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Patch Collecting: Pink Ribbon Patch for Cancer Research from TNVC

Patch collecting is fun, but every once in a while, it also gives you a chance to contribute to a good cause. That is the case with the Pink Ribbon Patch for Cancer Research from Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC).

TNVC is selling this patch to honor those who are fighting cancer and to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. They will be donating ALL the proceeds from this patch, so be sure to check out the Pink Ribbon Patch for Cancer Research on the TNVC website.

Pre-Order the A-TACS FG TAC.U Combat Shirt from PredatorBDU

A-TACS FG is one of the most hotly anticipated camo patterns to come along in a long time and the TAC.U Combat Shirt from Propper is one of the most anticipated uniform items to feature the new camo pattern. Very few items are even available in the A-TACS FG pattern yet but you can now pre-order the excellent Propper TAC.U Combat Shirt from PredatorBDU.com.

The tentative ship date from Propper is the end of February so, if you act fast, you can be sure that you receive your A-TACS FG TAC.U Combat Shirt as soon as they are available.

Pre-order now on PredatorBDU.com.

Review: US PALM AK30 Rebuild Kit

The internal components that US PALM uses in their AK30 Magazines are excellent. Their AK30 Rebuild Kit makes it possible to install those same internal components in any magazine body that you choose. These kits allow you to revitalize old worn out magazines or even to upgrade your working magazines. I have mentioned these on the blog in the past and now I have had a chance to spend some quality time with them.

Components

The AK30 Rebuild Kits are made up of 3 components: a skeletonized polymer follower, a stainless steel magazine spring, and a parkerized steel floor plate latch. These are premium components. The followers are of the same distinctive design used on the AK30. It is ventilated to allow debris to be easily flushed out. It also seems to be very low friction (more on that later).

The US PALM AK30 follower is very distinctive.

When I have a choice I prefer a quality stainless spring. Modern stainless springs offer increased corrosion resistance while still providing set free reliability for many thousands of compressions. These springs will likely outlast the magazine body in which they are housed. I have had AK magazines fail due to rusty springs, but that becomes much less likely with the use of a stainless spring.

There isn’t much to say about the floor plate latches other than they locked into every magazine that I tried. Its only real purpose is to retain the floor plate and it does that well.

The floor plate latch is nicely finished and works well to retain the floor plate.

In Use

I had 4 kits that I installed in 4 different magazines: a polymer Polish magazine, a Chinese “no rib” steel magazine, a Hungarian 20 round “tanker” magazine, and a Bulgarian Circle 10 polymer magazine.

Left to right: Hungarian Tanker, Chinese "No Rib", Bulgarian Circle 10

The Polish magazine is the earlier military type that has steel reinforcement in the feedlips, not the later commercial types with no steel. This was the magazine that I was most looking forward to testing the kit with since its original follower was very sticky in the magazine body to the point that it would cause an occasional stoppage. The AK30 Rebuild kit immediately and completely cured the feeding issues. I have put over 300 trouble free rounds through this magazine with the kit installed. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about this because this is a great magazine body and it was a real shame that it wasn’t running well.

The Chinese “no rib” magazine accepted the kit and ran perfectly. However, the follower is a little bit narrow for this type of magazine and will only engage one of the follower retaining dimples at a time. These dimples are in place to prevent the follower from riding up too high in the magazine. By not engaging on both, the follower was allowed to wobble a bit more than usual. My concern would be that the follower might wear out sooner or develop more too much tilt over time. However, it functioned without issue through 180 rounds.

Hungarian 20 round “tanker” magazines utilize the same springs and followers as 30 round magazines. The AK30 Rebuild Kits fit the magazines perfectly. Loading the last few rounds is somewhat difficult but they functioned very well. There were no malfunctions through 150 rounds.

The follower required some fitting to work with the Bulgarian Circle 10 magazine. The follower would catch on the metal feedlip inserts. The fix was simple. I used a sharp knife to chamfer the top corners of the follower. The AK30 guts in the Circle 10 magazine body made for a very nice combination – the ultra rugged Circle 10 magazine body paired with the great follower and stainless spring of the AK30. It functioned perfectly through 300 rounds.

Top to bottom: Hungarian Tanker, Chinese "No Rib", Bulgarian Circle 10

Will They Work for You?

Given the somewhat wide variances in AK magazines, US PALM has done a very good job of making a kit that fits a broad range of magazine bodies. However, there can be some fit issues as evidenced by the examples I mentioned above. There are also some magazines that common sense dictates you wouldn’t want to use these kits.

If you are interested in trying the AK30 Rebuild Kits, I recommend buying one kit and trying it in the magazines that you intend to use it in before you buy several kits. Check the fit in as many magazines as you can. Determine if you will need to do any fitting (which is extremely easy to do). Then, once you have determined that they will work with your favorite magazine body, buy all that you need.

If you have “bolt hold open” mags like those from Yugoslavia, these kits are not for you. The follower has a taper at the back that will not work well to hold the bolt open. The plastic will also likely not hold up very well to being battered by the bolt and bolt carrier.

Conclusion

I like these kits. I was able to successfully use one to rejuvenate a magazine that would have been difficult and expensive to replace. I also like that there is finally a stainless steel spring option for AK magazines. This kit makes maintaining your magazines much more simple and makes them more resistant to a lack of maintenance. It will be up to you to determine if they work with your magazines and whether you need the functionality of the improved follower and stainless spring.

You can check out the AK30 Rebuild Kits on the US PALM website.

Disclosure: These kits were provided to me for review, free of charge, by US PALM.

SHOT Show Redux

SHOT Show is over. The exhibitors are tearing down their booths and heading home. Many people are calling this one of the dullest shows in years, but I am not so sure. There may not have been a firearm announcement that really set the world on fire, there were a number of interesting accessories that were announced like 2 MOA Aimpoint Micros, US PALM’s Quad Stack Magazines, and several innovative plate carriers by FirstSpear, Crye Precision, and S&S Precision. I also think that the new Series 2X Multitasker and other upcoming Multitasker tools were very interesting, as was the MagPod. I wonder how the MagPod will be effected by the new PMAG 30 M3.

US PALM Quad Stack Magazine

Knives and outdoor gear tend to see less coverage than guns and their accessories unless you know where to look. ESEE had some new offerings at the show as did the value brand Condor. Ka-Bar and Becker had some very interesting midsized Becker knives on display along with an old Becker classic, the Brute.

The ESEE Candiru is shown here with the Izula (left).

As with many SHOT Shows, this one seemed to have an unintentional theme – Zombies. This was definitely (and unfortunately) the year of the zombie as many companies find themselves having to rediscover the civilian market after years of depending on sales driven by 2 wars. Hopefully, the zombie stuff will go away soon and companies will realize that we would rather be marketed to as skilled intelligent shooters/outdoorsman, not half wits who love fantasy gimmicks. Zombies are great in the movies, please just keep them off my gear.

So what did you find most interesting at SHOT? Is there anything that is going on your must have list? Is there anything that you are disappointed that you didn’t see? Anything that you are disappointed with now that you have seen it?

Welcome Orion-Concepts

Please welcome Orion-Concepts as Jerking the Trigger’s latest partner. Orion-Concepts is a kydex bender that is making some really unique holsters.

Their MOD-1 holster traces its roots back to the classic leather pancake holster. However, unlike most leather pancake holsters, the MOD-1 can be molded to fit weaponlights and is available with camo hydro dipping. The pancake design is comfortable and allows the handgun to be carried very close to the body while still offering enough of the grip to allow a very fast draw. To further enhance how close the gun is carried, the MOD-1 is designed to be with the belt over the body of the holster.

Check out the Orion-Concepts website and be sure to like them on Facebook to keep up on their special deals. Stay tuned for a review of the MOD-1 holster.

ESEE Candiru

ESEE is showing the new Candiru in their booth at SHOT. This little knife is smaller than their well known Izula. I suppose that Candiru is a perfect name for a small knife since the Candiru is a small fish that is known for lodging itself in their unfortunate victim’s urethra.

The pictures from Katie Becket of ESEE seem to indicate that it is roughly the same thickness as the ESEE3 which would make it somewhere around 1/8″ thick. It is being shown in all the same color combinations as the larger ESEE knives which is different than the Izula which is only has tan canvas micarta scales available.

I will share more details when they become available.

The Candiru is shown here with the Izula (left).

 

 

Surefire 2012 New Products

Surefire has big plans for 2012. I have been watching them for a long time and I am not sure that I have ever seen them be this ambitious in terms of the sheer number of new model releases. In addition to the new releases, they are upgrading the emitters in several current models. You can watch the video for more details.

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.

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