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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Don’t want to go deaf ? Tested Shooting Ear Protection Muffs The percussive vibrations of each gunshot actually kill vital little hairs deep in your inner ear.   And that can open the door to a high pitch ringing or humming noise that can last forever . Best Shooting Ear Protection We’ve got the 411 on the best shooting ear protection…from affordable passive ones to the top-of-the-line electronic earmuffs .

10 Best Shooting Ear Protection [Electronic & Passive Hands-On]

10 Best Shooting Ear Protection [Electronic & Passive Hands-On]Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Don’t want to go deaf ? Tested Shooting Ear Protection Muffs The percussive vibrations of each gunshot actually kill vital little hairs deep in your inner ear.  And that can open the door to a high pitch ringing or humming noise that can last forever . Best Shooting Ear Protection We’ve got the 411 on the best shooting ear protection…from affordable passive ones to the top-of-the-line electronic earmuffs . We’ve tried them all over hundreds of hours at the range as shooters and range officers. We’ll go over some preliminary info but if you want the results right away…check out our table of contents. Table of Contents Loading... Shockwave, Meet Inner Ear Everyone always talks about the middle ear.  That’s mainly the eardrum and those three little bones with cool names: the hammer, anvil, and stirrup. But what really causes hearing damage though is what happens in the inner ear. Anatomy of the Ear Inside, picture a spiral staircase.  Only this passage is just 2 millimeters wide and maybe 30 millimeters long all coiled up. Sound races along the outside of the staircase, but in the middle are the organ of Corti (yup, sounds ominous) and the basilar membrane.  Both are long and thin, with the organ resting on the membrane.  All along this little assembly are tiny little hairs.  They register sound and transmit it through the auditory nerve to your brain. But—and here’s the kicker—exposure to an intense sound—that’s 140 dB or more—can make segments of the organ of Corti separate from the basilar membrane.  Portions of it actually tear away and float around. Sounds you hear all the time can have a huge effect your hearing. So you end up with an inflamed lesion that causes an accompanying chemical reaction.  Hairs die.  Scar tissue forms, and even with rest, the tiny hairs typically continue to degenerate.  A cascade effect takes over, and the entire auditory central nervous system goes deaf. Researchers suspect that tinnitus—that high pitch noise inside your head that won’t go away—“begins as a result of the brain trying to regain the ability to hear the sound frequencies it has lost by turning up the signals of neighboring frequencies.” One more thing: noise exposure is cumulative .  Each loud sound is killing ear hairs, so you need to be thinking about total exposure over the course of days, weeks and years. Ready for some hearing protection yet? Pregnant Women, Take Note If you’re looking to go to the range while you’re pregnant, you might want to rethink that. There are some special considerations that you should know if before going. Check out our complete article Shooting While Pregnant for more details! “Proper” Hearing Protection First of all, forget cotton balls, tissue, packing peanuts, or my personal old-shooter favorite, cigarette filters. While they are better than nothing, they are also next to nothing.  At best, you’ll get a reduction of maybe 7dB. Cotton Balls are Barely Better than Nothing Effective choices for hearing protection come down to earplugs earmuffs combinations of the two and some techy alternatives with sound-circuit technology. There are so many options, there’s no reason not to protect your ear hairs.  From neon foam-on-strings to high-tech headphones, there’s something for everyone. What you should be looking for is a minimum noise reduction of 15dB, but 30dB is preferable.  Pair a good set of plugs with muffs and you might shut out another 10 to 15dB or so. Decibel Comparison of Different Guns and Rounds You know the load you like to shoot, but a conservative 140dB is a common figure for an average muzzle blast.  A .22 will be less, a magnum more.  With quality protection, you can start approaching a range that’s still loud—as in chainsaw- or sandblast-loud—but may be up to 1,000 times quieter. 9 Best Shooting Ear Protection Circle of Shooting Ear Protection Earplugs Traditional earplugs fit inside the ear, forming a seal that blocks sound. They come in a range of sizes, configurations and materials—from foam to hypoallergenic rubber and moldable polymers.  Earplugs tend to be more efficient at handling low-frequency noise. Pros: Least expensive option. Highly effective. Disposables available in bulk at pennies per pair. Some rated 30dB or better. Available strung or unstrung. Reusable models washable. Some models moldable for custom fit. Compact for transport. Good for tight spaces; no snagging. Cons: Fit constraints for narrow or wide ear canals. Comfort varies widely. Muffles all sound indiscriminately; works too well. Foam models require proper roll-down insertion, removal and reuse. Some models difficult to pair with muffs. Moldables more expensive; may be difficult to alter. Fumble-and-loss factor in dirty environments. 1. Disposable Foam Earplugs The most affordable of the bunch and really protective at 32dB NRR (noise reduction rating).  Remember to compress them before sticking them into your ears. Ear Buddy Foam Earplugs 17 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 17 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing There’s tons of other foam options but I would stay away from cylindrical ones…those are not very comfy. 2. SureFire EP3 Sonic Defenders Want something reusable and gives you two levels of hearing protection? Surefire EP3 Sonic Defenders Enter Surefire EP3 Sonic Defenders which have “filter caps” you can choose to have in or out. Surefire EP3, One Open One Closed Having it open gives you still decent protection against gun shots but allows you to hear range commands and regular talking. They fit very well but keep in mind there are sizes…here I am comfy with Mediums. Wearing Surefire EP3 Sonic Defenders Great for outdoor ranges and “normal” calibers…but if you’re shooting indoors or shooting magnums…I’d double-up with these inside and then earmuffs over. Surefire EP3 Sonic Defenders 14 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 14 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing There’s also EP4 Sonic Defenders which have a longer flange into your ears. I prefer the EP3s though. Passive Protection Traditional earmuffs come on a headband and have foam pads that cover and form a seal around the entire ear. For those who don’t like the over-the-head fit, a few versions have back-of-the-head wrap designs.  Muffs typically are better at screening out higher frequency sounds. Weak Hand Shooting Drills with Ear Muffs Pros: Convenient to put on and take off repeatedly. Comfort level. Easily paired with earplugs. Relatively inexpensive. Foldable models compact. One size usually fits all. Durable. Cons: Can be bulky, heavy. May snag or bump in confined spaces. Comfort issues, especially in humidity, hot or wet weather. Can interfere with proper cheek weld. Issues with safety or prescription glasses and proper ear seal. May not provide as much noise reduction as earplugs; can require pairing with plugs. Hats or long hair, anyone? My favorites and what I wore for a long time are the 3M Optime model and Shotgunner model. Shotgunner & Optime Ear Muffs 3. 3M Peltor Optime 105 The Optime 105 is super protective with 30dB NRR but is also quite bulky. Passive Shooting Ear Protection It’s not heavy but it will seriously cramp on your cheekweld situation for rifles and shotguns. Use if you’re shooting handguns…and especially if you’re at an indoor range where the sound reverberates. 3M Peltor Optime 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing 4. 3M Shotgunner II For going slim …I really like the 3M Shotgunner . Passive Shooting Muffs, Side (L to R: Shotgunner, Optime 105, Optime 101) I painted mine over and it served me well for years.  It’s less protection at 24dB but you can always double up if it gets really loud with compensated rifles.  Comfort is average but I found it to be fine for a few hours if I can take it off my ears during downtime. Best Passive Ear Protection 3M Shotgunner II 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Now, let’s dive into electronic ear protection that cuts out harmful shooting sounds but amplifies regular sounds like people talking. 5. 3M Optime 101 (Behind the Ear) One of my newer passive earmuffs is the Optime 101 Behind the Ear which allows you to wear a hat, helmet, or face mask unobstructed. 3M Optime 101 I’d try these out if the other earmuffs aren’t to your liking. Now how about we move onto… Electronic Protection Electronic Shooting Protection, Open High-tech electronics are stepping up the game for earplugs, ear cuffs, ear muffs, and every smart device in between. These focus on screening out the loud booms while letting you still hear conversations and the sounds of the great outdoors. Pros: Noise filtering; loud noises muffled but conversation and subtle noises amplified. Comfort. Small, compact. Lots of options, including Bluetooth to enable smartphones. Available in stereo. Variety of formats—muffs, earplugs, semis and cuffs. Cons: Price point—usually $50 and up, up, up. Batteries required. Not always water-resistant. Expensive to lose; fallen electronic cuffs and earplugs hard to find in the field. Comfort. Some models are bulky, heavy. 6. Howard Leight Impact Sport My go-to recommendation is the "Howard Leight Impact" Sports . Howard Leight Impact Sport They are super popular for a reason.  They are affordable and they work…15K reviews on Amazon with a 4.5 star average. It’s the first pair of electronic earmuffs people get when they are tired of yelling “ WHAT?!? ” when someone speaks to them at the range. Howard Leight Impact Sports and Pro Affordable, decent protection at 22dB NRR, slim for rifle/shotgun shooting, and reasonably comfortable. Plus they come with AUX-in for devices. Best Budget Electronic Ear Protection Howard Leight Impact Sport 53 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 53 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing The only thing I could knock them for was their comfort.  But with the newly released gel caps that makes them super comfortable. Noisefighters Gel Pads 40 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 40 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing These feel like the pads used in my favorite $200+ earmuffs further down the list.  AND they have cutouts for eye protection since after a few hours your glasses really dig into the side of your head. 7. Howard Leight Impact Pro If you’re ready to jump up a notch you get 30 dB of protection and ability to hear people around you and range commands. Howard Leight Impact Pro with Noisefighters They are large, bulky, but surprisingly light and comfy to wear even for longer range sessions and provide amazing noise reduction.  I’d recommend these if you are shooting large caliber handguns or shoot at an indoor range. Howard Leight, Side Profile They are pretty thick and will mess up your rifle cheekweld. Plus…since they also fit the Noisefighters Gel Caps ! Howard Leight Impact Pro 55 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 55 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing 8. Walker’s Razor Slim Muff Ok, no list would be complete without the Impact Sport’s arch-nemesis…Walker’s Razor Slims.  They look cooler and performance is pretty on par. Walker’s Razor Ear Protection I’d say get whichever one is cheaper or on sale…which usually are the Impact Sports. And keep in mind the Walker’s don’t have AUX-in if that’s important to you. Walker's Razor Slim Muffs 44 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 44 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Cabela's (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing And oh yes…they also have access to Upgraded Gel Pads . Walker’s Razor, Side with Gel Pads 9. Pro Ears Pro Tac Slim Gold For most you’ll be well-served with any of the Howard Leights with the possibility of upgrading to gel caps. Next up is a bigger jump in price . But with that you get much better cutoff and amplification.  Pro Ears has a stellar reputation and I like their Pro "Tac Slim Gold" edition.  They don’t make my Editor’s Pick because they fit a little tight for people and the ears aren’t as comfy as the MSA Sordins. But if you want better sound quality and shutoff (plus the ability to change it for each ear), I like Pro Ears’ Pro Tac Slim Gold with 28dB NRR. Pro Ears Pro Tac Slim Gold 150 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 150 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 10. MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X Most of my fellow competitors wear MSA Sordins for their comfort and sound quality . MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X I finally caved after I became range officer for a couple competitions.  That meant constant blasts for hours while still needing to hear everything. I simply asked my competition buddies “ what are the best electronic ear muffs ” and the MSA’s got the majority of votes. They already has built in gel caps and there’s a couple colors.  I of course went with the camo… Supreme Pro-X Controls They are comfy for hours with their gel caps, have easily accessible button controls, great sound cutoff and compression, and allow for earplugs if the decent 22db NRR doesn’t cut it. MSA Supreme Pro-X, Side Plus they can attach to ballistic helmets and comms if that’s your thing. Best Overall Electronic Hearing Protection MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X 269 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 269 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing What I wear when I shoot for hours and my main recommendation for when people want the best. What do you think about the MSA Sordins? Readers' Ratings 4.90/5 (451) Your Rating? Conclusion MSA Supreme Pro-X To sum it all up… To get great protection and not have to deal with earmuffs…get some disposable foam earplugs. Ear "Buddy Foam Earplugs" 17 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 17 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Want to upgrade to some earmuffs? I like the slim Shotgunner ones if I’m shooting rifle. Best Passive Ear Protection 3M Shotgunner II 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Otherwise if I want the most protection I go with Optime 105s which are bulky but the best rated. 3M Peltor Optime 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Ready for electronic protection?  My go-to suggestion is Howard Leight. "Best Budget Electronic" Ear Protection Howard Leight Impact Sport 53 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 53 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing And for the best electronic earmuffs I’ve been rocking for the last few years…MSA Sordins. Best "Overall Electronic Hearing" Protection MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X 269 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 269 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Let me know if there’s any that we missed.  And if you’re looking for Best Shooting Glasses or Best Shooting Gloves , click those links to see our other hands-on reviews. All Tested Tactical Shooting Gloves

Best Belly Band Holsters of 2020 [Buyers Guide]

Best Belly Band Holsters of 2020 [Buyers Guide]

There's been an increasing amount of people applying for concealed carry permits recently. Each state has its own set of rules when it comes to carrying a concealed weapon (CCW), but the general idea of concealed carry is to hide your weapon in plain sight. One popular type of concealed carrying is with belly band holsters. In this article, we're going to discuss some of the top belly band holsters and highlight what makes each model unique. Beforehand, we'll also provide some helpful info related to what makes a great option and why. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Belly Band Holsters OUR TOP PICK: ComfortTac Ultimate "Belly Band Holster" Concealed Carrier, LLC Belly Band Holster For Concealed Carry BravoBelt Belly Band Holster LIRISY Belly Band Holster BEST BUDGET OPTION: AlphaHolster Belly Band Holster Comparison of the Best Belly Band Holsters IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick ComfortTac Ultimate Belly Band Holster Best belly band holster Universal holster magazine pouch and large elastic pouch for other stuff Ambidextrous design, works well for men and women at all positions View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Concealed Carrier, LLC Belly Band Holster "For Concealed Carry" Best belly band holster runner-up Universal fit and can be worn comfortably against your skin Available in both right and left-handed models "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" BravoBelt Belly Band Holsters Best belly band holster third runner-up Flex fit neoprene design conforms to the body shape for comfort Ambidextrous and modular holster system with tight fit View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews LIRISY "Belly Band Holsters" Belly band holster for women Anti-sweat backing allows it to be worn for longer durations Fixed magazine pocket and an extra movable pouch View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Best Budget Option AlphaHolster Belly Band Holsters Best Alpha holster belly band More stable holster to keep your gun steady while movement Can carry two firearms and has room for two extra holsters View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews DeSantis Belly Band Holsters Best Desantis belly band holster Ballistic nylon fabric design for extra durability and strength Features three pockets, good for large-frame handguns View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews UnderTech UnderCover Original Belly Band Two ambidextrous slots for pistol & revolver Soft surgical grade elastic material fits all handguns Features papers and mag pouch. Machine washable View Latest Price Read Customer Reviews Best Uses For a Belly Band Holsters As a perfect option for a variety of activities, belly band holsters offer a rig worn around the waist, that's connected at the end via Velcro or metal clips. In other words, belly band holsters are a big band of elastic that users can wear around their hips or waist and holster their gun or other belongings. Belly bands are made from stretchy, elastic materials and are ideal for walking, jogging, hiking, and other physical activities. They often feature other pockets aside from the main holster are extremely versatile. There are many traditional holster options. Inside the waistband (IWB) holsters are a great option for concealed carrying, but lack the versatility and comfort offered by belly bands. Different circumstances require different holsters. The last thing you want at the gym or during a jog is a belt - hence why belly bands are ideal. Jogger wearing belly band holster Belly band benefits are not limited to comfort. They are made from stretchy material and are designed to carry a wide range of firearms -- from full size sidearms to subcompact pistols. This style of holster is also well known for their functionality when it comes to fashion. Belly bands overcome restrictions that are usually accompanied with traditional holsters. Hip holsters are usually worn around the three o’clock to four o’clock position. However, belly band holsters can be positioned under the chest, in front of the body, or around the hips. Besides, who wouldn't enjoy some extra pocket space? More often than not, these holsters come equipped with extra slots to carry magazines, credit cards, flashlights, or cell phones. Proper way of measuring your gun ( Source ) Are you looking for a belly band with extra security? If so, you should opt for a model with straps. Keep in mind: while this can hinder your draw, this will also aid in retention. As far as maintenance is concerned, you should not tumble-dry this type of holster. Doing so will cause damage and alter its functionality. Belly band holsters should only be machine-washed in cold water and hung to dry. Quick Take - The Best Belly Band Holsterss These are our recommendations for the best belly band holsters: ComfortTac Ultimate Belly Band Holsters Concealed Carrier, LLC Belly Band Holsters for Concealed Carry ​BravoBelt Belly Band Holsters Review of the Best This Belly Bands Now that we've discussed the key components of belly band holsters, we're going to take a look at some of our top picks. Best Overall: ComfortTac Ultimate "This Belly Band" for Concealed Carry CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Can be worn in many ways Made from neoprene material Waist size is a “one size fits all” Comfortable, adjustable belly band fit Has retention straps for additional support Can fit a wide range of handgun sizes and types Cons Difficulty re-holstering Since they are a deep cover, the quick draw will be compromised Shallow storage pouch that squeezes the magazines out while bending What Recent Buyers Report Many new users were really impressed with the overall comfort and fit of this holster. And it was great for both men and women who conceal carry on a regular basis. One user said that she was getting tired of wearing an IWB holster that felt really uncomfortable each time she wore it. So after considering her options, she ended up with this holster and believed that she made the right choice. Why it Stands Out to Us This holster is designed to be a “one size fits all” kind of holster. But it can certainly fit a good deal of shooter sizes with the right adjustments. Made from high-quality neoprene, it’s designed to give you a seriously comfortable fit each time you use it. This is great news for those with sensitive skin as well. It’s soft material that won’t irritate the skin even if you wear it on a hot summer day. The ComfortTac Ultimate belly band is one of the best Belly Band holsters available and our top pick. This belly band holster is 5-inches wide, 42.5-inches long, and made from comfortable neoprene material. Since the holster is one size fits many, it can accommodate a wide range of sizes -- both handguns and waistbands (up to 44-inches). If you find the traditional waist size still a little limiting, ComfortTac also offers an XL variant which fits up to a 54-inch waist. Be sure to measure your hips or belly when sizing and not go off of your pant size. This product is designed with an elastic holster and storage pouch for spare magazines or other accessories. It has retention straps for extra support, but some users find that cutting off the straps offers better speed when drawing. This model is suitable for men and women and is available for right-hand and left-hand draws. The selling point of this holster is the versatility of carrying it in any position: inside the waistband (IWB), over the waistband (OWB) , appendix holsters , behind hip (5 o'clock), small of the back, cross draw, and even high up like a shoulder holster or concealed carry shirt. Like any product, this holster doesn't come without a few flaws. One we found is that a small pocket pistol may sit deep in the holster, making it harder to access when in need. Who Will Use This Most This holster will be perfect for both men and women that plan on conceal carrying a pistol on an everyday basis (or EDC carry). Yes, it will give you the best in concealability and comfort. And that’s pretty much what you’ll need in any kind of holster. Your best chances of achieving that might be getting a belly band holster like this one. Bottom Line If you are in search of a holster that might be perfect for comfort and concealing your favorite pistol, you’d be hard-pressed to find a belly band holster quite like the ComfortTac Ultimate This Belly Band. With high-quality materials and a comfortable fit, how can you possibly say no? The ComfortTac Ultimate This Belly Band is a great way to conceal carry a variety of firearms. It is comfortable, easily-adjustable, and extremely versatile. On top of everything, this model is unisex and can be worn by anyone, anytime. Runner-up: Concealed Carrier, LLC This Belly Band for Concealed Carry CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros One size fits most Works for a petite female Can be worn in many ways Holds any size revolvers and pistols Neoprene material feels soft to the skin Has retention straps for additional support Cons May not fit extreme waist sizes The small pistol may sit too deep inside the holster which may affect easy access What "Recent Buyers Report" This holster was great for users that were either left-handed or right-handed shooters (since the holster was available in either hand orientation). Users with up to a 44-inch waist were able to fit this on themselves without any slippage or anything coming undone. And the holster was at a good size to fit most full-size and compact pistols without the pistol itself wiggling or slipping out. So far, new users were satisfied with the holster overall. Why it Stands Out to Us A holster made for even some of the larger sized shooters, this is one that will provide a perfect fit up to 44 inches. Even if you are a bit on the heavy side, it won’t be a problem. The holster itself is designed to hold a good amount of pistols and revolvers. Whatever you own, you can holster it securely. On top of that, it has an additional pouch that you can use for the purpose of including an extra magazine. If you are looking for a holster that will keep you ahead of the curve, then you may want to give this a chance. Another great belly band is from Concealed Carrier, LLC. This model is made from neoprene and measures 5-inches wide, 42.25-inches long, and can stretch up to 44-inches. While elastic is not ideal material because of its tendency to pinch skin and hair, neoprene on the other hand is soft and comfortable. Additionally, the holster is ventilated so your skin can breathe well during use. With this, there's also an added pouch for items such as your cell phone or extra mag. This model can easily fit anything from subcompact or compact weapons up to a full size 1911. But, there is one thing worth noting. As with the previous model, small pistols may sit too deep inside the holster. Who Will "Use This Most" This might be a great belly band holster for EDC carry or when you need to keep your pistol well concealed and out of sight when you are at the range. Taking good care of your pistol is important, so you need a holster that will protect it and keep it secure when it’s not in your hands. Plus, you get a pretty good fit with this holster made with high-quality, impossible to tear material. Bottom Line If you want a simple to use, easy to wear holster that won’t let you down and won’t make you feel uncomfortable, then you’re probably going to enjoy using this holster from Concealed Carrier. What better way to get excellent comfort and concealability from a holster like this? Plus, it’s the best fit for a .357 magnum or a 9mm pistol (among a handful of others). If you own a full size or a compact size pistol of pretty much any caliber, this might be what you need. This affordable belly belt holster is designed to hold your handgun close to your body and holster the weight of your gun with ease. In short, depending on your body type and what position you prefer to carry, this is a great option. 3. BravoBelt This Belly Band for Concealed Carry CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros A lot of concealed carry positions Comes with a good retention strap Made of breathable CoolVent neoprene Compatible with many revolvers & pistol sizes The 5-inch belt is wide enough to not roll outwards One larger weapon pouch with left and right barrel exits, dual magazine pockets, and one smartphone pocket Cons It is hard to re-holster It is definitely for colder climates Spare magazine holder/pouch is on the wrong side What Recent Buyers Report This was an excellent fit mostly for women who practiced concealed carry on a regular basis. One user said that her husband purchased this for her since she was looking for a new holster for her Glock 19. What she didn’t realize was that he made a really good decision in purchasing a belly band holster. It was really comfortable and it fits around her frame without any hint of coming undone. And it fit her pistol like a glove. She added that the drawing and re-holstering were quick and easy. Why it Stands Out to Us To describe this belly band holster in one word, it’s versatile. It can handle so many pistols including a wide range of Glock models and even pistols from other brands like Ruger or Smith and Wesson. No matter what pistol you own, you may use this holster to your advantage (whether you are a man or woman). It will give you superior comfort, but most importantly it will make sure you are prepared for any dangerous situation that may threaten your life. And sometimes, that might mean using your pistol to ward off any attacker (or incapacitate them). One of the most versatile belly holsters comes from BravoBelt. It's designed to hold a multitude of handguns and features extra room for spare items. It measures 42-inches long, 5-inches wide, and will fit up to a 44-inch diameter waist. Moreover, it also can be rotated for left or right-hand draw. Since the BravoBelt Belly Band is made from breathable, CoolVent neoprene (micro air holes for ventilation), it's a perfect option for jogging, running, or everyday carry. As a 100% medical grade neoprene design, it is sweat resistant and offers maximum comfort -- whether you're wearing gym shorts, jeans and a T-shirt, yoga pants, or a suit and tie. There's certainly a lot of thought behind this design. Unlike other belly bands with clips or Velcro, the BravoBelt Belly Band holster secures your firearm with an 'Easy Snap' retention system. However, the main flaw in its design is that the magazine pockets are positioned in front of the weapon. Who Will Use This Most This is a belly band holster that will be great for men and women. And since it’s affordable, why not get two (one for you and one for the other half). If you have a pistol, you certainly will have a holster that will fit it securely. Plus, with the thick neoprene material, this will almost guarantee you all the comfort you ever need in a holster. Bottom Line The BravoBelt Belly Band holster will certainly not disappoint. And it will certainly give you more than what you are paying for when it comes to comfort, stability, and the ability to carry any pistol that will fit the holster itself. This is a perfect fit across many sizes for both men and women. And it’s a perfect gift that you can give to yourself (and the most important person in your life). As with other models, BravoBelt conceals your sidearm without printing -- giving you a flatter front and great posture, all while being very comfortable. The BravoBelt concealment carrying system is very practical for all users and molds to nearly anybody with ease. 4. LIRISY This Belly Band for Concealed Carry CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Not bulky Lightweight Can fit skinny waistlines Neoprene has micro-holes for anti-sweating Has extra removable Velcro pouch Exceptional overall quality and thickness of the material Main gun pocket with an extra spare magazine pocket Cons Less suitable for heavy handguns May not accommodate extra-large waist sizes The holster is not suitable for guns that have lasers on them What Recent Buyers Report New users were ranged from average to large-sized frames looking for a holster that would provide great comfort and secure concealed carry. One user said that he was able to fit his 380 pistols for the purpose of self-defense. He said that he was able to draw quickly and re-holster it without any struggles. The material itself was comfortable and didn’t cause any irritation even on warm days. Why it Stands Out to Us This was not only an excellent holster for the purpose of pistols, but it included an extra holster that could handle a magazine or any other survival tools that you might need for EDC purposes. It’s perhaps one of the best holsters that you can use if you are one of those who want to prepare for when the stuff hits the fan. Indeed, you’ll need a good EDC kit on hand for when disaster strikes. Of course, one of those EDC items is a reliable pistol for self-defense. So why not get a holster that allows for maximum concealability and comfort in one nice package? This belly band holster offers an ambidextrous design from Lirisy that's made from soft and thicker neoprene material. It feels comfortable against the skin and can handle the weight of your gun well. Because this neoprene is lightweight, ventilated, anti-sweat, and breathable, this holster can be worn for long periods of time. This product measures 5-inches wide, 42-inches long, and can easily adjust up to a 45-inch circumference. The main belly band compartment can accommodate handguns ranging from 4-inches to 8-inches long. When it comes to being versatile, this Lirisy holster also has a fixed magazine pocket and a secondary removable pouch which can be placed anywhere on the band. Like other belly bands, the Lirisy Belly Band holster for concealed carry can be worn several different ways. The gun is also secured with a retention strap, which uses a snap button instead of Velcro. This design allows for a quiet and quick release at any moment. Some users have complained about the 2-inch wide Velcro waist strip though, as they feel there should be at least 3-inches of Velcro. Also, keep in mind the gun pocket can't accommodate the extra width of a barrel equipped with a laser. Who Will Use This Most If you are someone who carries an EDC bag and needs a holster that will safely and securely carry their favorite EDC pistol of choice, then you may want to consider using this belly band holster to your advantage. Think about it like this: it’s used for discreet carry and can throw off any unsuspecting assailant who may try and attack you for whatever reason (or no reason at all). Preparedness is key and this holster will maximize that. Bottom Line The LIRSY This Belly Band will definitely be a survivalist’s favorite thing to have when they need to conceal carry their pistol with such discreet concealability. Yes, it’s comfortable and easy on the skin. But it’s even better for those looking for quick drawing and re-holstering. If you love your pistol and want to keep it close to your side, you’ll need a holster that is durable, reliable, and easier for you to stay ahead of the curve against any dangerous individuals. This belly band is made from thick neoprene and is extremely durable. Since the Lirisy has the gun pocket sewn to the outside of the belt, it tends to pull the weapon away from the body. Considering that, it is recommended to use only compact or even a sub-compact 9mm. 6. AlphaHolster This Belly Band CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Ambidextrous Water resistant Has top retention straps It is relatively inexpensive Comes in different sizes Available in beige, black or white color You can carry all you need in one single accessory Enables carrying of two small to medium sized handguns Cons Less suitable for heavy handguns The material may not be too comfortable against the skin What Recent Buyers Report New users loved this holster not just for its ability to fit most pistols, but it had a couple of extra loops that were made for magazines. And sure enough, they were able to use the magazine holders to their advantage. One user said that this came in handy when he was at the range practicing his run and gun shooting skills, making it easy to reload quickly. He said that being able to reload quickly gave him a bit more confidence in being prepared for the real thing. Why it Stands Out to Us Any good holster should have enough space for a good number of extra magazines. Yes, your pistol deserves love too. But make no mistake, it’s good to have a belly band that will not only give you a comfortable fit but is also able to boost your level of preparedness with the additional magazine compartments. You can’t rely on just one magazine when it comes to concealed carry. If you need a good number of rounds at your disposal, get a couple of your favorite magazines with your favorite shots and store them away with this holster (along with your pistol of choice). The main selling points of this highly functional abdominal belly band are as follows: there are holsters on both sides of the belly band and users have the choice of three different colors. While a majority of gun holsters come in black, this model also comes in beige and blends well with clothing. Featuring dual pockets with Velcro in the front, the Alpha Holster Belly Band is made for both left and right-handed shooters. It can carry two firearms and has room for two extra holsters. Although there are some complaints regarding the insufficient size of these magazine holsters, the mag pouches are designed to be multi-functional. By default, the belly holster is set-up for a cross draw with the gun's grip facing forward. But this design can easily adapt and be worn in a number of ways for optimal positioning and smooth, comfortable draw. Additionally, this belly band is water-resistant and features top retention straps for a secure hold. This is a professional-grade item made from a patented, breathable elastic material. It is durable, yet flexible and held with Velcro in front. It is available in a wide range of waist sizes too. The only drawback to this holster is that the elastic material may not feel very comfortable against your skin. Who Will Use This Most If you want a holster that will fit full-sized pistols or even compact-sized ones, this holster is just for you. The addition of magazine holders will also be perfect if you are using this as a nice EDC holster. Who says you can’t have too many shots at your disposal? For a comfortable fit and excellent concealability, this holster might be what you’re looking for. Bottom Line The Alpha "Holster Belly Band" Gun Holster will certainly exceed any gun owner’s standards (and even yours). It’s durable, well fit for most, and will make sure that you are prepared for any dangerous situations should they arise. This belly band holster might just be one of the odds on favorites for any gun owner who wants more than one magazine at their disposal. As for most belly band holsters, there's nothing "fast" about gun retrieval. Carrying versatility and ultra-concealment are words we search for in the belly band gun holster industry - and luckily, the creation of the  AlphaBrace completely surpassed our expectations. 7. DeSantis Holster That Will CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Two color options Ambidextrous design Available in several sizes Features three pockets Wide, 5" elastic band design Has retention strap with Velcro fastener Fits most small frame concealed handguns Cons It takes some getting used to Less suitable for full-size sidearms The edges are rough and scratchy on the skin What Recent Buyers Report According to new users, this belly band holster was easy to adjust and was able to fit a good number of shooters across various frames. The wear was comfortable and managed to fit a good number of pistols in the process. One user said that he was able to find a holster that actually fits his waist when some of the previous holsters he used were too big and could not be adjusted to his size. He was quite happy when he had a little adjusting to do with this holster in particular. Why it Stands Out to Us This holster is perhaps one of the more versatile holsters that you can find just about anywhere on the market. And yes, it’s pretty dang comfortable as well. This is a simply designed, easy to wear holster for those who are small around the waist and want something that is easy to adjust so it can fit properly without any kind of slippage. If you want a holster that will carry almost any pistol and won’t slip off or tear apart, this may be the one you can use for the long-term. DeSantis GunHide's experience in the industry has lead us to another great belly band holster. Their versatile and breathable belly band holster is a combination of a 5-inch wide elastic band and thick ballistic nylon -- a material thicker than the majority of belly band holsters. The benefit behind this material is that it can withstand more wear and tear; although, some may find it somewhat scratchy. This belly band holster has three separate pockets too, so you conceal your gun, magazine, or any other items you wish to carry. Great for both right and left-hand draw, this model is very adaptable and offers many ways to carry your weapon. Some of these include carrying it in a neutral or forward cant, or any position around the waist. This holster is available in sizes ranging from 30-inches to 42-inches and comes in black or a natural color. Who Will Use This Most If you are new to concealed carry or if you want a change in the way you carry your pistol, look no further than this holster. It can handle all kinds of compact or full-sized pistols and they will stay in place and not slip out. Simply put, it’s a near-universal holster that will be a comfortable fit for almost any small-sized waist. Bottom Line If you have a smaller waist and no longer want to struggle with ill-fitting holsters, the DeSantis "Holster That Will" might just be what you’re looking for. Comfortable, durable, and fits plenty of pistols like a glove this holster might be a good long-term solution for so many concealed carry users. If you are new to the whole thing, this is one holster that you can use for the first time and beyond thanks to its comfortable fit, concealability, and overall awesomeness. DeSantis discreet belly band is ideal for those who may wear undershirts and tucked-in shirts. It allows them to conceal their weapon tight to their torso without printing. As an added benefit, this belly band holster is easy to maintain and care for. Best Holster That Will for Jogging: UnderTech UnderCover "Original Belly Band" CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very soft and comfortable Ambidextrous holsters for 2 guns Prompt velcro closure and snug fit Works with all handgun sizes One pouch for papers and one for extra mag Great for running or jogging. Doesn’t perspire Cons Velcro may dig in fat bellies while sitting Gun sits canted forward(a con only if you don’t like it) What Recent Buyers Report The holster is great for people who jog, run, walk or stand a lot. Infact a lot of buyers use it during such activities. The band offers great concealment, even with a tucked-in shirt. The positioning of the mag pouch is amazing, especially at 3 or 9 o’clock carry. Why it Stands Out to Us The holster has two ambidextrous pouches, one dedicated to a pistol and one to a revolver. The handgun sits in a FBI cant position offering a quick draw. The two extra pouches are also great. It fits both small and large frame handguns easily. Handles weight very well and offers a good draw. Who Will Use This Most This belly band holster is perfect for carrying your gun while exercising. Especially when you carry in the standing position. The amazing concealment properties allow this holster to be a nice option for EDC. But if you carry different guns on different days along with some extra stuff, this holster should be your choice. Bottom Line This is a great belly band holster that works best in SOB or 3/9 o’clock positions. It is very affordable and available in a variety of sizes to suit your waist size. The antiperspirant and anti-slipping properties along with a canted holster make it good for jogging or gym. 8. KAYLLE Belly Band Concealed Carry Holster CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros One size fits all It stretches to fit up to a 45″ High-quality 2.5mm neoprene material Can be carried in multiple positions An additional pocket to carry extra ammo New-tech Velcro enables quiet draw using only one hand New-tech Velcro enables quiet draw using only one hand Cons It should take a few hours to break it in your hands The mag pouch should be on the opposite side of the gun What Recent Buyers Report This holster was pretty comfortable thanks to the thickness of the neoprene according to one user. And a lot of other users tend to agree. To them, it was probably one of the most comfortable belly band holsters (or any other holster) they have used so far. One user said that he was able to fit this around his waist and got a really comfortable fit out of it. He was also able to fit almost any pistol he could (and usually switches them out depending on the day). He could carry a full-sized pistol one day and carry one of his compact sized pistols the next. Why it Stands Out to Us This belly band holster is one of those holsters that might be the closest you can find to a universal holster. So if the guessing game of which holster will fit your pistol is seeming like a waste of time, then you may want to consider getting one that is designed to handle just about any pistol you can find. Even better, this is affordable for most budgets. This will fulfill all your concealed carry needs without breaking the bank. If that’s what you are looking for in a belly band holster, this will likely be right up your alley. Fits Glock 17 19 43 30s 23 26 22 23 9mm Ruger Sig Sauer Bodyguard Springfield S&W M&P. The Kaylle belly band holster is made of a high-quality, 2.5 mm neoprene material with micro-holes on the surface to engage ventilation and anti-sweat features. Moreover, the neoprene is very flexible and able to adapt to a variety of sizes for both men and women. With this, it uses an adhesive Velcro hook instead of normal Velcro, for comfortable and durable wear along with a quieter release. As a standard, this holster works with most pistols sporting 2-inch to 4.5-inch barrels. As an added bonus, the Kaylle belly band encompasses a smart design and utilizes a magnetic retention strap instead of a metal snap fastener or metal clip. Like its counterparts, the Kaylle belly band holster can be worn in many positions and features an extra pouch that can be used for a spare mag, cell phone, or cards/license. Unfortunately, the extra pocket should be on the opposite side of the handgun as the butt of the handgun interferes with whatever is in that pocket. Additionally, the cross-reach for an extra magazine does not work very well. Who Will Use This Most This is an excellent belly band holster for those that want a change from the usual, boring IWB or OWB holsters they wear on their hip or use it for appendix carry. It’s also for those who are looking for a well-fit holster that won’t be uncomfortable to wear, nor will it be able to fall apart or come undone at the worst times. If a great fit and excellent comfort are what you are looking for (along with reliable carrying), this could be the holster to consider. Bottom Line The KAYLLE Belly Band holster is affordable, comfortable, and is definitely one of the more reliable holsters on the market. If you want an excellent fit that is made to last and will keep you well-prepared, then make this holster one of your finalists on the shortlist. Don’t be surprised if this holster ends up being the one you’ll use for the long term. It’s got the material and the ability to keep your pistol safe and secure while providing overall stability that won’t fray or rip. This option is durable, simple, convenient, and equally good for both left and right draw. The Kaylle belly band holster is quite affordable and one of the best choices in this category. 9. Nature's Wild Safeguard Concealed Carry Pistol Holster CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros 2 secure fitting magazine pouches Reinforced elastic thumb break snap Main pocket with a funnel holster design Can fit waist sizes up to a 48-inch belly area Lightweight and breathable premium neoprene Premium smooth Velcro won’t scratch your gun or skin Sealed Velcro pocket to hold valuables or cell phones Cons The position of the retention strap Being a soft-sided holster, it's possible to access the trigger through the holster What Recent Buyers Report According to most users, this holster was perfect for both men and women that wanted the best in comfort. They were also impressed with the ability that it could fit a good number of pistols. One user said that this holster was versatile and comfortable, something he was looking for while looking for a holster. To add, he hit the jackpot once he tried it on and holstered his SIG Sauer pistol. Overall, a lot of new users were not only happy with the fit and comfort, but they managed to get a quick, snag-free draw out of this holster. A major plus for those who wanted to quickly draw their pistols in a self-defense or competitive shooting application. Why it Stands Out to Us The holster is fitting for a good number of frames (including those who are a bit on the large size). Believe it or not, it can fit up to a 48-inch waist. So if you are a bit heavy set or at the average size, you probably won’t have a problem fitting this holster around you. The material is made from high-quality neoprene, so it will guarantee you comfort without triggering any skin irritation (for those with sensitive skin). The holster is also versatile so it can accept a wide variety of pistols. When a traditional belt and IWB holster are not possible and don't make sense, then a flexible belly band holster like Nature's Wild Safeguard Concealed Carry holster is best. Unlike standard neoprene, Nature's holster is made from advanced, lighter and breathable Neoprene. It's comfortable and allows top of the line airflow to prevent users from being hot and uncomfortable. This ambidextrous, flexible holster features a stretchable band that measures 46-inches by 5-inches, and can be worn over or under clothing. It can easily fit and support a full size loaded pistol, but it is also designed to fit smaller, pocket handguns too. For that purpose, all but the main pocket holster is equipped with a little-sealed pouch. This dual-role pocket features smooth new-tech, non-aggressive Velcro strap that aren't scratchy or unpleasant to the touch. The main compartment is designed like a funnel, featuring a wide mouth to keep front sights from catching. Also, the Safeguard Holster That Will incorporates two, snug fitting magazine pouches. For better retention, the manufacturer advises carrying spare mags with the magazine floor plate facing downward. However, there is an issue with the retention strap that goes too far into the waistband and creates a quick access issue. Who Will Use This Most This will be excellent for men and women, especially those who are new to concealed carry. If you want a holster that will leave a great, lasting impression on those who wear it this is the holster that might be worth every penny you spend. Wear this for the long-term and you will be prepared for defending yourself if and when needed. This holster isn’t just made to make you feel comfortable, it’s made to keep you prepared. Bottom Line If you want a holster that will be fitting whether you are a man or woman, Nature’s "Wild Safeguard Concealed" "Carry Pistol Holster" will be a good choice for you. It can fit any kind of pistol and it will prove itself worthy of being a great belly band holster for even the newbie concealed carry user. For the best in versatility and concealability, this might be a great holster for you. As a typical belly band holster, Nature's Wild Safeguard allows for a variety of concealment options. It can be worn along the belt line or higher, with your pistol placement anywhere you please. Overall, this is a great, comfortable belly band holster. Considerations to Keep in Mind When Looking for a Holster That Will In order to maximize their comfort, some gun owners wear an undershirt with their belly band. Depending on your location, layering up may be accompanied with discomfort and excessive sweating. Thus, one consideration to keep in mind when looking for a belly band holster is how you plan to wear it. While most belly bands are adjustable, you should choose a size that accommodates your body (belly) best. With this, you should also ensure the band fits your preferred carry. There are two things you should also consider before purchasing a belly band: Will the weapon fit the belly band? Be sure to measure it from the tip of the muzzle to the curve of the grip. Will the weapon fit your body? Be sure your preferred carry isn't too large to conceal. Source Conclusion Most gun owners can agree that belly band holsters are one of the best options if we're speaking about concealed carrying. Yet, utmost concealment sometimes comes with sort of measure of compromise since some are difficult to deploy quickly. The most significant benefit of belly band holsters lies in the different positioning on the owner's torso; where after getting used to it, the wearer completely forgets that he/she is wearing one. All in all, the merits of this carrying platform far exceed their limitations. Offering the excellent convenience and the efficiency in the concealed carry niche compared to traditional holsters.

3rd Ranger Battalion & The Big Four

3rd Ranger Battalion & The Big Four

Growing up in 3rd Ranger Battalion, the Big Four were constantly stressed and evaluated throughout all phases of training. These skills were how the Regiment plied their trade and were the backbone of the unit’s training and mission execution. If you couldn’t keep up physically you got smoked until you thought your eyes were going to bleed, and then you were released for standards (RFS, reassigned according to the needs of the Army). If you couldn’t form up with your team in a stack and clear a room properly, conduct battle drill 1A, or any of the other six battle drills without causing harm to yourself or another member of your team, no one would trust you and didn’t make it in Battalion. If you couldn’t patch-up a buddy by properly applying a tourniquet, throw in a nasal cannula, or dress a wound with an Israeli bandage, then how were you ever going to save your ranger buddy’s life on the battlefield? What if you couldn’t shoot an E-type five meters to your front? The E Type Target 19.5″ x 40″ courtesy of Action Target We all know psyops has its place on the battlefield, and correct me if I’m wrong, but no war has ever been won by dropping pamphlets, handing out candy, or giving hugs to one another. Wars are won by dropping bombs and placing lethal effective fires into the flesh, bone, blood, and organs of the enemy. Marksmanship is the key to taking the pressure from the Big Four. More recently the 75th Ranger Regiment has moved to the Big Five, which encompasses the aforementioned and mobility. Jack Murphy explains the history and the change to the Big Five in his article The Evolution of the "75th Ranger Regiment" (pt. 2): Selecting and Building a Ranger . I remember a several years ago sitting in the office of a MSG Jared Van Aalst , then SSG, and listening to him tell me about why marksmanship should be the number one on the list of the Big Four. SSG Van Aalst was my first sniper platoon sergeant. He was one of the best marksmen I have ever witnessed, a knowledgeable friend, and a mentor. He was never shy of giving advice and his advice that day was some of the best I have heard on the necessity of an accurate marksman. Why should marksmanship be the number one priority? Of all the Big Four, marksmanship is the only skill that can take the pressure from physical training, battle drills, and medical training. If the Big Five were taken into account it would probably have little effect on mobility due to the fact that mobility is the basis of transportation to, from, and on the battlefield. How can expert marksmanship take the pressure off the ability to perform infantry battle drills? When I was a Private, we used to train for hours and days entering and clearing a room and bounding through squad attack. When there was downtime or a break from an administrative day, we would generally perform glass house drills (white engineer tape laid upon the ground in the shape of a room). All the battle drills always started out in the crawl phase and were run dry. No matter how many times we had cleared a room, we always started from a dry phase, moved to a blank-fire phase, and then performed live fire. The three-step process was repeated later once the day turned to night. This process has been in place for many years because it works. Teams, squads, or platoons may be flawless in their technique and movement through an objective, but may fail in effectively engaging the enemy with first or second round hits. It is very rare to encounter a site within the battlefield that affords the Ranger a platform to stop and obtain a flawless steady position. If a Ranger has the close quarters marksmanship skills to support and use the four fundamentals of marksmanship in less than ideal conditions, there is a greater likelihood of a successful mission. Accurate marksmanship not only eliminates the enemy quickly, but also saves vital ammunition and the need for additional resources. Medical training started when a I was in the Ranger Indoctrination Program and continued once I graduated to Batt Boy status. The requirement of every Ranger is to know Ranger First Responder ( RFR ) medical tasks. These tasks include: conducting a rapid patient survey (identifying potential problems with airway, breathing and circulation), inserting a nasopharyngeal airway and placing the patient in the recovery position, treating life threatening chest injuries with an occlusive dressing and performing a needle decompression if necessary, and controlling external bleeding using an emergency trauma dressing and/or tourniquet. All of the skills that are taught can save another Ranger’s life, but many Rangers, especially privates new in the Regiment have not had to perform these skill in a very high stress, life threatening environment. When that brown stuff hits the fan and quick and accurate 5.56 and 7.62 are placed into the enemy the probability of a private trying to place an Asherman Chest Seal on his Ranger buddy lowers considerably. It takes very few casualties in a Ranger platoon to make an element combat ineffective. With continued training of the big five and an extra emphasis on marksmanship, the Rangers and other soldiers throughout the military can take pressure off the potential of combining physical fitness, battle drills, and medical training into one big cluster on the battlefield.

Ranking the 10 Best Water Storage Containers of 2020

Ranking the 10 Best Water Storage Containers of 2020

Emergencies typically strike when we least expect it and can escalate quickly. One day you’re mowing the lawn in the sparkling sunshine. A couple of days later a hurricane is on top of you and you’re in a fight for survival. There’s no water to drink because the municipal supply has been contaminated and all the stores were sold out of water by the time you got there. Roads are cut off, emergency services won’t reach your area for days and the kids need water. No one will ever claim that they planned to be the victim of a natural disaster. But if you’re not planning for success then your planning for failure. Water storage containers are an easy way to ensure your family’s wellbeing during an emergency. Below are the 10 best water storage containers on the market. 1. Reliance Products Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Check price on Amazon The "Reliance Products Aqua" -Tainer has a built in, hide-away spigot that make dispensing the water inside a simple act. It’s also impervious to UV light, has a screw-on vent to facilitate a smooth pour and is sturdy as the day is long. At 7 gallons it’s kind of an odd size. Not really small enough for most people to carry around. Not really big enough by itself to provide much long term coverage for more than one person. But a few of these durable, affordable containers in the house should do the trick. 2. Saratoga Farms 5-Gallon Stackables Check price on Amazon What we like about these right off the bat is that they’re stackable. Not containers that sometimes wind up stacked, but containers designed to be stacked. And that’s important for getting the most out of the area you set aside for emergency water storage. The fact that they are only 5 gallons each means they’re also portable. And that can be crucial if you’re forced to evacuate and don’t know when you’ll find drinking water again. To that end they have a handle built into the top. They’re also easy to open so if the kids somehow find themselves on their own they can easily access the water. To put a nice fat cherry on the cake they’re also fashioned from high density polyethylene. Considered to be the best type of plastic for long-term water storage. 3. Legacy Premium 15 Gallon Water Storage Barrel Check price on Amazon 15 gallons of water should be enough to provide for one person for a couple of weeks. That’s the amount of time FEMA suggest you prepare for in the event of a disaster. So one of these for each member of the household should ensure everyone emerges on the other side intact. They’re fashioned from high density polyethylene and the plastic is opaque blue to prevent the intrusion of UV light, which could promote bacterial growth. They’re well-built, sturdy and will no doubt last you a long time. If they have a downside it’s that you need one of those 55 gallon bung wrenches to open them. So, lose that during an emergency and you’ve got a problem. They’re also too big to be considered ‘portable’. At least if you’re on foot. Still, if you find yourself housebound during an emergency these should serve you well. 4. Emergency Essentials Water Barrel 55 Gallon Check price on Amazon This 55 gallon water barrel provides enough water for a family of 4 for 2 weeks. That’s about a gallon a day per person. The barrel is fashioned from safe, durable high density polyethylene. Which experts claim to be the ideal plastic for long-term water storage. This is a standard 55 gallon drum that opens like a standard 55 gallon drum. In other words, you need a bung wrench. While that’s not an ideal situation it shouldn’t be an issue as long as you keep said wrench secured somewhere near the barrel. This is not a portable barrel. But it is a good choice to have in case you find yourself housebound in the wake of a natural disaster. It’s also opaque blue which will inhibit penetration by UV light that could promote bacterial growth. 5. Norwesco 35 Gallon Horizontal Water Tank Check price on Amazon The Norwesco 35 gallon horizontal water tank is great to have around the house in case of emergencies. It’s made of high-density polyethylene and has grooves built into the design that allow you to tie it down so that it doesn’t wind up blowing or floating away in the event of a hurricane or flood. Being horizontally oriented you won’t have any trouble getting water out of it. And you can set it up under the workbench in the basement and forget about it until you need it. It has a nice solid feel to it that’s sometimes missing in vertically-oriented storage containers. But it’s not really portable. Unless you have a pickup. 6. Legacy Premium 160 Gallon Stackable Water Tank Check price on Amazon This 160 gallon water storage container from Legacy premium can actually be stacked on top of another of the same containers to provide a couple of months worth of emergency water supplies for the whole family. They’re fashioned from UV-resistant high density polyethylene so they’ll prevent your water from being contaminated and hold it safely for years on end. They come with a 330 gallon water treatment kit, connector valves and spigots. And, perhaps unique to this type of storage container, they’re rated to -40 Fahrenheit. With a couple of these as the centerpiece of your emergency water strategy you’re good for the long-haul. 7. Surewater 260 Gallon Emergency Water Storage Tank Check price on Amazon If you have a large household and live in an area prone to hurricanes or flooding you know the importance of keeping potable water on hand. This Surewater 260 gallon tank is enough to provide for the needs of 10 people for nearly 2 weeks. It’s a big, sturdy tank fashioned from BPA free food-grade plastic and comes with a water purification kit and a 50’ hose. Tuck this puppy away in the basement and you’re ready for nearly any eventuality. Keep a number of smaller containers handy and you can fill them from this one if you have to evacuate. 8. iSpring T32M 4 "Gallon Water Storage" Tank Check price on Amazon This 3.2 gallon water storage container from iSpring is just the right size to fit neatly under the sink. This is the Cadillac of water storage containers in that it’s pressurized and the water stays fresh via the process of reverse osmosis. It may seem a bit precious for an emergency water storage unit but it gets the job done. At least to a limited degree. If you live alone and just want to be sure you’re never caught short in the event of an earthquake, flood or other disaster having one of these around is a good idea. It has the added benefit of being very affordably priced. 9. LCI Plastic Water Can 5 Gallon Check price on Amazon The LCI Plastic Water Can is the ultimate in low tech, old-school water storage technology. This is the same design that’s been used by the army to supply water to troops in the field for decades. And one reason the military has been and remains sold on this design is because it’s very easy to transport with a slender profile that allows it to be carried comfortably at your side. It’s also very easy to use, with a simple screw on cap that a child could easily open. And it has a venting cap that allows for nice smooth pouring. The handle is large and comfortable, it’s made from BPA free, food-grade plastic and it can be had for pretty short money. 10. RomoTech Horizontal 125 Gallon Check price on Amazon We wrap up our list with this 125 gallon horizontal water storage tank from RomoTech. This tank is fashioned from heavy duty polyethylene, considered the best for water storage. It has a 10 inch drainage lid that makes for easy filling and fill marks indicated in both gallons and liters are molded into the body of the tank. There are 2 molded-in channels to secure it with straps and the low profile will make it easy to fit in vertically-challenged spaces. Just be aware that it’s heavy when full. So you’ll need a rock solid base to place it on. FAQs Who Needs a Water Storage Container? If you’ve ever watched any story on TV or read one on the internet about an approaching hurricane you’ve heard the tales of local stores running out of water ( 1 ). This indicates something fundamental about a lot of us: we have a tendency to let things slide until the last minute ( 2 ), and then it’s often too late. When it comes to water, however, there is no middle ground. We need it to live, period ( 3 ). Whether you’re faced with the imminent arrival of a colossal hurricane or live in an area prone to twisters, floods, blizzards or more the smart approach is to always have a supply of potable water on hand in case things take a turn for the worse. You don’t want to be that person who arrives at the store only to find empty shelves staring back at you. So who needs a water storage container? Anyone who prefers being prepared to scrambling around at the last minute trying to piece together a survival strategy. Does Water Go Bad? No one is quite sure where this myth came from. But it might have something to do with bottles. As in, as soon as you put something in a bottle people naturally assume it can go bad. Like orange juice or chocolate milk. But water isn’t like a manmade beverage. It has no expiration date. In fact, it’s estimated that the water you drink every day is more than 4 billion years old. Some of earth’s water may be older than the planet itself ( 4 ). It’s possible for pollutants introduced into the water to foul it, but left to its own devices water doesn’t go bad. Ever. So the trick is to find a way to store it where it won’t be compromised. Can You Store Water in Any Old Plastic Bottle? The tendency is to think ‘plastic is plastic’. But it’s not. PVC plastics ( 5 ) can leach toxins into water over time. Not good. Polystyrene ( 6 ) is sometimes used by take out joints to hold drinks but it too can leach toxins into whatever beverage it’s holding. It’s also an environmental nightmare. If you’re looking for a safe type of plastic into which you can place potable water for the long term you should be looking for High Density Polyethylene ( 7 ) or HDPE. It’s the safest type of plastic to store water in. Polypropylene ( 8 ) will also work. That’s the stuff that margarine tubs are made of. Less desirable but still useful is low-density polyethylene ( 9 ). This stuff is okay in a pinch but isn’t typically recommended for water storage since there are other, better options available. Also, remember that while it may be tempting to store water in old soda bottles, plastic has the ability to absorb flavors. So your water could wind up tasting line Mountain Dew or Coke. Is One Large Water Barrel Enough? Thinking that having one big barrel of water is a good strategy is like thinking that if you have a million bucks in the bank you’re set for any eventuality. What if the power goes out for days due to a hurricane and you’re isolated with no access to that cash? It won’t do you much good then. You need to have a smaller amount of cash stashed in the house, just in case ( 10 ). Same thing with water. It’s nice to have a big barrel of emergency water but what good is it if you have to evacuate? The key is not putting all your eggs in one basket. If you have a large water storage container then make sure you also have numerous smaller ones available that you can fill from the large tank and take with you if you have to move. What Should I Look for in a "Water Storage Container" ? Durability Remember, it might be years before you actually have reason to use your emergency water supply. As such, the container or containers need to be built to last. It’s also possible that they’ll be exposed to nature’s wrath at some point – perhaps if the house is breached during a hurricane or flood. (This is another reason it pays to have more than one water storage container. That way if one is broken or swept away you have others you can rely on.) The fact is, water containers are like pretty much everything else: you get what you pay for. Sure, you can probably find a mid-sized $20 container that will hold up for a year or two in the basement. But it’s also likely that, when those two years pass, you’ll start to see cracks. Appropriateness Make sure you get a water storage container that fits in with your plan for using/storing it. If you plan on having several small to mid-sized containers it’s probably a good idea if they are stackable. But they need to be made for stacking or the weight of the water on the top containers will crush the bottom containers. Also, don’t buy a ‘bladder’ style container unless you have some specific need for it. The bottom line is to buy a water storage container that is appropriate for your intended use and that will make the most of the storage space you have dedicated to it. Keep in mind too that conical containers that dispense water from the bottom may be easy to use but they waste a lot of space. And if they get knocked over they could burst. Simplicity If half your home was just blown away by a hurricane or washed away in a flood you don’t want to find yourself fumbling with the emergency water storage unit. And that could happen if you buy one that requires a special tool to open or has a proprietary spigot that needs to be installed before you can remove any water. Remember too that, should the adults perish during a disaster (it happens) the children may be faced with a survival situation and will need quick, easy access to water. So if you have young children, it’s imperative that you consider them when choosing an emergency water storage container or containers. Materials Plastic is by far the most popular material for emergency water storage today. And we already touched on the different types of plastic for this job. So we’re not going to rehash it here. Just take a look at the question “Can you store water in any old plastic bottle?” above. Size This is a crucial concern. According to FEMA ( 11 ) a typical person needs one gallon of water per day. This is, of course, a ‘best of all possible worlds’ scenario. Because people can survive (that’s ‘survive’ not ‘thrive’) on far, far less. However, we’ll use FEMA’s best of all possible worlds scenario because we’re optimists. So in that case, assuming a two week period without access to clean water you’ll need to have 14 gallons of water per person stored away in a safe container. That’s 56 gallons for a family of 4. And of course that doesn’t include things like bathing or washing clothes. Now keep in mind that you and your family may be forced to move. How are you going to take the water with you if it’s all in a single 55 gallon drum? So you’ll need to either have the water stored in smaller containers or have portable containers ready in case you need them. What’s the Best Way to Clean a Water Storage Container? It’s not wise to buy a water storage container of any kind and just fill it with water as soon as you get it home. You don’t know what type of microbes are milling around inside or what type of pollutants it picked up at the factory or while being stored in the warehouse. So disinfecting the container is a must before you actually use it. Here’s how that is typically done on a 5 gallon water storage container. Wash out the inside with standard dishwashing soap and water and rinse thoroughly. Add a teaspoon of bleach to a quart of water and pour it into the container. Don’t worry, you’d have to drink bleach right from the bottle for it to be a hazard ( 12 ). Make sure the cover is on tightly then shake it vigorously for 10 to 20 seconds. Let it sit for an additional 30 seconds. Pour out the water and then let the container air dry before pouring clean water into the container and sealing it tightly. Make sure to do this in a clean environment to reduce the odds of more microbes settling into the container while it dries. The Bottom Line We all tend to take water for granted until faced with the possibility of being without it. It doesn’t take much for municipal water supplies to be contaminated during a hurricane or flood. And once that happens you need a way to get by until things are set right. The best way to ensure you’re not caught short during an emergency is to have a reasonable amount of potable water on hand at all times, just in case. And the best way to do that is to have an emergency water storage container or containers in the home at all times. You may never use them. Then again, there may come a time when that stored water makes the difference between life and death.

Springfields New Pistols: EMP, XD Mod.2 and 1911 TRP

Springfield is proud to announce and demonstrate at SHOT Show 2017 five new handguns including the XD® Mod.2® Tactical in .45 ACP, the XD® Mod.2® Service Model in .45 ACP, the EMP® Lightweight Champion™ with Concealed Carry Contour, the EMP® All Black, and the 1911 TRP™ Operator, Tactical Gray. “We’re committed to protecting Springfield Armory®’s storied legacy,” stated the company’s CEO, Dennis Reese. “The way we do that each and every day is to design and build the very best products we can to help our customers protect their legacies. It’s an incredible responsibility that drives us, and we’re very proud to bring these new products to market.” Springfield XD Mod 2 The XD® Mod.2® Tactical brings .45 ACP chambering to the five-inch barrel pistol launched in 2016. The new gun packs 13+1 rounds of big bore ammunition into a package more like that of a standard size 9mm pistol. The XD® Mod.2® Tactical features fiber-optic front sight, low-profile combat rear sight, and all of the ergonomic enhancements of the Mod.2® series including GripZone™ texturing and High-Hand™ beavertail and frame cuts. At home on the competition range or in the hands of law enforcement and legally armed citizens, the XD® Mod.2® Tactical brings controllable high capacity to large caliber pistols. Springfield XD Mod 2 Service Model The new XD® Mod.2® Service Model packs 13+1 rounds of .45 ACP into a slender double stack handgun. With its four-inch barrel and standard size frame, this one is great for a variety of applications including competition, recreation, home defense, and concealed carry. The Mod.2® ergonomics enhancements make this .45 ACP easy to control and a pleasure to shoot. The XD® Mod.2® Service Model has all the quality mechanics one expects: hammer-forged Carbon steel Melonite® barrel, forged steel Melonite® slide, fiber optic front and low profile rear sight, and a dual spring recoil system. All of that is packed into 7.3 inches of overall length and 5.75 inches of height. With its width of just 1.22 inches, it’s hard to believe it’s a double-stack .45. Springfield TRP in Tactical Grey For 1911 enthusiasts and serious large caliber shooters, the company is announcing the 1911 TRP™ Operator, Tactical Gray. The original TRP™ pistol was designed as a consumer-friendly alternative to high-end custom shop 1911s. Modeled after the FBI Contract pistol, the TRP™ redefines what a production gun can be. The TRP™ Operator, Tactical Gray includes a tasteful, and exceptionally durable gray Armory Kote™ frame finish mated with a forged steel black Armory Kote™ slide. The new model also includes an accessory rail for attachment of lights or lasers and an adjustable, low-profile rear sight. Springfield EMP The EMP® Lightweight Champion™ with "Concealed Carry Contour" brings a new, even easier to conceal member to the EMP® family. Having earned the reputation of the most elegant and shootable carry pistols, it only made sense to bring new carry-friendly versions to market. The mainspring housing is bevel cut to fit more comfortably in hand and conceal more easily by eliminating the telltale bulge caused by the grip base. Like the original EMP®, the new model features a hardcoat anodized frame matched with a brushed stainless steel slide. A fiber optic front sight, low-profile rear sight, and G10 grips round out the package. Springfield EMP All Blacjk The EMP® All Black proves that good looks can be discreet too. This 9mm pistol sports a three-inch barrel, black hardcoat anodized frame, and a black Armory Kote™ slide. Attractive and durable Cocobolo wood grips, fiber optic front sight, and low-profile combat rear sight complete the pistol. Each EMP® All Black ships with three 9-round steel magazines. All five new handguns will be displayed at the 2017 Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoors Trade (SHOT) Show the week of January 16, 2017, and are available for order immediately. About Springfield Armory® “The First Name in American Firearms,” Springfield Armory® was founded in 1777, when George Washington ordered the creation of an armory to store ammunition and gun carriages during the American Revolution. In 1794, the armory began to manufacture muskets and spent the next 150 years supplying firearms for every major American conflict. The original armory closed in 1968. In 1974, the Reese family took ownership of the Springfield Armory® name and began making the M1A™ rifle. Today, Springfield Armory® develops many products loyal to the company’s heritage, like the 1911 pistol, while ensuring its future with innovative products, including the XD®, XD® Mod.2®, XD(M)® and XD-S® polymer pistols and now the new SAINT™ AR-15 rifle.

[Review] CCW Safe Concealed Carry Insurance: The Best?

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Is CCW Safe the best concealed carry insurance product? Once the excitement of getting your CCW permit wears off, you’ll probably want to start thinking about getting insurance for that pocket rocket you’ve got strapped to your belt. With lots of offerings like USCCA and NRA Carry Guard , there are plenty of options for all types of coverage at a range of prices. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that all of the CCW coverage policies will have some type of coverage limitation, whether it’s a dollar amount for the attorneys’ fees for your legal defense or the specific type of situations where you will be covered. Let’s go over the pros and cons of CCW Safe so you can make the best decision. Ensure You’re Insured It’s always better to be safe than sorry , and it never hurts to have CCW insurance of some type, in the off chance that you’ll one day find yourself in a self-defense situation where you must discharge your firearm. The last thing you want to be thinking when defending yourself from a deadly threat is whether you’ll be able to afford the legal fees that follow. With insurance policies like the ones from USCCA, if you find yourself in court after a self-defense shooting, you’ll be covered up to $2,000,000 for civil defense, and $250,000 for criminal defense, depending on your plan. While these amounts sound like a lot (and they are), those of you unfortunate enough to have any experience with lawsuits will know that legal expenses can add up VERY quickly. That’s where, at least for me, CCW Safe comes in. Don’t Leave Yet! For anyone without a CCW permit, either because you live in a state that hates the Second Amendment (CALIFORNIA, cough cough) or you just don’t want to go through the hassle of getting one, you may still find value in getting coverage with CCW Safe. Unlike most other CCW insurance companies which provide comprehensive plans covering self-defense regardless of where you (legally) carry your firearm, CCW Safe offers a “Home Defense Plan”, which, as the name suggests, provides legal defense coverage only for situations of self-defense in the home (think home invasion, robbery, burglary, etc.). This plan is relatively inexpensive, mostly because it is limited to only covering incidents which happen in your home.  To make up for the difference, there are additional benefits tailored to a home defense situation, like payment for counseling sessions, and even crime scene cleanup. Of course, you’ll still have access to the standard 24-hour emergency hotline and attorneys just like with the other plans, so you won’t be missing out on the important stuff. If your firearms only live at the range and at home in the safe, a basic home defense plan provides just the essential coverage that’s needed without all of the extras. This is gonna leave a mess… So What’s the Big Deal? So what about people who want to get standard CCW insurance? Like with anything, it’s ultimately up to you to decide what type, if any, of insurance you want to get. All the insurance company policies will offer, at a minimum, some type of coverage for your legal defense in both criminal and civil cases, and also provide support over the phone after a shooting. Let Me Count the Ways CCW Safe differs from the other insurance companies in a few important ways though: First One of the main things to point out is that CCW Safe does not actually place a limit on the dollar amount available for criminal defense .  This is a huge deal and ultimately what sold me on their plan. Even with a policy under USCCA or NRA Carry Guard, you are capped eventually, when you reach into the realm of around $2,000,000. Of course, it’s always possible you will never need that much money for your legal defense.  But then again, if you’re unlucky enough to be in a shooting… Secondly Another big draw of CCW Safe is that while they offer an emergency hotline you can call after a shooting. Just like all the other insurance plans out there, the company will also fly out members of their critical response team to you, to offer someone experienced in the use of deadly force in self-defense settings to help you through your situation. In addition to the benefit of having experience on your side, it’s sometimes also just nice to have in-person support, especially after something as traumatic as a shooting, even if it was in self-defense. Third While all CCW insurance companies offer attorney representation or at least reimbursement for attorneys’ fees, CCW Safe lets you pick your own attorneys , so you can make sure you end up with one who is actually experienced in self-defense cases. If you don’t have a preference, they can recommend someone to you as well. Oh, and by the way, one of the main attorneys working for CCW Safe also represented George Zimmerman.  Yeah. That guy. My legal defense would’ve cost me WHAT?? Lastly CCW Safe isn’t actually insurance! The company is technically a “legal service membership plan,” which is a fancy way of saying you have a membership to their legal expertise, not just their ability to pay your legal defense fees. It still has the funds to cover your legal defense if you ever need them, of course, but their focus is on providing legal services, not just paying for them. Why does this matter? Because a CCW Safe plan isn’t insurance, it isn’t underwritten by a traditional insurance company. Instead, the company is self-funded , through membership fees and investments of those fees. The benefit of this is that it is not subject to the insurance licensing and tax policies a typical insurance company has to follow. It also means that if the big insurance companies ever start to cave to the anti-2A gun grabbers and drop self-defense type policies, CCW Safe will be able to continue to provide coverage, while the more traditional insurance companies may begin to run into issues. Let’s Talk Numbers Of course, nothing in life is free. And even if you could get something for free, coverage for legal defense is probably something you should fork out a little money for. Maybe cut back on some of your porn subscriptions. That’s right. We know. Really, though, if you’re trying to decide how much you’re willing to spend, there are a ton of plans offered by CCW Safe, ranging from the "Home Defense Plan" for those of you who will never carry outside the home, to the different levels of their more typical “Defender” and “Ultimate” plans. The less expensive of the two, the Defender plan, starts at just $16/mo, and lets you add on additional benefits like spousal coverage (you supply your own spouse, unfortunately), increased bail limits, etc. that you think you will need. Unrelated pic of a supermodel with a gun. Please enjoy. There are tons of options to add on, and really, it all comes down to what level of coverage you are personally comfortable with. For guys like me, it’s easier to just go the easy route and get the Ultimate plan, which provides every type of coverage offered, plus a T-shirt and challenge coin.  Love me some challenge coins. Don’t Forget! Of course, just because CCW Safe is my preferred CCW insurance plan , doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you. Do your homework, and be sure to check out other CCW insurance companies to see what your options are. While there are tons of companies out there, including smaller regional plans, s ome of the more reputable companies out there are: USCCA (Our Full Review) NRA Carry Guard US Law Shield Second Call Defense Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network We now have an article covering all of their pros/cons in Best Concealed Carry Insurance Comparison . Even with the main benefits of CCW Safe pointed out above, some people may prefer to go with another company, and that’s perfectly fine. A few of my friends went with NRA Carry Guard due to name recognition, and honestly, I don’t blame them.  Others have gone with "Second Call Defense" , and some even supplement their existing policies with membership to ACLDN. The main thing is to make sure you pick what is best for you and your family, so you aren’t caught off guard if you are ever unfortunate enough to find yourself in the aftermath of a self-defense situation. And make sure you leave some money for ammo and range time to practice practice practice! What did you end up choosing?

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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Don’t want to go deaf ? Tested Shooting Ear Protection Muffs The percussive vibrations of each gunshot actually kill vital little hairs deep in your inner ear.   And that can open the door to a high pitch ringing or humming noise that can last forever . Best Shooting Ear Protection We’ve got the 411 on the best shooting ear protection…from affordable passive ones to the top-of-the-line electronic earmuffs .