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OV Innovations Gen II Load Lifter Panel Patent Issued

I have said before that the OV Innovations Gen II Load Lifter Panel (LLP) made me fall back in love with my Mystery Ranch NICE Frame. The NICE Frame has a lot going for it but if you are tall or have long torso, you will find that it just isn’t long enough to allow the load lifters to transfer weight to your hips. That is where the Gen II LLP comes in. It acts as a frame extension to add height to the lifters. It’s easy to use, lightweight, and it works.

Congrats to OV Innovations on their recently issued patent for the LLP.

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UW Gear APC Chest Rigs

UW Gear is venturing into new territory. All of their previous chest rig designs have featured integral pouches with a bit of MOLLE real estate for adding GP and blow out pouches. Their new APC, or Armed Prepared Citizen, pouches are their first foray into all MOLLE chest rigs.



The APC chest rigs are designed to be as slick and compact as possible so that they can be packed with a truck gun or AR pistol/PDW concept gun. Their harness is a simpler webbing version of UW Gear’s standard H harness. The APC-1 has a 6×3 PALS grid that is perfect for a 3x or 6x magazine shingle or 2 magazine pouches along with a pistol mag pouch or blowout pouch. The APC-2 has an 8×3 PALS grid that gives the user even more option while still remaining relatively compact.



Contact John at UW Gear for more details and ordering information. These are being released on a trial basis and will not be added to the website for now.


Snake Eater Tactical Quicky Buckle Belt

If read JTT regularly, you are already familiar with Snake Eater Tactical’s excellent belts and you have read about Carbon Tactics’ very cool new Quicky Buckle. The mere mention of those two in the same sentence probably has you reaching for your wallet reflexively based on the potential alone.

Feast your eyes on this prototype belt created by Snake Eater Tactical to show off the potential of the Quicky buckle!

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August User’s Choice Build – Gunstruction

Gunstruction is a powerful tool for building virtual AR-15s and AR308s but you only get to see the front end. The back end has some pretty powerful tricks up its sleeve too like the ability to use analytics to determine the most used parts during certain periods. The folks at Gunstruction have been releasing an image of a virtual AR-15 that is a composite of all the most popular from each category during each month. The result is not only a good looking AR-15 but a fascinating window into trends in the market.

Head over to Gunstruction to play with the August User’s Choice Build or start your own.

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BCS Updates BALCS Carrier Cumber, Adds Multicam Black

Beez Combat Systems has been busy. They just completed an update to their BALCS Carrier Cumber and they have added Multicam Black as an option across their entire line.

BALCS Cumber Body Armor Carrier Multicam Black left side angle mags

The new BALCS Carrier Cumber accepts BALC SPEARS cut soft armor and SAPI, ESAPI, Swimmers, and rectangular cut plates. It has the hardware and mounting points necessary to be compatible with attachable chest rigs and panels like BCS’ own TLMP. The new kangaroo pouch deign allows the user to carry 2 AR-15 magazines without the need for an aftermarket insert. The elastic inner cummerbund keeps the carrier tight to the user while the outer carrier features PALS coverage inside and out for modularity. The BALCS Carrier Cumber is rounded out with loop Velcro fields for patches and ID, a reinforced drag handle, and adjustable shoulders.

Check out the Beez Combat Systems BALCS Carrier Cumber.


RE Factor Tactical and High Speed Gear NVG Counterbalance Pouch

Question: What happens when RE Factor Tactical and High Speed Gear get together? Answer: Good things if you use a helmet mounted night vision setup.

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The new NVG Counterbalance Pouch is now available. This pouch was designed by RE Factor Tactical and manufactured by High Speed Gear. It is designed to carry an ANVIS battery pack along with two removable parkerized steel plates that weigh .45 lbs each. The plates are included. The ability to add and remove the plates allow the user to customize the balance of their helmet. The pouch also features space for additional small items and loop Velcro coverage for patches and ID.

Check out the NVG Counterbalance Pouch at High Speed Gear.


It’s a Conspiracy!

Put on your tin foil hats. I just uncovered a shocking conspiracy theory. It seems that Aero Precision and Ballistic Advantage are conspiring to make you build an AR308! Both companies just released their weekly deals and both are offering discounts on important AR308 parts.


Aero Precision’s weekly deal is a 20% off their .308 / 7.62 Nickel Boron BCG.


  • Carrier is machined from 8620 steel
  • Nickel Boron coated
  • Bolt is machined from 9310 steel
  • MPI
  • Forward Assist serrations
  • Weight: 17.92oz


Ballistic Advantage’s Barrel of the Week is their 18″.308 Heavy Profile Rifle Length Barrel from their Modern Series.


  • Length – 18″
  • Steel – 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium
  • Finish – QPQ
  • Gas System – Rifle
  • Twist – 1 in 10″

Will Petty Joins 88 Tactical Cadre

Will Petty has been officially announced as part of the 88 Tactical instructor cadre.


From 88 Tactical Founder, Shea Degan:

88 Tactical, a Nebraska based training organization, is proud to announce the addition of Mr. Will Petty to the ranks of its nationally recognized instructor cadre. Petty, a longtime Law Enforcement Officer, has served both in patrol and a number of specialized assignments. Petty will be conducting courses not just at 88 Tactical’s range and lodge facility but elsewhere across the country and abroad. Most will be focused on (though not limited to) the unique challenges of Vehicle Close Quarters Battle — shooting in, around or through vehicles, including low- and no-light classes and instructor development programs like the one he recently established for the NYPD.

Says 88 Tactical’s Founder and HMFIC Shea Degan, “Since Thrasher (88 Tactical COO and serving 18Z Trevor Thrasher) and I first began our program we’ve worked to ensure everything we do is reality- and behavior based. All our classes, in fact our entire instructional ethos, is predicated on adrenalized, asymmetrical scenarios. William’s emphasis on contextual reality is a perfect extension of this. Nothing Will teaches is ‘square range based.’ He despises range lore for the institutional tradition it is. We are [expletive deleted] excited to have him.”

Petty began his LE career in New Mexico, eventually moving to Texas and spent 2-years on contract with the Critical National Infrastructure Authority in Abu Dhabi as a Counter Terrorism instructor for certain specialized units of the United Arab Emirates and other places. He’s been a rangemaster, defensive tactics instructor, ERT member and departmental competition shooting team member. Petty, who remains a Texas Tactical Police Officers Association instructor and serving reserve officer, joins an all-star roster of notable and internationally experienced instructors. Among them are former SF medic, combat diver and PSC contractor Nick Nowatney, former FBI Hostage Rescue Team Leader and DoJ Counter Terror expert Mike Sackett, veteran LEO and former counter-piracy PSC contractor Tim Fullmer, USAF SERE legend and Midwest School of Bushcraft Terry Barney and many more.

You can take a look at some of what Petty will be instructing for 88 Tactical here in this video trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9Z4Tf_DgG8

About 88 Tactical
88 Tactical’s roots are in Nebraska Law Enforcement, hence the name. “Signal 88” is Nebraska’s LEO brevity radio code for Situation Secure. We are the Midwest’s premiere training facility and cadre, with instructors who remain operational in their chosen fields all over the word. With a lineup of SMEs virtually unmatched in the industry, 88 Tactical leverages its staff’s vast array of disparate experiences to teach everything from the Carmageddon 3-day survival school, Concealed Carry Licensing, several level of handgun and carbine courses (including some that are restricted to women only) and edged weapon instruction to kids anti-bullying and anti-abduction programs, tactical medicine and high threat CQB classes for LEOs, contractors and military personnel. Students include everyone from school children to responsible armed citizens and SOF personnel. Find our full list of courses and a training calendar here. Learn more about our instructors here.

Shea M. Degan
Founder & CEO

2015 Limited Edition Flashlight from Elzetta

Elzetta creates a limited edition flashlight every year. They are always unique and rarely last for very long. This year’s light is the most eye catching one yet. If you want one, don’t sit around waiting…

From Elzetta:

Elzetta Design, LLC is pleased to announce the release of our 2015 Limited Edition Modular Flashlights. For the first time, an Alpha Model has been chosen for the annual Limited Edition run.  These 315-lumen single-cell Flashlights feature Mini-CQB Bezel Rings and Click Tailcaps, all professionally finished in Electric Yellow Cerakote over Elzetta’s legendary Type III hard anodizing. Even better, these electrifying Limited Edition Lights are priced the same as standard Model A312’s.  That means professional Cerakote finishing, a unique Bezel Ring design, and the exclusivity of a Limited Edition are free! Elzetta Limited Editions always sell out quickly and are never reissued. Savvy buyers will order theirs today at www.ELZETTA.com.

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VCQB with William Petty – Official Trailer

We spend a lot of time in and around motor vehicles and not just when we are driving. They are never far away in just about any urban, suburban, and even many rural settings. In spite of this, many shooters will never have the opportunity to train in and around vehicles beyond dry fire practice which does not give the shooter a sense of what bullets do when confronted with the many and varied structures and materials found in vehicles.

All of the above highlights the importance of a video like the upcoming VCQB with William Petty. The video is being produced by media gurus at Firelance Media and it will teach you “the positions, ballistics, and methods needed to understand a close quarters engagement around a vehicle.”

Learn more about William Petty at 88 Tactical. Learn more about Firelance Media and stay up to date on the video at FirelanceMedia.com.


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