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GunFinancing.com

The motto for GunFinancing.com is “Today’s Hottest Guns, A Payment You Can Afford” and that in a nutshell is what they offer. GunFinancing.com gives you the ability to finance your gun purchase much like you would a house.

Getting started is as easy as following 4 steps. The first thing that you have to do is get pre-qualified with an easy online form. The approval is instant and there is no obligation. You choose the firearm that you want to finance from the website or they can get you anything available in the USA. A sales rep calls you to finalize everything and go over your payment terms. Finally, the firearm is shipped to your FFL.

GunFinancing.com will even have target systems from TacStrike available for financing.

You can learn more and get qualified on GunFinancing.com.

TAREINCO VTP Sling with ECO Adapters

I really liked the Tareinco VTP sling when I reviewed it last year. It utilizes the Impact Weapons Components 2 to 1 Point Triglide in order to make the sling instantly convertible from single point to 2 point configuration. It also features a large loop to allow the user to adjust the length of the sling on the fly.

The version that I had to evaluate had push button QD swivels sewn  into each end which is great if you have a weapon with QD swivel sockets for both the front and rear attachment points. If you prefer a different type of attachment point or you just need a more economical version of the VTP, TAREINCO has you covered with the new VTP Sling with ECO Adaptors.

The ECO Adapters work like most slings on the market by allowing you to attach the sling to just about any sling attachment point. They attach easily to MASH Hooks, HK Snap Hooks, QD Swivels, fixed loops, and more. The ECO Adapters reduce the overall price of the sling while increasing its versatility.

Check out the new VTP Sling with ECO Adapters on TAREINCO.com. You will probably want to keep an eye on Jerking the Trigger and TAREINCO for more great sling products that are in the works.

Armory Racks 2 Gun

I recently reviewed the Armory Racks 8 Gun model and I really fell in love with it. While the 8 gun version is very nice, Armory Racks recognized that not everyone has a need for an 8 gun version or even a 4 gun version. Some people due to limited space in the safe, a smaller collection, or a variety of other reasons need a smaller version of the Armory Rack. This is why Armory Racks created the new 2 gun version.

You can read more about the new Armory Rack 2 Gun by checking out their press release or by visiting the Armory Racks website.

Don’t forget to check out the special deals on Armory Rack products just for Trigger Jerks.

Beez Combat Systems 762 Chest Rig

Lately, it seems like there is a new 7.62×51 battle rifle on the market every time you turn around and I am not complaining. It is about time we started to see wide spread availability of next generation battle rifles like the FN SCAR, LaRue PredatAR, and LMT MWS. Along with new rifles, comes the need for new support gear. Beez Combat Systems (BCS) has you covered with their new 762 Chest Rig.

The 762 Chest Rig is based on their other low profile designs but is scaled to work with just about any 7.62×51 magazine on the market (M1A/M14, FAL, AR-10, SR-25 Pattern Mags including Magpul, and others). Each of the pouches is individually sewn into the rig to keep the magazines quiet. This design gives the user a massive, uninterrupted span of MOLLE webbing across the front of the rig. BCS claims that this is the lowest profile 7.62x512mm chest rig on the market.

BCS offers an H-harness unlike any other I have seen. The user can purchase it in one of two different configurations. One configuration is the typical type that you adjust before you don the rig. The other configuration allows the user to pull the straps on the harness forward which means it can be adjusted while the user is wearing it.

As you might expect, the 762 Chest Rig is constructed from 1000D nylon and is available in a number of colors and camo patterns including the new A-TACS FG pattern. It retains the magazines via shock cord (bungee) pull straps and features an internal map pocket.

This rig may be low profile but it doesn’t lack features. Check it out on the BCS Blog and on the BCS website.

 

Beyond Issue

Please welcome Beyond Issue as our latest blog partner! I am thrilled to have them on board.

They fit this blog perfectly with their combination of not just tactical gear, but outdoor gear as well. If you like the subject matter of Jerking the Trigger, you will like the products and brands that they carry.

Check out their website at BeyondIssue.com. You can keep up to date on their newest products on the Beyond Issue Facebook page and check out special sale items in their Ebay store.

Review: US PALM AK Battle Grip (AKBG)

I have tried a lot of grips for the AK series of rifles and I am just going to say this up front… The US PALM AK Battle Grip (AKBG) is easily the best grip for the AK that I have ever tried. You could probably stop reading right there and know everything that you need to know for this review, but if you want to know why it is the best, read on.

The US PALM AKBG works well and looks good on this Saiga conversion.

Overview

The AKBG is a grip for the AK series of rifles (AK-47, AK-74, etc.). It is made from a heavy duty polymer that comes in an assortment of colors. The colors include your typical black and Flat Dark Earth offerings as well as a very cool red bakelite color that is very appropriate for some AKs. It comes with all of the hardware that is necessary to mount it to your AK.

Why is it the Best?

The typical polymer grip that comes on most AKs leaves a lot of Western (as in hemisphere) shooters scratching their heads. It is narrow from front to back and side to side. It is basically straight with no swells or flairs except for at the top of the grip which is the worst place to have a swell. It doesn’t fill the hand very well at all. The AKBG on the other hand corrects all of those shortcomings. It has gentle palm swells and a sloping backstrap that really fills the hand. It is shaped to drive the hand higher on the grip for better control. It is just about as perfect a grip as you will find in terms of filling the hand without a lot of extra contours, ledges, or finger grooves.

The texture provides excellent grip.

The texture on a typical AK grip isn’t necessarily bad, it is just that the grip is so small that the texture barely seems to do anything. The AKBG has a very nice sort of stippled texture in large patches on both sides of the grip. It does a good job of providing grip without being too aggressive. While it might be nice if the texture was applied to the front strap or even the whole grip, the grip works very well as is.

This one of the better executed storage compartments on any grip, AK or otherwise.

The AKBG has one of the best storage compartments on any grip, not just AK grips. If you are familiar with the Tango Down Battle Grip’s storage compartment, the AKBG’s compartment will seem familiar since it uses the same excellent plug design to close the compartment. The compartment is basically wide open on the inside with plenty of space to store ear plugs or a small bottle of oil. The flexible rubber plug is captive at one end and has a pull tab at the other. The end with the pull tab can be locked tightly into place in the grip and it forms a water resistant seal. It is easy to open, easy to close, and I have never had one open unless I was actively trying to open it. It is very secure.

Looks aren't especially important but...

It is nice when a grip looks like it belongs on a rifle.

You will rarely see me mention this as a factor in a review, but I am going to mention it here. The AKBG looks good. So many aftermarket grips for the AK look like toy space gun parts or seem like an afterthought. The US PALM AKBG looks right on an AK. Obviously, some care was taken to make sure that this was the case.

In Use

The thing that strikes you when you use this grip is just how well it works with your hand and even improves the handling of the AK. It fills the hand well and promotes good trigger finger placement. It drives the hand very high on the grip. In fact, you will likely find that your hand it wedges up against the receiver which is perfect. This sort of placement really helps you drive the gun.

It works well with bare hands and gloves. I almost always wear gloves when I shoot, especially with AKs, so it is important that there is enough texture to lock the grip into my hand even when I have gloves on. The AKBG has enough but might benefit from having the stippled texture on more surface area, like the front strap. This is really a nitpick since it works so well as is.

The fit at the rear of the trigger guard is perfect.

This is a small thing but I noticed it on all three AKBGs that I own. They fit the trigger guard very well. AK grips are notched at the front so that they interface with the back of the trigger guard to prevent the grip from spinning. Many other grips that I have tried either don’t have enough material to lock the grip in place positively or have so much that there are edges. All 3 AKBGs that I own fit perfectly.

Conclusion

I think the best endorsement that I can give the AKBG is to say that I liked the one that I was sent by US PALM for evaluation so much, that I bought 2 more. All of my AKs wear US PALM AKBGs and I think yours should too.

Check out the AK Battle Grip on the US PALM website and at Brownells.

Disclosure: US PALM provided an AKBG for this review, free of charge. However, I did buy two more on my own.

I'm not just the spokesperson, I am also a client. Note the bakelite red color grip with the Russian red furniture.

US PALM AK45QS

It is official! US PALM released a photo of their new quad stack 45 round capacity AK-47 magazine – the AK45QS.

This magazine offers 45 rounds without a reload and it manages to pack all 45 rounds into a package that is shorter overall than a 30 round magazine. It does this by utilizing a quad stack design meaning that the magazine contains the cartridges in 4 stacks rather than 2 like a typical magazine.

Details are still sparse at this time but we should know more after the SHOT Show. Keep an eye on the US PALM website and their Facebook page for details.

PMAG 30 M3 and Accessories from Magpul

Magpul continues to revise and evolve the PMAG. The latest iteration is the recently released PMAG 30 M3. Magpul has also announced a couple of accessories to go along with the new magazines – the SL Floorplate and the MagLink Magazine Coupler.

The PMAG 30 M3 incorporates several improvements and new features. The improved internal and external geometry will permit the use of the PMAG 30 M3 with a wider range of STANAG specification rifles like the British SA-80 and the FN SCAR to name a couple. The bolt notch at the rear of the magazine has been redesigned to provide more clearance and a over-travel stop has been added to the spine of the magazine. The texture has been improved to enhance handling and dot matrix has been added to facilitate marking the magazines to identify the owner or number your magazines. This is a very feature rich new revision of the venerable PMAG.

The SL Floorplate is something that a lot of people have wanted for a long time. The standard floorplate for PMAGs is flared and while this does improve handling, it can also make it difficult to place more than one PMAG in a pouch. The SL (Slim-Line) Floorplate should solve that issue with its much slimmer profile. I actually like the current floorplates but I rarely carry more than one magazine in a pouch. The SL Floorplate will be a definitely improvement for those who have a loadout that requires multiple magazines in a pouch. The SL Floorplate is designed only for the new PMAG 30 M3, so users of previous iterations of the PMAG won’t be able to use these.

Magpul also introduced the MagLink Magazine Coupler. This is designed to attach 2 PMAGs together in a way to allows a quick reload. It allows you to keep a reload on the rifle which can be useful for times that you may not be able to don your support gear before investigating a bump in the night. The MagLink will work with all versions of the PMAG.

You can find more info about these new PMAG products at the Magpul Propaganda Blog.

Review: Manticore Arms NightBrake

It used to be that if you had an AK with 24mm muzzle threads, you had very few choices in muzzle brakes. The most common choice is the ubiquitous AK-74 brake. The AK-74 brake is effective but there is some room for improvement which is why I am so glad that the Manticore Arms NightBrake is on the market. I have previously reviewed the excellent Manticore Arms NightShroud and I had high expectations for the NightBrake.

The Manticore Arms NightBrake looks right at home on this converted Saiga.

The Manticore Arms NightBrake is a muzzle brake that is designed to be used with AKs with 24mm muzzle threads that are chambered in 7.62×39 or 5.45×39. Muzzle devices in this thread pattern are in demand based on the popularity of the Arsenal SGL-21 and SGL-31 rifles which both have 24mm threads. Since the SGL series rifles and most other rifles with 24mm threads come from the factory with an AK-74 style muzzle brake and given the widespread use of the AK-74 style brake, it is only natural to compare and contrast it with the NightBrake.

The NightBrake is very, very nicely made in the USA (922R compliance) from 8260 steel that is hardened and finished with a black oxide finish that leaves it slightly shiny. It is a very attractive muzzle device in terms of fit and finish. It features 18 ports arranged radially in such a way that there are no ports that vent directly down or directly up. This helps keep flash out of the shooter’s sight picture (more on flash later). It is considerably shorter and lighter than an AK-74 brake.

AK-74 Brake NightBrake
Length (inches) 3.21″ 2.5″
Weight (ounces) 3.60 3.2

The NightBrake will be inevitably compared to the AK-74 brake.

The Manticore Arms NightBrake performs very well. It reduces recoil and muzzle rise at least as well as the AK-74 brake which means it keeps the muzzle quite level. You would have a hard time telling the difference between the two if you weren’t paying attention. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing since the AK-74 brake is very effective. I have tested the NightBrake with just over 600 rounds through a converted Saiga chambered in 7.62×39 and noticed that it significantly reduces muzzle rise and felt recoil versus a bare muzzle.

I should point out that this is a muzzle brake not a flash suppressor. It does not suppress flash. The visible flash output seems to be roughly equal to that of the AK-74 brake but it is shaped differently. While the AK-74 brake tends to vent flame out the sides through the two large ports, the NightBrake seemed to mostly contain the flash within itself with very little if any coming out of the smaller ports and some being directed out forward of the muzzle. It flashes, but the shape and location seem much less noticeable to the shooter.

The closed bottom is responsible for much of the muzzle rise reduction.

The AK-74 brake is well known for stomping your chest and rattling your teeth if you happen to be standing to the side of one as it spits lead and belches fire. The NightBrake, while still not pleasant to be next to, seems to be more mild mannered. It is hard to quantify this without the right equipment but the NightBrake seemed to be less concussive to those who were near the muzzle.

All in all, I am really impressed with the NightBrake. It offers a recoil and muzzle reduction level that at least equals the venerable AK-74 brake but it does it in a smaller, lighter, and less obnoxiously loud and flashy package. It gives all of the performance while reducing the negatives of the AK-74 brake.

The NightBrake can be viewed on the Manticore Arms website and purchased from RatWorx USA. It now also available with a 14x1L and 1/2×28 TPI thread pattern.

More than 600 rounds were put through the NightShroud on this converted Saiga.

Laser Devices DBAL-D2 at SHOT Show

Victor at Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) has given everyone a sneak peak of the new Laser Devices DBAL-D2 that will be shown at the SHOT Show. This is a new class 1 IR laser that mimics the restricted DBAL-A2’s visible laser and IR laser with the addition of a focusable IR illuminator. That cheering that you hear is the sound of civilian night vision owners rejoicing.

Kudos to TNVC and Laser Devices for their commitment to these class 1 IR lasers and the civilian night vision market.

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