Even though I mostly focus on armor here, sometimes I just have to vent. And that time is now.

Recently (as in, the past several years), I have seen more and more “custom” pistols (mostly Glocks, but up to and including 1911s) with what I can only term “Debris Entry Ports” cut into the slides.

Referred to as “windows” or “lightening cuts,” the only thing I can think of when I see these is “wow, that’s an expensive cutaway demonstrator.” Pistols have dust covers for a reason- it is to prevent crap from entering into the space where the barrel, slide, and recoil system function. Cutting “windows” (I guess so the shooter can make sure their barrel didn’t get up and walk away when they weren’t looking) circumvents the dust cover.

The reasons I have heard for doing this range from “it reduces the reciprocating mass of the slide, making the gun more reliable and lessening recoil” to “it looks cool.” I take exception to the first, and shake my head at the second. Reducing the reciprocating mass of the slide will make the gun LESS reliable in feeding, since less mass means less momentum to strip the next round out of the magazine. And again, less mass will translate in GREATER felt recoil, as mass is what absorbs the impulse (compare a steel 1911 to a polymer pistol, all else being equal, the 1911 will have less felt recoil).

Intentionally circumventing a critical design feature (the dust cover) in a tool designed to protect life and limb, because “chicks dig it,” is…well, not particularly bright. If it is going to be a pampered race gun, only to be used for dropping steel plates or punching paper, go for it. But as a tool of self-preservation, function should always trump form. No firearm for “serious” work should have Debris Entry Ports.

And that’s just about all I have to say on the matter.

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After more than 7 years in development, I am proud to announce the release of the C2 (Cover and Concealment) Armored Deep Concealment Holster, a groundbreaking concealed carry solution unlike any other.

Starting with a foundation of FR Denim gives this holster a comfortable, breathable, and durable backbone. From there, things get even more innovative.

Pelvic concealment is widely regarded as the most covert form of carry, but many have concerns about carrying a weapon in this region of the body. In yet another first, the D-Rmor Gear C2 incorporates several layers of integral woven aramid in the lower half of the holster, completely encapsulating the muzzle and all but eliminating the danger of an inadvertent discharge.

As an additional optional feature (and making the C2 truly unlike anything else), the C2 will also accept a custom-designed soft armor panel (equivalent to Level 2A) in a compartment behind the weapon.

Adding negligible weight and bulk, this panel will increase peace of mind by providing protection to a very vulnerable area of the body. End user has the choice of woven aramid or advanced hybrid wovenate materials. In order to keep the holster as thin and light as possible, an optional removable moisture barrier pad is available for end-users that want to prevent sweat from affecting susceptible weapons. The armor panels come standard with breathable, moisture barrier cover fabric shell.

As a final touch, the C2 comes standard with dual-elastic suspension system, extending the usable life of the holster and ensuring that it remains snug and secure at all times.

The C2 is designed to accommodate current compact handguns (G19, Sig P-320 Compact, S&W M&P Compact, etc.) is fully ambidextrous, and will accept one or two magazines in the off-side pouch (or two weapons, if the wearer is so inclined).

If you have a concern that your weapon will not fit, or would like to discuss a custom size, please contact me.

The C2 is fully Berry Amendment compliant, proudly made by hand in the USA.

The C2 is guaranteed for 3 years against defects in workmanship, and will be replaced or repaired at my discretion. Pricing is set at $130 for the base holster, armor panels start at $109, and optional non-armor anti-moisture pads at $20. Purchase all three together for a 10% discount Please email to place a pre-order, delivery projected for Mid-March.

When ordering, please specify your waist size, as this is customized to you during construction.

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In celebration of SHOT, I will be releasing several new products starting on January 23rd. Several of these have been in development for many years, and it is with no small amount of excitement that I will be unveiling them.

Stay tuned!

To everybody who contacted me and ordered in 2017, my heartfelt thanks. Though a challenging year, it also saw a lot of great things. 2018 promises to be even better.

A couple changes are coming to the site:

First off, I will be adding a page for in-stock items. As I catch up on my backlog, and bring new developments out, I will at times have an item or two available for immediate purchase. Check back often, as it will be fluid.

Secondly, I have been asked why I am requiring an NDA for my spall guards. In as few words as possible, it is the only way for a small fish like myself to protect my intellectual property. It has come to my attention that last year, my proprietary technology was nearly misappropriated. As a result, I require an NDA for spall guards. I appreciate the inquiries regarding this.

Finally, there are several new items coming down the pike! 2017 saw the release of D-Rmor Gear Blades, 2018 will see two or three (possibly more) new additions!

Again, I thank everyone for their continued support and kind words of encouragement. It really does make a difference.

Now through November 24th, all soft armor orders (Extreme Duty Plate Backers and Extreme Duty Cummerbund Panels) will get a free upgrade to FR Cordura outer shells (normally a 10% increase).

To order, please go here: https://drmorgear.wordpress.com/coming-soon-d-rmor-gear-extreme-duty-plate-backers/

and then here:

https://drmorgear.wordpress.com/ordering/

Thanks to everyone for their continued suggestions and support, and a happy holiday season to you all.

After nearly 6 years of development, the first D-Rmor Gear blade is here.

Embodying all the best features of an everyday carry blade, the EKD-1A was designed from the ground up to be a perfect compliment to a concealed firearm, or as a standalone personal defense tool in non-permissive environments.

At just under 7.25″ in overall length, and a blade length of 2.95″, the EDK-1A is legal in most jurisdictions (please check your own local laws before carrying). With a blade geometry optimized for both the cut and the thrust, it is well-suited to any defensive style. To enhance its utility as a defensive carry tool, it incorporates a Karambit-style finger ring, to speed deployment using gross motor skill.

Precisely CNC machined and available in either D2 or CPM-3V steels (both hardened to approximately 59-60 Rockwell-C and cryogenically tempered), these knives will stand up to extreme use. Handles are secured using stainless chain ring bolts, and are offered with multiple colorways of hand-contoured G10 and Canvas Micarta for a dependable, secure grip in all conditions.

Finally, the blades are laser engraved with the D-Rmor Gear touchmark, and individually serial numbered, then coated with black PVD, Nickel Boron, Titanium Nitride, or Melonite for several lifetimes worth of extreme use.

An optional Kydex retention sheath is available in either black or FDE.

Depending on options, the D-Rmor Gear EDK-1A will be offered for between $369-$399 but the first ten knives will be available at a special price. Please contact D-Rmor Gear today to reserve your blade, limit of one per household.

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At the recent ARMY-2017 Exhibition in Moscow, Russia,(http://www.rusarmyexpo.com/), an armored suit concept was unveiled. Several features stand out as quite unusual:

First, the armored components appear to be semi-load bearing. From visual appearance, the chest and joint armor looks to be made of hexagonal and triangular carbide ceramics. The construction would also indicate field or depot-level reparability, as there is no overlayer. The potential drawback of this system is much higher vulnerability to incidental damage. This concept differs from the current protocol of carrying hard plates in fabric suspension systems.

Second, the construction of the joint armor takes a lot of cues from late medieval designs, and does not appear to hinder movement greatly.

The design appears well thought out, with minimal shot traps and weak points. The overlap of the chest plastron is correct, as most projectiles will impact at a downward arc.

The passive exoskeleton looks to be durable and functional. When power density and heat dissipation issues are solved in the next decade, this system should prove easy to upgrade to a powered exoskeleton.

The armor is puported to withstand “10 rounds of various calibers.” Based on the predicted material/design elements, this system should be capable of providing level IV multi-hit coverage under the rigid components, and level II-IIIA/Frag over the remaining areas.

It is predicted to be fielded within 15 to 20 years.

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A recent hubbub surrounding a manufacturer of steel plates for body armor highlights the importance of choosing a good manufacturer.

It has come to light that this company used the excellent Armox Advance (manufactured by SSAB in Sweden, a reputable and highly respected company) to make their newest plates, which on the surface had impressive specs: .196″ thick (before coating) and under 5 lb. for a 10X12 plate, in a complexly curved plate (almost unheard of). They claimed that the plates would stop M193 at 3100+ FPS, which based on the capabilities of the steel, they should have. Seemed too good to be true.

And it was.

Several testers immediately reported that the plates were failing, and failing rather dramatically at well below the stated velocity threshold.

Some sleuthing (which uncovered a patent application by this company), showed that in order to press the plates into the comfortable multi-curve profile, the company had…wait for it…ANNEALED the blanks.

To my non-metallurgist readers, that means the plates were heated up to what is known as critical temperature (around 1600 F for this particular steel), which removes all hardness. The plates were then apparently re-heated and re-hardened (NOT by SSAB, but by the company in question) after forming. Which is why the failures should surprise no-one.

There are no free lunches.

Steel for body armor is certified by the manufacturer, right up to the point it is meddled with.

Stripping the factory heat treat to make it easier to bend can turn a previously excellent steel into just another piece of random plate. 80% of a given high performance steel’s properties are in the heat treat, the remaining 20% are the chemistry and how the piece is shaped/engineered. Thinking that they could equal the heat-treat of SSAB using standard commercial methods was pure irresponsible hubris, and could have cost lives. There is a reason curved Armox Advance plates are rare, and usually single curve.

Unfortunately, it is incidents like this that give steel rifle plates an undeservedly bad reputation, and it is up to reviewers and end-users to educate themselves. Purchase steel plates from well-known, vetted companies such as Patriot Plate, Spartan, AR500, and others.

And while it is laudable to want to innovate and improve, manufacturers of body armor need to have a grasp of some basic, basic fundamentals of the materials they are working on, and rigorously test their product in-house (the above issue would have been avoided had the company in question actually tested the finished plates before letting them out the door).

It is my hope that this company will do the right thing and refund the money of their customers that purchased these plates, and replace them with plates that have been tested and pass QC.

As always, do your homework, and I will do my part to get this information to the end users.

D-Rmor Gear is pleased to announce the newest version, 4.4, of our classic Spall Guard, has been released. Still lightweight, even more rugged, with changes to make it easier to install your plates. Now you also have the option of lighter, FR treated 500D Cordura in Coyote Brown.

Check them out here:

https://drmorgear.wordpress.com/products/spall-guards/

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Recently I have had several inquiries about GRP (Glass Reinforced Polymer, or “fiberglass”) armor. It’s important to review this material, as it is becoming more prevalent in the armoring world. It has advantages in certain applications, but is totally unsuitable in others.

GRP has been around for a while. Some of the first body armor and vehicular armor utilized this material. It is comprised of woven, large-denier S-Glass fibers in a resin (usually epoxy, but often polyester or similar). The panels are rigid, and range from a few millimeters to over an inch thick.

In applications such as structural hardening and vehicular armoring, this material is very suitable, as S-Glass is much less expensive than either Aramid or UHMWPE reinforcement. It also has excellent environmental stability, able to withstand long periods of exposure to the elements without appreciable degradation or maintenance.

Recently however, this material has begun to be re-introduced as body armor, either in standalone applications as “handgun resistant” plates, or as the backing component to ceramic rifle plates. In my experience, this material is to be avoided as personal armor.

First and foremost, during a ballistic event, glass fibers are thrown off at high velocity. Unlike Aramid fibers, these can embed themselves in the wearer, requiring exploratory surgery to remove (since glass fibers do not show up on X-ray). A projectile defeat of the plate will pull additional secondary glass fiber projectiles into the wound, complicating it.

Secondly, in handling. This material often has “slivers” or “splinters” of glass fibers standing proud from the surface. These are a non-inconsequential hazard.

Finally, GRP armor is nearly twice as heavy as an equivalent Aramid panel, and three times the weight of UHMWPE for its protection.

My advice would be to spend a little extra to ensure you are getting either Aramid or UHMWPE plates, and avoid rifle plates that specify GRP backing.