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WTF PIMPS

Whiskey Two Four (WTF) just rolled out the first of several new Practical Integrated Modular Platform, Scalable (PIMPS) components (See? That title wasn’t click-bait). PIMPS is a layered system of modular accessories built with WTF’s laser cutting precision.

The base component is a compact chest rig with a loop material face and wide, MOLLE compatible shoulder straps. The end user can then add accessory panels to build the system up from compact chest rig, all the way to serious load bearing gear.

WTF already offers a user configurable, MOLLE compatible panel and the M4 Carry All Accessory Panel. Other manufacturer’s panels with the industry standard attachment setup may also work with PIMPS.

WTF also offers the PIMPS Saddle Bags for when you really need to expand the carrying capacity of your chest rig. These general purpose pouches attach over the PIMPS chest rig in such a way that accessory panels may still be attached.

You can expect several new items to be added to the PIMPS line up in the coming weeks. Check out PIMPS at WTFIdea.com.

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New Double M4 Mag/Carry All Pouch from Whiskey Two Four

Whiskey Two Four’s new Double M4 Mag/Carry All Pouch is a classic, double M4 magazine pouch rendered in modern materials. It is constructed from laser cut ACRONYM material – Whiskey Two Four’s own proprietary laminate fabric. The result is a pouch that is lightweight and durable.

The pouch features full flap coverage with mil-spec Velcro closure. The Velcro fields are very tall so that the flap can accommodate objects of varying height. It also features an elastic tensioner to keep the pouch tight when it is carrying smaller items or a single magazine. The pouch is MOLLE compatible and comes with 2 WTFix straps.

Check out the new Double M4 Mag/Carry All Pouch at it’s introductory price at WTFIdea.com.

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Free Shipping in December at Gadsden Dynamics

Gadsden Dynamics is offering free shipping during the month of December. Use code FREESHIPPING at checkout.

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Beez Combat Systems Extreme Lightweight Plate Carrier

The new Extreme Lightweight Plate Carrier (ELP) is similar in appearance to Beez Combat Systems’ Extreme Concealable Plate Carrier but it differs in some key ways. The ELP plate pockets are constructed from stretchable tweave material and designed around thinner plates (1/2 – 3/4″ thick). The form fitting plate pockets, flat shoulder straps, and elastic cummerbund make for a very concealable carrier.

Beez Combat Systems Extreme Lightweight Plate Carrier

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B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. Announces Caylen Wojcik as Latest Brand Ambassador

December 8, 2017 (Redmond, WA)

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is proud to announce that Caylen Wojcik has been appointed its newest Brand Ambassador. Caylen is a renowned subject matter expert on long range, precision rifle shooting and is no stranger to B.E. Meyers. Over the past several years Caylen has worked with the B.E. Meyers’ Engineering Team, providing a hands on experience to both educate and enhance product design and development. His input and expertise have played a fundamental role in the combined efforts that have made products like the MAWL™ what it is today.

“Over the last few years, we’ve been fortunate enough to work with Caylen as part of new product development and R&D projects, as well as participate in his long-range precision rifle courses which are absolutely outstanding,” said Matt Meyers, C.E.O. of B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. “As one of the most talented precision rifle subject matter experts in the industry, Caylen also has a tremendous technical knowledge that he combines with real-world experience. We are terrifically proud to call Caylen a friend and we are humbled to welcome him as the latest B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc. brand ambassador.”

Caylen Wojcik began his career in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman, and quickly moved into the scout/sniper community. Within the sniper community he served in almost every billet available to a scout/sniper, to include serving as an instructor at the Scout/Sniper Basic Course, as well as serving as an instructor at 1st Special Operations Training Group for the Urban Sniper and Urban Reconnaissance and Surveillance courses. Caylen participated in a combat deployment to Iraq where he sustained an injury which led to a transition in career from military to the private sector. Since then Caylen has continued to provide instruction in the areas of long range precision shooting to responsible armed citizens, law enforcement agencies, and military units from around the country.

Caylen is a published author, and a competition record holder. He is an avid backcountry hunter and precision rifle competitor, and uses these disciplines to formulate new training programs that create more effective shooters.

As a B.E. Meyers Brand Ambassador, Caylen will focus on reaching the precision shooter community through education and outreach as he continues in his role as the Director of Training at the Gunwerks shooting school in Cody, Wyoming.

For more information about B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. please visit www.bemeyers.com

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. (www.bemeyers.com) is an ISO 9001:2008-certified manufacturer of optoelectronic devices used in defense and law enforcement applications. B.E. Meyers & Co. has produced various pointers and illuminators for both JTAC and UAS applications in the SWIR and NIR wavelengths for the last eleven years. The company’s core technologies include infrared and visible lasers for weapons aiming and illumination; non-lethal visual disruption green lasers for long-range hail and warning; night-vision devices; and long-range surveillance systems. Customers include all branches of the U.S. Military; Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; foreign defense and security organizations; and defense contractors worldwide. Established in 1974, B.E. Meyers’ business offices, engineering, and manufacturing operations are located in Redmond, Washington.

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Fix It Sticks AR-15 Tools

Fix It Sticks just rolled out a suite of AR-15 specific tools and bits. They are offering two kits are based around their Fix It Stick Replaceable tools which feature two separate bit drivers than can be combined to form a single t-handle driver. The only difference between the two kits is your choice of a hard case or MOLLE compatible soft case.

The kits include:

  • Set of Fix It Sticks
  • Bolt Carrier Group Scraper
  • Metal Pin Punch
  • Castle Nut Wrench
  • Bronze Scraper
  • Steel Pick
  • Non-Marring Plastic Pin Punch
  • Cleaning Brush Bit
  • A2 Front Sight Adjustment Bit
  • Set of Brass Cleaning Rods (can accept 8-32 threaded attachments)
  • Set of two bit adapters to allow for 8-32 threaded components
  • 12 Chrome Plated 1/4″ Bits
  • Carrying Case (choice of hard or soft)

Several of the items in the kit are AR-15 specific tools developed by Fix It Sticks for use with their tools or any tool that accepts 1/4″ shank bits. If you already own a set of Fix It Sticks or another driver you can order the AR-15 specific bits separately.

Check out the AR-15 Products at Fix It Sticks.

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Chase Tactical Launches the Disruptive Combat Pant

December 7, 2017 – BOZEMAN, MT

Montana based tactical equipment distributor, Chase Tactical, is announcing the innovative new Disruptive Combat Pant. Interested dealers can contact Chase Tactical at support@chasetactical.com and receive a detailed spec sheet (CLICK HERE to view PDF Spec Sheet).

About the Pants:

The Disruptive Combat Pants were designed as full featured, no compromise combat pants. They are aggressively cut for maximum mobility while at the same time providing the end user with breathability and durability.

Designed with input from the special operations and law enforcement communities, the Disruptive Combat Pants feature unique stretch panels at the knee, groin, hips and lower back. Furthermore, the pants feature reinforced knees (nylon webbing) and pockets for optional kneepads. Knee pad pockets are not proprietary, and the Disruptive Combat Pants will support a wide variety of off the shelf knee pads.

The pants are currently available in Disruptive D-CAM, and Coyote 65/35 ripstop fabric. Further color choices are in production and future options will include Black, Ranger Green, and M81 Woodland.

The Disruptive Combat Pants feature 12 pockets with elastic mag loops and can easily secure 4 M4 magazines and 8 double stack handgun magazines. The pants also include specialty knife pockets and reinforcement for knife clips on the main front pockets.  Serious end users will be pleased to note that the Disruptive Combat Pants feature a unique approach to waist adjustment with a low profile adjustable waist straps that features a combination of Velcro and elastic in a closed system.

End users will also appreciate the Disruptive Combat Pants built in boot gators with stow-able shock cords and low profile breathable fabric.

Further features include YKK zippers, a double silicon bead in the waistband to assist with keeping shirts tucked in at all times and a robust, zippered, Velcro and button pant closure.

Dealers:

Dealer opportunities are available, and inquiries are encouraged.  All interested dealer opportunities should be directed to support@chasetactical.com

About Chase Tactical:

Chase Tactical is a Veteran-Owned Service Disabled Small Business located in Bozeman, MT.  With a diverse background in Military, Law Enforcement, and Paramedic fields, we’re are able to bring you quality products that work and last in the field, streets and anywhere your mission takes you.  Chase Tactical products have been selected by the best to meet the highest and most demanding needs for everyday operations.

Photography Credit: Markland Photography

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NOW SHIPPING – Magpul GL Enhanced Magazine Well for Glock 19 Gen 3 & 4!

Now Shipping!  The Magpul GL Enhanced Magazine Well for the Glock 19 Gen 3 & 4.

The Magpul® GL Enhanced Magazine Well is a high-performance purpose-built Glock frame magazine well. Designed to fully enhance and ensure positive magazine insertion in high stress scenarios. Sleek and ergonomic design features also provide excellent concealment while ensuring minimal printing to the user’s clothing. Ramp and edge geometry allow for, should it be needed, positive and flawless removal of a faulty or stuck magazine during reloading or immediate action events.

FEATURES

  • Large ramp area for easier reloading
  • External dimensions ensure minimal printing when carrying concealed
  • Reinforced polymer construction
  • Compatible with Magpul, OEM and most aftermarket magazine floor plates
  • Compatible with most common after-market magazine extensions
  • Easy installation

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New Indian Creek Design Ruger American Chassis – Made in the USA

Nampa, Idaho, December 5, 2017 –     Sturm, Ruger and Co. has unwittingly expanded the vocabulary of tens of thousands of rifle shooters since 2012 with their Ruger American line of centerfire rifles. They brought terms such as “sub-moa”,”milliradian”, and “ballistic coefficient” out of the realm of precision shooters and to the masses as Ruger American (RA) owners realized the phenomenal intrinsic accuracy available in their budget rifle. This has spawned a booming wave of RA groups on social media and the internet where like-minded owners of the Ruger bolt guns get together and compare shot groups and match scores while collectively wishing for more aftermarket support for their chosen brand and model.

While easy access via a modest price point seals the initial purchase deal for many who may be new to the bolt gun arena, those coming from the AR world are used to having a mountain of accessories readily available to choose from which they can personalize their rifles. Couple this with the increase in the popularity of long range shooting and the Precision Rifle Series (PRS) and now there are tens of thousands of folks looking to hot rod their budget rifle, converting them into personalized precision rifles. The Ruger American, American Ranch, and the American Predator all punch well above their weight class in the accuracy department so the desire for customization is a natural progression for many owners. An increase in various vendors offering stocks, tactical bolt handles, and other accessories to satisfy the growing appetite of the ever expanding group of RA owners has emerged but the choices for a chassis system remained very slim.

There are literally dozens of chassis designs available for a Remington 700 action but the Ruger American market has been quite underserved, until now that is. The challenge at Indian Creek Design was to make a chassis that spoke to the value-oriented owners of the RA, enhancing its capabilities without any overly extravagant bells and whistles that would add unnecessary expense. Offering features that are meaningful and that add to the performance and enjoyment of the rifle were imperatives while specifically addressing the two most glaring negatives associated with the RA, the OEM stock’s carnival contortionist level of flexibility and the OEM rotary magazine’s seemingly willful disregard for reliable feeding.

Drawing from our 3 decades of experience in action sports and firearm component design and manufacturing, along with feedback from both RA owners and a pool of long range/tactical sport shooters, we identified certain features and attributes that were desired. From this data and our experience we developed a fully modular RA Short Action “action housing” and modular fore-ends that combine into our RA “MoFo” (Modular Fore-end) Chassis. Weighing in at a svelte 1.6 pounds before adding other components, the chassis/fore-end user who wants more weight in their rifle can simply add it where they desire to manipulate the balance as they see fit. The “MoFo” chassis fits both the Ruger American as well as the American Predator short actions and is available for lefty’s as well as those who shoot from the right side, with a long action model in development as well.

The ICD chassis accepts both commercial and Mil-Spec AR style buffer tubes, collapsible buttstocks, and AR grips while featuring the buyer’s choice of 1 of our 2 standard fore-ends for a more personalized feel. One fore-end, aptly called Slimmy, offers a minimalist approach while still having multiple flats for barrier shooting. A more rectangular version, reminiscent of the Thompson submachine gun fore-end of WWII fame, affectionately known as the Tommy, features a full length flat from the action housing’s mag well/ barrier stop all the way to the tip of the fore-end, perfect for barrier or improvised shooting positions. Both standard fore-ends feature threaded holes spaced for mounting pic rail for any accessories a shooter may desire, and both come standard with a sling swivel so mounting the ubiquitous “Harris” style bipod is a snap.

In addition to the modularity, fore-end length was a design factor as users wanted to not have to make a choice between bipod use or being able to use the fore-end as a handhold or for resting on a barricade. Both choices of fore-ends are the same length as the OEM stock, offering ample room for the shooter while maintaining absolute rigidity. The chassis and fore-ends will accept a zero taper barrel all the way up to a massive 1.4″ in diameter. There are more optional fore-ends being developed to fi the action housing, including one that accepts AR style hand guards as well as a “tactical match” specific design featuring a built in swiss rail cut and Magpul’s M-lok cutouts for other accessory additions.

The CNC milled 6061 aluminum chassis and fore-ends are finished in Matte Black or Gunner Gray in a Type III hardcoat anodize, with options to purchase them in the raw if a custom finish is desired. The Indian Creek Design “MoFo” Chassis is 100% American made with a MSRP of $399.95. The chassis is competitively priced, properly outfitted, and ready to satisfy the long distance shooter, precision rifle competitor, hunter, or just the firearm hot-rodder in all of us.

NOTE: This chassis accepts AICS pattern magazines.

IndianCreekDesignInc.com

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Review: Hill People Gear Lever Light Mount

If you were to enter the search terms “lever action light mount” into a search engine, you would find several forum discussions full of jerry-rigged contraptions, comments like “I don’t even know why you would want to mount a light on a lever action”, and various mounts that were too large for their intended purpose. That is why this review of the Hill People Gear Lever Light Mount will be just as much a justification of why something like this should exist as it is a review of the product on its own merits.

Overview

The Hill People Gear (HPG) Lever Light Mount is a 3-slot picatinny rail that clamps onto the magazine tube of .30 caliber lever action rifles. It is designed to be very compact and lightweight (1.24 ounces) so that it has as little effect as possible on the attributes that make lever action rifles so suitable for backcountry use.

The Lever Light Mount consists of two hard anodized, 6016 T6 Aluminum aluminum halves and two screws. One half of the mount has the 4 bar, 3 slot picatinny rail with a machined groove running from front to back on its underside. The other half has a raised ridge that mates with the groove in the first half to create a hinge point. Both halves have opposing curved clamping surfaces that grip the sides of the magazine tube. The screws pass through both halves, drawing them together and hinging the clamping surfaces closed to grip the magazine tube tightly.

Why the Lever Light Mount Exists

The practicality of firearm mounted lights is widely accepted for the purposes of home defense but I rarely see the concept discussed for backcountry use. This is a real shame because they have such obvious utility for the woodsman.

It gets truly, truly dark when you venture out into the backcountry and not just at night. If you are under a stand of Western Red Cedar (or another dense canopy tree), you may have travel limiting darkness an hour or more before sunset. If that same dense stand of timber is shaded by a mountain, you may not be able to see your hand in front of your face long before the official sunset time. The same could be said for tight valleys, slot canyons, the hills and hollows of places like Kentucky or Southern Indiana, during lousy weather, and other common situations for the backcountry traveler.

I live, work, play in an area that is one of eastern most parts of the Pacific Time Zone and you can’t go much further north without crossing a border. That means it gets dark early. The area is characterized by defined mountain ranges with wide valleys and tons of timber. That means it gets dark in some places even earlier! There are areas on our property this time of year that require a flashlight to move through before 3PM (and that will move earlier as we get closer to the winter solstice). I could probably show you moose or bear sign in at least a few of those same spots right now.

Be Sure of Your Target and What is Beyond It

That is the fourth of Cooper’s gun safety rules. It holds true whether you are target shooting, defending a suburban home, or cruising the backcountry. Your obligation to identify your target before you start shooting doesn’t end once you are off city streets.

The use of a firearm mounted white light is one of the most practical ways to accomplish the positive identification of a target. A .30 caliber lever action rifle is one of the most practical firearms for the backcountry travel with its combination of compact size, lightweight, quick follow up shots of a sufficiently powerful cartridge, and affordability. So it stands to reason that a lever action rifle with a light mounted on it would be very practical.

Beyond the safety argument, there are practical reasons to have a really, really bright light on your backcountry rifle. Even the largest ghost ring rear sight or best optics money can buy will fall short in true dark. You will not be able to find your front sight or reticle unless you can silhouette it against a brightly illuminated target. Why even carry a rifle if it won’t accommodate the lighting conditions you are likely to encounter?

Observations from Use

The Lever Light Mount’s two half, hinged construction has some unique advantages. It allows the mount to accommodate slight variations in diameter of magazine tubes. It allows the mount to be installed without disassembling the rifle. It also reduces the overall weight of the mount since it does not have to wrap fully around the magazine tube.

The Lever Light Mount is very compact. That really sets it apart from the other lever action light mounting solutions out there. You barely notice it when it is tucked up against your rifle’s hand guards. That is nice in states like Idaho where you will have to remove your light when you are hunting in order to comply with hunting laws.

Installing the Lever Light Mount is easy. You can figure it out by looking at it though Hill People Gear does wisely caution against over tightening since you could compress the walls of the magazine tube and cause feeding issue with your rifle. I used thread locking compound because, if it has screws… I use thread locker. I think it is especially important in situations like there where you can’t necessarily turn the screws until they bottom out.

The mount didn’t move or break through 100 rounds of ammo through my Marlin 336. That isn’t exactly a torture test but it satisfied me (and I am just about out of .30-30 ammo). Those rounds weren’t on the range either. The rifle was shot in field conditions and I learned a lot from it, like why Hill People Gear decided to place the light where they did…

Switching it generally very intuitive with the light mounted at the 6 o’clock position in front of the hand guard. I found that I could easily use the index finger of the support hand to active both momentary and constant on with both of the pistol lights I used.

The 6 o’clock, forward of the hand guard position also makes good sense when the shooter is bracing the rifle on a something for a more stable shot. The light is centered so it doesn’t create a lot of back-splash if you are bracing on a vertical surface like a tree trunk and it is forward of the hand guard so if you are bracing on something like a backpack or shooting sticks, the light is forward of the brace.

The 3 slot rail is completely sufficient for mounting any light I would want to put on my lever action rifle. I tried the Lever Light Mount with two types of pistol lights: Surefire X Series Lights like the X300 and Streamlight TLR Series Lights like the TLR-1 HL. Both worked well but I found the switch on the Streamlights to be a little easier to use in the 6 o’clock position. It is also more than enough rail for use with a flashlight ring or lights that use the Surefire Scout pattern rail mount. The rail is small enough to not be overly large for lights with smaller footprints and large enough to fully support the rails on pistol lights.

Wrap Up

I am familiar with many of the current light mounting solutions for lever action rifles and I think the Lever Light Mount stands out among them for a number of reasons the chief of which is its compact size. Lever action rifles are great for backcountry use because they are slim, slick, lightweight, and compact. You don’t want a large heavy light mount to screw that up.

You can check out the Lever Light Mount at HillPeopleGear.com. It is on sale as of the time of this writing.

Disclosure: Hill People Gear sent me the Lever Light Mount, free of charge, for this review.

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