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Review: Streamlight TLR-7

Streamlight’s TLR-7 is their first entry into the compact, EDC weapon light market that has come about recently. Most of the lights in this space are giving up something in terms of output, runtime, and ergonomics to their full size counterparts. The best lights try to balance all of these factors. How well does the TLR-7 balance all of these considerations? Let’s dig in.

Specs:

  • Weight: 2.41 ounces
  • Length: 2.1″
  • Width: 1.2″
  • Output: 500 lumens
  • Runtime: 1.5 hours
  • Battery: 1x CR123A

Observations from Use

I will say up front that I really like this light with one caveat. Unfortunately, that caveat may be a big one for some shooters.The TLR-7 is the right kind of compact. It is built around a single CR123A battery and closely matches the width of many popular modern handguns. It isn’t just easy to carry. It’s very comfortable to carry. By matching the width of most handguns, Streamlight has made a light that can actually make your handgun MORE comfortable to carry. The holsters for this light, with something like a Glock, are often very flat and slab-like which seems to reduce hot spots… for me at least.

The output (500 lumens) and runtime (1.5 hours) are great and Streamlight nailed the beam shape. Some compact weapon lights have beams that are obviously very slanted toward illuminating objects at close range. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but Streamlight has developed a very balanced beam pattern for the TLR-7 that offers a broad and bright hotspot with a generous spill beam. It is a great compromise between an “across the room” beam and an “across the parking garage” beam.

The TLR-7’s mounting system is solid, low profile, and adaptable. It comes with a variety of cross bars to accommodate just about any handgun. The locking disk can be turned with a flat blade screwdriver or an improvised item like a coin.

I especially like the lockout bezel feature on the TLR-7. Most light makers just tell you to back the bezel off the light in order to prevent accidental activation during storage or transport. Streamlight actually installed a tactile detent on the TLR-7 so you can feel when you hit the lock out point and the bezel is then less likely to back itself off any further during transport.

And now for the caveat… Streamlight designed this light to be compact and as you might expect, it’s activation paddles are also compact. Unfortunately, some users will find them too compact and difficult to reach. I lock the support hand wrist which places my thumb forward and high. Reaching the paddles and pushing them forward is not difficult for me with my medium sized hands… but it definitely isn’t as easy as a full sized weapon light. If your hands are smaller or your grip places your thumb further back on the grip, you may have difficulty operating this light.

I strongly recommend getting your hands on one these lights before you buy to ensure that it will work for you. If it does, I think you will be really pleased with it. I have just over 1200 rounds through my G19 with this light mounted with about 450 of those while actively testing the light. The light is working like second-nature to me with minimal adjustment to my grip but it is easy to for me to see how this might not ever work for some people.

Wrap Up

The TLR-7 offers a LOT of performance for a compact weapon light. The output and beam shape are excellent. The lock out feature is well executed and clever. If your grip and hand size will accommodate this light, I think it is a fine choice.

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Modular Holster System from Regular Guy Tactical

Regular Guy Tactical has opened pre-orders for their new Modular Holster System. To say that launching an injection molded item as your first product is ambitious would be an understatement but this holster has more than enough clever features to merit taking a look.

The Modular Holster System can be worn as an AIWB holster with integral magazine holder. It can also be worn with just the holster in AIWB, IWB, or OWB configurations. When worn in the AIWB with mag holder configuration, the holster and mag holder are both adjustable for height and cant. Both the magazine holder and holster are mounted to a wide curved plate that spreads the pressure of the holster over a wide area on the wearer’s body for comfort.

The holster is tensioned with o-rings. This very clever feature makes it easy to adjust the tension by adding, removing, or swapping o-rings and there is no hardware that requires thread-locking compound just to maintain your desired tension.

Finally, this holster should benefit from the process of injection molding. It has a smooth outer profile and won’t have some the issues with breakage from flexing that similar kydex holsters can exhibit between the holster body and magazine pouch. Regular Guy Tactical has even taken the time to design countersunk screws into the mold so that they can never contact your handgun. This isn’t just a kydex holster that has been shoved into an injection molder. They really seem to be leveraging the advantages of the technology to improve their product.

The Modular Holster System is available for the Glock 17, 19, 45, and similar sized Glocks along with the Sig P320.

Check out RegularGuyTactical.com.

Mean Gene Leather Key Fobber

Take a good long look at the new, patent pending Key Fobber from Mean Gene Leather. If you look at it long enough, you will likely come to understand how it works. Mean Gene Leather hasn’t exactly been shouting how it works from the rooftops and so I won’t either. They simply state, “You can stake your life on it.”

The Key Fobber is extremely clever and completely innocuous. It is available in a wide variety of colors and can be engraved with your logo.

Key Fobber at MeanGeneLeather.com

NeoMag RASC

If you shoot and carry revolvers, you are likely already familiar with the excellent TUFF Products QuickStrips. They are a slim, lightweight way to carry a reload for your favorite wheelgun and they just became even easier to carry thanks to NeoMag.

The NeoMag RASC is a pocket clip that clamps on the end of QuickStrip. It is machined in house at NeoMag from 6061 aluminum and includes a steel pocket clip. This simple addition to the QuickStrip makes a lot of sense. It allows the QuickStrip to lay flat against the wearer and ensures that it is oriented such that it is immediately accessible from the pocket.

Without the RASC, speed strip style loaders tend to drop to the bottom of the pocket and move around. With the RASC, the strip would be in the same place and orientation every time.

Check out the RASC at TheNeoMag.com

Magpul® Limited Edition Frame Lock- Rigger

The Rigger is a limited edition, precision-engineered cutting tool constructed of premium materials and featuring signature Magpul form and function. This first-ever Limited Edition Frame Lock was designed by the team at Magpul and is an expression of Magpul’s design ethos and commitment to quality and innovation. The modified Wharncliffe blade is forged from Crucible Particle Metallurgy (CPM) S35VN stainless steel, considered to be one of the finest blade steels in the world, and one of the first designed specifically for knife blades. This CPM stainless steel construction provides improved strength and wear resistance which means the blade holds its edge longer than lesser steels, reducing the need for frequent sharpening.

A jimped blade flipper deploys and locks the modified Wharncliffe blade with an audible click. An innovative secondary locking feature (SLF) in the Rigger’s precision-machined frame lock can also be engaged, preventing accidental blade closure, even in the harshest of environments and during demanding use. A flick of the thumb disengages the SLF, allowing quick, controlled blade closure, with or without gloves.

The modified Wharncliffe blade edge has a distinct distal taper and slight belly that enhance ease of sharpening, maintenance, and overall utility. The primary grind / bevel decreases weight while maintaining blade strength and rigidity. The straight dull back curves slightly with an abrupt downward edge near the tip, creating an aggressive point for piercing and detailed work.

The titanium pocket clip features a hollow pocket clip screw for lanyards and can be removed or reversed with a slotted screwdriver for easy disassembly and cleaning. At 7.59 inches open and 4.52 inches closed, it is an ideal size for everyday carry, yet large enough to handle demanding field tasks.The Rigger also comes with a custom high strength, injection-molded, weather-resistant case that’s internally lined with soft foam. When not housing the Rigger, the crush-resistant case serves as a storage box for small tools, ammo, or anything else that will fit.

The Magpul Limited Edition Frame Lock will be offered in a series of short, serialized production runs, making these unique knives highly collectible. Availability of the first of these runs will be announced in spring 2019.

FEATURES

  • Blade Design: Modified Wharncliffe with Tapered Dual Bevel Grind
  • Blade Material: CPM S35VN
  • Secondary Locking Feature
  • Titanium Frame: 6Al4V
  • Titanium Pocket Clip: 6Al4V
  • Titanium Scales (Model dependent)
  • Limited Edition: Individually Serialized
  • Custom high strength, injection-molded, soft foam lined, weather resistant case
  • Lanyard Hole
  • Primary Frame Lock
  • Jimping along blade spine and flipper for increased grip during use

Made in the USA

Specs

  • Blade Length: 3.4” (from center of pivot)
  • Blade Thickness: 11/64”
  • Open Length: 7.59”
  • Closed Length: 4.52”
  • Handle Thickness: 7/16”
  • Weight: 4oz
  • Mechanism: Manual Opening w/ Flipper
  • Flipper Jimping Length: .235”
  • Blade Spine Jimping Length: .65”
  • Hardware Fasteners: Stainless Steel
  • Titanium Pocket Clip Position: Reversible Tip-Up
  • Bearing Type: Caged Ceramic Bearings

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Magpul® Pro 700L – Fixed Stock and Magpul® DAKA™ Window Pouches

Magpul has come to make killer marketing videos and chew bubble gum… and they’re all out of bubble gum…

Magpul® DAKA™ Window Pouch

The Magpul DAKA Pouch. Designed to bring organization to the dusty, dirty, and muddy world we work and play in.

Our DAKA pouches are made from polymer-infused textiles that are RF welded on all seams and use a genuine YKK® water resistant zipper. For our DAKA Window Pouches, we’ve added a translucent window to make organizing your accessories even easier. The construction methods and materials used in the DAKA line mean that these pouches are at home in hard use applications such as storing tools or reloaded ammunition, as well as lighter duty use such as organizing your personal electronics accessories. accessories. These water-resistant pouches will keep your items dry in most wet environments, making them a great choice for most outdoor adventures.

Made in the U.S.A.

Features

  • Reinforced polymer fabric with anti-slip texture
  • Translucent window for easy organization
  • RF welded construction that creates permanent, impenetrable seals
  • YKK AquaGuard® water repellant zipper
  • 550 paracord zipper pull with heat shrink tubing for enhanced grip, even with gloves
  • Chemical resistant and non-hygroscopic
  • Paint pen dot matrix debossed into body for identification marking
  • Carabiner attachment points

Made in the USA

Sizes

SML, MED, LG

Magpul® Pro 700L

The Magpul Pro 700L Rifle Chassis is an uncompromising, full featured precision rifle chassis for long action Remington 700 and Remington 700-footprint rifles. The Pro 700L combines innovative engineering, precision machining, Mil-Spec quality finishes, and an extensive list of purposeful design features with complete adjustability to provide demanding end users with the most comprehensive available precision rifle platform solution for true out of the box performance. Based on a fully machined aluminum skeleton and clad in Magpul polymer for environmental comfort, noise mitigation, and ergonomics, the Pro 700L is also fully ambidextrous. Capable of fitting both right and left-handed actions with the simple swap of a bolt-cutout plate, and includes a reversible cheek riser and a reversible hinge on the folding version.

The Pro 700L comes in both Fixed and Folding versions. The fixed-stock version of the Pro 700L is easily upgraded to the folding-stock version with the purchase and installation of the Magpul Pro FHA – Folding Hinge Adapter (MAG999) and the folding-stock version can also be made fixed with purchase of the Magpul Pro FSA – Fixed Stock Adapter (MAG998).

Features:

  • Type III hard anodized machined 6061-T6 billet aluminum V-bedding block, body, adjustment knobs and forend with high-strength injection-molded polymer body covers optimally placed for comfort and aesthetics
  • Bedding block can accommodate left-hand actions by reversing the QD sling swivel plate and bolt retainer insert using a 1/8” hex wrench
  • Folding stock with push-button activated durable cast 4140 steel hinge with Melonite finish is reversible for left or right folding capability with the use of a 5/32” hex wrench. A Magpul Pro FSA – Fixed Stock Adapter is available for a non-folding stock solution
  • Folding stock does not interfere with the bolt handle when folded and is compatible with a large variety of aftermarket bolt knobs and handles
  • Optional Magpul Pro NVM – Night Vision Mount clip on-mounting rail solution is available
  • Overall LOP adjustment range is 13.25” – 15.125”
  • Butt pad height can be adjusted up 1.33” and down .90” and is adjustable left or right for a total of 5 degrees
  • Comb height adjustment has a 1″ range with a secondary locking knob to eliminate movement in the cheek riser
  • Cheek riser features a 3-position fore/aft adjustment of +.375″, 0″ and -.375″ which can also be changed for left or right side usage using only a common hex wrench
  • Injection-molded polymer grip with 5 degree forward edge sweep and enlarged palm swell with 7 degree aft edge sweep for enhanced user comfort combined with a .75″ fore/aft adjustment range using a common hex wrench
  • Additional grip option included with a more aggressive sweep and enlarged palm swell for the shooter that is more inclined to a less vertical grip interface (8 degree forward / 20 degree aft edge sweep)
  • Durable cast steel rotation limited QD sling swivel mounts with Melonite finish fits up to 1.5” push button swivels
  • M-LOK slots for accessory mounting on the forend (left-6/right-6/bottom-7) and the stock (bottom-2)
  • Integrated AICS pattern magazine well of reinforced polymer construction optimized for PMAG® 5 AC™ L, Standard and PMAG® 5 AC™ L, Magnum – AICS Long Action magazines as well as most other AICS pattern long action magazines
  • Large trigger guard allows for use with gloves and accepts most factory and aftermarket curved or flat triggers
  • Low-profile, anti-snag ambidextrous magazine release is made of Melonite treated steel for wear and corrosion resistance
  • Fore/aft position of the cheek piece will be dependent on the overall bolt body length, bolt throw, and bolt shroud length. Some aftermarket and custom actions may have longer bolt shrouds which may interfere with the cheek piece in the center or forward most position
  • The Magpul PRO 700L integrated AICS pattern magazine well is optimized for standard long action .30-06 and .300WM magazines, such as the current PMAG 5 AC L Standard and Magnum, which are supplied with this chassis. CIP-length magazine compatibility may be offered in future variants or through accessory magazine wells

Made in the U.S.A.

Colors

BLK, FDE, ODG

MSRP

$999.95

Colors

BLK, FDE, ODG

Visit Magpul.com

Mora Robust and Companion Heavy Duty – The Tough (but Still Cheap) Moras

Mora knives are no secret. Many knife users in the USA are well aware of the excellent quality and value that they offer. However, many knife users in the USA are also still hesitant about carrying them as their only knife in situations where an only knife can be very important (like backcountry travel) due to the perceived weakness of the light weight, partial tang, molded plastic handle design. This is in spite of the fact that Morakniv has moved production toward longer and wider tangs across basically all of the current Mora knives.

I feel that those fears are mostly misplaced or misinformed but I am also sympathetic to those who just want to have a bomb-proof tool they can count on. If that is you, I have good news. You don’t have to spend a lot cash to get a durable knife. You don’t have to carry 8-10 ounces of pack weight. You don’t even have to look outside of the Mora line.

Let’s take a look at why the Mora Robust and Mora Heavy Duty Companion might offer the best value in the entire Mora line.

Top: Robust, Bottom: Companion Heavy Duty

Durable But Still Affordable…

The Robust is basically just a beefed up version the the Mora Craftsman line with its hand filling grip, ample guard, and taller, more drop point blade. The Heavy Duty Companion is a beefed up version of the Companion series. Both of these knives have very similar dimensions to the other knives in their respective lines with one key difference… They have thicker, 1/8″ carbon steel blade stock. This stock is considerably thicker than most other Mora knives in their price range but still thin enough to cut very well.

These knives are more durable than other similar knives in their lines but they are still very affordable. The Robust sells for $10-15 and the Heavy Duty Companion with its longer blade and finished spine sells for $17-25. Morakniv offers other 1/8″ thick models but they all cost $40 or more. The Mora Bushcraft Black is often touted as the best value in the Mora line but these two knives together cost less than half of a Bushcraft Black while offering most of the functionality, all of the durability, and less weight.

Mora Robust

If you like the typical drop point blade shape (a very common blade shape in the US), the Mora Robust might be more your speed. It has a taller blade with a deeper belly than those we are used to seeing from Mora which will likely appeal to those of us in the US who are very used to this shape.

It weighs just 135 grams or 4.76 ounces (including the sheath and the “ranger band” I use for secondary retention) with a 3.6″ blade. Don’t let the light weight trick you into believing this knife isn’t “Robust”. The tang is very wide and extends almost the full length of the handle. There are very, very impressive torture test videos online for this knife and I am confident in saying that it is a tool you can trust.

The Robust feels great in the hand. It has a hand filling, rubberized grip and a full guard that ensure the knife stays put in your grip and is comfortable for long periods of work. If you like a pronounced guard or plan to use this for field dressing game, this might be the one for you.

Mora Companion Heavy Duty

The Companion Heavy Duty has a blade shape more like what is typically seen on Mora knives. It is shorter in height and longer in length than the Robust. The point sits lower in relation to the spine and more in line with the handle which is common among “bushcraft” knives.

The Companion Heavy Duty has a longer 4.1″ blade but weighs only a few grams more than the Robust due to the shorter height of the blade (138 grams or 4.86 ounces including the sheath and the “ranger band” I use for secondary retention).  It too has a robust, nearly full length tang.

This knife also has a slightly more hand filling handle than typically found on the Companion series. It will fit the same sheaths in most cases since the guard area is virtually identical but the rubberized portion of the grip is slightly larger in diameter. It is an extremely comfortable knife to use.

Personal Experience

I can tell you from my own use that these knives hold up to everything I need them too (then again, so have all the other modern Moras that I have tried). The most important thing I need from a knife is the ability to process wood for a fire and these knives are more than capable of that. The Robust in particular has been batoned through frozen wood on several occasion this year alone.

Wrap Up

These knives weigh about half what many similarly dimensioned full tang knives weigh and yet than can take all the same abuse (maybe more in some cases). They also cost significantly less. I mean, if you felt it was necessary, you could buy 3 of them – one to destruction test so you know the knife’s limits and two to carry just in case you still fear you might somehow break one in the field. That would still cost you less in cash and pack weight than many “survival” knives!

If the thin blade stock and perceived fragility of the standard Mora knives is what has been holding you back from trying one, check out the Robust and Companion Heavy Duty. Try to break one doing something close to a realistic knife task. I dare you.


I buy all my Moras on Amazon. Their prices are pretty hard to beat but it always pays the shop around, especially on the auction sites. The links below are affiliate links:

Mora Robust on Amazon

Mora Companion Heavy Duty on Amazon (available in “Military Green” or Orange)

NEW Paddle Attachments Now Available from Bravo Concealment

Bravo Concealment has new paddle attachments. Unlike most, these come in two pieces instead of just a single large paddle.

From Bravo Concealment…

Bravo Concealment, has just announced their NEW Product Release making Concealed Carry soooo much easier.

Polymer Injection Molded Paddle Attachments:
These attachments convert your OWB gun holster and magazine pouches into a quick “on and off” paddle holster. Imagine not having to thread your belt through the holster belt loops anymore. Just slip your gun holster over your belt, it’s that simple. These
Paddle Attachments hold on to dear life and will not let go until you decide otherwise. Comfortable to wear all day long, these attachments make your everyday concealed carry lifestyle easy. 

Made out of a robust polymer blend, these attachments are tough and durable for long lasting and are lightweight for extreme comfort. 
Easily attaches to your gun holster or magazine pouches by swapping out the standard belt loops and installing the Paddle Attachments with a regular Philips screw driver.

Specs

  • Paddle Attachment Dimensions in Inches:

(Length: 4.375 = 4 3/8) (Width: 1.625 = 1 5/8) (Height: 0.875 = 7/8)

  • Hole Spacing: 0.625″

As always, our Paddle Attachments come with an ULIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY, 30-day Monday Back Guarantee, all while offering Free Shipping.

The Paddle Attachments are available now with a MSRP of $23.89. Get yours NOW as they pulled price down to $19.89 with an introductory special!

PIG FDT Delta Utility Glove – Now Available in Multicam Black

The FDT Delta Utility Glove (my favorite of all the PIG FDT line) is now available in Multicam Black. As with most things covered with Multicam Black, they look pretty snazzy.

SKDTactical.com

Sneak Peek: Cowboy Assault Rifle Patch from Stickthison and Mad Pig Customs

When Stickthison and Mad Pig Customs get their heads together, cool patches happen. They are currently developing a PVC patch that shows a lever action rifle decked out with M-LOK rail, suppressor, and RMR in incredible detail. Look for the new patch soon.

Stickthison.com

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