittle gun owners. This decision was a conscious one, Roberts said. The aim of Armed in Style is not to focus on the frilly but instead deliver options that women can easily assimilate into their own lives and wardrobes. At the end of the day, Roberts says, the goal isn’t to throw 2A in your face, but rather serve as a conversation piece.
“I felt like by adding style and finesse in stylish shirts, holsters, phone cases, mugs and dry fire pillows then it may be a good way for my customers to start a conversation with others about the right to keep and bear arms,” Roberts commented. “I like to take an educational approach to the 2nd Amendment. With the more subtle designs or clever sayings, it may open up for a conversation such as, ‘Hey, what does always ready to slice the pie mean,’ boom, conversation started.”
While Armed in Style is somewhat new, its success has largely landed on the back of Roberts and her use of social media as a marketing tool. Blasting her products on Instagram and Facebook, the brand has built a dedicated following of supporters.
“Social media has been huge, gigantic, massive in getting Armed In Style up and running and sustained! I solely market on social media and it has opened up so many opportunities for growth and new leads and inspiration,” Roberts said. “ When my customers post on social media and they tag me, I literally do a little happy dance and get so excited about it…every time!”
Roberts said 2019 is poised to be a big year for the company, with gun stores now lining up to carry the products in store. Additionally, the company will be launching more stylish options for consumers.
“In 2019 you can expect some excitement,” she said. “I have some gun shops that are going to start carrying Armed In Style. I also already have plans to launch an item of the month plus some exciting surprises with that. We are hoping to keep our customers excited and bring more and more style to our community.”
Roberts also leaked the dry fire pillow line with be getting more additions, noting that a farmhouse style pillow is on the docket for 2019.
At its core, Roberts said that Armed in Style is a simple concept that she thinks gun owners can really get behind. “We are a Christian brand, here to bring style and support to the 2nd Amendment while maintaining strong Christian values and morals.”
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Democrats in the Steel City last week announced a package of laws they would like to enact to ban various firearms, magazines and the like, despite state laws against just such a move.
The bevy of new ordinances proposed by the Pittsburgh City Council with the support of gun control groups, Mayor Bill Peduto and Gov. Tom Wolf aims to make it easier to seize guns for those thought to be at risk, ban firearms deemed “assault weapons” by name or features and outlaw bump stocks, some types of bullets, “sawed-off rifles,” suppressors and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
“This legislation will help to prevent military grade weapons from reaching the hands of dangerous individuals,” said Councilperson Erika Strassburger, who co-sponsored the legislation that would ban everything from pistols with a threaded barrel to a semi-automatic rifle with a thumbhole stock.
However, gun rights organizations to include the National Rifle Association and the statewide group Firearm Owners Against Crime point out that the proposals run afoul of Pennsylvania’s 1974 firearm preemption laws barring cities and counties in the Commonwealth from establishing local gun controls of the sort proposed. The NRA, Second Amendment activists, and gun trade groups took Pittsburgh to court in 2009 and won an important legal victory against the city enforcing past ordinances regulating the transfer and possession of firearms.
“What the city is doing is criminal,” Kim Stolfer, FOAC president, told local media. “There’s going to be more than one lawsuit. We’re also going to be pursuing criminal charges against the mayor and council for intentionally violating the law.”
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