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BAD-ASS-ST – New Short Throw Selector from Battle Arms Development

The Battle Arms Development – Ambidextrous Safety Selector – Short Throw (BAD-ASS-ST) is now available for purchase. If you thought the original BAD-ASS was a game changer, wait until you see the shock wave that the BAD-ASS-ST sends through the industry. The “ST” in BAD-ASS-ST stands for short throw. This selector is designed to rotate only 45 degrees instead of the 90 degrees that most standard selectors rotate.

As cool as the short throw concept is, in the litigious society that we live in, it does create some liability issues for Battle Arms Development (read more in their Industry Forum). So, these will come with a pin that blocks the installation of the selector in a standard lower. Battle Arms Development can not recommend modifying the BAD-ASS-ST to work with standard lowers (there will be lowers made specifically for this selector).

I have one of these inbound for review so stay tuned.

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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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Apex Tactical Specialties – Reset Assist Mechanism (RAM)

The Reset Assist Mechanism (RAM) is the latest drop-in trigger improvement from Apex Tactical Specialties for the Smith & Wesson M&P pistols. Apex has been on the forefront of M&P trigger improvement for some time with their drop-in Action Enhancement Kits. The new RAM seeks to improve my biggest gripe with the otherwise excellent M&P – the weak reset.

The RAM makes the trigger reset more tactile and positive. A strong, positive reset is an often overlooked part of what constitutes a “good” trigger. Many shooters like to be able to feel the exact point that the trigger resets so that they don’t have to come all the way off the trigger. This is especially important for fast strings of fire. The RAM will also reset the trigger in the event of a return spring break. Redundancy is a very good thing in this case.

This has all the marks of another great product from Apex Tactical Specialties.

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Tactical Handyman: No Slot? No Problem!

Don't let the lack of a pre-made slot keep you from mounting your Mount-N-Slot where you need it.

When it comes to attaching Impact Weapon Component’s Mount-N-Slot hardware, don’t limit yourself to only the places that you have a pre-made slot. The flat sides of the Magpul MOE Hand Guards make attaching a Mount-N-Slot in a custom location an easy task.

In this installment of the Tactical Handyman, we will mount a Mount-N-Slot Rotation Limited QD Sling on midlength Magpul MOE Hand Guards. The midlength MOE Hand Guards lack slots on the sides close to the receiver which is a shame because this is an optimal place to mount a sling swivel.

The midlength MOE Hand Guards lack slots on the rear sides. This is where we will attach the Mount-N-Slot.

Materials:

  • Mount-N-Slot of your choice
  • Magpul MOE Hand Guards
  • Drill with 7/32″ bit
  • Ruler (with long straight edge)
  • Pencil
  • Awl (optional but can be useful for cleaning up or slightly enlarging the drill holes, a Swiss Army Knife works great)

Measure carefully and mark your two drill locations as outlined in steps 3 through 5 below.

Procedure:

  1. Check that your Ar-15 is unloaded by removing the magazine and then visually inspecting the chamber. Once you have completed this, check it again. Remove all ammunition from your work space.
  2. Remove the MOE Hand Guards from your AR-15.
  3. Use your ruler and pencil to draw a line that runs through the center of the slots, parallel to the bore. NOTE: The results of steps 3-5 are shown in the picture above.
  4. Mark the drill hole closest to the delta ring on the line taking care to place it in such a way that the Mount-N-Slot can lay flat when mounted.
  5. Mark your second drill hole by measuring 11/16″ from your first hole. The two mounting points on a Mount-N-Slot Rotation Limited QD Sling are about 11/16″ center to center. You will have to measure any other Mount-N-Slot you may be using.
  6. Drill both holes using a 7/32″ drill bit.
  7. Clean up the holes as necessary with an awl or small sharp knife.
  8. Attach the Mount-N-Slot per manufacturer instructions using the two newly drilled holes instead of a slot.

This is a simple project with a big pay off in increased functionality. Mounting the sling in this location improves the range of motion you will have with the AR slung and keeps the hand guard well clear so you have plenty of room to hold it with your support hand.

Remember to use the coupon code “triggerjerk” at checkout to receive 5% discount at IWC.

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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.

Rainier Arms Select 5.56MM Barrel

We all know precision barrels for the AR-15 don’t come cheap and you generally get what you pay for. The Rainier Arms Select 5.56MM Barrel turns that convention on its ear. It offers features and performance that can usually only be found on barrels that cost twice as much.

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These barrels feature polygonal rifling which is a functional feature that is usually reserved for more expensive barrels. Polygonal rifling forms a tighter seal around the projectile which leads to higher velocities, and, because it lacks the grooves of typical cut rifling, it tends to suffer from less copper and lead build up. Barrels with polygonal rifling also tend to last longer than their cut rifling counterparts.

Other features include:

  • Bead blasted stainless or black oxide finishes
  • 416R stainless steel construction
  • 1×8 Twist
  • M4 feed ramps
  • 5.56 chamber
  • Midlength gas system
  • The Rainier Arms Select 5.56MM Barrel
  • 16″ length

The Rainier Arms Select 5.56 Barrel offers some pretty staggering features for a barrel that sells for just $189.95! Check out these barrels at the Rainier Arms webstore or visit the Rainier Arms Industry Forum on AR15.com.

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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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Tango Down Translucent ARC Magazines

Translucent AR-15 magazines are a great idea. It makes good sense to be able to estimate how many rounds you have left at a glance. However, translucent plastics have always offered a challenge for product designers because they tend to be more brittle than their opaque counterparts. This brittleness often leads to cracked feed lips. Many clear magazines have used metal reinforced feed lips with varying degrees of success.

The Tango Down ARC magazine’s unique two piece design allows a different take on the clear magazine. The feed lips and entire upper part of the magazine is made from black plastic. Black plastic is generally stronger than plastic dyed other colors so this design is actually an advantage for the ARC mags of all colors. The opaque black part of the magazine is completely covered by the receiver when the magazine is inserted so there is no disadvantage to making it opaque.

If you are in the market for translucent (or any color) magazines for your AR-15, consider the Tango Down ARC magazines.

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