The Mini Kit MK-7 will be available in Kryptek Highlander, Mandrake, and Typhon late next week. This isn’t the only news coming from 20$Bandit next week so stay tuned.
It seems strange that VLTOR, the central player in the development of KeyMod, is just now releasing a KeyMod version of their well-known CASV rail. Regardless, they are finally available and listed on VLTOR’s website. The CASV-KM8 and CASV-KM9 in black are currently available with other configurations to follow soon.
Check out the KeyMod CASV at VLTOR.
I have been following AK Operators Union, Local 47-74 for some time now, especially their AK centric YouTube Channel. I have also always kept track of what Sven at Manticore Arms is working on since the introduction of his high quality, affordable muzzle devices. So, when I recently saw that the two parties would be collaborating on an AK rail, they certainly had my attention.
This machined aluminum rail will be available in 3 separate components: the bottom handguard section, the top handguard section, and a cantilevered optic mount that sits behind the rear sight.
The bottom handguard section features the KeyMod attachment system. It should be compatible with a wide variety of AK pattern rifles including those with milled receivers (a small amount of fitting may be required for milled receivers). Best of all, the lower handguard is compatible with any standard upper handguard including the Ultimak. An extended version will be available eventually.
The upper handguard will be available in multiple versions. There will be a railed option and one that can mount an Aimpoint Micro directly for optimal co-witness.
The cantilevered optic mount will also accept Aimpoint Mircos. It attaches to the handguard and places the optic behind the rear sight, just above the dust cover.
Manticore Arms has a very good handle on quality and is also known for being quite affordable. This rail has a ton of potential.
Battle Arms Development is dropping 2 new levers today for their excellent BAD-ASS line of selectors. This will bring the total to 8 available lever options (9 if you count the end cap)!
The first lever is one that has been around for a while but hasn’t been as visible as the other levers. The Short Crank (shown above, bottom row, third from left) is a short version of their Crank lever. It resembles a manual car window crank. It works very well due to how the “knob” portion of the lever allows it to pivot under your thumb or index finger. If you like the old “starburst” selectors, and many people still do, then this is the lever for you.
The second new lever is called the Scalloped Lever (shown above, bottom row, second from left). Sharp minded readers may remember back to when it was called the Short Hybrid Lever during its development with Military Moron. Well, it is finally available and I have one in hand. It is probably my favorite lever for the trigger finger side of the BAD-ASS. It is short enough to stay out of the way, thin where it needs to be to minimize trigger finger interference, and wide enough to be easily manipulated. It is the ultimate compromise lever and I love it.
You can check out all the new levers at Battle Arms Development.
I have written about the Deliberate Dynamics GEN2 Plate Carrier before. I am bringing it up again because Deliberate Dynamics recently released a video that details the features and design rationale behind the carrier. It is also worth mentioning that it is now available in Wolf Grey in addition to Black and Coyote Brown.
Check out the Deliberate Dynamics GEN2 Plate Carrier.
Yugoslavian BHO (Bolt Hold Open) magazines for the AK-47 used to be fairly widely available at reasonable prices. They have become harder to find lately and the prices have risen accordingly. Now it is appears there is a new option on the market for those who like the BHO functionality of these magazines.
Apex Gun Parts is selling a new Croatian BHO magazine and it appears to a great value. These blued steel magazines modeled after the Yugoslavian BHO magazines and come in rust inhibiting packaging (not heavy cosmoline). At $10.95 each, they are more affordable than any Yugo mags I have seen recently, if they can even be found.
Check out the Croatian BHO AK-47 Magazines at Apex Gun Parts.
I usually think that, if you have seen one Molon Labe patch, you have seen them all but the new one that is available from Perroz Designs just changed my mind. It features the well known Greek phrase laser cut into 500D nylon in the color of your choice of Black, Coyote Brown, Multicam, or Kryptek Highlander. The backing material that shows through where the letters are cut is also available in your choice of 3M SOLAS Reflective, Glow in the Dark, and IR Reflective.
RE Factor Tactical has some killer gear bags to offer and two new color options to go with them. The ASO Bag is now available in navy blue and the Enhanced Kit Bag is now available in Kryptek Mandrake (in limited quantities).
Shellback Tactical now carries MTEK Weapon Systems’ line of ballistic protection products and tactical gear.
The FAST G4 FLX line of facial armor bolts onto a standard MICH/ACH style helmet to add ballistic facial protection. MTEK’s Critical Protection Inserts provide lightweight, slim ballistic protection for your concealable/non-concealable armor carrier. The CSP-1 is a clever ballistic protection applique that can be applied to hearing protection/comm headsets to help replace the protection lost to high cut helmets.
Those are just a few of the available products. Check out the entire MTEK Weapon Systems line at Shellback Tactical.
The beauty of the 20$Bandit Mini Kit MK-7 is how well it adapts to a variety of roles (see the previous review). It was originally conceived as an every day carry gear organizer but it excels as a medical kit too. That is not lost on 20$Bandit who has begun to offer the Mini Kit in various configurations that are pre-stocked with first aid supplies, the latest of which is the slimLINE – Ranger Medical Kit.
The slimLINE – Ranger Medical Kit is designed to treat penetrating wounds (like those caused by gun shots). It contains the following:
(1) HYFIN Chest Seal (twin pack)
(1) Celox Rapid Ribbon
(4) SWAT-T Tourniquet
(1) ARS for Needle Decompression
(5) 4″ x 4″ Dynarex Gauze Pads
(2) ABD 5″ x 9″ Pads
(1) 4″ x 4″ Tactical Burn Dressing
(2) North American Rescue “Bear Claw” Glove kits
(2) ABD 5″ x 9″ Pads
(1) Providone Iodine 3/4 Fluid Ounce
(1) 3″ x 4 Yard Rolled Gauze
(1) 5.5″ Tactical EMT Shears
(1) Mini Kit (MK-7)
The entire kit weighs 10.5 ounces and packs small (6″ x 6″ x 3″). You can check out the slimLINE – Ranger Medical Kit at 20DollarBandit.com.