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The Seraph Duty Grade Holster

In this industry there are a million different holsters, and I have tried most of them at one point or another, including the top tier versions and the low effort versions.  When I set out to design a duty grade holster the finished product was this Seraph AIWB Duty Grade Holster from V Development Group.  This holster features true hide premium kydex material, comes with a DarkWing (an industry standard for AIWB wings), comes with 2x MOD4 DCC "Short Wing" clips with extra clamping force, two premium soft looks and a large muzzle pad.  Aside from these things, the holster itself features an open bottom design for maximum comfort, as well as specific geometry for retention.  The gun "clicks" into place every single time, no matter what.  I have personally worn a Seraph on duty for 16+ hour days, consecutively, without issue.  The rear and front sights are protected from contact, and there is a large amount of mindset considerations which went into the overall design of this holster.  If you are in the market for a "the one" AIWB holster, you'll be very hard pressed to find anything more premium or more rigorously tested to duty grade standards.  Beyond that, the previous generations of the Seraph have all been compatible with any future modifications or attachment upgrades.  So the Seraph I have from several years ago still works perfectly fine and is able to accept all the upgrades. 

Lots of Pew

Bootleg inc MLOK handguard, upper receiver and adjustable bolt carrier (for suppressed use).  Arisaka Defense MLOK fingerstop.  Rainier Arms Ultramatch 2 barrel.  Geissele tall mount for Aimpoint T1/2.  KAC Flask, for when you get thirsty during the boog.  Headhunterblades.com Kryptos Dagger.  Magpul 40 rounder and varying party favors for good measure.

Help an officer in need

Officer Thmpson has been battling cancer for a good period of time and he needs some assistance because his department has been shortstroking him on benefits, care and support.  This is a situation where a good officer is being screwed over by the top brass for simply existing.  Darrel has a gofundme page up, and I can verify it is directly to support his financial issues stemming from his battle with cancer and his departments non-support.  Any donation would be greatly appreciated!

Purpose Built EDC

Not all EDC items are made the same, some are much more applicable to specific circumstances than others.  If you are looking to upgrade your EDC items, these are some of the best (as long as they are legal in your AO).

Modlite Handheld 18650 with OKW head
Headhunterblades.com Dirty Blade with custom NorthmanBlades Handle
1.5" RMT Tourniquet (TCCC approved) - The best TQ on the market in my opinion
Brass Knuckles

Arisaka Defense Offset Optic (RMR) Mount

Arisaka Defense crushes it again with their Offset Optic Mount.  I threw a 1 MOA RM09 RMR on it.  Very fast to pick up target up close.  I'll be doing an initial impressions write up about it shortly.

Go Big

Go big or go home.  Clockwise: P14 bino setup from saltcityguncompany.com, Modlite IR 18650 on Arisaka Defense inline MLOK mount and fingerstop, on a bootleg inc handguard.  Kryptos Dagger from headhunterblades.comTL Gen3 slide with Trijicon SRO and Ameriglo MOS sights, SCD from Taudevgroup.com and 850XL from nightsticklightsMSA Sordin Supreme PRO-X with noisefighter earpro gel upgrades (these are awesome)

Spinnaker Croft

I've been wearing this Spinnaker Croft on bracelet for a few months now.  It's a decently priced diver with an automatic movement (you have to wear it to wind it or it stops).  Feels decent on the wrist, will be doing a review eventually of it.  Not bad for the price, on amazon for quick shipping.  Old school AR15 magazine and pineapple for aesthetic.

Amtacshooting.com 2020 Course Schedule

If you have not yet made up your mind on with whom to train with for the 2020 calendar year, check out amtacshooting.com course schedule.  He's got a TON of awesome, and new, classes up and you should definitely consider training with Bill Rapier.  His Modern Minuteman course is essentially the must-do course of the year.  It covers so many need to know things, you'd be surprised what you don't know you should know.  Check it out.

Vortex Razor HD GEN III 1-10x24

Vortex is slated to release the Razor GenIII 1-10x24.  Guess we will how good Vortex variable power game is.  I am hopeful that it'll be better than the NX8 and in the ATACR arena, as it'll be similar price.  

Happy Holidays

As usual, this time of the year is extremely busy for everyone, especially those of us who have to work through the holiday week(s).  I'll be posting another end of year thoughts.  If you missed my 2017 end of year thoughts - "Do not be a Pedestrian" make sure you check it out.  Even though it was written two years ago, it is extremely applicable today, and likely will stay applicable.  As always, have a safe holiday season.

Bill Rapier on Surefire Field Notes

Bill goes over one handed draw stroke, framing and applicable mindset.

Miami Dade UPS armed hijacker shooting incident

If you have not seen this yet, it's been all over the internet, all the crazy anti-LE people are coming out in droves and putting their foot in their mouths.  Right now, the news is reporting (link autoplays a video with sound) that 4 are dead after a daytime jewelry store robbery and carjacking of a UPS truck and the kidnapping of its driver who was killed in a subsequent daytime freeway during traffic shootout.  The issue people are pointing out is that the officers used civilian's cars as temporary cover and that was extremely bad.  It may have been, but it is too soon to tell as its an ongoing investigation which requires more time to develop and for forensics to come back from the deceased and shot.  One innocent bystander was shot and killed, there is also a ton of video.  I'm going to try to post as much video as I can here, although its difficult to find and its getting zucked almost as fast as it's being uploaded.  Once there is more info available and more reports come back I will sit down and hammer out an educated LE opinion article on it.

Sunday Evening Thoughts

If you've been tracking on this situation in NY, you know that there has been a yuge amount of activity on social media because of it.  Thankfully there are two serious lessons to be learned directly from this situation, which most people have learned early on in life but for those who need a refresher, I'l spell it out.

Blauer Crush Boot - Initial Impression

Blauer sent me these Crush Boots and having worn them for about a week, I can say I am pretty happy with them overall.  When I first got them I posted on my Instragram page @vdmsr a bunch of photos and wanted to follow up with a more detailed initial impression post.  From the above photo you can see that they very much look like a modern "sneaker" type duty boot or mid-height cross-training type shoe.  If you read my review of the heavily used Salomon XA Pro Mid GTX duty boots, you'll know I really like mid-height boots for duty work.  Most PD's have a requirement that the boots be black for duty and toe be to hold a polish.  While I respect that requirement these are specifically designed to meet the needs and requirements of the daily grind of police street work.  You can see that there is molded rubber on the front, sides and rear heel area.  That makes for easy clean up if they get dirty, you just hose them down and that'll take care of it.  Another good aspect of them is that they are very breathable, definitely not a cold-weather winter boot as they aren't insulated, but good for 40+ degree days at the lowest.

Guardian Angel Device and friends

I posted about the Guardian Angel Device before, threw it into some more photos with friends.  Headhunterblades.com Dirty Blade, Nightstick Lights USB-558XL, ThompsonLeh G19 Slide with Trijicon SRO and Nightstick Lights TCM-550XL.

If you're going to purchase a GA device please use code 236CLIP for a free clip and free shipping!

ATEI Shim-Sight ACRO Milled Slide

Quick post about the ATEI milled slide with their custom shim-sight for the ACRO setup.  I'll be posting more about it tomorrow!

Internet Finds

There is a lot of cool stuff I've found online over the last few weeks and wanted to post it up before Black Friday as you guys may be interested enough to seek it out.

The above photo'd Mystery Ranch Saddle Peak Pack is a new release from Mystery Ranch.  Looks pretty cool and if MR is going to go with this new design as their standard away from the tri-zipper type design that may be a win.  These are slightly larger than the Urban Assault pack I've had for a while which I'll be reviewing soon, but smaller than the Scree which I am currently using.

Hamilton watch released their black chrono version of the Khaki Field Automatic.  It looks a lot like the IWC Top Gun, which is 10x more expensive but aesthetics are still there.  There is a non-chrono version which has been available for a while now, which is half the price of the new chrono.

I posted before about Mission Darkness Faraday Bags, and its something that I keep finding online which as a very legit application, privacy.  If you put your phone in one of these bags, it is not going to get signal and cannot send anything out either.  So if you're worried about the NSA spying through you on your phone, or you believe the FBI is tracking your location via GPS, this is probably a good idea to get.

Home protection, documentation and the social aspect of the Ring devices is very interesting and should be considered.  There is usually some sort of Black Friday deal on these types of devices, but even if you don't want to get the Pro version (above) there is a cheaper (almost half) which is still pretty effective.  I'd highly recommend getting some kind of video system for your home to cover your front and back area which directly connects to your phone and saves footage you can access if needed.  Now a days we are stuck in a "video or it didn't happen" type of culture and it may get more into that particular realm the more personal video surveillance becomes accessible, and necessary. 

Longines released this Heritage Military 1938 watch recently.  At 43mm and featuring their in house mechanical movement it's pretty cool.  The older watches which were very popular during the 1930-1940's are being redesigned, made slightly larger and re-released with modern movements.  This watch comes in at a modest $2400 retail, so you'll probably be able to find it for under $1500 soon, that's a steal of a price for such a watch.

George Will released a pretty detailed and thoroughly thought out book, The Conservative Sensibility.  This book is in line, and cites, other major works well known in the conservative circles, like The Conservative Mind, and The Promise of American Life.  If you missed George Will on Ben Shapiro's Podcast, you should check out the interview.

Sandisk dual USB type-c and a traditional USB connector in one device.  So you can go from your phone to your computer, and the other was around.  Gives you expanded ability with your phone or your laptop device to transfer data, videos, etc.  Just make sure you encrypt anything you put on this device that you don't want getting out there.

Samsung Space Monitor comes in two different sizes, in 4K and comes with a tilting mount for $400.  I remember when these types of setups easily cost double.  Now the name is a little bit of a misnomer, in that, it's not "Space age" it's having to do with "space" as in area.  It allows you to use a big monitor in a smaller than normal working space because it can tilt up and down.  It's also bezel-less on three sides, which means during the 2020 CES which is coming, there will be some serious releases.

Multifunctional socket set with universal socket, these used to be at home depot for around twice the cost of them currently.  The universal socket works on nearly everything without having to get a specific size of that socket.  It's good for general purpose and not meant for torquing anything serious.  There are some pretty interesting hacks with these tools so you can google them if you are interested.

Pick-up tool combo, these are about $10 or so for both and you get have some easy to carry tools to grab things in small, hard to reach areas.  These types of tools are an absolute must for most tool kits as they allow you to get to, and retrieve, small items (like small screws/springs for pistols).

6mm diamond texture work gloves, these are also good for not getting blood all over your hands.  A good pair of disposable gloves is worth their weight in gold.

Cyalume Commercial/Industrial grade green glow sticks.  They are about $1/stick, and they will last on a shelf for a few years.  Easy insurance for SHTF type situations.

Wera Tool Check Plus, a small, almost pocket sized, tool kit which lets you do a lot of things with a small package.  This kit is really small but build extremely well.  I've seen these kits in person and they are very well built.

The Echo Show 5, and those devices like it, allow you do things on-the-fly which you may not have been able to do before.  Specifically, have real-time vision of your RING system I posted about above, give you direct info on a screen and provide you a facetime/duo/etc video chat type connection as you go.  Most of all it allows you use to youtube and the computing power of google and amazon to get info immediately visually.  This is really good and come Black Friday I'll probably be getting one of these, or something bigger.

Fujifilm Instax Mini Liplay camera, is a pretty interesting modern concept of the old school Polaroids.  These have bluetooth, and a variety of new features which we wish we had back in the day.  Most of all, you can print out photos and hand them to people, that's literally priceless.  You can re-print the same photo, as it's digitally stored and the refills are about 50cents a piece, which is still fairly expensive if you look at how much Amazon Photo costs you, but still not bad in the grand scheme of things.  This would make an awesome gift for a younger child who wants to record a trip or something of that nature.

If you are looking for a set of new active-styled headphones which also provide you an awesome level of tactical awareness, the newer versions of the bone-induction headphones are probably the best available right now.  AfterShokz makes a bunch of different types of bone-induction headphones, I have used one of these for an afternoon and I can say without hesitation that they do really well for allowing you to hear things around you without allowing people around you to hear what you are listening to (on just under highest volume setting).