Friday, March 27, 2009

Is That a Combination "Knife/Pliers/Flashlight/Bottle Opener/Pry Bar/Screw Driver/Coffee Maker" in Your Pants, Or are You Just Happy to See Me?

My favorite pair of pants are my Riggs Ranger's.

They are comfortable, and are among the most durable pants I own. The leg seams are triple-stitched, the back pockets are lined with Cordur, and the knees are reinforced and vented.

They also provides plenty of room. The front pockets are 13 inches deep, and the two side pockets are bellowed.

Why would I need so much space?
I don't exactly need it per se, but I certainly like using it.

Here's a list of the stuff I like to carry in my various pockets:

Front Right: Keltec P3-AT
Change: Various coins
Front Left: Flashlight, Pro-mag Tactical Pen, mini Swiss army knife, Chapstick, SwissTech Micro Plus 8-in-1
Back Right: Wallet
Back Left: Varies
Right Cargo (Main): [usually empty]
Right Cargo (Secondary, Small): Gerber EAB Pocket Knife
Right Cargo (Secondary, Large): Cellphone
Left Cargo: Gerber Artifact,
Belt loop: Keys

Yes, that's a lot of stuff.

I also wear a JayPee Trouser belt. It's 1.5 inches wide, and made of very thick, sturdy leather.
In winter, there may be a Taurus PT24/7 Pro on that belt.

Leave a comment: What do you carry on you?

Friday, March 20, 2009

Firearm Accessories "Giving Away You Position"?

Anybody who's bought accessories for their firearm has probably heard of this. Things like rattling QD slings, loud safeties, flashlights, lasers, etc. will "give away your position."

Tamara K. has a great article about this.
Check it out.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Gerber Artifact Mini Tool

Gerber Artifact Mini Tool
* Overall Length: 4.8" approx
* Length Closed: 3.5"
* Blade: EAB #11 hobby blade
* Weight:
* Safety: None
* Lock: Frame
* Action: Thumb pad
* Tools: blade, cross driver, flat driver x2, bottle opener, wire stripper, pry-bar
MSRP: $14.86

What I like:
I was surprised to find how useful a small pry-bar can be; it works great on staples, too. The cross-driver is easy to use. It's various tools all seem functional. Despite the shape, it is not uncomfortable to keep in one's pocket. The blade can be cheaply replaced, extending the life of the tool, and eliminating the need to sharpen it. The blade locks open very securely.

What I don't like:
The blade, advertised as one-hand-opening, it a pain to access. Literally. I find it hard to open and requires pressing a finger very close to the edge of the blade, even when using two hands. An extremely sharp blade and a lot of pressure is a combination likely to cause injury.

I bought mine for $10, and it's certainly worth the money. The difficulty in opening the blade does significantly reduce it's overall usefulness, however. It probably will not replace your usual multi-tool, but it is an outstanding choice to compliment it.

The blade has loosened up considerable. It's still not one-handed, but it's very easy when using both.
I am still surprised by how useful this tool has been.