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Essentials Only Carrier XL™ AVAILABLE FROM MISSION SPEC

Mission Spec continues to expand their EOC line. Their newest release is a larger version of the EOC that will accommodate larger armor inserts.

From Mission Spec:

Mission Spec has announced the public release of the XL version of their Ultra-light weight plate carrier.  The standard version of the Essentials Only Carrier (EOC) fits Medium or Large (e,x)SAPI plates where the new XL version is designed specifically for the bigger Extra-Large armor inserts.

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The EOCXL™ is fully compatible with Mission Spec Shoulder Savers mkII™ and the recently released FlankSavers™ for adding side armor protection to the system.  Users wanting more information are encouraged to watch the promo video for the standard (M/L) model located on the product information page.

The EOCXL is available for immediate order and can be customized for end user’s (individual/unit/department) specific needs. Customers seeking customization should contact Mission Spec on the website email contact form. 100% designed, tested, and manufactured in the United States, Berry Compliant, Limited Lifetime Warranty, and available in Mission Spec’s full line of available colors and patterns.

http://missionspec.com/products/essentials-only-carrier-xl-eocxl/

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Review: TacPack November 2016 Edition

The November 2016 TacPack is one of the coolest and most interesting yet.

Hopefully you are familiar with the concept of TacPack by now. If not, you can read the reviews of the previous TacPacks for some background on this subscription box. I recently received the November 2016 TacPack. Here are the details…

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This month’s box is a very solid value. The items seemed to strike a great balance between value, quality, usefulness, and level of interest. This is probably my favorite box yet in part because it exposed me to an interesting product that I am still trying to wrap my head around.

Nelson Precision Manufacturing AR.5 – All of these subscription boxes come with bottle openers. If you subscribe for long, you will end up with a ton of them and they are easy to forget about. Every once in a while you get one that stands out and the NPM AR.5 certainly stands out. It is basically an accurately crafted half scale 80% AR-15 lower that opens bottles. I have tested it thoroughly on a variety of bottles and can confirm that it works VERY well. Best. Bottle Opener. Ever.

Black Rifle Coffee Company Mug – This mug rocks. I happen to like Black Rifle Coffee Company. I also happen to like enameled steel coffee mugs and early American history. This mug hits all those notes. It is a lot nicer than most of the enamel ware I see these days. Hint: You can also drink whiskey out of it.

Burnproof Gear Boot Laces – Burnproof gear makes cool stuff, especially if you have a suppressor you need to cover. They also make really nice boot laces. These kevlar laces are super strong and have a great texture so they don’t slip which makes them very good boot laces (good boot laces are hard to find). They offer heat resistance and high tensile strength so they have all sorts of survival applications.

Exotac polySTRIKER – I own and use several Exotac products. You can never go wrong with putting one of their products in these boxes. If you don’t have a ferro rod, you need one (or two, one to practice with and one to carry). You can always find a place to tuck a good ferro rod. Inclusions like this rank just about as high as possible on the usefulness scale as it pertains to subscription boxes.

ReadyMan Home Defense Hand Grenade – You know ReadyMan for their survival cards but they actually have a lot more than that going on. They offer a variety of products and advocate readiness in all forms. This Home Defense Hand Grenade isn’t on their website currently but it is extremely interesting. It is basically a puck shaped object that has bright strobes and screeching siren. You push a button, there is a short delay when you can throw it, and then it goes off with the intent of working as a distractionary device. In the confines of a dark room or hallway, it would be very disruptive.

I need to think more on how best to use something like this. On one hand, it makes a certain amount of sense on its face and I can see how it would be useful. On the other, the home owner is already faced with an interesting conundrum when confronting the bump in the night… You have two hands but need to carry a gun, a cell phone, and a flashlight at a minimum and there may not be time to jock up with gear. Something like this has merit and I have enjoyed thinking through how it might be used effectively.

There is also a coupon included so you can save 20% off at ReadyMan.

Check out TacPack to get in line for the December box which TacPack is saying will contain a high value knife along with a bunch of other slick kit.

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He Went to Lone Wolf Distributors

Forget elaborate plans with sky writing, flash choirs, rose petals, and any of that weird, sissy stuff. If you are looking to propose to a young lady, just go to Lone Wolf Distributors. They can help make that day (and her Glock) really special with their custom engraving service.

Kudos to the man who worked out this plan to buy a new Glock… I mean propose marriage.

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If It’s Stupid and It Works, It’s Not Stupid

There is, at times, a major disconnect between the internet gun culture/industry and the real world gun culture/industry that exists outside the confines of Facebook, Instagram, and even this blog. I recently received an email that drove that point home for me.

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The email was thanking me for my AR-15 Pistol coverage over the years and it included a picture of the sender’s AR-15 Pistol. The 10.5″ 5.56 pistol, a mix of various budget parts, was topped off with a Leupold Mark AR 3-9×40… which is a lot of glass for a 10.5″ pistol. If the sender of this email was to post a picture of said AR-15 pistol online, he would most likely be greeted with a chorus of jeers and abuse. However, here is what they don’t know:

The sender is an accomplished long range shooter and hunter. He lives on acreage in the North West where he runs cattle. This particular AR pistol was purpose built to spend its days moving from his work truck, to his UTV, and occasionally other farm vehicles. That funny looking little AR fit the various compartments it needed to ride in perfectly and had already accounted for countless coyotes, gophers, and other undesirables around his ranch. He had dope worked out for it out to 600 yards which he admitted was a real stretch for the 10.5″ barrel and the cartridge. This was a working gun that was purpose built and that was already proven.

Dann at God, Gals, Guns, Grub could tell you about a farmer friend of his who keeps a similar AR pistol for similar reasons. We sometimes forget that our experiences may not be universal, our needs may not be similar, and what works for us, may not be useful to someone else. Next time you are looking at another man’s firearm and feel the need to lob a snide remark grenade over the internet wall of anonymity, stop and think for a minute… It could be that you just don’t fully understand the ways that firearm meets their needs or it could be that they need someone to come along side and help them learn.

If it’s stupid and works, is it really that stupid?


Note: The sender of the email outlined above asked that I not post the picture of his firearm… So, enjoy the picture of a Glock with a bipod on it instead. This is actually a way I tested the 50 yard accuracy of this set up for a review. It’s obviously not that practical.

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HURRICANE Hybrid Chest Rig from Direct Action

The HURRICANE Hybrid Chest Rig from Direct Action packs a ton of features and pouches but manages to fit into a surprisingly compact footprint – especially considering it is a split-front design.

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The rig can hold 4 AR or AK magazines in its open top, bungee retention pouches. The mag pouches feature a system that adjusts the height of each individual pouch via strap that is accessed from inside the admin slip pockets behind each panel of the rig. There are four general purpose pouches – two silent with side release buckles and two hook/loop secured – on in front of the magazine pouches. The user can attach their own pouches via the MOLLE compatible slots located on both sides of the rig. The HURRICANE Hybrid Chest Rig may also be detached from its harness and docked to a plate carrier.

You can check out the video below to see even more features. Visit DirectActionGear.com to learn more.

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RMJ Tactical Ka-Bar Sheath

You know RMJ Tactical for their tomahawks but, judging by the looks of their new Ka-Bar sheath, you may know them for leather working soon.

RMJ Tactical says that the new sheath has a “Vintage look and feel with modern carry options.” The weathered leather construction looks right at home on a classic working/combat knife like the iconic Ka-Bar. It is supplied with a MOLLE/Belt drop loop or a low profile belt adapter that can be configured for vertical or horizontal carry.

Check out the Ka-Bar Sheath at RMJ Tactical.

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SKD Tactical Introduces PIG FDT-Delta Utility Glove in Multicam

SKD Tactical has just released their FDT-Delta Utility Glove in Multicam and they are on sale for 15% for the next 40 hours or so.

I have had a pair of these for the last few weeks (I was sworn to secrecy) and they are everything I have come to expect from the FDT-Delta Utility Gloves – form fitting, comfortable, and affordable. They differ slightly in the material used on the back of the glove. Unlike the single color FDT-Delta Utility Gloves, the Multicam version have printed 3D mesh material that breaths well and has a very slight padded feel.

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Features include:

  • Full touchscreen compatible forefinger and thumb
  • Fold-over finger construction to eliminate fingertip discomfort
  • Single-layer palm for tactile sensitivity
  • Bar-tacked paracord pull loop
  • Silicon printed grip on the palm
  • Elastic wrist for quick don and doff sequence
  • Genuine Multicam™ printed 3D mesh material

Check out the new FDT-Delta Utility Gloves Multicam at SKD Tactical. You can see the JTT review of the FDT-Delta Utility Gloves here and watch our Instagram feed for pics of the new gloves today.

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Review: PIG FDT-Delta Utility Glove from SKD Tactical

I have owned at least one pair of every glove offered in SKD Tactical’s PIG FDT line and in the case of what is now called the FDT-Alpha, I’ve owned several. My wife even has a pair of the FDT-Charlie Gloves. I’ve worn these gloves for years and, with all that experience, I would say that the FDT-Delta Utility Glove is the best yet. It also happens to be the least expensive. Go figure.

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Fit

The fit on the FDT-Delta Utility Glove is excellent. It fits extremely close to hand if you follow SKD’s sizing instructions and I have come to expect that from the FDT Gloves. They always seem to have a nice slim fit with no excess bulk.

If you hold your hand out at rest, you’ll notice that it isn’t completely flat. The fingers curve to varying degrees. Yet, most glove makers design their gloves as if your finger were straight all the time. The PIG FDT Gloves have curve designed right into them which is part of why they feel so natural on the hand.

If you look at most slip-on type mechanic’s gloves or shooting gloves, they have a bit of elastic sewn into the cuff in a zig-zag pattern with a very wide cuff. This creates a weird little skirt on your wrist that bunches up under a long sleeve or gapes open. The PIG FDT-Delta Utility Gloves take a different approach with a “triangle” gusset of stretch material sewn into the wrist of the glove. This allows the gloves to lay perfectly flat even on slim wrists. It’s basically magic.

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Dexterity

Dexterity always sets the FDT Glove line apart and that is true of the FDT-Delta Utility Gloves too. The finger tips are designed so that there are no bulky seams on the tips. This allows you to actually feel something other than the glove chafing against your fingers when you are squeezing a trigger and provides the dexterity necessary to pick up small parts.

The pre-curved finger design also aids in dexterity. With some gloves, you feel like you are doing some kind of grip exercise when you close your hands into a fist. The gloves are sewn flat so they resist you when you try to close your hand. The PIG FDT Gloves have some natural curve already sewn in so they move very naturally with your hands.

Finally, the material on the palm side of the glove is very thin on the FDT-Deltas and all of the FDT Glove line. Unlike the rest of the line, the FDT-Delta Utility Gloves also features rubbery, silicone printing on the fingers and parts of the palm which aids in grip.

Durability

I have found the FDT Glove line to be generally about as durable as any mechanics style glove with a synthetic leather-like palm. You will eventually wear through the material – usually at the finger tips. If you need a more bomb-proof glove, you can check out the FDT-Bravo but I have always felt like I get my money’s worth out of the FDT-Alpha and FDT-Delta.

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Wrap Up

I have come to prefer the FDT-Delta Utility Gloves over all other FDT Gloves and other shooting gloves in general. They fit closer through the wrist than anything I have tried. They are more comfortable and natural feeling that anything I have tried. They are light, durable, and provide excellent dexterity. They also happen to be the most affordable in the FDT Glove line. Those are wins all around.

Check out the PIG FDT-Delta Utility Gloves at SKD Tactical.

Disclosure: I was provided a pair of these gloves free of charge by SKD Tactical. I have since purchased more of them at full price.

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Cyber Monday at KE Arms

KE Arms is offering 25% of the Gen 4 versions of their Glock slides for Cyber Monday. The Bravo, Charlie, and Delta slides are all included. There is no coupon code necessary. If you have a Gen 4 Glock and want to try an RMR cut slide, this would be a great time to act!

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