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Gadsden Dynamics Chest Rigs – Good for More Than Just Magazines

You can use Gadsden Dynamics’ Custom Chest Rig Builder to create a chest rig in any configuration you want. That means you can create a rig to carry just about anything you want… not just magazines. Gadsden Dynamics shared a pic of one creative customer’s chest rig designed to carry their tools.

You can build what you want, to do what you want. Check out the Custom Chest Rig Builder at Gadsden Dynamics.

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Warrior Assault Systems Liquidation Sale at Chase Tactical

Chase Tactical has already discounted all of their Warrior Assault Systems gear in order to make room for their own line of USA made tactical gear. Now, they are offering an additional 10% off the already discounted price! Just use code WAS10 at checkout. Sale ends 7/23.

ChaseTactical.com

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TOPS Knives Backpacker’s Bowie

TOPS Knives has released their new Backpacker’s Bowie and it scores some major nostalgia points with me. When I was a teen, a good friend of mine had a Jet Pilot Survival Knife that I thought must have been the coolest knife in the world. The blade shape and grind of the new Backpacker’s Bowie bears a strong resemblance to that iconic knife.

When I am backpacking, I want a knife that is stout but not dead weight. The Backpacker’s Bowie weighs in at just over 7 ounces. It is stout enough to help with emergency tasks like wood processing and shelter building. It is also useful in camp with its built in pot lifter notch so you won’t have to wait for an emergency to use it.

From TOPS Knives:

Bowie knives have long been popular among knife enthusiasts. They are versatile in a wide range of uses. Most Bowies are larger knives, however. TOPS set out to make a shorter version that even a backpacker would carry (every ounce counts). The result is a 4” blade that could be the most important piece of kit that goes on the backpacking trip. Aside from the normal uses a knife affords, the notch on the spine is for breaking wire or pulling a pot out of the fire and the swedge can be sharpened upon request. The Backpacker’s Bowie, because you should always carry a knife.

Pick up the Backpacker’s Bowie from a TOPS authorized dealer or directly from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/backpacker-s-bowie

Specs:

Overall Length: 8.25”

Blade Length: 4.5”

Cutting Edge: 4.13”

Blade Thickness: 0.16”

Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58

Blade Finish: Tumble

Handle Material: Green Canvas Micarta

Knife Weight: 7.2oz

Sheath Material: Black Kydex

Sheath Clip: Rotating Spring Steel

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Review: SaltStick Electrolyte Caps

If you are reading this blog, it is probably safe to assume that you enjoy a lot of same pursuits that I do and a lot of those pursuits, like shooting, training, and hiking, happen outdoors. If you enjoy these activities, you know the importance of hydration. No one wants to get sidelined on a hike or feel wrecked on day two of a carbine course because they didn’t monitor their hydration. You can’t get that lost time and money back.

I used to play organized sports year round and I drank a lot of water to try to stay hydrated. However, I still found myself dizzy with headaches, cramps, and sick to my stomach on a regular basis. That was likely because I was taking in too much water without also being intentional about adding nutrition and electrolytes. I added sports drinks to my hydration regime which helped dramatically.

As I have grown older, I’ve become more conscious of the amount of sugar that many sports drinks contain (especially when you are drinking them one after the other) so I started looking for a way to add electrolytes while reducing my sugar intake. That search lead me to a number of products that work very well but the one that has been the most convenient is SaltStick Electrolyte Caps.

Basically, these are capsules that contain an electrolyte mix that mimics the types and amounts of electrolytes actually lost in sweat during 30-60 minutes of strenuous activity. I like to take one with my first drink of water and then take another every hour or two based on my activity level and how much water I am taking in. Since SaltStick Caps contain only electrolytes (no other nutrition or sugars), I am able to keep my electrolyte intake and nutrition intake separate which makes it easier for me to keep track. I make sure I am drinking water and periodically adding solid nutrition like fruit, nuts, granola bars, etc. and the capsules handle the rest.

I don’t have any quantifiable lab results but I can offer some long term anecdotal evidence. These capsules have worked for me for more than 3 years. I deal with temps in the 90s and humidity below 20 percent during the summer months. If you hike, run a chainshaw for a few hours in protective gear, or do some training on the range in that kind of weather… you will need to be on your hydration game. I have not had a single dizzy/headache episode since I started using SaltStick and, for me, that is really saying something.

I should also mention that at a cost of about $.20 per capsule (when you buy 100 at a time), they are less expensive than pre-mixed sports drinks! In my experience, they work better. You also don’t need to clean them out of your bottles and hydration bladders like sticky drink mixes!

I have only used the regular SaltStick caps but they also make SaltStick Plus cap which have some caffeine and SaltStick chews. I have never found SaltStick locally which is kind of a bummer but they are readily available online. I have purchased all of mine from Amazon (affiliate link): SaltStick on Amazon

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North American Arms Mini-Shadow

If you like guns, you probably think the North American Arms Mini-Revolvers are cool. If you don’t think their new Mini-Shadow versions are even cooler, check your pulse.

The Mini-Shadow version of the popular Mini-Revolvers features a durable black PVD coating with black rubber grips. These Davidson’s exclusives are available in .22LR, .22MAG, and the 22MS Conversion (comes with cylinders for both .22LR and .22MAG). They can be ordered now on the Davidson’s Gallery of Guns website.

Davidson’s Gallery of Guns

North American Arms

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Sagewood Gear Pack Strop

The Pack Strop from Sagewood Gear is a compact, double sided strop. As you might guess from the name, this compact strop is designed to be easy to carry in a pack for use in the field. It is about 5.5″ x 1.25″ in overall size and constructed from 1/4″ Walnut oiled wood with 6 oz leather pads.

The Pack Strop is available with bare leather or pre-loaded with black (aggressive) and green (fine) stropping compound.

SagewoodGear.com

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Vickers Tactical™ Carry Trigger for Glocks

TangoDown™ Inc. is excited to introduce the new addition to the Vickers Tactical™ product lineup! Join us in welcoming the Vickers Tactical™ Carry Trigger (VTCT). There are two (2) different models which accommodate the large variety of Glock™ models on the market (see below).

The VTCT is a flat faced polymer trigger. The flat faced trigger has become quite popular among shooters and offers the perception of a lighter trigger press. When developing the VTCT, the mechanical take-up was not modified. However, over-travel was shortened to offer a quicker reset, which allows for a quicker follow up shot.

The VTCT is made from the same material as the OEM trigger, so there isn’t the risk of wear/damage to the frame. The trigger is an insulator, not a heat conductor and will not get hot while spending the day on the range.

From Larry Vickers – “After using a pre-production prototype version of the new Tangodown™/Vickers Tactical™ Glock trigger on my training pistol for a period of time, I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. In fact, of the multiple students I’ve had try the trigger I’ve yet to receive a negative comment. The Tangodown crew hit this one out of the park and it is, in my opinion, truly the Glock™ trigger ‘Perfected’.”

The VTCT is easily installed in minutes by a Certified Glock™ Armorer.

For further details, visit www.TangoDown.com to learn even more about the Vickers Tactical™ Carry Trigger.

The VTCT-001 fits all Gen3/Gen4 Glock™ models 9mm (including the G43), .40, .45ACP, 10mm. Also accommodates the G42 .380 model.

VTCT-001 (Gen3/Gen4): https://tangodown.com/shop/vickers-tactical-carry-trigger-vtct-001-gen-3-4/

The VTCT-002 fits all Gen5 Glock™ models currently on the market.

 

VTCT-002 (Gen5): https://tangodown.com/shop/vickers-tactical-carry-trigger-vtct-002-gen-5/

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Persec Gear Apple Watch Band

Persec Gear’s Apple Watch band is coming soon. The band is constructed from 1″ webbing in all the colors of the tactical rainbow and then some. It features a sewn in lug to attach to the watch. The webbing is then fed through the other lug and adjusted via a metal triglide. The result is a slim, lightweight band that should take whatever you can throw at it.

PersecGear.ca

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SUAREZ COVERT 12

REMINGTON 870 COVERT-12 12 GAUGE

The 870 Covert-12 is 27.5″ long with a 8.5″ barrel, and is the smallest and most portable 12 ga you will find. The dimensions make it far easier to keep with you than even a stock tac-14 weapon. And it is just as legal as any other firearm.

This weapon is built on Remington Model 870 Tac-14. This is a NON-NFA, Completely Compliant and Legal ‘Firearm’ (technically not a shotgun). Transfers as “Other” on 4473. All potential buyers and users should check their state and local laws for legality, as well as insure their recipient FFL has been educated on the non-NFA nature of this product.

Covert-12 Details:

  • Remington 870 Barrel 8.5″ – Optionally ported for recoil reduction.
  • Bolt and Action Bar components tuned, polished, and finsihed in NP3.
  • Trigger group tuned for a crisp break, new springs added.
  • Steel Extractor installed for increased reliability.
  • Folding metal foregrip
  • Suarez Safety installed to improve engagement from Safe to Fire positions.
  • Weapon has a 3+1 Capacity
  • NP3 Follower Follower.
  • Brass front bead – Fiber Optic front sight in Green is optional.
  • Cerakote rust resistant finish for lubricity and durability under all conditions.
  • Rigid Magazine Tube Sling Mount.
  • SB Tactical Fixed Brace is standard – Folding Brace is optional.
  • Available as complete weapons or built on your Tac-14.

https://suarezinternational.com/

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Top 10 Best VA Lenders – A Guide from RE Factor Tactical

If you have ever tried to navigate the perilous waters of VA loans, you know the process can feel overwhelming – especially when you are trying to choose a lender. If you are planning to secure a VA loan at some point, you’ll want all the support and information you can get which is why RE Factor Tactical recently published a handy guide ranking VA lenders after recently  going through the process themselves.

The guide starts with ranked VA Lenders along with reasons you may or may not want to choose the lender being profiled. It also goes on to cover several additional topics like loan types, the various fees you’ll face, information on the application process, and more. It is basically an overview of the entire process that is easy to read and can be referenced at any time.

You can read more at the RE Factor Tactical Blog: Top 10 Best VA Lenders of 2018.

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