MAKE: Concealed Cargo
MODEL: Men’s Casual Cargo Pant OPTIONS: RH, khaki. (Available soon: LH, additional colors, cargo shorts) SIZES: Waist: 32–38, Inseam: 30–36 MSRP: $65
These cargo pants allow you to carry a full- to medium-sized gun without a holster—the massive front pocket is the holster. Made to look casual, not tactical, it’s constructed of 7-ounce cotton twill with reinforced stitching.
The front strong-side pocket is constructed of ballistic nylon shaped like a handgun. There’s no lint or sag, and it’s snag free when drawing your handgun. The gun is positioned at upper thigh level and doesn’t bounce or swing when walking or running. There’s no printing; it looks completely natural. The pocket opening is large enough to pull out the gun while in full grasp by your hand. The weak-side pocket has three inner compartments for keeping spare magazines and gear separate. It’s the most comfortable all-day carry option we’ve found. In a precarious situation, you can have the gun in grasp, and it just looks like you have your hand in your pocket.
MAKE: DeSantis Gunhide
MODEL: Hidden Cache mag pouch MSRP: $50
This nicely made and comfortable IWB magazine carrier is made from premium American steer hide. It comes in black or tan
(more of a brown) with white stitching. It’s adjustable for cant and three different heights. It comes with C-clips, but J-Clips are also available. It’s offered for 175 different firearms, is ambidextrous and can be used in any position on the belt. One drawback: If there’s competition on your belt for space (e.g., cell phone holster, multi-tool, etc.), this design, in particular, takes up nearly the space of a twomag pouch.
MAKE: Real Avid
MODEL: AR15 Micro Tool MSRP: $20
This whole micro tool measures 3.7x1.7x.4 inches (not including the strap), yet it contains 15 tools. Included are five wrenches, a 5mm bit driver, flathead screwdriver, bolt tail scraper, bolt face scraper, firing pin scrapers, front sight tool, cutter, pin punch, cutter and the ever-so-important bottle opener. The best part: Everything is conveniently labeled. It works well and does all the basic maintenance functions. In addition, it is so small, you can have it on hand just about anywhere.
MODEL: Mag Charger Universal Pistol Loader
This innovative mag loader is three-way adjustable to work with just about any double- or singlestack handgun magazine. A knob located on the front adjusts length of magazine, while two hexagonshaped cylinders (one on each side) adjust for width. Once the mag is secure, drop a cartridge in the chute, and squeeze the lever. It loads very fast and with low effort. It works with 9mm to .45-caliber magazines and some .380. It won’t work with magazines that are straight feed, such as Mac-11 SMG types.
MAKE: Faxon Firearms
MODEL: Slim 3 Port Muzzle Brake SPECS: .620-inch diameter, ½ inch-28 TPI thread, 1.12 ounces, 2.125 inches long. For 5.56/.223. MSRP: $60
This muzzle brake is designed for one thing: It can be permanently attached yet still allow for barrel nut and gas block removal. To get the minimum-length barrel allowed by law without NFA paperwork, the muzzle device must be permanently attached, so it will come in at just 16 inches. With standard muzzle brakes, this means you wouldn’t be able to remove the gas block or barrel nut. With the Slim 3 Port Muzzle Brake, you can. Aside from that, what impressed us is how fast and pointable it is when transitioning from target to target. The minimalist design does everything a standard muzzle brake does but in a greatly reduced size and weight.
MAKE: SIG Sauer MODEL: Kilo2400ABS MSRP: $1,800
This feature-laden rangefinder can range up to 2 miles and has a built-in Applied Ballistics Elite calculator, environmental sensors, inclinometer to read incline/decline angle, digital compass, Bluetooth to link with the smartphone ballistic app and more. It also includes a WindMETER to plug into your smart phone jack for real-time wind measurements. Three reticle choices include center aiming circle; circle plus horizontal milling grid; or circle plus horizontal and vertical milling grid. Pairing this rangefinder with your smartphone gives you access to real-time HUD display, gun profiles and more. It also includes a tripod adaptor (because at 2 miles, you’ll need it), pen/stylus for a log book and a ballistic nylon MOLLE kit bag to keep it all in.
MODEL: Covrt18 Backpack DIMENSIONS: 19Hx12.25Lx6.5D inches (main compartment)
CAPACITY: 30 liters total
MSRP: $130 URL: www.511Tactical.com
The Covert 18 is maxed out on pockets and storage and is everything a tactical backpack should be—while keeping the look outdoorsy, not tactical. It is perfect for covert and/or CCW use, where discretion is a must. The large main compartment has two zippered mesh storage compartments and a padded laptop sleeve. A secondary compartment adds ambidextrous quick access to a handgun, while the front compartment also has storage for a handgun. A fleece-lined top pocket safely stores sunglasses, and a hydration pocket stores a 1.5-liter unit. Sternum and compression straps secure your load tightly to the body. It’s feature packed and made well for rugged use.
MAKE: A.G. Russell Knives
MODEL: Folding Gents Hunter II SPECS: Length: 8 inches; closed: 4⅜ inches; blade: 3⅝ inches, 3.2 ounces
MSRP: $145: carbon fiber (tested); $95: cocobolo; $85: green G-10 URL: www.AGRussell.com
Founded in 1964, A.G. Russell was the first mail-order knife company. Judging from this knife, he’s doing well. This extremely classy-looking folder has carbon-fiber handle scales and a lockback mechanism to securely lock it in place while in use. The drop-point blade looks surprisingly large in relation to the handle, and it’s made from 9Cr13CoMoV steel, which is essentially 440 steel with extra cobalt for increased strength.
It’s also far lighter than expected because of the Featherlight stainless steel skeletonized liner, which has been heat-treated for strength. It has one of the smoothest actions we’ve felt on a knife—it’s not a flipper or assisted opening, but if you hold it parallel to the ground, it will open with a snap of the wrist. The clip is reversible for the right- or lefthand pocket, but it is tip-up only.