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Swampfox Optics News – 1X Prismatic Scope in the Works

Prismatic optics with 1X magnification are an attractive alternative to red dot sights for many shooters. These optics often feature a diopter adjustment to fine tune the focus and an etched reticle, both of which help mitigate astigmatism and other common vision problems. Prismatic optics are even being used to wring out a little bit of extra precision in competitions like the Tactical Games where a 1X optic is required.

Swampfox Optics has released some details regarding a 1X prismatic optic that they are working to bring to market. We already know many of the basic details of the optic. The reticle will apparently have a large ring with either a central dot or chevron aiming point. If it is a chevron, it will likely be larger than the one used on the Primary Arms Cyclops and the reticle will likely forgo any ranging features.

The illumination will be powered by a single CR123A battery which is located beneath the optic. This will create a fixed lower 1/3rd cowitness mounting height on an AR15 (or similar). Swampfox Optics is planning to offer it in both “shake awake” and “auto-off, push to reactivate” configurations.

Swampfox Optics Marketing Director, Mike Branson, states that one of his design objectives for the optic is to have a larger forgiving eye box. In his words, “I want eyebox, eyebox, and oh yeah more eyebox.” If this optic is to be a true red dot replacement, it will need plenty of eye box.

As of the time of this writing, there is no estimate for when this optic will be available. Details on the production optic may change before it actually makes it to market. Stay tuned for more information.

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On Foot, Off Grid: Olight UC Magnetic USB Charger

Electronics have become an important part of many people’s backcountry experience and safety. In this series, On Foot, Off Grid, we cover the electronic gear that power your backcountry adventures along with some strategies for their use. The series will cover plenty of gear options and explore ideas for dealing with cold weather, streamlining your power needs, and more.


We covered the use of a power bank as a central, or even THE central component, of a portable backcountry power setup in the first installment of On Foot, Off Grid (read it HERE). Now we are going to take a look at an item that lets us access the electricity stored in the power bank to charge other loose batteries – the Olight UC Magnetic USB Charger.

One of the main reasons I purchased an Olight UC Magnetic USB Charger is the form factor. It looks more like earbuds than a battery charger. It is extremely compact and extremely lightweight yet it is a surprisingly full-featured charger.

There are other chargers with a similar form factor on the market which brings me to the other reason I chose the Olight version. It is the only one I found that was smart enough to charge both lithium-ion batteries like 18650s or 16340s AND NiMH cells like the Eneloop AA and AAA batteries that I prefer.

Using the Olight UC Magnetic USB Charger is extremely easy. You simply plug it into your USB power source and then attach the magnetic leads to each end of the battery you want to recharge. Polarity doesn’t matter because the charger is smart enough to detect it automatically. An indicator light at the base of the wire will let you know what is happening – blinking red means standby or a charging error, solid red means charging, and green means that your cell is done charging.

It is very well designed and well made. The cord is the flat type that will not tangle. All of the components are encased in anodized aluminum. The magnets in the leads are appropriately strong and the leads are shaped well for use with both flat and button top cells.

I strongly suggest you try this at home before you bring it into the field. One, it is nice to get a sense of the speed that it will charge your batteries. It isn’t the fastest but I have found it to be completely acceptable for recharging AA and AAA batteries in the field. Two, you want to be sure it works with your intended power source. I have used it with Anker Powercore power banks and a Nitecore F1 Charger (more on this in later installment).

Here is the bottom line: The Olight UC Magnetic USB Charger is easy to use. It packs as small as a set of earbuds and weighs just .72 oz. It charges both 3.7V lithium ion batteries and 1.2V NiMH batteries. While it only charges one cell at a time, this hasn’t been an issue for me as I have taken steps to streamline my electronics to include items that only require a single cell. This is an incredibly lightweight, compact item that can be an important part of any backcountry power setup.

Where to Buy:

These are available all over the internet. When I purchased mine, I couldn’t beat Amazon’s price with the included shipping: Olight UC Magnetic USB Charger on Amazon (affiliate link)

The Amazon page also features a full list of compatible lithium ion cells.


Do you have a gear or concept recommendation that fits the On Foot, Off Grid series? Tell us about it in the comments below or drop us a line on the Contact page.

The above URLs may be affiliate links.

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Shield Arms S15 – 15 Round, Flush-Fit, Metal Mags for Glock 43X/48

Shield Arms is known for making a number of magazine extensions but it looks like they are also trying to bring a new magazine to market. The S15 is a metal magazine with a 15 round capacity and that fits flush in Glock 43Xs and 48s. That’s right… 15 rounds, flush-fit.

Glock magazines do not usually make very good use of space due to their polymer over metal magazine body construction. The 43X and 48, in particular, have a lot of unused space inside the magazine well. It has been shown online that steel magazines with a 15 round capacity like those from a CZ Compact do in fact fit in the 43X/48 magazine well so the concept of a flush fit, 15 round magazine is not far fetched at all.

The Shield Arms currently shows these magazines at out of stock (not released yet) but they list pricing at $39.95. They have stated that they are working toward a summer release for the S15 mags. If they can pull this off, it may turn into one of those cases where the popularity of an accessory drives the sales of the gun instead of vice versa.

SheldArms.com

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Win a SIG P365 and Holster at SIG Days in Woodbridge, VA at Proven Arms & Outfitters!

Woodbridge, VA– (June 2019) Proven Arms & Outfitters is excited to announce the SIG Days at their 13329 Worth Ave, Woodbridge, VA location!  This in-store only event is June 28th – June 29th, store hours from 11am to 7pm. 

Meet with top SIG Sauer Experts, learn about SIG Gear, get SIG Swag, and just for walking in the door you could win a SIG P365 (rated America’s Most Popular Handgun) and a holster! The Winner will be announced Monday.  See full details here.

On top of all the excitement of the event, customers can also save an additional 5% off all SIG Sauer products in-store! 

Proven Arms & Outfitters is your SIG Sauer headquarters in Woodbridge, Virginia.  With unbeatable pricing, and their SIG Elite store within a store, they provide the ultimate customer experience!

If you can’t make it to the event, don’t worry!  Proven Arms & Outfitters and SIG will do more events in the future.  You can always shop their low, low prices on the web here.

Sign up for our email list, and you’ll see the promotions and announcements first! 

Stay tuned and look forward to more exciting announcements coming from Proven Arms & Outfitters very soon! 

About Proven Arms & Outfitters:

Proven Arms & Outfitters is a leading supplier of apparel, gear, and firearms to Enthusiasts, Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Military professionals. We have the PROVEN selection of products designed to help you perform at your peak.  For a complete and current outfit for your weapon, build out existing kit, or gear up for your next adventure, choose us for our practical knowledge, experience, extensive selection, and exceptional customer service. 

Visit our Proven Arms & Outfitters store in Woodbridge, Virginia, find us on the web at ProvenOutfitters.com, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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SKD Aimpoint QRP2 Risers

The first thing many new Aimpoint PRO and CompM4 owners do is discard their perfectly usable QRP2 mount in favor of a new aftermarket mount. This is often done for no reason at all other than the assumption that the QRP2 can’t be good. In some cases because the user may be adjusting the height of the optic or trying to match heights for other accessories like magnifiers. SKD Tactical now has a solution for all these scenarios and it costs a lot less than the price of a new mount.

The SKD Aimpoint QRP2 Risers come in 4 heights that cover a variety of mounting setups and allow for broad compatibility with other accessories. SKD sends the following regarding the available heights:

  • The 1.73” Riser will place the center of the optic at 1.73”, which is the classic Bottom 1/3 Co-Witness position, allowing for fixed iron sights to be constantly visible for immediate use when needed, while keeping the iron sight picture at the bottom 1/3 of your Field of View so you have an uncluttered red dot view.
  • The 1.93” Riser will offer you a largely unimpeded FOV when using over your PEQ-15 and matches the height of the LaRue 1.93” Mounts. Even for those not using the IR aiming devices, the 1.93” Riser will allow for an upright head position for quickly finding your dot and reducing neck fatigue, while not being too high to shoot from the prone.
  • The 2.04” Riser will allow you to keep the exact same optic mounting height for shooters using a 2.04” Geissele mount for their Low Power Variable Optics, and also allows for in-line mounting of a CNVD that is secured to 1/2” Riser.
  • The 2.26” Riser provides an affordable entry-level solution to use your Aimpoint with the new Unity FAST Flip to Center Magnifier hotness, while staying within a budget. We view this Riser on a PRO or Comp M4 as the gateway mount to eventually using an Aimpoint Micro Optic coupled with the Unity FAST Mount.

Additionally, the riser is bidirectional so that you can switch the orientation of your QRP2 base to put the knob on the right side. The QRP2 base has a very large knob which, in its default position on the left side, does a great job of snagging on gear and punching the user in the solar plexus when the rifle is hanging.

These spacers is designed in conjunction with Arisaka Defense and made in the USA. They are machined from 6061-T651 Aluminum with a Mil-A-8625 Type III Class 2 Hard Anodized finish.

SKDTAC.com

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WTF Introduces Bag 07 in M81

Whiskey Two-Four is excited to offer our Bag 07 in M81 woodland camo.  
Just $32 and 3.5oz / 100g.  Bag 07 is lined with hook and loop to accommodate compatible inserts.  Part of the PIMPS (Practical Integrated 
Modular Platform, Scalable) family, Bag 07 is compatible with numerous 
armor and load carrying systems.

WTF products are made in the USA from mil-spec, Berry compliant materials by fairly compensated skilled labor in a climate controlled environment with the latest equipment.

WTFIdea.com

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BCS APTUM Series – Plate Carrier

There is a new, adaptable plate carrier on the market as of this morning. The APTUM from Beez Combat Systems (BCS) is now available along with an entire suite of accessories that will let the end user match their mission perfectly. This is the first in a series of posts that will cover the new PC and its related items in depth.

The APTUM™ is an adaptable plate carrier system designed for multi-faceted operations for Military, Law Enforcement and the Responsible Citizen. The carrier is highly scalable and can be configured for low vis operations up to high threat. The front panel design emphasis was on comms/data attachment points and cable management. The APTUM™ accessories line is continually evolving to meet user demands.

The APTUM is constructed from 500D Cordura with HEXCEL in key places and extensive use of BCS’ laser cut GRID material. The result is a plate carrier that is lightweight and low profile but can be easily scaled up for more overt situations and heavier loads.

The front plate pocket features laser cut cable routing and attachment points for chest rig docking. The APTUM has a large upper loop field for attaching patches, ID, or accessories and a lower loop field for accessory mounting. It also features a kangaroo pocket that can be used for mag carriage with the addition of optional accessories. Additionally, it supports the Juggernaut™/Kagwerks smartphone attachment system.

The APTUM comes with the Covert back plate pocket. Additional backs are available. The Covert back has a mostly slick design. The large loop field allows for patches or ID.

The included elastic cummerbund is designed to be comfortable and functional. It consists of 4 cells per side that can be used to carry a variety of items including 5.56 and 7.62 magazines thanks to its elastic construction.

Stay tuned as we dive deep on the APTUM over the coming weeks. You can check out the APTUM and its expanding suite of accessories at BeezCombatSystems.com.

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V Seven Weapons Adds New Pistols and SBR Options

Have you been keeping an eye on the V Seven Weapon Systems website? If not, you’ve missed a handful of new SBR and Pistol offerings that have been added recently.

The new options include a 10.25″ 300BLK that boasts many of V Seven’s titanium and magnesium alloy parts. It weighs in at just 4 pounds, 6.3 ounces. They have also updated the options for their 11.5″ .308 pistols to include some new handguards.

Check out VSevenWeaponSystems.com.

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New from Nitecore: NU05 LE Signal Marker

Nitecore sent us details on their newest addition to the NU series of headlamps and signal markers. The NU05 LE expands on the signaling capabilities of the original NU05 and targets the law enforcement market specifically.

The NU05 LE has 5 different modes, all of which are flashing modes: white, red, blue, green, and red/blue. All the modes can be accessed from a single button. The modes output between 2 and 20 lumens depending on the color and run for 15-18 hours on a single charge. The NU05 LE is USB rechargeable and has a charge indicator that allows the user to check battery condition in the field.

The included bracket is backed with hook material to attach to loop material on a ballistic or bump helmet. It also has hooks that can help route bungee retainers for an even more secure attachment.

Nitecore.com

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CORDURA® Military Truelock Fiber – HLC Industries Inc

HLC Industries Inc is offering an in-stock program of Solution Dyed Cordura Fabrics in both 500D and 1000D, in the following colors: Coyote 498 / Black / Ranger Green / Tan 499 / Wolf Gray.

Please contact peter@hlcindustries.com for Pricing and Sample Swatch Booklets.

HLCIndustries.com

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