Archive | November, 2013

Galco M7X Matrix Holster — Safety, Security, and Affordability

21 Nov

When carrying concealed, you want assurance that your holster is not only comfortable, but also holds your handgun securely. Except, there’s more to it than that. There is also the comfort, the ease of putting your holster on and taking it off, and the overall cost.  This is exactly where the Galco M7X Matrix comes in.  matrix holster

Some weapons, such as the Springfield Armory XD-M .45, come with their own holsters, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the best fit or design for the weapon or your body.

A comfortable and secure option such as the Galco M7X is not only an outside waistband holster, but it also holds some weapons much higher and tighter than the holster that it came with them.

Installation-wise, the M7X is very simple to put on and take off. It has plastic loops that are durable and snap into place easily. When first using the holster, it may seem a bit uncomfortable as it takes time for it to mold to the carrier’s body.

The M7X is also molded for specific handguns and you’ll know it’s secure in place when you hear it ‘click.’ It also supports overall concealment thanks to the non-adjustable forward cant which forces the weapon and holster to ride more up than back. This also allows for a more natural draw, adding to its benefits.

In his article “Galco M7X Matrix Holster” on, Mark Kakkuri explains why the M7X Matrix is a great choice for those who carry concealed:

“The M7X Matrix defines simplicity. It offers no adjustability whatsoever—no tension screw, no height or cant adjustment. But it doesn’t seem to need those, either. Moreover, the M7X Matrix is maintenance free, maintaining its good looks and functionality without any input from the user. You snap it on and snap it off. You insert the handgun and draw it out. While M7X Matrix holsters come in left or right hand designs, they are only available with a black finish. Matrix holsters also allow you to carry multiple versions of the same gun in one holster.” (Read more about the M7X holster here.)

When looking for a holster beyond the one that your weapon may automatically accompany, you should seek out something that is comfortable, and affordable. It should aid in concealment, and provide confidence when carrying. If you’re seeking value and practicality in your holster, look no further than the M7X.


How to Maximize the Brief Window of Opportunity After an Injury

7 Nov

The immediate aftermath of a life-threatening injury leaves a brief and critical window of opportunity.

It may be you or someone else who is shot, stabbed or injured by a blunt object. Image

There may be substantial bleeding, broken bones and other physical damage.

Often the injured person won’t feel any pain for a few minutes afterwards as a result of being so shocked. Take full advantage of this time to assess injuries and stabilize them if necessary because once the adrenaline wears off, they will begin to feel it.

One important note — if at all possible take a quick look at the wound(s) and make a mental note of what it looks like and the damage done. Then proceed with the stabilization. This will be very helpful for the soon-to-arrive medical personnel.

They may not want to undo the gauze or t-shirt you’ve pressed over the wound and if you can tell them roughly what it looks like, you will help them make the best choice when it comes to stabilization and transport of the patient.

They can also call ahead to the ER and let them know what to expect when the injured party arrives. All of this is simple information that can make a huge difference in correct and effective care.

Keeping one’s head through an injury is incredibly important. Your mental state can literally determine whether you live or die if you happen to be the injured party. Rehearse over and over in your head what you will think and do if you are injured. What will you say? Who will you call? Who and what will you think of and do to remain conscious and effective?

Author Alan Rose highlights the importance of the mental aspect of survival in his article “Wounded: First Aid to Survive a Lethal Force Assault” on

“Case in point: A woman heard a negligently fired shotgun blast behind her and passed out; then she stopped breathing. Her pulse rate began to slow. She was dying. The medics could not find any wounds, and neither could the emergency room staff. Finally the doctor began yelling in her ear that she was not injured and would not die. Within a few minutes she awoke, and was discharged home in perfect health. (Read more about proper conduct in a shooting incident here)

These skills and preparations aren’t just for criminal shooting incidents. They are just as applicable to any life-threatening emergencies we might encounter, such as car crashes or hunting accidents.

We won’t always have the advantage of being injured in a major metropolitan area with a world-class ER just minutes away. A hunting accident could disable and kill us hundreds of miles from help. These effect, self-reliant coping skills can become useful at any point in our lives.