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The Gadsden Dynamics EDC Wallet is Now Available

We first told you about the Gadsden Dynamics EDC Wallet when it was still in testing. Now it is in production and available to order.

The idea behind this product is simple. You don’t always have pockets especially when you are working out. Sometimes you have pockets but can’t really trust them to retain anything or they may be full of other items like a backup handgun in pocket holster. That is where the EDC Wallet comes in. It is a flexible, elastic pocket designed to hold some basic items like cards, cash, ID, and a flashlight on your belt.

Check out the EDC Wallet at GadsdenDynamics.com

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Proven Arms & Outfitters Gift Guide – Gifts for any Budget

ABERDEEN, N.C. – (November 2018)- Proven Arms & Outfitters understands that Christmas shopping for your battle buddy, or that special tactical someone, can be stressful. We also understand that your friends and loved ones shopping for you might have no clue what to buy you for the holidays. We’ve attempted to make it a little easier with a range of gifts, many for $150 or less! For less than $150 dollars you can purchase tactical gear, tactical accessories, every day carry items (EDC), flashlights, apparel, tactical apparel, red dot optics, multi-tools, knives and so much more!

Check out our stores in Tacoma, WA and Woodbridge, VA or shop online here.

Sign up for our email list and you’ll see the promotions first!

Stay tuned and look forward to more exciting announcements coming from Proven Arms & Outfitters soon!

About Proven Arms & Outfitters:

Proven Arms & Outfitters is a leading supplier of apparel, tactical gear, outdoor gear, optics, every day carry products and firearms to Enthusiasts, Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Military professionals. We have the PROVEN selection of products designed to help you perform at your peak. For a complete and current outfit for your weapon, build out existing kit, or gear up for your next adventure, choose us for our practical knowledge, experience, extensive selection, and exceptional customer service.

Visit one of our two Proven Arms & Outfitters locations, find us on the web at ProvenOutfitters.com, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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A Christmas Tradition – The OC Tactical Christmas Stocking is Here!

The vast majority of tactical Christmas stockings are uninspired jokes. Gear makers just sew a stocking from 1000D nylon and then add all manor of garish pouches, zippers, webbing, over wrought handles, d-rings, and loop material. They’re fun but forgettable in a sea of similar stockings.

OC Tactical’s Christmas Stocking is just the opposite. These stockings are truly unique and have become something of a tradition around my house. They create a limited run of rare or historically important camo stockings every year. They are a great collectors piece for camo nerds. These stockings are finely made with original fabrics or meticulous reproduction fabric, lined with LITELOK fabric, and feature a small loop field for adding patches.

Past stockings have featured original Vietnam era Tiger Stripe material in 2015, special reproduction Rhodesian camo in 2016, original ERDL camo material from 1978 for the 2017 stocking, and now a batch of what may be the rarest fabric yet… The 2018 stocking will feature Universal AOR!

From OC Tactical:

This year’s run of custom Christmas Stocking is truly unique.  I made these with some of rarest camo fabric on the planet.  This is the camo some have called the Universal AOR pattern from the Navy’s camo testing.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on bunch of the test patterns awhile back including a small amount of this.  The only other example of this fabric I know of was photos posted by legitkit years ago of a uniform top made by Beyond Clothing. This is a one time deal, once they are gone I will not make these again.

This is a stocking that you do not want to miss.

Get yours here: OCTactical.com

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Kitfox Design Group Firearm Cookie Cutters

You could roll out the same old cookie cutters this Christmas or you could take your cookie game to the next level with the new Firearm Cookie Cutters from Kitfox Design Group. They are sold in a set of 5 which includes the following cutters:

Target: 3.5″ x 2.22″
Revolver: 3.35″ x 4.125″
Glock: 3.79″ x 5.25″
AR: 2″ x 6.25″
Krink: 2.4″ x 6.25″

Just think of the fun you’ll have when you show up to your family Christmas party with a basket full of freedom cookies. Aunt Linda from California will probably pass out and your sister’s barista boyfriend will need his weighted blanket. Maybe your family would think they were awesome. Either way, you win.

Get them here: Kitfoxdesigngroup.com

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AT ARMOR INTRODUCES NEW PLATE CARRIER SYSTEM

Fort Worth, Texas – Nov. 30, 2018

Texas-based ballistic armor retailer AT Armor, LLC –a leading supplier of high quality US made body armor packages for North American law enforcement and military communities, has announced that the first entry in a new proprietary plate carrier system – the Active Shooter Response Carrier – is now available for purchase.

Developed with the direct input of seasoned LE professionals the ASR Carrier provides a fast -deployment rifle protection package for departments of all sizes.  AT Armor purpose built the ASR plate carrier to be scalable and adjustable to provide a high quality solution for departments which pool resources for multiple officers.

AT Armor’s president Mike Martin states “After focused dialogue and needs assessment with US police departments, we identified an opportunity to design and produce an affordable, US-made plate carrier that is adjustable across a full range of officer body types within a shared equipment scenario. Our product design mission statement for the ASR Carrier prioritized fit flexibility and value pricing in order to provide an exceptional and economical carrier solution for our law enforcement community.”

The ASR Carrier is a scalable, modular plate carrier system designed for fast deployment and  fully adjustable for long-duration comfort.  The unique attachment system offers multiple anchor points so that officers can tighten or loosen the carrier very quickly, and select the low/mid/high mount points to account for equipment placement needs and personal fit preference.  The carrier has the ability to accept aftermarket or upgraded cummerbunds so the end user still has the option to add to the carrier to meet their individual requirements.

Product Features:

  • Material: Constructed of high-end 500-denier Cordura with a soil-resistant finish.
  • Colors: Available in four colors – Black, Ranger Green, Coyote Brown, and Multicam.
  • Fit: Two Sizes (SM/MD and LG/XL); fits all standard  SAPI plates as well as any 10×12 armor plates.
  • Attachments: Low/Mid/High attachment points allow officers to make personal adjustments for fit and function.

The ASR Carrier is currently available for purchase through the AT Armor website: https://store.atarmor.com/AT_Armor_Active_Shooter_Response_Carrier_p/at-asrc.htm

For more information about the new AT Armor Active Shooter Response Carrier, or to request quotes for department bids or contracts, please contact the AT Armor team at  info@atarmor.com or visit the website, www.atarmor.com .

ABOUT AT ARMOR:

Established in 2012 and located in Keller, Texas – AT Armor (https://store.atarmor.com) is your best resource for armor plates, soft armor, and side armor solutions, as well as protective headgear, plate and armor carriers and accessories for tactical and concealment situations, including the full line of Hesco ballistic armor protection.  Our mission is to support US Law Enforcement, EMS and responsible US Citizens with the best protective armor sales, service and production education available.

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New from Beez Combat Systems: GRIDLOK Pouches

Beez Combat Systems (BCS) has rolled out a number of new pouches using their GRIDLOK attachment system which is a PALS compatible system that is laser cut from laminate material, very light weight, and designed to be secure with “teeth” that grip the slots in the pouch’s backing. The pouches also make use of their laser cut GRID material for the body of the pouches.

The new line of pouches is already very filled out with plans for new pouches soon. The line includes both open and closed top magazine pouches for AR-15s, AKs, and handguns along with single and double magazine variations. It also includes a folding dump pouch and handcuff pouch with plans to introduce a TQ and Admin pouch soon.

Check out the new GRIDLOK pouches at BCS: BeezCombatSystems.com

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Modernized Barlow from Bastion

Bastion’s newest knife is a throwback… way, way back. The worked with YouTube knife channel Cutlery Lover to design a modernized Barlow style knife.

This is not your grandfather’s Barlow. It features a manual assist blade and a flipper for the other blade! The blades are ground from 5CR15MOV steel. The handle features G-10 scales with a stainless steel bolster.

BastionGear.com

Specifications:

  • Closed length: 3.28 inches
  • Open length: 5.85 inches
  • Blade length: 2.57 inches
  • Flipper blade width: .55 inches
  • Manual assist blade width: .58 inches
  • Blade edge: .05 inches
  • Weight: 3.7 oz.
  • Blade Material: 5CR15MOV
  • Handle Materials: G-10 and Stainless Steel
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New from RMJ Tactical: Kestrel Trail Light Tomahawk

RMJ Tactical released the Kestrel Trail Tomahawk, a more outdoors oriented variant of their Kestrel Tomahawk with a hammer poll, late last year. Now they have announced the impending arrival of the Kestrel Trail Light Tomahawk which is a lighter weight version of the original. If the Kestrel Trail is a bushcrafty brother to the Kestrel, you can likely think of the Kestrel Trail Light as a bushcrafty brother to the Kestrel Feather Tomahawk.

The original Kestrel Trail Tomahawk weighs in at 24 ounces. The new Kestrel Trail Light sheds 6 ounces and weighs in at just 18 ounces at 13″ long. This is accomplished by using thinner steel stock.

You can look for the Kestrel Trail Light to arrive at dealers and on the RMJ Tactical website in about a week.

RMJTactical.com

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Bravo Concealment Cinturon Gun Belt

Bravo Concealment has released their newest accessory – the Cinturon Gun Belt.

From Bravo Concealment:

Whether you’re a person who carries concealed on a daily basis or somone who casually goes out to the range on the weekends, the Cinturon Gun Belt will deliver. Made of a high quality scuba webbing Nylon the Cinturon Gun Belt is a solid belt that is “rigid” enough to carry your EDC (Every Day Carry) but comfortable enough to wear it all day long with no Issues.

The buckle is made out of a high Alloy steel and the belt release is made out of durable stainless steel. This ensures a solid lock on the position you choose to run the Cinturon.

Your Cinturon Gun Belt comes with an Unlimited Lifetime Warranty. The warranty covers anything that affects the functionality and or usability of the belt. This can include tears or rips on your belt and includes damage to your belt buckle.

BravoConcealment.com

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The EDC Tool Roll: Streamlight Bandit Headlamp

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.


I don’t know about where you live, but my official sunset time is already before 4PM and it is going to be that way for a long time. I also live in a very rural location so when the sun sets, it gets DARK. That means I put a lot of miles on flashlights, work lights, and especially head lamps. I’ve come to realize that the beam profile I need while working is different the beam profile I need when I am on the trail. When it come to work, I need a beam that is broad and bright – basically a wall of light that covers everything with light at arms length from one edge of my vision to the other. That is exactly what the Streamlight Bandit provides… and it does it with style and a great price.

The Bandit might be the ultimate pocketable work light. It is compact enough to fit in The EDC Tool Roll and light weight enough in weight to wear for hours (1.3 ounces!). It has a polycarbonate body with a removeable bracket that serves as both an attachment point for the head strap and a clip for attaching the Bandit to the brim of a cap, lip of a pocket, some helmets or even just free standing on the ground or other surface.

It is USB rechargable which is incredible for someone who uses their headlamp as much as I do. This light contains sealed 450-mAh lithium polymer battery that provides 2 hours of runtime at 180 lumens or 9+ hours at 35 lumens. There is also a blinking mode which I never use.

The user interface is simple enough. There is one button. Push it once for low and again within a couple of seconds for high, then blink. After a few seconds, the next click turns off the light. The button is pronounced enough that it can be operated with gloves on.

There are a few factors that make this the best tool light I have right now and the reason it is being included in The EDC Tool Roll series. I have already mentioned that it is very light weight and very compact. That makes it easy to carry. The simple interface makes it easy to use and the USB rechargable feature makes it easy to keep up and running. It also happens to be EXTREMELY affordable – like buy two of them, impulse buy affordable –  at less than $16 each including shipping.

But, when it comes to use as a work light, the real story here is the beam… the glorious blast radius of lumens. The Bandit uses a COB LED which is basically a broad, flat, light emitting plate. There is no lens or reflector. You have no hotspot, just smooth even light for almost 180 degrees. This means I can see every little button, knob, and gauge in the open, unlit cabin of our tractors when I am blowing snow after dark (which really tests the water and cold resistance of a light). It means I can light up an entire room or everything at my feet while walking instead of just a narrow circle. It means I work up close on equipment with the light on high without having a blinding hotspot and without having to constantly adjust the angle of the light. Of course, that broad beam comes at the cost of throw, but you can’t have it all.

So far the Bandit seems to be quite tough and, based on past experience, I am confident that Streamlight will take care of me if something goes wrong. Given their customer service and the low cost of this light, I’m not afraid to use it like a tool. In fact, the low cost has me thinking of buying a second one so I always have one to use while the other is charging.

Where to Buy:

I bought mine on Amazon because they usually have a great price on the bright yellow version of the Bandit. I think I paid a little bit more than the sub $16 price they are charging as of the time of this writing: Streamlight Bandit on Amazon

Previously Reviewed Alternatives:

Nebo Tools Work Lights


See all the reviews for previous tools: The EDC Tool Roll

Do you have a pocketable work light that you prefer or another tool recommendation that fits The EDC Tool Roll? Tell us about it in the comments below or drop us a line on the Contact page.

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