Archive for April, 2015

Desantis Leather Holsters, Desantis Scabbards are excellent Holster Options

Desantis HolstersOne of the first things to factor in when you are looking for a  holster is security, your personal comfort and whether you want a quick on off holster.   I’m a big fan of paddle holsters for a reason, but we sell a lot of the Desantis Thumb Break Scabbards and the Desantis Speed Scabbard holsters.   Thumb break holsters are considered to be old-school to some people, but releasing a firearm this way is very natural, just look at all of the Safariland ALS holsters, the new Elite Survival Holsters and the 5.11 Thumb Drive holsters.   Desantis Leather is probable in the Top 3 Category for best looking or nicest looking leather.   I have holsters that are 15yrs old that even though they have wear, are still very sturdy.

There are plenty of IWB holsters to choose from but I’ve often avoided leather for IWB due to the climates I am usually carrying in.  There is some angle adjustability with these Desantis Holsters with a 3 slot option.  You can play with the different angles and learn why canted holsters can be good.   This is something I often suggest for Medium or Large Frame firearms like the M&P 9/40,   Sig Sauer P229, P226 or hopefully soon the Sig 320 which really has become popular.   Glock firearms are still very popular and these holsters good for Winter Carry or Detective work.



You need a holster where do you start? I’d suggest Fobus Paddle Holsters

Fobus Paddle HolstersEveryone reading this lives in different temperatures and climates and our methods off carry are going to be different.   Here in Pennsylvania we have to change our carry options at least 2 or more times a year.  It’s hard to carry IWB in the winter if you are all bundled up and that’s when I consider shoulder holsters and usually paddle holsters, I often switch to a larger firearm.  In the summer, when it’s t-shirt and shorts time, it’s almost always pocket carry.  I got tired of having to worry about shirts printing, or body sweat building up on a firearm.

We have about a 9 questions check list that we ask customers when they walk into our store and ask about holsters, you really need to have some idea what you are looking for besides comfort because there are so many options.   If you just got your CCW, a good starting point are the Fobus Paddle Holsters, you’ll learn a lot the first couple weeks you carry and after that you can move on. They are usually in the $30-$40 dollar range.  Always verify holster fit with the model of your firearm.   We often get partial model information when we ask people what firearm they need a holster for.  For example: “what gun do you have?” and the response is “a Springfield XD” and several questions later they inform us it’s and XDS.


Wilson Combat Magazines for Competition and magazine rotation

Wilson Combat ETM MagazinesOne thing I learned a long time ago, is magazine rotation and paying attention to round counts in firearms.  You don’t have to be exact but if you keep a reference to how you buy in ammunition, it will be a good way to know how much you put through your firearm.   I’ve been on firing ranges enough to see firearms fall apart, scope reticles spin, magazines dump ammunition and semi-auto firearms go full auto.  Those statistics are there and they will eventually occur at some point.  There are reasons why you need to always point a firearm in a safe direction because there are mechanical things that can occur that caWilson Combat 9mm Magazinesn and do happen.

Magazine and recoil spring replacements are inevitable and it’s best to stay ahead of the game before you find out at the wrong time.  You should consider having range magazines and having carry magazines and always ROTATE your magazines.  Wilson Combat ETM magazines have numbers on the bottom of the magazines that you can use to help you monitor usage.   I’ve never had issues using 8rd 1911 magazines and pretty consider that to be a standard capacity magazine even though 7rds use to be the common standard.

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