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TOPS Knives Tex Creek 69

The original Tex Creek is one of the best all-around knives that TOPS Knives makes. It is sized well, has a great point, and a versatile blade shape. It also has one of the most comfortable handles in the line. It can do it all from hunting to survival and everything in between.


TOPS just released the newest version, the Tex Creek 69 with a few new features. The Tex Creek 69 features TOPS Knives’ new Rocky Mountain Bull’s-eye handle texture on its canvas micarta scales. The knife now sports a Coyote Tan powder coat finish.

O/A Length: 9″
Blade Length: 4 3/16″
Thickness: 3/16″
Blade Color: Coyote Tan
Steel: 1095 High Carbon
Handle: Tan Canvas Micarta with Rocky Mountain Bull’s-eye pattern
Weight: 9.8oz

Check out the Tex Creek 69 at TOPS Knives.


KE Arms Trooper Repair Kit

It is unwise to show up at a carbine course or competition without the means to repair your carbine. If your carbine goes down, it means wasted time and money (entry fees, ammo expenses, travel expenses, etc.). That is why KE Arms created the Trooper Repair Kit. This kit contains replacements for the most commonly broken AR-15 parts.


– Young Manufacturing Phosphate Bolt with gas rings, extractor, and ejector
– Firing Pin and Retainer Pin
– Cam Pin
– Hammer, Spring and Pin
– Trigger, Spring and Pin
– Disconnector and Spring
– Safety Selector, Spring, and Detent

I have personally seen almost every part represented in this kit break in the context of training. Even if you aren’t headed to a carbine course and you don’t compete, having spare parts for your carbine is never a bad idea. Check out the KE Arms Trooper Kit.


Kinetic Development Group SIDELOK

Kinetic Development Group has released a new optic mounting system called SIDELOK. The installation process seems fool proof and KDG is developing a solid reputation for quality. The MSRP on these mounts is very competitive.

From KDG:

Today KDG took the market by surprise and launched an amazing solution for optics, the SIDELOK™. The SIDELOK™ is by far the most innovative optics mounts we have seen released on the market it a long time. Here is why:

The first reason is repeatability.  Generally optics mounts have two attachment points with separate levers.  Some are adjustable so you can tighten or loosen them for the particular tolerance picatinny rail you may be mounting to.  One may be tighter, one slightly looser.  This is recipe for disaster in the repeatability department when installing or removing an optical accessory.  The other problem is you may like you optic so tight you actually damage the pic rail.  That is why the Government Issued mounts for the Aimpoint actually limit the torque you can apply to the installation knob.

There is a religion when it comes to military members about putting on an optic, zeroing it, and leaving it there for fear they may lose zero between missions, and for good reason.  Lets say you wanted to remove your long-range optic and put on your red dot. You would be absolutely incompetent if you did not confirm zero.  Why?  There are so many variables between installing, removing and reinstalling an optic you NEED to reconfirm, even if you reinstall in the same slots on the picatinny rail.

Now here comes the SIDELOK™.  The SIDELOK™ takes the incompetence out of mounting optics.  What do we mean by that?  You have no input as a human being on how your optic mounts to your pic rail.  What do we mean?  You can’t screw it up!

With SIDELOK™, simply roll the optic (attached to your SIDELOK™ mount) to your picatinny railed weapon and “click!!” the mount automatically deploys the locking bars to the 45-degree angles of the picatinny rail (which hold the tightest tolerance concerning the picatinny rail specification).  The locking bars snap in at the exact same time making the mounting completely repeatable.  The spring cams apply the exact same amount of pressure between the two bars.  The system works on spring pressure with a cam that supplies exponentially more mechanical advantage than the button that is used to release it from the weapon.

Removal and installation is extremely fast.  Does that make you nervous?  The only way this is coming off is if it is deliberate and by the user (YOU!).  Not a sling hung up in the works.  Not being jammed up on gear.  Not being dropped from a first story roof in Iraq onto concrete.  Yet, you can peel it off sooner than you can open your Copenhagen.  The reason is there is a safety lock.  You have to push the button with a human fingertip.  That releases recessed “Glock like” secondary safety lock that allows the user to overcome the mechanical advantage of the cam lock and roll off the weapon.  Firing a weapon with a heavy optic?  The SIDELOK™ gets tighter if it needs to.  This is pure mechanics; not a photographer’s quick detaching clamp like the other offerings on the market. The SIDELOK™ is also one of the slimmest mounts on the market.  There is nothing in the way to snag on you, or interfere with your charging handle on a side-charging weapon platform.

This may not mean much to you if you are a user with 4 uppers for various mission profiles or uses.  However, many of us and even many local LE agencies do not have the budget for mission specific uppers set up to go.  With the SIDELOK™, you literally can pick and choose your mission, install your accessory in less than a second, and if installed in the same place it was zeroed, it will be on the mark.

The first of the SIDELOK™ to be released is the SIDELOK™ specifically for the Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO); which is also compatible with the Aimpoint Comp M4 and the C3 models.  The second is the universal picatinny SIDELOK™ Scope Riser. Don’t worry, the Aimpoint T1, T2, H1, and H2 model SIDELOK™ is on the way soon…. Stay tuned.

Please visit kineticdg.com for more information or email info@kineticdg.com for questions.


Game Scout Reloading Data Management Tools

Kyle Lynch, author of Making Ammo and head honcho at Game Scout, has two handy tools that will help keep you on the road to reloading success. Game Scout offers a Case Prep Notepad that can help avoid issues related to overused brass, mixed lots, etc. They also offer a Load Development Data Card Notepad which helps you keep track performance as you build custom loads. These tools are a great way to stay focused on your craft and make a great companion to Kyle book.



MSM Boss Beaver

MIL-SPEC MONKEY just released his latest pack design – the MSM Boss Beaver. If you liked the Adapt Pack, but wished for something a bit bigger, this one may be for you.


The MSM Boss Beaver’s layout is similar to the Adapt Pack with a few key additions. The most noticeable is the massive “beaver tail” on the front of the pack. The Monkey had two design goals with the beaver tail to correct shortcomings he has seen with other packs. First, he designed the beaver tail so that it could be held tightly to the pack when it was not in use. Second, the beaver tail doesn’t prevent access to any of the compartments.

The Boss Beaver is made in the USA by Tactical Tailor. I am really just scratching the surface of this pack’s features so I strongly suggest you check out the video below and then check out the MSM Boss Beaver at the MSM Store.


HSG Tactical Cooler Panel

I can’t explain it rationally and I’m not sure how I would use it, but when High Speed Gear announced the HSG Tactical Cooler Panel for Bison Coolers, I could barely resist. These things are just too cool.

The panel snaps directly to the front of the cooler via seven snaps. It has a massive PALS field for attaching pouches and plenty of loop Velcro for attaching patches. It available for Bison’s 50 and 70 quart coolers.

The HSG Tactical Cooler Panel is available from Bison Coolers.




DDI Offering AK-47 Barrels

AK builders take note. Destructive Devices Industries is now offering their barrels separately! These are the same 7.62x39mm chambered, Green Mountain produced, Fenocited barrels that they used in their own AKs. Look for them on dealer shelves soon with an MSRP of $149.95.

ddi ak barrel


Andro Corp Industries Adds SLR Rifleworks Hand Guard Options

Andro Corp Industries (ACI) is known for offering good quality, complete AR-15 upper receiver groups at a very budget friendly price. Many of their upper regularly cost less than $400. Don’t let the prices fool you into think these aren’t quality uppers. They use barrels from Ballistic Advantage and come with various hand guard options in that price range including free float rails.

In addition to their more budget friendly line, ACI has been introducing uppers that have more premium features but are still reasonably priced. Many of these more premium uppers include rails from SLR Rifleworks who is now providing OEM support for ACI. That means you will see more SLR Rifleworks hand guards with ACI branding on uppers going forward.

The availability of reasonably priced uppers with Ballistic Advantage barrels and SLR Rifleworks hand guards is a win for AR-15 shooters. Check out the full line of uppers in various calibers at Andro Corp Industries.



Review: Scalarworks LDM

The Scalarworks LDM is an ambitious product. It is a quick detach Aimpoint Micro Mount that features a unique locking system and a radically skeletonized design. The result is a quick detach mount that weighs within a few tenths of ounce of the lightest non-QD mounts on the market.

Scalarworks LDM 3

The LDM or Low Drag Mount is designed from the ground up to be light weight. Traditional throw lever style QD mounts are heavier due to the presence of the lever which must be large enough to be operated by hand. In order to make a truly lightweight QD mount, Scalarworks had to get away from the typical throw lever. They designed a ratcheting thumb wheel that is extremely compact and thin enough that it fits within the footprint of the mount itself yet is easier to operate than a really tight throw lever.

The thumb wheel has a deeply knurled surface that mates with a detent in the mount. This makes setting consistent tension on the mount a snap since you can witness-mark the particular groove that the detent should lock into and be sure to tighten to the mark every time you reinstall the mount. This locking system is pretty ingenious and has certainly held up just fine to my testing.

I tested the return to zero capability of the mount by firing four separate three shot groups at 50 yards, removing the mount between each group. I could detect no difference from group to group with each one stacking on top of the other. Admittedly, it would have been easier to spot a difference at a greater distance and with a more precise optic. For my purposes, the 50 yard test was sufficient for a red dot sight.

The mount itself has been machined to a bare minimum of material. Some of you are going to look at it and think it will break or bend easily. However, I dropped my carbine from chest height directly onto the optic with no ill effects other than some dings on the optic. When you have the mount in hand, you can see that the pillars that support that optic are actually more robust than you would think from the pictures. Can this mount be bent more easily than a heavier, non-skeletonized mount? Probably, but it will take some abuse to do it.

Scalarworks LDM

I should also point out that Scalarworks didn’t skimp on the clamping surface. The rail clamp runs the entire length of the side of the mount. Once the thumb wheel is turned to hand tight, the mount isn’t moving.

I have the LDM110 which is the lower third co-witness model. I use it on a carbine that I purposely built to be extremely lightweight. At 1.37 ounces, it weighs less than half of the mount that it replaced on this build! To save that much weight on such a small part is amazing. It was an integral part of my Sub 6 with a Twist Build.

The LDM seems to be extremely well made. The machine work is clean and the finish is even. The fit and finish on my example is excellent.

Wrap Up

The LDM is the lightest Aimpoint Micro QD mount on the market by a wide margin. Heck, it is lighter than most non-QD mounts. It is well made, it mounts easily, it returns to zero at least as well as is required for the precision level of the optic it mounts, and it looks pretty darn good too. This is an impressive mount and I can’t wait to see how they adapt this design to support other optics.

Disclosure: The LDM was provided to me by Scalarworks for review, free of charge.


Memorial Day 2015

Hopefully, you will take a moment from the cookouts and shopping to remember those who have died while serving this country. This county is, in no small part, beautiful because of those who have served and given their lives for it.

From America the Beautiful

O beautiful for heroes proved

In liberating strife.

Who more than self their country loved

And mercy more than life!

Thank you to those who loved country and mercy more than self and life. We are forever in your debt and you are not forgotten on this Memorial Day or any other day.


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