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JAVRAN HALP Holster

More and more bags are being made with Velcro interiors that allow the user to configure the interior to suit their needs. There are several companies making a variety of different pouches that can be attached via Velcro but very few decent Velcro backed holsters are made – especially if you want to keep a light attached to your handgun. The problem with the majority of the holsters is that they use a thin strip of webbing to retain the handgun which can lead to snagging on light, front sight, or ejection port during the draw stroke. JAVRAN makes the HALP Holster to address those shortcomings.

The HALP Holster (Hook and Loop Pistol Holster) has a 5″ wide cover (instead of the 2″ webbing used by most). This wider cover encapsulates more of the handgun, including the weapon light and front sight which should help eliminate snagging. The cover is made from 2 layers of nylon and is adjustable to fit a variety of handguns and lights. It also works with handguns with no light.

This is a better mousetrap. Check out the HALP Holster on JAVRAN.com.

New Images of the Emerson Knives/Multitasker Collaborations

Check out these new teaser images of the much anticipated multi-tools that are a result of a collaboration between Emerson Knives and Multitasker. These will be available for viewing at The Blade Show.

Emerson/Multitasker EDC

The “EDC” is a SAK (Swiss army knife) style tool that features the iconic Emerson Commander style blade with Emerson Opener (Wave). It has several integral tools as well as a detachable stand-alone pocket tool with a variety of uses.

Emerson/Multitasker EK-1 (tool selection may be different in the production version)

The “EK-1” has a multi-tool format. It features a blade reminiscent of the CQC-8, massive jaws, and a variety of tools. The tools have not been finalized yet.

I am a big fan of Emerson Knives and a big fan of Multitasker. I can’t imagine these being anything short of amazing. Consider yourself officially teased!

Fight and Flight Tactical MAG Wallet

Many people refuse to carry a spare magazine for their handgun because they can be a bit of a pain to conceal. If you feel the same way, you will want to check out the MAG Wallet from Fight and Flight Tactical.

The MAG Wallet is designed to carry two spare handgun magazines concealed in a pocket in a way that is concealable and accessible. The mags are held just below the top of the pocket with the floorplates up, ready to be used. The exterior of the pouch is covered with non-slip material to ensure that the MAG Wallet doesn’t come out of your pocket when you draw a magazine. It also has a thin HDPE stiffener to help it keep its shape and prevent it from digging into you.

The MAG Wallet is currently available in 4 sizes that should fit many different types of handguns. Check out the MAG Wallet on FightandFlight.com.

Concealed Carry Tragedy

When you practice the God given right to arm yourself and step out into a  public place, it is important that you maintain a strong and observant mindset. In most urban and suburban cultures, carrying concealed is likely the wisest and most practical mode of carry when legal to do so. Check yourself and get somebody else to check your attire so that you can avoid “printing” your piece. The reason this is so important is because even though most states now allow some form of concealed carry many people, including some members of law enforcement, have an unreasonable fear of lawfully armed citizenry.

An interaction between a legally armed citizen and someone who overreacts to the presence of a weapon carried in public can have tragic results. The situation that prompted this post happened in Las Vegas in 2010, but the lessons and ramifications are still very applicable to those who carry today. Two years after this tragedy, questions still swirl about the facts of this case. Regardless, a lawfully armed citizen who had not done anything violent was shot and killed by police. That is a tragedy for everyone involved, and especially this man’s family. It’s likely that third party exaggerations created an atmosphere where police went into the situation over-hyped and an innocent man paid the ultimate price.

Of course, you will never have all the details and the whole story from a newspaper article. When you carry in public keep your game face on and radar dialed appropriately. Familiarize yourself with Jeff Cooper’s “color codes” and practice them. Conduct yourself wisely and with great awareness so that nobody knows you are armed unless called upon to stop a threat.

Surefire Maximus

The rechargeable Surefire Maximus Headlamp has received an output upgrade for 2012. It now belts out a whopping 500 lumens.

However, the Maximus isn’t just a brute. It offers the same level of refinement that we have come to expect from Surefire. The output is nearly adjustable between 500 lumens and 1 lumen just by turning a dial. There are no preset output levels. You simply dial the output that you desire.

It can be recharged at home with the provided AC adapter or recharged on the go with the provided 12 volt DC vehicle accessory outlet.It also features a gauge that indicates the current charge level.

The Maximus utilizes a reflector to provide a broad flood style beam. However, with 500 lumens, it can also brute force its way to a surprising amount of throw.

This is a seriously feature rich headlamp. Check out the Surefire Maximus on Surefire.com.

Review: NukoTools PunchRing Gen2

The NukoTools PunchRing Gen2 is an improved version of the original PunchRing. The original was pretty good. This new one is even better.

Overview

The PunchRing is designed to be a discreet last ditch defensive tool. It can be carried unobtrusively on your key ring or in your pocket. Like the original, this PunchRing Gen2 is made from G-10 which is a completely non-metallic material that is very durable.

It can be easily slipped onto your finger with the long end wedged back into your palm and the sharp end projecting forward. Once it is in this position it can be used for punches, gouging, scraping, and other nastiness. The leading edge is quite sharp. I found it to be sharp enough to roughly cut paper (not cleanly but it will do it) and cut packing tape.

Left to Right: Gen 2 PunchRing, Original PunchRing

Improvements

The PunchRing Gen2 is larger than the original in order to support a larger finger hole. I know several people with thicker fingers who weren’t able to use the original PunchRing but that find this new one to be perfect due to the larger finger hole. The newer model is also made from slightly thicker G-10.

The sides of the PunchRing Gen2 have two scallops. These scallops reduce the thickness of the PunchRing, allowing your fingers to sit closer together when you make a fist which is more comfortable. If you have the PunchRing on your index finger, the scallop can also make a great thumb rest.

In Use

Hitting something really hard with the PunchRing is no picnic for the wearer or the recipient of the punch. Thankfully, it is far worse for the recipient. I tested it with several hard hits into phone books (remember those?) and found that the broader, thicker Gen 2 PunchRing was more comfortable than the original but it still gets old quickly. It can be really hard on your palm, but the sharp leading edge of the PunchRing does a tremendous amount of damage to the phone books.

I also found that you don’t really need to punch with the PunchRing. It can be used much like a push dagger or even like a kubotan to attack pressure points. I suspect that someone with more training than me would find other ways to use it.

Conclusion

You must have realistic expectations for a tool like this. The PunchRing is obviously designed as a tool of last resort. It is a last ditch self defense tool. You will likely tear up your hand a bit if you have to use it but, rest assured, the recipient of your attention will be feeling it far more.

Check out the PunchRing Gen2 on the NukoTools website.

Advanced Outfitters Dopp Kit 2.0

The original Dopp Kit from Advanced Outfitters was a lightweight organizer that could be used for anything from a toiletry kit, to a first aid kit, to a gear organizer. The new Dopp Kit 2.0 has the same basic pocket layout as the original (2 large pockets and a front sleeve pocket) but it now weighs even less.

Dopp Kit 2.0 (top) and the original Dopp Kit (bottom)

The bag-in-bag method of organizing your gear can be very convenient. However, the weight of all of those small organizer bags can really start to add up. The Dopp Kit 2.0 is made from rip-stop sil-nylon. This allows it to be slightly larger than the original but a bit lighter and, more importantly, keeps the total weight of your gear down.

If you are looking for a convenient and versatile way to organize gear that won’t weigh you down, check out the Dopp Kit 2.o from Advanced Outfitters. You can contact Advanced Outfitters through their website, on Twitter, or on the Usual Suspect Network.

Review: Bogota Titan-Flats Entry Toolset

People have been requesting a full size Bogota Rake for years. SEREPICK heard their pleas and created the Bogota Titan-Flats Entry Toolsets.

Top to Bottom: Bogota single, Bogota triple, a shallow hook, and a basic tensioner

Overview

The Bogota Titan-Flats Entry Toolsets are made from titanium which makes them very light weight, corrosion resistant, and non-magnetic. The kit contains a Bogota triple, a Bogota single, a shallow hook, and a basic tensioner.

Rather than the familiar compact, quarter bend format of the typical Bogota Entry Toolsets, the Titan Flats are more like traditional picks in form. They are larger overall than the other Bogota Entry Toolsets but they are flatter. This makes them ideal for use as a very flat stand-alone kit or as an addition to a full kit.

A little heat shrink tubing keeps the tools together in one compact kit.

In Use

I have already covered why Bogota Rakes are so effective in some depth in previous reviews. They work and they work well. I know of no other pick that gives even the first time user such a good chance of success.

I thought that I would find these Bogota Titan-Flats had better “feel” and were even more effective than their smaller counterparts due to their larger handles, but that wasn’t really the case. That isn’t a knock on the Titan Flats but rather a compliment to the smaller Bogota Entry Toolsets because these Titan Flats are still quite good.

They do have excellent feel. If you are used to picking, you would likely prefer this set. The shallow hook is quite good as is the Bogota single. In fact, the Bogota single is quite versatile. It can be used to rake or as a pick when inverted. Both provide very good feel and feedback when picking.

The Bogota triple works very well but I found myself actually preferring the form factor of the compact Bogota rakes. It may be that I would feel differently if my first experience with Bogota Rakes was with the Titan Flats, but I have become so used to the hooked handles of the Entry Toolsets for raking. This is purely preference.

The tensioner is very basic but it works. I prefer a tensioner that has a little more flex than this but that is only because I lack skill and the flex makes up a bit for my heavy handedness. Skilled users will likely find this tensioner to be completely sufficient.

Titan-Flats shown with Titan-Minis and a quarter for scale

Conclusion

I think the biggest upside to this kit is its versatility. It is just as comfortable as a stand-alone kit as it is as an addition to someone’s full pick set. Until now, it has been somewhat difficult to find a Bogota triple with a full handle. It will also serve as a great gateway to raking for those who are used to bypassing locks with full sized tools. Every tool in this kit works and offers performance that will satisfy everyone from beginners to pros.

Check out the “Titan-Flats” on SEREPICK.com.

Fight and Flight Tactical Defilade

There are tons of backpacks on the market that are designed to conceal handguns. There aren’t many that can conceal and handgun and protect you from ballistic threats. The Defilade from Fight and Flight Tactical can do both.

The Defilade is a compact backpack that can be used to organize and carry all sort of standard everyday items. However, it can also carry a ballistic plate (and/or a soft armor plate backer) and a handgun. The plate and soft armor are carried in a slip pocket that is inside the main compartment of the bag. The handgun is carried in a pouch that is accessible from three different locations (right, left, and top) so that the bag is completely ambidextrous. The back of the bag has two loops that allow you to slip the bag on like a centurion’s shield. With practice, transferring the pack from your back to your arm and drawing your handgun can be relatively quickly. I suspect that the pack could also be worn on your front using the backpack straps if you needed to free up use of your support hand.

There are two version of the Defilade available – Tactical and EDC. The Tactical model features external MOLLE webbing for adding additional pouches and a detachable “tail gate” which is like a beaver tail storage area that can be used to secure a rifle or other bulky items. The EDC model has no external MOLLE or tail gate which gives it a more innocuous appearance.

Both models have airmesh on the harness for comfort, hydration ports, external sleeves for clipping items like knives and flashlights, and internal Velcro for adding organization. The exterior dimensions of the bag at 17x12x5″ so there is a fair amount of space for gear even with a handgun and rifle plate on board.

Check out the Defilade at Fight and Flight Tactical.

Fenix RC10

The Fenix RC10 is Fenix’s first rechargeable flashlight. PredatorEDC was able to get their hands on one early and provide it to YouTuber Patriot36 for a full review.

Get your own Fenix RC10 on PredatorEDC.com.

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