Gun enthusiasts are regularly flooded with advertisements for all of those gadgets, gismos and accessories that they just can’t live without, but how do you know which ones are worth the investment? Here are a few gems — some of them brand new — that have been taken for a test drive and found to work as advertised.
Gun Storage Solutions' Safe Accessories
Some of the most expensive household storage space tends to go to waste on a daily basis. It's the underside of the shelves inside a gun safe that could be put to work with the right storage products. Gun Storage Solutions provides a variety of in-the-safe devices to help make room for more handguns. One of their best ideas is the original Handgun Hangers, which allow pistols -- 10-inches or shorter -- to be securely suspended from the underside of 5/8-inch to 1-inch thick shelves. Vinyl-coated to protect gun barrels from dings and scratches, the Handgun Hanger will fit barrel bores as small as .22 caliber. New models for even more shelf positions are now available.
Price: $19.95 (four hangers)
StickimUp Handgun Magnets
Most shooters can think of at least one convenient place they would like to conceal a handgun in their home or business, but there's not a practical way to do so. Hooks, straps and improvised holsters simply won't do the trick. StickimUp Handgun Magnets provide an affordable, easy to install solution that will securely hold a pistol in place. This powerful neodynium rare-earth magnet is rated to retain up to 14 pounds, and it really works. The compact, no-mar black polymer housing is impervious to weather, which makes it reliable in a wide range of indoor and outdoor environments. The StickimUp can be secured in place using wood screws, metal screws or 3M automotive adhesive. Wherever there’s a need for instant access to a concealed handgun, this is the magnet for the job.
Leatherman Military Utility Tool
Leatherman knows their customers are looking for quality multitools for a variety of tasks. To meet the needs of serious shooters, they've developed the Military Utility Tool (MUT). Along with the signature high-quality knife blades and pliers, you'll find a variety of implements that will come in handy when faced with an AR-15 malfunction in the field. These include a bolt override tool, a replaceable firearm disassembly punch and a replaceable carbon scraper, along with cleaning rod and brush adapters. The stainless steel body and handles feature a black oxide finish. The MUT is 5-inches long, weighs 11.2-ounces, and is sold with a 25-year manufacturer warranty.
Sticky Holster System
At first glance, the wide variety of Sticky Holsters appears to be a new set of top-notch pocket rigs. While they work very well for in-the-pocket carry, these holsters are designed to be used as in-the-waistband (IWB) holsters. The self-securing material of the holster uses the compression of the waistband against the body to securely retain both the holster and pistol without the need for bulky clips. The closed-end design keeps dust and lint out of the pistol and gun lubricants off of your clothing. Carry options using the ambidextrous Sticky Holsters can be expanded with the addition of modular ankle rigs, body armor straps, and more. It’s a tremendously flexible system that can be easily adapted to your shifting wardrobe requirements.
Price: $24.95 (all sizes)
The Varmint Target
Plinking with .22 rifles and pistols is one of the great American pastimes. The only problem with spending a leisurely afternoon knocking over targets is the need to constantly set up new targets. The problem is neatly and conveniently solved is a fun way with the Varmint Target, built in the USA by FabriMan. This self-contained, bucket-shaped target system uses an internal battery-powered motor to reset an 8-inch by 4-inch yellow target each time the target is knocked down. The front of the container is armored to resist stray .22 shots fired from 25-yards, but the container can be buried or sandbagged for added protection. The ground-squirrel-shaped silhouette target is made of a self-healing synthetic material rated to withstand 500-600 rounds of .22 ammunition before it needs to be replaced. This system arrives ready for the range right out of the box, and replacement targets can be purchased in packs of five from the Varmint Target's website.
Price: $299 for the complete system, $60 for five replacement targets
LaserLyte Laser Trainer and Target
Regular practice is the key to maintaining critical defensive pistol skills, but it's not always convenient to make the time to go to the shooting range. There is a way to hone basic handgun skills using your actual handgun while saving money on ammunition and range fees. Install Laserlyte's LT-PRO laser trainer into the barrel (2-inch or longer) of your unloaded .35-.45 caliber handgun. Then dry fire the handgun while aiming at the bull’s-eye of the TLB-1 target. The LT-PRO laser will flash with each pull of the trigger, scoring hits on the bull’s-eye. Flash the laser at the Display sensor on the lower left corner of the target to see each of your hits light up, then flash the laser on the reset sensor on the right to start over again. The 9.5-inch by 6.5-inch target is small enough to set up almost anywhere so that operators can practice from a variety of locations and positions. It can be used for practice, to train new shooters, or for a bit of friendly competition between shooting buddies. The ammunition savings and convenience of this system make it a worthwhile investment.
Price: TLB-1 Laser Target $219.95, LT-PRO Laser Trainer $109.95
Crusader Weaponry Slipstream Lubricant
Recent developments in synthetic lubricant technology have generated products with higher levels of heat resistance, increased lubricity and reduced levels of carbon buildup. The creators of Slipstream are ex-military men who were dissatisfied with the gun oils and greases they were issued in hot, sandy environments. Slipstream blends nano particles of dry lubricant with a non-congealing, ultra-slick, synthetic carrier oil. The dry particles are small enough to work themselves into the pores of a gun's metal components, and it can withstand much higher levels of heat and pressure than any liquid lubricant can. This means if the carrier oil is burned off by excessive use, the Slipstream dry lubricant is still in place to keep parts moving smoothly. Best of all, the dry particles offer a lower friction coefficient than anything else on the market. That’s a fancy way of saying nothing else lubricates better or lasts longer. Slipstream lubricant can be applied in three ways. Choose from the general purpose gun oil, dense gun grease or send your gun to Crusader Weaponry for a permanent dry lubrication treatment.
Price: $15.99 for Slipstream Oil and Grease
GunVault SpeedVault SVB 500 Biometric
GunVault continues to expand their line of biometrically-operated handgun safes with the new SpeedVault SVB 500. Other products in this line are designed to rest inside a drawer or on a flat surface. The SpeedVault mounts to vertical surfaces, such as the interior of a desk or closet, in order to provide both instant access and secure handgun storage. This configuration is amazingly fast, providing access to a handgun in under two seconds. The provided bracket allows this safe to be mounted from the left, right or rear of the storage area. The programmable biometric fingerprint scanner holds up to 120 unique fingerprints and comes with a key lock override. The SpeedVault is constructed of 18-gauge steel and arrives with a limited one-year warranty.
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