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Fix It Sticks Universal Choke Tube Wrench

The Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition just took another step toward being a universal gun tool (and possibly world domination). Their new Universal Choke Tube Wrench allows shotgun shooters to install or uninstall just about any brand or size choke tube. It attaches to the Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition like any other 1/4″ shank bit which means it can also be used with other bit drivers.

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Strike Industries Introduces New Pistol Brace – The AR Pistol Stabilizer

Strike Industries seems to be going all in on AR pistols. They recently opened pre-orders for their Viper PDW Brace and now they have introduced another brace option at a value price – the AR Pistol Stabilizer.

The AR Pistol Stabilizer is designed for use on smooth buffer tubes with a outside diameter of 1.25″. It locks onto the tube via a set screw and features ambidextrous QD sling swivel sockets. This brace also features a fixed sling loop for those who do not want to use QD swivels.

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Black Arch Holsters Rev-Con Reversible Convertible Holsters

The new Rev-Con Holster (Reversible Convertible Holster), from Black Arch Holsters, offers some potentially useful functionality. As the name implies, it is reversible for left or right handed use and convertible from IWB to OWB and even AIWB with the optional concealment wing. Unlike most “convertible” holsters, the Rev-Con is actually real molded kydex with compact design (and an attractive price).

The Rev-Con is currently available for several popular handguns with more being added in the next couple of weeks.

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Fury Carry Solutions – Flannel Holsters?

It is that time of year when everyone slips into a flannel state of mind. I guess that includes Fury Carry Solutions because they just rolled out a new kydex option with a very timely pattern…

The new Buffalo Plaid option is available in red or gray. You can choose it as an option across their entire line of holsters. Check out FuryCarrySolutions.com.

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Chase Tactical – Veteran’s Day Sale

You can save 15% through Veteran’s Day weekend at Chase Tactical. Use code HONOR15 to save from now through 11/13.

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Review: Salomon Quest 4D GTX Hiking Boot

I’ve been wearing Salomon Quest 4D GTX Hiking Boots for more than 4 years now. My first pair is still going strong after those four years and last summer I came across a deal on a new pair that I couldn’t refuse so I purchased a second pair. I wear them exclusively when I am hiking, shooting, and daily in the winter. I have no way of knowing how many miles I have on the first pair, but it is a few hundred in hiking miles alone not to mention the daily winter wear. I know these boots inside and out and it’s long past time I wrote a review.

I won’t waste a lot of words giving you an overview of these boots. They are Goretex lined hiking boots. The same can be said for a lot of boots. Instead, I will focus in on what sets these boots apart for me and why I like them.

Longevity

There are really two forms of longevity when it comes to footwear. The first is obvious and has to do with how long a pair of boots can last. I have found these boots to be extremely durable as evidenced by my experiences above. These boots have hiked over Selkirk granite and dusty summer trails. They have spent time in snow, rain, and been submerged during creek crossings. They have been worn as work boots while felling trees for firewood. They’ve been through a lot and the soles are still attached (although I did have to use a bit of Shoe Goo last summer), the toe cap is still attached, they are still water-proof, and the support hasn’t broken down.

The other form of longevity is just as important. There is nothing worse than wearing out a pair of boots that you love only to find that you can’t buy them anymore. Fortunately, the Quest 4D GTX boots have been in continuous production for years. They are actually in their 3rd generation now and while there are small changes, the fit and important features have remained the same (at least through the first two generations that I have used).

Fit and Support

You can boil down the reasons I tried these boots in the first place to two things: fit and support.

The fit is perfect for me and everyone that I have turned onto these boots has found the same thing. I find them to be somewhat narrow through the heel and arch, not overly so, but narrow enough. The toe box is very generous. When laced, I find that the shape of the collar provides plenty of room for your ankle to articulate in the direct that it should articulate. My feet aren’t narrow or wide but I do have high arches. These boots accommodate me very well.

When it comes to support, I have never had a better boot. Wearing the Quest 4D Boots is like wearing ankle braces on the trail. This is accomplished a few ways. First, the ankle area is very sturdy and shaped so the foot can hinge forward and back but has plenty of support for side to side flex. Second, the way these lace is excellent. The first few lace loops are fixed. The first lace hook actually grips the lace aggressively so you can really lock in your heel and set the tension on the lower part of the boot. This is the first boot I have owned with this kind of locking hook and it might be the most important feature to me.

These boots have taught me the importance of locking in the heel for my long term comfort. They actually have a rigid plastic heel cup that works with the previously mentioned locking hooks to really immobilize and support your foot. This has been key to how well these boots support my ankles and prevent blisters. That same rigid plastic component runs all the into the arch for extra arch support. I have never sprained an ankle in these boots (if you know me, you know that is saying something). I have also never had an out of control hotspot or blister in these boots. Those are the functional benefits of good fit and solid support.

Water-Proof Performance

I swore off Gore-Tex boots before I tried these. Some water-proof boots that I have owned have left me with extra foot care problems like blisters from moisture build-up. That hasn’t been the case with these though I do still wish there was an identical, non-waterproof version.

Salomon does make a Quest 4D Boot without Gore-Tex in their military focused Forces line but it appears to have a different lace setup which has made me wary of trying them. If you have them, I would love to hear from you.

If you are stuck with water-proofing, at least it is well executed in these boots. My 4 year old Quest 4D Boots are still water-proof so the water-proofing has proven to be very durable. I also like that Salomon runs the waterproof membrane most of the way up the sides of the tongue, sort of like webbed duck feet. You have to submerge the boot all the way to the second lace hook before you have a chance of water ingress at the tongue which is handy during creek crossings.

Grip

I wear these boots hiking in conditions that vary from damp forest floors, to dusty summer trails, to miles of exposed granite, loose rock, and snow. These boots have an aggressive, long wearing sole that seems to grip wall across all those surfaces and in all directions. The soles on my 4 year old boots have been fairly long wearing and are still offering solid grip on the trail. The new boots seem to be somewhat more aggressive but it is hard to tell if that is because they are new or some change Salomon made to the sole.

Wrap Up

These are my go to boots for pretty much everything. They offer the support, grip, and sneaker like performance that I like for the shooting range or training courses. They have the fit, support, and durability I need for logging miles on the trail. They lock the heel and support my ankles better than any hiking boot I have ever owned. I like them so much that I keep a spare pair, broken in and ready to go.


A note on price… Premium boots are not cheap. These will typically cost around $230-$240 a pair. That hurt at first but using the same boots for 4 years stakes some of the sting out of paying up for them. BUT… You can shop around and save a ton. Salomon seams to roll out new colorways or even new generations of these boots with some frequency. If you can settle for last season’s color, you can save a lot of money. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner too.

I have purchased my first pair for $240 at REI so I could try them on. I purchased my second pair for about $150 off retail because it was a discontinued colorway on Amazon. It is hard to pass on a $240 pair of boots for around $100 shipped.

Click Here: Salomon Quest 4D Boots on Amazon

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KA-BAR BK62 Kephart Knife

If you are a fan of historic outdoor knife patterns, I am about to make your day. Ka-Bar is about to release one of the most accurate recreations of Horace Kephart’s iconic knife design to date. The KA-BAR BK62 Kephart Knife will be released in Ka-Bar’s Becker line based on an excellent original Kephart knife that belongs to Ethan Becker. You can learn more in the video below.

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KE Arms Releases G26 Compatible Slide Blanks

KE Arms is pleased to announce the release of our slides compatible with Gen 3 Glock 26 pistols and similar frames like those made by Polymer 80.

The KE26 Slide is machined from 17-4 Stainless steel and heat treated to Rockwell 42-43.  These slides come ready to accept OEM internals, barrels, and guide rods. The KE26 slide is compatible with all Glock 26 Gen 3 OEM components.  Nothing else has been machined on the surfaces, making them perfect for custom builds and gunsmithing projects.  Completed models with serrations and optics cuts will be coming soon.

All KE Arms slides are manufactured in Arizona, with models available for the G17, G19, and G34 as well.   KE Arms has supplied other well-known brands with slides since 2015.  Slide blanks are available to consumers for $200 on KE Arms’ site http://www.kearms.com/ke26-slide-blank.aspx

Dealers and clients interested in OEM purchases can contact KE Arms at sales@kearms.com

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Strike Industries Opens Pre-Orders on Viper PDW Stabilizers

Strike Industries has opened pre-ordering for the hotly anticipated Viper PDW Stabilizer. This collapsible pistol brace is already ATF approved and offers the end user push button deployment.

From Strike Industries:

The Strike Industries Viper PDW Stabilizer represents the pinnacle of ultra-compact PDW systems. At the compressed position, the compact Viper PDW allows for effortless maneuverability particularly in close quarters and vehicular operations. With the press of a button, the rapid deployment system instantly springs to the extended position for greater shot stability and faster reaction time. Previous PDW systems for ARs have been notorious for expensive proprietary systems, spotty reliability and poor ergonomics.

This system is designed to be able to drop into your existing platform. The buffer system is carefully engineered to provide high reliability while allowing for the use of standard bolt carriers, allowing for multi-role use with a single system. The included flat-wire spring increases bolt load despite the compact dimensions for greater reliability, even in extreme short barrel configurations.

Included with the Viper PDW is a rubberized cheek rest to create a comfortable cheek weld, a criticism of many competitor PDW systems. At the rear of the buffer tube and beneath the housing, QD cups are built in for expanded sling mounting options.

Unlike most traditional arm stabilizers, the Viper PDW Stabilizer is designed to be ergonomic and comfortable along all planes. The overall design eliminates any snag hazards and abrasion zones resulting in a comfortable cheek-weld and stabilizing interface.

The PDW Stabilizer is already ATF approved. Finally, a PDW stabilizer without compromise. Quickly deployable, drop-in capable, and ruggedly reliable.

Strike Hard, Strike Fast with the SI Viper PDW Stabilizer.

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Hill People Gear Capture Flap – Now Available

The Hill People Gear (HPG) Capture Flap is now available to purchase on HillPeopleGear.com. This beaver-tail/tailgate accessory can be attached (via G-hooks) to all HPG packs (and many packs from other manufacturers) to add secure external storage for bulky items. The Capture Flap is laser cut with a PALS compatible grid for adding additional pouches. The back of the Capture Flap is lined with loop material for added hook backed pouches.

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