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TUFF Products Quick Strips

Carrying a small frame revolver is a compromise. You are trading some capability for conceal-ability. The same holds true for Quick Strips. Speed loaders definitely offer faster reloads because they reload the entire cylinder all at once but they are bulky. Quick Strips can reload only two chambers at a time but they lay flat which makes them much easier to carry.

I have been using the TUFF Products Quick Strips for a year now and they have proven to be durable, reliable, and easy to use. They hold the spare ammunition securely while still allowing the ammunition to be removed easily when executing the reload. With training, the shooter can become quite proficient with them and there are techniques that can be learned to get you back into the fight faster (like “load 2, shoot 2”).

You can read more about the TUFF Products Quick Strips on the TUFF Products website.

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The textured tab makes "ripping" the strip away from the cylinder easier.

The Quick Strips hold your spare ammo securely until it is time to reload. The inline design makes them very easy to carry.

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Solve Sling Mounting Problems with the UWL

Sometimes finding a satisfactory way to mount a sling can be problematic on many firearms. Your firearm may not have a factory provided sling mount or a place to attach a rail mount. Even if there is a sling mount, it may not be in the location that you prefer.

The Universal Wire Loop (UWL) from Blue Force Gear solves sling mounting problems. The UWL consists of two parts: a coated steel cable and a hard anodized aluminum sling loop. It comes in two lengths (I find the longer one more versatile). The user simply wraps the UWL around anything that is available, then wraps the aluminum sling loop through the wire loop, then attach the sling of your choice. It is that easy.

I have used the UWL to attach a sling between the delta ring and upper receiver of an AR-15. This is a great way to mount the sling close to the receiver for those who like standard hand guards. It can be wrapped through a fore end rail or through the front sight base. I have seen it wrapped through the sling mount on the handguard retainer cap of an AK-47 and then passed between the gas tube and barrel to make a left side sling mount. The applications are just about limitless.

The UWL is the kind of thing that every one should have tucked away somewhere for those times when you just can’t figure out a way to attach a sling to something. This is one versatile piece of gear.

Check them out at Brownells: Universal Wire Loop Short and Universal Wire Loop Long

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Weapon Control Mount-N-Slot

Impact Weapon Components continues to expand their Mount-N-Slot line of accessories with the addition of the Weapon Control Mount-N-Slot. The Weapon Control Mount-N-Slot is essentially a hand stop that is designed to attach directly to the hand guard, without the need for a rail. Hand stops have become extremely popular lately as an alternative to a vertical forward grip.

The Weapon Control Mount-N-Slot will be available in three different versions – for the MOE, for 2″ diameter tubular hand guards like the JP/VTAC, and for 1.75″ diameter tubular hand guards like the Troy TRX Extreme.

You can visit the Impact Weapon Components’ Industry Forum on AR15.com for more information. While you are there, check out all the new Mount-N-Slots that were released last weekend. Check out the Weapon Control MOUNT-N-SLOT on ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. Remember to use the discount code “triggerjerk” for 5% off at ImpactWeaponsComponents.com.

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Review: Multitasker TUBE

It isn’t always practical to carry a fully stocked tool box to the range and it is almost never practical to carry one into the field. However, if you have been shooting very long, you have probably run into a problem on the firing line that makes you wish you had a tool box with you. In that moment, when your carbine seems to be coming apart in your hands, you can either put it up for the day or you can reach for your Multitasker Tool.

Multitasker Tools offers multi-functional tools that are specifically designed with AR-15 shooters in mind. I first became aware of them a couple of years ago when they started offering a multi-tool (the type that folds open into needle nose pliers) that was specifically designed to service the AR-15. It was the first of its kind to my knowledge and it made some serious waves on AR-15 related forums. Since that time Multitasker Tools has continued to innovate and improve their compact, portable, and multi-functional tools, which brings us to the subject of this review – The Multitasker TUBE.

The Multitasker TUBE's pen-like form factor makes it easy to carry. Click to enlarge.

The Multitasker TUBE is a modular, expandable, and functional AR-15 tool set that, when fully assembled, is little bigger than a Sharpie Marker. Even if you add the optional Expansion Pack (and you should) it is still only about as big as two double stack pistol magazines. You may not be able to carry a complete tool box, but you can always find room for the Multitasker TUBE.

In this review, I will be looking at the Multitasker TUBE and the Expansion Pack as a total package. The TUBE is a pen shaped tool that can be unscrewed into three main pieces and provides a ton of functionality on its own. The Expansion Pack is a specially designed carrying case, a set of ¼” screwdriver bits, and a holder for the bits. When you combine the TUBE and Expansion Pack you end up with a very functional and compact tool kit.

Construction, Fit, and Finish

The TUBE is CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum. It consists of three main sections that are threaded together. The threads operate smoothly and feature an o-ring at each junction to seal out moisture. The finish is hard anodized matte black which very attractive and very durable (a flat dark earth finish is also available). There are also scallops around the center section of the TUBE that improve grip enough to make gloved use possible.

Often, on poorly made aluminum items, the threads will be gritty or undersized and the finish will be thin in spots, especially on the corners. The Multitasker TUBE exhibits none of these flaws. Instead, the TUBE shows excellent quality and attention to detail. For instance, the pocket clip is not just attached with a screw, there is actually a shallow recess that the clip sits in. This allows the body of the TUBE to absorb some of the stress that light prying would otherwise put completely on the screw.

The construction and quality remind me of a high end flashlight. It is so solid that it would probably make a very decent kubotan in a pinch.

Functions

The MULTITASKER Tube has many functions. Some are obvious. Some are improvised. All are invaluable.

Removing the shorter cap of the TUBE reveals a ¼” magnetic bit holder. This bit holder can hold the well designed front sight tool that is included with the TUBE or any other ¼” bit. The front sight tool can be a finger saver on a cold day. It works perfectly.

The standard 1/4" bit holder makes the TUBE customizable to the user's needs. Click to enlarge.

The included front sight tool works great and definitely beats mangling the tip of a bullet. Click to enlarge.

The Expansion Pack contains a selection of bits that are well suited to a variety of tasks like tightening a scope ring or zeroing an optic. The beauty of this standard sized bit holder is that you can add any ¼” bit that you need. These bits are readily available at hardware stores and firearm oriented bits can be purchased from Brownells. I have several Glock related bits from Brownells that work perfectly with the TUBE.

The cap features a “bump” at the top that functions as a take down pin starter. It allows you to push out a stubborn take down pin far enough to get your fingers on the pin’s domed head or use the pocket clip on the cap to lightly pry under the domed head.

Even the TUBE's cap has multiple uses! Click to enlarge.

The pocket clip, which is made from tough spring steel, also makes an excellent flat head screw driver. It is well sized for adjusting Aimpoints or the older ACOGs with slotted turrets. I found that the clip is tough enough to be used to retract the bolt through the ejection port which is the only way to clear a malfunction where the spent brass finds its way between the bolt and the charging handle. Many trainers suggest keeping a fixed blade knife on your gear to accomplish the task of retracting the bolt so using the pocket clip of the TUBE  can be an attractive, safer option. This is just one of those improvised uses that you will find when you spend some time using the TUBE.

Removing the longer cap of the TUBE reveals a threaded post. This post can be used to attach the included scraper, the included cleaning pick, or the cable from an OTIS cleaning kit (not included).

The TUBE's round scraper tool is very effective at scraping variety of spots on the bolt carrier group. Click to enlarge.

The pick is perfectly shaped for cleaning around the bolt lugs or hooking the firing pin retaining pin. Click to enlarge.

Many scrapers have a flat edge which isn’t really a good choice for the many curved surfaces of the AR-15 bolt and carrier. The TUBE’s scraper is rounded to work with the specific contours and crevices that you have to deal with while cleaning an AR-15 bolt carrier group. I don’t scrape the carbon off my bolt group very often but when I do, it is nice to have a tool that makes it easier. If there is a corner that you can’t clean with the scraper, you can certainly get at it with the pick. The pick’s point is oriented at 90 degrees to the shaft, not a hook like some picks. This makes it much easier to use (especially when you are trying to remove the firing pin retaining cotter pin from your bolt carrier).

The Expansion Pack includes an excellent carrying case, assortment of bits, and bit holder. Click to enlarge.

The Expansion Pack is a very nice addition to the TUBE. The carrying case is made of a semi rigid ballistic nylon type fabric. It is very similar to the Oakley Soft Vaults. There is a single zipper that allows the case open completely and lay flat. Once open, you will find several elastic loops on one side of the case. The largest loop is for the TUBE and the others are for other smaller parts like the pick or OTIS cleaning parts. The opposite side of the case features some mesh dividers. The small mesh slot pocket is perfect for holding the included bits and bit holder. There is a large space behind the mesh that is secured with a hook and loop closure. This space is perfect for storing the OTIS cleaning cable or a multi-tool, like a Multitasker Tool. There is more than enough space in the kit to add several useful items like an extension for the bit driver, a wrench for your LaRue mount, or a small flashlight. The carrying case is versatile enough that it is almost a tool unto itself.

The case neatly organizes the TUBE and its accessories. Click to enlarge.

There is also plenty of space for additional tools. Click to enlarge.

Carrying the TUBE

The TUBE’s biggest strength is its compact size and very light weight. The pocket clip and carrying case make the potential carry methods nearly endless. I found that the entire kit fits nicely into just about any MOLLE utility/admin pouch and it can be used to organize the type of things that you likely already carry in a utility/admin pouch (weapon lube, a light, multitool, etc). If you need to go even lighter than that, you can clip the TUBE into your pocket or a column of MOLLE webbing. The clip provides a very secure hold on the webbing. This is especially handy for those times that you need the TUBE at arms reach like when you are zeroing a new optic.

A tool with all the functions in the world are of no use if you won’t carry it. The TUBE is easy to carry, doesn’t take up much space, and won’t weigh you down.

The TUBE clips securely into a MOLLE column. Click to enlarge.

The carrying case fits the utility pouches of the excellent ATS Low Profile Chest Harness with loads room to spare. Click to enlarge.

Conclusion

The Multitasker TUBE is a worthy addition to any AR-15 shooter’s tool kit. Its extreme versatility and functionality along with it’s compact size and light weight make it perfect for the range or the field. The modular design means you will be finding improvised uses for the TUBE every time you are on the range. It is an excellent compliment to a multi-tool or Swiss Army Knife. The Multitasker TUBE flat out rocks.

Check out the Multitasker Tools Facebook page for all the latest information on their top notch tools. You can purchase your own Multitasker Tube Tool from Brownells.

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New Items from Magpul

The Magpul AFG2 is a more compact version of the AFG (now called AFG1). It is both slimmer and shorter which will be a welcome revision for many.

The Magpul SCAR SSG Selector Set is a pair drop-in of selector levers for the FN SCAR 16S and SCAR 17S. They attach via the existing set screw so installation is a cinch. There is both a short and long lever in the set. The short lever can be used on the “weak” side so it does not interfere with the trigger finger.

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These items are available now from Magpul dealers.

Princeton Tec Remix Pro – Now in Multicam!

Here is some big news… Keep an eye on Princeton Tec retailers and you will soon see a familiar camo pattern – Multicam. Princeton Tec is now making the Remix Pro with a tan light body and a Multicam strap. If you look closely you can also see the improved, taller “fence” around the switch. I will post a full review on this light soon.

The new Remix Pro features a tan body and Multicam head strap. Click to enlarge.

I also have a new and improved version of the Princeton Tec MPLS in hand. Stay tuned for pictures and a complete review.

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All Treats and No Tricks… Mount-N-Slot Giveaway!

The generous people at Impact Weapon Components have provided us with two excellent prizes from their Mount-N-Slot line. The first is a Rotation Limited QD Sling Mount-N-Slot and the second is a new Snap Hook Mount-N-Slot. These mounts make an awesome addition to any FN SCAR, Bushmaster ACR, and especially the Magpul MOE Hand Guards!

Entering is easy! Just follow these 2 steps.

  1. Visit the Impact Weapons Components homepage and join The Summit (top left of homepage). The Summit membership is absolutely free and allows you to occasionally receive news and special offers from IWC.
  2. Post a comment on this post that contains a number between 1 and 5000.

Since IWC was gracious enough to provide two prizes, there will be two winners! The winners will be drawn via a random number generator. If two or more people choose the same number, the first person to have posted that number will be the winner. One entry per person please. If you enter more than once you will be disqualified. This contest is only open to residents of the United States and I can only ship to addresses in the US or military addresses. You must be a member of The Summit and post a number between 1 and 5000 to win. Please use the same email address to register for The Summit that you use to comment here.

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UPDATE:

The contest is closed. We are verifying that the tentative winners followed all instructions. Look for an announcement soon.

LaRue Tactical R.I.S.R.

The LaRue Tactical R.I.S.R. is a new and interesting approach to an old problem. The charging handle of the AR family of rifles runs along the top of the stock when it is extended. If a user of one of these rifles wants to install some kind of comb riser to their rifle they needed to install it close to butt of a fixed stock or run an adjustable in the last position. If it is installed too close to the receiver it will interfere with the function of the charging handle which is obviously unacceptable.

The R.I.S.R. is designed to slide with the charging handle. It bolts onto the Magpul CTR or MOE stock and allows the stock to be put in a variety of positions without interfering with the charging handle. The folks at LaRue claim that the R.I.S.R. was built with the worst case scenario in mind and they have tested it with sand, dust, dirt, and more without being able to make it seize.

A product like this is especially needed on the LaRue Tactical OBR. The OBR has elevation built into the receiver rail which can cause optics to sit quite high. Until now, OBR users were stuck with comb risers on fixed stocks or on collapsible stock in the fully open position. The R.I.S.R. should give them some much needed options.

The R.I.S.R. will be available from LaRue Tactical around the end of 2010. You can read more at the LaRue Tactical Industry Forum on AR15.com.

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Patch Collecting: ESEE Logo Patch

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I like patches and I like ESEE knives, so it goes without saying that I like this ESEE Knives logo patch.

The ESEE logo patch is available exclusively from EM Gear.

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End Cap for the Battle Arms Development – Ambidextrous Safety Selector

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The previously reviewed Battle Arms Development – Ambidextrous Safety Selector (BAD-ASS) is already the most versatile selector on the market. Now, with the addition of the new end cap, that versatility is expanded. I mentioned the end cap previously on Jerking the Trigger and now that I have one in hand, there are no surprises. It works.

Installation is a breeze. You simply bolt the end cap on to the BAD-ASS core. Be careful to align it so that the indicator notch is pointing to the correct selector position (safe or fire).

Once the end cap is installed correctly, it stays completely out of the way of the trigger finger and provides visual indication of the condition of your weapon (safe or fire). This cap makes the BAD-ASS relevant to those who may not have a need for an ambi selector but do want the quality, durability, and ergonomic enhancement of the finest selector available for the AR family of weapons. If you want a left side only lever, you can do that. If you want a right side only lever, you can do that, too. There is no shortage of options with the BAD-ASS.

You can purchase your own at the Battle Arms Development website. It is available for purchase separately or as part of a complete BAD-ASS kit.

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