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Review: TAREINCO VTP Sling

Slings have come a long way from the days that most of them were just simple straps used for carrying your rifle. While those simple slings worked for their intended use, modern slings offer a host of efficiency enhancing features. The VTP (Variable Transition Point) Sling from TAREINCO is one such modern sling and it is one of the most feature rich slings on the market.

It's a 2 point...

It's a single point... It's the VTP from TAREINCO.

Quality

The TAREINCO VTP Sling is well made. It is made from 1″ tubular webbing which I have found to be a very comfortable material for use in slings. It doesn’t have the rough edges of typical webbing. The tubular webbing sort of rolls over itself instead of abrading your neck when you are the move.

The hardware is all of good quality and it is the selection of hardware that gives this sling a lot of its functionality. There are Troy Industries heavy duty push button QD sling swivels sewn into each end of the sling, though there is a new option coming that will allow users to use the attachment points of their choice. Each end also has a quality SRB (side release buckle). These buckles are important to some users who may need to get out of their sling quickly.

The sling also features the previously reviewed Impact Weapons Components 2 To 1 Point Triglide sewn into it. It is an integral part of the sling and a source of some of the unique functionality of the VTP. The VTP certainly is made from quality components.

Unique Functionality

The VTP combines many functions that can be found in other slings but in a new and unique way that impresses me.

The most noticeable feature is the ability to transition from a 2 point sling to a single point sling. I won’t say much about this other than it works very well. This function is tied to the use of the IWC 2 to 1 Point Triglide so if you are interested in learning why this is better than any other way of transitioning from 2 to 1 sling attachment points, you can read the review of the Triglide. It is very cool to see companies making the Triglide an integral part of their slings. This one tiny widget adds an awful lot of functionality to a sling.

Many slings offer the ability to quickly adjust the length of the sling. The VTP does it in a fairly unique way. Rather than a tab, the VTP has a loop that is constructed from a clever combination of triglides. The loop, which TAREINCO calls the APT, is large and easy to operate. I found that I could easily hook it with my thumb to make quick adjustments. It can also be grabbed with your whole hand if you think you will have trouble hooking it with your thumb under stress or against the timer.

It may seem strange, but I think what I like most about the VTP sling is the use of a Ladderloc to provide the static adjustment of sling length. Most slings require you to move multiple triglides around on the sling to adjust the static length. The VTP makes it very simple and easy. In fact, this is the only sling I have tried that lets me adjust the static length while I am actually wearing the sling. This feature makes it very easy to adjust your sling length for armor, winter clothes, rain gear, or anything else that affects the fit of your sling.

In Use

The VTP works as advertised. It delivers a ton of functionality to the user.

The loop works very well as a quick adjustment point. It can be hooked with your thumb when you need to tighten it quickly or it can be grabbed like you would a tab on other slings. I can achieve enough slack to transition the carbine to my support side without having to drop my arm out of the sling.

When I first received the sling I was frustrated with how difficult it was to tighten the sling. It could be loosened easily but tightening could be a tough. Now it is broken in nicely and adjusts very easily. It only took one dry fire session to really break in the adjustments.

Tightening and loosening the sling took some getting used to for me. All of my other slings adjust in the opposite direction as the VTP. The VTP can be tightened by pulling the loop toward the rear of the sling (my VTAC and VCAS slings are the opposite).

My biggest concern with this sling is amount of hardware that is used, especially in the loop (ATP). If this were to come unraveled, I am not sure that I could ever figure out how to put it back together. I am sure that TAREINCO could talk me through it though. Thankfully, the loop would actually have to come unraveled from 2 separate triglides before it made the sling inoperable.

Conclusion

The TAREINCO VTP is heavy on features. It incorporates the IWC 2 to 1 Point Triglide to greatly increase the functionality of the sling. It is comfortable to wear, easy to use, and offers a lot of functionality. It works.

Check out the VTP on the TAREINCO website.

I will be giving this sling away, so stay tuned for details.

Disclosure: I received this sling free of charge from Impact Weapons Components, who I work with as a product rep, for review.

 

10 Years Ago – 9/11/2001

Tomorrow will mark 10 years since the attacks of September 11th, 2001.

I can recall being home preparing to return to college. I was watching the morning news (Good Morning America with Charlie Gibson) when they suddenly stopped mid sentence and stated that a jet had hit one of the World Trade Center towers. Everyone on the screen seemed confused as to how an accident like this might happen until moments later, on live TV, when we saw the second tower struck by a second jet. It was that moment that I realized that this was not an accident and began to have a sense that our world was changing.

On that day, 19 hijackers killed 2,977 people at the WTC, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93. We were all impressed by the heroic and sacrificial efforts of the first responders.

I suspect that you remember exactly where you were when you first found out that all of those precious lives were wiped out, too. I would encourage you to take some time to remember those moments, pray for the victims’ families, and pray for those who are still fighting in the ongoing conflicts.

Never forget.

Magpul MOE+ and MOE-K Grips

Magpul has just released 2 new grips. The MOE+ and MOE-K grips are shipping now and should be available at dealers shortly.

The MOE+ grip was announced well over a year ago and generated some significant buzz at that time. It is very similar to the popular and well regarded MOE Grip. However, it has the addition of rubber overmolding to enhance grip across a wide range of conditions. The rubber overmolding stops short of the bottom edge of the grip in order to prevent the rubber from snagging and grabbing soft materials like clothing.

The MOE-K has some very interesting features. Magpul says that this grip is optimized for smaller weapons like PDWs or other weapons that will be held with the weapon side arms tucked into the body tightly. When the arm is tucked in like this it is more comfortable and natural to keep the hand in a more vertical position which the MOE-K accommodates with a more vertical grip angle. However, I suspect that this grip will also be a hit with those who like to run their hand up as high as possible on the AR in order to control recoil. To me, it looks like it is just screaming to be stippled.

You can check out the MOE+ and the MOE-K on the Magpul website.

Novekse Lower Receiver – 5.56 Gen2

The new Gen2 lowers from Noveske are now available on select Noveske rifles and at Rainier Arms as stripped lowers. This looks like one heck of a lower receiver.

Image property of Rainier Arms

The most immediately noticeable feature of the new lower is the huge, flared magazine well. It looks like you could park your car in it. A magazine well that is this flared and over-sized should really help speed reloads and make up for the times that you get a little bit sloppy.

The lower accepts all standard pins and parts except the trigger guard and its associated parts. It is forged from 7075 T6 aluminum and mil-spec hard anodized. All of the hallmarks of quality are here, just as you would expect from Noveske.

You can visit the Rainier Arms website for ordering info on stripped lowers or the Noveske website to see the lower on their rifles.

Exclusive Deals on Armory Racks

In my recent review of the 8 gun version of the Armory Rack from RJK Ventures LLC, I mentioned that there would be some exclusive savings for Jerking the Trigger readers (Trigger Jerks). Well, I have some good news. The exclusive savings are here and they are generous.

Before you hit the special website that Armory Racks set up just for Trigger Jerks, they have asked that those who take advantage of this deal “Like” their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

Once you have taken care of that, you can click here to visit the exclusive Armory Racks website for Trigger Jerks. You can use the site to purchase the 4 and 8 gun versions of the Armory Rack and their associated trays at a discounted price along with free shipping. You will save over $17 on an 8 gun Armory Rack with tray!

High Value Armor Set Up

There are many good reasons to own body armor. Some training courses may even require it, especially if there is a “shoot house” component to the course. Heck, I’ve seen enough unsafe boneheads at the range to make me want to wear armor just to go plinking.

Many people never purchase armor because they think it is expensive and, for the most part, they are right. It is expensive. However, sometimes it is not as expensive as people think. If you know where to look, you can get into a plate carrier and plates for around $400. I am not talking about a bottom of the barrel, less than ideal set up either. A quality armor set up is attainable for around $400 (maybe even less than $400).

The Shellback Tactical Banshee PC and TAP Gamma Plus Plates are a high value combination.

Plates

Many people who are on a budget purchase steel rifle plates. These work but they do have some downsides. The two biggest downsides are that they are heavy (often 8 pounds or more each) and they tend to have issues with spall. You don’t have to settle for steel plates. In fact, you can do much better for the about the same amount of money.

There are plates on the market right now from a company called Tactical Armor Products (TAP) called Gamma Plus plates. These are brand new NIJ level III stand-alone plates. “Stand alone” means that they don’t need soft armor to provide level III protection. Level III protection means that they will stop all common rifle rounds except purpose built armor piercing projectiles. They have even been tested by noted ballistician, Dr. Gary Roberts. They weigh less than 5 pounds a piece and can be purchased for $150 each (or less in bulk).

I purchased mine and several for friends from Ray at BodyArmorOutlet.com. Ray was great to deal with and really helped me out on a bulk purchase of these plates. You might find even better deals on these plates in his Ebay store under the name: auction_one_b.

Carrier

There are several plate carriers (PC) on the market that are fairly cost effective. Many of the $150 or less carriers are either slick carriers with no provisions to add pouches or off-brand knock-offs that are worth a dime. One sub-$150 carrier stands out from the crowd.

The Banshee PC from Shellback Tactical is easily the value leader. It can be purchased for $95-$130 including shipping and you get a lot of features, functionality, quality, and performance for that money. I won’t do a full review now but I will touch on some high points.

Most PCs in this price range have shoulder straps made from webbing only and you have to purchase pads if you want them. The Banshee comes with nice padded shoulder straps. It is very well made and constructed from 1000D nylon. It can be worn with the removable cummerbund or with simple side straps if you need a low profile option. It is extremely compact but offers more than enough MOLLE webbing to configure into a very useful PC. It is also made here in the US and backed with a lifetime warranty. I really can’t say enough about this PC.

I purchased mine from Ares Armor and I highly recommend them. However, right now you can get a significant discount as a Facebook fan of Shellback Tactical. If you miss the Facebook deal (runs through 9/9/2011), buy it from Ares Armor. They offer a great price and great customer service.

Conclusion

The above combination of plates and plate carrier will give you an armor set up that weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 13 pounds (before you add pouches) and costs you around $400. That is certainly beats getting shot by some bubba in your carbine class who can’t keep his finger off the trigger and his muzzle down range.

Patch Collecting: BAD INC Patch

BAD is good. It’s like the 80’s all over again.

The new patch from from Battle Arms Development (BAD) features their smiling bomb logo. Its a great logo, that makes a great patch. The patch features a Multicam color scheme and is quite large at 3.5″ x 2″.

If you want to show your love of the best AR-15 selectors on the planet, head over the Battle Arms Development website and pick up your own BAD INC patch.

Review: Armory Rack (8 Gun)

You may have noticed that guns safes are not cheap. You may have also noticed that no matter how large a safe you buy, it seems you outgrow it nearly as soon as you install it. It is easy to end up with too many guns and not enough space. You could buy a new, bigger safe or you could find a smarter way to store your guns. You could find Armory Racks.

Armory Racks are metal handgun storage racks that let you maximize the space that you already have. They are made from extremely sturdy heavy gauge metal wire that is powder coated. Instead of inefficient “U” shaped brackets that hold your guns in place like most rack designs, the Armory Racks use a post that slips inside the handgun’s bore. The bore of the handgun is protected from scratching and wear by the powder coating and a very tightly fit red plastic tip. The handguns are positioned vertically, with the grip presented to the user. This design also holds the handguns up off the surface that the rack is sitting on which allows you to store additional items underneath the handguns.

More Guns, Less Space

In practical terms, the 8 gun version of the Armory Racks allows you to store at least 8 handguns in the same amount of space that 4 handguns would typically take up. It holds at least 8 handguns in about the same amount of space that most other handgun rack designs hold only 6 handguns.

Notice that I said “at least” 8 guns in the paragraph above. The design of the Armory Racks allow them to accept an optional tray in the space underneath the handguns. This tray can be used to store ammo, magazines, accessories, or whatever else you can fit. It also allows you to store… more guns! In my Armory Rack right now, I have 12 guns stored neatly. That is 12 guns in the same amount of space that I was storing 4 before. That is just too cool.

The accessory tray will hold 4 compact handguns easily.

The para-cord outline in this picture represents the footprint of the Armory Rack. With the Armory Rack, you can store at least 8 guns in the same amount of space.

Its All in the Presentation

In addition to the space saving design, there are several other features to love about the Armory Rack. Most importantly to me is how it presents the handguns. They are held in a position that presents a full firing grip to the user. Because the handguns can swing side to side on the posts, they easily hinge out of your way when you reach in to grab a specific handgun. Armory Racks let you store a handgun in a way that is secure and immediately accessible.

When you reach in to access a handgun, the others on either side swing out of your way.

Handgun mounted lights are no problem for the Armory Rack. It easily accepts handguns with the light attached. This allows me to store my “nightstand” gun loaded and ready with a light attached. That is a very important feature to me.

Armory Racks will even let you store handguns that are still in their holsters. If you have an open bottom holster, you can slip the handgun onto the post while it still in its holster. This keeps the trigger protected and stores your carry gear in one place so it ready for the next time you leave the house.

The Armory Rack handles allow you to pick up the whole rack, handguns and all, and move it easily. You can also run a cable lock around the handle on one side, through the trigger guards, and around the handle on the other side in order to effectively lock all of the handguns on the rack. I have had a shooting instructor comment to me that this set of features would be handy in his handgun classes where he likes to have an assortment of handguns for new shooters to try.

New Coating

I have found that the powder coating and plastic tip on the metal posts has been more than sufficient to protect the bore of the handgun from metal-to-metal contact. In fact, the bore barely contacts the post while you are placing your handgun on the rack. Most of the contact is with the red plastic tip. However, some people have concerns about undue wear on the bores of their handguns. Armory Racks will now offer an additional neoprene coating for the posts that should ease your mind (if you had any concerns in the first place).

These red plastic tips are fit extremely tightly to the post in order to prevent loss and protect your handgun's bore.

Conclusion

Armory Racks are the most practical and efficient handgun storage option that I have encountered. They maximize your space while actually enhancing accessibility. I really don’t know what else you can ask of a handgun rack.

You can read more about these racks and check out the 4 gun version on the Armory Racks website and Facebook page.

Special Pricing for Trigger Jerks

Stay tuned for details on special pricing and free shipping on Armory Racks exclusively for Jerking the Trigger readers.

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

Labor Day

I hope you have a restful Labor Day. While you are grilling and enjoying family, take a moment to think about those who are deployed away from their families, unable to take a day off.

Happy Labor Day from Jerking the Trigger.

Patch Collecting: Ti Element Patch

If you are a member of the Usual Suspect Network, you know C who is a member there. If not, you may know C from PeskyHumans.com. C has made patch making into an art form – literally. He occasionally turns his pop art paintings into amazing limited edition patches.

One of his patches that isn’t based on a painting is the Ti Element patch. As you well know, titanium makes everything cooler. That goes for patches too.

This patch features Titanium as it appears in the Periodic Table of Elements. The atomic symbol, atomic number, and atomic weight are all there. It’s like you ripped the patch right off of a Period Table of the Elements and stuck it your hat, or backpack, or whatever you decide to stick it to.

Sadly, this patch is sold it out. But you may still be able to find one on the secondary market. If there is another run of them, I will let you know.

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