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Arisaka Brings Back Mossie Midnight Mount

Buck Mossie’s Mossie Midnight 1913 FSB Mount is a problem solver. If you have a fixed front sight base and want a 12 o’clock mounted light, this mount solves your problem. If you have a department issued AR-15 with a fixed FSB and aren’t allowed to make permanent modifications to the rifle to add a light, this solves your problem. It’s a simple, lightweight solution, to a problem that might otherwise require more complex modifications to the rifle.

The Mossie Midnight Mount is designed to be attached to the vertical front pillar of most standard “F” marked AR-15 front sight towers. It projects forward from the sight base and provides a rail for mounting a light. When used with lights like Streamlight’s TLR-1 or Surefire’s X Series lights, the switch can still be reached by the user’s support hand.

Authorized Mossie Midnight Mounts have been made by multiple manufacturers over the years and there have even been some copies on the market. It’s nice to see an authorized version available again.

Check out the Mossie Midnight Mount at Arisaka.

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Sneak Peek: CDM Gear BT Wave – Mossberg Shotgun Safety

CDM Gear’s new BT Wave (or Boat Tail Wave) safety is a new, slimmer version of their Wave safety for Mossberg Shotguns. Their Wave series of safeties are designed to extend the safety back on Mossberg 500 and 590 shotguns so that it can be more easily reached without shifting your fire control grip.

This new BT Wave is slimmer than the original so users with larger hands or those who want a safety with a smaller footprint than the original Wave may find this more to their liking. It shares the same aggressive stepped texture as the original Wave and also comes with a wrench and new bolt (pre-treated with thread locker) for installation.

The BT Wave will be available from CDM Gear later this month. The price is expected to be less than $25.

CDMGear.com

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Beez Combat Systems BALCS GRID Cumber

Beez Combat Systems (BCS) continues to update their line of tactical gear with their new laser cut GRID technology. The newest addition to that line is the BALCS GRID Cumber armor carrier. Nearly every surface of this carrier is covered with BCS’s MOLLE compatible grid material. The material is laser cut with a series of slots to create a surface that is lighter, more durable, and lower profile than typical sewn on PALS webbing.

The BALCS GRID Cumber also makes use of FirstSpear’s Tubes hardware to make closing the exterior cummerbund a snap.

General Features

  • The ultimate in laser cut body armor carrier performance.
  • Modular laser cut attachment points on entire vest for maximum versatility.
  • Padded 3D mesh interior provides additional comfort and airflow.
  • The carrier has an internal and a full external adjustable cummerbund.
  • Supports 10×12, ESAPI Medium and Large, Swimmer cut.
  • Side plate pockets on the inside of cummerbund – supports 6×6, 6×8 and 7×8.
  • Cummerbund has velcro access for soft armor inserts(6×12-15″) or rigid inserts.
  • Concealable rear adjustment sleeve for cummerbund.
  • 4” Shoulder pads with laser cut routing and fully adjustable shoulders.
  • Reinforced drag handle.
  • ONLY AVAILABLE TO CUSTOMERS IN THE USA.

Materials / Construction

  • 500 denier Cordura and GRID (contact us for other colors)
  • MIL-Spec thread.
  • Tubes™ FirstSpear® Tubes™ are trademarks of FirstSpear, LLC.

BALCS GRID Cumber at Beez Combat Systems

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Glock Gen 3 RTF2 Handguns with Scalloped Serrations are Back!

Glock has announced that they are bringing back their Gen 3 17, 19, and 22 handguns with the RTF2 frame texture and scalloped serrations (AKA “fish gill” serrations). The original run of these handguns have become somewhat sought after for their more aggressive frame texture and slide serrations.

The G17 and G22 will be available with a choice of the standard straight or scalloped serrations. The G19 will only be available with the standard straight serrations.

These handguns will only be available for a limited time and from select dealers. It appears that Lipseys, who has worked very closely with Glock on several of these limited releases, will be distributing these.

Glock.com

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FightLite® Industries to Exhibit at NASGW 2017

Do you want to see the new FightLite Industries Raider in person? FightLite Industries will be exhibiting at NASGW 2017 with the Raider live and in person.

(Melbourne, FL) October 13, 2017 – FightLite® Industries, the country’s leading manufacturer of innovative, mission & sport configurable firearms, parts and accessories announces that it will be exhibiting its products in Booth #233 at the NASGW 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo.

The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) is hosting its annual event this year at the San Antonio Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dates are October 17-20, 2017 with a live-fire Range Day scheduled for October 17 at the Cedar Ridge Range in San Antonio.

“We look forward to the NASGW show each year as our main opportunity to reconnect in person with our Wholesale Distributors, Manufacturer Reps and other industry friends and partners in our distribution chain. FightLite® Industries is committed to the 2-step distribution model, which in our industry begins with the sporting goods wholesalers who in turn supply the FFL retailers that generally stock our products.” said Geoffrey Herring, President-CEO.

This year, FightLite® Industries will be exhibiting its premium grade Dual-Feed MCR® rifle line along with its 50-State semi-automatic SCR® sporting rifles. New products being introduced by FightLite® at this year’s NASGW event include a .300 AAC Blackout (300 BLK) offering for its tremendously successful SCR® rifle lineup and an exciting new pistol based on the SCR® receiver group that is being offered in 5.56 NATO and also in .300 AAC Blackout (300 BLK).

FightLite® Industries is a participating NASGW Range Sponsor and invites all visitors including Wholesalers, Rep Groups, Media personnel and Industry members to shoot FightLite® products during the NASGW Range Day scheduled for October 17 at the Cedar Ridge Range in San Antonio.

About FightLite® Industries

FightLite® Industries is a privately held company that designs and manufactures lightweight and technologically advanced firearms and firearm accessories for Military, Law Enforcement, US civilian shooters and Foreign Governments.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, FightLite® Industries is equipped with state-of-the-art CNC machining centers, 3-D solid-modeling and manufacturing CAD/CAM systems, a dedicated quality control department and an experienced manufacturing team that is committed to developing and manufacturing superior products for its customers. Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, FightLite® products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

To learn more about FightLite® Industries visit www.FightLite.com. Follow FightLite® Industries on Facebook at facebook.com/FightLite , on Twitter @FightLite and on Instagram @FightLite.Industries.

FightLite® Industries is partnered with Defense Marketing Group who assists with promotion of the FightLite® brand through various channels of social media. For social media inquiries, please contact Ben Wentzel at ben@defensemk.com.

Notice: FightLite® is a registered trademark of ARES Defense Systems, Inc.

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Disruptive Tactical Pants Sale at Chase Tactical

credit: @sal_gunz

Chase Tactical is offering 20% off their new Disruptive Tactical Pants this weekend only. Use code DISRUPTIVE at checkout to save.

Disruptive Tactical Pants at Chase Tactical

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Hill People Gear Kit Bag or GunfightersINC Kenai Chest Holster – Get Both!

Our review of the GunfightersINC Kenai Chest Holster is one of the most visited reviews ever posted on this site and we get a number of emails asking questions about it. One of the most common questions I receive regarding the Kenai is how it compares to the Hill People Gear Kit Bag. Well, I happen to be a long time user of both and that sounds like an idea for a post to me!

Links:

Kenai Chest Holster

Hill People Gear Kit Bag

The Same but Different

At the most basic level, the Kenai and Kit Bag are similar. They are both designed to carry a handgun in the most advantageous position for many outdoor pursuits – on the chest. However, the functionality and materials used are drastically different. This leads to different strengths and weaknesses for both, enough that I have purchased and use both depending on the situation.

Both are better than tucking your handgun into your backpack or not carrying it at all!

Background with the Kit Bag

My background with the Hill People Gear Original Kit Bag is fairly long. I’ve owned one since the first or second run. This was before they added a dummy cord loop and Velcro in the handgun compartment. I simply wanted a way to carry a handgun that was comfortable and concealed while backpacking. The Kit Bag worked well for that but I never really completely filled all the carrying capacity offered by the Original Kit Bag. I eventually sold it and replaced it with a Runners Kit Bag.

The Runners Kit Bag is ideal for me. It has the same footprint as the Original Kit Bag but is slimmer overall since the “middle” cargo pocket has been removed. It is large enough to keep my full sized handgun concealed but significantly slimmer while still offering more than enough carrying capacity to carry some basics.

Background with Kenai Chest Holster

I’ve been using a Kenai Chest Holster since late 2015. I find it to be the best interpretation of a “guide holster” available. GunfightersINC used their experience in the outdoors and some modern materials to bring the guide holster concept into the current century. It is slimmer than any traditional leather guide holster could ever hope to be, offers better retention without the need for a strap, creates a better draw stroke, and its modular.

I’ve worn this holster extensively and I find it to be extremely comfortable and extremely easy to draw from. They even designed the harness so none of the adjusters had to be positioned on the back where it could catch on wader shoulder straps or cause hotspots under a backpack. This is the level of thoughtfulness that went into this holster.

Get Both!

For a long time, the Original Kit Bag was the only way I had to carry a handgun on my chest and it worked. When I added the Kenai Chest Holster to my gear bin, I wondered if it would replace my Kit Bag but it hasn’t. It has only highlighted the strengths of both carry methods.

I can’t replace the Kit Bag because it offers three important benefits over the Kenai:

  • It can conceal a handgun without the use of a covering garment.
  • It can carry a huge variety of handguns from small to large.
  • It can carry additional items in a location that is easy to access.

The Kenai is surprisingly concealable under a cover garment but I live in an area that sees triple digit heat in the summer. I can’t always use a covering garment. I’ve used my one Kit Bag to carry everything from a Glock 43 or J-Frame, to a Ruger 22/45 Lite with RDS, to a large frame revolver. Additionally, the Kit Bag is great for carrying items like nav tools (compass, GPS, UTM grid, etc.), basic survival goodies (lighter, some bits of tinder, etc.), and other items you may want close at hand. It may not seem like a big deal but the efficiency of reaching to your chest for gear like chapstick or a GPS unit versus having to stop and remove your pack is not trivial when you are trying to cover ground.

I can’t replace the Kenai Chest Holster because it offers three important benefits over the Kit Bag:

  • It is more compact.
  • It offers a faster, more streamlined draw stroke.
  • It is more concealable.

The Kenai Chest Holster is smaller and slimmer than the Kit Bag that makes it a little easier to dress/pack around. That also means it is cooler to wear and that can be big deal when it is 95+ with less than 15% humidity. The Kenai’s draw stroke is very fast and straightforward. There is nothing between your hand and a full firing grip on your handgun with Kenai. The Kit Bag is fast but the Kenai is faster – how much faster will depend on your specific gear and some training. Finally, if I absolutely need to conceal the fact that I am carrying and the weather permits, the Kenai conceals under a coat easily.

I live in a very rural area that is a destination for outdoor recreation. That means that we have a healthy mix of the NRA crowd and Sierra Club crowd. Our property is on the outskirts of National Forest land that contains Grizzly habitat. My choice for which carry “system” to use often comes down to balancing those factors.

If I am headed to a popular trail, I know I am more likely to encounter the Sierra Club side of the house and prefer to remain discreet in how I carry. I usually reach for the Kit Bag in that case. If I am working or hiking on our own property, I don’t have to worry about concealment and I almost always use the Kenai. If I am going on a very long day hike (or overnighter), I am more likely to reach for the Kit Bag because of the convenience of carrying important items in the outer pocket. If I am going into an area where the grapevine says there was recent bear activity, I am inclined to take the Kenai.

Wrap Up

There are always factors to balance when deciding which gear works for you. If you are knee deep in big coastal brown bears while fishing for salmon you might choose differently than you would if you were knee deep in college kids while hiking the Appalachian Trail. For me, both the Kenai Chest Holster and Hill People Gear Kit Bags have been invaluable and I am glad I have both in my gear box.

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The Perfect Pack Launches Website

I’ve been following The Perfect Pack on Instagram for some time now because… My name is Matt and I am addicted to backpacks. Their Instagram feed is chocked full of great pictures and info. Now they are launching a new site that will feature reviews of all kinds of packs and related items. There are a number reviews published already.

Check out ThePerfectPack.com.

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Beez Combat Systems Chest Rig Modifications for Ladies

The vast majority of JTT’s readership is male. As males, you have likely noticed that females are shaped differently that you are. Some ladies can have challenges getting items like chest rigs to work for their body shapes. If you would like the women in your life to train with you, having some gear that actually works for her might be a good first step.

Beez Combat Systems produced a series of videos that show the how some of the upgrades that they offer can make their chest rigs work better for female shooters. They recommend pull-forward lat straps to make the chest rig easier to adjust for ride hide and tightness around the chest. They also recommend their Chest Rig MOLLE Belt which is a padded replacement for the lower belt found on their chest rigs. It works well to make a loaded chest rig comfortable on a some lady’s shorter torso which can often lead to the chest rig riding down on the waist or hips.

BeezCombatSystems.com

 

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