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  1. I got this Bianchi 57 from Amazon. Was $45. It says it will arrive on Wednesday if you order it today. It’s a nice holster, well made and comfortable to wear. No retention though.
  2. There’s one in Airport Plaza on 36 in Hazlet. I think there’s one in Keansburg/Union Beach as well, on the Northbound (Westbound) side of 36, just past Laurel Ave.
  3. I like the dot as low as possible in the slide with the lowest irons possible. If you’re buying a complete milled slide I think Gray Ghost Precision is having a pretty good sale on their slides right now as well. JW makes nice slides, but their prices are generally an little higher. I’m still a big Brownell’s fan. Can’t beat it for the money. If you already have the slide and are sending it to be milled, I recommend: DP Customs: https://www.dpcustomworksllc.com and Maple Leaf Firearms: https://www.mapleleaffirearms.com I have Glock 19s done by both of them and the work is outstanding, priced well, and quick turnaround with good comms.
  4. My first RDS gun is milled with rear iron in front of the optic. That was from 2012 - I chose it because I thought it may protect the optic from brass. Ultimately, it was unnecessary. Once I start shooting, I don’t really notice it one way or another. I’d say, irons in back is pretty much the standard, but I have heard some pretty good shooters say it gives a better view of the glass and let’s you grab the dot faster.
  5. You’d be shocked what people miss at 7 yards. Especially when you add a little stress - like a timer, people watching, or being graded. I’ve seen people miss at 1 yard. More than once.
  6. There is nothing realistic about shooting on any range, let alone shooting a qual course. It is not supposed to be realistic. It is a test. Take the word realistic out of your vocabulary when talking about qualifications. The purpose of the qual is merely to satisfactorily demonstrate you know which end of the gun to point at a target, you have rudimentary marksmanship abilities, and you understand the most basic manual of arms for the platform you are using (loading, unloading, reloading, safety/de-cock, malfunction reduction, etc…) That is it. Passing an HQC doesn’t make you Wyatt Earp any more than buying a guitar makes you Jimmi Hendrix. If you want to use a gun to protect yourself, or do do well in competition, you need to train accordingly.
  7. That was Joe’s minimum last time I spoke to him about a private class. I am the same way. I took my Brothers in law to Joe’s basic carbine and basic pistol classes. I gave them all the equipment and ammo and attended the class for moral support.
  8. Reach out to Joe and S&T. If you can get 8 shooters together, he may be open to do a class. As @Mr.Stu alluded - instruction, to be valuable to all, needs to cater to the lowest level of ability, so depending on their mindset, your C class shooter may be bored. I was at Joes Level 1 Carbine class a few weeks ago. I try to take his level 1 class every year as the basics, executed faster and more accurately that your opponent are where the day is won, either in a competition or a gunfight. Their is no such thing as advanced gunfighting. I find an annual refresher of the basics under the watchful eye of a qualified and competent instructor, which Joe most definitely is, keeps me sharp. I learn something new about my abilities every year I attend.
  9. Neomag Type G is what I use daily to carry a spare mag: https://theneomag.com/shop/neomag-type-g/ They seem expensive for what they are and you can find cheaper copies on Amazon. They suck compared to the real thing. I am also looking at trying out the Hush from Condition Gray: https://www.grayfighter.com/product-page/hush But I haven’t gotten one to try yet.
  10. That style is called a locking ring not a castle nut. RetroRifles.com has them for $15. https://retrorifles.com/us-military-style-armorer-wrench-ar-15-m16/ I have seen them as low as $5, but from companies I don’t know.
  11. Yes. This is what the Q Targets look like. Scoring is simple - in the white is a hit, in the gray is a miss. The head was a HQC2 (50 rounds, 25 yards and in to 1 yd) and HNQC (40 rounds,15 yards and in to 1yd with a handheld light) for 2 RDS equipped pistols - G19 and G48. (180 rounds total) The body is a HQC2 and HNQC for 6 guns including a G34, G17, G48, 2” j frame, 1911, and a Ruger LCP .380. The Ruger was the hardest to qual with and account for the low belly hits at the 25. (540 rounds total) Keep in mind there is a support hand shooting at 5 yards where you have to fire two or three pairs (2 pairs for HQC2, 3 pairs for HQC1) with your support hand. Like Stu said, it is not much of a challenge and it isn’t training. It’s merely a test of the most basic of marksmanship and manipulation skills. Being able to ace this does not mean you are a steely eyed gunslinger. Only that you likely won’t shoot yourself in the hand or foot. For actual training - B8, IPSC/IDPA, VTAC, MSP, or any target with a smaller scoreable area (A box or smaller) is a must if working pure accuracy. Look online and there are lots of free targets and drills online.
  12. If you are set on carrying that style of holster, spend $5 and get a Discreet Carry Concepts Monoblock. Huge improvement over that plastic clip, especially if carrying AIWB. https://discreetcarryconcepts.com/DCC-Monoblock-Gear-Clips™-c44562125 You may also want to experiment with making a wedge of you are considering AIWB. Do a Google search for AIWB Holster Wedge and you will see lots of ideas and some good YouTube vids.
  13. 2nd worst way to carry. Proceeded by any carry style without a holster and closely followed by a shoulder holster. SOB is slow, hard to defend from a grab, hard to conceal, you have a high percentage chance to flag part of your body when you draw, significant risk of injury of pushed or voluntarily move backwards and fall on the holstered gun, very uncomfortable and almost impossible to get to quickly when sitting - especially driving. May look cool in the movies but that’s about it.
  14. Impossible to diagnose via messages. What holster? I will say when carrying AIWB, your initial touch on the pistol is more thumb clawing over rear sight and less of a traditional pluck from the holster with thumb between body and grip.
  15. They are even worse. My hands sweat a lot. My duty guns have Silica Carbide on the grips - the grips looks like they were dipped in liquid skateboard tape. Basically paint the grip in 10 minute two part epoxy and sprinkle it with 60-90 grit silica carbide sand blasting media. About $15 in supplies from Amazon and 20 minutes of work. Let it sit over night and you are good to go - there are Plenty of YouTube videos out there show you how how if you are interested and even slightly arts and crafty. Anyway - it’s great for shooting and great for OWB/Duty carry but for CCW - it’s a no go. I tried Talon grips, both kinds - rubber and sand. Same issues - sticks to clothes so they don’t “flow” naturally when you move making the holstered gun very noticible, and it rubs your skin raw or drags on an undershirt very noticeably messing with your draw. Stippling is expensive and time consuming, but it is the way - just don’t go too aggressive. Some places will even alter the pattern or aggressiveness of the stippling from side to side and front to back on the grip to meet your preferences based on your carry style and cover garments.
  16. I like AIWB (Appendix In the Waist Band) but it took me a long time to get there. I’ve been carrying a gun either concealed or open (duty holsters) everyday for 19 years now. I’ve taken many classes by some of the best firearms trainers in the world - a lot of them covering concealed carry. I have tried a lot of techniques and equipment and I have gains a lot of experience to develop my carry system. However - what works for me may not work for you. Finding what works is a journey. I’ll also say this - If you don’t have a box of holsters you don’t like, you may be missing something. The only shortcut I can give you is to reinforce how important a good GUNbelt is. It’s initially more important than the holster. I’m a right handed shooter. I started in a leather OWB holster at 3 o’clock in an FBI cant. From there I went to a 4o’clock, then IWB, then back to 3 o’clock in a 0 cant holster. My current carry is this: • Ares gear Aegis Belt (2” bigger than normal) • Tenicor Sagax Lux (AIWB) for a G19 or G48 with TLR7a • NeoMag pocket mag carrier in left front pocket It works for me. Think of CCW as a system. It’s also a commitment - especially IWB. If you make smart choices in clothes and equipment, it makes it a lot easier. Experimentation will be key - the Sig and the 92 may not be ideal for AIWB carry. Ditch the Serpa. Seriously. They are terrible holsters. I ban them on my ranges. You can get a Safariland holster for like $10 more than a SERPA. Terrible idea for IWB carry in my experience. Sticks to your shirt and prints more and is rough against your skin which rubs uncomfortably and drags on the draw. If anything, a decent stipple job and you can knock it down with some sandpaper/emery cloth if it’s still too sharp.
  17. it’s on. Acting AG Platkin Released a directive amending NJ’s CCW Permitting process today. See NJAG Directive 2022-07 for details.
  18. Blue alpha makes good shit. I won one of their Tactical Gun Belt Systems at a Modern Samurai Project class last year. It’s pretty great.
  19. Bad guys of all sizes and shapes carry and conceal large full-size guns in basketball shorts and Tshirts regularly. Don’t overthink it. I’m short and rounder than I’d like with a little bit of a muffintop. I carry a G19 w/RDS and TLR7 in a Tenicor Sagax Lux AIWB holster on an Ares Gear Aegis belt daily and can conceal it with a tshirt with no issue. I’ll also wear untucked button up shirts sometimes. Quality holster and a QUALITY BELT* that is designed to carry a gun make a huge impact on how comfortable and easy this is. * Everyone always worries about the holster, the belt is the most important part IMO. A great gunbelt will make even a mediocre holster work well. Ammo choices is subjective and personal. Just make sure you carry legal ammo that you know functions in your firearm and you have access to well established data on its effectiveness. Finally, carry a gun you shoot well that fires a round you believe in. It’s supposed to be comforting, not always comfortable to carry a firearm. Don’t go for the smallest or lightest, go for most capable. I can think of little worse than facing the worst day of my life with a firearm I don’t shoot well, has inferior ammo and capacity, all because it was easier or slightly more comfortable.
  20. The mission drives the gear train. Make smart choices that work for you and your gear. Don’t set yourself up to be at a disadvantage. Specifically, there are quality options at affordable prices available for exactly what the OP wants. There is no need to compromise or buy twice here.
  21. Ok, This makes no sense. The addition of a WML is never a detractor, it is always an asset. All guns carried for defense should have WMLs IMO. Get a holster that accepts the gun and the light. The TLR7a is less than 2.5oz, doesn’t increase the overall length of the pistol, and increases your ability in low light condition (where the majority of self defense issues occurs) by a million %.
  22. It’s summer, so it’s time for a Dark and Stormy. Fever Tree ginger beer and Goslings Black Seal rum with a splash of lime.
  23. In a week, this may not even be the process anymore. Just sayin’ I was gonna ask the same thing. That’s not a requirement of any LEO Qual course I’ve seen. Sorry. I know this isn’t the right thread for this discussion, but I can’t let this go. This is nonsense. They stopped teaching this TTP years ago. If you are in such a dangerous situation that you are still scanning for threats, why are you even considering holstering you’re firearm in the first place. It should still be in your hand. When it is safe to put your gun away, take an instant and look your gun into the holster. Use both hands (being careful not to sweep your support hand) so you can clear any cover garments from your holster opening and make sure nothing is getting in your trigger guard as you secure the gun in the holster. Then use two hands to manage children, open doors, etc… Safe, efficient, and fast. Sorry to derail.
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