Gun & Gear

DM1 Wallet

 When you think of EDC (every day carry), one usually doesn’t always think about wallets. Decadent Minimalist has a small compact solution, called the DM1, for carrying cards and/or cash. I talked with them at Blade Show West last year. Eventually they persuaded me to try them out. So as you can guess, Decadent Minimalist did supply these for review.

 I had looked into other minimalist style wallets before. The style of the DM1 caught my eye. It doesn’t use elastic or spacers like some of the other minimalist wallets out there. There is an option for a money/carry clip. It comes in a number of “card” quantities. Plus you can get it in a number of colors!

 This DM1 EDC wallet is really small. The wallet is only slightly bigger than a credit card. Actual size is 3.53 inches by 2.38 inches. It is open at one end also, so the dimensions are a little misleading. The thickness depends on how many cards it can hold. A 4 card is 0.23 inches thick, while the 12 card is 0.51” thick. They also weigh in at 0.46-0.89 ounces. Even if you carry a normal wallet most of the time, there are places where the Minimalist wallet fits in. It is so small that it works great if you are going to the gym, or just running to the store late at night. Just pick it up and go.

 Using the Decadent Minimalist is one of it’s shining features. All one has to do is just take a card, slide it into the open end, and listen or feel for the “click”. The cards do actually make an audible click when inserting them. You can also feel this click. To sort through the card in the wallet, just move the top one out of the way with your thumb. If that is the one you want, just continue sliding it out. However, if you want one of the cards in the middle, just slide the top card out enough until you can slide the card or cards under it out. You may actually find yourself doing this just because it is kind of cool. I may or may not know from experience.

 Decadent Minimalist sent me two different wallets. One is a 5 card in purple anodizing. It looks blue in the photo’s, but it really is purple. The other one is a 8 card in O.D. green cerakote. The O.D. one also has a matching money clip. The money clip also slides in like a card, therefore it will take up 1 of your card slots. So essentially, it turns it into a 7 card wallet. The money clip is a separately purchased item, so you can get it later if you want. I’ve used the money clip for cash money, and it works okay. But where the money clip shines, is when one uses it as a pocket clip. You can just clip the wallet over a pocket, like you would a pocket knife or something. This frees you up from having to rummage around in your pocket to find it. I personally didn’t use the clip for money, even though I did try it out. I do use the clip as a pocket clip though.

 The Decadent Minimalist DM1 is nicely constructed. Decadent starts with a billet of 6061-T6 aluminum, and then CNC machines the wallet out. It isn’t the cheapest way, but it sure makes a nice wallet. My only complaint about the wallet, is where I bent it. It is very minor. The bend happened near the front of the wallet. There is what I call a “key hole” cut out. It bent down slightly and now puts more pressure on the top card. These are also not RFID blocking wallets. Decadent Minimalist does however offer RFID blocking cards. These cards do however take up 2 card slots.

 One neat feature that Decadent Minimalist offers is custom engraving. It looks to be laser engraved, but don’t quote me on that. Either way, the wallets they sent were both engraved with “Gun & Gear Review Podcast” and the “”. These engravings added a nice touch that I was not expecting. So if you are giving a DM1 as a gift for something special, have it engraved.

 I now carry the 5 card DM1 everyday. It makes carrying and using cards really easy. Decadent Minimalist has really done a nice job with the DM1. It may be more expensive than some others, but small lightweight things seem to always cost more. It is also made in USA. Go give the DM1 a look.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Minimalist credit card wallet

Target Market:

Those wanting a wallet that doesn’t take up much space

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Small credit card style wallet

  • 6061-T6 aluminum construction

  • Anodized or Cerakoted for durability

  • 0.46-0.89 ounces

  • Optional money/pocket clip

  • Optional engraving

  • Audible “click” when card is inserted

  • Made in USA

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

Way too many to list, click HERE

What others are saying?:

4 out 5 stars on Amazon

Some unaddressed criticisms...

 I've been using this for about a week now so I think I'm ready to give my first impressions on it. Honestly, I flip flop between this being a really hated wallet and a really loved wallet, but I think I love it more often than not plus I am extremely picky so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and rate it 4 stars. So besides the obvious stuff that's gone over in the descriptions, advertisements, and other comments, I'll address some other things.

 I purchased the 8 card holder and started testing it's capacity. I tried used cards that do not have any embossed numbers on them (the numbers that pop out). I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was able to fit 10 cards! However realistically it's probably unlikely that you have no cards with any embossing on them since most credit cards do.

 Next I tried the same capacity test using only embossed cards. If I place them in, all upright and in the same direction, I found I could fit no more than 7 cards into the wallet. That's a bit of a disappointment since it goes directly against the item's description, but again it is unlikely you would do this (for example ID cards have no embossing and you'll probably carry that with you). When I rearranged the cards, placing the embossed sides facing each other, as well as upside down so the numbers don't hit each other, I was able to fit in 8 cards. This method made it really hard to recognize the individual cards, let alone get to them. Again, this is an extreme scenario that you will unlikely encounter.

 Personally I carry 5 embossed cards and 3 non embossed, including one very very thin card, for a total of 8 cards and it fits very well for my needs. I place all my "money" cards (credit, debit, gift, etc) on one side of the wallet. Then I flip it upside down and insert my various ID cards. This way I have two "front" sides to the wallet and I can access my ID and my most used credit card without searching beyond the first card.

 Next, this wallet is super light! There have been many times I panicked when I thought I forgot my wallet only to find it in my jacket's pocket when I searched for it. If you put the wallet in your pants you won't feel the weight but it'll at least hit your leg when you walk so you remember it's there.

 The lightness of the wallet can also make it difficult to operate the wallet one handed. You don't have gravity to assist you since the wallet is so light and it locks on to your cards so tightly. It is possible, but requires some practice. I still end up using both hands most of the time - this is compared to my previous minimalist wallet that allowed access to most cards one handed but was also much larger/heavier.

 Last, I want to note that the wallet will make noise if you do not pack it tight. Even if you only put one card in, the wallet will definitely not accidentally let go. It is very secure. However that card will bounce around inside the wallet making noises. This is very annoying to me, YMMV. The noise gets less and less as you put more in the wallet, but even at 7 cards, the wallet will still make some noise. I imagine all 'hard case' wallets suffer from this so I can't blame the product too much, it's just that I'm used to 'soft case' wallets and I'm very easily annoyed.

 In any case I'll continue using it and will update if I find any other issues with it. That said, I still really like the wallet. For the 'pros' of the wallet, just read everyone else's comments!

Link to other reviews:

EveryDay Carry

Price point:

MSRP = $67 and up

Retail = $39 and up on Amazon

I need it now! Availability:

Decadent Minimalist or Amazon

Our Rating:


  • Lightweight

  • Small

  • Comes in various sizes

  • Multiple colors

  • Optional money/pocket clip

  • Custom engraving

  • Made in USA


  • Price

  • Bends easily on end (see picture)

Score: 8.00 Great


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Grey Ghost Precision Glock 19 Slide

Written by: Kenny Ortega

It seems like everyone is making Glock slides these days. Walking the aisles at the 2018 NRAAM and exhibits this year, glock slides were plentiful. As I was perusing the wares at the Tactical Tailor booth, I saw that their sister company, Grey Ghost Precision, was sharing the booth with them and had slides and barrels on display. I happened to get the opportunity to chat with the Marketing Guru at the Grey Ghost Precision, GGP, side of the booth as I ogled some of the slides available there.

At first glance, I noticed that the slides were not overly adorned with features that didn't offer any benefit other than aesthetics. Unlike most slides at the show, they were made to perform and look good, not just look good. There is an elegance to a product that is made to perform first and look good second. Who cares how good it looks if it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do? At first glance, it appears that Grey Ghost got both areas right.

I had a number of questions for the marketing guru and after some discussion back and forth, he offered to send me a unit for review. Of course I said yes, their products were impressive. When the slide arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to find that he included one of their threaded barrels as well. That was a bonus that I had not expected. The slide that I chose was the Version 1 as it offered a bit more traction for slide manipulation. That factor became very important to me after another slide that I used to carry failed miserably in that area.

Some time ago, I purchased this slide from Zev and it had great visual appeal albeit it at a high price tag. Although, after running the slide on my gun under tough conditions, I reverted back to the factory slide as it proved more functional under real world conditions. The real test with the GGP slide would be whether it can overcome the shortcomings of a more well known and higher priced race gun slide. The only area that the GGP slide didn't surpass the race gun slide was in the flashy looks department. This comparison is a bit unfair though, it’s like comparing a Corvette to a Jaguar. Both are good looking cars but the Jaguar has a reputation for failure and requires expensive maintenance. GGP made a Corvette. It runs and looks good, at a fraction of the cost.

First Impressions

Upon opening the box, I noticed that the slide was packaged nicely and came with assembly and RMR installation instructions. Also included were the proper length screws for use with an RMR. Closer inspection showed a slide that was well machined, all the lines were crisp and sharp, there were no tool marks that I could see. The finish was deep and even. Overall, the slide had the look of a quality product and not something that was slapped together and rushed to market like many others. I felt that this slide was something I could trust and have complete confidence in. The slide did come stripped so I had to order some parts to complete the slide.

A couple of credit card number entries later and I was just waiting for parts to arrive. I kept all the parts stock to most closely mimic what the average builder might use. While race gun parts might have made the slide more desirable to some, I wanted to keep the budget minded builder as the target audience. The one item that I would highly recommend to complete the slide assembly is  a channel liner installation tool. Trying to install a channel liner without one is like trying to put on your socks without holding them. You might be able to do it but it’s a lot more work than it needs to be. Just spend the few bucks on the tool. You’ll be happy you did.

All the parts installed in the slide without any fitting or modification. To me, that speaks volumes. It means that the tolerances are held close to specifications on the slide, a sign of quality and attention to detail. I was glad to see that. When I went to mate the slide to the frame, I noticed that the fit was tighter than that of the factory slide and the alignment of the two had to be more precise. The slide to frame fit, while tighter than factory, moved freely and smoothly once the parts were mated. The barrel to slide fit was also tight and inspired confidence in the accuracy potential of this parts combination.

Checking the fit of the RMR cover plate, I found it to be snug and well fitted to the cutout for the sight. There did not appear to be any hand fitting of either the plate or the slide to mate the two parts. These items are obviously held to tight manufacturing tolerances with machines that have repeatable accuracy. Their friction fit was impressive. As someone who has been around machinists for decades, I know that tolerances like these are no small task without talent and expensive, well maintained, equipment. GGP obviously has both and it shows.

Range Testing

I was skeptical about how the slide would perform on my normally flawless Glock 19 frame and I was right to be skeptical, initially. The tighter than normal slide to frame fit did result in some failures to go fully into battery and failures to fire. To be honest though, I did do a sort of a torture test on the slide, I ran it dry to try and get it to fail. Using Winchester white box 115 grain 9mm ammo, not known for its reliability, and running the slide to frame interface dry initially, the slide did much better than other slides I have seen. The hiccups did cease after about 100 rounds and, with proper lubrication after that, the slide has yet to malfunction after several hundred more rounds.

In order to try and induce malfunctions, I added a TBRCI micro comp to the barrel. The slide just kept on performing flawlessly. I haven’t been able to induce a stoppage regardless of how hard I try. I have shot the slide in strong hand supported, strong hand only, weak hand supported, weak hand only, and had less experienced shooters shoot it as well. It performs with the notorious reliability of a Glock. They certainly go well together. If I had to find fault anywhere, it would have to be with the RMR. I am not a red dot shooter so I don’t shoot as well with one as I do with iron sights. That’s no fault of the slide though except that it gives me the ability to use a sight that I need more practice with. I’m an old iron sight guy and that’s a hard habit to break.

The slide/ barrel combo shot equally as well as the factory slide does with the aftermarket Silencerco barrel that I normally shoot. Having turned 50 last year, my eyes are not what they used to be and focusing on the front sight is difficult. You would think that a red dot would work better for me but I guess old habits die hard. Even with my old eyes, and other physical compensations I have to make, I was able to shoot 1” groups at 10 yards with ease. More importantly, when I ran ball and dummy exercises to simulate failures, the well defined, sharp edged serrations on both the front and rear of the slide allowed me to easily and effectively manipulate the slide. This was the biggest issue I had with the Zev slide that I ran in a recent class. That slide did not give me enough traction on the slide to clear simulated failures. The GGP slide traction was excellent and allowed me to clear the malfunctions with ease.

After discovering that this whiz bang slide that I bought, for almost twice what the GGP slide cost, would probably get me killed if I ever needed to clear a malfunction, I went back to the factory slide. Running the GGP slide in the same manner, I found that I could count on it to provide the necessary traction needed in an emergency and, even when my hands were sweaty, I could still manipulate it. The GGP slide restored my faith in aftermarket components on a carry gun. The V1 version of the slide has more aggressive texturing in my opinion while the V2 has a more aesthetic design. Either way, at a price point of $418.95 to $449.99, you can’t go wrong with either option.


GGP components are well made, aesthetically pleasing,  and reliable. The cost is on par with several other lesser known slide manufacturers on the market that try to compete solely on price. The prices are well below several other vendors that can easily venture into the $700 price range and beyond. Their threaded barrel with an MSRP of $189.99 is also a good deal. Their products, barrels included, are quality offerings and are priced well for the quality they provide. I am so impressed with their offerings that I am considering buying a Glock 43 just so I can modify it with one of their slides.

If you’re looking for a slide and/or barrel for your Glock, look to Grey Ghost Precision, you won’t be disappointed.

Rating: 8.75 Great


For a rating, I would say an 8.75. If it had been just a tad more reliable initially, I would have rated it higher.