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Tease: PHLster Making a Tactical Crown Royal Bag?

Everyone knows how useful those iconic purple felt bags can be. I am not sure they would be any more useful if they were Multicam with a loop field for patches but they would definitely be a lot cooler.

PHLster recently shared a picture showing their “Tactical Crown Royal Bag” and they’re soliciting input on whether they should actually put it into production. The answer is a resounding “YES” from me. You can weigh in on their Instagram post:

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Review: Boonie Packer Safari-Tac Multipurpose Sling

Mounting a modern 2-point tactical sling on an AR-15 is easy. Many stocks and handguards can accept a side-mounted sling by default or at least with the addition of readily available accessories. If you want to do the same thing on a rifle or shotgun with a traditional buttstock, it becomes a little more complicated… unless you know about a sling that has been around forever: the Safari-Tac Multipurpose Sling from Boonie Packer/Redi-Mag.

Overview

The Safari-Tac Multipurpose Sling is a 2-point sling that allows rifles and shotguns with traditional stocks with bottom mounted sling swivels to be carried across the front of the shooter in the same way a modern 2-point tactical sling would. It accomplishes this with a unique attachment method that requires no modification to the host rifle.

You can see the attachment method in this video:

Observations from Use

I’ve been using these slings for more than 12 years. They absolutely solve a common problem in a simple (and affordable way and I am ashamed that I haven’t reviewed this sling until now. This sling does not get enough credit.

The sling attaches via two hard plastic bars that can be tucked into standard sling swivels easy but can not slip back through without intentional manipulations. At the front, the sling just attaches to a button mounted swivel in a fairly standard way with the sling just running out from the bottom. The rear swivel is where the magic happens. The rear swivel is used as a stop that prevents a webbing loop that is wrapped around the buttstock from sliding forward and back. The sling is attached to the loop on the side of the buttstock rather than the swivel itself. This is what allows the rifle to be carried flat against the wearer’s chest.

This Safari-Tac has a plastic slider to adjust the length of the sling. This slider can be operated while the rifle is slung but I still wouldn’t quite call it is a “quick-adjust” sling. The slider is there to aid in length adjustment and for the sling’s use as a shooting aid more than it is for left/ride side transitions or cinching the rifle close to the wearer. It can be used for those purposes. Just don’t expect it to slide like a quick-adjust mechanism.

In addition to the 2-point sling functionality, the Safari-Tac can be used as a shooting aid. The slider creates a loop in the sling that can be looped onto the support arm to help the shooter build a more stable shooting position. This can be something of a lost art these days but it is very handy for those who know how to fully leverage the functionality.

This sling is excellent for bolt action rifles, shotguns, .22 rifles, and any other traditionally stocked weapon that you want to carry in a manner that keeps it comfortably away from a backpack and readily available. Shotgunners may find it especially useful as mounted a modern 2-point sling to a pump-action shotgun can be frustrating. I particularly like it for a longarm that I might carry while hiking like a shotgun or lever-action because it works so well with backpacks thanks to its flat, wide webbing and positioning.

Wrap Up

The Safari-Tac Multipurpose Sling likely pre-dates most of the modern 2-point slings that JTT readers are familiar with but that doesn’t diminish its relevance today. This sling is incredibly useful and solves a common problem in an elegant way. I should also mention that it also happens to be very affordable.

Check it out at the Boonie Packer/Redi-Mag website: Redi-Mag.com

NOTE: Be careful if you plan to purchase one. Boonie Packer/Redi-Mag make other slings with the term “Safari” in the name. I am sure those are fine sling too but this review and the functionality described pertains to the “Safari-Tac” sling.

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Now Available: AT Armor Ballistic Carrier 19 (BC19)

AT Armor has opened pre-orders for their new BC19 at a special introductory price. This carrier has several modern features like First Spear Tubes closures on the included elastic cummerbund, laser-cut PALS grids, and more.

The AT Armor Ballistic Carrier 19 (BC19) Plate Carrier is a scalable, modular plate carrier system designed for fast deployment and is fully adjustable for long-duration wear. This proprietary plate carrier the perfect solution for end users that need a lightweight, US made carrier that is fully scalable. The unique attachment system offers quick and even one handed don and doff capability. Adjustments to account for equipment needs placement and personal fit preference. 

The BC19 is available in Black, Ranger Green, Coyote, and Multicam and for SAPI sizes S, M, L and XL which fit standard SAPI Small – XL as well as any 10×12 armor plates (Medium size BC19).

ATArmor.com

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Mission Spec Releases the Gibborim Plate Carrier

Mission Spec (KS) has released the Gibborim Plate Carrier™. A lightweight, high mobility carrier that is ready to accept industry standard chest rigs such as Mission Spec’s own MagRack5™ or others. 

The name of the game with the Gibborim Plate Carrier is “less”.  “This has been a multi-year development and each new prototype became more and more simple. If you need 14 magazines, then this is not the carrier for you,” says Brent Keltner of Mission Spec.  The design is meant to be as simple as possible but keep the rugged toughness and abrasion resistance of a high denier material.  1000D or 500D depending on your chosen pattern/color.

The carrier is excellent for mounted or vehicle operations.  There are no plastic buckles up top to get caught or hung up on vehicle interiors.  Shoulder strap adjustment is done on the internal areas of the rear plate bag.  This gives the user an infinite adjustment for length and angle of the shoulder straps making it possible to fit an individual with broad or sloped shoulders.

Vertical PALS on the front along with loop Velcro sets the Gibborim Plate Carrier up to work with just about any industry standard chest rig that follows the standard buckle pattern.

The ‘wings’ or cummerbund does have traditional PALS webbing for attaching iFAK-like items but is located much higher than other carriers. This was done for two reasons; 1) to keep side mounted pouches from interfering with a user’s pistol draw or other first line gear, 2) in the even a teammate must drag the user by his/her carrier the cummerbund will help pull from under the arms instead of shoving the front plate into their throat or chin.

The front (male) side buckles can be moved to any one of two positions (heights) via the elastic retention anchors.  This position impacts the ride height of the rear plate bag just like Mission Spec’s EC2™ and AC2™ plate carriers.  With this feature the user can adjust the height of the rear plate by 2”.

100% design, tested, and manufactured in the United States, the Gibborim Plate Carrier is shipping now from MissionSpec.com (free shipping to a US address or APO) or other Mission Spec Authorized Dealers.  As with most Mission Spec items, this carrier is capable of being custom modified to your unit or department needs.

MissionSpec.com

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MOLLE Use and Care Video – OV Innovations

OV Innovations uploaded the MOLLE Use and Care video that was originally produced to support the introduction of the MOLLE II system to YouTube. The video is clearly ripped from VHS and is likely to incite instant and severe feelings of nostalgia for those who remember VHS cassettes.

As you watch it, be sure to pause to review and practice what you’ve learned.

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Summer Sale at Wilde Custom Gear

Wilde Custome Gear is hosting their Summer Sale. You can save 10% when you use code SUMMER at checkout. The sale runs through this weekend so act fast. If you have been eying some new nylon gear, don’t miss the sale.

WildeCustomGear.com

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Armageddon Gear Cheeky Bastard

Armageddon Gear’s Cheeky Bastard is a modular cheek pad that can fit any rifle and any head type/size. It comes in either a strap-on or Velcro attached version to fit pretty much every rifle on the planet. The pad is made from lightweight, breathable mesh and allows the user to tailor the fit by inserting/removing foam pads.

The strap-on version can be fitted to most fixed stocks. The Velcro attached version is perfect for stocks with adjustable cheek risers.

ArmageddonGear.com

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Summer Sale at Chase Tactical

You can save 20% off your order during the Chase Tactical Summer Sale. The sale runs through 8/12. Use code SUMMERSALE20 at checkout.

This would be a great time to check out one of their affordable armor packages!

ChaseTactical.com

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BCS APTUM Series: Cable Management Kit

The Beez Combat Systems APTUM PC (plate carrier) system was introduced recently. As part of that release, we are covering many of the available options for this new PC. This installment covers the holistic design approach that Beez Combat Systems (BCS) took with cable management.

BCS offers a Cable Management Kit for use with the APTUM. This kit consists of 6 laser cut, Velcro One-Wrap straps. They didn’t just throw some straps at the problem, the APTUM is designed with cable management in mind. In addition to offering this kit, they also designed purposeful mounting points for the wraps into the APTUM. There are mounting points on the front plate pocket and the Overt Back in locations that make sense for routing hydration, comms wires, data connectors, antennas, and more. They can even be used to mount a tourniquet.

Note: Now is a good time to take a look at the APTUM if you like Multicam Black. The APTUM PC and many of its accessories are being offered in the pattern for a limited time.

BeezCombatSystems.com

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HSGI® TO PROVIDE 30K MAG POUCHES AS PART OF HK’S ARMY RIFLE CONTRACT

SWANSBORO, NC, July 31, 2019 – High Speed Gear® has been contracted to provide Heckler & Koch® with more than 30,000 rifle TACO® pouches as part of their fulfilment of the Army squad designated marksman rifle contract. The TACO® MOLLE pouch was chosen for its functionality, versatility and retention.

The TACO® will handle any type of rifle magazine.  This unique pouch uses injection-molded polymer sides, 1000D Cordura® front and back, and shock cord lacing to securely hold almost any rifle magazine. The TACO® maintains a positive, adjustable grip on its contents without additional securing systems and deploys easily and silently on demand.

https://www.highspeedgear.com/hsgi/taco-11TA00.html

 “We were so pleased to work with Heckler and Koch® on this equipment contract for the Army,” said Bill Babboni, HSGI® vice president of sales and operations. “While we have supported individual military units and personnel for years, to have two sizeable military contracts is truly an honor.  Our recent contract with the Marines for 150,000 X2R TACO® and this contract of 30,000 TACOs® heading to the Army means High Speed Gear is doing the right things at the right time for our service members. It truly reflects well on our teams and the great work they continue to do here. We couldn’t be more grateful to support our military.” For more than 20 years, High Speed Gear® has been dedicated to building the best American-made tactical gear with distinct and innovative products such as the TACO® and the Sure-Grip Padded Belt®. Our products are designed for the highest level of comfort, functionality, versatility and are always user driven to meet the operational needs of a wide variety of end users.

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