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Review: TacPack February 2017 Edition

The February 2017 TacPack is here and I’ll tell you right up front that this is my favorite one to date.

Hopefully you are familiar with the concept of TacPack by now. If not, you can read the reviews of the previous TacPacks for some background on this subscription box.

Like I said before, this month’s box is my favorite to date. The perceived value is high. The usefulness and/or cool factor of the included items is high. It has a very high, I’ve-Been-Wanting-to-Try -One-of-Those factor. The TacPack has no weak items this month.

LiveFire Gear 550 FireCord – You can never have too much paracord and you can never have too many emergency firestarting materials tucked away in your EDC or various kits. LiveFire Gear’s 550 FireCord is both. It’s paracord with an inner strand that serves as an excellent emergency tinder. 25 feet is enough to make a ton of zipper pulls and lanyards.

TricornE Spool Tool – If you have paracord, you want/need a Spool Tool. This ingenious tool allows you to wrap 100 feet of paracord on it where it sits, ready to be used in projects. The tool also has an integrated cordage cutter, a bracket for holding a Mini Bic lighter, notches for holding the cord while you fuse the end, and a lanyard hole.

Bull Moose Tactical Muzzle Device – This brake is threaded 1/2×28 so it should fit a variety of rifles. I haven’t tried it yet but I will.

North Shore Kustoms Equalizer – I like knucks. I used to sell them back when we operated Edge/Equipped and I even had occasion to design one. I’ll probably never use one in any sort of defensive way. To me, they are a novelty that represents a craftsman who translates a design directly into metal. They are interesting objects that are cool to own, cool to talk about, and that is enough of a purpose for… Hold on… This one has a bottle opener!

TacPack Patch – You like patches don’t you? Of course you do.

LiveFire Gear 40% Off Coupon – The final item in the box is a 40% coupon for LiveFire Gear. I’ll put that to use for sure!

If you want to try TacPack, you can check them out at TacPack.com. They are saying that the items in the March box will have a total value of $115 and a TacPack sometime in the near future will feature the debut of a new item from Hexmag.


Protecting Your Hearing When Shooting – An Infographic from SmokingBarrelUSA.com

This infographic comes to us from SmokingBarrelUSA.com. At face value, it has valuable information regarding the noise levels you are dealing with while shooting and ways you can reduce the damage that sound causes to your ears. However, with the Hearing Protection Act looming, this is even more relevant.

Firearms are loud. They are loud enough to cause irreversible damage to your ears. So, double up on earpro and contact your representatives to tell them you support the Hearing Protection Act.

How Shooting Affects Your Hearing
Source: The Smoking Barrel USA



If you took a push knife and stripped it down to its barest essentials, it might look something like the BLADETRICKS Stop Switch. The spike like “blade” flares to a rounded handle with G10 scales that rests against the palm the same way the handle on a push dagger would. This compact, minimalist design makes Stop Switch easy to carry and intuitive to use.

The Stop Switch is custom made by BLADETRICKS so the specs vary from knife to knife. The one shown below with yellow G10 handle slabs is ground from 3mm thick 6150 steel with an overall length of 70mm (2.75″). You can view it and other custom knives at BLADETRICKS.net.


F3 Tactical Moving Sale

If you are anywhere near F3 Tactical’s Metrotech Drive location in Chantilly, Virginia… Get over there. They are moving to a new, larger location (with lots of interesting possibilities) and the more they sell, the less they have to move. They have deals on Blue Force Gear, Ares Gear, Raven Concealment, TangoDown, Magpul, and more.

F3 Tactical says:

We’ll be making great deals at the cash register all week (Until 6pm on Saturday, Feb. 25th) so it’s first come, first serve on everything.

You can get some great deals, learn about what is next for F3 Tactical, and meet Bolt the wonder dog. It’s a win/win/win.


GunfightersINC Spectre Shoulder Holster Upgrades

There are a lot of kydex benders that will help you put a holster on your waist. I think GunfightersINC is hell bent on being the leaders in putting a holster on your upper body with their Kenai Chest Holster and the Spectre Shoulder Holster! Speaking of the Spectre, they have just rolled out a few updates to it including new options, new lower pricing, and a new tool that makes it easy to customize your own Spectre.

The new cant options allow for full size handguns (G34 shown) and 33rd mags to remain concealable.

The new options available for the Spectre include a number of new weapon lights that you can choose on the holster side. You can also now choose to add a 45 degree cant or a vertical orientation to the holster side which makes concealing full size handguns like 1911s or Glock 34/35s easier.

The new pricing is now 25% less than the price of the Spectre at its introduction. GunfightersINC has improved their processes and have streamlined production on the Spectre to the point that they can bring the price in line with their popular Kenai Chest Holster. It’s the same holster but more efficiency means lower prices for you.

Finally, the new Spectre Shoulder Holster Configurator tool opens up a host of new options and gives you complete control over your holster. It walks you through the selection of every option for each configurable part on the Spectre.

If you want a pistol holster on one side and a suppressor holder on the other, you can do that. If you want pistol magazine pouches on both sides to support your pistol caliber carbine, you can do that. If you want pistol holsters on both sides so you can dual wield Glock 19s, you can do that too (just please don’t open carry them to Starbucks so we don’t all look bad).

Check out the Spectre Shoulder Holster Configurator at GunfightersINC.com.


The EDC Tool Roll: Replaceable Fix It Sticks

The EDC Tool Roll is a feature on Jerking the Trigger in which we profile various every day carry worthy tools. The tools shown aren’t multi-tools but rather real tools, that by virtue of their compact size, light weight, usefulness, or unique functionality, can find a place in any range kit, emergency kit, or every day carry bag.

Feel free to comment on the tools that you carry so we can all learn! The discussion on these posts has been very valuable so far.

The genesis of this series, The EDC Tool Roll, was my frustration at my multi-tools for never quite being the right tool. Sure, they will do a lot, but sometimes you just need a real tool which started my quest to build a pocketable tool kit. My search for a screw driver that was both a real tool and yet still compact enough to work in this pocketable kit lead me to Fix It Sticks.

The Replaceable Fix It Sticks are comprised of two separate sections that can be used individually as a small driver for tight spaces or together to form a t-handle driver. Each of the two sections can hold a standard 1/4″ bit at each end meaning I can keep 4 bits of my choosing on the tool, ready to use. I also carry a small assortment of bits for the fasteners that I am likely to encounter.

I tried several other drivers before settling on the Fix It Sticks. Most interchangable bit drivers were too large. Others were pocketable but lacked reach or were too small to apply a decent amount of torque comfortably. The Fix It Sticks, with their take-down format split that difference beautifully. They pack small but function much like a full size tool.

Fix It Sticks are made in the USA and available in a number of configurations. I like the Replacables for EDC and purchased mine from Amazon.

They also makes these in kit form specifically for shooters with slick options like in-line torque limiters. Those kits are available at Tactical Works.

Of all the tools I added to my kit, the screwdriver was the hardest to finally settle on so I will be interested to hear what you carry. If you have an EDC worth driver that you prefer, comment below.


Sneak Peek: Aridus Industries 870 to Beretta 1301 Stock Adapter

The Beretta 1301 might be the best defensive shotgun on the market right now but the only aftermarket company that seems to know that is Aridus Industries. There is currently very little in the way of aftermarket support for the 1301 especially as it pertains to buttstocks but there might just be a fix for that soon.

The image above gives us a sneak peek of what might be Aridus Industries’ next new product. It’s a an adapter that allows 1301 owners to mount Remington 870 stocks like the excellent Magpul SGA stock on their 1301. It may work for any 870 stock, but as you can see, it blends the contours of the Magpul stock to the receiver perfectly and adds very little to the length of pull.

Stay tuned for pricing and availability information.



Ban the ATF 2.0 T-Shirt from Russian Roulette Clothing

Russian Roulette Clothing has given their Ban the ATF shirt a face lift. The new 2.o version of the shirt has full color graphics with an image of a tax stamp in the background. It is printed on a USA made, Anvil brand t-shirt.

Check out the Ban the ATF 2.0 shirt at Russian Roulette Clothing.


S2Delta Modular Tactical Sling

The design of the S2Delta Modular Tactical Sling or MTS allows it to transition from a 2″ strap for comfort to modular 1″ straps where it connects to the firearm. These user replaceable 1″ straps are available in a number of configurations and allows the MTS to fit a variety of rifles and shotguns.

The sling features coarse length adjustment on the 2″ strap section and a webbing tab that can be pulled to adjust the sling quickly. The 2″ to 1″ webbing adapters are made of steel for durability and there is a D-ring sewn into the rear portion of the sling that can be used with a CLASH Hook to create 2 t0 1 point sling functionality.

The MTS is made in the USA. You can learn more at S2Delta.com. They sell their slings via Amazon.


Guns and Instagram – Learn the Law

The laws for posting gun and gun related pictures on Instagram are mostly unwritten but they are rigorously enforced. I figure it is about time someone codified them for reference. I’m no good at chiseling things into stone tablets so typing them here will have to do.

Proof that I follow the Instagram Gun Picture Laws.

  1. When in doubt, turn up the Structure and Vignette. You may work in a cubicle but you can always add some grit and mystery with Structure and Vignette. Don’t be stingy. Turn it up.
  2. You must place magazines or ammo into a holiday-specific shape on holidays. Make a heart on Valentine’s Day, spell out the numerals for the year on New Year’s Day, etc. It’s a great way to humblebrag about how many magazines you have. Bonus humblebrag points are awarded for making shapes out of firearms or suppressors.
  3. Action pictures don’t count unless there is brass in the air or muzzle flash. If there is no brass or muzzle flash, its probably a posed picture.
  4. You must use an approved background for all gun pictures. Approved backgrounds include concrete (smooth or textured), weathered wood boards (example: decking or a rustic fence), gravel, pick up truck beds, or a firewood pile.
  5. Guns must never be placed squarely in frame. Turn them at an angle. It’s the law.
  6. No one wants to see your face. Crop it out… except leave a hint of beard in the picture. That way everyone will know you have a beard which is one of the 3 keys to being taken seriously as an Instagram gun guy.
  7. No one will know you drive a nice car unless you lean your rifle against the wheel or bumper once in a while. Be sure we can see the badge! This is the only exception to rule 4.
  8. Flex. How else will we know that you work out?
  9. Spilling a little ammo next to your gun and laying a paper target in frame makes it look like you are about to train. Alternately, you can use spent brass and holes in the target punched with a pencil to look like you just finished training. No one on Instagram trains (or lets people think they train) more than you.
  10. Cleavage. You’ll never get any work at SHOT Show without it.

Note: There is no Instagram Gun Picture Law requiring you to share the distance from which you shot your target or to show your target after posting a  video of you shooting fast (and looking cool). That’s what we call a loophole.

Did we miss any? Tell us your proposed additions in the comments.


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