5 New EDC Gear Options Seen at NRAAM 2019

posted on April 29, 2019
The 2019 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits saw thousands of potential everyday-carry items showcased to the tens of thousands of NRA members wandering the halls. To Shooting Illustrated staff, several options stood out among them all. Check out the new gear here:

Asfaleia Designs Concealed Carry Messenger Bag

A blend of elegant Italian design, full-grain genuine leather, golden hardware and uncompromising quality, Asfaleia Designs Concealed Carry Messenger Bag features a patent-pending quick-access concealed-carry weapon compartment amidst its many storage pockets that can accommodate many handgun sizes as well as left- or right-handed access. A built-in plate-carrier pocket accepts a 10x12-inch ballistic-armor panel (sold separately) allowing the bag to be used as a shield in an active-shooter situation. MSRP: $516.57; asfaleiadesigns.com

Fobus IWB C Series Holster

Made from flexible, non-collapsing injection-molded polymer, Fobus IWB C Series holster features a fully tuckable deep-concealment J-clip and an integrated minimal sweatguard. A low-friction interior promotes a smooth rapid draw. A passive-retention system is automatically employed when the pistol is holstered. The C Series is currently available for full- and compact Glock and Smith & Wesson pistols. 
MSRP: $19.99; fobusholster.com

Hoffner 3.5-Inch Spearpoint Knife

Available in four different-collared grips and optional handle art, the Hoffner 3.5-inch Spearpoint is designed as a defensive system that uses a rear-grip hold, which will not slip in the hand. Four different blade options allow users to custom the knife to their needs, while divots on each side of the handle help to safely pivot the knife with the thumb and index finger, transition through different holds and applications. MSRP: $69; hoffners.com

Mec-Gar CZ-75 Compact, P01 Magazine

In addition to a blue follower as an easy status indicator, the Mec-gar CZ-75 Compact, P01 Magazine is now available in a flush-fitting 15-round variant. The carbon-steel tube is heat-treated for strength and a PTFE coating removes friction from rounds rubbing against the magazine’s interior walls while loading. MSRP: $38.30; mec-gar.com

SureFire Stiletto Pro Light

Bigger and brighter, the SureFire Stiletto Pro’s MaxVision beam reflector is capable of casting a well-rounded beam of light 1,000 lumens in high-output mode, 250 lumens in medium and lumens in its lowest setting. There is also a high-frequency strobe mode for blinding attacker. A rechargeable lithium battery and included micro USB cable makes charging easy and quick. MSRP: $TBD; surfire.com


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shooter at the range

Skills Check: Present Arms

We refer to the draw stroke as the presentation at Gunsite. It’s a better explanation than simply “drawing” the pistol, because it describes the act of presenting the pistol from the holster to the target or threat. In our “basic,” five-day pistol class we expect students to present the pistol and make hits on targets from 3 to 7 yards away in 1.5 seconds. Most students can do this in two or three days of training.

First Look: Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro 9 mm Pistol with Shield Red-Dot Optic

Springfield Armory now offers its popular Hellcat Pro 9 mm pistol with a factory-installed Shield SMSc red-dot optic.

Henry Celebrates 25 Years of Gunmaking with Limited-Edition Rifles

Two limited-edition rifles celebrating 25 years for Henry are being released.

First Look: Elite Survival Systems Hip Gunner Pack

Carry your defensive firearm with you in a pack, without carrying off-body.

Mental Focus vs. Mental Awareness

Shooting at the very edge of your skills envelope requires tremendous mental focus and well-developed shooting awareness. However, some shooters believe that shooting awareness and mental focus are one in the same. They are not. Using pistol shooting (combat or competition) as an example, what is the difference between the two and how can it help you hone your shooting skills to a razor’s edge?

First Look: PHLster Holsters Modular Wedge Kit

Mix and match these soft and durable foam pieces for a perfect holster fit.


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