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Old Grouch’s Military Surplus Improved Military Poncho

What do you do when you are a military surplus vendor who laments the increasing scarcity of real surplus ponchos and the influx of cheap, imported ponchos? If you are Old Grouch’s Military Surplus, you start making your own poncho that is even better than the original.

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These ponchos look pretty excellent on paper. They are using improved materials like nylon webbing throughout the entire hem rather than cotton canvas webbing just at the grommets. They have improved the hood and are using the latest style of snap. They use brass spur grommets instead of washer grommets. The result of all these improvements is a poncho that is stronger and more rot resistant than the original.

I am just scratching the surface here so I strongly suggest that you check out the Improved Military Poncho at Old Grouch’s Military Surplus and watch their video below.

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Lower Pricing on RE Factor Tactical Wilderness Survival and Hostage Escape Cards

RE Factor Tactical has lowered their pricing on their Wilderness Survival Card and Hostage Escape Card. They are now $12.95 each.

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Allied War Machine

allied war machine logoAllied War Machine has launched their new website. If you are unfamiliar, Allied War Machine is a retailer that stocks genuine Russian, Combloc and Cold War Era goodies like tactical gear, magazines, gun parts, and more. Some of this stuff is virtually impossible to find.

They have in stock items like Russian Waffle Mags and RPK-74 Plum Furniture Sets – real unobtanium type stuff. If they don’t have what you are looking for, you can contact them and they may be able to source it for you.

This is the kind of place you will want to bookmark and check often just to ogle the cool things they turn up. Check out Allied War Machine.

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Review: Black Rhino Concealment TCSL Holster

I have been using a Black Rhino Concealment (BRC) TCSL Holster since August of last year. It has been my most commonly worn holster around our property and a frequent range companion.

Overview

The TCSL is a pancake style holster made from Kydex. The TCS is their standard holster and the TCSL, which is the subject of this review, is the light bearing version.

The TCSL features BRC’s 90/10 mold. Most kydex holsters mold approximately half the gun into one side of the holster and half the gun into the other side. BRC molds the gun so that it is mostly contained by the outer layer of kydex. This allows the inner layer, the layer closest to the wearer, to be only lightly molded which presents a flatter, more comfortable surface to the wearer’s side.

BRC TCSL Front

Observations from Use

I want to camp on the 90/10 mold that BRC uses since that is what makes this holster unique in the market. I have noticed that it is very comfortable both inside the waist band and outside the waist band. It was anticipating that it would mostly make a difference when being worn inside the waistband but I was surprised to find that it reduced hotspots outside the waistband as well. I would say this is an extremely comfortable holster – especially for an all-Kydex construction holster.

BRC does not provide adjustable retention on their TCS holsters and I like that. I generally prefer holsters without adjustable retention adjustment screws seem to do nothing but loosen over time. The retention is more than sufficient. You could probably call it moderate. It would be nice if BRC could let the user choose the degree of retention when they order their holster to accommodate those who might lighter or more aggressive retention.

A good kydex holster is molded so that it feels like it only retains on the trigger guard or, in the case of a light bearing holster, it should retain on the light. This is what allows the distinctive click-in and click-out that good kydex holsters exhibit. Poorly molded holsters can causes hitches in the draw or make it more difficult to insert the handgun. The TCSL is a well molded holster. It clicks in positively and release the handgun quickly. BRC has done a good job of blocking around the light while also providing sufficient trigger coverage. The sight channel is generous.

BRC’s sweat guard runs all the way up the full length of the slide so it provides good coverage. However, it is also cut away fairly aggressively to allow a good grip on the handgun right out of the holster.

BRC TCSL Back

The back of the TCSL is lightly molded for comfort. There is even less impression into the back panel on the non-light bearing TCS holster.

BRC uses injection molded wing-like belt loops. These wings do  good job of holding the holster in close to the wearer and spreading the weight of the gun. They are very stable and have held up well to several months of wear.

The fit and finish is very good on my TCSL with one exception that does not effect function. The edges are lightly rounded and well polished. The eyelets are consistent and well formed. The mold has acceptable definition. The issue is where the kydex is folded to cover the lens of the light. It covers completely but because of the 90/10 mold, this bit of kydex must be folded over quite a bit which leads to bit of a sloppy look. It doesn’t look very clean but it has ZERO negative effect on function. Many makers do not cover the lens completely to avoid this but BRC chooses to provide full coverage.

I also want to share a story to give you an idea of the types of guys you are dealing with at BRC. I needed a holster for an East German Makarov that was given to me by my grandfather. I have been looking for one on and off for years. There just aren’t a lot of choices unless you want junk. I have asked several holster makers over the years if they happened to have a Makarov to mold a holster with and was always greeted with a “No. Sorry.” Geno at BRC said they didn’t have one but that he could make something happen. He then proceeded to call people he knows to track down a Makarov. The result is that I have one of their TCS holsters for my cherished East German Makarov. BRC takes care of customers.

Wrap Up

The Black Rhino Concealment is a very comfortable holster thanks to the 90/10 mold. While my example does have a fit and finish issue, the holster functions exactly as it should. My holster has served me well and it has become my go-to outside the waistband holster.

If you are one of those shooters who finds kydex holsters a bit uncomfortable, you should definitely check out Black Rhino Concealment. They might change your mind.

Disclosure: This holster was provided to me free of charge by Black Rhino Concealment for review.

This image shows the 90/10 mold. The majority of the gun's width is molded into the holster's front panel. It also shows the fit and finish issue mentioned earlier in the review.

This image shows the 90/10 mold. The majority of the gun’s width is molded into the holster’s front panel. It also shows the fit and finish issue mentioned earlier in the review.

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MPIL Mk2 and Mk3 from Battle Systems LLC

The Battle Systems LLC has now released the MPIL Mk2 and MPIL Mk3. These are larger versions of the excellent Marker Panel, Individual, Lightweight (MPIL).

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The original MPIL Mk1 is 2′ x 2′ and packs down to a 2″ x 2″ square for easy storage. The new MPIL Mk2 is essentially the size of two Mk1 MPILs side by side at 4′ x 2′ when deployed. The MPIL Mk3 unfurls to an impressive 4′ x 4′ when deployed or basically the size of four MPIL Mk1s.

The MPIL Mk2 and Mk3 are available in the standard orange/violet color scheme as well as orange/coyote brown and orange/multicam. Other color combination may be available as a custom order.

Check out the MPIL Mk2 and Mk3 at Battle Systems LLC.

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Manticore Arms Launches New Site

The previous Manticore Arms website was functional but dated. While it never kept me from purchasing several of their muzzle devices over the years, it was time for an update. The new Manticore Arms website is now online and it looks great.

Check out Manticore Arms.

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Shellback Tactical Banshee Improvements

The Shellback Tactical Banshee Plate Carrier has now received several in line improvements. The new updated version of the Banshee also features lightweight 500D Cordura construction and a new Velcro secured drag handle. Additionally, Banshee Plate Carriers in Multicam now have matching webbing.

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Grey Ghost Gear Presidents’ Day Sale

Grey Ghost Gear sales are usually pretty epic. This one certainly is.

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From Grey Ghost Gear…

Grey Ghost, the parent brand of both Grey Ghost Gear and Grey Ghost Precision, launches its annual Presidents Day Sale today. We here at GG believe the office of POTUS to be a great and terrible thing. Regardless of our personal opinion about any particular C-i-C, his actions or policies, we hold that the office should always be respected. There are those who sometimes forget this — it is, admittedly, easy to do. We have a particular fondness for Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, whose birthdays are this coming Friday and in just about 2 weeks, respectively. You can of course admire whichever Presidents (or none) you prefer. That’s the beauty of a free country.

The details: we’re discounting over 50 items.

Items on Sale 2/8-2/15. No rainchecks on sale, it is while supplies last only.

You can see all 50+ items in the sale category at Grey Ghost Gear. Act fast.

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PIG BRIG + SKD 10×12 Level IV Stand Alone Plate Package from SKD Tactical

SKD Tactical’s PIG BRIG + SKD 10×12 Level IV Stand Alone Plate Package includes everything you need to start building your own low-profile armor set up. The package includes a PIG BRIG carrier, 2X SKD Level IV Stand-alone plates, PIG Shoulder Pads, and PIG AFC Pontoons for $468.

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