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Hard Point Equipment MantiCuda Mountain Man

Hard Point Equipment has introduced a number of new variations of their MantiCuda knife including a new no-frills, budget version called the MantiCuda Mountain Man. This version has all the same dimensions and functionality of the MantiCuda SRT including the G-10 handle slabs and 80CrV2 steel but it lacks the coating. It comes with a more affordable parkerized finish instead.

You can check out the MantiCuda Mountain Man along with the other MantiCuda variants at FistKnife.com.

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Silencerco Maxim 50 – Buy Online in All 50 States

Silencerco just released details of their Maxim 50 – a 50 state legal, suppressed muzzleloader that can be purchased online with no paperwork. That ripping sound you hear as you read this is the sound of thousands of hunters in suppressor legal states tearing their wallets out of their pockets simultaneously.

For the first time since the National Firearms Act (NFA) was created in 1934, civilians can enjoy suppressed shooting in all 50 states with SilencerCo’s latest innovation: the integrally suppressed Maxim 50 muzzleloader. In addition, this product can be purchased right now on the web with no regulation (no 4473, no $200 tax stamp, no photographs, and no fingerprints) and be shipped immediately to the customer with few exceptions.

In addition to producing hearing safe sound results, the Maxim 50 also offers shooters greatly reduced recoil and a 2/3 reduction of smoke emissions when compared to non-moderated muzzleloaders. No matter where you are in the country, you can now enjoy shooting suppressed.

Learn more at Silencerco.com.

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Bargain or Just Cheap? – Real Steel H6-S1

Welcome to Bargain or Just Cheap? This series will review budget friendly knives for a variety of uses in a short format. All of the knives will cost less than $50 (in most cases, much less) and will be purchased out of my own pocket. I’ll buy them, carry them, and use them in an attempt to determine if the knife is a bargain or just cheap.


I have always been very leery of Chinese knife manufacturers due to their historically poor quality and penchant for knock-off designs. A friend cautioned me about throwing the baby out with the bath water and introduced me to a several Chinese knife manufacturers that are worth a look. One such manufacturer is Real Steel and their H6-S1 is the subject of today’s edition of Bargain or Just Cheap?.

Real Steel offers several variants of the H6 but there is one that I believe really stands out – the H6-S1. This knife floored me with how good it is for the price.

Specs:

Lock: Frame Lock

Pocket Clip: Right pocket, Tip up only

Steel: Sandvik 14C28N

Handle: Textured G-10 front, steel back

Blade length: 3.39 in.

Blade thickness: .12 in.

Open length: 7.76 in.

Weight: 3.8 oz.

Observations from Use

This knife is exceedingly likeable. It is at the upper end of our $50 price limit but it is dripping with great features, hallmarks of quality, and functional design.

The 14C28N is a step up from the blade steel found on many Chinese knives or any budget knife for that matter. This Sandvik steel is easy to sharpen, takes a polished edge VERY well, and holds it well enough for EDC tasks. I was very happy to see a Sandvik steel being used here. The drop point, slightly recurve blade has plenty of spine and features a full flat primary grind. It cuts and slices very well.

The handle is well contoured and comfortable with more than enough room for all your fingers. Both the G-10 and the steel lock side of the knife are thick and sturdy but overall the knife feels and carries very slim. Speaking of G-10, the thumb studs are actually machined G-10 that matches that handle color. They are large and easy to operate. The knife opens easily and smoothly with a flick of the thumb without even having to use your wrist.

The lock on my example is excellent. It looks up with about 60% engagement so it is very sturdy with room to wear in over time. The lock bar features a very unique and very cool feature. It has a disk that at first glance looks like any Hinderer style lock bar stabilizer (a small stop designed to prevent lock bar over travel). Closer inspection reveals the fact that it can be pushed forward into a second position that actually blocks the lock bar from moving completely! In this position, the knife can not close on your hand without some kind of catastrophic breakage. The disk locks in each position with strong detent action so it is extremely unlikely that you will accidentally activate or deactivate it.

This knife is impressively light for a knife of these dimensions. There is some milling on the inside of the steel handle scale to remove weight. A full height flat grind also reduces weight as does a liner-less G-10 handle scale. It is larger in every dimension than the previously reviewed Kershaw Emerson CQC-4K yet it weighs less!

The pocket clip isn’t a true deep carry clip but it does place the knife very low in the pocket which is nice for professional settings. It is very stout and holds the knife securely.

Bargain or Just Cheap?

The fit and finish of this knife is very good. It has better than average steel, better than average materials, clever features, and a very functional design. It also happens to look great! It gives the impression of quality. I’ve seen them as low as $40 but they usually average around $45 for most variants of the H6. Honestly, I would feel good about this knife at twice the price.

There is nothing cheap about this knife other than the price. The Real Steel H6-S1 is most certainly a Bargain.

I will be using Amazon as the price base line for this series. All knives were purchased by me from Amazon: Real Steel H6-S1

 

Note: There are a number of H6 variants and colors available. The features vary significantly from variant to variant. Be sure you are buying the H6-S1 if want the features shown in this review.


Our goal is to represent knives for a variety of uses from EDC, to outdoor, to tactical knives. Do you have a favorite affordable knife? Let us know about it in the comments!

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Trijicon Holds One Millionth ACOG® Celebration in October

Celebrating Its Soon-to-be-Produced One Millionth ACOG
with 24 Days of ACOG Sweepstakes

WIXOM, MI (September 19, 2017) – Trijicon® is proud to announce the soon-to-be-produced one millionth ACOG® 4×32 riflescope. From the home of Trijicon founder Glyn Bindon to the front lines of America’s greatest fighting forces, the Trijicon Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) has grown to become one of the most durable, combat-proven, versatile aiming devices ever.

To celebrate this exciting milestone with customers and dealers, Trijicon is hosting a 24 Days of ACOG Sweepstakes at MillionthACOG.com. Here’s how it will work:

  • For 24 straight days (starting October 1), visitors to MillionthACOG.com can enter once each day for a chance to win a prize package.
  • On the last day (October 24 – 25), 24 Days of ACOG turns to 24 Hours of ACOG, when visitors get a chance to win the grand prize by entering every hour for 24 hours.
  • All daily winners will be announced during 24 Hours of ACOG, with the grand prize winner announced on October 26.

Trijicon is proud to count among its ACOG users the United States Marine Corps, United States Army, United States Special Operations Forces, United States Government, state and local Law Enforcement and many of America’s allies. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of civilian enthusiasts who trust the ACOG for their dedicated riflescope.

To learn more about the 24 Days of ACOG Sweepstakes, visit MillnthACOG.com. And to learn the history of the legendary ACOG, go to MillionthACOG.com/ACOG HISTORY.

For more information on Trijicon’s complete array of Brilliant Aiming Solutions™ for the hunting, shooting, military and law enforcement markets, contact Trijicon®, Inc. at (248) 960-7700 or visit www.trijicon.com

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Not Guns Patch from StickThisOn.com

It doesn’t matter that your backpack is your favorite camo pattern, OD Green, Tactical Black, or Coyote Brown. It doesn’t even matter if it is covered with PALS webbing and loop Velcro. Just add a Not Guns Patch from StickThisOn.com and POOF… instant grey man. No one will ever suspect that your everyday carry bag is chocked full of guns!

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Copper Custom Ruger 22 Charger AR Pistol Brace Adapter

Copper Custom’s new Ruger 22 Charger AR Pistol Brace Adapter is a bolt-on part for Ruger 22 Charger pistols. It allows you to attach a buffer tube to your factory synthetic stock for use with a stock (registered SBR) or pistol brace of your choice.

Check out the Ruger 22 Charger AR Pistol Brace Adapter at CopperCustom.com.

Note: This is designed to work with Ruger 22 Charger OEM synthetic stocks only. It will not work with OEM wood or aftermarket stocks.

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Black Sheep Warrior Announces Their Vintage T-shirt and Matching Patch

Our friends at Black Sheep Warrior have some good looking new swag to check out.

From Black Sheep Warrior:

Black Sheep Warrior has just announced their brand new Vintage Style T-shirt and matching, limited edition patch. According to Black Sheep Warrior, the shirt is made from a super comfortable 60/40 cotton poly blend and was printed in the United States. The Patch matches the graphics on the T-shirt and are limited to the first 100 customers. The shirt and patch can be obtained at Black Sheep Warrior’s online store located at www.mtgtactical.com

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B.E. Meyers & Co. Exhibiting at Modern Day Marine 2017

September 15, 2017 (Redmond, WA) –

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. will be exhibiting at Modern Day Marine, September 19-21, 2017 at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA.

Visit us at booth #3229 to see the all-new B.E. Meyers BOARS-M2, as well as the MAWL, IZLID, and GLARE series of lasers. B.E. Meyers will also be presenting its GLARE RECOIL (now officially designated the USMC LA-22/U). The GLARE RECOIL (LA-22/U) is the sole-source winner for the MARCORSYSCOM Ocular Interrupter (OI) Program, and the premier Hail and Warning solution for any escalation of force scenario.

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

Modern Day Marine is a trade show aimed specifically at the Marine Corps market with a mission to assist the Marine Corps to identify and procure the best products and services to help their warfighting efforts.

To connect with the B.E. Myers & Co. team to schedule a meeting, 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.

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Bargain or Just Cheap? – Kershaw Emerson CQC-4K

Welcome to Bargain or Just Cheap? This series will review budget friendly knives in a short format. All of the knives will cost less than $50 (in most cases, much less) and will be purchased out of my own pocket. I’ll buy them, carry them, and use them in an attempt to determine if the knife is a bargain or just cheap.


I’ve been carrying and using a Kershaw Emerson CQC-4K mostly because I was able to purchase it for $15. The ultra-low price was my initial attraction to it. It is one of the lowest priced options in the already very budget friendly line of Emerson designed Kershaw produced knives.

Specs:

Lock: Frame Lock

Pocket Clip: Reversible, Tip up only

Steel: 8Cr14MoV

Handle: Textured G-10 front, 410 steel back

Blade length: 3.25 in.

Closed length: 4.2 in.

Open length: 7.4 in.

Weight: 4.1 oz.

Observations from Use

There is a lot to like here. The size is great for EDC – plenty of blade for most EDC tasks, a long enough handle to support four fingers without crowding, and its very pocketable. The Emerson designed Wave Opening Feature works and is a great feature to have. The spear point blade has some belly, plenty of straight edge, and a useful point. The handle is comfortable in the hand. I find that it is also a good looking knife.

8Cr14MoV steel is a budget steel. It performs similarly to AUS-8. It is a stainless steel that sharpens easily. It lacks the edge holding ability of super steels but I find it completely acceptable. It is a solid, budget friendly steel and Kershaw seems to do well with it.

The lock on my example is very good. It locks up somewhat early so there is room for it to wear in and it does pass a spine whack test. The lock bar doesn’t stick and the detent is fairly strong and positive.

Unfortunately, there are some things about this knife that I don’t like. It is heavy for its size due to it’s thick 410 steel lock bar side and a full steel liner under the G-10 handle scale. The thumb disk doesn’t line up well with the relief cut in the handle making it difficult to access. Finally, the primary grind on this knife is a short, hollow grind that leaves the edge fairly thick. It cuts reasonably well but not as well as it could with a higher primary grind.

Bargain or Just Cheap?

If you like Emerson Wave Openers like me, you won’t find a cheaper one, especially with real G-10 handle scales. Unfortunately, the strange spacial relationship between the relief cut in the handle and the thumb disk strikes me as an avoidable design flaw with a very noticeable impact on how easy you can open the knife.

This knife might be a bargain when it can be found around $15-$18 but other than that I’ll say… Just Cheap. If you are going to spend over $20, I would pass unless you are drawn to its smaller size in relation to other Kershaw Emerson models. I think there are better, but larger, options in the Kershaw Emerson line like the CQC-6K which I will review at a later date.

All of the knives for this series will be purchased by me on Amazon: Kershaw Emerson CQC-4K


Do you have a favorite affordable knife? Let us know about it in the comments!

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RE Factor Tactical Dead Man’s Hand Shooting Deck – Rifle Version

The pistol version of RE Factor Tactical’s Dead Man’s Hand Shooting Deck has been out for some time. I use it in my own range sessions. Now they have released the rifle version. Like the pistol version, the rifle version is a full deck of cards with a drill printed on each card. The drills are built around RE Factor Tactical’s IQ Target. Each deck comes with instructions and a metal carrying case which is nice for keeping the cards together and in good shape inside of your range bag.

Check out the new Dead Man’s Hand Shooting Deck – Rifle Version at RE Factor Tactical.

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