Conceal Carry

Hogue Handall for Ruger LCP Review

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The Hogue Handall grip is a slip on style grip that enhances grip on the Ruger LCP.  Installation is pretty straight forward and it comes with some instructions, so I will not get into installation.  I found this grip to be very ergonomic.  It fills my hand far better than the tiny stock grip.  Recoil also seems to be tamed a bit.  The LCP is still pretty snappy, but seems to come back on target quicker.  The grip does seem to make the little pistol a bit wider by about  3/8".  This could be a problem for someone that like the slimness of the LCP.  I carry mine in a pocket holster.  When in my front pocket the width does not seem to matter.  When I put it in a smaller rear pocket, it "feels" wider, but no one seems to notice any difference.  Since the grip is tacky like most Hogue products, it could stick in the pocket making for a more difficult draw.  Overall I am glad that I have this on my little LCP.hogue 2

 Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:  Non-slip grip that enhances the feel of the LCP.

Target Market:  Those who find the grip on the Ruger LCP too small or too slick.

FNBs  (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Hugs the contours of your gun
  • Non-slip surface
  • Reduced Recoil

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:hogue 3

  • Available in Black or Pink
  • Available for Ruger LCP with the Crimson Trace laser

What others are saying?: 

  • "All I can say that if you own an LCP, this should be the first upgrade on your list,"  "Great grip! Easy to install, fits snug and looks good,"  "This is a nice grip for the gun if you dont plan on carrying in your pocket." on  with 4.8/5 stars on Amazon
  • "Works well, very well,"  "Significantly improves handling and reduces felt recoil,"  "So much easier to shoot." on Midway with 4.8/5 stars

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability:  The Hogue Handall for Ruger LCP is readily available at Amazon and Midway

Our Rating:

+  Ergonomics +  Non-slip texture +  Reduces Recoil

-  Makes the grip much wider -  Sticks more inside pocket

Score:  6.5 OKAY65


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StealthGear ONYX IWB Holster for Springfield XD 40 Sub-Compact Review


StealthGear ONYX IWB 2 Overall, I am very new to the concealed carry scene, purely due to the fact that I live in Illinois, and up until 2 months ago it wasn't an option. However, those days are over. I was like any other person that was new to concealed carry in the fact that I was overwhelmed with the amount of holster choices available to me. IWB? OWB? Kydex? Leather? Hybrid? The list goes on and on. My daily carry gun is a Springfield XD40 Sub-Compact, so this is what I was looking to conceal. I ended up with a StealthGear ONYX IWB Holster. Based on my overall satisfaction of this holster, I don't think that I could have gone with a better first choice for a holster, right out of the gate!StealthGear ONYX

The heart of the StealthGear ONYX IWB is its revolutionary VentCore TM breathable platform. StealthGear claims that "this innovative ventilation system allows moisture to rapidly dissipate away from your body, leaving you dry and comfortable, all day long. No other holster will keep you drier! StealthGear ventilated holster platforms are built with a unique combination of synthetic non moisture-absorbing materials and stainless steel hardware. You will not find a tougher, lighter or more comfortable IWB holster on the market today." Personally, I cannot find fault in any of their claims. I have virtually worn this holster every day for the last two months, and find this to be very comfortable. During my normal day job, I am unable to carry my firearm. However, I choose to continue to wear this is that comfortable that I do not even notice it or find it bothersome.

StealthGearAs far as the rest of the features go, everything else is of pure quality. The function and fit are great. I have positive retention between the holster and gun at all times, and in many different positions. The feel of this holster, even against bare skin is vey comfortable, not just between layers. The ride height and the cant are both adjustable to your liking as well. Like I stated before, this is the first holster that I started to carry with (I have since had others purchased for one reason or another for this gun and others), and I think that I was lucky finding the best one. With that being said, it took me a week or two decide what combination of position, along with ride height, and cant worked best for me. This StealthGear ONYX IWB holster allowed me to find that perfect combination with ease.

Firearms Insider Reviews – 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Extreme comfort and ultimate concealability, all while being combat ready.

Target Market: Conceal Carry.

FNBs (features & benefits of this product):

  • Ideal for concealed carry
  • VentCore TM ventilated platform keeps YOU dry
  • Integrated condensation (or moisture) shield keeps your WEAPON dry
  • Built with non moisture-absorbing synthetics
  • Stainless steel fasteners
  • Designed for rapid combat presentation
  • Adjustable for cant and depth
  • Tuckable
  • Tough .093 mil KYDEX shell with adjustable retention screws
  • Full coverage of muzzle for extreme protection
  • Lighter weight than leather or hybrid holsters
  • Strategically-placed padding for maximum comfort
  • 3/32" hex key and extra screws included
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Hand-Built in the USA

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:

  • Black Only
  • J-clips available for those that want less exposure of the clips (I have recently ordered, but have not received yet)

What others are saying?: 

  • "Initially, I just chalked up the proclaimed comfort to the similarity in design to the Crossbreeds I was so accustomed to. After all, the Crossbreed holster is by far the most comfortable IWB holster I have used, that is until now. -
  • "What it boils down to is this: it’s light, airy and feels great. Really great. I’ve been giving it a go for most of this summer. I just about always wear a t-shirt between any holster and my baby-soft skin and with that intermediate layer – yes, even in the summer – the ONYX is about as comfy as an IWB rig can be. - TheTruthAboutGuns

I need it now! Availability:  Available online at the StealthGear USA site. Currently a 3-5 week waiting period. A longer wait period than most would understandably want, but worth it when you get the finished product.

Our Rating:

+ Most comfortable holster that I have tried

+ The quality, fit, and finish are second to none

+ Quality stainless steel fasteners

+ Excellent weight distribution

- 3 to 5 weeks can be a tough wait when you are so darn eager to get something

Score: 9.0 90

Blackhawk SERPA CQC w/Matte Finish for a 1911 Review


About two years ago I decided that I wanted to start to open carry. It was a multi purpose decision, since I am unable to carry at work I needed a holster that was easy to get on after work and I did not feel like having to get all tucked in in the car beside adding a few pounds made it a little uncomfortable to carry IWB. I also decided I wanted some retention if i was going to open carry. The Serpa seemed to fit the bill. It come with both a belt loop and paddle attachment, I use the paddle. With the clips they provide, the paddle can be a bit of a challenge to remove witch is a good thing except when its time to remove. After a few days you learn just how to twist to get it to slip off. It offers a cant adjustment for forward, neutral or rear. Now I carry a 1911 officer and the holster is not made for that specific model. Basically the frame, trigger housing and such is the same on al 1911’s so the officer slipped right in  and locked in place. The holster was just about an inch too long for the barrel so I took the handy saw and cut the end off to make it flush. This is a nice well made holster tbut I would like the pistol to fit a little tighter, when the weapon it locked into place it will rock forward and back a bit. Not terrible but gives it the ability to rub on the finish. As far as retention goes I like it. There have been some stories of people having accidental discharges while drawing from this holster. Personally I think they need more training in finger control since the design allows you to lay your index finger along the slide as it should be as you draw. Overall I have been satisfied.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Holds your pistol at your waist with retention

Target Market: Conceal carry, range and anyone needing a solid holster with retention.

FNBs: (Features & Benefits of this product)

• Passive retention detent adjustment screw and SERPA® Auto Lock™ release • Reinforces full master grip and superior draw technique • Immediate retention and audible click upon re-holster for security • Speed-cut design allows rapid draw, target acquisition, and re-holster while keeping eyes on target • Includes belt loop and paddle platform • Increase your holster’s versatility with the SERPA® Quick Disconnect System Kit (sold separately)

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Black, Coyote Tan, Foliage Green and Olive Drab.  Sportster model comes in Gunmetal grey only and the Carbon Fiber model in black only.

What others are saying?:  "An excellent EDC holster.  The only reason i give this holster 4 stars is because blackhawk doesent make a model to fit pistols equipped with the streamlight or surefire lights which is just dumb , otherwise these are excellent holsters and very simple to draw from yet very secure during high activity levels."  LA Police Gear

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability:  Readily available online at stores like LA Police Gear.

Our Rating: + Comfortable + Secure + Easy to operate

- Pistol fit is a little loose allows rubbing

Score: 8.0 Great80

Glock 42 Review

glock42 Quite possibly the most anticipated firearm of SHOT Show 2014 and perhaps the whole year, is the Glock 42 .380 auto. Of course the number 1 comment about the pistol is what it isn't - a 9mm single stack pistol. Glock claims "Years of requests across market groups for a super-concealable, reliable single-stack .380 GLOCK pistol prompted extensive research and development to bring the GLOCK customer the G42." I would question if the majority of those customer requests were indeed for the .380 chambering. Despite the caliber controversy, the handgun itself is a new generation in the Glock family tree. The frame has been reduced, simplified, and altered in minute ways, making the G42 Glock's answer to the pocket pistol market, which has seen a flare up in the last 5-6 years as other manufacturers have released offerings in single stack, slimmer framed pistols that are better suited for concealed carry.

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a G42 from a buddy at local gun shop High Mountain Hunting Supply. The loaner came with limited ammo, and literally every source in town had sold out of .380 auto except for costly self defense flavors. While my range time was somewhat brief due to ammo availability, I was able to really embrace the size and shape of the gun. I found not only the frame to be pleasingly slimmer than every other Glock I've held, but the contours of the back and frontstraps to be more comfortable. The G42's trigger doesn't have the ridges on the trigger like other Glocks, and the blade is also narrower. Thats about where the positives stop for me, as everything else about the G42 I found unsatisfactory.



photo 3The trigger was a beast, feeling closer to 8-10lbs than the advertised 5.5lbs. It was stubborn, requiring much more pressure to achieve the break. I cannot say if this can be said for every G42 or just this one, but it was very unpleasant and made accurate shot placement difficult. The recoil itself felt about how it should with round nose 90 gr rounds. I did have some feeding issues, but again with limited ammo for the session I wasn't able to diagnose whether it was a magazine issue, an ammo issue, or a gun issue. In reading other internet review, it seems the feeding issues aren't uncommon. Most armchair Glock experts will snap "You're just limpwristing" or "You're thumbs are touching the slide, interfering with recoil." I suspect it's the dual recoil springs (sound familiar, Gen 4 owners?) or ammo, or a combination of both.

I brought along a G26 Gen3 for comparison as the previous flagship subcompact of Glock. The 42 is skinnier in the width department at 24 mm / 0.94 inches, but is still slightly wider than a Keltec P3AT or Ruger LCP. The grip of the 42 is about the same length of the grip on the 26, which still may leave the pinky finger hanging out in the wind for fellow medium-size mitted shooters. The barrel is 3.25" , and the capacity is only 6 rounds with the standard factory magazines, which is fairly common with pocket pistols of it's class. The frame's concave thumb recesses have been redesigned as a simple small ledge instead, and I found that with the smaller frame it made sense and still felt like I was able to get a good purchase every time.

With the trigger and feeding issues with the G42, I was still able to shoot better with the G26.  But that can be chalked up to time spent behind the trigger.

Comparison between the Glock 26 and the Glock 42


Slide comparison between the Glock 26 and the Glock 42

Frame width comparison between the Glock 26 and the Glock 42









All in all, I think the Glock 42 is a good concept that should have been tested and developed further to iron out some of the issues that many others are claiming. Perhaps pressure was high from the sales/marketing departments for a 2014 SHOT Show release, leading to the questionable "perfection" of this model.  Regardless, the G42 will fit a niche that seems to be growing each year as CCW permit holders increase and the market shifts to more comfortable single stack CCW-centric models. The buzz has brought .380auto shortage, becoming just as scarce as .22lr at this time in my area, I still would prefer to hold out for a single stack 9mm personally.  However for the time being, the G42 is hard to pass up, and I would encourage everyone to try it on for size. Just beware of its shortcomings, lower your expectations for the initial performance and maybe, just maybe, the one you take home will work like it should.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Made in the USA, the G42 is the smallest pistol GLOCK has ever introduced, making it ideal for pocket carry and shooters with smaller hands.

Target Market: Concealed Carry, Range Shooting, Law Enforcement Backup weapon.

FNBs (features & benefits of this product):

  • It's a Glock!
  • Gen 4 Grip Texture, but not as aggressive/raised
  • Dual Recoil Spring
  • Subtle design changes in grip and trigger
  • Same internal safety features standard in Glock pistols
  • Same Tenifer finish
  • Skinnier than previous Glock subcompacts in slide and frame width, grip depth and width

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Good ol'd Glock Black

What others are saying?: 

  •  "I bought a G42 and have had nothing but problems. When firing Federal FMJ 95 grain, 980 FPS the slide locks to the rear on the second round as if the mag is empty. When firing JHP, the extractor fails to remove the spent casing from the chamber. I sent it back to Glock and they very quickly sent it back with a note that it was within factory specs. I took it to the range and experienced the same issues. I just sent it back for a second time and will see if they actually corrected the problem this time." User comment on The Gun Writer
  •  "This gun is a failure. A 380 in this small of a package is designed strictly for defense. A defensive gun that will NOT shoot defensive ammo is a failure. That is an inarguable fact... To the guys having problems with the gun, it's NOT you, it's the gun. I too have had the same problems. BS on the your limp wristing it, you're a newbie, it's the aftermarket magazine (there aren't any right now sport). The likes of Jerry Miculek, Hickok45, et al, are having the same problems that you are. Glock needs to cut there losses and recall them and fix the problem. I have 6 other Glocks, the 42 was my 7th. It went back to Glock for repair twice. They are sending me a different model entirely, a 26 to be exact. Glock failed on this one I'm sorry to say. Good luck to you guys having problems. Again gents, it's not you." User comment on The Gun Writer
  • "Great little gun. Recoil is... nonexistent!!!!! Kicks way less than my previous .380 (Bersa). Not small enough to call it a micro, but tiny anyways and easy to conceal (not to mention that it's super lightweight). Took it to the range after a good cleaning and it proved to be very accurate. Reliability is outstanding as well. I shot 200 rounds of Aguila HPs, had no malfunctions whatsoever and many groups consisted of all shots touching (7 yds) review

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability: Local Gunshops or Online Dealers

Our Rating:

  • The smaller length of the .380 cartridge allows for a shorter grip depth, which lets the shooter's hands wrap around the gun further and absorb recoil much better than with other 9mm Glocks.
  • More easily concealed when carrying in pocket, bag, IWB holster, belly band, or baked goods.
  • Pretty much the G19's little brother
  • The aggressiveness/height of the Gen 4 grip texture was subtly reduced on the G42, without sacrificing friction.
  • High demand means if you don't like it, someone out there will take it off your hands for you.

  • Feeding issues widely reported, possibly related to dual recoil spring or ammo.

  • It doesn't go "bang" as reliable as the existing tried and true Glocks are known for.

 FI 7.0Score: 7.0 Good