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Emerson Knives to Debut Balisongs at Blade Show 2017

Blade Show 2017 is already stacking up to be a great one with several high profile new releases. The upcoming Emerson Knives Balisongs stand tall among those hotly anticipated new knives. They gave the first sneak peek at their one of their Blade Show Attention Grabbers today in the form of this single image…

Details are sparse, of course, but these look like everything you would expect from Emerson with their textured black G-10 scales and sloping thumb ramp with jimping and Wave Opener.

Prototype Beaver Tail Pouch for HPG Tarahumara from Penogear

Custom gear maker, Penogear, recently showed off a prototype Beaver Tail Pouch for the Hill People Gear Tarahumara Pack. The pouch adds some internal storage volume via a large compartment with zippered openings on both sides. It also adds “beaver tail” functionality so that compressible items like rain shells may be secured between the pack and the Beaver Tail Pouch.

When you don’t need the pouch, it can be rolled up and stowed on the Tarahumara’s bottom compression cord. When you do need it, the pouch can be attached to the Tarahumara’s existing attachment points via ITW Nexus hardware and webbing clips.

You can check out Penogear on Facebook to keep up on their latest projects.

1 Shot AK Magazines/Bottle Openers from Bad Element Co.

Bad Element Co. is like the AK Magazine Whisperer. He can massage a roughly machined piece of ComBloc steel into a work of art but sometimes the mags are a little too rough to coax anything out of them… Anything except maybe the worlds coolest bottle opener.

Every once in a while, Bad Element Co. turns tired old magazines that would otherwise be relegated to the trash bin into bottle openers. They are basically cut down to a size that you could almost consider carrying as a key chain and modified so that the spring, follower, and baseplate can be re-installed. Then a split ring is added so you can attach some keys. You use the feed lips to pry off the bottle caps with ease (it works, you can test it with your regular AK mags right now… go ahead).

The best part is that these bottle openers still work as a magazines! They will hold 1 round, lock into your AK, feed, and fire.

You can check out Bad Element Co. at their website. If you want one of these very limited bottle openers, your best bet is to watch their Instagram page for when they are available or get in touch directly.

Clever Kydex Retention Strap Concept from PYRENEES.TAC

French kydex bender, PYRENEES.TAC, is doing some very interesting things with kydex knife sheaths including this clever retention strap.

The shock cord strap wraps over the guard of the knife to act as a secondary retention aid. The sheath has a small stud that the strap hooks onto via a pull-tab that is molded to fit the stud. This is a very clever way to use standard, pre-existing hardware to create something new.

You can check out PYRENEES.TAC on their Facebook page.

Hook and Loop Protos-M Holster – Black Arch Holsters

Black Arch Holsters now offers a hook backed version of their Protos-M Holster. The hook backing means you can mount this holster anywhere there is loop material like the inside of your EDC bag or… in a microwave (which I don’t recommend).

Maxpedition JUHL Utility Hook

Maxpedition’s JUHL Utility Hook is designed to attach to 1″ (25mm) webbing. The JUHL (pronounced “jewel”) is small enough to stay mostly out of the way until you need it. Use it to hand gloves or earpro on your MOLLE belt or to attach keys, water bottles, or a cap to your EDC pack. They are made from durable nylon and come in packs of 4 with a $12.99 MSRP.

The JUHL Utility Hook will be available this summer. Check out Maxpedition.com to be notified when they are available.

The EDC Tool Roll: Wera Kraftform Kompact 25 Screwdriver

The EDC Tool Roll is a feature on Jerking the Trigger in which we profile various every day carry worthy tools. The tools shown aren’t multi-tools but rather real tools, that by virtue of their compact size, light weight, usefulness, or unique functionality, can find a place in any range kit, emergency kit, or every day carry bag.

Feel free to comment on the tools that you carry so we can all learn! The discussion on these posts has been very valuable so far.


There are times when only a full size screw driver will do but, they can be a little awkward and a little dangerous to carry in a pocket. That is where the Wera Kraftform Kompact 25 Screwdriver comes in. This handy little bugger has some tricks up its sleeve that make it both pocketable and long enough to reach an AR-15 grip screw.

The Kraftform Kompact 25 features what Wera calls a “Bayonet Blade” meaning that the shaft can be depressed and locked into the handle. The screwdriver made be used in this compact mode or the user can press the collar to instantly deploy the full length driver shaft under spring tension. Pressing the collar down again when the Bayonet Blade is extended allows it to be removed from the handle completely for use as a bit adapter for a drill or impact driver.

There is another feature that keeps this screwdriver compact for carry. It has the ability to store 6 bits inside the handle. There are bits included or you can substitute any of your own standard 1/4″ hex shank bits. The bits are carried in a compartment that is accessed by pressing a button on the butt of the handle. The handled snaps open under spring tension when the button is pressed.

Wera’s bit holder design is the best I’ve used. There is no play or wobble when the bit is installed. You simply press the bit into the holder to capture it or pull up on the free-spinning collar to release it. The collar spins so that you can place your fingers there to stabilize a screw or bolt while you drive it which can really come in handy if you have the space to use such a feature.

This has become my favorite screwdriver to have on hand when I am working around our homestead or on the shooting range. It is the only driver that I have found that can be both pocketable and large enough to do the work of a full size screwdriver. It’s size means I can actually reach and then apply appropriate torque to an AR-15 grip screw which is just about impossible with any other multitool or EDC oriented screwdriver.

I should note that while this is considerably more compact than a full size screwdriver, the handle still has some bulk. It is pocketable but, if you were going to carry it for EDC, you would probably want to keep it in your pack most of the time. It does fit inside both the Triple Seven Gear Micro Kit and Maxpedition Micro Pocket Organizer “tool rolls” that we have profiled in this series.

Where to Buy: I can’t find these in any brick and mortar store in my area but there are a handful of sources online. It is worth shopping around for the best price. Ebay sellers often have good prices on these. When I purchased mine a couple of years ago, Amazon was the best choice: Wera Kraftform Kompact 25 on Amazon

Alternatives: I haven’t found a true alternative for this since it is essentially a full size driver that packs small enough to carry, but we have profiled other drivers on The EDC Tool Roll that I know work well:


Do you have a compact driver that you prefer? Tell us about it below.

Henry Holsters Roland Special Holster

If you are looking for a AIWB (or IWB) holster for a Roland Special, Henry Holsters can help. Their AIWB Light Bearing Holster is relieved to accommodate slide mounted red dot sights and has options to accommodate the most popular lights on the market right now. The holster is designed so that the light bezel is fully enclose but the muzzle end is open so that the holster can accommodate a brake.

Like all their AIWB holsters, these holsters feature the integral contact pad that is designed to turn the grip of the handgun in toward the wearer to enhance concealment.

Henry Holsters Roland Special Holster

 

RE Factor Tactical Grey Blasting Cap Clearance

RE Factor Tactical is clearing out their grey Blasting Caps. They are $10 off their normal price while supplies last.

Blasting Cap at RE Factor Tactical

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