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MSM Urban Grey – 3D Testing

Mil-Spec Monkey is still hard at work testing the various shades of grey in an attempt to identify the most versatile Urban Grey. In the most recent round of testing he moves past 2 dimensional color samples and into 3 dimensional, real-world objects. If nothing else, this sort of testing highlights the difficulty in selecting a single shade to match as many background as possible. Check out the Monkey’s efforts at Mil-Spec Monkey.

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Vickers Tactical Glock 42 Slide Stop Compatible with Glock 43

Tango Down has tested and confirmed that the Vickers Tactical Glock Slide Stop for the Glock 42 also works in the Glock 43.

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Ballistic Advantage YouTube Channel

Ballistic Advantage (BA) just launched their YouTube channel with a video about their 7.5″ BA Hanson Barrels. It is fitting that they kicked off with a video about their short barrels because, in my opinion, they do them very well and their 7.5″ barrels in particular have a reputation for running very well. It all comes down to gas port diameter and BA has shown that they are not afraid to go small on gas ports.

In fact, on every BA barrel I have seen, from their lower end to their premium offerings, the gas ports are consistently smaller than just about anything else I have put hands on. This contributes greatly to how “smooth” their barrels are under recoil. I haven’t had a single reliability issue with a BA upper or barrel that can be tied to the barrel. They function fine with a range of ammo and much of what I use is loaded to .223 specs, not the higher pressure 5.56.

It makes me wonder why some manufacturers go so large at the gas port. If you have ever torn down a high round count AR, you know that gas ports don’t get smaller over time. They start eroding from the moment you start shooting them so it makes sense to start out as small as you can and still allow for reliable function.

Check out Ballistic Advantage.

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KNS Precision Hammer Cage

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If you just build an AR-15 or two every once in a while, this might not be necessary. If you are building or rebuilding them frequently, the new Hammer Cage from KNS Precision might just slow the rate at which you fill your swear jar. Simply put, the Hammer Cage takes the spring tension off of the hammer which makes installing (and removing) the hammer pin much easier.

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RE Factor Tactical Ghandi Shirt

Ghandi had a side that few knew about… a side that preferred the c-clamp grip on his AR-15 and jumped out of airplanes. RE Factor Tactical is celebrating that little known side of Ghandi with a limited edition t-shirt. The shirt is emblazened with one of Ghandi’s favorite mantras, “Speed, Surprise, Violence of Action” and will be available for pre-order until May 13th.

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Southern Grind Spider Monkey

Southern Grind’s Bad Monkey folder is one of my all time favorite knives. It combines great ergonomics with great quality, a licensed Emerson Wave Opening feature, and a heaping helping of titanium and carbon fiber which never hurts. Now we have a more compact Bad Monkey spin off to look forward to called the Spider Monkey.

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This teaser image from Southern Grind shows the Spider Monkey’s more compact blade compared to the larger Bad Monkey.

The Spider Monkey and it’s 3.25″ blade is more compact than its older brother, the Bad Monkey. The new blade also happens to be ground from S35VN steel. Hopefully, there will be more details on the Spider Monkey at Blade Show. In the mean time, check out Southern Grind and all the good things they are doing to put Americans to work and help kids.

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Taran Tactical Innovations Glock 43 Base Pads

Taran Tactical Innovations has released their Glock 43 Base Pads. These machined aluminum magazine extensions are available in a slim +1 version and a larger +2 version. Like all TTI Base Pads, these feature their easy to use and secure single pin attachment system.

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Henry Holsters Glock 43 AIWB Holster

Henry Holsters has their Glock 43 holsters tuned in and ready to carry. They have one of the first AIWB options available for Glock’s new single-stack 9mm.

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These holsters are molded to CNC machined molds that are made in house. They are molded from Boltaron 4332 plastic and have a wedge molded into the back that help keep the butt end of the gun tucked in toward the wearer’s body. They also have user adjustable ride height via a strut and all stainless steel hardware.

Check out Henry Holsters.

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ALG Defense EMR V3 M-LOK

The ALG Defense EMR V3 M-LOK is now available to purchase. This M-LOK compatible version of the EMR features a full length, integral top rail unlike the V0 which has no integral top rail and the V2 which has a short integral top rail at the muzzle end.

The EMR series of rails are not just nice rails “for they money.” They would be nice rails if they cost 50% more. These are easily one of the best values out there, especially if you are looking to keep weight to a minimum.

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Elzetta on Candela

Elzetta released the latest video in their excellent flashlight education series…

Browse the weapon light related posts on any firearm related forum and you are sure to see someone claiming that tactical lights with a certain lumen rating are too bright for indoor use. It may be useful to generalize like this with lumens as a guide but it is not correct. Lumens are a measure of total output and they really don’t tell the whole story when it comes to what is too bright. The way those lumens are shaped plays a larger role than total output in determining what is “too bright”.

Fortunately, Dave at Elzetta has taken the time to break down a unit of measure called candela which is a measure of brightness typically applied to the brightest part of a flashlight’s beam. After you watch the video, you can use this new found knowledge along with the FL1 Standard that most reputable flashlight manufacturers provide these days to make a more educated decision on the type of light that you need for your application.

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