Choosing the best tactical gloves for you doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. They serve many purposes and offer protection from many different hazards, from extreme heat or cold weather, dirt, etc. The best tactical gloves are built for comfort and protection using high strength and flexible materials. Since they are typically needed while shooting, it is required that they provide the best grip for your gun.
A few distinguishing categories must be made to set apart different types of tactical gloves. They are finger dexterity, price, special technology, and fire resistance. If any of these are limiting factors for you, make sure you do your homework and research the capabilities of the gloves.
A few of the larger brands out there have done well in product testing.
The Hunters Specialties spandex-lined gloves are great for cold weather environments. They have waterproof insulation, are made of breathable spandex with 80 grams of Thinsulate lining for extra warmth, dot grip, and extra-long cuffs. It’s also a very affordable glove.
If you’re looking for grip control, Radians Remington Impact/Anti Vibration glove is a great option. It features padded leather knuckle bands for extra protection, reinforced fingertips, terry cloth thumb for sweat absorption, reinforced thumb crotch, and a reinforced, gel-padded palm for extra protection and comfort.
The Blackhawk SOLAG (Special Operation Light Assault Glove) is a great option for fire-resistance. It features a fire resistant model with a dual-layer palm for water repellency and increased abrasion resistance.
There are many other brands and models, but these are just a few to highlight. Feel free to browse our glove selection here. If you need any help finding the best tactical gloves, just let us know and we will help in any way that we can!
Ready for a Gun Holster?
You’ve finally bought the gun you’ve had your eye on for awhile. Now it’s time to think about accessories. The first thing aside from ammunition should be a gun holster. Think about your needs first and if you need ready-access, or concealment. Then look around at the vast array of materials, placements, and types there are available. Above all, you want your gun holster to be comfortable and sturdy, and it’s hard to tell until you’ve tried it.
Typically, you’ll find gun holsters made out of leather, plastic, or nylon. Leather holsters are very traditional, durable, hold their shape, but are also susceptible to moisture. Plastic holsters are lightweight, waterproof, durable, and are generally quick to draw from, but some may find them uncomfortable. Nylon or ballistic nylon are the most inexpensive, are easy to clean, and flexible, but may take on wear easier than the other choices.
Gun holsters can be worn almost anywhere on the body, so keep in mind what your use will be. Here is a brief list:
- Ankle holsters: made ideally for lightweight, smaller guns
- Inside the waistband (IWB): some offer “tuckable” varieties where you can tuck your shirt between the clip and the holster
- Inside the Pocket: best for smaller, thinner guns
- Belt/Outside the Waistband (OWB): most traditional placement, think westerns and law enforcement
- Thigh, Drop Leg, Tactical: worn outside the pants, not for concealment
- Shoulder: a harness that crosses your back and through the arms. Usually has a magazine carrier on the other side of the gun
- Pancake: look like they have wings. Worn close to the body at the waist
- Fanny pack: worn around the waist, usually has a pouch and other pockets to carry IDs, money, etc.
- Bellyband: made of a stretchy material, incorporates a “universal fit” holster. Can be worn around chest, waist, or hips
- Specialty: this can include underwear with built-in holsters, including bras and undershirts
Talk to your gun retailer to narrow your search and find the best holster for you!
Texas Concealed Handgun License
Persons with Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL) take notice, new Texas legislation has passed affecting CHL issuance, where CHL holders can carry and requirements of renewal.
Texas law allows citizens to carry concealed handguns for self-protection with the issuance of a license to carry concealed. The following is a summary of the new laws, and all effective dates are Sept. 1, 2013 unless otherwise noted:
Previous law required a ten hour Concealed Handgun License Certification Course outlined by the State Department of Public Safety.
With the new legislation class time is reduced from a minimum of 10 hours including range time, to 4-6 hours not including range time. It allows Texas CHL holders renewing their license to take the classroom instruction and the written exam online. Shooting instruction and techniques will be eliminated from CHL classes as of September 1, 2013.
After September 1, CHL renewals will no longer require a renewal class. To renew your license you will have to register with the state, pay the renewal fee, and sign an "information form" confirming you are knowledgeable of use of force and concealed handgun laws. This legislation eliminates the one year grace period after licenses expired. If your license to expires, you will have to attend a class as a new student to be re-issued a CHL license. Renewal applications can be submitted on the internet. This legislation reduces the CHL renewal fee for certain honorably discharged veterans, current members of the state military forces, certain peace and correctional officers to $25.
Non semi-automatic and semi-automatic license categories have been eliminated.
Hotels with Restrictive Firearms Policies
Hotels are required to tell patrons in advance of any restrictive firearms policies.
CHL holders who are employed by a school district or charter school who receive additional training, and have written authorization from their employer, will be allowed to carry a concealed handgun inside the school of their employment.
Currently the Department of Public Safety has not established this new curriculum and training requirements.
This legislation makes it illegal for college campuses to institute policies restricting CHL holders from leaving a firearm in their vehicle on a college campus or in parking lots.
Display of a Firearm
The phrase "Intentional fail to conceal" is changed to "Intentional display of a handgun". It clarifies that the display of a concealed handgun is authorized to prevent the use of force, not just the use of deadly force against the CHL holder.
The Department of Public Safety must provide the means for people who live in a county with a population of 46,000 or less and are not within a 25-mile radius of a facility capable of processing digital or electronic fingerprints to submit their fingerprints. Fingerprints are required to apply for a CHL.
Seized weapons not returned or claimed by the owner can be sold at a public sale. Only a licensed federal firearms dealer can purchase the weapon, and proceeds go to the law enforcement agency that seized it.
Applicants for a concealed handgun license will not be required to give their Social Security number to the Department of Public Safety.
Interchangeable Guns Allowed
The new legislation allows CHL holders to carry a weapon that may be of a different category than they demonstrated handgun proficiency with prior to being issued a CHL. If you qualified with a revolver, you were limited to carrying a revolver. Earlier law stated that if someone qualified with a semiautomatic weapon, they could carry either a revolver or a semiautomatic. If they only qualified with a revolver, then a revolver was the only gun that could be carried. The new legislation lifts that restriction.
School Safety Task Force
The new legislation provides for a School Safety Task Force that will examine how to improve emergency operations planning and will develop a school safety certification program. Provides for the task force to be comprised of the chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management or a designee; the training director of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University-San Marcos or a designee; the chairperson of the School Safety Center or a designee; and the agency director of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service or a designee. Effective immediately.
Provides certification for qualified handgun instructors in school safety training in the areas of the protection of students, interaction of license holders with first responders, tactics for denying an intruder entry to a classroom or school, how to increase accuracy with a handgun under duress. The certification course will require between 15-20 hours of instruction.
The “Protection of Texas Children Act” creates a school marshal position in public K-12 schools and charters. Marshals will be allowed to carry a gun, and their identity would only be known to the school’s head administrator and law enforcement. When working in a classroom or around children, the school marshal’s weapon will be locked away but within reach. Effective immediately.
For those CHL holders who wish to take the popular field instruction that will be eliminated on Sept. 1, contact your local CHL class facility to register for available classes in August.
Congratulations! You’re ready to buy your first handgun. But what are the steps to take in making such a worthwhile and important purchase? The first step in how to buy a handgun is to know your budget and keep in mind any accessories you might want to acquire. These are things like ammunition, a holster, a bag, and maybe even ear and eye protection for when you practice shooting.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You might have a knowledgeable friend or an enthusiastic employee at a local gun range that can help you. Decide what the purpose of your gun will be; self-defense, recreational shooting, concealment? Also be aware that laws regarding handguns differer from state to state.
There are two types of handguns: semi-automatic and revolvers. Semi-automatics have many different distinctions, but the best bet for beginners is to pick something that will be reliable, and not require meticulous maintenance. Your goal is to know how to work your gun effectively and it to be comfortable in your hands. Some popular semi-automatics to use are Glock, Beretta, Springfield, Smith & Wesson and Ruger. These are just a few of the many handgun brands that are available. A good semi-automatic makes an excellent beginner's handgun.
Revolvers are reliable and quite easy to use. They are easy to load and you don’t have to worry about loading a magazine properly or fumbling with the slide as in semiautomatics. Revolvers come in a wide variety of weights and sizes, but they are often not as comfortable to hold as a semiautomatic, have limited capacities, and are often not as easy to shoot. Beginners should choose to buy this handgun when they want sheer simplicity above all else.
After you have narrowed your search considerably, try on the gun. Hold it in your hand and check if it’s comfortable enough. Do your fingers find the controls easily and could you handle the mechanics under pressure? The most important thing is to visit a range and do some target practice. The skills needed to operate your handgun effectively will only develop with practice.
Choosing your first handgun is a learning experience, but knowing what you’re going for and doing some research will really help you narrow it down to where you’ll be extremely happy with your purchase. Hopefully these tips will help you know how to buy a handgun.
Gun Scope Basics
Simply put, gun scopes magnify an image and put your eye on the same optic plane as the image you are viewing. Looking through the glass, the image is magnified by bending light rays through a series of lenses within the scope. All gun scopes have a reticle or cross hairs built in to reference the center of the field of view seen through the scope. There are other considerations when thinking about choosing the best gun scope for your needs such as field of view, magnification levels, what kind of reticle do you prefer, parallax error, resolution, lens coating, and price you’re willing to pay.
Many enthusiasts and experts say they would rather spend money on a great scope than on a great gun. If you can’t see where to place the bullet with accuracy, the gun is useless. Many hundreds, if not thousands of dollars can be easily wasted on ammunition, hunting and other costs if you do not intimately know your gun. Understand how to use your gun scope well because in moments when it counts, like in hunting situations, you often have enough to think about, like scent, concealment, and accommodating your body to different elevations. Do the work ahead of time so you can enjoy the entire experience.
Buy a Gun Scope Today
Gun scopes range in value from just under $100 to several thousand dollars. The old adage rings true here: you get what you pay for. But then again, you need to pair the right gun scope to your gun and needs. Get the right tool for the job and make sure you consult your gun merchant to help you fit the best scope onto your firearm. They are experts and know how to get you to where you want to be.