web analytics

Archive | EDC

Smith & Bradley Launches New Site and More Customization Options

Smith & Bradley has rolled out a new website. The new site features a clean, uncluttered look and expanded customization options for some watches. Check out SmithBradleyLTD.com.

GWA Citadel Gen.1

Gear Whores Anonymous (GWA) is now offering their first pack via NextGen Warfighter. The Citadel Gen.1 is a pretty ambitious design. It attempts to serve the travel, EDC, and tactical markets all in one go.

Here is what GWA has to say about the Citadel Gen.1…

The Citadel has been a bag 7 years in the making with every detail painstakingly prototyped & fielded in order to ensure maximum functionality. All this over a 2 year period that has covered over 20,000 miles of road & air travel. Throughout the years we have used dozens of bags while never encountering one perfect design that incorporated everything we wanted in a bag. The Citadel combines all of our favorite & must have features into one bag. This making it our perfect EDC, travel & tactical use pack.

Key Features:
-Main Zip Compartment Velcro® Lined For Tearaway Pouches
-Main Zip Compartment Front Has 2 Zip Pockets, 1 Pleated For Expansion
-2nd Zip Rear Compartment Suited For Documents & Has Padded Laptop Slot
-Water Bottle / Dump Pocket, Expandable (Fits Up To 40oz Bottles)
-2×3 MOLLE / PALS webbing
-Ambidextrous Side Handles For Easing Donning Off / Briefcase Carry
-Padded Top Drag / Carry Handle
-Reverse Type Zippers To Prevent Snagging
-Excess Strap Elastic Keepers
-Exterior Zip Pockets Feature 3 Organizer Pockets
-Adjustable Sternum Strap
-Compression Straps Also Allows Bag To Be Half Open
-Shoulder Straps, Skin Side Features Tweave Fabric For Ultimate Comfort
-3″ x 11″ VELCRO® Field For Patches
-Closed Cell Foam Padded Back w/ Mesh
-Personal Item Carry-on Compliant (almost full-ish)
-Carryon compliant (fully packed)

Specs:
-1000 Denier INVISTA CORDURA® Nylon (Body)
-420 Denier Pack Cloth (Liner)
-VELCRO® Loop
-Tweave Durastretch (Bottle Pocket, Front Panel, Shoulder Straps)
-#8 YKK Zipper Coil & Sliders, Reverse Type
-1″ Mil-W-17337 Webbing
-1″ Mil-T-5038 Binding Tape
-Premium Closed Cell Foam (More Heat & Water Resistant)
-Milspec Acetal Hardware, Buckles, Sliders, D-Rings
-Reinforced Bartack Stitching Where Required

Dims:
-2.2lbs (Empty)
-19″ Length x 11″ Width x 7″ Depth (Overall)
-19″ Length x 11″ Width x 5.5″ Depth (Main Compartment)
-19″ Length x 11″ Width x 1.5″ Depth (Rear Laptop / Document Compartment)
-9.5″ Length x 11″ Width (Interior Front Face Zip Pocket, Top)
-9.5″ Length x 11″ Width (Interior Front Face Zip Pocket, Bottom, Expandable)
-8.5″ Length x 11″ Width (Exterior Top Zip Pocket)
-10.5″ Length x 11″ Width (Exterior Bottom Zip Pocket, Expandable)

Origin:
-Concepted / Designed / Manufactured in the USA w/ USA Materials

Check out the Citadel Gen.1 at NextGen Warfighter.

Snake Eater Tactical Tourniquet Optimized Burro

The Snake Eater Tactical (SET) Pistol Burro Magazine Pouches will carry a wide variety of items including tourniquets. However, tourniquets can be a bit of a tight squeeze so now SET has introduced a new tourniquet specific version of the Burro – The Tourniquet Pouch Burro.

The Tourniquet Pouch Burro is constructed the same way as the other Burro pouches – heavy duty elastic outer, an articulated stiffening insert, and a HANK/Hypalon liner to grip the contents – but it is slightly wider to accommodate the width of tourniquets like the CAT and SOF-T. It also has a small loop material square sewn on the front that can be used to display a medical marker.

Tourniquet Pouch Burro at SnakeEaterTactical.com

The EDC Tool Roll: Engineer DR-07 Twin Wrench Driver

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 Engineer DR-07 Twin Wrench Driver is my favorite screw driver solution for a compact tool kit. I’ve had it for some time now and purposely held off on mentioning it here until I could test the Tekton 14-in-1 Offset Driver as a potential lower cost alternative. While the Tekton is functional, everything about the Engineer DR-07 is a step above.

The Engineer DR-07 Twin Wrench Driver is a Japanese manufactured replaceable bit screw driver that accepts bits at either end of its “L” shaped handle. The 10 included bits and bit carrier are of excellent quality and well marked both on the bit carrier and the bits themselves. The included bits are very much like standard 1/4″ shank bits but slightly longer. However, the DR-07 will accept standard bits though they sit slightly deeper in the bit holders.

The bits are retained via a detent and spring steel collar. This set up applies solid tension even on bits that aren’t notched. The spring steel collar is thicker and provides better tension than the one found on the Tekton version. The bit holders are also magnetized which is a nice touch.

The Tekton version of this tool has a hard plastic cover on the handle but the Engineer DR-07 features a very resilient rubber handle that feels great in the hand. The rubber is molded over an entirely steel structure beneath for strength. The DR-07 also has finer knurling on the bit holders that allows good grip and fine control when turning a screw.

The beauty of this driver is the offset design. This “L” shape keeps the tool very compact but allows the user good reach and the ability to apply a lot of torque when necessary. This one is what you will find in my EDC Tool Roll more often than not. It is one of the few compact drivers that can actually reach screws like an AR-15 grip screw and still provide enough tool to hold onto when loosening or tightening the screw.

I should note that, like the previously profiled Tekton driver, this tool does NOT ratchet. For some reason, almost everyone who puts hands on this thing thinks it is going to ratchet but it does not.

Everything about this tool screams quality. The chromed finish is smooth and seemingly very durable. The bit holders have great tension and use robust parts to retain the bits. The grip is very comfortable in the hand. The included bits and bit holder are some of the nicest I’ve seen included with a tool like this. I own a handful of tools from Engineer and this is what I have come to expect from them.

Where to Buy: I’ve never seen this tool anywhere but online. I purchased mine from Amazon for around $26 shipped. It shipped from Japan which took about 3 weeks to arrive but it was worth the wait given that it is easily my favorite compact screw driver. As of the time of this writing, the price has dropped significantly to around $17 shipped on Amazon: Engineer DR-07 Twin Wrench Driver

You may also be able to find a deal on auction sites. Be advised, these will ship from Japan most of the time so expect to wait.

Alternatives: We’ve reviewed a number of other compact screw drivers in previous installments of The EDC Tool Roll (click the links below to read the reviews):

Tekton 14-in-1 Offset Screwdriver (2945) (This is nearly identical to the DR-07 but with lower, though still acceptable, quality)

Replaceable Edition Fix It Sticks

Doc Allen’s VersaTool

Wera Kraftform Kompact 25


Do you have a compact driver that you prefer or any other tool you want to recommend? Tell us about it below.

Signet Ring – Paramilitary Series from Wise Men Company

Wise Men Company has introduced a new version of their Signet Ring, this time for the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 and 3. The Signet Ring attaches to the Paramilitary to provide improved deployment and retention. It is machined from aluminum and has a 1″ diameter loop to fit most hands. There are versions available for both the Paramilitary 2 and Paramilitary 3 so be sure to select the correct version.

WiseManCompany.com

Free Trigger Guard Holster with Purchase of CCS at Black Rhino Concealment

Black Rhino Concealment (BRC) is offering a free Trigger Guard Holster with the purchase of any of their CCS Holsters just to say “thank you” to their customers. You don’t need a coupon code. Just browse for your handgun make and model, add the holster to your cart, and BRC will automatically add the free holster to your order.

This would also be a great excuse to check out their new and improved website: BlackRhinoConcealment.com

20% OFF Wilderness and Hostage Escape Cards at Re Factor Tactical

RE Factor Tactical is offering 20% off their Wilderness and Hostage Escape Cards for a limited time. I’ve given several of these as gifts and they are always a hit.

Survival Cards at REFactorTactical.com

VZ Daggers

You know VZ Grips but it’s time to get acquainted with VZ Daggers. These non-metallic daggers are made from your choice of G-10 and Carbon Fiber. These are designed to be piercing tools with a wedged point, a heavily textured grip, a flared pommel, and a thumb index divot that is reminiscent of the venerable OSS Thumb Daggers.

The VZ Daggers come in three sizes: small, medium, and large. They are called the Discrete, Don, and Executive respectively. All three sizes are available in Black G-10, Grey G-10, or Carbon Fiber. The Executive and Discrete share the same “argyle” grip pattern while the Don features a heavily grooved grip pattern. All three models are fullered and have lanyard holes.

Keep an eye on VZ’s Dagger product page for new additions coming soon: VZGrips.com

Titanium Norton’s Universal Cleaning Stick from CountyComm

I am a sucker for CountyComm and their eclectic assortment of gadgets that I didn’t know I needed. I think I placed my first order there when I was in college, likely around 2000 or 2001. The first order was followed by several more over the years and one of those early orders included the handy Norton’s UCS or Universal Cleaning Stick.

CountyComm just introduced a new version of the UCS in titanium. The original plastic UCS is great for light scraping, pushing rags into nooks and crannies while cleaning, and even for setting stubborn pins or detents in tight spots. I expect that the titanium version would do all of that but could be even better at setting pins because of the additional rigidity. As you can see in the image above, the more rigid titanium also allows the UCS to turn screws – another trick that the original couldn’t really do effectively.

Check out the new Titanium Norton’s UCS at CountyComm.

The EDC Tool Roll: Tekton 14-in-1 Offset 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.


I initially bought the Tekton 14-in-1 Offset Screwdriver (2945) because it looked like a more affordable version of one my favorite tools. It turned out to be a pretty solid tool on its own. I’ll profile the original tool in a future edition of The EDC Tool Roll.

The 14-in-1 Offset Screwdriver is a replaceable bit screwdriver that can accept bits at either end of it’s “L” shaped handle. The bits that come with it are double sided but it will also accept standard 1/4″ shank bits (they just sit a smidge deeper in the bit holder). The tool includes 7 double sided bits – hence the 14-in-1 moniker.

The bits are retained via a detent and spring steel collar. This set up applies solid tension even on bits that aren’t notched. The handle is plastic over metal with the metal seeming to run all the way through the tool. There is no flex or twisting under load so it seems that the metal shaft runs from end to end.

The beauty of this driver is the offset design. This “L” shape keeps the tool very compact but allows the user decent reach and the ability to apply a lot of torque when necessary. I find myself reaching for this tool in all kinds of situations, even when I have a tool chest full of other screw driving options. I keep this one in my range bag because it is one of the few compact drivers that can actually reach screws like an AR-15 grip screw and still provide enough tool to hold onto when loosening or tightening the screw. It’s ability to accept standard bits means I can use it on just about any fastener found on my guns.

I should note that this tool does NOT ratchet. For some reason, almost everyone who puts hands on this thing thinks it is going to ratchet but it does not. There are even people who give it poor reviews online because it doesn’t ratchet… even though the descriptions of the tool never say that it does.

I should also note that the bit holder is marginal. It holds bits but it doesn’t clip onto the tool very well which renders the pocket clip on the holder mostly useless. This wasn’t a big deal for me since I’ll never clip something like this into a pocket.

Overall, this is a very handy tool for around $10.

Where to Buy: I’ve never seen this tool or the other version of it that I use anywhere but online. I purchased mine from Amazon for $10 shipped (which is almost half what I paid for the other tool I mentioned): Tekton 14-in-1 Offset Screwdriver (2945)

Alternatives: We’ve reviewed a number of other compact screw drivers in previous installments of The EDC Tool Roll (click the links below to read the reviews):

Replaceable Edition Fix It Sticks

Doc Allen’s VersaTool

Wera Kraftform Kompact 25


Do you have a compact driver that you prefer or any other tool you want to recommend? Tell us about it below.

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes

%d bloggers like this: