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Orange and Coyote Brown MPIL MK1

Coyoteish MPIL

Battle Systems just released a limited number of Coyote Brown-ish and orange MPILs. These panels are designed for those who don’t need two color panels. Battle Systems is calling the color Coyote-ish because the fabric is so shear that the color from the orange side shows through making the coyote color appear slightly off. They are being sold at a special price and when they are gone… they are gone.

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1791apparel

The Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15th, 1791. It is from this date that 1791apparel takes their name.

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1791apparel specializes in t-shirt designs that are both firearm related and somewhat discreet (in most cases) at the same time. Their designs feature an pop art-ish graphic sense that portrays firearm related subjects in such a way that the uninformed will not really know what they are looking at.

I am definitely going to pick up a shirt once I can make up my mind! Check out 1791apparel.com.

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Blue Force Gear Hive Satchel

Blue Force Gear made waves at the SHOT Show with a handful of announcements including the release of the Hive Satchel. The Hive Satchel drew a crowd in part because it is unlike anything else that is available right now and in part because Chris Costa, a collaborator on the pack, was on hand to demo the pack.

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The Hive Satchel is a compact pack that is designed to discreetly carry smaller PDW type weapons. Its lacks external indicators of its purpose like PALS webbing and has a non-typical shape that keeps its contents discreet. The interior is lined with loop Velcro for use with the excellent Blue Force Gear Dappers.

Check out BlueForceGear.com.

 

Minuteman Watches

Minuteman Watches is the brainchild of Thomas Carey of The CGA Watch Company. It is a watch company with a mission. They plan to design watches that can be made in the USA by disabled veterans and a portion of their proceeds will go to veterans charities.

Minuteman Watch Co

Minuteman Watches will be working with Lum-Tec as an OE manufacturer which bodes very well for their quality. They are in the process of getting this venture off the ground by tweaking the designs and working on the tooling for custom cases, hands, and crowns. The parts will come from all over the globe (Swiss Ronda AG movements, Madagascar sapphire crystals, etc.) but they will be assembled in the USA by the veterans.

You can read more about Minuteman Watches on their Facebook Page and their page on TheCGACompany.com.

ESEE Knives SHOT Show News

ESEE will be showing several new models at the SHOT Show. The new stainless models will be on hand including the new Stainless ESEE-3, Stainless ESEE-4, and Stainless Izula. They will also have their gorgeous Damascus Izulas in their booth. These should really turn some heads.

Check out ESEEKnives.com.

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Review: Multitasker Series 2X

The Multitasker Series 2X is the successor to the Multitasker Series 2 multi-tool that I have been using extensively for years. I never go to the range without it and I use it frequently for projects at home. I have become so accustomed to using it that I greeted even the small changes to the 2X with some apprehensiveness.

I have now been using the 2X for a couple of months. I wanted to see if the changes, while mostly fairly subtle, improved or reduced the functionality that I had come to like so much about the Multitasker Series 2.

Multitasker Series 2X

Overview

The Series 2X has the same grippy G-10 handle slabs as the Series 2. These slabs felt like an evolutionary step for a tool meant to be used on greasy, oily, dirty firearms on the Series 2 and it still does now on the Series 2X. It remains one of the best features of the tool.

The Series 2 and Series 2X both possess similar quality of construction. I liked the chunky metal components and bronze washers of the Series 2 and those features are all present on the 2X.

Multitasker Series 2X All Tools

The variety of tools is mostly unchanged save for a few tweaks. The lock up on the blade has been improved. Access to the file has been improved by adding a large notch. The pick, which I only used to fish out the cotter pin on BCGs, has been replaced with a 3/32” punch which is far more useful to me (and any other GLOCK shooter). The bolt scraper, castle nut wrench, box end wrench, and interchangeable tip screwdriver are still intact.

The two most noticeable changes can be found in the plier part of the tool. The original ball bearing pivot has been with a larger “hybrid” that feels nearly as smooth as the original. The jaws have been redesigned on the 2X to provide 2 different gripping surfaces. The teeth are finer near the tip of the jaws and much larger as you move back. The wire cutters are set more toward the center of the jaws.

The same (or a very similar) pouch and assortment of bits is included with the Series 2X. The pouch is made from a semi-rigid nylon material and is quite bulky. It can be attached to MOLLE compatible gear via a single column of webbing though the pouch’s footprint will cover more than just a single column.

The least evident change is the new metal treatment. The Series 2 had a Melonite coating that was extremely durable while the new Series 2X boasts an even more durable PVD finish. They look pretty similar and, so far, they both seem to hold up very well under use.

Multitasker Series 2X Jaws

Observations from Use

I think that much of how you judge the new Series 2X will come down to how you feel about the new plier design. The pivots are close enough to be unnoticeable but the new jaws offer some improved function when trying to grip larger objects like bolts while the finer teeth are the tip of the jaws still work great for doing finer tasks like holding a roll pin vertical while you tap it into the lower receiver. I like the new tooth pattern on the 2X for its increased versatility.

However, there some things I wish were different about the new pliers. The combination of the new pivot and the larger jaws makes the Series 2X noticeably wider than the Series 2 when using the pliers.  It is a large tool to begin with. This may be an issue for users with smaller hands, especially when the pliers are extended to grip a larger bolt. Additionally the new placement of the wire cutters, deep in the center of the thick plier jaws, makes them difficult to use. You can’t really see what you are cutting which may be a non-issue in some cases but it can be a little frustrating if you are trying to make a relatively precise cut.

Multitasker Series 2X Liner Lock

I continue to love the interchangeable tip screwdriver. It is one of the biggest assets of the Multitasker line of tools. I love that it takes normal sized bits so that I can easily and inexpensively build a small kit of bits to carry with the tool to match the specific fasteners that I need. I refuse to consider any tool that sticks me with proprietary bits with a limited selection. I can go to the hardware store and come home with bits to drive just about any fastener with my Multitaskers.

I noticed that the lock up on the knife blade has improved on my Series 2X. It wasn’t bad on the Series 2, it is just better on the 2X. It locks up earlier which gives more room to for wear.

The 3/32” punch is a great addition. It sits on a threaded post that is compatible with the cleaning cable of the Otis cleaning kits. The punch is perfect for detail stripping a GLOCK, pushing a stubborn take-down pin, coaxing a popped primer out of the fire control group, or any other number of tasks. I rarely used the pick attachment that came on the Series 2.

Multitasker Series 2X Pouch and Bits

The pouch is bulky (it has to be to carry what is a large tool by multi-tool standards) and because of that, I never use the MOLLE attachment strap. The size is a bit awkward in that is too wide for the single strap that it has and not quite wide enough for 2 straps. I just toss the whole thing in my bag or leave the pouch at home. Original SOE Gear makes a replacement pouch that is an improvement.

Wrap Up

The Multitasker Series 2X feels bigger and stronger than the Series 2 and that is really saying something. The pouch isn’t anything to write home about and users with small hands may have issues getting their hand around the new, larger grip, but overall I like the improvements. The punch is infinitely more useful to me than the pick. The new teeth on the pliers are more versatile and the other tweaks here and there generally make this a more useful tool to me than the original.

Check out MultitaskerTools.com or buy one at TacStrike.com or Brownells.com.

Multitasker Series 2X Punch

NavELite with HzO WaterBlock Technology

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NavELite has announced an agreement with HzO Inc. to provide their WaterBlock technology for use in the NavELite wrist compass. WaterBlock technology is a microscopic film that is applied to the internal electric components of the compass. WaterBlock technology allowed the NavELite to function after submersion and even during submersion. It adds no weight and does not change the functionality or appearance of the compass.

I recently had the chance to review the NavELite wrist compass and found it to be excellent. The addition of WaterBlock should make it even better.

Check out NavELite.com.

Blade-Tech Appendix IWB Holster

I have been casually looking for a Smith& Wesson J-Frame Revolver AIWB holster to try and Blade-Tech told me that I should keep on eye on their new releases. Sure enough, Blade-Tech has a relatively new Appendix IWB Holster and they recently introduced a J-Frame version.

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Their new straight drop (no negative cant) AIWB holster is made from Kydex. It features an injection molded plastic clip that is designed to function with a wide variety of belt types and widths. It is made from thinner material than what Blade-Tech typically uses so that it keeps a lower profile. it is even molded to allow the use of Crimson Trace Laser Grips.

Check out Blade-Tech.com.

Compact Emergency Signal Mirror, Glass, 2”x2” from Battle Systems

The MPIL from Battle Systems, which we love, is growing into a very complete signal system. There are several new additions on the way (they are pretty slick, stay tuned) but one is available right now – the Compact Emergency Signal Mirror, Glass, 2”x2”.

Battle Systems Mirror

The Compact Emergency Signal Mirror, Glass, 2”x2” will work in any kit but it has features that make it perfectly suited to work with the MPIL. It is 2″ x 2″ to match the size of the folded MPIL so it can be retained by elastic strap that comes with MPIL. The mirror is Velcro backed so that it can be securely retained in the upcoming MPIL pouch that is a collaboration between Battle Systems and TAREINCO or any other Velcro lined pouch.

In addition to the MPIL specific features, it has all of the features that you expect from a premium signal mirror, including glass construction and a retro-reflective aiming grid (allows the mirror to be aimed one handed). It also comes with a laminated instruction card.

Battle Systems continues to grow the MPIL and related accessories into a very complete signal system that works across a broad spectrum of lighting conditions. Check out the new Compact Emergency Signal Mirror, Glass, 2”x2” at BattleSystemsLLC.com.

Battle Systems Mirror with folded MPIL

ESEE Rite In The Rain Notebook

I like Rite In The Rain Notebooks and I like ESEE’s navigation tools so I guess I am sure to like the new ESEE Rite In The Rain Notebook. The new notebook contains the same water-resistant paper that you know from Rite In The Rain along with navigation and survival reference cards and translucent map tools. I always keep a Rite In The Rain Notebook tucked into my map case anyway, so adding the ESEE version will be a no-brainer.

The ESEE Rite In The Rain Notebook is coming soon. Check out ESEEKnives.com.

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