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Gearward 24HSD

Gearward’s 24HSD (24 Hour Signalling Device) is just what it sounds like – a device designed to be useful for signalling around the clock, not just when the sun is high in the sky. It consists of 2 main components that allow it to work day and night: a dog-tag like signal mirror and a glow in the dark tag.

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The signal mirror can be used to reflect the sun’s rays at whoever you are attempting to signal. Signal mirrors are nothing new. They work and they deserve a place in your kit.

The glow in the dark tag, however, is something new. It is made from Moon Glow, a glow in the dark acrylic, that has to be seen to be believed. It glows very brightly and for a fairly long duration. To use it, you simply charge it up with a flashlight and then spin it in a circle at the end of a cord. This creates a large circle that is very visible, especially in heavy darkness to dark adjusted eyes.

The 24HSD’s dog tag form makes it extremely compact and easy to carry. You can carry on your neck, on your keys, in your pack, or even in an Altoids tin style survival kit. It is compact enough that you’ll always have it at hand.

Check out the Gearward 24HSD.

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Oneiros Valley USMC Pack Modification Kit

Oneiros Valley, having already demonstrated complete mastery of the NICE Frame, is now taking on the USMC Pack (FILBE). Their new USMC Pack Modification Kit is now available.

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From Oneiros Valley:

Oneiros Valley is now manufacturing USMC Pack Modification Kits. Issued beginning in 2013 as a mandatory upgrade for defective FILBE packs, this is the first time the kit is available directly to the public. It includes Top Buckle Adapters, which replace the pack’s failure-prone load lifter buckles, and Quick Release Adapters, which prevent the quick release straps from unsnapping inadvertently. All components are made in the USA and Berry Amendment compliant.

Check the Oneiros Valley USMC Pack Modification Kit.

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The MOAT Group Carbine Standards Drill and Target

The MOAT Group recently shared their Carbine Standards Drill and printable target via their website and Youtube channel. This would be a great drill to add to your range sessions.

There is a lot to like about this drill. It requires only a 50 yard range yet still requires a demanding level of accuracy. The speed requirements are demanding but are attainable. The drill incorporates physical stress and the stress of shooting for time/score both of which up the level of mental focus required to complete the drill successfully. It incorporates several elements into a single drill like adjusting for mechanical offset, shifting natural point of aim, various shooting positions, precision, speed, recoil control, breath control, and more.

The target has space to record vital information like time, hits, conditions, and date which make it easy to have a repeatable process when you hit the range. You aren’t really learning as much as you could be unless you are documenting your progress in some way.

One quick word of caution regarding diagnostic drills like this… They are best run when you first arrive on the range with no warm up. Your cold performance will give you the best gauge of your actual on-demand skill level. If you run the drill over and over, your performance will improve but that will only prove mastery of the drill, not mastery of the skills. Don’t get caught in the trap of training to the drill instead of the skill.

This is a well designed drill that should be very easy to incorporate into a range session. Check out the target at The MOAT Group’s website and the video on their YouTube channel.

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RE Factor Tactical Grenade Dog Toy

In most contexts, a dog running toward you with a grenade in it’s mouth isn’t a good thing. That is unless that grenade happens to be the upcoming Grenade Dog Toy from RE Factor Tactical in which case you are probably having a great time with your best buddy. The new toy will be built from durable materials (1000D nylon, webbing) so that it lasts more than a hour or two like most store bought toys.

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I wouldn’t limit this to just a dog toy. It isn’t hard to imagine my elementary age self throwing these bad boys at anything and everything. I guess it isn’t all that hard to imagine my 30 something self doing the same.

The RE Factor Tactical Grenade Dog Toy will be available soon.

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Battle Arms Development Lightweight AR-15

Your lightweight AR-15 build is now too heavy. Battle Arms Development and Brentwood Gunsmithing are showing off their new, super secret, custom, lightweight AR-15 that weighs LESS than 4 pounds. Let that wash over you for a minute.

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Not only does it weigh less than 4 pounds, but it manages to do so with forged upper and lower receivers (with some obvious modifications). It includes several custom made parts including Battle Arms Development’s new Grade 5 Titanium Enhanced Pivot & Takedown Pins. Battle Arms Development assures us that we will see several new items that come from this R&D project.

It is great to see a company involved in this sort of project even if the carbine shown never makes it to market as a complete project. This kind of research and development works in auto racing and it looks like it could work in firearms too.

Check out Battle Arms Development.

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