CompTac Infidel Holster and Mag Pouch

I am a huge fan of Comp-Tac gear. Over the years I have tried a a variety of holsters and such from many companies and have been impressed with a variety of products from some of them.  While some companies have made one thing great and other stuff crappy Comp-tac has impressed me with everything  I have tried.  Even some of the smaller companies making kydex gear can be hit or miss in my experience.  But I realized this past month, I have never been let down by the Comptac stuff.

I started out buying Comp-tac gear on my own and writing about it here before they contacted me and asked if I would T&E  stuff for them.  Right now my all time two favorite IWB holsters are made by Comp-tac.  When I got the newest bit of gear from Comptac a few weeks ago, I was really surprised with how fast I instantly fell in love with the holster in the box.

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The holster is the Infidel  IWB, and it is superb. It has become my every day use holster. The holster can gave the tension adjusted and can be attached to the belt, with  belt loops or clips, which is what I chose. The  nice slick holster slides down inside the pants and the clips snap over the belt fast and clean and easy.

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The infidel  really is so easy and slick to use, it reminds me of a pure competition holster meant for speed. Being able to adjust the tension and the nice open top you can get your gun in and out of easy  with out any work is something you don’t always get in a holster of this type believe it or not.  Since it is not as wide as some others.it can be worn with a greater degree of comfort. Some kydex holsters are great and easy to hide but do not always  set very comfortably inside the waste over long periods of time. Not so with the infidel.  Of course the extra bit of kydex protecting your side from the gun rubbing against you is something always great appreciated.  I have been using it non stop for a few weeks now and I love it.   The ease of taking it on and off with the clips is really a selling point to me as well.  If you do consider picking one up. I strongly suggest skipping the belt snap loops and get this option.

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The other thing I got with the holster is the mag pouch for  AR15/M16 mags,. Another top notch product. If you notice it is a scaled up version of the pistol pouch.

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Like the pistol pouch, it is adjustable for  tension to keep the mag in as secure or loose as you want. The clip slides over the belt and  closes over it securing it perfectly especially if you use the Comptac gun belt.  I love the Comptac leather reinforced gun belt so much, I wear it exclusively. The holsters and pouches work so well with the belt,you can clearly tell they were all meant to be used together with top performance in mind.  In fact I love the belt so much I have to be careful or I will get carried away talking about it here.

The pouch will obviously hold 30s as well as 20s and 10 rounders. I used it to run around and shoot with a 40 round Pmag and it held it perfectly. Like anything you do have to make sure your belt and pouch belt clips are the correct size to work together or you may have some wiggle.  For ease I always get the same size in everything so I never had to worry about it  as long as its not something meant just for MOLLE gear.

I have been using this AR mag pouch for a few weeks and it has been everything I hoped it would be.  I do not have the time with it that I have with the pistol mag pouch, but nothing has led me to think It will be a let down. In the coming weeks I will be comparing it to some other brands of kydex mag pouches for comfort, speed and use with a variety of mags so keep checking back for that.

The Infidel holster really is hard to describe just how nice it really is. its always a  tough to really explain holsters in my opinion, Everyone is different and no two bodies are the same. But I truly think this is one of the rare Kydex IWB holsters that would work great for just about everyone. Even being what it is, I have found it so fast and easy to get to, that it is hard for me to justify using anything else even my beloved KirkPatrick leather IWB holster that has traveled all of the country with me for years.  If you are looking for a great holster, really check this one out and give it some serious thought, I promise its unlikely you will be let down by it.

Lastly the video below is me shooting a drill while using the infidel holster.  I am no super fast shooter, But the holster allowed me a great fast, smooth draw that certainly aided me in the run.

The Art of Slinging Up: Using the USGI Web Sling to its Max Potential

We all know about slinging up, but doing it right is always a question for those who are not well versed in its application or use. Let’s take a look at traditional sling positions, and then we can explore another method of slinging up which gives even greater stability to the tried and true USGI web sling.

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In this animation, Shawn demonstrates application of the sling and a quick demo of several shooting positions: Kneeling, Crossed leg Sitting, and Prone.

The proper steps to sling up are thus:

  • Cradle the rifle in the arm and detach the rear of sling from the rifle
  • Make a loop by pulling the sling through the middle of the slider buckle and put your arm through the loop
  • Slide the loop above the bicep, and tighten the loop
  • Unlock the keeper and pull the sling strap until you have removed the slack and close the keeper
  • Bring your hand to the forearm, coming from above the sling. It should wrap around the back of your hand as shown above
  • The sling should feel tight everywhere, if it feels loose… take up more sling slack and settle back into position

There is a clockwise twist to the sling that is done before you loop it over the arm. The strap should smoothly transition from your arm, over the back of the hand, and on to the swivel. If its twisted over somewhat, its not correct.

Once slung up, you will feel a constricting pressure above the bicep and your arm veins may bulge. You may feel your pulse in the bicep. These are signs of proper sling tension. Yup, it’s that tight. Properly applying the sling gives you a stable shooting platform for whatever reason you might need to steady the shot.

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If we explore the sling further, we can make some changes to our setup that puts the sling in a much better position than with a stock A2. Moving a sling swivel down the forearm gives us two new advantages: 1) the sling swivel will act as a natural hand stop and 2) the angle of our arm increases to reduce sling slippage.

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Now keep in mind that everyone’s arm length is different. What works for me might not work for you. About midway down the hand guard, I could mount the sling swivel to act as a hand stop which bends my elbow closer to 90 degrees. This 90 degree bend keeps the loop up on the arm and prevents slippage. If I were to put my hand at the sling swivel on the USGI A2 swivel… the angle would be great and the sling creeps down towards the elbow. That’s due to my arms being too short for the length of the stock sling swivel setup.

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Getting closer to that 90 degree angle and keeping my hand in place with a hand-stop locks me into the sling hard. What’s nice is with carbines, is that your stock sling swivel might be set up in a good spot to act as a hand stop and give you that 90 degree elbow bend… no changes necessary.

Modern Shooting Slings

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Since this photo, I have added a QD swivel midway down the forearm of the rifle

There are a few products which make things *even better*… More better you say? Yes I did. I use a Short Action Precision Positional sling, which is something I recently purchased. It is a modern shooting sling, and it has all the benefits of a traditional shooting sling, but it is both faster and easier to use. Setup like this, I can lock myself into the gun quickly, and get out of the sling quickly as well. There are a few other products out there as well, such as the Armageddon PRS, the TAB gear shooting sling and a few others, so do some research.

Adding and using a traditional or even a modern shooting sling to your equipment lineup is a great way to get more mileage from a sling than simply a means to carry the rifle.

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Fox News 10 – Civil Rights Activist Experiences Shoot or Don’t Shoot Scenarios

I was forwarded this via email from the local 3 Gun match director Mark Meek. I think a good many people don’t realize how quickly a situation can escalate, and how hard it can be it identify the good guys from the bad guys. Many anti-gun people believe that their mantle of innocence is a shield from violence. That belief leads to impotent inaction which can cost them, or their loved ones their lives.

A look Back, Guns and People Over The Years

We have seen a lot  of change in firearms advancement and their use.  Even the owners of this website have seen major changes in firearms and their application for sporting and war  in our relatively short times. Keeping that in mind, it is always worth a look back at the rich past of  our favorite tools.

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Testing of one of the early “bullet proof ” vests.

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US Special Forces vet helping Rhodesia fight off the communists.

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A picture of some very, very famous men who would greatly influence rifle development. Among these worthies are Harvey Donaldson and  John Unertl.

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NRA marksmanship badges.

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Famous barrel making genius, Harry Pope’s gun collection.

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Women practices running to her fighting position during the Rhodesian Bush war.

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US Green Beret adviser in South Vietnam in the very early years.

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S&W Heavy duty.

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Indig troop sets watch against the communists with his child in his lap.

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An advertisement for the old excellent Marble cleaning rod.

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ARVN troops learning how to use the M16 at the firing range.

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Back in the good old days, when gun stores had all manner of exotic foreign weapons.

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Dillinger’s weapons.

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All of the guns or a true genius and a gift to us all.

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The Block I SOPMOD kit. that was the start of a giant industry that continues.

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Over 100 years and still serving perfectly.

And a reminder. Facts that should always be handy for those who try to rob of such an important history and right.

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MISTAKES: MAKE ‘EM IN TRAINING

Article by Mark Hatfield.

I was the first to shoot a hostage.

Not that I shot at the wrong person, it was that I hit the hostage while attempting to hit only the hostage taker behind him/her. It was probably a survivable wound but would have been crippling. Thankfully these were only cardboard targets.

A few other things happened during these sessions. I had emptied my handgun and reloaded with a fresh magazine. As I removed my support hand I saw the new magazine fall out of the gun. I simply grabbed another spare mag and loaded the gun, that was much better than getting on the ground to get the fallen mag. The fallen mag might have been irretrievable for a number of reasons, falling into water, an unreachable space, be unseen, or even come apart upon impact. Much better to have more than one spare mag.

On another drill we shot one handed until the handgun was empty, reloaded, transferred the gun to the other hand and again fired until empty, reloaded again then moved to the next station. After emptying the gun the second time, I transferred it back to my dominant hand, or rather I attempted to, I dropped it. When I realized the gun was going, I, for only a fragment of a second, thought of going to the ground after it but instead my other hand drew my other identical gun and had it pointed downrange, possibly by the time the other gun hit the ground. It would not be correct to say that I was glad I had the second gun and more so that I had trained with it, I really didn’t have any such feeling. It was rather that there had been a problem and I had successfully resolved it.

Some people, even rather experienced shooters, when under pressure often forgot to operate the safety before they attempted to fire their rifles. Some, though experienced, had never fired their rifles from the ‘wrong’ shoulder, many had never before fired their rifles using only one arm. Often there were multiple targets, the defender had to move between different locations of cover, to find the right angle or height for which to engage any one or two targets then change to do the others. Defenders would forget that there were multiple targets which were threatening them from different angles. When trying to find the best position from which to shoot one particular target while staying behind cover from that attacker, the defenders forgot about keeping cover between themselves and the other attackers.

Physical fitness matters. Too many people want to ignore that. This was not a physical course, not physically demanding, especially compared to some. But, for best ‘results’, one needs to be able to move short distances quickly, to be able to get up and down, change positions, and adapt as needed. Never forget that a fight, any fight, will not be compatible with whatever skills you practice, what you train for, or what you predict might likely happen. The fight will be what ever it is and you don’t get to choose how it will start or under what conditions. Even a modest amount of physical fitness training can make a huge difference over doing no training at all.

One man, a Federal ‘First Responder’, wore not just his complete gear and equipment but body armor, this significant amount of kit was what he wore daily on his job. Despite the heat and activity he trained in and with the equipment he would most likely be wearing if he needed to do what he was hired to do. This is a sign of a wise man.

Doing anything under stress, even just a little pressure, and your performance can change, it can be very different from just casual practice. The stressors of such drills or even competition is much less than that of an actual event of deadly force. However, after learning a skill, practicing it under stress helps to ‘inoculate’ one to better perform when the stress is not artificial. This includes decision making under pressure, an attribute which is even more important than just skills.

Even a little practice of something, a little preparation makes a huge improvement on how a person can handle stressors and problems of many types. ‘Make your mistakes here’, Do something here now for the first time rather than trying to figure it out for the first time when life depends on it, was the theme of this course. This anti-terrorism aspect of this offering by John Farnam was not about shooting. One could not just shoot fast and accurately, one had to think, decide, adapt, and act, and do it quickly.

John Farnam is known and teaches internationally, his Defense Training International webpage can be easily found. I recommend you sign up to receive his random ‘quips’.

Infantry Weapons And Usage In Korea( 2 )

In the first part of the series, I quoted from  the study on infantry weapons in the Korean war and some of the lessons learned and other points of interest.  Leaving off at the point of  the rifleman holding his fire until the enemy was within a range the rifleman felt he could hit the target due to either lack of confidence in his marksmanship skills, enemy exposure or weapons type. This will pick up from there.

 

 

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“this; the one point which seems deserving of particular emphasis is that the BAR greatly compounds the stopping effect of rifle fire at ranges considerably in excess of those at which unaided rifle fire is potent. It has long been prized as a mop-up agent, for depressing final resistance in a conquered area, or liquidating tenacious elements infesting the rear. There is perhaps need to emphasize that it adds body to the rifle volume at any range”

“What is said here is meant to reflect in no degree whatever on the accuracy of the standard rifle; the men who use it in battle swear by it. Junior officers frequently said that they had seen it do decisive work in excess of 250 yards range. When the question was raised whether this was in combination with heavier fires from other weapons, the answer was invariably yes”.

“Rifle practice at the longer ranges is still desirable. But the rifleman needs about five times the amount of practice now given him with live ammunition if the weapon’s potential is to be fully exploited in combat.”

Once again the Army was told the more training for longer ranges by rifleman was needed with more time devoted to it. It seems the average unit may have felt that longer range shooting at the enemy was to be left to the heavy and light LMGs with them adding their rifle fire, either from lack of confidence in themselves of the rifle. Though officers noted that the rifle was effective at longer ranges but seemed to not have given it much thought.

“The Korean experience proves substantially that the fighting posture of the line is most sound when automatic fire is combined with slow fire in its weapons complex.This subject will be treated more extensively in the data bearing on evaluation of the various weapons. Suffice to say now that any trend toward eliminating the semi-automatic, hand-carried weapons in favor of full-automatic weapons in the hands of all infantrymen should be vigorously combated. In perimeter defense, the time almost invariably comes when the automatic weapons run short of ammunition, with the local issue still to be decided. This is the crisis of the contest, when decision may swing either way, depending on which side is most capable of delivering the last few volleys”

Once again we see this debate pop up in history.  It is interesting to see the  military go from the M1 to the M14 on full auto, learning it was ineffective, then going to the controllable M16, then the pointless 3 round burst, and now back around to the general issue of the M4A1.  It seems the military can not get a handle on full auto weapons for the rifleman, No doubt because of the fear of the cost of training a man to use.

“In the infantry company data from Korean operations there are numerous examples wherein the retention of the position depended finally on fire from the M1, and rifle fire finally decided the issue. The troops who carry the weapon almost unanimously recognize the vital importance of this factor. On the basis of their experience, they would not concur in any suggestion that the line could be strengthened by fitting it exclusively with full-automatic power.”

The effectiveness of accurate, effective semi auto fire by a rifleman has been proven over and over.  In a time when it is so popular to place so much importance on the hyper violent rapid firing and weapons manipulation for close range because it is so sexy, it is  always worth pointing out the  past experiences learned that the individual marksman who can make effective hits at long range  will always be able to make a difference.  The skill should constantly be kept up for the serious shooter and rifleman.

 

“the rate of ammunition expenditure in night engagement will be from two to four times as rapid as during day-light fighting, depending upon the extent of battle seasoning of the ranks and other variable factors such as the degree of control exercised by junior leaders. There area number of reasons for this, most of which are rooted in psychological rather than material factors. When men see targets in the clear light of day, or at least sense the general area from which they are drawing enemy fire, they tend to be more conservative of ammunition than when, under darkness, they are brought under a general fire but cannot identify its source. In daytime, the men who are carrying flat trajectory weapons,and are on ground where they cannot bring the enemy within line of sight, will not spend their ammunition uselessly; moreover, unless they are urged and commanded,in the majority they will not advance or shift to ground which will give them a more favorable target opportunity. By the same token, in night fighting, there is an excess of firing through the access of fear. Men in night engagement do not suffer the same cramping and instinctive feeling that any act of firing will increase personal jeopardy through greater exposure.”

“This sense of relative freedom, combined with fear reaction to the sudden attack, builds up the fire volume. There will be a greater number of willing participants in the fire contest; also, on the average, these participants will shoot off more stuff than in daytime engagement.”

The development in  night vision devices and the military’s ability to operate in darkness to a level probably equal to their abilities during the day time is widely know and no doubt feared by hostile forces in modern times.  I found  the above information fascinating and would be very interested to see how this compared to modern tactics.

 

 

This was considerably shorter that the first part for various reasons and was longer coming that promised.  Due to new T&E products arriving a few times a week now that warm weather is coming, I will try to update with the next parts as soon as I can. If you found these interesting keep checking back.  You can also comment on the looserounds facebook page to so we can judge the level of attention this series may be gaining and if enough people as about it, more updates will follow quicker.  Tshame.

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