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Duffel Bag Backpack Project

Here is an interesting project. Matt Arrell of Home Combat Magazine is gathering funding for a project that would turn used military duffel bags into useful EDC backpacks. Since the bags would be made from used duffel bags, they would be tough and no two would be the same. Matt shared some of the initial drawings with me and these bags have some real potential.

You can learn more and get on board with the project at indiegogo.com.

Update: The initial drawings for what the bags will look like have been shared on the indiegogo page and there is a new video with more information.

Custom Kydex Makers Adopting the G-Code RTI Hangers

The G-Code RTI system is about as slick as it gets. It allows you to quickly and easily move kydex accessories like holsters and mag pouches from one mounting solution to another. It is an extremely adaptable and modular system that can be attached to everything from MOLLE webbing, to belts, to drop leg hangers, and everything in between. Now, the RTI Hangers appears to be enjoying some level of standardization as it has been adopted by 2 custom kydex benders: Off the Grid Concepts LLC and Fury Carry Solutions.

This type of standardization is very good for the consumer as it broadens the availability, cross-compatibility, and versatility of a system. I hope more companies in the industry will begin to follow this example.

Off the Grid Concepts LLC

Fury Carry Solutions


SAR Global Tool Giveaway

Spencer at SAR Global Tool was generous enough to provide some gear to give away to you Trigger Jerks. I have a Moon-Glow Micro Eclipse and 3 SAR Eclipse Signal Systems (SESS). If you are keeping track, that is 4 items which mean we will have 4 winners.

The Gear

Spencer has a gift for making gear that is extremely functional and extremely good looking. The Moon-Glow Micro Eclipse is no exception. It is a piece of function and wearable art. It looks cool around your neck and could really save your bacon. Stay tuned for a more complete review at a later date.

We have reviewed the SESS before on JTT and it is easily one of the coolest pieces of gear to cross our desk. We have 2 of the SESS/c versions and 1 SESS/b to giveaway. You guys are going to love these things.

The Rules

1st prize will be the Moon-Glow Micro Eclipse and 3 runners up will receive an SESS. We will draw 4 numbers at random to determine the 4 winners.

Comment on this post with a number between 1 and 2000. Use a working email address when you comment (we will use it to contact you). If you choose a number that has already been chosen, your entry will be discarded. One entry per person only.

This giveaway will be open until July 13th, 2012.


Comments are closed. Stand by for winners.


The winning numbers, according to Random.org, are:

  • 1258 – Closest is Rob with 1250 (1st Prize)
  • 1354 – Closest is Andrew H with 1342
  • 420 – Closest is Jay with 413
  • 1780 – Closest is Mike with 1776

TAREINCO 4th of July Sale

TAREINCO is running a sale this weekend to celebrate Independence Day. All TAREINCO gear is currently 15% off through July 5th. This includes the new T/A-Sleeve which is a feature rich sleeve for your tablet computer.

Check out the sale at TAREINCO.com.

Elzetta Custom Shop

Are you looking for a flashlight that will work even when it is completely full of water, that you can repeatedly drive nails with, and that you can engrave the name of your sweetheart on? Then look no further than Elzetta and their new Custom Shop.

From their press release…

Elzetta Design, LLC continues to lead the tactical lighting industry in versatility, configurability, and personalization and is pleased to announce the new Elzetta Custom Shop Program featuring individualized engraving of Elzetta ZFL-M60 LED Flashlights.  Customers may choose from 72 Elzetta ZFL-M60 flashlight configurations and then make their flashlight truly unique by having their name, department, badge number, slogan, or other text laser engraved into the body at the factory.  Elzetta Flashlights, like all Elzetta products, are Made in USA with a limited lifetime warranty.  More information is available at www.ELZETTA.com.

They will be offering engraving for single lights or entire batches. The fees are very reasonable and the end product looks great. Check out the Elzetta Custom Shop at Elzetta.com.

More Emerson Knives / Multitasker Tools Collaboration News

There is a lot of hype building up around the upcoming Emerson Knives/Multitasker Tools collaboration tools – the EDC and EK-1. A interesting new development emerged recently regarding a feature that “EDC” (a Swiss Army Knife type tool). The EDC will feature a 90/180 degree lock on the screw driver. This will allow the use to use it as a typical inline drive or with the handle at 90 degrees to the blade for more torque. That is pretty clever.

Combative Edge 2012 Model Knives

Combative Edge has completed a complete refresh of their line of knives for 2012. There are changes to all three models that they offer: the M1, the SR11, and the Salus.

The changes to the two folders, the M1 and SR11, are sweeping and impressive. These changes include a new framelock stabilizer, new pocket clip with more tension, an improved detent, and a locking pivot screw. Additionally, the SR11 will now come with a black G-10 scale instead of the original green micarta. Many of these changes are the result of direct input from end users.

The Salus will remain much the same with one major change. It will now be offered with a drop point blade shape instead of the original tanto.

There will be 100 M1’s, 100 SR11’s, and 200 SALUS knives so you will have to act fast. You can pre-order all of the 2012 models now from Combative Edge. You can find more information and picture on the Combative Edge Facebook page.

Battle Systems MPIL Mk1 Available Now at Special Price

Today is the day! The Battle Systems Mark Panel, Individual, Lightweight (MPIL) Mk1 is available now at a special introductory price. You can read more about them in this previous post on JTT and buy your own at BattleSystemsLLC.com.

This Multicam Mystery Ranch Crew Cab would be tough to spot without the MPIL affixed to it.

Gear Keeper Integrated Retractable Holsters

I am a big fan of dummy cording gear to myself and I am a big fan of Gear Keepers. I use their retractable lanyards to retain all kinds of important gear like a GPS unit when hiking. Their lanyards are easily the most robust and trustworthy retractable lanyards that I have used. Now, those retractable lanyards are available integrated into MOLLE pouches.

The Integrated Retractable Holsters come in three sizes: small, medium, and large. The small should work for smaller flashlights and the medium should work for larger lights, GPS devices, and maybe even a monocular. The large is designed to work with a radio. The pouches are also available in two colors, coyote brown and ACU camo.

If you have ever lost something important in the field, you will want to check out the Gear Keeper Integrated Retractable Holsters on GearKeeper.com.

Tru-Nord Compasses

The vast majority of the small compasses on the market are complete garbage. They quickly develop bubbles, break, reverse poles, and generally display all sorts of behaviors that make them impossible to trust. Tru-Nord compasses are the exact opposite. The quality of these compasses is legendary. They are far and away the best button compasses that I have ever used.

Tru-Nord’s compasses have a number of features that really set them apart. First, they are dry compasses. This means that there is no dampening fluid inside the body of the compass. It can’t leak, it can’t develop bubbles, and it won’t slow down in cold weather. Second, the bodies of the compasses are made from solid brass. They can really take a beating. Finally, they can be ordered per-compensated for the magnetic declination of your intended area of use. Say good bye to LARS and RALS.

I used to own one of the 200CB pin on models and I foolishly gave it away years ago. It could be kept pinned to a jacket or backpack strap (or chest rig, or plate carrier) and referenced easily just by glancing down. The huge brass pin was very secure it just seemed to shrug off anything the trail could throw at it. This little trip down memory lane is making me want to order a new compass!

Check out TruNord.com.

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