2013
06.12

Tired of shopping for belts at the local clothing stores, trying to find one that may or may not be durable or comfortable enough to support your firearm for extended periods of time or while moving about in your day to day activities? Sure, that belt on the rack looks nice, but will it stand up to the constant wear of your holster or will it eventually rip, tear, or snap as you drop into a kneeling position, jump out of a vehicle, or are forced to engage in physical contact with an assailant? Look no further my fellow shooters, the HSGI 1.5” Cobra Belt solves these problems and more!

The HSGI 1.5” Cobra Belt may not have been around during the days of Lt. Marion “Cobra” Cobretti, but I would like to believe that this would have been his belt of choice when saving us all from the New World Order. …Okay no more 1986 references, but we all know I had to do it!

This belt offers a blend between rugged style and practicality not just for avid shooters, but outdoor sportsmen and sportswomen alike. Its 1.5” profile allows for it to fit most clothing styles whereas older generations of tactical belts measured 1.75” and were only able to fit on tactical uniforms and gear. This makes it perfect for those who are looking to maintain a concealed EDC security profile at all times without having to limit their wardrobe options.

If running and gunning is more your style when it comes to slinging lead, then this belt is ready and willing to serve as a stable platform for your equipment. Holsters and pouches of all types required for combative and competition style shooting events are at home on the 1.5” platform, allowing agility and freedom of movement at a moment’s notice.

Quality of Workmanship

When it comes to quality of workmanship, you just can’t beat an HSGI product. Every product that I have ever purchased from them (dating back to 2005) is still just as operational as the day I received it…even after multiple trips to Iraq and Afghanistan. The same cannot be said about most of their competitors. According to the company’s website, the Cobra 1.5” Belt is constructed of two layers of Type 13 webbing that is glued together (for added stiffness to prevent sagging) and sewn together using bonded 138 nylon thread.

HSGI stands behind all of their products and offers the following warranty to all original owners: HSGI products are fully warranted to the original owner against defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. If a product ever fails due to a manufacturing defect, even after hard use, we will repair or replace it, at our discretion. This warranty does not cover damage caused by accident, IED, improper care, bullet holes, negligence, normal wear and tear, or the natural breakdown of materials over extended time and use. Damage not covered under warranty will be repaired for a reasonable rate and a fee will be charged for return shipping: http://www.hsgi.us/warranty.php

The Cobra Buckle System

Next up, let us take a look at the pros and cons of the Cobra Buckle System (originally designed to be quick release parachute buckles if that tells you anything about the quality and capability).
Let’s start with the Pros:

1. Quick to release the buckle with one hand in a hurry. Just press down on the two
small latches with your thumb and pointer finger and it comes undone!

2. Allows for operators to adjust the belt once and leave it set.

3. You won’t have to remove the equipment from your belt in order to unbuckle.

4. The buckle system will not stretch, bend, or break once the belt has been loaded down
with your gear (unlike department store leather or nylon belts that have flimsy buckles or latches made from low-quality materials).

And now for the Cons:

1. If you don’t like the sound of the reassuring “click” it makes when it secures then this
belt is not for you.

2. That is the only con (please note: if that is enough for you to not consider this belt,
then you probably shouldn’t be reading reviews of tactical equipment or doing much of anything outside of your home).

Belt Design

This belt is designed (as mentioned above) to be able to withstand excess gear without
buckling or bending under the weight of your gear, yet is comfortable enough to be worn all day even with a pair of slacks. I’ve personally worn this belt on many Executive Protection Details (EPD) in Afghanistan which required business casual and business professional attire to be worn. My belt was loaded down with a radio, pistol, medical kit, and multiple magazines yet I never once had an issue with comfort. This may just be my opinion, but if you can sport all of that while rocking a suit in a place like Afghanistan, then I fully believe that this belt is more than capable of meeting each and every one of your needs regardless of location. It also might be worth mentioning that this is the only belt that I have on deployment with me and I wear it every day as well as on every mission, yet fails to show even the slightest of wear.

The belt’s profile will work with most holster and equipment on the market today, be it clips, loops, or snap systems. This belt is also has the option to come with one inch “Loop” (the loop or female side of Velcro) so that you may attach other equipment, pouches, or utilize it with the HSGI Sure-Grip Padded Belt (See the “Cobra 1.75” Padded Belt Combo Review” for more details regarding this product).

Please note: It is highly recommended that the Sure-Grip Padded Belt is utilized with the 1.75” Cobra Belt offered by HSGI so that you have the most stable platform available. The 1.5” belt will work if you choose the Loop option, however, it is not the most ideal method, especially seeing as how the padded belt is designed for those shooters looking to increase their load capacity.

The only downside to this product is if it is to be used for serious low-profile operations. Any trained observer looking for the tell-tale signs of tactical equipment is going to take notice of a parachute buckle and nylon belt. This is the same concept that goes along with most companies out there that offer “Discrete Weapon Cases” yet they only come in tactical colors and have MOLLE webbing everywhere. Hell, some of these discrete cases even have magazine pouches on the outside! Seriously, go Google search them. One company to do it right when it comes to discrete cases is HSGI. For more on that product, please see my “HSGI Discrete Case Review). Other than that one issue mentioned above, this belt has no flaws and is absolutely amazing. Shooters need to keep in mind that a Black/Black combination will reduce the tactical signature greatly. So if keeping your signature low is priority, then I highly recommend going with that combination.

Color Variations

Let us briefly talk color variations. Those shooters who are not concerned with a lower
tactical signature, then HGSI offers three different buckle colors (Foliage Green, Black, Coyote) and four different belt colors (Black, Tan, Urban Grey, and Coyote Brown). I think this is great for shooters who wish to give their gear more of a personal touch, rather than just rocking a standard black or tan tactical belt.

Summary

I highly recommend HSGI products to everyone I meet that is looking for top notch
quality, simplicity, and durability. Whether you’re military, law enforcement, a competitive or recreational shooter, or someone who just likes to be outdoors, this belt will not let you down. I hope that you enjoyed my review and that it has helped you decide if this gear is right for you. If you have any questions regarding this product, please do not hesitate to contact me at mitch@onpointfirearms.com

Author Note: Mitch is a former United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper and combat veteran with
multiple deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He currently operates as a Designated Defensive Marksman for an Executive Protection Detail in Afghanistan. When he is not deployed, he serves as the Director of Training at On Point Firearms in St. Petersburg, Florida.

2013
06.10

Today’s newsletter comes to you from the desk of Mitch Milillo (aka Beardy McKillpeople). Mitch is a former United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper and combat veteran with multiple deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He currently operates as a Designated Defensive Marksman for an Executive Protection Detail in Afghanistan. When he is not deployed, he serves as the Director of Training at On Point Firearms in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Shooters,
Today’s newsletter is directed more towards those of us who have made the voluntary decision to become Gun Fighters. I am not talking about those who are military, law enforcement, or cowboys in the Wild West. Rather, I am referring to those of us who have made the choice to have a firearm in their possession as they leave the safety of their home. The choice to conceal carry a firearm or other weapon system on your person as you venture into the world instantly transforms you from Gun Owner to Gun Fighter. Personality, body composition, employment status, or societal association no longer defines who you are. You are now one of the many Gun Fighters that walk along the streets of our great nation. This newsletter however will address the extremely common (and possibly fatal) errors that many of today’s Gun Fighters are making every time they step out into the world.

Before we go any further, I want to draw the line in the sand that separates the Gun Owner from the Gun Fighter:

Gun Owner:
-A citizen who collects firearms as a hobby
-A citizen who doesn’t carry a firearm for work or personal security reasons
-A citizen who only shoots for recreational purposes.

Gun Fighter:
-A citizen who carries a firearm for work or personal security reasons.

Once you have made the decision to carry a firearm or weapon in order to defend yourself or others from death or serious bodily harm, you are no longer a Gun Owner. This is where you have made that transition to Gun Fighter and have come to terms with the fact that by carrying that weapon system, you may be placed into a situation where you will be required to take the life of another.

By becoming a Gun Fighter, you have a responsibility to establish, maintain, and enhance your Gun Fighting skills. This is the most important thing that the majority of Gun Fighters overlook which can prove to be a fatal mistake. If you are not training as you fight or seeking to enhance your skills with each and every trip to the range, then you are setting yourself up for failure. …and in the real world, failure could mean death.

It is highly recommended that each and every Gun Fighter take at least a beginner level class with their weapon systems. This will ingrain those fundamentals and skills that will serve as the building blocks for your abilities as well as allow you to push your training further up the Gun Fighting ladder. Once you are able to crawl (having that solid base), you’ll begin to walk (solidifying the basics on your own time and at your own pace), then eventually you’ll find yourself yearning to run (participating in advanced courses, shooting competitions, etc). Unfortunately many shooters forget that they must crawl before they can run, and therefore end up with what is known as “Training Scars” or critical oversights and complacency in training. In the game of life, you cannot “game the game” because the game will always win.

The most two worst mistakes a modern day Gun Fighter could make is having an inflated ego (thinking you are better than you actually are) and choosing an inefficient piece of gear for the mission (the mission being keeping yourself safe in a particular environment). To be successful, you do not need to invest $3,000 in customizing your $500 firearm, nor do you need to cover your weapon system with lights, lasers, red dot sights, match grade barrels, or iPhone 5 rail mounts. The pistol you choose should be able to perform its job reliably without having to do all of that extra work. With that being said, there is nothing wrong with accessorizing your platform once you have become capable and confident with using it. Rather than investing all of your hard-earned money into accessories that won’t necessarily make you a better shooter, you should be focusing on investing in better training with your weapon system (be it professionally or privately).

By tailoring your training goals around real-world scenarios, you will be setting yourself up for success later down the road. When was the last time you actually trained drawing your pistol from concealment, in the same manner you actually carry in real life (be honest with yourself)? How about performing drills with your non-dominant hand from the ground? Now I do understand that it is difficult to match your training to most real world environments but it doesn’t mean you should just accept that fact, shoot holes in paper at 3yds, and then put the weapon back in your waistband and head home without thinking twice about the status of your firearm.

I hope that this newsletter finds each and every one of you in great health and that I have possibly opened some eyes to the risks associated with gaming the game. …Because when sh*t really does hit the fan and you find yourself in that worst case scenario, you need to ensure that you are a Gun Fighter and not just a Gun Owner. As always, please feel free to join in on the discussion at http://onpointfirearms.com/newsletter/ as well as keep up to date on all of the latest equipment, firearms, and training reviews!

Until next time!

-Beardy

For more information on our upcoming training course, click here.
Please feel free to contact Mitch directly with any questions: mitch@onpointfirearms.com

Also: if anyone in California is looking for a bullet button equipped rifle before the new ban gets signed into law, we have an LWRC M6A2 ready to ship. Click here for more info.

2013
06.05

HSGI Cobra Rigger’s Belt

Looking for a quality belt for everyday carry (EDC)? Well, look no further. You’ve found the Cobra Rigger’s Belt by HSGI— the choice of elite Marine Corps Force Recon, Scout Snipers, and our very own bearded mercenary, former USMC Scout Sniper Mr. Beardy McKillpeople. Point of interest: Beardy (Mitch) will be returning from yet another deployment and will resume teaching courses for On Point in June and July of 2013. Click here for our current course schedule. Come train with us! Okay, back to the belts:

Available in 1.75″ (shown) and 1.5″ sizes, HSGI Cobra Rigger’s belts are constructed of two layers of Type 13 webbing rated for a staggering 7000lbs– sewn together with Bonded 138 nylon thread with 5 rows of stitching the entire length. The two layers are not only sewn together, but are laminated with an industrial strength adhesive to give more rigidity and stiffness. The Proven Quick Release Austria Alpin COBRA Parachute Buckles are used to secure the belt (Rated for 4000lbs). This belt is capable of handling anything you can throw at it. From holding your pants up, to emergency extraction hanging from a helicopter, to towing your broken Range Rover home, to surviving and escaping your local Wal-mart. Simply put: this belt is THE Heat, the FIRE, and the Cat’s meow– all at the same time. Let’s put it this way: If Stallone’s character Cobra wore a belt, it would be one of these– or possibly a snake of the same name. However, it would be a limited edition with its buckle made of solid ivory and the obligatory Cobra logo engraved on it.

The reason for this newsletter is not only to make Cobra references. We love that movie– well, at least the opening scene. Then, it’s all down hill from there. The point of the newsletter was to suggest a belt to compliment our new line of Wilder Tactical holsters. After our last newsletter, several clients asked me about a belt suggestion, so this is what I recommended. The HSGI Cobra Rigger’s belt works perfectly with our Wilder Tactical concealment holsters.

So, to promote our new holsters, these awesome HSGI belts, AND the movie Cobra (please let them make a 3D IMAX version soon), we’re offering a bundle for anyone interested in the ultimate concealed carry package:

Buy 1 Wilder Tactical holster and 1 HSGI Cobra Rigger’s Belt and Receive FREE shipping and FREE On Point Firearms t-shirt
– Add another Wilder Tactical holster for a friend for only $45 more!

Right now, we have a bunch of HSGI belts in stock, mostly sizes 34-38. However, if you order something we don’t have on hand, HSGI can build these to order using your specs, so please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery. Remember: ordering one pant size larger than you usually wear is a good idea to accommodate loops for holsters. Made Proudly in the USA… by Cobra.

As always, have a good one, God bless, and as Cobra would say, “Hmmmmf.”

Cobra (Evan)

2013
06.03

LWRC Individual Carbine M6 IC 5.56mm for Sale

LWRC’S Individual Carbine (IC) was developed in response to the requirements of the US Army’s Individual Carbine program. It features fully ambidextrous controls on the lower receiver: dual controls for the bolt catch, magazine release, and safety selector. The upper receiver is the evolution of the SPR platform introduced in 2011. It has a two position gas block not unlike the M6A3. The settings are for normal and suppressed fire. The user configurable rail system is similar to the one found on the SPR and REPR weapon systems. The hand guards are slim and highly ergonomic for shooters and enable the operator to have M1913 Picatinny rails where he needs them and not where he doesn’t. The 14.7″ spiral fluted barrel is 20% lighter than a conventional barrel. It is rotary cold hammer forged and have a service life of over 20k rounds. The Cerakote finish is non-IR reflective for military users. Civilian owners will receive standard Cerakote since the feature is controlled by ITAR. A Magpul MOE buttstock and pistol grip finish off the package nicely. NOTE: civilian orders will feature black, non-Cerakote barrels.

**** IMPORTANT NOTICE: PLEASE READ ****
The first LWRC Individual Carbine (IC) units were scheduled to start shipping this Winter 2012, but obviously that ship date was missed. These first 500 units have finally started to ship Summer 2013 and have already been spoken for and will be in the 14.7in FDE configuration. If you’d like to place a pre-order for an IC, it’s too late. After the first 500 14.7in FDE models ship, then 14.7in black and then 16in models will begin to ship. If you don’t need the two position gas system or ambidextrous controls, a good alternative to the IC is the M6A2 SPR– also with a spiral fluted barrel.

2013
05.28

PWS Mk107 Mod 1 Gas Piston Upper in 5.56mm

PWS Mk107 Mod 1 Piston Driven Upper, .223, Isonite QPQ Treated, Button Rifled, 7″ SBR 1:8 Twist Barrel. The PWS MK107 (Diablo) Upper was developed specifically for CQB requirements and as a replacement option for the MP5 style weapons. The short compact design retains lethal capability out to 200 meters and has been proven highly effective in the military and law enforcement community. Designed from the ground up to be 7 barreled Upper, the PWS MK107 (Diablo) is a dream come true for those looking for the shortest possible package with reliability of a full size Upper. The operating system, designed after the venerable AK-47, features a long stroke fixed operating rod design with an adjustable gas block, 7 handguard and free-floated barrel. The handguard features the VLTOR KeyMod System which comes standard with two 2 sections of 1913 rail as well as a continuous 1913 top rail. Understanding the importance of an ultra-reliable package that is light as possible, mil-spec forgings are used for the upper and lower receiver. Additional features include the BCM GUNFIGHTER charging handle.

SPECIFICATIONS
CALIBER.223 Wylde
WEIGHT5 lbs, 12 oz (2.61 kg)
OVERALL LENGTH24.25 (61.6 cm)
BARREL LENGTH 7.75 (19.7 cm)
MUZZLE VELOCITY2368 ft/sec (M855)
MUZZLE ENERGY772 ft/lbs

FEATURES
PWS Forged Mil-Spec Upper
PWS Isonite Treated 1:8 Twist Barrel
PWS Enhanced Bolt Carrier Group
PWS KeyMod Rail System
BCMGUNFIGHTER Charging Handle
Manufacturer Part #: M107UA0B

2013
05.23

LWRC M6A2 SPR 5.56mm with new LWRC SOPMOD stock and Giessele DMR trigger

2013
05.23

HSGI Cobra Riggers Belt

Looking for a quality belt for everyday carry? Well, look no further. You’ve found the Cobra Rigger’s Belt by HSGI– the choice of elite Marine Corps Force Recon and Scout Sniper operators. Available in 1.75″ (shown) and 1.5″ sizes, these belts are constructed of two layers of Type 13 webbing rated for a staggering 7000lbs. Sewn together with Bonded 138 nylon thread with 5 rows of stitching the entire length. The two layers are not only sewn together, but are laminated with an industrial strength adhesive to give more rigidity and stiffness. The Proven Quick Release Austria Alpin COBRA Parachute Buckles are used to secure the belt (Rated for 4000lbs). This belt is capable of handling anything you can throw at it. From holding your pants up, to emergency extraction hanging from a helicopter, to towing your broken Land Rover home. This belt is the heat. Works perfectly with our Wilder Tactical concealment holsters. These are built to order using your specs, so please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery. Ordering one pant size larger than you usually wear is a good idea to accommodate loops for holsters. Made Proudly in the USA.

2013
05.23

Wilder Tactical Shinobi holster for HK P7 PSP

Introducing the world’s best holster for the HK P7 PSP. The Heckler & Koch P7 PSP (Polizei-Selbstlade-Pistole — police self-loading pistol) is a single stack 9mm with a fixed 4″ barrel, single action only trigger, and a unique grip safety mechanism that gives it the nickname “squeeze cocker.” It’s ideal for concealed carry– especially if you’re Hans Gruber from Die Hard. Trouble is, there aren’t a lot of holsters manufactured for it– until now. On Point Firearms has teamed up with Wilder Tactical to introduce the P7 Shinobi Kydex IWB holster for the HK P7 PSP 9mm. We’ve worked tirelessly with the spec ops combat veterans of Wilder Tactical for the last six months developing the perfect rig for carrying the legendary P7 concealed. Our patent-pending design is comfortable whether you’re sitting, standing, or barrel-rolling on the floor ala Lethal Weapon 3. Its low profile design ensures deep concealment, even while wearing a lightweight t-shirt. The Wilder/OPF P7 Shinobi wears perfectly at the 4-5:00 position and is available in both left and right hand configurations, and in your choice of operator block or coyote brown. This is the best P7 holster on the market– hands down. Try one today for only $99 and receive a FREE On Point Firearms t-shirt. If you’re not completely satisfied, you can return it for a full refund. I guarantee it!

2013
03.26

Century Arms M70 Underfolder AK47 7.62×39

2013
03.25

Glock 19 Gen4 9mm with Cerakote finish