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EXOTAC candleTIN Nano

Candles are useful parts of any survival kit. They can be used for light, heat, cooking, and as a flame extender for fire starting. EXOTAC’s new candleTIN Nano is easy to add to any kit thanks to it’s compact size and lightweight (less than 1 ounce). In spite of the small size, these little guys will still burn for 4 hours.

In my experience, EXOTAC’s candleTINs meet their claimed burn times and are of very high quality. These are sold in packs of 3.



Great Deal on Lower Vise Block

I don’t do a lot of deal spotting on this site but this is too good to go unmentioned. Squirrel Daddy has their Lower Vise Blocks on sale for just $5.99. These are machined from a solid block of HDPE and can be inserted from the top or bottom depending on what part of your lower you need to work on.

I ordered one along with some of their other armorer’s tools and it shipped fast and free. I have wanted a lower vise block for years and I just couldn’t pass at this price.



Minuteman/Pro-Tech TR4 Manual

Minuteman Watches and Pro-Tech Knives have collaborated on a special version of the TR4 Manual Knife (a manual version of the TR4 automatic). The TR4 is a great knife in both manual and automatic form. This particular TR4 has several special touches that set it apart like an individual serial number (only 40 made), a special Minuteman engraved pocket clip, a DLC coated blade, and a custom lanyard. Just like the watches that Minuteman sells, 25% of the profits from this knife will go to veteran’s charities.




  • Plunge Lock
  • Handle: T6 6061 Aluminum anodized Flat Dark Earth
  • Blade Steel: 154-CM Stainless Steel
  • Blade Length: 4 inch
  • Blade Width: 1.35 inch
  • Blade Thickness: .125 inch
  • Closed Length: 5.25 inch
  • Overall Length: 9.25 inch
  • Weight: 5.5 oz.



CZ 527 Actions


CZ USA has announced that they will be making their CZ 527 7.62×39 actions available for purchase separately. This will allow shooters to build their own custom 6.5 Grendel chambered rifle on the proven “micro Mauser” actions. The potential for such an action to be built into a light precision or hunting rifle is off the charts.

These are not available on the CZ-USA website. Email kipp@cz-usa.com if you are interested.


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.



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.



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.


KNS Precision Hammer Cage

Now this is a handy widget!

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.



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.


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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