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GEARWARD Ranger Bands

I usually just cut bicycle inner tubes into whatever size “ranger band” I need but they can get brittle and tear in a relatively short amount of time. GEARWARD is now offering a more substantial Ranger Band. Theirs are made from thick EPDM rubber which, according to GEARWARD, resists heat, UV, and saltwater. Like most rubber bands, these can be burned as an emergency fire starter but thanks to their thick construction, they burn for 3 minutes.

The bands are 2″ long, 1/2″ wide, and come in packs of 20. Check out GEARWARD Ranger Bands.



BattleComp 51.0

The BattleComp 51.0 has landed. If you can’t tell by the name, this BattleComp is intended to be used as a mount for AAC suppressors with the 51 tooth interface.

BattleComp used to offer custom versions of this device but it was never a readily available production item until now. Unlike previous custom versions, the 51.0 features one piece construction (custom versions were welded). It is machined from 17-4PH stainless steel with a black oxide finish.

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Dunamis Gear

I have always appreciated backpacks that have a means for quickly adding additional capacity. I am not talking about adding MOLLE pouches which are often too small to make much of a difference on a pack and take a while to thread on and off. The Eagle Industries AIII had side pouches that attached easily via two buckles on the compression straps. Kifaru uses their Dock and Lock pouches to great effect and most of them require just 4 buckles which makes them easy to attach. I have always wondered why similar types of pouches aren’t more common which is why my interest was piqued when a friend told me about Dunamis Gear.

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Dunamis Gear has an entire line of pouches like the ones I describe above. Their pouches attach via G-clips to MOLLE compatible bags so they are easy-on and easy-off. They come in a variety of sizes, opening configurations (side zip, top zip, etc.), and other custom options are available.

They can even be useful as standalone bags when you add optional features like handles and shoulder straps. This can be handy for those need to hike in with a large bag but then like to drop their pack at camp while they explore/hunt.

Dunamis Gear’s website will be live soon. In the mean time, you can visit their Facebook page to find out more about their offerings.

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BFG Limited Edition AK Sling

If Larry Vickers was a 1940s Soviet sling manufacturer, this is what would happen…

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Blue Force Gear has just released just only 500 of these absolutely gorgeous Limited Edition AK Slings. If Banana Republic sold AK slings, this is what they would look like.

It certainly looks good but isn’t just a pretty face. It performs well too. This is a Vickers Combat Applications Sling (VCAS) through and through. It still features the bomb-proof hardware and comfortable webbing that Blue Force Gear is known for along with the quick-adjustment you have come to expect from the VCAS. It has just been dressed up to look more at home on an AK.

The front attachment point is a standard AK snap hook to work with the sling loop on many AK handguard retainer caps. The rear is a simple webbing attachment point to work with the wire loop found on many AK stocks. The plastic tril-glides are molded with “plum” colored polymer and the pull tab is made from leather! They even ink stamp the label to complete the look. This sling is loaded with attention to detail.

There are only 500 of these so act fast. They won’t last long. Check out the Limited Edition AK Sling at Blue Force Gear.



TangoDown KeyMod Vertical Grip

TangoDown is bringing their popular vertical grip to a KeyMod compatible rail near you. The images here show a very early prototype but it is still worth getting excited about. This prototype appears to be similar in length and shape to their rail mounted Stubby Vertical Fore Grip. That is a good thing because I have used a lot of vertical grips and the TangoDown short grips fit my hand like they were made for me.

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Echo Nine Three V3/SB/QD

Echo Nine Three is developing a new version of their popular V3 QD Sling Plate. The V3/SB/QD is designed for use with the SB47 Brace for AK Pistols. It attaches using the existing threaded holes on the bottom of the adapter and places QD socket at the rear of the receiver. This location works for both single and two point slings. The V3/SB/QD will be ambidextrous. Look for it to be available after the prototypes are tested (prototype shown below).

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Tavor Curved Buttpad from Manticore Arms

The new Tavor Curved Buttpad from Manticore Arms reduces the Tavor’s length of pull by about 1″ which is just what the doctor ordered for smaller stature shooters. The curved shape allows the shooter to roll the gun up from low ready more effectively and will likely fit most shooters better.

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The buttpad is manufactured from 6061 T6 aluminum where it interfaces with the Tavor and a chemically resistant polymer with just a bit of “give” to it where it interfaces with you. Most importantly, the curved shape moves the bulk of the buttpad out of the way allowing the shorter length of pull but maintaining the 26″+ length required to avoid running afoul the BATFE.

Check out the Tavor Curved Buttpad at Manticore Arms.


Tactical Handyman: How to Fix a Stretched SB15 Brace

The SB15 Brace has changed what we expect from AR pistols. It fits most standard pistol buffer tubes and several are now being made specifically for the SB15. The problem is that there is no standard outside diameter for AR pistol receiver extensions (buffer tubes). Some, like those from KAK Industries are very slim. There are some that are quite thick like those from Spike’s Tactical. Others are somewhere in the middle like the new tube from EXOS Defense.

The tight fit that results from using a thicker tube is great until you try to change to a new tube that is slimmer than your current tube. You will quickly find that your SB15 Brace is stretched to the point that it spins freely on the buffer tube and, in extreme cases, it can even slide right off. This renders the SB15 effectively useless.

This is the position that the Tactical Handyman recently found himself in. He had an SB15 on a Spike’s Tactical Pistol Buffer and found that it was stretched to the point that it would nearly fall off under its own weight on the new EXOS Defense pistol buffer tube which has a perfect outside diameter for use with the SB15. Here is how he fixed it…
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You will need the following:

  • Stretched out SB15 Brace
  • Soup/Stock Pot – Note: This pot needs to be big enough to hold the SB15 and enough water to cover it. Preferably, it should be large enough that it has room to hold all of that and little more so it doesn’t boil over.
  • Water
  • Stove
  • Timer
  • Kitchen tongs


This is super easy if you can boil water which might not be all that easy for some of you. If you haven’t figured it out by now, we are going to boil your SB15. Heating the rubber will cause it to shrink back to its original shape. In fact, in my case it almost seemed a bit tighter than it was originally.

  1. Remove the SB15 from your AR pistol. Note: If you boil your AR pistol, you deserve anything bad that happens to you.
  2. Drop your SB15 into a still cool stock pot. Note: Seriously, don’t heat the pot first. I shouldn’t even have to write this but I know there is some guy out there who already has the water boiling and is getting ready to burn his face off.
  3. Pour enough water into the still cool stock pot to completely cover the SB15 (it will sink) and not so much that the pot is in danger of boiling over.
  4. Remove the SB15 from the stock pot (leave the water).
  5. Bring the stock pot with water to a rolling boil. Note: You will probably want to set the burner as high as it will go to speed the process. Turn it up to 11.
  6. Lower the burner to about medium heat or just enough to keep the water boiling.
  7. Place your SB15 into the boiling water. Note: Do this carefully. Your skin is probably allergic to boiling water.
  8. Set your timer for 10 minutes.
  9. Turn off the burner when 10 minutes elapses.
  10. Remove the SB15 from the pot with your tongs and set it somewhere to dry and cool. Note: You can do this immediately after turning off the burner. Be careful because you have delicate little girl hands and the water is literally boiling. Drying will not take long since most of the water on the brace will evaporate immediately.
  11. Test fit the brace on your buffer tube only after it cools to room temperature. Note: I was able to speed the process by putting the brace in the refrigerator for the last few minutes of cooling. This is kind of like a refreshing cool towel after the steam towel at a barber shop.
  12. Repeat the process if necessary.

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Wrap Up

In my case, I was able to take an SB15 that was basically falling off and return it to like new condition or maybe even a bit better in terms of fit. It will even stay in place on the KAK tubes which are some of the slimmest I know. Don’t scrap that stretched out SB15! Try boiling it first.


Scalarworks LDM for Aimpoint Micro

When it comes to optics mounts, you can usually have QD functionality or light weight but not both. The new Scalarworks LDM, or Low Drag Mount, for the Aimpoint Micro series of red dot sights appears to offer both.

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Scalarworks claims that the LDM is the lightest Aimpoint Micro QD mount on the market and at just 1.33 ounces for the absolute co-witness version and 1.38 ounces for the lower 1/3 co-witness model, that is easy to believe. The LDM features a clever, notched thumb wheel that is retained by a ball detent. It looks like you could easily witness mark the correct notch to ensure that you always set the same tension when reinstalling the sight. The thumb wheel set up is also very low-profile and actually nested into the mount itself to reduce snagging.

There are a lot of good ideas in this mount. It will be interesting to see if Scalarworks can expand these design elements into other optic mounts. Check out the Scalarworks LDM.


Kinetic Concepts Tactical ECPT

The ECPT (Enhanced Combat Pull Tabs) from Kinetic Concepts Tactical (KCT) are now available. These are pull tabs for use with bungee retainers on magazine pouches that are made from Kydex. They are a simple fold over design with a single rivet. The bottom of the ECPT forms a loop for the shock cord to pass through and the top is flared. This creates an easily gripped surface that can be created in any color or camo pattern that is offered in Kydex.

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