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The 5.11 Tactical Double “Duty” belt is a very nice pistol belt for the price but I’m not sure I’d refer to it as a duty belt. A duty belt is typically bigger and beefier and used to carry equipment easily, in a readily-accessible manner, while leaving the hands free to interact. This is more than just a pistol and mags. This is radio, cuffs, taser, etc… I would not consider this belt a “duty” belt.

Description from their website: “With a dual-layer reversible design that offers two different color options, the 1.5” Double Duty TDU® Belt offers exceptional versatility in a quick and efficient design. Crafted from rip-resistant nylon, the 5.11® Double Duty Belt incorporates a durable non-metallic buckle that won’t set off metal detectors, making it a great choice for both air travel and EOD. An easy thread belt tip ensures fast on and off, and 5 rows of stitching provide maximum stability.

First of all the price. $23. This is a very inexpensive belt for what it delivers. You can’t even get a decent belt at Wal-Mart for what this belt costs, and this one will out last any belt you get at Wally World.

The belt is two sided so you can wear either the black side for dress or to be less obvious or you can flip it around to it’s colored side (either green or brown depending on your choice) if you’re not worried about people spotting the belt. With most of the zombies out there today this won’t be a problem anyways. I like mine green-out unless dressing up.

This belt is a 1.5″ (You can also get 1.75″) belt so it’s the biggest you can get without having special pants with bigger loops. Five horizontal stitches keep the nylon weave stiff. In the month I’ve worn it it really hasn’t gotten floppy at all and holds up my fully loaded XDm, 2 full spare mags (19 rounds each) and Gerber suspension Multi-tool without breaking a sweat. To do that with my old leather belt I had to wear it really tight. A little TMI warning… Wearing a belt too tight really irritates my gut so having a belt I don’t have to over tighten to carry my gear helps immensely. Also, make sure you get the fit right because at first it’s not easy to adjust like a typical belt with holes. Once you get use to it, it does get a little easier to adjust. Also given the buckle design the buckle and belt do stick out quite a bit.

Customer service. For a company like this it sucks. It took 3 weeks to get my belt. 2 weeks after ordering I emailed customer service wondering why I haven’t even so much as gotten a order or shipping confirmation email. FOUR DAYS LATER they emailed me with that confirmation and a tracking number. When I finally did receive it everything was great. Packaging was adequate and nothing was damaged.

Sizing. This is important! These belts are NOT sized by your waist size like a typical belt. They are sized by belt length. Measure your current best fitting belt tip to buckle and order one size up from the number, especially if you’re going to carry inside the waistband. I wear 38″ waist pants even though I’m a 36″ waist because I carry IWB a lot so I need the room. The belt I ordered was the XL which is for 40″-42″. It fits perfect with about 6″ of belt to spare. Moral of the story? Measure twice, size up, order once.

Overall, despite the slow customer service (which may have been a fluke as I’ve never had a problem before) I do highly recommend this belt and other products from 5.11 Tactical. I also have two of their holster shirts and love them though they won’t handle my XDm. They handle my wife’s LCP very well and are also handy for holding other things like wallets, keys, flashlights, etc…

To order from them goto: http://www.511tactical.com/double-duty-tdu-belt-1-5.html

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This is my review of the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB holster. This is their top of the line IWB holster. Watch the video below for information on this holster and how it’s constructed.

So, here are my thoughts. Ordering to the door took 9 work days which is commendable as they estimate 12-14. Packaging is nice. There are plenty of video reviews on YouTube about the packaging and the holster so I’ll get into the meat of my review… The holster its self.

I messed around with all the different configurations possible with this holster and ended with the slide side all the way up and the grip side all the way down giving the maximum cant.  This works best for me because I spend a lot of time in vehicles. This position gets the magazine off my back. My particular holster has the custom plastic mold for my Springfield XDm 4.5″ 9mm which is no small pistol and not the easiest to conceal.

I am wearing it in the 4:30 position which is the factory recommended position and it is by far the most comfortable, though I kinda like the 5 o’clock position too but have to put my shoulder out of joint to draw from it. From 4:30 I don’t have to dislocate my shoulder. I did, initially seem to have problems drawing but realized it was human error. What was happening is when drawing the grip side clip would stay on the belt like it should but the soft part of the holster would bend and the holster would come part way out of my pants. Come to find out there were a few things going on here. First, I was thumbing the soft part of the holster by the slide. Second, I had the retention too tight and Third my belt was a soft piece of shit. I now wear a 5.11 Tactical Double Duty Belt which holds this up very nicely.

Back to the holster. Time will tell of it’s durability but from other reviewers I have read it will be a very durable holster. Keep in mind these are NOT kydex holsters. They are Boltaron plastic, which is a very durable plastic. Here is an explanation about that plastic versus kydex.

As far as the tuck-ability of this holster is concerned it is definitely tuckable. Where I have issues is I’m a tall guy and wear tall tuck in shirts. If the shirt tucks really far into the waistline then the fabric will scrunch up a little bit by the holster. Also if you’re skinny like me it will still be hard to completely conceal a full size firearm like my XDm. Just remember something, 99.9% of people out there aren’t looking at you trying to figure out if you’re packing. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but most people are smart phone zombies. They probably wouldn’t notice if you had one in your hand. Also keep in mind there are people out there that ARE looking. Cops, Security Guards, Other CCW holders, etc… It’s still in your best interest not to print and this holster does a DAMN good job of that. Even with a relatively tight fitting shirt on you still won’t know I have my pistol on me unless you put your hand on my lower back / hip, and unless you’re my wife, kids or chiropractor you better keep your hands off!

Fit and Finish? I tried and couldn’t find one blemish or flaw. The neoprene backing is very comfortable against the skin and the “alien” material feels a lot like premium leather, though I know it isn’t. It does provide plenty of grip on the firearm though.

To be honest I can’t find anything wrong with this holster which is out of character for me. I guess I’m just that impressed and I highly recommend this holster for someone needing to wear tuck in shirts. One request I have for Alien Gear? IWB Tuckable Magazine holsters to match. Pretty Please! I would love to be carrying my 2 extra mags also and it would help balance out the load.

Oh, how the hell could I forget price??? You WILL NOT find a comparable holster for the same price. Don’t let the price fool you. This holster is, in my opinion better than holsters costing twice as much.

I gotta admit, one of the reasons I choose Alien Gear is because they are not only committed to the 2nd amendment, they also have a sense of humor!

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This is a review of the Magpul Dynamics video “The Art of Dynamic Handgun“. To sum it up quickly this video is the bomb!

This is a 4 DVD set with the first 2 discs being the main course. The 3rd is a basic concealed carry course and the 4th is a disc on various drills (I’ll list these below). Mixed in among all the training is detailed talk about equipment. Guns, Ammo, Suppressors, Holsters, Belts, Lights, Lasers, etc… along with the outtakes. These are flat hilarious. Unlike just about every other firearms training video from other people I’ve watched this one is professionally done. Most videos are shity quality but this one is not.

The main course includes 8 different students. These students are all men except for 1 woman. Between the men you have 2 cops, 2 marines and 2 people in the firearms industry. The woman is a college student pretty fresh to firearms.

At the end of the 2nd disc they run each student through realistic scenarios. All do well except for Willie, the girl. She had an even more realistic scenario thrown at her in that one of the targets was a friendly. Needless to say she shot the friendly and ricocheted off a car roof. Like they say, the range is the place to screw up.

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Had some family issues today so I decided I needed some group therapy. Went to the range with a close friend and blew through 148 rounds of 9mm doing some Tactical pistol training. It was a blast (pun intended) and I learned a few new drills along with blowing off some stream.

So if you need a little stress relief, go to the range.

BTW, this is a 8.5″ x 11″ target at 10 yards. Rapid fire drills, not slow aim plinking.

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When the zombies break through your outer defenses and are bearing down on you by the dozens you want to be head shot accurate. To do this you need to train, and train a lot. The most effective technique to ensure consistent accuracy, sight alignment, recoil, etc is your grip. Trigger control is next but not as important as your grip. You can have perfect trigger control but with a crappy grip we’ll all give you the nickname of “shotgun”. The following article describes the grip used by almost all competitive shooters and special forces soldiers including the famed navy seals.

It’s a difficult grip to re-train yourself into if you learned wrong but worth the time to learn and employ. I’ll be honest, it’ll feel awkward as hell for a while. The best way to re-train yourself is to get a magazines worth of snap caps and draw, aim, shoot, rack, re-holster, repeat. Do this thousands of times. It’ll take this long to re-train yourself. While doing this you should also be working on proper stances and proper trigger control. Also, don’t rack the slide every time which might lead to you developing a “muscle memory” to rack after every shot. That would be, as George Orwell says “doubleplusungood”. Also supplement with genuine live fire “range time” be it in your backyard (if possible), the range or the forest (safe practices of course). This way you won’t develop that muscle memory.

When all is said and done and the zombies are almost on top of you you’ll be dropping them with single, well placed head shots to the ocular window because you took the time to train correctly. Isn’t that what preparedness is all about anyways?

Read the article here: http://www.handgunsmag.com/tactics-training/tactics_training_combatg_100306/

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This is my short review of a great product. As much as I love and wear this shirt I do have some issues with it so I can only give it 4 out of 5 stars.

First, the good. This is a form fitting shirt so it will be snug. It comes in black or white, v-neck or regular, short sleeve or no sleeve, and has underarm pockets on both sides. The pockets are each large enough to carry a full size auto pistol but you’re not going to fit a huge magnum revolver in there. This shirt provides very deep concealment for those of us who need to be extremely discrete. Of course that comes with a price. The extra deep concealment makes it difficult to get to. This can be resolved in a few ways.

1. Keep your outer shirt untucked.
2. Keep a button totally or partially unbuttoned making it easy to slip your hand in.

The shirt may even make you look like you’ve been working out. The firearm will make your lats appear bigger while the compression fit will pull in some of that spare tire.

The construction of the shirt screams quality. There are no threads gone astray or mismatched sizing. This is a high quality shirt. It better be for the price!

Now the bad. I got the short sleeve because the no sleeve wasn’t available at my local Runnings store. The sleeves crawl up into my armpits and can be quite uncomfortable. I am constantly pulling the sleeves out. If you have chest hair then prepare for an itchy break-in period. And finally, after a while the small velcro tabs that keep the pockets closed do wear out. Also it is quite pricey if you ask me.

Depending on the size and weight of your firearm if you run there will be some “sloshing”, meaning that it will bounce and shift back and forth, but this is minimal. Hey, it’s not kydex attached to leather remember.

Now, I don’t know if it’s my body or the material but my body can’t seem to figure out if it’s cold or hot in this shirt. That may be neither here not there.

A quick note to remember. You don’t have to just carry a gun and spare mags in this shirt. You can use it to carry your wallet, keys, etc…

Overall this is a great shirt but a little pricey. If you need deep concealment this is your new holster.

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My new carry pistol! That’s how much I think of this firearm. BTW pictures are NOT of my pistol. You don’t need my serial number lol.

I recently acquired a brand new Springfield Armory XDM 4.5″ 9mm Pistol, and let me tell you, this is one nice firearm!

There are two types of pistol owners out there. The Glock snobs and everyone else. To the Glock snobs there is nothing better than a Glock. To the rest of us, we know better. I’m of the latter group. Personally I don’t like Glocks. They don’t fit well in my hand. They don’t present well when raised, at least for me and they are just plain ugly as sin. Do they work? Of course, and they work well, nobody can deny that but there are other pistols that are just as good and even better for the same price, and even cheaper. The XDM line of pistols fit that category to a T. To a Glock snob that statement is heresy.

First of all you get everything you need in one place. All except for ammunition that is. The package includes the pistol (obviously), 3 magazines (19 round capacity), kydex holsters for the pistol AND the mags, a speed loader, three different sized back straps, and a really nice case for it all along with all the other accouterments every other brand new firearm comes with. Something that you get that’s not typical is a bore brush on a wire rod. This is a very nice touch. The speed loader has a weaver rail mount on it so you can mount it on your weapons rail OR the mag holster, which has 2 weaver rails on either side also. Here you can mount a laser or light when not on the gun (when holstered for instance). Even the carrying case has weaver rails!

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Sorry Tony and Alisa if you read this I’m going to pick on you a little. This episode is about as hilarious as it gets. You can tell these 2 know very little about firearms. With that said try hard not to laugh at the terminology (BTW guys, it’s range BOSS) and listen to the parallels they draw to marriage. It just might do you some good.

Take this also as a nudge to get out there with your spouse and shoot! You can’t really call yourself preppers if you are the only one who knows how to use your firearms. If you’re down the rest of the family is vulnerable. I can only imagine these two guys dealing with a home invasion. No guns in the house to begin with, heck they live in California where guns are all but outlawed but just the utter fear that Alisa has toward that harmless piece of steel shows what living in that state does to you. I could never live in such a restrictive state. I’d rather live where I do where it’s already been 20° at night. Ya Tony and Alisa that’s a friendly jab to you guys too lol. Seriously though, gun homicides are way down though the public perceives them as way up due to our state controlled leftist media pushing the presidential puppets gun control (read, confiscation) agenda.

Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware | Pew Research Center

Full disclosure here, I’ve listened to these guys for a couple years on and off. I actually stopped listening a while back because I was so frustrated in my own marriage it was hard to listen to them. However, I smartened up eventually and got caught back up on their podcast. Not that my marriage is perfect, very far from it, but I’m trying and that’s what counts I guess.

Either way, as funny as this podcast was to listen to (almost too funny for 4am) it really hit home. My wife grew up in a family where her dad had a couple dozen firearms but never taught her anything about them because he was to busy working his butt off to pay the bills. So, she had as much knowledge about guns as Alisa. I grew up in a home where my dad worked at a gun factory but only had 1 and we only shot it once. I concurrently taught myself gun safety and ended up eventually teaching my wife and kids.

Now, my wife and 6 & 8 year old sons could shoot any weapon in the house if needed (and access was granted them… For all you people gasping, my kids don’t have access to any firearm without my or my wife’s express permission and unlocking, and they are highly supervised when they do shoot)

What I’m trying to get at its this. If I’m down, they are my backup.

Now on the topic of marriage… shoot together, stay together. What better deterrent to cheating than knowing your spouse can shoot? I’m joking, yet I’m not. Alisa, some advice. Shoot some more and eventually teach your daughter because as the old saying goes “a restraining order is just a piece of paper”. We all hope it never has to go that far but this is reality we live in. It’s better to have a gun and not need it than it is to need a gun and not have it. A pistol is the ultimate “rape whistle”…

There’s so much more I want to say but I’ve got to get to work.

Listen to the episode here: http://www.oneextraordinarymarriage.com/293-hold-on-tight?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+oneextraordinarymarriage+%28ONE+Extraordinary+Marriage+Podcast+%7C+Sex.+Love.+Commitment.%29

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