Whether you’re in the military, a law enforcement officer, or a gun-loving, law-abiding citizen, finding the right gear is absolutely critical to your success. Here are 10 pieces of new gear to help get you started as we turn the corner into summer.

Troy SOCC Charging Handles

In an attempt to streamline operation and improve a shooter’s ability to manipulate their gun in stressful situations, Troy recently introduced its new SOCC Charging Handles. The latches for Troy’s SOCC charging handles are constructed from hardened steel for enhanced durability and reliability under a variety of conditions. Troy is currently offering both ambidextrous/enhanced and standard versions of the charging handles to help you take your AR to the next level. (

Booby Trap Bras

Booby Trap Bras, one of the foremost makers of self-defense activewear for women, was founded by a woman who was attacked while out for a jog. The company’s founder, Jennifer Cutrona, is adamant about providing high-quality activewear for women that helps them enjoy an active lifestyle without sacrificing their safety. Each Booby Trap Bra is designed with a hidden pocket that holds pepper spray, a special knife or a Mace Trigger Stun device. Booby Trap Bras also has a full line of athletic wear to complement the exercise bras. (

Bushmaster Minimalist-SD

Bushmaster has unveiled a new AR-platform rifle that should suit a wide variety of shooters. Available in 5.56mm NATO, the Bushmaster Minimalist-SD provides exceptional accuracy, reliability and performance in a rifle with a lot of features while still being lightweight and economical. The Minimalist-SD weighs about 6 pounds unloaded, yet you’re getting an AAC flash suppressor and KeyMod handguard, an ALG Defense Combat Trigger and a Mission First Tactical grip, 30-round magazine and buttstock. (

Hornady RAPiD Wall Locks

Designed to provide security for ARs or shotguns, the Hornady RAPiD Safe AR and Shotgun Wall Locks feature the company’s bombproof RFID system, and you can mount your favorite shotgun or AR in a horizontal or vertical position in closets, behind doors, etc. The safes open with force for fast access, and they look like they will hold virtually any AR/shotgun you need to keep secured at home. (

Sig Sauer Elite Performance Ammo

Sig Sauer recently added a new .223 Remington load to its Match Grade Elite Performance ammunition line. These new .223 Remington Open Tip Match (OTM) rounds are loaded with 77-grain Sierra MatchKing bullets for a rated muzzle velocity of 2,750 fps and muzzle energy of 1,293 foot-pounds. Sig Sauer’s match-grade ammunition utilizes a temperature- stable propellant that delivers consistent muzzle velocities in all weather conditions. (

Ridge Packin’ Tee

New in the deep-cover-carry undergarments department, the folks at Ridge Footwear have come out with the comfortable and versatile Packin’ Tee. The simple and versatile system is universal for use with either a right- or left-handed gun holster. The heavy-duty hook-and-loop attachment pads on both sides of the shirt offer the ability to use one side for the gun holster and the other for Packin’ Tee accessories like the Wallet Accessory Pouch (for cell phones, passports, badges, etc.) and the Magazine Pouch for carrying an additional magazine. (

Zero Tolerance 0850

The Zero Tolerance 0850 is a collaboration between custom knifemakers Dmitry Sinkevich and Todd Rexford. They initially built just two knives until Zero Tolerance stepped in and convinced them to develop a production version with the company. The 3.75-inch blade is made from CPM 20CV stainless steel, and the handle is made of dark blue carbon fiber. The knife stays open thanks to Zero Tolerance’s patented Sub-Frame lock. (

Magpul iPhone 7 Field Cases

The Magpul Field Cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are semi-rigid covers designed to provide basic protection in the field. Using a new synthetic material, the Field Case features PMAG-style ribs for added grip, a snap-on design for easy installation and removal, and it slides easily in and out of pockets without snagging. Additional colors will become available soon. (

Propper Tactical Duty Boots

The new Tactical Duty Boots from Propper keep your feet comfortable and ready to take you into the toughest places with professional-quality leather uppers and high-traction outsoles while their breathable, moisture-wicking mesh linings let your feet breathe. Comfort comes from athletic performance rubber soles with EVA cushioning and padded collars. A variety of sizes and widths are available to suit a number of operators. (

Vedder Quick Draw

The Quick Draw is a leather/Kydex hybrid that’s handmade to fit your gun perfectly. The backing/sweat guard is made of premium 10- to 12-ounce leather that disperses gun pressure points to aid in comfort. The holster’s durable pre-cut belt loops are designed for sturdy belts up to 1.75 inches wide to secure the holster close to your body. The Kydex portion of the rig has a sight channel to ensure clearance with all standard front sights. (

This article was originally published in ‘Tactical Weapons’ May/June 2017. To pick up a copy, visit

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