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RECOIL Presents: Concealment

RECOIL Presents: Concealment Concealment #17 2020

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.

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in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

I’m sitting in my living room in mid-March during what I hope is the height of the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. I have 10 rolls of toilet paper, food reserves to last more than a week, and a full tank of gas in my truck. I’m social distancing like a champ and doing my best to not spread two things: coronavirus and fear. Both are dangerous, but both are manageable, if not defeatable, with the proper mindset. The mindset piece is the one that I’m most concerned about as I correlate the recent and sudden absence of toilet paper, bread, defensive firearms, and ammunition on store shelves with ranty and aggressive social media posts scolding hoarders. Before lashing out and shaming your neighbors online for cleaning out stocks of COVID emergency staples, think…

6 min.

1 STUDIES AND OBSERVATIONS GROUP ULTRA XR sogknives.com BLADE MATERIAL: S35VN BLADE LENGTH: 2.8 inches OAL: 6.4 inches WEIGHT: 1.2 ounces MSRP: $139 NOTES: At just under a quarter-inch thin and weighing barely more than an ounce, SOG’s Ultra XR is as much a deep-pocket folder as a money clip. Add the stylish carbon-fiber handles and the titanium nitride-coated blade in either understated black or the eye-catching gold you see here and you’ve got a next-generation gentleman’s knife. SOG kept the weight down with a frameless design that joins the carbonfiber scales with spacers to form a rigid handle. The knife features SOG’s XR locking system that’s easily operated with a thumb and strong enough to withstand a Volkswagen’s worth of pressure before failing. Add premium, edgeholding S35VN steel and the Ultra is as much brawn as it…

4 min.
like a mullet in 9mm

It’s sometime in the late ’90s on an icy night at 1 a.m. and you just put that embarrassing secondhand Dodge Dynasty you got from your parents into a ditch. You call the one friend in college you know with a 4WD pickup who’ll come rescue your ride in the middle of the night and not tell any-body who’ll tell your parents. He shows up and rescues you. Pop quiz: What pistol was in an Uncle Mike’s nylon Sidekick holster and wedged between the driver seat and console of his truck? Yup. An alloy-framed Ruger P-series autoloader. Being a perpetually broke college student who depended on pulling friends out of ditches for beer in the winter months, it was probably a 9mm, because 9mm Wolf was cheaper than .45 Anything. And that…

2 min.

CRUCIAL CONCEALMENT COVERT OWB crucialconcealment.com FITS: Glock, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Taurus MSRP: $60 NOTES: Crucial Concealment’s Covert OWB checks off an awful lot of boxes. It’s made from 0.08-inch-thick Kydex that’s heat molded with a gentle curve for comfort and further refined by its flexible belt loops. The vacuum forming is flawless, conforming to our Glock 19 like tight jeans on Eva Mendes’ most noted asset. The belt clips are reversible for use with 1.5- or 1.75-inch belts, flipping over and swapping places to provide high or low ride height and zero to 15-degree forward cant. The Covert is cut to accommodate slide-mounted optics, and a low sweat shield keeps moisture off your slide while preventing undershirts from jamming you up while holstering the pistol. Retention is positive and adjustable with a single screw, and the…

1 min.
matt hembree

Profession Retail sales Current job title Manager, Tactical Edge firearm shop Describe your current working environment Commercial retail How does your work environment affect your EDC? It doesn’t. I handle all different types of weapons, so I was able to figure out what I liked and didn’t like. Describe your carry items Glock 19 Gen 4 I bought it before taking a pistol class. I shot 1,000 rounds in two days in that class. Not a single problem. It’s been my EDC for the last two-and-a-half years. It’s worn on my right-side appendix. Benchmade knife My Benchmade knife was given to me on my first trip to the sandbox. The blade is barely black anymore, but it’s my favorite knife. Apple Watch Series 1 My Apple Watch is a new addition, but it, like my wallet, has become the one I always use. Tracking…

2 min.
matt kitzmiller

Profession Electrical trainer Current job title Corporate lean trainer Describe your current working environment I train groups of people all over the country. My working environment changes regularly. How does your work environment affect your EDC? I travel a lot for work. Between the TSA, airlines, and local laws, my destination greatly impacts my EDC. Describe your carry items Springfield Armory Champion Operator .45 ACP Pistol I carry the Champion Operator for the knockdown power of a .45 ACP in a lightweight shell. The gun is compact and travels easily in my luggage and on my person. The geometry of the pistol lends itself to a very concealable, yet deadly EDC. Spyderco Manix 2 Knife I’ve carried the Manix 2 folder for close to 10 years now, and this thing is tougher than nails. I’ve cut, stabbed, and pried my way out…