Well if there is an optic that many “dream about” but never can afford, that dream is $150 cheaper. Due to Trijicons strict MAP (minimum advertising price) for dealers, you’ll find that not many people list it below MAP price, and I can assure you if they are, they are not a direct dealer because Trijicon will revoke their dealership for doing that. The ACOG is one of those optics that probable is designed exactly for an M16 and was the first optic I’ve ever used that had point of impact estimations. You will want to make sure you are getting the optic that fits the bullets you are shooting because some of setup for 55FMJ and others are 62gr SCBT. There is also, specifically 300 Blackout ACOGS.
We usually do price negotiations and cash discounts on Trijicon Optics because the MAP pricing is a little higher than what most people expect. You can usually get $75-$100 off MAP from us and now with the Trijicon ACOGS having a $150 rebate from Trijicon Inc, you are getting about $250 off the MAP pricing. Keep in mind that the ACOG is one of the most copied optics on the black market and there are plenty of people that tell us idiot stories about how they know someone that got one for $350 or $500 NIB. If you are dumb enough to “NOT” know that you are never going to get an ACOG that cheap NIB unless it was an Estate Sale, this $150 rebate is about the best thing you will ever get other than a used one. Give us a call or email us for our best pricing.
That’s about how long I’ve been using Wilson Combat Magazines with my 1911’s, and after 20yrs I’m sticking with them. I have never felt the need to use 7rd magazines, nor have I felt that the 10rd extended magazines were of any use to me. I’ve been running and gunning the 8rd Wilson Combat magazines with very few issues. The truth of the matter is I’ve run some of these magazines long enough for springs needing to be replaced and all of the springs replaced in my 1911s. Everything in the firearms industry wears out and breaks at some point, it’s just how long it runs and what it’s failure points are.
There is always somebody new to the world of 1911s and you don’t always have to buy a high end 1911 to have a reliable one. I’ve shot 185gr 45acp FMJ and 185gr hollow points, 230gr RN and 230gr HP rounds in my 1911s. I’ve done barrel throating and polishing of feed ramps and got good results and I’ve seen the difference my guns jamming with hollow point ammunition when using USGI mags, and the same ammo NOT jamming with my Wilson Combat Magazines. Most people using the extended 10rd magazines are using them for competition shooting sports.
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.
We 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.