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Apex Ammunition: Waterfowl Perfection – The Mag Life

It’s never too soon to start preparing for waterfowl season, and part of that includes getting the best ammo on hand for the job. Apex Ammunition’s Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat Waterfowl Blend is designed to help you have your greatest waterfowl season yet. Sure, you have to provide the skills to impact targets, but the ammo will do the rest. After all, there’s not much worse than simply wounding a duck rather than dropping it with a single, effective shot.

APEX Ammunition, which states they are the makers of premium, ultra-high-density Tungsten Super Shot (TSS) shotshells, is pleased to introduce its new limited-edition, Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat Waterfowl Blend. (Photo credit: Apex Ammunition)

Apex Ammunition provided the following details for the shotshells:

Available in 3-inch, 12-gauge shells, this handcrafted “duplex load” combines No. 8 TSS with No. 3 S3 zinc-plated steel for a versatile, hard-hitting load whether you are shooting over decoys on opening day or trying to bring down warier, late-season waterfowl.

The zinc coating on the premium grade APEX steel shot ensures uniform pellets for optimum patterning in a steel load and, when combined with 18.1 g/cc TSS, helps deliver a harder hitting payload with improved terminal performance to reduce crippling.

Apex Ammunition's Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Waterfowl Blend
Apex Ammunition’s Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Waterfowl Blend is made for quick, ethical kills, drastically reducing risk of wounding birds. (Photo credit: Apex Ammunition)

Jason Lonsberry, CEO, APEX Ammunition, summarized the waterfowl-specific ammo:

This load comes in a box featuring the Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat camo pattern and offers hunters a new combination of shot sizes with deep penetration and lethal energy transfer.

Chris Paradise, Chief Sales Officer of Mossy Oak, also had a few things to say about the ammunition from Apex:

Mossy Oak is excited to partner with APEX, one of the most reputable ammo manufacturers, to offer waterfowl hunters the Shadow Grass Habitat Waterfowl Blend that brings the best of both worlds for waterfowl ammo into one shell.

Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat
Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat is a camo pattern created for superior performance while duck hunting. It makes sense Apex would partner with the company under this pattern’s name and design. (Photo credit: Mossy Oak)

Waterfowlers need the most reliable shotshells possible to ensure hunting success. It’s never good to have a wounded bird, so you want ammo capable of killing them quickly and ethically. According to the manufacturer, that’s what this 12 gauge ammo is designed for. These are three inch shotshells with a manufacturer-tested speed of 1400 feet per second. As a duck hunter, you want to do your best to eliminate the chances of crippled birds, and Apex Ammunition claims this is the ammo to do it.

Mossy Oak Shadowgrass Habitat Blend
The Mossy Oak Shadowgrass Habitat Blend is a combination of 1-1/16oz #3 Steel over 1/4oz #8 TSS for your habitat of choice. (Photo credit: Apex Ammunition)

This ammunition is well worth a closer look. What do you think, does it get the job done for waterfowl hunting? Tell us what you think in the comments section.

MSRP for Apex Ammunition Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat ammunition is set at $51.99 (per 25 round box) or $489.99 (per case -10 boxes).

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The Game-Changing Golf Ball Launcher

If you’ve ever looked at a golf course and thought it was a waste of what could be a perfectly good shooting range, this product is for you. The Strike Industries Oppressor turns your AR platform rifle into a golf ball launcher, meaning your rifle is even more versatile than before. Want one? Read on for details.

The Strike Industries Oppressor launches golf balls, finally making golf less of a waste of what could be a fantastic shooting range. (Photo credit: Strike Industries)

Strike Industries provides the following details of the launcher:

FORE! Based on the Strike Industries OPPRESSOR blast shield muzzle device which aids in redirecting blast and sound, this SI OPPRESSOR Golf Ball Launcher also uses the quick detach PATENTED Strike Rapid Engage Mount (SREM) system mount.

Using blanks, golf balls can be launched 100s of yards, of course in a safe direction. Depending on the various golf ball, golf ball fit, weapon and blank used, you can see launch golf balls 500+ yards.

Point to just about any angle without the ball falling out as the tapered cone/cup and large O-ring is designed to fit most golf balls on the market. Constructed of a steel SREM base with a 7075-T6 aluminum body, this SI OPPRESSOR Golf Ball Launcher attaches (and detaches) in seconds propelling golf balls down range with velocity and distance. You can also use this SI OPPRESSOR device as a blast shield and/or concussion reducing device with live ammo WITHOUT a golf ball inserted.

Strike Industries Opressor golf ball launcher
The Strike Industries Oppressor isn’t actually the complete platform, it’s a muzzle device that works independently from live fire (meaning no, you don’t shoot ammo while launching golf balls). (Photo credit: Strike Industries)

The Oppressor mounts directly to your gun and includes an O-ring that fits most standard golf balls. Golf balls are then fired by using blanks. The manufacturer claims the balls can be launched at distances up to around 500 yards. Why? Because we can.

Compatibility

  • Only with SI OPPRESSOR Strike Rapid Engage Mount (SREM) muzzle devices
  • Desert Tech: Ratchet compensator, Micro Dynamic Rifle (MDR) w/ Ratchet compensator
  • Ferfrans: CQB Modular Muzzle Brake System (only GEN 1)

The OPPRESSOR is not a direct barrel threaded device and is not compatible with any other muzzle device than those listed above. 

Strike Industries Oppressor golf ball launcher
The Oppressor is not a direct thread muzzle device but it is compatible with Strike Industries muzzle devices. (Photo credit: Strike Industries)

Features

  • Quick detach using patented Strike Rapid Engage Mount (SREM) system
  • Point golf ball launcher at any angle without ball falling out
  • Launches golf balls 500+ yards
  • Use as a blast shield and concussion reducing device with live ammo (without golf ball inserted)
  • Tapered cone/cup and large O-ring designed to fit most golf balls on the market
  • Golf ball loading inside diameter of 1.716 inches (43.58mm)
  • 1.56 inch (39.50mm) base with 2.17 inch (55.00mm) body overall diameters
  • Steel base construction with 7075-T6 aluminum body
A close-up look at a golf ball loaded into an Oppressor that's mounted to a rifle.
A close-up look at a golf ball loaded into an Oppressor that’s mounted to a rifle. (Photo credit: Strike Industries)

Specifications

  • Golf ball loading diameter: 43.58mm (1.716”)
  • Overall diameter (base):VERALL DIAMETER (BASE): 39.50mm (1.56”)
  • Overall diameter (body)VERALL DIAMETER (BODY): 55.00mm (2.17”)
  • Length: 54.73mm (2.15″)
  • Width: 50.49mm (1.99″)
  • Height: 113.67mm (4.48″)
  • Weight: 10.90 oz
  • Weight w/ package: TBD oz

MSRP for the Strike Industries Oppressor is listed at $109.95.

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Trainshot Live-Fire Robot: Customize Your Training

Interested in taking your live-fire training to the next level? How about a target that moves and reacts in a semi-humanoid fashion? The Trainshot Live-Fire Robot makes it possible, and then some. This robot is designed to be interactive, meaning you can customize your training experience and make it as realistic as a computerized program can be.

The Trainshot robot is designed to be interactive so your live-fire training is more realistic and effective. (Photo credit: Trainshot)

Soldier Systems provided details of the Trainshot Live-Fire Robot:

The Trainshot robot utilizes pre-programmed features including; Random Mode, SWARM, or GPS Waypoint Mapping to meet your mission-specific training needs.  Features on the app include free shooting mode so you can work on everything from reflexes, precision, drawing, or reloading skills. The app also features missions for all skill levels. Users can even track their progress in real time eliminating wasted time down range trying to find shots on paper.

The robot is available in two different versions; a self-balancing two-wheel is ideal for indoor use and a rugged four-wheel version for outdoor and off-road capability. Both robots feature flat-proof, foam-filled tires, with a max speed of up to 10 mph for the two-wheel robot and 15 mph for the four-wheel version.

Trainshot robots
The Trainshot robots are made to work through the company’s app which can easily be downloaded to your cell phone. (Photo credit: Trainshot)

Details from Soldier System continued:

The Trainshot robot utilizes a proprietary lightweight self-healing foam body target which can detect three unique zones. It also features a pop-up mechanism ideal for shoot/no-shoot scenarios. The robot body is protected with a Hardox 500 Frame and an anti-ricochet Ballistic Rubber plate designed to hold up to 7.62×39 or 5.56 mm calibers (capable of being upgraded to 7.62×51 or greater) and a self-healing four-color ultra-bright 36W LED module is used. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery ensures a runtime of 8-12 hours.

trainshot app and target
According to the manufacturer, the Trainshot app can create a wide variety of scenarios and drills based on how you program it. (Photo credit: Trainshot)

The robot works in conjunction with Trainshot’s app. Regarding the app, Trainshot states:

The app offers many sets of drills whether you are training with one target or several. Work on your reflexes, precision, draw or reloading by using free shooting mode or our custom drills. Work your way up from the basics to the most challenging missions.

Other features of the app include:

More targets, more effective training. Unlock the full potential of Trainshot with multitarget drills.

Multiple target drills are game changers for any shooter, experienced or not. The training requires various targets connected to the application, which randomly assigns the hit zones and records the reaction time. Different target patterns maximize the adrenaline level and test your firearm skills like no other. Multiple user mode included.

trainshot app screen
The manufacturer provided a look at what the app looks like on your device. (Photo credit: Trainshot)

The robot has a range of out to 3300 feet with static targets. It weighs approximately 110 to 200 pounds depending on the setup and can be broken down for easier transport.

MSRP for the Trainshot Live-Fire Robot is not known at this time.

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Grey Man Tactical —Solution to Archery Storage Problem

Bowhunters understand the struggle of storing their bows and gear during transport. Grey Man Tactical has an archery hunter’s dream solution with the #204 Vehicle Bow Rack. Ditch the heavy and bulky bow case when traveling to the next hunt and secure the bow to the Rigid Molle Panel (RMP) bow rack from Grey Man Tactical. Save precious cargo space when mounting the bow to the RMP which allows for easy access.

Grey Man Tactical gives archery hunters the ultimate solution for bow storage and transportation in its #204 Vehicle Bow Package. The set-up attaches to the seat back in any vehicle to easily transport gear. Additionally, according to Grey Man Tactical, the bow can be stored either right side up or upside down.

The #204 package was created for bow hunters who wanted a better way to store and transport their bows. Attaching to the seat back with buckle loop-around straps and d-rings, the RMP is quick and easy to install. The Enlarged QuickFist clamps securely hold the bow in place during transportation without damaging the sight. A large utility pouch comes in handy for extra storage and a double mag pouch works great for holding extra magazines for your defense pistol or small tools. Like other items from the RMP series, the panel is universal MOLLE compatible, weather resistant, and has non-corrosion construction.

Grey Man Tactical 204 RMP on seat back
Compatible with any seat back 15.25”x25” or larger, the Rigid Molle Panel (RMP) of the #204 package lays a solid base for secure bow storage and pouches without the need for bulky containers. The large RMP allows for the addition of extra pouches to the panel if needed.

The #204 Vehicle Bow Rack – 15.25 X 25 RMP Package contents include:

  • 15.25 X 25 RMP
  • Buckle Loop-Around + D-Ring Strap RMP Strap Black [Headrest]
  • Buckle Loop-Around RMP Strap Black [Seat Bottom]
  • Two Enlarged Clamps [bow]
  • Double Mag Pouch [pistol]
  • Large Utility Pouch
Grey Man Tactical 204 RMP in action
Constructed of injection molded glass-filled nylon with rubber, aluminum, and nylon accessories, the #204 Vehicle Bow Package from Grey Man Tactical can be easily configured to meet the user’s needs.

According to Grey Man Tactical, the bow can be seen upside down in videos and images. This is to keep the weight of the bow at the bottom of the RMP The bow can be stored either way. The Grey Man Tactical #204 Vehicle Bow Rack RMP Package currently is only available in black and has an MSRP of $269.99.

Grey Man Tactical #204 on seat back
The #204 Package comes with one Rigid Molle Panel, Buckle loop-around straps and d-rings for securing it to the seat, clamps for the bows, double mag pouches and a large utility pouch, giving plenty of storage while keeping things organized. Seems like Grey Man Tactical really thought this package through.

Compatibility

The #204 Bow Vehicle RMP Package is compatible with any vehicle seat with seat back dimensions equal to or greater than 15.25″ wide X 25″ tall.

Specifications

  • Width: 15.25″ | 387.35mm
  • Height: 25″ | 635mm
  • Thickness: 3″ | 76.2mm
  • Weight: 65.48 ounces | 1,856.33 grams
  • Material: Injection Molded Glass Filled Nylon + Rubber + Aluminum + Nylon
  • Warranty: Grey Man Tactical (GMT) Guarantee
  • American made, finished by hand

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Unity Tactical FAST Micro-S Optic Mount — Heads Up!

UNITY Tactical is expanding its line of FAST Optic mounts with the FAST Micro-S Optic Mount. FAST is a series of optic mounts and platforms that provide end users with a quicker sight picture than standard height mounts. The FAST Micro-S is specifically designed for the Aimpoint CompM5s, CompM5b, and Duty RDS mini red dot sights.

The FAST Micro-S Mount places Aimpoint CompM5s, CompM5b, and Duty RDS sights at a 2.26″ optical center line above weapon rails. This stance makes these optics fully compatible with our patented Flip-To-Center Magnifier Mounts and provides all the same application benefits found with legacy FAST Mounts.

The FAST Micro-S places these taller “micro” sights at the established FAST height of 2.26” optical centerline above the rail.  This provides faster, easier dot or reticle acquisition while wearing night vision goggles, gas masks, plate carriers, and other gear. A heads-up posture also helps users maintain a neutral spine position which is more comfortable while wearing helmets, plate carriers, and other heavy gear.

Micro-S Mount
The FAST Micro-S Mount comes with a standard rail-grabber clamp mount but is designed to readily accept a drop-in American Defense Manufacturing patented QD Auto-Lock Lever This mounting option will provide quick detach capability.

Specs

  • Length: 2.08″
  • Width: 1.25″
  • Height: 1.55″
  • Weight:  2.3 oz.
  • Material:  7075-T6 Aluminum
  • Coating:  Type III Hardcoat Anodized
  • Mount Type:  Rail Grabber or QD Lever (sold separately)
  • Compatibility:  Aimpoint CompM5s, CompM5b, Duty RDS
FAST Micro-S Mount at angle
The UNITY Tactical Fast Micro-S mount’s 2.26” optical centerline height provides faster/easier reticle acquisition while wearing electronic ear-pro/communications headsets, night vision goggles, and gas masks. It also allows for more rapid visual processing of the battlefield by promoting a heads-up posture.

The FAST MICRO-S is fully compatible with the entire line of FAST Magnifier Mounts from UNITY Tactical. The FAST MICRO-S is machined from 70-75 T-6 aluminum and is hard-coat anodized in Black or FDE. The mount comes with a standard rail-grabber clamp mount but is designed to readily accept a drop-in American Defense Manufacturing patented QD Auto-Lock Lever (sold separately). This mounting option will provide quick detach capability.

Unity Tactical FAST Micro-S mounts
A heads-up posture also helps users maintain a neutral spine position which is more comfortable while wearing helmets, plate carriers, and other heavy gear. The FAST Micro-S mount is available in Black and FDE.

The Fast Micro-S mount from Unity Tactical has an MSRP of $178.00.

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Jagerwerks B.R.O.S.: SRO Protection – The Mag Life

Although red dot sights are usually designed to withstand bumps and scrapes, it’s entirely possible to damage one. That’s especially true of some designs that grant you a larger field of view but might have a housing more prone to breaking. The Jagerwerks B.R.O.S. (Battle Ready Optic Shield) is made to fix that problem by serving as a protective guard for the Trijicon SRO.

By adding the B.R.O.S. to your gear, you get peace of mind and the gift of putting your rifle to work without worrying about your SRO.

According to Jagerwerks, their B.R.O.S. is designed to increase the durability and resistance to impact damage of your optic in real life situations. (Photo credit: Jagerwerks)

Jagerwerks provides details regarding the optics shield:

100% Made in Michigan out of Tig welded grade 304 stainless steel then black nitride coated for years of worry-free service.

This product is designed to increase the durability and resistance to impact damage of your optic in real life situations.

According to Murphy’s law we will not warranty your optic against neglect or abuse.

Does not include mounting screws. We recommend using our RMR/SRO #6-32 7/16″ IP15

Weight is 1 oz or 28 grams. Metal thickness is 1mm or .040″.

There is a slight bend on the ejection (right) side of the shield. This is to deflect brass.

SRO is NOT included.

The Battle Ready Optic Shield from Jagerwerks
The Battle Ready Optic Shield from Jagerwerks doesn’t just cover the top of the Trijicon SRO, it goes all the way around it. (Photo credit: Jagerwerks)

Unlike some products that simply snap over an optic, the Battle Ready Optic Shield from Jagerwerks is all-encompassing.

It’s designed so the Trijicon SRO sits inside it and the entire setup is then mounted to the rifle or pistol. This ensures you’re not getting only a sliver of protection, you’re getting the best possible coverage. Even better, Jagerwerks made the shield so having it in place doesn’t stop you from operating the SRO. Controls aren’t hindered by the use of the B.R.O.S.

Battle Ready Optic Shield from Jagerwerks
The B.R.O.S. is made from durable material meant to extend the life of your Trijicon SRO and protect it from wear and tear. (Photo credit: Jagerwerks)

Just as the Trijicon SRO can be used on long guns or handguns, the B.R.O.S. is compatible with whatever platform you’ve chosen to mount your red dot on. It’s easy to install, with no gunsmith required. Simply remove the SRO from your gun, drop the red dot inside the B.R.O.S., and screw it in place. The B.R.O.S. does not automatically ship with screws, so if you need new screws, be sure to select that option when ordering.

Trijicon SRO with BROS installed
With the Jagerwerks B.R.O.S. installed, your SRO gets more protection and you have greater freedom to run your gun without worrying as much about bumps and scrapes. (Photo credit: Jagerwerks)

For shooters running their pistols with Safariland holsters, Jagerwerks provides a connect to Ghost Men Designs.

MSRP for the Jagerwerks Battle Ready Optic Shield is set at $50.00 and goes up to $57.00 with the addition of mounting screws.

What do you think, would you install one of these to protect your SRO?

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Safariland IWB Holsters: Optics-Ready Schema

Finding the right holster for your body shape and specific needs can be a challenge. Matters tend to be simplified by going to a trusted holster maker for gear, and that’s where Safariland comes in. If you’re in the market for an inside the waistband (IWB) holster, the Safariland Schema is an optics-ready model that just might be exactly what you need.

According to Safariland, the Schema is a minimalist IWB holster that offers concealability and minimal printing. A smooth draw and passive retention make Schema the perfect companion for everyday carry. (Photo credit: Safariland)

Safariland provides details of the IWB Schema:

Schema is an optics-ready minimalist holster designed for subcompact firearms. As the namesake implies, the skeletonized outline of the holster frame has a smaller footprint than traditional IWB offerings to optimize concealability. This new model offers superior functionality with a reinforced mouth, allowing for seamless firearm holstering while the holster is worn. The firearm-specific design creates an exacting fit, which is further secured by Schema’s passive trigger guard retention.

Safariland Schema IWB holster clipped to belt
Safariland states the Schema is a firearm-specific design that pairs optic compatibility with a cantable and vertically adjustable belt clip to allow for comfort on any body type. (Photo credit: Safariland)

Eric Gasvoda, VP/GM of Duty Gear for Safariland, said:

Safariland is thoughtfully expanding on our concealment line to offer consumers unparalleled quality and innovation they’ve come to expect from the brand. Schema is the beginning of the revitalization of our EDC holster line, and I can’t wait to get it into the hands of our customers.

Safariland Schema holster with red-dot mounted pistol
The Schema is an optics-compatible holster designed for IWB carry of subcompact guns. (Photo credit: Safariland)

This holster is designed to give users the most minimalist, yet secure, IWB holster possible. It’s cut to be compatible with optics and created with a streamlined yet durable shape. Not only can the Schema be adjusted for cant but it can also be adjusted vertically so ride height can be customized to the specific user.

Safariland Schema holster clip
The clip on the Schema is adjustable so the user can get the perfect fit for them. (Photo credit: Safariland)

Practicing proper concealed carry starts not with the gun but with the holster. Your holster needs to provide retention and keep the gun hidden on your body in the exact spot you expect it to be. For an IWB holster, those features remain vital; for the Safariland Schema, it’s a given. This holster is made with the specific needs of concealed carriers in mind. Not only are its features user friendly but it’s made from durable material capable of standing up to daily wear.

The Safariland Schema is available for the following models:

  • SIG Sauer P365
  • SIG Sauer P365 XL
  • Taurus G2C
  • Taurus G3C
  • Glock 43
  • Glock 43X
  • Springfield Hellcat

The holster is compatible with the following optics:

  • Swampfox Sentinel
  • SIG Sauer Romeo Zero
  • Trijicon RMR CC
  • Shield RMS
  • Shield RMS C
  • Hex Wasp
  • Holosun 407K
  • J-Point
  • Crimson Trace 1550
  • Other optics with similar footprints

MSRP for the Schema starts at $39.99.

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High Speed Gear Mini Missions Pouches

High Speed Gear Special Missions Pouch has a little brother in its line of tactical gear products and accessories with the Mini Missions Pouch. The Mini Missions Pouch is a versatile, general-purpose pouch that adapts to changing missions and roles.

It is a versatile general-purpose pouch that adapts to your changing missions and roles. This pouch features a zippered pocket with loop fasteners inside and outside for patches and organizers and an elastic tourniquet holder.

Much like the High Speed Gear Special Missions Pouch, this pouch caters to HSGI users across many professions. Both the Special Missions Pouch and the Mini Missions Pouch come with three mounting options, making this pouch adaptable to the user’s kit on any given day. The pouch features a zippered pocket with loop fasteners inside and outside for patches and organizers and an elastic tourniquet holder.

Pouch on chest rig
Like the other HSG Special Missions pouches, this pouch has three separate mounting options: hook and loop in hangar style, a removable waist strap, or loops on the back for attaching to a belt.

“The versatility of the Mini Missions Pouch makes it a great option for individuals that have ever-changing mission requirements,” said Jim Skelton (USMC, Fmr.), Senior communications Strategist at High Speed Gear. “The ability to mount and wear the pouch three different ways allows for the Mini Missions Pouch to adapt to new kit setups and accessibility for the end-user.”

Wolf Gray Pouch open
Available in seven colors, this a general-purpose pouch that is extremely versatile. The pouch has a zippered pocket with loop fasteners on both the inside and outside for attachment of pouches, and a tourniquet holder.

Specs

  • Zipper closure
  • Loop panel on front for organizers or patches
  • Elastic loop on the bottom holds a tourniquet
    • Multiple mounting options
    • Hook & loop flap to attach hanger style
    • Removable waist strap
    • Loops on the back for mounting on a bel
  • IInternal loop faster panel for use with hook/loop organizers
  • Grommet on the bottom for drainage
  • 500D nylon fabric construction
  • YKK Zippers
  • Berry Compliant
  • Made in the USA
Mini Missions Pouch in Coyote Tan
Constructed from durable 500D nylon fabric and YKK zippers, it is 100% US-made and Berry Compliant.

The Mini Missions Pouch can be worn as a hanger-style product attached below a plate carrier or placard, worn with an included waist strap, or mounted to a belt. It can be used as an admin pouch with an internal loop panel organizer, or a first aid pouch with an exterior elastic loop to secure a tourniquet. High Speed Gear built the Mini Missions Pouch for those who need their gear to adapt to ever-changing missions. Much like the pouch’s big brother, the Special Missions Pouch, the Mini Missions Pouch is Berry Compliant, with a modular and sleek design, and is now available on the High Speed Gear website.

Available in seven different colors: Black, Coyote Brown, LE Blue, MultiCam, Multicam Black, OD Green, and Wolf Gray with an MSRP of $75.

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Shotgun Belts from Galati Gear

Galati Gear, a leader in the tactical gear industry since 1983, has a universal fit heavy-duty nylon Shotgun Belt. The belts are available in Black, Coyote Tan, and Olive Drab colors.

Galati Gear has a heavy-duty nylon shotgun belt in its extensive tactical gear lineup. The belt keeps multiple rounds of shotgun shells close at hand for easier reloading.

Keeping rounds close at hand and ready for reloads, the Galati Gear Shotgun Belt features 25 secure elastic loops to securely hold .12, .16, and .20 gauge shells. The 2” wide heavy-duty nylon belt includes a quick-release polymer buckle and slide adjuster for a perfect fit. The universal design is adjustable to fit 30”-54” waists and has no metal components to reduce fray.

Black Shotgun belt
The nylon Shotgun belts from Galati are universal in size, fitting waists 30” through 54” and have no metal components.

The Galati Gear universal shotgun belts have an MSRP of $25.96.

Olive Drab shotgun belt
Available in Black, Coyote Tan, and Olive Drab, the Shotgun Belt securely holds 25 rounds of .12, .16, or .20 gauge shells.

Galati Gear Shotgun Belts 

  • Adjustable to fit 30”-54” waists
  • Twenty-five loops for shell storage
  • Loops hold .12, .16 and .20 gauge shells
  • 2” in height to fit most belt loops
  • No metal components
  • Quick release buckles and slide adjuster
  • Heavy Duty webbing and elastic
  • Two-year warranty
  • Colors: Black, Olive Drab, and Coyote Brown
  • MSRP: $25.96
Coyote Tan belt
The 2” heavy-duty nylon belt comes equipped with a quick-release polymer buckle and slide adjuster to fit a wide array of waist sizes.

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Ammo Test — 380 ACP Speer Gold Dot

Since 1995, Speer’s Gold Dot hollow-point ammunition has been a standard of measure in duty calibers such as 9×19, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP. In recent years, Speer has updated some of its duty loads to optimize performance in shorter-barreled concealed carry handguns. These Short Barrel loads are available in the same duty calibers. I had good luck with this line’s 135-grain 38 Special +P hollow point. But it seems Speer’s 380 ACP offering did not get the same facelift.

The Load

Speer’s 380 ACP 90 grain Gold Dot load has been around the block a time or two without any perceived improvement. Typical for premium defensive loads, this offering uses a corrosion-proof nickel-plated brass case and premium jacketed hollow point projectiles. Speer claims the Gold Dot has superior bonded properties between its lead core and copper jacketed through their Uni-Cor electrochemical process.

In a round as low velocity as 380 ACP, jacket and core retention is key to ensure enough mass stays together to carry through with enough penetration. But jacket separation tends to occur more often with higher velocity rounds like 9×19. On the other hand, Speer does advertise this 90-grain load at a healthy 1040 feet per second—albeit from a 3.5-inch barreled handgun.

Two complete 380 ACP Speer Gold Dot rounds positioned in front of a black factory box.

The Test

I ran forty rounds of the 90-grain Speer Gold Dot to do a general test for function, velocity, and ballistic performance. I began by running a box and a half through my Ruger LCP. Recoil was smarter than other loads but overall, the function was perfect. It is worth noting the Gold Dot projectile’s rounded profile may give an advantage in feeding from certain pistols compared to flat-nosed rounds.

From a distance of ten feet, I shot a string of fire through my Caldwell chronograph to get some velocity readings. My Ruger 380 LCP, a typical pocket pistol with a 2.75-inch barrel, turned in a five-shot average velocity of 968 feet per second. In my own testing, that is a bit faster than some 85-90 grain loads out there and it gave me some cause for optimism as I set up my 10% Clear Ballistics gelatin blocks fronted with four layers of denim.

Wound tracts from three Gold Dot projectiles intersected in two gelatin blocks on a wooden table.

I fired three rounds from ten feet away into my blocks. One projectile’s hollow point cavity was clogged with denim but managed to partially expand before settling at the 13.5-inch mark. The other two projectiles failed to expand, one coming to rest at the 15-inch and 17 3/4-inch mark respectively.

As I had done previously with my Federal Premium’s 380 ACP 99 grain HST test, I decided to remove the denim barrier and took an additional shot into bare gelatin. Without heavy clothing, the Gold Dot tumbled between the 4-8 inch mark like the other rounds but expanded to .458 inch, stopping at the eleven-inch mark.

Three 380 projectiles suspended in gelatin.
Three 380 projectiles suspended in gelatin.

Three unexpanded projectiles next to an expanded one on a table.

The Bottom Line

In this worst-case scenario, all tumbled readily, dumping much of their energy in the first eight inches of material. The denim barrier did stop expansion of the projectiles, but the Gold Dot load still had enough pasta to achieve good penetration without the excessive penetration and lack of damage one would expect from non-expanding full metal jacket loads. Like other 380 ACP loads out there, the current Speer Gold Dot load would achieve a good balance of penetration and expansion through light clothing when used in pocket pistols while less compact handguns might give just enough velocity to keep that balance through more obstacles.

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