First Gear: Sentry assault belt, G96 Crud Buster, North Forest Arms dual-picture sights

posted on November 19, 2023
First Gear
Photo: Peter Fountain

1. Get the Guck Out I’m not proud that I failed to clean one of my revolvers for so long that it completely locked up, but … well, that might’ve happened. On the bright side, it gave me the opportunity to try out the G96 Crud Buster. A little of that, a little elbow grease and voilà, I can pretend I’ve never neglected one of my guns so shamefully. I even added its Gun Treatment afterward to help keep it functioning smoothly until next time. ($17.65-$24;

2. Fast but Accurate Most of us want to practice both rapid defensive accuracy and precision bullseye accuracy, but easy-to-see dot sights often obscure the target, making precision work more difficult, while precision sights are non-ideal for defensive use because they’re harder to align perfectly. The inventor of these North Forest Arms Dual-Picture Gun Sights is a self-described “martial arts geek” who had an interest in working with how the body naturally reacts to stimuli. The result of his knowledge and efforts is a set of unique steel-and-Tritium, Glock-footprint sights (other profiles coming) in three color options. The genius of them is their bright circle-in-circle sighting setup—which my eye does indeed easily and quickly lock in—with a precision bullseye option of aligning the top post-and-notch setup above the circles. The only downside I’ve noted is they don’t co-witness with red-dots at this time, which isn’t much of a factor for me anyway. ($149.95;

3. Low-Pro Belt It’s a little funny how the sport-shooting world and the duty world can cross over in the product realm, but it happens pretty often. The SENTRY Gunnar Low Profile Operators Belt V2 with included inner belt kit is one such example. Its high-strength nylon webbing and micro MOLLE mount system, with associated optional accessories, such as pouches and tourniquets, allows you to easily carry and access everything you need for duty or just a ton of magazines and a dump pouch for competition—all angled for easy grabbing. You can also mount everything horizontally or vertically on the belt, and the included inner belt keeps it all in place comfortably. The quick-release Cobra buckle is well-known and well-loved in both environments as well. ($129.99;


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