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Chase Tactical AR1000 Level III Stand Alone Rifle Plates

Chase Tactical just rolled out a new US made steel rifle plate.

The Chase Tactical AR1000 Rhino eXtreme is an all steel based Advanced Armox Steel / MIL46100 compliant product with an upgraded base coat spall liner (Rhino Extreme).  Unlike other AR500 Steel armor plates available on the market, the CT-AR1000 plate is the first to receive NIJ 0101.06 Certification and is also DEA Compliant so you can purchase with confidence.  It is designed to be a thin, low profile, economical armor solution for law enforcement and military personnel.

You can check out the spec sheet here: AR1000 Level III Stand Alone Rifle Plate Spec Sheet

Check out the plates at Chase Tactical.


Thanksgiving Sale at GunfightersINC

If you have a Kenai Chest Holster on your Christmas list, don’t miss this. GunfightersINC is offer 15% off all their holsters starting 11/23 and running through 11/29. If the holster is in stock, it will also receive free shipping. These deals are good at both their website and their Amazon store.


Kenai Chest Holster GunfightersINC over shoft shell

RMJ Tactical Mini Jenny Pre-Ordering Opens Today

If you have been waiting to put your hands on RMJ Tactical’s newest tomahawk, the Mini Jenny, your wait is almost over. This one promises to be their lightest, most compact, and easiest to carry tomahawk yet.

RMJ Tactical will open pre-ordering today (in about 1 hour as of the time of this writing). There will also be a new Mini Jenny patch available.

Check out the Mini Jenny at RMJ Tactical


Public Service Announcement: Beware Knock-Off/Fake Hemostatic Products

You have likely heard of the knock-off tourniquets that are coming into the country from China. Now there is a new knock-off hitting these shores – hemostatic products. These products are designed to look like established products but have ZERO vetting behind them to prove their function. This makes them extremely dangerous to anyone who adds them to their kit expecting them to be potentially life saving tools.

BFE Labs has done a great job of uncovering this story and finding specific examples of what the fake products look like. You should check out their article for more details: BFE Labs – Fake Hemostatic Products

Remember to source your medical products from reliable, original sources.

OP Tactical Berry Compliant Enhanced Poncho Liner

OP Tactical’s Berry Compliant Enhanced Poncho Liner is manufactured exclusively for them by Wild Things. It earns its “enhanced” moniker with a variety of improved materials versus the standard issue poncho liner.


The Berry Compliant Enhanced Poncho Liner is constructed from soft 70 denier nylon which has been treated with NanoSphere DWR for water resistance. It is quilted with a 2 ounce Primaloft which should make it considerably warmer than the issue liners. The 90 x 65″ dimensions match the original poncho liners and it features multiple tie down points.

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Check out the Berry Compliant Enhanced Poncho Liner exclusively at OP Tactical.


Ultra Light Micro Ranger Beads

Standard paracord based ranger beads (pace counters) aren’t exactly heavy, but… They are heavier than they need to be. A long time friend of mine and US Army veteran developed the Ultra Light Micro Ranger Beads that weigh in as just 2.27 grams compared to about 5 grams for a regular ranger beads.


These ranger beads makes use of smaller beads and lighter cord. They are small enough to make a difference but large enough to still be used with gloves. I have had two sets of these for almost 2 years. There have been zero issues with beads slipping or breaking. In fact, the beads grip this cord better than a lot of the full size ranger beads.


These are small and light but easy to use and durable. They are also made by a veteran right here in the USA and affordable at $5.35 shipped each. There are several bead and cordage options and there may be discounts for bulk orders. These are only sold on Ebay at the moment.

Check out the original Ultra Light Micro Ranger Beads on Ebay.

Merkwater Casting Handlines

Handline fishing has been around forever and the rigs that people use to do it mostly all have one thing in common… They are much easier to pack than a fishing rod! The new Markwater Casting Handlines are barely larger than your outstretched hand making them a lightweight and compact way to add fishing gear to your backpacking or survival kit.



The Merkwater Casting Handlines are from the same people behind the excellent Emberlit stoves. They are made from Baltic Birch plywood and then stained, sealed, and have a handle wrap applied by hand. 40 feet of 10 pound test line is supplied.

Check out the Merkwater Casting Handlines at Emberlit.com.

Review: Multitasker Twist

My very first tool from Multitasker Tools was the Multitasker TUBE and I still use it to this day. It’s unique pen-like form factor and ease of carry have made it a staple of my range kit. The TUBE was eventually discontinued and there was no similar tool available until Multitasker released the Twist. Does the Twist fill the shoes of it’s predecessor, the TUBE? Let’s find out.



The Twist is a pen shaped multitool that is machined from 6061 aluminum with a hard anodized finish. Many of its tools are useful in broad applications but the tool is specifically designed to aid in field weapon maintenance and cleaning.

The top cap of the Twist features two nibs for adjusting Aimpoint Micros. The top cap also features a heavy-duty steel clip that is not only the key to keeping the Twist handy but works as a flat blade driver for adjusting optics or other tasks. If all you had was the Twist’s top cap, you could adjust almost any modern optic!

There is a standard 1/4″ hex shank bit driver under the top cap. By default, this is loaded with a front sight adjustment tool but it can accept any standard 1/4″ hex shank bit. The Twist comes with a selection of bits in a rubber holder.

The bottom cap features a recessed 8-32 male thread that accepts Otis Cleaning Kit components or any of the three tools found under the bottom cap: a pin punch, a radial carbon scraper, or a dental pick.


Observations from Use

The Twist makes a great first impression. The box that it comes in is very slick and you may actually want to hang onto it for storing your Twist when you aren’t using it.

The selection of tools on the Twist is more complete and more modern than those found on the TUBE. I especially like having the Aimpoint Micro turret adjuster accessible without having to open the tool. This makes for very quick and easy adjustments of the most common type of Aimpoint I own.


My two favorite things about the TUBE are still intact in the Twist and I am very happy to see that. First, the standard 1/4″ hex bits are a necessity. If you have a tool that doesn’t use the standard size bits, ditch it. I like knowing that I can walk into any hardware store and buy the exact bit that I need so that I can customize my bit loadout to match the firearms I’ll be using on that day. I should also mention that the Twist is actually a very good driver unlike pliers format multitools which can be a little bit of a pain to use for this purpose.

My second favorite thing about this type of tool is the pen-like form factor. The shape and the included steel pocket clip mean you can stow this tool anywhere and it will be more accessible than any tool without a clip could be. I generally clip it in my pocket or into a single column of PALS webbing. This means I don’t have to dig in a pouch or pocket to find it. That is really nice when you are trying not to be that guy in a carbine course but you need to make a quick adjustment.


All of the included tools work well. The dental pick is well shaped for fishing out cotter pins that you can’t quite get your finger tips on. The pin punch is useful for starting stubborn take-down pins or pushing pins on a Glock. The scraper is not quite as sharp or stout as the one on the TUBE but it works and it is more versatile. The front sight adjustment bit on the Twist appears to be more stout than the one on the TUBE and I appreciate that.

I believe that it is a very good idea for shooters to carry some kind of tool that is specific to their rifle in the context of training – especially paid training. If you can’t fix your gear and keep it running, you are wasting your own money and possibly the other student’s time. I strongly recommend the pliers format Multitasker tools for this application all the time. However, if you are on a tighter budget or already have a good multitool that serves you well, consider adding something like the Twist to your range kit. It has AR-15 specific tools that you will find handy in the context of a carbine course and a form factor that keeps it at your finger tips.


Wrap Up

The biggest strengths of the Twist are its excellent bit driver and its form factor. It is always easy to reach for thanks to its shape and the clip. The standard bit driver lets you tailor the tool to your application. This really is a worthy successor to my beloved TUBE.

You can check out MultitaskerTools.com for more information about Multitasker Tools. The Twist is available from Brownells and other great retailers.

Disclosure: The Twist was provided to me by Multitasker Tools for review.


Multitasker Twist (foreground) shown with my original Multitasker TUBE.

SAV IFAK Pouch from Fight and Flight Tactical

Fight and Flight Tactical has released a new IFAK pouch called the SAV or Sanguin Aer Vitae (Latin for Blood, Air, Life). This 7″ x 5.5″ x 3.5″ is large enough to hold a full-featured trauma kit and it packs some very slick organizational features. The interior of the SAV has plenty of organization features like loop Velcro, elastic loops, and a slip pocket. The exterior has a clever integrated trauma shear retainer and loops for a tourniquet and other items like chemlights or pens.

Check out the SAV at Fight and Flight Tactical.


The Haversack from The Hidden Woodsman

The Hidden Woodsman has an entire line of traditional, outdoorsman gear recreated with modern materials and hardware. This includes their own interpretation of a possibles bag called The Haversack.


The Haversack 12″ x 11″ x 4″ shoulder bag constructed from 1000D Cordura nylon and designed to carry essentials for woods bumming. It features a large main compartment and an interior pocket. The main compartment is lined with either 500D Cordura and 420D pack cloth in a high contrast color. The bag is closed with a large flap secured with dual side release buckles. The exterior sides of The Haversack have PALS webbing for attaching MOLLE compatible pouches and the back features a sturdy loop designed to carry a hatchet or small axe.

This bag is everything a modern mountain man could want for a walk in the woods. Check The Haversack at The Hidden Woodsman.


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