Concealed Carry Corner: Best To Worst Carry Positions

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we discussed the biggest mistakes concealed carriers make when starting out. If you happened to miss that article, be sure to click the link here to check it out. For this week’s topic, I wanted to dive into some of the most common carry methods and rank them from best to worst in my experience. I often question why I carry a certain way, so I figured this would be the easiest way to break down how and why I carry the way I do. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best to worst carry positions.

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TFB Review: Budget-minded Vortex Triumph Binoculars

Vortex Optics needs no introduction. In recent years they have become one of the most dominant brands in the optics space, and they are ubiquitous on store shelves. They sell everything from the Razor series of high-end scopes down to inexpensive hunting scopes and binoculars. Their most recent budget bino is the Triumph HD 10×42, and it is the subject of this review.

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Strike Industries on Your Wrist: The Strike Band for Apple Watch

I don’t know if I’m a traditionalist or a Luddite, but the smartwatch trend missed me. However, my wife and almost everyone I know have one. The Apple Watch is by far one of the most popular. Apple is known for its signature slick and clean aesthetic, but that can sometimes leave something to be desired. The factory bands are pretty boring, and most aftermarket bands are the same, just in different colors. Strike Industries has decided to add its own signature aesthetic. Take a look at the new Strike Band.

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5.11 Introducing New Duffel Line: The Allhaula (and How to Get a 20% Discount)

My friends at 5.11 are launching a new duffel bag line called the Allhaula – a clever play on Viking heaven. The Allhaula duffel bag collection looks like a similar concept to the wildly successful Patagonia Black Hole line – both lines refer to a durable and lighter bag using weather-resistant TPU coating that’ll prevent your luggage from getting wet when you travel.

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New Achro 22L EDC Backpack From Mission First Tactical

Mission First Tactical has a new backpack for sale, the Achro 22L. This pack features a quick-access concealed carry pocket for firearms. It also has specialized features like a felt-lined sunglasses pocket and storage for up to a 16-inch laptop or tablet.

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MDT Introduce The Budget ORYX Bipod

Bipods are invaluable assets for a variety of shooting activities. While there are really advanced ones on the market with all the bells and whistles, they oftentimes cost an arm and a leg, and not all applications require a high-end bipod. Now, if you want a bipod that won’t break the bank, there are innumerable offerings on places like Amazon, however, you have to be careful as these oftentimes leave a lot to be desired in terms of design and quality (don’t ask me how I know). One way to ensure a budget bipod won’t disappoint is to make sure it’s made by a reputable company. Well, there is a new option on the market – the MDT Oryx Bipod. With an MSRP of only $99.95, this is the most affordable bipod in the MDT Sporting Goods catalog.

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BLK LBL Tavor X95 Handguard with Integrated Bipod

BLK LBL handguards with integrated bipods are really cool upgrade parts allowing you to have a bipod that when stowed completely disappears into the handguard. The company started by offering their bipod handguards for AR-pattern rifles and bolt guns. Later, they ventured into the bullpup market and designed handguards with integrated bipods for the Desert Tech MDR family of rifles. Well, BLK LBL keeps exploring the bullpup territory and has introduced a version of their bipod-integrated handguard for the IWI Tavor X95 rifles. Let’s take a look at the BLK LBL Tavor X95 bipod handguard.

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Guns of "Commando" Movie

The film “Commando” released in 1985 and directed by Mark L. Lester holds a significant place in pop culture due to its impact on the action movie genre and its portrayal of firearms. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in a relentless role, the film contributed to shaping the quintessential action hero archetype that would become emblematic of the 1980s. “Commando” pushed the boundaries of on-screen action with its intense, over-the-top sequences, establishing a template for subsequent action films to follow.

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JDI Firearms Becomes Exclusive US Importer For CSR Precision

JDI Firearms is the sole US importer of SIG SG55x firearms, including models like the SG550 and SG553. In addition to SIG, JDI imports high-end brands like PGM Precision and Wyssen Defence. JDI Firearms announced in an Instagram post that CSR Precision is the latest brand to join their lineup.

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Concealed Carry Corner: The Mythical Do-All Carry Pistol

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we took a look at the importance of magazines when it comes to your carry pistol. If you happened to miss that article, be sure to click the link here to check it out. This week, I want to talk about a common topic for people who have become comfortable with carrying a concealed firearm but tend to shuffle between full-size handguns and sub-compact depending on the season and time of year. People who reach this point often talk about the mythical do-all size pistol that can be carried all year round comfortably. Every person is different but there are certainly a few models that can fill the spot of that particular need. Let’s take a look at some options for the mythical do-all carry pistol.

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TFB Review: Blue Alpha Gear Low Profile EDC Belt

Blue Alpha Gear is a small American business located in Atlanta, GA. They specialize in crafting high-quality products tailored to the needs of the outdoor and shooting community. Their offerings primarily consist of belts and belt accessories at this time. They pride themselves on delivering exceptional value through their offerings but also in providing top-notch customer service. I had the pleasure of meeting a few of the guys from the Blue Alpha team this past January at the SHOT Show. If you were lucky enough to see our bathroom preview video of their new battle belts then you know these guys have a good sense of humor. Nonetheless, they ended up sending me a few of their belts at a discounted price. I have had the Low Profile EDC belt along with another belt of theirs for around seven months and have been testing it as my primary everyday carry belt with my Glock 43X up to the time of this review.  

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Putting XS Sights on the Taurus 605 Defender

.357 Magnum revolvers are kind of like 1911 pistols – despite being obviously outdated and outclassed in many cases by modern concealed carry options, they’re still loved and carried by many. Taurus’ 605 Defender is one such .357 Magnum option that fits in this category and also comes in at a bargain street price of just $400 for the matte stainless version. Released in 2022, the Taurus 605 Defender has had a bit of time in the market to earn a reputation for being reliable, lightweight, and accurate, with a bit of an excessively heavy double-action trigger pull. The Taurus 605 Defender already comes standard with trench-style sights built into the frame with an orange faceted night front sight. XS Sights wanted me to give the revolver a go with their revolver front sight. Seeing as I haven’t shot any .357 Magnum in a while I figured this would be a fun dive back into defensive revolvers for me so here we go!

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New Hera Arms LINK Muzzle Device System

Hera Arms  Link System is a new line of muzzle devices that have an interesting two-part design that allows you to easily install or remove the muzzle devices using just an Allen key. The Link System consists of muzzle adapters called base holders and the actual muzzle devices. The base holders are screwed onto the muzzle threads of the firearm and provide an attachment interface for installing the muzzle devices which are simply threaded into the base holders and fixed in place via three set screws.

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THROOM TARGETS Ricochet-Free Silhouette KnockDown Series

While a negligent discharge is at the top of my list of things to avoid on the range, there are other dangers to consider while shooting. Traditional steel targets cause bullets to fragment on impact. Those tiny pieces typically fly into the ground around the target, but every now and then, one will fly back and hit me. Thankfully, I’m smart enough to wear eye protection, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get hurt. Throom Targets gives shooters the option to avoid this issue by creating targets that allow your bullets to pass through them. This is the silhouette version of knockdown targets.

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Creedmoor Sports Releases Inverted Know Your Limits (KYL) Target

The sound of ringing steel is one of the most satisfying sounds I’ve ever heard. If you’re a fan of precision shooting, you know that the absence of that distant ring can be crushing, and can change the entire course of a match. The PRS stage that has perhaps crushed the most souls is KYL, or Know Your Limits. In the case of the new Inverted Know Your Limits (KYL) Target from Creedmoor Sports, silence is the preferred result. Pass your round through the targets without hitting the steel to taste victory!

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TFB Review: UTG Pro MP5 M-LOK Handguard and Rail

Back in May, Leapers announced they were making a UTG Pro MP5 handguard. This handguard is a monolithic top cover with a bottom section that bolts to it for the sides and bottom M-LOK slots. They sent one in for review so let’s take a closer look.

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Concealed Carry Corner: What And What Not To Carry

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we talked about a concealed carry gun size guide. If you missed out on last week’s article, be sure to click the link here to check it out. This week, I’ve seen a ton of newer people carrying improper holsters and interesting ammo choices. There’s a plethora of fantastic holsters and ammo on the market but there’s a fair amount of poor options as well. Let’s take a closer look at what and what not to carry.

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Frontier Armory Introduces Reproduction Halbek Device

Frontier Armory is a leading source of African firearm parts. In addition to their array of imported parts, they are also creating a US-made reproduction Halbek device. What is a Halbek device, exactly? The legendary Ian McCollum at Forgotten Weapons made a great video explaining what it was and how it worked.

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Really Right Stuff SOAR PT-Scout Pan-Tilt Head

Really Right Stuff SOAR division quietly came out with their PT-Scout Pan-Tilt head for use with your spotting setups and tripod. It is a budget-friendly option to have more precise control and adjustment of your observational equipment.

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The Rimfire Report: Conversion or Dedicated 22LR AR?

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its many different types of guns, gear, shooting sports, ammunition, and history! When it comes to shooting .22LR ammunition, two popular options among AR-15 enthusiasts are dedicated .22LR AR-15 rifles and conversion kits. Each option has its merits but both have a very limited selection of options that cater to different needs and preferences and of course, have varying degrees of value depending on the situation you’re in. In this edition of The Rimfire Report, we will go over the advantages and disadvantages of both dedicated 22LR AR rifles and 22LR AR conversion kits, to help you make your decision based on your budget, shooting requirements, and overall firearm preferences.

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Case Foam is Dead – Outfitting Your Hard Case with a Soft Case

Case foam for your rifle case?  Yeah, it’s dead.  After spending hundreds of dollars on countless hours cutting and rearranging case foam I finally found an answer to this problem.  Rather than set up a case for foam, I set up my Pelican case for a second soft one inside.  Sort of like Russian nesting dolls but for gun cases.  Let’s dive into how this works, and how you can make this work for you.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Carry Gun Size Guide

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we looked at the various cost levels of carry guns. If you happened to miss that article, be sure to click the link here to check it out. This week, I wanted to talk about a similar topic that a commenter brought up to me last week. Determining the overall size of your carry gun can be a major factor in how comfortable you are carrying throughout the day. Finding that sweet spot where you have a firearm big enough for your hand yet be able to conceal it easily is the place everyone wants to eventually find to carry comfortably. Let’s take a closer look at my interpretation of a carry gun size guide.

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New Gunwerks ELEVATE Hunting Bipod

Gunwerks have entered the bipod market with the release of their new Elevate hunting bipod. One of the main features that sets this bipod apart from the competition is the impressive 5″ to 19″ height adjustment range which according to Gunwerks, no other hunting weight bipod offers. Let’s take a closer look at the features of the new Gunwerks Elevate bipod.

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TFB Review: 5.11 Rush 72 Backpack 5 Years Later

Just over five years ago I purchased a Multicam 5.11 Rush 72 backpack.  I was tired of carrying awkward pistol bags up multiple flights of stairs, and regular backpacks weren’t cutting it for hard use.  So I bit the bullet and purchased a bag that would prove to be almost indestructible.

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Strike Industries Releases New RMR to ACRO Adapter Plate

As tastes, technology, and applications change, the optics market continues to change. The Trijicon RMR has been around since 2009. Believe it or not, that’s almost 15 years ago. Fifteen years is a lifetime when it comes to tech, and in looking forward, many shooters have become closed-emitter curious. The Aimpoint ACRO jimmied a lot of johns with its signature mailbox look, but close-emitter optics have worked their way into holsters across the world thanks to the benefits they give to their users. Now, if you’re an RMR shooter who’d like to try something new, Strike Industries has released their Strike RMR to ACRO Adapter Plate.

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Man Drinking Crown Royal Whilst Cleaning Sand from his Gun Shoots Woman on Florida Beach

What a title for an article. In this edition of “Just Florida Things,” a woman was relaxing on the beach in Panama City, Florida when she was suddenly shot in the knee by a man who was cleaning sand out of his gun on a balcony above. The man, Damien Chhoeung, was arrested and his bail was set at $10,000. The woman who was shot was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. She is expected to make a full recovery.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Levels Of Carry Guns

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we took a look at whether it’s better to be self-taught or start off by taking training. Both had their perks and it was a great conversation in the comments so thank you to everyone who left their thoughts in the comment section. If you happened to miss last week’s article, be sure to click the link here. Recently I’ve heard a number of people say they don’t want to carry a concealed firearm because it’s too expensive to get set up. I think it’s a common misconception to think it costs a huge amount of money to get set up as a concealed carrier. Let’s take a closer look at some levels of carry guns.

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New 35mm High One-Piece Scope Mount from MDT

One-piece scope mounts with integrated rings simplify the mounting process. They’re often more durable,  weigh less, and this virtually guarantees you performance under the harshest conditions. MDT has just announced the introduction of its own 35mm one-piece scope mount for use with higher magnification optics with large objective lenses. The high mount should give you the additional clearance you need to mount your optic to your preferred rifle, while also taking up minimal rail space.

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The New Vortex Switchback Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit

Tripod shooting is something that I’m relatively new to but also something that I see a lot of value in for hunters and precision shooters. While there are many options on the market, the new Vortex Switchback Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit offers you a lightweight option that allows for quick adjustment in the field and can also handle some of the heaviest rifles currently on the market with a max load capacity of 44 pounds.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 57: Get the Lead Out with These Summer Deals

Hello and welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 57! Ammunition is probably the single biggest and most ever-present cost you have in your life as a firearms owner. While it can be relatively inexpensive to shoot something like 22LR (about a dime per shot), 9mm (a quarter) and 5.56 (fifty cents) are still pretty expensive when fired in high volumes for competition or purposeful training. So this week we’re gathering up some ammunition-related deals in addition to our regular deals in the hopes you can restock some of your dwindling supply, or add to your growing stockpile for a rainy day.

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