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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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Sneak Peek: Forward Controls Design ASF (Ambidextrous Selector, FCD)

Forward Controls Design is currently working on a new selector for AR-15s in conjunction with Sons of Liberty Gun Works. That is good reason to be excited because Roger Wang, owner of Forward Controls Design, is the designer of the Battle Arms Development BAD Lever, the premium selector that basically created the market for premium selectors.

Here is what Roger has to say about the upcoming ASF and the Quick (a shot throw version):

FCD’s ASF (Ambidextrous selector, FCD) and SOLGW’s The Quick (short for Quick Ambi Selector) is a joint project between FCD and SOLGW. As you guys know, the two companies have been collaborating on a few projects, starting with the 4140 steel MLOK sling mount (MSQ-H in FCD alphabet soup parlance). Work began in Dec. 2018 to create a safety that’s an embodiment of our not inconsiderable experience in AR15/M16 selector design and knowledge over the years.

ASF/The Quick was designed from the ground up to be a defense/duty/combat safety selector, its mission is quite aptly reflected by the way its levers are attached the center, via a stainless steel roll pin. The lever to center interface is immensely strong, the high shear strength roll pin simply holds the two in place. There is no wobble between the lever and center, we’ve called for very tight tolerances on all ASF/The Quick components to achieve that.

ASF/The Quick offers both the conventional non-offset standard and short levers, the offset standard and short q levers, and an end cap. The q levers are side specific, i.e. you don’t want to use a left q lever on the right side, or vice versa. Q levers are offset levers, by moving the lever as close to the shooter as possible, it enables the user to more easily rotate it back to SAFE without shifting his grip.

Center options: 90 degree conventional, 50 degree short throw, and M16 select fire.

The levers are serrated along the length to mitigate lateral movement. When a user’s finger is rotating the lever, we want to add traction to minimize movements to the side (slipping off the lever). The user’s finger slides on the lever as the safety is being rotated, here we don’t want traction to impede movement along the lever’s axis. Short levers are wider than standard length levers, since it gives up on length, we added some surface area back via width.

For dimple fans, there is a single dimple on both sides to function as a position indicator (in lieu of a pointer), it’s elegant and simple.

The end cap is for those that don’t wish to have a lever on the weak side of the receiver. With the end cap, ASF/The Quick is both reversible (lever on any side the user chooses), and convertible (between ambidextrous and non-ambidextrous).

ETA is between 1.5 to 2 months. Note: these are prototype pics, not of production units.

Stay tuned for additional details.

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Hater Holsters

Finding Hater Holsters on Instagram yesterday was a highlight of my day. They are obviously having fun with their company as you can tell from their tagline: “We only make holsters for Hi Points. Holster maker to the poors.”

That’s right. They only make holsters for Hi Points. To be more exact, they make the Mullet IWB and OWB and Hipster IWB and OWB holsters for Hi Points. They come in a variety of colors and off-the-wall prints that make it obvious that Hater Holsters doesn’t take itself too seriously.

All the self-aware jokes are great but it should also be noted Hater Holsters is serving a really underserved portion of the handgun market and that the Mullet IWB has the hallmarks of a quality, modern kydex holster. The holster appears to be vacuum pressed on a machined form. It achieves excellent mold definition and blocking. This is a serious holster at an affordable price (as low as $30).

If you own a Hi Point, you need to check out HaterHolsters.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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Dissident Arms AK Race Safety Extension

Dissident Arms is now offering their AK Race Safety Extension. It is designed to extend down from the safety of AK pattern rifles and shotguns so that its ledge sits nearly flush with the bottom of the receiver. The hard anodized, 6061 aluminum extension is available as just the extension or pre-installed on a VEPR-12 safety lever.

The AK Race Safety Extension has obvious application for competition use of the VEPR-12 shotgun but extensions like this are also useful to left-handed shooters.

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Rosco Manufacturing® Launches New Product Bundle – “Sauce Packs”

August 2, 2019: Rosco Manufacturing, an American manufacturer of high-quality gun barrels & accessories, is proud to announce the launching of their newly released products – the “Sauce Pack” product bundles. In an effort to deliver the products that customers want & deserve, Rosco has paired their hard working Bloodline barrels along with their Bloodline accessories.

The Rosco “Sauce Pack” bundles were created after direct requests from our customers to provide them with the key components needed for their carbine/ pistol builds at a great combined price. The bundles feature a Bloodline barrel, Bloodline BCG, Bloodline gas block, & Bloodline gas tube. The result is a hand-picked list of parts that will produce results right out of the box. All parts within these kits are designed to synchronize together and create an un-interrupted system that will bring every individual component to its peak performance level. The perfect marriage of all our available Bloodline accessories and our in-house made barrels will make for the ultimate combo in performance and cost savings.  

“These components are designed to work perfectly when used together as part of a complete “ignition” system. The parts work to enhance the operation of any carbine/ pistol build that the end user has planned.” – Gabriel Cabrera (Marketing/ Sales Director).

Effective immediately, the following Rosco products are live and for sale:

10.5” Sauce Pack. MSRP: $295.95

12.5” Sauce Pack. MSRP: $304.95

14.5” USASOC Sauce Pack. MSRP: $310.95

16” USASOC Sauce Pack. MSRP: $314.95

For more information on Rosco Manufacturing and our products go to www.RoscoManufacturing.com

About Rosco Manufacturing®: Rosco Manufacturing is an American manufacturer of hard-use & precision rifle barrels. Our production facility in Central Falls, RI has over 50,000 square feet of production space with room for high volume capacity. Rosco supplies major gun manufacturers (the world over) with high quality products. Through superior workmanship and unprecedented engineering, our product line continues to exceed expectations and provides a complete solution for the consumer and OEM.

Valhalla Tactical Baldr System

Valhalla Tactical’s Baldr System is a series of modular weapon light bodies and mounting plates with VERY broad compatibility across many of the current best weapon lights on the market.

They offer Baldr light bodies that can mate with Surefire M600 and M300 heads, Nitecore P10GT heads, and Streamlight HL-X heads. The light bodies accept either a single, protected 18350 in the case of heads that would normally be run on 6V (two cells) or a single CR123A for lights like the M300 that normally runs on a single CR123A. The advantage to these battery configurations is that the light bodies can be made extremely compact and be made to sit very near the rail while still using a battery capable of providing full output and usable runtime. All of the light bodies are designed to accept Surefire E-series/Scout series tailcaps.

There are a variety of mounts available based on the specific needs and any potential clearances that the end-user may need to accommodate. Each mount has built-in adjustability so the user can fine-tune the fit to their setup. Valhalla Tactical describes the mount options:

  • Type-0: Puts the light body closest to your rail.  In most cases you must place your light head in FRONT of the rail for it to clear.  Good solution when rail space is limited and barrel protrudes reasonably ahead of your rail.  Not optimal if muzzle is also at the end of rail – may cause interference especially with suppressor use.
  • Type-1: Provides a ~10° tilt so that smaller LED heads (Surefire Scout, Nitecore P10, etc) can recess behind the end of rail.  Good for ensuring unfeathered access for suppressor mounting / dismounting.
  • Type-2: Same with Type-1 except provides ~15° tilt for slightly bigger LED heads such as Modlite.
  • Type-4: Same with Type-1 except provides ~30° of tilt for more extreme configurations, for example recessing Streamlite HL-X heads or using Scouts with PEQ-15.

The Baldr System components are in production and available for preorder now.

ValhallaTactical.com

Sig Sauer M17-Commemorative Pistols for Sale at Proven Arms & Outfitters

Aberdeen, NC– (July 2019) Proven Arms & Outfitters is excited to announce the Sig Sauer M17-Commemorative Edition of the U.S. Army’s M17 official service pistol, a variant of the SIG P320 is now available for pre-order.  We’ve been able to acquire a very limited number of the few remaining M17 Commemoratives in SIG’s inventory, and they are on their way to us now.

This M17-Commemorative pistol is available at the commercial pricing of $1,122.00, which means that all legal purchasers have the opportunity to own their very own, one of only 5,000, M17-Commemorative Edition pistols. 

Sig Sauer contacted PAO and notified them that they’d receive 10 more of these very limited pistols.  With such a limited release, they will be available online only for Pre-Order at ProvenOutfitters.com/sig-m17-commemorative.

The M17-Commemorative pistol shares the same components, coatings, and markings as the firearm that was awarded the U.S. Army contract for the modular handgun system (MHS).  Only 5,000 M17-Commemorative Edition pistols have been produced for sale, and each SIG SAUER M17-Commemorative pistol is serialized M17-0001 through M17-5000 and includes the Army’s required unique identifier (UID). The M17 is sold in the same cardboard packaging as delivered to the U.S. Army. From the pistol to the packaging, the M17-Commemorative Edition is identical to the U.S. Army’s official M17 service pistol.

The last time the Sig Sauer M17-Commemorative Edition was available it sold out in 3 hours, so don’t delay if you want to add this extraordinary pistol to your collection.

This is online only and limited to one M17-Commemorative per customer.

Proven Arms and Outfitters is a Sig Sauer Elite Dealer, and your non-stop shop for all things SIG!    Sign up for our email list, and you’ll see the promotions and announcements first! 

Stay tuned and look forward to more exciting announcements coming from Proven Arms & Outfitters very soon! 

About Proven Arms & Outfitters:

Proven Arms & Outfitters is a leading supplier of apparel, gear, and firearms to Enthusiasts, Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Military professionals. We have the PROVEN selection of products designed to help you perform at your peak.  For a complete and current outfit for your weapon, build-out existing kit, or gear up for your next adventure, choose us for our practical knowledge, experience, extensive selection, and exceptional customer service. 

Visit our Proven Arms & Outfitters store in Woodbridge, Virginia, find us on the web at ProvenOutfitters.com, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Tease: PHLster ARC Enhanced WML Switches for the Streamlight TLR-1

PHLster released their ARC Enhanced WML Switches for the Surefire X300U series lights earlier this summer. The enhanced switches are a direct, drop-in replacement for the original switches and they provide a slight extension that makes the light easier to operate. Now they are teasing the next product in the ARC line, Enhanced WML Switches for the Streamlight TLR-1 series of lights. The TLR-1 switches are expected to be released sometime this summer.

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Reptilia Introduces 1.93 DOT Mount; for Aimpoint Micros

The 1.93 DOT Mount™ by Reptilia is a lightweight, slim-line mounting solution for a variety of red dot optics. Machined from billet 7075-T6 aluminum with Milspec Type III hard anodized finish, the 1.93 DOT Mount attaches to any M1913 Picatinny rail to place the optical axis at 1.93 inches above the rail. Its spring-loaded nitrided steel clamp and mounting bolt simplify the installation process, and sit flush with the body of the mount for a low-profile, anti-snag design. Initially available for Aimpoint Micro pattern optics, DOT Mounts for other optics coming soon!⁣⁣

Clear anodized DOT Mounts sold exclusively by Q at LiveQordie.com⁣⁣⁣

Compatible with:⁣⁣⁣

  • Aimpoint – Micro R-1, H-1, H-2, T-1, T-2, CompM5⁣⁣⁣
  • Sig – ROMEO4 & ROMEO5⁣⁣⁣
  • Vortex Optics – Crossfire, Sparc I & II⁣⁣⁣
  • Primary Arms – Micro Dot & Advanced Micro Dot⁣⁣⁣
  • Holosun Technologies – HS403 & HS503 Series⁣⁣⁣

ReptiliaCorp.com

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