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KÄGWERKS Extended and Raised Slide Release for Glocks

The KÄGWERKS Extended and Raised Slide Release for Glocks is designed to allow for the highest grip possible. It raises the slide release lever above the frame which makes more room for the base of the shooters thumb in an aggressive, high grip and mitigates the chances of unintentionally contacting the slide release during recoil. It is available for most Glocks except Generation 5.

Gun forums are full of threads started by people wondering why their new Glock locks back before the magazine is empty or fails to lock back when the magazine is empty. Typically, the answer is that the base of the shooters thumb is riding up onto the slide release. Shooters with aggressive, high grips need to take care with how they grip Glock handguns, especially those with extended slide releases, to prevent this. This happens to both new shooters and more advanced shooters who tend to take a very high grip in an effort to control recoil.

This happens to me if I am not careful about hand placement. There was a time when I actually went as far as to prototype and look into manufacturing a slide stop for Glocks that extended up above the frame in order to create more room for a higher grip. I never followed through on the product for a variety of reasons. I don’t share that story to intimate that I am somehow responsible (I’m not) for the new KÄGWERKS Extended and Raised Slide Release for Glocks. I only share that to say that I am extremely glad that KÄGWERKS is bringing something like this to market. It has the potential to solve problems for some shooters with big mitts and add efficiency for advanced shooters.

Check out the KÄGWERKS Extended and Raised Slide Release


Sneak Peek: Hill People Gear Tarahumara in Multicam Black and Tropic

Hill People Gear released their popular Tarahumara Pack in Multicam Black in September of last year. That limited run has since sold out. However, we now have word that there will be another run of Multicam Black Tarahumara Packs and there will be another Multicam Tarahumara offering – Multicam Tropic!

I always look forward to these limited run Tarahumara packs and there have been a few that I regret not buying when I had the chance. Don’t let that happen to you. Stay tuned for details.



The AK Guy AKG-47 – New Production Model AK

Brandon Herrera, AKA The AK Guy, has introduced what he hopes will be the new standard in sub-$1000 basic AKMs.

From The AK Guy:

The AKG-47 is an American built 7.62×39 AKM that is purpose built to be the affordable, yet reliable AK that you’ve been looking for.

The AKG-47 starts life as a new production, virgin Romanian military grade parts kit. It’s built on a standard 1mm stamped steel receiver using Russian spec rivets, and fitted with a cold hammer forged Romanian barrel. Once completed, the rifles are Cerakoted by “We Plead the 2nd.” Rifles are then inspected for quality control purposes, and come zeroed at 200 yards.

All AKG-47’s are hand built, and every one is personally inspected/test fired by me (Brandon Herrera, the owner) to ensure you get a rifle worthy of the “AK Guy” name.

The AK Guy appears to be aggressively targeting the market space that is occupied by AKs like the WASR-10 but with more of a focus on quality and value. The AKG-47 ticks all the boxes for a starter AK, one that offers what the educated consumer is looking for at a price that suites the value conscious.

The AKG-47 is available with standard Romanian wood furniture or an upgrade to Russian Red refinished wood furniture. It will be available soon with a Magpul polymer furniture option.



The EDC Tool Roll: Klein Tools Electrician’s Scissors

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.

JTT reader Trent R. suggested that I take a look at the Klein Tools Electrician’s Scissors for The EDC Tool Roll and I absolutely agree with him. They are great scissors. In fact, I already owned a pair that I’ve been using for years!

We’ve already covered two other pairs of scissors in this series – Victorinox SwissCard Scissors and SLIP-N-SNIP Folding Scissors. Both of those scissors give up some size and functionality in favor of being easy to carry. That isn’t really the case with the Klein Tools Electrician’s Scissors which are still compact and will fit in any EDC Tool Roll but are more tool-like and functional like full size scissors.

These scissors are billed as an electrician’s tools but really they are just solid all-around scissors. I find that they fit well in adult sized hands and cut well. They are ground with thicker edges than some scissors so that they can be used to cut wire and other tough materials without damage. Klein Tools also takes care to very slightly blunt the tips of these so that the point is very robust.

I have a few older, US and European made scissors that I received from my grandfather and these USA made Klein Tools Electrician’s Scissors remind me of those in build quality. They have forged steel construction with a nickle plated finish. The screw hinge is adjustable but not removable so the scissors can not be taken apart. You have to love that companies like Klein Tools are still forging tools in the USA.

These have been my go-to workshop scissors for years and they often find their way into my range bag as well. I use them for cutting tape into target pasters (or pasters into smaller pasters). They are also great for cutting cardboard boxes to shape for use with my target stands or cutting cardboard to shape for targets like the KBATs from Kit Badger. They are the perfect size for tons of applications like these when you want performance like full size scissors but space is at a premium. These offer something close to full size performance and compact ease of carry.

Where to Buy:

I have the model 2100-5 which lacks the wire stripping notches but has the scraper/file on the backs of the blades. The price varies but sometime the model with notches (2100-7) actually costs a little bit less. You can probably find these at a local home improvement store or electric supply house. They are quite common. If you are like me, they are already in your tool chest waiting to be added to your EDC Tool Roll!

Klein Tools Electrician’s Scissors on Amazon

Alternatives from Previous Reviews:

Victorinox SwissCard Scissors

Original SLIP-N-SNIP Folding Scissors

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

Do you have scissors 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.


Forward Assists – Necessary, Unnecessary, or Disaster Waiting to Happen?

The AR-15’s forward assist has long been a topic of debate among shooters. Some shooters seem to think it is absolutely necessary. Some think it’s unnecessary or even dangerous.

On one hand, I get the arguments for the user of the forward assist for administrative functions like cleaning up after a “press check” or for the sake of reliability since it gives the ability to chamber a round that otherwise did not chamber on its own. On the other hand, the other side says you probably shouldn’t chamber a round that wouldn’t chamber on its own and there is already an assist built into the AR-15’s bolt carrier (the chamfered cut that allows the shooter to push the bolt forward with their thumb).

I understand both sides and occupy the middle ground, generally considering a forward assist to be nice to have but not necessary. Honestly, I don’t really think about it much unless I am rifle shopping/building.

Recently, I came across a post on AR15.com that adds a new wrinkle to the old argument. It highlights a few cases (some documented, some anecdotal) of forward assists breaking (or at least the forward assist roll pin). As you might imagine, having the forward assist pawl running around inside your AR-15 action is not good for your rifle with issues ranging from stoppages to cracked upper receivers! Read the thread here: AR15.com

Where do you stand on the AR-15’s forward assist?


Modern Arms MA-Bar Patch

I always look forward to the patch releases at Modern Arms. They always manage to pack some incredible detail into their embroidered moral patch designs.

Their upcoming MA-Bar patch looks like the iconic Ka-Bar USMC Fighting Knife. It features some impressive detail from the highlights that give depth to the blade grinds and fuller, to varied colors of stacked leather washers, and even the chamfer cut in the leather washers near the guard.

Modern Arms patches often sell out quickly so you will want to stay tuned to ModernArms.net for more details.

Sneak Peek: Coyote Tactical Solutions Kydex Identifier Clips

Coyote Tactical Solutions’ new Kydex Identifier Clips will go a step beyond the simple red cross. The new clips can be affixed to PALS webbing on a medical pouch. They will be available with a number of different color-coded pictograms that can be used to indicate the contents of the pouch more specifically.

Stay tuned to CoyoteTacticalSolutions.com for more details.

PHLster Gen 2 TDI Fightworthy Sheath Upgrade

There have been a number of changes to the Ka-Bar TDI Law Enforcement Knife over the years. This knife remains an absolute bargain when it comes to self-defense knives but things like thickness and even the shape of the primary bevel have seen changes throughout long time production of this knife. Most aftermarket TDI sheaths do not account for these changes in their design which can lead to poor fit and performance.

PHLster has updated their TDI Fightworthy Sheath to include dual tension adjustments. These adjustments should let the sheath offer better performance across all of the available TDI production variations. I do not know of another TDI sheath on the market with adjustable retention.


Tuff Possum Gear Modified 10×12 Center-Zip Pouch – Easy Way to Add Capacity to HPG Tarahumara

If you are looking for an easy way to add some capacity and organization to your Hill People Gear Tarahumara, check out the Tuff Possum Gear (TPG) Modified 10×12 Center-Zip Pouch. TPG’s Center-Zip Pouches were originally designed as general purpose pouches that could organize small gear in a large pack or serve as possibles pouches.

They posted a custom modification of one such pouch on their social media that was slightly larger than their typical Center-Zip Pouch and had the addition of 2 webbing loops with GrimLocs. These additions allowed the pouch to mate perfectly with the top loops of the Hill People Gear Tarahumara. The idea grew legs from there and now they offer these pouches regularly in small batches.

The Modified 10×12 Center-Zip Pouch attaches to the top loops on the Tarahumara. It hangs down on the front of the pack and is captured with the Tarahumara’s compression straps. This configuration adds capacity while maintaining compression and allowing easy access to the main compartment by simply opening the compression straps and flipping the pouch up out of the way.

Check out the Tuff Possum Gear Modified 10×12 Center-Zip Pouch on Etsy.

MatchPoint USA Stainless Billet Glock Locking Blocks

MatchPoint USA’s Glock Locking Blocks are machined from 17-4 stainless steel and hardened to 44RC. The claim that “maximizes the total amount of bearing surface possible with the barrel lug thus aiding in wear resistance in addition to a more secure lock-up“. They are available for both full-size and compact Glocks.

See the MatchPoint USA website for details on which models are compatible.


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