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Weapons: Oh, The Weapons Contractors Use…

This is a fun one. On Facebook I posted a TOTD or Thought Of The Day on what types of weapons contractors have used in the past on contracts. What I got was an incredible amount of feedback on this and it was really fun to see what popped up. Here is the TOTD I posted:

TOTD: Contractor Weapons. I think this would be a fun one. I would be interested in all the various weapon types that guys have seen issued as contractors, or had to use as part of their contract. Or stuff that you saw or heard other contractors use. Everyone hears about AK’s, M-4/ARs, and Glocks, but what are the other rifles and pistols seen issued. Or even the heavier weapons used for contracts. This should be a fun one and I will probably make a post out of it on the blog.

I have mentioned in the past that Facebook has been incredibly useful for interacting with the contractor community. The amount of feedback and interaction is amazing and very useful. I am also able to share more ideas in a more efficient manner there, which also helps to get more ideas in return.

So back to contractor weapons. Guys posted pictures and everything, and it was cool to see any trends in what we are using out there. Obviously AK -47’s and M-4/AR-15 variants are the top primary weapons. But the various types of other weapons issued and their histories are very interesting. Some are just recaptured weapons that were given to contractors by outgoing military units in the various AO’s, or some are weapons the companies were able to ship into that country. Others were bought in gun markets in the region, and it is fascinating to see what contractors we able to get a hold of.

What I will do below is list every gun mentioned and I recommend going to the post on FB to see the various stories behind these weapons. I did notice that the G-3 was mentioned quite a bit. I got to play around with one in Iraq, but didn’t use it for work. In the photo below, Patrick brought up a heavily modified G 3 that I thought was cool.

The other thing to point out is how many copies of weapons were mentioned. Stuff that was either reproduced by Iraqi factories or stuff that was made in the weapon making villages of Pakistan. Lots of junky weapons that fell apart or barely worked, but were cheap and helped to stand up a contract. It is a huge problem in the industry, and companies continue to outfit contracts with junky weapons and equipment, all because of money or because they do not have the connections to get the good stuff into that war zone. That is the one thing that I continue to see and hear from contractors out there, and I have experienced the same, and that companies are horrible at providing good weapons or equipment. It’s why guys become good at fixing weapons or why folks prefer to bring their own kit–because the companies are horrible at this stuff.

Back to the list. There is also the mention of heavy weapons used, or the use of explosives. Stuff that you would not associate with contracting, but was certainly used at one time or another by contractors in Iraq or Afghanistan. In the early days of Iraq, you saw everything. Now, not so much because regulations and contracts have become very specific as to what can be carried. I saw that change during the 2006 to 2008 time frame, and especially in Iraq. But there are contracts that are out of sight or out of control of the Big Military, and you continue to see the heavy stuff come up on contracts.  So here is the list, and feel free to add in the comments section stuff that you used on contracts. –Matt



This is a PDW Patrick McAleer made in 2007, out of an Iranian G3, in Iraq. Photo Credit Patrick McAleer.



Glock 19
Glock 17
HS 2000
Caracal F
M 9
SIG P226
Turkish Kanuni
Walther P 38
Iraqi Berretta
Browning Hi Power
Walther P 99
CZ 75
.455 Webley
Smith and Wesson Sigma
Norinco NP 22 (Sig 226 copy)
FN P35
CZ 70
Zastava EZ9
Ruger P95
.38 Colt Diamondback
Colt 1911
.455 Colt Eley

M 16 A2
AK 47
AR 15
M 4
Colt 722
G 3
G 36
Type 56
K 98
British SMLE
Sturmgewehr 44
Saiga M 3
Benelli Argo
Remington R 25
Remington 700
Browning BAR
Mosin Nagant
FPK Dragunov
AR 10
Ruger Scout Rifle in .308
AMD 65
HK MR 308
FN FAL para
VZ 58
AR 18
HK 416
East German MPi KM 72
SIG 550


NOR 982
Remington 870
Italian double barrel

Submachine Guns

Swedish K
MP 5
Beretta M 12
Beretta PM 12S

Machine Guns

MG 42
FN Minimi Para SAW
FN M-249 SAW
M-240/MAG 58
M 60
MG 3
VZ 59

Grenade Launchers

M 79
HK 69
M 203
M 320/AG 36

Mortars, Grenades and Mines

M 67
M 18 Claymore
Tear Gas/CS
Improvised Claymores For Defense
Mortars for flares

Rocket Launchers

AT 4

Heavy Machine Guns

M 2

Automatic Grenade Launchers

MK 19
AGS 17


Regular Archery Bows
Kitchen Knives
ASP baton

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Gear Review: The Safariland ALS Holster

I had a chance to pick up one of these holsters and I was very happy with it. Personally, I was looking for a concealable holster that had some type of retention. Safariland makes a great product and I figured I would check out their ALS Holster.

I did not want to use a SERPA because I think they are junk and not very well designed.(notice where the trigger finger goes after you press the release–right onto the trigger area as you draw)

My other favorite holster when retention is not a factor is a Comp-Tac kydex holster. They are built like a tank and are comfortable to wear. If retention is not a big deal for your particular contract, then this is a great holster.

Why then would retention be a good idea for contractors?  A concern in today’s war zone contracts, and especially in places like Afghanistan, is working around folks you just don’t trust. In other words, you do not want to make it easy for them to grab your pistol out of your holster and then shoot you and others with it.

The other reason why I like retention is that it holds the pistol in place while you are moving and running around. With a regular kydex holster, this could be an issue. It is easy for a seat belt to get caught on your pistol and it just pull it out. Or you sit down and a chair armrest knocks the pistol out. Having retention just keeps that pistol in place, where you need it.

As to the variants of this holster, you can get a pistol light ALS holster, or even a duty ALS holster. The duty ALS holster has a guard on in it, which can be nice if you want to protect the release button on the top from your gut/kit/clothing or attacker going for your gun. You can also get other mounts and attachments for the ALS holster to put it on a drop leg or lower the ALS holster on your belt. There are even different colors you can choose from. Lots of options and it is up to you how you want to set it up.

The initial kit that you get, gives you the option of a paddle or belt loop slider piece. I carry it with the belt loop slider, just so the pistol and holster are locked into place on the belt at all times. But sometimes a paddle is nice too. Although one critique of the belt slider piece is that it is very basic.  Safarliand should have put more effort into making a piece that is more form fitted to the body, kind of like what the Comp-Tac kydex holsters have.  I am sure a custom shop might be able to make something for you there, or there might be a piece that Safariland has made to replace that. The drop down mount looks a little more doable, but I have not tried that yet.

As for the draw, it is very easy to get good with this thing. Plus the release button forces you to place your hand in the same grip every time.  So if you are trying to achieve consistency in that regard, this is a good pistol holster. Plus you are using your trigger finger for pressing the weapon trigger, and not pressing some release button and then your trigger. Here, you use your thumb to release, and they are great for a Glock user. (which is the most common pistol on contracts) For holstering, you don’t have to do anything and it just automatically locks it in again.

This shows the release button and what the belt slide looks like on the back.

For any reduction in draw speed?  Maybe, but I haven’t played around with it to that level, and I am sure it is marginal. But hey, if you want to convert this holster into a kydex type open holster, you can remove the retention mechanism. Lots of options with this holster depending on what you need. (check out this video of it being drawn)

Not to mention that the suede lining is a nice touch. It makes it very quite to holster or un-holster, and it protects the finish of the weapon. So for companies that are looking for a tough holster with retention that will protect their pistols, this is an option.

As for concealment, this is not bad. It sucks up against the body alright, but maybe not as close as some of the current types of kydex. It doesn’t wrap like a Raven Concealment holster, but it still hugs just fine for what it is.

My only con for this pistol is that it would be cool to be able to lock the release button out. That way you could just keep it open for some scenarios and have a free draw without having to worry about retention. That would be useful for walking patrol duty at night or something–but be able to switch it back when you are operating around crowds again.

Finally, this is not the only retention holster out there. Do your own research and look around. Choose kit that works for you and your pistol, and for the mission/contract that you are on.

Take good care of that kit and bring what you need to keep it operational. That means buy extra screws or bring allen wrenches so you can work on this stuff. With contracts, you never assume that the kit they will issue is good or that they will have the parts/expertise to fix your stuff. Hell, I have been on some gigs where they gave you a pistol and yet they did not give you a holster! So bring a holster is the lesson.

Be self-sufficient, buy good kit, and have confidence knowing that your stuff is familiar, is tough, in good condition and functions well. Take care of it, and it will take care of you. –Matt


Safariland Glock 17, 22 6378 ALS Concealment Paddle Holster (STX Black Finish)

Product Features
-ALS Automatic Locking System secures weapon once holstered, it locks into place
-Slim and low profile design for improved concealment
-Simple straight draw once ALS is de-activated
-Formed, sturdy paddle design for comfort and easy on and off
-Fits 1.5″ to 1.75″ belt widths

Product Description
The Safariland Model 6378 Holster is a concealment version of the Automatic Locking System (ALS ) series holsters. Once the weapon is holstered, it “locks” into place, providing an extra measure of security from standard open top holsters. A simple straight up draw is possible once the ALS is de-activated by the thumb while obtaining a shooting grip. IDPA approved. The Model 6378 holster features an all-new injection molded paddle design that is highly concealable and rides close to body with a slightly forward weapon cant. It also comes standard with the 567BL belt loop, fitting 1.5″ to 1.75″ belt widths. Additionally, it features suede lining to help protect the gun’s sights and finish, and its SafariLaminatestructure with wraparound design provides the strongest design combination available.

Safariland Glock 17, 22 6378 ALS Concealment Paddle Holster (STX Black Finish)
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Funny Stuff: The Ninja Glock

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Cool Stuff: An Above The Knee Amputee Guide To Concealed Carry

     Boy folks, this is a treat.  The other day I was perusing the forums and stumbled upon a post over at Lightfighter that really caught my eye.  This hard charger actually converted his prosthetic leg, into a concealed carry platform.  I thought it was incredibly innovative and just damn cool. From AR 15’s to Glocks to knives–wow. It actually concealed pretty good too.  So with J.’s permission, I have posted a few of his pictures of his work.

   For some details, J. is an ‘above the knee’ amputee, and the prosthetic he has is totally adjustable and state of the art.  I invite the reader to check out all of the posts pertaining to the development of this project over at Lightfigther. Maybe if there are any equipment manufacturers out there, you can contact J. or ‘zombiehunter’ on the forum and pick his brain about creating a product line. Check it out.-Matt


Robocop Phase 1 post here.

Robocop Phase 2 post here.

‘Planet Terror’ post here.


Robocop Phase 1

I got this idea from Pat Rogers and hal5555 along with several other buddies. It’s as close to the internal holster in robocop as I can get since I wear pants. So far its working pretty damn good. I might have to downgrade to a Glock 26 due to the grip bulge. Perfect no rattle, easily accessible.

Your all like Serpa-yuck- right?

Well I don’t have to worry about shooting my foot now do I? -J.

Robo Cop

2nd Generation Robocop

Robocop Complete. It took a couple a months but it’s finished. I followed a fellow LFer’s advice and went with a cut Glock 17. I applied super adhesive velcro (loop) from Home Depot to the leg. Loop on one side, hook on the other. This way it will stick to both leg and security band. No movement.

Standard Serpa belt fastener cut to fit Serpa LE version carry holster. Shaved the holster to prevent catching. Velcro (hook) on back to attach to security strap. Velcro hook on belt side of mag carry. Loop side on the other 3 sides. This allows for use of security band. Serpa and Rc-3 attached to leg. Extra mag attached to ankle.

Glock 17 cut down to feed 26 mags. Also textured.Not very noticeable. For instance, I went over to HAL5555’s house and he didn’t know I was wearing it.Primary mag = 10 rds+1. Secondary mag = 31. Plus the standard 17’s work if I need a spare mag in a pocket. -J.

Second Robocop





Planet Terror Project

Yeah yeah I got jealous of that hot one legged chick in Planet Terror. I just couldnt get myself to walk on my barrel though… so I compromised.

Plus a hello and thank you to ITS TACTICAL points on this.

In no way am I that paranoid to carry this as a concealed unless 1 of 2 things was happening: ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE OR BAGGY JEANS DAY (IM KIDDING). For all you “its for show… he cant even pull the charging handle back” people, your absolutely right it can’t go back when hooked on. But what can be done is one round chambered, mag ejected, on safe, non stop tac-reloads. Only time that charging handle would be required is if malfunction occurred (and I haven’t had one yet 4000+ rounds on it). And on the note of bolt being locked to the rear on empty, all I gotta do is bang the right side so it smacks the leg and the bolt release is pushed. In the 5th pic you’ll notice the selector lever is accessible finally- oh my god there’s no flash suppressor and the barrel is gonna shoot a big fireball everytime he shoots…..I couldn’t care less, I won’t feel it anyways. -J.

Planet Terror


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Weapons Stuff: GTUL and Caring For Your Glock Magazines

     How cool is this?  A total Glock magazine care system, complete with easy base plate removal tool/brush and punch set. Man those base plates are such a pain in the neck to remove, and anything to make that easier is FJ approved.  Check out the video on the site as well. –Matt


     Remove the floorplate of 9MM/40S&W magazines while preventing wear on the locking tabs and damage to the metal liner.  Keep those magazines clean and help prevent loose fitting floorplates.  The material used will withstand thousands of cycles.

     Designed specifically for use with the Disassembly Tool. The handle has a punch which can be used to depress the retaining pin on Glock magazines. The brush is used to clean away dirt, grime, and powder residue from inside the magazine tube and other parts. The punch can be used by a qualified gunsmith to dissassemble a Glock.  

     GTUL has developed an integrated system to disassemble and clean all 9MM/40S&W Glock magazines. For use by Law Enforcement, competitive shooters and all those who demand positive ammunition feeding. This system addresses an often overlooked area of firearm maintenance for your Glock, cleaning the magazines. You can now take apart your magazines without marring, gouging, or damaging the metal liner. Quickly remove dirt, dust, powder residue and grime that may hinder reliability and cause a failure to feed.

    The Patent Pending GTUL minimizes wear and maintains the structural integrity of the locking tabs and notches, and limits the force that may be applied to the magazine. It can be used with Generation I, II, and III Glock magazines. The precise fit, and compact design allows the magazine to be secured with one hand and apply force to disengage the locking tabs. This allows the other hand to be used to depress the retaining pin (if present), and slide the floor plate off. The Mag Brush has a punch built into the handle to depress the retaining pin, the nylon bristles are used to clean the magazine tube.

     These products are proudly made in America. Thank you for looking at our website. 

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