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More Intel on the Upcoming Hill People Gear Capture Flap

Hill People Gear added the Capture Flap to their website after last week’s tease. It can not be ordered yet but we now have a new image of the back/connectors and a more complete understanding of its features.

From Hill People Gear:

The Capture Flap is a PALS cut, beaver tail style accessory, that can mount to any HPG pack and packs of other manufacturers. You can mount PALS pouches on the front, and either PALS or velcro pouches on the back.

The Capture Flap is mounted via G-hooks that connect to the webbing tabs on our packs. The top of the flap comes with an adjustable amount of webbing to loosen or tighten the flap against the pack.

See it at HillPeopleGear.com


The “OG” – Optimized Gamechanger from Armageddon Gear

The Gamechanger, designed Reasor Precision Solutions and produced by Armageddon Gear, is a thoroughly modern shooting bag that is usually made from thoroughly modern materials. Modern materials like 1000D nylon are fine but if you want a bag that stands out and takes on character, you might want to try a throwback material like waxed canvas. That’s right… waxed canvas.

The new “OG” – Optimized Game Changer is a throwback to the earliest iterations of Reasor Precision Solutions’ Game Changer designs and it available in two different colors of waxed canvas. The OG has the same great versatile shape that lets you stabilize your rifle on a variety of irregular surfaces like barricades, fenceposts, and window openings. It also has the same consistent fill that shooters expect from the Game Changer. It has handles at both ends but lacks the Velcro straps found on the more modern Game Changer.

Check out the “OG” – Optimized Game Changer at Armageddon Gear.com.


Charles Daly Honcho

Love them or hate them, there is no denying that the Raptor Grip from Shockwave Technologies has created a very hot market for short, non-NFA shotguns. Until now, that market has been mostly limited to the big players in shotguns – Mossberg and Remington. Now there is a new player wading in at a budget price.

Charles Daly is set to release the Honcho in .410, 20GA, and 12GA. All three have 14″ barrels with black polymer furniture. The 12GA and 20GA models have a section of rail on the handguard for attaching a light. All three models have a fixed blade front sight.

Like several other Charles Daly shotguns, these appear to be manufactured in Turkey. Their MSRP (around $300) is lower than the retail price on most other similar shotguns which may be enough to tempt those who have otherwise ignored the birdshead grip shotgun craze thus far.

Honcho at CharlesDaly.com


Patch Collecting: AT Rhodesian Patch

AT Armor just released their new AT Rhodesian Patch (among patches). The patch features the motto and imagery of the iconic Rhodesian army recruitment poster with some AT Armor branding. You can check it out at ATArmor.com.


Attention to Detail: Forward Controls EMR in 17-4 PH Stainless Steel

If you are reading JTT, I like to think you and I have a lot in common. You probably enjoy seeing the otherwise unseen details that define a maker’s craftsmanship and thoughtfulness. This 17-4 PH Stainless Steel EMR-C from Forward Controls Design (FCD) is a great example of that.

AR-15 magazine release buttons are usually made from aluminum as are most of the EMR (Enhanced Magazine Release) variants that FCD produces. But what if you wanted to make one from stainless steel? Some manufacturers would be content to chuck some steel into the CNC and call it good. It would be just like every other magazine release… but marginally heavier.

FCD doesn’t work that way. They couldn’t call it good enough until they took as much weight out as they could. They added two little kidney shaped holes to the back of the button that bring the weight to “acceptable levels”. These holes are tiny, designed into the contours of a very small part, beautifully machined, and… COMPLETELY INVISIBLE WHEN THE EMR-C IS INSTALLED!

I love stuff like this. You likely wouldn’t notice the weight once it was installed. You’ll never see the lightening cuts after installation. That doesn’t matter. They still did it. It’s craftsmanship even when no one is looking.



Ripstay – MOLLE Faster

Ripstay claims to be the “Fastest MOLLE system in the world”.

The design of these kydex MOLLE aapters allows for pouches to be threaded quickly which is true of many stick or stay style MOLLE adapters. Ripstay’s biggest advantage is how they have linked the vertical stays with a bar that allows the user to remove a pouch instantly by pulling all of the stays at once.

This is a simple and clever system with several potential uses. It would be handy for pouches that you may want to remove from your kit in an emergency such as first aid gear. It could also be used to simply make your gear more quickly and easily configurable – like swapping a 5.56 magazine shingle for a 7.62 shingle.

Ripstays are available for pre-order now at Ripstay.com.


Wise Men Company Pill Bug Tool Roll

The Wise Men Company’s Pill Bug Tool Roll is an EDC-sized tool roll with tactical sensibilities. It is constructed from 500D nylon and features 9 pockets of various sizes. The Pill Bug can be opened and lays flat to present all your tools like any other tool roll. It also folds in half and can then be rolled into a tight bundle which is secured with shock cord.

If you have followed The EDC Tool Roll series on JTT, you haven’t seen many true tool rolls because most are larger than is necessary for the types of tools profiled. The Pill Bug however, is sized specifically for EDC so it might be a solid option for those looking to carry tools from that series.

Check out the Pill Bug Tool Roll at WiseMenCompany.com


A Sling Among Slings!

A Sling Among Slings. Now Shipping. The new Magpul Rifleman Loop Sling: Combining the best features of Rhodesian and 1907 match-style slings, the RLS was created with Magpul’s famous proprietary nylon mesh webbing and high-strength polymer hardware all for $19.95.



First Ever Sale at Gearward

Gearward is hosting their first ever sale and its a doozy. They are offering 25% off everything with no coupon code necessary.

I personally use several of their products. Their Ranger Bands are more robust than homemade, inner tube bands and are great for sling retention, gear management, and even emergency fire starting. Their Compact Survival Cord offerings are my favorite way to carry emergency cordage. The FireBox and Fire Cord waterproof emergency tinders work very well for me. Even the slick new HemiSERE Titanium Lapel Knife is on sale.

These items have never been on sale before, so it might be a good time to stock up. Gearward.com


Ruger American SACS – New from Indian Creek Design

July 9, 2018, Nampa Idaho.

Lot’s of folks love their Ruger American rifles, and they love them for all types of reasons. Most are infatuated with the intrinsic accuracy the platform demonstrates, others simply dig the “bang for the buck” that they’ve been treated to. Many bought them initially because they are inexpensive but after they shoot them a few times they realize they have found a tack driver hiding within the often slightly warped oem plastic stock. Some folks leave them almost completely stock, but others take advantage of the ever growing aftermarket to customize their RA’s, RAR’s, and RAP’s (Ruger American, Ruger American Ranch, and Ruger American Predator, respectively).

Many owners enjoy adding a different stock or going with a chassis set up, toying with various optics, and generally hot-rodding their budget rifles into some high performing but not budget busting rifles that they can be certain will hold their own in any endeavor. From mild to wild, RA owners are no strangers to seeking out what performs well.

One of the items frequently changed from the OEM part is the plastic bolt shroud. It gets replaced with an aftermarket offering typically made of aluminum or titanium. While there is nothing inherently “wrong” with the plastic shroud other than the material it is made from, the manufacturers of metal bolt shrouds have enjoyed brisk business with folks looking to get rid of the polymer. Now they have a value added reason to do so…

We at Indian Creek Design, being more concerned with function over form if there needs to be a decision made between the two, often wondered what the draw was as we’d never had any issues with our 6.5 Creedmoor RAP’s OEM bolt shroud. While not being enamored with the plastic part, it’s not a high function part, being simply there to cover the mechanical bits of the firing pin assembly. Then we had a crazy idea, and after some strenuous R/D testing, we are happy to debut our Ruger American SACS (Sportsman’s Anti Cant Shroud).

Yes, you read that right, a bolt shroud with an incorporated spirit level to indicate cant. We’ve heard it before, the “but wait, that can’t work!” crowd weighing in. The doubters were all over our BFD (Blast Forwarding Device) too, and if you have used one of those we know because can see your satisfied smile from here. We’ll level with ya, it can work, it does work, and it is pretty awesome. Enough of the puns already though. The level is mounted in the shroud, which just happens to be on the bore axis, so the cant indication is much more immediate than with a similar size level hanging off the scope a few inches off the axis. This different vector allows the SACS to indicate before a scope mounted level even budges.

We fully understand that some long distance folks will want to opt for higher tech devices, wider/longer levels, or the cool electronic levels, and that’s perfectly OK with us. If you’re hunter who wants to make sure you’re doing what you can to ensure an ethical shot is in the offing, without hanging more brush grabbing stuff off the side of your optic, then we have got something for you. For the PRS guys running RA’s & RAP’s, the SACS is an awesome way to not have to bob your head to see that scope mounted level while you are on the clock. You don’t “look at” the SACS so much as just “see” it while you are on the scope. It doesn’t require any head movement whatsoever.

The bottom line is, now you don’t just replace your OEM bolt shroud because it is plastic, you can replace it because you want to add more integrity AND some functional utility, all in one device. The ICD SACS are machined from 6061 Aluminum and they are finished in a black Type II anodizing, all with an MSRP of under $55.00. As with all of our products, they are 100% made in America in our southwest Idaho machining center.



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