Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Prudent Prepping: Semi-Monthly Roundup

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.

Prototype Minimalist Laser Holster
I spoke to an acquaintance who makes Kydex holsters about another friend who has a problem with battery life when carrying a laser-equipped pistol in a sling bag - specifically, the laser is toggling on and off  due to how snug the fit is, which is draining the battery well short of its projected life.

My acquaintance's suggestion is to make a minimalist 'holster' to cover the laser, indexed to and covering the trigger guard (for safety), and to have Velcro on the back to keep the pistol oriented in the carry pouch correctly. Essentially, it's a concealed carry version of a competition holster. Everything needs to be as clean, smooth and small as possible because there isn't any free space in the pouch.

Since this is a one-off prototype, working it into the store's schedule means the first run at it won't be for at least a week. I have been promised a phone call when work starts so pictures can be taken during the design and fabrication!

Gerber Center Drive Comparison 
I mentioned the Gerber tool last week, and I said that I needed to find some of my existing multi-tools. After digging into box after box of stored gear, I found two others for this test.

Bear MGC  #155L 
Model #155L
  • Multi-tool with solid steel construction and drop point blade 
  • (18) total functions including multiple screwdrivers, wire cutter, can opener and more 
  • Overall length of 4-inches 
  • Includes ballistic sheath 
  • Made in the USA 

Leatherman (unknown model)
I can't find a picture of this exact model or a name or model number anywhere on this tool, but it is smaller than the Wave, has eight tools to the Micra's 10, and has jaws but not scissors. This model is obviously discontinued.

This is not a real test, just a model to model comparison, since the tools vary too much in features and size.

  • Gerber and Bear: tied with 8
  • Leatherman: 7

  • Gerber: 8.5 oz
  • Bear MGC: 7.2 oz shipping weight
  • Leatherman: unknown

  • Gerber: ballistic pouch with MOLLE and belt loops (largest by far)
  • Bear: MGC ballistic pouch, belt loop
  • Leatherman: rectangular leather pouch, belt loop

  • If I needed to carry one heavy duty tool, it would be the Gerber. 
  • If weight were a factor, the Leatherman would be my choice. 
  • If I were to carry a multi-tool every day again, I would have a hard time choosing between the Bear and Gerber. With the MOLLE mounting option, the Gerber is more than likely going on one of my bags.

The Takeaway
  • Having backups is always the best way to go. Three is two, two is one and one is none. 
  • Having industrious friends with skills is great. Custom Kydex is even cooler. 

The Recap

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NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

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