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Ares Armor Aspis Plate Carrier

The new Aspis Plate Carrier from Ares Armor is designed to do just two things – carry plates and accept MOLLE pouches. That is all any plate carrier really has to do. Any extra material that would complicate or hinder these two functions has been stripped away, leaving just a compact, lightweight, and functional piece of gear.

Many lightweight carriers on the market now use 500D nylon to achieve their light weight. The Aspis is made from 1000D nylon yet it still manages to weigh less (less than 2.5 pounds) than some plate carriers made from 500D nylon. The side of the plate pockets that faces the user is lined with spacer mesh for comfort.

The external cummerbund is removable and has the ability to add soft armor. It consists of two sections tied together with shock cord which allows some flex for comfort. There is also an adjustable internal cummerbund that is not removable. The internal cummerbund utilizes side release buckles for quick donning and doffing.

Fitting it’s spartan design, the Aspis shoulder straps are not padded but there will be optional shoulder pads available. There will also be an optional 3 magazines insert for the kangaroo pouch and the Aspis will work with Ares Armor’s Plate Carrier Silencer. Additional features include a drag handle on the rear plate pocket and hook material covered webbing on the top of the front and back plate pockets.

I am glad to see more options like this coming to market. As a non-military and non-law enforcement shooter, a simple carrier like the Aspis makes a lot of sense. It allows the user to carry everything they might need for a carbine course without the extra bulk or cost of more complicated plate carriers.

The new Aspis Plate Carrier from Ares Armor is now available for pre-order from Ares Armor at a discounted price. It can also be pre-ordered from PredatorARMAMENT who will have versions with Multicam and A-TACS camo matched webbing.

Patch Collecting: Bourne Ultimatum CRI Patch

I am always on the lookout for patches that are low profile. Even if my favorite model of handgun is the Deathbringer 5000, I don’t necessarily want a patch on my office bag that advertises that fact. Sometimes a subtle patch, like this this Bourne Ultimatum CRI Patch, is best. You get to enjoy your patch collection without advertising to the world that you are a part time ninja.

If you are familiar with the Bourne series of movies, specifically Bourne Ultimatum, you will know that the CIA has a front business called Controlled Resources International or CRi in the film. The logo for CRi is visible briefly in the movie. This is where Usual Suspect Network user jhyphen got the inspiration for the patch.

There have been at least two runs of this patch. The first had black text on a gray background. The most recent run has gray text on a black background. Sadly, I believe all of these patches are now sold but there may be plans for another run. If they become available, I will let you know.

Review: SEREPICK Executive Kit

The Bogota Entry Tools and Bogota Titan Entry Tools are not only some of my favorite pieces of gear that I have ever reviewed but they are also the most popular pieces of gear that I have ever reviewed in terms of page loads. Once you actually use them, it is easy to see why they are so popular. They work extremely well. These Bogota Entry Tools allow someone with no lock-picking experience to bypass locks with just a little practice.

The new SEREPICK Executive Kit pairs the Bogota Entry Tools with 2 handcuff shims, a diamond wire blade, and a svelte case to create a very attractive, very simple, and very effective set of E&E tools. All of these tools are extremely simple to use and very effective. In this review we will take a look at each of the components individually.

Bogota Titan Entry Tools

The Executive Kit comes with the Bogota Titan Entry Tools. The “Titan” in the name indicates that these are crafted from titanium. Since I have already reviewed these before, I will just hit some of the high points. Please refer to the full reviews of the Bogota Entry Tools and Bogota Titan Entry Tools for more detail.

The Bogota Titan Entry Tools are well suited to this set due to their titanium construction. Titanium is a fitting material for a set that is designed to be so elegant. Titanium is non-ferrous which makes these tools very difficult to detect on their own (the handcuff shims and diamond wire blade are ferrous so they may be easier to detect). The extreme corrosion resistance of Ti makes it well suited to a kit that will be carried often and used little. The Bogota Titan Entry Tools are the heart of this kit.

Handcuff Shims

If you have never used handcuff shims, you will be in for a wake up call. They can be used to open nearly any set of handcuffs unless they are double locked. They are extremely effective and extremely easy to use. In fact, they are easy enough to use that, with just a little practice, they can be used behind your back.

The shims are made from spring steel so, while they are extremely small and thin, they are fairly tough. I used the same shim to open cuffs over and over again with no deformation or damage to the shim at all. The spring steel also provides the right amount of rigidity and flex that is needed to force and finesse the shim into the ratchet mechanism of the cuffs. Other handcuff shims that I have used have not held up nearly as well as these from SEREPICK.

To use the handcuff shims, you must first know which side of the cuffs has the ratchet mechanism. This can be determined by touch or visually by locating the key hole or ratchet teeth on the swing arm. The ratchet mechanism will be on the same side as these items. Then it is a matter of simply inserting the shim in between the swing arm and the ratchet mechanism to disengage the teeth. Once the shim is in place, the cuffs will fall open.

Diamond Wire Blade

The 70mm diamond wire blade is a very interesting and versatile addition to the kit. It is probably the easiest piece of the kit to use but it also requires the most patience. It is just what it sounds like – a piece of fairly rigid wire that is impregnated with diamond dust. The result is a tiny blade that can be used to saw through anything that is less hard than diamond, which is just about everything.

I used the diamond for a number of tasks to get a feel for its capabilities. I used it to do the initial opening of a an AK-47 rear sight before switching to wider file to finish the job. It worked quite well for this, much like the diamond jewelers file that I typically use for the task. I also decided to cut through a hardened steel 1/8″ hex wrench with a timer running. It took about 25 minutes to get about halfway through and just under 50 minutes to get to the point that it was compromised enough to bend and break.

That is a long time, but this is a last ditch item. It is actually quite impressive that a short piece of wire and some diamond dust can cut through hardened steel. The applications for this are nearly endless.

SEREPICK Executive Case

The case itself is really impressive. It really sets this kit apart as a classy item that is worthy of its “executive” moniker.

It is made from bicast leather and features 3 cells – one cell for each tool. The tools are retained by a flap that tucks into a band to close. The flap is tapered to make it easy to tuck into the band.

Conclusion

The SEREPICK Executive Kit can get you out of ugly situations and looks good in the process. It builds on the capabilities of the Bogota Entry Toolset with two additional tools that are equally as effective and simple to use. It is so slim, small, light, and cool that it would be at home in anyone’s briefcase, EDC bag, or E&E kit.

Check out the SEREPICK Executive Kit on the SEREPICK website.

Disclosure: The item was provided to me by SEREPICK, free of charge, for review.

Elzetta Lights: Water Resistance Test

If you are familiar with Elzetta flashlights you are likely already familiar with how tough they are. You can literally drive nails with them.

Their extreme durability extends far beyond just the sort of impact resistance that it takes to survive driving nails. They are also extremely water resistant. In fact, even if water breaches the o-ring seals and completely fills the light, your Elzetta light can continue to function.

The sealed Malkoff LED module is one of the keys to this level of water resistance. Even though water may breach the body of the light, it cannot access the LED or the electronics.

This is a tremendous capability. O-rings crack, tear, and deteriorate over time. Everyone has had the experience of a once water-proof watch or flashlight allow water to enter unexpectedly. It is comforting to know that even if this happens to your Elzetta, you will probably still have a functional light.

The Summit from IWC

“The Summit” program from from Impact Weapons Components has been expanded. Now customers will have even more opportunities for special perks that will be exclusive to members of the Summit. Best of all, it is free to join.

Perks include exclusive sales, access to special edition products, and the ability to trade in an old product for a 50% discount on a newer version. You will also be kept up to date on all the latest products that IWC is cooking up.

Jerking the Trigger is also taking part in the new Pinnacle program which allows us to offer you a 5% discount at IWC when you use the coupon code “triggerjerk”.

Check out The Summit on the IWC website.

Discounts for Trigger Jerks

Don’t you wish someone would reward you just for reading a blog? Well… I will. I just added a discount page to the blog that contains exclusive deals just for you Trigger Jerks out there. I will update it from time to time with new discounts and promos so keep an eye on it.

You can access it by clicking the “Discounts” button in the header of this website or just click HERE.

Stamp Collecter T-Shirt

Sometimes it seems like you aren’t really a serious collector or shooter until you get your first tax stamp. Now, you can wear your NFA Tax Stamp like a badge of honor with the Stamp Collector T-Shirt from NFAShirts.com.

These shirts feature a likeness of the $200 NFA Tax Stamp on the rear and a graphic that says “Stamp Collector” on the front. They are available in a variety of sizes and subdued colors. As much as I dislike the NFA, I have to admit that the stamp makes for a pretty darn good looking t-shirt graphic.

Check out the shirts at NFAShirts.com.

Deals on Diamondback Tactical from RedCat Tactical

Diamondback Tactical was one of my favorite gear makers. They weren’t as well known as some makers but they offered a solid line of gear at reasonable prices. Recently, Diamondback Tactical acquired the assets of First Choice Armor & Equipment, Inc. and they intend to focus more on armor going forward. So that leaves us with good news and bad news. The bad news is that a great source of MOLLE gear will no longer be available.

The good news is that RedCat Tactical was able to acquire Diamondback Tactical’s remaining inventory and they have been liquidating it on Ebay at really deep discounts. This is very high quality, American made gear that is being sold at prices that are lower than those of cheap, poor quality imported gear. I have already purchased several items and found their communications to be great and their shipping to be very fast.

Darin at RedCat Tactical tells me that they have over 100,000 items on 200 shrink wrapped pallets. They are opening new boxes all the time and are never quite sure what they will find. It’s like Christmas! They have everything from plate carriers, to pouches, to packs, and everything in between. Most of the typical colors are available like Multicam, Coyote Brown, and Ranger Green.

Since new items are being added all the time, the best way to shop is to go to their store page, click the link for all items, and sort on newly listed or you can just click on the following link where I have already done the work for you: RedCat Tactical – Newly Listed Items. I have been checking back daily just to make sure that there isn’t something new that I need.

Deal spotting isn’t really the purpose of Jerking the Trigger, but this was too good not to mention.

ATS Claymore Pouch and Multicam Velcro from Supply Captain

Anybody who likes gear should have the Supply Captain website bookmarked. They offer a ton of tactical gear components that are often hard to find in anything other than bulk quantities. They also carry a lot of tactical gear and various other items. Two of their newest items are the redesigned Claymore Pouch which is now made by ATS and Multicam printed Velcro brand loop material.

The Claymore Pouch is an item that Supply Captain has offered for years. They often have it made to their spec by a noted manufacturer of tactical gear. It is now being made by ATS which is definitely a very good thing. This might be one of the most versatile and useful pouches that you will ever come across. It can be attached to a pack, belt, or plate carrier in order to carry essentials or it can be used as a stand alone pouch. The internal organization will keep all of your gear neat and tidy.

The Multicam printed Velcro loop material is something that has been needed for a long time. It often seems that between MOLLE webbing and the Velcro loop fields, there is very little Multicam material actually visible on something like a chest rig or plate carrier. Now more manufacturers are using printed webbing and hopefully they will be using this Velcro loop material as well.

Check out the Supply Captain website.

Review: Advanced Outfitters MASHed Toe Tag

Nametapes are a really handy way to mark an item as your own. Nametapes with hook and loop backing are even handier since they can be easily be placed or removed. However, they require that the item that you wish to mark has a loop material panel to affix the nametape… unless you have a Mashed Toe Tag from Advanced Outfitters (AO).

The original AO Toe Tag was a simple strip of webbing with hook material on it and a paracord loop on one end. The paracord allowed you to attach the Toe Tag in a number of different ways. Not long ago, I was looking for something similar to a Toe Tag but with an attachment method that was easier to use than paracord. Kevin at AO suggested an ITW MASH hook and the MASHed Toe Tag was born.

I sat down with my calculator and determined that the MASHed Toe Tag has 4,004,658 different uses and I may have missed a few. Seriously though, it is very useful. You could use it to mark your range bag when you are in a carbine class, to mark your luggage, or as a keychain. In fact, it would turn your keys into a pretty useful flail if you use it as a keychain. I have used mine on the bag that I take to work everyday and as a way to mark an ammo can so that I can recognize my gear at a glance.

The MASHed Toe Tag gets even more useful with the addition of a reflective nametape. 1800NameTape actually makes nametapes that are embroidered on 3M reflective material. If you combine a reflective nametape with a MASHed Toe Tag, you now have a really great way to find your gear, even in the dark.

So, while 4,004,658 uses may be an exaggeration, you will probably find at least a handful of uses for the MASHed Toe Tag. It is one of those inexpensive, simple, handy gadgets that you will wonder how you lived without for all these years.

You can contact Advanced Outfitters through their website, on Twitter, or on the Usual Suspect Network.

Stay tuned for more AO goodies. I am currently working on a long term review of the Khyber 1.5 Belt.

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