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Scott Wagner with the Smith and Wesson Bodyguard with Crimson Trace laser engaged


Review: Smith and Wesson M&P Bodyguard Crimson Trace .38 Spl Revolver

“From pistols designed for concealed carry to modern sporting rifles, all M&P firearms are jam packed with power, performance, and protection. Delivering superior products with versatile, easy-to-customize features, M&P adds undeniable value to every shooting experience. The .38 Bodyguard ups the bar for concealed-carry revolver performance.” That’s some pretty fancy marketing speak from Smith and Wesson. However, the author is ready to back that up and more with his review.

Running a buffer over a leather holster

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Holster Maintenance

It’s gratifying to see how conscientious the huge majority of carry permit holders are, and how seriously they take their responsibilities. Despite what the mainstream media would have you believe, these folks are not just numerous—now somewhere north of 14 million nationwide—but also astonishingly law-abiding—6 to 10 times more so than law enforcement, who are in turn 30 times more law-abiding than the general public. However, they are plagued by a few common problems.

Blackhawk CQC Concealment holster with Smith and Wesson Model 642 revolver

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Review: Blackhawk SERPA CQC Concealment Holster

I have been using Serpa holsters since at least 2006. Back then, I had put together a training consortium and created the “727 Counter Terror Training Unit.” BLACKHAWK!’s gear, especially the Serpa holster, proved its durability and reliability time and again making it one of the most popular pieces of gear. Today’s Serpa fills a range of duty and civilian uses. Find out if it is right for you.

Safariland 578 GLS holster with Glock pistol

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Safariland 578 GLS Pro-Fit — A holster to replace all others?

As a level 1 secure duty holster, the 578 GLS Pro-Fit automatically retains your firearm when holstering the gun by locking on to the trigger guard. The Shooter’s Log’s Gordon Meehl put Safariland’s Pro-Fit holster to the test with multiple sized firearms and garment combination to see what worked and what did not. Read the full article for the results.

Galco Sto-N-Go

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Galco Introduces Fits for the New S&W Shield .45

Galco Gunleather has announced the introduction of several new holster fits for the new Smith & Wesson for the Smith & Wesson .45 ACP! Galco worked closely with the S&W prior to the Shield .45’s release highly successful introduction at the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Louisville Kentucky.

BLACKHAWK!‘s Leather Tuckable Pancake Holster

Gear, Parts and Accessories

BLACKHAWK! Releases New 3-in-1 Concealed Carry Holster

BLACKHAWK!‘s new Leather Tuckable Pancake Holster offers maximum versatility and the ability to adapt to most popular carry configurations. Plus, more versatility means one holster to do it all saving you money. The Tuckable Pancake Holster features a three-slot design for strong-side, behind-the-hip, appendix and cross-draw carry on belts up to 1.75” wide. Adjustable cant and ride, along with a built-in shirt shield, add comfort and a moisture barrier between the user and firearm.

DeSantis TGat 131 holster

Gear, Parts and Accessories

DeSantis Offers New 1911 T-Gat Slide Holster

1911 fans looking for a new carry solution should put DeSantis at the top of their list—especially with the introduction of the T-Gat Slide #131 holster.The T-Gat Slide, #131, is a trailing-slot belt scabbard made of premium saddle leather. Highly detailed molding and a reinforced thumb break provide retention. It also has a molded in sight track. The T-Gat can be worn cross draw or strong side.

firing a gun through a coat pocket

Safety and Training

Everyday Carry Means Everyday Awareness

The facts are not in your favor if you don’t consider your everyday carry (EDC) gear and learn to use it well. Of course, your gear should be chosen after more than a 15-minute investigation. Step through the factors the author thinks you need to consider to be prepared on a daily basis.

Black Blackhawk IWB holster with black-and-silver handgun on a white background.

Gear, Parts and Accessories

The Importance of Finding the Right Holster

As important as the handgun you buy, is the holster you carry it. It really doesn’t matter what kind of pistol it is or what you intend to use it for—almost every pistol needs a holster of some kind, but how does one go about finding the right holster? This guide walks you through the different types and suggestions on where to carry your concealed handgun.