"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry." ~ The Recoil Recitals

Monday, May 30, 2016

Interview with Chris Tedder, President of Clinger Holsters.

Clinger Holsters designs and manufactures deep concealment holsters for multiple firearms.  The Clinger Holsters headquarters is located in Van Buren, Arkansas.  They currently produce 3 different holsters, the Atom®, the No-Print Wonder® and the Stingray®. The Recoil Recitals (RR) had the pleasant opportunity to interview the President of Clinger Holsters Chris Tedder (C.T.) and this is what he had to say.

(RR) Let’s start with the Clinger Holsters origins. How did the company get started?

(C.T.) The company was started on the idea of carrying any size gun you want without worrying about the gun printing through your shirt. Our focus at Clinger Holsters is Deep Concealment & a Small Footprint. Our holsters are barely bigger than the gun themselves and conceal great. The No Print Wonder holster is the best concealment holster available on the market today because of our Patent-Pending Cling Tab system. The Cling Tab system uses a stiff Cling Tab with a flexible Flex Tab that really pulls the grip in close to your body when you cinch your belt down.

(RR) How did the name and logo come to be?

(C.T.) Our name has a two-fold meaning. First, your gun will "cling" to your side so well that we decided to name our company Clinger Holsters. Also, President Obama referred to us gun-toting Americans as "Bitter Clingers" because we "cling to our bibles and our guns". The name seemed to fit perfectly. That little crab in our logo is pretty good at clinging to things too. We thought it would be a great mascot.

(RR) How well do your holsters hold up to everyday use?

(C.T.) In a word...great. They have a lifetime warranty for a reason: they don't wear out. Leather & nylon holsters will wear out over time. Our's won't.

(RR) What is it that makes your holsters superior to others?

(C.T.) Our holsters conceal better than any other holster because of our Cling Tab system. Our holsters specialize in pulling the grip in close to the body. In addition our holsters have the smallest footprint possible. The holster is barely bigger than the gun itself.

(RR) We are always hearing about office pranks, are there any office shenanigans at Clinger Holsters?

(C.T.) Not really. We're all pretty darn busy. Everyone's trying to hit a quota so they can get their bonuses. It's hard to to have time for shenanigans when we're backordered 4 weeks.

(RR) Are there any plans for custom colors in the future?

(T.C.) We used to make holsters with different colors. However, 95% of our customers want black believe it or not. We have since phased out most color options. We're about to phase out the last couple of colors that we currently offer.

(RR) Are there any plans for a line of outside the waistband holsters?

(C.T.) Yes! We are currently testing a couple of prototypes. We hope to have them listed within 2-4 weeks.

(RR) Does Clinger Holsters have any secret plans for the future?

(C.T.) Yes! We are currently working on bringing back our Comfort Holster line. It's getting closer to production. It will add a layer of comfort between your body and the Kydex holster. We have a couple more holsters that will be released before the end of the year as well.

(RR) What is the best way for everyone to get in touch with Clinger Holsters?

(T.C.) Our Customer Care Team is available by phone from 8:00 AM and 2:00PM Central Time. We also try to answer most emails within 24 hours at cs@ClingerHolsters.com. 

(RR) Is there anything else that you would like to add for our readers today?

(T.C.) Although our main focus is Deep Concealment and a Small Footprint, our secondary focus is on affordable prices. We sell our entry level holster for $19.99. That's actually below our cost to produce it. It helps generate some buzz for Clinger Holsters and provides a great holster for anyone out there who needs one for under $20. We will always try to provide the best concealment holsters at the best price.

Pictured above is my personal Sarsilmaz (SAR) B6P Compact, with my Stingray® by Clinger Holsters. Not only is it very sturdy, it is very comfortable and it even makes concealing this firearm possible with little to no printing. For those who do not know; finding holsters specifically made for the SAR B6P Compact is almost impossible.

In conclusion; if you are looking for a great, affordable and highly concealable holster check out Clinger Holsters. Not only are there holsters top notch but so is their staff.  It is hard to beat their 2-week Risk-free Guarantee with a full refund if you are not completely satisfied. As if that wasn't enough; they offer a true Lifetime Warranty that covers everything minus clips and screws, if your holster ever wears out they will repair or replace it for LIFE.

On behalf of myself and the Recoil Recitals family; I would like to personally thank Chris Tedder, President of Clinger Holsters for taking the time to participate in this interview.  I would also like to wish Clinger Holsters the very best for what the future may hold.

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry."

Friday, May 27, 2016

Backup Guns (BUGs), To Carry or Not to Carry?


There is plenty of discussion on the topic of whether or not one should carry a Backup Gun (BUG).  I say yes and carry a 
Keltec P-3AT. There is an old military adage that says "Two is one and one is none," aka Murphy's Law, "Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong."  Is a firearm not a mechanical device? Do they not fail?  In a self-defense situation, your heart will be racing, your stress level will be elevated and you should be moving to cover or opening the distance from your aggressor.

Reason To Carry a BUG
 What if I run out of ammo; wouldn't being able to draw a second, ready to go gun be easier than trying to fumble with a magazine or speedloader?  What if I find myself in a situation where you may need to arm another competent "good guy or gal" who may not have their gun. Being able to give them my BUG may be a great option when it comes to effectively combating an aggressor or group of aggressors. What if my primary weapon has a catastrophic failure? I could draw my BUG and stay in the fight.  What if I get into a struggle with an assailant trying to take your primary weapon, or if they take it?  The ability to draw another firearm (depending on where it is carried) makes more sense than not having the option.  What if I am in my car, on my back or in some other awkward position where drawing my primary from an IWB or OWB holster isn't feasible? Drawing my BUG from an ankle holster could be easier and faster.  

Reasons Not to Carry a BUG
  I keep my primary weapon in tip-top condition, I don't need a BUG.  I already have to dress around one gun, why would I want to dress around two?  If I carry two guns people will people think I am crazy?  A lot of people think I am crazy for carrying one.  Now I have to worry about two guns falling out of their holsters, or storing them if you are entering a gun-free zone ~"Huff."  It is so impractical, I already carry a primary weapon, spare mags, knife, phone, lighter, flashlight and so on. 

 To Carry or Not to Carry a BUG, it is only meant to give you something to think about.  Carrying a BUG is a personal choice, as is carrying a concealed weapon in the first place.  I can not tell you if a BUG is right for you; all I ask is if you decide to carry a BUG make sure you train with it, as you do your primary.  

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry."

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Interview with Talon Grips

Talon Grips llc. designs and manufactures one piece laser cut traction grips for 20 different firearms and over 200 different platforms.  They are located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, all of their products are 100% made in the U.S.A.  The Recoil Recitals (RR) had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Morris (M.M.) who is the President of Talon Grips llc. and Adam Spector (A.S.) who is one of their excellent customer service representatives.

Let’s start with the Talon Grip origins. In June 2009 the first one was sold on Ebay, but how many prototypes were there before it was ready for sale?

A.S. & M.M.) Our founder was the Boat Sheriff on Lake Powell, Arizona. He decided that he needed to help him get a better grip on his department issued Glock. He started with strips of skateboard grip tape but he wasn't getting the positive grip he wanted so he looked for ways to cover the entire grip with one piece of grip material. Many prototypes were made before the final single piece design was created. Once the design was finalized he tested the grips in the hot wet conditions of Lake Powell. Other officers took notice and asked to buy grips.

(RR) How well does your material hold up to everyday use?

(A.S.) TALON Grips have been extensively tested and used by the US Military and Law Enforcement. The US Military has tested TALON Grips in conditions from sub zero temperatures to hot and humid to arid deserts with excellent results. For Law Enforcement duty weapons we typically see grip life up to three years. The key to making a grip last a long time is following the installation instructions.

(RR) What is it that makes your grips superior to others?

(M.M. & A.S.) We use a patented single piece design that decreases the chance of failure. If a grip is going to fail it's most likely going to fail at an edge so the less edges on a grip the lower the chance of failure. We design, test, manufacture, sell, market, ship, and provide customer service from under one roof. The communication between the different departments helps us make the best grips possible. We utilize the best materials. We have tested many different materials before we choose the grip material and adhesive that we use. Our design team is very experienced at designing gun grips to provide maximum coverage and durability. Once the grip is designed we test it extensively before we make it available. We provide excellent customer service. 

(RR) We hear a lot about pranks and fun stuff in lots of workplaces, are there any office shenanigans at Talon Grips?

(A.S.) We have a great work environment. Our team is tight, we all work hard and play hard. Grips get put on just about everything from toilet seats to car door handles, to coffee cups. We once made a beaver fur grip for cold days in Steamboat.
(RR) Is there anything in the pipeline for knife lovers?

(A.S.) We all carry pocket knives every day and own tactical and hunting knives. Most of those knives have some grip material on them. The challenge with making grips for knives is that there are so many types of knives on the market and every knife would require a specific grip design. The best option for our customers that want grips for their knives is to get a sheet or strips of material and make a grip themselves. (Which you can get here)
(RR) Are there any plans to offer custom colors in your standard laser cut grips?

(A.S.) Who would want colored grips???? Stay Tuned.

(RR) Does Talon Grips have any secret plans for the future?

(M.M. & A.S.) There is some big retail expansion that is coming this summer online and in retail stores. Another top secret plan is that we are collaborating with an Italian firearm manufacturer on a special edition firearm to be launched this spring.

(RR) What is the best way for everyone to get in touch with Talon Grips?

The best way to get us via info@talongrips.com or 970 879 9600.

(RR) Is there anything else that you would like to add for our readers today?

(M.M. & A.S.) From our hand written note on each order to our quick responses via email to easily getting one of us on the phone we do our best to provide great customer service. We truly appreciate every one of our customers.

So if you are looking for a great inexpensive upgrade to your polymer framed firearms check out Talon Grips llc.  Their one piece laser cut grips will give you an outstanding grip weld to your preferred firearm.  Not only are Talon Grips llc. products first rate, so are their people. As you can see in the picture above, I have Talon Grips on my Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 9mm and will add them to any new polymer framed firearm I purchase.  

I would like to take this time to personally thank Mike Morris and Adam Spector for participating in this interview.  The Recoil Recitals family would like to wish Talon Grips llc. continued success in their future endeavors. 

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry."

Monday, May 23, 2016

Train with what you carry... Including ammunition.


  I see a lot of people at the range shooting the cheapest target ammunition they can find.  Don't get me wrong; training ammo can get expensive depending how many rounds you fire on a given range day.  I am not saying go out and shoot up all of your personal defense ammo at the range but use something comparable. Without getting deep into ballistics let me explain.  If you carry a 9mm, with 147 grain, 950 *f.p.s. personal defense ammo, don't go to the range and shoot 115 grain, 1,180 f.p.s. target ammo. I know it may seem hard to believe but they may not have the same point of aim on the target.  You may not be able to find ammo with the exact specifications but you can get close. 

  Something else that is very important to do also is to use your carry holster when you are on the range.  You need to be comfortable drawing and holstering your firearm from your carry rig; don't just pick it up from the bench and start shooting.   
Also, you should fire a magazine or two of your personal defense ammo through your carry gun.  This will not only ensure it functions properly in the firearm, but it will also give you a better understanding of its point of aim compared to target ammo. 

  I am not going to get into what caliber, bullet weight, f.p.s or manufacturer you should or shouldn't use in this post;  plus I believe that has a lot to do with personal preference.  I will say that in recent studies of gunshot fatalities (2011 Article); the size of the round has less to do with it compared to proper shot placement. So with that being said choose a gun and ammo you can consistently and accurately put on target; including well-aimed follow-up shots.

  If you take anything away from this post, please take this; I must train with what I carry. I need to draw from my carry holster and engage my target. I need to match my target ammo as close as possible to my personal defense ammo.  I need to fire my personal defense ammo through my primary weapon to ensure proper shot placement and functionality.

Here is what I use:
Target: CCI Blazer Brass, FMJ,115 grain, 1,125 f.p.s.
Personal Defense: Fiocchi Extrema XTPHP,115 grain, 1,150 f.p.s.

.380 Backup Gun (BUG) ~ Backup Guns (BUGs) To Carry or Not to Carry? ~
Target: CCI Blazer Brass, FMJ, 95 grain, 945 f.p.s.
Personal Defense: Fiocchi Extrema XTPHP, 90 grain, 975 f.p.s.

* F.P.S. - Feet per Second, referring to muzzle velocity

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry"

Monday, May 16, 2016

4 Common Sense Rules of Firearm Safety (My Version)

1. Treat ALL firearms as if they are ALWAYS loaded and ready to kill, maim or destroy.
   This one seems to be pretty straightforward, but it is also the most important. How many times have you heard the old line "It just went off"! So no matter if you are at the range, home or getting ready to go out and you know your gun is unloaded, ALWAYS assume that it is loaded.

2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to kill, maim or destroy.
   You have probably all seen it a time or two; whether on the range or on T.V. someone is walking around carrying their gun with a finger on the trigger.  This is a very Hollywood and unsafe practice. You should allow your finger to rest on the frame of the gun outside of the trigger guard until you are on target and ready to engage. This is a habit that you must get into; it is paramount that you follow this rule at all times, including while drawing or holstering your firearm.  You do not want to be "that guy or gal" who accidentally shoots themselves while drawing or holstering their firearm. (Watch Video) *Caution Explicit Language*

3. Never cover anything with your firearm that you are not willing to kill, maim or destroy.
  This means never point the barrel (cover) anything with your firearm you do not wish to kill, maim or destroy, including oneself.  This can get tricky depending on which carry method you use, including holster location and draw stroke. If you are not mindful of your barrel during holstering or drawing you could potentially be violating this rule on your own body. Also, if you use a horizontal carry shoulder holster realize that you are probably unintentionally covering many things that you do not intend to kill, maim or destroy.  In some cases it is unavoidable; if you use an IWB holster you will inevitably cover some part of your body, and that is why Rule #2 is so important. 

4. Be sure of the target that you are prepared to kill, maim or destroy AND what lies beyond.
  Understanding and seeing what lies beyond your target is very important. The last thing you want to do is kill, maim or destroy something that you did not want to.  You need to understand that a bullet does not just magically stop in your intended target.  They have the ability to continue traveling great distances; possibly impacting another object or person. Not only do you need to worry about over penetration; there is also the chance of a complete "whiff" with a shot.  Depending on state laws you could be charged with involuntary homicide and open yourself up to a civil case. 

  This is by no means the only common sense rules of firearm safety; to me, they are just the main and most important ones.  Everyone will have their own opinion of the order of these 4 rules and that is fine; please feel free to comment.  

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety; Always carry." ~ The Recoil Recitals

Friday, May 13, 2016

What is Every Day Carry (EDC) and what should be considered?


  Well let's start by breaking it down Every Day- this seems pretty self explanatory it means happening or used every day; daily, commonplace.  Carry - the action of keeping something, especially a firearm, on one's person.  So if we combine the two we would come up with something to the extent of; Carry your firearm daily, making it commonplace in your lifestyle or routine.  Once you make the decision to carry, commit. Carry every day.  It takes 1-2 months to establish a new habit and keeping the things you intend to carry together helps ease the transition from awkward to natural. 

  When it comes to EDC may not just consist of carrying a well maintained, operational and concealable firearm; you must also consider the other things that are needed.  A well made comfortable holster designed for your particular firearm is a necessity. You will need to insure you have your proper identification on you at all times ie. CHL, drivers license. You should also carry a spare magazine. I would recommended that you carry some type of personal defense ammunition; hollow points (HP).  Due to their expansion HP ammunition is less likely to pass through an attacker compared to full metal jacket (FMJ) ammunition. These are the bare minimum items for EDC, people add items to this list to fit their needs.  Some add items like flashlights, watches, Bug Out Bags (BOBs), first aid kits etc. These additional items are all personal preference.  The main thing to remember about your EDC is that it is comfortable, concealable and effective for your lifestyle. 

  I am not going to get into which firearm you should or shouldn't carry, which ammunition you should use or what holster would be best.  I will leave that for another post where I will do some comparisons on different ammunition and firearms.  I believe that the firearm and ammunition you carry is at your discretion.  Size, caliber, make, bullet type, weight and manufacturer;  I could care less, if it is comfortable, concealable and effective for your lifestyle, just CARRY.  I know that some will disagree and they are welcome to their opinions.  Please feel free to comment with your EDC set up and thoughts.


Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm with Talon Grips
Spare 7 rd magazine 
115 grain Fiocchi Extrema XTPHP ammunition
Osborn Holsters Tactical Tuck Holster
*CHL and Drivers License in my NRA ID wallet (front pocket)
*Wallet (back pocket opposite of firearm)
Smith and Wesson 1st Response Rescue Knife
Car Keys, Cell Phone and Garmin Vivofit

*This is to ensure that if i need to present ID to Law Enforcement my hands stay away from my firearm 

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety;  Always carry." ~ The Recoil Recitals

Thursday, May 12, 2016

5 Fabulous Reasons to Keep a Shooter's Log Book -Giveaway!


 5: Whether training by yourself or your friends, shooting is more fun when safe and friendly competition is involved! A log book helps you to keep improving your personal best.

4: Training makes perfect! Keeping a record of your progress or maintaining a record of success makes you and those closest to you more comfortable with your firearm.

3: Recording your range experience increases your awareness of how much training you actually get.

By training often, you can be certain that if a threat arises you will be ready to handle it.

2: Logging your training gives you clear indicators on things like reoccurring firearm malfunctions, bad shooting habits and common firing mistakes.

1: If you ever have to use your firearm, in self-defense having a log of your training could go a long way towards proving proof of competency with your weapon.

You can keep a slim, classy, journal style log book right in your range bag and log your training every time you go… and we are giving away two for free! They include lots of space for collecting data and notes about your day at the range, and they also have room to keep important information and maintenance records on 10 individual firearms.

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety;  Always carry." 
~ The Recoil Recitals

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Hybrid Inside the Waistband Holster (IWB)

  Hybrid Inside the Waistband (IWB) holsters are becoming more and more popular due to their comfort, adjustability and ease of concealment. They normally consist of a leather or polypropylene back and a Kydex™ front, which is molded for a specific firearm which provides great retention that is normally adjustable by the wearer; they can either utilize a single or double belt clip system and usually have adjustments for cant and ride depth. Though the double clip style can be slightly more difficult to put on they offer less *walking of the holster and are very comfortable.  Hybrid IWB holsters can be positioned anywhere on the waist including appendix carry depending on body type. I find the 4-5 o’clock position with a 15° cant extremely comfortable; while still providing excellent concealment for myself as a slightly bigger guy. The leather backing may stretch over time and change color due to wear, but most will have the adjustable retention screws so that you can tighten down the hold on the firearm.  Kydex™ comes in many different color opinions so there is a good chance you can find the perfect one to match your style. There are many manufacturers of hybrid holsters but I personally use an Osborn Holsters TacticalTuck IWB whereas Angie uses the Osborn Holsters SuperMini Appendix IWBThis is just a little bit about the Hybrid IWB style holsters, they are practical, comfortable, sturdy, customizable, adjustable and very concealable.  No matter what holster you use or prefer; always remember to wear a sturdy belt.  Also as with any IWB holster you may need to wear pants that are 1-2 sizes bigger than normal to allow for the width of the holster and firearm. Make the decision to carry and carry everyday.

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety;  Always carry." ~ The Recoil Recitals

*Walking of the holster- movement of the holster on the wearers waist and belt