It took a while for the Gunblast boys to adapt
to plastic guns. In
fact, one of Jeff’s first articles that embodied our final
acceptance and subsequent admiration of the plastic guns was
entitled “I Hate Glocks”.
We are perhaps old school.
We still think a handgun should be beautiful, and
polished blued steel with wood grips.
That said, we recognize that the plastic guns are here to
stay, they have a place, and for their intended purpose are a
better solution than the old blue and wood guns of yesterday.
In fact, I love the plastic guns so much that I have a
great many of them. From
Glock to Smith to FNP to Ruger to Springfield
to Kel-Tec, for modern day tactical purposes of a tough
and dependable light weight concealable handgun that holds lots
of firepower, it is hard to beat one of the modern composite
One of my favorite handguns is the
tried-and-true Glock Model 21.
The first “plastic” .45 of any merit, the Glock 21
was, and still is in my opinion, a true trendsetter and one of
the finest representations of high performance in a
lighter-weight large handgun.
While the grip frame of the 21 was too big for many
hands, I always loved the way it felt in my hand.
Big, solid, secure.
The 21 was large, but light weight due to the polymer
frame. Like all
Glocks, the 21 had the polymer frame with metal reinforcement,
and the steel slide finished in a durable black Tenifer finish.
Like all Glocks, the 21 was designed for performance over
looks. Its matte
black finish wouldn’t win any beauty contests, but was just
the ticket in a tactical situation.
Like all Glocks, it featured the toggle-trigger Glock
security system. Point
and shoot. And,
like all Glocks, the 21 just kept on shooting.
Dirt or mud or crud or sand or practically anything that
would stop other semi-auto pistols didn’t stop a Glock.
So, many years ago, when I was looking for another .45
semi-auto pistol that was tough and reliable and held more
firepower than my beloved 1911’s, I did like a great many
people and went for the Glock 21.
My Glock 21 was one of the first series
production models. I’ve
had it a long time. More
ammo has been thrown through this gun than any gun I own, and
that includes rifles and shotguns and other handguns.
I can hit more accurately with the Glock 21 more
consistently than any of my other handguns.
I don’t know why. I like it, and it likes me.
So, when I was walking through SHOT
2007 and saw the High Ready Tactical booth, with
their custom high-quality finishes in various unusual camo
patterns, I knew that my beloved and well-worn Glock 21 would be
a perfect candidate for a new finish.
Dylan Saunders at High-Ready Tactical and
I started communication after SHOT 2007, and after the 2008
NRA Show when I saw their products again, I informed
Dylan that I would be sending him two guns for their special
camo treatment. One
would be a DPMS AR rifle that is chambered in my favorite
whitetail hunting caliber, the .260 Remington. The other would
be my well-used Glock 21 .45 ACP.
High-Ready Tactical (www.highready.com)
specializes in custom camo finishes, tactical weapon
accessories, holsters, and optics for sale through their online
store. From going
through their many examples of a new finish for my Glock 21, I
found something beautiful and at the same time very unusual, a
finish they call “Arctic Snakeskin”.
High Ready is located in Alaska, so they know something
about “arctic”. They
designed this camo pattern based on their conception of what an
"arctic snake" would look like if there were such a
a beautiful gray, black, bluish, and white camo pattern designed
to blend into an artic habitat.
This finish just “bit” me, so I knew it was perfect
for my beloved 21. After
discussion with Dylan, I sent the 21 to Alaska and, a few months
later, received the pistol back, complete with its new look.
The Arctic Snakeskin finish on the Glock 21 is
very attractive. High
Ready does a super job at making their patterns concealable and
at the same time beautiful in application.
The symmetrical snake stripes in dark and lighter gray
along the sides of the slide and frame join perfectly.
The upper scales on top of the slide look just like the
top of a snake, and the belly scales on the bottom of the frame
and underside of the grip look just like the belly of a snake.
The attention to detail in this finish is startling. It wouldn’t look more like a white, gray, and black snake
than if they had pulled off the skin and affixed it to my
The controls of the pistol they treat a bit
differently to allow enough difference in look to distinguish
the slide release from the slide.
It would be tough to be looking at the slide release and
unable to see it due to the perfect blending of the camo
pattern, so they finished the active controls in a slightly more
light blue finish, the same hues blended through the snake
pattern. This does
an effective job of distinguishing the controls while at the
same time not taking anything away from the overall camo finish
of the firearm.
Not only do the finishes look good, they are
tough. The Duracoat
finish applied through their camo process is more resilient than
bluing or Parkerizing, or the tough Tennifer that is stock on a
Glock. And, the
finish is protected from rust.
High Ready carefully takes apart each gun they
treat, cleans it, and treats each part individually, then
assembles it back and tests it for reliability.
They put a clearcoat over their Duracoat camo finishes to
further protect it from the environments, plus it seems to blend
all the colors of the patterns together more effectively.
The finishes are hand applied by skilled artisans.
One can look at the details on the scales and realize the
care than goes into application of this type of camo finish.
High Ready does it perfectly.
Dylan is a fan of Gunblast.com, and like more
than 600,000 readers that daily visit our website, is impressed
with the quality of the number one online gun test magazine.
So, Dylan wanted to do something special for this pistol,
and had his team laser engrave the Gunblast.com logo on top of
the slide. Finished
in a gray that blends perfectly with the camo snake pattern, the
laser engraved Gunblast.com logo is a nice touch, and endears me
even more to this gun and the new finish it wears.
With a “new” old gun, I needed a new holster
rig. Since Glocks
are the number one choice of police departments worldwide, I
thought it appropriate that I selected a top-notch duty holster
rig for this revised Glock. I contacted the nice folks at Don Hume Leathergoods of
Miami, Oklahoma to obtain high-quality leather for this pistol.
I ordered their H745 duty holster and accompanying B101AP
duty belt and D407p double mag pouch, all in smooth black
finish. Being an auxiliary
Sheriff's Deputy myself, I am familiar with Don Hume products,
and they are among the best in the industry for quality of
construction and nice features at a reasonable price.
Don Hume Leathergoods (www.donhume.com)
has been producing high-quality duty leather products for over
40 years. They are considered by many to be among the finest in the
world, and are used by police departments across the globe.
The H745-SH is a level-two security holster for
automatic pistols. It
features an over-the-hammer thumb break, a metal reinforced belt
loop and a locking screw. The
internal security blocks provide great retention of the weapon
until drawn. The
holster is leather-lined and also has a polyethylene layer for
additional strength. The
draw is a forward and upward motion.
To reholster, just insert the weapon and push down. The safety strap is designed for extra security, but from my
tests, I never could get the gun to come out without the safety
retention blocks hold the weapon very well indeed.
Even turning the holster upside down and shaking it
vigorously would not release the weapon.
The H745 is a truly super duty holster at a direct price
of just over $140.
The Don Hume B101 belt is a Sam Browne
style belt made from top-grain leather and featuring two lines
of holes. It is manufactured by laminating two pieces of 7 oz cowhide,
so its thick enough to hold any quality duty holster. The edges are dressed and the lining is treated to
prevent the absorption of moisture.
It has a high quality nickel buckle.
It retails online for $70.50.
The D407 mag pouches retail for $37.20 each at
the Don Hume website. This
is a double mag pouch design with more space allocated between
magazines for a smoother withdrawal of the mag when needed.
Can be carried vertically or horizontally.
Whether a cop or not, Don Hume has some products
designed to meet your needs of secure carry of a large handgun
like the Glock 21.
Militec-1 is a great lubrication product
for handguns like the Glock 21, or anything else in your gun
safe. Militec-1 products are used by our US military in very tough
environments, and many swear by the products performance.
Their Synthetic Metal Conditioner is a dry impregnated
lubricant that supposedly provides constant lubrication as the
gun is fired. It is
designed to prevent jamming, inhibits corrosion, and makes
cleaning easier. A
little goes a long way. The
Synthetic Metal Conditioner can be purchased online at www.militec1.com
for $10.90 for 3 0.5 oz bottles.
The larger bottles can be purchased for $26.90 for an 8
oz bottle, or $18.90 for a 4 oz bottle.
The Militec-1 synthetic metal conditioner grease is also
sold for 3 tubes for $10.90 retail via their online store.
This grease is designed for use in very tough
environments where extreme use and high pressures and
temperatures can damage the metal parts of your firearm.
It is a lithium-based complex grease designed to reduce
corrosion, extend equipment life, and lubricates parts in even
severe conditions. For
most firearms applications (unless you are planning on a tour in
Iraq or something similar), only the Militec-1 Synthetic Metal
Conditioner is needed. If
you are military, you purchase at a discount through their
online store. I
also like the folks at Militec because they are unashamedly
Christian and support our troops.
They even ship bottles of their product for free to
troops overseas, and this is service that should be commended.
Thank them by purchasing some of their products for your
If you have a firearm (long gun or handgun) that
is needing a new finish, or one that you want to get a great and
different camouflage finish for, then contact Dylan and the
folks over at High Ready Tactical and they will fix you right up
If you need quality leather for your handgun, the people
at Don Hume Leathergoods will provide the holster you need; they
can be visited at www.donhume.com.
And, for quality lubrication for all your firearms, check
for some fine lubricants to keep your guns working properly.
There are many quality plastic guns on the market, and
Gunblast.com has tested most of them. Search through our Archives or do a search and you will find
test results on most every brand out there.
The Don Hume B101AP duty belt, Model H745 holster, and
matching model D407p double mag pouch in black, along with the
Arctic Snakeskin Glock 21. What the liberated cops are
wearing this season.
Don Hume H745 holster, B101AP belt, and D407p double mag
pouches for the Glock 21. For a duty rig, it doesn't get
any better than this.
Militec-1 lubricants, metal conditioner, and grease are
great products to keep your firearms working effectively.
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