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No M81 Loop Velcro? No Problem.

I thought this was interesting. Head On Tactical would typically use OD green loop on their M81 V4 Packs but a customer recently asked them to replace the OD green loop with Multicam Black… and it somehow it works.

Head On Tactical V4 Pack


Swampfox Optics Patriot Line Now Available

You may recall that we recently had exclusive early information about the Swampfox Optics Patriot line of affordable precision rifle optics. The wait is now over. The Patriot 4-16×44 and 6-24×50 scopes are now available.

Read the previous post about the Patriot line: Swampfox Optics Teases New Patriot Precision Optic Line

See the new line at SwampfoxOptics.com


Fenix HM65 Rechargeable Headlamp

Fenix just released the details on a new headlamp, the HM65 Rechargeable Headlamp, that is loaded with interesting tech and features. The most prominent feature is the use of dual emitters with one optimized for throw and one for flood light.

It boasts a 1000 lumen turbo setting along with other, longer running modes including a 130 lumen settings that run for 48 hours+ according to Fenix (actual real world runtimes can vary). See the chart below for full ANSI runtime and output ratings.

The HM65 is rechargeable via USB Type C (cable included). It comes with an 18650 battery but it can also be powered by two CR123A primary cells which is good news for those who might take this headlamp into cold environments.

The body of the HM65 is made from a magnesium alloy. Fenix claims that makes it both durable and lightweight.

The head strap design includes a top strap as is standard for single 18650 powered headlamps. It features a perforated design that I suppose would promote breathability.

The HM65 can be pre-ordered. It is not expected to be available until Tuesday, June 25th.



S2Delta 1-4x24mm Carbine Scope

June 17, 2019, Albuquerque, NM – S2Delta today announces the release of the 1-4×24 Carbine Scope. This product is S2Delta’s first offering in the optics line.

The 1-4×24 Carbine Scope is specially designed by S2Detla for modern sporting rifles chambered in 5.56 NATO (or similar ballistic profiles). This is an excellent option for a shooter that wants versatility and value. Whether it is self defense, 3-gun competition, plinking, or general marksmanship this scope will get you on target.


The carbine scope has the following specifications:

  • 30mm main tube, machined from aircraft grade aluminum
  • Illuminated reticle, featuring bullet drop compensating (BDC) calibrated to 5.56mm NATO 62 gr
  • Capped ½ MOA windage and elevation turrets
  • Designed to hold zero over repeated mechanical shock
  • Virtually true 1x magnification


This scope has an MSRP of $259.99, but should be available for under $200 with retailer discounts. At this price point, a shooter can get an all around solid optic with premium features at entry level pricing.


SDelta will repair or replace a scope that is defective due to design, manufacturing, or workmanship issues for the life of the product. We are committed to customer satisfaction and pledge to do everything within reason to ensure your satisfaction.


The product is available now on Amazon or S2delta.com.


S2Delta S2Delta was founded by Ethan Tanner and Isaac Brito in 2016. Both Ethan and Isaac are veterans who served in combat in Iraq as Reconnaissance Marines, and later earned advanced engineering degrees. S2Delta applies engineering expertise, operational experience, and a passion for hunting and shooting to develop outstanding gear and equipment at great value.


Isaac Brito


Ethan Tanner




Wilde Custom Gear CZ Scorpion EVO Triple Magazine Pouch

Wilde Custom Gear just released their newest pouch. Their CZ Scorpion EVO Triple Magazine Pouch is designed to hold three 30 round magazines in the same amount of space as most double AR-15 mag pouches. It makes use of their laser cut material to full MOLLE compatibility across the front of the pouch while still remaining trim and low profile when the grid is not in use.

The open top pouch deign features bungee with pull tab retention. It can be attached to any MOLLE compatible surface via the included MALICE Clips.



Parametrek.com – The Parametric Gear Search Engine

Prepare to lose an hour (or more) of your time today because you are about to drop down a gear-laden rabbit hole. Paramatrek.com is a gear search engine that allows users to search for specific gear by entering the parameters that they desire. The website has search engines set up for a number of different gear items like sleeping bags, sleeping pads, multitools, and more. They are all great but the one I have found most useful recently was the flashlight search.

I was looking for a flashlight that could serve as a compact spotlight around JTT HQ. It was easy to enter the candela numbers I wanted (measure of beam intensity), the battery type and number I prefer, and select the output. That is just scratching the surface of the available parameters (there are 24 in total). As you add or change parameters, the list of matching lights updates in real time.

This is a very powerful tool that puts a lot of information at your fingertips and allows you to make apples-to-apples comparisons very quickly. The databases appear to be kept up to date in a very timely manner and there are a ton of brands represented.

Check out Parametrek.com.


On Foot, Off Grid: Battery Banks

Electronics have become an important part of many people’s backcountry experience and safety. On Foot, Off Grid is a new series on Jerking the Trigger that will cover concepts and electronic gear that power your backcountry adventures. The series will cover plenty of gear options and explore ideas for dealing with cold weather, streamlining your power needs, and more.

The On Foot, Off Grid series is going to kick off with a gear item that might be considered the heart of any backcountry power setup – portable power banks. These portable powerhouses can help you charge your phone, charge a flashlight or headlamp, charge batteries, charge GPS units or personal locator beacons, and more. These are important parts of anyone’s gear list and all of them benefit from the addition of a power bank.

What is a Power Bank?

A power bank is essentially just a case that contains a series of batteries (usually 18650 lithium-ion batteries) packaged in a case with at least one input for charging the bank and at least one output for charging electronics (usually some flavor of USB). Even more simply put, it is an easy way to store, carry, and then access electricity.

How Do I Use One?

There are a lot of ways to use a power bank in the backcountry, some of which I have already mentioned. There are some specific ways that I use mine that I can share. The primary use for mine is to keep my phone operational. Today’s smartphones offer excellent GPS functionality (better than many dedicated GPS units), long battery life, excellent cameras, and emergency connectivity in far-flung places. They are also quite a bit more rugged with many of them even being submersible. I will never be caught without a map and compass but my cell phone is central to a lot of what I do when outdoors.

Additionally, I use other accessories with my power banks that let me charge batteries or directly charge USB-rechargeable headlamps and flashlights. By carefully selecting my lights and carrying a power bank, I can reduce the number of spare batteries that I have to carry.

Other Considerations

  • Be sure to test a power bank with your devices before you head out. You need to understand how much power you’ll need and how quickly you can charge your devices.
  • Cold weather can be hard on the lithium-ion cells contained in most battery banks. Choose your power bank with this in mind. If you will be out in cold weather, your power bank should be small enough to carry in a pocket under your insulation layers to ensure that it remains functional.
  • Quality power banks aren’t that expensive. Don’t skimp. The quality of the cells inside the power bank is often reflected in the price. You will see better performance from a quality power bank.


I have used Anker power banks for years. The Anker Powercore 10000, in particular, is beloved among many backcountry travelers for its combination of lightweight (6.34 ounces), compact size (about the size of a deck of cards), quality, and affordability. If I could only have one, it would be this one.

Click Here: Anker Powercore 10000 on Amazon (affiliate link)

I also use an Anker Powercore 20000 that I have owned for years. It is about twice and size and slightly more than twice the weight of my Powercore 10,000mah in part because it is a slightly older model. The current model is slightly lighter than mine.

Click Here: Anker Powercore 20000 on Amazon (affiliate link)

The options for these power banks are extensive. Stick to a quality maker and select the options you need. Anker has always worked for me, they are known for good service, they use quality cells, and they are rugged without being bulky.

Do you have a gear or concept recommendation that fits the On Foot, Off Grid series? Tell us about it in the comments below or drop us a line on the Contact page.

The above URLs may be affiliate links.


Hogue AK Grip in Plum – Echo Nine Three Exclusive

If you want a Hogue AK Grip in Plum there is only one place to get it. Echo Nine Three has teamed with Hogue to produce an over-mold color that closely matches Russian plum furniture. It also happens to be on sale for 20% off at the moment.



Custom Defensive Products BLAM-R for the Ruger AR-556

Ruger sells a ton of their AR-556 rifles and with dealer prices often under $600, it’s easy to understand why. Ruger, being Ruger, did the typical Ruger thing and included some proprietary parts on the AR-556 that make it just a bit more difficult to customize (versus an AR-15 with standard parts). One of those parts is the FSB which is very nice but also very non-standard. This is where Custom Defensive Products and the BLAM-R can help.

The BLAM-R is an accessory mount made specifically for the Ruger AR-556 FSB. It is designed to mate with the specific contours of the bayonet lug and provides a sling mounting slot and QD sling socket on both sides along with a 4 slot Picatinny rail on the bottom.

This might be the easiest, all-in-one, way to add a forward sling mount and light mounting solution to the AR-556.



Second Amendment Silk Neckties from Gun Goddess

Father’s Day is right around the corner and the last thing dad wants is another tie… Scratch that. Dad might actually want a Second Amendment Silk Necktie. These silk ties are available in red with a handgun motif or blue with a rifle motif.



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