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lumtec solar vortex glock 48 handleit grips seraph holster muzzle pad

 I have a few of these Handleitgrips, sent to me from the company and they are pretty good.  Fit the model they are for and grip really well in the hand, I'll be doing more of a post soon about them.

The watch is a Lum-tec Vortex Solar, which is pretty cool.  It's their new solar-powered lineup.  If you want an alternative from automatic/manual or quartz (battery) powered watches, this may be the ticket for you.  Yes it has a battery and is technically a quartz watch, but it charges from the sun, sorta like superman.  The inner bezel rotates and has a near JLC look for the crowns.  The lume is out of this world bright, just like all of Lum-tec's offerings.  Would recommend checking it out.

The bottom right is a Flat Teardrop Muzzle Pad from V Development Group.  You add it to your AIWB holster and it, like by magic, becomes more comfortable and concealable.  It works very well and I would highly recommend it.

Black Guns.

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 If you are in the market for cool guy AR15 parts, you should check out Bootleg Inc for various parts, like uppers, rails, and the suppressed bolt carrier setups that can be changed on the fly.  Their stuff is awesome and this particular rifle has a bunch of rounds through it.  No issues.  

As far as AR15 parts go, Arisaka Defense is probably one of the better companies on the market for the majority of the accessories they sell.  This FDE Tall 1.93" mount for the Aimpoint T1/T2 is very well built and super easy to install.  Well thought out, made in the US, and the guys at Arisaka Defense really know their stuff.  Support a good American business!

If you are looking for a really good all-purpose cold /winter weather glove, check out the SKD PIG cold weather gloves.  I have a few of these that I use on and off duty, they really work well.  I've been using SKD gloves for a long time and am really happy with them overall, probably do a review at the end of this winter for those looking for gloves for next winter.

Headhunterblades.com Dirty Blade should always be on everyone's radar.  If you have a large hand, and/or want a really awesome carry/training package they have a great selection of blades.

All The Medical

top tier medical

 Lots of medical stuff available over at V Development Group, this is all the stuff I normally carry in various setups.  Obviously, I take the RMT's out of the bags, the rest I find methods of carrying.  You should check your medical items every few months to see if they expire or if their vac sealing has been compromised.  If you see that it has, I would recommend getting a new one and training with the old one.  Use tape to protect the new one from the same wear/tare of the old one if you carry in the same place.

Visor Tourniquet Holder


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If you know that you must be ready for whatever happens, and most often we find ourselves inside of vehicles when whatever happens, you know that having the tools needed to survive or save a life, is paramount.  V Development Group has this Visor Tourniquet Holder that is designed specifically with this idea in mind.  Quick access, holds all types of RMT's, chest seals, hemostatic, gauze, gloves, an EpiPen if you need it, or a pro sharpie if you need that.  

Gift Guide


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I get a ton of communication of what I would recommend people to gift for others, usually, women asking what to get for their husbands, boyfriends, or sons.  Also, get a decent amount of people asking what I would recommend as a gift to a new, or experienced, police officer.  This is obviously by design, but I tell them to purchase EDC medical items first and foremost.  V Development Group stocks the majority of EDC medical items anyone would want, from responsibly armed citizens to veteran police officers.  This is done so that there is one place that has the items. 


But what happens when you have been doing the research, been training, and have a good amount of EDC medical kits already, or more directly, want to purchase something else other than medical items.  If the person you are shopping for is a gun-type person, or just likes to have "tool" type hard use items, then you should definitely look at Lumtec watches.  I have had probably more than a dozen Lumtec's over the years since the company opened its doors, and they are on par with some of the more expensive watches that are worth 5x their cost in terms of value, performance, and appeal.  I have several Lumtec watches I wear in my rotation right now, and there is usually one or two that I throw in the mix because they are so good.  


If the person you are shopping for enjoys shooting, taking classes, and doing gun-related stuff, upgraded ear-pro accessories from Noisefighters are the best in the industry.  I have the gel pad upgrades on all of my electronic ear-pro and the cooling covers on several of them as well.  The level of comfort that these add to your ear-pro is worth their weight in gold.  I tell everyone who will listen to upgrade to these gel pads every single time, never had a single complaint yet.

Patriot Men

I know there are a ton of American handmade soap companies out there, but I can tell you without hesitation that Patriot Men's natural soaps are awesome.  Made in Idaho, as a small LE-owned business these soaps smell awesome and are natural.  I have used nearly every scent they sell and am happy with this product.  They were nice enough to provide a discount code - VDMSR - for some percentages off.  I don't get anything for the use, you just save.  Totally worth it.


If you follow this site with any frequency you know that I am always suggesting you get yourself an Amtacblades.com blade for EDC.  Bill has three different blades now, the Northman, the Magnus, and the Minuteman.  These are the best EDC blades on the market in my opinion.  I carry a rotation of them at all times.  Remember you aren't just buying a blade but you are buying a training system with a live blade for application.  Very much worth every penny.

external hard drive

Every year I post up links to Amazon, specifically external hard drives, and thumb drives (specifically Sandisk) because we live in a digital age.  Everything we produce with our cellphones, photos, videos, documents, and so on, are in digital format.  We can save them forever if we choose to.  You should choose to save them, and make sure you back them up each time.  I already posted a few times about protocols on backing up your data.  You should have at least one set of redundant backups for everything digital you have on any phone, computer, tablet, or otherwise.  Technology has a way of failing at the worst possible time for you, so you should hedge against that.  Cloud backup is NOT considered redundancy.  I do not trust it, you should not either.  You should have the physical drive(s) you for everything you want to save.  Memory is still fairly cheap, and definitely cheaper than it was many years ago.  Fair warning.

Steiner MPS - Initial Impression

 I've waited for another enclosed emitter micro pistol mountable dot for a while now.  I have been consistent in saying that the open emitter dots like the RMR aren't something I'd personally recommend for duty work (but policies for various departments are always beyond logic and reason), with that said, I had a lot of hope for the Aimpoint P1 ACRO, but it fell short because of various issues that I documented in a previous article.  With the above in mind, I saw this Steiner MPS at Warrior Expo in July of this year and I immediately knew I needed to get my hands on one.  I talked to the dudes at the show, and they told me a bunch of info on it, basically, they took the P1 ACRO and made it better in every way they could.  Once I was able to get my hands on it, I jumped at the chance.  Steiner was nice enough to send me one for testing and evaluation, for that purpose I will be running it exclusively for the next few months to see what kind of experience I have from the device.  This post is a first impressions post, having carried it for about a week and put about 500 rounds through it, I wanted to give a brief overview of my initial impressions.

OTTE Gear HT Insulated Hooded Jacket


According to the OTTE Gear website, the "The HT Tactical Jacket is designed for the warrior who lives life on the edge. This piece of tactical gear integrates 200G Primaloft® Gold Insulation to give you the best cold defense in the world. The weatherproof Patriot Lite fabric lets you move with speed and stealth. Protect your chin from chafing with this jacket’s microfleece chin guard. The drop-tail silhouette provides extra protection on your six. Use the elastic drawcord to tighten the bottom hem and keep wind out. The relaxed cut provides plenty of maneuverability. Size up if you need to wear body armor underneath. Whether you’re slingin’ lead on the range or backpacking over rugged terrain, the HT Tactical Jacket is an essential component to your tactical gear" and features:

"200G PRIMALOFT® GOLD INSULATION: The HT Tactical Jacket features the highest performing synthetic insulation to help you accomplish the mission in extreme conditions | Learn more about 200G Primaloft® Gold Insulation

TECHNICAL DESIGN: Protect yourself from sidearm abrasions (OWB/IWB) with the internal 200D MultiCam® reinforcement patches and the DWR Patriot Lite fabric makes this tactical jacket weatherproof

BUILT-IN HOOD: The stiff brim and insulated hood comes equipped with side and rear adjustments to keep it secure as you slay targets in wet weather

TACTICAL POCKETS: Gear up to invade the wilderness with the two fleece-lined hand-warmer pockets, two Napoleon-style chest pockets and a large internal mesh pocket

YKK® VISLON ZIPPERS: Trap heat inside and keep your tactical gear secure with this jacket’s military-grade zipper closures".

I purchased this jacket for retail directly from their website for $249.00 in this light-colored "tactical grey" version, they have cool guy colors available now though.  You can use code IGHOOKUP for a discount.  I purchased it in January of 2021, after I sold a KUIU jacket that did not fit me at all - will cover this later on.

Arisaka Defense 1.93" Aimpoint T1/T2 Mount

If you are a return reader of this site you know that I am always recommending Arisaka Defense (Amazon link) / Arisaka Defense (Main website) and its products.  They are great, and if you are looking for a mounting and/or light solution they are the first stop for those items.  They also make great hand/finger stops and now they made this 1.93" "tallboi" Aimpoint T1/T2 mount.  Why 1.93"? If you have night vision, or don't want to crank your neck, it's a decent solution for various applications.  This one allows you to use standard height BUIS and see through the center of it to use them.  I don't use BUIS on this particular rifle due to the NVG setup, but you can set one up that will work for your particular application. 

Safariland 7TS - 7360 ALS - Duty Holster



Per Safariland's website - "The Safariland® 7360 7TS™ Mid-ride holster is incredibly durable, yet remarkably lightweight. Constructed from SafariSeven™ the holster is built to withstand the elements, including extremes of heat and cold. In addition, the holster retains its structural integrity even when submersed indefinitely. On the inside of the holster, the SafariSeven material is non-abrasive to protect your firearm’s finish. Additional protection is provided by raised surfaces which create airspace around the firearm, allowing dirt and moisture to quickly clear contact.