Thursday, February 4, 2016

Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 Holster Review

I have owned a good number of holsters over the years.  At this point, I know the style of holster I prefer and what works best for my draw, re-holstering and comfort.  For me, I prefer a hybrid holster (leather and kydex) for inside waist belt (IWB) and outside waist belt (OWB).

I currently have a few Comp-Tac holsters that use for my Springfield XD and XD-SC and I have been very pleased with them so far!  I have already reviewed them in the past, here and here; and would trust and own another in a heartbeat.

That being said, after I purchased my Springfield XDS 9mm I knew I wanted an IWB holster but I wanted to see what other brands are producing.  While there are MANY companies making hybrid holsters, Alien Gear is a company that I have heard a lot about and I have been lurking through their website for a few years now.  After reading about their newest Cloak Tuck 3.0 and seeing the price, I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it yout.  (Full disclaimer: I purchased the holster personally with no additional discount from Alien Gear for the review).

The holster arrived about 10 days from the date of purchase which I felt was a great turnaround time.
The holster was in a large zip lock back with another zip lock bag containing instructions, the guarantee and extra pieces.

I was immediately intrigued by the thermo-elastomer "Alien Skin" texture, meant to improve drag and durability. Within the makings of the holster is a stainless-spring steel core, and a neoprene layer that will contact your waistline.  What you end up with is a well designed, flexible holster that should be comfortable for hours of wear.

The holster has 3 holes on each wing so you can adjust the depth of carry and also adjust the cant.  I prefer to carry deep so I set my belt clips at the highest
hole.  Making the change is very simple, and the wrench is provided to unscrew the clips.  There are additional green rubber spacers if needed.  Black spacers are available on their website as well.

Hidden well with t-shirt
Alien Gear recommends the holster to be work at the 430 position, which I tried.  I have never been comfortable carrying in this position and still felt that it was uncomfortable for me.  I adjusted the position to 2 o'clock which is very comfortable!  

After wearing the holster for 3 days I felt that is was what I hoped it would be.  Retention was great and have zero worry about it falling out at any point. Re-holstering is easy due to the solid kydex and the neoprene inner layer was very comfortable against my skin.  The belt clips are terrific and retention of the holster was top notch.  

Alien Gear backs up their holsters with a 30 day test drive, free shell trades for life (if you change firearms) and a forever warranty! To find an Alien Gear holster for yourself, just follow this link: Alien Gear Holsters

While time will help determine if this is the holster I'll stick with, I am very satisfied right now!  I will post additional comments after I have carried this holster for a few months.  

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Family that Shoots Together

Our family had the opportunity to hit the gun range so we headed to Sharpshooters in Greenville, SC.  

My daughter wife and I all had opportunities to sling lead downrange! 

 My wife shot the Springfield XDSC 9mm and her Taurus .380 that she carries with her.  She has really come a long way with her shooting ability and comfort with the firearms.  She desires to hit the range more often to continue getting more comfortable loading and reloading.  

Our daughter shot her Walther P22 and we basically had to beg her to leave!  She was smiling from ear to ear the entire time.  She truly loves shooting!  We had a fantastic time together and I know we are all looking forward to the next opportunity!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The First Hunt

Over the past few years my daughter has been begging me to take her hunting.  This started when she was about 7 years she is nine.  

An opportunity arose for me to take her deer hunting and when I suggested that she might come along she was all too excited.  The night before the hunt she had to try on all of her hunting clothes for good measure! 
The next morning I woke up my daughter at 0430 and she sat straight up announcing, "I am wide awake!"  Man, she was so excited.

Within an hour we were on our way our hunting spot.  It was cold enough, just over freezing, but we were well prepared with our clothing, hot drinks and hand warmers.  Our excitement added to our warmth as well.

After an hour in the tower blind we saw two doe stroll through.  Unfortunately she couldn't take a shot as my doe tags had not arrived as I had hoped before our hunt.  We watched them through our scopes, me with my .270 and Jenna with a borrowed .243.

About an hour later we watched another couple of doe stroll by.  All of these doe trekked by at about 100 yards.  

We waited for a few more hours as the sun continues to rise an wake up the squirrels on the other side of the field that provided us with a bit of entertainment.

Close to noon we headed back home to warm up and eat some food.  Jenna was pretty bummed that we hadn't seen a buck yet.  She was hoping for a 10 pointer...I wasn't holding my breath for that.

As we were home, the mail lady came by and dropped off what turned into a magical envelope. It was the doe tags I had hoped for.  We left after eating with a renewed sense of hope that Jenna would get her first deer that day.

After 2 hours back in the tower blind, watching Jenna looking over every inch inside the blind for spiders (we saw a few so it had her pretty paranoid) we caught sight of a lone doe, crossing the same deer trail the others had followed.  We both lit with excitement.  Jenna immediately found her with her rifle.  I lined up along side Jenna watching the doe slowly meander towards us.  After a few minutes the doe turned broadside and I told Jenna she could take the shot.

She was quiet as she focused and slowly squeezed the trigger.  Bang!  The shot cracked and the doe took of running to our left, quickly disappearing into the treelike.

Jenna, who is used to shooting at the rifle range with her ear protection, immediately turned to me smiling and shouted, I can't hear!  We both laughed and I assured her that her hearing would quickly return.  After waiting awhile we headed to where the deer stood when Jenna shot her.  There was no blood in the spot of impact.  Jenna was worried she had missed, but I explained that the doe looked like she had been hit and ran.  The doe didn't stand and look for the source of the noise as happens sometimes with a miss.

So we started looking for a blood trail.  Within 5 yards from where we started we picked up the trail and followed it into the tree line.
Jenna was so exited to see the blood trail and was all smiles!
Within 40 yards we found the doe.  I watched Jenna's face to see her emotional reaction.  I wasn't entirely sure how she would react.  She just beamed with pride.  I talked her through safely approaching the downed deer and how to see if the doe was dead. Next was the pose.

It was a great experience that I wouldn't trade for anything.  It was a memory That I will hold onto for the rest of my life!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Lighting the Way, the Inova T3R Rechargeable LED Flashlight

I have had the amazing opportunity to put this awesome flashlight through the ringer as my every day carry (EDC) light.  Inova sent it to me months ago and in that time I have had the light with me on hiking adventures, 2 am calls to see patients (while working as a hospice RN, needing to find house numbers on streets with no lighting), working on my vehicle and on my nightstand for when things go bump in the night.

This black beauty is unique from the other flashlights I have owned, due to its versatility, durability and ability to be charged at my bedside, car or from a computer USB cord.  Weighing in at 6.9oz. and 6.3" long, the flashlight holds one rechargeable lithium ion battery, that charges from zero to full in 4 hours.  The Inova T3R boasts a 234 lumen output on the high setting, which will run constantly for 2 hr. 45 minutes and a long lasting low light at 20 lumens, burning for 40 hours!  The variable settings of high, low and strobe are activated using the tactical three position end-cap switch.  The light is electronically controlled for uniform output.  

The casing is made from an aerospace-grade aluminum body, coated in a mil-spec Type III hard coat anodized finish, that has held up very well despite the multiple falls to cement, pavement and rocks!  The flashlight is shockproof, crush proof and water resistant.  The head is impact resistant, and the optical window has a double sided AR coating and Teflon seal to withstand environmental pressures.
I take this flashlight with me everywhere.  It is light enough to carry it in my front pocket, large enough to grip firmly in my hand and easy enough to use to activate any of the three functions.  I love the strobe light, which is truly blinding and disorienting!  

I don't think you can go wrong with the Inova flashlights, and I especially recommend this light to use for EDC!

You can order this flashlight, with the USB cord, wall and car adapter included Inova from this link!