5.56 Timeline

SHOT SHOW 2013: Blade-Tech Expands Product Line

In 1995, Tim Wegner began his experimentation in the kitchen to create a high quality knife sheath out of Kydex.  Although several toaster ovens were sacrificed during the testing phases, he reached his goal in forming a knife sheath he was proud of.  That is how Blade-Tech was born (hence the name).  Since then, they have been producing knife sheaths, holsters, magazine pouches, and more…

Ryan Preece of Blade-Tech took time to speak with me and explain in detail their products that were showcased at Shot Show.  They had a lot of great products displayed.

From their Revolution series of holsters for the budget minded consumer (under $30) to their HYBRID tuckable IWB with a combination of leather and Kydex (about $80).

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Revolution Holster

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Revolution Holster

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Hybrid IWB

Blade-Tech is also well-known for their competition series of products (which I own and I am very happy with).  This year they’ve introduced a rigid belt for competitive shooters called the Competition Speed Belt.

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Competition Speed Belt

Blade-Tech also makes an everyday carry belt which is casual in appearance yet contains a ply of Kydex sandwiched between the leather running the length of the belt, providing extra rigidity and eliminating those stretched worn out belt holes after prolonged use.

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Carry Belt

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Carry Belt

They also introduced a holster line in partnership with Packing in Pink (packinginpink.com) geared toward the ladies of the shooting world in a hot pink color.

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Packing in Pink Ladies Pink Holster

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Packing in Pink Ladies Pink Holster

As far as mounting options they have the TMMS (Tactical Modular Mount System) which comes with one male and two female locking attachments that you can mount to various parts of your gear for easy transferring of your holsters or mag pouches. It can also be used with their Tek-Lok which makes mounting a breeze by “clipping” your TMMS on and off of your belt in seconds.

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech TMMS Tactical Modular Mount System

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech Tek-Lok

For MOLLE users, they have upgraded to their new MOLLE-LOK clips which is simple and easy to use.

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech MOLLE-LOK

Shot Show 2013 Blade-Tech MOLLE-LOK

From what I’ve seen, whatever your need is whether it be duty carry, concealed carry, or competition, Blade-Tech has every avenue covered for you.

Looserounds will be testing some of their newest products soon and we will share with you our results.  We appreciate Blade-Tech for their time to speak with us.


SHOT SHOW 2013: New Glock 30S for Redefined Conceal Carry

Adding onto Duncan’s article (http://looserounds.com/2013/01/15/glocks-at-shot-show-2013/) regarding the Glock 30S, here are further specifications and a short video clip from Media Day at the Range.


Length (overall): 177 mm / 6.97 inch

Length (slide cpl.): 172 mm / 6.77 inch

Width: 32.5 mm / 1.28 inch

Height with magazine: 122 mm / 4.80 inch

Barrel length: 96 mm / 3.78 inch

Length of twist: 400 mm / 15.75 inch

Trigger distance: 72.5 mm / 2.85 inch

Trigger travel to discharge: 12.5 mm / 0.49 inch

Length between sights (polymer): 150 mm / 5.91 inch


Pistol w/o magazine: 575 g / 20.28 oz

Magazine std. empty: 70 g / 2.47 oz

Magazine std. full (depending on ammo used): 280 g / 9.88 oz

Magazine capacity (rounds): 10

Barrel profile: right hand twist; octagonal

Standard Trigger pull: ~5.5lbs

Muzzle velocity V0**: 787 fps

Muzzle energy E0**: 317 ft lb

**depending on ammunition used

SHOT SHOW 2013: Daniel Defense ISR Marks their Entry into the Suppressor Market

The Daniel Defense ISR (Integrated Suppressor Rifle) is essentially a 10.3” SBR with a pinned/welded suppressor that they developed specifically for this rifle, bringing the total barrel length to over 16”.  This means you only need to purchase one NFA stamp to own this gun.  It does not require being registered as an SBR.  The forend is Daniel Defense’s new MFR which I found to be extremely comfortable.

As of right now, this model is only offered in AAC 300 blackout, with no word on future plans for other calibers.  They will begin accepting orders for this platform beginning of April and should start shipping around mid-May.  The MSRP is projected around $3199.

*As a side note, this year Daniel Defense will also be offering their new premium line of ammunition in 5.56 and .300BLK calibers.

Daniel Defense ISR

Prayers for Sandy Hook Victims and a Message Regarding Gun Control

Prayers for Sandy Hook Victims

The Looserounds family is in complete sorrow over the tragedies that occurred on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.  No one, especially precious innocent children, should have to witness such a tragic horrific event.  We cannot fathom how someone could commit such a heinous evil act.  Parents having to bury their children… it’s heart wrenching.  It saddens us that people are attempting to use this tragedy as a chess piece in their political gun control agenda.  This awful event is a reminder that evil people exist and they will do anything to fulfill their needs.

As every media channel rushes to upload new information, we are learning many incorrect statements have been released.  The true story continues to unravel about 20 year old Adam Lanza.  Most recent stories state he was very intelligent; however, he suffered from “Asperger’s syndrome or a personality disorder (and) had a tortured mind.”  Tweets have been posted from those who knew him stating they were not surprised he had committed such an act.

It is believed that after murdering his mother, he stole her guns and drove to the school to massacre innocent children and adults.  Lanza was not the legal age to purchase a handgun.  The reason for this atrocious act is unknown, and we may never know since he selfishly and cowardly took his own life.  At this moment the authorities are stating he used two 9mm handguns (Sig Sauer and Glock)  which were found near his body at the scene of the crime.  They also found a Bushmaster Rifle (.223) in the trunk of the car; however, the evidence of it being used is currently in question.  Nevertheless, anti-gun lobbyists and anti-gun media channels are jumping all over these inconclusive statements stating they want stricter gun control, banning of assault weapons, and even going as far as taking away our 2nd amendment right.

Looking at these awful recent massacres and stating if guns were banned these crimes would have not happened is not a sound statement.   The opposite could be said that if victims were equipped with a firearm then these tragedies could have been prevented.  Both scenarios are speculations.  However, one fact remains constant… the disturbed minds of the people behind the weapons.  Evil people will do what it takes to get what they want.  Whether it means obtaining it illegally or finding alternatives (i.e. homemade explosive, chemical weapon, etc…), they are set to accomplish their twisted goals.  Stricter gun control is not the solution.  It only takes away rights from good American citizens and eradicates our ability to protect ourselves and our families.

Our deep condolences, prayers, and hopes are with the children, families, school, and law enforcement officials who had to witness such a malevolent act.  God bless and let’s keep our children close and safe.

REVIEW: Shadow Concealment Kydex Holster

General Background:  Kydex was originally engineered in 1965 to be used in designing aircraft interiors.  Since then, its use has widely expanded and has become an extremely popular material to thermoform holsters, magazine pouches, knife sheaves and much more.  Once heat is applied to Kydex, it transforms into a moldable material to form various objects.  As the properties cool, it becomes a rigid high performance plastic structure that is durable.

Shadow Concealment Carbon Fiber Kydex Holster
Shadow Concealment Carbon Fiber Kydex Holster

A couple weeks ago I received my Shadow Concealment carbon fiber patterned Kydex OWB holster formed for my Sig P226 and SureFire X300 light attachment ($75).  Shadow Concealment, located in Georgia, is owned by Keith Buckner and he has been manufacturing Kydex products since 2011.  Out of the box, aesthetically it is a nice looking holster.  You can tell time was carefully spent in smoothing the edges after the cutting and riveting process.  The two pieces of Kydex adjoin together in symmetry.  Surprisingly, the carbon fiber pattern looks realistic and maintained its geometric design even after the thermoforming process.

Shadow Concealment Carbon Fiber Kydex Holster
Shadow Concealment Carbon Fiber Kydex Holster

Personally, I like Kydex holsters because of the lightweight durable rigid structure.  It helps me have a quick draw and the material curves against my body.  The handgun and light snap into the holster and is held securely even while running.  The draw out of the holster is smooth.   Another advantage is being able to customize it for my needs.  Having a holster that can also fit my light attachment is important for personal defense.  Many times before or after hunting I am backpacking in the dark and having my light attached to my gun and on my person is crucial.  That moment’s draw can define my future.

Shadow Concealment Carbon Fiber Kydex Holster
Shadow Concealment Carbon Fiber Kydex Holster

Overall, I was pleasantly pleased with Shadow Concealment’s Kydex holster.  They offer a wide selection of colors and patterns.  The craftsmanship is high quality while the price is reasonable with a full lifetime warranty.  My only suggestion is if you are in a rush, check the lead time (typically 6-8 weeks).  During my holster build they were relocating facilities, so it was delayed a slight bit, but what I appreciate the most is they stayed in contact with me giving me updates.

Shadow Concealment Carbon Fiber Kydex Holster
Shadow Concealment Carbon Fiber Kydex Holster

Lastly, I was able to ask Keith some questions…

Q: What’s your warranty?

A: At Shadow Concealment, we stand behind each product we manufacture.  We offer a full lifetime warranty. If your product ever becomes unsafe to use, damaged (to the extent it hinders performance), or is unusable, just return it and we will make any necessary repairs. Any adjustments needed are also covered by the warranty including retention and curvature of the holster to better fit the body. You can read about our warranty in length here- http://shadowconcealment.com/pricing–warranty.html.

Q: As far as care and maintenance, what can I do to keep my Kydex holster in top shape for a long period of time? 

A: The amount of care is going to be dependent on how hard you use the holster. We recommend washing it out with warm water and soap at least once a week (or at least water). This is going to keep down dust and debris down which can cause wear to the gun when it is un-holstered and re-holstered. If you are training hard, you may want to do it after each session.

Q: Just curious… what happens if you leave it in the sun?

A: That’s actually a good question. I’ve heard of one incident (I did not verify) where someone left their holster in their car for a long period of time and it lost its shape and retention to the point it could not be used. I’ve not done any testing to check this out but I have notice, that depending on the thickness of the Kydex, it will begin to become pliable between 180-220 degrees.  Because of this we don’t recommend leaving your holster in your car in direct sunlight. Not only does it have the potential to damage the holster but it’s also irresponsible gun ownership.

For more information:

Shadow Concealment- http://shadowconcealment.com/

Videos- http://shadowconcealment.com/youtube-videos.html