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The-Knife-Connection Handle Kits Now Available for the ESEE3

The new ESEE3 Handle Kits look much like the previous ESEE4 models (pictured above).

The-Knife-Connection’s excellent Handle Kits are now available for the ESEE3. I recently reviewed the Handle Kits for the ESEE4 and I was very impressed. They are more contoured than the flat slabs that come standard on the ESEE knives and offer some extra length. The ESEE3 should really benefit from these TKC Handle Kits since it is thinner than the ESEE4. Some people with large hands find the ESEE handles to be a little short so the extra length of these scales can be a definite plus for some users. There are several color options available, including some new subdued colors.

TKC offers these individually so you can retrofit your current ESEE knife or they have a very cool “Build Your Own ESEE” option. You can choose your blade color and handle color. You can also choose from TKC’s selection of ESEE sheaths, both OEM and custom leather.

Check the new Handle Kits out at The-Knife-Connection.

Keep an eye out for TKC’s Izula scales sometime early next year.

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Mountain Ridge Gear Utility Bags

Mountain Ridge Gear is offering a set of all three sizes of their handy Utility Bags. These are simple duffel type bags that can be handy for organizing just all kinds of gear.They would be perfect for car kits, range bags, or even for the gym.

The vast majority of duffel bags on the market are poorly made junk. These Utility Bags are made to the same high standards and with the same quality materials as other Mountain Ridge Gear bags like the previously reviewed Tactical Man Purse, which means they are bomb-proof. These bags feature beefy YKK zippers, storm flaps over the zippers, and tubular webbing for the handles.

These are sold in a set of all three sizes or individually, but you save $10 if you buy the set. Check them out at Mountain Ridge Gear’s website.

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Giveaway: IKH SLAP Patch

Derek at I Kick Hippies (IKH), maker of the SLAP, generously provided 10 of his awesome new SLAP Patches for a giveaway! I have 5 of each of the 2 color schemes (black/gray and Multicam). That means that 10 lucky readers will get their own IKH SLAP patch.

There will be two ways to win. I will give away 5 patches here on Jerking the Trigger and 5 patches on the Jerking the Trigger Facebook Page.

Enter on the Blog:

Leave a comment on this post contains the following…

  1. A number between 1 and 2000
  2. The phrase “I want to kick hippies too!”

Enter on Facebook:

All you have to do to enter on Facebook is “like” Jerking the Trigger on Facebook (like the page, not the giveaway link). The winner will be chosen randomly from all those who “like” the Jerking the Trigger Facebook page.


The giveaway will be open until 8PM (EST) Monday, December 20th. Please follow the instructions carefully. Incomplete entries will be discarded. Please use a valid email address when you leave a comment so I can contact you. If the same number is chosen twice, the first person who posted the number will win.

Good luck everyone!

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GPS File Depot

GPS technology has come a long way. My first hand held GPS had a basic base map with major roads and no expandability. It could tell you where you were and where you had been, but it wasn’t always useful for telling you how to get where you wanted to go unless you could walk in a straight line. Now hand held GPS units have evolved to the point that they have touch screens, incredible accuracy, and the ability to display complex topographic base maps. These base maps make the GPS infinitely more useful but they tend to be relatively expensive unless you know where to look.

I recently came across GPS File Depot (GPSFileDepot.com) which is an online repository for free GPS map data from around the world. They have topographic maps, detailed road maps, trail maps, land usage maps, and several other types of very useful maps. I have downloaded several maps that have all been accurate and easy to use. The amount of useful data that is available on this site is staggering.

Keep in mind that these maps represent a significant amount of work on the part of the creators so if you download you may want to consider donating to the site.

If you want to get the most out of your GPS, check out GPS File Depot.

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PWS ARC 10/22 Magazine Release Lever

Image courtesy of PWS.

PWS is venturing into the world of 10/22 accessories with their ARC (Advanced Rimfire Components) series. One of the first ARC offerings is an extended magazine release lever that is different from anything I have seen before. Several companies make extended magazine releases for the 10/22 that make it easier to release the magazine with the support hand, but the ARC Magazine Release Lever allows the user to actuate the magazine release with the firing hand while maintaining a firing grip.

The ARC release runs along the front of the trigger guard and has a wide tab that sits within reach of the trigger finger. The shooter simply extends the trigger finger forward and pushes the lever in order to drop the magazine.The entire lever still looks very compact and PWS claims that the magazine will not release accidentally.

The PWS website has more pictures and details.

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Magpul FDE Midlength MOE Hand Guards Now Shipping

I have good news for fans of the midlength gas system and the color, Flat Dark Earth (FDE). The FDE Midlength MOE Hand Guards from Magpul are starting to find their way to dealer’s shelves.

I have been using a set of the black ones as a test bed for products from Impact Weapon Components and I can’t enough good things about these hand guards.

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Inexpensive Addition for the Multitasker TUBE

One of the best things about the previously reviewed Multitasker TUBE is its ability to use standard 1/4″ screw driver bits. This lets the user easily tailor the TUBE to their specific rifle. However, most 1/4″ bits are very short which makes reaching inside the grip to reach the grip screw tricky. There are extended bits available but they can be difficult to find for anything but Phillips or flat head fasteners. This obviously won’t work for grips that use hex fasteners.

The alternative to the extended bits is an extension. An extension will allow you to take advantage of the near endless array of short 1/4″ bits. These extensions are available in several different lengths but a 3″ extension should be sufficient for reaching the grip screw. I purchased the extension from a local hardware store for less than $2 and it tucks away easily in the Multitasker TUBE Expansion Pack carrying case.

I can’t take credit for this idea. I originally saw Ryo mention the extensions in his excellent review of the TUBE on AR15.com.

The extension gives more than enough length to comfortably access the grip screw.

The extension tucks away unobtrusively in the Multitasker TUBE carrying case.

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Patch Collecting: I Kick Hippies SLAP Patch

Check out this new patch from I Kick Hippies, makers of the SLAP. If you look closely you can see a SLAP blended into the design in a very clever way. The motto, “THERE IS NO WEAK SIDE”, couldn’t be more perfect for a sling mount like the SLAP which is designed to optimize itself regardless of which side you are shooting the rifle from. The patch is available in a black/gray/white color scheme that looks very sharp and a Multicam color scheme.

Derek at I Kick Hippies provided me a with a pile of these patches, so stay tuned for a giveaway.

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Review: Battle Arms Development – Ambi Safety Selector – Short Throw

The previously reviewed Battle Arms Development – Ambidextrous Safety Selector (BAD-ASS) was an evolutionary step for the AR-15 selector. It set the standard for quality and functionality that we expect from a selector. Now, with the addition of the Battle Arms Development – Ambidextrous Safety Selector – Short Throw (BAD-ASS-ST), that evolution is being taken a step further.

The BAD-ASS-ST rotates only 45 degrees to "fire".

The BAD-ASS-ST is a safety/selector for the AR family of weapons. It uses the same excellent modular levers as the original BAD-ASS, the same bullet proof materials, the same precision manufacturing, and the same high quality finish. However, it has one small but very significant difference from the BAD-ASS and every other semi-auto selector on the market – it only travels 45 degrees between “safe” and “fire”. Most, if not all, other semi-auto selectors travel 90 degrees. So how much difference can 45 degrees really make? Plenty, but more on that later.

The BAD-ASS-ST exhibits the same ultra crisp action that the original BAD-ASS possesses. The precision machining and the stainless steel KNS safety detent that is included with the BAD-ASS and BAD-ASS-ST really serve to clean up the feel of the selector. This crisp feel is very noticeable, especially if you are used to a spongy cast selector.

Battle Arms Development recommends that the BAD-ASS-ST be used with two SHORT levers. The length of the standard lever is only necessary to aid in keeping contact with the thumb through the longer 90 degree arc. This extra length isn’t needed with the short 45 degree arc so the short lever works quite well. The BAD-ASS-ST that I was provided came with these short levers.

The "safe" position remains the same as with any other selector.

Expected Improvement

I knew the short throw selector was going to be faster. It has to be because it only travels half the distance of a normal selector. What I didn’t know was how much it would change how I interact with the selector and even hold the carbine. Sure, it is faster but just how much faster would be difficult to measure. It certainly feels faster but feelings can be deceiving.

Unexpected Improvements

Surprisingly, at least to me, it wasn’t the speed of the selector that has endeared me to it. The selector does two things that no other selector can due to it’s short throw. It allows you to easily rest your thumb on the selector switch and it makes moving the selector to the save position faster and easier. Let’s look at both of these in some depth.

1911 shooters will probably take to resting their thumb on the selector very quickly. I find to it be an excellent way to make sure that you always know the position of the selector. The thumb stays in place even while shooting thanks to the excellent texture. The thumb feels natural in this position and is immediately ready to operate the selector should the need arise. It feels so natural that, after having spent so much time with the BAD-ASS-ST for this review, it felt very strange to not able to rest my thumb on my other selectors.

The ability to "ride" the selector is a welcome ergonomic improvement.

You must move a standard 90 degree selector backwards and then up in an arc in order to move from “fire” to “safe”. The 45 degree BAD-ASS-ST eliminates one of these motions. The user needs only to press up with the side of their trigger finger to move the selector to “safe”. It is lightning fast. The selector can be snapped to “fire” and then back to “safe” faster than any other selector that I have used. In fact, you can move the selector into the safe position as you take your finger out of the trigger guard in one intuitive motion. This is a phenomenal improvement.

These two improvements, along with the perceived gain in speed, contribute to a selector that feels more natural, intuitive, and more efficient.

The index finger can easily move the selector to "safe" as it moves away from the trigger.


It should be noted that this selector is designed for use with a properly marked lower receiver. The markings on a standard lower receiver will not align with the positions of the BAD-ASS-ST. It has a stainless steel pin installed that prevents it from being installed in a normal lower receiver. Battle Arms Development does not recommend modifying the BAD-ASS-ST to work in standard lower receivers and completing this modification will void the warranty. Lowers made specifically for the BAD-ASS-ST will be available soon from Spike’s Tactical. You can read more about the liability issues surrounding the BAD-ASS-ST in the Battle Arms Development Industry Forum on AR15.com.


I was expecting the BAD-ASS-ST to feel faster. I was caught off guard by how it improved the ergonomics of the grip and efficiency of the selector movements. It is so intuitive that my other ARs that do not have BAD-ASS-STs installed now feel strange. If that isn’t a mark of a well designed product, I don’t know what is.

You can order your own BAD-ASS-ST from the Battle Arms Development website.

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Image provided by NUKOTOOLS

NUKOTOOLS is a maker of unique, innovative, and reasonably priced impact tools. The tools are designed to be discreet, last-ditch defensive tools. Each one is hand made from G-10 which is a non-metallic material that fits the discreet mission of the tool.

The Punch Ring (shown in the image above) is the most compact of the three tools that NUKOTOOLS makes. It can be easily carried on a key ring so that you always have it with you. It is extremely easy to use but, as with any defensive technique or device, it is more effective with training. The user places their middle finger through the hole in the center and then makes a fist. The chiseled edge protrudes forward of the fist and serves to concentrate the force of the punch. The broad base presses against the palm to reinforce the fist. Stay tuned for a full review of the Punch Ring.

You can view the full line of NUKOTOOLS on their website.

You should research the legality of these tools before carrying them.

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