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New Attack Racks from US PALM

The original AK Attack Rack from US PALM is widely regarded as one of the best AK specific chest rigs on the market. Now there are two new versions of the Attack Rack for shooters to choose from – the AK Attack Rack V2 and the Multi-Platform Attack Rack.

Both of the new Attack Racks share some features including the ability to add level IIIA soft armor. This is a feature not often seen in chest rigs. The Attack Rack with ballistic insert provides a very broad area of coverage. Both Attack Racks also have similar horizontal handgun magazine/flashlight/multitool pouches.

The AK Attack Rack V2 offers a nice alternative to the original AK Attack Rack. The V2 adds the features mentioned above as well as a few other notables. The fronts of the AK pouches now feature MOLLE webbing for the attachment of additional pouches. The 4 handgun magazine pouches on the sides of the original are now replaced with MOLLE webbing so that the user can add items like a general purpose pouch or first aid kit. There will also be optional accessories available like medical and general purpose pouches sized to fit the side MOLLE fields perfectly and a universal holster insert.

The Multi-Platform Attack Rack supports weapons other than the AK. It can carry 5 AR-15 or .308 magazines. The entire front of the Multi-Platform Attack Rack features a uninterrupted MOLLE webbing field for attaching additional pouches. It can also accept the universal holster accessory.

Check out the whole line of Attack Racks on the US PALM website.

Review: Fiocchi 7.62×39 FMJ

To my knowledge, none of my AKs have ever digested a single piece of brass cased ammo… until recently. The folks at BulkAmmo.com offered to send me some Fiocchi 7.62×39 123 gr. FMJ for testing and I jumped at the chance.

This Fiocchi 7.62×39 123 gr. FMJ features boxer primed brass cases. The boxes are marked “Made in Hungary.” I was given 2 boxes that contained 20 rounds each which isn’t a lot of ammo for a test but I was able to form some immediate opinions.

My first impression was that the ammo looked much, much nicer than the typical AK fodder that I shoot. The cartridges were clean and seemed to be consistent in overall length (not always the case with some 7.62×39).

When shooting, my impression was that it seemed a bit hotter (sharper recoil) than some of the steel cased ammo that I typically shoot. This was also seen when I checked the targets since the Fiocchi ammo’s point of impact (POI) was higher than that of the typical steel cased ammo that I shoot. I am actually very pleased that this is the case since much of the steel cased ammo on the market is under-loaded. There were no signs of over pressure.

The ammo was also noticeably more accurate than what I typically shoot. In the target picture above, there are two groups. The photo above shows two distinct groups. The lower 8 shots were shot relatively quickly from a rest at 50 yards. Accuracy was good save for the two pulled shots at 3 and 4 o’clock. I made some adjustments, slowed down, and fired a final 3 shot group (I generally prefer 5, or better yet, 10 shot groups, but I was out of ammo). Those are the 3 shots that you see around the bull. The rifle used was a converted Saiga with an Aimpoint H1 mounted on an Ultimak rail. This rifle shoots well with good ammo and the Fiocchi proved to be good ammo.

It looks nice and it shoots well, but I was probably most struck by how clean it was. This ammo is not nearly as smoky as much of the steel cased 7.62×39 that is on the market. It also doesn’t smell as bad. Steel cased ammo often smells terrible, almost like cat urine, when it is being shot but the Fiocchi smells normal. With the lack of smoke and smell, it should come as no surprise that this ammo shot much cleaner than steel cased ammo. There was very little clean up to be done after 40 rounds of the Fiocchi versus 40 rounds of steel cased ammo – granted, it was just 40 rounds but the difference was noticeable.

40 rounds is a small sample size with which to form an opinion on the quality of ammo, but the hallmarks of quality are there. This Fiocchi 7.62×39 ammo is clean and consistent externally, it features boxer primed brass cases, it shoots accurately, and doesn’t leave a mess. It is definitely a very different and much better experience than what I am used to with the typical steel cased ammo on the market.

You can check out this Fiocchi 7.62×39 and other 7.62×39 Ammo at BulkAmmo.com.

Disclosure: This ammo was sent to me by BulkAmmo.com, free of charge, for review.

Stag Arms 3G

3-Gun competition, especially the rifle component, has really taken off recently. It was really only a matter of time before manufacturers began to tailor products specifically to this market. Stag Arms is the first production AR-15 manufacturer that I have seen market a new AR-15 specifically to 3-Gun competitors.

The new Stag Arms 3G has many features that are popular with 3-Gun competitors. the difference is that they come standard on the rifle instead of as custom additions. These features include a 18″ stainless steel fluted heavy barrel with a 1 in 8″ twist. The barrel also features a 5.56 chamber, rifle length gas system, and it is threaded for a muzzle device.

The rifle also features a Samson Evolution free float hand guard, Geissele Super 3-Gun Trigger, Magpul ACS stock, and Magpul MOE pistol grip. This is a very well appointed rifle. Users can also add an optional set of Dueck Defense Rapid Transition Sights.

The rifle component of 3-Gun can be a fairly practical form of rifle completion. It often involves solving scenarios with targets anywhere from contact distance to several hundred yards. It has served as a breeding ground for many practical techniques and pieces of gear that have found their way into the military/law enforcement realms. So, it should come as no surprise that this rifle has the potential to be useful for more than just competition. It actually looks like it could be a great semi-precision or hunting set up in addition to its obvious role as a 3-Gun rifle. In fact, if you think about it, 3-Gun rifles like the 3G are not all that different from the military SPR concept.

You can find more information at the Stag Arms website.

The Summit from IWC

“The Summit” program from from Impact Weapons Components has been expanded. Now customers will have even more opportunities for special perks that will be exclusive to members of the Summit. Best of all, it is free to join.

Perks include exclusive sales, access to special edition products, and the ability to trade in an old product for a 50% discount on a newer version. You will also be kept up to date on all the latest products that IWC is cooking up.

Jerking the Trigger is also taking part in the new Pinnacle program which allows us to offer you a 5% discount at IWC when you use the coupon code “triggerjerk”.

Check out The Summit on the IWC website.

New Carrier Portable and Self Staking from TacStrike

More and more outdoor shooting ranges that I have been to are starting to charge for using their target stands. They usually do this to defray the cost of the target stands that are destroyed by goobers who give all gun owners a bad name. What if you could bring your own super durable target stands that packed small enough to fit in a backpack? That is what the new Carrier Portable and Self Staking target stands from TacStrike let you do.

These aren’t just for organized ranges either. If you have access to public or private land, you can use these stands to turn any suitable location into a range. If that suitable spot is fairly long walk from your vehicle, that is no problem thanks to how the stand can be packed down into a small package.

You won’t need to carry sandbags or other weights either since the Carrier Portable and Self Staking is designed with legs that can be staked into the ground. This provides a tip free base even in the wind. If the soil is hard, the base is durable enough to handle being driven with a small sledge.

You can use furring strips as the target uprights. The Carrier Portable and Self Staking will accept either 2″x2″ or 1″x2″ furring strips by adjusting a tension screw to fit. The use of furring strips is a great feature for stands like this. They are light weight, inexpensive to replace when you shoot one, and can be easily cut to any height.

The Carrier Portable and Self Staking is simple, well designed, and extremely portable. Check it out on the TacStrike website.

 

Krebs Enhanced Selector Lever for Saiga

If you like extended selector levers on your AKs like I do but you also own a Saiga rifle (converted in my case) then you will be happy to see this. Krebs Custom now offers their excellent Enhanced Selector Lever with a repositioned detent that is designed for Saiga rifles – the MKVI-S.

New MKVI-S from Krebs Custom

Most AKs have dimples milled into the receiver that mate with a small detent on the selector lever. The combination of these dimples and detents lets the lever “snap” into each position (safe and fire). Saiga receivers lack these dimples. Saiga selectors use a detent that is placed all the way out at the end of the selector lever so that it snaps to the edge of the receiver not into a dimple.

This image shows the difference in the selector detent locations.

I tried using a standard Krebs Enhanced Selector Lever on a converted Saiga that I own. The selector wouldn’t snap into position because there were no receiver dimples and as a result the selector could be too easily bumped into the safe position. The new MKVI-S variant works perfectly for me.

If you own a Saiga rifle, converted or not, you will want to check out the new MKVI-S Enhanced Selector Lever on the Krebs Custom website.

Pocket Carry Viability

“Pocket carry” is a method of concealed carry where a handgun is concealed in the wearer’s pocket. This carry method requires a handgun that is actually small enough to carry in a typical pants pocket and its popularity has increased as the market continues to be flooded with sub-compact handguns. It is my intention to have an honest discussion about pocket carry, its advantages, its disadvantages, and its viability as a carry method.

Holsters

Let’s get one thing out of the way before we delve too deeply into this discussion. I will assume in this post that we are referring to pocket carry with the use of a holster that is purpose built for pocket carry. I would never consider carrying a handgun in my pocket without a holster that completely covers the trigger guard – anything less is a negligent discharge waiting to happen. A holster will also help prevent the intrusion of pocket lint and other debris into your handgun.

Holsters that are designed for pocket carry will have some method of keeping the holster in the pocket during the draw stroke. If your pocket carry holster tends to come out with the handgun when you practice your draw stroke on the range, throw it out and buy a different design.

Advantages

There are some advantages to consider when discussing pocket carry. The most obvious are comfort and convenience. It is extremely convenient to be able to drop a holstered handgun into your pocket and it is typically a very comfortable way to carry a handgun. While comfort and convenience are nice, there are many far more important factors to consider when choosing a carry method. Clint Smith wisely said that carrying a gun “is supposed to be comforting, not comfortable.”

Two other advantages to pocket carry that are rarely mentioned but are, in my mind, the most compelling advantages that this carry method offers are the ability to appear complacent and the ability to appear compliant while indexing your handgun.

Consider a situation where you are walking through a parking garage and you see someone approaching while holding an object that you can’t identify in the dim lighting. You can’t just pull your shirt up and put your hand on your gun. That would be irresponsible since you haven’t identified a threat yet. However, you could place your hands in your pockets and appear to be complacent while you are actually establishing a firing grip on your handgun and preparing to draw if necessary. That is the ability to appear complacent and it can be a tremendous advantage.

Now consider the same situation except this time you don’t see the person approaching. They get the drop on you and they want to force you into your car at gunpoint. The situation is grave and your mind is telling you that you will need to fight back in order to live. You reach into your pocket to appear compliant by “getting your keys” and instead you index your handgun and prepare to defend your life. This ability to appear compliant might buy you the split seconds that you need to produce your handgun and defend your life.

Disadvantages

Before we get carried away by the compelling advantages of pocket carry, we should take an honest look at some very compelling disadvantages.

A pocket can be a terrible environment to store a handgun. It can be humid and dirty. Even when you clean your pockets, reliability threatening lint forms quickly. Great care must be taken to clear the handgun of all lint and grit before it works its way into the barrel or lock work.

Drawing a handgun from a pocket will generally take longer than producing one from the belt. The hand must slip into the pocket quickly which can be a bit tricky and the pockets sit lower than the belt which extends the draw stroke. Drawing from a pocket does not take very much longer than drawing from concealment but it does take longer. We generally try to reduce the time and increase the efficiency of our draw stroke. Pocket carry does the opposite.

A handgun that is carried in the pocket can be difficult to access with both hands. Even a mildly flexible person can access a handgun from a belt holster with their support hand but a pocket is a different story. It can be done but it is not easy, efficient, or graceful.

It can be difficult to access a pocket carry handgun while seated. When you are seated, your pockets are typically drawn tight which makes it difficult to get your hand into the pocket. It also changes the angle of the draw in a way that makes it all but impossible to draw your handgun without pointing it directly at your leg.

Finally, pocket carry gives you one less pocket to carry other gear. That may seem like a small thing but think about it. You should never carry anything in your pocket with your handgun. That is an accident waiting to happen and it could impede your draw stroke. The pocket that you will carry your handgun in is probably also the pocket that you clip your knife in or where you carry your keys. You will have to make other arrangements for these items and then carry them that way consistently so that you don’t reach into your pocket to get your keys and pull out a handgun instead. Don’t laugh. It happens.

Viable or Not?

So where does all of this discussion leave us? Is pocket carry a viable carry method or not? I can only answer for myself and say, “it depends.” In my opinion, based on the discussion above, pocket carry is not a suitable primary carry method but it can be an acceptable method for carrying a back up handgun. By carrying your back up with this method you can leverage the advantages of pocket carry while mitigating the disadvantages because it is not your only handgun.

Pocket carry is a compromise. You are exchanging a smooth, reliable draw stroke for comfort and convenience. That is a lousy trade but in some cases it may be an acceptable trade. I limit my use of pocket carry to a back up role. You will have to decide for yourself.

New Website from LaRue Tactical

Everyone’s favorite pusher of optics mounts, railed hand guards, and more has a new website. LaRue Tactical finally has a site that matches their products for quality.

The old site was functional enough to put a serious dent in my wallet but products were somewhat poorly organized. The old site lacked a general look and feel that you would expect from an industry heavyweight like LaRue Tactical. I have cruised the new site for a bit and found it to be very well organized. The excellent product pictures are displayed prominently and just about everything on the site is just one click from the home page. This site, like all LaRue products, is functional and well made.

You can check out the new site at LaRueTactical.com.

AAC Micro7

By now you have likely already heard of Advanced Armament Corp’s 300 Blackout. If not, you should read up on it because it is a very slick concept. The support for the cartridge continues to grow with the introduction of the new Micro7.

The Micro7 is a compact, handy, lightweight bolt action rifle that is chambered for 300 Blackout. It is based on the excellent Remington Model 7 action which is basically a scaled down Model 700 action. This is a proven action and a great start for any compact rifle.

As you might expect from AAC, the Micro7 comes suppressor ready. It features a 16″ barrel that has been threaded to accept a suppressor. Care was also taken to ensure that the rifle remained handy even with the suppressor attached by using a lightweight barrel profile.

The Micro7 also comes with a scope mount and comb riser that AAC designed. The barrel is nitrided to increase the surface hardness and make it more durable. This is a very cool feature in rifle that could see some hard use.

I hope you are getting the picture that this is a very unique and versatile package. I could see this rifle in the trunk of a squad car, the rifle rack of a deer hunter, on the tractor of a rancher, or even lashed to the pack of a predator hunter. There really isn’t anything that this rifle can’t do.

Check out the AAC blog for the all the latest info on the Micro7 and the 300 Blackout.

Review: White Sound Defense Glock Mag Springs

It has been said that the magazine is the heart of any magazine fed firearm. This saying speaks to the importance of the magazine when it comes to the overall reliability of the firearm. Many, if not most, malfunctions can be traced back to magazine issues. Magazines are very simple – many having just 4 or 5 parts. However, one of those 4 or 5 parts really has a tremendous bearing on whether the magazine is reliable or not, but few shooters ever spend a moment thinking of them. I am talking about the magazine spring.

I have been using a couple of Glock magazine springs from White Sound Defense (WSD) for the last several months. Magazine springs may seem mundane, but these springs have some features that set them apart from other springs on the market.

WSD’s magazine springs are designed to be direct replacement for full size 9mm, .40SW, and .357SIG Glocks. The springs are made from 17-7PH stainless steel. This allows the springs to be very resistant to environmental factors like rain and sweat. You can check out WSD’s technical article that compares how their springs weather compared to other common spring materials on their website.

They offer about 10% more pressure than the stock springs and you will notice some additional resistance when you are loading your magazines but this will ease with time and use. This extra pressure also makes these springs ideal for +2 magazines extensions and should help keep feeding consistent even in dusty/dirty environments.

They have been completely reliable for me. I have them installed in Glock 17 magazines. There were no issues with the magazines before I installed the WSD springs so it is difficult to discuss what, if any, improvement there has been. They do work and they are made from a material that should perform very well across all environments. I do not hesitate to recommend them.

You can read more about magazine spring materials and more about these specific springs on White Sound Defense’s website.

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