Pelican Vault Series
Pelican cases come at a price point higher than most of us can budget. That was the case until the introduction of their affordable Vault series.
The weather-resistant Vault cases have thinner walls and weigh less than their pricier cousins. Still, they are robustly made of crushproof, high-impact polymer with heavy-duty handles and stainless steel hasps. The push-button latches are great when traveling, so you won’t have to worry about the latch accidentally popping open from a luggage handler.
The cases are available in sizes ranging from a single pistol to a large double-rifle case.
MSRP: $40 to $200, pelican.com
Pelican Personal Utility Cases
Pelican’s G10 Go Case and R40 Ruck Case are a great way to store the small miscellaneous items that wind up throughout the bottom of your range or bug-out bag. Like their larger counterparts, these small cases are built to handle tough conditions. The cases are crushproof, impact resistant and can be submersed in 1 meter of water for up to 40 minutes.
The G10 Go Case is perfect for storing a large iPhone, USB cables and several other low-profile items. The R40 Ruck Case is larger and has a shelf and a MOLLE-style loop to secure a variety of items. It has a built-in pressure valve and is IP68 rated. Both cases use a large latch to tightly close the lid. The Ruck Case is available in three sizes.
MSRP: G10 $40, R40 $55, pelican.com
Hornady Rapid Vehicle Safe
Hornady has made storing and accessing a firearm in your car or truck easy. This slim safe fits anywhere from the center console of your truck to the side of the center console with a unique bladder. Like other Hornady safes, it uses both RFID technology, codes or keys to access the safe.
The exterior housing is made of 14-gauge steel and has two interior hardened locking lugs. The keypad has a buttonless interface that is touch sensitive and lights up when you touch the surface to enter the code. Deployment of the hatch is instantaneous and carries the firearm on the door for quick access.
The unit includes a detachable bladder, which mates into a bracket on the rear of the safe. The bladder can be inserted in between the seat and console and inflated to lodge itself in place.
MSRP: $239, hornady.com
Kimber PepperBlaster II
If you’re looking for a nonlethal way of protecting yourself or want to give a level of protection to someone who isn’t up for carrying a gun yet, make sure to check out Kimber’s PepperBlaster II.
The PepperBlaster isn’t your run-of-the-mill spray dispenser, it’s designed to shoot a powerful solution containing 10 percent Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) at 112 mph up to 13 feet. Effects are immediate and last up to 60 minutes. This jet reduces the chances of blowback or drifting.
The unit does not have to be vertically indexed like sprays and can be fired from any angle or position. Each device contains two shots of irritant and is not affected by temperature or rain. Holsters and other PepperBlaster II accessories are available through kimberamerica.com.
MSRP: $35, kimberamerica.com
Taran Tactical Innovations’ Base Pads
Magazine extensions, better known as base pads, are an easy way to extend the capacity of your gun’s magazines by three to five rounds depending on the caliber and type of base pad. One of the finest we have tested and use are those from Taran Tactical Innovations.
Not only will a base pad give you more rounds per magazine, it also provides more grip area when conducting reloads. The additional weight on the end of the magazine helps pull the magazine free of the firearm upon release. This is especially helpful with polymer-framed guns and mags as polymer-on-polymer contact can get a bit sticky.
Taran Tactical offers base pads for a wide range of guns from Glock 9mm 30s, 31s and 33s to M&P 9/40 full-size magazines and SIG Sauer MPX 9mm to AR10 .308 magazines. Check out the complete line on the Taran Tactical website.
MSRP: $30 to $58, tarantacticalinnovations.com
Maxim Defense M-Rax
Adding a rail to a M-LOK compatible handguard just got easier with the M-RAX attachment system from Maxim Defense.
The timing screws on typical M-LOK rails can be finnicky to align crossways and stay there while tightening the screw. With the M-RAX attachment system, a spring-loaded screw forces the nut to hug the back of the rail.
To install the rail, push on the screw with a hex wrench. When the nut clears the handguard, turn it 90 degrees and tighten. The spring-loaded screw will keep the nut tight to the interior of the handrail preventing it from spinning. The rails occupy a full slot and are available in lengths from two to six slots.
MSRP: $40 to $85, maximdefense.com
A-Zoom has long been known for their Snap Caps that are great for training and dry-firing. One of the downsides to using them for dry-firing in your pistol is that they will eject from the firearm when the slide is pulled back to cock the firearm. Knowing this, A-Zoom redesigned the concept and now offers StrikerCaps to make it easier to dry-fire train with a pistol.
The StrikerCaps are made of aluminum, are rimless and stay lodged in the barrel via a rubber gasket. Like Snap Caps, they have a rubber pad to absorb the firing pin strike.
To insert them, lock the slide back and gently push the StrikerCap into the breech end of the barrel. To remove them, lock the slide back and insert a small rod in the muzzle of the barrel and push.
The package includes two StrikerCaps and two additional gaskets. They are available in .380 Auto, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP.
MSRP: $9, lymanproducts.com