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Ruger 10/22 BX-25 Magazine Belt Pouch and Chest Rig from Crusader Gear

When I first started JTT, Retro-Tactical was one of my favorite small gear makers to keep tabs on because Tony, the owner, was always developing functional gear for weapons that were a bit off the beaten path. That included a lot of great 10/22 gear which I still use today. Retro-Tactical closed its doors but Crusader Gear may just be in line to inherit the throne. They have been rolling out several great 10/22 products that support Ruger’s excellent BX-25 magazine.

crusader gear bx25 1022 belt pouch

I have mentioned their BX-25 MOLLE pouches before and now they have introduced a belt mounted single mag version. It features bungee retention and a belt loop that will accommodate belt widths of up to 1.75″. This would be perfect to slap on your belt for a walk in the woods.

crusader gear bx25 1022 chest rig

They also introduced a BX-25 based chest rig! It holds 4 magazines in a shingle style pouch with individual bungee retention. The front of the pouch features a large loop field for patches. The chest rig also features 3 x 3 MOLLE fields on either side and an “H” harness. You can keep enough .22LR on tap to take out every varmint in your county!

Check out Crusader Gear.


Hypalon MOLLE Straps from Whiskey Two-Four

Hypalon can now die happy. It now knows its purpose in life. This is why Hypalon exists…

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Whiskey Two-Four is developing MOLLE straps made from laser cut Hypalon which might just be the perfect material for this application and the perfect application for this material. Hypalon is flexible enough to make weaving easy, thin enough to minimize bulk, light enough to add negligible weight, and EXTREMELY tear resistant.

Hopefully, these will be available soon at Whiskey Two-Four.


TOPS Knives Mil-SPIE 3.5 Tanto

The newest addition to the TOPS Knives Mil-SPIE folder series is now available. The Mil-SPIE 3.5 Tanto sports, you guessed it, a 3.5″ long tanto blade. The blade is saber ground from 1/8″ thick N690Co steel.

Like the other Mil-SPIE knives, this one boasts a tool steel liner locking mechanism and a machined 6061 T-6 aluminum handle. The liner lock is nested in the handle and the entire package is designed to be thin, light, and strong.

Check out the new Mil-SPIE 3.5 Tanto at TOPS Knives.



Low-Pro Products Stubby Vertical Grip

I have reviewed Low-Pro Products’ Modular Vertical Grip in the past. It is a bomb proof grip with a really innovative integrated wrench feature (see the review for details). It is called the Modular Vertical Grip because it has a threaded tube section that can be removed to convert from a full size grip to a “stubby” sized grip. I basically removed/lost that section since I have no use for a full sized vertical grip and apparently I am not the only one because Low-Pro Products now offers it in a Stubby only version.

It is the same grip with the same great integrated wrench. It just doesn’t come with the threaded tube to convert it to full size and that saves you some money. Check out the Stubby Vertical Grip at Low-Pro Products.

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20$Bandit Ultralight First Aid Kit Prototype

20$Bandit is always bouncing around ideas and prototypes. Every once in a while Eric, the man behind 20$Bandit, lets us in on what is on his work bench. This is one of those times. Feast your eyes on this 3 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ x 1/2″, 2.6 ounce first aid kit.

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The kit is designed to be an inexpensive, single use kit for the outdoorsman. It is small enough and light enough to be carried in a shirt pocket yet well stocked enough to treat an array of boo-boos. It will also fit in the Mini-Kit MK7.

This kit doesn’t have a name yet so feel free to make a suggestion in the comments below. It should be available soon from 20$Bandit.


SilencerCo: Silencer Science

This video series has potential! SilencerCo is dropping some suppressor knowledge in a fun, short, and easy to consume video format in their new Silencer Science series. The first video was released today and it is chocked full of good information.


UW Gear News

UW Gear just completed a refresh on their website. The updated site is now easier to navigate and has been updated to reflect the new MKIII versions of all their chest rigs, mag pouches, and bandoleers.


In other exciting news, the new streamlined production processes put in place to create the MKIII versions of their gear have reduced and continue to reduce their lead times. I have been using one of the Swampfox MKIII Chest Rigs for the last several months and can happily report that they are just as good as the MKII, if not better. Stay tuned for the full comparison.

Check out UW Gear.


RE Factor Tactical Operator Plus

The RE Factor Tactical Operator Band Plus is typically only released every once in a while on a limited basis. It has all the same functionality as the original Operator Band but adds a special hybrid buckle. Like the normal Operator Band buckle, it has a hidden handcuff key which can be used to escape illegal detainment (or other compromising situations). However, this version of the buckle also has an integrated whistle which can be used to wreak absolute havoc at your local aquarium’s trained dolphin performance. I guess it could be used to signal your location in an emergency too.


The Operator Band plus will only be available until August 31st and includes the follow:

  • Hybrid Handcuff Key/Whistle Buckle
  • 12′ of 550 Paracord
  • 30′ of 80lb Test Spider Wire Fishing Line
  • Fishing Hook
  • 18″ of 45lb test Eagle Claw Snare Wire
  • P51 Can Opener
  • Flint Fire Starter
  • Suunto Clipper Compass (OPTIONAL)

Check out the Operator Band Plus at RE Factor Tactical.


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