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Pine Needle Tea with Kit Badger and JTT

Pine needle tea is easy to make, tastes great, is good for you, and it might be growing all around you. It is one my favorite hot drinks on the trail when it is too late for coffee (if that is even a thing).

You can make it from a number of conifers but Douglas Fir is my favorite. There are some needles that should be avoided like Ponderosa Pine but it is really up to you to know your area and which trees are safe.

It is easy to make. Just gather your needles. You may need to trim the bases off if they are extra sticky or woody at the base. Bring water to a boil and then take it off the heat. Add your needles and steep to taste. I always advise not boiling the needles because it can bring out a sort of turpentine taste.

Arm yourself with a bit of knowledge and then give it a try.

KitBadger.com

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B.E. Meyers & Co. Exhibiting At 2019 National Guard Association Of Washington Industry Day

March 19, 2019 (Redmond, WA) – B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. will be exhibiting at the NGAW (National Guard Association of Washington) Industry Day on March 21, 2019. This event will be held at Camp Murray in Tacoma, WA from 0900-1400 in building 80, where members of the B.E. Meyers & Co. team will be answering questions, and showcasing the company’s innovative defense solutions for the modern warfighter. Stop by their table to see the MAWL®-DA high-power NIR, and visible green aiming and illumination laser for individual carbines. The MAWL®-DA is currently in use with conventional and SOF units worldwide.

Other products on display include the IZLID® series of NIR and SWIR lasers for marking, pointing, targeting and illumination; the GLARE® RECOIL (LA-22/U) which was selected by the Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) as the sole source winner for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Ocular Interruption Systems (OIS) program; the BOARS®-M2 low-profile optics and accessories rail for the M2 platform; and the M2A1F threaded, compact flash hider designed for complete compatibility with the General Dynamics M2A1 heavy machine gun platform.  

To schedule a meeting with B.E. Meyers & Co. at the NGAW Industry Day, please contact info@bemeyers.com. For more information about B.E. Meyers & Co. products, please visit www.bemeyers.com.

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WoodKnot Gear 750ml Titanium Cup with Press

Even if you aren’t a coffee snob, you’ll probably appreciate the WoodKnot Gear 750ml Titanium Cup with Press. A lot of people carry a lightweight cup to serve as their cook pot and cup when they are in the back country. A lot of those same people also carry some method of preparing coffee. The WoodKnot Gear Cup with Press can fill both of those roles!

The kit consists of 4 parts that can be mixed and matched to suit your needs: Titanium Cup, Titanium Lid with Press (the lid and press can be separated), Plastic Drinking Lid, and Mesh Stuff Sack. The total weight for everything is 10.1 ounces.

The titanium cup looks very well designed on its own. It has the three features that I consider necessary for a cup like this: graduated volume markings, ability to nest on a water bottle, and folding handles. It also has two features that are just really nice to have and harder to find on cups like this: a bail and a pour spout.

If all that isn’t interesting enough, you have the built in (removeable) French Press. Having this built in saves weight and pack space over many other ways of making coffee on the trail.

WoodKnotGear.com

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Unity Tactical FAST Paper Model – Try Before You Buy

Maybe you have heard of Unity Tactical’s FAST Mounts but you aren’t sure that their increased height over bore will work for you. In a move that should serve as an example to others in the industry, Unity Tactical has made a paper model available to perspective buyers so that they can get a first hand look at how the FAST mounts will feel on their personal rifles… or maybe you just enjoy the art and crafts.

The model is available as a download from the FAST Micro Mount product page. You will need to do a little cutting, taping, and folding to finish it.

Check out the FAST Micro Mount product page for details and click the downloads tab to access the model.

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New from PocketUp – Mini Pod

PocketUp is a relatively new nylon gear company with someone you may already know at the helm. It was started by Mel Terkla and his wife Rena. Mel has been designing and building in this space for years including a long time stint as a designer and head of sales for Kifaru’s military sales division.

Their newest product will look familiar in concept to Kifaru users as Mel’s fingerprints are all over it. Their new Mini Pods are designed to be a versatile pouch that can be docked to almost any backpack with webbing on the bottom or sides.

The pouch features a 1000D Cordura top available in a number of colors. The skirt of the pouch is 40D pack clothe and is closed with a roll top. The Mini Pods have two compression straps that serve to both compress the contents and attach the pouch to your main pack. One side of the straps have a G-Hook and the other has a G-Loc. This strap and hook combination provides a lot flexibility in how the Mini Pod can be attached to a host pack.

Check out the Mini Pod and the full line of packs and pockets at PocketUp.net.

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Crusader Gear BX-15 Magazine Pouches

Ruger’s BX-15 magazines for the 10/22 are a great size to carry and manipulate but there are relatively few pouches available for them. Fortunately, Crusader Gear is now offering a single magazine pouch specifically for the BX-15.

The pouches feature a slick pouch construction with bungee retention. They are constructed from 1000D Cordura nylon. These pouches are MOLLE compatible and include a MALICE clip.

CrusaderGearLLC.com

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Review: CAA MCK

I had really high hopes for the CAA MCK. CAA brought production to the USA. They lowered the price versus previous versions of the Roni while also adding meaningful features. The concept is interesting and still has potential… but does the MCK live up to its potential? Let’s find out.

What’s an MCK?

The MCK is the latest interation of CAA’s Roni concept. The MCK is not a firearm, it is an accessory for your handgun. It is basically a chassis in which you place a handgun to allow for use with a brace or shoulder stock (NFA) along with the ability to mount lights, optics, and other accessories. The process of locking your handgun into the MCK takes only moments.

The combination of a mounted optic and the additional stabilization opens up some interesting capabilities for your EDC handgun. It stretches the distance at which you can comfortably get hits with a handgun. It stabilizes the handgun to the point that follow up shots are much faster. On top of all that, it isn’t a firearm so you can leave it in your vehicle or backpack with less worry that it will be stolen.

Unfortunately, I won’t be taking that deep of a dive into the rest of the MCK features because I am not shooting mine until I can get some issues addressed.

Observations from Use

I purchased my MCK right at the end of 2018 to take advantage of CAA’s introductory pricing. I suppose that makes me an early adopter which is always a little risky.

My problems with the MCK started on the very first day, before I was even able to shoot it. The button that locks the stock in the closed (unfolded) position popped out of the stock after just locking and unlocking it a few times. It started out intermittent but became gradually worse to the point that it will not stay in at all by the next day.

I contacted CAA with this issue the next day and was told on the phone that “it’s a brand new product” which I am not sure makes it okay but I understand. I was also told that I should remove one of the coil springs behind the button and try bending the locking tabs on the button outward to improve the engagement between it and the stock. This didn’t work because the button is made from injection molded plastic which will not hold a bend.

I contacted CAA again to let them know that removing the spring and attempting to bend the plastic tab didn’t work. I was told that I would be sent a new button.

The fit between the brace body and the button is very poor on my example. I am not sure if that is because the button is undersized or if the channel that it rides in is oversized. Either way, I hoped a new button would fix my issues… but the new button never arrived.

I waited for than a month (January 8th to February 18th) before contacting CAA again. The person I have been communicating with stated that they would contact customer service and get back to me. It has been nearly a month and I don’t have a response or a button. I am not even sure if the button will fix the issue.

Now, I am starting to find that the Gen 3 Glock 19 that I was using with my MCK can become at least partially unlocked from the MCK while shooting. The G19 can’t move much because it is locked into the chassis from behind as well. However, the light rail is unlocking from the MCK’s internal spring loaded bar. I don’t really want to continue shooting it until that is sorted out but I have no confidence that it ever will be based on the last few months.

Wrap Up

At this point, I don’t really have any resolution and I may have a $200+ paperweight. I would like to see this work because I think the concept is really interesting and from the little shooting I was able to do with it, the performance is there. Hopefully, CAA can make this right.

UPDATE: I was contacted almost immediately after posting this review by LTC (Ret) Mike Hartman, CEO of CAA in the US. He was a pleasure to talk to, answered my questions, and is taking steps to make this right.

There have been some product improvements that address the brace button issue and he assures me that this was only an issue on the initial pre-order batch. The fact that I never received the improved replacement button was a mistake for which he took ownership. He also assured me that the unlocking spring bar is not an issue because it is the rear locking gate that keeps the Glock in place which I absolutely believe and that the spring bar is unnecessary to the integrity of the lockup.

You can read more about the CAA MCK at CAAGearUp.com.

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Flannel Plate Carrier from ONYX Advantage

ONYX Advantage, a custom tactical gear maker, is taking tactical flannel to a whole new level with a flannel plate carrier. High speed, low drag? Nah, more like… Low profile, high fashion!

ONYX Advantage makes other great gear too. Check them out on Instagram: @onyxadvantage

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New Mossberg 590 Shockwaves at Proven Arms & Outfitters

ABERDEEN, N.C. – (March 2019) New Mossberg 590® Shockwave pump action shotguns are in stock now at Proven Arms & Outfitters (PAO) at an incredible price of $436.16 – $463.42!  Shipments arrived last week and will move quickly!  Quantities are limited, and once sold out items will be available for pre-order, which means you can order today and lock it in at these competitive prices.

The following new Mossberg Shockwave shotguns are in-stock now:

  • Mossberg 590 Shockwave SPX for the price of $436.16
  • Mossberg 590 Shockwave Shock ‘n’ Saw of $436.16
  • Mossberg 590 Shockwave Laser Saddle $463.42

The Mossberg 590 Shockwave SPX has a receiver mounted side saddle with shellholder units/removable top rail, and barrel heat shield. It comes with five polymer shellholders included, that mount to either side. A removable top rail provides sight or accessory options for all your home defense or sporting needs.  PAO works continually to provide their customers with the best possible pricing; they offer the Shockwave SPX at the incredible price of $436.16, that is over a hundred dollars off of MSRP of $560.00

The Mossberg 590 Shockwave Shock ‘N’ Saw has a new aluminum railed forend and signature Chainsaw top grip!  The chainsaw grip is designed to help the shooter manage recoil.  A strap is built into the top of the grip to provide a more secure grip.  PAO is proud to offer the Shock ‘n’ Saw at the incredible price of $436.16, that is over a hundred dollars off of MSRP of $560.00!

The Mossberg 590 Shockwave Laser Saddle has a laser sighting system designed specifically for the 590 Shockwave.  Mossberg partnered with Crimson Trace to develop this innovative new sighting system, which features a powerful 5mW red laser.  The LS-250 Laser saddle is also user-adjustable for windage and elevation.  PAO is excited to offer the Shockwave Laser Saddle for  $463.42, that is over a hundred dollars off of MSRP of $595.00!

The Mossberg 590 Shockwave Nightstick is coming soon to a Proven Arms and Outfitters near you! 

With an overall length of 26.37 inches, the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) has classified the compact 590 Shockwave platform as a “Non-NFA Firearm,” requiring no tax stamp for transfers. It has been classified and is considered a “firearm” under the Gun Control Act of 1968 (“GCA”), but it is not a long gun under GCA, and therefore Federal Law requires the purchaser of a 590 Shockwave to be 21 years of age.

If you’d like to view Proven Arms & Outfitters entire assortment of Mossberg Shockwave Pump Action Shotguns, please click here.

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Whaley Precision Bipod Mount Teaser

Whaley Precision, a North Idaho based precision rifle builder, released a teaser of their new bipod mount. The mount is designed to work with many of the high end bipods on the market including the Spartan Javelin Bipod.

From Whaley Precision:

Our idea was with so many popular bipod systems on the market we wanted to make a rifle attachment that would accept many different high end bipods. (Although the first generation doesn’t accept Spartan 300. To keep machining easier)

We plan to make 3 versions. With all 3 versions available with a flush cup on the rear or a tradition sling stud style. Obviously things can change. Depending on what people want.

A few cool ideas we incorporated into the rail:
a rounded bottom vs flat in order to keep 2 points of contact on any rifle stock forend.

It attaches on the front with a flat socket head screw that doubles as the magnetic attachment for the Javelin Bipod. Similar to other spartan accessories.

The screw slot is set up to take low profile socket head cap screws that allow all the picatinny slots to be used no matter where the actual screw holes end up.

Screw spacing from 1.25″ to 3″ which will allow the rail to be used with many production stocks that already have 2 tapped hole location. Closer spaced holes could require a 3rd tapped location added.

They have already produced a limited number of these mounts and are soliciting input from experienced shooters. Check out the Whaley Precision Facebook page for more details.

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