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EZ Accuracy GBDT (Gas Block Dimple Tool)

Dimpling an AR-15 barrel serves a couple of important purposes. It indexes the gas block to ensure that the gas block aligns with the barrel’s gas port. It also serves as a detent that prevents the gas block from spinning if it is impacted. In spite of this, most AR-15 manufacturers that offer low profile gas blocks, still do not dimple their barrels. Now, it’s easier than ever to do it yourself.

I recently received a GBDT or Gas Block Dimple Tool from EZ Accuracy in a TacPack. Since that time, I’ve used it to dimple 5 gas blocks and I’ve purchased two more of them to give as gifts. I am thrilled with the GBDT and think it makes a great addition to any AR-15 owner’s work bench.

The GBDT is simple – I mean really, really simple – and that is what is best about it. It comes with two parts: a 10-32 hollow screw and a tiny center punch. You can pretty much figure out how to use it by looking at it but is also comes with simple instructions.

To dimple your barrel, you simple remove one the set screws from your gas block. There are usually at least two set screws in a low profile gas block. You should leave the others in place so that the gas block can not move. Replace the removed set screw with the included hollow screw and hand tighten. Place the included center punch in the hollow screw with the pointed end toward the barrel. Give it a tap with a hammer to center punch the barrel (prevents the drill bit from walking in the next steps). Remove the center punch and replace with a sharp 1/8″ drill bit. Drill only slightly into the barrel. You’re done. It takes less than 5 minutes.

The dimple doesn’t need to be deep to work so be conservative with your depth. Drill bits are cheap – use a fresh one. One dimple per gas block is typically enough. I prefer to dimple under the set screw closest to the receiver as this one is typically in the same location on many gas blocks.

The EZ Accuracy GBDT is $16 well spent.

Check it out: EZ Accuracy GBDT

Review: TacPack July 2017

The July 2017 TacPack has arrived at JTT HQ. I’m just going to say this up front. This is the best one yet. It is full from top to bottom and front to back with stuff I will use. Let’s look inside.

Hopefully you are familiar with the concept of TacPack by now. If not, you can read the reviews of the previous TacPacks for some background on this subscription box.

BreakThrough Clean Kit – I don’t really spend a lot of time cleaning guns but everyone has to grudgingly clean once in a while (I’ll never understand you weirdos who like cleaning guns). If you have a gun, you can use this. It comes with solvent, oil, 2 packets of grease, a doubled ended nylon AP brush, and a microfiber towel (which will change your life if you haven’t used one before). I’ve generally been happy with BreakThrough clean products and I especially like that they are pretty much odorless. This is a useful addition.

EZ Accuracy Gas Block Dimple Tool – Most AR-15 manufacturers offer low profile gas blocks as an option but the majority of them still don’t dimple the barrel as a reference for gas block alignment. This product solves that problem. You back out one screw in your gas block and replace it with the special hollow screw provided in this kit which allows you to center punch the spot to be dimpled with the included punch. The hollow screw then acts as a guide for a 1/8″ drill bit so you can quickly and easily dimple your barrel to ensure that the gas block goes back on in the exact same place should you ever need to remove it. You won’t use this every day but you’ll be glad you have it.

Fusion Climbing Runner/Sling and Locking Carabiner – The hits keep coming with this box! I don’t climb but everyone knows you can use a carabiner in about a million ways. I use them all the time in rigging for all the wood cutting I do. The included steel screw gate carabiner will be put to use right away. If you don’t climb, you may be less familiar with runners (or some people call them slings). They are basically really strong loops used for all kinds of things in climbing. I use them to girth hitch things like snatch blocks/pulleys to trees for redirecting pulls with the come-along winch I use when wood cutting. You can find all kinds of uses for items like these from tying into your tree stand to hanging a bear bag on your next overnighter.

5.11 Tactical Wharn Knife – The 5.11 Tactical value knives are actually solid little knives for the price. Knife nerds won’t get off on the AUS 8 blade steel but knife users know it as a fine grained steel that takes a refined edge easily. The ergonomics on this Mike Vellkamp design will take you by surprise. The blade moves VERY smoothly and it locks up well. This is probably the best knife to find its way into a TacPack yet.

MOAB Patch – And you thought MOAB stood for Mother of All Bombs… Nah. It’s Mother of All Bottlerockets!

I rate these boxes on the basis of whether or not I will actually use the included items. With that in mind, this is easily the best box to date. Everyone reading this right now needs gun cleaning items. Even if you don’t know it yet, carabiners and runners/slings are really handy. You can easily find room in a kit for a knife like this and I never would have known about the EZ Accuracy GBDT if it weren’t for TacPack. It is boxes like these that keep me talking about TacPack.

If you want to try TacPack, you can check them out at TacPack.com. TacPack hints that the August box will contain some Mission First Tactical gear.


Disclosure: I receive this subscription box from TacPack, free of charge, for review.

Sawyer Squeeze and Mini Water Filters

When it comes to outdoor equipment (or really anything) the best is rarely cheap. That is exactly what makes the Sawyer Squeeze and Mini Water Filters standout. They are the best trail filters that I have used and they are also the cheapest. That is a tough combination to beat.

Sawyer Squeeze PointOne

I’ve owned a Sawyer Squeeze since before 2013 when they updated the model to include some new fittings and redesigned bags (much needed, the original bags don’t hold up well). That little filter has produced a lot of clean drinking water in that time and it has earned a permanent place in my hiking pack. I have had the Sawyer Mini for much less time but it is equally easy to use, has more versatile connections, is smaller, weighs less, and costs even less (I’ll compare the two later in this article).

Sawyer Mini

Rather than go on and on about these filters, I’ll lay out what I like about both of them. Then, I’ll address them each individually.

What I like about both filters:

  • Compact and lightweight – The Squeeze weighs in at 3 ounces and the Mini at 2 ounces. Both are considerably smaller than any of my previous filters. They are small and light enough to live in my pack – even if I am just on a day hike and carrying all the water I will need.
  • Affordable – These cost between $20-30 for the basic packages. That is less than 1/4″ the cost of my previous ceramic trail filter. The entire filter with bag(s) cost less than just the replacement filters my old system.
  • Durable – These are made from plastic with no ceramic elements. They can take a beating.
  • Reliable Filtering – Both filters boast an absolute .1 micron rating. They get the nasties out.
  • Easy to Use – There is no pumping, no inlet hose to clean, no ceramic filters to clean, and no fuss. Squeeze dirty water through and drinkable water comes out. It’s easy.
  • Versatile – These work with the provided bags but they also thread right onto standard 20 ounce and 2 liter bottles. They can be set up as inline filters on your hydration bladder or as gravity filters on something like an MSR Dromedary Bag.

What I like about the Squeeze:

  • The Squeeze filter has more filter media than the Mini so it is slightly easier to drink from. If you plan to use the simplest set up, which would be to gather unfiltered water in bags/bottles and drink directly from them, the Squeeze works best but…

What I like about the Mini:

  • It is smaller and lighter than the Squeeze and can be used in all the same ways.
  • It has more versatile attachment points built in.
  • It costs less.

The next obvious question is which should you choose. I would (and did) probably just buy the Mini in most cases. It does everything the Squeeze does minus a little flow rate. It’s smaller, lighter, costs less, and a bit more versatile. However, the Squeeze is a bit easier to use in the most straightforward setup so it may be a better choice for cavemen.

Tips:

  • If you are using Sawyer’s water bags, roll them like a toothpaste tube instead of squeezing. They last longer that way.
  • Don’t let your filter freeze (true for all filters, not just these). It can wreck the filter media and there is really no practical way to test the Sawyer filters for damage. Bring it in your sleeping bag at night and tuck it inside your coat during the day to prevent freezing. If you think it froze, replace it.
  • 2 Liter bottles (or any bottles you can scavenge) are great for use with these filters. They are light weight and can be squeezed hard without breaking. Keep the cap so you can squeeze the air out and reseal to take up less space in your pack.
  • I know Sawyer has improved their bags but I have trust issues with them due to my original bags failures. Evernew makes great water bags that have compatible threads. I own several and greatly prefer them to the Sawyer bags. The threads on Platypus bags don’t quite match but some users say they can get them to work.
  • Filling water bags completely full unless you have some tricks up your sleeve. Blow them up with your mouth before submerging or place them under falling water to make filling easier. You can also make a lightweight scoop by cutting the top off of a bottle and capping it. The scoop makes it easy to get the last few ounces of water into the bag.
  • Even if you don’t hike and hate the outdoors, these are so compact and light that they are right at home in a car kit or “bug out bag”. I use a rubber band to wrap a water bag around the filter so it stays compact. You can add a short section of tubing so you can drink right from the source if necessary.
  • They are so small and light, you might even want to carry two – especially in cold weather.

If they were already convenient enough… You can stroll right into most Walmarts and buy them. They are available with a dizzying array of options and even multi-packs. I generally just buy the basic set up and I bought my Mini on Amazon for less than $20.

Sawyer PointOne Sqeeze Water Filter on Amazon

Sawyer Mini on Amazon

Review: TacPack June 2017 Box

The June 2017 TacPack has landed. This box has some high and lows. Lets look inside!

Hopefully you are familiar with the concept of TacPack by now. If not, you can read the reviews of the previous TacPacks for some background on this subscription box.

Armaspec Anti-Walk Pins (for AR-15) – Your opinion of these likely comes down to you think anti-walk trigger and hammer pins are necessary. If you do, these seem to be a good value like many of Armaspec’s products.

ABKT Tactical Phantom Spector Knife – I wanted to bac mouth this knife this from the moment I saw it. It’s a “tactical” knife with an over the top design, cheap plastic scales that feel oily, and it weighs a lot. However, the liner lock engages the tang of the blade early and is very solid (big surprise). The bearing system, coupled with a well executed detent allows the blade to fire quickly via the flipper (even bigger surprise). It’s still a cheap knife but its fun and some of the features surprised me in a good way. This isn’t a great inclusion but it wasn’t as bad as I initially thought.

Burnproof Gear Rail Wrap – This is actually pretty cool. It’s a fabric wrap that is designed to go on the rail of your rifle (fits a variety of rifle types) to protect your from heat and sharp edges. If you have ever been on a shooting range in the American West, you know rifle can get hot before you even start shooting them just from laying in the sun. I’ve used similar products before that wrapped with Velcro but this one uses two independent panels joined with shock cord which allows you to install this even in places where you might already have a handstop, vertical grip, or rail mounted sight. It’s simple, clever, and it works. I never would have seen a product like this if it wasn’t in a TacPack and now I am buying a second one.

Nineline Apparel Tanker – I like and use insulated tankers/mugs all the time. This one features the Nineline Apparel logo and it seems to be very stout. The lid is the best I’ve seen on any tanker/tumbler because it seals! This is a great inclusion that anyone would use.

Overall, I rate this box as a solid okay. A lot of the value of the box is tied up in the Burnproof Gear Rail Wrap and that, coupled with the cheap feeling knife, may turn off some subscribers. The anti-walk pins are of good quality and some users will like them. Everyone will love the Nineline Tanker – it’s great.

If you want to try TacPack, you can check them out at TacPack.com. TacPack says that the June box will be their highest dollar value to date.


Disclosure: I receive this subscription box from TacPack, free of charge, for review.

Review: TacPack May 2017

The May 2017 TacPack has landed. This box is one of my favorites to date thanks to some solid inclusions from Hexmag, Doc Spartan, and Live Fire Gear. Lets look inside!

Hopefully you are familiar with the concept of TacPack by now. If not, you can read the reviews of the previous TacPacks for some background on this subscription box.

Hexmag “Blaster Pack” – There is a whole lot of Hexmag in the May box. There is an AR-15 magazine and you can never have enough magazines. There is pack of pre-cut grip tape that can be stuck into the hexagons on the magazine. Finally, there is grip that is a collaboration between Hexmag and ERGO. It’s comfortable in the hand and comes with a free “Gapper” to fill in that annoying gap behind the standard AR-15 trigger guard. No one ever said, “I think I have enough AR-15 magazines.”

Do Spartan Triple Threat – The Triple Threat is a 3 pack of Doc Spartan’s Combat Ready Ointment packaged three different ways – in a small deodorant type container, a lip balm style tube, and a tin. The different types of containers make it easier to apply the ointment in different ways or carry them in different ways but the ointment inside is the same. I’ve been using this stuff from a previous TacPack and I like it a lot. It smells good, works kind of like a triple antibiotic ointment (teatree oil kills all kinds of nasty stuff), and is versatile enough to work as a moisturizer or to prevent chafing. This is probably a lifetime supply for me.

Live Fire Gear Fire Starting Kit – This is a great inclusion too. The kit contains 1 ferro rod and 1 Live Fire tin. The full size Live Fire tins like the one in this kit spark easily, even when wet, and burn for a long time. If you have any idea what you are doing, this kit represents at least one nearly fool proof fire when you need it. I’ve been pleased with every Live Fire Gear product I have tried and I have tested the smaller version of these tins. They work and this is the kind of thing that belongs in every Get Home Bag or vehicle emergency kit. You and your family can practice with this one and then use the included Live Fire Gear coupon to pick up more tins for your kit.

TacPack Safe Magnet – Normally the TacPack add on items are meant to be humorous. This month’s magnet isn’t meant to be humorous but it is meant to be a reminder to us all to “Honor the Brave”.

If you want to try TacPack, you can check them out at TacPack.com. TacPack says that the June box will be their highest dollar value to date.

Review: TacPack April 2017

The April 2017 TacPack has landed. If you are an EDC gadget lover, you’re going to dig this one. Lets look inside!

Hopefully you are familiar with the concept of TacPack by now. If not, you can read the reviews of the previous TacPacks for some background on this subscription box.

KeySmart EDC Kit – There are two items from KeySmart this month. The first is a very cool keyfob that is made to wrap duct tape around so you can always have a small roll of I-can-fix-anything Tape with you. It comes preloaded with Gorilla Tape which is a nice touch. KeySmart also included one of their Nano-Wrenches which is very cool. It is a tiny keychain gadget that can be used to turn flat head screws and several sizes of nuts/bolts. These items were my favorites in the box.

Armaspec Titanium TakeDown Pins – If you are planning an AR-15 build, these will be handy. If you have an already built AR, you can add some bling. This TacPack is the very first time these pins have been available so you can be the first kid on your block to have them.

ABKT Tactical Cleaning Kit – Having a spare cleaning kit never hurt anyone. This one comes with several brushes, mops, a pull cable, and more. The case is a little cheap but it actually organizes the components well. Drop it in a range bag or emergency bag and go.

Splatter Targets – Everyone can use more targets. These Splatter Targets are the type that show hits well enough to see at distance. They are a useful size and will come in handy at the range. I was glad to see them in the box.

If you want to try TacPack, you can check them out at TacPack.com. The May box will include some items of HexMag among other things.

Review: GunfightersINC Kenai Chest Holster Gen 2

I’ve professed my appreciation of the Kenai Chest Holster from GunfightersINC on these pages before. It is a handy holster to have if you spend time in places with large, sharp toothed critters wearing gear like a backpack or hip waders that hinder traditional carry methods. It is, in my opinion, the most modern and best iteration of a classic guide holster… Then GunfightersINC went and changed it!

Lucky for us, they made it better.

Better Holsters Through Better Manufacturing

To understand the improvements in this holster, you have to understand a little bit about how kydex holsters are made. The kydex is heated until it becomes pliable, then it is pressed over a form of some kind and allowed to cool. The kydex (or similar material) then hardens as it cools, retaining the imprint of the form. That is the basic overview but the exact ways all those steps are accomplished has changed over the years.

On the original Kenai, the two holster halves where molded over the form with blocking in place for things like slide stop levers, extended barrels, or anything else that either needed to be accommodated or that would foul the draw stroke. The holster was molded in two halves, roughly equal in depth, and joined together to make an entire holster. At some point, the part of the holster that received the shoulder strap would be reheated (this sometimes shows as a shiny spot on the kydex) to be slightly reshaped to receive the strap. The holster body was finished by polishing edges, adjusting fit, etc. GunfightersINC turned out great holsters using these methods.

GunfightersINC is now improving their processes from top to bottom. They are now machining their own custom molds and using vacuum forming to create their holster bodies. All of the improvements to their holsters have been made possible by these changes and the design flexibility, control, and definition that they make possible.

Original on left, Gen 2 on right

Kenai Chest Holster Gen 2 Improvements

The first thing you will notice when you look at both holster bodies is that the Gen 2 version has much better definition – the lines are more crisp. That translates to a cleaner looking holster and, more importantly, it also translates to improved retention, a smoother draw stroke, and a more distinct click-in/click-out. This kind of definition is really only possible with modern vacuum forming.

When you dive a little deeper, you see improved blocking and molding. My Gen 2 holster body is molded for a Glock 17 so you see things like a channel that allows the slide stop to run all the way out of the holster without touching anything, the slide lock area is no longer molded creating a potential unwanted drag on the draw stroke, the magazine release is partially shielded to prevent accidental release, and the  retention pad in the trigger guard is large and made to a consistent depth.

If you dive deeper still, you’ll notice GunfightersINC taking full advantage of their new manufacturing processes to really get the most out of the Kenai Chest Holster. The accommodation of the shoulder strap is actually molded into the back plate of the holster. This saves a manufacturing step and creates a stronger, cleaner holster overall. Finally, the two halves of the Kenai area actually molded to different depths with the majority of the pistol being molded into the front panel of the holster. This allows the Kenai to lay flatter, closer, and more comfortably against the wearer.

Original on left, Gen 2 on right

Wrap Up

GunfightersINC didn’t just redesign a holster, they redesigned how they make the holster. The result is more control over the end product, easier accommodation of various options, and, most importantly, better holsters for the customer. You can expect to see these manufacturing improvements touching all the holster in the GunfightersINC line up.

See our review of the original Kenai Chest Holster for more information on its background and use. Check out GunfightersINC to learn more about the Kenai Chest Holster or purchase your own.

Review: Berne Concealed Carry Workwear – Echo Zero Six Cargo Pant and Short, Echo Zero Eight Softshell, Echo One Zero Vest

I’ve spent more than 5 months wearing items from the Berne Concealed Carry Workwear (CCW) line nearly every day. I wore them on the range, on a tractor, in town, in a chicken coop, and even to church. I’ve worn them at a desk, while helping move two households to new homes, mending fences, and hiking. I’ve worn them in heat, cold, rain, and snow. Now I’m ready to talk about them.

There is a lot of ground to cover in this review and I’ll do my best to structure it in a way that maintains readability. I’ll start with what all the garments have in common: The Adder System. Then, I’ll share some observations on each specific item and finally observations in general.

The Adder System’s best trick is how it can help you conceal a handgun in a way that is easy to access and completely concealed.

Background and Disclosure

Before I dive into the review, I should mention my background with Berne Apparel. I used to use a certain brand of insulated coveralls. Eventually the brand I used started to go beyond affordable and more toward cheap. They shortened zippers, the material became less durable, and they didn’t feel as warm as they once were. That sent me looking for a new brand of work wear and I landed on Berne. The quality was as good or better than anything else I laid hands on and it cost a bit less. On top of that, the company seemed to be run by people like me (and you). We even have some of their coats for our daughters.

I featured their CCW line on these pages a few times and last summer, someone from Berne reached out to me. In the interests of full disclosure, you should know that these 4 clothing items were sent to me free of charge. However, you should also know that I am a long time Berne customer who has plunked down plenty of my own cash to wear their gear.

The Adder System

The Adder System is at the heart of every garment in the Berne CCW line. I liked the idea of before I tried it and now, having used it for several months, really appreciate the details that went into getting it right. It also has it’s own website where you can learn all about it.

The Adder System is a clever pocket setup that is designed to carry handguns and other gear in a way that is easy to access, discreet, well organized, and versatile. The outside of an Adder System pocket appears like any other flap covered bellowed pocket, because that is what it is. This outer pocket is placed over an inner pocket that contains a matrix made up of MOLLE compatible alternating elastic and loop material webbing. This matrix gives you the ability to mount hook backed pouches, MOLLE compatible pouches, and holsters inside. Alternately, the elastic webbing can be used to secure all kinds of things without a pouch.

As cool as the inner pocket and it’s organization potential are, the really subtle features are all found in the outer pouch. The outer pouch secures over the inner pouch with hook and loop around the entire perimeter and snaps at the corners. In order to ensure that the pockets mate up squarely even if they are stuffed with gear, the designers added bellows to the both the inner and outer layers of the outer pocket. This allows it to expand for the contents that are both in it and behind it but still mate up flush which is key for hiding the inner pocket.

The webbing matrix concealed in the Adder System pockets is good more than just tactical stuff. I use the pants pockets to carry tools while I work around our property.

The outer pocket is closed with a flap not unlike what you would find on any pair of cargo pants but even this shows thoughtful design. It is a somewhat large flap but still proportional to the pocket and it has a single snap in the center. This creates a large, easily gripped corner of flap on both sides of the pocket that can be grasped and pulled down to instantly reveal the inner pocket. It’s a subtle but clever touch that shows that the designers were switched on and this design is key to the Adder System’s function as a concealed carry method.

When using the Adder System to conceal a handgun, the drawstroke is fast and easy with two hands and slightly slower but still easy with one hand. You simple grab the flap, rip the pocket down and open, and then index your handgun. I found that the MOLLE-Link holsters from KCT work very well for this application but you should be able to adapt a number of holsters to work.

Blue Force Gear’s Dapper line is a great match for the Adder System.

I also found that Blue Force Gear’s Dapper line of pouches were ideal for use with the Adder system when carrying mags, tourniquets, or other items. The Dappers lay flat when not in use and can be installed and removed easily thanks to the hook packing. So far, I have used the Adder System to carry handguns, first aid items like tourniquets, spare magazines, hand tools, and a host of other things.

When you buy a Berne CCW garment, you are basically buying the functionality of the Adder System. It’s thoughtfully designed and functional.

Echo Six Zero Cargo Pants and Shorts

The Echo Six Zero Cargo Pants and Shorts are basically identical save for the length of inseam – one is pants and one is shorts as you can tell from the name. They are made from a lightweight cotton/poly blend with some spandex for a little stretch and some kind of treatment that makes water bead on them. There are several features that ensure full range of motion including a stretch waistband and a gusseted crotch. All the important seams are triple stitched, the front pockets feature an internal coin/mag pocket along with reinforcement for pocket knife clips, and the waistband has a series of elastic loops sewn in the interior for discreet organization.

The Adder System on these is tucked away behind the cargo pockets on the upper thigh. This location is well suited to carrying items like tools, first aid, and some magazines but I found it to be too low and loose for use with a handgun.

The belt loops on these pants are excellent. They are wide and very securely fastened to the pants. I am glad to see that since a lot of “tactical” pants get this wrong.

These pants and shorts are comfortable, durable, casual, and good looking.

Echo Zero Eight Soft Shell

The Echo Zero Eight Softshell is an important part of the Berne CCW line because it is probably the piece that will be most at home in urban, everyday, and even office settings. I live in a community where workwear is normal everyday apparel but that isn’t the case everywhere. The Echo Zero Eight is the Adder System garment that bridges that gap and looks very smart while doing it.

It is made of a heavy duty soft shell material with light fleece backing. It’s very warm for its weight, breathes reasonably well, stops wind, and sheds water very well. The cuffs are adjustable, there are two chest pockets, and a generous flap over the front zipper. The Echo Zero Eight also features a media port so ear buds can be routed to the outside of the jacket while your smart device is stored in an inner pocket.

The Adder System pockets here are located on the lower front of the coat. The length of the coat is such that a holster carried in these pockets would be placed in a similar position to AIWB carry though slightly higher. I frequently carry a J-frame revolver in these pockets wrapped up in a KCT MOLLE-Link holster. These pockets are suitable for smaller handguns like the J-Frame.

If you are carrying your handgun on your belt, the Echo Zero Eight has you covered there too. It features break away side vents that allow immediate access to a belt mounted holster.

Echo One Zero Vest

The Echo One Zero Vest has the appearance of a standard workwear vest. It is made from a heavy duck canvas material with a fleece lining. It also features a similar pocket layout as the Echo Zero Eight Softshell with chest pockets and dual front Adder System pockets but the pockets are taller which can give you room for a larger handgun.

I wear this layered over a wool sweater or fleece frequently while working. It is very warm, lets me carry gun even if something like insulated bibs preclude the use of a belt holster, and absolutely bomb-proof. I usually use the same KCT holster as I do for the softshell.

Observations from Use

The quality of these garments is quite good – on par with other Berne Workwear that I have been using for years. I’ve used them like workwear and they have taken it without complaint. The pants and shorts have washed well with only very mild fading which should be expected for as much as I have worn them.

The Adder System is very clever but you will want to pay attention to Berne’s sizing system. Some of the garments may have Adder System pockets that will not conceal larger handguns. Berne does a good job of labeling each garment online and on the hang tags you’ll find in retail stores.

I can see these garments being used in much the same way any tactical garment line is used but they fill a more specific niche than that for me. These are clothes that blend into my world and provide me options for carry when my options would have otherwise been limited. We all know you should be carrying on your belt when possible but what if you are wearing insulated bibs? What if it is extremely cold out and you need to spend time seated while driving a tractor or truck? The Adder System provides a method of carry that addresses the access issues that typically come with several layers of winter gear in addition to discreet casual carry.

Even when you carry your handgun on your waist, the Adder System provides a mean to discreetly carry additional supplies like magazines and first aid items. The system is versatile enough to serve a lot like a chest or belt rig would but completely integrated into your garments.

Wrap Up

These garments have found a place in my everyday life and that is probably the highest compliment I can give them. I am just an everyday joe living on property with lots of work to do and they suit me well. However, my gut tells me they could have all kinds of interesting potential for all kinds of interesting people.

The Adder System is at the heart of the entire Berne CCW line and it does not disappoint. It’s thoughtfully designed, discreet, and versatile. If you have ever worn any other Berne apparel, you know the quality is right.

Solid design and solid quality come together in this line. I highly recommend them.

Check out the Berne Workwear CCW line at BerneDirect.com.

The EDC Tool Roll: Knipex Pliers Wrench (86 03 125)

The EDC Tool Roll is a feature on Jerking the Trigger in which we profile various every day carry worthy tools. The tools shown aren’t multi-tools but rather real tools, that by virtue of their compact size, light weight, usefulness, or unique functionality, can find a place in any range kit, emergency kit, or every day carry bag.

Feel free to comment on the tools that you carry so we can all learn! The discussion on these posts has been very valuable so far.


Knipex Pliers Wrenches might be my favorite tool in my tool chest and my EDC Tool Roll. I say this not only because of how well they work but because of how clever they are. What I mean is, I really like how they work but I love the idea of them too!

Knipex Pliers Wrench (right) shown with Cobra Pliers (left).

If you can imagine adjustable pliers that have been retooled with some engineering magic to have parallel opening jaws, you have the idea of the Pliers Wrench. They open and close like pliers but have the flat, parallel opening jaws of a wrench. The result is a tool that can “ratchet” by simply loosening your grip, has very fine adjustability, lets you easily control the pressure on the fastener with your grip, and can handle much larger fasteners than similarly sized adjustable wrenches.

These parallel jaws allow other uses like straightening sheet metal. They can also be used to push in roll pins and work especially well on stubborn pins like the bolt catch roll pin on an AR-15 lower receiver. You just place the Pliers Wrench over the pin and squeeze your grip to push it into place.

I own 3 different sizes of the Pliers Wrench but the one I carry daily is the 5″ version (86 03 125). It is the same size as the Knipex Cobra Pliers that I also carry and between the two of them, I can get a lot done. This tool is surprisingly small but it can be adjusted wide enough to turn 7/8″ diameter fasteners.

One thing that makes the 5″ version especially well suited to everyday carry or range bag use is how thin the jaws are. The tool itself is extremely stout but the jaws taper to just less than 1/8″ thick at the tips. This makes it easy to get on the smaller nuts and bolts often found on optics mounts or other gear.

I purchased my 5″ Knipex Pliers Wrench (86 03 125) at Amazon. I have found the larger sizes locally at places like Sears Hardware but never the 5″ version so I had to purchase online.

For a lower priced alternative adjustable wrench that is compact but still handles larger fasteners, check out the Lobster Shorty. We will eventually post some comparisons of a few options in a later installment of The EDC Tool Roll.

Do you have a compact adjustable wrench that you prefer? Tell us about it below.

Review: TacPack February 2017 Edition

The February 2017 TacPack is here and I’ll tell you right up front that this is my favorite one to date.

Hopefully you are familiar with the concept of TacPack by now. If not, you can read the reviews of the previous TacPacks for some background on this subscription box.

Like I said before, this month’s box is my favorite to date. The perceived value is high. The usefulness and/or cool factor of the included items is high. It has a very high, I’ve-Been-Wanting-to-Try -One-of-Those factor. The TacPack has no weak items this month.

LiveFire Gear 550 FireCord – You can never have too much paracord and you can never have too many emergency firestarting materials tucked away in your EDC or various kits. LiveFire Gear’s 550 FireCord is both. It’s paracord with an inner strand that serves as an excellent emergency tinder. 25 feet is enough to make a ton of zipper pulls and lanyards.

TricornE Spool Tool – If you have paracord, you want/need a Spool Tool. This ingenious tool allows you to wrap 100 feet of paracord on it where it sits, ready to be used in projects. The tool also has an integrated cordage cutter, a bracket for holding a Mini Bic lighter, notches for holding the cord while you fuse the end, and a lanyard hole.

Bull Moose Tactical Muzzle Device – This brake is threaded 1/2×28 so it should fit a variety of rifles. I haven’t tried it yet but I will.

North Shore Kustoms Equalizer – I like knucks. I used to sell them back when we operated Edge/Equipped and I even had occasion to design one. I’ll probably never use one in any sort of defensive way. To me, they are a novelty that represents a craftsman who translates a design directly into metal. They are interesting objects that are cool to own, cool to talk about, and that is enough of a purpose for… Hold on… This one has a bottle opener!

TacPack Patch – You like patches don’t you? Of course you do.

LiveFire Gear 40% Off Coupon – The final item in the box is a 40% coupon for LiveFire Gear. I’ll put that to use for sure!

If you want to try TacPack, you can check them out at TacPack.com. They are saying that the items in the March box will have a total value of $115 and a TacPack sometime in the near future will feature the debut of a new item from Hexmag.

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