This year has brought with it a number of cutting-edge products in the personal defense category. From TruGlo’s TFO sights to the Rock Island TAC 1911 FS Matte Nickel and ATI’s Large-Frame Taurus X2 grips, there’s no denying that innovation is the name of the game thus far in 2014. Read on for a closer look at nine unique new products released this year which have caught the eyes of the editors of COMBAT HANDGUNS magazine.
ATI Large-Frame Taurus X2 Grips
To provide users with a firmer, more secure hold on its full-size Taurus revolver—and thus greater confidence and more accurate shooting—Advanced Technology International is now offering Large-Frame X2 Scorpion Grips. Featuring the company’s patented Scorpion recoil-reducing material, the X2 Grips are specifically contoured to place the shooter’s hand repeatedly in the optimal position for quick, correct sight alignment. Compatible with the Taurus Model 17, Model 992, Model 627, Model 45-410 Judge and Model 44C, the X2 Scorpion Revolver Grips are backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Small-framed versions are set to be released shortly.
CrossBreed Velcro Instructor Belt
The latest addition to CrossBreed Holster’s line of high-quality leather belts is the Velcro Instructor Belt. Offering the same clean, buckle-less design of CrossBreed’s standard Instructor Belt, the Velcro features—you guessed it—a Velcro fastener for quick, easy fastening and adjustment. Like other CrossBreed belts, the Velcro Instructor Belt is made of top-grain premium leathers, recess stitched to protect the stitching from abrasions. The result is a belt built tough for heavy-duty use yet comfortable and classically styled for everyday wear.
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Rock Island TAC 1911 FS Matte Nickel
Rock Island, whose one-of-a-kind .22 TCM is reviewed on page 64 of this issue, has made a new addition to its line of TAC 1911s, the FS Matte Nickel. Chambered in .45 ACP and measuring 8.75-inches-long overall, the big-bore TAC FS Matte Nickel features a full-length guide rod, low-profile combat sights and an extended beavertail for maximum performance and usability. And rendered in illustrious matte nickel, it’s a pistol that looks as good as it shoots.
Diamond D Custom Leather Simple Shoulder Rig
Diamond D Custom Leather, maker of fine leather holsters, belts and accessories, has plied its skills to the realm of shoulder rigs, producing the handsome Simple Shoulder Rig (SSR). Hand-made and form-fit to match your exact gun and magazines, the SSR features soft leather straps for comfort, wide cant adjustability, a dual magazine pouch, thumb-break retention and an adjustable tension screw for safe carry and a smooth draw.
Boker Plus Stingray
With its lean, elongated design, grip scales and satin-finished 440C stainless steel blade, the Boker Plus Stingray is a titanium frame lock, with an ambidextrous thumb disc for easy and comfortable opening. Measuring 9.62-inches-long overall and sporting a 4.12-inch-long blade, the Stingray features a generously dimensioned index finger contour to reliably prevent slippage onto the blade, a riffled thumb ramp for fatigue-free handling, and a solid titanium two-liner grip design. The Stingray also features a pocket clip for tip-up carry.
Related: Boker’s Magnum Elk Hunting Knife
TruGlo TFO Sights
TruGlo has expanded its line of cutting-edge Brite-Site TFO sights to accommodate Glock’s latest handguns, the G42 and G41 Gen4. Gathering ambient light to provide for a visible sight picture in bright-light situations and utilizing tritium to illuminate the fiber-optic during low- or no-light conditions, the TFO offers users an uninterrupted and consistently easy-to-witness 24/7 sight picture, regardless of lighting conditions. Made in the U.S. of CNC-machined steel and designed low profile for no-snag draws, the TFO is available in green front/green rear and green front/yellow rear configurations.
Trijicon 1911 RMR Mounting Platform With Night Sights
With Trijicon’s RMR Mounting Platform for model 1911 pistols, reflex sight enthusiasts can enjoy the benefits of red-dot-assisted shooting while using their favorite 1911. Designed to accept Trijicon’s well-regarded, super-rugged RMR red-dot sight, the Mounting Platform also comes equipped with an integrated Trijicon rear Bright & Tough Night Sight. Rounding out the package is a front Bright & Tough Night Sight, an RMR Mount Sealing Plate, and all the hardware necessary to transform your standard 1911 into an ultra-fast, RMR-equipped combat or target pistol.
MyHolster Yaqui Slide Holster
Simple, elegant and trustworthy, the MyHolster Yaqui Slide Holster makes all-day, outside-the-waistband carry comfortable and issue-free. With its open-muzzle design, the MyHolster Yaqui Slide can serve as your daily, go-to holster for firearms of varying barrel lengths. Light and unobtrusive, the Yaqui Slide offers a near-vertical carry angle for fast, decisive draws. The MyHolster Yaqui Slide is made in Turkey using fine vegetarian-tanned leather.
CRD Products EZ Holster
Designed for discretion, the EZ Holster from CRD Products looks nothing like your traditional holster—and that’s the point! A flat, rectangular box, the EZ Holster has the appearance and portability of a phone or tablet carrying case. But make no mistake, the EZ Holster is a fast-access CCW rig, with a spring-loaded retention system that, when the holster’s snap enclosure is unbuttoned, pops the gun upward, directly into the palm of your hand. The EZ Holster comes in four sizes to accommodate handguns ranging from pocket pistols to medium-sized semi-autos.
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