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Sneak Peek: Hill People Gear Fanny Pack

Hill People Gear (HPG) is very well known for their Kit Bags, a handgun concealment chest rig designed for backcountry travelers. Now they are about to take their proven design and apply it to fanny packs. Fanny packs are “in” again but in outdoor circles, they never went away. The ability to carry gear on your hips, in a location that is easily accessible while still moving, is just too handy to ignore.

The HPG Fanny Pack shown is a production sample. It makes use of the Snubby Original Kit Bag footprint and layout meaning it should easily handle handguns up to roughly Glock 19 size along with other essentials like a GPS, phone, snacks, etc. It features a rear clamshell gun pocket, a clamshell gear pocket, and finally a front stash pocket.

HPG would like to have this to market before Christmas 2019.

HillPeopleGear.com

Photo Credits: Kevin McDowell (Operations Manager, HPG)
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New from TOPS Knives: Street Scalpel 2 and Devil’s Claw 2

TOPS Knives just refreshed two of its classic knife offerings, the Street Scalpel and the Devil’s Claw. Both of these knives have served as popular, compact, self-defense oriented fixed blade knives in the TOPS line up for years.

Street Scalpel 2

The Street Scalpel has been around for quite a few years now. LEOs, active duty military, and everyday citizens love it because it’s narrow, easy to conceal, stout and strong, and looks great too. The Street Scalpel 2.0 has all the great features of the original, with some changes to offer variety (the original is not being retired). The handle has been slightly redesigned to offer more of a finger guard and the blade steel was thinned to 3/16” to offer a finer edge.

Pick up the Street Scalpel 2.0 from a TOPS authorized dealer or from TOPS at https://www.topsknives.com/street-scalpel-2-0

Devil’s Claw 2

The Original Devil’s Claw was designed to be a deep conceal knife with a handle that is short on purpose for concealment in almost any outfit. Of course, the design was so reminiscent of karambits that it was only a matter of time before it got a makeover to become one. The hawk bill blade shape is a proven design for utility and defense tactics. The longer handle with the ring on the end provides the user with options that aren’t available with the original version (just remember the trade-off is that the new version is slightly more difficult to conceal).

Pick up the Devil’s Claw 2 from a TOPS authorized dealer or from TOPS at https://www.topsknives.com/devil-s-claw-2

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Hater Holsters

Finding Hater Holsters on Instagram yesterday was a highlight of my day. They are obviously having fun with their company as you can tell from their tagline: “We only make holsters for Hi Points. Holster maker to the poors.”

That’s right. They only make holsters for Hi Points. To be more exact, they make the Mullet IWB and OWB and Hipster IWB and OWB holsters for Hi Points. They come in a variety of colors and off-the-wall prints that make it obvious that Hater Holsters doesn’t take itself too seriously.

All the self-aware jokes are great but it should also be noted Hater Holsters is serving a really underserved portion of the handgun market and that the Mullet IWB has the hallmarks of a quality, modern kydex holster. The holster appears to be vacuum pressed on a machined form. It achieves excellent mold definition and blocking. This is a serious holster at an affordable price (as low as $30).

If you own a Hi Point, you need to check out HaterHolsters.com.

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What The? Shirt from Atibal

If you think internet gun experts are bad, wait until you see the ones they put on TV! Feast your eyes:

We have reached full telephone game levels of hilarity with these TV experts. There must have been an original TV firearms expert somewhere back in human history. Science refers to him as the “proto-fudd”. Proto-fudd said something dumb about firearms on TV and every TV gun expert since then has been repeating the same garbage with bits and pieces lost in translation until now. This is the only way to explain the video above.

Atibal turned those quotable quotes into a t-shirt. You can get at Atibal.com.

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Deadman Morale Patch – Stickthison.com

Stickthison.com’s latest patch, the Deadman Morale Patch, features some layered, biting commentary on today’s political climate and the willingness of some to hand over their rights. As their description states: “Planning on others to protect you isn’t a good plan.”

The patch art is reminiscent of an iconic brand of long cut chewing tobacco. Which seems to add more depth to the commentary given the government’s past treatment of certain people groups.

These patch runs tend to sell out quickly so act fast if you want one.

Stickthisone.com

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Magpul Megablend 20th Anniversary T-Shirt

It’s hard to believe that Magpul has been with us for 20 years now. That is worth celebrating.

In 1999, Richard Fitzpatrick founded Magpul with the clear mission of “Providing innovation to the individual in the shortest time.” After twenty years of annoying the establishment, we’re just getting started. We’re celebrating our 20th with an update to a design from ten years ago that still looks great today.

Megablend Tee Features

  • 50% Cotton, 38% Polyester, 12% Rayon
  • Designed, engineered, and patterned by Magpul
  • Side seam cut-n-sew construction
  • Printed in the USA

Color

Athletic Heather

Magpul.com

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Mission Spec Starts Movement to Encourage Everyone to Carry Tourniquets

Mission Spec wants more people to carry tourniquets on their person everyday.  Do you carry a tourniquet?  Make a video with #HowITQ explaining how you carry your TQ.  Keep it short. Keep it simple. Maybe we can make a difference and get more people to carry a TQ.

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Grey Death Adder Merch from Kit Badger

Kit Badger has released a line of Grey Death Adder merch to commemorate a man (or woman) and their instant classic internet comment. I’ll let you read it yourself:

Clearly, this is a man (or woman) with a lot of sage, tactical wisdom to share… a tactical Yoda, if you will. Some naysayers have suggested that this was merely a troll and yet, the comment was deleted after it received attention. That is not the work of a troll. That is the work of a real snake-eater who has been scorned by the attention.

This is the type of comment that goes down in internet lore forever… the type of comment that gets turned into an entire line of t-shirts… mugs and phone cases too. All of the merch has a depiction of your new spirit animal, the Grey Death Adder, on the front. The backs of all the shirts feature various quotes from the comment, complete with the straight-up-murdering of the English language.

You’re going to have to collect them all… unless you are an “ass terrorist”.

Learn more about Grey Death Adder at KitBadger.com.

Check out the merch in the Kit Badger store on TeeSpring.

Foursevens Launches New Quark MKIII on Kickstarter

Foursevens has launched the first new lights in the Quark MKIII series since their acquisition by Prometheus Lights on Kickstarter. The 500 lumen Quark QK2A and 700 lumen QK16L take 2x AA and 1x 16650 batteries respectively.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Industry-leading LED: The MKIII features the newest Nichia 319A with 5000K color temperature and 80+ CRI. It’s meant to strike the perfect balance between crisp white beam quality and maximum output.   
  •  Configurable interface: No one can agree on the best program setup so we offer 6 convenient program presets (configurations). Choose your favorite, at any time. The configurable user interface that is being standardized across the entire Foursevens line. No matter what light you pick up, you’ll know exactly how to use it. 
  •  Burst mode: Using a very fast double press, burst mode (100%) output is directly accessible from any previous level, and reverts to the last saved mode. Experts agree that most flashlights are used at lower level outputs, but sometimes you need to dial it up. We’ve got you covered on both counts.  
  •  More beef: For when gravity strikes, and it always does. The diameter of the entire light is *very* slightly larger to improve mechanical reliability and impact resistance because durability + reliability = longevity.  Built for life.
  •  The best pocket clips on the market period: Pocket clips are my jam because I obsess about every detail, because every detail matters. Our new clip is made from thicker material, providing easier pocketing and improved grip. Most of the “grip” on a flashlight comes from the pocket clip, not the surface finish. 
  •  Tailstand cap (if you know, you know.):  All Quarks ship with the traditional forward (momentary) clicky switch that stands proud of the tail. For those who prefer a recessed button and a light that can tailstand, we also include the all new snap-on Quark Tailstand Cap.  
  •  Hybrid Memory: A blend of memory and no-memory, the hybrid configuration saves the last mode used, but reverts to the first mode in the sequence when shifting out of a saved mode.     
  •  Solid Copper (Direct Thermal) MCPCB: The LED is mounted to a solid copper PCB to provide superior thermal performance and maximum output — a first for the Quark. 

You can dive deep into specs, backer rewards, and the history of the Quark line of lights on Kickstarter.

Review: Hawkrigger 38 Grapple Gun Belt

I have been wearing a Hawkrigger 38 Grapple Gun Belt every day since March. In that time I have used in on mountain bike and gravel bike rides, on day hikes, on an overnighter, during kettlebell workouts, on the range, and for general everyday use. Let’s see what I’ve learned.

Overview

The 38 Grapple Gun Belt is sewn from 38mm (1.5″) wide, US-made scuba webbing. The webbing is double layered and has 4 circumferential stitches for stiffness.

The name “Grapple” comes from the G-hook style buckle. It is made from stainless steel and aggressively deburred to remove any sharp edges. The buckle has a slightly curved shape to conform to the wearer.

Observations from Use

I mentioned some of the activities that I have tried while wearing this belt like biking and kettlebell workouts. I did these activities specifically while wearing appendix carry holsters in order to test various aspects of the belt.

I cycled many more than 200 miles on pavement, forest roads, and trails while wearing this belt. I stopped tracking miles after the first few weeks and I’ve worn this belt on all my rides since so the actual mile count is much higher. I figured that this would be a good test of comfort given the forward bent position that cycling requires. The Grapple is stiff in the direction that it needs to be (up and down) but relatively compliant circumferentially which makes it very comfortable while still able to effectively bear weight. I find it to be very comfortable for AIWB carry as well as 3-4 o’clock hip carry.

I wore the Grapple during kettlebell workouts to see if the adjustment would slip. I never had to tighten the belt during a workout and if you know about the mechanics of a kettlebell swing, that should be impressive. It seems like the more tension you put on the buckle, the more it bites and holds. The only instances I have ever had to tighten it have required very little tightening and it usually happens when there is very little tension on the belt.

This belt is easy to wear. It is easy to open, easy to close, easy to thread into belt loops, and easy to adjust. The hooked buckle mates easily with a sewn-in loop in the webbing. The webbing is stiff enough that this loop is always held open when the belt isn’t under tension. You can latch and unlatch with your eyes closed. The open end threads easily in any pants and some pants will even allow the very low profile buckle design to pass through the loops.

The adjustment on this belt is very straight forward. Coarse adjustments are best made when the belt is not threaded in pants. Fine adjustments can be made easily by levering the adjustable side of the buckle forward and then either ratcheting it tighter or allow some webbing to slip in order to loosen. I am not sure to what extent Hawkrigger knew that the adjustment would work out this way, but I like it. It is almost like a ratcheting mechanism without moving parts.

The belt comes with an elastic loop that keeps the excess length under control. The belts are available in multiple standard sizes. When you buy one, you provide your measurement and Hawkrigger provides the correct size based on your measurement. I like that the guesswork is taken out of the process as I often fall between sizes and never feel sure about which size to pick. The belt has a generous amount of adjustment built-in.

The quality of this belt is excellent. It has massive bar tacks where appropriate, 4 full-length circumferential stitches bonding the layers of webbing, cleanly cut and sealed edges, and quality components. Mine still basically looks new. I was concerned about how the buckle hook would wear against the webbing loop over time but that concern has been unfounded due to the lack of anything resembling a sharp edge.

I should also point out that, at just over $50, this belt costs about half of what my previous gun belt cost and I have found that it meets my needs better. I consider this to be an excellent value.

Wrap Up

This is an excellent gun belt. It bears the weight of a gun well and strikes the right balance between rigidity and flexibility. The design is simple, easy to live with, and comfortable to wear. I am wearing it as I type this and I’ll be wearing days later when you read this.

Hawkrigger.com

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