Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Zumbo Effect

Thanks to Jim Zumbo, we now have two new phrases; “Let’s Zumbo him” meaning “to act against an unacceptable infringement on our rights” and “a negligent discharge of the mouth” which I coined myself.

As you probably know, Jim Zumbo, a prominent hunting writer, stated in his blog that he equates AR owners with terrorists among other anti-gun statements. Within hours, there were over 3000 comments bashing his statement and another 3000+ comments bashing his rather hollow apology. Within three days, he lost all of his sponsorships, his editorial jobs, and his TV show.

Without spending much more time on the details, the issue is this; all gun owners must stick together and fight for our collective rights. Riflemen, hunters, and handgunners are all gun owners and must work together to maintain the 2nd amendment. If gun owners would petition Congress with the zealousness that they attacked Zumbo, gun control would evaporate!

Here’s an article that Gary Cananzey — a friend of mine who has actually hunted with and immensely respects Jim Zumbo—submitted to OutdoorLife magazine. Since he has not heard back by now, Gary figures that it won’t see the light of day with OL so it might as well get out the same way Jim’s Zumbo’s comments did, by the internet.


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United We Stand

“United We Stand.” You know the rest!

Recently, perhaps the industry’s greatest outdoor writer made a mistake. He equated AR-15 owners with terrorists. Jim forgot why we own guns. And, he forgot that all of their uses are protected. As a matter of fact, the very guns and use he decried are the most absolutely protected.

Jim Zumbo had every right, both to have and to voice his opinion. Unfortunately, Jim is not some pampered 26-year-old movie star with a liberal arts degree who thinks just because he gets face time on TV that he’s a political expert. We take the spoiled, adolescent and pampered Hollywood elite for what they are.

I’ve had the honor, and honor it was, of spending some time with Jim Zumbo in a hunting camp. He is all that he portrays himself to be and more. I, like many others, have spent decades reading Jim’s work while he spent those years crafting perfectly worded accounts of what he did and how he did it and we’ve all, young and old, lived vicariously through those adventures. Unfortunately Jim, like many others who’ve reached that level of stardom, transitioned from telling us what they did and how, to telling us what to do. You don’t expect wisdom from a 26-year-old; you do from a Jim Zumbo. Knowledge, is knowing what to say. Wisdom, is knowing if you should say it. Words and actions can be divisive and Jim’s stuck us all where it hurts the most. But, for the good of what we do and who we are, we need to get past beating Jim and address the cause of our great discontent, as even the best of us are allowed to get it wrong every now and then.

Did you ever marvel at a weed sitting in the center of a crack that goes completely through a 100-ton granite boulder, its roots protruding everywhere you looked, and wonder how something so small could have such an inexorable effect on something so immoveable? The massive boulder cracked because a seemingly inconsequential weed managed to get a roothold in some miniscule chink in its armor then time and persistence killed the great beast. The same happens with the divisiveness of man.

Ever wonder why when radical Muslims are not killing us they are killing each other over what seems to us to be indecipherable religious nuances? Does the logic of their all devoutly believing in the same God; yet still killing each other’s children over some trivial religious disagreement confuse you? Aren’t you thankful that our own culture is past feeding on itself? I used to think that there was no American correlation to the radical Muslim behavior and I’m sorry to say that I was completely wrong. The issue is not radical Muslim behavior; the issue is human behavior!

I have been involved with hunting, the shooting sports, and gun ownership for a very long time. At one time my passion even found me owning a couple archery stores where, for the first time I had to deal with the public. We catered to all the various archery pursuits and while I use archery as an example, the problem is universal to all the shooting and hunting sports.

On many occasions I had to break up disputes among customers who acted more like warring factions than fraternal participants in the sport of archery. Traditional longbow archer customers not only thought of the compound bow shooters as the great unwashed, but also felt that the recurve shooters where heretics for straying from the true path, and in turn the wheel-bow shooters thought the traditionalists were all relics. The 50% let-off shooters looked down on the 65% let-off shooters and everybody thought the 80% let-off shooters were simply sissies. These feuds were further exacerbated by organizations like Pope and Young who established that animals taken with 50% and 65% let-off bows could be entered into the record book, but not those taken with the 80% let-off bows. The manufacturers weighed in on the whole thing by making 80s almost exclusively. The whole argument revolved around what was and was not considered to be the definition of proper “BOWHUNTING.” These were fully grown men almost coming to blows over nuances. And the younger men and women were watching and taking sides; “You’re not a archer if you……”

To make matters worse, the problems repeatedly reached the print media. Specialty publications where full of the same things, “Be ware of the Dark Side.” “Our way is the only way to salvation”. We saw the traditionalists lobby legislatures trying to get special hunting seasons that would have precluded compound archery participation. Rifle, shotgun, and muzzleloader hunter groups all followed suit, each trying to carve their piece of the rock at the other’s expense.

The disparaging remarks and infighting eventually escalated between Cap and Ball muzzleloader people and the Inline muzzleloader group. We had disputes between the optical sight and iron sight folks and then between the traditional Cap and Ballers and the traditional Flintlock shooters for all the same reasons. We see it continue with nearly whole sectors of sports not supporting the others, shotgunners not supporting handgunners, and hunters not supporting riflemen. The list, sadly, goes on and on. Human nature promotes us to congregate with those who have similar interests then subdivides each specialty and nuance until everyone hates everyone. We must recognize this and consciously work to avoid it.

Think about it, there are tens of millions of us and combined we would be the greatest political force in this country, yet we fight amongst ourselves over nuance. We fractionalize and mitigate our own importance simply because it’s not enough for us to just not do what someone else does, we need to degrade and denounce it because we don’t do it. We need to mark our territory. We need to establish ourselves in the pecking order ahead of the next guy. And all the while we are doing it our enemies circle above us like vultures waiting for the weakest among us to fall out of step. They pick us, or in this case our rights, off one by one. Like the weed, they look for the beginnings of a crack, which we most likely started for them, and they make it wider, separating the smaller pieces over and over until there’s just sand left. We are doing this to ourselves. Our enemies have not the strength of numbers, the facts, nor the intelligence to defeat us, so we fight amongst ourselves and do the heavy lifting for them.

Jim’s words hurt sportsmen on many levels. Primarily, it pitted one congregation of the shooting sports against another. Nothing hurts more than the strike of a friend. The backlash was immediate and it was massive. The disciples of the black rifle took it personally. They were tired of being attacked by outsiders and would not stand for an attack from inside.

Jim’s comments exacerbated the rift between disciplines. I, for one, consider all shooters to be part of a sacred brotherhood. Whether it be hunting, sport, or defense, we are all of the same ilk. I fear that others who used to think the same way will now see hunters —and anyone else not of the same discipline — as different from the pack. Lastly, we will see Jim’s thoughts used against the entire shooting sport as his words are resounded and repeated by those working diligently to take all our rights away.

We often see those in the hunting, archery, and clay-shooting disciplines decry the rights of those involved in self-defense far more often than the reverse. While it may have happened, I have never heard of an owner of an AR-15 bemoaning the existence of hunting rifles.

The most ironic aspect of this is what it is that is truly protected by our Constitution. It’s time someone simply said the dirty little secret out loud. The bow hunting magazines won’t do it because they’re interested in bow hunting; the hunting magazines won’t take the position because they’re only interested in hunting. The shooting magazines don’t want to draw attention to the fact that there are thirty million of us with guns, so no one says it. This isn’t about hunting or shooting, it’s about the right to “keep and bear arms”. PERIOD!

That’s all it is and we need to realize that or it’s not going to matter if you think that shotguns are enough, or that bows are the right way, or that assault weapons, or IPSC are your things, because if we can’t get it through our collective heads that we need to be one voice first and foremost, if we can’t rally around “One for all and all for one” it’s not a mater of if we lose, we’re just marking time until we lose.

After the Second World War a German reverend was asked why the people hadn’t simply stood up to the Nazis in the beginning. He said, “well first they came for the socialists, but we weren’t socialists, so we said nothing, and then they came for the gypsies, but we weren’t gypsies, so we said nothing. Then they came for the Jews, but we weren’t Jews, so we said nothing. “And after a long litany he said “and when they finally came for us there was no one left to say anything.”

They will come for our shotgun and hunting rifle just as they have come for handguns and so-called assault weapons. The only way to end the tyranny against our rights is for all members of the shooting sports to work together as one. Clay shooters must protect the right to self-defense as much as bow hunters must protect the rights of target shooters. Divisiveness will only allow the weed of the anti-gunners to destroy the rock of our rights.

The thing that no one wants to say is this; our founders gave us the right to keep and bear arms for two reasons only; the first is implicit in the second. The first is that we be able to protect and defend our loved ones, our property and ourselves. The second is that we have the ability and the right to overthrow, that’s right, revolt against our own government if it becomes unresponsive to, or abusive of the needs and rights of the People. Period!

They meant that we should have weapons capable of fighting against those supplied to an army by that unresponsive government. They did not guarantee a right to hunt, to shoot clay pigeons, or bow hunt. Those things were implied by “to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”.

“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

You will notice that only the words State and People are capitalized. Obviously these words and their connotation were of great import to the congress. Clearly the signers wanted there to be no ambiguity about the importance of the People and their right to bear arms.

This capitalization was not a mistake or a typo. You may have doubts, but consider that 220 years ago, 40 dedicated and educated men, after fully ten years of thought and deliberation took the time to review each individual word in our Constitution and were unanimously agreed to each one used in the text of the most specific and important democratic document ever written. For anyone to claim that they meant anything other than what they said they meant is foolish. These were learned and deliberate men.

I don’t duck hunt. I did, but I don’t anymore, but you can. I’m into tonnage now. Yep trophies, another thing Jim Zumbo is now against, but you hunt what and how you want with what you want and so will I. I own several duck guns and several field guns, however I haven’t shot at a pheasant for years and fully expect not to for years, but you go ahead. I don’t shoot trap, or skeet, or sporting clays or even whitetail anymore, but I’m glad that millions do. All I want to do is hunt Africa now and while I could, if I were shortsighted or overly opinionated, make a great case that ten grand for a shotgun to shoot clay is ridiculous, I’d have to then deal with my building several $5,000 hunting rifles each year that I may never use more than once, or face the fact that I also like owning and building ARs and military weapons. It’s my right, yours too, but you do what makes you happy and so will I!

I, by the rights given to me by some very smart men, have the right to voice my positive or negative opinion about the guns you own or how you pursue your little piece of the gifts our second amendment allows, but I must remember to remember that whatever you shoot or don’t shoot is your right and I would be the first one out the door with mine to protect yours. And while Jim and many like him may have forgotten that, please don’t you forget it!

-- Gary Cananzey

Gary Cananzey has hunted large and small game across most of North American and is now focused on hunting Africa. He is an avid gun collector, precision rifle shooter, handgunner, and managing partner of American Hunting Albums, a manufacturer of photo storage products for hunters.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Suggestions wanted!!

If you have a question, or have a suggestion for a topic, this thread is the place to let me know!

Video and article on pocket carry!

The best kept secret in concealed carry! Video contains lots of tips, techniques and suggestions.

Also see my article in Handguns magazine, Feb/March 07, page 64. Click the following link to download the article in pdf format

Holster Selection

The choice of holster is as important, if not more important, than your choice of firearm. A good gun in a bad holster can be compared to a race car with lousy tires. What may initially seem insignificant is actually a vital part of your safety equipment.

There are many facets to a holster’s performance. Obviously, it holds the gun, but it needs to do so properly - not too tightly and not too loosely. If your gun is too loose, at best, it can move and be in a bad position, and at worst it can fall out. I don’t want to be put in the position of trying to explain to the little old lady at the checkout counter that I am one of the good guys and that there is no need to worry, as I pick up my gun from the floor. Not to mention trying to figure out what to say to a responding police officer!

A holster that is too tight could prevent a proper grip, throw off your draw, and derail your shooting. I have seen some holsters that were so tight that it was nearly impossible to retrieve the firearm. The better the “boning,” the less tight the holster needs to be. A quality holster is fitted to the gun by boning the features of the gun into the leather, which entails pushing the leather into the feature shapes of the gun with a tool, while the holster is wet and is being formed. A properly boned holster will adhere to the trigger guard, slide stop, safety, and other physical features detailed into the leather. The boning provides the fit around the gun and eliminates the need for a strap to hold the gun in.

Good tests for holster fit are 1. to run at full speed and 2. to jump up and down. The gun should remain firmly in the holster, yet not so tightly as to impede the speed of the draw. If you find yourself tugging too hard to lift your gun, you will need to loosen it. If you have an adjustable holster, the adjustment screw will change the tension easily. If the holster does not have an adjustment screw, and if it is only slightly too tight, there is a simple home remedy. Wrap your gun (or dummy gun) with plastic wrap, and then several layers of masking tape (I use about four layers) and leave the gun in the holster overnight. The extra thick fit should loosen up the holster. If you don’t use plastic wrap first, you may need to get the tape and glue off with some adhesive remover. If four layers of tape does not work, try again with eight layers the next night. If that doesn’t work, send the holster back to the manufacturer if it’s new. If it’s too old to send back, you will need to buy another holster.

In addition to simply holding your gun, the holster needs to do so comfortably. How well the holster and belt supports the weight of the gun has a lot to do with how comfortable your carry rig will be. Thick, supportive leather in the holster — and especially the belt — will keep your gun positioned upright and minimize it flip-flopping around. Nothing is more aggravating to me than my gun flopping around on my belt, not to mention what that does to reduce concealability.

While frequently overlooked, gun belts are extremely important as they greatly contribute to comfort and security. For maximum support, the belt should be double thick to help distribute the weight of the gun. I prefer the buckle holes to be place 3/4-inch apart rather than the standard 1-inch. The shorter distance between holes offers more gradual adjustment for a better fit. Concealed Carry Clothiers offers gun belts with those features and even added a valuable twist — They reduced the thickness of the belt to a single ply in the front which eliminates the thick “gun belt” look. Whichever belt you choose be sure that it is properly sized for the holster’s belt loops. If you have a 1.5-inch belt opening in your holster, it won’t work well with a 1.25-inch belt. I have seen lots of quality holsters used with wrong size or low quality belts, only to watch the shooter struggle with draws and reholstering.

If all that’s not enough, a holster needs to do all of its jobs with a high degree of concealability. This is where things get tricky. Concealability is derived from the person’s body size and shape, the holster’s placement on the body, and from the size and shape of the gun. What works for one person may not conceal as well on another, and what is comfortable for one, may not be for someone else.

Holsters are variously designed for a “straight drop”, “cant forward”, and what some call a “radical cant.” Some holsters also offer adjustable cants. The forward cant pushes the butt of the gun upward, reducing the amount of the grip that sticks out the back. The greater the cant, the more concealable the gun, but if its too far forward getting a proper grip becomes difficult. With the more extreme cants, I find it beneficial to bend over slightly at the waist, which offers a better angle to grip the gun. Personally, I find that the best compromise between concealability and access is the “radical cant,” which angles the gun forward about 20 degrees. It’s enough to keep the butt of a full-sized gun from sticking out the back, but still allows a good grip.

A more minor design element is the “rise,” or how high the gun sits in relationship to the belt. For taller folks, the high rise might be better, but I find I get maximum concealability and minimal movement with standard, non-high-rise designs. The higher the gun is in relation to the belt, the more flip-flop movement there can be. For short people like me, the added height above the belt makes drawing more difficult, as you have to lift even higher to clear the holster.

One feature that inspires some level of controversy is the thumb break. While it may appear to be essential to hold the gun in the holster, it is, in fact, not necessary for that purpose. Quality holsters retain the gun quite efficiently by their fit and boning. The open-top design is a testament to their retention ability. The true intent of a thumb break is to deter a gun grab. The snap reduces the ability for someone to grab your pistol from its holster. While it may be possible for someone else to release the snap, pull the gun through the strap, or even break the holster, the extra safety device does act as a deterrent, slowing down the gun grab or possibly even preventing it totally.

The controversy comes in determining if that advantage is worth the trade-off. The thumb break does add some time to the draw. With lots of continuing practice, it may add only a fraction of a second, but it is yet one more thing to practice and therefore one more thing that could go wrong. If you don’t practice, you will add significant time to your draw at a moment when time is of the essence. Another argument against the thumb break is that if your dominant hand is hurt, using your non-dominant hand (which can be weaker) to draw from a dominant-side holster may be made more difficult by a thumb break. This scenario makes a great argument for carrying a back-up weapon accessible to your support hand.

The thumb-break issue boils down to one question; how likely are you to have someone try to take your pistol from your holster? Compared to private citizens, police officers are far more prone to having the gun taken from them. While the average person may never come into direct contact with a “bad guy” in his or her lifetime, the police officer will. Secondly, the police officer’s gun is fully exposed to view, while the average person’s gun is usually not known to anyone since it is most often concealed. Most assailants will never know that its there until it’s too late. An exception to that would be if the altercation starts as a hand-to-hand fight. In the duration of the tussle, the concealed holster is very likely to be discovered, and even possibly dislodged. In that case, the thumb break may go a long way to delay or completely prevent the gun grab. Other than that, the average person is not likely to be in a situation where a thumb break would be essential to survival. On the other hand, if you are willing to practice enough on a continuing basis to make the release of the thumb break second nature, it does add one more level of security.

There is no formula for putting all of these elements together. Lots of us have a drawer full of holsters that we like and dislike to some degree. Unfortunately, it’s a try and see situation. The good news is that many quality custom holster manufacturers accept returns if you are not satisfied. It’s worth buying from those companies just for that opportunity, even if you have to pay more.

While leather dominates the market, a new material, Kydex, has made significant inroads in the last few years. Kydex is a plastic material that has good molding and machining qualities. Like almost anything else, there are those who love it and those who hate it. The advantages of Kydex are that it is relatively inexpensive to manufacture, provides a fast draw because there is less friction inside the holster, and can be designed to be very adjustable.

The expense of Kydex holsters is lower than leather because of the low cost of plastic versus quality leather, as well as the reduction in manufacturing costs and time. Leather manufacturing necessitates that large amounts of the work be done by hand, while Kydex is often machine-made. Kydex does not need much maintenance because it’s plastic. The adjustable tension found on many Kydex holsters, combined with a design that locks in the pistol but releases as the gun is pulled out, allows a fast draw. One of the best features of Kydex is its ability to be designed in a manner that allows tremendous adjustability. Since Kydex is a hard plastic, threaded plates and nuts can be molded in, allowing interchangeable and adjustable belt loops. Some manufacturers offer belt loops of different sizes, so the holster can be used on 1.5 inch through 1 inch belts. Belt loops can be exchanged for J-clips, and it is even possible to change the holster from a belt side to an “inwaistband” design. By placing multiple fastening bolts in different locations, the height of the “ride” as well as the cant are highly customizable.

There are two disadvantages to Kydex: lack of flexibility and noise. Because the material is a hard plastic, it will never mold to your body with use like leather will. Unlike Kydex, leather holsters tend to become more comfortable over time as they mold to your body. While some people find that Kydex’s inflexibility makes the holster uncomfortable, especially when worn “in-waist-band” (IWB), this is not my experience. I often wear an IWB Kydex holster for 8 to 10 hours a day with a full-size gun, and find it quite comfortable. Again, personal taste and preference comes into play.

One drawback to Kydex that cannot be discounted is noise. While a leather holster is nearly silent during the draw, the same cannot be said for Kydex. There is a slight sound made as the gun rubs against the hard plastic, and there is a definite noise as the gun clears the molded indentations. While this is not too loud, if you need a quieter draw, stick with leather.
No matter what material you choose, there are some features that are a must for a holster to be considered suitable for carry purposes.

The holster must cover the entire length of the barrel. If not, the front sight can easily catch on the holster as you attempt to draw. You can put a short gun into a long holster, such as a 4-inch gun into a holster designed for a 5-inch, but not the other way around. There are many holsters that have the barrel sticking through. These may be acceptable for range use, but they are not suited for carry.

A second “must” feature is the holster’s ability to remain open while the gun is not holstered. This is vital because if the holster collapses it will require two hands to reholster. Not only do you endanger yourself because of lasering, you are at a severe disadvantage when dealing with an attacker. Holstering a gun into a collapsed holster requires extra attention, and will distract you from your more important task. It is essential that a belt holster be made of sufficiently thick and stiff leather to remain open. For IWB use, the holster needs to be reinforced. For the most part, this is not an issue for Kydex holsters, as the stiff plastic remains open. Talk to the holster manufacturer and make sure it fits all of your needs before you buy.

The last, but certainly not least, important feature to look for is the ability to get a full grip while the gun is holstered. A good draw starts with a good grip. Be sure that you can reach around the entire grip and place your hand properly up against the bottom of the trigger guard.

One feature that I insist on is a body protector. This is a tang that is extended upwards beyond the side of the holster that rests against the body. Not only does this keep the gun from making my shirts dirty, it offers three significant advantages. Reholstering is easier with a body protector because you can motion the gun sideways, pointing downwards, (not towards your body), pressing sideways against the protector, and use it to guide the gun into the holster in the proper direction. Second, it keeps the shirt from being pushed down into the holster, which would make reholstering or drawing difficult. Third, it protects the gun from body oils, sweat and the salt that the body secretes. The tang also provides an additional advantage for guns that have external safeties, because the body protector prevents your torso from accidentally releasing the safety during normal movement.

Women have additional holster considerations because of their body shape. Often, the placement and cant angle of men’s holsters are uncomfortable for women and are difficult to draw from since womens’ waist lines are often higher than mens’, and may angle inwards. Some holster manufacturers such as Fist, Inc.21 and Mitch Rosen Extraordinary Gunleather, LLC22 make holsters designed specifically for women.

I find that with holsters, as with most things, you get what you pay for. The best-fitting and most comfortable holsters that I own, I bought from custom manufacturers. They did cost more and I had to wait longer to get them, but I will wear them for years to come. I already have too many holsters relegated to the dresser drawer, not to buy right the first time.

Training Classes - 2007

2007 Tactical Training Classes by David Kenik

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May 12, 2007 – Harvard Sportsman's Club, Harvard, MA
July 21, 2007 – Harvard Sportsman's Club, Harvard, MA
Sept. 1, 2007 – Harvard Sportsman's Club, Harvard, MA

June 16 & 17, 2007 – Harvard Sportsman's Club, Harvard, MA
Aug. 25 & 26, 2007 – Harvard Sportsman's Club, Harvard, MA
April 28-29, 2007 – Hartford Gun Club, East Granby, CT

June 23, 2007 – Harvard Sportsman's Club, Harvard, MA
Sept. 8, 2007 – Harvard Sportsman's Club, Harvard, MA
May 6, 2007 – Hartford Gun Club, East Granby, CT

For the new gun owner or the shooter looking to learn the fundamentals of defensive pistol shooting. This class covers the laws of self-defense, drawing from a holster, flash sight pictures, engaging multiple targets, and use of cover. -- 8 hours. -$150

Based on his book by the same title, Armed Response covers the mindset, knowledge, and tactics needed to defend yourself with a firearm before, during, and after a life threatening assault. From learning what to ask before deciding to carrying a gun, how to carry and use a concealed firearm, and the legal issues and implications of using of lethal force, Armed Response is one of the most indispensable classes available.

Realistic, defensive shooting skills are emphasized including drawing from a concealed holster, engaging multiple targets, and shooting from cover, as well as real-life lessons about preparing to face a lethal threat, winning a gun fight, and surviving the ensuing court battle. This class is a must for anyone using firearms for self-defense. Topic covered include; Police protection, responsible use of lethal force, properties of survival, body alarm reaction, reaction drills, armed confrontations, aftermath of a shooting, concealed carry techniques, back up tools, stopping power, ammo selection, and drawing from a holster. --16 hours. -$250

Most gunfights happen within 5 feet-within touching distance. Yet little firearms training is done at this extremely close distance. This is the zone in which defensive tactics must be combined with shooting in order to survive-the distance at which integrated use of force becomes important. The class includes an overview of essential gun presentation skills and the effective integrated use of force techniques for extremely close ranges, engagements of single and multiple targets, shooting while moving, target focused shooting, and simulated close quarter assaults.

In this class you will learn: empty hands defense techniques, close quarters drawing, shooting at touching distance, shooting while moving, engagement of multiple threats. This class is not for beginner shooters. Attendees must be familiar with firearm safety rules, proper gun handling, and drawing from a concealed holster. -- 8 hours -$150

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Magazine Article - C Products AR mags

Check out my latest magazine article in the March 2007 issue of SWAT magazine featuring the manufacturing process of AR magazines by C Products.

You can download the article below in pdf format. Reprinted with permission of S.W.A.T. Magazine, Copyright 2007 C-productSWAT.pdf

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Great pants for in the waistband carry (IWB)

For a comfortable fit while carrying an IWB holster, it is recommended that you wear pants two inches larger than normal to accommodate the holster. However, the pants often appear baggy and are especially large and uncomfortable when not using an IWB holster.

Deluth Training Company may have the answer. In their FireHose series of men's pants they offer "Self-Tailoring Travel Pants" with an expandable waistband. Rather than just an elastic sewn into the waistband, these are two overlapping bands of fabric that form the waist band, held together by internal elastic. The result is that the pants expand and contract invisibly.

At $54 they are a little pricey but they are very well made. The adjustability and added comfort is worth the price. Unfortunately, the do not offer a pleated version so pocket carry is limited to small pocket rockets.


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