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Battle Arms Development RACK Charging Handle

Battle Arms Development is offering a chance to be the first kid on your block with one of their new RACK Charging Handles. Check out their early adopter specials at: BattleArmsDevelopment.com

Truly Original

The revolutionary new mechanism is unlike any other charging handle on the market.

We are pleased to receive U.S. Utility Patent No. 9964371, 9810494, 9587896.


No Weak Roll Pins

Even the best-designed products fail at their weakest point and we have taken the infamous roll pins out of the equation. The RACK™ was designed with no roll pins.


Smooth Sliding Latch

Not another pivoting mechanism to wear out the upper receiver notch, this patented latch system slides parallel with the receiver notch for slick and quick release and simultaneously minimizes wear.


Asymmetric Charging

Purpose built with asymmetric use in mind, the RACK™ will handle left or right side pulls with ease. Regardless of your charging handle racking technique, the RACK™ will perform with consistent and positive assurance.


Monolithic Modular Handle

Machined from one single piece of aluminum, the RACK™ handle was designed with strength in mind.

It is also key to the sliding latch and the positive and balanced pull of the charging handle.



The RACK™ is designed and engineered in the United States.

It is precision CNC machined from billet 7075 T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum in our brand-new manufacturing facility in Henderson, Nevada.

Coated in a hard anodize black finish.



New from TOPS Knives: The 3 Bros

TOPS Knives just rolled out the 3 Bros – a trio of compact fixed blade knives that they have shown at trade shows. These knives feature really interesting handles that you have to hold to understand. The thick micarta disks on the handles add enough swell to anchor these minimalist knives in your grip.

From TOPS Knives:

These tiny fixed blade knives pack a lot of use into a very small package. With an overall length of less than four and a half inches, they’re also very easy to carry every day. Each blade is about two inches long and TOPS has decided to offer it with three different styles: Hunter, Tanto, and Sheep’s Foot. They may be small, but TOPS didn’t skimp on the quality. When you need the functionality of a utility knife with the strength of a fixed-blade, the 3 Bros are what you’re looking for.

Pick up the 3 Bros from a TOPS authorized dealer or from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/3-bros


Overall Length: 4.27”

Blade Length: 2.0”

Cutting Edge: 2.0”

Blade Thickness: 0.13”

Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58

Blade Finish: Tumble

Handle Material: Black Canvas Micarta

Knife Weight: 1.9oz (per knife)

Weight w/ Sheath: 2.8oz (per knife)

Sheath Material: Kydex

Sheath Clip: Injection molded nylon

Designer: TOPS Team

MSRP: $90 each or $180 for all 3


Review: Alpha One Niner RECON THREE Backpack

Way back in 2013, I started using a backpack called the Penumbra from SERT. It was the best EDC/office/travel backpack I had used up until that point and it continues to serve me well. I moved to the Alpha One Niner (SERT’s decidely less tactical sister company) EVADE pack in 2015. I still use the EVADE daily. You could say I have a long history with the travel/EDC of SERT and Alpha One Niner and that history is about to have a new chapter with the introduction of the RECON THREE.

I have been using this as an EDC pack and for travel. It was with me on a recent trip where I spent far more time in airports than I did at any one location. It has been carried in rain, stuffed in overhead compartments, hauled through airports, and generally tossed around. Now its time to take a closer look.


The RECON THREE is a designed as a kind of minimalist travel backpack. It blends sleek urban styling with rugged tactical materials.

While previous packs from SERT or Alpha One Niner have been heavy on organization features, the RECON THREE goes heavy on big empty pockets and accessibility. There are no pen sleeves, mesh pockets, bottle holders, or anything like that. In the place of all that are 5 very accessible pockets in key locations and a cavernous, bucket like main compartment.

  • Materials: Solid Color 500D Nylon in Wolf Gray, Multicam Black, Kryptek Typhon and 420D Diamond Ripstop Nylon with 210D Nylon lining.
  • Dimensions: 18.5″ (H) x 10″ (W) x 5″ (D)
  • Volume: approximately 15 liters / 925 cu2
  • Weight: approximately 2.2 pounds (1.00 kg)

If you like to travel with a few key items at your finger tips and you are more of a tablet guy than a laptop guy, this bag was designed with you in mind.

Observations from Use

In my mind, there are two hallmarks to Alpha One Niner bags – style and durability. The RECON THREE delivers both. It is one of those designs that manages to look sleek, stylish, and not the least bit “tactical” in spite of the Multicam Black fabric and ITW Cobra Buckle closure. I think the bright red interior pack cloth lining and angular shape make it look at home in a variety of settings without screaming TACTICAL.

Regarding durability, the RECON THREE seems to have it in spades. The bag in constructed from durable materials like 500D nylon and fully lined with 420D pack cloth. The zippers are all #8 reverse zippers from YKK. The main compartment is closed with an ITW Cobra Buckle and the entire pack is stiffened with closed cell foam between the outer layer of fabric and the inner lining. It’s rugged.

I tend to like packs that leave the organization to me instead of having fixed organization features. The RECON THREE is that kind of pack. There are 5 pockets in total and none of them have any features other than being a pocket and great accessibility (which is key). All 5 pockets are closed with a zipper.

The lid features 2 pockets which can be accessed from the side of the lid. This pockets are not connected inside the lid but they do overlap each other. They basically turn the entire lid into storage space that can be accessed without opening the pack. These two pockets are perfect for things like keys, pens, cables, chargers, and similar items that you want at your finger tips when traveling.

The front of the bag has a large stash packet that is accessed via a vertical zipper on the left side of the pack. This pocket is tall and as wide as the pack itself so it is perfect for documents. I like to keep a sheet of paper with all my key information on it when I travel and this externally accessible pocket was the perfect place to store something like that.

When you lift the flap, it exposes the main, top loading compartment and another tall slash pocket. Since every panel of the bag is padded with closed cell foam, this slash pocket actually works really well for a tablet or even a 13″ notebook computer.

Imagine a brown paper lunch bag and scale it up to backpack size and you will have the general idea of the main compartment. It loads from the top and has the 5th pocket hanging in side it. It is basically just a big open pocket that can easily carry a change of clothes and more. The top of the main compartment can be compressed with two large snaps. These snaps are very handy because they pinch the top of the main compartment so that the flap completely covers the opening.

The shoulder straps are relatively minimalist. They are slim, straight, and padded with a relatively stiff closed cell foam which makes them surprisingly comfortable. They include a sternum strap and side release buckles that you can use to get out of the straps quickly or tuck them away inside the rolling luggage sleeve on the back of the pack. When the straps are packed inside the sleeve, you can use one of the two carry handles on the bag (one top and one side) to carry the bag kind of like a briefcase.

The RECON THREE holds its shape very well thanks to all the closed cell foam used in its construction. You can stuff it full and it still looks relatively rectangular and sits mostly flat on your back which is nice if you ever need to overload it. It even holds its shape when it is relatively empty.

Wrap Up

I think the best way to describe this bag is as a minimalist EDC or travel bag. If you are the type of person that uses your own organization inserts and doesn’t need to carry a larger laptop every day, you’ll like this pack. The pockets offer excellent accessibility, there are good provisions for smaller notebooks or tablets, it is well made, and it looks absolutely great in my opinion.

Check out the Alpha One Niner RECON THREE at AlphaOneNiner.com

Disclosure: This pack was sent for review, free of charge, by Alpha One Niner.


Angstadt Arms Introduces SCW-9 Sub Compact Weapon

Charlotte, NC, (November 14, 2018) Angstadt Arms is proud to introduce the SCW-9 Sub Compact Weapon. The SCW-9 was designed to meet the strict requirements of the U.S. Army Sub Compact Weapon program. At just 14.7” long and 4 lbs., the SCW- 9 provides greater lethality than pistols and much greater concealability over standard rifles. With a rate of fire of 1,110 rounds per minute, the SCW-9 is capable of accurately engaging threats with a high volume of lethal force.

SCW-9 Key Design Elements

  • Fully ambidextrous controls, including magazine release, safety selector, charging handle and bolt catch and release
  • Accepts GLOCK® 9mm magazines
  • 4” barrel with 3-lug adapter for sound suppression
  • Ability to fire UTM marking and training rounds
  • Overall length collapsed: 14.7”
  • Collapsed stock length: 2.5”
  • Weight: 4 lbs
  • Rate of Fire (approximate): 1,100 rounds per minute

The Shortest Sub Compact Stock System

In addition to 9mm, the shortened stock system developed for the SCW-9 has been tested in both 5.56 NATO and .300 AAC Blackout calibers. This allows any M4 style rifle to reduce its overall collapsed stock length from 7” to just 2.5”. Making it the shortest telescoping AR-15 stock system available.

Angstadt Arms has plans to offer the shortened stock system to other manufacturers who wish to incorporate it into their firearms. A pistol brace version of the shortened stock system is currently in development for the U.S. commercial market.

About Angstadt Arms: Angstadt Arms designs innovative weapon platforms for military, law enforcement and responsible citizens. Their flagship UDP-9 9mm AR and sub-machine guns are currently deployed in over 25 countries worldwide.

For more information please visit: www.angstadtarms.com/scw9


Triggerjerks Save 15% at Whiskey Two Four

Whiskey Two Four gave us an exclusive coupon code to share with Jerking the Trigger readers. You can use code JTT2018 to save 15% at their website: WTFIdea.com


Fix It Sticks Universal Choke Tube Wrench

The Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition just took another step toward being a universal gun tool (and possibly world domination). Their new Universal Choke Tube Wrench allows shotgun shooters to install or uninstall just about any brand or size choke tube. It attaches to the Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition like any other 1/4″ shank bit which means it can also be used with other bit drivers.



Strike Industries Introduces New Pistol Brace – The AR Pistol Stabilizer

Strike Industries seems to be going all in on AR pistols. They recently opened pre-orders for their Viper PDW Brace and now they have introduced another brace option at a value price – the AR Pistol Stabilizer.

The AR Pistol Stabilizer is designed for use on smooth buffer tubes with a outside diameter of 1.25″. It locks onto the tube via a set screw and features ambidextrous QD sling swivel sockets. This brace also features a fixed sling loop for those who do not want to use QD swivels.



Black Arch Holsters Rev-Con Reversible Convertible Holsters

The new Rev-Con Holster (Reversible Convertible Holster), from Black Arch Holsters, offers some potentially useful functionality. As the name implies, it is reversible for left or right handed use and convertible from IWB to OWB and even AIWB with the optional concealment wing. Unlike most “convertible” holsters, the Rev-Con is actually real molded kydex with compact design (and an attractive price).

The Rev-Con is currently available for several popular handguns with more being added in the next couple of weeks.



Fury Carry Solutions – Flannel Holsters?

It is that time of year when everyone slips into a flannel state of mind. I guess that includes Fury Carry Solutions because they just rolled out a new kydex option with a very timely pattern…

The new Buffalo Plaid option is available in red or gray. You can choose it as an option across their entire line of holsters. Check out FuryCarrySolutions.com.


Chase Tactical – Veteran’s Day Sale

You can save 15% through Veteran’s Day weekend at Chase Tactical. Use code HONOR15 to save from now through 11/13.



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