Bill Rogers of The Rogers Shooting School has developed a set of gloves after finding Mechanix and similar gloves too bulky, too sticky, or otherwise uncomfortable. The new Shooting Gloves are designed specifically for shooting sports and tactical users.
Note- This is the first of three “Lightning Reviews” for products manufactured by Rogers & sold at HolsterOps.com. Rogers provided the products for testing and review.
Now, I am not normally one to shoot with gloves (mostly because my shooting is 3-gun), but have used gloves extensively while I was in the Corps. To me, the loss of tactile sensation reduces my quickness, but for others, they are invaluable tools. So with an open mind, I forced myself to use the Rogers Shooting Gloves over the last two weeks. I have ended the tenure impressed, but still prefer bare skin.
The Rogers Shooting Glove Explained:
Before we get started, it is important to understand the purpose of the gloves and the design philosophy about them. Now, I could waste your time with a 1000 words, but Bill Roger’s has a video on them and explains the design choices himself.
- Definitely grippy
- Lightweight & breathable
- The knuckle stretch section ensures the gloves are taut across the entire range of motion.
- Good build-quality. No visible wear after about 1000 rounds downrange across a variety of platforms.
- You can wear them all day. The inside rubber band is exposed so they are slightly uncomfortable in that location only.
- Fits like a glove, but does remove some of the tactile sensation of bare skin.
- They do dissipate touched heat well. I accidentally grabbed a hot barrel and did not burn myself.
- For a civilian shooter, I am not a fan of all-black. I ran it for 3-gun on a sunny warm day and I sweat through them. Yes, the gloves still grip the weapon when wet, but I did not enjoy the sensation. I would like to see more colors such as Tan, OD, Grey, etc.
- I see why Rogers was going for the no-slip area, but I would have put silicone grips there too. When shooting handguns with smooth back-straps, the palmswell rubs loses grip because the rest of it grips so well. I think I would have more control of the gun with them there. This is not a concern with rifles or shotguns or handguns with heavy texturing.
They perform as advertised, but being all black they get HOT on a warm day. I sweat on my hands and palms so the gloves got soaked. Now, they did continue to stick, but I did not enjoy the sensation. On cooler days, these were enjoyable.
Being so thin, these are as close to bare skin as you can get. Think the Trojan extra-thin of the shooting glove world. You can perform, but its not the same. Some shooters may even perform better.
That said, there are shooters who could really benefit from the gloves. Police and tactical teams needing gloves that will work in nasty,wet, bloody situations or those who prefer a gloved sensation will find these the right ticket.
The overlapping silicone on the front and back of fingers really “locks-in” your grip. If you get your hand placed wrong, you can’t slide it into place; you will have to break the grip and reposition. I consider it a good thing, as I used them as a training aid for speed draws and if you get it right, your hands are a rock-solid platform for rapid shooting. Wrong, you will either shoot out of position or spend moments resetting your grip.
At $39.95 on the HolsterOps website, these are not the cheapest gloves in the segment, but they will be a good value for those who want their capability.
I will be keeping them in my 3-gun bag in case of rainy matches. The silicone does a great job in wet conditions where bare skin is not enough grip.
Features (Courtesy of Rogers):
- Patent Pending glove design of interlocking textured pads that run up both sides of the fingers and palms
- Natural form fit
- Made of durable material
- Stitched in lycra panels allow high dexterity and air flow
- Provides better grip, less hand fatigue, and helps prevent blistering
- Adjustable velcro straps on back of hand
- Available in several sizes