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Mean Gene Leather and Sentinel Concepts SBR Case

Mean Gene Leather and Sentinel Concepts have teamed up to create something beautiful It’s called the SBR Case (Sentinel Black Rifle Case) and it might just be the classiest way you could ever conceal an AR-15 SBR or pistol with a LAW Tactical Folding Stock Adapter.

The SBR Case is about as discreet as discreet can be simply because there is pretty much nothing else like it out there. No one would guess it is holding an SBR or AR Pistol because they have no frame of reference for any type of rifle case looking like this. In fact, it looks more like a custom pool cue case than a rifle case. Even if someone did pin it as a rifle case, they are more likely to think it contains a take down sporting rifle… or maybe a mare’s leg.

Mean Gene Leather will be offering these on a special order basis. They can be ordered in custom length to accommodate your specific rifle. Due to the custom nature of the SBR Case, it will require a lead time.

MeanGeneLeather.com

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Zulu Bravo Kydex Custom Training Knives

Very few custom and production knife makers offer training versions of the knives they sell. This leaves people who seek edged weapon training stuck with generic training knives that don’t match the actual knives they carry… unless they happen to know about Zulu Bravo Kydex.

Zulu Bravo Kydex can make a training version of any knife even if it isn’t necessarily a self-defense oriented design. They recently made the above trainers for an every day carry classic, the Benchmade 943. If you look closely, you can see that they replicated the shape and even added texture to replicate the jimping found on the live knife.

ZuluBravoKydex.com

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Wild Hedgehog Tactical Ouch Pouch

I’ve been carrying an Ouch Pouch from Wild Hedgehog Tactical for about a year. It spends most of its time in the hydration pack that I use for hiking and biking. I’ve had to raid it several times and I’ve really come to like this simple, compact first aid kit.

The Ouch Pouch isn’t that different from something you can build yourself… except you are going to have to pay up for large quantities of the components only to strip them down for use in a compact first aid kit. I like the quality of the components used in the Ouch Pouch. There are brands like Medline, 3M, and Curad. I also like the versatility of the selected components. Items like Steri Strips can be used a number of ways and can close some pretty nasty wounds in a pinch.

Components:

  • 1 Pair Nitrile Gloves
  • 1″x3″ Bandages (5)
  • 2″x4″ Bandages (2)
  • Gauze Pad
  • Aspirin Pack
  • Antihistamine Pack
  • Ibuprofen Pack
  • 3M Medical Tape
  • 2x Bacitraicin Antibiotic Gel Packs
  • Pack of 3M Steri Strips
  • Purell Wipe
  • 2x Iodine Wipes
  • ‚Äč2x Alcohol Wipes

I’ve added a couple doses of anti-diarrhea tablets to mine because nothing will ruin a day on the trail or at the range quite some intestinal distress. Other than that, this is a capable, basic, and fairly complete kit at a decent price.

Ouch Pouch at Wild Hedgehog Tactical

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Limited Edition AK47 T-Shirt from RE Factor Tactical

Ice Cube got it wrong in is 1992 song, “It Was a Good Day”. RE Factor Tactical gets it right on their newest limited edition t-shirt.

Pre-order your Limited Edition AK Shirt from RE Factor Tactical.

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Review: Outdoor Research Sun Runner Cap

I’ve always liked Outdoor Research’s caps and I’ve owned a number of them over the years. The Sun Runner Cap in particular stands out as my favorite. It just works for me and the things I do outdoors better than any other cap I’ve tried.

Overview

The Sun Runner Cap is, as the name implies, designed to keep the sun off its wearer. The cap itself has 6 panel construction which is very comfortable to wear. The large panels on either side of the had are made from mesh while the top and front panels are made from the same thin Supplex nylon that OR uses in many of their caps.

The stiffened and preshaped brim is shorter and rounder than a typical ball cap. It also features two snaps that allow the Sun Runner to mount the included cap which is also made out of Supplex nylon.

Observations from Use

One of the biggest reasons I like this cap is the fit. OR offers the Sun Runner in 4 different sizes: S, M, L, and XL. I have a big head and finding caps that fit well can be a challenge. The Sun Runner offers plenty of adjustment. The fit is perfect and even comes down low on my head (below the tops of my ears) which is rare for me.

This hat also breathes and wicks perspiration extremely well. I own the hat in White and Hydro (Blue). The White one in particular feels cooler than my uncovered head! It reflects the sun’s heat and the side panels allow the hat to breath so that you actually get some evaporative cooling action from the hat band. Speaking of the hat band, it does a great job of keeping sweat out of your eyes.

The Sun Runner also does a great job of dealing with the sun – especially for shooters. The underside of the brim is a very dark grey that cuts down on glare which is nice when your eye is buried in an optic and your trying to pick out a distance target. OR purposely uses a dark color under the brim on all the Sun Runner colorways. The included cape drapes down and covers the back of your neck even when you drop into the prone which is a godsend if you are in a precision rifle class and spending a lot time in the prone. If you find that the cape is interfering with your cheek weld, just flip the removeable chin cord back behind your neck and tighten it slightly. This will keep the sides of the cape back and away from your face while still providing full neck coverage.

I should also note that this cap lacks a “button” on the crown like those found on ball caps. It also fits very close to the head which makes it very comfortable to wear with over the ear hearing protection. You can even attach the cap over your ear muffs with a little work but I usually just let my ear muffs hold the cape back or use inside the ear hearing protection.

I also use the cap extensively for hiking. It’s relatively lightweight at around 3 ounces (less if you don’t need the cape). It is very packable thanks to the compact brim and unstructured top. It even fits in most pants pockets though a cargo pocket works best. It’s a great three season cap in my area where we deal with lots of sun and heat in late spring through early fall.

Wrap Up

I like the Sun Runner Cap so much that I bought two of them. It deals with sun, heat, and sweat better than any other cap I’ve owned. It’s perfect for a carbine class, hiking, and working outside. If all that isn’t enough, you feel like Lawrence of Arabia when you wear it with the cape attached and that is worth something.

I bought one of my hats locally but I got a much better deal on the second one by purchasing it online at Amazon. OR occasionally discontinues certain colors which usually results in deep discounts so keep an eye out for that. OR Sun Runner Cap on Amazon

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MSM Large Patch Panel

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.

She had so many patches, she didn’t know what to do.

Then she found the MIL-SPEC MONKEY Large Patch Panel.

Problem solved.

MIL-SPEC MONKEY’s (MSM) latest patch panel, the Large Patch Panel, lives up to its name. This MOLLE compatible panel features almost an acre of loop material (actually its 9″ x 6″) for displaying patches and ID. It also has a large zippered pocket to make better use of all the space it will take up on your gear (10″ x 6.625″). The panel comes with 4 MALICE Clips for mounting.

This is designed by MSM and manufactured in the USA by Tactical Tailor. Check out the MSM Large Patch Panel.

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Knipex EDC Series: 6″ High Leverage Needle Nose Combination Pliers (08 22 145)

Knipex has a new tool in their “EDC Series” – 6″ High Leverage Needle Nose Combination Pliers. The new compact pliers feature a versatile jaw shape with a number of functions and compact size that will keep them pocketable. The jaws have finer teeth near the tips and more coarse teeth nearer the hinge point. I expect that, with the way Knipex hardens their tools, these teeth will provide excellent grip and the included wire cutters will punch above their weight class.

They are already available at online retailers including Amazon: Knipex 08 22 145.

A slimmer variant is also available: Knipex 08 21 145

While the tool itself is noteworthy, it is perhaps more noteworthy that Knipex is now embracing the EDC market. Knipex products are becoming increasingly common every day carry items among aficionados (read: EDC Nerds) and they have developed a large presence on social media because of that fact. Readers of our EDC tool series, The EDC Tool Roll, will be familiar with several EDC-worthy tools from the German tool maker. Previously these tools weren’t necessarily marketed as an “EDC Series” but the EDC market has likely boosted their sales. This latest release could signal Knipex’s foray into tools made specifically for this market and that could mean there are more tools coming that will be at home in any EDC kit or range bag.

You can view all of the available variants of these pliers at Knipex-Tools.com

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Sagewood Gear Launches New Site

Sagewood Gear has launched a new website. The new site includes an improved look, improved navigation, and several new sheaths for you to browse.

SagewoodGear.com

Tactical Distributors and RE Factor Tactical: JedBurgh Cover Shirt

Tactical Distributors and RE Factor Tactical are teaming up to being you the JedBurgh Cover Shirt. This low-profile shirt has the appearance of travel or outdoor oriented shirt but is designed specifically to serve as a cover shirt for concealed carry.

The fit is designed to be neat but leave enough room to cover a handgun on your belt. The shirt’s snap buttons and reinforced inner walls of the shirt aid in clearing it during your draw stroke. The reinforced areas of the shirt also serve to reduce printing. It has an array of pockets included pockets in the lower front that can be weighted to aid in clearing the garment. The cotton/nylon blend fabric stretches to allow a full range of movement.

The JedBurgh Cover Shirt is available now at a GREATLY reduced price ($16.95) in order to get it into the hands of users for testing and evaluation. Act fast.

Jedburgh Cover Shirt at Tactical Distributors

MSM Zippered Key Pouch

MIL-SPEC MONKEY just rolled out their new Zippered Key Pouch – a pouch designed to make carrying your keys quieter and more comfortable. This small, zippered pouch has light padding to protect your pockets from sharp edges on your keys and to provide a degree of comfort. It features a pull cord that allows the user options for retrieving or anchoring the Zippered Key Pouch.

The MSM Zippered Key Pouch is designed by MIL-SPEC MONKEY and manufactured in the USA by Tactical Tailor.

MSM Zippered Key Pouch

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