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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