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Chinese Cheater Bag from Armageddon Gear

Armageddon Gear just rolled out their latest shooting bag – the Chinese Cheater Bag. This barricade bag measures 8.5″ x 6.5″ x 4″ and has a number of straps. The perimeter webbing straps are used to adjust the firmness of the bag to suit the shooter’s preference. The elastic straps on top can be used to attach the bag to your rifle (or yourself).


I have found that barricade bags have application outside of precision shooting competition. A bag like the Chinese Cheater Bag can be attached to hunting rifle (so you don’t have to carry it separately) and goes a long way toward locking you into the rest on your tree stand or blind.

Check out the Chinese Cheater Bag at Armageddon Gear.


Dirt Cheap, Universal Flashlight Mount

Before there was KeyMod, M-LOK, and Picatinny rail, there were improvised ways of mounting flashlights on rifles like duct tape, hose clamps, and ranger bands. Abner Miranda recently released a video that shows how effective, and even advantageous, ranger bands (bicycle inner tube sections) can be as a light a mount.


Battle Arms Development Safety Selectors Sale

Battle Arms Develop just put all of their Safety Selectors on sale including the BAD-ASS, BAD-CASS, Short Throw models, and Cerakoat colors. Check out Battle Arms Development.



Hawk Hill Custom Harris Bipod Feet at Tactical Works


Tactical Works is now carrying Hawk Hill Custom’s spiked Harris bipod replacement feet. We have profiled these before on JTT. They are notable because of their quality and the installation tools that ship with them (see the video below). If you have ever swapped the feet on a Harris bipod, you know how difficult it can be. The tools included with these bipod feet go along way toward taking the pain out of the process.

Check out the Hawk Hill Custom Harris Bipod Feet at Tactical Works.


Sneaky Bags Fall Sale

Sneaky Bags is having a Fall Sale with markdowns on two of their most popular bags – the Sentinel Concepts collaboration Sentinel Backpack and three sizes of the S.U.B. Check out SneakyBags.com.



Light Control System – Cloud Defensive

Cloud Defensive’s Light Control System or LCS, seeks to correct two common problems with weapon light tape switch use: holding/locating the pressure pad and secure, snag-free cable routing. The rail mounted, machined 7075-T6 aluminum mount securely holds the pressure pad in a precisely sized pocket and secures the wire out of the way with a clamp that can be bolted to either side.


The LCS is designed to work with the Surefire ST07 tape switch which works across a variety of Surefire weapon lights including the Scout Series and X-Series when used with the XT tail cap assembly.

Check out the Light Control System at Cloud Defensive.



Indian Creek Design BFD

Indian Creek Design has taken the wraps off of their BFD or Blast Forward Device. The BFD represents a unique take on the concussion shield because of how it mounts to the host firearm via a threaded mounting collar that is installed on the barrel behind the muzzle device. This mounting system allows for quick installation/removal of the BFD and accepts a wide variety of existing muzzle breaks. It likely fits the muzzle brake you already have.

Check out the BFD at Indian Creek Design.

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From Indian Creek Design:

Say good-bye to muzzle brake side and back blast forever!

Nampa, Idaho, September 26, 2016 – No longer will your shooting partners, entry team members, or your wife and kids shrink back from your invitation to go shoot your muzzle brake equipped rifle. The creative minds at Indian Creek Design, Inc (ICD) have solved one of shooting’s annoying dilemmas, eliminating the side and back blast from an effective muzzle brake, with an ingenious device that will have everyone at ranges and along firing lines across this great nation enjoying their chosen pastime more and getting better training in.

Muzzle brakes work by providing ports for the rapidly moving and expanding gasses that propel a bullet to hit against as they exit the end of a firearm barrel, re-directing those gasses to the sides and often back at the shooter to control recoil and offer quicker follow up shots and to control the muzzle so the impact of your previously fired shots can be seen via your optics to assess accuracy. They are also the bane of Range Officers and other people on the firing line, as well as tactical entry team members, etc, due to the back blast associated with their use.

“Muzzle brakes have been around for generations and they are invaluable, especially in target and tactical situations,” says Gary Adams, a spokesperson for ICD, “but people get sick of the blast associated with using a muzzle brake. This has led to a rise in sales of flash cans and linear compensators which only channel gasses forward but do nothing for muzzle rise and recoil. There are a few companies that make a system that couples a specific flash can with a specific muzzle brake but these are relatively expensive and up until now there has been no option for a consumer or law enforcement agency to use whichever muzzle brake they prefer and also run a blast forwarding device with that brake to defeat the blast and noise.

We at ICD have undertaken the task of engineering and perfecting a simple and elegant blast forwarding device, the ICD BFD, that will fit on many rifles and that works in conjunction with virtually any muzzle brake the shooter wants to use. The BFD, which adds only 2.6 ounces to the rifle, is stunningly simple in design, but so very effective that it will literally change the way shooters look at muzzle brakes and shooting in general. It is absolutely amazing how effective it is.”

An added benefit in the BFD re-directing the muzzle blast is the re-direction of the ear drum shattering noise as well. Independent testing has proven that a muzzle brake causes up to a 10x increase in discharge sound level that hits the shooter and those in the surrounding area. The BFD corrals that damaging sound wave and sends it downrange. The perceived sound near the shooter is reduced dramatically. Despite this ability, the BFD is not an NFA controlled item, it is not a suppressor, and no special permissions are required to own or use it.

The ICD BFD is available for any rifle with 1/2″ threaded muzzle devices (AR variants, etc) and for 5/8″ threaded devices such as on AR-10’s, etc. The BFD was extensively tested on various caliber rifles, up to and including a 7mm Remington Magnum bolt action rifle, with excellent results. Finished in a matte black MilSpec Type III hardcoat, Mr. Adams feels that this will quickly become a must have for the casual or avid shooter who wants muzzle control and doesn’t want to feel or subject others to the punishing back blast, and also for tactical operations and Law Enforcement use where the brake blast can be detrimental to operational success and the safety of the personnel involved. Every Range Officer in the world will want these on every rifle, they are that effective.

Instead of spending a large amount of money for a proprietary device that handcuffs equipment choices, departments, agencies, and civilian shooters can now add a moderately priced (MSRP $79.95) piece of American made kit to their existing platform and get a lot more, or rather a lot less, “BANG for their buck”!


PHLster Gen 2 TDI Fightworthy Sheath – Now Available

The newly upgraded Gen 2 TDI Fightworthy Sheath from PHLster is now available. The new sheath benefits from improved manufacturing processes to feature greatly availability, improved access due to increased hand clearance, improved retention, greater hardware compatibility, more precise molding, and a $10 reduction in price. I encourage you to watch the video below for more details.

You can check out the new sheath at Snake Hound Machine.


Best Budget Precision Optic: MidwayUSA Exclusive Weaver Tactical Grandslam 3-10×40

Fully multi-coated Japanese glass, mil reticle with 1/10th mil windage and elevation adjustments, exposed target turrets that can be reset to zero, lifetime warranty backed by an established manufacturer with a long history… Normally you can touch a scope like that for less than $800… Unless you know where to look.


MidwayUSA carries an optic exclusive to them called the Weaver Tactical Grandslam 3-10×40 and it has long been one of the best kept secrets in precision optics. This scope is exclusive to MidwayUSA and they sell it for just $400 shipped everyday. It is frequently on sale for around $300 shipped. I saw them on sale as recently as 2 weeks ago for $273 shipped (if you Round Up for the NRA and you should). That is basically unheard of in mil/mil optics, especially those with this level of quality.

I have long been a fan of Weaver’s optics, especially their Classic 1-3×20 and their Classic Rimfire line. Weaver knows how to squeeze a lot of value into an optic and their glass is always surprisingly good for its price range.

Optic Quality

The Tactical Grandslam’s optics are relatively bright and clear which is what we have come to expect from Weaver’s Grandslam line. It has long been known as an excellent value. Weaver claims the fully multi-coated Japanese glass has 94% light transmission. I can’t really test that but I can share some general observations.

The optics are relatively bright and clear. I compared it to a few optics I had on hand and found it to be optically similar to a Bushnell Elite 4200 or Nikon Monarch for brightness and clarity. It is outpaced by a Vortex Viper PST and Leupold Mark 4 which is to be expected. Color rendition is good. There is some blurring at the edges and some chromatic aberration but overall, the quality is better than you would expect from an optic at this price.

I own one of these and have been able to shoot with (and look through) several others. All have been consistently good and all the owners have been consistently pleased.


Field of View and Eye Relief

The field of view is 35′ at 100 yards when set to 3X magnification and 11.3′ at 10X magnification. This compares favorably to other optics I have in this magnification range.

The eye relief is generous at 3.5″ and constant throughout the entire magnification range which I like. This is more than enough eye relief to work well on AR-15s and AR308s.


The Tactical Grandslam has a proven mil-dot reticle. It features .25 mil dots at 1 mil spacing. The reticle is wire construction and placed in the second focal plane.

It is worth noting that the Tactical Grandslam ships with a pamphlet that contains information on how to use a mil-dot reticle and several ranging tables. The information is actually very useful and well executed. This is a very nice touch, especially for those using this optic as an affordable way to dip their toe into mil/mil optics.


All of the Tactical Grandslam’s windage and elevation adjustments are accomplished via large, easy to grip, and easy to read target turrets. Every rotation of the turret gives you 5 mils of adjustment, 1/10th mil at a time, and there is a total of 16.5 mils of adjustment available. This optics features a 1″ tube which limits its adjustment a bit but it still manages to have enough to get a .308 to 1000 yards if you use a 20MOA base. The adjustments seem to be quite accurate and it passes a simple box test.

The turrets can be easily reset by removing the center of the turret with a hex key, lifting the turret body, and replacing with the “0” aligned. Just be sure that you don’t lose the o-ring that typically comes out with the center of the turret when you reset the turrets.


The clicks are tactile and audible though not as crisp as something like a Vortex Viper PST. Mine felt a little mushy at first but spinning the turrets a few times broke them in nicely. It takes some effort to spin the turret and the detent at each position seems quite strong so it is unlikely that you will accidentally spin a turret off your zero. That is a good thing because there is no zero stop.

The magnification is adjusted via an easy to grip magnification ring. The Tactical Grandslam’s entire 3-10x magnification range can be accessed with a 180 degree throw of the ring.

Focus is adjusted via a fast focus eye piece. I would prefer a locking eye piece but I’ll gladly overlook that at this price.

Specs at a Glance

  • Tube Diameter: 1″
  • Objective: 40mm
  • Length: 12″
  • Weight: 16.6 oz
  • Field of View: 35′ (3X) to 11.3′ (10X)
  • Eye Relief: 3.5″
  • Adjustment Click Value: 1/10 MIL
  • Finger Adjustable Turrets: Yes
  • Turrets Resettable to Zero: Yes
  • Zero Stop: No
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • Eyepiece: Fast Focus
  • Reticle Construction: Wire


Other Items of Note

One nice thing about this optic’s Weaver Grandslam heritage is that there are accessories like sun shades available for it. I purchased a Weaver Grand Slam 40mm Sun Shade (part #849737) and it fits perfectly.

This optic would be right at home on a precision bolt action or precision AR-15 build. It has plenty of eye relief to work well on an AR pattern rifles.

This optic does have a flat spot on the bottom, under the turrets. I always appreciate that as it makes it easy to mechanically level the optic in one piece mounts or over a rail.

An etched reticle, locking eye piece, and adjustable parallax would be nice but something has to give in a $400 optic. You can live without those items. Weaver and Midway did a great job getting the most important things right in this optic. They delivered a very functional optic with very good glass at a very attractive price.


Wrap Up

I don’t know of an optic in this category that can match the Weaver Tactical Grandslam for quality, value, and features. In fact, you really can’t find another mil/mil optic until you get into the $800 range. This optic is perfect for those looking to dip their toe into the mil/mil optic pool at an affordable price and it’s perfect for budget precision rifles.

The Weaver Tactical Grandslam 3-10×40 is a good value at the every day price of $400 shipped, an amazing value when it is on sale at around $300 shipped, and a can’t miss bargain when the price goes below $300 (I paid $273 shipped for mine).

Check out the Weaver Tactical Grandslam 3-10×40 exclusively at MidwayUSA.


Esstac Shooter’s Belt

Esstac’s new Shooter’s Belt is now available at a very attractive introductory price. The Shooter’s Belt utilizes an inner and outer belt set up. The inner belt, with its thick webbing construction, is more substantial than most. The outer belt is features multiple layers of material to stiffen it and a Cobra buckle closure.

If you purchase one of these belts before Monday at midnight, you’ll get the Shooter’s Belt, a Double Pistol KYWI Pouch, and KYWI belt loops for $80. That is a steal of a deal and one heck of a good start on a “battle belt”.

Shooter’s Belt at Esstac



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