Tru-Spec Pants in colder weather and easy transition

The weather patterns across the United States varies.   Here in the Northeast we get 4-6 seasons.   Most operators are wearing lightweight clothing because they are moving all the time and sweating.   There are big differences in all the materials  used in various tactical pants but the most common is 65/35 polyester/cotton ripstop.   While I can tell you why it is the most common, it is not the most popular because it does not have the best reputation of being all that lightweight in 85F and up temperatures.  It is an easy maintenance pant that doesn’t wrinkle like some other fabrics and it’s also very resistant to absorbing moisture.  Tru-Spec pants can be made from varying types of polyester cotton ripstop, 100% nylon, 100% cotton and cotton canvas and lycra.

When the temperatures drop up here, the Tru-Spec original pant is an easy switch over because the pocket patterns are identical to the polyester cotton ripstop but the material is heavier and warmer.   If you are out on the range from October-March here in Pennsylvania, the last thing you want to wear is ripstop pants.  You’ll feel that cold wind blow right through you on the course.   If you are running and gunning and stop for long periods of time that’s when you’ll wish you had the Tru-Spec pants in 8.5oz Cotton Canvas.

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Rothco Jackets, various weight, colors

Rothco JacketsWe have been very new to the Rothco product line, but they have been around a very long time and have a very good presence on social media and are very good at marketing their product.   We jumped onboard early in 2017 with the product line and found that it has filled a niche.   There are always different levels of durability and quality, but some people want to buy what they can afford.  When it comes to Rothco Jackets, they have a lot of Military, Tactical and CCW options.  We’ve search around the web for IDPA vests, and Rothco has them,  and have been trying to fill the void on a lot of other outerwear.   Online  you can always find plenty of options, but with clothing, you never know how it is going to fit you and how heavy it is.   Most men we deal with have no idea about product materials, but they know what they like when they feel it.

Most people have moved away from the idea of needing a Han Solo winter jacket, and Soft Shell Jackets are very common.   There are huge differences in fit between Condor Soft Shells, Tru-Spec Softshells and 5.11 Tactical Softshells.   You might see 40% differences in prices and if you don’t think you need to spend that much, then don’t.   I think Rothco could afford to put better zippers on some of their products but we have been extremely happy with our customer responses for Rothco Jackets, they buy them because they can afford them.   There are several Vintage Military Styles, M-65 and Bomber Jackets and Flight Jackets.

 

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Building or Buying AR15 Complete Upper Receivers

Right now it’s a buyers market, we’re seeing a huge drop in buying of parts because so many people are getting complete AR15 carbines for dramatically reduced.  I recently was told by a few customers that they were getting Ruger 556 complete firearms for $450 from some dealers.   Well, welcome to the complete and total reset of the gun industry, it was all politically driven and the free ride gun stores have had for the last 8yrs is over.   Last month there was a 25% drop in background checks across the Country and it’s back to normal soon.

The one thing we’ve know is building AR15s is still going to increase and eventually it will be the majority of all AR15 sales.   Buying a stripped lower receiver and putting it together is something you can learn pretty fast, and once you’ve practiced it a few times it will forever affect the way you shop for an AR.   Buying an AR15 Complete Upper Receiver is still fairly common because it takes a little bit more skill to put one together, but still not very difficult.   The buyers market is still going on but it’s going to reset very soon.   Some companies are already laying off and only the best will be around a year from now.

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Old and New Desantis Holsters expect them to last

There are always different price levels in this industry, some products will cost more just because they are made in the US and others may be cheap, but still get the job done.   There are always “options” and not always something that is better than the other.   The one thing we know is Desantis makes great holsters and it’s a name brand with a very diverse product line.  For leather Concealed Carry holsters, you can expect Desantis Holsters to not be the least expensive, but they are almost always worth the investment.   I did have some issues with the designs of the Kydex Scorpion design but they seemed to have figured that out and designed better tuckable kydex holsters like the Scorpion II and the Prowler.

The Cozy Partner seems to be the most popular Glock 19 IWB leather holster because it’s about as New York as you can get.  I know people using those holsters for decades.  Desantis holsters are also some of the best looking holsters from the Shoulder Rigs, IWB Holsters, Paddle Holsters and tuckable holsters.   If you are working on duty, off duty, CCW or Security,  there are some staple holsters from Desantis as well as very new Kydex options.

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What’s the difference between various Combat Shirts, Tru-Spec Combat shirt versions

There are always new materials and fabrics coming out that have improvements in stretch, flame retardants or breathability.  Cotton is always very good for breathability which is why t-shirts and jeans and t-shirts and shorts are not going to go away in hot climates, but they have their drawbacks.  One of the major issues with all cotton products is that always shrink to some degree.  65%/35% polyester/cotton clothing won’t shrink so much, but there area always quality control variations depending on the brands.  We are often asked what the differences are between Rothco Combat Shirts, Tru-Spec Combat shirts, 5.11 Combat Shirts and Condor Combat Shirts.  There are plenty more out there but we know that not everyone is going to drop $100 or more on a shirt.

There is a huge crossover market which many of the products we sell, but we don’t always sell the most expensive products and we always avoid going to low on quality.   The first thing I’d have to say when looking for a combat shirt is the Tru-Spec Combat shirts that outsell any other type are the 1/4 Zip Combat shirts.  If you are wearing body armor you are going to wish you had that feature when you are sweating up a storm.   There are several military units that are actually issued these shirts in Multicam so you know they have a very high approval rate.   There are big differences in the layout of the sleeves from brand to brand, pocket patterns and fit, so this is  something that people either dislike, or it closes the sale.   The Multicam 1/4 Zip Combat shirts are sold in either a Polyester/Cotton Ripstop or a Nylon/Cotton Ripstop.   There is a Standard Combat Shirt, Winter Combat Shirt and the new Urban Force TRU combat shirt. The main reason is that some military and police forces want they nylon/cotton material for added flame resistances, Tru-Spec demos this on a youtube.

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Elite Survival Pulse Backpacks, versatile, affordable and unique

What you do with a backpack is all about you, and products like these can be used for Military, Police, Campers, Hikers or for travel.   The color you choose can portray an image.    You can put any type of patch on these bags for Goruck, SWAT, Medic or just Team insignia.    I have several of camping and tactical bags that I love, but it’s probable been 15yrs since I thought about adding another backpack to my inventory.   There seems to be a sweet spot of “under $150” for which most people want to spend for one and many of the 5.11 bags we’ve sold in the past are getting expensive.   Elite Survival Backpacks has impressively expanded in the last 2yrs and they really are worth taking a look at.   There have been several new ways of attaching molle pouches to bags and this was the first bag I saw with outer molle configuration (which reduces weight).

The Elite Survival Pulse backpack has an impressive versatility and design.   Little things like having a backpack with mesh backing, proper cut for neck and well design support straps are what make or break sale.   The Elite Survival Pulse Backpack also has the ability to carry hydration, sold with or without.   This bag is definitely something we see broad appeal for for backpacking trips, tactical needs and survivalists.

 

 

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Tru-Spec Pants for hot weather, what you need to know

We choose Tru-Spec over many of the other brands based on 2 factors, price point, and quality control.   We never hear about sizing inconsistencies, but there are different “fits” for some of the styles.   Primarily the differences between the 24/7 Series and some of the Military BDU sizing.   There is a broad selection of fabric differences, the biggest being the 65/35 Polyester Cotton Ripstop.  While this material does not breath as well as 100% nylon or 100% cotton ripstop, it is definitely in the lightweight pant category.   There is also a all cotton style in the 24/7 Series Tru-Spec Pants that is good for winter weather.

There are always going to be preferences on pocket patterns, and that’s our customers decision.   The standard Tru-Spec Pants in the 24/7 Series has been around a long time, but I have, along with many local Federal Agencies prefer the Tru-Spec Boot cut pants “formerly know as the Gunny Boot Cut Pants” because the wallet or ID pocket has a traditional pant look, the knife pockets are slightly larger and the BDU pocket has a much more modern design for stowing phones, mag dumps or handcuffs.  The Tru-Spec Eclipse pant is 100% nylon and an excellent pant for hot and humid weather and for keeping bugs off of your legs without having to load up on bug spray, We’ve had a lot of Agencies in Haiti and even Pennsylvania Game Commission buying this style.

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If you are looking for a flashlight for your handgun, you’re safe with Safariland Holsters and Streamlight Flashlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a re-occurring issue every week, several times a week.  Someone walks into our store with a gun they just got and want to put a light on it.   That’s the easy part, the hard part is finding a holster for it.   If you are looking for something other than the Streamlight Flashlights or Surefire Flashlights your holster options are going to dwindle.   The Streamlight TLR-1 is brighter than ever but if you have a preference in activating the toggle, the Surefire X300U is another option but it will cost you more.  There are plenty of other flashlights you can use, Olight Flashlights, Inforce Flashlights, but you will not find many holster options.

If you are looking for a laser light combination, it’s Streamlight TLR-2 or Surefire X400U and it’s the same old story.    Some nylon companies have options but not that many.   Blackhawk made a major market mistake years ago by only catering to Ziphos flashlights which nobody used, and finally got around to making holsters that took the Streamlight Flashlights and Surefire Flashlights.  Check out Safariland Holsters, holster fit guide before you buy a gun, because they really are the place to go to find out what your options are.

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Elite Survival Holsters worth checking out

Elite Survival Systems is one of a few companies we are a dealer for that I personally used their products before we actually carried them.  Just about all of their gun cases are in my personal inventory and many of their holsters.    Some people frown on leather holsters, but it all depends on what your needs are.   Nylon holsters hold up better in some climates much better than leather.  Have you ever seen a leather plate carrier? Nylon has more abilities to be modular and there recently have been some changes to the Elite Survival Holsters that are worth mentioning.

Number one, the Elite Survival Pocket Holsters have been remade with a slightly different finish, I used their previous design for several years and it held up well for only being $12.   There are some preferences that people have voiced about comparisons in pocket holsters, but we have gotten very little complaints about their designs.    The Elite Survival Holsters that we move a lot of, are the BCH or Belt Clip Holsters.   Recently, a removable belt clip strap has been added to this design and makes it a versatile, IWB, IWB with retention, or OWB, or OWB Retention holster.  The belt clips they use can be changed to make it a right handed or left handed holster.  The Elite Survival Ankle Holsters and Elite Survival Shoulder holsters have very comfortable designs and we have a 99% satisfaction rate while many other Ankle Holsters and Shoulder Holsters get returned.

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Eotech Optics what was that lawsuit all about?

There have been a ton of local police departments that took advantage of the Eotech trade in after the military sued L3 over the falsification of what the optics operated under.  Apparently Eotech fixed the problem to some degree but if wood has fluctuations and variables with 10F and 120F, you better bet your bottom dollar that electronics do too.   I’ve heard from companies like Vortex and Trijicon that there is always going to be some level of “thermal drift” but the 6moa point of impact shift that some older models of Eotech had were disturbing.  What should you know if you are looking for a wide field of view and still like Eotech optics?

Well,  Eotech took over 26 Million dollars of Eotech optics back and claim to have great fixed the problem, but if you were not running your optic in drastic temperature or humidity conditions, you would never have noticed.   I am in the boat of people that sent their Eotech 512 back but I still long for the field of views that Eotech optics had.   You will not find many red dots that have the speed that the holographic gun sight have and there is still something that they do right that you should consider.   The F16 gun sight heads up display works for fighter pilots and it still works well for operators running M16 or AR15 Carbines.   I still wish Eotech would come up with a better battery life and improve on that technology.

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