CategoriesNew Gun Releases

Viridian Announces New Red HS1 Lasers and FDE HS1 Housings

Viridian just announced two new products in its HS1 line of handstop-integrated laser sights for AR-style firearms. In case you aren’t already familiar with it, the HS1 was the first laser to be integrated into an AR hand stop.

Viridian red laser HS1 and FDE housing

The laser and housing are mounted to the rail.

Previously the HS1 was only available as a green laser, but starting tomorrow morning (July 9, 2021), the Viridian red laser option is going to be available for those who prefer red over green. Also, the HS1 housing, which was previously only available in black, will be available in Flat Dark Earth.

Viridian Red Laser and FDE Handstop

New options in Viridian’s HS1 line of laser sighting devices!

So what is the HS1?

As the company describes it, it’s the world’s first AR hand stop with an integrated laser sighting devide. It uses MLok to mount to the rail of your firearm and has uniquely placed grip-activated buttons that work with a variety of grip styles. It is also adjustable for windage and elevation. So, you get all the protection of a handstop while aiming with a highly visible green or red laser sight.

According to Brian Hedeen, Viridian President and CEO, “The HS1 has proven to be exceptionally popular. The laser aiming capabilities add to the speed of an already fast rifle design and the minimalist hand stop design is ideal for ergonomic control without getting in the way. And now we’re adding new colors to both the laser and the housing. Fans of FDE can match their HS1 to their rifle’s forend and those who prefer red lasers have that option available, too, in Black or FDE.”

HS1 viridian red laser

The HS1 has a battery life of 1.5 hours and a range of up to 100 yards in the daylight and two miles at night.

If you haven’t seen the HS1 handstop laser before, here’s Viridian’s product launch video from back when they introduced the green laser model:


Here’s all the HS1 Viridian red laser info per the press release:

Viridian Weapon Technologies is pleased to announce that its celebrated and innovative hand stop laser, the HS1, is now available with a red laser. Both the new red laser HS1 and the original green laser version will be available in both Black and Flat Dark Earth housings on Friday, July 9th at 9:00am CST.


Viridian red laser HS1 in FDE or Black housing.

The new Viridian red laser comes with the new FDE housing or black housing and has a seven-year warranty.

Viridian’s HS1 is the first laser integrated into a hand stop. The shooter’s support hand grips the HS1 and this grip activates the laser. The HS1 provides an intuitive control surface and instantaneous targeting guidance.

M-Lok mounts make installation effortless and Viridian now offers a Picatinny to M-Lok rail adapter. The HS1 laser adjusts for windage and elevation. The HS1 lasers will be available through retailers, or on the Viridian website.

HS1 Red Laser Features

  • M-Lok Mounts
  • Grip Activation
  • Daytime-visible Green Laser
  • Ergonomic Design for varying types of guns
  • Single 1/3n battery
  • Adjustable for Windage and Elevation

Read more at Viridian.

Check out all the lasers we’ve got at the warehouse!


Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri’s Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.

CategoriesNew Gun Releases

The Sinter 3D Printed Titanium Suppressor

What you see here is a monolithic 3D-printed 6Al-4V Titanium suppressor from Radical Firearms. It’s called the Sinter

Radical Firearms says, “This Firearms suppressor is 8 inches long, 16 ounces, and rated up to 300 WM. If you thought it couldn’t get any better, it does! The Sinter’s full titanium construction means you get durability without any added weight.

It’s not just about the insides for the Sinter titanium suppressor, but it also has to do with its unique aesthetic appearance.

Sinter 3d printed titanium suppressor from Radical Firearms

The honeycomb exterior is intended to help dissipate the heat due to its increased surface area, helping the Sinter cool down faster. This is a wonderful feature since the Sinter can withstand higher rates of fire!

With its muzzle brake taper mount design, you’ll also be able to mount your silencer onto your host firearm and be ready to rumble in no time at all.”

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Sinter Titanium Suppressor Specs

The SINTER is one of the lightest, most durable suppressors on the market to date. Tested on everything from .22 WMR to 300 WM, all calibers are hearing safe. The internal design creates a robust superstructure unachievable through traditional manufacturing methods. Constructed wholly of Titanium 6Al-4V, the SINTER has a high strength-to-weight ratio creating a durable and the lightest weight commercially available suppressor for everyday use.

Cal: Up To 7.62

OAL: 8”

OD: 1.75”

Weight: 16 oz

Material: Titanium 64 (Ti-6Al-4v)

dB: ~136.7 with 12.5” 308



Radical Firearms Sinter titanium suppressor


Monolithic Design

Additive Manufactured (3D Printed)

High Temp Cerakote Exterior Coating available in Black or Desert Tan


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Muzzle Brake Taper Mount Design

Honeycomb exterior provides increased surface area for heat dissipation

Full Auto Rated



Radical Firearms Sinter titanium suppressor

The honeycomb exterior is intended to provide increased surface area for heat dissipation (not to mention a unique aesthetic).

Sinter Spec Sheet

RF Sinter titanium suppressor

16 in. 5.56 RPR rifle with the Radical Firearms SINTER 3D printed titanium suppressor. Rifle: FR16-5.56SOC-15RPR-MFT
Suppressor: SINTER 3D printed titanium suppressor. Optic: Aimpoint PRO WML: Streamlight ProTac.


Brock Trautman is the senior news anchor for The Mag Life, the official publication of GunMag Warehouse. He’s also a cartoon, so…don’t get butt-hurt about anything he says. He’s not making subjective judgments on things, or reviewing anything – he’s just passing along the news.

CategoriesNew Gun Releases

Looking for a Holosun Green Dot Optic? The 407 Series Now Has One

The popular 407 red dot sight series just expanded to include the HE407K-GR X2, which has a green reticle. Why a green reticle? Good question, green is more easily seen by the human eye, and in optics, is considered a better option for aging eyes or those with astigmatism. Here’s the lowdown on the new Holosun green dot sight, according to the company.

When it comes to self-defense pistol optics, there isn’t room for failure. One of the best self-defense optics produced by Holosun is being reintroduced with a wavelength change that provides a green reticle. The 407 series already have a reasonably large reticle, at 6 MOA, which helps during close-quarters defense. An addition of a green reticle makes this a more attractive option for EDC.

A green reticle appears brighter to the human eye than standard red at the same intensity. Pair this increased intensity, larger reticle, and the ability to be more readily seen in daytime light conditions make this a prime and efficient choice for users.

Holosun green reticle dimensions

A 1632 battery can power the Super Green LED for up to 50,000 hours. With Shake Awake the life of the battery — and overall effectiveness — of the optic is much greater. The efficiency of the 407K’s green LED coupled with the large, 6MOA green dot creates the ideal carry package.

Weighing in at a mere 1 oz, the HE407K-GR X2 may be the next best thing for defensive carry. At 1.60” long, 0.98” wide, and 0.95” tall, it’s able to be adapted to both full-size, compact and subcompact pistol types. The uses are endless. If you’re a competition shooter or carry an EDC defensive firearm, HOLOSUN has you covered.

Check out the new green LED HOLOSUN models for yourself and improve your precision and efficiency with innovation from HOLOSUN.


•6 MOA Dot

•Light Wavelength of 540nm

•Green Reticle Color

•Parallax Free

•Unlimited Eye Relief

•1x Magnification

•Multi-Coated Optical Glass

•CR1632 Battery

•50,000 Hour Battery Life

•10 DL&2 NV Brightness Settings

•Anodized 7075 T6 Aluminum Construction

•Window Size 0.58” x 0.77”

•Exterior Dimensions 1.60” x 0.98” x 0.95”

•1 Oz. Weight

•IP67 Water Resistance

Read more about this Holosun green dot optic at Holosun.

Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri’s Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.

CategoriesNew Gun Releases

Ruger Announces the New LCP MAX — LCP II’s Bigger Brother

Ruger’s newest micro-compact pistol is a bigger brother to the LCP II, the LCP MAX. It’s chambered in .380,  with a moderate capacity of 10+1 rounds, and an extended 12+1 magazine option is also available. There is only a minor difference ins size, as the grip is just .04″ wider than its predecessor, so that means it will still fit in holsters that work with the LCP II.

This new model has several design improvements including more substantial sights (compared to the integral sights of the LCP II), a Secure Action trigger, improved ergonomic grip, and a reversible magazine release.


It’s the latest upgrade to the LCP line of pocket pistols.

So what are the advantages of this new LCP model?

sootch00 sums it up concisely, “One of the big advantages of the LCP MAX is it is a very small pistol. The recoil is fairly mild. It’s great to be able to carry for light carry, or for those who really are recoil sensitive—and yet you have ten or twelve rounds, plus one.”  

If you want to see it in action and hear a more thorough review, watch this review by sootch00:

Here’s how Ruger describes it:

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is thrilled to introduce the latest upgrade to America’s favorite ultra-compact pistol: the LCP MAX. Chambered in .380 Auto, the Ruger LCP MAX fits 10+1 rounds into the same footprint as the LCP II. A 12-round accessory magazine slightly extends the grip length while doubling the capacity of the legacy LCP. Measuring less than 1” wide and weighing under 11 ounces, the LCP MAX is smaller than every micro-compact 9mm pistol available today, expanding the options for comfortable and convenient concealed carry.

Ruger LCP MAX and LCP II grip thickness comparison.

Here, you can see how the Ruger LCP MAX has a slightly thicker grip compared to the LCP II, but Ruger says the new pistol will still fit LCP II holsters. (Image source, sootch00)

Offering more than just capacity, the LCP MAX pistol’s double stack magazine feed lips are optimized to reliably feed the wide variety of modern .380 Auto ammunition available. As compact as ever, the flush-fit, 10-round magazine feels identical to the LCP II magazine (with its extended floorplate installed) while accommodating an additional 4 rounds of ammunition. The included finger grip extension floorplate and accessory 12-round magazine allow most shooters to obtain a full firing grip.

Addressing a main complaint with most pocket pistols, the LCP MAX is fitted with a tritium front sight with white outline that is quick to acquire and aligns easily with the generous u-notch rear sight. A square face on the rear sight aids in one-handed cocking and the steel, drift-adjustable sights make accurate fire easier than ever.

“The LCP MAX design incorporates over a decade of learning and experience,” said Ruger President and CEO, Chris Killoy. “What you loved about your LCP and LCP II, we know you will love even more with the NEW LCP MAX.”

The medium-textured grip frame provides easy reach to the Secure Action™ trigger that is well known for its short, crisp trigger pull and inner trigger safety. Pronounced cocking ears and deep functional slide serrations ensure easy manipulation of the pistol. Every corner and edge on the LCP MAX slide and frame have been softened for comfortable carry and the magazine release is reversible to fit all shooters. The Ruger LCP MAX ships with one, 10-round magazine; a finger grip extension floorplate; pocket holster; and magazine loader.

Ruger LCP MAX right profile

Ruger LCP MAX right profile.


•Compact and lightweight, the LCP® MAX continues to be the definitive pocket-sized personal protection pistol.

•Standard 10+1 capacity magazine ships with flush floorplate installed. 12-round magazines available at

•Textured grip frame provides a secure and comfortable grip. Utilizing the 12-round magazine, or included finger grip extension floorplate with the 10-round magazine, allows most shooters a full-firing grip.

•Slide features raised cocking ears and functional serrations for easy manipulation.

•Slide and frame surfaces and edges are soft and smooth for comfortable carry and handling.

•Tritium front sight with white outline makes for fast acquisition in all light conditions.

•Rear sight features a generous u-notch for easy alignment and a square front face for one-handed cocking. Sight dovetails are sized to accept all aftermarket BodyGuard-pattern sights.

•Improved magazine feed lips, feed ramp, extractor, and barrel cam geometries.

•Patented barrel cam geometry delays unlocking, slows the slide, and ultimately reduces felt recoil compared to other .380 Auto pistols.

•Fits most existing LCP II holsters.

•Reversible magazine release.

•Also includes: one, 10-round magazine; soft pocket holster; magazine loader.

Read more about it at Ruger.

Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri’s Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.

CategoriesNew Gun Releases

Faxon Match Series Barrels for Glock 43 & G43X

The folks at Cincinnati-based Faxon Firearms (a family-owned and operated outfit that makes rifle and pistol components, as well as complete firearms) just announced that they’ve released a new line of Glock 43 and Glock 43X barrels. They call it the Match Series. Each Glock 43 barrel is 100 percent machined in-house. The company says these barrels can be dropped into factory slides—no gunsmithing required. 

Faxon Match Series Barrels for Glock 43 & 43X

Faxon Match Series Barrels for Glock 43 & 43X.

Here’s how the company described the new barrels in their recent press release.

Faxon Firearms, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based manufacturer of quality rifle and pistol components, and complete firearms, is excited to announce the release of their new Match Series Barrels for Glock G43/43X.

Faxon’s Director of Product Management, Jay Wilson, said, “This year we are making a big push to expand both our pistol barrel and pistol part and accessories lines. We released M&P Shield barrels last month, G43 is just releasing, and keep your eye out soon for another single-stack offering. After that, expect some exciting new accessories and different pistol platform barrel offerings. We’ve brought a lot of new machines and equipment online over the past couple of months, which will allow us to really push into these segments.” 

Faxon Match series barrels for Glock 43 and 43X

The barrels are available in Black, Tin, and Chamelion, with or without threading to add a suppressor.

Faxon’s Match Series pistol barrels for Glock G43/43X are machined 100% in-house from stress-relieved 416-R stainless steel. These barrels are then given a black Nitride or PVD coating to increase lubricity, barrel life, and resistance to surface wear.

Faxon Match series Glock 43 barrel

According to Faxon, each Glock 43 barrel is conventionally rifled to allow a wider range of ammunition to be used, including cast lead. The barrels drop into factory-spec slides with no gunsmithing required, and their better-than-factory tolerances ensure a consistent, tighter lockup than OEM.

Watch the new Glock 43 barrel in action in this product launch video from the Faxon website.

Match Series Gloc 43/43X Barrel Technical Specifications:

Handgun Type: Glock G43/43X 9mm

Barrel Caliber: 9mm

Barrel Material: Stress Relieved 416-R Stainless Steel

Barrel Twist: 1:10

Muzzle Thread: ½-28 TPI

Crown: 11-degree Target Crown

Rifling Type: Conventional

Finish: Nitride or PVD

Faxon Match Series Glock 43 barrel - black and chamelion.

Which do you like better, black or chamelion?

Each Match Series Glock 43 Barrel is backed by Faxon’s Lifetime Guarantee.

Read more at Faxon.

By the way, what’s the difference between a Glock 43 and Glock 43X?

We get it, Glock nomenclature seems bizarre. Kat Ainsworth does a thorough job explaining the difference in her article, Glock 43 vs 43X: A Faceoff,

After all, there’s no correlation between the model number and the gun’s size or caliber. Unless you have their patent numbers memorized you’re out of luck understanding the process.

Then there are guns like the 43 and 43X which sound like they must be basically the same model and are not. Why does the 43X simply have an “X” added to its designation?

Just to be clear, they’re not interchangeable, as Kat Ainsworth further explains,

The slide of the G43 is not the same as the G43X and their holsters are not interchangeable (neither are their magazines). The G43 is technically a Gen 4 and the G43X is a Gen 5, so their internal and external parts and features vary quite a bit.

Be sure to read her article to get the full comparison.

You might also want to read Richard Johnson’s review, The Glock 43: One Year Later.

Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri’s Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.

CategoriesNew Gun Releases

Volquartsen’s New 22 LR rifle: the VF-ORYX

It’s called ancient, the most popular cartridge in the world, the ultimate rimfire round, and even part of the bedrock of shooting sports. And, considering that it’s been around as a standardized cartridge since 1887, the .22LR is just as popular now as it ever was—actually more so considering the growing enthusiasm for precision rimfire competitions. It’s relatively cheap to shoot, isn’t terribly loud, and has low recoil. In other words, it’s easy (and fun) to shoot. Think about it, all kinds of firearms are chambered for it: lever-actions, ARs, revolvers, pistols, and we’re not even talking about conversion kits. And this week, Volquartsen announced the release of a new 22 LR rifle, the VF-ORYX.

The rifle is available in two configurations, the VF-ORYX and the VF-ORYX-S, which comes with a Zeiss Conquest V4 6-24x50mm scope with rings.

Volquartsen VF-ORYX 22 lr rifle

The ORYX is designed with a single-piece integrated aircraft-grade aluminum chassis and buttstock for improved consistency and accuracy. 

Volquartsen VF-ORYX-S 22 LR Rifle with scope

Volquartsen VF-ORYX-S with Zeiss Conquest V4 6-24×50.


Here’s the description, from Volquartsen.

The VF-ORYX is the latest addition to the Volquartsen line of 22 LR rifles. The VF-ORYX features a CNC-machined stainless steel receiver. This receiver features an integral 20 MOA rail making it ideal for long-range 22 LR shooting.

Volquartsen Firearms President, Scott Volquartsen commented, “With the popularity of precision 22 LR rifle shooting continuing to grow, we felt this was the perfect time to introduce the VF-ORYX. This chassis set up is perfect for this. The 22 LR is also a great way to introduce new shooters to the long range game as well. Teaching them how to properly use an optic, learn their holdovers, and manage their breathing to execute the shot, long range 22 LR is ideal for competitors and recreational shooters alike.”

The Snake Fluted Barrel is threaded into the receiver increasing rigidity between barrel and action.

As with all Volquartsen rifles, it features CNC-machined and wire-EDM internal components for unparalleled reliability. The CNC-machined bolt includes a titanium round firing pin and tuned extractor for improved performance and function.

The TG2000 trigger group provides a crisp, clean 2.25lb trigger pull. Both pretravel and overtravel are user-adjustable to the shooter’s preference.

Volquartsen TG200 trigger group

The TG2000 trigger group is CNC-machined from 6061 Aluminum, has a 2.25 lb trigger pull, and is adjustable for pretravel and overtravel but not pull weight.

The VF-ORYX is set into the ORYX chassis from MDT. This one-piece integrated aluminum chassis and buttstock is designed to improve the consistency and accuracy of your rifle whether you’re shooting from the bench, a bipod, or a prone position.

The ORYX chassis also features a free-floating barrel, contoured forend grip, adjustable cheek riser, and overmolded pistol grip for added comfort and stability. It also features a .25″ spacer in the buttpad for adjustable LOP.

The ORYX chassis is available as a stand-alone product.

VF-ORYX Specifications:

•Barrel Twist: 1:16

•Barrel Length: 20.5″

•Action: Stainless steel

•Total Weight: 9lb 3oz

•Stock: ORYX chassis from MDT


22 LR

•Matte Black Finish

•ORYX Chassis


     -Forward Blow Comp – Matte Black Stainless

     -Matte Black

     -Snake Flutes

•Trigger Guard


The ORYX comes with one magazine and a manual. Read more at Volquartsen.

Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri’s Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.

CategoriesNew Gun Releases

New Springfield Hellcat Magazine Increases Capacity to 15+1

The Springfield Hellcat has been a popular concealed carry choice since its release in the fall of 2019. In fact, the gun won several awards within the first year of its release, including 2020 Handgun of the year and Best Compact Handgun. It’s touted as the world’s highest-capacity micro-compact with a capacity of 11+1 and 13+1. And now, the Hellcat just got a nice boost. Springfield just announced a new magazine that increases the round count to 15+1 and is only slightly more than a quarter of an inch taller than the 13-round magazine.

13 and 15 round Springfield Hellcat magazines

Even though the new magazine (right) has an additional two rounds, the total increase in length compared to the 13-round magazine (left) is only .28 inches. Image Source: The Armory Life.

Like the 11-round and 13-round magazines, the new Hellcat magazine body is made of stainless steel with numbered round count witness holes and a polymer follower. The extension is patterned with the same Adaptive Grip Texture as the Hellcat frame, and, though it isn’t much, that little bit of extra length offers more gripping area.

Springfield Hellcat Magazine 15-round

As far as capacity goes, Springfield says the Hellcat becomes comparable to compact and duty-sized pistols.

Here’s the press release straight from the company.

Springfield Armory has taken its Hellcat pistol — the smallest, highest-capacity micro-compact 9mm handgun in the world — and increased its already impressive capacity with the new 15-round Hellcat magazine. The result is a micro-sized 9mm pistol with an astounding 15+1 capacity comparable to compact and duty-sized pistols, yet in a package that is smaller than similarly configured, lower-capacity competitors.

The new magazine, which is only slightly longer than the 13-round extended version, is currently available directly from Springfield Armory with an MSRP of $39.95 and will soon be available from Springfield retailers as well. It is offered in both black and Desert FDE.

The Hellcat is available in both standard and OSP™ (Optical Sight Pistol) versions, with the latter featuring slides cut to accept the smallest micro red dot sights on the market. The micro 9mm ships with a patented 11-round magazine as well as an extended 13-round magazine, and this newest magazine will allow users to have a full 15+1 rounds of 9mm ammo ready to go.

15-round Springfield Hellcat magazine black and desert FDE.

The increased capacity magazine is available in Black and Desert FDE.

“This magazine offers Hellcat owners the ability to increase the total capacity of their pistol by two rounds or to carry a larger 15-round mag as a back-up,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “This increased capacity puts the Hellcat platform even further beyond its competitors and means users can carry with even greater confidence.”

The Hellcat has received numerous awards since its release in 2019, including the 2020 Handgun of the Year Award from the National Rifle Association’s American Rifleman, the Guns & Ammo 2020 Handgun of the Year Award, Ballistic magazine’s Ballistics’ Best 2020 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Compact Handgun, the NTOA MTR Gold Award, and more.

Read more at Springfield Armory.

You may also want to read: Springfield Hellcat Accessories and Hellcat Holster Options and Springfield Hellcat — A Worthy CCW?


Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri’s Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.

CategoriesNew Gun Releases

Solid Concealed Carry that Won’t Break the Bank

While it may seem like the world of high-capacity concealed carry has enough contenders already, there is definitely room for at least one more, especially at a lower price point. With two 11-round magazines included, the new diminutive-framed Taurus GX4 9mm is clearly aimed at the SIG P365, Springfield Hellcat (original and RDP), and Smith & Wesson Shield PLUS as its biggest competitors, but it is also aimed at shooters who don’t want to spend $500+ on a concealed carry gun.

Ever since Sig introduced the P365 in 2018, every reputable manufacturer has upped their game to compete in the larger capacity concealed carry arena, so makes sense that Taurus would join the fray sooner or later.

There is a lot to like about the GX4 and a few things that gave me pause. Here is a breakdown of what I liked and didn’t like.

Spoiler alert: most of it is good.

The Good

The Taurus GX4 has a lot to recommend. It’s not perfect (no gun is), but the Plus column is a lot longer than the Minus column. Understand before we get too deep into the goods and bads that this is not an exotic firearm full of expensive bells and whistles. It’s a basic concealed carry gun.

Taurus GX4, magazine, case

The Taurus G4X is a basic concealed carry gun.

Let’s start with the size. It matters, right? (Sorry, not sorry.) At around 1 inch thick, it falls right in line with its competitors, tucking easily away under even the lightest cover garments.

Taurus GX4 in Crossbreed Holster

The magazine easily holds 11 rounds within its narrow grip, with a spring that is surprisingly light for being brand new. Like so many of us, I typically use my speed loader with a new magazine because the spring is so stiff. However, this one was light enough to load all 11 rounds without any mechanical assistance, a refreshing change.

Once loaded, the gun was easy to get into battery with a medium weight recoil spring making slide rack easy, aided by deep serrations on both front and back. Press check was easy.

Taurus did an awesome job on the grip texture — not too rough and not too smooth. Kudos to the grip design engineers. Goldilocks would be proud. Shooting with both dry and sweaty palms proved solid and firm, with little worry about the gun moving in my grip during recoil and realignment.

Taurus GX4 concealed carry pistol

The grip texture was really good, but I was a bit confused by the interchangeable backstraps. Not the concept — I get that — but why they are virtually identical.

The GX4 comes with two interchangeable backstraps that are simple to swap out, but they are so similar that I couldn’t tell much difference between them. The slightly larger one that came installed on the gun fit my hand solidly, but of course, I was obligated for scientific reasons to swap them to feel the difference, which was nominal. The swells were close enough that I don’t know that Taurus needed to include the second one.

I would like to have seen a more significant difference between the two. It’s also interesting that they chose to spend money on interchangeable backstraps instead of fixing some of the small items I’ll mention in the “The Bad” section below.

(Don’t jump down there yet. That’s cheating. There is more good stuff first.)

Taurus GX4 at the shooting range

The grip length, often the bane of large-handed people’s existence on compact pistols, is better on the GX4 than on most of the competition. Taurus did an admirable job of shortening the grip to reduce printing without going too small for larger hands.

For sure, cramming 11 rounds inside prevented them from going too small. While only part of my pinky rested comfortably on the bottom, it only sort of hung off, barely. When I started shooting, my fingers stayed firm on the grip, not ever slipping off. After a few shots, I forgot all about it. This was all during a session where I threw 100-, 115-, and 124-grain ammo downrange in a healthy mix of practice and defensive rounds from Federal, Winchester, and Black Hills, all of which ran flawlessly with zero malfunctions.

Taurus GX4 trigger guard

The Taurus GX4 has a wide trigger guard and a flat-faced trigger.

One often neglected feature in compact pistols is the trigger guard size. But Taurus paid attention to it. The GX4 incorporates a large trigger guard, wide enough to comfortably insert a gloved finger without the danger of an accidental discharge.

Speaking of the trigger, the GX4 features a flat-faced design with trigger safety. I was half expecting a squishy action with lots of slack and a mushy reset, especially given the price point (see below), but what Taurus gave us instead is a 6-pound pull with a crisp break, minimal slack, and a firm, audible, tactile reset — the kind of trigger feel normally associated with more expensive guns.

I have to call out one feature that floored me, in a good way.

You know how hard it is sometimes to close a slide on a compact with your thumb because the slide stop is just too dang small and hard to push? Not on the Taurus GX4! (It’s the little things, right?) The slide stop on this compact is easy to operate with the thumb, removing the need for a two-hand rack on every reload. This may not sound like a big deal but think about reloading under pressure in a real gunfight. Now, how big of a deal is it? Kudos to Taurus for this little oft-overlooked detail!

The Bad

Now, before you start thinking this is a Taurus GX4 love fest, there are a few things about the gun that definitely could be better. Some are big, some small. Remember, this is a budget-conscious pistol, so don’t expect too many high-end features, but a few small improvements would have been nice.

The Sights

Taurus GX4


The factory sights are okay but not great. They are basically Glock knockoffs with a non-glowing white dot on the front and blacked-out rear with anti-glare texturing, which is a nice touch if you like blacked-out sights. I’m not a big fan, especially on concealed carry guns designed to be used in heat-of-the-moment self-defense situations where you need to immediately see the sights, but maybe that’s just me.

Thankfully, replacing the stock sights is fairly simple, if you so choose. It would have been nice to see a dayglow sight on front at least, but that might raise the price beyond Taurus’ target market, so maybe we will see that in a 2.0 version down the road.


The GX4 has an unconventional takedown system that requires tools. Unlike the typical takedown lever found on most guns, which pushes up or rotates with a finger or thumb to release the slide, the GX4 requires a flathead screwdriver to twist the lever while the trigger is pulled and the slide is pushed forward. And the screw is on the other side of the gun, which is a bit odd.

Taurus GX4 takedown screw.

This is not terribly difficult or prohibitive, just unnecessarily awkward. The good news is once these gyrations are complete, the rest of the takedown process is like any other striker fire.

Where is the accessory rail, even a short one?

Right now it has none, zero, zilch, not even a stub of one for tiny accessories. It would be nice to have at least a little rail to attach a small laser or light. Space is not an issue. There is enough real estate in front of the trigger guard to allow for one. This may not be a huge miss for some, but it might turn off at least a few potential buyers.

Taurus GX4 subcompact 9mm concealed carry pistol

One last thing — and this is a biggy.

It’s missing an optic plate, something more and more expected as standard across the pistol world nowadays. While the rest of the compact concealed carry market is either including an optic plate (some even throw in the optic) on new models or going back and adding them to new versions of an existing gun, Taurus inexplicably left off this ever-increasingly popular and important feature.

Even though it should have been on the original, perhaps we will see it as at least an option on any upgraded versions of the GX4 in the future.

The Ugly

Okay, shame on me. Yes, I threw this in just to perpetuate the movie theme at the risk of copyright infringement. There really is nothing ugly about this gun. But there really is nothing all that pretty about it either. In fact, its looks are fairly unremarkable. The GX4’s boxy exterior is neither ugly nor beautiful. It’s…functional, which is fine because it’s a gun, not decoration.

While it won’t win any beauty contests, it also didn’t fall out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down like many other lower-priced firearms. Its design serves the purpose: to hold all the parts and pieces together and provide good ergonomics and concealment for the shooter.

Taurus GX4

While the GX4 may not be the sexiest gun on the market by a long shot (pun intended), its average looks do justice to a gun that clearly only serves a utilitarian purpose. It’s a box. And that’s okay.


Overall, the Taurus GX4 is a rock-solid, reliable option in a basic carry gun that won’t break the bank. It fits the hands well, shoots flat with minimal felt recoil for a small gun, has enough rounds in the mag to compete in the higher capacity concealed carry market, and performed flawlessly in my limited testing.

Manufacturers will soon introduce holsters and other accessories, so support should be good. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly, no-nonsense, frill-free concealed carry gun that checks all the basic boxes and a few extras, the Taurus GX4 at $392.42 MSRP is definitely well worth consideration.

Taurus GX4 Specs

  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Capacity: 11 RDS
  • Magazines: 2×11
  • Firing System: Striker
  • Action Type: Single Action Only
  • Front Sights: Fixed White Dot Steel
  • Rear Sights: Serrated Drift Adjustable
  • Safety: Striker Block, Trigger Safety, Visual Loaded Chamber Indicator
  • Frame Size: Micro-Compact
  • Grip Material: Polymer
  • Slide Material: Alloy Steel
  • Barrel Finish: Satin Black DLC Coated
  • Slide Finish: Gas Nitride Treatment
  • Barrel Length: 06 in.
  • Overall Length: 05 in.
  • Overall Width: 08 in.
  • Overall Height: 4 in.
  • Weight: 5 oz. (unloaded)
  • Packaging Weight: 80 oz
  • Packaging Size: 8 in x 9.75 in x 3 in
  • MSRP: $392.42

Taurus Micro 9

Manufacturer Video


Taurus GX4 Initial Release

The following is the notification we initially received about the new micro-nine from Taurus HQ in Bainbridge, GA. 

This is a copy of their PR, not a part of a review or endorsement.

Taurus, manufacturer of premium handguns for defense, hunting, and sport shooting, is excited to announce the all-new Taurus GX4, designed to deliver maximum concealment without sacrificing ergonomics, performance, or capacity. In short, the Taurus GX4 offers everything you would expect from a full-frame defensive handgun (and more!) but at a fraction of the size and weight. The new Taurus GX4 redefines the micro pistol segment to deliver the concealability of a .380 but with the power, capacity, and function of a full-size 9mm handgun.

Taurus G4X micro nine EDC gun

The Taurus GX4 is built on a stainless frame with a polymer grip that earns high marks in shooter comfort and strength. This thin, one-inch-wide frame provides negligible printing when worn inside the waistband and features a grip dimension sized to fit any hand. To ensure structural rigidity and reliable cycling in such a scaled-down foundation, the polymer receiver bolsters an integral stainless-steel framework that eliminates flex or deformation when firing.

Intelligent channeling beneath the slide rail allows for recessed placement of the slide stop lever and takedown pin. This permits easy manipulation of these controls while maintaining a flush, no-snag profile for a smooth draw from deep concealment. Likewise, the magazine release button is flush to the grip to eliminate snag potential without hindering quick manipulation during mag changes.

The stippling pattern along the grip offers the perfect balance of aggressive texture across the front of the grip, the side panels, and the full length of the backstrap for a concealed carry application. Stippling is also found forward of the trigger at the indexing and recoil management pad locations. These pads, working in conjunction with the high-texture grip, help the shooter maintain proper hand positioning and assist in managing 9mm recoil while promoting fast target reacquisition in a small handgun platform.

The Taurus GX4 comes with two backstrap options. Installed at the factory is the standard backstrap profile with its slight palm swell to accommodate the preferred grip for most shooters. Those who favor a higher wrist position for natural point-of-aim via a more pronounced palm swell can install the included high-swell backstrap.

Shooters will enjoy the accuracy and predictability of the Taurus GX4 trigger courtesy of its crisp, precise sear break and the pleasingly short and tactile reset that is fundamental to quick, on-target follow-up shots. Adding to the control quotient are serrations along the trigger safety blade. These serrations help prevent finger slip and promote a straighter, more consistent trigger pull.

Located at the front and back of the slide, the serrations not only provide a positive grip for charging and cartridge extraction, they also allow for push or pull manipulation from either end of the slide to accommodate the shooter’s preferred operation style.

Topping the slide is a fixed-position steel front sight and square-notch steel rear sight. The rear sight features serrations across the back to minimize glare, and the cross-cut dovetail slot allows for drift-adjustment of the sight’s windage. The front sight includes a white alignment dot for improved visibility in reduced light conditions. Understanding that many personal defense practitioners desire a tritium or fiber-optic sight system for extreme low-light performance, the Taurus GX4’s dovetail slot is sized to be compatible with common aftermarket tritium and fiber-optic sights. The front sight also uses the conventional screw attachment system, so upgrading the Taurus GX4™ to aftermarket night sights is a simple matter for a gunsmith or anyone with a pistol sight installation tool.

As with all Taurus polymer frame pistols, the Taurus GX4 slide includes a visual loaded chamber indicator. This allows the shooter to quickly see if a cartridge is loaded in the chamber and eliminates the need for the traditional “press check.” To separate the slide assembly from the frame for cleaning, the Taurus GX4 utilizes an easy take-down pin system.

The Taurus GX4’s 3.06-inch stainless-steel barrel, for example, features a satin black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) treatment for reduced friction and greater wear and corrosion resistance. For the slide finish, Taurus engineers opted for a gas nitride coating to maximize slide surface hardness. This treatment is ideal for a gun intended for daily carry and for deep concealment due to its wear resistance properties.

Elsewhere, operational control parts receive a Teflon™ coating. The inherent lubricity of Teflon allows components such as the reversible mag release to operate with maximum smoothness while also resisting wear and corrosion. The steel slide stop has polymer overmolding for maximum durability. Inside the Taurus GX4, metal internal parts are nickel-plated to further resist rust and corrosion.

While the Taurus GX4 proves that neither ergonomics nor reliable performance need be sacrificed to create a full-feature micro pistol, it also proves that firepower or cartridge capacity need not be compromised, either. Chambered for 9mm Luger, the Taurus GX4 delivers several double-stack magazine options.

The Taurus GX4 comes from the factory with two flush 11-round magazines. There is the standard magazine with a floor plate that is flush with the bottom of the grip and an optional 11-round magazine with a finger extension for those who prefer a larger grip surface. If more capacity is desired, Taurus offers an optional 13-round extended magazine. The Taurus GX4 comes in a 10-round magazine version for those consumers in capacity-restricted states.

In keeping with the Taurus philosophy of producing handguns with the industry’s best performance-to-cost ratio, the new Taurus GX4 delivers. With an MSRP of $392.42, Taurus GX4 buyers can enjoy all the feature benefits and ergonomics typically associated with larger polymer frame striker-fired pistols at a price point that fits any budget.

Taurus GX4 9

David Workman is an avid gun guy, a contributing writer to several major gun publications, and the author of Absolute Authority. A logophile since way back, Workman is a quickdraw punslinger and NRA RSO and Certified Pistol Instructor. He helps train new shooters on basic handgun skills and CCW requirements and is a strong advocate for training as much as practicable. “Real-world shootouts don’t happen at a box range.”

CategoriesNew Gun Releases

SIG P365 Holster Options for your Every (365) Days of Carry

What is the best Sig P365 holster? What is the most comfortable Sig P365 holster? These aren’t rhetorical questions. The Sig P365 is without a doubt one of the most revolutionary handguns we’ve seen in the concealed carry market, though the subsequent Hellcat has been giving it some competition. The article you’ll read below was originally published about a year ago (August 2019). Since that time, many other holster companies have released a Sig Sauer P365 holster option (or more than one) Some we’ve written about (like the Tenicor Velo, below). Some we haven’t (yet). Some we won’t. 



SIG P365 Holster Releases & News

Tenicor Velo: AIWB P365 Holster Review

Pike’s Picks for Best SIG P365 Holster




Sig P365 Holsters in the News

Brock Trautman


DeSantis Gunhide Slim-Tuk Holster for SIG P365 with Streamlight TLR-6

DeSantis Gunhide Slim-Tuk Holster for SIG P365 with Streamlight TLR-6

DeSantis Gunhide Slim-Tuk Holster for SIG P365 with Streamlight TLR-6

May 2021. DeSantis just expanded its IWB Slim-Tuk holster options by adding the fit capability to accommodate the Streamlight TLR-6 light. It’s an ambidextrous IWB holster made of Kydex with the DeSantis tuckable 360° C-Clip, which affords the wearer unlimited mounting options. 

From DeSantis:

This new enhancement to the Slim-Tuk style that now fits the TLR-6 is sure to be a great hit as we continue to see illumination tools becoming brighter and smaller, providing deep concealment and versatility. We already have a fitment for the Glock 43 with the TLR-6 and will be adding even more Slim-Tuk fitments for other illumination tools in the weeks to come. Stay Tuned!

The retail price is $34.99 (at the time of this writing).




Tenicor Velo: Reviewing a Sig P365 Holster

50 Shades of FDE

SIG P365 Tenicor holster

Carrying concealed is the only way I carry a firearm when I am off duty. While my methods have changed over the ten years or so of my career, the fundamental requirements of a good holster have not. So while the pistols have gotten smaller and holsters have become less leather, more Kydex, the features required of a quality holster remain consistent: features you’ll find well-developed in the Tenicor Velo Sig P365 holster.

When I first began carrying, it was usually a Compact or Subcompact platform. I normally carried at the four o’clock position with a button-up shirt to effectively conceal it all.

SIG P365 holster from Tenicor.

What you see up top is my current EDC setup when using the Velo. here’s a close-up of the holster, weapon, and mag “pouch” (holder). It’s discreet, with plenty of ammo on board.

Now I carry a Sig Sauer P365, with a 12 round extended magazine in, along with two spares for reloads. Depth of pocket allowing, I can also carry an extended 15-round P365 mag. That’s quite an impressive loadout, considering what a small-framed individual was once restricted to. This is made possible by the small overall size of the pistol and a good holster. Happily, there are a couple of options that fit that description, and they allow me to wear t-shirts again.

I was using a rig from another brand when I first began carrying the Sig P365. It was a decent holster, but I was still printing with the grip. It used plastic clips, which were okay, but I repeatedly experienced movement as I wore it throughout the day (the amount depending upon my activity).

When Tenicor added the P365 to their lineup Velo holsters, I immediately wanted to try it out — and it’s been my AIWB holster (Appendix Inside the WaistBand) ever since. Well, my choice of any EDC holster for that matter.

Holsters may seem virtually identical, but that’s far from the case. The Velo, with its distinctive look and muzzle wedge, has many features not to be found on other holsters. That wedge, for instance, looks weird, but it serves a very important purpose — it pushes the grip of your pistol into (toward) the body, which helps keep it from printing.

Another unique and highly effective feature of the Velo, at least in my experience, is the Tenicor T1 belt clip by Discreet Carry Concepts. These are hands down the best clips I’ve ever had on an AIWB holster…or on any holster for that matter.

Plastic clips work acceptably well, but they often allow an entire holster to move around while you’re going about your day — and they’re rarely as durable as the quality metal versions. T1 clips from Discreet Carry Concepts are thin, lightweight, very low profile and have incredible tension. That tension feels as aggressive today as it did when I first began using the holster.

In fact, having a good EDC belt (which should be a must-have as a part of your carry setup) isn’t as necessary as it might be with otherwise due to the Velo’s clips. I’ve used a variety of belts with the Velo and sometimes without a belt at all. The holster has always performed just fine as long as the pants or shorts had enough material in the waistline.

That said, a good belt is always going to be my preferred foundation of carrying.

That is how strong the T1 clips are, and that allows for many more options wardrobe-wise. That, in turn, means that there are even fewer excuses reasons not to carry.

Tenicor Velo Sig P365 holster, EDC loadout

Tenicor Velo Sig P365 holster as a part of a complete EDC loadout (though you can’t see the medical component from this angle). It’s good to have enough gun, but you should have a TQ or some combat gauze or something immediately accessible to patch holes on you.

I have carried my P365 in the Velo for over a year now, the vast majority of the time off duty, and unless someone comes up with something startlingly better it’s going to remain what I use. The Velo + P365 makes for a tight, light, compact option that’s easy to conceal no matter what you wear. Though at first, the muzzle wedge wasn’t very comfortable against my body, after a few days of wearing it that discomfort went away. I have driven on long road trips with it and I am comfortable during the entire 3 to 4-hour ride. That’s actually similar to my first experience carrying appendix fashion for the first time overall — the comfort level improved over a short wear period, and I quickly realized the advantages it gave.

The T1 clips are very effective at staying put and keeping the holster in place. Unlike any other holster I’ve used, I’ve never had to worry about it slipping or falling out. Retention is solid, and I am confident that my pistol is secured until I make the conscious decision to draw it.

SIG P365 in a Tenicore holster, concealed.

There’s a Sig P365 under here — no, it won’t fit an iron or a steamer. Concealed means concealed.


Tenicor holster for the SIG Sauer P365

T1 Clips are some of the best!

Tenicor did an excellent job at designing and manufacturing a holster system that is very concealable, safe, lightweight, and durable. They have since made updates to the design with the body contour that evolved from the wedge and a few other features.

The Velo works as advertised and if there is one thing that I could come up with as a con, it would be the price. A Velo setup with the T1 clips will run you $95. Good kit costs money and this is no different. This particular holster has lasted me over a year and is showing no signs of wear or reductions in retention with the clips or of the pistol. It is a high-quality product that Tenicor stands behind 100% and will do a full refund if purchased direct.

The Velo lets you carry your EDC pistol discreetly, safely and will work with pretty much anything you decide to wear. With the increase in shootings in public places, it’s never more important to have a pistol on you (if you can do so legally) so that you’ll have a fighting chance if you’re caught up in an incident where you need it.

For more information check out the Tenicor website.


Carry a Sig P365?







In Stock: Blackpoint Tactical

Blackpoint Tactical left hand AIWB holster for SIG P365

GunMag Warehouse carries this one for the wrong-handed: it’s the Blackpoint Tactical left-hand AIWB holster for the SIG P365.



Sig P365 Holster — This Guy’s Top Five

Travis Pike

The P365 is the size of a single stack 9 with the capacity of a double stack 9. The gun has of course been quite popular with the concealed carry market and I carry one myself. This has led me to discover a series of Sig P365 holsters, some of which, of course, are better than others. Here are five I feel specifically partial to.

1. Bravo Concealment Torsion 3.0 

If you want to go full kydex, the Bravo Concealment Torsion 3.0 is the route to take for the standard grip frame. This appendix carry design comes with two belt clips, but a single clip can be used for a more traditional appendix carry setup. I personally preferred the strongside IWB setup and the Bravo Concealment rig conceals without effort. 

A SIG P365 holster by Bravo Concealment

A Sig P65 holster of choice: the Torsion 3.0 holster is a good Kydex option for AIWB (Appendix Inside the Waist Band) carry.

The design is set up to accommodate a threaded and extended barrel and will also function with raised suppressor height sights. With a growing P365 aftermarket it makes sense that some folks have suppressed their P365 for range time. Having P365 holsters to accommodate this is a nice touch. The Bravo Concealment Torsion 3.0 has an adjustable cant and adjustable passive retention. 

The Torsion 3.0 is a well-made holster that is plenty comfortable and has that satisfying click when the gun is holstered. The Torsion 3.0 is currently only available for the standard P365 model, but I would expect an XL model to come forward soon. 


Sig Sauer P365 9mm 15-round magazine. GOT MAGS?


2. Crossbreed DropSlide 

Crossbreed is well known for their hybrid style holsters and they produce both IWB and OWB models. They produce an absolute ton of P365 holsters. The Crossbreed DropSlide is an OWB model that is cut not only to accommodate the P365, but also TLR 6 equipped P365. This is one of the few light-bearing models I could find without a 6 to 9 week lead time. 

A comfortable P365 holster from Crossbreed.

The Crossbreed DropSlide for SIG Sauer P365 is an OWB model that is cut not only to accommodate the P365, but a TLR 6 equipped P365 as well…cuz it’s good to have a light! (WML and handheld f you can.)

I’m an OWB kind of guy. I typically find it the most comfortable means to carry a gun and my large frame also makes it easy for me to conceal an OWB gun. The DropSlide design cuts the leather low to make it easy to get a comfortable grip on the gun and draw with speed. 

The DropSlide bends around the body and allows the holster to conform to the body. It conceals very well and the DropSlide’s custom-molded frame keeps things comfortable and keeps the gun secured. I can carry my SIG p365 with a Streamlight TLR 6 and do so very comfortably. 


P365 Micro-Compact 9mm 12-round magazine. GOT MAGS?


3. Alien Gear ShapeShift 

The Alien Gear ShapeShift Holster system is designed to be an all-in-one holster option. It utilizes interchangeable shells that allow you to swap holsters and carry techniques. You can swap between OWB models, appendix holsters, hybrid IWB, shoulder holsters, car holsters, MOLLE rigs, pocket holsters, and more. With one shell you can purchase the expansion packs you need and want. 

A P365 holster: the Alien Gear "Shapeshift".

Alien Gear’s ShapeShift Holster system is based on interchangeable shells so you can swap holsters (and change up carry techniques).

Alien Gear and their ShapeShift system was an early adopter of the P365 and allowed shooters to have nearly any option they wanted for their P365. The ShapeShift system isn’t perfect, and won’t satisfy all people with their designs. However, they do offer a multitude of options that other holsters companies do not. 

Being able to carry my P365 on a belly band, or a shoulder holster, or even on my ankle isn’t always necessary but they do open up options for those niche situations in which you need a niche means to carry. I tend to stick to the IWB model for a tuckable carry option. As far as P365 holsters go this will cover every use you can imagine. 


P365 Micro-Compact 9mm 12-round magazine. GOT MAGS?


4. Clinger Holsters V3 

The V3 No Print Wonder from Clinger Holsters is a modular holster system that mixes leather and kydex but not in a way that you’d expect. The V3 No Print Wonder P365 holsters use a solid polymer base with leather wing attachments. These wings allow you to carry the gun in an OWB or IWB configuration with just a flip of the hardware. 

This model is from "Clinger Holsters".

This is the V3 No Print Wonder from Clinger Holsters: it’s a leather-and-Kydex modular holster system, but not the sort of hybrid you might expect. Another recommended option for those of you who need a Sig Sauer P365 holster.

The IWB hardware gives you a strongside IWB holster that does what its long name says. The design doesn’t print and is superbly secure and comfortable. OWB hardware gives you something akin to a pancake-style design. It keeps it tight to your body. 

If you remove the wings and add a large clip to the body of the polymer holster then you now have an appendix holster. The Clinger Holster V3 allows for a multitude of carry options in a low profile and lightweight design. On top of all that modularity, you can also adjust both cant and ride height to maximize concealment and comfortable draw. 


P365 9mm 10-round magazine with extension. GOT MAGS?


5. Black Label Products Appendix Holster 

Black Label is the only company I’ve found that produces a full kydex P365 holster for the Icarus Grip Module I keep my P365 situated in. This gives them a major advantage to me in this list. This appendix rig offers me a small, lightweight, and unobtrusive holster for carrying my P365 with the Icarus Grip Module. 

Appendix carry Black Label holster for that little SIG.

It’s good for the Icarus Grip Module Sig P365XL too — thin, well-made, and comfy, it’s the Black Label appendix carry Sig Sauer P365 holster option for concealed carry.


The Black Label appendix rig does offer you adjustable cant as well as an easily adjustable ride height. Unlike many other appendix holsters, the Black Label holster system doesn’t have a claw. Instead, it has an integrated bump on the outward-facing portion of the trigger guard. This pushes the holster back for complete concealment. It has an integrated sweat guard but is a minimalist design. 

The Black Label Appendix holster is thin, well made, and quite comfortable. It will also fit the new P365 XL with the Icarus Grip module as well. The Black Label Appendix holster comes from a small company, but they seem to be one willing to innovate. The holster is also available in a multitude of colors, including black, Tiffany Blue, Krypteks, Multicam black, and many more. 


Find it: the P365 Sig P365 Icarus Grip Module.


Sig Sauer P365 Holster Choices and you

This is a gun designed to be carried day in and day out. It’s called the 365 for a reason. The P365’s aftermarket is growing rapidly and holsters are one small portion of that aftermarket. Who else carries one? If so, what is your preferred choice of Sig Sauer P365 holster?

Let us know if there are any holsters we should check out.!



Find this article’s holsters here:

Bravo Concealment:


Clinger Holsters:

Alien Gear:

Black Label Holsters:



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CategoriesNew Gun Releases

Two New Magazine Extension Kits for VP9 and VP9SK

In the last couple of weeks, XTech Tactical released two new magazine extension kits, one for the full-sized VP9 and one for the subcompact VP9SK. Both kits increase the capacity of factory mags by two rounds, and they only take a few seconds to install.

Yesterday, Daniel did this video installation demonstration. Watch how he installs the kit components to convert a factory VP9 15-round magazine to a 17-round mag.

Here are the two kits.

HK VP9 & P30 9mm 15 to 17 RD Conversion Kit

With this kit, you can increase your 15-round VP9 factory mag capacity by two rounds, as shown in the video above. 

VP9 magazine extender kit components

This kit includes the new base plate, spring button, and follower.

VP9 magazine extension kit from Xtech.

The kit uses the factory magazine spring & body.

From XTech:

XTech Tactical has released its VP9/P30 9mm Magazine Conversion kits for the Heckler and Koch VP9 & P30 9mm. The kits convert factory H&K 15rd and XTech Tactical 15rd magazines to 17rds. The kits are MADE IN THE USA and are $17.95.

The kit includes a follower, spring button and base plate and will add two rounds to existing 15d magazines. The kit will not add rounds to the VP9 17rd magazines. The kit can serve as a direct replacement for damaged factory base plates.

VP9 Magazine Extender Kit Specs

•It Fits the HK VP9 and P30 9mm

•For use with 9mm 15 round magazines – use factory spring

•Converts factory HK magazine from 15 to 17 rounds

•Tool-free, easy installation

•Made in the USA

•Uses factory spring & body (Not Included)

•MSRP is $17.95


HK VP9SK & P30SK 9mm 10 to 12 RD Conversion Kit

This kit makes it possible for you to quickly convert your factory 10-round HK VP9SK magazine from 10 to 12 rounds. The company says this conversion kit has been found to work very reliably with the HK factory magazine spring and body. 

HK VP9 magazine extension kit

Here’s what you get with the kit: a follower, spring button, and base plate.


XTech Tactical Magazine Extender kit for VP9SK

The kit uses the factory spring and magazine body.

The design permits quick conversion of the factory magazine from 10 to 12 rounds. The company says this conversion kit has been found to work very reliably with the HK factory magazine spring and body.  

From XTech:

XTech Tactical has released its VP9sk/P30sk 9mm Magazine Conversion Kits for the Heckler and Koch VP9sk & P30sk in 9mm. The kits convert factory H&K 10rd magazines to 12rds while also providing a much-improved grip of the pistol. The kits are MADE IN THE USA and are $17.95.

The kit includes a follower, spring button and base plate and will add two rounds to existing 10rd magazines.

The magazine extender is less overall length and size than the H&K factory finger extension while offering the user 2 additional rounds.

The kits are in stock and shipping!

VP9 SK Magazine Extender Kit Specs

•It Fits the HK VP9SK and P30SK 9mm

•For use with 9mm 10 round magazines – use factory spring

•Converts factory HK magazine from 10 to 12 rounds

•Tool-free, easy installation

•Optimal ergonomics for recoil control

•Made in the USA

•Uses factory spring & body (Not Included)

•MSRP is $17.95 (at the time of this writing)


Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri’s Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.

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