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March Contest

March 2014 Contest

When considering what I could do for a March contest, one thing kept popping into my head.  That one thing was holsters.  One thing I have heard from a number of people is that they are unable to live fire practice with their holster.

To remedy this, the March contest prize will be a paid entry into the Hartsgrove, Ohio March 30 USPSA match.  The USPSA match is not something to look at with fear or anxiety.  Instead it is to be looked at as a way to practice not only your holster skills but also how to introduce artificial fear into your practice regiment.

So, what are the rules you are asking!

Easy, simply comment AND share on the facebook post that brought you hear.

See a link to that post HERE

Remember you have to COMMENT and SHARE to be entered.  Please be sure your settings do not restrict me from seeing when you share something!


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Defensive Handguns

What makes a good self defense handgun?


When we look for a self defense handgun we look for handguns that have a few common characteristics.  These common characteristics are that the handguns is simple and efficient, reliable, light short and consistent trigger pull, and a lower bore axis.

Handguns that have these characteristics generally fall into the category of Modern Striker Fired (MSF) handguns.  Examples of MSF handguns are Glocks, the Smith and Wesson M&P line and Springfield XD and the XDm series.

The MSF handguns listed above are recommended due to the fact that they are simply and efficient.  This means that the handguns are lacking external and manual safeties.  Trigger safeties are considered passive safeties and would not be included considered inefficient because they are naturally deactivated when firing the handgun.

These handguns are also considered highly reliable through years of testing and vetting.

The MSF handguns are also recommended as a self defense handgun due to the fact that they have a light, short and consistent trigger pull.  The common trigger pull, or the amount of pressure that is required to fire the handgun, is 5.50 lbs.  Unlike single/double action handguns that require the user to master two different trigger pulls, one short and light, and one heavy and long the MSF handgun has only one trigger pull.

The last common characteristic we look for in a self defense handgun is a low bore axis.  This means that the bore of the handgun is as close as possible to the users hand.  This allow the user to manage recoil as efficiently as possible.


Another characteristic that we look for t is that the handgun be chambered in 9mm.  We will discuss the choice of 9mm as a defensive caliber in a later post.

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Incog Holster Review

Like many, I purchased a strong side hip holster for concealed carry after getting my license. I was satisfied with my holster; however, after taking a class that required drawing from multiple positions I recognized the efficiency that appendix holsters offer. Soon after that class I purchased an Incog holster from G-Code.

When I received the Incog the first thing I noticed was how different it was in comparison to traditional hybrid holsters that I was use to and it was not just the MagCaddy that made it different.  With traditional hybrid holsters a piece of leather is between the firearm and your skin. This layer of leather is supposed to make it more comfortable to wear the handgun all day.  The Incog on the other hand is made entirely of a polymer material and the outside is covered in“Tactical Fuzz” as G-Code calls it.  The“Tactical Fuzz” as it’s called is a soft material like you would find on a child’s blanket.  The “Tactical Fuzz” is so thin that it appears it would have little to no affect on the comfort of the wearer; however, it makes the Incog extremely comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.

After a wearing the Incog daily for over six months I signed up for Combat Focus Shooting with Safety Solutions Academy.  I ran the Incog for the eight hour 500 round course.  When the dust settled and the class was over I found Incog still in one piece with no wear, cracks, or damage.  The only complaint I noticed after the day was over was that occasionally the slide would come in contact with my boxers and I could feel how hot the slide was.  Not to the point that it burned me but Inoticed the firearm.  More importantly,after the eight hour class in 85-95 degree Ohio summer with high humidity the Incog was still extremely comfortable to wear. The hybrid holsters that I was use to would eventually be become hot and sticky at the point the leather comes in contact to the body.  I did not have this with the “Tactical Fuzz”on the Incog.

One of the leading reasons I bought the Incog played a great role during the Combat Focus Shooting course, the MagCaddy.  The Incog comes with an optional MagCaddy that attaches to the Incog and allows your holster to hold a magazine for your handgun next to your handgun.  My everyday outfit requires a button up and tucked in dress shirt and makes carrying an additional magazine anywhere other than my pocket very hard.  The MagCaddy allows me to carry an additional17 rounds at the ready in the same position every day.  During the Combat Focus Shooting this was a lifesaver, as we constantly performed speed reloads from the high compressed ready.  When a speed reload is required,drawing a magazine from you pocket is not ideal to say the least.

In conclusion I would give the Incog five stars.  The comfort, ease of use, weight, style and MagCaddy make the Incog the leading concealed carry holster if you are looking for an appendix carry style holster.  The only downside I really have seen with the Incog is that G-Code came out with Kryptek olors and the Blood Stripe after I purchase mine in black.


Yes I know that no one will see the holster unless I am drawing the firearm to protect my life or the life of a loved one but I am a bit vain it would seem.

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Defensive Handgun Calibers

What Caliber for a Self Defense Handgun


When we look for a self defense handgun caliber our goal is to choose the caliber that inflicts the maximum amount of damage to the threat.  Although the topic of harming, potentially killing, another human being is uncomfortable to many you do not want to be wondering if you picked the best caliber for self defense when you are defending yourself or your family.

When we look at calibers for self defense we must narrow down our options.  In terms of handgun calibers we view .380 through 10mm as viable self defense handgun calibers.  Of those viable calibers we state that .380 through 45acp are acceptable calibers.  Of these acceptable calibers we know through medical research that there is negligible difference is damage caused by these projectiles.

We recommend 9mm for self defense due to its ability to inflict the maximum damage to our threat.  This is because 9mm offers higher capacity and less recoil when compared to other acceptable self defense calibers and because the 9mm allows the user to fire more rounds faster and more accurately it offers a high wounding capacity.  9mm is also cheaper than the other acceptable self defense calibers, which, means more practice and training for less.