01. Battlbox / AR500 4-Inch Gong Target
Battlbox is flat-out cool, and here’s how it works. It’s a monthly subscription service in which they send you a box of an assorted number of supplies—emergency supplies, hiking essentials, bushcraft, EDC gear, watches, backpacks, knives, shooting accessories, etc. Basically, they cover everything an outdoorsman digs. For your viewing pleasure, here we’re rockin’ the gongs from the box we received this month. Shootingtargets7.com makes them, and they will last forever with handgun ammo. When you hit them, which we occasionally do, they ring like a bell. The AR500 steel deflects the bullets with ease, and they are CNC laser-cut, which means superb quality.
MSRP: $24.99-$149.99 BATTLBOX.COM
03. Nanuk / 935 6 Up Pistol Case
Like its big “brother,” the 935 6 Up Pistol Case— which features closed-cell PEF foam—is super solid, it is constructed with precision, the seal is tight and it gets the job done. The case provides storage for as many as six handguns and 10 single- or double-stack magazines. You can also customize this a little. Simply remove the center foam inset and reconfigure the case for four handguns and a storage area for accessories. If you’re wondering, it will accept 1911s. It also has two reinforced eyelets for locking, so you can secure, store and transport your guns without any worry. The interior dimensions are 20.5 inches long, 11.3 inches wide and 7.5 inches high, and it is made of NK-7 resin.
MSRP: VARIES NANUK.COM
05. 5 Stone Products / Pistol Mask
“Concealed in plain sight.” That’s what 5 Stone officials say about their IWB holster. They also say it’s designed for those who don't want to change the way they dress, just to conceal their weapon. When wearing the Pistol Mask, it appears that you have a cellphone on your waist. It even has a camera lens, speaker, volume buttons and power plug. The way it is designed gives the impression that it is too thin to be holding a weapon. And how about the draw? Execute a quick tug on the front panel, as that overrides the magnetic closure and releases the spring-loaded panels to open flat against your body. The Pistol Mask is adjustable to fit dozens of the most popular sub-compact pistols in 9mm, .40 caliber and .45 cal.
MSRP: $49 (GRAY AND BLACK MODEL), $59 (ALL BLACK)
02. TOPS Knives / Operator 7
From top to bottom, TOPS nailed it with this knife. Not only is the name awesome, but the 12.50-inch knife has classic American “fighting” knife aesthetics. And it’s also a workhorse. The differentially heat-treated blade, which is made of 5/16-inch thick 1075, is impact resistant on the edge and has a strong spine. The handle is tan canvas Micarta on the bottom and black G10 on top. Combined, that means you’ll have a grip and a half. The entire handle is more than an inch thick, so it will feel like you’re got a handful of ax or hatchet. If you need finer cuts, TOPS has you covered, as the finger choil allows you to get great precision.
MSRP: $190 TOPSKNIVES.COM
04. Nanuk / 990 Customizable Rifle Case
Blame it on deadlines. This box arrived, and it sat in our office for a few days. Finally, we opened it, and we’re glad we did. The 990 features outstanding construction, it’s solid, the seal is tight seal and it’s customizable. It also features two spring-loaded handles and zooms around on polyurethane wheels. It is waterproof and is equipped with four Powerclaw latches, including 2 TSA keyed locks. The interior dimensions are 44 inches long, 14.5 inches wide and 6 inches high. It weighs 17.8 pounds, and the internal volume is 2.21 cubic feet.
MSRP: VARIES NANUK.COM
06. Allen / Intercept Tactical Pack
There’s also something alluring about backpacks. Ya know what we mean? Allen’s Intercept Pack is a 2,500 cubic inch capacity, hydration-compatible bag with internal compartments, multiple external accessory pockets and an external MOLLE web system. The Endura fabric construction makes it rugged enough that you could probably run it over in a tank. Its dimensions are 18.5x16x10 inches.
MSRP: $64.99-$74.99 BYALLEN.COM
07. Honeywell / Impact Sport BOLT
What is it about electronic hearing that is so amazing? The engineering? Yes. The quality? No doubt. And these score 10s in both categories. These muffs actively listen and automatically shut off amplification whenever harmful sound levels are reached. They block any noise, continuous or impulse, 82 db or higher. To enhance low-level sound, the Bolt employs built-in microphones that amplify range commands and other ambient sounds. Notice that the slim design makes this a versatile earmuff for most shooting environments. They also have a 4-hour auto shut-off that preserves battery life.
MSRP: $77.95 HONEYWELL.COM