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Forward Controls Design Launches New Website

Forward Controls Design, started by Roger Wang previously of Battle Arms Development, has just rolled out their first website. You can get a look at all their products which are in production and there is even a hint or two about what will be coming in the future. For instance… I see a heading for the AR-15 and a heading for the SCAR. It looks like SCAR owners can expect some interesting news in the future.

Check out the new Forward Controls Design website.



The Beacon Outdoor Survival Box

You know Smith & Bradley for their watches but soon you may know them for interesting outdoor/survival related gear. The veterans of Kickstarter have launched a campaign to fund their latest project, The Beacon Outdoor Survival Box.

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The Beacon is a floating, water-tight storage box with an integrated solar charger (with battery) and flashlight functionality built in. The interesting thing is that in spite of the fact that it combines 3 useful outdoor tools, it isn’t really any larger than a typical solar charger or water-tight storage box is on its own.

The USB charging receptacles (3) are located inside the storage compartment so you can actually store a mobile device inside The Beacon to protect it from the elements and charge it at the same time. If you have to charge multiple devices, you can open The Beacon and use all 3 ports simultaneously. The Beacon’s 10,000 mAh lithium ion battery can also be wall charged and the entire “power puck” portion can be removed from the box for separate use or cleaning.

The integrated LEDs gives you the choice of white flood light or SOS flashing modes. There is also an amber colored LED flood light option for situations where you may not want to overload your dark adjusted eyes.

Often, these widgets that try to combine a ton of features end up being monstrosities that are larger and heavier than just carry the items separately. The Beacon actually appears to combine the functionality of several items into a package that actually makes it an attractive alternative to the items it replaces.

Check out The Beacon Outdoor Survival Box on Kickstarter.


The Deafening Silence PVC Patch is Back!

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of thousands of patch collectors pulling credit cards out of their wallet at the same time. The Deafening Silence patch is back.

Deafening Silence Patches (PVC on left, embroidered on right)

Deafening Silence Patches (PVC on left, embroidered on right)

I wrote about this patch (and it’s embroidered older brother) almost 3 years ago and it has been sold out just as long. That original post still sees traffic to this day and receive an email once in a while asking where to get them. There is obviously still a demand for this attractive and poetic patch.

Check out the latest run of the Deafening Silence patch at Fight and Flight Tactical.


ENDO Apparel Can’t Even Patch

Have you seen the Can’t Even patch from ENDO Apparel? Now you have and, if you are being honest with yourself, you kind of want one.



Magpul Addresses Glock Mag Issues

Magpul‘s rollout of the new PMAG 17 GL9 magazines for the Glock 17 has not been as smooth as we are used to from them. There have been YouTube videos, forum posts, and blog posts about reliability issues with the new magazines.

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That might be enough to sink a product (or an entire company) in some cases but Magpul has built up enough good will with shooters that this will likely all be water under the bridge soon. Of course, Magpul CEO Richard Fitzpatrick’s, head-on address of the what cause the issues and how it will be dealt with should also help assuage the fears of early adopters.

From Richard Fitzpatrick, Magpul CEO…

OK we screwed up.

After initial release of the Glock 17 PMag (GL9) a few days ago we started seeing random issues of failure to feed with the new magazine in other Glock models primarily the Glock 19 and 26. Of all the challenges of building a Glock magazine with single new composite, issues like drop free, impact strength and feed lip retention were foremost on our mind. The failure to feed came as a bit of a surprise to us and we immediately headed out to the range to investigate.

In short order found the problem. Without getting into technical details, some small, but critical geometry changes did not make it into the initial production molds. We should have caught this but no failures showed up on our factory guns during live fire testing and flaws in our internal processes of checks/balances did not flag the oversight as it should.

So as I said before, we screwed up and here is what we are going to do about it.

Molds are being updated with the correct geometry as we speak and a replacement magazine body with the correct geometry should be available by May 4th 2015. These will be date coded 5/15 and later and will replace any magazine bodies in service of earlier manufacture. Just use your existing spring, follower, and floor plate with the new body.

-If you purchased your magazines direct from Magpul, Brownells or Midway, you do not need to do anything, replacement magazine bodies for the magazines (1 for 1) ordered will be shipped to you automatically.

-If your purchased your magazines from a gun store, replacements will be sent out to the store in question for you to pick up.

-If neither of the above works for you then Magpul customer service will handle the replacement directly.

In short, we are updating ALL of the affected magazines released as quick as we possibly can.

Richard Fitzpatrick
President/CEO -Magpul Industries Corp

It is rare to see such impressive transparency and proactive response in any industry let alone the firearm industry. I hope other manufacturers are taking notes.


45% Off Browe BCO

I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that Browe, Inc. lost a contract for their titanium framed BCO, the optic that started it all for them. The good news is that they are offering the BCOs earmarked for that contract, about 100 of them, at a 45% discount! That brings the total to $852.50 plus shipping.

browe inc bco deal

Browe, Inc. can add just about any of their reticles to these optics so you can choose between patterns, colors, and bullet drop compensation caliber. You will need to contact Browe directly at sales@browe-inc.com to take advantage of this deal.

I have always wanted to try one of these and I am sorely tempted right now…


Fight and Flight Tactical LLAMA Packs in PenCott

Fight and Flight Tactical has added PenCott GreenZone and Badlands to their lineup of available colors and camo patterns for the LLAMA Pack.

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If you haven’t checked out the LLAMA Pack in a while, it is worth clicking through to Fight and Flight Tactical to see all of the updates that have gone into the pack. They have greatly improved the back panel and shoulder straps and introduced several new Tailgates and aluminum frame stays. This is a very flexible design that continues to grow and evolve.


SHTF Gear Introduces Glock 43 Holster

SHTF Gear’s hybrid Glock 43 inside-the-waistband holsters are already in production! The holster is now available for purchase and you’ll receive it quickly thanks to SHTF Gear’s well-known and well-liked short lead times.

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From SHTF Gear:

National holster manufacturer SHTF Gear is proud to announce the release of a holster from its ACE-1 line of inside-the-waistband holsters for the Glock 43. The G43 is Glock’s latest addition to the firearm world and its first single-stack 9mm pistol. This highly anticipated handgun is likely to become one of the most popular choices among those who carry concealed.

SHTF Gear, a Utah-based company, has been manufacturing top quality, American made equipment for concealed carry since 2010 and is quickly becoming an industry leader. Its flagship product, the ACE-1 hybrid holster, is available for over 200 handguns and offers unmatched quality. The ACE-1 features distinctive Kevlar® stitching, a unique curved leather backer, adjustable retention, and unparalleled attention to detail.

SHTF Gear’s Glock 43 holsters are available for immediate order and ship with a lead time of only three to five business days. Holsters are also available for the Glock 43 with Crimson Trace Laserguard (LG-443). Purchases can be made online at www.SHTFgear.com, Amazon.com, or by calling (435) 261-ACE-1.


Armageddon Gear Micro GP Pouch

The new Armageddon Gear Micro GP Pouch is now available. This MOLLE compatible, compact, general-purpose pouch is 5″ wide, 6″ tall, and just 1″ thick. It has elastic loop organization inside to keep your small items from shifting.


I like to keep a small GP pouch on my MOLLE belt, especially for training. It allows me to keep things I need to ensure I get the most out of the training day like a small pen, Sharpie, note pad, tools, and similar items. This looks like it would be ideal for such applications thanks to it’s thin profile. It could provide some admin storage without getting in the way like the typical GP pouches I use now which are thicker and do not provide organization loops.

This looks like a very handy pouch. Check out the Armageddon Gear Micro GP Pouch.

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Critical Carry Firearms Training

Rob Tackett, owner of TacStrike and long time lead instructor at a well known shooting school, has hung out his own shingle. He started Critical Carry Firearms Training in Roanoke, Virginia and his courses are already kicking off. Head over to the Critical Carry Firearms Training Facebook page (their website will be live soon) for details about upcoming courses, training tips, and more.



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