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Magpul Testing Same Hour PMAG Delivery in Select Markets

Can’t wait to get your grubby mitts on those new PMAGs you just ordered? This will help…

The latest from Magpul:

Austin, Texas (February 11, 2016) – Magpul, in an effort to get PMAGs into end-user hands as quickly as possible, is testing an industry leading same-hour delivery system in select markets. Simply place your PMAG order at Magpul.com and then look up.

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Editor’s Note: Oh for goodness’ sake! Obviously, this is a joke. Magpul posted this great image of a skydiver with a PMAG on their Facebook page. No one likes waiting for PMAGs.

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Vickers Tactical TangoDown +2 Magazine Extension for the Glock 43

Vickers Tactical and TangoDown have released the latest in their ever-growing line of Glock parts – the +2 Magazine Extension for the Glock 43. The extension includes a longer stainless steel spring to ensure reliable feeding and lock-backs. Check it out at TangoDown.

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Ultimate Bipod Hawk Talons from Hawk Hill Custom

Bipods can be a great tool for shooting in the field but if you keep those domed rubber feet, you will never get the most out of them. In order to actually “load” a bipod, you are going to need something that bites into whatever surface you are resting it on when you shoot. That is where the Ultimate Bipod Hawk Talons from Hawk Hill Custom come in.

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The Ultimate Bipod Hawk Talons look to be an excellent value, especially if you have a Harris Bipod. First, the central spike on these feet is stainless steel which is a step up from the aluminum found on most spiked feet in the same price range. My current bipod spikes are aluminum and, while they have held up well for a long time, they are definitely not as sharp as they were. Steel construction would go a long way toward helping them stay sharp.

Second, they come with a nifty set of two tooling blocks and a draft pin. The tooling blocks are specifically made to support the bipod and help you drive out the roll pins that secure a Harris Bipod’s rubber feet. The video below shows the process and it looks pretty painless. I can assure you, as someone who has replaced the feet on a Harris Bipod, that without the provided tools it is an absolute pain in the backside.

Check out the Ultimate Bipod Hawk Talons at Hawk Hill Custom.

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Smith & Bradley Springfield Field Watch Sale

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The Springfield Field Watch was Smith & Bradley fourth and most recent Kickstarter watch launch. The campaign raised almost five times its goal on the strength of this watch’s style and value. It looks great and it manages to pack a lot of great components into an affordable package.

  • Swiss Ronda Quartz Movement
  • C-3 Superluminova Hands
  • Domed Sapphire Crystal
  • 10 ATM Water Resistance
  • 316-L Stainless Steel case and case back
  • Enlarged Crown
  • 12 and 24 hour markings
  • 20 mm Lugs

They are fresh off the Kickstarter campaign and the Springfield is on sale for $50 off to celebrate. Check out this modern version of the classic field watch at Smith & Bradley.

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Exclusive Discount at Shellback Tactical

I have good news if you are looking to pick up one of the new Patriot Plate Carriers or improved Banshee Plate Carriers at Shellback Tactical. Jerking the Trigger readers can use code JTT10 to save 10% sitewide at ShellbackTactical.com.

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Old Grouch’s Military Surplus Improved Military Poncho

What do you do when you are a military surplus vendor who laments the increasing scarcity of real surplus ponchos and the influx of cheap, imported ponchos? If you are Old Grouch’s Military Surplus, you start making your own poncho that is even better than the original.

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These ponchos look pretty excellent on paper. They are using improved materials like nylon webbing throughout the entire hem rather than cotton canvas webbing just at the grommets. They have improved the hood and are using the latest style of snap. They use brass spur grommets instead of washer grommets. The result of all these improvements is a poncho that is stronger and more rot resistant than the original.

I am just scratching the surface here so I strongly suggest that you check out the Improved Military Poncho at Old Grouch’s Military Surplus and watch their video below.

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Lower Pricing on RE Factor Tactical Wilderness Survival and Hostage Escape Cards

RE Factor Tactical has lowered their pricing on their Wilderness Survival Card and Hostage Escape Card. They are now $12.95 each.

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Allied War Machine

allied war machine logoAllied War Machine has launched their new website. If you are unfamiliar, Allied War Machine is a retailer that stocks genuine Russian, Combloc and Cold War Era goodies like tactical gear, magazines, gun parts, and more. Some of this stuff is virtually impossible to find.

They have in stock items like Russian Waffle Mags and RPK-74 Plum Furniture Sets – real unobtanium type stuff. If they don’t have what you are looking for, you can contact them and they may be able to source it for you.

This is the kind of place you will want to bookmark and check often just to ogle the cool things they turn up. Check out Allied War Machine.

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Review: Black Rhino Concealment TCSL Holster

I have been using a Black Rhino Concealment (BRC) TCSL Holster since August of last year. It has been my most commonly worn holster around our property and a frequent range companion.

Overview

The TCSL is a pancake style holster made from Kydex. The TCS is their standard holster and the TCSL, which is the subject of this review, is the light bearing version.

The TCSL features BRC’s 90/10 mold. Most kydex holsters mold approximately half the gun into one side of the holster and half the gun into the other side. BRC molds the gun so that it is mostly contained by the outer layer of kydex. This allows the inner layer, the layer closest to the wearer, to be only lightly molded which presents a flatter, more comfortable surface to the wearer’s side.

BRC TCSL Front

Observations from Use

I want to camp on the 90/10 mold that BRC uses since that is what makes this holster unique in the market. I have noticed that it is very comfortable both inside the waist band and outside the waist band. It was anticipating that it would mostly make a difference when being worn inside the waistband but I was surprised to find that it reduced hotspots outside the waistband as well. I would say this is an extremely comfortable holster – especially for an all-Kydex construction holster.

BRC does not provide adjustable retention on their TCS holsters and I like that. I generally prefer holsters without adjustable retention adjustment screws seem to do nothing but loosen over time. The retention is more than sufficient. You could probably call it moderate. It would be nice if BRC could let the user choose the degree of retention when they order their holster to accommodate those who might lighter or more aggressive retention.

A good kydex holster is molded so that it feels like it only retains on the trigger guard or, in the case of a light bearing holster, it should retain on the light. This is what allows the distinctive click-in and click-out that good kydex holsters exhibit. Poorly molded holsters can causes hitches in the draw or make it more difficult to insert the handgun. The TCSL is a well molded holster. It clicks in positively and release the handgun quickly. BRC has done a good job of blocking around the light while also providing sufficient trigger coverage. The sight channel is generous.

BRC’s sweat guard runs all the way up the full length of the slide so it provides good coverage. However, it is also cut away fairly aggressively to allow a good grip on the handgun right out of the holster.

BRC TCSL Back

The back of the TCSL is lightly molded for comfort. There is even less impression into the back panel on the non-light bearing TCS holster.

BRC uses injection molded wing-like belt loops. These wings do  good job of holding the holster in close to the wearer and spreading the weight of the gun. They are very stable and have held up well to several months of wear.

The fit and finish is very good on my TCSL with one exception that does not effect function. The edges are lightly rounded and well polished. The eyelets are consistent and well formed. The mold has acceptable definition. The issue is where the kydex is folded to cover the lens of the light. It covers completely but because of the 90/10 mold, this bit of kydex must be folded over quite a bit which leads to bit of a sloppy look. It doesn’t look very clean but it has ZERO negative effect on function. Many makers do not cover the lens completely to avoid this but BRC chooses to provide full coverage.

I also want to share a story to give you an idea of the types of guys you are dealing with at BRC. I needed a holster for an East German Makarov that was given to me by my grandfather. I have been looking for one on and off for years. There just aren’t a lot of choices unless you want junk. I have asked several holster makers over the years if they happened to have a Makarov to mold a holster with and was always greeted with a “No. Sorry.” Geno at BRC said they didn’t have one but that he could make something happen. He then proceeded to call people he knows to track down a Makarov. The result is that I have one of their TCS holsters for my cherished East German Makarov. BRC takes care of customers.

Wrap Up

The Black Rhino Concealment is a very comfortable holster thanks to the 90/10 mold. While my example does have a fit and finish issue, the holster functions exactly as it should. My holster has served me well and it has become my go-to outside the waistband holster.

If you are one of those shooters who finds kydex holsters a bit uncomfortable, you should definitely check out Black Rhino Concealment. They might change your mind.

Disclosure: This holster was provided to me free of charge by Black Rhino Concealment for review.

This image shows the 90/10 mold. The majority of the gun's width is molded into the holster's front panel. It also shows the fit and finish issue mentioned earlier in the review.

This image shows the 90/10 mold. The majority of the gun’s width is molded into the holster’s front panel. It also shows the fit and finish issue mentioned earlier in the review.

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MPIL Mk2 and Mk3 from Battle Systems LLC

The Battle Systems LLC has now released the MPIL Mk2 and MPIL Mk3. These are larger versions of the excellent Marker Panel, Individual, Lightweight (MPIL).

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The original MPIL Mk1 is 2′ x 2′ and packs down to a 2″ x 2″ square for easy storage. The new MPIL Mk2 is essentially the size of two Mk1 MPILs side by side at 4′ x 2′ when deployed. The MPIL Mk3 unfurls to an impressive 4′ x 4′ when deployed or basically the size of four MPIL Mk1s.

The MPIL Mk2 and Mk3 are available in the standard orange/violet color scheme as well as orange/coyote brown and orange/multicam. Other color combination may be available as a custom order.

Check out the MPIL Mk2 and Mk3 at Battle Systems LLC.

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