Adams Arms is giving you a chance to win a custom, one of a kind carbine and fund breast cancer research all at the same time. 100% of the proceeds from this raffle will go to help fund the cure.
Today is the day. The 20$Bandit Micro Kit is finally here!
The 6″ by 4″ Micro Kit is basically a scaled down version of the Mini Kit MK-7. It gives you similar functionality but in a format that fits your back pocket. The internal layout is nearly identical except everything is scaled down in size. It still has the elastic closure strap so there is no Velcro and no zippers to deal with. The internal elastic loop organizer is still there along with the retention pouch that keeps everything from dropping out the bottom of the kit. Like its big brother it has a slip pocket behind the elastic organizer and a clear vinyl pocket on the opposite side of the full clam shell opening pouch. The exterior of the Micro Kit features a 4″ by 3″ loop field for adding patches or ID.
Today marks the initial “Early Bird” release of the Micro Kit. It will be available in any color you want as long as it’s Black and you can expect production to take about 4 weeks. If you get in on this Early Bird released, you will get your Micro Kit first and at a reduced price of $20 (normal retail will be $21.77).
One of the convenient features of the Mini Kit was the availability of a fully stocked first aid insert, the Mini Medic, that was designed to drop right into the kit. 20$Bandit has built the Micro Medic to bring the same convenience to the Micro Kit. The Micro Medic features the following basic first aid items:
- (1) 3M Steri Strip (modern day butterfly bandage)
- (1) 3-0 Nylon Suture Kit
- (1) CELOX Homeostatic Agent (2g)
- (4) Single use eye drops (refresh plus)
- (1) Ampule Iodine
- (1) Burn Jel (External Anelgesic)
- (1) Hydro Cortisone Cream
- (2) Triple Antibiotic Ointment
- (4) Sterile Alcohol Prep Pad
- (1) Splinter Out Lancet
- (2) 1″ Sterile gauze pads
- (1) Moleskin (Kidney shape)
- (4) Knuckle Bandages
The Micro Medic will be available separately.
Brown Coat Tactical just launched their new website. I know them for their variety of shotgun cards but they also make a few other products like belts and slings. They also happen to have a great name.
This might be the most exciting Panteao Productions title yet. They will be releasing Make Ready with Freddie Blish: Intro to Combat Optics soon. Why should you care you ask? Great question.
You may not know it, but you likely know Freddie Blish’s work. He is probably more qualified than anyone to talk about combat optics. Panteao Production’s description of the video has a little to say about why that is:
Freddie is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Marine Corps, where he served 24 years. After his retirement from the Marine Corps, he served as the Director of Military Business Development for Aimpoint, Inc, where he developed an intensive training program on their use by the US Army Regional Training Center firearms instructors, US Army Mountain Warfare School, USAF Para-Rescue, and I Marine Expeditionary Force Advisory Training Teams.
It neglects to mention stints with LaRue Tactical, ROBAR, and as a Gunsite Range Master among other notable experience. He is also the creator of the Combat Optic Tool which is one of my favorite and most useful range gadgets. He is an authority of the subject of optics and should be able to drop some knowledge in a big way in this video.
Magpul just released 4 new M-LOK accessories.
M-LOK Rail Sections, Polymer: As you might have guessed from the name, these are rail sections made from polymer. They are available in 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 slot lengths.
M-LOK to MOE Adapter Kit: This is likely the most interesting product of this release. These adapter plates are customizable for length and used to adapt the larger M-LOK holes to work with legacy MOE accessories. So, if you are sitting on a pile of parts for your old MOE Hand Guards but want to update to the new MOE SL Hand Guard, you may be able to use these to avoid buying all new accessories.
M-LOK Cantilever Rail/Light Mount, Polymer: This is just like the aluminum version but made from injection molded polymer. This one hurts a little because I just bought one of the aluminum ones last week and the less expensive polymer version would have worked just as well for my needs.
M-LOK T-Nut Replacement Set: If you break/mangle/lose/accidentally swallow your T-Nuts, you can buy replacements.
Lone Wolf Distributors’ Timberwolf Frame for Fullsize 2nd and 3rd Generation 9mm, .40S&W, and .357Sig Glocks has been out for several years now. Their Compact Timberwolf Frame just became available for pre-order recently.
The Compact version has all of the features of its full size counterpart like interchangeable back straps, an extended beaver tail, improved texture, and round magazine release. It is intended for use with Glock 19/23/32 slides. The back straps and magazine release are included. All other original frame parts will drop in without fitting.
I have covered Snake Eater Tactical’s Burro Magazine Pouches before. Basically, they are open top, elastic magazine pouches that are reinforced with Kydex so they stay open. They recently added a larger version that is intended to carry Surefire’s 60 round AR-15 magazine. It can also carry a variety of other items thanks to its elastic construction. Like other Burro Pouches, these are MOLLE compatible but can also be adapted to belt use. They are available in Coyote Brown and Black.
Snake Eater Tactical is also offering $10 off any order of $60 or more throughout October.
Joe Bob Outfitters’ Spartan-15 Enhanced Billet Lower Receiver is one of the most affordable billet lowers on the market but is it worth even a smaller premium over a forged lower? That is the kind of question that everyone has to answer for themselves but for me, it is. Here’s why…
As you can probably surmise from the name, the Spartan-15 starts life as a solid billet of 7075-T6 aluminum, not a forging. It has a black hard anodized finish and a Spartan helmet/Molon Labe roll mark. The trigger guard is integrated and oversized. Other custom touches include a threaded bolt catch pin, a captured rear take-down pin detent, and an upper receiver tensioning screw.
The Spartan-15 is also marked and notched to work with Battle Arms Development’s short throw selectors.
Observations from Use
The Spartan-15 accepted the White Oak Armament parts kit that I installed without issue. Magazines drop free easily without excess wobble. It appears to be dimensionally correct.
The fit and finish are excellent. The quality of the machining is quite good and the finish is a very nice, dark, even black. The finish appears different than other hard anodized finishes likely due to a different surface preparation. It has a sort of frosted (hopefully that makes sense) appearance that is very attractive. The Spartan helmet marking and Molon Labe roll mark both look nice without being over the top. The pictogram selector markings look great too.
I probably won’t use the upper receiver tensioning screw. I just prefer to avoid them and I don’t mind a little play between the upper and lower. The captured rear take-down pin detent is just neat. It makes installing the castle nut and end plate a breeze. The thread in bolt catch pin is VERY convenient. Installing the bolt catch roll pin is probably the worst part of building a normal lower but this couldn’t be easier. This is a great feature. Remember to use a bit of thread locking compound to ensure it doesn’t back out. I didn’t have an issue with the screw backing out but applying thread locker would be cheap insurance.
You can tell that care was taken to round many of the edges and remove sharp corners. However, the corners around the trigger guard are left fairly intact which is a little disappointing. They aren’t going to cut you but if there is one place that a chamfered edge makes sense, it is there.
The magazine well is also a little disappointing. It is very good dimensionally and it is well finished inside but it has very little flaring at the opening. A flared magazine well is often one of the hallmarks of a billet lower but the Spartan-15 is only flared about as much as a forged lower. Yes, it works but there was room for improvement here.
I saved the best part for last. The lower is designed to accept Battle Arms Development’s Short Throw selectors without modification. There is a small notch on the selection hole to allow the pin to slip in without having to grind it down and the selector markings are designed to work with 45 and 90 degree selectors. At $129 retail, this is the most affordable lower available that accepts these excellent selectors without modification and that is a huge plus for me.
The Spartan-15 Lower is very attractive, dimensionally correct, and offers some very convenient features. It is likely the most affordable lower on the market that will accept the Battle Arms Development Short Throw Selectors. The magazine well is flared enough but could have been flared more and I wish the edges around the trigger guard were broken just a bit more.
Obviously, the Spartan-15 Lower costs more than a forged lower but it also offers more functionality. As with anything, you will have to decide if the features are worth it to you. I find it to be a good value based almost on the short throw selector compatibility alone. Throw in solid quality, convenience features, with some good looks and I think you have a winner.
Disclosure: I received this product from the manufacturer, free of charge, for review.
Aero Precision just introduced what looks to be one of their most practical M4E1 Complete Upper configurations yet. The M4E1 FDE, 16″ M4 Barrel, EQ-15 Handguard combo has a 16″ barrel with carbine gas, 15″ railed free-float hand guard, and it is built on their M4E1 upper receiver. This upper is available introductory pricing for $425 (BCG and charging handle not included).
Upper Receiver Features:
- Platform: AR15 M4E1
- Material: Machined from 7075-T6 forged aluminum
- Coating: FDE / Desert Cerakote finish
- M4 Feedramps
- .250” takedown pin holes
- Laser engraved T-marks
- Accepts standard AR15/M16 components
M4E1 Specific Details:
- Handguard mounting platform is forged into the receiver
- Works with Aero Precision handguards but also fits most BAR-system handguards
- Comes assembled, with dust cover and forward assist installed
- Barrel nut and wrench are included
- Chamber: 5.56
- Length: 16″
- Twist: 1 in 7
- Threading: 1/2″x28
- Material: Chrome Moly Vanadium
- Finish: QPQ corrosion resistant finish both inside and out
- Gas Block: .750
- Gas Port: .0635
- Gas System Length: Carbine
- Weight: 28oz
- M4 Barrel Extension
- HP and MPI Tested
- Length: 15″
- Series: Enhanced Quad Rail (EQ)
- Material: Machined from 6061-T6 Aluminum
- Coating: Cerakote FDE / Desert finish (more info on Cerakote)
- 6 built in QD sockets
- 1pc free float design
- Built in anti-rotation tabs
- Scalloped rails
- Continuous top rail
- 1.8″ inside diameter fits most muzzle devices and 1.5″ suppressors
Specter Gear’s new Spartan Series of tactical gear is made from same materials (double layered 1000D Cordura), in the same place (USA), and has similar designs to their regular gear. However, by removing a bell here and a whistle there, they are able to make these new pouches more affordable. The Spartan Series consists of several drop holsters and several MOLLE compatible rifle magazine pouches including single and double flap covered M4 mag pouches, single shingle style M4 mag pouches, and a single shingle style AK-47 magazine pouch.