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Carbine in Hand – New Shirt from Victory-Wear

Victory-Wear’s upcoming Carbine in Hand Shirt features a graphic of the Liberty Bell complete with an arm holding an AR-15 carbine as the “crack”. It also features the words, “United we stand, with carbine in hand”. The graphic and words may be simple but the meanings are powerful as it relates to the Second Amendment and liberty in general.

You can pre-order the shirt now at Victory-Wear.com. They are also hosting a giveaway on the Victory-Wear Facebook page to celebrate its release.

The EDC Tool Roll: Knipex Pliers Wrench (86 03 125)

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.


Knipex Pliers Wrenches might be my favorite tool in my tool chest and my EDC Tool Roll. I say this not only because of how well they work but because of how clever they are. What I mean is, I really like how they work but I love the idea of them too!

Knipex Pliers Wrench (right) shown with Cobra Pliers (left).

If you can imagine adjustable pliers that have been retooled with some engineering magic to have parallel opening jaws, you have the idea of the Pliers Wrench. They open and close like pliers but have the flat, parallel opening jaws of a wrench. The result is a tool that can “ratchet” by simply loosening your grip, has very fine adjustability, lets you easily control the pressure on the fastener with your grip, and can handle much larger fasteners than similarly sized adjustable wrenches.

These parallel jaws allow other uses like straightening sheet metal. They can also be used to push in roll pins and work especially well on stubborn pins like the bolt catch roll pin on an AR-15 lower receiver. You just place the Pliers Wrench over the pin and squeeze your grip to push it into place.

I own 3 different sizes of the Pliers Wrench but the one I carry daily is the 5″ version (86 03 125). It is the same size as the Knipex Cobra Pliers that I also carry and between the two of them, I can get a lot done. This tool is surprisingly small but it can be adjusted wide enough to turn 7/8″ diameter fasteners.

One thing that makes the 5″ version especially well suited to everyday carry or range bag use is how thin the jaws are. The tool itself is extremely stout but the jaws taper to just less than 1/8″ thick at the tips. This makes it easy to get on the smaller nuts and bolts often found on optics mounts or other gear.

I purchased my 5″ Knipex Pliers Wrench (86 03 125) at Amazon. I have found the larger sizes locally at places like Sears Hardware but never the 5″ version so I had to purchase online.

For a lower priced alternative adjustable wrench that is compact but still handles larger fasteners, check out the Lobster Shorty. We will eventually post some comparisons of a few options in a later installment of The EDC Tool Roll.

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

RE Factor Tactical Blasting Cap in Tiger Stripe Camo

RE Factor Tactical’s Blasting Cap is available in a number of colors and camo patterns but you can only get the newest one, Tiger Stripe, at SKD Tactical. Like previous versions, this one features solid front panels with mesh side and back panels. Both the front and rear of the hat feature large 3.5″ x 2″ loop panels along with a 1″ x 1″ panel on top. These are built by FlexFit so the quality is good and the fit is right.

Fight and Flight Tactical A.S.P. (Ambidextrous Sling Pack) – Designed for PDW/SBR/Pistol Carry

Fight and Flight Tactical’s new ASP or Ambidextrous Sling Pack is now available. As the name indicates, the ASP is a sling bag with a single shoulder strap. The strap is designed to be wide at the top to distribute weight and work equally well on either shoulder by switching the lower strap attachment point. The ASP was specifically designed with PDW/SBR/AR Pistol carry in mind and it has a few purpose-built features to support that intended use.

There is a grab handle on the top of the shoulder strap that can be used to pull the bag around to the front of the wearer in order to access its payload and make better use of body armor (more on this later). This action can be done without dismounting the pack, allowing faster access and giving the wearer the ability to reload from the bag.

The bag features 3 large compartments all of which offer “pass-through” style opening from either side of the bag. The rear most compartment can be used to carry a body armor panel. The front compartment can be used to carry magazines and other gear. The largest compartment, is accessed via a dual, parallel zippered flap that can be ripped out of the way quickly and provides easy access to the firearm it is intended to carry. All of the compartments have loop material lining to allow the use of hook backed organization accessories.

The ASP also features a couple of smaller admin slip pockets. It is available in a variety of colors including some lower profile color combinations that lack any exterior PALS webbing so the ASP could be low profile enough to serve as an EDC bag.

Check out the ASP at Fight and Flight Tactical

 

SKD Tactical Introduces PIG FDT Echo Women’s Utility Glove

SKD Tactical has just introduced the second glove in their PIG FDT line designed specifically for women. The new PIG FDT Echo Women’s Utility Glove shares the same feature set as the men’s PIG FDT Delta Utility Glove (reviewed here). These slip on gloves are the most affordable in the line, and if they are anything like the Delta gloves, they might just become your favorite.

Features include:

  • Touchscreen compatible forefinger and thumb
  • Fold-over finger construction to eliminate fingertip discomfort
  • Multi-piece palm for superior hand fit
  • Single-layer palm for unequaled firearm grip
  • Bar-tacked paracord pull loop
  • Silicon print on the palm for enhanced grip on slippery surfaces
  • Elastic wrist for quick don and doff sequence
  • Available in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green & Carbon Grey

SKDTac.com

Review: TacPack February 2017 Edition

The February 2017 TacPack is here and I’ll tell you right up front that this is my favorite one to date.

Hopefully you are familiar with the concept of TacPack by now. If not, you can read the reviews of the previous TacPacks for some background on this subscription box.

Like I said before, this month’s box is my favorite to date. The perceived value is high. The usefulness and/or cool factor of the included items is high. It has a very high, I’ve-Been-Wanting-to-Try -One-of-Those factor. The TacPack has no weak items this month.

LiveFire Gear 550 FireCord – You can never have too much paracord and you can never have too many emergency firestarting materials tucked away in your EDC or various kits. LiveFire Gear’s 550 FireCord is both. It’s paracord with an inner strand that serves as an excellent emergency tinder. 25 feet is enough to make a ton of zipper pulls and lanyards.

TricornE Spool Tool – If you have paracord, you want/need a Spool Tool. This ingenious tool allows you to wrap 100 feet of paracord on it where it sits, ready to be used in projects. The tool also has an integrated cordage cutter, a bracket for holding a Mini Bic lighter, notches for holding the cord while you fuse the end, and a lanyard hole.

Bull Moose Tactical Muzzle Device – This brake is threaded 1/2×28 so it should fit a variety of rifles. I haven’t tried it yet but I will.

North Shore Kustoms Equalizer – I like knucks. I used to sell them back when we operated Edge/Equipped and I even had occasion to design one. I’ll probably never use one in any sort of defensive way. To me, they are a novelty that represents a craftsman who translates a design directly into metal. They are interesting objects that are cool to own, cool to talk about, and that is enough of a purpose for… Hold on… This one has a bottle opener!

TacPack Patch – You like patches don’t you? Of course you do.

LiveFire Gear 40% Off Coupon – The final item in the box is a 40% coupon for LiveFire Gear. I’ll put that to use for sure!

If you want to try TacPack, you can check them out at TacPack.com. They are saying that the items in the March box will have a total value of $115 and a TacPack sometime in the near future will feature the debut of a new item from Hexmag.

BLADETRICKS Stop Switch

If you took a push knife and stripped it down to its barest essentials, it might look something like the BLADETRICKS Stop Switch. The spike like “blade” flares to a rounded handle with G10 scales that rests against the palm the same way the handle on a push dagger would. This compact, minimalist design makes Stop Switch easy to carry and intuitive to use.

The Stop Switch is custom made by BLADETRICKS so the specs vary from knife to knife. The one shown below with yellow G10 handle slabs is ground from 3mm thick 6150 steel with an overall length of 70mm (2.75″). You can view it and other custom knives at BLADETRICKS.net.

GunfightersINC Spectre Shoulder Holster Upgrades

There are a lot of kydex benders that will help you put a holster on your waist. I think GunfightersINC is hell bent on being the leaders in putting a holster on your upper body with their Kenai Chest Holster and the Spectre Shoulder Holster! Speaking of the Spectre, they have just rolled out a few updates to it including new options, new lower pricing, and a new tool that makes it easy to customize your own Spectre.

The new cant options allow for full size handguns (G34 shown) and 33rd mags to remain concealable.

The new options available for the Spectre include a number of new weapon lights that you can choose on the holster side. You can also now choose to add a 45 degree cant or a vertical orientation to the holster side which makes concealing full size handguns like 1911s or Glock 34/35s easier.

The new pricing is now 25% less than the price of the Spectre at its introduction. GunfightersINC has improved their processes and have streamlined production on the Spectre to the point that they can bring the price in line with their popular Kenai Chest Holster. It’s the same holster but more efficiency means lower prices for you.

Finally, the new Spectre Shoulder Holster Configurator tool opens up a host of new options and gives you complete control over your holster. It walks you through the selection of every option for each configurable part on the Spectre.

If you want a pistol holster on one side and a suppressor holder on the other, you can do that. If you want pistol magazine pouches on both sides to support your pistol caliber carbine, you can do that. If you want pistol holsters on both sides so you can dual wield Glock 19s, you can do that too (just please don’t open carry them to Starbucks so we don’t all look bad).

Check out the Spectre Shoulder Holster Configurator at GunfightersINC.com.

The EDC Tool Roll: Replaceable Fix It Sticks

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.


The genesis of this series, The EDC Tool Roll, was my frustration at my multi-tools for never quite being the right tool. Sure, they will do a lot, but sometimes you just need a real tool which started my quest to build a pocketable tool kit. My search for a screw driver that was both a real tool and yet still compact enough to work in this pocketable kit lead me to Fix It Sticks.

The Replaceable Fix It Sticks are comprised of two separate sections that can be used individually as a small driver for tight spaces or together to form a t-handle driver. Each of the two sections can hold a standard 1/4″ bit at each end meaning I can keep 4 bits of my choosing on the tool, ready to use. I also carry a small assortment of bits for the fasteners that I am likely to encounter.

I tried several other drivers before settling on the Fix It Sticks. Most interchangable bit drivers were too large. Others were pocketable but lacked reach or were too small to apply a decent amount of torque comfortably. The Fix It Sticks, with their take-down format split that difference beautifully. They pack small but function much like a full size tool.

Fix It Sticks are made in the USA and available in a number of configurations. I like the Replacables for EDC and purchased mine from Amazon.

They also makes these in kit form specifically for shooters with slick options like in-line torque limiters. Those kits are available at Tactical Works.

Of all the tools I added to my kit, the screwdriver was the hardest to finally settle on so I will be interested to hear what you carry. If you have an EDC worth driver that you prefer, comment below.

Ban the ATF 2.0 T-Shirt from Russian Roulette Clothing

Russian Roulette Clothing has given their Ban the ATF shirt a face lift. The new 2.o version of the shirt has full color graphics with an image of a tax stamp in the background. It is printed on a USA made, Anvil brand t-shirt.

Check out the Ban the ATF 2.0 shirt at Russian Roulette Clothing.

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