Product Reviews: Uncle Mike’s Instructor’s Belt and GunVault BreechVault

I used some leftover Amazon.com credit (thank you everyone, for clicking on the links and buying stuff) to fill in a couple of gaps in my personal protection inventory. 

First up, a better way to secure my home defence shotgun

Even though it’s my safe room gun, I put a lock on this gun because I have two small boys in my house and they get in to EVERYTHING. I had been used the cable lock that came with my 930SPX, but it was a) awkward and b) really hard to open. 

Breechvault

Enter the BreechVault. The price was certainly right at under $20, and it came with adapter to make it work with WInchester, Remington and Mossberg shotguns. Or so they said. 

Does it fit my 500 Persuader? Sorta. 

The lock fit into easily into the breech of my scattergun, but when it came time to close the lock, it took a LOT of force to close it all the way and withdraw the key. Worse yet, it took a lot of force to open the lock, which would NOT be a good thing in an emergency situation. Fortunately, 10 minutes with some wet/dry sandpaper solved this problem, and the lock is now easy to open but still secures the action, making the gun completely inoperative. 

Breechvault

No, that will not be the final resting place of that key. 

Final Grade: C+. It gains points for flexibility and utility, loses points to requiring modification to fit my Mossberg. 

Next, the Uncle Mike’s Instructor Belt

Shameful confession: I’ve never owned an actual gun belt. I’ve been using either a Dickie’s work belt I bought from WalMart for everyday use and the inside belt from my CR Speed Belt set for competition and training. 

Enough was enough, I said to myself. Self, I said, it’s time to get something like a REAL gun belt. 

Uncle Mike's Belt

Depending on how much I ate for lunch that day, my natural belt size falls between 32 and 34 inches, and I find It’s hard to get a notched belt to fit properly. One of the things I like about my CR speed belt is because it fastens using Velcro hook and loop fasteners, it’s infinitely adjustable. The same is true for the Uncle Mike’s belt, and I like that a lot. 

However, the belt size descriptions on Amazon.com are a little off. I comfortably carry my CZ P07 in an IWB holster in size 36 pants, so I figured I needed the “medium” sized belt for waist sizes 32-36. 

Nope. 

Once I returned that belt for the “large” 38-42″ belt, it worked just fine with my setup. Caveat Emptor. 

The belt itself is great. I’ve worn it for the past two days and it’s more comfortable than the CR Speed belt and much more adjustable than a leather work belt. 

Final Grade: A solid B+. Once you find the correct size, it’s a great belt.

 

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