We have all been there – looking down at a drawer of box that holds all of the tried, yet not true, PISTOL HOLSTERS that we had hoped would be the one that could last a lifetime.  Yet they all somehow fell short.  SOMETHING was not right.  Not perfect enough to make it the winner you had hoped it would be.

That being said, here are 3 things that all holsters MUST HAVE, no matter what!:


The gun should not be loose, wiggly, or have extra room in the holster.  Proper retention – knowing that the gun is secure if you have to tuck and roll, yet will release perfectly into your hand when you intentionally grab and pull on the grip – is essential.  Adjustable retention is preferred, you can tighten screws to get it JUST RIGHT for your liking.


Material that COMPLETELY covers the trigger and trigger guard is another imperative aspect of a properly designed holster.  Materials that allow you to press a finger anywhere near the trigger while holstered should be avoided at all costs.


Lastly, the holster should be comfortable enough to be worn as your everyday carry option.  Wether you choose to carry inside or outside of the waistband, appendix carry or another option such as ankle carry, being comfortable should be a priority.  You should seek to be as comfortable as possible, depending on what activities you are doing and how you are carrying your weapon.


CLICK HERE to visit the Funker Tactical Store and see the holsters that we recommend that you should consider when shopping for a holster

In future articles, we will dig deeper into carry options and other holster specific topics.  Does your current EDC holster cover our 3 must haves?!  Leave a comment below and share this article on social media to be a part of the discussion!




We first saw the TASER PULSE at SHOT SHOW’s industry range day in Las Vegas, my initial reaction was “well ALRIGHT! They got it right!”  The PULSE is a new, smaller, compact version of a TASER that is now shaped like a compact carry gun, and has many of the functions that pistol owners have become accustomed to.

We also met Annie, their product manager, and she showed us everything first hand.  This video shares our initial impressions as we shot the new PULSE on site at media day at the range:


Some things you need to know about the PULSE:

-The TASER PULSE uses Neuro-Muscular Incapacitation (NMI), as it shoots two hooked projectiles into the attacker and “stuns” them.  As the trigger remains depressed, you temporarily override an attacker’s central nervous system, limiting muscular control for 30 seconds.

-While the effective range is 15 feet, even if the barbs are pulled out, the gun itself is always a “contact stun” – added insurance in close encounters.

-It is LEGAL!  (in most cases),  click here to see what the local state laws say directly from the TASER website – https://buy.taser.com/taser-state-requirements/

-It features a LASER to assist target acquisition  – paired with a powerful LED flashlight, a battery status indicator, as well as shaved safeties and angled sights.

When I arrived back home from SHOT SHOW 2017, one of the first things I shared with my wife was the video on the PULSE.   She had been using the other TASER for civilians (now called the BOLT) and had experienced an issue with the sliding cover that protects the “trigger” on that model.   Soon after we discussed this new option, the PULSE arrived at our home.



My wife works past sunset many days, and the dark parking lot at her work is the main reason she carries a TASER.  A flashlight has also become a go to tool for her at work and elsewhere.  She does not carry a firearm, so the TASER PULSE seems to be the next best thing, we both agree that it is a fantastic option for our needs.

The size is perfect for purses, backpacks, or other off body carry options, it checks in at just .5 POUNDS with these impressive stats: Width: 1.25”  Length: 5.25”  Height: 4.75”.



The only accessory that I recommend is the BLADETECH holster that you can buy at the TASER website.  It is a molded kydex holster that has the positive retention that you may be used to with other carry systems you use.  The neoprene will work perfectly if you are leaving the PULSE in one place, but if you plan on transferring it from bag to bag or place to place, the kydex is the way to go.


Here is what comes in the box:


With all of these features, TASER seems to have hit the nail on the head for a compact, non-lethal alternative that will give you or a loved one a fighting chance.   The TASER PULSE retails for $399, visit here today for more information.

What do YOU think about the PULSE?  Leave a comment below!


– written by Kevin Reichard, Funker Tactical Staff


If you’re like us, there is one issue when it comes to cleaning your AR-15 rifle. It’s all about that one area where the bolt locks up with the barrel – that one spot that no cleaning patch seems to get right and no Q-tip can seem to clean properly. Known as the “star chamber” this area of the gun is often left unclean. You may break up some of the debris with a brush of some sort, but completely cleaning the area is almost impossible. The good news is that SWABITS.com has created a new product called the “Star chamber cleaning foam swab for your AR-15, M4 and other modern sporting rifles.
Watch the video here for a quick example of how swab-its Work:

The unique thing about the SWAB ITS product is that this specific one features wings that penetrate the locking lugs and allows you to get that area we are talking about – that area we all can’t seem to clean properly. Keep in mind that each of the swab it tips from swabs is shed resistant, WASHABLE and reusable and should substantially out last patches and felt pads of a similar cost. They come in bags of three are lint free and fiber free and will change the way you clean your AR-15 rifle.

SWAB ITS discussed live on a recent episode of Gun News Weekly:

SWAB ITS makes a variety of what I like to refer to as oversize reusable Q-tips to clean your gun. I’ve been using several of the different models for almost a year now after first meeting the folks from SWAB ITS at a SHOT SHOW in Las Vegas last year. The product is as advertised, and once you get used to them you will no longer need or want to buy patches again!

Buy swab-its and BREAKTHROUGH cleaning products HERE