Security will always be more about personal preparedness, knowledge and awareness than about gear. However, there are plenty of products that can bolster and compound our knowledge, skills and abilities.
We have assembled a group of security items, including some innovative, new weapons, home security solutions, some goodies that will defeat the darkness and gear that’s designed to help you carry your weapon-of-choice.Beachin Tactical Speed Sling
The Beachin Tactical Speed Sling was created by Jacob Beach after his tours in Afghanistan. He struggled with several issued and personally-purchased slings during his military career. Upon returning home, he decided to design and produce a sling that met his security needs and that he would be proud to carry.
Each sling is handmade using the highest-quality U.S.-sourced components. The quick-detachment system stays at the chest, making it fast and easy to operate.
The slings have paracord padding, along with rugged and simple attachment hardware, and are highly adjustable for a broad range of rifle and shotgun carry options.
- MIL-SPEC base webbing
- Made with 32 feet of MIL-SPEC paracord
- U.S.-made quick-release buckle
- Customizable colors and camo patterns
For more than 100 years, the shotgun has been the pinnacle of personal-defense weapons. There are few things on the market that can match its raw power and ability to stop a threat in its tracks.
Black Aces Tactical has applied its technical prowess to the semiautomatic Remington 1100 and 1187 shotguns and has created an innovative series of compact, highly reliable 12-gauge weapons platforms. Every part of these shotguns has been specifically re-engineered to provide the ultimate in reliability and ammunition flexibility.
- Reliably cycles both high- and low-brass ammo
- Redesigned gas system
- Capacities: 6+1 or 4+1
- Re-engineered recoil mechanism
- Available in NFA and non-NFA configurations
MSRP: Starting at $949
The Center Mass Group is the brainchild of retired U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Sajnog. The company offers a variety of firearms training opportunities. Choose from the book, How to Shoot Like a Navy SEAL, “The New Rules Training” online training seminars membership or one-on-one physical training with Chris himself.
Whichever training system you choose to employ, following Chris’s unique training programs is sure to enhance your shooting skills.
- Soft cover; 114 pages
- Navy SEAL Shooting (soft cover; 386 pages; MSRP: $29.97)
- “New Rules Shooting” online academy (monthly subscription starts at $19.97 per month)
MSRP: $6.99Dueck Defense Red Dot Back Up Sight Base
Red-dot sights on pistols are becoming increasingly popular with defensive pistol professionals. Unfortunately, if your pistol isn’t designed to accommodate these sights, your options are limited for installing them on your weapon.
Dueck Defense has introduced the Red Dot Back Up Sight Base to address this issue. The sight base is designed to dovetail into the existing factory rear sight slot and includes its own set of iron sights built into the base.
- Optimal height for use with suppressors
- Compatible with most red-dot holsters
- Made in the U.S.A.
MSRP: Starting at $129.95
The HS507C is a state-of-the-art micro red-dot sight designed for use on pistols. Its open-frame design ensures a good sight picture with minimal obstruction. The hardened glass pane is housed in a rugged housing manufactured from hard-anodized 7075 aluminum.
The 507C provides the user with the option of three reticles: a 2 MOA dot, a 32 MOA circle or a combination of the two. All reticles are projected from a single LED emitter, meaning that your zero will never be compromised.
- Solar Fail-Safe backup power supply
- Shake Awake auto-off/-on feature
- Industry-standard footprint for ease of mounting
- Up to 100,000 hours of battery life plus solar backup
- Weight: 2.65 ounces
When Kershaw introduced the Natrix model, it was an instant hit. However, many customers asked for a version made here, in the U.S.A., with upgraded materials. Kershaw listened to those requests and is proud to introduce the Kershaw Bareknuckle.
This blade is designed to be a full-sized EDC tactical knife. Despite its size, the Bareknuckle is lightweight. Its reversible, deep-carry pocket clip means the blade stays out of sight until you are ready to use it.
- Premium Sandvik 14C28N blade steel
- KVT ball bearing flipper
- Aluminum scales with a steel sub-frame lock
- Reversible, deep-carry pocket clip
Benchmade designed the Mini Loco to be a premium-grade EDC/tactical folding knife. Based on Benchmade’s extremely popular 808 Loco, the Mini Loco is smaller, lighter and more pocketable while still retaining all the overbuilt, hard-use qualities of its bigger brother.
The steel liners, G10 grips and legendary Axis lock, combined with the reverse-tanto blade made from premium steel, mean that the Mini Loco will be up to whatever task you need it to perform.
- Overall length: 7.62 inches
- Closed length: 4.38 inches
- Blade length: 3.38 inches
- Blade steel: S30V
- Deep-carry reversible pocket clip
- Weight: 4.47 ounces
MSRP: Starting at $225
The Velos was designed by company co-owner Curtis Iovito to be the perfect EDC/backup/survival blade. The design was inspired by the lapel daggers used by the O.S.S. during World War II. The size of the Velos allows it to be carried almost anywhere, while its full stainless steel construction means that it won’t rust, even in deep concealment.
The selection of a premium steel also means that the Velos will hold its edge for a very long time. It also incorporates a flathead screwdriver and a hex tool lanyard hole.
- Overall length: 4.5 inches
- Blade length: 2.125 inches
- Blade steel: CPM-20CV, black or bead-blasted
- Sheath: Black Kydex with breakaway neck chain
- Weight: 1.09 ounce
Jack Richland, the owner of Black Scout Survival, has teamed up with Mark Laine of Centerline Systems to create a multi-function belt that can be worn every day. This belt provides a solid platform for carrying a firearm, and it also incorporates two hidden pockets that use deployment tabs to deliver contents into your hand when opened.
Unlike many rigger’s belts on the market, the Concealment Belt is designed without unnecessary straps and buckles, keeping the belt highly functional and low-profile.
- Buckle: 1.5-inch Austri-Alpin Cobra buckle
- Webbing: 1.5-inch MIL-W-55301 and 05-0575 webbing
- Rigid construction allows use as a gun belt
- Front and rear hidden pockets
MSRP: Starting at $90
Hardwire is no stranger to producing high-end composite armor systems. Founded in 2000, Hardwire has been producing armor for the U.S. military since 2001. This company has led the way in producing armor systems for personnel, ground vehicles, aircraft and boats.
Hardwire has now expanded its product line to include armor systems for use in schools. These bulletproof inserts are designed to fit inside backpacks and bags to provide the user with NIJ-certified, Level IIIA ballistic protection.
- Size: 10×13 inches
- Weight: 1 pound
- Dry-erase marker-compatible panel surfaces
- Available in six civilian-friendly colors
- 10-year limited warranty
Fenix has made a name for itself in the tactical/EDC flashlight market. This company is known for producing useful, premium-quality flashlights, as well as for never settling for “good enough.” Fenix has refreshed its venerable UC35 flashlight for 2018 with the UC35 V2.0.
This new version provides a more-compact overall size, higher output with greater power efficiency, upgraded stainless steel buttons, improved integrated charging circuitry and improved dust and water resistance.
- Output: 1 to 1,000 lumens
- Battery charge indicator with low-voltage warning
- IP68 dust and water resistance
- Includes a rechargeable 18650 battery and micro USB cable
The DoorJammer is a unique piece of equipment designed to provide added security to existing doors. The DoorJammer uses a system of patented hinges and angles to convert horizontal force being applied to a door into vertical force, which will prevent the door from being opened.
The DoorJammer is very simple to install and use and it provides enough adjustment to be effective on a wide variety of doors and floors. Additionally, the DoorJammer is small enough to be taken with you when you are traveling. It is easily installed and quickly removed if an emergency requires you to exit your room fast for security.
- Height: 4.75 inches
- Width: 2.75 inches
- Weight: 8 ounces
- Includes neoprene extension foot and wedges
Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the Prepper Fall, 2018 print issue of American Survival Guide.