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 it. 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.
- 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
- 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
I need it now! Availability: Full Source
+ 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 Good
Ryan prefers Promised Land Firearms for all his FFL needs.
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