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Happy Thanksgiving

JTT has a lot to be thankful for this year. We’re thankful for you, our readers, and for all our advertising partners.

From my family and I to all of you – Thank you!

Scalarworks Receives Patent

Scalarworks has received a patent for a number of the elements designed into their Low Drag Mount series. They are understandably proud of the unique features of their mounts that make them the lightest QD mounts available – lighter than many non-QD optic mounts.

Strike Hard Gear SKS Buttstock Pouch

While many of us are busy building slick AR-15 builds, there are still plenty of good folks out there happy to hunt and defend their homes with the good old SKS. Maybe it is what they can afford or maybe they just like them. Either way, at least they are armed.

A friend of the blog who dearly loves his SKS recently asked me if I knew of a way to carry extra ammo (preferably in stripper clips) on his SKS hunting/truck rifle. He was having trouble finding any SKS support gear locally. I told him that I wasn’t sure but I suspect Strike Hard Gear would have a solution. Sure enough, they make an SKS Buttstock Pouch that holds 3 stripper clips. He purchased one and is very happy with it.

The Strike Hard Gear SKS Buttstock Pouch is designed to hold 3 10 round SKS stripper clips, fully covered, on the buttstock of your rifle. The pouch threads onto the buttstock in such a way that sling swivels are still usable. He reports that his reloads are faster now that the stripper clips are on the gun rather that in a pocket and that the quality is excellent.

I don’t write this to say that the SKS is the ultimate rifle but it should warm anyone’s heart to know that there are gear makers out there supporting affordable rifles with good quality gear.


Tipton County Sheriff’s Office Receives K9 Safety Grant from the Spirit of Blue Foundation

TIPTON, INDIANA – April 5, 2017 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced that it has awarded a K9 Safety Grant to the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) to train their acquired K9 service dog.  The new dog, K9 Nelson, is serving with handler Deputy William Cline who has served with TCSO for 2 years.  K9 Nelson is a dual purpose dog trained in tracking, apprehension and narcotics detection.  The $3,000 grant was sponsored by the Planet Dog Foundation, the charitable arm of dog toy and accessory manufacturer Planet Dog, who has given over $1 million dollars to organizations that bring people and dogs together for fun and mutual support.

“The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office greatly appreciates the grant it has received from the Spirit of Blue Foundation,” said Tipton County Sheriff Tony Frawley.  “The grant allowed K-9 Nelson to complete his training and become a valuable asset to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Cline and K-9 Nelson proudly serve the residents of Tipton County each and every day and continually work to make Tipton County a safe place to live and work.”

K9 Nelson is a 3-year old Belgian Malinois who was bred in the Netherlands.  He finished his basic training at Von Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana before going through his final training at a K9 academy offered through the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in Muncie, Indiana.  On his very first night on duty, K9 Nelson hit on a car during a traffic stop indicating there were narcotics present.  The search of the vehicle revealed four plastic baggies containing a tannish-white granular substance.  Around the baggies were dryer sheets used in an attempt to cover the substance’s odor.  The owner of the vehicle told deputies the substance was the chemical used in creating the synthetic drug commonly known as “Spice”.  In total 12.5 ounces of the substance was located and the driver of the vehicle was arrested on possession charges.

K9’s bring an auditory and olfactory advantage to police work, able to track subjects and identify articles not easily found by their human counterparts.  But, all K9’s are trained to protect their handlers, making them an effective less lethal force option while enhancing the safety of officers on duty.  When not on duty, K9 Nelson resides with Deputy Cline at his home as the family pet.

“The TCSO was very resourceful in working with their local businesses to raise the funds to acquire K9 Nelson,” said Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue.  “But when they contacted us and shared that they lacked the funding for the final training phase we sprang into action to get that piece in place and get K9 Nelson and Deputy Cline out working on the road together.  It is wonderful to see so clearly the direct impact that our granting ability makes for agencies such as this one.”

Statistics released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show that 135 law enforcement officers lost their lives in 2016, an increase of 10% from the prior year.  64 of those officers were firearm related fatalities, representing a 56% increase over 2015.  53 were lost as a result of a traffic related incident.  In addition, the Officer Down Memorial Page reported that 25 K9 working dogs were lost in 2016 as well.  The reality of these statistics, and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country, fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve to protect our communities.  By supporting the Spirit of Blue Foundation, the public can make an impact in the lives of law enforcement officers every day. To learn more about the Spirit of Blue, or make a donation, visit www.spiritofblue.org.

Image Caption – Sheriff Tony D. Frawley (left) and Deputy William D. Cline (right) surround K9 Nelson who has quickly made a name for himself as a valuable asset for the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office.

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 private equipment manufacturers.  Fundraising proceeds are distributed in the form of Safety Grants to law enforcement agencies across the country from local to state levels.

Gear Head Works Tailhook MOD 1 and 2 Pistol Braces

Gear Head Works will be releasing a new pistol brace design that is sure to grab the attention of AR Pistoleros everywhere. Their Tailhook MOD 1 and Tailhook MOD 2 feature a unique hinged design that allows the brace to “open” into a hook that slips under the shooter’s forearm to support the AR pistol for one handed shooting.

The Tailhook MOD 1 is the more compact version of the two. It is machined from aluminum and clamps directly to the buffer tube. The molded polymer Tailhook MOD 2 attaches to the buffer tube much like a stock would and allows for length adjustment to accommodate shooters of all sizes. You can see the Tailhook in action in the video below.

The two versions of the Tailhook shown here have already received ATF approval. There may be additional version forthcoming pending additional approvals.

Check out the Tailhook Pistol Braces at Gear Head Works and stay tuned for new pricing and availability information.

Cyber Monday at KE Arms

KE Arms is offering 25% of the Gen 4 versions of their Glock slides for Cyber Monday. The Bravo, Charlie, and Delta slides are all included. There is no coupon code necessary. If you have a Gen 4 Glock and want to try an RMR cut slide, this would be a great time to act!

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Blue Force Gear Micro Trauma Kit NOW!

If you need a full size trauma kit pouch, look no further than Blue Force Gear’s Trauma Kit NOW! If you need an easy to carry, easy to conceal, compact trauma kit, check out the Trauma Kit NOW!’s new little brother – the Micro Trauma Kit NOW!


The development of the Micro Trauma Kit NOW! has hardly been a secret but now it is actually available for purchase. There are two versions available: MOLLE mount and belt mount. Both versions feature a pull out tray design like their bigger brother. The outer pouch mounts horizontally and is open at either end so that the wearer may access the inner tray from either side. Once clear of the outer pouch, the inner tray can unfold and lay flat to give immediate visual identification and access to all the contained medical components. Alternately, the inner tray may be passed to someone else if needed.


The medical cross insignia on these pouches is laser but into the ULTRAcomp material exterior of the pouch. Each pouch comes with a selection of inserts (black, red, relfective/glow) that will let you customize the appearance of the cross.

Check out the new Micro Trauma Kit NOW! at Blue Force Gear.


They’re Back – Complete Uppers from Ballistic Advantage

Ballistic Advantage has been teasing the release of something new for weeks and now we know what that something (or somethings) are. They are now offering complete uppers again.


The uppers are available with a variety of different Ballistic Advantage barrel options including the popular BA Hanson profile barrels. They all also feature various lengths of a special Ballistic Advantage branded version of the VLTOR Freedom Rail. The uppers do not come with BCGs, charging handles, or a muzzle device but these can be added at the point of purchase.

Check out the new complete uppers at Ballistic Advantage.

Telluric Group UC Concealment Holster

Telluric Group’s UC Concealment Holster could be a handy tool to have at your disposal. It can be used as you would any other IWB or AIWB holster but it has a combination of features that makes it work well for times when you may have to utilize off-body carry.


It has a very slim footprint that is not much larger than the handgun it is carrying thanks to its fold over design. The UC Concealment Holster also makes use of the excellent UtiliClip to grab onto a belt or other material tenaciously. This combination of features makes it easy to clip into an internal pouch inside a purse, backpack, or other bag. If you have to carry somewhere other than on your body, this could be a good solution.

Telluric Group published a video on there Facebook page that shows how the UC Concealment Holster may be utilized as an AIWB holster and in a purse. View it here: Telluric Group Facebook Page

Learn more about the UC Concealment Holster: TelluricGroup.com

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