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LaRue Micro Aimpoint Absolute Cowitness Mount

The term “cowitness” refers to the vertical orientation of the iron sights with the aiming point of an optic. When it comes to mounting Aimpoints on AR-15s there are basically two ways to cowitness. Typically, the most common way to cowitness is a lower 1/3rd cowitness. This places the aiming point of the optic slightly above the iron sights for a less cluttered sight picture. The second way to cowitness is an absolute cowitness. This places the aiming point of the optic at the same height as the iron sights.

LaRue has been making lower 1/3rd mounts for the Aimpoint Micros for several years now but they only recently unveiled the LT751 mount which allows for an absolute cowitness. It also features an innovate pedestal design that increase the field of view around the optic and keeps weight to an absolute minimum.

Many people train to use their Aimpoint as a rear aperture sight in the event that their Aimpoint becomes inoperable in the middle of a fight. An absolute cowitness mount like the LT751 can enhance this capability since centering the front sight of an absolute cowitnessed Aimpoint will result in point of impact being closer to point of aim than with a lower 1/3rd cowitness.

This has all the marks of another great mount from LaRue Tactical.

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Kifaru OTW Bag

I have been waiting to see how the Kifaru OTW (Outside the Wire) Bag turns out ever since the prototype was shown at the SHOT Show. Now that it is out, it does not fail to impress.

The OTW Bag is a “go bag” that is built to be fought with. It is built to carry essentials like reloads, first aid gear, and other essentials.

The thing that is most intriguing to me is the opening. It reminds me of the old time doctor bags that doctors would use to carry their tools when on house call. This type of opening allows for a bag that stays open and gets removes the need for zippers which are noisy and can fail.It also allows the bag to be quickly ripped open and shut with one hand.

The internal organization looks very decent. The Velcro tack down patches are a clever way to quickly prevent the handles from blocking the opening.

You can see full specs and detailed pics at Kifaru’s website. If you order soon, you can take advantage of special introductory pricing.

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Impact Weapon Components Snap Hook Mount-N-Slot

The hits keep coming. Impact Weapon Solitions has expanded their excellent Mount-N-Slot line with the addition of the Snap Hook Mount-N- Slot.

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The Snap Hook Mount-N-Slot is designed to help you get the most out of the Magpul MS2 sling but it would also work well with the Emdom Gunslinger Sling which operates on a similar single point/2 point conversion principle. These slings are designed to be able to transition quickly from a single point configuration to a 2 point configuration. This is allows the user to tailor the strengths of each configuration to the specific situation that they are addressing.

The most interesting and unique feature of the Snap Hook Mount-N-Slot versus other snap hook designs is its shape. It actually raises up off the hand guards and allows the user to run their hand under the hook. It functions as a sort of hand stop to ensure consistent hand placement. It can also be mounted in a number of ways to suit the user’s preference.

You can read more about or purchase an IWC Snap Hook Mount-N-Slot at the IWC web store.

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2A-GEAR

I recently came across 2A-GEAR. If you want to declare your stance on the 2nd Amendment then you will want to check out their site.

Often it seems that t-shirts and hats that show support for the 2nd Amendment look more than just a little dated. Their designs are not something that I would choose to wear. That is not the case with 2A-GEAR. Their designs are fresh and current with a serious message.

I’m impressed.

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SLAP Plate

If you have been reading Jerking the Trigger for long, you know that I appreciate ideas that make things more simple. The best gear offers the most function with the least amount of complexity. The SLAP Plate is one of those pieces of gear. There are many AR-15 end plates on the market that allow you to attach a sling. The SLAP Plate has a unique shape that sets it apart and offers some serious functionality.

The SLAP Plate looks like any other end plate except for the addition of a curved bar that runs from side to side and curves under the buffer tube. This bar is integral to the end plate which makes it extremely strong. The user can attach the sling to this bar via a mash clip/HK style clip or attach the sling directly to the bar.

The curve of the bar and its central location allows the sling to travel to either side of the weapon depending on which side the shooter is operating the rifle. The shooter can quickly transition from right hand to left hand operation and back without fighting against their sling. The sling moves to the optimum position on its own thanks to the clever design of the SLAP Plate.

Hard users of the AR will also appreciate that the SLAP Plate is stamped from steel, not aluminum like many other end plates with sling loops. This means that it can be staked to hold the castle nut in place the same way you would stake the standard end plate.

I should also mention that these are not just for single point slings. This is the best place to attach your two point sling as well. This sling mount position allows for a much wider range of motion when executing reloads with the butt of the rifle tucked under your arm, when getting into the prone, when executing malfunction clearances, and it makes support side transitions much easier.

I owned one of these plates for about a year and I loved it. Sadly, the rifle that it was mounted on has since been sold. I did find that the corners on the inside of the loop were a bit sharp. I quickly and easily broke the sharp edges with some wet dry sandpaper.

I may need to pick another SLAP Plate up for an upcoming project. You should too!

View detailed pictures and purchase yours at IKickHippies.com.

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Review: Inka Pen

My pen is one of my most used EDC items. The pen that I have carried for the last 3 years is the Inka Pen. It is light weight, very compact, extremely durable, it writes well, and it is just down right cool.

The Inka Pen has three modes of use: a closed mode for carry, a compact mode for quick notes, and a full sized pen mode for extended writing. These three modes are part of what makes the Inka Pen such a joy to use and carry. It rides unobtrusively on your key chain until it is needed. If you need to jot down a quick note you can quickly pull the plastic end from the metal tube for a compact writing instrument. If you are going to be writing more, you can assemble the Inka Pen into a full size pen that writes very well.

The Inka Pen uses a pressurized ink cartridge that allows it to write in any condition, much like a Fisher Space Pen. I am not a pen connoisseur, but this cartridge seems to write very well and has lasted me all 3 years that I have owned the pen.

This pen is so functional and convenient that I don’t think I will ever carry a full sized pen again.

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Down Range Gear Enhanced Straps

The Down Range Gear Enhanced Straps should be standard on every chest rig. Down Range Gear always turns out some seriously innovative designs but this one could change the way that you expect chest rigs to perform forever.

I like to run my chest rigs relatively high and tight. This often means adjusting the straps based on how I am dressed (rain wear, cold weather gear, etc). The Down Range Gear Enhanced Straps are made of shock-cord wrapped in tubular webbing. This allows the straps to stretch and move with you. It should also allow them to work over a wider range of clothes. They also have a length of flat webbing with an adjuster so you can make larger adjustments than the shock-cord will allow.

I wish I thought of this.

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LaRue VFZ Mounts

LaRue makes excellent quick detach (QD) mounts but not everyone needs QD functionality. Now, with the introduction of the new VFZ (Vector Force Zero) Mounts, you have a choice between QD and non-QD without having to give up LaRue’s well known return to zero functionality.

 

 

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The new VFZ mounts are a direct, drop in replacement for the QD levers and will be available as an option on all LaRue mounts. The mounts feature witness marks that allow the user to visually confirm that the mount is torqued to the proper spec for a repeatable zero (not everyone carries a torque wrench in the field).

You can find more info on these mounts in the LaRue Tactical Industry Forum on AR15.com.

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TRICON Line is Now Available

You may remember the TRICON like of tactical gear that we mentioned a few months ago. Several of the items in the line are now available for purchase.

With Jeff Gonzalez designing and Diamondback Tactical building, this will be top notch gear. Check it out at Diamondback Tactical’s website.

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Good Stuff From Other Blogs

Strike Bezel – more on the tactical marketing myth – Modern Combative Systems Blog – Mercop speaks the truth about strike bezels on flashlights. Spoiler: They are unnecessary.

HK45 Endurance Test: Week Sixteen – PistolTraining.comToddG continues his impressive endurance test of the HK45. HK knows how to build a hard use weapon.

New A-TACS Urban Environment Images Released – ITS Tactical – The good folks over at ITS Tactical have details on the new Urban Environment version of the intriguing A-TACS Camo.

M34 Tactical (ARMT) Assault Rifle Multi-tool – MilspecMonkey.com – This interesting tool is obviously the offspring of an AR-15 armorer’s wrench, brass-knuckles, and Peter Atwood tool love triangle. It looks like it crams some decent functionality into a small space.

Russian SURPAT Cordura – OC Tactical – OC Tactical has Russian SURPAT fabric available for projects. I can almost guarantee no one on your block has SURPAT pouches. It wouldn’t be my choice but it is unique and it is definitely cool of OC Tactical to make it available.

Hi-Point Throwdown: Trigger Pullin’ – The Way of the Multigun – This should be an entertaining series. Hi-Point + lots and lots of shooting = I’m not sure, but no matter what happens we will learn something.

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