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RECOIL Presents: Concealment

Concealment #23 2021

RECOIL Presents: Concealment is a new firearms lifestyle publication dedicated to the modern shooting enthusiast. Every issue will feature the latest guns, gear, accessories, technology, plus reviews and buyer’s guides.

United States
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

There’s no denying the popularity of micro pistols. SIG’s P365 is currently the most popular handgun in the U.S. in terms of annual sales volume, while Springfield’s Hellcat, Ruger’s Max-9, and Smith’s Shield Plus are giving it a run for the money. It seems we all love carrying the little guns, but how many of us actually shoot them enough to maintain competency? Admit it; when you head to the range to get in a little (expensive) practice, the chances are you’ll grab a full-size pistol, because they’re easier and more pleasant to spend time with. SIG recognized this, and recently organized an IDPA-style match in New Hampshire to challenge P365 owners to compete with their carry guns. The match turned out to be a roaring success, with 13 short, challenging…

5 min

1 ONTARIO KNIFE CO. TI 22 UTLRABLUE ontarioknife.com OAL: 7.44 inches MSRP: $64 NOTES: We remember not so long ago when anything made of titanium was “unobtainium,” aka unobtainable because it wasn’t financially feasible. Now, thanks to advancing technology and improved manufacturing, titanium knives can be affordable for most everyone. The Ti 22 Ultrablue is one such example. At only the cost of about a dinner for a couple of parents and two young kids, this folding knife has a handle and frame-lock made completely out of titanium — making it lightweight yet incredible strong and highly resistant to corrosion and temperature. To offset this cost, the 3-inch blade is made of AUS-8, a budget stainless steel. Still, the Ti 22’s blade is easy to sharpen, comes sharp out of the box, and deploys quickly…

3 min
bohemian bond clone

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it’s been hard to find decent used firearms for a good price. People seem to be holding onto their guns, and when they do come up for sale, they’re not exactly cheap anymore. But here’s one good pre-pandemic deal — a FEG SMC-380. One of the most overlooked and underrated pistols of the past 30 to 40 years, the SMC-80 is essentially a copy of the Walther PPK made in Hungary. WHAT’S IN A NAME? These pistols were imported almost exclusively by KBI of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The pistol’s designation as SMC comes from the initials of the imports and sales manager of KBI. The 380 reflects its caliber, 380 ACP. There are much smaller quantities of 22-caliber variants floating around, under the name SMC-22. Between 1992 and the year…

4 min

BLACK ARCH PROTOS-M blackarchholsters.com FITS: Popular models from Arex, Beretta, Canik, CZ, FN, Glock, HK, Kimber, Ruger, Shadow Systems, SIG, S&W, Springfield, Taurus, Walther MSRP: $99 NOTES: We were a little dubious of Black Arch’s mesh panel solution to the sweaty reality of IWB carry, but it turns out its so-called “Dri-Max” tech is the real deal. Instead of slapping a mesh backer on a leather holster (which we’d call a sponge), Dri-Matrix features a four-layer moisture-absorbing mesh and an arrangement of windows cut in the durable leather face of the holster to transport sweat through the holster without dumping it onto the gun, where it’ll cause rust. Black Arch says every holster fit has its own window layout that does two things. First, it allows them to keep the holster backer as small as possible,…

4 min
brickell clark

AmericanGunChic.com Profession Firearms instructor/social media personality Current job title Host of American Gun Chic YouTube Channel / Lead Instructor at American HoneyBadger USA Describe your residence and its occupants as it relates to protective or defensive decision making. I currently live in a single-story brick home in suburbia. We have a ton of large windows, making it a tactical nightmare with an abnormal floorplan layout. Our neighbors live very close, and we go out of our way to get to know them and be friendly with everyone in the neighborhood. The neighborhood is upscale with two ways in and out, and most homes have security cameras like ours. My boyfriend and our roommate are both ex-military and well trained with firearms, so our household is well above the average American home when it comes to utilizing…

3 min
ava flanell

@avaflanell_ Current job title Owner of Elite Firearms & Training, Gun Funny Podcast, co-host of Posted Agenda, YouTuber, and freelance 2A writer Describe your residence and its occupants as it relates to protective or defensive decision-making. I have a two-story house in a fairly quiet urban neighborhood close to downtown. The house has an attached garage and a fenced backyard with a comprehensive security system. There are no children or roommates in the home, just me and my little dog. Typical response time from LE is 10 to 13 minutes in previous years but, in the last year, has been significantly slower. As expected, in any situation I will be my own first responder. How does your home/neighborhood environment affect your choice of home defense/bedside firearm and defense items? Inside the home, defense would be close…