XTech Pistol Training Gloves

 XTech Tactical has come out with their Pistol Training Gloves or PTG for short. We talked about these, when they first came out, on Episode 199 of the podcast. These gloves are basically shooting gloves with hook and loop sewn on to the fingers. After the episode, I contacted XTech and they sent me a pair for review.

 The PTG’s can be had in 4 sizes. XS, S, M, and L. They have a sizing chart on the PTG page. My size was a medium, and they actually fit me decently. If you have really large hands and want these, I think you might be out of luck. But for the rest of us, they can be had for $29.95. Which really isn’t a bad price for helping to learn proper shooting form. They are decent as regular shooting gloves also.

 I’ll go a little into what and how these gloves work. First off, they are blue in color, and only blue. But really for what they are for, color doesn’t really matter. Next up, the have an elastic cuff with a hook & loop strap to snug them on your wrist. Now comes the hook & loop on the fingers. It is on all of them except the index finger. On the inside, or where the pads of your fingers are, is a small pad of the soft loop portion of the hook & loop. On the outside of the fingers and thumb, where your second knuckle is, is where the hook portion is sewn onto the gloves. What this does is enable the shooter to wrap the support hand around the shooting hand by connecting the hook & loop pads. Thus teaching where to place the fingers. You might think that it would be hard to release the grip, but it isn’t, it is not very grippy hook & loop. Because they are made to teach a Thumb Forward grip, there are also pads on the thumbs to aid in placing them in the correct place also.

 I have been shooting with these for some time now. They have held up fairly well. I like them because they aren’t as thick and bulky as some shooting gloves. The synthetic leather palms give good feel. The stretchy backing also flexes to give good fit. They have vented fingers, but all gloves are warm to me during the summer. I have had friends try them out also. Most of them could see the benefits of using them for teaching. Some even seemed intrigued. I even had my daughter put them on as I explained what they did, She didn’t have any trouble lining the pads up to get a proper grip.

 There is a decent video on the XTech site discussing the PTG’s. As one can guess, these are a training aid. Because of this, they aren’t for everyone. Plus you need different sizes for different hand sizes, so a trainer may want to buy more than one size.

 I found the Pistol Training Gloves to do what they are said to do. They help teach where to put those fingers. XTech seems to have done a decent job creating them. So if you think they might be something to help yourself or others, go check out Xtech and their PTG’s

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Gloves to help new pistol shooters with proper finger placement

Target Market:

New pistol shooters and Firearms Trainers

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Designed for “Thumb Forward” grip

  • Promotes Muscle Memory

  • Ambidextrous Design

  • Hook and Loop Fasteners

  • Durable Synthetic Leather

  • Stretchable Polyester

  • Ventilated Fingers

  • Available in different sizes

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?


What others are saying?:

Nothing found

Link to other reviews:

None found

Price point:

MSRP = $29.95

I need it now! Availability:

XTech Tactical

Our Rating:


  • Teaches Thumb Forward grip

  • Comfortable

  • Sizing chart seems to work well

  • Just enough hook & loop to help with grip


  • No XL or XXL sizes

  • May have to buy more than one pair

Score: 7.5 Good



Favorite Link:   AR15 Podcast




Blackhawk Hellstorm S.O.L.A.G. Gloves

photo 1

Blackhawk Hellstorm S.O.L.A.G. Gloves ( Special Operations Light Assault Gloves ), as the name implies, these gloves were designed for whatever you can throw at them.  I have put my set through the ringer and they still look and perform as good as the day I got them.  If you read through some of the reviews, you will find that people often complain about the sizing (finger length).  If you are truly interested in picking up a pair of these gloves, do yourself a favor and go to Blackhawks website and check out the sizing chart. I did just that and made sure that I was buying the right size the first time around.  Should you have a thick hand, you can adjust the straps on the wrist and top of the glove to loosen or tighten them up.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: An all purpose tactical 2

Target Market: Military, police, hunters and shooters.

FNBs:  (Features and Benefits of this product)

  • Quick drying synthetic material
  • Provides secure grip on wet surfaces
  • Dual back-of-hand and wrist adjustments for fitting
  • Nylon loop for easy donning and or attachment to a carabiners

 What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?  Blackhawk offers these gloves in a variety of options.  You can order these with Kevlar, Nomex, in a half-finger and or black/khaki colors.

What others are saying? "Great glove for a great price."

Price point:

I need it now! Availability: Readily available online at stores like Optics Planet, Amazon and or Blackhawk.

Our Rating:

+ Multiple options to choose from + Easy adjusting for a perfect fit + Quick drying material + Good hand grip on wet items.

- The material for the bump guards seems to be an open cell, so they can become sponge like in heavy rain. - Made in China

Score: 8.585

Jared prefers Simon Peter Sport Company for all his FFL needs.

Simon Peter Sport banner

Mechanix M-Pact Gloves




Every shooting enthusiast should have a pair of gloves, for safety as well as comfort.  Some gloves have even been designed with shooting mechanics in mind, which not only assists in a positive grip but absorbing recoil as well.  And then there's winter, where you would be crazy to shoot without gloves on... especially if it is below zero and you are wrapping your mits around an all-steel frame pistol.  Brr!

With all the tactical clothing brands out there, sometimes you just don't know what you want until you see someone else wearing Mechanix MPact Glovesit.  I saw a youtube video on the Military Arms Channel with the host wearing the M-Pact gloves, and it convinced me to give them a try.  I purchased them online from Full Source, although you could probably find them locally since Mechanix is a fairly popular glove brand... I could only find the actual mechanic/automotive styles around me.  The company mistakenly sent me another pair of a different style (and different size) with another customer's billing information, so I just forwarded the package onto its correct destination and Full Source gratefully credited me back for the shipping costs.

Anyways, back to the gloves... they're really nice.  I find that they are not as sensitive / dexterous as other competitors who focus on shooting, such as the PIG full dexterity tactical glove from SKD tactical.  But I kind of wanted something a bit more robust but still light enough to load mags, manipulate controls, etc.  They have a rubberized pad over three knuckles that run down your three non-shooting fingers, which looks very attractive and almost skeletal, yet I haven't found a purpose for them.  Maybe backhanding the person who muzzles you at the range? The rubber is attached through "sonic welding" which is absolutely a marketing buzzword because my right glove already has separation between the fabric and the rubber in one spot.  Nothing some crazy glue didn't solve.

The index finger, thumb, and top-of-the-palm have a layer of texture patches which assist in gripping, they work okay when wet but exceptionally.  There are two pads sewn inside the glove for the remainer of the palm which do absorb recoil very well.  Makes the snappier pistol calibers less stingy after a few mags for sure.

Would I buy these again if I had to?  Sure, but I'd take a closer look at the competition.  Does the pair I already own have a permanent home in my range bag?  Absolutely, as long as they still hold up.

Firearms Insider Reviews – 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:  Offers full-coverage hand protection with features like a rubberized thumb, index finger and palm for durable gripping power in any situation.rovides installation of a rail system without permanent modifications.

Target Market:  People with hands, interesting is looking "hella" tactical during maintenance & repair, construction, heavy equipment operation, towing & transportation, and shooting.


Key Features:

  • Molded Thermal Plastic Rubber (TPR) provides impact protection to the fingers and knuckles
  • Form-fitting TrekDry® top material helps keep hands dry and comfortable
  • Hook and loop closure for a secure fit to the wrist

Key Benefits:

  • PORON® XRD™palm padding absorbs shock and vibration
  • Rubberized grip material on the thumb and index finger provides durable gripping power
  • Machine washable

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?  8 different color schemes available, I chose Coyote (Matches FDE firearms accessories and clothing).

What others are saying?  Prepper Central

Price point

I need it now! Availability:  Full Source

Our Rating:

+ Rigid / reinforced in typical wear areas but thin where you want most dexterity + Coyote color matches FDE color accessories + No difficulty manipulating firearm controls / trigger finger fits in trigger guards to problem

- Grip texture on inside of glove is sparce and very minimal to give that "second skin"effect in regards to thickness, and is adequate but not extremely tacky. - Fingers (index and thumb) are a big thick for reloading smaller calibers into mags.  Not designed exclusively for reloading .22 lr into mags but I found it almost impossible to accomplish without taking a glove off - Rubber part already started to come detached from fabric, but after a year of moderate use.

Score: 7.0 GoodFI 7.0



Ryan prefers Promised Land Firearms for all his FFL needs.

Ryan’s links: My Blog