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Sneak Peek: Zodiac Engineering 1911 Bushing Wrench/Key Hanger

Zodiac Engineering used to make a pretty nifty key hanger that, in addition to hanging your keys in a pocket, could also be used to open bottles and as a 1911 bushing wrench. Now we have word that they are bringing them back which is good news for 1911 shooters and fans of cool widgets everywhere.

They actually make a couple of nifty 1911 bushing wrench multitools so check out ZodiacEng.com to learn more.


New Pistol Brace Coming to Market – Trinity Force Breach Pistol Brace

Trinity Force will release a new pistol brace called the Breach Pistol Brace. It is designed to clamp onto a 1.25″ diameter pistol buffer tube and features multiple sling attachment slots. Like the Shockwave Blade Pistol Brace, a brace to which this is likely to draw comparisons, the toe of the Breach is very slim in keeping with its purpose as a forearm brace and not a stock.

The Breach Pistol Brace will be available soon. Stay tuned for additional details.



Strike Industries S3 Sling PRO

The S3 Sling PRO is essentially a padded version of the S3 Sling previously offered by Strike Industries. This sling boasts the ability to transition from a 2 point sling to a single point sling via YKK Hamerloc side release buckles. The female buckle used to join the sling into a loop in single point mode is stabilized by an elastic webbing strap. The S3 Sling PRO also features a wide elastic tube for storing a tourniquet on the sling itself. The length is adjustable via a ladder adjuster with pull cord. The S3 Sling PRO attaches via 4″ paracord loops.



CDM Gear SL Wave Safety for Mossberg Shotguns

CDM Gear just released details of the third safety in their patented Wave series of safeties. The original Delta Wave safety was their largest offering, followed by the BT Wave which is slightly more compact than the Delta Wave. The new SL Wave is their slimmest, most compact Wave safety yet.

Previous Wave safeties extended to the sides and back toward the grip area in order to make it easier for the shooter to reach the safety without shifting their firing grip. The new SL Wave has a similar width to the OEM safety but extends back. The result is a compact safety that can still be reached without shifting the firing grip.



Atibal APEX 4-14×44 First Focal Plane

Atibal’s newest optic, the APEX 4014×44 First Focal Plane, is aimed at the precision hunting market. The APEX follows Atibal’s pattern of creating affordable optics with high end features.

From Atibal:

The APEX 4-14×44 FFP features low dispersion lanthanum glass (LHD) with a multi coated lens that reduces chromatic aberrations and color fringing for more contrasting and vivid colors while maintaining optimal clarity.

The APEX is designed for a wide range of shooting applications in virtually any environment. The APEX features a MIL Reticle, robust 30mm tube, ultra high definition glass, durable target turrets with expanded windage and elevation adjustment range and precise clicks, a generous 44mm objective lens, a large zoom range for magnification versatility, integrated removable rapid view lever, and Atibal’s no B.S. Lifetime Warranty have come together to make the Atibal APEX truly the pinnacle of rifle scope superiority.


  • Magnification: 4-14x
  • Length: 13″
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 44mm
  • Eye Relief: 4 inches
  • Field of View: 26.1-7.8 ft
  • Tube Size: 30mm
  • Turret Style: Target Turret
  • Adjustment Per Click: 1/10 MIL
  • Horizontal Adjustment Range: 16 MIL
  • Vertical Adjustment Range: 16 MIL
  • Weight: 25 ounces with no mount
  • Made of 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum



Mad Pig Customs Does It Again – Hi Point Carbine… That’s Actually Cool!?!?

Mad Pig Customs may already be on your radar for their custom Hi Point handgun complete with threaded barrel, custom machining, suppressor, RMR, and an over-the-top paint scheme based on everyone’s favorite caffeinated alcoholic beverage. Well, they’ve done it again to prove they are masters of putting lipstick on pigs (or maybe Mad Pigs amiright).

Their newest creation started life as a Hi Point carbine which are known for actually being decent and tons of fun. Then they put their own very cool spin on it. For starters, it is a post sample machine gun… which is awesome. They also cut the barrel to 4.5″ inches and threaded it for a suppressor. They also added a 1913 rail and vertical grip. Finally, they cut of the stock and replaced it with a short section of 1913 rail so that they could attach a folding Sig MPX stock. The package is topped off with a Trijicon MRO.

Mad Pig Customs, we salute you!



New Bits from Fix It Sticks: Bottle Opener, Mini Pry Bar, and 1911 Bushing Wrench

Fix It Sticks just rolled out three new bits for use with their tools or any other tool that accepts standard 1/4″ shank bits. The new bottle opener bit is relatively straight forward and self-explanatory. The 1911 bushing wrench is designed to depress the plunger and allow the user to rotate the barrel bushing for removal. The Mini Pry-Bar can be used for light prying, removing nails, and more. It also features cutouts that allow it to be used as a wrench for 1/4″, 5/16”, and 3/8” nuts.



New from Occam Defense – MERC Freefloat Handguard for Kalashnikov Pattern Rifles

Occam Defense has opened pre-orders for their new MERC free-float handguard for Kalashnikov pattern rifles.

From Occam Defense:

The MERC is a revolutionary improvement to handguards for the AK platform (PATENT PENDING). The MERC offers rock solid optics mounting and hand protection, lowering the handguard temperature by over 100°F after five magazines. Gloves are no longer required equipment for extended fire rates when deploying the MERC. The MERC is easily installed in less than 30 minutes with commonly available tools.

The system builds upon the knowledge gained from the Occam Defense RST (Rear Sight Tower)- The MERC builds on the popular press-fit part by adding clamping for user installation along with a thermally managed aluminum handguard.

The Most Combat Effective Handguard Solution Occam Defense’s MERC increases the combat effectiveness of AK rifles by adding a rugged, thermally managed handguard and optics mount in a user-installable configuration. Extended length handguards have long been available for the AR platform. They have obvious benefits for ergonomics– taking a long grip forms a strong triangular base, useful both at distance for accuracy and for weapons retention in CQB environments when hostiles may gain access to the muzzle of one’s weapon. They are also required for mounting modern force multipliers– lights, lasers, IR illuminators, etc.

However, the mounting methods used for previous extended guards were less than optimal. They pulled unacceptable amounts of heat from the barrel and deposited in the worst place possible–the operator’s hand! Occam’s Patent-Pending MERC solves this problem by anchoring the guard far back on the barrel at a single, cool, point, and uses heat shield technology to reflect heat away from the handguard. In field tests, the Occam Defense was over 100°F cooler than the nearest competitor. Maximum Effectiveness – Reduced Complexity: The MERC is the New Standard for AK Handguards.


  • 16 oz
  • 6061 Aluminum
  • Black Mil-Spec Anodized
  • Length: 11.75″ from front of receiver
  • Overhang over dust cover: 2.5″
  • Height: 2-5/8″
  • Width: 1-9/16″
  • Weight: 16 oz. (effectively much lighter through removal of steel RSB and FST)
  • Weight of demo gun: 7 lbs, 2 oz.

Visit OccamDefense.us to learn more about installation, which AKs the MERC will fit, and to pre-order.


TriTech Tactical AR Glock Magazine Compatible PCC Grips

TriTech Tactical’s TPG-ARG series of grips allows AR based, Glock magazine compatible pistol caliber carbines to carry a spare magazine inside the grip. The TPG-ARG series of grips mount to a standard AR-15 lower receiver grip interface and can store a Glock magazine inside, where it can be released by a button. The grips are available in two sizes – the TPG-ARG915 for full-size magazines and the TPG-ARG910 for sub-compact, compact, and full-size magazines.

TriTech Tactical appears to be working on a second generation of this grip and is soliciting feedback on their website.



RS Regulate GKR AK MLOK Rail

RS Regulate’s new GKR AK MLOK Rail promises to allow AK shooters to keep their heat shields, keep their cleaning rod, and gain QD sling sockets and 17 MLOK slots. The drop-in fit GKR will be available for AKs with or without sling loops. They have been teasing the new rail for a few weeks on social media and they released details at Red Oktober.

The GKR is not listed on the RS Regulate website yet but expect to find more details at RSRegulate.com soon.


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