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Crowdfund This: AK Identification Playing Cards

GunWebsites.com has created a deck of AK Identification Playing Cards that are reminiscent of the old aircraft ID playing cards. Each card in the deck features a silhouette of an AK variant along with information like its country of origin, arsenal mark, years of production, and materials used. GunWebsites.com has stated that if successful, this could be the first in a series of decks that would expand the countries and AK variants represented.

The AK Identification Playing Cards are currently being launched on Kickstarter. There are a number of affordable backer perks to check out, including some early bird perks that are still available.

gwebs ak ID playing cards


HSG Plate Carriers

It is good to see High Speed Gear back in the plate carrier game. There was a time when the Weesatch and its derivatives were the hot carriers on the market but that was years ago. Now, with the introduction of their new MPC and SPC carriers, they are coming back to relevance in an innovative way.


HSG’s approach to their SPC and MPC is modularity on a level that I am not sure we have seen before. Both plate carriers start with the same basic, slick, plate pocket chassis. The SPC is offered as a more slick, low-profile option and the MPC as a more modular, load-bearing option. The MPC’s MOLLE compatible cummerbund is actually HSG’s excellent Sure Grip repurposed with an adapter to work as a cummerbund! The front panel can be run slick or with the new HSG Chest Platform mounted on the front as a cummerbund flap. Both the Sure Grip Belt and Chest Platform can also be utilized as stand-alone gear when you don’t need a plate carrier.

We have certainly seen effective ways to integrate plate carriers and chest rigs before, but HSG’s new approach seems to take modularity to a whole new level. Check out the SPC and MPC at HSG.



MI 2 Chamber AK Brake

Midwest Industries has released a new brake for AK shooters. The MI AK .30 Cal Two Chamber Muzzle Brake features 2 expansion chambers and 4 large side facing ports. The brake is machined from tool steel and given a black phosphate finish. This brake fits 14x1LH threads.

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Faxon Firearms AR-15 Pencil Barrel Sale

A Faxon Firearms lightweight profile barrel was at the heart of JTT’s recent lightweight budget build. I have used two of these barrels in builds and I am very impressed with what you get for your money.

Faxon Firearms often has a coupon code for discounts on certain barrels but that rarely includes the lightweight barrels because of their popularity. This must be our lucky week because you can save 10% off 16″ 4150 Pencil Profile and 20″ Gunner Profile barrels when you use the coupon code PENCILSALE at checkout. The coupon code is valid through 8/8/2015.

Maybe it’s time for you to start your own budget lightweight build!

1200 Lightweight


Mega Arms/Hodge Defense Wedge Lock Hand Guards

Mega Arms first announced their upcoming Wedge Lock Hand Guards in January of this year. They are finally ready and we have even more details including the involvement of a collaboration partner, Hodge Defense Systems. Both Mega and Hodge can be considered heavy hitters when it comes to manufacturing, materials, and innovation. This is one of the more interesting rails to come along in a while.

hodge mega wedge lock

From Mega Arms:

Its finally time to tell you all the good news, Wedge Lock 7075 hand guards, compatible with any Mil Spec upper, have started shipping!

A collaboration with Hodge Defense Systems, the mind set from the start was to create the finest combative modular system that was strong, lightweight, and with a positive tactile feel. We spared no expense in our material selection understanding the rigors this hand guard would potentially be faced with. For example, most manufacturers exploit the use of 6061 aluminum for ease and cost of manufacturing, though 7075 has strength properties that exceed 6000 series aluminums at or near 40%. Our barrel nut is made from Titanium to help with strength/weight, and the thermal properties one would normally see with steel or aluminum during high volume of fire. We chose a little thicker wall thickness for a solid tactile feel, more surface area, added rigidity, as well as a more positive lock-up for modular accessories.

The Wedge Lock / Hodge Defense Hand guard slip fit attachment system utilizes a simple, yet robust method via a unique patented wedge lock system. We designed the front of this hand guard to allow a gloved shooter to access their suppressor attachment point via a small angle, so not to fight for space while gloved. A steel anti rotation pin is incorporated in the 12 o’clock upper section which mates with a predrilled hole as found on Mega Arms billet and forged uppers, as well in many of our competitors uppers. The hand guard can be mounted without the anti rotation pin if your upper does not have this feature.

Please note, that due to the slim design of the The Wedge Lock, sound suppressors will not fit under the hand guard like they do with our MKM and MML uppers.

First to be shipped are the 16″ Mega Extended length version, designed for use with an 18′ or longer barrel. 14″, 12″, 9″ and 7″ version will ship in descending order, so the carbine length will ship last. M-LOK variants are shipping first, Key Mod will follow shortly.

The hand guards will be available in 5 lengths.

  • Carbine = 7 inches, weight: TBA, $249 (all prices are MSRP)
  • Mid length = 9 inches, 11.12 oz, $272
  • Rifle length = 12 inches, 13.05 oz, $295
  • Extended Rifle lenght = 14 inches, 14.33 oz, $326
  • Mega Extended = 16 inches, 15.58 oz, $357

hodge mega wedge lock installed


Sale of the Summer at ALG Defense

ALG Defense is offering 20% off every in stock item on their site just because it’s summer. The sale starts today and runs through Sunday.

Now would be a great time to pick up some triggers and a 6 Second Mount like the one we recently reviewed.

ALG Summer Sale


Beacon Chest Seal at Rally Point Tactical

The Beacon Chest Seal is now available at Rally Point Tactical. This 6″ round chest seal is available with and without a vent. It is also available in a compact 4″ x 6″ pre-folded version that is useful for packing in smaller kits along with several other packaging options.

beacon chest seal

From Rally Point Tactical:

Rally Point Tactical is proud to offer the Beacon Chest Seal in 6 different kit options!

  • Non Vented 6 inch Round, Single pack
  • Non Vented 6 inch Round, Kit Size
  • Non Vented 6 inch Round, Two Pack
  • Vented 6 inch Round, Single Pack
  • Vented 6 inch Round, Kit Size
  • Combo Pack 1 Vented / 1 Non Vented Chest 6 inch Seal, Two pack

The Beacon Seal meets COTCCC preferred features for Chest Seals! Other features include:

  • Made in the USA
  • FDA 510(K) Exempt
  • Strong medical grade hydrogel adhesive
  • Lightweight & Compact
  • Latex free

Please visit RPTactical.com for ordering and be sure to ask about government and first responder pricing! Rally Point Tactical is a premier equipment and service provider to foreign and domestic militaries, federal agencies, and state and local municipalities.

Check out the Vented and Non-Vented versions of the Beacon Chest Seal at RPTactical.com.


DDI Magpul Zhukov Edition

Destructive Devices Industries (DDI) has officially announced the arrival of their Magpul Zhukov Edition AKs. These are DDI’s stamped AKs with factory installed Magpul Zhukov Folding Stock, Zhukov Hand Guard, and MOE AK+ Grip. They have been shipping to dealers this week so you should see them at online dealers shortly and your local dealer can order them now.

DDI Zhukov 1

Like DDI’s other AKM offerings, these feature KG Gun Coat finish. The bolt, bolt carrier, axis pins, rear sight assembly, spring guide, and barrel are Fenocite treated for corrosion resistance and increased surface hardness. Speaking of the barrel, it is made to DDI’s specs by Green Mountain and plays a large part in the surprising accuracy that has been reported by DDI shooters. Each rifle ships with a Magpul AK MOE magazine.

If you would like to get your hands on one, I suggest that you act fast. The Magpul MOE version of the same rifle has been on the market for just a few weeks and is already selling out at some dealers.

DDI Zhukov


Unity Tactical FUSION System Overview

Unity Tactical’s FUSION System continues to grow and adapt. They recently posted a video overview that shows all of the various FUSION hubs and accessories. The video does a very good job of offering application ideas for each of the hubs and accessories.


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