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It’s easy to focus on only gear that creates holes in targets, but you shouldn’t neglect the tools that plug holes, too. Premier Safety Group makes that a little easier with the Tac Pac Jr. This everyday-carry medical kit is about the size and weight of two Game of Thrones paperbacks sandwiched together, yet it holds vital life-saving equipment: CAT tourniquet, pressure gauze, pen light, and CPR barrier mask. All of that comes in a compact, waterproof pack that can be attached to your belt or MOLLE-compatible bag. Plus, the Tac Pac Jr. includes a pouch for your smartphone to make it even more EDC-friendly.

Make
Premier Safety Group
Model
Tac Pac Jr.
Dimensions
7 by 4.5 by 3 inches
MSRP
$47
URL
www.premiersafetygroup.com

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As much as we’d like to have a custom set of accessories for our race guns, a separate one for our fullsize pistols, and another for our EDC compacts, the truth is that ain’t nobody got money for that. Thankfully, Pitbull Tactical helps us save some cash with its Universal Mag Carrier — it accepts a variety of magazines, from a 9mm single-stack to a .45 ACP double-stack. The carrier adjusts dynamically in size as the mag is inserted, thanks to a flared opening, a silicone flex band, and two telescoping shells that expand and contract. With no screws or parts to set up, this fully injection-molded pouch is ready out of the box. Also, it’s small and comfortable enough to be carried inside or outside the waistband.

Make
Pitbull Tactical
Model
Universal Mag Carrier
MSRP
$20
URL
www.flagrantbeard.com

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Not every multitool needs to be a heavy fistful of steel and polymer. The Pryma from CRKT takes the minimalist approach by jamming nine functions into a one-piece tool that can fit conveniently on your keychain or slip into your pack. The most obvious feature is the pry bar, which doubles as a scraper and is great at opening boxes. But there are also four sizes of hex wrenches, a carabiner, and a glass-breaker. And, really, no EDC tool is complete without a bottle opener. At 0.9 ounce (yep, less than 1 ounce) and 3.23 inches long, the Pryma is a small, featherweight tool with plenty of uses.

Make
Columbia River Knife & Tool
Model
Pryma
Material
3Cr13 stainless steel
MSRP
$10
URL
www.crkt.com

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The hardest part of successfully using a knife in self-defense isn’t necessarily how long the blade is or how fancy your techniques are, but rather it’s deploying your tool in time to stop the threat. Carrying a fixed blade can help eliminate fumbling with a folding knife — especially if said fixed blade has a retention ring like the ST Silence 2.0. This little bad boy is super slim (just 0.15-inch thick), features a razor-sharp blade (2 inches long), and has a 1-inch ring that vastly improves grip stability (essential for a fast draw). It’s made by sandwiching carbon fiber with titanium, which is coated with carbidized tungsten for increased edge holding and durability. Comes with a Kydex sheath.

Make
Schwartz Tactical
Model
ST Silence 2.0
OVERALL LENGTH
5.5 inches
MSRP
$120
URL
www.schwartztactical.com

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It’s no weapon light, but Princeton Tec’s new Snap light is an admin light that’ll do more than just keep your hands free to solve other problems when the shadows creep in. It does the job of five different lights in a single, adaptable package. It’s most at home strapped to your forehead as a headlamp, but, tug on the lamp’s body and a strong magnet gives way turning the headlamp into a 200-lumen handheld flashlight. On its own, use the body’s magnet to mount the light to any metallic surface as a hands-free task light. The Snap also includes a snap-in hanging body that turns the light into a lantern, and a handlebar mount that turns the light into a bike light (or a pipe-mounted work light.) It’s splashproof, dimmable, and has an easily accessible strobe setting to get attention when the situation calls for the cavalry. And, it’s made in the USA.

Make
Princeton Tec
Model
Snap
RUNTIME
40 to 130 hours (AAA x3)
BRIGHTNESS
200 lumens; dimmable
MSRP
$40
URL
www.princetontec.com

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If you need to justify it you can call it an upgrade, but we’d just call it a worthy indulgence. We’re talking about converting your .380 Glock 42 into a slightly more powerful 9 Makarov. The conversion takes about as much effort as burning toast, but you end up with a pistol that’ll run on whatever’s the cheaper of the two calibers available to you. It’s not a bad option as we’ve watched the prices of .380 rise and fall without rhyme or reason the last few years. Aside from a gain of a few feet-per-second, the Alpha Wolf 9 Mak barrel gives you 416 stainless steel, a button rifled bore, a tough salt bath nitride finish with a surface hardness of RC 60 and the threaded version (shown) comes with a thread protector.

Make
Alpha Wolf
Model
Glock 42 9×18 Makarov Threaded Conversion Barrel
OPTIONS
Threaded or non-threaded
LENGTH
3.76 inches
THREAD PITCH
½x28
MSRP
$140 to $160
URL
www.lonewolfdist.com

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Most of us partaking in training and competition end up spending a lot of time out under the sun, and that means slathering ourselves with slimy sunscreen to avoid cancer. A friend in the shooting industry turned us on to Zealios Sun Barrier, though. The stuff is made without oils, so once it’s applied, there’s nearly none of that slippery sunscreen feeling left on our hands. We’ve been reapplying sunscreen during range mag-stuffing breaks and have yet to drop a round or bobble a reload (that we can attribute to slippery hands). When it comes to protection, Zealios uses Zinc Oxide to block the sun’s rays from damaging your skin. It’s a step up from the titanium dioxide found in many sunscreens, because it absorbs and blocks a wider spectrum of sunlight. We also dig that Zealios was started by a couple of athletes and isn’t some huge chemical conglomerate disguised as a healthy choice brand.

Make
Zealios
Model
Sun Barrier
PROTECTION LEVEL
SPF 45
MSRP
$15
URL
teamzealios.com

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Stuffing mags sucks. Thankfully, we have interns who load our mags for us. But, if you’re not fortunate enough to have this resource, you can pick up the newest version of the Magpump mag loader designed for 9mm pistol mags. Set the contraption up with one of the included mag adapters, shove a mag in, dump a box or two of your favorite luger food into the hopper, and work that lever till it fills the mag. We can load a 15-round Glock mag in well under 25 seconds. The loader breaks down into three parts, the base, body, and hopper for storage and transport. Setup takes a few seconds and your thumbs will thank you.

Make
Magpump
Model
9mm Luger Magazine Loader
INCLUDED MAG ADAPTERS
Glock, SIG, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory, CZ and Ruger
MSRP
$150
URL
www.magpump.com

 

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