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Streamlight Siege AA Red and Siege AA Blue

Streamlight’s Siege series of lanterns is very useful. The lanterns offer solid output, strong runtimes, and durable cases. They recently introduced two new versions that do more than just light a room… They support The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.

The both of these lights run on 2 AA batteries and boast the following output and runtimes:

  • High for brightest light: 200 lumens; runs 7 hours
  • Medium for bright light and longer run times: 100 lumens; runs 15.5 hours
  • Low provides extended run times for when less light is needed: 50 lumens; runs 37 hours

The Siege AA Red and Siege AA Blue have a secondary red and blue (respectively) LEDs with the following outputs and runtimes:

  • Red/Blue LED High (night vision preserving mode): 0.7 lumens; runs 192 hours (8 days)
  • Flash SOS mode for emergency signaling: 0.7 lumens; runs 288 hours (12 days)

Streamlight will donate $2 from the sale of each of these lanterns to a charity – The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for the Siege AA Red and Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. for the Siege AA Blue.

Siege AA Red at Streamlight

Siege AA Blue at Streamlight


KE Arms Releases SLT-1 Sear Link Technology Trigger

KE Arms has licensed the manufacturing and distribution rights for the patent pending Sear Link Technology trigger system from M&M Manufacturing.  All components are made and assembled in the USA.

The SLT-1 has been tested thoroughly before release with tens of thousands of rounds in traditional 5.56 AR platforms, .308 AR platforms, 9mm AR pattern blow back carbines, and the SIG MPX




– There is no disconnector for the hammer to drive through, thus creating a more efficient cycle of the bolt simply pushing the hammer out of the way as the gun fires.

– Forces of the bolt on the hammer are not transmitted into any other components of the trigger assembly.

– Constant sear engagement against the hammer means the trigger is always ready to reset and fire


Moving parts are sealed in the underside of the housing making it less susceptible to fouling and debris.


No impact on moving internal parts increases longevity of the trigger system.

The SLT-1 Drops into mil-spec fire control pockets and is retained with standard fire control pins captured by springs inside the housing bushings.


Due to the unique geometry of the trigger, the safety can always be applied regardless of the hammer being down or cocked. When used appropriately this adds another level of safety to administrative handling and clearing of malfunctions.

Ambi Selector Included for a Limited Time
For a limited time KE Arms Ambi-Selectors will be included with all orders direct from KE Arms. If you purchase an SLT-1 from an authorized retailer during this time, you will receive a voucher for a free ambi-selector in the package.

Introductory MSRP of $199.95

Order online at http://www.kearms.com/slt-1-sear-link-technology-trigger.aspx


The EDC Tool Roll: Pliers Comparison – Knipex Cobra, Channellock 424, and Tekton 37521

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.

You ask, JTT delivers. This post will serve as a comparison between the 3 pliers that we have profiled so far in The EDC Tool Roll series. You can check out their earlier reviews below for more background:

Knipex Cobra 125

Channellock 424 and Tekton 37521

This isn’t really going to be a fair comparison because the Knipex Cobras smoke the other pliers in this list on everything except price but that doesn’t mean the others are useless or junk. In fact, the Tekton 37521 might be one of the best values we have profiled so far.

Quality – The Knipex Cobras are plainly the highest quality pliers in the bunch. They are beautifully drop forged, perfectly ground, and have knife-hard jaws that grip tenaciously. Then I think the Tekton Pliers, which are made in the USA, win out over the Channellocks on the strength of the Tekton’s adjustable pivot which make them feel tighter.

Features – The Knipex Cobras are feature rich, while the others are straight forward and functional. The Knipex pliers have very hard jaws with teeth that are set opposed to the direction that you turn the pliers which allows them to actually lock into whatever you are trying to turn. They also have a massive adjustment range and large jaws which is key for EDC pliers – something that needs to be small enough to carry but versatile enough (and large enough) to use on a variety of fasteners.

The Tektons are only slightly larger than the Channellock 424s but that little but of extra bulk gives you larger jaws, more comfortable grips, and a more functional adjustable pivot. The Tektons take second place on features.

Size – The Channellock 424s are the smallest and lightest pliers in this comparison. The Tektons and Knipex Cobras are similar in size with the Tekton pliers being ever so slightly larger in most dimensions. As mentioned above, the Knipex Cobras have the largest jaws by a long shot. All three of them are easily pocketable.

Price – This is where the Tekton and Channellock come out ahead of the Knipex Cobras. The Channellock 424 cost around $12-14, the Tekton 37521 are usually $10-12, and the Knipex Cobras come in at a hefty $28-38 (I’ve seen them lower but you’ll have to really shop around). I’ve purchased all three and I believe the Knipex Cobras justify their price. There is just nothing else like them and I am willing to pay for that. However, if you can’t stomach the Knipex price, the Tektons are a smoking deal.

How to Choose – If you absolutely need the smallest and lightest pliers for your kit, get the Channellock 424. If you want EDC pliers that can do anything small pliers can do but can be pressed into the work of larger pliers, choose the Knipex. If you want the best value on a capable pair of pliers for your EDC tool kit, the Tektons wins.

Where to Buy – Channellock are almost certainly available at a hardware store near you. Tektons are sold almost exclusively online. Knipex can sometimes be found at Sears Hardware or other stores but online is likely your best bet. All three are available from Amazon:

Knipex Cobra 87 01 125

Channellock 424 on Amazon

Tekton 37521 on Amazon

There are a number of 4.5-5″ adjustable pliers on the market from Irwin and others. Do you have compact adjustable pliers that you prefer? Tell us about it below.


Arbor Day Sale at Chase Tactical

Chase Tactical is celebrating Arbor Day the best way they know how and it’s not planting trees. They are cutting down… prices. You can save 15% when you use the code GOTWOOD through 5/1. Check out ChaseTactical.com.


Bayou Custom Sheaths RMJ Tactical Jenny Wren Bit Cover

Bayou Custom Sheath is a full service kydex sheath maker meaning they make sheaths for a ton of different knives and tools. I became aware of them when I was searching for a more compact bit cover for my RMJ Tactical Jenny Wren Tomahawk.

The Jenny Wren, like all RMJ Tactical Tomahawks, comes with their excellent sheath system but I was looking for something a bit more compact since I often carry the Jenny Wren in a pack. Bayou Custom Sheaths had just what I was looking for and even had a TAD Edition Jenny Wren like mine to mold the sheath.

Their bit cover is a simple fold-over design with 3 eyelets to prevent the cutting edge from coming though the sheath. It leaves the hammer pole exposed for use and features a shockcord retention strap to ensure the bit cover stays put even if it is wallowing around in your day pack.

You can check out Bayou Custom Sheaths at their website or get an even better look at their work on Instagram. They mold bit covers for a number of popular tomahawks.


Coming Soon from Magpul: GL Enhanced Magazine Well for Glock

The Magpul GL Enhanced Magazine Well is a high-performance purpose built Glock frame magazine well. Designed to fully enhance and ensure positive magazine insertion in high stress scenarios. Sleek and ergonomic design features also provide excellent concealment while ensuring minimal printing to the users clothing. Ramp and edge geometry allow for, should it be needed, positive and flawless removal of a faulty or stuck magazine during reloading or immediate action events.

  • Large ramp area for easier reloading
  • External dimensions ensure minimal printing when carrying concealed
  • Reinforced polymer construction
  • Compatible with Magpul, OEM and most aftermarket magazine floor plates
  • Compatible with most common after-market magazine extensions
  • Easy installation

GL Enhanced Magazine Well webpage:



Cloud Defensive KeyMod Light Control System

Cloud Defensive continues to round out their Light Control System (LCS) product line with the introduction of the LCSmk1d – a KeyMod compatible version of the LCS. The new LCSmk1d has Cloud Defensive’s Integrated Cable Channels for cable routing and makes use of BCM’s excellent inverted screws. It is compatible with Surefire’s ST07 Tape Switch.

Before you ask, Cloud Defensive has stated that it is unlikely that they will produce a KeyMod compatible LCS for the Streamlight ProTac tape switches which are too wide to work well in this application.

LCSmk1d at Cloud Defensive


Aimpoint Celebrity Booth Appearances at the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits

Manassas, VA – April 26, 2017 – Aimpoint, the originator and worldwide leader in reflex sight technology, is proud to announce five celebrity guest appearances in their booth at the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, GA, April 28-30.

Aimpoint sights have been chosen by hunters, sport shooters, and professional end-users for over 40 years. This wide spectrum is represented with this year’s guest appearances in the Aimpoint booth #1410 at the NRA Annual Meetings. Returning to the Aimpoint booth are Craig Boddington, renowned hunter, conservationist, and author whose hunting experience spans the globe and Larry Vickers, retired US Army 1st SFOD- Delta combat veteran who now travels the nation as a combat marksmanship instructor and industry consultant. Celebrities joining Aimpoint this year for the first time are John “Tig” Tiegen, Tatiana Whitlock, and Chris Parrish.

Co-Author of 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi, John “Tig” Tiegen is prominently known for his heroism and bravery during the US Embassy attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. He was the most experienced Annex Security Team member for CIA’s GRS and played an essential part of the rapid response to the terrorist attack when Islamic militants attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Tatiana Whitlock is a nationally recognized firearms instructor, martial arts practitioner, and subject matter expert writer for many firearms related publications. Tatiana has a powerful presence and influential voice in the firearms education and defensive training industry. Mother of two, she is a proud member of the NRA and is a featured instructor on NRATV’s NRA Women, Tips & Tactics, and NRA New Energy, as well as Trigger Time TV and Panteao Productions.

Chris Parrish, outdoor personality and World Champion competitive caller, will provide turkey call tips and techniques as well as hunting strategies during four 30-minute sessions at the Aimpoint booth. Parrish is also the engineer behind legendary Knight & Hale game calls and will give away call packages each day.

About Aimpoint Inc.
Aimpoint produces a complete line of high quality reflex sights for use by military, law enforcement, hunters, and sport shooters. The company also produces electronic fire control systems for use on crew-served weapons. For more information on Aimpoint products, please visit the company’s webpage: www.aimpoint.com.


Now Shipping: Magpul AKA KOA Apparel Collection

To give back to the Recon community in an homage to Magpul’s history, we designed the AKA KOA line of apparel. AKA KOA is the nickname given to Alpha Company 3rd Recon Bn (USMC Hawaii) by its Commanding Officer, Kent Bradford, in the late 1980s. Loosely translated, it means “Shadow Warrior” in Hawaiian. While it was intended to symbolize the military capability of the unit, it fast became the call sign for Alpha Company’s other skill set, making the most of the Hawaiian island lifestyle during the off hours.

A portion of the proceeds from the AKA KOA Clothing line will go to the USMC Reconnaissance Foundation. The foundation provides assistance to wounded Reconnaissance Marines and Marine Reconnaissance families. For more information about the foundation, please visit www.reconfoundation.org.

Magpul AKA KOA Line


Tyrant Designs: New Colors for the MiniVert and a Teaser

Tyrant Designs just released 3 new color options for their new MiniVert and teased the upcoming release of a new handstop.

Tyrant Designs CNC, coming off an impressive product launch that sold out everywhere within 72 hours, Tyrant has now released the MiniVert in Red, Grey and Blue. The early reviews have come back very positive, with the guys at Tyrant already shifting their focus onto their upcoming Hand Stop.

“We are extremely happy with the launch of the MiniVert. For us it is an indicator that our design efforts and R&D are on the right path. We will continue in this direction and will be adding new products to the HALO Series very soon!  ”


Tyrant Designs CNC is an AR accessories manufacturer based just outside of Chicago. They have had several successful designs for AR pistol grips and are now working on a unique styled hand stop.


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