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FragTuf Enhanced Shotgun Cards from D-Rmor Gear

Shotgun cards typically have elastic loops for retaining the shells. This works well unless the elastic starts to stretch out a bit. D-Rmor Gear’s new FragTuf Enhanced Shotgun Cards replace the elastic with MIL-A-A-55301 IR/Berry compliant webbing.

The FragTuf Enhanced Shotgun Cards also feature a hook material backing so they can be mounted in a variety of locations including on the shotgun itself. They have a hank pull tab to make it easier for the user to peel the card from the loop surface. Like most things that D-Rmor Gear makes, the critical seams are dual-stitched mil-spec Nylon and mil-spec Kevlar thread.

Check out the D-Rmor Gear website for more details: D-Rmor Gear.

It’s Not Just Because They are Cheap… Why Mora Knives?

I recently wrote an article about the Mora Robust and Companion Heavy Duty (click here to read), two knives that I see as some of the best values in the extensive Mora line and some of the best values on the knife market, period. I tout these two knives as a great option for those who have been hesitant to try Mora knives due to preconceived notions about the lightweight, inexpensive knives being fragile.

I received two emails after the article went live. One was from a long time reader who bought a Robust on my recommendation. The second email was less than approving. To put it nicely, reader Allen K. expressed his concern that I was going to “get someone killed” by recommending Moras and accused me of being “cheap”. He was genuinely upset.

My initial reaction was to treat this like any other of the weird emails or comments that come along with being on the internet. As I thought more about it, it seemed like a great opportunity to articulate some thoughts that I have had for a long time – thoughts about why even with all the expensive knives I own, even knives of my own design, you will probably find a Mora in my pack.

Weight – This is pretty straight forward. I am not talking about some kind of subjective balance or feel. I am talking about the measurable weight of the knife. A Mora Robust weighs 5.07 ounces and it is one of the heavier Moras thanks to it’s thicker blade stock. That is a full 2-3 ounces lighter (and in some cases a lot more) than a typical full tang knife of similar size. I am interested in saving weight for anything that have to carry on my back or belt. If you are worried about breaking one, you could carry two Moras and still weigh yourself down less than some full tang knives.

Function – I need to do two things with a knife in the outdoors – cut random things and process wood for fires. I can do both with a Mora and do them well. The Scandi grind used on Mora knives is well known for how it cuts wood. They are thin enough to cut well and they work really well for their intended purpose. In fact, they outperform many popular knives on the market in this regard. Many makers seem to have lost sight of the fact that knives should cut. Morakniv hasn’t.

Ergonomics – Mora Knives typically have excellent ergonomics. The handles tend to be comfortable and hand filling. They offer positive grip that works well with wet or gloved hands. Moras also typically have unobtrusive guards and they tend to bring the cutting edge all the way to the handle which increases leverage and efficiency (and thus safety) in power cuts. These are knives designed by people who use knives.

Quality – These are actually well made knives. They typically come with a good edge that can be easily refined further by the end user. Morakniv uses 12C27 hardened to HRC 56-58 or UHB-20C hardened to HRC 58-60 (basically 1095 carbon steel) and that is just in the lower end knives. These are high quality steels taken to hardness levels that provides very good performance.

Basically, you choose a Mora for ALL THE SAME REASONS YOU WOULD CHOOSE ANY ANOTHER KNIFE! Moras tend to be good quality, high performing knives, that also happen to be extremely inexpensive.

I understand that there is something of a mental hurdle here that takes a little bit of effort to get over. We live in a world where good things are rarely cheap. We also have a lot of romantic ideas about survival with a knife or how we think we will use a knife in the outdoors.

Mora knives are usually more than enough knife for me

TALON Grips for G48 and G43X

TALON Grips already has your G48 and G43X grips covered. They have their die-cut, adhesive grip tape available in both their regular sandpaper texture and their pebbled rubber texture (which I use on my G43 and like quite a bit).

Check out TALONGrips.com.

Review: Streamlight TLR-7

Streamlight’s TLR-7 is their first entry into the compact, EDC weapon light market that has come about recently. Most of the lights in this space are giving up something in terms of output, runtime, and ergonomics to their full size counterparts. The best lights try to balance all of these factors. How well does the TLR-7 balance all of these considerations? Let’s dig in.

Specs:

  • Weight: 2.41 ounces
  • Length: 2.1″
  • Width: 1.2″
  • Output: 500 lumens
  • Runtime: 1.5 hours
  • Battery: 1x CR123A

Observations from Use

I will say up front that I really like this light with one caveat. Unfortunately, that caveat may be a big one for some shooters.The TLR-7 is the right kind of compact. It is built around a single CR123A battery and closely matches the width of many popular modern handguns. It isn’t just easy to carry. It’s very comfortable to carry. By matching the width of most handguns, Streamlight has made a light that can actually make your handgun MORE comfortable to carry. The holsters for this light, with something like a Glock, are often very flat and slab-like which seems to reduce hot spots… for me at least.

The output (500 lumens) and runtime (1.5 hours) are great and Streamlight nailed the beam shape. Some compact weapon lights have beams that are obviously very slanted toward illuminating objects at close range. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but Streamlight has developed a very balanced beam pattern for the TLR-7 that offers a broad and bright hotspot with a generous spill beam. It is a great compromise between an “across the room” beam and an “across the parking garage” beam.

The TLR-7’s mounting system is solid, low profile, and adaptable. It comes with a variety of cross bars to accommodate just about any handgun. The locking disk can be turned with a flat blade screwdriver or an improvised item like a coin.

I especially like the lockout bezel feature on the TLR-7. Most light makers just tell you to back the bezel off the light in order to prevent accidental activation during storage or transport. Streamlight actually installed a tactile detent on the TLR-7 so you can feel when you hit the lock out point and the bezel is then less likely to back itself off any further during transport.

And now for the caveat… Streamlight designed this light to be compact and as you might expect, it’s activation paddles are also compact. Unfortunately, some users will find them too compact and difficult to reach. I lock the support hand wrist which places my thumb forward and high. Reaching the paddles and pushing them forward is not difficult for me with my medium sized hands… but it definitely isn’t as easy as a full sized weapon light. If your hands are smaller or your grip places your thumb further back on the grip, you may have difficulty operating this light.

I strongly recommend getting your hands on one these lights before you buy to ensure that it will work for you. If it does, I think you will be really pleased with it. I have just over 1200 rounds through my G19 with this light mounted with about 450 of those while actively testing the light. The light is working like second-nature to me with minimal adjustment to my grip but it is easy to for me to see how this might not ever work for some people.

Wrap Up

The TLR-7 offers a LOT of performance for a compact weapon light. The output and beam shape are excellent. The lock out feature is well executed and clever. If your grip and hand size will accommodate this light, I think it is a fine choice.

Streamlight.com

Modular Holster System from Regular Guy Tactical

Regular Guy Tactical has opened pre-orders for their new Modular Holster System. To say that launching an injection molded item as your first product is ambitious would be an understatement but this holster has more than enough clever features to merit taking a look.

The Modular Holster System can be worn as an AIWB holster with integral magazine holder. It can also be worn with just the holster in AIWB, IWB, or OWB configurations. When worn in the AIWB with mag holder configuration, the holster and mag holder are both adjustable for height and cant. Both the magazine holder and holster are mounted to a wide curved plate that spreads the pressure of the holster over a wide area on the wearer’s body for comfort.

The holster is tensioned with o-rings. This very clever feature makes it easy to adjust the tension by adding, removing, or swapping o-rings and there is no hardware that requires thread-locking compound just to maintain your desired tension.

Finally, this holster should benefit from the process of injection molding. It has a smooth outer profile and won’t have some the issues with breakage from flexing that similar kydex holsters can exhibit between the holster body and magazine pouch. Regular Guy Tactical has even taken the time to design countersunk screws into the mold so that they can never contact your handgun. This isn’t just a kydex holster that has been shoved into an injection molder. They really seem to be leveraging the advantages of the technology to improve their product.

The Modular Holster System is available for the Glock 17, 19, 45, and similar sized Glocks along with the Sig P320.

Check out RegularGuyTactical.com.

Mission Spec Releases XL Version of the EC2 Plate Carrier

Mission Spec has released the EC2-XL™, the larger version of the standard Essentials Carrier 2.  As the name implies this carrier is designed specifically for XL sized (e,x)SAPI (or like) armor plates (not included).

Just like the standard sized version, the EC2-XL includes native support for industry standard chest rigs (with the addition of 2 QASM buckles), dual tourniquet holders, dual pen/chem-light/medical gloves storage, cable and hydration routing options, rear pack hangers, and simulated PALS sewn into the semi-elastic side straps for extra MOLLE pouch support. Excluding armor, the EC2-XL weighs 29 ounces and is constructed from 1000D CORDURA (500D for MultiCam; Black, Arid, Tropic).

Note: The above video was produced with a standard sized EC2.

The EC2-XL is fully compatible with other Mission Spec products such as ShoulderSavers™ (all versions), FlankSavers™, and MagRack5™. Inserted armor is always kept at the highest possible position inside of the plate bags due to the EC2-XL’s armor suspension system.  All armor weight bypasses the CORDURA® layer and is loaded directly onto the internal webbing structure.

Available now in the entire line of standard colors and patterns offered by Mission Spec.  Custom colors and patterns along with other customizations are possible on a case by case basis. Contact Mission Spec if needed. 100% designed, tested, and manufactured in the United States with US sourced components and Berry Compliant.

https://missionspec.com/products/essentials-carrier-2-xl-ec2-xl/

ANVL Products UKON Mounts

New company ANVL Products has been showing their new UKON mounts for Micro Aimpoints (and similar sights) and the Trijicon RMR leading up to and during SHOT Show. The UKON mounts come in two heights. The UKON 1 is their low offering and the UKON 2 is high enough to clear lights and lasers.

These mounts feature integrated back up iron sights. The rear notch sight is machined into the mount itself and the front is a standard AR-15 style adjustable front sight. The mounts are serrated on the rear face and heavily skeletonized to reduce their weight.

The UKON 1 and 2 are already available for the RMR. The Aimpoint Micro version will be available soon.

Click to visit: ANVL Products

ATS Tactical Skirmish Belt

ATS Tactical knows a thing or two about “battle belts”. The idea of belt mounted fighting kit isn’t new but it went through a major resurgence a few years ago thanks in part to companies like ATS Tactical with their excellent and affordable ATS War Belt. Now they have a new belt system to show off, the ATS Skirmish Belt, and it deserves a look based on pedigree alone.

The ATS Skirmish Belt is more of a slim, modern battle belt chassis than the ATS War Belt. It is an inner/outer belt set up. The 1.5″ inner belt features full coverage loop material so it can mate with the outer belt. The 1.5″ width should allow the inner belt to work with just about any pair of pants.

The hook material lined, 1.75″ wide outer belt is made from rigid scuba webbing to allow it to bear heavy loads. The outer belt also features 2 rows of PALS webbing and a Cobra buckle.

The ATS Skirmish Belt comes with 4 keepers to further ensure that the inner and outer belt components remain locked together. It is available in Multicam, Coyote, Ranger Green, and Black.

Check out the ATS Skirmish Belt at ATSTacticalGear.com.

Announcing Black Collar Arms – New company launches Pork Sword and Scorpitrol®

Austin, TX (January 22, 2019) — Whether you’re blue collar or white collar, if you’re pro-Second Amendment you’re black collar.

We’re Black Collar Arms and we’re here to bring innovative and functional firearms products to market at a fair price. Black Collar’s founders have backgrounds in product design and development and extensive firearm experience. Our engineers are former and current competitive shooters in various disciplines with engineering degrees from MIT and other snooty, prestigious places they’d love to tell you all about.

As you may have noticed from some of our product names and our marketing, we like to have fun and we don’t take ourselves too seriously. What we do take extremely seriously is our customers and the quality and functionality of our products.

Black Collar Arms is located in Central Texas and is committed to manufacturing our components in the U.S. from U.S.-made raw materials and components.

Contact us any time at manservant@blackcollararms.com, visit us at www.BlackCollarArms.com, and find us on Instagram at @blackcollararms.

Announcing the Pork Sword Chassis

Weighing in at a scant 14.7 ounces, the Black Collar Arms Pork Sword is a minimalist, modular chassis compatible with left- or right-handed Remington 700 footprint short actions.

With a rear Picatinny rail, build yourself a pistol with a brace like the SB Tactical FS1913 or dust off that old R700 rifle and start a new, shoulder stock-equipped project today!

Ideal for hog hunting, general truck gun use, or just finding some fun on the shooting range, a Pork Sword Pistol suppresses wonderfully and puts rifle accuracy and capability in an extremely compact package.

Whether it’s the handy size, the additional handgun hunting seasons in some states, the ability to keep it loaded in a vehicle (hunting-related restrictions on loaded rifles don’t apply), the simplified ownership in some states as compared to a semi-auto pistol or rifle, how great of a suppressor host it is, or simply the cool and fun factor, a bolt-action pistol makes all sorts of sense.

The Black Collar Arms Pork Sword:

  • 7075 Aluminum
  • Type III Hard Coat Anodized as standard (Cerakote options available)
  • Accepts most AR-15 pistol grips
  • Accepts any M1913 Picatinny rail-compatible pistol stabilizing brace or shoulder stock
  • Accepts AICS pattern, single-stack magazines
  • Ambidextrous QD sling sockets front and rear
  • Two front Picatinny rails for barrier stop, bipod, angled or vertical forward grip, and/or Black Collar Arms FARend or handguard adapter (2nd front Pic rail not seen on these prototypes)
  • Uses standard, 1-inch AR-15 grip screws for the front and rear action screws and the grip (duh)
  • 100% designed and manufactured in Texas from domestic aluminum
  • MSRP: $299.99

Coming soon from Black Collar Arms for the Pork Sword:

  • FARend — The Pork Sword Chassis’ integral front Pic rail is a bit close for a bipod. Mount it out farther with our FARend. That’s Forward Accessory Rod. Then the word “end” so it sounds like forend. Anyway, the FARend’s M-LOK® slots allow you to mount a bipod, angled or vertical forward grip, and/or barrier stop(s) out in front of the Pork Sword Chassis, all nice and close to the bore. A lightweight, minimalist, and simple solution for extending accessories up to a foot farther out front. The production version will be quick detach. (ETA late Q1, early Q2)
  • Handguards — yes, yes, we’re finalizing the design on those, too. (ETA Q2)
  • Stock Options — lightweight, M1913 Picatinny rail-compatible, folding stocks from Black Collar Arms are coming! These will have a typical length of pull for a rifle. Our Preferred Stock Option will have an adjustable cheek rest and butt pad. (ETA late Q1, early Q2)
  • Black Collar Arms’ own custom pistol action (ETA mid-late Q2, maybe early Q3). Once ready, we will be submitting this to California’s Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale so it’s an easy purchase for our customers who aren’t lucky enough to live in the U.S. of A.
  • Chassis for other firearms, from Ruger 10/22 to…well…we aren’t spilling the beans quite yet but other fits are coming very soon! Sign up for our email notifications to be…well…notified.

Please visit www.BlackCollarArms.com for more photos and lots more information, including ballistic data from our 10-inch .308 Winchester example builds.

Announcing Scorpitrol®

Do you suffer from a heavy, gritty sensation in your trigger finger while shooting your CZ Scorpion EVO? If so, ask your doctor about Scorpitrol®! It’s the cure for that squeaky 9-lb factory pull and will have you enjoying a truly excellent 4.5-lb, 2-stage pull with a crisp, clean break and a short reset in only one application.

Realistically Scorpitrol® is a much better trigger than a little PDW like the Scorpion needs, but man oh man is it enjoyable to shoot!

Drop-In Scorpitrol® contains the same internal components as our Component Scorpitrol® (coming soon), but our staff of highly-trained rhesus monkeys has gone ahead and installed everything inside of a factory CZ trigger housing. It’s ready to drop straight into your Scorpion EVO!

  • Maintains full-power hammer spring for reliability even with NATO-spec or cheap ammo
  • Wire EDM cut hardened S7 tool steel hammer
  • Wire EDM cut hardened A2 tool steel sear and disconnector
  • Hammer, sear, and disconnector are polished and nickel boron treated
  • aluminum inner chassis
  • 2-stage trigger pull
  • clean break with short, crisp reset
  • 4.5-lb pull

MSRP: $199.99

Aimpoint Launches ACRO P-1™ at 2019 SHOT Show

You’ve likely already seen coverage of the new Aimpoint ACRO P-1 coming out of the 2019 SHOT Show. Now we have the official press release:

Las Vegas, Nevada – January 24, 2019 – Aimpoint, the originator and worldwide leader in red dot sighting technology, has introduced the ACRO P-1 pistol sight to the US market. This compact sight design was developed primarily for use on handguns but offers broad applications for other firearms as well. The Acro P-1 sight can also be used on rifles, shotguns, and carbines, or as a compact electronic backup sight.
 
The Acro P-1 was built to withstand environmental and temperature extremes and has been tested to withstand firing a minimum of 20,000 rounds of .40 S&W caliber ammunition. This sight is designed around an enclosed optical channel that completely protects the signal between the emitter and the lens. This ensures that rain, dust, mud, and sand cannot disrupt the operation of the sight. The electronic components and battery are also completely sealed and protected within the anodized aluminum alloy housing, making the sight completely submersible to 25 meters.
 
“The Acro P-1 creates a new standard for reflex optics for use on handguns,” said Aimpoint AB President Lennart Ljungfelt. “This revolutionary sight provides the most rugged and reliable sighting solution for its size and application currently available.”
 
This new sight mounts directly to the optics-ready slide cut present on modern pistols, utilizing a one-piece adapter plate. The Acro P-1 features a 3.5 MOA red dot reticle, and digital intensity adjustment switches than can be manipulated while wearing gloves. The battery can be changed without removing the sight from the firearm or loss of zero. A single CR1225 battery provides over one year of continuous operation and is compatible with night vision devices.
 
About Aimpoint
 
Aimpoint produces a complete line of high quality reflex sights for use by military, law enforcement, hunters, and sport shooters worldwide. The company also produces electronic fire control systems for use on crew-served weapons. For more information, visit the company’s webpage: https://us.aimpoint.com/.


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