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The Weatherneck

The Weatherneck is a balaclava that was designed by the people behind Fix It Sticks and packed with smart features. It could be just the ticket for making cold weather training a bit more bearable.

If you live somewhere warm, stay out of the comments. I don’t want to hear it.

Most balaclavas pose a problem for shooters and hunters (or anyone else wearing glasses while being active) because they cover your mouth and exhaled breath is forced up onto the user’s eye protection, fogging immediately and forever. The Weatherneck approaches the problem in two different ways:

First, the Weatherneck is actually two separate garments that work together – the Mullet Cap and the Facemask. The Facemask is joined to the Mullet Cap via magnets so it can be installed, removed, and adjusted for fit easily. The Weatherneck Facemask and Mullet Cap can also be worn individually or combined making this a 3 in 1 system and making it easier to regulate your body temperature.

Second, the Facemask has a mesh panel that allows the wearer’s breath to pass through instead of being pushed up onto your eyewear. It is less likely to fog your glasses but still keeps your face warm.

By now you are probably wondering how I could type “Mullet Cap” so many times without explaining why it is called that. I’m glad you asked. It has been weighing on me too. I mean, this isn’t the late ’90s when you can just say the word “mullet” and get a laugh. It must be called that for a reason! The Mullet Cap is so called for its unique shape that extends down the back of the wearer’s neck like a… mullet. The extension serves to keep the wearer’s neck warm and to hold the magnets that help join the Mullet Cap to with the Facemask. It also has a handy hidden pocket for storing cash, credit cards, a hand warmer, or a stash of Mike and Ikes.

The Weatherneck is made in the USA. You can check it out at TheWeatherneck.com.


TOPS Knives I Stick

The latest iPhone may have people talking about its user interface but it has nothing on the simplicity of TOPS Knives’ new I Stick push dagger user interface – just grip it and go. It’s very intuitive.

From TOPS Knives:

The I Stick was designed to do some serious damage. It is perhaps the thickest push knife on the market and will add weight to your punches when the situation calls for it. At 3/8” thick and just over 12 ounces, you won’t forget you’re carrying it, but for those looking for a stout push knife, this is it. The sheath facilitates low profile, close to the body carry to keep it out of sight whether you’re carrying appendix, hip, 4 o’clock, etc. It’s also completely ambidextrous. The handle has thick, rounded scales for comfort and to fill the hand when clenched in a fist, and the double edge blade does the job when stabbing or slashing.

Pick yours up from a TOPS authorized dealer or directly from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/i-stick


SmartCells® Cushioning Technology Takes Aim at Recoil Pads

CHEHALIS, WA – November 1 – SATECH, Inc, the creator of the patented SmartCells Cushioning Technology, announces an exciting adaptation of their technology into a recoil pad. Currently made for selected model lines of Tikka and Sako rifles, SmartCells Recoil Pads are produced in Chehalis WA and are available for sale as of November 1, 2017. SmartCells recoil pads are designed to provide significant recoil shock absorption and have been shown to effectively improve shooters’ comfort over many leading recoil pads in the market today.

“At SmartCells we are all about solving life’s painful problems” said Chad Lindstrom, VP of Marketing for SATECH, “Our Recoil Pad contains Patented SmartCells Cushioning on the inside, which is intentionally designed to resist bottoming out and absorb painful recoil forces. Those who have tested the SmartCells recoil pad report a significant reduction in felt recoil force, which has helped them improve gun control, extend shooting sessions and provide greater focus on their target.”

Testers of the new SmartCells recoil pad technology include G.I.A. Tactical of Australia.   According to David Giacosa, G.I.A. owner, “The SmartCells Recoil Pad not only outlasted the competition, but gave me greater confidence in my shooting session. Shooting .308 caliber ammunition, SmartCells outperformed my previous pad by allowing 23 shots downrange before  reaching the limit of discomfort, compared to only 18 rounds downrange with my previous aftermarket recoil pad. This is a game changer for me!” said David.

Do More. Shoot Smarter. Feel Good. With the SmartCells Advanced Recoil Pad.

Visit www.smartcellsrecoilpad.com for more information on this revolutionary new product.


Everyone’s Favorite Droid Mags from Bad Element Co.

If you aren’t following the Bad Element Co. MAM (Mag a Month), you are missing out on tons of fun. Their latest creation is a cut down, 15 round capacity PMAG with a some color applied in strategic places to look like everyone’s favorite droid, R2. The coolest feature is the small “eye” near the top of the magazine that turns red when the magazine low on ammo.



IC13 Arms & Accessories INVRT Bandoleer

The new INVRT Bandoleer from IC13 Arms & Accessories is new take on the bandoleer concept. The INVRT Bandoleer was designed in collaboration with Lunar Concepts and really blurs the line between more simple bandoleers and full on load carriage options like chest rigs.

The INVRT is completely ambidextrous and is designed to be quick to don and doff. It allows the user to simply pass the single shoulder strap over their head and onto their opposite shoulder (like you would with 2 point rifle sling) and immediately have a load carriage solution that is stable enough to fight from. The INVRT can be further stabilized by buckling a sternum strap if time allows.

The end user can attach MOLLE compatible pouches (IC13 offers a full suite of them as an upgrade or for purchase seperately) to the main 6 column by 2 row PALS webbing field or to the 1 column by 3 row PALS fields on the shoulder straps. Magazine pouches attached to the main PALS webbing field will ride high on the user’s chest so that the magazine pouches may be attached inverted (hence the name).

The INVRT Bandoleer is available on its own, with a full quite of pouches (2 rifle mag, 1 pistol mag, 1 med pouch), or complete with pouches and a fully stocked med kit. You can check it out at IC13Arms.com.


The EDC Tool Roll: Wera Kraftform Kompakt 10 Driver

The EDC Tool Roll is a feature on Jerking the Trigger in which we profile various every day carry worthy tools. The tools shown aren’t multi-tools but rather real tools, that by virtue of their compact size, light weight, usefulness, or unique functionality, can find a place in any range kit, emergency kit, or every day carry bag.

Feel free to comment on the tools that you carry so we can all learn! The discussion on these posts has been very valuable so far.

The quest for the perfect pocket tool kit continues! The vast majority of tool recommendations that I have received have been for drivers and a handful of readers recommended the Wera Kraftform Kompakt (KK) 10 especially after I reviewed the Kraftform Kompakt 25. The KK 25 is basically a full size screwdriver that collapses down to a more pocketable size. The KK 10, the subject of this installment of The EDC Tool Roll, is a true pocket screw driver. It starts small and stays small.

The Wera KK10 is barely larger than a tube of chapstick so it fits in even the smallest tool kits. However, unlike many small drivers, you can actually get some work done with it. The handle is wide enough that you can apply decent torque and it is comfortable to hold thanks to Wera’s ergonomic design.

The KK 10 uses the same Wera designed Rapidaptor bit holder found on the KK25. It is the best I have used. It holds the bit positively, releases them easily by lifting the collar, and the collar rotates freely so you can sort of pinch it there to hold the bit in the fastener as you turn.

Wera’s bits are of excellent quality. The KK 10 will accept any standard 1/4″ shank bits so you can customize your kit based on the fasteners you encounter (especially handy for your range bag). Wera provides an assortment of 9 bits with the tool: 2 TZ Slotted bits – 1/8”, 7/32”; 2 TZ Phillips bits – PH1, PH2; 2 TZ Pozidriv bits – PZ1, PZ2; 3 TZ TORX bits – TX10, TX15, TX20. The included T15 Torx bit is especially nice since that size is common for scope mounts.

The KK 10 comes with a slick plastic holder that I promptly put away in a box somewhere. It is just larger than I really need in my kit. I can easily store the handle and bits (in a small bit holder) separately so they take up less space. However, the case really is quite nice and may be useful to some.

Where to Buy: I can’t find these in any brick and mortar store in my area but there are a handful of sources online. It is worth shopping around for the best price. Ebay sellers often have good prices on these but, Amazon had the best deal when I bought mine: Wera Kraftform Kompakt 10 on Amazon

I should also note that Amazon prices change all the time. It is actually a little cheaper now than when I bought mine.

Alternatives: As much as I like the KK 10, I think I still prefer the Engineer DR-07 Twin Wrench Driver and it’s price seems to be dropping like a rock on Amazon. It’s “L” wrench shape makes it easier to apply torque but the bit holder on the Wera Tools is almost too hard to resist. Both options are very well made and work great in a compact tool kit.

Engineer DR-07 Twin Wrench Driver

Tekton 14-in-1 Offset Screwdriver (2945) (This is nearly identical to the DR-07 but with lower, though still acceptable, quality)

Replaceable Edition Fix It Sticks

Doc Allen’s VersaTool

Wera Kraftform Kompact 25

Do you have a compact driver that you prefer or another tool recommendation that fits The EDC Tool Roll? Tell us about it in the comments below.


Sneak Peek: Beez Combat Systems AR and AK Magazine Shingle GRID

Beez Combat Systems (BCS) offers a line of MOLLE mountable magazine shingles to support most popular rifles. These shingles utilize BCS’ slick internal magazine pocket design for a low profile and uninterrupted MOLLE compatible mounting space. BCS is in the process of updating many of their products with their new laser cut, MOLLE compatible GRID technology and the AK and AR Magazine Shingles GRID will be some of the next products to receive the update. Stay tuned for details.



Sneak Peek: CDM Gear MTRS for Mossberg 590 Shockwave 20 Gauge

CDM Gear already has their MTRS light and sling mount in the works for the new Mossberg 590 Shockwave 20 Gauge. Like the 12 Gauge version, the new MTRS will feature 2 sling mounting loops and a light rail and is completely ambidextrous. It can be mounted with the light rail on either side of the shotgun. The bottom sling loop also serves as a hand stop.

The new MTRS for the 20 Gauge Mossberg 590 Shockwave will be released soon. Email 20gaugeshockwavemount@cdmgear.com to be notified of the release.



Thank You Veterans


From my family, to yours, thank you for your service to this great nation. We appreciate your courage, sacrifice, and sense of duty.


Matt and the rest of the JTT Crew


H&B Forge and Pine Fire GOShawk

Traditional, hand forged tomahawks haven’t changed much over the years but there is new tomahawk available that manages to teach the old workhorse some new tricks. The GOShawk is the result of a collaboration between Michael Herdson at Pine Fire and H&B Forge. It can do everything that a typical hammer pole tomahawk can do but it also boasts a few features that set it apart.

The GOShawk has a .85 pound hammer pole head on 23″ haft. A longer haft can be used to balance a heavier tomahawk head and adds speed to the swing. The head on the GOShawk a mid-weight compared to most tomahawks and when placed on a long handle, it should hit very hard.

In addition to the typical cutting edge, the GOShawk also features a utility edge on the lower edge of the bit. This edge can be used for scraping a ferro rod, tinder preparation, or other tasks that you might not want to risk damage or dulling to your main cutting edge. It also has a relief cut behind the bit that allows the user to get their hand behind the cutting for fine work and makes the head more comfortable to hold when it is off the haft.

Finally, the GOShawk also features a 3/8″ divet that can be used as a bow drill socket. The socket is usually the hardest part of a bow drill set to manufacture in the woods so having one with you, can be a great advantage if you have the skills to use a bow drill.

Check out the GOShawk at H&B Forge.


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