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Independence Day

235 years ago the brave men who founded this nation signed the Declaration of Independence and in doing so, they risked their reputations, livelihoods, and their lives. Today, that same bold spirit is shown by those who fight to maintain this country’s freedom. Take a moment today to remember those who have risked, and in some cases sacrificed, everything to secure our freedom.

Have a safe, happy, and thoughtful 4th of July.

BAD-T1 The Armorer

The M1A/M14 can be a tremendously reliable and accurate battle rifle but it comes with some unique maintenance requirements that require specific tools. You can buy all of these specific tools separately or you can buy The Armorer from Battle Arms Development.

The Armorer combines more than 30 M1A/M14 specific functions into one compact package that can be used on the workbench or in the field. It is so compact that it can be stored in the buttstock cleaning kit compartment of a USGI stock. As we have come to expect from Battle Arms Development, The Armorer is over built and precisely machined. It is machined from bar stock 41L40 Chrome-Moly Steel and then finished with Ion Bond.

Battle Arms Development typically only makes 1 run of the The Armorer a year and they sell out quickly. They are available now but the optional custom pouch is still a few weeks out. You can read more about The Armorer on the Battle Arms Development website or purchase your own in their web store.

UPDATE: The 4th of July will mark Battle Arms Development’s 2nd year of operation. To celebrate, they are offering $20 off the BAD T1. Just enter the code BADT120 at checkout. The offer will be good from 7.2.2011 to 7.5.2011.

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New from Revision: The Alphawing

The new Alphawing sunglasses from Revision represent a little bit of a departure from their typical products in that they are not really designed for ballistic protection. However, they are still packed with the style and innovation that you have come to expect from Revision.

I am not really into fashion but I do know a classic style when I see one. Aviator style glasses like the Alphawing are certainly classic. They have always been stylish and they always will be. Thankfully, Revision made the choice to do away with the gaudy gold color of many aviator frames in favor of an understated stainless steel color.

I mentioned “innovation” in the first paragraph and you may have thought, “What in the world could be innovative about aviator sunglasses?” The Alphawing is not your typical set of aviator sunglasses. Most aviator frames are made from thin metal that is brazed together. Those brazed joints add weight and weak spots to the frame. The Alphawings are actually acid etched from a single sheet of stainless steel. That makes them stronger and lighter.

Revision has also changed the way the lens are held in the frames. Most sunglasses place the lenses into a channel in the frame. Revision uses a thin frame that rides in a channel that is cut into the lenses. This makes for a lower profile design.

The Alphawing also features adjustable nose pads which is a feature that I have really come to appreciate about my Revision Hellflys. The arms are overmolded with grippy rubber to prevent the Alphawings from sliding around on your head. unlike most aviator frames that have harder rubber covers that get slick with sweat.

Check out the Alphawing on the Revision website.

McCann Industries M14 Carbon Fiber Stock

What if you could add a “pistol” grip, collapsible stock, and fore-end rails to your M1A or M14 and still reduce your rifle’s overall weight? With the McCann Industries M14 Carbon Fiber Stock does just that. It adds features and functionality while reducing weight.

The stock makes extensive use of carbon fiber to create a chassis that is both extremely rigid and extremely lightweight. Every part of the stock that is not made from carbon fiber is made from 7075 Aluminum. The sum of all of these materials is a stock that weighs a feathery 24 ounces.

I am really just scratching the surface of the features that this stock brings to the M14. You can read more about the interesting properties of carbon fiber in rifle stocks and other features on the McCann Industries website.

IZULA Custom Handles from The-Knife-Connection

The-Knife-Connection continues to add to their line of custom knife handles for ESEE Knives. Their latest addition is the new IZULA Custom Handles and they look excellent.

These handles can be bolted directly to your ESEE IZULA with no modification. They improve the usability of the knife by improving your grip. The handles feature a rounded, palm swell shape to fill the hand. The handles are tapered at the end closest to the cutting edge. This allows for a pinch grip that I find very useful on a small knife like the IZULA. The large lanyard hole of the IZULA is covered slightly by the handles which creates a more usable grip while still providing plenty of room for a lanyard.

The IZULA Custom Handles from T-K-C come in a ton of different colors including the ever popular and highly visible blaze orange and a really attractive ranger green. They come with all the hardware necessary to mount them. I would consider using a dab of thread locker, like Loc-Tite, when installing the handles.

While these may cost considerably more than the OEM IZULA handles, they are also a much more refined solution. You can check out the new IZULA Custom Handles on The-Knife-Connection.com.

 

Review: QD Micro MOUNT-N-SLOT Installed by IWC

I recently mentioned that Impact Weapons Components (IWC) is offering Magpul MOE Hand Guards with their QD Micro MOUNT-N-SLOT pre-installed by IWC. Now I have a sample of the hand guards in hand so that I can check out the QD Micro MOUNT-N-SLOT and the quality of the installation for myself.

IWC uses a jig to allow them to precisely and repeatably locate the hole that must be drilled in order to install the QD Micro MOUNT-N-SLOT in the MOE Hand Guards. The result is a very clean looking installation. At first glance, the modification is barely noticeable. It looks like it was meant to be there.

IWC installs the QD Micro MOUNT-N-SLOT very close to the receiver end of the hand guards. This serves a couple of purposes. First, placing your sling mount closer to the receiver increases the mobility of the rifle. You can move the rifle through more shooting and manipulation positions without the sling pulling so taught as to hinder movement. This location also happens to have enough “meat” to allow mounting the QD Micro MOUNT-N-SLOT on any of the three lengths of MOE Hand Guards.

The QD Micro MOUNT-N-SLOT itself is very slick. This is about as low profile and light weight as a sling mount can get. It nests inside the hand guard with only a small metal ring protruding through to give a clue that there is a sling mount present. There is a split ring on the outside that prevents the QD Micro from falling back into the hand guards and 2 small set screws inside that prevent it from spinning. I am also happy to note that there are several rotation stops that prevent the sling swivel from spinning. This is an incredibly economical, simplistic, and clever approach to mounting a sling.

You can view the MOE Hand Guard and QD Micro MOUNT-N-SLOT combos on the IWC website.

Disclosure: This product was provided to me by IWC, free of charge, for review.

Remember to use the coupon code “triggerjerk” at checkout to receive 5% off at IWC.

Blue Force Gear Ten Speed SCAR-H Chest Rig

The Ten Speed line of products from Blue Force Gear have become very popular for their low weight, simple, and versatile magazine carrying solutions. Pouches from the Ten Speed line are unlike typical magazine pouches in that they use heavy duty elastic material to provide a stretchable pocket that grips the magazine. The newest addition to the Ten Speed line is the SCAR-H Chest Rig.


The innovative elastic construction of the pouches allows the Ten Speed SCAR-H Chest Rig to accommodate magazines from just about any .308 battle rifle and even other items like a blowout kit or pistol mags. When the pouches are empty, they lay completely flat against the wearer.

There are pouches for 5 magazines and the chest rig has a low profile “H” harness for comfort. It is available in just about all of the typical colors that are popular these days. The whole rig weighs just over 10 ounces unloaded!

This is a very versatile, very light weight, very low profile chest rig. Check it out on Blue Force Gear’s website.

Blade-Tech WRS RMR Equipped Tactical Holster

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One Source Tactical has partnered with Blade-Tech to design and create the WRS RMR Equipped Tactical Holster. This is the first production level 2 retention holster that I am aware of that is designed to accommodate a handgun (Glocks in this case) with a red dot sight (RDS) mounted on the slide.

The slide mounted RDS concept seems to be gathering more and more momentum now that there are some optics, like the Trijicon RMR, that really lend themselves well to this application. One Source offers their own package of slides that come complete with an RMR and gunsmiths, like Bowie Tactical Concepts, report that they are milling slides to accept RDS at an increased frequency. The introduction of this holster would seem to lend further credence to the growth and acceptance of this concept.

You can read more about the holster at One Source Tactical.

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Centurion Arms C4 Rails

Centurion Arms may be known for excellent barrels and top quality uppers, but they may soon be known for their new entry into the AR-15 rail market – the C4 Rail. These rails have some features that really set them apart from anything else on the market right now.

Centurion Arms Mid-Length C4 Cut Out Rail

The C4 Rail has a two piece design that allows the user to install the rail on a standard AR barrel nut by simply removing the handguard retainer and delta ring assembly. The handguard retainer and delta ring assembly can be removed without removing the barrel from the upper which allows users with permanently attached muzzle devices to install the C4 Rail. That is a huge plus considering how popular 14.5″ barrels with permanently attached muzzle devices have become.

The C4 Rail is also relatively light weight, especially for a rail that uses the standard barrel nut. It comes in a wide variety of lengths for various gas systems and even “cut out” models that extend beyond the front sight base on the sides but still allow access to the bayonet lug. It snugs right up to the upper receiver in order to provide an uninterrupted or “monolithic” top rail. The C4 Rail also features several sling attachment points built in to the side rails and anti-rotation tabs that prevent the rail from spinning on the barrel nut.

All of these features add up to a very well thought out rail option for the AR-15. Check out the C4 Rails on Centurion Arm’s website.

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