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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.

JAVRAN HiViz tacStrips

There are times when it is best to blend in and times when you need to be seen. JAVRAN’s HiViz tacStrips can help you during those times that you need to be seen.

JAVRAN’s HiViz tacStrips are available in either a hook (Velcro) backed version or a MOLLE compatible version. These two versions should give you enough flexibility to attach these highly reflective strips on just about any chest rig, plate carrier, backpack or any other piece of gear that you need to be visible from a distance. The HiViz tacStrips also come in a variety of colors.

This would be great to keep on your backpack when you hiking so that you can see your camp from a distance at night or to make yourself visible in a low light training course. There are a number of uses for something like this.

Check out the HiViz tacStrips at JAVRAN.com.

SAR Global Tool Launches New Website

SAR Global Tool, maker of the Eclipse Signal System and other cool stuff, has just launched their new website. The new site features an improved store that makes it easy to tell what is in stock and available. Check it out at SARGlobalTool.com.

Battle Systems Marker Panel, Individual, LW Mk1 Release Dates and Information

We have mentioned the Battle Systems Marker Panel, Indvidual, LW (MPIL) here before as we looked forward to its release. Now, we finally have the release dates for this lightweight, compact day/night capable marker system.

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

The MPIL is designed to replace the legacy VIS-17 panels which are used by ground combat elements for communicating with other ground personnel or air elements. The VIS-17 panels need to be cut down and modified in order to be useful but the MPIL comes ready to work. It is already a handy 17″ x 17″ size and weighs about 1 ounce. It can be folded down to a package that is about 2.5″ x 2.5″ x .5″. There are  sides, international orange (blaze orange) and fluorescent pink, each with a color matched Velcro square in the center which allows the user to attach IR reflective markers (available as an option) for low light/no light use. The tie downs at each corner allow the MPIL to be affixed to your gear or connected to other MPIL via carabiners (National Molding Poli Binas will be available at the time of purchase).

All of this functionality makes for a versatile piece of gear for military personal or any outdoor adventurers. These panels have a place in any kit and are useful for getting found and staying found. Jon L and I are working on a full review of the MPIL.

The MPIL doesn't take up much space.

Battle Systems is initially releasing what it calls the Mk1 version on June 24th. This initial version is about 80% Berry Compliant and it features OD green tie down loops at all 4 corners. The coming Mk2 version will display changes including 100% Berry Compliance and Coyote Brown tie down loops. The best part about this Mk1 version is the special price. They will be available for only $14.99 (the Mk2 version will cost $19.99).

Check out the MPIL at Battle System’s website.

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.

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