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Unboxing: TacPack September 2017

The September 2017 TacPack has arrived at JTT HQ. I am pretty happy with this one in terms of value and usefulness. Let’s see what’s inside.

Hopefully you are familiar with the concept of TacPack by now. If not, you can read the reviews of the previous TacPacks for some background on this subscription box.

HopticUSA Picatinny Bubble Level and Scope Dope Sticker – This is the star of the show for me. I just took the time to mount an optic as level as I possibly could on an SPR-ish AR-15 and was all set to purchase a bubble level. Then TacPack smiled upon me with this one from HopticUSA. It seems nice. It’s compact, machined from aluminum, and even has various lightening cuts machined into it to reduce the weight to a minimum. The scope dope sticker is a handy addition too.

Tactical Oatmeal Pistol Mag Carrier – This kydex double stack handgun magazine carrier is solid. It won’t win any awards for fit and finish as the edges are basically just deburred but not really cleaned up beyond that. It uses a basic plastic belt clip which is a functional choice for something like this since it allows OWB or IWB carry. I don’t care for this type of clip on holsters but it works well on a mag carrier. This is a useful addition.

MGM Switch View Eagle Eye – I’ve tried a few universal “cat tails” before but this one is easily the most svelte. I’ll admit that I am a little dubious as to whether it will hold up but if it does, it will be a killer product. It should fit a wide variety of optics.

Eagle Grit Hand Cleaner – This stuff is actually pretty neat. It takes all kinds of stuff off your hands – gun oil, hydraulic oil, grease, and whatever else you weirdos manage to get into. It’s just a hand cleaner but it works and I can definitely put it to use around the JTT Compound.

If you want to try TacPack, you can check them out at TacPack.com. TacPack hints that the October box will contain something springy, something sticky, and something sharp.. So, maybe it’s some Halloween candy with razor blades hidden in it or something better.

Disclosure: I receive TacPacks, free of charge, for review.

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New Scorpion EVO Mag Pouches from Crusader Gear

Crusader Gear’s new Scorpion EVO + Glock Mag Pouches let you carry magazines for the CZ Scorpion EVO in the primary pouches and either 2 or 4 double stack handguns magazines (or similarly shaped items) on the front pouches. The primary magazine pouches have an open top, bungee retention design while the handgun pouches are secured with flaps.

The Scorpion EVO + Glock Mag Pouches are constructed from 1000D Cordura Nylon. They are MOLLE compatible and ship with the MALICE clips necessary to mount them.

Scorpion EVO + Glock 2 Mag Pouches

Scorpion EVO + Glock 4 Mag Pouches

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Beez Combat Systems AR Chest Rig GRID

Beez Combat Systems (BCS) continues to update their product line with their laser cut GRID material. The latest addition is the AR Chest Rig GRID.

The AR Chest Rig GRID makes use of BCS’s signature internal magazine pouch design to create a low profile and uninterrupted MOLLE compatible surface across the entire front of the chest rig. BCS offers this rig in 3, 4, 5, and 6 magazine configurations.

Features:

  • Lowest profile AR chest rig on the market.
  • Both end pockets are wider to support radio or firearm.
  • Molle pouch compatible for user configuration.
  • Unique elastic pull tabs.
  • 2″shoulder webbing with 1″ buckles on the rig.
  • Quick release shoulder and waist buckles.
  • Full length interior pocket.
  • H-harness.
  • Standard or Pull-forward Lat strap design.

Check out the new AR Chest Rig GRID at Beez Combat Systems.

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Fury Carry Solutions Updates AIWB Holster

Fury Carry Solutions has updated their Appendix Series holsters. The previous version featured a single attachment point centered on the holster body. The new AIWB Gen 2 holsters feature multiple, more flexible hardware attachment points including attachment points for an E-Block or Claw to turn the handgun’s grip in toward the wearer.

Check out the Appendix Series Gen 2 holsters at Fury Carry Solutions.

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AFLoader: Automated Pistol Magazine Loader

Have you ever watched a torture test video on YouTube where the person on camera keeps getting handed magazine after magazine by someone off camera. They get to shoot and have fun while the Magazine Fairy keeps loading and handing over fresh, topped off magazines. Well, that is kind of the idea behind AFLoader – you shoot, it loads… It’s like an automated Magazine Fairy.

Tacoma, WA: AFA LLC, a company specializing in advanced firearm accessories, has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for its automated magazine loader, AFLoader.

AFLoader is the first automated pistol “speed loader” and supports nearly all double stack, single stack, and extended type magazines in 9MM, .40 and .45 calibers. The loader features removable ammunition hoppers, available in various capacities with as little as 75 rounds for a to the largest consumer version at 1000 rounds.

This final version is small at only 8.5” tall and weighs only 6.5LBS unloaded. Zero adjustment needed. Insert a magazine, select how many rounds to load and hit RUN. The loader automatically detects magazine type and length.

The built in LCD gives a real-time display of rounds remaining in the current hopper and rounds being loaded into the current magazine. The four front buttons allow the user to select how many rounds to load and saves magazines to memory for quick recall.

AFLoader will operate on both 120v/240v wall power or 12V lithium battery packs, which are user replaceable. At 1.7 rounds per second, AFLoader is faster than any handheld speed loader. The hands-free nature of the machine allows the shooter to continue training while another magazine is loading, allowing for zero down time with only two magazines.

The base model is priced at $189 with 3 user selected hopper capacities/calibers, one battery pack and charger. It carries a 3 year limited warranty covering all defects or malfunctions.

Check out the AFLoader on indiegogo.

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Hard Point Equipment MantiCuda Mountain Man

Hard Point Equipment has introduced a number of new variations of their MantiCuda knife including a new no-frills, budget version called the MantiCuda Mountain Man. This version has all the same dimensions and functionality of the MantiCuda SRT including the G-10 handle slabs and 80CrV2 steel but it lacks the coating. It comes with a more affordable parkerized finish instead.

You can check out the MantiCuda Mountain Man along with the other MantiCuda variants at FistKnife.com.

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Silencerco Maxim 50 – Buy Online in All 50 States

Silencerco just released details of their Maxim 50 – a 50 state legal, suppressed muzzleloader that can be purchased online with no paperwork. That ripping sound you hear as you read this is the sound of thousands of hunters in suppressor legal states tearing their wallets out of their pockets simultaneously.

For the first time since the National Firearms Act (NFA) was created in 1934, civilians can enjoy suppressed shooting in all 50 states with SilencerCo’s latest innovation: the integrally suppressed Maxim 50 muzzleloader. In addition, this product can be purchased right now on the web with no regulation (no 4473, no $200 tax stamp, no photographs, and no fingerprints) and be shipped immediately to the customer with few exceptions.

In addition to producing hearing safe sound results, the Maxim 50 also offers shooters greatly reduced recoil and a 2/3 reduction of smoke emissions when compared to non-moderated muzzleloaders. No matter where you are in the country, you can now enjoy shooting suppressed.

Learn more at Silencerco.com.

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Bargain or Just Cheap? – Real Steel H6-S1

Welcome to Bargain or Just Cheap? This series will review budget friendly knives for a variety of uses in a short format. All of the knives will cost less than $50 (in most cases, much less) and will be purchased out of my own pocket. I’ll buy them, carry them, and use them in an attempt to determine if the knife is a bargain or just cheap.


I have always been very leery of Chinese knife manufacturers due to their historically poor quality and penchant for knock-off designs. A friend cautioned me about throwing the baby out with the bath water and introduced me to a several Chinese knife manufacturers that are worth a look. One such manufacturer is Real Steel and their H6-S1 is the subject of today’s edition of Bargain or Just Cheap?.

Real Steel offers several variants of the H6 but there is one that I believe really stands out – the H6-S1. This knife floored me with how good it is for the price.

Specs:

Lock: Frame Lock

Pocket Clip: Right pocket, Tip up only

Steel: Sandvik 14C28N

Handle: Textured G-10 front, steel back

Blade length: 3.39 in.

Blade thickness: .12 in.

Open length: 7.76 in.

Weight: 3.8 oz.

Observations from Use

This knife is exceedingly likeable. It is at the upper end of our $50 price limit but it is dripping with great features, hallmarks of quality, and functional design.

The 14C28N is a step up from the blade steel found on many Chinese knives or any budget knife for that matter. This Sandvik steel is easy to sharpen, takes a polished edge VERY well, and holds it well enough for EDC tasks. I was very happy to see a Sandvik steel being used here. The drop point, slightly recurve blade has plenty of spine and features a full flat primary grind. It cuts and slices very well.

The handle is well contoured and comfortable with more than enough room for all your fingers. Both the G-10 and the steel lock side of the knife are thick and sturdy but overall the knife feels and carries very slim. Speaking of G-10, the thumb studs are actually machined G-10 that matches that handle color. They are large and easy to operate. The knife opens easily and smoothly with a flick of the thumb without even having to use your wrist.

The lock on my example is excellent. It looks up with about 60% engagement so it is very sturdy with room to wear in over time. The lock bar features a very unique and very cool feature. It has a disk that at first glance looks like any Hinderer style lock bar stabilizer (a small stop designed to prevent lock bar over travel). Closer inspection reveals the fact that it can be pushed forward into a second position that actually blocks the lock bar from moving completely! In this position, the knife can not close on your hand without some kind of catastrophic breakage. The disk locks in each position with strong detent action so it is extremely unlikely that you will accidentally activate or deactivate it.

This knife is impressively light for a knife of these dimensions. There is some milling on the inside of the steel handle scale to remove weight. A full height flat grind also reduces weight as does a liner-less G-10 handle scale. It is larger in every dimension than the previously reviewed Kershaw Emerson CQC-4K yet it weighs less!

The pocket clip isn’t a true deep carry clip but it does place the knife very low in the pocket which is nice for professional settings. It is very stout and holds the knife securely.

Bargain or Just Cheap?

The fit and finish of this knife is very good. It has better than average steel, better than average materials, clever features, and a very functional design. It also happens to look great! It gives the impression of quality. I’ve seen them as low as $40 but they usually average around $45 for most variants of the H6. Honestly, I would feel good about this knife at twice the price.

There is nothing cheap about this knife other than the price. The Real Steel H6-S1 is most certainly a Bargain.

I will be using Amazon as the price base line for this series. All knives were purchased by me from Amazon: Real Steel H6-S1

 

Note: There are a number of H6 variants and colors available. The features vary significantly from variant to variant. Be sure you are buying the H6-S1 if want the features shown in this review.


Our goal is to represent knives for a variety of uses from EDC, to outdoor, to tactical knives. Do you have a favorite affordable knife? Let us know about it in the comments!

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Trijicon Holds One Millionth ACOG® Celebration in October

Celebrating Its Soon-to-be-Produced One Millionth ACOG
with 24 Days of ACOG Sweepstakes

WIXOM, MI (September 19, 2017) – Trijicon® is proud to announce the soon-to-be-produced one millionth ACOG® 4×32 riflescope. From the home of Trijicon founder Glyn Bindon to the front lines of America’s greatest fighting forces, the Trijicon Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) has grown to become one of the most durable, combat-proven, versatile aiming devices ever.

To celebrate this exciting milestone with customers and dealers, Trijicon is hosting a 24 Days of ACOG Sweepstakes at MillionthACOG.com. Here’s how it will work:

  • For 24 straight days (starting October 1), visitors to MillionthACOG.com can enter once each day for a chance to win a prize package.
  • On the last day (October 24 – 25), 24 Days of ACOG turns to 24 Hours of ACOG, when visitors get a chance to win the grand prize by entering every hour for 24 hours.
  • All daily winners will be announced during 24 Hours of ACOG, with the grand prize winner announced on October 26.

Trijicon is proud to count among its ACOG users the United States Marine Corps, United States Army, United States Special Operations Forces, United States Government, state and local Law Enforcement and many of America’s allies. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of civilian enthusiasts who trust the ACOG for their dedicated riflescope.

To learn more about the 24 Days of ACOG Sweepstakes, visit MillnthACOG.com. And to learn the history of the legendary ACOG, go to MillionthACOG.com/ACOG HISTORY.

For more information on Trijicon’s complete array of Brilliant Aiming Solutions™ for the hunting, shooting, military and law enforcement markets, contact Trijicon®, Inc. at (248) 960-7700 or visit www.trijicon.com

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Not Guns Patch from StickThisOn.com

It doesn’t matter that your backpack is your favorite camo pattern, OD Green, Tactical Black, or Coyote Brown. It doesn’t even matter if it is covered with PALS webbing and loop Velcro. Just add a Not Guns Patch from StickThisOn.com and POOF… instant grey man. No one will ever suspect that your everyday carry bag is chocked full of guns!

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