The AR Multi Tool from Firefield offers 15 tools in one package. (Photo: Firefield)
Firefield expands its series of firearm accessories, adding the new AR Multi Tool to its inventory.
The AR Multi Tool combines commonly used tools into an all-in-one package for easy carrying and maintenance on the AR-15 platform. The 15-in-1 multitool offers pliers, wire cutters and hammer surface in addition to tools allowing users to mount scopes and parts and make adjustments for windage and elevation.
The tool also comes with a bolt scraper for quick and easy maintenance of basic bolts as well as a bit driver with four bits, large flat head, hex wrench, bottle opener, flat knife, small knife, cotter pin puller and metal pick.
The multi tool offers spring-loaded locking tools. (Photo: Firefield)
Crafted from a durable metal, the AR Multi Tool features spring-loaded locking tools that can be opened with a single hand and remain in the open position during use. The tool tips scales at just over 14 ounces and ships in a carrying pouch for easy toting in a range bag.
“You don’t need an entire box of tools to perform simple maintenance on your AR15, just one AR Multi-Tool from Firefield will do the trick,” Firefield said in a statement. “This versatile, 15-in-1 multi-tool is able to help perform gun cleaning, gun maintenance and optic/accessory mounting tasks on any AR platform firearm.”
The AR Multi Tool is available from Firefield with a retail price of $39.
The multi tool comes with a carrying pouch. (Photo: Firefield)
Dene Adams Corsets are designed for a woman to carry concealed comfortably all day without sacrificing style or limiting clothing options. Standard and petite versions are crafted to securely hold a firearm and two reloads. $90-$125
The topic of women-specific and practical, concealment holsters is widely discussed, often attempted, but rarely accomplished.
Why is it so difficult for women to find a way to conceal a handgun? The answer is easy: physiology.
Women’s bodies typically feature shorter waists and wider hips than men’s, which makes drawing from conventional holsters difficult. Studies suggest that men are also typically 10 percent larger than women. This makes it more challenging for women to carry concealed using traditional methods of outside (OWB) or inside the waist band (IWB).
There are some very good holsters available, but rarely do they meet the needs of a woman’s lifestyle. Most females have daily clothing restrictions based on their career or activity. On average, a woman is two times more anxious about fashion choices than male counterparts. This means that a woman is more apt to leave her firearm at home if it means she can’t wear her chosen outfit of the day because of the firearm and the means to carry it.
Coming from a law enforcement background with assignments that necessitated deep concealment, I too have felt the frustration of needing to carry for defense, while not losing my femininity. Ultimately, I was left with two options: not carrying or use nonstandard methods of carry that negatively affect access to and drawing a gun under acceptable time restraints. My personal standard is to draw from deep cover in less than 2 seconds, and my holster must have a triggerguard protector and some form of retention.
The Adams’ corset allowed for easy concealment under a polo-style shirt and top. At the range, it afforded the author 2-second draw times. An optional kydex insert added integrity to the purchase and draw stroke. With any concealed carry holster, make sure to practice wearing it and drawing.
Meet Dene Adams. After years of trial and error, I came across the Dene Adams Corset concealed carry holster. At first glance, it may appear to be a lingerie item, as many of their options are adorned with lace and offered in bright feminine colors. If this isn’t your style (and it’s not mine), Dene Adams provides corset-style holsters in plain colors such as black, white or nude. Hook-and-eye attachments or a zipper fastener are the two attachment methods offered.
In testing both models, I quickly learned that I lack the patience for the hook-and-eye fasteners and prefer the zipper. I did find the zipper-fastened corset fits a little tighter of the two styles, causing me to have to order one size up. The website, deneadams.com, offers a quick sizing chart to ensure that you order the correct size for your body type. For women with a shorter torso or smaller frame, they also offer petite versions.
Dene Adams recommends the petite corset if carrying a micro pistol up to 5.8 inches in length. Their standard corsets accept firearms up to 7.4 inches.
The corset is constructed of a four-way stretch compression material that fits like a shape-wear garment. The corset has two concealment pouches that are ambidextrous. The opposite-side pouch can easily be used for accessories such as spare magazines, a flashlight, a knife or even a cell phone. A Velcro retention tab is integral to both pouches and the unit comes with an universal triggerguard insert that can be affixed to the inside of either pouch. A kydex insert specific to your model firearm is also an option.
Constructed like a compression garment, the corset’s four-way stretch fabric enables the wearer to conduct everyday activities.
Wearing the Dene Adams corset is just like wearing a compression garment. The fit is snug against your midsection, but not like a traditional corset, where movement is restricted. I chose to carry SIG Sauer’s P320 Compact in 9mm with a small grip frame and a 15-round magazine. It fit nicely in the standard version. Two spare 15-round magazines easily fit in the opposing pouch. I found this package very easy to conceal under a normal polo-style shirt and a light jacket.
Wearing the holster throughout the day caused little-to-no disruption of my daily tasks. Driving, sitting, standing, moving and bending over were done with ease, with no discomfort or altering of my movements. The holster proved to be comfortable and I often found myself forgetting that I was wearing it.
Range Test ue to the material of the corset, a conscious draw stroke is initially important. The corset’s holster position is similar to a pocket and you may be tempted to put your entire hand in the pouch to draw. If you aren’t careful, though, the elasticity of the material can push your trigger finger toward the trigger mechanism. It is imperative to reprogram your brain to maintain trigger discipline to ensure your finger remains outside of the pocket during the draw process. I found that the additional kydex insert made it easier to ensure the integrity of my draw stroke and I recommend using it.
The material of the corset requires a two-hand operation for reholstering your gun. This needs to be part of your practice regiment.
The Velcro retention device created an obstruction to getting a good purchase on the firearm and caused the material of the holster to get stuck in the Velcro backing. The material of the holster retains the placement of the gun, so I found the backing unnecessary. Once adjustments to the draw stroke are made and trained, it is very similar to your traditional waistband draw.
Reholstering the pistol requires some practice as well. Again, due to the elasticity of the material, safely reholstering should be done with two hands. The support hand should be used to separate the pocket of the holster to maintain muzzle integrity.
With a little bit of dry-firing, I found the draw stroke and the reholstering process simple and safe. When testing it against the clock, I could consistently maintain a 2-second draw stroke, or better, with two layers of cover.
Being an active female, my lifestyle revolves around physical activity. For my workouts, I reduced gun size and weight by switching to a SIG Sauer P290 in 9mm with an extended magazine. My workout consisted of push-ups, pull-ups, various plyometric movements and ended with a 5-mile trail run. The holster held the gun snug against my body throughout the entire workout and did not pose any discomfort.
Draw-to-fire time is the average of five clean draws producing an A-zone hit on a stationary target positioned at 21 feet.
Finding a concealment holster that is both comfortable and reliable that does not alter your lifestyle is a tall order. But with the Dene Adams corset, I was easily able to carry a concealed firearm no matter what I was doing that included wearing a dress, a skirt, jeans and even yoga pants.
Like anything in life, if carrying a firearm becomes difficult, the average person will not do it. I found that I could wear the Dene Adams corset holster with ease with minimal impact to my daily activities. All in all, the Dene Adams corset-style holster has earned my seal of approval.
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An astute Internet sleuth from AR15.com spotted a unique moment on Google’s StreetView road imaging service. In Iznik, Turkey (also known my the ancient name of Nicaea), four kids were caught doing what kids do – plinking targets with airguns. Using what appears to be break action, spring loaded airguns (aka “Springers”), Google’s camera-laden vehicle interrupts the group mid shot and preserves it for the online world.
What makes the images even more interesting is that the boys are shooting over one of the walls of Nicaea – a centuries old ancient fortress with historical significance reaching back to the Roman times. The scene is an awesome juxtaposition of time, technology and weaponry that is now also preserved for future eyes.
Or, you know, it’s just a bunch of kids out enjoying some trigger-time in the sun.
Google StreetView Interupts Kids Target Practice In Nicaea Ruins
Around the end of November 117 AD, after crossing the plateau of central Bithynia, Hadrian arrived in Nicaea (modern Iznik), one of the most important towns of the Bithynian province. From Juliopolis, where he had stayed on November 11, (see previous post here) the imperial party marched west along the river Sangarius and entered Nicaea through its eastern gate. – Credit: FollowingHadrian.com
The town is situated with its west wall rising from the lake itself, providing both protection from siege from that direction, as well as a source of supplies which would be difficult to cut off. The lake is large enough that it cannot be blockaded from the land easily, and the city was large enough to make any attempt to reach the harbour from shore-based siege weapons very difficult.
The city was surrounded on all sides by 5 km (3 mi) of walls about 10 m (33 ft) high. These were in turn surrounded by a double ditch on the land portions, and also included over 100 towers in various locations. Large gates on the three landbound sides of the walls provided the only entrance to the city.
Today the walls are pierced in many places for roads, but much of the early work survives and as a result it is a tourist destination. The town has a population of about 15,000.
When I first saw the images of this mid 19th-century muzzle-loading firearm, I thought it is probably missing the side plates covering lock mechanism. But then I noticed the hammer spur which, as you know, is designed to make it possible to manually cock the hammer and you will barely see an internal hammer with a spur. Fortunately, the images were accompanied by a description which revealed some really interesting design features of this gun.
This firearm is an 8-bore muzzle-loading percussion shotgun. One of the interesting design solutions is that every part of this gun’s lock mechanism (hammer, mainspring, sear, percussion nipple etc.) is concentric with the bore axis which makes it an ambidextrous gun in terms of location of the controls. Particularly, you can equally easily reach the hammer or the nipple from either side of the gun.
Closeup view of the lock mechanism. The hammer is dropped.
The lock mechanism design is simplified as much as possible. For example, the extension of the trigger above its pivot point is the sear. So the trigger and sear are a single part. The next multifunctional part is the trigger guard which is basically a leaf spring and works as a mainspring powering the hammer. Note that the hammer has a bottom protrusion (below the pivot point) that applies tension to the trigger guard/mainspring when the hammer is cocked.
Closeup view of the mechanism. The hammer is cocked.
The markings on this gun indicate that it was made by a gentleman named Moses Babcock of Charlestown, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, a patent search didn’t reveal anything. However, it is known that Mr. Babcock has also been designing and making cane guns and other black powder firearms.
Markings on the octagonal portion of the barrel
If you know more about this firearm, please share the information in the comments section.
Many thanks to Chase McEvoy, the owner of this firearm, for providing the information.
In all some 248,000 acres of federal land could be see expanded opportunities to sportsmen (Photo: USFWS)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday announced a proposal to expand hunting and fishing at national wildlife refuges in 22 states.
Among the changes, which would increase access to 248,000 acres of federal lands for sportsmen, would be to open Montana’s Swan River National Wildlife Refuge to big game hunting for the first time and Pennsylvania’s John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge to white-tailed deer hunting for the first time. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made the announcement this week, stressing the country’s hunting and fishing heritage.
“As stewards of our public lands, Interior is committed to opening access wherever possible for hunting and fishing so that more families have the opportunity to pass down this American heritage,” said Zinke. “These 30 refuges will provide incredible opportunities for American sportsmen and women across the country to access the land and connect with wildlife.”
Refuge systems that may be opened for the first time for hunters besides Heinz and Swan River would include Florida’s Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge which could see wild turkey hunts as could New Jersey’s Edwin B. Forsythe refuge. The Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, which straddles Maine and New Hampshire, would be opened to turkey hunters as well.
Michigan’s Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota’s Glacial Ridge and Wisconsin’s Trempealeau refuge would be opened to certain gamebird and small game species for the first time. Those seeking Eurasian-collared dove and Gambel’s quail could find both in New Mexico’s Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge if the proposal is accepted. Likewise, moose hunters could expand their operations to two facilities in North Dakota — the J. Clark Salyer and Lostwood NWRs. Ohio’s Cedar Point and Ottawa refuges may be opened for the first time for some game including deer.
Among the proposed changes would see expanded hunting opportunities in Arkansas’ Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge, and California’s San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Illinois would see NWRs at Cypress Creek, Great River, and Hackmatack increase hunting options. Indiana’s Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, as well as Maine’s Moosehorn and Rachel Carson refuges, would also see expansions.
In Maryland, the Blackwater NWR and Patuxent River facility could see expansions while Montana’s Charles M. Russell refuge could see more big game hunting. Oregon sportsmen may see more hunting options at the Cold Springs, Upper Klamath and William L. Finley NWRs. In the Beehive State, Utah’s Bear River refuge could see more migratory game bird and upland game hunting as would Pennsylvania’s Cherry Valley NWR.
The National Rifle Association welcomed the news, seeing the expansion as helping to grow the number of hunters.
“Sec. Zinke and I both grew up hunting and fishing and want to ensure that our children and grandchildren have those same outdoor opportunities,” said Chris Cox, chief of the group’s lobbying arm. “Our young people need to get out in nature more and unplug from the digital world. Sec. Zinke’s effort to open up more of our public lands for outdoor recreation will benefit not only our youth but all Americans for generations to come.”
According to USFWS surveys and data, some 103 million Americans, or 41 percent of the United States’ population, pursued wildlife-related recreation to the tune of some $156 billion in 2016. These included an estimated 32 million target shooters and 11.5 million hunters.
Founded in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, there are some 560 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System – a network of lands set aside and managed by USFWS specifically for wildlife. Hunting within guidelines under Zinke’s plan would expand to 377 of those units.
USFWS will accept public comments on the proposed rule for 30 days, beginning with publication in the Federal Register in coming days.
Wondering why you aren’t getting the best groups while shooting? There could be a number of reasons, as a lot can throw off your shooting. Believe it or not, some very subtle errors in technique can pull, push or otherwise get shots off target.
After all, the point of concealed carry training and practice is to keep up with the skills you need to save your bacon if need be.
How do you fix what’s wrong with your target shooting? Let’s get started.
Use A Shooting Rest To Check Sights
The first step is to use a shooting rest to test your handgun sights. You’ll want to start relatively close, maybe 5 yards, so that you can easily see where the shots are landing.
Get some sort of rest, and align the sights in the classic manner. Get the front sight post level with the top of the rear sight over center of the bullseye on the target.
Squeeze one shot. Does it land in the exact middle of the target or very, very close to it? Good! That means your sights are fine, the problem is you.
At this point, we should mention that there’s a difference between zeroing sights for a self-defense pistol you’d conceal and carry, and a target gun. Generally, if your sights are on inside of 20 yards, a defensive pistol is basically good to go. While longer shots may be required, and have been successfully placed by experienced shooters, defensive shootings generally take place up close and personal.
For a target pistol, you’ll want to zero your sights fully at longer ranges, but that’s a topic for another time.
Trigger Control: This Is Probably What’s Messing You Up
One of the most common causes of shooting problems, at least with handguns, is trigger control. How you pull the trigger has almost as much to do with where your bullet lands than how you aim; some insist even more so.
Typically, issues with trigger pull are using too much or too little trigger finger, which is usually caused by what part of the finger you’re using.
The ideal placement is to have the trigger blade just ahead of the distal interphalangeal joint, the last knuckle on the finger before the fingertip. The tip of the finger is too little, using the distal joint itself or placing the trigger behind the distal joint is too much.
The finger has less strength at the tip than at or close to the joint. You will overcompensate and pull shots to the right. If using the distal joint itself or pulling the trigger with the intermediate finger (behind the distal joint) you’ll push shots to the left. With the distal finger, reinforced by the distal joint, your finger can be squeezed to the rear with relative ease.
Need to school up your trigger control? The cure is dry firing. Do dry fire drills until you can squeeze the trigger without moving the gun.
Get A Handgun Grip
Another aspect of diagnosing bad shooting is the handgun grip, or more accurately how you grip the gun.
Usually, the problem that people have is recoil anticipation. You squeeze the pistol in anticipation of the recoil. This will cause you to pull it right, push it left, or wrist it up or down as you’re squeezing the trigger. Usually, you’re tightening the fingers, pushing the gun left, or crushing the grip and pulling right. If you haven’t aligned your wrist and your forearm, that will cause you to wrist the gun up or down.
To see if this is the cause, do some dry firing at the range, right before you start actually shooting. Then fire a few rounds. If you’re pulling or pushing shots, pay attention to your grip. Try focusing on keeping a firm grip but without using a crush grip on the pistol as you shoot. Do your groups tighten up? Then your grip was the culprit.
Remember, you want adequate support for your concealed carry gun to avoid limpwristing, but you also don’t want to torque it so you’re no longer aligned with the target.
Zen And The Art Of Handgun Shooting
Not to get too hippy-dippy, but handgun shooting should involve a certain amount of what you might call “zen,” which is an absorbing, meditative state. You focus on something, something in front of you, and intensely.
When dry firing or at the shooting range, the act of shooting is all in the trigger pull and the grip. The sights, unless they aren’t zeroed, aren’t necessarily going to produce such a huge difference if you’re off a bit at combat distances.
That’s the key bit there: at combat distances. If shooting longer-range with a handgun, the sights do become vastly more important, but this is about shooting practice for concealed carry.
So if you’re having shooting problems, there are two things you need to do. First, is start dry firing more. Get your trigger control and grip sorted by working and refining them at home, where practice costs nothing. Make sure you’re going to the range too.
When shooting, concentrate on the trigger pull and the grip as much as possible. Obviously, place the sights on target as you normally would. However, don’t think about the recoil and don’t worry about the sights. If the sight is on target, and you focus on correct grip and trigger technique, good placement will follow.
Also, slow down. Slow is smooth and smooth is perfect. Don’t take fast, sloppy shots. Start by making slow shot strings with good technique and work your way up to faster strings. As with any skill, start slow and perfect and speed will come with time.
About The Author
Born in southeastern Washington State, Sam Hoober graduated in 2011 from Eastern Washington University. He resides in the great Inland Northwest, with his wife and child. His varied interests and hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time at the gun range as often as possible.
The Ultra IR Illuminators are designed to work alonside the company’s Digisight Ultra. (Photo: Pulsar)
Pulsar introduces new models to its Ultra IR Illuminators series, launching the Ultra-850 IR Illuminator and the Ultra-940 IR Illuminator.
The Ultra IR series is designed to work with Pulsar Digisight Ultra models only, mounting to the side socket on the Digisight Ultra’s frame. Pulsar says the set-up is ideal for serious nighttime, predator, hog and varmint hunting.
The illuminator is designed for hunters stalking their prey under the cover of night. (Photo: Pulsar)
The illuminators supply visual enhancement during lowlight situations to allow shooters to easily and more effectively detect and identify targets. The IR itself boasts variable beam control that allows it to focus from spot to flood based on the shooting situation. The IR’s beam position is also adjustable and aligns with the Digisight’s field of view.
The LED IR illuminator features variable power in order to deliver three brightness settings in total, while the Ultra IR units overall are IP55 water resistant.
USA –-(Ammoland.com)- Fiocchi Ammunition’s photo contest on Scott Linden’s Wingshooting USA television show has expanded. Now called “Fiocchi Friends … and Friends,” the effort will raise funds for hunting dog rescue groups in addition to its long-standing goal of helping fans honor their own dogs.
The contest starts June 28 and runs through Sept. 30. Photo submissions and rescue group votes are entered at the Fiocchi Facebook page: Facebook.com/Fiocchi.of.USA
Record participation over the past four years led to the decision to help hunting dog rescue, said Carlo Fiocchi, vice president at Fiocchi. For years, fans have shown their admiration for their own dogs by submitting photos. Winners’ photos are published in the company’s catalog and appear in television commercials airing on Linden’s show. This year fans can also support their favorite hunting dog rescue group, with the top three vote-getters dividing $1,000 contributed by Fiocchi.
The “… and Friends” component was conceived to help groups raise awareness of their efforts and support them with funds for dog food, transportation, veterinary care and equipment.
Rescue groups represent all sporting breeds and include: Great Plains Pointer Rescue, National German Wirehaired Pointer Rescue, American Brittany Rescue, Southeast Michigan Bird Dog Rescue, California German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue, Boykin Spaniel Rescue, and Texas Sporting Breed Rescue.
Now in its 10th season, Wingshooting USA is the official series of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The award-winning series was created by Linden, and airs on 11 networks and cable systems, most year-round.
GLOCK America has just announced that it has won the contract to supply the Military Police of São Paulo, Brazil with 5,000 G22 pistols. In a first for Brazilian law enforcement, the agencies solicited contenders from international sources. Tests included a 10,000 round endurance test without cleaning or lubrication, parts interchangeability, precision and drop testing.
Previously the units had been issued Taurus PT100 and PT101 pistols.
WINNER: GLOCK America Wins São Paulo Military Police Solicitation
GLOCK America Wins São Paulo Military Police Solicitation
SMYRNA, Ga. – May 19, 2018 After extensive testing, the Procurement Service of the Military Police of São Paulo has declared the GLOCK 22 as the winner of its international solicitation. Five thousand service pistols will be provided for the Special Forces CHOQUE, COE, GATE and ROTA.
The extensive testing for the solicitation included endurance testing, parts interchangeability testing, precision testing, and drop testing. The endurance testing consisted of 10,000 rounds on each of four test pistols without cleaning or lubrication during the test. The drop testing was conducted from a distance of 2 meters to simulate pistols being dropped from mounted units and was done from six different angles, totaling 64 drops.
This is the first time a Brazilian law enforcement unit conducted an international tender for service pistols, which included hands-on product testing.
“All tests were implemented in a very transparent and public manner as any interested party could participate in these tests as observers,” said GLOCK America’s Managing Director Patrick Voller.
GLOCK won this international solicitation against competition from Beretta and Sig Sauer.
GLOCK is a leading global manufacturer of firearms. The simple, safe design of GLOCK’s polymer-based pistols revolutionized the firearms industry and made GLOCK pistols a favorite of military and law enforcement agencies worldwide and among pistol owners. In 2018, GLOCK celebrates its 32nd Anniversary in the United States. Renowned for featuring three safeties, GLOCK pistols offer users of every lifestyle confidence they can rely on. GLOCK, Inc. is based in Smyrna, Georgia. For more information, please visit us.glock.com.