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Playing With a Pivotal Trainer

Last week I got to play with a couple of Pivotal Trainers from Triumph Systems while at Proactive Defense. The targets were 2-sided and I was shooting only Target Side #2.

The action was random and the timing was set to 5 seconds, so it was super easy, but having to monitor both targets made it interesting. This is just a small clip of what I got to do. These are cool tools with wireless remote control and adjustable settings. I can see how they could be of use in shoot-or-no-shoot and multi-target drills. The price of these guys is not too bad!

True-Weight Blue Gun

by Andy Rutledge 0 Comments

Today I got the True-Weight Glock 19 blue gun from Alternate Force. It’s an exact replica in both details and weight to a fully-loaded Glock 19. The rail is even functional. I’ll be using this for various dry drills at home and for training new shooters in some safety and manipulation fundamentals.

I used my Dremmel to grind the “frame” and flattened the trigger to match the way my everyday carry Glock 19 is setup so that the feel is near identical.

Blue Gun

WEDC Chest Rig

by Andy Rutledge 0 Comments

Given that we are at war and that war may find any one of us at amy time, anywhere we normally go during the day or night, there are a few extra things I carry in my truck at all times. Among my wartime everyday carry (WEDC) in my vehicle is the Haley Strategic Disruptive Environments 762 heavy chest rig. In this case, it is not “heavy,” but loaded up with M4 magazines (which fit just fine) for my .300BLK rifle that is also with me at all times in the truck.

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WEDC Battle Belt

by Andy Rutledge 1 Comment

Wartime everyday carry (WEDC) is different from normal EDC. Aside from how it affects advisable on-body carry items, I believe it affects what you keep with you in your vehicle. Here’s my WEDC battle belt I keep in the truck at all times.

Wartime EDC: battle belt

It’s an HSGI rigger belt with a micro-grip (velcro) pad. I’m using ITW FastMag pouches for the carbine magazines, dump pouch, and the holster is (I think) an HSGI padded leg panel to which I’ve affixed a Bravo Concealment OWB holster that I replaced the belt loops with malice clips in order to affix it to the drop-leg pad. The holster accommodates the Surefire XC1 I have on my EDC Glock 19. The result is a minimalist and rock-solid drop-leg holster that rides very high (like it’s supposed to). Love it.

Already Been Boughten: Dragon Egg MK II Backpack

by Andy Rutledge 0 Comments

Picked up a well-appointed pack this week. The Dragon Egg MK II has features that make it useful as a daily pack, bugout pack, or as an assault pack. Can’t wait to get it and put it through its paces, though I have an assignment in mind for this one.

Dragon Egg backpack

  • Laser-cut slits MOLLE/PALS system
  • Heavy duty two-way YKK® zippers
  • Main compartment features an internal mesh and a hydration pocket
  • Two additional zippered external pockets
  • Redesigned side pockets that are equipped with elastic to expand
  • Additional zippered back compartment for hydration bladder or the padded sleeve can be used for carrying up to a 15” laptop
  • Paracord drag handle (contains of two 2.5m cords)
  • Additional side handles
  • Quick release shoulder straps
  • D-Ring attachment points
  • Side and bottom retention straps with buckles
  • Daisy chain webbing for attaching extra gear/carabiners
  • Velcro panel (12 x 8cm / 4.7 x 3.1in) for ID patches
  • Made of 500D Cordura® fabric
  • All clips and buckles are made by Duraflex®/WooJin
  • PenCott™, Kryptek™ and Multicam® camouflages are NIR treated

Review: Incog Eclipse IWB Holster

by Andy Rutledge 2 Comments

Appendix carry is seemingly becoming all the rage of late. At least that’s the impression I get based on conversations with friends and the articles and videos I see. I have to believe that part of the reason is that holsters for effective and comfortable carry in that position are getting better.

Enter the INCOG series of holsters. INCOG is a joint development projects between Haley Strategic Partners and G-Code Holsters. Their first product (that I’m aware of) was the INCOG Holster System, which offered a somewhat modular array of holster, mag holder, and belt clip arrangements. The INCOG Eclipse IWB holster is tailored more specifically for the mid-line or appendix-carry position.

Features

While not overly thick, the Kydex for the Eclipse is a bit thicker than most holsters I’ve seen. Sturdy. As most are, the Kydex is molded to the pistol model, which allows for positive retention without an over-tight retention adjustment (it’s adjustable). The interior is very slick and smooth.

The edges of the Kydex are very smooth. While other holsters have smooth, rounded edges, they tend to them leave a sharp ridge where the rounded edge meets the flat surface. Not so with the Eclipse; they did a proper job of smoothing things out for our comfort.

The exterior, like all INCOG holsters, is covered in what G-Code calls Tactical Fuzz. This covering basically makes the holster’s exterior feel like suede. This grippy texture aids in comfort when worn without an undershirt and helps keep the holster in place when worn with an undershirt.

Incog Eclipse holster

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You’ll notice in the photos that the belt clip is angled. The adjustable Super MoJo adapter has this angle to press the holster away from the belt and into your body, which aids in concealment. I can attest that this feature does work, as it renders my Eclipse more concealable than other, more minimal holsters that don’t have this spring-like effect.

The clip is plastic and seems to have good strength and position memory. The business end of the belt clip is strongly angled for good belt grip. It even has a handy tab for easy removal when you’re ready to disarm.

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Here’s a detail of the Super MoJo clip attachment (from the G-Code website). It allows you to adjust the position and angle of the belt clip on the holster to account for proper balance for your specific pistol and preference.

Carry

I’ve carried my Glock 26 with the Eclipse for a little more than a month and I find it to be highly concealable. Appendix carry is not always comfortable per se, but having used three or four other holsters in this position, I find the Eclipse to be among the more comfortable.

I have worn it while visiting the mall, driving my truck, raking leaves in the yard, even cleaning house. Most of the time I forget that I’m wearing it. On a very important point, some holster made for mid-line or appendix carry do not offer full access to the grip of your pistol. The Eclipse does.

wearing the Incog holster

As you can see, a compact pistol under a t-shirt is quite easy to conceal with the Eclipse. Here, I’m wearing my Glock 26 in the appendix position.

carrying the Incog holster

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Conclusion

I’ve used several different holsters for appendix-position carry; both those made specifically for it and those that are otherwise suitable for that position. My experience shows that the INCOG Eclipse is the most concealable, and among the most comfortable of the lot.

The Kydex is slick inside and quite thick (read: durable) and the Tactical Fuzz does seem to be a positive and useful feature, despite the silly name. The belt clip is excellent and employs a springy strategy that other holsters haven’t yet caught onto. In short, this one works. I give it a thumbs up. Also, I’ll keep wearing it.

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Photos of the holster by the author
Photos of the author by Evan Rutledge