Review: Versacarry Single Ply Leather Belt for Concealed Carry

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On a mission to prove or disprove the controversy of belts specifically designed for concealed carry, I tested the Versacarry Single Ply Leather Belt for concealed carry. While there are no one size fits all solutions when it comes to anything as it relates to firearms or concealed carry, should you consider the Versacarry Concealed Carry Belt as part of your every day carry?

This particular belt is a single ply of leather. Versacarry also makes double ply leather as well as some other companies which may insert steel or kydex into the belt. The belt is available in either black or brown with a nickle plated buckle.

At .2″ thick the belt is thicker than the average belt you would buy from a clothing store. Having said that, the belt didn’t seem to offer much more support that the typical clothing store belts I had been previously wearing.

The nickle plated buckle simply snaps onto the leather belt. I did have a concern that it would become unsnapped. However this concern never became a reality. During my months of wearing the versa carry single ply concealed carry belt  the belt remained secure, and stayed together.

Versacarry Concealed Carry Single Ply Leather Belt Black
Versacarry Concealed Carry Single Ply Leather Belt Black

With all belts, it’s a good idea to purchase a size or two larger than your pant size. That is especially true when purchasing a belt for inside the waistband concealed carry.  The firearm will add inches to your waist line. The Versacarry website has sizing directions on their website.

In summary, the Versacarry single ply leather belt was a minor improvement over a typical clothing store belt. Because the versacarry single ply leather belt was on sale, making it about the same price as a typical clothing store belt, it was absolutely worth the price.  In future articles I will test and review thicker double ply belts, and see if that makes any difference.

Be armed. Be trained. Be Alpha.

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Gear Review: The Sig Sauer P320 Pistol

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Interested in Purchasing a new Pistol for just about anything? This Sig Sauer P320 Review may help.  The P320 is perhaps the pinnacle on Handgun Design.  It is to handguns what the AR15 is to rifles when you compare modularity and ease of customization.

Rather than change grip panels, you can change the entire frame in the same time it takes to change grip panels. Want a longer or shorter slide, simply buy an X-change kit. With the fire control group (the serialized part) you can flip and flop and change up your firearm easily. The p320 allows multiple setups, with 1 FCG – which is like having multiple firearms with the same trigger.

P320 Trigger Group
P320 Trigger Group

If you don’t wish to mix and match parts yourself, the Sig Sauer P320 is available with multiple factory configurations. The P320 is available in multiple calibers, multiple frame sizes, multiple slide length and different types of sights. The Sig Sauer P320 shares many of the same parts as the P250, other than the Fire Control Group; which is double action on the P250 and striker fire on the P320.

Calibers: 9mmx19, 357 Sig, 40 S&W. A 45 ACP is also available in a larger FCG

Frame Sizes include (from smaller to larger) sub compact, compact, carry and full size. The frame is also available in an X5 configuration which is an improved full sized frame. Each frame size is further tailored to the shooter with small, medium and large size frames to fit the shooters hand.

 

The P320 Sub compact is ideal for concealed carry and is pretty typical in size to most sub compacts on the market. The subcompact magazine is 12 rounds in 9mm, but will accept larger magazines. The barrel length is 3.6″.

 

The compact size P320 is about as large as the average person would be able to comfortably and properly conceal on a daily basis.  However a person of smaller stature might not be able to conceal the compact size. The barrel on the compact size is slightly longer than the sub compact at 3.9″, and the magazine holds an additional 3 rounds in 9mm.

 

The p320 carry size has the same slide length as the compact, but utilizes the full frame grip and full frame 17 round (9mm) magazine. The carry size firearm could be a good choice for outside the waistband open carry, but would personally be too large for me to properly conceal on a daily basis inside my waist band.

 

The full size P320 has a 17 round capacity magazine (9mm) and a 4.7″ length barrel. The full size may be good for duty carry or competition. The longer barrel gives you better sight radius for slightly better accuracy and the full size frame makes the firearm slightly easier to control.

 

Sights are available with standard 3 white dot setup, with night sights, and with a red dot RX sight. Also available is the suppressor sights on the TacOps and RX models.

P320 TacOps
P320 TacOps

Magazine capacity is available between 10 rounds and 21 rounds (in 9mm). With the addition of a X spacer, you may adapt full size magazines (17+ round 9mm) and make them fit in the carry size frame without a gap between the magazine and the grip.

The p320 compact has become my daily carry and I trust my life to this firearm.

 

P320 Range Report

I wanted to test the P320 with various types of ammunition in an effort to see which ammo the p320 preferred for both range use as well as defensive use.  The test was simple, fire controlled shots using various types of 9mm ammunition at the same target size, shape, and distance. In this case 2 different model P320’s were fired by myself, standing and unsupported at 15′ into 3″ targets.

P320 Test Equipment
P320 Test Equipment

 

The practice ammunition I used to test the P320 includes Freedom Munitions 115 grain FMJ remanufacturerd (my typical range ammunition), Blazer Bronze 115 grain FMJ, Winchester white box 9mm 115 grain FMJ, and Wolf 115 grain FMJ.  The defensive ammunition I used to test the P320 includes Federal HST 147 grain JHP, Hornady Critical Duty 135 grain JHP, and PMC Star Fire 124 grain JHP.  During testing hundreds of rounds were fired with zero malfunctions from 8 different genuine Sig Sauer magazines.

The test was done on an indoor range on an 83 degree summer day with fairly high humidity. This made the interior range stuffy.

Sig Sauer P320 Compact FMJ Results
Sig Sauer P320 Compact FMJ Results
Sig Sauer P320 Compact JHP Results
Sig Sauer P320 Compact JHP Results
Sig Sauer P320 Full JHP Results
Sig Sauer P320 Full JHP Results
Sig Sauer P320 Full FMJ Results
Sig Sauer P320 Full FMJ Results

 

The results of the range test… The Sig Sauer P320 will do it’s job if the shooter can do his or her job.  Though I would like to tighten my groups, all rounds were more than accurate enough for defensive purposes. Additional testing is needed if we wish to split hairs on which ammunition is the most accurate.

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Magpul’s Art of the Dynamic Handgun DVD set: Gear Review

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The Art of the Dynamic Handgun by Magpul Dynamics is a DVD set recorded during a multi-day class as instructed by Travis Haley and Chris Costa.

Though this video is several years old, released in 2010, the information contained in the Art of the Dynamic Handgun DVD set is very valid. Also, it is important to note that no DVD really can replace hands on instruction from a qualified instructor, this DVD set is one of the better DIY at home training DVD’s.

Topics of discussion in the Art of the Dynamic Handgun include:

  • The shooting fundamentals broken down into the “Core Three” as Haley and Costa teach it.
  • Deploying the firearm from the strong side holster in a smooth fashion.
  • Reloading techniques including administrative, slide lock and tactical.  When to use each reloading method and how to do it.
  • Shooting Drills to find your failure points, self diagnose, and push past them to become a better shooter.
  • Travis Haley also discusses concealed carry and the mindset necessary to be able to effectively carry a concealed firearm.

As the instructors are doing their thing, they are teaching the why in addition to the how. In my life, understanding why I do something is critical to mastering that skill.  It’s one thing for an instructor to say “Do it this way.” It’s another thing for the instructor to say, “This is one way it can be done, and these are the reasons this is the preferred method.” This is a teaching style I use in my own classes and I am glad to see nationally recognized instructors utilizing the same techniques.

The 1st DVD focuses on the fundamentals, stance, grip, sight picture, sight alignment, trigger control, hold control and follow through. The instructors do a good job breaking this down into what they call the core three, and then explain and demonstrate shooting using only 2 of the core principals.

Also on the 1st DVD Haley and Costa explain reloads and malfunction clearing.  Further the explain training techniques you can do either with a shooting buddy or alone to self diagnose shooting flaws and force malfunction drills. The first DVD finishes with instruction on various unorthodox handgun shooting positions

 

The 2nd DVD takes the fundamentals learned on the first DVD and begins to introduce dynamic movement based on reality then builds from there. Approximately half way through the DVD scenario based training begins. This scenario based training is similar to what you may experience in a defensive pistol competition or force on force training class.

Shooting on the Move - Art of Dynamic Handgun - Travis Haley
Shooting on the Move – Art of Dynamic Handgun – Travis Haley

The 3rd DVD in the set is the concealed carry DVD. Within this DVD the instructors build the previously learned fundamentals and skills around every day life and clothing. Also, the instructors explain that carrying a concealed firearm is a life style choice. Topics of discussion surrounds public perception, liability, wardrobe selection and more.

Also discussed is holster selection and the draw backs of purchasing a cheap holster. Later the instructors demonstrate one-handed shooting, reloading, and malfunction techniques.

 

The 4th DVD provides the viewer with a number of drills that the shooter can try on their home range, or utilizing dry practice in their home.

One Hand Malfunction Techniques - Art of Dynamic Handgun - Costa
One Hand Malfunction Techniques – Art of Dynamic Handgun – Costa

Overall Magpul’s Art of the Dynamic Handgun is one of the better DIY at home training DVD’s on the market and recommended as a introduction for new shooters before taking a defensive pistol class, or for intermediate level shooters as a refresher and to utilize shooting drills. The DVD’s are worth watching twice.

 

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