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New Site and Gear from IKICKHIPPIES

IKICKHIPPIES is known as the manufacturer for the SLAP or Sling Loop Ambidextrous Plate. I find the SLAP to be an extremely simple, extremely functional, and extremely versatile piece of gear. Now, IKICKHIPPIES has a new website and they have expanded their product line beyond just the SLAPs themselves to include accessories, special edition FDE coated SLAPs, and some really cool apparel.

Some of you will remember the SLAP Patch that we gave away here on Jerking the Trigger. It made a huge splash and several people inquired about where they could purchase one. Well patience is a virtue and now all you patient patch collectors have the opportunity to pick up your very own SLAP patches on the IKICKHIPPIES website. While you are there, check out the SLAP t-shirt too. I wear mine proudly!

The new IKICKHIPPIES site can be found at IKICKHIPPIES.com.

MI/US-PALM ML2 Topcover

Midwest Industries (MI) and US-PALM have expanded their line of optic mounting topcovers for the MI Universal AK Handguards. The newest topcover, the ML2 Topcover, will allows shooters to mount the 30mm Aimpoints like the M2, ML2, M3, ML3, and others.

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The best thing about the ML2 Topcover is that it allows the Aimpoint to be co-witnessed with the iron sights. The cowitness height will vary based on the tolerances of the particular AK on which the topcover is mounted. It will vary from an absolute cowitness to a lower 1/3 cowitness.

You can read more about the ML2 Topcover on the MI website.

Troy BattleMag

Troy Industries was showing the BattleMag at the 2011 SHOT Show. They are now shipping. The BattleMag is another entry into the polymer AR-15 magazine market. It does have a few features that set it apart from the established players like Magpul’s PMAG and TangoDown’s ARC magazine.

The BattleMag has some very well thought out texturing that is designed to improve grip when stripping the BattleMag from a pouch or the magazine well. It also features a removable pull tab that aids in removing the magazine from pouches and serves as a shock absorber when the magazine is dropped. The spine of the BattleMag is shaped to prevent the magazine from being over-inserted into the magazine well. It is rare, but I have seen magazines ride over the magazine catch during a reload. The BattleMags should, theoretically, prevent that from happening.

The street price on these should be competitive since the MSRP is only $15 but even $1 is too much if a magazine doesn’t work every time. Only time and lots of rounds down range will tell the true story of this magazine.

Check out the BattleMag on Troy’s website.

Surplus European Steel AK-47 Magazines from AIM Surplus

AIM Surplus started offering what they call “Surplus European Steel AK47 7.62×39 30rd Magazines”. These magazines have an interesting back story and a unique feature that should be of note to AK shooters and AK magazine collectors.

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AIM Surplus stated that they purchased these magazines as “Yugoslavian Bolt Hold Open Magazines”. When they arrived, they were surprised to find that they were not bolt hold open magazines but rather rib-less magazines much like those made in China. The speculation has been that these magazines are were either made on Chinese equipment in Yugoslavia or that they are Chinese magazines that were imported to Yugoslavia. That is all very interesting but why should you care?

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You should care because these rib-less magazines are desirable to both shooters and collectors. A typical steel AK magazine has a large rib on the back of the magazine that can really tear up your hand during a day of drills. These magazines have a nearly flat back that makes them much easier on your hands (and pouches). On top of that, they are in very good condition and they are priced very reasonably. I ordered 10 of them and they are like new.

If you are a shooter who needs to bulk up on spare magazines or a collector who likes magazines with a unique back story, then these magazines may be perfect for you. I have no idea how much longer these will be available, but you can check them out at AIM Surplus.

DDM4 Torture Test from Daniel Defense

Daniel Defense and Larry Vickers decided to beat up on a DDM4 and take you along for the ride. This new torture test video shows the DDM4 being run through a battery of tests that are entertaining and visually impressive though not all that informative. Most of the tests are probably fluff and it is likely that any quality AR-15 would pass, but overall the DDM4’s performance is entertaining. The DDM4 upper that I owned was reliable and accurate in the short time that I owned it.

The DDM4 performs well but I think the Aimpoint T-1 really steals the show. It takes a number of direct hits and keeps on ticking. Even at the end, when it finally does lose zero, there is no way of knowing whether it was the rifle, the mount, or the Aimpoint. The test also seems to make a strong case for QD optic mounts. If the Aimpoint in the test was in a QD mount it could have been easily removed to allow unobstructed use of the iron sights.

You can check out more information on the torture test on Daniel Defense’s website.

Video Blog from Revision Shooter Max Michel

Having a great team can make life a lot easier. I am very glad to have Revision on my team as a partner. Revision is obviously very glad to have top notch competitive shooter Max Michel on their team.

Max has been putting together a video blog on the Revision Youtube Channel that contains some very good info. Most of the information is centered around competition shooting but it is also very applicable to those who train for self-defense or who are preparing for a training course. There is also a very interesting look behind the scenes of Revision HQ.


I mentioned the RS AKM in the recent Modernizing the AK Series. The AKM is an Aimpoint mount designed to mount to the standard AK side optic mount.

The AKM is chock full of features that set it apart from other optic mounts of this style. One of the most important features is the precision dovetail that lets the user center the optic over the bore. Many optic mounts of this style do not position the optic directly over the bore which can make zeroing your AK very interesting. The AKM also sits low enough to allow the Aimpoint to co-witness while still allowing room for the AK to be field stripped without removing the mount. Should you have to remove it, the thumb lever provides return to zero capability. The RS AKM mount is machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and only weighs 6 ounces.

RS Products is also working on a myriad of other mounts for the AK to accommodate other optics like the micro Aimpoints, ACOGs, and traditional magnified optics. It is really exciting to see this kind of development of the AK platform. RS Products is definitely a company to watch.

Check out the AKM on RSREGULATE.com.


Impact Weapons Components shows no signs of slowing the flow of MOUNT-N-SLOTs. Their latest MOUNT-N-SLOT is one that I have been looking forward to for a long time. The SMC Light MOUNT-N-SLOT is designed to allow you to attach many of the most popular weapon mounted lights to any size Magpul MOE Hand Guards (carbine, midlength, and rifle length) or Bushmaster ACR hand guards.

The SMC Light MOUNT-N-SLOT attaches to the side of the MOE Hand Guards and then cantilevers the light up toward to the front sight base (FSB). This light placement allows the bezel of the light to extend beyond the FSB which minimizes shadowing and it places the tailcap switch directly under thumb when the rifle is gripped naturally. I have found this placement to work very well.

The SMC’s modular design allows it to work with many of the most popular lights for weapon mounting. It works with the Surefire Scout lights via direct attachment. With the addition of a proprietary flashlight ring, it will also allow you mount lights like the Surefire G2X, G2L, 6P, Streamlight Polytac and more. If you ever decide to change your light, the rings will be available for purchase separate from the mount so you can replace just the ring and not the entire mount.

IWC machines the SMC from Billet 6061-T6 Aluminum and then tops them off with with a durable black hard anodized finish. All of the unnecessary material is milled away to keep the weight down to 1.820 ounces. The SMC Light MOUNT-N-SLOT comes with all the hardware and tools that you need to mount it on your hand guards.

You can read more about the SMC Light MOUNT-N-SLOT on IWC’s website.

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

Battle Comp Teases with the AKBC

Battle Comp is well known for their series of compensators for the AR family of weapons. Many users have asked that they bring the Battle Comp to the AK. Well, AK users need not feel neglected any longer.

Battle Comp released video of their upcoming AKBC compensator for the AK. The video shows some impressive performance. The muzzle rise is nearly completely eliminated. The AK can be seen pushing back against the shooter but the muzzle stays nearly level.

Battle Comp is expecting the AKBC to be ready in about 7 weeks. In the mean time, you can check out their other compensators on their website.

J-Frame Drop in Duty/Carry Kit Now Available from Apex Tactical Specialties

I mentioned the J-Frame Drop in Duty/Carry Kit from Apex Tactical Specialties (ATS) a few weeks ago. ATS made a big splash with the kit at the 2011 NRA Show in Pittsburgh. It is no surprise that people are clamoring for this kit since there are so many who carry Smith & Wesson J-Frame revolvers and the price is very reasonable ($24.95). The kit is now available for purchase.

This kit was specifically designed to reduce the double action trigger pull weight without compromising reliability. This is accomplished by using high quality springs and balancing the weights of all the various springs in the kit. Often, reliability issues happen when springs are mixed and matched. The trigger pull is reduced from the typical 12 pounds to a much more manageable 9 pounds. Impressively, this is accomplished without the need for a gunsmith visit – this is a drop in kit.

I am going to have to pick one of these kits up for my S&W 442.

You can read more about the J-Frame Drop in Duty/Carry Kit on Apex Tactical Specialties’ website.

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