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Fighter Design Open House 2016

Don’t miss the Fighter Design Open House 2016 if you are Austin, Texas area and do yourself a favor. Try out a Featherlight Rifle Sling while you are there.

From Fighter Design:

We are opening the door for the day to our Fighter Design™ customers! Come join us Friday, June 3rd starting at 12pm along Rogue American™ and Sons of Liberty™ for our warehouse sale with discounts of up to 70% off. There will be food, beer and live music along with various activities to enjoy. You can find us at:

Fighter Design™
4175 Freidrich Lane
Suite 200
Austin, TX 78744

fighter design open house


Review: TacPack – May Edition

Hopefully you are familiar with the concept of TacPack by now. If not, you can read the previous review of the April TacPack for some background. I recently received the May TacPack and it’s another solid one. Here are the details…

Once again, I felt that this box delivered a solid value for the $49.95 per box subscription price and, again, all of the items are actually interesting to me.


Madhouse Design Gun Control System – MSRP $49 – Madhouse Design makes several firearm accessories including run rests, muzzle brakes, and an entire line of gun storage gear that they call their Gun Control Systems. These are basically modular, adjustable rack systems that retain your handgun via a “pin” that goes into the muzzle. I know that is going to be controversial for some people but, I believe it is a safe and effective storage method when executed well. I have been storing handguns in my safe in a similar way with a different product for years. The strength of the Gun Control System is how adjustable it is and how versatile it is in how it can be placed. The quality is excellent and the pin that they designed to go into the barrel is very sturdy and highly unlikely to harm the barrel.

ReadyMan Network EDC Tool – $15 – If you like knucks and other cool impact weapons, you’ll like this.

ABKT Tactical Gunsmith Mat – $10 – I don’t know what makes a gunsmith mat “tactical” but this one from ABKT had me more excited than anyone should be over a gunsmith mat. It has a thick felt-like top that should be good for wicking up gun oil and a heavy rubber bottom that ensures it doesn’t move. This is the most substantial mat of this type I have felt and the quality is obvious. It also seems to resist setting in a rolled shape if stored that way.


Gerber Shard Keychain Tool – $7 – The Gerber Shard is a dandy. They aren’t expensive but they are useful. I have one that lives on my keychain and, unlike many tools, it is TSA-friendly. This is a solid addition to the box and the type of thing you’ll find all kinds of uses for in your EDC, survival kits, or range bag.

Exotac tinderZIP – $9 – Exotac’s tinderZIPs are very cool and they work. The May TacPack comes with a pack of 5 of them. Each tinderZIP contains 6″ of Live Fire Gear  Fire Cord which is a paracord-like product that contains inner strands that are excellent tinder. You just hitch the onto the zippers on your jacket, backpack, bikepacking bags, or where ever you want to keep some emergency tinder. Then, if you need tinder, just cut it open, fluff the inner strands, and apply a spark. They light even when damp.


GMR Chris Kyle Commemorative Coin – $3.50 – These pure copper commemorative coins are very cool. One, they immortalize an American hero and two, their proceeds go to the Chris Kyle Foundation. If you follow the metals markets, you’ll know that pure copper has some value and potential as an investment.

The May TacPack is close to selling out if it hasn’t already. I understand that next month will have some scratch off tickets for prizes and discounts from Seekins Precision. Check out TacPack.


GunfightersINC Kenai Chest Holster for Injury and Physical Impairment

Since bringing in the GunfightersINC Kenai Chest Holster for review, I have received a significant amount of emails regarding it and had several discussions about its merit in situations beyond just its intended backcountry use. If you or someone you know is facing temporary or permanent physical impairment, take note.

Kenai Chest Holster GunfightersINC over shoft shell

I have discussed the use of the Kenai with Michael Bane. He has used chest holsters while hiking but also during recovery from a surgery. Some of Michael’s considerations for carrying a firearm during his recovery where chronicled on one of his television shows – The Best Defense. There was a recent episode dedicated wholly to carrying and defending one’s self while impaired. It showed graphically the issues with firearm access while using crutches or while forced to wear the types of clothing that you must wear during this type of recovery. The only viable solution was to carry a firearm higher on the body as you would with a shoulder holster or the Kenai Chest Holster.

I have had similar discussions with Dann at God, Gals, Guns, Grub and there was a recent post to the GunfightersINC Facebook page that served to validate some of these recent discussions.

Just received my Kenai Chest Holster for my 1911 Defender today!!!!
First impression out of the package,. WOW!!!
And then I put it on!!!
I am a retired Police Officer who is a wheelchair bound L-3 paraplegic who still teaches Firearms, Concealed Carry, etc. and I have carried everyday, for the last 30 plus years, not an easy task since I broke my back 20 years ago and I have been trying to find a quality holster that I could wear open or concealed, that was comfortable enough not to rub sores and I could get to in a hurry….. thanks to Gunfighters Inc. I have met that goal.
Put it on, adjusted the straps, threw my 1911 in and that was it…… covers with a light shirt or jacket, comfortable, non-binding, not in my way pushing my chair…..
For a wheelchair bound person. The only way to go…..
I will be telling everyone I know about this product…. Thank You!!!

The Kenai’s draw stroke requires less mobility than a shoulder holster, its placement can prevent the draw from being fouled by crutches, it carries the same regardless of clothing, and it is comfortable if confined to a seated position. I am not an expert on impairment and the Kenai Chest Holster is certainly not the only option for people facing such things. I don’t even know if it is the best option but it obviously an option… and I think that makes it important to share.

If you have had any experience with this or other carry methods for physical impairment, I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Kenai Chest Holster GunfightersINC conealed


Wilde Custom Gear MOLLE Tailgate Organizer

You’ve seen Wilde Custom Gear’s MOLLE Safe Door Organizers on JTT before. Now behold the MOLLE Tailgate Organizer!

wilde custom gear tailgate

It is exactly what it sounds like, a MOLLE compatible organizer for the tailgate of your truck. These are custom built so the size and features can be up to you. Just get in touch with Wilde Custom Gear to make it happen.


Simple Threaded Devices Update

Well designed linear compensators like those from Black River Tactical and Simple Threaded Devices (STD) are not always given credit for being the excellent all around muzzle devices that they really are. I have come to like them quite a bit and while shopping for a Simple Threaded Device to try, I noticed that they were no longer offered on Amazon. A quick check of the STD Facebook page revealed why…


Amazon has been purging many gun parts from their pages after years of selling them. They determined that the muzzle devices violated their terms of service and removed them, leaving STD in the lurch. The muzzle devices are now available directly from Simple Threaded Devices.

So, if you are looking for an STD (that was as weird for me to type as it was for you to read), you can get them at Simple Threaded Devices’ new e-commerce site.


Magpul Apparel

I have purchased several t-shirts and sweatshirts over the years from Magpul – not because of the logo but because they have always had very good quality clothes with great details. Even my wife has some shirts that she likes from them. Now they are pushing beyond, way beyond, just t-shirts and hoodies…

Magpul apparel is here.


From Magpul:

“Everyday Wear”

In Magpul Core, “everyday” could mean scrambling across a snow covered ridgeline, trekking across the plains of Africa, or working through triple canopy jungles, but…much larger percentages of our lives are spent in far less adventurous settings.

Magpul Apparel is engineered with performance in mind–using modern fabrics and fabric treatments–and is designed to be comfortable and effective during demanding activities. We included smart features that make a difference and avoided the temptation to include “add-ons” that look better on paper than they perform in the field.

The apparel line was also created with the goal of being equally at home in a restaurant, an airport, or a market, and not look like some sort of costume, as “tactical” or “performance” clothing often does.

Our design team has chosen timeless styles that can remain stable–so that shirt that you really like is available to purchase next year, and not discarded with the seasonal fads of fashion.

We’re also bringing this line to you with the same “value for money” proposition we offer with all of our products, so that your dollar goes further to get the features, materials, and fit that you want–no matter what you do or where you choose to do it.

“Everyday Where?”


Elzetta at NRA 2016 – Free Batteries!

Elzetta knows that the way to a flashoholic’s heart is through his battery tube. Stop by booth #2729 at NRA 2016 to see their lights and receive 2 free US made CR123A batteries. If you are a subscriber to their news letter, make sure you check your email because the latest news letter contains a way to get 2 additional free batteries.

You can also check out their new t-shirt design at the show and on their website.



SB Tactical MPX PSB and SBPDW

Remember when I told you to keep an eye on SB Tactical going into NRA Show? I wasn’t kidding. They just announced that the BATFE has approved the designs of their new adjustable Pistol Brace designs for pistol-based PDWs – The MPX PSB (for the Sig MPX) and SBPDW (for the AR pistol).

These adjustable Pistol Braces have everything you have come to expect from PDW style stocks (though they are not stocks). The brace unit slides on rails and a fixed point to place you cheek is provided even when the brace is extended.

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From SB Tactical:

SB Tactical™, inventors and manufacturers of the Pistol Stabilizing Brace™, announced today that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), has approved the design of the company’s new adjustable Pistol Stabilizing Brace. The ruling states the adjustable brace design is approved for PDW pistol platforms like the SIG MPX™ pistol. Installation of the brace would not change the classification of a pistol in accordance with GCA provisions. The growth of the PDW pistol category and the latest ATF letter approving the adjustable Pistol Stabilizing Brace design showcases the commitment of SB Tactical to innovate and serve the PDW Pistol Community.

Upon receipt of the favorable ATF Opinion Letter, SB Tactical accelerated the development of two adjustable brace models, the MPX PSB™ and SBPDW™. The company is pleased to announce they will begin shipping these new adjustable brace models this summer.

We are very excited with the ATF’s approval of our new adjustable Pistol Stabilizing Brace design, and understand the overwhelmingly positive implications of the decision,” said Jeff Creamer, Vice President of Business Development, SB Tactical. “SB Tactical’s commitment to emerging technologies and innovation has been the facilitator for the growing PDW pistol category. This Opinion ushers in an exciting time for us and the PDW community; we are proud to introduce the MPX PSB and SBPDW models.

Both the MPX PSB and the SBPDW adjustable Pistol Stabilizing Braces will be displayed at the upcoming NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, KY. The MPX PSB will be showcased by SIG SAUER, Inc. (Booth 5333) and the SBPDW will be displayed by both Maxim Defense Industries (Booth 3954) and LWRC International LLC (Booth 5547).

Designed solely for the AR pistol platform, the SBPDW weighs in at 18.14 ounces, measures 5.50 inches in length, and has a max width of 2.25 inches. The MPX PSB is designed exclusively for the SIG SAUER® SIG MPX and SIG MCX line of products. The MPX PSB weighs 19.13 ounces, is 8.0 inches in length and has a max width of 2.25 inches.

Visit SB Tactical at www.sb-tactical.com to check out the full line of SB Tactical products and follow @SB Tactical on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.


BCS Adds Navy Blue Option for Selected Plate Carriers

Beez Combat Systems already offers one of the widest array of color and camo pattern options in the tactical nylon business. Now they are offering Navy Blue on selected plate carriers for first responders. The Plate Carrier MOLLE II is one such example.

Navy Blue Plate Carrier Cumber left Front BALCS SWAT Navy blue left front


Vertx® Announces Victory First as a Preferred Training Provider

The partnership of Vertx with Matt Jacques of Victory First has been a fruitful one over the years. Now the two are making it official with the announcement of Victory First as a preferred training provider which will, no doubt, lead to some interesting training opportunities especially as it pertains to Vertx’s excellent line of concealed carry bags.


From Vertx:

Vertx®, a premier tactical and outdoor brand of apparel and gear, announced today its expanded partnership with Victory First, a leader in law enforcement, firearms training and consulting. The partnership will focus on utilization of Victory First’s expertise in tactics and training, while incorporating the Vertx line of concealed carry bags and packs for real world use. Additionally, Victory First will conduct training classes for Vertx, which will include relevant tactical applications.

“We’re excited to expand our business relationship with Matt Jacques and Victory First as a preferred training provider for Vertx’s EDC line of bags and packs,” says Darrell Morrow, Vice President of Vertx. “Matt brings a wealth of professional and industry knowledge that is essential for today’s prepared professional. His leadership through Victory First will help us ensure that all of our customers have access to the most relevant, useful training that complements the Vertx line of products.”

The Vertx line of EDC bags and packs is feature-rich and specifically designed to accommodate concealed carry in everyday life application. As a design consultant on all of the bags, Matt has intimate knowledge of their use in the field, and in everyday life when proper training and tactics are coupled with the right products.

“I believe in the products that Vertx brings to market, and I have been proud to have been involved as a consultant, so partnering with them from a training standpoint was a natural fit,” says Matt Jacques, Victory First Owner. “I am extremely picky about the products I use; and professional end users will tell you that having training with the right products can be the difference in a win or lose situation. The training we offer through Victory First will help our customers become more efficient and confidently reliant on the products they trust.”

Victory First will also manage a Train-The-Trainer program for Vertx that will help educate its sales force, dealer network and key customer groups on the design potential and benefits of training with Vertx products.


About Vertx
Vertx is a premier tactical and outdoor brand for the modern day prepared professional. Vertx designs world-class apparel, bags and packs that are created by best-in-class designers to combine a low visual profile with superior functionality. Since its inception in 2009, Vertx has earned trust among the nation’s top operators for exceptional performance, fit and durability. Vertx is a brand of Fechheimer, a Berkshire Hathaway Company. For more information, visit www.vertx.com.

About Victory First
Victory First strives to provide real world tactics and firearms training to the Law Enforcement and Military markets, as well as to responsible firearm owners. Led by Matt Jacques, Victory First harnesses more than 20+ years of experience in various military, law enforcement and federal government assignments, incorporating proven methods of fundamental skills and tactical training for its students. Victory First also offers consulting to select clients, covering real-world use in product development, manufacturing, testing and marketing. For more information, visit their website at http://www.victory-first.com or Matt@Victory-First.com.


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