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Jerking the Trigger Gift Guide – Cheap Procrastinator Edition

I have been getting heavy pressure to come up with a gift guide which I have generally resisted because, well most of what I write could generally be used as a gift guide, especially the Bargain or Just Cheap? and The EDC Tool Roll series. The JTT inbox had two emails in it yesterday asking about affordable gift ideas. While I am generally the least imaginative gift giver ever, I am relenting.

The following gift ideas cost less than $40 (much less in most cases) and you should be able to have them to your door before Christmas if you act fast.

Mini Pliers

Even if a guy already has a hundred pairs of pliers, the sight of these handy little buggers hanging out of a stocking will kick off MacGyver fantasies in any man.

The Knipex Cobras would be my pick but Tekton and Channellock both have more affordable, USA made options: Mini Pliers Comparison

Mini Ratchets

The VIM Tools HBR5 and GearWrench Micro Driver are going to appeal to every gun guy and tool guy. These tiny ratchets have the ability to drive both sockets and driver bits.

The GearWrench Micro Driver is often available at Sears on sale this time of year: GearWrench Micro Driver

The VIM Tool HBR5 is probably one of the top picks in this guide. It’s cheap, well made, incredibly handy, and one of the most popular entries ever in The EDC Tool Roll series: VIM Tools HBR5

Snake Eater Tactical IWB Magazine Pouches

These things are awesome. They can be used IWB or OWB and will fit every handgun mag the recipient owns. They also happen to be very affordable at $12. Get you order in soon: SET IWB Mag Pouch

Screwpop Utility Knife

These utility knives are cheap but handy which makes them the perfect stocking stuffer. No one can resist a tool that cuts stuff and open bottles: Screwpop Utility Knife

Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition

This handy little screwdriver is right at home in an EDC tool kit or range bag. They are made in the USA by a company that doesn’t hate your guns… in fact, they make tools specifically for them: Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition

Kershaw E-Train

If you know someone who is into training for self defense, why not get them a training knife like the Kershaw Emerson E-Train. Its affordable, well made, and it’s the kind of thing every gun/knife guy should have: Kershaw Emerson E-Train

ESEE Avispa and Zancudo

The ESEE Avispa and Zancudo are incredible knives for the money. They both carry easily, cut aggressively, and are backed with the ESEE warranty. That is hard to beat for the price: ESEE Avispa and Zancudo

ESEE Avispa D2

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Bawidamann 2017 Titanium Utilitarian Christmas Ornaments

Surely I am not the only one who can’t eat a candy cane with turning the end down to a point and pretending its a shiv. Put me in bar fight with a handful of candy canes and I’ll stab my way out.

The mischievous Christmas Elves at Bawidamann Shenanigans gave a little sneak peek of their upcoming 2017 Titanium Utilitarian Christmas Ornaments and they are kind of like the pointy candy canes you make with your mouth except, you know… titanium. These would be perfect for shirt pocket carry to your office Christmas party in case Joe in Accounting has a bit too much Christmas “spirits” and gets handsy with your wife again this year.

These stabby ti candy canes are awesome and sure to sell out fast. If you want a shot at one, you better sign up for the Bawidamann Shenanigans newsletter and watch your inbox. UPDATE: These are available now and moving fast!

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TangoDown Thanksgiving Promotions

TangoDown is serving up a number of special deals this Thanksgiving. Visit their website at TangoDown.com, their Facebook page, and their Instagram feed for special deals.

The Weatherneck

The Weatherneck is a balaclava that was designed by the people behind Fix It Sticks and packed with smart features. It could be just the ticket for making cold weather training a bit more bearable.

If you live somewhere warm, stay out of the comments. I don’t want to hear it.

Most balaclavas pose a problem for shooters and hunters (or anyone else wearing glasses while being active) because they cover your mouth and exhaled breath is forced up onto the user’s eye protection, fogging immediately and forever. The Weatherneck approaches the problem in two different ways:

First, the Weatherneck is actually two separate garments that work together – the Mullet Cap and the Facemask. The Facemask is joined to the Mullet Cap via magnets so it can be installed, removed, and adjusted for fit easily. The Weatherneck Facemask and Mullet Cap can also be worn individually or combined making this a 3 in 1 system and making it easier to regulate your body temperature.

Second, the Facemask has a mesh panel that allows the wearer’s breath to pass through instead of being pushed up onto your eyewear. It is less likely to fog your glasses but still keeps your face warm.

By now you are probably wondering how I could type “Mullet Cap” so many times without explaining why it is called that. I’m glad you asked. It has been weighing on me too. I mean, this isn’t the late ’90s when you can just say the word “mullet” and get a laugh. It must be called that for a reason! The Mullet Cap is so called for its unique shape that extends down the back of the wearer’s neck like a… mullet. The extension serves to keep the wearer’s neck warm and to hold the magnets that help join the Mullet Cap to with the Facemask. It also has a handy hidden pocket for storing cash, credit cards, a hand warmer, or a stash of Mike and Ikes.

The Weatherneck is made in the USA. You can check it out at TheWeatherneck.com.

Thank You Veterans

Veterans,

From my family, to yours, thank you for your service to this great nation. We appreciate your courage, sacrifice, and sense of duty.

Sincerely,

Matt and the rest of the JTT Crew

B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc. Appoints Brigadier General Peter L. Jones (USA, Ret.) to its Corporate Board of Advisors

November 2, 2017 (Redmond, WA) – B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is honored to announce the appointment of Brigadier General Peter L. Jones (USA, Ret.) to its Corporate Board of Advisors as of the 1st of November, 2017.

BG (R) Jones recently retired as the Commandant and Chief of Infantry at the United States Army Infantry School in Fort Benning, GA, following 32 years of service to his country in the U.S. Army. Brigadier General Jones’ appointment will expand the B.E. Meyers & Co. Advisory Board already in place, and his expertise will be invaluable as B.E. Meyers & Co. continues to strengthen its product portfolio and global presence.

“I am excited to join the B.E. Meyers Team – a true leader in providing advanced laser technology to our warfighters and law enforcement professionals,” said Brigadier General Jones, from his home in Columbus, Georgia. “B.E. Meyers’ commitment to quality and innovation is respected worldwide, and I’m excited to serve as a member of Board of Advisors.”

This appointment is also a reconnection of sorts, as in 2003 then-LTC Jones was the Battalion Commander of 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment in Baghdad and Iskandariyah, Iraq, where Matthew Meyers, now President and CEO of B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc., served in his command as a Platoon Leader. “As a new Platoon Leader in OIF1, BG (R) Jones provided a tremendous level of leadership and advice, and we have maintained contact since that time” said Matt Meyers. “I am extremely honored and humbled that BG (R) Jones has agreed to continue a working relationship in an official capacity as part of the B.E. Meyers Team.”

Brigadier General (R) Peter L. Jones was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1985. Throughout his 32-year career, BG Jones has served in numerous staff and leadership positions, both in the continental United States and overseas, and led Soldiers from Company through Brigade. In his last assignment, he was responsible of building and sustaining the Infantry force as the 56th Chief of Infantry.

BG (R) Jones has deployed six times. As a member of the 1st Infantry Division, he deployed twice to Kosovo in support of NATO peace keeping operations. He also has four combat deployments serving in Iraq as commander of a 900-man Infantry Battalion operating in Baghdad and as a commander of a 5,500-man Heavy Brigade Combat Team operating in the five provinces south of Baghdad. Additionally, he has served as a strategic planner at the 4-star multinational headquarters in Iraq and Afghanistan.

BG (R) Pete Jones has also served in numerous staff positions at all levels from Battalion to Headquarters, Department of the Army. Most notably, he served for over two years as the Executive Officer to the Secretary of the Army as the Army shifted operational focus from Iraq to Afghanistan while managing the budget challenges posed by sequestration.

In his last assignment, BG (R) Jones served for two years as the Infantry School Commandant and 56th Chief of Infantry. During his tenure, he oversaw the integration and training of female Soldiers and Officers into the Infantry force. Additionally, he oversaw the study of Russian use of disruptive technologies and hybrid operations in the Ukraine and Syria as the Director, Russian New Generation Warfare.

In addition to a Bachelor of Science Degree from West Point, BG Jones holds advanced degrees from Georgetown University, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and National Defense University. He is also the recipient of Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. (www.bemeyers.com) is an ISO 9001:2008-certified manufacturer of optoelectronic devices used in defense and law enforcement applications. The company’s core technologies include infrared and visible lasers for weapon targeting, aiming, and illumination; non-lethal visual disruption lasers for long-range hail and warning; signature reduction; and ancillary components for a variety of combat applications. Customers include all branches of the U.S. Military; Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; foreign military and security organizations; as well as prime defense manufactures worldwide. Established in 1974, B.E. Meyers’ business offices, engineering, and manufacturing operations are located in Redmond, Washington.

B.E. Meyers & Co. Releases the MAWL-CLAD, a New SWIR Variant of the MAWL Series

October 9, 2017 (Redmond, WA) – B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is proud to announce the release of a new variant of the MAWL series of weapon aiming lasers and illuminators: the MAWL-CLAD (Covert Laser Aiming Device).

The MAWL-CLAD distinguishes itself from other MAWL variants through the inclusion of a Short-wave Infrared (SWIR) laser pointer. This laser is undetectable by most common Near Infrared (NIR) night vision systems and other visual augmentation sensors, but is compatible with a variety of SWIR systems (i.e. E-COSI) currently in use with Special Operations Forces.

The MAWL-CLAD retains the NIR wavelength diodes present in other MAWL models to provide both marking and illumination for its primary “IR” function mode. This NIR system is visible with most common night vision systems and provides users with an effective aiming, illumination, and signaling solution for almost any low-light/no-light scenario. With the MAWL-CLAD, users can now seamlessly transition between a full suite of NIR aiming and illumination modes and a SWIR laser pointer for aiming or signaling when necessary, making it compatible with all current night vision systems.

The MAWL-CLAD is part of a greater MAWL (Modular Aiming Weapon Laser) system that allows operators to shoot, move and communicate effectively. Its modular head includes a SWIR option (made possible through replacement of the standard green visible laser pointer found on the MAWL-DA and MAWL-C1+) that can be used interchangeably with any existing MAWL platform. This swap can be done while leaving the main housing attached to the weapon rail.  Like the visible green laser on other MAWL models, the SWIR pointer on the MAWL-CLAD is coaligned with the NIR pointer, allowing it to be zeroed without a SWIR sensor.

“The MAWL-CLAD allows us to take advantage of the modular design aspects of the MAWL system, and lets the end-user adjust between pre-boresighted, capability specific laser modules, as needed for special mission sets” said Matt Meyers, President of B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc.  “With the increased number of SWIR sensors being fielded to Special Operations Forces, the MAWL-CLAD lets the operator choose between SWIR and NIR capability on the move, and also allows them to revert back to the VIS and NIR capability in a matter of seconds by switching to the MAWL-DA Head without detaching the main body of the laser, or losing zero.”

The MAWL-CLAD is the third variant in the MAWL family of weapon laser systems. For more information about the MAWL-DA, MAWL-C1+, and MAWL-CLAD, including product demonstrations and purchasing options, please contact the B.E. Meyers & Co. team at sales@bemeyers.com.

For more information about the MAWL-CLAD, please visit: http://www.bemeyers-mawl.us//mawl-clad.html.

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. (www.bemeyers.com) is an ISO 9001:2008-certified manufacturer of optoelectronic devices used in defense and law enforcement applications.  B.E. Meyers & Co. has produced various pointers and illuminators for both JTAC and UAS applications in the SWIR and NIR wavelengths for the last eleven years. The company’s core technologies include infrared and visible lasers for weapons aiming and illumination; non-lethal visual disruption green lasers for long-range hail and warning; night-vision devices; and long-range surveillance systems. Customers include all branches of the U.S. Military; Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; foreign defense and security organizations; and defense contractors worldwide. Established in 1974, B.E. Meyers’ business offices, engineering, and manufacturing operations are located in Redmond, Washington.

B.E. Meyers & Co. Exhibiting at AUSA 2017 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting & Exposition

September 4, 2017 (Redmond, WA) – B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition (AUSA) on October 9-11, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. (booth # 2932).

Visit the B.E. Meyers & Co. exhibition to see the all new BOARS-M2, as well as the MAWL, IZLID, and GLARE series of lasers, including LA-22/U (GLARE RECOIL). Members of the B.E. Meyers & Co. team will be available to answer questions and demonstrate products.

For more information about B.E. Meyers & Co. products, please visit: www.bemeyers.com.

AUSA is an annual meeting and Exposition put on by the Association of the United States Army which focuses on defense industry solutions. Since 1950, the Association of the United States Army has worked to support all aspects of national security while advancing the interests of America’s Army and the men and women who serve.

To connect with the B.E. Myers & Co. team to schedule a meeting at AUSA 2017, please contact us at: sales@bemeyers.com.

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. (www.bemeyers.com) is an ISO 9001:2008-certified manufacturer of optoelectronic devices used in defense and law enforcement applications. The company’s core technologies include infrared and visible lasers for weapons aiming and illumination; non-lethal visual disruption green lasers for long-range hail and warning; night-vision devices; and long-range surveillance systems. Customers include all branches of the U.S. Military; Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; foreign defense and security organizations; and defense contractors worldwide. Established in 1974, B.E. Meyers’ business offices, engineering, and manufacturing operations are located in Redmond, Washington.

U.S. Marine Corps Designates B.E. Meyers & Co.’s GLARE RECOIL™ as the LA-22/U

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is pleased to announce that the U.S. Marine Corps has designated their GLARE RECOIL™ non-lethal Hail and Warning device the official Joint Electronic Type Designation System (JETDS) identifier LA-22/U with an NSN of 5860-01-657-3893, as part of the Ocular Interrupter System (OIS) program.

The LA-22/U is an internally funded and developed 250mW maximum output green laser dazzler. In February of 2016, it was selected by the Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) to replace the GLARE MOUT 532P-M or “MiniGreen”, and GBDIIIC W/SCM (LA-9/P), and provide an advanced non-lethal Escalation of Force solution for Hail and Warning combat applications on land and sea. The LA-22/U is currently in production and being delivered by B.E. Meyers & Co., the sole source provider to MARCORSYSCOM for the $49M IDIQ Ocular Interruption System (OIS) program, contract number M67854-14-D-1040.

Fitted with B.E. Meyers’ groundbreaking and patented SmartRange™ technology, the GLARE RECOIL™ integrates laser range finding, near-field detection, and a 3-axis gyroscope into the unit’s safety controls.  This technology allows it to detect objects/persons entering the proximity of the beam, and self-regulates the power output to maintain controlled EyeSafe™ Class 2M irradiance while ensuring maximum permissible exposure on target.

The GLARE RECOIL™ also features a motorized zoom for variable beam divergence and a pulse mode for optimal effect. It can be mounted onto any existing weapon system with a MIL-STD-1913 rail mount, can be employed in a handheld-only configuration, or integrated into existing Remote Weapon System platforms.

Additionally, the GLARE HELIOS™ is the Class 1M variant of the LA-22/U (GLARE RECOIL™), and is only green laser Hail and Warning system certified by the FDA for use by Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement agencies.

For more information on these systems and this contract, please contact the B.E. Meyers & Co. team at sales@bemeyers.com

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. (www.bemeyers.com) is an ISO 9001:2008-certified manufacturer of optoelectronic devices used in defense and law enforcement applications. The company’s core technologies include infrared and visible lasers for weapons aiming and illumination; non-lethal visual disruption green lasers for long-range hail and warning; night-vision devices; and long-range surveillance systems. Customers include all branches of the U.S. Military; Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; foreign defense and security organizations; and defense contractors worldwide. Established in 1974, B.E. Meyers’ business offices, engineering, and manufacturing operations are located in Redmond, Washington.

Frank Cappo of 5.11 Tactical Joins Spirit of Blue Board

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – September 26, 2017 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation is excited to announce that Frank Cappo, Vice President of Law Enforcement Sales at 5.11 Tactical, has joined the Spirit of Blue Board of Directors.  5.11 Tactical is a leading manufacturer of purpose-built apparel and gear designed specifically to enhance the safety, accuracy, speed, and performance of tactical professionals and enthusiasts worldwide and is based out of Irvine, CA.  Frank previously served as a police officer with the Overland Park (KS) Police Department for 12 years with assignments as both a patrol and SWAT officer, a police academy instructor, department quartermaster and director of training.  In his volunteer role with Spirit of Blue, Frank will be focused on new sponsor acquisition and advising on the administration of the Foundation’s Safety Grant Program.

“I’m very excited to join the board of the Spirit of Blue Foundation,” said Frank Cappo, newly appointed Spirit of Blue Board Member.  “After leaving a career in Law Enforcement I always felt there was something missing for me personally.  And I wanted to find a way to continue to give back.  With my association with the Spirit of Blue I now have a way to help agencies and communities around the country who cannot afford quality, life-saving equipment.”

Spirit of Blue’s Board of Directors is comprised of business professionals who each have either previously served in law enforcement or have a special connection to that community and the cause of Officer Safety.  The Board is relied upon heavily for governance, regulating financial affairs and fundraising to support the day-to-day operations managed by the Executive Director.  Additionally, each Board Member helps in presenting grant awards around the country and advocates for Officer Safety where they live and work.

“Frank became a fast friend of the Foundation after a chance encounter and conversation passing through an airport,” commented Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue.  “That conversation led to others and it was apparent that Frank connected with our mission of protecting police officers.  And, he knows the job inside and out, along with the risks and the needs.  When we asked him to sit on the Board he responded quickly and enthusiastically and his contribution has already been significant.”

Since 2011, the Spirit of Blue Foundation has awarded 47 grants in 24 states valued at over $200,000.  The grants have varied from patrol rifles, body armor, riot control gear, AED’s, K9’s, forensic software, flashlights, Police/Youth Dialogue training, night vision optics, LED flares, ballistic helmets and self-contained breathing apparatus.  The Foundation is supported on an ongoing basis by Law Enforcement United, Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement and LMT Defense, along with a number of other premiere brands who manufacture safety equipment across a broad range of categories.  For more information or to learn how to support Spirit of Blue please go to:  www.spiritofblue.org

About The Spirit of Blue Foundation

The Spirit of Blue Foundation, based in Rochester, NY, is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to the enhancement of officer safety and vitality throughout the law enforcement community by promoting public awareness for their protection and fulfilling safety equipment and training needs.  The Spirit of Blue Foundation develops and executes fundraising campaigns nationally with the support of partner non-profits, national retailers and safety equipment manufacturers.  Fundraising proceeds are distributed in the form of Safety Equipment and Training Grants to law enforcement agencies across the country at local, county and state levels.  Since 2011 the Foundation has awarded 47 grants in 24 states valued at over $200,000.

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